Simple Spring Decorating Tips

With cold weather behind us, rising temperatures along with budding flowers may spark a desire to decorate.  Try these simple hints to chase away the winter blahs, and usher spring into your home.

  • Add Fresh Flowers – Tish of The Pink Tea Rose Events suggests adding fresh, bright floral arrangements should do the trick.  And they scream spring!
  • Cook – Try making desserts you generally reserve for the spring/summer months, like lemon or key-lime pie. They’re light and fluffy with just enough yellow or green to evoke nice spring thoughts.
  • Brighten up – Paint a piece of furniture, or a single wall with light, clean, or natural color. Colors inspired by nature are key.
  • Add slip covers – Covering a dark sofa or chair, with slip covers or fabric can easily add a touch of spring to any room.
  • Swap out – Replace heavy duty dark rugs for bright or patterned throw rugs.
  • Change the scent – Just as cinnamon, apple and pumpkin scents during the winter put us in a holiday mood, light scents such as fresh cotton, or linen induce spring. Tish suggests melon and citrus frangrances to brighten the senses.

What minor changes do you make to invite spring into your home?  

Previously posted on MyBlogalicious, by LaTonya Richardson.

National Children’s Craft Day

March 14, is National Children’s Craft Day. Use today to create a craft with a child, or teach a child a new craft.

Homemade Finger Paint, and Kool-Aid Playdough are crafts children of any age will love. Enjoy!

Recipe for Homemade Finger Paint:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 cups cold water
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • food coloring

Mix the flour and salt, then  add the cold water. Stir until smooth. Add this mixture gradually to the boiling water. Boil until the mixture becomes smooth and thick.  Add the food coloring until you get the desired color.

Recipe for Kool-Aid Playdough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Mix together dry ingredients, then add oil. Pour in boiling water. Mix, well. Mix and knead with my hands. When mixture is cool enough, children can knead an begin playing immediately. Store in a plastic container with a lid, or ziplock bag. 

How will you celebrate National Children’s Craft Day?