YouthfulNest is all about saving mom time and money so when we learned of Little List we knew we would be fast friends. We loved how clean and user friendly their site was, they make it easy for you to see and find the best product deals and learn about new product must-haves.
They aren't trying to be all things to all women, just focused on being a stellar resource for what savvy moms with babies and young children are looking for – shopping inspiration and steals on quality products. Need I say more? No, but we did ask Little List co-founder, Liz Lentis, to give us the 411 on her company, her life as a Momprenure and her latest, favorite must-haves for mom and mom-to-be.
Q&A WITH CO-FOUNDER OF LITTLE LIST LIZ LENTIS
“We are ALL about Toy Rotations. Packing all your toys away in different bins and getting 1 bin down a day or even week. Our kids respond so well to this and they play more attentively to the toys they already have versus asking for new ones. Of course the best perk is that you have less clutter around the house, too!” –Emily, Small Fry
“A cleaning service is certainly one of my best investments as a single parent, working from home with 2 nutty kids, but the real life saver with a white home.... The Magic Eraser! Marker on the wall? Clean. Maya's blue hair dye on the wall? Clean. Senna's fingerprints from sneaking into the make-up kit? Clean.” –Kim, Design Life Kids
“Hiding Spots: I hate the sight of toys, so we've added storage that allows me to make them all disappear at the end of the day. Basically our entire TV storage unit (shout out to IKEA - the Besta system is bomb) houses toys now, but I'm fine with that because once the kids are in bed, I get my living room back!” –Nikita, The Rebel Mama
“You go through your clothing and change them out of your closets and draws for the seasons so don’t forget to hit your mini-me’s wardrobe and do the same. Pull out any items that are too small, damaged or wearable for the next fall/winter. No you don't have to go all "Marie Kondo" on the kiddos, but do spend a little time reorganized by type of clothing article, color and size. Placing the larger sizes on the bottom of the pile so you make sure and get use of those smaller sizes first.” – Lisa, YouthfulNest
“Don’t forget to disinfect table legs, chair legs, and other furniture that’s in danger of being chewed.” –Amber, BabyMakes3
“I'd have to say my tips are - keep a (pretty) hamper in the kitchen for any dirty bibs and towels, so they don't end up all over the place after feeding baby. An organizational tip - only buy white baby socks! That way you don't have to search for matching itty-bitty baby socks while trying to get baby ready in the morning.” –Monica, Gugu Guru
"Our all time favorite way to clean our faux sheep skin rugs is to throw them in the washing machine on the delicate cycle with a few drops of fabric softner. We dry them for about 30 minutes on the air fluff setting of the dryer and upon completion, lay them backing side up for a few hours until they are completely dry. We later use a Wet brand brush (like the ones we use to detangle our kids hair!) and voila, a soft and perfectly clean carpet each time!!!” –Michelle, Kroma Carpets
"Review, Re-shelve and Re-gift the books! My kids have plowed through so many books in their lifetimes. Some they couldn’t get enough of, some they have grown out of and some were read once and just sit on the shelf. It’s a shame to let books sit there unloved when so many people could benefit from them. I review the shelves periodically, pull out the books no one minds getting rid of and either donate them or re-gift them with a note or inscription that says it is a special gift from my son’s collection especially for them.” –Caroline, QuickZip Sheet Company
For now let me introduce you to the Swedish company Prettypegs and company founders who took a simple personal need and turned it into a solution for homeowner all over the globe.
Q&A With Founders Jana and Mikael
If the Peg fits...
Q: Where were you and what were you doing when you decided to go into business and start PrettyPegs?
Q: Besides IKEA, What brands area a good fit for PrettyPeg legs and parts?
www.alcro.se - For our collaboration with Alcro, a paint company, for a limited time our customers were able to pick one of their paint colors for our table tops.
www.sadolin.se - We launched our RAW collection together with Sadolin which is also a paint company and let a few cool designers make their own take on our untreated pegs with Sadolin’s colours.
www.mini-empire.se: Together with illustrator Jenny von Döbeln we launched a campaign of hand painted clowns on our legs with all profit going to the “Clowns without Borders” foundation.
www.myrornas.se : Together with Myrorna, which is a Swedish second hand chain, we restored some furniture with help from a few hand picked swedish designers and held an auction where the profit went to Myrorna and “The Salvation Army” (that owns Myrorna’s shops) to aid in their social work.
www.mrsmighetto.se: We're about to launch an amazing collab with Swedish illustrator Mrs Mighetto that has designed amazing fairytale prints for our soon to be launched bed panels.
Q: What is your advice to DIY’ers who want to use your products?
My other tip is to check out our RAW collection – it makes it possible to paint the furniture itself and the legs together in the exact same colour. Some of our most crafty hands even added a little painting on them for kid’s rooms and they look amazing.
Q: We love that you can take any inexpensive piece of furniture like from IKEA and up it’s style-IQ. Any suggestions for picking out the right Prettypeg legs for a specific project?
Q: YouthfulNest encourages homeowners to reuse or “upcycle” used furnishings to bring in high style at low prices to stay on budget for their kids’ rooms. Is this something that Prettypegs sees as a good fit for their product?
Q: Can you show off some of your favorite and most dramatic makeovers project that would be a great fit for the nursery or kids’ space?
Q: What are your personal home styles like?
Q: Who are your favorite kid’s ready-to-buy home interior brands?
Q: Who’s your social media style crush/s and/or favorite blog/s?
Q: I had a friend who once asked, “How cool would it be if music followed you around like it did in the movies!” What songs would your life’s soundtrack include?
Q: What's next for PrettyPegs? (any news, up coming launches, partnerships, personal growth events coming up in 2017)
Mrs Mighetto is a swedish brand that sells prints made from original paintings in watercolour, full of fantasy, history, mystery and colours. Suitable for grown ups and kids, their beloved characters and personalities are brought to life by crafty hands that illustrate a magical, already known, Mighetto world. Water was mixed with colour, ideas became reality, proofing went into sharp prints, illustrations became framed paintings, and beloved characters got the name and magical personalities. That is how it all started!
HACK #1: SAMPLES
These professional tools take the guess work out of shopping on line. You can match up swatches across different brands to see if colors and textures work together. Not to mention super convenient for bringing around with you while you shop at various actual “brick & mortar” stores. A much better option then lugging that comforter set around with you. Am I right?
Favorite retailers for samples:
Serena & Lily: bedding, decor pillows, rugs, drapery & upholstery
The Land of Nod: bedding, rugs, drapery, furniture finishing & upholstery
Restoration Hardware: bedding, drapery, rugs, upholstery & furniture wood
Anderson Hardwood: flooring
Joann Fabric & Craft Store: fabric & upholstery
Dwell Studio: upholstery
West Elm: rugs & furniture
Crate & Barrel: rugs & furniture
Pottery Barn: rugs & furniture wood
Loom Decor: fabrics & upholstery
Colorhouse Paint: mini paint colors
HACK #2: SHIPPING
Favorite online retailers based on their shipping and/or return policy:
Target: 1) Pay for your order with a REDcard™ - no minimum purchase required for free ship & returns. 2) Spend $25 or more using any payment method for free ship & returns.
Amazon: Free ship Prime or bundled look on Amazon if not available on favorite retail site.
Bed Bath & Beyond: Free Ship over $29 + free returns in store or ship
buybuyBABY: Free Ship over $49 + free returns in store ship
Wayfair: Free shipping
Hayneedle: Free shipping over $49
Urban Outfitters: Free Ship over $50 + free returns
Anthropologie: Free shipping for online only pieces by ordering in person at local store + Free returns
Walmart: Free Ship and on orders over $35
- Bundle items at one shop if there is minimum amount for free shipping
- Apply for Store Card or Loyalty Card with perks like additional discount & free shipping, money back, rewards:
- Shop online stores with local “brick & mortar” store for items that you are particular unsure about.
- Ask for return charges in advance of purchase.
- Many boutique shops include their shipping in their retail price, so check their policy, contact them or you can also partially go through the checkout process and see if any shipping applies.
HACK #3: SHOPPING TRENDS
TRend Shop: TasselS
TREND Shop: 3-D Faux Animal Head
TREND Shop: Textile wall art
TREND Shop: Graphic elements
TREND shop: Colors
While we all want that luxurious quality in such touchy feely things, sometimes in our kids room we find the need to save instead of splurge. That doesn’t mean you need to scrimp on style. These savvy prices on our favorite hygge styles will have you feeling warm and fuzzy all over!
When I look at her work I get a sense of something that's always been there – as if they always existed exactly the way she has refinished them. They are understated, statement pieces that are painted in gentle, rich and sometimes slightly daring hues. I often find myself immediately drawn to a piece and then looking back at it a few more times to discover all the little details that it posseses, each time seeing something new; subtle curve of the legs; intricate carved detail; or even the spacing of the knobs or pulls.
Keep reading and you'll see why Amanda's work makes you look twice. And wanting more.
Q&A With Amanda StanlEy
Like Therapy for the SOUL of your home
The Nester is a big favorite. Myquillyn is pretty original and seems to create beautiful areas with such ease! I feel like following her work, is ever changing and full of inspiration. It’s fun to watch her recreate her space over and over while still maintaining her classic style.
We’ve translated all twelve astrological horoscopes from the revered Mistress of Astrology, Jennifer Angel, into compatible interior design styles – complete with inspirational room looks, best places to shop each style and product suggestions.
Nursery Style: Modern
Urban Outfitters, Target
Nursery Style: Classic
Nursery Style: Eclectic
Nursery Style: Bohemian Classic
Nursery Style: Modern Chic
Nursery Style: Nordic
Nursery Style: Bohemian Chic
Nursery Style: Luxe
Rooms By Zoya B., Layla Grace, One Kings Lane, buybuy Baby
Nursery Style: Contemporary
Z Gallerie, Ikea
Nursery Style: Traditional
Layla Grace, Ethan Allen, One Kings Lane
Nursery Style: Eclectic Retro
Nursery Style: Boho Glam
One Kings Lane
Let's get real, there is so much perfection on social media and in the lifestyle magazines we love to flip through but real life isn't always or maybe rarely that polished. Thirsty for a shot of reality check with a truth serum chaser? You'll want to belly up to the The Rebel Mama for some brilliantly written and refershingly honest commentary about motherhood, sisterhood, parenthood and other kick-ass stuff. (BUT FIRST READ THIS INTERVIEW!)
Q&A With Nikita StanlEy Site Creator & Contributor
Don't call it a mom Blog
Q: What was going on in your life when you decided to take the plunge of pouring your non-judgmental heart and interests into a blog format?
Q: You’ve got a well-rounded team of female contributors who are smart, stylish and inspirational – how did you find them or did they find you?
Q: We love your beautiful honesty and kick-ass approach that comes across in all your written and visual posts. Was this something that just came organically or was it something deliberate…meaning for example did you see what was being shared on “mom-blogs” and decide that wasn’t resonating with you and your group of women?
Q: What is your own personal home décor style?
Q: Who is your go-to home furnishing or décor brand when looking for pieces for the kids' spaces?
Q: Have you or any of your contributing ladies hired a designer for your kiddos bedrooms or baby nursery?
Q: I had a friend who once said, “How cool would it be if music followed you around like it did in the movies!” What songs would your life’s soundtrack include?
Q: As moms who are working and raising children along with your husbands, how do you find peace with the quality time you spend on each – work, husband, kids and life?
Q: Who’s your social media style crush and/or favorite blog?
Q: What's next for The Rebel Mama?
Next on the agenda is getting our Rebel Papa jerseys out on the streets, as well as releasing a limited edition version of the Rebel Mama jersey for Christmas.
We’re also going to continue hosting events, planning pop-ups and just generally trying to create safe spaces for women to be able to come out, meet like-minded mamas, and find a little peace and comfort with their new mommed-up selves (the early days especially can bring about a bit of an identity crisis!).
Another huge goal for 2017 is to partner with some really cool, edgy brands and businesses to hook our Rebels up with some sweet deals on things that are a bit more exciting than diapers and wipes… Stay tuned!
A good place to start designing your nursery or kid's bedroom is with a foundation piece or focal point in the room. In many spaces the rug is a good bet, but for bedrooms we suggest start by nailing down the bedding.
Part of the reason is because it is usually the focal point in a nursery or bedroom and it will give you a great jumping off point for selecting the rest of the room's decor and styling. The other part of our reasoning is that it can be so dang hard to find that perfect bedding! Either it seems you can't find just the right look or you have too many to choose from and can't narrow it down to just one.
We've gathered a handful of our favorite comforters, quilts and duvet covers from our favorite shops.
For Crib & Toddler Bed
For Twin-Queen Bed
My social media crush list is around the block. So why is it that with so many compelling lifestyle bloggers to follow I found myself actively seeking out Eva Amurri Martino's posts via Happily Eva After? After some reflection I realize I find her approach a little different from the other mommies sharing curated feeds that boast darling images of their kids or anecdotes about trying to juggle it all. Her posts are perfectly, imperfect and her refreshingly honest comments often resonating with me, another mom, wife, entreprenure, foodie, and style junkie. I find her a endearingly quirky. A free spirit who walks to her own beat, not in an odd ball sort of way, but with a trend setting sashay.
With her glass half full attitude I often would pause to take a second look at my day and turn my frown upside down. I believe that constant glow we seeing in her posts, whether in her PJs or all dressed up with some place to go, are a reflection of her happy-go-Eva attitude derived from a well developed sense of self.
When I learned she was pregnant I reached out to her to see if we could collaborate on the new nursery. She graciously let me know she had it covered. In our interview we learned that she is confident in her style vision as you will see below in the kid’s room reveal. Her love for being her own interior designer shows off not just in these kids rooms, but in every room in her home.
Q&A WITH EVA AMURRI MARTINO
Prooving Style Lives on even After kids
Q: What was going on in your life when you decided to take the plunge of pouring your heart and interest into a blog format?
Q: We love your refreshing, honest art of story telling from various perspectives of being a woman, wife, mom, daughter, creative, lover of life, etc. When did you realize sharing via your blog was as good for you as it was for others?
Q: Was there a moment when you thought you might need to take a step-back in sharing personal anecdotes from your life or family’s life?
Q: You WERe going through two momentous, but exciting life happenings right now: remodeling a new home; and getting ready to have your second baby this fall. Which has proven more challenging as things progress?
Q: While we have seen the initial remodel images on your blog, and will be stalking your site and social media for more eye-candy – can you describe what is WAS that you inherently lookED to accomplish in any given room at Maison Martino? Be that your living room, office, Kitchen or kid's bedroom.
Q: Who is your go-to home furnishing or décor brand when looking for pieces for the kids spaces?
Q: You have your own amazing style so we are curious to know if you are you working with a designer for your kids bedrooms or DIY’ing it? If yes, why? If no, why not?
Q: Like us, you are a Pinterest lover for collecting inspiration for future projects big and small. Can you give us at least a verbal sneak-peek of your new little girls bedroom and baby boy’s nursery inspiration and style?
Q: As a mom who is working and will be raising two children along with your husband, how do you find peace with the quality time you spend on each – work, husband, kids and life?
Q: Who’s your social media style crush and/or favorite blog?
For more inspiration from Baby makes 3
All interior photographs by Stephanie Elliott Photography
I am a self starter in pursuit of all things smart, savvy and stylish.