Back to School with Hearth & Hand With Magnolia at Target

I admit, even a month out, I’m pretty excited for back to school. I was able to go online at Target, enter in my children’s schools and have the contents of their school supply lists delivered right to the house without having to search the store for each item in all the required colors and quantities… game changer!

But even if you’re not ready to get back to school just yet or if your kids aren’t old enough yet, the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection at Target has plenty of lovely “old school” items to help get you in the mood. I’ve included my affiliate links to find the products.

For the wall, consider the hanging Periodic Table, Constellations, or Earth Map. $15 each
The Pivot World Globe is also super cute and a great modern decor piece for a nursery. $35

These beautiful wooden puzzles are must-haves at $28.

The Chalk Board Ruler Growth Chart is really something to consider, and the Line Chalk Board is going to be a favorite addition to your home school, pretend play area or just homework zone.

I can smell those autumn leaves and chalkboard dust already, can’t you?

Reverie Acrylic Crib from Spot on Square

Spot on Square’s Roh Crib has been a popular acrylic model for a while now, but the new Reverie Crib (now available for pre-order) brings the price way down and features acrylic on all four sides!

The new design has 3 adjustable positions and can convert to a daybed. Retails for $999.

 

This modern beauty is expected to ship September 2018 to all the lucky fall nurseries.

Tegu Toys

We’ve been fans of Tegu blocks for a long time, and it’s been fun watching the company expanding their line up since they started with the original wooden magnetic block sets. Their latest launch is happening for prime day (you can access using our affiliate links) and includes incredible new baby toys and gifts.

The Tegu Magnetic Racer (3 piece set) come in four different colors and are a great first car toy. The blocks can be mixed and matched or strung together like a train. $13 each

Tegu Magnetic Racer Building Blocks (3 Piece), Yellow/Teal/Blue, One Size

Speaking of trains, The Tegu Shape Train (9 piece set) is another fun launch that can be used with the cars, but is also an amazing toy on its own. $40

Another classic first toy is a shape stacker, and Tegu has created its own magnetic twist on this toy with their Tegu Floating Stacker (11 piece set). $25

Finally, even the youngest with have fun with the Tegu Swivel Bug Building Blocks, which are one piece rattles/teethers. $12 each

I can’t decide which are the best new items, so I’m just going to have to recommend you get them all. And for older children, don’t forget the Tegu block sets. They are elegant, safe toys that encourage creative and imaginative play and will last a lifetime.

West Elm x Pottery Barn Kids

Not to be left behind after Crate & Barrel brought The Land of Nod back home, West Elm partnered with their sister brand, Pottery Barn Kids, for a new kids collection with their modern, mid-century aesthetic.

The collection includes three nursery furniture sets that correspond and coordinate with other West Elm furniture. This makes it my top choice if you’re looking to put together a shared bedroom– either a nursery in the master bedroom or a guestroom nursery, or even shared rooms with baby and older siblings.

The Mid-Century line includes a Convertible Crib, 3-Drawer Changing Table, 6-Drawer Changing Table, a Mini Crib and a Toddler Bed Conversion Crib. The pieces are available in Acorn or White. You can also add a 38″ Bookshelf or 22″ Bookshelf for storage and display.



The pieces in the Audrey lineup are my favorites. They had me just with the legs! If you love the Audrey style, you can choose the Convertible Crib, add a Toddler Bed Conversion Kit, pick a 6-Drawer Changing Table or a 3-Drawer Changing Table and add a Wide or Narrow Storage Bookcase.



Finally, the Modern pieces round out the collection. There’s a Convertible Crib, Storage Crib, Toddler Bed Conversion Kit, 3-Drawer Dresser, 6-Drawer Dresser and a Narrow Tower Bookcase and Cabinet Bookcase.



There are two glider and ottoman sets to choose from to finish off your West Elm nursery.

The Graham Glider has been around for a long time (we first featured it in 2012!), and there’s a nice Ottoman to go with it.

The Niels Wing Glider is a curvy statement piece and the rounded Ottoman is a crucial addition. Both gliders and ottomans have many fabric options to choose from to help customize your special nursery.

You can dress up and accessorize your West Elm nursery with anything from West Elm, but they do have some specific items to dress up uniquely kids spaces.

Why add a boring table lamp when you can get this Ceramic Nature Rabbit Table Lamp?

There’s a lovely variety of modern crib sheets, crib skirts and toddler quilts as part of the bedding collection.

The colors of these knit Cotton Baby Blankets are inspirational.

Pillows and accessories include this Felted Pom-Pom Mobile for $40.

I highly recommend checking out the entire west elm x pottery barn kids collection to inspire your modern nursery.

Happy Mother’s Day!

My annual Mother’s Day photo gets a little easier to do as the boys get older. This is the 10th year and they finally understand that until I have a photo I like, they aren’t going anywhere- ha! This was around nine in the morning as we had plans to be away all day, so I felt pretty accomplished this morning.

Yes, my oldest is (almost!) as tall as I am. I’m sitting in the photo so it’s hard to tell, but it’s shocks me every day to see how tall my modern baby has gotten.

Motherhood is such an adventure, full of stages and changes the whole way through. Just as you’ve mastered the newborn stage, baby stage, or toddler stage, a whole new set of challenges, growth and excitement take their place and you grow and stretch to meet their needs and figure out who you need to become in the process.

Enjoy your day no matter what stage you’re in, because next year will be a whole different story.

With love,
Esther

Rocking Monsters

I may know of my opinion that every child should have a rocking toy of some sort, but if a rocking horse seems overplayed, there are tons of other options. We’ve covered many stylish choices but the Rocking Monsters collection by Linen Art may be the wildest. Originally presented on Kickstarter, the Rocking Monsters are now available on Amazon (and you can order via our affiliate links).

The rocking toys are easy to assemble with all the tools included. They are currently $100 plus $30 shipping and you can choose the Octopus, Shark or the Ghost.

I love the tentacles on the octopus, but I think the Shark will be the most popular.

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