10 Summer Camp Essentials June 21 2016

    

 

 

Summer camp for many is here. Whether it is your first round or your a seasoned parent here are the 10 camp musts MB recommends! 

1. NYC camps  spend hours at the park. This means a lot of sun. If your child tends to burn a rash guard may be a good call. GIRLS' RASH GUARD IN WATERMELON via Jcrew

2. Every year the issued camp backpack breaks. I love that this one as it is colorful and lightweight yet made of sturdy fabric. Paint Detail Buccket Bag via Zara

3. I used this nylon bag for the first time last summer and it is such a great idea. No smelly mildew from sitting in the your child’s main bag for hours. I doubt that my son organized his wet swim clothes into the bag but when the teacher saw it she was kind enough to make sure all wet pieces were kept in this pouch. KIDS' FLIGHT 001® GO CLEAN WET SUIT BAG via Jcrew **Pink option seems to keep selling out, if your heart is set on pink try original resource (which is where I purchased my son's).

4. These board shorts are fun and bright, I like my kid to wear bright clothes when splashing about. I or the teachers can keep a visual lock on him. Stella McCartney Taylor Swim Shorts

5. Labels are a must. First camp experience I literally saw another child wearing my son’s shirt and asked the parent if I could please have it back. Nope. They were 100 percent sure it was their property. I wasn’t the savvy mom I am now and did not label it , so they were right; it was their tee…now. Label everything. Minted non-toxic labels.

6. Sunscreen is tricky, at least its seem lately there has been so many questions on how well many of these popular brands actually work. Case in point: My family just returned from a warm weather destination where I ended up tossing 4 of the sunscreens I packed. Two were on the dangerous sunscreen list, the other two my son complain of burning. In the end I use EWG as a trusted resource on what sunscreen to use, which is why I always end up back using my long favorite California Baby. California Baby Sensitive Baby Sunscreen

7. Lice....Eck. I will be posting on this subject in the next few days. If you have not dealt with lice being prepared and preventative is key especially if your child is at camp. I spoke to an expert on this and will be sharing a some of her key tips. Fairytales haircare.

8. This Drink in the Box can be purchased with it’s own small freezer pouch which should keep your little one’s drink cold at least for a few hours. Another trick? If your child is going to be out at an outside pool or park try freezing their drink for a few hours so it is nice and cold when they quench their thirst. Drink in the Box. Ice on the Box.

9. I love small lunch cases for summer camp especially since not all camps offer refrigeration. Add an ice pack to keep food fresh . Old Navy has some nice and affordable options (But they sell out fast so hurry).

10. These re-useable lunch bags keep food airtight and are easy to open, good for small fingers.  Best part is that they are easy to clean and not wasteful which is always plus when you have a lunch to make everyday. ART OF LUNCH with Design by Budi Satria Kwan via Amazon

 

Post by Donna 

 

 


7 last minute summer camps (for Greenpoint /Williamsburg) June 13 2016

If you are still in limbo over Summer camp (example...I still haven't received a location of where my son's camp will take place this summer) it can be a wee bit stressful. This is why we asked some of the best camps around if they have space and although most do not have a ton of spots there are a few left in these 7 listed. Check them out!

Eckford Street Summer Camp

Spots Avail: Have openings every week in July (including the week of July 5th!) and many weeks in August (though the August ones always sell out).

One week left for early registration discount ($100 off per week!) - it ends June 15th

Offer multi-week, sibling and buddy discounts

Mention Motherburg in the comments section of your registration for an extra $20 off!

Dates/Times:

July 5th - September 3

Camp days run from 9am (8:45 drop-off) to 3pm.

Brief Description: Spend the Summer in the studio! Each week of Art Camp is created around a big idea that is explored through drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and more! Popular themes are repeated year-to-year, but the projects and art created are as unique as each group of artists. Projects include collaborative and skill building activities, as well as ongoing projects and free art time. 

Young artists work daily in their sketchbooks, lunch in the park, and take trips around the neighborhood to find sources of inspiration. Camp sessions are limited to 15 artists, with at least one adult per five students for plenty of one-on-one attention.

Each week culminates in an exhibition, designed and curated by the campers, and open to family and friends for celebrating!

Extended day available until 5:30pm on Mondays-Thursdays (snack, an art project, and McCarren Pool, weather permitting), for an additional $35 per day. Early drop-off beginning at 8am available every day for an additional $10/day.

Price: $500 a week, $450 if multiply weeks

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The Painted Cloud/ Art Summer Camps

Location: 168 Marcy Ave. (between South 5th St. & Broadway), Williamsburg

Spots Open: Ages 4 - 10 years. A few openings in all age ranges although July is filling up.

Dates/Times
July 4 - August 26

week-to-week
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 3 pm

Brief Description:

Each day kids will work on art projects, along with having free-time, outdoor & sprinkler play at the nearby Rodney Street playground (weather permitting), lunch, snack, and drawing time.  Our program is small and we keep our camps to a maximum size of 12 students with 2 teachers. 

Price:

$500 per week 

20% Sibling discount 

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Teacup Music Summer Camp
Location:  Park Church Coop, which is located at 129 Russell Street in Brooklyn, NY.
Dates/TimesAugust 15-19 and August 22-26, and the hours are 9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M
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Brief Description: Offering a variety of classes, such as violin lessons, songwriting, acting and performance, rhythm and movement, and recorder lessons for our younger group! 
Price:
$600. for the 10 full days of camp, all instruments, and all class materials are included. Students who sign up before July 1st will receive a 20% discount, and scholarships are available for low-income families. This is the link to register: http://goo.gl/forms/rqWBqV44cT. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at teacupmusicnyc@gmail.com.

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The Playschool Summer Camp

Drop off/PIck Up: Drop-off will take place at Cooper Park. Pick-up will take place at The Playschool, 231 Ainslie Street

Dates/Times:
July 11th-August 4th

Spots avail: ages 6.5- 9 years

Brief Description:

Campers will go off-site for different adventures each day! Destinations will include: Prospect Park, Central Park, Thompkins Square Park, various museums in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, DUMBO...among others! Campers will also explore their own neighborhood and have opportunities to explore new areas of their city.

Price: $412.40 weekly

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Tumbleweeds

Location: 

117 Dobbin St. Studio 202A ~ Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Spots Avail: A few spots avail for ages 4-10

Dates/Times: July 11th-July 29th, 9am-3pm.

Brief Description:

Each day at art camp we will be working on a structured art project as well as free art time to draw, paint, weave etc! We will also have a meet and share at the end of the day where we will discuss our artwork as well as other art from around the world. There will be outdoor snack time and playtime at McCarren Park (weather permitting) and lunchtime in the afternoon. Painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, fiber art and recycled art are just some examples of what the kids will be getting their hands on!

Price: $500 weekly

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Wbees Forest School Camps

Drop-off is at McGolrick Park and pickup is at 3 Russell Street. 

Dates /Times

Sprouts Camp - ages 4-7 , 9-3pm
All of July and August

Seedlings Camp - ages 2.5 - 3.5, 9am to noon
Last three weeks of July and first two weeks of August: Mon-Thurs from 9-12pm

Brief Description:
wBees Summer Camp will be running two programs, one for school-aged children called the Sprouts Camp and one for preschoolers called the Seedlings Camp. The Sprouts Camp (ages 3.5-7) will run from 9-3pm from Monday - Friday and the Seedlings Program will run from 9:00-12:00pm (ages 2.5-3) Monday-Thursday.

 

Price: $375 a week for Sprouts Camp . Extended day available till 3pm for an extra $15 a day. $250 Seedlings Camp a week.

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Williamsburg Northside Schools Summer Camp program

Location: 152 North 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Spots Open: Ages 4/5

Dates/Times:

Days: 2 , 3, 5 days Sessions Avail

8:30-3:00 pm

$100/150 (daily) After school for Session One and Two available for Session 1 and 2

Brief Description:
Summer days are filled with ample time outdoors on our renovated rooftop playground, featuring a full-scale garden, climbing equipment and sprinklers! Projects focus on elements of Light and Water. Art, drama, music and science classes enrich daily provocations. We are committed to offering a summer experience that views every camper as an active participant in their discoveries.

Price: $1,000 to 3,090. depending on days and number of sessions.

 

Photo: Bobo Chose

 

 

 

 


Summer Guide: 7 musts for summer in the city June 06 2016

 

 

Summer break is literally around the corner and for most of us moms  this means we are either out everyday with the kids or have weekends filled with outside excursions. Here are a few musts that get us Brooklyn moms through the summer.

1. I recommend a lightweight jumper or romper (for those who can pull it off) when spending most of the day out and about. Easy to throw on although choose one that is easy to take off. If a jumpsuit is not your thing try a summer dress. Erica can pull off a long maxi dress (with 3 kids none the less) and will sport one all day but I feel burdened by the length of the fabric. Really, it's about wearing a piece that is comfortable for you and something that is not going to add weight to your day as you run around dealing with the needs of your little ones. Tie-front culotte jumpsuit in ikat stripe via Madewell.

2. For the perfect carrier to wear around the city we asked the experts on this one. Founders, Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez of Well Rounded NY recommend the Babybjorn Carrier One Air. We tested this carrier and the balance of the weight of wearing baby was amazing on our backs which is in our opinion the first to go when carrying baby for hours on end. This carrier goes up to 3 years and is perfect if you want a day without the stroller. Or you forgo the stroller entirely. We especially love the safety buckle at the hip and the padded shoulders.

3. We are not sporty sandal kind of girls. We need a visually appealing sandal that isn't causing us to have blisters at the end of a sweltering day. When choosing a sandal look for one with support in the front and back area. Meaning don't do a t-strap sandal, they may be pretty but trust us, your feet will be aching by the end of the day. Pictured Rag and Bone Elda Sandal.

4. Charger. Have one. It doesn't even have to be as cute as this but charge it the night before and voila you can use half way during the day when your battery starts to run low. BACK ME UP! MOBILE CHARGER - PETITE PARTY DOTS via Bando.

5. Yes shoulder bags are lovely and oh so stylish however bring a bag you can pack everything you need for the day in. Pack a bit lighter if you're carry it (leave the extra shoes and digital devices at home), go crazy if it is being tucked a way in the stroller and bring everything you need for the day. The Almafi Jaquard Tote Bag via Madewell.

6. This isn’t a stroller round up so it is tough to just say one stroller is perfect for all. However, both of us will attest that the Uppa Baby is amazing. I love the Vista; Erica is a Cruz kind of girl. Erica tends to both walk and drive to her destinations while I barely drive unless leaving town. I will say that the Vista is larger and not a subway kind of stroller, it is used for walking everywhere in Brooklyn and when going on the ferry. Another stroller for the toddler stage that is a great city stroller is the McClaren Quest. This is perfect for hopping on bus, train and visiting the museums. Uppa Baby Vista via Wee Babe.

7. If lunches and snacks need to be refrigerated or even breast milk needs to be taken out for the day.... this Freezer Bag is perfect. Freeze it the night before and it will keep your edibles nice and cool. Packable Freezer Bag via PackIt.

 

 


Summer Guide: amazing gear for the great outdoors June 01 2016

 

Heading outdoors... be it the beach, pool or any sort of land of water for any family, or heck, any person, is usually a task that involves lots of stuff. Mix in some big kids and a baby and I fear I'll need half my house!  Trying to keep items to the bare minimum, here are some top gear picks .

 

Sun/wind protection:
Sport Brella - My nephews play a lot of sports and my sister has spent endless hours cheering them on - in all types of weather. Cold. Hot. Rainy. Windy. A few years back she purchased a Sport Brella and now can enjoy her cheering sessions a little more. I love that this isn't just a cold weather piece or a beach piece. This gear can get you through all 4 seasons. A great beach (or even a picnic in the park) pick!

 

Baby off the sand protection:
Not having to deal with a baby + sand has been pretty easy for me. Since my older two are close in age we had a summer or two where we just avoided the beach for the most part. Then, magically they were both at an age where they stopped eating the sand and could carry their own stuff!  Magical.
But now, I'm sure they will want to hit the beach and I'll have to figure out how and where to put the baby so she doesn't munch on some sand while I try to keep her out of the sun. I recently went to a baby show and saw this cool chair by Little Partners (of learning tower fame!). The GoTo 2 in 1 chair can both hold an infant car seat then it becomes and awesome travel high chair.  I love multi use pieces of gear!  

Similar to a camp chair - it folds up quickly, has a carrying bag, and sand will easily brush off.  A great place to park a babe at the beach (and then hit a restaurant for dinner!)

Getting your stuff to the beach/pool/lake ....

Toys, towels, sunscreen, hats, snacks...... An endless list of items that you plan to bring. I am obsessed with bags from Baggu. They are lightweight - so they dry quickly if they get wet, they are easy to brush sand off, and great for kids to help carry because there is no added weight of a bag. Plus, they come in super cute prints. I love the 'big Baggu' for all my stuff. 

Last summer as a family of 4 one bag fit towels and extras for all of us.  I think we should be able to easily add another towel this year. ;)

 

Getting your gear there.....
Living in NYC space is always an issue. And even if I lived in a huge house with a garage, no one likes clutter or bulky items. I dream of a wagon. One that I love is the Quest Folding Utility Sports Wagon.  Hands down the number one reason I love it is because it folds. And for sure number two has got to be that it comes in a bunch of cool colors!

A cute, compact way to get your gear to the beach or picnic or even a day at a park. For let's be real if you are a city mom you live outdoors once the weather warms.  And when not in use, you can easily fold up and store in a closet. 

By Erica

 

It's official Summer is here which means school is almost out. In the next week we will be sharing posts for our Summer Guide. We broke it down this year and will share in individual posts then gather them all together in one click so you can revisit our (hopefully) helpful information. See Monday's post on summer shoes.

 


Summer guide: 7 Summer shoes for kids (updated) May 30 2016

It's official Summer is here which means school is almost out. In the next week we will be sharing posts for our Summer Guide. We broke it down this year and will share in individual posts then gather them all together in one click so you can revisit our (hopefully) helpful information.

I think all kids shoe brands should have New York City kids road test their shoe styles as truly these kids must be some of the most active out there. With hot concrete surfaces, miles walked in city adventures and rivers with rocky surfaces summer shoes really need to fit the summer shoebill in many categories.

Here are MB’s picks for summer shoes for your kiddos (Updated 2016):

MB'S PICK

When Native shoes were at their peak you could find cheap imposters at all the chain stores. Now that the trend has died there are a few options there but they are limited and frankly not as sturdy. This shoe being copied doesn't diminish the want for this shoe for us at all. It is a well built shoe that is perfect for the kid in camp, who will be traveling or is just all around an active child. When your child is in camp you may not always know if they are hitting the water park or having a dance off with fellow campers. This style covers all possibilities of the summer kid in my book. Native Shoes in Surfer Blue via Zappos

EASY ON

Another sneaker as not all kids will wear sandals or again, camps will not allow. Canvas Slip Ons via Zara and (not pictured) Old Navy. If you are worried about a slip on or sneaker overheating try this cotton perforated version from (blush photo) Zara

FOR THE WEE ONES

We find sneakers  the best option especially with a toddler just starting to run wild. You'll apprciate a more sturdy shoe when going through the aiport, visiting an amusement park etc.  With an elastic side for easy one and off which is helpful when you need to get a shoe on and off...fast. Sneakers with Elastic Side Panels via Zara

SEE YOU KID IN A SEA OF KIDS SHOE

When your kid goes from zero to sixty this is a good shoe to see them in a crowd of kids. Girls Pop Up Leather Shoes via Jcrew. Great affordable version for boys and girls via H&M

CAN GET WET VANITY SHOE

For the girl who refuses to wear crocs these are a stylish alternative. Jelly Shoes via Old Navy

 

WATER OPTION

Great option for a pools surface and hot sandy beaches.  Water Shoes for Baby via Old Navy

GOOD FOR UNEVER, ROCKY SURFACES

Rubber insoles and soles work better on pebble surfaces and slippery surfaces. The fabric material gives room to breathe yet the shoes fastens on and off with sturdy velcro for strong hold. H&M Sandals. Also pink Scuba Sandals version via H&M

Back to 7 Summer shoes

 

 

 


5 kids eat/snack gear May 25 2016

      

 

My wee one is finally excited about food - and I'm excited to see what new eating supplies have hit the market since I last shopped for this kind of baby gear. 

 

Check out some of our top picks!

 

1. Green Sprouts Glass Sip & Straw Cup 

This cup is pretty cool. First of all, it's glass. I love glass. So far, it's been durable and I love that I can truly get it clean. Another thing I love - it's both a sippy or a straw cup. You can decide what top you want to use.  So, rather than buy a sippy cup now and then a straw cup in a few months - you are set!

 

I do love silicone bibs, but with a younger babe I find them to be too stiff. I love a simple waterproof bib which means these are easier to wipe food off .These cute animal designs are a hit in my house!

 

This is awesome!  I saw my friend using it with her daughter at a restaurant and knew I needed it. I had something similar with my older kids, but this is way better. It comes in a carrying case - a huge help to both keep it clean in your diaper bag, and then, after it's been used, it will keep your diaper bag clean. A win win.  It has compartments. So an easy way to offer a small variety during meal times.  A great go-to for eating out.  I wish it had suction cups. Note - they do make a version with suction cups, but it doesn't come with the case. So maybe you could pop it into a plastic container that you already own?  Both have great design features.  Easy to use at home or at a restaurant. 

 

 
This container is great because it has both a lid that will seal/close the container to keep a snack fresh, and, it has a soft plastic barrier so your babe can't dump a snack. I like that the lid is attached - one less part to misplace - but I also worry that as my daughter gets older/stronger she may break it off. But for now, I'm loving it!  Love the bright colors and easy to grip handles. 

 

Now that my little one is learning the art of eating this On-the-Go Feeding Spoon gets tucked into the diaper bag on our daily excursions especially now that summer is looming near. She may not use this every feeding as we are still in finger food stage but it is there for her to 'figure' out...experiment with her first 'big' utensil. The spoon is designed to prevent over feeding and the handle is easy to grip. 

 

 

Post by Erica

Calm Beauty: 3 products that nourish the skin. May 16 2016

Stress, weather and just being plain tired are not good for mamas (and dads) ! Which is why we are always looking for products that nourish and and help our skin to look less tired. 

Here are 3 products that we are loving and feel are worth giving at least one a try!

Mask Sheets: One of the latest beauty trends that seem to be happening is these Korean facemasks. Both my assistant Ann (at work) and the Beauty Director Melissa are obsessed with these masks. They talked me into giving them a try and now I'm hook. Result? My skin looks amazing after I do one of these masks, and because I’m addicted to glow, dewy skin I now do about one a week. The only mask I am nervous about is the snail mask, yup, you heard it right. It has some kid of snail mucus that Ann swears by. This is the only mask I am keeping to the side. Each mask costs a little over a dollar so no breaking the bank and a worthwhile beauty task to add to your facial care regime. TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Mask Sheet x 7n via Amazon

Clay Mask: An excellent ingredient for cell renewal, pink clay is a natural boost for the skin. This product will exfoliate skin while removing dead skin. I just started using this product but already I am seeing a nice 'pick up' to my skin. Herbivore Pink Clay Exfoliating Clay Mask via Urban Outfitters.

Salts:  Naturally rich in nutrients these Dead Sea salts from Herbivore are infused with Ylang Ylang Essential Oil and Vanilla Oil, which makes for an amazing bath to soak in. Hot water can dry out skin but with these salts soothe and soften. Calm by Herbivore via Urban Outfitters.

 

 

 


More Halloween... October 18 2015

 

Sweet unisex French Baker  costume via Emma Magazine

MB's own DIY Robot, this was fun to make and my son loved it. 

The fun part of having a baby is that we can dress them as baby octopuses. via mer mag

Two of my favorite DIY halloween posts from two of our favorite magazines:

BHG

Real Simple

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more on a simple shower September 23 2015

The paper plates are from the Cheeky Molly Hatch Collection which  you can buy at Target. I was set to use my everyday plates when my co-worker Taryn gave me these stylish plates and cups. Molly Hatch and Cheeky have teamed up to create these whimsical limited-edition collections to help end hunger. Cheeky will donate one meal to Feeding America. 

Sprinkles, nuff said.

My homemade empanadas and sangria(for the non pregnant mamas). Warning: I forgot sangria tastes like punch and it is not punch.

 

Party favors courtesy of Motherburg...of course.

Our mom group sees each other so infrequently that we mostly wanted to chat rather then play shower games but we did make a DIY scrub as we played catch up. This DIY is from my co-worker Melissa.

Take organic brown sugar, olive oil, pick an essential oil and make your own sugar scrub. I used my to scrub my feet...I actually plan to make more for it was crazy easy.

 

To view first part of this post, click here.

 

Post by Donna

 


DIY Craft : Sew A Letter On It. January 07 2013

My sister-in -law gave C the sweetest tee for Christmas. I asked her to send the tutorial our way, I think it’s such a great gift idea. When my son wore it to school this week he was so excited to have his letter on his shirt, knowing it came from his auntie made it extra special!

Bee’s How-to:

1. Download an alphabet template (I used Martha Stewart’s, found here: http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/2011Q4/kids-costumes-alphabet-1011mld.pdf).
2. Print and cut out the letter that you would like to use for your shirt.
3. Carefully trace the letter on a piece of heavy-duty felt, then cut it out.
4. Hand-stitch or sew the letter on a shirt, jacket, pillow, scarf, or hat!
yay! easy peasy.

Savin' - DIY Dishwashing Soap October 25 2012

I’ve seen this on Pinterest a few times and actually tried it out for myself finally. It works and it works just as well as the other stuff. I have a personal pet peeve about these supposed green companies and packaging. Isn’t packaging so wasteful? What’s great about making your own is you’ll feel so dang it all good its green every time you use it and reuse the bottle! Plus you know exactly what goes into it! 


DIY Dishwashing Soap 

4 C Liquid Castille Soap 
1 C White Vinegar
1 C Water
1 TBS Lemon Juice
1 tsp Tea tree oil
1 Recycled Squirt Top Bottle or if you want a more reusable option, check out this idea from Frugally Sustainable

Photo: wkphoto from Fotolia.com


The Right Cut, How to trim your bangs... October 23 2012

I cut my own bangs between hair cuts. I never did this until I had a child, feeling busy I was forgoing my hair appointments and my hair in a permanent bun,  looked ridiculous down. I was taught how to cut my bangs from the experts I meet at photo shoots and have been told I have gotten better in time, good to know!

The below tips are pretty close to what I was taught. The only thing I won’t do is the razor, I do not like the look of a razor cut and feel it makes my hair too thick but if I am trying to have some wisp I will use the sharp side of the sheers to give a little wisp to the cut. I also agree , you must use a good scissor. Also, start with a small trim and in time you’ll get the hang of it, it’s actually quite easy!

Here’s How:

  1. Always start with dry hair. You never want to cut your bangs while wet because they’ll shrink when dry and look too short. If you usually blow-dry your bangs, apply styling gel then dry. If you usually wash & wear, then let them air dry.
  2. Using a comb, precisely section off the hair you don’t want to cut. You can put the other hair in a ponytail or pin it up with bobby pins. But only your bangs should be left loose.
  3. Divide your bangs in half using a styling comb. (Styling combs have baby-fine teeth). Take one half and comb bangs down with the comb teeth facing out. Rest the comb on your browbone. Don’t cut your bangs any shorter than where the comb hits your face.
  4. Skip to step 5 if you have shaggy, face-framing bangs Start ‘point-cutting’ or snipping the hair at a 45-degree angle. Work slowly, doing a bit at a time. Never cuts bangs straight across since it’s impossible to keep a perfectly straight line.
  5. Important note If you have shaggy, face-framing bangs, skip the scissors & instead use a brand-new, disposable single-blade razor (double & triple blades will split hair). Celeb stylist Chris McMillan swears in the April 2006 issue of Allure magazine that razors work much better than scissors. To razor cut, pull bangs taut with your middle & index fingers. Slide fingers all the way down to end of hair & then razor cut the hair just above your fingers.
  6. Repeat ‘point-cutting’ on the other half.
  7. If your bangs are too dense, you can add layers. Simply take a portion of the bangs between 2 fingers & pulling the hair vertically above your head. Slide your hand up towards the ends, letting some hair fall. Lower your fingers an inch down the hair section and point-cut or razor cut (a half-inch at most) above your fingers.
  8. If you have long, face-framing layers, check to make sure the length is even by pulling a piece of hair from either side of toward the center of your face — they should be equidistant from the bridge of your nose, according to McMillan.

Tips:

  1. You’ll want to invest in a pair of sharp, high-quality scissors designed to cut hair. You can get these at beauty supply stores. Utility scissors that have been used to cut paper or cloth are too dull for cutting hair.
  2. If you have long, shaggy, face-framing bangs, use a razor instead of scissors to trim bangs. Scissors can slip & cut hair unevenly, while a razor is more exact.

What You Need

  • high-quality scissors
  • styling comb
  • styling gel
  • mirror
  • disposable, single-blade razor

Tips via About.com, Photo Donna Ladd


Chic Kid, DIY paperbag costumes... October 08 2012

I am a bit bummed that my son is now at the stage where he is very determine on what he will be for Halloween thank you to mass catalog costume senders who’s marketing tactics worked! Alas for those parents who’s children do not need to be in a superhero costume there are such amazing DIY’s out there. These Halloween paper bag costumes are from wee society which is not only an awesome blog and shop they give away (!)the template for the costumes which also include an owl and gorilla. We will be posting more DIY costumes on both our FB page ( please like us!) and Pinterest board throughout the month so keep a lookout for some great costumes!


DIY ❤ Pillow September 17 2012

This is such a sweet DIY for a baby or toddler room. For a boy I would maybe mix the colors a bit. I love the idea of getting small pillow cases and making these as gifts. Click here for the full tutorial.

Photo and instructions via ohnorachio!


Crafty Paper Plates September 12 2012

My son is not in school every day this school year which is why DIY’s will be a big thing for us here at MB. I had no idea that so many creative things can come out of a paper plate but it turns out that C.R.A.F.T (Creating Really Awesome Free Things) has 67 ways to craft a paperplate. I really like this blog it has great craft ideas especially if your homeschooling or your kids have yet to enter a daycare or school environment,

Photos via Creating Really Awesome Free Things


Savin' - DIY Sandwich bag August 29 2012

Great little tutorial over at Kiwi Magazine about making a DIY Sandwich bag; just in time for school. 

Materials

  • 1/2 yard oilcloth**
  • 4 large paper clips
  • 1 hook and eye
  • 2 buttons
  • 1 thin hair elastic
  • Pinking shears
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread

Directions

  1. Cut two 101/2″ x 101/2″ squares out of oilcloth.
  2. Place one square on top of the other, with wrong sides facing eachother (so pattern is facing outside). Slide a paper clip on each side of the square to hold pieces together as you sew.
  3. Using a 1/4″ seam, topstitch the two pieces together. Adjust the paper clips as you go to keep the oilcloth from sliding.
  4. Trim around the edges of sewn square with pinking shears.
  5. Lay the square so that one of the corners is pointing at you, like a diamond. Fold left and right corners toward the center so the tip of the points overlap by about 1″. Repeat with top and bottom corners to create an envelope. Run a fingernail over the edges to form a crease.
  6. Open the top flaps so that only the left and right corners are folded in. Hand-sew a hook about 1/8″ inside the tip of the right corner flap. Hand-sew the eye on the left flap, leaving enough space inside for a sandwich (you can gauge this by using two pieces of bread).
  7. Sew buttons on top and bottom corner flaps, about 1 1/2″ from each tip (again allowing room for a sandwich).
  8. Place hair band over top button and pinch around button with your fingers to create two loops. With needle and thread, tack the elastic so the top loop stays firmly around the top button and the bottom loop slips easily onto the other button.

Tip

For an even more sustainable sandwich wrapper, use vintage oilcloth (available at flea markets) and recycled buttons.

**Oilcloth is out: Try laminated cotton! You can get some great stuff at these places: 
Oilcloth Addict - she has some great remnants at a reasonable price so if you want to make more bags, this is a great place. 
Amy Butler
Fabric.com
 
Photo:  


Savin' - DIY Sandwich bag August 29 2012

Great little tutorial over at Kiwi Magazine about making a DIY Sandwich bag; just in time for school. 

Materials

  • 1/2 yard oilcloth**
  • 4 large paper clips
  • 1 hook and eye
  • 2 buttons
  • 1 thin hair elastic
  • Pinking shears
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread

Directions

  1. Cut two 101/2″ x 101/2″ squares out of oilcloth.
  2. Place one square on top of the other, with wrong sides facing eachother (so pattern is facing outside). Slide a paper clip on each side of the square to hold pieces together as you sew.
  3. Using a 1/4″ seam, topstitch the two pieces together. Adjust the paper clips as you go to keep the oilcloth from sliding.
  4. Trim around the edges of sewn square with pinking shears.
  5. Lay the square so that one of the corners is pointing at you, like a diamond. Fold left and right corners toward the center so the tip of the points overlap by about 1″. Repeat with top and bottom corners to create an envelope. Run a fingernail over the edges to form a crease.
  6. Open the top flaps so that only the left and right corners are folded in. Hand-sew a hook about 1/8″ inside the tip of the right corner flap. Hand-sew the eye on the left flap, leaving enough space inside for a sandwich (you can gauge this by using two pieces of bread).
  7. Sew buttons on top and bottom corner flaps, about 1 1/2″ from each tip (again allowing room for a sandwich).
  8. Place hair band over top button and pinch around button with your fingers to create two loops. With needle and thread, tack the elastic so the top loop stays firmly around the top button and the bottom loop slips easily onto the other button.

Tip

For an even more sustainable sandwich wrapper, use vintage oilcloth (available at flea markets) and recycled buttons.

**Oilcloth is out: Try laminated cotton! You can get some great stuff at these places: 
Oilcloth Addict - she has some great remnants at a reasonable price so if you want to make more bags, this is a great place. 
Amy Butler
Fabric.com
 
Photo:  


DIY: Last minute superhero birthday cake... August 20 2012

I recently threw a last minute birthday gathering for my little in house superhero. In the past I have spent a ton of money on the cake and thought let me try baking it. I am the worst baker and long story short I ended buying a cake and frosting mix from Trader Joes. The cake ended up being delicious and didn’t look too bad for being the first cake I have EVER baked! My child’s wild enthusiasm assured me that he was fine with me cheating and baking from a box. I have promised my dear foodie friend Kate that I will bake from one of her cake recipes and get over my fear of baking by the holidays , stay tune for that cake post! Meanwhile, here are some Superhero finds that can help you pull together your own last minute super hero party: 

Free printables for Superhero Party via Living Locurto 

Free Cake printables for Cake Toppers via One Charming Party, note, used straws to hold my signs upright. I also used construction paper to make them a bit more sturdier.

Superhero masks you can buy the pdf on Etsy via Bessie Pooh

DIY Superhero Masks and head band via Martha Stewart

Photos, Donna Ladd , Motherburg


DIY Toddler Beds under $75 August 07 2012

                 

I am on the hunt for an affordable toddler bed. Our current one has fallen apart which is a bit ironic since I can never get my son to sleep on it. I don’t want to spend much on this bed since we’ll move to a larger frame soon since my son is so tall. My two favorite DIY’s our from Apartment Therapy (top photo) and Design Mom (bottom.) After a bit of research Design Mom is my favorite simply because I feel that the mattress could be a twin mattress and also work as a daybed which works for the cuddle bugs we tend to be. The best part is $20(with some preexisting lumber) was the budget for the Apartment Therapy DIY and $75 for both toddler beds from Design Mom. Love good DIY finds!

 

 

Photo: Top Apartment Therapy Bottom, Design Mom


Oh dear...cool faux taxidermy! June 07 2012

No need to hunt when you can make your own unique trophy. I have been collecting ideas for the revamp of our living and it’s starting to look like I have a project in my future. Interested in a bit of faux taxidermy? I found these great 10 DIY ideas for vegan taxidermy via Scraphacker.

Photo via  teacupteaspoons


Crafty Mom April 18 2012

I have been saving this DIY from Living with punks(love the name of this blog!) for quite some time. I am a serious poof person however I’ve realize all my poofs have gone missing. Although, the instructions are a bit lengthy Living with punks gives clear direction that makes it feel do-able. I may put this off until summer but I do see a poof in C’s room for the big revamping we have plan before his 3 year b-day.

Photo via Living with Punks


DIY Peeps April 02 2012

My sister is CRAZY about Peeps! She’ll devour an entire package in one sitting.
I saw this last week and sent it to her. Maybe she’ll make us some or maybe we’ll give it a go?

Posted by: Jessica Glorieux
Recipe and photo: The Kitchn


kids bedroom- shelving inspiration February 22 2012

I am again looking for creative ways to upgrade our shelving situation in C’s room. Currently all his books are in his wardrobe closet and it is looking messy and I am not comfortable with him burrowing himself underneath the above shelves while he is going through his books. I like all 3 of these ideas especially the armoire since I have something similar that I can soup up with some green paint and leftover wallpaper all for under $25.

Photo#1 *Found this pic on Oh Joy however cannot find original post or credit.

Photo#2: Something To Do

Photo#3: Atelier Charavari


Teacher Gift Guide December 16 2011

This is our first year of having to get gifts for teachers and I am excited about all the possibilities!! What a great opportunity to get creative and give something special from the heart.
Here are some of the best ideas I’ve found (I think I’ve been looking for the perfect gift since September):

1) Reusable Coffee Cups with coffee, hot cocoa, eatable goodies and a Starbucks gift card! I saw this idea and ran with it myself. What teacher doesn’t need a coffee break & a brownie! You can download those sweet flags here.
 
2) Themed Jars! This is a really versatile idea for a gift. The choices are endless: Chocolate in a Jar! Relaxation in a Jar! Holiday break in a Jar! For more ideas and printable labels, click here.

 

3) HOMEMADE anything!! I am super fond of the chocolate covered pretzel idea here. Also the homemade sugar scrub looks decadent!
Even these Oreo cake pops look easy and sweet to do!
And these s’mores!
Homemade Christmas ornaments!

4) Lastly the old standby: GIFT CARDS!
And a handwritten note is ALWAYS welcome, especially when its spells out HOW you appreciate the teacher.


Posted by: Jessica Glorieux
Photos from the respective linked websites