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Amazing Tips For Decorating Your Child’s Bedroom

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Decorating Your Child’s Bedroom can be complicated.  Aside from filling it with toys, you have to consider many factors in designing their personal place for play and sleep.

First, toddlers spend a huge part of their lives in bed. The National Sleep Foundation recommends toddlers sleep for 11-14 hours. Older children less. Quality sleep is important to their mental and emotional development. One way to make sure they get adequate slumber is by designing a room that suits their need for sleep and play.

Likewise, their room should not only be a place where they get sufficient sleep, but also a venue for playing, learning and developing intimacy with their parents and siblings. Here are a few things to consider:

     1.  Ensure safety of your child

Also, your toddler is just starting to develop their motor skills.  As a result, they are prone to injuries.  There are toys and other things inside their room that are dangerous.  Additionally, some can be health hazards. Aside from being toxic, these things might also choke them. Make sure your toddler’s room protects them from harm, and not the other way around.

  1. Be cozy

Next, the bedroom should be designed to make sleep come easy.  While decorating your child’s bedroom, the furniture and accessories should be placed in a way that they can sleep comfortably. Likewise, the walls and furniture should be painted with calming colors. Another thing to consider is to buy the most comfortable mattress for them. A Gel Memory Foam Mattress is recommended for comfort.

  1. Spark creativity

Bedtime stories fuel your kid’s creativity.  So, make their room a part of their dreamland. Their bedroom should be a venue to fuel their personal fantasy. If they like astronomy and space explorations, stuff their room with glow in the dark stars and spaceships.

  1. Encourage learning

Besides enhancing their creative flair, your child’s room should help boost their intellect. Books and art can stimulate their desire to read and learn. Art can stimulate their desire to draw, color and paint.

  1. Include play area

Another thing to consider when decorating your child’s bedroom is providing a play area.  Play is very important in a child’s development both mentally and physically.  Playing allows children to build better behavior, become team players, grow as active adults, boost learning, and increase their happiness.

You may be wondering how you should design your child’s room to incorporate these suggestions.  Here are a few tips:

Empower your child’s talents and interests By age 2 to 3, your toddler is showing signs of their talents and interests. You can help them nourish their gifts. One way to do this is by designing their room to cultivate their interests.

Make your kid’s bedroom a venue to inspire them to learn –  Aside from developing the talents of your child, you can also influence them to become an achiever and succeed in life through their room. Design their room so that it will improve their self-responsibility and self-esteem.  One way to do this is to provide storage boxes to place their toys after playing. Through this method, teaching them how to tidy up and to organize their things will help them become responsible and help with self-esteem.

Be creative in setting up your kid’s roomAdditionally, listen and watch your toddler so you can learn what they like.

Keep their bed free from clutter – By now you should teach your child the value of sleep by making sure that their beds are free of clutter. If possible, set aside an area to play, watch TV or eat away from their bed.

Toddlers and kids learn best by experiencing their environment.  So, consider our suggestions when decorating your child’s bedroom.  Provide a room designed to enhance their growth and development.

 

Note: Ethan Wright is a health enthusiast who believes every great day begins with a good night sleep. He is currently a researcher and writer for Bedding Stock. When not wearing his writing hat, you will see him traveling to places with his journal.

 

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #69

 

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Welcome to Week 69 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. We are continuing our Happy Mother’s Day theme this week. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, party ideas, decorating inspiration, gift ideas, love stories and anything else you would like to post to celebrate mom.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard parties and makeovers and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.
Just link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the reader’s and hosts selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Hosts Are:

Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother Kim U. – Pinterested Parent Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone

 

Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please subscribe to my blog on the right, like my
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin or before you leave.

The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave.

 

Mother 2 Mother Blog

Sundays Best Featured Blogger

Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know. They may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party!

 

The Sunday’s Best Posts are:

I selected Cookie Sheet Chalkboard from Little Miss Celebration

chalkboard ideas, DIY

 

Kim U. selected Vintage Sheet Quilt from Busy Being Jennifer

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and

Kim M. selected Vertical Pallet Herb Vegetable Garden fromWorld Market

 

gardening, vertical gardening, creative gardening

 

The Post With The Most Clicks:

Mudroom Reveal from The Dempster Logbook 

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and

The Favorite Theme Posts

Happy Mother’s Day

Mason Jar Flowers For Mother’s Day from Worthen Court Blog

mothers day gift ideas

 

 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected next week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love. Be sure to connect on social media. 

 


Little Tikes Grill and Accessories Give Away

 

 
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Summer is around the corner and families everywhere will be firing up grills.  BBQing is an American pastime.  There’s nothing like  good food, family, friends and fun.  Little ones like to cook too.  We’re going to help them by giving away this Little Tikes grill and accessories. 

Your toddler will have years of fun with the gas grill and accessories. The Little Tikes Grow ‘n Grill has two stages to grow with your child from toddler to preschooler.  Just like a real gas grill with dual grill, lid, sink and side burners. The grill has a starter button and clicking knobs.  It comes with:

  • 1 pair of tongs
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 hamburger and bun
  • 1 hot dog and bun
  • 1 bottle of ketchup

The accessories come with 20 pieces.  The BBQ set comes with two burgers, two hot dogs, corn on the cob, ketchup, mustard and more. The set is appropriate for ages 3+.

Make this grill set and accessories yours by entering below:

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Here’s the rules: Please subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media. For additional entries, tweet the give away or leave a blog comment. The winner will be selected by Raffle Copter and notified via email.  Please make sure your email address is correct.  If not, you will be disqualified and another winner selected. The prize will be shipped directly to the winner, so once you are notified you will be required to forward your shipping address to Mother 2 Mother. 

The give away is open to US Resident 18+ only.  Please allow sufficient time for processing and shipping of both items.  Mother 2 Mother wishes all of participants good luck.  We hope you’re little one enjoys the grill and accessories, and thanks to everyone who participates. 

 

Finding Dory Printables – Opens in Theatres June 17

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Finding Dory will be in theatres June 17, 2016.  Be sure to mark your calendar.  You won’t want to miss Dory’s next big adventure.

ABOUT THE MOVIE: Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres).  So, Dory is living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence).  Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her.  As a result, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute.  The Marine Life Institute (MLI) is a rehabilitation center and aquarium.

Next, in an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents.  One which is Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip.  Also, Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz.  Last, Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark.

Furthermore, after deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.   Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) is the director.  Also, it is co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”).  Disney•Pixar’s  “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

Last, mark your calendar and make it a family affair.  In the mean time, enjoy our maze, coloring and connect the dot pages below. You can download the pages here.

 

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Tips To Help Save The Planet

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April 22, 2016 is Earth Day.  Many people think it’s the big sweeping changes that will make an impact on the environment.  However, it’s really the little things that matter. When millions of people participate, they add up fast. When you are planning your garden for this season, think about these easy tips.  You too can use them to help to save the planet.  They are by the landscaping experts at RubberMulch.  Every small action is part of the engine of positive environmental change!  Check out my other backyard vegetable gardening tips.

Collect rainwater to help keep the garden green, even during a drought

A rain barrel will collect excess rainwater.  Something that can both protect and enhance your garden. It will help prevent flooding in low lying parts of the garden.  Additionally,  it will allow you to water your plants and flowers, guilt free, and with no impact to your water bill. Even during a drought, you can maintain your garden’s fresh and beautiful look. Tip –  Install a screen on the top of the barrel to keep pests and bugs out!

Bring on the Good Bugs!

There are several varieties of insects that are good for your garden.  You can encourage them to pay your plants and flowers a visit.  For example, ladybugs and lacewing flies love two things brightly colored flowers.  They also like sunflowers, marigolds  and plant destroying aphids. The former attracts the ladybugs and flies and the latter becomes their lunch!

So, how do you encourage the good bugs to visit your your garden? Plant colorful flowers. They’ll see them like a botanical drive-thru window.

Do you like a little Irish Spring in the shower?

Buy two bars of Irish Spring soap. When you’re in the garden, shave a little of the first bar around your perennial plants and flowers.  Small, furry critters don’t care for it. It’s an inexpensive deterrent that smells a whole lot better than many of the products sold at the garden center.

When you’re done all your gardening efforts for the put it to good use on yourself. Its win-win!

Cornbread anyone?

If you’re partial to using corn meal gluten in your kitchen, you might want to use some in your garden. To keep weed  from germinating and growing into full fledged plants, sprinkle some corn meal around your flowers. The gluten will prevent any seed from germinating.  However, avoid it in your vegetable patch or nary a tomato will you grow.

Do you already have some weeds growing? A pinch of salt at the base of weed will kill it naturally.  Also, snails and slugs are slimy but oddly, they don’t care for man made slime!  As a result, spread some petroleum jelly on the edges of your pots and planters.  It will save your plants from becoming an all-a-snail-can-eat buffet.

Reuse milk jugs and plastic bottles

We all have too many of them in the house.  However, most can be recycled.   But you can also put a few of them to good use in the garden. You can keep your early spring seedlings safe from sudden frosts or other harsh weather.  Cut  the bottom from the jug or bottles and placing them over top of the seedling. This will protect them from threats of spring frost or hail. Just don’t forget to remove them when the good weather arrives.  The plants can benefit from the full and healthful effects of sun and rain!

Mulch much?

Mulching is so important for your garden! It protects plants from pests and weeds.  And it helps the plants retain moisture and the necessary minerals from the earth. Mulch helps cut down on the time and energy you spend maintaining the garden and plant beds. Take it to another level by using a sustainable and long lasting Rubber Mulch. They are made from recycled rubber tires. You can’t get more friendly to your garden and the earth than that!

Epsom salts for the garden?

Did you know that Epsom salt is a perfect natural fertilizer? They will help keep your garden plants green, your flowers grow in abundance and balance the levels of magnesium in your soil.  An important mineral for your garden’s happiness. And then you can put some in your hot bath and relax those tired muscles after a day of tending to your beautiful garden!

Coffee grounds and eggshells are compost gold!

Who knew being addicted to coffee could end up being good for the garden? Coffee grounds that are placed in the earth or the compost, to a depth of 6 to 8 inches, can do a lot of good. The grounds provide phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and copper, all of which your soil needs.  They will release nitrogen into the soil.  Nitrogen is another essential compound for a healthy garden.  Sprinkle some as mulch at the base of your hydrangea plants and your pink flowers will turn blue as the grounds alter the PH levels of the soil!

Eggshells are good for your garden too:

1.     Eggshells are composed of 96% calcium carbonate so they can give your compost that hit of calcium it needs. Pepper and tomato plants love calcium!

2.     Crushed eggshells are sharp! Sprinkle some around your plants to deter pests like slugs and snails from munching on your growing garden.

These tips are things that we can all do to help our gardens grow and our earth to sustain itself.

Rubber Mulch, available at RubberMulch.com is the original and environmentally responsible mulch made from 100% recycled rubber used in gardens, playgrounds and sustainable landscaping. Rubber Mulch is weather resistant, durable, and the most cost effective mulch around. It is designed to protect children from falls on the playground. Rubber Mulch helps homeowners increase the curb appeal of their house and create the home and garden they have always dreamed of.

Guest Post – Italian Chicken and Zucchini Skillet Recipe

 

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Today I bring you a delicious and healthy skillet recipe that never fails to impress. A little about myself, my name is Madina and I’m writing in partnership with Ready Set Eat. On the weekends, I like to prepare meals that I can quickly heat up during the week. One of my favorite dishes to make is Italian Chicken and Zucchini Skillet, a casserole style dish combining unique flavors of garlic, bell peppers, and tomatoes with zucchini, chicken, and pasta. Topped with extra sprinkles of Parmesan cheese it makes the ultimate comfort meal.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • Organic Canola oil cooking spray
  • 1 pound of cubed boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 medium sized fresh bell peppers cut into strips
  • 1 medium diced fresh onion cut into small pieces
  • 2 medium zucchinis sliced into discs
  • 1 can of Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, drained
  • 1 can of Hunt’s® Tomato Sauce with Basil, Garlic and Oregano
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

 

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Source: Bravissimos

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta al dente, until it is slightly firm
  2. Spray or coat large skillet with oil
  3. Cook chicken in skillet until it is well cooked
  4. Stir in peppers, onions and zucchinis, tomatoes and sauce
  5. Bring mixture to a boil reducing heat after a few minutes
  6. Mix ingredients regularly until vegetables are soft
  7. Place veggies and chicken over a plate of orzo pasta
  8. Add generous sprinkles of parmesan and allow to melt!
  9. You can recreate this recipe and substitute the orzo pasta with slices of potatoes. Bake the skillet in the oven for around 20 minutes on low heat. You can also replace the vegetables in this recipe with any favorites of your choice.

I hope you enjoy making this easy and healthy Italian Chicken and Zucchini Skillet it saves me a lot of prep and time during the week.

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #68

 

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Welcome to Week 68 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. We are starting our Happy Mother’s Day theme this week. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, party ideas, decorating inspiration, gift ideas, love stories and anything else you would like to post to celebrate mom. 

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard parties and makeovers and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.
Just link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the reader’s and hosts selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Hosts Are:

Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother Kim U. – Pinterested Parent Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone

 

Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please subscribe to my blog on the right, like my
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin or before you leave.

The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave.

 

Mother 2 Mother Blog

Sundays Best Featured Blogger

Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know. They may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party!

 

The Sunday’s Best Posts are:

I selected Black Beans Side Dish from Honey and Birch 

 

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Kim M.  selected 40 DIY Spring Easter Wreaths  from The Jenny Evolution

 

Looking for a little inspiration for making a spring wreath? Check out our ideas.

and

Kim U. selected Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Truffles from The Gold Lining Girl 

 

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The Post With The Most Clicks:

Make Ahead Freezer Meals from Nepa Mom 

Chicken Freezer Meals for Crock Pots

The Favorite Theme Posts

Spring Has Arrived

 

Forever Tulips from Little Miss Celebration 

 

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and

Spring Mantel from Old Time Pottery

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Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected next week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love. Be sure to connect on social media. 

 


Spaze Apparel Hoodi Review

I received this Hoodi in exchange for the review; however, all opinions are my own.

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I was asked by Spaze Apparel to review a product from their site.  I browsed the site and readily agreed when I came across their selection of hoodies.  It was just what the doctor had ordered.  I’m amazed at times the way things happen. You see I had been searching for months for my navy blue hoodi to no avail.  So, I knew immediately the hoodi was the winner for my review.

I selected the Gildan G186FL Heavy Blend Ladies Hoodi in navy.  It was difficult making a decision because they have so many colors to choose from.  White, black, purple, red you name it.  They offer the hoodi in sizes S – 3XL.  I like the larger sizes because I can wear a heavy shirt under it in cooler weather and still have plenty of room for comfort and movement.

So, I waited for the package to arrive.  Finally, the package was delivered.  I anxiously opened the package, and I must say I was not disappointed.  I loved the fit and it was so soft.  My response was yes, this is perfect.  I don’t know about you, but when I get comfortable with a piece of clothing it’s hard to find a replacement. It was my go to when I headed out for a early morning for a walk or to run errands at Walmart, Target etc.  My attitude about my misplaced hoodi changed. Now if I don’t find it, it’s not a big deal.  I have found a replacement that I love just as much, and I have a new attitude!  Thank you Spaze Apparel.

The one negative about the hoodi for me is the pockets aren’t deep enough.  I like to stick my phone in my pockets when I’m out for a walk.  However, my keys fit nicely though.  I want to mention that the hoodi looks great with my capris and walking shoes.  For the price, the quality is excellent. I highly recommend this item.  It’s perfect for moms on the go. Head over to Spaze Apparel and check them out. They have something for everyone in the family.