How To Decorate Your Bedroom In Style

Your bedroom should evoke peace and tranquillity (image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/architecture-bed-bedroom-ceiling-271743/)

Despite the numerous amounts of time your mother asked you to tidy your room when you were a teenager, you are still unable to make the bed before you leave your house in the morning. Every time you visit a friend’s place you are left wondering how others are able to keep their surroundings tidy while you have to be a complete mess.

Perhaps it’s the way you live life and the ease with which you take things or the fact that you just cannot be bothered to put everything back to where it belongs, but one thing’s for sure: your untidy habits are starting to annoy you. Whether it forms part of a New Year’s resolution or you merely want to become a more organised you for the sake of proving yourself you can, this year should be about taking control and learning how to become a tidier individual. Here’s how to decorate your bedroom in style (and keep it that way!).

Paint it an exciting but soothing colour

Different colours affect our moods in different ways. Blue will make us feel focused and calm, yellow will boost our spirits and increase our energy levels, and green has said to make us feel less anxious. With the colour you choose for your interiors being key in determining the way you will feel when you are in that space, it is essential to know what you would like your bedroom to represent. Would you want it to be a place of calm or somewhere where you can feel energised? This is the choice that you have to make when choosing what colour to paint your bedroom. Have a look at the list of colours and the moods they evoke for you to think carefully about the colour of choice.

Furnish it with meaningful pictures

There is nothing more relaxing than laying in bed surrounded by images of the people and places you love. Whether these are framed photographs of friends and family or posters of your favourite destinations, having a bedroom that reminds you of your closest circle of people and visited places is essential, as these reminders will make you feel better when you are sad and blue. Chances are you already own thousands of pictures that you keep on your phone, and if this is the case, you just have to choose your custom backdrop and print these onto the material of your choice. Go on, remind yourself of how blessed you are by having images of your loved ones in your bedroom!

Put everything where it belongs

Finally, and perhaps more to the point is the aspect of organisation. Keeping your bedroom tidy is something that you should do on a daily basis, and while this might not come naturally, it’s true that it can be trained. How? You ask. Just like patience, tidiness is something that requires hard work for it to become part of our routines, so don’t worry if you haven’t managed to become organised yet. It takes time. With this method, you will get closer to your goal.

3 DIY Hacks All Women Should Learn


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As James Brown once sang, this is a man’s world. Though we’re inching our way to gender equality, we’re still in the midst of an unsettling gender pay gap and women everywhere are subject to a gamut of gender stereotypes. When it comes to DIY many women are a little skittish, which is a shame since women (especially Mums) often find themselves confronted with quotidian household disasters every bit as much as their male counterparts. Some women may make a bee-line to the phone to call Dad, little realising that the task at hand requires nothing more than a dab of elbow grease and  a little knowhow.

While there are undoubtedly some jobs left to the professionals (electrical problems in particular should be left to the likes of MMK electricians) most DIY hacks are far easier than a lot of women realise. So when faced with these 3 common household scenarios, there’s no reason not to grab your tool belt and proudly subvert some gender stereotypes. 

Sealing windows

Did you ever walk past your all-singing-all-dancing double glazed windows ands feel a draft? That’s because the silicone based sealant around them can perish over time, leaking heat out of the home despite the energy efficiency of the glass. Thankfully, repairing these is fairly easy and you can achieve a really professional finish that looks neat and keeps heat inside where it belongs. Here’s how you do it:

  • Scrape off the existing silicone with a stiff scraper.
  • Use a solvent and some kitchen roll to remove any remaining traces.
  • Line the window’s circumference with masking tape leaving a gap of around 5mm to ensure a nice neat line.
  • Using a mastic gun, seal around the window’s edge, smoothing the silicone down with a wet finger.

This works just as well for baths and sinks where the sealant can get discoloured and yucky over time. Just be sure to fill the bath while resealing.

Changing a door handle 

Changing a door handle is easier than you’d think. The hardest part is removing the old one. This is best from inside the room with the door closed. Locate and remove the two screws (usually one on either side of the handle). If you can’t see them they may be hidden by the handle plate. If this is the case, pry the plate off with a flat-bladed screwdriver. Once you’ve removed the screws with a long Phillips head screwdriver, it should be easy to remove the handle, open the door and pull the handle out from the other side.

 

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Fixing a leaky tap

The constant drip-drip-drip of a leaky tap can be distracting and irritating. Many people (men and women) get skittish around plumbing and suffer in silence not wishing to exacerbate the problem with their meddling. Still, while there are some plumbing repairs that you should never attempt fixing a leaky tap is fairly straightforward. The most common cause of a leaky tap is a worn or damaged washer. Simply turn off the water supply, plug the sink or bath and switch the tap to the ‘on’ position. To remove the tap’s ‘headgear’, undo the headgear nut with a spanner and prise it off. Then simply prise off the washer with a screwdriver and replace it with a fresh one. Ta-da! Your tap will now flow freely and the annoying leak is now just a memory.

Easier than you thought, right? With a few simple and inexpensive tools and a little knowhow, mastering DIY is one big step toward gender equality.

 

Turn Your Backyard into a Winter Wonderland

When winter starts to creep in, you might feel sad that you have to say goodbye to your backyard. It’s hard to make the most of it when there’s no sun, and if you grow anything out there, you need to start protecting things from the cold weather. But just because it won’t be hot and sunny anymore, it doesn’t mean you have to stop using your yard. If you love being outdoors, you can keep using it and enjoy it as much as possible. There are lots of changes you can make, especially to your deck or patio, so that you can sit outside in the winter.

Deck or Patio Cover

Before you do anything else, think about how you can create a cover to sit under in your backyard. You could do this in a few different ways. There’s the possibility of extending the roof of your house at the back or perhaps putting up an awning. Another option is to have a gazebo cover, parasol, or something else you can move up and down. With a cover over your deck or patio, you can stop too much heat from escaping. So if you’re sitting using a heater or enjoying a fire, you can keep everyone warmer. It can also keep you dry if it starts to rain or snow.

Outdoor Heaters

When the weather is cold, it’s pretty hard to stay warm when you’re sitting still. So if you want to sit outdoors, you’ll need something that’s going to help generate some heat. One possible option is to use moveable outdoor heaters, so that you can put them where you want and store them when you’re not using them. More permanent heaters are available too and can make a great feature for your garden. You could have standing heaters or perhaps ones that you mount onto a wall. It’s important to remember that you’ll need energy for these heaters to run so think about the practicality of that.

 

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A Fireplace or Fire Pit

Another option to keep warm is to have a fireplace or a fire pit. These are convenient, eco-friendly, super warm, and they can look great too. Anytime you want to sit outside and keep warm, you just need to light a fire, and you can keep it burning for hours. Plus, you can’t toast marshmallows on an electric heater. A fire pit creates a fantastic focal point for gathering around with friends or family, and you could cook with it if you wanted to. If you get a free standing one, you can easily move it when you’re not using it.

Comfortable Furniture

Once you have a fire (or a heater) to sit around, you need somewhere to sit. You might have outdoor furniture for the summer, but it’s not necessarily good for winter too. Perhaps you will choose to make your existing furniture cozier by adding blankets, cushions, and throws. You can make sure everything in more comfortable and plush to help everyone stay warm.  Or you might buy some new furniture just for winter. However, remember to think about the practicality of any furniture and accessories you use. Ideally, you can take any textile items inside or store them somewhere so that they stay dry.

A Hot Tub

Sitting in a tub of water outside might not be at the top of your list during the winter. But if it’s a hot tub, you can stay warm and have lots of fun. A permanent hot tub in your backyard can be used all year, but it also takes up a lot of room. If you want to save space, you could consider an inflatable hot tub instead. Relaxed Wellbeing has some top recommendations for inflatable spas. However, you should be careful having an inflatable hot tub outdoors in winter. Some say not to use them below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is fairly cold, but there are many places where temperatures drop lower. Hot tubs can create great parties, but only if they can work.

 

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A Sauna

If staying warm in a hot tub doesn’t appeal to you, you might want to consider building a sauna instead. In some colder countries, like Sweden and Finland, practically everyone has a sauna in their home. If you want a sauna in your backyard, you don’t have to have that much space. You only need to build a small cabin with a heater and space to sit. Some saunas are heated with a wood burning stove, which is easy to install. Others require gas or electricity lines, which complicates things a little. Before you invest in a sauna, do your research into style, size, and what sort of heater to use.

Lots of Light

Don’t forget that you’ll need plenty of light if you want to use your backyard as the days get shorter. Don’t just concentrate on your deck or patio, but light up the rest of your yard too. You might have a tree you want to string some lights through, or perhaps a path that you want to highlight with a row of lanterns. For convenient outdoor lighting, try using solar-powered lights. They will allow you to have lighting without wiring everything in. You can also use natural light from candles, torches, and lanterns. You might also want to have some lights that are wired in, though.

Set Up a Tent

For family fun, pitching a tent in the winter can be great. If you feel like your lawn gets neglected, some camping with plenty of warm sleeping bags and blankets is a good idea. You could even consider setting up a large teepee or yurt, which is fantastic if you want to have a larger space to enjoy. Some of them are even big enough to have beds inside, or perhaps to set up a cozy dining space.

You don’t have to stop using your backyard in the winter. There are plenty of ways you can make it a fun winter space and enjoy it even through the coldest months.

Blanket Scarf Style


Oh man, it has been a hot minute since I have shared an Outfit Inspiration!

Yes, this is a simple, easy to throw together outfit, but the best part about this outfit is the blanket scarf.

It is from Jo-Ann Fabrics and is the easiest DIY ever! At the beginning of the season they came out with some great plaid prints in a variety of fabrics. Some were a classic, thicker, flannel like fabric, but this one was a lighter weight fabric.

I loved the colors as well as the weight of the fabric, this piece goes with many outfits in my closet.

I simply took it, and one other plaid fabric, to the cutting counter and asked if they could cut a square pieces for me. Once at home, if needed, I gently touched up and frayed/uneven parts on the edges. No sewing involved! 

I love it and have worn it often! Let me know if you try this yourself.

Outfit Inspiration:

Black Sweater – Target

Blanket Scarf – Jo-Ann Fabrics

Boot Cut Jeans – Old Navy

Red Flats – Target

Personalized Phone Case^ – Pink Sugar Crystals

Happy Shopping!
^A Leopard Print Lindsay Supporter!

Easy Halloween Decor


Halloween is so close and I am so excited! Yes, I realize it is still September, but Starbucks has already release the PSL and the first day of fall is only a few days away, don’t judge me. 

I popped into Target the other day and frolicked happily through their display. I am rather impressed with myself, I only bought six items. Success! 

(This has nothing to do with the fact that I have already purchased items from Michael’s Crafts and JoAnns. We’ll just pretend that didn’t happen.)

Anyway, last year I shared my Floating Witch Hats, this year  I came up with two really easy “DIY” decor pieces that anyone can do. Yes, I mean that, you could have two bottles of wine and still manage to get these done.

Be sure to remove the tags from all your fun purchases. (I’m looking at you, Mom.)

First Piece – 


Items needed:

Bird Cage – Target

(You don’t need to get all fancy, the one in the link will do.)

Crow Skeleton – Target 

(NOT a real one, that’s just weird. Also, NOT a live one, you don’t want that mess in your house.)

Now, take the crow (you can give it a name if you want to, I’ll call mine Herbert), open the cage, put him (or her if you have given it a girl’s name) in it, close the cage.

Yep, that easy. 


Look how happy he is, he loves it!

Second Piece – 


Items Needed:

Small Cloche – Target

(Be sure to get the one from the Halloween section, it has a cute bat on top. Plus it is made of plastic, so if you are doing this while full of wine, it’s unlikely you’ll break it.)

Purple Bat Lights  – Target

Orange Pumpkin Lights – Target

(These items are in the  $1-$3-$5 section in store only. If you go, don’t drink or text and drive, thanks.)

AA Batteries – 2 per each light set. 

(Yes, Target carries them too.)


Gently unwind lights from inset in box, and put the batteries in, turn lights on and look at how pretty they are.

Gently place lights in the top of the cloche, spreading them around as evenly as you can. 

Place the bottom of the cloche on, be sure to leave the battery packs out. Flip back over and voila! 


It might take a few tries to move the lights around to how you like them.

These are perfect placed on a mantel or side table!


Woohoo! You did it! Now go make yourself some Halloween Munch to celebrate! 

DIY Floating Witch Hats

I love a good Halloween craft, and this one is really easy. It is also a simple way to add some flair to any home!

   
 
Items needed:

Witch Hats – Target (I got three.)

2-3ft of Ribbon (1 1/2 inch width, colored. I used green.)

Tulle – Michaels Crafts (I used Sparkly Orange.)

Black Glitter Roses – Michaels Crafts (I used purple.)

Hot Glue Gun (with glue sticks)

Crystal Thread

Sewing Needle

Pony Beads (2 per hat)

Push Pins (One per hat)

Something to prop the hat up on while decorating. I used a plastic “megaphone” on a roll of paper towels. This helped to fill in the tall part of the hat, and made it easier to create on.

 
Ribbon Hat:

Place hat on your prop.
Take your ribbon and gently wrap it around the mid-point of the hat, crossing it in the back, edges should hang off the brim. The ribbon should be angled, see picture below.

Using your hot glue gun, glue top portion to the hat first, then glue the cross over in the back. 

  

Rose Hat:

Prop hat up.

Remove two rose heads from the stems. 

Using hot glue gone, glue the roses on the side of the hat where the “cone” part meets the start of the flat brim, be sure the bottoms of the roses are facing each other. 

  

Tulle Hat:

Prop up your last hat.

Using 5 feet of your tulle (be warned, if you’re using one with glitter, it is about to get everywhere). Wrap the tulle around the bottom part of the “cone” of the hat, and form/tie a bow. 

Fluff out the loops of the bow, and the part around the hat. 

  

Preparing to hang your hats:

(These are the steps you’ll take for each hat.)

Cut about 5 feet of the crystal thread, then slide two pony beads onto thread. 

Hold both ends of thread together, so the beads fall to the middle.

  
Gently invert the hat so it is inside out.

Put both ends of the thread through the needle, and push through the top point of the hat. 

  
Very carefully reach through the other side and of the hat, and pull the needle through. You will flip the hat back the correct way, and pull until the beads are in the tip of the hat.

  
I tied a couple of knots to keep the thread from getting too crazy.

Hanging your hats:

Decide how low you want to hang your hats, and tie the thread at that length around the push pin. 

I tied mine multiple times, to be sure it wouldn’t come undone and fall down.

  

Decide where you want them to hang, be careful if you need to use a ladder, then simply push the pin into the ceiling!

  

I hung all of mine in our entry way, and they had such a fun element to this season’s decor! 

   
Green Ribbon Hat


Purple Glitter Rose Hat

    
Orange Tulle Hat

 
If you have any questions, comment and I’ll answer them!

Happy Crafting!

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Teacher Appreciation 

The end of the school year is coming up, and it’s important to show teachers how much we appreciate what they do. 

Here is a sweet way to show your child’s teacher you’re thankful for all their hard work.

   

All items were purchased at Target.
You’ll need:

Cute Decorative Tin Pail

Mini-Flower Grow Kit

Starburst Candies

  

Fill each tin a little over half way with Starbursts, place the Mini-Flower Kit in the middle, then top off with more Starbursts.

Yep, it’s that easy!

 

I took them in with a note to each teacher that started with, “Thank you for helping me grow to reach the stars.” Along with a personalized note, and signed it from our child. 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!