Above: A "Before" photo of the spaceAs many parents of more than one child know, additional children often begin life with hand-me-downs, and in our case, our eldest child's nursery would have been just fine for the next baby. But thanks to Chase, we are able to give this baby a fresh welcome into the world. My son's room, while charming and efficient, was itself a collection of hand-me-downs too, save for the crib, so it is especially nice to be able to outfit the room with "real" furniture and items that will be essential for keeping both baby and parents happy and comfortable.
Above and below: The remnants of my son's nursery, waiting to be transformed.Blueprint features which have been helpful in keeping track of purchases. Blueprint is a first-of-its-kind set of free features offered by Chase that is built into many of their credit cards and which helps you manage your expenses while saving money on interest on certain purchases. Those of you who have been pregnant probably understand the term "pregnant brain" and can recall how important it is to have someone or something else remembering and calculating things for you. What's great about Blueprint is that I can use the features in so many ways to pay off purchases faster and save money on interest. For example, with Blueprint, when charging a large purchase, like the nursery furniture, I have the option of designating a set amount to pay each month toward a larger purchase, or I can decide how many payments I’d like to make. Blueprint does all the math for me, and I can design a plan to pay down my balance faster and save money on interest, as well as track the progress I'm making toward paying off my larger purchases.
As for my ideas for the nursery, I really want to focus on items that will grow with my child and that are eco-friendly. Rather than buy a changing table that will only be used for a short time, I want to invest in furniture that my son or daughter might even take with him/her when she leaves our home.
Some ideas for the spaceBecause babies and children are so sensitive to chemicals and smells, I've chosen paints with low VOCs, environmentally-friendly, formaldehyde-free wooden furniture, organic crib sheets and a natural fiber area rug. I plan on reusing my son's crib as well as creating some handmade items like a mobile and textiles for the room. Decor will most likely be repurposed from other areas of our home and will include things like toys and objects that can be admired and played with. As a former art teacher and artist, I'd love to include prints and artworks by artists and craftspeople in the space too, and hopefully convey a sense of both calm and whimsy in the decor.
I'm really looking forward to sharing the experience with you, both with outfitting the nursery and using the Slate card with Blueprint. The Blueprint Baby Challenge nursery makeover is also a contest, where I’m competing with two other bloggers, Trisha of MomDot and Sarah of Minnesota Mama’s Must Haves, for additional prizes. The blogger whose nursery is deemed the most creative by voters will win the top prize, $3000 while the second and third place bloggers will each win $1500 and $500, respectively. Starting July 15, you’ll be able to vote for your favorite nursery (hopefully mine!) so stay tuned for updates.
This is such a special time in my family's life, and I'm happy and grateful to be marking the occasion of my child's birth with the Blueprint Baby Challenge. I hope you enjoy following my progress and seeing the results of my nursery makeover. Head on over to the Blueprint Baby Challenge website for more information, as well as to check out the other two bloggers' nursery ideas.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Chase. All opinions are my own.