Boy and girl shared nursery: Blue + pink = happy

Beany’s nursery in our North Carolina apartment was a labor of love in a major way. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted the room to look like, and I spent months choosing fabric, sewing pillows and curtains, picking out furniture and putting it all together. Even with the mile-long to-do list, we had the room up and running at least…

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Super Simple Toddler-Friendly Valentines

This toddler-friendly Valentine’s Day craft really is easy enough to warrant zero tutorial for how to make it, but Beany had such a good time with her piles of pink hearts the other day, I thought I’d share our super simple project. Basically, you just cut out a gazillion hearts of different sizes, supply your kiddo with some tape and crayons and then let…

Wrapping Week 2013: O Tannenbaum

Well, we started the week with Beany’s favorite wrapping project, and we’re ending the week with Jared’s, though I’m not sure whether it’s his favorite because he loves how it looks or because he had a hand in the process. I originally planned to break pencils into small pieces, glue those together to make the tree shape and then wrap that in twine. Of…

Wrapping Week 2013: Ready to Mail

My love for paper is pretty intense, and I could probably be happy for an unreasonably large amount of time surrounded by cardstock and stationery. But no matter how strong that love might be, watching an hour’s worth of bow-making get crunched and smooshed by way of suitcase, mail or toddler hands is not my idea of a good time. It’s pretty, yes, but…

Wrapping Week 2013: Pretty in Polka Dots

The other day I was hanging up some laundry to dry and realized that between Beany and me, we could rock a polka dot nearly every day of the week. The entire doorframe of the master closet (the designated drying spot in our humble abode) was filled with a smattering of spots in varying sizes and colors. Shirts, jammies, sweaters, leggings: the list goes…

Wrapping Week 2013: Fa La La Felt Ornaments

Ever since I made these felt cookies for Beany and my niece last Christmas (which are holding up amazingly well and still favorite toys in our house), I’ve been toting around a ridiculously large supply of scrap felt. It’s like when you’re eating dinner at one of those gigantic-portions Italian restaurants, and no matter how much spaghetti you keep piling away, that magical bowl…

Wrapping Week 2013: Holly Jolly Reindeer Prints

We got our first real covers-everything-and-makes-the-world-look-pretty snow last night in Boston! Woo hoo! After living in North Carolina for two years, where we barely, barely got anything that could count as flurries for nearly the entire stay, I think Jared and I just assumed that moving to the Northeast would mean bunches and bunches of snow, as early as or earlier than anyone else….

Let’s get wrapping!

How did Christmas get to be less than three weeks away? I know, broken record, broken record. But has this past month flown by, or what? I’ve amazingly finished my shopping already, which is pretty unheard of for me this early in the game, but that just means there’s lots of wrapping around the corner. And guess what! On Monday, we’ll commence Splash of…

A Very Merry Toddler Tree

When I was little, I kept a closely monitored countdown to Christmas on a large dry-erase board in my family’s kitchen. This was old school, mind you. Every day, I’d erase the number and write in a new one, sometimes adding snowflakes or stars or something else festive once the countdown broke into double digits. For the three years we lived in this particular…

An easy peasy, no-sew craft to keep your coffee cozy

Last December I wrote an article for Carolina Parent magazine about super simple gift ideas your kids can make (or help make) themselves, and though I think I posted most of them not long after the article came out, this one slipped through the cracks. As luck should have it, the chilly weather and warm-drink season is upon us, so I figured now’s as…

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