How to Make Your Home Kid-Friendly – Guest Post

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Planning a family? Well, besides usual considerations about your readiness in terms of maturity, money and relationship, you should consider your living space. The home in which you will raise your kids must be adapted to their needs. First and foremost, it must be safe environment for kids to minimize the possibility of injuries. Not only that, the “kid-friendliness” must be reflected in the very house décor, which should pose a lovely family place which will have positive impact on their growing up process and on developing their imagination. Sounds like rather demanding task, right? Perhaps it is, but if you have in mind all the joys of parenthood, this endeavor will be a lot easier. We’ll try to guide you through it.

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● Electricity is dangerous, everyone knows that. It’s childproofing 101. So, using outlets covers to protect the outlets is a good precautionary measure to take. If you are using extension cords, cover the exposed outlets with electrical tape. All major electrical appliances should be grounded. Check and remove any potential electrical fire hazards.
● Walls should be in good condition with no nails exposed. Frames and mirrors should be stable. Make sure the rugs have anti-slip pads underneath.
● Install a finger-pinch guard on doors and place doorknob covers. If you have sliding doors, they should have childproof locks.
● Put protective padding on corners of all furniture that has sharp edges.
● Stairways must have safety gates at the top and bottom.
This is an ongoing process and you’ll solve many problems along the way, or if you want to be completely safe, hire a professional childproofer.

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The Three Cs of Kid-friendly Design: Casual, Comfortable and Creative
Now that we’ve got the most important thing – safety – solved, it’s time to get to the fun part – design.
● Casual design means that there should be no fuss about the style, so Victorian decoration is out of the question. Avoid covering furniture and tables with fabric (sooner or later, your child will pull it and crash whatever was on it).
● Opt for low-maintenance when picking the furniture, flooring and walls. When the child arrives, you’ll have no time to tackle with such problems. Choose long-lasting materials.
● The space should be comfortable. Beds and mattresses should be neither too soft nor too hard
● As kids tend to walk barefoot or crawl, floors should be covered with rugs. You should consider all bathroom heating options, and for the same reason, perhaps, opt for floor heating.
● Make extra storage space with vertical shelves and baskets and boxes in open shelves.
● Get creative with colors, pattern and textures. Kids will enjoy more in such surroundings than in a room with white silk sofa, they’re afraid to get near to.
● Make special kids’ areas, such as reading nook, room for make-believe games, play room, sports area, corners or rooms for arts and crafts. You shouldn’t buy expensive furniture. Those should be the spaces where your kids and their imagination can run wild.
● Besides being comfortable and safe, your kids’ bedroom should be their piece of paradise, be that a castle for a princess or a superhero cave.
Life with kids can be messy, stressful, exciting, but above all the things beautiful. Do your best to contribute to that beauty by making your home kid-friendly.

About the Author

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Marie Nieves is student of economics who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design. Marie loves to talk about her experiences and she is regular author on Smooth Decorator. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.





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Dad Beauty School + Goody

This might be the cutest video ever! I don’t have memories of my dad ever trying to style my hair, but I do remember him trying to give me a “trim” once! Ha! My girls have a great dad. When it’s his week with them… he does try and help them to do their hair. And sometimes he’s even successful! So… here’s to all the dads out there who are giving it their best try! Happy Father’s Day!

This is not a paid post. Just a fun share from our friends at Goody! xo

#KindnessSafari Today!

If you missed my last post about KIND’s #KindnessSafari… you can find it here!

Zoos across the country are hosting a family event sponsored by KIND Snacks and zulily! Can’t attend? You can still play along! Just complete each item on the #KindnessSafari list by posting a photo on Instagram or Twitter! Be sure to use the hashtag #KindnessSafari so I can find your entries!

Entries will be accepted through midnight Sunday 5/17/15 and a winner announced on the #KindnessSafari on Monday 5/18/15. Two days is plenty of time to complete the 4 tasks! Entrants who complete all 4 tasks will be entered to win a case of 72 KIND snack bars!

So… what are you waiting for! Get out there and be KIND!

*Note- this is not a paid ad.




Let’s Go on a Kindness Safari!


Kind Parents, Kind Kids is an ongoing program from KIND- the makers of our favorite snack bars. The goal of the program is to emphasis kindness among children through family-friendly activities. This year, on May 16th, KIND is partnering with online retailer, zulily, to host a Kindness Safari at zoos across the country! The Kindness Safari includes, a special family discount to participating zoos, interactive kindness activities, and a special gift pack!

And as if this wasn’t a fun enough event… I’ve developed a special contest for Everyday Childhood readers! While we’re on our real-life Kindness Safari… you can play along with us! Part of our event involves a Kindness Scavenger Hunt. On the day of the event, (Saturday May 16, 2015) I’ll post the scavenger hunt clues! Simply take a photo and post it to Instagram with our event hashtag for each clue! Participants that complete each clue will be entered to win a case of 72 KIND bars! Contest ends at 11:59PM Pacific Time on May 16, 2015.

Tune in on Saturday May 16th, for complete rules + the Kindness Scavenger Hunt Clues!

Visit zulily for discounted event tickets at participating zoos across the country! I’d love to know if you’re attending one of the events!



*Note- I have not been monetarily compensated for this post. My family will be attending the Kindness Safari at The Phoenix Zoo.

Host Your Own Paddington Movie Night!


Every now and then… this little blog gives us the opportunity to have some really amazing experiences! Like… trying out new products before they ever hit the market. This is one of those times. Mom Select asked if I would host a movie night with my kids and share about our experience. I was given a small stipend, but I would’ve done it for free. Coming up with inventive ways to spend time with my kids isn’t always easy!

Here’s a step by step guide on how to host a Paddington Movie Night with your family!

Step 1: Visit Paddington Parties online at

Step 2: Download your Digital HD copy of Paddington from Amazon, iTunes, Verizon Fios, Xfinity, or GoWatchIt (we used Amazon)

Step3: Download your Digital Party Kit! (includes invitations, party banner, cupcake wrappers, labels, and other themed activities)

Step 4: Download additional activity sheets (including writing  prompts, word search, mazes, dot to dots, and more)

Step 5: Find more party ideas at

Step 6: Pop some popcorn and enjoy the show!

Our favorite part of our own Paddington Movie Night- was baking a wild stripe cake! I encourage you to find a related activity that your family enjoys to make your own movie night a success!

For more ideas… follow along on these social media channels:

I’d like to thank Mom Select for their partnership in hosting our Paddington Movie Night and for the huge box of amazingly *fun* party supplies! We hope you host your own amazing Paddington Movie Night! Be sure to share the pictures!



Why I Do What I Do. New Media Expo.

I’m asked on nearly a daily basis if I can help someone start their business. Help grow their blog. Help manage their Twitter. Help write a blog post. Why? Because I’m pretty darn good at what I do. No… I’m not on any top social media guru lists. In fact, most of the time, I don’t ask for credit at all. I do what I do, because I love it. And I love people. And I love seeing people succeed.

Yes, I do have a pretty extensive speaker resume. It’s nice to be recognized as an expert in your field. But it was only recently that I’ve been asked to attend some pretty prestigious events as a social media influencer and not as a parenting blogger or a foodie. After almost 10 years… I feel like I’m earning my spot among some of the top people in my field and weirdly enough… they’ve been my friends all along. From blogging to community manager, to marketing strategist, to Director of Social Media Marketing… it’s been an amazing journey and I’m not done yet!

How did I get to where I am?

I worked my tooshie off! I read (and still do) every single day about the industry. Study the competitive landscape. Test out new initiatives. Not all of them succeed as I’d like them to, but that’s how we innovate. I ask questions. Lots of them. And I attend conferences to keep my skills sharp. Without the network of amazing people I keep around me… I wouldn’t be where I am today. So…

I’m writing today to encourage you to attend one of the best conferences in the digital space: NMX- New Media Expo. April 13-16 in Vegas.

Whether you are just starting out as a digital entrepreneur or you’re as seasoned as I am… NMX is where you want to be. The speaker line up this year is beyond words! Some of my favorite experts in the marketing space will be sharing their insights- like Joel Comm, Marcy Massura, David Griner and Jason Falls. And some of my favorite bloggers and friends that came from the parenting space like I did – Cecily Kellogg and Amy Lupold Bair, Kelby Carr, and Katja Presnal. I came up through the ranks with these amazing women and I’m so proud to call them my friends! There will even be a few celebs- like Adam Carolla and Dennis Miller!

Bring your note pad and pen… (I’m an old fashioned note-taker) and soak it all in! I’ll even meet up with you for coffee or a drink of the adult variety! You can register by clicking the banner below… Yes… it is my affiliate link. I have a chance to win a spot at a very amazing travel conference… so I’m sharing it! I even have a discount code for you! Just enter kloubet20 when you’re checking out!


If you decide to come and register… let me know! Shoot me a tweet @kellyloubet and we’ll connect! See you in Vegas!