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The US Road Trip: 7 Instagram Mamas Tell Us Where To Go & Why

August 17, 2016
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The U.S. highway system was developed 1950s, and with that came a generation of baby boomers who would grow up fantasizing about cross-country road trips with their families. Back then, the allure of Route 66 was real. 

Inspired by a previous generation that took the time to explore the U.S. via roadways, and after experiencing the luxury of the 2017 Audi Q7 (we’re talking Apple CarPlay and WiFi hotspots) first hand, the ladies over here at heymama caught road trip fever. Summer is almost over, but it’s not too late to fit in a family trip! You can totally make a spontaneous vacation happen by packing your bags and piling in the car.  

But seriously, why go through the hassle of TSA when you can hop in your car and hit the road with your littles?! Not sure where to go? No worries, heymama has done the work for you! Here’s a rundown of road-trips every family should make on a moment’s notice — as told by traveling mamas on Instagram.

 

1- Tupper Lake, NY

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“The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY is one part walk in the treetops, one part nature museum and a whole lot of parts of Adirondack geared family fun! You can complete the entire Center in a few short hours, or take your time and spend the entire day (or two, because your ticket is actually good for 2 consecutive days!). Be sure to visit Otter Falls during one of the Otter feedings for an adorable and educational show on the centers unofficial mascot or take a walk on the wild side and complete the Wild Walk, complete with suspension bridges, an eagles nest with an amazing view of the High Peaks and a giant spider web suspended in air that the whole family will love to crawl on! The Wild Center is around 5.5 hours from both NYC and Boston, and 2.5hrs from Montreal, so you could always add it as a stop on your way to Canada ;)” – Elisa Rispoli

(Adult tickets $20, Children’s tickets $13, ages 4 & under are free. www.wildcenter.org)

@live.and.let.wander

www.liveandletwander.com

2- La Pine, Oregon

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“We spent the day in La Pine, Oregon, a 4hr drive from Portland. We went on a great 30 minute hike around Lava Butte with some stunning views. It was only $2 a person to take a bus to the top, walk the rim of the volcano, enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views and take the bus back. There is a great little museum at the bottom as well. We then took the kids to South Twin Lake in La Pine to kayak. It’s perfect for little ones as the water is calm and not crowded at all. The boys paddled around the lake for several hours. We then headed to Panini’s Pizzeria in the Sunriver Resort area. The kids enjoyed personal kid size pizzas. Outside in the shopping area were large jumpers and a climbing wall along with a small train and miniature golf. It was a great spot to burn off excess energy and run around. Overall, everything was in close enough proximity that day turned out great.” – Erin

@ourlivelytribe

www.ourlivelytribe.com

3- Vail, Colorado

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“Only a 2.5hr drive from Denver, Vail, Colorado is the perfect location for a summer getaway for our family. We love the quaint atmosphere and fresh air that a mountain town has to offer so we try to get to Vail at least once a year. From exciting alpine coasters and slides, bike rides alongside the gorgeous Gore Creek, to the most darling Children’s Fountain and play area in Vail Village (located next to Fuzziwig’s Candy Shop), Vail has something to offer for the entire family. When we aren’t busy exploring the outdoors, we love to eat! Our favorite kid-friendly restaurants include George’s Cafe, Blue Moose Pizza, and Moe’s Original BBQ. Oh and the flowers are seriously swoon worthy! Winter, our eight-month old daughter, certainly loved them!” – Terra Larock

@loveandlarock

www.loveandlarock.com

4- The Berkshires, Massachusetts 

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“It’s been fun to hit the same open roads that my family would road trip every summer as kids through the northeastern US. Now as parents to two little ones, about once a year we forgo the busy airports in favor of the drive to Longmeadow, MA to visit my 96 year old grandmother. On the way we always stop in The Berkshires, which is around a 3hr drive from NYC – one of our favorite little towns is Stockbridge, which features prominently in the paintings of Norman Rockwell – be sure to stop by the beautiful museum featuring a full career of works. Main street still remains unchanged and we always stay at The Red Lion Inn, an elegant Victorian inn full of chintz and charm – very family friendly. They serve some mean blueberry pancakes in the original dining room, china, silver and all. If you go in the summer, be sure to take a dip in some of the many swimming holes in the area and have ice cream at the little general store. By far our favorite thing to do is take in a matinee performance at Tanglewood – a beautiful former estate in the Berkshires that has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since the 1930’s. We get lawn tickets and order a gourmet picnic basket. Sometimes the boys fall asleep to the sounds of the orchestral music – it’s quite simply a heavenly way to spend an afternoon outside (arrive a little early to snag a shady spot under a tree). Another fun activity is a visit to the Berkshire Railway museum for a real live Thomas the Tank Engine experience.” – Amanda Blakely

@amandablakely

www.petitsgenoux.com

5- Northern Vermont 

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“We have been on the road for almost 8 months, so I mean it when I say that Vermont is a perfect family road trip destination.  Roughly 3.5 hours from Boston and 6 from NYC, northern Vermont has something for everyone, year round.  Perhaps Vermont’s greatest asset, aside from her astounding beauty, is the fresh and local culture.  Finding restaurants that source locally, farm visits, and pick your own berries are easy finds.  Our perfect summer day would start with breakfast at Main Restaurant and Bakery in Jeffersonville, then a dip at Jeff Falls on the Brewster River, followed by some wine/cider tasting at Boyden Valley Winery (while the kids play on the swing set outside) in Cambridge.  If we had an early start, we’d then go pick some berries at River Berry Farm (type depends on seasonal timing), then top it all off with dinner at Angelina’s back in Jeffersonville.  If you’re wanting more action, Burlington is a short drive away where you can find all the conveniences of city life with the same bucolic charm you’ve grown to love.  Start your day at beautiful Shelburne Farms, eating farm fresh everything while the kiddos learn all about sustainable farming and cheese making, then head downtown to stroll Church Street for a local brew.  After you can all explore at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, an interactive science focused kids museum, then finish with dinner at Bluebird BBQ (and if you time it right, kids eat free on Sundays!). And hey!, you’re now only an hour and a half from Montreal, so you may as well pack the passports and road trip north.” – Lauren Davis

@everyanywhere

 

6- The Grand Canyon

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“This summer vacation we planned a road trip throughout our favorite spots of the West Coast. We flew in from Italy to San Francisco, rented a car and drove through the sunny beaches of California and visited some of the national parks . There is no better feeling than having your holiday “on the road”. You can experience a different adventure everyday by exploring national parks, walking along beautiful trails or renting bicycles. Our favorite kid-friendly location was The Grand Canyon. You have the option of riding down on the back of a mule or going through the lower Canyon by helicopter. Then let your children enjoy a special day attending Junior Ranger program (www.nps.gov/grca/learn/kidsyouth/beajuniorranger.htm). In American National Parks they can get Junior ranger badge after performing activities with local rangers (ex bird watching, walking distance) . “Explore, learn, and protect!” It’s the special program slogan!!” – Elisa Di Rienzo
@ilfiordicappero
www.ilfiordicappero.ifood.it
7- Estes Park, Colorado
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“Estes Park, Colorado is a quaint mountain town seated at the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and centrally located about 1.5hr drive from Denver, making it the perfect family road trip destination!  From campsites, cabins, condos, or hotels, you’ll find accommodations to fit every budget.  Our favorite place to stay in Estes Park is the YMCA of the Rockies, a year round “family camp” resort, or the beautiful, historic Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for Stephen King’s “The Shining”.  RMNP is a short 15-minute drive from town, where you can marvel at sweeping mountain vistas from well-paved and easily-navigated roads, spot some of the thousands of elk that call RMNP home, and stretch your legs at one of many picnic areas.  RMNP also boasts several kid-friendly hikes:  Bear Lake, Sprague Lake, and Lily Lake trails are a few popular nature walks for families, with flat, wide, paved trails that even accommodate strollers.  In the summer and early fall, drive to the 11,700 foot summit of Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in the country and where snow banks are often present year round, for a summer family snowball fight! When you’ve had your fill of fun in Rocky Mountain National Park, you can extend your stay with a myriad of activities in town:  Spend an afternoon shopping along picturesque Elkhorn Avenue, enjoy lunch and take a ghost tour (if you dare) at the historic Stanley Hotel, or blow off steam playing miniature golf and riding go-carts.  Check out Estes Park’s own brewery, or grab an elk burger at the local’s favorite The Grubsteak.  Take an adventurous Jeep Tour, or just rest your feet in the stream that runs through town.  You’ll have so much fun getting dirty and enjoying the alpine air, you won’t hear a peep from the kids the whole ride home! ” – Christine Austin
 @oneintrepidlife
www.oneintrepidlife.com
Events, Fitness, Summer, Wellness

#StrongLikeAMama: HEYMAMAS Sweat It Out At The Surf Lodge

August 4, 2016

heymama event , sponsored gifts self towels + feel good protein

Since becoming a mama, fitness and being more mindful of wellness has jumped to the top of my priority list, because not only am I responsible for my own body and mind, but for the wellbeing of my little ones. As a busy mama, juggling business and family, makes taking good care of our bodies a necessity, and let’s face it, no matter how comforting that couch and pizza is in the moment, the human body feels way better when you live a healthy and active lifestyle. To help inspire other mamas to live more mindfully, this past weekend we partnered with SELF and The Surf Lodge for our #StrongLikeAMama event.

#stronglikeamama event, women working out Kettle Bell Kickboxing

#stronglikeamama event, Dasha Anderson teaching Kettle Bell Kickboxing
#stronglikeamama event, Jill Foley of Peloton

After arriving in style in our Audi Q7 and grabbing a juice from the bar (compliments of Bluestone Lane), we headed out back and started the event with a butt kicking work out from Dasha Anderson, fitness expert and the creator of the KB Fit Flow method. After getting our sweat on, we gathered in the sand, sipped smoothies from Fuel Good Protein, and listened to a panel that included inspiring women Liz Plosser, Jacq Tatelman, Jill Foley, and Dasha Anderson as they shared their experiences and perspectives on balancing fitness, family, and business.

#StrongLikeAMama event gift bags, state backpacks + Parasol diapers and wipes

#StrongLikeAMama event the ritualist facials

#StrongLikeAMama event Rose + Rex popup at The Surf Lodge

#StrongLikeAMama event State Bags popup at The Surf Lodge

All day long #StrongLikeAMama event attendees had the option to relax at The Ritualist’s facial station and shop at the amazing Pop-Ups by State Bags and Rose + Rex. Every State bag purchased gives a bag to a New York kid in need, talk about a #giveback brand to know.

#StrongLikeAMama event Brunch at The Surf Lodge

#StrongLikeAMama event Brunch at The Surf Lodge
#StrongLikeAMama event Brunch at The Surf Lodge

We ended the afternoon with a brunch and loved watching the mamas mingle and make connections over mango smoothie bowls and avocado toast.  The Surf Lodge created a custom menu for our event and being served water-side was the perfect way to close an event before our mamas took off with their STATE Bag filled swag bags that included Boll and Branch beach towels, The Ritualist face masks, cute ass Parasol diapers, a Helen Ficalora mom necklace, the new issue of SELF, Ilia Beauty‘s bestselling “Arabian Nights” lipstick, Peloton CycleOutdoor Voices and Botanica Bazaar discount cards, and Skip Hop beach blankets.

 For every ticket to #StrongLikeAMama sold we donated a backpack to an American kid in need.

#StrongLikeAMama event the ritualist facials

#StrongLikeAMama event panel with Katya Libin, Jill Foley, Jaqs Tatelman, Liz Plosser & Dasha Anderson at The Surf Lodge

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#StrongLikeAMama event Amri Kibbler, Katya Libin, Jill Foley, Jaqs Tatelman, Liz Plosser & Dasha Anderson at The Surf Lodge

#StrongLikeAMama event Jayma Cardoso and son at The Surf Lodge

#StrongLikeAMama event

#StrongLikeAMama event Lisa Hom and Sasha Benz

#StrongLikeAMama event sponsors, parasol, self, state bags, peloton, boll and branch, outdoor voices, the ritualist, helen ficaroa, rose + rex, Botanica Bazaar

Photos by @stevilou

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Food, Shopping, Summer, Travel

Mama + Tata’s Kid-Friendly Guide To The Best Summer Ever In The Hamptons

June 28, 2016
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Meet the ladies of Mama and Tata, who we have tapped to provide our heymama mommies with their curated guide to the Hamptons…

We are two sisters born and raised in New York City who have lived downtown, uptown, east-side, and west-side, over the past 30 years. We love our city and all of its resources, and are passionate about the culture, fashion, and lifestyle it provides us. Through our many years of scouring different neighborhoods to find the best of the best, we have researched and gathered an extensive list to provide our followers with a guide to this city. As Mama and Tata (auntie in French), we tell our story from the perspective of a fashionable mom of two, Candice, and a newly pregnant and inquisitive mom-to-be, Jenna, who lean on each other and pass each other sisterly advice. As moms and aunties, on this journey of motherhood together, we would like to share our experiences and impart our insights on how to be a great mom while maintaining beauty, style, and glamour in everyday life. We have teamed with the rad chicks of heymama to give you a glimpse into our strong sisterly bond as Mama and Tata while providing you with our Hamptons Secrets!

Mama (as described by Tata) – Candice Miller is the head buyer for Tenet shop in Southampton, New York. She wears so many hats and has so many talents; on top of her buying experience, she is a certified learning specialist and worked at the Dwight School in an educational and charitable role for over 5 years. I would describe her as a type A mom, a creative planner, who always puts her kids first. I rely on Candice for EVERYTHING! She is my go-to person for advice in all aspects of my life. Her style in 3 words is feminine, cohesive, and original. 

Tata (as described by Mama) – Jenna Crespi left her law profession behind to work at the e-commerce and marketing platform Gilt City, a division of Gilt Groupe. She spent her years there researching New York’s best services across all categories, including beauty, fitness, travel, and food, making her an expert on her city. Jenna grew up raiding my closet and now leans on me to answer all of her questions regarding motherhood. I continuously rely on Jenna for sound judgment and relaxed energy, which will make her a great mom. Her style in 3 words is comfortable, casual, and simple.

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HAMPTONS GUIDE:

 

Mama & Tata's Guide to the Hamptons

First Blue LLC at Rose Hill Farm

Our closest friends recommended Rose Hill, where they sent their daughters to ride every summer.  Their children learned so much about love, courage, and discipline, not to mention, they are all major award-winning, competitive riders to this day.  My daughter showed such excitement about pony riding that I set up private riding lessons for her.  Her two favorite, sweet, gentle ponies at the stable are named Blacky and Willow.  The instructors, Amanda and Jess, are wonderful and take it very slow with beginners to build confidence and give encouragement.  My daughter loves her time at Rose Hill, and is now trotting around the ring with a smile on her face, eager to learn whatever comes next.  At the end of each lesson, she is invited to groom her pony, brush his hair, and feed him.  My daughter looks forward to this portion of the lesson, since she is very care-taking and loves animals.

Mama & Tata's Guide to the Hamptons

Babinski Farm Stand

As a Mama, it’s very difficult to find fresh, boneless fish to feed my children.  After a long search out east, I found Babinski Farm Stand, where they had a fresh catch from Thursday-Sunday. Mama and Tata’s highlight here are their fresh lobsters that they chop up on site.  Their fish is so clean and delicious, we have it cooking in our home almost every night, and all it needs is a pinch of sea salt and a touch of olive oil!  It makes healthy eating easy!  If you’re in the mood for a splurge, they also have the most spectacular cheeses, fresh coffee crumb cakes, and chocolate chip banana bread!  The kiddies can go ride on the big red tractor out front, pick beautiful wild flowers, or feed the chickens out back!  Family fun for all!

Botanica Baazar

Botanica Baazar, which recently opened in Amagansett Square, is our new go-to beauty boutique. They sell all of our favorite product lines like Shiva Rose skincare, Captain Blakenship hair products, and the beautiful co-owner Leilani Bishop’s fragrance oils. This is the perfect spot to find serenity with their selection of natural oils and scrubs. We highlight this shop as our top beauty destination in the Hamptons.

Mama & Tata's Guide to the Hamptons

Parrish Art Museum

The Parrish Art is the perfect indoor activity during summer days when taking a break from the beach. The architecture alone is astounding, set on 14 acres in Water Mill and designed by the incredibly talented duo Herzog & de Meuron. It provides our family with the perfect dose of cultural fun and learning about contemporary art. Check out their current exhibition through July titled Radical Seafaring, that explores boat trips around East End.

Wolffer Estate

Sunset Fridays and Saturdays at Wolffer, running through the end of September, provide the best setup for our weekly family picnics. When Tata isn’t pregnant, we take down our Wolffer rose and cheese while the girls play with their friends and dance to the live music. It is such a special setting in the vineyard and the wines are delicious, so we recommend taking a case home!

Mama & Tata's Guide to the Hamptons

 

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More from Mama & Tata

The phrase “Mama & Tata” was derived from my two-year old daughter, Leelee, who decided to call my sister and me the “Mamatata” whenever Jenna came over to play.   The sister relationship is extremely significant in our family as our grandmothers each came from two sisters, our mothers were two sisters, and of course, we were two sisters, and then I had two little girls!  As a Mom of two children, I feel there is a high demand for honest, reliable, beneficial information in all aspects of our lives.  We simply do not have time to do the research it takes to find the “best.”  We are far too busy feeding our children, bathing them, taking them to activities and playdates, getting them dressed for school, drop offs, pick ups, birthday parties, cleaning up their rooms, watching their favorite Disney movie, and answering the question “but why mommy?” a gazillion times a day.  Some days it’s hard to even get a shower in or take a bathroom break. There are SO many things moms need to know about even before becoming one.  The scariest part of becoming a mom is the unknown, and all of the unspoken crazy things that go along with the transition into this role.  I wanted to have a web guide to openly address all of these unspoken occurrences. I wanted to provide my sister (Tata) and the rest of the moms out there with ways to feel better, get better, and be the best mom that you can be.  As it turns out, a happy, healthy mom is what ultimately creates the best environment for a child’s development.  So, be good to yourselves, and let me help you get through this beautiful, wild, magical, yet sometimes challenging journey.

Mama

Carrying my first baby has been an unexpected and exciting journey. I have so many questions, and of course my sister has been an amazing resource, but I enjoy researching and exploring what NYC has to offer. My curiosities range from nursery decor, to prenatal massages, to exploring organic food stores and skincare lines, to what should be in my hospital bag, which classes are available for early childhood development, to baby food recipes and more. I intend to document this process of searching for what is best for me and my first baby boy, and do all of the research for pregnant moms in NYC asking these same questions. There is so much to learn as a new mom, and I can’t wait to share it with you while preparing for the best gift life has to offer.

Tata

 

Guide to the Hamptons

 

Check out Candice & Jenna’s heymama profiles here and here

If you’re in the Hamptons this summer, be sure to check out the event they’re throwing July 21st!

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#FeelGood, Contributors, Entertaining, Lifestyle, Summer

The Ultimate End of Summer Cocktail By Restaurateur Sheena Fierro

August 28, 2015
SoCal mama,  free spirit,  restaurant and bar owner Sheena Fierro, whipped up a fierce cocktail just for heymama to get us in the mood for the weekend.  Start practicing now, so you can impress your friends this Labor Day!
There is something to be said about the glory of settling down to a classic cocktail at the end of the day, basking in the majesty of a small reward earned. With each sip, the mind opens, troubles melt away, and the palette is tickled. Imagine the feeling when you realize you have hand crafted that cocktail yourself. What I have mixed up for you is something to sip on a balmy summer evening. The color of a sunset, bubbly like laughter, and just the perfect amount of sweetness. The build-in-the-glass style means you do not need to have any sort of shaking or stirring skills to properly mix this cocktail. Grab a coupe from my favorite site or hunt through your local thrift shop to score some vintage barware. Now grab some girlfriends or your partner and toast to being alive!
The ingredients and tools needed for this cocktail can be purchased from most liquor stores, specialty bar shops, or big box liquor retailers like BevMo. Here is what you will need:
Aperol
Cocchi Rosa
1 bottle sparkling Cava
Orange Flower Water
1 fresh lemon
1 standard jigger
1 standard coupe able to hold 5.5 to 7.5 ounces
The first step to properly mixing a cocktail is to lay out all of your ingredients. Start with a clean workspace and clean tools (duh). Chill your glassware and your Cava before mixing for optimal temperature. Cava is a sparkling Spanish wine, if you can not find Cava, Prosecco or sparkling Rose would be the best swap. Next, measure out each liquid into your jigger and pour directly into the glass.
.75 oz Aperol
.75 oz Cocchi Rosa
.25 oz Orange Flower Water
Top with a generous pour of Cava. Twist your lemon peel over the glass to express the aromatic essential oils. Delicately place the rind on the glass as your garnish. Cheers!
To learn more about Sheena, check her Instagram out  here and  heymama profile here.