round about: smiling pillows & frowning dolls

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day! I’m really looking forward to having the holiday on a Saturday this year, so we can fully enjoy a family day together. Life is moving too fast lately – even on the weekends – so taking some time to hang out as a fam is exactly what we need! I’m thinking […]

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worth 100 words: artists, kids, and hospitals

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These playful images from London Roayl Children’s Hospital are so hopeful and inspirational. See more from the Vital Art 13 artist collaboration at Bored Panda.

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gilded bean bags

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Birdie spent yesterday sick with a stomach bug. By early afternoon, she was also sick of the sofa, the side chair, all of her pillows and the floor. She just couldn’t get comfortable. I couldn’t help but wish we had a beanbag to comfort and mold around her little body! Especially if it was one […]

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top DIY valentines for your kids

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I’m cutting myself some slack today. Tomorrow I’ll be leaving for the best design blog conference ever, Alt Summit. Lots of friends, sponsors, information, inspiration, and I’ll be speaking about one of my favorite things: Pinterest. Maybe I’ll see you there! And when I return, we’ll be in the middle of Valentine’s preparations. At least, […]

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tees, sox, & being an imperfect toy

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I am trying more and more to find ways to be just a little rough around the edges in the work that I do. Not in that “I don’t care” kind of way, but more in a life is messy, things are imperfect, and imperfections are beautiful kind of way. It feels more real, less […]

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round about: valentines, stickers, & paper

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I’m so brain dead right now that this is going to be one of those posts where what I type here may not be all that interesting. Yesterday was one of those days, and today will be mostly about recovery, and what’s the word … oh yes, “self-care”. I’m going to be all about that […]

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worth 1000 words: tapestry cats

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This cat has a pseudo-vintage look with a current, artistic pedigree. I’d like to name it Gus. See more work by Alice Oehr.

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sort those toys with pin pres

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As any parent will tell you, storage and organization take on an entirely different meaning when you have kids. I’m finding it’s especially true as Birdie gets older – suddenly all the pieces are 10x smaller, 10x more plentiful, and 10x more lost. All the time. So when a product promises to get your kids […]

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wild x dear with fleur & dot

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Anyone else get a little lonely in the middle of the winter? I know here in the cold North, the joke is everyone hibernates until Spring returns – and so you won’t see people for months at a time! I’m definitely feeling a bit of human interaction withdrawal right about now! Until I can organize […]

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make it: DIY valentines printables

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Somehow I always feel a little weird preparing for Valentines Day in January. But now that it’s February – it’s all systems go! Celebrating Valentines Day when you have kids around is so much more fun, and these new Valentines printables over at Smallful prove that point very well, at least I hope so! Whether […]

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round about: plastic fungi & cardboard horses

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For the first time in a very long time, I’m stuck this morning wondering where the heck the week went? Anyone know what happened? Last I checked it was maybe Tuesday morning. I guess I’ll blame it on the weird virus that’s plagued me all week. That, and a much more relaxed schedule and fewer […]

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worth 1000 words: land of giants

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Now I have one more reason why Iceland is amazing. Read more at Express-O.

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your new play table: bawa kids

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Genius things for kids can sometimes seem hard to come by. Then you’ll see something like this play table from Bawa Kids, and anything seems possible! Bawa Kids play table deceptively clean and simple, until you pull back the top to reveal the numerous tracks and blocks and colors. Then everyone will want to take a […]

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10 DIY Valentines for Kids

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Do you have hearts in your eyes yet? Valentine’s Day is so much more exciting when you have kiddos to celebrate it with. Suddenly, all those sappy, silly cliches are totally fun. I actually embrace the hearts and the pink and red explosion. It’s all part of the kid-friendly version of the holiday. I don’t […]

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traipsing through the enchanted forest

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Dappled sunlight, fluttering butterflies, wind in the branches, birds tweeting, and a little itty bitty fox sitting primly on a log, crown in hand, just waiting for you. Isn’t that what comes to mind when you see these foxes from The Enchanted Forest? I could have romanticized things a wee bit, but it’s been one […]

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