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BabyZ's Jungle Book Nursery

Recently, we just moved BabyZ from his nursery into the the big boys' room. Before we converted it back into at guest room, though, I wanted to capture some pictures of the space. The Jungle Book is a favorite of the older three kiddos...I've lost track of how many times we've read/ listened to it.  This space was a labor of love. I bought new curtains and sheets from Target, but everything else was either a hand-me-down, handmad e, or a gift. I never really finished the room; I had plans to make a print with a picture of the kiddos and the quote, " For the strength of the  pack  is the  wolf , and the strength of the  wolf is the pack ." With BabyZ being the fourth kiddo though I just never seemed to find the time...I'm sure lots of other moms can relate.  One think I've done for all my kiddos nurseries is create a name decoration. This one was pretty simple, just wooden letters, decorative paper, and  Mod Podge .  Jer used a laser
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