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Create with the Crayola Get Out and Create Pack

Thanks to Crayola for providing my son with the Get Out and Create Pack to help him continue to nurture his love to create – from the playground, to quiet time at home or even on the road.

Much to my husband’s delight, my son is a natural artist. In a former life when he was much much younger Mr BAM was a celebrated artist selling paintings from his traveling adventures and inspiring interest in his paintings that took up entire walls. Once upon a time it seemed to us that Little Mr P would never progress beyond the scribble. As first time parents we didn’t realize that he was on a totally normal trajectory and now, he definitely has an eye for detail, color and is a born artist.

See that chalk art below. Yes our Mr P drew that in the playground with Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk. See, the eye patch…It’s a ninja. Pretty good I think, but then again maybe I’m just biased cause I’m his mama.

As parents we all get caught up in molding our kids into the image we want them to be, not necessarily what they naturally are trying to be. Mr P loves to create, play with paints, mix colors and figure out the exact detail that will bring his drawings alive. I like Crayola products because they let kids be kids – mix, match, draw and erase and as mom I don’t have to worry about a huge mess.

Because we are in a rental house, I am always a little hesitant to use sidewalk chalk out the front of our house – our landlord can be picky. But with the Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk simply spray away with water and it’s gone!

We recently took a roadtrip through Connecticut to Rhode Island and the Crayola Color Wonder Mini Stow and Go was the perfect carry case and drawing table for him while in the back of the car.

The markers color only on special paper and not on skin, furniture or carpets. Bonus! The last thing we need is for him to leave his mark behind in a rental car.

Before we even took off, he had popped open the storage and started on his first of many creations.

Gorgeous Handmade Bags for Little Adventurers

Living in Brooklyn without a car, our little family does alot of subway travel as well as travel on foot. My Little Miss and Mr P love to travel with little action figures, sketch pads, pencils and crayons. Part of our get ready to go routine involves the kids picking out 2-3 items that they want to bring with them, and we want to help keep them entertained on the road. As Mr P has just finished his first year at school (kindergarten graduate ya’ll!) he is becoming ever more and more independent – in other words, he likes to carry his own stuff.

So when my friend Jacqui  from Mee a Bee offered to send us her beautiful handmade bags, one for each I said, yes please! I met Jacqui virtually several years ago as we are both entrepreneurial moms linked by New Zealand. Jacqui is a Kiwi (New Zealander) living in Japan,  and I was living in New Zealand at the time. I have always loved Jacqui’s bags!

Little Miss loves wearing hers everywhere from the park to around the house.

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I am blown away by the quality of the bags, as has been everyone who compliments the kids on them at the park. Handmade, made with love and care, these bags rival any big manufacturer.

Mee a Bee is for children and parents who love adventure. Created by hand in Japan you can rest assured you’re buying something different and very special. Each bag starts with a base of natural cotton or linen. To that I add a specially selected whimsical printed fabric flap. The finishing touch is the soft colorful strap chosen to really make the design pop!

– Jacqui,

You can catch up with Jacqui through her etsy store and choose a pattern to suit your child’s personality. I also like seeing more of her handmade bags and Japan adventures with kids on her instagram @meeabee.

PishPosh Mommy: Organization for the on-the-go Mommy

I remember being pregnant with Mr P and trying to build my baby registry. It’s all so foreign and the best way to find products that work is to ask the advice of moms who have gone before you. The diaper bag was one item that no two moms will give you the same advice on. Some moms want function and don’t care about fashion, some want a bag big enough to carry everything but the kitchen sink, others don’t want their diaper bag to look like a diaper bag. I remember settling on a backpack style diaper bag, reasoning that function definitely trumped all other features of a diaper bag. When I actually started carrying my diaper bag backpack, I was disappointed. I wanted the leather handbags I used to carry – in rich purple and blue faux leather, not this horrible school kid like backpack in bright green – yuck! It absolutely clashed with everything.

I recently met PishPosh Mommy at the Brookly Baby Expo and was introduced to their Quickzip Carryall Organizer. Now this, this is the perfect solution for keeping your handbag identity while still having it function as a diaper bag. With several internal pockets, an internal zippered pocket as well as external pockets, the carryall makes it easy to store diapers, wipes, creams, toys and bottles and sippy cups – zip it all up and then drop it in your normal coveted handbag. The pockets inside a diaper bag are what make them necessary – but with the PishPosh Mommy Carryall, you carry these internal pockets with you from bag to bag – no need to sacrifice style!

Best Use of a Canadian Passport

– image courtesy of Ad Week

I remember when I first started really traveling and meeting people from other countries. I sometimes jealously thought to myself, I wish my passport allowed me to stay indefinitely in such and such country or enter bladibla country and to work with little paper work. It was a silly thing to feel jealous about, seeing as I never really had the means (or money) to say stay in a tropical paradise like Mallorca for an indefinite amount of time. But, hey I couldn’t help but grumble when my Canadian passport didn’t even make it easy for me to work here in the US. Now a European passport, that’s a key to the world…

Well today – on Canada Day – I read about this pretty cool use for a Canadian Passport – to open a fully stocked beer fridge. Yes, you read correctly. If you are Canadian, or have ventured to Canada, then you know Molson Beer, it’s a staple to my brothers and sisters north of the border. Molson is the Canadian beer brand famously know for the I AM CANADIAN campaign.

A Family Walk Through Brooklyn Bridge Park and DUMBO

On a sunny weekend day when I am looking to relax,  you will easily find me and the family heading either 15 minutes south to the Beach or 15 minutes North to DUMBO. DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. This artistically charming neighborhood in Brooklyn is home to some of the city’s most famed artists and fashion designers as well as pizza at Grimaldi’s, the amazing Jane’s Carousel housed within the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the weekly outdoor food fest known as Smorgasburg and the decadent home of Jacques Torres Chocolate.

DUMBO is also clearly a great vantage point to catch some of the best views back into Manhattan from between the larger than life Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

Can you see the One World Trade Center in the background?

Summer Travel With Kids

This is a partner post from freelance blogger Alexandre Duval who writes about travel and lifestyle, among other things.

Travelling, even when you are alone, always calls for some preparation. Of course, the thoroughness of the planning highly depends on the destination as well as the kind of trip you are about to take. Yet, travelling with kids, no matter the destination, definitely is a kind of trip in itself! It actually is a kind of trip for which you have to pay even more attention in the preparation process because your little loved ones are counting on you! Here are seven things you have to think about when leaving the hotel for a full day of summer sightseeing with your kids.