Ok, well I could easily list more than five, but here are some of our favorite toys that keep us busy these days.
1. BlaBla dolls for the wild imagination.
2. Dinosaurs for the little scientist.
3. Pattern Play blocks for the future mathematician.
4. Keyboard Piano for the musician.
5. Legos for the inner architect.
Enjoy your weekend!
Liz // Yellow Finch
This Babiekin named “Crew” loves…
Hanging out with little brother Cash, “When he’s not annoying,” says Crew. (Big brother life!)
Obsessively loves anything & everything that has to do with superheros!!
My Babiekin loves to draw, and I’m his biggest fan of course!
Zoinks, let’s not forget the show Crew loves to watch… Scooby Doo!
Well gang, I guess that wraps up the mystery of what this Babiekin loves!
Sometimes, I take life too seriously. I get too wrapped up in what there is to do and what hasn’t been done yet, and I get stressed out. (If you know me, you’re waving your hands in mock horror, “You? High-strung? Ohhh what a shock!”) It doesn’t come as a hugely surprising confession, I know. And of course, it goes with the territory that I’m really bad at relaxing (Just ask my mom. Or my husband. Before I met him, I had a hard time watching movies all the way through! I’d watch half, and then wander off to do something that just HAD to be done.)
But I’m learning. I’m learning it’s not all about accomplishments. It’s not all about what I can achieve. I’m not getting graded on this life! When the stress creeps up on me because I’m perfectionistically attacking my to-do list, discouraged that it’s not getting done fast enough or perfectly enough, I’ve learned that it’s probably time to step back, stop what I’m doing, and turn my attention to something else. And not just another item on my list. Something different, something fun, and dare I say, relaxing? A break in the routine — like jetting out of the house at lunchtime to have frozen yogurt instead — does wonders for realigning one’s perspective. There’s just something about different surroundings that can put you in a completely different mood, don’t you agree?
How do you get back on track when you find yourself being too high-strung? (I can’t be the only relaxation-challenged person among us!)
Image Credits: Priscilla Barbosa Photgraphy | Location: Menchie’s
My Babiekin “Cash” loves….
Ruling our house! KING Cash!
King Cash loves popsicles, grapes, & sausage biscuits.
& most of all “This Babiekin Loves” cars!!!
For Jessica’s room I wanted to focus on brightness and allowing the sun to shine in on her space. I am always a fan of white walls so I knew I could add pops of color here and there. I also wanted her room to be versatile so it could grow with her as she became older. I kept this in mind while purchasing items such as curtains, duvets, rugs and art.
While we still have the hardwood floor to put down, I’m happy with how her little room came together. To save space and give a feeling of openness I turned her walk-in closet into a play area. It’s a great place to tuck herself away and get lost in her own world of imagination. A simple kitchen set becomes a restaurant and a rack of shoes a street side boutique. This is exactly what I had in mind when planning this room. A whimsical space where the creative mind can let go. A place to play. A place to create.
Liz // Yellow Finch
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This week for a few days I’ve had the pleasure to remember what its like to have my oldest at home with me. He’s been under the weather, but nothing gets his creative spirit down that’s for sure! I’ve come accustom to his imaginative ways & the fantastic charisma that is “Crew” for many years now. Its fun playing dress up & forgetting you have to be a grown up for a while.
Crew’s project : a hand made Thor hammer since he lost his real.
XO Britt Ritchie
Have you heard about the shop called Little Hanbury ? It’s a new online shop that is dedicated to little boys! Check out our picks from Little Hanbury for your little stud muffin in bright and fun colors. Ps…Love the image of the boy jumping? Isn’t it fantastic? It’s by photographer Raul Ruz for Babiekins Magazine issue 12 coming out super soon! We can’t wait to show you the rest of the editorial!
1. Jacket, 2. Headphones, 3. Pants 4. Shoes 5. Tee
With summer around the corner I am already boxing up our winter coats and pants and trading them for shorts and flip flops. I am a mom of 2 little boys and so dressing them isn’t a big problem. Put some board shorts and a tee on them and they are ready to go….until you get to their feet. Here in California we are lucky enough to wear flip flops 90% of the year and with 2 active boys its just the easiest thing for us to have around. They slip them on and we are on our way! One struggle we have had though is to find them the perfect flip flop because they have wider than normal feet (I call them my hobbits). When I went to Brasil in 2003 I fell in love with the flip flops that are widly popular now in the USA- Havaianas. Since then they are the only thing I buy and put on my kids feet. They are made of Brasilian rubber which make them super flexible and breathable.
They carry an array of designs for kids (how cool are the Batman flip flops?), babies (love the strap in the back which will ensure they won’t fall off your little one’s foot) and then awesome designs for him and her! I am dying over these here!
Havaianas retail from $14 and up.
Find the flip flops above here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , 6
Artwork by Pandraa
stomp and tromp
across blue skies.
Dirt paths shake
under giant gray toes.
In a line they walk
As they sail away.
Now that spring is finally in the air we can feel a bit more inspired to write! Today my children and I walked to the park, with our notebooks and pencils in hand. We drew the scenery around us and talked about how to describe what we saw. I would love to share what we came up with next week, but I would really love to hear from you!
Grab your little one, take a hike, find a park, sit in a field. What do you see. Can you write a poem and draw a picture to go with your writing? Be as creative as you want!
Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured here on Babiekins Magazine Blog.
Liz // Yellow Finch
Among the families on our editorial team, many of us have been heavily influenced by countries other than the United States. I was born outside the US and lived for a bit in Europe as a child as well. Our Editor-in-Chief, Priscila, is from Brasil. And as I’ve gotten older, feel more strongly than ever that experiences from other cultures should be a regular part of every kid’s childhood. It shouldn’t be a production or a big deal, it should just be a given! None of us are meant to just live inside our own tiny worlds. It’s so important for children to develop a well-rounded worldview.
While I dream of traveling internationally with my little family someday, until then, there are many ways to experience other cultures right here in our own city. And so yesterday, Aveline and I headed over to Silva’s Market, a local Brasilian deli and supermarket. (Our editorial team is primarily in Southern California, but a few of us live elsewhere — I’m in Orlando, Florida.)
Our friend Priscilla Barbosa — who is from Brasil and who had her camera along — met us at the market. Aveline roamed the aisles with the owner’s daughter, before sitting down in the deli to down nearly an entire helping of pao de queijo. (If there was any doubt that’s she’s two, fear not, she is. I turned around for one second to ogle the selection of sweets, and she plunged her mini GI Joe into a full glass, sending a cascade of water everywhere.)
See, the thing about introducing children to other cultures at a young age, is that it’s not a big deal for the kids. The outing wasn’t something different to her. It was just fun.
And isn’t that the way it should be?
Location: Silva’s Market | Images: Priscilla Barbosa