Quick and Easy 4th of July Dessert

July 4th, 2015



Since it’s already the 4th of July, I thought this quick and easy 4th of July Dessert might come in handy. And also, it’s super healthy. I love all of those decadent desserts but somehow this year, I’m going lean and mean. This patriotic fruit salad has just three ingredients:  blueberries, watermelon and strawberries. All you do is chop up the strawberries and cut out stars with the watermelon and throw the blueberries in.


Now if you want to go for some of the more amazing 4th of July desserts, check this out.

And of course, I wish you all a very Happy 4th of July and weekend!






Playologie Virtual Fashion Showroom

July 3rd, 2015


If you can’t make it in person to all the trade shows, never fear – Playologie Virtual Fashion Showroom to the rescue!

Nearly one year after its launch, Playologie, the B2B marketplace brought to you by the organizers of the Playtime trade fair, is continuing its rapid progression and is kicking into the next gear.  There are already 100 brands featured and almost 1000 verified buyers. Read on to see how this has all improved!

Playologie covers the entire children’s and maternity universe. It also allows buyers, thanks to the double access provided by the ‘Immediate Delivery’ and ‘New Collections’ options, to optimize their buying strategy by allowing them to place their orders at any time of the year.

From the verification of buyers’ profiles to the availability of 7 languages on the site (English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Russian), as well as multiple functions designed to facilitate navigation; everything has been conceived to simplify and develop exchanges between professionals.

This season, Playologie continues its evolution, consolidates its bases, and adds new functions for a site that is evermore fluid, supple and efficient.

From the perspective of the brands:

• Processing current purchases has been facilitated by the creation of a dedicated tab. It’s now also possible to modify an order that has already been confirmed.

• Sales conditions and payment information, stored when the account is first set up, can now be personalized at any time, offering users more freedom.

• The updating of stock and the addition of new pieces can now be done quickly on one page.
• The iPad app is even faster, thanks to a new tool that allows saving buyers’ coordinates as fast as it takes to staple a business card to an order form!

From the perspective of the buyers:

• a research engine has been added to the catalogue of every brand to offer more direct access to the known references or a precise piece or type.

• The selection process is faster now, thanks to the addition of an ‘express’ basket and a previous choice of quantities

The Playologie team will be present this summer at the trade fairs in Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo and New York, where they will present the latest developments and interact with an ever-growing number of international buyers.

Take a look at some of the images to see peak inside the showroom and see why this innovative system is fast becoming a necessity for fashion trade.








4th of July Fresh Flower Crown Tutorial

July 2nd, 2015



Just got this fabulous book and wanted to share this 4th of July, Fresh Flower Crown tutorial with you all. The book is Flower Crowns by Christy Meisner Doramus, and has 30 DIY floral crown creations in it, including this one. And look, she made a crown for actress, Amanda Seyfriend!

Have your little girl show off your patriotic spirit at the beach or barbecue in style with this fresh red, white, and blue flower crown. To create this crown, you will use blue hydrangeas, red ranunculus, and white wax flowers. I hope you enjoy this very detailed tutorial from the book! And if you like this, you can purchase the book right here!



What you will need

assorted red, white, and blue flowers

6–8 feet of florist wire

scissors or garden shears

2 yards of ribbon







1: Clip small sections of the blue hydrangeas and white wax flowers approximately 3 inches from the base of the blooms. Also, clip the stem of the red ranunculus close to the base of the flower, leaving about 1⁄4 inch of stem.

TIP: Spray roses are also a great substitute for this look if you are not able to find ranunculus.


2: Cut a 4-inch piece of florist wire and feed it through the red ranunculus stem and bloom.


3: Create a small hook with the end of the florist wire and pull it carefully into the ranunculus bloom to secure.

TIP: Pulling the hooked florist wire through the bloom ensures that the bloom will face outward in the final crown.


4: Gather 3–5 sprigs of the white wax flowers. Wrap a new 10- to 12-inch piece of florist wire around the bunch in a spiral motion from left to right, securing the stems to the piece of wire that is holding the red ranunculus.


5: Gather 3–5 sprigs of the blue hydrangeas and place them into the red and white bunch, wrapping the wire around the group of stems to create a growing strand of flowers.


6: Repeat steps 1–3 and add another red ranunculus, twisting the florist wire from the base of the stem around the growing strand of flowers from left to right. Continue adding small bunches of
blue hydrangeas and white wax flowers, alternating with the red ranunculus blooms. Wrap each piece into the growing strand of flowers.



8: Once you have reached the desired flower crown length, clip the group of stems so they are all the same length, at least 1⁄2 inch away from the wire that holds them all together. Create a loop with the end of the moss- covered wire and wrap the end of the strand in a spiral beginning at the base of the loop moving backward toward the flowers to cover any loose florist wire. Repeat on the other side.


8: Once you have reached the desired flower crown length, clip the group of stems so they are all the same length, at least 1⁄2 inch away from the wire that holds them all together. Create a loop with the end of the moss- covered wire and wrap the end of the strand in a spiral beginning at the base of the loop moving backward toward the flowers to cover any loose florist wire. Repeat on the other side.

9: Cut 2 pieces of ribbon, 1 yard each. Fold each piece in half and feed one through each of the two loops you just created. Pull the loop tightly, then use the two ends to tie a second knot to secure.




Decorative Tiles and Kites from Petit Pan

July 1st, 2015



Petit Pan Paris has a fab range of 40 types of decorative tiles for kid’s rooms, fabrics, home decor items, cushions children’s and baby clothes and even kites! Also, a very cute and quirky selection of random items like crazy tea cozy’s. I’m rather enamored of this online shop, I must admit.

The style is a delicious fusion of colorful Asian and French influences which makes you want to spend all day on this site to make sure you don’t miss anything. Oh and don’t forget their sweet wallpapers! And make sure you scroll down to check out the beautiful Chinese kites.






And the grandfather of Emile, (who is the little boy of the couple who run this store) is a grand master of Chinese kites, and is renowned for his giant dragons which fly in the skies of every continent. And he is the one who designs the kites below and mobiles for Petit Pan. Watch the beautiful video of his work below.




Edible Sprinkle Bowls For Ice-Cream

June 30th, 2015



What? Edible Sprinkle Bowls for Ice-Cream. Well, I’m always looking for interesting and imaginative ways to serve up ice-cream. The old ice-cream cone is getting a little old, I must say. Of course, the girls are not going to agree with that one as they are completely obsessed with ice-cream cones. But then, what kid isn’t? So, these little dishes made of white chocolate and sprinkles are a fabulous idea, especially for a kid’s birthday. Of course, you can make them with dark chocolate or wait…even mix dark and white. And experiment with other tiny candies mixed in with sprinkles. Actually, the possibilities are endless if you want to experiment and modify. Looks like we’ll have to wait until next year for a Birthday but definitely not waiting that long to experiment with these dessert bowls.

Where? Find out exactly how to make these, balloons and all at This Heart of Mine.



La Mangerie – Kid Friendly Brunch, Paris

June 29th, 2015



La Mangerie, is a family restaurant in the heart of the Marais, in Paris, which now has a kid friendly brunch! And wanted to share this with you all as the “go-to place” to take the kids if you are traveling to Paris this summer.

It’s been four years now that La Mangerie  has been dishing up portions that are shareable, which is great for group meals. And they are getting better and better.

I used to be in the Marais all the time when I was living there, and they had nothing like this. In fact, it was hard to find a specifically kid-friendly restaurant at all. Well, times are a changing in Vieux Paris.

The ambience here is very light-filled and colorful and playful which of course, is perfect for all of the kids. There are vintage and retro pieces, baskets and even an olive tree growing out of a table. And plants and things really popping out all over the place.

They have a varied and versatile menu with Crusty Chicken with Cashews, and Smoked Salmon with Basil Avocaod and of course, French charcuterie (cold cuts) and Cheeseburgers (for those of who just can’t get by without burgers) and well, something for all palates.

And on Sundays, they have a very special Kid Friendly Brunch! And it’s all home-made at La MangerieAnd because the whole mood is all about celebration, of course kids are extremely welcome at this place. In fact, there’s a teddy bear just for the kids in the middle of the restaurant so the parents can perhaps get a moment to enjoy their meal. Well, I’m all for that.

I’ve never been here but I plan to next time I’m in Paris! That’s for sure. Just the decor alone is so pulling me in.

La Mangerie
7 rue de Jarente
75004 Paris      www.la-mangerie.com





Sneak Peek of Playtime New York, August 2015

June 26th, 2015



Playtime New York is just around the corner (August 1st-3rd) and I’m doing something special this time around! I’m giving you a very exclusive sneak peek of some of the top labels and trends that you have to look forward to. We have some new, exciting labels presenting as well as the seasoned labels that we just can’t get enough of. So, whether you are someone who will be attending the show, or just a kid’s fashion fan, here is my fab rundown.

And in case you are wondering what all the fuss is about, Playtime is one of the foremost Childrenswear trade shows and continues to forge ahead in this whole universe of kids fashion (and maternity wear). They have shows in Paris, NYC and Tokyo and have been a huge player and promoter of this international market.

And Playtime New York will present its 11th edition on August 1st – 3rd, 2015, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, in the heart of Chelsea, NYC.

And a special opportunity if you are a professional buyer:

To celebrate this event, Playtime New York is giving away a trip to Paris! The lucky winner will get a trip to Paris in January 2016, so that they can attend the 19th edition of Playtime Paris, the largest Playtime rendez-vous, which every season attracts 470 ready-to-wear, design and layette brands. To be in the running, go the Playtime site for details: www.playtimenewyork.com/pre-registration

I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you for the official drawing on Tuesday August 4th!

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Now for the wonderful creations that these top kidswear labels  have in store for you…and of course, this is just a taste. There are many I couldn’t include.



Kin – design and sustainability and a  progressive way of making clothing



Emile et Ida: a vintage air and a playful spirit with this French label which carries us from playtime to beach



I’m super excited that Tia Cibani is translating her daring avant-garde style to kidswear. This is her debut season for the kids, and a label to watch out for.


Bleu comme gris:  “Casual-chic” Parisian style and timeless classics



Everbloom: eternally cute eye-candy for little girls…polka dots have a starring role this season!



 Smokks: more practical and easygoing fashion for maximum versatility



Gardner and the Gang: This season tells a story about unlikely friendships, where all differences are exciting and cool.


Omami-Mini: OmamiMini brings us trendy and uber cool with the nonchalant vibe of California.



Rose Cottage Designs: Presenting some Aussie goodness with timeless and nostalgic classics



Devon’s Drawer: Ethical and sustainable modern classics that kids can play in!



Preschool in Japan Lets Kids Play in Puddles

June 25th, 2015



This new preschool in Japan understands kids and was designed to accumulate puddles so the kids could play in them indoors! Usually when it rains, kids aren’t allowed to play outside, but the new Dai-ichi Yochien in Kumamoto City is designed to make sure the puddles stay exactly where they are. And yes, the kids play in them. And what better way to foster fun and learning than to let kids be kids and to live out their fantasies of having puddles indoors?!

Taku Hibino, the lead architect at Hibino Sekkei designed the courtyard so that on dry days it can function as a badminton or softball court and in the winter it can even be converted to an ice skating rink. Fantastic innovation and the architecture is clean and beautiful.



Hibino Sekkei, and their Youji no Shiro brand, specialize in designing early education facilities. You can read more about them here.

The school itself was designed with an open floorplan in order to foster learning that’s flexible and unconstrained. Furniture is used as partitions and teachers mix up different classes. Parents provide their kids with their own desk and chair, which they keep and eventually take home after graduating. How’s that for a valuable and touching heirloom. This keeps a continual flow of new furniture into the school, which maintains a fresh and clean aesthetic.

When are they going to have a school like this in New York City? Because we are in!







Zentangle Art

June 24th, 2015




I’m all obsessed over this Zentangle Art. It’s the doodling made into a true art form. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns, invented by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.

Anyone can use Zentangle Art to create beautiful images and it builds focus and creativity, and gives you artistic satisfaction, while increasing personal well being. The Zentangle Method has spread across the globe and appeals to all ages.

A Zentangle Art practice builds on the Zentangle Method of simple deliberate strokes which build on each other in beautiful, mesmerizing and unplanned ways. You can get a Zentangle Kit on the official Zentangle site to support that practice and to share the Zentangle Method with others. And there are classes available with Certified Zentangle Teachers .
Here’s a fanciful animation using Zentangle.
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