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Patriotic Decorations for the Home

As the Fourth of July approaches, you may want to create a patriotic atmosphere in your home. From centerpieces to homemade flags, there are a variety of decorations you can add to your house.

Table Décor

If you are inviting guests over to celebrate the holiday, you want to ensure that your dinner table leaves a great impression on your visitors. To start, you can choose red, white, and blue plates and utensils. Using these colors for your tablecloths can also be very useful.

Centerpieces

For your dining or living room tables, you can think about adding a centerpiece to bring out a patriotic feel. These centerpieces can range from bouquets to star and ribbon embellishments.

Wall Décor

Aside from table décor and centerpieces, wall décor is an unique way to prepare your house for the holiday. To do so, you can string Fourth of July garlands and banners around your home.

Room Décor

There are several ways you can prepare your rooms for the Fourth of July. Whereas red, white, and blue pillows and throws are good ideas, you can also consider patriotic picture frames and rugs.

Wreaths

Living in an apartment or house, your doors may seem bare. However, wreaths are a wonderful solution and can add to the patriotic feel. Attaching die-cut stars or using the American flag colors, you can design a wreath that will remind you of the holiday.

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http://www.favecrafts.com/Fourth-of-July/24-4th-of-July-Decorating-Ideas http://lilluna.com/fourth-of-july-decor-ideas/

 

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Top Tips for Childproofing Your Home

With summer around the corner, your children will be out of school and probably spending more time at home. To make sure your home is a safe environment, childproofing is essential. Here is a list of a few safety precautions.

Physical Safety

  1. Keep breakable items away from children. Items made of glass or ceramic should be kept out of reach to prevent any injuries. You can also switch to using rubber instead of breakable materials.
  2. Use playpens. To make sure young children are not running into items or getting hurt around the house, playpens are very useful. They are also often portable in case the child is visiting a neighbor or friend.
  3. Use safety gates and fences. Keeping children away from accidents, safety gates can be placed in front of stairways. If you have a pool, you may also use pool fences to prevent children from accidently falling into the pool.
  4. Cover furniture edges and other sharp corners. If your children like to run around, it is highly advisable to cover sharp edges to keep them from getting hurt.

Medical Safety

  1. Keep medicine out of reach. To do so, you can use child-proof caps or store the medicine in higher cabinets and shelves.
  2. Make sure household chemicals are stored away. Like medicine, household chemicals should be placed in locked cabinets and shelves or in places that children cannot reach.                                  

Fire and Electrical Safety

  1. Block access to electrical outlets. Inserting objects into electrical outlets is a risk for electrocution and serious injury. To prevent these accidents, you can use sliding outlet covers or plastic units.
  2. Install smoke alarms in every room. You should also check them monthly to make sure they are working.
  3. Create an evacuation plan. In case a fire breaks out, you should run through an evacuation plan with your child and remind them of the dangers of fire.

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http://www.babycenter.com/0_childproofing-around-the-house_460.bc

http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/home/childproof.html

Summer Decorations for the Front Door

Summer is on its way, but the heat is already here! What better way to greet your guests than with a refreshing blast of décor at the front door? Door decorations are not only fun crafts, but they also leave a great first impression on your visitors. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Wreaths

Wreaths are perfect for any season and are easy to make! Like in this pinwheel wreath, adding color brings out a summer feel.

Or if you have leftover cloth and have no idea what to do with them, check out this fabric scrap wreath.

Not the only season in its wake, summer is also time for baseball! If you’re a fan, this wreath is an exciting way to cheer on your favorite team.

 

Door Hangers

Aside from wreaths, door hangers are also welcoming decorations. Recreating objects that remind you of summer can be a fantastic addition to your front door, like this sun decoration.

You can even flashback to those memories catching fireflies in the summer with this Mason jar decoration.

Or you can escape the heat with juicy fruit at your front door.

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http://www.creativecapitalb.com/2012/03/pinspired-pinwheel-wreath.html

http://howtonestforless.com/2012/05/10/15-fabulous-diy-summer-wreaths/

 

Best Tool Gifts for Father’s Day

For this Father’s Day, you can give your dad the tools to start those projects he has been hoping to try. Even if your dad has a garage full of tools, there may still be ones that he is missing. To get you started, here are a few tools that your dad will enjoy receiving for sure.

Basic hand tools: These refer to the tools that are most often used, such as hammers, screwdrivers, levels, and nails. For odd jobs at home, your dad may also need a ladder.

Power tools: If your dad enjoys large-scale projects, he would love getting a new set of power tools. As one of the most popular, a cordless power drill would help your dad finish projects faster.

Garden tools: With summer and fall coming up, your dad may be working outside in the yard more. Gifting him with a mulching lawn mower or a high-powered lawn blower would help him finish gardening in no time. Again, your dad may also need basic tools such as rakes, spades, and shears.

If your dad is not interested in project tools or home improvement, think about getting him a different kind of tools:

Grilling tools: Aside from personalized spatulas or aprons, your dad may also enjoy receiving a new pair of tongs or a BBQ grill set.

Kitchen tools: To spice up the kitchen, you can also gift your dad with a few cooking tools. For a creative present, you can look into these knuckle pounder meat tenderizers.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/15-things-every-man-needs-in-his-kitchen-2013-3?op=1

http://www.overstock.com/guides/best-fathers-day-tool-gifts-for-the-handy-dad

Decorating for an Outdoor Graduation Party

Graduation is a milestone that deserves to be celebrated with friends and family. Whether it is elementary school or college, holding a gathering can create a memory for you or your children. Decorating for a graduation party is simple and fun! If the weather is nice outside, bringing the party outdoors can give you the chance to invite more guests. Here are a few tips on how to decorate outdoors:

  1. Use school letters or colors leading into the party. If your guests enter from the driveway, you can think about attaching school letters or congratulatory messages to sticks and placing them on your lawn to welcome your guests. Guests will not only know exactly where to go to reach the party, but they will also be reminded of the graduate’s future school.
  2. Place pictures of the graduate throughout the party area. On tables, walls, fences, and any other places you can think of, you can print out pictures of the graduate and create a collage. Otherwise, you can also form a timeline by printing out pictures of the graduate from birth to their current age, celebrating how far they have come.
  3. Add tablecloth to the tables. To prevent any damages or stains, adding tablecloth can also remind guests of the party theme. Another idea is to use a colored tablecloth and then place another clear tablecloth on top of it. In between, you can place pictures of the graduate to avoid damaging the photos.
  4. Add centerpieces to your tables. Other than keeping with the theme, centerpieces can also make your tables seem more complete. One idea is incorporate graduation caps into your centerpieces.
  5. Use tableweights. In case the wind blows away the tablecloths, you can use tableweights. Adding a graduation theme to the tableweights can relate everything back to the party theme.
  6. Create a large banner. The banner could include the graduate’s full name or their future school or plans. Also, the banner could include congratulatory messages.
  7. Use balloons. Balloons can add extra color to the party. Tying balloons to different areas of the party, you can also define an area.
  8. Create a gift table. Although optional, guests may be bringing gifts for the graduate to the party. Having a sign-in book on the table, your graduate will know who came to the party and who to send thank-you notes to. You can also leave a basket for any cards to prevent them from being carried away by the wind. 

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http://www.bhg.com/party/birthday/themes/graduation-party-ideas/#page=1

http://www.party411.com/PlanYourParty/Occasion/Graduation/AGraduationPartyIdeas.aspx

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