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Entries in kids (9)

Tuesday
Aug142012

[KIDS] TALKING HANDS TATTOOS

PHOTOGRAPH BY SALLY J SHIM

Our family friend just returned from the Olympics in London and brought back some goodies for the boys. These Animal Hands and Monster Hands temporary tattoos were a big hit with the boys who have a fondness for tattoos. Each pack contains eight designs and they are pretty easy to apply (you might have to fiddle with the "mouth opening" to make sure it matches the tattoo size). There are also many other tattoos like Festive Hands, Scary Hands, Dino Hands, Robot Hands and Finger Farm. These tattoos would make great gifts or party favors for tattoo loving kids (and adults)! 

Monday
Jul302012

[TRAVEL] TOKYO 2012

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALLY J SHIM

In less than a week we're heading over to Fukuoka, Japan for a little family vacation. I'm finally getting around to sorting through our photographs from our trip to Tokyo in April. We had such a good time showing the boys around Tokyo (their first time to Japan) and they are thrilled to be returning to Japan. I'm excited to explore Fukuoka since this is my first time visiting (Appah has been there several times). If anyone has suggestions on places to visit or restaurants to eat at please let me know! I plan to be Instagramming throughout our trip. 

Tuesday
Jul102012

[LEARN] SUMMER SCHOOL AT CASA SHIM

PHOTOGRAPH BY SALLY J SHIM

Although the boys are on their summer vacation I'm a bit old school and think that studying and learning should happen year round. So in order to prevent rusty brains upon returning to school we have a mini Summer School going on at Casa Shim. I think there should be a balance between learning through play and exploring as well as sit down put-your-nose-in-a-book type of learning. The former seems to be an easy one for us since the boys could spend hours playing at home or at the beach and the latter is often achieved through reading books on their favorite subjects. Since the boys only have a few hours a week of Korean classes at the international school they attend (and we want the boys to become fluent in Korean) we hired a private teacher to come to our home twice a week. We really lucked out because their teacher is amazing and although Appah and I could teach some of the basics of Korean to the boys there is something to be said about hiring a professional. She really engages the boys and makes learning fun. They have homework every week and I'm also getting back in to studying Korean so it is a family affair. I love how in the summer we have more time to do fun things like Robotics class (which the boys LOVE), speed skating lessons, swimming and doing science experiments at home. If you have any recommendations for fun things to do with kids over the summer, please share! I'll be sharing our SUMMER LIST 2012 soon. 

Side note: I was recently contacted by K5 Learning to review their online math and reading program. Although there are many online educational sites out there I found several of the ones that had been recommended to me seemed to be more entertaining than educational. (I admit I am a bit picky when it comes to anything educational related since my graduate studies were in Educational Psychology.) But I'm going to let the boys use the K5 Learning program over the next six weeks and I'll let you know what we think. And if you have any favorite online educational sites, please let me know.

This is a blurb about the review: K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students.  I've been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program.  If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their open invitation to write an online learning review of their program.

Monday
Jun182012

[STYLE] J + J 016

PHOTOGRAPH BY SALLY J SHIM

J  +  j   0 1 6  //  HAEUNDAE, BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA

HAT  //  Target

CARDIGAN  //  H&M

SHIRT  //  H&M

JEANS // H&M

SHOES // Converse

BRACELET // H&M

TATTOOS // TATTLY

Monday
May212012

[DESIGN] TATTLY

You've probably already heard of TATTLY, designy temporary tattoos for kids (and adults) of all ages. TATTLY is the brainchild of SWISSMISS and we recently received a sweet package of tattoo goodness thanks to my friend Bekka. The boys were so excited to see all the cool designs and had so much fun picking out their first TATTLYs.

J picked out Clouds and Freckles (the bunny).

And j picked out Freckles and You're Late.

It is funny how the boys both picked out Freckles without knowing the other one chose it. Bunny Brothers Unite!

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALLY J SHIM

I have to say the quality of TATTLYs is far superior to any other tattoos we have used in the past. The colors are quite vivid and if you're careful when washing up the tattoos can last 3-4 days. And if you browse the TATTLY site you will see they have a wonderful selection of designs (and they keep adding to the mix on a regular basis). You don't see many kids in Korea with tattoos so the boys have received many inquiries from classmates, teachers and random people. We've been burning through our package of TATTLYs and will have to restock soon especially since it is short sleeve t-shirt weather, ideal for showing off tattoos. And if you love the designs but are not a tattoo person you have to check out the TATTLY blog for ideas on how to use their tattoos on glass bottles, notebooks, etc.

Tuesday
Apr102012

[JAPAN] TOKYO BOUND

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALLY J SHIM

It has been over three years since my first trip to Tokyo and I'm so thrilled to be heading back next week with the entire family. Last time Appah and I were able to enjoy the beautiful city sans boys but this time they're coming along and they couldn't be more happy. We'll be visiting an old friend who is currently living in Tokyo with her family and re-visiting some favorite spots. And although this trip will be geared towards the boys' interests it is bound to be filled with good food and beautiful sights. I can't wait to share photographs from our Tokyo adventure!