little bam bam review

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetAnyone who has ever had a child would know that teething is not fun. There are also a vast amount of teething toys on the market.

When Remy began teething at 4 months, I went out and bought everything that I could think of. This included an amber necklace for her, a chewable necklace for myself, teething rings, teething soothers, vibrating teethers, Sophie the Giraffe, Munch Mitts, wooden toys, and countless other teething toys. At 7 months, her teething game has slowed down. I also now know what she likes. This Little Bam Bam teething toy is one of them.

BPA and heavy metal free, this toy is a must-have for any teething collection. It’s big enough that they have a large surface area to chew, but it’s also not too big for their little hands. The body, horns, and legs are different shapes and sizes, which gives them a variety of feelings in their mouth. It’s also an incredibly cute toy, and comes in many colours for both boys and girls. It’s a great gift to give any parent or parent-to-be!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetTo see more products from Bambeadö, you can find their website here.

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let there be light! why your home needs more natural light

Natural light from the sun is something that many of us take for granted. But it’s something we cannot do without. It allows us to see clearly, which makes our homes safer and more comfortable for our families. The health benefits of natural light include boosting your immunity and strengthening your organs. It’s also been found to increase productivity and energy too. So if your home is not currently as well lit as you would like, you and your family could be missing out. To fill your property with more natural light, here are some improvement ideas you might want to consider.

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Tidy up your yard

It will be difficult for the light from the sun to reach your property if there are multiple obstacles in its way. These are often located within your yard and can include things like trees and hedges. The only way of dealing with these obstacles is to remove them. So assess your yard and start tidying it up. Cut back any tree branches or climbing plants which are blocking the sun. You should also reposition any ornaments or plants that are obstructing the light too. This will not only improve the look of your yard but will also encourage more light to enter your home.

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Install a roof window

The most obvious way of increasing your home’s natural light is by adding more windows to your property. While there are plenty to choose from, roof windows are often considered the most effective. They can help make even the darkest of rooms feel larger and more spacious. Roof windows come in an array of shapes, styles and sizes to suit any home. Glazing can also be added to them to make your home more cozy and energy efficient. If this sounds perfect for your home, search for roof window specialists online. Another addition you might want to add to your roof is solar panels. These panels can turn natural light into energy which can power your home in an eco-friendly way. For more information, see http://www.sempersolaris.com/.

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Use lighter colors when decorating

Redecorating your home is a simple but cost-effective way of boosting your property’s natural light. Using light colored paints and wallpapers can reflect the light that enters your home. This can make a room look instantly brighter, which can benefit your entire family. Paints with a metallic finish can also bounce more light around a room, making it feel larger. When painting your home, always make sure that there is plenty of ventilation. If you have young children, you should also check that your paint is safe to use. To learn more about toxic-free paints, visit http://www.popsugar.com/.

You should also use light colors when choosing which window treatments you wish to use. Dark and heavy curtains or blinds will absorb the light and prevent it from entering your home. Whereas thin and light options can maximize the light while still giving your family some privacy.

These ideas are just a handful of effective methods that can increase how much natural light enters your property. But there are plenty more. For further ideas and inspiration, visit  http://www.houzz.com/.

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thanksgiving glazed ham

thanksgiving-glazed-ham-3Today is Thanksgiving Monday in Canada. Here is a recipe for a glazed ham that is equal parts sweet and savoury.

Honey Glazed Ham

Ingredients:

1 cooked .5 lb ham
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp mustard
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
dash of nutmeg

thanksgiving-glazed-ham-1Steps:

1. Combine the brown sugar, honey, water, mustard, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg into a small saucepan. Melt the ingredients, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

2. Put the ham in a slow cooker. Pour the mixture over top. Set the heat to low. 

3. Baste the ham every hour. Cook for 8 hours.

4. Remove, and devour!

thanksgiving-glazed-ham-2Now to put on Planes, Trains & Automobiles and fall into a food coma on the couch. Happy Thanksgiving, all.

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porch makeover: peony wallpaper

peony-wallpaper-diy-2When we bought our home, our back porch was designated as the family room. Yet, the set-up that they had felt off. The large living room was nearly empty, and the back family room felt small and disjointed from the rest of the house. I knew immediately that I would be combining our living room with the family room, and that the back room would become a porch.

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Once we had moved in and I had turned the space into a porch/dog room/office, my next task was to make the room look nicer. With its grey carpets, low ceilings, and dirty white walls, the room felt more like a messy dorm than a nice area to study and a cozy space for the dogs to hang out. Sure, it didn’t need to be gorgeous. It did need to be different, though. I just didn’t know how.

peony-wallpaper-diy-4One thing about still having to get up in the middle of the night to nurse Remy is that I do all of my best internet searches then. After perusing Pinterest one night, I found the prettiest back porch. The layout from the kitchen to the back living space was almost identical to our home, it was actually quite startling. The only difference was that the Pinterest room had wallpaper. I knew that I was going to have to buy some as well.

peony-wallpaper-diy-6I lucked out by stumbling across nearly identical wallpaper at HomeSense. I didn’t even know that they sold it there, so it was quite a happy accident. It was so easy to install! I’m going to be returning to the store to get more (but different looking) wallpaper for our bathroom. However, one room at a time.

peony-wallpaper-diy-7We really only have a few hours each weekend to do renovations and DIYs, but I’m kind of enjoying slowly setting up the rooms. I definitely feel less pressure to have a perfect home, this time around. I’m thankful for that.

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what does it take to give a new home that personal feel?

If you follow my blog on a regular basis, then you will know that recently my family and I moved to a new home. Anyone who’s ever moved house knows just how strange it is moving into somewhere new. It’s all yours, and yet, it doesn’t always feel like that at first. Despite having a new place to call home, your old house still feels more like home, as such.

The good news is that making your new property feel more personal doesn’t have to be a struggle. It’s just a case of making it look and feel more appealing to you and your family. To help you do that, below I thought I would share some ideas to inspire you.

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Get creative and don’t be afraid to dream big

Think of your new home as a blank canvas. There is no limit to what you can do with the space. So before you start doing this, that and the other, sit down and think about what you want it to be like. Draw up a plan of how you would like your new home to be, taking into account the time and budget that you have to transform it. Your new home should be a space that you and your family love, so don’t rush the planning process. Get inspired and don’t be afraid to be creative and dream big.

Start with the walls

The best place to start is with the walls. What you are able to do with them will depend on the time that you have and the size of your budget. If you only have a small amount of time and no budget to work with, your best option is using wall art to change how they look. However, if time and money aren’t issues, then you could choose to repaint or hang new wallpaper on them. If this is the case, before you go DIY with this update, think about whether you have the skill to do so. Sometimes it’s best to use a professional service like PaintZen, to ensure that the work looks smart and professional. After all, there’s nothing worse than a slapdash paint job.

Incorporate the features that remind you of home

Is there a piece of wall art that always makes you feel at home or a clock that whenever you look at you feel safe? Whatever features make you feel safe and at home, make sure to incorporate into your new home. Whether it’s pieces of furniture, accessories, or anything else for that matter, make sure to incorporate them into your new home. If a piece doesn’t match the style, consider revamping it to make it match. Something that a lot of us overlook but can make a real difference to how at home we feel are scents. This might sound odd, but if there’s a certain scented candle or diffuser that you always have, getting one for your new home may make you feel more at ease.

So there you have it, the best ways to make your new home feel like the personal sanctuary that it should be.

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