Kiddy Kalendar Update

Mark you calendars for this upcoming Friday! Hopes (Abbott Program) is hosting a puppet show performed by the famous Mister Kipley at 5:30pm at the Rue site at 301 Garden Street in Hoboken. Tickets are $5 per child. Pizza and drinks are an extra $2 per child and $3 per adult. Come on out for a great night!


Why Not Consider. . . Wednesday: Makeup Edition

makeup-powder-colorsBefore I had children, one guilty pleasure in my life was going to Bloomingdales, Bendels, or some other shopping mecca and investing in expensive makeup and skin care products.  I would often work long hours, and was just too exhausted to try on clothing or shoes.  However, I found I could get that same shopping rush I would get buying a new outfit if I bought cosmetics- and I would be in and out of the store in no time.

After I had my first child, I found it even harder to resist the siren call of buying something new that promised to make me look great.  For those of you who have seen the movie, Confessions of a Shopaholic, just substitute that green scarf for the bottle of La Mer moisturizing cream ($230 for a 2oz bottle).

So- I feel like the topic of cosmetics is something that I can address with some authority.  Indeed, my relationship with expensive makeup goes back to high school.  Could it have something to do with genetics?  Perhaps.  Let’s just say that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

However, just like the protagonist in Confessions of a Shopaholic learned that she didn’t need expensive clothing to make her happy, I too have learned that I can find happiness without the Chanel eyeshadow that comes in that pretty little black box with the double C’s on it.

Here are my suggestions for products you can buy at any drug store that and that I now use myself. Having the extra money in your pocketbook to spend on things like- ohh I don’t know- a college education for your child- might just make you feel even more beautiful.

Moisturizer, Cleanser and Sunscreen:
I went to a dermatologist and was told that in order to keep my skin looking young, I should always use sunscreen. So, my first suggestion for skin care is a broad spectrum sunscreen. The dermatologist did not recommend a particular sunscreen. I tried a few types and found I liked Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 70 with Helioplex broad spectrum UVA-UVB. I bought Neutrogena Age Shield Sunblock SPF 45 Advanced Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB while we were on vacation (I couldn’t find the one for face only) and used it successfully on my face. Neutrogena hasn’t irritated my skin or caused me to have any breakouts so I will continue to use it.

The dermatologist I went to did recommend the CeraVe line of cleansers and moisturizers for my sensitive skin. CeraVe is designed to seriously hydrate your skin- not to give you a face lift in a bottle, so, if this is what you are looking for, CeraVe may not be the right product for you.  However, I love the CeraVe line and if, like me, you have delicate or sensitive skin, you may like it too. (All CeraVe items will be on sale at CVS from April 5-11th for $10.99.) I like the cleanser as it doesn’t strip my skin and leave it feeling dry and tight, but it does remove my makeup. I generally use the moisturizing lotion as it is not as thick as the cream, however, I do have the cream and use it sporadically in the winter or at night- when I need a little extra hydration. Note- I have only been able to find this product in CVS.

Foundation and Concealer:
Over the past month I have tried many different types of foundation. However, two types of foundation have stood out for me above the rest: 1) CoverGirl Aqua Smoothers with Acquacurrent science and 2) L’Oreal true match. I liked the feeling of the CoverGirl product but liked how easy it was for me to find my perfect match in the store with the L’Oreal product- I put my wrist under a piece of plastic with colors and actually got the right shade for my complexion as they said I would. I’m still not sure which is my favorite brand- I like them both.

With both the L’Oreal and CoverGirl products, I liked both the liquid foundation and the cream compact makeup- although I did not use the cream compact all over my face. I found that I had very good results achieving a natural look when I used the liquid all over my face and then used the compact makeup sparingly only on my cheek bones where I wanted a little extra coverage for my freckles. (Note that if you spend $20 on any CoverGirl Cosmetics at CVS from April 5-11th you get $10 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)).

I also tried and liked the L’Oreal True Match super-blendable Concealer (it comes with a brush) and the CoverGirl Smoothers Concealer (in a stick).

I have had problems with clumpy mascara in the past. I decided to try the L’Oreal Bare Naturale Mineral-Enriched Mascara in Black Brown because it was L’Oreal and I was having good luck with their foundation. I like a natural look and like this mascara which is fiber free and clump free.

Eye Shadow:
I tried L’Oreal wear infinite eyes hadow for hazel eyes and liked it. There is a 1,2,3,4 stamped into each of the 4 shadows in the container and they tell you where on your eye to put each number. How easy is that? The colors seem to work well with my eyes- and, as I recall, they have other options for those with brown or blue eyes.

Instead of blush, I like to use a little Bronzer. I have tried Physicians Formula Organic Wear Bronzer and I think it is a solid bronzer. It looks natural on my skin so I like it.

So far, I have liked L’OrealColor Juice in Raspberry Smash. It feels like clear gloss with a hint of sheer red.

Despite the fact that I tend to go for natural looking makeup, and a gloss on my lip during the day, I tend to favor a red lip when I go out with my husband. I have been having a very hard time finding a lipstick I like as much as Yves Saint Laurent- which is my go to lipstick. I’ll keep looking.

I am also on the lookout for a nice skin treatment. Right now I still have a supply of Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask and Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads (recommended one year by Allure a few years back), so, I don’t have need to buy anything new. In the name of being a Recessionista, I will continue to look for suitable substitutes- despite the fact that there is a Bliss in the W Hotel that just opened in Hoboken.

Disclaimer: Please note that I have not been asked to write this article by anyone or received any compensation for making the above recommendations. These are just one real mom’s suggestions. If you keep your receipt and keep the packaging your makeup comes in, you can return your makeup for a refund at CVS in the eventuality that you try it and do not like it. I personally had to do this a few times before I found what I was looking for.  Rite Aid has a “Don’t Pay for Your Mistakes” Beauty Money Back Guarantee which allows you to return any opened/used beauty product for a full refund when accompanied by a register receipt. The Rite Aid guarantee covers not only makeup, but also the following: skin care/depilatories, sun care, bath/soap, hair care (shampoo, conditioner, styling and professional), hair color, cosmetics, ethnic beauty aids, fragrances, cosmetic organizers and personal care appliances.  Isn’t it nice to be able to try something knowing you can take it back if you don’t like it?

LaMer and Chanel- I may miss you every now and again, but my wallet won’t miss you. Thanks for the memories!

April Fool’s Day

Don’t forget, today is April Fool’s Day. Hope you have a fun day! We enjoyed reading about some of these pranks listed on, especially the bedtime switcheroo prank, which at least one of us will be trying.

One mom waited until all her children were sound asleep and carried them into their siblings rooms.  When they woke up in the morning, she enjoyed seeing their confusion.  Click here to read the full story about this bedtime switcheroo.

Another mom told her children that the principal had called from school to inform her of some rude behavior and enjoyed watching her children’s insist that they hadn’t behaved badly before she said April Fools.

Don’t forget your spouse or co-worker.  A cute prank is to leave a message that Mr. Lyon called and would like a return call by the end of the day.  Put down the number for your local zoo as the return number and see what happens.  You might be as lucky as prankster whose victim was told “I’m sorry, Mr. Lyon is busy at the moment. Mr. Elephant can talk, though!” 

We leave you with this food for thought which was chronicled on the  “In 1998: Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a “Left-Handed Whopper” specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, “many others requested their own ‘right handed’ version.””

Tipster Tuesday: Fool the Kids on April Fool’s

We’ve found some really fun ways to fool the kids on April 1 and you can still pull them off in time for tomorrow:

1) Martha Stewart’s shrunken breakfast. You can get the quail’s eggs at Super Chicken of Hoboken at 4th and Harrison.

2) How about cake for dinner… Meatloaf cake! I’m thinking of altering the recipe a bit and making meatloaf cupcakes instead.

3) Fool them at lunch time by making a banana hot dog. Put peanut butter and jelly in a ziplock bag and cut off a bit of the corner to get the fake ketchup and mustard look.

4) Serve up deceptive jello drinks instead of juice. Add a straw for a special touch. Will they notice?

Do you have anything planned for April Fools?  If so, we’d love to hear about your plans!

Kiddy Kalendar March 30-April 3

Here are our recommendations for things to do this week, for under $10 a child.


Head over to the NY Public Library at 42nd and 6th avenue for children’s storytime at 4pm. The Carousel in Bryant Park is under construction this week, but you can always stop by Toys R Us in Times Square to try out some toys and see the T-Rex.


Head on over to Karma Kids for a community yoga class for kids ages 4 to 7 from 4:30 to 5:15. The community class is taught my yoga teachers in training and is just $10 per just, drop in. Karma Kids is located at 104 W 14th Street between 6th and 7th avenue, right near the 14th street path station.


April Fools Day! If the weather is nice, take the Hoboken uptown ferry to 38th street. From there you can take the ferry bus to Chelsea Piers and visit one of the coolest playgrounds in town, just north of the sports center, set back from the water. Of if your kids are good walkers, walk there from the ferry and you can watch all the helicopters take off from the heliport just south of the ferry station.


Head out to the Hudson Branch Library for their 3:30pm session of Kids Music that Rocks. There will be music and stories and the kids can play with the toys, slides, rocking horses, and books in this very kid friendly space. If the weather is nice, there is a playground right outside the library and plenty of tempting cafes to pick up a snack on the walk to/from path. The library is at 66 Leroy Street right near the Christopher Street Path station.


Spend the afternoon in Union Square. At 4pm the Barnes and Noble has an author event with Todd Parr and his book, The Peace Book. You can browse the market and taste all the vendor’s samples. And don’t forget to visit the pet store, where you can see lizards, snakes, fish, chinchillas, and the kitties that are up for adoption.

Real Mom Review: Florham Park Roller Skating Rink

roller_skate_1_bgFeeling nostalgia for the 70s? Take the kids to a roller skating rink for some retro fun. Florham Park Roller Rink has plenty of those old fashioned heavy non-inline roller skates that you can rent. Then take a whirl around the roller rink to some lively music. If you don’t know how to roller skate, there are drop in lessons on Saturday mornings at 10am.

Bang for your Buck: thumbs up! Saturday morning lessons are $8 per person for 50 minutes and include skate rentals. Open skate schedule is available here and is mostly weekends in two hour blocks. Admission is $6.50 plus $3.50 for skate rentals.
Best transit route: Take the car. It is about 30 minutes from Hoboken.
Stroller friendly: no
Rainy day recommended: thumbs up
Potty situation: bathrooms on location
Snack friendly: cheap greasy food is available and there is seating, no outside food allowed
Hyper-child friendly: thumbs up!
Child-friendly staff: yes
Estimate of time killed: about 1-1.5 hours
Nap factor: excellent

Kiddy Kalendar- New Posting Schedule

The weekly edition of the Kiddy Kalendar will now be posted on Monday instead of on Sunday.