Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wake up Happy and Rested

Did you know that your bedroom can play a major role in how you sleep and wake up? From the room decor, the colors and the actual bedding itself, every aspect of your bedroom can effect the way you sleep and feel. A bedroom should be a calm and peaceful. Everyone struggles with stress from everyday life, the problem is when the stress follows you into the bedroom. Stress can lead to sleep issues, illness and insomnia. Your bedroom should be free of stress triggers. Remove any distractions... the television, computer and any other electronics that could potentially distract and keep you from falling asleep.

Color plays a major role in mood, cool colors provide a calm feeling, while warm colors can make a room feel more cozy. You want to choose a color scheme that will make you feel most relaxed.

Make sure you have something to cover the windows. A window treatment will not only add to the coziness of your bedroom but they also serve a purpose to block out light and keep cool drafts from coming inside.

Choose bedding that is not only comfortable, but makes you happy. Loving the look and style of your bedding, comforter or duvet can put a smile on your face every time you get into bed and every time you wake up.

Lastly, keep the room tidy. Keep dirty clothes in a laundry hamper and clean clothes in the closet.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Bathroom Accessories Now Available!


Beyond-Bedding.com is not only your #1 source for luxury baby, children, adult bedding sets and room decor. Beyond-Bedding now offers adorable bathroom accessories, including high-quality fabric shower curtains and bath towels. The new shower curtains and bath towels are all made to match the JoJo designs bedding sets. Whether you currently own a bedding set from Beyond-Bedding.com, these new adorable bath accessories will be sure to spice up any bathroom. My personal favorite is this Leap Frog Shower Curtain and matching towel set. Click Bath to view the entire collection of new bathroom accessories on Beyond-Bedding.com

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Planning a Baby Shower?

Planning a baby shower can be a very stressful task if you're not prepared. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time so you're not running around the day before. It is suggested to start planning at least 2 months prior to the baby shower. This will give you plenty of time to make sure everything will go smoothly just as planned. Here is a checklist to make sure you cover all key points from planning to execution.

Baby Shower Checklist
*Determine budget
*Create guest list
*Set the date and decide on a location
*Decide on baby shower theme
*Mail invitations - (Be sure to include Gift Registry information)
*Decide food will be served
*Order cake
*Order balloons and decorations
*Plan games and entertainment for guests
*Call invited guests who have not RSVP'd to establish final count for guest list
*Most importantly - Have fun!

Gift Ideas
Baby Blankets
Diaper Bags
Baby Clothes
Stroller Pads
Changing Pad Covers
Personalized Wooden Wall Letters *If the baby's name has been decided
Crib Mobiles
Maternity Pillows *Also for everyday use


Source: www.BabyShower101.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ease Bedtime Angst With These Helpul Tips!

Keeping your child's sleep routine consistent is the key factor in avoiding bedtime conflicts. Putting your child to bed at the same time every night will be beneficial to both you and your child.

ParentsConnect.com is a great source for parenting advice. You will find tons of useful articles and resources to help ease the angst of parenting. I found this list of ‘Kid Sleeping Tips’ to be quite interesting. Read these easy sleep tips and your little one will on their way to dreamland before you know it!

“We know you've heard that a warm glass of milk packs a sleep-inducing punch, but did you know that bananas, turkey, peanuts and yogurt are also loaded with sleep-triggering tryptophan? Serve up a small tryptophan-rich snack about 30 minutes before bed and your kid will be sleepy and full at bedtime.

Help your kid relax by adding some calming lavender-scented soap and can be shared with his tired, stressed parents, too.

Add a relaxing foot massage to your kid's bedtime routine, or a back scratch, arm tickle, head rub.

Warm, cozy feet are a natural human sedative, so layer on the fuzzy socks, bunny slippers footed blanket sleepers and make sure they have comfy bedding!

Do some gentle stretching with your kid (be sure not to get her wound up and crazy) right before bedtime. A few gentle stretches and poses may help your kid unwind and relax her tired muscles.

Soothing instrumental music like opera, jazz, classical and New Age is known for its soothing and calming qualities. Just be sure to skip the big climactic numbers with their big cymbal crashes!

Instead of reading your kids a story, tell them a story once they are in bed with the lights off. Have them lounge back, close their eyes and relax as they listen, they just might fall asleep before you finish.

Get a night-light. We know, it seems kind of counter intuitive to light up a room to help your kid sleep, but a dim light can do wonders at keeping the "monsters" at bay and keeping the calls for Mommy to a minimum.

Limit your kid's liquid consumption before bed—especially of any drinks with caffeine (duh!) or bladder-stimulating sugars. This way once he's asleep, he'll stay asleep…and won't make you start the entire routine over again by getting up to pee at 10 PM!”

Source www.Parentsconnect.com

Friday, September 11, 2009

Almost That Time of Year!

Halloween is right around the corner, which means it's time to start preparing for those costumes! Having a baby makes it a lot easier seeing as how they haven't mastered the ability to speak yet. So I came across these adorable Halloween baby costume photos on www.Parents.com and had to share! Maybe you'll get some ideas for your little one...if not, it will at least spark a smile! My favorite is the taco baby ;)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Spreading Peace, Love & Happiness through Bedding

Beyond Bedding has just added four new tie-dye children's bedding collections by JoJo Designs. The bedding sets are available in a range of colors including green, blue, pink and purple, perfect for any little boy or girl!
The bedding sets come in Twin, Full and Queen sizes and will add instant style to your child's bedroom. The Peace Sign designer children's bedding set uses an super soft tie-dye cotton combining the large peace sign embroidery and appliqué work. This set combines groovy 60's style with high-end modern design. The three piece sets include a comforter and two pillow shams. Don't forget about the room accessories! Add even more flare to the bedroom with a matching decorative wall hanging, bed skirt, window valence, window treatment, laundry hamper and the adorable peace sign sheets!

Click on an images to view the product page!

Friday, August 14, 2009

New Designer Padded Stroller Seat Covers!



These adorable new JoJo Designs stroller pad liners are a must have! Made with high quality designer fabrics, providing great comfort, and prolonging the life of the stroller by reducing wear and tear.

Combining Fashion and function together, these adorable designer stroller pad liners include straps at the top and bottom to secure the liner to the stroller.

* Machine washable
* Extra soft cushion filling
* Fits most strollers, Graco, Cosco, Peg Perego
* Dimensions: 30in. x 13in.

Many more styles and designs to choose from, reserve yours now at www.Beyond-Bedding.com location in the 'New Arrivals' Section!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

5 Keys to Successful Parenting

*GEMS 'Genuine Encounter Moments'
A child's self-esteem is greatly influenced by the quality of time not the amount of time spent. This day and age with our busy schedules parents often don’t put 100% focused attention on what their child is saying, by pretending to listen or ignoring the child's attempts to communicate with us. If you don't give children GEMS throughout the day, they will often start to misbehave. Negative attention in a child's mind is better than being ignored.

*Give Children Appropriate Ways to Feel Powerful
If you don't, they will find inappropriate ways to feel their power. Ways to help them feel powerful and valuable are to ask their advice, give them choices, let them help you balance your check book, cook all our part of a meal, or help you shop. A two-year-old can wash plastic dishes, wash vegetables, or put silverware away. Often we do the job for them because we can do it with less hassle, but the result is they feel unimportant.

*Withdraw from Conflict
If your child is testing you through a temper tantrum, or being angry or speaking disrespectfully to you, it is best if you leave the room or tell the child you will be in the next room if he wants to "Try again." Do not leave in anger or defeat.

*Separate the Deed from the Doer
Never tell a child that they are bad. This will tear his/her self-esteem. Help your child recognize that it isn't them that you don’t like, but it is the behavior that you are unwilling to tolerate. In order for a child to have healthy self-esteem, he/she must know that he is loved unconditionally no matter what he does. Do not motivate your child by withdrawing your love from him. When in doubt, ask yourself, did my discipline build my child's self-esteem?

*Be Consistent, Follow Through
If you have made an agreement with your child for example, that they must go to bed at a specific time, do not give in to pleas, tears, demands or pouting. Your child will learn to respect you more if you mean what you say.

Source - www.PositiveParenting.com

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Personalize Your Childs Bedroom!

What child doesn't love to see their name. Easily add a personal touch to your child's bedroom by displaying these adorable hand-painted wooden wall letters. These custom letters are made to match with the JoJo designs bedding sets.
Click on the images to view product pages!










Friday, July 17, 2009

Create a Beyond Bedding Account!

Set up your personal account on Beyond-Bedding.com to become an official member. The 'My Account' feature will make your shopping experience easy and stress free!

Member Benefits:

Gift Registry - Easily create, manage and update your gift registry to share with friends and family.

Wish List - See something you like, but aren't quite ready to purchase? Add all your favorite items to your personal wish list. Simply go back to make edits, sort through and add to cart when you're ready.

Order History - No more guessing as to when that package is going to arrive! Just sign into your account to view and track orders online.

Easy Checkout - Store your information with the secure checkout feature. No more searching for your credit card or typing in tedious information. This feature makes ordering online fast, simple and secure!

Click JOIN to sign up for your personal Beyond-Bedding account!

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Dictionary of Bedding Terms

Bed Skirt - A decorative bedding accessory that usually matches the comforter or duvet. Also called a dust ruffle it goes in between your box spring and bed frame and hangs around the bottom of a bed.

Blend – Refers to a fabric made of a combination of fibers, such as cotton/polyester, or cotton/linen. Blends give the fabric features of each of the fibers used.

Combing – A finishing process, combing removes short fibers and debris from the yarns. The finest fabrics are combed.

Cotton – Universally used for home “soft goods” such as bedding, cotton comes in different degrees of quality. The best cotton is Egyptian, followed by Pima and Supima.

Damask – A glossy, patterned fabric with intricate patterns, damask is similar to brocade but is flatter and reversible.

Down – An excellent insulator, the fluffy tufts come from ducks and geese. Used in bedding and outerwear.

Down Alternative - This type of bedding is filled with synthetic materials as opposed to goose or duck feathers and is just as soft and breathable as a real down comforter.

Down Proof - Any fabric with at least a 230-thread count is considered down-proof, and will not leak or bleed feathers and down from the inside.

Dupioni Silk - Produced when two or more silkworms spin their cocoons closely together.

Duvet – Any bed comforter; can be slipped into a duvet cover.

Egyptian Cotton – The best-quality cotton, because it has the longest cotton fibers, is grown in Egypt. Egyptian cotton is used to make high-quality bedding. The next best cottons are Supima and Pima.

Fill Power - The ability of down to regain its shape when pressure is released. The higher the fill power, the greater will be the insulating value of the down.

Flannel – A brushed fabric, created by a process that raises the nap, making the fabric warm and soft.

Hotel Bedding – Hotel-style refers to the luxury bedding and linens used in upscale hotels. The sheets are usually of high-thread-count, designed to exceed the look and feel of everyday household sheets.

Jacquard – A decorative weaving technique that weaves designs such as flowers directly into the fabric; can be gorgeously detailed.

Percale – Percale refers to the weave of a fabric; it must have a minimum thread count of 180. Many people wrongly use the term to mean a polyester/cotton blend, but percale does not imply any particular content.

Pillow Sham – A decorative pillow cover

Pima, Supima – An excellent variety of cotton grown in the Southwest US. SuPima is a certification mark used when the product such as bedding is made entirely from Pima cotton grown by Supima Association members.

Ply, Plied – Yarns that are twisted together after spinning to create a new yarn. Plied yarns don't increase the durability or strength of the fabric, so they should be counted as only one yarn.

Sateen – A process that gives the fabric a shiny finish. Not related to quality.

Thread Count – The number of threads (both length and width) in one square inch of fabric. A count of 200 for bedding is considered good, and anything over 250 is high. Although a high thread count is desirable, the quality of the cotton and the finishing process can often be more important than thread count.

Welt – Another name for cording could be on a comforter or pillow sham, term “self-welt" means that the cording is made from the same fabric as the main body of the item.

Wool – Refers to the fibers from the fleece of lambs, sheep, goats, and other animals. Sheep’s wool is most common. Lamb's wool comes from sheep less than 8 months old. Merino wool is from a specific breed and is the softest and finest.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

KIDS FIRST!

This day and age parents have to be more careful than ever in monitoring what their children are watching on television. Television, video games, and movies have become more violent than ever. This has been a main concern causing much debate over how the images in the media will affect your child during the present and future. With the internet as the most popular media outlet, it makes it even more difficult to monitor what your child is being exposed to on a daily basis.

Luckily, there is a website dedicated to kid friendly media,
www.KidsFirst.org. This ingenious site brings together everything you and your child need to develop a strong understanding of what quality media really is. You will find an unlimited amount of resources including, Top 100 Kid’s Film List, Clubs, film festival selections and press coverage, news & info, a YouTube group, movie reviews, and an online store!

KIDS FIRST! is the coalition program that evaluates, rates, and endorses quality children’s feature films, DVDs, videos, CDs, TV shows and interactive media. The rating system uses volunteer, community-based juries comprised of child development professionals, teachers as well as parents and children from diverse geographic, socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. A KIDS FIRST! endorsement is given to titles that meet the KIDS FIRST! baseline criteria and are approved by both adult and child jurors.’

Goals
A. To teach children to become critical media users;
B. To help adults recognize the importance of teaching critical viewing skills to children;
C. To help children identify and be aware of outstanding media programming;
D. To develop programs for children with special needs such as low-income, hospitalized or at-risk children.

To become a KIDS FIRST! juror, you need to take a training course. The course insures the quality of a KIDS FIRST! evaluation and endorsement. The training consists of two consecutive webinar sessions for a fee of $30 which is entirely refundable once you complete the course and evaluate six titles for the organization. Click, Become a Kids First! Juror for more information!

KIDSFIRST!

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Best Gift You Can Buy For A Newborn

A baby blanket is one of the most important and sentimental items in a baby's world. They hold a unique value that no other bedding accessory will provide. Babies sleep the most during the first year so it is essential to provide the most comfy sleep area for your baby.


The best gift you can buy for your baby is a baby blanket. Every newborn needs a soft snuggly blanket to welcome them into the world. Baby blankets give comfort and security to your newborn and will forever remain a symbol of the warmth and love which they were raised. It is usually a good idea to buy at least two baby blankets, so you can rotate while one is being washed and this way your baby will become familiar with both. Beyond-Bedding has a great selection of luxurious baby blankets that will get softer and softer with each wash. These baby blankets are perfect year round, made with breathable plush fabric. Great for infants to a school aged children. Your little one will have a soothing nights rest and so will you!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Ride 'em Cowgirl

Beyond-Bedding has released this adorable Cowgirl Crib Bedding set for all those little girls who dream of being a cowgirl! What could be a better way to let your child's imagination run free than to decorate her bedroom with a cowgirl bedding theme? With pink and brown as the main colors, this cowgirl baby bedding set has a quilted pattern incorporating horseshoes, sheriff stars, and a western theme cowgirl print. This 9 piece Cowgirl Crib Bedding set comes with a crib comforter, crib bumper, 2 window valences, crib skirt, fitted sheet, diaper stacker, toy bad, and a decorative pillow. Everything you need to create a cowgirl haven for your little one!

Cowgirl baby bedding is a trend that is here to stay. The best part about Beyond-Bedding it that as your baby grows older and its time to make that transition to a toddler size bed, you won't have to worry about purchasing all new room decor! Beyond-Bedding offers this same cowgirl bedding theme in toddler, twin, and even full/queen sizes to make your life a little less stressful!

Click Cowgirl Baby Bedding to view the product page for more information.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Easiest and Most Affordable Way to Spice up Any Room!


If you're craving change, but aren't looking to spend a fortune there is an easy solution, throw pillows! Adding decorative throw pillows to any room is the easiest and most affordable way to add style to any room without having to entirely redecorate.

When choosing the right throw pillows, it's a good idea to pick an odd number. Mix and match, don't choose four throw pillow that are the same size and pattern. Pick three pillows with the same pattern and then add two smaller decorative accent pillows with similar color palettes.

Choosing the right pattern for your throw pillows all depends on the colors already established in the room. Couch, wall color are other decor that is currently in the room will aid in what type or throw pillow you should purchase.

There really are no rules to follow when choosing the right type of accent pillow. It's actually quite simple! If you own a solid colored couch or bedding set your options are limitless. If your couch or bedding set already has a distinct pattern, you will want to choose simple or a solid color throw pillow. Too many patterns in one room will be distracting to the eye and create a jumbled mess of contrasting fabric. Adding throw pillows to any room you will instantly create a warmer and more stylish area!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Animal Prints are IN!

What's hot this season?! Animal prints! Take a walk on the wild side by easily transforming any room from dull and boring to stylish and trendy with funky animal prints. There are so many different ways to go when spicing up a room with animal printed decor. From neutral cheetah prints to tiger patterns and vibrant zebra stripes, you just can't go wrong with any of these!


Zebra is definitely the hottest this season. A pink and zebra striped bedding set is the ultimate in style. Perfect for your little safari girl looking for an adventure.

Whether you're decorating your own bedroom and are looking for a more sophisticated look, go with a simple yet classic black and white striped bedding set. Looking to add some color? Decorative throw pillows and window treatments are a great way to incorporate color into the bedroom. You do however want to make sure you stick with an overall theme. If you choose a zebra bedding set pick one or two accent colors to stick with throughout the rest of the room decor. If you're apprehensive or want to see how these funky patterns will enhance a room, start with animal printed accessories. A throw rug, lamp shade or window valence is a great way to add some flare without drastically changing the entire look of a bedroom.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Set the Mood With Color

Yellow - The eye notices this color the fastest. Soft yellows can be cheering and make an entire room feel sunny. Bright yellow used as an accent can attract attention and help brighten a room, in large amounts yellow can be over-stimulating.

Green - The ultimate pacifier. Often associated with nature, it is relaxing and reassuring. Pale yellow-greens transcend growth while deep greens are associated with status and wealth.

Blue - Blue can arouse feelings of freshness and relaxation. In lighter hues, blue is airy and open, while dark blues represent wealth, strength and respect. Blues evoke the feelings of reassurance.

Purple - This color has the deepest values, yet it can be flowery and refreshing in pale violet colors. Deep purple is rarely used in large amounts, but is a great effect as an accent color.

Red - Red will attract attention, causes excitement, and even raise blood pressure. Intense red is stimulating; however, it can also be distracting in large amounts. Red is associated with wealth and sophistication, while high value reds (pinks) can make people feel good about the way they look.

Orange - Is a stimulating color,with a pumpkin orange hue or warm hue in its terracotta and peach version. As with other intense colors, orange can be distracting, but is ideal for attracting attention to details.

Black - Often said to evoke feelings of fright, but can also transcend the feelings of elegance, excitement. Like white, black is a color of contradictions that relies largely on the effect of the other colors used with it. Black can make large spaces seem smaller and more intimate.

White - White is associated with being sterile, airy and refreshing, depending on what other colors it is combined with, while making smaller spaces feel larger and more spacious.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Egyptian Cotton - The Royalty of Fabric

Egyptian Cotton is used to create all types of bedding from sheets to pillowcases and even comforters. Egyptian grown cotton means that there is more continuous fiber to use when creating threads or yarns. The humidity and rich soil along the Nile River Valley create the perfect conditions to grow long cotton fibers. This makes it stronger yet lighter than all other cotton. This incredibly soft fabric will last for years and years. Every time you wash Egyptian cotton sheets they will become softer and softer. Cotton grown in Egyptian fields will also produce less lint will not pill like other fabrics. This type of fabric is a great choice for any type of bedding!

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Transition from Crib to Bed

Making the transition from the crib to a bed can sometimes be a difficult process. But it doesn't have to be! Knowing when to make this switch is easy...if your son or daughter is able to get out of the crib, that's a good sign that it's time to make the move!

1) Let your child be involved in making the decision. Some children can't wait to get out of their cribs, while others feel a sense of comfort and will resist the change. Either way don't force the issue.

2) Once you make the transition, get rid of his or her old crib or put it in a place your child wont be able to see it. Out of sight = out of mind

3)It is a good idea to put bumpers on the new bed so your child doesn't roll out of bed. Toddler beds are often low to the ground so this lessens the risk of severe injury.

4) Make sure the bedroom furniture is secure, put locks on dresser drawers, keep mini-blind, drapes, and curtain cords well out of reach, remove small toys or objects that could be a potential choking hazard.

5) You want to make sure your child's bedroom is a place where he or she feels safe. Nightlights or dim lamps that can be put on a timer are a great investment for children who are scared of the dark.

6) Finally, choose a toddler bedding set with a theme he or she is interested in. For example if your little boy loves airplanes, go with an airplane themed bedding set.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

The Alternative to Down Bedding

Many people choose down bedding because of its luxurious feel and comfort. However, many people also suffer from allergies and are unable to sleep with a down comforter. Luckily, there is another option...down alternative!

Down Alternative has become a popular choice in bedding for those who suffer from allergies or are sensitive to indoor triggers such as dust. In fact a lot of people are not actually allergic to the down itself, but to the dust mites and particles that live in the down. A down alternative comforter is a great choice for anyone with or without allergies.

This type of bedding is filled with synthetic materials as opposed to goose or duck feathers. A down alternative comforter is just as soft and breathable as a real down comforter. There are many benefits in choosing a down alternative comforter, you no longer have to deal with those pesky feathers that end up everywhere and my personal favorite...no more dry cleaning bills!!! You can throw the comforter right in the washing machine!

Not only is an alternative down comforter a great choice for comfort, but also style! You can easily change the entire look of your bedroom by slipping on a new duvet cover. By choosing this type of bedding you really just can't go wrong!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Accelerate Your Babies Brain Development!

There is so much more to a crib mobile than just being a decorative object that hangs over your babies crib. They are stimulating, entertaining and calming. Who would think such a simple object could have so many purposes?!?

Your baby spends quite a bit of time in their crib, hopefully sleeping, but when they’re not asleep they are observing and taking in their surroundings while processing and storing information. Having a colorful mobile that plays music can in fact activate, excite, and enhance the development of your babies’ brain.

Choosing the crib mobile is the fun part! There are so many variations; you can easily pick a stylish mobile that flows with the existing room décor. Since newborns can’t distinguish colors, start out with a simple mobile with two or three dark colors. As your baby grows switch the mobile to one that has brighter colors, patterns, and lots of fun attachments. It is a good idea to buy a crib mobile that plays music; a soothing melody can calm and relax your baby making bedtime easier for the both of you.

Remember a combination of sight and sound will accelerate your baby’s brain development to the fullest. After all is said and done, make this a fun experience and of course choose something that you enjoy looking at as well!

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Official Beyond-Bedding Blog

As the first official blog post I find it only natural to give a quick overview of Beyond-Bedding for those who are unfamiliar.

*Please note this blog is not intended to advertise or sell products (although from time to time we may find it necessary to show off some new stuff!) This is our way of connecting with the community through relevant topics for parents and families. Feel free to leave comments or suggestions as they are always welcome!

With the current state of the economy many families are forced to cut corners, Beyond-Bedding allows you to spend less without sacrificing luxury or style.

You will find a huge selection of baby bedding, kids bedding, toddler bedding, and teen bedding. All collections are designed with similar patterns and themes, so you won't have to worry about re-decorating as your child grows older!

We also offer designer baby clothes, room decor, window treatments & valences, musical crib mobiles, lampshades and gorgeous luxury bedding for adults, including hotel bedding, comforter sets, featherbeds, decorative pillows, and much more.

Take a minute to visit www.Beyond-Bedding.com and let us know what you think!
 
 
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