Easy Children’s Birthday Gifts Anyone Can Make

With winter’s dreary days quickly disappearing, in its place comes the need to decorate and refresh our home decor. The living room is good candidate for a quick and easy decorating update. It might be fine the way it is, but it just needs to be refreshed for the new season. I’m not talking major remodeling here, but a little change here and there can work wonders to rejuvenate and refresh any space.

Years ago, while running my own pre-school, one of my parents would give me quite “the gift” at the end of each year. Her son was mildly autistic and developmentally delayed, so he was quite the handful. She always dropped him off early and was always 10 minutes late. I never charged her a late fee. Come holiday time she would proudly had me her gift. One year she gave me an obvious recycled box of very dusty Extreme Incense. Another year I received catsup/mustard/mayo packets with a package of cocktail napkins. The third year I received two single packets of hot chocolate and a pack of microwave popcorn.

If you have a large garden but would like more indoor living space, adding a conservatory is one home improvement you should consider. A conservatory will provide an additional room to your house that will be filled with natural light. The room can be used for moonlit dinners, home gym equipment, sun lounges and much more. The structure is also likely to catch the eye of potential buyers and increase the resale value of your home.

I buy organic foods, especially milk, eggs, meat, and produce. Not only does that reduce the amount of pesticides in the environment, I’m also supporting local small farmers. This is getting easier to do now since the bigger grocery stores are catching on to the organic craze and are providing us more options for organic products.

Paint it inside and out, to complement your decor or add a few layers of tissue paper. Acrylic paint is available in small bottles and works very well on paper. Let your imagination guide you to a masterpiece! I like to use three colors and white tissue also torn into small Herbal Potpourri pieces and layered until the newspaper does not show through. The different colors randomly layered, form new colors and shades. Pay attention to the rim of the bowl so it is neat…fold the pieces of tissue over the rim to make a smooth edge.

I’ve eliminated the harsh chemicals in my home by replacing my cleaning products with toxin-free alternatives. No bleach, ammonia or phosphates in my house so I’m not polluting our water or filling the landfills with more harsh chemicals. This also eliminates some more potentially harmful fumes in my home.

While we’re on the subject of fragrance, I always change the fragrances I use in my home with the seasons. I tend to gravitate to spicy, woodsy or fruity home fragrances in the winter like cinnamon or apple. For a quick change, I refresh my living room every spring and summer by switching to floral scented candles, potpourri and other air fresheners. When I change the fragrance to lavender, lilac or honeysuckle, it refreshes and totally changes the mood in the room.

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