October 02, 2015

Cozy Autumn


Time to pack away the Summer gear and pull out the warm knit sweaters and scarfs! It feels like Autumn has snuck up in full force. I'm not not a fan of cold weather, especially, having to take New York City public transportation. Although, I must admit, from Fall to Winter this city comes alive.

The leaves start to change and fall away giving us New Yorkers a sense of wonder about the nature that we generally lack in the city around us. Halloween is peeking it's head just around the corner getting us ready for the next coming months of festivities and fun. The Summer was great but when it's gone I think we do well in adjusting to the change. 

Another great thing about the change of season is the opportunity to create seasonal crafts. You can go out to the park and make nature your lesson and craft! This is a great time to teach the kids about fresh beginnings, colors, maybe a little biology lesson in there somewhere.




Leaf Rubbings are a great way to work on your childs' motor skills and to help them develop an artistic eye for color and composition. Check out this blog post by Mama.Papa.Bubba to see how lovely her daughter's leaf rubbing project turned out. 

Break out jackets, scarves, boots and hoodies. The arrival of all the best Fall festivities are in full motion and I love it! 


Shop Autumn












It's that time of year again! The August hustle and bustle to check off all the supplies from the school supplies list. The familiar scent of Fall ready to take over the Summer heat. Check out these first day of school tips.
1. Eat a Solid Breakfast: If your child isn't used to waking up early hours a healthy breakfast will help them start off the day nice and energized and they'll be full until lunch time. No rumbling bellies here.
2. Pack the Night Before: For some reason there never seems to be enough time to get ready in the morning so prep as much as you can the night before to save some time. 
3. First Day of School Party: Invite neighbors and family get together and have school themed snacks and goodies. 
4. Let Your Child Pick Their Own Outfit: Let your child have the option to put their best foot forward in clothes that make them feel brave. They're at an age where everyone else is making decisions for them. If mismatched socks makes them feel confident why not let them enjoy that choice.
5. First day of School Bedtime Stories: There are so many stories about the first day of school. Reading stories with characters in the same scenario your child is going into will make the first day of school a far less intimidating experience.
6. School Visit: If the school offers some sort of orientation or walk through take that opportunity to bring your child along. When the first day of school rolls around it'll already be a familiar experience. If the school doesn't offer a walk through even taking a day to walk (or drive) to the school. 
Finally always be positive about the school experience. Get kids excited and ask questions about  how they feel about going to school.
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June 26, 2015

Camp, Camp, Camp

Going to camp can be scary for a child. New faces and experiences without mom and dad can be daunting. As we head into the Summer season let's make prepping for camp exciting! It's an adventure after all! I'm super excited to share the experience this summer with my own children. I'm hoping they come back excited with life skills and fun memories that last a lifetime. Let's get the kids excited and shake away the jitters for this new or even revisited venture in life!



 1. Reversible Sherpa Hoodie

 2. Flannel Peace Heart Smile Pants

 3. Summer Camp Ankle Socks

 4. Go Fish Card Game

 5. Need More Sleep Sweatshirt Duffel Bag

 6. 3-in-1 Shampoo, Body Wash & Bubble Bath- Sparkling Sugar Scented



April 17, 2015

Spring Festivities

Spring has finally arrived here in NYC! What better way to celebrate Spring than with all kinds of Earthy celebration and crafts? Easter was so full of family fun. Our teachers here at Imagination Lane did this decorated egg project with our "Paint, Scribble, Wiggle & Giggle" art class.  Since I didn't get a chance to post our DIY craft project before Easter, here it is! The project below is fun for kids ages 3 and up and requires no real eggs!


Spring Egg Craft




1 Small cup of Modpodge
Papier-mâché Egg
1 Pink Dot Marker (or a variety of colors)
1 Paint Brush
Variety of Tissue Paper
Tacky Glue
Floral and Bug foam stickers (for embellishment)
Pom-poms (Optional)
1. Cover the egg in Modpodge with a paint brush.
2. Stick tissue paper squares onto the Modpodged area. Use a bit more Modpodge to smooth out all areas being covered on the egg. When you're happy with the tissue paper covered base, set the egg to dry or move onto step three. 
3. Embellish egg with Spring foamies, dot markers, and pom-poms!
Happy Crafting & Happy Spring!





November 25, 2014

Things to be thankful for

Holiday preparations have begun and the anticipation for the busy days ahead is settling in. There are parties to attend, dinners to be made, family and friends to be reconnected with. Through the hustle and bustle it's easy to get caught up and become overwhelmed in all the preparation. In the midst of all the prep and celebration it's important to take a moment to soak everything in and really absorb the people around you and the love being shared. Hit pause at any moment. Turn off the stress, appreciate the air in your lungs, the roof over your head and the people you share your moments with. Happy Thanksgiving!


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