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A New New Years Eve

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

Do you ever feel like the same old New Years Eve parties are getting a little old for you? Or perhaps you feel like you might be getting a little too old for them! There are plenty of fun and innovative ways to ring in the new year without having to go out to a traditional New Years Eve celebration. Some offer relaxation while others change it up for some fun, but whatever way you choose to celebrate, as long as you spend this time with loved ones you are sure to have a great beginning to the new year.


One alternative to the ‘same old’ is to go camping. It might be cold outside where you are, but camping is a great healthy alternative to kick off the new year. Perhaps you can get a jump start on that weight loss you are hoping to begin! If it’s too cold where you are consider renting an old wood cabin. Invite everyone to stay the night as you sit by the fire, roasting marshmallows and reminiscing about the past year with each other. 


Was this past year full of stress for you? Are you looking to bring in the new year with something a little more relaxing? Consider inviting all of your close friends over for a spa night! You can shop around at your local spas to see what do-it-yourself spa products you can prepare with ahead of time. Gather some healthy snack and drink options together and relax with your friends as you start the new year in the right state of mind.


A great way to avoid the craziness that tends to accompany New Years Eve is to stay in. Whether it be with your family, friends, a significant other or just yourself, be sure to stock your pantry with your favorite snacks and drinks and cozy up under a blanket while watching a couple of movies. If you have enough people you could even throw together a few fun rounds of board games together. Either way, you can avoid the hassle of leaving your home and relax.


Traditional methods of celebrating New Years Eve can be fun, but it might also be fun to break that tradition and try out something new for the festive holiday. As long as you are with loved ones it is sure to be a beautiful start to your new year.

Kitchen Facelift

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

Do you find yourself wanting to give your kitchen a small face lift, but unsure of ways to do so? There are many ways you can give your kitchen a new look, some of them projects that you can do it yourself! Don’t be discouraged if you feel like you can’t think of anything, here are a couple of fun ways to give your kitchen a new look.


The most dramatic change in a kitchen comes from replacement.  Replacing floor is an amazing place to start and can be done without breaking the bank.  Worn floors in a small space can exude a dingy feeling.  Have you always dreamed of wood floors in your kitchen but thought it was impossible with all of the moisture?  Take a look at wood-look tile!  With the advances in digital printing, many wood-look tiles are difficult to distinguish from wood planks. The maintenance for these tiles is the same as other porcelain tile,  


One great way to make the space look new is to use the idea of hanging kitchen items. You might add a pots and pans holder that hands from the ceiling over your kitchen island. Or if you have a large wall that is either empty or housing that same old tired picture that’s been there for years, take it down and add hooks around the wall randomly and hang your cooking utensils! For a relatively inexpensive price you can go out and get some new utensils if you don’t like the ones you have and purchase some that appeal to you. Depending on your handiness, you might even be able to build the pots and pans holder yourself!


Another great way to give your kitchen a facelift is to change the color. Find a color you would love, and paint an accent wall. Then go out and find a few nice kitchen items in that color, such as a colored mixing bowl or kitchen towels. These items don’t have to be regulated to kitchen related things, you could also find decorations you like ore replace your kitchen blinds. These items being scattered around your kitchen will create pops of color that relate back to your accent wall. 


The freest of all of these ideas? Floor plan and do a complete shuffle of your kitchen. Move your kitchen table, reorganize all of your cabinets and make it look like a completely new kitchen! It may take some time to get used to the new layout, but oftentimes just updating the layout of a room can really make it feel brand new.


These are just a few suggestions for someone who may be thinking about a kitchen update. These ideas may be just the thing you’re looking for!

Advice: How To Prepare Your Teen For the First Day of High School

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

The first day of high school is easily one of the scariest days in a kid’s life. It starts a whole new chapter and it involves a multitude of new people and experiences. To help your teenager get through it smoothly, try these tools and advice.


Help them prepare for the first morning of school. The night before the big day do things like packing a lunch or putting money in their bag, and making sure the backpack has all the necessities and is ready to go. Also, help them pick out an outfit and lay it out with shoes and accessories so it’s easy to get ready the next morning. Knowing that they’re fully prepared will decrease apprehension. The morning will also go smoother and it will take their stress level down.


Next, remind your teenager that everything is going to be okay. The repetition in this is key because hearing it multiple times will truly rest their mind and keeps doubts out of it. This sounds simple but gentle reassurance will help them sleep easier.


Speaking of sleeping easier, encourage them to go to bed earlier. Getting a full night’s rest is important because it will help them be more awake and therefore more social and outgoing the next day. A teenager who went to bed at two in the morning because they were up all night worrying is a lot more likely to have a bad first day.


Also, tell your teenager to be social and confident because everyone is nervous. This is the first time they will meet new classmates and first impressions are important. Everyone is a little bit scared and people will remember who reached out to them and was kind from the beginning. Small things like introducing themselves and smiling at people can result in friendships that will last the full duration of high school.


Another great thing to tell your teenager is to be friendly with the teachers. This will give the teachers a great first impression of your student which will last the entire year. Building teacher relationships also creates a reliable resource to which your child can turn if they need guidance while at school.


Last, make sure your teen understands the map of the school and will be able to locate classrooms. With these things in place the first day is sure to go much better than it would have without some thoughtful planning.