mer_mag Our next session of @kidscraftcamp is in full swing! Today was our nature unit where made crowns to resemble grass (combing our paint to add a grasslike texture - something the kiddos went nuts for), painted leaf resist cloaks and wandered outdoors & painted watercolors based on what inspired us from beautiful Mother Nature. This is one of my favorite units for sure. #kidscraftcamp #mermagcrowns #mermag 11h

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mer_mag There are so many fun pocket combinations you can make with the duct tape portfolio. I would have used this for days on end for paper dolls and playing office as a kid. Perfect for back to school. #playfulportfolio #playfultoysandcrafts #mermag #mermagducttape @nicolegerulat 1d

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mer_mag Kids love making and decorating their own school supplies (remember drawing with sharpies on canvas backpacks?) and this duct tape portfolio, from my book Playful, is perfect for that! I know lots of Tweens who have already made bunches of these (fun statement for the first day of school) and it's a perfect mommy and me activity for the younger ones. #playfulportfolio #mermagducttape #mermag #playfultoysandcrafts @nicolegerulat

Prettiest braid by @aubreynelson_
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mer_mag What's the trick to getting your kids to eat more salads/greens? My kids love their grandma's summer salad (recipe I shared on @camillestyles) because it's sweet and delicious. But otherwise they just want noodles and burgers (especially after traveling so much). Advice for growing their taste buds? Any dishes/recipes you'd recommend?

#mermagparties #entertainingwithmermag #mermagdolls #kidseatinghealthy #mermag @jessicasphoto
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  •   kylieraelloyd The book "french kids eat everything" gave me a whole new perspective on kids eating habits and how to alter them. I highly recommend it! 2d
  •   mer_mag Oh I've wanted to check that out forever @kylieraelloyd now I just might have to 🏻 1d
  •   mer_mag I've got a serious stubborn eater who keeps bites in his mouth (that we make him eat) for literally 15 min before he finally "throws it all up". I could def try the greens first more often @jeannestafford 1d
  •   mer_mag Love the "save for Saturday" mentality @pinksuedeshoe might have to try that 🏻 1d
  •   mer_mag That's it, Lydia invited over @mordant 1d
  •   mer_mag That's true, eggs are loved in our house too. Will have to sneak more greens in them now @erobyn 🌲 1d
  •   mer_mag Yes!! @merge.artisancollective 1d
  •   milk_thistle I often cook my vegies in stock (usually chicken) It adds a bit more flavour to the 'boring' ones. And then for Ruby, melt lots of butter on top! Roasting veg like sweet potato, pumpkin (drizzled with maple or honey), cauli and zucchini in the oven with a little spice rubbed on also works. And cutting them into 'chips'. Ruby really loves baked zucchini chips that I have rubbed olive oil over, and sprinkled tuscan seasoning, parmesan and breadcrumbs on. I look forward to the day I don't have to gussy everything up, but then again, I like exposing her to different flavours and spices. Growing our own peas and beans has really sparked a love of munching them raw too. Oh! On the subject of raw, a plate of capsicum, cucumber, carrot sticks etc with a yummy dip like hommus or tzatziki sneaks some veg serves in while making it appear more like a snack! Okay, super long comment, sorry bout' that! 1d

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mer_mag Sharing beginner printmaking + simple painting techniques from @kidscraftcamp on the blog today. The kids loved rolling over their paper to create mirror image prints from their abstract foam art works. #kidscraftcamp #mermagaprons #mermag 5d

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mer_mag And just like that it's already time to register him for first grade #whereisthesummergoing?! #thebanisterhouse 6d
  •   erobyn I'm loving looking through it for my nieces birthday gift. And the kids are thrilled. Thank you so much!! 6d
  •   mer_mag Yes! @erobyn so glad you like it! Sorry it took so long. 6d
  •   kristicloward Loving the blonde!!! 6d
  •   jenniferhoiyin I am just now seeing that you went blonde, beautiful! And we just registered Jane for 1st, it's a sad day. 5d
  •   m.mingo5 I have a 1st grader as well... 5d
  •   betsyclegg I so get this. It makes my heart hurt and want to cling to summer. 5d
  •   daniellebwilson You look a little bit like Kate Winslet! 5d
  •   mer_mag In my dreams 😀 @daniellebwilson 5d

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mer_mag Morning little mouse slippers
#thebanisterhouse
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  •   annamarieart Awwww! 6d
  •   waitingonanikki Where can I get slippers like this? So cute!!! 6d
  •   mer_mag I found them in Estes Park, Co at a boutique. I'll see if I can find them online somewhere too @waitingonanikki 6d
  •   anjboyce I got some of those slippers for P in Kathmandu - wonder if that's where they were made?! 6d

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mer_mag I found this pic when going through my Playful author photos. Brings back such great frenzied memories of working on the book & photo shoot! I think one of the best opportunities in my career has been working with other creatives that I respect and love. These gals, @metacoleman_ + @houselarsbuilt, have become life long friends and I'd work with them again in an instant.
I can sometimes interpret DIY to mean "do it all by yourself - like not let anyone help you." But of course that's not realistic or even conducive to creativity - and not nearly as much fun!
Sooo consider this a call for interested interns! Comment below or tag friend if you think they might be interested. We have a lot of fun, get to make & play with toys and style cute little kids! And you'll get a lot of behind the scenes know how on blogging, illustrating and making books (Really we just make and play with pretty things all day). Email me at merrileeliddiard at hotmail dot com if you're interested and we can chat more about specifics. Yippee!! (Oh and this photo also makes me miss my long dark hair just a tiny bit).
#playfultoysandcrafts #playfulbook #mermag @nicolegerulat
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  •   sarahbyooler I'd actually be kinda interested! I have some graphic design experience and I love your cute crafts. Also would love to learn more about photography. I'll email you! 7d
  •   mer_mag That's awesome! @sarahbyooler 🏻 6d
  •   mer_mag Will do 🏻 @smallful 6d
  •   juliatongtong I would love love love to do this - but unfortunately Germany is a little too far away from you! How about an online internship? I have some experiences in (kids) photography, regularly work out and style DIYs for a german parents magazin and just adore your style! 6d
  •   strivecreative Merillee, I'd LOVE to work together on a project! Hope to connect soon! 6d
  •   milk_thistle Australia sucks. Why do I live in Australia. Pooh. I want to be your intern. 5d
  •   linddsaaylou Would love to be an intern!! 5d

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mer_mag One of my favorite things about going home to Colorado is thrift shopping with my sisters and mom. It's one of the ways we bond & I always bring home memories along with great finds like this rattan bench, vintage dress & ceramic pitcher. We've also started adding to our animal figurine collection by letting each of the kids pick out an animal that sort of represents where we visited - so the kids brought home a black bear, a bald eagle, a jack rabbit and a wolf to commemorate our road trip to the Rockies. If you can't tell - I'm a sucker for family traditions, collections and anything that tells a story or creates a memory.
What are some of your travel traditions?
#coloradoroadtrip #thebanisterhouse #alwaysthesentalmentalist #mermagtravels
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  •   c_beenken I do a Christmas ornament! 1w
  •   madcorey I love earring souvenirs! 1w
  •   milk_thistle Well, it used to be shot glasses..... 1w
  •   mer_mag i love the Christmas ornament idea! @c_beenken I have a friend that does that and I can tell it's a really special tradition 1w
  •   mer_mag oh earrings, what a fun idea! @madcorey 1w
  •   megakunz Where do you thrift in CO? @mer_mag 1w
  •   mer_mag @megakunz My current fav antique store is Serendipity in Longmont CO, but I always hit up the Arc Thrift and Goodwill in Fort Collins and Loveland. This bench was from Goodwill if you can believe it! $20. I want to go to more Flea Markets in Co but I didn't make it to any this trip. 1w
  •   megakunz Thanks! @mer_mag That bench was a definite score. 1w

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mer_mag After almost a month of traveling throughout Colorado we're finally home! And plain ol tuckered out. While she's hosting tea parties and splashing through sprinklers I'll be playing catch up and helping with our bathroom remodel (and possibly squeezing in a nap along the way?) It sure is good to be back in #thebanisterhouse. 2w
  •   ruthylou Most likely the 70 through Denver? We're traveling through on our way to Nauvoo. 2w
  •   mer_mag I'm dying to share! @sollybabywrap we still have more remodeling to do and have to keep some of it under wraps until we can share on particular platforms but I can't wait until then! Guess you'll just have to come visit :) 2w
  •   mer_mag oh awesome! @ruthlylou Hanging lake in Glenwood Springs, the hot springs, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings were a huge hit for our family. We took waterbottles filled with crystal light or koolaid packets and then filled them with carbinated spring water in Manitou Springs and that was lots of fun. Royal Gorge Bridge, Garden of the Gods, etc. 2w
  •   mer_mag cave of the winds is cool too @ruthylou 2w
  •   ruthylou Thanks for the tips🏼🏼 2w
  •   milk_thistle What? Wait- where'd your bubba go? Who is that big girl? 1w
  •   mer_mag Of course! @alesharusso we actually use the white straight out of the can - no tint added! We go with a flat finish and just paint touch ups if we're worried about wiping away paint when wiping off one too many hand prints etc. friend and stylist @metacoleman_ does this too and highly recommends it 😀 1w
  •   mer_mag Either BM or SW would be great I think @alesharusso both great brands. Good luck! 🏻 1w

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mer_mag Pretty pioneer cabin I want your bed #pioneerday #historicftcollins 2w
  •   agoldenafternoon I have had some old bed frames in the past and never thought to weave something like that under to keep the mattress from slipping. Smart pioneers. 2w
  •   dandeedesigns Yes. Me too! 2w
  •   milk_thistle Wow. Love the walls too 2w
  •   driftonme Come check out Collier State Park in Southern Oregon :) welcome 2w
  •   mer_mag Oh I'd love to sometime! @driftonme 2w
  •   mer_mag i know right?! @agoldenafternoon I could see it being comfy actually with the right feather mattress 1w
  •   mer_mag oh so cool! @whitneyphippen. How long have you lived there? I grew up in Fort Collins but haven't lived there for over 10 yrs. So much has changed and so much is the same. Love it 1w
  •   whitneyphippen @mer_mag Grew up here too! Moved away a few times but came back, married my sweetheart and now we're raising our kids here. ️ Pretty great place to grow up. (Ps. Love your book ) 1w

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mer_mag Summer - a magical time to travel to lands both imaginary and real #playfultoysandcrafts #playfulknights #mermag #naturalplay #imaginativeplay 2w

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mer_mag Sharing a template and DIY for the paper house crown from our house cookie decorating party on the blog today! How fun would it be to make a bunch of these and have kids decorate them for a party craft?! #mermagcrowns #mermaghouses @jessicasphoto
#mermag #mermagpapercrafts #mermagparties
#kidscrafts #papercrafts #kidsplay #kidsdressup #entertainingwithmermag
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mer_mag Exploring ancient dwellings (and wanting to make a craft inspired by them)
#mermagtravels #coloradoroadtrip #manitoucliffdwellings #roadtriptotherockies #mermagmuseumtrips
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mer_mag How sweet is Ingrid with her oversized Mer Mag doll?!! & in this darling @nicole_hum_stitchery dress. I wasn't sure how kids would respond to the larger size of doll and have been delighted to see them enchanted with it right away! Ingrid cuddled and doted on her immediately. I think something about the size makes for a sweet friendship and perfect little best friend. Thanks for sharing this darling pic @sycamorestreetpress. #mermagdolls 2w

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mer_mag Dropped this cutie baby sister of mine off at the airport last Wednesday and she's off to Mexico and then Arizona for a year and a half. We may be 18 yrs apart but we're possibly the most similar of all my 8 siblings. I seriously have THE time of my life with her and will miss her eye rolls, laughing my guts out with her, her cute vintage style and adorable ️. Arizona is lucky to have her. (But at least I get to raid her closet while she's away ) #coloradoroadtrip #mermagtravels 2w
  •   kaseygentry Yay! Congrats. I was born and raised in Arizona and it will always be home to me. What part is she serving in? 2w
  •   bellamonkids Aww sister love is just the best! I adore my sisters, and am so enjoying raising two sisters :) love that you and your sis laugh your guts out - those are the best bits 2w
  •   shannondw8 I went to that exact ice cream shop last summer. So good! But you may want to check your bank/credit cards after. We had a $2000 charge after visiting that shop... 2w
  •   mer_mag Oh my so weird! @shannondw8 2w

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mer_mag I'll take one of everything - or can I just drop the entire historic schoolhouse into my suitcase please? I'm inspired by the grey bead board - maybe something for #thebanisterhouse?
#historicftcollins #coloradoroadtrip #mermagtravels #historicschoolhouse #mermagmuseumtrips
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  •   elizabethbceramics Absolutely. 2w
  •   lynettesage If you need some recommendations on things to do in Fort Collins, I lived there for about 10 years. Have fun, say hello to the mountains for me! 2w
  •   mer_mag Oh that's awesome @daniellebwilson 2w
  •   mer_mag I'd love recommendations @lynettesage. I grew up there but so much is new! I haven't lived here in over 15 yrs 2w
  •   betsyclegg That speckled enamelware. Perfection. 2w
  •   lynettesage Cool! I'm sure you know all the great places but here are a few of my favorites. Swetsville zoo is always fun. Lee Martinez park has a rope swing across the poudre. Picnic rock is an excellent place to swim in the river without a large current. @beancycleroasters is my favorite coffee shop in town. @woolhatfurniture has the best up-cycled furniture and home goodies. Lucile's is hands down the best breakfast and La Luz has great street style tacos. Arthur's rock is a good hike and easy enough for kiddos, plus you can see all of Fort Collins at the summit. There's always brewery tours if you are into that. Odell's has a good one. I think that's a pretty good start! 2w
  •   mer_mag Agreed @betsyclegg 2w
  •   mer_mag Perfect thanks so much! @lynettesage 2w

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