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Berry Mango Pops, Art of Goofing Off, & Picasso’s “Les Femmes D’Alger” ($$$ @Auction in History)

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

Berry Mango Pops! Sweet, healthy, messy and the epitome of summertime happiness!

Berry Mango Pops!

Berry Mango Pops, The Art of Goofing Off, & Picasso’s “Les Femmes D’Alger” (One the Most Expensive Paintings Sold at Auction)

I love art. I love going to museums, I love art books, I love staring at art, and even funnier, I love staring at people staring at art… especially those on first dates trying to “impress their partner.” (Btw, I always preferred honesty and I think most girls do. Just because a girl smiles silently and nods, doesn’t mean she doesn’t know what you’re up to. Lol!)

As a mother, there are a few things I hold especially sacred. One of them is my creative and artistic time I have with my daughter. Everyday, we usually do something musical (besides the requisite bedtime singing) but the weekends are especially sentimental. I paint with her (watercolors). I draw with her (washable markers). I craft with her (sewing). My absolute favorite (and hers) is outdoor painting, on a designated bistro table, in the mornings, after a leisurely outdoor breakfast. I used to paint with abandon as a child, but by the time I had reached middle school and internalized the differences I had with my classmates, I stopped. No explanation except I was too self conscious to express myself, as most girls at that age. Now, imagining, playing and creating with my daughter, I am conscious of the fact that my ability to be happy and goof off, helps her express her own joy and is a burgeoning template in how to react to difficult situations. (Btw, I’m really good at working hard and playing hard!) Here’s to your inner playtime and goofing off this summer.

“The first half of life is learning to be an adult - the second half is learning to be a child.”

- Pablo Picasso

With more and more research telling us to slow down or at least relearn how to play, Picasso’s quote rings especially true. Picasso sure was cranky! Insightful and a genius, maybe he needed more pleasure in his life!

More quotes from Picasso

I’m certainly not an expert but I am curious as to why there has always been a human need to express yourself through art, music, and dance and those willing to pay for it. Why is it that some pieces of art are worth millions of dollars? I find it fascinating… how do you not know you’re paying for a visual representation of “dogecoin?”

The Storied History of the Most Expensive Picasso Ever Auctioned

And finally, an art curator’s perspective on why it’s worth so much money. I still don’t entirely get it.

Jennifer Dasal explores some of the most expensive artworks sold at auction and why. In this episode, she discusses Picasso’s, "Les Femmes D’Alger". The painting was sold for $179.4 million including fees, a record price for a painting at auction. (OMG! That’s more than some countries' GDP.) Enjoy!

Exploring the Unexpected, The Slightly Odd, and The Strangely Wonderful in Art History

Episode #70: Art Auction Audacity--Picasso’s Les Femmes D'Alger (Version "O")

I hope this makes you laugh, think, and hopefully inspires you to do something entirely wacky this week (within reason). Enjoy the long, lazy days, and hazy evenings! Here’s to more fun, laughter and goofing off in your life! Have a great week! Xo, Melissa

Berry Mango Pops. Perfect for the kiddos or your inner, artistic child!

Berry Mango Pops

Lately, I’ve been kind of obsessed with healthy pops and honestly, as much as I love cooking, summer evokes a kind of hazy, laziness that I succumb to on the weekends (if I don’t have to work.) Here’s one of daughter’s favorites. Try to use the “SunTropics, Mango Nectar.” I’m a mango aficionado and this brand, by far, is one of the most potent.


2 handfuls of mixed berries. (Her favorites are blueberries, blackberries, and cutup strawberries.)

1 cup to 1 1/2 cup of mango nectar


  1. Pour a few tablespoons of mango nectar into the popsicle molds.

  2. Fill with mixed berries.

  3. Add mango nectar to desired level. Try to leave some space at the top for expansion.

  4. Add top, pop wooden sticks and freeze for about 4 hours. Enjoy!

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