Halloween Fun

Halloween is right around the corner and it’s one of our favorite holidays. Tons of yummy goodies, fun costumes and basically the kickoff to the end of the year celebrations! We came up with a few Halloween costumes using Leotard Boutiques cute leotards as a base and then dressed them up with goodies from Meri Meri!

Photography: Eliana Galbraith    and Sorella Photography

Wardobe + Prop Styling, Creative Direction: Priscila Barros

Leotards: Leotard Boutiques 

Costumes: Meri Meri

Party Blowers, Pinata, Party Poppers, Garland, Utencils, Bats, Paper Platess, Napkins + Cups: Meri Meri

Cake + Goodies: Wickedly Whisked 

Glitter: Galexie Glister

GoFunFace Creative Animal Masks

This Halloween, encourage their wild side! From lions, tigers and bears, oh my! to T-Rexes and dragons, Go Fun Face! offers a variety of fun, high-quality animal masks for children, tweens, teens and beyond. Not only are these masks perfect for Halloween, playtime, dress up, birthday parties, costume parties, school spirit, and more; but also they promote dramatic and inventive play, a key factor in early childhood development.

These are not your every day party store masks. Go Fun Face! masks consist of a foam rubber material, making them soft, durable, and easy to wash. They are patented with one-of-a-kind, artistic designs that will have children roaring like lions. Why is dramatic play so important? It fosters social skills, imagination, and empathy through pretending to be someone or something they are not. This later results in tolerance and acceptance in the real world. Currently, Go Fun Face! has seventeen animals and mythical creature to choose from including wolf, tiger, bear, lion, elephant, t-rex, shark, dragon, monkey, bull, and more. Many of which come in different color combinations. Masks retails for $22 and up. For more information, visit https://www.gofunface.comand check out their Facebookand Instagram.

Playground Sets

I remember a few years back when I decided it was time to buy a playground for the boys to place at the farm. There were SO many options and it was quit a overwhelming item to buy.
If you are looking to buy a playground set.. here is some impotant info to keep in mind!
Looking To Buy A Playground Set? Don’t Forget To Ask Yourself These Five Questions


Fall is in full swing, and your kids want to get outside and play before the cold weather hits! Purchasing your own playground set may seem like a good and fun idea, but are you asking yourself the right questions to make sure you make the right purchase for your yard and your family? Maybe you moved into a new home with young kids, or simply want to dedicate a space in your garden or yard for a playground. Whatever your reasons may be, you will need to ask yourself five important questions before making that purchase. These questions include all equipment involved, correct measurements, spatial and safety considerations, and other issues.

Will it fit our space?
Be realistic and practical about where you will be putting what (even if you have fantasies of a play space in your home that rivals the grandeur of a theme park). You will need to tailor your playset to the size of your yard or any location you plan to put up a playground. Take measurements before buying equipment, and allow some room to change or expand things as your children grow. You will need a cleared area that extends six feet from all sides of your playground. Swings need cleared space at least twice the height of their beams.

Even if you don’t have much space, innovation and creativity can be your tools. Remember the days when a rubber tire on ropes tied to a tree branch was enough to keep kids happy in the spring and summer? 

Is it age-appropriate?
Playground equipment fall under three age groups: “toddlers” (6 months-2 years), “preschool” (2 years-5 years), and “school age” (5 years-12 years). Playground manufacturers are supposed to design their sets and equipment with these groups’ physical, intellectual, and social skills in mind. Doing this prevents potential injuries resulting from kids playing on equipment not meant for their age group.

Consult manufacturers’ guides for the correct age group. Toddler sets typically include full bucket seat swings, spring rockers. single-file step ladders, ramps, and climbing equipment that are no more than 32 inches high. Preschoolers can have merry-go-rounds, full bucket seat swings, rung ladders, and horizontal ladders less than or equal to 60 inches high for kids 4 and 5 years old. School-age kids can have horizontal, rung, and step ladders, overhead rings, fulcrum seesaws, arch climbers, and more. 

Has it passed safety standards?
Perhaps the most important consideration you have to make regards safety and durability. Aside from choosing age-appropriate equipment, you should carefully look into the manufacturer’s background – check if any of their products have been recalled or deemed substandard by the ASTM, CPSC, and other product safety experts. The CPSC has a safety education page on their official website that gives alerts, guidance, information, and the latest news on playground safety, so that’s a good place to start.

Will it protect my kids from injuries?
As previously mentioned, consulting safety experts is a good idea before making a playground purchase. Aside from the equipment, you will need to invest in proper surfacing material that acts as a cushion for potential falls and spills. Recycled Rubber Mulchis a good option because it offers the best shock absorbency, as well as the least maintenance, among all playground surfacing materials. 

 
However sturdily built a playground is, you are going to have to commit to keeping your kids safe while playing, especially if they are very young. Constant supervision is a must if you want to prevent injuries, accidents, and other untoward incidents from happening.
 
How much maintenance is involved?
Of course, the price tag is also a good consideration, especially if you are paying for a good design with quality materials. A playset is more of a luxurious investment than a necessity, after all. After deciding to buy a playground set, remember to keep maintenance in your budget, as well. You could need some re-coating, re-varnishing, and sealant to protect your playground’s wooden parts as seasons roll by. Commit to regular inspection. Check for rotting wood, rusting metal, loose parts, peeling paint, and other hazards. Test surfaces constantly to see if they are too hot or too cold for your kids to use. 

Guest Post  Bio:
RhiannaMilleris the Home and Landscaping Design Expert at https://rubbermulch.com/, the original and environmentally responsible mulch made from 100% recycled rubber used in gardens, playgrounds and sustainable landscaping. RubberMulch is weather resistant, durable, and the most cost effective mulch around and is specifically designed to protect children from falls on the playground. 

Venice Vibes

Photographer: Todd Westphal

Wardrobe Stylist: Madeleine Zoeller

Models: Christina, Madi Agency: DDO Kids

Models: Madison Agency: Brand Model & Talent

Independent: George

Clothing:  Be Mi Los Angeles, Spiritual Gangster, Disco Panda, Levi’s, OMAMImini, Milk n Soda, H&M, Molo, Zara

Shoes: Nike, Converse

 

Wild Kids

 

Statement from photographer “My work usually explores the connections of people to their environment, themselves and to one another. After years of being a school teacher, I realized how much I wanted to connect the things I love, kids and photography. Madeleine and I decided to showcase kids in a raw and natural environment being adventurous, strong and free! We chose to shoot in Topanga California USA as it is a rugged and gorgeous setting.”

Photographer-Todd Westphal

Wardrobe Stylist and Creative Director Madeleine Zoeller 

HAMU Artist – Edward Mayeda 

Models Anna, Talon Agency –Bensimon Models & Talent

Models – Ana-Mari, Harloe, Kaysen Agency: Brand Model & Talent

Clothing Credits:

OMAMImini,  Be Mi Los Angeles, Zara, Molo