Friday November 29, 2013
It's a daily battle, and each Christmas it gets a little harder:
After months of months of hard work, you finally have those little suckers right where you want them, and then BAM! In comes the Man in Red with reinforcements, and suddenly you're knee deep in a whole new wave of Barbie Dolls and Legos.
Not this year toys! Not. This. Year.
Put those enterprising playthings back in their place with these helpful toy storage and organization tips:
1. DIY Toy Storage Ideas: Tame the tangle and reclaim your space with these easy and inexpensive storage ideas.
2. Toy Storage & Organizational Hacks: Save a small fortune on store-bought storage solutions with these clever household hacks.
3. 6 Essential Tools for Organizing Your Kid's Room: Essential tools for organizing your little one's space.
4. How to Keep Your Nursery Clean: Keep your nursery sparkling clean with these little tips for staying on top of big messes.
Friday November 22, 2013
Think it's difficult to bring Pilgrims and Indians to the same table? Try seating a troupe of toddlers to a formal Thanksgiving Day dinner! (Seriously, where's my national holiday?)
Have more than a few littles on your guest list? If you plan on bringing "peace" and "thanksgiving" to your family's table, you're gonna have to do it the good, old-fashioned way:
Hey, don't judge! Bribery is practically a holiday tradition! (We eat your corn; you keep your country - sound familiar?) What's more, it works... at least until after dinner.
Buy yourself a temporary truce with one of these festive holiday treats:
1. Turkey Leg Treats: Serve up some yum with this creative, brown-paper candy bag. (Photo via Fiskars.)
2. Party Pie: Mama's secret recipe for fun! Simply download a free pie-top print, glue print to the cardboard cover of a disposable aluminum pan. Fill with holiday goodies. (Photo via One Charming Party.)
3. Mini Cornucopia: Steam the tip of a sugar cone until pliable and shape into a curl. Hold in place until cooled. Fill with Reese's Pieces and decorate with ribbon. Genius o' plenty! (Photo via The Craft Patch.)
4. Corn Ear Favors: These clever tamale and tissue-paper creations would be even cuter stuffed with popcorn! (Photo via Pinterest.)
Thursday November 21, 2013
Move over Thanksgiving! Hanukkah is almost here!
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with these fun, festive, and entirely kid-friendly holiday goodies.
1. Flip and Light Play Menorah: With its charming design and all-wood construction, this toy menorah is likely to become part of your family's holiday tradition for years to come. To "light" the candles, simply rotate each little wooden block, changing the image from a star to a flame. (Pottery Barn Kids - $38.99)
2. Plush Dreidel: Created by artist Heidi Kenney as part of an entire line of cheerful holiday symbols, this soft and friendly Dreidel makes for both a meaningful gift and a darling decoration. (Land of Nod - $18)
3. Hanukkah Dreidel Game: A beautiful take on a classic game, this lovely dreidel set, featuring a large, solid-wood dreidel, 20 wooden coins and an attractive plush carry bag, allows kids to enjoy this well-loved holiday tradition over and over again. (Pottery Barn Kids - $16.99)
4. Whale Menorah: This sweet and very unique menorah is sure to make a splash with the kiddos! (Land of Nod - $18)
Monday November 18, 2013
Keep the littlest guests at your table busy with this adorable Thanksgiving Day DIY.
Made from chalk cloth - a black, leather-like fabric that doubles as a chalkboard, these clever placemats are perfect for sharing the things your family is most thankful for. Ready to create a new masterpiece? Simply wipe the material down with a damp cloth, and doodle away!
Want to make a set of your own? You'll find directions for this simple sewing project right here. For more fun DIY ideas, visit our DIY Nursery Project page.