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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Grammatically Speaking:

"We owe much to our mother tongue. It is through speech and writing that we understand each other and can attend to our needs and differences. If we don't respect and honor the rules of English, we lose our ability to communicate clearly and well. In short, we invite mayhem, misery, madness, and inevitably even more bad things that start with letters other than M."

--Martha Brockenbrough, grammarian and founder, National Grammar Day

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Lessons of motherhood, No. 1: Inexpensive ways to furnish a baby's room

Editor's note: This is the first of a series of practical observations by an Aggie student who's a new mom.

By Errin Stevenson

January 9, 2008 | After I found out I was pregnant, I thought, it is time to go out and buy everything my baby needs! After looking around town and in catalogs, I found that everything was quite expensive, and my husband and I couldn't afford everything. So I found ways to make a baby room for very little money.

The first piece of furniture you will need for your little one is a place for sleep. You will have to spend money to buy a crib or bassinet. Just remember, lead-free paint can always do the trick if you can't find an inexpensive crib in the right color. Bedding for cribs is offered in 10-piece bags at local stores also. Some stores I would suggest are Target and Ikea.

You will also need a changing table. A dresser with a changing pad on top works great! You can find changing pads at stores and dressers just about anywhere, includng garage sales. Staining and painting may be required but it will turn out great. A dresser offers you drawers to put anything you want in it also.

If you are ready and in the mood to make some crafts, then let's get started. A popular baby décor is to spell the baby's name on the wall with large wood letters. I suggest to get the tallest and widest letters you can find. Some fun things you can do to the letters include simply painting them and adding either antique spray or glitter spray, cutting out pictures of your baby and adding them to the letters, or using stickers to make them fit your room.

From my experience in decorating, I think pictures are always the perfect accent to a child's room. Frames can be found at Ross or TJ Maxx for around $5, and photo prints can cost as little as 9 cents per picture at You can also make your own pictures if you want. Baby's feet and hands in paint on a white piece of cardstock is always a favorite.

A lamp is also a must-have. My husband and I found lamps at Deseret Industries for $3. They may not look the best when you get them, but a little spray paint does the trick. Rust-Oleum spray paint offers a lot of textures and colors.

Remember you will always need books, toys and stuffed animals and these all look great on shelves.



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