Design That Grows as They Grow

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One of the hardest things to keep up with as a parent is the changing of your child’s room as they grow older. Typically, there’s at least three ages a child reaches in life when their room should change: around 2 or 3, 10 to 12, and 17. So that you don’t have to pay for three different sets of furniture, I’m here to inform you of easy, inexpensive ways to give your kids the change they would like without breaking the bank.

First, because it is the kids that want the change, you should have them make a list of all the things they want new in their room. Look at the list and pick the three most important items. They should understand the compromise and will be thankful that you included them and cared about what they wanted.

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The most essential item in the bedroom is the bed. The best way to go about not buying two or three beds from the time they’re born to the time they are 18 is by buying a convertible bed. Convertible beds go from cribs to toddler size beds all the way to full size beds. If you don’t care for the convertible beds, start with a bunk bed when they become a toddler, because in that case, you can change the bottom into a desk and chair area as they get older. It lets them enjoy the fun bunk bed stage, but also gives them a very useful study area. Try your best not to get a twin bed. You should get at least a full size bed if the room can handle that size, because that growing boy or girl will grow out that twin bed very quickly. Also, take into account when they are much older, they’re going to want some nicer, higher quality furniture. You might as well get it while they’re younger, at least a few items that they will enjoy.

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Changing the accessories will do wonders. Take full advantage of the fact that you can throw a lava lamp on the dresser, and their room will suddenly be cool again. Little things like that can change the child’s happiness with the room. It’s a cheap and easy way to make them happy without changing around the entire room. The accessories have to be practical for their current age as well. Sometimes, what the trend is isn’t practical for everyone.

The activity area of the child’s room should gradually change with their age as well. Start swapping out toy trucks for ipads and docking stations. A cool thing to hang up that can stay up from when they’re born to when they leave for college is a bulletin board. You can continually change what is up there from their kindergarten artwork to their latest boy band crush. You’ll love it the clean look, and they will love having a place to be creative!

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Lastly, we come to the paint. This is a simple way to change it up that can be a fun thing to do with the kids. They’ll enjoy picking out the colors and painting next to you. Changing the wall colors immediately changes the mood of the room, which is normally all the child is wanting. If you do want to go all the way, look for new bedding, window treatments, and area rugs to bring it all together.

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You always want to enjoy everything you do with your kids, so make sure they’re having fun and feeling included in this change they want to occur. It might be your final overall decision, but the kids definitely want to have a say in their room. Keep it updated. Keep it fresh. Have fun during the time you get to spend together doing little projects around the house like this.

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Do It for Dad! Happy Father’s Day!

 

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Father’s Day is just around the corner, and maybe you’re struggling to come up with some great ideas for a unique gift for Dad. If you’re tired of buying the same old tie each year, we have some creative and inexpensive Do-It-Yourself gift ideas. This is a great chance to get the kid’s involved in making their own personal gift for Dad. Round everybody up for a trip to Hobby Lobby to gather some supplies and give one of our cool and creative gifts a try!


Amber's Blog photos-Father's Day Here’s a simple and cute DIY craft to try with your kids. Start by coming up with some simple questions to ask about their Dad, such as, where he was born, what his hair color is or maybe what his favorite food is. Type up the questions and answers and print it out on your choice of paper. Next, select a paint color for the hand print. Make sure the color is light enough and the paint is not too thick to cover up the questions. After the paint dries, simply place it into a cute frame to present to Dad on Father’s Day.

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This one is for the Dad’s with a sweet tooth! This gift is both sweet and functional! When he is done enjoying the treat, he can use his personalized jar for storing things like pens, paperclips, or nuts and bolts. Start with a simple mason jar and select his favorite candy. Now it’s time to get creative! Decorate the top of your jar by adding colorful paper strips, paint, or some cool duct tape. Next create a personal tag for Dad, like the one pictured above, and attach it to your jar. Now for the best part, fill it up with his favorite candy! (Try not to sneak too many for yourself.)

 

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Here’s an adorable DIY gift for the whole family to be involved in. For this simple craft, you will need some colorful cardstock, a photo frame and scissors. Start out by gathering the whole family together to trace their handprints onto the cardstock and cut them out. Then arrange the handprints from largest to smallest and glue them to a solid piece of cardstock. You can put a message of your choice or design it like the one shown above. Once it’s framed, you have the perfect gift for Dad from the whole family!

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Here’s another favorite craft idea that we liked. It’s the perfect way to record your memories with Dad! To begin this craft you can either assemble your own journal or purchase one at your local office supply store. Now it’s time to get creative! You can design your cover page with cute craft paper, markers, stickers or go all glitter! Inside the journal, you can insert fun photos of the kid’s with Dad and have them write a small caption of that special day. It’s the perfect way to capture cherished memories in a cute notebook for Dad to enjoy whether he is at work or home. Source

Now that you have some cool and creative ideas for Dad, he won’t be stuck with another boring tie! These crafts are a great way to save money, spend time together and shower Dad with fun and personalized gifts. I hope we inspired you to let your creative side take over this Father’s Day. This year, don’t be afraid to get crafty and let the fun begin!

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