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DIY Doll House

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“Kids, and more specially girls, love doll houses, they spend hours and hours independently and quietly playing with them”, those are sentences I have read so many times, and I love the idea of getting a doll house for my daughters with nice furniture and tons of accessories. It is hard to reach an agreement about the essential set we should get, my husband thinks the barbeque set is a must, while I think the playground set with swings and a sand box is a better idea…

As this is a big purchase, I think to have in mind the girls’ opinion is important, so I took them to a toy store to show them the doll houses and see their reaction. Surprisingly, they paid, by far, much attention to a pink baby doll and other glitter pink thing.

I could not believe it!… So I changed my mind: no big doll house, we’d rather try a DIY house first, something easy and fun to build together, a good excuse to recycle some of the packaging around and if we have fun with it, we might get an upgrade to a wooden fancy doll house…

This is how we make our doll house:

Other ideas for reusing packaging? Check these toys or this Christmas tree.

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Bugs for Earth day

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Bugs, spider and snail

Bugs, spider and snail

This master piece was created with the guidance of Scribble Me Happy, a fun way of unleashing the artist within your kid.

Weekly photo Challenge: Color

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“I feel so proud of my colors”.Image

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

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This solitary leaf seems to call others to fall down at the beginning of the season.

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This selection of books is a good resource to have on hand.

a carton of milk

Following Earth Day, this is a great week to teach your child about choices he/she can make to help our planet. If you are uncertain how to talk to your child about these complex ideas, there are a plethora of children’s books that are written to teach young children about taking care of our world. The EARTH Book by Todd Parr is a great book to share with your child. It includes many easy ideas for how your child can keep our world happy.

Todd Parr writes many children’s books that have sensitive topics. His use of bold and bright colors are inviting for any young reader. He uses a simple, humorous, and honest approach towards talking about some harder issues. You can learn more about him at his website.  Some of our favorites by Todd Parr include:

  

We hope you enjoy Todd Parr’s books!




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The ever changing urban art

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When strolling around a city, I usually pay attention to graffiti and other forms of urban art. If I am walking with my daughters, I point out what grabs my attention. And sometimes they get really excited because they find something unusual, different, unexpected or maybe just cute. In response to that, sometimes, and specially, the big sister points out what she finds interesting.

A few days ago, I was driving along Bush St in San Francisco when I realized that one of my favorite pieces of urban art had disappeared, it was a mural on the side of the 447 Bush St building, The Hotel Des Arts. These things happen; one of the characteristics of urban art is that it can last for ages or maybe minutes. I am aware of this ephemeral side of urban art, and because of that, I have been taking pictures of every piece I liked during the last years.

I am so curious about what has happened to that mural. It wasn’t just wiped, or over painted with anonymous paint. Something grew up over it… A house!. I am planning to go with my daughters to the area for a walk. I want to show them some graffiti in the area and I would love to tell them the story of the mural which disappeared under this house.

Do you know anything about it?, Why is there a house where there used to be a mural?.

447 bush st san francisco lebo mural

447 bush st san francisco house

More info: Lebo, Miami’s Lebo brings Hotel des Arts outdoors.