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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Did You Pull Up Your Carpet Because....

When we moved about four years ago the house we bought had carpeting in most of the rooms including the bathrooms. Our first order of business was to pull out the carpeting and install wood flooring to give the house a fresh look inside. When the flooring guy pulled up the carpeting he said, "do you realize you have hardwood floors under this stuff?" That was news to us and of course we asked if it could be refinished instead of having to install new flooring. For the most part only minor repairs were needed and after a little replacement, sanding and a new coat of polyurethane we had changed the look of the house (we painted as well).

There are pros and cons of wood flooring versus carpeting but we wanted a more rustic look. As a family we all have allergies of one kind of another and wood floors are easier to clean and maintain than carpet (in our opinion). Although we love our wood floors, we also like a splash of color and some protection for parts of the floor. There are tons of rug choices, some very expensive and others that are on the budget side.

At SensoryEdge, we've sold classroom quality rugs for about five years and teachers simply can't get over the awesome quality. But classroom rugs don't match typical homes decor except for playrooms and young kids bedrooms. Last year at the ABC Kids Expo we found Fun Rugs, they're a company that sells a great selection of kids area rugs at incredibly affordable prices. When I went into their booth I was expecting the rugs to be of inferior quality but when I checked them out I was blown away at the quality for prices ratio. We struck a deal with the manufacturer and you can see for yourself the great selection and really low prices plus we're offering free shipping on all Fun Rugs anywhere in the contiguous United States.

We'll be the first to admit that Fun Rugs are not going to last forever. But as your children get older and their tastes change, you won't mind donating or rolling up the carpet to use in your garage because you got a rug that did what it needed at a great price. If you want a rug to last a long time, you're going to have to spend more money. The fact is better rugs are made with better materials and more labor. People pay thousands of dollars for Persian or Oriental Rugs but you don't have to if you need a stop gap measure and a Kids Area Rug from Fun Rugs fits the bill.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Time for a Snooze - Get out the Nap Mat

It’s funny how something you never heard of can quickly become indispensible. I never had a nap mat for my older kids. They did not nap at school and if we went to Grandma’s house we lugged around the 50 pound play yard. Boy have times changed. This time around I am a little older and clearly a lot wiser - now I simply bring my son’s light weight and convenient nap mat and he is ready to take a nap anywhere we go.

At first I thought it was kind of silly. We could just put him on a blanket but I did not factor in the psychological impact of having a nap mat just for naps until I needed one and saw it in action. Recently I needed to have my two year old nap at school so I could take my older son to a doctor appointment. The school requires a nap mat so I got him a cute Rockin' Out Napmink Nap Mat with a an awesome pattern and motif. He loved having his out mat with its’ built in pillow and soft cuddly blanket and his teacher said he slept like a dream. Our napmat has a minky fabric on the inside so it is extra soft to the touch. It also has a convenient handle so it is easy to carry.

The next day at school he started to cry when the other kids got in their napmats to take a nap when he had to go home. He wanted his nap mat too. We went home and I laid his napmat on his playroom carpet. He crawled right in for his nap just like his friends at preschool. Considering this child of mine does not nap at home without a time consuming car ride or stroll around the neighborhood it was truly a miracle for me to see him so content. I guess the nap meant it was time for a nap so he took one. It was amazing.

As I said, we chose the Rockin' Out nap mat but there are so many color and patterns to choose from that it is easy to find perfect nap mat for your little one at SensoryEdge. When I was searching for ours I saw napmats with butterflies, dinosaurs, cars and fairies. I also found napmats that were simple and some with bright colors and patterns. They all had a comfortable blanket attached at the side that was easy for young children to use and a built in pillow. Some could even be personalized.

Honestly, it was hard to choose which one to buy because they were all so cute – and I was still not sure I was going to use it much. But . . .  he needed it for school so I took the plunge. As it turned out, it was well worth it. So although a nap mat was not something I had ever planned on buying I am really glad I did. It is easy, safe, and my son loves it. I couldn’t ask for more.

SensoryEdge features the following nap mat manufacturers
  • Wildkin
  • Cavichi
  • My NapPak
  • Fireside Comfort