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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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​Me-Time for Mommy — Relaxation Tips

Could there possibly be anything more rewarding than hearing precious little giggles and hearing “I love you, mommy” with a baby bear hug every day? But sometimes, moms need a little time for relaxation and emotional nourishment – and we wanted to share some of our favorite techniques to get the most out of your "me-time."

Recharging doesn’t have to take a lot of time. With just 10-15 minutes during a busy time of day, you can be rejuvenated and ready to tackle whatever the rest of the day has in store for you.

  • A healthy snack and mug of hot cocoa or coffee take just a few minutes, but the benefits can last all day. For extra yumminess, consider baking up a batch of banana-oatmeal cookies as a healthy pick-me-up for you and perfect after school snacks for your little one.
  • Even ten minutes of quiet meditation can change your outlook and re-ground you to tackle the rest of your day. Consider downloading an app that plays soothing nature sounds and also keeps track of the time so you don’t have to.
  • You’ve heard it from Mom for years – stop and take a couple breaths. Recently, scientists have started agreeing with Mom, touting the mental and physical health benefits of slow, deep breaths to re-center your inner self.

An afternoon break can be the perfect way to refocus and recharge, even if it’s just for an hour or two.

  • Who doesn’t love a mani-pedi? Kick back and relax for an hour of spoiling yourself, and leave the salon feeling like the queen that you are.
  • Got an hour? Grab your walking shoes and hit the trail for a sure-fire way to convert any built-up stress into feel good energy for a boost that will take you through the rest of your day.
  • Pack a lunch and head for the local park for a personal picnic. Your favorite finger foods and a good book to take you on a relaxing stroll through your imagination will have you rested up in no time – just don’t forget your shades!

The weekend is here, and you’ve managed a full day just for yourself. Get the most out of your time without breaking the bank – and get yourself a serious boost of well-being.

  • For the ultimate in rejuvenation and pampering, nothing compares to a day at the spa. Deep massages, refreshing facials, and lounging by the pool can feel like an eternity of delicious relaxation.
  • Think outside the Wi-Fi and consider unplugging for the day. Taking a break from the intense pace of social media and brightness of the device screen can be just what the doctor ordered. Don’t worry – all the status updates and new recipe pins will still be there.
  • For a true diversion to take you into another world, consider getting crafty. Working with your hands and mild concentration will have you comfortable and stress-free in no time. Not ready to take on a new hobby? Get back to nature with a small flower garden!

Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, it’s important to take some time and re-center yourself for optimal physical and emotional health.

Moms make everyone’s life better – don’t forget to take time for yourself!

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Back To School Trends For Toddlers

Ask any parent – it’s never too early to start planning for back to school. From avoiding the last-minute mad dash for much needed essential supplies to slowly changing the wake-sleep cycle, the sooner you start – the better it will be for everyone.

School supplies don’t have to be boring! Bold colors and exciting patterns of the accessories will encourage your youngster to use them – and more use equals more learning.

  • Bookbags generally aren’t a necessity until first or second grade, but investing in a pint-sized backpack for carrying lunch and snacks, as well as a change of clothes and any incidental supplies needed, will get your little scholar familiar with bookbags and keep everything organized. Don’t forget to pick up a small pencil pack for all those smaller accessories.
  • Chunky pencils are necessary for little fingers learning to write. If you cannot find them, then grab a few grips and slip them over standard No2 pencils. Don’t forget colored pencils, too.
  • Art supplies are essential for your little Picasso. Consider standard or jumbo crayons, washable markers, and non-toxic glue sticks. A homemade smock made from one of mom or dad’s tee shirts is an economical alternative to a purchased smock to protect clothing during messy crafts – and can be a ton of fun decorating it together!

Hitting the halls and being both comfortable and fashionable is a boost to any student’s confidence – and your little scholar is no different.

  • For the girls, bright colors are the start and the end-all of the youngster fashion color pallet. Alternating loud patterns and reserved solids for tanks or short-sleeved tops and shorts, skirts, or legging bottoms will have your little fashionista in style for the whole school year.
  • For your little man, the layered look of oxford shirts and vests or cardigans are trending once again. Plaid patterns are making a comeback again this year – with just the right amount of fashion and durability to be a must-have in every wardrobe.
  • For the youngest, keep it simple and comfortable with denim or khaki shorts or pants, and the lighweight cotton shirts.
  • We would be remiss if we didn’t point out that shoes bring an outfit together. Hand crafted from 100% genuine American leather, our moccasins are the perfect shoe for the classroom and the playground. For an extra splash of fun, check out our new Tell Me A Story collection. Back to school fashion has never been so easy!

Just like with fashion, there are a couple back-to-school fashion indiscretions you want to avoid.

  • Always keep a change of clothes in your child’s pack. Life – usually in the form of mud puddles – happens to our little adventurers, and it's best to be prepared.
  • If you send your little one with an electronic device, make sure the games are not interfering with learning. Some hand-held or online games can be a wonderful game during home time, but can be a distraction during school hours.
  • Remember to keep the fashion comfortable. Little ones want to fit in just like their big sisters and brothers, but keep in mind that play and nap time and steer more towards durable materials and relaxed fits.

Solid and early planning ensures a good base for the most successful school year possible.

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American-Made Start to Finish: Chérubin Shoes

Nestled in the heart of the Midwest is the historic town of Sainte Geneviève, the home of Chérubin Shoes. American artisans, crafting an American product from American materials. Start to finish, each pair of genuine leather moccasins are truly the result of the American dream.

Join us for a behind the scenes look at what it means to be “Made in the USA” – and why we’re so proud to share it with you.

American Workers:

Since the turn of the 18th century, when Sainte Geneviève was a new settlement, the local artisans took pride in their crafts and breathtaking architecture – several buildings from the late 1700’s and early 1800’s are still standing today, registered with the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1930s, Sainte Geneviève became famous for the Art Colony, which transformed the entire nation’s view of the Midwest through paintings. Continuing in the tradition of skill and excellence, every pair of genuine leather moccasins is crafted by hand with the same attention to detail as those ancient artisans. From the first cut of the leather to the final stitch, each pair of moccasins is started and finished one at a time.

American Materials:

Of all the materials available to hand craft our moccasins, only the finest leather will do. Soft micro-suede allows tiny toes to feel the surface and balance, while protecting them from slipping or hot pavement. Using only 100% American leather that is tested and certified for infants and children, our soft leather uppers offer protection and style! Our Wild About Hue collections feature vegetable-tanned leathers from the renown Horween Leathers Company. Rich colors are dyed throughout using Horween’s specialized technique – the same one they have been using for over 100 years. Soft and secure – only the best for your little cherub.

American Dreams:

Based on creativity and the finest materials, the art of hand crafted excellence is a tradition that Chérubin is proud to continue. From the imagination of our illustrious designers come bold and fresh patterns, playful and whimsical. Drawing from her history, award-winning designer Trenna Travis brings the brilliant colors and vibrant patterns of the Southwest to life in our Boho Bebe collection. We are excited to share our newest collaboration with Cheree Berry Paper; a fresh collection of whimsical and playful patterns that are sure to bring a smile to your face and warm your heart.

From a conception of patterns to slipping that pair of moccasins on your little one’s precious feet, Chérubin is proud to be an American company and we’re thrilled that you allow us to continue to share our craft with you.

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Best Summer Playdate Outfits for Toddlers

It’s an invitation to a playdate – but what’s a little party animal to wear?

From formal parties with ties and tights to sandbox romps in denim and tees, we’ve put together some quick guidelines to making sure your little cherub is outfitted to be the angel of every play date.

  • Outdoor Parks:

    There’s just something about parks that bring out the adventurer in your little one. The tall grass and the colorful flowers all enhance the sense of excitement and wonder. When the destination is a local park, remember to choose an outfit that’s both comfy and fashionable, such as capri-length pants or jeans and a long sleeved cardigan over a sleeveless top. Paired with our camo moccs – available in traditional multi-tone green or girly pink – your little explorer will be ready to take on everything their imagination can conjure up.

  • Parties:

    From pirates and princesses to afternoon tea, the fashionable birthday party feels like a red carpet event to your toddler. This is the perfect opportunity to go all out with the latest hip styles and trendsetting designs. Hip bowties and vests on your little man, or trendy kimono cardigans for your little lady, you can be sure to add a dash of class with our Black Diamond T-strap moccs – the classic design and premier American leather moccs are handcrafted to an unmatched standard of perfection, just like your little fashionista.

  • Local Playground:

    The usual spot for all the moms and tots to meet for a weekly romp is the local playground – and your little one feels right at home on their turf! But with familiarity comes seemingly endless hours of fun, and comfortable fit is a play essential. Forego the frills in favor of more durable wear. Loose t-shirts with whimsical patterns and durable shorts or denim jeans are the perfect compliment to swings and slides and sand boxes. Add our The Natural moccasin for an outfit that’s both rugged and fun – just like your little one.

  • Destinations:

    It's been said that location is everything – and with so many popular attractions to host playdates and parties, there’s no end to the wonder and excitement that await. For style that’s prepared for game-on play, or hitting the pause button, be sure to layer for the perfect amount of polish and comfort. Pants or a denim look and a coordinated shirt will keep them on top of their game and style. Our Rainbow Bright moccs are delightfully fashionable and go with anything for the perfect footwear – and you don’t have to worry about them being accidentally lost in a ball pit.

From fancy indoor birthday parties to outdoor play, choosing the best outfit for the event ensures your little one is dressed to impress and ready to play. And like any other outfit, it’s the shoes that bring it all together.

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