Two Tricks to Organizing Your Toddler’s Room

Do you remember the time when you first set up your child’s nursery? I bet the crib bedding was just right, the matching rug was centered, the cute toys waited on shelves, and the room emitted a sense of peace. Well fast forward a couple of years later, and you now find the room in complete chaos, with toys scattered all over the floor, a jumble of stuffed animals and books on the bed, and learning toys that force you to “learn” how to find all of the missing pieces. At least, that is how it went down in my … Continue reading

My Personal Scrap Space – Analyzing the Problem – The Other Side

It would surprise me if by now you haven’t seen my earlier post regarding the mess in my scrap space and what my intentions are to fix it. All of that is in the process of being completed, but I thought since I am sharing my work in progress tomorrow, I would share the other side of the area today too. So here is the other side: Much, MUCH worse. That’s of course because it is the most often used side of my scrapbook area. It is where I write from every single day. It is where I close up … Continue reading

A Colored Chalkboard Paint Wall

Here is a fun idea for a child’s room, a home school room or even a family room or kitchen. You turn create a wall, a door or a piece of furniture into a chalkboard. And unlike the traditional black chalkboard wall, you can do this with a color. Using a colored chalkboard wall is creative, fun and won’t change your color scheme. In fact, you won’t be able to tell the difference between a “normal” wall and your chalkboard wall, until you start writing on it! Kids will be delighted that they are being allowed to doodle, draw and … Continue reading

Ways to Use Red in Your Home

Red is definitely noticeable in your home. You can use it to create a mood, create a focal point or to draw attention to features in your room. Red is the color of passion, cheerfulness and excitement, but it is also the color of anger, aggressiveness and hunger. With red, you have to strike a balance between using too much and not using enough. Here are some ideas for using this boldest of colors. Use red as an accent color in a room. it can be applied to lighting, candles, pillows, wall treatments and more. A bit of red here … Continue reading

New Product Alert: Cool New Ribbon Storage

Everyone is always looking for storage and organizational solutions for ribbons and fibers. These embellishments are used so often, do not cost a lot and are extremely attractive and colorful additions to your layouts. However, storing them is a whole other problem. Last week I showed you a unique way that a kitchen item can be transformed into ribbon storage, and I also found a great option for finding cheap storage while utilizing the dollar store. I am back today to show you a really cool product I found quite by accident searching for something entirely different in my organization … Continue reading

Frugal Ways to Decorate A Child’s Room

Want to jazz up your child’s room on a frugal budget? These ideas will help you design a cool looking kid’s room with not much more than paint! We certainly have our decorating cut out for us in our new house. For the first time, each of the children will be able to have his or her own room. Previously, the two oldest shared a room, while the baby was sleeping in our room and sharing my dresser for his clothes. I am really looking forward to being able to give the kids each a room that is uniquely theirs, … Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons You Should Let Your Child Have A Messy Room

1. It can enhance your child’s balance and coordination skills. As they have to weave around the objects on their floor, leap into bed, and scale the mound of clothes without slipping. 2. Memory skills are improved. As your child struggles to remember where they left their library book, under the bed or maybe on the desk, they are working their memory. After all doesn’t every parent want his or her child to develop a good memory? 3. Handyperson skills are developed. As they learn the fine art of unjamming a drawer that is stuffed too full of clothes. This … Continue reading

Tips for the Reluctant Redecorator

If your living room furniture hasn’t been moved in years, if your window treatments are discolored from age, or if the color of your walls has remained the same since the day you moved in, then you may be considered a reluctant redecorator. For years it was a term my friends used to describe me. In my 20’s I worked 16-hour days and the idea of revamping my living area on my days off didn’t exactly appeal to me (to say the least). But, as time passed so did my reluctance to redecorate. Today, I am just as busy, but … Continue reading

Creating Your Baby’s Haven–On A Budget

The cost of decorating baby’s nursery adds up fast! So how can you achieve a peaceful yet stylish room for your little one without going into debt? Here are a few creative ideas I learned from friends and family members who have designed some adorable nurseries on a budget: This idea was the brainchild of my schoolteacher friend’s principal. Prior to going on maternity leave, the principal gave my friend’s second grade students an art project to work on at home. The children each received a piece of paper to create their own “masterpieces” using crayons, finger paints or chalk. … Continue reading

Extreme Makeover–Children’s Room Edition (Part 2)

In Part One of “Extreme Makeover—Children’s Room Edition” I detailed the work that went into transforming my 2-year-old’s room from a nursery to toddler’s room. We’ve covered the furniture, now we’re moving on to wall decorations. I like to call this part: “Who Needs Home Depot When You’ve Got The Learning Shop.” The Learning Shop is a store that carries educational toys and is where teachers buy decorations for their classrooms. If you have a similar store in your area and have young children, I highly recommend visiting. Even if you don’t intend to purchase anything (that’s usually my intent, … Continue reading