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A few weeks back, I took the kids to Hiho Batik for some fun DIY tee shirt making. Jason has been traveling a ton for work and our weekends seem to go by pretty slow, so I am always trying to do things with the kids to keep them occupied. Hiho Batik was the perfect place for Ryder and Siella to get their creative minds flowing. Gemma, of course, not old enough looked on while her older siblings created their beautiful tees.
Hiho Batik’s founder, Julia Silver Gordon, has been fascinated by the ancient art of batik, which is the use of wax and dyes to create an image. The best part about batik is that it is a very forgiving art and therefore is a naturally wonderful medium, especially for children. The store originated in Miami but now lives in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. Hiho Batik is not just an art space but a retail shop as well, offering people of all ages one-of-a-kind products. There’s a wide variety of garments, accessories, and designs are all handmade onsite, as well as fun toys in the front of the shop.
Here’s how the Batik 4 step process works..First, draw your design on a piece of tracing paper. Next, using the hot wax, trace the outline of your design onto the shirt or object you are working with. Both Ryder and Siella were a tad young for this process, but Julia was amazing guiding them and keeping them involved in the entire process. Then comes the fun part, painting the design with dyes, the wax is now hardened and your colors will go around the design made of wax. And finally, dying the final piece of cloth. The wax simply gets washed out in the process and you are left with a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Hiho does the final step of dying in their machines. The process leads to the production of soft, durable apparel that is also super fun to wear and the garments are ready within a week to pick up.
It was such a fun day for us and the kids did not want to leave. Hiho Batik has an amazing art space that is perfect for hosting groups for special events with friends or birthday parties. At parties, each guest personalizes a design that is either their creation or chosen from one of ours. It is the perfect space, I am already thinking ahead to Ryder’s birthday party and we cannot wait to go back again!
I was recently introduced to Proactiv+ beauty products and have been using them for the past month. To be honest when I first heard about Proactiv+, I immediately thought….am I too old to be using this? But little did I know, Proactiv+ is not just for skin that is completely broken out with acne, its acne prone treatment but also improves your skin. Proactiv+ is about taking control of your skin. Since having kids, I find it really hard to make the time for spa treatments and needed something I can do in my own home.
I am really glad I have discovered a new system. Proactiv+ is the next-generation 3-Step skincare System. It’s a breakthrough acne-treatment system completely reformulated from the ground up by Drs. Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields. For every enhanced acne-fighting benefit in each step of Proactiv+, there is an equally powerful complexion-conscious skincare benefit, helping users fix their acne and let their skin flourish.
The first step of the Proactiv+ 3-Step System is the Skin Smoothing Exfoilator. This was created as a 4-in-1 daily face wash, acts as a deep cleanser, a medicated treatment for killing acne-causing bacteria, a glycolic-acid toner, and a mild exfoliator for renewing and smoothing the skin’s surface. A luxuriously creamy daily cleanser, the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator removes dirt, impurities and dead cells from the skin’s surface, providing an instantly brighter, smoother and healthier-looking complexion.
The second step is “Pore Targeting Treatment”. This is a light-weight, leave-on gel formulated to release benzoyl peroxide directly into the pore to effectively clear up acne blemishes while helping to improve skin tone and texture. It also has a skin healthy benefit; it’s formulated with glycerin to help skin retain moisture for a soft, radiant glow.
The third step is the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator because having acne-prone skin means more than just blemishes and breakouts. The hydrator delivers solutions for many of the most common problems including dryness and irritation, uneven skin tone, unwanted pigmentation, excess oil and shine, redness and skin blotchiness, large-looking pores, and a dull, ashy complexion.
I have also added in some of Proactiv+ other skin enhancing products to my daily regime. The Daily Protection Moisturizer with SPF 15 is light-weight and an ideal everyday moisturizer for acne-prone skin. Containing SPF, Green Tea and Vitamin E, skin is simultaneously protected, nourished and left radiant. One of my favs, Eye Brightening Serum rejuvenates and designed to keep you looking rested and energized. It works to brighten dark circles and reduce puffiness, while nourishing, protecting and calming the thin, delicate skin around the eyes. Something I totally struggle with. And lastly, a busy moms must have, Makeup Cleansing Wipes. These disposable cleansing cloths are pre-moistened with a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser that works to quickly and easily remove makeup. They feature a botanical blend of antioxidants and a soothing moisturizing complex to help nourish, protect, and condition the skin, as well as allantoin to soothe and condition it.
I have teamed up with Proactiv+ to offer you, your very own 3-step Core System!
Leave me a comment below telling me what your daily regime is.
I feel like Thanksgiving came in like a bolt of lightning and now has left me scrambling, now counting the days till Christmas with so much left to do. It amazes me that this time of year rolls around and as much as I think I am prepared for the whirlwind, I am so not.Claire’s is a great place to grab a bunch of fun items for Christmas. Especially for my daughter Siella, she is so into girly things right now and Claire’s is the perfect fit for gifts for her and her little friends. It’s fun to see Siella loving all of the accessories because I was such a huge Claire’s fan when I was younger. I remember spending my entire allowance in there and my jewelry boxes were always overloaded. I decided to come up with a Claire’s Gift guide for your girly girl which is perfect for this gift giving season!
For the jewelry obsessed: Claire’s have a wonderful selection of jewelry from charm bracelets, watches, earring sets, and statement necklaces.
For the girl who loves sweets: Claire’s has a partnership with the famed Dylan’s Candy Bar. Check out these sweet treats in fun packaging, perfect for stocking stuffers and gifts.
For the best friends…Claires features a wide selection of friendship charms for your little one to give to her BFF.
For the winter months…I simply adore Claire’s winter accessories and so wish they had them in my size. Super trendy and fun!
And I am so happy to have teamed up with Claire’s to offer you a $25 Gift Card towards your next purchase!
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As of late, Ryder’s new thing is that he only wants to wear sweatpants to school. And I get it they have recess twice a day in the play yard so he wants to feel comfortable. So being the crazy fashion lover I am, I set out to look for cool sweats for him. Not a fan of the traditional elastic bottom, I wanted something more fashionable. Which leads me to The MINIClassy.
The MINIClassy is a new brand that features the coolest and hippest pants for kids. The chic, handcrafted kids apparel line are inspired by their own children, music, art and our love of fashion. Each design is extremely limited because fabrics are not bought in bulk, which makes them almost one-of-a-kind. They do this to make sure MINIClassy continues to stay inspired and to keep their creativity flowing. All of the pants are handmade with love here in the USA. The cuffs and yoga waistband add to the comfy factor and provide a unique detail. The fabric is pre-washed to eliminate shrinking and yucky sizing chemicals.
The MINIClassy sizes start from 3-6 months and to up to size 5t. And they are perfect for boys AND girls. I encourage you to check out their website to see all the fun prints they have to offer. And if you have a kid like me who doesn’t want to wear jeans, these harem sweats are key! I guess I’ll be putting away his jeans for a while.
“We hold a vast range of experience and strive to promote creativity and innovation to bring cutting edge designs and fresh ideas to everything we do.” ~ MINIClassy
For more information on these swagger pants visit their ETSY shop and follow them on Instagram.
SITC was not compensated for this post but did receive samples. All opinions are my own.
Once a fashion showroom owner now turned mom and blogger/writer. I live in NYC with my husband, three children and enjoy our fast paced city life. My blog Stroller In The City boasts about city living, kids fashion and all things that are mommy. Being a mom doesn't mean you need to lose sight of the cool stuff.