Circle Art For kids

One thing that is always going on in our house at any given time of day is drawing, coloring, painting or creating. I love to watch my kids express themselves through shapes, colors, drawings etc. Kids are pretty good at organically just pulling from their own imaginations but sometimes they need a bit of direction or a little push. This is where our experiment with "Circle Art" came in. Circles are one of the first shapes that kids learn to recognize and to recreate within their own doodlings so this activity is perfect for 3-4 year olds. And to help us out with our project we used our 78 PIECE CREATIVE WOOD ART SET by Art 101 USA. This particular set is available for purchase at Walmart and is perfect for all ages. 

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If you haven't heard of Art 101 and you have kids who love to color, draw, paint and create you are going to want to familiarize yourself with this brand! We have been using their products for a while now and I couldn't be happier with their quality. Everything they design is with children in mind and my kiddos especially love the multi-media kits to maximize their creativity. Sometimes they can get bored with using just one type of medium. By encouraging them to mix paint, with pastel, and crayons etc, their creativity blossoms and their attention span tends to increase quite significantly. It's a joy to watch them surprise themselves with what they can come up with! 

For our Circle Art Project I had Piper and Sawyer each search for things around the house that had a circle shape and that they could trace onto paper. I think their scavenger hunt for circle shaped items was just as exciting for them as the actual artwork! They came back with a whole assortment of items. The rest of this activity is so simple as a parent you can either participate or leave them to it. They simply trace the shape of their items or they can draw circles free hand. In our case I encouraged them to try overlapping their circles or to turn their circles into images like the sun etc. This ended up being a great exercise for us in terms of working on some manual dexterity as well as shape and color recognition. 

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The great thing about this art project is that it can be done on as large or as small a scale as you like. If you just need ten minutes of peace and quiet to make a phone call or do some banking all you need is paper and some circular items. If you are looking to keep the kids busy and engaged for a longer period of time then roll out the Kraft paper and have at it! 

As a busy mom another aspect I appreciate so much about this activity is that it can be as messy or as mess free as you like depending on what mediums you choose. We decided to include the watercolor paints that came included in our 78 Piece Creative Kit so needless to say it was a little more messy than it otherwise would have been. We spilled our water multiple times and since we weren't using a water color paper the colors bled quite a bit but we were actually quite thrilled with the effect it created. 

Since we used a huge roll of paper for our Circle Art when we were all finished we selected our favorite parts and cut them out to pin up on the fridge and our bulletin board.

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I'm excited to try this one again using triangles and other shapes! The possibilities are endless, especially with our mixed media art kit from Art 101 USA. Be sure to check out their wide selection of products geared towards kids on amazon, World Market, Target, and Walmart!

Sweet Summer Dresses for Girls

So recently, Piper went to bed, grew two inches in the night and the next day could no longer fit into any of her clothes. At least that what it seemed like! She had such a major growth spurt but I didn't really notice right away. Initially I thought maybe she had gotten a little pudgy when in actuality her clothes were just fitting too small since she had grown so much. I know- EPIC mom fail (insert pace palm here). But to make up for my motherly aloofness, I did find her some killer summer dresses! She was tickled pink with everyone of them. 

PINK CHICKEN!!!

Our first find is our favorite! I've always loved PINK CHICKEN as a children's brand for their simplistic design with a bit of whimsy. "Sweet" is the exact word I would use to describe their line.

We chose the SHIRLEY DRESS which features a stinking' adorable Llama print with lace detail. Piper was immediately drawn to it and wouldn't really consider anything else. Not that I wanted her to! I love that there is an innocence to this dress. She looks like a little girl in this one. Toddlerish almost which, as the mother of a girl who is 4 going on 14, I can certainly appreciate! 

OMAMI MINI

Our next adorable find was this bubblegum pink TENT DRESS from OMAMI MINI which is a brand we have been familiar with for a long time. Their fabrics are buttery soft and ethically sourced. 

As a brand Omami strives for sophistication and simplicity which is exactly what this little number brings to the table. If there was ever a dress made for graceful twirling it's this one!

RYLEE & CRU

Rylee and Cru is one of those brands that I've followed on insta for a long time but never bought. (Their feed is visually stunning) And now I'm kicking myself for it because their clothes are genuinely amazing and I realized when our BELL DRESS showed up that I had missed out on so many great items over the years for both Piper and Sawyer. Luckily I'm a quick learner and don't tend to repeat mistakes. 

Their use of neutrals and a subdued color palette is everything- perfect for family photos! We paired ours with this adorable Fox Bonnet by NATIVE FABLE.

ICE CREAM CASTLES 

Yes, their designs are as fun as their name. This is a new brand to us but I'm so glad we found it. Their prints are what little girl's dreams are made of. Since we had picked out all solids and neutrals thus far, we needed to switch it up with some fun color and print. Piper LOVED this MERMAID REPEAT PRINT RUFFLE DRESS in purple but it also comes in a super fun Neon Pink. 

This one is also super fun to accessorize. We paired it with a denim vest and iridescent strap sandals- both from Target. 

MINI BODEN

This last TWIRLY DRESS by Mini Boden we found on a trip to Nordstrom. The colors are perfect for summer and the material is so lightweight and breathable for warmer months. My favorite part about this dress though is the contrast embroidery detail around the neckline and the pompom trim at the bottom. From a distance this dress boasts a nice simplicity but up close it is anything but! 

Thanks for reading and Happy Shopping as always! Be sure to subscribe here at the bottom for everything kids, family, marriage, fashion, decor and more! 

Disaster Day in Dallas Rescued by Bishop Arts

I'm sure I've always been certain of this, but recent events have cemented this as truth for me- pie is a universal language that can solve just about any problem. Let me explain- A few weeks ago I implemented something called "Yes Day" in our house (blog post to come on this) which means that every other week Piper and Sawyer get a day where they can choose something to do and I have to say yes. Risky, I know. In any event, for Sawyer's yes day last week he wanted to go downtown to see the Giant Eyeball at the Joule. He had his heart set on this all week long and it was all he talked about. We packed up the car, drove downtown, parked and walked five blocks to the Eye. Much to our dismay, and to Sawyer's total and complete disappointment the park was completely blocked off for set up of an art festival after party. All of our enormous ocular dreams were crushed and our first "yes day" seemed more like a "no day." With an imminent crying fit and a mom-fail moment headed my way I said the first thing that popped into my head- "Hey kids! Who wants pie?!" Suddenly a little boys dream of touching a giant, vein bulging eyeball quickly faded and pie was the new cool. We walked an even more excited five blocks back to the car than the five blocks to the eyeball and took bets on what kind of pies they would have. Maybe it was my own sweet tooth speaking, or maybe it was the desire to get out of a loud, crowded, not-so kid friendly part of town, but Bishop Arts District called to me and I have to admit, our yes day was looking even more appealing post eye-ball. 

If you haven't been to EMPORIUM PIES in Bishop Arts, what have you been doing with your life?

Piper and Sawyer both ordered chocolate pie and I of course had to order their signature pie which is an apple pie that doesn't even seem like it could be from this earth it's so good. I can honestly, truly say, it is the best piece of pie I've ever had. 

Like everything else in Bishop Arts, the building itself is totally unique and charming. You can enjoy your sweet slice on the front porch or at the tables on the lawn with an adorable music sheet background- great for snapping some cute pics. Or if you're Sawyer, it's a great backdrop for making faces and refusing to take a cute pic haha! 

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We decided that after pie our next move should be DUDE SWEET CHOCOLATE. Chocolate after pie made perfect sense to us and I plead the fifth on whose idea it was. We are chocolate snobs in our family and we can say with confidence that Dude Sweet Chocolate is one of the best handmade chocolatiers Dallas has to offer. Their selections are always unique and seasonal so it's a surprise every time we go in as to what concoctions they have come up with.

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It was hard to choose but we finally settled on their Flower Child Truffles. The flavors are present but subtle and the chocolate literally just melts in your mouth. We also grabbed the Cocoa Marshmallows and they may or may not have been gone before we even got home. 

One of the great things about Bishop Arts is that you can just keep wandering and finding cool places and things to see. We decided to keep going even though we were low on diapers and my mommy sense was tingling towards a blow out for one of the girls. Since Bishop Arts is so condensed we took the risk knowing we'd never end up too far from the car in case. We were glad we did because we stumbled upon RED PEGASUS COMICS which immediately flooded me with nostalgia and spoke to my Nerd Soul.

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I used to have an impressive comic collection as a kid and I was so happy to be able to introduce something to Piper and Sawyer that I had enjoyed myself so much when I was their age. We browsed the shelves and they discovered Super Heroes they had never even heard of before. Best of all when we left we rounded the corner and ran into one of the most amazing pieces of wall art. Bishop Arts is full of little hidden gems just like this, down alleyways and on backs of buildings. 

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After our comic book browsing we had energy left for one more stop and with only one more place we decided to make it a gooder. We back-tracked a little to a mint green house that had caught our eyes earlier called THE LAUGHING WILLOW.

An adorable little boutique complete with a porch swing and sidewalk chalk to keep the kiddos busy for uninterrupted browsing. I found what are now our favorite pair of baby moccasins for Lux and Ever and they had an impressive selection of amber necklaces which was perfect since they are both getting all four of their molars at once. Even Sawyer decided he wanted a necklace.

Piper picked out some jewelry too and we enjoyed the vibes until the simultaneous "I need a nap now" meltdown started which as I mentioned before- wasn't as catastrophic as it could have been since we were only a block or two from the car. 

With the eyeball let-down now far behind us and our urban wanderlust fully fulfilled I can honestly say that Bishop Arts exceeded our expectations and rescued a little boy from abysmal disappointment. We loved this little area of town so much we plan to spend another few Saturdays trooping around discovering, adventuring and savoring chocolate and pie. 

Madewell Shopping Party With We The Birds

When I heard there was going to be an actual MADEWELL store at Legacy West in Plano, excited would be an understatement for how I felt about this. I always buy my basics by Madewell at Nordstrom and not that the selection isn't stellar, but a whole store devoted to one of my favorite brands within driving distance is a definite plus! Not to mention this past Sunday the store had a shopping party hosted by WE THE BIRDS. If you live in Dallas and aren't familiar with these Macaron making artists and Influencers, you are about to be! We The Birds are like those cool girls in school that transcended any social clique or definition of "cool." Those girls that had something mysterious and unattainable about them that made them intimidating and fascinating at the same time. But when you finally got to meet them you realize in addition to all those things they are also the sweetest most sincere girls who you really just want to have a sleepover with! It was a pleasure to meet them and try their amazing selection of macarons. Piper may or may not have eaten at least half of them! lol. 

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While Piper was busy eating all the macarons and Sawyer was busy shoplifting jewelry (so this actually happened but no worries, we put back everything he swiped and had a good chat about what it means to steal lol) I was busy looking for some summer staples. I was immediately drawn to their AUDIO TANKS. They are so thick and textured and super stretchy. I loved the retro stripe and if you find something you love and it comes in black and white- ALWAYS get em! 

These tanks are perfect with a pair of cut-offs and sneakers like these PLATFORM CHUCKS from Nordstrom. Piper picked out this adorable CANDY PINK BANDANA which I plan to borrow for this outfit. Anyone else get a strong 90s vibe from this whole ensemble? I could swear I wore this exact outfit my first day back to school in 7th grade. I seriously love it and it gives me all the nostalgic feels. 

Can't wait to head back here for another less kid-distracted shopping trip. If only We The Birds could be there all the time to hang and eat macarons with! Happy Shopping friends and be sure to check out WE THE BIRDS on insta for your daily dose of "way cooler than me but totally ok with it cause they're also so friggin' likable!" haha!

This Week From REVOLVE

As a busy mom of four I typically need a quick one stop shop when it comes to shopping for myself. I don't always get the time to spend in change rooms so the vast majority of my shopping I do online and my favorite place to web-browse after my kiddos go to bed is REVOLVE. I know that I will always find something that I can get excited about and I love love LOVE the free 2 day shipping so the anticipation doesn't totally kill me. Since I typically have something in the works from REVOLVE week to week I thought it would be fun to do a regular "This Week From Revolve" post and share reviews and IRL photos. I'm starting my first REVOLVE post with this stunner of an outfit. 

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I go bananas every summer for rompers and jumpsuits! So when I saw this FLORENCE JUMPSUIT by Tularosa I'm pretty sure I clicked "Add to Cart" before my conscious self even realized what happened (Revolve blackout is a real thing people!) I can happily report that the strap is adjustable and the fit was perfect. Hugs in all the right places with some give and stretch. The material is 100% cotton and wrinkles are imperceptible due to the texture in the fabric.

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Next in my shopping cart was this super duper fun WEEKEND BEACH BAG from L*Space. The raffia tassels totally sold me. The bag also comes in the raffia shade as well. I love a multi-function bag and this one definitely fits the bill!

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Can't wait to share what I've got coming next week! Be sure to watch my insta-stories for sneak peeks and subscribe here at the bottom to stay in the REVOLVE loop! Happy shopping friends and beware the "Revolve Blackout!" lol