The Gold Jellybean

http://thegoldjellybean.com/

A place to inspire DIY parents who have creative kids and an eye for design. I post fun diy projects, interior design tips, recipes, and art projects to enjoy with your kids!

Shaleah is a winner of Top 25 Creative Moms - 2013

Where do you discover new kid-friendly crafts?

Of course Pinterest is an excellent source for fun ideas and kid-friendly crafts. But I also get a lot of ideas from scanning the shelves at the dollar store, and online shopping at some of my favorite stores. Sometimes I see something I love and immediately think, "Hey, Sydney and I can make that!"

What's one creative product you would recommend to all moms?

I don't think there is just one particular product that's essential, I think it's important to have a collection of craft supplies for your kids. We have a craft cabinet at home, and it's stocked with everything from glue and crayons to egg cartons, feathers, beads, and glitter. Some days we pull out supplies to make a particular craft, and other days Sydney pulls out her favorites and makes up her own projects. Having the creative tools on hand for your little ones to explore is what's important.

How do you encourage your child to explore their creativity?

In order to encourage Sydney to explore her own creativity, I have provided her with her own workspace, and all the craft supplies and tools she needs are easily accessible to her. We also do a combination of projects at home. For some I guide my daughter to create something in particular, and for others I let her have full creative freedom. I think it's important to set an example and teach her, but she also needs to practice decision making and creating on her own.

What's a family-friendly recipe that would be perfect for a summer or Fourth of July gathering -- whether it's a grilled dish, a simple side or festive treat? (Please share a link to a photo)

Shaleah Soliven

I love a good jello poke cake, and jello pretzel dessert at summer bbqs… So I did a hybrid and made a Jello Poke Cake with Pretzel! You can see the recipe and pics here: http://thegoldjellybean.com/2012/06/recipe-pretzel-poke-cake.html
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We're looking for decorating inspiration! Please share a link to a photo of your child's room.

Shaleah Soliven

I made our daughter's room colorful and eclectic, that way it can grow with her. And of course we were sure to include lots of storage, and space to display her artwork! You can see her room in our home post here: http://thegoldjellybean.com/our-home And a tutorial on her fabric bins here: http://thegoldjellybean.com/2012/03/fabric-bins-keeping-sydney-organized.html
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How do you store your child's toys? Please include a link to a photo if you have one.

Shaleah Soliven

We keep her room clean by storing toys in fun & colorful fabric bins! They're only $4.99 at Ikea, and you can customize them on your own! http://thegoldjellybean.com/2012/03/fabric-bins-keeping-sydney-organized.html
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