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Tips for Decorating Your Child’s Room

Tips for Decorating Your Child’s Room

No matter what the rest of your house looks like, your child’s room should absolutely pop with excitement in a variety of ways, and for a variety of reasons. Of course, you want your children to be comfortable in their own living area. They certainly won’t be happy with plain colors, bare walls, and boring lighting, so it’s your job to figure out exactly how to decorate their rooms in a way that’s not only kid-friendly, but caters to their individual interests and needs, as well. This can be a fun project for you to take on by yourself or with your child as your sidekick in the decoration!

1. Start with a theme

What kid doesn’t have at least one obsession? Take into consideration whether your child loves cartoons, superheroes, princesses, or race cars when creating the child’s room they’ll end up spending most of their free time in. Get creative! Turn their closet into a winter wonderland, or their floor into a race track. Yes, I know kids are fickle and their tastes change over time, but that’s okay. Be ready to redecorate every couple of years (it makes a great birthday gift!), but be sure to take pictures of each stage. It’ll be something your family can look back on as your children grow older.

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2. Posters and paintings

No matter what the theme of your kid’s room is, you’ll be able to find hundreds of posters online to fit their style. But don’t just settle for any old poster and hang it haphazardly on the wall. Again, be creative. If your child loves Star Wars, designate one wall to the Rebel Alliance and the other to the Empire, and hang posters accordingly. If they’re really into art, get reprints of famous paintings framed for them to hang. If they like sports, a life-sized Fathead poster on the back of their door will give them something to (literally) look up to. Of course, as they get older, be sure to check out they posters they’ve chosen to hang up on their own.

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3. Lighten up

You want your children to be able to see all of these cool decorations, right? But a boring old lamp isn’t going to match the rest of the room, of course. Thankfully, there are a ton of lamps and light fixtures out there that will definitely make your child’s room shine. Whether you want to illuminate the room from overhead or use smaller lamps in the corners to save energy, there’s bound to be a standing or desk lamp that fits your child’s needs. Are lava lamps still “in,” by the way?

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4. Make it theirs

The most important thing to think of when decorating your child’s room is: did he have any say in it? Like I said before, kids can be fickle. You might think you’re creating the room of his dreams, but you really never know if he’ll appreciate it or not when it’s finally complete. Because of this, you should actively seek out his input every step of the way. First of all, you’ll know for sure what she wants before you put so much time, effort, and money into decorating. Secondly, she’ll be excited that she was involved in the process, and will be proud to call the room her own.

Not only should you involve him during the creation of the room, but after it’s ready to be inhabited as well. Create a space for your child to showcase her trophies and other accomplishments, and hang pictures and projects that she created herself. You could even have chosen to paint one of their walls using chalkboard paint, giving them the ability to redecorate whenever they felt the need. A child’s room is a symbol of their personality; let it show as much as possible.

Featured photo credit: little tree in the kid’s room / Jeremy Tarling via farm9.staticflickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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