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New Home- Old Stuff – How refurbishing and upcycling saved us some good bucks!

Repurposing and upcycling can save you money and save the environment too.

This Native American Proverb “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children,” sums our environment threatening lifestyle and how we must not take our planet for granted.

I have loved creating stuff out of waste from early on in life.  I used to think of ways to put old, abandoned stuff to use.

3 months back, when we moved to our new home, I wanted all things bright and beautiful for my house, but instead of splurging into brand new furniture, upholstery and artwork I revived what I already had and substantially cut down our expenses.

In this post I will share about few of the things that I brought from our old home and how I got them customised for our new place.

Wish I had before and after pictures of these, I didn’t plan to write about my refurbishing story hence have no “Before” pics.

Beginning from the entrance, this setty is probably more than 20 years old. Even before we moved to this new house, I knew what I wanted to do with this one. I wanted to make a sitting space outside our main door. We got the laminate changed, added a handrest and got new mattress. Although, the carpenter didnt do justice to my idea of handrest, but it does look decent; just by giving it a little contemporary makeover, this setty was all set for its new role!

New home for us meant buying new curtains as the windows here are much bigger than our previous home. It could have easily costed us 2-2.5 lakhs, when we were already burdened with far too many expenses, I didn’t want to add this to the list. Also getting new curtains would have meant disposing the old ones, the where and how of getting rid or storing the old stuff was too much of a headache. I then checked with my upholstery guy if he could customise these old curtains that were still in great shape for our new windows. He happily took up the job. Although the Labour charges were steep but we had our good old curtains and we saved much more.

The sofa set too was a misfit for our new home, getting a new sofa would have meant spending hefty and then getting heartaches everytime my son jumped on and off it. I have a monkey for a toddler who has just begun jumping wildly on sofa, need I say more?

I got the upholstery changed and gave it a look that matched our new home, all at a reasonable sum.

Art work adds to the beauty of a home, you can transform a house completely with the pieces of art that you use.

My husband’s nanaji (maternal grand father) was a government officer and an artist at heart. His art was put for exhibitions (30 years back) and we are proud owners of some of his work, paintings and driftwood art.

Almost 30yr old Cross-stitch work by my mom

The paintings had gone dull with time and the frames took away all the beauty, I got them reframed and now they adorn the lovely walls of our house. I also got many of old photos framed and created a beautiful memory wall in the foyer of our new home. Cant tell you how happy I am that this wall now stands as the most interesting part of our house.

I have many sarees that have been passed on to me by my mother in law. I got a beautiful table and bed runner made out of one of the silk sarees that I knew I wouldn’t wear. There is much more you can do with old clothes, I am going to do a separate post on it. I recently got more than 20 cloth bags made from old clothes. You can check my post on eco-friendly return gift ideas, the post also talks about ecofriendly packaging ideas.

Some of our Upcycling projects are still a WIP ( Work in progress) and probably would be taken up in my future posts.

We are still settling to our new place and a lot still needs to be done, hoping that we create a home that soothes our souls, exudes positivity and brings happiness to our lives.

Thanks for coming here and reading it, share some love if you liked my work, do tell me about your upcycling projects.

This article is a part of #Reuseblogtrain hosted by Papri of Through my pink window and Yogeeta  of Vrag.in and sponsored by Aroma Essentials . Read and engage on some really useful #reuse #recycle #reduce posts by 15 amazing bloggers. Thank you Nisha  for introducing me.

I’d like to introduce Shreenithee, a #beautyblogger by passion and a working professional. Through her blog, she wishes to share her thoughts on safe beauty, indigenous beauty practices, all through naturally available resources. She pens down her thoughts on desireflexions

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10 do’s and don’ts to be followed while your child has a blocked/stuffy or runny nose

10 do’s and don’ts to be followed while your child has a blocked/stuffy or runny nose.
– Rashmi Chand
Breathing is effortless, something we pay no heed to unless we get a blocked nose.

There is nothing as annoying as a blocked nose, and it gets even worse for our little ones, as they are obligatory nose breathers. Children between 0-1 years do not know any other way of breathing.

When they have nasal congestion, they have real difficulty in breathing, so much so that it hampers their food intake. Breastfeeding infants suffer the most as they find it difficult to nurse and breathe at the same time.

Nasal congestion not only irritates kids, but in some serious conditions, may hinder their physical and mental growth too. It can require severe intervention if not taken care of at the initial stages.

Cold and cough are apparently the most common illnesses that confront little kids. As a child I would catch a cold quite frequently and my child is no different.

With change in weather and the onset of rains, our environment becomes conducive for virus causing a common cold and flu, hence stuffy nose is so common during the monsoon.

Naak khush, maa khush

Due to poor immunity, infants are more susceptible to common cold which leads to a stuffy nose. You will see your baby being more cranky and unable to nurse well. The toddlers and older kids lose appetite, are irritable and lethargic when they have a cold.

Nasal congestion is caused due to swelling in nasal tissues and mucus build-up, which is commonly accompanied by fever, cough etc.

As parents, we try to do everything to comfort our child. Here are 10 do’s and don’ts that can be followed while your child has a blocked/stuffy or runny nose. Continue Reading

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5 Breastfeeding Myths Busted

Pregnancy and motherhood open a gateway to the Myth-world! There is too much of information that is dumped on these new moms, most of which is nothing but myth.

Motherhood would be so much better and lesser of a worry if we didn’t have people burdening us with their belief system or with anecdotal advices.

I have been an exclusively breastfeeding mom for the first 6months of my child’s birth and I am still nursing him at 28months. This post is to bust a few of the myths that most new moms are confronted with.

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Cloth Diapering For Nights

Many moms start cloth diapering enthusiastically but prefer it only during the day. Night time Cloth Diapering looks like a big battle to most of them or is it a mental block if I may say! The thought of having a leaky diaper, crying baby, wet bed or having to change at 2 past midnight is not quite pleasant for an already exhausted mom, and disposable diapers look like the best things for nights, but if they aren’t good for the day, they aren’t either good for the night! Night time CDing is doable with a little experimentation and is pretty easy once you know what works for you.

If you are new to cloth diapering do check out this  related post that I wrote sometime back.

I started using cloth diapers when my son was 2.5 months old, soon after full days of CDing and having built enough stash, I started to cloth diaper him during the nights as well.

Warning- This post does not guarantee a leak-proof night time diapering solution; because honestly, I haven’t found any. It is to help you understand the various options that you could choose from and also to let you know that it’s okay to have a few leaky nights, you and your child are on a much bigger mission, that of saving the environment from disposable diapers!!

During the first few weeks the pocket diapers worked well for us, they used to be heavy and dripping by the dawn though, but they sufficed.

My son has been a heavy wetter (drinks a lot of water and nurses through the night, even now at 27months) and there are more than occasional leaks, but that hasn’t deterred me from using Cloth diapers at night.

Cloth diapering is about experimenting, learning through trials and errors; from your experiences and mistakes and those of other moms.

Just when you start the night-time diapering see how long your regular diaper lasts during the day; add an additional layer or 2 of insert ( I started by adding an additional insert in our regular pocket diaper). See if it works fine for you. It should work if the diaper fit is perfect and if your baby is light to medium wetter.

If this isn’t good enough for you, try adding a hemp or bamboo insert. Hemp and bamboo are known for high absorbency. Keep changing the combination of inserts to see what works best for your baby.

While using a pocket diaper adding too many inserts can make it bulky and also can hamper the fit. See that the diaper fit is intact from the legs and that the baby isn’t uncomfortable in the diaper.

Here are a few other things that you can try apart from adding extra inserts to your pocket diapers.

• Try an AIO (all in one) or AI2( all in 2), if these too are being outpeed, try adding an insert to these as well. I happened to try an AiO by Bumberry and I must tell you that it works perfectly well during the day for my son (a heavy wetter) and with an extra insert for the nights. They are soon going to launch the AIOs for sale on all their platforms.

• A fitted diaper with a cover: Not many brands offer fitted diapers, a fitted diaper is made up of hemp, cotton or bamboo fabric which is gentle on baby skin. These diapers are highly absorbent all over and hence are good for tummy/side sleepers. Since these diapers don’t have a PUL cover it is advisable to use a diaper cover with these for nights. Also being natural fabric, these fitted diapers don’t have a stay dry layer, for nights it is advised that you top it up with a fleece liner. I haven’t tried a fitted diaper, so I won’t be talking much about it.

• For tummy sleepers another option is to use a muslin or other soft fabric around the waist. My son sleeps on tummy and on sides, to avoid the leaks from the waist I started putting an insert horizontally across the tummy (right where we tuck the snaps). I waited for him to show signs of discomfort but was fine and slept well without any leaks! So, an extra insert sideways works for us.

Few more points to ease your night time CDing-

• See that the baby pees right before you set him/her for the night diaper change.

• Change the diaper only around the bed time.

• Keep a set of diaper handy by the bedside (if you co-sleep) or by the baby cot, to change if there is any leak.

At the end, do not worry about occasional leaks, keep experimenting with your fluff and you will have it right soon!

 

This blog post is a part of ‘Conscious Diapering and Sustainable Living’. A blog train sponsored by Bumberry hosted by Genevieve of Life.of.gen & Me. Here 18 Supermoms have joined hands to share their perspective on cloth diapering and living an eco-friendly sustainable lifestyle.

I thank Preeti, the founder of DelhiBlogger for introducing me. The next station of this blogtrain is thehappymummablog,  blog my Priyanka, who writes about her motherhood journey. Priyanka is a passionate babywearer and a clothdiapering mom.

Hop on to our blog-train for it needs no tickets; spread this love for clothdiapering by sharing this post and others in the series!

Happy Cloth Diapering!

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Product Review- Mother Sparsh Baby Wipes

Hello friends,

I am back with a product review.

Out of the many things that we new moms use, baby wipes become our best friend over the first few weeks and then this friendship lasts longer than we expect it to.

The wipes are consistently used through first few months and also later, used over the most delicate parts of our babies who already have sensitive skin; this makes choosing the right wipes even more important.

 

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