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4 Great Nursery Ideas That You And Your Little One Will Love

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Whether you are expecting your bundle of joy in the next few months or you are just planning ahead, it is important to start thinking about your little one’s nursery sooner rather than later. From brightly coloured paint to gender-neutral furniture, there are endless ways to transform your babies room into a space you and your little one will both love.

Choose adaptable furniture

Although you may want to fill your little one’s nursery full of baby-friendly designs, realistically you will need to consider what designs and style you like first. For example, a rocking chair may seem like the more conventional option but is it really the most comfortable of places to be sitting with a crying baby? Try to experiment with statement pieces such as a Chesterfield Sofa or Snuggle chair that will compliment your child-friendly design while adding a practical element. As well as taking your style into consideration, you should start looking into the versatility of furniture. For example, a chest of drawers can easily be transformed into a changing table/

Wallpaper and Wall Art

Wallpaper is a great way to add some pattern or texture to your nursery. Not only is it a fantastic way to liven up your little one’s room, it can be as versatile as you choose. Whether you’re looking to create a statement/accent wall or choose to wallpaper the entire room, there’s plenty of patterns, styles and colours that will fit perfectly in your nursery design. If wallpaper seems too much of a commitment, why not play around with some fun wall murals or wall stickers instead? Wall stickers can be as bold or as subtle as you choose with designs ranging from baby animals to life-size cars.

Rugs/Flooring

Rugs are an amazing way to add some personality and texture to your little one’s nursery. Choosing the right rug for your nursery depends on you your choice of flooring. For example, if you have a thick plush carpet you may want to opt for a thin or wicker style rug that adds texture or pattern to your floor without adding the thickness. On the other hand, if you have hardwood flooring or vinyl flooring you may want to add a larger thicker rug to create some comfort for both yours and your baby’s little toes.

Storage

Although you spend the most of your pregnancy buying copious amounts of toys and clothes, you will always find yourself asking how much space does such a little person need? In order to battle this problem head on you will need to start thinking of not just storage but smart storage. Using shelves for less baby friendly products such as talc or baby lotion is a great way to keep them out the reach of wandering hands. For clothing storage, you can always upcycle an old set of chests of drawers. If having nappies and beddings on show doesn’t fit in your design, you could transform your unwanted wardrobe into a trendy and versatile storage unit.

Hey all! Big thanks to Katy Blevins for handing over the reins to me at the end of 2017 to fulfill my new years resolution to write...often! Based in Miami, you can find me blogging about family life as a mother of two young kids. But i'll also continue the Chaos and Kiddos theme of business, fashion, parenting, product reviews, and...well, I could go on and on.

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Four Simple Ways to Raise Independent Kids

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Knowing when and how much independence to give a child can be difficult, but allowing kids the right amount of appropriate independence makes for an independent and responsible adult. There are simple ways in which you can gradually give children the authority to make their own decisions, or to be responsible for certain tasks and events. These five simple ways allow you to give your kids the freedom they need in a safe way.

Give them chores

This is a win-win situation, as in, a routine of cleanliness is established meaning less work for the parents, and your child learns how to take care of themselves. Beginning young can make all the difference to a child complying with chores and so give younger children one or two tasks to begin with such as putting their dish in the sink when finished, and tidying away toys when not in use. As they grow older, increase the chores, starting with keeping their own personal space, the bedroom tidy, and moving on to vacuuming and cleaning the communal areas of the home.

Get a pet

This is a serious decision to make and not one to take lightly, but if you are certain you can take care of an animal, and can afford to, then a pet is a terrific way to instil a sense of responsibility in a growing child. There will be chores associated with pets, so ensure it is your child, and not you that do these chores daily. However, don’t be tempted to surprise a child with a pet, and go through all the extra responsibilities your son or daughter will have if they get a pet before you make a decision. If you have already decided to get a family pet and you want to use this opportunity to make a younger member of the family feel involved and responsible, why not allow her to name the pet? Visit Cute Pet Name for some ideas, and allow your child to scroll through the site with you so she feels that she is an important part of the entire process.

Give them time

Most parents make the mistake of doing everything for their child, despite know that the chid can do it for herself, all because they are running late and in a rush. However, if you regularly get your kid dressed like they were a baby because you are in fear of them being late for school and you late for work, then you are making your children dependent. Allow for extra time and give your child plenty of notice for when you want them to be dressed. Tell them that you know they are a “big girl” or big boy” now and that they wouldn’t want Mummy or Daddy helping them get dressed anymore. Encourage them to dress themselves at weekends so they are ready to do it independently on school days.

Let them hang out at home with their friends

As children turn into teenagers they need some trust and privacy. Before they are old enough to venture out on their own or out with their friends, prepare them, and yourself by allowing them to hang out at home without you supervising them constantly. Be in the house, but allow your son or daughter to play host and prepare snacks and drinks for their friends, rather than you. This will make them feel like a grown-up and will also teach the importance of hospitality and food preparation.

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How You Can Add Value To Your Home

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The largest asset most of us will have in our lives in our home. For some of us, it’s our retirement plan, for others, it’s a stepping stone on the property ladder towards a dream home. Either way, we all hope the value of our homes increases so we see a greater return on our investment. If we want to maximise the return, we need to understand how to add value to where we live now.

Below we will look at some the things you can do to add value:

Convert the Loft

Adding a room is a sure way of adding to the properties desirability, and therefore worth. One of the easiest ways to add an extra room, that can be used as a bedroom or bathroom, is by converting your loft. This is not the most invasive of tasks, either, as in most cases the work can be done from outside the property.  The important thing to remember is that if you want to add value to the house the conversion must fit the look and feel of the rest of the property.

Add a Steel Building

Most potential buyers will be drawn to a property that they can imagine living in.  The addition of a steel outer building is a great way to create that desire.  A steel building can be used as a shed, man-cave or even a she-shed. It offers the potential buyers a space of their own away from the stresses of the house.  The steel building is cheap to buy thanks to suppliers such as Armstrong Steel who will lock the price for you to avoid any problems arising with steel prices, as well as being eco-friendly and can be designed for any application.

Build a Conservatory

When selling a house, a property’s size can play a determining factor in its worth. One of the most common ways to extend your living space is by building a conservatory. A conservatory is often a space added to the back of your property that is used as additional living space such as a TV or games room.  To maximise the return on investment on a conservatory it must feel like a natural part of the property, preferably without a separate entrance.

Convert the Garage

Like adding a conservatory, converting the garage can add additional living space to the property.  The truth is that most garages are not used for storing cars, they are often wasted assets sitting collecting dust and old furniture. Changing that and making use of that space can add greatly to a property’s value.

Pave over the Garden

Paving your garden is not for everyone.  If you are green fingered or like a nice garden, then simply keeping it tidy will add some value to your property. However, for those with properties in built-up areas, where parking is a premium, having additional space for cars can be a massive draw.

Cosmetics to the Outside

First impressions are everything and even if your house is stunning inside, if you have an untidy outside then the property may lose value.  Simple touches such as painting the house, new front door or changing the windows can have a big impact on the look of the property.

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Make Celebrations Special

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Who doesn’t love celebrations? They bring fun, laughter, and joy. In the span of a year, there are many different occasions people celebrate whether that is birthdays, Easter, Halloween, graduation, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, weddings, the holidays or more. Each event requires different planning as each event is different. In order to make the occasion a truly special day, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. First, you must tailor the planning to the event. Painting eggs with friends and family may work for Easter, but it’s an odd activity for Valentine’s Day. Moreover, there are certain DIY additions you can add to any celebration for a thoughtful touch. Last but not least come to the finishing touches for any event.

Tailor planning to the event

First, you must know what event or celebration you are planning for. Has your son or daughter graduated high school or university? Are you planning a Valentine’s Day getaway with your loved one? Perhaps you are planning a birthday surprise? Once you know what it is you are planning for, you can start getting everything together. In this instance, say the event is a birthday party. You will want to plan a full day of awesomeness. What are their likes and dislikes? Next, come the gifts for a birthday party. A person’s birthday is a great time to shower that person with presents, as it is their birthday, after all. Next, you will want purchase a whole lot of birthday related items to surround the house such as balloons, streamers, piñata and candy, for example.

Thoughtful and DIY additions

Previously, it was mentioned that when it comes to birthdays, the star of the day should receive presents. There are other ways of making someone feel special, outside of store bought gifts. This can often be in the form of DIY crafts or DIY presents. For instance, if you can bake and make holiday-related treats for everyone during the celebration. You could even make that special someone a birthday cake. Should a family member have just graduated, make graduation invitations with Adobe Spark. Invite the nearest and dearest to the celebration with a beautiful custom invitation. This is sure to make the graduate feel special, especially when they see this heartfelt invitation.

Finishing touches

So, you now know you must tailor the planning to the specific event and add your own special touches to it with DIY additions. To wrap up a successful event, there are finishing touches that must be put into place. Any event or celebration will require some final creative thinking on the last day. For example, the finishing touches for a wedding. Finishing touches can sometimes create the most impact, as these are often accent pieces. For instance, the bride may want to add a colorful sash to her wedding dress or add finishing touches to the table arrangements. Making sure everything is sorted can ensure you make the most of the day.

Celebrations are some of the most fun moments in life. Although fun, they always require planning. Most of the time they aren’t spontaneous events that just happen overnight. They require some creative thinking and the necessary finishing touches. Still, the planning process is part of the fun, especially when that special day comes, and you see all that work pay off with people’s smiling faces.

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