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chasing paper for your walls

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I have been a firm wallpaper-hater for years. I’ve seen too many home improvement shows where someone else’s decor choices mean backbreaking labor for the new homeowners! Why would I ever want to choose something so permanent for my walls? I’m too indecisive for that. Luckily, I’ve found Chasing Paper. They make removable wallpaper. Actually, […]

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vintage becomes timeless with willowynn

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Somehow summertime always feels timeless to me: there are certain smells and activities that never change. The moment you experience them it’s like remembering all the summers before at the same time. Willowynn’s dolls feel a bit like that endless summer experience. They’re like a timeless moment from my childhood, or my girl’s, or maybe from yours. […]

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round about: little baby nests & rubber ferris wheels

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I think the problem with being a grown up in the summer is that you really just want to be a kid again. No responsibilities, no schedule, no clocks. Nothing to stop you until twilight. That’s got to be the reason why, every summer, I find myself wishing I could just stop working until September. […]

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gaining control over our kids viewing choices

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Birdie is now capable of typing in her own searches on her iPad. Ok, she’s 6, so most of the time her spelling isn’t accurate, but that’s probably even more dangerous than if she was able to type in “Grumpy Cat” correctly. I’m not ready for this, and I don’t know how to manage her […]

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trying on trends with Playtime NY

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Ah, summer trends. There are the timeless classics, of course, lighter fabrics, summer breezes, and a good pair of sunglasses (can I please have the star shaped sunglasses at the end of this posst? pretty please?. But let’s look at the trends on the horizon in the world of Children’s gear and fashion for 2016. Playtime NY […]

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making paper dolls with hipfits

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You know me, I love paper dolls. So many ways to dress them up, and so many creative ways to draw and illustrate them too. So when HipFits was looking to collaborate, I knew we had a match made in heaven! HipFits creates super sweet backpack hangers that you can collect and accessorize. Used to […]

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the most fashionable pandas

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Finding the perfect something that you didn’t know you even needed – that’s the most addictive side of shopping. Gets me every time. Like when I stumbled on these fashioanble panddas from Szmacianki. I mean, come on. Those scruffy sweet faces paired with the of-the-moment clothing? Who knew a panda could look so svelte? It kind […]

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round about: straw monsters & quilted bubble wrap

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With Birdie in school full days, our art-making time has been sorely lacking over the last months. I finally realized the solution – she needs to know the schedule. Just like piano lessons every Thursday, I’ve decided this summer to try and have an “art day” one afternoon each week. I’ve found with her, if […]

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worth 1000 words: girl and bear

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I can’t help but see Birdie and her kick-a$$ glasses when I look at this illustration. Get the print from JillyP on Society6.

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make it: July 4th paper crafts with Cricut

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I know, I’m just barely getting into the summer swing of things, and already we need to think about the 4th of July? Hey, it pays to be prepared, right? Especially when it means we get to make fun projects like these. Uncle Sam’s Top Hat I’ve created 3 fun paper projects for Cricut that are […]

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father’s day questionnaire – free printable!

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Kids say the darnedest things. I have always wanted to do one of these Father’s Day Printables with Birdie. I’m hoping that, at 6 years old, she’ll still have some funny answers. Now that I finally made one for us, I figured the least I could do is share it with all of you (even if […]

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a game where winking is required!

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It’s got to be hard to come up with a new game. So many have come before, how do you come up with something new? Blue Orange has created a game that has a really great twist to it. No, the game play itself isn’t completely new, but it’s twisted around and changed enough that […]

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round about: bouncy borax & apron faces

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Due to some unfortunate problems with some links I once posted in this weekly round about, I’m changing things up a bit.  Things are going to shift – at least for now. Let’s try a round about of crafty DIYs that tickled my fancy throughout the week. I’m always finding new things I want to try, […]

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worth 1000 words: painting all the sticks

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Maybe this summer I can convince Birdie that painting all the sticks is a worthwhile project. I really really hope so. Or I may have to do them all myself. Image thanks to Molly Goldberg.

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Cricut, Smallful & your crafty afternoon

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I’ve been madly working behind the scenes on the most amazing new partnership. I’ve teamed up with the team at Cricut to create some amazing new projects for your Cricut Explore One™ and Cricut Explore Air™ machine. (and, if you don’t have a Cricut, most of the projects include instructions to make them on your own as […]

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