Friday, December 5, 2014

How to buy crib

With so many variety of Nursery Furniture available in market, choosing/buying a perfect crib for your little one isn't an easy decision. First of all you need to be convinced whether you need a crib or not, thinking of future use or may be you think since your friend's baby didn't use it so your baby won't use as well. All babies are different, you cannot really predict the future of your crib. But I believe, one should get a crib, thats the first step to make your baby independent. Yet be smart while buying one. When 3-in1 and 4-in1 cribs are available which can be converted into a toddler and full size (single) beds respectively, then why buy the simple static 1-in-1 crib. 
Story doesn't end here! Apart from choosing the kind of crib, there are a few safety instructions to be taken care of. 
  • Slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart: Your crib should have slats that are close enough together to prevent your baby's head from slipping through or getting stuck. For quick check, a standard aluminum soda can will not go through them with ease.
  • Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs let you change the height of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support.
  • Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the store or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly. But wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you should look for a sturdier crib. Also I think one should avoid wheels in crib.
  • Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple: Don't use them! As of 2010, cribs with drop sides, which can be released to allow parents to access their tiny tots, are banned. Though some drop-gate cribs, which are considered safer, are still available, the general consensus is to stick with stationary sides to be safe.
  • Check Corner Posts: Crib corner posts should never be more than 1/16 inch high. If they stick up higher than that, baby’s pajamas could snag and get caught when the little one stands up in the crib.
  • Bumpers: Crib bumpers – padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib to cushion all four sides – pose a hazard and are no longer recommended.
  • Old cribs: Cribs made before 1973, when federal guidelines went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and potentially dangerous) features, or slats that are too far apart. But even models manufactured as recently as 1991 can be unsafe, so be sure to check slat space size and stability, and look out for any sharp edges, protruding metal, peeling paint, and other dangers. In fact, in 1995, after issuing a warning about the dangers of used cribs – which are responsible for about 50 infant deaths a year – the CPSC announced a roundup to crush and destroy used cribs.
  • Decorative touches: Avoid fancy decorations that can break off and pose a choking hazard. Cribs with cutout designs along the rail may look pretty, but they could inadvertently trap your baby's arm or neck. On a similar note, round cribs, which are also very popular, are not regulated by the government.
  • Teething Rails: When teething kicks in somewhere between 4 and 6 months of age, many babies become little woodchucks, gnawing away at the side of their crib for comfort. This, of course, can lead to splintering and other damage to the crib, as well as a baby with a mouth full of wood and paint chips. Though not mandatory, crib manufacturers are encouraged to include immovable plastic teething rails along the top of their cribs. There are crib teething rails available for sale separately; however, many can be removed by a curious baby with minimal effort.

-via Baby CentereBay

Cribs In Market

Hudson Crib by Serena & Lily, $395.00

Low-Rise Crib by Land Of Nods, $899.00

Sorelle Princeton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Changer by BabiesRus, $399.00

This is one of my favorite in terms of versatility and price!

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Crib with Toddler Rail by BabiesRus, $379.99

Babyletto Mercer 3-in-1 Crib with Toddler Rail by, $399.00

Looks lovely to me!

Daphne Athena 3-in-1 Convertible Crib by, $359.00

Dream On Me Brianna 2-in-1 Convertible Crib by, $133.75

STUVA 2-in-1 Crib with drawers by Ikea$199.00

HENSVIK Crib by Ikea$99.00

High-End Cribs

Cribs by Pottery Barn Kids, starts from $400.00 onwards

Cribs by, starts $500.00-$5000.00

Cribs by (high-end), starts $400.00-$4000.00 

For more variety and pretty designs in cribs,
visit They have wide range of variety and brands!
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Diwali Friends!!

"There's always something warm and bright about this time of the year. 
When everything has a special glow and hearts are full of cheer. 
That's why this special greeting comes your way, to wish you all life's best on this Diwali day". -unknown

Designing Life wishes you all a very Happy and Sparkling Diwali.
May you be blessed with good health, happiness & prosperity today and forever!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Life of a Tomato Plant

This is the first time I grew vegetables! and pretty excited about it *smiles*
We have 2 varieties of tomatoes, mint, basil, tulsi (kind of Indian Basil; Ocimum Tenuiflorum) and kari-patta plant. Enough to start your mini vegetable garden.
I have seen these leafy plants grown often by my mother and grandmother. Tomato plants really excited me most, as I never saw how it blooms and come on our salad plates! 
Here goes the various stages of the same I noticed.

left: Seedless Salad Tomatoes ; right: Cherry Tomatoes

notice the small yellow flower comes first which turns to mini-very mini tomatoes

gradually they grows; these are Cherry Tomatoes

same process for Seedless Salad Tomatoes too
they gradually grows green, turns yellowish orange and then red

Cherry Tomatoes ready to pluck; fully ripe ones will come in your palms easily with one touch. If you need to pull them, that means they are not ready completely.

Seedless Salad Tomatoes ready

on plate :)





Kari-patta (leaves) Plant

all together :)
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Iron Enriched Salad

Super healthy, full of iron, full of taste and super quick salad!!!
What more we need for a quick, healthy snack!
Just created this salad few minutes ago 
and sharing with all right away!!


Baby Spinach; 1-bowl
Cucumber; 1
Fruit/s (your choice! apple/strawberry/grapes/plums/apricot etc... I used 1 apple)
Lime/lemon Juice (as per taste)
Salt (as per taste)
Fresh Ground Pepper (as per taste)


Wash spinach, cucumber and fruit/s in cold water.
Cut fruit/s and cucumber in small bite size pieces and mix with spinach.
Add lime juice, salt & pepper and mix well.
'Live Healthy'
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunshine Magazine Holder

not only love to collect ideas, but also the magazines they come in. But it is quite a mess to always find magazines all over the places; on the table, on the couch, even on the floor! One could easily solve this problem if have a magazine rack/holder. Magazine racks come in all sorts of designs and there are also lots of DIY projects you can try. 

Here are some DIY examples 

simply use a hanger!

carton with wheels?

a shutter

diy with a frame

a wooden base+stripes of fabrics+nails=elegant magazine rack

or just twist your old hanger

wood/cardboard, cut and join!

This is what I did for my holder

1 wooden crate
1 small card board (I used one of the amazon package boxes)
few paints and brushes
transparent top coat spray/varnish (for protection)
little creativity!


notice the gap on base, this is where I used the cardboard sheet

looking bright in front of dark fireplace

fresh & fun! *smiles*

My Sunshine Magazine Holder!
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Organizing Madness!!

Organizing is not always about spending $$$$ on storage trays or baskets. Sometimes just with little $ and some creativity one can make drastic difference. 
A huge counter space around basin with drawers sometimes turns to mess by just keeping all stuffs on counter! Not just they are scattered, but leave behind stains, oil marks, etc. 
One fine solution you may find at a Dollar Tree near by you. They have plastic baskets/trays (set of 3 mostly) in $1.00!!! Of course those are not high quality plastic like BPA free, but who needs those for toiletries! Here is a example what you can do with them.


drawer 1

drawer 2

corner 1

corner 2

complete mess free happiness :)

Hope I gave you few ideas for mess-free bath organizing.
How do you organize yours?
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