“Kiddie Arts” Updates Childhood Doodles

If you’re anything like me, throwing away early scribbles (your child’s or your own) is heart-breaking and difficult. But what would happen if you recreated some of those crayon-etched masterpieces years later? One Dutch artist, Telmo Pieper, did just that.

Pieper, of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, utilized digital painting and a touch of whimsy to revive drawings he created at the age of four. The proportions of his remastered works are spot-on to his youthful creations—just look at the tail on that whale, or the perilous tilt of that ship! My personal favorite? The slightly off-kilter bear with a sheepish grin.

To see more of Pieper’s stunning designs from “Kiddie Arts,” check out his portfolio. For a slightly different (but still just as cool) project, hop over to Dave DeVries’ website, The Monster Engine, where children’s artwork is turned into fantastical realistic paintings.

How ecstatic would your kid be if his or her artwork got a digital makeover? Let us know!

 

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com

Well, if you blinked you probably missed the entire month of June, and somehow it’s almost the end of July! While the kids are still basking in the glow of camp and cookouts and sleeping in, you probably know that back-to-school is right around the corner. This year, don’t wait — stock up on great back-to-school clothing and accessory deals now so you don’t have to worry about it in the future.

  1. Claire’s25% off Back to School Items (Coupon code: TEENVOGUEBTS). Expires 10/1/2014.
  2. OshKosh B’gosh40% off your entire purchase (No code needed). Expires 7/28/2014.
  3. Tommy HilfigerSave an extra 50% off sale items (Coupon code: TBD). Expires 8/4/2014.
  4. macys.comSave 15-20% off most departments sitewide (Coupon code: NEED). Expires 7/27/2014.
  5. French Toast15% off sitewide (Coupon code: SAVINGS). Expires 9/30/2014.

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Savannah Guthrie’s Baby Shower is a Must-See!

If you wake up every morning and turn your TV to the TODAY show, then you know who Savannah Guthrie is, and you know  she’s expecting her first baby!

On June 30, the women of  TODAY hosted Savannah’s Baby Shower at the Glass Houses in New York city with the theme, ”Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” Keeping it unisex, the party was layered in a yellow and grey color scheme, with an emphasis on books, letters, and newspaper. Guests included co-workers from TODAY, friends and family, and her husband, Mike Feldman.

With styling by Minted and Rock Paper Scissors Events, personal touches at Savannah’s shower included: ‘Savannah’ spelled out with Uncle Goose blocks under a lucite doughnut and pretzel display, customized pencils that read #showersavannah, Minted trophy jars filled with yellow duckies, and Minted drink straws with “Oh Baby!” flags in lemonade cocktails served on trays, which were lined with the covers of well-known children’s books.In addition to décor, furniture was contributed by Taylor Creative, Inc., flowers were donated by Blossom and Branch, and catering by Peter Callahan.

Guests who attended the shower were asked to bring one unwrapped book for Savannah’s baby and one for a deserving child, which were then displayed on a bookshelf. From playing a personalized crossword puzzle, to decorating Burt’s Bees onesies for the baby-on-the-way, Savannah and her guests were well entertained throughout.

Get Savannah’s shower look, including banners, a photo backdrop, unique gift tags, and more! Whether it’s games and  prizes, sweets and treats, and packed goody bags, letting friends and family take a little bit of your shower home with them is an easy way to let everyone share in on the fun (even days after your shower!). Savannah’s guests all took home a Minted notebook, Sprinkles cupcakes individually wrapped with “Extra! Extra! printed on top, Rita Hazan hair gloss and Hanky Panky undies in pink and in blue!

Photographs by Samantha Okazaki/TODAY.

Want to decorate onesies for your baby-to-be? Watch the video to get tips on how to set up an DIY station at your shower!

Baby Shower Ideas: How To Set Up A Onesie-Decorating Station
Baby Shower Ideas: How To Set Up A Onesie-Decorating Station
Baby Shower Ideas: How To Set Up A Onesie-Decorating Station

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The American Express Guide to a “Summer Well Spent”

Do you find yourself dishing out money left and right all summer? According to the American Express Spending and Savings Tracker, summer looks to be as expensive as the holiday season (if not more!). From pool membership to family vacation and summer camp for the kiddos, your wallet is getting pulled every which way. If fact, Amex estimates parents are spending $958 per child on fun summer activities in 2014–up from $856 last year and $601 in 2012. Overall, American parents will shell out $70 billion or more for summer activities.   

“Throughout the year, we’ve seen higher spending in a number of areas, like travel, shopping and entertainment – so it’s no surprise that parents are planning to spend more to keep their kids active.  This is good news for seasonal retailers, as well as camps, theme parks and other entertainment venues,” according to David Rabkin, Senior Vice President of Consumer Lending Products at American Express.

Eventually your kids will grow old enough to actually earn money in the summer. Nearly a third of teens are currently skipping the beach to start babysitting (24 percent), work in the fast food service (24 percent), working in a grocery store (20 percent), in retail (11 percent), or landscaping (16 percent). However, 54 percent of those teens will decide to spend their earnings rather than save, unless they are saving for a vehicle (27 percent) and/or college tuition (25 percent).

Meanwhile, with the help of Amex, some of our helpful tips to keep track of your pennies include:

  • Planning vacations and summer getaways ahead of time. By doing so, you may find deals along the way. Also, it’s okay to tell the kids up front what your limits are for souvenirs, meals, and more. Never to early to make them realize that money doesn’t grow on trees!
  • Make an effort to teach your kids fun and cheap (or free) ways to enjoy the summer heat in your hometown. Lemonade stand anyone?
  • Although school is out, chores still remain a popular way to let your child earn money. Nearly 98 percent of parents report assigning summer chores to their kids, such as cleaning a room, taking out trash, caring for a pet, or helping with the dishes, and 83 percent of parents reward the kids with an allowance. Then maybe they can reach into their own wallet the next time they want to go see a movie or chase the ice-cream truck!
  • Also, ask your kids early on what they’re interested in doing during the last weeks of summer. Sports clubs, pool memberships and camps are always popular, but limit yourself to what he or she is really excited about. It takes money to participate in a lot of summer activities, but with tips and tricks from American Express, make it a summer well spent!

Want to add some DIY fun this summer? Get your kids together and make unique t-shirts they can wear all summer long.

Surf's Up Shirt
Surf's Up Shirt
Surf's Up Shirt

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Summer Ice Cream Round Up: Bars, Cones, & Sandwiches

Summer is here, and temperatures just keep rising and rising. Along with the heat, the urge for a refreshingly cold treat also tends to increase on a daily basis. Thankfully, July is National Ice Cream Month. In honor of the celebration, here at Parents we’ve taste tested a variety of flavors and brands to bring you our absolute favorites! (Hey, it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.) Be sure to check back every week during the month of July for even more yumminess.

Click here to read the picks for our favorite dairy-free and ice-cream on a stick options.

Skinny Cow Ganache Cones

Skinny Cow Ganache Cones

You’ve probably heard or have had Skinny Cow ice cream before (and if you haven’t, you should!), and their two new flavored cones don’t disappoint. Bonus: At only 160 calories each, these delicious treats are worth every bite.

Flavors: Chocolate Mint Ganache and Chocolate Mousse Ganache

Sold: Nationwide

“Super yummy, and definitely didn’t taste fake or light.” – Sabrina Hall, tablet designer

 

blue bunny mini swirl ice cream

Blue Bunny Mini Cones

Sometimes, ice cream cones are just too much for little stomachs. The makers at Blue Bunny have offered a yummy solution. This pint-sized cones are only about four inches tall, the perfect snack size.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Vanilla, Birthday Party, and Peanut Butter

Sold: Nationwide

I ate the caramel cone, and it was so tasty!” – Madeleine Burry, associate managing editor

Klondike Kandy Bars

Klondike Kandy Bars

For those that love to put their candy bars in the freezer (or for anybody with a sweet tooth), than this ice cream is for you! Klondike has combined the crunchy scrumptiousness of candy bars with the smooth sweetness of ice cream to create the ultimate Kandy bar.

Flavors: Caramel & Peanuts, Fudge Krunch, and Cookies & Cream

Sold: Nationwide

I’m pretty sure I devoured my Caramel and Peanuts Klondike bar in under one minute. It hit the taste trifecta for me: sweet-salty, creamy, and crunchy.” – Sherry Huang, senior editor

 

homemade ice cream sandwiches

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich

If you prefer to keep your ice cream homemade, try one of these six delicious ice cream recipes that are anything but boring!

I is for ice cream! Click here to download this fun coloring sheet.

How To Make Paper Ice Cream Cone Decorations
How To Make Paper Ice Cream Cone Decorations
How To Make Paper Ice Cream Cone Decorations

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Rosie to the Rescue!: When Mommy Has to Go to Work

Rosie Pope headshotThe past four months have gone by in a flash. I can hardly believe it was just 16 weeks ago that I gave birth to my sweet baby Bridget, number four in our brood. Like so many other mothers in America, I was not able to take the maternity leave that I would have liked. After all, I run my own business, so stopping work for months at a time really wasn’t an option.

Juggling my dual life as business owner and a mother of four is not something that I’ve mastered with total elegance. While it may at times look like that from the outside — thanks to a great blow out and some snazzy wedges — the inside is a hurricane of emotion!

With hormones flying high and fantasies of being a stay-at-home mother swirling in my head, having to leave my children for work is very emotional for me. It is almost impossible to walk out the door without tearing up as the kids throw themselves around my ankles trying to keep me from leaving. On one hand, I am deeply touched that they want and need me so much, but I’m also deeply saddened that I have to leave and that I can’t just drop my bags and say, “Mommy is staying home today.”

Over the whirlwind of the last four months, I have become acutely aware about how I talk about the concept of “work” with my kids. It is so easy in these moments to be negative about having to work, to make it this big bad beast that is keeping Mommy from playtime, swim camp, and school trips. However, I’ve realized, as much as I would like to blame all of this on work, I can’t. And more than that, it’s just not healthy. It is incredibly important that I paint a positive picture of work for my children. It is imperative that they understand why I go and that it can be very fulfilling. I want the concept of work to be something they can look forward to as they grow older, so they are proud that I’m providing for our family and not angry that I am leaving.

Work is something I have to do. I can’t change that right now, but I can change how I present it to my kids so that is a positive thing in our household. I have started to tell them how much I will miss them and how much I can’t wait to get home to play but also that work is important because it can be very fun and it allows us to eat, live in our house, save for college and, of course, buy the all-important Legos!

My kids are already starting to understand this. In fact, this morning as I left the house, my 5-year-old said, “Mommy, I think maybe you should work more today because my birthday is coming up, and I would really like a big, lovely present.” I couldn’t help but smile.

Rosie Pope Solves Your Parenting Dilemmas
Rosie Pope Solves Your Parenting Dilemmas
Rosie Pope Solves Your Parenting Dilemmas

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Parents GoodyBlog Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Tablet and Rio 2 Blu-Ray Movie

If you saw Rio the movie, then you probably saw Rio 2 this past spring–and loved it just as much! The music, the bright colors, and the friendly comedy throughout, makes it a great “must- see” for the entire family.

With its recent Blu-Ray and DVD release, you can own a copy for your kids to watch over and over again. From long car rides to the beach, to waiting at the airport terminal and trying to keep your kiddos entertained during the flight, Rio 2 is your film  for the summer!

To celebrate its release, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is offering ONE grand-prize winner a chance to receive a 7-inch, 16 GB ASUS Tablet from Google (worth $229) and his or her own Rio 2 Blu-Ray copy (valued at $39.99 and rated G).

And Fox Home Entertainment is giving FIVE other lucky readers the chance to receive his or her own Rio 2 Blu-Ray copy!

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on July 22. Be sure to check back on June 23 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. We’ve also posted all the Official Rules. Goody luck!

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com

You’ve become quite the photography aficionado when it comes to your kids, but wouldn’t it be nice to actually do something with all those pics you’ve been shooting? Printing and framing all of them could cost hundreds – unless you use this week’s deals to score some great discounts on photo goodies from places like Picanova, Snapfish, iMemories and more.

So go ahead – snap away!

  1. Picanova50% off all orders, plus free shipping (Coupon code: SUMMERSAVER). Expires 7/30/2014.
  2. Snapfish100 free 4X6 prints a month for one year via the Snapfish Mobile App (No code needed). Must login to app by 7/27/2014.
  3. ZenfolioSave 10%, Up to $30 on new accounts (Coupon code: EPY-THW-SUR). Expires 2/1/2020.
  4. Canvas On Demand45% off all orders (Coupon code: GOBIG45). Expires 8/1/2014.
  5. iMemories20% off all orders (Coupon code: Save20). Expires 8/15/2014.

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