Endless Summer Projects | Vacation Mobile

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Crafts, Endless Summer Projects, Traveling With Kids

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vaction mobile - part of the Endless Summer Project Series

This week kicks off the final theme in our Endless Summer Projects Series: Travel. MJ, Alexandra, Amy, Melissa, and I are each bringing you a project that celebrates summer travel and the open road. And I have the pleasure of starting this party…

Our recent California road trip was one I never want the kids to forget. It included the most incredible scenery that we may not see again for awhile. We visited Sequoia National Park, Monterey, Cambria, Solvang, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and Los Angeles. We saw whales swimming off the coast of Big Sur, dolphins and seals at the beach, a black bear running from a campsite, and trees thousands of years old.

So together, the kids and I created a vacation mobiles. The kids drew pictures of the things they remembered most about vacation and I helped them turn them into something they can hang in their rooms. Now, each kid has a reminder of their amazing and wild California adventure.

ps. California, you are a truly awesome state.

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Endless Summer Projects | Outdoor Cooking with Kids

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Endless Summer Projects

Outdoor Cooking with Kids - Lulu the Baker Recipes, Tips and Tricks

During our California road-trip camping adventure, we cooked over an open flame almost every meal. Some days I rocked the fire, surprising myself (and others) by making whole meals that were not only edible, but downright tasty. Other days, the fire rocked the food. Our last night featured blackened…everything. And not intentionally blackened. It was actually pretty hilarious.

Overall, the experience has made me want to experiment more with outdoor cooking. And I especially want the kids to get involved. While they learned the secret to the perfectly roasted marshmallow—the trick is to hold it over embers once the flames have died down—I feel they’re ready to tackle more substantial menu items. We can not live on s’mores alone, no matter how much we’d like to.

Thankfully Melissa wrote up her favorite tips, tricks and recipes for outdoor cooking with kids. Just click here to get them all. I want to try out her chicken in foil recipe. Mmmmm, looks delicious.

While our California adventure is over, the summer is still young. I say let’s get cooking!

Just tuning in to the Endless Summer Projects Series? Here’s a quick recap…
Summer Banner | Large Scale Modern Art | Scavenger Hunt | Collapsible Cardboard House | Mid Century Modern Birdfeeder | Backyard Circus Stilts | 6 Water Balloon Games | Firework Tablecloth | Screen Printed Tees

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Announcing South of Brooklyn!

July 21st, 2014 | Posted in Features

south of brooklyn - new site featuring stories of creatives and makers

There comes a point in a writer’s life when she realizes she needs to branch out. I have occupied the parenting/kids’ craft corner for a number of years now. While I am still very fond of it, I want to write other things. Things not about parenting.

Last year, Dave and I discussed working together on a new project; a labor of love. It would allow him to take photos for his portfolio and it’d allow me to write and produce different types of work—something I’ve been itching to do. Earlier this month, our project called South of Brooklyn launched! Continue Reading...

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Endless Summer Projects | Screen Printed Tee

July 21st, 2014 | Posted in Endless Summer Projects


Annnnd we’re back from our break! There’s so much to catch up on. I hope you’re ready. I hope *I’m* ready. Eek! This week, my goal is to hit the ground running. Since I’m feeling all refreshed and energized (the California sun has that effect) I thought I’d start with a post I missed while away.

You see, I had every intention of posting the two Endless Summer Projects that were scheduled while on I was on the road, but two things happened: first, we didn’t have access to wifi and second, I forgot to pack my laptop. I know, terrible blogger fail.

But now, I’m back with Amy’s really awesome project: screen printed tee shirts. I l-o-v-e these! Honestly, I love anything that shows kids how things are actually made. It gives them a deeper appreciation for what they buy. But I especially love that you and the kids can put your own spin on the designs: favorite colors, placement, etc. It’s a powerful thing to express one’s individuality, no matter one’s age.

Click here for Amy’s full tutorial! And let us know how your tees turned out by using #endlesssummerprojects on instagram. We’d love to see!

Just tuning in to the Endless Summer Projects Series? Here’s a quick recap…
Summer Banner | Large Scale Modern Art | Scavenger Hunt | Collapsible Cardboard House | Mid Century Modern Birdfeeder | Backyard Circus Stilts | 6 Water Balloon Games | Firework Tablecloth

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Endless Summer Projects | Firework Tablecloth

July 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Endless Summer Projects


Happy Wednesday! For those of you in the US, do you have any big Fourth of July plans? We’re going to some friend’s for a backyard BBQ. I’m hoping to eat an embarrassing amount. Picnic food is my jam.

Speaking of backyard BBQs check out this super cool Firework Tablecloth. Ali combined all the coolest parts about summer: water balloons, fireworks and a level of moderately controlled chaos. The kids are going to love this one. And you’re going to love the result. It’s an activity the family will talk about for a good long time. “Remember that time Mom went crazy and asked us to throw paint-filled water balloons at a tablecloth?” “Yeah, she’s so cool.” <--is totally what they're going to say. ;)

Click here for the tutorial.

Have a wonderful Fourth Everyone!

Just tuning in to the Endless Summer Projects Series? Here’s a quick recap…
Summer Banner | Large Scale Modern Art | Scavenger Hunt | Collapsible Cardboard House | Mid Century Modern Birdfeeder | Backyard Circus Stilts | 6 Water Balloon Games

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Happy List

June 27th, 2014 | Posted in Features

strawberry picking

Hello there Friday! I have to share some news that I’m a little afraid to share. Classic Play will be on a verrrry limited posting schedule for the next three weeks.

Endless Summer Projects will continue. Plus you have the Colossally Huge Summer Fun Catalog (hyperbole free, of course) that’s full of fun ideas for keeping the kids playing and lethargy-free during these long summer days.

I’ve never taken a blog hiatus before. It feels weird. But I’m working on launching a new project next week and it’s going to a 100% of my brain power and attention. I am so excited about this project and I can’t wait for you to see it. And after that, we embark on an RV tour of California. I am excited and completely terrified. Our friends from Belgium are joining us. It’s going to be incredible. I haven’t been to California since I was a baby. So essentially, I’m experiencing everything for the first time.

None of this is perfect timing. I mean the California trip is, but the new site isn’t. Summer is typically a slow time for online publishers.

Dave and I had the idea for our project last year and wanted to launch this spring but, what can I say? Life happens. At its heart, it’s a collection of short films and photo essays featuring artists, entrepreneurs and makers across the USA. I think of them as the New Makers of America. Throw in some beautiful travel photography and you have South of Brooklyn. It’s both a nod to our location and all the amazing and cool things happening across the country. I hope you’ll check it out!

Now that’s all off my chest, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Please don’t be a stranger. I’ll still be on Instagram. Because let’s be honest, I couldn’t go that long without you guys.

-Some thoughts on this halfway point of the Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. project.

-Do you follow Roxy Marj on instagram? I have a huge girl crush on her. She has one of the best feeds and definitely has the best contests

-Speaking of girl crushes, I’m not big on following celebrities, but Anna Kendrick’s twitter feed cracks me up

-So sweet

-YES. #likeagirl

-love this memory game

-this DIY maze is genius

-I’m all about natural beauty tips. Thanks Deborah!

-And finally, Something summery for your ipad

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Art School | Summer Sand Art

June 26th, 2014 | Posted in Art School

sand art - perfect for a summer vacation keepsake

Today’s art lesson is inspired by my family’s recent summer vacation to the Hawaiian Islands. The tropical islands have so much history and beauty, it took our breath away daily. The Hawaiian Islands are believed to be first settled by Polynesians who brought with them all the things that Hawaii is now known for, sugar cane, pigs, taro, chickens, coconuts, and sweet potato. One thing that the early settlers didn’t bring with them is sand. Sand in Hawaii is native to Hawaii! Continue Reading...

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Traveling with Kids | Musement

June 26th, 2014 | Posted in Traveling With Kids

This post is brought to you by Musement. Musement offers tailor made experience for you and your family that lets you skip the waiting lines. Find reasons to travel at www.musement.com.

a review of musement - a service that allows you to skip lines and offers individualized guided tours

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of trying out a new free iOS travel app called Musement with my family. I have to admit that I’m usually pretty dubious about these apps that claim to make traveling easier, more enjoyable and less stressful. I’ve tried a few in the past and it just didn’t work for me. The apps were fussy, difficult to navigate and generally just made the whole experience feel like even more work than not using it.

So when I used Musement I was pleasantly surprised that it did indeed make our experience much more enjoyable, hassle-free and fun. Musement is an online platform to book museums, shows, art events, tours and special activities. Travelers can book weeks in advance or even on the same day (depending on availability of course). They offer hundreds of hand picked, curated attractions that any traveling family would love such as tickets to Disneyland Paris, Kennedy Space Centre passes in Florida, a 48 hour loop bus tour in New York City or a Two-park ticket to Legoland and Seaworld in San Diego. Continue Reading...

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