Creating a Welcoming, Happy Home Every Day

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Guest Blogger, Rachelle Wilber

You love your family and want them to have the most appealing and comfortable environment possible. Working on your home to provide the very best surroundings will provide a calm and peaceful sanctuary for them to come home to every single day. Some methods to do this include utilizing the five senses and creating an aura of safety and comfort.

Taste

One of the best ways to create this environment is to prepare home-style foods that will make them feel loved. It doesn’t matter what type of food they are; all that matters is that they are made with loving care and are very delicious. Casseroles, fresh vegetables, baked goods, country-style dishes, and green salads are great examples of the types of foods your family will relate to. Even when they are not at home, the sight and taste of these meals will re-create memories of their own beloved household.

Touch

You can use many textures in your decorating scheme. Sisal rugs and wicker or rattan furniture will help make the house feel natural and inviting. High thread count sheets will sooth even the most restless of sleepers. A soft plush throw on the living room sofa will provide warmth and comfort after a trying day. Always think of these textures when purchasing new items for the household.

Smell

The scents of candles and potpourri will remind family members of foods and other memories of the past. For example, the smell of lilac may transport an adult back to a childhood where he grew up with lilacs in the yard. The smell of home cooking, especially dishes such as fresh apple pie or a family-sized chocolate cake, will entice the occupants to the kitchen. Even the smells of your laundry detergents and fabric softeners will will have a soothing effect, so choose them carefully by smelling the different types available before purchasing. Keep pet odors and other negative smells at bay with specialized products and constant cleaning.

Sound

A music system that provides a variety of background music will create an atmosphere of peace and serenity. Play special songs at specific times. For example, there are many great morning songs to wake your family up to. There is music to play when someone is down or has accomplished a great milestone. And Christmas isn’t a great holiday without “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night.” Make music a regular part of your life by always have a great selection of tunes available to play.

Sight

Making your home as eye-appealing and welcoming as possible is part of creating a happy and welcoming atmosphere. You can do this with shapes and color. Decide on your decor theme and make it is interesting as possible. If you like bright colors, fill your walls with dramatic art. A plainer color palette may be more soothing to some, so white, beige, and ivory may become the more prevalent tones. Some families prefer simple furnishings, while others may be more relaxed in rooms filled with family and travel mementos.

Safety

Combining all of these elements will create the home you always dreamed of, but you also want to have a household that is safe from intruders. Earning a degree in criminal justice could help a homeowner learn the skills and mindset necessary to keep a residence safe and secure from any outside harm. You can always find more information here about criminal justice degrees. Taking the time to equip your home with deadbolts, and locking windows are some of the first steps to take for a safer home.

Applying these principles in creating a loving and comforting household will give your family a warm and inviting place to come home to. They will feel loved and secure in the special environment you have created especially for them.

The Benefits of Gardening With Kids

Benefits fo Gardening with Kids

Guest Blogger, Heather Roberts

Gardening is among the most popular hobbies that people nowadays practice. It is good for so many reasons that listing them all would be impossible. If you have a garden space to your home, you should make every effort to utilize it and work there with your children, as that is a great idea!

If you are all for spending some quality time with your children in the garden, you are definitely on the right track. It will help them build up knowledge of the natural world, engage in a lot of interesting and fun activities and grow beautiful flowers or delicious healthy produce. There are plenty of benefits to gardening with your children:

  • It is a fun physical activity – if you can develop interest in your children about the outdoors, you can surely feel proud of yourself. It is not only healthy for them to spend time out in the sun, but also to get sufficient physical activity in order to stay in shape. There is plenty of stuff in the garden for them to do – from lawn care and landscaping to garden clearance and removing clutter. All of it falls in the category of interesting activities that your children can engage in.
  • Acquiring knowledge of the wildlife – whenever your children work beside you in the garden, they acquire useful knowledge of the world that surrounds them – plants and wildlife. For example, growing your own produce can teach them a great deal about where their food comes from. Even if they don’t grow to be gardening experts, you can be proud of the fact that it is useful experience for them to acquire.
  • Understanding animals – all children are curious and quite interested in the animal kingdom; that is no secret. Well, gardening presents the greatest opportunity for some interactions of this kind. You can work with your children to create a birdhouse or a squirrel feeder. Growing beautiful flowers also means that one day you may see gorgeous butterflies. If you build together a small pond, chances are you may even attract frogs. These are just few examples of how garden care with your children can encourage their interaction with the surrounding world!
  • Plant growing and care – normally, all gardening activities are associated with growing various plants. What better way to introduce your children to the various plants of the world than to grow some together? A wide range of skills can be acquired that way – knowledge on how to look after plants, how to perform effective garden maintenance, care for flowers, etc. All of that will be useful to them and help them become more responsible. Be their guide in the world of gardening and explain to them the process of plant growing as much as you can, as well as anything else they might want to ask you about.
  • Spending quality time together – the garden makes for the perfect place to spend some family time with your little ones. You can work on creating wonderful displays of flowers or grow other plants together. In case you have a playground there, it is even better!

Gardening with your children is definitely a great idea! In case you haven’t already, you should definitely introduce them to this area of your home.

5 Tips For Cleaning Up After A Messy Kid

5 Tips for Cleaning Up After a Messy Kid

Guest Blogger: Kara Masterson

A messy home can be frustrating, but there are solutions so you don’t have to feel overwhelmed! There are some great solutions for the mountain of toys strewn all over the floor on a daily basis.

Make Picking Up Fun

This may seem like an obvious thing to do but if you are struggling with a messy child try to make the process of picking up toys fun. Whether you sing a song, make it a race, or tell them they have to pick up five things it will go so much faster when they feel like it’s a game. It doesn’t always have to be a struggle.

Get an Attractive Toy Bin

It can be difficult to look at a pile of toys in the corner of the room every night when you are just trying to relax. On top of purchasing storage containers, buy a large wicker basket or an attractive chest for the miscellaneous toys that don’t belong in a set. It can be in the living room or the playroom as a place for the miscellaneous toys. It adds a touch of class!

Invest In Storage Containers

Creating storage space can make a world of difference in your house and how clean and organized your house appears to be. Whether it’s actually clean or not, having the toys put away in bins and off of the floor gives the appearance of a much cleaner house. There are plastic containers of all sizes to contain Legos, crafts, building blocks and just about any set of toys. Storage units are also a great way to get any old and unused toys out of your home. By using things like this you can clear up space and still keep your kid’s favorite toys.

Make a Chore Chart

Once your child reaches an age where they are understand things, you can make a sticker chart. Give them a few age-appropriate chores on their chart. If they do what you ask them to do, they can put a sticker on their chart. Once they reach a certain amount of stickers (10 for the first round is a good aim), they have earned a reward. It could be staying up 15 minutes later or having a special dessert one night.

Go Through Toys Every Two Months

Take some time every two months to go through the toys. Are there any toys they don’t play with that could be donated or stored away for the next child? Are there toys that are broken or in bad condition that you could toss? Store some out of sight and rotate them back in a few months from now to change things up!

Having a messy child doesn’t mean you have to live in chaos. There are organizational things you can buy or do to make life more manageable. Encourage your kids to pick up their toys so it is not left to you every day!