10 DIY Wedding Ideas

If a wedding is in your future, check out these sweet DIY wedding ideas. Decorations, place cards and more to make your day special. 10 DIY Wedding Ideas via @tipsaholic #wedding #diy #bridal #decorations

 

10 DIY Wedding Ideas

Cheryl Seidel, etiquette expert, and regular contributing writer for the Huffington Post, shares her expert advice on the perfect DIY wedding ideas! Every bride dreams of having the perfect wedding- a day that is unforgettable, fun, and beautiful. Over the past few years, the Do-It-Yourself Wedding has become very popular because many brides are on a budget, but want to add a unique or high end touch to their special day. Whatever your wedding theme or colors, we’re sure that you can find something on this list to incorporate into your wedding!

 

DIY WEDDING DECORATIONS

 

String Art

What do you get when you combine a piece of wood, nails, and string? This sweet piece of art! The heart may be the obvious choice for your wedding, but this can be customized any way you’d like.

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DIY String Heart by Green Wedding Shoes

 

Floral Letters

Large, decorative letters are an excellent way to add a special touch to your wedding. We like this X and O, but what about using this method for a monogram? This tutorial uses fresh flowers, but if you made it with silk flowers it could be displayed in your new home after your wedding.

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Floral Letters by Honestly Yum

 

Glitter Tea Light Holders

This may be the quickest DIY project ever! Spray on some glue, sprinkle some glitter and voila you’ve added a little sparkle to your wedding décor!

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Glitter Tea Light Holders by The Details: Wedding Star

 

Pearl Letters

This project is somewhat tedious, but the end results are definitely worth it. (And you can catch up on your favorite TV show while working!) The pearls in this photo were spray painted metallic rose gold, but you could leave them white if you prefer. This method would also make beautiful table numbers or cake toppers!

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Pearl Letters by Fancy Pants Weddings

Terrarium Centerpieces

These lovely terrariums can be created well in advance of your wedding and would be perfect for a beach wedding. Collect some glass containers and get working! You can even make mini versions as your wedding favors.

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Terrarium Centerpieces by Something Turqouise

 

DIY ESCORT & PLACE CARDS

 

Color Dipped Cork Card Holder

These adorable cork placecard holders will add a pop of color to your reception. And they’re so simple you could have your flower girl or ring bearer get in on the action. (P.S. You don’t have to drink tons of wine to make these. The cork lids can be found at most craft stores!)

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Cork Place Card Holders by The Vault Files

 

Colorful Pocket Escort Card Display

If you like to scrapbook, then this is a great project is for you! This would be an eye-catching display at the entrance of your reception and you can customize the colors to match your wedding.

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DIY Escort Cards by Something Turquoise

 

Vintage Wood Table Numbers

A DIY list wouldn’t be complete unless mod podge was involved, right? These table numbers are crafted from from rustic wood, but this concept can be applied to any kind of wood you’d like. Design and print your table numbers then mod podge away.

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Wood Table Numbers by Green Wedding Shoes

 

Spice Dip Favor

Buy spices in bulk and create these little glass bottles for your guests to take home. You can even tie them in to your wedding by matching the spice to your family heritage or wedding cuisine.

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Spice Favors by Something Turquoise

Berry Jam Favor

Summer is the perfect time to spread the love (get it?) with these jam wedding favors. If you have time, make your own jam. Otherwise, you can purchase small jars of jam and personalize them with a new label and some ribbon. Click the picture for lots of recipes and labels!

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Jam Favor by Bridal Musings

 

Oreo Pop Favor

Is there anyone out there that doesn’t love a delicious Oreo? I think not. Jazz ‘em up and hand ‘em out! The options are endless!

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About Cheryl Seidel:

Seidel is a sought after etiquette expert and regular contributor for The Huffington Post and author of the popular Ask Cheryl blog. She helps advise readers with handy tips on how much to spend, when gift giving is appropriate and other would-have-loved-to-know-that-when moments in gift giving, She is also the founder and President ofwww.RegistryFinder.com, an intuitive search engine that helps gift givers quickly and easily find online registries for weddings, baby showers, graduations and more.  Seidel  has 22 years of business experience, with concentrations in new product development and consumer advertising and promotion.

 

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How to Take a Good Picture of Food

Learn how to capture a good picture of food. Share all your great pictures on social media. How to Take a Good Picture of Food via @tipsaholic #food #photography #photos #socialmedia

How to Take a Good Picture of Food

Food photography is hard, but so many people are doing it… or trying to anyway

How to Take a Good Picture of Food

 

When was the last time you signed onto social media and saw a picture of what a friend or celebrity was eating? Probably today. And no, filters don’t make it look that much better. Pictures of food can look just as delicious as the main course itself… if you follow simple tips to showcase what you are about to eat, or already eating in some cases.

 

Florida resident Chef Apple (IAmChefApple.com) attended culinary school in Paris, worked in and owned upscale restaurants, has written cookbooks and whipped up many delicious meals in the kitchens of stars like best selling author Tom Clancy, Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps, Illusionist David Copperfield and late actor and comedian Robin Williams. Now, she wants to help all of those “food photographers” learn a thing or two. Here are her five simple to steps to making your grub look good.

 

1. Let the food cool before snapping the pic. If it’s hot, you can’t spray it with olive oil to make it glisten.

 

2. Use natural light. A flash will ruin the picture. If you can’t get near a window or door, turn on the lights and make sure there are no shadows near the plate.

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3. Think of the entire image. What’s in the background? Throw in some unique, colorful plates and bowls or towels.

 

4. Try a few different angles. Shot the bowl from the top, then from the side, but at an angle. It’s also cool to see the food half eaten with some crumbs on the plate.

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5. Throw in a garnish or some drizzle to show that it doesn’t only taste good, but looks good too.

 

Note: These photos are taken with Apple’s iPhone – that can be put her in her pocket; isn’t intrusive when she is out and decides she wants to snap a pic; and has a great camera

 

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How to Make Your Photos More Meaningful

Don't settle for basic snapshots of your most important memories, use these tips to improve your photography skills and make your photos more meaningful. How to Make Your Photos More Meaningful ~ Tipsaholic.com #photography #photos

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When we are in a moment and hope that the memory of it will last, we sometimes take a photo to remind us. But too often, the photos we take focus more on saying “cheese” than on the real elements of the moment. Use these five tools to make your photos more meaningful today.

 

1. Get on the same level as your subject

Whether it is a child, a pet, your grandmother in a wheelchair, or Uncle Albert who used to play college basketball, get on your subject’s level. Try to see things from their point of view and look at things the way they might. Get a close-up of those ants your child notices marching across the sidewalk or snap a photo of Uncle Albert as he ducks under the chandelier in the dining room. Changing your own view point can make a huge difference in your photos.

 

2. Take un-posed shots

Going with the photo-taking favorite of “Say cheese!” will definitely get everyone’s attention, but it will also get you a lot of posed, inauthentic faces. Try going for more candid shots. Capture faces made during conversations, games, cooking dinner, and other moments. Grandma’s head-tilted-back laugh while she talks with her daughter or the intense focus on the faces of young cousins as they make mud pies, are the ones you’ll really treasure.

 

3. Capture raw emotion

You may not always think of pulling out the camera when emotions are running high, particularly in moments of sadness or frustration, but these may turn out to be some of your most moving, poignant photos and may help you process your own thoughts and feelings. When looking for opportunities to take such photos, consider taking your camera along (with permission, if needed) to major events like weddings, births, and homecomings. Look beyond the happy, posed photos and get closer to more intimate scenes. You’ll soon learn when and where you’re likely to find the most memorable images.

 

4. Capture personalities and passions

A truly wonderful photograph will embody the spirit of a person. Some of your most meaningful photo opportunities may come while a person is focused on something they love or showing their true self as they struggle, play, learn, or simply sit and think. Your job is to have your camera ready for those moments. You may also try projects that capture the many faces of a person as you ask them to run the gamut of their emotions. These can preserve the more simple memories you have of someone’s personality, like your child’s funny way of crinkling their nose when you talk about a food they dislike or your mother’s warm smile when you remind her of times you spent reading together.

 

5. Get closer or step back

If many of your photos feel more like they’re just a picture of a random scene than a real moment, change your proximity. In most cases, getting closer to your subjects makes the biggest difference. In other cases, you may want to try a new vantage point. Get up high and look down on a scene or down low and look up. Zoom in on details like hands, mouths, and eyes to cover all of the bits and pieces that describe your feelings in that moment.

 

Once you’ve added these methods to your photography arsenal, remember to print and cherish your photos rather than leaving the memories to fade on your computer’s hard drive. A photo meant to capture a memory is only as meaningful as the conversations it sparks when it is viewed.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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9 Tips for Container Gardening

Container gardening is perfect for homes with small or nonexistent backyards, cold climates, and renters. Here are 9 tips for container gardening! 9 Tips for Container Gardening via @tipsaholic #gardening #containers #containergardening #garden


9 Tips for Container Gardening
Container gardening is a great way to grow vegetables, fruit, and other plants if your backyard is too small or nonexistent. You could also grow plants that wouldn’t survive in your climate by keeping them indoors during the cold season. Plus, you would be able to move your plants without digging up anything, making it a great option for renters. Here are 9 tips for container gardening!

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1. Choose the right container for your plants. Pay attention to the size and type of your pots for successful container gardening. Generally, larger plants, such as summer squash, need larger containers, while smaller plants, like annuals and small herbs, will do well in 10-inch containers.

 

2. You don’t have to completely fill a large container with soil, which can get expensive and will make your container garden very heavy. Use a lighter filler material, like packing peanuts, soda cans, or pine cones, to fill out the pot. You could also create a false bottom. However, if you live in a windy area, you want it heavy so it doesn’t fall over. Add rock or gravel to keep it grounded.

 

3. You can grow large plants and trees in containers, but be sure to transfer them to bigger containers or the ground when they become root-bound. This means that the roots of your plant has grown so much that there is no more room in the container, leading to stunted growth and eventually death. If your tree stops growing vertically, even if it continues to produce fruit and leaves, it’s probably root-bound and needs a larger container. Roots might grow through drainage holes and over the lip of the pot.

 

 4. Grow trees in containers and put them around your patio or porch for added beauty until they become root-bound. Then you can plant them in your land and then switch it up with a new tree or plant for your containers. Just make sure to break up some of the roots before planting it into the ground.

 

5. Love fruit trees but don’t have the space or a permanent home? Container gardening is the perfect way to enjoy a fruit tree, such as a citrus tree, banana plant, or fig tree, without having to plant it in your land. Start out with a 5- or 7-gallon container and move the tree to a 10- to 15-gallon container when it grows and becomes root-bound.

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6. Always ensure that your container gardens have adequate drainage. There should be holes in the bottom and/or sides of the container. This helps excess water to drain out and allows air to access the soil. Diseases can occur if there isn’t enough drainage.

 

7. Another way to achieve optimal drainage in container gardening is to use quality potting soil. A potting mix will give you good drainage and will have no weeds or pests.

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8. Yes, you can actually grow vegetables in a container. Here is a great article on growing broccoli in containers.  Read to the end, where you’ll find links to tutorials on growing more vegetables in containers, including beets, cherry tomatoes, arugula, jalapenos, and radishes. And check out this post that recommends five vegetables that grow well in containers.  You could have a whole vegetable garden on your patio, all in pretty containers, even if you live on the 15th floor in an apartment building!

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9. Planting all of your herbs in one container is a great way to streamline your gardening AND cooking. You’ll be able to easily grab the herbs you want, all at the same time, as you cook. Put your herb container on casters so you can bring it in to the kitchen when you need it and move it under the shade when it’s hot outside.

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Container gardening is definitely something that anyone can do, no matter where they live! I seriously want a herb garden in a cute container right now. How about you, are you interested in container gardening? Do you have any container gardening tips to add to this list?

 

Looking for more gardening tips? Don’t miss 10 Edible Plants to Grow Indoors and 30 Sweet and Simple Succulent DIYs.

 

Sources:
http://redeemyourground.com/container-gardening-101-la-helen-weis-unique-design/
http://www.starkbros.com/blog/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1/
http://www2.fiskars.com/Gardening-and-Yard-Care/Projects/Prepping-Design-Planting-Harvest/Harvesting/Root-bound-Plants#.VVIlU2Zxtl8
http://acultivatednest.com/2014/05/my-tips-for-planting-a-one-pot-container-herb-garden/

 

I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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7 Tips for a Kid’s Lemonade Stand

Want to get keep the kids busy this summer and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit? Hosting a lemonade stand would be a great way to do this. 7 Tips for a Kid's Lemonade Stand via @tipsaholic #lemonade #lemonadestand #kids #summerfamilyactivities

7 Tips for a Kid's Lemonade Stand

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Want to keep the kids busy this summer and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit? Hosting a lemonade stand would be a great way to do this. The kids get to learn a little about running a business, practice their manners and social skills, make a little money, and have a great time! Check out these tips for how to help the kids host a lemonade stand this summer.

 

1. Help the kids decide how they will make their lemonade stand and what they need to put it together. From a simple table with a bright colored table cloth to a DIY wooden stand with a lemonade stand sign up above, the only limit is the kids imagination (and your DIY skills).

 

2.  Make a signature drink. Skip the premade powder mixes, and let the kids get creative with their own lemonade recipe. Start with the basic recipe below, and then let them add their own twist such as a fruit flavoring, fun shaped ice (made with a special ice tray), or a piece of candy like a lemonhead dropped into the drink.

  • 1 ½ cups freshly-squeezed juice (about 5-6 large lemons)
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 8 cups water
    Mix the three ingredients well and serve over ice

 

3.  Make a list of all the supplies needed, such as ingredients, cups, napkins, etc., and take the kids shopping. Talk about using coupons or finding things on sale since all the money spent upfront will come out of their profits in the end.

 

4. Use this opportunity to discuss the basics of running a business. Who knew talking about supply and demand could be fun? Help them set a price point that people will buy at but still generates a revenue. Plus, this would be a great time to talk about what the kids will do with the profits. Suggesting they keep some to spend, but also set aside certain amounts to save and to donate to a charity of their choice.

 

5.  Pick a good location to let the kids set up the lemonade stand with both foot traffic (ie potential customers) and safety in mind. Your font yard would probably be the best place, but if it is possible, try to find a place where a large amount of people would be walking by like near a playground or park. Also, think about the best time of day when people will be out and about. And of course pick a day to host the lemonade stand when you have good weather. On a hot sunny day, people will be looking for a way to cool down and a glass of cold lemonade will be just the thing!

 

6. Get the word out. Let your friends and neighbors know that the kids will be hosting a lemonade stand and ask them to help spread the word. Make signs for both the lemonade stand and to set up for advertising nearby, like at the end of your driveway or at the entrance to your subdivision.

 

7.  As much as possible, let the kids run the show. This is a great time for them to practice their social skills and manners when dealing with customers. Also, if they do most of the work, the kids will get the satisfaction of a job well done and have a fun time while doing it.

 

 

Featured and title image via Better Homes and Gardens

 

 

I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

 

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10 Awesome Tips For Perfect Backyard Camping

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Camping is an awesome summertime adventure!  Kids love the novelty – sleeping in bags, watching the stars, hearing the nighttime sounds up close, using flashlights and eating s’mores!  You may not have the time or money to spend on an official campground, or maybe your summer schedule is just too jam-packed to squeeze in another trip.  Guess what?  You can still have all the fun of camping right in your own backyard.  Maybe you’re a backyard camping pro, or maybe you’ve always wanted to try it – whatever the case here are some tips for backyard camping that will really take your event to the next level!

 

1. Don’t forget the comforts of home.  True, you’re only a few steps away from the house, but this tip’s important, particularly if you’r camping with younger kids or if this is their first time in a tent.  The outdoors can get a bit intimidating, with unrecognizable sounds, unfamiliar surroundings and DARK, so make sure the kids get to bring a few favorite stuffed animals and blankets to sleep with.  Take a battery operated nightlight or lantern if the kids are used to keeping a light on at night.  Try to remember anything that will make your kids less anxious ahead of time, so you won’t be making tons of trips back inside.

 

2. Only take essentials.  There are lots of camping packing checklists you can find online, but for backyard camping, you really only need the essentials.  Don’t get bogged down in minutia.  BUT, on the flip side, don’t forget necessities like sunblock or bug spray, even if you’re only in the backyard. You’ll need a tent, some sort of light, sleeping bags, bug spray and sunscreen and really that’s it.  You’ll also want a tarp if you live in a wet area and an extra warm blanket if it tends to get cold at night.  Kids will need some comforting items, as well, and if you want to eat while on your campout, you’ll want to plan ahead for meals.  What you don’t need?  Extra clothes for everyone, toiletries and personal items, air mattresses (unless you really need them), specialized camping gear/accessories (like gps or a compass).  If you discover you DO need one of these items you can always run back inside for them.  But you probably won’t.

 

3. Plan lots of fun activities.  Make sure you’ve got ideas for before dinner and after, including some fun games you can play in the dark.  You’ll keep the kids entertained, have a ton of fun and encourage them to try this camping thing again!  Take a nature hike around the neighborhood with a list for scavenger hunt items, play outdoor games like tag and Ghost in the Graveyard, pick leaves and make leaf rubbings with paper and crayon.  You can even go bird watching with binoculars or stargazing (with or without a telescope).  Hide all the makings for s’mores in the yard and make a treasure hunt to find them!  With toddlers and young kids, play “Grab the Flashlight” – shine the flashlight around the yard and have them chase and try to catch the light.

 

4. Set up together.  Part of the fun of camping is setting everything up.  Have the kids help pick a spot for every station – tents, fire, eating, crafts, games.  Then let them put up the tent with guidance, gather wood for the fire and put all the fire necessities by the campfire spot, set out the cooler and picnic blanket, etc.  They can also fill the tent with their sleeping bags and other items and set up their beds.

 

5. Invest in an Easy Up tent.  This goes hand in hand with number four.  If you’re going on short camping trips, doing overnight camps in the backyard or have kids that love to help, you’ll probably want to invest in a simple tent – one that’s easy to set up and takes minimal time.  This Sundome Tent is a great example.

 

6. Try a neighborhood hike.  To set the tone for the evening and encourage a love of nature, try starting with a neighborhood hike.  You can try identifying different types of trees you come across, try checking things out through binoculars, catch a frog or two, or look for gross bugs under rocks!  Consider keeping a list or taking photos of all the nature treasures you find!

 

7. Make a fire for authenticity.  Every campsite needs a fire, it’s an unspoken rule!  If you live in the country or rural area, this shouldn’t be an issue as long as you follow fire safety rules.  Maybe you have a fire pit already in your backyard, or are considering making one.  This is an awesome way to cook all of your food during your campout!  Plan lots of different campfire dinners, lunches and sweet treats to keep everyone happy!  If a full campfire isn’t an option for you, consider creating a “mini fire pit.”  And if you’re still concerned about fire around your little ones, you could DIY an awesome no-fire campfire out of felt or paper!

 

8. Break out the glow sticks.  Kids love glow in the dark toys!  Not only will they have a blast playing with sticks and making bracelets and crowns, but it’ll help them forget to be afraid of the dark!  They can use them outside for glow-in-the-dark tag and take them into the tent with them later.  This glow stick party pack looks perfect – you can make headbands and glasses!  Or take it up a notch with these cool batons!

 

9. Don’t be a stickler for curfew.  If you and your kids thrive on a schedule, this might not work for you, but consider forgoing bedtime just for a night.  Kids will likely not easily fall asleep while lying in close quarters with the excitement of camping outside anyway.  Instead of getting irritated and enforcing a “quiet/no talking” rule, let the kids giggle and wear themselves out.  They’ll get tired eventually, and no doubt they’ll remember the fun of staying up late for a long time to come!  Who knows, you might be happy when you overhear some of the secrets they share with each other!

 

10. Join the Great American Campout by the National Wildlife Federation.  Once a summer, the NWF hosts a national campout that you can pledge to join.  For everyone who participates, supporters will donate $1 to the NWF charity which raises money to protect American wildlife.  Go to the site to read more, and you can sign up for group camps in your local area or pledge to camp by yourself!

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

8 Great Resources for Outdoor Learning-Based Play Ideas

Turn learning into play this summer with these great ideas you can even do outdoors! 8 Great Resources for Learning-Based Play - tipsaholic.com #school, #kids, #playtolearn, #play

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As a parent, summer can be a little daunting.  There are a lot of hours in the day, and it’s sometimes difficult to fill them with worthwhile activities.  Sports, swimming, bike riding, outings, and park play are staples of summer fun, but if you find yourself looking for ways to incorporate more school-based learning into your play, it’s hard to know where to turn.  Need fabulous ideas that will get your kids off the couch and out learning – without them even knowing it?  Here are some great resources for outdoor learning-based play.  For kids, play is the best way to learn, and summer is a great opportunity for putting this into practice.

1. Delia Creates hosted a week-long series called “Play it Smart!” where she shared tons of fun ideas for learning with summer-inspired games.  She used chalk, spray bottles, balls and diving toys.  Her blog is full of cool ideas for kids, like fitness jenga, math card games, roll a recipe and the mommy and me journals.

2. Try this fun Dry Ice Experiment.  There’s a printable booklet, too, so kids can keep track of their observations.

3. Sew a Straight Line holds a learning and fun-filled camp for her kids every summer.  She has tons of ideas for science-related activities.  She’s also got some creative writing ideas here.

4.  A fun way to work on your child’s reading skills would be to read a book and then create something from the book – either with your kids or FOR them.  Check out No Big Dill for some great ideas related to this – she had a whole series of book inspired sewing creations and a ton of people contributed ideas.

5.  Check out Happy Hooligans for a whole host of sensory activities, sensory bin ideas, and other fun ideas for kids.  Try making a backyard abacus out of pool noodles.  Or try the fun water activity ideas – it’s perfect for summer!

6. And Next Comes L has a lot of great hands-on ideas for kids play.  Here are some fun alphabet and literacy themed ideas and math.  She’s also got some great ideas for busy bag activities which can travel with you anywhere you go this summer!

7. Check out these 50 fun summer science activities from Science Sparks!  And then look around that site for more great science ideas, like making an easy solar oven or a balloon powered lego car!

8.  Growing Book by Book has some great ideas for transferring literacy-learning to outdoor play!  She also has some great alphabet activities and activities that go along with specific books, like this one from The Very Busy Spider.

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

13 Water Safety Tips for Young Children and Their Caregivers

Swimming is a favorite summer activity, but it can be a dangerous one. Here are 13 water safety tips that will ensure a fun and safe swimming experience. 13 Water Safety Tips for Young Children and Their Caregivers via @tipsaholic #kids #water #swimming #watersafety #summer


13 Water Safety Tips for Young Children and Their Caregivers
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Swimming is a favorite summer activity, but it can be a dangerous one. Drowning is the second cause of death for children  and so many of them happen under adult supervision. Here are 13 water safety tips that you and your children should always follow to ensure a fun and safe swimming experience.

 

1. Caregivers should learn basic CPR.

Learn how to give CPR to children by taking a local class and ask everyone who watches your child to do the same. For now, go ahead and look through this handy reference to familiarize yourself with what you should do should a emergency occur. Every second matters when there is a drowning accident and child CPR is something that you can do while waiting for help to come.

 

2. Establish swimming rules and enforce them always.

Before going swimming, talk with your children and establish a few rules that should always be followed. Some suggestions include:

  • They must always ask permission before going into the water. You could decide on a verbal cue or a signal that lets them know that it’s okay to jump into the water. They cannot begin swimming until you give the cue.
  • Young children should always enter the water feet first, on their tummies. This helps them be more cautious of the water and be more aware of how deep the water is as they’re going in, as opposed to going into the water on the stairs.
  • Absolutely no running. This can be hard to enforce, but oh so important. Kids can slip in wet environments, hit their heads, and fall to the bottom of the pool. Lots of reminders and training will be necessary to help your kids follow this rule.
  • No dunking. Sometimes kids don’t know their limits and an accident can occur as a result of playful dunking that has gone too far.

Remind your children of your family’s swimming rules and discuss them often, during family meetings, breakfast time before swimming, and other times when you’re not at the pool or beach. This helps them remember the rules more then when at the pool, when they might be too excited to listen to you talking about rules.

 

3. Create barriers between the child and the body of water.

Whether you have a pool at home, a beach a few blocks away, or a stream behind your house, ensure that there is something to prevent your kids from falling into the water. Pools should be equipped with a pool gate that is lockable and self-closing. A pool cover is another way to protect your children. An alarm system is a good idea; it can alert you if a child goes out a door or a window without permission. Add locking mechanisms to sliding doors and any other entry points between your child and the water.

Test out these barriers to make sure they work as intended. Go down to your kids’ level and check whether they would be able to climb over a gate with a chair, undo a safety latch, or slip through an unsecured window.

 

4. Remove all toys and floaties from the water when you’re done swimming.

A colorful toy or a lone floatie in the middle of a pool can be alluring to a small child, who might fall in while trying to grab it. Make sure the pool is empty of all toys and floaties and remember to close the pool gate behind you.

 

5. Check the pool or any body of water FIRST when you can’t find a child.

Again, seconds matter when someone is struggling to breathe while in water. Check the pool (or any other body of water) immediately when you notice you can’t find a kid.

 

6. Designate an adult to watch the kids with no distractions.

Sometimes when there are a lot of kids and parents, there is a false security that someone must be watching. There’s a lot of distractions and good conversation to be had, and you look away for a few minutes. An accident can happen during these few minutes, so take the time to designate an adult (not an older child) to watch the children. You could take turns every 30 minutes or so. Ideally, there should be a supervising adult per three kids. Other people should know not to distract these supervising adults at any time until their shift is over.

 

7. Children under the age of 5 should always be at an arm’s reach.

A drowning accident can happen fast, so if you have a child that is younger than five years old, make sure you’re right there next to them at all times while swimming. You’ll be able to grab them and pull them up when they fall into the water, even in shallow water. They might get disoriented and become unable to get their heads above water.

 

8. Put life jackets on your children when on a boat or in open water.

The life jackets should fit well and be comfortable. But the most important thing is that your kids actually wear them! If your kids aren’t used to wearing life vests, they’ll resist and become cranky, and you might give up and let them not wear them. Give them a chance to get used to wearing them at the home or at a pool before going on your watery adventure.

 

9. Establish a getting-ready-to-swim routine. 

Decide on a routine that you’ll do with your kids every time they go swimming. The routine can be as simple as putting on a swimming diaper and then sunscreen. The key is to do the routine consistently. Your kids will automatically try to do the routine before jumping into water, helping prevent them from doing so impulsively.

 

10. Encourage your kids to open their eyes in water. 

Kids should get used to opening their eyes while underwater, without googles, so they’re able to look around and find a way out if they accidentally fall in water.

 

11. Have your kids practice putting their heads in water in the bathtub.

Show them how to put their face into the water while bathing. Have them blow bubbles underwater. This will help them become more comfortable with water and panic less if they find themselves underwater.

 

12. Learn the signs of drowning.

Drowning is quiet and quick, nothing like what it looks like on TV or in the movies. Here is a good article to read to understand what drowning really looks like and what to look for when you’re supervising at the pool.

 

13. Have a cell phone on hand.

If there’s an emergency, you don’t want to be running around looking for a phone. Have a cell phone or smartphone on you or near you at all times when kids are swimming.

 

With these water safety tips in mind, go and have a great summer filled with lots of water play and pool outings!

Resources:
http://ourbestbites.com/2014/05/empowering-kids-through-water-safety/
http://www.simplyrealmoms.com/posts/water-saftey-what-every-parent-should-know/#more-11376
http://southerngirlramblings.com/pool-safety-for-kids/
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/water-safety-tips-every-parent-should-know?utm_term=4ldqpia&crlt.pid=camp.cRdvWfCaSmXf#.iygyNLwwn

 

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Summer Family Activities Week

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Summer Family Activities Week
Hello Summer! My friends it is finally here and it is time to have some fun. With kids out of school it is time to get out and enjoy some summer family fun. If you are stumped for ideas on what to do, you will love this week at Tipsaholic. We will be sharing a bunch of ideas on how to stay busy with summer family activities week.

Follow along by clicking here or on social media with #SummerFamilyActivities. Better yet share you favorite summer family activities by using #SummerFamilyActivites. Or play along and add your ideas in the comments here on Tipsaholic.

Here is what is coming up later today!

Don't get bored this summer. Plan some fun summer family activities with the help of Summer Family Activities Week at tipsaholic.com #summerfamilyactivities #summer #activities #family #familyfun

We will start out with a bunch of great grilling recipes for the perfect family meal that is a little more unique than hot dogs and hamburgers!

Don't get bored this summer. Plan some fun summer family activities with the help of Summer Family Activities Week at tipsaholic.com #summerfamilyactivities #summer #activities #family #familyfun

Then later on learn about water safety tips for kids and adults. Perfect for all those swimmers!

Then come back each day this week for more great ideas, inspirations and tips for family summer activities.

 

25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kids

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If your kids share a room, you know the headache it can be to make the most of your space.  What’s the best layout?  How do you fit all the furniture?  How can you create separate but cohesive areas for each child?  How do you bring each personality into the space while making it flow?  And what do you do with all the clothes and clutter??  There are a lot of challenges that can arise with shared bedroom spaces, but there are great benefits as well – not the least of which is a stronger sibling bond.  Whether your kids share a room out of necessity or because you prefer it, the questions of furniture, layout, storage and design are still relevant.  Boys, girls, both, twins, triplets, old and young, there’s a way to make one space work for everyone.  Here are 25 stellar shared bedrooms that will provide all the inspiration you need!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsLumberjack Room  – This is a cute room shared by two young boys.  The design and decor is kept simple and comfortable which will allow it to grow with the boys.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsIndustrial Baseball Room  – This is a great idea for making the most of an awkward space!  By hanging the curtains centered on the wall and therefore off-center from the window a bit, you trick the eye in seeing the window as centered between the two beds.  Genius!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsSmall Simple Space for 4  – You’ll never believe how this family fit 3 boys and a baby comfortably in one small bedroom!  It’s amazing!  You’ll have to click over for the details, but the simple, comfortable decor tie the room together beautifully for boys ages 7-newborn.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsBunk Beds and Baby  – Not only does this room house three small children, but they’re different genders, as well!  Have you figured out how to make that work?  This post shares a ton of information from furniture, decor and layout, to tips and tricks for making it work for real life.  If you want ideas for how to handle bedtime routines, midnight wake up calls, mornings and nap times while your kids are sharing a space, read on!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsSmall Apartment Bedroom for 3  – It’s amazing what you find works even when you’re sure it won’t.  This young family lives in NYC, and has sacrificed space for the experience.  It’s a situation that works well for them, and if you want to see how they make this small bedroom work, just click over.  There’s ideas for keeping things tidy and the sleeping arrangements.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsModern with Vintage Touches  –  This is an adorable space for two young girls. There’s a ton of personality crammed into a small area here – but the white background with the walls, sheer curtains and beds endure that the colors and styles don’t overwhelm the space.  Each girl has their own spots with favorite books within reach and monograms to designate who is where.  The gallery walls add a personal touch to the space so they can really call it their own.  See their solution for closet doors that took up too much space.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsBedroom Playroom Mixed  – Not only does this room sleep two kids comfortably, it also houses all their toys and books as well!  It’s a shared space between a little girl and baby boy AND a bedroom and playroom – it’s pulling double duty in more ways than one!  It works well because decor and furniture is kept simple, light and bright.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsDIY Inexpensive Vintage Room for 2  –  This entire room is done DIY style on the cheap.  The beds themselves are an amazing touch – completely designed and made by hand and the top lifts for some much needed storage under the mattresses, while there’s still enough space underneath for some DIY “drawer crates” that organize toys.  You have to see what they did with the closet!  This tiny room now has enough space for sleeping AND playing for two active little girls!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsExplore! Bedroom/Playroom  – There was no space left untouched during the transformation of this room – which was intended as a bedroom and playroom for a little boy and girl.  The solution for bulky bunk beds that would take up too much space?  Turn the closet into a “bed nook” with separate sleeping spots decorated for each kid.  Other awesome details: a reading loft, a completely wall mounted craft nook, tons of toy drawers that double as benches and a wall of customized wardrobe-style closet space.  It’s a room any kid would love.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsTrio of Hanging Beds  –  Get the largest, bulkiest items up off of the floor to create more space underneath – by hanging bunk style beds from the ceiling/walls!  This tiny room is home to three young boys.  Getting the beds up and out of the way created eye catching style and gave them plenty of room to sleep and play.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsSimple and Trendy Small Space for Sibs  –  This family needed a double duty room (for play and sleep) that would be comfortable and inviting for a brother/sister combo.  To make it even more challenging, there’s quite a gap in their ages, so it had to appeal to young and old.  They accomplished this by keeping the design very simple and monochromatic, and adding hidden storage where possible.  The result is a peaceful area both kids could appreciate.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsMaking Room for Baby  –  Here’s a super quick room makeover that involves changes to the furniture layout and a few extra decor items to define separate areas for the siblings.   If you’ve got a toddler and a newborn, this is a good idea that features two cribs in one space.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsSocial Studies Room  –  The decor in this room adorably mirrors the interests of the pre-teen boys who share it – history and geography.  The beds were created with frugality, using old pallets.  The key to success for this shared space is plenty of shelving and dresser storage.  The boys appreciate defined sleeping and storage areas, while the decor and bedding keeps the room cohesive.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsGender Neutral Room To Grow  – This room is long and narrow, and the family made the most of the space by placing the short crib against the shorter wall and the vintage bed at a 90 degree angle.  The decor and colors are kept light and neutral, perfect for kids of different genders.  In the future, this room will turn into a room for three with a trundle bed on wheels pulled from beneath the current twin bed.  With some creative thinking, a good layout and plenty of storage you can make even a small, narrow room work for multiples!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsTucked Away Bunks  – A seemingly awkward nook or alcove can be the perfect solution for maximizing space in a shared bedroom.  This bunk bed was designed and handmade to fit into an out of the way corner, making sure that bulky furniture didn’t take up valuable floor space.  The rest of the room features lots of open shelving and a lot of dresser storage to keep treasures safely in their spots.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsCorner Beds  –  The long, rectangular shape of this room along with the placement of french doors and large windows made furniture layout a little less straightforward when planning for two kids.  By placing identical beds in an “L” in one corner, wall space is fully utilized while the middle of the floor is kept free of clutter and bulk.  The functionality of one under-bed drawer is lost, but there are other storage solutions added to the room to make up for it.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsCrib Nook  – Two boys shared this room originally, and it was cozy then.  When a baby girl came along, they converted the closet to a nook for her crib, complete with shelving and decor to feminize her space and make it uniquely her own.  Clothes were put in a dresser between the twin beds.  While it’s a small room, it definitely works for three kids and there’s no lack of space.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsColor Blocked Space  – Define separate areas in a shared bedroom by decorating in two different but complimentary colors.  Place a bookshelf or dresser for storage and division.  Start with base colors for each side (in this case, yellow and turquoise) and add pops of the other colors throughout the whole space to make the look cohesive.  It’s simple and unique with lots of individual personality.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsExtra Long Bed  – This room features an extra long platform that spans the length of the room.  It’s long enough to fit two twin mattresses on it with some room between.  This is a great solution for sleeping arrangements in a shared space, especially if it’s a narrow room and could benefit by having all the furniture against one wall.  Notice the storage drawers below the bed and the storage shelves above – in coordinated colors that bring a cohesive, put-together feeling to the space.  Though the bed butts up to the closet along the perpendicular wall, the doors slide apart, making it completely usable still.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsIndustrial Space for 3  –   The space beneath the loft bed in this room was just large enough for a king sized mattress, placed perpendicular to the twin above so it juts into the room.  With three young boys in this space, it’s the perfect solution as it eliminates headboards, footboards, and bed frames that take up valuable real estate.  The steel frame of the loft was the perfect inspiration for the industrial decor and storage – a chest with bins for toys and two metal racks, one with metal toolboxes for small treasures and collections and one with galvanized buckets for stuffed animals.  The kids have enough storage and space to sleep and play – even with three in one room!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsAbove Bed Shelving  –  At first glance, this room seems as if it’s not big enough for one child and their accompanying “stuff,” let alone two.  When one of them is a girl and one a boy, making this tiny space work for both seems an insurmountable challenge.  By placing the beds next to each other, but separated by a chest of drawers, there’s a clear division of space.  But what makes this room really work well is the above bed storage – a wall of shelves above each bed for storing special treasures and toys.  Making use of the architecture already present in the space, the beds and shelves look like expensive built-ins.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsBuilt-Ins On Both Ends  –  A narrow room like this is best utilized by placing the furniture together against one long wall.  This can be challenging when trying to add everything necessary – like dressers and shelves along with two beds.  This room does it with built-ins – on both sides of the room.  One side is built-in bunk beds with closed storage/cabinets on both ends, and open shelving filling in the remaining space along the wall.  The other wall is a combination of open and closed shelving, so there’s no need for dressers or bookshelves.  Everything has a spot.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsPrivacy Partition  –  Perhaps your kids would appreciate a bit more privacy to their separate areas.  You can accomplish this in nearly any sized bedroom by utilizing some kind of room divider.  The best room divider for a kids’ bedroom will incorporate plenty of storage, as does this large shelf with cubbies.  Putting pegboard on one side of the shelf allows for hanging storage and even more separation.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kids5 Kids, 1 Room  – You’ll never believe it, but there are 5 boys in this room.  5 of them!  And it works.  The furniture is kept to a minimum – two small bookshelves, two sets of bunk beds and one toddler bed.  No dressers.  No desks.  With the bunk beds pushed into the corner in an “L”, it gives the look (and space-saving) of built-in bunks.  There are shelves and bins in the closets and under beds for clothing, so no dressers are needed.  A clever solution to keep from feeling too stuffed, even with a herd of boys!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsBuilt-In Bunks  –  This is an amazing space for 5 girls.  One wall was changed into built-in bunk beds – with a set of stairs in between.  Each bed is outfitted with a curtain to pull for privacy, a shelf for books and a lamp.  It’s basically like sleeping in a fort, every night.  Below the bunks are oversized drawers for toy storage.  There’s a nook for a dresser built-in across from the beds (which is actually three Ikea dressers put together, but you’d never know it) and on one short wall, they created a closet by hanging curtains along a track in the ceiling.  It’s comfy, it’s bright and cheery and, surprisingly, not at all cramped.

 

Also, check out this sunny, gender neutral shared room with lots of details and tips.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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27 Beautiful Garden Edging Ideas

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging


27 Beautiful Garden Edging Ideas
Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Whether you opt for a modern or rustic look, garden edging will visually separate your grass from your garden beds and make your landscaping look intentional and well-designed. Here are 27 garden edging ideas, including both the conventional and the innovative!

 

Professional Garden Edging

This gardening edging idea involves no materials to edge the garden beds, but it does require some specialized tools and manpower.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging This tutorial shows you how to edge your gardens using a half moon edger and hand held clippers. The secret to professional-looking garden edging is to trench your soil along the edges.

 

Concrete Garden Edging

Concrete edging is a more permanent way to separate your garden beds from your lawn.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging You can customize your concrete edging in any way – you can decide the width and the height of the edging with the help of this tutorial. After the concrete has dried, you could paint it or stain it.

 

Scrap Wood Garden Edging

If you’ve got scrap wood laying around in the garage, chop them up and put them to good use by making this scrap wood garden edging.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging It’s a pretty easy DIY for a fun and casual look.

 

Paver Edging

Paver, or brick, edging is classic and always a great garden edging option.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging This tutorial shows you how to lay pavers in a way that makes it easy for you to mow your lawn without having to use a weed whacker on the edges.

 

Raised-Bed Border

Try a combination of stones and plastic edging to create a beautiful and layered garden edging.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging Here’s a great tutorial that shows you how to achieve this look.

 

Steel Edging

Steel edging is thin and strong, giving your garden beds a modern look with minimal maintenance.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging It’s especially gorgeous when used with square garden beds.

 

Eco-Border Landscape Edging

For an easy garden edging option that requires no digging or extensive prep work, check out eco-border landscaping edging.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging It’s made of recycled tires, bendable, and easy to install. It comes in several colors and styles, making it easy for you to customize your landscaping to your taste.

 

Rock Edging

Rocks are often used as garden edging, but you can take it to the next level by using two different kinds and sizes of rocks.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging This is a great example of how two different types of rocks combine to create a beautiful border.

 

Wood Block Edging

Cut wood blocks into two sizes and arrange them to create a unique garden edging design.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging This landscape edging example also includes another garden edging idea: cut branches that are sunk into the ground. So pretty.

 

Landscape Timber Edging

Pressure-treated landscape timbers can be used to edge a garden bed.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging They are long-lasting and inexpensive, but they shouldn’t be used with garden beds that contain vegetables or fruit.

 

Logs as Edging

If you live near a forest, you probably have access to a lot of logs laying around. Collect them to edge a pathway on your property…

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging

…or use them to edge your garden beds for a fun and rustic look.

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Wine Bottle Garden Border

Put your collection of empty wine bottles to good use by edging your garden beds with them.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging This can be a really pretty garden edging option, especially if you have wine bottles in different colors.

 

Simple Rock Border

If you live in an area that is full of rocks, collect them to create a simple rock border. You can also purchase landscape rocks from a home improvement store.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging Here’s how to maintain a rock border.

 

Recycled Water Hoses

Weave colorful water hoses around metal poles that are dug into the ground for an unique way to edge your garden beds.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging Arrange your water hoses by color to create a surprisingly beautiful ombre effect.

 

Pallet Wood Garden Edging

You can easily find pallet wood for free or cheap, so why not use it to edge your garden beds?

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging This pallet wood garden edging tutorial is so easy because it only requires a few strategical cuts and some paint or stain.

 

Painted Cinder Blocks

Line your garden beds with cinder blocks and make them pretty by painting them in your favorite color.

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Tree Trunks Garden Edging

If you have to cut down a tree, you could put the trunk to good use and cut it up to make a beautiful garden edge.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging This garden edging project was done for a sandpit but could easily be used for a garden bed.

 

Modern Concrete Garden Edging

Here’s another tutorial on how to DIY concrete garden edging, but with a decidedly modern feel.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging This is a very economical garden edging idea that looks great and will last for a long time.

 

Terra Cotta Edging

For a traditional look, consider terra cotta edging.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging Another option is plastic garden edging with a Terra Cotta design, which will do the job just as well and will be easy to clean.

 

Diagonal Brick Edging

Lay bricks diagonally to achieve a striking effect with a common landscaping material.

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Cast Iron Edging

Cast iron edging is a great looking and practical garden edging option.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging It’s maintenance-free, durable, and easy to install.

 

Groundcover Edging

Groundcover, or low-lying plants, can be used instead of landscaping materials to edge your garden beds.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging It’s a beautiful, romantic look. Here are some recommendations for easy-growing groundcovers.

 

Bluestone Edging

The blue-gray color of bluestone looks great paired with a bright green lawn.

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Lay bluestone tile or pavers at ground level for easy mowing.

Concrete Paver Edging

Square concrete pavers can act as garden edging when you place them in a check pattern and plant gardens in the empty squares.

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This can be a great way to create a walkway and several garden beds at the same time.
Mixed Materials
Mix landscaping materials, such as steel and concrete (as seen in the example below), for an unique look that’s all your own.
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What other garden edging combinations can you think of?

Limestone Garden Edging

If the facade of your home includes limestone, limestone garden edging would look great in your lawn.

Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding garden edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Here are 27 gorgeous garden edging ideas via @tipsaholic #garden #diy #outdoor #edging You could stack limestone stones to create raised garden beds.

With so many options for garden edging, you’re sure to find one that works the best for your lawn. What other garden edging ideas have you seen that aren’t mentioned here?

 

For more gardening ideas, check out 10 Edible Plants to Grow Indoors and Tips for Winterizing Your Summer Garden.

 

Featured and title image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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11 Ways to Upgrade Your Coat Closet

Is your coat closet small and cluttered? Turn your messy coat closet into an organized space with the help of these 11 coat closet ideas! 11 Ways to Upgrade Your Coat Closet via @tipsaholic #coatcloset #organize #closet #closets #diy


11 Ways to Upgrade Your Coat Closet
Is your coat closet small and cluttered? Are you forever picking up coats from the floor and searching through a pile of shoes to find a pair? Turn your messy coat closet into an organized space with the help of these 11 coat closet ideas!

1. Create cubbies with flipped brackets and shelves.

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Putting cubbies in your locker can help organize small clothing items, such as mittens and hats. You can DIY your own cubbies by flipping brackets upside down and attaching shelves at the bottom. This is perfect if you already have brackets laying around!

 

2. Attach plastic file boxes to the wall.

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Another way to hold smaller items is to grab a few plastic file boxes and drill them into one of the walls in your coat closet. They are the perfect size to hold shopping bags, both paper and reusable!

 

3. Use wire baskets to hold cold, wet items.

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Mittens, hats, and scarves that get snow on them can become wet. Put them in hanging wire baskets to let them dry out faster.

 

4. Add narrow and long wire baskets to the door to hold sandals and flats.

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If you love to wear sandals and flats, attach narrow wire baskets to the bottom of your coat closet door and store your shoes there. These baskets can hold a lot of sandals and flats and your coat closet floor will be much less cluttered.

 

5. Install extra shelves above your coat closet’s existing shelf.

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Most coat closets have one shelf and a whole lot of wasted vertical space above it. Make good use of the space and add an extra shelf or two.

 

6. Build a shoe shelf.

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Add another shelf in the lower part of your closet to hold your shoes. One shelf or two will give you and your family a place to put their shoes instead of just throwing them on the floor. And you’ll be able to see every pair so you can easily grab what you need.

 

7. Put a shelving unit in your coat closet.

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A simple shelving unit, such as the discounted Expedit or the Kallax from IKEA, that can fit inside your coat closet would be an organizational powerhouse that can hold baskets filled with shoes, gloves, scarves, purses, hats, and more. Take down your existing rod and get two smaller ones to attach to the shelving unit. This would give your kids a place where they can hang up their own coats themselves.

A note: the Kallax has only four sections, so an Expedit really would work better. Try searching for one through your city’s Craiglist ads.

 

8. Add hooks to the coat closet door.

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Putting hooks on the inside of your coat closet door will give you a place to hang up your purses, hats, and scarves. This would be a great solution if you like to switch between purses and bags. Use Command hooks if you have a hollow door.

9. Divide your coat closet into zones.

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If you have a smaller home, dividing your coat closet into zones with MDF panels would help you gain space for other things besides coats and shoes, such as a basket filled with balls and sporting equipment and a mail center.

 

10. Turn your coat closet into a mini mudroom.

Have you always dreamed of having a mudroom instead of a coat closet? You can turn your coat closet into a mini mudroom by removing the rod and shelf and adding hooks on the wall. Add shoe shelves to the bottom. No more coat hangers that tangle up!
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If you’re up for some demo, you could widen the opening to your coat closet and add beefy trim along the top and sides. Put in a bench to complete the transformation!

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Here’s another beautiful example of a coat closet-turned-mudroom. Note the drawers below the bench for even more storage space.

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11. Add a secret room behind the coat closet!

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This one is completely just for fun! If you have extra space at the back of your coat closet, add a tiny door to lead to a secret room for your kids to hide away and read books and play in their pretend world.

 

Want more closet organization tips and ideas? Check out 6 Features of an Organized Closet and Tips for Organizing Kids Closets.

 

Featured and title image via Better Homes and Gardens.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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Have Too Many DVDs? Try These 7 DVD Storage Ideas!

Are you looking for a way to store your DVDs that is organized, efficient, and saves space? Here are 7 smart DVD storage ideas that you’ll find useful! via @tipsaholic #dvds #organizing #storage


Have Too Many DVDs Try These 7 DVD Storage Ideas!
Are you looking for a way to store a large collection of DVDs that’s organized, efficient, and doesn’t take up a lot of space? Here are 7 smart DVD storage ideas that you’ll find useful!

1. Store your DVDs in binders.

Get a couple of binders in a color you like and add pretty labels to their spines. Take the time to create a table of contents of all of your DVDs to make it easy to find the movie you want to watch. This great tutorial includes all the steps and materials you need to organize your DVD collection in binders! Each 1.5-inch binder can hold up to 120 DVDs.

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2. Use DVD slips in a basket or a drawer.

DVD slips, or movie sleeves, are a great way to store your DVDs. They’re much less bulky than DVD cases, even though they can hold two DVDs per sleeve as well as cover art. This DVD organization tutorial shows you how to store and organize movie sleeves in a small basket. You could find a really pretty basket or box with lid and display it in your TV set or bookcase as functional decor.

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If your TV console has drawers, you could organize your DVD sleeves in simple baskets and put them in a drawer.

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3. Build a shelf case that’s designed to fit your DVDs.

If you have some wall space to store your DVD collection, you could build your own DVD shelf case. This tutorial shows you how. So much better than using a standard bookcase and wasting a lot of space on each shelf, since most shelves are much deeper than the width of a DVD.

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4. Build a DVD shelving unit on the back of a closet door.

This tutorial shows you how to build a DVD storage unit that can be hung on a closet door! Hiding away your DVD collection is as simple as closing your closet door. If you have solid wood doors, you could screw the shelving unit right on the door. For only $35 and around two hours, this is a great DVD organization idea.

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5. Invest in an attractive DVD organizer.

There are many products that organize DVD collections, but not all of them are pleasing to look at. Try to find a DVD organizer that is easy on the eyes and practical to use. This nice-looking DVD organizer divides your collection by color and it’s really simple to use. You could add labels to make it even more organized.

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6. Put floating shelves on a narrow wall between two doors.

Do you have a narrow wall in your home that’s between two doors? These narrow spaces are often left blank because they’re too small for a piece of furniture or a bookcase, but you could put up DIY floating shelves to hold your DVDs there! This tutorial hacks an IKEA Lack table to make the floating shelves, but any floating shelf tutorial would work just as well, like this one.

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7. Convert your DVDs to a digital format and store them on a portable hard drive.

The ultimate way to organize your DVD collection is to digitize it completely. That way, the only space your DVD collection takes up is virtual space, other than a thin portable hard drive. If you have plenty of memory available in your computer, you could store it all there instead. There are plenty of tutorials online, but here’s a good one.

For more organization ideas, check out 10 Simple Clothing Organization Tips and 5 Tips for Better Car Organization.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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