Our Venetian Crib is getting some love over on Instagram! Keep those posts coming (and tag us with #storkcraft and #storkcraftnursery)!
@wshughes‘ grey and white nursery is coming together nicely! We love the bold graphic wall.
@obstetricwarrior has her crib decorated with an adorable animal theme.
Crib and pack ‘n play is all set up by @djrcornish
The cherry colour on @nycole0138‘s Venetian Crib is a classic finish.
@huynguyen‘s sweet little boy is standing! The Venetian Crib has an adjustable mattress base which can be lowered as your baby grows and learns to pull him/herself up.
We survived this past week’s shopping madness (Yay!). As much as we love that shop-till-you-drop rush, we’re feeling like we need to up the creativity level while we let the credit card take a tiny break. Take a look at these gorgeous but cost effective DIY projects that you or the kids could make. It’s the perfect way to include the whole family in prepping for gift giving and for getting into the holiday spirit.
Would you believe that this winter table snowscape is edible and completely doable with kids? Yes way! This would make a lovely center piece for that holiday dinner party. (Image courtesy of Handmade Charlotte)
Easy-peasy DIY photo coasters that you can gift in a set to Grandma and Grandpa… Or maybe just to keep them for yourself. (Image courtesy of Pop Sugar)
Got a bookworm on your gift list that you are planning to get a book for? Customize his/her next read with a fabric cover. How cool would it be to open up the gift and see the pretty fabric peeking out? (Image courtesy of Two Twenty One)
Get the older children to help stir the pot and help jar a few of these sea salt and vanilla bean caramel sauces. The ingredients are oh-so-simple and it’s great for drizzling on top of any dessert. Wrap a pretty ribbon around them and bring them along as hostess gifts on your round of holiday visits. (Image and recipe from Baked Bree)
It’s not too early to start bringing out the holiday decorations, right? Have the whole family trace their hands and incorporate it into this paper wreath. (Image courtesy of My Name is Snickerdoodle)
Concerned that the little ones are going to get into the ornaments and tree? Try this DIY felt tree that the kiddos can actually decorate themselves. Felt sticks on felt so all you have to do is cut the shapes out and then let the kids arrange and rearrange the ornaments as they please. (Image courtesy of That’s What Che Said)
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Every parent of young children knows this much:
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So what does one do when Black Friday comes along and you really need to take advantage of the deals? Have a game plan.
1) Map It Out- As the old adage goes, “Time is money and money is time”, and never more so when you (and the rest of the world) plan on snatching the best deals out there. Rather than simply “showing up”, list out and prioritize specific stores that you have in mind ahead of time. Make sure your walk (or dash) to each retailer is plot out so that time is not wasted shuttling back and forth indecisively between stores or different departments.
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2) Attire- Throw modesty out the window when it comes to clothes shopping, because if you are going to have to wait for a changing room, be prepared to wait a long time. To avoid any indecent exposure, wear a well fitted base layer (Like tights and a cami) so that you can quickly throw on the items for a quick fit-check in front of any mirror and then get out the door. This is the one time of the year when it is acceptable to walk out of the house in winter like conditions with flip flops for easy on-off reasons. This goes the same for the kiddos: Forgo looking like the Gap Kids ads. No laces, buttons or anything that requires nibble fingers. For anyone 8 and under, if it does not simply slip on and off, then it’s velcro, velcro, velcro!
3) Bladder Management- For the adults and older children, pace out your fluid intake and make everyone do that one last potty stop before getting into the car. As for the little ones, best not to be planning any potty training during the next few days leading to up to Black Friday. That diaper will just have to do!
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4) Coupons- Ever watch Extreme Couponing? Take some notes from the experts: Before the day of reckoning, surf the web and newspapers for appropriate coupons, then clip/print them out. Wait, you’re not done yet. Organize, organize, organize. Those little pieces of paper are no good if they are not easily accessible when you need them, and certainly no one in the line up behind you will appreciate it if you’re caught taking too much time rummaging for them. Categorize the coupons by the stores that you plan on going to and can use them at. File them in something that keeps them neat and easy to find like an accordion file.
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5) Teamwork- Divide and conquer. Prep your troopers to know where they are assigned to go and what they are to look for. Set rallying points and times to regroup and reaccess.
For the Little Ones that have to follow along with you or other team captains, mutiny can be avoided with small snacks that were brought along from home.
As for the spouses that consider picking up the weekly jug of milk “shopping” and claim they take only 5 minutes to grab their annual pair of Levi 501′s, just leave them at home. You only need team members who appreciate the fine art of shopping.
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6) Be Patient and Friendly- At the end of the day, shopping should be enjoyable. Don’t sweat over missing out on certain items. Take on the mentality that “If it is meant to be, it’s meant to be”, and if it wasn’t, that means you didn’t have to spend that money. Now how is that for a half glass full?
7) Plan B- If all else fails, there’s always Cyber Monday. Sure, the war still wages on: You will need to battle in getting what you want in that virtual shopping card before stock runs out. But at least you can do it in the comfort of your own home where the kids can have meltdowns without other shoppers silently judging your parenting skills.
Feeling ready yet? In T minus 3 days, you will be able to have said that you survived shopping with the troops in tow! Success!
With Christmas coming around and all those expenses that add up, we’re on the hunt for good deals and ideas on how to live well, yet without having to spend a whole lot. Here are five items that have caught our eye this Thursday morning for doing exactly that.
“At times it can be hard to know that what you have is enough. Really—who cares what others are spending their money on. Comparison doesn’t bring joy. Be happy with what you have, not unhappy with what others have.” Read more of Oh Dear Drea’s take on “How to Have A Great Life Without Spending A Lot of Money + Saving Some Too“. We’re inspired!
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It wasn’t until I went back to work after my mat leave did it really occur to me how hard it is to find nutritious, economical and most of all, easy recipes. The reality is that for busy families, there isn’t a whole lot of time to get wholesome meals together when you are tired from a day’s work. It’s often just too easy to resort to eating out, which can add up quickly. So thank goodness for these one-pot-wonders. They really do just require you to put everything in a single pan or pot. The ingredients are simple, the recipes can be modified to make larger portions for storing, and (for all parents of picky eaters) these are actually delicious (Do we hear angels singing?). Take a look at our favourites here, here, and here.
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We all have that well-loved sweater that we just cannot bear to part with but is no longer fit for wearing in public (OK, so every once in a while we slip it on for that coffee run and pretend that no one notices…). Now here’s a simple DIY that can repurpose that old sweater into something new. Depending on the size of the sweater, you could probably fit a few pairs in for the Little One, or reserve a set for yourself! An extra smaller set for baby can be made from the ends of the sleeves.
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Have you seen this seasonal buying guide from Consumer Reports or this one from Lifehacker yet? Sometimes finding the best deals for an item that you need requires some planning ahead. Like that BBQ that the hubby has been pining for. Rather than waiting for June, the guide says that the best time is Fall/Winter. Hey, maybe you don’t have to look much further for his Christmas gift already (And need we mention that come summer time the rest of the family benefits well from this gift too? ;P).
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The world of amazing blogging mommas just never stops surprising me, and in a very good way! Whenever I think I have found the perfect rotation of blogs to read, I stumble upon more and my “to-read” list just keeps getting oh-so-pleasantly longer. Here are two more to bookmark for some great the-kids-are-finally-asleep reads.
1) Oh Dear Drea: This beauty hails from the sunshine state of Florida. Andrea takes us on a journey of “simple pleasures, cooking, natural living, veganism, gardening, home and design—- and all things creative and aesthetically pleasing.”
2) Finding Dutchland: This American transplant now lives in Holland and became the talk of the town with her post on “The 8 Secrest of Dutch Kids, The Happiest Kids in the World“. You will love exploring the Netherlands through this photographer mommy’s eyes and also seeing how another part of the world raises children.
How is your November going? It’s a month where we are starting to really feel that Fall chill creeping up, but it’s also the time when we look forward to entering into the season of Thanksgiving. Here are 5 ways to bring on this wonderful holiday.
Wondering how to make use of all those wonderful varieties of apples that you have been seeing at the local grocers? We’re loving this simple baked apples a-la-mode recipe from Le Creme de La Crumb and we are sure your family will too!
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It didn’t seem SO long ago when we were cozying up to our own copies of The Berenstain Bears, so we’re so thrilled to see that this classic series is still going strong! Grab your hands on The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving All Around, that just came out this year, to read to your own Little One(s).
Those rubber boots are perfect for those rainy day outings, but sometimes they just need that extra bit of plushness in the cold. This easy-peasy boot sock tutorial from Back to Domestics is perfect for keeping warm. Make a pair for yourself, or the kids.
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Plaid used to be the pattern of lumber jacks, but with it making its way into slimmer cuts and various patterns, it’s looking oh-so-good on the rest of the family. Have it on an accessory or peaking out from under a cozy sweater, layering is key. Here’s some inspiration for incorporating this versatile pattern into your LOs, spouses’, and your own wardrobe.
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Need a quick and easy idea to put your Thanksgiving table up a notch? Make your way over to Craftaholics Anonymous to print your own utensil holders. Do we already hear potential nominations for 2014′s Host(ess) with the Most(ess)? We sure do!
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We may only be at the start of November, but it’s never too early to get cracking on that holiday shopping list, right? They say “No white after Labour Day” but we think otherwise. Take a look at our top picks for baby essentials, all in winter white.
1. Let’s face it, this Hoop Glider and Ottoman is just as much for mommy and daddy as it is for baby. But hey, us tired parents deserve it!
2. A classic crib that is still our top seller after all these years: The Tuscany Convertible Crib
3. Have your little one cozy up in this Zutano Elf Onsie
4. It’s all about storage! This Avalon 3 Drawer Dresser can do double duty as a storage piece and a change table
5. This handsome stallion will be sure to delight any little boy or girl
6. Mommies will tell you that it’s not easy finding a diaper bag that is aesthetically pleasing and practical, but this one hits all the right points
We love seeing how our customers are setting up their #storkcraftnursery. Here are a few of our recent favourites from around the world wide web.
Sometimes it’s us grown ups that need to kick up our feet and catch a little breather in the Hoop Glider & Ottman Set. That cold one is sitting on top one of our favourite storage units: The Avalon 6 Drawer Dresser. Image courtesy of @conleecan.
Got images of your little one(s) enjoying a Storkcraft product that you would like to share? Send it in to us at email@example.com or tag them with #storkcraftnursery!
When it comes to Halloween, every parent knows that this one-day event takes on a whole new meaning with children. Gone are the days of staying up all night to hit up a house party or club with the significant other (now that there are bed times to rush home to). But the whole process of hunting down those ideal costumes and lugging home those pumpkins for a decorating fest is still happening in full force. In fact, now that the kids are taking part, you can be sure that each year the bar gets raised for creativity and lots of hands-on DIY. Here are some of our favourite unique, but simple and cost-effective (Ah, our fave!) Halloween crafts.
Dress Them Up
How cute is this Frida Kahlo? Pair a colourful dress with a flower headband, and finish it all off with a unibrow. Voila, you have yourself an iconic 20th century artist!
Got an October newbie? Keep your little jail bait cozy and comfortable in an orange onsie and this DIY sign.
These headbands are so easy to make and customizable that you may just find yourself crafting up several pairs.
A hoody and some felt squares is all it takes to whip up this prehistoric getup. No sewing machine? This could easy be done by hand sewing or with a hot glue gun.
Can we say thank goodness for hoodies and glue guns again? Transform a plain hoody and headband for a magical unicorn.
Pumpkin (No Carve) Decorating
While we love a traditional pumpkin carving, these updated, carving-free ideas are hard to resist. These gorgeous gourds make for great projects with your little ones and are so easy to incorporate into your decor.
You know the kids will already be plied with candy so how to best counter all those sweets with some healthier, but tasty treats? We’re loving these finger food ideas that both your big and small guests will thank you for.
Candy Corn Fruit Cups by Family Fresh meals
“Boo”-nana Ghost Pops by Skinny Taste
Hot Dog Mummies by Raining Hot Coupons
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!