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Toddler Beds are a Waste of Money and Here’s Why.

Toddler beds are a waste of money. Click through to learn why and what you should get instead.
If you’re searching for a new bed to buy for your toddler, then you may be thinking about getting a toddler-sized bed. It makes sense to get a bed that size for your little one, right? They’re small and they don’t need that much space sleep on.  It gradually helps them to adjust to a “big kid” bed. But here’s the thing. If you buy a toddler-size bed. it may be a waste of money in the long run.

Our sleep situation got complicated when my daughter turned two. She rarely slept in her crib because she slept much better in bed with me when she was an infant. But as my daughter got a little older, it was getting harder to sleep with her. She did this thing where she wanted to cuddle right up next to me at night. But she would also get mad if she couldn’t stretch her feet out because I’d be in the way. It was almost impossible to sleep with her at night. In fact, my husband and I always joke about how she is a bully in bed. She would kick and punch me of that sort if something was not contented to her sleep needs.

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It was getting to the point where I was waking up every few hours at night. It felt like I had a newborn again and that was not fun! So I did something about it.
I’m not writing this to deter you from buying a toddler bed. It might be the right size for you and your family because maybe your toddler needs to adjust to a slightly bigger bed. Because maybe they already sleep in their own crib. But my daughter was used to sleeping in our queen-sized bed. So that is where I decided to get a bigger bed for my toddler and here is why.
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Toddler beds are a waste of money. Click through to learn why and what you should get instead. #kidsbedroomdecor #toddlerroom #decorinspiration Toddler beds are a waste of money. Click through to learn why and what you should get instead. Toddler beds are a waste of money. Click through to learn why and what you should get instead.

She was already used to sleeping in a queen-sized bed.

My daughter slept in our bed every night. I had this feeling that she would hate a toddler-sized bed because she never slept well in her crib. She moves around a lot in her sleep. And when she became more mobile as an infant, she would always wake herself up by hitting herself on the wooden slats of the crib. It became a hassle every night trying to get her to sleep in her own crib when I knew that she slept much better with me.

I had many issues with anxiety.

At that time, I was only worried about the sake of my own sanity. I don’t function well with little sleep so I picked and chose my own battles. Any time my daughter slept in her crib, I always worried about her constantly. So co-sleeping with my little one helped me to sleep better at night knowing that she was safe with me.

Your toddler will have a smaller chance of falling out of bed.

The main reason I bought a bigger bed for my toddler was because I knew that she would have more room to move around in. We had bought a full-size mattress from the link below and it’s surprisingly comfy for the price we got it for. So far, she has not fallen out of bed once. But if you worry about your toddler falling off the bed, then you might consider buying one of these pull-out bed rails to keep them from falling out of bed.
Spa Sensations 8 Inch Spring and Gel Memory Foam Mattress by Zinus, Full 

She will be able to grow into her bed.

This is another factor of why we bought a full-sized bed. I felt that if I were to buy a toddler-sized bed then she would just grow out of it within the next year or two and we would’ve had to spend more money on a new bed. So, financially, it made sense to skip the small bed.Toddler beds are a waste of money. Click through to learn why and what you should get instead.

You can easily switch between your bed and theirs if you don’t want your kid to sleep in your bed.

So, the other reason we were buying a bigger bed is so that I could sleep in it too. I still don’t mind co-sleeping with my daughter, but I wanted to make sure that I had enough room to sleep there too. My husband gets up for work very early in the morning. And we both knew that it was best for her to sleep in her own room so that he wouldn’t wake her in the mornings. She’s a light sleeper. I have to say that it’s nice not having to worry about her sleeping in our bed. She doesn’t mind having her own room and I think she likes it better this way.

So where can you buy a bigger bed without breaking the piggy bank?

If you’re on a budget, you can buy a full-sized mattress as Walmart for under $200. We bought the 8 inch spring mattress with gel-memory foam. (Spa Sensations 8 Inch Spring and Gel Memory Foam Mattress by Zinus, Full) I took my chances with buying a mattress online by checking out the reviews and they were surprisingly positive. After placing the order online, the shipping was free and delivery is only two days. I was pretty happy about that. The bed comes rolled up into a package.

The package was really heavy.

So the downside to this is that the package is very heavy. But it wasn’t so heavy that we needed help. My husband was able to get the package upstairs by himself. The upside to it is that it is very easy to unpack. Cut the plastic open and it immediately blows up into it’s full size. They recommend to wait 48 hours for it to fully conform. But I took it out of the package around noon and my daughter slept in her bed that night.
The other downside to the mattress is there is a smell to it once its open. You can either let it air out in a couple of days or you can buy a waterproof mattress cover below. I recommend that you buy one anyways in case they wet the bed.
DMI Zippered Plastic Mattress Cover Protector, Waterproof, Full Size, White

So, how does your toddler adjust to a new bed?

Overall, my daughter loves her new bed. The first night she slept in it, I got her adjusted by showing her her new bed. You can lay on it, talk to each other, read books, and tell her that this is her new bed and that she will be sleeping here from now on. You can always make it a huge thing for them because toddlers can easily get excited about these kinds of things if you just make it fun for them. This is a big deal for your toddler and I’m sure that it is for you too. It also helps too if you decorate their room and make them realize that this is their space. So make it inviting by using kid-friendly décor. Check out this post I wrote for toddler room decor inspiration.

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How To Freshen Up An Entryway Table With Fall Decor

If you love simple, then let me show you how to freshen up your entryway table with beautiful Fall decor and easy to follow steps.

Fall is right around the corner and it’s about time to start decorating for the season. So, gather round pumpkin spice lovers, and let me show you how you can freshen up your entryway table with Fall decor. This is an easy to follow tutorial. If you love to create easy, beautiful crafts, then keep reading.

I had a few mason jars stacked in our basement when we moved into our new home over the summer. So I asked myself what I could do with them. They were just sitting there and were begging to be used in a new craft project. I figured I could use these old mason jars in a new décor project. So here is a list of what I started with for materials.

If you love simple, then let me show you how to freshen up your entryway table with beautiful Fall decor and easy to follow steps.

Materials for Fall Mason Jars:

3 Large Mason Jars
Acrylic Paint or
Chalk Paint
Twine
Artificial Flowers
Paint Brush

Wash up and clean off your mason jars

It’s important to clean off your project before you decide to paint them. You don’t want any dirt or dust sitting under the paint. Otherwise, the paint is going to come off at some point. So, I washed them off with water and soap and made sure that the mason jars were dried off good before I started painting.

Start painting in your choice of color

The next step is my favorite part because you get to be creative in the choices of colors you want to use. Obviously, I went for a Fall vibe. But I decided to pick neutral colors. The brown is an acrylic paint in lite mocha and the white was a chalk paint in the color plaster. Start painting your mason jars after you’ve dried them off. I used a couple of layers to make sure the paint was on thick and that I wouldn’t see any streaks. This is the paint brush I used from Walmart.

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Add your choice of finishing pieces

Before I added the finishing touches, I made sure I touched up a few areas and that they were also dry. For my choice of finishing touches, I added twine and Fall themed sunflowers. All of the flowers I had bought were from Walmart. And I have to say that they had some really pretty colors for Fall. There were a ton of choices to choose from. But I knew that I wanted to use sunflowers for this project.

What to do for the Fall entryway table

After the mason jars were finished, I added them to my table in our entryway. Although the mason jars looked pretty by themselves, you can add a few décor pieces to bring it all together. I had some pretty Fall leaves and pumpkins to add on the table. But you could place anything on your entryway table as long as it fits within the theme and the colors. I’d love to add a large sign above the mason jars to complete the whole theme.

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Here is the finished look of the Fall entryway table. I think it ended up turning out better than I had expected. And this project only took me a few hours to complete. It’s seems to me that it is best to go with your instincts. Before I had planned out this craft project, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the brown paint. But I actually love this color and I am so glad I made it the main choice instead of as just a pop of color. If you liked this project, let me know in the comments below.

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Neutral Modern Vibes for Toddler Bedroom Decor Ideas

Lately, I have been obsessing over the neutral modern vibes that I have been seeing on Pinterest. The other day I was searching for bedroom decor ideas for my toddler and I found some pretty inspiring ideas that I could easily incorporate with her new bedroom. It’s exciting now that we have just bought our first home and I am drooling over the endless possibilities of what I can do for interior decoration. I’ve spent many years dreaming of the ideas I’ve gotten from Pinterest and now I finally get to implement them after renting for so long.

Now that I have these ideas stuck in my head, it was time for me to explore some options that I had. I don’t have a very large budget. But I still wanted to make our home feel like it was inviting. Those pretty pictures that you see all the time on Pinterest have some very expensive products that would burn a hole through my wallet. Still, I thought that there was some way I could try to make my daughter’s bedroom look like that without having to spend a fortune. Thankfully, it is a possibility and I am going to list those items right here for you.

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Neutral Modern Vibes Bedroom Decor Ideas

What I absolutely love

Surprisingly, some of these items came from Walmart. But I can’t be mad about that. I’m not in love with everything at Walmart like I am with Target or IKEA. But they still have some pretty neat items that are great for adding a little inspiration. Some of these things I had no idea Walmart sells. After seeing some of their ads on my Facebook newsfeed, I had to check out some of their stuff because I do love their prices.

While I was shopping the other day, I stumbled upon IKEA’s website. Because I had not shopped there in a long time, I wasn’t sure what they would have. I got all excited surfing their products because some of the things that I had seen on Pinterest was the exact style that IKEA carried and they had great prices too. This style that I am talking about is mostly mid-century modern with the same neutral monochromatic look. But if you mix it up with some rustic, boho, or vintage furniture pieces with lots of detail and pops of color then it’s not so boring and minimalistic looking.

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Aside from the furniture, I was most excited to find the section where they had artificial plants. I’ve always wanted to add fake plants into my home. But if you’ve looked around, artificial plants can be really expensive. So I never bothered to look around for those items. But IKEA has great prices on them and you should definitely check them out. 

Some of these items I had already bought for that neutral modern vibes look. And I can’t wait to get started on my daughter’s room. For example, the blue pillow with the decorative buttons was a lot bigger than I had anticipated. And I love it, especially for the price! I also received the sweater knit throw pillow and it is gorgeous. I’m in love with the boho chic vibe that it gives off and it will look perfect in my daughter’s room. I am just waiting for her other pieces to arrive so I can show off her neutral modern vibes bedroom reveal. What do you think of this look?

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How to Spot an Old Thrifty Item Makeover Opportunity

How can you spot an old thrifty item that has lots of opportunities for a makeover? First, you must ask yourself… What is it that you are searching for in your next project? This is something that I always need to know each time I want to make something new.

Most of the time it is something that I want to add to my home decor collection. I am always thinking of ways to make my home look beautiful without having to break the bank. In fact, decorating your home with your own projects is the best way to budget. And you get to have your own style that fits you best. If I see something online that I love, I always try to put some of that inspiration into my next project.

How can you spot an old thrifty item that has lots of opportunities for a makeover? Click through so you can easily find a thrift store item for your next DIY.

How can you spot an old thrifty item that has lots of opportunities for a makeover? Click through so you can easily find a thrift store item for your next DIY.

I love being able to go to the thrift store and find old items that I can repurpose. Or even just adding a touch up of new paint colors is like a magical recreation of some sort. It’s amazing what you can do with one or two paint colors to freshen up the look of something.

If you are new to the DIY niche, then it is time to get in touch with your creative side. Imagine what you can do with the pieces that you have right in front of you. Start out with a thrift store or a local flea market and look at which items are available to you.

Hold onto whatever catches your eye

If you find something that catches your eye, hold onto it. And visualize what you can do with that item. Then think about whether you can repurpose this item into something new. Or whether it just needs to be refinished with a few layers of paint. If it can be repurposed, look for something else that can be used as an added touch for that old thrifty item you have just found.

When you spot an old thrifty item and you have found some pieces that go together, then imagine what you can create by thinking of what you can do with those pieces. For example, I was able to DIY some old thrift store junk into a gift that I gave to someone for Christmas. If you went into the thrift store and saw those wall decor pieces sitting on a shelf, your average person would never have thought about turning it into a farmhouse decor piece with a couple of old mason jars.

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If you spot an old thrifty item, another way to spew out your creative mind is to think of what opportunities may be the best outcome for this project when combing your handy skills and the supplies that you already have. When you are always starting a completely new project, supplies can become expensive in the long run if you keep adding on. So maybe you have some chalk paint lying around that you never finished up using. This way, you are still saving money when you decide to start a new project.

Be creative with the finishing touches to your old thrifty item

Now that you already have an idea of what you want to do with your old thrifty item, think of what to add next to completely finish the project. What colors can you add to paint this project? Get inspired and imitate. Maybe you found something that you love on Pinterest. Don’t be afraid to copy that and add your own spin to it. Other than paint colors, search for items that will make your project even stand out more. These are the best parts of a project because you get to be creative with those finishing touches. And you get to create something that has your own style to it.

So now that you have an idea of how to spot an old thrifty item, go to the store and see what items catch your eye. You can really piece some things together when you put your mind to it. The most important thing that matters most is that you are having fun and being creative.

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A List of Ideas for Our First Home: Before and After We Move In

I feel like we are finally moving up in the world! We are going from a rental house to a smaller apartment to a house that we can finally call home. My husband and I just recently put in an offer on our first home and it was accepted!

After looking for 6+ months, we finally found the home that fits our needs. It’s a 3 bedroom 1 3/4 bath house that has a bit of charm to it. The home has a nice backyard for my little girl to play in, a cozy fireplace in the living room with french doors, original hyde murphy woodwork trim, and a dining room with a large window seat.

We do not close on this house until the end of June so I can’t officially say that we are homeowners yet, but we are one step closer! There are just some ideas that I have that we have to do before we move into this house.

If you bought your first home and need some interior inspiration, click through to get some of our latest ideas for home decor.
If you bought your first home and need some interior inspiration, click through to get some of our latest ideas for home decor.

If you bought your first home and need some interior inspiration, click through to get some of our latest ideas for home decor.

Interior ideas for our first home

There are so many projects that I already have in mind. But the absolute first thing that I would love to do is to paint the interior before we move in our furniture. It’s so exciting to think of all of the options there are with paint colors.

This is something that I have been waiting to do for so long because I have always wanted to pick and choose my own colors. And I have never had the opportunity to do that because we have always rented.

Now that I can do what I like to our first home, I really want to choose colors that make the home bright and airy. The house has wood trim that I am not going to paint because I think it will devalue the home since you can’t get hyde murphy anywhere.

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Neutral vibes with pops of color

These are some ideas I am thinking of using throughout our first home. I’m in love with the white, brown, and grey tones. I love these colors because of how simple and clean they appear when you walk into a room. Plus, the neutral colors will go nicely with the dark wood trim.

The decor pieces that bring in pops of color are also lovely. I am normally the one person who has a hard time bringing in bright colors all together. But it is something different to experiment with.

The fireplace needs to be brightened up, so I am thinking of painting the brick white. As of now its just a natural dark brick color. But the fireplace looks dark and drabby. It also has some gold trim on the cabinet doors that cover the bookshelves beside it. I will have to paint those and probably stick with white altogether.

There are many more projects that I have in store for our first home. But one of the major projects that will happen in the future is a little kitchen renovation. The kitchen is very small and awkward. And we are thinking of knocking down the mudroom next to it. This is so we can have more counter space on top of making the kitchen roomier and open.

Putting up fences and gardening

After we move into our first home, we have plans to put a fence up in the backyard. A fence is necessary since there is a small drop off at the end of our yard. It’s about 4 or 5 feet in height which is not good for our toddler. So our goal is to get that done right after we’ve moved. But I might temporarily plant tall bushes in the back if putting a fence in needs to be delayed.

I am also getting excited about gardening. I’d love to fill our backyard with flowers and lots of it! I am a newbie at gardening so this will be an exciting new hobby to add.

We are so giddy about our first home and we cannot wait to get in and close on this house.

I will be documenting all of the projects that we complete in our home. As first-time homeowners, it is going to be a lot of work. Almost everything is new to us in the home improvement department. But we are looking forward to learning as we go.

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