Beyond Bedding Review

We have been redoing our basement and decided to make the one room downstairs a bedroom for our oldest son.  With a new room we wanted him to have new bedding, and planned on giving him his new room as a surprise for his 6th birthday. joined with us for our Summer Spruce Up Event, and let me choose one of their Kids Bedding sets.  There were so many choices!

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Dymo LabelManager #Giveaway

My Dymo LabelManager 160 Handheld Label Maker

If you have been following along, you will know we are doing major Home Improvements.  We are remaking my craft room, and I recently won a massive office organizational prize pack too.  I said to my hubby, all I need to make my new office/craft room perfect is a Label Maker, and guess what?  I got an email asking if I wanted to check out the DYMO® LabelManager® 160 handheld label maker.  Of course I did!
I have tried the Dymo Business Card Scanner, and it is awesome, easy to use, and makes my life easier. I hoped that The LabelManager 160 would be the same.  When it comes to these kinds of things, I am a bit challenged.  I never can put them together.  Hubby always has to undo what I’ve done, and fix it.  So I waited until he was home, and decided to attempt putting it together myself.   I got the batteries in fine, I mean, I’m not THAT challenged. So I figured the label strips part would be where I would need him.  So I open up the back and see this: You just line up the holes on the cartridge, and the labeller, and voila!  It just snaps right in!   
  The backing just closes over it, and you are good go!  So easy!!
You can use it for anything and everything to help organizes your life.  For my new craft room/office I have some cute file folders that I won in the prize pack, and while my craft room is torn apart I have all these Knitting Patterns that are piling up.  So I used my LabelManager to make a file folder for those:

Ok so the label is crooked, but that’s not the LabelManager’s fault, that’s mine! LOL
It uses the standard (QWERTY) keyboard, so you know where the letters are, other features are: 

·         Quick formatting with one-touch fast-format keys for text size, bold, italic, underline/box and vertical text
·         Previewing layouts and effects prior to printing on the large LCD display – saving potential labels from a wasteful misprint
·         Compatibility with DYMO D1 labels in ¼”, 3/8” and ½” widths – for any office application
·         6 font sizes, 8 text styles, 4 boxes, 228 symbols and clip art images
·         Portability, as it’s powered by 6 AAA alkaline batteries

The Dymo LabelManager 160 handheld label maker is available at Staples Advantage, Costco, Grand & Toy, Basics, Lyreco & Novexco throughout Canada and retails for approximately $34.99. For more information about this and other DYMO products, please visit

I highly recommend this LabelManager!  It is super easy to use, and doesn’t take a lot of time to figure out how to use it.  Everything is one touch button, and all buttons are clearly labelled so you know what it does.  The display walks you through each item.

If you are a Canadian, then you can enter for your chance to win one of these awesome LabelManagers for yourself!  Just fill out the rafflecopter form below:

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Part 7: Basement Redesign

What a long journey this has been (mostly for Mr. The Knit Wit), read about it HERE.

Hubby had finished putting up the drywall….

After much work…mud is done! The craftroom entrance This is the crazy area, it doesn’t look as bad now, and will blend more once we have furniture.


There are lots of nooks and crannies, but I think he did a great job.
This is the craft room.
The wall on the left is being tied into an existing wall, and needed a lot of mud.
It needs a little more work, but the rest is ready for real paint.
This is the ceiling in the craft room.
My hubby put in that ceiling access, it was a tiny thing previously, that just a head would fit into.
He patched some holes, and primed all of it.

Keep an eye out for more updates!  As ext up we have to work on our garage doors!  Maybe I will go visit family since I know of a place that sells Garage doors in Ottawa.

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Part 6 of Basement Redesign

Have you been keeping up with all this redesigning?  If not, then just read: Home Improvements

Ok, we are now ready for drywall people!  Real walls and everything!

Drywall!  This is from the hallway looking at the new bedroom.On your left is the craft room. This is the wall you can see from the doorway, and the window is on the back wall. This is from inside the room, looking towards the doorway.On the right is the closet.In the middle you can see the heat register.On the left is a mini-hallway that will be the doorway. The closet is on the left.The right is the wall that was really moldy when we started. The craft room.We moved this wall out about 2.5 feet, so he had to join it into the existing wall, and the bulkhead on top. If you have been following along, this is the bulkhead he created around the plumbing pipe. This area is a bit crazy looking.  But it has several issues, that he had to work around.We aren’t too worried about it, as in a craft room you can make shelving around it.

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Part 5: Basement Redesign

Be sure to keep up with all the Home Improvements we are doing!  You can read all the way back to the start!

Ok he had finished the insulation and vapor barrier.  In that room, we found it was very cold before, which was fine when it was a craft room.  But if it is going to be our son’s bedroom it would be too cold in the winter for him to be in there.  Of course, hubby had made everything much warmer, and sealed up, but it was still cold.  The heat register was in the ceiling:

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Part 4: The Basement Redesign

It’s been a while since I last updated this, so let me catch you up on all my hubby has done!  You can check my Home Improvement section for all our latest updates on this.  Over the summer we have a ton we plan on doing.

When last I updated he had just put in the studs for the room, so let’s pick up from where we left off:

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Part 3: The Basement Redesign

To the left you can see the studs closest to you, they make a closet.

Be sure to read Part 1, and Part 2, if you haven’t already, or you can just follow all our Home Improvements.

This is a little hard to make out if you don’t know what you are looking at. 
This is the new bedroom.
To the left you can see the studs closest to you, they make a closet.
On the right is a hole, that will be the door way into the room.
You are looking at the new craft room.  The door is on the left.
The right side of the picture is the wall to the bedroom.
This is taken from inside the bedroom, looking back into the hallway area.
Please ignore the dishelved woman on the stairs in the back ground texting.
Our oldest son, saw the light switch dangling in the ceiling for a couple of days.
He kept asking Daddy where it would go.  Hubby kept answering, and DS would ask again.
So after DS went to bed, he got some electrical tape, and put it on the stud (which had been put in after son’s bedtime).
This is a close up, so you could see the note!
DS loved this!
There is much more of this adventure to show you, but I have caught up to my hubby`s progress, so alas this is where I shall stop for now!

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