Kelsey Crane's Zen Nursery

Grey and white tones to create a sleep sanctuary for baby.

Kelsey Crane's Zen Nursery

You may know Kelsey Crane from Chasing Life or Casa Vita -- or even her performance in How I Met Your Mother, back in 2011. But Kelsey is much, much more than an actress. She’s a Lady Boss! With Quench Staffing, she created a business that provides young artists and professionals with temporary work as they journey on their path to success. Since the company’s inception in 2009, Kelsey has been “feverishly fanning the flame” (her poetic way of saying that she’s been “working her ass off”), and it’s paid off. Her company has grown tremendously and has now a team that expands its services to multiple cities across the country.

But Kelsey isn’t just a Boss Lady. She’s now a Mom Boss! She and her husband, Nicholas Gonzales, welcomed their daughter, Ever Lee Wilde, on March 1st, and we couldn’t be more excited! Sure,we fell in love with Kelsey’s chic and beautiful bump style. But we cannot wait to see how her fashion sense extends all the way to her little one’s nursery. So without further ado, here it is: the universe that Kelsey and her husband have created for their new bundle of joy.

How has pregnancy changed or inspired your work?

Pregnancy definitely enhanced my focus as I transitioned into a human ticking time bomb; Towards the end, it was CRUNCH TIME! And I actually spent my whole pregnancy focusing on implementing streamlined systems, organizing online databases, and consulting with my team to make sure their needs were met. Truth be told, the suggestions and advice of my bookers were fundamental as they transitioned into new roles of growth within the business. Absolutely could not embark on this next adventure without them!

How do you envision becoming a mom will enhance you as a business woman?

I envision motherhood to stimulate expansion in both my business and my personality. I hope this encourages innovation as an entrepreneur and a decisive focus for me as an individual.

Tell us about the nursery! What's been your overall theme/inspiration? Since we are waiting to find out the sex of our baby, we wanted to focus more on creating a zen, clean environment playing with grey and white tones.

Did baby daddy have any input?

Yes, Nick has AMAZING taste so he’s been a part of every decision. We've been so lucky to have the help of my amazing mother as well, whose organization and interior design skills are next level.

How did you go about putting it together?

We really took our time putting everything together, piece by piece. We started with the essentials -- the crib, dresser and the daybed (for moms and mother-in-laws). We fell in love with the distressed white brick wallpaper from Rocky Mountain Decal. I also openly stole some goodies from my pregnant friends' registries who had done massive amounts of research -- I got so lucky there! Once the fundamental pieces were squared away, the fun details and simple design elements just seemed to fall into place.

Tell us about some of the biggies in the nursery.

The crib, the dresser, the nightstand and the "Little Love" sign are all from Pottery Barn Kids. The closet Organizer is from the Elfa solutions at the Container Store. Finally, the day sleeper and the rug are from West Elm.

And the details? what's some of your favorite little items throughout the room? any amazing brands/vendors you discovered while putting the nursery together?

Our favorite detail is the white brick wallpaper from Rocky Mountain Decal. But we also love the chambray whale mobile that we got from RH Baby and Child and the hamper from Land of Nod.

Anything old and/or sentimental that you want to share?

We loved getting creative with the space. Incorporating family heirlooms and handpicking designs from various artisans made us feel like we were creating a personal, loving environment for our little one. In the bathroom, we hung my Grandmother's Washer Woman painting, which has always been one of my favorites. For my LA baby shower, my mother and mother-in-law gifted Nick and I baby cups, plates, and rattles. So special to have those to share with our little one!

Now that you've put the nursery together, what's the best piece of advice you'd give to a mom-to-be that's planning her own nursery?

HAVE FUN! As a mama bird to be, I found such joy and creative expression in nesting. Daydream as much as possible about your baby and the never-ending personality possibilities of the little one growing inside you. Bring that love into this new room and get ready for the adventure ahead!

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

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This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

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Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

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Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

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Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

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Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

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Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

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If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

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Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

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Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

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Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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