Staten Island Parent’s Gigi’s World Column

Gigi's World. The Life of a Kid on Staten Island.

Gigi’s World. The Life of a Kid on Staten Island.

Each month since she was 4 months old, Giavanna Schrecker (with a little help from her mom, Gina LaGuardia-Schrecker, VP of Content Development of CareerCo.) has been providing Staten Island Parent readers with an insight into life growing up on Staten Island.

Follow along with Gigi every month for the kid’s-eye prospective of what it’s like growing up today here on Staten Island, New York.

“I Think I’m Lovin’ It” August 2015.  This month we are saying goodbye to the Gigi’s World column. After 12 years of allowing us insight into the world of a kid growing up on Staten Island, Gigi is onto new adventures. She’ll still be around town, loving life as she exemplifies the best Staten Island has to offer. So if you see her, be sure to say hi! Read more.

Mom’s Turn (Officially). May 2015. Past Mother’s Day columns have focused on my mom and my grandmother, which is why I thought it would just be nice to let Mom have “complete control” over this month’s column. Read more

Jordanna’s World. April 2015. The other night, my sister, Jordanna, asked my mom why I have a column and she doesn’t. We figured this day would eventually come. Mom said she told her that it’s simply because I was born first and that this is really about our family… Read more

Sales Star in Training. January 2015.  It’s a new year, which means Girl Scout Cookie-selling season is fully baked. My troop and I have been selling the delicious goodies since December, and I’ve taken it very, very seriously. Read more

Reflections From Mommy. December 2014. This month marks the completion of 11 years sharing with “Gigi’s World” with you all! Since I was way too little for half of it, I’ll let Mom tell you more… Read more

I’m Thankful for Harvest Happenings. November 2014. I love how November is the last fall month. It means more school days off, chilly weather, and fall things like pumpkins, leaves, and hay bales to celebrate harvest. Read more

Fun, Family and Feasts.  October 2014.  Another fall season is upon us – one of my favorites! Of course, it’s because we get to enjoy all the Halloween and Harvest festivities, as well as all the candy and good baking opportunities that come along with them! Read more

Looking Forward to Fall.  September 2014. September is always such an exciting month… I love how it always feels like a new beginning. In our family, the change of seasons does that for all of us. Mom is a big fan of changing our décor and bringing out fall candles to signify the switch, while my dad digs deep into the garage to pull out an autumn-awesome garden flag to set out on the front lawn. Read more

Ninjas, Boy Bands, Ice Cream, and Other Summer Fun.  August 2014.  For me, August is the month of ninjas. Yes, you read that correctly. I turn 11 this month and have decided that will be my birthday theme. You see, I love ninjas… they are sleek, stealth, and strong, so what better way to ring in the new exciting age than with a ninja-themed cake, banners, lollipops, the works?! While it may not be your typical 11-year-old girl birthday choice, I’m not typical, which – to me – makes it all the more exciting. My best friends are pretty much used to my unique choices by now, so I have a feeling they will enjoy it even if it is nontraditional!  Read more

Like Mother, Like Daughter.  July 2014. My mom has become one of those obstacle race addicts. You know, one of those people who actually likes running, climbing walls, and getting dirty in the mud. She’s done a few High Rock Challenges, a Mudderella race, MuckFest, and a few others here and there. She actually tries to schedule one race a month in the spring and summer, so we have to always listen to her talk about her training, her race “war wounds,” and how much fun it is to torture herself. You know… all that “blah, blah, blah” stuff. Read more

Two Peas in a Pod. June 2014.  They say kids are copies of their parents in one way or another. We have the same eyes, dimples, shape of face, body type, personality, smile, etc. The bonds I share with my dad are not only shaped by what we have in common, they are strengthened by them. The jokes we laugh at, the songs we love, the food we crave, even the things that make us moody – they’re all part of what I call the “Gigi-Daddy Connection.” Read more

Far, Far Away. May 2014. I just got back from my very first Girl Scout camping trip to Camp Kaufmann in upstate New York, and it was so much fun. We arrived around 8 p.m. on the Friday night that began spring break (perfect timing!) and made the trek up to our cabin, which was really big and rustic. Read more

Warm Air, Excited Hearts. April 2014. Thank God it’s April. This winter was a lot of fun — we’re snow lovers in our family — but we all we’re long overdue for some real Spring weather. The last of the ice and snow mounds have recently melted and I’m hoping the warmer air and sunshine will dry up our yard, which has been a field of puddles for way too long. Read more

A New Activity: Worth the Wait. March 2104. I recently joined Girl Scouts – a little late in the game, I know. It’s something I’ve always thought about but for a bunch of reasons (Mom thought I was spread thin with activities), it never worked out until this year. After doing some Girl Scout-y things these past few months, I have to say, it was worth the wait! Read more

Random Thoughts of a 10-Year Old. January 2014. When Mom sat down to brainstorm this month’s column with me, she first asked if I had any New Year’s Resolutions. “Mom, 10-year-olds don’t do that,” I said very matter-of-factly, and tried to go about my business of choosing a snack before bedtime. Of course, with her deadline looming (isn’t it always!?), she pushed me a bit more… “So, what’s on your mind then, Gigi?” Read more

Holiday Pandemonium – What Memories Are Made Of. December 2013. I love Christmas… it’s my favorite time of the year. On the holiday scale, it falls right after Thanksgiving (since I’m a cook, I really enjoy that) and Halloween (free candy… hello!). The fact that we get a lot of presents and I get to cook makes Christmas a win-win for me. I also love eating the cookies we’ve baked and watching fun and festive shows like “Rudolph” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Read more



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  1. Movies Under the Stars: School of Rock

    June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    June 23, 2017  |  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Corporal Thompson Park
    Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film. Know Before You Go: You should arrive before 7:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit
  2. Gentle Flow Yoga

    June 24 @ 10:00 am - July 22 @ 11:00 am
    June 24, 2017  |  10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Alice Austen House Museum
    Join us on the lawn of Clear Comfort for yoga every other Saturday this summer. Led by Be Yoga & Dance in partnership with Shape Up NYC.
  3. Day at the Races

    June 24 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    June 24, 2017  |  11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Monmouth Racetrack
    3rd Annual “Day at the Races,” a Jaimes’s LILAC foundation fundraiser at Monmouth Racetrack in Oceanport, NJ. Saturday- June 24- 11am to 6pm; tickets are $40 adults- $20 children - includes entrance and all you can eat.
  4. Zentangle 101

    June 24 @ 11:00 am
    June 24, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    South Beach Library
  5. Storytime: “The Rainbow Fish”

    June 24 @ 11:00 am
    June 24, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Barnes & Noble
    This modern classic is celebrating its 25th year in print! With eye-catching foil stamping glittering on every page, it offers instant child appeal. But it is the universal message at the heart of this story about a beautiful fish who
  6. Homework Help

    June 24 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    June 24, 2017  |  11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    New Dorp Library
    11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm High School volunteers are offering their services to help with reading and math! Reading:Prek -Third grade, Math: prek to eighth grade. First come first served. Sign up lists will start the day of each session when library
  7. Music & Movement

    June 24 @ 11:00 am
    June 24, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    New Dorp Library
  8. FREE Family Fun Day

    June 24 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    June 24, 2017  |  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Conference House Park
    Rain date June 25. Face painting, costume characters, giveaways, zumba, cotton candy, food, music, popcorn, ice cream, drinks. For more info call Tom Crimmins Realty 718-370-3200.
  9. Food Truck Festival at The Mount

    June 24 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    June 24, 2017  |  12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Mount Loretto
    Join us at Mount Loretto on June 24th and 25th from Noon-8pm each day for our Second Annual Food Truck Festival Presented by ShopRite! If you think last year’s event was big…you ain’t seen nothing yet! This event will feature
  10. Beehive and Honeycomb paintings

    June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    June 24, 2017  |  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Arts Vocabulary; create mixed media Beehive and Honeycomb paintings.