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4 Fun Ideas to Make This Memorial Day Memorable 0

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a symbol of many significant moments for people all across our proud nation. From remembrance ceremonies to road trips and family get-togethers, Memorial Day has us moving in a variety of directions. This year, it’s time to try out something new when it comes to this well-loved holiday. Whether you are stuck in a traditional celebration rut or haven’t ever attempted to make Memorial Day memorable, here are a few tips for making the most of this special holiday.

Throw a painting party
Just because you have the day off doesn’t mean you can’t get anything done. What’s more, you can even accomplish a productive project with the added bonus of having fun with your closest friends. Use your time off to host a party where your loved ones help you paint that room or wall that’s been waiting for attention all year. Having your favorite colors ready to go alongside some well-deserved holiday snacks makes any painting party an event worth coming to. To give your party a personalized touch, provide a blank canvas where friends can use extra paint to leave a little artistic love in their wake. It’s a great way to revitalize a room and create a one-of-a-kind work of art that will remind you of the friends you cherish.

Have a cupcake picnic
Most everyone has attended a Memorial Day picnic at one point or another, but why not give this year’s outdoor meal a sweet twist?  Fill a picnic basket with red, white, and blue cupcakes and head outside to enjoy a tasty treat in the sunshine. Children will love the time spent decorating their yummy snacks and the entire family will appreciate a day where they were given a free pass to eat dessert first.

Take time to remember
Between parades, fireworks, travel, and fleeting time, Memorial Day can often pass us by too quickly to remember what it’s all really about. This Memorial Day, make a little time to pull out the family albums and remember those in your family who have served in the armed forces or just need to be loved in memory. Time spent in reflection can offer your younger family members a glimpse into a history they may not know about. It can also help older children and parents reconnect with important family roots.  Additionally, it’s a great opportunity to discuss the many blessings your family has been given!

Pay tribute to the red, white, and blue
Adorning the outside of your home with simple red, white. and blue paper lantern lights is a unique and illuminating way to pay tribute to this important national holiday. A nighttime toast to a successful Memorial Day celebration by the light of these lanterns is a great way to bring your holiday to a close. Invite friends and neighbors to join you and make the most of the day’s end.  Adding a drop of blue food color to your champagne toast could also add a patriotic twist to an already memorable holiday.

 

  • Stephanie Goins
  • Tags: Holiday

Making Mother’s Day Truly Wonderful 1

Mothers Day IdeasMoms are undoubtedly special. They brought us into this world and they work hard to make sure we are loved, cared for, and ready to stand on our own two feet. Mom is also the person who is there to catch us when life trips us up. While we’re thankful for them everyday, Mother’s Day is a moment set aside specifically to honor the moms that we adore, admire and couldn’t imagine life without! Here are a few tips on how to make this year’s Mother’s Day one to remember.

Breakfast in Bed
It’s an adored and lasting tradition for a reason. Many times, it’s mom’s hands that help put together breakfast, lunch and dinner for the little ones she loves. This Mother’s Day, rise and shine early to get a special breakfast in bed prepared for the woman of the house! A tray of all her yummy favorites is a simple way to ensure that her Mother’s Day starts out right.

Make time for a mini makeover
Your mom is beautiful inside and out, but today just might be the day to let mom indulge in some cosmetic fun! Malls, outlet stores and boutiques generally offer on-the-spot mini make-overs that give mom a chance to try new colors, shades and styles. It’s an easy way to remind mom that she’s still the most glamorous girl in the house. She might even walk away with some great new products that give her an esthetic edge this Mother’s Day.

Make it a Spa-tastic Mother’s Day
Telling mom you love her is important; however, sometimes the gift of silence can speak louder than anything else. Treat your mom to a spa day by presenting her with a coupon for a trip to her favorite locale. A day at the spa can be a rejuvenating and cleansing release for busy moms whose schedules are normally packed.

Take a garden walk
You know that the mom in your life has a lot on her mind. Moms are notorious multi-taskers and Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to provide a little time for reflection. Look into local botanical gardens or public parks and take your mom on a leisurely, stress-free walk. It’s a great way for mom to relax and the two of you to catch up on the details of life that get passed by on most busy days.

Give the gift of giving
We love our moms because they are selfless caregivers, so what better way to celebrate motherhood than by taking time to give a helping hand to other moms across the globe? Visit womenforwomen.org with your mother or a similar charitable organization, and send a small donation or mother’s day card. Each gift will help a mother who has survived war, conflict or trauma. It’s a great way to not only acknowledge your own mother’s gift of life, but reach out and help mothers everywhere who are standing up under enormous pressures and fighting for the love of their children.

 

  • Stephanie Goins
  • Tags: Holiday

10 New Year's Resolutions When Painting Your Child’s Room 2

Paint Projects

Forget about your own personal resolutions for the year (eat better, exercise more, save more. Boring!) Let’s address something more fun…. 10 resolutions when painting your child’s room!

1)  I will create a space for my child that sparks the imagination.

2)  I will not be limited by artistic insecurities.

3)  I will get outside my box and do something I’d never dreamt of doing (such as painting my own kids wall mural).

4)  I will not be afraid to be too colorful.

5)  I will not be afraid to paint or to get a little messy.

6)  I will approach the decorating from my child’s point of view and use his/her interests. If she likes Fairies, I will find fairy wall murals. If he loves trains, I will train look for unique train wall art. If he can think of nothing but dinosaurs, I will fill the walls with prehistoric creatures.

7)  I will think big.

8)  I will strive to find fun and funky wall art designs.

9)  I will let myself be inspired.

10)  I will have fun doing it!

Happy New Year and Happy Painting!

Holiday Decorating Idea for Kid’s Room Wall Murals 0

Holiday Wall Decor Ideas

So by now, you’ve probably already dug out the Christmas boxes and have either begun or finished your holiday decorating.  If you are like us, year to year, the Christmas decorations stay about the same. The ceramic reindeer from Aunt Emily sits on the side table. The one-armed nutcracker is placed faithfully on the mantel next to the scary looking elf. The annoying battery-operated singing snowman sits on top of the TV…  And it never seems to extend into the children’s rooms, who are the ones who are most excited about decorating in the first place. So this year how about shaking it up a bit with this super easy holiday decorating idea… wrapped kid’s wall art!

Wrapping existing wall murals is free and super to do.  Simply utilize what is already on your walls and in your wrapping paper bin.  This transformation is, of course, achievable for any room in the house but is especially exciting for the existing wall art in kids’ rooms and baby nurseries.

You’ll need:

  • existing picture/portrait (already hung on the wall)
  • holiday wrapping paper
  • bow and ribbon
  • scissors
  • tape

STEP 1.  Remove wall murals from wall.                                

STEP 2.  Wrap wall art with paper and bow.

STEP 3.  Re-hang and enjoy!

How about that for easy?! From farm theme wall murals to a hanging holiday decor in a matter of minutes. Go ahead, give it a try. You will love the quick and easy transformation... and so will your children!

  • Stephanie Goins
  • Tags: Holiday