Movie Review: Flying High with Eddie the Eagle

There’s just something about a movie where the underdog accomplishes something amazing against all odds. You find yourself rooting for them along the way, anguished by their every set-back and completely inspired by the time the credits roll. Such is the case with the upcoming new film, “Eddie the Eagle,” about real-life British ski jumper Eddie Edwards.

Despite early childhood health challenges, financial status & an untraditional athletic “look,” Eddie (played by Taron Egerton) dreams of becoming an Olympian. Behind his thick glasses and bushy mustache, there is a crazy amount of determination brewing. This internal motivation is impressive; after being kicked off the British downhill ski-team, he takes up ski jumping when he discovers Britain hasn’t had representation in the sport since 1929.

With no prior training, and facing opposition from everyone around him (except his mother, whose devotion brought tears to my eyes), Eddie sets out for Germany to learn how to ski jump. There he meets Bronson Peary, played by the always-gorgeous Hugh Jackman, a one-time ski jumping champion in need of a little inspiration himself. Their relationship was fun to watch, and by the end of the film, you could tell that they’d both learned a great deal from each other.

By the skin of his teeth, Eddie qualifies for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. During competition, Eddie beats his personal best jump (though still not good enough to medal), then goes for the 90-meter jump which he’d never tried before. All because he wasn’t afraid to give up and give in to everyone who said he didn’t have what it took. As a result, the Olympic crowds fall in love with him and his enthusiasm for the sport. I wasn’t familiar with Eddie Edwards before, but I’m so happy to now have a sense of this man’s story. Determination is a powerful asset. I really enjoyed this “feel good” film and have a feeling you will, too.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Eddie The Eagle through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Eddie The Eagle, all opinions are my own.


Membership Has Its Privileges: The MOMA Family Pass

We headed out on the town Saturday night to the 17th annual MOMA Family Festival at the Museum of Modern Art. A members-only event, the festival invited families to explore & enjoy the Museum's galleries after it closes to the general public. With craft projects on every floor, story times in the bookstore, cookie decorating stations, a yummy dessert bar, a dress up photo booth & DJ rocking cool tunes, sufficed to say.... we had a blast!

The perks of the MOMA Family Pass don't stop there. The Museum maintains a robust calendar throughout the year with children in mind, with daily classes in the Art Lab & popular weekend activities: "Tours for Fours" (for 4 year olds, obviously), "A Closer Look for Kids" (ages 5-10 & adult) & "Tours for Tweens" (ages 11-14 & adult). Family film screenings (we love when they show them outdoors in the sculpture garden!), special member previews & guest passes for $5 are additional perks.

An annual Family membership is $175 ($139 tax deductible). See HERE for more info. Worth checking out!


Snow Day!

Winter Storm Jonas has come & gone & we've lived to tell the tale. According to NY1 (my go-to source for all things local), the final accumulation in Central Park came to 26.8 inches -- just .1 behind NYC's biggest snow storm ever. Whew! Knowing there's a limited time to enjoy the snow before it gets dirty & mushy, we headed across the street to Inwood Hill Park this morning for sledding. Fun times! Millie's been so excited for a good snow this winter, & boy did she get it...

Stay warm & safe, friends!


Happy New Year from the Hampton Inn

After a lovely, snowy Christmas visiting Husband's family in Wisconsin (check out some fun pics over on Instagram), we headed home with the goal of making it back to NYC in time to watch the ball drop... from the comfort of our cozy couch. Well, what's that thing that people say? Oh yeah... life doesn't always go according to plan.

Yep. That's our car being towed away from a rest station in rural Pennsylvania. Not exactly what we planned on. Luckily -- and I'll probably say that more than once -- the car decided to break down between two small towns, and not amidst the miles & miles of Pennsylvania interstate where there is literally NOTHING around but deer and trees. So, after calling AAA, a tow truck arrived to haul us to Dubois, PA, and the only auto repair shop still open (it was New Years Eve, you remember). They weren't optimistic about the work needed, but they promised to give it a shot. Which was about all we had to go on for a town quickly closing down to celebrate the new year.

A good Samaritan gave us a lift to a nearby Hampton Inn (again, lucky that our favorite road trip hotel was in this town) & over the next two days, we made the most of our surroundings. On New Years Day, we walked the length of the mall about 10 times & took the girls to see the only kid-friendly movie playing, involving a certain obnoxious chipmunk that will remain nameless. Boredom & feeling anxious about the state of your transportation are weirdly conflicting feelings.

Making the most of a bad situation

Two thumbs up to the Hampton Inn, though. They gave the girls coloring sheets, post cards & crayons, puzzles, & of course, having a pool down the hall wasn't too shabby, either. And yes, they didn't want to leave when the car was finally fixed!

All in all, we got lucky. It was a frustrating process to not know what was happening with our car & when we'd be on our way towards home, but could certainly have been MUCH worse. In the end, what's important is that we were together & as comfortable as possible... in an uncomfortable situation. Thanks to all the Good Samaritans out there & having a comfy place to rest our heads!

I feel like I can finally say HAPPY NEW YEAR and really mean it.


Saving Time & Staying Healthy with Pager

Happy New Year! 2016 is here, friends, and I can hardly believe it.

Instead of making all sorts of resolutions (& subsequently breaking them), I resolve to just... maintain. In our busy lives, let's face it... maintaining can be a feat in itself. Keeping organized, getting work done, being a present mother/wife/friend can be a challenge with the many distractions of, well, life. I'd also like to carve out a little time to prioritize myself (insert self-imposed guilt here). As mothers, it feels completely normal & expected to put everyone else first, but the fact is, if mama isn't feeling great or is stretching herself too thin, it's not good for anyone.

Now that we've gotten my New Years mantra out of the way (!), let's go back to that last part. As a new year begins, I've already started thinking about doctors & dentists appointments for the girls, & this time around, for me, too. I don't visit the doctor as much as I know I should (reasons stated above), but as I get older, obviously that's got to change. I have a whole range of health questions that have started to pop into my nearly 38 year old brain, but we all know going down the rabbit hole of the Internet with your medical questions is a dangerous place to go.

So, what does a busy mom, who has no time to dry her hair let alone visit the doctor, do? She makes her health & her family's well being a priority with Pager. This newly launched "doctors on demand" start-up (have you seen the ads on the subway?) is reinventing the traditional doctor house call with a location-based mobile marketplace in San Francisco & right here in NYC. Through Pager, board-certified doctors can treat a wide variety of primary and urgent care issues, all in the patient's home, office or hotel. Services also include preventative care like health checks & flu shots. If you don't need an actual visit, you can also call or text medical questions with on-call nurses & doctors.

With cold & flu season upon us, I realized everyone in my lil' family has had the flu shot but me. I haven't even gotten it the last couple of years because I simply didn't make myself a priority. I decided to try out Pager with this service & can wholeheartedly say it was the easiest process ever. I booked a nurse through the app (which took all of 5 minutes to download, set up & make actual appointment), & she showed up the very next day at my doorstep. And just to point out, I was in my slippers the whole time.

If you'd like to try out Pager for an in-home visit or consultation over the phone this month, I have some good news. With code BABYMEETSCITY, you can try a Pager service for free until January 31st.

I really appreciate that Pager is blending all the benefits of modern medicine & technology with old fashioned home care by doctors & nurses. Here's to keeping our health a priority in 2016 with help from Pager!

Disclosure: I received compensation for this review. All opinions herein are my own.


Little Me Makes Me Want Another Mini Me (EEK!)

Last weekend, I stopped by the children's department of Lord & Taylor to check out the latest from Little Me at a holiday-themed event hosted by Brianne of Stroller in the City. So much fun! Specializing in newborn through size 4T clothing, Little Me basically makes me want to try for #3... every item is so sweet! From finding the perfect "going home from the hospital" outfit to Christmas jammies (& everything in between), Little Me is truly a classic children's brand staple at an affordable price point, no less.

While at the event, which offered photos with Santa Claus himself & makeovers from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, I got a chance to do a little shopping. Just look at the precious sweater & hat set that I brought home for a friend's baby shower gift! Little Me offered complimentary monogramming with purchase, so naturally I couldn't resist.

As I continue to buy for the little babies in my life, I'll keep Little Me in mind for baby essentials, every day outfits as well as special occasion wear. Now here's the fun part... Little Me is getting in on the holiday gift-giving action and would like to give one lucky (US only) Baby Meets City reader a Little Me item of their choice. See Rafflecopter instructions below - this will be a short one as Christmas is coming quickly!

Good luck!

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A Charlie Brown Christmas at Carnegie Hall

This Sunday afternoon, December 20th, I'm taking Millie to Carnegie Hall for "A Charlie Brown Christmas," featuring the New York Pops! We saw the Peanuts movie a few weeks ago and have already watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (celebrating its 50th anniversary this year!) on TV, so I think she'll really appreciate this performance... and I think we all know I'm super excited about the sing-along portion of the event. 

In addition to the New York Pops Orchestra, performers include the New York Theatre Ballet Company and children from TADA! Youth Theater, among others. Whether this ignites an inner musician or performer remains to be seen, but I'm just excited to start sharing these kinds of memories with Millie. At the ripe ol' age of six, I can't think of a more entertaining way to experience Carnegie Hall for the first time!

Tickets are reasonably priced ($10-25) and are still available! See HERE for more details. Hope you can make it!

Disclosure: I was provided with two tickets in exchange for this post. All opinions herein are my own.
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