Happy International Self Care Day

I am surrounded by special angels…some are near, and some are far. Some I have known for months, and some for many years. This delightful angel, I have known for 20+ years. Lacy is a rock star mama, business women now living in Western OZ. Her husband, Gordon and babies Hamish and Ruby - circle her with love and light.

Lacy’s give back to us - is her grounding presence, and wisdom.

When she was 16, younger than me at the time… I asked her for advice, and relied on her truth as guidance. Her mediation practice is that of a working mama of two littles…

Anything is possible. No judgment, no pressure.

Just the question.

How do you give to others? Do you give from your own reserve. What is your recharge?

💓Happy International Self Care Day💓 

Love, Lacy Gow

My favourite daily method of self care is meditation given I am a former ‘action obsessed’ addict ✅ turned loving living present mama🧘‍♀️ 

Here are my top tips for starting a consistent practice: 

➕Commit: on average it takes 66 days to create a habit so choose a schedule you can stick with even if it is 10 minutes a day for 5 days a week. I commit to 40+ minutes, 5 days a week. 

➕Get comfy: find a position you can be in comfortably for the entire duration. I like lying in my bed with my heated blanket on but some people like kneeling, sitting cross legged, in a chair - whatever feels good for your body.  

➕Focus on your breathing: I do a deep breath in for a count of 7 trying to expand my rib cage and push the air to the back of my lungs and then a deep breath out for another count of 7 trying to get all that air out from deep within contracting my rib cage. You may find a count of 7 a bit of a struggle at first, so find a count that feels comfortable and sustainable. 

I focus on breathing in white healing energy through the chakra at the crown of my head and breathing out energy which no longer serves me through my throat chakra into an imaginary blue flame.  Some people just count, focus on words like breath in love, breath out peace. Experiment and find what feels comfortable. 

➕Silence v Noise: I sit in silence (or white noise if I have the baby monitor on) but some people enjoy listening to something (especially if you can’t find a quiet space). You can download Spotify for free and experiment with guided meditations/affirmations (I like Jess Shepherd), abundance music (I like Steve Halpern) or motivational speeches (I like fearless soul). Again, experiment to find what feels good. 

➕Light v Dark: I like a naturally light room with the sun shining through as it helps with my visualisation of the healing light and makes me happy, but you may enjoy a dim or dark room. Some people even put an eye pillow over their eyes - again, I recommend experimenting until you find what feels best for you. 

Then set your timer, get comfy, start your breathing and noise (if applicable). 

Connect your pointer finger to thumb on your hands during the practice and when breathing in, keep your mouth closed and tongue on the roof of your mouth. When you breath out, open your mouth. I like to breath like I’m steaming a window. 

As your thoughts start running away with you (as they do for everyone, all the time!) and you catch yourself off on a tangent, bring yourself (non-judgmentally) back to your breath. 

Some days I find focusing easy and refreshing; other days it is a huge challenge and full on. Remember, this is an opportunity to bring us to the present and may not feel that relaxing some days! It is hard but extremely rewarding work❤️

About me: I am a life loving mama on a mission to bring more happiness and love into this world. I have two little people, Hamish (2y 9mo) and Ruby (9 mo), a fur baby Zeus and my partner in crime, Gordon. If your interested in learning more about my self care journey or just see what we are up to living on the other side of the globe in Perth, Australia, follow me on Instagram @lacykategow. Sending my love to you all and good luck with your meditation journey 💓

MAY GIVE BACK: BOOK MARK BUDDIES

This May, we are thrilled to support Book Mark Buddies for our May Give Back Project.. Check out our video convo with our dear friends and founders Heather and Lanie Feig.

Book Mark Buddies mission is to empower children to see that they can make a difference at any age. Children decorate bookmarks to be sold for charity.

This May, all of our children will be creating and selling book marks. All book marks will be sold for $1, and donations accepted.

To make a donation to Book Mark Buddies, please Venmo @Rebecca-Kanov and put in the subject #welovebookmarkbuddies

We will have pop up events throughout the city this month, run by our team of Jr. Counselors and teen supporters! Stay tuned to Instagram for these events…

Out of the Toy Box and Back to the Basics

I am so excited to partner with Jill Loftus, - MS, OTR/Registered Occupational Therapistwww.honestot.com for a week of Summer Camp for kids ages 3 - 6. Thank you, Jill, for kicking off our Spring Blog Series with this post!

Out of the Toy Box and Back to the Basics


Parents are always looking for what’s new and exciting in the world of toys. But sometimes the latest and greatest is not always the best. What if there was a class that provided your kids with simple, easy to find and cheap toys and tools that would promote their developmental skills. 


As a pediatric occupational therapist, I hear parents saying:


“My child holds his pencil like an octopus”


“My son just wants to play video games or be on his IPAD”


“My daughter has a difficult time creating simple craft projects”


“It seems like my child has two left feet”

Well, guess what?! The camp that Rebecca Kanov and I have created can solve this and many other questions and concerns parents are having regarding their children. We want to bring kids back to basics to build their foundational developmental skills!


Out of the Toy Box is a week-long camp that will allow children to develop creative thinking, gross motor, fine motor, sensory and social skills through play with everyday materials. We are using items, primarily from the dollar store that can create “box of fun” for every child.


For example, how many different activities can you create with a jump rope?

1. Walk across it

2. Jump over it, jump over it on the floor, tie it to chair legs and jump over an elevated level

3. Hang clothespins from it

4. Teach shoe tying with it

5. Make letters, numbers and shapes with it


Each day will promote a different developmental area including gross motor skills, fine motor development, eye hand coordination, sensory development, social skills and more! By the end of the week, your child will have a box filled with ideas for play! We are also including activity cards that show you 5 or more ways to use each item.

Where to find us this Summer……

Kidsense Pediatric Studio

June 17 - June 21: 12:30 - 2:30
$200/week  

TO Book:

https://fareharbor.com/artsandmindskids/items/70504/

Summer of Magic....

Sumer is upon us, y’all.

In Summer Camp world, it starts January 1st…. for reals. This is a little intense in my opinion, and really stressful to manage.

We, parents, experience the pressure of booking our kids activities WAY in advance, with the innate fear of having to entertain our children for consistent daylight hours.

Will our kids have a full experience? Will they remember how to read, or dress themselves come August? What will I do with my kids when I have to work, shower, grocery shop, or breathe? We go from zero to 60 in a blink. It’s all too much for me. And, I say that as someone who would rather my kids be with my all day, rather than at school.

Even when they are ungrateful monsters.

Summer for us = freedom. I love late nights, pool dinners, no plans. So this year, Arts & Minds is changing its tune.

We have DROP IN half and full day camps every day.

There is always movement. We will always do a creative arts project. We will always give.

This Summer, I am partnering with wonderful organizations in Denver: Hot Mamas Exercise - our daily partners and leaders of women’s fitness in Denver.

The Kid Conscious Project, Compost Colorado, Honest OT, Wendy Kelly Our neighbors Smith & Cannon, and Bumble Tea. Together, we are offering incredible programming for our children.

Through our partnerships we are connecting our littlest members of our community on an intentional level. And, to give your family holistic, creative offerings of support.

Coming UP this Spring and Summer

My goal through Arts & Minds is to give our children the platform to change the world.

Let’s make some magic this Summer.

Our newest spot.

Arts & Minds has a spot.

A good SPOT. We are so lucky to partner with the fitness queens of Hot Mamas Exercise, and the Denver landmark Church In the City Beth Abraham. Hot Mamas Exercise relocated to Colfax Ave, and their hot new space is rockin’. Church in the City has shared their community and unlimited space so we can create with your kids.

Where is our Childcare spot located? INSIDE Church in the City. Park in their lot, and walk around to be buzzed into their main entrance on 16th and York. After you drop off your cuties, walk one block across Colfax directly into Hot Mamas Exercise’s doors.

What we are doing? Offering a meaningful childcare experience for kids of all ages during Hot Mamas’ morning classes.

Meaningful Childcare = Movement and Creative Arts with your littlest ones.

You can register from one hour up to three. During the 8:30 and 10:30 hours, Arts & Minds Staff will lead a yoga or dance class, have story time, and engage in a developmentally appropriate art activity.

Oh yea, you can also purchase snacks each day. Just let us know when you drop off your kids.

At 9:30 daily, we will have an Arts & Minds class. YOGA, ART, DRAMA, COMMUNITY PROJECTS. Keep your eyes wide for opportunities for your kids to Give Back to our community partners.

What about the babies? Your baby engage in a fulfilling sensory experience… sensory play, socialization, music, and massage time.

Do you have to work out? Well, you should cause these classes are awesome. Register for 1 or 2 classes (I’ll see you there most mornings), run an errand, grab coffee, or shop in Teddi B’s.

How do you register for childcare? https://hotmamasexercise.com/sign-up-for-class/

Stay tuned… November, we are launching After-School Classes, Camps during school breaks, and our packages.

Questions? Email me. Text me. Call me. Message me.

My staff and I can’t wait to see what your kids create!!!!

xoxo Rebecca

646.369.6077 / info@artsandmindskids.com

Camp Champ

My friends at Camp Champ are more excited about Summer than I am. They are not counselors, or campers - just dads. And, they aren't trying to get rid of their kids! 

Bret Wilholte and Andy Schlauch are Denver parents like us, who are making things super easy for you and I this Summer. I talk to countless friends, with Summer Spreadsheets, angst, and SO MANY PLANS for their kids in the Summer. I run camps and it stresses me out planning for my 8 and 5 year old. 

Camp Champ streamlines this. Like, way easier than the text chain that you are currently engaging in. So if you want an easier Summer, check them out. If you want to coordinate with your kids' crew, or your mom friends - check them out. 

I have a few spots for camp that will be offered weekly through them. If you plan on having MOM - KID WEEK, and chicken out  - Camp Champ is your go to. 

If you have scattered friends all over the city and are trying to coordinate a week of Summer Awesomeness - Camp Champ is your go to. 

Hope to see your kids in my camps, or at drop off at one of the other million, fabulous Summer offerings that we will hopefully try to make it to between June and August. 

                                   Thanks Bret and Andy, I look forward to spending Summer with y'all, 

                                                                                                                          xoxo Rebecca 

 

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A Gift for YOU!

School is here. And, woah - what an adjustment. We had a BLAST this summer! In between Arts & Minds Camps, the Kanov Kids and I explored and experienced our state. We usually travel more than we did. But this year, we stayed put. 

WE CONQUERED THE SUMMER BUCKET LIST. 

Which we have never actually done. I went to so many crowded family places against my wishes- and the kids rode every possible ride that they were tall and big enough for. We watched a TON of movies - more than I'm actually comfortable with. And, now - 

SCREEN TIME IS OVER. NO MORE SODAS AT SUPPER. AND SEE YA SUMMER. 

I sound mean. The kids told me that. And, when I see it written - it feels rigid. 

The Fun doesn't have to be over, it just looks different. Instead of Soda we have Smoothies. Instead of Movies, we have Live Stream Concerts, and Instead of Camp, we have Enrichments.

And, we have 14 ENRICHMENT CLASSES running this Fall, y'all. 

I am so lucky to have a ton of support from friends in our community. So that means, YOU sign up for class, YOU get a present! 

Say thanks to my friends at Hot Mamas Exercise, Coleen Sanders, Chaos and Cream, Tender Belly, Women in Balance, Wee Cycle, Ivivva, exlLearning cause they're hookin' you up. 

This Fall, y'all, we're taking a trip around the Globe through Movement and Creative Arts. My intention of to raise our children's awareness of their space in the world. What can they do to impact their community? Children have the power to make changes. We are going to GIVE BACK at every location. 

Your children will decide how this looks, what they create, what they GIVE, and to whom. My amazing team and I, will frame this for them. I can't wait to see what they create. 

Thank you for your continued support,

Love, Rebecca  

 

 

Art, Art, and more Art

Wowza, what a fun start to Summer. We have created, planted, played, collaborated and learned. Arts & Minds Camps are a blast!

Off all the Camps I have planned for this Summer

I am most excited for ALL ABOUT ART WEEK June 26th – June 30th.

All About Art is exciting because of 3 reasons

  • Making a Mess: Sensory Play is necessary for kids and adults of ALL AGES. And messy art will do it! 

  • Making our Mark: We have the great opportunity to contribute to the Community Garden at the Denver Green School. We've already planted some lettuce and herbs, let's watch them grow, and make some edible Art.

    AND

  • Art Show: We'll have an Art Show for Families at all THREE locations on Friday June 30th. Stay tuned if your kiddo attends with details. 

We're teaching our children at Camp, its about the process not product. We (children and adults) are SO proud of ourselves when we create something new.  We want our littles to enjoy how it feels to create regardless of what the outcome is. My Counselors and I's goal is to support our littles through their own discovery and creation. At Arts & Minds, Art is explored through encouragement and reflection.

You may here your kiddo say, “My counselor told me she loves my color choice.” Rather than, “I drew a perfect yellow Sun.” If your kiddo wants to color the Sun Lime Green, that's just fine with us!

One of my family's favorite books is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Dewalt. In this book, “Black (crayon) wants to be used for more than just outlining!” We love the revolt again conformity and how this book celebrates creative expression. My kids don't necessarily say this, but they get the gist.

Children are intuitively creative, they have nothing but imagination. It is the MOST fun exploring this with them, because they really do come up with the coolest stuff. Bring it on little artists! 

Registration is still available at all three locations.

I can't wait to show y'all what we come up with....

xoxo, Rebecca 

Summer is so close, I can taste the candy.

The last week of school is upon us... 

Its bittersweet for some of us, scary as hell for some of us, and exciting for some of us.

I love no schedule, in theory.... I'm super busy running camps of my own this summer, so I have to schedule in the "No Schedule" 

Every Summer we do a "Summer Fun List" with my kids...

1. a whole day watching TV

-that's the only thing on the list so far. 

Am I screwed? Right now, I think I am - because they told me - they just want to watch TV and eat candy... ALL DAY. 

I'm nervous for the moment when they say "I'm bored, I want candy."

Why always candy??? Is it because I have scared them of rotting teeth and sugar, and they're teasing me? probably.... 

 

Full disclosure... I'm excited for the Summer!

I like having my kids around so much.  As much as I am "OUT AND ABOUT," I prefer to be home with my babies.  They're hilarious and adorable 90% of the time, so selfishly I want them with me. I want to hear their cuteness for the first time.

I like them with me at my camps (90% of the time). It's confusing when Mom = Teacher, ya know?! 

I especially enjoy them on lazy days snuggling watching TV. I'm more into coffee, than candy on those days, but who cares. 

What I am most excited for the moment, when I pick them up from an awesome day of camp (not mine) and they say - THAT WAS AWESOME!!! Because that 10% when they are NOT with me, I really want them to be doing something meaningful and worthwhile....

It also means, we all did our thang.

                                          NOT TOGETHER.

                                                         Had time to miss each other.

                                                              Then regrouped for dinner in the park, or whatever... Candy. 

 

Happy Mom = Happy Kids

When my kids are happy, I am happy.  

Who can't relate to that?

This Mother's Day, my children gave me adorable, thoughtful handmade gifts. 

  • Flower Pot "Because I love to plant flowers...." Even though i can't keep them alive for long, they remind me. 
  • Super Hero Picture "All Moms are Super Hero's, duh." My Super Power is MOMMY MAGIC!!!! 
  • Selfie of my 4 year old "We love to take selfies together in the Sun" 
  • "Breakfast of my dreams" in bed... There is sat, with my delicious eggs...and an apple, all by myself in my room. My kids were playing and laughing with my husband. How was I supposed to relax when I had major FOMO? 

I wanted to be playing and laughing, making breakfast! 

When my kids are laughing and creating memories, I don't want to miss that. 

AND, there are times when I do not want to be with my kids.

(Besides when I'm going to the bathroom, getting my hair colored, or shopping in a beautiful boutique).

Here's my NO List:

  • SCHOOL, for very long. Let their amazing teachers teach them. I will come to volunteer, eat lunch, see a talent show, and teach in their Enrichment Programs . But, the Kanov Kids do much better engaging with other adults when I am not around. 
  • ANY AMUSEMENT PARK. Yea, I can't do it. Disney is going to be a HUGE discussion. 
  • BIRTHDAY PARTIES. Unless I'm hosting, organizing and running it, or there's wine. Now that my babies are not babies, the party is for the kids more than the parents. I love catching up with my mom friends, but can't we drop off and go to a beautiful boutique? 

When I do want my little cuties around... Summer Camp!!!

Kanov Kids = SO EXCITED. Their friends are coming to my camps, they are witnessing the planning in action. We've got the Garden, organized the Yoga Mats. They can't wait. Our house is especially pumped for: 

Yoga in the Garden

Art Shows

and 

Dance Performances

 

Registration is OPEN. Get in the mix before we sell out. Questions? You can always reach me.... 

Rebecca Kanov

646-369-6077 / info@artsandmindskids.com