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Parents Goody Giveaway: Win Custom Prints from Children Inspire Design

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

When it comes to decorating a nursery or kid’s room, a nice piece of art can really add a touch of color. When we’ve done kids rooms here at Parents and American Baby, we’ve used prints from Children Inspire Design, artwork that sports an eco-friendly message to boot.

The artist behind the site, Rebecca Peragine, was looking for a way to inspire children to go green, so she created a store where kids and parents could discover art meant to teach other languages, cultures, and ways to appreciate the Earth.

Search her site for a variety of pretty wares made from repurposed materials, eco-friendly inks and biodegradable packaging, from these cute recycled bird ornaments to a sweet message poster, with prices starting around $22. Plus, you’ll find a few customizable pieces for a more personal feel.

To brighten your home, Children Inspire Design is offering ONE lucky winner a set of three custom prints, including the My Travel USA, Vintage Wreath, and Move Mountains wall signs.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day February 3. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on February 4 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

Congrats to our winner David Meyer!

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Submit Your Kid’s Best Artwork To Celebrate Our New Pocket Gallery App!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Think your kid is a great artist? Prove it!

To celebrate the launch of our new Pocket Gallery iPhone app, which allows parents to organize and share their child’s artwork from their phones, we’re asking for submissions of your kids’ best creations.

E-mail pictures or scans of any drawings or paintings to

Winners will be selected by editors and featured in a slideshow on the site!

Don’t forget to download and use the Parents Pocket Gallery app here so you’ll never be without your little Picasso’s masterpieces.

Submit your child’s artwork between September 18 and October 15.

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Submit Your Child’s Art for Wounded Marines

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is holding its second annual “Art for Wounded Warriors” program, which calls upon young artists of all grade levels to submit drawings, paintings, and any original artwork to decorate recovery facilities for wounded Marines around the nation.

“The Museum’s call for artwork is a wonderful way to teach children about service to the nation as well as for children to express their gratitude and support for our Marines,” said James Hunniford, the  Teacher-in-Residence at the museum. “We hope this program helps our nation’s children understand that there is something they can do to help.”

To participate, children should create a picture and write a supportive message on a 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper.  The child’s name, hometown, and grade level should be written on the back fo the paper.  Then, the drawing must be packaged in a flat, rigid envelope and postmarked and sent by December 10, 2011 to:

The National Museum of Marine Corps
Attn: Teacher-in-Residence
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway
Triangle, VA 22172-1938

Please note that artwork will not be returned to children.  Visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps website for more details.

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Cute (and Cheap) Easter Garland!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I love paint chips, and I especially love crafting with them. Check out this happy Easter Egg garland made by Modern Parents Messy Kids. Visit the site (or just look at these photos) for the very easy how-to. You can hang this garland on your mantle, front door, or in the trees near the egg hunt!

Found via Design Mom

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Poll: Do You Save All of Your Child’s Artwork?

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

You want to support your little budding artists, but the amount of artwork is taking over every inch of your storage space. 

A recent New York Times article noted a growing dilemma among parents–where (or how) to store all the glittery scribbles their children produce at school, at home, and just about everywhere.  Some parents ruthlessly edit or surreptitiously discard less-inspired artwork, intent on keeping the home uncluttered while teaching their kids not to be sentimental pack rats. 

Other parents, however, can’t bear to part with their children’s drawings and paintings (no matter how banal), preferring to find creative storage or display solutions.  Still others have discovered the savvy (but time-consuming) solution of scanning all their children’s artwork onto a computer and compiling a digital scrapbook. 

At Parents, we offer creative solutions for transforming your kid’s art into playing cards and jewelry to save on storage space while also showing your kids you value their artistic efforts.

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As a parent, what solutions would you offer for saving your children’s artwork?

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Fourth Annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ Competition

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

d4g11_logo-hiresDoes your kid have amazing art talents? Enter him or her in the fourth annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ logo competition.  This year’s theme is “What I’d Like to Do Someday…” which encourages kids to “dream about future possibilities” and “exercise their creative imaginations.” 

The contest is only open to students in the U.S.  While kids from kindergarten through 12th grade can enter the contest, just one national winner will be chosen to have the winning doodle displayed on the Google  homepage on May 20, 2011.  Plus, the chosen winner will win a $15,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for the school he or she attends. Three national finalists, 40 regional finalists, and 400 state finalists will also be chosen to receive various prizes.

Parents can help kids register for the contest by March 2, 2011 and all entries (one per child) must be submitted by March 16, 2011.  This year’s judges include celebrities such as actress Whoopi Goldberg, Garfield comic strip cartoonist Jim Davis, children’s book authors Beverly Cleary and Jeff Kinney, Olympic ice skating gold medalist Evan Lysacek, and more.

Inspire your kids to start dreaming and start creating!

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Twine Arts

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010



Baker’s twine has become an irreplaceble craft supply for me. When in doubt, I say use the red and white string. I love that companies are breaking out with other colors, like these great ones from Divine Twine.

But what can you do with Divine Twine besides wrapping gift boxes? Make greeting cards! These precious designs were made by Suzonne from Urban Comfort. Check out her blog…it’s full of great crafts and yummy recipes!

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The Color of Love

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010


Valentine’s Day is one of my very favorite excuses to craft, and if you’re looking for a non-sugary, inexpensive gift, look no further. The Long Thread posted this adorable heart crayon, made by melting crayon scraps, but she took it one step further by mounting it on this sweet card! And she’s that nice that you can dowload two different heart cards from her blog for free.

Now that’s true love!

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