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Welcoming a Rainbow Baby

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The Rainbow Baby

25% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage or stillbirth. Learning this fact rocked me to my core- I found solace reading about how women have bravely stepped forward to share their experiences and help others get through this amazingly difficult life event. We were honored to work with  Avani Sarkar, founder of Modi-Toys as she prepares for the birth of her own rainbow baby. We especially loved the dress she had made in India for the session. Her own sentiments echo the hope for the future – she told me “I’m glad to see more and more people talking about difficult topics like these more openly.” Thank you Avani for working with us on this meaningful session.

The Sneaker Story

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Sneakers are the thing right now. Dress them up or down, with jeans and a blazer or a dress. Everything goes. I won’t buy Golden Goose (I can distress my own sneakers, thank you- the idea of buying a pair of sneakers already dirty!)  Veja sneakers are in at the moment but I did not find them to be very comfortable.

Here are some options to consider. P448 are my current fave and a lower price point than Golden Goose.

Onitsuka Tiger – GSM Sneakers  These sneakers are a pared down version of the original invented by Kihachiro Onitsuka in his living room in Kobe Japan. The look is very sport-oriented and it is a well-built sneaker. The brand, like many others, features limited editions designed in collaboration with like-minded artists and cultural connoisseurs

Maison Margiela Replica This sneaker is handcrafted of Italian calfskin and has a simple look that goes with any outfit effortlessly.

P448 John Pink Python also come in a grey- love these! The beautiful pale pink color paired with the unique python-patterned upper make these a winner day or night. I also liked their Soho sneaker  the white and gray make this a wonderful go anywhere shoe.

Maple Sugaring in New Jersey

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maple sugaring
Get your sugar fix at these sweet tree-tapping events happening this winter in New Jersey.

For families with a sweet tooth looking for something fun to do this winter, check out these places around NJ with maple-sugaring events, so you can see how the real thing is collected and made and taste-test different varieties around the state. You might even come home with a bottle of the this sweet elixir.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center Chatham, NJ (33 minutes from Hoboken & JC)

Participate in fascinating, hour-long maple sugaring demonstrations on the Saturday March 14th 12 PM – 4 PM days. Admission is $5 per person. No registration is required, but it is first come, first served seating.

Tenafly Nature Center  Tenafly, NJ (40 minutes from Hoboken and Jersey City)
Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center’s tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome. March 4th 2 PM-3 PM and 3:30 PM -4:30 PM $10 admission for non members

Somerset Park Commission Environmental Education Center Basking Ridge, NJ (50 minutes from Hoboken & JC)
Maple sugaring is a tradition in the Northeast that began centuries ago with the Native Americans and colonists. People of all ages are invited to see this tradition brought to life at the Environmental Education Center (EEC). You will see how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and see the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. The 90-minute program is conducted at the EEC’s Sugar Shack, a ½-mile hike from the EEC. Please arrive at the EEC 20-30 minutes before the program start time and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Suggested donation: $1 per person March 1, 7, 8, 14, 15
Saturdays – 10:00am, Noon, and 2:00pm
Sundays – Noon and 2:00pm No registration is required