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Donoussa is a small island, part of the cyclades in the Aegean Sea, Greece.
It is a paradise island, with beautiful beaches, crystal clear water and blue sky. The perfect location for summer fun.
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Who is in the boy club? Raise your hands please 😉 cause once you are in DA club, you ARE in DA club!
You know, “…the first rule of Fight club (ahem boy club) is that you do not talk about the Fight club, the second rule of Fight Club (ahem! boy club) is…” look point one… but just the fact that this quote comes from one of my favorite movies is a perfect example that I was made for da club, I was meant for da club and I know no different.
(If you don’t know what movie I am referring it was called, of course, obviously Fight Club 😉 look it up, do I need to say more than Brad Pitt’s abs but I liked Edward Norton more – but that is a whole other essay!)
Anyway, I shall break the rule 1&2 and talk a little about the boy club, cause I am sure many can relate…
3-21 is World Down Syndrome Day…..
HAPPY WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY!
Did you know that one in every 691 babies are born with the most common genetic condition known as Down Syndrome? That means that these kiddos have an extra copy of chromosome 21, and we want to celebrate that!
Eva, Ellie and Griffin want you to know a little more about them on this special day!
“Eva can brighten up even darkest of days. She brings great joy to her family and those around her and will bring a smile to anyone’s face. Although she may seem shy at first, she is a bit of a DIVA underneath the surface. You may even see her from time to time right here on the BabieKins Blog! Eva loves reading books, working on her artwork, singing, dressing up and dancing! She has been dancing at a local dance school for almost three years. Currently, Eva is in her second year of Pre-school at an inclusive school. She will move on to Kindergarten next year!”
” Ellie is brave, adventurous, kind-hearted, sweet & spunky. She brightens any room she enters with her warm smile and bold personality. She loves deeply and is always the first to ask, “Are you ok!?!” to anyone who is crying or looks upset. She knows no stranger. She works hard at everything she tries and succeeds beyond measure!
Ellie is inspiring and it is so fun to watch her learn, grow, and overcome. Ellie is currently rockin’ in her Kindergarten class and can bust a move to just about any beat she hears! She is smart, beautiful and loves to dance! She is so loved!”
Eva and Ellie met at their inclusive Pre-School last year where they started a very sweet friendship. Although they do not see each other in school now, there friendship doesn’t miss a beat.
Just the mention of the other’s name and their faces will light up!
“Griffin is compassionate and full of personality! He is a blessing and treasure to his family and brings joy to everyone one around him. Griffin loves books, music ( and making his own music) and loves everything Paw Patrol. He has a strong affection towards others and has one amazing smile! Griffin is very determined, has a great desire to be independent, and is also very charismatic! Griffin will soon start Pre-school. ”
“Nicholas is so friendly, and an amazing judge of character. He greets everyone and rarely meets a stranger. He loves to be social and enjoys being entertained at a great show or movie and loves to clap and cheer with the crowd! He has street smarts and is also quite opinionated!
He is loved by everyone he knows.”
For more information about Down Syndrome you can call or visits these great sites:
The National Down Syndrome Society // NDSS.ORG
The International Down Syndrome Coalition // theIDSC.org
GiGi’s Playhouse // gigisplayhouse.org
your Local (add city) Down Syndrome Network. Here is ours in Raleigh!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day friends!
Growing up with Irish blood, we have always celebrated our Irish heritage BIG in our home. We went to our local St. Patrick’s parade every year and we gathered with friends and family for a feast that my Mom would make.
Since having a family of my own, I continue to celebrate and teach my children of the Irish culture.
My Dad use to say , ” the Irish aren’t particularly known for their exquisite cuisine…. you rarely hear people say , let’s go to the Irish restaurant”. Although I myself find a lot of Irish dishes very yummy, sometimes little ones don’t find lamb, corned beef, veggies, potatoes and cabbage very “yummy”. This year in addition to our traditional Irish food, I decided to make Shamrock shakes for the girls ( even though they aren’t really Irish). HEALTHY Shamrock shakes that is….. for the whole family! We have been making them all week and like pairing it with some tradional Irish soda bread. To make your very own healthy shamrock shake, follow the recipe below:
+ 1 overripe large banana, peeled and frozen
+ 1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract (I like 1/4 tsp)
+ up to 1 cup almond milk ( or milk of choice)
+ 1/4 cup frozen spinach
+ Green Food Coloring ( optional)
Makes one big serving.
Our family leaves you with some old Irish proverbs…..
“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.”
“For each petal on the shamrock,
This brings a wish your way.
Good Health, good luck, and
Happiness for today and every day.”
Happy St. Pat’s Day!
Summertime means spending time at the beach. Whether you are soaking in the sun or trying to beat the heat, beaches are fun for the whole family! Originally,our family is from New York and we have since moved to North Carolina. We have enjoyed discovering new beaches in the South as a family. At the beach, our toddler girl’s seem to be getting more and more confident in the water. This summer,we have spent time at Jamestown Beach in Williamsburg, Virginia and Jordan Lake in Apex, North Carolina. What we love about summer living in the south is the frequent summer thunderstorms. We got to experience a beautiful storm while at the beach in Williamsburg. We also enjoyed looking for shells (and catching a strange bug flying near Elsie in one of our photos). For every beach the girl’s have been to, I have taken a few shells back to scrapbook. So far, none have been as big as the ones we found in Virginia. I felt as though these shells needed to be on display. When we returned home, our friends in Virginia recommended that we boil the shells in water on the stove-top with a small cap full of bleach. This is to rid the shells of any stinky or fishy smells. I thought that was a great idea! I have seen many shells put in frames and jars before, but I hadn’t seen any that were fun and funky. If you know me, you know I love bright, fun and funky colors! I sat the girl’s down for them to each paint a shell they had found using three different colors. You can even paint them in ombre effect or paint them more abstract like ours. Once the shells dried, we hot-glued them to paper that we placed in a shadow box frame. In the lower right hand corner I labeled the beach and year and ….. VOILA! Now we have a little piece of the beach on display to always remember our trip. I bet you could even take a little bit of the sand back with you to fill the bottom of your shadow box. We hope to visit a few more beaches before we head back to school with more shells and some new fun beach memories. Hooray for beach fun!
“Fringe Fiesta” one-piece Bathing Suit in Pink and Floral Bathing Bonnet from
LYLA & GENE,
Bonded Leather Playmat in color “Mint” from GATHRE (as seen in Babiekins Magazine Print Issue 8),
Here in North Carolina we have been getting a lot of rainy, very humid, grey days and I am NOT really a fan. Trying to keep the kids busy while inside, the girls and I celebrated National Pizza Party Day on Friday, May 15th. Although I am mostly Irish, my Grandmother’s Parents (on my Mom’s Side) came from Tuscany. I decided to do a Pizza Party with just a little Tuscan influence, featuring toddler friendly DIY Pizzas. Elsie’s dinosaurs also came and crashed the party.
To get our rainy day Pizza Party started, we visited our local Trader Joe’s Grocery store for everything we needed. My girl’s just like the old fashion cheese and pepperoni pizza, but this could be a fun way to explore other toppings with your kiddos. Mine just aren’t ready for that yet. While we waited for the Pizza’s to cook, we had a little chalkboard and dinosaur fun.
The girls really loved putting their pizzas together, but they loved eating them even better! Our rainy day turned bright with sunflowers, yummy DIY pizzas, lemonade, and dinosaurs. A Pizza Party is great way to stay busy with kids this summer ( including our diffrently-abled kiddos), rain or shine!
MANGIA Little Ones !
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Trader Joes Grocery http://www.traderjoes.com/
We love toys! We love BEAUTIFUL toys, toys that are thoughtfully made and that are just as beautiful sitting on the shelf as in the hand of a child.
Rose & Rex is a great resource for any family looking for elegantly designed toys that promote imaginative play.
We love this Machi building set that you can find here. This set invites kiddos to imagine their own little city! Use chalk to write on the black wood pieces (we made clouds) and have your car vroom through the city!