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Me, a lifestyle expert? Heck yeah.. keep reading for tips to decorate on a dime!


Okay- so let me give you a little background about me, the short version; I married a doctor 15 years older than me... no you didn't read that wrong. At 25 years old, I was thinking more along the lines of future long-term financial security and it didn't hurt that I thought he was devastatingly handsome-it kept my mother quiet, I was clearly intoxicated by the fact that this guy would be obligated to check every suspicious mole on body- and give me regular breast examinations.

 So we sailed off into the sunset- in our M.D. license-plated 1995 Honda Accord.  Well- to give you a bit of perspective- 10 years later well we're still driving that Honda, and then a year ago my nice doctor husband told me he'd rather drive a stake through his heart than see another patient, (okay I'm using a bit of poetic license here- because his admission had far less dramatic flair, but you get the gist). So like any good wife- I told him- our marriage and relationship was not predicated on his M.D. status and that ultimately being that I never lived the rock star doctor's wife lifestyle-- you know - convertible BMW, lunching with the ladies- mani-pedis on a bi-weekly basis- shopping at Coach-- that his "profession" wasn't all that important to me.

Still it's been a bit of an adjustment... especially when acquaintances accost me with statements like; OH my G-d if my husband ever decided he didn't want to be a doctor I would divorce him! Or my mother's recation and insistence that she will not be telling any of her friends about this CATASTROPHIC event. (NO this time I'm not exaggerating!)

So when Beth, the infamous Role mommy herself- asked me to be the Lifestyle Editor for the site- I though- this could possibly be the perfect opportunity for me to find and share ideas that us real moms in the trenches- the ones who are not shopping on Madison Avenue, downing martinis at lunch- rather sipping the last dregs of our kids' juice boxes (we hate wasting a perfectly good fruit punch) and looking for ways to cut costs but still reveling in life's little luxuries-- (I can really whoop it up in those $1 bins at Target) could ACTUALLY use!.

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To kick off my inaugural first lifestyle post the amazing folks at Nouvelles Images, which produces the non-toxic pretty fabulous paper wall Homestickers which come in an array of themes for any age from whimsical forest creatures to colorful underwater life designs and will brighten your children's rooms and illuminate their imaginations without breaking the bank-- are giving one lucky reader these stickers for FREE. These are featured.


But really the best part about these Nouvelles Images' Children's Homestickers is that they're non-toxic, easily applied and removed,  only cost $30, and allow kids' ever changing interests (last week my daughter was all about Hannah Montana- and now it's strictly Selena Gomez)  to be reflected in the design of their rooms as often as they choose. They're available on Amazon.com, AllPosters.com and ChangeYourWalls.com.


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To enter to win your very own set--leave a comment about which design is your favorite. Feel free to leave any random musings too--I'm always up for some commiseration, gossip and girl talk! And to score another entry you can tweet about this giveaway too!


Giveaway only open to those with U.S. addresses. Giveaway ends on Monday July 6th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. On Tuesday July 7th Random.org will select one winner, and I'll email them and announce it immediately.  Good luck! 

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To find out more about our fabulous lifestyle editor, Melissa Chapman, the visit our Role Mommy contributors page for all the details.  Or, if you'd like to see her in action, the hop on over to Role Mommy TV for her latest appearance on CNN.  We're thrilled to have her on board and can't wait to see more of her hilarious and helpful posts!  So what are you waiting for?  Start commenting and tweeting so you can win big! 

Posted in: Blog, Role Mommy Contributors, giveaway central, melissa Chapman on 07/01/2009


  • Donna K

    I like the flowers.

  • Lisa G.

    I would love to have the Bamboos by AURORE stickers for our family room! These are such a neat idea!

    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  • Maja

    whale and the company

  • kathy pease
  • Beth

    I like the Owl & Co. set.

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