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Nursery Picks with Project Nursery

Today we’ve partnered with one of our favorite resources for all things children’s design, project nursery, to bring you great deals on brands featured in the project nursery vendor guide. Only the best brands make it in to the vendor guide, which includes those brands, products and services that are both reviewed and welcomed into project nursery’s own home.

If you need some inspiration for your nursery or child’s room, or just love beautiful design as much as we do, the project nursery gallery, which features beautiful projects from readers, is a must visit. We love these fabulous rooms featuring the brands in our project nursery event.

Aqua and Gray Chevron Nursery featuring Carousel Designs

Orange, Gray and Turquoise Wanderlust Nursery featuring Oliver B

C is for Color featuring Carousel Designs

Walk in the Park Nursery featuring Lolli Living and Living 63

 French Vintage Nursery Fit for a Princess featuring Munrie

Little Milk’s Nursery featuring Nook

zulily and Mini Style Hacker Event: Haute Hacks for Fall and Winter

zulily is excited to share a special event with Instagram’s latest sensation, Mini Style Hacker

As the Mini Style Hacker, four-year-old Ryker Wixom and his mom Collete Wixom have gained a rapid online following from around the world by recreating the high-fashion looks of GQ and celebs ranging from Pharell to Ryan Reynolds – all on a family-friendly budget. 

Sharing a love of “styled child” looks for less, we’ve partnered with Mini Style Hacker to bring Haute Hacks for Fall and Winter – the hot trends for kids as the weather grows cold, all at great prices.

Here’s the trends and looks you’ll see from Collette herself:

 

I am obsessed with this button down covered in tiny skulls!  I put it with a simple chino and five panel hat to make it more casual. This would be an easy one to transition from casual to dressy by simply switching out the hat for a belt and tucking in the shirt. Two looks for the price of one!

 I am so happy that floral button downs will continue to be in style throughout the fall and winter. I paired this one with a gray velvet blazer and maroon chinos to create a polished and fun look.  

We love this denim sweatshirt combo! You get the comfort of a sweatshirt but still look like you put in the effort to make it stylish. 

Who said you have to wear a boring jacket to stay warm?  Try a blazer instead! You get warmth and style all rolled into one adorable package. Roll the sleeves of a blazer layered over a graphic tee for classroom friendly look.

This shirt is super soft and looks amazing with almost any pair of pants. I love that it mixes the tribal trend with the contrast pocket trend.

Shop the Mini Style Hacker hacks on zulily.com today and look for more great pics of Ryker’s adventures on the zulily Facebook page and Twitter account.

Guest Post: HowDoesShe? Does Halloween Treats

Guest Post courtesy of HowDoesShe.com

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Hello, I am Mummy…

Yummy Mummy!

You know we are all about oreo cookie suckers around here. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make some spooky treats.  I started thinking, if we can make oreos into something cute, what other cookies could we transform? They are the perfect holiday themed treat!

How about Nutter Butters?  ’OOOoooOOOooo’!

I couldn’t stop there!!  I had so much fun on the cookie aisle at the grocery store.  I was determined to find more cookie shapes to transform.  Who would have thought Mother’s Sandwich cookies would make such fabulous tombstones?

I just loved how these crazy mummies turned out.  They are my favorite.  They make me smile. :)  I love their big eyes peeking through.

Oh the kids are going to love these!!!  They are so fun to make, more fun to give, and the most fun to eat.

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Follow the basic Oreo Cookie Sucker instructions to start.

Mummies

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You’ll need: Oreo cookies, Sucker SticksWhite Candy Melts, and BIG googily candy eyes (amazing price).

Instructions: Dip cookie sucker into white melted candy coating, immediately stick on candy eyes, let dry.  Use a piping bag (or plastic bag with the end cut off) to drizzle white lines over the eyes. Easy.  -I used a ‘ribbon piping’ tip at the end of my piping bag to get the wider ribbon like lines.  If you prefer the thicker lines (instead of thin stringy lines) try using a ribbon piping tip.

Ghosts

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You’ll Need: Nutter butter cookies, Sucker SticksWhite Candy MeltsSMALL googily candy eyes, and a Black edible writing pen.

Instructions: Cut off very bottom of Nutter Butter with a knife, dip cookie sucker into white melted coating, immediately stick on candy eyes, let dry.  Make crazy ghost faces with black edible marker.

Tombstones

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You’ll need: Mother’s Cream filled cookies, Sucker SticksWhite Candy MeltsBlack Liquid Candy Color (don’t use food coloring, it will ruin your melted chocolate), and Green Candy Melts.

Instructions: Make ‘RIP’ by using a piping bag with white melted candy coating.  Write RIP on wax paper and let harden (I stuck mine in the freezer for a few minutes).  Make grey candy coating by melting white candy coating, and adding Black candy color. Dip cookie sucker into grey coating, immediately add ‘RIP’. Let dry. Using a piping bag (or plastic bag with end cut off) make grass on the bottom of the tombstone . Use a fork to get the ‘grass effect’.

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Wouldn’t these be so fun to serve at a Halloween party?  Maybe even in a Halloween cookie sucker holder?! Oh, I LOVE this time of year!

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Faux Fur Fashion Picks

One of our most favorite trends this season is faux fur. Whether you like a little or a lot, faux fur adds instant fashion appeal to your outfit. Check our some of our favorite ways to wear faux fur.

Just a touch of faux fur to complement a puffer, shearling or suede coat.

Tan Faux Suede Cape and Ivory Faux Fur Collar Puffer Coat from Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs (zulily.com)

Faux fur vests- trendy meets comfort.

Brown & Cream Faux Raccoon Tunic Vest from Safari by Imposter (zulily.com)

Faux fur is all over accessories.

Brown Faux Fur-Trim Convertible Clutch from Pink Cosmo. (zulily.com)

And of course, the boots!

Brown Leo Fleece-Lined Boot and Black Nut Boot (zulily.com)

Don’t forget the kiddos. It’s faux fur for the whole family!

Crystal Fox Faux Fur Hooded Poncho from Lilly Patricia and Safari Shearling Jacket from Hawke & Co. (zulily.com)

The Best of Mickey and Minnie

It’s Disney week on zulily, featuring a new Disney sale each day, and in an ode to the mice who started it all, we’ve put together some of our favorite Mickey and Minnie products and DIYs.

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Mickey costume on zulily.com.

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Mickey and Minnie cupcakes from Disney Family :http://zuli.ly/1t38kQX

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The perfect DIY Minnie Mouse bow from Bombshell Bling: http://zuli.ly/1t38oQC

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Minnie costume on zulily.com

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DIY Mickey & Minnie inspired shoes from The Family of Love: http://zuli.ly/1v2QoWy

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DIY Minnie towel from Crazy Little Projects: http://zuli.ly/1xpPTUu

 

zulily’s New iPad App Makes Shopping On the Go Even Easier

The zulily team has some exciting news today: our brand-new iPad app has hit the Apple App Store! Shopping zulily on the go is easier than ever before. The app been re-designed from the ground up with YOU in mind. Our developers and designers spent months getting customer input on functionality, design and usefulness and incorporated your feedback into the new app. Get it now https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zulily/id454607051 for a daily dose of shopping entertainment wherever you and your iPad go.

Highlights of zulily’s app update include:

Enhanced User Experience: The clean design, intuitive navigation and new vertical orientation mean you can shop with ease from anywhere.   

The product pages have been redesigned to make it easier for you to view the products, share them with your friends, pick your sizes and easily add them to your basket. 

The Save Drawer: Our favorite new feature is the “save drawer,” which allows you to filter events more easily. Scroll through the day’s events, bookmark the ones you want to view later (by dragging them into the drawer) and then shop all your favorite events at once.

Alerts for Upcoming Sales: Don’t ever miss out on a deal. The new iPad app allows you to preview the next day’s events and tap on your favorites to get reminders when the events launch.

 

How to Inspire a Young Techie

These days, computer science is more than just a niche. It’s driving job growth and allowing for innovation in every part of our lives. People who understand programming have so many opportunities to put their ideas into action. The best part is anyone can learn! And it’s fun.

Have your kids tried coding? Whether it’ll be their first time or they’re a little further along the path to becoming a tech star, we know a couple of ways that even elementary-aged kids can become real programmers … and these ways make it a blast by using popular favorites like Minecraft™ and Angry Birds™.

Apps:

There are several apps designed to make coding as fun as a game. Kodable is designed for kids five and up and teaches them the basics of programming in any language in a fun game. Now you don’t have to feel guilty about handing the phone over to your kidos.

Online Classes:

Today on zulily, we’re offering three online courses from Youth Digital, each for $149.99 (a 40% savings).

Perfect for ages 8 - 14, these classes are exciting, highly interactive learning experiences. Your budding engineer can learn how to code their own Minecraft™ Mod in Java, design a 3-D video game or create a 3-D animated movie.

Hour of Code:

Kids (and grownups!) can dip their toes into the programming pond by trying Code.org’s Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a campaign that promotes computer science in schools. It’s free and simple to join the more than 43,000,000 people who have already tried it. Just visit Code.org and you’re on the way.

Now, get your kids coding! After all, their generation will develop the future. 

Crafts that Go Bump in the Night

With Halloween approaching, we are getting exciting about all of the DIY craft opportunities. In for a little scare? Check out these fun ideas.

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Make monsters out of toilet paper rolls. Tutorial via Alisa Burke Redefine Creativity: http://zuli.ly/1qXwyEF

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Make a spider door hang. Tutorial via Liz on Call:http://zuli.ly/1uetolK

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Glow-in-the-dark slime from Domestic Charm:http://zuli.ly/YPkSNW

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Halloween shadow makers from Mini Eco:http://zuli.ly/1pGM0oc
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Make a witch out of your hand print. Tutorial via Crafty Morning: http://zuli.ly/1CGw7qR
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Create glow-in-the-dark lanterns with glow sticks. Tutorial via Lil Blue Boo: http://zuli.ly/1vyI7by

Fall Into Autumn With Easy Décor Ideas

by Amy E. Goodman, zulily lifestyle editor

reposted from Huffington Post

GOURDS

Regardless of what the weather is doing, I feel like my first real encounter with autumn happens when we head to our first fall festival. Having grown up in Northern California, I don’t know if it’s because my parents didn’t take me to too many harvest events or because our Indian summer was so long that fall was somewhat of an afterthought, but I don’t remember the rush of opportunities to go apple, raspberry and pumpkin picking let alone pumpkin beverage drinking.

I suppose we can chalk it up to experiences I didn’t have, so I tend to go a bit overboard on the festival circuit with my kids, and yesterday we dove in. Due to a newly scheduled teacher workday, my kids had the day off and we drove to a family-owned farm complete with acres of slides, a hayride, a corn maze and rope swings. They go for the goat feedings. I go for the cow-milking demos. They go for the old-fashion, water pumping stations. I go for the apple cider tastings.

We all go for the super slide.

While there, I’m reminded of the bountiful ways one can easily decorate a tabletop, side board or entryway with very little expense.

1. Think orange is the new black?
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There are lots of different colors when it comes to pumpkins and squashes and not always do you have to march with the orange party line. This thick, waxy blue jarrahdale decorated our indoor entryway all the way through February last year—and then my friend suggested we cut it into soup!

2. A festive tablecloth goes a long way.
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To jazz up a table setting, you really don’t need fancy flowers or a huge centerpiece. A bright tablecloth in autumnal hues can make a singular, profound statement. Also consider cloth napkins: they’re environmentally friendly compared to paper varieties.

3. Group Like Gourds
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Taking time to sort your squash pays off. These two ideas in a wooden shipping crate and colorful wheelbarrow caught my eye for their simple beauty.

4. Mums the Word
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It took me a long time to come around to mums (I’ll admit to saying years, actually). But now is the time to plant them to take advantage of their long blooming season, which can extend to the first frost. Given the bright hues and full bloom, they don’t even need many if any filler plants around them either (read cost effective and visually fulfilling).

5. A-maize your guests.
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These small groups of maize triggered an easy place card DIY. Simply hot glue together two small stalks, and glue a place card to maize. Place horizontally above a dinner plate, or lengthwise down plate for a dramatic effect.

6. Hand-Dipped Candles
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I love the soft glow of dinner by candlelight, and these local, beeswax candles will also emit a subtly sweet fragrance as they burn.

7. Let your pumpkins decorate the pumpkins.
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At dusk after the festival, while I made crab salads with artisanal goat cheese with my best friend for dinner, our kids got to washing and decorating their mini pumpkins on the deck. All it took was permanent markers and their creativity to end up with “water wave,” “tribal” and “Jackson Pollock.” As you can see, mine is yet to be determined.