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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Preserve & Organize Kids Art with Shutterfly's Mini Masterpieces Photobook

kids art, shutterfly, photobook

On Parker's last day of school, I took the last of his art projects home, added them to the mountain of art we had accrued throughout the year and immediately realized that I needed a way to organize it all. I had been keeping everything in a huge box hidden away in P's closet and wanted to find a way to 1. get rid of all the paper and 2. display the artwork in an accessible place so we could easily look back at it. I turned to Pinterest to look for ideas because I knew there had to be a mommy blogger out there who has been in the same predicament with a brilliant solution. Not too long into my search I found a blog post from Liz Tamahana at Paislee Press and my brain was like, "DING DING DING! We have a winner!" Back in 2012, Liz designed a photobook for Shutterfly to organize her daughter's artwork. The photobook is simple with clean lines, lots of white space and there are a variety of photo layouts to choose from. The most time intensive part of this project was taking photos of all the artwork but the process was made easier with these tips from Snap Happy Mom.

I ended up putting together a 12x12 book with 20 pages and included not just pictures of artwork but also pictures of Parker's adventures throughout the year. Little man was so excited to see his art and photos in a book and I was so excited that I happened to put this book together during Shutterfly's 4th of July sale. Shutterfly is not promoting this post. I just love the product and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a simple way to get last year's artwork organized before the new school year starts in a few weeks!

Do you have any mom hacks that make transitioning into a new school year easier? I'd love to hear them!

kids art, shutterfly, photobook

kids art, shutterfly, photobook

kids art, shutterfly, photobook


kids art, shutterfly, photobook

kids art, shutterfly, photobook

kids art, shutterfly, photobook

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Snapshots from the Weekend 7/22


[Insect & Ladybug Festival at the San Diego Botanic Garden]







[Celebrating Tuyen & Andy's baby shower. Can't wait to meet baby Avery!]



[Parker gave himself a haircut.]

Me: Parker, did you cut your hair?
Parker: I messed up.
Me: Why did you cut your hair??
Parker: I didn't plan it. I just did it.




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Snapshots from the weekend 7/15

[Bang burger from Stuffed. SO GOOD!]


[La Jolla Shores]




[Hubba hubba]


[Sand pit at The Crack Shack in Encinitas.]




[He wants to be just like his dad.]


[Buttons from our visit to Wonderspaces.]



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wonderspaces Through the Eyes of a Toddler

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Wonderspaces is a pop-up arts celebration that engages your sight, touch and hearing through 16 different exhibits. Each exhibit was an immersive experience that made Parker feel everything from exhilaration, joy, temporary fear and nervousness. Parker was very engaged as we explored the exhibits and asked so many questions including "Can I touch it?", "Can we get closer?", and "Can you eat that? Is it an egg?" as we stood there watching Blooms (the answer was no). Most of the patrons were adults but there were a few kids there who all seemed to be enjoying themselves. I would say the only exhibits that were not kid-friendly were the VR films. I've always tried to be an artful parent and I'm so glad this pop-up came to town!  Hurry and get your tickets before the pop-up closes July 31.

Wonderspaces
June 2-July 31
Civita Blvd and Russell Rd
San Diego, CA 92108
Adults $24
Kids (3-12) $16
**price does not include fees

Mom tips:
-Wonderspaces is located on a dusty dirt lot. Unless you want dirty toes, wear closed-toe shoes. 
-Sign up for the VR films you want to watch once you get through the door. Some of the waits were over an hour.  
-Civita Park is across the street and the perfect place for a picnic pre/post visiting Wonderspaces. 
-Most exhibits were housed inside the air-conditioned tent making this a great hot day activity.
-The space is stroller-friendly. 
-There is a snack bar inside with a limited selection of snacks and drinks.

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up
[Pulse Portal]

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up
[Neon Tunnel]

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up
[The Last Word]

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up
[Sweet Spot]

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up
[Daydream V2 scared Parker a little. He said it looked like two big owl eyes.]

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up
[Not Myself Today really made us all think about how we were feeling at the moment.]

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up
[I explained the exhibit to Parker and he picked "sensitive" and "stressed".]

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up
[We had a fun time making our colorful shadows dance in You + Your Shadows]

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up
[ADA is a giant helium filled ball with charcoal nubs that mark the wall when it hits. I'm so glad we had baby wipes to clean up with after this! Tuan accidentally hit Parker with the ball and he had giant marks all over his face and shirt.]

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up
[Come Together]

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up
[On Tilt was hands down Parker's favorite exhibit. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.]

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up
[Parker tried to shake all their hands when I told him it was time to go. He really fell in love with this exhibit.]

wonderspaces, san diego, discover san diego, art, art installation, art pop-up
[A Religious Experience was my favorite exhibit. It really made me feel like I was alone in the universe for a moment.]

If you are looking for resources on how to be a more artful parent, check out these great kids art blogs.

The Artful Parent *I have one of Jean's books in my library and it's fantastic.
Art Bar
Meri Cherry
TinkerLab put together a really good list of high-quality art education blogs for kids of all ages.









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