November’s Giving Campaign: You Shop, We Donate!

 

Happy November, families!

We’re continuing our Fall Giving Campaign with a special initiative this month: You shop, we donate proceeds to assist the poor and homeless in our nation’s capital.

For several years now, the Washington, DC nonprofit SOME (So Others Might Eat) has been close to our hearts. SOME works diligently to feed, clothe, and permanently improve the lives of poor and homeless DC residents, including families and children. SOME’s commitment to treating our city’s most vulnerable residents with compassion, generosity, and dignity truly inspires us.

 
FOR NOVEMBER: You shop, we donate! All this month, we’ll donate a portion of every single purchase you make on our website to SOME. From our best-selling ABCs of Washington, DC board book to nursery art and much more, we have the perfect gifts for the adventure-loving little ones on your shopping list!

Together we can help SOME ensure that all DC families have food, shelter, and the warmth of a caring community this month.

You can also directly support SOME – visit their website to donate to their food and clothing drives, or if you want to burn off that turkey, sign up for their annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger!

Happy Shopping and Giving,

The Baby Ventures Family

How to Decorate a Safari-Themed Nursery

Cultivate a love of creatures early on in your little ones from the comfort of your own home. Create a safari-themed nursery with all the amazing animals that call East Africa home and each day can be a new adventure in learning and exploration!

Decorating Tips

  • Start with your background: paint the walls a color inspired by the picturesque African landscape, such as beige or light green
  • Add a welcoming feel to the room with natural wood furnishings, including crib, dresser and rocking chair
  • Layer with furnishings with textured accents such as bamboo shades and wicker hampers
  • Bring the whole room to life with vibrant accessories such as Baby Ventures’ Safari Party canvas art, linens, books and toys featuring their favorite East African animals

Want more inspiration? Check out Baby Ventures’ safari theme Pinterst board for more of our artwork as well as our favorite products, including wicker elephant-shaped hampers, zebra rockers and cute-as-can-be clothes hooks.

And don’t forget the best part: with the nursery décor in place, baby’s learning adventures can begin! Use the new safari nursery as a virtual sensory exploration by identifying shapes, colors and animals with your little ones and cultivate an early appreciation for these wonderful creatures.

Happy safari adventures!

*Did you know that some of the most beloved East African animals endangered or vulnerable? Visit the African Wildlife Foundation website to learn more about the animals and how to help ensure they survive for future generations.

Illustrator’s Corner: Unleash Your Inner Creative

One of our favorite rainy day activities is to make art projects with random items around the house! Baby Ventures illustrator and artist Lisa Hall shares how she got her creative start in an awesome and unusual way, thanks to one particular rainstorm:

“As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I spent two years living in a village in Mali, West Africa. One day after a heavy rainstorm, the roads were washed out and I couldn’t make my rounds to the surrounding villages doing health education for the next few days. With nothing pressing to do, I felt an immense urge to create. So I gathered all the scraps of paper lying around in my hut and then went on a hunt for materials. I soon came across a few cans of touch-up car paint and my love of painting was born. I spent the next three days in creative bliss and painted my own original artwork for the first time!”

You don’t need to travel as far as Mali to let your creative side loose! Just take a cue from mother nature and break out whatever is lying around next time a rainy day washes out your plans. From finger painting (don’t sweat the mess!) to macaroni gluing (smiles for grandma!) or good old crayon coloring, getting creative together is a guaranteed rainy day adventure!