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    Reading & Diversity

    Reading & Diversity

    Reading & Diversity for children

    Let’s talk books, diversity, and why they are important. First it takes an entire community to make changes in how we think about society, culture, and people. I am sure you’ve heard this a million times, especially recently. I am not here to belabor this message, rather just share a few reasons why we, yes we, should be reading diverse books.

    The first thing to point out is, research shows when children of all abilities, cultures, beliefs, and skin colors see themselves represented positively, it builds their self-esteem. It also allows for the children reading the books to learn a person’s ability, culture, belief, and/or skin color is not what makes them special. There is more to a person than what we see.

    Rudine Sims Bishop, a published children’s author, believes, “Literature transforms the human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection, we can see our own lives and experiences as a part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation”. Why is this so important? Things like home life, school, environment, and the books we read influence us as humans. Our sense of identity, value, and agency are all impacted by the world around us and choosing a book that represents the larger world around us will not only validate the belief in oneself, but it can start to build the connection of what it means to be, a valued member of society.

    As children grow and become more curious, it will allow for visibility or rather a curiosity about current events. Curating positive and very real discussions in a safe space. Giving children the opportunity to learn about differences in age, race or ethnicity, ability or even socioeconomic status. We want to encourage community building and understanding the similarities; kids are kids, no matter how different their backgrounds!

    Here are a few of my favorite books:



    Hi I’m Anesih!! I started out as a Bumbelou Customer and fell in love. I have been a part of the Bumbelou team since October and have loved every minute of it. Outside of Bumbelou, I am a Mama to a beautiful 2 year old, Ellis. Literally the day Ellis was born, I told my husband, Jake, we need to move closer to your family and you need to make it happen. 

    As you get to know me more, you will see I have a passion for all things related to children, and have a background in Early Childhood Education. I am excited to be able to share that passion with you, through Bumbelou.

    The Power of Outdoors

    The Power of Outdoors

    I am ashamed to admit that I’ve never been a huge lover of the outdoors. In the summer it’s much easier for me, but during the cold months I’d rather snuggle up inside. I strongly dislike being cold! But this year I’ve quickly learned that getting outside is one thing that the pandemic and its limitations cannot take away from us. With three of my kids currently in a remote learning model, spending an hour or two outside every afternoon has been our saving grace. And guess what? I’ve found that I actually crave that time of day. I want to get outside just as I much as I want to send my kids out! It has been an instant mood lifter and everyone is just happier in the great outdoors. Sometimes we take a walk down the road, sometimes we play on the swing set. Lots of times my kids run off to their creative play and I walk around our property and daydream. Other times we sit (or lay!) and watch the clouds or the birds in the trees. This weekend my kids got a lesson from Dad on how to build a fire and it was so much fun! They even asked to cook dinner over the fire on Sunday night, so that’s what we did!

    I recently bought this book, and it’s given me a huge mind shift! I’m learning a lot, one of the most important being BASE LAYERS! I come from the generation of wearing bread bags on your feet inside of your boots to keep your feet dry. It never occurred to me that I didn’t have to freeze my booty off outside!  This season I’ve been researching and slowly investing in better cold weather gear, and let me just say, the difference is definitely notable! Now, for a family of 6 this can be quite costly, so it’ll take some time. I’m using what we have, and when we NEED something new I an investing in a better option than what we currently have. I’ve also been trying to buy as much gender neutral as I can, as I have two girls and two boys. This stuff should definitely last through a few kids, if not more!

    I encourage you to increase your time outdoors with your kids, and see how it positively impacts your family! I hope you’ll find it just as beneficial as we have!




    Win the Morning

    Win the Morning

    I've never enjoyed mornings. We don't get along. I get up at 6am. Sometimes 5:45.... sometimes 5:30. I drink the coffee, I read, I write, I run. But I don't know that we will ever be real friends. So I made myself a pretty little printable to hang by my bed to greet me when I forcefully pull myself awake. Feel free to grab it for yourself, print, and enjoy.... or grumpily stare and and wonder if you'll ever be a morning person. 



    Spring Outfits for Little and Me with Jen from Paisley + Sparrow

    Spring Outfits for Little and Me with Jen from Paisley + Sparrow

    Hi everyone! I'm Jen from Paisley + Sparrow! I'm a mom to 2 kids under 2, a wife to a hunky Indian guy and we all live in Minneapolis with our dog Chloe! My goal is to bring joy to your life, style and home. I share tips and tricks to finding and loving your personal style for you and your home over on my blog and try my best to share encouragement to women of all walks of life - especially to you mamas! Let's face it. Being a mom can be a hard job. You have to make about 2,000 decisions before noon and most of those aren't even for yourself. (The one exception is how much coffee to drink that morning.) There's no doubt in my mind that your little one's closet is full of the most adorable outfits ever. (Who can pass up a cute grandpa sweater for your little man or ruffled bloomers for your little girl?) But how often do you leave the house for a playdate, church or even Target and realize your kid is looking more fly than you?! I'm totally guilty of that and just pray that everyone my son waves to at Target will notice how adorable his little jeans and button up is and not realize I'm actually still wearing my pajama top with a sweatshirt over it and leggings. I'm here to help you (AND me if I'm being honest). I love the days when I'm coordinating with my kids so here are 3 outfit ideas that are simple yet adorable!

    First up, a park outfit!

    Park wear should be simple and easy. I absolutely love mustard yellow and it's a perfect accent color to your basic black and white ensemble. (You never know if you're going to meet your new mom bff at the park so you might as well look a little cute!) 

    For your little one: Bumbelou's peplum tank is perfectly matched with their retro shorts. Some fun moccassins and cute little bow completes the outfit (or keeps your kids hair out of their face like my daughter!).

    For you: Black denim shorts (I personally own these and LOVE them! They're perfect for sitting in the sand!) and a white top (There's also a mustard yellow option if you want to get totally matchy matchy!) is an ideal starting place for a summer outfit. Tie a mustard yellow bandana in your hair or better yet, around your neck (like below) and you'll instantly get some compliments from fellow moms who appreciate your style.

    spring fashions yellow scarf

    Don't think you can pull of a bandana? (First of all, yes you can.) Add on a stack of gold necklaces or fun gold earrings to accent your outfit! Top it of with a pair of comfy Birkenstocks and you're good to go!

    Sunday Best!

    Church or Sunday brunch can be so hard, am I right?! Not only do you need to look good yourself but we want our littles need to look put together. These are the moments to keep it simple. For both mom and little, put on a dress!

    For your little one: The Pirouette dress is adorable and perfect for those times you need to dress it up a bit. Pair it with a colored bow and shoes that strap on (nobody needs a skinned knee when you're looking your best).

    For you: The Leith dress is great for summer and is the most flattering dress for any body type. There's rouching in all the right places and isn't too short for bending over to pick up a kid or two. In summer I love to add on a scarf of some sort not only for looks but also to keep warm in air conditioned buildings! If it's far too warm for a scarf add a necklace or two and a pair of earrings.


    And lastly, a vacation outfit.

    For your little one: I loved Penelope's little peplum tank and retro shorts from Bumbelou and Roy had on a coordinating tank as well! I'm a big fan of brothers and sisters coordinating outfits!

    For you: I wore this simple outfit in California while we were on a family vacation! The best thing about these shorts and my top is they're super versatile. I wore the top with jeans as well as shorts and also layered under a denim jacket. I wore the shorts with 3 different tops (a simple white tank, this "be a nice human" tee and the green tee in the pic). Don't be afraid to try shorts with some embroidery! I really love them! 

    vacation wear for mom and little

    I'm also sharing one more outfit over on my blog featuring Bumbelou's Pineapple Peplum and Bloomer Set. Be sure to go check it out! Be sure to stop over on Instagram and say hi as well! I love making new friends!

    xoxo, Jen

    At Home Play - 5 Fun Ways to Pass the Day with Toddlers

    At Home Play - 5 Fun Ways to Pass the Day with Toddlers

    at home play with toddlers

    With the flu spreading like wildfire this year our family has been looking for fun and creative ways to spend time at home. We are a family who loves to visit the museum, hang out at the mall, even spend an hour at the library looking for new books and playing in the children's space, and while we are still doing these things I gotta tell the truth and say: it freaks me out a little to be in a crowd right now so we are limiting those things.

    Here is a little round up of things we’ve been doing at home to have a little extra fun, be creative, and basically just not kill each other with boredom especially in these cold months when outdoor play is limiting at best. If you have any family favorite at home activities I’d love for you to share them with us also… winter is far from over.


    1. Ballet at home: I’ve shared this one so many times I can’t even count, BUT we go back to it so much! This started with a simple youtube search for “toddler ballet class” and my girls loved it so much we decided to search for a DVD version. We have this ABC Jungle one and also Petite Feet. Over the course of a couple years we’ve also bought leotards and inexpensive ballet slippers so now part of the fun is getting into costume first. Often the play lasts longer than the 20-30 minute DVD because they just keep dancing. In the facebook group Rachal D shared a youtube channel for toddler yoga called Cosmic Kids Yoga which we’ve also done a few times and loved.
    1. Streamers & Balloons: We have Fall and Winter Birthdays for the girls and every year I’m reminded by how much entertainment some simple streamer paper and balloons can provide. Our girls love coming up with all kinds of random I-totally-don’t-understand-the-objective games when they get their hands on these. We even sometimes just invent a party to decorate for. Streamers, paper chains, posters (coloring pages hung on the wall with blue painters tape), balloons, if you’re really feeling it make yourself some cookies or cake with the kids! It’s so easy to make a day magical.
    1. Bath with Shaving Cream: Shaving cream in a cake pan is one most parents have heard of, but if you are like me, the eventual mess doesn’t sound super fun. So we grabbed our shaving cream and head to the bathtub. I think the girls have more fun and freedom to go crazy and it is super easy to rinse off when done. Add in bath toys and a few drops of natural food coloring and you’ll see them light up. And if you want to try some other creative shaving cream play here is an epic blog post and resource for ideas. 
    1. Family games: I credit my husband with the start of our family game times. I thought the kids (newly 4 and 2) were too young, but we quickly realized they weren’t AND there is a plethora of games on the market that are great for these ages. Our favorites have been the cooperative games where the whole family works together to win. This style game was totally new to me and for the younger ones it’s such a great way to work on the ideas of game rules, turn taking, and teamwork. Here are some of our favorites in addition to classics like Candy Land:
    1. Recently my girls have turned into quite the little crayola artists and it's often the first project we go to. We are constantly coloring and crafting and end up with a TON of projects… truly too many to keep. So we started mailing our coloring pages and projects to family and friends who we don’t get to see much. We love to use that time to talk about things we can do to cheer people up, kind ways to show love, and we often pull out Facebook and look at photos of our far away relatives so the girls can make the connection to people we love but don’t get to see often. I’ve found that it’s a good idea to be intentional about using regular size paper and making projects that will fold up easily so we can mail it with just a regular postage stamp.

    I would love to hear more creative ideas how you and your family stay busy at home! Leave a comment or join the discussion in the FaceBook Group: Friends of Bumbelou.

    Xo, Jenna