Parenthood is one of the most life-changing experiences a person can endure.  Indeed, reproduction is deeply woven into our basic human DNA, as it ensures our species survives and thrives. However, there are many important factors to consider before becoming a parent. Deciding to be a parent is a huge decision; hence, you must take… Continue reading 5 Must Haves When Entering Parenthood

While there’s still a bit of summer left to savor, that post-Labor Day hustle will shortly be upon us with that special brand of busy that comes with the fall.  Back to school routines, schedules, and healthy habits are on the minds of everyone.  To start the school year on the right foot, we’ve outlined… Continue reading Countdown to School: Getting Your Child on a Routine 

Written by: Lauren Hartmann – Owner & Author of The Little Things We Do and Contributor for Disney Baby and Babble If you are lucky enough to live in a sun-shiney state (I’m looking at you California and Florida!), you have the luxury of heading out for sunny day outdoor family activities on a regular… Continue reading Your Voice: 10 Simple, Fun Outdoor Family Activities for a Sunny Day

By: Diane Maxeiner – Photographer: DME Photo Design Ahh… Spring is almost here. Bring on the yard sales!! Spring cleaning for some people is the time to clear out their homes and get rid of neglected items. For others, spring cleaning means it’s upcycling season: seeking out those neglected items and repurposing them into objects… Continue reading Upcycling & Spring Cleaning: One Man’s Trash Is An Artist’s Treasure

Did you know the color of your baby’s nursery can affect the mood of both you and your child? Recent psychological studies have shown that color choice can influence behaviors, stimulate brain activity and even improve sleeping habits! Check out these popular nursery room colors and how they can affect moods. Rubber Ducky Yellow might… Continue reading Nursery Color & Your Baby’s Mood

Cranedesignforbetterliving wants to promote a local, independent shop in your area, so tell us about your favorite shop and you could be eligible to win a $75 gift certificate. To win a $75 gift certificate to a local and independently owned shop favorite in a location close to you, please enter our raffle at the… Continue reading What’s Your Favorite Local Independent Shop? Win $75 to Shop

Monsters are usually those scary, hairy creatures we fear are hiding under our beds, but New York-based artist Matthew Langille, April’s “Breathe Easy” artist, begs to differ. His friendly and colorful monsters are playful-looking creatures and he has fun drawing them on just about anything — bathroom walls in Berlin (hunh?), disposable playhouses and now, on… Continue reading Artist Matthew Langille’s Adorable Monsters

Crane’s drop humidifiers are beautiful shapes and we wondered what it would be like to make them even more distinctive objects for the home or office. “Breathe Easy” is our one-of-a-kind design campaign that takes our drop humidifiers and pairs them with the talent of visual artists from around the country. We thought that Sharpie… Continue reading Thank you Sharpie

There are times when I just want other people to make the decision for me and there are times when, darn it, I want to choose my own color of Electric Fireplace Heater from Crane-USA. And, by golly, this is one of those times. Fellow Giveaway Entrants, this is your moment in the sun. You… Continue reading Variety is the Spice of Life – Choose Your Own Color – Electric Fireplace Heater Giveaway

Last week I attended the ABC Kids Expo, a child-focused design exposition, in Louisville, Kentucky. There were a few stand-out designs one of which included the s noticed an interesting change in the materials they now use to make it. I spoke with Ashley Cao, Marketing Coordinator for Plan Toys at the ABC Kids Expo. Me:… Continue reading Toys With A New Plan