Category: Around the House

5 great Easter cards – because as we know, it’s all about the egg hunt

In our family we have a tradition we like to think of as Peaster–an Easter, Passover hybrid that acknowledges all the traditions of the diverse, wonderful people in our family. The one thing that holds the whole thing together? Eggs. When we’re done hard-boiling them, painting them, hiding them, and finding them, one of them (usually blue for some reason) ends up on the Seder plate for eating. So I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of Easter cards and invitations that are all about the eggs. If we could customize them to say PEASTER…all the better. {See five cool...

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Your Baby in Pictures

I was fortunate to have an amazing photographer friend when my first baby was born–otherwise I’m pretty sure all I’d have of her was a bunch of blurry photos. Let’s face it, little ones are tough to photograph. Too bad I didn’t have this amazing book from photog guru Me Ra Koh. This new-to-me book Your Baby in Pictures: The New Parents’ Guide to Photographing Your Baby’s First Year offers up step-by-step instructions, ideas, and inspiration for photographing your baby’s first year. In a word: Brilliant. Aside from the gorgeous photos, you’ll appreciate Me Ra Koh’s simple, smart advice...

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Reading high up on a cloud

I am such a huge fan of decorating kids spaces with clouds. They are whimsical, delicate and playful.  Clouds seem more popular now than ever, but they have such a timeless feel to them. When I first saw this cloud wall shelf, I quickly imagined the perfect spot for it, right by my daughters bed. What a great solution to display books, small toys and even art. Made by Etsy’s Kate Greenway of Shop Littles, it comes with all the hardware you need to mount it, and you can even order it in blue or gray. But I think...

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Ernie? Is that you?

If you’re a Sesame Street fan, like the entire world happens to be, it’s kind of hard to resist a modern, deconstructed graphic interpretation of Ernie and Bert for your kids’ walls.           Artist Tom Pastrano reinvents everyone’s favorite Sesame Street roomates as modern Ernie and Bert posters. The 18×24 limited edition screenprints are yours for just $30. Which means they’re perfect paired together, same as they’ve been for four decades years on the show. What? They’re just friends. –Liz Find “The Streets” posters online from Symbol Society and hurry! When they’re gone they’re gone. [h/t andamos armados,...

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A growth chart to be proud of

My kids favorite pastime is measuring themselves.  Everyday I hear, “Mom, have I grown? Am I taller than Eden?” All this on our handmade growth chart behind our closet door that includes pencil markings.  The Growing Like a Weed growth chart from Wee Gallery is the perfect solution for parents and children. Stylish enough for the parent to be proud to display it and practical enough for the child to understand how tall they really are.  Handwritten numbers mark birthdays on the stem, and make it easy for your little one to chart his progress. At least up to...

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Childproofing window blind cords – that should be the least of a new mom’s problems

Our new house has lots of windows, with lots of brand-new window blinds. That means lots of window blind cords — and, to parents, those are serious business. That stats about kids strangled by the cords each month are pretty disturbing. So I was really happy to find these fabulous window blind cord winders by one of our favorite, eco-friendly childproofing company. In fact, they may be the only eco-friendly childproofing company. The window blind cord winders from Rhoost, made of non-toxic, BPA-free, 100% recyclable plastic, require absolutely zero tools to install–all you do is loop the cords securely through the appropriate...

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Wonder pets for the walls.

Ok, say it with me…. Awwww. A huge pet peeve of mine when it comes to kid décor is the overabundance of safari and other unoriginal animal themes. However, thanks to the new Animal Print shop from animal photographer extraordinaire Sharon Montrose, I’m a convert. Baby animals for your baby’s room? Perfect fit. Commercial photographer Sharon Montrose blended her passions for photography and animals, becoming the go-to pro for animal photography and we can see why. Her new publicly available series the Little Darlings are incredible individual intimate close ups of baby lions, tigers, bears and a variety of other...

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Hot trend alert: Chevrons are for kids!

Chevron stripes have been one of the hottest design trends and far less polarizing than the moustache. Chevrons are literally on every available surface, and I’m still in no mood to give them up–they just make everything look so fun and fresh. Whatever you call them, chevron or zig zags, these stripes are here to stay. Here are my favorite ways to see them on kids. It’s birthday party season at my house, so I’ve had my eye on these little bitty party favor bags by Whisker Graphics — the bold colorful zigzags make them perfect for parties. This simple...

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Lion Love

I just found the absolute perfect baby gift if you’re looking for something sweet, personalized, and indie. In fact we love it so much, it’s one of the first items we knew we wanted in our baby shower gift guide this year. This personalized lion print with the new babe’s name on it is just super sweet. The drawing is whimsical (this isn’t a National Geographic lion, don’t you worry) and the personalization in a fun font adds a thoughtful touch. Here’s a cool fact. Did you know that lions sleep for twenty hours a day? This sounds a whole...

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The best arts and crafts storage solutions – Reader Q&A

My apartment has been taken over by art supplies! I want to hold on to many of the supplies and keep them in an organized manner…if this this possible with a 3 year and 5 year old. –Holly   Hi Holly, With three of my own little artists, I can empathize! It’s easy for a small space to be quickly overrun byall those supplies–not to mention the results of your kids’ artistic labor. Here are some of my favorite ideas for storing art supplies and projects. Ikea’s Expedit bookcase (at top) is my hands-down favorite for art-supply storage, holding...

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