Family Travel: Guide to Bermuda

By PBK Editors

Written by Feather + Flip for Building Blocks.

Bermuda has the soft pink sands and crystal blue lagoons of a tropical island but is an easy-to-get-to destination thanks to quick, nonstop flights. Here are a few of our favorite tips for what to pack and do while you’re visiting Bermuda with kids.

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WHAT TO PACK

A comfy cover up or beach wrap. While you go back and forth from beach to hotel, a cozy cover up or beach wrap is the perfect piece to keep on hand. Our little ones even asked to wear them as pajamas one night!

Underwater exploration gear. Some of Bermuda’s historic shipwrecks are just off the the coast and close enough to the surface that even younger children can snorkel above to explore. A pair of leaky goggles can ruin the big event, so if you have a well-fitted mask of your own, bring it from home.

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A kid-friendly beach tote. Use it as your carry-on for the plane or stash it in the suitcase to bring to the beach—they pack flat, weigh nothing and come in cute designs (our daughter begged for the mermaid with its matching towel, my son drags his shark bag to the park at home as well as on vacation).

A wet/dry bag. We love a last swim in the pool before heading to the airport, but no one enjoys unpacking a suitcase of soggy clothes. Bring a wet/dry bag to keep soaking swimsuits separate on your flight home.

 

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WHAT TO DO

Best of Bermuda

1. Building pink sandcastles on the famous Horseshoe Bay Beach
2. Discovering that grilled wahoo is everyone’s favorite new fish at the Ocean Club
3. Exploring the mangroves and blue grottos in Tom Moore’s Jungle
4. Sunset dinner on the docks at the 350-year-old Waterlot Inn
5. Snorkeling historic shipwrecks that date back to the Civil War

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Favorite Island Mini Guides

St. Barth’s
Stay: Le Guanahani
Eat: Santa Fe
Play: Gouverneur Beach

St. John
Stay: Caneel Bay
Eat: Rhumb Lines
Play: Trunk Bay

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Anguilla
Stay: Malliouhana
Eat: Straw Hat
Play: Scilly Cay

Mustique
Stay: Cotton House
Eat: Basil’s
Play: Macaroni Beach

Bermuda
Stay: Fairmont Southampton
Eat: Ocean Club
Play: Horseshoe Bay Beach

5 Tips for Decorating with Safari Style

By PBK Editors

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This summer we’re wild about all things safari style! Your little ones will love setting out on adventures each night with a jungle-themed bedroom so here are our top 5 tips to getting this look in your home.

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1. Start with bedding that roars. Our Jungle Safari Sheets and Quilted Bedding make for the perfect colorful addition in any kids room. Have a tiny adventurer? Try our Safari Nursery Bedding.

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2. Add stylish storage solutions with a global touch. Woven baskets are great for storing toys or blankets and our Multicolor Abaca Baskets help to bring a fun pop of color.

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3. Mix prints and patterns in natural materials. Geo Poufs and Handwoven Dhurries are great for adding texture and visual interest to your space, especially when they’re made of natural materials like wool and cotton.

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4. Try layering your textiles. Adding multiple rugs to a space may feel overwhelming, but choosing the right patterns that are unique but still connected (by a color story or texture) help bring that eclectic look together.

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5. Go for texture on the walls. Give your room a whole new feel with unexpected textures on the walls! We love the idea of using tactile wallpaper or a DIY finish to bring additional layers to the space.

For more great decorating ideas, browse our articles here or visit potterybarnkids.com to see our summer collections.

Family Travel: Guide to Miami

By PBK Editors

Written by Feather + Flip for Building Blocks.

Miami’s miles of coastline set a perfect scene for family travel. With high-end hotels, a vibrant art scene and plenty of exciting activities, we’re willing to see past any Miami vices and recommend this city for those interested in bright beaches and colorful art.

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WHAT TO PACK

The vacation uniform. It’s made of soft cotton terry so it’s perfect to throw on after each swim. The hood and long sleeves give a brief reprieve from the hat and sunscreen battles, too.

The perfect towel. A towel can act as a beach rug, play mat, and even a sun shade! Go for the biggest size and most colorful option to use everywhere from the pool and beach to park and airport lounge.

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The carry all. Use beach totes to quickly divide between kiddo stuff and mom stuff: toys, books and baby shades in one, sunscreen, sippy cups and diaper essentials in the other.

The water toys. Bring along toys that are small enough to fit in one bag, but that there are enough of to keep little ones entertained for whole trip. Our tip? Try bath toys for the pool and beach.

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The sun and swim essentials. You won’t want to forget some of the kid essentials like baby sunscreen or swim diapers, especially if you’re heading to the beach. Some of these items may be tough to find so they’re well worth ordering online and sending to your hotel in advance.

The travel-ready carrier. A stroller won’t last five minutes on the beach, so be sure to bring a baby carrier. These are perfect for containing my sand-eating little one, especially when trying to get packed up.

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WHAT TO DO

South Beach Boardwalk

This 4-mile boardwalk along the beach is perfect for long strolls with nice views when trying to get baby to sleep. If you’ve got a good napper, swing into Local House on Ocean Drive for a yummy lunch and people watching, or hop into The Webster to shop Miami’s coolest concept store.

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The famous Wynwood Walls and other colorful street art and galleries that will catch a kid’s attention; grab a morning latte at Panther Coffee, or lunch at Wynwood Kitchen.

Family Dinner, Strollers Welcome

Kids are welcome at some of South Beach’s most hip restaurants. Stop by Cecconi’s in Soho House – they have a kids’ menu – or reserve a table at perennially popular Prime 112, where the mini-sliders keep smaller diners happy. Joe’s Crab Shack is a classic, and there’s takeaway if you’d rather dine on your hotel balcony. And we can’t get eat enough Yardbird mac-and-cheese and fried chicken.

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It’s tough to choose a favorite Miami pool, but there are a few standouts. The new Miami Beach EDITION has space, light and grassy lawns plus two pools so families can splash in one without disturbing sunbathing couples. The Setai’s three-tiered pool (each heated to a different temperature) might be the city’s most photogenic, while the James Royal Palm has a children’s playroom near the pool, perfect for a shady time out when the sun gets too hot. The Ritz-Carlton South Beach has nice shallow entries for smaller swimmers and a kids’ club.

DIY Easter Egg Planters

By PBK Editors

Written by Chelsea Mitchell of Camp Makery for Building Blocks.

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This fun DIY Planter is a great way to fill the Easter basket without using candy! It’s the perfect combination of things that Easter represents, including the new spring season, life and growth. Using a jumbo sized Easter egg as the holder, we made these Easter egg planters that I know your little kiddos will enjoy as much as ours did.

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DIY Easter Egg Planters

Supplies:

Step 1: Fill bottom of Easter egg 3/4 full with potting soil.

Step 2: Choose flower and gently break apart the roots.

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Step 3: Create a space in the center of the soil for the flower.

Step 4: Top off the egg bottom with soil, pat into place, and water.

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A Creative Cookie Recipe for Easter

By PBK Editors

Written by Ashley Pepitone of Camp Makery for Building Blocks.

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This iced sugar cookie recipe is a family favorite. My daughter Delaney and I make them every chance we get, and it is such a lovely bonding experience. We have so much fun deciding what shape to make and getting creative with the icing colors and decorations!

For Easter, I love classic, natural design elements such as the simple beauty of speckled Robin’s eggs — the timeless combination of pale turquoise with chocolate brown specks are beautiful. However, I was making these cookies with a four year old and the usual method of getting those perfectly random dots on the cake is to load a brush with food coloring and splatter it on. Quite messy- even for an adult! I decided to try a different method and thank goodness it worked like a charm. Read below to see how we did it!

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Robins Egg Cookies

INGREDIENTS

Almond Sugar Cookie Dough

  • 3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks cold salted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 tsp pure almond extract

Almond Royal Icing

  • 4 tbsp meringue powder (available in specialty baking stores as well as the baking section of craft stores such as Hobby Lobby or Michael’s)
  • Scant 1/2 c. water
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp light corn syrup
  • Few drops clear almond extract
  • Gel food coloring turquoise blue and brown

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour and baking powder), set aside. Cut the butter into chunks and cream with the sugar. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping the bowl as you go.
  3. Knead the dough together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling. It will be crumbly at first!Robins-Egg-Cookies-Baking-3
  4. Immediately on a floured surface to about 1/4″ to 3/8″ thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes. They will not spread too much, but leave at least 2″ between cookies. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack. Robins-Egg-Cookies-Baking-4

For the Icing

Using the paddle attachment of your mixer, combine the meringue powder and water. Beat until foamy. Continue beating on low as you slowly sift in the powdered sugar. The sifting is extremely important- do not skip or rush through it or you will get lumpy icing! Add in the corn syrup and extract, and beat on high approximately 5 minutes until your icing forms a stiff peak when you pull the paddle attachment out. Add blue gel food color one drop at a time.

To decorate you will need

  • Pastry bag
  • Small round tip for pastry bag
  • Gel food coloring turquoise blue and brown
  • Toothpicks
  • Small spray bottle
  • Small squeeze bottle

*Note: all of the above are available at specialty baking stores as well as craft stores.

  1. The icing you just made is the consistency you will use to line your cookies. Fill a piping bag fitted with a small round tip about halfway with icing and outline all of your eggs. Add whatever remaining icing you have left back into the bowl. Begin adding water slowly, by the tablespoon, while mixing until your icing reaches the consistency of maple syrup.
  2. Fill a squeeze bottle with this “filling” icing. Squeeze about a silver dollar sized amount into the center of each cookie and spread with a toothpick, being careful not to break the outlines you just finished.Robins-Egg-Cookies-Icin-g-2
  3. Put a few drops of your brown food coloring in the small spray bottle and fill the rest of the way with very warm water. Replace top of spray bottle and shake vigorously until food coloring is dissolved. Lightly mist all of your blue egg cookies with this mixture. Robins-Egg-Cookies-Icing-5
  4. Allow the cookies to dry a minimum of 3 hours, or overnight.

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1 Quick and Easy Easter Activity

By PBK Editors

Written by Megan Bailey of Little Peanut Magazine for Building Blocks.

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We have really enjoyed sharing images and ideas from our Easter Brunch with Pottery Barn Kids with you, including our DIY Fresh Floral Installation and Healthy Carrot Pancake Recipe. We are so excited to be back today to share one more really cute + easy Easter craft you can do with your little peanuts to get them excited for this fun spring holiday! This is also a creative prop for your kiddos to hold while snagging few cute photos in their Easter outfits!

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Easter Bunny Whisker Craft

What you need:

  • White pipe cleaner
  • Craft puff balls
  • Jumbo craft sticks/or popsicle sticks
  • Hot glue gun

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To make your own bunny whiskers simply fold 4 white pipe cleaner sticks in half. Carefully glue the folded pipe cleaners onto the back of a craft stick (2 on each side). Then flip the stick over and carefully glue on a craft puff ball of choice. Easy as that! Now get ready for loads of fun and laughter with your little bunnies!

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Floral Design: Allison Baddley | La Fete Floral & Events
Photography: Becky Kimball | Becky Kimball Photography
Floral Dress:
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