Beds

These bunk beds are wonderfully fun for kids and the perfect space-saver for parents. I hope you get excited about building your own after seeing all of these ones. Diply has 15 bunk beds that will make you wish you were a kid again. I’m excited!

This roundup has it all; regular bunks, quads, raised with desks, corner beds, triple bunks, and it even looks like there is one that has managed to fit five in there. I can’t imagine needing five beds in one room! Those kids would be going crazy! I love the super creative themed ones. The playhouse ones are my favorite. I also like the ones that are brightly painted. Teal is my favorite color!

Another bunk bed that I really like is this pirate ship one. It is absolutely amazing. What kid wouldn’t love it!? What adult wouldn’t love it for that matter?! Sign me up.

Here’s the link to all 15 ideas…

Diply: 15 Awesome Bunk Beds (photos)

Legos

The King of Random comes to us again with another great idea. This recipe for edible stackable Legos is amazingly simple and can be completed with just corn syrup, gelatin and a box of Jello. You will need a mold, which can be just about anything, various fun ice cube trays work best. You should watch the accompanying video to get great instructions.

I’m thinking Lego themed birthday party for the little ones. Of course, as much as I love Legos, this theme may just be my own selfish desire to have a Lego themed party. I’ll admit, I was once Zack the Lego Maniac for Halloween. He even had a way to make the Lego blocks stackable. So, go build yourself the gummy Lego castle of your dreams. Uh, the gummy Lego castle in the dreams of your 5 year old child that is.

Here is everything else you need to throw the perfect Lego party. Fun!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

summer hacks

There are about 1,464 hours of summer vacation left. That’s a lot of time left alone with the kiddos. Entertaining them while keeping myself from going insane can be quite a challenge. These fun life hacks from Buzzfeed are going to help save time and energy and make parenting a little easier this summer.

Numbers 6,7, 8, and 9 are great for reducing messes while eating tasty treats. The shoe rack organizer in the car is a brilliant idea ( #11) and the DIY travel games are my fav (#26). I like the ‘activity sticks’ a lot (#22) too! That would be a Godsend when boredom strikes! I like #5 for me and my honey. A stargazing date would be nice when we need a break!

When all else fails… have a staycation. That’s when you stay at home and have a vacation. Thus the word combo. My Kids Adventures has a guide to staycations that will save your summer!

Here’s the link to all 29 hacks…

Buzzfeed: 29 Summer Parenting Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

Ice

Elle, from What’s Up Moms, has the ‘coolest’ ideas (hehe) for how to beat the sweltering summer heat during those hot summer months. They are fun, affordable, and probably something you haven’t tried before. New is always good when trying to beat the summertime blues.

My favorite is excavating ice blocks (maybe you will inspire your kiddos to become paleontologists). You could also try freezing the toys in muffin tins for quicker gratification. Lol. This is education and fun. Another way to dissolve this would be in the kiddy pool while everyone is slashing around.

Paint popsicles are awesome because they would cut down on messes! The ice boats wouldn’t work for me because my yard doesn’t have enough of a slope. Drats! Which of these are you going to try first? Check out Mashable’s roundup of summer fun DIYs for grownups. Only one involves ice (unless you count the coolers) but all are awesome! Be sure to make this the best summer ever, for you and your kids.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Science

How do you normally beat the summer time ‘boredom bug?’ The library, park, and pool are only entertaining for so long! Rather than plopping the kids down on the couch for hours at a time, how about trying some of these science experiments featured at Diply?

These science experiments are timeless classics that your kids are going to love. I take that back, YOU and your kids are going to love them! They’ll give the kids a head start come September and hopefully a deep love of science! (The experiments were the only things that help my attention in chemistry and physics class!) I love the rainbow jar and the ooblek. The invisible ink is my absolute fav! That is the best for making treasure maps! My favorite experiment as a kid was the ‘naked egg.’ Grab some vinegar, a glass, some raw eggs, and watch this video to learn how to make them!

Here’s the link to all 16 ideas…

Diply: 16 Exciting Experiments That’ll Make Your Child Love Science


Kids Storage

Get your clutter cleared and your stuff stored with this fun roundup from Diply. I’m so excited to feature it here today! These 12 ideas are going to make picking up the kids’ messes so much easier.

‘I love cleaning up messes that I didn’t make…so I became a mom.’ Said no one ever. I hate messes and I’ve found that the best way to clean one up is to prevent it from happening. Brilliant I know. One way to do that is with easy organization and storage solutions that even the littles can get on board with. That’s exactly what this roundup offers. Tips for everyone. Love!

How Does She has a helpful step-by-step guide on teaching your kids to clean up their own rooms and messes. Her’s is in 10 minutes which I think is a little ambitious but all the steps are the same even if your kids go a little slower. Lol.

Here’s the link to all 12 ideas…

Diply: 12 Smart Storage Hacks For Kids’ Things

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!