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I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Urbini. While I will receive a gift card to thank me for my time, all opinions and love of babies and nurseries are my own.

I can still remember the loving care my husband and I put in to setting up our daughter’s nurseries.  Time and care was spent on every aspect of this special room; from the paint color, to the softest of linens, to the color and functionality of the crib.  Finding just the right mix of furniture and accessories can be very time consuming, so I was thrilled to work with Urbini to share their Nursery contest with you!

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You may recognize the Urbini name because of their line of highly rated strollers and stylish baby gear; and now they have added a new line of nursery furniture to their offerings, including wooden cribs like the beautiful Walnut crib in the photo above.

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To showcase this new line, Urbini created the Urbini Dream Nursery Instagram contest where one lucky winner will have the designer of the new Urbini nursery furniture, Rachel Dacks, come to their home to provide them an Urbini Dream Nursery, including Urbini furniture and decor! 

Calling all New Moms!

The Urbini Dream Nursery is for new moms looking to convert a room into a first time nursery or for a mom having another child where the nursery needs a bit of updating. If you aren’t a new Mom, don’t fret, you can still take part in promoting the contest for chances to win daily $50 Walmart Gift Cards.

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Winners will receive:

 Grand Prize:
  •  One Urbini Crib
  •  One Urbini Changing Table
  •  One Urbini 6 Drawer Dresser
  •  One Urbini Cubi Play Yard
  •  In addition to the Urbini furniture, the winner will receive a home visit by Urbini designer Rachel Dacks to personally outfit a newly designed nursery.

Second Prize:
Choice of one Urbini Crib

Third Prize:
One Urbini Cubi Play Yard

Sweepstakes Winners:

Each day, one Sweepstakes participant will be randomly selected to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card. 

Win it!

To enter the Urbini Dream Nursery Contest to win the Grand, Second, or Third Prizes, contestants must post an Instagram photo of the room they want to redesign to their personal Instagram account tagging #UrbiniDreamNursery and #Contest. Please consider following Urbini on Instagram @UrbiniBaby and visiting them on Facebook
For all other entry information, including entering to win the daily $50 Walmart Gift Cards, please visit The Urbini Dream Nursery Contest will begin Wednesday, February 25 and end Wednesday, March 18. 

Entering is easy using the contest form below. No purchase necessary to win. Open to U.S. residents 18+. My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This contest is not associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social channel.  For full Urbini contest terms and conditions, please read terms found on Gleam contest entry form.  

Urbini Dream Nursery

Good luck!

Please share in comments: What was your wall color in your first nursery? Or what color will you paint your first nursery for expecting Moms. 

Disclosure: My thanks to Influence Central and Urbini for sponsoring today's contest. Opinions are 100% my own. Compensation was given. I’m disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Easy DIY Flea Deterrent

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Somehow our home and pets managed to get fleas this summer.  We are unsure where the original fleas came from because we have had indoor cats in our family for close to a decade and never had a flea problem. Regardless of how we got them, I had to make them go!  I started researching safe methods of killing fleas without harming cats, family and belongings. 

I read several stories of success using plain table salt.  The instructions sounded simple enough: Cover your carpet with table salt and leave it on for three days. The fleas eat the salt, which so severely dehydrates them that they die. You leave the salt on the floor for three days, then wait 24 hours and do the whole process again and supposedly, within two weeks’ time, your home is flea free. 

Our Princess Cat Dottie

I liberally doused our carpeted rooms with salt, assuring my curious cats that this was for the greater good.  They were dubious at best.  

Six or seven hours into day one of Salt O’ the carpet and my oldest Cat Dottie, took to higher ground, refusing to walk on any salted/carpeted area. She would run at break neck speed from point A to point B and stayed on hardwood -tiled surfaces when at all possible. I felt so bad for her. 

My husband and kids didn’t care for the crunchy feel of salt between their toes either, so by day two, I vacuumed up the salt. We did see a small difference in the fleas, so I knew I’d have to come up with a better solution. That’s when I decided to combine the Carpet fresh product my cats and family don’t mind with salt to see how it worked.

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This is a super simple DIY project.

  • Use at least 1/3 box of Carpet Fresh Pet Fresh to make room for salt.
  • Add regular table salt to fill the box of Carpet Fresh. I used a small kitchen funnel aligned to the holes on the top of Carpet Fresh box.
Add salt to carpet fresh #DIY flea deterrent

  • Shake well to mix ingredients.
  • Sprinkle the mix liberally on carpet and let sit for as long as you can. I aim for at least 30 minutes.
Shake on liberal amount of #DIY flea deterrent

  • Then vacuum up.

Vacuuming daily, or at least every other day is a major key to breaking the fleas’ life cycle, as is the salt. We are using this method in conjunction with Flea medicine recommended by our Vet to combat these little biters. The Vet warned us that this could be an ongoing battle all summer. But at least we aren’t getting bit and our cats seem to be doing better. 

Our little kitty Fiona

Now if I could just get them not to be afraid of the vacuum!

Please share in comments: Has your cat or dog ever had fleas? What did you do to get rid of them?

Helpful Homemaking- Baking Prep

in , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, November 15, 2013

It’s getting close to total de-clutter and clean time here at my house in preparation of the Holidays, so before I share some of my sanity saver tips on de-cluttering, I wanted to share a tip sure to please all you bakers out there, which includes yours truly. :)

A Handy use for Lemons past their prime:
 Okay, so the pretty Lemons above certainly aren't past their prime- but I just couldn't bring myself to snap a picture of my old Lemons and put them here on the blog- so you'll just have to go into your kitchen and find your own old Lemon and before you chuck it- cut it up instead and use it to clean! 

My Tip:

Quickly get odors out of wooden bowls, cutting boards and rolling pins by  rubbing them with a piece of lemon. Don’t rinse off the juice! The wood will absorb the lemon juice. And you are good to go. Easy-Peasy, Lemon Squeezy.

The kitchen will smell so good; your family may think you’ve made lemon bars! Mmm… lemon bars. I just may whip some up. Do you have a great lemon bar recipe to share with me? Let me know in comments!

Happy Holidays!