Say Hello to Jillian Shafer of Hello Fifth!

Find out how this creative teacher uses Ruggish in her classroom to create an inviting space for students to curl up with a good book!

Remember the cool teacher — the one everyone hoped they’d get, who made learning fun and whose classroom was always alive with activity? That’s Jillian Shafer.

Step inside Jill’s colorful classroom — or visit her website, Hello Fifth — and you’ll enter an organized and beautifully engaging space that’s designed to foster a love of learning in her young pupils. 

“I LOVE the space I share with my students, and I’m constantly searching for ways to make it work even better for us,” Jill says. “With thirty students, I love to carve out spaces that promote flexible seating, student choice, and comfortable work areas.”

Like many educators, Jill has made significant personal investments in her classroom, from supplies to decorations to furniture — so when she shops for school, she wants her purchases to last.

“Anything that I purchase and bring into our space has to stand the test of time (or, in my case, ten- and eleven-year-olds!” she says.

One look at Jill’s gorgeous signage and decorations (some of which she sells as printables in her online store) and it’s clear she’s got an eye for kid-friendly design. She keeps her rainbow-colored classroom decor from becoming overwhelming by setting it against a more muted palette.

“As much as I love bright pops of color, I want to pair it with a neutral background,” Jill says. “I love whites and grays, which, even in a classroom of fifth graders, seem fresh and clean! When I look for products to add to our room, I’m looking for things that encourage that type of cleanliness, as well as durability.”

One of the best-loved features in Jill’s classroom is her considerable library, which she has been building up throughout her years as a teacher. The Ruggish™ Cali Play Rug has a place of honor in that area of her classroom… although it’s also been known to get around!

“I had originally placed it right back in our classroom library, but students also love to move it around, such as against the side wall,” she says. “They’ll drag some pillows over and truly get lost in their books! It is a gentle invitation that they just love.”

Also a mom of three, Jill says her Ruggish play rug hits the trifecta of fun, functional, and beautiful.

“The rug is unlike anything I’ve ever felt before; even my colleagues come in to check it out,” she says. “I think you just need to add a pillow and a good book for a comfortable reading spot!”

See more of Jill’s gorgeous classroom, get tips for motivating students, and find freebies and resources at, or follow her on Instagram @Hello_Fifth.

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Meet Natassja Ward, Minimalist Mom of Three!

This clean beauty blogger is raising three beautiful boys in the heart of Wine Country.

Take a glance at Natassja Ward’s Instagram feed and you’ll quickly see that she loves a clean, modern aesthetic. It’s in how she styles her photos, how she decorates her home — and when she became a parent, she found that it played a big role in how she shopped for her boys.

“I would say I am very drawn to a minimal but practical home when it comes to the kid products we own,” Natassja said. “I like very modern-looking kid gear, as well as timeless wooden toys.”

Natassja lives in Sonoma, California with her husband and their sons Dehz (5), Kian (3) and Zayn (2). A stay-at-home mom with a passion for clean beauty and minimizing waste, she shares her “sustainable-ish” finds and favorites on her blog, Purely Natassja

Minimalism is part of Natassja’s design aesthetic, but it’s also something of a necessity, since her family of five lives in a small house with one shared living space. As her brood of boys started to grow, she realized she had a need for home items that could do double duty — safe and durable enough for her little ones to play on without sacrificing the stylish aesthetic of her living space. Non-toxic material was also an important consideration for this clean beauty blogger, especially since her then-baby would be spending time on it.

“I found Ruggish in my search of finding a modern, neutral-style play mat,” Natassja said. “I needed something that was wipeable, would not get ruined right away and had to last with three kids under three at the time.”

Natassja chose the Romy play rug to anchor a kid-friendly area in her family’s shared living/playroom.

“I loved this pattern because it fit in well with our living room rug, and when it’s turned over to the play rug, it does not throw off the aesthetic of the modern living space we have,” Natassja said. 

Check out more of Natassja’s favorite products for kids on her blog, and follow her on Instagram @purelynatassja for daily clean beauty inspiration!

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Get into the flow of kids’ yoga!

Want to help your kids learn mindfulness, concentration, and healthy habits? Yoga is the perfect activity — and you can get started right in the comfort of your own home! Here are some of our favorite resources for a kid-focused home yoga practice.

There’s a reason yoga has become so popular: It’s an accessible activity that can be enjoyed by people of any fitness level — and any age! Yoga is a great way to help kids start learning healthy habits, connect with their bodies, and learn to calm themselves when faced with challenging situations. 

More and more yoga studios are starting to offer kids’ classes, but you don’t need to leave the house to introduce your little yoginis to their first poses. Take it from real-life Ruggish mom Natassja Ward. She and her three boys love to gather on their Romy play rug for a fun, kid-friendly flow.

“One of our favorite activities on our Ruggish mat is turning on Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube and doing yoga all together!” Natassja said. “It’s the perfect way to get kids active, it’s fun, and everyone can fit on the mat together.”

Ready to get started? We rounded up some online resources to help you easily introduce your little ones to yoga!

  • Cosmic Kids Yoga: This free YouTube channel is Natassja’s favorite, featuring fun, playful yoga and mindfulness adventures in magical worlds.
  • Gaia: If you have a subscription to the streaming yoga service ($11.99/month), be sure to check out the kids’ section, with more than a dozen fanciful practices for little yogis.
  • Poses For Kids: Your yoga session doesn’t have to be a video. Check out this guide to good introductory poses for children from Yoga Journal.
  • Kids Yoga Stories: This site features printables, games, and other resources for introducing your family to yoga.
  • Yoga With Adriene: You’ve probably done some of her YouTube yoga videos — here’s one made just for young yogis!
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Yes, You Can DIY This Easy Spray Cleaner

Are you interested in greening up your cleaning routine? Here’s a recipe for a four-ingredient spray cleaner that costs a fraction of what you’d pay for storebought eco-friendly products and will keep your Ruggish play rug squeaky clean!
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Meet Minimalist Mom, Christina Beavs

This minimalist mom has high standards for everything that comes into her family’s home, from cleaning supplies and beauty products to toys and furniture.
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