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Home Decor DIY: kids edition  December 30, 2013 – 02:01 am

home decor DIY It is a universally acknowledged truth that kids are expensive. Long before they are crying in the supermarket aisle,cleaning out your fridge,and racking up your car’s mileage,kids will have already cost you a small fortune. Don’t be fooled by the diminutive size of your Mini-Me; his or her claims on your household’s finances are huge. If you have survived the first year of parenthood (and the related sunk costs),you may think yourself safe — at least for a little while. But you are not. Case in point: the toddler bedroom.

Even without a new addition on the way,at some point you’ll face the reality that your not-so-little-anymore “baby” has outgrown his or her nursery. You will be left with the task of deciding how to approach the issue of your toddler’s new digs.Home decor DIYAs with all things involving discretionary spending,you can be as frugal or spendthrifty as you wish and your budget allows. I’m not here to tell you how you should spend your money,but I thought it would be fun to share how we spent our money. For extra entertainment value,I will also share my philosophy on decorating for children.

I’ll start with that. When it comes to kids’ bedrooms,I have two pet peeves. The first one is over-decorated spaces designed to appeal to the adults’ sensibilities. If you’ve seen any celebrity baby bedrooms,you will know what I’m talking about. I’m sure little Amaryllis Trixiebelle doesn’t care about Swarovski crystal chandeliers at the age of 2; she won’t demand 500-count monogrammed sheets until she’s at least 5.Home decor DIYMy second pet peeve is clutter. This is not a pet peeve limited to kids’ bedrooms,and I recognize the futility of trying to banish it permanently. I guess a better way to state it is that my pet peeve is lack of foresight in arranging for adequate and simple storage solutions that allow for quick clutter concealment.

Therefore,when it came time to decorate my son’s new bedroom,I was guided by two principles: think like a kid,and keep it clean(able). The first one in particular tested my abilities because,as my family will attest,I have the soul of a crotchety grandma. A third consideration was cost,naturally. With a new kid on the way,the “spare no cost” approach was definitely not part of the equation. On the other hand,it was important to us that our son have a bedroom he loves and feels comfortable in,the better to mitigate any adjustment issues. This is what he ended up with.

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Two Hershey kisses wrapped in red cellophane and attached to a wire "stem" make a cute rosebud favor (very Valentine's Day)
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YES, cheap is smart.

I'm thinking of renting a vacation home for the week. Although that is expensive for SF, we plan on having our family shack up there-it's cheaper than a hotel! And use the living/kitchen and yard for the reception at the end of their stay and hope those will help with the decor.
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Most important I believe when dealing with a budget is to determine what is most important. Is it the dress? Food? Entertainment? Decor? Photographs? Whatever it is find what you love and "skimp" in other areas (not skimp as in you want $10k dress so you won't feed your guests).
If you choose a venue that's "free" as in your home or what not, know that it will cost more. I thought my wedding would be cheap since I have a free venue but instead of being able to use venue rentals etc. We have to get everything. Tent, toilets, linens, dishes, tables, chairs you name it... way .more expensive

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