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Tuesday, March 27 2018
We can’t believe that Easter is almost upon us—where has the time gone? That means it’s time for Easter baskets, egg hunts, and egg decorating! If you’re tired of the mundane dip-dying routine, we’ve found some cute, fun egg designs that you’ll love.
Using sequins is a beautiful and classy way to decorate your Easter eggs and give them your personal touch. With styrofoam eggs, sequins, and sewing pins, you can achieve this look by pushing the pin through the sequin and into the egg. Additionally, you may use hard-boiled eggs and glue the sequins to the surface! For a complete DIY guide, see this blog on PartyPinching.com.
Washi tape is a cute and easy way to decorate your Easter eggs. Simply cut out different shapes and lines with your washi tape and stick them on your eggs to create unique designs and patterns! More information and pictures can be found here.
Drawing on your eggs with permanent markers is a fun, dye-free way to embellish them. Flowers, geometric shapes, patterns, polka dots, and tribal designs are all easy and creative ways to decorate with this method!
These eggs dressed as fruit by Brit & Co are our absolute favorite! Who would’ve thought that eggs could look this adorable? Please click here for step-by-step instructions on how to create your own fruity Easter eggs.
Well, what are you waiting for? Go open your Bi-Fold, Multi-Slide, Lift and Slide, or French Swing patio doors, and enjoy the fresh Spring air while you decorate your Easter eggs and prepare for another memorable holiday with your family!
Tuesday, March 20 2018
Can you believe that it’s already Springtime! You know what that means… your kids will soon be on Spring Break for an entire week. We know how hard it can be to keep kids entertained for the duration of Spring Break, so we’ve written this guide to provide ideas and suggestions to make the most out of this time off!
One activity you could plan is a vacation to a new place. Be it a tropical beach destination, a snowy ski resort, or a quick ocean cruise, your kids will love traveling to a new location and doing new things. We know traveling with children is challenging, so here are some tips for enjoying your time off with ease, while giving your kids a vacation they will never forget. For additional tips on traveling with babies and toddlers, check out this blog.
If it’s too last minute to plan a travel vacation, how about a staycation! There are many ways to create an awesome and fun Spring Break, maybe even within your own zip code. Embrace and enjoy nature’s beauty and spend some time with the kids outdoors—take them to build sandcastles at the beach, go for a boat ride on the lake, or take a hike in the mountains.
Spending the day with your kids at a museum can be a fun and educational experience for everyone! There are so many different, and interesting museums that kids will love—Natural History, Art, Toy, Train, and Aviation Museums are just a few. Some museums even have special rooms and activities just for kids! To find museums near you, click here.
If you’re embracing the staycation life, there are plenty of fun activities the kids can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Go for walks and bike rides, host a movie night, bake yummy treats with the kids. Here’s an idea the kids will love: let them invite some friends over and have a backyard campout! Open your bi-fold, multi-slide, lift and slide, or French swing patio doors and embrace the fresh Spring air (and keep on eye your little campers). Don’t forget the s’mores!
Tuesday, March 13 2018
March is nearly halfway over, which means St. Patrick’s Day is almost here. March 17 falls on a Saturday this year, and we have some tips on how to throw a fun St. Paddy’s Day celebration that will keep the whole family entertained!
You can’t have a St. Paddy’s Day party without some festive decorations! Get everyone in the Irish spirit with a pot of gold and shamrocks galore. Don’t forget to include a fun photo booth backdrop and props so your guests can take pictures and create lasting memories. Check Pinterest for decoration inspiration!
Having beautiful and delicious food is something all your party attendees will love, so be sure to include a snack and treat table with yummy, St. Paddy’s themed goodies! It’s important to include a variety of sweet, salty, and savory snacks so that there’s something for everyone.
Keep guests entertained with fun and silly games that everyone, young and old, will enjoy! Leprechaun Bingo, Lucky Scavenger Hunt, and Pin the Shamrock on the Leprechaun are some fun and easy games to include at your party! Maximize your entertainment space by opening your bi-fold, multi-slide, lift and slide, or French swing patio doors and hold a St. Patrick's Day Cornhole Tournament on the patio!
No St. Patrick’s Day is complete without some green beer! Adult guests will be expecting it, and fortunately it is incredibly simple to achieve. Add 3-5 drops of green food coloring to a glass, then add the beer of your choice. Click here for more detailed instructions.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
Tuesday, March 06 2018
Our canine companions are like our children, and they deserve to be treated as such. Dogs have special needs and making sure those needs are taken care of is important. Whether you already have a dog, or are planning on adopting one soon, there is one thing all our furry friends need: a dog-friendly, open outdoor space. With these tips, you can create a gorgeous yard that you and your dog will love!
One important element to include when creating a dog-friendly yard is shade. Dogs need a cool place to relax, take a nap, and escape from the hot sun. Planting a large shady tree or investing in a dog house is the perfect solution!
Make sure your dog has enough space to run around and let out some energy. Having enough room to fetch a ball, catch a frisbee, and chase a squirrel is important for your dog’s health and well-being. You can achieve this with a spacious grassy area, or a stone path!
Dogs get thirsty too, and they need water to cool off and stay hydrated, so ensuring there is always fresh water available outside when your furry friends need it is important—especially on hot days! Create a designated area for a water bowl, and always check it when you let your dog out.
Dogs like to stick their nose in everything, so when deciding what plants and flowers to include in your landscaping, be sure to use dog-friendly plants that are not poisonous. In addition, try to avoid thorny plants that would hurt your canine friends! An easy trick to prevent dogs from digging up your newly planted flowers is to put gravel around them.
Dogs will ask you to go outside for many reasons: to use the bathroom, frolic in the grass, sunbathe, take a nap, chase a squirrel, etc. Whatever the reason, you want an easy way for them to enter and exit your home. Utilizing our bi-fold, multi-slide, lift and slide, or French swing patio doors is the best way to complete your dog-friendly space. During the summer months, our patio doors can provide you with the indoor-outdoor living experience that everyone (even your dog) dreams of.