Bootiful Halloween Cake

October 8th, 2015



Well, I’m really taken with this Bootiful Halloween Cake! The little ghosts on top are so cute and effective and have their own little, simple expressions, created with so little – just three little dots. And of course, in keeping with the goriness of Halloween, the centre just must be blood red, so good it’s one of my faves: Red Velvet Cake. And the ganache dripping over the sides of the marshmallow icing is to die for. I would almost be sad to cut into these little critters. But I guess I could get over it…

For all the gory details, go here for the recipe!




Macarena Bilbao – Handmade Wooden Toys

October 7th, 2015



Macarena Bilbao, the creator of handmade wooden toys, makes beautiful kitchens and dollhouse and other delights out of wood.

She made the first one for her kids and put it on her blog and people started ordering them. She never looked back!  Based in the Canary Islands, Macarena cuts, sands, paints and varnishes her eco-friendly toys. The toys have a lovely retro style and she does customize and speaks with her clients to make sure it’s exactly what they want for their little munchkins.

Take a look at her wonderful online store. And if you don’t see what you like, just ask her!




Here’s Macarena swinging in her workshop.



Petit Pehr Decor Giveaway!!!

October 5th, 2015



Petit Pehr is doing a giveaway for Bellissima Kids readers! Petit Pehr is the child brand of the internationally recognized lifestyle brand Pehr with an ever-growing mix of products for the home and for kid’s rooms. They have the most beautifully designed and adorable baby bedding, mobiles, storage solutions, pillows and much more!

The brainchild of Jennifer Kelly and Rebecca Perren, Pehr filled a void in the market for what they wanted for their own homes- the right mix of classic and modern, the subtle balance of fresh yet tasteful and clean design.

And the fab news is that they’re giving one lucky winner a $150 voucher to spend on their site, on anything they want.

All you have to do to enter, is:

  1. Join the Bellissima Kids mailing list (on the right at the top)
  2. Make a comment below.
  3. Follow Petit Pehr on Instagram right here.

Et voila!

We will be drawing the winner in 10 days so keep a look out. I wish you the best of luck!  petit_pehr_6





Creamy Cappuccino Squares

October 2nd, 2015



Well, the drab weather has hit NYC hard this week. And with it, has come this great desire to eat tons of sweets and sit on a cozy couch with a tea in my hand. So, of course, when I came across these Creamy Cappuccino Squares, I just wanted them right away.

If you are like me and can’t get enough lovely desserts, then this might do the trick for you. And guess what? They are super easy to make and are a no-bake recipe. Get the full recipe right here!

Beau LOves, Autumn/Winter 2015

October 1st, 2015



Beau Loves Autumn/Winter 2015 is a quirky, fun and creative affair.  And spot on for Halloween with a dark and spooky mood with photography by Flannery O’Kafka. As is the style of Beau LOves, this season is lots of blacks, white, with minimal color and a little bit of gold for pizzaz and nods to Batman and Mickey Mouse!

How did the label get this name? Inspired by her fearless, fun-loving little boy, Beau, and the stuff he loves, his personality is stamped over every inch of each collection.

The Beau LOves agenda is to create a quirky collection of gender-neutral clothes (where possible) that are adventurous, fun, stylish yet creative and very importantly all made with LOVE in LONDON. Yep. All of their  products are designed, printed and made in London, England.
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The World’s First Pop-Up Sandcastle Hotels

September 28th, 2015



The World’s First Pop-Up Sandcastle Hotel has happened in the Netherlands and I can’t think of a cooler place to take the kids. Well, not as cool as the temporary ice hotels that sprout up around the world each year. However, visitors to those hotels are subjected to sleeping on ice beds in sub-zero temperatures and have no access to electricity or Wi-Fi. The guests at the two sand hotels do not have to suffer through such hardships.
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The 50 States

September 25th, 2015



The 50 States by Gabrielle Balkan and with fun and colorful illustrations by Sol Linero is a slam dunk! We were so excited to receive this high quality book from Wide Eyed Editions.

Finally a wonderful book that makes the 50 States an engaging, fun and interesting journey. It’s so hard to pack state history, facts and trivia into a book for kids that they will want to pore over, but this one succeeds in a big way.
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Famous Paintings on Cakes

September 24th, 2015



Cyprus artist Maria A. Aristidou, who is known for her art which is painted with coffee (Greek espresso to be exact), has created a series of famous paintings on cakes.

Entitled ‘Art on Cakes’, her series depicts famous paintings on delicious canvases. The cakes were made for local patisserie ‘Vienna Boutique’ in Larnaka, Cyprus and feature works like The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali, The Scream by Edvard Munch, and The Starry Night by Van Gogh.

According to Aristidou, each cake took about 6-10 hours to finish and were all crafted with ‘Vienna Boutique’s famously know chocolate recipe covered in sugar paste then decorated with edible paints’.
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Mixed Kids, Spring/Summer 2016 collection

September 22nd, 2015



Mixed Kids, the Brazilian Kid’s Fashion company was born because Ciccy Halpern asked her mom, Riccy Souza Aranha, owner of well-established Brazilian brand Mixed, to have a kid’s line. The women in this family are very talented and Ciccy’s sister, Carol Porto, designs the line. They follow a big trend locally that is the mother / daughter concept collection.
For Mixed Kids, Spring/Summer 16 collection Mixed Kids was inspired by the Mexican culture. This time around, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico and Mixed Kids’ patron saint is the main reference and brings protection and blessings to all children. Keep Reading…