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We know what you’re all waiting for when it comes to the holidays. No, it’s not presents; it’s all the tasty food! So we have a really quick recipe when it comes to baking the perfect Christmas or holiday cookies of your choosing for giving out as presents or as a great treat around the house. Here’s what you’ll need to bake the best cookies in town.
What you’ll need:
- 1 ½ cups of butter, softened
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Cookie cutters
What to do:
- In a large bowl cream together your softened butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. Then, stir in the flour, baking soda and salt. Cover with something like cellophane wrap and chill in the fridge for at least one hour (or overnight).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (or 200 degrees Celsius). Roll out your dough on a floured surface to ¼ or ½ an inch thick. Cut into shapes with your favorite holiday cookie cutters. With any left over dough, continue to roll everything out and cut out cookies until there is no dough left. Place cookies 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven. Let them cool completely upon finishing.
If you want to decorate your cookies then we have a very simple recipe for some icing. This is a great holiday activity for your kids and all families. This is what you’ll need.
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons of milk
- 2 teaspoons of light corn syrup
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
- Food coloring (optional)
What to do
- Stir the powdered sugar and milk and smooth and creamy
- Beat in corn syrup and extract of your choice until the mixture is smooth and glossy
- If mixture is too thick, add in more corn syrup
- To get different colors, separate the frosting into different bowls and add food coloring until you acquire the desired effect
Mmm… Delicious! That about does it for our holiday cookie recipe. What are your favorite foods to eat during the holidays? Let us know in the comments below and good luck.
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You can make some small changes to your bathroom to improve its look if you don’t have the budget to remodel it completely. Bathroom is one of the easiest rooms in the house for which you can pick up some new furniture items. Here are some ideas on how to make over a bathroom.
Use old wooden boxes to make your bathroom more functional
There is no need to throw away the old wooden boxes. If you have some wooden boxes with you, you can simply paint them and keep them in your bathroom. These boxes can hole extra toilet papers and towels.
Choose a functional and cheap bathroom vanity set
Bathroom vanity sets don’t only make your bathroom more practical but they also give it a more luxurious look. So, you must check out some affordable bathroom vanity sets online and pick one for your bathroom. You can go for the 3-piece vanity set of Dorel Kylie Collection. This is a compact and cute vanity set made from solid hardwood. This set comes in a clean and beautiful white finish that fits in any type of bathroom décor. This is one of the most durable bathroom vanity sets comprising of a revolving oval mirror, a matching stool and a large drawer. You can pick the Antique Treasures vanity set from Hayneedle if you want a more special set. Featuring a rich cherry brown finish, this set has six specious drawers with antiqued copper and glass-like handles. Two top drawers are felt lined. You can store your jewelry items in these drawers. You can check out some bathroom vanity sets having sectional drawers.
Make a sink skirt of a nice bed sheet
A lot of bathrooms have ugly sink bottoms. You can pick a shimmery or a simple bed sheet to make a sink skirt. You can also use a bright but elegant shower curtains to cover this area. You can cover the bottom of your skin by sticking this bed sheet around your sink. Use double tape to stick it on the sink.
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Students juggle with studies, homework and leisure. Some kids may make excuses to avoid their school work. One of the main reasons behind this is that school work sometimes doesn’t seem interesting to kids. You can make your kid’s school work more interesting with some affordable and attractive school supplies. Proper school supplies can fetch higher grades for your kid because these items allow him to pick and use the right thing at the right time without wasting time. Here are some ideas that can help you cheer your children for school work. These ideas can also help you organize all the school supplies.
Create a study room or spot at home
Elementary school kids require things like crayons, markers and pencils whereas college students need things like pens, pencils etc. Therefore, you must create a study spot for your kid. You can use some chairs and large table for this. This helps you keep the school supplies at one place. You can use the table’s drawers to store some pencils, pens and erasers. You can also use different jars to store these things if your table doesn’t have drawers. Creating a study room or spot helps your kid perform and concentrate properly. Every elementary school and college student needs some school supplies.
Choose a spacious pencil box
Elementary as well as college students can pick some nice pencil boxes according to their age. For instance frosted plastic pencil boxes from PrintGlobe will be ideal for college students. These pencil boxes are simple and sophisticated. Available in various attractive colors, they allow you to store all your stationary items including pens, pencils, rulers, protractors etc. You can take this compact pencil box to your college every single day. You can pick a rubbermaid spacemaker 12 compartment art supply station from Pens N More if you want a more spacious box that could store your calculator. This spacemaker pencil box is suitable for elementary as well as college students. It provides you accessible storage for your scissors, crayons, markers, glue and more. Featuring eight large and divided compartments, this is a spacious spacemaker pencil box that comes with a removable four-compartment center bucket.
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Chores can sometimes be boring. They are monotonous and often tiring for kids. Kids may whine that they don’t want to organize their toys or clean their room. They may give you excuses like ‘I don’t know how to make a bed.’ Making excuses and avoiding chores can become a bad habit. Here are some steps which will help you encourage your kids to do their chores without fussing about them. These steps will also help you keep track of all the chores in a fun way.
Organize a contest
You can organize a 15 minute contest for your kids. You can assign similar chores to everyone and give a reward to the one who completes the chore in 15 minutes. This contest will not only instill sportsman spirit in your kids but it will also help them learn time management.
Install a chalkboard in your kitchen
A chalkboard will keep your kids excited about the chores. You can write the chores and their rewards on the chalkboard. You can pick a chalkboard for kitchen after comparing some of them online. You can go for a regular square chalkboard or a cute chalkboard shaped like an apple. The World Market offers big apple wall decals and chalkboards. Perfect for your kitchen, these chalkboards help you keep track of all the to-do items. You can write important messages as well on this chalkboard. You can erase everything and write new things on the chalkboard. You can also check out the scroll chalkboard vinyl wall decal available at the World Market. Made of eco-friendly vinyl, this wall decal is easy to apply, easy to remove and easy to re-position.
Use music to instill zeal in kids
Music can fill your kids with enthusiasm and excitement. You can dance and work with them. It will be really fun to dance around while doing the chores. This is one of the best ways to encourage your kids for the chores.
Teach your kids to earn privileges
You can encourage your kids to earn rewards. For instance you can tell your kid that he will be allowed to spend 20 minutes extra on the computer if he takes out the trash every morning without being asked. Similarly, you can allow him to play the video game for an hour if he cleans his room properly. You can give your teens a little extra time to spend on Facebook.
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There are many themes that you can incorporate into your home whenever you’re decorating it. One of the most fun themes that you can do with interior decorating is to have an Asian themed house. This can be relatively simple to achieve as long as you have a few key elements, then you’ll be completely immerse in whatever culture you choose to emulate. For now, let’s focus on Japanese style.
What you’ll need
- Japanese paper screen
- bamboo floor mats
- paper lanterns
- bonsai trees
- calligraphy art
What to do
When it comes to using all the fantastic items that you’ve for this decorating party, then all you really need to do is coordinate them together.
- Use the paper screens to your advantage; partition them off to create separate quarters in any of your living spaces. This not only adds more “rooms” to small areas, but it also gives the illusion of having rice paper walls just like in Japanese style homes.
- While you don’t have to necessarily sleep on these, it would be a great idea to get some bamboo floor mats. These could be fun to use as a type of hallway rug or centerpiece in the middle of a floored area.
- Another fun option to incorporate is to use paper lanterns. They can be used outside during the warmer months of the year or inside depending on which area you’re decorating. What’s fun about using them outside is the beautiful glow that they give off instead of a straight lamp.
- When it comes to decorating using foliage, the best route to go is using something like a bonsai tree. They come in all shapes and sizes, so depending on the area, you can have something as large as a chair or something as small and a breadbox. Make sure to search around and see what fits your space best.
- One final touch to make it completely Japanese themed is to take pictures of calligraphy and place it on your walls. They can come in different forms; posters, scrolls, and even taking it a step further, painting it on the wall yourself.
So there you have it! This are just a couple ideas to get you started to have your very own Asian inspired house. One way to finish off the look is to store everything you need on some folding shelf brackets, they come in a compact design and can hide away anything that you have that isn’t really in theme with the rest of what you’ve created. Let us know how your decorating adventures go in the comments below!
There are certain ways that you can make your home have certain touches that make it feel ultra homey. One of the best ways that you can do this is have a mail slot on your day. It can completely make the look of your home, all it takes is a few handy ideas and you’ll be set for any mail or packages you’ll ever receive.
What you’ll need
What to do
- First measure out how big your door mail slot is and mark the area around your door that you’ll be placing it on. Make sure you also marked the center of the door so you know where the center of the mail slot will go.
- Next, you need to drill starter holes in your door so you can use your jigsaw to cut through the wood.
- Use your jigsaw to cut the hole through the door and push it through once you’ve cut all along the edge that you’ve traced.
- Sand around the edges of the hole that you cut so you won’t have any jagged edges or rough spots. The last thing you want is splinters as you’re working!
- Mark the places that you’ll be placing the lug holes. Make sure that you’re being as precise as possible when it comes to this step and mark the center of where you’ll be placing the bolt fixtures (lugs).
- Drill your bolt holes, but also make sure that you know the sizes of your bolts. The directions with your mail slot.
- Drill the lug holes with a flat paddle bit that about as close to the lugs as possible. Only drill halfway through, and make sure to keep your drill level the entire time.
- Screw the bolts into the lugs then insert the mail slot. You might even have to trim the bolts if necessary if they’re too long. All you need is a small hacksaw and you’ll be set.
- Put in a fun magnetic bracelet cliup so you can tightly secure your mailbox while you’re away as well!
- Install the draft excluder to the mail slot and you’ll be set for any mail that you get!
Let us know how your next project goes along, and good luck.
Watching your little one grow up is a blissful experience – and (let’s be real) an expensive one. This is especially true when it comes to purchasing pieces of furniture that are essential when your child is a baby, only to have them end up in storage once he outgrows these items. Luckily, an easy way to breathe new life into seemingly useless pieces of furniture is to repurpose them. If you have a leftover changing table lying around, we’ll help you repurpose it by turning it into a bookcase!
What you’ll need:
- Baby changing table with three tiers
- Damp cloth
- Disinfecting wipes
- Measuring tape
- Roll of decorative contact paper in a color or print of your choice
- Wire paper rack
What to do:
- You’ll want to work with a clean surface, so if your changing table has collected any dust or dirt from disuse, wipe it down with a damp cloth. Use the disinfecting wipes to sterilize the changing table, concentrating especially on the top tier.
- Once the changing table is dry, use the measuring tape to determine the dimensions of the shelves. Cut three sheets of decorative contact paper with the same length and width.
- Apply the sheets of contact paper to the surface of the shelves, smoothing out any air bubbles as you go.
- Your bookcase is now ready for use! For added convenience, try using a wire paper rack to keep your magazines within easy reach on the top shelf.
If you’re looking to decorate your little one’s room, then we have the perfect ideas for you. Decorating a kid’s room can sometimes be more fun than decorating the rest of your house because you get to choose whatever theme your child wants. Keep reading for some helpful tips to make sure you have everything covered for a fun, awesome child’s bedroom.
Have fun with accessories
While you don’t want to buy into trends that can fade with time, you should consider getting things that are great for a child’s creativity. Things like hanging door beads or some fun accent pillows are perfect. While you may be turned off from making your child’s room in a complete camo theme, you might want to do small accents of it throughout the room so it doesn’t completely overwhelm the senses.
Buy for the future
While most people think that the first step after going from a crib is to go to a twin bed, that shouldn’t be the case. You’ll want to buy at least a full mattress, especially if your child happens to be taller for their age. Speaking from experience, it can be very tiresome being 5’8” and trying to squeeze myself into a twin bed for all of college. Buy a queen preferably for your child so they can grow into it later.
Decorate with style
Your child may not get subtleties that most adults think of when decorating, but you should think about fun additions that can be easy to install and are fun for both of you. Putting in something like some Disney princess wall stickers can be perfect, not only are they easy to apply but they don’t damage any of your painted walls.
Make your kids do the work
I speak from experience, one of my best friends painted her room bright neon pink and traced out stars and painted them black all over her room. She felt accomplished in knowing that she completely decorated her room herself, because not only was she the one that got to do it all herself, but she could sit back and admire her work every day. So if you have your child or teen decorate their own room for a summer project then they’ll start their new school year with a great new outlook. Something like a moon wall décor would have fit in perfectly with my friend’s image.
Those are just a few ideas to get you started. Let us know how your decorating adventures go in the comments below!
Placemats can not only protect your dining table from water and other stains, increasing its life, but they can also be used to spruce up your table for special occasions and everyday meals. You can use different placemats on different occasions. Since purchasing several placemats for different occasions can be expensive, your best bet is to make your own at home. This will help you save money and allow you to use your creativity. You can make paper placemats in any color, pattern or theme of your choice. Even children will enjoy making placemats. Here are the steps you can follow for this project.
Choose the right kind of paper
For each of your paper placemats, you’ll need one piece of decorative paper and a piece of heavy paper, such as card stock, which you’ll use as a backing. Both pieces of paper should be 11 by 17 inches in size. Instead of using decorative paper, you can also use affordable Silver Celebrity paper placemats, which are simple and great for regular use. These are available in a set of 50 reusable mats printed with food-safe, soy-based ink. You can decorate them with small beads, ribbons, or any other embellishments as desired. If you want something more colorful, try using the garden-themed paper placemats by Studio Oh!, which are perfect for special occasions.
Cut the paper to give it the right shape and size
Once you have selected a paper placemat or a decorative paper, use a rotary cutter to cut it into the desired shape and size. Trim a quarter-inch off of each edge of your paper using scissors with decorative edges.
Paste your decorative paper onto the thick paper backing
Use a paintbrush or foam brush to apply a layer of glue on the back of the decorative paper. Place the decorative paper on the heavy paper backing and gently remove any bubbles with your hand. Allow your placemat to dry for at least one hour. If you’d like to make your placemats more durable, you can also laminate them with plastic sheets.
Are you tired of constantly losing your impossible-to-find bobby pins? Not to worry – you can tackle this problem by making a quick and easy DIY bobby pin holder! Today’s inspiration came from a handy item you might have in your own kitchen: a magnetic knife strip. To get started on making your own bobby pin holder, here is what you’ll need:
- mirror medicine cabinet
- adhesive-backed magnetic strip – use a strip that is at least 1 inch wide
- foam mounting squares
- scrapbook paper in a pattern or print of your choice
What to do:
- Open your medicine cabinet and use a ruler to measure the door’s width.
- Grab your scissors and cut a length of magnetic strip that is at least one inch shorter than the width of the cabinet door.
- Cut a strip of scrapbook paper that is about a half-inch longer and wider than the magnetic strip. Cover the front of the magnetic strip with the piece of scrapbook paper. Fold over any excess paper and press it into the adhesive backing of the magnetic strip to keep it in place.
- Use the foam mounting squares to mount your magnetic strip to the back of the cabinet door.
- Add your bobby pins and enjoy never losing another one again!