VLOG: May 11, 2018

Hi loves!!

So I get a flood of questions regarding my daily life on Instastories and I apologize in advance if I haven't been able to respond to your question(s) yet. 

But as a result, I made my first thorough Vlog! Thank you Sai of Scout The City for suggesting I try creating more YouTube content! If you don't follow this fab and down to earth mama already, you'll fall for her and her kids immediately~

Alright! Let's do this! I wake up the day after my short pep talk from Sai and casually start filming. The result is nothing fancy here - just an ordinary day, a very straight forward peek into my life: how I go about my new healthy lifestyle goals in search of more energy, struggling with the art of juggling motherhood & working, and everything in between! No two days are the same for me, but we got lucky because it happened to be Day 1 of properly Sleep Training our second child, 14 month old Hugo! I tried to be as informative about the little events that take place, so I hope I was able to answer some of your questions!

If you watched the video, I hope you found something helpful! If you're wondering about anything you saw, I tried my best to find it for you below and save you some trouble from going through google! #notanAD :)

Thank you for watching and I also want to say that I appreciate all of your encouragement & suggestions that are always pouring in as well! Can't thank you guys enough for the love! Will be back with more videos if you guys like this. Probably some short clips of specific topics :) What should I review or talk about next?

Lots of love,

Patricia 

PSA: Lyft now has Car Seat Mode!

 
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Hello Riders with little ones!

I often get asked by out-of-towners how I travel around Manhattan with kids and if they will need to bring a carseat on their trip to NYC.

If you're not comfortable taking the subway and/or prefer taking a car, I definitely recommend taking a Lyft! Not only is Lyft affordable, but the ridesharing app it also provides the option to request a car seat, ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride with your little one.

Every Lyft driver who participates in Car Seat Mode is extensively trained and tested by third-party child passenger safety technicians. Our precious children's safety is a parent / guardian's priority!   

 
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So make sure you update your Lyft App and select “Car Seat” mode next time you need to get around the city with your child. 

Your ride arrives with the car seat already safely installed, so make sure to book a few extra minutes in advance to give the driver time to install the car seat. 

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Chase loves to strap himself in!

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Enjoy your ride with peace of mind and no extra car seat to pack on your trip to NYC.

My personal advice: For parents who have children that get motion sickness easily, NYC's grid layout can be tough with all the "stop-and-go" action. So I always prepare a large ziplock bag and paper towels (way better for trapping in the odor and mess than a plastic bag) just in case for Chase. As soon as I get in, I ask the driver to please drive smoothly because Chase gets nauseous easily and to take it easy on the accelerator and brakes.  ;)

 

Use code PATRICIACHANGNYC for $5 off your Lyft Car Seat ride!

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Sponsored by Lyft*

Brushing with Crest/Oral B + Disney

This is a paid sponsorship for Crest & Oral-B

Hello parents! In this post I'll be sharing our teeth brushing routine with my 3.5 year old, Chase!

After years of repetition, he now understands we must brush our teeth after breakfast (he doesn't enjoy the taste of breakfast if I brush it before), sometimes after lunch or if he had a sweet treat, and definitely before bed. We make sure he brushes all his teeth, tongue, and ends with a mouth wash gargle! He will floss here and there as well.

It takes a lot of patience for us parents. I have some miserable memories as a kid when all I wanted to do was sleep nice and cozy on my bed, but my dad would prop me up on the sink and brush my teeth. Here are some tips that got us through and to this point of routine.

After a full day of activities and a big dinner, we wind down around 6:15 with a warm bath. While he’s in the tub, I’ll often brush his teeth there. While children are still young, brushing teeth in the bathtub is convenient as brushing at the sink almost always ends up in a mess of toothpaste everywhere and wet PJs.

 
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When he tells us he is full, we go to brush his teeth straight away before the food coma kicks in. When I have to choose, I'd rather spend my energy on brushing his teeth over taking a bath. It's something I never ever want to skip - if he falls asleep, I’ll even dry brush his teeth in bed. Since brushing our children’s teeth is challenging for most of us parents, I recommend the Disney Magic Timer App! I think an app is a better alternative to YouTube videos since it’s not tempting for your kids to click on a new video, and the app is personalized along with a reward system. If you prefer to try methods without using screens, I've listed below some tricks that have worked for us! Regardless of your method, reward them with positive reinforcement after a good brush and gargle with, "You did a GREAT job! Every day you will get better and stronger! Your smile looks great and your teeth are so shiny!" *high five* To maintain their healthy teeth and body, try to avoid sugary foods.

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Here are some suggestions and my personal tips that have worked for me to get Chase to brush his teeth:

First of all, try your best to MAKE IT FUN, and not give them negative associations. In general, make parenting fun - you will have a higher success rate of them cooperating with you!

Don't worry, it's not too late to get creative!

Before we get silly, explain to them why we brush our teeth. I make Chase open his mouth in front of a mirror, or take a close up photo to show him the food in his teeth. You can teach your little ones about the "bugs" (bacteria) that rot their beautiful little teeth, and how to sweep them all out!  I also showed him a video of a kid with a cavity at the dentist getting their tooth pulled (she sat through it very nicely without a tantrum) to explain to him that this is a real deal.

  • To begin, pick out a toothbrush and toothpaste together to make it exciting. You can choose their favorite characters. Don't forget to see if they prefer an electric toothbrush as many kids do.
  • Teach or "show" a toy how to brush your teeth. In return, you can teach your child to be proud of knowing how to brush their teeth well.
  • Try brushing each other's teeth. They will be so distracted having fun brushing your teeth, they won't even notice you brushing theirs. When you ask them to open up and say, "Ahhh", they will automatically keep their mouth open!
  • Similarly, you can take turns. "I brush your teeth, you brush mine!"
  • Start by asking, "do you brush your... nose?!" (or cheeks, forehead, etc.) and they will respond with a big "NoOOo". Have them show you that brushing is for teeth!
  • You can entertain them during the duration of the brush with a special song, a story, or even ridiculous jibberish sounds. This will take their mind off the brushing and concentrate on you.
  • We count on each side in every language we can count to ten in. For example, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Japanese. If he seems up for brushing longer, I'll either repeat or even count in jibberish and he has a blast. I probably use this technique the most. I like this method because it makes them get used to a long and thorough brush.
  • Encourage them during their brushing with the progress they are making. "I see 10 out of 20 shiny teeth!". They will get determined to get all 20 teeth shiny.
  • Start with a little friendly competition to make it exciting. Have a race to see who can get started and finishing brushing every tooth!
  • Challenge them to prove you wrong. "I don't know if you know how to brush your teeth. Are you surrrrre you know how to?", or "Hey Big kid! Can you show me that you know how to brush your teeth?"
  • "I'm going to Tickle your teeth!" Give them the brush after to try.

You can follow up with, "now that you brushed your teeth, we can (have story time)!" 

That's our routine! Please share how you do yours and any tips from your family are welcome!

 
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This post was sponsored by Crest & Oral B, and we're proud to support their new Star Wars line because we are big fans! We have Star Wars characters all over the home. In fact, Chase is already a fan of BB-8 so he was stoked that his toothpaste and toothbrush have the matching BB-8 character on it. It's exciting as parents to watch Chase grow up and become so independent!

Cherry Blossom Hunt NYC

I've always loved Cherry Blossoms. They truly make me happy and I think a tree absolutely covered in flowers is simply stunning. My husband and I have gone to D.C. to see them, and perhaps we will find ourselves in Japan one day. But my obsession with hunting down Cherry Blossoms in NYC began in 2014 when Chase was born. He was born mid April aka the peak of Cherry Blossom season~ I had a complicated delivery which kept me on bed rest for a month. Hence, missing out on any Cherry Blossom sightings. This was the start of my FOMO for Cherry Blossoms! They bloom for what feels like a second. I have gone back to many spots the NEXT DAY and all the petals were blown away~ or brown on the floor.. This year I made it my mission to catch every glorious moment up to post bloom. I'm going to share with you my finds because timing these trees can be frustrating!

Let's do this chronologically - here are my photos from the past few years. Here we go!:

White Blossoms:

 As early as March 15, 2016 - Cooper Union

As early as March 15, 2016 - Cooper Union

 April 20th - Plaza Hotel, 5th Avenue

April 20th - Plaza Hotel, 5th Avenue

Central Park:

 April 28, 2015 - Upper West Side around 85th street

April 28, 2015 - Upper West Side around 85th street

 April 11, 2017 - Sheep's Meadow North West Corner

April 11, 2017 - Sheep's Meadow North West Corner

 April 9, 2017 - South West Entrance by Columbus Circle

April 9, 2017 - South West Entrance by Columbus Circle

 April 18, 2015 - South West Entrance by Columbus Circle 

April 18, 2015 - South West Entrance by Columbus Circle 

 April 11, 2017 - Sheep's Meadow North West Corner

April 11, 2017 - Sheep's Meadow North West Corner

 April 11, 2017 - Sheep's Meadow North West Corner

April 11, 2017 - Sheep's Meadow North West Corner

 April 14, 2017 - West 72nd st by the Lake, Cherry Hill

April 14, 2017 - West 72nd st by the Lake, Cherry Hill

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 April 14, 2017 - West 72nd st by the Lake

April 14, 2017 - West 72nd st by the Lake

 April 14, 2017 - West 72nd st by the Lake

April 14, 2017 - West 72nd st by the Lake

Flatiron Building, Madison Square Park:

 April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

 April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

 April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

 April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

 April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

East Village:

 April 22, 2016 - 17th st & 2nd avenue Park

April 22, 2016 - 17th st & 2nd avenue Park

Washington Square Park:

 April 27, 2013

April 27, 2013

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival - last weekend of April

Note: No picnic mats or food allowed. It is very crowded during the festival and $30 versus the usual $15. Free on Tuesdays and 10~noon on Saturdays. 

 April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015

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 April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015

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 April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015

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Central Park:

 May 1, 2017 - 70th & East Drive

May 1, 2017 - 70th & East Drive

 May 1, 2017 - 70th & East Drive

May 1, 2017 - 70th & East Drive

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Again, No picnic mats or food allowed. It is very crowded during the festival and $30 versus the usual $15. Free on Tuesdays and 10~noon on Saturdays.

 May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

 Photo by Agata Young

Photo by Agata Young

 May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

 Photo by Agata Young

Photo by Agata Young

 May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

 Photo by Agata Young

Photo by Agata Young

 May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

Central Park:

 May 4, 2017 - 76th st by The Loeb Boathouse, East Dr

May 4, 2017 - 76th st by The Loeb Boathouse, East Dr

 May 16, 2014 - 72nd st Terrace Drive west of Bethesda Terrace 

May 16, 2014 - 72nd st Terrace Drive west of Bethesda Terrace 

Madison Square Park:

 May 14,2015

May 14,2015

More:
Central Park: the bridal path at 90th Street

Sakura Park aka Riverside Park Cherry Walk in Morningside Heights along the Hudson River

Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival at Roosevelt Island, last Saturday of April

New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx

 Laduree Soho - April 25th, 26th, 27th (photo from Laduree, still on my bucket list!)

Laduree Soho - April 25th, 26th, 27th (photo from Laduree, still on my bucket list!)

 May 14, 2013 - Ah! I can't remember where downtown this was..

May 14, 2013 - Ah! I can't remember where downtown this was..

THE END! Tag me in your photos @patriciachangNY ;D