8 May 2016, 3:25pm
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Happy Mother’s Day

Stepping in front of the camera again today as we do each year. One of my gifts is that the boys (try to) cooperate and pose with me. It actually is getting easier as they grow up and it’s so worth doing as I love looking back at this annual post. The boys get bigger, I get older…

This was the first photo in our new home so we had to find a new spot, but I look forward to many more Mother’s Days on the patio in the years to come.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all you modern moms, moms-to-be, mothering types and motherhood supporters. Hope your day is memorable and full of love and joy.

Election Knit Rattles

It’s nearly official so…

It might not be the best year to introduce your tots to the political process, but if you’re ready to have a little fun with it, here’s the gift for your future politicians. If nothing else, it will be a great collectible keepsake one day.

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The organic rattles from Estella come as a set or separately. $60 for the three or if you can’t stand having them both, pick your favorite– Madame President or Mister President– for $22 each.

Star Wars Books for Kids

I’m not done celebrating Star Wars day just yet so I’m sharing my favorite Star Wars books for kids. Star Wars isn’t just about toys and action figures… it’s a great story with fun characters, and you can start sharing your love of both with your children from day one!

Star Wars Books

Star Wars ABC- $11
This is a great larger scale board book with your favorite as well as some lesser known characters and rhymes from A to Z. There’s also a 123 and a Colors book to make it a collection.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Little Golden Book)- $4
There’s a book for every movie and I love the way these are illustrated!

Star Wars: A Scanimation Book- $12
The scanimation books are amazing and when you pair the moving pictures with your favorite Star Wars scenes, this will be a book you open and close and open and close again and again– trust me!

Darth Vader and Son- $10
The first of the Star Wars picture books by Jeffrey Brown is an hilarious look at what would happen if Luke had spent his childhood with his father.

Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia- $14
You will not believe how extensive the Star Wars Lego universe is, but you can use a volume like this to get started. The book comes with a Lego minifigure so it’s for older kids.

Star Wars ABC-3PO Alphabet Book- $10
The Star Wars characters from A to Z are illustrated as cute as can be! by Calliope Glass (Author), Katie Cook (Illustrator, Cover Design)

Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope- $8
The first in a series of books by Jack Wang, the Star Wars story is told in needle-felted scenes. The kids will love the photos and you’ll be amazed by the art and effort that went into it.

Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy- $11
The first novel of the trilogy, these tell the story of your favorite Star Wars movies in a whole new way. For kids grades 3 and up, my 4th grade Star Wars fan highly recommends this series and I love how the black covers look on his bookshelf.

Trilogy Box Set (Star Wars: Jedi Academy)- $25
I love a box set because if you enjoy the first book, you’re just going to want to read them all anyway. The Jedi Academy series by Jeffrey Brown is another great option for older elementary and middle school aged children. We have them all!

Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy- $21
This title is part of my personal collection– meaning not for the kids. One of many incredible pop-up books by Matthew Reinhart, this is a title you’ll enjoy sharing with the kids, but it’s too incredible to just give to younger children who may accidentally tear it.

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4 May 2016, 2:13pm
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A Few Favorite Star Wars Prints for May the 4th

May the 4th keeps getting more popular. Our Star Wars universe has expanded over the past year with the release of The Force Awakens, and new Star Wars fans are being born daily. Share your love of Star Wars with some of my favorite Star Wars prints from etsy.  Some of these you can purchase and print right now…. Quick! Before the kids get home from school!

The Force is Strong with This One Star Wars Printable Poster from Celine Art Prints- $t5

The Force Is Strong with this One Star Wars Printable

I Love You to the Moon and Back Nursery Printable from Printable Pop- $6

I Love You to the Moon and Back, Nursery Printable Star Wars That's No Moon

Princess Leia Little Girl Art Print with Death Star from Have a Laugh- $7

Princess Leia Little Girl Art Print with death star
Star Wars Death Star in Black and Gold Poster from May and Baz Store- $18

STAR WARS | Death Star in Black And Gold Poster

Star Wars Alphabet from Concepcion Studios- $40

ALPHABET - Star Wars Inspired, Poster

Find more great Star Wars discoveries on Pinterest and May the 4th Be With You!

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Collection of Kids Books by Jane Foster

One of our favorite etsy artists, Jane Foster, has a collection of children’s books that you’re going to want to consider for your baby’s collection. Full of adorable illustrations, you’ll love putting these in heavy bedtime and playtime rotation.

Jane Foster Books

ABC and 123 were the first titles last summer, and today you can get the Colors and Black and White. You can pre-order First Words, the Brown Bear Color Book and the Stripy Tiger Pattern Book.

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2 May 2016, 8:37pm
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ezpz Happy Mat and More

Since ezpz burst on the scene (less than 2 years ago! starting just before their kickstarter campaign), their simple, stylish and totally useful Happy Mat has been blowing up worldwide! It’s high time we talk about why you want one and how ezpz has expanded their product line.

There’s nothing better to introduce you to the ezpz Happy Mat than their intro video.

So a one piece placemat/dish that’s 100% silicone, dishwasher safe, BPA, PVC and pthalate free and it sticks to your table… I think there’s not much more that needs to be said to convince you that you need at least a couple.

The Happy Mat is available in 4 colors and retails for $25.

ezpz Happy Mat

But then sometimes you don’t want to serve a whole divided plate of food and one single bowl will do the trick. Then you also want a Happy Bowl ($20).

ezpz Happy Bowl

But some ezpz fans had the problem that their mats were too large to fit on the tray of their favorite high chair so ezpz introduced the Mini Mat ($20).

ezpz Mini Mat

And if those aren’t enough, there’s also the play mat and the snack mat ($22.50).

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I’m thrilled about the success of ezpz and encourage you to give one of their mats a try!

29 Apr 2016, 7:58pm
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My Modern Nursery #110: Silverspoon Nursery Inspiration Sponsored by Lullaby Paints

I have completely fallen in love with Silverspoon. An exclusive shade of Lullaby Paints only available from Petit Tresor, this silvery blue has just enough color to be recognizable as blue, but it’s nearly gray and is super neutral and calming. I’m thinking of using it for my master bathroom, I love it so much. A sample pouch (with shipping) is just $17 and I’m about to order one!

I went really modern with the white and chrome furniture in this design. Then I softened the look a bit with the rug and soft furnishings. I’d love to see someone bring this room to life!

My Modern Nursery 110 Silverspoon Lullaby Paints
1- Pontil 3 Light Chandelier- $230
2- Boon Flaunt (discontinued but I can send you ours!)
Eskayel Ripple Pillow- $160
Menu Teddy by Afteroom- $60
3- Be Brave Little One from Star & Arrow Designs- $104 – $189 for silver framed giclee
4- Silverspoon from Lullaby Paints for Petit Tresor- $79 a gallon
5- Leather Triangle Mobile in Duke- $70
6- Alto Dresser from Spot on Square- $1190 (now on sale for $850)
7- Mint Dot Basket from Ferm Living- $70
Era Rocking Chair by Normann Copenhagen- $1860
Plush Ottoman- $85
8- Alto Crib from Spot on Square- $1690 (I’d choose Bamboo Rings or clear)
9- Fauna Pillow Wild Gorilla- $30 10- Contemporary Ikat Rug 8′ x 10′- $3400

We have tons of other ideas for your Silverspoon nursery on our Pinterest board so if you need more art choices, additional accessories or even different lighting and furniture options, we have everything you could possibly need.

Thanks to Lullaby Paints for sponsoring our nursery board series. Check out all their paints for Petit Tresor! Safe for baby and the environment, Lullaby Paints are my favorite option for your modern nursery. For more nursery color inspiration, follow Lullaby Paints on Pinterest. I love creating these modern nurseries each month using their baby-safe colors.

Cutest Storage “Baskets” from Rice

I’m excited about this find. Storage + decor + fun!

From rice, you’re going to love at least one of these toy baskets and handmade raffia storage baskets.

Rice Storage

The boxes come in a variety of sizes, colors and designs.

How about this large foldable toy basket with cowboy theme?

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The kitchen baskets like this medium raffia house toy basket kitchen stove are super fun.

Medium Raffia House Toy Basket Kitchen Stove

I also love the happy camper box. It’s cute as can be.

Rice Large Happy Camper Box

These make such adorable accessories for the nursery or kids’ room!

Rice Storage and accessories

Browse the entire collection to find the perfect one.

Flisat Kids Collection from Ikea

Shall I go so far as to say these are destined to become Ikea classics or even collectibles? Maybe I’ll reserve such strong judgement for after I see them in person, but Ikea has definitely hit the mark for the modern kids room with their Flisat collection.

flisat collection at Ikea

I am most excited about the dollhouse / wall shelf. I love that it can be used with the dollhouse furniture (which we already have) or it can be hung and used as storage.

Ikea Flisat doll house and stools

The children’s desk can be adjusted to three different heights and you can add Trofast storage boxes to hold your art supplies. Buy a few of the wall storage ledges to create a simple and beautiful library wall.

Ikea Flisat children's desk and wall storage

The children’s table is also designed to be used with Trofast storage and it makes beautiful basic play table.

Ikea Flisat Children's Table and stools

Here the children’s stools create a little drop zone when paired with the colorful knob rack.

Ikea Flisat knob rack and stools

The toy storage bin looks sharp with the green accents, but I could see this piece being easy to customize in many different, fun ways.

flisat toy storage with castors

Finally, the book display is perfect to place next to your favorite reading spot. My little one could use one next to his bed right now!

Ikea Flisat book display

Forget that you know these are from Ikea and admire just how good these lacquered pine pieces look and how functional they can be in your child’s space! I can’t wait to find them at my local Ikea!

Black and White Zoo Prints and Pillows from Gingiber

Gingiber‘s latest series of animal drawings is this black and white menagerie. The zoo animals are available as pillows for $32.

Black and White Gingiber Pillows

There are also 8 art prints in the series– Alligator, Snake, Giraffe, Monkey, Rhino, Lion, Tiger and Cheetah. Each is available as an 8 x 10″ print for $24 or as an 11 x 14″ print for $40.

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Mix and match them in your modern nursery!

gingiber b&W zoo prints

And that colorful pillow above is from Target (on sale now) and can be found in my living room!

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