Big vs. Small – Hotel Pop

Modern geometric patterns mix with florals and gilded details in this fresh and updated seating area. Teal, gold, fuchsia and yellow mix to create this lively palette. Moments of solid white allow for the eye to rest and creates a nice balance to all the color and pattern.

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Using this lovely space as my inspiration, here’s how I’d put together a girl’s room. Lots of white to balance punches of pink, and just enough pattern to keep it interesting.

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By Sarah Culbertson

Once upon a time a fashion plate from Seattle met a childrens retailer from Chicago, and it was love at first sight.  After spending a lot of time together at the mall, they both knew it was a perfect match. So Sarah packed up her fabulous Kate Spade suitcase and headed for the Windy City. Where they lived happily ever after, designing and developing textiles for little kiddos everywhere.  

25 Tips for Hosting a Lemonade Stand

This weekend the girls held their first lemonade stand. It was a family memory to be cherished forever, another event that makes our house a home, and great fun. We are all looking forward to doing it again next year…

Here are my family tips for hosting a lemonade stand:

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1.  Involve your kids in the process – planning, buying, making, and setting up

2.  Plan ahead, make signs a few days before, and make lemonade/cookies the day before

3.  Let kids help make the lemonade/cookies

4.  Price it right – we made lemonade 50 cents and $1, and cookies 50 cents for two

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5.  Waiting for the first customer is tough

6.  Invite neighbors, family and friends

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7.  Make lots of signs to advertise sale

8.  Remember – your kids’ writing is way cuter than yours!

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9.  Make real lemonade (note from Nola: have your Daddy make the lemonade)

10.  Add lemon slices to the container

11.  Borrow extra ice from a neighbor

12.  Keep some lemonade cool inside and replenish often

13.  Consider a beverage container with a tap – easier for little hands to pour

14.  Make lemonade ice cubes the day before – they will keep lemonade cool in the sun

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15.  Sell more than just lemonade – cookies and/or flowers

16.  Let kids decide on their favorite cookies to make/sell

17.  Include an ingredients list for people with allergies

18.  Keep a trashcan close by

19.  Wear sunscreen

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20.  Schedule lemonade stand on a special day – community yard sale, neighborhood  fun run, or farmer’s market

21.  Prepare for success – we made 3 gallons of lemonade and used it all

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22.  Remember it is your kids’ stand!

23.  Stay back and let your kids run the show (always be present)

24.  Know when to quit – BEFORE your kids are completely worn out and no longer having fun

25. ENJOY GOOD FAMILY FUN!!

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Not that it is all about the money… but Nola and Kira made $58!! $58? Yes! I know – CRAZY! After counting the money they pretty much ignored their earnings and focused on stories from the day. We have put the money up and will remind them of it next time they are begging to buy something special.

Here is our lemonade recipe

Post by Helen Bird : www.curlybirds.typepad.com

Peanut Butter Banana {Soft Serve}

If you spend any time on the internet cruising health food blogs, you’ve seen some version of this DELISH non-ice-cream ice cream. It is made without sugar, cream or egg yolks…. And in fact needs only two recipes you probably have in your kitchen right now: bananas and peanut butter.

My kids FREAK when I make this (they just call it banana ice cream) and honestly they don’t really understand that there’s technically no ice cream in it. It’s super quick to make, requires essentially no cooking skills (can you peel a banana?), and is a super healthy nice cold treat on a hot summer day. You’ve gotta try it.

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To start, peel the bananas, put in a bowl and set in the freezer until firm – at least an hour.

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Remove bananas from freezer and place them in the bowl of a food processor.

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Turn food processor on and let it run while your bananas magically turn into soft serve. WARNING: Your food processor might shake a little at first depending on how frozen your bananas are.

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This is what your bananas should look like when they are done. At this point, add a scoop of peanut butter and process again until it is well combined.

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Scoop the soft serve into individual bowls and, if you’re feeling generous, top with mini chocolate chips.

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Instructions:

Peel and freeze bananas for at least 1 hour, until firm. Process frozen bananas until creamy and no lumps remain. Add a scoop of peanut butter and process until well combined. Serve topped with mini chocolate chips.

*I used 3 bananas and two generous spoonfulls of PBCrave’s Cookie Nookie peanut butter. This was enough to serve 3-4 people.

*Toasted coconuts, peanuts, and berries also make delicious toppings. You can also experiment by swapping the peanut butter for pureed berries, cocoa powder and more. Don’t be afraid to be creative!

Post by Jen Wise : Mom Colored Glasses

DIY Tape Window Decoration

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Whattya need?

  • Colored masking tape
  • Scissors
  • A window

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How do I make a Tape Window Decoration?

Step 1: Cut tape to desired length (you will use a variety of different lengths).

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Step 2: Apply tape pieces to create a basic outline of the shape you want.

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Step 3: Add more tape to fill inside of shape. Use care to smoothly apply tape to wall, window sill and glass.

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