How to Know if You Have Bedbugs in Your Home

For quite a while, it was assumed that bedbugs had gone the way of the dodo, at least in places like
America where it seemed they had been eradicated by chemical pesticides. Unfortunately, they weren’t
even close to being completely exterminated throughout the world, and considering their penchant
for travel (and the fact that they can survive for up to a year without feeding), it’s no surprise that the
increase in global travel has allowed them to piggyback to places where they were previously thought to
be banished for good. But how can you tell if they’ve made their way into your home? Here are just a
few tips and tricks to help you identify bedbugs so that you can get them out for good.

First you need to learn what signs to look for, and contrary to popular belief, bedbugs are not hard to
spot. They are often confused with their microscopic cousins, mites. But in truth, an adult bedbug can
grow up to five millimeters in length (a little under a fourth of an inch). So if you’re looking for them,
you’ll find them. But how do you know where to look? And how will you know when you should start
looking?

The first thing you need to know about bedbugs is that it is exceedingly rare to find them on a person
or pet. They like to come out at night and feed (on your blood, unfortunately) and then return to their
hiding spots during the day. They prefer to nest in plush materials, which is why beds are an ideal home
for these critters. You may also find them in carpeting, furnishings, and even clothing. Pretty much
any surface in your home that isn’t hard could provide a comfortable nesting place for bedbugs, and
you will find them there if you look. Start by checking your mattress for the telltale spots (they’ll look
like pepper on your mattress) that indicate the presence of bedbugs. You should also check carpeting
(around the edges) and your headboard (which they can live behind undisturbed).

Of course, you probably won’t be alerted to the presence of these parasites in your home until they
start using you as a snack. And once they find a food source they will certainly begin to breed (and how!
). But you need to know what these bites look like in order to eliminate other potential biting pests
like spiders. It’s important to remember that different people have different reactions to these bites,
but you will likely see small red bumps when you wake up in the morning that weren’t there the night
before. They may itch and swell and they will look and feel a lot like mosquito bites. You might start
with one or two, but over time the number will probably increase (as their numbers grow). Look online
for bed bug bite pictures…there are a lot of them out there.

The possibility of bed bugs should not be taken lightly, so if you suspect they have infiltrated your home,
it is in your best interest to call an exterminator immediately to diagnose and deal with the problem.
At the very least, you’ll find out if bedbugs are the cause of your discomfort or if there is some other
harmful pest in your home. And at the best it could ensure that you stop serving as a nightly buffet (and
halt their spread throughout your home).
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Beautiful Sterling Anabella Palm Beach curtains- Perfect for your Little One’s room

I had a really, really hard time finding curtains for my son’s room.  As you know, we re-did it a few months ago, when he got his “Big Boy Bed”, and the only 2 things that I didn’t finish, were the curtains, and the toy box.  While I still have not found just the right toy box, I HAVE found great curtains, at Baby Bedding Zone.

These Sterling Anabella Palm Beach curtains are great- theyare heavy-duty to block out the sun in the early morning, which as any parent knows is a MUST HAVE for children’s or baby’s window treatments.  They are also very thick, and are lined, which keeps the drafts out in the winter, and the air conditioning IN in the summer. 

They would work well for windows of many sizes, since they are very long.  I had to hem these a bit, but there was no problem doing so, and they still look good in my little guy’s room. 
I was not originally going to go with white for his curtains- but since the rest of his room is so colorful, it really worked nicely, I think.  The green sash and boarder works with the rest of the room’s theme and colors, as well.  All in all, I think these would be a solid addition to any nursery, and would grow nicely with the child into their big kid rooms.

Here is a little more information about Sterling Anabella Palm Beach curtains-

“Never before has it been so easy to create the perfect room for your child. Each luxurious, soft-to-the-touch cotton drapery ensemble by Sterling Anabella has been designed to complement your sophisticated sense of style.
Set of 2 white pique drapery panels with scalloped edge trim in blue. Includes double sided tie back in white pique with blue accent color on reverse. Rod pocket top and white lining. 96″ long.
Made from 100% Egyptian cotton.”

Baby Bedding Zone is a great place for all your bedding needs!  Some of the cutest cribs in my opinion are the pirate crib beddingfrog crib bedding, and of course- jungle crib bedding!  Check them out for your decorating needs  🙂 

Disclosure- I received the above mentioned product for review.  All opinions are my own, yours may differ. 
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A Lucky Horse Shoe Wall Art- Review and Giveaway

OK, the first thing I have to say is WOW- this company was started by a 14 year old girl who wanted to help out and save money for college, as well.
I think you know that we just re-did Little Man’s room, and the theme is Wild Animals/Jungle.  He SO loves that Safari Bed, lol.  When we saw the Cute Monkey and Bird decal, I knew it was just perfect for his room!
We put it over the spot reserved for his Toy Box, the one thing we still need for his room.
How adorable is it?

It goes so well with the rest of the room, and it retails for only $16.00!
Here is a bit more info on the Decals- (by the way, they sent us a few little brown birds, and a butterfly as a fun surprise!)

This cute monkey and bird on a tree branch measures approx. 22 inches X 12 inches as shown in the ad. The monkey and bird are separate, so you can arrange them as you like. You can choose the color of the branch, monkey, and bird. Please use the contact seller tab with your choices upon checkout.
$
16.00    

Since I was really amazed at the age of this young girl who created a business, I am happy to share with you an interview with her!
1. Where are you from and can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m from WA and I’m a horse person. I own a morgan mare and I love to do horse shows!

2. When did you start making the items in your shop?
I started my shop in Nov. of 2009

3. How did you decide the name for your shop?
I always wanted to name my own barn A Lucky Horseshoe but, this is the closest I could get.

4. What is your favorite thing about owning your shop and being a seller?
My favorite thing about owning my shop is the feeling of getting a gift when I get a order.

5. What inspires you to create such beautiful pieces?
We make things that brings a smile to our face!

6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
The ‘Eat My Dust DUDE’ barrel racer decal because it makes me smile and I think its true.

7. Is there anything new you plan to add to your shop?
I have no idea, usually things just pop in my head and I put it in my shop.

8. Anything else you would like to let us know?
This was my 1st internet store and now we have 4, the more the merrier!

9. Are there any other places on the net we that we can find you?
I have shops on etsy.comshophandmade.comamazon.comecrater.com, and my own website: www.aluckyhorseshoe.com

One of you will win a $25 gift certificate.
Here is how to enter-

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DISCLOSURE: This is a MamaBuzz review. The product was provided by A Lucky Horse Shoe for reviw.   I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US and Canadian shipping addresses only; restrictions may apply, 18 years old and above.  Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends June 3, 2011.