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Simple Solutions to Promote Independent Dressing


Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 12:50 am

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DRAWER STICKERS

The time with my kids are precious and sometimes I feel like I never have enough time to devote to them but when I do, I really really don’t want to be spending it yelling about details on the small stuff. Yes I sometimes wonder why I of all people a Fashion Stylist and Trend Expert have only boys who couldn’t care less about fashion or coordinating the right socks with their look or caring that their nails need clipping, etc… (That list could go on and on).  Because of this, I look for any ideas big or small to assist them in becoming more independent in their grooming and care and overall becoming a better more independent dresser.  Because I travel alot, when I’m home I cater to my kids and I sometimes feel like I am not helping them but more helping to feed my occasional guilt of being away from them.  I believe it is ok to coddle them a little but not too much.   When children learn how to do things for themselves/move more independently they feel empowered. Independent dressing is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced a little every day.  I look for all kinds of ways to mix up learning methods even if it’s just playtime to them but secretly I know they are learning something beneficial for later.

I came across some stickers that I thought would be a great way to familiarize my guys with where to find (and put back) his clothes in drawers. I also use a label maker (for the ones of reading age) to help. Not for nothing; it helps the cleaning person, babysitter and husband (don’t forget that’s another child to monitor) know where things go when you aren’t around to do all the directing or micro-managing yourself.  I love anything that takes a second or two or three or thirty off my to-do list!

 I also like to give them a choice in what they wear for the day…much like I do with my clients. I sometimes lay out 2 or 3 looks for them and ask them to choose.  From time to time I let them chose their full look on their own (and cringe at the final choice) and let them have full authority on it.

Here are 3 free computer games that help teach appropriate choices of clothing based on the weather or the activity:

1.  Caillou Dress Up Game:  Caillou will let you know what the weather is and the child needs to select the proper clothing based on the temperature outside.
2.  Sid the Science Kid Weather Wheel:  Click on the weather wheel to determine the conditions and then dress the character to match up with the weather.
3.  Muffy’s Wardrobe:  Instead of the weather, you can choose an activity for Muffy to participate in and then you must choose the right outfit for that activity.

For the stickers go to www.crafterhours.bigcartel.com/category/stickers  for yours today and if you find any other great tips share them.

Apple Picking Pleasures


Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 7:00 pm

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Apple Picking 2013 NYC (6)

Living in NYC is an amazing experience. I was born and raised a Brooklyn kid so living in the city is 2nd nature.  Even though I have traveled well I always found NYC as my true place of comfort. My life is very parallel to NY in that there is much more to it than just being a concrete jungle of hustling and high life living. There are beautiful and quiet elements that NY offers that make it one of the best places on earth to me at least…now only if we had tropical white sand beaches and blue oceans! I look forward to fall for many reasons but one of them is to take my kids apple picking! I love the chance to be in the midst of nature and rustle up some fruits and pumpkins and apple cider to take home and enjoy for a few weeks. We make homemade applesauce and apple pies, drink cider with cinnamon sticks on chilly nights and it feels just like we are roughing it in the woods but just an 1 hour or so from the NYC (the Big Apple).

My favorite place to go is Maskers Orchard in Warwick, NY www.maskers.com but resource and scout for yourself because they all offer different activities. Maskers tops my list with animal petting zoos and pony rides, haunted houses, hay rides and much more.   We like to pack a picnic basket with wine, cheese and crackers to go with our freshly picked apples and dine in between the trees. I just love this time of year.

Behind The Scenes: My Website Photoshoot


Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 1:38 am

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My first photo session Keith Major (76)I’m still so used to being behind the camera it still feels weird being in front of it. Here are some clips of the making of my www.pamelawatsonstyle.com  shoot. Lucky me, I had the best celebrity glam squad on the planet: Celebrity Photographer Keith Major www.keithmajor.com , Celebrity Makeup Artist Monifa Mortis-Simons www.monifamortis.com , Celebrity Hairstylist Dana Gibbs of dansalofthair www.styleseat.com/danaslofthair and my wardrobe support team (Nchimunya Wolf/Via Black/Traceye Smith). You know how they say a doctor is one of the worst patients? I can know understand why, I might have micromanaged…. a little <clearing my throat>. LOL!

The Christmas List!?


Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 1:34 am

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2013-03-05 21.52.51Really? It’s not even Fall yet and I found this. My 10yr olds rolling Christmas wish list…what the heck?? I love his focus but could he possibly focus on something like schoolwork maybe?? I don’t know maybe I’m crazy…

Bad Furniture Choice!?


Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 1:28 am

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2013-03-01 07.31.28I found these pieces and loved them for my lounge area in the basement but the kids kept trying to pull the trigger. Ummm! On second thought maybe the lamp has to go #badinfluencefurniture #refundplease