Good FRIDAY morning!
This morning I thought I’d share one of Harper’s favorite activities (& one of mine as well)! We have a growing collection of these sticker activity books purchased from guess where of all places??…
For the bargain price of $7.95 you can purchase these books for your busy toddler. I think Harper started using sticker activity books at around 27 months. She is now 34 months and can actually use them the way they are supposed to be used…
There are groupings of stickers that coordinate with their corresponding page in the book. I cut them out and let her know what page they go on and she LOVES it. We work on these anytime I need a moment to myself…cooking dinner, emptying the dish washer, or just when i need a break!
Anyway, check out your Costco kids book section for the Sticker Book Treasury series. (I think they’d also make great birthday presents!)
& PLEASE share your favorite toddler activity. I love to hear suggestions of things that can hold their attention for more than a few minutes!
Do you love it too? Get the look:
clockwise from top left: paper owls, Behr limelight paint, mobile, number poster, abstract art, zigzag pillow, dresser, crib skirt fabric, blanket, crib, rocking horse, glider, marbled paper, porcelain letter
clockwise from top left: early bird pendant lamp, behr dew drop paint, window shade fabric, lion painting, fabric bin, wooden stool, mid-century lamp, flor carpet tiles, giraffe pull toy, modern bookshelf, pendleton blanket, giraffe wallpaper silhouette, sheepskin rug, striped chair
Is anyone else participating in Emily Henderson’s I’m a Giant Dollhouse Challenge? I was planning to create a dollhouse for Violet anyway, so this was just a fun way to kick-start the project.
I purchased the Christy’s Cottage dollhouse from Melissa & Doug after a lot of research. It got great reviews on quality, and after receiving it in the mail I have to say I am very impressed so far. It also fit my budget of $100 after some searching online for the best price and discount codes. (You can read more about that here).
I also went a little crazy this week snatching up fabric samples and fat quarters, and even a tea towel for the dollhouse. Here are a few that made the cut (plus some seriously amazing lighting inspiration):
Do your child have a play kitchen? If not, you may be completely inspired by this awesome idea. Kelly and her husband are adopting a baby girl this winter and they made her this incredible play kitchen out of an old nightstand. & BTW, they completed this project over labor day weekend! (I am so impressed by their motivation…a project like this would take me months to finish!)
a little description via Kelly…
“My inspiration was this kitchen here: vintagesongbird.blogspot.com
We used my husband’s childhood nightstand, which I painted white about 7 years ago.
Some items that we had on hand to use were; a bowl for the sink, all of the paint, and the faucet (salvaged from my recent bathroom remodel), and the owls are from Thailand. We bought items from Home Depot (Plexiglas, oven light, metallic spray paint, hinges and magnet catch, knobs, and handle, hooks, wood for door frame, back, and shelf), the Dollar Store (baskets to hold produce, muffin tin, whisk, measuring cups, strainer), and Micheal’s (plywood circles for burners, mini-chalk board, ribbon to trim the shelf, spice shakers and stickers.
We had so much fin putting lots of TLC into this play kitchen. We cannot wait to have our daughter cook us up some delicious food! Thanks for allowing me to share.”
Blue has really been enjoying a burst of popularity these days. Although it doesn’t work well with my home, I do love it very much. Here are a couple of my favorite picks for moms and babies:
Click here to see more pics for mama & baby. XOXO
Who says your kids’ toys have to be ugly? Violet has most of these and she plays with (and loves) every one of them. To see more of my favorite baby and kids’ products, check out my Amazon aStore here.
Alright all of you lovers of traditional spaces – here’s one just for you! You’ve seen both a modern space and vintage-inspired space based on this group of prints from COSAS MINIMAS by Blanca Gomez on Etsy:
Here is the final space – it’s got a traditional vibe with stripes, plaids, and wood tones. The orangey-red pouf is back as well to round out the series:
Crib – Pottery Barn Kids
Pouf – cb2
Mobile – Bits of String n Things on Etsy
Rug – Dash & Albert
Lamp – Crate & Barrel
Crib Bedding – Pottery Barn Kids
Hedgehog Plushie – Sara Carr on Etsy
Letter - Anthropologie
So that wraps up this series! Anyone have an idea for a theme for the next one? I’m open to ideas!
For the second space in the series I went for a more vintage vibe. The orangey-red pouf has made a second appearance, but warmer, earthier tones are replacing the graphic black and whites of the previous room.
Curtain Fabric – Hawthorne Threads
Blocks – Oeuf
Vintage Chalkboard and Game Case – i love you more on Etsy
Crib Sheets – Jon Robshaw
Crib – Cymax Stores
Airplane Mobile – J. AUSTIN Ryan on Etsy
Rug – West Elm
Lamp – cb2
Pouf – cb2
Do you need an idea board for your space or event? Click here and I’ll have one to you lickity split!
Looking for a rocking or riding toy for your little one? Try one of these versatile options.
Clockwise from top left: Wishbone Flip Rocker n Ride On, Leka Trojan Horse, Convertible Grow-Up Walker, Haul n Totes Ride On, Rolobox Reuseable Wheel Kit for Boxes, Trioli Children’s Chair, Tori Rocking Horse
Why stop at rocking or riding when you can also pull, haul, push, sit, and store?
i received a few emails this morning asking about the cute pots and pans in Harper’s new Kitchen. All of her kitchen accessories are from Amazon- & really inexpensive (< $20 for her 101 piece food set, & $13.93 for her colorful cookware set!)
i finished Harper’s new Pop N’ Play Kitchen just in time for the rainy weekend. it is made from durable corrugated cardboard & i had so much fun decorating it for her with lots of bright colors:
i think all moms have experienced buying a fantastic new toy for their toddler, but the toddler is more interested in playing with the cardboard box that the toy came in! Build a Dream Playhouses has taken this concept and created eco-friendly products that encourage imagination. all of Build a Dream Playhouse’s products are manufactured from 80% recycled materials -and the end product is 100% recyclable.
Harper played for hours cooking on her new stove…
& organizing her fridge.
the fridge has really nice shelves to store all of her play food. underneath the pink sink is a cupboard where she stores her pots and pans.
another awesome thing about this kitchen is that it folds flat in 2 seconds so you can move and store it really easily. when you are short on space this comes in so handy!
i really LOVE their playhouses. when Rexford is a little older i am going to get him that adorable Imagine Wagon. (he’ll be so cute selling ice cream treats
On Monday and Wednesday, I introduced the first and second design in my new series – One Print, Three Rooms. In case you missed it, I’m using a painting or print as a source of inspiration to create a series of three different spaces. This week, I’ve been working with this amazing alphabet print from Etsy seller Ampersand:
In the first design, I used mossy greens and muted blues with just a few pops of pink and yellow, while design number two was full of creamy yellows and peony pinks. For the third and final design I went with pear green walls and vintage accents:
Bunk Bed – Oeuf
Rug – Dwell Studio
Paint – Behr Citron
Macaron Photo – Etsy seller magalerie
Vintage Linen Storage Basket – Etsy seller polka dots and blooms
Vintage French Linen Pillow – Etsy seller homemaker movement
Textured Linen Pillow – Pottery Barn
Brass Quail Set – Etsy seller AM radio
Feed Sack Teddy Bear – Etsy seller AM radio
Quilt – Dwell Studio
Mesh Lawn Pillow Case – Dwell Studio
Crochet Pear Toy – Etsy seller California Sweet Peas
Per reader request I’m listing the total price for each idea board for comparison. This version comes in at $2344, although a large portion of that is the Oeuf bunk bed. A less expensive bunk bed can be found here, which would make the total price $1164.74.
And finally, here are all three spaces side by side:
So that wraps up this series of One Print, Three Spaces. Stay tuned – the next series will be all about snips and snails and puppy dog tails!
On Monday, I introduced the first design in my new series – One Print, Three Rooms. In case you missed it, I’m using a painting or print as a source of inspiration to create a series of three different spaces. This week, I’ve been working with this amazing alphabet print from Etsy seller Ampersand:
In the first design, I used a lot of the mossy greens and muted blues with just a few pops of pink and yellow. In the second design, I’ve turned the tables and creamy yellows and peony pinks are now the main stars of the space:
Paint – Behr Stardust
Shower Me With Love Pillow – Etsy seller Pepper Glenn
Slice Pillow – cb2
Crib – Pottery Barn Kids
Bumper Fabric – Hawthorne Threads
Fitted Crib Sheets – Land of Nod
Theodore the Knitted Bear – Etsy seller Yarnigans
Rug – Dash & Albert
Sunny Cloud Mobile – Etsy seller The Butter Flying
Curtains – Pottery Barn Teen
Whale Rollimal – Etsy seller US Wood Toys
Vintage Globe – Etsy seller Little Dog Vintage
Industrial Metal Wall Shelf – Urban Outfitters
Per reader request I’m listing the total price for each idea board for comparison. This version comes in at $1151.954, although a large portion of that is the Pottery Barn crib. A similar and less expensive crib can be found here, which would make the total price $812.94.
Stay tuned for the next space on Friday, and don’t worry all of you mamas of boys – this print definitely calls for a decidedly girly space, but the next series will be all about the little guys!
I often get asked the question, “How do you come up with your idea boards?” And it’s actually not as difficult as you’d think. Most of the time my clients have a few items that I can use as inspiration for the rest of the space. One of my favorite jumping-off points is a great print or piece of art. For example, this amazing alphabet print from Etsy seller Ampersand:
I actually feel like I have trouble focusing my finds because there are so many different directions I can go with any given space, so I thought it might be fun to show you how one piece of art could belong in three very different rooms.
To kick things off here is the first space in the series:
Paint – Behr Billowy Down
Seaglass Pillow – Crate & Barrel
Fern Pillow – Etsy seller Deid Goods
Crib – Pottery Barn Kids
Bumper – Little Auggie
(not a fan of bumpers? They have a great crib skirt as well!)
Fitted Crib Sheets – Little Auggie
Fox Plushie – Pretty Little Things
Rug – Crate & Barrel
Mobile – Etsy seller Lil Sprout Creations
Curtains – Land of Nod
Lamp – Etsy seller Helen Rawlinson
Hand Knit Squishies – Etsy Seller Sheila Likes to Knit
Stay tuned for the next space on Wednesday, and don’t worry all of you mamas of boys – this print definitely calls for a decidedly girly space, but the next series will be all about the little guys!
Edit: Angela requested a total price for each idea board for comparison. This bad boy comes in at $1338.95, although a large portion of that is the Pottery Barn crib. A similar and less expensive crib can be found here, which would make the price $1014.94.
Looking for a great anti-cavity gift for your favorite little one this Easter? Here are a few of my favorites:
i am by no means an expert, but these educational toys have worked really well for me. Harper (my 21 month old daughter) knows all the uppercase letters. she cannot pronounce them all yet, but if i ask her to bring me a letter she can almost always identify it. she can also pick out letters on street signs, product packaging, and in her books. we have now started working on the lowercase alphabet (and she knows about 10 so far).
LOVE these flashcards. they have both uppercase and lowercase letters on each card with an animal or picture of a corresponding object. each card has a fun texture to touch and feel. we keep these in our stroller and take them with us on picnics in the park. my daughter LOVES to organize them in the storage box.
we use this magnetic alphabet board and letters ALL THE TIME! while she sits and waits for her breakfast she loves to hold up the letters that i ask for and then stick them on the board. the set comes with the uppercase and lowercase alphabet as well as all of the numbers. there are also repeats of many commonly used letters. it comes with chalk, but we haven’t used it yet. (your toddler will enjoy playing with these on the fride)
we don’t have this ball yet, but i am thinking about purchasing it. does anyone else have it? i think it would be a great outdoor activity ball to play with while learning.
***some of these toys are only recommended for ages 2-3 and up. be sure to supervise your toddler while playing!
i have always wanted a scottie dog from Vintage Chenille and my new pup just arrived! Rocky is green and orange and is going to be so cute in the new nursery.
pups come in all kinds the pretty colors and if you are not a dog person check out the chenille elephants, birdie rattles, and babushka dolls…
i have always wanted a blabla doll… and i finally broke down and purchased one. i fell in love with “Bamboo” the panda. he will go in my son’s nursery. i can’t wait until he arrives!!
i just found out that barbie had a pregnant friend name Midge! apparently she was pulled from the market back in 2002. (usatoday.com) too bad, i would love to have a pregnant Midge! she was so beautiful does anyone actually have one?
photo by kimonomania
photo by Kym Lu Tuang
this playhouse is just gorgeous! i would love to have a kitchen like this. she even has a mailbox outside her playhouse door! see more at mayalee-dreams.blogspot.com
…and stop by Maya Lee Photography to purchase some of the most beautiful photography for your little one’s nursery. (i have posted these before, so if you missed it here are my favs:)
aren’t these just gorgeous? i would love a huge collection of biscuit bunnies
the biscuit bunny story:
“Biscuit Bunnies are the most delightful guests to have to tea but you’ll have to watch that they don’t hop into the tea cups. When they’re not investigating the blend you prefer, they like to sit quietly listening to the wind in the trees, thinking on buttons and balls of string.
Biscuit Bunnies currently come in Oatmeal Cream and Gingerbread and Blue Meringue plus cotton ear variations. Hand embroidered with delicate “Flower Thread” and made of the softest baby blanket brushed drill cotton with the cutest white corduroy tail. Biscuit Bunnies’ sand-weighted body is a tiny 6.5 cm (2 1/2 inches) but together with their long weighted legs and cloud brushing ears they measure 22 cm (8 3/4 inches) tall.”
here are a few Rubber Duckies in my daughter’s room:
A rubber duck, rubber duckie, or rubber ducky, is a toy shaped like a duck, and is generally yellow. It may be made of rubber or rubber-like material such as vinyl plastic (which is more often used).
Its history is inevitably linked to the emergence of rubber manufacturing in the late 1800s. The earliest rubber ducks were made from harder rubber. The yellow rubber duck has achieved an iconic status in American pop culture and is often symbolically linked to bathing or bath tubs and bubbles and to babies and toddlers.
Jim Henson popularized rubber ducks in 1970, performing the songs “Rubber Duckie” and “DUCKIE” as Ernie, a popular Muppet from Sesame Street. Ernie frequently spoke to his duck and carried it with him in other segments of the show. The song “Rubber Duckie” and many of the characters of the show were performed by Jim Henson. On a special occasion, Little Richard would perform the song with Ernie.
Some variations on the standard rubber duck; a miniature duck, a purple “devil” duck, a reindeer duck, a duck in sunglasses, and a “dead” rubber duck that floats upside down.
In 2001, The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper reported that Queen Elizabeth II has a rubber duck in her bathroom that wears an inflatable crown. The duck was spotted by a workman who was repainting her bathroom. The story prompted sales of rubber ducks in the United Kingdom to increase by 80% for a short period.
Rubber ducks are collected by a small number of enthusiasts in countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, United States, and the Netherlands. The 2007 Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Rubber Duck Collection numbered 2,583 unique rubber ducks was awarded to Charlotte Lee of Duckplanet.com.
The rubber duck can be referred to informally as a “rubber duckie” or a “rubber ducky.” Amongst collectors of rubber ducks, the spelling “rubber duckie” has achieved prominence, but both spellings are considered acceptable.
Holland Fabric House sells some of the most beautiful handmade nursery/bedroom accessories that I have seen. they have a collection of mobiles, garlands, hangers, dolls, bunnies, and pillows in gorgeous fabrics. you can also buy products at the Etsy Store. here is a sample: ENJOY!
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