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Making a Baby Registry…And Getting Free Things

Let’s have a super fun topic to talk about, making your baby registry. First thing I would 100% recommend, especially since we are living in a post-pandemic world, your furniture first…and maybe ask your family if they will be willing to purchase it. We were lucky that the crib we picked was in stock but walking around Buy Buy Baby, there were multiple furniture sets that had signs that they were on backorder. I have heard some horror stories of sets not getting delivered for 3-4 months after it was ordered, so don’t wait until the last minute.

My second piece of major advice, baby furniture is expensive. My husband and I actually opted to go to IKEA for the dresser instead of the one they had that matched the crib at Buy Buy Baby. We had picked out a gray crib and the gray stain at Ikea matched it nearly identical and the dresser at IKEA was about $500 less then what Buy Buy Baby had. (Huge savings when shopping for baby).

Ok now that those two pieces are done here’s what to do on the rest. I first started browsing on Amazon and made a baby registry but kept it private. With Amazon if you complete 60% of your list, you qualify for a FREE gift. Same with Target and Buy, Buy, Baby when you create baby registries. Now for what is in the free gift varies by each store but it is essentially samples of products. But in my world, Free is for ME!

I started with the basic things a baby needs such as car seat, stroller, bottles, grooming kits, wash clothes, towels, crib sheets and waterproof crib sheets, pacifiers, and books. From there I branched out from each of those things. So for example, my car seat, I needed an extra base, a mirror so I can see them, a seat protector for my car, shades for the windows, etc. Slowly my list was building on each registry.

I also asked a lot of my friends what they bought but didn’t use or what was the best purchase they did make. While every baby is different and what you buy may not be what baby likes…KEEP ALL GIFT RECIEPTS!!!! Also remember, Amazon will literally take back anything so just make the switch, it is not a big deal and it will keep your stress levels down postpartum.

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8 Weeks To Go!!!!

Hey BusyLittleBee World…Sissa here!!!! Well…it has been a hot minute since any of us have posted on our blog. I blinked and I have 8 weeks left to my pregnancy. So where did I leave off…oh yea, morning sickness.

The morning sickness subsided around week 13/14 and I was back to my normal self. I have been taking photos every two weeks of my belly growing and its amazing how quickly your body changes to grow this little human. I have to say I have had a great pregnancy…until the dreaded glucose test.

Lets start with the first test. It is a one hour test where you drink pure sugar that is masked to taste like flat orange soda (at least mine was, there are different “flavors”). Personally, I didn’t think it was that bad, the worst of it was afterwards I got a bad headache from what I assume is all the sugar in the drink. You should go in fasted but I was told I could eat one scrambled egg before the test just to quickly crave the hunger when I woke up. After waiting one hour, you then get your blood drawn. Now, I don’t know about everyone else but they took about 10 mini vials of blood. And when the results came back…I had failed, by 7 points. So now what…oh you get to take the three hour test.

The three hour test is basically the same thing. You go in fully fasted ( at least 8 hours) and they take your blood to find your starting level. Then you drink that wonderful drink again but this time it has MORE sugar in it. For the next 3 hours on the hour, you get your blood drawn. During this time I felt dizzy and nauseous at some points and you aren’t allowed to drink water while your doing the test…or so the lab told me but the doctor said I could have drank some water but that was after the test. My arms got a little bruised from the blood being drawn but this is all for me and the babies health right?!

A few days went by and surprise surprise…I failed 2 of the 3 blood draws by a few points. What does this mean you ask? This meant I was now diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. So here we add another doctor to my list. So now I have to check my levels 4 times a day, when I wake up and after each meal. What I can tell you is my level are beyond super normal and I am hoping that I can stop pricking myself soon and just watch what I eat in terms of sugary food (which is the only thing that does spike it).

So now that this post has been sad with my dealings I will say wait for next week when I plan on writing a post about making your baby registry list. That will be more uplifting…I promise.

Have a great day!!!!

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Sissa Has A Secret!!!!!

As most of you know Sissa is our resident newlywed to the group and well, things are about to change. Her and her husband announced on Christmas Day that they are adding to their family and are expecting a baby in June!!!!! We are so excited for her and she is even more excited to share her journey with all of you. The rest of this post is her story so far.

I am just so excited to finally be on the journey of becoming a mother. For years, I have watched friends have children and I have enjoyed being the “aunt”; sharing in milestones with them, but now it’s finally my turn. And so far what a turn it has been. By the time I share this with the Busy Bees world I will be 19 weeks pregnant. And I am here to tell you…I will NOT sugar coat anything.

When we first found out I was pregnant I had taken the test about 3 days after my missed period. Within seconds, it felt like that line turned into a plus sign and then the digital test read pregnant. We were both extremely excited but also scared and nervous as we had experienced a miscarriage in early July at 8 weeks pregnant. This second time we waited a little longer to go to the doctor to confirm the pregnancy. At 7 weeks we had our first appointment and there on the screen was this little blob with a heartbeat.

As soon as we got the confirmation, the “morning” sickness began. I felt nauseous from the second I woke up to the second I went to bed. Brushing my teeth became impossible in the morning and I had to resort to keeping my teeth clenched to get a light brushing in without causing myself to throw up. As for breakfast, a Dunkin Donuts Egg and Cheese on an English Muffin with an apple juice was what was tolerable. Mini Triscuits, plain Cheerio’s, red and orange peppers and ice cold water were my go to foods trying to much on something every few hours just so I wouldn’t dry heave behind my mask at work. Lunch was mac and cheese and as for dinner…yea I could barely eat as I was so tired by the time I got home everyday.

Now you are probably thinking…that doesn’t sound very healthy. Well ladies let me tell you, healthy goes out the door when you feel that sick. Everyone around you will start to give you advice on what helped them (and I took any and all suggestions) and others will tell you to try to suck it up and eat real food. My best advice, DO WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER. Does the baby and you need nutrition, yes you both do, but when you feel sick, you have to just eat what will stay down.

By week 13, it started to go away and I was able to start eating more food again. This is when I also tried to get in the “healthy” foods that you need as you are growing this human inside of you. Little by little it has gotten better. Do I still have moments where I dry heave, yes I do but they are few and farther between.

I also decided to spoil myself and subscribe to a Bump Box which I am going to share with you of what I get inside each month. Check out our Instagram stories for that! I am just thrilled to share my journey with you in hopes that if any of you are going through the same thing or starting your own journey of parenthood that you get a little more insight without everyone telling you “pregnancy is a wonderful thing”…it is but let’s be real, we all want to know the rough side of it too

~Sissa…and baby too

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Long Weekend at Disney with Kids

Do you think it is impossible to get away with the kids during the school year AND go to Disney. Honestly it isn’t that bad if you plan it correctly. If you can plan it with a Monday or Friday that school is closed that works in your favor. In New Jersey, A LOT of people travel during the NJEA Teachers Convention that is part of the first week in November. Another good time is in October over the Columbus Day long weekend.

In our case, our kids school had a half day on October 1st so they only missed one and a half days of school. We left JFK around 8am which had us land in Orlando about 10:30am. This gave us the whole rest of the day in Hollywood Studios. Friday was jammed packed in Magic Kingdom, Saturday was Epcot. Sunday we woke up early to catch our 9am flight back to NY so we could have a normal night routine to go back to school on Monday.

A few tips and tricks that we learned to help keep our day flowing:

  1. I decided that I was going to rent a stroller instead of bringing mine. Since we were just going for the weekend that meant 5 pieces of carry on luggage, plus backpacks…I didn’t need the extra hassle of my own stroller. I used Kingdom Strollers which gives you the option of pick up at the airport OR having it dropped off at your resort. I choose to pick it up at the airport since we were heading to the park as soon as we got dropped off. It cost about $50 for the three days and was perfect.
  2. If you have a small child, consider getting a Ride-On Suitcase. I have linked it from Amazon. This saved me in the airport of having my stroller because my smallest just sat on and we pulled her (she loved it!).
  3. While we were in Disney we use their mobile ordering A LOT for meals when we didn’t have a sit down service. The best part was we could pre order food for a time slot later in the day. This eliminated taking time out to wait on line to order food. Half the time we were on line for a ride and placing our order and it would be ready when we were done at the ride.
  4. Travel Blanket!!!! If you think I am crazy saying bring a blanket to Florida I am not. We had a travel blanket that was thin and easy to carry in a backpack. When it came time to find a spot for fireworks, it was so much more comfortable then sitting on hot pavement. Plus it saved space for us from bystanders.
  5. In Magic Kingdom (for those who haven’t been in a while), the Dumbo ride is new and improved with a great playground/air conditioning spot. You don’t need to ride on Dumbo to use the playground area, just ask a cast member. Also in that area is a splash pad, so bring a change of clothes if you want to let your child run in the water.
  6. Another great air condition/cool down spot is in Epcot at The Seas with Nemo and Friends. After the ride, which 95% of the line is indoors, is the aquarium with ocean life. There is a lot of ocean information that the kids can learn about AND there is also Turtle Talk with Crush which is interactive with the children. We spent close to an hour inside cooling down.
  7. Bring your own water bottles. Disney will give you water at any quick service spot if you ask. It was still very hot in October and we were constantly refilling our water bottle every time we stopped to up food.
  8. If you want to help keep your costs down, bring your own snacks for the in-between times. I brought with me goldfish, fun fruits and granola bars. They helped if we were waiting a long time on rides or as we were waiting for fireworks (so we didn’t loose our spot).
  9. Epcot is the perfect sleep in day. The park opens early but the World Showcase doesn’t open until 11am. The only two rides that are open in the World Showcase are Frozen Ever After and Remi’s Adventure but we did not leave the hotel until about 9:30am.
  10. PLANS CHANGE. Going to Disney is not about keeping a schedule. Every minute does not have to be accounted for with doing something. Sometimes just sitting on a bench eating popcorn or a Mickey Ice Cream Bar is enough. Take in the little moments with your children…they are only little once.
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Disney in a Day

So for those of you who have read the title and thought to yourself that doing Disney in a day isn’t possible, guess what it is and here’s how it’s done. Between the 3 NYC airports (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark) Newark has the earliest flight leaving at 6am with JetBlue and has you landing around 8:30am. I was able to book my ticket about a week before for the best price of $110 round trip! 

From there you can take an Uber or Lift for a 30 minute ride to Magic Kingdom (or the park you want for the day). If you go to Magic Kingdom they will drop you off at the transportation center which means you will need to take the monorail or ferry over to the park.  And now you have reached Magic Kingdom just as the park has opened. 

If you plan your day right you can get on a ton of rides and eat all your favorite treats. Mobile orders are the best way to go unless you really want to do a sit down meal. I left all my shopping for the end of the day and bought a reusable bag to be my “carry-on” for the plane with all my goodies. 

My flight to leave Orlando was at 7:35 so I had to leave the park by 6 to give all that extra time for driving and security. I was lucky and security went quick and I was at my gate by 7ish and back in NJ by 10:30ish. I think I fell asleep at one point on the plane but again…well worth being there for the day! 

I packed a backpack with all I needed for the day. I wore sneakers down and about 3pm when my feet started to hurt, I switched to my Croc flip flops. I also packed 2 masks, a wallet with ID, my Disney Rewards card, credit cards plus some cash. I also packed KT Blister tape, a Welly first aid kit, sunglasses, a hat, water bottle, hydration powders, a mini fan, hat, earplugs, gum (MCO does not sell gum), Advil and Tylenol, lip balm, sunblock, Purell wipes, portable battery charger, and a metal straw (Disney uses paper). 

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While this all looks a lot, I did have a lot of room left over but once the sneakers went in my backpack there was less room. I still fit some disney souvenirs in my bag plus I had gotten the big tote bag too which was fine in the overhead bin. 

Overall, it was a SUPER draining day and I was exhausted the next day too but it was 100% worth every moment. So I guess your asking can this be done with kids…that’s not up to me to say. If you think your kids can handle it, go for it. But if you and your friends or husband are looking for a spontaneous trip…BOOK IT. 

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 Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Celebrates the Official Reopening and 6th Anniversary of the Environmental Education Center

Saturday, September 25, 2021
1:00-5:00 PM, 
99 Plymouth Street

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) will celebrate the official reopening and 6th Anniversary of the Environmental Education Center on Saturday, September 25 at 99 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This free, family-friendly afternoon features special birthday festivities inside the Education Center, as well as outdoor activities presented in collaboration with Billion Oyster Project, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Bridge Parents, and New York State Department of Conservation.Visitors are invited to explore unique educational exhibits and animals, and take part in a wide range of kid-friendly activities including crafts, a community art project using recycled materials, a mini photo booth, Park scavenger hunts, and more. Brooklyn Public Library will present a nature themed storytime at 2:30 PM at the Pebble Beach stairs.This is a free, all-ages event and is open to the public with no advanced registration required.The Environmental Education Center has been closed since the start of the pandemic and will reopen in a limited capacity for weekly Open Hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays (3:00-5:00pm) and Saturdays (1:00-5:00pm) starting Saturday, September 25 with COVID-19 protocols and safety measures enforced. Please see below for safety details, or visit our website for more information.“Throughout the pandemic, our environmental educators worked hard presenting creative outdoor and virtual programming for children and families to learn and explore,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “We look forward to reopening the Environmental Education Center on September 25 and welcoming the public to this festive celebration of the Center’s 6th Anniversary.”“We are thrilled to once again open the doors to the Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center,” said Isa Del Bello, Director of Education, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “We have deeply missed working with children and families in the Center, providing free educational programming for learners of all ages. We can’t wait to see old friends and welcome new ones!”

“The Conservancy’s environmental programming offers so much for kids and families. We are so glad the Conservancy is able to reopen their doors and again offer educational programs from the Education Center,” said 
Eric Landau, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park  Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center Reopening and 6th Birthday Celebration

Where: 99 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY 11201
When: Saturday, September 25, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Website: bit.ly/edcenterparty
 
COVID-19 Safety Measures and Indoor Attendance Requirements​​The Conservancy is committed to providing a safe environment for visitors to the Environmental Education Center and are following State, City, and CDC guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19, including the Mayoral Executive order: Key to NYC.For the well-being of our community, we ask that anyone who exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19 or has recently come into contact with someone who had COVID-19, please stay home. Any participants who do not comply with safety requirements will be asked to leave the program.Additional requirements are as follows: Participants and staff are required to wear masks at all times.All Environmental Education Center visitors ages 12 and older are required to provide proof that they have had at least one dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Visitors who cannot provide proof of their vaccination upon arrival will not be permitted entry. Visitors will need to present valid ID matching the name on their proof of vaccination. One adult from each family unit must sign-in with their name, phone number, number in group, zip code, and signature. By signing, you are also attesting your group has self-certified for COVID symptoms. A maximum of 25 visitors are allowed in the Education Center at a time.The room will follow a one-in, one-out policy when at capacity. If demand is continually high, visitors may be subject to time-limits. Masks, gloves, hand sanitizer will be available onsite for participants.Acceptable methods for providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination include:CDC Vaccination CardNYC Vaccination RecordExcelsior PassNYC COVID Safe App: Android | iOSValid ID includes your name and a photograph; for example:School I.D. cardDriver’s licenseGovernment I.D. cardIDNYC cardPassportIf you have questions regarding our COVID-19 safety policy, please email us at education@brooklynbridgepark.org.
 
ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTERBrooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center is a year-round space, located at 99 Plymouth Street in DUMBO. It is the home base for our thriving education program which serves over 10,000 school children each year. The Environmental Education Center is open to families and park visitors on weekends and weekday afternoons. Learn more at: bit.ly/environmentaledcenter
ABOUT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK CONSERVANCYBrooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has worked for over 35 years to bring Brooklyn Bridge Park to life. We started out as grassroots advocates, bringing together residents, government, and local supporters to transform an abandoned waterfront into the park you see today. Now an essential supporter, the Conservancy works in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park to ensure that the Park reaches its full potential as a dynamic and vibrant public space for all of Brooklyn, New York City, and beyond. With your help, the Conservancy produces diverse and innovative programming for Park visitors and cultivates volunteer and philanthropic support of this special place on the Brooklyn waterfront. Since 2000, more than 1.8 million visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

ABOUT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARKBrooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, known as Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP), is the City controlled not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance, and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park spanning 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. Brooklyn Bridge Park is designed to be both environmentally and financially sustainable, a critical element of the park’s long-term sustainability. 

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Quick…Easy…Cheap…and Super Trendy Halloween Shirts!

We have all been there before…. your little one comes home at 3pm and tells you “guess what” I can wear a festive shirt for Halloween spirit day tomorrow at school. Except you don’t have one!!!! Now what? Have no fear this quick, cheap & easy craft will save the day!

Supplies:

  • Spray Bottle mix with 50% water, 50% bleach
  • Blank Shirts (we opted to use black for this project)
  • Dollar Tree festive wood stencils

Insider Tips:

  • The larger stencils have a whole on top where string hands from. We cut the string out and placed a piece of tape there to cover it, so we wouldn’t end up with a whole in our designs.
  • Spraying close to the shirt gives you a more solid design such as the middle shirt. The girls sprayed further away and it was more of a sprinkled looked.
  • We did this on a sunny day so the shirts dried super quick. We flipped them over and did the back, so both sides have designs.
  • We did this on the grass and although flat it wasn’t the smoothes. Putting the stencils on and off caused the shirts to move slightly. It really didn’t affect our designs but just something to keep in mind when doing this, make sure the shirt is smooth.
  • Once the shirts were dried they smelled like bleach. So I did a quick wash with just the shirts in there and then dried them too.

The kids are super proud of their work and can’t wait to wear them. We have them just laying around waiting for their official debut and we keep getting compliments when people stop by. The best one was another parent asked me where we bought such cool Halloween shirts! Dollar Tree for the win!!

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

An annual Busy Bee Hive tradition!

There’s no better place to experience the magic of an autumn night than at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Now keep in mind there are two local locations you can go to take part of this memorable family experience. Van Cortlandt Manor which sits along the Croton River and provides the perfect 18th-century backdrop for this annual fall spectacle.  Or walk the spooky dark grounds of Old Bethpage Village in Long Island.

No matter which location you choose you will be amazed to see more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns light up the night! Visitors are blown away by the work and artistry of each hand-carved pumpkin and every year there’s an additional wonder to inspire—a medieval castle, signs of the zodiac, and the Pumpkin Zee Bridge were some of the recent must-see displays.

Our experience:

  • The reservation only, time slots were great. Less crowded wait times.
  • The crowds kept moving at a nice pace.
  • We were all spaced out and enjoyed the leisurely stroll.
  • The grounds are dark for little ones to navigate. Highly recommend children 3 and under to be carried or in a stroller.
  • Hit Dollar Tree for some festive glow sticks to help light the way.
  • The grounds are overall smooth and easy to get through. Some patches here and there were a little bumpy/muddy to get through with the stroller, so keep that in mind.
  • Also, only bathroom facilities were port-a-potties. Although well maintained, I know some little ones are not a fan so plan accordingly.
  • Always something new to see, fun night for the whole family!

** The opinions expressed here are of our own. We were not compensated in any shape or form in exchange for this post. **

Posted in Elementary Age Events, Local Events, Preschoolers Events

JUST 4 WEEKS AWAY! DINO DAYS – SEPTEMBER 18TH & 19TH

A full day of family fun awaits you at Dino Days.Trips run SEPTEMBER 18 & 19One price includes all activities$4.00 for children under 2IncludesThe Dinosaur ShowMeet BLUE the VelciraptorScott Wagstaff ventriloquist and his Zany Animals,Train RideAdmission to the Ol’ Susquehanna Mine, tour and bag of real fossil ore40′ obstacle course bouncytemporary tattoosspin artmeet and greet with Davey the DinosaurA beautiful narrated ride along the scenic Delaware riverA full day of family activitiesONLY $16 FOR CHILDREN$20 ADULTS
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Meet BlueA real live Velociraptor to scare and amuse you!

The Susquehanna Mining CompanyPan for real fossils you can take home!

The Dinosaur ShowA fun and informative show with real Anthropologists!
Field Paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka will take you on a scientific exploration highlighting the world of dinosaurs, fossils and rocks/minerals. Each summer, the team explores the Badlands of North and South Dakota excavating dinosaurs. This fun-filled wow-factor show will cover the formation of fossils and herbivores vs. carnivores. We will discuss our work as field paleontologists and our background in geology in a relatable way with entertainment, humor, magic and real fossils. The presentation will feature: – “Mr. Nixon”, a real eight foot Triceratops skull discovered by our team in 1996 and is 67 million years old – A real Albertosaurus skull will highlight the features of a carnivore. – Original music – songs – show & tell with rare fossils – a touch of magic which includes a special “egg magic trick” which segues to – presentation of a real dinosaur egg fossil – “Dinosaur Game Show” will round out the show.
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