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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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How to Decorate the BEST Nursery

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Cribs, rompers, and blankies, oh my! When it comes to furnishing the perfect room for Baby, sometimes there’s just too much décor. Take it from the lifestyle department at American Baby; we conceive a new nursery theme each month for our “Nesting” page.

So how do we manage to scout a set of items that mesh? You’d be surprised where we find inspiration.

1. It’s not about matching.
Yes, ideally you want your nursery to flow well. But that doesn’t mean it has to match to the point where all creativity is drained. The best ideas come when you make unexpected choices, like using a spotted orange crib sheet to mimic bedrock pebbles for a dinosaur theme. Definitely beats the traditional creature-filled bedding.

2. It can start with one product.
Despite how put together our layouts seem, it doesn’t take long to develop a theme. It can be sparked by anything really at a moment’s notice. When we came across this brigade of dolls, they inspired a Japanese-centered nursery that would go on to include florals and the cutest wrap dress for November–subscribers look out for your issue soon!



3. Practicality outweighs design.
Don’t just choose décor because it looks nice. Think about longevity and the drain on your wallet, too. A $300 diaper pail may match your coveted color scheme, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth it in the long run. Be sure to research multiple sources and consider timeless pieces that will last beyond your child’s early years, like cool mirrors or sophisticated lamp bases.

Before you know it, you’ll want to sleep in Baby’s room instead of your own!

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Project Nursery on Ohdeedoh!

Friday, May 20th, 2011

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Everyday, I’m a proud mom to my son Oliver, but today, I’m a proud, crafty mama. Ohdeedoh, the ultimate blog for all things fabulous in kids’ design and craft, wrote up a flattering (I’m blushing) piece on the June 2011 story Project Nursery about my son’s bedroom.

Visit Ohdeedoh to read their post and take a peak at Parents for all of the craft how-tos!

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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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Enter our Craftiest Mom Photo Contest

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

pmm_splash_craftiestmom_burstCan you build a small village from Popsicle sticks, take a whirl around the backyard and find 12 different craft supplies, or look through the recycling bin and envision musical instruments? If so, then we want YOU to enter our Craftiest Mom Contest!

This summer, we’re on a nationwide search for the craftiest mom (or dad) out there! If you think you’re it, upload as many as 6 photos of your coolest craft that you enjoy doing with your kids, along with complete craft instructions by August 9, 2010. Our grand-prize winner will be featured in a future issue of Parents magazine and will receive a $300 gift card from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Your crafty panel of judges includes: Amanda Kingloff, Parents’ Lifestyle Director; Genevieve Gorder from HGTV’s Dear Genevieve (catch her show Saturdays at 8:30/7:30c); Cassi Griffin from The Crafty Crow; and Nizzi Renaud from Etsy.

But there isn’t just one chance to win—three other crafters will be chosen by the community and will take home a $150 gift card from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores! Enter to win at

Get ready, get set, CRAFT! We can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!

Click here to read the official rules. Happy Crafting!

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Modern Gingerbread

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

2009-12-homettaCrafting ornaments is so much fun…and stringing popcorn garlands, yeah, that’s great too. But seriously, there is nothing more fun than making a gingerbread house this time of year. When I spotted this super-mod construction on Ohdeedoh, I swooned.

If you are so inclined to strap on your pastry toolbelt, then you can download the “plans” here.

Happy baking…I mean crafting…I mean building!

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Share Your Best Mama Tip!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

23912994_8a0b5eb062 Got a great tip or trick that makes your life easier? Tell us about it and you could be featured in Parents magazine!

Whether it's a surefire way to get your picky eater to eat her veggies, a simple organizing solution, a clever way to keep kids busy on long car-rides, or the perfect go-to present that's a hit with every child, we want to know our readers' best nuggets of homegrown advice! It can be about anything—so go on and share! To add yours, go to our new community site. We can't wait to read your amazing tips!

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Share Your Best Mama Tip!

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

CLINICAL BOX It certainly doesn't feel like summer in NYC yet, but if you're lucky enough to be in warmer temperatures, you may be getting a whiff of the fact that your regular deodorant isn't getting the job done. The latest odor-attacker out there is BAN Clinical Defense Roll-On, $7. It claims to work better than the other clinical-strength deodorants you've seen in drugstores because it uses a technology that eliminates two stress-related odors—spicy odor and s-odor—instead of just masking them. Give it a roll and let us know what you think.

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