Zulily.com – Coach & Kate Spade Sunglasses- up to 70% off

Head over to Zulily.com and check out the Cocach and Kate Spade sunglasses event they are having.  Some sunglasses are up to 70% off. The above one is Coach Navy Signature “C” for $84.99 – original price is $240.00. There are some cute styles available still, hurry before it’s too late.  The event ends on July 2nd at 6am PDT.

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July & August – NYC Festivals and Street Fairs

There are many things that happen in the summer in NYC – such as festivals and street fairs. Check out some of the festivals and street fairs mommypoppins listed on their site. If you have nothing to  do, go head over to one of the below and check it out.

July

Astoria Park Festival – Astoria
Astoria Park Parking Lot
Thursday, June 28 4-10pm; Friday, June 29 4-11pm; Saturday, June 30 noon-11pm; Sunday, July 1 noon-10pm
Free admission but there are fees for activities.

The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
 – Williamsburg 
275 N 8th Street at Havemeyer Street
Thursday, July 5-Monday, July 16. Times and activities vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
FREE
A sort of mini-San Gennaro, this Catholic fest has been celebrated in Williamsburg for more than a century. The multi-day festivities include live music, carnival rides and great eats, along with a traditional procession of flower-strewn towers leading up to the big feast on Monday, July 16.

Come Out & Play Festival: Family Field Day – Governors Island
Governors Island
Saturday, July 14 11am-4pm
FREE
Ready, set, play! Although this fest, which aims to turn NYC into a giant playground, has catered solely to adults in the past, the organizers have added a family field day this year. While the specific lineup of games hasn’t yet been released, all of the activities will have a time travel theme and will be best suited for children ages 6 to 11. And if your kids lose interest, there are plenty of other attractions on Governors Island to amuse them, plus…

City of Water Day – Lower Manhattan
Governors Island, Liberty State Park and other locations
Saturday, July 14 10am-4pm
FREE
This fourth annual eco-fest takes place on Governors Island (and beyond) on the same day as Come Out & Play’s Family Field Day. A celebration of our waterfront, the festivities run from the isle to New Jersey’s Liberty State Park and include kayaking and canoeing, historic boat tours and live entertainment. Kids can also get up close and personal with reptiles and aquatic creatures, take fishing lessons, and enjoy landlubber favorites like arts and crafts, and bouncy castles. Plus, there’s a free ferry between the two locations, so you can enjoy the fun on both banks.

The Mow-Down: A Garden Hoedown – Riverdale
Wave Hill, 249th Street and Independence Avenue
Saturday, July 14-Sunday, July 15 9am-3pm
FREE
This Bronx oasis loves its grass so much that it’s celebrating it all weekend. Visitors can weave grass into baskets, hats or crafts, make giant grass structures and take guided tours of the garden. On Sunday, kiddie rock band Astrograss gets in on the action with cool bluegrass tunes. Afterward, stick around and explore everything Riverdale has to offer.

Bastille Day on 60th Street – Upper East Side
60th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenues
Sunday, July 15 noon-5pm
Free admission but there are fees for certain activities.
Viva la France! Celebrate French Independence Day a little late (Bastille Day is officially July 14) at this outdoor cultural fete sponsored by the Alliance Française. Attractions include a Citroën car show, wine, beer and cheese tastings, cancan dancers, the Hungry March Band, arts and crafts, face painting and games ofpétanque.

New Museum Block Party – Lower East Side
Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Chrystie Street between Delancey and Broome Streets
Saturday, July 21 noon-5pm
FREE
The cutting-edge Bowery institution hosts live performances and interactive art in the nearby park. After participating in all kinds of hands-on, avant-garde activities, you can visit the museum at no cost: All festival-goers snag free passes for the day.

Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Powwow – Queens
Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway near 73rd Road
Friday, July 27 7-10pm; Saturday, July 28 noon-5pm and 7-10pm; Sunday, July 29 noon-5pm
Per day: $10 for adults, $5 for children under age 13. Weekend passes are $15 and $7, respectively
Members of 40 tribal nations participate in this popular powwow, which features Native American dance contests on the farm’s apple orchard. Visitors can also browse the ethnic market, filled with amazing art, crafts, jewelry and eats. Afterward, enjoy face time with the farm’s residents.
August

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival – Queens
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Saturday, August 4-Sunday, August 5 10am-4pm
FREE
Over two thrilling days, more than 100 Dragon Boat teams race across Meadow Lake. Other activities include a food court, Chinese music, folk arts and craft demos, and martial arts displays.

Children’s Day – Staten Island
Carousel for All Children
Willowbrook Park, Eton Place off Richmond Avenue
Sunday, August 5 2-5pm
Free entertainment but rides cost $1.50.
This annual family fest celebrates the Carousel for All Children and usually includes live entertainment like kiddie rock and magic shows.

FlyNY 2012 Kite Festival – Upper West Side
Riverside Park, Pier I at 70th Street
Saturday, August 18 11am-3pm
FREE
Make a kite and then let it soar over the Hudson River. Live music and arts and crafts will also be on tap.

Wash Ave Rocks Street Fair – Prospect Heights
Washington Avenue between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place
Saturday August 18 noon-6pm
FREE
This Brooklyn street fair showcases the art, music, eats and fashion in the creative neighborhood. Local organizations and cultural institutions like the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Brooklyn Museum will also be on hand with fun family activities.

Harlem Week 2012: Summer in the City & Harlem Day – Harlem
Various locations. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
Saturday, August 18 noon-6pm; Sunday, August 19 noon-7pm
FREE
Although this Harlem celebration runs for the entire month, this weekend focuses on family fun. On Saturday, enjoy Children’s Day with live performances, games, arts and crafts, live music and dance, healthy eating and living exhibits, and sports and recreation clinics. Sunday is Harlem Day featuring the Upper Manhattan Auto Show, the National Historic Black Colleges Fair, a tennis competition, a fashion show and other activities.

Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ – Midtown West
Pier 84, 44th Street and the Hudson River
Saturday, August 25 2-9pm
FREE

Enjoy Southern music and eats with a lovely view of the river and New Jersey beyond.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day – Flushing
Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing-Meadows Corona Park
Saturday, August 25 9am-3pm
FREE
Kick off the U.S. Open at this annual family favorite. Kids can enjoy tennis clinics, watch big-name pros practice, run obstacle courses and play games, and get their faces painted. Note: This event also includes a big kids’ pop concert (artist has yet to be determined) which is not free. Those tickets are $10-$40 each.

Coupons Coupons Coupons…

Sales are starting in many stores now — here’s a great way to even save some more…check out some of these coupons for some of your favorite store.

Aeropostale Coupon – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 6/30/2012)
Barnes and Noble Coupon – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/4/2012)
Coach Outlet Coupon – 30% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/9/2012)
Express Coupon – $15 Off Every $60 Purchase (exp: 7/4/2012)
GAP Outlet Coupon – 15% Off $75 Purchase (exp: 7/8/2012)
Kohls Coupon – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 6/30/2012)
Michaels Coupon – 40% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 6/30/2012)
Old Navy Coupon – $15 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 7/5/2012)
Party City Coupon – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 6/30/2012)
Sears Hometown Stores Coupon – $75 Off $400 Purchase (exp: 6/30/2012)
The Childrens Place Coupon – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/2/2012)
The Limited Coupon – $25 Off Every $50 Purchase Coupon For Facebook Fans (exp: 7/31/2012)

Happy Shopping and thanks for sharing pennypinchinmom.


Lord & Taylor shoe sale

We stopped by Lord & Taylor yesterday afternoon because we’ve been hearing that they are having a phenomenal shoe sale and we were not disappointed.

ALL clearance shoes are an additional 40% off the lowest ticketed price.  It’s somewhat of a HUGE mess there right now as you can see from the pic below – so definitely bring some patience with you while exploring.

If the clearance shoe section is too messy for you to handle, you get 40% off 3 or more pairs of regular price shoes, 30% off 2 pairs of regular priced shoes, and 20% off one pair of regular price shoes.  So buy more, save more.

Dolce & Gabanna Friends and Family

We just received intelligence that Dolce & Gabbana will be hosting a private friends and family sale, which will drop the discount on most summer merchandise to 60% off. The sale will start Thursday and run through the weekend.

The current Dolce discount is 40% off but many department stores marked down similar merchandise to 60% last week. Essentially, this friends and family sale is a private second seasonal markdown.

Our best Dolce friends and family purchases was a classic leopard print tote bag. It works wonderfully as a beach bag. It’s light and versatile and classic enough to use for many summer seasons.

Why women still can’t have it all

I read an article in the Atlantic Magazine today, the article titled – “Why Women still can’t have it all”?

This article really touched my heart in many ways because I am that woman.  A woman who wants it all but still have time to have a family, a life and yes, still stay young, thin and beautiful.

I’ve been struggling with work/life balance quite a bit lately.  I wake up early enough to have breakfast with my kids, but there are nights – don’t get home early enough to see them off to bed.  Essentially, my nanny raise my children.  But at the same point, I’m not yet ready to give up a career that I’ve built in the last 10 years.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes in the story.

“Which means I’d been part, albeit unwittingly, of making millions of women feel that they are to blame if they cannot manage to rise up the ladder as fast as men and also have a family and an active home life (and be thin and beautiful to boot). ”

 

Tea Collection – additional 25% off sale items

I recently discovered Tea collection clothing line for my kids, especially for my daughter. I absolutely adore their dresses and the quality of clothing is great too. So that goes without saying, I have to share this code to our readers. If you head over to their site now, Tea Collection, you can get an additional 25% off sale items. Just enter SUMMER25 at checkout. Happy shopping!

RECIPE: Strawberry Banana Popsicles …with a surprise!

Summer is here! And every little one loves popsicles…so why not make your own. LostGardenBlog posted this recipe that is unique and sure to be a hit amongst kids. Plus it’s good for them! It’s a Strawberry Banana Popsicle with a little twist…it’s got spinach in it! Check out the recipe below!

Banana layer:
2 Bananas
2 handfuls of Spinach
3 tbs Vanilla Yogurt (approx.)
about 1/2 a cup of water (or as needed)

Strawberry layer:
3 cups cut strawberries
1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt
water, as needed to blend.

***Add some honey to either layer if you would prefer them sweeter.

1. Make whichever layer you would like first by adding all the ingredients for that layer into the blender and blending until smooth.
2. Pour the contents of the blender into whatever you are using as a popsicle mold, up to about the half way mark.
3. Freeze the first layer with the popsicle stick in it.
4. Once frozen you can make the second layer in the blender, then pour it over the first layer in the mold. Now place back in the freezer to complete the process. Once fully frozen, eat and enjoy!