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Saturday Sales: Pretty in Pink

Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday!

I wanted to share with you a cute wall decal that is on sale in wallinspired right now. It’s a tree wall decal with owls and butterflies – perfect for a little girl’s room or nursery.

That’s what you can see below in the set I created on polyvore.

What do you think of the room? Do you see any essential baby items missing? Please leave me a comment if you do 🙂

On Sale set

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Friday Faves – Baby Announcements

Hope you’re enjoying your Friday and not working too hard.

Mommies-to-be I fiund another goodie for you 🙂

I thought this item would be really cute for sending to friends and family when you have a little one 🙂

It’s a printable baby announcement from CardsEtcetera. Check them out for my great cards!

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Thursday Food for Thought – Where Are You Headed?

Hey everyone!

As we navigate life, we all have to step back from time to time and think about where we’re going. If you’re a parent that question takes on greater importance as you are responsible not just for own future, but for your family‘s as well.

Of course not everything is under your control. Even the best of plans do not always pan out. So with the unpredictability of life aside, where would you like to see yourself (and your family if you have one) in say 10 years?

College / Education

Do you see yourself having that degree that you’ve always wanted? Your doctorate in fill in the blank?

Or maybe you see your little ones doing well in the classroom, getting scholarships to good schools. Your son or daughter playing college sports?

If education is really important to you and your family, that is very commendable. By all means do your research, even if school doesn’t look like it’s in the immediate future, it pays to know what kind of institution you will be trusting for your education. Also where do you see this education taking you? What jobs will it offer? What is the availability and likelihood of being hired for said job?

For your children, too, it is important to do research with them and that way you can sleep at night, convinced that you didn’t rush into anything!

Have any school experiences you’d like to share? Or any goals? Please leave a comment!

Romance

Who doesn’t at one point or another in their lives want to find that special someone? Do you hope 10 years from now to be living happily ever after with the one you love?

Just like choosing a school or a profession – it’s good to not rush into things. Of course that is common sense, but sometimes romantic comedies (really most movies and TV shows in general) may lead their viewers to believe that true love happens immediately as soon as you lock eyes with that handsome man or that gorgeous girl.

It’s not true. Don’t believe the hype. If you really want to find a compatible partner, take your time. Don’t run up to the first attractive stranger you see and ask them to marry you! Get to know people – think about what you want in a partner, the qualities that matter most to you. Evaluate the prospective candidates – then make a move.

Being careful pays off in the end.

Do you agree with that advice? Do you have your own opinion? Don’t be shy – make a comment below!

Start a Family

Are you in the place in your life where you feel like you’re ready to be a mom or dad? Or maybe you have kids already, but want more. Is it a long-term goal – in 10 years you want to have kids?

Either way here are some things to consider: How are your finances? Can you support another mouth to feed, plus everything else kids need?

How busy are you? What adjustments would you have to make when you have to devote attention to your child’s needs?

How does your partner feel about having children? How would they feel about the possibility of more children?

How’s your relationship with the children you have already?

Do you have a stable relationship, and are you convinced that you will be raising this child with the support of the other parent? If you have no partner – see the point before Romance – unless you plan on an alternative route 🙂

Please share your opinions, tips, what have you – on starting a family!

Career

Are you in college hoping that down the road all those late nights studying instead of sleeping will actually lead to a well-paying, hopefully enjoyable job?

Or maybe you are ambitiously trying to start up your own business?

Well, whether you aspire to work for a good company, or become the company, here are some good things to think about:

Why do you think you would be well-suited to this career? Do you think you will be happy to do this type of work?

What steps have you already taken to start this career?

If starting your own business, why do you want to start this business? Flexibility? Creative expression? You hate your current boss?

Are you satisfied with your current career and want to share your success story? Or are you a entrepreneur who kindly wants to give newbies some tips? Please leave a comment!

Personal Growth

Maybe what’s important to you really boils down to the person that you are. In 10 years do you want to be a better communicator? Are you working on being more loving to your family? Or maybe you’re looking to boost your self-confidence?

Achieving your goals to improve your personality will translate into benefits in other areas of life.

So, how can you work on your personality? First, identify the trait you want to improve, enhance, or get rid of. Don’t overwhelm yourself, start small.

For instance, personally, I want to become less introverted. Making a conscious effort to think about others more than myself can really help me to start taking an interest in others, instead of hiding behind a rock.

Don’t expect to become a perfect person. It’s just not possible to transform ourselves into flawless creatures, but we can shoot for well-rounded.

I enjoyed writing this post and I hope you liked reading it. Share your comments below!

The lovely photos and illustrations are from (in order of appearance): SeptemberWren, SimplySublimeBaby, Nidhi, annasee, cordialkitten,  simonagraszl

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We <3 You Wednesday

I want to give a BIG thank you to everyone who’s given the wallinspired blog some love since I started it in the beginning of this month! This is actually one of my first serious blogging endeavors and seeing that people like what I’m writing is so encouraging! Plus, I love to feature other Etsy shops, blogs, and all around creative people – so it’s great to see that you are showing them some love, too 🙂

Wallinspired, the Etsy shop, now has a Facebook and Twitter – so if you like what you see here, please become a fan on Facebook or/and follow wallinspired on Twitter.

Thanks APregnancyStory, and Annabelle from StylishFurniture&Decor for becoming fans on Facebook!

Our friends at StylishFurniture&Decor are having great promotions of their sleek and stylish furniture. They gave us a 10% discount code exclusively for our readers to use: WALL10 (Hurry! It expires 5/31/12).

They are also offering free shipping on orders over $500.

Items like this Lotus Chandelier can be found at  StylishFurniture&Decor.

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Tuesday Newsday: Keeping Track of Your Kids

Hi everyone!

I’d like to get your thoughts on this article:

Microchipped school uniforms notify parents when kids skip school | Technology News Blog – Yahoo! News.

This Brazilian private school has embedded microchips in the school uniforms to alert parents of when their children enter school grounds or are more than 20 minutes late via text message.

The school implemented this technology after parents were so surprised that their kids had so many tardies.

What do you think of this method?

Vote below!

Photo: Kids Vintage Letters of the Alphabet decal from wallinspired

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Moms Monday – Moms that Changed the World

 Moms don’t get enough credit.

They carry the baby for 9 months, they go through labor to have the baby, they tend to the baby’s every need for 20 years (or more!), all the while taking care of other things – their jobs, their other children, their mates, etc.

Yes, moms don’t always get the recognition they deserve for what they do for their families, but what about what they do for the world?

Do you know the names of the moms who changed the course of history?

Test your knowledge by taking the quiz in the article “Why Are these Moms So Magnificent?

At the end of the test, it tells you your score and something about your personality.

I got Realist:

You have a good, working understanding of the important work that mothers do and the instrumental ways women have taken a stand. If necessity is the mother of invention, then these women found the necessary strength to move forward and make essential changes. As the chief policy-maker at home, you display both discipline and imagination in your approach to motherhood and parenting.

What did you get?

Did you like the quiz?

Did you learn anything new?

Photo: Marie Curie Print from WomenInScienceArt

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Sunday Funday – 3 Easy Ways to Get Ready for Baby

Are you expecting? (If you are please share the good news in the comment section 🙂 )

If you are, and you have some free time this Sunday, here are some things you can do to get ready for baby.

1. Design Custom Bedding for the Nursery

I love customizing things. So I got excited when I saw a post on Cool Mom Picks about Nursery Designer by Carousel Designs. It allows you to design your own baby bedding and preview it in front of the wall color of your nursery.

Warning: This may be addicting and you may spend your whole Sunday designing bedding if you’re not careful 😛

2. Set Up a Baby Registry

Have you set up a baby registry yet? If not, here’s a forum that can help you decide on the best place to go. It shows what othermoms are saying about the best places to get a registry.

If you already know where you want to go, jump in the car, bring your bestie, or your husband, or both, and start making that list! It’s fun to shop, especially when you don’t have to be the one to pay!

3. Get your Baby Scrapbook / Photo Album Ready

Scrapbooking 101 recommends that you don’t wait until after the baby arrives to start the scrapbook.

One mom was quoted as saying,

“The first double-page spread of my daughter’s baby book records the thoughts my husband and I had in anticipation of her arrival…how excited and nervous we were to become parents for the first time.”

You can even start tracking your changing shape, the site says, wearing the same outfit in each photo like a time lapse video.

Have you tried any of these tips? Or do you plan to? Please share in the comment section!

Featured items: kids tree branch decal from wallinspired, kanga boo shopping cart attachment from TheKangaBoo, and peel and stick scrapbook album frame from APregnancyStory.

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Saturday Sales & Spring Break

I hope you’re having a great Saturday!

Have you had a spring-time vacation, or are you hoping for one?

A lot of kids are just wrapping up their spring break or they are about to start it. So if your kids are on spring break coming up soon, how will they be spending their break? Will your family take a fun vacation somewhere exciting? Or will the kids be “stuck” at home?

If you’re kids are part of the latter group, do you have a strategy of how to prevent boredom and complaining from setting in?

If not – don’t worry, Sarah Caron from SheKnows Parenting has got your back! I just found her article “12 TV-free Spring Break activities for kids”. 12 tips! I just had to share this with you guys. Please check it out and safe yourself some grief!

My favorite tip was the art show – probably because I would enjoy it more than the kids would 😛

Since we’re on the spring break, vacation subject and it’s Saturday Sales day – I figured it was an absolutely perfect time to share with you a beachy item in wallinspired. It’s a personalized kids palm tree and surfboard decal – a great gift for your little girl who loves the beach and wants to be there 24/7, but unfortunately happens to be land-locked in the midwest.

So please share how yourspring break went or is going and let me know if you had successwith the tips from the article!

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Friday Faves

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Hi there! I hope this made you smile today! Of course you’re probably smiling anyway because it’s Friday!
This is one of the etsy faves from the wallinspired shop. It’s a beard beanie for kids from TheMonkeyCannon
I bet your little ones would love to have one of these!
Be on the lookout for a post on here tomorrow about what’s on sale in wallinspired!
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Thursday Food for Thought – Balancing Work & Family

Hey everyone!

Are you a mom or a dad? If you are, you probably work, too, to support your family. So how do you keep a good balance between work and family time?

I think this would be especially difficult for entrepreneurial parents who are running their own business, maybe out of the home. Is that your set up?

In the article linked below, Tze Ching, is interviewed about how she runs her 3 online sites while keeping up with her toddler twins. I get tired just thinking about it!

But don’t let me scare you, hehe. She gives great tips and also shares her advice to creative moms (and dads) who want to be their own boss and  be successful at what they do.

Featured Designing Moms | Mom Inc Daily.

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