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?
Image: The Berry
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.
There are times when one has to really wonder why there isn’t more regulation over the type of content that is permiteed to be published on the world wide web. And then there are other times when the web is the place where you can come across the most beautiful things right from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few links to some things beautiful that we wanted to share with our readers on this mid-day Wednesday.
-Seth Rogan’s take on how marriages are portrayed in movies and how they really should be.
-Wondering if it is normal to struggle so much when it comes to putting your Little One to sleep? We love this article on baby sleep regressions as actually being baby progressions.
-Packing a healthy lunch that is appealing to a grade schooler shouldn’t require so much creative juice right? Maybe not after you get a look of these bento lunch boxes.
-Oh Joy! shares on how to dress up the bump for special occasions. We love all those maxi dresses.
-Do you record your LO’s milestones? This is a simple and oh-so-adorable way of doing it. Put all the images into a photo book at the end of the year and let the “Awwwwwww!”s begin.
So what about that ceiling? When it comes to nurseries and kid’s room decor, it’s always mostly about the walls, the flooring and the window treatments, but what about that blank slate right above? It’s not the easiest location for intricate paint work or installations. But with it being the place that your little one would be looking up at before he/she goes to sleep, the ceiling is a space worth considering some special treatment.
Wood paneling used to be a dreaded term that conjured images of outdated 70′s style family rooms. But now with their lighter washes, they give amazing texture and depth to a room. How amazing are these nurseries that have them installed on the ceilings?
Decals are easy to put up and add playfulness with small details.
A painted pattern ceiling is no doubt going to be one project that will require lots of patience and a keen eye for precise measurements, but boy do these three rooms look worth it!
While painting regular walls a bold hue may overwhelm it, a splash of solid colour on the ceiling brings warmth and depth to a space. Take a look at that lovely soft pink in the second image and tell us you are not bookmarking it for a little girl’s room!
Right when I think I have found my perfect rotation of blogs to check up on, I always end up coming across another mommy blogger that I cannot help adding to my daily list of “must reads”. Take a look at these three style and lifestyle bloggers who happen to be mommies too. We can be sure that you will be quickly bookmarking these blogs too.
1) Barefoot Blonde- At only 23 and armed with the most adorable little boy, Amber Fillerup Clark is the one to follow for everything stylish. We love her vivid and colourful photos of her daily life and inspirational #OOTD (outfit(s) of the day). She makes looking perfectly windswept and carrying a baby everywhere at the same time seem effortless.
2) A Mommy in the City- I’m not sure why I haven’t posted about Lauren’s blog before because not only is she one of my favourite mommy bloggers to follow, but she has previously done a guest post for Storkcraft. A Florida transplant to the Big Apple, and now a resident of Connecticut, Lauren takes us on her journey as a full-time mommy to two little girls and a 6 month old boy. We love her candid way of sharing her joys and struggles, as well as her honest product reviews and recommendations.
3) Chic 9 to 5- This is one of those blogs you read and wonder how someone “does it all”. Anh of San Francisco manages to balance a corporate job with being a mom to the most lovely little girl, Lucia. Adding to the list is her fashion blog that just makes you want to either copy her entire wardrobe or move to San Francisco. We think we could use both.
September is just around the corner and organization is key to getting the school year off on the right foot. Whether it’s for your Little One or your college bound child, keep your child’s room in tip-top shape with a Canwood loft or bunk bed. Great for making use of vertical space, these beds will not only add storage, but also minimize furniture footprint to maximize bedroom space.
^This Skyway loft bed keeps everything compact. It has built in open shelving and 5 drawers of storage space. Pull up a chair to make use of the computer desk right below.
^Both parents and kids love the Mountaineer for its stairs feature. Not only do they offer easy and safe access up and down the bed, it also has built in drawers in each one of the steps.
Animals are great themes for nurseries and kid’s rooms. It can be gender neutral without ever being “boring”, and at the end of the day, what child doesn’t at one point go through the whole “animal craze”? My one year old is currently obsessed with farm animals and cuddling the neighbour’s dog and cat every chance that she gets.
The best thing about the updated, modern wildlife themed rooms is that they are playful, yet still maintain an overall sophisticated look. No cheesy caricatures here. Take a look below at a few of our favourite rooms from around the web that seamlessly incorporate wildlife motifs.
The Prints- It may be cute as seen on Project Nursery, but not up for painting a giant juggle mural up on that wall? We love the idea of grouping a set of prints together, or even having one blown up and framed for maximum impact.
-The Fur Babies- Most parents will tell you that they cannot, and will not fit, another stuffed animal into their home, but a few, well placed plushies can make for wonderful children’s room decor.
^Project Nursery- That hippo in the corner, and the zebra rug? <3
-Taxidermy- Not everyone appreciates hunting as a hobbie. But when it comes to what we think of the faux taxidermy in nursery trend, you’ll find no resistance here!
^Design Sponge- Those two taxidermy heads and elephant woven basket are just the right touches to incorporate that safari theme without going overboard.
^Vogue France- That’s right. Even Vogue, the iconic magazine, approves of the animal head accessory in a kid’s bedroom.
^The Boo and the Boy- We love that this room incorporates wild animals with all things girly, like the princess dress and doll house.
^Donmino- Safari animal heads, oversized bear, tassel garland and that colourful rug? An unexpected combination that makes for an eclectic and adorable room!