Happy Mother’s Day

May this be a very special day for all of the very special women in our lives.  Happy Mother’s day!

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Healthy Peanut Butter & Banana Popsicles

Summer is a wonderful time for your children.  There are plenty of activities from swimming to camp to sports.  However, with the lack of schedules comes a problem with nutrition.  Many families find it harder to keep children eating well during the summer, especially with the prevalence of ice cream and popsicles.  One great solution is to make sure those cool treats are good for them!   

The recipe below is an appetizing yet vitamin rich snack. When your children crave something that is cold, turn to these popsicles! These pops are a great snack for anyone, anytime, not only during the summer. They satisfy your sweet tooth and taste creamy and delicious! The best part is that you can have your kids help as well.

 

What You Need:

Electric Mixer

1 Ice Tray

Short Popsicle Sticks or Plastic Silverware

 

Ingredients:

2 Bananas

3 Tbsp. Smooth Peanut Butter

½ Cup Plain or Vanilla Yogurt

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer or a food processor to mix the contents into a smooth and creamy mixture.

Spoon mixture into ice trays and fill to the top.

Place short popsicle sticks in the center of each popsicle. Freeze for 2 hours.

*If you cannot find small popsicle sticks, cut the tops off plastic silverware. Leaving only the plastic handle and place in the center of the pop.

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Why Every House Deserves Area Rugs

Area rugs can quite possibly be one of the easiest elements to completely change the style of a room. They can top of any kind of floor, given the right padding is selected to accompany the rug. An area rug is the only floor type that can be stored and move from house to house. They can be cleaned easily and offer a versatility that fits into any home and décor.

Hard surfaces cannot absorb sound well. A rug has the ability to buffer sound and add warmth to any area. A room with a hard surface floor is greatly enhanced with a softer element for added dimension. Rugs also bring with them the benefit of texture to the home. They are available in many styles, an array of sizes, colors and patterns.

Area rugs are available at many different price points.  The lifestyle you lead will help you determine what type of material is best suited to you and your home. This is a perfect starting place starting your search.

Area rugs help a room feel finished, warm, and inviting.  They can also help with rooms that feel too large!  Place an area rug in your large space and center the furnishings towards the center of the rug.  A focal point has been created and the space will feel much more cohesive.  In very large spaces, this can be repeated as many times as you need.  Each area rug will serve as a separate “room”!

Check out our online product catalog to view all the different styles available. Our selection of Karastan area rugs has many options in color, design, size, and shape.  Please feel free to stop by or browse our catalog.  

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Fun Ways to Add Whimsy to a Garden

Gardening should be fun and relaxing. There are some easy ways to add a bit of whimsy to any garden. Find out how to add a bit of fun to your garden decoration.

Use tiered pots to make a vertical herb garden. This is so simple. Get three different sized of terracotta pots, from small to medium and large. The pots need to have holes in the bottom to provide for water drainage. Place a medium sized container upside down in the large pot. The container should be flat on the bottom (so another pot can sit on top). Add potting soil around the container and plant herbs around the container. Add more soil to make sure the container is covered. Next set the medium terracotta pot on top, in the middle of the large pot. Add the small container to the medium pot, the same as above. Fill in with potting soil and plant herbs around the middle container. Fill in the rest with the potting soil. Place the small pot on top of the container in the medium pot and plant herbs throughout. Sticker decals are great for labeling each pot. This design is great for saving space, since it is a little garden that extends vertically.

Use a large container of any type.  Tip it on its side and dig a small divot underneath to keep the container from rolling. The idea with this project is to plant flowers in such a way that they appear to have spilled out of the overturned container. This creates a fun and interesting look.  Try this with a broken pot, an old metal bucket, or even a large pitcher. Make sure the flowers you plant inside have access to sun, or you may want to plant flowers or plants that do not require direct sunlight.

Drill holes in the bottom of an old wheelbarrow. Fill it with potting soil and plant whatever kinds of plants you like inside the wheel barrel. This is wonderful because this creates a little mobile garden that can be moved around the yard!

Do you have any other ideas for a whimsical garden? Share them in the comments below!

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Removing Sidewalk Chalk Stains

With the weather getting warmer outside, the sidewalk chalk has started to make an appearance. Although meant for outside purposes only, it often finds its way inside or in pants pockets. The packaging states the chalk is washable; however there is a certain manner in which it should be cleaned.

The most important thing to do first is to vacuum the carpet first. Vacuuming should be done before applying any liquid to the carpet. Adding liquid to chalk helps it mix in with the carpet fibers. Depending on the color of the chalk, depends on how easily the stain can be removed.

It is preferred to use only a detergent solution on chalk stains. Make the solution by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of clear liquid dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm water. If the dish detergent is colored, then dye in the cleaning solution will stain the carpet. It is very important to only use a clear detergent. It is important to never use a stronger concentration then is recommended.

When using a detergent solution it is also very important to remove any excess residue and moisture. Leftover residue will cause rapid soiling to the carpet. This means even if you clean the stain another a stain will quickly emerge. This happens because the residue attracts dirt and soil; which cling to the carpet fibers.

For more tips on how to remove specific stains from carpet, keep this site bookmarked – it is well worth it!

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Lifestyle Interview

 

Take a few minutes to fill out the questions in our Lifestyle Interview. This will help you when it comes to making decisions and selections for your home. Questions in the interview include questions about your family size, pets, extended family, special needs and if you have a budget or not. The answers from this interview will help you choose your selections as well as deciding what colors and finishes to use.

The answers from the interview break down your lifestyle. For example if you have children it suggests to think about where they spend most of their time and play. The answers give you suggestions for these areas and what kind of products will fit your needs best. The results you receive are strictly based on how you answered the questions.

The results can let you know how to plan for your space and gives you an idea of how to use designated areas for certain tasks. Completing this interview takes much of the guesswork when starting to design a new space or upgrade an existing home. It gives you a starting place and makes design selections much easier when you understand how and why to use a certain product.

Based on your answers the results from the interview will make suggestions for design styles and finishes to use to achieve your desired look. It also brings up things you probably have not thought about thus far. Being able to plan ahead allows the quality of your selections to last much longer.

You’ll also receive suggestions regarding how to buy new furniture as well as working around with furniture you intend to keep. Receive cleaning advice as well as steps to take to maintain your home. The interview is easy and takes only moments to answer each question. Why not use this tool today even if you don’t plan on making any changes right away? It will help you understand your lifestyle and help you plan for the future!

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Is Carpet Right for You?

Carpet offers some incredible advantages when used in rooms that benefit from warmth and comfort. Find out the positive attributes of this material and if it’s right for your home.

This floor material has become better through leaps and bounds over the years. This material is capable of holding warmth and keeping a room warmer especially in colder climates. It offers a soft and comfortable place to sit on the floor and is ideal for young children to play on safely.

Carpet is a wonderful floor choice that actually traps allergens dust and pollen from the air that we breathe. Once it is vacuumed, those allergens are removed from the home. The perfect choice for those who are sensitive to dust, pollen and allergens that are stirred around in the air that we breathe.

Carpet is optimal for the elderly and young children. It is soft to the touch and with padding underneath provides a safer surface if one was to fall. It also provides traction that helps those who have a less stable stride and young babies learning to walk.

Not only is carpet warm and comfortable, it reduces noise by being a buffer and absorbing sound waves. It is a good barrier for sound between floors and even from room to room. This material is used on stairs to helps keep the stairs quiet from foot traffic.

There is also good news for anyone with children, pets or just a tendency to spill. Today there are many choices for stain resistant carpet!  If you’re worried about the carpet being soiled or stained, make sure to ask about advances in stain resistance. 

With all of the benefits of carpet, what is holding you back?  Let us know if you have any questions.   Between the health benefits, the safety offered, and the beauty, carpet has something to offer for everyone!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Leprechauns Visit the Kiddos

If you love St. Patrick’s day and would like to make it a bigger celebration for you children, keep reading to find out how to ramp up the fun this year!  Start a great family tradition for this green themed holiday. The night before St. Patrick’s Day, create an elaborate visit from mischievous leprechauns! This is a fun time of year, simply because children will look forward to this tradition.

Once your children are asleep, the Leprechauns come to visit. There are some things you should know about these little magical creatures. They are sneaky little creatures and capable of making a huge mess wherever they go. The night before St. Patrick’s Day, after the kids go to sleep, set up the house as if the Leprechauns actually came to visit, much like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, but with the fun on April Fools Day thrown in.

Scatter the kids stuffed animals and dolls all over the house. Hang a favorite doll from the chandelier. Toys can be hidden in the freezer. Laundry strewn around. These little guys are so mischievous! Children love seeing chaos that they didn’t create themselves. 

The leprechauns spill flour or sugar, then make tracks. Make the tracks by walking doll feet through the powdery mess. Squeeze out a little extra toothpaste the counter top and hide toothbrushes along with other bathroom items. Your kids will love hunting for their belongings and uncovering more evidence as they, proof that the little guys came during the night.

Try leaving a letter saying how much the Leprechauns enjoyed playing with your children’s toys. Leave a dollar or a golden coin (real or chocolate), as their part of the pot-o-gold. Make sure the letter tells your kids to be good for their parents and kindly ask remind them to help clean up.

This is something so simple that you can do for your children. It teaches kids to help clean up and gives them a glimpse into a magical world.  This is a tradition that is sure to inspire many stories in the future and hopefully the Leprechauns will visit future generations as well!

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Which Do You Prefer?

Reader’s Choice:  Which of the room settings below do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!

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