Review : KiwiCo Crate Review

I grew up in the 80s--a time when summer time fun wasn't taking trips, scheduled play dates, and recording on musica.ly to share with your friends over Facetime. We played outside on bikes, competed in Jack's competitions, double dutch, and built mansions out of sand, sticks, and whatever was available in nature. My generation Z only child will never know how much fun her mommy and Uncle Phil really had.

Each generation I feel is obligated to tell those stories and instill in children the beauty of imagination, creativity, and unplugging. Companies and mothers are seeing the value of not passing the iphone or some other brain zapping electronic to children in times of boredom. I was so giddy when we first heard of KiwiCo. They got it and Amira's dad and I forever. 

KiwiCo's goal is to inspire kids to see themselves as scientists, artists, creators, and makers. The company offers crates for children 24-36 months, 3-4 years of age, 5-8 years of age, and either “doodle” or “tinker” crates for kids 9-16+. Amira has been subscribed to the Doodle Crate for almost a year now. Here's our review and a peak inside her project....

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Parenting Blogger shares KiwiCo Crate Review
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Parenting Blogger shares KiwiCo Crate Review

Each month, we receive an email letting us know her KiwiCo box is on the way. How thoughtful! Each crate comes with all materials and instructions to get those creative juices folowing. I really love that because you don't have to run to a craft store to pick up any additional supplies. Her recent crate was a Doodle Mask that involved crafting an animal of her choice. What we both really love is the idea of her drifting off creatively if she'd like. 

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Parenting Blogger shares KiwiCo Crate Review
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Parenting Blogger shares KiwiCo Crate Review
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Parenting Blogger shares KiwiCo Crate Review
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Parenting Blogger shares KiwiCo Crate Review

I'll be very honest in my parenting with Amira, I am a very independent thinker kind of mom. Each time she receives a box, I try to teach her to follow the inspirations sheet and its instructions step by step, use the video instructions given, and create what she wants. It's important for me not to work on the project with her step by step because then it's my project. I love that KiwiCo makes it a very simple concept for children to understand and work independently. Let me double back, I help her when she needs it lol. 

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Parenting Blogger shares KiwiCo Crate Review
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Parenting Blogger shares KiwiCo Crate Review
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Parenting Blogger shares KiwiCo Crate Review
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Parenting Blogger shares KiwiCo Crate Review
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Parenting Blogger shares KiwiCo Crate Review

The KiwiCo crates are only $19.95 per month delivered right to your doorsteps. There is no time wasted thinking of activities to keep them busy or driving all over town for craft supplies. What we love as well are the newsletter delivered with other activities for your kids to try and the addtional crate options. I think now that Amira is going to fourth grade, I will add on other crates like the Geography and STEM crates. 

HAVE YOU ALL TRIED KIWI CO? DO YOU LIKE IT? 

HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN PERSONAL BRAND

We all associate the term "brand" with major corporations like the Neiman Marcus's, Target's, Forever 21. But today thanks to the digital age, almost every individual has a personal brand. Did she just say personal brand? Absolutely!!! Today, each of us is a brand, and it’s so imperative to curate  your personal brand with complete creative control.   Here are a few tips on how to  build (insert your name here) Inc., ... your personal brand.

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Lifestyle Designer shares how to  build your own personal brand 

YOU HAVE TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT. 

Start thinking of yourself as a personal brand. What do you wish for people to associate with you when they think of your name? Are you a designer? Fitness guru? Film maker? Is there a certain subject matter or industry in which you want to be perceived as an expert or are there general qualities you want linked to your brand? Once you understand and have a grasp of  how you wish your brand to be perceived, you can start building and creating your personal brand.  

CHECK YOURSELF

It's simple....Google yourself. Analyzing your online presence is critical.  What people are saying about you, images retrieved should all be consistent with your branded message.  When you type your name in search engines.  the results should be a direct reflection of how you would like to be perceived. 

HOME SECURITY

Securing a home in the wide world of the web is just as important as any other brand element. Creating a social presence on the internet is a crucial part of building a brand. It can be as simple as a one to two page site with your portfolio, blog, and links to social media platforms. 

FIND THE VALUE

Find ways to add value to your followers and audience lives by creating or curating content that’s in line with your brand. You should be a great resource whether it's a source of inspiration or informative content. Be purposeful in what you share. Every tweet you send, every status update you make, every picture you share, contributes to your personal brand. Understanding how you wish your brand to be perceived, you can start to be more focused on curating a meaningful experience. 

FIND YOUR LOOK

Think of finding your look as a comprehensive all inclusive package. The saying has been and will always be "Image is everything."  While building your personal brand it's imperative to construct and design a style guide. A style guide is a complete manual that lays out all the specifics of your brand’s stylistic content  from color codes, typography selections, sizing, tone, mood, images, and content.  Of course, the style guide is for your website and all branded material like business cards etc. But that's not it.  I highly believe in a "signature style" or overall image. Take time to play around with your personal style so that your style reflects your industry and lifestyle. Pinterest is your friend for both, your style guide and experimenting with looks. 

CONTINUE READING AS I HAVE A SPECIAL GIFT JUST FOR YOU, A FREE BRAND STYLE GUIDE

KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE

Once you have established what your branded message is, how you would like to be perceived and what you will look like, stay focused. Set goals for anchoring yourself as a personal brand and stay focused on why you are creating your (insert your name here), INC. Whether you are setting out to be the next Martha Stewart or leverage for personal opportunities, you are creating your digital footprint. 

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares how to build your own personal brand 

Bloggers + Bubbly Meetup at The Guest House at Graceland

Last week, I went to the Bloggers + Bubbly Meetup at The Guest House at Graceland hosted by my friend Kim of KP Fusion. Kim and I talk almost daily more about work, that's kind of how it is when your entire circle of friends are creatives. So, I know how important and special this was for her. The Guest House was so nice to partner with her on the event to host about 13 invited bloggers to take everyone on a private guided tour of the hotel. 

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Blogger + Bubbly Meetup at The Guest House at Graceland 

Here we are,  off to take a fun tour of the gorgeous Guest House of Graceland!!! My  MalloryShelbyCaitlinMichaelBelindaCarmeonQAndreaBiancaDesireeDenzel and Andrea.  I was blown away by the decor of the hotel and the attention to detail throughout the entire the hotel. Posh bars with gorgeous light fixtures, bold pops of color and plenty textured walls made perfectly for many Instagrammable shots. I think it's the perfect hotel for a staycation in the city after hearing of all of the special hospitable details like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for guests nightly. Of course, it is an ideal venue for weddings, special events and professional conferences. 

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Blogger + Bubbly Meetup at Guest House at Graceland
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Blogger + Bubbly Meetup at Guest House at Graceland
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Blogger + Bubbly Meetup at Guest House at Graceland
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Blogger + Bubbly Meetup at Guest House at Graceland

The hostess with the mostest knowledege about blogging, Kim, took a quick picture basking in her gorgeousness for the evening. 

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Blogger + Bubbly Meetup at Guest House at Graceland
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Blogger and Bubbly Blogger Meetup 

After taking our tour, capturing plenty of pictures to share and catching up with one another we headed back to the Founder's Lounge for appetizers and cocktails. 

                                  ALL PHOTOS COURTESTY OF  KPFUSION

                                ALL PHOTOS COURTESTY OF KPFUSION

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Blogger + Bubbly Meetup at Guest House at Graceland

Baby Garcia and I couldn't partake in the cocktails but we surely indulged in the appetizers. I need to figure out how to master this Roasted French Chicken with Parmesan Risotto at home even down to the presentation. 

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares Blogger + Bubbly Meetup at Guest House at Graceland

dress Tobi | shoes H&M | earrings and bag Style Junkie 

I really enjoyed myself. It's' always refreshing to be among others who share the same philosophy of collaborating over competing and nurturing a community of bloggers and creatives. Thanks so much to Kim for inviting me and The Guest House At Graceland for having us. 

BE SURE TO VIST THE GUEST HOUSE AT GRACELAND

Edible Flowers and Fruit Ice Cubes

Now that I have a garden I have become resourceful Rosanne. When you have a garden, there are endless possibilities for the use of edible flowers, fruits, and herbs.One of my faves to do with edible flowers is freeze for parties or just add beautiful details to water or teas. Herbs can be frozen to make decorative ice cubes for party drinks. Here's how to make the easiest detail for your next summer garden party or dinner..... 

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares how to make edible flower ice cubes for summer cocktails 

I gathered my edible flowers and herbs from the garden first. Cucumber makes the sweetest and vibrant edible flowers like ever. I picked cucumber flowers and fresh mint from the garden. I also love the calm fragrance of lavender in vodka cocktails so I pulled a few lavender sprigs as well. Next, I used a store bought berry medley of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to make decorative ice cubes. 

Add the flowers, herbs and fruit to ice cube molds and continue adding water until the mold is filled. Next, place them in the freezer and wait patiently for the ice cubes to freeze. 

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares how to make floral ice cubes 
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares how to make floral ice cubes
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares how to make floral ice cubes
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares how to make floral ice cubes
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares how to make floral ice cubes

Using your beverage of choice, simply place the ice cubes in a glass and pour your beverage and enjoy!!!

Decorating Our Home Now that We Are Married

Maybe you missed the news, not sure, pero estoy casada ahorita ( but, I am married now). Married life is different but a magnificently good different. Of course, with marriage two becomes one in so many ways and the most apparent is in home life. Daniel and I are moving in together and buying a home together and I am worried. Not worried about us doing well living together--not at all. More so, about decorating!!!! How can I express two cultures appropriately in our home that will be our sacred space? How will I balance feminine and masculine details in our home? Can't overload my husband with pink and girlie things. After browsing through Pinterest, I finally nailed down the "look and feel" of our home.--BOHEMIAN CHIC.  

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Color, Color, Color matched with organic material like wood and a lot of texture is what I am going for. With Daniel being Mexican and I being black, we have endless options of expressing the richness of both of our cultures in our home. I also feel really good about adding more luxe details in light fixtures and accessories like vases for the plethora of house plants we'll have. 

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a post about decorating our home now that we are married
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a post about decorating our home now that we are married
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a post about decorating our home now that we are married
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a post about decorating our home now that we are married
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a post about decorating our home now that we are married
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a post about decorating our home now that we are married
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a post about decorating our home now that we are married

I know for sure when deciding on the color of the couch, he will not go for a wild pink. No bueno! But, I do think he'll be open to colors in the blue family like rich navy or even teal if I tone down other decors with neutrals. One other element is small quaint little sitting areas like ottomans and day beds. We have kids who want to just lounge around on their phones and even I like to lay around with a book. Maximizing the spaces to fit our lifestyle is super important for us but making sure it's pretty is even more important to me. 

 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a post about decorating our home now that we are married
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a post about decorating our home now that we are married
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a post about decorating our home now that we are married
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a post about decorating our home now that we are married
 Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a post about decorating our home now that we are married

Newlyweds or married couples, how do you compromise on decor? Have any ideas or suggestions for us?