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Contents Boho 06 19 The Ultimate Play Date 20 Dolls in the Fall 30 42 44 50 64 Living Dolls 74 84 96 116 118 Childhood Unplugged 132 136

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Samantha Scott

Shannon Sewell Ashley Jennett

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Boho. Photography by Rena Durham Wardrobe Styling by Theresa Poborsky Hair/Make-up by Yvelissa Munoz Set Design by Dana DeRosa Cole and Samantha Provenzano

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Amanda Rose

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Amanda Rose Evan Own

Chloe Sophie

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Amanda Rose

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Models Own

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Hairpin DIY by Lila Purdy

Materials you will need: Hair Pins, E600 Glue, Embellishments

Put a drop of E600 glue on the head of the hair pin.

Put the flower embellishment on the glue and gently press down. Wait 2 hrs for it to dry completely.

The Ultimate


Article by Carolyn Mara Borlenghi Photography by Carolyn Mara Borlenghi

When I was a little girl make believe and costumes were my favorite pastimes and as I grew up my love of costumes and masks only grew so it was only natural for me to buy costumes for my boys as soon as their imaginations began to wander. They took to them like a pig to mud, putting them on any chance they got. We have dinosaurs lurking in the hallways, dinner with pirates and book time with astronauts in my house and I wouldn’t have it any differently - anything to enhance the art of play.

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For me creativity and art and photography are bridging together imagination and play. Everything we surround ourselves with can be art if we look at it with our imagination. A pile of stuffed animals can be a mountain for an evil witch or a bookcase of children’s books can be a magician’s workplace. I have my camera in my hand so often, whether my big girl camera or my iPhone that my children have become so accustomed to my clicks that it has become almost a dance. There are moments I put it down and roar or chase or become the character they long to see, and there are times they stop and stare or even ask me to capture the moment. We look back together lovingly on the week’s adventures and it is something I take great pleasure in preserving for all of us.

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On play dates I am often asked to come in and capture these adventures, something other children sometimes question, but mine tell them not to worry about their mamma‌ it makes me chuckle and beam at the same time. If you take the time to share the pictures you take with your children they will cherish the fact you take them as much as you do and will give you so much less resistance. Try it, take the time each week to go back and view what you have captured with your children. Make books to look at with them, read them as stories, you will be surprised how much good can come of it.

Carolyn Mara Borlenghi

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Photography by Lila Purdy Wardrobe Styling by Arielle Bailey Clothing Designers: Pale Cloud and Minnetonka Hair/Make up by Ashley Jacobs

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Reilly (LEFT) Fleur Blouse and Vendela Pants Alayna (MIDDLE) Rylie Blouse and skirt Kayla (RIGHT) Maylin Sweater and Coleen Pants

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The Top Hat Tradition Gratitude plays a huge roll in my life and in the teachings I pass on to my children. I think this is why Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorite holidays. It is about family, it is about sharing, and above all, it is about tradition. In our household we have many Thanksgiving traditions including a family football game complete with jerseys and eye black, movie title charades, the turkey Olympics and a tradition we like to call “giving thanks�. For the last twelve years on Thanksgiving night, while the meal is being prepared our family passes around strips of paper and pencils. Each person sneaks away for a period of time and they write down several things they are grateful for. Even the children participate! The children who cannot write sit with a grown up who does the writing for them as they say aloud what they are grateful for.

paper folded up. Each person pulls out a strip and reads aloud while the

general, but they are always beautiful, heartwarming and tear jerking. It is the part I look forward to most year after year and at the end when we have all had our statements read allowed and our cheeks hurt from smiling, we store them away for safe keeping and pull out the ones from the year before to see what has remained the same and what has changed.

sister in law and I am so grateful for her beautiful heart. This Thanksgiving, give it a try! Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life. - Rumi Enjoy all the beautiful blessings around you this Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving! With love,

Audrey Blake Breheney

Birds and Balloons Starring Kelsey

Photography by Lila Purdy Wardrobe Styling by Arielle Bailey Illustrations by Jasmine Lewis Clothing Designer: Birdee’s Closet

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Photographer: Ingrid Levy, i.Levy Photography Styling: Emily Caponera, Merry Love Joy Company Clothing and Accessories: Blu Pony Vintage, Joyfolie, Atsuyo Et Akiko

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Living DOLLS Photography by Devon Marie Wardrobe Styling by Devon Marie Hair/Make-up by Priscilla Birro

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Enchanted Field Trip

Photography by Isla Charm Photography Wardrobe Styling inspired by Stephanie Hanna Clothing by Fleur + Dot, Gap, Lilifut Shoes

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Pumpkin Pastries u of wifemam

2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp cloves 1 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (honey can be used if not vegan) 1/3 cup olive oil (coconut oil or canola oil will work also) 1/4 cup almond milk (regular milk will work too)

1/4 cup almonds or another nut 3 tbsp coconut sugar (brown sugar will work also) 1 1/2 tbsp cold vegan butter, regular butter, or coconut oil

2 tbsp almond butter 2 tbsp maple syrup 3-4 tsp almond milk

the oat crumble on top. Place in the middle rack of an oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

almond milk a little at a time, until the consistency is thin enough to drizzle. A little more milk may be needed. Drizzle

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Photography by Ashley Jennett Article by Ashley Jennett

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New surroundings are much like the changing seasons--a fresh hope in the air, anticipation of something dif-

become traditions--our traditions. Ever since we moved to our new home, we make it a goal to break up the week, abandon the usual routine and reach deep in the pantry for that bag of marshmallows we keep for days like today, days when we want to forget work and the pee-everywhere mess that is potty training.

With Bill Staines playing from my husband’s phone and a campground that, on this Thursday evening, belongs only to us, we breathe in the fresh air. The boys entertain themselves with dirt, sticks, and a hopeless game of trying to catch lizards. I make a mental note that they will need baths later.

been coming here, more or less, once a month since we moved and just like that, a tradition is born on a seemingly ordinary autumn Thursday.

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“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred RogersI grew up spending the summers at my grandparent’s home in Miami, Florida. I have some lifelong childhood friends that lived two houses down. Our days were spent inseparable. My brother, sister and I would wake up in outside because that was our cue that it was time to play. From sun up to when the street lights came on in the evening, we were outdoors. We never ran out of things to do. The words “I’m bored” were not part of our vocabulary. We’d play cops and robbers with our big wheels, bikes, skates, and walkie talkies. We painted a hopscotch on our own slip and slides with black garbage bags and dish soap. I taught myself to ride a bike while holding onto the fence until I didn’t need to hold on any longer. The highlight of our day was when we’d see the ice cream truck coming around the corner and had a pocket full of change to spend every last penny on ice cream and candy. We ended our days tired, dirty and sometimes with scrapes and bruises, but we were happy! I’m not talking about the 1950’s here, I’m talking about the 80’s! Thirty years later and my how things have changed! We’ve come a long way since Atari. Fast forward to October of last year...I was having coffee one afternoon in my living room and my youngest son was vegetating in front of the television. I remember thinking, “He watches way too much T.V.”

Honestly, he also plays too much Minecraft on the computer and is pretty addicted to the games on his iPod. My oldest is constantly with his ear buds in bad? Our children today have every single electronic to their disposal. It’s probably even safe to say that they are more tech savvy than we are! But here’s ence them? Don’t get me wrong, I love electronics just as much this radical mom that took them all away either. As a mom, I realized they were missing out and weren’t even aware of it. Aware that they weren’t using their imaginations, their ability to think for themselves and problem solve, to work together, to learn to be moment that afternoon, “Children have lost the Art of Play.”

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It took some adjusting. There were going to be changes. We try to do unplugged activities more often as a family. Our favorite is jumping in the car with no agenda and seeing where the road takes us! The possibilities are endless! Just this past summer our family spent a week on the beach and made unplugged memories to last a lifetime!I I knew if I was going to be successful at keeping my word I needed some accountability. I invited eleven other mothers/ photographers to join me and last October we launched making a conscious effort to encourage their children to get back to the art of play! We are approaching a year of documenting our journey and I have to say, it has been encouraging to see a community come together with a sole purpose... to give our children back their childhood.

Follow our collaborative blog at on the 1st of every month. Also tag your photos (#childhoodunplugged) on www. for a chance to be featured! Writing and Photography by Monica Calderin at

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Camping Adventures

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When the school doors open wide and the smell of new crayons is heavy suit. To help kick off the new school year and to help your child get acclimated with his or her new classmates, why not celebrate with some good old fashioned outdoor fun‌ on a budget. The energy, imaginations and inevitably the choices boys and girls make are different and unique to them. Embrace these differences by backyard! Ask the parents to bring their children in pajamas and with a sleeping bag. See if anyone in your neighborhood has some backyard tents or supplies and get ready for an event of epic proportion.

with some good clean fun. Help them hunt for worms and other creatures right in your own habitat! End the party with some roasted marshmallows and everyone will be smiling ear to ear. For the girls, blow up the balloons and give them markers and let their imaginations run wild. Play some fun backyard games like freeze tag and have a dance party! It is the simplest things in life that make children the happiest. Children cannot bounce off the walls, if we take away the walls – Erin Kenny

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