Brighten The Home With These Five Tips

January and February are often such a slog to get through. Depending on where you are in the world, they’re the coldest months of the year and while you know that you have vacations and days out planned to look forward to, you really need something bright and sunshine-y in life right now.

 

Making your home look brighter can depend on what you need to do with your home in the first place. For example, you may be currently researching companies to contact about getting new windows, or you may decide that a lick of paint is still a great idea. Either way, while we are still living in colder temperatures, it can really help to alleviate those winter blues by making the home as bright as possible. Here are five ways you can do just that.

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Add Window Treatments

You may not have many plans to replace the windows entirely, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t dress them up. Think about adding curtains or blinds (or both!) and a valance across the top. The brighter the colors, the better! Your window treatments can brighten up the whole space and give the room personality that you didn’t know you could give it.

Add Flowers

Spring is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t breathe a little life into the space with a vase or two of fresh flowers. You want to have plants that reflect how you feel, so find the brightest blooms and cut the stems short so that you can focus on just the bloom. They perk up the home, so indulge in more than one room!

Art Additions

You don’t have to be a connoisseur of art to know what a good print looks like. There are so many options in the brightest of colors that you can get mounted in the home, and you can do it in more than one room. If you’re strapped for cash, don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be an expensive investment. Plenty of prints aren’t the real deal, and they still look good!

A Statement Piece

You know that dreary old hallway table you’ve had for years? Why not give it a lick of bright paint to add a shock of color to the entrance hall? You can dispense with the brown furniture and choose a color that will look good and really draw the eye from the moment that people walk through the door.

Hang New Mirrors

Smaller rooms and spaces in the home can really benefit from mirrors being hung up. You can open the entire room with the right mirrors, and they don’t have to be static over-the-mantelpiece mirrors either. You can have full length mirror tiles if you want, or you can go for a mosaic mirror pattern in the bathroom. 

 

Brightening the home in the winter months can make all the difference to the way that you feel and the way that your home looks. Try these ideas first!

Interesting Hobbies For Kids

In the world of technology, it’s not uncommon to see kids glued to their gadgets all day. This means that it becomes more important to encourage them to pick a hobby that encourages them to use their potential, explore their world and provide them with a way to spike their interests and creativity. 

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Why Are Hobbies Important For Our Children? 

 

A hobby has the ability to shape the personality of a child in a  positive way by helping them become self-reliant, confident and independent. Choosing a hobby that also enhances the thinking skills of kids gets them ready for later on in life. A hobby not only instill good qualities like teamwork, patience and compassion but it also teaches them an array of life skills that will help them grow into healthy adults. 

 

Helping Them Choose

 

You will notice that children tend to imitate their parents, so, you can generate interest in a hobby by leading by example. Indulging in your own hobbies a great way to encourage curiosity and push them to find hobbies of their own. When they watch you taking part in something that is creative and fun they are more likely to join in. What starts off as a little interest can grow into a hobby for life. 

 

Another great way to do this is to take them out and about exploring, whilst trying new activities. Go to museums, art galleries, play football and go to concerts. They will not only learn new things, but they will also start to think about other things that they might like to try. 

 

Let’s have a look at some of the hobbies that you might want to think about: 

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Arts And Crafts

 

Arts and crafts are normally one the first hobbies that people think about but they get caught up with just coloring and painting, there are some many other that fit into this category. Hobbies like this are a fantastic way to fuel a child’s imagination and give them a healthy channel for their creativity through fun activities. Some include : 

 

  • Origami
  • Hand print Crafts
  • Crochet, you could even create hats and scarves for the winter
  • Woodwork, kids love using real tools 
  • Felting
  • Paint
  • Tapestry
  • Quilting and Knitting
  • Pencil Sketching and Drawing
  • Comic Book Art, this is a good transition for comic mad kids

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Nature-Related 

 

A great way to educate and get your kids in the outdoors is to get them involved in nature-related hobbies, some include: 

 

  • Animal Care, it can be a family pet or even voluntary work
  • Gardening, create their own space in the garden 
  • Organic Farming, growing their own veg can lead to cooking in the kitchen
  • Recycling Paper, making their own paper for their art and crafts 

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General Interest

 

Your children may already be showing signs of interest in hobbies that they might like to do, with your help they can be developed into a serious hobby. These can include but aren’t limited to: 

 

  • Photography, kids are now very gadget orientated, a great way to get them away from the screen is with photography 
  • Software Skills this is where kids can take part in things like coder kids and learn to build apps, games, websites or a blog
  • Cooking great for everyday life skills 
  • Scientific Experiments, there are plenty you can find on Pinterest
  • Magic
  • Reading will also develop their language skills
  • Flower Pressing
  • Learning Survival Skills is a great way to get them enjoying outdoors.
  • Sports, again a great way to get them outdoors

 

Hobbies are an important part of a kids development, they promote various social, creative, moral and academic skills in your children. This is why children who take up positive hobbies and are encouraged by their parents often do well in life in a positive and professional way. Finding hobbies that they’re interested in and also promote natural, essential life skills gives them the confidence to make solid decisions on their own and drives their creative energy. 

 

Hobbies are also a fantastic learning opportunity for your children, they are a positive and easy way for them to learn, work on creating something new, come up with unique and individual ideas all whilst having fun. Signing your children up to groups and activities where they need to play as team is also a brilliant way to promote a healthy view to teamwork and making friends. 

 

These are just a few of the many activities that your children may find interesting as a hobby, do you have any other hobbies that should be included on this list that you can share in the comments section below?