Make the Bedroom a Place that the Kids Want to Spend Time Every Day

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Having a fun bedroom can make all the difference between your kids enjoying their time there and them wanting to spend as little time as possible in the house.

To get your children fully enjoying their bedrooms there are a few simple tips to bear in mind that are relatively easy to carry out.

Let Them Help with the Design

One of the great areas of dispute in many families is when the youngsters aren’t allowed to help with the design of their rooms. Imposing your will without taking their taste and ideas into consideration can be a big mistake.

Of course, you don’t want to go too far the other way and give them complete freedom unless you are sure that they will make a good job of it. In many cases, it works out best to work together in order to get a great look.

By combining your ideas with theirs, you should hopefully find a way of getting the perfect balance and keeping everyone happy. They will then most likely feel that the room is theirs and a big part of their lives.

Give Them Space and Light

The initial reaction of your kids might be that they are happy with a dark and gloomy room. Many teenagers in particular like the idea of a dark bedroom, but it isn’t usually a great look.

In fact, this kind of style can lead to a depressing sort of bedroom that they end up not wanting to spend much time in. A far better idea is to make it a light and spacious room in which they can feel good.

Big windows, good lighting and an un-cluttered feel will give them a better room, even if they need some convincing of this fact before they agree. This is especially important in attic conversions.

Get the Temperature Right

If your child has a bedroom that is either too hot or too cold then they aren’t likely to want to spend a lot of time in there. Even if they don’t appear to mind the temperature there, it could be something that contributes to them getting ill at some point.

As well as adding a thermostat or some other way of controlling the room’s temperature, you should also think of other ways of making it a room with a pleasant temperature. The right curtains, for example, can help them to maintain the temperature the way they want it to be.

Make It Fun

When considering ways of making your kid’s room somewhere good to spend time, it is important to remember that it should be fun as well as practical. This could mean using old colors, adding interesting pieces of furniture, or giving them great things to do when they are there.

You won’t want to go too far the other way, though, and have them spending all day in there playing games or using their computer. As with the other points we have looked at, the key lies in finding a good balance that lets them enjoy their bedroom without having them stay in there all the time.

This is a tough balance to find, but making it a fun, pleasant bedroom can give the youngest members of your family a room that is perfect for them. If you also get some great outdoor furniture then they will also be tempted to spend time out in the garden as well.

If you can find the right balance then you can make your kid’s room a place where they love spending time and where they can feel completely at ease.

4 Backyard Makeover Ideas

Giving your backyard a makeover can be a great way of adding new life and style to your home. To combat the feeling of ‘drab’ in your backyard, check out the below ideas for some makeover inspiration.


1. Build A Patio

Nothing says backyard makeover like creating an entertaining area for your family and friends to enjoy. And no entertainment space is complete without a patio to do your entertaining on. Professional patio builders such as AdaptIt are your best bet to find a quality patio or deck as a foundation for your outdoor space. Once this is installed, choose a hard-wearing table that will complement the space rather than overpower it. Also, consider adding a pizza oven or barbeque, as well as a small fridge for convenience for your guests.

2. Have An Upgrade

People spend a large amount of time dedicated to perfecting the inside of their home, including buying new furniture and having the carpets cleaned. Why not think of your backyard in the same way? Start by giving your outdoor surfaces a good scrub and buff and even a new coat of paint. Painting the back wall of your house a different colour to the other sides will give real character to your backyard – and the same goes for the fence. Also, if you’ve had your outdoor living set for years, pick a style and treat yourself to some new stuff. These simple additions will give your yard an instant lift.

3. Create Definition

For a different kind of makeover, try playing up the different sections of your backyard by highlighting or defining their boundaries. Use dark mulch in your garden bed with plenty of space between plants so it creates a stark contrast with the green grass, or use pebbles or crushed rocks to create a pathway to the garden or shed. Or for something really unique, create a private enclosure such as a ‘garden shed’-style office to sit up against your back fence.

4. Think Green

To liven up your backyard space, try introducing a world of colour, greenery and plant life. Firstly, decide on theme or style you would like to resonate for your makeover – for example, a tropical rainforest. Do a bit of research and focus on what kind of greenery will fit this theme, such as ferns or other large, leafy plants. Having a focal point will also add to your makeover – if it’s ‘tropical’, consider adding an outdoor shower with a greenery privacy screen or wooden enclosure.

Doing an entire makeover might seem like a daunting affair; however, it can often be exactly what you and your backyard need for a fresh new look to your home. It doesn’t have to be over the top either; simply incorporating some of the suggestions above will make a huge difference.

What would be the first thing you would makeover in your backyard? Leave your answers below.

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Five Practical Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s the time of the year again. Almost everyone is busy tussling around trying to choose amazing gifts for their friends and families. Gifts are dazzling way of showing love and appreciation, but finding the best gifts can be stressful sometimes. Don’t fret! A little planning and some ingenuity will help you to come up with great gift ideas. To start with, here is a list of five practical Christmas gift ideas.

Handmade Knits

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If you are passionate about knitting or crocheting, why not use your talents to give back? Giving your loved ones something that you have made yourself is always better than something you can buy at the store.

Food Gifts

Delight your family and friends with your homemade goodies. No bake cakes, snacks, pretzels, food gifts in a jar and cookies in boxes are great ideas. Satisfy your friend’s sweet tooth while making their holidays even sweeter.

Health Kit

health kitHealth kits are so practical and beneficial. You never know when it might just come in handy. Although almost everyone might have a medicine kit at home, not everyone has the best medicine. A family health kit from Unilab will make the receiver feel loved. The kit may include multivitamins for the whole family (Neurogen E, Ascorbic Acid Ceelin, Enervon Multivitamins), medicines for minor aches and pains (Alaxan FR capsule, Kremil S, Biogesic) and medicines for minor illnesses (Tuseran Forte, Neozep Forte, Bioflu, Carbocisteine Solmux).


Although books are tricky to gift because reading preferences differ, books make great gifts. It can provide hours of amazement, surprise and revelation for book lovers and it may encourage those who doesn’t read often a brand new or rediscovered reading habit.


Air purifying houseplants are unique and thoughtful gifts that will last for a long time. You can attach a nice card with your plant and enclose care instructions. It will definitely plant a lasting smile to your loved ones.

When looking for a gift, get your creative juices flowing and don’t forget that emotional value counts way more than the cost of your gift.