Week 2 At Home

photo of kid

Staying engaged with ourselves and our kids

Hey all,

Like many of you, we spent the last week building our homeschooling chops; FaceTiming with family and friends; and trying to find a rhythm that includes being present with our kids, finding time to work, and figuring out how to stay informed without obsessing. We want to continue sending this newsletter to share our experience and resources we’ve found along the way. Hopefully, this will be helpful for you and therapeutic for us.

Scroll down for some resources, Instagram Livestreams, some great guides from Noah’s colleagues at the Center for Children & Technology, and drum roll please….the first installment of our photography challenge!

As always, share this newsletter and please share your experiences.

– love love love xoxoxo Mariliana and Noah Stylish & Hip Kids Photography

Photography Challenge 1: The Letters of the Alphabet

For the next couple of weeks—or as long as we’re having fun with it—we’ll be sending out weekly photography challenges you can complete at home by yourself or with your kids. The challenges will be simple and don’t require fancy equipment or artistic ability. We’d love if you share pictures with us, but you shouldn’t feel obligated. We’ll be playing along ourselves and will share a selection of pictures the following week.

This week’s challenge is to find the letters of the alphabet in your home. Be creative and look for forms (rather than the actual letters). Check out the two examples we’ve provided below of a J and a Y. If you’d like to share, you can email pictures to hello@stylishhipkids.com, or post to instagram and tag them with #SHKChallenge.

Example alphabet pictures: J and Y

Instagram Livestreams

We’ve been working on a homeschool schedule that is analog in the morning (arts, crafts, reading, and movement) when the kids are more calm and centered, and more tech-enhanced in the afternoon. That tech-enhanced revolves strongly around FaceTime with friends and interacting with Instagram livestreams. There are so many folks offering livestreams now that it’s a bit dizzying, but we wanted to highlight two that we’ve been really enjoying.

Author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers has been reading his books M-F at 2pm. He discusses his writing and artistic process and plans to begin illustrating as well. See the picture below for this week’s lineup. We’ve also really dug on the Puppetsburg classes Wednesdays at 4:30.

Finally, if like us you’d prefer to watch livestreams on your computer rather than your phone, you can install the Chrome browser plugin IG Stories for Instagram.

Keeping yourself engaged

Finally, if you’re looking for excuses to not read the news, why not take an online class? Domestika has launched a #stayathome campaign and is offering a range of creative courses for free. We’ve been checking out the Drawing and Creativity for Big Little Artists course. Note: while all courses have subtitles in English, most were recorded in Spanish. So for some of you, this could also be a great opportunity to brush up on your Spanish-language skills with an authentic task.

Kids at home? Here are activities and resources we’re turning to

photo of kid

Staying engaged with ourselves and our kids

Hey all,

Like many in our community, we’ve found ourselves at home with the kids for the next little bit. My husband is working from home, the two kids are home, and we’re postponing our SHK photo sessions for now. Like with every email you’re getting, this is an evolving situation and hopefully we can get back to taking pictures of your lovelies sooner rather than later

In this newsletter, I wanted to share thoughts about how we’re trying to use this as a moment to bond as a family and to look inwards while engaging outwards (from a distance)—and hopefully start a conversation with you all. We wanted to share activities we’re doing, some resources we’re calling upon, and advice we’ve found about finding rhythm and talking about Coronavirus with our kids. Also, since we’re all at home, food and cooking is both a new challenge and a source of fun, so we’re sharing some links about that.

This is all something we’re continuing to figure out as we go, so we’ll keep sharing as we move forward. I would love to hear from you all about what you’re doing. While we have decided that we’re keeping in-person contact to a minimum, we’re doing everything we can to strengthen community in other ways.

Also, since many of us will be spending more time at home with our families, this can be an opportunity to photograph daily life with your kids in a more meaningful way. In that vein, we’re exploring putting together an online workshop about photographing your kids at home, where I’ll share thoughts about techniques, but also about capturing the right moments without being intrusive. Hit us up if you’re interested in participating in an online family photography workshop, and we’ll keep you posted as we have more information.

Finally, we want to take this opportunity to send our love out to all of you. While we’re keeping the tone of this newsletter positive, we know that there are real health and financial risks coming our way. We hope that you’re staying safe, happy, and healthy. Please check in on each other, and please share with us how you’re making this transition. How are you talking about this with your kids? What activities are you doing? How are you keeping your spirits up?

As always, share this newsletter and please share your experiences.

– love love love xoxoxo Mariliana and Noah Stylish & Hip Kids Photography

Crafts and Activities

We’ve been digging in to arts and crafts and really enjoying the Kids’ Book of Paper Love. You can pick that up online from Story Lab bookstore right here in Brooklyn.

We’re also experimenting with some online classes and events. We met Jo from Brooklyn Mamas and Papas last week, and she’s got a great list going on streaming events for kids including Rocknlolo with her guitar and the Drag Queen Story Hour. We did a trial online class with Bilingual Birdies today. That was loads of fun. We’ll keep you posted once those online classes for French, Mandarin, and Spanish are launched to the public. is also doing online classes on Instagram, which is another great option.

We mentioned Story Lab above, there are lots of great family-run business in our city that are entering seriously challenging times. When you’re purchasing things, try to find them over the Amazons, because lord knows Amazon doesn’t need our money like they do. A few folks we’re trying to send love to, and who you can buy online from, include Geometry Kids, who have a great selection of toys and clothes, and Little Kin Studio, where in addition to their gorgeous dolls, you might check out their Waldorf inspired bunny doll pattern that you can purchase to make a doll with your kids.


This article about stocking your pantry from the NY Times was a nice inspiration as we’re trying to keep our supermarket trips to a minimum. The Times also has several pantry cooking collections. Cooking dried beans/legumes is something we’re always into. We’ve been particularly in love with cooking this easy yellow-split pea dal. One trick for cutting cooking time on your beans, and for getting them nice and soft, is to add baking soda to the cooking liquid. This is especially important if you want to cook up some chickpeas to make hummus.

Batch cooking, and utilizing your freezer well, is also a great way to reduce the time you spend cooking during the week (by spending a little more time on the weekend). We first got into batch cooking—cooking and prepping base ingredients on the weekend so you can combine them into different recipes throughout the week—through Chloe Sucree’s Being Biotiful, weekly batch cooking plans (in Spanish). It takes some planning, and we’re not as on top of it as we would like, but we do our best to do some solid prepping on the weekend (ie chopping veggies, stemming kale, or cooking a big batch of chickpeas etc.). Some nice recipes that can be cooked in larger batch cooking recipes here and here. Lately we’ve been working on having weekly regular recipe, a stir fry, a soup, a sheet pan meal, an easy miso and garlic ramen, and then mixing it up with a few new things from spots like 101 Cookbooks, Smitten Kitchen, Serious Eats.

Dance Parties

5 Rhythms Mixes

5 Rhythms Sweat mixes are a great way to have a morning dance party with the fam. They start out slow, great for stretching and warming up, and then meander into a faster pace. You can dance the whole thing through or use it as a background for cleaning and dancing at the same time. Here is a sweat mix, but you can also just search “5 rhythms sweat” on MixCloud.


The folks who gave you the Mr. Sunday dance parties have canceled in-person parties for the time being, but they’re working a series of online events that we’re excited to check out. You can find more info on the Nowadays Patreon page, and also support the venue and workers through some financially trying times.

SHK Playlist

Finally, the husband put this SHK dance mix together for one of our Mother’s Day events a couple years back at Geometry Kids. It’s still guaranteed to get your booties shaking.

The cherry blossoms are here! Book your early-spring family photo session amongst the flowers!



Happy Spring! Book your family photo session with the early-spring flowers

Yes, it’s happening! Friday will be up in the 70s, the cherry blossoms have sprung, and the magnolias are close behind them. So take your opportunity while you’ve got it, and let’s take pictures with the early-spring flowers. Central Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden are full of these beauties, but they don’t last! So book quickly if you would like to reserve a spot.

And while you’re here we’ve got your Moment of Zen. Our recent session with these twins was some of the most fun we’ve had. We admit to a weakness for twins, but just look at these two!!!

Can’t wait to see you soon!

– love love love xoxoxo Mariliana and Stylish & Hip Kids Photography










Processed with VSCO with kp3 preset

LET’S CHAT! We would love to hear from you! Send us a message to say hello, tell us about your favorite spots or activities, share a recipe, book a session, or maybe you have a question about photography…we’ll be happy to hear from you :-).

Stylish & Hip Kids Photography specializes in kids and family photography including newborn pictures, maternity pictures, and whole family pictures. We do studio photography street photography specializing in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Park Slope, Gowanus, Cobble Hill, and all of Brooklyn, Manhattan. Drop us a line and schedule your own photoshoot today!