Cool Sleep: 7 Ways to Make your Kid’s Bedroom Fun and Fit for a Good Night’s Sleep

You can really let your imagination run wild when you’re creating your child’s bedroom. With a few simple touches, you can transform the space and ensure it’s both fun and a great place to get a good night’s sleep. Here are some top tips to help you along the way.

1) Create a play area

All children’s bedrooms need a play area. Don’t worry if you’re lacking in square footage. There’s always a way to fit a play space into these rooms, even if where they sleep takes up a lot of room. For instance, it’s now easy to buy raised children’s beds, and these items free up more floor space.

2) Be savvy with storage

Because your tot’s likely to have tons of toys, it’s important to include plenty of storage in the room. If your child goes to bed with items strewn across the floor, they may find it hard to relax and switch off, and this can stop them from getting all-important shuteye. Full height shelving is great if you’ve got a mountain of toys to store.

3) Play around with color and theme

Be bold with color too. While good old magnolia may be OK in other parts of your house, you can afford to play around with different hues in your kid’s bedroom. If your child’s old enough, get them to choose their favorite colors.

Bear in mind that bedrooms are also crying out for a theme. All youngsters are obsessed with something. Whether your tot’s into dinosaurs, princesses, cars, animals or anything else, make sure you reflect this in their bedroom.

4) Make it pet-friendly

Kids love dogs and cats and if you have one of these pets in your home, make sure it feels welcome in your child’s room. The simple addition of a basket will encourage your family’s four-legged friend to spend time in the space.

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5) Get creative with lighting

Good lighting is a must in children’s bedrooms. As well as lamps and wall or ceiling lights, it’s helpful to include a skylight. These comforting illuminations could help your little one to nod off at night.

6) Channel your child’s inner artist

To add a personal touch to the room, encourage your youngster to get stuck into some art. By displaying their creations on the walls, you’ll give your child a sense of pride and satisfaction.

7) Understand that comfort is key

As well as making sure your kid’s room looks the part, you’ve got to think about comfort. We all know how difficult it is to deal with tired and grumpy tots, and bedroom design can play an important role in helping children to get sufficient sleep. Make sure you choose warm and comfy bedding and opt for window dressings that block out enough light.

By following these basic design principles, you should find it easy to create the perfect bedroom for your youngster.

Images by Alicia Nijdam-Jones and crimfants, used under Creative Commons license.

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Monday Listicles

Allow me to vent a little.

So because of Linky tools or something scheduled posts don’t get published automatically?! And I cannot figure out how to embed pins. Or am I just so old and inflexible that I cannot figure out how to be a cool, organized, awesome blogger anymore? Or is it just because I have an epic cold and I might be unreasonably grumpy?

Because it is Monday afternoon and I realized that Listicles didn’t post last night and that the photos of my favorite 10 pins are not showing up not to mention that I haven’t actually pinned anything for ages. Clearly Pinterest is not my thing, possibly because it always makes me hungry and feel like a horrible, unorganized housekeeper. Also it sucks hours of my time and we all know I can kill a day without being productive one bit with just my iPhone in my hand so Pinterest must be avoided at all cost.

The nice barista at our local Starbucks did tell me and my friend Lily the other week that she loves our outfits and we are totally pinterestable. It’s been a long time since somebody wanted to pin me down or noticed I put some effort into matching my socks in the morning so that is officially the sweetest compliment of 2014. She probably just meant Lilyand I fell under it by default but hey, I’ll take it.

So I am now cornered to come up with something new for my list of top ten pins so I must improvise. So excited to see yours!

Next week:


Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. Crafty projects- cause I will never attempt them.

2. Recipes – it’s not like I ever cook.

3. Cute outfits – cute clothes and slobbery dogs don’t match.

4. Make up ideas – why bother?

5. Cleaning ideas – why bother?

6. Wedding dresses – obviously.

7. Baby stuff – obviously.

8. Dieting tips – that’s just depressing.

9. Sylvester Stallone.

10. Bikinis. Seriously!

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Yodeling globally in Seattle

We were invited by Visit Seattle and Global Yodel to share our Seattle with their readers.

It was so much fun this summer walking around the Emerald city with the dogs and snapping photos of our favorite spots. To read my interview and see the photos please CLICK HERE.

PS: Huge thank you to random people around the city who were so wonderful when we asked them if we can feature them in our photos. Specially this Pedicab driver who let Max slobber all over his ride. That’s the best part about our city-awesome people we share it with!!


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