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Activities With Children

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

Trying to find activities to occupy your children’s time as they are finishing their summer break? It can be difficult to fill the days with activities and you don’t want to just sit them in front of a screen all day but what can you do? Here are a few activities that can help keep your children active and away from screens. Some cost money while others don’t so that anyone on any budget can find something to do with their children.

 

A great option if you are trying to stay within a  budget is to pack up some balls, mitts, soccer balls—whatever it is that your children enjoy playing—and throw in a lunch and head to the park. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a blanket, plenty of water, and even an umbrella if there isn’t much shade. Take your children to the park and allow them to run around and play for a couple of hours. It is a great way to get them more active and enjoying the beautiful weather and outdoors.

 

Another way to keep them active and also allow them a chance to be social is to take them to your local pool. They will have the opportunity to swim around and also meet other children who are at the pool. If the pool is outdoors, make sure you bring sunscreen! Depending on how long you’ll be there, you might consider bringing a book if you aren’t planning on getting in.  However, there is something to be said about taking a dip yourself and playing with your kids.

 

Finally, if your children have never been camping it could be a great idea to pack up your old gear that maybe hasn’t seen the light of day since you had them and set up a camping site in your backyard. Play lawn games with them, grille up some dinner, and when it gets dark start a fire if you have a fire pit and enjoy each other’s company while you look up at the stars. Luckily you are still home so if anyone needs to use the restroom or clean up they are still able to do so.

 

These are just three ideas to help keeps your kids active and off the couch some while they are finishing their summer break. Use these as inspiration for other ideas! Perhaps you actually take them out camping after all. Or you could bring them to an amusement park for the day, or a museum. Whatever you choose, if you keep them moving and learning and experiencing it will be good for them.

Tips for Creating a Successful Gallery Wall

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Gallery walls are becoming increasingly popular. This technique is best explained as a wall with art and photos, similar to the look of an art gallery. The concept is great for family homes because it gives you a way to display the many family photos that accumulate over the years. It is also ideal for people that have ample art to display. Find out how to successfully pull off this technique!

Groupings of art or photos need to be tied together so that it doesn’t give the appearance of a chaotic mess. There are several ways you can tie the different photos or art together.

Coordinate colors. Group together similar colors together. You can mix art and photos together by grouping subject matter, relative by color scheme. For example group black and white photos with line drawings, pencil and charcoal art. The relative component in the relative component is the colors is black and white. Use the same color frame if possible.

Family photos generally have many different colors within them. Keep the gallery wall in unison by selecting the same color frames or the same frames in different sizes. If you wish to use all different photo frames, consider using the same type of photos, such as organized by age (children’s photos as they grow are a great example). This will keep the gallery wall harmonious while using an eclectic group of frames.

Gallery walls art or photos are either hung in symmetrical groupings or asymmetrical groupings. If the subject matter is a mixture of art and photos keep the grouping relative by hanging frames in a symmetrical layout. If the grouping of art’s subject matter is relatively simplistic; choose an asymmetrical layout. This will add interest to your gallery wall.

The key to a successful gallery wall is to have a common element throughout the grouping. This can be achieved by coordinating color schemes of the subject matter, frame selections or the layout style of the grouping. Choose one of the above techniques to unite your gallery wall!

Creating a Play Zone

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Family

17005847_SCreating a play and creative space for your kids in your home is important for both the kids and you. Having a space to play and be creative helps little minds grow and keeps your kids occupied. If you have a designated playroom, you are ahead of the game. If you have to carve out a play area in the family room or kids’ bedrooms, you face a little more of a challenge.

Having a play and creative zone that is not in the kids’ rooms can contain the clutter and chaos that comes with crafts and toys.  Depending on the size of your family room or living room, you may be able to set aside part of the room as the play zone.  The key to designing and creating a play zone is storage. Storage, storage and more storage will keep the toys and craft supplies from taking over your room.

If you have little crawlers and toddlers, you’ll want to have a soft surface underfoot for falls and tumbles. This can be colorful rubber mats, carpet squares, or even a few layers of area rugs.  Creating a safe place to play is important.  Poufs are great for the play area since they are easily portable and can be used as seating.

For crafting, a floor cover to protect your carpet or hardwood from glue and paint is a must. This can be a simple drop cloth, tarp or plastic sheet.  You’ll want something that is easy to fold up and wash after the crafts are over.

Do Something Nice For Mom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Events, Family, Holidays

Mother’s Day is this weekend! Yes, that’s our reminder to you that you need to plan something special for Mom. And we have plenty of ideas!

You could do the typical breakfast in bed, or brunch in an overcrowded restaurant. You could send her to the spa (never a bad option) or get her some flowers. Our suggestion this year, however, is to do something unexpected and something that will last for years and years.

Come by the store and let Mom pick out tile for a new kitchen backsplash, or new countertops in the bathroom.

You could finally tear out that old carpet and install hardwood or laminate flooring. Likewise you could replace the carpet with something luxurious and stain resistant.

You could promise to paint that accent wall that Mom has been wanting for years and years.

You could install a flagstone patio and brighten it with container gardens full of Mom’s favorite herbs. Or even just clean off the winter dust and debris and cook Mom an al fresco dinner.

You could power wash the outside of the house, and have the windows professionally cleaned. Window cleaning, we are sure, is not one of your mother’s favorite things to do.

Least of all because our mom’s are super busy, you could make her day by deep cleaning the house, or steam cleaning the carpets, or tackling those chores that she hates.

Whatever you decide to do, we wish your Mom Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Indoor Camping

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Summer

School vacation can mean traveling, visiting relatives or seeing sights. It may include swimming and other sports, time to play and picnics.

Here’s one fun idea that you can plan no matter what kind of weather you’re facing – a night of camping indoors.

Start with a tent that doesn’t need any posts to set up – no risk to your nice flooring. Bring some houseplants into sight and turn off all the lights.

Candles are too risky for children, but today’s LED lights are made to mimic candles of all sizes.

Have your children pack their own knapsacks with snacks and favorite toys. Add a few surprises for each child, including their own flashlights. Spread out sleeping bags if you have them or a pile of pillows, cushions and blankets will work.

Hotdogs and beans make for good camping fare. You may want to head outside to the grill for smores before bundling back to the tent for scary ghost stories before turning in. One of the best lessons you can teach your children is how to make their own fun rather than relying on movies, television and video games.

Have your children make a plan for the next at-home event. They’re not only developing their imaginations and planning skills, they’re making memories that will last a lifetime.

Plan for Baking with your Children

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath

Certain activities are fun to share with a child. Baking cookies is definitely one of them. It can be a learning activity that covers math, following instructions and accurate measuring. Baking also has the advantage of providing its own snacks at the end of the effort.

Preparation makes the difference between fun and frustration with this sort of project. First, don’t overestimate your capabilities. If you’re a regular baker, go ahead and make cookies from scratch. If not, take a shortcut with a mix or even pre-made dough.

No matter what level of baking you plan, be sure to have all of the ingredients and tools you need ready. Children have limited patience, so it’s better not to have them wait while you search for something. Prepare your baking area, adding a stool if needed so your child can reach the countertop.

Kitchen floors are designed to handle messes. In spite of that, children can make big messes quickly. Have cleaning supplies ready to address any spills so the floor doesn’t have a chance to get slippery.

Plan for fun decorating elements such as sprinkles or food coloring to liven up the final product. If cookie cutters are involved, have your child choose which ones to use.

For clean up, take advantage of the time when the cookies bake. Start with the utensils, placing them in the sink. Then go over the countertops. Finish with the floor, to handle any spills that might have occurred during the other clean-up activities. Have your child help with clean-up too – it’s part of baking. Finally, check their hands and the bottoms of their shoes before they run off to less forgiving flooring.

Pick Rug for Comfort

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs

Do your children love to spend time on the family-room floor, whether watching TV, playing games or just talking together? Are you a floor-sitter yourself? If so, it may be time to look at flooring for comfort as much as style.

Choosing an area rug with comfort in mind may seem unusual, but it can make a real difference for you and your family. A family room is really all about having everyone enjoy the space, and with a few simple decisions you can add to everyone’s pleasure.

To start, shop the rug’s pad. Look for one that is suitable to the flooring you have in your family room. Every type of flooring does better with a rug pad designed for it. Select the best quality pad you can afford; a comfortable rug starts with the pad.

Next, feel as well as look at any rugs you are considering. You may even want to bring a child along to stretch out on possible rug choices and give you a thumb up or down. Other issues such as allergies to wool may affect your choice of materials. A rug such as the one shown is very cozy thanks to the long thick yarn. However, even low-nap rugs can be comfortable if they are well constructed.

Once you’ve found the perfect rug, shop for a few large floor pillows to add even more comfort. Then stretch out on the floor with your family and enjoy yourself.

Three Things to Consider Before Choosing Modern Flooring

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Carpet, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Hardwood and Laminate

If you are mesmerized, or just plain confused, by all of the flooring choices available for modern homes, you might be ready to give up and just pick something out of frustration. Before you do, consider a few things that can narrow your choices down considerably.

What is your lifestyle?
If you have children or pets, you’ll definitely want to think about the activities that go on in your household on a daily basis. However well behaved they may be, children are prone to accidents. Whether it is spilling a glass of juice or falling on an untied shoe string, the flooring you choose matters. Dogs are also prone to slipping and sliding when they run or maneuver around corners.

Modern décor is infamous for its sleek appearance and along with that, so is the flooring in many homes. Slick flooring materials such as high-shine marble tile and finely finished hardwoods are very often not suitable for a family home, where children need to be comfortable and safe. Instead you might choose a modern style hardwood floor with a matte sealant finish or a textured ceramic tile for better grip.

What is your preference?
Consider your comfort level with differing materials. If you like to hop out of bed and feel the plush softness of a thick carpet underfoot, then you might want to have one of the luxurious modern carpets installed in the bedrooms. There are also many beautiful modern patterned carpets available for the rest of the home.

If you love the look of a sleek floor, you’ll want to take a look at marble or one of the slick ceramics on the market. Rugs add interest and offer comfort in areas where you might want a little more comfort or padding like in the kitchen or bathroom where you might be standing quite a bit.

What is your budget?
You may love the look of real hardwood or slate flooring, but your budget just won’t allow for it. There are plenty of choices in laminate wood flooring and ceramic tile which mimic their costlier look-a-likes. If you know your budget before shopping, then you can go directly to the flooring you can afford and not be swamped by even more choices. Especially ones that don’t fit within your means at the moment.

How You Live

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Website Tools

One of our favorite website tools is our “How I Live-Interview“. Here, we ask you basic information regarding your home and your lifestyle. It is important for us to know who lives in your home, if you have any children or pets, what type of atmosphere you would ideally like to create in your home, if you plain on entertaining in your home, etc. Your answers to these questions will play a vital factor in your decision-making process regarding the color, design, and products that you will select for your project.

Once you have completed the quiz, you will be directed to a forum full of information related to each question that you answered. It is important to know the best ways to accommodate yourself and your family, and it is our job to help you understand all of the ways to do so.

On the left hand side of our website you will see the “Take A Quiz” button, from here choose the “How I Live” tab and it will direct you to the correct page.

We hope you find this quiz helpful and that its answers can assist you in your decision making for your home.