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Great Ideas! How to Create a Cozy Reading Nook for Your Kids

04/09/2013 at 06:00 PM ET

Maxwell Ryan How to Create Cozy Reading Nook Tips
courtesy Apartment Therapy

One thing that’s universally true is that all parents want their children to love reading, says Apartment Therapy‘s Maxwell Ryan.

Also true? Kids can read pretty much anywhere — in the car, on the couch or at the kitchen table.

But according to the design expert, like the much-loved fort or tent, a cozy nook can help make snuggling up to their favorite book more of a fun activity.

And it doesn’t have to be difficult. Just a few comfortable floor cushions, a big squishy beanbag chair or a tepee are all easy ways to instantly create a fun space for fairy tales, adventure stories and novels.

Here are a few more of his cool ideas:
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Fab Sale Roundup: GILT Baby & Kids, Little Rue and More!

03/02/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

GILT Baby & Kids
Courtesy Gilt Groupe

Next week, GILT Baby & Kids is hosting a few fab sales worth checking out. You’ll find loads of chic toys, accessories, shoes and clothing from Ryder and James Kids (3/3), Dexton Toy Cars (3/3), Naturino Shoes (3/4), Baby Essentials (3/5), KidKraft (3/5), Kids Decor (3/5), and more!

Our picks: The Naturino Sequin Mary Jane (now $36, originally $60) and the Children Inspire Design Forest Art Print Collection (now $40, originally $88), above.

Not a member of Gilt? Use our exclusive link to sign up.

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Tori Spelling Gets Crafty with Her Kids at Make Meaning

02/22/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

Tori Spelling recently launched a crafts collection and regularly features fun D.I.Y. projects on her site, so it’s no wonder she’s a big fan of Make Meaning — a cool family activity space.

On Monday, the new mom, husband Dean McDermott and three of their little ones (Liam, 5½, Stella, 4½, and Hattie, 16 months) attended the opening of the company’s Thousand Oaks, Calif. location.

The craft of the day: cake decorating! The happy foursome each made their own creation, with Spelling giving youngest daughter, Hattie, a few pointers.

Tori Spelling Make Meaning Opening with Kids
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Great Ideas! Jason & Molly Mesnick’s Chic and Sweet Baby Shower

01/24/2013 at 03:00 PM ET

Bachelor's Jason and Molly Mesnick's Baby Shower
Lisi Wolf Photography

Parents-to-be Jason and Molly Mesnick are waiting till the big day to find out their baby’s sex, so the Bachelor star and his wife chose a stylish, gender neutral theme (pops of yellow and mint green, adorable animal designs, vintage drinking jars) for their baby shower.

“Jason found out that Ty was going to be a boy before he arrived,” Molly explains to PEOPLE.

“He wanted to do things a little different this time around, and how could I argue with that? It’s made this whole pregnancy very exciting. I love the guessing game, and my mind changes on a daily basis!”

Want a peek inside their chic soirée? Luckily, the couple shared photos and details with us. Check them out below.

VIEW THE GALLERY: Jason & Molly Mesnick’s Chic & Sweet Baby Shower

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Great Ideas! 10 Jolly Fun Holiday Crafts for Kids

12/04/2012 at 02:00 PM ET

Molly Sims's Serene Nursery Style
Courtesy Scrumdilly-do!

Looking for something to do with the kiddies over your long break? Ready to get the house holiday-ready?

From mini faux snowmen to tissue trees, craft experts Jessica Wilson of Scrumdilly-do!/people/i/2012/cbb/gallery/holiday-crafts/tissue-tree-240.jpg and Cindy of Skip to My Lou were nice enough to share their fave D.I.Y. projects with us. Just add glue and glitter, and your little artists will be merry for hours.

VIEW THE GALLERY: 10 Jolly Fun Holiday Crafts for Kids

Cortney and Robert Novogratz Get Creative with LEGO

05/24/2012 at 02:00 PM ET
Michael Weschler for The LEGO® Group

With seven kids from toddler to teen, design duo Cortney and Robert Novogratz are experts at keeping creative spaces organized and clutter-free. To share the secret of their success, the stars of HGTV’s Home By Novogratz recently teamed up with LEGO to champion homes that unleash tots’ imaginations — according to a LEGO Friends survey, 71 percent of parents think the design of a child’s room impacts creativity.

At an event at their cutting-edge, kid-friendly NYC pad on May 17 (filled with cool, custom LEGO installations like a turquoise chair), the design-driven parents talked about the importance of giving each small fry a space of her own.
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Heidi Klum to Launch Collection at Babies R Us

04/30/2012 at 10:00 AM ET
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

As a mom, Heidi Klum has learned a thing or two (or four!) about stocking up on the latest and greatest baby essentials.

So who better to start her own line of kiddie gear than the fashion designer herself?

And it looks like Babies R Us agrees: Klum has teamed up with the company to launch Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum, a collection of apparel, accessories, bedding and room décor.

“I’m so excited to partner with them to create a fun, magical and unexpected collection that is also affordable,” Klum says.
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