Type of Baby Changing Station Right for You.

One of the most useful items that you will purchase for your child’s nursery is a baby changing station. The changing station is wonderful for new mothers because she can change the baby while standing up – no bending, stretching or forgotten items; everything needed is within arms reach. Without a doubt this item will be used several times a day! With many different types of baby changing stations on the market today, how do you know which one will best suit your needs? Below you will find information on the most commonly used styles of baby changing stations.


Open Front Changing Station

These baby changing stations are (as the name implies) open in the front, typically with 2 shelves and a small drawer. You can place your baby changing items on the shelves, and keep ointments, thermometer, nose bulb and other small items in the drawer. This type of baby changing station is very nice for the first 3 – 4 months of babies’ life. As your baby becomes older and starts to crawl and explore he or she will be able to get all of the items off the shelves, which is a distraction that mom probably doesn’t need! These tables are not the best option for babies over 6 months old.


Dresser Changing Station

The dresser changing station is much sturdier than the open front design; the drawers keep the front closed so baby can’t access your changing supplies. Some of the dressers have a ‘tower’ (raised area) where soiled diapers and wipes can be placed out of babies reach. There are three options available for the dressers, fixed changing table, optional changing station (can be removed when not longer needed), and the flip top. There is some discussion about the flip top style; some people think they are unsafe unless they are bolted to the wall. (Since we are talking babies, I personally would not consider any item that some think ‘unsafe’). The dresser with the optional changing station is my personal favorite; it can be used as a dresser when a changing station is no longer needed.


Space Saving Baby Changing Stations

If space is limited in your home, then opt for a space saving baby changing station. One of the best options is the crib and changer combo. The changing station is attached to the crib, taking up less space than a crib plus a changing station. You will still have the advantage of having a sturdy changing station and extra storage space. You may also appreciate having the changing station close to the crib

Ideal Home Office

Homes are now an office for the self-employed professional. If you have to hold meetings in your home office, you will need to make doubly sure that your space looks passably professional. It is also a good idea to locate your office close to the entrance to your home, so that clients and colleagues won’t have to traipse through the whole house to get there.

In a small or dual-purpose space, good storage is crucial and neatness almost forced upon you, or work will creep out of its allocated space and invade the rest of the house. Careful planning is particularly important in a multi-functional space in order for it to fulfill, not fail, both roles. Partition off a corner of the room to divide it into zones, or choose freestanding storage on casters which can be wheeled away out of “office hours.” In a small space, choose wall-mounted shelves, which take up less space than free-standing units, a built-in or modular shelving system may be the most useful answer.

Efficient home storage is for those with a healthy horror of, not an unhealthy interest in, filing. Try to maintain a clean-desk policy by putting away everything that is no loner needed. Keeping everything off the primary work surface apart from the task immediately in hand has been shown to improve concentration by minimizing visual distractions. Mess equals visual noise. It is difficult to concentrate or be creative in chaos.

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Note: Image not mine.

Living Room, Style and Design

I believe that living room is the most important part of the house for this is the place where we entertain visitors. This is also the place where you will spend most of your leisure time. Honestly, I am not artistic when it comes on designing any rooms in the house. I envy those people who can design their rooms without asking help to somebody. I can arrange the furniture; put a curtain, but designing the whole place, well I guess, I need to call an interior decorator.

Anyhow, how will you rate these living rooms I found today? It looks so lovely, right? If I have enough money, I would love to have one of the designs and style of these living rooms.

A mixed of white tailored furniture, warm wood tones and cool blue hues create a light and sophisticated sitting area.

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slip-covered sofa and over sized pillows
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contemporary take on a cozy, pair of gray sectional sofa
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cozy up a space with warm yellow curtains
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Have a Jolly Holiday

Holidays give people the chance to express gratitude, share company, eat well, and occasionally take time off from work or school. No mater what the holiday, it is likely to come with pressures to shop, decorate, give gifts, and feed friends and family. But before getting caught up in the holiday hype, take a step back and think about what the occasion really means, and how you can celebrate without doing too much damage to the planet.

Make your gift count.

Gifts are integral to most holidays and special occasions, but take a minute to think before you purchase. Don’t buy a token gifts that will soon be forgotten just because you feel obligated. Think about what resources it took to make and package the gift and what will become of it after the special day. It is not that you should feel guilty when making a purchase, but it is worth considering where it came from, where it will go, and how it fits into the whole scheme of things.

How to Avoid Overload Household Chores

The step is to create a plan for getting daily chores done without throwing you into overload. First, list all the weekly major household tasks: laundry, vacuuming, dusting, bathrooms, kitchen, grocery shopping, etc. (Note: A major task is any chore requiring more than 15 minutes of time.) Next, assign one major task to each workday. For example: Monday-kitchen; Tuesday-change beds, do laundry, fold, and put away; Wednesday-bathrooms, menu planning, and grocery shopping; Thursday-vacuum whole house, cook for a special weekend; Friday-dust and make final preparation for weekend.

Add three to five minitasks each day to each major task. (Note: A minitask is any chore requiring no more than five minutes of time.) For example: On dusting day, clean one window and one miniblind.

We need to reevaluate our standards for a “clean” house by deciding what is possible within time constraints. I find that when the work load is portioned out with one major and several minitasks per day, and by doing the vacuuming and dusting at the end of the week, it is possible to have a home in an acceptable state of weekend readiness.
Best of all, if I miss a major task, I put it off till next week, not the next day, it throws me into immediate overload. Finally, rework your personal daily plan until it flows for you. Our lives and circumstances are in a constant state of change. If the first plan doesn’t work, rework it till it does.

Pet Boarding for Pampered Guests

Luxury pet boarding is a “dream come true” for your pet as well as for your own peace of mind in knowing that your dear “family member” will be taken care of like royalty by a loving and well-trained professional staff in a full service state-of-the-art pet care facility. This 14,400 square foot facility is proud to state that they exceed the current standards for pet care in an atmosphere that ensures the utmost in comfort, safety and happiness.

The accommodations of this pet resort are of the highest quality in climate-controlled surroundings and are comfortable and safe. You can choose from Club Suites with sheepskin bedding on raised orthopedic cots or large Signature Suites with sound-proofed walls, television programming, luxury daybeds.

Other amenities are present such as soothing background music, non-skid flooring instead of cold concrete, a 24 hour monitored fire and security system, an air filtration system with fresh air changes every four minutes, and a variety of a la carte options which give your dog extra special attention.

Also provided is a fun-filled experience for your canine companion as the guests are grouped by similar activity levels and interests for their supervised morning and afternoon stimulating plays in a spacious area with cushioned floors and canine playground equipment or in heated outdoor exercise pens.

Additionally, the incomparable service and attention includes premium meals twice a day, a bedtime gourmet snack, and potty breaks in private fenced-in outdoor potty yards with soft K9 grass.

You will even find a doggie spa! Choose from a Quick Freshen Up or the deluxe Ultimate Pampered Pooch. The latter includes relaxing in an aromatherapy room, a soothing bath, a Pawdicure, and more.

To many pet owners, the most important feature is being able to keep an eye on their special pets and view what they are doing by making use of the online community web cams!

Stop by here at Paw Print Inn in Novi, Michigan to tour the most luxurious pet boarding facility in Michigan that is available without luxury pricing. Inspect where discriminating pets are pampered guests. No appointment is necessary!

Take the Stress Out of Moving

If you’re moving, careful planning can make your move easier and less stressful. Whether you’re moving across town or out of state, you need to make sure you’ve taken care of important details before you leave.

Whether your move is small or large, moving to a new home is always stressful. Packing and cleaning at your old location, then unpacking and putting things away at your new location takes time and effort. If you work or have kids, you may have to do everything at night or on weekends, so your move can take even longer than expected. By taking care of important tasks in a timely manner, you can speed up your move and make it go smoother.

Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need

Before you start packing, get rid of things you don’t want or need. Go through clothes, household items, tools and other items that are taking up space in your home or garage. To get rid of unwanted items, hold a garage sale or donate items to a local charity or thrift shop. You don’t want to pay a mover to move items you don’t even want or need. Moving costs add up quickly.

Find a Good Mover

Look for a professional, reputable moving company that can accommodate your budget and time restraints. Talk to several movers in your area to get information and pricing. Referrals from friends and family are always valuable. If you’re relocating for your job, make sure you’re aware of any reimbursement costs, moving time restraints and company benefits that are part of a relocation package.

Take Care of Details

Before you move, you’ll need to contact your local utility companies, cable television providers, post office, doctors, dentists, veterinarians, insurance companies and other services to make them aware of your move. If you have kids, you’ll want to talk to their school for any school papers or records you may need to enroll them in their new school location.

Organize Your Packing

When you start packing, organize your boxes with labels. You can use color-coded labels, printed labels or good permanent markers. The main objective is to label your boxes so you know what’s inside. Label each box with the room location and general contents, like kitchen – utensils. Clearly labeled boxes will be easier and faster to unpack when you get to your new location.

Tips on being money-wise in this season of sharing.

Make a list and set a budget.

A good holiday spending plan makes use of a list of all the things you need to buy. List down the names of the people you want to give gifts and set a budget for each. Let your money go a long way by giving one gift to a whole family or a group of people instead of buying presents for each individual. Take an inventory of items you already have that can be used as presents so you can further trim the list. Resist buying anything that is not on your list even if it is on sale. Since it’s not on your list then you don’t need it.

Use cash.

Spend 30% less by paying in cash for all your holiday expenses. Using your credit cards makes shopping easier but harder to monitor and could lead to overspending. If you are afraid to bring cash (because criminal elements are also very active during Christmas), then charge it to your card. Just make sure you pay the whole amount when it falls due next month. And don’t forget to keep track of your expenses (whether in cash or charged) to avoid overspending.

Space Saving Ideas

Towels take up a lot of storage space, particularly when a large family has to share the bathroom and fresh towels are always needed close at hand. Here, every freshly laundered towel has been rolled tightly to take up the smallest amount of space possible. The wall on open holes provides excellent easy-to-access storage for the towels, along with other small items such as cosmetics and toiletries, and has become an interesting design feature in its own right. In a tiny room, the only way to go is up.

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Note: Photo not mine.