On Meaningful Giving

Have you all heard the recent literature on how gratitude is inextricably linked to positive changes in the brain and body? It makes sense that being thankful can have a direct effect on health.

Some days it feels like the sibling bickering ensues before we are all fully awake, and some days I can’t wait to have a motherhood-redo the next day.  But nearly every day we make time to combat the not so good with a simple gratitude practice.  Talking about what we are grateful for lifts us all up – and we tend to think that giving is a meaningful part of being thankful.

We’ll soon be rolling out our big Holiday gift guides, and I too couldn’t resist getting a great deal online yesterday – but there is something unsettling about the shift from Thanksgiving to consumerism at its best. Even my Kindergartner asked “Mommy, what does Black Friday mean?”

We recently learned about a foster care and family service agency in Queens NYC that is crunched for time to make Holiday wishes for 1,000 foster children come true.  There is something about that number that stuck with me. One thousand kids in foster care pinning for a specific gift this season.  If we all visit this Toys”R”Us wishlist, together we can make holiday dreams come true.

The kids decided to send registry gifts that they would want themselves. And I selected a little Fisher Price farm that both of my own littles loved in toddlerhood. In addition to gifts, the agency welcomes cards too.

I think that all kids have an innate desire to help other children.

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With spilled paint on the floor and paper scraps beneath furniture, the kids made the best sort of mess that truly feels like gratitude in our home.


Party Ready: Kids’ Holiday Style Guide 2015

The Holidays are officially upon us, and we love getting the kids party ready in beautiful Holiday fashion.  We go for the sort of styles that the kids can wear past the season – to other special events, and some day-to-day functions too.  All loved and worn by our own littles, many of the below styles have been shared over on our Instagram account.

Here are our top picks for Holiday 2015!

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Pippa & Julie: From newborn to big-girl, Pippa & Julie create exquisite dresses for Holiday and beyond. Hurry up and shop now to receive a whopping 40% off discount!  

Helen Ficalora: My Helen Ficalora initial charms have adored my neck since my entry into motherhood.  They have lovely options for little girls too like this dainty baby puffy heart charm.

Bloch: Leave it to this famous ballet pointe shoe maker to master the fashion flat for girls. Comfortable and gorgeous – Bloch flats for girls are perfect for every special occasion.

Bari Lynn: Dress up her tresses with gleaming crystal barrettes.  Bari Lynn accessories have been our absolute favorite since babyhood.

Linge Shoes: Have a ballerina who wants to wear slippers outside the studio like I do? Linge shoes to the rescue. She’ll look pretty and polished in colorful ballet slippers while pirouetting until her hearts delight.


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Joe Fresh: You can’t go wrong with a festive sweater and hat.  We love the smart details in Joe Fresh’s collection for boys.

Umi Shoes: Made to last well past the holidays, he’ll have fun spreading cheer in this cool Bodi C style.

Target:  I don’t think I’ll ever stop gushing over my boy in a bow-tie. The price is right with this smart button down shirt with bow-tie from Target.

Florsheim Kids: With old-school styles and rich materials, he’ll always look dapper in shoes from Florsheim Kids.

Appaman: We can’t neglect cold weather fashion amidst an urban winter, and we love how Appaman masters a long (and warm!) winter parka for boys without sacrificing style.

Wishing you all a beautiful holiday season! Special thanks to the brands that partnered with us on this fun post.


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