How to Prepare a Montessori Bedroom for your Child

The basic idea behind Montessori teaching is that learning should be completely child-centered. This means that, in a Montessori bedroom, everything should be safe and at kid-level to explore. Many parents choose different formats for their rooms, but every room has the same basic ideas. Setting up a Montessori room is relatively inexpensive and easy as long as you know where to start.

  • Floor Level Bed One of the key components of a Montessori bedroom is a floor level bed. This allows kids to access and leave their bed on their terms to explore their surroundings and set their own sleep schedules. Many parents of babies like to add a mobile above the bed for the baby to focus on. Many parents worry that their baby will roll out of bed, which is a common and valid concern. There are several fixes to this problem, such as putting pool noodles under the fitted sheet, attaching a bed rail under the mattress, and putting something soft, like a rubber mat, next to the bed in case the baby rolls off.
  • Everything Safely Attached to the Wall The whole idea of a Montessori room is to allow kids to learn skills naturally without any adult intervention. For that to happen, you need to make sure that the furniture in the room is safe for kids to explore by themselves. Try to make all the furniture as close to kid-sized as possible and be sure that all the furniture is safely attached to the wall in case climbing is part of your kids’ natural exploration process.
  • Clear the Clutter For most parents, clearing the clutter is only a dream, but if you’re serious about wanting a Montessori room, you have to clear the room of everything but the important stuff. Less clutter makes a safer environment for the children and removes distractions. The room has to be screen free, and there should be plenty of room to move around and explore.
  • Natural Learning Toys A Montessori room is just as much about play as it is about function. The room should not be over-filled, but there should be a fair assortment of learning toys available to suit your child’s mood. Many parents who choose this method of decorating believe that toys should be simple and made of natural materials as much as possible. To remove clutter and keep with the theme, instead of buying a massive toy chest or large bookcase to store the toys, buy a couple of plastic storage bins. Separate the toys into the bins and place the bins together on the floor in the corner of the room.
  • Bright Pictures at Baby Level One of the defining features of this type of bedroom is bright pictures that are hung at kid level. Even in kid’s rooms adults tend to hang art at an adult level which doesn’t allow kids to appreciate and understand the art. Make sure that the art is hung safely in case your baby’s exploration includes removing them from the wall.
  • Lots of Books Another feature of Montessori rooms is an abundance of books, and often, a reading nook. These books are usually on a kid-sized bookshelf and are often laid face up on the shelf so toddlers can pick them from the pictures on their covers. Some parents will also place a rug and pillows in the same area so kids can lay and read to their heart’s content.
  • Clothes in Their Reach One final note that may not be traditional, but which is popular with a lot of parents practicing this method is to put your child’s clothes at their level and allow them to dress themselves.Speaking from experience, this can have some disastrous results, but it makes them happy and teaches them independence. Again, it is incredibly important to make sure that the furniture that the clothes are stored in is securely attached to the wall because you can guarantee that they will be reaching to the back to search for their favorite shirt.

This type of bedroom design may not be for everyone, but it does seem to be growing in popularity. It makes sense that this is a great way for kids to learn about their environment while also gaining independence and confidence is a free but safe environment. Additionally, the minimalist ideas behind the Montessori method will probably save you money when preparing your child’s room!

Guest Blogger: Samara Kamenecka is a VA specializing in SEO and writing, based in Madrid. When she’s not chained to her desk working, she likes to explore the city with her boyfriend, their two kids and their dog. You can find her blogging about everything from parenting gear to pregnancy tips over at http://www.tinyfry.com.

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The Top 10 Interior Design Ideas

We always love shopping for new things in our house; we are always updating it in some way. I love finding great decor items that we love and fits our style. There is something about being able to make your house your home and re create something so beautiful for your home. I hope you can enjoy these beautiful finds that we have added to our house.

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Summer Kitchen Cooking Must Haves

I love summertime, but I REALLY Love new gadgets, especially when it is affordable and is going to be of great use to me. We are starting some new diets in the summertime, so all of these items are going to be perfect!

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DRESS TO IMPRESS WITH MATERNITY OCCASIONWEAR

JoJo Maman Bebe’s occasionwear is designed to see you through your pregnancy in style and comfort. Because JoJo Maman Bebe understands that wearing the right maternity clothes makes all the difference, its designs are specifically created to keep you feeling chic at every stage of your pregnancy.

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the occasionwear collection, which features cute and colorful dresses to wear all throughout the spring and summer.

Red Embroidered Maternity & Nursing Dress

A stunning option for weekend brunch or a summer night out, this embroidered maternity and nursing dress is sure to impress. The relaxed, loose style keeps you cool and comfortable while the delicate embroidery adds some extra interest. Pair with white sandals for an effortless summer look.

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Black Floral Maternity Maxi Tea Dress

JoJo Maman Bebe took the maxi dress you love and turned it into a stunning maternity piece. As if the style wasn’t comfortable enough on its own, this design features a waist tie that you can adjust to accommodate your growing belly. Slip on black slides and a long pendant necklace for instant boho style.

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Cream Floral Maternity Dress

Don’t let your pregnancy hold you back from the many summer events you have planned. This elegant piece is perfect for a party, wedding, or casual daytime outings. It’s lined with natural fibers that keep you comfortable and cool on hot days and has an adjustable waist tie that ensures the perfect fit.

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The Top 10 Ladies Work Out Attire

I try to go to the gym as often as possible. I need to make sure that I feel comfortable when I go to the gym, so that I can make sure that I am getting the best possible results. Nothing is worse than wearing clothes that don’t fit you and you are self conscious about yourself.

Here are some of my top 10 work out outfits for ladies:
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EAT BETTER, FEEL BETTER WITH HELLO-FRESH

 

Sticking to your resolution of living a healthier lifestyle this year just got a whole lot easier with fresh, easy to follow recipes from HelloFresh. Eating right doesn’t mean substituting nutrition for flavor; whether it’s Sweet-As-Honey Chicken, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos, or Vibrant Veggie Skewers, HelloFresh has easy, delicious, and healthy meals perfect for the individual or family looking to eat better and feel better.

In addition to providing healthy choices, the HelloFresh culinary and sourcing teams search for the most environmentally friendly and sustainable ingredients for each and every one of their recipes. HelloFresh works with some of the best family-owned and operated suppliers in the country, like Del Ray Avocado in California and Sea to Table in New York. Whether it’s seafood, meat, or vegetables, you can rest assured knowing that your meal includes the highest-quality ingredients possible.

Signing up for HelloFresh is as simple as picking a plan that matches your dietary preferences (Veggie, Classic, or Family), selecting your meals (choose from 15 new recipes each week), and scheduling delivery (available 7 days/week). Their flexible subscription model even allows you to skip weeks, modify your plan, and change your weekly menu. Easy-to-follow recipes with clear nutritional info makes cooking for even the most inexperienced chef a breeze. And, because each meal kit contains pre-measured ingredients, you only use what you buy – no more overspending on ingredients at the grocery store that either go bad or wind up in the garbage.

Staying committed to a healthier lifestyle and eating better can be difficult, but HelloFresh is here to help. Say hello to easy, delicious, and healthy home cooking that’s actually fun with HelloFresh. Sign up for HelloFresh today and save $30 on your first box!

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DECK OUT YOUR OUTDOOR OASIS

In most places in the United States, now is the time to sweep off the patio, uncover the grill, and take the outdoor furniture out of the garage. Now is the time for planting flowers, grilling hotdogs and playing catch in the yard. We could think of no time better than springtime!

If you need to update your outdoor décor, JCPenney has affordable and fashionable pieces for all your outdoor needs.

 

Solid Square Outdoor Pillow

If your outdoor pillows are looking a little moldy and smelling a little musty when you take them out of storage this year, consider an upgrade. This 17×17 inch pillow comes in red, green or teal to fit a variety of decors.

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Melamine 4-pc. Dinner Plate

These pineapple dining plates are adorable and festive enough for a BBQ or Fourth of July party. Pair them with the matching Pineapple Serving Bowl to complete the look.

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Fire Pit

Nights are still chilly this early in the spring – warm things up with this classic fire pit. The wood or coal burning steel frame measures 30 inches wide. It is the perfect size to fit between two outdoor chairs.

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SHOP THE SARAH JESSICA PARKER COLLECTION FOR KIDS FROM GAP

The exclusive Sarah Jessica Parker Collection from Gap was designed to wear, love, and share. From silly graphic tee’s to pretty floral dresses, there’s something for every kid.

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the collection.

Sarah Jessica Parker Graphic T-Shirt

Inspired by childhood memories and comfy hand-me-downs, this broken-in tee is anything but basic.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Fit and Flare Dress

This sweet floral dress just screams “spring”! Pair with a white cardigan for the perfect Easter outfit.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Critter Backpack

This whimsical backpack has as much personality as your little one. Fill up with their favorite books and toys for a fun-filled day at the park.

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MEMORIAL DAY OUTDOOR GAMES FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

 

Bring the fun to your backyard this Memorial Day weekend with yard games for all ages. While you’re grilling up hotdogs and hamburgers, friends and family will be striking up friendly competition – and an appetite.

 

Here are a few of our favorite backyard games.

Wild Gate Sports Stars and Stripes Cornhole Tailgate Toss

You can’t beat a classic! Not only is cornhole a universally appealing game, it’s also easy to teach new or young players – less time teaching, more time playing. Plus, this set features a stars and stripes design that is perfect for your Memorial Day cookout and other events all summer long. Pull it out again later in the summer for the Fourth of July!

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Baden Champions Series Croquet Sets

A croquet set is a summertime staple for backyards large and small. Designed for 2-6 players, we especially like how this set features hardwood mallets with soft rubber grips for comfort. It even comes with a complete croquet rulebook, perfect for new players or rusty ones.

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AGame 2017 Classic Ladderball Game 

If you’re looking for a new backyard challenge, this ladderball game fits the bill. Friends and family will appreciate the easy learning curve to this game, but the extra skill involved to getting the golf tosses around the ladders.

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GET THE LOOK FROM SALLY BEAUTY: BRONZE GODDESS MAKEUP

 

Let your natural skin flourish with a bronze glow. Achieve the look with a few of our favorite makeup picks from Sally Beauty.

Herbal Mosaics Sun Kissed Bronzer

This versatile bronzer features five complimentary shades that can be used individually or blended together to create one unique shade. Apply to your temples and right below your cheek bones for an instant pop of color.

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Bitzy Long Lasting Lip Gloss in Current Mood

Swipe this gloss across your lips for long-lasting shine. Its peachy-bronze hue is perfect for that sun-kissed look, even if the weather says otherwise.

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Ardell Sunrise Sensual Eyeshadow Palette

 

Instantly brighten your eyes with these four golden shadows. Apply the lightest color to your brow bone to pull the whole look together.

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