Sweet Dreams Giveaway

This giveaway is for all you mamas of littles and mamas to be out there! I’m excited to have teamed up with The Handpicked Home to spoil one lucky winner with a nursery prize package worth more than $300! Most of the items included in this giveaway are available in shop, so if you see a brand or product you love, find them online and pop by the shop to check them out in person. View Post

Diaper Genie Expressions {Review + Giveaway}

OK hands up, whose kid’s rooms are better decorated than their own?! Haha I know that’s true in my house!!! And while we’re being honest here, it isn’t hard to get carried away with all the cute everything you can decorate with nowadays. And that goes for everything from furniture to accessories and finishing touches- and now thanks to Playtex, it also applies to your diaper disposal system!
Meet the Diaper Genie Expressions system: all the features you know and love about the #1 selling diaper disposal system in North America along with customizable covers to help it suit your nursery style! You can keep the Diaper Genie Expressions in neutral white or pick from one of the designer sleeves (sold separately) to make it as eye- catching as it is functional. A diaper pail that locks in odour and germs and looks cute while doing it? YES PLEASE! Plus it’s simple to pull the sleeves over the pail in just 3 easy steps (see how easy it is in the video!):

1. Pull down the fabric on the pail with the inner tag towards the bottom
2. Push the fabric into the top slot
3. Pull the fabric down and insert into the bottom

How cool is that?! And guess what??? I’ve got the chance for 10 readers to try out the Diaper Genie Expressions system with all 5 sleeves plus have the chance to win a $100 gift card to Babies R Us! In return all you have to do is publish a review on the Babies R Us website!
Want in? Here’s how:
Send me an email to kpetrunia@hotmail that includes:
— Your name
— Mailing address
— Preferred email address for contact purposes
In return all you have to do is:
– Try out the Diaper Genie Expressions system along with the different sleeves
– Write a review on the Babies R’ Us website and send me the link to your review by October 19, 2016
That’s it! Then you’ll be entered for a 1 in 10 chance to win a $100 gift card from Babies R’ Us!

More about the Diaper Genie Expressions system:
– all the odour control found with all Diaper Genie systems
– easy operation
– Push N’ Lock clamp system to lock in odour
– disposal bags made with 7 layers to lock in germs and odours
– holds up to 50 newborn diapers so you won’t have to change refills often

Retails for $34.99 and individual sleeves for $12.99. Available exclusively at Babies R Us October 1, 2016 and coming to Amazon.ca January 1, 2017.

To see my other post with Diaper Genie, click here.

Disclosure: I received product and compensation in exchange for this blog post. The review and opinions are my own. 

Diaper Genie Elite {Review + Giveaway}

Diapers are stinky business. We’ve still got two kids in diapers (fun, right?!) and I really don’t like having the odour linger in my house. Some of the suckers we’ve changed have been pretty nasty and the sooner we can get rid of the smell, the better. 
If you’ve got babies, had babies, or have one on the way, you’re probably familiar with the Diaper Genie and how it seals away the smell of diapers after you’ve changed your bumpkin. A popular item on baby registries for good reason (it’s the #1 diaper disposal system on the market), this bin is considered a necessity by many. And now Playtex has introduced the Diaper Genie Elite, a modified version of the original available in 3 new colours to suit your nursery decor (pink, blue, grey, along with classic white). 
The Diaper Genie Elite still features the Odour Lock system that made the original such a hit, plus the foot pedal to make tossing the stinky evidence easy and one- handed (Ari loves helping with this part) in addition to a carbon filter to help keep your baby’s room smelling fresh and clean. It’s also a different shape from the original that sits more flush against wall (I love the new shape!); it also opens from just under the lid to make removing used diapers even easier. You can purchase one at most major retailers across Canada, and online on sites such as Amazon.ca (MSRP is $45.99 CAD), AND you can enter below for the chance to win one! Scroll to the end of the post to see how you can enter. 

Want to win a Diaper Genie Elite for your baby’s room?
Enter below! Good luck!

DIY Flower Monogram

I’ve been having fun adding some finishing touches to Ari’s room now that her big girl bed is set up and I couldn’t resist looking for some fun and easy DIY projects on Pinterest that I could pull off. This flower monogram was super easy and cost peanuts to make (I think I maybe spent $5 on materials at the dollar store- everything else I had on hand). To personalize, you just pick out fake flowers & colours you like (how pretty would this be to make with fresh flowers for a party or shower???). See below for instructions. 
Materials:
Cardboard tube* (I used a wrapping paper tube, but for tricky letters like ‘G’ a store- bought paper mache letter will work)
Scissors/ exacto knife
Tape
Fake flowers
Glue gun
*In one of the projects I saw, they used a paper- mache letter and cut off the top, which would be good for letters that are harder to shape out of cardboard
Directions:
1. Flatten the tube in half to create a crease, then do the same in the other direction so the creases from your first fold line up- when you hold up the tube it should be square- shaped instead of round. 

2. Using the exacto knife/ scissors, cut the tube into the pieces to make your letter. It may help to draw a letter on a piece of paper so you can lay out the pieces as you go. Tape together to hold shape.
3. With your glue gun, glue the pieces together and allow to cool. Then use your exacto knife or scissors to cut down the middle of the cardboard. Fold the edges in/ down and secure in place with more hot glue.

4. Now for the fun part! Trim the stems of the fake flowers so you can fit them into the letter (the tops of the flowers should sit a little above the cardboard). Place the flowers in the letter to check for spacing, then use the glue gun to secure them in place. Allow to cool. If you prefer a fuller look, add some smaller flowers to fill in the gaps. To hang, you can simply cut a notch in the back of the cardboard to go on a hook, or glue a loop of ribbon/ twine. These are also pretty displayed on vanities/ dressers. 

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Nursery Decor & Trends with Lily + Spice Interiors

I love decorating and had a ton of fun when I did up Ariana’s nursery when she was born. With #2 on the way I’ve been curious to see what’s changed since I did her nursery in 2013 and have been on the hunt for inspiration for her big girl room. Plus, if we have a boy I’ll have to update the nursery for a little man (we’ve waited to find out what we were having with both babies).
I’ve been following Lily & Spice Interiors for a little while (check out her features in BOOMBALOO magazine) and love this company’s style & love of local brands , so I asked founder & stylist Amanda if she would share her ideas for both a boy’s & girl’s nursery plus what’s trending for 2015. I’m in love with her ideas! See below for Amanda’s 2 nursery looks plus her top decorating & colour trend picks for 2015!
ON TREND Eames chairs are by far popular still and have been for quite some time. I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon! You can go HERE to find them most reasonably priced. Poufs have proven to stay holding strong, who doesn’t love a pouf?!  A definite must have!  Printed and fluffy rugs in a nursery or kids space can really pull the entire room together, this is a must have on my list. Gallery walls and prints are a great way of adding personal touch to a room. Take a peak HERE for some of my all time favorites. Annnnd the Teepees, we just got one at our house as a gift and my boys love it! They look great and have a wonderful way of making cozy memories! I love that they can fold up and tuck away if need be too, a definite plus when tidying up. Animal anything for boys is huge right now, plus the woodland theme is still going strong and is such a cute way to make a boys space look ‘real boy’. For the girls, lots and lots and lots of colour, everywhere! A neutral base with splashes of colour is also a great way to keep a space timeless so you can switch out pieces as time goes on without repainting or buying new furniture.
CLASSICS -I am not much of a classic gal and always seem to like things a little or a lot outside of the box .These were more of a challenge for me to come up with but I have a few ideas for you. A simple crib: I know from working with clients that generally this is something people tend to keep simple and timeless so kid after kid can use the same one without it looking outdated. Mobiles: these will never go away! The difference today is that there are way too many great ones to choose from, check out some of my favorites HEREHERE and HERE. Finally the dresser/ change table piece: I have seen clients purchase the rolling change stations which are very functional and work well especially when your babe is new, but for me it’s always about space. I like to dual purpose on that one by using a change pad on top of a dresser.
Boy’s Nursery Faves
Check out these items from local companies
Moccs by Minimoc
Teepee by Domestic Objects
Wood Circle Mobile by Coral + Cloud
After
working on a few nurseries so early in the year and watching trends start to develop
so quickly, I have a few thoughts for you on what will be on trend and what
will not for this upcoming year. I see a lot of colour for 2015! I am a sucker
for monochrome and absolutely love neutrals and black with white but adding lots
of coloured accents is for sure going to be on top this year. Here are the top colour trends for 2015:

Mint -This is the
perfect colour for a boy or girl nursery, it’s muted tone goes well with almost
any shade of any colour. I have picked to pair it with coral and navy in my designs
below to give you an example of what it could look like for either. It looks stunning
with the here- to- stay trend of gold and also pairs nicely with the up and
coming copper metallic!

Copper -Gold looks as though it will be holding strong this year, how can you go wrong with this classic?!  But copper is definitely on the rise and is a stunning neutral metallic that easily pairs with almost any palette. Again more of a girly look for the girls but touches of it would look nice in a boy’s space as well- maybe a storage bin or lamp  to offset a soft/muted palette.

Pastels -Lots of colour combinations in pastels have been popping up everywhere, all sorts of blues, pinks and greens. With touches of metallic for contrast or white, this is a for sure win. Lots of pastels create a very girly look and are perfect for a whimsy sort of feel or can also turn bold with touches of black as contrast. 


Coral -This gorgeous hue
made a real statement in 2014 and so far I can see it holding strong and steady
for another year. How can you not love this beauty?! It pairs great with gold
and really looks sharp with white and most wood tones. 

Girl’s Nursery Faves
Check out these items from local companies
Moccs by Minimoc
Gold Heart Print by Kardz Kouture
If you have any questions about or need a hand with your space, I am just an email away! Have wonderful day today! A xo 
A big hug& THANK YOU to Amanda for sharing these decorating trends for 2015! 
Amanda Fraser is the founder & freelance stylist of Lily & Spice Interiors. A lady of many talents she’s passionate about decorating & DIY with a soft spot for kid’s spaces (but can help you style any room in your house). With unique & affordable E- Design packages, Lily & Spice Interiors can help you achieve your dream space while incorporating your own ideas. To learn more about Lily & Spice Interiors, hop over to the website & find the company on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , & Pinterest! You can also contact Amanda via email at lilyandspiceinteriors@gmail.com. 

Amanda Photo Credit:  Studio 86; ‘One More Day’ Tee by Modern Fort in partnership with Kelly Schmidt of Arrowhouse Design Studio.

Logo & all images included in this post provided by Amanda Fraser, Lily & Spice Interiors

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