A chance to tour a sprawling Scarsdale estate.
Imagine growing up in 10,000 square feet? As someone who was raised in a home with two sisters and one bathroom, I cannot. But a family did reside in this 21-room mansion on Cooper Lane in Scarsdale back in the 1960s, and they donated the space to regional designers for this year’s Designer Showhouse of Westchester County. The house is all Gatsby, thanks to the creative crew of designers who worked on the house, filled with Hollywood Regency glam style and over-the-top upholstery, rugs and light fixtures.
While a tour is not something you’ll want to do with the kids, anyone who loves to tour houses will enjoy moseying around this grand estate. While exploring the first floor, all I could think was…what would anyone possibly do with all of these rooms??
The thrill of the hunt and bargain prices!
The momma of all tag sales, The Brimfield Antique Show, is May 14 to 19 and although Sturbridge, Massachusetts isn’t that far from here, I sadly won’t be making the trip. (Wee Westchester’s Brooke Foster goes every year!)
However, Westchester has a few big tag sales, over the next few weeks. So, mark your calendars and bring cash!
Annual Tag Sale to Benefit the Hudson Chorale
When: May 17 & 18, 9am – 4pm. Early birds may shop from 8am – 9am for $10. Rain or shine.
Where: 107 Bedford Road, Pleasantville (corner of Manville Road & Route 117).
What: Come find treasures in a variety of categories, like antiques, collectibles, jewelry, small appliances, housewares, CDs, DVDs, books, toys, sports equipment, gently used clothing and accessories, decorative art. [...]
Find this cool summer trend at local stores.
Beading, vibrant hues, tribal prints, carefree shapes — One of the hottest trends of the moment could be described in one word. Boho. Actually, two words: Luxe Boho. We’re seeing this global-influenced style all over the pages of magazines like the May Harper’s Bazaar, and blogged about by the best style blogs (Check out the story at Elements of Style). So we shopped this cool summer style locally. Thanks to all the amazing Westchester shops, here is our shopping list…
I know I shouldn't compare myself to other moms, but sometimes I do.
Sometimes I compare myself to other moms. That’s my secret. I know it sounds petty and it’s not something we talk about at play dates. I don’t think I’m trying to be “a perfect mom,” but I want to be a better mom — and some moms look like they have it all figured out.
There are countless articles, books and blogs written on the subject, like “The Good Enough Mother” and “The Not So Perfect Mother”. There is even a disease “Perfect Mom Sydrome” or PMS. (Do you have it? Go to perfectmomsydrome.com and take the online test.) Rationally, I know the perfect mom is an illusion. Still, when I come across a mom who speaks to her child calmly when she’s melting down about a broken barrette or packs a lunch that I want to eat myself, I do wonder.
The Golden Knives Challenge is a fun twist on dining out.
The Golden Knives Challenge, Westchester’s first cooking challenge featuring local chefs, started this Tuesday, May 7, and continues for the next 2 weeks. Located at a pop-up restaurant at The Lodge at Hudson Harbor in Tarrytown, an attractive space with floor to ceiling windows and barn doors, you can join the fun and pretend like you’re Padma and Tom! Each night two chefs battle it out with an appetizer, main course and dessert and at the end of the meal, votes are cast for the winner.
We had the pleasure of attending the first night with Chefs Alex Sze (Juniper in Hastings-on-Hudson) and Carl Van Dekker (Village Dog in Tarrytown). The meal was much more fun than the usual restaurant experience. We knew the chefs were on their game since this was a contest. Plus, there is something exciting about knowing that a chef is trying to impress. The courses were perfectly sized so you could enjoy all of them and the ingredients were varied so it was small plate heaven. We even tasted a vegetable for the first time – ramps, otherwise known as a spring onion or a wild leek. The ramps were especially tasty the way Carl Van Dekker prepared them: creamed with cotechino (sausage) and polenta and in a salad as part of his Trio of Peas. [...]
One lucky reader will receive 4 free tickets!
Wee Westchester is very excited about the opening of LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. This 32, 300-square foot indoor attraction has rides, 4D movies and more. We especially love MINILAND, LEGOLAND’s re-creation of miniaturized landmark locations throughout Westchester County and New York City, made entirely out of LEGO bricks. Read our complete review of LEGOLAND here.
In honor of Wee Westchester’s one year anniversary, LEGOLAND is offering 4 tickets (2 adults and 2 kids) for one lucky Wee Westchester reader! (Tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for kids under 2 so this is an $80 value!) Find out how to enter the contest after the jump…
The best of our ideas for play from the past year...
We love finding new ways to play in Westchester. One of the reasons we started Wee Westchester was to spread the word about all the incredible neighborhoods and activities in our beautiful county. Each town offers something different and it’s an adventure every time I visit a new place. Join us…
But first, a few words from our featured sponsors — we’ve written about all of these great companies so wanted to feature them one more time!
Delight, inspire and impress with gifts we hand-picked from our favorite stores.
We scoured our favorite local stores and found some surprises for the woman in your life no matter what her pleasure. Here’s a thought: Instead of asking her what she wants for Mother’s Day, surprise her. She’ll be so touched that you picked it out yourself. And if your wife is anything like us, she would be thrilled to received any of the below gifts. Another plus? You’re shopping local.
A hay ride through blooming trees, Japanese Children's Day and get up close and personal with some wolves.
The following events all have something in common: they celebrate spring! For many more weekend events check out our extensive daily events calendar.
Get ready for the grand opening of the new Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5. Visit the store this weekend starting on Friday for activities, giveaways, savings and visits from some of our kids’ favorite characters. There will also be crafts on Friday from 10am – 10:30am and story time each day at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 4pm. 7 City Place in White Plains
Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, from 11am – 5pm is the New York Botanical Garden’s Native Plant Garden Opening Weekend with music, wine, food, a scavenger hunt for kids and more. Learn about the Native Plant Garden and all its splendor, shop at the garden store and come home inspired to work on your native garden. Purchase tickets on their website. Tickets for adults are $25, kids (2-12) $10 and kids under 2 are free. 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx [...]
Put a little spring in your step with a new rug!
Spring and summer are the perfect time of year to introduce a bold pattern to your floor. Doesn’t everyone feel a little more daring with the warm weather? Walk barefoot on a colorful kilim rug and you’ll feel California cool. (Put a glass of sangria in your hand and you’ll feel even better.)
This spring, I’ve seen a lot of rugs in the colors of the season: coral, mint, hot pink and blue and white is always a spring favorite. Here are a few rugs that would make any room in your house sing with the colors of spring…
And spend the whole day in South Norwalk while you're there.
I can’t believe we’ve lived in Westchester for almost six years and this weekend was our first visit to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, CT. Norwalk has so much to do with the Stepping Stones Museum, shops and restaurants in Historic South Norwalk, and the aquarium has always been on my list. And I don’t know who had more fun, my husband and I or the kids.
You can see everything at the aquarium in one day and it’s geared for young kids. My daughters weren’t scared of any of the animals (unlike the zoo) and it felt less exhausting than the zoo. Also, the aquarium’s location in South Norwalk and right on the Long Island Sound makes it ideal to incorporate into a whole day – stroll the streets of the historic downtown, have lunch and then visit the aquarium. [...]
Are your kids ready for a reward chart?
I asked my six-year-old to make her bed before school. I asked her again. And reminded her. And reminded her again. That rumpled bed stared at me morning after morning and I could see myself just giving up on the idea. I knew if I didn’t figure out something soon, she’d become a teenager who doesn’t make her bed. Or pick up her clothes and help around the house. It was time to make a reward chart. The trick with reward systems is knowing when to start.
When kids realize they can get everything for free without having to do any work for it, there’s no going back. Staci Rosenberg, a psychotherapist and life coach, says the perfect time to start a reward chart is around age 5. According to Staci, “Parents should use reward charts to reinforce positive behaviors and help children learn responsibility and being accountable. “ [...]