November 20 – 21: Weekend Links for Brooklyn Mamas

Macaron Parlour

Goodies from Macaron Parlour, who'll be at The (Makers) Market on Sunday.

Holy crap, I cannot *believe* we are staring down the end of November. Thanksgiving next week, and then it’s just a sleigh ride into Christmas. Bur one thing at a time. First, we’ve got to get through the weekend….

Jasper’s been asking me why I don’t have any fun games on my iPhone like other parents do and when I’m going to get some. Now I can! And without any research on my part, thanks to the list of Reader Favorites: 38 iPhone Apps for Kids, from A Child Grows in Brooklyn. Should be valuable in killing the torturous time in between the kids’ swim classes at the Y.

Have you ever stopped by Hula Seventy? Andrea, the woman behind the blog, is a freelance photographer and writer living in Portland, Oregon, and I find her words and images inspiring. Recently, a little post on something Anna Quindlen wrote caught my eye. Although they’re words I’ve read before, they feel so relevant right now as we rush, rush, rush through the daily routine of life with a 6- and 4-year-old: “I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.” Breathe. Try to remember.

This Sunday, I’m hoping to take the kids by The (Makers) Market in the Old American Can Factory, where a “sugar-themed” fair will be going on from 11 am – 5 pm. Look for artisinal treats from P&H Soda Company, Macaron Parlour (pictured above), Petit Paris Patisserie, and more. According to Brooklyn Based, many of the bakers will be taking holiday orders for Thanksgiving, too.

Speaking of, Dinner, A Love Story has been whipping up a yummy Thanksgiving Roll-Out. Of note: DALS’ rules for perfect mashed potatoes and Confetti Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.

I’m not quite ready to go there mentally yet, but when I am (and it will have to be soon), I am totally consulting NYCityMama‘s list of Fun Things to Do for the Holidays All Around New York on Babble. The Bronx Zoo is featuring a “Polar Express” 4-D experience, and I konw one 6-year-old who’d be all over that.

If you missed it, take a look at our Guide to the Best Christmas Cards Online — you could skip searching yourself, and just go with one of our cute picks!

And for kid-gift inspiration — I know I need someone to tell me which toys are hot ’cause I have NO IDEA — check out the Holiday Gift Guide from MOMfinds (Magnolia would love the Mix Pups, weird little accessorizable dogs, a la My Little Pony.)

Happy weekend!

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