I'm not a mom that loves the laid back, anything-goes freedom of summer vacation. I'm the mom who always greet the “Back to School” season with welcome arms! There are so many things to love about the school year: my children are back on a regular routine, early bedtimes are enforced, I'm not monitoring screen time and sibling fights all day, and I get a little time to myself while they're gone. Continue Reading
If you've been to any big box store lately, you know it's back to school season! The college merch is on the shelves, organization supplies are on sale, and dorm decor is abundant. Dorm rooms are among the most difficult rooms to decorate, and a cute dorm room is like a unicorn: rare and magical. But, good dorm room decor ideas do exist! Check out these 36 inspiring before and after snapshots of some seriously cute dorm rooms. Continue Reading
This year for Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week, we tackled a community-based art project that exceeded all our expectations. We combined our favorite paint colors, our favorite community, and our favorite group of kids to create a Kids’ Art Crawl! We wanted to get kids thinking about the role of art in their community, and make them feel special by putting their artwork up in a real gallery setting. It was sweet and moving, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it. Continue Reading
Can you believe it’s back-to-school season already?? I swear the summer was just getting started! (I haven’t even been to the pool yet… how sad is that?) To kick off all these school shenanigans, here’s a very clever treat to bake, make, and give!
Would you be surprised to know that this sweet treat idea comes from Angie Dudley of Bakerella fame? Probably not, right? That lady is all kinds of creative, I tell ya.
This “Pencil Push-Up Cake Pop” requires a simple white cake recipe and frosting (along with a bit of food coloring, of course) and some push-pop containers, which you can find in abundance online or at specialty kitchen and cookware shops. Continue Reading
In the spirit of back-to-school season (sorry, kiddos; cheers, parents!), we’re sharing this cool and colorful classroom makeover!
Heather from The Lovely Cupboard decided her classroom needed a little more personality and cheer. With a fresh color scheme, playful prints and fabric, and some home-y touches, she took this 5th grade classroom from, dare I say, drab to fab. My favorite detail, of course, is the new dog-themed desk!
Check out more photos and details from this classroom makeover over on The Lovely Cupboard!
Whether you have kids returning to school or friends who work as teachers, here’s a simple DIY gift to kick off the new school year!
Christy from Thrifty and Thriving created this easy-to-follow tutorial for making your own candy pencil. It’s perfect for kids or teachers alike and is sure to put a smile on a few faces. (Nothing like starting things off with a few warm fuzzies, I say!) To make your own candy pencils, gather up the following:
- Hershey Hugs (or Kisses)
- Yellow and Pink Cardstock
- Glue Dots
- Ribbon or String (check out our baker’s twine DIY right here)
- Craft Scissors w/ Pinking Edge (optional)
It’s back to school season and for many starting or returning to college, a white cinder block room awaits. Hooray for student housing! Balancing school, jobs, and a social life is difficult enough, so we’re making sure your home away from home is as non-depressing as possible. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite colorful essentials to make dorm life happy on the inside – and friendly on your student budget!
Who doesn’t love the twinkle of string lights? They lend oodles of atmosphere to any environment.
Good News: String lights are on clearance right now! You can save some major cheese by stocking up right now.
Bad News: When displayed plain and lonely, string lights tend to read a little too HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Or worse, WELCOME TO MY DORM ROOM.
Solution: Get creative. With the addition of a few inexpensive items you probably already have around the house, string lights open up dozens of doors of opportunity into the exciting world of accent lighting. Continue Reading
I asked you to send in your nesting dilemmas, and have really enjoyed reading them. Now I will start answering them as best as I can. I hope it helps!
Anonymous sent in this great inquiry: “How necessary do you think headboards are in the bedroom? I can’t decide, but think it may just be because I haven’t found an idea I really like. Do you have any good, simple, fun, creative, cheap ideas?”
In my humble opion, there are no rules in home decor.
Like or not, it’s the end of August, and with the season comes all sorts of options for DIY Back-To-School fantasticness.
This Recycled Juice Pouch Lunch Bag is a great project to do with back-to-schoolers, or just as a good luck present. It can teach them about recycling and reuse, provide a great introduction to sewing, and provides for a pop art lunch toter that beats the pants off of wasteful brown paper sacks.