Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Brooklyn-Where Reading is E.Z.


Greenlight Book Shop gets the green light for a kid friendly book space. Located in Brooklyn, they not only do they sell unique children's books the kids will love they also have Story Hour for kids every Saturday at 10:30am. Often times they even have the author swing by and read to them. So cool non!?!? And while the kiddies are being read to parent's can browse the rad book selection. Not to shabby to kick off a Saturday morning if you ask us. So all you Brooklynites get there. You wont regret it. Play Nice. xo

Monday, April 26, 2010

Beat the Monday Blues with Young Love...

BKLYN Yard loves love and because of that we needed to share! Enjoy.

and to you Tan Hong Ming we dedicate this song from your pals at BKLYN Yard.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Eeyore has a Birthday

Give it up for BKLYN Yard's favorite donkey! Today is his day! Pooh Bears best friend turns 47yrs today and it's time to celebrate!


They are having a birthday party for him in Austin today but if you don't live in Austin it doesn't mean you can't party with the best of 'em. Get the flour, sugar and eggs out and make a cake in honor of Eeyore! And tonight at bedtime read the kids one of your favorite Winnie the Pooh stories :)

Happy Birthday from your friends at BKLYN Yard! <3

Friday, April 23, 2010

Life as a First Time Mommy-"Life with a New Born"

Life with a Newborn....



is awesome....and exhausting....and exciting.....and frustrating....and a gift.

Awesome because this tiny person is all yours. You are the one who he looks to for comfort (and every other need in the world that he has).

Exhausting because he's eating every 3 hours (that includes during the night). If I'm lucky, he'll have a long stretch here and there. And by long, I mean 4 hours....*wink*

Exciting because he's doing new things every day! Like giggling and cooing and responding to toys and voices that he wasn't before.

Frustrating because he's been a little fussier than usual lately.....and I can't figure out why all the time....grrr.

And a gift because not everyone can have children. I feel so blessed to have this baby in my life and cherish every moment with him.

Keeping it Real:
~ My goal over the past two weeks was to take each room in my house and do some spring cleaning (wash windows, baseboards, organize, polish, floors, etc.).

~Reality....I've finished three rooms and am beginning to realize it might take me two months, not two weeks, to finish!

Ahhhh....Life with a Newborn....

to check out other fun stories from and design ideas from Kate check out http://limedesign-kate.blogspot.com/

Happy Birthday To William Shakespeare


It was William Shakespeare who said "“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” So know your children, teach them about one of this worlds most talented writers, whose words have inspired many. And be sure to check out some great Shakespeare for children with coloring books, puzzles etc at The Folger Shakespeare Library. BKLYN Yard shouts "Happy Birthday to Billy Shakes <3" Play nice....

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sneak Peek for F/W (fall/winter) 2010 part deux


As promised we are giving you all a sneak peek of BKLYN Yards F/W 2010 Collection, until our full collection is revealed. One of the greatest things about the new line are the tagless tees, shirts, onesies etc. No tags! BKLYN Yard will only have the soft fabric rubbing against the little ones skin this season instead of an 'itchy' tag. And ps: take a look at the color of the new line. Ooooo-weee Fall/Winter is turning out to be one priceless piece of work. Go BKLYN Yard (ala Michelle for working non-stop on some great pieces for the kiddies to look dope in!)

For the Love of Mother Earth


Happy Earth Day! What a great way to teach the little ones about our wonderful planet and how they can love it. Take some time to plant a tree, volunteer to clean up a local park, or better yet celebrate our planet in the kitchen by whipping up some kid friendly Earth Day recipes. Check out one of our faves:

Choose Your Own Adventure Stir Fry:


* 2 tbsp. (30 mL) vegetable oil, divided
* 3/4 lb. (375 g) meat or alternate (choose one or more)
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 tsp. (5 mL) grated fresh ginger root
* 4 cups (1 L) vegetable possibilities (choose at least three)
* 1/2 cup (125 mL) chicken, beef or vegetable broth
* 2 tbsp. (30 mL) soy sauce
* 2 tsp. (10 mL) cornstarch
* 1/2 cup (125 mL) extra bonus ingredient (choose one), optional

Meat or alternate:

* Boneless, skinless chicken, cut into strips
* Boneless beef stir-fry strips (flank steak, sirloin, top round)
* Boneless pork, cut into strips
* Raw peeled shrimp
* Firm tofu, cut into cubes

Vegetable possibilities:

* Green or red peppers, cut into strips
* Carrots, thinly sliced
* Broccoli, broken into florets (stems sliced)
* Zucchini, sliced
* Mushrooms, sliced
* Cabbage (regular or Chinese), sliced
* Bean sprouts, rinsed
* Celery, sliced
* Snow peas, cut in half

Extra bonus ingredients:

* Peanuts, coarsely chopped
* Cashews, whole
* Sesame seeds, toasted (don't use more than 1 tbsp.)
* Crispy Chinese noodles

Cooking Instructions

1. Before you start cooking, arrange all your ingredients in bowls or on plates so that they're ready to use. Once you begin cooking, it will all go very quickly; you won't have time to chop or cut anything.
2. In a very large skillet or wok, heat 1 tbsp. (15 mL) of the vegetable oil over high heat. Add your meat choice and stir-fry for 3 or 4 minutes until just cooked through. The amount of time will depend a little on what you're cooking. Remove to a bowl (but don't use the bowl in which you had the raw meat unless you've washed it first).
3. Add remaining 1 tbsp. (15 mL) oil to the pan. Throw in onion, garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Now begin to add the vegetable possibilities to the pan, beginning with the ones that take the longest to cook (carrots, broccoli stems, etc.) and ending with the ones that cook most quickly (bean sprouts, snow peas). Cook, stirring and tossing for about 2 minutes, then pour in the broth, cover the pan with a lid and let everything steam for 2 or 3 minutes.
4. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce and cornstarch.
5. When the vegetables are tender but still quite crisp, return the meat (or whatever) to the pan, stir and add the soy sauce mixture. Continue to stir-fry for 1 or 2 minutes or until the sauce is thickened and glossy. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle the top with the extra bonus ingredient, if you're using one.
6. Serve immediately with hot cooked rice or noodles.

Ready In:
30 min.
Servings: 4

How kids can help

Help choose and prepare all the meat and vegetables for the recipe.
Older children can help add ingredients to the wok while an adult stirs.
Sprinkle finished dish with nuts, seeds or noodles.

And for more Earth Day friendly kid recipes check out Kaboose.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Brown Bear, Brown Bear-(children's book corner)


Brown Bear

With the nice weather lingering upon us and the animals have finally opened those peepers from a long winters slumber to enjoy the warm sun we thought it was quite on mark when the adorable Madi wanted to review the children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See?

BKY: What’s the name of your favorite book:
M: Brown Bear

BKY: Why is Brown Bear your favorite book?
M: It's silly.

BKY: What do you like about the book?
M: The children at the end.

BKY: What’s favorite part of story?
M: The character is a tie between the black sheep and blue horse.

BKY: Who do you like reading the book to you?
M: Daddy because he is a silly boy.

BKY: Do you think this is a good book for other kids to read?
M: Yea!

Awww, we love it...especially "daddy because he's a silly boy". Thanx Maddi for your great review and keep on rockin' BKLYN Yard! <3

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Look What's in Store for BKLYN Yard's Fall/Winter 2010



Feast your eyes on these bad boys! As BKLYN Yards Fall/Winter collection approaches completion we couldn't help but share with you some highlights of what the future holds. To start-take a peak at the new tags and BKLYN Yard Kids newest logo. These hip new tags will be included with each item purchased along with our signature child friendly faux tats :)! Enjoy and stay tuned....

Monday, April 19, 2010

Turn Off that Boob Tube


for at least this week. Beginning today take some time to bond with the family. April 19th kicks off National Turn off the TV Week. Now, you wonder what to do with the kiddos when there is no TV to occupy them. Worry no more because they can, play board games, read, and enjoy each others company. We found that Parents offers a great deal of fun alternatives. And what an opportunity for the little ones to use their imaginations to entertain the spirits. I remember the days when my family would vacation in Maine with no T.V. to boot and we would play board games. It was their that I realized my mom was actually funny and not just, well,"mom"....so get to it and turn off the tube. You wont regret it! Who knows maybe your little ones will find out how cool you really are. And please email us at info@bklynyardkids.com with some images of your family bonding without the tv or send us some ideas too so we can share it with the other parents. Play nice-

Friday, April 16, 2010

Life as a First Time Mommy-Kate

BKLYN Yard has cupcakes, we have fun, we have hip gear, we have our weekly "Children's Book Corner" and now we have "Life as a First Time Mommy". BKLYN Yard wanted to touch on the life & experience of a new mom. Kate, my bff from childhood, just had her first baby-he's gorgeous and he's a fan of BKLYN Yard (you go boy!). Now, anyone who knows Kate knows that she's not only a beauty but also one of the most organized, down to earth and well put together individuals on the planet. So it was funny when she lovingly wrote "Who knew how hard it would be to compose an email and hit the send button with my lil fella now in the picture..." We thought it would be fun and entertaining for our readers to have Kate share her experience as a first timer. So with no further ado...heres Kate!



Life with a Newborn!

Name - Kate
Babies Name - Dean
Age (if u want) - 32
Baby age - 7 weeks (I love watching him grow but want him to stay little at the same time....sniffle sniffle).
what u like to do together - taking walks, snuggling, my boy goes EVERYWHERE with me...from shopping, to coffee dates with the girls, lunch at Mommom's house, to errands....you name it, he's done it!
Deans favorite food; (lol) - He's a total boob man(already)...haha. He's a breastfed boy...
Routine - As many new mom's know, there isn't much of a set routine just yet (even though I'm dying for one....I, myself, am a girl that craves routine!). Every day is a little different. We usually get up around 8am, Dean gets his bath for the day, we watch Rachael Ray and the View and catch up on our emails and favorite blogs, then we head out for the day (take a walk, errands, lunch at Mommom's, etc.). Dinner usually happens around 6:30pm and then my husband, me, Dean, and our 1 year old Beagle puppy, Ginger, snuggle in for the night. Oh....AND....tons of feedings happen in between all those activities and all through the night!

Keeping it Real:
What I planned for the day - Take a shower in the MORNING and get on with my day.
What actually happened - The day's activities went on but the shower didn't happen until 11:30 that night....ugghhhh! Time is not my own anymore, but I wouldn't have it any other way :o) When that little face smiles up at me, I count my blessings and thank God for the awesome responsibility he's given me <3

Stay tuned for more of Kates updates and life with Dean in our "Life as a First Time Mommy" series. She is one creative soul who will share all she knows with a little comic relief along the way (<3)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Children's Book Corner-The Very Hungry Caterpillar



Now that spring is upon us and those little caterpillars have become butterflies, ready to showcase their makeovers we found it quite fitting that cute Jack wanted discusses his favorite book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

BKLYN Yard: What's the name of your favorite book?
Jack: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)

BKLYN Yard: Why is this your favorite book?
Jack: The cherry pie

BKLYN Yard: What do like about the book?
Jack: The cherry pie:)

BKLYN Yard: Who is your favorite character?
Jack: The big fat caterpillar

BKLYN Yard: Who do you like reading the book to you and why?
Jack: Dada-he's funny

BKLYN Yard: Do you think this book is good for other kids and why?
Jack: Nooo

BKLYN Yard: Anything else you'd like to say about the book?
Jack: Its funny

So, get on out there and get this funny book for your little tyke. A great read their sure to enjoy. Thanx Jack & Play Nice~

Friday, April 9, 2010

Shakin' It Up with NYC Vendors


How'd we get so lucky? NYC just announced that they will be hosting Cake & Shake, a vendor cart selling CUPCAKES. Can you believe it?!?! Smack dab on the streets of New York you will be able to fill that sweet craving with a delicious cupcake (our favorite!). While on the go (as all New Yorkers are) you can get a full meal at the Hot Dog Cart for dinner and over to the Cupcake cart for dessert...all on a budget.

Cake & Shake was started by Gina Ojile and Derek Hunt. The carts will be parked outside the Metropolitan Museum and Washington Square Park. Cupcakes and milkshakes will range from $3-$5 and they will be rotating 5 out of 20 flavored cupcakes each day. So when in NYC make sure to stop by and grab yourself a cupcake and a shake! Play Nice & Love Life!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Leave the dishes in the sink & the dust bunnies on the floor because...


Today is National No Housework Day. You read it right mom's, dad's and kids. Every April 7th is a day to leave the housework behind and get on out there and enjoy this nice weather. Interestingly enough A 2008 study conducted at the University of Michigan found that the average American woman scrubs her house at least 17 hours a week! After a long day at school or work, housework is the last thing anyone wants to come home to. Doctors and health experts say that it is essential for people with busy lifestyles to factor in time to relax. Relaxation can lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce headaches, and improve concentration. So,instead of running the vacuum run with a kite, breath in the fresh air and enjoy life the way BKLYN Yard knows how. What a wonderful day for playing nice.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Earth Friendly Rhymin'




With Spring time finally making it's way back into our lives we wanted to share some great outdoor activities you can do with the kiddies while encouraging them to respect the planet and have fun doing it:

1. "Mary Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow, with silver bells and cockle shells"

Teach em' how to compost: composted fertilizer you've provided from your own reusable disposables. Start composting for spring and summer fertilizing needs. You reduce landfill waste and have an economical excellent supply of fertilizer.

2. "To market to market to buy - whatever we need."

Shopping: Use reusable bags if you're going shopping, shopping from A to Z. They are available in so many places now and they are relatively inexpensive. At the very least, be sure you recycle your bags if you are not using reusable bags.

3. "Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick"

Candles & Such: making sure of course that the candles have lead free wicks that do not create dangerous air pollution.

And for other cool earth friendly tips check this site out: http://www.ehow.com/how_4903831_this-spring-nursery-rhyme-tips.html

Play Nice

Thursday, April 1, 2010