I am definitely not a professional interior designer. I'm always in awe of people who can totally pull together an amazing room. Creating a work of art that magazines would love to photograph is not my forte. Finding ways to change up a room without spending a lot of money is my goal.
Here are some of my favorite quick change home decor solutions:
Go green - Buy a couple of fake plants. They last forever and when you get bored with the way they look in a room, you can rotate them to other rooms. You can even put some on your patio. They require no watering, just occasional dusting.
Cover up - Pick up a few inexpensive designer rugs. Go for neutral colors with unique patterns, so you can move them around to various rooms. You can cover up not so nice carpeting with a throw rug. You can change the focal point of a room with a rug. You can soften a wood-floor room with designer rugs.
Pillow talk - Decorative pillows can change a room's look easily. Change with the seasons - buy yellow and light green pillows for your couch in spring and buy brown and orange pillows for fall. You could even match some of the colors to your designer rugs to pull together a room.
Hangin' around - Change the way your curtains hang. If they generally hang straight down, try tying them back with a wide ribbon. Take a placemat and hang it diagonally over the top of the curtain to create a point; it changes the whole look. Tie sheers into a loose knot and let some sunshine in the room.
Old switcheroo - My favorite way to change a room is to move around the furniture into a new configuration. Not only does it change the room, but you can clean under the big furniture and that's good for your health. Change your room to change your mood - it works!
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Slim-Fast just launched their best-tasting shakes ever! I could hardly wait to try them. I love the new on-the-go bottles so much better than the cans. The shakes are creamier and taste awesome. With up to four hours of hunger control you can lose weight easier than ever before. Each shake has 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and 24 essential vitamins and minerals. Do you want to lose weight for the family Christmas photos? Do you have a skinny dress you want to wear for New Year's Eve? With Slim-Fast, you get to drink delicious cold shakes in Rich Chocolate Royale, Creamy Milk Chocolate, Strawberries and Cream, French Vanilla and Cappucino Delight. I got the Rich Chocolate Royale flavor to try because those are the ones I've loved best in the past.
I love the idea of the 3-2-1 plan. It is an easy concept for anyone to remember and when I'm dieting I like to have some kind of rules or guidelines to follow. Slim-Fast recommends 3 snacks, 2 shakes (or 2 Slim-Fast meal bars), and 1 healthy meal each day. How easy is that? The snacks can be veggies, fruits, or even a tasty 100-calorie snack bar from Slim-Fast! When you sit down for your nutritionally balanced meal, fill up half your plate with veggies, a quarter with protein, and the other quarter with whole grains. You'll be looking and feeling great.
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AdoraPet books for children are wonderful little treasures! The children were so excited to get their hands on the books. I love that the stories are written to "inspire kids to read, play, dream and discover.." because that's exactly how I run my childcare program! Each of the eight books available is a different adventure for the children. The books are hardback bound with sturdy library-quality paper pages.
The main characters are puppy friends, Pima and Pico, and are of are both genders, so the books appeal to boys and girls. The pictures are hand-drawn and digitally colored, so they are bright and vibrant. Each adventure is written in rhyme, helping the words of the story take on a life of their own. Rhyming picture books are very important for a child's language development.
Hooray! Eight pounds gone in three weeks! Nutrisystem is helping me to lose weight and get healthy! My favorite Nutrisystem foods this week were the golden pound cake, the chicken Alfredo, and the ham and cheese omelet. I am increasing my exercise with the help of a personal trainer too, so I should continue to see the pounds melt away.
My Week Four Goals
Focus on Nutrisystem and eat smart.
Ride my indoor bike every day.
Do my exercises from my trainer daily.
Drink 8 glasses of water daily.
I am keeping track of my foods, my calories, and my weight loss on the Nutrisystem community and I love the tracker bar that shows me how much I've lost and how much more I have to lose to reach my goal. My husband has been inspired to lose weight too! Nutrisystem has a family plan, a women's plan, a men's plan, a senior's plan, a vegetarian plan and a diabetic plan. Right now they have the lowest prices of the year.
Even though I exercise daily, I'm not tracking it online as well as I track the food. Since things like sex and cleaning house count as exercise, I don't think to run to the computer to log it in. With the meals, I'm logging it in as I finish a meal. I guess as long as I keep moving and stay on the program, I'll meet my ultimate weight loss goal! Thank you Nutrisystem for helping me reach my goals with your gourmet foods! FTC Disclosure: In exchange for blogging my progress, I am receiving Nutrisystem foods and services at no charge.
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Austin, Texas is getting its very own Crocs store! I will be there tomorrow to celebrate the Grand Opening at Barton Creek Square
and I will be sharing all the fun with you via blog, Facebook and Twitter! Maybe I will see YOU there!
Have you seen these awesome Crocs yet? I'm so excited at the beautiful new styles they've designed. I can't wait to get my new boots! Be sure to check out the Fuzz Collection and the Crocs Chameleons Gust Boots that change color when it's cold!
PLUS, I'm giving away any pair of Crocs up to $100
Hi Lisa. I'm about to start my own home daycare. I saw your daycare website and really like your setup. I have a question if you don't mind answering. What do you wear during your daycare operating hours? I was thinking maybe I should have a uniform or something, like some of the daycare centers do. Maybe it would make me look more professional. Thanks for your time. MaryAnn
Hi MaryAnn! First off, let me say congratulations on your decision to work with young children. Choosing what to wear is really a personal choice for each childcare provider. I chose not to wear any type of uniform because I don't want to be compared with a daycare center. I choose clothing that allows me to be comfortable during my eleven hour workday. In the winter time, I wear jeans and sweatshirts. In the summer time, I wear shorts and tshirts. I prefer clothes that allow me to get down on the floor and play with the kids. I don't want to wear anything that makes me feel constricted in any way. Since we do artwork here, such as painting and gluing, I prefer wearing clothes that I don't mind replacing if they get ruined. My friend, on the other hand, wears nursing scrubs every day. She and her assistant specialize in caring for babies and toddlers, and they decided together to wear scrubs. They believe it makes them look more professional. She has some really cute fabrics like bears, sailboats, and hearts. She says they are more comfortable wearing scrubs all day. I know that you can get cheap scrubs at http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/categories/Scrubs/Scrubs-for-Women/. She really does look nice in them. But since I've been doing daycare for 25 years, I'm kind of set in my ways and I'll keep wearing my jeans. Good luck in your new adventure! Lisa
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I don't know about you, but the minute someone says the word "lice" my head starts to itch like crazy. Since I work as a childcare provider, I've actually had to treat myself for it a few times throughout my adulthood. It usually happens right after school starts and the older sibling of one of my daycare kids will bring it home from school and pass it on. I've been fortunate (knock on wood) that I've never had to send everyone home for treatments. It's always been just one or two kids.
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