I hope wherever you go and whatever you do,
You challenge the world, and adventure finds you.
Sharing Miss Sophie’s summer fashion adventures with her new bestie, Buddy Bear. Created just for Sophie by the talented Tammy Minimo Peeps Photography and illustrator Joe Baker. And we love Buddy Bear to bits!
You make me laugh.
You let me shine.
You are my forever buddy.
That never leaves me behind.
I wear socks with sandals.
Gumboots in summer.
Clash patterns with colours.
And it does not matter.
For there is no limit, you say.
Trust your beautiful heart.
Share your kindness.
And your imagination will take you far away.
[Disclosure of Material Connection: Babiekins Magazine received complimentary shoes from Sea Star Beachwear in exchange for this post. Babiekins was not required to write a positive review or feature specific items.]
These happy golden days of late summer are my favorite. The sun this time of year softens to peach and gold, and the shadows dance for extra hours across the warmed earth. Tomato vines are dotted in crimson, rosemary and lavender and sage burst into blossom, and everything’s tinged with the scent of cedar breezes.
As most turn their eyes, now, to school schedules and supply lists, these trailing summer hours are in great danger of being overlooked, hurried through, and trampled upon. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can still carve out time for stillness. We can schedule time for being.
Do you know what is a constant, never tangled up in the tyranny of the urgent, and always — always — there?
As the flurry of summer vacation and hectic family trips dwindle down, nature is in no hurry. The water is there, steady, as ancient as the dawn of time, lapping at the shore. You can glimpse her through in the towering trees, still, shimmering in the glistening dusk.
While everyone else is off scrambling into the new routine — while our activity-crazed culture prematurely declares summer over — the outdoors still invites us to linger and spend our weekends en plein air.
We can still gather.
We can still wade, and splash, and share laughter.
We can still be.
There is no seasonal limitation for togetherness.
I like it best when summer can trickle into fall, and we can all enjoy a glorious mingling of sun and shadows, heat and breezes, blossoms and leaves. Contrary to what the advertising hype tries to tell you — and sell you — summer doesn’t drop off into the abyss the moment school starts. There’s still time for Sunday afternoons on the coast, and Saturday afternoons at the pool.
And I don’t want to waste these fleeting golden days with fussy, single-function, wardrobe items. I want clothes and shoes that can bridge seasons and environments, jumping seamlessly from the lake on Sunday to school on Monday (or from Chinese school on Saturday morning to a poolside deck chair on Saturday afternoon, in our case.)
These neoprene espadrilles from Sea Star look like classic Spanish espadrilles, but function like non-skid boat shoes — if such shoes were made out of wetsuits. Honestly, why did it take someone so long to think of this? You can skip right down into the water, and your espadrilles won’t disintegrate. (That toe kick? It’s not made of rope fiber. The sole is rubber. These land-and-sea shoes are totally safe for water, yet totally chic for land life, too.)
Because who has time to change? Who wants to squander even one moment of these precious hours?
Hold on tight, be still, and let the water splash all around.
To shop waterproof shoes for kids, women, and men, click through to SeaStar Beachwear, and snag the perfect weekend-to-weekday, rain-and-shine espadrille. Carpe diem, no matter the season!
Ah, It’s been some time since I have popped in to give some farmhouse progress. It has been a lot of work but we are finally getting to the kitchen! YAY!
We have changed this house completely! Here are the before images to prove it.
Deep red walls – YUCK! Since we moved the stairs we had a wide open space to work with. We added a pantry ( with shiplap from Metrie and DIY shelves) and put in new windows and sliding glass door!
View out the kitchen window. We can’t wait to put up a modern fence, barn and get some cows there too!
We went with matte black cabinets from IKEA and black stainless steel appliances. I am super excited to see how they come out and how they look once we add hardware!
We will add subway tile all the way up to the ceiling and added a pot filler from Signature Hardware – that I’m SO excited to use. Isn’t it pretty?
We will add open shelving on the top and no cabinets to keep the farmhouse look going throughout the house.
For countertops, we decided to do DIY concrete countertops from Zcounterform. We went with an extra white which I think will look amazing on top of the matte black cabinets!
I will be doing a detailed post on how we did it (including a video) and before and after pictures!
We are also doing a custom vent for the kitchen.
and we are using two farmhouse sinks from IKEA and gorgeous faucets from VIGO.
We are pouring the concrete countertops tomorrow so I will be back soon with some information and pictures!
- some products in this post were given to me in exchange for images and styling. Items were found, picked out and put together by me. All opinions are honest and are my own.
Always follow your rainbow!
MUA: Manuela de Stefano | Models: Greta and Irene , SQ model agency
Clothes credit: Guess, Met, Patrizia Pepe, Art, Adidas, Piazza Italia
When our daughters expressed interest in helping us out around the house, we thought providing them with a real-life looking kitchen would be a fun way for them to pretend during play time. Imaginative play can help children identify with the adult world, but is also beneficial for social and emotional development, too. When I found this used kitchen at a thrift store, I knew it would make the perfect DIY project!
With some gorgeous blue Behr paint and some metallic spray paint I picked up at Target — the transformation instantly took place. I used marble wallpaper from Livettes to cover the countertops, and then just added some real plastic plates, bowls and cups. The project only cost me a total of $25, but has brought countless hours of joy for all three of my kids!
Photos and Crafts Rachel Fox
A laid-back summer party //
1 + 2 + 3 = PARTY
It’s summer and school is out! This means no more PTA meetings, field trip permission slips, or homework projects which somehow are forgotten until the eve before they’re due. To us, this feels like cause for celebration. And maybe because we spent all year over-planning, over-scheduling, and over-committing, we’re feeling the need to take a break from the over-styled, over-orchestrated — and, frankly — over-budget style parties of the past. We’re keeping it simple. So pull up a lawn chair, follow this easy equation, and join us on the sunny side of the street. This party will keep you wishing daylight would last, so the street lights wouldn’t need to flicker on at dusk (the old-school cue it’s time to call it quits).
1. STAY LOCAL
Do you have a park in town, a cul-de-sac, or even a backyard? Put it to good use. Reserve the spot, and send out the invites. For this celebration, we took to the neighborhood sweet spot where they had a splash pad, a play structure, winding paths and a shaded picnic area. With so much natural action there wasn’t much more we needed to provide in terms of entertainment. Just a few colorful balls, bubbles and some hula hoops.
2. RAID THE CLOSET
Somehow we missed spring cleaning, so we took this party as an opportunity to rid the supply closet of items from parties past. A mix-and-match combination of streamers, tissue pompoms we ordered from the Oriental Trading Company, some leftover leaf plates from our favorite party supply shop, Meri Meri, and some balloons. The closet was cleaned, the picnic area decorated and the kids were none the wiser.
3. PACK A COOLER
Brown bag it on ice, just as if you were headed to the beach. For this gathering, we packed homemade sandwiches, store-bought donuts we decorated with cereal, fruit, and ice cream — and of course, a cake. Because really, it’s all the kids want anyway! We picked up our gorgeous layer cake from Confection Deception.
Aside from the squeals of laughter and beaming faces, the best part of this party was its simplicity. Ten minutes to set up — and even fewer to break down — meant we mamas enjoyed ourselves as much as the kiddos. So much so, we’re thinking we may bring back ye old summer block party. Grab the Kool-Aid and meet us in the cul-de-sac!
We’d love to see your take on a simple party. Hashtag pics from your event with #babiekinsmag for a chance to be featured on the blog.
Credits : photography Analicia Herrmann | styling priscila barros |article Allyson Haas
Party Supplies: Confection Deception, Meri Meri, Oriental Trading Company