5 Outfit Hacks To Get Your Kids Out The Door On Time (Guest Post)

 

School is well underway for the school year but there is always room for improvement! Mornings can be stressful— getting ready for work, packing lunches, making breakfast, and don’t forget about signing those last-minute permission slips! The last thing we need to think about is how to get our kids dressed in a timely manner, am I right?

We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 outfit hacks that will help you get your kids dressed and out the door in a more timely fashion. No more missed school buses, tardy slips, or dirty looks for the teacher.

1. Stock up on the basics

This is something our mother has been telling us for years, “stick with the basics” but to tell you the truth, it actually works! By stocking up on basis solid colors like white, black, navy, and tan you can be sure to have something that goes with just about anything. Adding some solid colored t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and even some basic dresses in these colors can minimize frustration over what to wear. We are loving these basics from La Bella Flora.

 

2. Mix and match with pops of colour

Have the basics? Check. Now it’s time to add some color, it’s easy to fall into a clothing rut, but it can be avoided by adding little pops of color. Your little darling would sparkle with a neutral colored shirt matched with some brightly colored leggings. This is a mom win any day of the week. Think outside the box, it doesn’t just have to be clothing items that add color, but accessories too! From the shoes to scarves you can help your little one insert some extra style into her wardrobe. Take this headband, for example, a super fast hack for adding some sparkle and taking care of the bed head that’s impossible to manage.

3. Plan ahead

Putting a little bit of time aside on Sunday night to pick out some outfits with your kids can be a huge help when it comes to morning time routines! If you have a few outfits picked out ahead of time it can be a cinch to allow your kids to choose one of them and move on to the next step in the morning, like eating breakfast or brushing teeth. Plus this can be an extra bonding time! Make it fun, try on different outfits, shoes, and accessories and make it part of your weekend routine. Not only will you feel good about getting the extra laughs in with your littles, but you can ease the morning stress of hearing them complain about having nothing to wear.

4. Add the accessories beforehand

Ok, you’ve got the basics, you’ve mixed and matched, planned ahead, but what about adding the accessories too? Don’t just focus on the clothing items, think about what shoes and clothing would look best with that particular outfit. Have you checked the weather for the week? Placing the entire outfit together on a hanger or even in a drawer can help kids on the younger end of the scale get dressed by themselves. This is a home run for mom and kid, boosting self-confidence and individuality while freeing mom up to attend to other items on the must-do list.

5. Labels are our friends

This last one might seem over the top, but labels can really help keep moms and kids organized. Label drawers and areas of the closet to help speed up picking out an outfit. Don’t have your little one waste time digging through drawer after drawer, by labeling them with pictures or words (depending on the age of your child) you can have them navigate their way through getting dressed in the morning. If you keep clothes for all seasons in your kids closet, label them or keep only.  Then sit back, enjoy your coffee, and pack those lunches all with a little time to spare. Once you add these 5 outfit hacks into your morning routine, outfit choices for the current season up front in plain view.  Have you planned some outfits ahead of time? Tie a little label around each hanger with the days of the week and finally free up some time in that morning routine.

Thanks for reading!

 

*This guest post is in collaboration with United States based LaBella Flora Childrens Boutique an exquisite boutique designed to provide beautiful clothing just for girls.

 

Guest Post: Autumn Seasonal Inspiration

This week I bring to you an Autumnal guest post from creative blogger Sandy who has some wonderful ideas for bringing the season’s sights, colours and scents into your living space.

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5 Awesome Ways to Welcome Fall into Your House

Pick a few branches of colorful fall leaves, and arrange simply in a tall glass vase filled with water. From this bold focal point, build out the rest of your tabletop display. Gather an array of seasonal gourds in a mix of colors, sizes, and textures for variety. Stack flat gourds of graduated sizes, and top with a large glass (available at crafts stores or online). Fill another smaller glass with bleached pinecones, and invert; feel free to improvise. Add a potted plant to the arrangement for texture. Place small gourds around the larger items, and scatter brighter fall leaves along the table.

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Autumn Masterpiece

Take a round or oval container, and fill it with potting soil. Plant a mix of succulents (such as echeverias) toward the center of the bowl, leaving plenty of room around the edges. Nestle small orange and white pumpkins into the soil. Add seasonal vegetables like kale, radishes, and eggplants. Use bundles of fresh herbs (such as rosemary and sage) to fill in any gaps. Surround with more pumpkins and votives.

Pumpkin Votives

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Fill a rustic container two-thirds full of water. Use a craft knife to trace circles a little larger than the bottom of a tea light into the orange mini pumpkins. Cut and carve out the circles to allow a candle to fit inside comfortably. Insert tea lights. Float pumpkin votives as well as whole pumpkins in water.

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Crafty Gourds

Trade the usual fresh gourds for jewel-tone painted dried ones. Start with dried gourds in varying sizes. For crisp lines, apply painter’s tape around the middle of a gourd. Paint half of the gourd with latex wall paint and remove tape when dry. For a drippy effect, pour 14cup paint into a resalable plastic storage bag. Snip a corner to drizzle paint around the middle of a gourd (like piping frosting). Using a foam brush, carefully extend paint up from the drips, adding additional paint as necessary, to reach one end of the gourd. Pile painted gourds on a mantel or shelf or in decorative bowls.

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Autumn Smell

The way to do it is to think of the smells that remind you of autumn. The traditional way to fix a simmer pot is to fill a saucepan with some water, then add apple slices, some cinnamon sticks, maybe some orange slices as well and some cloves. Add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to the water. Let it simmer, and as the mixture heats it will ignite your house with warmth. Your guests will ask for your secret! You can also buy or make scented candles for smell and style combined!

Author Bio:

This article was written by Sandy Love. She is a regular blogger at ALRUG and loves to to write articles on home decor and interior designing concepts.

 

 

 

Guest Post-Magical Harry Potter Decorating Ideas for Your Kid’s Room

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For all you Harry Potter fans out there I’m incredibly excited to feature a Guest Post written by the talented Amy Mia Goldsmith and her magical ideas to impress your little muggles!

In the world of magic and wizardry, anything is possible. That’s probably the reason why kids (and admit it, you too) love Harry Potter so much. If you want to give your little wizard or witch a part of a Harry Potter-esque heaven, there’s no better place to do so than in your own home. With a few simple and cost-efficient projects, you can turn your child’s room into a piece of Hogwarts, make your little muggle happy and win extra heart points in their mind – which is in itself reason enough to consider one of these Hogwarts-y room remodeling ideas!

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Magic on the walls: A paint number fit for a would-be wizard

The easiest way to achieve a Harry Potter-y look in your kid’s room is to imitate the look of castle walls of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. To get the eerie castle wall look, use sponge painting. Apply a basecoat in light grey or purple paint, then use a sponge to make brown or dark grey dabs on the basecoat. This will help produce the stoney, aged look and create the perfect backdrop for the remodeling endeavors to follow.

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Drape it up: Add heavy curtains and drapes to beds and windows

For a Hogwarts-y look in your kid’s bedroom, you’ll also need some heavy drapes and curtains to decorate your HP fan’s bed and windows. In J.K. Rowling’s school of witchcraft and wizardry, students use bed curtains to get some privacy, so if you’re aiming to make your child feel less of a muggle and more of a wizard in the making, you’ll need rich, heavy fabrics, a handful of screws and small hooks and some string ties to create an drawing bed curtain mechanism. Once done, adorn the windows with drapes made from the same material – this will create a marvelous mystical yet stern feel in the room, just like the one your kid saw in his/her favorite Harry Potter film.

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Wizard Chest: Place a log or trunk at the foot of the bed

Easy and cheap to find at garage sales and thrift stores – or the local forest for that matter, an old log or tree trunk placed at the foot of your kid’s bed will add a quaint feel of olden times, legends and magic to the room. If you didn’t know, young Mr. Potter used the trunk to bring his gear to and from the wizardry school – and your young wizardry fan will be able to use it as additional storage space for his precious magical (and non-magical) belongings.

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The library bit: Antique-looking books and torch-looking chandelier

Hogwarts is a school of magic, which means there are old books, beakers and jars with weird-looking contents everywhere you turn – so why not use this handy piece of info when decorating your child’s bedroom? Grab some ancient manuscripts and hardcovers with loose pages at the local antiquary to add to your kid’s bookshelf. You can create a mystic atmosphere with torch-looking led high bay lights Use glass paint to draw cobwebs, spooky eyes and similar intriguing magical details on discarded empty jars to place next to the bookshelf (bonus points: your kid will also be happy to whip those up in the classroom next Halloween).

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Mirror, mirror on the wall

One more interesting detail for your would-be wizard’s bedroom, a large mirror with an aged-looking frame with elaborate elements in gold paint will be a perfect addition to a Gryffindor room. In J.K. Rowling’s masterpiece, the Mirror of Erised reflects hidden desires of the gazer, but even without its magical properties, a lookalike mirror will help evoke the mystical, eerie feel in your kid’s piece of Hogwarts atmosphere.  As a finishing touch, add a broomstick and a wand – and the magical room will be ready to welcome your child, a future wizardry master.

About the author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate with a lot of different interests in life. She and her husband love DIY projects and living green. Amy’s daughter Sophie is 5 and her favourite magical character is Hermione. You can contact Amy on her Facebook page.