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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Long days filled with play in the warm sunshine are slowly giving way to the spectacular colors of autumn and cool evenings by the fireplace. Before you know it, brilliant multicolored lights are popping up, fresh baked pies are appearing on the counters, and the gentle smell of pine is wafting through the air. The sounds of families and friends laughing, and the fresh baked cookies laid out for Santa mark most wonderful time of year that brings out the child-like wonder and excitement in all of us – Christmas!

As we count down the weeks, the thrill of the hunt for the perfect gift is on – and we’re here to help you with the hottest gifts of 2017.

  • Hands down, technology is on the top of every wish list, every year. The newest, the sleekest, the fastest. From tablets and laptops to cell phones and smart watches, gadgets are a part of our daily life, and reign on the top of every letter to Santa. This year, give your loved one the gift of stylish sleeves and cases for their valuable tech that will rock the world of your Christmas elf.
  • Every year, we look for the trendiest fashion statement for our little cherubs. Bringing together the finest American-made leather with the freshest patterns and designs, leather moccasins are the perfect gift. Chérubin handmade leather moccasins will bring out the colorful sparkle in your little lady, and the rugged play in your little man.
  • We all have that avid golfer in our life who dreams of sloping fairways and tall flags. We love them and they love golf, so we need to find the perfect gift. One they can use out on the grass, or inside on rainy days. The kind of toy they will never tire of using. Golf chipping net fit that bill perfectly. Designed to improve their short game, chipping nets can be tucked anywhere for a little on-the-go golfing fun.
  • We all want moms to be able to unwind and relax – especially around the holidays. Spa days are meant to be just that – fun, relaxing, healthy, and rejuvenating. An afternoon trip or a weekend excursion, spas provide a socialized binding time between loved ones and besties alike.
  • Puzzles. They're fun, challenging, educational and bring your child’s imagination to life. From simple and easy-to-handle, to intricate 3-dimensional designs, you can find puzzles illustrating every child's niche and learning speed to encourage their imagination and wonder.
  • Endangered wildlife is always on our hearts as we see images of majestic beasts with their wide-eyed babies. This year, give an amazing gift to your love one that will last a lifetime – adoption gifts and certificates that support their favorite wild animal!

As much as we love to receive gifts, the true joy is in the giving, when we see the gleam in their eyes as they reach for the colorfully wrapped boxes with their cheerful bows under the tree. Make this year stand out in spectacular fashion with the hottest gifts and the coolest styles.

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Secretly Healthy Snacks to Pack for School

No matter how old you are, nothing turns a frown upside-down and makes the day better like a fun snack. From lunch bag goodies packed with love to after school snacks to refuel for the rest of the day, these sweet delights are the highlight of your little gumdrop’s day.

As a parent, you want your little one to eat healthier – and sneaking a few extra nutrients and pulling out a few calories from snacks is actually a lot easier than you might think.

Let them eat cake:

We all love a moist, gooey cupcake – and there are several ways you can easily convert them from the unhealthy delicacies into a more wholesome version without losing their appeal. Add a dash of nature’s goodness by swapping out the oil in favor of sugar-free, chunky applesauce. Trim the calories even more by forgoing the heavy frosting and adding a sprinkle of organic powdered sugar mixed with cocoa powder.

Kaleidoscope bars:

No matter your age, colors grab our attention – and for your kids, fun equals yummy. Add a splash of color to an otherwise boring snack to instantly bring it to life. A handful of fruity pebbles to a healthy granola bar recipe will add a trace amount of sugar per bar, but the exchange will have them reaching for seconds. Try adding some home-made dried fruit to everyday recipes for a dash of extra vitamins and mouthwatering eye appeal.

Sprinkles, please:

In a kid's eyes, sprinkles could make even the lowly spinach dish as tasty as an ice cream sundae. Fat-free sprinkles can be added to just about any treat to make it a favorite that’s sure to please every time. Kick air-popped corn into overdrive with a handful of brightly colored confetti sprinkles mixed in. Don’t underestimate the draw of the delightfully tiny colored balls. Pretty much any health-food snack from kale chips to rugged fiber-rich granola can be instantly transformed by colorful sprinkles.

Cookie monsters:

Scrumptious, kid-sized handfuls of yumminess is the way to any cherub’s heart. Forego the typical oatmeal raisin cookies for simple banana-oatmeal bars, which use the sweetness of the ripe banana in place of added sugar or oil. For extra pizazz toss in a handful of bright red cranberries and purple raisins for a multicolored delight. If it’s chocolate chip cookies they’re craving, use organic, sugar-free cacao chips in place of processed chocolate, and exchange the fats for coconut oil for a soft cookie that will move up the healthy scale as well as the most requested list.

Fostering healthy habits from a young age can lead to a lifetime of good choices – but it’s never too late to start making small changes for the better. From swapping an ingredient or two, to changing the consistency of a dry crunchy health bar, to an enjoyable moist and chewy slice of heaven – pretty soon the health snacks will be on the most wanted list – and the health benefits will be your little secret.

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​A Look Inside of Chérubin Shoes

Meet our designers!

Chérubin handmade leather moccasins have been popping up all over Pinterst, Facebook, and Instagram – and for good reason! The finest American made leather and the exceptionally detailed and skilled craftsmanship of local artisans are only part of the story; our ascent to the pinnacle of toddler fashion is due in large part to the amazing talent of our designers.

The brilliant Christine Hoog is the heartbeat behind Chérubin moccasins. As the creative director, Christine is involved in every step of creating these stylish moccasins, from concept of the shoe style to the last detail of the final stitching. As a devoted wife and mother of two exceptionally artistically talented girls, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! Christine is also the dynamic force behind the innovative printing processes, which reproduce patterns and designs in brilliant color and detail directly onto the highest quality American leather. This complex and state-of-the-art method ensures that each and every pair of Chérubin moccasins is perfect – just like your little one.

The award-winning Trenna Travis is the creator behind the inaugural collection of Chérubin moccasins. With her passion for design apparent from early childhood, Trenna blazed onto the fashion scene with a BFA in Fashion Illustration and Advertising. She quickly climbed the ranks as creative director and product and graphic designer before launching her own design services and interior design business – which include many of her own product lines. In addition to her collaboration with Chérubin, she partnered with Michael Miller Fabric for an exclusive textile line. Trenna was former contributing editor and stylist to Mary Engelbreit Home Companion and contributor to St. Louis At Home magazines.

Our newest collaboration is with the charming and sophisticated Cheree Berry Paper. From their inception in 2007, Cheree Berry Paper has grown from a premier stationary designer and printer to a highly sought after, multi-faceted graphic design firm. Their refined and energetic designs are clever and unexpected, and they have driven the entire paper printing industry to all new levels. Cheree is a graduate of Washington University with a BA in Fine Arts, and her natural talent was sought after by the premier graphic firm Pentagram. Soon afterwards, Cheree accepted the position of associate art director at Kate Spade in New York City. This naturally talented mother of three has her roots close to Sainte Geneviève, so the connection with Chérubin moccasins was an easy one, and the playful and polished prints matched the legacy printing and styles of Chérubin handmade leather moccasins, which are an exclusive collection of the century.

From the classic sophistication of our Black Diamond T-strap moccs to the whimsical patterns of our newest collection, Tell Me A Story, brilliant designers are the creative force that bring these exciting patterns to life.

We are proud to bring you our works of art, for your little work of art.

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8 DIY Halloween Costumes to Make With Your Cherub

One of the most magical times of the year for kids of all ages is Halloween. There is the hint of Fall in the air, the carving of pumpkins, and the best part – dressing up and trick-or-treating. For the DIY parent, we've rounded up 8 costume ideas that you can make together.

Moto Man:

When it comes to play and dress-up, every little boy wants to be the guy on the motorcycle – and a Halloween costume is so incredibly easy! Some denim jeans, a simple white tee shirt, and our smokin’ hot Pit Stop moccs bring it all together is perfect play fun.

Static electricity:

Add hair-raising fun to your Halloween with this adorable – but fun and easy to make – homemade costume. Starting with black pajama top and bottoms, use safety pins on the inside to tack various colored socks and other small articles of clothing to the outfit. Be sure that none of the socks next to each other match! Add some punk-rock gel for a static-y hair and a small laundry basket for treats, and complete this simple and fun costume with the flashy and fun Gallops For Scallops mis-matched moccs.

Snowball:

Starting with a larger, sky blue sweatshirt from mom or dad’s collection and adding various sized styrofoam balls strung together and allowed to dance around. White tights and long sleeved tee shirt complete the base – and can be jazzed up by adding snowflakes cut from squares of white felt. Your Snow More Winter Blues moccs are the perfect accompaniment for this fun outfit.

Pineapple:

With inspiration harvested from our wildly popular Pineapple of My Eye moccasins, this adorable baby costume starts with a bright yellow onesie, and felt accents of white stripes to make up the fruit, and a crown of lush green.

Athlete:

Why save the peewee football or softball uniform just for game day? Score big and match your baseball uniform up with our The Natural moccs or the flag football uniform with our fun new #1 Draft Pick moccasins for the perfect lineup.

Unicorn:

This magically simple costume can be easily made in an afternoon, and is the perfect costume for romping around! A white hoodie and leggings for the body, and multi-colored yarn for the mane and tail will have your little one prancing around. Our colorful, swirled Marbleous moccs are the perfect hoofs for this imagination-inspired outfit.

Bubble Bath:

Balloons and a squeaky rubber ducky – what could be more fun? Let the kids share the fun by blowing up clear, white, and pink balloons and pinning them to a white to and leggings, and a soft white headband. Sweet and simple Sprinkles on Top moccs add the perfect splash of bubbly color.

Cat:

What could be more fun – or easier – than letting your little one’s sassy side out? All you need are a leopard print top and leggings, matched to your Cheetah Feetah moccs. A headband with cat ears, and some soft, fuzzy trim on the collar and neckline complete this chic and simple costume.

Drawing inspiration from your Chérubin genuine leather moccasins – or a great excuse for a new pair – make this Halloween stand out with a costume that is fun, comfortable, and best of all, made together.

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The Benefits of Art Therapy for Young Children

Unleashing the creativity of your little ones

It’s a picture-perfect afternoon.

Toddlers laying on plush carpeting, a bucket of crayons – and a few strays scattered about – in the center. Quiet banter and giggles fill the air, mixed with roars and squeals of fancy bringing the colored pages to life.

From our youngest age, we have expressed our thoughts and dreams with color on paper – and sometimes the walls!

Even as adults, we still feel ourselves being pulled back to our roots. Our grown-up colored pencils have replaced the basic eight-pack of crayons, and sophisticated pages of elegant designs replaced our youthful coloring books – and nothing takes away the stress of the day quite like it.

But when it comes down to it, what is Art Therapy really all about?

Art therapy is the means of expression through the creative process. For toddlers, that play is an important part of development or self-discovery; it is a natural part of growth and maturation for our children. Those vivacious swirls of color and silly stories to go with pictures are all building blocks for emotionally healthy toddlers that help them grow into strong and independent adults. Encouraging your child’s imagination through various mediums, such as paper and crayons, modeling clay, or even finger paints, affirms their individuality and creativity. Beginning at a young age will help your child navigate through emotional growth as they learn about their own individuality while building healthy self-esteem.

Emotions are learned and refined from imagination and ingenuity starting from an early age – and are key to helping our little ones embrace the task of learning what feelings are, and how to process and express them. From happy days to the occasional blue ones, sunshine and blue skies on the swings at their favorite park, or a rainy day where they have to play inside, art therapy draws out those emotions through creativity and expresses them in a way that they can reflect on and understand.

Kids learn self-awareness and self-assurance in their art. From play-dough sculptures that you cannot identify to energetic swirls and splashes of paint on heavy paper, the only positive feedback your little Picasso will seek is from mom and dad. The acceptance of his art form as perfect the way it is, and to see them decorating the refrigerator or dad’s office helps them build self-esteem – which will mold them to avoid pitfalls of being peer pleasers, seeking their worth in what the crowd thinks rather than from within.

Grandparents form a special bond with these little blessings, and when those visits are over, missing Nana or Pop Pop is natural for your little one. What feels like a short week-long visit to us, can seem like an eternity to your young toddler, and you can help express and deal with those new feelings of missing their grandparents by encouraging them draw a picture of their favorite person, place, or memory.

Quite simply, Art Therapy is a process in which your child discovers and expresses themselves – allowing them to flourish emotionally.

Next to little hugs and “I love you”, can there be anything better?

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