INTERDEPENDENT DAY

Jill-Smith-July-4thThey are the stars to my stripes. They are the red and white to my blue. They are the fireworks in my sky. Celebrating Independence Day with the ones to which I am interdependent. Happy 4th!

If we were throwing a party today, I’d have ordered these … or maybe these.
Photograph by Rebecca Sanabria who is probably at a BBQ right now eating a chicken wing.

WIND UP LOVE

Jill-Smith-zecar-02My almost 6-year-old has really been getting a kick out of these little wind up robotic toys by Kikkerland. I visited their absurdly fun booth at the National Stationery Show in New York last month and shortly after I went to their website to order a few for our home. I couldn’t resist ordering the Pea Wind Up and the Awika Wind Up. Since they arrived on our doorstep, they have been sparking and scurrying around on a daily basis.
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Besides being a distinctive and innovative design company, Kikkerland is also mindful and philanthropic. For example, since it’s introduction in 2002, all royalties from Zécar Flywheel Car plus a generous Matching Fund from Kikkerland Design Inc. go towards the Mil Folhas Project—a project aiming to reforest a public area in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. So far, over 300 thousand trees have been planted. Zécar Flywheel Car is the toy shown in the photos and can be purchased here.

Read more about Kikkerland’s philanthropy.
See and shop all Kikkerland wind up toys.
And just for fun, check out the ever necessary Unicorn party picks.

Photography by Rebecca Sanabria who appreciates sleek design with a sense of humor too.

PLAY PLAY PLAY

“I really regret playing,” said no one ever. Here is where I will share a photo that could make me happy forever. If you’d like to see all of the photos in my PLAY, PLAY, PLAY series, click here.

{ My kids think hopscotch must always go the entire length of the cement and include all shapes. }
Jill-Smith-play-play-play-11Feliz fin de semana everyone!
Photograph by Rebecca Sanabria.

PLAY PLAY PLAY

“I really regret playing,” said no one ever. Here is where I will share a photo that could make me happy forever. If you’d like to see all of the photos in my PLAY, PLAY, PLAY series, click here.

{ Someone just may have a birthday this month and was caught trying to feel young again. }
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Feliz fin de semana everyone!
Photograph by Rebecca Sanabria.