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InspiredNursery.com launches favorite things campaign
Kids Today Staff
12/13/2011 12:25:46 PM
Cranbury, NJ -- Infant furniture manufacturer LaJobi launching a special December promotion on their design blog, Inspired Nursery.
LaJobi hosts the nursery design blog and social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter where a group of bloggers with a passion for mommy hood and nursery design interact with an engaged community of expectant and existing parents.
This month, LaJobi's Inspired Nursery team will give away their Favorite Things every day for the entire month. Fans will be able to enter by commenting on the company's design blog at http://www.inspirednursery.com, or by liking Inspired Nursery on Facebook or Twitter.
Prizes will include designer items like picture frames and one of a kind pillows and paintings, as well as top quality LaJobi and Graco cribs and case pieces. In addition, LaJobi has partnered with other Kid Brands companies including Sassy Baby and CoCaLo to include items from their lines.
"We're excited to offer this unique opportunity for our fans to win beautiful furniture, award-winning toys, designer bedding and more over the holidays," said Barbara Rogers, director of LaJobi's Inspired Brands. "We value the relationship with our fans in social media, and are looking forward to their excitement and conversation around the promotion. We are truly grateful for all that our fans have contributed to us by way of feedback, conversation and inspiration this year. This is our way of saying thank you."
Each morning a custom graphic calendar on the company's blog will reveal that day's Favorite Thing. At the end of the day, one winner will be chosen by random from entries to date. The items and winners will be shared across all of the company's social media platforms. The promotion runs through December 31.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Twins Nursery – making ROOM for 2!
Posted on November 29, 2011 by Joanna
I learned that organizing a twins’ nursery can be a fun project, but it also takes a lot of planning and strategizing. This week Mandy and I will share with you our tips and advice for creating the perfect nursery for your twin bundles of joy. Below is my plan for tackling the challenge and making room for 2. While working on my babies’ nursery, a few things were especially important for me: safety, functionality, fun, and cost efficiency (I am big on saving money anywhere and anyway I can!).
Here is my advice on how to accomplish this:
I started planning the nursery as soon as we found out we were having 2 boys. Based on my experience, I do recommend that you start organizing everything early. With a twin pregnancy, there is a chance that you could be placed on bed rest or even hospitalized so you may not have the opportunity to shop for nursery items and decorate the room by yourself. If you don’t run into any complications, I can almost guarantee that you will be exhausted in the late stages of your pregnancy, so hanging up pictures and ironing curtains will not seem like a dream activity to you.
Decide which room or space in your home will serve as a twins’ nursery
We picked a small spare bedroom that was previously used as an office. The office was already painted blue. This color worked great for the nursery, so we did not even have to paint the room! I was happy to save time and money.
Decide on the décor
I am not a big fan of the nursery themes. In my opinion, it is more fun for the parents (especially moms to be) to design super cute rooms for their babies. Nothing wrong with that, I actually enjoy seeing other people’s theme nurseries, but personally I will wait until my kids are old enough to express what they really want their room to look like. Besides, all the theme accessories are very expensive and some of them are not useful or functional. I feel similarly about buying expensive nursery furniture sets. It is very pricey and not always useful when the kids are older. So W and D nursery is simple but warm and colorful.
Establish your budget
How much do you want to spend on your nursery? I decided that I didn’t want to spend more that $500 total. I know a few people who organized great nurseries for less than that, but most of my friends were shaking their heads in disbelieve saying that $500 will not even buy me 2 nice cribs. So let me tell you that it does buy more than 2 nice cribs and I will show you how I did it. Shop smart Make a list of must have items for your nursery and decide which ones you are going to buy and which you will register for. This step is a key to saving money. I decided not to buy or register for any expensive baby furniture sets. I focused on finding perfect and inexpensive cribs and changing station. I also did not buy crib sheet sets (I did not use bumpers and found comforters not useful or safe for babies). Besides, they are very pricey and all I really needed is 4 crib sheets. I did not buy any wall paintings, because we decided that we would use boys’ photographs as nursery artwork. I also planned carefully for what I registered for. I registered for only the items that I was absolutely sure I would need. My cribs were the most expensive product that I registered for @ $142 each. As a result, I received most of the nursery items as gifts from generous friends and family.
So here is my list of must have items for twins’ nursery:
2 cribs - Babi Italia Nursery 101 Crib – $142 per crib (we received them as a gift, so $0 cost to us). They are plain and simple but also very nice looking and good quality.
2 mattresses – Serta Nightstar - $79 per mattress (we received them as a gift, so $0 cost to us)
Changing station (or a comfortable place to change diapers and dress your babies) –Nursery 101 Concord Dressing Table – $79. My changing station matches our cribs. It is good quality and for safety reasons I like that you can install a changing pad securely in place. I also like the storage room underneath. It is easier for me to find onesies or socks in the small baskets rather that search in dresser drawers.
Storage room for clothes, baby gear and other accessories: you can use a closet, a dresser, storage baskets, or bookshelves. Be creative. Don’t think that an expensive dresser is the only solution when trying to build a nursery on a budget. Besides the closet space I used storage baskets. I bought them from different stores and also reused a couple that I already had – total cost ~ $ 50
Night light – I used the Kinderglo Moon - $25. When I purchased this nightlight, I did not realize how useful it would be in our house. I love it because you can charge it and take it with you anywhere in the house! The light is not too bright but strong enough to see when you are changing diapers in the middle of the night. Kinderglo has 2 settings (30 minutes or 8 hours) it also has 5 different light colors. The moon shape is super cute and I think it will also work great when the boys are older.
Humidifier – I used Crane Adorable Cool Mist Humidifier - $40. This humidifier has the word “adorable” in its name. I do agree that it is well-earned! It is adorable and works very well.
Monitor - Sony Baby Call Nursery Monitor ~$35 (we received them as a gift so $0 cost to us)
Couch, guest bed or a glider (a place for you to sit, lie down or relax while spending time in the nursery). We reused our fairly new loveseat that was already in this room. It was also a great place to sit while feeding the babies. Bookcase – we reused the one that was already in the office.
2 cribs mobiles - we used Fisher-Price Rainforest Mobile and Ocean Mobile - ~$45 (we received them as a gift so $0 cost to us)
Window treatments - we already had blinds installed in the room and I just purchased 2 kids valances on clearance at Target for ~$6 each.
Rug – if you don’t have a carpet in your nursery I recommend getting a rug to make a soft place for crawling babies and more cozy play area. We used the rug that we already had in the room. It matched the loveseat so it was a good solution.
Wall decals – Transportation Peel & Stick – $9.99. They added nice colorful touch to the room. They are very inexpensive and you can easily remove them at any time.
Final results: We originally placed the cribs side by side with few feet of space in between them. Than we realized that placing them in this corner type of setting saves room and also gives boys opportunity to interact. They can stand almost next to each other and “talk” which they do quite often lately :) Changing table with storage baskets and loveseat and the rug. We play a lot on the rug and next to the loveseat. Unfortunately, W and D recently figured out that it is a lot of fun to take stuff out if the storage baskets and spread it across the room. I will have to make different arrangements for the clothes and fill up the baskets with their toys.
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Sep 19, 2011
Nursery décor isn’t what it used to be. And that is great news for those who love interior design and décor! Many parents-to-be are moving away from character themes and the expected pinks and blues and are instead opening their minds to design possibilities. In fact, a survey by Baby Shop magazine found that nearly half (47 percent) of current and future parents want nurseries that are an extension of their stylish home décor.
To help you find the right style for your baby’s nursery, here are some tips from the team behind the Inspired Nursery blog at www.inspirednursery.com:
Get Temporarily Trendy
There are certain nursery items that you will be able to change out easily as trends evolve and as your child grows and expresses him or herself. Keep up with the latest color trends? Add a pillow and throw to your glider or buy some homemade or purchased wall art as a way to infuse a trendy color without committing to it forever. Love today’s trends of owls, or find yourself drawn to colorful knit dolls designed overseas? These are easy items to bring into the room, sit on a shelf or display in a bookcase, but can be changed out when the next trend comes along. Obsessed with the latest celebrity nursery designs? Take some inspiration from your favorites but know you don’t have to try to match a room item by item. Choose a color scheme or theme and then find a way to incorporate parts of it within your budget.
Invest in Rest
The smart move is to invest in a few pieces of high-quality furniture that will grow with your child. These are pieces that will remain in the nursery as it evolves into a toddler’s and then big kid’s room: Select furniture that complements the look of the rest of your home. Love traditional style? Seek out nursery collections that fit right in. Focused on a transitional look? Seek out cribs and furniture with clean lines and solid construction. Do you love the look of rich brown furniture or are you eager to see white wood furniture against pops of paint color and bedding? Nursery furniture comes in a wide variety of beautiful finishes. You can browse the images at www.facebook.com/inspirednursery for inspiration. Look for Lifestyle cribs which easily convert from crib to toddler-, day-, and eventually a full-sized bed, which means they will grow with your child. Consider other adaptable furniture pieces. This includes armoires that can convert into media centers, and dressers that can serve as changing tables. Learn more at www.LaJobi.com.
Give the nursery its own special look with accessories that are not only attractive, but have special meaning, too. Celebrate your family’s heritage with treasures from scrapbooks, old family photo albums, textiles and art pieces from your family’s native country. Personalize baby’s room with handmade art and accessories from local artists or from online sources such as www.Etsy.com. Wall decals are a great way to transform a room. You can find everything from sophisticated small border decals and medium sized murals to large trees and fun circus animals – and you can apply them yourself. You don’t need to be a designer to create a beautiful nursery – you just need a little patience and the right inspiration.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
September 15, 2011
Inspired Nursery is hosting a great contest that ends today!
You will want to head over to the Inspired Nursery Facebook page to enter to win! Someone is going to win a Cocalo diaper bag and someone will win Cocalo bedding! I was ‘like’ # 1501, so let’s get it to 2,000 ‘likes’ so one of us can win the Babi italia crib!!! Wouldn’t that be sweet. My new baby coming this winter could definitely use a new crib for his nursery.
What are you waiting for head over to the Inspired Nursery Facebook page to enter to win!
Posted by Thanks for Reading! at 1:56 PM
September 15, 2011
"Inspired Nursery" loves all things baby and baby room! It was been a few years since my son was a baby, but I do remember the excitement of getting his nursery all ready. Buying the crib and finding just the right bedding took me a while. Eleven years ago, there were not as many crib and bedding choices for parents. But that has all changed with great online nursery bedding websites like Inspired Nursery.
Today might be your Lucky Day! Today (Thursday, 9/15) is the last day of the Inspired Nursery Facebook Giveaway www.facebook.com/inspirednursery and here is how it works. When the Inspired Nursery Facebook Page gets to 1500 fans, they will giveaway a beautiful CoCaLo baby bedding set and Serta Crib Mattress. And when they hit 2000 fans, one fan will win a beautiful new baby crib from the Babi Italia collection as seen the photo above.
Inspired Nursery has some incredible crib collections including Bonavita shown in this photo. Remember, this contest ends today so don't delay to become a fan.
CLICK HERE TO BECOME A INSPIRED NURSERY FAN AND ENTER TO WIN PRIZES
Posted by Thanks for Reading! at 1:44 PM
September 15, 2011
How important is the perfect baby crib furniture when setting up the baby’s room? You’ll want to visit the Inspired Nursery Facebook page today (9/15) if you are or will be needing a crib bed anytime soon. If the Inspired Nursery can reach 1500 fans by today they will give one lucky fan a CoCaLo baby bedding set and Serta Crib Mattress and if they can reach 2000 fans, one lucky fan will win a beautiful new baby crib from the Babi Italia collection!When I clicked over to like their page I was fan 1499 so they are all most there. You just have to like Inspired Nursery and then sign up for the giveaways with your name and email address. Winners will be notified by email.
I was looking around Inspired Nursery at all the brands that Inspired Nursery offers and wow! Bonavita, Europa Baby and Little Miss Matched and more. I think I would get a glider cradle if we have anymore babies because I know how Baby B was when he had colic. He always had to be moving or “wwwaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!” all night long. We had a convertible crib for both of our boys. Why buy multiple beds when you can move 1 around and use it for years and years? Looking at these cribs all most makes me want another baby, all most. Good luck if you take the minute to enter.
Posted by Thanks for Reading! at 1:38 PM
September 15, 2011
Want to win an amazing Prize?
Inspired Nursery is giving away a gorgeous Babi Italia Crib on their Facebook page if they reach 2,000 fans BUT this giveaway is ending today so hurry. Inspired Nursery needs to reach 2,000 fans today before they giveaway a stunning Babi Italia Crib!
To Enter!! All you have to do is ‘Like’ Inspired Nursery on Facebook and click the ‘Crib Giveaway’ tab to enter. Once you’ve ‘Liked’ Inspired Nursery on Facebook, find the ‘Crib Giveaway‘ tab located on the left side of their facebook page then enter your name and email address in the box below. Next, use the ‘share button below the giveaway tab. Inspired Nursery needs to reach 2,000 Facebook fans before they give this amazing crib away so be sure to share with your Facebook friends so they have a chance to win too. It’s that simple!! This contest ends today, September 15th so hurry up, get your entries in, and spread the word about this fabulous giveaway.
Posted by Thanks for Reading! at 1:34 PM
September 15, 2011
Inspired Nursery is hosting the last day of its Facebook giveaway on Thursday Sept 15th and we are excited to be building our community so we are celebrating! If we get to 1500 or 2000 fans we giving away incredible prizes. At 1500, they are giving away a CoCaLo baby bedding set and Serta Crib Mattress and if they hit 2000, one fan will win a beautiful new baby crib from the Babi Italia collection!
I was just fan #1500 so they are at LEAST giving away a CoCaLo baby bedding set with a Serta Crib Mattress- can we get them to 2000? How cool will it be if one of MY readers wins one of these awesome prizes!!??? (You have to promise to share if you do…)
So here’s my challenge to you- maybe you (like me) don’t have any need for baby bedding. But perhaps someone you know does. Or you want to need it. Maybe we can help someone else win it just by “liking” Inspired Nursery’s page on Facebook- and once you do like them, if you decide to enter, click on the giveaway tab. Quick and easy!
CoCaLo baby bedding is one of the top notch brands- very well made, beautiful fabrics and designs and adorable collections to satisfy any design desires. Pair that with a Serta mattress and your baby will be sleeping in the lap of luxury!! What are you waiting for? Go enter!! Remember, I want to know if you win!! GOOD LUCK!
Posted by Thanks for Reading! at 1:12 PM
September 15, 2011
Hurry! Today is the LAST DAY!
I just found out about a contest that I think some of my readers might be interested in. Inspired Nursery (www.InspiredNursery.com) is having a special contest on their Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/InspiredNursery). If Inspired Nursery can get 1,500 “likes” on their Facebook page they will give away a beautiful CoCaLo baby bedding set and a Serta Crib Mattress. If they can reach 2,000 fans they will give a lucky fan a brand new crib from the Babi Italia collection. Right now they are at 1,488 “likes”. I’m sure they can easily hit 2,000 with your help. Be sure to spread the word with family, friends and those you network with. All you have to do to enter is simply “like” their Facebook page. You can’t get any easier then that.
I was checking out some of the product lines that Inspired Nursery works with. One of them is Bonavita (www.Bonavita.com). Oh my! I wish they had crib sets like this when my children were babies. I absolutely love the convertible crib sets. Those are the ones that go from a crib, to a toddler bed and eventually they turn into a full size grown up bed. You just need the one bed set to take your child from infancy to adulthood. Talk about getting your moneys worth. I love the Sheffield Lifestyle Crib. It’s so pretty! I love the additional matching pieces you can purchase with it too. They have lifestyle sets ideal for girls, boys and unisex.
Another company is Babi Italia (www.BabiItalia.com). Oh my! Check out this beautiful Glider Cradle. I REALLY could have used this for our son when he was an infant. He had the worst colic in the world and constantly had to be kept moving or he’d scream his head off. This went on every day from around 5:00 PM to approximately 1:00 AM for around 4-5 months. It was a nightmare. If we had a Glider Cradle I bet it would have helped us out a lot. It would be much easier to gently push the cradle back and forth compared to walking around our home bouncing him up and down. I have never seen, or even heard of a Glider Cradle before. I had a Glider Chair when my daughter was an infant. They are really nice.
Check out www.Facebook.com/InspiredNursey and “like” their page for a chance to win a beautiful crib. For more information and tips by other moms about nurseries and nursery designs please visit www.InspiredNursery.com.
Posted by Thanks for Reading! at 12:46 PM
September 15, 2011
I thought you would all like to know about this great contest! Inspired Nursery is hosting a facebook contest – and today is the last day to enter! If they reach 1500 fans, they will give away a CoCaLo baby bedding set and Serta Crib Mattress and if they hit 2000, one fan will win a beautiful new baby crib from the Babi Italia collection! They were at 1,497 when I checked – so go give them a like so you’ll be eligible to win! I know when you have a new baby there are so many new things to buy, so this is an awesome contest. Plus, their products are absolutely beautiful!
Isn’t this crib just gorgeous? Much nicer than the one Little Miss had! Winners will be announced September 18th, but you have to give them a like and take a really quick survey TODAY to win! Head over now!