Guest post by Stephanie Nelson, CouponMom.com
1. Don’t go overboard. Halloween is now reported to be the 2nd most expensive holiday of the year, right behind Christmas. . It is easy to go overboard on spending if you like to decorate your house or yard with plenty of Halloween decorations. One way to save a lot of money is to skip the expensive décor and make your own decorations.
2. Carve a pumpkin. The easiest decoration that is also fun for kids is carving a pumpkin together. For just a few dollars, you can create a memorable annual tradition with your child and decorate your front porch or window at the same time. Save the seeds and find a recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds, as well. Read more →
One of the best parts of being a new mom is getting to turn your husband’s office into the baby’s nursery (and send him to the garage to his ‘new’ office). When designing my nursery I knew a few things: I wanted calming earth tones and I didn’t want it filled with animals and characters and primary colors. There is plenty of time for all of that. Remember, the nursery is where baby and you will most likely spend most of your time so make sure the motif is appealing to you because let’s face it, you are the one sitting there in the rocking chair with a fussy baby ‘taking in the ambiance’. Read more →
Before I knew whether I was having a boy or girl, I knew that I wanted my baby to have a Winnie the Pooh nursery. As one of my favorite childhood characters, I knew that the theme would fit, regardless of gender. And, thanks to the new Pooh film release, I had a wide selection of Winnie the Pooh themed products to choose from. Read more →
Choosing new exterior paint colors is a decision that some homeowners agonize over. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute.
“By following a few simple guidelines, every homeowner can create an attractive exterior color scheme that will beautify his or her home,” she says. Here’s what Zimmer advises homeowners to key in on:
1. Architectural style of the home. “Some styles of architecture look best in a particular color, while others welcome an imaginative color choice. For example, a Greek Revival home virtually demands a white exterior, while Victorian homes, with all their fretwork and gingerbread, can be painted in a rainbow of colors,” says Zimmer.
Likewise, owners of historical homes or those that mimic them may want to choose colors from a traditional, historically-accurate color palette, while those who live in contemporary-style homes have more freedom in choosing a color scheme. Read more →