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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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Saturday Sales: Flower blossoms Decal

Hey everyone! Can You find wallinspired’s on sale vinyl decal in this treasury? ūüôā

‘Kids! Gift guide for children! Gift ideas for kids!’ by oyatsu

Flower!!!


Set of 2 hair accessories ti…

$6.50

ON SALE Kids flower Blossom …

$79.00

felt flower headband- light …

$7.50

Beautiful headband for child…

$15.90

Beautiful headband for child…

$15.90

Art Print Flower – Flower wa…

$26.00

Green & Pink spring alligato…

$3.50

Origami flower set

$12.00

vintage print bib – retro gr…

$12.00

I love flowers in felt / J&#…

$5.90

Kids Hat, Little Girls Croch…

$25.00

Rainbow Swarovski Crystal Ki…

$23.00

Felt Hair pins green flower …

$10.00

Kids Silver Tiny Turquiose …

$34.00

Set of 2 hair accessories ti…

$5.90

Hanmade Super Kid Flower Bro…

$14.00

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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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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 ūüôā

On Sale set

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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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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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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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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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We <3 You Wednesdays

Hey everyone!

I wanted to thank the new followers to the blog: momonthegoinholytoledo, Stylish Furniture and Decor, and noruffdays.

Please take a look at their blogs!

The item featured above is a Big Hearted Robin Lino Cut Print from inkmeup. Check it out!

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