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Katia Williford

A former Brooklyn gal, Katia ended up back on the East Coast after looping through Chicago where she met her husband. Together they have two beautiful children, an energetic dog, and a slightly feral cat that throws up strategically while they sleep, leaving an obstacle course for the family to navigate in the morning. She's worked at a big ad agency, a bakery, auditioned for and acted in some shows, trained and performed with a circus school, and co-created and ran a crepe stand at a farmer's market. Late at night, when she's done putting the finishing touches on a Mommy Poppins project, she finds herself obsessively pouring through decor, food, and mom blogs.

Latest posts by Katia

Get Outta Town: 30 Perfect Fall Family Day Trips from NYC

With fall upon us, we're craving more than just a change of seasons. Sometimes, fresh scenery—even just for a day—can do wonders to reboot and re-energize weary New Yorkers who dodged tourists and packed subways all summer.

Whether fall in your house means an afternoon harvesting nature's bounty at local farms, heading out for a hike, or staying close to home to explore a new-to-you corner of the city, we've got daycations sure to satisfy any mood. Read on for 30 picks sure to inspire your love of the season, and find more getaways in our Day Trip and Travel Guide.

Your 75 Best Family Vacation Destinations

We recently asked you to share your top family vacation destinations and once again you came through. With your suggestions, We put together this list of the 75 of the best family-friendly travel spots from as nearby as around the corner to as far off as South Africa. You're a well-traveled bunch with great ideas for family-vacation fun, whether you have a weekend or a week.

Can't get enough inspiration here? Visit our sister site to read about the best family travel destinations plus some great tips on why you should go. Check out our Family Travel Guide for more great family vacation destinations.

Awesome Art Classes For Kids On Long Island

Long Island has fantastic art classes for kids, with something for every age and interest. From painting and drawing, to themed classes such as cartooning and jewelry making, the options for artistic expression are endless. Art classes not only encourage creativity, but are great for developing basic skills such as concentration and hand-eye coordination. We rounded up six spots for the budding young artist. For additional class suggestions, see our Classes and Activities Guide for Long Island Kids.

Hurricane Sandy, Still Recovering on Long Island

As you can see, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy our site has been pretty slim this week. Some of our bloggers were lucky enough to emerge from the storm unscathed, but many are dealing with lengthy power outages and at least one blogger has sustained significant damage to her home. Most of Long Island is still without power and I'm hoping you are all safe, and that the worst you are coping with is an intense overload of board games.

We aren't posting about events this weekend, as most businesses and areas are still without power at this time. If the power comes back up, please share news with us on fun things to do in our comments section, or on our Facebook page. I've included a few links below to help weather the wait. Please be safe everyone.

Weekly Wrap Up: Remembering 9/11, Back to School and Hurricane Irene

That Hurricane turned Tropical Storm, oh you know the one I'm talking about, inspired us to turn our thoughts inward this week. We focused our energies on ways to cope and ideas for how to wile away the hours when you are stuck inside.

Now that the storm has passed, with September's arrival we are starting to think about the kids going back to school. We've also updated our Classes Guide for your back-to-school season, which we will continue to build during the next few weeks.

And September also brings us a difficult anniversary. It is not easy to describe or explain the events of September 11th to our children. We've been thinking a lot about what to say, and what to do with our kids for the 10th anniversary, to honor the victims and heroes.

That's just a little peek at what is happening. Here's what we covered this week on Mommy Poppins in NYC, New Jersey, Long Island and Connecticut. Please call and check the links we've provided to confirm that plans haven't been derailed by Irene. Be well.

Getting Ready for Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene is getting all the attention right now, and though we hate to overload you with hurricane news, we do want to make sure everyone is safe and sound. And once you are safe and sound, we would like you all to be sane, and maybe even entertained, while waiting for the storm to pass. Here are a few links to help:



Things to Do for Kids and Families on Long Island, July 8-10: Family Concerts, Outdoor Kids Theatre, Fireflies, Bats, and More

New York's State Parks have got it going on this weekend. From afternoon shows, to learning about the animals living on Long Island, even some great night activities. Let summer time take over your usual schedule, let the kids stay up late so you can all have fun as a family at a kid's concert, or go out looking for bats. Perhaps they'll even sleep in a bit in the morning. And if you are inspired, make note of our post on free outdoor movies on Long Island, fun for the whole family. Have a great weekend.