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Milwaukee Events – November 2017

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Holiday events

Milwaukee Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: November 16, City Hall on the corner of Water and Wells. Entertainment from local choirs, ensembles, and theater groups, begins at 5:00 p.m. with a short program at 5:15 p.m. and the tree lighting at 5:29 p.m. After the tree lighting, cross the Kilbourn Avenue bridge to the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival kickoff in Pere Marquette Park.

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival: Nov. 16, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 in Pere Marquette Park. There’s pre-show entertainment at 5:30 p.m., a program at 6:30 p.m, and the tree lighting and fireworks at 7:00 p.m. For just $2, take the 40-minute Jingle Bus ride, which showcases the lights displays as well as iconic downtown landmarks.

Holiday Folk Fair International: Nov. 17-19. The folk fair features three days of traditional music, dance, and food with a music pavilion, international stage, cooking demonstrations, world cafe, coffee house, interactive exhibits, vendor booths, and much more.

Milwaukee Holiday Parade: Saturday, Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m. The parade features more than 100 units including floats, marching bands, local celebrities, costumed characters, giant helium balloons, live animals, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa.

Deck the Streets of Old Milwaukee: Nov. 18-Jan. 29. The Milwaukee Public Museum transforms the Streets of Old Milwaukee into a holiday wonderland with a Victorian-era touch featuring holly, ribbons, wreaths, garlands, bells, and more. The exhibit kicks off on Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with crafts, interactive exhibits, live music, and a visit from Santa. Santa will also be visiting the Streets of Old Milwaukee on December 2.

Annual Tree Lighting @ Bayshore Town Center: Saturday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. Watch the tree lighting in the Bayshore Town Square, which may include an appearance from Santa. Afterward, grab a bite to eat or do a little holiday shopping.

Candy Cane Lane: Nov. 25-Dec. 26, 6:00-9:00 p.m. weekdays, 5:00-10:00 p.m. weekends. There are more than 300 homes that participate in the annual Candy Cane Lane. View decorations in West Allis from 92nd to 96th Street between Montana Avenue and Oklahoma Avenue. The event is free, but donations to the MACC fund are always appreciated.

Nov. 4: Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 4: Family Free Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo
Nov. 4-5: Journal Sentinel Food & Wine Experience
Nov. 5: Sticky Fingers Food Competition and Feast
Nov. 5: Grace Fine Art & Craft Festival
Nov. 11-12: Trainfest

Also, don’t forget to check out the winters’ farmers market, which kicks off Nov. 4! Located in the Mitchell Park Domes Annex, the market runs every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through April 14. 50 weekly vendors supply produce, eggs, meat, poultry, and dairy products as well as locally produced jams, honey, baked goods, maple syrup, cider, sauces, and soups. Market admission and parking are free. Coat check is available. Regular Domes admission applies to enter the conservatories.

Are you looking for even more things to do in Milwaukee on the cheap?
Check out Free Things To Do In Milwaukee WI.

[Disclaimer: I do not work for the city of Milwaukee. I am not paid to promote any of the events listed on this page. I’m simply a resident of southeast WI who loves Milwaukee and enjoys attending and generating exposure for events in Milwaukee.]

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Flower Power Fall Floral Show at the Domes

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

It feels like forever ago that I published my Dome’s summer floral show post. Since we got Tommy, I don’t even know how time is supposed to feel anymore. But I did go to the summer show in mid-June and now we’re starting November (what?), so it wasn’t like it was yesterday either.

The fall floral show theme is Flower Power, which is fun.  The floral displays include fall mums, coleus, morning glory, patchouli, and False Aralia.

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

The exhibit also features a fully restored VW camper bus, which is very cool.

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

We went the day before Ghosts Under Glass & Dia de los Muertos, so we got a sneak peek at a few of the decorations.

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

This visit was Tommy’s first visit to the Domes. I haven’t missed a Domes show in about two years and hope to make Domes trips a regular activity with him. At this age, he’s just as excited to be riding in his stroller as he is looking at the plants. But it still makes for a fun outing.

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

The Flower Power shows runs through November 5. If you won’t be able to visit the Domes this week, make sure to put the holiday floral show Naughty or Nice on your calendar. It runs November 18-January 7.

The Mitchell Park Domes are always free on Monday mornings from 9:00 a.m.-noon except major holidays for Milwaukee County residents. Consult the website for more details about current hours, admission, and upcoming special events.

Check out past Mitchell Park Domes special exhibits!
For more local happenings, visit the Milwaukee section of my blog.

 

Mitchell Park Domes Ultra Violet Summer Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Ultra Violet Summer Floral Show

For the Birds Spring Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

For the Birds Spring Floral Show

The Great Train Robbery Train Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

The Great Train Robbery Train Show

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Tips for Purchasing and Installing a Car Seat

Tips for Purchasing and Installing a Car Seat | http://www.roseclearfield.com

[Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of cars.com. All opinions are my own.]

Purchasing and installing a car seat is an overwhelming process, often even for veteran parents. The car seat market changes constantly. By the time you’re having kid #2 or #3, the seat you used for kid #1 or #2 may not work anymore, and you’re back to square one. Also, while purchasing and installing a car seat are essential steps for preparing for a new baby, they aren’t the most exciting steps. It’s much more fun to paint a bedroom or pick out baby furniture. Consequently, many people put off the car seat until the final months, or even weeks, of a pregnancy.

Due to the time frame of Tommy’s adoption and birth, I purchased a car seat the morning of his birth. We brought it to the hospital in the box. The entire process of purchasing and installing a car seat was brand new to me. Thankfully, Tommy’s birth mom’s social worker is a certified car seat technician, and she was able to help us install the seat before we went home. I know many people aren’t as fortunate and don’t feel confident that the seat is installed correctly, which is very scary.

Obviously, I’m still far from an expert on purchasing and installing a car seat. But I do have a few great tips for this process as well as an awesome resource to share from cars.com.

Tips for Purchasing and Installing a Car Seat | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Choose a well-known car seat manufacturer

There are a few established baby brands that dominate the car seat market and with good reason. Car seat shopping isn’t the time to take a chance on an offbrand item you found dirt cheap through a direct from China website. Familiarize yourself with the popular brands, and stick to these brands on Amazon and baby retailer websites.

Pay attention to the star ratings and reviews on Amazon and the major baby retailer websites

I know this is very millennial, but I’ve bought quite a few baby items largely based on their stellar star ratings and reviews on Amazon, Babies ‘R Us, and Buy Buy Baby. Again, baby shopping is often overwhelming, and car seat shopping is no exception. There are so many car seat models out there that it’s hard to know where to start. Sticking to the best rated and reviewed products helps you make an educated decision quickly.

Tips for Purchasing and Installing a Car Seat | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Consider a car seat within a larger baby gear system

One reason I chose both the infant car seat and booster car seat that I did is because they fit within the Click Connect system. Right now Jake and I use a single infant car seat with Click Connect bases in both of our cars. It was just $40 to add the second Click Connect base. The infant car seat also works in our Click Connect Graco stroller until Tommy can ride in the main stroller seat. When we move up to the booster car seat, we’ll keep the same Click Connect bases in our cars. Many car seats fit within the Click Connect system or another integrated system to save you money and extend the use of your gear. While it certainly isn’t a requirement, it’s a nice perk for many families.

Review the videos and other resources on cars.com

Cars.com has a dedicated car seat safety checks section. It features video demonstrations for installing car seats on dozens of popular vehicle makes and models. You can search for your specific vehicle or browse the videos by category. While you may not find a video for your exact make and model (I didn’t), most likely you’ll be able to find something very similar (I did).  Watching a video demonstration makes the installation process much more straightforward.

Each video includes a letter grade for the different types of car seats (i.e. booster, rear-facing convertible) in your particular vehicle. Most modern vehicles accommodate most modern car seats without any issues and receive A and B ratings across the board. But there are occasional compatibility issues, and it’s good to be aware of them ahead of time.

In addition to the car seat installation videos, cars.com has a number of other car seat resources, such as general car seat safety and which cars fit three car seats.

Give yourself time to install the car seat prior to going to the hospital

I know that life circumstances don’t always allow for a leisurely car seat installation exactly as you’ve planned. Whenever possible, make purchasing and installing a car seat at least one to two months before the baby’s due date a top priority. Giving yourself enough time ensures you and your sponse will install the car seat correctly the first time around and have a peace of mind about your child’s safety before you get to the hospital.

Have a certified car seat technician check your installation

The National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Certification Training Program certifies child passenger safety technicians and instructors around the country. Currently, there are over 40,000 certified technicians, and more than 154,000 people who have completed the training. Consult the National CPS Certification website to see if there are technicians in your area. Their website also offers a number of great car seat resources.

Do you have any tips for purchasing and installing a car seat?

Share your insight in the comments!

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Three Months of Tommy

This past week, Tommy turned three months old.

Tommy 3 Months | http://www.roseclearfield.com

We don’t have to go back to the doctor until the four month mark, so I don’t have an updated weight and length for Tommy. He’s been right at the 50th percentile for both weight and length, which most likely puts him at 15 pounds and 24 inches long right now.

Tommy remains a super chill baby and isn’t very fussy or picky. The only things he really doesn’t like are getting his nails clipped and getting out of the bath. He loves the bath but hates getting out of it. I’m not sure what changed with the baths this past month because he was doing okay at two months. I’m hoping it’s just a phase and he’ll get better with the transition again at some point.

Tommy 3 Months | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy is giving us social smiles and talking every single day, and we can’t really get enough of either. Sometimes he’s just testing making different noises while other times he’s really trying to participate in a conversation. He’s figured out he’s controlling his hands and will make fists and study them when they’re right in front of his face. Tommy doesn’t quite do full on laughing yet but we get occasional baby chuckles, which is pretty great, too.

Tommy is improving his focus more and more every week. He looks at anyone who comes over to him – family, at church, at restaurants, etc. He’s also started to focus on other items, including small stuffed animals and books. He’ll grab his blanket, stuffed animals, and items hanging in his activity gym and bouncy chairs. He loves when we sit with him and read short books. While Tommy hates tummy time, he does well sitting on someone’s lap to work on his head skills. He can’t sit up independently yet but is getting closer every day.

Tommy at John's Wedding 9.22.17 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

The biggest event for Tommy this past month was my cousin’s wedding in Milwaukee in mid-September. We got to spend time with my parents and mom’s mom, all of whom have met Tommy before. He got to meet two of my cousins (I only have three cousins and he actually met the third one over the summer), both of my mom’s brothers, and quite a few other extended family members. The necktie outfit was a hand me down from friends. Tommy also wore it when Jake’s middle sister got remarried on Tommy’s one month birthday.

Tommy remains a champion sleeper, sleeping his longest stretches at night. A few weeks ago, he was still waking up once at night, usually around three or four in the morning. Now he’s consistently sleeping through the night from 10:30/11:00 p.m. (sometimes a little later) until 8:00/8:30 a.m. Depending on when he went to sleep and what we have going on in the morning, he’ll often sleep a couple more hours in the morning.

Tommy 9.21.17 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy is also a champion eater, which largely contributes to why he’s sleeping so well at night. He eats 3-4 ounces every 2-3 hours during the day and 4-5 ounces first thing in the morning.

Tommy is solidly into three month clothing now, wearing three month onesies, pants, shirts, and jackets. We’ve been gifted a few larger (9-12 months) hats, which already fit him. Of course, for the most part, it’s been too warm for hats (no complaints!), but he’s wearing the bigger hats (like the one in the pictures in this post) because the 0-3 month hats are already way too small. Tommy just transitioned from size 1 to size 2 diapers. He still keeps his feet uncovered as much as possible.

Tommy 3 Months | http://www.roseclearfield.com

The more Tommy is able to interact with us, the more we feel like we’re getting to know him. We’re so excited for all that the future holds with him.

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July/August/September: What I Read

September 2017 Reads | http://www.roseclearfield.com

I’ve been having so much fun sharing my recent reads that I’m continuing the series. Not surprisingly, my reading has slowed down a little bit since we got Tommy. I’ve also worked my way through several long (10+ hour) audiobooks, which has lowered my total. But I’m still reading and am excited to share my reads from the past few months with you today.

Over the past three months, I’ve listened to:

 

  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen. I waited over half a year for this 18-hour audiobook from the library. I really wish I didn’t get it three days before Tommy was born. I pushed through it, though. I’m sure it’s not shocking that Bruce Springsteen is a decent writer. This remark may be incredibly obvious, but a lot of the book is very lyrical. It’s a long listen but worth it.

 

  • Open by Andre Agassi. Open is…humbling to say the least. If you know anything about Agassi’s story, I’m sure you can imagine that large chunks of Open are pretty tough to process. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d make it past the first few chapters, but I’m glad that I did.

 

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is so different from anything I normally read, which is a good thing. It was a great change of pace after reading two 18-hour autobiographies. I’m not burning to read a ton of Neil Gaiman, but I can definitely see his appeal. I’m sure I’ll read at least a couple more of his books at some point.

 

 

  • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. Raw. Honest. Funny. Carrie Fisher presents a candid, hilarious, touching perspective on the early Star Wars slice of her life. She strikes the perfect balance that you’re looking for in a celebrity memoir with just the right mix of personal background, behind the scenes peek into show business, and priceless famous people stories.

 

  • Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicty, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley. Ley should include a disclaimer that she’s writing Grace, Not Perfection for new, Christian moms. The book is really not applicable to any other audience. For this audience, it’s a great resource. My biggest gripe with Grace, Not Perfection is that she mentions her planners about 10 too many times. The book just reads too much like an ad for the planner line. You can take her tips for achieving grace over perfection without purchasing her one of her planners.

 

  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks. I read Musicophilia after reading Waking the Spirit, in which the author mentions it several times. The subject matter is fascinating. I learned a lot and enjoyed so many of the case studies. Musicophilia is medicine and psychology heavy. Even listening to the book, it took me a few times checking it out to get through the whole book.

Over the past three months, I’ve read:

  • Reached by Ally Condie. If you’ve been reading my book posts this year, you know that I’ve been working my way through Ally Condie’s Matched triology since the spring. I really enjoyed all three books. I still haven’t read the Divergent series (and probably won’t in the near future since I just finished this series), so I can’t compare it to that series. It’s not quite as good as The Hunger Games but is definitely worth a read. The premise is more like The Giver than The Hunger Games, which I like.

 

  • What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum. What to Say Next is one of my favorite books of 2017. I absolutely loved Buxbaum’s Tell Me Three Things and didn’t anticipate liking What to Say Next more, but I did. Her writing style is fabulous with well-drawn, interesting characters and a plot that keeps you turning pages right until the end. I don’t understand why books like What to Say Next get labeled as YA just because they have high school aged main characters. It’s a much better book than so many best selling fiction books.

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What have you been reading lately?

I’m always looking for new recommendations!

More reading posts:

My 2016 Reading List + Tips for Reading More Books | http://www.roseclearfield.com

My 2016 Reading List + Tips for Reading More Books

May 2017 Reads | http://www.roseclearfield.com

May: What I Read

June: What I Read | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June: What I Read

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