Simple Kids Reading Nook

The plight of the second child, man. My little one has spent most her life living around her big sister’s whims. From being dragged to each and every occasion her sister has participated in since her birth (and being expected to nap nicely and cooperate while doing so) to the layout and decor of their shared bedroom, Ellie has always been expected to sort of go with the flow. And, don’t get me wrong—she’s good at it. But once in awhile you have to throw a girl a bone.

As she gets closer to the end of her kindergarten year, Ellie has started standing her ground a little more. She’ll still tear up and play the baby card any chance she gets, but she’s starting to show signs of liking things a certain way (like the three separate piles of Fancy Nancy books lying in the middle of the floor in their room)—and she’ll fight to keep them that way.

To give her a little space of her own in the midst of their big-sister-dominated shared stuff, I teamed up with The Baby Cubby to create a small, simple kids reading nook where she can practice her brand-new reading skills.

simple kids reading nook #kidsdecor #kidsroom

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Crafting with Kids | DIY Ornaments

Oriental Trading Company provided me with product for review but all opinions (and drama) are my own.

Oriental Trading Co ceramic ornament DIY

My girls get their love of crafting from me. They also get their inability to finish projects before flitting off to another creative venture from me, but you can talk to my husband about that. I prefer to concentrate on the positive. Like making pretty ornaments for our tree and to gift to friends and family.

We got a few inches of snow dumped on us on Saturday and it was the perfect time to hunker down in front of the Christmas tree and get our craft on.

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Great Gift for Girls: LittleMissMatched Colorize Collection

LittleMissMatched sent us products for review, but opinions are all our own.

Tween girls can be so tough to buy gifts for. They’re at an age when they still like things that are childlike but they want to be seen and treated as older. Take my ten year old. One minute she’s using a variety of silly voices while playing Barbies with her sister and the next minute she’s shrieking that she doesn’t want to go to the movies because Moana is for babies (she loved it, by the way. She just would never admit it to you).

It is nearly impossible to purchase solid gifts for such fickle creatures.

But, once in a while, you stumble upon something that balances delicately in the sweet spot between little kid and big girl. The cool personalized stationery from my last post is a great example. Another sure hit? LittleMissMatched‘s Colorize Collection. The collection, which includes different sock designs and a headphone set, allows girls to customize them by coloring in the designs themselves. My girls are big fans of LittleMissMatched to begin with, but having the ability to customize their socks took their love to a whole new level.

creative gift for girls littlemissmatched colorize collection

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LittleMissMatched Project Sock Design Contest

It’s no secret that my daring fashionistas are big fans of LittleMissMatched. They go wild over the fun clothes, but the real winner in our house is always the socks. They are a staple over here. In case you’re not familiar with LittleMissMatched socks (um, get on it!), they come in sets of three and none of them are perfect matches. This is a huge deal in our house!

Well, I have something that might be an even bigger deal:

LittleMissMatched Project Sock Design Contest

The LittleMissMatched  Project Sock Design Contest is back!

Kids can submit their own sock design to win a cash prize and—possibly even more exciting—be a part of LittleMissMatched’s Spring 2017 Line! This contest encourages kids to allow their creative spirits to come alive and create whatever want—no limitations.

If your kid thinks he/she has what it takes to “think outside the socks” (I know mine do!), get them started!

To enter, kids should:

A panel of judges selected by the LittleMissMatched team will pick 24 semi-finalists. Their entries will be uploaded to an online voting gallery for everyone and anyone to vote on their fan favorites!

There will be three winners:

  • First prize wins a $500 cash prize and 10 packs of his or her sock designs.
  • Second and third prize winners will receive $250 cash and 5 packs of their winning sock designs, which will also be a part of LittleMissMatched’s 2017 collection.

For more information (including how to enter via Instagram), visit the LittleMissMatched Project Sock page.

PS If you want to learn a little bit about last year’s winner, Westchester’s own Tori S (pictured above), head over to Westchester with Kids for an interview with her!
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Liberty Science Center Giveaway

Liberty Science Center with kids

The girls and I (and Samantha’s BFF) took a trip down to New Jersey this weekend to have some fun at Liberty Science Center. We had a blast the last time we were there and were expecting nothing less than an amazing time. While that’s usually a recipe for disaster, I’m happy to report that Liberty Science Center totally delivered.

I was shocked (again) at how much there is to do there. While the girls spent a fair amount of time climbing around the Infinity Climber and checking out Infection Connection like they did last time, this experience was completely different.

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