Tips On Converting A Guest Room Into A Nursery

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If you are expanding your family with an addition of a new baby and just cannot afford to buy or rent a new place with a room to spare for the nursery, maybe you should check your own home for a suitable room to convert into a nursery?

Not everyone are financially endowed so you have to make use of what is already available, in this case, a not-so-utilized guest room to convert to a nursery. And if you are lucky and you can actually use that room for the new addition in the family then all you have to do is check out these tips on how to go through it without leaving a large hole in your pockets and on the room’s wall!

 

Sell the old furnishings in the guest room that you will not need

If there is an old bed that was hardly used and can rake in extra money for you to augment your nursery project, then sell it by all means. There is no need to hang on to that bed unless you have an extra room to put that. However, if you are already tight for space that is why you are using the guest room to convert into a nursery then you probably don’t have enough space to accommodate that other bed. Sell it and even the other furniture inside the room or even the whole house as long as you will not use them anymore. Maybe leave the dresser for your baby’s clothings but the rest has to go.

 

Skip the wall repainting or re-installation of wallpapers

The objective here is to minimize cost as well when converting the guest room into a nursery. If the wall paint is boring, just add some cute and colorful vinyl stickers which are all a fraction of a cost of what you would have spent if you would do a repainting or re-installation of wallpaper job.

 

Add colorful with baby and kid themed curtains on the window

The curtains will add a spark of color and fun in the new nursery without having to dress the whole room up that will only cost you hundreds of dollars. The curtains will also give some privacy to the nursing mom and will keep the harsh light at bay.

 

Use an old couch as a settee

Do not buy a rocking chair or a nice couch for the nursery. Make use of the extra couch or settee that you have in your home and put it in the nursery for an added comfort when you need to nurse or just sit inside the room to watch or play with the baby.

Decorate your old couch or settee with colorful and whimsical patterned pillows to add coziness and warmth in the room like the ones in Cents of Style.

 

 

Borrow a crib instead of buying one

Your baby will not stay a baby forever. If you have relatives of friends who have tots who have outgrown their cribs, just ask if you can borrow it for sometime until your baby is big enough to transition into a toddler’s bed. The crib will be useful for at least 2 years, maybe 3 years at most and by that time, your toddler is ready to transition to his or her own cute little bed.

When my sister-in-law got pregnant, I lent her my daughter’s crib which was just gathering dust in our storage room. I even gave her  permission to repaint it to suit her preference because that way, I am able to help someone save money and the crib gets to be used again and it provided extra space now in our storage room for other stuff to take that place. I decided not to get the crib back and have it used again by another relative who got pregnant later on. One crib – many babies served. :)

 

Do not use fancy or high-end beddings for the crib

Like I said earlier, your baby will not be a baby forever and I cannot stress that enough. I think I only bought my daughter 1 full set of baby beddings and the rest were given by family and friends and I stuck with them. It saved me money rather than buy the high-end ones. As long as the beddings do not have loose ribbons or threads that can accidentally choke a baby then they are all good.

Inspect the baby beddings and make sure there are no loose threads, ribbons, garters or even small embellishments that a baby can choke on. An example of affordable beddings that you may check and consider are these Caden Lane – Baby Bedding sets.

 

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Try to use led lights rather than hang a chandelier on the ceiling

Avoid chandeliers at all cost in a nursery for safety reasons. Use led lamps instead that can be bolted close to the ceiling. LED lights are cheaper and more energy efficient and can last longer than ordinary light bulbs.

 

So, the project of converting a guest room into a nursery need not be an expensive one. Just use whatever things you already have and repurpose them or upcycle then you have a nice, cozy nursery room for the new bundle of joy!

 

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Design Tips to Make an Old House Look Modern

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It doesn’t take long for an older house to start looking out-dated. If you have an older home, try these simple design tips to make your home look newer and more modern.

Repair or Install Glass Sliding Doors

Glass sliding doors are extremely modern and can really contemporise your home. Glass sliding doors are also extremely beneficial as they allow a lot of natural light to open up your home and provide easy access to the outdoors. If you already have glass sliding doors it is important to ensure they are well maintained, to keep them functional and looking their best. If you are considering installing, replacing or repairing the glass sliding doors in your house, contact a sliding glass door repair specialist such as A J Doors.

Opt for Open Plan

Modern homes are almost always open plan. Open plan is when rooms that would usually be separate are combined into one large open space. This is particularly effective if you combine common use and family areas such as your kitchen, dining room and living room. Open plan living is far more modern than individual closed off rooms and, as an added benefit, makes homes appear more spacious.

Change your Flooring

Many older homes are mainly carpeted. While carpet can be effective for bedrooms and other more private rooms, common use areas will look far more modern if they are tiled or wooden. Polished wooden flooring and neutral tiles creates an aesthetic that is vey contemporary and is less likely to go out of style. Adding a tasteful rug to wooden or tiled flooring, especially when placed under a coffee table, can really modernise a home.

Renovate

Although renovations can be costly, if you have a set plan and stick to your budget, even the smallest changes can completely transform a house. Consider upgrading your kitchen to ensure you have modern bench tops, cupboards, splashbacks, built-in kitchen appliances and taps. Likewise, upgrading your bathrooms can make your house look far more modern. Remove out-dated bathroom tiles and install a modern full glass shower.

Redecorate

Sometimes renovation can be too costly, stressful or time consuming. A more cost effective way to modernise your house is to refurbish. Refurbishing can include buying new furniture, wall fixtures, ornaments, curtains and or blinds. You may also like to consider taking down any dated wallpaper and repainting in a neutral tone. Neutral tones are timeless and versatile, allowing you to decorate in any style or theme that you choose. If you have any exposed brick walls, consider getting them plastered and painted too.

Just because you have an older house doesn’t mean that your house can’t look modern. With some careful planning and a few changes and additions, your old house can look just as contemporary as any new house on the market.

What other design tips have you used to make your house appear more modern? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

 

 

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Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

I stumbled upon this nice recipe (which I have yet to try) from iVillage when I was searching for something easy to prepare and cook soup recipes that are mostly broth based. I scanned the ingredients and thought they were easy to find in the nearby market and won’t be too complicated to prepare.

This Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup is a recipe from Helen Chen. It is nice to serve this while hot especially now that the cold weather is unrelenting!

If I were to prepare this recipe, I will probably substitute the spinach with bok choy or lettuce as I am not very fond of spinach.

Here’s the recipe from Helen Chen and it’s great to have this either during lunch or dinner time.

Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

Description

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Servings: 0
Preparation time: 15
Cooking time: 30
Total time: 45
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Cuisine: Chinese
Rating: Not rated

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces Chinese wheat or egg noodles, or thin spaghetti or vermicelli
  • 4 cups Chicken broth
  • 4 cups Water
  • 3 slices of unpeeled ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1/4 tablespoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless, shredded chicken breast (approx. 2 cups)
  • 5 cups spinach cut into 2-inch pieces (I would substitute this with bok choy or lettuce)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil to garnish (and also for that extra flavor!)

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook until a little more tender than al dente. Stir occasionally to keep the noodles from sticking together. When done, drain, rinse thoroughly with cold water, and set aside to drain again.
  2. 2. While the noodles are cooking, mix the chicken broth, ginger, salt, and pepper together in a saucepan and heat to boiling.
  3. 3. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and wine together and add the chicken. When the broth is boiling, add the well-stirred chicken mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the chicken shreds are separated and white, about 1 minute. Stir in the greens and cook, stirring, just until wilted; if using napa cabbage, cook until the white parts are translucent, about 2 minutes.
  4. 4. When ready to serve, reheat the noodles by rinsing them with a kettle of boiling water or under hot tap water. Drain and divide the noodles among 4 individual bowls. Remove and discard the ginger, if desired. Ladle the hot soup over the noodles and top with pieces of chicken and vegetables. You can also reheat the cold noodles in the soup and then divide them into bowls with the chicken and vegetables, and ladle on the hot broth. Drizzle 1?2 teaspoon sesame oil into each bowl. Serve hot.

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Regular Vet Check-Up For Your Pets

Do you have pets? If so, how often do you take your pets to the vet for a routine check-up? Mine is annually, the same time as my dog’s vaccine shot update. I also take her when I see she is being lethargic or fussy. However, there is a variety of the number of times you can take your pet to the vet and it all depends as well on their age, size, condition, breed, and type.

It is a good practice though to bring your pet for a regular check up at least once or twice a year just to make sure the vet can spot something odd that you can’t. It is better to catch something earlier than when they are in their advanced stages.

Few months ago, I had to rush my precious baby dog, Millie, to the vet because she was acting lethargic, not eating much and walking super slow when few days before we noticed her sudden change of behaviour and lack of appetite (which was a very rare sight!), we decided a quick visit to the vet was needed. And she was just in the vet few weeks earlier for her vaccine shot.

Her blood work was taken and we were glad it wasn’t negative for anything bad. Rather, she had a pain on her shoulders because she loved to jump around and she probably had a bad fall while we were not at home. So, she was feeling all these pain and not wincing at all. We thought the vet would give antibiotics like simplicef and thank goodness that her blood results were fine. She was given a pain-relief instead for 3 days and surprisingly, as soon as she ingested the first tablet, she was back to her jumpy self.

We made sure she wouldn’t jump on the bed and couch anymore by removing low objects on the way.

So, we were glad we didn’t wait for last minute and decided to do another check-up. Otherwise, we would have seen her condition get worse.

Make it a habit to visit the vet. Take that opportunity to ask questions, clarifications and even tips if you are a first time parent to a furry baby.

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Thanksgiving Costumes for the Whole Family at BuyCostumes

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BuyCostumes Thanksgiving Costumes

Just because Halloween is over, it does not mean we still cannot get to use some of those costumes that we have for the coming Thanksgiving! No sir!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, are you getting ready for an annual turkey trot or family play on Thanksgiving Day? BuyCostumes is a fantastic resource for Thanksgiving Costumes.

If you’re not into hosting your own family play, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Everyone at your dinner table will get a kick out of wearing something festive. You can liven up your Thanksgiving with some fun “hats” that your family will love. Check out the great designs below and visit BuyCostumes for more Thanksgiving Costumes.


Turkey Headband
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Plush Gobbler Hat Adult
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Drumstick Head Bopper Adult
Only $3.99

 

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