Spending Summer

As the seasons change, so do our lives. Whether it is summer, autumn, winter, or spring, we look to make positive resolutions that better the lives of ourselves and our family. There are ways to improve the relationships with our families at the start of every season, so with summer still on us, let’s take a look at four activities and habits that you can share with your family.

Personal Paradise

The outside of your home is just as important as the inside of it. Utilising nature is one of the best ways to enjoy your time spent outside for the development of your children. However life’s simple luxuries are not important to only children, but adults as well. We sometimes get lost juggling between family and job or work responsibilities that we forget to enjoy the fresh air and greenery around us, and there is no better place to do this than in your own garden.

Your home garden is the perfect place for you to wind down and clear your mind after a long day of hard work. One of the most important parts of an enjoyable and well-defined outdoor living space is furnishing it comfortably to suit your style with items such as Bridgman garden furniture. Fill it with life and a natural perfume scent to match by planting vibrant flowers and fruits. Landscaping and adding stone pathways or ponds are also things you may be able to consider, but they are fairly costly renovations that need to be planned in advance in order to be ready by summer.

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An Apple a Day

With summer just around the corner, now would be a great time to alter your diet. As tempting as grabbing a bowl of ice cream may sound during the hotter months, try curving your desires to a more healthy choice. Everyone’s favourite fruits and vegetables are in season during these months including apples, bananas, strawberries, oranges, and more! Do not miss out on eating the refreshing healthy foods you enjoy while they taste the best. There are lots of unique ways to prepare meals and snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables in mind for your family.

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Around the World

The start of summer signals the closing of schools. Your children are free from drowning in homework assignments and after school activities are over for the next few months. Spending time with your family is made easier so take advantage and go on a vacation together. Travelling to see sites as a tourist, attending amusement parks or special events, or going to beaches, camping trips, and cruises are all family-friendly activities that everyone can enjoy.

Reflect and Learn

Recall previous resolutions you and your family made and bring them back to life this summer. Reflect on how your goals went for the spring season and how you can revitalise and improve them in the coming months. Share them with your family and work together to accomplish the new obstacles. Coming together and discussing what everyone would like to accomplish over the summer season can spark new creative ways you and your family can move forward.

Creating a Garden for the Whole Family

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If you’re lucky enough to have a garden space, you really should make the most of it. Sitting outdoors, breathing in fresh air, appreciating nature and perhaps getting a little gentle exercise is one of the best things you can do for your body and it’s even better for your kids, which is why it is important to create a garden space that the whole family can enjoy.

Want to spend more family time outdoors? Here are some simple tips for creating a fun and relaxing family garden:

Create Multiple Areas

Kids will be kids which means that, given a chance, they’ll trample your flowers as they chase butterflies, kick balls at your best plants and generally have a messy-fun time in the garden. That’s fine – they’re kids, and they should be allowed to have fun exploring outside – but it probably won’t be much fun for you if you’re trying to relax and catch some sun. That’s why it’s a good idea to create multiple areas in your garden. You can have a patio area, with barbecue and furniture for parties, a relaxation area with pretty flowers, and a play area where the kids can cause as much destruction as they want without harming anyone else.

Add Safety Features

It is as, if not more, important, to make your garden safe as it is to childproof your home. So, if you have a pond, go to the pond supplies section and buy fine mesh to cover the water over, erect a fence that is safe and will keep the kids in the garden, use natural pesticides and generally do what you can to make your garden as child-friendly as possible. Accidents can and will happen, but if you’ve done all you can to mitigate dangers, they’re much less likely to happen to you.

Make it Soft

When kids are running around, they will fall over, which is why you will want to ensure that they are able to break their fall with something soft. If you want your garden to be safe for the kids and look pretty for you, lawn is the obvious choice, but there are alternatives like soft wood chips, which can work just as well.

Hang Birdfeeders

If you love birds and you want to encourage your children to enjoy nature too, be sure to hang bird feeders around your garden. Ideally, you should hang them on a high pole, so that they don’t also attract less welcome guests, and you should put down a lot of seating so you can all gather round and watch the birds do their thing.

Keep Mature Trees

If you have one or more mature trees in your garden, don’t get rid of them. They give your garden some gravitas, and as you will probably know, the average child loves to climb trees, create swings and get mommy or daddy to build them their very own treehouse where they can hang out giving you some peace and quiet – for a while.

Have you created a family-friendly garden? What are your top tips for doing the job well?

Plastering Personality: The Pleasure Of Creating For Your Own Home Space

Design is something that’s resoundingly important when it comes to creating a home that you love, one that reflects your personality and highlights all of the little quirks and niches you carry in your soul. It often doesn’t take much time at all to find something to decorate our homes that we enjoy, but sometimes, we feel like our space is missing that certain ‘je ne sais qoui.’

While initially seeming like a roadblock to the perfect home, this is actually the time where you have the biggest opportunity for exploration. In order to fully identify what you want, you have to create it. This can be one of the most important undertakings you will ever embark on when it comes to sorting your beautiful home from lovely to stunning.

What follows is a list of home items you can create yourself that might help stamp your personality that little bit more on the home you occupy and cherish.

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Create Artwork Yourself

Decking out your walls with the next Banksy or original Picasso is a fantastic endeavour, but sometimes it might not be the right fit for you. In order to fully apply yourself to your living space, creating your own artwork might be something that makes your move in that much more special.

It could be as simple as dabbing a wall of your living room with the multi-colored painted handprints of your family, or a painting of a local landscape you’ve done in your spare time. It’s easy to desire a home that’s filled with all of the modern luxuries and decors, but putting some good old fashioned heart into things can be a reward in itself.

Craft Wooden Furniture

Woodworking is a joy because once you realise how little effort you need to understand the fundamentals, you can be well on your way to making something of value. Crafting an object using hand tools will eschew the cost of a workshop setup. This doesn’t mean you have to create a four poster master bed just yet, but putting a simple table or box for storage together can lend you some credibility when you claim your home is your home.

Not all of us have the time, energy or even ability to learn how to craft furniture though, and sometimes more specialist areas like outside decking require more of a professional touch. In order to communicate your wishes with a reliable and talented service, consider using specialists who do decking DIY projects – technical data sheets.

Identify Colors That Please You

This is more important than you think. In order to fully appreciate the range of areas in your home consider trying to find what colors best reflect your personality. Are you a relaxed minimalist? White and light blues might be the best for you. Are you a jazzy, soulful personality? Oranges, reds and yellows are for you. Decide what style works for you and check out what arrangements you can make.

If you have a family, consider having an informal meeting and decide what everyone likes. Maybe your four-year-olds suggestion of ‘unicorns everywhere’ can be taken with a grain of salt, but for the most part identifying what makes your family tick and finding some way to reflect that in your home will make it that much more of a loving living space.

Small Bedroom, Deep Impact

If we’re honest, most of us would absolutely love to have a big bedroom. I for one, would love to have a spacious bedroom considering we co-sleep with kids. But the reality of our financial situation means that it probably isn’t going to happen. At least, not yet. As a result, we keep our eyes peeled for ways to make the most of the small bedrooms that we have.

Check out these bedroom decorating ideas for small bedrooms that will have a deep impact.

Lighten Up Your Palette

Fashion star Andrew Gn lives right in the middle of Paris. Despite the fact that he’s doing rather well for himself, not even he is able to afford the space for a luxurious bedroom in his particular part of town. As a result, he’s had to get creative to make the most of the space that he has.

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On the floor of his bedroom is a 1950’s Swedish rug with quintessential Nordic charm. Above that are two nightstands, designed by Benoit Langlade. And on top of those are two 1970s lamps with gold bases. The rest of the room, including the walls, the upholstery on the Danish armchair and the bed sheets are pure white, designed to evoke a sense of space.

Fill Your Bedroom With Collectibles

If you’ve got a small room, but you’re not interested in making it feel bigger, you can still create an impact by doing something unusual. A collector from New York, for instance, decided to fill his room with as many exciting items as he could from his travels in the Orient. Practically every square inch of the room is home to one strange artifact or another.

Use Earthy Tones

Living in downtown New York is cramped at the best of time. But many designers from the city give their apartments a feeling of space by including Earthy tones, like brown, dark green and black.

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Minimalist beds, as exemplified by the designer beds by Cuckooland, are also essential to help avoid making the room appear too cramped. The lines of the bed should be as simple and as elegant as possible, and it should be draped in warm, cozy linens.

Saturate The Walls

Lorry Newhouse, a fashion designer from England, was asked to work on a small attic bedroom in an old cottage in Southampton, a city on the south coast of Great Britain. She decided that the room needed a bit more “oomph” and so she began drawing up designs using whimsical patterns all over the walls, ceiling, windows and bed clothes. Eventually, she decided on using curtains, wallpaper, and bed skirts from Rose Cummings to create a complex, blue-patterned design, giving the bedroom an eclectic atmosphere.

Add A Canopy

The problem with many bedrooms is that they lack a main event. There’s nothing to draw the gazer’s attention to one particular point or another. French homes, however, regularly make use of a canopy over the bed, designed to make the bed feel more important than it looks when it’s situated in such a small room. Canopies also help to add height to rooms that are small.

Honey’s Amazing Race Birthday Party

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I’m no good at hosting parties. My daughter had only two birthday party treats — on her 1st and 7th birthday and no I did not do the preparations. Her first birthday was prepared by mys siblings at our home while we avail Jollibee birthday package on her 7th. For the other birthdays, we let them have and eat their cake, we dine outside and then go home. No birthday preparations. Nothing fancy.

This year, I went out of my comfort zone and tried a birthday party, an adventure that hopefully she’ll remember and keep. With google’s help, I found birthday posts using Amazing Race theme. I love the show and when I told her about it, she kind of like it. Like the reality show, “The Amazing Race”, each teams are given clue for their next challenge or task that can affect the teams physically, mentally and emotionally.

For our Amazing Race, I picked tasks that I think is appropriate for the kids. I have to keep the tasks secret to be fair with every kids.

One week before Honey’s Amazing Race, I let my daughter send a verbal invitation to our neighbor’s kids. Yep, no invitation thus, it took awhile for the kids to gather around. Since there’s not invitation they were a bit hesitant until I put the table outside and called the kids to gather.

Once gathered around and with the little explaining on the game’s mechanics, I let them paired into two. Each team is given hankies of their color for easy identification. The game started with a race towards our neighbors little to retrieve the first task.

Tasks #1 to #7

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And then it was time for spaghetti and cake and prizes.

The only snapshots of our adventure below. Too excited with the race that I forget to take pictures in every task :( Nevertheless, everyone had fun and memories to keep :)

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Throwing a birthday party for your little ones are now easy, thanks to inexpensive DIY party ideas. Big thanks to mommies who posted and shared their amazing race party ideas.