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8 Tips for a Greener Home

posted by Elle    |   June 10, 2014 16:08

You don't have to pay a bunch of money for new green technology or products. Going back to the basics and using traditional methods can make a huge difference in the health of your home! Looking for a new hobby? Try something that will benefit your household, save you money, and decrease negative impact on the environment. Implementing a few small changes will take a little bit of effort to start, but is so rewarding in the long run. And its easier than you think! 

 

Hang Your Laundry

 

 

This can be done year round, even in the harsh Saskatoon winter. In the summer, take advantage of the fresh scent your clothes and towels will take on when they are dried in the sun using a traditional clothes line. In the winter, use the dry heat provided by your furnace, and indoor hanging racks to allow your stuff to dry over night. You'll see a big difference in your power bill, and will be doing a lot of good for the environment!

 

Make Canning Your New Hobby

 

Stock up at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market, harvest from your own garden, or visit your favourite local producer, pick up some glass canning jars, and ask your Grandma for a tutorial. Or, get more information here. There's nothing better than local food, preserved in environmentally friendly containers! Glass jars are an awesome reusable food storage container for a variety of things. I even take them with me to the grocery store when buying dry goods that come in bulk, instead of using a bag. I think they look so pretty, too!

 

Pare Down Your Cleaning Products

 

This is a great opportunity to get back to the basics! Detoxify your home with simple ingredients that are super inexpensive and easy to come by! Baking soda, vinegar, and lemon can be used to create excellent multi-purpose, natural cleaners. For a more comprehensive look at the importance of ditching harsh chemicals, check out my previous blog post. It includes information on making your own cleaners, and also presents some great local Saskatoon options for purchasing pre-made natural products. 

 

Pick Up Knitting or Sewing

 

 
 

Having the ability to patch a hole, replace a button, switch up a hem, or make yourself a scarf is great for saving money and prolonging the life of your clothing. The less waste, the better, so extending the number of wears you get out of your jeans is a plus for a lot of reasons. Do you have a pair of bootcut jeans that are out of style? Take the legs in a bit for a more straight-leg or skinny look (tutorial here). Once the chilly months come back around, cozy handmade winter apparel can be customized to exactly the colour and style you want, gives you a lovely feeling of accomplishment, and makes a thoughtful gift! Its also a way to make sitting down in front of the TV feel more productive. 

 

Use The Ends of the Fridge

 

 

Don't throw away those random ingredients you have left before your next grocery run. If you are unsure what to make of those last bits, a frittata is an excellent, easy way to go. You can mix in any last meat, veggies, cheese, and herbs together with a dozen eggs in a deep frying pan, cover and let sit until cooked through. Super easy and super tasty! My favourite combination for a fritatta is finely chopped brussels sprouts, mushrooms, italian sausage, lots of rosemary and thyme, with a nice dose of feta on top. 

 

Grow Your Own Veggies

 

 

Depending on your resources and where you live, this can be as large or small a project as you choose. If you're a condo or apartment dweller, little pots of herbs or one tomato plant in a pot makes a difference and will bring you delight, I promise! Consider your time commitment and the space available, and you may find that a full-fledged garden out back is the way to go. Either way, you won't regret supplementing your diet with home grown fare.

 

Collect Rain Water

 

 

Keep your beautiful veggies hydrated and save money in the process! Utilize water run-off and set up a rain barrel. The water it collects is great for watering your garden, tending to your potted plants, or other outdoor projects. It can also be brought in to flush toilets if you're really into saving water!

 

Use Dishtowels and Rags

 

 
If you're trying to reduce household waste, refraining from using paper towel is a great place to start. Use a cloth alternative, toss it in the wash, and hang it to dry! Twisted Goods usually has cute cloth options! Evaluate your old clothes and towels for rag potential, and check out some tips here

If you have some other tried and true, simple methods of making your home more environmentally-friendly, let me know in the comments! I am always looking for new ideas, tips, and tricks.  

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Night Market in YXE

posted by Elle    |   June 5, 2014 16:36

Goldie's General Store in Riversdale, one of Saskatoon's gems that is typically open only (as far as I know) on Sundays from 11am until 3, is the perfect place to go on a chilled-out weekend afternoon. Stopping by to peruse the offerings at Goldie's makes for a nice complement to your Sunday trip to Collective or Anthology. Its also a great way to cap off a morning spent enjoying the local fare at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market. The items at Goldie's vary from week to week, and while you can count on "nothing specific", you are guaranteed to find one-of-a-kind, carefully selected and beautifully displayed vintage clothing and odds & ends.  

Goldie's General is located above The Hollows at 334 Avenue C South (in the old Golden Dragon building). The upper part of the building is broken into tiny rooms with creaky floors and a definite vintage feel that lends itself nicely to the eclectic mix of vintage household items, toiletries, knick-knacks, and other non-specific pieces available at Goldie's. The dog is not for sale :)

Goldie's is mixing things up a bit this weekend, with a Night Market from 6-10pm on Sunday evening. The evening will include vendors carrying handcrafted items, vintage clothing and antiques, as well as drink features and snacks! This time, its going down on The Hollows' patio. Don't miss this unique opportunity to enjoy some great local food from The Hollows and The Night Oven, while browsing goods handcrafted by some rad locals

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Are Those Real?

posted by David    |   May 9, 2014 10:34

The weather is warming up in Saskatoon, and while I can't wait for summer and all of the joys that come along with it, I can't help but think about the additional tasks that this season demands, especially as a home owner. 

“Honey, could you mow the lawn?” isn’t something the average guy is eagerly anticipating every Saturday morning after a hard week at work, but it comes nonetheless. Thankfully, there is an often forgotten solution to this problem. And no, I’m not talking about bribing the neighbour kid to mow it for you. I like getting rid of problems from the root. As the temperatures have begun to rise, the idea that I have been toying with is installing artificial turf instead of grass. This idea became even more enticing when I realized that not only would I not have to mow anymore, but I would also get out of watering, fertilizing, aerating, and weeding.

Artificial Turf is made to look like real grass with thatch fibres to keep all the blades facing up. The grass moves like real grass, looks like real grass, and is soft like real grass. The lawn is strong enough to withstand a dog playing with it and is free of the bugs that are regularly found in real grass. Brown or dead spots are also not a factor as the turf looks great at all times. The only maintenance required is brushing it twice a month and washing it down if anything spills on top.

Photo Credit: SYNLAWN

Although the price of installing turf is a little daunting at first, after factoring in the maintenance costs of real grass incurred every year, it isn’t that bad. It is estimated to cost around $2,000 a year to keep a natural lawn looking pristine. Over a 10 year period, this would add up to $20,000 in costs, not including the price of your time maintaining it. The purchase and installation of 1500 square feet of synthetic grass costs about $11,000 with the option to have some rock and fabric portions to lower the price to about $8,500. Around year 5 would be the break-­even point cost wise, and since artificial turf has a lifespan well over 10 years, the savings could be enjoyed for many years to come.

Photo Credit: SYNLawn

In Saskatoon, there are a number of quality artificial turf installation companies. Featured on Trusted Saskatoon, Perfect Turf is a Canadian company that prides itself on providing the best customer service, and the fact that they are the only company to manufacture all of their own materials for quality control. They even offer a Lifetime Installation Warranty. Comparable businesses include EZ-­Grass which offers an 8 year warranty, and SYNLawn, who offers a 12 year warranty. Each company claims to have the best quality materials, but I feel like I can trust Perfect Turf more because the materials are constructed by the company itself. I’m leaning towards going with them. 

While I still haven’t solved the problem of my wife’s to-­do list and probably never will, this is definitely a step in the right direction. What a great feeling it would be to cross off mowing, watering, fertilizing, aerating, and weeding for the foreseeable future. When people walk past my lawn it’s going to look perfect year round and I will have put very little effort into making it that way. Now if only I could get the dishes to do themselves? I guess that’s what kids are for.  

A Made in Canada Story

posted by My Saskatoon    |   May 2, 2014 15:45
Palliser Rooms / EQ3

Photo Credit: Esprit Photography

Our passion at My Saskatoon is sharing about local businesses in the city. We also love trees, so we just had to post about the gorgeous, Canadian made dining furniture now available at Palliser Rooms / EQ3. Palliser Rooms / EQ3, an independent Saskatoon furniture store, has just launched a beautiful new Bermex dining room gallery. This new gallery at Palliser Rooms features solid wood products, made in Canada, by Bermex. Based out of Quebec, Bermex is one of North America's largest dining set manufacturers. Bermex has made a strong commitment to the environment with its tree planting initiative - for every tree that is cut down, a new one is planted. Bermex furniture is made as efficiently as possible to eliminate wasted wood. Extra wood that is cut away during the manufacturing process is recycled and used for other purposes. Bermex also strives to deliver a high quality product that will offer an optimum lifespan to the consumer, creating a heritage of protecting the environment for future generations.

In the Palliser Rooms Bermex gallery, you will find a variety of styles featuring the latest trends in dining furniture. Statement dining tables are strong in home décor for 2014. Create your look with a nod to the past using the new uniquely distressed century finish. If your style is strong and edgy, the "big top" table option with solid panel top is the perfect compliment to a contemporary interior. Customization is accessible and simple with a wide range of finish colours, apron styles, leg styles and a variety of seating options, all offered in a step by step design process. Large wall displays show the choices of colours and customization options so a clear picture of the final product is created in the showroom.

A seasoned staff of sales consultants and design professionals at Palliser Rooms are available to help clients customize a dining set that will work perfectly in the desired space and setting. By bringing in measurements, paint swatches and floor samples, the sales team can help create a layout using computer software to help show clients optimum designs for their dining furniture.

With a dining set from the Palliser Rooms Bermex gallery, you can rest assured that you will be getting a quality "Made in Canada" product, while supporting a business that values the environment.

The video below allows you to take a tour of the new Bermex dining gallery at Palliser Rooms / EQ3 online!

Palliser Rooms / EQ3 is an independently owned, family run business in Saskatoon, SK. Palliser Rooms has always taken pride in supporting local charities, including the Ronald McDonald House and Children's Wish Foundation.

Visit their Spotlight Profile to learn more about Palliser Rooms / EQ3.

If you are looking for some cool dining furniture, drop by the Palliser Rooms / EQ3 showroom at 2125 Faithfull Avenue.

The My Saskatoon Team

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How to Spruce up Your Cat's Bathroom

posted by Noël    |   April 24, 2014 19:55

Our laundry room is due for a minor overhaul in preparation of our soon arriving little babe.  In my last blog post, I mentioned that my husband and I are going to use cloth diapers while we are at home with our little one.  Our laundry room downstairs is perfect for diaper cleaning, and was one of the reasons why we decided to give cloth diapers a try.  The laundry room consists of a deep laundry sink with a hand held sprayer, a toilet within close proximity to the sink, and of course, a washer and dryer.

This all sounds good, but we have one problem with this room; it's the current home of our cats' litter box. This room is pretty much their domain and in a few months that is going to drastically change, especially if a little baby soils its diapers at least 12 times in a day! Unfortunately, we don't really have another spot in our home where the litter box could relocate to, especially in it's current state. So, to get the ideas flowing, I hopped onto Pinterest and found a few different ideas that could help us relocate the litter box in style. 

Classic Cover

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Vintage Charm

photo credit: home talk 

 

Ikea Cabinet Overhaul 

photo credit: Ikea Hackers

 

Clean and Contemporary 

photo credit - Urban Cat Design

 

Our plan is to visit some local furniture stores in Saskatoon to find the perfect cabinet to hide our litter box in a way that well blend in with our home decor! If you're interested in jazzing yours up as well, here are a few local shops to check-out: 

We love our furry friends, but sometimes incorporating their paraphernalia into our homes can be a little less than visually appealing. We are excited to do some hunting for a cabinet that will enable us to incorporate our cat's bathroom into our home in a stylish way!
 

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Cute undies can make a world of a difference!

posted by Noël    |   March 26, 2014 10:31
Baby preparation is getting real serious now.  We've moved beyond the big obvious decisions like cribs, etc, and are now discussing the best way for us to manage the poop. That's right, poop. You know you're truly becoming a parent when you start seriously talking about the impending poop situation you will (literally) have on your hands within the next few months!
 
I don't think my husband and I have ever really thought much about the whole diaper situation until we spoke with a few of our friends who are either pro-disposables or pro-cloth.  Personally, I like the idea of cloth, simply because the diapers are so cute and colourful.  Fun undies always make me feel good, so it is completely natural for me to think that cute cloth diapers will have the same affect on my little one... right?!? 
 
 
But in all seriousness, after much fact-finding, I think that we are going to do a mix of both cloth diapers and disposable diapers. Here are few big reasons why we want to try cloth diapers!
 

Cost Savings

 
There are tons of different stats out there, but with everything I've read to date, as well as through visits to local cloth diaper retailers in Saskatoon, it is pretty clear that cloth diapers can definitely save you money.  There are a few factors that determine whether the savings look like 100s or 1000s of dollars, one being whether you are planning to reuse the diapers for future children. 
 

Start Potting Training Sooner

 
I've read that because cloth diapers don't absorb the liquids quite the same as disposables, the little ones will know they are wet sooner and might be more interested in making their way to the household throne.  The sooner the better... in my opinion. 
 

Environmental Impact

I'm pretty big on recycling and decreasing our household waste, so I like the idea that the majority of poop will hit the toilet instead of the local landfill.  Now don't get me wrong, when I am on the go I will be reaching for those disposables, because I'm not too sure if I'm ready to truck around a dirty, smelly cloth diaper while I'm shopping.  

A Happy Bottom

Plastic on my bottom for a long period of time is never a good idea, so I can't imagine it is any different for my little one. Enough said. 

If you'd like more information about cloth diapering, check out the video below. I also found a few interesting articles as I was researching the topic. This isn't an exhaustive list by any means. 
If you are interested in taking a look at some local cloth diaper retailers, check out these two fabulous local maternity/baby stores in Saskatoon; Mother's Melody and Cravings Maternity.  I've had nothing but great experiences at both stores.  The owner of Mother's Melody, Fred, was very informative when it came to cloth diapers, which was a huge help!
 
At the end of the day, the fact still remains, I like the idea of my little one wearing cute undies!

More Tips for Finding Unique Furniture in Saskatoon

posted by Elle    |   March 24, 2014 16:36

I love the idea of filling my home with used furniture. Used furniture can actually make a living space very unique and beautiful, whether the pieces have been bought from an antique dealer or professional refinisher, or are the result of DIY projects. I, personally, plan to have a mix of both in my home. Some of my furniture will be professionally reworked, while others will be pieces I have revamped myself. I see several reasons for styling my home in such a way. I'm primarily motivated by the fact that purchasing used furniture is a more economical and environmentally-friendly option- it doesn't hurt that the place will also look darn good.

In my last post, I wrote about my favourite place to find unique furniture in Saskatoon, Green Ark Collected Home. Green Ark rescues unloved furniture and materials to create beautiful pieces that will last a lifetime. Purchasing furniture from Green Ark saves you the hard work involved in sourcing pieces that can be reworked and doing the actual refinishing, re-upholstering, and re-purposing that is required in turning "nothing" into "something". There are, however, some people out there who enjoy the thrill of the hunt, and who have the time to make the transformation happen themselves. 

If you are the adventurous type and are a little bit handy with tools, why not try to scout out pieces with potential and revamp them yourself? There are great antique stores and vintage shops in Saskatoon, but if you're looking to pay a lower price and have the patience, estate sales and Saskatoon Kijiji can be great options. I've managed to track down some excellent pieces by taking the private sale route. Depending on what you find, you may be able to refinish the piece yourself, or it may require calling in some expert help. Either way, here are a few tips that may help you if you choose to go down this road.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Look for quality.

Just because it is old furniture doesn't mean that it is high quality. Every era has its share of well made and poorly made furniture. Vintage furniture is not an exception to this rule. A solid frame and drawers that slide out easily are important indicators of quality. Antique or vintage frames that have been re-upholstered can look amazing. Remember that re-upholstering is not easy, and can be costly if done by a professional. 

Don't let scratches scare you.

Surface scratches can be fixed. There are many products that can help you conceal or fix scratches, and if the piece is truly remarkable and worth it, but the damage is outside the scope of your abilities, you can always get it professionally refinished. Also, sometimes scratches can be used to your benefit in bargaining. If the piece is worth buying, use evidence of damage to bargain for a better price. However, be sure that the piece can be fixed and that the price of repairs will not drive the entire cost of refinishing the piece too high. 

Re-purpose for style.

For example, use a small table as a nightstand. Use a dresser in the bathroom for keeping towels and supplies. Convert a smaller dining table into a large coffee table by sawing off the legs or changing the legs. Use an armoire as a linen cabinet. Unusual furniture in unexpected places will give your place its own distinct style.

Look for individual pieces that go together. 

If your budget is hindering you, try purchasing individual pieces that would work well together one at a time. Doing so also is a great way to express your own unique style, and the result can be beautifully eclectic, yet cohesive.

Happy Hunting!

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Tips for Finding Unique Furniture in Saskatoon

posted by Elle    |   March 10, 2014 15:23

I have arrived at a point in my life where creating a calming, relaxing, and inspiring home environment is a priority. Gone is the lifestyle I had in my university days, where I spent the majority of my time in class, the library, work- or in transit somewhere between the three. Now that I am settling into a routine that leaves more room for time spent at home, I am much more aware of the way my current living space affects me. The cheaply made, slightly beaten furniture purchased at Ikea and Walmart leaves much to be desired, and the overall vibe of the place has me less than inspired.

While I wrote previously about my experience revamping home decor items I purchased at local thrift stores, its time to take my living space redesign a step further. The time has come to begin to invest in furniture items that will carry me forward into the next phase of my life. I've decided that in making these larger purchasing decisions, I'd like to go for the vintage, the antique, and the repurposed pieces, pieces that have a story, that inspire. In my opinion, the number one most important resource to have in a quest to find this type of furniture is a list of good local Saskatoon sources. 


Photo Credit: Green Ark Collected Home

I am thankful that there are many creative and skilled people in Saskatoon who have already done the work of building, reworking, and acquiring collections of the type of furniture I'd like to purchase. Now it is simply a matter of sifting through a few great local shops to find the pieces of furniture that really speak to me. I feel like my personal style is reflected almost perfectly in the offerings of Green Ark Collected Home- if you haven't checked this shop out yet, I implore you to. Green Ark mixes new and re-purposed furniture, made of new and re-purposed materials, resulting in locally made, eco-conscious furniture. The pieces available at Green Ark are often one of a kind, and new items are added regularly, so I suggest that you visit often (212 20th Street West). There is no shortage of unique items to look at, and the walls of the shop are adorned with the work of incredible local artists. The vibe at Green Ark is very chill, and the owners, Allie and Noah, are fantastic. Follow Green Ark on Facebook and Instagram for frequent updates on beautiful new pieces. 

I've also recently come across two local antique and vintage furniture vendors, Dacha House and The Indefinite Article. While I have not visited either in person, both have photos on their websites and Facebook pages that are very promising. Dacha House seems to be your spot if you are looking for a french country, farmhouse or shabby-chic look. The Indefinite Article appears to carry retro-style options and collectibles as well. While I just missed the latest sale at Dacha House, follow them on on Facebook for details about upcoming weekend sales. The Indefinite Article holds pop-up shops periodically- follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the most up to date information. 

As spring rolls into summer, yard sales (particularly those that are estate sales), flea markets, and auctions can be great sources of antique and vintage furniture as well. Of course, Kijiji Saskatoon can also be a good source for vintage and antique furniture, especially if you don't mind doing a bit of refinishing or having a piece re-upholstered. If you're more inclined to go the private sale route and plan to peruse yard sales, estate sales, and Kijiji for furniture, stay tuned for some helpful tips in my next post on the My Saskatoon blog. 

Happy Hunting! 

Why Shop Local in Saskatoon? Part I

posted by Elle    |   March 6, 2014 15:26
At the beginning of February, six local Saskatoon retailers came together to create The Local Local Super Sale, a collection of each shop's unique sale inventories under the same roof. Tonic, Banjo Outpost, Anthology Home Collection, Luna + Hill, Guys & Dawls, and Durand's joined forces, resulting in an eclectic mix of products, styles and price points, combined into one "super sale" at St. Joseph's Parish Hall on the corner of Broadway and 8th.
 
As far as I know, this is the first time something like this has been done in Saskatoon, and in my mind, is something that should happen much more often. On a normal day, the shops that were involved are dispersed among the most vibrant shopping districts in Saskatoon- Downtown, Broadway, and Riversdale. Each of these neighbourhoods is walkable (more enjoyably in the warmer months), and I have often spent a weekend afternoon on Broadway or Downtown, leisurely strolling from shop to shop. The Super Sale provided a great opportunity to get the best of all three neighbourhoods, all in one place. Saskatoon winters being as they are, the sale was a fantastic opportunity to peruse the offerings of several great local shops without having to venture out into the cold between stops. It resulted in a much more efficient and convenient (and warm) method of shopping some of Saskatoon's best local boutiques.
 
 
The vibe at the sale was relaxed and inviting, with refreshments available from Cultura Espresso Bar, and shoppers mingling with one another as they explored the offerings of each of the stores involved in the sale. This was a unique shopping experience that I can't say I've ever had in Saskatoon. It was, in my mind, a perfect example of community coming together in support of local businesses, and local businesses recognizing the benefits of working together. 
 
For me, it just feels natural to support local businesses whenever I can. There are a few key reasons why making the decision to purchase from local retailers just makes sense.
 

One of a kind businesses with distinctive character add flavour to our city.

There is such a strong spirit of entrepreneurship in Saskatoon, resulting in so many amazing home grown and locally owned businesses. A few of my personal favourite local retail shops include Green Ark Collected Home, Tonic, White Dahlia, Dutch GrowersLuna + Hill, and Era Style Loft. There are also so many fantastic local people who produce their own goods right here in Saskatoon. Think Green Ark again, Uncle Mike's Naturals, and Sara Lua Designs. Local entrepreneurs like those behind these great businesses are willing to take the risk required in order to bring great products to Saskatonians. The lengths to which local entrepreneurs go to bring such unique products to market in our city should be appreciated and reinforced by the financial support of local consumers. 

Locally owned businesses sustain vibrant town centres.

What would our city be without the vibrancy of Broadway, Downtown, and the restored blocks of 20th Street? Business districts like these result in a web of economic and social relationships that are essential to a strong community. The compact nature of these neighbourhoods also reduces the negative effects of urban sprawl (automobile use, habitat loss, air and water pollution. Eww.)

Local owners know their market and know their products.

Business owners who live in the community in which they do business understand the needs of local consumers, and often build their business around their personal interests or passion. This means that the people who are bringing products to market for you are often people who first try to understand what it is that local consumers (you) really want. It also means that people are creating products they are passionate about, and if they are bringing products in from elsewhere, they often have an expertise and personal interest in those products. 

Locally owned businesses enrich the entire community.

Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made by people who reside in our city- people who will feel the impacts of those decisions- people whose children grow up here. Local owners are also local people. People who live, work, and play in Saskatoon are more likely to have a vested interest in seeing our city thrive, both socially and economically. Much of the profit that local businesses generate is, in turn, spent on supporting other local businesses, and our economy is strengthened. Many local owners also want to see positive change happen in the community in which they live, and often have a specific local non-profit or charity that they support.

These are a just few reasons among many. In my opinion, there is simply no better way to spend my hard-earned money, than by supporting the endeavours of the local businesses I love. How lucky we are to live in a city like Saskatoon with so many talented, stylish, savvy people who are willing to take the risks involved in creating local products and establishing new boutiques and shops from the ground up. Let's show them our support!

6 Adorable DIY Baby Projects

posted by Noël    |   February 28, 2014 12:48

I'm on the hunt for a bassinet, and really everything baby! I'm 21 weeks pregnant and am starting to assess the future living arrangement in our home once baby arrives. 

Like most Mom-To-Be's, I've been following my pregnancy via the What to Expect When You're Expecting app. It's great, because it keeps track of my pregnancy week by week, provides me with baby development updates, and helps me along the way with great pregnancy tips and relevant baby articles.  Some of the most interesting articles that I've been reading, as of late, have to do with keeping the impending baby costs to a minimum.  There is nothing more depressing then realizing that all of this excitement can come with a pretty hefty price tag.  After looking through various online stores, my husband and I soon came to the realization that we were going to need some inspiration if we were going to keep the costs manageable.  So I turned to Pinterest.  Some of these ideas are just too smart not to share. 

 

DIY Bassinet a.k.a. Dressed Up Laundry Basket!

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What I love about this idea: it just seems so practical for carting around the house, and it's low-cost.  

 

Basket Changing Table

 Photo Credit: Pinterest - original source unknown 

What I love about this idea: You can cart this around the house easily, and it fits on top of an existing dresser. Plus, it dresses up the changing station.

 

 Baby Changing Station

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What I love about this idea: I'm a woman on a mission at home, so I like the idea of keeping everything contained in one container that is easy to pick up and move. 

 

Door Jammer

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 What I love about this idea: Honestly, I think I could make use of this right now! My husband has a 'unique' way of opening and closing our master bathroom door early in the morning.  It never fails, I always wake up!

 

Fabric Baby Gate

 Tutorial & Photo Credit

What I love about this idea: We have awkward stairs and railing in our home, and this looks like a great way to add a bit of flair to my living space while keeping the little one from getting caught between the stair rails.

 

Pacifier Clip

 Tutorial & Photo Credit

What I love about this idea: It just seems practical, for so many reasons!

 

I hope you've been inspired to get out the sewing machine, or at least pass on a few of these ideas on to someone who has a sewing machine and would love to make them for you! 

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