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make: diy wooden bead dolls

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I suppose you could use wooden beads to make necklaces. We’ve done that, and they’re lovely things to wear. They’re much prettier than the plastic pony beads that are more common kids accessories. But today I thought I’d think outside of the box, are you with me? In fact, I’m thinking outside of a very specific […]

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round about: circles everywhere & vibrant friends

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Summer vacation can certainly take its toll, can’t it? Routines for the kiddo are hard to come by, and if you work at home like I do, I’m missing the routines (and work time) as much as she is! The bright spot this week was her drawing sumer camp at a local kids art studio: […]

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worth 1000 words: crowded teeth landscapes

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There is really only one thing I have to say about these printables: I wish I’d designed them. Paper Island by Crowded Teeth, found via Mr. Printables.

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the green tones of music

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There is a beautiful-to-look-at and beautifully-made new line of wooden toys for kids: Green Tones toys are sustainably made, child development focused, and so sweet to look at too! Musical instrument toys for the pre-k set can be pretty bland, but these have both the great design cues we love, and the real-life musical functionality […]

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iimo trikes for your tots

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I’m such a sap when it comes to tricycles, I can still remember the big red trike when I was little, it’s one of those things you never forget. Even though I have a feeling I didn’t ride it all that much, it’s one of those still images from early childhood that’s burned forever into […]

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round about: bottle clouds & tree spirits

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It had turned into one of those days: too long, too tired, with a too tired little girl fighting through my blinding headache. Then I took the time to gather up links for this post and found myself inspired and calmed. I guess that’s the reason I blog, in a nutshell. Here’s to a calmer weekend […]

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worth 1000 words: a different kind of rocker

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I don’t think it’s available anymore, which is just as well because we no longer need a nursery rocker. But if we did, and if we had a bottomless pit of a budget, I’d get this rocker by Squint Limited. via Hoola Boola.

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stage and play

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Sometimes I love a product before I’ve even read the description. Such was the case with these Stage & Play sets from Chronicle Books. It’s either  the retro illustrations, the pack it up and take it anywhere pieces with their very own drawer, or the open-ended storytelling. Nope, it’s actually a combination of all of those things. […]

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which animal are you?

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Pretend play makes me so very happy. Well, I’m happier when I’m watching it happen – it’s kind of hard to really get into pretend play as an adult. Sad but true, right? Maybe we just haven’t found the right accessory. These printed canvas masks from the Lucky Fish Shop look like just the thing […]

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everyday to extraordinary: make these tea cups for your next tea party

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I recently visited the Children’s Museum of The Arts New York as a guest of American Express to learn about the new Amex EveryDay Credit Card (which I am an ambassador for). The current exhibit was all about the artful collection of everyday objects, and it reminded me that it’s possible to turn everyday things […]

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let’s toast the 4th with lemonade!

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I’m so proud of this little gem of a recipe that I just had to share it. We crave lemonade in the summer – it’s Birdie’s favorite drink. But I’m loathe to add all that sugar into our daily routine. And squeezing 8 lemons to make homemade lemonade is quite the process. I’ve discovered we can […]

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worth 1000 words: shape sorting shelving

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For those days (months?) when all I wish for is an organized home. This shape sorting customizable shelving system looks like the perfect answer, by designers Erik Olovsson and Kyuhyung Cho. via Dezeen.  

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floating like a bath toy

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Birdie is deep into her summer swim lessons, and I just love watching her float around in the pool like a little fish. Watching your children learn and grow is a truly amazing process.   Her teachers are always telling her to practice her swim moves in the bathtub at home. But, as I’m sure you […]

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whoa, it’s the whoa-bots

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It is a rare thing for me to let a product description speak for itself. I almost never quote from someone else’s website verbatim. But these Whoa-bots deserve their original bio: “Aside from just being a bunch of goof balls, WHOA-BOTS™ pride themselves on their mesmerizing acrobatic feats, ceaseless wit, and impeccable taste in music.  […]

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animal jam paper toy printables – appondale

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National Geagraphic Kids and Small for Big are starting a great new partnership! I’ll be creating printable animal toys for you to download, print, and assemble your own animals and environments: with a different land and its animals featured each month. Today marks the beginning of the series! Created in partnership with National Geographic, Animal […]

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