Mario went back to school a few weeks ago and was very excited! He was especially excited to start Grade 1; to see his friends; and, to get a Schultüte. I made Mario a Schultüte the first year we moved to Germany; however, this large cone-shaped surprise is traditionally given to children on their first day of 1st Grade, to make the first day of primary school a little sweeter. Since Mario officially entered the first grade this year, I made him a very special Plankton Schultüte filled with toys, popcorn, candy and school supplies. Mario is currently obsessed with Spongebob Square Pants, specifically Plankton, so a Plankton Schultüte is exactly what he wanted. I couldn’t find a Plankton Schultüte for inspiration, so I looked to Plankton himself and was able to create Mario a Schultüte he said was “perfect” and one which he will never forget! It truly was a special treat for his first day of first grade! I love the German tradition of making and giving a Schultüte on the first day of school. Do you have any traditions for your little ones when they go back to school? Whether you do or not, I hope your little ones have a Great School Year!
Today is Labor Day, a day celebrated in America to honor all of the working people and how they helped to build our country's strength and prosperity. Labor Day also represents the end of summer and is usually celebrated with summer activities. I hope you are able to relax (not work) and enjoy the day with your loved ones barbecuing, having a picnic, swimming, camping and enjoying the beautiful outdoors together.
This Labor Day is also a great time to play fun games and do activities with your little ones about what they want to be when they grow up. I recently read an article on Fatherly.com who partnered with New York Life on the Imagination Report: what kids want to be when they grow up, and I was saddened to learn that parents have less of an influence on their child’s career dreams than ever before. Parents have fallen behind TV, movies, and online streaming sites like YouTube as influencers on what their children want to be when they grow up. Therefore, I think this Labor Day is the perfect time to influence your little ones to follow their dreams, even if their dreams are to be a fairy with red, white and blue star wings!
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Welcome to the magical world of Tutu du Monde and their Autumn/Winter 18 Collection A Winter's Tale - a world of wonder and whimsy, filled with femininity, fun and fantasy where anything is possible.
I love Tutu du Monde because their beautiful dresses inspire the inner goddess of little girls! Their Autumn/Winter 18 Collection is inspired by A Winter's Tale and includes Tutu Du Monde's signature skirts and tutu dresses in soft shades, jackets and shrugs, ballet flats and accessories. How magical is this collection?
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Nellystella is designed to catch the sparkling eyes of little girls and they also caught my eyes - I absolutely adore this fresh, charming and playful line of children's wear clothing. Inspired by her years spent in Europe, designer Nelly Chen mixes her whimsical creativity with exquisite attention to detail and creates imaginative designs based off of what she wanted to wear as a child. Nellystella is a beautiful collection for Spring/Summer, but I also love the trend of wearing embroidered light cotton dresses and skirts with colored tights and chunky sweaters into the Fall season.
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For Autumn Winter '18-19 Bobo Choses presents the fanciest music band ever, The Happysads! They sing about children and their roller coaster-like feelings spinning round and round, up and down; they play both right and wrong; they act like always never; they listen to sad songs and change just like the weather.
The Happysads is inspired by kids and their way of expressing contradictory emotions. They might have hard times identifying their feelings; they might not even know what to name them. Instead, they express themselves by throwing temper tantrums or having meltdowns...
The collection includes British inspired shapes and carefully selected colors with bold prints that reveal the contradictions of kid’s emotions: bitter-sweet candy; Mr clearly confused; a funny animal half-pig half-elephant; cars that go in both directions at the same time and many more! In addition to being a seriously cute collection, 64% of the production is organic cotton and I love that!
Also, don’t miss Bobo Choses new promotional music video for their AW18/19 collection! “We are the Happysads” which is the first single from the Happysads. It was written, and performed by the Bobo Choses team and the children. Watch the music video here & enjoy :-)
Credits | Campaign pictures by Raquel Chicheri | Art direction and styling by Adriana Esperalba and Mafer Navas | The Happysads are Alex, Catalina, Chloe, Guiu, Laura, Momo, Sofía & Teo