Nursery Decorating on a Budget
Creating a nursery on a budget is not as difficult as you think! There are so
many resources for inexpensive, but cute items for your nursery or
kid's room. Most of the large discount retailer chains have an
abundance of items for baby and kid's rooms available at budget
friendly prices. Look on Craigslist, eBay and Swip Swap. Finding the
right items for your room may take some time and effort, but in the end
will be worth it if you end up with a room you love, and one that
doesn't cost you a small fortune. Here are some tips on creating your
dream room on a budget:
1. Buy Long Term Pieces:
Opt for furniture and accessory items that will
grow with your child. Avoid having to redo an entire room as your child
transitions into his/her big kid room. Choose rugs, lamps and wall
décor that aren't too babyish.
2. Discount Retailers:
Frequent large retail discounters, HomeGoods,
Target, TJMaxx and IKEA. Find out when your local store gets their
weekly shipments. Make sure to visit them that day or the day after for
the best selection. If you see an item, but are not sure about if it
will work in your room or not, buy it anyway. You can take it home, try
it, and return it if necessary. HomeGoods gets an awesome selection of
rugs, lamps, mirrors and storage baskets, but the good stuff sells out
3. Inexpensive Wall Decor:
There are tons free "printables" available on
the internet. Google "free nursery printables", and you will be
overwhelmed at the selection of adorable artwork you can print and
frame. Find inexpensive frames at flea markets, garage sales, Hobby
Lobby, Target & IKEA.
4. Dresser as a Changing Table:
Make a changing table out of the top of
your nursery dresser by adding a changing pad on the top. This idea
will save you money and space. When you are done with changing diapers,
you can remove the pad, and voila, you have your dresser top back!
5. DIY Projects:
If you are crafty, there are tons of DIY projects that
are inexpensive, easy and will jazz up your little one's room. Search
Pinterest for projects such as, crib mobiles, tassels, wall
décor, garland, book storage, embroidery hoops, paper
lanterns and more.
6. Buy Second Hand Furniture:
Look for used dressers, side tables, shelves
and more on Craigslist, eBay and garage sales. Refresh and refurbish by
painting or stenciling your piece.
Try stenciling, wall decals or chalkboard paint to liven up the
walls in your nursery. Although stenciling can be time consuming, these
ideas can all be done for a fraction of the cost of painting or
wallpapering the entire room.
8. Swip Swap:
Look online for "swip swap" sites, where people are looking
to exchange baby/kid's items for free, or for a small price. Most
cities also have a local "swip swap" on Facebook. Just search "swip
swap" on your Facebook page. Most Swip Swap groups are "closed", but
have an option for you to "join group".
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Your Teenager Is Crazy
Teens do stupid things. This is why:
My teenager is nuts! Honestly, I'm really fortunate. I have a fantastic
teenager. But I still get lots of melodramatic teenage craziness, it
just appears about differently. Most girls her age obsess over hair or
clothes, she couldn't be bothered with these things. Her obsession is
over her grades and school.
A few facts about those crazy teenage brains -
I'll take it! It's not a terrible obsession to have. But how do I make her
realize that a B+ on an exam is not the end of the world! She's had
straight A's since sixth grade. An unbelievable accomplishment that I
will forever admire and be proud of. But she's she goes to extremes at
times, she received an A- in AP Chemistry and got herself a tutor.
When I'm dealing with another teenage melt-down, I try to remind myself,
"It's not her fault she's crazy, it's her teenage excitability
Neurotransmitter are brain hormones. They carry messages from neuron to neuron. They
control all body functions, movement, emotions, pain and pleasure.
Teen brains are very different than adult brains. Teens have many more
neurotransmitters than adults. (Because they have more synapses than
adults. These synapses are pruned down as the brain continues to
Teens' high levels of neurotransmitters (and synapses) provide the ability to
learn more quickly than adults, however these high levels of
neurotransmitters are also what makes teenagers crazy. Because of them
teens are more prone to feeling stress than adult.
Most teens can rationalize as well as adults when they are calm. However,
when you increase stress, they easily become overwhelmed and prone to
emotional outburst. The human body reacts to emotional stress the same
way it responds to physical danger. So for a teen they are experiencing
a feeling of danger, magnified.
So the next time your teenager is acting like that pimple is the end of
the world. Try to sympathize. Imagine how you would feel physically and
emotionally if it WAS the end of the world. That's what your teenager's
brain and body is feeling. For them it truly does FEEL like it's the
end of the world.
Teen brains are controlled by the amygdala. The amygdala is responsibility
for fear, aggression and instinctive behavior. (This is why they do
stupid things, acting without thinking!)
Teens do NOT have a fully developed prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex
is responsible for reasoning, planning, judgement and understanding
consequences. (This is why teens feel invincible!)
Teens have a well developed nucleus accumbens. This is the "pleasure center"
of the brain; the part that seeks out pleasure and reward.
Because teenagers have so many more synapses than adults, their emotions are
felt with more intensity than an adult would feel them. (Can you
remember your first love and the intensity you felt? Most of us were
sure it would last forever.)
With their brain structure the way it is you might understand why teens
engage in risk taking and are more susceptible to drug and alcohol
addiction. They are instinctively seeking pleasure from a thrill, while
feeling invincible and not understanding consequences.
Next time your teen does something stupid and you find yourself asking,
"What the hell were you thinking? Keep calm and tell yourself, "My
teenager isn't crazy. It's just their brain chemistry."