2/20/17

Playful Home Decorating Ideas for Spring


I've said it here before, but creating a PLAYFUL space for you and your family is so important. I believe this so much, I dedicated a full chapter in my book to it. Making your home your personal playground doesn't have to be a all-at-once thing. Trust me, my wallet wouldn't appreciate that either.

But the upcoming spring season gives us a chance to change up our home decor a bit, and make things a bit more fun.

Here are three themes you might like, and four simple ideas for each theme that can make a big splash in your home.


For those of us who like a bit more cheeky decor...




For those of us who like things a bit more artsy or abstract... 



For those of us who want to bring more of a wild side indoors...






Which style fits your family's playground? Tag your PLAYFUL home decorating on Instagram with #bewellplayed!


All of the shower curtains are from Society 6, which helps artists get their work out there, and in the coolest ways. All prints are from Minted, which means they each come in a variety of sizes with all different types of frames. All candles are from Target, because you know you're in that aisle anyway. All welcome mats are from Nickel Design Shop on Etsy, where all the best surprises are. None of these brands sponsored this post. 

2/17/17

Family Activity Ideas for the Long Weekend

This morning I stopped by TODAY to share a few great ideas to keep your kids busy and creative this long weekend.





Stomp and Paint

First, lay down a tarp to protect your floor. Then lay down some butcher paper and tape it to the tarp so it doesn't move around. Bubble wrap your kiddos' feet, get some paint on there, and let them create a masterpiece! I recommend using washable paint.


Car Track Play Tape

This new product from Hot Wheels is awesome. No more tripping over tracks in your living room. They can use this tape to create their own car tracks all over the house! And, easy clean up!



Lincoln Log Cabins

Use an empty milk carton as the base for your cabins. Using peanut butter and pretzel sticks, decorate the outside to look like a log cabin. Pair with a lesson on President Lincoln, and you've got a craft time that is educational and also a snack!

Obstacle Coure

Use your kitchen chairs and some string to create an obstacle course for your kids. Include some flash cards to make it a math game, and they'll be learning as they pretend to be secret agents.

Just in case the video above isn't working for you, you can check out the full segment here.

Have a happy long weekend!

2/16/17

New York Toy Fair 2017 Sneak Peek

This weekend the New York Toy Fair will take over the Big Apple with the best upcoming toys and games for 2017.

As a special sneak peek, this morning via a satellite media tour I shared a few of my faves from the best of this weekend's booths. There are some newbies, and some life-long faves. Definitely plenty for your family to gear up for play all year long.



Lego City Police Station

Ages 6-12; available at Lego.com, $99.99
As part of their ever-expanding LEGO City set, this new police station invites kids to build and play with real-life heroes. This set let's kids take part of the action with police officers, crooks, and even a police dog!



Shopkins Party Shoppies

Ages 4+; available at all major retailers, $2.99–$19.99
The new Shopkins Party Shoppies are quirky dolls that let kids extend their world of play with a special dancefloor and VIP card to unlock special content in the Shopville app. The latest in the Shopkins series, these dolls are ready to party–PJ or Disco style.


Swimways Star Wars XXL Light-Up Beach Ball

Ages 5+; available at Toys"R"Us, Target, and Amazon, $19.99
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the first Star Wars movie, Swimways has introduced a line of pool toys perfect for Star Wars fans of all ages. The Light-Up Death Star Beach Ball is great for backyard games and pool parties.


RazorX Cruiser and RazorX Longboard

Ages 9+; Available this summer, $179.99–$199.99
My family has always LOVED Razor products, and these new boards are no exception. These electric skateboards are incredibly light-weight and can carry riders up to 10 mph, with speed controlled by a hand-held controller.



Gel-A-Peel

Ages 8+; available at Target, Walmart, and Toys"R"Us, $39.99
Tween girls will love using Gel-a-Peel to design their own jewelry and accessories. This is a great way to develop creativity skills and let girls express themselves!

If you're lucky enough to be headed there this weekend, be sure to download the app to help you navigate all the fun!

Catch up on all my latest TV segments here, and make sure you're following me on Instagram for behind-the-scenes gems!


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