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Spring is the perfect time for pastels! Check out these five refreshing ideas for a spring-inspired nursery palette.

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Nature-Inspired Nurseries

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Natural NurseryWant to help your little one grow into a responsible, environmentally conscious adult? Encouraging an early love of nature is a great way to start!

Nature-themed nurseries and kids' rooms teach children to cherish the world around them, helping them to better understand the need to protect it. Plus, they're downright adorable! (Trees, toadstools and woodland critters? What's not to love?)

If creating an organic nursery is important to you, you'll find no shortage of beautiful, theme-enhancing products designed with nature - and natural living - in mind.

Not convinced? These 8 Beautiful Nurseries Inspired by Nature should do the trick!


Etsy Easter Finds

Thursday April 17, 2014

Etsy is my first stop for handcrafted, holiday accessories...and with good reason.  With a little digging, I always turn up a gem. Check out this little treasure trove of springtime goodness:

Etsy Easter Decor

Family Nest:

How many chickies in your nest? Sure to become a family treasure, this sweet, little bird's nest features a clutch of embossed, clay eggs, - each denoting a member of your own little brood. (dearjes, $40.)

Easter Bunny Burlap Banner:

Hang this hand-made banner from your mantle, across your buffet table, or just about anywhere! Each individually painted bunny features a fluffy, cotton tail for an added dose of whimsy. (LylaDee, $14.)

Etsy easter Clothes

"Alicia" Floral Tutu Dress:

With its lace-trimmed, floral bodice and soft, sherbet-hued tutu, this chic and simple Easter gown is sure to steal your heart. (GoddesssCouture, $26.99.)

Chiffon Easter Bonnet:

OK, so it's technically not a bonnet, but this vintage-inspired, fascinator is just too cute! (IzzysAttic, $12.99.)

Etsy Easter Toys

Chickie-Boo Eggs:

Each of these adorable, hand-crocheted Easter eggs holds a tiny, peek-a-boo chick inside! Tuck one or two into your little one's Easter basket, or buy a brood to use as toddler-proof décor. (amyscutecreations, $9.99.)

Flopsey Bunny Beanie:

The perfect present for your favorite, little "somebunny." (BabaMoon, $30.)

(Photos via noted venders.)

More Car Seat Recalls

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Evenflo Car Seat - RecalledLess than two months after faulty buckles led Graco to issue one of the largest car seat recalls of all time, another manufacturer, Evenflo, has announced a similar recall affecting more than 1.3 million additional car seats.

According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration, the car seats in question feature restraint buckles that may become difficult to open and could even get stuck, preventing the speedy removal of a child in an emergency situation. The problem, as explained on the company's website, results from damaged caused by food, drink and other contaminants that infiltrate the buckle mechanism and cause it to malfunction.

Affected models include convertible and booster seats manufactured between 2011 and 2014, specifically the Momentum, Chase, Maestro, Symphony, Snugli, Titan, SureRide and SecureKid models. Affected seats have a model number prefix of 306, 308, 310, 329, 345, 346, 371 or 385.

Evenflo maintains that a buckle that is currently functioning normally presents no safety risk; however, the company will provide replacement buckles for any recalled model upon request.

To receive a replacement, call 1-800-490-7591 or place an order here.

(Photo via Amazon.)


Spring Cleaning

Monday March 24, 2014

Greener CleanerIt's officially spring! The sun is shining; the birds are singing; and the house... well, (ahem) let's just say the house could use a little sprucing up.

If your home looks anything like mine right now, it's definitely time to start kicking a little bunny bootie - and I'm not talking about the cute and fluffy variety.

But before you attack the dust bunny colony under the couch, you might want to give the nursery a good once-over.

Nurseries see more than their fare share of yuck, and with all those late-night feedings and minor diaper explosions, you may have noticed yours needs a little work.

But keeping a nursery clean can be tricky. How do you keep germs at bay on the changing table? Which household cleaning products are safe for baby? What on earth are you supposed to do with all those tiny, mismatched socks?

Never fear! Help is on the way! Kick off your spring cleaning with these helpful articles:

How to Keep Your Nursery Clean

Six little tips for staying on top of big messes.

Choose a Greener Cleaner

Safe and natural cleaning alternatives for the nursery.

12 Clever Toy Storage Hacks

How to turn ordinary household items into creative toy storage solutions.

DIY Storage Ideas for Kids' Rooms

Easy and inexpensive organizing ideas for DIY Moms.

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