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Keeping a Nursery Inexpensive

25 Apr

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With the economy as bad as it is and the unemployment rate not improving I think its most important to remember what babies need versus want and what they need is love, good health, and a few basic essentials to keep them safe while sleeping, eating, bathing and playing. Today’s article features some basic ways to maximize savings and have a wonderful nursery. I am sure this will work within everyone’s budget:

  • Paint – it really does wonders to a wall and for very little $, plus I love paint because its a simple DIY project (consider taping the wall for some stripes) – shop around for price just make sure the paint is NO VOC in the nursery.
  • Consider buying any item on sale and repainting it yourself – if you find the perfect lamp, chair, dresser at some estate/garage sale feel – just sand and spray paint it sometimes people will spend more $ on an item that is the perfect color and it can really add to the price of your nursery
  • Don’t buy expensive crib bedding – look for sales I always say start shopping as soon as possible so you have the longest amount of time to find the best bargains
  • Consider buying used clothes  there’s no shame in go to your local thrift store and buying lots of baby clothes on sale there, also check out the Goodwill and Salvation Army their baby clothes are very inexpensive make sure the clothes have no rips, holes, tares, or stains.
  • Consider using an adult’s dresser and just adhering the changing topper to it for a cheap changing table then when baby outgrows it you can remove it and still use it
  • As far as decorating goes pick a color scheme is easier to find bargains then let’s say a specific theme (Spiderman or Winnie the Pooh)
  • If your having a baby shower a hint people who told their guests the sex of the baby ahead of time were more likely to receive lots of clothes, onesies, socks, etc. Moms to be who said they were keeping the sex unknown (at least to guests even if the mom/dad to be knew) received less clothes and more diapers, baby car seat, high chair, etc. Why? Because most women going to a baby shower hate to buy the green/yellow neutral colors requested for “unknown” sex they rather buy that cute little pink dress or blue coat.
  • Don’t buy things labeled “baby” because often they are overpriced (e.g. The Diaper Genie and what not, if you want a trash pale in the babies room a simple stainless one like this will do just fine)

Please share anything you did for your baby’s nursery that you saved money on

One Blogger’s Special Nursery

24 Apr

I am so glad to share today’s news with you I was reading Bucket List Publications (Lesley and her husband have the most amazing photos on their blog from traveling all over the globe) and I wanted to share her nursery with you. She and her husband have a baby girl named Athena and this little girl has one beautiful nursery. If your wondering why I am sharing this its simple: I want you to realize any nursery can be the nursery of your dreams if you plan it out, get creative and are enthusiastic about the whole project.

 The color inspiration is hot pink and green read more here and see amazing photos as well.

What’s the One thing you splurged on in your baby’s nursery?

10 Apr

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Nurseries are those things that some parents go overboard and buy every single gadget and end up not using most of it, there’s of course  the tried and true products each parent needs (crib, car seat, high chair) and other parents are overwhelmed by the amount of choices available to them. Obviously nurseries can be done on very affordable budgets and some parents are very diligent about sticking to a budget others don’t even know the term budget exists (and no I don’t mean the wealthy, normally its people who just go to the store and keep buying every new thing they see.)

Is there one thing that stands out in your mind that you splurged on in the nursery?

Was it worth it, I know the term splurge is obviously relative so I was hoping you would share what the item was, how much it cost and if you had to all over again would you buy it again. I am hoping this will be helpful to other parents so please share your comments below.

 

Top 100 Newborn Essentials

10 Apr

Your pregnant – Congratulations!

Whether this is your first child or fifth doesn’t matter I am sharing this list because I hope it proves helpful to some of you, parents who already have a child are fortunate enough to probably have some of the essentials still from their last baby. Here goes the Top 100 Newborn Essentials 

P.S. if you have used any of these products before please comment and share with us what ones you bought that you did or didn’t like or if you know a place to find some items at a discount

Wooden Letters for Bedroom

27 Mar

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Are you looking for letters that can be used in your baby’s nursery or child’s bedroom?

Here at Craft Cuts you can buy any letters to spell out a name (Anthony or Angela ) or maybe a room’s purpose (laundry). You can choose from a variety of painted, unpainted, and hanging letters.

Dry / Wet Bags

1 Mar

Today, I am discussing the many uses for a dry / wet bag with little ones. Feel free to use these bags for any other uses you come across and share them with us.

  • Wet wipes
  • Dirty Diapers
  • Children’s swim suit
  • Traveling with kids clothes
  • I also like this for keeping liquids in the baby’s diaper bag separate from other items (sanitizer, lotion, baby’s lotion, etc.)

I have suggested 2 bags below both of which are easily found on Amazon.

Planet Wise

Kanga Care

Owl Decorations & Accessories

29 Feb

Owls are so cute and smart and don’t they just look adorable in a nursery. Now sometimes its hard to think outside traditional nursery themes so today I am featuring owls. Look to these pictures to create your dream nursery.

First up is this owl clock featured on Etsy it costs $68.00 but it can stay with your child a lifetime because its not getting used and worn out

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Try a mural on the wall it can really brighten up a nursery and add some flare to the room – just research “owl nursery murals / decals” I have also seen them pretty cheap in my local mall that has a decal and accessories store

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Next up consider this cute little owl stuffed toy (comes in Blue, Green & Pink and costs $7.00)  from Etsy

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Remember you can go as bold or subtle with a theme as you want – consider Lamp 1 as Bold and Lamp 2 as subtle

    Photo SourceThis Lamp retails for $138.00 at Rosenberry Rooms

Or maybe you desire a more subtle lamp from West Elm which retails for $99.00

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next up is an easy DIY project (and cheap) make your own Owl Cork Board to post baby’s photos on in the nursery, its relatively simple just search how to cover a cork board with fabric and then of course you can use the owl fabric of your choice

consider buying some fabric organizers to store diapers, baby wash, wash cloths, etc. These look so cute in the owl patterns and later on you can store books in them when your child is older.

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Hope this inspires you create one Hoot of a Nursery!

 

 

 

Nursery DIY Project

28 Feb

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Are you looking for something really cute for your little one’s nursery and also something affordable? Well I have the perfect DIY project for you head over to Le Zoe Musing to find out how to create your own inexpensive version of the photo illustrated above.

I hope this inspires you and if you already have an older toddler let them help you with this project for the new baby.

Modern Nursery on a Budget

22 Feb

Modern nurseries can be so beautiful, there are so many countless options on how to do a modern nursery, but one thing persists that modern nursery furnishings can often be quite pricey. When looking around so many items are more expensive than the non-modern counterparts. If you love a modern nursery know that it can be within reach as long as you do some research and planning.

My very first tip for shopping (this can extend beyond nursery furniture, I do it with all my furniture shopping) is bring your camera. Take a photo of the item, then jot down the dimensions (height, width, depth – and what way a door swings) and the price.  This will help because often people tend to buy whatever they come across first, thinking they won’t find anything else they like.

These photos should serve as some inexpensive modern nursery inspiration, to help you build the nursery of your dreams.

First up the Sundvik crib from Ikea it retails for $119.00 its white which is great for both genders and works with so many color schemes

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Go to a fabric store, like JoAnn’s pick some modern fabric patterns and then re-upholster an old chair for your nursery. An old chair in a style you like can look completely different when re-upholstered, so pick a comfortable chair because with new fabric it will take on a whole new life. Choose to re-upholster an ottoman (no sharp edges) as well it will be great to put your feet up and will also be extra soft down the road when baby is crawling / standing in his/her nursery.

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Next tackle paint – try something creative by painting wide stripes in a horizontal pattern or vertical if you don’t have tall ceilings

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Consider using items that aren’t labeled “baby” this will keep the price down – one example is to buy some modern wall shelves to then display photos of baby or buy picture frames (wood not plastic) then spray paint them any color you like go for modern colors to pick up the overall color theme within your nursery.

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For storage buy items that are affordable and already modern in design – this is especially important if you have a 1 bedroom place, or if your using a den to be the baby’s nursery in lieu of a 2nd bedroom this is fine, except for normally the lack of closet.

This wardrobe can be used as a great baby’s closet for those rooms without any. It’s the Stuva from Ikea and retails for $222.00

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Well, I really hope this post has encouraged you to tackle an affordable modern nursery.

Children’s Classic Book Set

22 Jan

 

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Are these books just gorgeous? Can you see them in your child’s nursery or on your toddler’s bookshelf?  This would also make a great gift for a birthday or any holiday. These books are also great functional decoration in a baby/toddlers room

This collection includes:

  • Peter Pan
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Story of King Arthur and his Knights
  • The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Treasure Island
  • Black Beauty

this can be purchase at Barnes and Nobles