Did you know that Trick-or-Treating is a customary Halloween tradition that began in the late 1940s? The act of going door to door receiving food existed in Great Britain and Ireland where it was known as “souling”. Children (and often the poor) would sing and say prayers for the dead and in return receive cakes.
We thought we’d use this holiday as an opportunity to introduce to you a few sweet German treats. Perhaps you’ll be able to expand your selection of candy for the big day!
When Katie Driscoll reached out about a Back to School shoot she was putting together, we didn’t think twice about participating. Katie is a mother of 6 (yes, SIX!) who shares her family’s story through her blog 5boysand1girlmake6. As noted in Huffington Post, when Katie “learned that her [unborn baby] carried the chromosome for Down syndrome, she quickly realized that unfair stereotypes of the disorder still ran rampant.” Through photography and social channels, Katie works endlessly to help change the negative stereotypes of Down syndrome.
We are so very proud of Katie and all of the work that she has done. Her Back to School shoot was a huge success, celebrating beautiful children of every size, age and background. We couldn’t agree with her more when she says, “As we enter the 2014-15 school year think about all the children returning to school. Talk about differences and encourage your child to go the extra mile. Ask them to be the one who encourages a child who is feeling defeated, to lend a hand when a classmate is struggling and to make a friend with a peer who doesn’t have any. Lets make this year about working together, building each other up and sharing in the celebration of learning!”.
Encourage our children to #beuramazingself and to #choosekind this back to school season!
If you find a product that’s “Made in Germany”, it is likely you’ll feel confident about your purchase. German products are known for their high quality and reliability. From a trusted beauty cream to sleek and modern lamps to a bike crafted out of german wood… we’ve found a little something for everyone.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our favorite German candy, Haribo gummy bears! Fun fact: Apple flavored Haribo gummy bears are only found in Germany. The green colored gummies you’re eating in the United States (which are made in Turkey) are actually strawberry flavored. Editors note: I’m currently snacking on apple gummy bears from Germany and I wish I could share them with each of you!
Long ago, German parents told their children they would know it was time to go to school when the fruit was ripe on the Schultütenbaum (school cone tree). The “fruit” was actually bright paper cones called schultüte (“shool-too-teh”) that parents filled with sweet treats and hung on a metal tree at their child’s school.
More than 200 years later, this fun back-to-school tradition is still going strong. Today’s schultüte (or KinderCone) can be as big as 35 inches tall and contain practical school supplies as well as treats. In honor of this long-standing back-to-school tradition, local Tea retailers are hosting a KinderCone event you won’t want to miss.
When we moved into our house 4 years ago, there was a cozy, sun-filled room adjacent to the kitchen that I felt would be a great mini-play space. I envisioned the kids creating artwork in this space and proudly displaying their creations on a large wall inside the room – it would be their very own art gallery! We covered the wall with magnetic paint and then added a few layers of chalkboard paint. (The kids still don’t know that the wall is actually one large chalkboard… too messy and dusty near the kitchen!) At first, we tried to mount the kids’ paintings with magnets, but they didn’t stick well (most likely because we have chalkboard paint over it), so the artwork is now mounted with colorful tape.
Moroccan style. It’s warm and welcoming. It’s often hand made and always timeless. With the increased popularity of Moroccan style here in the United States, it’s important to remember that while the modernized versions are beautiful, it’s the hand loomed blankets and intricate embroidery that started it all. The fusion of Arab, Spanish, French art deco and Berber style sets Moroccan style apart from the rest.
I have been a fan of Zid Zid Kids for a long time, admiring the work of Julie and Moulay. They create beautiful items for play and home, all made in Morocco by hand. I find the pieces and overall aesthetic to be so charming.
Moulay and Julie live in Morocco and speak French, Arabic and Spanish to their children daily – so it was only natural that their next endeavor would be a creative hands-on language program for children! Petit Zarafa is a play-based multi-language learning subscription website for little citizens ages 2 and up.
My children have Chinese flashcards that they play with when their grandmother visits from Taiwan, but we haven’t picked them up in a while.
The combination of the activities with learning lessons, grasping different sounds with familiar tasks, is inspiring to me. My kids love playing with games and are currently learning letters & numbers at their own schools – it will be interesting to see what they gravitate to most with this program. In general, my kids love listening to stories… I’m sure my mom, a former French language teacher, would love to teach them French stories. It would be magical if they could speak a little bit of French when we visit my sister in Europe this summer.
Are you teaching your children a second language? What do you find works best? I’d love to know!
We were thrilled when San Francisco photographer, Carol Vaziri, reached out to Tea about working together on a photo shoot. Her “natural and curious” style of photography captured Tea perfectly. The idea behind the shoot — “How Do You Wear Tea?”. Dressed up or dressed down, kids are constantly climbing, running, jumping and Tea is right there with them. We love seeing Tea in action, keeping children comfortable and stylish while they experience everyday magic. So, how does your little one wear Tea? Share your photos with us… they could end up on teacollection.com!