Sunday, April 30, 2017

Security Doors - How to Purchase the Right One?


Joseph is here to share about Security Doors. When it comes to your family security there is nothing more important.  Thanks for the great tips Joseph.

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After the gates, doors are the next level of protection that keeps our family members safe and sound. In the world of doors, you will get numerous options to choose from. If you browse through the online market, you will come across different types of doors, offering various purposes. Nowadays, security doors are quite in demand for their durability and functionalities. These doors not only allow air and light to pass in, but also provide ample amount of security to your property.

With time, the demand for these doors has increased significantly. As a result, plenty of brands and suppliers have popped up in the market in a very short period of time. Quite obviously, not all of them are good enough. In case, you do not have any idea related to the quality and materials related to these doors, you may end up choosing a bad one. So, let us help you out in this regard by offering some useful tips for purchasing a security doors.

Buying Tips Related to Security Doors:

  • Determine the type- First of all, you have to figure out the type of security door you need for your property. In case, your property is located in a region where cases related to the theft and robbery is high enough, then it is vital to consider the steel, as the material for your security door. On the other hand, if the main purpose behind the installation is to add a bit of security and keep your living space lively, then security doors made of aluminium frame and glasses are perfect. Likewise, when glass panels are replaced with the metal-based mesh, then the door also allows the passage of air and preventing bugs and insects to get inside. So, determine your needs first.



  • Check the quality- Frame of the door is always the prime aspect to consider. Glass panels or metal mesh is easy to replace, but frames add toughness to the entire door. Without any doubt, for security purpose consider the doors having steel-made frame, as the best option from the perspective of effectiveness. However, steel is more prone to corrosion when compared to the aluminium. Paying heed to the thickness and quantity of the metal at the corners of the door is also vital.


  • The infill- After selecting the frame, it is the time to pay heed to the quality of the infill. Here, you can choose from the options like stainless steel mesh, aluminium perforated sheets, steel grills, steel bars, aluminium grills, and much more. You certainly have to make sure the thickness or the quality of the infill is enough to match with that of the frame. In case, you are on a small budget then aluminium can be a better option than the stainless steel.

  • Locks- You have to make sure the locks installed to the doors are no less than a five-pin cylinder. It is better to spend a little more on the locks. Purchasing good quality locks can really add more security to your property. Some of the best locks in the market offer up to 25-year warranty!

  • Design- This is the last thing you need to care about the security doors. No doubt, aesthetic matters, and this is the reason why customized designs are available these days. You can avail this facility and make the security door look coordinated with the look of your property.



Therefore, you can consider these five useful tips when purchasing a security door. Always choose a reliable and reputed supplier in order to get the best quality materials.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Find Out the Reasons Behind Rekeying Locks of Your New Home

Mary Mathis is guest hosting on the blog today and giving some tips behind rekeying locks on your new home. Thanks Mary for the great tips.
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Moving into a new home is both wonderful and stressful experience at the same time. Finding a new home requires careful extensive research and once you have moved in you have to consider not only the comfort and aesthetics of your home but also the safety and security measures. This is exactly why once you have settled in you need to consider rekeying locks. Lock rekeying of new home not only involves rekeying the main entrance but rekeying all the doors present inside your home including your garage doors. Apart from that, you may misplace your keys and lock yourself inside the house. In this case, you can call the emergency locksmith services and they will rescue you from your locked home, and they will rekey your home lock also. So you do not need to replace your old lock and you can save your time and money by rekeying the lock easily.  

Why would you rekey the new home by hiring reputed locksmith services?



You may think when the home is already secured and all the locks are at place and you have the keys with you then what would be the need of rekeying your old locks especially when old locks are working just fine. In this article, we discuss the reasons behind rekeying locks when you move into a new home.

  • Previous owners may still have the keys of existing locks:
Moving into a new house involves a lot of trust issues. You may find the previous owners friendly and nice. You may even find them to be trustworthy. But blind faith leads you nowhere. Even after handing over the keys to you they may have spare keys with them which will give them unlimited access to your home in your absence. Rekeying locks can prevent such incidents. If you replace the lock or rekeying the locking system of your new home, then the previous owner cannot access the home without your prior permission. So, it will protect your family and provide you utmost security and privacy level.


  • It is the matter of your own security:
Your home should be the safest place for you and your family. Rekeying locks of your new home helps you re-enforce that security factor which you must not take lightly. If you completely change the old locks and replace them with brand new ones it simply means your safety is well restored. No home owner will want to put the security of their home and their family at risk.
  • Your privacy must be in your own hand:
Your home is your private space and you must not tolerate any intrusion into your private spaces. You should be solely responsible for maintaining your privacy. Rekeying locks of the new home can provide you with complete privacy as no one else will have access to your home without your permission. Along with that, it will protect you with the utmost security measurement and without the original keys no one will be able to access your door lock.  

  • New locks can be quite decisive:
You may find that all the locking systems are already installed in your new home as you move in. But new locks may not be up to the mark. New locks can be decisive and not strong enough. You must replace the old locks with best grade new locks and ensure that your new home is completely protected by best quality locks.

At the end of the day it all comes down to trust factor. It is wise not to trust anyone else apart from yourself and your family members. This is why rekeying locks of your new home is a great idea.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

7 Steps to a Perfect Closet Every woman dreams of owning a perfect closet. However, a perfect closet cannot be simply bought; instead you have to create it yourself. If you love spending time in your closet, but you are somewhat dissatisfied with the way it looks, you should do something about it. There are several ways you can completely transform your closet, and here are just a few of them. Use every corner If you want to maximize the amount of space you have in your closet, you should use every single corner of it, including depth and height. No matter if it’s a walk-in closet or an ordinary wardrobe, everything should be organized in such a way that you have enough space to fit all of your clothes but still make them easy to see and find. Think about adding as many shelves as possible; especially in the corners. Also, a nice carousel could fill up the unused space and make it easier for you to see your clothes. Set up wallpaper You should create an accent wall in your closet and the easiest way to do it is with wallpaper. Find some chick wallpaper that will provide some contrast to your clothes and instantly change the dynamics of your walk-in closet. Wallpapers can also spice up your smaller wardrobe. Add some color with them behind the top shelves or a hanging rod, and every time you move your clothes you will be showered with beautiful colors. Add a vanity A stylish vanity is every woman’s best friend. Not only does it add a nice elegant touch to every closet, but it has many functions as well. Opt for a vanity that has built-in drawers or cabinets where you can store some of your delicate clothes. The top of the vanity can be used for storing your makeup products, scented candles or other decorations. If you add a mirror to that vanity, you will create a comfortable station for applying makeup. Plenty of mirrors Every closet needs mirrors. If you have a walk-in closet make sure to hang up as many mirrors as the space allows you. You can put one above your vanity for applying makeup or use a big wall mirror for trying out clothes. However, if you don’t have a big, lush, walk-in closet, then you can opt for sliding wardrobe doors with mirrors, save space and create a nice outfitting area in your bedroom. Additionally, mirrors will create an illusion of a bigger closet, and they will reflect the light throughout the space evenly. Install hooks Many people don’t even consider setting up hooks in their closets. However, these little items are quite useful. If you install them on the inside of your doors, you can easily hang your scarves, handbags and hats on them which can serve as a beautiful décor when you open the doors. Also, they are major space savers and can help you find what you are looking for much easier. A personal touch If you want to make your closet even more personal you should decorate it with personal items. This is a perfect chance to fill the space with your favorite paintings, photos and some designer books and magazines. Also, you can bring in an oversized statement chair where you can contemplate your daily outfits. Further, you can even add a colorful carpet that will give the space a relaxed and comfortable feel. Show off your shoes You don’t have to hide your shoes in cabinets. Rather, put them on display and decorate your closet with them. You can use single shelves for each pair and organize them by size (from high heels to flats). Colors and materials of the shoes will dramatically change the atmosphere of your closet, while they will always be at your disposal. Don’t settle for some mediocre closets and wardrobes. With these simple tips you can easily create a closet you always wanted and everyone deserves such luxury. Be creative, add a personal touch, organize your clothes and maximize the space you have. When you’ve finished, you will never want to leave your closet and the time you spend there will be even more enjoyable and fun.

Diana Smith is here to share some really great ideas on the "perfect" closet. I know I would need to clean mine as a start towards a perfect closet but Diana always has great ideas. Thanks for hosting today Diana!
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Every woman dreams of owning a perfect closet. However, a perfect closet cannot be simply bought; instead you have to create it yourself. If you love spending time in your closet, but you are somewhat dissatisfied with the way it looks, you should do something about it. There are several ways you can completely transform your closet, and here are just a few of them.
Use every corner
If you want to maximize the amount of space you have in your closet, you should use every single corner of it, including depth and height. No matter if it’s a walk-in closet or an ordinary wardrobe, everything should be organized in such a way that you have enough space to fit all of your clothes but still make them easy to see and find. Think about adding as many shelves as possible; especially in the corners. Also, a nice carousel could fill up the unused space and make it easier for you to see your clothes.



Set up wallpaper
You should create an accent wall in your closet and the easiest way to do it is with wallpaper. Find some chick wallpaper that will provide some contrast to your clothes and instantly change the dynamics of your walk-in closet. Wallpapers can also spice up your smaller wardrobe. Add some color with them behind the top shelves or a hanging rod, and every time you move your clothes you will be showered with beautiful colors.
Add a vanity
A stylish vanity is every woman’s best friend. Not only does it add a nice elegant touch to every closet, but it has many functions as well. Opt for a vanity that has built-in drawers or cabinets where you can store some of your delicate clothes. The top of the vanity can be used for storing your makeup products, scented candles or other decorations. If you add a mirror to that vanity, you will create a comfortable station for applying makeup.


Plenty of mirrors
Every closet needs mirrors. If you have a walk-in closet make sure to hang up as many mirrors as the space allows you. You can put one above your vanity for applying makeup or use a big wall mirror for trying out clothes. However, if you don’t have a big, lush, walk-in closet, then you can opt for sliding wardrobe doors with mirrors, save space and create a nice outfitting area in your bedroom. Additionally, mirrors will create an illusion of a bigger closet, and they will reflect the light throughout the space evenly.
Install hooks
Many people don’t even consider setting up hooks in their closets. However, these little items are quite useful. If you install them on the inside of your doors, you can easily hang your scarves, handbags and hats on them which can serve as a beautiful décor when you open the doors. Also, they are major space savers and can help you find what you are looking for much easier.
A personal touch
If you want to make your closet even more personal you should decorate it with personal items. This is a perfect chance to fill the space with your favorite paintings, photos and some designer books and magazines. Also, you can bring in an oversized statement chair where you can contemplate your daily outfits. Further, you can even add a colorful carpet that will give the space a relaxed and comfortable feel.

Show off your shoes
You don’t have to hide your shoes in cabinets. Rather, put them on display and decorate your closet with them. You can use single shelves for each pair and organize them by size (from high heels to flats). Colors and materials of the shoes will dramatically change the atmosphere of your closet, while they will always be at your disposal.

Don’t settle for some mediocre closets and wardrobes. With these simple tips you can easily create a closet you always wanted and everyone deserves such luxury. Be creative, add a personal touch, organize your clothes and maximize the space you have. When you’ve finished, you will never want to leave your closet and the time you spend there will be even more enjoyable and fun.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Guide to The Most Recommended Roller Shutters

Jack Louis is here today to share his thoughts on Roller shutters.
Check out these great tips on how to dress up your home and give a little shade.
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Roller or window shutters are a common covering on windows of a house or a building or in garages, warehouses, prisons, etc, serving many purposes. It is a type of covering, which has a frame of vertical stiles and horizontal rails with either glass, fabric, louvers, or any other material can be mounted on the frame. These shutters can be used to cover and protect doors as well as, windows of a house or a building and can be installed either on the interior or on exterior the respective structure. You can choose the most optimal material for a roller shutter suitable for your house or building by studying the functions performed by the shutters.


  1. Privacy
These roller shutters on doors and windows of a house help in establishing privacy for the inhabitants of the building by blocking the inside view of the house from outside. Thus, passer-bys and neighbors cannot peek in the house through this layer of the shutter.

  1. Safety
A common reason why people install these roller shutters on the doors and windows of their house is that it acts as a safety coverage. It makes it difficult for the intruders to break into the house or building. Motorized rollers provide further protection against intruders owing to its shaft connectors.

  1. Protection against environmental factors
The roller shutters further act as a protective shield against various natural or environmental factors by blocking out insects, mosquitoes, rain, snow, etc. from entering the house.

  1. Insulation
The roller shutters also form a highly-insulating air cushion. Thereby, minimizing thermal bridges. Thus, with the help of this tight seal around the window, the cold stays out and the heat stays in during the winters and vice versa in the summers. This function further enables you to save energy in the form of about 10% of the primary fuel. The insulation also reduces outside noise by up to 10 decibels, providing further convenience.

  1. Aesthetics
Other than these features, people also install these roller shutters in their house or commercial building for its aesthetic appeal. They give a pleasant and stylish look to the building. Thus, recommended by interior designers as well for its multi-purpose functions.


Aluminum as a recommended material for Roller Shutters

  • While roller shutters are available in different materials such as PVC, Fiberglass, and other such materials. However, they have certain shortcomings. PVC is not dimensionally stable, as it requires to be hinged with three or more hinges along with additional hardware and vinyl-safe paint to protect it from stooping under the sun.
  • Considering these factors, Aluminum is a recommended option and regarded as a high-quality roller shutter material, as it surpasses these factors. A durable high-grade material can sustain extreme climatic conditions including storms and changing weather. Consuming lower energy, Aluminum minimizes the heat loss. Thus, helps in reducing heating costs owing to its insulating properties. It improves the indoor climate in summer, as well.
  • Aluminum also retains its color and shape better than PVC and other such materials. The material is also strong enough to protect the residents of the building from invaders and burglary incidents.
  • Aluminum thus, covers the above stated functions of a good-quality roller shutter effectively through its lasting benefits.

Therefore, you can get aluminum roller shutters installed at your house or building at low installation costs. It is the highest quality roller shutter and give the right modern look to your house. You can choose amongst the multiple of designs and features available for front-mounted or top-mounted roller shutters as well as according to your requirements.



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Important things to be kept in mind while decorating kids’ bedroom

Nancy Ross is guest hosting today to share ideas on what to keep in mind when decorating a kids room. Thank you for the great tips!
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Kids are the special members of the family, and they need to be treated in that special way in each and everything. It implies even when you design their bedrooms. When you plan to design your kid’s room, it is vital that you take their taste and personality into consideration.

When it comes to kids, everything has to be thrilling, exciting, and fun loving. Now, talking about the bedroom, it is the place where you feel the utmost comfort in the whole world. When you talk about the kids’ bedroom, it should be a place where they love to spend their leisure time with joy and willingness. It should be a reward rather than a punishment when asked to go to their rooms.

So, you should consider a lot of factors while and before designing your kids’ room. Let us take a look at some of the vital points you need to consider while designing your kids’ room.

Color combination

When it comes to selecting colors for the decor, make sure you choose bright colors that add an element of fun and excitement in the room. The color combination of bed covers and pillows should be complementing each other as well as with the furniture of the room. The walls should have bright shades that enhance the daylight and make the room full of light and cozy at the same time.

However, you can also ask your kid about what are his/her favorite colors, and you can incorporate them into the decor.

Add some wall art

When you know your kid’s choice, you can incorporate his/her favorite characters or some artwork on the walls. It will create a theme of the room and will make one of the walls a focal point that has the wall art.

Moreover, you also get a variety of wallpapers that you can use for this purpose to make the walls look fantastic and theme-oriented.

Furniture

When you plan to bring your kid’s room furniture, it is important that it should serve you the multiple functions. It is because kids are the people who always need lots of things at many different times. It means that they use several things and then, they just keep them wherever they want to, being carefree.

Moreover, the furniture should be of their height so they can do manage their stuff themselves without any help.


Storage functionality

Kids usually, have several things including their clothing, school/college stuff, and a lot more. So, it is vital that you make sure that there is sufficient storage available to accommodate your kid’s stuff.

You get a variety of storage furniture with innovative ideas that not only look attractive but also provide the best storage facility for your stuff.

Incorporate lots of toys

Toys always make the best choice of decor when it comes to dealing with children and their rooms. You can decorate the room beautifully with lots of toys and dolls, especially, if you have a girl child.

Moreover, you can decorate those shelves with different sizes and kinds of toys that will enhance the room’s atmosphere. It will add an element of fun that will attract your kid to his/her room in their leisure time.

Add unique modeling lamps

Lamps play a vital role in enhancing the room’s ambiance, and they also add a strong utility purpose.

Now, talking about children’ room, you can bring in the lamps that are available in different shapes like those of animals or cartoon characters. Make your child happy by decorating their room with their favorite character-shaped lamp.

Warm & cozy environment

The bedroom is the only place where you can get the peaceful sleep and relax your body. So, it is crucial that you should create such a warm and cozy environment for your kid that he/she can sleep peacefully without any hassle.

For this, you can also decorate the wall ceiling with wallpapers that depict sky and stars. Children feel nicer when they look at such wallpapers at night and feel sleepy sooner.



Avoid crowding furniture

Too much is not good, and it implies when you decorate furniture in the room. When you fill in too much furniture, the room will look crowded, and it will lose its true purpose, that is space.

It is crucial that there should be enough space in the room so that your kid can play with ease. It is also important that you should be able to manage the space for managing and cleaning the stuff in the room.




Beautify the walls

Walls are the focal points where you can incorporate decorative materials to enhance your child’s room. For this, you get a variety of innovative materials including wallpapers and other things.

You can also alternatively, make the walls look beautiful at the same time, add a factor of utility. For example, you can incorporate hooks to store your kid’s clothes and other things which will look not only cute but also will show its utility.

Use themes

Apart from the points discussed above, you can also make your kid’s room look completely different by giving it a theme.

These days, you get a lot of themes based on cartoon and movie characters. Use them creatively to beautify your child’s room. By doing so, you will add an essence of thrill and excitement which will make your kid more than happy.

Make your kid happier by giving them a pleasant surprise of a bedroom which they had dreamed of.

My Bio:

Nancy K. Ross is blogger & home designer who loves expressing her views on home decor through her articles. She is working for Michael’s Superstore in Whittier,CA.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Getting Started with Ceiling Decoration


Diana Smith is here again to share some home decorating tips. This one is all about dressing up the ceiling. Everyone probably thinks walls are the most important but what a wow factor if you could dress up the UP! Thanks for hosting Diana, you are always welcome at Happily Ever Rushed.
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The ceiling is often underestimated in terms of the influence it can have on a room. However, it’s an extremely important part of a room’s aesthetics. Both the room spaciousness and vibe are dependent on how you address your ceiling. Here are some decorating ideas to juggle your creativity.
Wooden ceilings
There’s nothing that can bring more warmth to any area than a wooden surface! Even if your home didn’t originally have wooden ceilings, there are numerous ways you can install them. Not only will they make your room feel more inviting, but they will actually help with insulation. Reclaimed, barn, weathered, whitewashed, there are a bunch of various types!

Stained plywood ceilings
Stained plywood ceilings have a bad rep of making the room feel dark and cave-like for some reason and this simply isn’t true. In addition to making the entire room appear higher, it makes it feel warm and calm. Keep in mind however, you’ll have to get your hands dirty and cut your own strips of plywood.


Tongue and groove slat ceilings
Plywood can look breathtaking, but, seeing as how you’ll have to go through the trouble of actually cutting strips of plywood, there is another way you can achieve the same effect, with much less work. If you aren’t really handy or don’t care about making this a bit of a DIY project, you always have the option of installing tongue and groove planks that you can buy at any home improvement store. Of course, this will set you back a bit more than opting for cutting the plywood on your own.

Metal ceilings
You may think that metal ceilings create nothing but a cold, dim vibe. Well, you’re wrong! Although definitely not as warm as those made of wood, metal ceilings excel at bringing out that prestigious feel of modernity.
Now, a disclaimer: most metal ceilings are usually made of things that imitate metal, rather than of actual, expensive metallic materials.

Wallpaper ceilings
Let’s start off by saying that wallpapered ceilings tend to look amazing. That being said, wallpaper requires a lot of patience (especially when it comes to the ceiling, with gravity working against you and all) than paint does. The glue will take some time to dry, which means that you’ll have to tack the wallpaper to the ceiling temporarily. If you don’t mind this and enjoy design ideas with a bunch of details, wallpaper ceilings are perfect for you.
Murals
Murals are sophisticated, yet not all up in your face about it; they are unique and, quite frankly, gorgeous to look at. The only downside here is that you’ll have to hire an artist to come up with your design and actually paint it, and this is anything but cheap.

Uplighting
No matter how spacious a given room is, with a less than properly decorated ceiling, it is going to appear not only dim, but cramped and smaller than it really is. For one, uplighting will help; using wall lights, you can cast illumination onto your ceiling, making it appear significantly taller than it actually is.

Paint the ceilings lighter than walls
Painting your ceiling in a shade that’s significantly lighter than the paint colour used on your walls will definitely make the room appear more spacious and less cramped. This is also a great option if you decide to go with uplighting, as it will improve the effect.
Pro tip: opt for a darker floor to get even better results!
These ceiling decorating ideas will hopefully help you come up with a perfect solution for any given room in your house. You won’t find any particular specifics as to which room craves which type of a ceiling here – we’ll let your home be your own canvas!




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Clever Money Hacks for First Time Parents

Tracey Clayton is guest hosting on the blog today, she has great ideas on money saving for first time parents. I am not a first time parent and I loved these ideas. Thanks Tracey

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Parenthood is undoubtedly a life changing experience. The birth of your first child will show you just how fulfilling and rewarding parenthood is. However, together with fun, love and joy, you will also have to deal with some not so beautiful aspects of being a parent. In that respect, one of the things first time parents have to think about is their finances. Money-wise, raising a child is not the easiest thing, especially if you’re used to managing your monthly budget as a couple only. Still, there are several helpful money hacks that can come in handy once you start experiencing parenthood.

The nappy problem

Until they become parents, couples are not really aware of just how much money has to be spent on nappies. So, if you’re set on using disposable nappies, it would be best to look for coupons and discounts. There are various deals and offers that you can get just by signing up online with certain companies. What’s more, you can become a part of a loyalty club and collect rewards. On the other hand, reusable cloth nappies may seem like a lot of work, but opting for those can save you a lot of money, and it’s healthier for your child as well.


Buy second hand

Not every single baby essential has to be brand new. Of course, baby sheets and newborn clothes should be reserved for your child only. However, once you start decorating your nursery, you can save a lot of money simply by getting second hand furniture and other baby items. For example, cribs, strollers, high chairs, baby car seats, etc. don’t need to be brand new in order to be safe and comfortable for your child.

What about clothes?

Honestly, there’s not much you can do when it comes to your child’s clothes in the first six months. However, it’s important to mention that during the growth period between six months and two years, children only have a need for longer – not wider – clothes. That being said, onesie snap extenders can help you adjust your child’s clothes so that the garments can fit them for a longer period of time.

Share your problems

You can talk about this with your friends and family members who have kids, or share the issue on social media pages. There are specific pages that deal with this particular problem. Basically, the majority of parents want to get rid of their children’s unnecessary toys, clothes and other things, and you’ll probably feel the same as your child grows older. In that respect, don’t be reluctant to ask for help. You’ll be surprised at how many people are willing to give away baby stuff just like that.

Earn an extra buck

When the baby comes, one of the parents will probably have to stay at home. So, why not use this time at home wisely and earn some extra money for your child? There are plenty of home-based jobs out there. You can teach online if you’re really skilled in some particular subject, or if you’re blessed with crafty hands, you can sell your arts and crafts online. Moreover, you can apply for a pet sitter on Mad Paws and take care of the pets in the comfort of your own home.


Actually set up a budget

This is the essential part of any money saving hack. Essentially, if you want to be smarter with your monthly budget, you have to calculate it first. Take the time to go through all your must-have expenses. Once you get these out of your calculations, you can see what expenses are not really that necessary in your life. On top of that, couponing, shopping on sales and sticking to your shopping list will help you stick to your planned budget.
You shouldn’t let money steal your happiness as your family gets a new member. However, you shouldn’t look at everything through rose-coloured glasses either. If you want to be a parent, you also need to be responsible. That being said, make sure to utilise the above-mentioned hacks and minimise your money worries.

About author:

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. She’s also passionate about fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”