I am not a huge fan of so called baby furniture--like, at all. I honestly do not get the point of spending thousands of dollars on a matching crib, changing table, and dresser, most of which will only get a few years of use before it is either tossed or sold for a fraction of what it was originally purchased for. Plus, most of it is just so generic and boring looking. My son's nursery is outfitted with second-hand, thrifted, pre-existing and found furniture, and I absolutely love the look we've achieved. It is completely unique, fun, kid-friendly and quite stylish.Continue Reading >
Each year Pantone, a global corporation that studies the language of color and sets the standards for color among and between industries, releases a color of the year. The selected hue is used to inspire trends in the industries of fashion, beauty and decor throughout the year, and experts and devotees of each of these fields eagerly await the announcement every December. Once the announcement is made it's common to see every product from nail polish to dinner plates manufactured in the shade and sold all over the world.
Since I introduced my toddler to the world of arts and crafts about a year ago, he has drawn and painted and glued countless projects, most of which end up in the trash within a week. Thankfully, I'm not the type of mom that feels bad about throwing these things out -- and my son makes quick work out of any finger painting project, so there are always more masterieces -- but, I am keenly aware of the fact that one day he will grow up and may not be the least bit interested in art or perhaps he'll actually become an artist, and I will want to have some of his early works to remember these years by. Inspired by some of his work, as well as by ways that other moms have chosen to display their toddler's artwork, I've now amassed three canvases donned with my son's creations, all of which are actually hanging in my kitchen.Continue Reading >
As a soon-to-be-parent, you may choose not to find out the sex of your baby, or even if you do, you could decide that when it comes to the nursery you'd rather forgo traditional pinks and blues and stick to something more neutral that can grow with your child. But the makers of all things baby tend to be a little gender obsessed, so it can be difficult to outfit a non-traditional room or a room for multiples of both sexes.Continue Reading >
You may be a proficient handywoman, or maybe you're ready to start dabbling in DIY, or perhaps you just want to be able to hang some pictures on the wall without someone else's help. Any way you slice it, if you're reading this, chances are your toolbox is a little lacking. But stepping into any hardware store can be overwhelming with all the metal bits, and wooden thingies and plastic junk. Thankfully, for most any work you'll be taking on yourself, a small simple collection of tools and a bit of basic know-how will be more than adequate.
I don't know about you, but there never seems to be enough space in my kitchen. I live on one floor of a two-family house, and since it's a rental, nothing is to my specifications. Of course, I understand that it's a part of being a renter, but at times it is so frustrating! Even more so now that I'm home with my son full-time and I have to prepare three meals a day.Continue Reading >
My home doesn't have a basement or even a dedicated playroom, so my toddler's toys are usually scattered all over our apartment by the end of the day, which at first was quite overwhelming. Some time before his first birthday, we got tired of our living room looking like a toy store and we were forced to come up with a plan of action for getting it back under control. The first thing we did was purge--we stored away anything he was too old for and trashed anything that was broken or otherwise non-functioning. Then we designated storage areas for what remained.
For us, that means that one of the decorative baskets in our living room now belongs to our son, and between naps and overnight, everything goes in and it gets tucked away in its proper place. Anything that doesn't fit in that basket gets stored in his room at the end of the day and our living room is restored to its former glory.Continue Reading >
Whether you spend all day in your home or arrive sometime in the evening ready to crash, home is a place we all rely on for comfort. But sometimes hectic schedules and higher priorities can keep us from making our homes into the havens we dream of. The thing is, it doesn't have to take a lot of effort (or money) to make your home a peaceful place that brings you joy and satisfaction--and that goes for every type of home, from teensy studios to massive McMansions. Here are seven things you can do to make your home a happier place to be:Continue Reading >
I'm no good when it comes to crafts, but this year I've convinced myself that has to change. Since I'll never get better at it if I don't start practicing, I'm planning on working on a cute and easy centerpiece for my Thanksgiving table.Continue Reading >
I might as well come out and say that I'm not a very big Halloween person--partly because it always comes up too fast and I never have enough time to properly prepare a costume (seriously, didn't October JUST start?!), but mostly because I'm a scaredy cat who hates all things bloody and gory.
So just imagine my horror when I came across this super gruesome Halloween display, which features dolls that look like babies set up to seem as if they are undergoing various forms of torture. To give you some examples, one baby doll is chained to a chair with its mouth covered with tape. Another has a small doll emerging from a bloody wound in its belly like an alien.
Basically, the whole thing--which you can catch a glimpse of after the jump--is more than enough to freak me the hell out.Continue Reading >