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Monday, August 19th, 2013
Are you enjoying the last of your summer? Have you started the transition back to the regular, daily grind? School start is coming at us fast and furious, so now is the time to get ready for back-to-school routines, if you haven’t started yet. That means going to bed earlier, getting up earlier, and cleaning up in order to be organized for school, extracurricular activities and the faster pace that is life most of the time.
So how do you convince kids to start going to bed earlier? How about fresh pillows to rest their heads on? The Naturepedic Organic Cotton Toddler, Queen or King size Pillow combines Organic Kapok/Cotton which are made with soft sateen organic cotton fabric and an organic cotton/organic kapok blend fill. These pillows are completely organic and are very comfortable, but they must be spot-cleaned only, please note. They are a luxurious 300 thread count organic cotton fabric, filled with a 50/50 blend of organic kapok and organic cotton. Now how is that for a little inspiration to rest your head?
As far as getting up goes, it might be time to turn back to the alarm clock for everyone in the family. Do you need somewhere to put it? How about here! The hand carved Basket Weave Nightstand is traditionally styled by Seabrook Classics. Keep your bedroom clean and tidy with this well-constructed drawer having multi-storage capacity. It is made up of environment-friendly, hand carved wood in black shade. This graceful, time-honored nightstand stylishly compliments your magnificent bed and helps in giving orderly look. It can be used to support a lamp, alarm clock, mobile phone, book, medication or any other handy items, required during the night.
Now that you are awake, how about tackling some of that organizing? First step is to clean the house, and then move on to organizing. Why not try a bookcase in your child’s room to help keep the clutter at bay? The Madeline Bookcase is just what your little girl’s room needs! This 9-hole cubby storage system is shown in Swiss Coffee, but you may select any of Country Cottage’s distressed finishes to match your kid’s room perfectly. They can tuck books, collectibles, nick nacks and NO more than that on these pretty shelves.
Now the only thing left is to re-start those routines. A little hard work never hurt anyone and just might help to keep the whole family on track. Our custom children’s chore charts are unique and fun. With custom option specific to your child’s age and chores, each column can be personalized. From “practice piano, water plants, make bed, to practice violin, walk dog, make bed, each can be original to your own household. Cuter than any that we have seen, your little one will be eager to earn gold stars with our adorable chore chart. Specify up to nine tasks and we include the classic gold star stickers to make marking accomplished chores a breeze. Set a goal each week and fill in the “prize” that will be won if the child earns enough stars. An age-appropriate reward system that will encourage responsibility and independence. Your child will be scrambling to clean up those toys in order to “win” a scoop of ice cream, a new Matchbox car or a trip to the Zoo! Printed on natural white, text-weight paper. Order includes (2) pads with 50 sheets per pad, plus 275 gold foil stickers. Additional stickers available for purchase. Pads measure 9″ x 7.5″ inches.
Friday, August 16th, 2013
How are you doing on your back to school shopping? Do you have backpacks, lunch boxes, and a new outfit to send your child back to school with? Super! Have you thought about what happens when they come home from school though? It’s time for homework to resume! The kids might not be thrilled by that, but if you create a space for them to work in that fits their needs, that is half the battle. Doing homework on your bed might seem good enough, but a proper work space can make all the difference. They need dedicated space where they can open their books, lay out their pens, pencils and calculators, and focus on the task at hand (vs the distraction of TV, video games, cell phones and other electronica). The faster they can get their homework done, the faster they can get back to what they really want to do – Play!
How to set up a child’s workspace
choose a child-sized chair and desk for them to work at. Ensure that it will have enough space for all of their homework essentials, like books, computer, lighting (if necessary), and whatever else your child might need
- remove distractions like televisions, gaming systems, and electronica from the area
- make sure that they have any materials they might need handy, like pencils, rulers, erasers, extra paper, etc.
provide sufficient lighting for the task at hand
- locate the workspace in a handy location, so that you can help out as necessary
- if a computer is part of your child’s workspace, set up parental controls to ensure their cyber-safety while surfing the net
set up rules about when homework will be completed. Will it be immediately following school, after a snack, when you come home from sports practice, after dinner, before bed? Whenever it is, is up to you, but making sure there is enough time to complete any assignments will help your child to succeed in their school careers and set up good lifelong scheduling habits
make sure that the space is your child’s own. Let them add some finishing touches that make them feel comfortable and that they own the space, whether that is photographs, a special trinket, or picking out their own bulletin board
Remind children that homework is part of their schooling and it will help them in the long run. Having a space to do it in, is key. It is one step in helping them do the best that they can and will get them farther in life. Ultimately it is up to them, but starting them on the right path today is something you can help them with, and they take that into the future.
Monday, April 15th, 2013
Have you started your spring cleaning yet? With the weather holding so much rain, there has been plenty of time to purge, clean and organize your home this year. If you haven’t started yet, here are a few helpful hints to get you on track;
Spring Cleaning 101
In the Bedroom:
baby hangers – white satin with blue dot ribbon
- Discard any clothes that are worn or beyond repair. Donate any clothes that you have not worn in the last year or that no longer fit you. If you are hoping to eventually get back into your skinny jeans, do yourself a favor and reward yourself with new jeans if you make that milestone.
- Once you have purged your closet, make sure it stays organized by installing a closet system with shelves for sweaters, shoe storage, multi-level poles to maximize storage space and proper hangers. The metal hangers you get from the dry cleaner stretch and mishape clothes, so add them to the toss pile!
- Another super tip is to place all your hangers in the same direction and turn them around once you have worn the item. That way when you check your closet later, you will know what has been worn and what hasn’t!
- Dust dressers, wipe lights, wash walls and windows. Don’t forget to wipe baseboards as well
In the Bathroom:
hand painted waste basket-retro dot
- Go through your medicine cabinet and discard any expired medications. Clean the inside and outside of the medicine cabinet
- Thoroughly scrub tub and/or shower enclosure
- Reseal any grout lines
- Recaulk bathtub and/or shower enclosures
- Launder shower curtain
- Empty garbage and clean waste basket
In the Kitchen:
personalized dishwasher bottles
- Discard any items in the fridge that are past their expiry date. Toss any items in your freezer that may have freezer burn or have been there too long
- Clean all shelves and bins in the fridge. Place a box of baking soda in your fridge to help absorb food smells
- Pull out fridge clean behind it. Vacuum fridge coils to improve fridge efficiency
- Thoroughly clean stove, including burners and oven
- Pull stove forward and clean behind it. Wipe down sides of stove while you are at it
- Clean other small appliances, like toasters, microwaves, coffee makers
- Clean cupboards, inside and out. Don’t forget the kitchen drawers
- Wash counters and floor
- Inspect dishwasher and clean trap in it. Run it empty with vinegar or baking soda to sanitize. Wipe outside of dishwasher
- Refill dishwashing soap dispensers
In the Playroom:
storage console traditional americana
- Toss any toys that are broken or damaged
- Purge any toys that are no longer actively played with. Collect them for a garage sale or donation
- Store some toys to create a rotation of them. This helps to renew interest in toys that would otherwise become dated and mundane
- Thoroughly clean floors, walls, baseboards, door knobs, drapes and light fixtures
- Empty toy shelves to wash and disinfect them
- Organize toys into bins, shelves and other storage receptacles. Using labels helps children to remember where to put the toys once they are done playing with them
- This room is an excellent place to have your children assist in. Play music to make it more fun. Encourage them to get rid of items, by informing them they will receive the money from any items sold in potential garage sales. Remind them that a tidy room is more fun to play in, as then there is more space to play with the remaining toys.
Happy Spring Cleaning. Don’t forget your rubber gloves!
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
As 2013 begins, now is the time to take stock of your home and make a fresh start. So let’s grab our clip boards and make a list of what needs to get done to start the new year off right! Here’s our personalized clipboards, that are perfect for every list-maker in your life and are also great for homework on the go. Available in two handy sizes, perfect for organizing papers of all shapes and sizes. As an added bonus, the surface doubles as a dry erase board, so you always have a place to jot down a note.
Now where to start? How about organizing your child’s study space in their room! Combining both classic and fun, the Stars Desk by Alligator Enterprise is the perfect piece for your child’s bedroom. With a large work space, the desk top has enough room to hold a computer and other favorite items for display. The various storage units within allow for every item to have its place. The top drawer is ideal for storing school supplies, the hanging file drawer is great for keeping items organized, and the drop – front keyboard drawer makes typing easy. Your child will love the unique styling and decorative star detailing this desk portrays. Select Denim Blue or choose one of the other finishes to match your little one’s bedroom.
Now, how about a bookshelf to compliment that smart desk. Its a perfect space for your child to store books, knick-knacks and other doodads that so often clutter up our worlds. This Art for Kids Evan Bookcase in linen and blue with gold star moulding is a great piece for storing books and room decor, as well as a beautiful accent piece for any room. It has three shelves and there are four drawers in lower section. The bookcase is made from 100% alder and birch wood. The piece is available in many finishes.
Now how about a place to put all those lose pieces of paper, pictures and other artwork that seems to accumulate on any empty counter or table space. A memo board is the perfect solution! The Vintage Blue fabric memo board by New Arrivals is a great way to show off your favorite pictures in style. Each memory board is covered in an array of vintage children’s fabrics, then crisscrossed with raffia rope. White, slightly distressed beadboard frame and fabric covered buttons are the finishing touches. Perfect for any gift.
Well, that organizes the kids rooms, but I fear there is little room left for the rest of the house today. There is always tomorrow to tackle those projects though. Good luck organizing!
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
~ “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Brrr, you can certainly feel the nip in the air now! How many of you have turned on your furnaces and pulled out your cool weather hats? Adding sweaters to the wardrobe isn’t the only way to prepare for Fall and the quickly approaching winter weather. Now is the time to prepare your home for cooler weather too. A little bit of prep now, saves a few degrees, and maybe even a few dollars, in the depths of winter. Here are a few suggestions from Babybox.com on how to prepare your home for winter;
TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR WINTER
- Insulate windows and doors to keep heat in and drafts out
stella gray curtain panels
Remember to open your curtains during the day and shut them at night to keep your home as warm and comfortable as possible. Curtains help to lessen heat loss at night, as well as warming up your home aesthetically.
- Have your furnace cleaned and inspected before cold weather arrives to stay. No need to have it die on you during the coldest day of the year!
- Clean leaves, branches and other debris from eaves troughs and down spouts to ensure proper drainage
Dwell Studio Rosette Blossom Rug
Avoid cold toes on icy floors first thing in the morning by warming up your floors with area rugs. Remember that your baby spends most of their day on or close to the floor and they feel the cold more than adults!
- Clean and fill your humidifier to ensure your home stays comfortable despite the drying effects of winter air
Santa personalized long sleeve tee (youth)
Inspect and have your chimney cleaned to prevent chimney fires (Plus, you don’t want Santa getting any dirtier than necessary when he comes a’calling!)
- Complete any exterior painting, before it gets too cold
personalized adirondack chair
Store outdoor furniture and decorations
- Ensure that any exterior exhaust ducts (dryer, bathroom fans, kitchen range, etc.) are free from obstructions
- Put in a store of firewood, so that you can enjoy long, lazy evenings in front of the fireplace this winter
Keep warm this winter!
Friday, August 24th, 2012
The summer is a time of lazy days and long nights watching the stars twinkle overhead. Schedules and routines take a well-deserved siesta for a season, as we relax into the beauty that is summer. With the school session beginning and September almost upon us, it is time to get back into the swing of things again though. How do you get organized after a summer spent at the beach, pool or lazily watching the days whiz by in the comfort of your backyard? Do you need a few ideas of how you can smoothly re-organize you and the kids back to school, homework and extra-curricular activities, without spinning out of control. Put overdrive on pause and think about adding these helpful tools to keep life on an even keel.
Let’s start with a weekly planner that will catch your eye. The momAgenda Weekly Planner Desk Pad is a great gift for a new Mom and a great addition to the household as well. Same great format, now for the whole family! The momAgenda family schedule pad features the unique momAgenda weekly format, with separate spaces for each person in the family? Whether you keep it on the kitchen counter or on the fridge, the whole family will be more organized!
That covers the big things, but what about the everyday items like chores? Our custom children’s chore charts are unique and fun. With custom option specific to your child’s age and chores, each column can be personalized. From “practice piano, water plants, make bed, to practice violin, walk dog, make bed, each can be original to your own household. Cuter than any that we have seen, your little one will be eager to earn gold stars with our adorable chore chart. Specify up to nine tasks and we include the classic gold star stickers to make marking accomplished chores a breeze. Set a goal each week and fill in the “prize” that will be won if the child earns enough stars. An age-appropriate reward system that will encourage responsibility and independence. Your child will be scrambling to clean up those toys in order to “win” a scoop of ice cream, a new Matchbox car or a trip to the Zoo! Printed on natural white, text-weight paper. Order includes (2) pads with 50 sheets per pad, plus 275 gold foil stickers. Additional stickers available for purchase. Pads measure 9″ x 7.5″ inches.
Now we’re cooking! Oh, speaking of cooking, sometimes that can be a chore in and of itself, don’t you think? I don’t know how often I have debated what to make for dinner and realize that I better make up my mind fast, as the clock says that should be served now! Take the stress out of mealtime with this weekly meal planner by MomAgenda. It is fabulous for the mom who has it all together. Our combo meal planner/day planner pad comes to the rescue! Here, you can track the weekly activities and plan meals accordingly. Now evening carpools won’t leave you scrambling to get something on the table. Each sheet has a bright orange border, and covers one full week. This undated pad has a magnet on the back so you can hang it on the fridge and keep the whole family on track.
Now all that’s left to organize are the myriad playdates that should ensue when your child finds a new best friend at school that they have to hang out with. These fun personalized calling cards for Mom make life easy. No more searching for a pen and scrap of paper to scribble phone numbers on. Play dates and other arrangements can now be easy. This item features 48 2.5″ circles printed on 110lb card stock created with a professional inkjet printer. A great gift for mother’s everywhere.
Happy Back-to-School season and good luck with your new routines!
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
It’s August. The mantra “I’m bored!” can be heard from school-aged children across the country. Kids look forward to the summer holidays with a passion, but it never seems to take long for them to become listless and searching you out for something to do. As the summer wears on, there is a bright spot to look forward to though – Back to School! It’s coming up fast too. Before you know it, you will be packing lunches every day, running from “meet the teacher” meetings to ballet lessons, and trying to fit in cleaning the house between a few precious minutes snatched for a workout or two.
If you are ready to say goodbye to your kids underfoot, but a little nervous about jumping back into routine, Babybox.com has some great suggestions of how to make the transition a little easier. For one, instead of taking all the responsibility onto your own shoulders for all of the household tasks, why not think about getting your children to help out with the chores. Giving them some responsibilities not only helps you, but it also encourages them to be responsible for their own actions. While you might not have your 6-year-old cutting the grass, they certainly are able to help empty the dishwasher. Getting your kids to bring their laundry baskets to the laundry room saves you a few steps, plus lets them know that dirty clothes don’t magically clean themselves. And introducing a child-sized broom to your little one is a staple concept in the Montessori education, so why not bring that idea into your own home as well. Children love the praise they receive when they help out, so get them helping whenever and wherever they can! You will be helping them to establish good organization skills and routines of their own for a lifetime.
So why not start your back to school routines with a fresh start all around. Sit down for a family meeting and craft up a family chore chart. Our custom children’s chore charts make this activity fun for the whole family. With custom options specific to your child’s age and chores, each column can be personalized. From “practice piano, water plants, make bed, to practice violin, walk dog or make bed, each can be original to your own household. Cuter than any that we have seen, your little one will be eager to earn gold stars with our adorable chore chart. Specify up to nine tasks and we include the classic gold star stickers to make marking accomplished chores a breeze. Set a goal each week and fill in the “prize” that will be won if the child earns enough stars. This is a great age-appropriate reward system that will encourage responsibility and independence. Your child will be scrambling to clean up those toys in order to “win” a scoop of ice cream, a new Matchbox car or a trip to the Zoo!
Another item that all Moms everywhere need to have on their wish list is the ubiquitous calendar. Back to school always means back to extra-curricular activities. The ability to keep track of them all can take a herculean effort, unless you have a little help. The momAgenda Weekly Planner Desk Pad was created for just that reason. It is a great gift for a new Mom and a great addition to the household as well. Same great format, now for the whole family! The momAgenda family schedule pad features the unique momAgenda weekly format, with separate spaces for each person in the family… whether you keep it on the kitchen counter or on the fridge, the whole family will be more organized!
If you need more room to write everything down though, we have you covered there as well. Introducing the momagenda desktop planner 2011-2012 (seen here in “giraffe” pattern). Stay super organized, with this super chic desktop planner by momAgneda. Brand new colors for the season, even in bold animal prints. Add personalization for a very sophisticated and personalized planner. Makes for a great gift for new moms!
If you still need someplace else to jot down your to-do list though, we have another simple solution – the juggling mom note pad – set of three. Any Mother needs a stylish magnetic note pad to keep track of her busy day! This card features a busy mom juggling all of her to-do items. This Juggling Mom note pad comes beautifully wrapped in a cello bag with a pink grosgrain bow and makes a great gift for every busy mother. Aside from juggling grocery shopping, soccer, babies and more, Mom needs to be able to remember it all. This will help. The cute notepads might even bring a smile to poor Mom’s face when she reads the text on the pad - ”So much to do…so little time”. As an added bonus, you can feel good about purchasing these pads as not only are they printed on recycled natural white text weight paper, but a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this product will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and other organizations promoting breast cancer awareness as well.
So try not to sweat the start of back to school routines too much. If you can get organized now, then when your little ones sail away on the bus on the first day of school, you will be able to jump into your own day feeling organized and ready to take on the world yourself!
Monday, May 9th, 2011
Mother’s Day is over for another year. Back to work! groan…
Maybe we can help make your day a little easier with some great organizing pieces to save you a little time and effort over the course of your day.
Why not make your clean-up time a little easier with this toy storage by oeuf. This is one of the best toy storage systems we have found and a nice change from the common plastic brightly colored designs available these days. This design is an innovative storage system designed to make organization as easy as 1, 2, 3. The 3 tiers of storage bins are ideal for toys and books. With the option for the bins to be positioned flat or tilted, the resulting easy access makes clean-up a breeze. Even your children will want to pitch in and help! The bin dividers are removable so you can store a multitude of items of varying sizes – from the smallest Lego pieces to oversized puzzles and everything in between. Available in birch and walnut finishes, with a white frame.
Here is another great toy storage container to think about. This Lulla Smith Toy Bag is part of the luxurious crib bedding collection from this noted designer. The toy bag may be custom ordered in any fabric of your choice. It is available in Dupioni Silk and in any fabrics from the Lulla Smith Collection. It is a great place to put toys and a great accent for your nursery. No more searching for those favorite stuffies at bedtime!
Perhaps by the end of the day, you are just out of steam though. That is when you can take advantage of this beautiful addition to your home. You can hide whatever didn’t get done, or put away from the day before! Or not. REally though, this typical English Cottage Screen with three panel screens is an inimitable way to divide one living space into two, without totally screening them apart crafted by Seabrook Classics. It has great outlook that is fit for every type of room decor by giving an energetic and lively touch to the place. This screen has very intricate wooden work that makes it a demanding creation in international market with its uniqueness and perfection.
So relax, let the day go and give yourself that little bit of me time at the end of the day. I don’t care if Mother’s Day is over, you still deserve it!
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
It’s that time of year again. The rains are washing away the last of winter’s grimey grip outside. It is time to tackle some of your inside projects as well. Spring cleaning begins Now!
First step: Grab your clipboard and make a list of projects to tackle. The Clipboards collection by Clairebella is perfect for the task at hand. Really, you can use it anywhere you want, such as at home, school or office. With a dry erase surface, these clipboards come with a size of 9” x 12 1/2”. You can easily get them personalized as per your choice with different patterns, background colors and fonts. They look cool and unique with customized styling of names, thoughts, idioms or phrases. So start writing and let’s get cracking on that to-do list!
Step two: Purge! After a long winter of cocooning inside, it is time to break free and purge the area. Get rid of broken items, unloved toys, and clothing that is just too small. While some things can certainly be donated to charitable organizations, other items are headed straight to the trash. Unless you need a dumpster, the hand painted bee waste basket is great for many rooms in the home (bedroom, nursery, bathroom). The waste can is a great accent and a decorative way to disgard used tissues, papers, etc. Don’t be afraid to empty it a few times in your cleansing frenzy. Of course, the charming and cheerful yellow and black design is perfect for boys and girls when you are through with your work. Coordinating picture frames, tissue box and step stool are also available.
Step three: Clean while you are on a roll. Wash and iron your drapes. Rent a steam cleaner, or hire someone to come in and clean your carpets and furniture. Roll up heavy, winter rugs to give a lighter feel to the room for the airier season ahead. Put away your flannel sheets and put your crisp linens on the beds. Clean the windows. Then look down and see where the rest of the dirt has hidden; on you!
Before you dirty up your fresh and clean space, head to the bathroom and clean yourself up. The inspire personalized soaps are a delightful way to wash away the dirt of the day. They are 100% vegetable-based and triple-milled for a luxurious lather. One of the freshest personalized soaps on the market with a warm white décor-complimenting color, these gentle yet intoxicating aqua mineral scented soaps will transport you from scullery maid to princess in an instant.
Step four: Now that you are clean, you have to put it all back together again. To ensure that your nice, clean space stays that way for a little while, try to reorganize things as you go. A great way to organize some of those stuffies is with a melissa’s garden handpainted toy box by sweet beginnings. This toy box is a beautiful and practical accessory for your room. The toy box features a charming hand painted bunny surrounded by hugs and kisses (x’s and o’s). The chest is designed to function as a spacious toy bin and bench seat. The elegant and beautifully detailed box can store all of your child’s toys as well as extra pillows, blankets or comforters in any room. Available in many base colors, we recommend using a light shade to enhance the design. Finely crafted, there is a space between the base of the chest and the lid to prevent a child’s fingers from becoming caught. The toy box is a great addition to your room! Best of all, it will help to complete your Spring cleaning for another year (or at least today!)
Friday, December 31st, 2010
Happy New Years! Goodbye to 2010. It is time to welcome in 2011. Woohoo!
Anyone have any resolutions for the new year? Every girl on the go needs a stylish magnetic note pad to keep track of her New Year Resolutions!
This note pad comes beautifully wrapped in a cello bag with a red grosgrain bow. It is printed on recycled warm white text weight paper and makes a great gift for every girl.
The text on the note pad reads:
* New Year Resolutions… ( ) travel more ( ) get organized ( ) save $ ( ) exercise more ( ) eat healthier ( ) reduce stress ( ) volunteer ( ) enjoy life
And just to start the year off right, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this product will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and other organizations promoting breast cancer awareness!
There are many that make resolutions this time of year. Why not start on some of them with this momagenda kitchen folio. You can schedule in your exercise regime, volunteering, and get organized at the same time. This will also definitely help to bring down your stress level. With its personalization, stylish, faux-lizard cover and stain-resistance it is right at home in any kitchen or family room. Take the first step to a better and more organized you in the new year!
With your new-found organization, perhaps more travel will be easier to attain as well. In that case, you will need a new travel bag. This personalized waffle cotton cosmetic bag is perfect for carrying all of babies small essentials. Fill with ointments, diaper rash creme, cotton balls, just about anything you can think of. This gift not only looks nice but is very useful as well. Finished around the middle with a colorful Grosgrain ribbon which can be removed for easy washing.
All of your organization, exercise, volunteering and travel will be sure to make your life a little rosier in the new year. So pull on your party hat and blow on your noise makers, because tonight you can celebrate the start of a new year and and new you!
Happy New Year from all of us at Babybox.com!