New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note

Behaving very much like a mischievous sprite, my soon-to-be eight-year-old son asked me and my wife if we'd like him to "take out Punxsutawney Phil and see if he chases his shadow." This was Sunday morning. We didn't quite get it at first but then he clarified by pointing to his privates...[more here  

 

--Eric Messinger emessinger@manhattanmedia.com   
Parenting Tips

*Inspired by this month of romance, we asked some local experts and writers to reflect on marriage and parenting (Love Stories), to share their advice for making a marriage better (Words Of Wisdom), and to suggest Valentine's Day gifts that will steal hearts (A Valentine's Day Lysst).  

 

*Plus, ten of our favorite children's books on love, friendship and Valentine's Day to share with your loved ones. Cuddle up and fall in love with reading!  

  

*Black History Month always has awesome family programming, focused on famous and lesser-known events in our past. Whether you enjoy music, plays, the outdoors or dancing, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone.

Contests & Giveaways

*The world's smallest toy building block--nanoblock--is micro-sized to allow kids ages 8 and up to craft designs like a koala bear, giraffe or tree frog. And we're giving away five building sets! To enter, post on our Facebook page telling us why you want to win. Then, email us with "nanoblock" in the subject line. Deadline is Friday, February 18.   

   

*Get ready to party Minnie-style with our I ♥ Minnie giveaway. Five lucky winners will receive the latest I ♥ Minnie interactive DVD. Two additional winners will also receive an I ♥ Minnie Party Pack with everything you need to throw your next shindig. A $20 VISA gift card will be included! To get the party started, email us with "Minnie Mouse" in the subject line. Deadline is Wednesday, February 15.

Treats

*The Bronx Zoo is letting love birds name a Madagascar cockroach for their special someone, and gift an artisan chocolate roach! With a portion of the proceeds going to the Wildlife Conservation Society, you can't go wrong with these eerily edible dark chocolate roaches. $10-$35, bronxzoo.com/roach

   

*Starlets from Hollywood's golden age turned to one man for screen-worthy skin: Erno Laszlo. The doctor's best formulas have been updated for the next gorgeous generation via the new Hollywood Collection. Box set available for a limited time, $125, nordstrom.com 

The Week at NewYorkFamily.com    
*J&R is opening a megastore for new parents--J&R, Jr! Be sure to stop by their family weekend of fun this Saturday and Sunday, to enjoy carnival games, balloon animals, popcorn, prizes and performances by Laurie Berkner and Dan Zanes. 

   

*Whip up a savory dish for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day with the help of Catherine McCord of Weelicious. Check out her ravioli pesto hearts at Yummy Delicious   


*Amity Spiegel's baby weight loss story
might inspire you to consider a change--and how it can make you a better parent.

 

Best of (The Rest Of) The Web 

  

*The French aren't just more fashionable than we are, they are also better parents in some ways! Find out why. (The Wall Street Journal)   

 

*The halftime show angers parents...again. The Parents Television Council is lashing out at Sunday's blatant flip slip. (TMZ)

 

*Candy-free fun may not be your kids' idea of a sweet time, but we promise they'll love this DIY Valentine Fortune Teller. (Design Mom)

 

For more of our favorite articles from the web this week, click here

New York Family Events 

*The next two Camp Fairs are this weekend! Come research the possibilities at New York Family's Camp Fairs--produced in collaboration with the American Camp Association NY & NJ--on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12 in Westchester. For more information and to register, click here.

   

*Speaking of Camp Fairs, New York Family just launched a virtual camp tour at therightcamp.com. The site is a one-stop resource to help parents find the ideal summer experience for their children.

Bonus Tip 

*One of our favorite local children's photographers, Jennifer Lee, has put on a special offer for family portraits to help raise money for cancer research via Cycle for Survival. Here's the scoop on Portraits With Purpose  


February 8-14, 2012

 

 



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