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DIY Decorating Ideas for Each Season

DIY Decorating Ideas for Each Season

As the seasons come and go, so do our decorating needs. If you have a revolving door of seasonal decorations that you’re just sick of, and want to change things up, why not try a little DIY therapy? Here are some great ideas that you can make yourself to spice up your home for each season. You might just have some fun while you’re at it.

Winter

Wintertime is a nice time to decorate, because it brings back memories of your childhood and incorporates familiar, cozy aromas that amp up the cozy factor of any home, no matter the temperature outside.

Cinnamon Candle Pillars

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    All you’ll need is some hot glue, some cinnamon sticks of varying sizes, some candle pillars, and some twine, and you’re good to go. A white candle creates a neutral color palette, but choose any color you’d like. Simply glue the cinnamon sticks around the edge of the candles and wrap the twine around the center several times. Tie it with a bow, and voilà! You have a handsome, festively-scented candle modification that’s perfect for the winter holidays. These candles make awesome gifts for the hosts of all the holiday parties you have to go to.

    Starry Branches

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      Starry lights in every tree embody the spirit of the winter season. Bring that mystical feeling into your home with some copper wire LED lights. You can pick them up at most hardware stores. Wrap them around branches you find around your yard and put them in a tall vase. They make great accent pieces to flank fireplaces or entryways.

      Alternate tip: if you can’t find any copper wire lights, spray the branches with gold sparkly paint.

      Spring

      Springtime is a magical time of year when the world renews itself. Bright, pastel flowers and new green buds pop up everywhere. Go ahead, bring that springtime optimism inside.

      Twine Vases

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        Set aside any glass jars you go through in the kitchen, along with wine and liquor bottles, because they make great vases. Just wrap twine around the outside, making sure to glue as you go. You can even wrap a faux-springtime flower bloom into the twine here and there to add a pop of color. Now you’ll have a unique way to store your flowers as they begin to bloom. These vases would look perfect on the mantle of your and your friends new homes in Houston, TX.  Little things like this can really make any new home feel bright and cheery.

        Make Your Own Wreath

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          Wreaths aren’t just for the holidays anymore. Create your own customized wreath with craft store finds. Either choose a pre-shaped one, or choose various sticks from your yard or the local park to create the circular shape yourself. Work in any accent pieces that represent the season, and display it on your front stoop for all to see how wonderfully crafty you are.

          Summer

          Summertime is a great time for DIY crafts. From beautifully blooming flowers to shadow boxing your family vacation, the possibilities are endless in the summertime.

          Scrabble Coasters

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            Make your own coasters using scrabble letters. Just choose a thin but sturdy backing, and glue scrabble pieces together in 4×4 squares. You can spell out words that are relevant to you in the pieces, such as “café,” “tea,” “mugs,” and “java.” You’ll have a wonderfully customized coaster set, and everyone will wonder where you bough it.

            Beach-side Terrarium

              Image via Wikemedia by christopher

              Bring the beach to your abode with a beach-themed terrarium. Just scoop up some sand the next time you’re at the beach, and collect some of the most unusual shells you can find. They make a great terrarium once you get home. If you’re not near a beach and won’t be going on vacation this summer, you can pick up shells at your local craft source.

              Autumn

              Autumn is one of the easiest times to decorate. With all the beautiful turning leaves falling to the ground, all it takes is a little imagination to bring the brilliance of autumn to your home next year.

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              Fall-Themed Candle Holders

                Image via Flickr by quinn.anya

                Partially fill a glass canister with dried corn or corn seeds and place a candle around them. Once it’s lit, it makes a great homage to autumn. You could do the same with candy corn. Another option is to use twine to tie dried maple leaves to the outside of the canister. Just make sure to keep it away from the flame to prevent fire.

                Gourds, Gourds Everywhere

                  Image via Flickr by Martin Cathrae

                  Gourds make great decoration accents all over the house. Throw several smaller ones in a large vase to create a centerpiece for the table, line them haphazardly along the fireplace mantle, and place larger ones around pumpkins along the main entrance to the home.

                  There you have it: DIY decorating tips for each season. What are your favorite decorating tips for the seasons? Please share any tips and tricks in the comments below.

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                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                  In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                  Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                  Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                  Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                  Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                  The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                  There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                  How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                  According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                  Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                  Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                  The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                  Listen carefully:

                  We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                  The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                  Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                  8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                  There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                  Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                  1. Pray Daily

                  You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                  When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                  Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                  Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                  2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                  A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                  By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                  Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                  If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                  This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                  How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                  3. Smile Often

                  Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                  Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                  Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                  The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                  4. Organize Your Working Desk

                  A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                  When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                  Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                  Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                  5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                  I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                  Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                  What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                  6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                  God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                  I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                  I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                  7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                  You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                  How do you do that? This is my formula:

                  First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                  If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                  If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                  If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                  Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                  8. Go Exercise

                  Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                  The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                  You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                  12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                  The Bottom Line

                  It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                  It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                  Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

                  More Resources About Mindfulness

                  Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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