Summer is here and I’m dreaming full-time of all the place we want to go with the kids that I have been keeping under the lid all winter. That exciting surge of summer energy as well as my yearning for adventure peaks…as I’m sure yours does. Apart from going to Martha’s Vineyard last year, which I blogged about here, we really did do something that was on my bucket list. We went to Atlantis in the Bahamas! And I even blogged about an aspect of this experience over here on my other site.
The girls are dying to go back. Solène spent the entire time, (once she got over her fear) in a constant state of marvel. She kept turning around and seeing something new and saying, “Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness”!
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.
I thought it was about time I weighed in on eating in New York City with kids especially because we do eat out here quite a bit in the Big Apple! This pick of our top 5 family restaurants in NYC dishes up what counts for the little ones while satisfying your adult hunger…whether it’s the best mac n’ cheese or just a good slice of pizza. Of course, there are many more places we love but I narrowed it down for you. And at these places, you won’t have that uncomfortable feeling that your kids are a nuisance to non-kid people. And I think it’s just more evidence that despite what people may think, nyc is the best place to raise a family. Okay, so one of the best places!
These Artist Books by Randy Keenan have me intrigued. She makes collage/sculptures that use elements of books to create a whole new story. I just love the picket fence trailing at the end of the one pictured above. Although these are very work intensive, she can sometimes be convinced to part with these for a price. Check out some more of these on her blog and to see her other artwork.
Dolce & Gabbana’s motherhood-themed Fall/Winter 2015 show at Milan Fashion Week on Sunday featured models carrying babies and prints inspired by children’s doodles. I know that there has been criticism about the way moms are being portrayed in this parade (not sure how we should be portraying them in a fashion show!) but really, I’m just glad to see pregnant women and moms with babies on the runway at all. And much of the garments were just completely lovely, even for moms.
The show, which was called “Viva la Mamma,” also included giant jewel-studded headphones and colorful silk prints based on kids’ drawings. Read More
Bellissima Kids is so excited to be working with Playologie, brought to us by our good friends of Playtime Universes – who are of course huge players in this wonderful world of children.
It’s here! The first online B2B trade fair the children’s/maternity universes! What exactly does it do? Who is this for?
Watch the video below to find out more about this vital and revolutionary new way of doing business in the children’s/maternity universe.
But in a nutshell:
If you are a Brand: Playologie is both a B2B showroom, an order management system, a prospecting tool and an international window open all year long, 24/7.
If you are a Buyer: Free for all buyers, Playologie optimizes the buying process– hunts down the latest trends, uncovers the products that make the difference, dialogues with brands and group purchases.
Thanks to our guest correspondent for this lovely post – Sian Gwilliam, Founder and Editor of Creative Bus Stop: A guide to London for families. Featuring a weekly events diary, educational activities, crafts, travel
We just received our VW Camper Van Play Tent which the girls had tried out a couple of months ago at an expo and I can’t get them out of it! They want to sleep in there too so it seems I will have to get some sleeping bags as well. And don’t worry…they make a large VW Camper Van Tent for adults in case you are yearning to use the kids’ one when you go camping. Made by The Monster Factory, all of these are modeled on the 1965 VW Camper Van. Must have been a good year.