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How to Decorate a Nursery on a BudgetThanks, Amanda and Jessica, for letting me stop by and post on one of my favorite subjects -- how to decorate a nursery on a budget. I am Ashley from At Home With Ashley, and I specialize in decorating with personality for less.
Here are the top 5 elements that every nursery needs
1. An awesome statement wallA kid room is the perfect excuse to have fun and be more bold than you normally would be. For my son's room we went with a safari themed wallpaper (available here for $50) that really pulled the room together. I think spending between $50-$75 on a statement wall can give you the look you want and not break the bank. Below are some other ideas for statement walls.
2. A comfy chairThere are times to splurge and times to save and below are my guidelines on when to do each. As you can see, I think a chair is the time to splurge. A nursery really needs a comfy chair for all of the rocking and feeding done in those early months and reading books later. I like to budget $400 for a nice rocker or glider and get something that you can spend lots of time in (because believe me, you will!). If you get a neutral option, you can move the chair into a living room later and did you know that rockers can be changed into regular chairs with just switching out the legs? Knowing those things helped me feel better about my investment. I got my rocker on sale at a local store that resells Pottery Barn returns (Down East Home) and have found some great options on Wayfair as well.
3. A mobileNothing says baby room like a mobile. This is a great time to bring in a whimsical element to the room. For my son's nursery I hunted everywhere for the perfect elephant mobile to match the safari theme, but couldn't find anything! I decided to DIY my own and ended up making one out of felt that I loved for less than $5! If you would like the directions and free pattern, click here.
4. A place for booksI believe in the importance of reading even to a baby (any excuse for more snuggle time, am I right?!). When I was nesting I would head to my local thrift store and buy Golden books for $0.50. I built up a great collection, but I needed a place to put them. Ikea to the rescue! I used their $10 picture ledge option and like that the books act as art. I added a giraffe head (no longer available) and love my little reading corner.
5. Cute artI am a believer in affordable art! First of all, search Pinterest for free printables. You won't believe the variety you will find! That is where I found my "be brave" art (Be Brave). Or search Etsy for printables. I have had the best luck there and have lots of prints I love that were $1-$5! (Hip hip horray print). If you need a frame for your print, just buy one from the thrift store and paint! These frames are usually $0.50-$1.00 which is much more affordable than the usual $8-$10 from Micheal's or Ikea. When my baby was around 9 months old, we DIY'd the mint, blue and black art together. It makes me sentimental that we collaborated on a project when he was so little. I took a canvas and put blobs of paint on top and covered it with plastic wrap and let him smoosh the paint around. I loved that it was a mess free project! I then took the wrap off, let dry, and painted a quote on top (here's the full post with instructions for more details). If you guys would like more tips on how to decorate on a budget, my new book At Home for Less comes out July 15th! If you have ever wanted a beautifully decorated home, but don't know how with the budget you have, I give concrete steps, tips, and illustrated directions. It is $7.99 the first week and then goes up to $9.99. (Click here to purchase .
Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.
Anna Bartlett WarnerEasily one of my daughter's favorite bedtime songs, she practically screams, "Jesus loves me!" She gets so excited when I ask what she wants to sing before we go to sleep. We do the hand motions I learned in Wee Worship back when I was a kid, and we sing it through at least twice every time. Then she laughs that contagious laugh of hers. It's one of those songs you know by heart as a kid and never leaves you. It's also one of those songs with lyrics that we take for granted because we've heard them so many times. But if we really speak the lyrics out, they take on a pretty epic truth. Jesus loves me... I know it because He told me so in the Bible. His children belong to Him. Even though we're weak, He is strong. Despite that weakness, He loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so. I've been struggling, as I know many of you have, with feeling overwhelmed and powerless. Changes happen, opportunities are presented, and I say yes because I believe it's the right direction or because it sounds like fun or because I know it matters. I'm in a season where most of these changes are good, with a couple of horribly bad ones sprinkled in, but even amidst all the good I find myself feeling out of control at times and powerless to bring things to a halt so I can get my bearings. My to do lists aren't checked off. My responses are short. I respond with, "I'm tired," many times to "How are you?" In seasons of good and bad, it's the desire of my heart to respond with joy, not anxiety. Yet, here I am struggling some days to even take the time to speak with God, much less stop and listen to what He has to say. Thankfully, the Bible tells us Jesus loves us. It also tells us so much more! In 2 Corinthians, Paul writes to the church in Corinth about God's promise to him saying, "But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'" There are so many stories of weakness in the Bible to learn from. One of the most prominent to my mind is Gideon. He asked for sign after sign after sign to prove that God was truly with him. He was weak, and he admitted to being "the least in [his] family". Then there's Moses who was convinced that God didn't really want him to be the one to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt because he had a speech impediment. Story after story like these showcase people in hardship, with weaknesses, fully human and God delivering them, loving them, caring for them because they were His children. Then there's me. Weak, insecure, fearful and undeserving. And there's you, wherever you are in life. Here's the truth, friends. Jesus loves me, and Jesus loves you! No strings attached. He just does. He loves us in our brokenness and in our need for Him. He loves us when we are overwhelmed, and He wants to give us rest. He said in Matthew, "Come to me, all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." I was talking with a friend yesterday about how life is overwhelming and she just felt defeated. Been there. Amen? We came away from the conversation acknowledging that we all have days, sometimes weeks and months, like that, but we have to remind ourselves that no matter what happens throughout the day, it's our response to those events that matters. Another friend of mine has determined that she'll find that happy balance between busy and rest when she gets to heaven and probably not before. I don't know about you, but I want my response to whatever my circumstances are to be joy because I know I'm loved and the rest of it doesn't matter in light of that. That's a hard place to get to, and a hard balance to strike. It's another one of those take up your cross daily struggles, but at least we know that in spite of fears, weaknesses, faults and failures, we can always come home to this truth: Jesus loves me, this I know. We'd love to pray for you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Two colors of paint (one for the walls & one for the stars)
- paint roller
- small, 1-2" paint brush
- painter's tape
- measuring tape
- star stencil
- Paint the room all one color, using the paint roller.
- Measure the accent wall and determine how many stars are needed to fill the wall.
- Stencil stars.
- Tape off stars.
- Paint the stars in your second color, using the small paint brush.
- Allow to dry overnight. (Or try removing the tape right away so that it doesn't cause the dried paint to peel away with it? The jury's still out on this one.)
- Peel back tape and enjoy the view! Touch up if needed.
Easy Crock Pot Chicken with Potatoes and Zucchini
Ingredients:1 pound of chicken tenderloins 2 sliced zucchini 3-4 medium sized potatoes, diced salt pepper olive oil water lemon juice garlic powder onion powder fresh rosemary (optional) Line the bottom of your crock pot with thawed chicken tenderloins. Add 1/2 cup of water and 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder, salt and pepper (approximately 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper) and spread over the chicken. Add the diced potatoes and sliced zucchini on top of the chicken, drizzle with olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Cook in the crock pot on high for 2 to 3 hours or on low for 4 to 6 hours. Serve with a sprig of fresh rosemary on top and a side of fruit, and you're all set! Bon Appétit!
Last Minute patriotic Decor
Patriotic Bottle Centerpieces
red, white and blue yarn balls
popsicle stick flags
streamer table runner
This is an amazing idea and I can’t wait to use it for all of my parties. Grab some streamers and weave them together to create a perfect table runner for your BBQ. The best part about it? If it gets ripped or ruined by the end of the night, you can just toss it!
last minute patriotic snacks
It takes more time to lick your way to the center of a tootsie pop than it does to make this centerpiece ?. It even doubles as a fun snack for your guests! A bucket, bowl, jar or vase and some red and blue lollipops and you are all set.
firecracker jell-o cups
red, white and blue strawberry shortcake dessertFacebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.
DIY Repurposed Toddler Headband
What You'll Need:
- Baby Clothes
- Sewing Machine
Isaiah 41:8-10 (MSG)
Have you ever been so overwhelmed that you just think to yourself, "If one more thing gets added to my list, I might die ... just fall over and die"? Lately, my life has been filled with a lot of exciting things! In just the last two months or so, I've gone to Haiti and back, started a new position at work and bought a house. There's a lot of newness and a lot of things going on in my life! While getting ready for Haiti, I found myself overwhelmed with anxiety that I wouldn't be safe. I had myself convinced that all the planes would crash. That I would get down there safely, but only to return with zika, malaria or typhoid. that I would get home safely, but only to find my husband had died. (Goodness! Take those thoughts captive, Liz!) During that time, at a worship night at our church, a friend read from the passage above. Look at all the things that God says that He'll do for us! I had included Him in the conversation about Haiti ever since I was asked to go. He had chosen me to go and I wasn't trusting Him!
Friends, I don't know what your crazy lives look like. Maybe you're in a really restful place and that's awesome! However, if you find yourself paralyzed by your schedule or by fear, rest in the promise that God has your back! If you feel like you need rest, ask the Lord for rest (Matthew 11:28). If you feel afraid about the things that He has put under your care, tell Him about it. It's okay to tell your Creator that you're stressed or that you're overwhelmed or that you're afraid. God doesn't want us to hide anything from Him. Step into the light and let Him deal with it. He will fill you with peace and strength!
So, in order to keep that in front of us, I am challenging you to make your own reminder! Instead of creating a huge 8" x 10" piece of work, I decided to just start out easy with a little bookmark/note card. Here's what I used for mine; however, if all you have is a Crayola marker and watercolors, that will work, too!
- Bristol paper (card stock would be fine) cut to any size
- Pentel Fude Touch Sign Brush Pen in Gray (any marker will work)
- Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen in Magenta (I think... it'll all in Japanese, but any watercolor will work)
- Watercolor paintbrush
- Paper towel