worth 1000 words: paper candy

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Now this is the kind of candy bar I can handle without any worries, am I right?! Paper Sculpture by Belinda Rodriguez.

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egyptian printables: from mummies, to king tut, to hieroglyphs and more!

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One of the coolest things about my 6 year old is her absolute obsession with Ancient Egypt. For the past year, she loves watching documentaries on it, reading about it, learning about it, dressing up as an Egyptian (anything gold will do!), and making Egyptian things. We even found an Ancient Egypt themed summer camp […]

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school starts right with bright star kids labels

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It’s that time of year:: when all those new and improved school things we buy for the kiddos are about to get lost forever. Unless, of course, we take the time to label each. and. every. silly. little. thing. Let me share a little secret with you. Bright Star Kids labels makes the process easy, […]

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when you need a toy to be a little bit of everything

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There are toys being made that don’t fit into our preconceived ideas of what a toy is all about. It takes some innovative thinking to really step back and look at what it means to be a plaything. Ember Design has created a toy that may, at first glance, look like a railroad car. But […]

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gobble up those toys!

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Little kids need a place to sit too, right? And it doesn’t have to look like a boring old mom chair. In fact, let’s go beyond what you might expect and try out a chair that kids will love: the chairs from Gobble by Form Maker They look like they’re about to eat you up, which […]

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worth 1000 words: summertime

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I would love to be in charge of making a real beach look just like this: putting all the puzzle pieces together! Summertime illustration by Putri Febriana.

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back to school: decorate your lockers with these DIY printables

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It’s Back to School season! For some of us, that’s a cause for rejoicing, and for others, it’s alot of dread. Plus, of course, the usual feelings of where did the summer go? Well, I’ve got a little something to make your back to school prep more fun. A cool set to decorate the lockers […]

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animals with a name like filomeluna must be good

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Ears like leaves and feathers, bunnies with a mermaid’s tail, and mustachioed cats. That’s definitely the kind of creative world I want to live in. Looks like Filomeluna feels the same way, because her animals are exactly as I described above – elephants with leaves for ears, bunnies with fishy fins, and a dapper cat […]

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save your cents with these piggies & more

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Birdie found a stash of spare change in the car today, and spent a significant amount of time counting, and sorting her riches into one of her piggy banks. It turns out we have several – thanks in part to a favorite paint-your-pottery shop in our favorite weekend spot. One of these days I’m going to […]

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round about: bookspine poetry & blocks for guitars

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Another week of summer is slipping away, and with it so goes July too. Are you ready for the end of summer county fairs and back to school prep? Nah, I’m not either. Let’s drown ourselves in these links instead, and pretend summer is forever. Meanwhile, round about the internet: The easiest way to get […]

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worth 1000 words: house in the trees

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We have a pretty nice backyard, but on these perfect summer days I catch myself craving a treehouse. Think we could build our own E’terra Samara out back?

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little wooden toys for little happy children

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Modern, but classic, timeless, and full of play value. Those are the things I love to find in a toy – and the things I can’t wait to share with you. I’ll be honest, the first thing that drew me to desEnfantillages was the minimal styling and color palette. But don’t be fooled, desEnfantillages has […]

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the cutest hunchbacked animals you’ll ever meet

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I’m browsing through a favorite online shop of mine, just seeing what’s what. And then, bam, I see Frida. Who is Frida? Well, she’s the adorable hunchbacked monkey by Franck & Fisher. She’s all sweet-faced, open-armed, and ready to love. Her body is 100% organic cotton, and her clothes are all created from repurposed fabrics, […]

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make your cards a rainbow!

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I’ve been thinking our family needs to learn some classic card games, because I can tell my husband finds board games a little blasé when we have a game night. Then I saw this gorgeous deck of rainbow cards and now I’m determined to learn some games so we have an excuse to use these cards! […]

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round about: floating donuts & diy tea parties

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Sometimes at the end of the week, the outcome can surprise you. I thought it was just an average week. But thanks to a slightly lighter workload, and a flipped daily schedule (due to Birdie’s day camp), the two of us girls actually spent the week with a ton of quality time. So much so, that […]

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