Archive for November 2012

Creating Magic With Arts and Crafts

POSTED Nov 29, 2012

We love the look of wonder on a child’s face after turning ordinary household items into creations that let their imaginations run wild. The idea is not just to create the most lifelike creations, but rather give the children items and a goal for what these things should become with a little effort. We love the creative use of cardboard tubes to make this gallant castle.

There are only several key things to consider when you indulge in craft time. Make sure you control the dangerous items such as scissors, sharp pens, and other such things.

Next, always make sure you have extra materials. You will be amazed how creative children will be when actually given the creative license to experiment. It’s impressive! Color is a big part of the creative process, so be sure to have between 32 and 64 colors on hand so they can feel free to express themselves.


Be sure to allow them to take the lead in creative direction, or else it will seem like a chore to the children. Don’t be afraid to let the project veer off into unknown territory. Sometimes that can be the fun part! Whether you choose to go big, or keep it simple, arts and craft time is an enriching experience for the entire family!

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Estella’s Top Pins for this Holiday Season

POSTED Nov 21, 2012

Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to explore wonderful arts and crafts ideas with your little ones. It is a fun, versatile activity that can showcase the creative sides of your children, while also making for some quality bonding time. We suggest something simple, and love the interactivity of these “hand turkeys”. Promote the festivities this thanksgiving the Estella way and give this one a try![See More]

Caramel Glazed Apple Bread. Not only is Thanksgiving a time for indulgence, we love the idea that it can be an amazing time to play with new recipes! Don’t be afraid to step away from thanksgiving staples like cranberry sauce. This mouthwatering recipe is surprisingly easy! We won’t give you the full details because discovery is half the fun! However, here’s what you’ll need:

1 1/2 cups shredded peeled baking apples (2 large), 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 4 eggs, lightly beaten, 3 cups AP flour, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

For the Glaze you can use:  2 tablespoons butter or margarine, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted

A delicious treat awaits you! [See More]

We can’t say enough about décor this Thanksgiving. Too many families pour hours into preparation and neglect the presentation! Simplify your meal, and take the extra time to spruce up your dining space. You and your whole family will be happy you did! Fall colors, and artful touches will help make it a Thanksgiving to remember! [See More]

Thanksgiving is definitely a time to find inspiration from the season itself. The outdoors have plenty to offer, but now more than ever, it is a wonderful chance for your family and yourself to relish the beauty of autumn, and reflect on the things that matter the most. Enjoy the peaceful season’s natural beauty by making sure you stop to take everything in. Happy Thanksgiving, from Estella.[See More]

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Grand Travel Tips with Grandparents.com

POSTED Nov 13, 2012

Estella Kids is proud to announce our new partnership with Grandparents.com, a site providing a wealth of helpful, thought provoking information, and tons of amazing imagery. Due to our new relationship with Grandparents.com we wanted to take this time to give some quick holiday tips for all of the traveling grandparents out there.


The 2012 holiday season is a very exciting time, indeed. Unfortunately, it is also the busiest weekend in the entire year to travel. Long trips are just about the only negative attributes that diminish the beauty of the season. However, headaches associated with travelling should be taken in stride because, after all, they are the last hurdle between you and your family. Several basic tips can help you get to your loved ones in record time.

1.) Don’t underestimate the power of being early. It’s no secret major highways and airports become a circus, especially over the long weekend. You can drastically reduce your travel time by leaving one or two days early. Apply any extra vacation days you have to the long weekend and you’ll also have more precious time to spend with your grandchildren.

2.) Travel light, especially if you’re going by air. If you can avoid checking a bag in, you reduce the risk of major delays later. More lost and damaged bags are a product of this weekend than any other time of the year! Also, the wait at baggage carousels can be downright brutal! All you really need is a few extra sets of clothes.

3.) Stay calm! Travelling can be a very stressful ordeal, but just remember that tension will not help you reach your destination any quicker. Also it can set up negative vibes for the remainder of the trip. Bring along your favorite new book to keep you occupied. Believe me, it’s a necessity. If you are driving, take frequent breaks to stretch, and ease any tightness you may have. The goal is to arrive relaxed, and ready to spend quality time with your grandchildren.

4.) Presents! Picking out gifts for your little bundle of joy is never an easy task. With so many options it can be a little stressful, so we have a few ideas to help make the holiday season enjoyable and stress free.  For the little girls in your life we are suggesting the JANISE TODDLER GIRLS HEART PRINT DRESS IN ORGANIC COTTON for the ultimate “girly” look. For the little men we suggest ESTELLA DEVON ORGANIC BABY ROMPER IN STRIPES in red to get in the Holiday spirit. Do not forget to pack these gifts in your carry on to prevent any lost presents and a headache. Also fold these items carefully without being crushed to prevent wrinkling. For fun gifts we think the BoBo Stuffed Dog is the perfect holiday friend for your little one.

 

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