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Roomboard: Joanna Pasek’s Storybook Nook Reading Corner

This week’s mystical Roomboard was inspired by Joanna Pasek‘s adorable art prints! The soft green accents and wooded wallpaper bring the whimsical prints to life, while the soft blankets can wrap you and your little one in for some comfortable reading time together. Both peaceful and cozy, you will love spending time with your family among these soft colors and rustic adornments!

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1. “Bluebird Fairy” Art Print – Joanna Pasek, BoomBoom Prints

“The Breakfast” Art Print – Joanna Pasek, BoomBoom Prints

“Out in Woods” Art Print – Joanna Pasek, BoomBoom Prints

2. Brass Finish Pharmacy Floor Lamp – Lamps Plus

3. Peter Rabbit Stuffed Animal Plush – Jet

4. Woods Wallpaper – Anthropologie

5. Green Trellis Alex Wing Chair – Pier 1 Imports

6. Velveteen Rabbit Animal Plush – Signals

7. Natural Finish Kid’s Bookrack – Houzz

8. Bookaholic Throw Pillow – Etsy

9. Turkish Cotton Diamond Weave Throw Blanket – Overstock

Do you like what you see? Check out more of Joanna Pasek’s work here!

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11 Fun & Easy Art Ideas for Kids

Creating art with your kids is a great way to get messy while spicing up a lazy afternoon! With activities ranging from prints to puffy paints, there is no limit to how you can have fun with your little ones. Check out our curated list of art projects below for a little inspiration:

1. String Painting:

This idea from Kiwi Crate is even better than finger painting! Try swirling a piece of string around to explore the magic of color and shapes.

 

2. Pasta Mosaic Art:

Buggy and Buddy offers a clever solution for making kid-friendly mosaics. These colored noodle and clay pieces are great vehicles for cute objects and abstract shapes alike!

 

3. Leaf Rubbings:

With fall right around the corner, this activity is a great way to show your kids all the unique textures in nature. Wordplayhouse provides a terrific demo for making the leaf-pressing process as easy as possible.

 

4. Fruit and Vegetable Prints:

Stamping is even more fun when fruit-shaped! Check out Pink Stripey Socks’ tutorial to learn three different ways to press, print, and play.

 

5. Paper Plate Sea Turtles:

Try using paper plates to make sea turtles, as shown by Crafts on Sea. Besides being adorable, you probably already have all the materials on hand!

 

6. Magazine Collage Art:

Recycle your magazines in a new way! Using a few sets of scissors and glue, this project from Kids Activities Blog is a great way for you and your little ones to make wacky designs together.

 

7. Hand Painted Fridge Magnets:

Both small and playful, these adorable canvas magnets from Happy Hooligans will add a bright pop of color to your refrigerator.

 

8. Microwave Puffy Paint:

It puffs and looks pretty! Consider the possibilities of this unique art experience at Tiny Rotten Peanuts.

 

9. Shaving Cream Marbling:

Equally fun to touch as it is to scrape off, this project is worth the mess due to stunning end results. Check out the full tutorial on The Artful Parent!

 

10. Paper Sculptures:

The kids will love curling the paper, and you’ll love hanging the finished products on your walls. Thanks to Art Actually, this project is easy to follow and fun to complete!

 

11. Floating Chalk Printing:

Talk about a beautiful and unique printing activity! Picklebums has great tips for creating these stunning pieces with your kids.

 

Whether used as a rainy day activity or to make homemade gifts for family, art projects are a fun way to explore your kids’ creativity. We hope you are inspired to express yourselves with these ideas, as well as to enjoy the messy delight of art together!

Do you have any art projects of your own to try? Let us know in the comments section below!

11 Fun & Easy Art Ideas for Kids

DIY Ribbon-Hung Prints

Looking for a unique way to showcase your art? This easy DIY is a great way to spice up your walls without breaking the bank!

 

 

First, round up your materials. All you need are a few household items, but you can take your project to the next level by using spray paint for a little hint of extra color! As you can see from the image, you’ll want binder clips, ribbon, a few of your favorite art prints, and push pins to attach it all.

 

 

Add spray paint to your binder clips for added color. Spread some scrap paper outside, hold the spray can 6-12 inches away, and spray until no silver shows through. Once dry, flip the clips to the other side and repeat!

 

 

After the binder clips have dried, attach a strip of ribbon to each of the clip backs. We used Future Glue, but you can use any brand of super or gorilla glue! Remember to give yourself some wiggle room and add extra ribbon lengthwise so you can make adjustments later.

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Time to cover up the glue stains! Just tie a few bows from your leftover ribbon and attach them to the fronts of the binder clips.

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Open, clip, and done! To attach your creation to the wall, adjust the ribbon length as needed, cut and place your ribbon where the wall meets the ceiling, and add a few small tacks to hold your project in place. Ta-da! A perfectly fabulous way to showcase your art!

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We used a single roll of thick ribbon for the prints, but you can also intertwine lots of ribbons together! If you have an empty wall column, hang all your prints on a single piece of ribbon or hang the bow-coated clips on a few nails instead. There are so many ways you can make this idea your own, and we hope you’re inspired to do so!

The art prints used in this post are “You are our Greatest Adventure” by Zoomboone Creations, “Moonlight” by Kakel, and “Let Your Dreams Set Sail” by Tumbling After. In addition to these prints, you can find thousands of other amazing designs here!

 

Do you have any art-hanging tricks of your own? Share them in the comments below!

 

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How to Make your Nursery Feel Like Home

Are you stuck in the depths of baby-planning, unsure of how to personalize a special nursery for your newcomer? Worry no more! Take a look at our 7 tips so you can find small and simple ways to spice up the space. Who knows, you may even get inspired to decorate your own room!

1. Display your books – Whether you have stacks of books or just a few, a simple display can transform any empty wall. A tall bookcase offers subtle elegance to the room, two bookends display a clever attention to detail when encasing your favorite publications, and exposed shelves that house a few of your favorites show off your distinct flavor when intermingled with photos and other memories. No matter how you decide to showcase your reading material, this simple addition adds class and comfort to your little one’s new space.

2. Add green! – Placing a plant in your room can work wonders for the atmosphere. This easy option adds comfort no matter if you want big floor plants or tabletop flowers, and you can even use fake plants if watering isn’t your thing.

simple interior3. Personalize with unique art – We’ve seen how much of a difference it makes! The transformation from bland room to comfortable abode is incredible when a few pieces of art are added to previously empty walls.

4. Add a cool rug – Just like adding some flora and fauna, a rug is an easy way to tie any room together. Besides feeling soft on your feet, this ground-level accent will liven up your entire space! Check out a few of our personal favorites here, here, and here.

5. Find eclectic accents to add to the room – As long as they are out of Baby’s way, interesting figurines and objects are great ways to add character to your transformed space. You can make them into a mobile for your little one to gaze up to, or set them to the side for a decorative touch. If small objects just don’t do it for you, try lining differently-shaped bottles along the windowsill or as a tabletop centerpiece! You can find them at any thrift shop or rummage sale, and even IKEA offers several options.

6. Make comfort most important – Find the fluffiest pillows and the softest blankets to make your nursery a place you’ll never want to leave. We can guarantee that your new cozy spot will be even cozier with a little one in tow!

7. Make your own DIY accents for a special touch – Get out your tools, head to Pinterest, and gear up for a surprisingly easy ride. As long as you find small projects, a little DIY love can really spice up your room. We love the classy look of gold spray paint on small objects, and Better Homes and Gardens has some great ideas on how to use it, too! Also, stay tuned for next week when we’ll have a few DIY ideas of our own for you to try out!

Got ideas to add to this list? Share them in the comments below!

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5 Habits of Healthy Moms

Being a mom is a lot of work! The messes, the mistakes, and the worries that come with taking care of growing kids can be overwhelming, and sometimes it takes a minute to remember how special it is to be a mom. No matter how hectic it may be, these 5 habits are key to valuing motherhood and all the sticky messes that come with it:

1. Being able to laugh about anything

Have you ever walked into a room to find your little one doing something disastrous? The healthiest moms know that even a wall full of crayon markings won’t go away with worry. So while you may need to give a scolding to the newly-discovered artist, you might as well take a minute to appreciate the silly situation.

In addition to easing tension, laughter also improves the immune system! According to the Mayo Clinic, neuropeptides that help fight stress are released into the body whenever you let out a chuckle. Consequently, both your health and your sanity will benefit if you find humor in the little stuff and remember not to fret the big stuff.

2. Maintaining a childlike curiosity

Few moments are better than the look of puzzled amazement on a child’s face after seeing your face reappear with a sunny “peekaboo!” This wild curiosity of the unknown has no reason to stop with adulthood, and can even help you relate to your little explorers. While you might be unsure of how to change a diaper or load a stroller as first, learning will be more fun if you remember to treat these tasks as experiences instead of overwhelming duties.

Alongside a personal curiosity, many of the greatest moments of motherhood come when you take time to learn alongside your little one. Every discovery you make together, every mark on paper you share, and every moment you spend teaching each other begins to foster an irreplaceable relationship between you and your child.

3. Balancing motherhood with other responsibilities

Being a mom is a relentless duty: no matter the amount of effort you put in, you often never feel you are doing enough. There are always more messes to clean, more lunches to make, and never enough time to rest it off. Despite the stomach-churning feeling that you need to do more, sometimes you simply need to remember that you are already doing the best you can. By taking steps to remember all the positive contributions you have made to your family, you will be able to better balance your life as a mom with your other roles and priorities.

4. Knowing how to ask for help

Any mom knows that not everything can be done alone. Having a support system is crucial to maintaining healthy relationships with your family, and having someone to talk to is beneficial for any questions you may have. Additionally, the communication from daily conversation can give you a few more minutes to reflect on the incredible nuances of the family you have started, a healthy reminder that can help you appreciate the little troublemakers in your life.

5. Breaking the rules

Lastly, remember not to take yourself too seriously! Sometimes it’s more fun to eat dessert before dinner, get dirty when playing outside, and fill up on junk food. Though these moments shouldn’t happen every night, a little rule-breaking can spice up your night and remind your kids of the importance of having fun. With a family as incredible as yours, why not enjoy it?

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