AWNY Mums and Dads Update, July 2017

Summer has finally has come to the city, and we celebrated with two outdoor events—the AWNY Mums’ Summer in the City drinks and the AWNY Picnic in the Park.

The AWNY Mums’ drinks at Tavern on the Green enjoyed beautiful weather. It was just so nice to be outside. We had a good attendance of about 10 mums, along with some dads. Tavern on the Green is a great summer venue—a little pricey but it has good food and lots of space for children!

We were anxiously watching the forecast in the days ahead of the AWNY Annual Picnic. Will it rain? Will it thunder? Neither Amanda or I could attend the picnic, but we’re told the weather was amazing and the kids enjoyed face painting, bubbles and a piñata.

I also wanted to share the best thing I learnt about this month: the Give Back Box. Something I have been missing since we left Australia is charity clothes bins. I have missed being able to put all my clothes for donation in the back of the car, drive them to the local supermarket and put them in the charity bins. Job done. The clothes my sons have grown out of have been piling up for the two years we have lived here (I am in no way saving them for a third child….this mum is done!). But then a friend told me about Give Back Box. The idea is that you recycle the many Amazon boxes you receive by packing them with good quality secondhand clothes, printing out a label, and booking a pick-up or taking them to your local post office. So easy! I am now on my third box and the clothes stockpile is nearly gone. There are probably a million other ways to donate clothes in the city but this is the best one I have found so far so I wanted to share!

AWNY Mums and Dads will be a little quiet over the summer with most families coming and going for the school holidays. Our next event will be a Mums’ dinner coming up at the end of August. Our current plan is Sunday night dinner at Burke and Wills, with a trip upstairs afterwards to the Manhattan Cricketers Club for an aperitif. Should be a fun evening!

Hope you’re all enjoying the summer! Stay cool!
Helen and Amanda




Author: Helen McWilliam

Helen is a Mum of two boys, who was born in South Africa, grew up in Brisbane but calls Sydney home. She is a social worker by trade and is currently a stay at home Mum in the ‘burbs’ of Manhattan, the Upper West Side.

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