Kids’ Reading nooks: a Pinterest Roundup

02cfed24562c8e8c3c7297a990213491

Pinterest

Reading nooks are all the rage, for both kids and adults. After all, we as adults love cozy places, and kids are no exception.  Why not give the little kiddos in your life somewhere to kick back with a good book? Today, I’m sharing my favorite reading nooks for kids.

  1. I love the one pictured above. The patterns and colors work together perfectly, and those wall-mounted shelves are actually picture ledges. They’re inexpensive to purchase or DIY, and they’re such a nice, decluttered look. The wall decals and that little garland are too cute for words!

6a4ea521a1d8e14d5c0e93c72ef13a2f

Momo Design

2. I just really love this teepee with its cozy pillows, rug and cute little star lights. You could always add picture ledge shelves to the wall behind it if you wanted.

8d0c885c10af6bf71942825df11fe8a2.jpg

Project Nursery

3. Here’s a reading nook for the smallest of readers. This toddler reading nook features low shelves for little hands to choose their own books, and a comfy bean bag.

16c6433d98c0c1de597252c4b33af803

Maternida De Colorida

4. Have a dormer in your kiddo’s room? Why not stretch a curtain across it and make a “reading room?” I love these curtains and the idea of a “private” reading area. My kids would absolutely love this.

bfb243fe60bae249ad167d14bf7a1647

Babble

5.  Repurpose a Billy bookcase into a handy window seat in your reading nook. Add a long cushion and lots of pillows, and you’ll surely want to curl up with a good book and stay there. I love the colors, the extra storage and the cuteness of this reading nook.

I hope you have truly enjoyed our Pinterest roundup today! Come back Friday for summer home decor tips.

 

 

Advertisements

Why you should paint your bookcase back

Why you should paint your bookcase back

bookcase

We bought a white Ikea Hemnes bookcase for our oldest daughter’s room. I loved the simplicity of the bookcase, and it seemed to match well with a headboard my dad built for her.

 

 

IMG_5977 (1)

And while it looked great against the light blue walls and with the other furniture, it needed a little something.

I decided to stencil the back of it, but I wasn’t sure I wanted it to be permanent. I decided to cut some posterboard to fit in the back of the shelf, and paint it.

DSC_0425

This way, if I ever got tired of it and decided to change it out, I could.

DSC_0421

I attached it to the back of the shelf with some double sided tape.

DSC_0461

The little pop of color this adds is amazing, and adorable. I love it!

Organized &

I also added a pink background to the bookshelf in my youngest daughter’s room

53550382817__1E7B3D12-7446-495A-AD18-DE59C9ED4F76.jpg

And a gray contact paper background to the shelves in our playroom.

IMG_1224

Adding color to your shelf back makes it look finished, and it makes whatever is on the shelf stand out. The added color pop helps too.

Have a great weekend. I will be posting about new uses for pool noodles on Friday.

 

 

 

 

What to pack in your toddler’s pool bag

What to pack in your toddler’s pool bag

Summer is quickly approaching, and for most of us, summer means pool and beach trips. Those of us with more than one child have a pretty good idea about what your tiny tot will need for a trip to the pool, but if you aren’t sure, I decided to share what’s in our pool bag.

We are a family of four, so our pool bag is this giant monogrammed Land’s End tote with a zipper top. It holds everything we need for some fun in the sun and I love it!

DSC_0311

For our toddler, we always pack the following items:

img_1098

  1. A snack (not pictured). We try to always bring a healthy snack for both kids no matter where we go. Dry cereal works well, as do small fruits (grapes) or veggies (carrot sticks), and things like granola bars or Belvita biscuits.
  2. A swimsuit, a cover up (a hooded towel will work well for a small child), and sunglasses
  3. A sunscreen for sensitive skin
  4. Swim diapers and wipes (if your toddler isn’t quite potty trained. Ours is not).
  5. Diaper ointment and lotion. Some kids’ skin is sensitive to chlorine, so it’s a good idea to have some lotion on hand to replenish their skin’s moisture
  6. Pool shoes and goggles
  7. Something to drink in a plastic, lidded cup
  8. Detangler and a hairbrush (not pictured)

I always feel the most organized and prepared for anything when I create a checklist beforehand, run down my list, and physically check it off. I decided to share that list with you as well. To download it, simply right click on the picture below, save it to your device, and then print it. For best results, do not print larger than 8X10 inches.

pool checklist

Enjoy your pool and beach trips this summer!

 

Sunday Musings: Raising Godly Children

Sunday Musings: Raising Godly Children

It’s important to us to raise our children in the Christian faith. The easiest way to do that is to take them to church, but there is so much more to raising Godly children than attending church. We are far from being perfect Christian parents, and this is truly an area where we are working hard to improve. I thought I’d share some of the things we are trying to do, in the hope that some of you would share some of your great ideas with us 😉

We are a family of four, with a six year old daughter and a two year old daughter. We attend church regularly and also participate in Vacation Bible School and a summer camp program at our church during the summers.

1. Sunday school

We have recently begun to attend Sunday School after not attending for several months. Sunday School lessons for children are the Gospel tailored for their age and comprehension. This is why it’s important for them to be there. My kids have learned so much from the children’s programs at our church.

2. Read a devotional each day with your kids

We, as adults, get a lot out of our kids’ devotions. Not only are we reading and learning about the Bible along with the girls, we are modeling for them the importance of reading and studying the Bible. And don’t think because it isn’t written for adults that you can’t be blessed by it as well. I have learned from my kids’ devotion book as much as I have from my own.

3. Buy your kids a Bible they can read

There are so many wonderful Bibles on the market today you can choose from. There are Bibles available for little children, tweens, teens and primary aged children. My daughter has this “Big Picture Bible” which works in conjunction with a phone app. She loves it and it does a great job teaching and explaining the Bible stories to her.

5. Pray together

My children and I read the Bible and keep a running prayer list. We spend time thanking God for the things for which we are grateful and praying for the things we need or the people we know with needs. I’ve also started praying aloud in the mornings as we are driving to school- not only to pray, but to model prayer for my children.

What ways do you model living the Gospel for your children? How do you ensure your children are Godly? I’d love to hear ideas or suggestions!

Have a wonderful week.

Simplify Saturday: vacationing with kids

Simplify Saturday: vacationing with kids

Vacationing can be relaxing and fun, but it can be stressful as well. The trick to vacationing with your little children is to be as organized as possible. With the following tips, your family vacation will run much more smoothly.

pexels-photo-273222.jpeg

1. Plan ahead as much as possible.

Where will you be going? How long will you be there? What will you need to take with you?

Make a checklist so you will be less likely to forget to pack the things you’ll need. If there are things you need to buy, make sure you create a shopping list as well.

popcorn-movie-party-entertainment.jpg

2. Pack snacks for the trip itself.

Hungry kids are grumpy kids, and sometimes it’s hard to stop for snacks. Pack a small bag of non-messy snacks to keep your kiddos happy while you’re driving or flying.

pexels-photo-208144.jpeg

3. Pack a “boredom box.”

Take along coloring books, puzzle books, something to read, or anything else to combat boredom. No one likes hearing, “Are we there yet?” every few minutes. If you have a DVD player in your vehicle, bring movies. An occupied child is less likely to get bored and get in trouble.

pexels-photo-991072.jpeg

4. Explore the area amenities before you book.

If you’re staying somewhere unfamiliar, check into local attractions before you book. This way, you’ll already know what is available to your family before you book your trip, and you can plan accordingly.

Remember to plan outings for everyone. Plan fun things to do with your kids, but don’t forget to include some fun for yourselves as well. Being less stressed means you can relax and enjoy one another more.

Have a wonderful weekend.

5 Easter Basket Ideas that Don’t Involve Candy

5 Easter Basket Ideas that Don’t Involve Candy

easter basket ideas

Each year, I struggle with what to get my children for Valentine’s Day and Easter. Those two holidays come with a lot of merchandise, but sadly, a lot of that merchandise includes sugary treats. Almost every year, I’ve been able to find a small gift that my girls loved and didn’t cause tooth decay.

Today’s Pinterest roundup includes all sorts of cute Easter ideas your kiddos are sure to love.

  1. All Natural Easter Basket

    natural easter basket

Source: 100 Layer Cakelet

This basket contains plush animals, dried fruit and popcorn instead of mass-produced sugary treats. So much healthier and so much prettier.

2. Baking Basket

baking basket

Source: A Night Owl

If your little kiddo loves to bake, why not surprise him or her with a basket filled with measuring spoons, cupcake wraps, and other baking goodies? My oldest daughter would love this.

3. Art Supply Basket

art supply basket

Source: Pinterest

For the little creator in your life. You could fill any basket with paints, markers, coloring books, notepads or journals, pencils or colorful pens…the list goes on. I know so many kids who would love this.

4. “Beauty” basket

beauty basket.jpg

Source: Super Moms 360

If you’re the mother of a girly girl, look no further than this cute little basket. This beauty basket has pedicure toe spacers, a hairbrush, hairbows, nail polish, lip gloss, lotion, bath bombs and a loofah. My oldest daughter would absolutely love this.

5. Great outdoors basket

outdoor basket

Source: My Mommy Style

This basket is filled to the brim with outdoor toys. There’s a ball, frisbee, jump rope, pail and shovel, a kite, and more. This would be perfect for a young child. My youngest daughter would love it.

I hope you have gotten some great ideas for Easter! Have a wonderful weekend.