The supercool local moms Stephanie Troeller and Mary Kate Mellow who created the Prima Princessa brand are getting creative again. As a companion to their website and DVDs, they’ve just released a new book Ballet for Beginners.
And they want to give you a copy along with a Prima Princessa ballerina gift basket. The winner will receive the hardcover book, Ballet for Beginners, copies each of the 3 DVDs: Swan Lake (featuring the Paris Opera Ballet), The Nutcracker (featuring London’s Birmingham Royal Ballet),and Sleeping Beauty (featuring London’s Royal Ballet). They’ll also include a gorgeous tutu and tiara for the budding ballerina who wins.
Want to win? Tell us two things in comments about your favorite little ballerina–why does she love dance so much? And where does she take lessons locally?
Contest starts Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12 pm EST and ends Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9 pm EST. One person who leaves a comment by Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9 pmwill be chosen at random to receive Ballet for Beginners and copies each of the 3 DVDs!
In the meantime, we wanted to catch up with ballerina moms Stephanie and Mary Kate. Here’s all of the scoop on their latest projects, their TV show, their new website and how they started this successful business that sprung out of lively playdates in their Montclair homes. Continue Reading
Students at the Religious school of Temple Sholom of West Essex raised money for the Interfaith Hospitality network doing some of their favorite activities—playing basketball and rainbow looming! Shooting for sponsored baskets they had a lot of fun as they hung out with youth groupers. Bracelets in every color were created by a very enthusiastic group of loomers.” They will be sold during school hours to buy holiday presents.
Benjamin Miller posted this video of his son Ward’s first year on YouTube. Ward was born weighing only one and a half pounds and spent the first 107 days of his life in the NICU. After what Miller says were “many obstacles,” he is a happy, healthy 15 month old. Miller gave this video to his wife on her birthday and says it’s “a story of a mother’s love for her baby.”
My friend is obsessed with the holiday season especially Christmas. From the décor to the food to the gifts, her goal every year is to provide her family with a magical memorable Christmas.
For the past several years, she and her husband have made it a tradition to go with their two kids to at Christmas tree farm to pick out the perfect tree together. The family spends a few hours shopping until they agree on a tree to bring home. They tag the tree and the people that work at the farm cut it down, wrap it and load it the car. The tradition includes lots of photos and hot chocolate.
Three years ago, she was confident that they had picked the ideal tree. But when her husband untied it, she was convinced that the tree they brought home was not the one that they had chosen. Her husband thought she was being crazy and they proceeded to decorate the tree with the kids.
Days later (and weeks before Christmas day), the tree started slowly dying in their living room.
We all know someone who volunteer at our schools, helps to feed the hungry, takes an elderly neighbor to the supermarket, donates to worthwhile causes, buys gifts for children in need around the holidays… Someone who gives the gift of their time—a gift that is worth so much.
Because it’s the holiday season, #GivingTuesday, and in the spirit of giving, we want to give “Shout Outs” to those generous people in our community. Typically, the people who give the most want the least fanfare, but we think they deserve it.
There’s a certain added magic to reading Christmas stories with the family to get into the holiday spirit. While Twas’ the Night Before Christmas never gets old, it’s nice to add new additions to the collection. Here is our list of Christmas books for kids all ages, provided by Watchung Booksellers in Montclair:
Tired of the same old ho-hum weekend activities? Consider the brand new Zam0ns game.
Packed with an exciting treasure hunt set against a mysterious meta-physical being backstory, the Zam0ns game is one that the whole family can enjoy together. Think geocaching expedition meets a healthy dose of alien intrigue and you’ll get the picture.
Montclair father Leo Aristimuno explains that the Zam0ns (that’s with a zero) are other-worldly beings who are here to guide us, play with us, teach and learn from us. They have recently visited Montclair and left us some interesting items to explore in a secret location tucked away in Nishuane Park in Montclair, otherwise known as #R00T_QUAD (with two zero’s).
Glen Ridge resident Sayydah Garrett has always had a love for the big-eared giants, so much so that she decided to foster one. In August of 2012, Garrett embarked on a two-week safari by herself to visit Kenia, her foster elephant, up close and personal. But on day two of her trip, while visiting a tribal village in Samburu in northern Kenya, Garrett’s life took an unexpected turn.