Archive: April, 2013

April 30, 2013

5 Bedroom Ideas for Newlyweds

If you’ve recently married and moved into your new home, you may be looking for some decorating ideas. When it comes to the bedroom, you might want to consider a luxurious, sensuous theme.

As a newlywed couple, you can make your bedroom your own little haven with a bit of thought and creativity. This is the perfect time to enjoy relaxing and spending time together in your bedroom before the stresses of everyday life and finances take over or you start a family. So grab the chance to enjoy quality time together as newlyweds and create the perfect bedroom space in your home.

Tips to make your bedroom into a more romantic space

 A romantic theme is perfect for a newly married couple. Here are a number of steps to take in order to transform your bedroom into the perfect romantic space.

Get rid of clutter: there is nothing romantic or sensuous about clutter, so if your bedroom has stuff all over the place that is not really needed, find a new home for it. Whether you sell or give your clutter away, find suitable storage space in the home for it, or simply get rid of it is up to you. The more space you have in your bedroom the more scope you have to turn it into a luxury space for you and your partner.

Think romantic colours: think of certain colours and combine them in your decor in order to create a wonderful romantic look. White can be a romantic colour, but only when used selectively – you don’t want to feel like you’re in a laboratory. This is why you should mix and match sensuous colours, such as white, gold and red, to create a room with depth and romance. These colours can be used for everything from the walls and curtains to lightshades and bedding.

Choose the right materials: the look, feel, and texture of certain materials can be very sensual, so put some thought into the materials that you use for your bedding and curtains. Lace, satin, silk, and velvet are among some of the more sensual and romantic fabric options, and you can mix and match these to create the perfect look and feel for your romantic haven.

Pick the perfect furniture: a few choice pieces of furniture can make or break a romantic bedroom. A huge, comfortable king size bed is a must for any newlywed’s bedroom. You might want to invest in a chaise lounge or love seat for the bedroom, which can look very effective. Also, make sure you have plenty of pillows and cushions to place around, as these help to add a feel of luxury and decadence.

Choose the right lighting: the lighting is an essential part of creating a romantic room. Of course, you need to have access to your main lighting, as there is nothing romantic about breaking things because you cannot find your way around. However, it’s still worth adding some special touches with beautiful lamps to fit in with your colour scheme, and maybe attractive main light shade or chandelier – even scented candles dotted around to add colour and fragrance.

Once you’ve created an ideal romantic den in your bedroom, you can start looking forward to spending some quality time in this luxurious and sensuous space.

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April 23, 2013

How to Get Your Kids to Help with the Cleaning

It’s a topic many parents often debate, worry and complain about, but getting your children to help with daily chores around the house can become a nightmare if you’re not careful. If children have not been raised in an environment where they are expected to help, then they will become very reluctant to do so if this new responsibility is thrust upon them.

It can also be tempting to do the work yourself, as you may worry that your children will break something, hurt themselves or simply not do the job well. However, it is important to not let this become an excuse for you to be lumbered with all the housework or your children will not learn responsibility for their actions. I remember my mother entrusting me with household chores as my brother sat back and watched TV – the excuse being that he was too clumsy and would break something. As clumsy as some children may be, you will find them eager and careful participants if the following rewards are to be gained.

Pocket money

The old favourite of giving pocket money in exchange for household chores has prevailed for good reason: the majority of parents believe that children learn independence and financial responsibility through handling their own small finances. However, giving your children money in exchange for chores also teaches them about the value of doing a job well. You can set the price differently depending on the length of time you expect the job to take, and you can always raise the price for an exceedingly good job.

If your aim is to have your child clean out their room, Music Magpie is a brilliant way for your children to earn their pocket money by getting rid of old CDs, DVDs and games. They will soon learn the value of what they buy this way as well.

Special treats

If you don’t like the idea of pocket money, or if you want an extra option, rewards are always a good one. If Timmy cleans his room very well on Wednesday, then we will have a trip to the zoo on Saturday. This use of incentives teaches children how good actions can have good consequences, as well as teaching the value of a job well done.

The treat itself can be as big or small as you want it to be, so long as it is attractive to the child. Don’t make things difficult for yourself by setting an unwanted precedent; a simple reward for your child could be having a friend stay over if they help to clean their room in preparation.

Competition time

This is a great way of making sibling rivalry work in your favour. Stick a chart with your children’s names somewhere prominent (e.g. on the fridge) and give them a sticker or a star when they have completed a job well. The child with the most stars at the end of the week can choose a prize – it can be something as simple as picking their favourite dessert for Friday night or what the family movie should be. Kids love a competition, and they’ll be sure to want to impress you as well as win!

To ensure this works for as long as you want it to, gradually make it possible for everyone to win. Hand out jobs and judge how well they’ve been done in accordance with your child’s age and maturity.

If your children don’t have siblings, then a collaborative cleaning approach between parent and child often works best, with you leading the way.

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