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Dinosaur Birthday Party

My son requested a dinosaur theme for his 4th birthday party. It was surprisingly easy (and pretty cheap, too, thanks to a little help from Oriental Trading.) Here’s the results, with some homemade elements and some off the shelf. Green, orange and yellow just seemed like dinosaur colors to me, for no real reason.   […]

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Fruit Solar System

It’s Science Fair season, and though my kids are too young for that yet, my toddler has been obsessed with the solar system lately. (“Let’s talk about planets, mommy.”) So we did a super easy (and delicious) craft — making a solar system out of fruit. I found the instructions here, and we created our […]

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Throw a Circus Party

Yes, I am a Pinterest mom. There, I said it. I’m a terrible cook, I never have gum in my purse, but hell if I can’t craft a party. A circus theme is a timeless favorite because it works for both boys and girls, and there’s no shortage of material to work with. I recently […]

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DIY Cockpit

My handy husband made the boys a DIY cockpit. He was inspired after we took a trip to the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Charleston, S.C. (amazing how vacation destinations change with kids in the mix), and it blew our toddler’s mind. One of the exhibits was an old bomber plane that you could […]

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DIY Art for Kid’s Room

The flagship location of the Land of Nod (900 W. North Ave., Chicago, 312-475-9903) underwent a remodel this summer and unveiled a dramatic, whimsical new piece of art behind the checkout counter.   My iPhone photos are not doing it justice, but it consists of dinosaur toys affixed to an enormous canvas and unified with blue […]

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Make a Photo Wall

My toddler’s interest in pictures prompted me to finally create a family photo wall, something I had been meaning to do for years. I’ll be honest—it was a huge pain, took much longer than I expected, and made me temporarily resentful of the friends and family housed within the frames. Now that’s it’s complete, it looks happy […]

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Print Block Art

Print blocks make for great, inexpensive art, whether you find a fun retro image or just want to personalize your kid’s room with his or her name. A few years ago, I picked up these cute print blocks from Architectural Artifacts (4325 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, 773-348-0622). These particular blocks were used to print the […]

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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a silhouette might just be worth a thousand pictures. Silhouettes have a beautiful vintage feel and capture all the sweet characteristics of a child’s face. “I enjoy bringing out the detail that someone might miss in a photograph—eyelashes, rounded noses, chubby chins, crazy curls,” says Betsy […]

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Make A Cork Board

I was feeling crafty last week and filled a blank wall in my kitchen with a massive cork board to hold art projects, notes from school, and various other nonsense that piles up on the kitchen table. Standard cork boards were too small for my wall (not to mention boring), so I purchased some cork, […]

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Chalk It Up

How cute are these? Versatile chalkboard mats work as portable entertainment, to keep the kids quiet during mealtime, or  to use as placemats during a kiddie party. The $33 set includes four chalkboard mats and 12 sticks of chalk at b a friend, a site that exists solely to sell these little beauties.

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