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Thursday, October 27 2016
Halloween health tips for your kids!
Establishing healthy habits at a young age is important. The habits you help your kid develop now, will last for years to come! However, with Halloween right around the corner, it’s important to be wary of Halloween candy. While candy is a tasty treat, it’s full of sugar and fat that can negatively impact your child’s health. Make this Halloween your healthiest yet, and learn how to keep your kid’s candy habits in place with these tips!
Portion size is everything when it comes to developing health habits. Remember that your kids are small and that their portion sizes should reflect their tiny stomachs. Allow your kids to eat their Halloween candy in small doses, but keep in mind that a single serving should be no more than 100 calories. That way your kids can enjoy a treat without going overboard!
The Importance of Moderation.
It’s okay to let your kids enjoy their childhood and have a little candy! Trick-or-treating is a rite of passage when it comes to growing up. However, that doesn’t mean that they should eat all their candy in one sitting. The key to a healthy relationship with sweets is to enjoy them in moderation. Use Halloween as the perfect opportunity to teach your little ones about eating treats of any sort in moderation.
Swap Candy for Toys.
In addition to establishing healthy habits, set a good example. Rather than handing out handfuls of candy this year, help make the neighborhood a bit healthier this Halloween! Switch out unhealthy Halloween candy with Halloween toys. For example, stock up on plenty of spooky temporary tattoos, stickers, and plastic jewelry to hand out instead.
If you’re throwing a Halloween soiree, replace the numerous bowls of candy with homemade healthy treats for all! You can make simple ghost-like treats with bananas and chocolate chips, or scary goblin mouths with apples, peanut butter, and almond slices. By creating healthy options for kids, and adults, you won’t have to monitor their sugar intake as much. You’ll have more time to enjoy your company rather than pestering your kids.
Happy Halloween from all of us at AG Millworks! Ensure that your patio is ready for the holidays by choosing beautiful Bi-Fold Patio Doors, Lift and Slides, Multi-Slide Patio Door Systems, Entry Doors, and Windows. AG Millworks can help you create the perfect indoor-outdoor living areas. Contact the professionals at AG Millworks to learn more by simply clicking the Request a Quote button to get started!
Tuesday, October 25 2016
Think outside of the box with these new ways to decorate pumpkins!
Gone are the days of pumpkin carving. Rather than carving a pumpkin this year, opt for a safer and more creative option! Turn your pumpkin carving into a family fun arts and crafts evening. Not only is this a fun and alternative way to transform your pumpkins, it extends the life span for them as well. From painted pumpkins to chalk pumpkins, check out these ways that you can add a new spin to your Halloween family traditions.
Ditch the carving knife for a paintbrush! Rather than using sharp tools that are dangerous for your kids, let your kids participate in all the Halloween fun with a pumpkin and non-toxic paint. Set some newspapers down, to catch the mess, and let your kids go to town decorating their pumpkins. Use paint, markers, glitter, rhinestones, stickers, and any other art supplies that you can find and let your kids’ imaginations run wild.
Pay homage to classic Hollywood monsters this Halloween and make pumpkin mummies. This simple, yet appealing craft is easy to make and is sure to impress all your trick-or-treaters. Start by getting plenty of cheesecloth and glow in the dark paint. Coat the cheesecloth, wrap your pumpkin up in the cloth, and add a pair of googly eyes!
Let your kids decorate their pumpkins over and over again. Turn your pumpkins into chalkboards. All you need is a little chalkboard paint! With so many different colored chalks and chalkboard paints out there, the sky is the limit for your kid’s creativity. Paint the pumpkins, let them dry, and then let your kids draw to their hearts content…over and over again!
When it comes time to display your new and improved Halloween pumpkins, find the perfect place for them out on your patio. Ensure that your patio is ready for year-round use by choosing beautiful Bi-Fold Patio Doors, Lift and Slides, Multi-Slide Patio Door Systems, Entry Doors, and Windows. AG Millworks can help you create the perfect indoor-outdoor living areas. Contact the professionals at AG Millworks to learn more by simply clicking the Request a Quote button to get started!
Monday, October 17 2016
Here are some tips in creating a more secluded environment.
Your home should be your quiet oasis away from all the stresses of your day. It’s where you go for a little peace and quiet, and plenty of privacy! However, sometimes your backyard doesn’t give you the privacy that you need. Check out these helpful tips to make your backyard the stress-free escape zone.
Plants are a great way to naturally add more privacy to your yard while maintaining the beautiful aesthetics of your yard. Strategically plant trees, or other tall foliage, in areas where you need a little more privacy from your neighbors. Try planting a row of lemon trees along your property line to block out any unwanted attention.
Pergolas and Paneling.
A pergola is a great way to help give your backyard more of a secluded feel. It’s a beautiful addition to your landscaping, plus, it helps to add more shade to your backyard. By adding wood paneling, it helps create a breathable screen in between you and your neighbor’s yard. You can create an easy and affordable wooden screen by stacking old pallets and adding a little paint/stain to the wood; voila, you have privacy!
Block Out Noise.
There are multiple components to privacy, including audible privacy. Install a water feature so that you can lessen the noise of your neighbors. Try adding a fountain, for example. Additionally, the soothing water sounds will help to muffle noise from your backyard, increasing your privacy.
When it comes to keeping your backyard private, ensure that you have all the right tools. Ensure that you home stays well protected with the right doors. Beautiful Bi-Fold Patio Doors, Lift and Slides, Multi-Slide Patio Doors Systems, Entry Doors, and Windows. AG Millworks can help you create the perfect indoor-outdoor living areas. Contact the professionals at AG Millworks to learn more by simply clicking the Request a Quote button to get started!
Friday, October 07 2016
Here are some Halloween décor ideas!
Whether you’re throwing a party or just want to get into the Halloween spirit, your holiday décor can make a huge impact. Creating the perfect spooky atmosphere for your guests can help set the tone for all! Check out these Halloween decorating ideas to help you get your home ready for the holiday.
Plenty of Pumpkins.
They’re festive, durable, weather-proof, and they can double as decoration all season long! When it comes to decorating your patio, ensure that you have plenty of pumpkins. With so many shapes, sizes, and colors, they’re the perfect addition to your Halloween house décor. Stack them near a bushel of hay for cute fall aesthetics, or carve them to make a bold statement on All Hallows Eve. No matter how you use them, they’re sure to be a success!
Don’t underestimate the power of lighting! Lighting can make all the difference when it comes to setting the mood. Create a frightening mood by placing flickering LED candles in paper bags with stenciled spooky faces cut out; place them along your pathway to help guide your guests to your ghostly house. You can also pair dim lighting with orange and purple string lights and add a fog machine to give your Halloween party an eerie mood.
Add a few terrifying accessories to your garden! Set up a haunted graveyard with plenty of tombstones and maybe even a few zombie elements. By using old cardboard boxes, you can cut out and create your own personalized tombstones; this can be a fun Friday night craft for the whole family! Remember, there is no need to get fancy, decorate with what you have. For example, try throwing a scary mask on a lawn gnome or over a porch light. When it comes time to entertain on Halloween, your garden will be ready to spook all!
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