Instantly Framed: Little Miss Easter Dress

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One of our sponsors for our Midsummer Mingle party was the fabulous company, Instantly Framed. They create really hi end quality framed photos from your instagram photos. And you can do it all from your phone! Too easy. We framed one of our favorite photos if Little Miss in her Easter dress. I’m so happy to have photos of my kids framed and ready to go. Sometimes I sit on things to long and forget to print and frame them so this was nice and easy for me.

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For a limited time, Instantly framed is also offering Mer Mag readers a discount on your own Instantly Framed orders.

$15 off 1 frame $25 off 2 frames and $35 off 4 frames with the code: Mingle15. You have until Aug. 31 to enter this code for the discount so pic out your favorite instagram photos now and get ordering!

Mer Mag Interview on Smart Creative Women

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I had the best time chatting with Monica Lee of Smart Creative Women last week and the interview is now up on her site! We talked about so many things that creatives go through such as finding your voice, juggling you creative, business and personal life (especially as a mamma!). I’d love your thoughts on these subjects and more as I’m always looking for ideas and love to hear we each have “figured it out” (in quotations because seriously we’re always “figuring it out”, right? Hop on over here to see more.

(above pic by my five year old in my very messy but very crafty studio).

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Back-To-School discount on KIDS CRAFT CAMP!

25 off Kids Craft Camp

It’s here. Time for backpacks, pencils, erasers, notebooks and more! I can hardly believe summer is coming to and end. It’s all been too too fast. So now I’m already thinking about after-school snacks, homework incentives and crafty cures for boredoms so thank goodness we have a few DIY activities up our sleeves with KID CRAFT CAMP! It’s stuffed full of really easy DIY instrux, videos and templates making it super easy for your little one to jump on in and follow along. Older kids could even do the crafts on their own! I know my 8 yr old already does (He’s super big into doing everything by himself these days).

And this week only, in celebration of all things back-to-school, I’m offering 25% off the camp with code backtoschool25. And that’s on the feedback optional upgrade as well! And if you’re not familiar with the feedback option, I’ve set up a great way for kids to comment, engage in topic lead discussions, share and post photos of their crafts, and more! I’m always looking for an educational and safe platform for my kids to work more online, get familiar with the computer in a fun way. This class is perfect for just that!

Head on over to atly for more class info and to sign up with the backtoschool25 discount.

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Boy’s style: Pining for and Indian Summer

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We’re in complete denial with school starging NEXT WEEK and all. So the kids and I are pining for and Indian summer…a fall that is filled with warm nights and opportunities for mini after-school adventures (Say camping in your own backyard!). These boys fashion pics are perfect for just that. And they transition perfectly into your boys early fall wardrobe. (I’m loving this Zanzibach cat shirt and think it would be perfect for school picture day!). Stop by Pinhole Press to see more of what we’re looking at to fill our wardrobe full of early fall pieces.

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Playing with dolls in our Book Nook

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I’ve alway had a generational love for dolls (OK and particularly the ones with a touch of macabre to them) so I’m happy to report that baby M is enjoying dolls as well. But I’m even more happy to report that she’s smitten with books just as much if not more. She brings me books and magazines to read to her every day.

booknookreadingShe also brings me shoes. “Shoes” is one of her first words, so, yeah I think we’re in trouble. Whatever it is with girls and shoes, she’s got it, and she’s got it early. booknookreading2So we’ve been spending our ending summer days with all three of these things in our book nook and I couldn’t be happier. Must summer end? I mean, really.

Floral Crowns and Fairy Wispers: Girls Summer Style

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We’re channeling the modern wood sprite and sharing some of our favorite girls summer fashion picks over on Pinhole Press. Head over to see some beautiful items from Marie Chantal and Juju Bunny Shop which work great for both summer and easing into early fall!

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Making a Baby Memory Box

MerMagBabyMemoryBox My “baby” girl is in full toddler mode these days. It’s hard not to see want to keep her as my baby forever (I totally see how the baby of the family is “babied” all their life now). And before she get’s too far away from her baby years I thought I’d better crack down and make a baby memory box for her, complete with little notes of why certain items were so sentimental to her and I. So we did just that and now I’m sharing it all with you over on Minted’s Julep blog today. I’ve even got a few printable tags over there for your download if you want to use them for your own memory boxes.MerMagBabyBoxInsideMerMagBabyMemoryBoxExterior

 

-photography by Trisha Zemp

Last day to get 50% off online KIDS CRAFT CAMP!

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Have you signed up for KIDS CRAFT CAMP? I’ve been seeing little campers working on projects all over instagram and I love it! Today is the last day I’ll be discounting my KIDS CRAFT CAMP class  with a steep 50% off! (not including instructor feedback which includes a gallery and online interaction with me and fellow campers). Just enter class code NEWCLASS50 at the check out.

The first craft to get the camp started is this simple paper and posicle stick tent. I’ve included a little video excerpt, filmed by the talented Jenner Brown, to give you an idea of what you’ll get in this class.

I’ve also included a few BONUS printable toys, such as Mrs. Foxy below, and home decor items to go along with your duct tape shoebox house. So fun!Mer Mag | Kids Craft Camp

So whether you want to grab a group of kids together and do this camp throughout the rest of the summer or you just put it on for your kiddo when they claim afternoon boredom, this camp is the perfect thing for you! And once you sign up, you have unlimited access to the class…for forever! Woohoo! Now that’s what I call a crafty steal!

An Outdoor Book Nook with Pottery Barn Kids and a Giveaway!

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I’m super excited to share with you one of my favorite summer projects we’ve been working on: this outdoor book nook with Pottery Barn Kids! It’s been a bit of a little reading oasis and the kids and I are in love with it! Seriously anything to encourage reading is a number one in my book.

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Head on over PBK’s Building Blocks blog for the full post along with details on the adorable products we used in our reading nook.

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I designed this little nook play house and Jon helped me to make it. I’ll be posting the building plans for it later so stay tuned!

(and if you’re interested in this amazing wallpaper - the perfect accent for our PBK decor items – check out Makelike for this and several other great wallpapers!)

 

Now it’s your turn! Head over to PBK Building Blocks to enter for your chance to win a $100 PBK gift card to start creating a book nook for your little ones– Hurry, ends Sunday 7/20!

 

Mer’s Online KIDS CRAFT CAMP!! Sign up now!

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It’s been an exciting summer! Filled with a Midsummer party, an Enchanted Forrest family reunion, and now I’m thrilled to announce that I am offering an online KIDS CRAFT CAMP on ATLY! It’s filled with 8 easy, modern DIY craft projects, such as a marionette puppet, duct tape play house, a paper bird friend and more! A perfect range for kids of all ages. You’ll enjoy bonding with your younger kids on these projects and older kids, say 7 and up, should be able to do many of these on their own!

Mer Mag |Online Kids Craft Camp The class is filled with video instruction, templates, and step-by-step DIY photos, and even some bonus PRINTABLE TOYS to go along with their creations! Your little creative camper is sure to find this not only fun but very doable. Perfect projects to finish out the summer or to do anytime of year. Once you sign up, you have unlimited access for as long as you like!

And we’re offering an upgrade Feedback option where your camper can submit their creations for a gallery with the group as well as engage in constructive comments about fellow campers work. I’m also happy to answer any questions you might have on the projects, supplies, creating with kids, setting up a creative station, encouraging creativity and more! This feedback option helps to make sure this experience is as easy, clear and fun for you and your child as possible!Mer Mag |Online Kids Craft Camp

So are you ready to get creative and little messy? Grab your little one, or put together a neighborhood camp where you all follow along each week!, and sign up for our KIDS CRAFT CAMP now!

 

Follow us on instagram at @mer_mag for updates and now our newly launched instagram account @kidscraftcamp for a gallery of kids work! Be sure to post work from the camp with hashtags #kidscraftcamp and #mermag. I can’t wait to meet my first set of little campers. Oh this is going to be sooo much fun!!!