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


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, and


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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 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!