MY LITTLE MARSHMALLOW’S NURSERY

Nautical Marshmallow Baby Girl Nursery by TheMarshmallowStudio

“Third time’s a charm”, they say.

This post might seem a little out of subject compared to what The Marshmallow Studio is about and what all I normally blog about but I’m just too excited that I wanted to share this blissful moments with you. It was extremely hard to capture real colors due to poor lighting in the room but I hope you still like it.

As you might have learned on my Instagram, we just welcomed our newest little marshmallow to our family. Our tiny baby girl came to complete our little family!

Her name is Kamilla Alessandra Morin.

It’s a mother’s dream to have the perfect, healthy baby… and if she’s a creative momma like me… then it’s also her dream to have the time, space and resources to decorate the most beautiful nursery for her baby.

Well…  it took me over five years and three children to have that opportunity. Life doesn’t always happen the way you plan it but I am grateful that we’ve overcome so many obstacles together and we’re in a better place today.

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In my Instagram, you can see that I love the whole nautical theme. I’ve decorated my boy’s room and bathroom with lots of sea details. I wanted to spread that theme into my baby girl’s nursery but make it girly enough for her to love it as well.

This year while at SNAP, I learned about a company called Wallternatives. They are owned by Royal Design Studio and are based out of Chula Vista, California. They make the cutest and most affordable wall decals. I immediately knew I had to incorporate their products in our new home as well as in the nursery I was working on already.

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I opted for polka dots. Simple dots in a variety of colors that would make Kamilla’s nursery whimsical and cute.

I ordered white, silver and dark blue dots. I’m in LOVE with the fact that they are not permanent, they were super easy to stick to the wall and what a completely different look they gave the nursery.

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If Kamilla wants to switch up her room in the future, all we’ll have to do is peal off the dots and order something new from Wallternatives :)  

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My mom and sister helped me arrange the silver and white dots on the blue accent wall so they looked like confetti was blowing from the corner of the room. Then we tied them in with dark blue dots on the other two walls of the room.

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I’ve always thought there was something so magical about crib mobiles. They keep babies entertained and they provide visual stimulation.

I made Kamilla a mobile using yute, embroidery hoops and yard. Simple, easy, pretty and useful…. just right!

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You already know I LOVE painting so naturally I painted her wall letters.

Instead of hanging them on wall like I have done for my boys’ room, I just arranged them on top of a picture ledge then decorated with rope.

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I found an acrylic paint color to match the blue accent wall then painted dots all over them in white, silver glitter and coral.

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Let me show you the rest of the room:

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This little bench is very special to me. My parents bought it from me in Michoacan, Mexico during one of our road trips in our RV when I was probably seven years old.

I used to play with it for hours and had all my dolls sitting on it. I stole it from my mom’s garage to pass it on to our baby girl so she can have her dolls on it now.

This is her first doll :)

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Above it, I hung the coolest nautical cast iron hooks with little tin coral pails so she can keep her bows, hair clips and whatever other cuteness she needs to.

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On the other side of her crib:

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I have a side table with special decoration that I’ve made for her.

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Behind the door:

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We created a library just like in the boys’ room.

I also hung a the growth chart I painted to match her wall letters.

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I found the perfect cast iron seashell hook for the growth chart but it was turquoise so I painted it coral color with acrylic paint.

I also tied in the dots theme on the book ledges with washi tape. I hung a mesh iron anchor over it.

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The room has a weird angled wall so here’s what I did with it:

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I placec the changing table and above it I hung a shelf with pretty decorations.

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I made her a nautical wreath with a FloraCraft foam wreath wrapped in satin ribbon, I painted a paper mache anchor, attached it to it and tied rope on top.

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My mom gave me this quote box that matched the nursery colors perfectly.

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The wall next to it is still a working progress.

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I haven’t found a dresser that I like yet but that didn’t stop me from decorating the wall haha!

I made my own nautical mirror by gluing rope around a candle mirror plate, and a coral mini whale wood decoration that I painted coral.

I printed a coral seahorse and coral crab clip art image, attached it to scrapbook sheet and framed them.

There are a few white, silver and dark blue vinyl dots on this wall too!

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For our cozy corner where I’m sure I’ll be spending endless hours feeding and bonding with her:

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This special gliding chair was a gift to us for our first son, Aiden. I used it with him, with Keiran and now we’ll be using it with Kamilla.

The white side shelving unit here used to be my sister’s Now that she’s off to college, I figured she won’t be needing it in her room so I stole it too haha.

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You know I’m all about adding hand-painted details

I purchased several wood pieces from Michael’s and got to painting.

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Every little kid has to have a rocking toy :) How adorable is this little lamb?!

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For the light fixture, I painted an plain white Ikea fixture and added washi tape to the base. It ties in the ceiling perfectly with the rest of the room.

The boys’ room has the same light fixture but I painted navy and white stripes on it.

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You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find coral fabric!

I’m not a huge fan of the print but at least I was able to find coral fabric at JoAnn’s. I sewed this window valance and added a navy trip to the bottom.

I also had to make my own coral comforter and crib skirt because it was impossible to find one anywhere. I did, however; find the cutest white and coral crib sheets at Target and another set that was white with silver dots.

I am very proud of my new sewing skills, they have saved me tons of money in our new home.

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And for the flooring detail…. I found a pretty rug at HomeGoods.

As you can tell, although the theme was Nautical with navy, coral and white…I wasn’t afraid of incorporating different patterns and hues. I almost had to because I had a limited budget, time frame with and difficult color scheme to work with.

Do you like it?

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I hope I didn’t bore you with my design mommy talk and that you have enjoyed my tour of Kamilla’s nursery.

I’ve talked so much about Aiden & Keiran’s room that I feel I should write a post for it too. What do you think? Should I?

Disclosure: This is a review post for Wallternative products that were provided to me at no cost .  I was not financially compensated and all opinions are genuine and my own. I only endorse and use products that I absolutely love and believe in.

{DIY} DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FONDANT & MARSHMALLOW CALAVERA TOPPERS!

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My boys are obsessed with Halloween. Whether it’s because of the thought of being allowed to get a major sugar rush all in one day or all the fun and spooky decorations in every store we walk in to, they love it! I think Halloween is cool but I’m more of a Dia De Los Muertos person. I remember growing up in Mexico celebrating this beautiful holiday with delicious bread, traditional clay dishes, flowers and artisan crafts.

Dia De Los Muertos (or Day Of The Dead as it’s known in the United States) is a Mexican holiday in which friends and family gather together to pray for and remember their deceased loved ones. Traditionally the celebration takes place October 31st- November 2nd. People build private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and favorite foods and beverages of the departed. They also visit their graves and leave some of these as gifts along with a few possessions of the deceased.

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WITCH ON A BROOM!!

Witch on a Broom Marshmallow Cake by TheMarshmallowStudio

Finally!!! The time to share with you my super awesome Witch On A Broom Marshmallow Showpiece has come!!

I finished this piece several weeks back and have been dying to post photos.

As you already know, every holiday I make a special marshmallow showpiece for KRAFT Jet-Puffed Marshmallows. For this year’s Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas I decide to step up my game and challenge myself to do something different. I partnered up with FloraCraft and Chef Rubber to make one-of-a-kind sugar art.

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{DIY} HALLOWEEN GRAVESTONE MARSHMALLOW CUPCAKE TOPPERS

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Halloween Gravestone Marshmallow Cupcake Toppers

Boooooo!! Halloween is coming up fast and I’ve got just the quick cupcake decorating trick so you can treat all your little favorite people!

Will you be hosting or attending a Halloween party this year? I love holidays, because they bring friends and family together to celebrate, interact and enjoy yummy food. How about all the cool Halloween party and Halloween food ideas out there? So many fun stuff!!

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FROZEN’S OLAF INSPIRED MARSHMALLOW POPS {PLUS, MY THOUGHTS ON COPYRIGHTED CHARACTERS}

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Last week I made very special marshmallow pops for my friend, Shanna from Pineapple and Coconut, daughter’s 6th birthday party.

Coincidentally, my mom had to make the same design for something else. Now, if you follow me you know that my mom is who taught me how to design marshmallows. We always say that marshmallow art, as with everything, it’s all about adding your own touch. We’ve made many similar designs over the years but we can always tell who has done which one because we have very distinct styles.

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AIDEN’S ROARING DINOSAUR PARTY

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“Roaring Dinosaur” 5th Birthday Party

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Aiden has recently been obsessed with dinosaurs. He started learning about them in preschool and has then watched almost every movie, documentary and cartoon about dinosaurs. He’s constantly playing with his dino toys and can even name most of them by their names. I’m ashamed to admit he knows more about dinosaurs than me! A several months ago when we asked him what theme he wanted for his 5th birthday party to be, he said “superheroes”. I began looking around for inspiration but it was just not happening. I was not ready to let him be a “big boy”. Out of the blue it hit me! I suggested a dinosaur party. His eyes lit up and he said “Yes mommy, a dinosaur ROAR party!”.

As always, the first step was to browse online for some inspiration then seeing what I had already at home to use. Once I had an idea of what I was going to do and how, I got started on the invitation design and the paper goodies. I usually do those first to get them out of the way and focus on the crafting, decor details and menu. Keep reading for list of sources and lots of tips and DIYs.

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{DIY} BACK-TO-SCHOOL APPLE MARSHMALLOW POPS

Back-to-school Apple Marshmallow Pops by TheMarshmallowStudio

Wowzers, this summer has flown by!!

Time to switch gears and get ready for my favorite part of the year – Fall and Winter. Sure I love having the kiddos at home, all the outdoor nights eating s’mores, and the hot water fun but there’s something magical about the leaves turning and the weather cooling down that makes me feel all giddy inside.

This year I’m particularly excited for back-to-school season. My boys are 3.5 and 5 years old. One will go into his second year in preschool and my other will go into Kindergarten. They are both finally going to be going to the same school and having the same schedule. Woohoo!! I’m that mom that make special gifts for the teachers and sends in special treats every special occasion. Teachers like me, haha!

To quick off this school year with A+ extra credit parent points, I’m going to be making my boy’s teachers baskets full of Apple Marshmallow Pops.

Making these pops is like second nature to me. I’ve been making marshmallow pops and art for over four years now.  Today you’re in luck my friend…. I’m going to teach you how to WOW your kid’s teachers too!

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Check out KraftRecipes.com HERE or HERE to see the full tutorial.

{RECIPE} SHORTBREAD CUPS WITH GRILLED PEACHES AND MARSHMALLOW DIP

Shortbread Cups with Grilled Peaches and Marshmallow Dip by TheMarshmallowStudio

For The Love Of Cheese – and peaches and marshmallows!!

This month I was asked to create a recipe celebrating cheese-filled entertainment recipes for Kraft Recipes. For the Love of Cheese… well, that’s the easiest thing I’ve ever been asked to do since I absolutely love cheese…. all kinds of cheese. From the stinky, tangy flavor of Bleu cheese to the creamy sweetness of Brie and even the simple Monterey Jack, I could eat it all day, every day and never get tired of it. I think cheese goes particularly well with bacon (hahaha what doesn’t?!) There are so many kinds of cheese and even more ways to incorporate it into meals. The possibilities are truly endless!

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{RECAP} SNAP – A DIY’ers DREAM CONFERENCE.

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You know me, I’m a believer of the very convenient philosophies: “Better late than never” as well as “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than for permission” haha. Therefore; a few months late but here’ s my short recap of my adventures at SNAP!

I must say, it was one of the coolest conferences I have attended…. and I’ve been to many many many ranging from technology to food to design. I had a great time for lots of reasons. Keep reading  and you’ll see why…

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{GIVEAWAY} EAT MORE DESSERT – BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

Eat More Dessert Giveaway on TheMarshmallowStudio

I love giving away goodies on my blog!

You can rest assure that every brand, product or book I endorse is truly because I love it. I promise you that I will never pass on to you something just because I received some sort of compensation to do so. With that said….. I am very very excited to  be giving away a copy of Jenny Keller’s (AKA JennyCookies.comEat More Dessert book.

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PATRIOTIC MARSHMALLOW CAKE

Patriotic Marshmallow Cake by TheMarshmallowStudio

I’m guessing you have figured out a pattern here…..

Every holiday I make something grand with marshmallows for KRAFT Jet-Puffed Marshmallows. Two years ago I made a whole dessert table then last year I made a Star Spangled Flag cake and this year I challenged myself to do something different. Of course I still used marshmallows but this time I used them in a different way!

With this cake, I wanted to show how versatile marshmallows are especially for cake decorating.

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{RECIPE} PATRIOTIC RED VELVET STAR CAKES

Patriotic Red Velvet Star Cakes by TheMarshmallowStudio

It’s warm outside, the kiddos are out for vacations and every weekend is an opportunity to be outdoors and hanging out with friends.

One holiday that I definitely look forward to every summer is 4th of July. We usually have a BBQ in our backyard and have some friends and family over. Most of the time, our menu consists of bacon wrapped hot dogs, Mexican grilled corn, a salad and a few desserts. After our bellies are full, we go to the front and light up some fireworks. The boys especially love the sparklers.

Now let’s talk dessert… If you follow me on Instagram or read my blog, you  know that it’s no secret that red velvet with cream cheese frosting is my favorite cake.  I pretty much make it all the time for all occasions and holidays. Being that it’s red, it’s only natural that I would make it again to celebrate this beautiful country on its day.

There are many ways to make any cake festive. You can decorate it, you can layer it into little jars, or you can cut it into shapes. I thought making individual star cakes that were pre decorated and served would make my get together easier to manager and more fun for my guests.  These are super easy to make and always a hit!

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You can check out the full recipe on KRAFTrecipes.com HERE

{DIY} FATHER’S DAY EASY MARSHMALLOW POPS

 Father's Day MM Pops by TheMarshmallowStudio

June is Dairy Month, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, Seafood Month and Turkey Lover’s Month…. but all I can think about in June is Father’s Day!

I have so many wonderful memories with my dad. I am lucky to say that he has been a great father to me and my siblings.

Now that I have children, he’s proven to also be an amazingly loving and fun grandpa or “abuelito” as we would say in Spanish. Every year we celebrate him with a little cake, lots of hugs, kisses and by reminding him how much we love and appreciate him :)

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