This weekend, I'll be at the Design Bloggers Conference in LA. I arrive Sunday afternoon and fly back Wednesday morning.
Last year I happened to be sitting next to Barbara Miller from Yes Spaces who specializes in everything about kids, so this year we are sharing a room. Can't wait to see her!
Last week, I opened my email to this post written by Kate from Centsational Girl.
It's so much fun to read her blog because this woman never stops creating something as well as making it with herself. She also writes a Centsational Style for Better Homes & Gardens. And she has 3 kids! Amazing.
This time, she designed an airport/racetrack for her 7 year old son who spends hours and hours building legos.
So I emailed her and said "You don't let your kids watch TV do you?" There's no way a kid would spend that many hours on lego unless he wasn't allowed to be in front of a screen. She responded, 'We don't have cable, we have one flat screen that we occasionally use to watch movies and that's it, I love how quiet our house is without the noise from the TV"
William and Markus
My sister Elizabeth recently reduced her 3 & 5 year old sons (above) TV time to 1-2 hours max on Saturday mornings. She said it's transformed how they play together, they are much calmer and it's fun to watch how creative they get on their own without constantly asking if they can 'Watch a Show'.
Also they love to be read to now which is super fun for me! When I was in Pottery Barn kids a few weeks ago, I came across the book Stone Soup and I remember when my friend Lauren from Pure Style Home wrote about making stone soup for her kids.
She is also a highly talented interior designer and had her own fabric line you can see here.
When I told Markus that a friend of mine made stone soup he said "They didn't have any food??" So cute.
I love her blog, she recently blogged about what it's like to have a white sofa with 3 children under the age of 6.
My 3 sisters and I also grew up without a TV. My two uncles lived with us for a while when they arrived from Finland and we were only allowed to watch 'Little House on the Prairie". I bought a few seasons on DVD a few years ago and my mom and I had a great time watching it again. I should be embarrassed about that but I'm really not. I cannot watch scary or horror of any kind, I love cheesy stories about love and forgiveness.
Traci Zeller from Traci Zeller Design is another very talented designer who gives advice on how to manage twins and still have a stylish house and yes she has two of her own.
Interior Design by Traci Zeller
She is about to launch a new line of her own fabrics and she's decorating a room at the Traditional Home Showhouse in Highpoint this Spring. Can't wait to see it!
I'm not sure if I'm going to High Point yet as right before that I will be in New Orleans speaking at the Kitchen and Bath show on Saturday April 20 and then Wednesday in Toronto leading my Spring Workshop.
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