Creative Toys for Kids: edu2toys

Hey guys! I wanted to highlight a new learning toy we got recently.

edu2toys is a company based out of Lithuania that believes in the power of creative education. They understand that each child has his or her own unique greatness. So, they developed tools & toys that nurture & empower kids to become their best self! I'm totally down with that! 

As a mom, I find myself wondering what types of activities to do with my toddler.  I've tried playing ball, coloring & even making a spider out of a craft materials, he wasn't that interested.  Throughout the 'trying'  I found myself wondering if I was doing something wrong? -   I've had better luck when he & I painted together & read books.  As a mom, I am realizing more & more that early childhood is an important stage of development where my little guy is exploring & curious about every single thing!  He's obsessed with looking into everything.

I came across edu2toys & I love that they believe that developing creativity in our children is a duty to be shared by both teachers & parents. So true! They also explain that in order to understand children we need to try & listen closely to what they say, their facial expressions, the look in their eyes & even analyze their drawings.  KIDS tend to communicate via emotions, shadow play, music, art of sculpture, storytelling, drawing, drama and a multitude of other verbal and non-verbal means of self-expression. So, my husband I wanted to bring more creativity into Noah's play area where he would be able to express himself, we chose a few items from edu2toys.

The one I'll be sharing with you today is the - Sensory Play Space DividerIt's a modular space divider.  It helps develop sensory skills & also imagination! You can also use this to divide an area in their room and create activity zones & quiet reading time.  I love toys that help Noah develop skills, for example this space divider is valuable because it helps with:
  • fine motor skills
  • self-expression & imagination
  • communication skills
  • aesthetics

You can do a lot with this space divider such as folding the panels in a circle to create a house! We did that for Noahs's room & we also got the felt wool berries - which I LOVE!! I must admit, he hasn't quite mastered the creativity aspect of it, but I think the more we practice.... the more he will understand that play time is about imagining & creating! 

 Check out more cool toys and tools on edu2toys

-pics by jen ramos

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Home: Katie Kime

Katie Kime is an Interiors and + Fashion designer based in Texas. She has a colorful & bold preppy style that captures the eye immediately. Her prints are eye-catching & so is her home which was featured here in Lonny Mag back in 2015. You have to check it out for some amazing home inspiration! Katie Kime seems to live her life in color, from green foliage to animal prints, her patterns are a must-have in a home or wardrobe. 

Personally,  my favorite area in her home are the spotted wallpaper in the dining area + the large closet with the banana leaves wallpaper.  All which can be purchased via her online shop.

I hope to one day collaborate with Katie Kime, she's amazing! 

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ART: Ombre Hearts Available!!

Time is so precious these days. If I stay still I feel like I am either going to fall ASLEEP or die of boredom! So, I keep moving. Ever feel like that?

Anyway, with some time on my hands, I managed to paint (2) more pieces yesterday! 
The Ombre' Hearts original paintings have now been added to my online gallery! We no longer have a timer, so you can buy at your own convenience as well as choose the frame style you like, directly off the site. These watercolor+acrylic pieces are 30"x37" and are so much PRETTIER in person, I guarantee you!  

I think they would look FAB in a home office, or in a nursery. The Ombre Hearts painting represents many things, but it is mostly a happy painting - that reminds me that we do NOT have to be PERFECT......hence the imperfect details on the hearts. Hope you like them! 

You can see them both here.

If you are looking to commission a painting, please contact Jen with more details. Include measurements, colors & style you would like.
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Fashion: Golden Goose Sneaker Trend

Hey guys! Hope you all had a fantastic New Year! I have been spotting the coolest sneakers around the blogosphere called Golden Goose. They're on the top scale of prices for sneakers, so you def have to love these to splurge on them. However, if you think the price tag is a bit much for you, these are  a similar, more affordable version available at SheIn. 

They come in a wide variety of colors, I personally like all the colors but my favorite is the more neutral all white with black seen hereAs for trendy sneakers, I've seen SO MANY young girls sporting shell top Adidas...and although I had a pair when I was 15 years old, I think they're WAY TOO popular now.  Personally, I'd rather invest a bit more money & get something like golden goose. Or even get a cheaper pair that look like the real deal! They're trendy, comfy & not every single teeny bopper is wearing them.  Happy New Year!!!

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