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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
How has your week been so far? Here are five things from around the web that have us smiling and powering on through this week to the weekend.
We love this feature on Humans of New York yesterday (If you haven’t been following HONY already, then it’s about time that you did so!). It’s too beautiful not to share for our Web Wednesdays. Is this father’s thoughts not exactly what every parent hopes and dreams for their own child(ren)?
“He makes me want to know about little things, so that I can teach him. Like when we sit by this lake, I wish I knew what kind of turtle that was, so I could tell him. And I want to figure out what kind of duck that is, so I can tell him all about it the next time we come.”
“What do you want most for him?”
“Whatever his dreams are, I’m down to ride for him.”
“What’s your biggest fear for him?”
“That he won’t try. If he doesn’t try, I’ll be hurt. Cause then we’ll never know how far he’d get.”
Right when we think that we cannot leave the summer sun and breezy dressing behind, leaf-covered roads, pumpkin spice lattes and the upcoming Thanksgiving has us falling for Fall! But now that the weather is getting colder, a little bit more planning and layers are a must. How cute is this little girl’s Autumn look?
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Black tights, stripes, top knot, and sparkly flats? This is one hip mamma outfit to house that growing baby bump!
How do other mothers live around the world compared with those in North America? A Cup of Jo gives us a glimpse with 24 Surprising Things About Parenting in the United States.
We did a whole post on incorporating animals into the nursery and one way was with taxidermy (Faux, of course!). Now here’s a fox one that you can DIY by the ever creative Hannah from We Lived Happily Ever After.
5) Product Love:
How awesome is this Broyhill Kids Destin Junior Loft Bed set? It includes the loft bed with ladder and slide, two shelf units, desk extension and the chair. It’s available in espresso or white. We know you will love the storage and the ease of having pretty much an entire bedroom set ready to go, but your child is going to go crazy for that slide feature. Waking up and getting out of bed never looked so good!
Whenever I do write about Storkcraft products, they’re usually in the context of announcing a new product or how to incorporate a design trend in the nursery with a Storkcraft piece. But I recently realized that I have yet to share about my personal favourites- Items that I would have on my own “must-have” list if I could re-select my nursery all over again.
The Sorrento Convertible Crib- I am partial for pieces that tend toward being more streamlined and modern, but this Sorrento crib with its classic shape is one that I absolutely love for it’s wider slats, generous wooden rail cap detail and the awesome price-point (Currently on sale for only $226.43 at Amazon.com!). I am currently going through an “everything in white” phase too so the white finish is my pick, though it does come in a handsome espresso and also cherry too.
So most of my friends who have had kids will probably have one of these Rocking Horses as I give them as either baby shower or birthday gifts. In a world where children already know how to work an ipad by their first birthday, it’s nice to know that there are still some toys that just never go out of style and still encourage imagination. This Rocking Horse in Natural is on my Christmas shopping list for my own Little One.
The Thomasville Kids Upholstered Glider & Ottoman set by Storkcraft is the most recent addition to our lineup and I only wish that they had come out with this one sooner when my LO was just born. This would have been just what was needed for those late night feedings and transitioned perfectly for our current night time routine of reading a book together before bed. It’s extra roomy, and do I even have to comment on that amazing fluffy back cushion? I’m loving this gray glider set as shown below with its neutral, but far from boring shade (It comes in a fresh green and also yummy chocolate microfibre too). Throw a fun decorative pillow or quilt on there for a pop of colour and personality.
Now, I know that I just mentioned above that I love white finishes, but this new Dove Brown finish that we are introducing to many of our current and new products is just too dreamy to ignore, especially in the form of the Broyhill Kids Marco Island Captain’s Bed. The colour is light enough to keep a room bright and airy, even with larger pieces of furniture, yet rich enough to show off the texture and character of the wood. Combine the Dove Brown colour with a bed that comes with a trundle for extra sleeping accommodations and bottom storage drawers, and I would say this is rivaling kid’s room perfection.
You can’t ever have too much storage, and bonus if it is easy to put together too. Storkcraft offers a whole range of dressers to match to cribs and beds, but the new Destin 6 Drawer Dresser is my current fave. It’s got the Tufflink Assembly feature (Watch the video here!), which will make you wonder how we all managed to previously deal with pesky bags of hardware and all that time spent on assembly. As for the style itself, I love how the legs elevate up the dresser to give it some visual lightness, and the classic lines lends itself to easy mix and matching with various other furniture pieces. And with all that generous storage space, this is a dresser that can definitely grow with the little one. Take your pick of finishes in espresso, cherry, white, black, dove brown or gray.
Cozy up in our new Thomasville Kids Grand Royale Upholstered Swivel Glider & Ottoman! They are available in multiple fabric colors and are now for purchase on Amazon.com!
Storkcraft has been the top seller of wooden glider and ottoman sets in North America for a while now, so we are so excited to be able to add a new line of upholstered ones that boast the largest and widest seating space in the category. This model is ultra roomy and super comfortable for parents of all shapes and sizes- Perfect for rocking your little one during bedtimes, or snuggling together to read a book. Its classic shape and style will fit right in the nursery, but will also blend seamlessly into any family or living room. So on those nights when the children are all asleep and everything is quiet, feel free to kick up your feet and hog this seat for yourself.
Storkcraft has been exclusively a wood furniture company since its start in 1945, but with customers inquiring increasingly on when we will be able to help them outfit the rest of the nursery, we have finally decided to take up the challenge! We are so excited to be launching our Storkcraft bedding line this October! The line will feature crib sheets and crib skirts with fun, versatile patterns. Each set will come with two fitted crib sheets- each with its own unique pattern- and one matching crib skirt.
The world of baby crib bedding has come a long way: What used to be sold as large, expensive sets that even included items like matching bumpers, pillows, stuffed animals, duvets, and window dressing, have now been simplified for better safety and also versatility. The modern nursery is now all about being able to mix-and-match, and to style a space that is baby-appropriate, but also sophisticated enough for your Little One to grown into.
Our design team had intentions of coming up with a “boy” sheet set, but as you can see from the image above, this blue and green geometric set would fit well in any contemporary room regardless of gender. We’re in love with its fun, graphic pattern and fresh colour combination.
This lilac, pink and citron set as shown above is our take on the garden party and florals.
Grey is the new neutral and this crib sheet and skirt is the perfect set for outfitting a calm and relaxing nursery (as shown on the Sorrento Crib in white). The star burst pattern adds just the right amount of design and colour to an otherwise neutral pallet. This allows for parents to easily add their own infusion of colour and to customize the nursery space with unique accessories.