Posts made in January, 2014

Creating a Fun and Magical Kids Bedroom

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Kids Room Decor | 13 comments

How to Create Fun and Magical Kids Bedrooms

 

Creating a fun and magical kid’s bedroom can be a wonderful way to spend quality time with your kids. Besides the cherished memories you create, they’ll have a newly decorated room to re-enforce the loving experience every day. Here are a few ideas that the Baby’s Own Room guest post author, Tara, came up with that won’t break the bank or create a hazard for your kids.


Glow In the Dark Stars
This is a classic that always pleases. You can find inexpensive glow in the dark star kits in many department stores and at most craft stores. Besides standard stars, you can find shooting stars, planets, crescent moons, and other astronomical features. Create constellations, imaginary or real. Arrange the stars in a spiral pattern or place them at random. You can also find glow in the dark hearts, footprints, letters, angels, ghosts, thunderbolts, skeletons, bats, smiley faces, animals, and many other fun objects the kids will love. To complete the project, tell the kids a story under the glow of their new magical room.
Paint a Big Mural On One Wall
This is a great way to create a really unique room for your kids. To get your creative juices flowing, you can take a trip to the library to look through magazines and books. If you don’t think you can create the mural from scratch, you can look online for paint by number wall murals kits. There are lots of popular themes to chose from including rainbows, jungle scenes, underwater scenes, trains, butterflies, cats, dogs, flowers, clouds, and outer space. You could also get some stencils or stickers to incorporate into your own designs. A sky blue wall with some nice white stenciled clouds and some brightly colored flowers or birds is a relatively simple mural to start with.

Quick Tip! Don’t worry so much if you mess up on the first try. You can always paint over it and try again. 🙂 

A Variation On the Big Mural Idea (My favorite)
A popular variation on the mural idea is to install a large chalkboard along one wall and go crazy with the pastel chalk! The advantage here is you can re-do the wall theme anytime the mood strikes! You could also change it up for holidays and other special events.
Create a Fort
Kids love cool little hide-a-ways! Forts can be created with big empty boxes. You could even connect two or more larger compartments with smaller cardboard boxes or those giant cardboard rolls. Ask your friends, neighbors, and local stores to save you any large sturdy cardboard they might get. You can also make a cool fort by draping material over old lamp posts or from the ceiling. Put some pillows or a bean bag in the bottom for an extra comfortable fort your kids will love to play in.

 

How have you created a magical dream space for your child? We’d love to hear from you! Baby’s Own Room is also extending invitations for Guest Post Bloggers. Drop us a comment or contact us if interested.

 

Follow Guest Post Blogger Tara of YVSG

Tara is addicted to blogging and working from home. The fact is she wouldn’t have it any other way. You’ll find her tweeting, pinning, posting, sharing, and liking all over cyber space and loving it. Follow Tara and learn more about working from home via her blog at YVSG.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tips to Planning a Fun Birthday Party for Your Toddler

Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in Toddler | 13 comments

Tips to Planning a Fun Birthday Party for Your Toddler

 

Planning a fun birthday party for your toddler can be easy. Toddlerhood, despite the reputation of being the terrible two’s, is a great time for exploration and trying new things. However, have you noticed how tantrums {mostly reserved for parents} can ruin a great day? This means that a birthday party for a toddler can be a lot of fun, but only if properly planned. The good news is that a toddler does not have any serious expectations–so avoid wasting money and time on a too extravagant affair.

This week, Baby’s Own Room would like to share some party planning tips!

 

Make The Party Fun
There are a number of options to choose from when you are planning a fun birthday party for your toddler. You’ll want to take into consideration the personality, likes and dislikes of your little one, while staying within your budget plan. Also, keep in mind things like normal nap time and the time of year for your party. Here are some ideas to help with your planning.

  • You may choose to hire a professional who will come in an entertain the children.
  • You can plan activities or games and conduct them on your own.
  • If the theme you have chosen includes a super hero or popular cartoon character, it would be a fabulous idea to have the same character make an appearance at the birthday party.
  • You can bring in some balloon artists and face painters to interact with the children.
  • A balloon twister can make for great entertainment during your child’s birthday party as they also provide balloon animals as gifts for the guests.
  • Since most toddlers are animal lovers, it would be a great and fun idea to bring in a petting zoo.

Quick Tip! Hiring an entertainer to mingle in the crowd and perform can be affordable. For instance, you could consider hiring a magician or clown to entertain your guests.

If your location and budget choice allow, there are more extravagant and bigger ideas for your toddler’s party. If you plan on an outdoor party and have enough room, you can set up bouncing houses, castles, or inflatable rides. Carnival games can also be great fun.

 

Castle Water Slide Birthday

 

The key to planning a successful birthday party with loads of fun for your toddler is staying within your budget and finding the right entertainment. For more birthday planning tips, ideas, and resources; follow our Pinterest Party Planning inspiration board.

Thanks 🙂 Baby’s Own Room

 

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Tips for Transitioning From Nursery to Big Kid Room

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Kids Room Decor | 3 comments

Great tips that will help you transform the nursery into a big kid room that your child will absolutely love.

 

Updating your child’s bedroom from a nursery to a big kid room is a big change, but one that can be very fun and exciting. You want to make sure that the new room suits your child’s age and personality–making it their very own special space. Baby’s Own Room would like to share some great tips that will help you transform the nursery into a big kid room that your child will absolutely love.

 

Quick Tip! Select a theme or color scheme that can easily go from crib to big kids bed, adding age appropriate accessories along the way. The Lavender and Gray Elizabeth Damask collection by Sweet Jojo Designs is just one stunning example.

 

Choose a theme: A great way of making the room age-appropriate is by selecting a theme that reflects your child’s hobbies and interests. This will be a perfect starting point for redecorating the bedroom. Whether your child loves cars, princesses, animals or cars, you can find a range of themed bedroom items including bed spreads, lamps, wall art, and rugs.

Child-size furniture: As well as getting a new bed that is the perfect size for your child, you can also consider other big kid furnishings. Child-size desks, tables, chairs, and shelves will customize the bedroom and make it your child’s own special space to hang out in. When adding other furniture pieces, you should think about placing them in functional areas, such as having a craft corner or play zone.

Bright colors: If there’s one thing kids love, it’s bright colors. Introducing bright shades of blue, yellow, red and green to replace the pastel colors will do a great job of transforming the nursery. You can get bins, shelves and other pieces of furniture in a variety of colors. The rainbow is your limit.

Add storage: Make sure you pack away any baby accessories and put them out of sight. Now that your child’s growing up, they are going to have new toys and items, and a lot more of them. Storage units are an essential feature of a big kid’s room. It can be as simple as getting colorful storage bins or trunks to store toys. Also, open shelves are a great idea for displaying toys.

 

This popular animal nursery crib bedding collection makes the best unisex nursery room décor with matching wall art, sleep–pod and decorative pillows.

Quick Tip: Choose rugs, chairs, and wall art that will easily go from dream nursery to dreamy kids room!

As you can see, there are many great and simple ways of converting a nursery to a dream room that is fit for a big kid. While you’re making the transition, it’s a good idea to get your child involved in the decorating process and ask what they like so that you end up with a room that they will be proud to call their own.

What ever you decide on, just have fun with it! At the end of the day, a comfy and cozy space to get a good night’s rest is all that’s important. Right? Thanks for dropping by Baby’s Own Room Blog and see you next time…

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Strange Pregnancy Cravings to Avoid

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Fit Pregnancy | 1 comment

Some Strange Cravings to Avoid During Pregnancy

 

 

While almost all women crave something unusual during pregnancy, some women take this to a whole new level. They may crave non-food items that they would never even think of eating at other times.

Strange Pregnancy Cravings to Avoid: dirt, sand, clay, cigarette ashes, baking powder, baking soda, mothballs, laundry detergent, coffee grounds, paint, soap, and paper. Some pregnant women may even be tempted to take a bite out of a styrofoam cup!

Ever heard of a condition called Pica? We thought it interestingly fitting that it’s named after a small bird in the crow family–known to eat just about anything. Moms-to-be must be aware of the desire to eat non-food items and the tendency towards strange pregnancy cravings. It’s important since they can severely block the absorption of nutrients, block your bowels entirely, and in the very worst cases, cause acute poisoning leading to loss of life to the mother and/or unborn child. Pica is more common than once thought because many women were too embarrassed to tell anyone they had such unusual, and potentially harmful, cravings.

Baby’s Own Room Quick Tip: The internet is helping to change Pica Awareness. Thankfully women are able to discuss the issue more freely on forums, social media outlets, and supportive groups. Some women are more comfortable sharing this way where they can remain anonymous.

 

The jury is still out on exactly what causes pica. Complicating the matter is that the causes can be different for each woman. However, some studies have linked pica to an iron deficiency and others suggest another mineral or vitamin deficiency to be the cause. The best way to avoid these strange pregnancy cravings is to eat a well-balanced diet full of super foods that have a high density of micronutrients. Eating foods high in omega-3 is also very important. Be sure to eat foods like:

  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Fresh Produce {in every color of the rainbow}
  • Wild Salmon
  • Halibut
  • Trout
  • Sardines
  • Flax Seed

That about wraps it up for today. Thanks for dropping by Baby’s Own Room. Isn’t it good to note that pickles and ice cream are NOT on the list of strange pregnancy cravings to avoid? 🙂

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