3 Quick and Easy Valentine’s Day Ideas

By PBK Editors

We can’t wait to celebrate the sweetest day of the year tomorrow so we’re sharing three of our favorite ways to spread the love. From a quick morning recipe to a sweet treat bag, here are three quick and easy ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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Put a handmade touch on your treat bags this Valentine’s Day with these DIY Heart Pom Pom Bags from The Stylehouse. Whether you’re filling these with a sweet treat or packing your little one an extra special lunch, this DIY can be used for a fun surprise year round.

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Want to make a big impact without all the sugar? We love this DIY Paper Heart Box from Oh Happy Day for filling up with tiny toys, trinkets, or little love notes!

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Start your day off right with these Mini Heart-Shaped Strawberry Tarts from Sweet Little Peanut. These delicious handheld treats are simple to put together and get big smiles of approval from your little ones.

Looking for more great Valentine’s Day ideas? See our favorite Cupid-inspired breakfast ideas here.

Countdown to Your Dream Nursery

By PBK Editors

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When preparing for a new addition to the family, it’s important to get organized around planning and preparing — especially when it comes to designing your dream nursery. That’s why we’ve created a handy printable to keep your nursery progress on track! Download the Countdown To Your Dream Nursery sheet to get started and read on below for more helpful tips.

Countdown To Your Dream Nursery

Create a beautiful space for your baby to sleep, bond and grow with our suggested nursery milestones below. Keep in mind that many of these elements can be pushed forward or back depending on your personal timeline — visit your local Pottery Barn Kids store or connect with us online for any additional guidance when creating your dream nursery.

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Weeks 20-23: Planning

Start planning for your dream nursery by gathering inspiration, enlisting help and registering or purchasing key decorative pieces. Select colors and a theme for the nursery and begin building a Pinterest inspiration board like this one or printing a few of your favorite nursery designs to reference. Schedule a free in-home consultation with a PBK Interior Design Services Specialist or ask family members and friends to help plan your space. Once the initial planning is done, you can move on to the fun part: purchasing or registering for your favorite prints and patterns! Don’t forget: When you create a registry with Pottery Barn Kids, you could win everything on it! Every month we select a new winner — see our registry page for details.

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Week 24-27: Preparing

If you are planning to paint the room or put up wallpaper, now is the perfect time to do it. If you have carpet or hardwood floors, you can also steam or refinish them so that your nursery has a clean canvas to begin decorating. Finalize and pick out furniture items to purchase, especially if you are ordering a custom piece. Custom upholstery, especially on a nursery chair or glider can help tie together your theme and colors with the room. Since you’ll be spending a lot of time in the nursery, make sure you are preparing an environment you’ll love to see everyday by selecting soothing shades and sturdy furniture.

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Weeks 28-30: Organizing

As you get closer to welcoming baby’s arrival, you’ll want to bring together all of your nursery pieces. Begin your babyproofing plan for the nursery. Start organizing all of your baby items and shower gifts in storage bins and baskets (plus wash baby clothes and begin putting them away). Use the floor plan you created early on to arrange your furniture in the room, starting with the largest items first. This will give you the most flexibility as you finalize the placement of each piece.

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Weeks 31–36: Finishing Touches

Now is the time to add those final touches! Purchase any last minute baby essentials you may not have received at the baby shower. Collect final décor pieces like frames, keepsakes and other accessories to help style the space. Lastly, set up a bassinet in your room so that your new little one can be close-by before moving to their nursery.

For more great advice, visit your local Pottery Barn Kids store or schedule a free in-home consultation with a PBK Interior Design Services Specialist.

5 Tips for Designing a Shared Space + A $500 Room Makeover Giveaway!

By PBK Editors

There’s no doubt that a shared room for siblings is a difficult design challenge. From opposing interests to designating personal space, creating a room that kids share requires a lot of problem solving.

Pam Ginocchio from Project Junior worked with our Interior Design Specialists to completely make over the room for her kids Gray and Sloane. See the full reveal on Project Junior and scroll down to enter our $500 Room Makeover Giveaway!

5 Tips for Designing a Shared Space with Project Junior

Here are the five top tips she learned about making over a shared room:

1. Re-think the traditional room layout. You’d be surprised how fresh and new a room can feel by moving around furniture, especially for a shared space.

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2. Create individual nooks for each kid. Play up the things they love with a reading nook or dress up station. Plus, every big kid wants a workspace complete with their very own desk!

5 Tips for Designing a Shared Space with Project Junior

3. Find a fun way to organize. Although a room makeover is a great excuse to clean out clutter why not use their most treasured items like books, toys or trinkets as part of the room decor? Organize books by color, install a shelf to display a trophy or frame a favorite hand made piece of art.

5 Tips for Designing a Shared Space with Project Junior

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Use resources like Pinterest and in-store services like PBK’s Free Interior Design Service to help plan the space before you commit.

5 Tips for Designing a Shared Space with Project Junior

5. Everything in the room doesn’t have to match. Try using the same bed but mix it up with different bedding for an individual yet pulled together look.

5 Tips for Designing a Shared Space with Project Junior

Enter below for your chance to win a $500 Pottery Barn Kids gift card to get started with your own room makeover — Giveaway ends March 8th.

Design Challenge: Shared Space for Brother & Sister

By Pam Ginocchio

Written by Pam Ginocchio of Project Nursery and Project Junior for Building Blocks.

Bunking siblings in the same room is a necessity in our home. Luckily, my 7-year-old son Gray and 4-year-old daughter Sloane are the best of buddies. They love having each other to whisper to at night when the lights go out, and they have come to rely on each other as trusted roommates.

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Even though Gray is all dude, with a sports and video game obsession and Sloane sings “Let it Go” daily while wearing a tiara and tutu, a shared space works great for them. The problem is that the room lacks style and design, plus creating a space that lets both of their personalities shine has been a huge challenge. As a result, I’ve plopped a bunch of odds and ends into the room and called it a day. Finally, I’m ready for a total room makeover! Feeling overwhelmed, I knew I needed a little help. Enter Pottery Barn Kids!

I’ve always loved how PBK layers boy and girl collections together, making it easy to mix the two seamlessly. Plus they offer free Interior Design Services to provide inspiration and help develop a plan. I knew it would be exactly the motivation I needed to get this project off the ground. I set up an in-store appointment with my local Design Specialist Christine, and I immediately felt reassured that this room makeover would be a success.

I wanted to be sure that the kids loved their new room too, so Christine suggested I bring the kids along so they could get involved in the design process. The experts at Pottery Barn Kids know that bringing the clients into the design process, no matter what their age, is always a great idea. I was all for it; I wanted to be sure they loved their new room too!

So off we went to my trusted friends over at Pottery Barn Kids.

Success! Gray loved the Organic Navy Star Bedding, and Sloane fell for the Reversible Pink Heart Duvet. With the navy and hot pink color scheme set as the jumping off point, Christine and I got to work. We created a room layout and a joint Pinterest board so we could share ideas and pieces we thought would bring the design to life. I wanted to keep a few existing pieces, like the dresser, and Christine worked with my ideas and my budget.

After I soaked up all the inspiration from our in-store visit and Pinterest collaboration, I did what we are known for at Project Junior. I created a design board. What do you think?

Design Challenge: Shared Space for Brother & Sister

I’ll be revealing more on the progress of this shared room challenge for Gray and Sloane with the final room makeover coming next week. Check back for updates often on #projectsibling in partnership with Pottery Barn Kids and see our post about this project on Project Junior.

Want to support your little one’s inner design skills? Starting this weekend, Pottery Barn Kids is hosting three different Jr. Designer Camp events all around mood boarding, textiles and color! Visit their Store Events Page to learn more and follow the fun on Instagram with #JrDesignerCamp.

Share the Love this Valentine’s Day

By PBK Editors

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In our continued partnership with the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, we’ve had the great pleasure of helping create “bright spaces” in local homeless shelters and celebrating the holidays with the children and families that live there.

This Valentine’s Day, we want to share this same local love with the communities in each of our stores. From February 6th-14th, you and your little ones can come to our stores to make a free Valentine for a friend or family member and one for a child in your community.  Find your nearest store here to join us in sharing the love.

Want to get involved online? Download our printable Valentine’s Day card and share with us on Instagram — We’re donating $1 for every creation shared on Instagram with #pbksharethelove to the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children to support their Bright Spaces program.* To learn more, click here.

 

*Pottery Barn Kids will donate $1 to the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, up to $5,000, for every photo shared on Instagram with the hashtag #pbksharethelove. Bright Horizons Foundation for Children is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Perfect Mini Pop Tarts for Valentine’s Day

By Megan Bailey

Written by Megan Bailey of Sweet Little Peanut for Building Blocks.

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Valentine’s Day is one of my all time favorite holidays! Aside from all the pink and red hearts, I love what this holiday stands for — showing those special people in our lives just how much we love them!

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When we think of Valentine’s Day, we often think about giving cards and candies to our friends and family. I prefer the idea of finding new and different ways to show our love for our families on Valentine’s Day. How about serving them a Valentine’s Day inspired breakfast?! This is the perfect way to start off the day and also fill up those little bellies! Think adorable tabletop, heart shaped pancakes, lots of fresh strawberries and raspberries, and of course pink milk! I’m excited to share with you this simple and also healthy homemade pop tart recipe that would be perfect to serve along side your Love Day breakfast!

Perfect Mini Pop Tart Recipe for Valentine's Day | Building Blocks Blog

Homemade Mini Strawberry Pop Tarts

Ingredients:

  • Double Pie Crust (premade or homemade)
  • ½ cup Strawberry Jam
  • 1 cup finely chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup Creamy Honey
  • 1 drop red food coloring (optional)

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Directions:

  1. Using premade pie dough crust (or homemade if you would preferred) roll out the pie dough into a large thin disk using a little flour on the top and bottom of the dough disk to prevent sticking.
  2. Cut out mini heart shapes using a cookie cutter. You can also cut into small squares if you don’t have a heart shaped cookie cutter.
  3. Place the bottom layer heart dough shapes on a lined cookie sheet. Mix the strawberry jam and chopped strawberries together in a bowl. Spoon small amounts of the strawberry filling onto each dough shape.Perfect Mini Pop Tart Recipe for Valentine's Day | Building Blocks Blog
  4. Place another heart dough layer on the top and seal both layers + filling together by pressing down on the edges using a fork.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until edges are golden brown. Remove and let cool.
  6. While the pop tarts are cooling mix the creamy honey with 1 drop of red food coloring until you make a light pink frosting mixture.
  7. Spread on top of the mini pop tarts and serve warm!

Makes 1 dozen.

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I hope your little ones enjoy this perfect pop tart recipe this Valentine’s Day – Enjoy!