If I'm being honest, I have to admit I spent altogether waaaay too long putting together this gift guide. I just couldn't help getting completely caught up in the myriad of amazing toys and gifts available for kids these days. And best of all, many of them are handmade! Click through for my favorite finds.
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.
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...
Creating a home that's both stylish and family-friendly can be a hard balance to strike. But, with some creativity and clever space planning, making your home a place that can be safely enjoyed by the entire family is achievable. We've rounded up a list of nine tips that blend style and function.
Our little girl is turning four next week, and we're in full party planning mode. This year's planning is especially interesting since we're living in a house with no kitchen, and in various but consistent states of complete chaos. Nevertheless, it's our four-year-old's birthday, and there will be a rockin' little kids' birthday... in, um, an octogenarian par-tay room.
I have three little girls, two of which are very good at distributing toys, clothes, and books all over the house. After too many days of me chasing after them and cleaning up their messes, it was time to put them in charge of pulling some of the weight around the house. My sanity depended on it.
So, how do we distribute chores among children at different developmental stages? Here are a few tips, and printable helps, to encourage you in the process.
Dutch industrial designer Lucas Maassen painstakingly creates smooth, straight-lined designs, flawless and contemporary in their construction, then pays his kids to mess it up.
"Thijme (9 years old), Julian and Maris (both 7 years old) work in compliance with Dutch child labor laws. This means, they’re limited to working only three hours per week. The three sons work every Tuesday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a 15-minute break in between. They receive €1 per furniture piece completed and have employee benefits such as 12 vacation days per year and receive a 5% salary vacation allowance per annum."
Watch this excellent video to see the boys in action:
Sandra had a bit of wasted space under a staircase. She framed it in to make a closet and then constructed a 'whimsical' facade, which transformed it into the playhouse
If a child's room re-do is in your future, you are soooo lucky. Just think, as you plan your new decor (with munchkin's help, of course; we want to indoctrinate them early) you have permission to embrace your inner kid! Follow these tips,
Is kid stuff taking over your place? Do you feel as if you're living in the middle of a Toys R' Us? Does it look as if your decorator is a seven foot tall yellow bird? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you might want to check out these very inspiring interiors from Design is Mine. They're proof that you CAN keep your stylish sensibilities while living the kid-centric life.
Do you have an offspring in the house that is having doubts about some tubby guy dressed in a red suit shimmying down fireplaces all over the world and leaving presents under Christmas trees for good boys and girls everywhere? Perhaps the little skeptic needs some clues to help extend the magic of the season.
First, there was just plain old semolina yellow. Then, they got fancy (tacky?) and developed the tri-color by using spinach and tomato products to tint you rotini. Now, embrace the rainbow by coloring your pasta ANY shade you may choose with vibrant, punchy results. This is a great medium for kids, or for some tongue-in-cheek nostalgia...perhaps some macaroni macrame?
- food colouring
- dried pasta of any shape
- rubbing alcohol
My three-year-old niece just moved from the nursery to her first “big girl room,” and the only thing holding back her new space’s style is this worn dresser from the 1960’s. It’s in good shape, but the finish is tired, and there are several broken pieces that are simply unacceptable for a toddler’s room. So, as a birthday gift, I wanted to turn this tattered piece into a sparkling pop bureau that suits her personality perfectly.
Blik, those purveyors of wall decals, have some new Re-Stik’s for the Wee crowd. Removable and repositionable, like all their Re-Stik’s, these high-contrast geometric shapes and friendly, hand-drawn animals are said to be fascinating to new-borns, older kids and their parents. The $38 packages include 31 decals for the Dino collection, 47 decals for the Garden collection, and 78 decals for the Jungle collection. Visit Blik for additional Wee...
I don't imagine a cuter hat could exist. The Coverall Hat by Oeuf is designed to solve the eternal problem of keeping the hat on the youngster's noggin, where it belongs. The effect, however, is ultimate adorableness.
DIYable? For sure. Can the design translate into an adult model? Absolutely, but we should probably keep our shirts on.
Made from 100% baby alpaca wool, which is non-allergenic.
Can't beat a classic.
John Vivian offers a basic how-to using a single plank and a bit of rope.
It's never too soon to educate on the brilliance of modern design...
Here's Blue Ant Studio's Modern Classics Alphabet, milestones in modern architecture and furniture from Aalto to Zeisel.