amazing kid beds

I just painted a bed frame white and I was very proud of how it looked and spiced up the room until I saw these kids beds. I’m a failure! And need to get more creative. These kids beds are…wow! They are out there and extravagant but how fun?! The Cinderella beds for little princesses is the best and the super hero bed and boat bed are my fav for little boys.

I think I’m going to get one for my guest room. Haha yea right! My parents would think that I’ve lost my mind. Start with the bed if you’re going to remodel your kids room (any room). It will help you out if you are going with a theme. I tend to pick a paint color and decorate around that. To each his own.

Enough of the kids. What about the adults? Houzz has some fun beds that are more age appropriate. Well, size appropriate at least. Find them here.

Here’s the link to all 12 beds…

Moms Club: 12 Of The Best Kids Beds – Ever!

Harry Potter

I love the magical world of Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling created a wonderful fantasy place inside the pages of her books. The story follows Harry, a young wizard, and his friends as they seek to destroy Voldemort, who is trying to become immortal and conquer the world. That’s basically it but you need to read all seven books and watch all eight movies to experience the magic. The books and movies are great but why stop there? Why not have Potter themed decor? These 20 people do and I’m so happy to have stumbled across these brilliant ideas.

I love the desk and book covers. How fun! The train station platform is my favorite. I saw that on a bathroom door once and I couldn’t stop laughing! Some people are so creative. Which one of these rooms is your fav?

Ever wonder what house you would be in? Do you love family, people, teamwork, comfort, and living things? It’s Hufflepuff for you. Maybe you are daring and desire fame. Look before you leap? Never! Gryffindor. It’s Slytherin if you love mystery and intrigue, are battle ready, and love to excel. Ravenclaw (my personal fav) is for the curious, those who love to learn, like elegant things, can be a little snobby, love history, and hate conflict. Take this quiz here and see where you fit!

Here’s the link to all 20 magical room ideas…

Diply: 20 Harry Potter Bedroom Ideas All Muggles Can Enjoy

Toys

Have you ever stepped on a Lego before? The result is a desire to say those words you never want the kids to hear come out of your mouth. I know that you will appreciate these great storage ideas from moms like you!

Teach your children to be responsible for their things and you will live a blissful life. We all know that isn’t likely to happen, but it could give you a few more minutes of “me time” if they picked up after themselves. It amazes me how much stuff my children have acquired in their short lives. I don’t think my room was this cluttered with action figures, Legos and superhero capes when I was little. Then again, my parents probably thought the same about my room too. I had barbies galore!

Take a look at these ideas to make it simple for the kids to clean up after themselves. I am personally a huge fan of anything with a drawer or lid. Out of sight out of mind! (Just like this toy chest).

Here’s the link to all 19 ideas…

Diply: 19 Practical Ways To Deal With Your Kids’ Toys

steel wool fire

Any fire bugs out there? Not the bad arsonist kinds, just the ones who enjoy the fire pit a little too much. Maybe the ones who melt things over the candles at dinner? For shame! But I can’t point fingers because I’m right there with you. These 10 tricks that can be done with fire are so fun and you won’t be able to stay away from the matches for long! For all you kiddos…only with adult supervision. There are actually quite a few adults out there that I am worried about. Everyone needs supervision!

I liked them all. I’d seen the crayon candle and the fire in a bottle before but all the rest were so fun and new. The fire tornado is pretty incredible, don’t you think? I loved the seesaw and rising water! Maybe I should get out more but I thought these were all fascinating! I love science and I can’t wait to try these with the kids! Steel wool is a great thing to pack for camping. Perfect for campfires…don’t forget this one! Use a battery instead of a lighter and see what happens.

About Education has some fire magic tricks that are pretty spectacular. I want to try some of them too. Maybe the ice on fire? See all the tricks here.

Here’s the fun video… Enjoy!

plastic spoon ladybug

‘Ladybug! Ladybug! Fly away home…’ Who doesn’t love these dainty little beatles? (Yup beatles not bugs.) This adorable plastic spoon lady bug is easy and the kids will love it! I can’t wait to try it.

This craft uses red and black plastic spoons, black beads, black paint, pliers (or scissors), paint brush, and a hot glue gun. I don’t think I’ve seen red and black spoons before so I’m going to use white ones and acrylic paint. I think that will work just as well. Don’ you? The hardest part about this bug is going to be cutting the spoons; I’ve found that they tend to crack. I’ve heard that heating them up a little can help with that.

I Myself Mk.Ru has a similar tutotial for making adorable plastic spoon lady bugs. It’s always better to have to much info than not enough! Find it here

Here’s the fun video tutorial… Enjoy!

cardboard box ideas

Kids these days have it sooo good. Have you seen some of their toys?! Amazing! I know I had some painters plastic and dish soap not an inflatable water slide. I was over the moon when I got the Barbie Hot Wheels jeep! What kid really needs a toy Kettler ‘53 Chevrolet Vette? No matter what generation of kid, Boomer to GenZ (aka iGen), they all enjoyed playing with cardboard boxes at some time. These box creations that Buzzfeed has roundup are terrific! I’m so excited to feature them here today. I know that you and yours will get a lot of fun and enjoyment out of these ideas.

These ideas will help skyrocket your childs imagine and you will have such fun making them together! This has everything! Especially for the perfect club house; washer and dryer included. Ohh and don’t forget the full kitchen. I heart the pirate ship and gas station too!

‘Logic will get you from A to Z; Imagination will get you everywhere,’ Albert Einstein. It’s so important for the kiddos to use their Imaginations. It helps them think creatively and that is something that will serve them well all their life. She Knows has five tips that will help foster an environment where creativity and imagination can thrive.

Here’s the link to all 31 ideas…

Buzzfeed: 31 Awesome Things You Can Make With A Cardboard Box

Slime

I played with all sorts of slimy stuff as a kid. Sticky, stretchy, moddable, gelatinous blobs have always been popular. (Think Silly Putty, Play Doh, Gak, and Floam.) I don’t have a clue why that is. It’s fun to play with but now there is another use…cleaning!

Cleaning slime is an interesting idea. Stores sell it, so why not make your own? It’s cheaper, incredibly easy, and so fun! The kids will love this DIY. You need water, liquid starch, and glue. Glitter and food coloring are optional. This slime helps to get all those crumbs that fall in impossible to reach places. I could really use it around my center console and my keyboard!

I would use this as a ‘stress ball.’ It would be just the thing to squish and stretch my worries away. I love the idea of putting glitter or googly eyes in the slime too. Purple with glitter is my favorite! I’m curious to try making slime with liquid starch. I’ve always gone the Borax route in the past. Wonder How To has that old standby recipe here.

Learn how to make your own slime here…

LittleThings: Homemade Cleaning Slime (Recipe)

parenting tips and hacks

Parenting is a full time job no matter what anybody tells you. Life can get really hectic when you have to work outside of the home, plus be a parent and a spouse. There is just never enough time (so it seems) to get things done. This is why most parents will jump at the opportunity to learn any tips and tricks to help them throughout the day.

We’ve found a great collection of parenting hacks that we think will be super helpful to all parents out there. Sometimes it’s just the small details that can make a huge difference in our day. If you find yourself running around in a chaotic environment, stop and take a breather. There is help on the way! Some ideas you’ll read about here will help you with your babies or toddlers while others are geared towards older children.

Here’s the link to all 30 ideas…

Dollar Store

Kids. Love ‘em. Kids. EXPENSIVE. I love them to pieces but I am always on the look out to find creative ways to save money while entertaining my little darlings. One thing, or rather I should say one place, that has helped immensely with that is my local Dollar Store. What could be more affordable that one dollar? I’ll prove to you with these 20 ideas how helpful this magical store can be to parents.

I’m not sure about #10. Ketchup in the car? Lol. Jk. But seriously, the Dollar Store has so many great things that can help organize your little’s life. Toy storage, car snacks, toothbrush mayhem, hair bows and ties, electronics and games. Those alone should be enough to convince you but there are soooo many more! There are umteen craft possibilities too. Still unsure about the Dollar Store? Rachael Ray has broken it down for us… the good, the great, the bad, the ugly, and the terrifying. I found this article super helpful!

Check out Diply’s full article to see all 20…

Diply: 20 Brilliant Dollar Store DIYs Every Parent Should know

Sponge House

Can you say best science project ever? Now you can. This DIY is simple, fun, educational, and the best thing ever. I found this little gem of a house, covered in grass, and made of sponges over at WonderfulDIY.com and I am in love! I’m beyond excited to feature it here today. This craft will help start kids learning about biology and nature. It might even help get their green thumbs sprouting. The earlier the better!

Sponges are porous and make the perfect growing surface. They soak up water and have all the little nooks and crannies needed for seeds to take root. With this experiment kids will be able to see the whole growing process. You will need four brightly colored kitchen sponges, ruler, marker, scissors, tupperware, spray bottle, and most importantly, grass seeds. Fast growing seeds will make you little ones the happiest. It’s like a Chia Pet! Only not because it’s a house.

Here’s a similar experiment from Measured In Moments. Bean sprouts! Find it here.

Find the full tutorial and expirement here…

WonderfulDIY.com: Little Grass House