My name is Sharon Garofalow. Based in So Cal, I am the mom to two amazing little boys and married to the raddest man in all the land. This is where I share a collection of cool, created by me or curated from around the web. I focus on untraditional party themes, unfussy fashion and creative activities for your modern family.
It’s not everyday that your kids get asked to be in a photo shoot for a magazine. So when Orange Coast Magazine asked if our boys could be in their “cool kids” article we were pretty excited. They shot it a few months ago at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. My boys and I got there a bit early so we hung out in the lobby until it was time to get started.
The staff at Orange Coast Magazine provided snacks for the kids and made sure that everything ran really smoothly. There were something like 30 kids so you can imagine that that could have gone sideways pretty dang easily.
What the boys wore (none of these items are sponsored):
The parents also worked really hard to get all the kids to smile, look in one direction and not run away (the littlest kids…and my youngest son. I’m pretty sure he knew I had Skittles as a bribe in my bag and he was intent on getting them).
Thank you for having us Orange Coast Magazine!! It was a really fun experience!
*Not a sponsored post. This is straight up mom style. My kid’s were in a photo shoot for Raskullz helmets (set up through my husband) and I wanted to share that fun experience with you. And because we love Raskullz and think every kid on the planet should have one. And wait until you see the SWIM stuff!
Please tell me your child owns a Raskullz helmet, or bike or scooter? Aside from keeping their heads safe, they are the most fun, creative, just plain rad helmets on the market. And the characters that they make in to bikes and scooters are beyond! You may remember that my kids got to be in a photo shoot for them before. When my husband asked the kids if they wanted to be in another one, they were super excited.
The photo shoot took place down by the beach earlier this summer. The boys were super excited to be there. If I have one regret as a mother it is not taking my kids to the beach more. I mean, we live about 15 minutes away and this was their first time at a beach other than playing around the tide pools. Mom fail. In my defense sand is just, so, sandy.
The photos will probably be used for line sheets and other company materials as well as online(?) I’m really not sure and we really don’t care. The boys just love getting to check out all the helmets (I don’t think some of these are out yet) and new products. I’m pretty sure they wore each one of the helmets at one time or another.
My younger one had some trouble staying focused (and he couldn’t smize to save his life) my older one really enjoys this kind of stuff.
Now let’s talk about Raskullz Swim!!!!!!! How awesome is this swim mask? The kids absolutely loved them.
And then they let them loose in the water. This is where my heart did a little flip flop. I hadn’t planned on them going in the water so my type A was in full effect thinking about not having a change of clothes for them. Or towels. Next came the “oh fu*k” they don’t really know how to swim, a rip tide is going to pull them in and I’m going to have to save them even though I am afraid of water and it’s cold. Thank sweet baby Jesus I hadn’t seen Sharknado yet. But I forgot all of that when I saw how much fun they were having. There were shrieks, there were shouts of “this is AWESOME” and laughter. We have started swim lessons and hopefully I will feel better about their swimming real soon. I vow to take them back before the end of summer.
The kids don’t know it but I’m probably going to go buy them some swim masks this weekend (I hear Walmart has them). How can I not? They are so fun!!