Family: Bambi the dog races back into burning home for man, 69
Andrade told him to get down and talk to the dog. He pattted her side and rubbed her head. Two of his friends joined in. Every movement was met with approving observation: "She's smiling." "She's breathing." "Her tail wagged." Bambi's tail tapped the …
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Volkswagen Faces the Most Onerous Rebranding Challenge In History, Again
The artful wording of the letter proves that whatever other governance problems dog VW, they have removed the silos separating the legal department from corporate communications. You need that level of teamwork to apologize in writing without admitting …
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5 surprising signs your dog might need to see the vet
Nope, “doggie breath” isn't normal. When dogs have bad breath, it's because they have bacteria in their mouths. This bacteria results in the build-up of plaque, which can travel to the arteries, affecting the heart. Regular tooth-brushing and cleanings …
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We actually featured an Alice in Wonderland themed shoot once before, but when photographer Jen Montgomery submitted this one, I couldn’t refuse. I absolutely love the vibrant colors and lighting contrasts of the images, and the details are really quite incredible. I mean seriously, look at the clothing and the models’ hair and makeup. Killer.
I was captivated by the story behind the shoot too, and asked Jen to tell me a little more about what inspired and motivated her. “Ever since childhood, Alice In Wonderland remains one of my favorite fantasy stories,” Jen said. “When Kaitlyn McClain of KMK Designs approached me about photographing her lovely Alice In Wonderland themed clothing line, I was thrilled. We both agreed to put in the extra time and effort to make this conceptual series live up to the time-honored tale. Having worked together in the past, I knew I could count on her gorgeous vintage classic designs to blend with my whimsical style.”
Jen went on to explain how demanding – and rewarding – the shoot was. “This indeed turned into one of my most intensive and creative editorial shoots to date; between the number of models, outfits and concepts to make the series flow. We knew we needed a large location to allow space for different scenes, so we chose a national park south of St. Paul, Minnesota. The models, designer and I hauled the tea party table, chairs and all of its decorations to a remote location and set up the scenes from there. A huge thanks goes out to everyone involved in this photo shoot, it was truly a team effort!”
I’m so impressed with the immaculate attention to detail, the whimsical staging, and Jen’s stellar photography and editing skills. I looked at theses images over and over for a good hour when I first received them. I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I have!
CREDITS: Photography by Jen Montgomery // Clothing by KMK Designs // Hats by The Blonde Swan // Makeup and Hair by Holly Robin Spilker // Mushroom Design by JesFink Designs // Models: Kayley Johnson, Amanda Hecksel-Read, Crystal Welle, and Lilly Smith
Frankie Wishes all L’shanah tovah
Wondering what your Jewish Pet Parents are celebrating? Here is a Rosh Hashanah “cheat sheet” written by Wendy Thomas Russell on PBS Newshour.
Holiday: Rosh Hashanah
Religion represented: Judaism
Date: The 1st and 2nd of the month of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar. In 2015, the holiday starts at sunset Sept. 13 and ends at nightfall Sept. 15.
What it is: The Jewish New Year
Not to be confused with: Yom Kippur, which occurs 10 days later.
How important is it?: I asked my friend and former editor Jason Gewirtz. Here’s what he said: “Rosh Hashanah is a big, big deal. It’s the start of the Jewish new year. Yom Kippur the next week is only slightly bigger. [On a scale of 1 to 10], I’d say Rosh Hashanah is a 9.5 and Yom Kippur a 10. There’s nothing bigger than the two of them. They’re tied to each other. The period in between is supposed to be a time of mending any fences, if you will, and reflecting on things that can be improved from the previous year… It’s said that on Rosh Hashanah, you’ll either be written in or out of the Book of Life for the coming year. But on Yom Kippur, the book is sealed, meaning you’ve got that time in between to screw up or make your righteousness known.”
The good stuff: Foodwise, this holiday is associated with apples and honey (symbolizing a sweet new year), as well as pomegranates and challah (braided bread). Also, in lieu of stupid hats and tasseled squawkers, celebrants sport the traditional yarmulke and blow a cool-looking horn called a shofar.
Conveying meaning to kids: At dinner [a few years ago], I explained to my daughter that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflecting on your life and challenging yourself to become a better human being. I served apples and pomegranates and asked Maxine to come up with one way that she might improve. Coincidentally, she had been reprimanded for “being silly” in her kindergarten class that morning, so her idea of self-improvement was to better follow her teacher’s instructions. I said my own resolution would be to spend less time looking at my phone. (Then on Yom Kippur, we checked in with each other about how well we did. The results? Well, a bit meh on both accounts. Luckily, we’re not religious…) As for children’s books, I recommend “Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays” by Judi Gross and Bari Weissman.” Read full story
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This is the first year that Essley understands Halloween, and the kid is hooked. We can’t walk by a pumpkin without her letting out an audible squeal. She thinks that witches and black cats are the bee’s knees. She carries her little trick or treat bag around incessantly, like it’s her very best pal. It is genuinely wonderful to watch her experience such delight in the holiday, and it inspires me to make it as special as possible for her.
In the spirit of the season, I thought it would be fun to plan a little Halloween-themed lunch for her and a couple of her buddies, complete with things like fresh apple cider and caramel apple dessert, and lots of fun tabletop decor like jack o’ lantern and black cat plates, spider cups, witch straws and more. I decided to turn to one of my favorite stores for children’s goodies, Pottery Barn Kids, to pick out the tabletop items we’d need. The items you see in the collage below are my favorite finds. Essley even helped me pick out a few of the items – the witch plate and the spider utensil set were all she talked about for hours, and she clapped and cheered for the pumpkin tumblers. It pretty much made my day. I can’t wait to see her face when I have everything set up!
With Halloween just a couple of weeks away, I highly recommend paying a visit to Pottery Barn Kids and checking out all of their equally stylish and adorable Halloween goodies. From the tableware items I’ve shared in the images here to treat bags, decor, toys, and the absolute cutest costumes I’ve ever seen, they’ve got you covered for making your Halloween fun for your little ones (and visually lovely for you!). And right now their entire Halloween collection comes with free shipping, plus 20-40% off select costumes and other goodies (like most of the tabletop items I’m featuring). Woohoo!
I have to say in all honesty you guys – being able to team up with great brands that I genuinely love here on the blog is always a pleasure, but every now and then I get especially excited about a partnership because I’m already such a huge fan of the brand. This is one of those times. Although I am partnering with PB Kids for this post, they are truly one of my favorite places to shop for Essley. Their products are well made and incredibly tasteful while still retaining an ability to be fun (which is the whole point of being a kid, in my opinion). Give them a visit here and you’ll see what I mean.
Do you have any Halloween parties or activities planned for your little one (or yourself)? Which of the items I’ve featured here is your favorite?
This post is in partnership with Pottery Barn Kids. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.
Video shows a humpback whale popping up out of the water to take a look at a boat
Amazing footage of a migrating humpback whale caught on a GoPro camera off the coast of Sydney has emerged. Tourist Michael Theis captured the moments the chilled out creature peered out of the water to say hello to the wildlife lovers while he was on …
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Oksana Grigorieva 911 Call — "He's Losing Blood Badly!"
I was bleeding 'everywhere' but my mother got my foot over a tub, rinsed it, wrapped it, applied pressure, called my dad (who is a surgeon), he came home as soon as he could and he took me to a clinic to remove the glass (cola bottle) and get stitched up.
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Bad boy! Bad boy! Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when he comes for you? Smile! It’s the weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
As my regular readers now, eco-conscious clothing holds a special place in my heart. I designed for and ran a sustainable womenswear line for 15 years, and I know first hand the challenges of creating stylish, high quality apparel that is also considerate to the earth and its inhabitants. So I was seriously excited to be introduced to the brand Woolen Moss when their owner and designer, Kate, booked a sponsor space on Bubby and Bean this month. Woolen Moss is a farm and studio in upstate New York specializing in custom organic clothing that is comfortable, flattering, and truly beautiful. They utilize sustainable fabrics like organic cotton and bamboo, but their true specialty is the softest thickest organic merino wool fabric around. And their handmade garments are absolutely perfect for the fall and winter months. With next to the skin softness, you’ll never want to take off their gorgeous pants, leggings, sweaters and dresses. Make sure you pay them a visit at woolenmoss.com to see their full selection of customizable styles and colors. I know you’ll fall instantly in love like I did!
And now for the best part – Woolen Moss is giving Bubby and Bean readers the chance to win a $ 100 gift card to go shopping on their website! See below for how to enter.
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This giveaway will run through October 23, 2015 and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. A winner will be randomly chosen shortly after the end of the giveaway and announced here.
Thanks again to Kate at Woolen Moss for giving our readers the chance to win some of her absolutely gorgeous, eco-conscious clothing! (And don’t forget to check them out on Facebook and Instagram as well.) Good luck!