Monday, July 11, 2016

10 Beautiful, Organized Art Stations for Kids

I miss our bar.

The one in our basement. It has been completely taken over by my one-year-old's art supplies.

It started out small: a bag of markers, a few crafts brought home from daycare, a set of finger paints. Then things escalated. Quickly. And now our entire bar is filled with all of Emma's art supplies.

We're working on a solution: we bought a little table at a yard sale for $2 which we're going to to repaint and repurpose as an art station. Now I just need to figure out a good system to store and organize all of the art supplies, mostly by using the wall space above the table.
10 beautiful organized art stations for kids: Includes 10 different ideas for art tables and art supply storage

So of course, I decided to turn to Pinterest for some inspiration. And I found some great ideas! In today's post, I'm sharing my favorite kids' art stations and art supply organization ideas. Click on any picture to be redirected the original source. Ready? Let's go!

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Charlotte had three goals when creating this art station: storage space, gallery space, and surface space. I'd say she nailed it. Every little bit of space in this art station is super functional.

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This entire space only cost $70 to create. My favorite part is the shelf up top- high enough that kids would need help to access certain supplies. :)

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So much storage! This is fantastic if you have a lot of space. . . and a lot of supplies to store.

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This art station was created during a big girl bedroom transformation. I love the simple, clean design, and the accessibility of the art supply buckets.

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Woah, check out all of this storage space! I love how this art station overlooks a huge window. It makes the whole thing seem so bright and open.

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This article provides an excellent tutorial on how to build your own children's secretary desk. The end result is super space-efficient, not to mention adorable.

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This looks like a little girl's dream to me. This table is so long, it could easily accommodate two of three artistic friends at a time. 

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I think this art station is one of my favorites, because it is so simple, doesn't take up a lot of space, and still includes everything you could need.

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This pegboard is amazing. The frame around it makes it look really classy, and matching hook board below ties everything together perfectly.

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What a great idea to put a little ledge right above this art table! Perfect for tiny little arms and hands to reach. :)


Well, that's it! What do you think? These beautiful art stations have got my wheels turning. I can't wait to start working on my own. Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.



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Saturday, July 9, 2016

2016 Bestsellers: Baby Edition (1/2 year report)

Is anyone else addicted to Amazon Prime?

I mean, I was pretty addicted before, but as soon as I had a baby, it got real. Free 2 day shipping- and you'll deliver it right to my doorstep? I don't have to pack a diaper bag, wrestle the baby into a carseat, and go to an actual store? I'm in!

As a blogger, I'm also a part of Amazon's affiliate program, which means that I can recommend my favorite items to you guys, and if you decide to buy something, I get a small commission- at no extra cost to you. You get awesome stuff, I stay in business. Sweet! (You can read more about affiliate programs here.)

This week, I'm letting you in on a little behind-the-scenes, and sharing my Amazon bestseller list for the year so far. These are the Amazon baby items that were most purchased by my readers. This list includes some of my own all-time personal favorites, so I can't wait for you to check it out. :)

2016 Bestsellers: Baby edition. List of hot baby items to make life easier for mom including favorites like Hop Skip Grab and Go wet/dry bags, PumpEase hands-free pumping bra, Medela quick clean wipes and Ameda breast milk storage system

1. Skip Hop Grab and Go Wet/Dry Bags

I love these bags, so it's no wonder that they're also the #1 most purchased baby item for my readers. They have a wet (waterproof) pocket and a dry (mesh) pocket. I use them to store clean/dirty clothes or clean/dirty cloth diapers in the diaper bag. I've also used them for clean/dirty pump parts, and for quick trips when I didn't want to bring an entire diaper bag with me somewhere. And they come in such pretty patterns!
Hop Skip Grab and Go wet/dry bag: chevron- great for diaper bags, pump parts, cloth diapers, etc.
Chevron

Hop Skip Grab and Go wet/dry bag: triangles- great for diaper bags, pump parts, cloth diapers, etc.
Triangles
Hop Skip Grab and Go wet/dry bag: onyx tile- great for diaper bags, pump parts, cloth diapers, etc.
Onyx tile

2. PumpEase hands-free pumping bra

I also have one of these, and I used it several times a day for almost a year. Just think of how much time I saved by being able to multi-task every time I pumped! Seriously- worth the investment.
PumpEase hands-free pumping bra: galaxie black: a great way to save time if you're pumping
Galaxie black

3. Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump Bra

This pumping bra was the #3 most-purchased item by my readers. I love that you can choose between the regular and tie-back options.
Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump bra: black- a great way to save time and multi-task while pumping at work
Black
Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump bra: soft pink, tie-back- a great way to save time and multi-task while pumping at work
Soft pink, tie-back

4. Medela Quick Clean Breast Pump and Accessory Wipes

Yes! These are a pumping must-have. I didn't have the time or energy to wash pump parts multiple times a day, so I used these and then stored everything in the fridge in between sessions to keep everything nice and sanitary. These are a great time-saver.
Medela quick clean breast pump accessory wipes: a great way to save time while pumping at work
24 pack
Medela quick clean breast pump accessory wipes: a great way to save time while pumping at work
40 piece

5. Ameda Cool N Carry Breast Milk Storage System

Ameda cool n carry breast milk storage system- a lifesaver for moms who pump at work!
I used two of these- one for me while pumping at work, and one to send bottles of milk to daycare with my daughter. The Ameda and Medela products are all compatible, so you can mix and match no matter what pump you have. I pumped straight into these bottles, capped them, and then attached nipples to turn them into bottles for the next day. It was so nice not to have to transfer the milk into new containers every night.

6. Skip Hop Grab and Go Double Bottle Bag

So cute! I must say, I'm addicted to this entire line of products. The chevron pattern is my favorite. This bottle bag is really roomy. I've used it to store two bottles, the little ice pack it comes with, as well as snacks for both my baby and me- all at once.
Skip Hop Grab and Go Double Bottle bag: chevron
Chevron
Skip Hop Grab and Go Double Bottle bag: hearts
Hearts

7. Planet Wise Wet Diaper Bags

Planet Wise has a huge selection of wet and wet/dry bags. You can basically get any size you want in any pattern. These are fantastic if you use cloth diapers.
Planet Wise wet diaper bag: owl pattern- great for cloth diapers
Owl
Planet Wise wet diaper bag: overboard twill pattern- great for cloth diapers
Overboard Twill
Planet Wise wet/dry diaper bag: monkey fun pattern- great for cloth diapers
Wet/Dry bag: Monkey fun

8. Damero 2 pcs Travel Baby Wet and Dry Cloth Diaper Organizer Bag

More wet bags for all you cloth diaper users! Although, I think I would have one or two of these on hand even if I didn't use cloth diapers, for wet or dirty clothes in my diaper bag.
Damero 2 pcs travel baby wet and dry cloth diaper organizer bag: light blue and green- great for cloth diapers
Medium, green + light blue
Damero 2 pcs travel baby wet and dry cloth diaper organizer bag: fat smile pattern- great for cloth diapers
Large, fat smile

9. Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag

I have this diaper bag in chevron, and I love it! I think it's adorable, but my husband says it isn't too girly. Everything I need fits easily, and I love all of the pockets, which make it a snap to stay organized. (By the way, this bag is featured in my post on how to pack the perfect diaper bag. Have you seen it?)
Skip Hop Due signature diaper bag: chevron
Chevron
Skip Hop Due signature diaper bag: heather grey
Heather grey
Skip Hop Due signature diaper bag: multi pod
Multi pod

10. Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets

I LOVE these! If your baby is teething, you know that a miserable baby can make everyone else miserable as well. These always seem to provide Emma with some immediate relief, and I love that they're natural.
Hyland's baby teething tablets- natural teething relief
Hyland's baby teething tablets- natural teething relief (nighttime)
Nighttime relief

11. Skip Hop Grab and Go Pronto Changing Station

Another great Skip Hop Grab and Go product. This is an easy, on-the-go option if you're not going to be out for long and you don't want to lug your entire diaper bag with you.
Skip Hop Grab and Go Pronto Changing Station: chevron
Chevron
Skip Hop Grab and Go Pronto Changing Station: Onyx Tile
Onyx tile
Skip Hop Grab and Go Pronto Changing Station: Triangles
Triangles

12. Medela Breast Milk Collection and Storage Bottles

I used both Medela and Ameda bottles. The Medela ones seem a little more sturdy, and can hold one more ounce than the regular Ameda ones. (Just in case your baby is a big eater!)
Medela Breast Milk Collection and Storage Bottles

13. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags

These are great for building up your freezer stash. Freeze em flat, then stack them up once they're frozen. (Have you seen my post on breast milk freezer storage?)
Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags- perfect for moms who pump at work and are looking to build up their freezer stash


14. Munchkin Cool Bottle Bags

Munchkin makes a simple bottle bag, and the mega-version if you're planning on stashing a ton of bottles!
Munchkin cool bottle bag
Cool bottle bag
Munchkin cool wrap bottle bag
Cool wrap bottle bag

15. Multi-purpose Wet Bag by PumpEase

And we round out the list with another wet bag. Seriously- you can use these for so many different things, and you can throw them straight in the laundry whenever you need to. PumpEase has tons of cute patterns to choose from.
Multi-purpse wet bag by PumpEase: T-Bird Red
t-bird red

So those at the top 15 bestselling baby items by Laura's Plans readers. Have you tried any of these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments. :) 

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