21 July 2017

Top Tips on Making a Better Home for the Kids

There is no rule book on being a parent. There’s medical advice for mothers, and there are opinions from other mothers as to what worked best for their children. However, for two parents looking to create a perfect home in which to raise their children, there is no definitive answer as to how best to do so. At the end of the day, you need to trust your gut instincts, as you probably know your children better than anyone; as they grow up, the things they need will become clearer and clearer (unless they’re already moody teenagers who won’t talk to you). Whatever the case, these top tips will give you inspiration as to ways in which you could improve your home for the kids, at the very least.

Identify safety hazards.
This is probably the most pressing issue on your mind. You’re constantly worrying about sharp edges on tables, dodgy steps on the staircase, or whether cupboards containing medicines or sharp objects are out of reach of your children’s little hands. Your kids might be able enough to be safe and responsible around the house by now, of course, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still things you can do to secure your family home and make sure everybody is looked after. Bolts on doors and burglar alarms, for example, will keep all of you safe; those are safety features that you should install anyway. They have no ideal age demographic.

Still, it’s important that you know when it’s time to move on. If your house is becoming too cramped for everyone living in it then it’s probably time to upgrade. A lack of space may not be a life-threatening safety hazard, but it will hamper the quality of life your kids have in their house. As they approach their teenage years, your children will definitely want their own breathing space and won’t want to feel “boxed in”. You could even look for a rental house at first if money is stretched. You could then consider the possibility of buying that house in the future when you’re sure that it’s the right decision and you’re all ready to commit to that certain property or simply a certain location because it makes your children, and the family as a whole, happy.

Declutter the home.
Continuing from the previous point, decluttering is partly a matter of safety but also a matter of satisfaction for everybody living in your family home. Nobody wants a messy home, and your kids might find they respect your rules far more if you declutter the place and create a perfectly clean environment in which you can all live. Tell them that, if they want the place to stay that way, they have to be more careful with regards to putting toys back in their homes and not making a mess with food or other such things around the house.

Get a pet.
You’re not giving in to your child, even though they’ll likely see it that way. Yes, they’ve been moaning at you to get a pet for the house for years, but there are actually far more positive reasons to do so than their simple point that “dogs are cute”. That’s true, of course, but dogs are also expensive, so you obviously need more of an incentive before you go ahead and buy one. Something you might not know is that pets such as dogs are actually of great benefit to young children in terms of health. They can help prevent asthma and respiratory problems by building up the immune system of your children.

Of course, alongside this, it’s hard to deny the mental health benefits of having a pet such as a dog (this whole “dog” idea is being pushed hard, but you really shouldn’t dismiss it as a first pet). Having a furry companion can be wonderful for a child and even the adults in the family as he or she can provide love and affection no matter what day you’re all having. Dogs are certainly always trying to make their owners happy because they’re loyal and kind. Your kid might be having trouble at school or falling out with friends (as children often do), but they can always come home to their barking buddy who’ll cheer them up, no matter what.

Start family DIY projects.
One of the greatest ways in which you can make a better home for the kids is to get the kids involved with making it a better home. We’re not talking about slave labor here; make it very clear that this isn’t a “boring chore” you’re forcing your child to do. Think of fun ways in which you can improve the house and get your children involved because you might be surprised to find that they’d actually love to take part in fixing up the house by repainting the walls, for example. That might lead to reorganizing furnishings in the room or deciding that the freshly-painted walls are bright and vivid but need a little character, so then you could put up some shelves (obviously, any sawing or nail-hammering should be left to the adult in the room). The point is that your kids will love their home even more if they can look at it and see all the ways in which they helped to build it.

Turn the garage into a play zone.
You might’ve been putting off tidying up the garage for years, but if you ever needed incentive to do so then just think about the potential to turn this space into a play zone. You’re forever tidying up toys littering the lounge or your child’s room, and it’s exhausting. You want to keep the “public” areas of the house tidy, at least, in case the adults of the house want to sit down and relax to watch some TV without accidentally sitting on some plastic toy and breaking it.

Turning your garage into a play zone for your children (and make sure it has elements for all of them so there are no arguments) could be the perfect answer. They can play and mess around in there without ruining the lounge area in the main house, and you probably don’t even have to tidy up after them as often; you can leave them to their devices as long as the garage is safe and there are no hazard objects left lying around for them to trip on. Everybody wins.

Make a lovely garden area.
When it comes to creating a child-friendly garden area, safety is very important, yet again. You want your garden to be as child-friendly and secure as your home, so you should definitely ensure your garden is fenced off. It most likely is, as it’s very rare for a garden to be wide open, but you should certainly think about warding off intruders. If you have a small fence already then you might still want to think about making improvements to deter people from climbing over and entering your garden.

A large hedge right behind the fence is always a good deterrent if you’d rather go to the effort of growing that than fitting a larger fence. Both methods are good, however. It’s all to do with the extent to which you’d like to go. Whatever you decide, you just need to ensure your garden feels like a colorful, vibrant, and fun place for your child to be. You moan about them not going outside enough, but perhaps you just need to give them an incentive to do so. Make playing outdoors sound like fun rather than a boring chore they do to keep mom and dad happy.

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16 July 2017

5 DIY Home Improvement Projects You Can Do With Kids

Have you ever walked into your home and wanted to give it a makeover? It’s exciting and rewarding for homeowners to upgrade the aesthetic of their home to look more stylish and new. For those with kids, this idea might seem like a fantasy. Where can you find the time to fix up your home and keep the kids busy? The good news is that there are a few DIY home improvement projects your kids can participate in!

First, bring to life the faded mailbox.

You don’t have to spend money you can use elsewhere by replacing a worn mailbox with a new one. Instead, take the kids to the nearest craft store and purchase nifty art supplies. Let them paint the mailbox spunky colors with wild designs and add decorative elements like bedazzling beads or gems. Decorating your mailbox kooky is limited to the imagination of your children and making sure your house address numbers are still visible on the outside of it of course! It certainly is a way to make your house stand out on the street.

Second, improve the gardening outside.

Gardening with children is an enriching project that both improves the outside of your home and educates kids. Get kids excited to eat their fruits and veggies by having them plant and grow their own food; plus, this keeps their diets organic and healthy! If you want to add lovely flowers to your backyard and create a gorgeous open-air nook for the kids, plant sunflowers around a square; filling the inner brim with smaller colorful flowers. Anyone can enjoy relaxing under the sun in this slice of paradise.

Some plants are edible and can be motivating to plant in anticipation of an interesting treat. Please keep in mind that not all plants are eatable – some plants are toxic – and it is important to teach kids to ask your permission before consuming anything in the garden. Overall, there are numerous possibilities to get your kids involved with entertaining landscaping ideas!

Third, bring rooms and walls back to life with new paint.

Dingy walls do not have to remain an eyesore every time you walk in and out of a room. Freshening up a coat of paint to make a room vibrant or completely changing the shade altogether can make your home look professionally renovated. Kids love to paint so why not have them help you with this fixer upper? Big walls give them a lot of space to expel energy while contributing to coat coverage. The best part? You can easily fix mistakes while the kids still feel a sense of pride from helping you better the home! Not to mention, they can brag to friends and guests how they did it themselves – kind of.

Painting can also lead to another activity of reorganizing rooms when the paint coats are dry. Living spaces – especially small ones – can look brand new when optimizing the available area. This includes painting with light hues, furnishing with multi-functional pieces, color coding, incorporating mirrors, and maximizing any compartment capability. Dare we say a shopping trip is in order?
However, it is important to note that harden paint chipping off can be a sign of water damage. In this case, it is best to have a professional evaluate the situation than try a DIY project to fix the outer appearance. Contact Water Restoration in Dallas, Texas for more details.

Fourth, turn the backyard into a fun activity zone.

The backyard is an excellent source for summer fun and family bonding. Kids might enjoy this improvement the most because you can let them plan exactly how they want it. Do they want to play on a tire swing hanging from a tree? Camp out in a tree house? Dig in a handmade sandbox? Order a playhouse of their choosing and prepare a spot for it by raking and pulling weeds. Place plywood in the ground to create a mini golf course and let the children paint themes on them. They will be the coolest kids on the block!

Fifth, tidy up the garage.

All the tools and equipment in the garage can be organized to create available space. Although kids should not take part in handling objects or looking through unsteady piles, they can help create boxes and cubbies for systemizing items. Children can paint, add glitter, glue on embellishments, and incorporate anything they find in the craft store they want to use. Not only do they get to help but they can also get in touch with their inner artist!

Although having kids assist you with home improvement projects is helpful for having an extra set of hands, it is not the only reason to have them participate in DIY projects. Here at waterdamagerestorationdallastexas.com, we believe it is important to educate children – early on – how to critically assess problems that need to be fixed and find solutions. We see this in many circumstances we work with in customer homes. From saving a flooded garden to spreading mold from water damage in the house, no extent is too insignificant to begin teaching lessons!

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13 July 2017

Pre-made Baby Food Closest To Home-made

It is every mother’s desire to give the best to their babies. They know that breast milk is the best milk and since the beginning of time until now, babies are fed breast milk from their mothers. Along the way, for the sake of convenience, cow’s milk was processed and many fed their babies with cow’s milk. Now in our present days, we are back to feeding our babies with breast milk, realizing that breast milk is still the best milk. Cow’s milk is only used when mother’s milk is insufficient to feed the baby. Some babies cannot tolerate cow’s milk and will have skin allergies.

When the babies are around 4 months to 6 months, it is time to start them on soft diet and slowly to solid food. Most babies have no problem adjusting to soft baby food especially when their mothers slowly introduce soft food into the baby’s diet. Not every mother is able to prepare home cooked baby food for their babies especially when they are working mothers. Some will take the trouble to prepare home cooked baby food from fresh ingredients during the weekends or whenever possible.

For the majority of mothers who are not able to prepare home cooked food, they turn to pre-made baby food. Health conscious mothers know the importance of feeding their babies good quality baby food and many are buying organic baby food.

These organic baby food go through minimal process of the fruits, vegetables and grains. Water is removed through a dehydration process to retain the nutrients, flavor, texture as close to the homemade ones as possible. These all natural freeze dried baby snacks are packed with nutrients and vitamins. These baby food packs come in various flavors and they are convenient to carry around. You can easily mix up a batch with water or breast milk in a bowl and with a spoon you can start to feed your baby with the pre-made baby food.

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