CATCH UP ON THE LATEST & GREATEST

Where else you can find me

Follow Featured on Hometalk.com

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How to Get The Most Out of Your City: Botanical Garden


How to Get The Most Out of Your City: Botanical Garden| City of Creative Dreams

I really want Spring to be here if I am already going to a Botanical Garden. It may sound weird being in winter and all but I wanted for my little man and me to go for a walk over his March break. It is different than just going for a walk down the street. We made the effort to get outside and walk through nature. Yes, I wish it was warmer, however, not a lot of people were around and it was still a nice blue sky day.

If I had my own home, I would love a greenhouse like this!


  


I tend to walk to the bus, to work, and you will never believe the amount of walking I do in a day just going through life, however, to slow down and actually breathe in the fresh air is very rare. It gave me a moment to look around and to take in life's moments. I don't do enough of that. It's defiantly not easy with the many things that I need to get done, spinning within my head.





The semi frozen waterfall was a sight to see. It looked absolutely beautiful with the water next to the snow. The rock standing firm as the water slides and falls. I could only image how wonderful this waterfall looks when the flowers start to come in. I have to say that regardless of what season we are in, waterfalls always looks spectacular.





Loving this camera of mine, I should really start taking it out more. I captured so many photos that I really don't know what to do with them all. What may look like a simple bridge or a simple tree always gives me a new preservative. I can't help but take a picture of what I find is beautiful. The camera just captures what I see and what I should appreciate more everyday.







Overall, it was nice to whip out the camera. It was relaxing just being with my little man and enjoying the outdoors. He really enjoyed himself as well. I think that I may just add it to my list of things that I should do more often!


I hope you have some time, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment to say how much you enjoyed my post or even say hi, follow me on TwitterFacebookGoogle+PinterestInstagram page or even subscribe. I will do the same! Have a wonderfully creative week!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How to Create a Easy Beautiful Kids Bedroom Wall Garden

How to Create a Easy Beautiful Kids Bedroom Wall Garden | City of Creative Dreams

Around this time last year, I created a garden style wall monogram for my littlest sister's wall above her bed. I love it to pieces but it was lacking something. It was missing something and well I couldn't figure it out right away. It seemed very lonely regardless of the poster and bubble bee art circling the wall. I left that the wall wasn't screaming at me for attention. Yet, the monogram is super cute and I worked my little butt off on it but this wall was missing its wow factor.

  

I came across fake flower mats from Michaels and loved the idea of transforming my sister's wall into a garden. It was the wow factor that I am going for. The color selection was incredible, did I want a purple wall, a pink wall or a blue wall? And then I had to give myself a reality check because this wasn't going into my bedroom. I can get a little carried away, it happens. So I asked my littlest sister her favorite color and under the list of three colors I decided to go with the only one she mentioned and that was the color green.

  

These floral mats cost $24.99 each and to create this wall I calculated that I would need eight of them but I am no sucker when it comes to Michaels so there was no way I would pay full price for anything for this project. I did what any loyal Michaels customer would do and wait for the right deal. I waited for their BOGO deal and filled my basket. I only had to pay for four of them because the other four was free! Plus slap on my entire purchase discount and I avoided paying a whopping $200! I spend like around $75.00. Such a difference!

Next, I needed something to hang all the floral mats to the wall and couldn't think of anything better than the Command hooks. They don't ruin your walls and if we move like I know we will down the road then these babies will come off the wall with ease.

  

Peel and stick!


I used the original monogram that I created as my center and stuck two Command hooks to each side.


What are the hooks going to hook onto? Well on the back of the floral mats there is plastic grid style backing to it. It makes it easy to allow the floral mat to stay onto the hooks and onto the wall.

  

After repeating the same process of peeling the Command hooks, placing it onto the wall and then adding the floral mats then it ended up looking exactly on how I imagined it.





    

What a difference! If this doesn't make you feel like you are laying down in the field of flowers then I don't know what will. I love this wall transformation so much. It makes me feel like it is Spring time all the time. Great simple design that makes a world of an impact to a bedroom. My littlest sister looked like the shock faced emoji when she saw this so with that result I pronounce this a mic drop project. 


I hope you have some time, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment to say how much you enjoyed my post or even say hi, follow me on TwitterFacebookGoogle+PinterestInstagram page or even subscribe. I will do the same! Have a wonderfully creative week!

Monday, March 20, 2017

5 Ways to balance busy Schedules and Healthy Family Meals

5 Ways to balance busy Schedules and Healthy Family Meals | City of Creative Dreams

Today’s parents usually don’t have time to cook. Moms and dads both have the responsibility of making money to support the family and making sure that the family is well taken care of. With so many roles going on, many parents wonder how to balance work and life responsibilities in this day and age. With careful planning, there can be several resolutions that will keep you and your family well fed with healthy meals that won’t take all day to prepare. Parents can take these tips and apply them to their everyday lives and enjoy time with their loved ones over a meal.


Planning - A grocery list is an effective way to make sure that you keep track of the items that are missing in your kitchen. A list on the fridge or even in your smartphone can keep you updated on what to buy during your shopping trip. Another good option is to purchase products online. You can create a shopping cart and update it as items are needed. When all of your items are ordered, you can pick them up or have them delivered. You can also reorder the same items a certain day of the month with a simple click of the button. Check with your local grocery stores for this curbside option!


Keep it simple - At the following website, you can find ideas on how to make your cooking style easier. One suggestion is to choose a balanced meal with a protein, starch, vegetable, fruit and daily snacks and plan the shopping trips around those meals. Making a casserole with a vegetable might be better for time instead of cooking each item individually. Simple snacks like fruit and nuts can keep the family satisfied during the day. Healthy whole grain cereals and oatmeal in the morning can take the place of eggs and bacon to cut back on time.


Share the work - If you have already purchased the groceries for your meal, you can express how important it is for the entire family to come together to help prepare. You can leave the ingredients out before your day begins, and after school, you can assign tasks to each child to cut, drain, or even prepare the food that will be eaten. When everyone is home, you can add the final touches, and sit down together to enjoy. Making a salad, setting the table, washing dishes and even preparing the lunches for the next day will help your family stay close, strong, and healthy. You can even consider outsourcing your dinners completely! Companies offer healthy lean meals delivered right to your door that require no prepping and minimal cleanup. Talk about sharing the work!


Don’t skip breakfast - Increased hunger and fatigue can be caused by a lack of breakfast in the morning. If your kids are too young to prepare meals for themselves, preparing meals before bed can be beneficial. Some parents like to put things like oatmeal in the slow cooker to ensure that their kids have a hot meal before the day begins. Studies have shown that kids who are well fed perform the best in school. Having snacks already prepared and separated when the day begins can cut back on a lot of time in the morning and keep everyone happy.


Other ideas include investing in prepackaged foods that are separated by calorie content. This way, you can fight off hunger while making sure that you don’t indulge too much. Making special time for your meals instead of eating on the run, can help with digestion and prevent overeating. Grab and go snacks or meals that can be put into the microwave are functional and can save time and worry if you buy the right ones that are made with real foods. More ideas can be found here.

Guest post courtesy of Mia Morales.

I hope you have some time, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment to say how much you enjoyed my post or even say hi, follow me on TwitterFacebookGoogle+PinterestInstagram page or even subscribe. I will do the same! Have a wonderfully creative week!

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party #81


The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party | City of Creative Dreams

Welcome to The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party - this is a weekly party where bloggers and readers can be inspired by creative, informational and fun posts from tons of blogs around the web. You will find yummy recipes, awesome creative projects and more. It is also a great way to meet and mingle with bloggers you find here. Best of all, the posts you share at this link party will be shown on different blogs each month! Can you say “Show me the Traffic!”

We are so glad to have everyone (new visitors and returning party goers) joining us this week. This wouldn't be a party without you. Let's dive into this party and see what you have been up too! 

Guess what! This spot right here could be yours. You now have the chance to guest host for the month. No long commitment, share your blog with others and an easy peasy party. Send a email to cityofcreativedreams@hotmail.com if your interested.

Advantages of Frameless Glass Balustrade System

Top Hobbies to Learn this Spring

LIVE LOVE LIFE LATELY



DIY oorbellen earrings - Moois Van M(i)e 

Gunther the Fox - Howling at the Moon

Upcycled Jewelry Hanger - Grandmas House Diy


<a href="http://cityofcreativedreams.blogspot.com/" title="City Of Creative Dreams"><img src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BckoMMBjZyY/VxkSv7D64AI/AAAAAAAALXw/GFFuXvmwU9UGvQ0FIPATwjVhbkpgSCiMgCKgB/s200/BCI%2BLink%2BParty%2BButton%2B-%2BFeatured.jpg" alt="City Of Creative Dreams" style="border:none;" /></a></div>


I hope you have some time, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment to say how much you enjoyed my post or even say hi, follow me on TwitterFacebookGoogle+PinterestInstagram page or even subscribe. I will do the same! Have a wonderfully creative weekend!