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8 Tips for Decorating a Kid’s Room

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One of the best ways to help your house feel more homey is to decorate. While all rooms in the house can benefit from more decor, that goes for your kids’ rooms too. If you want them to love their rooms and enjoy playing there, think about how to decorate in a way that they’ll love. Decorating, however, can feel overwhelming. There are so many decisions and factors to consider. So, spend some time preparing before you decorate. Think about what your children like and what will help them stay organized and content in their rooms. Here are 8 tips to help! Consider Your Child’s Interests The first step to decorating your child’s room is to consider your child's interests . They’ll likely be happier with the design of their room if they’ve had a say in what it looks like. If your child has a specific interest, choose what decorations you’d be happy with inside their room and then let them choose from there. If they love flowers or superheroes, decide what in those categories you’re wil

Must-Have Features for Every Family Car

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When you’re shopping for a family car, you have a lot to consider. You want a car that is safe and reliable, but you also want a car that fits your family’s needs. Cars today are built with lots of extra features that will help you have a smoother ride that everyone in the family can love. A History of Reliability Before you look at all the fancy gadgets of a potential new car, the first thing you want to do is make sure the car you are looking at has a history of reliability . There are several car makes that consistently rank highest on safety and reliability. Look at metrics like which models stay on the road the longest, as this will tell you it is built to last. The last thing you want to worry about when driving with your family is having your car breakdown. Buying a highly reliable car may cost you more upfront, but it will save you expensive repairs and maintenance later on. Turn to resources like Kelly Blue Book© to help give you more information on the history of reliability

What Are the Main Culprits of Poor Nutrition in Children?

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Food today is easily accessible and quick to make. You can buy pre-made sandwiches at a gas station, a quick hamburger from a fast-food restaurant, or even a precooked and prepackaged entire dinner! Just heat it up in the microwave for 3 minutes and you’re good to go. While such premade foods are convenient and sometimes seemingly lifesaving, they’re not good to eat on a regular basis. Eating these foods regularly negatively affects anybody’s health, including children’s. So, discover what foods are harming the health of children. Processed Foods One type of food that negatively affects the health of children is processed foods. And yet, processed foods are everywhere—the majority of the food you buy at the grocery store is likely processed. Even everyday foods such as peanut butter, bread, yogurt, cereal, and more are processed. Once you recognize what food is processed, it’s important to recognize the plethora of problems caused by processed foods. First off, processed foods can cau

Why Healthy Snacks Are Becoming More Prevalent at Birthday Parties

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While cake and ice cream may forever be considered the staple treat at children’s birthday parties, healthy snacks are making an impressive showing at more and more of these parties! Suddenly a veggie tray is nothing to be scoffed at—kids are loving the colorful produce available at their events. Here are a few reasons these nutrient-rich snacks are a great addition to the table. Energy Sugar may excite children into a frenzy, but the empty carbs and high fat intake make for a quick crash into exhaustion and cramping tummies. No more slowing down from stomach aches due to gorging on cookies—lower-carb options can still be enjoyed in high amounts without the icky side effects. According to EatingWell , cut vegetables, fruits, simple grains, and dairy options each provide the protein and nutrients that promote energy for extended periods of time! The sugars in these foods take a longer time to break down and come with a long list of micronutrients that encourage healthy immune systems

Tips for Helping Your Child Remember to Wash Their Hands

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As an adult you know it’s really important to wash your hands, especially given the circumstances of this past year. However, teaching your children to build a habit of washing their hands is a big challenge. Here are a few things you can do to help make that challenge a little more reachable and give your child the tools they need to wash their hands regularly and stay healthy. Post a Sign One simple thing you can do to help your children remember to wash their hands is to have a sign in the bathroom. This is important because hand washing is paramount when it comes to preventing contamination and promoting hand hygiene. Your sign should be short and sweet and get to the point as quickly as possible without being forceful. If your child has a favorite character from a show they love to watch, including them on your sign can make it more fun. The sign should be a gentle reminder rather than a strong command so that your child can more easily maintain a good attitude about handwashing.

Essential Party Elements for Every Graduation Party

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Graduating from school is an exciting and important achievement for any student. The desire to celebrate that achievement is a given. The reality of how to celebrate that achievement may be a little trickier to figure out. Here are a few essential elements to keep in mind for the best graduation party to honor your grad. Food and Beverages Every party needs a good menu! Whether you choose to serve a full meal or a spread of appetizers and snacks, there are plenty of ideas for fun and delicious foods you can offer. It may be easiest to determine the kind of food you want to provide by first determining the mood of the party you intend to throw. A casual backyard barbecue makes an easy setting for classic burgers, chips, veggie platters, and drinks, while a slightly more elegant indoor open house may call for a more “classy” spread of charcuterie boards, fruits, and desserts. And of course, don’t forget to provide a variety of beverages for your guests that can also match the mood of y

Growing a Garden? Tips for Sustainable Gardening You Need to Use

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Planting a garden can have countless physical and mental benefits. Planting a sustainable garden lets you interact and give back to the earth in ways that you cannot do otherwise. Creating a sustainable garden can be accomplished by avoiding chemicals, composting, and saving your seeds. Avoid Chemicals   A sustainable garden is a garden void of chemicals. Over the long run, chemicals will harm your soil, your pets, and your family through ingestion. You do need ways to control pests and weeds but reaching for a bottle of chemical herbicide or pesticide isn’t the best way to go. Instead, you can encourage pollinators , like bees, to achieve a higher crop yield. Introducing beneficial insects, like ladybugs, that eat up the plant consumers will be the perfect way to control pests without using harmful chemicals. Creating a balanced ecosystem, with plants native to the region, will help control the pests and prevent weeds from taking over. A final perk to avoiding chemicals is how harmles