Success! We managed to turn our 1,200 square foot home into a place for a family of four to live, work, and thrive. What the photos don’t show is our newborn making this room his temporary home (complete with a bassinet and sound machine). It's an adjustment, but we're making it work! What's really put my mama-heart at ease has been the transformation of our forgotten sunroom. Turning it into a cozy, welcoming space for our newborn has allowed for an easier transition to our new life, and for our toddler to accept the fact that he is not an only child anymore. All this is thanks to a bit of paint from Sherwin-Williams.
As nursery trends change, the traditional pinks and blues are slowly being pushed out in favor of current, updated looks. Parents are experimenting more and more with bolder hues, playful patterns, or simply less of it all. It's easy to see why the minimal nursery look is gaining in popularity. There are fewer elements to worry about, there aren't any color-related gender-indicators (which makes styling ahead of time a breeze), and the color palette is almost non-existent. If you're looking to decorate a minimal nursery or want to give a gift to a no-fuss parent-to-be, you can craft this sweet planetary mobile quickly and easily.
When Al and I found out we were expecting baby number two, the walls of our quaint little 2/1 started to cave in all around us. We danced with the idea of moving to the ‘burbs, but after some serious soul searching and a few disappointing open houses, we thought better of it. Our dream has always been to raise our family in the city and we just didn't want to give that up so quickly. We were determined to make it work. After we came back down...
This project is brought to you by the following joyous news: I'm going to be an aunt! I'm over-the-moon excited, and can't wait to meet my first little niece or nephew. That's right, I said niece OR nephew, and that's because the gender isn't known yet! I'm too excited to wait around to find out whether it's going to be a boy or a girl, and I wanted to get started crocheting a blanket ASAP. I made this gender-neutral baby blanket from a sweet sunflower yellow and cute mint green with alternating white.
Looking for some creative activities to do with your kid this summer? Here are 25 Curbly projects that are perfect for littles and growns alike. Although tutorials weren't written specifically for children, with a little tweaking and adult supervision, your small summer-vacationers will have no trouble completing these fun DIY projects.
Whether your kids share a room because they want to, or because there's no other option, it can be overwhelming finding ways for siblings to peacefully cohabit. Hopefully these amazing kids rooms can give you (and your kiddos) a little inspiration, and proof that sharing a room is fun and also totally doable, no matter the size of the space!
As our kids are getting a little older, I thought it might be a good time to introduce a simple chore chart to teach them shared responsibility, goal setting, and following through on commitments. Sometimes parents can be so hard on ourselves (and others) when it comes to the idea of putting our kids "to work" at a young age. I've even heard the term "child-labor" thrown around...which is, of course, silly and even dangerous.
I never thought I would say this, but "when I was their age..." I did chores around our house all. the. time. I started helping to clean at six, babysitting when I was 12, and was expected to cook for the whole family as a teenager. (I began working at a fast food restaurant when I was 14 and I'm still alive to talk about it!)
I'm proud of those experiences, and they taught me a deep sense of gratitude and a positive attitude. I think those are all experiences we want to give our children. So! This is a super simple DIY to help your kids visualize their responsibilities and celebrate their little achievements along the way.
I have lots of great holiday memories from when I was a kid: listening to the Merry Christmas from Sesame Street cassette while driving downtown to pick up the ham with my dad, waking my parents up with my sister after totally having scoped the presents, and warming the handheld candles to make funny shapes with my cousins and uncle during Christmas Eve service. But nothing stands out more than this silly little wooden nativity set I set up...
Gift Guide: Don't Give Junk to Children - 30 Quality, Handmade, and Stylish Toys for Kids
Christmas is just around the corner and we are trying to get organized this year by planning ahead! When it comes to shopping for your kids, it can get a little tiring seeing those same old plastic, cheap toys you try really hard to avoid buying year after year. But what choice do you really have when you haven't a clue what's out there? Well, you're just in luck! We made a fantastic list of quality, handmade and stylish toys for infants...
No one loves Halloween more than kids. Here are some fun ideas on how to make Halloween fun all month long with these crafts you can do with your kids.
It's the time of year when you load up in the car and head out for a fun family vacation. Here are 10 activities your kids can do in the car that don't involve screen time.
The best gifts are handmade gifts, especially from your kiddos. Here are 10 DIY projects that your kids can make dad this Father's Day.
After seeing baby gym after baby gym with plastic this and fuzzy that, this wooden minimalistic version is a welcome change! If you've got a baby on the way, or just want to make this as a gift for a loved one, try your hand at this surprisingly simple project!
When we found out we were having a baby boy, my vision of a neutral nursery of ivories and golds came to a crashing halt as I suddenly wanted the room to feel very boy like- with strong greens and dark blues and unmistakably boyish features. So I changed the natural taupe wallpaper to the hunter green safari, and charged on.
When we moved into our first home about a year and a half ago, I had every intention of making our guest bedroom into a place for, well, guests. I tried to muster up the energy and enthusiasm to make this empty space into a place for people to come and visit us, but alas, no inspiration came and the room remained empty.
And by empty, really what I mean is a place for all of Al's things to go and die.