Underwater Photography by Alix Martinez


Underwater Photography by Alix Martinez

I am so proud of my friend Alix Martinez! She was featured on the NBC Today Show last week for her ethereal and beautiful photos of children playing underwater. I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Alix and her incredible artistic eye. I even hired her last year to take photos of my son’s birthday party (a job that she said yes to out of the goodness of her heart!) and our super swing (r.i.p.). I love the way she captures children. She really gets right to the essence of who they are.

underwater photography by Alix Martinez

underwater photography by Alix Martinez

underwater photography by Alix Martinez

Alix says, “I love when you can look at a photograph and you feel the child’s emotion and energy. I also love photographing children with things that they love: their dolls, trucks, even pancakes. These are the photographs you remember and are touched by later on.”

underwater photography by Alix Martinez

underwater photography by Alix Martinez

underwater photography by Alix Martinez

underwater photography by Alix Martinez

See more of Alix’s amazing scope of work on her website, read about her latest projects on her blog, and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

I could look at these photos all day. Congrats my friend!

xo, Bar

 

Art for Littles


Art for Littles

Good morning! Today I am sharing yet another killer collection of simple art & play ideas for your little ones.

From top left: Spin art sun catchers from Meri Cherry // Rainbow color mixing from Simple as That // Credit card art from Housing a Forest // Hole punch art by Learn with Play at Home // Monster blow paintings from Raising Sparks // Styrofoam sculptures from The Artful Parent // Play with fabric scraps from Paint on the Ceiling // Easy weave bracelets by Willow Day // Clothespin caterpillars from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom // Scrap paper collage from Art Bar // Watercolor art from Blog Me Mom // Kandinsky egg carton art from Whatever

Have a great week! xo, Bar

 

Invitation to Paint


Invitation to Paint

Ever since my kids were very little, I have always put materials out in hopes that they would walk by, sit down, and get inspired. I just never knew until recently that there is a name for this philosophy! It’s called an “Invitation to Play”. I love this! It’s a term that is rooted in the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and is used often with Early Childhood educators. Now that mine are older, I still do this but less with toys and more with art.

invitation to paint ~ still lives and open-ended paint exploring

This latest invitation was simple. I just taped a small piece of watercolor paper to the table with some green painter’s tape. I put out a little still life, some watercolors and some colored pencils.

invitation to paint ~ still lives and open-ended paint exploring

invitation to paint ~ still lives and open-ended paint exploring

invitation to paint ~ still lives and open-ended paint exploring

invitation to paint ~ open-ended art exploration

invitation to paint ~ open-ended art exploration

This littlest artist decided to use some glitter glue and hearts that she found on the shelf to create her own abstract work of art. I like her thinking!

There are so many ways to create an invitation to play. Read this post by The Imagination Tree to get started, or search Pinterest where you will surely find one million ideas! One great Pinterest board is the Rockin’ Art Moms board that I happen to be part of. The other 11 members are well-versed in the Reggio language and they have a plethora of brilliant ideas.

xo, Bar

 

12 Easter Egg Ideas {no dye}


12 Easter Egg Ideas {no dye}

Here are twelve simple and gorgeous egg decorating ideas that don’t involve any dye. These very cool techniques include the use of sharpies, watercolors, tissue paper and tattoos!! So clever and mostly mess free.

1. Watercolor eggs from Nest of Posies | 2. Hand drawn eggs from Confetti Sunshine | 3. Watercolor eggs from Spoon Fork Bacon | 4. Marbleized Eggs from Camille Styles | 5. Tissue paper eggs from Creative Connections for Kids | 6. Watercolor sprayed eggs from For the Love of | 7. Tattoo eggs from Country Living | 8. Mustache men eggs from By Wilma | 9. Gold sharpie eggs from Waiting on Martha | 10. Black sharpie eggs from Obviously Sweet | 11. Rubber stamped eggs from Martha Stewart | 12. White sharpie eggs from Debbie Gonville Miller

You can see our dye-free eggs on Instagram, sometime in the future.

Have a great week!

xo, Bar

 

Parenting Test


Parenting Test

I found this on the internet and just had to share.

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How to Know Whether or Not You Are Ready to Have a Kid

(Posted by the UC Berkeley Parents Network)

MESS TEST

Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Now rub your hands in the wet flower bed and rub on the walls.

Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer

Obtain a 55-gallon box of Legos. (If Legos are not available, you may substitute roofing tacks or broken bottles.) Have a friend spread them out all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream (this will wake a child at night).

GROCERY STORE TEST

Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop at the grocery store. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.

DRESSING TEST

Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff into a small net bag making sure all arms stay inside.

FEEDING TEST

Obtain a large plastic jug. Fill halfway with water. Suspend from the ceiling with a stout cord. Start the jug swinging. Try to insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal (such as Fruit Loops or Cheerios) into the mouth of the jug while pretending to be an airplane. Now dump the contents of the jug on the floor.

NIGHT TEST

Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with 8 to 12 pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water. At 8:00 pm begin to waltz with the bag until 9:00 pm. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for 10:00 pm. Get up, pick up your bag, and sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more and sing these, too, until 4:00 am. Set alarm for 5:00 am. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.

PHYSICAL TEST

Obtain large bean-bag chair and attach it to the front of your clothes. Leave it there for 9 months. Now remove 10% of the beans.

Purchase a newspaper. Go home and read it quietly for the last time.

FINAL ASSIGNMENT

Find a couple who already have a small child. Lecture them on how they can improve their child’s discipline, patience, tolerance, toilet training, and table manners. Suggest many ways they can improve. Emphasize to them that they should never allow their children to run wild.

Enjoy this experience. It will be the last time you will have all the answers.

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Congratulations to all of you who made it through another week raising kids. High fives!

xo Bar

{my favorite photo ever is the one above of my husband who is just about the best daddy in the world. parenting with him makes me laugh until i cry}