Sara Gonzalez

Writer and Online Editorial Director

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Catimini is a brand that pushes creativity and designs to create playful kidswear with lots of character and personality. Their passion for creating designs that are imaginative, quirky, and unique are all part of giving kids the styles that they'll want to wear for a long time.

This Spring/Summer, there are 5 Collections to choose from to ensure that your kid's wardrobe perfectly represents them. Each collection includes items for kids and toddlers such as swimwear, jackets, and hoodies. Check out the collections below:

ESCAPE THE SUN - This is the chill and sporty collection for kids who like to wear clothes a bit on the darker side. Yellow, black, and blue make up most of the colors in this collection. These items give off a more casual flair while still being expressive with the bright yellows and creative character prints.

 

FLORAL FANTASY - Floral fantasy is exactly what it sounds like, there are flowers everywhere. The collection is themed around nice royal blue and fuschia items for girls like skirts, summer dresses, tees, and rain jackets. 

 

BRIGHT BLOSSOM - This collection is similar to Floral Fantasy but definitely edges on the more feminine side in its color palette and flower designs. The blossoms are perfect for spring and the light pinks and orange colors give it a fresh feel.

 

COASTAL GETAWAY - This collection would make great 4th of July outfits because it's all decked out in red, white, and blue. This is honestly my favorite of the collections because of the adorable character prints including a lobster, pelican, and more marine wildlife. The designs are absolutely beach and adventure worthy.

 

TROPICAL ADVENTURE - This collection's color palette is aqua and peachy colors. Palm trees and warm sweatshirts are great for feeling like they're on a tropical getaway.

All of these collections are available to check out in their boutiques and online: catiminiusa.com

 

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While St. Patrick's day started off as a religious holiday honoring St. Patrick and his spread of Christianity, it has now become more of a holiday to embrace Irish culture and heritage. Most festivities for kids and parents just stop at wearing green for the day. But if you have nothing to do on Sunday and want to celebrate and do something fun with your kids, here are 7 ways you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day whether or not you're Irish.

1. Bake Creative Snacks.

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All you need for this is green food coloring and some imagination. Kids love to bake, so have a day where you go all out and bake Irish-themed snacks. They can be as simple as green-dyed frosted cupcakes or decorating cookies with shamrocks (what we know as clovers) designs, a leprechaun, and maybe a pot of gold. OR, if you want to go a little more authentic...

2. Add Irish dishes to the Menu

There are plenty of traditional Irish dishes and sides that you can choose from to make dinner a little more festive. Irish stews, Irish Soda bread, and Kebobs are a couple. And while potatoes might seem like a cliche Irish stereotype, who doesn't like a good potato dish? Mashed potatoes, potato soup, or a new potato dish you've never tried before. Get the kids to help out with the cooking and don't forget to incorporate cabbage for dinner!

3. Go To a Parade!

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There's bound to be a St. Patricks day parade somewhere in your area. Do some research for any parades planned and take your kids to see some festive fun with other parade goers. Or look up other types of local events available for kids. Local libraries always have some sort of themed events planned for kids on holidays.

4. Arts & Crafts

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If your kids like to get artsy and like to make things with their hands, create some fun DIYs with them. Some cool ones are green slime, leprechaun hats and masks, rainbow jewelry, a pot of gold twirler. There are so many kinds of crafts to do with kids who like quiet activities inside.

5. Leprechaun Trap

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This one is for the inventive parents that like to keep fairytales alive, and kids who love believing in the fantastical. Leprechauns were said to grant three wishes to whoever could catch them, or even lead them to their pot of gold. Help your kids build their very own Leprechaun trap. Tell them all about Leprechauns and how sneaky they can be. Set your trap in your yard outside or somewhere in your house. Think up things you can leave in the trap as an indication that a Leprechaun might have been there. Chocolate coins, maybe even real coins, a clover, anything that'll get your kids excited. It's a fun way to teach kids about Irish Folk-lore. Need Trap inspiration? Look here. Or here.

6. Host a Scavenger/Treasure Hunt

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If your kids love Easter egg hunting, this could be another fun activity for them. Plant clues around the house for your kids to find that will eventually lead them to a pot of gold! This is a printable scavenger hunt list by FoodFunFamily that you can use to put little items around the house for them to find. This one, "You've Been Shamrocked" by Dating Divas come with printable shamrocks and a leprechaun and is ideal for the younger kids. Kids can follow a trail of shamrocks to a lucky pot of gold, a.k.a chocolate coins and rolos. This other one, from Love Grows Wild, includes printable clues for you to leave around the house. Feel free to take inspiration from these clues and leave a few of your own original ones. 

7. Don't be Afraid to Get Educational

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Fun can be educational too! Maybe you want to take out a few books from the library and have them learn a little more about Irish culture. There are plenty of fun children's books like The Magic Tree House, picture books and others that make fun family reads. If you have a little Irish in your family, this could be a really fun way to get them more interested in that part of their heritage. Come up with a fun trivia game about Irish culture and the history of St. Patrick's Day and have them collect points!

Whatever you plan on doing for St. Paddy's day, make it a fun and memorable one!

 

 

It's no secret that girls don't tend to go after careers in STEM programs. STEM careers have some of the lowest numbers when it comes to diversity. There have been efforts over the years to diversify and encourage young girls to develop their interests in Science, Tech, and Mathematics knowing that most girls drop these subjects and interests at a young age. There could be multiple reasons for this but the most common reason is that girls feel stifled creatively in these subjects. 

These subjects feel one-note and uninspiring to a lot of girls, including myself when I was in school. But STEM careers can be some of the most rewarding careers both financially AND creatively!

The New Girl Code - The Launch of a Fashion App by Niki Smit is part of a new book series that hopes to change the way girls feel about STEM, more specifically, tech development. With the world going digital, knowledge about tech has never been more important. Noticing that there weren't a lot of role models for girls in these fields, whether in the media or in real life, creator Janneke Niessen developed the idea for this book to show girls that having an interest in tech can help bring their creative ideas to life. 

The story is about Charlie, a 15-year old girl who discovers a love of coding and develops a new fashion app, The Fashionist, with her friends. This app goes suddenly viral and becomes hugely successful. Now she and her friends have to figure out their new lives as CEOs and overcome some of the hardships that come with it.

It's a story about finding yourself, dealing with friendships, crushes, fashion, and of course surviving high school. If you have a tween at home or know a tween that has an interest in technology, fashion, or simply just wants a good story about a young girl becoming a badass career woman, gift them with this book.

This book is available on Amazon and comes with cute laptop stickers. You can also learn more about The New Girl Code and what they're all about here: thenewgirlcode.com

 

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Oeuf is one of the most respected independent children's brands out there. They go for the simple, innocent, and playful aesthetic when it comes to their furniture, decor products, and their clothing line. For the summer, they have bright soft colors and breathable fabrics that are soft and cool. Some of the items include knit shorts, rompers, hoodies, suspender shorts, and overalls. Radishes and Tulips are a common pattern and theme for the clothing. There are also adorable bunny ear caps. 

Oeuf's motto is "Be Good." They practice sustainable and ethical practices when making their clothing and ensure that all of the pieces are of high quality. The sizes range from 3m to 6y. Their styles can be found in boutiques and on their site oeufnyc.com. Check out some of the SS19 collection below!

 

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It doesn't look like winter is finished with us yet as many places are still getting snow and cold weather. But that won't stop many kid's fashion brands from getting ready for the sunny warmth of spring and summer. The colorful and bright colors of Crew Kids NY are perfect for a new spring/summer wardrobe in 2019. Based in Brooklyn, the kidswear brand is perfect for the playful kids who like to be active and out and about. 

Some of the items include your mandatory tees and shorts, dresses with interesting asymmetrical patterns and cuts, and simple but practical designs. The colors are perfect for the summer and include bright green, white, yellows, and blues. Crew Kids NY styles are available in multiple boutiques in New York and nationwide. You can check out their spring/summer collections here: crewkidsny.com