Schoolkins // Typical Day With Ruby Bratcher

Schoolkins // A Typical Homeschooling Day With Ruby Bratcher

Schoolkins // A Typical Homeschooling Day With Ruby Bratcher

Schoolkins // A Typical Homeschooling Day With Ruby Bratcher

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Schoolkins // A Typical Homeschooling Day With Ruby Bratcher

Schoolkins // A Typical Homeschooling Day With Ruby Bratcher My children go to school one day a week with other homeschoolers. On this day, they take Spanish, Theatre, American Girl (yes, they have a class for that!), and Geography. It’s a great way to still give them opportunities to socialize with other children, and also learn about other subjects. The other days of the week, we stick to a pretty routine schedule at home. This is what our typical homeschool day looks like…

8:15-9:00am Piano practice and their Spanish homework

9:00-9:30am Spelling and Latin (Latin takes about 10 minutes)

9:30-10:30am Math

10:30-12:00pm Writing, grammar, and reading

12:00-2:00pm Lunch/play

2:00-3:00pm History/science (we alternate the days)

3:00-4:30pm Spanish

While it may seem intense, there’s so much flexibility in homeschooling that we really get the opportunity to be creative with subjects and take learning outside of the book. Many times, the girls stay on task, so they finish early. Sometimes, lessons plans get completed earlier in the week, and Friday ends up being a light day and we go on outings or just play (they play, I catch up on housework).

The older two children have much more intense work to do than my preschooler. During lessons for the older girls, my preschooler is usually working on some simple alphabet or counting activities, and the baby is napping during our school time. My baby, Glow, is 3 years old and still naps twice a day! It’s the strangest thing to us, but we’ll gladly take it. She naps between 9-12pm and 2-4pm. She’s been the best at napping, and if she doesn’t get her nap, she’ll start complaining that she’s tired. We are pretty amazed at her napping abilities. When I go to get her from nap, most times, she’s still sleeping! If not, she’s quietly playing by herself. I’ll gladly take it for as long as possible because it allows us to get our schooling done during this time.

I’m very organized with my day, so that helps the flow of things. Things do get out of sorts from time to time, but we usually can make up for it the next day. Every month, I set up monthly learning plans and goals, and that really helps keep me focused.

We mostly follow Classical Education, and while it really emphasizes facts, memorization, and language-based learning, especially in the early grades, I tweak and change it to what fits my kids best, and I give them plenty of opportunities for creativity. The structure of Classical Education is something we do well with, and I believe the learning of facts as a base is very important, but we always extend beyond the lessons to include creative projects. My children are visual learners, so I accommodate for that in our lessons.

 

Momkins // Floral and Turquoise

A  floral shift dress and Turquoise jewelry (or anything Turqouise) is my favorite Summer uniform.  Turquoise reminds me of all the tropical vacations that I dream about daily, and a good floral frock is always a must.  Pick bold and oversized floral patterns with a dark background so the colors pop.  This will make your  dress have a more modern vibe, and be less “borrowed from my grandma’s closet”.   I love pairing shorter dresses with neutral suede or leather booties or sandals to keep it grounded and not too girly.   Or! Even better, forget the shoes and go barefoot and dance away with your babiekins on the sand at the beach!  Summer is here, horray!

Momkins // Florals and Turquoise

Babiekins Magazine | Floral Shift Dress

Babiekins Magazine | Floral Shift Dress

Babiekins Magazine | Floral Shift Dress

 

Babiekins Magazine | Floral Shift Dress

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Floral Dress from Free People
Suede Booties from Sam Edelman
Bar Necklaces from James Michelle

 

 

Featurekins // Grass Stains Boutique

FEATUREKINS // Grass Stains Boutique

In many places, this weekend marks the start of summer vacation, and no more school until fall. I remember that exhilarating “School’s out!” glee like it was yesterday, don’t you? For my friends and I, summer break was always full of so much exploration and imagination. Our bicycles became our chariots, and we spent the days alongside creek beds, in the shade of old orchards, making paths through the endless grasses of the prairie, and picnicking on the mossy carpet of a forest floor. All these places were transformed, and became our castles, our fortresses, our uncharted territory. The world was ours, and it was magical.

FEATUREKINS // Grass Stains Boutique

These perfectly summery images from one of our summer issue (print no. 6!) advertisers, Grass Stains Boutique, bring back so many memories of those carefree days — how we gathered sticks and twigs and gleaned bits of string and leather and wood from the workshop, and used these found objects to assemble little forts and fancy accessories and build an entire kingdom and become whoever in the world we wanted to be before the late, long shadows of midsummer sunset called us back inside.

FEATUREKINS // Grass Stains Boutique

FEATUREKINS // Grass Stains Boutique

FEATUREKINS // Grass Stains Boutique

Grass Stains Boutique is a brick-and-mortar shop located in Graham, Texas. The friendly little shop stocks some of our favorite brands — labels like MarMar Copenhagen, Tutu du Monde, Manuela de Juan, How to Kiss a Frog, Wheat, Emma Levine and Petit by Sofie Schnoor. Be sure to check out the Grass Stains website, and say hello on Instagram or Facebook!

Photography: Susan L. Stroud of Two Sisters and a Bubba | Hair: Jennifer Atkins | Styling: Dawn Donohoo Phillips | Clothing: Grass Stains Boutique 

Lil’ Stylekins // Auckland Adventures

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In our home town of Auckland here in New Zealand, winter has arrived so it’s all about layering the children at the moment. It was also Queen’s Birthday weekend here and a long weekend so are some fun activities happening around the city to celebrate. We went and explored the big smoke today and the winter sunshine came out to play.

We found a festival down at the Wharfs and visited our Maritime Museum for the first time, it was fun finding new places that the children loved right here on our front door, we were venturing inside and out so they were losing and gaining layers all day, and guess who has to carry them.

We love supporting small New Zealand online shops that talented Mums with children of their own have set up to be able to stay at home with their children so most of the kids clothing are brought from these smart Mums.

Credits//Clothing from: Beau Loves, Bobo Choses, Gifted Lil’ Ones, Mini melissa, Minidressing, Carbon Soldier, Bella and Lace.
Online NZ Shops: sobeaubaby, beaumondebabe, carbonsoldierchildrenswear, littlewhimsynz, coandminii

Featurekins // Loved By Sophia Claire

With all the rainbow of colors, faces of animals, and light up everything, it is nice when you can actually find baby gear that is simple and stylish.  I love anything for baby that has a nod to simplicity and good design, rather than in-your-face fussiness.  These pacifier/toy clips are perfect, because they are hand-braided and real leather.   These clips from Loved By Sophia Claire, have become an everyday necessity that I, and my baby, enjoy using on the regular. Oh! An added bonus, is that you can customize the clip shape and color of leather, so now you and your baby have something to smile about!

 

Babiekins Magazine | Pacifier Clip

Babiekins Magazine | Pacifier Clip

Babiekins Magazine | Pacifier Clip

Babiekins Magazine | Pacifier Clip

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Pacifier clip by Loved by Sophia Claire 

Featurekins // MINIMODE

Featurekins // MiniMode

A few days ago, Chalk NYC designer Colleen Crivello and InStyle Magazine’s Marketing Director Maria Benetos launched MINIMODE, a brand-new collaborative project for stylish moms. We asked these two incredibly inspirational women to share more about the new site, share their top-five style must-haves, and more.

Maria and Colleen, can you tell our readers a little more about the editorial­-based shopping experience you’ve created?
MINIMODE is a style site for women whose love of fashion did not change once they became moms. All of our content goes back to product and shopping — for kids, babies and new and expectant moms. Or you can skip the content altogether and just shop.

MINIMODE has been a project long in the making. What has been the main inspiration — more than anything else ­­–  prompting you to launch?
The main inspiration was a personal need for it. As moms who both have full-time careers we do most of our shopping for our kids and ourselves online, but felt it was overwhelming sifting through everything that is out there in the children’s market. We wanted something very curated but that would also be fun to visit, so we came up with mini-mode.com. The goal is to inspire women with our trend stories and profiles on stylish and successful moms while giving them a joyful shopping experience.

Maria, what are some ways your background as the Marketing Director for InStyle Magazine has prepared you for this foray into the children’s fashion world?
I’ve always in worked in fashion – apart from InStyle I’ve also been at Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Allure and Interview among other fashion media brands. And I’ve always been in marketing, so launching MINIMODE combined the two things I love: being within the world of style but still being about to utilize my business and marketing skills.

Featurekins // MiniMode

Colleen, you design children’s clothing for Chalk NYC. How did you and Maria meet? Can you tell us how the decision to collaborate came about?
Maria and I met through a mutual friend who has girls the same age as ours. We were all new moms so we’d plan these fun nights out and on one of those nights while having a group dinner at SohoHouse, Maria mentioned that she always wanted to start a kid’s shopping site. She asked for my advice since I had recently launched Chalk NYC and before we knew it, the idea evolved into mini-mode and we became business partners. It was really organic.

It now feels like we’ve known each other forever because we spend more time with each other than we do with our husbands! We complement each other perfectly from a business point of view and as friends.

You both clearly are chic mamas. How did each of your style perspectives evolve ­­– if at all –­­ once you became mothers?
The thing is, it didn’t! And I think that was part of the impetus of MINIMODE. We still dressed the same and felt the same, and we saw that all our other chic mommy friends were the in the same boat. But there was not a kid’s shopping site that spoke to us as women who also happen to have kids.

Featurekins // MiniMode
What are your top five summer style and/or beauty essentials for moms?

  1. A BIKINI //Eres is definitely a go-to and Solid & Striped is another brand we love.
  2. A cool pair of SUNNIES // Mirrored is super-chic for this summer). I just bought the gold-mirrored Linda Farrow glassesand Victoria Beckham also makes great ones in different colors — her blue ones are my list. Plus, you’ll be able to match your MINI with our new Sons + Daughters kids’ sunglasses collaboration featuring gold and silver mirrored lenses!
  3. Don’t scrimp on SUNSCREEN // It’s SO important!  La Roche Posay’s Anthelios is a life-saver during summer.
  4. A CAFTAN//  Twois a smaller brand based in New York that makes the most beautiful tunics and caftans using handwoven textiles and saris from India.
  5. A killer pair of SANDALS // We love sandal styles which look hot yet are still comfy. Isabel Marant’s Justy studded sandals are on our Want List.

In your prediction, what’s one of the next big style trends for littles?
Clothes that take inspiration from grown-up trends. We do a regular feature on MINIMODE called “From the Runway” where we highlight a runway trend and curate current kids’ product around it. Right now we have one highlighting the “Prima Ballerina” trend that was huge during Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Week, featuring beautiful and adorable dancer-off-duty looks for kids. You’ll see more brands like Boy+Girl and Chalk NYC which design kid’s clothes that are cool and not so precious.

Featurekins // MiniModeWhat can our readers expect from MINIMODE throughout this upcoming summer season?
More interviews with inspiring and chic moms along with their curated picks, more fab summer products and a very exciting collaboration we are launching toward the end of the summer for back to school! We update our content daily so there is always something fresh to experience and buy.

Sleepykins // Batman Modernized In A Colorful Space

Sleepykins // 	Batman modernized in a colorful space. Styled and created by Priscila Barros

Sleepykins // 	Batman modernized in a colorful space. Styled and created by Priscila Barros

Sleepykins // 	Batman modernized in a colorful space. Styled and created by Priscila Barros

Sleepykins // 	Batman modernized in a colorful space. Styled and created by Priscila Barros

Sleepykins // 	Batman modernized in a colorful space. Styled and created by Priscila Barros

Sleepykins // 	Batman modernized in a colorful space. Styled and created by Priscila Barros

Sleepykins // 	Batman modernized in a colorful space. Styled and created by Priscila Barros

I love Carters room that was featured in print issue four. I had no particular theme when I created this room. I just wanted to make sure it was fun, bright and quirky. I started with the color-neutral batman decals before adding bold hues and statements into the room to play off one another. Wall-to-wall neutrals are quickly becoming a thing of the past, so don’t be afraid to play with color! I  used two different types of sheets for this little one’s bed (one fitted sheet for each mattress stacked atop the other) which provides a fun and unexpected splash of color. Taking that a step further, I layered the rugs, adding depth and texture to the room.

Don’t forget to create a cozy little nook where your child can draw, write down his or her thoughts, or keep schoolwork organized!  For this room, I used clothespins I found at Crate and Barrel to make updating the display easy for little fingers. I also purchased sheet metal to cover the closet doors, generating a fun, magnetic board where more art can be displayed or magnetic cities can be built (the possibilities are only limited by your munchkin’s imagination!). Closet doors in a bedroom are pretty much an unavoidable eyesore that generally take up a large chunk of the space without generating interest, so we sought to breathe some fun into this long-overlooked bedroom staple by creating a colorful corner.

If you have a room you would like to share please email us at features@babiekinsmag.com

Room Credits // Photo: Angelina Lopez  | Interior Styling + Direction: Priscila Barros

Item Credits // BATMAN DECALS Urban Walls  | GLASS CABINET + DESK Ikea  |  BUNNY LIGHT Lapin and Me  | HENRIK BED One More Mushroom  |  FLASH DOLL Estella  |  NEON NIGHTSTAND, DESK CHAIR, WALL ORGANIZER, DRAGON PILLOW + ATOM LIGHT  The Land Of Nod  |  DON’T GROW UP POSTER Mini and Maximus  |  PAINT JAR, ORGANIC DUVET COVER, ‘A’ PILLOW Pottery Barn Kids  |  MOROCCAN DIAMOND RUG PB Teen  |  RODY HORSE, BUNNY DOLL (BlaBla Kids), BEAR DRUM Treehouse Kid & Craft  |  PAPER ‘TOY’ BAG Fawn Shoppe  |  SERAPES BLANKET Arrow & Aspen  |  FLYNN TABLE LAMP, PADDLE STRIPED RUG Serena and Lily  |  BEAR RUG Roxy Marj |  GROCERY STORE PRICE TAGS Vintage  |  MEOW POSTER Society6  |  WRAPPED MOUNTED ANTLERS Yarn Bombed Antlers  |  LARGE SILVER CLOTHES PINS Crate and Barrel

 

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Momkins // Hey Pretty Mama: Richelle Cote

I had the pleasure of meeting Richelle Cote, the woman behind “Neighborhood Collective”, back in March. Richelle and I became friends on social media long before, so I was thrilled when we were finally able to meet in person.  We played on the beach with our kids, and chatted away about all things fashion, motherhood, and marriage.  She is as real as they come, and empowers other women with her easy sense of motherhood and style.

Tell us about Neighborhood Collective and why you started it?

“Neighborhood Collective” is an host company for creative gatherings in the San Diego area.  As a mother, I felt something was missing.  I desired a real connection with women that shared the same passions as I did.  After sharing my feelings with a few close friends, I discovered this was a common desire among many women. There were others that wanted a time and place where they could connect and make relationships with those that shared their love of fashion, food and art.  This is where the idea of Neighborhood Collective stemmed. I wanted to create gatherings that could bring us all together. One creative meeting place to do what we all love! Talk, create, and be inspired by interesting individuals that share a common thread.

What is the first thing you do in the morning?

I’m woken up by one of my kiddos. With no time to “slowly wake-up”, I dash off to the kitchen to make them breakfast and start a pot of coffee. My mornings are usually spent on the couch in our sunroom or outside sipping my coffee topped with whipped cream and cinnamon while the kids play.

Define your personal style.

My style is eclectic and changes depending on my mood for the day.  I tend to be attracted to a more “boho loose fitting style” that is reminiscent of the 70s.  I enjoy band tees, distressed denim, kimonos, leather jackets, shift dresses, and fun items that add a unique look to any outfit.

What are the top three pieces in your closet you can’t live without?

Black distressed jeggings from American Eagle
HATS!!!!
Lace up Madewell sandals
Gap black leather boots
Birkenstocks
Black leather jacket

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by other women; social media has opened up a whole new world and it’s so fun. I LOVE following along and watching how other women create art, raise their children, spend their time, and embrace life.  Everyday I scroll the photos of women I follow from all around the world and I’m inspired. I get to witness different cultures right at my fingertips and it truly encourages me to look for the beauty in everything.  It can be hard at times because it makes me want more (whether it’s travel, fashion, art, home decor or cooking amazing meals) but honestly, it’s not a bad thing to have a flame lit beneath you to try new things and work toward goals.

Where is your favorite go-to-place to shop?

Urban Outfitters
Free People
Zara
Forever 21

How did becoming a mom change you?

Honestly, I don’t believe I have changed that much. I am blessed that I still can enjoy all the things I loved before having kids, only now I have to bring a lot more snacks along!  I’ve learned to have more patience and grace. I tell myself again and again “a messy house filled with kid’s toys is a loved house, and it doesn’t make you a messy person.”  I feel like I am always cleaning and doing laundry and some days it’s overwhelming.  I am working hard to embrace it, the days are moving fast and I know I am going to miss them. I’m blessed to have parents and in-laws close.  They help out with the kids and take them overnight so my hubby and I can still date and really concentrate on enjoying one another.  My husband is also great at encouraging me to schedule “me time.”  Usually this includes shopping, errands, coffee dates with girlfriends or Target outings (shopping alone is my love language).

Babiekins Magazine | Boho Mama

Babiekins Magazine | Boho Mama

Babiekins Magazine | Boho Mama

Babiekins Magazine | Boho Mama

Babiekins Magazine | Boho Mama

Babiekins Magazine | Boho Mama

Editors Note: I love How Richelle has the perfect eclectic balance in her style.  She adds a little feminine touch with fur and lace, but accents it with bohemian pieces and classic tailored cuts that can be seen in her denim and hats.  She is equal parts rad and graceful, and definitely a mama you want to know!

Richelle Cote|Blog|Instagram|Neighborhood Collective

Fashionkins // Lofty Aspirations

Some tween fashion inspiration for your weekend. Do you have a tween at home? What are some of their favorite brands?

Babiekins Magazine|Feaurekins//Lofty Aspirations by Julie Martin

Babiekins Magazine|Feaurekins//Lofty Aspirations by Julie Martin

Babiekins Magazine|Feaurekins//Lofty Aspirations by Julie Martin

Babiekins Magazine|Feaurekins//Lofty Aspirations by Julie Martin

Babiekins Magazine|Feaurekins//Lofty Aspirations by Julie Martin

Babiekins Magazine|Feaurekins//Lofty Aspirations by Julie Martin

Photography & Concept: Julie A Martin|Styling: Sunshine Madsen|
Models: Ruby and Makenna

Wardrobe//Vintage|Anthropologie|Peek|Zara|Feather + Stone|Free People|Doc Marten|Gap|Tucker & Tate|Neve/Hawk

Fashionkins // Mommy & Me

Babiekins Magazine | Fashionkins // Mommy & MeCredits // 01. Girl’s Dress | 02. Mommy’s Dress | 03. Girl’s Pants | 04. Mommy’s Top | 05. Girl’s Tunic | 06. Mommy’s Tunic

In several countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated in the month of May and I look forward to honoring all the mommies that I respect and admire who greatly deserve a day to be spoiled. My favorite Mother’s Day celebrations are spent with my boys having breakfast in bed (made by my husband — of course) or having brunch at our favorite restaurant followed by kicking a soccer ball and chasing butterflies in the park. I also like to match my son by wearing similar or same graphic tees for a great photo opportunity — say cheese! I especially think it is sweet when moms and daughters dress in similar fashions — I love the “Mommy & Me” look and with so many cool designers also designing children’s wear it is easier now than ever to look hip and cool and just like your little mini me.

Featurekins // Indoor Camp Party From Land Of Nod

When I was a little girl, I remember thinking camping was SO cool. My parents really weren’t “campers”, but oh, I dreamed gathering around a smoky, sparkling campfire spinning scary stories, snuggling under a woolen blanket under the shelter of a canvas tent, and then in the morning, exploring the mountainous wilds.

Now that I’m older, I know the reality of camping — especially camping with kids — and it’s a lot more work than I dreamed of as a child! There are a million things I’d rather be doing than chasing the bugs out of my tent, trying to cook over a damp campfire, and then coaxing the kids to sleep to a chorus of crickets and coyotes.

But I’m not ready to let go of my perfect idea of camping the way I imagined it as a child.  I still want to camp.

So I’m beyond ecstatic about this. The Land of Nod now has a whole range of  fun, fresh and quirky items so you can throw a little camp party…indoors! (Thank you, The Land Of Nod! Thank you! Thank you!)

Here are The Land of Nod goodies we’d invite to our camp party…

Featurekins // Indoor Camping from The Land Of Nod

1. Raccoon Pillow  |  02. Campsite Nightlight  |  03. Don’t Feed The Bear Rug  |  04.   Neon Dash Blanket   |  05. Mission Control Sleeping Bag  |  06. Tracy Walker Wall Art