I feel lucky to live someplace where the zoo is only a fifteen minute drive away. When my kids were little, we would spend many days during the summer riding the zoo train, having picnic lunches, and looking at the animals. (The meerkats were always my favorite. I could watch them for hours.) These clever zoo passports can make your visits even more fun and engage your kids on another level.
I've been book-obsessed ever since I can remember. I could read a good book just about anywhere - in the car, perched on the arm of a chair, or lying under a tree. So while I know that a kid doesn't need a special spot dedicated to reading in order to be a bookworm, it certainly doesn't hurt to gussy up a corner or a closet with a pile of soft pillows and a few favorite books within arm's reach. Here are ten just such cozy spots that other parents have created to encourage their little one's love of reading:
Name: Baby E (3 months) Location: Spokane, Washington
Baby E's room started with a safari photo inspiration and went from there. Many of the accessories, art, and textiles are all DIY'ed to fit into our budget. Even some of the toys and decor were made nearly free using excess material that was leftover from other projects. We created a custom nursery for a fraction of the cost.
Today's "On My Shelf" inspiration board is influenced by an appreciation for modern art and lovingly handmade toys, which are works of art in and of themselves. Vibrant gold floral wallpaper is the backdrop for a mini gallery wall of abstract, yet playful art prints.
Alice's nursery reflects our lifestyle: simple, economical, functional and full of DIY projects. Like every room in our little home, mostly furnished with vintage finds, we adapted our design style based on the pieces that we carefully selected on the internet, in secondhand stores and in yard sales.
The rabbit's one day of the year to shine in the spotlight is nearly here, but you can add a little bunny to your home any time and in non-juvenile, non-chocolate versions. Here are 15 of my favorite rabbit home accessories:
If you like to decorate your Easter eggs close to the holiday like we do, then you probably haven't gotten around to it yet. And while the PAAS kits are ubiquitous and remind me of my childhood, there are lots of great ideas out there for unique egg designs. Check these out to see if you want to attempt a new style with your kids this year.
In three stages: inflated, being deflated and fully deflated in a case
Volvo released a prototype of a rear-facing, inflatable child car seat this week that would revolutionize the industry and be a huge boon to families who travel frequently or don't own cars and live in small homes.