December 11 – 12: Weekend Links for Brooklyn Mamas


Last year, we saw a full-length version of the Nutcracker and, while it was truly beautiful, keeping small bodies still that long was a challenge. This year, we’re going for an abridged version — “The Colonial Nutcracker” at The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. Running at about an hour, the show is recommended for ages 4 and up. Sunday afternoon at 2pm. Tix bought. See you there!

Think we’ll be squeezing in our photo opp with Santa beforehand at ABC Carpet & Home. And while we’re in the city, we’ll try to grab one (or more) of the amazing-sounding special holiday cookies Mommy Poppins wrote about this week. There are 7 spots in Manhattan and in Brooklyn worth checking out, including a Momofuku Milk Bar booth at the Union Square holiday market.

Our busy Sunday means I won’t get to take the kids to the Bell House, but if you’re free, you should. The Suzi Shelton Band will be there for a Rockin’ Holiday Party — expect music, craft projects with Brooklyn Design Lab, and treats from Little Buddy Biscuit Company. The fun starts at 11:30am.

Also on my wish list of weekend events I probably won’t get to make…. The first weekend of the Holiday Market at The Maker’s Markethelloooo, awesome gifts. Saturday and Sunday, 11am — 5pm.

Saturday’s a little less busy, so I’m hoping we can drop by the Kids’ Holiday Craft Party at Etsy Labs in DUMBO (thanks to Cool Mom Picks for the tip.) There will be craft projects for all ages — including a chance for kids to make their own ornaments — plus snacks and music. 3 — 5pm.

And, not that I’ve done my Christmas shopping yet or anything — !!! — but I was looking around the web this week for wrapping ideas and inspiration. I found some over at Babble, where their Family Style bloggers put together a nifty slide show on unusual gift wrapping tips & tricks. Below is one idea on how to turn your kid’s artwork into cute wrapping paper of various sizes.

You won’t be a bit surprised to hear that Martha Stewart has some pretty swell gift wrapping tricks, too. Pretty, pretty. Crafty, crafty.

Get inspired, mama!



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