Meet The Angelcare AC1200 Video, Movement & Sound Monitor For Smartphones #Review

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Being a first time mom, the thought of being separated from my newborn daughter, Ava, was incredibly stressing. During the first weeks after her birth, my husband and I kept her crib in our room for convenience, but understood that we would eventually have to move her into her nursery. That’s why we decided to invest into a baby monitor. Not only did it help ease our worry, but gave us the ability to have more sleep at night.

With so many baby monitoring solutions available, companies are constantly improving a parents ability to monitor their baby. Angelcare has done just that with their new AC1200 Video Movement & Sound Monitor for Smartphone.  The award-winning company’s new baby monitor allows parents to “check in” on their baby from wherever they are in the world via their smartphone with the new Angelcare app. With this new device parents can turn their Smartphone (iPhone or Android), tablet, iPad or even their computer into a monitor to watch their little bundle of joy. … [read more]

Beverley Mitchell Shows Off Daughter Kenzie’s Nursery

Beverley Mitchell Shows Off Kenize's Nursery

Every mom-to-be wants the perfect nursery. 

That’s why, Beverley Mitchell enlisted her famous designer friends Bill Horn and Scout Masterson to help create the perfect nursery for her 1-year-old daughter Kenzie with husband Michael Cameron.

“Bill and Scout are like my baby whisperers. I had no idea where to start and what I needed and they totally came in and just took over and made sure we had everything we needed. They not only helped design the room, they also put the room together and handled the delivery of everything while I was at the hospital giving birth!” she told of the duo who have also designed Tori Spelling’s baby nurseries. 

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5 Easy Nursery Organising Tips

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Organization is key to creating the right atmosphere in your newborn’s nursery. Don’t get overwhelmed with all the necessities, toys and clothes piling up. If you’re already in nesting mode, it’s helpful to think ahead. Even if you’re working with a small space, you can create the perfect, cozy corner for your little one. Check out some easy tips to get you started! … [read more]

Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Million Dollar Nursery

Jay-Z and Beyonce's Million Dollar Nursery

In OMG news, rapper Jay-Z has splashed out over a million bucks on a nursery for daughter Blue Ivy Carter. So is this new nursery at the home he shares with wife Beyonce? No! It’s at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The arena is where the Brooklyn Nets play home games and since Jay-Z is part owner of the team, it makes sense that he and Bey are there all the time. A loud hoops game is no place for their little Blue princess, so the basement luxury suite seemed like a great idea.

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Refinished Nursery

This week I’m all about being on a budget, so let’s talk nurseries. Who doesn’t want the perfect celebrity nursery- I know I’d want it for my kids! However, I don’t make even a fraction of what a celebrity does, so my kids are settling with the retail store budget I live off of. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t make the best nursery ever!

Let’s assume you have not a creative bone in your body, here are some simple ways to create the prefect nursery on a small budget.

Craigslist or other resale furniture places are a great place to start. Low top dressers make great changing stations. You can find a used dresser with minimal wear and tear for reasonable. Let’s say you’re working in a tight budget. Just for grins in giggles I was able to find a low top dresser on my local craigslist for $25, however, it was tore up to say the least! It can easily be refinished or stained if it is solid wood. For a less time consuming project, try paint. White furniture always offers a clean look. Looking for something a bit more whimsical? Try adding a touch of color to coordinate your nursery bedding. Paint some trim work or get colored hardware for a subtle look or the whole drawer front for a more intense effect. A fun idea for hardware is to buy a precut wood shape from a craft store (.50$ each!), attach it to a small dowel rod that’s been cut down and secure to the dresser with a screw! Cheap and easy way to add personality to a ‘boring’ dresser. Another easy finish is finding wallpaper or contact paper. These can offer a fun pattern and usually easier than refinishing. If you’re lucky enough to score a dresser that doesn’t need to be refinished but could use a little touching up, try adding new hardware for a fresh look. Top with a changing pad if desired (I always just did a few blankets) and a decorative basket or box to hold all the diapering essentials and you’ve got a completed changing station! Total project cost: about $30+

Cribs are a bit trickier of a subject and will run you a bit more. Let’s assume you can score a crib for free: Purchase your favorite KID SAFE paint and go to town. Keep in mind this will be an extensive project as most stains and paints will require you to sand first and sanding each bar for the crib can get time consuming, but again, if you’re on a budget, this could save you tons! A new crib for junior can run you from $150 (for a basic crib) to unimaginable prices! You’d be lucky to score a hand-me-down crib and put a little TLC into it for a new look by using a kid safe paint (talk to your local paint store to find the best deal and the best product- “green” paints are also a great route to try). This is also great if you already have a crib from an older sibling and just want a new fresh nursery look. Another easy way to add a pop of fun, sew or purchase crib sleeves. These are sleeves that go over each individual crib slat. They can add up if you purchase them, but you can easily make them and save money there. This would be a more bold option if you used a fun bright print for your crib slats! Total project cost: about $50+

Window treatments are another easy solution to add color and fun! If you can sew these are extremely simple to make and lost in cost depending on types of fabrics and price per yard. Let’s assume, like me, you have no sewing talents what so ever. Go for a box valance. Start by purchasing some foam sheet insulation (it’s light weight and easy to use!). You’ll need to measure your window accordingly and assemble pieces to make a shallow U shape. You’ll then cover your U shape with batting and fabric from your local store using heavy duty glue. Assemble to the wall using L brackets and you’ve got a brand new box valance for super cheap! (you can google this for a great tutorial online- simple and affordable!) Total project cost: about $30+

There are a million different ways to decorate your nursery to tie things together. Try simple projects like using cheap canvases from a local craft store and cutting out the letters of your child’s name in fun scrap book paper. Attach each letter to a canvas and hang! Looking for a more inexpensive route? Try hanging the scrap book paper letters with a bit of ribbon for a very affordable project (about $10!). You can also do this idea and create cars, flowers, and hearts or sports images by using scrap book paper and cutting the desired shape. Want a more finished look? Frame your images for easy and cheap artwork to match any nursery!

As always, if you attempt something like this please share!

Creating a Nursery: My Experience and Tips

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I finally finished Ava’s nursery. This is my first child, so I had a lot of fun creating a special room just for her.  This is how I went about doing it:

The first thing I did was pick out a bedding set because everything in the room tends to match it. I looked at various baby stores online and soon came across a beautiful set called Sugar Plum by Cocalo.  I  fell in love with it right away. I loved the quilt design, various colors and butterflies.  I was also pleasantly surprised to find out the bed set was just one item in a huge Sugar Plum themed set. This really made my life easier and is perfect for a busy mom-to-be! I didn’t have to go through the trouble of finding things to match the set. I bought the matching, wall decals, lamp, hamper, shelf, and wall border. Delivery was fast and I was extremely happy with the quality of the bed set. The only thing I was not impressed with was the shelf. It came with glue :( Once, I screwed in the screws the areas I had glued detached. Not smart.

The obvious next step was picking out and buying paint for the walls. I decided to buy a low VOC paint because I read it was best to put on the walls of a baby room. I used CIL’s low VOC paint.  This paint was absolute garbage. I got my husband to paint the room while I was away and once I came back and saw the room I had a pregnancy breakdown. The color coverage was horrible and patchy.  It looked so horrible I thought my husband had done a half-ass job. I got so mad! Poor hubby :( Anyway, I soon realized after applying two more coats (on top of the first two) that this paint was crap. It also smelled worse than the BEHR paint I used in all my other rooms. The smell stayed for days too.  Luckily, only the tops of the wall would not fix because I bought a border to cover that area.  The border by Cocalo was great, but I didn’t buy enough roles.  So, I had to get more.

Okay, lets get on to the crib and dresser.  I knew what I wanted right away! I wanted the crib to have a design carved out of the wood. Finding, this was not so easy. I went to countless baby stores and eventually believed it would be impossible to find.  One day, I was driving on the highway and I happened to notice a baby store. I decided to check it out and was floored when I found exactly what I was looking for. I couldn’t believe it! I must have passed this particular store countless times without noticing it.   The brand is Munire and the set name is Savannah. I really love that the set is not too babyish and will convert nicely into a toddler / Teen set.  It was a little more than I wanted to pay, but how could I say no to the crib of my dreams? I also bought the matching dresser.

I suggest buying the crib early because most stores have to order it and that can take a long time.   I was so happy when I received the crib that I did not notice how many cracks and problems it had.  I think it was defective because the design in the wood was also messed up. I called the store and they replaced the crib. They had to order it again! So,  I had to wait for it again! That is another reason I suggest buying the crib early. I know other girls who had the same problem with other brands.  Anyway, the second crib was everything I dreamed of and I am super happy.

I wanted to organize her closet perfectly too.  I found a great organizing system at Babies ‘R’ Us.  I love it! It’s great quality and I love that it hangs with metal pieces. There is an area to put cute sundresses and other clothes at the top. Under are six cubbies to put other things. I put her shoe collection. Yes, even baby girls need a shoe collection ;) On the other levels I put washcloths, receiving blankets, bibs, medical accessories, wipes and diapers. My closet also fit a portable bath tub that hangs up.

Lastly, I should mention purchasing blinds can be complicated if you have big windows like me. I couldn’t find blinds to fit anywhere. I looked at specialty shops, but they wanted to charge me an arm and leg. Finally, I found an online store called Select Blinds that sold blinds at a cheaper price.  They came well packaged and are good quality.  I did have a problem with the wand though. It would not open and close the blinds. However, they had a representative come and fix it fast.

Creating a nursery for your baby doesn’t have to be complicated.  I found it super easy besides dealing with the crib and blind issues!