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Don’t Let a Poor Diet Ruin Your Productivity!

If you didn’t know, I made some radical changes to my diet a few months ago. It has resulted in me loosing 20 pounds. Not only has those diet changes caused me to drop weight, it has allowed me to be healthier. What you eat directly affects how you feel.

I brought Brenda Martin on to share with us her insights into eating healthy. Here’s what she has to say-

A lot of us worrying about our levels of productivity. Whether we work in an office, are self-employed at home (high levels of productivity are essential for bloggers!), or are trying to complete tasks in our spare time, we’re always looking for ways to get more done. Well, at least, we should be. In fact, many people don’t really take that many steps towards really harnessing the potential of their productivity.

Those who do tend to make several mistakes. Sure, they might succeed in some of the more obvious areas, like making sure they cut down on time-wasting activities and ensure that they take occasional breaks. But they tend to ignore a few things outside those activities that have a direct effect on their ability to be productive. More sleep is one. More exercise is another. But there’s something else that few people consider: their diet.

Most of us know, on some level, that aspects of our diet will affect our mood and energy levels. But rarely do people stop and consider this to be something that affects us when we’re trying to get more work done, or do some writing, or have to brainstorm ideas. Ignore the effect of your diet on your productivity at your peril!

We’re going to take a quick look at some of the ways in which what you eat and drink can make or break your productivity levels.

Reduce Caffeine 

So when people think about diet - in terms of food and drink in general - and productivity, the chances are that one thing immediately springs to mind: caffeine. More specifically, coffee. About 90% of North American adults drink the stuff, and it’s hard to imagine someone working at a desk for eight hours without imbibing at least three or fours cups of the stuff a day.

So when people think about diet – in terms of food and drink in general – and productivity, the chances are that one thing immediately springs to mind: caffeine. More specifically, coffee. About 90% of North American adults drink the stuff, and it’s hard to imagine someone working at a desk for eight hours without imbibing at least three or fours cups of the stuff a day.

As you probably have first-hand experience of, coffee can indeed boost productivity. If you have a fast way of getting your coffee fix, like a coffee machine, then this can help a lot with saving time. (If you don’t but are thinking about getting one, you might want to check out something like Nespresso Capsules reviews!)

However, you should be careful with how much you drink. Too much coffee can make you more anxious, stressed, jittery, and unable to concentrate. It might take less than you think for it to affect you like this!

Busy Body

Newsflash: whatever you eat or drink has to be processed by your body in several ways. And if you’ve given your body a tough job, then it’s actually going to feel more fatigued throughout the day. That’s why a diet consisting primarily of meat, fries, shakes, ice cream, pies, and the like will make you feel groggy and unproductive!

You’ll have noticed something about that list there, I’m sure: everything I just mentioned is loaded with fat. Fat isn’t always the demonic element that you must avoid at all costs that many people make it out to be, but eating lighter, fresher, more balanced and nutritional food won’t tire out your body during the processing phases. If you do need to eat some fatty foods (it’s an essential part of many good diets, after all), then make sure you’re eating the right ones!

Energy and Sleep Disruption

Getting a good amount of sleep is essential for good productivity. If you’ve not been putting a focus on getting more sleep, and getting that sleep consistently (assuming you’re currently not sleeping enough), then you’re making a mistake! Even if you don’t feel particularly fatigued by a lack of sleep, your brain simply isn’t going to work at full capacity if you haven’t slept enough. And if you’re trying to get more sleep without putting a focus on your diet, then there’s another mistake - because your diet affects your sleep in big ways.

Getting a good amount of sleep is essential for good productivity. If you’ve not been putting a focus on getting more sleep, and getting that sleep consistently (assuming you’re currently not sleeping enough), then you’re making a mistake! Even if you don’t feel particularly fatigued by a lack of sleep, your brain simply isn’t going to work at full capacity if you haven’t slept enough. And if you’re trying to get more sleep without putting a focus on your diet, then there’s another mistake – because your diet affects your sleep in big ways.

I probably don’t need to tell you that coffee is going to disturb your sleep if you’re drinking too much. It’s recommended that you avoid the stuff after 4pm or so if you want to ensure your brain and body settle down enough by bedtime (though this can very from person to person). But eating large meals before bed will disrupt your sleep (due to your body working too hard to process it all – see above!). Too many sugary snacks, too, will cause spikes and crashes in your blood sugar levels that will be most unwelcome when you’re trying to sleep!

Something else to consider about the links between your diet and productivity levels: what you eat and drink can also affect your mood. If you suffer from depression and stress, you risk exacerbating those things if you’re not eating healthily. And, consider many of us have had bouts of these problems in the past even if we don’t suffer from them chronically, they can be the biggest enemies of productivity of them all.

The Science Of A Happy Marriage

Have you ever wondered if there is as science behind a happy marriage. I invite Kayla Brent on to share with us some of her research.

For a long time, science was silent on the subject of marital bliss. But recently, given the importance of marriage in our society, more and more researchers have been investigating the topic. The Holy Grail of the research is to find out what makes a marriage successful. What do people need to do to make a marriage work? Here’s what the science has to say on the subject.

Here’s what she has to say-

For a long time, science was silent on the subject of marital bliss. But recently, given the importance of marriage in our society, more and more researchers have been investigating the topic. The Holy Grail of the research is to find out what makes a marriage successful. What do people need to do to make a marriage work? Here’s what the science has to say on the subject.

Celebrate Good News

According to marriage expert, Tara Parker-Pope, couples should make a habit of celebrating good news. Research, she says, has shown that partners who regularly celebrate good news have higher levels of marital commitment, trust and relationship satisfaction.

This finding makes a lot of sense, especially in the context of other findings from general happiness research. It turns out that people who are more grateful about their situation also tend to be those that are happiest, and so it would make sense that the results would carry over to marital situations too.

Parker-Pope says that it’s important for spouses to celebrate each other’s accomplishments and to make a fuss over them – even the small things. Doing this everyday, she says, can help to improve your happiness and commitment to each other.

Use The Five-To-One RatioThe five-to-one ratio is a ratio that describes the number of positive interactions in your relationship relative to the number of negative ones. Researchers at the University of Washington found that relationships in which there were five positive interactions for each negative one tended to be very successful. However, as that ratio fell, marriages were at a higher and higher risk of ending.

The five-to-one ratio is a ratio that describes the number of positive interactions in your relationship relative to the number of negative ones. Researchers at the University of Washington found that relationships in which there were five positive interactions for each negative one tended to be very successful. However, as that ratio fell, marriages were at a higher and higher risk of ending.

In real life, couples don’t keep tallies like researchers. Avoiding regular negative interactions should be a priority in your relationship. Aim for less than 10 percent of your interactions to be negative and emphasize the positive. If you are negative, then the researchers suggest that you make up for it with positive interactions so that the overall ratio doesn’t fall below five to one.

Keep Your Standards High

Expectations, it turns out, have a massive impact on the success of a marriage. According to relationship expert Dr. Baucom, those who have high expectations of their marriages, whether it be about the amount of romance, communication or good treatment, wind up getting that type of marriage.

According to Baucom, it shows that rebuilding trust in a marriage can be difficult but not impossible. All that needs to happen is for expectations to change and suddenly trust is restored.

Spouses who have low standards in relationships have poor communication and low romance. Thus, if you want to have a more satisfying relationship, it’s a good idea to expect more from it.

Keep Friends And Family In The Loop

Some couples get together and then nobody hears from them again. It turns out, according to science, that this is a bad idea for the long term health of the relationship. Dr. Coontz thinks that couples who are always together and not around other people are opening themselves up to difficulties.

This is because they put all their emotional burdens on each other with spreading them around the rest of their relationships. It turns out that the happiest couples, according to her research, are those who offload on other people, besides their spouses.

Don’t worry, she says, about intimacy. It’s entirely possible to retain intimacy with a spouse, even if they’re sharing their problems with other people. In fact, sharing the load with other people can help with intimacy in the long run by preventing exhaustion.

Introduce Excitement

Couples shouldn’t strive to have “pleasant” experiences: they should plan to have more excitement. Science has found that couples who go on regular exciting dates report more relationship satisfaction than those who just go on “pleasant” dates. In other words, the science is telling us something that we all already know: it’s important to keep switching things up in relationships to make them more exciting.

Protect your marriage by trying new things with your spouse on a regular basis. Having new experiences will give you new things to talk about and plan.

Ways to Keep Your Wedding Costs Reasonable

I planned my wedding over 13 years ago. The cost of weddings was very high, even then. With the current wedding trends that I see, the cost of your special day is even higher.

I brought Candace Layne on to share with us some of her ways to save on your wedding. Here’s what she has to say-

Weddings can be expensive. If you allow the current wedding market to influence you too much, you can think that just because you’re getting married, you have to go into debt.

With the average wedding costing more than $25,000, many brides and grooms are looking for sneaky ways to save that won’t affect the character of their big day.

Getting Married Outside Of Peak Times

Like hotels, flights and holiday cottages, wedding venues are seasonal. It turns out that most people want to get married in June and July and at the weekend to make it easier for their guests. They want the hot weather, the photographs outside and the long evenings for partying.

As you might expect, all that demand for venues pushes the price of venues up. People who get married in the middle of summer are literally doubling their venue costs. Even a wedding in early September can be up to 25 percent cheaper than one on a June weekend.

Save On Rings

Many people choose silver, platinum, gold or palladium wedding bands because they want them to last forever. But these metals are expensive. Gold and platinum are more than $1,500 an ounce, and palladium is over $750. There are other metals that would be less expensive, but just as beautiful.

Many people choose silver, platinum, gold or palladium wedding bands because they want them to last forever. But these metals are expensive. Gold and platinum are some of the highest priced metals. Palladium is only about half the cost. There are other metals that would be less expensive, but just as beautiful.

Take tungsten for instance. Tungsten has traditionally been used to make machine tools, thanks to its durability. Now some companies are using the metal to make rings.

Check out this site for unique tungsten rings. What’s more, tungsten looks almost identical to all the more expensive metals, with the exception of gold. Rather than pay $500 for a ring, you can pick up a tungsten ring for around $100.

Embrace The All-Inclusive

Some people like to shop around for every element of their wedding. They go to one place for the venue, another for the flowers, and another for the catering. It sometimes works out much cheaper combining all the elements into a single, all-inclusive deal.

Some people like to shop around for every element of their wedding. They go to one place for the venue, another for the flowers, and another for the catering. It sometimes works out much cheaper combining all the elements into a single, all-inclusive deal.

According to the website Brides, the average couple who get a venue with a catering package could save as much as $25 a head, which really adds up if you’ve got hundreds of people coming to your wedding.

Pick Local Flowers

The average couple spends nearly $1000 just on flowers at their wedding. But part of the reason why they end up spending so much is because they’re importing flowers from halfway around the world. A much better solution is to buy flowers locally. According to Brides, this can save the average couple more than $600.

The average couple spends nearly $1000 just on flowers at their wedding. But part of the reason why they end up spending so much is because they’re importing flowers from halfway around the world. A much better solution is to buy flowers locally. According to Brides, this can save the average couple more than $600.

 

How You Can Stay Connected to Your Spouse On Your Wedding Day

On our wedding day, there were a number of hours where I sat there with nothing to do. I think Austin experienced something similar. It can be hard to feel connected to your spouse on your wedding day, because so much is going on. I invited Carole Truitt to share with us some of her ideas of how you can connect with your spouse on your wedding day.

Here’s what she has to say-

Your wedding day is exciting, but it’s going to be one of the most hectic days you’ve ever had to endure. There’s so much going on at once. It’s all too easy to start feeling disconnected from the one person you should feel connected to – your spouse! Here’s how you can stay connected to one another on your wedding day:

Break Tradition

There are a few traditions that people prefer to break in this day and age. One of these traditions is not seeing your partner on the wedding day – only as you’re walking down the aisle towards them, ready to tie the knot! In this case, you need to make sure you both do what works for you. 

Check In With One Another

Throughout the day, make sure you agree to check in with one another. You have lots of people to thank and greet, but you should still make sure you check on one another if you haven’t in awhile. Share a kiss, a dance, a laugh, and then get back to whatever it was you were doing before.

Enjoy That First Dance

Your first dance is one of the best parts of the day, and probably one of the only times you get just to enjoy the other. Make sure you enjoy that dance as much as possible - don’t let nerves get in the way. You don’t need to choreograph a special dance, but practicing a little beforehand should help you both to keep nerves at bay.

Your first dance is one of the best parts of the day, and probably one of the only times you get just to enjoy the other. Make sure you enjoy that dance as much as possible – don’t let nerves get in the way. You don’t need to choreograph a special dance, but practicing a little beforehand should help you both to keep nerves at bay.

Plan Lots Of Pictures Together

You get to plan the pictures you have taken in advance, so make sure you savor the pictures you have taken together too. Whether you’re having a picture of you both walking off into the sunset, or one of your engagement and wedding ring sets, make sure you enjoy it.

Relax So You Can Laugh

It can be hard on a day as important as your wedding, but do your best to relax. When you stay relaxed, you won’t be tempted to snap at your spouse. You should also be able to laugh together and have fun too! Don’t take it all so seriously, and live in the moment. If you feel yourself stressing, take a few moments for some deep breaths.

Don’t Forget Why You’re Doing This

Make sure that throughout the day, you don’t lose sight of why you’re actually doing this. You’re doing this because you want to spend the rest of your life with your partner! By keeping this in mind, you’ll make sure you keep the connection with your partner in tact all day long. Don’t get too caught up in drunk bridesmaids or caterers that have made small mistakes. Overall, you get the same result you wanted!

Just Married: What Comes Next?

Have you recently gotten married? It is a scary, exciting step to become husband and wife. I invited Patty Streep on to share with us some things to think about now that you are married.

Getting married is an exciting milestone in any young adult’s life, and if you've recently had your big day- congratulations! You might be wondering what comes next, and what your next steps are as man and wife. Here are a few things to consider to prepare you for the next stage of your relationship.

Here’s what she has to say-

Getting married is an exciting milestone in any young adult’s life, and if you’ve recently had your big day- congratulations! You might be wondering what comes next, and what your next steps are as man and wife. Here are a few things to consider to prepare you for the next stage of your relationship.

Finances

Money can be a tricky one in relationships. If one of you is a spender and the other is a saver, or one earns much more than another it can leave you wondering whether to pool resources or keep things separate. The same applies if one of you has a lot of debt– will this now become your joint issue?

Having a good chat about your financial situation and working out what’s best for you as a couple is key. Will one person be responsible for paying the bills, or will you put your money into a joint account for household expenses?

Will one of you be setting a budget, or is this something you’ll both be deciding on. How much money will you both be allowed to pursue your own personal hobbies, interests and social life? There are tons of advice online on how to save money in a relationship so it could be worth having a look to see if there are things you could try. Otherwise, just ensuring you’re both on the same page when it comes to money is absolutely vital.

Living Situation

As a married couple, having children is probably going to be on the horizon. If that’s the case, you might need to address your living situation. Do you currently live somewhere that’s safe and practical to raise a baby? If you’re in a property with one person’s name on the mortgage or rental agreement, will you add the other person?

As a married couple, having children is probably going to be on the horizon. If that’s the case, you might need to address your living situation. Do you currently live somewhere that’s safe and practical to raise a baby? If you’re in a property with one person’s name on the mortgage or rental agreement, will you add the other person?

If you both have family that live in separate places, whose will you be moving closest to? These are all things to consider and work out as a married couple.

Routine

For life to run smoothly as a married couple, it might be worth setting a rota or some ground rules, or just having a discussion about who’s expected to do what.

For life to run smoothly as a married couple, it might be worth setting a rota or some ground rules, or just having a discussion about who’s expected to do what.

Will you split the housework 50/50, or will one person be responsible for more? Will you have set jobs each of you does? Who will be doing the cooking- will this fall to one person or will you both prepare meals?

Bear in mind each person’s working hours and schedule and do what makes sense for you as a couple. Knowing what each of you expects from the other and talking it out if it doesn’t work for you helps to stop assumptions and then resentment building.

What important discussions did have with your partner when you were first married? What other things do you think newly married couples need to discuss?

How to Make Your Food Go Further

If you didn’t know, I try to have a no-waste kitchen as much as possible. I’m not always perfect at it, but we try to use every bit of food in the house before it goes bad. I asked Cheryl Meade to share with us her strategies to keep a no-waste kitchen and stretch your food.

Making food go further is essential for many people. The further you can make your food go, the more meals you can make for less money and the less you will waste. You don't want to end up throwing away food because you don't use it on time or there's only a small amount left.

Here’s what she has to say-

Making food go further is essential for many people. The further you can make your food go, the more meals you can make for less money and the less you will waste. You don’t want to end up throwing away food because you don’t use it on time or there’s only a small amount left.

If you think you throw away too much food or you want to make your meals go further, there are lots of clever but easy things you can do. Just a couple of changes to your behavior can save you money and reduce the amount of food you waste too.

Save Your Leftovers

If you don't already save your leftovers, you need to start doing it. One reason you might not is that you might often find that you only have a small amount of something left. You think there's no point saving it because it won't even feed one person.

If you don’t already save your leftovers, you need to start doing it. One reason you might not is that you might often find that you only have a small amount of something left. You think there’s no point saving it because it won’t even feed one person.

If you collect your leftovers, you’ll eventually be able to make a new meal or have a leftover night. Keep your leftovers fresher using food vacuum sealer rolls and a vacuum sealer. You can freeze your food until you’re ready to use it. You can also use tubs and containers, and even ice cube trays can be useful for sauces or seasonings.

Make Use of Scraps

When you make meals with fresh ingredients, you often end up with bits that don’t go into your meal. For example, you could have vegetable peel, sandwich crusts, or even pieces of fat you cut off meat. You might decide to compost some of this, which is a useful way to dispose of it.

However, you can also make some of it go further when you’re cooking. For example, bread crusts can become breadcrumbs. Some people recommend seasoning potato peel and crisping it up in the oven as a snack. You can use Parmesan and other cheese rinds as flavoring for soups and snacks.

Bulk Up Dishes with Cheap Ingredients

Sometimes making food go further is more about being able to make more meals, rather than avoiding throwing away food. If you're on a tight budget, being able to get more food for your money is very useful. One thing you can do is use cheaper ingredients to bulk out meals, but still include lots of flavor. For example, pasta and rice are both cheap and filling, and there are hundreds of ways to cook them.

Sometimes making food go further is more about being able to make more meals, rather than avoiding throwing away food. If you’re on a tight budget, being able to get more food for your money is very useful. One thing you can do is use cheaper ingredients to bulk out meals, but still include lots of flavor. For example, pasta and rice are both cheap and filling, and there are hundreds of ways to cook them.

Rescue Food That’s Nearly Out of Date

People often throw away food that they’re not sure they can eat anymore. The first way to tackle this is to know when it’s safe to eat different foods, which requires a bit of research. The second thing you can do is know how to use foods that are on the edge of being edible.

For example, overripe fruits like bananas can be great to use for making ice cream or perhaps cakes. Slightly stale bread can become breadcrumbs. And there are many more ideas you can use.

You can do lots of things to make your food go further and reduce waste while making delicious meals at the same time.

A Healthy Diet Gives You A Happy Home

I’ve worked hard to teach my kids what a healthy diet looks like. We have modeled it for them for years. I am positive that their meals have contributed to their good health.

I invited Debray Jackson on to share with us a few reasons why a healthy diet makes for a happy home. She gives some tips on how to do that.

Did you know diet impacts mood? It’s true and if you’re eating food high in fat or sugar or your kids are, you can bet there are going to be a lot of arguments in the house. You might also find that an unhealthy diet makes those terrible teenage years a lot worse.

Here’s what she has to say-

Did you know diet impacts mood? It’s true and if you’re eating food high in fat or sugar or your kids are, you can bet there are going to be a lot of arguments in the house. You might also find that an unhealthy diet makes those terrible teenage years a lot worse.

A poor diet can cause mood swings and may even increase chances of depression. The best way to avoid this problem is to make sure your kids and your entire family is eating healthy at home. So, let’s think about some of the best ways to incorporate healthy living into your kitchen.

Go Gluten Free

Whether or not you believe that gluten allergies actually exist, there is no denying the benefits of a gluten free home. You’ll find that bowel movements occur regularly and you never suffer that nasty feeling of being clogged with food and waste. You might even find that you feel less stressed through your day.

Don’t forget anything good for the body is also probably good for the mind. It’s easy to go on a gluten free diet, and there are lots of healthy alternatives to the typical food that you might have been eating. For instance, you can still eat cakes. You just need to make them with gluten free baking powder.

We think you’ll be thrilled with the results that a gluten-free diet can bring in your household. It’s a lot easier to be cheerful when you aren’t constantly constipated.

Grind Your Own Meat

You wouldn’t believe how much rubbish and chemicals are put into processed meat. In some cases, it’s to change the taste. In others, it’s to mask the scent of produced meat, or it might even be due to the machinery and processes that’s used to make it.

If you grind your own meat, you can avoid it and instead buy it straight from the butchers. The best meat grinder will be automatic. So, you can put it in, and it will do all the work for you. When you try grinding meat, it won’t just be better for you. It might also taste better too because it will have a natural flavor.

Choose The Healthier Option

There are plenty of options in cooking where you can choose the healthier option and you should. An example would be when cooking a food that goes well with rice or pasta. Which one is better for you? Rice is the healthier option because it isn’t packed full of carbs. If you do want to stick with pasta, you can try whole-wheat spaghetti. This is far better for you as well.

Healthy Desserts

You don’t have to cut deserts out of your home to keep your family healthy. But you might want to try to mix the deserts up a little. For instance, how about a banana split after dinner?

Forget adding chocolate into the mix and instead put fruit in the middle of the banana with a dollop of ice cream on top. This will be a healthy treat for your family, and it will still taste delicious.

As you can see then, there are lots of ways to make your kitchen healthier, and this is sure to give you a happier home.

Creating a Family Kitchen That Everyone Will Love

I don’t know about you, but my kitchen is a hub of our home. In fact, I’m about to move into a much smaller kitchen then what I’m used to. There are certainly going to be challenges for me. Today, I invited on Susan Stiller to share with us her ideas on how to create a kitchen that everyone will love.

Here’s what she has to say-

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we lovingly cook meals for our family. It’s the place that we fix cups of tea for long chats about life. It’s where we eat together. It’s a room that the children do their homework in. It’s a space that is multi-functional and very versatile. So many of us neglect the sheer importance of having a functional kitchen that fits in with our needs for family life.

Whether you want more space, or to make it more inviting for the children, there are a lot of great ways that you can make the kitchen a more family-friendly area. Many families, and by that we mean mothers, worry that the kitchen is not an appropriate space for children; after all, hot stoves, kettles and cleaning equipment can be dangerous.

That doesn’t mean that the kitchen should be off bounds. Rather, it’s time to think about savvy ways that the kitchen can be utilized so that it’s a room that everyone can enjoy, irrespective of their age. And, you don’t have to worry about your little ones getting hurt.

After all, it’s the beating heart of any home, and it needs to be treated like such. Remodeling a kitchen can be costly. You don’t have to spend significant sums of money to make your kitchen a more inviting room. There are some simple ways that you can create a family kitchen that everyone will love and that everyone gets to spend time in.

Determine What You Use The Kitchen For

While this may seem like an unnecessary question to ask, before you embark on any interior design project, it’s important to think about the space that you are redesigning. Think about the everyday use of this room. Yes, you may cook in that space and eat in it too, should you have the room but consider a ‘day in the life of the kitchen.'

While this may seem like an unnecessary question to ask, before you embark on any interior design project, it’s important to think about the space that you are redesigning. Think about the everyday use of this room. Yes, you may cook in that space and eat in it too, should you have the room but consider a ‘day in the life of the kitchen.’

  • Do you host big family gatherings in this room?
  • How many people are cooking and preparing food in your home on a daily basis?
  • What age are the children in your family?

Sit back and think about how you need to covet the location so that you can design this room in a way that meets everyone’s needs. For example, if you have toddlers, you may want design with higher cupboards to stop little hands from grabbing hold of things that they shouldn’t be.

If your children are older and like to get stuck in with the food preparation, do you have a space where you can comfortably do this? Once you’ve made a list of all the features that your family area should have, the interior design will become easier to manage.

Make The Kitchen Easy to Clean

As we all know, this room needs to withstand the rigors of family life. Sticky fingerprints and muddy shoes need to be taken into account. One of the easiest ways that you can make your counters more family friendly is to update the counter tops with marble and granite surfaces, or if you are on a budget; laminate.

As we all know, this room needs to withstand the rigors of family life. Sticky fingerprints and muddy shoes need to be taken into account. One of the easiest ways that you can make your counters more family friendly is to update the counter tops with marble and granite surfaces, or if you are on a budget; laminate.

Marble and granite are hard-wearing but expensive. If you have a higher budget, marble or granite can be a great investment as they have a long life expectancy. If your budget is more conservative, don’t be afraid to experiment with laminate.

They are some brilliant pieces that you can find online that are stain resistant and, of course, easy to wipe down and keep clean. It’s important to keep a consistent look throughout, so do be sure to replicate the flooring so that it is in keeping with the counter tops.

Create a Beautiful Space for Everyone

Now, for the fun part. There are some simple ways that you can create a family friendly space. Have you heard of chalkboard paint? If not, this could be the perfect way to make your living area more appealing to your little ones. Chalkboard paint is exactly that; paint that you can write on with chalk.

Now, for the fun part. There are some simple ways that you can create a family friendly space. Have you heard of chalkboard paint? If not, this could be the perfect way to make your living area more appealing to your little ones. Chalkboard paint is exactly that; paint that you can write on with chalk.

Find a feature wall that is easy to access for all of the family and allow your family to write on there. What could be nicer that seeing your children’s doodles on the wall, without panicking how to get felt-tip pens off the painted area!

Practical Cookware

Ceramic, for example, is easy to clean and looks stylish too. http://www.stonefryingpans.com are a great resource for finding out which materials are best you. If you prefer something more traditional, stainless steel or enamel are suitable options too. Look at investing in high-quality cookware and make it part of your kitchen’s decor.

Hooks and Rails

Hooks and rails are ideal for helping you display your items. An open, country style kitchen with pots and pans on display helps brighten your home and gives it a fresh aesthetic.

Accessorize With Functional Items

You will be accessorizing with functional items, as opposed to trinkets and ornaments that just add no value. More importantly, your family will be able to grab what they need as they help out which makes life easier for you in the long-term.

Consider Lighting

Accessorizing with lighting is important too. Many people opt for spotlights, but these can be harsh and unappealing. Lamps, and pendants in contemporary designs can add a luxury feel to your home. This is all done without breaking the bank. Soft lighting also has psychological benefits too. Soft light is said to improve our well-being and make us feel more calm, which has obvious upsides to family life.

If you would like to add a pop of color, choose an intense color that will add a bright and fun feel to your home. Reds, blues, and yellows are all strong colors that the children will love seeing. Keep the walls neutral and add accessories for that much-coveted designer look.

Space For a Family Seating Area

Remember, we’re trying to create a space with this in mind, we need to think about seating. An informal seating area with couches and a small coffee table is perfect for younger children who want to sit and chat with their parents. If you have older kids or teenagers, think about adding a homework area.

Remember, we’re trying to create a space with this in mind, we need to think about seating. An informal seating area with couches and a small coffee table is perfect for younger children who want to sit and chat with their parents. If you have older kids or teenagers, think about adding a homework area.

Create a Cozy Space

Tables, sofas and coffee tables are all perfect solutions for creating a family seating area. If you are limited on space, why not add a simple breakfast bar and high-backed chairs?

Benches

Benches, akin to garden furniture, are increasingly popular too and are perfect for larger families. Adding a television and a radio can make the space more informal and create a hub for everyone to mingle and chat.

Island

Many people are opting for islands in their home too as a multi-functional space for both food preparation, eating and relaxing. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have a huge kitchen to have an island.

Storage

There are smaller island solutions that also incorporate storage. In fact, these are ideal for those that are lacking on area but need a multipurpose solution to creating a room that is suitable for family life.

The kitchen doesn’t need to be a solitary area. On the contrary, it should be a beautiful space to be enjoyed by everyone, irrespective of their age. After all, the children may grow up and fly the nest at some point, but you can make fantastic memories by simply having an area that is well-suited for the needs of family life.