Battle! Hip Hop! Met Museum

This past Friday, a friend invited me and the kids to join her and her daughters to see a Battle of Hip Hop dancers inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And holy smokes — it was amazing. Riveting. Exciting. Enchanting. Incredible. Ridiculous. One of my all time favorite activities I have ever done. Period.


First of all, I love street dancing and hip hop so much — always have — and this was a performance of an urban dance organization “Dancing in the Streets” of the South Bronx. They have perfected a series of dance battles, which are now held inside The Met’s Arms and Armor department — truly remarkable — both the location of the performance and the performance itself. The freestyle dancers wore armor, battled between each other, and gave an amazing show. I felt incredibly lucky to be able to attend this event (and for free!) and the kids were mesmerized and in awe of the whole show.



The girls walking to the show.


As it has had great turn out, The Met keeps on extending their show run — great for you all who live in NYC and haven’t heard of it yet. It takes place on Fridays (the next are February 8, March 22, April 12 and June 7) between 5 and 8 pm. The performance itself is 45 minutes long, and they repeat each show at 5 / 6 / 7 pm. The Met staff was super helpful in getting the kids to the front row (we arrived right at 5 pm — MISTAKE — get their much much earlier!), although us adults had a harder time seeing it.




We can’t stop talking about Friday’s performance and as a result are already planning on going back next month. I can’t wait to go back — and same with my kids. I loved every bit of it — and it is not just for kids — the man next to me was in his 80s. I asked him if he came to The Met just for the performance and he said yes and that he saw them perform before. It made me so happy seeing how this performance brought not only me so much joy, or the kids, but also this older man. I would not necessarily bring young kids to it — my kids’ age was perfect (6 and 9) as it is somewhat violent and very loud.


I can’t wait to go back and have a front row seating so I can see it from a different perspective.

Unbelievable talent. I love them. Oh so much.


Do not miss out the opportunity to see this incredible dance group in a truly one of a kind setting. The Met Museum! Battle of Hip Hops in Armor!!!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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Currently Loving October 2017

One more day left of October, so not too late for “Currently Loving” for the month! Here they are! Here is what I am currently loving in October 2017!


1. Busy Philipps


Her name is Busy. Her daughters names are Birdie and Cricket — now do you wonder why I want her to be my BFF?


I don’t know her from tv or movies, but I somehow landed on her instagram account (isn’t that how everything works these days….everything leads back to instagram…) and became obsessed with her instagram stories. She is genuine, authentic, beautiful, and oh so funny. I love her taste in music, clothes, and random thoughts. You must watch her on her stories — too funny. I also am determined to become friends with her…anyone have a connection? Sign me up please!

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January 2016 Playlist

We listen to music at our house nonstop — and believe it or not, most of the time, our Pandora station is set to “Bailando” — Spanish pop music… the kids love it. Go figure. With that in mind, here is my workout playlist for the month…with lots of dance beats, latino twists, and energy to get you moving. (Note: If I could, my whole playlist would just be Bieber. I would marry him if I could, you better be-bieb it). Enjoy!


If you run with this playlist, you will end up an elite runner like these athletes.

If you run with this playlist, you will end up an elite runner like these athletes (Chicago marathon, October 2015).

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Martha Stewart/Holiday 2014 Workout Playlist

Happy Monday!  We are in Seattle with my brother, his family, my sisters and parents.  Basically my whole side of the family under one roof.  Couldn’t be happier.  Our cross-country travel was mostly without incident, unlike 2 years ago.  Regardless, Ken likes making fun of me when I travel (I can’t help myself).




So, exciting news!


I am so excited to share that I have been asked to be a contributor to Martha Stewart’s website!    The site reached out to me and asked me to contribute posts as part of their effort to cultivate more original content.  My profile is here and first post on celebrating the holidays is here.

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