A Star-Gazer Nursery for Baby Boy

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So I swear it seems like I just finished Modette’s nursery, and now it’s time for her to move into a big girl room and convert the nursery into something fitting of a baby boy. So I’m facing that dilemma that many Supermoms before me have had: how to transform a nursery from girl to boy (or vice versa) without starting completely over!

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Gratefully I chose good neutrals when I was creating Modette’s nursery, and by switching out just a few accessories I’m well on my way to a nursery for our baby boy. The foundation of Modette’s room were gray walls (remember that cool faux trim paint job) and white furniture, both of which will be right at home in a boy’s room. The gray was complimented by a pretty chartreuse green and aqua color combo. For the boy’s room, the aqua gets to stay put (since I’m lazy and really don’t want to repaint the rocking horse or bins on the bookshelf), and I’m swapping the chartreuse for a truer yellow. The accent color in Modette’s room was magenta, which will be replaced by red in the boy’s palette.

Modette’s nursery had a literary theme and as much as I love the book-page mobile that Aimee made, it will be replaced by a a large format chalkboard print of the constellations for the star-gazing theme in the boy’s nursery. Several of the little accessories — like the vintage globe that is the perfect shade of aqua blue — will carry over nicely into the boy’s room.

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1. Crib. When converting your nursery it is important to find out if your old crib still meets current safety guidelines. The CPSC has recently beefed up crib safety standards and the drop-side crib we’ve used for our previous kids no longer measures up. So priority one for the nursery redo is a new crib. The sleek look of the Low-Rise Crib from Land of Nod will fit in nicely with my existing nursery furniture (See No. 9 above: Malm Dresser) and since drop-sides are no longer allowed I like the idea that this crib is a tad shorter so I’ll have easier access to baby.

2. Bedding. More recent updates to crib safety regulations discourage the use of crib bumpers. I think bumpers look darling, and I’m sad to see them go, but where I’ve always had plain crib sheets to accommodate a patterned bumper, this time the sheets will be having all the fun! How cute are those over-sized polka dots?? Though it was that grey stripe sheet that had me at, “Hello!” I’ve got the coordinating stripe crib skirt too, all part of Land of Nod’s Not a Peep Crib Collection.

3. Star Nightlight. I’ve had a bit of a fetish lately with marquee signs and so I can’t resist the idea of a star marquee sign hanging as a nightlight over baby’s dresser. I found this perfect one from Saddle Shoe Signs on Etsy, with 25 color options — I’m thinking charcoal gray or red. What do you think?

4. Rocket Blocks. These colorful rocket ship stacking blocks will look so fun on the bookshelf or dresser, waiting for baby boy to get old enough to play with them.

5. Constellation Wall Art. My friend Melanie over at Caravan Shoppe designed these cool chalkboard prints that are just right for the wall over baby’s bookshelf. She has one of the constellations and solar system, and I keep going back and forth between them. I think I’ve decided on the constellation print, and I can’t wait to study it while I’m rocking baby in his nursery.

6. Metal Letter. L-O-V-E these Magnificent Metal Letters from Land of Nod! They have such cool dimension so they can double as a shelf for a few small trinkets. I think they’re sort of perfect with the marquee star sign too.

7. Storage Baskets. I like the idea of corralling diaper-changing supplies, laundry and toys in these cool vintage-inspired metal baskets and milk crates, both from Land of Nod.

8. Throw Pillow. I want one of these simple and bold initial throw pillows to soften my wood rocking chair. We’re still deciding on a name, so I’m not sure which letter it will be…

Obviously I’m loving a lot of things from Land of Nod. Aimée and I are long-time Nod fans. We are so grateful to Land of Nod for sponsoring the baby boy’s nursery makeover.

Register for these great nursery items at LandofNod.com

Reposted with permission by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com

DIY Neon Animals

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Need a few bright pops of color? Try taking any ordinary item like a used toy, old statue or everyday object and give it makeover. A little bright spray paint will quickly and easily transform anything into an eye-catching, unique accent for a playroom, kid’s room or bedroom. Choose the color of your liking and coordinate them with your existing décor.  

Things to Make – Scissor Salsa and Basil Walnut Bean Spread

salsa Last week the girls attended farm camp through Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture (located in Alexandria, VA), where they: picked soybeans, weeded the garden, fed chickens, ran around fields, made playgrounds out of old wood planks, spent the whole day outside (seriously, the WHOLE DAY), and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, learned how to cook. Yes, every week of farm camp has a different theme and, luckily, my kids showed up for the Small Chefs session. Each weekday afternoon they brought home fabulous recipes utilizing garden fresh ingredients. One of their absolute favorite recipes is for scissor salsa, which strikes me as incredible because before last week the girls would never even touch salsa and now they make and eat it THEMSELVES. Farm camp = magic.

ARCADIA FARM'S SCISSOR SALSA

Ingredients:

* Handful of cherry/grape tomatoes
* 2-3 small sweet peppers
* 8 sprigs of cilantro
* 1 ear of corn
* 1/2 onion [optional]
* 1 clove garlic
* juice of one lime
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

* Remove the stem and seeds from the peppers, cut them into long slices.
* Use scissors to cut the tomatoes, cilantro, and onion.
* Remove the corn from the cob with a knife.
* Add the garlic by crushing it in a garlic press or with a mortar and pestle.
* Add the olive oil, salt, and lime juice.
* Mix by crushing the tomatoes with a wooden spoon.
* Eat with tortilla chips. (Adopted from a recipe by the D.C. non-profit, City Blossoms Inc.) make The girls also came home with this recipe for basil walnut bean spread, which wasn't their favorite food (P – "it's just okay"), but Dan and I find the spread addictive. And super easy to make.

ARCADIA FARM'S BASIL WALNUT BEAN SPREAD

Ingredients:

* 1 can garbanzo beans
* 1 cup walnuts (chopped)
* 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
* 1/4 cup olive oil * 4 teaspoons lemon juice
* 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

* Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add more olive oil and lemon juice if needed. Garnish with basil or radishes. Eat with crackers or bread. (Adopted from a recipe by the D.C. non-profit, City Blossoms Inc.)

And if you're interested in Arcadia, they also host workshops and field trips throughout the year in the Washington DC region. Click here for more info. farm

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Start Where You Are

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I need a little inspiration at the beginning of a new month. I easily get overwhelmed by my to-do list, and I need to remember to do my very best and be happy with it. 

Just the other day, I was scrambling to get ready for a little lunch party I was hosting. My day was really not going well. As I was mentally kicking myself for forgetting the almonds for the salad, I looked up and saw my little quote sitting there. I took a deep breath and told myself, "This IS my best today." And you know what? I felt better. Despite my sticky floors, the clutter I'd scooped into the nearest drawer, and the missing almonds, I realized this was truly my best effort for the day, and I was OK with it. It was quite liberating. This whole taking-it-easy-on-myself thing is really fantastic. I'll have to try it more often.

I created a little printable of this month's quote in case you could use a little inspiration, too.

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Download the free printable here.

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