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early fall gardenVegetables, flowers and plants that grow well when you plant late summer and early fall.

Vegetables

Plant in August to September for a late fall crop  as far north as Michigan.

Beets

All parts of beets are edible. The most  beets are red, but golden and striped varieties are now available. You can harvest beet greens when they are a about 2″  tall.  Beet roots are ready to harvest when they are approx. 1 ½ – 2″ in diameter. Larger roots are tougher. Harvest by pulling or digging out. Leave at least 1 inch of the leaves on, to stop bleeding while cooking.

Kale

Fall is the best time for growing kale in areas where winter doesn’t dip below the teens, or in cold farther north, because the leaves are sweeter when they mature in cooler weather. Kale is easy to plant. Set plants at the depth at which they are growing in the container. Space them 18 to 24 inches apart. The leaves will grow bigger if given a lot of space, but smaller leaves are the most tender. Pick the oldest leaves from the lowest section of the plants, discarding those that appear yellowed or ragged. Pick your way up the stalk, taking as many leaves as you like, as long as you leave at least 4 leaves intact at each plant’s top (or growing crown) if you want re-growth.

Celery

Is a cool-season crop, it needs moist ground in which to grow.   Start your celery seeds indoors 8 to 12 weeks before the usual  frost date for your area. Soak the seeds before planting. Seeds need light but not direct sunlight. They grow best if  temperatures range from 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the day and not below 60 degrees Fahrenheitat night. Plant seeds in new, clean potting soil, placing the seed no more than 1/4-inch deep. Translpant outside into feritzed ground. You can start eating celery when the stalks reach 8 inches high. Cut the stalks from the outside in, or just cut the entire plant at the soil level.

Flowers

Several flower varies need to be planted in the fall to grow in the spring. These flowers are often the first to be seen each spring.

Tulips

Plant when the soil is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit and when a hard frost is about six to eight weeks away. Plant with  the bulb’s pointed end facing up, at least 8 inches below the surface. Cover the bulbs with dirt, water and add fertilizer. Further watering is necessary only during times of extremely low rainfall.

Daffodils

Daffodils are hardy and easy perennials and grow in most areas in North America. Daffodils like full sun or partial shade. Plant bulbs 1-1/2 to 5 times below the surface, spaced 3 to 6 inches apart. Cover with at least 3 inches of soil.

Crocus

Plant in a sunny area away from trees. Plant in hole about 6 inch deep and 3 inches wide, cover with soil about 2x the depth of the bulb. Pat soil.

Mums

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends planting in zones 3 through 9. there are many varieties, so check with your local lawn and garden store to find the best variety suited to your climate. Choose a spot with more sun in northern climates and at least four hours in warmer climates. Plant in a hole twice as wide and slightly shallower than the containers or root balls on transplant Allow space for each mum’s mature size. Leave stems uncut in cold climates, and mound up to 8 inches of soil or leaves over plants for added protection throughout the winter.

Ground Cover

Ajuga Black Scallop PW

A neat little fast-growing ground cover with deep, dark burgundy leaves and blue blossoms in spring, lingering into summer. I prefer this one to regular Ajuga bronze due to its larger leaves and deeper color.

Creeping Red Thyme

(Thymus praecox subsp. Arcticus) This is a fast-growing evergreen ground cover with wonderfully aromatic foliage. If you’d planted it last season, right now you could be enjoying a profusion of lovely red flowers. Easy to grow and good between pavers, too.

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Full Sun or Shade: Groundcovers for Your Fall Planting List

The month of August is winding down, the kids are back at school and we’re beginning to look forward to cooler weather. For gardeners, this can only mean one thing: fall planting is almost upon us.

If you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to survey your landscape and see which areas need a little TLC.

Groundcover Planting Time

Perhaps you’ll see a bare patch that would benefit from some low-growing, easy-care groundcover. If that patch receives full sun, take a look at a couple of Creeping Phlox varieties such as Apple Blossom or Emerald Blue.

Apple Blossom Creeping Phlox creates a carpet of bright, candy-colored blossoms with vigorous green foliage when not in bloom. As you might guess, the Emerald Blue variety produces masses of bright blue blooms atop a mat of dense spreading foliage.

Both perennial Creeping Phlox varieties bask in full sun, grow 6 to 12 inches tall and are hardy in USDA zones 3 to 8.

How about that bare patch that’s more shade than sun?

The perennial Ajuga Burgundy Glow (Ajuga reptans) is a creeping, mat forming, groundcover that just loves shady areas. Ajuga Burgundy Glow spreads rapidly by stolons and gets only 6 inches tall and spreads to a width of 24 – 36 inches.

In late spring and early summer, it produces dark blue flowers borne on spike-like whorls, and is hardy in zones 3 to 9.

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Gardening Books

We can all use some help and inspiration when it comes to our gardens. Just as “foodies love to read cookbooks, gardeners enjoy a good garden book. Here are a few that you might want to dig your fork into…

The All New Square Foot Gardening

Mel Bartholomew (Cool Springs Press)

Sub-titled “Grow more in less space, the publisher claims that the original Square Foot Gardening is the popular gardening book of all time. Author Bartholomew is a civil engineer by profession (and, he says, a frustrated gardener by weekend). His engineering brain told him that conventional single-row gardening was a waste of energy and output. He condensed the unmanageable single-row space to 4×4 feet, amended the soil, and found he had developed a gardening system that yields 100% of the harvest in 20% of the space.

Square Foot Gardening is a simple concept to follow, made easier by Bartholomew’s friendly guidance and the scores of detailed how-to photos in this book. Highly recommended for those who are strapped for space.


The Green Gardener’s Guide

Joe Lamp’l (Cool Springs Press)

Author Joe Lamp’l is the host of the PBS series “Garden Smart and DIY Network’s “Fresh From the Garden. He has a passion for gardening and environmental stewardship, something close to my own heart.

His book is logically divided into sections with titles such as “Conserving water in the garden, “Landscaping to control runoff, “Turning waste into gardening gold and “Consuming less energy in the landscape.

Lamp’l asserts that by mulching all landscape beds on your property, you can reduce the runoff and accompanying loss of soil to erosion by as much as 80 percent. Additionally, if every gardener in the U.S. planted trees for shade and windbreak, they would reduce heating and cooling needs by as much as 40 percent and cut CO2 emissions by 120 million tons per year. Most of all, he delivers simple, practical information in bite-size chunks anyone could use to “green up their landscape.

The New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques

American Horticultural Society (Octopus Books)

I suggest you might want to add it to your Holiday Wish List!

It would be hard to find experts with more qualifications than those at the American Horticultural Society who have edited this encyclopedia. It has a highly readable layout and hundreds of photos and watercolor illustrations to aid gardening techniques and identify plants and pests.

And as you prepare for fall planting, stop by my Web site www.landsteward.org for a large archive of Plant Man columns and other helpful articles to guide you along. Fall is in the air!

The Plant Man, , is here to help. Send your questions about trees, shrubs and landscaping to steve@landsteward.org and for resources and additional information, or to subscribe to Steve’s free e-mailed newsletter, visit www.landsteward.org

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Never Too Early to Plan Fall Planting

Fall planting? But it’s only just summer! It’s way too early to be thinking about fall planting, isn’t it?

Nope.

This is an excellent time to be thinking ahead to the cooler days of fall and what you can plant to enhance your landscape. What makes “right now” so special?

Right now your landscape is probably at its high point. The foliage on shrubs and trees is full and lush. Many of your late spring and early summer plants are in bloom. Take a look around your landscape. Walk around and see it as if with fresh eyes. This is the best time of year to see where the gaps are. Later in the year, and of course in winter, this is less obvious as deciduous trees have shed their leaves and even evergreens are more dormant.

What do I mean by “gaps in your landscape? I don’t mean to suggest you should necessarily fill every square foot of soil with plants. But when you look at your landscape, as if for the first time, you’ll see areas that don’t look complete, somehow.

Perhaps there’s an awkward space between plants that looks empty, like a smile with a missing tooth. Maybe a dead plant had been removed and never replaced. Or perhaps an older plant has outgrown its usefulness, dwarfing smaller plants around it and preventing sunlight and rainwater from reaching them.

Not only that, but at this time of year you can look at your landscape and see some of your favorite plants at their best and decide if it would be a good idea to invest in one or two more. At our nursery, it is not unusual for Cheryl and me to hear from customers who bought shrubs from us one or two seasons ago and want to buy more of the same, once they’ve seen how well those plants enhance their particular garden plan.

As a general rule, it makes sense to place low-growing plants at the front of the beds with medium sized plants behind them and the taller shrubs in back. Now is the time to look at your beds and determine if there are some plants that are “out of whack” in your landscape. Instead of waiting until fall or next spring, decide now if any plants need to be retired and replaced, and which ones you’d like to see more of next summer.

Need some idea starters? Here are some plants you can research right now and probably pre-order for fall planting.

Let’s start with the low-growers

Ajuga Black Scallop PW

A neat little fast-growing ground cover with deep, dark burgundy leaves and blue blossoms in spring, lingering into summer. I prefer this one to regular Ajuga bronze due to its larger leaves and deeper color.

Creeping Red Thyme

(Thymus praecox subsp. Arcticus) This is a fast-growing evergreen ground cover with wonderfully aromatic foliage. If you’d planted it last season, right now you could be enjoying a profusion of lovely red flowers. Easy to grow and good between pavers, too.

Moving back to some medium-height plants…

Heuchera Lime Ricky PPAF

This would be superb choice to plant behind the Ajuga Black Scallop (or adjacent to any dark foliage plant such as Black Elephant Ears or Black Mondo grass) because the scalloped leaves are a glowing chartreuse in spring turning lemon-lime in summer, emphasizing the contrast with black Ajuga foliage. Mature height: around 2 feet.

Heuchera villosa Tiramisu PPAF

Imagine these splashes of brick red color spattered around your garden, lightening to chartreuse in summer with a light silver overlay.

And now some taller plants…

Carolina Allspice

(Calycanthus floridus) A dense, deciduous shrub that can grow to 5 or 6 feet (or more) at maturity, Carolina Allspice has lustrous dark green foliage and very fragrant, brown to reddish-brown flowers.

Buddleia Bi-Color

Easy to grow and extremely fragrant, this variety sports two different colors on the same bloom stalk: rich lavender and butterscotch yellow. It will bloom all summer and attract swarms of colorful butterflies to your garden. Mature height: 5 to 6 feet.

Survey your landscape, plan for improvements and pre-order plants now for fall planting. Let me know if you need some more suggestions.

The Plant Man, , is here to help. Send your questions about trees, shrubs and landscaping to steve@landsteward.org and for resources and additional information, or to subscribe to Steve’s free e-mailed newsletter, visit www.landsteward.org

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Go Green this Back to School Season

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” This catchy Christmas tune has made it’s way to parents’ mouths for the August back to school shopping trips.

August is the time when most families unwind from their summer vacations and hit the office stores and mega-stores for their back to school shopping supplies.

The statistics would surprise you. The average student uses over 20 pounds of paper per year! Multiply that by the number of students across the nation and imagine the trees that have been cut to supply that demand.

Paper is a must-have, students need to take notes, complete homework assignments and take their tests. Instead of purchasing “regular” notebooks this year, consider newer eco-friendly notebooks made out of recycled paper. They are a little pricier, but consider the cost on the earth in the long run. You can find them at many common-name office supply stores.

A quick search online can turn up multitudes of green back-to-school products. Pens, rulers, binders and the like can be found, mostly from earth friendly stores. The sky is the limit for the true eco-friendly family.

It’s a lofty goal for parents everywhere to turn green, but we can all do our share to make our little bit of difference. Until the “powers-that-be” find that the earth is running out of natural resources, it’s up to us to do our part- one notebook at a time!

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couple date nightNo matter it it’s a First Date  Or  Your 100th  – these date night ideas are fun and frugal and are sure to please.

    1. Visit local sites of interest, check you cities web site, pretend to be a tourist, look at your state tourism website for ideas
    2. Get dressed up go out to dinner and dancing (a love tradition that still works).
    3. Go to the zoo, hold hands while strolling.
    4. Go to the book store, find favorite books to share with each other.
    5. Driving Ranges are great fun for golfer and those just “learning”
    6. Take drive in the country, stop at small local resturant, visit the shops in a small town.
    7. Tour a food factory or winery.
    8. Go for a walk in the park ( even in the snow), warm up over hot Chocolate.
    9. Go sledding or ice skating – roller blading, rock climbing, etc.
    10. Visit the museum in search of erotic art.
    11. Take a  short train trip ,  overnight is even better.
    12. Browse local art galleries, craft or pottery shops, stop for an expresso or tea
    13. People watch together at the mall, and/or mall walking is good exercise and fun too.
    14. Go swimming indoor at the local YMCA ( nice treat in the winter) or at a local beach in the summer.
    15. Chocolate syrup, bananas, strawberry syrup, ice cream – build a banana split eat while watching home videos.
    16. Have picnic in the park in the snow- cook hot dogs and smores, build a snowman and have snow ball fight.
    17. Play air hockey and video games together.
    18. Visit a botanical garden search for exotic plants.
    19. Go to a Carnival try to win each other prizes, hold hands while riding the Merry-Go-Round
    20. Old Favorite: rent a romnatic movie eat popcorn and candy. Make your partner a Movie Gift Basket

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There is nothing permanent except change – Heraclitus
 

Back to School Organization Tips
by Jillian Bietz

Let’s face it – eventually, summer must come to an end and a new school year has to start. It can be hectic. Finding old friends, new classes, and getting used to your school schedule are only a few of the things you have to deal with on those fateful first days. Yet as soon as the back-to-school mishaps calm down, you often find yourself in a fury of chaos that can last the whole year! If you aren’t organized things can start to get a little crazy! But with this list of important organization tips, all you have to deal with is homework. Everything from your lunch money to your notebooks will be in the right place. These ideas will keep you in tiptop shape from September to June!

Back-to-School Shopping:

Back to school shopping is one of the greatest things about going back to school. But when everyone else is doing the same, it can be hard to find the right sizes and your favorite styles at the most popular stores. Try shopping on the weekdays at odd hours. The stores won’t be as crowded as they are on the weekend or at lunch hour. Start at the back of the store, and work your way forward (the great priced items are often hidden in the back). Another great idea is to online shop! It takes half the time, and you can be guaranteed to find everything you are looking for.

Tip: If you fall in love with something at a store but it is just too expensive, ask a sales associate when the item will be going on sale. If the price is not going to be reduced soon, think about how often you would wear it. If it’s something that doesn’t work for everyday, you can eliminate it from your memory! But if you think it’s going to be a great basic piece, consider splurging. If you’re going to wear something often, it pays to buy good quality.

Do Homework as Early as Possible:

Don’t leave homework for the last minute! Instead of watching the same episode of Project Runway for the third time in a row, start cracking the books! If you have a vocabulary test the next week, start making flashcards! Even if it seems too early, you will be ready for whatever comes along! Being unprepared is the worst, and you will be thanking yourself when you get that extra half hour to sleep in the morning! Your teachers will be proud, and you will be on top of your game.

Packing the night before:

School mornings can be really rough! If you find yourself scrambling to find your overdue homework, packing a brown bag lunch between bites of cereal and school starts in three minutes – you need a new plan. Easy enough, do all the packing the night before. That way, you will be prepared for everything and your much-needed things won’t be floating around the whole house!

Pick out your outfit the night before and neatly lay it out. If it’s super wrinkly, you have time to iron it, and if your sock has a hole in it, you can pick a new pair. After dinner when everything is quieting down, pack your lunch. Before your little brother has time to snag the leftover lasagna from the night before, you will get first dibs on all the choices in the fridge! When Friday rolls around, consider buying lunch -a week of PB&J sandwiches can get tiresome after a few days, but the time Monday comes along, you will be craving your beloved sandwich!
Tip: It’s also a good idea to put your school bag at the front door to avoid last minute panic when it’s time to leave.


Labeling:

From school sweatshirts (which almost every kid on campus owns) to pencil cases, labeling is key to organization! Tag your most important stuff (clothes, book bag, etc.) with your name, address, and number and smaller items with your name. Although it sounds very elementary school, seeing some random kid using your favorite pen can be slightly awkward!

Emergency Snacks:

If you often hit a mid-morning slump, or have practice immediately after school, pack some emergency snacks. For a fun spin on things, take turns bringing snacks with one or two friends. Trail mix, juice boxes, crackers, pretzels or fruit are great choices. Not only will you save money at the vending machines, sharing snacks is a great conversation starter when you want to branch out and meet some new people.

 

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Scoring Points in the Game of Love

By Melodie Tucker

Men Can Score Points by:

Rub her feet after a hard day of shopping
Plan a special date night just for the two of you
Wash her car
Take the kids out on a Saturday afternoon
Put the toilet paper on the roll

Women Can Score Points by:

Really enjoy having sex with him
Overlook a mistake
Ask directly for his support
Cook a special dinner for (only) two
Say “Thank you” often and sincerely

Love and Football

Autumn is here! The lazy, hazy days of summer and vacations are just a fond memory. Now it’s time for the crazy days of settling back into the routine of work, school, homework, and juggling the family activities around and between everyone’s oh-so-hectic schedules.

Yet there are some trade-offs; the weather’s getting cooler, the leaves are turning red and gold in northern climes, it’s time to decorate for Halloween, and football season is back in full swing.

The Rules

Most everyone knows the basic rules of the game of football and how a player scores:

There’s 6 points for a touchdown, 3 points for a field goal, 2 points for a safety, 1 or 2 points for a conversion, etc.

So…think back to when you learned the rules and scoring of football. Perhaps you actually played the game and had a great coach who clearly outlined the ground rules, then firmly guided you down the path to the sweet success of winning.

Maybe your boyfriend was on the team, maybe you were a cheerleader or a band member, or maybe your parents loved the game and you learned it by osmosis as a tyke. I was lucky enough to have a high school sweetheart that was the statistician of our small-town team and he explained it all to me while we cheered on the sidelines (and stole kisses between plays).

When did you learn to score points in the game of love?

Although my young sweetheart and I did our best to play, we certainly didn’t know the rules and (not surprisingly) we didn’t make it to the altar.

Thanks to Mars Venus concepts, we can now all understand these facts:

  • Men and women score points differently in the game of love
  • When you have more points than your partner, then you’re losing the game–not winning
  • The way to win is to keep the score even

It’s natural to assume that our partners need what we need and experience love in the same ways. However, this isn’t usually the case and it causes untold turmoil in relationships because we don’t understand our differences or recognize how best to show love to our partner. Learning these skills can greatly improve your life together.

For instance, a man assigns lots of points for big things (like a paycheck, a new car, or an expensive vacation) but he gives only one point for little things. Thus he may believe that the best way to score many points with a woman is by doing something very big for her once in a while. A woman, however, scores points very differently by assigning one point for every gift of love she receives. Whether it’s a big gift or a little thing, it still only gets ONE point.

Doing lots of little things for a woman is the way to her heart. Often during courtship, a man will focus on doing these little things to win her favor, but then after a while, his focus shifts to other priorities. This is because men are more serial thinkers rather than multi-taskers like women. Sometimes men also stop doing little things if they feel taken for granted, so it’s also important to acknowledge and express appreciation for everything he does. Since men are results-oriented, this lets him know that he’s been successful in the task of making her happy.

Learning to directly ask for a man’s support is another encouraging way a woman can inoculate herself from ‘resentment flu’. Although he wants her to be happy, his nature is more focused and single-minded than hers. Women are generally much more aware and giving, and men don’t automatically give in return like women friends and family would. Women can minimize frustration and disappointment by helping men to redirect their energy and attention by simply asking.

 

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As the start of the school year approaches, we spoke with Michael Levy, M.D., Consultation/Liaison Psychiatrist at Nyack Hospital, about the major sources of stress for teens at this time of year, and how teens and their parents can deal with them. #Teenstress

Q: Why is the beginning of the school year so stressful for teens?

A: Every year, we see teen visits to the emergency room for behavior and mood issues spike in October. At that point, these teens have been back to school for a few weeks, and things have started to unravel for them either academically or socially.

Some teens are trying to do too much at once they’re getting involved in sports and other extracurricular activities, devoting a lot of time to friends, and spending a lot of time on social media, all of which can distract them from academics.

For girls in particular, the beginning of the school year is a time when social groups realign. Some girls find people who were their friends in June suddenly don’t want to be friends with them anymore. This social rejection can make kids feel depressed.

Q: For teens who are trying to do too much, what do you advise?         
A: We try to help them pare away some of the distraction. We help them make schedules, and organize their time. They need to set aside dedicated time each day to academics. What can be especially challenging is getting parents not to react angrily to their teen who isn’t paying enough attention to studying,that can create another set of distractions. We advise them to try to contain their anger, and to work constructively with their teen. Otherwise, some teens will react by saying, “You can’t make me do school work.”

Q: What do you say to girls who suddenly find their friends from last year won’t talk to them?
A: I explain that in many cases, the kids who do the rejecting have self-esteem issues. They need to affiliate with kids who they think are cool, so they will seem cool themselves. This is a universal problem in middle school and high school. Sometimes it’s a matter of waiting it out. I tell them when they get to college, it will be so much better. They’ll be able to find like-minded friends wherever they go.

Q: What else compounds teens’ stress in school?
A: Lack of sleep is always an issue. It’s common to see teens who go to bed at 1 a.m., and get up at 6 a.m. to catch the school bus. Early school start times are a big problem. Again, this is an issue where parents have to tread carefully. Of course they should encourage an earlier bedtime, but sometimes it’s a battle that’s hard to win with a teen.

Q: When should a parent seek help for their teen’s stress?
A: When a problem seems persistent and pervasive, and is affecting a teen’s mood and ability to function on a daily basis, it’s time to seek outside help. If the school indicates there is a problem with academics or behavior, that’s also a time to act. Parents have to walk a fine line. Teens’ sense of independence is so strong that parents can do more harm than good if they try to be too restrictive. But if your gut tells you something is wrong, don’t ignore your instincts.

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Preparing Your Home for a New Baby https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/new-baby-decor/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-baby-decor Sun, 09 Jun 2019 19:22:57 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/?p=22107 Families Online Magazine -

It doesn’t really matter how old you are, how long you’ve been married, whether you’re even married in the first place or not, and how many kids you already have […]

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It doesn’t really matter how old you are, how long you’ve been married, whether you’re even married in the first place or not, and how many kids you already have – expecting a new baby is always a magical and amazing experience! This is something all parents are looking forward to and they can’t wait for it to happen. From the moment they hear their baby’s heartbeat for the very first time till it’s time to welcome it to the world, this is all you’ll think about. However, this process takes a lot of time and energy, and you need to take care of a million different things. This is vital since you want your child to come into the world in the best and healthiest way possible. Getting your home ready for the arrival of your newborn might take some time. Still, you could get this done if you think ahead and start doing things right away. So, what are some of the projects you should be looking into?

Get rid of the trash

This is the first issue you need to deal with, especially if you’re living in a tiny place with not enough storage space for your baby’s things. So, start decluttering! Go through all your possessions and throw away absolutely everything you don’t really need.

Your home is probably full of clothes you don’t wear, books you don’t read, kitchen utensils you don’t use, and other things that are practically worthless. But, you need to remember that your baby’s stuff will take more place than you can imagine. That’s why decluttering every corner of your home is necessary, and you could even use your pregnancy as an excuse to get rid of the trash in your home. Once you do that, you can continue organizing your living space and making it baby-friendly.

Equip the nursery

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Next, you need to equip the nursery and make sure your baby has everything it needs – from a crib and a changing table to a dresser and a storage basket. You may not even be aware of how many items your child is going to need! The truth is that you’ll be using all of these on a daily basis, especially while your child is still newborn.

Another important feature of every nursery is a rocking chair. This isn’t intended for your child per se, but it makes quite a major difference in your life. This is where you can relax and take a break, as well as breastfeed your baby comfortably, so it’s a necessary piece you definitely shouldn’t be afraid to invest in.

Get some new furniture

Speaking of comfort, be sure to get some new furniture for other parts of your home. Your baby’s nursery will surely look beautiful, and that’s crucial, but you should also provide some comfort for yourself and your partner. Trust us, you’ll need a ton of rest as well!

New parents struggle with sleep because their child keeps waking them up in the middle of the night, but the sooner you accept this as something you can’t avoid the better. What you can do, though, is equip your bedroom with some comfortable new furniture that will take the quality of your sleep to a whole new level. This is something parents all around the world are doing, so you too might want to take a look at the remarkable offer by King Living and find just the right bed for your own bedroom. In the end, don’t forget to take a nap whenever your baby’s sleeping too!

Baby-proof your home

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Not all expecting parents do this – especially parents who already have kids and know how these things work in practice. But, you should look into this idea as soon as you can. Baby-proofing your home might not be something you need to do before the baby arrives, and the chances are you’ll be too busy to do that afterward, which is why getting it done now makes more sense.

Start baby-proofing your home by removing all potentially dangerous items that could harm your child. Coffee tables made from glass and steel, dangerous lamps, furniture pieces that are potentially unsafe, and your décor that might fall on their head and hurt them could all become a problem. Next, protect your electrical outlets and sockets, install those amazing fireplace screens, and mount your TV onto the wall to hide all the cords. In the end, get those useful non-slip pads under all your rugs, and cover all sharp edges on your furniture with bumpers.

 

Some of the other things you should do before your baby arrives include cleaning your home and removing all the germs. After that, make room in your fridge for breast milk and formula and do all the laundry, making sure your baby’s clothes are ready for them the minute they arrive home.

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Spring Frugal Fashionista Tips https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/spring-frugal-fashionista/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=spring-frugal-fashionista Sun, 26 May 2019 22:17:52 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/?p=8856 Families Online Magazine -

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yellow jacketSpring marks the beginning of the new fashion year and spring 2013 promises several exciting trends that will have your wardrobe looking fresh and revived. If you want to enjoy all the best looks of spring without emptying your bank account, then you’re in luck. Savvy fashionistas know how to pick the right trends that will have them looking stylish while extending their winter wardrobes as long as possible.

Know Your Spring Colors

Color sets the tone for every fashion season and this spring Pantone is introducing a garden of luscious hues. When you know which colors are “in” you can purchase inexpensive accessories and simple blouses in those shades to wear with your existing clothing. Liven up neutral work suits with a blouse in poppy red, nectarine or lemon yellow. Look romantic on date night in pastel violet, blue or tender green. Linen is an important color this spring. This simple yet sophisticated hue will blend with the darker colors of your winter wardrobe and carry you right through summer.

Accessories are Key

Accessories are always the least expensive way to dress up any wardrobe. With the right extras you can look just like you stepped off the runway and still have enough money in your account to pay the bills. Transparent cuff bracelets, ear bobbles and clutches will mix and match with all the beautiful colors of spring. They’ll also lighten up some of your heavier winter pieces, allowing you to wear them a little longer into the new season. Jewelry stacking has been hot since last summer and the trend isn’t going away anytime soon. For spring, stack metallic and bold-hued bangles with clear pieces to look on point. The bag of the season? An elegant document clutch in one of this spring’s hottest styles. And yes, baseball caps are in for spring. Look for caps made especially for women with a touch of shine, texture or color. Avoid candy colors or blinged out caps. Go for a sporty chic instead.

That Must-Have Item

Each season there’s at least one big ticket fashion item almost every designer shows on the runway. This spring, look for womens coats and suits in boucle and collarless blouses in luxurious fabrics like silk. If you can afford only one splurge this season make it a belted, floral dress. Pair it with a suit jacket for the office or a pastel wrap for spring weddings, parties and date night. No doubt you’ll be wearing it all summer with a smart pair of flat sandals.

Looking good shouldn’t, and doesn’t need to break the bank. Instead of spending your hard-earned green on every trend of the season, select those that best represent your personal style. If you’re a sportswear kind of girl treat yourself to a leather trimmed baseball cap and some slash-neck tees. You know you’ll love them all year long no matter what’s happening on the runway. Boho chic gals always want more cuffs to stack and pashminas to snuggle under and romantics are going to rock a Chanel-esque boucle suit with a fruit-hued clutch no matter what. The key to being fashionable is to find the style that suits you and invest in pieces you’ll enjoy wearing no matter how many trends come and go during the year.

 

 

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