Friday, August 29, 2014

Home Command Center with Wallternatives

Sponsored by Wallternatives

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Moving to a new home can be both exciting and utter chaos. You suddenly have no idea where anything is when you need it, and life is practically and literally turned upside down. Eventually, though, things start to get back to a new kind of normal. Having an area in our home dedicated to schedules, reminders, and organization has helped so much during our transition to get life back on track. 

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I previously worked with Wallternatives to decorate my daughter's bedroom. I absolutely love their WallPrints™ Fabric Decals and wanted to try out their ChalkTalk™ Chalkboard Decals and knew just the spot for it to go. I already hung up my Dry Erase Calendar, my daughter's Chore Chart, and Key Hanger, but the wall next to it was just needing something.

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With my husband's help, the Horizontal Week Schedule Chalkboard Vinyl Wall Decal was fairly simple to apply to the empty wall. Clean the wall before applying the vinyl, and use a measuring tape and a level to make marks on the wall where it should go.

Before applying the vinyl, run a scraper (or credit card) over the front of the entire decal so that it will stick to the transfer paper better. Slowly peel up the transfer paper and rub the scraper across any areas that aren't sticking. Have a friend or spouse nearby to help you - it will be almost impossible for you to do it on your own without disaster.

Once you have the transfer paper with the decal peeled up, it's time to apply the vinyl to the wall! Start at one end and line your decal up with the marks you made. Even though the vinyl is removable and reusable and leaves no adhesive residue, it won't be fun trying to adjust the entire decal manually if you stick it in the wrong place. Rub the scraper over the transfer paper to get the decal to stick to the wall, and keep in mind that you can work out any bubbles once the transfer paper is peeled off.

When the entire decal has been stuck to the wall, start at one side peeling the transfer paper. Use the scraper for any vinyl that isn't sticking to the wall. You can work out any bubbles with the scraper or by peeling up a corner of the vinyl and resticking/scraping so that it lays flat.

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ChalkTalk™ Chalkboard Decals have a slight surface texture that makes them a perfect surface for writing or drawing on it with chalk, and just wipes clean with an eraser, damp towel, or sponge. I prefer to use chalk markers in different colors and a damp paper towel cleans it right up. The decal measures about 43" wide x 24" high, so it filled up my empty wall beautifully. The chalkboard vinyl can be applied to any flat, smooth surface such as refrigerators, doors, and painted walls. And since vinyl isn't permanent, it would be a great way to dress up a dorm or apartment!

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I'm so happy with how my home command center looks, and it feels great to be organized and know what's going on in our week. There's still more I need to add to organize our lives, but for now this has helped tremendously. The ChalkTalk™ Chalkboard Decals are fantastic and come in a variety of designs, and I'm looking forward to getting more for my office and other rooms in my home.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

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Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Building with LEGO® Juniors



Have you heard about the newest Lego® product? Lego® Juniors is designed to give children age 4-7 a great first experience with Lego® bricks through iconic, fun, and easy-to-build models.

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Lego® Juniors sets help kids transition from the larger Lego® Duplo blocks to a smaller version of the original (and more complicated) Lego® sets. These sets come with everything you need, including quick start elements and numbered, pre-packed bags that can be built without help from Mom or Dad – which makes any small builder extra proud.

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Though the sets are set up to be easily built by any child ages 4-7, my husband was just as excited to get building as my daughter was. He sat by her the whole time to show her the directions, and to be there in case she needed a little help. She loved getting to spend time with her dad, and it was so fun watching them build the entire Lego® Juniors set together. 

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The more she built, the more I saw her confidence grow. She was so proud of herself for putting the pieces together all on her own. The instructions were easy for her to follow and the numbered pre-packed bags were quite helpful for her to know exactly which ones she had to choose from for the first time building.

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Because the Lego® Juniors sets are smaller and easier for children in the 4-7 age group, it helps set kids up for successful, non-frustrating, experiences for them to make and re-make the sets as instructed, or help them become "Master Builder" by using their imagination to build unique creations. The Lego® Juniors bricks are also conveniently the same size as any other Lego® set, which helped the decision to get my daughter started on Lego® building an easy one!

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It's so important to inspire children to create at an early age to help build self-confidence and creative thinking skills. Construction play does that and more. I loved watching my daughter played with the sets for hours after she was done building. It was fun watching her take the knights and the other characters for rides on the carriage, and locking people up in the jail. She thought it was so funny that the skeleton peeks out through the jail window and being able to really use the catapult to take out the "bad guy".

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My daughter is one to *always* follow instructions when it comes to things like Lego®, but as we encouraged her to build whatever she wanted, it was incredible to see her gain confidence in her ability to bring her creative ideas to life.

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Lego® Juniors sets are available in stores now, and will make fun gifts for birthdays and Christmas. You can keep up with everything Lego® on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



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