Family Time: Awesome Hobbies You Can Share With Your Kids

Spending time with your kids is always full of new memories you will use to “embarrass” them in front of their friends. However, nothing can replace those moments and you will always feel as though they grew up too quickly. Instead of waiting for the perfect time to have family time, you can be more proactive and create your own.

Hobbies are one of the gratifying and easiest ways to have not only fun but also spend quality time with your family. Kids love the new and interesting stuff, and it won’t take you long to find something that will interest you all. In order to help, we prepared the list of possible hobbies you can share with your kids. So choose one and make those memories every parent likes to share at social gatherings.   

Take lessons together

There must be something you think you missed to learn when you were a kid. Having kids is a perfect time to make up for that perceived lost time. For example, take language lessons together or attend a drawing class. This will give you a unique opportunity to not only learn something new but also teach your kid how to be a responsible student.

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Some other fun experiences could be to learn how to make origami or pottery class since kids like making stuff. However, whatever you choose make sure your child is interested to learn since otherwise, it will only be a one-sided amusement.  

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Grow plants in the garden

If you have an outdoor space, turn it into the garden and start planting together with your kids. They like getting dirty and you can even get them gardening tools specifically intended for kids. You will both spend an amusing time choosing what to plant and how to organize your garden.

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This is also an educational moment when you can teach them about food and importance of environment in human life. Digging the soil will help them release the energy and observing the growing process will make them feel important

Explore nature

Going on hikes is not only healthy but will also give you the chance to talk with your kid away from the city chaos. Nature is maybe a usual choice for family time, but it is always full of options and opportunities.

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You can play sports on the lawn or jog in the park, as well as having a picnic time during weekends and start a family tradition. You can show your kids the meaning of nature in human life while allowing them to dazzle you with their imagination about faraway lands among the greenery.   

Fun time with music

If you know how to play an instrument, don’t impose it on your kid, but rather let them get to know all the choices together with you. First off, introduce them to the instrument. For example, visiting piano sales with a child is an enjoyable way to show them what it’s all about. Watch concerts with them or take them to one.  

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Turn it into a family thing to regularly attend certain concerts and musical happenings. If you want, you can also learn to play the same instrument with your kid. That would take this family time hobby to a whole different level and make the experience more memorable.

 Start a collection together

Kids like to collect things like napkins and toys. This is a wonderful occasion to wake up the child inside and start a collection together with your kid. It’s never too late to be geeky, so team up with your kid and start some interesting collections together.  

There are also fairs and festivals dedicated to certain collecting interests, so you can go there together, have fun and expand your collection. It’s always nice to meet fellow collectors and it will only help your child and you bond even more.

In the end

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The most important thing you have to do before starting a hobby with your kids is to listen to them. They will already show interest in certain things and you can help them broaden their knowledge by being supportive. Additionally, sharing a hobby will also teach you more about your children and make you, even more, a part of their growing up.

 

Kids Paint Recipe & Usage Idea

Kids got through a lot of craft supplies – and it can really add up. I always look for great ideas to be able to provide my little ones with lots of supplies without taking too much of a hit on my bank account.

So the paint recipe given in the graphic is a good start – I tried it and it works great.

I also like to repurpose, upcycle, recycle – so using old condiment squeeze bottles is a really cool trick. The ones pictured always keeps the paint down at opening so when your little one squeezes there are no ‘blurps’ that are likely to cause a mess. If you can’t wait to gett all of the bottles craft stores sell clear bottles with a nozzle top of many different varieties. Dollar stores usually sell the old fashioned yellow and red squirt bottles that are meant for mustard and ketchup. You would just have to put a label on identifying the color paint inside.

Cool Ideas for a Family-Friendly Backyard

As cold and harsh weather gives way to soothing spring temperatures, we feel the magnetic pull of the outside world. The rejuvenating greenery of grass and trees is always there to greet us, but why not go the extra mile? No matter how big or small the yard is there is most likely a way to transform this outdoor space into a family oasis infused with homey comfort. This is an opportunity to achieve an active lifestyle brimming with utter fun and joy.

A central stage

The first thing to consider is how you want to utilize the space. Also, you have to ask yourself how many people will use it and how often. That should give you an idea about the features to be included. They can encompass everything from a fireplace and a dining area to a cocktail patio. Just note that strangely-shaped backyards provide special challenges in design. Hence, it is of the utmost importance to plan ahead of time.

A spacious patio is a must-have. It makes large family gatherings possible and establishes a seamless connection between interior and the backyard. A massive fireplace with a mural is a perfect focal point, making it a spot where one can unwind and melt the stress away after a long day. On the other hand, there is no need to spend a truckload of money on décor. Get your creative juices flowing and take on exciting DIY projects.

Make sure to invest in outdoor furniture sets to provide comfortable seating. Of course, weather-resistant pieces are highly recommended when putting together a durable outdoor area. The weather, though, is not the only natural enemy. I had to rely on professional services to identify potential timber damage as well as the presence of pests such as termites in furniture and decks.

Child’s play

Furthermore, create a space for kids. It might be a good idea to section it off with screens made from lattice fencing attached to posts. A row of brightly-colored plants like sunflowers can play the same role and add playful charm to the space. Likewise, there are many landscaping tricks to separate spaces within the yard. For instance, beds planted with tall plants and evergreen serve as handy natural borders and dividers.

A playhouse or a tree house could be just what the children need. Still, if you opt for plastic playing equipment, try to introduce more of the natural presence around. A sandbox is a nice addition as it can be converted into a raised vegetable garden. Vegetables always bring benefits for the family as they invite them to plant, tend, and harvest together. Oh, and do not forget to plant a plenty of grass for a soft surface for outdoor activities and sports.

Footloose and fancy-free

Once the kids have a place to enjoy their escapades, turn the attention to the set-apart space reserved for adults. A game room or pavilion is a chance to engage in favorite activities while the breeze fondles you. A waterproof pool table is a common sight in many entertainment areas, and curtains can be utilized to protect the players from the elements. A daybed positioned between container planters, on the other hand, is the perfect place to recharge the batteries.

Outdoor lighting allows everyone to stay outdoors even as the night beckons and snuggles the yard. It keeps the party going and ensures the much-needed functionality. What is more, it highlights landscaping and architectural features. Feel free to follow your taste. Lighting is the final piece of the puzzle you’ll need to assemble a backyard family refuge where you can curl up together and spend some quality time.

Make the magic happen

A magical backyard sanctuary brings the family closer together. In order to make the most of it, strive to summon a homelike atmosphere and give everyone something to enjoy. A hangout spot is paramount, but so are secluded areas for a more private chilling out. So, get inspired and roll up your sleeves. Merge prime functionality with swell aesthetics and immerse in the great outdoors with your family members for months to come.

Popsicle Drawing For Kids Reward

16864766_1013530562112759_7363868235258772356_nAlthough this mentions the award for good grades – I am going to use this with my little one as a general reward system. Doing good deeds, cleaning toys, being helpful, being kind, sharing etc. The photo above used foil to make a top but you can easily use a container with lid and carefully cut slits in the top to hold the popsicle sticks. The canister could also be wrapped in fabric.

Buy Or Build A Home? Making Room For A Growing Family

A growing family is a family that everyone wants. Your spouse and you may have enough space in your studio apartment or a small house, but with the baby on the way, everything changes. Your family will become bigger and you will need significantly more space for your family and all of your things. That is why you should consider moving into a new house. However, there is always a question of whether you should buy it, build it or adjust your existing one.

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Building a Home

Building a new bigger home from scratch seems like a good idea. You can make your own plan and organization of rooms, their number and size, and everything will be as you please. More importantly, it will correspond to the needs of your family. However, this can be a stressful process, since it involves plenty of time and money, and if you are pregnant this will put too much stress on you. Luckily, babies don’t need as much space at the beginning. For a first few months, you can place the crib in your master bedroom, which gives you more time to build your bigger home. Also, if you plan to build your own home and fulfill all the needs of your growing family, it is best to start planning and building much before your family starts growing.

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Buying It

Since building a new home for the big family takes time and is somewhat stressful, sometimes it is better to buy a house. It is faster than building and you can easily make some changes if needed. However, even though this option is faster, it is not as easy as it looks. When searching for a new home to purchase, you should make sure it is close to parks, good schools, family entertainment and, if possible, your relatives. Commuting too far is time and money consuming and it takes away the free time you can spend with your family. Do your research, talk to real estate agents, search websites such as Lifull for your area and find a home that meets your needs. If you can find a house that can satisfy all these requirements and some other that you need, buy it. If not, you can always start planning building a new home, and in the meantime you can rent a house that meets the requirements.

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Making a Few Adjustments

The home you already have may just be enough for a bigger family; it may only need a few adjustments. If there is a baby on the way, you can always consider adding a nursery to your home. However, home additions are not as easy to build. There are plenty of laws to follow, you have to check if your city allows such additions, you should consider your budget as well and it will require hiring a professional. All that can be costly and it will stress you out; and that is not that good for the baby. There is also an option of upgrading your home a bit so it would be safe for the baby. However, all that remodelling will be messy and the comfort of your home will be disturbed for a little while. On the bright side, you don’t have to undergo the troubles of moving to another place.

The decision is entirely up to you. Before making any major decisions about the new home, make sure to consider all the advantages and disadvantages of all the options. Is your budget big enough, do you have time to build a new house, is the new neighborhood friendly and how far is it from your work and school? Having all that in mind, it will be much easier to make a decision; and whatever you do, you do it for the family, so be thorough.

Pop The Balloon On The Pumpkin – Great Halloween Game

733865_10151551782610266_470924686_nCreate a cutout from green paper that looks like the top of a pumpkin and attach high on a wall. Blow up orange balloons and attach with masking tape of push pins.  Use this as a display for the party or on the outside of your home for trick or treat night. Older kids, with supervision, could use a push pin to pop balloons in turn until they are all popped. Could be done for different parties making a strawberry, heart, Christmas tree, wreath etc.

Creative Patterns Of Roman Blinds To Complement & Update Your Home Décor By Jason Phillips

Roman blinds are a design classic – often neater than curtains, and simple, clean and effective. Of course, it’s always easy to fall into the trap of assuming they’re dull, but that’s just because you’re not looking in the right places! Roman blinds are incredibly versatile, and there are tons of creative patterns out there that you can use to complement and update your home decor.

Go Bold

Think big, bold and bright. If you’re finding your room a little dull – perhaps it’s cream, beige or a lovely shade of grey – add some wow in by picking some big bold patterned blinds. Think modern art and geometric patterns. Whether it’s vibrant reds, electric blues or hot pinks, adding a splash of color to your blinds is a great way to bring color into a room without having to repaint the walls. Don’t worry about it clashing either – as long as you’re careful, clashing colors can be just as fun as matching ones. Try this color wheel for which colors you can pair together safely as opposites.

Think Floral

If you’re after a cosy, quaint look, go for a classic floral. Whether it’s tiny little flowers dotted across a pastel background, or big, blocky roses, a good floral is great for adding a homey feel to your room. If you’ve got a particularly large window, you could even get one of the on-trend patterns with some birds worked in too – but be careful with smaller spaces, because you don’t want too heavy a pattern.

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Travel Time

If you’re the kind of person who loves to travel – or even just loves the idea of it – why not pick something along those lines? Old-world style maps are in fashion at the moment, and instead of trying to find space for a print of one, why not make use of that blind space you’ve got? Or, for the more modern-thinking among you, go for something particular – whether it’s a map of the world, one continent or even one city. If you can’t find blinds with the map you want in style, it’s always worth seeing if you can get the fabric printed – or for the particularly brave, try it yourself!

Cutesy

Cute isn’t just for kids. If you want elephants following each other trunk-to-tail, pink owls sitting in trees or dinosaurs stomping around, then go for it! Adding some whimsy to your room can add a hint of quirky fun. This is especially good for home offices, or other spaces where you’re starting to feel a little bit too grown up. After all, the only difference between the children’s range and the adult’s range of made to measure blinds is the name – so just ignore it!

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Stripes

You can’t go wrong with stripes. If you liked the sounds of bold colors, but are a bit nervous about having the whole roman blinds that shade, then why not work it in in stripe form? Whether it’s ombre, a gradient or even just harmonious color, stripes let you play around with bright shades without the risk of it becoming too much for the eye. Vertical or horizontal can both work, though we recommend vertical if you want the window to look taller, and horizontal for wider.

Faux-Wood

If you like the idea of wooden blinds, but prefers the practicality of fabric roman blinds, then why not go for faux-wood style? Enjoy the benefits of blackout fabric and the ease of opening/closing them, with the great aesthetic of wood. From deep mahoganies to fine bamboo, there’s a print out there for everyone.

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If none of these appeal to you, you can always DIY things! If you’re especially sure in your sewing skills, take some plain blinds and jazz them up – and if you’re not, you’ll be able to find someone in your area who can. This way you can pick exactly what you want – whether it’s cheeky unicorn print fabrics, classy brocades or even an elegant Japanese silk, you’ll be able to find a fun and creative print to match your decor. You could even get some fabric paint and go to town with a design all of your own invention!