Your Ultimate Guide To Creating A Perfect Newborn Nursery

When you’re expecting a new baby, the wait for his arrival can be quite an anxious time. The instinct to nest can lead you to the desire to create the nursery well ahead of time. And you want it to be perfect. Even if you don’t yet know the gender of your child, you want his room to suit his personality and stimulate his imagination. Here’s your ultimate guide to creating that perfect nursery for your little bundle:

Toys

Newborns aren’t able to see much in the same way as we do, but they can feel different textures. Aim for a variety of toys that stimulate his senses. Lights that change, lots of different materials, and patterns can all intrigue and fascinate a little one. No toys should be in his bed at this age, but any mobiles and dangly toys he can pat will be perfect. There is also a good range of wrist buddies with safe velcro straps for him to enjoy when he’s awake.

Newborn Nursery
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Bed

Your newborn will probably be sleeping in a Moses basket in your room with you for six weeks or so. They are convenient because you can carry the baby around the house without having to disturb his sleep. That way he is always with you wherever you are. In the nursery, make sure you have some space for the Moses basket alongside his cot bed. A cot bed should be adjustable so it can be lowered as he starts to sit and stand. Eventually, it will convert into his first bed.

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Changing Station

A changing table or cabinet in the nursery is very handy for those non-urgent nappy changes. However, make sure you have a second mat for those occasions when it can’t wait, and you’re not in the nursery! Leaks happen, and they can be quite messy. Your newborn will need only cotton wool and warm water for clean-ups at first. Soon you’ll be ready to use baby wipes. You’ll also need a stash of nappy sacks and spare nappies. Powder doesn’t suit everyone, but there will undoubtedly be a time when some nappy rash cream will come in handy.

Changing Table
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Decor

Many Moms choose neutral colors like whites, yellows or creams for the nursery walls. You can then add wall decals and pictures suitable for a small child. Cute animals and bears are popular. You can buy rugs bearing cute characters for him to lay on as well. Lighting should be as dim as possible. You might want to install a dimmer switch. You may also want black out curtains for daytime naps.

Electrical Items

It can be tempting to install lots of high-tech equipment in the nursery. You’ll want to know what the temperature is and have some soothing lullabies. Most nanny-cams or baby monitors have all this in one. That way you can watch baby sleeping while you get on with some chores. Some systems even monitor baby’s movements.

A fresh coat of paint and a new carpet are often the first things to go into a nursery. However, there is no rush to get it perfect, even after the baby is born. Take your time to enjoy creating your dream nursery.

A Haven for the Young Ones: Give the Kids a Cracking Bedroom in Your New Home

Kids Play Room

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They say that an empty canvass is the scariest thing for an artist. Well, it’s almost the same dilemma with new homes. As parents, we usually have more interest in designing our kids’ room than our own. I myself love the idea of picking out soft colors and furnishing for my little ones.

Science has also proven that he environment helps kids grow, which is why it is important to give them a bedroom that helps their imagination fly. Here are some tips you can do that will make your kids love you and your new home even more.

Be Creative

Transforming your angel’s room into something magical does not require a lot of money, but a lot of creativity.

  • Pick a Theme

A child’s surroundings play a vital role in inspiring his or her dreams and inspirations. The first thing you should do is think of a setting that you want your child to grow up in. whether it be a pirate themed room, a space explorer room, or cowboy setting; your choice will affect how your child’s creativity will be sharpened. Pick a theme that best suits your child’s personality and then do your research on the possible design approach to achieve the theme you want.

  • Mini Art Galleries

Create a mini art gallery specifically designed for your child’s artistic taste. Post the photos of their previous artworks, their portraits and other memorable items. Choose a bright colored frame or any ornamental frame to help the items pop out from the wall. You can also recycle cardboard boxes by cutting them to letters, coating them with paint and adding them to the mini art gallery. Set a corner of the room to display their works of art.

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Interior ideas are shared today by designers on their blogs, if you do have a specific theme, you can easily search for your preferred design and pick the ideas that can be applied to your kids’ room.

  • Big Wall Decals and Vinyl Tiles

This is a constant design applied by designers. I saw the interior design transformation of my friend’s home. On one side of the room was the scenic view of the property, and on another side a big wall decal with pastel colored trees and bamboo grass were posted. It created a magnificent contrast with the windows making the room seem magical. My friend also gave the room a luxurious look with vinyl tile and the two things combined gave the whole house a very unique look.

Make them a part of the decorating process

Kids love to take part in anything you do. They are curious about the world and it would mean the world to them if you let them paint a corner, or pick the wall decal you plan on putting. There are a number of small tasks that can be delegated to your toddler. For a more magical feel, let them join in the adventure of decorating so they can fully appreciate their new  room. Let them hang the frames you picked, let them pick which photos to put.

Your angels will love whatever it is you give them, but they will feel loved more if you personalize a space that is fit for their own character and style. Your family is sure to enjoy a space made with love and care by each family member, because there’s no better way than doing things together.

Help Your Kids Learn to Love Their Bedrooms

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If you’re a parent, you’ll be able to attest to the fact that there’s nothing more difficult than trying to convince your kids to go to sleep. No matter what you try to do, it seems like the time they should be flagging is the time they suddenly come to life. All of a sudden, they want to play games, sing songs, and perform dances with you. This, as you already know, is a total nightmare. Your kids being in bed is just about the only time you can get stuff done.

You simply haven’t got the time to wait around for them to wear themselves out. Don’t worry. There are things you can do to make sure they go to sleep on time. Not only that; they could even look forward to going to bed. Does that seem like a foreign concept to you? It doesn’t need to be. All you have to do is invest a little bit of time and money into their bedrooms, and they won’t be able to wait for bedtime to roll around. Don’t believe me? Try some of these ideas on for size.

The Water Bed

There’s something strangely alluring about waterbeds, even amongst adults. For reasons I’m not quite sure of, they just seem so inviting. And it’s the exact same for kids, too. They’ll be filled with excitement at the prospect of going to sleep on their very own water mattress. It’s worth keeping in mind that you’ll need to keep on top of its maintenance, though. You can buy waterbed accessories at BoydWaterBeds.com/Blue-Magic.php.

Just remember to make sure that they don’t jump up and down on it quite too much!

The Themed Bed

There’s nothing kids love than an array of colours, shapes and characters that they recognize. Think about it. They’re surrounded by vivid imagery and their own bold imaginations all day. Of course, bedtime seems like a bore by comparison. How can you translate that feeling of fun into the rooms? That’s the main thing you need to consider.

One of the quickest ways to achieve that is by incorporating a themed bed. Think about the things that your child loves. If they’re anything like my little one, they’ll have one favourite show above all others. That’s the holy grail of their obsession. Use it to your advantage. Do they love Disney Pixar’s Cars, for instance? Then turn his or her bed into Lightning McQueen. Pick one up from Walmart.com/ip/Disney-Cars-Lightning-McQueen-Twin-Bed-with-Lights

Redecorate

I know, we always dread when it comes time to redecorate, but putting together your kids room can actually be a lot of fun. Getting in touch with your inner child will free your mind of your boring adult worries for a few days, at least. It’s crucial that you keep on top of decorating in kids rooms, as their tastes change rapidly as they get older. That could go some way to explaining why they aren’t so interested in their old bedrooms anymore! Check out my kids bedroom design tips.

A Mom’s Guide To Making Vacation Packing Easier

It might be winter, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t plan a vacation. Whether you are toying with the idea of jetting off for some winter sun or hitting the ski slopes, one thing might be putting you off, and that’s packing. Packing for yourself is stressful enough, let alone when you have little ones to pack for as well.

Don’t get me wrong here, I love traveling with my family, but when it comes to packing, I often struggle. It’s not a case of just popping a few bits and bobs in a suitcase, oh no, when you have kids there is so much more to it than that. Luckily, while packing for family trips can be stressful, you can make the process easier for yourself.

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Start by writing a list

For each family member who you are packing for, start off by writing a list of all the items that you need to pack. This should include everything from underwear and shoes to hair brushes and toiletries. Take your time making the list to ensure that you don’t forget anything.

Once you’ve got a list for each child, you can then use it to locate every item that you need to pack. Don’t leave it until a couple of days before the trip to start your packing because the chances are that you’ll have some washing to do.

Focus on clothing first

Once you have the list of items that need packing, the first step is focusing on the clothing side of things. Get all the items together so that you can check what needs washing, and get organized. Aim to get all clothes washed, dry, and packed, at least five days before you are due to travel, to prevent anything from being forgotten.

While most items you can clean yourself, you may have some bits and bobs that require hand or dry cleaning. To make getting these garments cleaned a little easier, hire a dry cleaning pickup and delivery service. By hiring a company to deal with your dry cleaning needs for you, you won’t have to stress about it. You simply have to be in for collection and drop off, and that’s it.

Lay out everything that needs to be packed

Once all clothing is clean and dry, the next step is to lay out everything that needs to be packed. By laying everything out, you can see exactly, what needs to go in each suitcase, and can work out a way to make it all fit.

For many of us, the number one worry when traveling via plane is that our cases will be over the weight limit. To reduce your stress, weigh each case before you go, to ensure that none of them are over the limit. (You’ll feel much less stressed out if you know that your cases won’t incur you extra charges.)

Packing for a family trip may be stressful, but don’t let it stop you from being excited. Follow the tips above to make packing easier, and you can ensure that your packing, as well as your trip, goes to plan.

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Family (and Friends) Tree

Here’s a no-fuss way to display all the holiday cards that arrive in your mailbox each day. And don’t worry: Washi tape pulls right off the wall without damaging the paint. What to do Use a pencil and yardstick to mark the three points of a large triangle (ours measures 5 x 3¼ feet). Apply ¾-inch-wide washi tape, as desired, to create the tree outline, and add a trunk that’s centered at the bottom. Use removable mounting squares to hang the cards and a sparkly pom-pom on top.

Card Tree

Fingerprint Heart

This family-created artwork makes a colorful memento of all the guests at your holiday dinner. Lightly pencil a simple shape onto a large piece of watercolor or other sturdy white paper (we made a heart, but a leaf, star, or tree is nice, too). Lightly trace a guideline or two below your drawing, then write guests’ names along it with a marker. When family members arrive, ask them to choose a stamp-pad color and make scattered fingerprints inside the shape, as well as one just above their name. After the big day is over, frame your new artwork.

Finger Print Heart

Great Ideas for a Holiday Centerpiece

It is December and Christmas is here! I know a lot of people have their holiday decorations up already. I’m so excited for the holidays and have a few craft ideas to try out. I’ve got a few ideas for you, though, if you are looking for the perfect holiday centrepiece for your table.

Use Christmas Candy

A cute but simple idea for a centrepiece is to use candy. A clear vase filled with candy canes would look so cute. Or how about little red and white mints? Using candy is the ultimate no-fuss arrangement and there are so many options. How about using marshmallows too? You could tie a ribbon around the vase and voila!

Christmas Tree Baubles

If you have some spare baubles from the Christmas tree decorating, they can look cute turned into a centrepiece. In a large vase or a hurricane candle holder, place baubles of different shapes and sizes for a varied look. I think the best effect is using baubles of a similar colour but slightly different. If there are some that are plain, and some that are striped perhaps, it can add a lovely textured look. Some great candle holders can be bought online at Koch.

Opt for Using a Tray

Using a tray as the main part of your centrepiece can look so striking. It makes the centrepiece easily portable, but also adds different layers and textures. I think the best look using trays, is choosing a tray that is a different shape to your table. For example, if your dining room table is square or rectangular, a square or rectangular tray will look boxy. A circular tray would be a much better option. Likewise, if you have a circular table, a square tray would look the best. If you have a mirrored tray in at home, this one would look perfect to use as the base. No need to splash out to buy one of those, though!

Christmas Center Piece
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Go for Classic Colours

For a beautiful setting go for traditional holiday colours. Red and green can look beautiful. I think going for a few different sized vases can look cute. If they were filled with something red like cranberries, you could get some holly or other green foliage from outside, to wrap around the vases. When going for more than one vase, I think it is always best to go for an odd number, rather than even. It just looks so much nicer!

Use a Table Runner

I think most people will have a table cloth as part of their table setting on Christmas day. Not everyone will have a table runner, though. Table runners can look stunning though. Choose a contrasting colour to the table cloth, but one that compliments the centrepiece, and your table will be set.

I hope these tips are useful to you and you’ll find one of the ideas for a centrepiece that will work for you and your home. I hope you and  your family have a very happy holiday season!

2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

After going to two trade shows, and 3 blogger/parenting conferences I have checked out numerous toys this year.  This is a list of toys my kids and I have tested out and what I think will make the best gifts for the children on your Christmas List.

MISSILE-TOW DIVE CLOPS

Missile Tow Dive Clops Skylanders

Every Skylander celebrates the holiday season in their special way. For some, it means exchanging thoughtful gifts. For others, it means over-indulging in delicious wintery sweets. But for Dive-Clops, it means keeping the time-honored tradition of hiding beneath the Academy archways to shoot candy-coated missiles at his fellow Skylanders that pass by. In all fairness, he does hang a sign that reads “Ho-Ho-Ho… Lookout Below!”

Price: $12.99 (December 2, first at GameStop and EB Games, respectively)
Eon's Elite Skylanders

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Slam Bam, Zook and Voodood as well as a new set of heroes – Ghost Roaster, Boomer and Dino-Rang

Price: $19.99

Disney Cinderella Cosmetic Bags

Cinderella At Walgreens

You can find these super cute Cinderella Cosmetic Bags exclusively at Walgreens. There are 5 types of bags to choose from with prices ranging from $7.99 to $11.99 . All super cute and perfect for any girl on your shopping list :-)
eeBoo Juggling Balls



Juggling an engaging tool, it grows your brain and helps in school! These are great for children who want to learn to juggle or already know how. It's exercise for your mind!

Price: $17.99
LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Gaming System



AWESOME Price of only $59!!

Colton has Leap TV and absolutely LOVES it and this price point makes this a fun and educational gift that is also affordable.
LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum Kids Learning Tablet, Green



Leappad Platinum is the NEW and improved Leappad. It comes complete with wifi, parental controls, and you of course can buy educational game cartridges or apps from the Leapfrog App Center. I love that the micro USB Charger plugs into the wall now and all updates can be done over Wifi connection!
LeapFrog Epic 7" Android-based Kids Tablet 16GB, Green



Discover the first tablet experience that kids can create as they play, for endless possibilities that grow with your child. Designed specifically for kids ages 3-9 years old, the LeapFrog Epic tablet offers powerful features and a one-of-a-kind world for exploration, play and learning.
LeapFrog Word Whammer



Get ready for Kindergarten. Help little ones to master early literacy skills. Learning adapts as children play, helping them progress through 5 levels.
Uber Mom Nap Mat

Uber Mom Nap Mat

The Napmat won't rip or tear, is easily sanitizable, and is available in 2 fun designs for boy or girl. Great for preschool, or as my son uses it- to sit on while doing homework or playing games after school.

Price: $29.99
Uber Mom Tissue Box

Uber Mom Tissue Box

This cute tissue box comes in many styles and is perfect for your little one to put tissues in to keep them nice and clean while in their backpack or desk. Perfect stocking stuffer :-)

Price: $2.99
Bright Eyes Pets - Tiny, the Purple Elephant



Bright Eyes Pets light up your room and your heart! They can't wait to wake up to the pat of their head and fall asleep next to you with the petting of their back. You know you have an endless friend by your side when you see the love shine through their eyes.

Price $24.00
Laser Pegs 6-in-1 Monster Truck Building Set



Crush the competition with this powerful 6 in 1 Monster Truck kit from Laser Pegs! Get behind the wheel of some bad to the bone models like the Monster Truck, Pro Stock Puller, Rock Climber and many more. Can the competition see you coming? No. Then light up your creations with the exclusive Zippy Do power base so they can see you coming a mile away! Includes Zippy Do Power Base, 1 Laser Peg and 66 Tinted Construction Bricks.

Price: $17.50
Sands Alive Glow Sand Starter Set



Introducing the world’s first Glow in the Dark Sand! Turn out the lights and be prepared to be totally amazed! GLOW STARTER SET INCLUDES 1 pound of GLOW Sand, UV LED Glasses, UV Pen Light and Play Tray. The Sands Alive! UV LED Eyeglasses offer the user a “hands free” way to continually charge up the sand and make it glow endlessly. With the UV Pen Light, you can write glowing messages, or draw any design in the Sand that will light up and glow! Can be used over and over again.

Price: $24.99

Big Saving Tips For Moms Who Have Busy Lives

Winter is coming, in fact, it’s pretty much here, and that means two things for parents. First, it’s time to switch to high gear when buying those Christmas presents because you know we’re in the midst of the sales. Second the house is going to be quite chilly without the heating up, and that means big house bills. So, it’s largely to do with money. Don’t get me wrong I love winter and the snow. I can’t wait for the little ones to go out and enjoy it. I love seeing Santa in the malls, and I adore getting my home all Christmassy. But, it’s also a good time to start think about saving money without ruining the magic. That means cutting back on spending in areas that don’t relate to Christmas. You may not realise this but most of the time my life is jam packed. I don’t usually have time to think about these savings in great depth. But this year that’s going to change because I’ve written this fantastic list on how to save money without thinking about it too much.

Get The Deals

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I know on Friday the malls and high streets were packed with crazy moms and dads desperate to get everything at floor pricing. But I wasn’t in that massive crowd I promise you. I don’t have time for Black Friday, and I don’t have the patience or the bravery. Instead, I wait until Cyber Monday. All the online stores step in and slash their prices for a good week. I love this because it means that I can shop at bargain value from the comfort of my own home. It’s no sweat at all, and there are always great deals to choose from.

Use The Vouchers

Of course, it’s not just the deals that you need to look out for. You should also think about looking for online vouchers. These vouchers can be used during the sales to cut the prices down even further, and I’m a sucker for seeking them out. One of my favorite websites is discountrue.com. There you’ll find savings for shops like Kohls. They’ve got great deals on everything from clothing to appliances and anything in between.

Buy In Bulk

When the deals are on you’d be crazy not to buy in bulk. Particularly, if it’s something that you know you’re going to need and that doesn’t have a use by date. I know it sounds crazy but if there’s a great deal on it’s smart sense to buy things like tea bags, coffee and whatever else you can find in large quantities. That way you’ll always have it in, and you can cross it off your weekly shop.

Cut Energy Costs

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Remember I mentioned winter and high energy bills? Well, there are easy ways to make sure this isn’t a problem. First, you need to think about easy ways you can keep your home warm. The best way is to improve your home insulation, but this is quite expensive. You’ll probably need to upgrade your windows, and that can cost a couple grand. This sounds counter productive, but you will see how much you are saving by doing this, quite rapidly. At the end of December, your home bills will have been slashed.

You can also consider just using simpler energy saving methods. For instance, I’m planning on getting some LED lights for my home and my Christmas tree this year. It will save huge amounts on electric costs, and they last for thousands of hours. So, you won’t have to worry about replacing them every few months. LED lights are even better than the halogen energy saving brands.

Of course, the easiest way to save on energy prices without any hassle is to check your energy provider. It’s possible they’re not offering you the best rates for your electric and heating. If that’s the case, it might be worth switching to a cheaper provider. You can price check your energy rates at eonenergy.com

Price Check

Since I mentioned price checking, I have to point out how much I actually price check products. You might have noticed that I’ve been posting about Skylander toys recently. They’re sure to be popular this Christmas, and I know my little boy wants a couple. But before I buy them you can bet I’ll be price checking them online to find the best deals. But you should do this with all your purchases, not just presents. Price check everything from insurance to films, and you’ll save a lot of money over the year.

I hope you find my cost cutting ideas helpful looking after your home and family.