Fun New Playsets from Green Toys

We’ve always loved Green Toys for their commitment to the environment with their use of recycled materials as well as their durable and open-ended toy designs.

Now these new playsets are among their most elaborate toys yet. They feature multiple pieces and tons of play value for toddlers 2 and up. The best part is that all the pieces fit inside the building and with the handles on top it’s easy to transport and put the set away.

Pick the Farm Playset or…

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… the Fire Station Playset.


Both sets retail for $50, but I found them on amazon for less than $44… Fire Station and Farm via our affiliate link.

31 Aug 2016, 8:50pm
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My Modern Nursery #114: Violet Pearl Pastel Sponsored by Lullaby Paints

I have to admit that purple walls are tricky. As the mother of boys, pink was a challenge I had to learn to overcome, but purple is an even more difficult proposition. Now Lullaby Paints has many shades of purple, but I was looking for a light shade with a little more pink in it than blue. Violet Pearl is just on the purple side of neutral but for this board it became the boldest color in the palette. The room is so neutral that you could really pick YOUR favorite shade of Lullaby Paint and with a new rug and piece of art, you’d still have a perfect nursery.


1- Violet Pearl from Lullaby Paints– $59 a gallon
2- Ferm Living Round Dorm Wall Shelf– $219
3- Dip-Dye Pendant– $99
4- Reach by Carrie ONeal from Minted- $21-$212 depending on size
5- Happy Cloud Nightlight– $18
Babyletto Gelato 3-Drawer Changer Dresser– $400
6- Babyletto Gelato 4-in-1 Convertible Crib– $400
7- Mountain Cushion from Ferm Living- $100
Striped Cushion from Ferm Living- $82
8- Olli Ella White Dipped Belly Basket– $45
9- Wooden Cloud Baby Gym– $90
Silky Road Paisley Oriental Rug– 9′ x 12′- $513
10- Swan Plush– $89
Neo Rocking Chair– $500

We have more products and inspiration for your Violet Pearl nursery on our Pinterest page to help you customize the perfect purple space for your little one.

Thanks to Lullaby Paints for sponsoring our nursery board series. Safe for baby and the environment, Lullaby Paints are the perfect choice for your modern nursery. For more nursery color inspiration, follow Lullaby Paints on Pinterest. It’s so much fun to work with them on these nursery boards and come up with great modern nurseries using their baby-safe colors.

If you spot a favorite Lullaby Paints shade and would like to see my take on it, feel free to send it to me for a future nursery board.

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Little Partners Tri-Side Learn & Play Art Center

Perfect for this back-to-school season, the Little Partners Tri-Side Learn and Play Art Center Easel… well… it beats all other easels by 50% and maybe even a little bit more. The three-sided easel includes a magnetic dry erase board, a chalk board as well as a felt board.


Each side’s height can be adjusted independently for children of different sizes.


The easel also includes a paper holder, eraser, 4 non-spill paint cups as well as a bottom storage shelf. The easel retails for $180, but it’s currently being offered for a special deal price of $150.

29 Aug 2016, 8:27pm
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Bugaboo Cameleon³ Elements


Inspired by nature, the limited edition Bugaboo Cameleon³ Elements features beautiful new colors, soft jersey seat inlays, and a hand-stitched faux leather handlebar.BGB_Cam3_elements_03 BASSINET

My favorite thing about this special edition is the ombre, dip-dyed look of the seat, and especially the bassinet. The azure blue is a great shade for boys or girls equally.

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The fabric includes DuPont™ TEFLON® that repels water, oil and stains. This is a feature that will be appreciated by all who are fortunate to wheel this stroller through the natural elements that inspired it. BGB_Cam3_elements_05 SEAT + footmuff AUS

The footmuff is an additional accessory that you may or may not need, but is a really beautiful add-on.BGB_Cam3_elements_07 SEAT + seatliner pink AUS

I hope to get a look at the details in person soon and get to see what the “super-soft” materials feel like, and how they compare to the Bugaboo Frog we wheeled around back in 2005. The Bugaboo Cameleon³ Elements will be available in September 2016, so just a few more days to wait.


25 Aug 2016, 9:28pm
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Pretty Pastel Nursery From Little Crown Interiors

As I’m working on a pastel nursery this month (which you’ll see next week), I was excited to see the newest project from Naomi of Little Crown Interiors.

This room is pretty perfect in every way. You can go to the original post on the Little Crown Interiors site to read more about the inspiration and the products used in the space.


The Oeuf crib and dresser in neutral work perfectly with almost any color scheme, but I think that the light wood is particularly beautiful with breezy pastels.


I love how this room is a mix of personal, collected objects as well as stylish modern purchases. It’s a comfortable, realistic way to decorate a home and feels warmer than a collection of items all put into a shopping cart at one time.


Naomi reused the clients glider and side table (an economical as well as eco-friendly choice!) and the corner is full of sentimental pieces.


Thanks for sharing your incredible work with us Naomi! This MIGHT be my favorite Little Crown Interiors project yet.


Photography by Full Spectrum Photography


JuJuBe + 4 moms Newborn Insert

If you’ve ever wanted to customize your 4moms baby seat, you can now add JuJuBe style to your mamaRoo, rockaRoo, or bounceRoo. The Newborn Insert in Onyx, is now available.


Shop the entire JuJuBe Onyx collection for more coordinating items.


23 Aug 2016, 1:03pm
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Tesla Model S for Kids

Prepare to be envious of children for an entirely new reason. Way cheaper than a full-sized Tesla, the Tesla Model S for Kids starts at $500. If you start saving now, maybe the ultimate holiday gift?

Just like shopping online for a real car, you can customize all the options on the Radio Flyer site like an upgraded battery ($60), paint color (red, blue or “Midnight Silver Metallic”) or even the wheel color. Additional accessories include a car cover!, custom license plate and custom parking sign. I believe that with all the options, the car tops out at $814.

Tesla Model S for Kids features

The age range for this vehicle is 3-8. My youngest is turning 8 at the end of the year so I’m out of luck and will just have to save my pennies for the full-sized version. If he was still 3, it might be a completely different story!

Ferm Living Autumn/Winter 2016

For their Kids Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection, Ferm Living has a some great new items to take note of. My favorite is this Funkis Doll House. It really goes beyond the basic house shaped wall shelf that everyone has made versions of in recent years.

Funkis Doll House

The House Wall Storage comes in blue, rose and gray and is a casual, cute storage accessory.

house wall storage

For Autumn/Winter, much of the collection is divided into either the Party or the Seaside theme.

Here is their Bamboo Dinner Set in the Party pattern.

Party Bamboo Set

And this is the Bamboo Dinner Set in Seaside.

Seaside Bamboo Set

The new wallpapers are becoming favorites of mine. Here is the Seaside Wallpaper.

seaside wallpaper

And this lovely pattern is the Party Wallpaper shown with a new Rose color way for the Air Balloon Lamp.

party wallpaper and air balloon lamp rose

There are new cushions for the Party pattern as well as the Seaside pattern.

Jute carpet and cushions

And there are mobiles in Party and Seaside as well.

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The popular tent comes in 4 new colors: Rose, Grey (shown), Mint, and Curry,

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and the popular Half Moon pattern now comes in Baby and Junior bedding. It’s a great black and white modern option!

Half Moon Baby Bedding

I can’t wait to incorporate some of the new designs in future nursery plans!

17 Aug 2016, 9:40pm
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Wooden Cameras from Manny & Simon

The newest addition to Manny & Simon’s toy collection is the Wooden Camera. Start practicing those selfies early!


It comes with dark orange or blue accents (shown) and can be pre-ordered now for $28. Cute for all your future photographers.

Jonathan Adler for Fisher Price

I have to applaud Fisher Price for recruiting Jonathan Adler to bring some much needed style to their brand and Jonathan Adler for really working his magic for Fisher Price. The first items to come from this partnership are the baby gear and toys, which are available now for pre-order from buybuy BABY.


First you have the Deluxe Bouncer. $120


Or you can choose the Deluxe Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. $150


The Deluxe High Chair can also function as a booster. $200

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The Deluxe Umbrella Stroller features the same stylish fabric. $180


I think my favorite item thus far is the Sensory Gym. $120


And the Projection Mobile is a fun and functional piece with classic Jonathan Adler motifs! $80


More items will be released in the fall.


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