Kids Rooms & Things on the Brain

Cute ideas for kids rooms and things spotted on KSW

Spring has not yet sprung.

But that isn’t stopping the tinges of spring fever I feel coming on. I’ve got kids rooms, and home decorating projects and bright colors on the brain … if you can’t tell.

We are moving closer to the day when Sweet will move into a room of her own (tear). I’ve been planning that room in my head for years!, but I can’t hep falling in love with the graphic wall trend. As much as I love this candy colored room, I know little miss would never go for it. She’d much rather doing something bold like this.

I’d love to do a black & white room for the boys. They live and breathe all things legos and Star Wars right now anyway, and how amazing would it be to have a giant moon in your room you could doodle all over? Mr. Printables does it again.

I’ve got some big plans on how we can best utilize their space, look for more on those projects coming soon, but first … this gorgeous unicorn is blowing my mind. Can you believe she made that using just 4 ingredients? Count them – carrots, pear, garbanzo beans, and raisins. Amazing! I will never be that clever.

Speaking of clever things … how about some Ana & Elsa Frozen dolls made out of perler beads? Pretty awesome right? I think this will be our next birthday gift for a friend. Get the full how to on Spoonful, then check out my pal Michelle of MollyMoo who comes up with incredible ideas like this on the regular.

I’d stay and chat longer … but I am eyeballs deep in taxes. Thanks for sharing this much needed visual break with me.

Daily deals for moms, babies and kids

Have you ever shopped Zulily before?

Pictured Here: Lima Bean Kids / Nui Organics / Kricket Boys

I super puffy heart them and I bet you do too. If you aren’t familiar with them yet, they are an online store for moms and kids running daily deals at discount prices.

I get an email from them each morning filled with deals on great brands I have come to know and love through their site. The sales go quickly, each one last 3 days and often times products sell out quickly but I have learned to make Zulily really work for me.

When I find a brand I love and know I would like to purchase from again, or at least check out their latest products, I heart that brand on the Zulily site and they alert me the day before they go on sale again. If something I really wanted sells out before I have a chance to grab it, I set up an email alert for them to notify me when the product comes back in stock again.

Many brands go on sale quite frequently, so I never worry if I miss something the first time around.

Asics Kids / Ositos Shoes / Krickets Girls / DC / Save the Day

I use Zulily to stock up on quality school clothes, outerwear, shoes and pajamas for my kids.

I love their funky, colorful boutique fashions for Sweet. They often carry cool skateboard styles for Happy, and Little loves their graphic and super hero tees and jammies. I can often find cute sneakers for all the kids for less than $10!! <- I can’t even do that at Payless. And for a little bit more, I can even get a name brand shoe.

Zulily is my go-to place for all dress up clothes and costumes. We have quite the one of a kind collection and 90% of it came from their site. This week I am adding that shiny wizards cloak and hat. We already have the super hero mask, cuffs and cape shown here, but I think we might need a girl Captain America in our mix because that shiny silver mask is just too cute.

Insider Tip: Fabulous tutus like these and shiny capes go on sale all the time. These make the perfect gift for every girl and boy

Zulily also offers some wonderful deals on toys. We have used them to play Santa purchasing everything from cardboard playhouses, to Melissa & Doug toys, to wooden balance bikes.

They really are my favorite online store.

Here’s a sampling of the goodness I found on there today:

Teal Whitney Jumper (Bright Days) / Orange Cap Sleeve Dress (Bright Days) / Fizzy Soda Tee (The Good Ones) / Road Trip Hoodie (The Good Ones) / Light Blue Mystique Sneakers (Kick-Start)

See what I mean? Head on over and see what you can find today

Disclosure: Zulily is offering me store credit in exchange for telling you a few things I love about their site. It’s a natural fit since we really do love the site and order from there several times a month. Let’s hope this is the first of many chances for KSW to work with Zulily!

New Years Eve in my mind

ideas for New Years Eve

It’s 6pm on New Years Eve and the party at our house is in full swing. In my mind’s eye, it looks just like this. Elegant and sparkly, kid-friendly and lots and lots of fun.

In reality, we’re lying on a bed of pillows on the floor watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in our sweatpants.

I wanted more for all of us. Something prettier than this, but we’ve been knee deep in house projects for the last few days and truth be told we’re all a little tuckered out. Tonight, we’ll relish in each other’s company, cuddle a lot, eat popcorn and chase each other in the dark with glow sticks, it will be equally wonderful in our own little way.

I’ll file these lovely projects aways for another fun family night.

Family Friendly New Years Ideas:
- New Years Eve Party Hats
- Glitter Fun Paint
- DIY Glitter Wine Glasses
- New Years Wishing Wands

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and feeling blessed you keep coming back to share your time with me. Looking forward to lots of fun new happenings in 2013.
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New Years Eve Wear for Mom & Daughter found here
Gillian Dress (SOLD OUT) /Sparkle Skirt / Gold MaryJanes

Is it that time already? Holiday Gift Guide time

I still feel like I’m barely over September, but here it is November nonetheless. One of my favorite parts of prepping for the holidays is helping others find the perfect gift … it sort of goes hand in hand with my Pinterest obsession.

This year I am teaming up with Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon and Tiffany of Peanut Blossom to bring you some of the best holiday gift guides you will find on the web! I’m kicking my segment off with some fun & funky finds for everyone on your list.
2012 Holiday Gift Guide

1. Striped Top With Bow “Suspenders”

Like this adorable top, while available for purchase in the UK, would make one very awesome DIY project! A budget friendly tee and some contrasting ribbon is all it takes to make this statement piece.

2. Colorblock Rusana

Coldwater Creek isn’t my normal go-to choice for clothing, but this colorblock wrap is just the right amount of cozy. Picture it outdoors on a crisp day with jeans and boots and you’ll see why I’m so sweet on it.

3. Driftwood Windchimes

A colorful addition to your porch or patio, these driftwood windchimes would make a great gift for almost anyone on your list and at $25 they are easy on the budget too!

4. Gizmon iPhone case

The gadget lover in me really wants to try this funky, retro iPhone case.

5. Baby’s First Keepsake Blanket

And this knitted chevron blanket needs to find its way into my life stat … that or I need to find a baby quick to gift this to … good thing I already have 3 in mind!

There will be plenty more gift guides coming your way between now and Christmas time. Do you have someone on your list who always leaves you stumped on what to give? Or do you just need a few ideas for your little one? Let me help, send me an email or leave a comment describing what you need and I’ll be happy to try and solve that problem for you. We have enough going on this time of year without having to stress out about finding “that perfect gift” for everyone.

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