7 Big Ideas For Small Kids Bedroom

Seven Big Ideas For Small Kids Bedroom

Parents know the challenge of decorating their child’s room especially if the room is small. Children have an array of toys, games and books, all of which make decorating their room even more difficult. The key is to trick the eye by maximizing the limited space in the bedroom. By implementing a few staging tips for a small room, any child’s room can be both functional and fun.

Create Storage Space:
Creating dual purpose items with storage space is an easy way to add functionality to a child’s room. Adding drawers under their bed offers a place for a child to store their belongings. Add a bench with built-in storage at the foot of their bed. This offers additional room for their toys and gives the child an additional place to sit. If the bedroom has ample closet space, add a desk in the closet. A desk in the closet freed up floor space while providing a place to do homework. If your kids are sharing bedrooms, also consider purchasing a double bunk bed which should create some extra space for storage.

Take Advantage of Wall Space:
open shelves, small kids' bedroomsWalls offer so many opportunities to add a decorative flair and function to any child’s room. Hang open shelves on the walls to provide a place for stuffed animals and books. Three shelf bookcases are easily turned into a dual seating area and additional storage. Place two of the bookshelves against the wall with the third turned on its side in the middle. The two upright bookshelves are easily used for books or other belongings. The bookshelf turned on its side can be used for seating and shoe storage. Add a few pillows and your child has an instant reading nook. Utilize the open shelf space underneath for shoes or sports equipment. (Image courtesy of topbedroomdecoratingideas.com)

Choose A Bed Wisely:
Bunk beds are an ideal solution for small bedrooms. Some bunk beds come equipped with built-in bookcases and desks. This offers maximum function in a minimal space. A Murphy or trundle bed is another fantastic idea for a child’s small bedroom.

bunk beds

Utilize The Corners:
A corner shelving unit provides the ability to maximize every inch of space in a small bedroom. A corner shelving unit gives a child a place to display toys or other treasured items.

Choose Proper Paint For The Room:
Paint the room in bright vivid colors to add whimsy and charm to the small space. One excellent way of adding the illusion of space is to paint thin vertical lines on the walls in a different color. The lines will make the small bedroom feel taller. Consider painting one wall with chalkboard paint. A child will be able to use the entire wall as a built-in art studio eliminating the need for an easel.

Add The Illusion Of Height:
Adding the illusion of height to a child’s small bedroom will make the room feel bigger. Add long light sheers to the windows at the very top of the wall. This allows light to flood the room while simultaneously adding height to the space.

Written by Kylie Ward
Kylie is a proud mum of four boys and loves DIY home improvement. Living in a small inner city apartment, they pride themselves on coming up with smart space saving solutions for their home.

How to Choose the Most Stylish Mitsubishi Model

mitsubishiFinding a beautiful car may seem like a real chore. You might not know what to look for or how much you’re willing to spend. One thing is for sure and that is that Mitsubishi is one of the best car brands out there. Any Mitsubishi is built to last for years, making it an incredibly economical and financially-wise decision for a brand new car owner. If you are looking to purchase a Mitsubishi, you might want to know how to choose the right one for you that will fit all of your many needs.

Know Your Budget

The first thing you need to establish is a set budget that you will be able to work with. You should determine this amount based on how much you will be able to afford each month on loan payments. You can use a quick online calculator to determine loan payments based on the price of the car and the interest attached to the loan. You can then determine how long you would like to have before the loan needs to be paid off in full. As a side note, it might be a good idea to first find out if you can even be approved for a loan before looking at cars.

Know Your Needs

Every Mitsubishi is different in its own way. You can find more stylish and sporty cars that are perfect for single individuals or couples. If you have a large family, you might want to look into a crossover or van. The main thing that you will need to do is to look at your lifestyle and then find a car accordingly. While it may seem like a brilliant idea to choose a small sports car, this may not be the best choice if you have a large family and this is your only car.

You should also think about additions included in the Mitsubishi to see if they will enhance your lifestyle further. One example would be an integrated GPS system. This particular addition will cost more, but it will be something that comes in handy for individuals who tend to travel a lot or for those who find themselves getting lost while driving. These are things you can find out when you actually go to look at the car in your local dealership’s showroom.

Visiting a Showroom

Once you’ve determined your budget and needs, you can visit a local dealership to see what types of Mitsubishi cars are available. Never feel pressured into buying any car and do not feel hesitant to let the sales person know that you need to be left alone while making a decision. You can also use the Internet to your advantage so that you are able to find something that fits your budget and lifestyle equally. There is nothing more beneficial than being able to purchase a car that is perfect for both you and the rest of your family.

About the author:Juliet J resides in Brisbane, Australia. She loves her Mitsubishis and has only ever owned the one make of car. She recently upgraded to a new 2013 model and received great deals from one of the local Mitsubishi Brisbane dealers.

Rejuvenate Your Garden on a Budget

3 Tips to Rejuvenate Your Garden on a Budget

Spring is on the way and soon you’ll see shoots coming from the ground and buds on developing on your trees. It won’t be long until the warmer days arrive and you’ll be longing to spend more time in your garden.

Chances are that, unless you’re a keen gardener, your garden has been a little neglected this winter. So here are some tips to help give your garden a new lease of life when spring arrives. And best of all these tips are low cost: helping you to smarten up your garden without using your savings.

Share Seeds

Perhaps your neighbours and friends have some gorgeous plants that you wouldn’t mind having in your garden. Maybe you’ve seen a house that’s overflowing with luscious flowers that you can’t find anywhere? You can try asking these people if you can trade seeds or bulbs.

 The concept is simple – You give them some seeds/seedlings from your garden for them to grow in exchange for something from theirs. This way both parties can benefit from new plants, and at no cost to either of you.

Clean Your Decking or Patio

Most of us don’t use our outdoor space much in the winter. During this period a lot of dirt and grime can accumulate on our patios and wooden decking.

If you have a patio then get a thick brush and sweep away all dirt from the concrete. You may have noticed weeds starting to grow through cracks or around the edges. Pull these weeds out and apply weed killer to prevent them from returning.

If you have wooden decking then the process is a little different. Use a stiff brush to remove any dirt and grime, and then use specially formulated decking cleaner to really clean the wood. This helps remove any dirt that may have soaked into the grain. After you have applied decking cleaner then you may want to pressure wash your decking to make sure it’s extra clean. To give you wooden decking an extra lease of life you can also add a fresh coat of decking oil to bring it back to life

Mow the lawn

Sure, this seems like an obvious one but nothing looks better than a freshly cut lawn. Nice evenly trimmed grass can instantly make your garden look neater and greener. And best of all mowing the lawn is free (provided you already have a mower) so that’s one change you can make without having to break the bank.

10 Memorable Birthday Gifts For Your 10 Year Old Kids

It’s that time of year again when you start sending out birthday invitations and you have the difficult task of buying a memorable gift for your 10 year old. To make your job as easy as possible, we’ve compiled a list of gift ideas that are sure to please every personality type at the ripe old age of 10.

charm bracelet, birthday gift1. Charm Bracelet

Bling is a very important accessory in a girl’s life. Your little sweet heart is also old enough to appreciate a more expensive gift and with such a huge array of charm bracelets on the market, you’ll be able to give a gift that not only looks beautiful and is ever lasting but tells the story of her life so far. (Image credit: peppercornkids.com)

2. iPod

If you have been a brave parent up until now and not succumbed to the electronic age, you will be loved for this gift. They can fill their new iPod with their favourite music, games (educational or just plain fun!), email their friends, Skype relatives and do just about anything an iPhone will do except make a call, which will also keep mum and dad happy.

3. Video Camera

Whether it is a standard handheld camera or one you attach to your helmet, your action packed, sporty kids will love filming themselves out and about and making memories with their friends and family.

4. Kindle Fire

Is your 10 year old a bookworm but still loves to play the occasional game and watch a movie? Then the latest Kindle makes the perfect gift for them. The new Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi is available in two screen sizes, 7 or 8.9 inches in HD and has a full colour screen allowing them to access over 20 million books, movies, games and apps. (image credit: abcnews.go.com)

5. Telescope

Moving away from the digital age we live in and into outer space. A telescope will interest not only your budding scientist and astronomer but any inquisitive 10 year old. It’s also a great way to get the kids outdoors to appreciate the bigger picture.

flik flak watch, ideal gifts for 10 year olds6. Flik Flak Watch

Flik Flak is the world’s best selling children’s brand of watches. Known for their quality, quirkiness and creativity, even the coolest kids will love wearing them. With an abundance of designs to choose from and made from the toughest materials, you know that this is a gift that will last the test of time.

7. Razor Products

Razor Scooter, Razor Wing scooter, Electronic Scooter, RipStik, BoGo, FlashRider 360, Ground Force Drifter…the choices truly are endless!

quality time with mom, gift ideas8. Quality Time

A memorable gift doesn’t have to be material. Your kids will love spending time with you…why not take them to a concert or show of their choosing. (image credit: embracingbeauty.com)

9. Fifty pranks to freak your friends

Everything you need to become the professional prankster including fake coffee spills, cracked computer screens and many more. It won’t only be memorable for your favourite 10 year old but also the person they’re pranking.

10. Personalised Gift

iPhone cases, mugs and USB flash drives are some of the things you can have personalised these days. Your kids will love designing their very own items.

With these great gift ideas, your kids are sure to remember their 10th birthday for many years to come.

Written by Marney Atkins-Smith

Cupcakes First

Since we bought the oven I’ve been itching on trying to bake everything I could think of. But before I tried I searched first in the internet some technical terms, do’s and don’ts and tips in baking , and of course, recipes of the cakes that I want to bake. Since I’m still a beginner I first tried the instant ones, those bake mixes that are bought in the supermarket coz I thought I should use them first as guinea pigs just to apply the things I’ve read and so I would know where had I gone wrong.


I first tried the cupcakes Ryz requested. It was a box of Hello Kitty cupcakes. It was a fun bonding time with the kids. I got to let them help me put the ingredients and mix them. And not just a bonding time but I was hoping I could instill to them the interest in cooking.

Wondering what happened to my first cupcakes? Well, I did a dumb thing on the supposed to be a glacier on top of the cakes. With a little time in my hands, I searched in the net on how to do frosting.  I just found out that icings are just made of butter and powdered sugar! (Yeah, I’m that kind of beginner). Anyway, not following the measurement given in the video (since it’s for big serving) I just trusted my taste buds and made sure it’s not too sweet. Luckily I did it right. My drawback on this though, I put the icing on the top of the cupcakes too soon that they melted. Haha! Also, I didn’t know why but they were a little toasted even though I followed the instructions on the box.

hello kitty cupcakes, cupcakes, hello kitty
Despite those mistakes it was a success in general as my kids just loved them. 😀

5 Bizarrest Products You Can Buy On Ebay

These days, many people choose to spend their hard earned money online. EBay is one of the most common destinations for people who wish to purchase something online. Unlike most brick and mortar stores, you can buy just about anything on EBay. However, some of the things offered on EBay can be eye openers.

egg cube presserEgg Cuber Press

For those who prefer their eggs in square form, you can purchase the Egg Cuber Press, which will transform your oval-shaped egg into a squared egg with roundish edges. Some of the uses that are listed for this plastic product are making deviled eggs that don’t roll, for stacking eggs, and having a great conversation piece.

Inflatable Toast

If you happen to appreciate the aesthetic appeal of toasted bread, you can purchase inflatable toast, which you can display in your home with pride.

Each tin comes with one slice of inflatable toast, which are made out of soft vinyl. Each slice of toast has the dimensions of 12.7cm x 14cm, and it also comes shrink wrapped.

uranium oreUranium Ore

Whether you want it for a science project or for a collection of radioactive material, you can purchase Uranium ore on EBay from various sellers. The cost of the uranium ore is never expensive, and the uses of the uranium ore tend to be only for scientific or education purposes, not that they have any way of stopping you from using it for anything else.

Fortunately, the uranium ore sold online tends to have low radioactivity since they never ask for a license. The comments of “buyers” of the uranium ore also tend to be quite amusing.

Squirrel Underpants

If you don’t like having to watch naked squirrels scamper up and down your trees and across the street, Squirrel Underpants is the perfect product for you. One purchase gets you only one pair of white squirrel underpants, and they are all made for a three inch waist, which is a perfect fit for squirrels.

twinkies. ebayTwinkies

Ever since the Hostess Brand went bankrupt, the amount of sellers offering Twinkies on EBay skyrocketed. However, the weirdness is not so much that food is for sale on EBay, but more the prices.

If you search up Twinkies on EBay right now, you’ll find more reasonable prices, along with a few sellers asking for hundreds of dollars. Go deeper and you’ll find outrageous sellers offering a few boxes of Twinkies and asking for millions of dollars.

As you can see, although the wide variety of products offered on EBay is definitely a pro, it can definitely cause quite a few “Huh?”s and “What in the World?”s. Many of these products are absolutely unbelievable and seem like complete jokes, until you receive them in the mail. Some of these products are easier to believe, yet the same can’t be said about their prices.

If none of these bizarre products appeal to you, check out the Big W catalogue for a great range of gift ideas for yourself or your loved ones!

Written by Kyla Houston

Images credits: womansday.com/amazon.com/mentalfloss.com

How Much Do You Need To Spend To Look 10 Years Younger: 5 Tips For Every Budget

shopping, beauty, beauty and shopping tips

Looking young and beautiful does not have to cost a fortune. When most people think of turning back the hands of time, they automatically assume that they will need plastic surgery or some expensive facial cream that they can only get from a doctor. While many people have had great results from plastic surgery and expensive creams, there is no reason for you spend the same money just to get the same results. There are five things you need to do if you are looking to appear younger without all of the extensive work.

1. Use Generic Brand Products

Believe it or not, most generic brand beauty products are just as good as name brand items. They normally contain the same ingredients and the same strength of ingredient to keep the skin looking young. By purchasing store name brands, you will find that you save a lot of money over time. Remember that you pay for the name when you purchase a name brand item found on store shelves.

2. Compare Prices from Different Stores

One of the best things you can do for your beauty budget is to compare prices for a variety of different stores. You might find that one store is having a sale on the exact product you need while another store is selling it at full price. Comparing these things in your daily newspaper is one way to ensure that you get the best price. If you’re opting for a botox from your cosmetic surgeon, make sure you research how much does botox cost online before your first visit so that you get an idea of what is the reasonable price.

3. Use Coupons

Using coupons for beauty products might seem a little too frugal for your tastes, but it will amaze you at the amount of money you can save just by using coupons. You can find coupons in newspapers, e-newsletters and even on the manufacturer’s website. Be sure to print these coupons out and take them with you when you are ready to buy the item in question.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Return Items

Beauty products can often be returned for a full refund if you have a receipt for the item. If a product was not to your liking or if you bought something that simply did not work the way it was supposed to, do not be afraid to return it and get your hard-earned money back. Obviously, return policies will differ from one store to the next, but it does not hurt to try and return the item so that you can get back your money and spend it on something else that works better.

5. Look for Ingredients Rather Than Name Brands

Instead of staying loyal to one brand, look at the ingredients and ingredient strengths on the product. You might find that a lesser known brand has the exact same ingredient strength that a better known and more expensive brand has. For instance, retinol products come in different strengths and this ingredient is the same whether it’s used in a name brand product or a store brand item.

Written by Sonya Kelsy

Image credit: uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com

Kitchen to Oven: “You Complete Me”

I have thought of learning to bake even when I was still in the Philippines. I could even say this was my frustration. Since I didn’t know how to cook then and I don’t trust my taste buds, I thought maybe baking is the one for me coz it involves exact measurements of time and ingredients.  Well, who could go wrong when you just follow instructions.

When we transferred here to Aalen from Oberkochen, we just had a two-burner electric stove given to us by our former landlady.  We had to buy a whole kitchen block because this house had no kitchen. Although some blocks include built-in ovens we didn’t buy it yet since it was not included in our budget. Now, almost a year had passed and finally we got our oven.

oven, built-in oven, cooktop, bauknecht oven
the cooktop

 

oven, bauknecht, built-in oven
the oven

It’s sort of a Christmas gift from hubby (I think.. 😛 ) although it was our target to have an oven before the year ends. We wanted our kitchen to be complete. Actually this brand wasn’t our first choice. We saw a Bosch on sale which has the same price as this before Christmas. But when we asked the sales man, it was not readily available and will only be delivered after 2 weeks. Wanting to have one before Christmas, we decided not to order. Days passed and we still haven’t bought an oven despite searches from other stores with the same brand and model.  So after the search we decided to go back to the store and order just to find out that the model’s already gone. Waaaah!!! So we settled on Bauknecht. This is also a good brand, though but if you’ll ask me between the two I’ll get Bosch. I would like to thank hubby for the hard work in installing the oven on his own. We didn’t have enough tools to install this oven but he did it testing his patience and strength. (Photo of the whole kitchen soon. It still is a mess! Haha!)

Now that we have our oven, I’m just happy that I can start my baking adventures!

Famous Love Letters

Thinking about writing a love letter to your darling for valentine’s day? I’ve put together some of my favourite tasty tidbits from famous love letters written by well-known people. why not use them as inspiration for your own romantic love letters?

Right, let’s roll.

king henry viii to anne boleyn

Back in the day, King Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn’s sister, Mary, but, in reality, it was Anne he liked. However, much to the English royal’s dismay, Anne refused to be his mistress. She wanted to be queen. unluckily for Anne, in 1536, the volatile king ordered for her execution. In 1527, this is what Henry VIII wrote to Anne:

“I beg to know expressly your intention touching the love between us. Necessity compels me to obtain this answer, having been more than a year wounded by the dart of love, and not yet sure whether i shall fail or find a place in your affection.”

Napoleon to his wife Josephine

Despite divorcing his wife, Josephine, because she couldn’t have children, the ruthless french leader continued to write to her. Not long after they were married, Napoleon left to command the french army near Italy. In the months that followed, he wrote to her often, proclaiming how much he missed her. On 17th july,1769, here’s what he had to say:

“Since i left you, I have been constantly depressed. My happiness is to be near you. Incessantly I live over in my memory your caresses, your tears, your affectionate solicitude. The charms of the incomparable Josephine kindle continually a burning and a glowing flame in my heart. When, free from all solicitude, all harassing care, shall I be able to pass all my time with you, having only to love you, and to think only of the happiness of so saying, and of proving it to you?”

Beethoven to his ‘immortal beloved’

It’s still a mystery as to the identity of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “immortal beloved” – whom received a flood of letters from the composer in 1812, though historians believe it was Antonie Brentano, a diplomat’s daughter. In fact, Beethoven dedicated his ‘diabelli variations op. 120’ to her. Not only that, after his death, one of his letters was found in which he famously wrote:

“Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my immortal beloved, be calm–love me–today–yesterday–what tearful longings for you–you–you–my life–my all–farewell. Oh continue to love me–never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.”

Noah to Allie, The Notebook

Granted, Noah and Allie may be an imaginary couple in a film, but maximum respect to Nicholas sparks for his genius when it came to writing the tear-jerking love note the loved-up Noah wrote for his darling Allie:

“My dearest Allie. I couldn’t sleep last night because I know that it’s over between us. I’m not bitter anymore, because I know that what we had was real. And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I’ll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent a summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. the best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. that’s what I’d hoped to give to you forever. I love you. I’ll be seeing you. Noah.”

Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor

They fell in love on the set of Cleopatra in 1963, and married and divorced twice. That’s right, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor – Hollywood’s golden couple. during the early part of their first marriage in 1964, the impassioned Burton wrote this letter to Taylor:

”My blind eyes are desperately waiting for the sight of you. You don’t realize of course, e.b., how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been, and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness.”

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5 Basic Bargain Hunting Tips

No matter how big or small of a purchase you are making, it’s likely that you would like to save some money on it. You might think that hunting for bargains is way too difficult and not worth the effort. However, if you follow these tips, you’ll soon find that it truly can be a fairly easy way to save some money.

shopping, bargains, sale, shopping storesGoing to Different Stores

When you want to find the best price on an item, it’s always smart to go to at least a couple of different stores. Chances are, you have multiple shops in your area, so it should not be too difficult to drive to two or three, and then go back to the one that has the best price.

Shop the Sales

Most items in life are not necessities. You can probably wait another week or two until you purchase that brand new car or pair of shoes. Instead of spending a huge sum of money on it now, wait until it goes on sale. When you see a sale, be careful though. Do not purchase items that you will never need simply because they are on sale.

Deals on Bulk Items

Whether you go through a lot of bottled water, diapers or hand lotion at your house, wait until these items go on sale in bulk. As a result, you will be saving money on the unit price of the goods, and you will have plenty of them saved up for several months at a time. Use common sense when buying items in bulk though. Purchasing a lot of milk, eggs or other perishables at once is sure to be a waste of your hard earned money.

bargain, brochures, shopping, couponsBrowsing through Catalogues and Brochures

It’s a bad idea to simply throw these publications out when they arrive at your home. They often contain special coupons and alerts for sales on tons of different goods and services in your area. When they are mailed to you, they are likely published with your specific location in mind. Go through them, and cut out any coupons you think would be helpful for you. Keep them all in an envelope in a safe place, so you know where they are. Check the expiration date, and make sure you go to the store and stock up before that day comes and goes.

Looking for Online Coupons

Many people do a lot of their shopping online, so you also need to browse the Internet when making such a purchase. Simply typing in the name of the store from which you are buying followed by the phrase “coupon codes” will bring up different searches that can be of help to you. You might receive free shipping, or the codes may be for a certain percentage off the price.

Following these tips should help to keep more money in your wallet, and you should see a positive change soon.

About the author:Nichole, from Brisbane, Australia, is a Mother of four children and is always looking for new ways to save money. She says that LDN provide the best service for leaflet delivery Brisbane has to offer and is always finding great deals in catalogues and brochures.