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round about: pizza pillows & leaf hats

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The things that stand out this week are little things: a cuter than cute toddler in the waiting room at my chiropractor’s office, and finishing up a handknit baby hat for an upcoming baby shower. Hmmm, it appears I have a little bit of baby fever? Ah well, it comes with the territory. Now, I’m […]

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worth 1000 words: chair with tongue?

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Unfortunately, I can’t find the original source of this rather unique design, but I just had to share it anyway. Because I know your kids will laugh their butts off when they see it, just like mine did! Image via Pinterest.

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your new room accessories

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Want to find a way to bring some playful design into your home, but don’t want it to scream KIDS? Yeah, me too. Check out these options from design studio Elements Optimal, also known as EO. These guys have modern playtime all figured out. I love it when a small studio manages to design elements […]

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round about: art spews & baby contraptions

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If all goes as planned, we’re actually in the middle of a family weekend in our favorite Northern Wisconsin town right now. A little pool and hot tub time, some bike races, northwoods kitsch, and some stellar old-school dinner clubs are on the agenda. Oh, and sitting by the lake. It’s an annual tradition we […]

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worth 1000 words: paper flora + fauna

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I love to make things with paper, but this kind of detail is an entirely different level – it must require so much patience! See more of Kate Kato’s artwork.

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nasa’s free exoplanet travel bureau poster series

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Space, the final frontier. You know you love it, and I’m betting your kiddos love it too – at least we all hope they do. Inspire their space travel dreams with these ah-mazing posters from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labratory. There are fourteen posters to choose from, and you can download all of them for FREE to […]

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round about: mini dollhouses & golden toes

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Fall has officially arrived = school has started. It feels like this year we all fell into the routine so fast, and I love it! Birdie is happily in 2nd grade, and she has even picked out her own clothes and breakfast every day this week. That can’t last right? I mean, I highly doubt […]

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the quest to be a scientist

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I may be an artist, but I think my favorite little girl, Birdie, may be a scientist. Which means this latest book by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts is a must for our growing collection. Ada Twist, Scientist is the third in a series of books by this author-illustrator duo. You might be […]

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round about: crocheted homes & cardboard pac mans

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Our biggest claim to fame this week was our also our summer’s last hurrah: the Minnesota State Fair. I’ve been fighting a cold, and I wasn’t sure I even wanted to go. But we all made it in one piece, had lots of food, went down the biggest slide, saw the parade, and generally had a […]

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worth 1000 words: playground over the rainbow

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If you live in Maryland, this is the kind of magic your kids can find at the playground. See more of the Watkins Regional Park project.

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let’s upgrade our toys to these

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At the end of a long day, sometimes I imagine trading in all of the random toys around our house for a cleaner, simpler set of choices. I know it’s an impossible idea, and I also know that in the long run she’ll remember the toys she has with love, but boy, my designer’s eyes […]

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round about: sisterhood & circle glasses

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This week my husband and I celebrated eleven years of marriage. Well, actually, we almost forgot to celebrate it? Luckily my parents called and reminded me! Part of the problem is the fact that we have two anniversaries to keep track of. Yep, we like to be different I guess. We eloped (for the fun […]

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worth 1000 words: cardboard sculptures

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When cardboard goes so high-end you can see it living in a place of honor in your living room! Check out more of Julie Rousseau’s artwork.

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DIY marble maze turns into a virtual reality app

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Do you remember marble mazes when you were a kid? They were those big wooden boxes with the little rotating knobs that used to fascinate and sometimes frustrate! Seedling has come up with an ingenious new take on the classic wooden marble maze. Like all of Seedling’s craft kits, this Design Your Own Marble Maze set […]

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round about: rainbows and basket weaving

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Well, you guys, it’s been one of those weeks. I don’t remember what happened really. Birdie was at a really cool science camp called Camp Curie and learned tons of stuff, and I did a bunch of random stuff and freelance. Yep. Such is life. I’m hoping your week was more interesting? Do share please? […]

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