It’s been exactly a month since I last posted on the blog and a lot has happened! I started my new job as a pre-K para, retired from daycare and we sold our swingset (a more emotional transition than I expected), and my daughter started school. I also cut 7″ off my hair and have been loving my new NuMe curling wand!
I’ve been trying to adjust to working outside the home and with full evenings at the start of the school year, it has been tough getting a new routine established. I’ve been exhausted most days and Faith and I both have colds right now. I’m relieved to say, though, that this weekend I’ve made great strides towards catching up and planning a new routine, and this week we don’t have “extras” scheduled in the evenings so that should continue.
My Living Well Spending Less Planner arrived Friday and I quickly got to work filling it in and setting goals for the year, and tonight plan to do our September budget. I love having everything in one place including a place to not only set goals but to make a plan to “Crush” them, and the planner overall has some great updates from last year. I’ll share more about that in another post because today I want to finally start sharing some updates to my daughter’s room as well as a giveaway!! It’s been a while since we’ve had one on the blog so I’m excited about that, too!
For quite a while we’ve debated about building a loft bed for Faith’s room to create more play space on the floor. Our house is small, her room is small, the basement is unfinished, and when I was doing daycare, playing downstairs wasn’t an option anyway because of licensing regulations. We finally decided to do it and I wish we’d done it sooner because now the daycare kids aren’t here to help her utilize it, but she has had one sleepover play-date already and it’s proving to be a great addition.
I had several concerns about a loft bed and wanted to make sure it was the right choice before we spent the time and money to make one. Initially I was worried about Faith outgrowing it shortly after we built it, fearing she’d eventually be too tall to sit on top of a bed that also allowed room to play below. Even with standard height ceilings, however, this will be a bed she can use for several more years. (The ceiling fan is an issue so we keep it off and my husband has plans to shorten the blades so we can use it again.) I can sit up there with her just fine!
Brad thought that the bed plans we chose would make the room feel smaller and more cramped because of the addition of stairs and a landing rather than a ladder (more on that in a bit), but with smart space planning (if I do say so myself!), that hasn’t been a problem, either.
Another concern was how tough it would be to make the bed. Because we chose plans with stairs instead of a ladder I think it’s a little easier. Not as easy as making a bed that’s on the floor, but she’s making it work!
My biggest issues at this point, aside from the difficulty of making the bed, are that I can’t kiss her goodnight when I come home and she’s already in bed, and I worry about the first stomach bug and how fast she’ll make it down the stairs to get to the bathroom! (And if she doesn’t, how bad of a mess will that be?!)
She loves the bed, though, and it’s created a great space to play American Girl Dolls or read a book underneath. And with the addition of a rug pad, it’s even more comfortable to play on the floor! We received a Superior Lock 1/4″ rug pad from Rug Pad USA, cut to fit the 5×7 rug we already had. They were smart enough to cut the pad a little smaller than the rug (2″ shorter on each side) so that it would not be visible under the rug nor be a trip hazard. I received the pad wrapped in plastic…
The plastic was mostly in tact when we received it but due to high humidity around the time that I received it, there was moisture in the packaging so we cut it open to air it out. When we got around to unrolling it to put it under the bed, we realized it was damp throughout so we set it up in the room overnight to dry while the paint and wax was still curing on the loft bed.
The company chose the Superior Lock rug for me after I indicated that it would be going on a wood floor. The pad is felt and has a natural rubber backing to keep both the pad and the rug in place…and it truly does! I love this feature because in the past, even if we tried to anchor the rug with furniture, it always slipped and moved. A crooked rug drives me cray-cray! But in addition to being non-slip and providing a little extra cushion to play on the floor, I love the fact that rug pads from Rug Pad USA are manufactured in the USA and are more eco-friendly than traditional PVC and plastic padding on the market. If you know me at all you know I like to make non-toxic choices for our home, and since PVC and plastic rug pads are ridden with potentially toxic chemicals (and harmful for your floors), I’m super excited about this alternative!
I couldn’t wait to get the pad and rug in place and get Faith’s room set up to play dolls! I’ll go into more detail about the room in another post, but here’s a photo of the bed and the underneath play space! (Between not being around much during the day and Faith making a mess of her room, getting pics with good lighting has been a challenge…better pics coming soon I hope!)
Isn’t that fun?! I can’t wait to show you the rest of the room, but for now, you can enter to win your OWN rug pad!!! Rug Pad USA is giving one lucky My Blissful Space reader any style of rug pad up to a 12×12 size! Be sure to enter below to win! In addition, they are also giving ALL of my readers an additional 10% off the current sale price, which right now means you’ll save a total of 25% with the code myblissfulspace! Be sure to enter below…only two steps to be entered and in a week I’ll announce the winner!