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25 Cute And Practical DIY Ideas For Parents

25 Cute And Practical DIY Ideas For Parents

Twenty-five cute and practical DIY ideas for parents to spruce up a room for the kiddos is a recipe for greatness. Both kids and parents will love these great projects.

Stuck on only painting the room? Well, paint ain’t the only way to spruce up a kid’s space.  Check out these ideas to store clutter while making your child’s room little more fun and appealing.

25. Sneaker Saver

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    Sick and tired of the morning battle cry of ‘Where are my shoes?’ Every parent can likely attest to hearing this cry anytime the family has to go somewhere. Turn old pallets  into a nifty storage shelf for shoes. This idea is a great way to recycle and re-purpose, while helping kids stay neat and tidy.

    24. Basket Storage

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      Take clutter off the floors and put it on the walls!  Use planter baskets to stow away favorite toys.  The cool thing about this idea is that baskets can be hung at the child’s level for easier access. Once the kids have outgrown their use, parents have the option of adding color around the house with plants.

      23. Magnetic Chore Charts

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        Hang up some fun with these cute trays. Do a little digging at the next yard sale or the local thrift shop to find suitable trays to paint and hang up as chore reminders or bring color to a room. The idea allows kids to hang up their own art in their room or helps out parents by posting notes.

        22. Stackable Book Case

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          Simple and stackable wooden crates make for a great and inexpensive book case. Crates can be handily found at local arts and crafts stores. Paint cheerful colors or go the rustic look and leave unpainted. Kids are sure to love this idea, as much as parents.

          21. Car Show

           
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            Sick and tired of stepping on those tiny cars that always seem to be lying about? Or maybe your kid has a favorite car? Or you are unbelievably weary of an entire toy box being emptied for the kids to play with?  The solution is ridiculously simple. Simply hang up magnetic strips, usually reserved for hanging knives in the kitchen!

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            20. Make A Mural

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              While this DIY project may take more time and effort. It is a project for both parents and children can enjoy together.  From stenciling the art to fully painting the new mural. Kids get to have a say in what they want and parents put together a mural that can be both fun and educational.

              19. Chalkboard Dresser

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                This snazzy dresser is something every kid would love. Not only is it a dresser it doubles as a spot kids can draw on! The use of chalkboard paint, makes any old dresser brand new and usable again. The HGTV site indicates this is a weekend project. Surely, it is a project that is appealing in so many different ways.

                18. Paper Lanterns

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                  Choose white paper lanterns and adorn with colorful stickers for a charming and whimsical look for a child’s room. The paper lanterns can be found easily online. Colorful lanterns are also available, should you choose to go that route. Little ones gain through identifying the colors.

                  17. Chalkboard Wall

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                    A chalkboard wall is one of my personal, easy-as-pie favorite DIY project for kids. Children of all ages gain the privilege of scribbling on their own walls. Parents can leave important or loving notes to their kids on the child’s special wall. The project is easily completed.

                    16. Rain Gutter Bookshelf

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                      Rain gutter bookshelves are a useful and worthwhile addition to any room. Especially, as parents strive to stay neat and organized. Kids are bound to love this project as well. Books can be easily accessed. Hanging the gutters at eye level or near a bed gives even the smallest child easy access to their growing library.

                      15. Denim Pockets

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                        This DIY idea can also serve to hold various office supplies when hung near a child’s or teen’s desk.  Or hang these denim pockets at eye-level, so little ones can store their precious trinkets.  In any case, the project is easy and a real winner for kids and parents alike.

                        14. Cork Walls

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                          Want to lessen the sound that’s blasting from your teen’s room? Or just give a child the joy of being able to pin up their work? Then installing cork walls may be the answer for you. Kids can have a blast, as cork makes for a great addition to any child’s room.

                          13. Skateboard Shelves

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                            Have a skateboarder?  Rock his or her world by adding skateboard shelves. Choose inexpensive boards from a department store or scour the neighborhood for used boards. Boarders will get a real kick out of this cool way to share their hobby.

                            12. Mushroom Stools

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                              Add extra sitting space with these absolutely cute and practical mushroom stools. Choose logs and even the surfaces. Glue on a circular pillow and enjoy. Children will appreciate having a spot for friends and parents will truly love the ease of adding extra seating.

                              11. Clutter-Free Desks

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                                De-clutter desks with this nifty idea from Better Homes & Gardens. This  project can be done in minutes.  The kids gain in having a spot for their school work, awards, or pics. Papers are secured above the desk for easy viewing and retrieval when needed.

                                10. Re-Purpose Kitchen Tools

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                                  Ordinary kitchen tools can be re-purposed and used to increase storage space. Place hooks in rolling pins for hanging items. A muffin tin can hold small trinkets or create a magnet board with a tray. Parents should let their imaginations roam on this pretty project.

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                                  9. Back Door Space

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                                    Hang a memo board with pegs to create space in a child’s room. This small DIY project helps also to hide added clutter. The project becomes all the more useful with an over-the-door shoe organizer. Kids can store video games, small toys, and more in an organizer.

                                    8. Triangle Shelves

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                                      Triangle shelves are stunningly cute and are absolutely an adorable addition to any child’s room. The making of these tiny shelves does require the use of a miter saw. Perhaps a neighbor or friend has one, otherwise a saw can usually be rented or cuts made at the local hardware store.

                                      7. Cork Pegs

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                                        This little project is worth ooohs and aaahs, because it is perfect for the nursery or for a toddler’s room. Draw and cut out simple silhouettes in the shape of anything. One idea would be to use the alphabet as shapes to glue to the cork. Parents can use the pegs to hang the next day’s clothing or for simple decorations, as pictured.

                                        6. Re-purpose An Armoire

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                                          This incredible idea is from The Detailed House. Of course, the project begins by finding a used armoire from the local craigslist. The author notes that many times such large items are available for free. The ‘down-side’ is that the piece of furniture will need to be refinished and completed as shown above.

                                          5. Reading Nook

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                                            Re-purpose a crib mattress to create the perfect reading space for a kid. Make use of colorful crib sheets, suitable for an older child, of course. Throw in a matching pillow and he or she is on their way with a good book. A curtain can be hung from the wall or the ceiling for added privacy.

                                            4. Dress Up Furniture Legs

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                                              Dress up furniture pegs with a little paint. Simply purchase new and unpainted furniture pegs from the local hardware store. Then add some color or shapes and bring new life to any kind of furniture in a child’s rooms. Parents get the chance to boldly create with paint, with this project.

                                              3. Pallet Bed

                                               

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                                                Re-purpose old pallets, add a futon mattress to make a comfortable bed for kids. The project is one that parents will love. If desired, wheels can be added to the bottom of the bed to free up space and for cleaning. Kids will love the comfy fit.

                                                 

                                                2. Birdhouse Night Light

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                                                  This absolutely adorable idea makes having a night light cool for kids. Purchase an unpainted birdhouse and hang as is or paint to suit the room. Note that in the picture the cord itself has, in some cases, been painted to match the wall. Insert the night light at the opening of the house in the back.

                                                  1. Roll-Away Bookcase

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                                                    This cute and adorable project is again a real crowd-pleaser for parents and kids alike. Parents need only add wheels to a wooden cube and books are as on-the-go as the kids!

                                                    Featured photo credit: Leonid Mamcheknkov via flickr.com

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                                                    Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                                                    How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                                    How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                                    When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                                    So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                                    1. Exercise

                                                    It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                                    2. Drink in Moderation

                                                    I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                                    3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                                    Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                                    4. Watch Less Television

                                                    A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                                    Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                                    5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                                    Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                                    If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                                    6. Don’t Smoke

                                                    This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                                    7. Socialize

                                                    Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                                    8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                                    Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                                    9. Be Optimistic

                                                    Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                                    10. Own a Pet

                                                    Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                                    11. Drink Coffee

                                                    Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                                    12. Eat Less

                                                    Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                                    13. Meditate

                                                    Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                                    Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                                    14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                                    Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                                    15. Laugh Often

                                                    Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                                    16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                                    Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                                    17. Cook Your Own Food

                                                    When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                                    Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                                    18. Eat Mushrooms

                                                    Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                                    19. Floss

                                                    Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                                    20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                                    Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                                    Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                                    21. Have Sex

                                                    Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                                    Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

                                                    Reference

                                                    [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                                    [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                                    [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                                    [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                                    [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                                    [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                                    [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                                    [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                                    [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                                    [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                                    [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                                    [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                                    [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                                    [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                                    [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                                    [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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