Sprucing Up Your Home In Spring

spring decorating tips

 

Spring has finally sprung unless storm Stella has caused a few problems for you.  In which case you have our condolences because you will have to wait a little longer.  Spring makes getting off your couch and out of your blankets easier.  It means sprucing up your home after spending all of winter hunkered down.  We have a few spring decorating tips to help you spruce up your home this spring.

Declutter

First, go room by room and start getting rid of things that you no longer use or need.  Either throw it away or donate it.  Put three bags in place – one for items that you plan to keep, one for things that will be donated, and a third for things to be trashed.  Lose as much sentimentality as you can.  And remember that if you haven’t looked at r used something in a few months, you probably won’t miss it.

The Outside Of Your Home

spring decorating tips

You’ve probably spent the whole winter hurrying to and from your car without taking much of a look at the outside of your home.  It’s time for that to change.  Take a good look at your back yard and see what you can do to make it a pleasant area for you to relax in this summer.  Furthermore, add  seasonal fruits and vegetables that you can grow yourself.  Also, make sure there’s a patch of shade where you can relax with a good book or without fear of sunburn.

Check out companies similar to www.treeservice-fortworth.com.  Look for companies who will help you cut back any errant branches.  Make sure that your yard looks neat and tidy.  Additionally, check for any paint cracking and peeling.  If found, pick new paint colors and start painting when the weather is warm enough.

Let The Light In

It’s time to turn off your heating and add a little natural warmth to your home.  Open curtains and let the sunlight flood in.  Not only will the natural light give you a little extra vitamin D, but it really will warm up your home.  If you have a pet cat, you’ll absolutely see it lounging in the pools of sunlight on the floor.  The only problem with filling your home with sunlight is that it might just illuminate  patches of dust.  Get out the duster, and remove any dirt and dust that has accumulated over the winter months.

Update Your Décor

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During the winter, we go for darker colors like red and green.  But spring is the time of new life, of rebirth and nature.  It’s time to ditch those Christmas colors and go for apple green, periwinkle blue and pale yellows.  You don’t have to redecorate your entire home, but why not buy some new art prints.  Paint an accent wall in a couple of your rooms.  You could also add new pillows and rugs to your living room in bright, fresh colors. Add a spring-like quality to your decor.  Finally, why don’t you add some plants? They’ll add some greenery to your home along with plenty of fresh clean air.

Finally, we hope that you enjoy our spring decorating tips, and will implement a few ideas into your décor.

16 Budget Friendly Spring Break Ideas for Kids

spring break ideas for kids

Spring break is around the corner.  Vacations at the beach and Disney World are being planned.  But not everyone wants to head to the beach or afford a trip to Disney.  No worries, we have a few ideas that will make the kids happy and in turn make you happy.  Having fun and getting a little R & R doesn’t require families to spend big bucks.  With a little planning, a staycation can be the perfect solution for a family.  Check out our list of spring break ideas:

1.  Plan a sleep over for the kids and their friends – First, put this idea at the top of your list.  Kids love spending the night with friends.  Have a few friends bring their sleeping bags.  Clip a few coupons from you local pizzeria.  Additionally, mix up a batch of punch and watch a few movies.

2.  Send the kids to grandma’s  –  Second, the kids would love to spend a few days at grandma’s.  And I guarantee grandma would love have them.

3.  Visit local museums –  Spend the day visiting a local museum, car show, or art gallery etc.

4.  Check the library for story hour or other programs –  Furthermore, many libraries offer preschool story hour and other activities.  For example, our local library is offering a Lego Challenge, Minecraft Computer, classes on Japanese Culture etc. So, hope on-line and check the activities.

5.  Plan a craft day for the kids –  Check out Pinterest for spring crafts that you can make with the kids.

6.  Go bike riding –  Clean up the bikes and helmets and head out for the day.

7.  Set up a Sundae Bar – Next, don’t spend money at Sweet Frog.  Make your own sundae bar.  I set up a bar with my grandchildren and they love it.  Check out my post How to Set up a Sundae Bar for Kids.

8.  Reward the kids with movie night in the backyard –  If you don’t have a project or screen, try to rent or borrow one.

9.  Visit your local Family Fun Center – In addition to playing games at home, spend the day playing games and snacking at your local family center.

10.  Play Miniature Golf – Kids love playing miniature golf.  Check out the local

11.  Have game day with yummy snacks –   Chess, Twister, Checkers, Operation, Candy Land and others make great game day games.  Also, it’s a way to unplug and spend quality time together as a family.

12.  Campout in the backyard  – Additionally, build a campfire and pitch a tent.  Plan a hot dog and marshmallow roast.  Use these Marshmallow Roasting Forks.  They’re great for roasting both hot dogs and marshmallows.

13.  Head to your favorite family restaurant – Plan a day to go out to eat. Check out our 22 Places Kids Can Eat for Free.

14.  Check out the local theatres – So, many of the theatres have matinees that are affordable.  Check out local theatres for a possible family outing for plays, concerts or shows.

15.  Plan a trip to a hotel – Also consider booking a hotel room for a day or two.  Make sure the hotel has an indoor pool and a restaurant.  It’s a mini vacation away from home.

16.  Head to the beach or an amusement park– Last, if you live in a warmer area head to the beach.  Pack snacks and sandwiches and relax while the kids have fun.  Also, check out spring break discounts for your local amusement park.

Finally, we hope that you enjoyed our spring break ideas.  Most importantly, we hope that they inspire you to implement a few.

10 Reasons To Love Spring

reasons to love spring

                                                                 Mallards in my wet weather streambed

Spring has finally arrived!  I am so ready for warmer weather.  First, snow hit us hard this winter in my part of the world.  Snow is great for removing impurities from the air.  Furthermore, it is beautiful when it is falling and fresh.  Snow loses its luster for me when it needs to be shoveled or plowed.  It turns into work.

Second, I love having something to look forward to.  So, spring brings me back to life after a cold dreary winter.  Have you noticed that things come alive in the spring?  The earth gives birth. At least, that’s how I feel about spring.  Also, I feel alive and excited.  Why, because the birds will be singing, trees will be blooming, flowers emerging, lawns turning green and the list goes on.  As a result, this is why Spring is a favorite time of year for me.

The one drawback is my allergies, but lets not dwell on this con.  Here’s a few other reasons to love spring:

 

  1. I never know what I will find in my backyard – Like the mallards swimming in my wet weather stream bed and the Robin’s egg below.
  2. Winter clothes are traded for lighter clothing and brighter colors –  Sweaters, boots, winter coats and hats are traded for lighter clothes.
  3. Days become longer – Longer days mean more time outside.
  4. Vacations and getaways are considered  – Vacation spots are considered.
  5. Backyard BQs are planned  – The grill is prepared for Memorial Day.
  6. I plant my summer vegetable garden –  My house will be filled with garden pots and grow lights.
  7. Yard sales, flea markets and farmer’s markets await me.
  8. Shop for bargain plants – I love incorporating flowers and flowering shrubs into my landscape.
  9. Clean out closets and refresh my house – Brighter colors and lighter bedding is used.
  10. Remove debris from the yard and clean the deck for summer enjoyment  – Summer furniture is cleaned and placed on the deck and in the yard.

 reasons to love spring

                                                                   A Robin’s egg that has fallen from the nest

Finally, I hope that you enjoyed my list of reasons to love spring.   Leave a comment and let me know what you look forward to when spring arrives.