The Perfect Nursery for under $1000

When expecting a new baby, a perfect nursery is almost always on the top of the To-Do List. We painted our nursery, bought furniture, and decorated without breaking the bank. I believe my baby deserves the highest quality items, but sometimes, my bank account won’t allow me to spend as much as I want. I shopped around for awesome products that fit my $1000 budget. Here’s my list!

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Crib – $110

We went with a 4-1 crib by Delta Children Heartland. We chose white, which is elegant and was easy to mis-match other furniture pieces to.

This crib can be a crib, a day bed, a toddler bed, and a full sized bed. For 4 bed options, we could not be happier with the price. It is easy to assemble and very sturdy!

Mattress – $110

We wanted a really high quality mattress that could be used for several years, so we went with the Simmons Brand. We bought the BeautySleep 2 stage crib mattress.

This included a firm side for the infant stage and a plush side for toddlers. We compared this to a $40, lower grade mattress, and the Beauty Sleep held up much better. Cheap mattresses are likely to dip in the middle after little use, and most of them do not have the two stages, which we love. We ended up giving away the $40 mattress after only a few months of having it!

I topped the mattress with the American Baby Company mattress pad cover, and I am using 100% cotton sheets from Burt’s Bees. I love soft sheets, so I wanted my baby to experience the same luxury!

Dresser – $99

We were so lucky to find this South Shore dresser on sale! This dresser has tons of space for baby, and we ended up using the top of the dresser as a changing table. This has saved us more space and hundreds of dollars. To customize the dresser more, you can buy different drawer pulls.

Rocker – $300

Our main colors are gray with accents throughout the room, so we wanted a gray rocking chair to mach. My husband was excited to find a rocking chair that reclined and swiveled, too! We ended up going with the Baby Relax Swivel Gliding Recliner. We love this rocker so much, too! It swivels in circle, which is really nice for reaching different items during feedings or naps.

Baby Swing/Bouncer – $122

Once again, we are bundling items to save space! We love our Swing/Bouncer combo by Graco! There are cheaper options by Graco, but we preferred a swing that is higher off the ground, since we have cats.

Changing Pads and Accessories – $50

I prefer the contoured changing pad by Summer Infant. This pad reduced the likelihood of baby falling onto the floor, and the pad itself attaches to your changing table or dresser to prevent slippage. I also ordered waterproof changing pad covers through Summer Infant, and I topped it off with a decorative changing pad cover through Burt’s Bees. These two things are optional, and many people prefer to go without them.

I hope you found my items helpful when building your own perfect nursery! Good luck and happy parenting!

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My Favorites This Week

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Okay, guys! I have a lot of awesome things to tell you about this week. All of which I have testing personally and ended up loving!

Fake Bake Self Tanner

I purchased this Fake Bake Self Tanner a week ago, and I have been loving it! I use it every other day, to create a base tan. The tan stays even after I shower, but I reapply to build a darker tan. Once your desired tan is established, you only have to reapply weekly. This tan actually looks very natural. It comes in a 6 ounce spray bottle with a glove included. It costs $16.

Dip Powder Starter Kit

This Dip Powder Kit is also a new investment. I love having pretty nails, but I do not love paying the price for those nails. This kit makes strong nails that last as long as salon nails. Dip nails are easier to do than regular nail polish, and it lasts longer! This kit comes in a color set and a french tip set. I got mine for $36. I also bought these BeYou Natural Tips to extend my nail length – these were $8.

“You Are Loved” Mug

This Porcelain Collins Mug is so cute, and, if you’re a coffee drinker like me, you really can’t ever have enough mugs. This would make a great birthday or Valentine’s gift or even just a gift for yourself. You can get it for only $12.99!

Dooney & Bourke Crossbody Pebble Letter Carrier

I only have one “designer” handbag, and it is a Dooney & Bourke. Dooney & Bourke bags last for years, and all bags come with a full year of warranty. This crossbody Pebble Letter Carrier comes in multiple shades, and is genuine, pebble-grained leather. You can get this bag for $178.

Shein

Get this Maxi Dress for $25!

Shein is a website with high quality affordable clothing. I have purchased over 11 different pieces, all for under $100. I first heard of this website from a family friend. She is so well dressed all the time, so I decided to check this website out. The clothing is all from $3 – $30, depending on the item. All of the products I’ve purchased have high quality fabric, and everything is exactly as described. Shein also accepts returns! Shein runs sales periodically, making it easy to get out with tons of products for a little price.

I hope you enjoy my weekly favorites! Don’t forget to like, share, and follow my page for more content like this!

“Life Hacks” That Didn’t Work For Me

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If you have any form of social media, you’ve seen a plethora of “life hacks” from sites like 5 Minute Crafts or Nifty. Some of these hacks look genuinely useful, so I tried them. There are some great hacks out there, but this list won’t have any. Instead, these are the hacks that I failed at the hardest.

DIY Clorox Wipes


The “Hack”: I tried to create DIY wet wipes from squares, cut from an old towel. The idea is that these “wipes” can be used, washes, and reused, cutting down costs on traditional cleaning methods. I whipped up my own recipe to moisten the “wipes,” this would be the actual cleaning agent. I used vinegar, baking soda, Tea Tree Oil ,and dish soap. This was an excellent cleaning remedy! You can always count on Teat Tree Oil and dish soap to get the job done, and vinegar is a gentle way to clean delicate surfaces. The first use of these wipes was incredible. The wipes really did clean up all my messed, even better than Clorox wipes, but my glee was short lived.

The Issues: The trouble began when I tried to wash these wipes. They completely fell apart in the washer, and they could never be used again. Because the rags I used were knitted together (most are), when I cut the seam, the rags completely unraveled. Buying new rags each time would be a waste of time and money.

How to make it work: This hack could still totally work. All we need to do is use full sized rags, or a different piece of fabric that wouldn’t unravel.

Tie Organization

My husband has gobs of ties, and I have tried everything I can think of to make his collection more organized.

The “Hack”: This isn’t so much of a hack as it is my blatant failure at organization. I tried two methods of tie organization: first, I made a makeshift tie rack from a clothes hanger, and second, I tried actually using a tie rack. The clothes hanger was actually more effective than the tie rack, if I tied the ties in knots. The tie rack didn’t have any traction, meaning the ties just slipped off the rack and hit the floor.

The Issues: No matter how I arranged these ties of clothes hangers or tie racks, the ties would inevitably find their way in a pile at the bottom of the closet. The only resemblance of success was when I tied the ties onto the clothes hanger and tie rack. This worked in theory, but in reality, it only held up for a few weeks. The issue was not so much the idea, but my husband. Sorry! My husband would not, for the life of him, tie his ties back up. He would just drape each tie of the tie rack hook, and soon, they would be back in the floor.

How to make it work: We have ended up designating a specific dresser drawer to his ties; this is effective, but not as storage friendly. A more expensive tie rack might work if each bar had something to hold the ties in place.

DIY Hanging Laundry Basket

A very successful option of this hack by Karisa. Learn from my mistakes and try this, instead!

I tried to make a hanging laundry basket on the fly, because my bathroom is tiny. We have no room for a laundry basket, and, at that time, we were broke. Man, was that project a disaster! Learn from my mistakes.

“The Hack”: I used a hula hoop, an old set of black out curtains, and a sewing machine. I sewed the curtains together and turned them inside out to make a basic bag. Just this bag pattern probably wouldn’t have been an issue. I, then, sewed the edge of my, now, bag around the hula hoop. It was easy, and it was finished within 30 minutes. It was not, however, high quality, long lasting, or safe spacing.

The Issues: The hula hoop made the opening of the bag entirely too big, and because it didn’t have any handles, it was a real pain to carry back and forth to the laundry room. Not only was it a bit inconvenient, it was also hideous. We used it for several months before finally purchasing a more ideal and ascetically pleasing at Target for $3. Worth it? No.

How to make it work: Sometimes, it is just better to spend a few bucks to use something that will do what you want it to, rather than struggle with an ugly, bulky laundry basket, that still ended up costing me $3. If you must try this, I would not use a hula hoop as the opening. Use something smaller and included handles. You could always try this pattern. It turned out 1000 times better than mine!

Clear Labels from Packing Tape

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Months ago, I saw a “labels from paper and packing tape” hack. It is, ideally, very easy. The above picture is not, however made from packing tape. This hack is meant to be a cheap alternative to Cricut labels, which is how the above label was made. In my opinion, this”hack” ends up just being a sad, obvious reproduction.

The “Hack”: Most “hack” websites instruct you to print out your labels on plain printer paper with normal black ink. You are then supposed to place packing tape over your paper, and cut around the tape. In a bowl of water, you place the “label” in the water, and begin rubbing off the paper. The paper section is the back of your “label.” Eventually, you will rub off the paper, and you will have a clear label.

The Issues: This was not the worst “hack” I’ve tried. It did technically make a label, that would stick to glass if you placed it immediately and never moved it again. The issue arose when I tried to readjust the label. This label has almost no adhesive after being dampened. It is also nearly impossible to completely remove all of the paper off the back.

How to make it work: Though this “hack” technically works, it is not a high quality reproduction of the Cricut labels. With the internet so readily available, I would rather purchase glass labels online. Here is a link where you can find some for less than $15.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my “life hack” failures! Comment yours below, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow this page for more.

New Merch!

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Hello, all! As some of you know, I have created my own line of vegan beauty and pet products. Here, I will give you a little background information on these new products!

Vegan Shampoo for Dry and Damaged Hair

The Damaged Hair Shampoo line has two scents: Dry Scalp Original, and Orange Mist. These two shampoos vary slightly for great results. Both contain a vegan soap base, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil, water, Cornstarch, and essential oils.

The Dry Scalp Original is ideal for people who struggle to keep dandruff and itchy scalp at bay. This contains additional oils and essential oils that nurture the scalp back to a healthy Ph level, while enhancing the hairs nature shine.

Orange Mist has fewer oils than the Dry Scalp Serum, and Orange scents to fill your shower and hair with a pleasing aroma that will linger for hours. This shampoo is designed for those who need more moisture in their hair, but do not struggle with dandruff.

The Dry Scalp and Orange Mist shampoo is ideal for dry and damaged hair, so using this shampoo on silky hair might result in greasy hair. When I tested this shampoo, my hair became greasy earlier than it usually would, because I have naturally oily hair. My husband, however, struggles with dandruff, and these shampoos made a world of difference in his scalp comfort.

Vegan Shampoo for Oily Hair

I have oily hair naturally, so I was so excited to create my Greasy Girl line. Right now, it only has one original scent.

This shampoo contains a vegan shampoo base, Water, Cornstarch, Vitamin E Oils, and some Essential Oils. This nourishes the scalp, and helps prevent dandruff and itchy scalp, while maintaining the cleanliness necessary to avoid excess grease and oils.

This is the only shampoo I use anymore, because it works perfectly for my hair type. Is there a specific vegan scent or hair type you would like to see added to this line? Let me know in the comments!

Vegan Peppermint Lip Balm

I created this lip balm around Christmas time, and I genuinely love it. It tingles when I put it on, which is a must for me. I can’t use most lip balms because I have sensitive skin, but this balm doesn’t cause irritation.

This lip balm smells great and is cute, but the real reason it exists is because I have chapped lips all the time. ALL THE TIME! Why? I lick my lips and don’t drink enough water. You might be like me if you often replace water with coffee. Any sleep deprived coffee drinkers out there? My lips were so chapped, and I hated using big name-brand lip balms because most contain chemicals and materials that cause your lips to peel even more than ever. Big companies do this to keep you coming back. My balm doesn’t have anything like this; your lips won’t peel any more than they naturally do, and there aren’t any harmful chemicals.

You might be wondering, “what exactly is in this lip balm that makes it so great?” This balm is packed with the highest quality, all-natural ingredients. It contains soy wax, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil, and skin-safe essential oils.

Puppy Poo” Shampoo & Conditioner

No, there isn’t any real puppy poo in this shampoo and conditioner combo, but it is completely vegan and natural. It is safe for sensitive skin, and the essential oils help keep fleas and ticks at bay (though we aren’t certified on the last part). We have used this shampoo and conditioner on our dogs for a while, and they love it (well, as much as they can love bath time)! This contains a soap base, water Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil, and essential oils. This shampoo and conditioner is thinner than our other shampoos, making it easier to spread across dirty, little puppy bodies.

This is safe to use on cats, as well, though you might gain a few extra scratches from this attempt. In all honesty, this shampoo is made at human-grade, so you could even use it if you wanted! It is vet and groomer approved.

Pet Paw Balm

Our last and favorite item is a pet paw balm. We use this on our cats, dogs, and even our foster dogs. They all love it! I have used so many different brands of Paw Balm over the years, and our pets always started licking their paws after application. This is normal, and doesn’t really affect the medicinal affects of the balm, but I was concerned because I didn’t really know what was in other brands.

It is shocking how many chemicals and toxins are allowed in pet supplies, so I quickly started making my own, vegan pet balm. This is safe for your pets to lick or even eat (though we don’t recommend it)! It is similar to our lip balm, meaning, you could even use this on your mouth. Our balm contains a soy wax base, Coconut Oil, and Vitamin E Oil.

Our pets are our family, so we only use the highest quality ingredients in our pet products. What else would you like to see added to our pet line? Comment below!

Use this coupon code for 25% off our Merchandise: WORDPRESS

If you are interested in purchasing one of these items, you have options! You can purchase through Etsy here, or you can purchase directly through this website here.