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Tuesday Newsday: Breaking Wallinspired Blog News

I have a wallinspired blog announcement…drum roll… are you all sitting down? ūüôā

If you read my post last week¬†you know that I operate another blog in addition to this one as well as an Etsy shop and a bunch of other responsibilities. To tell the truth I’m tired. Dog tired.

This is how I feel

Multimedia Painting – Tired Girl from Amy22Mae

So I decided to make a few changes so I can do my best work and hold onto my sanity.

I will be offering chances for you to write here on the wallinspired blog as guest bloggers. All you have to do is tell me what you’re interested in talking about. The topics you can choose from are:

Parenthood

Fashion

Entrepreneurship

Education

Children

Interior Design

Art

I am looking to post on the blog 3 times a week instead of the schedule of 7 days a week I was shooting for before.

Anyone else feeling tired out there? Let’s commiserate ūüôā

Please leave a comment, too, if you’re interested in being a guest blogger!

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Moms Monday : Special Interview with Annabelle Petriella

This Monday we have a special treat. Annabelle Petriella from Stylish Furniture and Decor agreed to be interviewed for this Moms Monday post!

She is an entrepreneur and a mom, so I know you will enjoy reading about how she juggles it all.

Annabelle Petriella

How did you start your own business?

I worked as a high end residential interior designer in Washington, DC for 10 years and New York City for 2 years.  I was working long hours for a design firm in NYC when I got pregnant and decided to shift gears in my career.  I wanted to be able to work from home and make my own schedule once the baby came.  I also wanted to do something relating to my field
and experience as a designer.

Sourcing has always been one of my favorite parts of my job as a designer.¬†It’s so satisfying to find a fabulous piece that is just perfect for a¬†space I’m designing, or to discover something that I know I can use in¬†many different spaces. ¬†That is what inspired me to launch my retail¬†furniture site. ¬†My goal is to bring a designer-sourced selection of¬†furniture, accessories and lighting to my retail customers.

What challenges or obstacles did you face?

Balancing my baby’s needs and the demands of a new company was a challenge¬†I faced from the start. ¬†While I imagined “working from home” meant¬†working here and there around my baby’s schedule, the reality is much¬†different than the fantasy! ¬†I learned early on that I need to have¬†dedicated times to work on my company and times that I focus exclusively
on my son. Otherwise, both the work and my baby suffer.

How do you balance your work with family?

I work for about 2 hours in the morning during his two naps.  I consider that bonus time and am happy to get a few things checked off my list during those two naps.  Then, I work for 3-4 hours uninterrupted in the afternoon while a babysitter or a family member watches him.  I work at night after his bedtime and on the weekends while my husband has some
father-son time. ¬†What is the most liberating about being your own boss is¬†not working less – in fact, you’ll probably work much more! – but being¬†able to choose when (and where!) you work and when to spend time with your¬†family.

What advice do you have for other moms who want to be their own boss?

I have a few pieces of advice for other moms who are considering starting their own company.  First, choose something that you are passionate and excited about.  I love furniture and design, so I enjoy spending time working on my company.  Second, identify your weaknesses and seek the advice and support of others who can help you in those areas.  Third, once
you start your business, set a schedule so that you’re able to focus on¬†work during set times.

What’s your top pick for moms from Stylish Furniture and Decor?

My top pick for moms is our e-design package!  We recently launched our e-design division, Stylish Design Services(www.stylishdesignservices.com).  Using our unique e-design process, we create fantastic customized room designs for a fraction of the cost of an in-home interior designer.  We feature qualified and experienced professional Interior Designers from all over the country with unique and varying styles.  They create a beautiful custom design complete with a
furniture plan and design board showing furniture, lighting and accessory selections and anything else needed to create the room of your dreams!

Thank you, Annabelle! It was fun doing this interview with you!

Everyone, if you haven’t already check out Annabelle’s blog and site. She was kind enough to give wallinspired readers their very own 10% off discount code WALL10! Hurry it expires May 31st!

Stylish Furniture and Decor also offers free shipping on purchases of $500 or more.

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Moms Monday: Nursery Inspiration

This is a post from Kellie from Le Zoe Musings. She and her husband created this beautiful nursery for their daughter, Zoe. Isn’t it cute? ūüôā

LE ZOE MUSINGS

I always knew I didn’t want Zoey to have a girly girl room. No barbie dolls or princess themes- can be cute but just not for us. I already had a vision for her nursery- white, simple, modern, and lots of diy projects from mommy + daddy. I wanted the nursery to have the reminiscence of a boutique. A baby retail boutique.

Daddy used this fabric to make her changing station cover, bedskirt, and bedsheets. 

And he also made the decorative pillows and matching foot rest. We love daddy! 

We added the extra hanging space here both for aesthetics and space saver. Her closet was getting overflowed!

The goal is to have her shop in her own room so she doesn’t feel the need to go elsewhere!

I love these small cubes to display her shoe collection.

Zoey’s hand and foot prints at 1 mth. 

Zoey used to fit this…

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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 ūüôā )

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 ūüėõ

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‚Äôs baby book records the thoughts my husband and I had in anticipation of her arrival‚Ķhow 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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