Some of you probably experienced this scenario at Christmas: You spent a fortune on a thoughtful gift for your little one and yet, all they cared about was the box it came in. Does that sound familiar? Well, this adorable project from A Beautiful Mess plays right in to the love of big boxes that all kids possess.
See how to make a cozy cardboard playhouse for your child!
It’s that time of year again. Families are welcoming one of Santa’s very own elves, known collectively as The Elf on the Shelf, into their home to help keep an eye on who is being naughty and nice. These elves have special Christmas magic that helps them keep an eye on the house by day and then fly back to the North Pole to report to Santa every night. The elves are adopted into each family and given a unique name – from Fufu and Scout to Bones, Juliet, Sam and Mr. Peepers.
While these elves are cute as can be, they also have a mischievous side. They have been known to turn milk green, draw mustaches on pictures, and even swing from the ceiling fan. But, come Christmas Eve, the elves head back to the North Pole, their job for the year done.
HGTV decided to join in on the fun and adopt our own Elf on the Shelf. Follow HGTV on Instagram @HGTV to see the adventures that our elf gets into during the first 12 Days of Christmas. Keep track of the elf and on the final day, Wednesday December 12, we’ll ask a question about our elf here on the blog (ex: Where was the elf on Day 6?). Answer the question on the blog and one random winner will win the HGTV Elf and a $100 American Express Gift Card.
Do you have an Elf on the Shelf watching over your house? Share their adventures with us on Instagram using #HGTVelf
I’ll cut to the chase: this “My First Autobahn” Road Tape is just plain clever. Turn your kitchen floors into the Indy 500 in seconds!
I’m not a mother yet, but I’m already taking notes about great products for tots, so I’ll be all set on the nursery decor front when that day comes. (In the meantime, my friends get to benefit from my research at their baby showers.) One company I’m loving right now is Aunt Bucky, for their perfectly funky crib and twin bedding, not to mention their quilts, apparel and decor.
I have an annoying compulsion to match everything, so I always appreciate when a design has done a bit of the pattern mixing work for me. Aunt Bucky’s stuff has an eclectic feel to it, as though it was cobbled together from leftover vintage fabric scraps, but the color palettes keep it cohesive. I’ve bookmarked the site, but I secretly hope Aunt Bucky will branch out into dog beds soon so I can have a bit of their flair in my place before I even get preggers.
[Via: the boo and the boy]
Time flies when you’re raising kids. One minute they’re barely registering on the oversized ruler growth chart, and the next, they’re losing their teeth. At least that’s what happened to my boss’ adorable almost 5-year-old daughter yesterday. I guess you never really know what milestone is going to hit you hardest as a parent, but the tooth fairy’s first appearance seems like a doozy. And I don’t think I’ve seen a sweeter way to honor that folklore than with these tiny fairy doors from TaDaaStudio on Etsy.
Seriously, how cute are these things? (Answer: So. Stinking. Cute.) Just choose the door color and style to best match your kid’s room. The placement of the doors in the photos here are clever — I particularly like the one tucked away in a bookshelf — but if you’re going for the full tooth fairy experience, I suggest putting it on the wall near the bed, perhaps over the nightstand like this. You can even make a fairy garden as a family to entice the tooth fairy to pay a visit (or leave more money, wink). I figure that fairy doors are more than just adorable accents for children. They’re for parents, too. After all, if your child still believes in fairies, they’re not growing up too fast, no matter how many baby teeth they lose and when, right?
My grandmother had a homemade growth chart for me on the back of the door that led down to her basement. Of course, she’s 4′ 11″ and I topped out at 5′ 3″, so it’s not a terribly big chart, but I always thought it would be nice to have something a little more…official looking than scratchy pen and pencil marks. When I spotted Dear Lillie’s Oversized Ruler Growth Chart, I thought, Yes, that’s more like it!
The chart has a nice handmade feel — it’s hand-stained and hand-stenciled — and as the product description wisely points out, “you can even take it with you when you move!” (I didn’t really think about it, but that’s a good point. If my gram ever moved, I’d want her to take the basement door with her. Not super practical.) I actually like the style of it so much, I’d consider buying one even though I don’t have any kids. And I bet it’d look killer in a classroom. Just saying.
Looking at the title “Bunny Pillow,” you may have thought I was going to feature a pillow with a picture of a bunny on it. But you’d be wrong! Somehow, the crazy design scientists at bombdesign must have spliced some genes together and engineered a pillow that IS a bunny. Behold!
It’s silly, whimsical and unexpected, but not too cartoonish. And it looks so soft. Plus, it’s just practical. It’s a stuffed animal and pillow in one! I could see kids taking this in the car or on planes for travel, toting it along to sleepovers, you name it. I also think it would make a really sweet baby shower gift. (How precious would this be sitting on a rocking chair in a nursery? I die from the cuteness!)
It’s time to gather friends and family to celebrate the holiday season! If you are looking for ideas for hosting a fun, easy get together for children or adults, a Gingerbread House Party just may be perfect for you. With our inspiring ideas and downloadable printable party designs, you’ll be all set.
A simple white store-bought cake is easily dressed-up with crushed peppermints and festive lollipops.
Prepare gingerbread houses in advance so your guests can decorate them during the party. Put out icing bags and a variety of candy for the guests to use.
For a perfect centerpiece, prepare a gingerbread house prior to the party to display. You can use paper embellishments in addition to the edible details, like this gingerbread man party circle.
Finish the gingerbread house by adding coconut for the perfect “snow” base.
Offer a variety of desserts for the guests to snack on after they decorate their houses. Mini gingerbread house pops are perfect for this party theme and will be a hit with all the little ones.
Visit the full Gingerbread House Party feature for many more ideas and printable downloads!
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