My daughter Macy is 10 years old, she straddles the age between child and teen that we call tween. Fortunately she is not the type of tween that is into annoying mainstream fads. She’s classic and on trend, she has style and I call her my Chic Tween. This Christmas my husband and I started shopping early for her, we wanted to have plenty of time to pick just the right gifts. I secretly got my husband a set of wooden watches, I know he will be so happy, now I can focus on the others. I have put together a fabulous board of gifts that speak to me of Macy’s style. She’s getting about half of what is on the board, thats why its a wish list, I wish we could give her all of it! Luckily she doesnt look at my blog unless I share it with her so, SHHHHH! don’t tell her what Santa might be bringing her :)
– Harajuku Mini velvet dress -Target
– 1/2 pound gummy bear – giantgummybears.com
– Star headband – Giantdwarf on Etsy
– Military Jacket – Johnie B
– Initial bracelet – C Wonder
– Glitter Tote – Crewcuts
– Gold ballet flat – Gap
– Resin rings with gold flakes – Daimblond on Etsy
–Hersey Barbie – Barbie collector
– Shirt Dress – Zara
– Daisy Chain necklace – Anthropologie
– Mini Edie glitter bag – Crewcuts
– Sequin sweater – Target
– iPad Mini – Apple
– Clog Boots – Gap
– Toothpick Cords – Crewcuts
– Peter Pan collar necklace – LittleBunga on etsy
– Viscid Watch – Anthropologie
– Lomography Camera – Urban Outfitters
– Singer sewing machine – Target
– “Be What You Want To Be” print – by Neryl Walker via LLK-C
I hope you see something that might make your Tween’s eyes sparkle!
Happy Halloween! My favorite holiday is here, although it feels strange to be celebrating in New York just 2 days after Hurricane Sandy barreled through. My family is safe and sound, we never lost power or had flooding on our street and we are now on day 3 of a mini vacation from school, ballet and work. The weather looks good for Trick or Treating tonight in our neighborhood, but if it wasn’t we would still have fun in our building full of young kids.
On the day that Sandy hit I had my second feature on Amy Atlas, a Halloween Dinner Party that was inspired by Dennison Bogie books. I crafted for the first time with real crepe paper and fell in love with a medium that I can use to create dramatic backdrops and limitless crafts for just a few dollars. For my Spooky Supper I made a gigantic cake that would have served 100, except 2 of the cake layers were fake. Here is a great shot of the prop cake portion of the cake, complete by itself as my Dancing Witches Halloween Cake. I will be following up soon with the rest of my Halloween Dinner Party post, until then check out my Amy Atlas feature HERE and the rest of my Halloween posts:
Black Magic Candy Apples
Easy Halloween Invitation
Halloween Crow Curiosity
Wonderland Family- Halloween Costumes
Halloween Madhatter Cake
It may seem like there isn’t much going on at Nikkiikkin but I have a lot in the works that I’m excited to share very soon! Right now Im going to squeeze in a few last minute Quick and Easy Halloween Party Idea posts with a decoration or treat that anyone can do!
I have been hand making most of my party invites for more than 10 years, even before I had kidos, we had BIG Halloween and Valentine’s Day parties every year. While I was digging through our Halloween decorations I came across something that I should have thrown away, but glad I didn’t. I found the printing process that I created to make one of my favorite Halloween invitations from 2005. This is pre-photoshop ability for me and it wanted to share it to show that you can make creative invitations for any event without needing knowledge of photoshop or purchasing printables. You just need a marker, Word and a copy machine!
Here you can see that I literally cut and pasted in my text that I printed from Word. I drew a simple Halloween silhouette scene (pretty sure I drew this by looking at some other Halloween illustration) and I copied the page onto orange card stock at a kinkos.
What we loved about this invitation it’s that we personalized it to each guest by adding a color photo copy on the back (because my pictures were real pictures from film, not digital) of the guest at a previous party or of our decorated home if we didn’t have a picture of them!
While it might be too late for sending out Halloween invites, there is still time for you to use this same method for tent cards, favor tags and toppers!
Next up in Halloween Party ideas:
Black Magic Candy Apples
Halloween Crow Curiosity
Macy & Hudson Easter 2012
Today was a lovely Easter Day. Beautiful NYC weather and time with my children. My son is 26 months and I am amazed to watch his wonderment with each new event we share. Although we didn’t take him to see a costume easter bunny, he was excited and curious about the introduction of this “new” holiday. Basically he likes candy and happy anytime he can get his sticky fingers on some. I think most of all, I’m proud to witness my 9 year old daughter finding enjoyment in watching and showing him how we celebrate holiday traditions as a family.
Park Ave Tulips on Easter Day
Where ever we are, whomever we are with, on Easter we celebrate with finding eggs and baskets hidden by the Easter Bunny. We put on our finest (color coordinated and stylishly chosen) clothes and go to church and we spent the rest of the day with family. This year the weather was too beautiful to spend the day inside and I found myself heading toward Central Park as we left our church on Park Ave & 59th St. Being New York Zoo Members we often pop in the Central Park zoo just to see the polar bear and thats just what we did today!
Easter at Central Park Zoo
I can’t lie, I think I had the best looking kids in Central Park today! ( I looked pretty good too in my new green dress, but nobody ever takes mommy’s picture)
After the afternoon in the park, I made the classic Betty Crocker Easter Bunny Cake, I think everyone has seen or made this cake. My mother made it in the 80’s and its at least been around since the 60’s according to this blogger who found a 1966 copy of Betty Crocker’s Cake and Frosting Mix Cookbook. I made my bunny’s ears out of rice crispies covered in icing and coconut instead of paper and added uncooked spaghetti noddles as whiskers, but there really isn’t much reason to change anything else. Its a classic just the way Betty designed it, way back when!
I hope you enjoyed your holiday and spent it making memories with the ones you love!