Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tips For Decorating Baby's Room

If you are soon going to get a new member in your family, and you are looking for some ideas how to decorate his or her room, you just came to the right place. Many people around the world struggle with that, but many people also find answers to their questions and make an amazing baby’s room. In order to make that happened for you, today Born 2 Be Mom is going to share some useful tips. That will help you get inspired while decorating your little bunch of joy’s room! So, get inspired and start making your dream nursery right now!

Start with a crib
Usually, the crib is the most important item in the whole baby’s room, well because the baby is in it! So start decorating and find the style of this room from this essential furniture. Afterward, it can be a nice start to decorate around and find the best possible décor elements for the room. Also, don’t wait too long to purchase the crib. With so many of it available online, you need time for delivery. Backorders, damage from shipping and other problems can set you back for weeks. So you better start shopping for a crib as soon as you get the idea about the baby’s room. At that is usually pretty soon.

Decorate reasonably
Babies tend to grow really fast, and in order to make his or hers life more pleasurable and save, you need to remember this while decorating the room. So plan a room that works for a one week old, a six-month-old, and a one-year-old and maybe beyond that. You don't want to redecorate constantly. It only gets expensive and super problematic, because redecorating weeks can get long and very exhausting. So think a little bit ahead into the future and avoid spending money in places where you can definitely save it.

Make it personal
One of the best ways to make any room cute and nice to be in is to personalize it as much as you can. Add cute baby pictures, paintings and toys and create a little cozy world for your little baby. You can even make a little bears family that represents yours, and make it as personal as you want. To make that, visit one cool and super fun Build-a-Bear store. There you can make yourself a bear, or just get some cute décor elements and create a special theme for the whole nursery room. For instance – Star Wars! So it is really the matter of your imagination and wallet. But if your wallet doesn’t give you much of the freedom, then look for Build-a-Bear coupons from and save money on everything you find at this store. So make that baby’s room as personal as you want and create a unique and sentimental environment. 

Buy paint the last
It is really hard to decorate if you first painted the room before buying furniture for it. So to make more freedom for you, shop for other stuff than paint first. Get a crib, a rocking chair, a changing station and other cute little décor elements. Only then look for paints that will complement all these furniture. It will definitely be much easier and you can experiment more too! And you know what, just think outside of the box! Mix and match items from the bed sets, and paint the room in a way that makes sense to you. Just have lots of fun doing that! At the very end, it is your baby whose coming and it should be a nice occasion to create a new room.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Learning and Fun with Safari Tales #KidsApp

When I was a kid, video games were played on an Atari with my cousins, in my Grandparents basement.  Some of them (umm.. I'm looking at you, E.T.!) were completely pointless and virtually impossible to win.  Did I learn anything?  Nah.  It was fun yelling at the TV screen though, and it was definitely a treat when I had the chance to play. 

Life in 2015 is SO different with regards to technology and gaming.  Not only do we have 2 functioning game consoles in our home (and at least 2 older models stashed in a storage closet somewhere,) my kids also have access to my smart phone, my tablet and my iPod touch - all of which they've ever so sneakily overtaken with a multitude of Apps.  It's funny how that works, isn't it?  

I'm always careful to read the reviews before installing an app for my kids.  While there's a time and place for "princess mermaid dress up beauty parlor" (I'm not sure if that's a thing, but there are a zillion games just like it) I much prefer to know that my kids are learning while playing.  With the little miss going into Grade 2, one of the biggest things we love to work on in our house is her reading skills.  I absolutely love how far she's come.  When I find an app that encourages her to build upon her already pretty impressive reading skills while still having fun, I am all for it.  My little miss is a constant thinker.  She worries about things, she thinks and gets excited about events coming up, there's just always something on her mind.  So while most people wouldn't encourage screen time before bed, I find that even 15 minutes of time on the tablet distracts her, and helps her settle down so that she can sleep.  Reading apps are perfect for this. 

Kuato Games Ltd. offers a series of great learning apps for kids of all ages.  Of particular interest are the "Tales" series of games.  

About Dino Tales & Safari Tales 

Our ‘Tales’ series of games (Dino Tales is the first, Safari Tales the second) aims at enhancing literary skills in kids ages 4 – 10. We have created a wonderful 3D world which young kids can play in, rich with places to visit, games to play and animals to discover. Throughout the game, kids will be reading in order to follow their quests, and can ask an in-game character, Darwin, real questions by selecting words and joining them together to form sentences. We have a few thousand possibilities and he will speak back the answer with facts about animals, their environment, eating habits, etc. This encourages kids to form sentence structure correctly, read and understand meaning. At the end of each play session, Safari Tales uses patented technology to convert children’s adventures, discoveries and achievements into an incredible interactive storybook. Each new tale can be saved and stored to be read over and again with parents and loved ones, strengthening literacy, reasoning and enquiry skills.

To download Safari Tales for iOS or Google Play, visit the following links:

Don't forget to check out Hakitsu (a Robot Battle game) and Dino Tales as well!



Friday, August 14, 2015

Misfit Shine Fitness & Sleep Monitor #Review #HealthyLiving

While I generally try to keep an active lifestyle and live healthfully, I'll admit to a couple of things:

1. It takes work.  I honestly love running... but I also love sitting on the couch, eating pizza & drinking wine.  Like, a lot. So keeping myself motivated is always something I strive for. 

2. Summer does me no favors! While most people see Summer as a prime opportunity to run outdoors, go for bike rides and workout in the backyard I tend to find myself relaxing at the lake, meandering down to the boathouse fridge to grab a beer and then slowly wandering over to my neighbor's deck for snacks and cocktails while the kids play.  I mean... Running, guys?  Pfffft, nah.  Ain't nobody got time for that!

I was offered the opportunity to review the Misfit Shine Fitness & Sleep Monitor from Sport Chek.  I have to tell you, this thing does its job well.  It arrived just in time for my Mid-July Summer fitness slump.  I was literally on my way to the lake to partake in some killer cream cheese dips (which I happen to be Queen of), martinis and a little Swimming - When it showed up on my door step.  Perfect!

The idea behind the monitor is that it helps you set and reach your Fitness and sleep goals, by lighting up throughout the day as you progress through your activities - thereby motivating you to keep going.  The monitor syncs up to your phone/tablet via bluetooth, and the available app makes it extremely easy to set your goals and activities before you get going.  With just a quick tap of your device in the morning, you can find out how restful your sleep was the night before.

What sets the Misfit apart from other other monitors available is its modern and sleek look.  There's nothing clunky or even obviously "sporty" about it and with the available accessories (Watch bands, pendants, etc.) it's both versatile and fashionable. 

I had a several compliments on the Misfit in the first week of wear.  It looks like a sleek watch, so it was fun to talk about what it does and how well it works!  It turns out that I'm a little more active at the lake (sometimes) than I expected, and that walking to the local patio for dinner and drinks is better than driving.  ;)  Go figure?  And hey, it definitely makes me feel great when I go for a run and watch the tiny lights glitter away as I keep on moving towards my goal. 

To find out more about the Misfit Shine, visit the website here. Check out Sport Chek to snag one for yourself!