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A Simple Guide To Re-Decorating Your Bedroom

 

Simple guide to re-decorating your bedroom

 

Thinking about revamping your bedroom?  The first thing you need to decide is what to do with your existing furniture.  Will you donate it, or mix and match it to fit your new color scheme?  Then you need to consider other things.  What color will you choose to paint the walls?  Do you need a rug?  Will there be enough room for a nightstand or dresser?  There are so many questions, but decorating your bedroom can be fun and exciting, especially with the right guide.

Consulting with interior designers might be a good start, but there are dozens of online sources to consider first.  There is no need for spreadsheets with floor plans or project management software to track your progress.  A simple to-do list will do the trick.  Here are a few tips to get you started! 

 

Create A Basic Plan

This plan does not have to be a fully thought out process.  Just create a short list of ideas to get you started.  For example, think about the type of furniture that you love and the different materials that excite you.  To get some ideas, visit Pinterest.  They have loads of ideas and pictures to get those creative juices flowing! 

 

A few checkpoints to follow for finishing touches include:

Wall Paint

A fresh coat of paint can create an environment that is warm and subtle.  By choosing the right colors, you can create a peaceful place to rest your head at night.  However, study what each color represents and how it affects the body.

 

Pillows

Pillows are a necessity.  The more the better! However, you want to make sure that the bed is comfortable and you can actually sleep in it.  Any where from one to six pillows can be enough, just try not to over-do it!  

 

A Place To Sit Down

It doesn’t have to be a large chair that fills up too much space, but a small ottoman chair or bench will add a nice touch.  Think about having a place to put on your shoes or sit down while talking to a friend on the phone.  

 

Color, Color, Color

If you decide to have a whitewashed setting, think about including a pop of color. Something bold and playful.  This can be one of the most fun things about redecorating your bedroom.  Continue reading below for more color tips, or check out Pinterest for ideas on how to add in pops of color.  

 

Purchase A High-Quality Mattress

On average, you can spend eight hours a day in this one spot.  Choose a mattress store that has a large selection of good mattresses to give you the support you need.  If you are hesitant about spending much on a mattress, keep in mind that a good mattress can last up to 15 years and make a difference in not only your physical health but your mental health as well.

 

A Nightstand That Compliments Your Style

Do you enjoy having a place to put your favorite magazine or book, or need somewhere to put your wireless charging stand to quickly access your phone? A nightstand can be the finishing touch you need.  It solves so many problems yet can be a great compliment to the rest of your room.  

 

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Choosing Colors for a Relaxed Atmosphere

How colors can change the mood

Colors have the potential to change your mood and behavior instantly.  For example, the color red has a bold and intense feel to it, while blue can give you a calm and relaxed feel.  

While decorating your bedroom, think about the principles of color psychology and include it into your designs.  

 

How Colors Effect The Way We Sleep

Sleep specialists recommend using colors that are toned down.  Shades that give off a softer feel will enhance your quality of sleep.  Still don’t know what colors to choose?  Below is a list of colors that can get you started:

 

Purple

The color purple can inspire creativity.  However, it comes with a downside.  The color can induce nightmares and generally reduce you to 5 hours of restful sleep.

 

Dark Gray Blue

This color is soothing and retains a calm collective vibe.  It can be a boring color, however.  Adding that pop of color we discussed earlier will do the trick.

 

Soft Green

Soft green can enhance the feeling of contentment and serenity.  The color is similar to a light pistachio hue and offers an elegant, yet grounded design.

 

 

To conclude….

Your bedroom doesn’t have to be just a place to lay your head and get dressed.  By creating an atmosphere that is quiet and relaxing, it can give you a place to unwind at the end of the day.  Think of it as a peaceful safe haven that you have created to get you through some of the bad days.  Choose your designs carefully and your colors with certainty.  It may take a little longer, but you will definitely be happier with the end result.  

Favorite Hocus Pocus inspired products

Hocus Pocus door mat

Hocus Pocus has always been one of my favorite Halloween movies.  Not only is it an awesome movie but there is a character named Dani, just like myself!  It couldn’t be a coincidence :)  So naturally, with my love of Hocus Pocus, I had to find some movie inspired products to share with you!  

Here they are… and keep scrolling because they just keep getting better and better!  

“It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus” t-shirt available on Amazon

 

 

 

“I put a spell on you” charm key chain available on Amazon

 

 

Hocus Pocus Decorative Banner available on Amazon

Hocus Pocus door mat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I Smell Children” Door Mat available on Etsy

 

 

 

#SQUADGOALS Vinyl Decal available on Amazon

 

 

Sarah Cape available on Amazon

 

Hocus Pocus Tumblers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your choice of color/design Hocus Pocus inspired tumbler available on Etsy

 

 

Cute Hocus Pocus Mug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Another glorious morning…makes me sick!” quote mug available on Etsy

 

 

Hocus Pocus themed digital download photobooth props

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hocus Pocus themed photobooth props (digital download) available on Etsy

 

 

Nurse Badge Reel "I Smell Children"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Badge Reel (nurse or other) “I smell children” available on Etsy

 

 

I put a spell on you & now you're mine - farmhouse sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farmhouse sign “I put a spell on you & now you’re mine” available on Etsy

 

 

Hocus Pocus Snow Globe from Spirit Halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Hocus Pocus themed snow globe from Spirit Halloween

The Sanderson Sisters Pop Figures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hocus Pocus Sanderson Sisters Pop Figures 3-pack available from Spirit Halloween

 

 

Hocus Pocus SVG clip art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create your own with this bundle file available on Etsy

 

 

Sanderson Sister Printable Wall Art available on Etsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8×10 Printable Wall Art Downloads available on Etsy

 

 

Hocus Pocus Pregnancy Announcement available on Etsy

 

 

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Adorable onesie – Halloween Pregnancy Announcement prop available on Etsy

 

 

It's just a bunch of hocus pocus - tshirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus” tshirt (color options) available on Etsy

 

Incredibles 2: Toys, Games, and more!

Check out this list of Incredibles 2 toys and games - perfect for Christmas shopping!

 

I’m not sure who was more excited for the Incredibles 2 more…my kids or myself!  After the long anticipation of a sequel, Disney did not disappoint!  And alongside the movie have come lots of fun new toys and games my kids are begging for.  Here are a few favorites that I’ve come across:

 

The Incredibles 2 Movie (Rental or Purchase)

Incase you haven’t had enough of the movie, I will start with a link to rent Incredibles 2 on Amazon or purchase.  This would make a great Christmas gift! 

 

The Incredibles 2 Gear Set, 3 piece

What is more fun than dressing up like your favorite super hero?  This set includes a mask, gloves, and light up emblem!  And best of all?  It is pretty affordable at just under $10. 

 

Dash and Jack-Jack Figures by Jakks Pacific

Dash and Jack-Jack are my boys’ favorite characters so these are a must-have for our Christmas list!  At 4-6″ tall, these figures are perfect play-size. 

 

Incredibles 2 Little Golden Book

Perfect for those aged 5-8, this book re-tells the story of the Incredibles 2 movie.  This would be a perfect gift for a new reader, or a younger child as a bedtime story. 

 

6-Piece Incredibles 2 Figure Set

Every Incredibles 2 fan needs the full set of characters to re-inact their favorite scenes.  This little set is perfect for your child to tote around in the car, to grandma’s house, etc. 

 

Incredibles 2 UNO Game

Now here is something for the whole family!

 

Jumping Incredible Vehicle

When my kids saw this in stores, they were so excited!  This vehicle fits certain 4″ characters, and does not require batteries.  Push it down and roll it to see it jump.  So much fun!

Ravensburger Disney Incredibles 2 100 Piece Puzzle

This puzzle is a perfect rainy day activity for the whole family to set down together, or a great Christmas gift to wrap up under the tree! 

 

Laser Tag Blasters Set

With 3 shooting modes, vibration when hit, a secret weapon button, life indicator, and no vests needed, this laser tag set is definitely one of the most exciting toys on my list!  You can even add additional units for more kids (or adults) to join in the fun! 

LEGO Juniors The Great Home Escape (and more)

LEGO took the opportunity to create new sets based on Incredibles 2.  Being Juniors sets, they are easier to put together, and just as much fun!  Take a look at more LEGO sets here

 

 

And last but not least….

LEGO Incredibles (Xbox, PS4) Game

My boys (aged 5 and 7) can’t get enough of this game!  They love being able to use each character’s individual powers and work together to complete missions and save the city. 

Fun places to take your family in northern Illinois

Fun Places to Take Your Family in Northern Illinois

My family recently relocated from central Illinois to northern Illinois so we have had a blast searching down new and fun places to take the kids.  We’ve found an abundance of state parks and museums and I can’t wait to share some of our experiences with you! 

Rockford/Stateline Area 

  • Rock Cut State Park
    • canoeing on Pierce lake
    • Olsen beach swimming in summer
    • hiking trails
    • recreational opportunities
    • great place for fall family photos
  • Discovery Center Museum
    • children’s museum with large outdoor play place
    • water tables, dress up / pretend areas
    • several interactive educational exhibits, events
    • membership available (totally worth it if you ask me!)
  • Burpee Museum
    • award winning exhibits including a young t-rex skeleton
    • 4 floors of exhibits
    • admission varies by age
  • Anderson Japanese Gardens
    • beautiful gardens to visit with the family
    • evening and weekend events
    • closes for winter
    • donation days
  • Nicholas Conservatory
    • third largest conservatory in Illinois
    • sits next to the Rock River
    • 11,000 square foot plant exhibition
    • tickets available online or at the door
  • The Pottery Lounge
    • located in CherryVale Mall
    • paint pottery pieces or canvases in store (paint and cleanup included in price of piece!)
    • in store parties available
  • Carlson Ice Arena
    • skating and hockey
    • public skate
  • Sapora Playworld
    • indoor play structure for ages 5-12
    • smaller structure for ages 4 and under
    • admission fee varies by day/age, discount days
  • Magic Waters Waterpark
    • water slides, wave pool, lazy river, and more
    • area for ages 6 and under
    • cabana rental available
  • Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
    • year round garden
    • handicap accessible path
    • snow shoeing and cross country skiing in winter
    • butterfly garden in the summer
    • admission fee varies by age
  • Belvidere Parks
    • this smaller town near Rockford has some beautiful parks along the Kishwaukee River that I recommend checking out
  • Byron Forest Preserve
    • hiking, sledding, and star gazing are among the options you have in this quiet forest preserve, just outside of Byron
  • Parks along the Kishwaukee River
    • head south of Rockford and you will find an abundance of parks and nature preserves just off of the Kishwaukee River
  • See more (including event calendars) at Go Rockford

 

Oregon Area

  • Blackhawk Statue
    • located in Lowden State Park, you will find the iconic Blackhawk Statue.  This statue is impressive with its size and serves as a great family trip.  There are nearby hiking areas as it overlooks the river. 
  • Lowden State Park
    • Enjoy scenic views of the Rock River from the Blackhawk Statue or hike the four mile trail!  Campsites are also available. 
  • White Pines Forest State Park
    • Lodge in one of the cute little cabins at White Pines Inn and check out the teepee on the grounds.  Enjoy wildlife watching along one of the park’s two steams, or hike one of the seven hiking trails. 
  • Castle Rock state park
    • A beautiful place to practice photography, Castle Rock State Park is also a fantastic place to take your family on a hike or enjoy the serene scenery.  The views are amazing! 

 

Chicago Area

  • Shedd Aquarium
    • indoor aquarium with 32,000 aquatic animals
    • changing special exhibit (your visit will always have something new!)
    • ticket prices vary, membership available, EBT cardholders receive free admission
  • The Field Museum of Natural History
    • one of the largest natural history museums in the world
    • 65,000 exhibits including temporary traveling exhibits
    • tickets available online and at the door, $3 admission via Museums for All (EBT) program
  • Museum of Science and Industry
    • over 2,000 exhibits in 75 major halls
    • 3,500 foot fall model railroad
    • domed space theater
    • relics from the Titanic
    • tickets available online and at the door, limited tickets for free via Museums for All (EBT/WIC cards)
  • Adler Planetarium
    • three full size theaters
    • space and science exhibitions
    • antique collections
    • Doane observatory
    • tickets available online and at the door, basic pass available for those with EBT or WIC cards through Museums for All Program
  • Navy Pier
    • landmark with 50 acres of attractions including outdoor Ferris wheel, restaurants, cruises, IMAX theater, park, and more
  • Millennium Park
    • outdoor ice rink (winter)
    • outdoor art and theater
    • famous “Bean” sculpture
  • The Skydeck
    • located in the Willis tower (formerly known as the Sears tower)
    • glass viewing area on the 103rd floor with glass floor
    • open all days of the year
    • tickets available

 

Schaumberg

  • Woodfield Mall
    • LEGO store
    • fun eateries including Dave & Busters and the Rainforest Café
  • FireZone
    • anything and everything firefighters…just for kids!
    • check the activity calendar for “drop in” times as some times are reserved for events
    • admission for children (1 adult free per child)
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center
    • play zones
    • 4D cinema
    • rides
    • tickets available online and at door, discounts for homeschool weeks
  • Pirates Cove Children’s Theme Park
    • open June – August
    • 18th century pirate ship you can climb aboard
    • children’s paddle boats
    • Castle playground
    • rock climbing
    • admission fee for ages 1-9, adults are always free

 

Bloomington-Normal

While this is more “central” than northern Illinois, I wanted to include Bloomington-Normal because there are some fantastic places to visit here.  Maybe you’ll pass through the area on your way to or from northern IL, or maybe you will just want to take a day trip to check out these places.  Regardless, I couldn’t leave them off the list. 

  • Discovery Museum
    • three floors of hands on exhibits for toddlers through preteens
    • paint wall (just washes away when you are done!)
    • Ag area, water table, and more
    • admission for ages 7 and up, works together with membership of some other museums
  • Grady’s Family Fun Park
    • 18 hole mini golf, go karts, kiddie rides, batting cages, adult/big kid rides and more
    • price varies depending on activity, wristbands available
  • Pepsi Ice Center
    • hockey and ice skating classes, free skate
  • Miller Park Zoo
    • wide variety of animals including wolves, reindeer, Sumatran tiger, and river otters
  • Upper Limits Rock Climbing Facility
    • 20,000 feet of climbing space indoor and outdoor
    • 110 feet tall routes
    • Classes, parties, membership, and day passes available

 

Other activities and places to visit in northern Illinois

 

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