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Display Name: Ella T
Member Since: 9/9/11

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Agree with Griffin, please do posts like these in slideshow format, it's much easier to read!


Toys in Bloom: 25 Kids Gifts for Easter & Spring
3/25/14 05:16 PM

Parents (I am one) should come prepared in case diversion is necessary esp for little kids -- travel toys/books/washable crayons etc.


How To Host Kids In a Child-Free Home
2/3/14 12:34 PM

At the beginning of the holiday season our PTA puts up a staff "wish" board in the school lobby with a hook for each faculty member. The PTA asks teachers to write down ideas for items, both small and large, they would like for their classrooms, each "wish" on a separate small piece of paper that is hung on his or her hook. Over the course of the month parents can choose what they'd like to give, if anything, and take the paper with them so there are no repeat gifts. It's really efficient and unobtrusive. I think gift cards are good too. But I always feel a little uncomfortable about contacting parents to contribute to a group gift, it feels forced.


\"A\" For Appreciation: DIY Gifts for Teachers
12/18/13 11:37 AM

Thanks for the ideas, some cool things here! Just a suggestion, I find click-through slideshows with embedded links are a friendlier and more fluid way to read articles like these.


20 Toys for Young Brainiacs
12/11/13 01:14 PM

We have the mid range "Nativity Scene" by Wild Apples http://www.wildapples.com/nativities.htm, a toymaker in upstate NY. We can't figure out how to fit it all back in the stable with doors shut so we store it in a bag. But it's beautifully hand made and the interaction with the owner was nice. I think he makes a version that is more block-like for kids but the $70 version is sturdy enough for kids (over 3, small pieces) and as an adult I like the simple design.


Child-Friendly Nativity Sets
12/4/13 09:21 AM

What is the piece of furniture in the dining room in pictures 13 and 15, standing in the corner, looks like its metal? Is it an antique chaffing dish?

Lovely home, thanks for sharing.


Erik & Maaike's Tranquil Country Cottage House Tour
9/27/13 12:48 PM

Cardboard nesting blocks were one of the most used toys by my kids (and lasted through 2, tattered and all). Lots of companies make them, most for much cheaper. A great new baby/first bday present.


5 Winning Baby Gifts
6/27/13 11:33 AM

I appreciate the posts that include sources for affordable versions of pieces or less expensive options in the same spirit. Dabney Frake's (sp?) column does it well.


Kid-Ready Modern Design Pieces
6/24/13 09:23 PM

What is the source for the dresser? It's adorable.


Stella & Hazel's Happy, Girly Shared Room My Room
6/21/13 02:26 PM

We've used this brand of rosemary shampoo and leave-in spray conditioner during classroom outbreaks and have avoided anything so far. Knock on wood. http://www.fairytaleshaircare.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=6&Itemid=61


Preventing and Treating Head Lice
5/29/13 09:55 AM

We've used this brand of rosemary shampoo and leave-in spray conditioner during classroom outbreaks and have avoided anything so far. Knock on wood. http://www.fairytaleshaircare.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=6&Itemid=61


Preventing and Treating Head Lice
5/29/13 09:55 AM

The Red Balloon.


Movie Nights: Foreign Movies for Children
5/22/13 10:30 AM

Please keep these posts coming. Love them all but great to see non-nursery/older kid rooms too.


One Design, Two Budgets:
Eclectic Collector Tween Bedroom

5/4/13 02:52 PM

Best. Party. Ever.


Best Kids Parties: Donuts My Party
4/24/13 06:38 PM

Cute party! How did you do that cake icing, it's awesome.


Best Kids Parties: Black, White & Bright My Party
4/17/13 07:44 PM

So thoughtful and sweet, down to the burlap runner and doilies. Love it.


Best Kids Parties: Country Fair My Party
4/17/13 11:13 AM

I think it's a refreshing slice of real life, so many of the kids' rooms on here are so overworked and overdesigned, by parents for themselves more than for their kids, that the quest for the perfect combination of perfect pieces has rendered them generic in all their mid century modern thrift store eclectic DIYiness. Three quarters of urban hipster parent neighborhoods look exactly the same, give or take some vintage toys. And I'm tired of reading about that on design blogs.


Super Characters Shared Room My Room
3/13/13 05:29 PM

Watch Toy Story 3, maybe with your daughter. I'm not joking. It does a beautiful job dealing with the ideas of discarding vs. giving, loving vs. keeping. Maybe she could be part of the process of making the decision to keep or give. My mother saved a couple of thoughtful things from my childhood -- a plain wooden baby doll cradle that my daughter adores now, an old child-sized rocking chair -- and I'm grateful she did, don't get me wrong. But there's something freeing about letting stuff go, especially if it will bring immediate happiness to someone else, rather than storing it to maybe bring happiness down the road.


Ideas for Outgrown Play Kitchen? Good Questions
3/4/13 01:34 PM

Love the room, where did you find the red metal bookshelf?


A Vibrant Room for Three My Room
2/21/13 12:10 PM

Agree with Magoo1, same w/ crib bumpers. AT, be an advocate for responsible design.


Trend Watch: Polka Dots in Kids' Spaces
2/21/13 10:06 AM