With two daughters, our home is pretty saturated with princess dolls, clothes, blankets, and even cereal. The other day my daughter wanted to make a tower for her magiclip Rapunzel doll, which we easily did with two old food cartons, some paper, and some accents! She's played with her DIY Princess Tower more in the last few weeks than any other toy! Learn how to make this budget-friendly doll house in our full tutorial below.
We've been having so much fun with our American Girl Doll Maryellen Larkin! My young daughter is already enchanted by her beautiful details, silky hair, and darling clothes and accessories. I was excited to give her my Truly Me doll this year, and Maryellen Larkin is the perfect friend to join the two of them!
How fun! I totally remember watching the animated version of Pete's Dragon as a kid. It was easily a family favorite. Disney is making a live action remake of Pete's Dragon, complete with all the CGI awesomeness available these days! Pete's Dragon starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford flies into U.S. theaters on August 12th.
A V-day party has become a tradition at our house. My 3-year-old starts asking about the party in January, which includes making a Valentine's Day Post Office. This year my daughter's grandparents were visiting and helped her make her annual post office, complete with sparkly rose lights and colorful hearts. We hosted a little party for her friends; a fun opportunity to make some yummy food that I don't have to eat all by myself! Baking for others is the best kind of inspiration.
Potato stamp shapes are a fun way to make Valentines or holiday cards with your kids! All you need is a potato, knife, paint, and some imaginative creativity. Kids will think it's a blast to paint with potatoes! My daughter loved stamping away with her potato stamps; mixing colors, adding glitter and making patterns. The best kind of activities use things that you already have in the kitchen!
The other day I experimented with making homemade caramel sauce for lattes and it turn out amazingly! I've been craving caramel lattes lately but rarely find the time to leave the house to snag one, with my three little ones in tow. We have an espresso machine, so the only thing I was missing was rich, buttery caramel sauce! I was excited learn how easy is it to recreate the delicious Starbucks-like caramel sauce at home in your own kitchen!
This weekend I was inspired to make some homemade paper roses. We have a Valentine's Day party coming up and I was also putting together a few gifts for some friends this week. I saw some paper roses at a local craft store for a whopping $4 each and thought, I could make those! It turns out they are harder to make then you'd think, but I came up with a pretty good system. See my full paper rose tutorial below!
Baby boy bow ties are very easy to make with a scrap of ribbon and a hot glue gun! I whipped up four colorful ties this weekend to dress up my little guy for his belated baby shower. Our baby boy recently joined our family of girls and after three years of hair bows and tutus, I found myself regularly wondering how I could accessorize him. These bow ties are so cute and I was very excited to discover how simple they are to design in just minutes.
Perfect for Valentine's Day, these delicious chocolate truffles taste just like expensive store bought ones and are very easy to make. You can make the budget-friendly version we illustrate, or go all out and use gourmet ingredients such as Lindt and Ghiradelli chocolate to take these truffles to the next level. Either way, homemade truffles are sure to delight your loved ones.
Valentine's Day is a fun day to share cute cards and sweet messages within your family. One way we've enjoyed celebrating is by making a little post office where we can drop our notes. My toddler loves playing in our post office re-purposed from a cardboard box. If you don't have a big box, you could cut up smaller boxes and tape them together to make the walls of your post office.
I'm officially a mom. I say that because I feel like my previous few years of being a mom primarily served to prepare me for my current reality of being mom to a 3-year-old, 15-month-old, and 3-week-old. In the last hour, my morning activities included the following:
In the meantime, it's 11 am and I'm lucky to be semi-dressed with a single cup of coffee and a half of a yogurt inside me as my "breakfast".
A post about the antics of "Threenagers" made me laugh yesterday, since I can definitely relate. Just this morning we had several incidents from my very smart but very dramatic threenager. She melted down in tears and several wailing sessions within 1 hour over the following incidents:
Making sticker jewels is a fun craft project to do with glamorous little girls. You can stick them on your hands, arms, or face or use them in a more practical way to decorate homemade cards, Valentines, and craft projects. You can turn any rhinestones into sticker jewels by adding double-sided adhesive tape to the back of each rhinestone!
Hours can feel like days and days like weeks when you're awaiting a new little bundle of joy. Such has been the case for me this month as our family waited for the arrival of our third child. I tried to make each day fun for myself and my other kids by doing a special activity or project. Here are some of our #12DaysAwaitingBaby projects to make the time go faster and help us enjoy every final moment as a family of four. See more of our projects under the tag, #MyMommyScene.
It's easy to make cute gift wrapping using things you already have at home. Here are some budget-friendly gift wrapping ideas that you can pull off by simply raiding your pantry or sock drawer. You can coordinate to match your holiday color theme and have an Eco-friendly, do-it-yourself Christmas!
Most of us love decorating for Christmas but it can be challenging with tiny tots around! You may have replaced dainty Christmas tree ornaments with colorful unbreakable balls, but not all Christmas decor has to go out the window. Here are some child-friendly decorating ideas that can be completed in minutes — kids can even help too!
Placing utensils in a small stocking is a fun way to add a festive touch to your Christmas table. Use monogrammed stockings as favors to mark guests' seats at a dinner party or create a tradition and reuse them every year with your family.
Who would have thought a cake could teach life lessons? But I guess this wasn't just a cake; it was kind of a dessert monstrosity, or at least I went into the project saying so. Decorated and a bit made-over on the outside, propped up and slightly messy on the inside; sounds a bit like myself.
Wondering what to get the mom or dad of your little ones or husband/wife who seem like they have everything? Here are some of our picks for practical and beautiful gifts, guaranteed to make them feel special.
Wondering what to get your little one for Christmas? Here are some gift ideas that are unique, practical, and cute! Many of these products inspire Eco-friendly lifestyles, learning, and creative expression. Kids will love unwrapping these gifts on Christmas morning.
Homemade party pennants are super easy to make and coordinate to match any party theme! I made this cute flag banner in under an hour with just a few supplies; ribbon, cardstock, and patterned scrapbook paper. Once the party is over, you can hang your decorations in a child's room or in the playroom to brighten up an everyday space.
We are very excited to announce our 2015 Fall Green Scene Mom Award Winners, celebrating Eco-friendly product design and creative innovation. Our award winners include many brands created by mom and dad entrepreneurs who designed niche products to meet a need within their own families. The Green Scene Mom Awards honor cutting edge children's products that promote Eco-friendly lifestyles, sustainable living, and creative innovation. Green Scene products are rated by expert moms who evaluate each product based on three criteria: being Eco-friendly, easy to use, and having an innovative design. Check out our winning brands below!