When I was young I remember dreaming of travel and adventure and then marriage and children.
Well I did do all of those things in that order so I was sure I was on track and yes I did actually want 4 children even though I didn't factor my wonderful twins in the equation and things looked rosy each night when all were in bed.
Its the mornings that it all started and went steadily downhill.
The mounds of washing, endless picking up of toys and food and items I didn't even have names for!
I told myself it would change in time, as they grew older it would get easier and they would help around the house, picking up their own things and putting them away.
Um-mm now no one knew where the spare keys were, or the dog lead or the school notices so I had to ask them to stop being quite so helpful for a few years and so it went on.
Then light at the end of the tunnel! The kids grew up, started driving, being organised, house sitting, and travelling.
My life started to look rosy again or did it?
Our front door became the entrance to a speedway and it was a whirlwind in, clothes thrown everywhere in the attempt to find "that top" and there they stayed until the next visit or wash day or another event! Are all kids bedrooms the same?
I closed the door but when it was opened and I walked past I couldnt help it..I had to go in..guiding my feet to carefully find floor space and teeter while wondering where to start.
I can hear you saying it now as I did myself.."Its not your mess and they are old enough to tidy up"
but I cant help it! I just want it clean and tidy and orderly! Remember I invented our Coshee quilt cover to help this!
For years I waited patiently for this day and it is slowly receding as I watch the piles grow and the mess accumulate to the sighs and eye rolls of "Dont worry I will do it when I get home. Just close the door and don't look in there."
When does the housework stop? As parents did we miss a line when we got married after the "Till death do us part" that said "Housework will be yours forever and ever?"
Maybe I had that glazed look of love on that day and I didn't hear it but I challenge any parent to tell me that they can walk past that closed door and not want to clean and tidy!
It must be a parent gene :(
Do you remember being sent to your room as a child for time out, and being happy or sad?
I was always happy as it meant I could go and read and maybe the jobs would be done by my other siblings before I was allowed out!
However mum caught on to this pretty quickly so at times I would be sent to my brother’s room which had nothing in it I liked in it.
Times have now changed and we have so many cool gadgets for kids in this Tech savvy world that I wonder how they feel if sent to their room for time out or to go to sleep at night? Is it a haven or a hazard?
Do you allow your child to read before bed or play with the ipad? Do they watch movies or play games whilst in bed and is this a soothing down time before sleep?
We are, as adults probably just as guilty of phones by the bed, TV’s in the bedroom and ipads at the ready when we go to sleep or wake up but does it really help us wind down?
We didn’t allow our children to have a TV in the bedroom when they were growing up as we thought they would become anti social and forget how to sit as a family and laugh at shows together.
My favourite way to go to sleep is still reading a good book, tucked under the covers with the soft glow of a bedside light and so do my daughters!
I would like to think we can all have some quiet areas for both our children and ourselves that we can retreat to at the end of a day, to just relax and unwind as it really doesn’t matter how young or old you are we all need some warm nurturing homely rooms to enjoy!
Do you remember the fun of bed time with your
children or was it a nightly horror with them getting up and out and the constant crying?
I had four children two boys and then twin girls so by the time
it came to the girls I thought I had it licked.
Dinner, a bath, then story time in their bed, lights out and sleep.
My eldest was the most difficult and just wanted to play but perseverance won in the end and as he got older the promise he could read books to himself after we had left worked a treat.
My second son loved all of the above but after a story was always ready to go straight to sleep….He was a dream child!
Now my twins, well let me tell you they challenged all the ideas I had but not as a problem just with a difference.
When they were born and wrapped they snuggled in happily but only if they were near each other!. When we got home the two cots were rarely used as they were always happiest next to each
Now other people had more problems with this then we did as they thought they may always need to be together and then what would we do.
Well the years rolled on and we bought them separate beds (silly move as they slept in the same one most nights) then in their teenage years we put them in separate rooms, decorated each room as they
wanted with new double beds, desks etc and you guessed it…they still slept in one bed most of the time, chatting, giggling and feeling safe.
They are adults now with partners and sometimes home or sometimes not but I love to see them plan a night in together, watch a movie and then snuggle up and chat and giggle in the same bed!
We have always talked about them as “the girls”not twins and treated them as individuals. They have travelled together and apart, worked in different countries and have some different friends but the bond and love for each other and their brothers is strong and I find myself smiling as young mums today tell me the books they have read on how their children should sleep, where, when and with whom and I always ask them;
“What do you think you should do?”
We are all different, our children have different needs, and no one answer is right for us all, so do what you think will work as it may be different for each child you have at different times in their lives.
Happy bed time :)
Quilt covers are truly a treat to be had in any bedroom set. They make bedding just that bit more desirable.
Duvet covers or as we know them as Quilt covers are truly a treat to be had in any bedroom set. They make the bedding just that much more desirable. There are many reasons why one decides to make the purchase of a quilt cover set. One would be that it keeps the inner quilt safe from any direct spills and dirt.
This can be very important if you spend a whole lot of money on some luxury down or silk quilt. Chances are you do not want to be buying a new one every month or spending loads of money at the dry cleaners every few days. So to prevent this smart person gets a quilt cover to protect that luxury bedding from any harm. Some quilt covers or silk quilt inners also bring many anti bacterial qualities too. For instance some quilts can protect up to an amazing 99.8 percent of bacteria, which is why many smart parents use them to keep their children nice and protected from bacteria causing infections.
One thing that all quilt covers have in common is the ability to protect the quilt from harm. This is probably the most important because believe it or not, some quilts can harbor bacteria very quickly. The reason for this is because when you spill something on a quilt or even wash it for that matter the substance can seep deep into the fabric and stay their between the down or feather. Once it is there, fungi and mold will begin to grow creating a perfect environment to harvest bacteria, making your bed set not the safest place to be. That is why quilt covers play such an important role in the bedroom. With our Coshee sets it is so easy to change the sheet rather than the cover and for most families this saves significant time.
Everyone has their own take on what style and design they prefer. The best thing about our Coshee bedding is you can change your bedding as often as you change your mind about what design style you like, because this bedding is not only affordable but, also it is extremely easy to change in and out. Also as any decorator knows if you are going to change your bedroom décor it is best if you start with a center piece and decorate around it. Coshee quilt covers are a perfect way to make your bedroom that center and change the sheets to when needed. The problem many people have when changing their quilt sets is that they also have to change the rest of their bedding. Now you can buy our Coshee’s in a set and then purchase the co-ordinated sheets to change the look with minimal fuss. I also believe using a king size quilt and cover are best used on a queen size bed because with king covers you can let the it hang and it will eliminate the need for a bed skirt and give you far more fabric and quilt when sleeping at night meaning no more losing your covers when sleeping.
This will save you time and money looking for one that matches and with all beds in your house if you upsize from the even the single to a double cover set you will always sleep comfortably and that is why king covers are best for a queen sized bed.
We all strive for a good nights sleep so here are some simple tips to help you on your way!
1. Stick to a schedule. Mum was right when she set a time we always had to go to sleep as kids. Sticking to a schedule allows your body to set its internal rhythm clock so you can get up at the time you want, consistently, every single day. Also, make sure you try to keep the same schedule on weekends too, otherwise the next morning you will wake later and feel overly tired.
2. Sleep only at night. Avoid daytime sleep if possible. Daytime naps steal hours from nighttime slumber. Limit daytime sleep to 20-minute, power naps when needed.
3. Exercise. It’s actually known to help you sleep better. Your body uses the sleep period to recover its muscles and joints that have been exercised. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise every day can help you sleep, but be sure to exercise in the morning or afternoon. Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity before bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult.
4. Taking a hot shower or bath before bed helps bring on sleep because they can relax tense muscles. Try a lavender soap for the calming aroma.
5. Avoid eating just before bed. Give yourself at least 2 hours from when you eat to when you sleep. This allows for digestion to happen (or at least start) well before you go to sleep so your body can rest properly during the night, rather than churning away your food.
6. Avoid caffeine. It keeps you awake and that’s not what you want for a good nights sleep. If you need a warm drink try a soothing green tea or warm milk with honey.
7. Read a fiction book. It takes you to a whole new world if you really get into it. Then take some time to ponder over the book as you fall asleep. I find as I read more and more, regardless of the book, I get more tired at night and so find it easier to fall asleep.
8. Have the room slightly cooler. Your body temperature does not need a warm room and bed covers so turn off the heat and allow the night air to circulate in and out of the windows. If I get cold, I wear warmer clothes or use a heavier quilt in the colder months.
9. Sleep in silence. I find sleeping with no music or TV far more restful. I guess others are different, but sleep with no distractions is best for a clearer mind.
10. Avoid alcohol before bedtime. It’s a depressant; although it may make it easier to fall asleep, it causes you to wake up during the night. As alcohol is digested your body goes into withdrawal from the alcohol, causing nighttime awakenings and often nightmares for some people.
Boys room with graphic print
Today I am surrounded by paint colours from white to off-white to antique white to soft white.... ahhhh the list goes on.
My task is to help decorate a child’s room.
Excitement is building but not about the wall colour as it currently has a soft liquorice feature wall with pale blue on the other walls. I like the thought of having a dramatic piece in the room and it doesnt always have to be an expensive item.
There are some great graphic murals you can use or a bold cover on the bed picked up in the smaller pieces scattered around the room.
Nowadays we don't define a room by the child's gender, but rather their tastes, likes and dislikes, including colour.
My favourite has always been red, so a splash here and there does wonders to introduce the colour in a subtle way.
Don't be afraid to be bold and look for pieces as you go to add to a room, they can always be a work in progress and be ever changing as the child grows.
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I am Jane - a mum of 4, lover of dogs and cats, with a passion for stylish items for your home and the environment that don't
cost the earth.
I blog about interior design, natural living, decorating, family, and the environment. I am very proud of our eco-friendly Coshee bed linen and love to hear back from you so please contribute with your experiences and ideas.