Activities Inside for Bad Weather Days

Although the summer season can bring beautiful days, not all are suited for the outdoors.  Rain, wind or days where the thermometer can’t even keep up with the heat index can drive families indoors for the day.  With everyone stuck inside together, the time can run very slowly without activities to keep the kids busy.  Below are a few time fillers to enjoy together.   

 

Cooking as a Treat

 

No matter what your kids ages, cooking is a special treat.  Select a recipe that will reward everyone at the end.  Marshmallow rice treats, cookies or simply a mixture of dried fruits and nuts in a trail mix are wonderful to munch on during and after the cooking time!  Grandma’s favorite recipe can be a great way to continue the baking tradition in your family or go off the beaten trail with “Kitchen Sink Cookies”, allowing kids to use their imaginations.  Any ingredients can be added to a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe to create a one-of-a-kind treat that no one will forget! 

 

Crafts from Pinterest

 

Have you ever taken a cruise through the crafts available on Pinterest?  The posts on this site are a craft-lover’s dream.  Ask your kids to browse through a few boards or take to the computer screen with them and find a craft suited to their ages.  The kitchen table can be converted into a temporary craft headquarters while they create their masterpiece.  Depending on the length of the activity, this can last a couple of hours to an entire day!

 

Indoor Games

 

Charades are a great way to pass time with a small group indoors.  Not only can the laughter be a wonderful distraction, but also there is no set up, cleanup or items to purchase!  Board games can also be a welcome time filler during a bad weather day.  Snacks, blankets and pillows make this activity a super special treat around the kitchen table or in the middle of the living room floor.

 

Movie Time!

 

A movie day can lighten a gloomy day quickly!  Rather than taking everyone out to a theater, homemade popcorn, a sweet treat, PJs and cuddling together can pass the time while bringing everyone closer together.  Movies can even be shown in a theme – black and white movies, musicals or movies from a particular decade are fun to watch as a family.

 

With so many options for a bad weather day, you may find that rainy days can be the most fun! 

Hardwood Spotlight: “Hickory Fall Canyon” Solid Hickory by Bruce

Harwood flooring decisions can be very overwhelming! There is so much to consider. To get started, we recommend learning the difference between species and style. The species is the wood as it naturally occurs, and options include red oak, white oak, maple, cherry, white ash, hickory or pecan . Each species has graining and texture that is uniquely its own. Style options are dictated by the species. Aesthetics (designs and patterns,) performance (maintenance and durability,) and cost are all style considerations that vary according to your wood of choice. Another important style consideration is color. Color simply depends on which part of tree was cut to make your floor’s wood planks. Keep in mind that there are also finish options when making your purchase and this of course influences the final color of the floor. Option one is “unfinished” and it allows for customization when you’re ready to stain and install. Option two is “prefinished” and it is much easier to work with when designing an interior. There are style differences that are dictated by cutting. The appearance of the graining is a result of the way it is cut.   If it’s “rotary cut,” the graining pattern is visually larger and bolder. If it’s “sliced cut,” the pattern is more uniform. 

Featured here is the “Hickory Fall Canyon” finish from the Legacy Manor collection by Bruce. This is an excellent choice if you want the warmth and solidarity offered by solid wood flooring, but you don’t want the floor to distract from the rest of the room. The variations in the wood grain are discernible, yet not too obvious. This is an excellent finish in room where you want the organic quality of hickory to compliment a clean, modern design. The seamless continuity of the planks works well as a backdrop on which to showcase superb furnishings. It can also add drama to the room, without seeming overdone. View it in a room with white contemporary furniture

Bruce hardwood floors offer premium hardwood in the largest selection of colors, styles, and finishes. All with a stellar quality assurance. Their hickory flooring options are ideally suited to a design motif that relies on the variations and quirks that are the memorable aspect of large grain wood cuts. Solid hickory is especially beautiful in homes that are inspired by the outdoors and/or located in areas that have a somewhat rustic aesthetic. However, if incorporated wisely, American Originals solid hickory floors can be a lovely complement to most any décor. The style can be coordinated with furniture and cabinetry, or it can provided stark contrast to any differing wood species and finishes in the room.

Do you have a modern space with hickory floors like “Hickory Fall Canyon?” Post a photo, we would love to see it! Learn more about it on our online catalog

Teen Parenting Survival Guide — A Guide To Removing Stains Part 2

No matter which of the makeup stain removal techniques you decide to use after reading our guide, you will need to be well versed in these 12 important pointers. They potentially apply to any of the specific techniques, including hairspray, lipstick, mascara and nail polish.

 

The 12 Commandments of Makeup Stain Removal


  1. Always read the cleaning and care label first! Ensure that the item is indeed washable. If not, take it to the dry cleaners as directed.
  2. Oils come out with degreasers.
  3. Waxes are removed with solvents.
  4. Pigments may require oxidizers and detergents to complete cleaning after degreaser and solvents have done their job.
  5. Rubbing should generally be avoided. It’s too vigorous and may actually set the stain.
  6. Blotting and dabbing are your fearless friends in stain removal.
  7. Exercise patience during the blotting, dabbing and cleaning process. Haste will very likely cause permanent damage.
  8. Whenever possible, test an inconspicuous area before applying the treatment to the entire stain. You can try it first on just the fabric to see how it reacts. Then try it on an area of the stain that is undetectable. Finally, put it to work on the visible affected area.
  9. If normal care instructions for the item include drying in a clothes dryer, do not place it in the dryer until it is completely clean. Typically the heat of a dryer will permanently set stains.
  10. Diligently check pockets for beauty products before washing a teenager’s clothing. Nothing destroys a whole load of laundry quite like a tube of lipstick.
  11. It is usually best to work the stains from the outside in so as not to spread them further.
  12. When instructed to perform the blotting or swiping process on a clean towel, flip the stain downward so that it can transfer to the towel. Also move it around to a clean part of the towel frequently. You may also need to flip it over repeatedly so that the stain can be transferred from both sides.

 

Now read Part 3: How to remove hairspray from your walls. Don’t forget to leave a comment here telling us the steadfast rules you follow to ensure makeup doesn’t destroy things in your home!


Teen Parenting Survival Guide — A Guide To Removing Stains Part 1

Ah, yes, the time has arrived for you to tackle the epic job of raising a teenager. There will be triumphs and disasters – some big, some inconsequential. Perhaps the best way to handle it is to remember your own parent’s advice, “Choose your battles.” If you engage in every altercation, the arguments will be endless. Save the serious talks for the things that really matter. In the meantime just clean up the messes as you go. 

One of the frustrations of raising a teenage girl is the mess that results from their new-found love for beauty products. Melted crayons and impromptu wall paintings are a thing of the past and are now replaced by pools of nail polish and streaks of eye makeup. Oh joy!

In this 6 part guide you will find advice on how to remove these pesky and stubborn stains from clothes and linens in your home. You can read the whole guide, or simply click on the topic you’re most interested in. In “Part 2” we will cover the 12 commandments of makeup stain removal. You should read this, and then reread it before using any of the separate techniques recommended for stain removal. The 12 Commandments are guidelines that may apply to any of the specific stains. In parts 3, 4, 5, and 6 we will cover: hairspray, lipstick, mascara, and nail polish.

These remedies might not solve all the riddles of parenting, but at least you’ll have one less argument. Better yet, teach your teen these techniques and ask her to clean up after herself!

Read Next:  Part 2 The 12 Commandments of Makeup Stain Removal 

Ideas for Decorating on the Fourth of July

The middle of the summer contains a special holiday for families and friends to gather and celebrate the birth of our nation.  It’s a wonderful time for family and food, drinks and friends.  Are you planning a gathering this year?  From a poolside barbeque to a intimate gathering at home, handmade decorations are sure to make the day a bit better!

 

Pretty Flower Pots

Flowerpots often adorn our tables, countertops and locations through our homes.  Why not use these as a platform to add to the holiday atmosphere?  Select any size of terracotta pots (these offer a neutral canvas for your artwork) and ensure that the surfaces are all clean and dry. Use a high-gloss latex paint, and decorate using red, white and blue.  Try stars, stripes and combinations of these. Once you have allowed these to dry completely, plant with festive flowers or herbs.  Smaller pots are a great party favor to send home with your guests.

 

Chalk Stars on Your Walk

Using stiff materials such as poster board or cardboard, cut various sizes of star shapes.  Both the shape and the material that it was cut from can be used for this activity.  Make sure to get your kids involved by handing them the stencils and holiday colors of chalk.  This is a great way to get kids involved and busy during the celebration as well.

 

Banners

String a piece of wire or twine outside or in your entryway.  Cut out large triangles of red, white and blue poster board and ask your kids to decorate these triangles with glitter, paint and stickers. Cut large letters spelling a message such as “Happy 4th of July”. These can be taped or glued to the wire or twine.

 

Mason Jar holders

Starting with any size of Mason jar, coat the outside surface with a clear glue-sealer product.  Roll the jar in red, white or blue glitter. These jars can then be used for cutlery, napkins or sparklers around the table at your gathering!

 

No matter how you choose to decorate for you Fourth of July get-together, have a great time with your guests.  Happy Fourth of July from Pierce Flooring & Design!

Party Playlist – Music About the Sweet Land of Liberty

Independence Day is fast approaching and that means planning for parties, preparing menus and decorating your home. Some of our sweetest memories are of sun kissed holidays spent outdoors, followed by warm nights looking up at fireworks as they sparkle through the evening air. The beauty of this collective memory is that it could have occurred anywhere in the country and the effect would have been the same. Perhaps you helped your dad with the grill in Chicago, or you sat on your mom’s lap watching the flag wave in the Arizona sky. Wistful memories of time spent with friends and family are often our best inspiration for throwing the most spectacular shin digs we can imagine. Of course, no party is complete without the perfect playlist. Impress your guests with this musical road trip across the country. It’s sure to be a hit, and serve as a reminder down the road. Next time your guests hear one of these songs they just might recall the sparklers and spritzers that were party of your party in 2014.

  • New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
  • Los Angeles – Anya Martin
  • Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
  • Sweet Home Chicago – Eric Clapton
  • East St. Louis Toodle-Oo – Steely Dan
  • Arizona – Mark Lindsay
  • Wild Montana Skies – John Denver
  • Sunny In Seattle – Blake Shelton
  • City of New Orleans – Willie Nelson
  • Miami – Will Smith
  • Born In The U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen
  • Hotel California – The Eagles
  • Ohio – The Black Keys
  • Rocky Mountain Way – Godsmack
  • Florida Moon – Gene Mitchell
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley
  • Albuquerque – Sons Of The Desert
  • Texas Women – Hank Williams Jr.
  • Save Me, San Francisco – Train

Start working on an impressive party playlist using these suggestions, and you’re sure to think of more of your favorite songs about American cities. Tell us, what’s your #1 favorite song about a city in the good old U.S. of A.?  

Unique wedding gift ideas

The summer wedding season is here which means there will plenty of gift-giving events leading up to the big day like the bridal shower, engagement parties and celebratory dinners. While most couples register for gifts at various home goods stores, there are always a few necessities for a newly combined home if you want to go off the couple’s registry. Here are a few special gifts for the newlyweds and their new life together.

 

Gift card for a home cleaning service

Planning and having a wedding is overwhelming. If a couple has not moved in together prior to the wedding, a move (or two!) may just add frenzy to the already busy year. Try gifting a few home cleaning sessions to the newlyweds. They will more than appreciate this thoughtful and practical gift as they begin their life together in their new home.

 

Gift card to a home improvement store

If the couple is renovating or moving into a home together, they likely will have plenty of home improvement or gardening projects to tackle in the first few months. Gift some money to a local home improvement store to help them on their way to a beautiful house.

 

Brunch-at-home basket

After all the wedding glitz settles, the happy couple will likely want some peace and quiet at home. Gift a fun brunch basket that the couple can use once they are settled in to their living space. Include a waffle maker and a box of waffle mix. Add some champagne flutes and a bottle of bubbly for mimosas. Try a mini muffin tin with a gourmet package of blueberry muffin mix. Look for any unique add-ons that will suit the couple–perhaps a fun spatula or silly mugs for the newlyweds.

 

Cooking classes

If the couple is into entertaining at home, try gifting a class or two to a local cooking school. The couple will love a night out together to learn new cooking techniques they can use in their new home together.

5 Interior Design Ideas to Redecorate Your Home

Redecorating the home with a fresh interior design idea is one thing that most home owners like to do. A fresh redecoration of your home may be just what you need.  

Creating a new look in your home doesn’t need to be prohibitively expensive.  

Here are a few decorating ideas for the sanctuary you call home:

1. Clear Your Entry Space

First start with what you already have.  The entrance to your home sets the tone for guests, visitors and even yourself.  When first entering the home, a cluttered entryway tells others to expect more of the same through your home.  . A clear entry into the home creates a peaceful ambiance for others while allowing you to rest easy as you return home.  Remember, clutter breeds clutter.  Keeping the entryway clear will help keep the rest of the home clean as well.

2. Create a focus 

Every masterpiece has a focus.  In your home, a painting, fireplace or flat screen TV may be an easy answer to the question of a point of focus.  Seating should be arranged around this point in order to encourage focus and is a great way to relax the eyes.

3. Small Spaces Love Mirrors

A small space needs help.  Give the space a makeover simply by tricking the eye to communicate a larger area to your brain!  Mirrors are the perfect tool for this.  They give a feel of a larger room, also boosting the lighting levels.

4. Area Rugs are Helpful

A rug can transform a room in an instant.  This is a natural way to create a feel of a smaller space within a room too large for intimate gatherings.  A rug can anchor the eyes, furniture and groups that gather, allowing a redesign for the cost of the rug.   

5. Paint can transform

Don’t underestimate the power of paint.  This will cover dingy walls, or brighten or darken a room. Paint can match other items in the room, complement them or contrast them.  Each

Redecorating does not need to be expensive.  With just the cost of imagination and creativity, your home can be transformed.

Hardwood Spotlight: “Country Natural” Solid Hickory by Bruce

The basis of all hardwood flooring decisions is the species of tree. Species and style are sometimes confused, so it is important to understand the difference. The species is the wood as it naturally occurs, and options include red oak, white oak, maple, cherry, white ash, hickory or pecan . Each species has graining and texture that is uniquely its own. The appearance of the graining is a result of the way it was cut.   If it’s “rotary cut,” the graining pattern is visually larger and bolder. If it’s “sliced cut” the pattern is more uniform.  Style options are dictated by the species. Aesthetics (designs and patterns,) performance (maintenance and durability,) and cost are all style considerations that vary according to your wood of choice. Another important style consideration is color. Color simply depends on which part of tree was cut to make your floor’s wood planks. Keep in mind that there are also to finish options when making your purchase and this of course influences the final color of the floor. Option one is “unfinished” and it allows for customization when you’re ready to stain and install. Option two is “prefinished” and it is much easier to work with when designing an interior. 

Featured here is “Country Natural” finish from the American Treasures collection by Bruce. It is a high contrast style that provides a lovely way to highlight the blonder sections of wood, in turn making the knots and variations easy to see and appreciate. “Country Natural” is also an excellent choice for fans of distinct plank patterns that clearly feature the individual rectangular shapes that comprise the design of the floor as a whole. View in our Virtual Room Designer.

Bruce hardwood floors offers premium hardwood in the largest selection of colors, styles, and finishes, all with a stellar quality assurance. Featured here is the American Treasures collection in Hickory Country Natural. This solid hickory flooring is available in 3”, 4”, and 5” plank widths. It ideally suited to a design motif that relies on the variations and quirks that are the memorable aspect of large grain wood cuts. Solid hickory is especially beautiful in homes that are inspired by the outdoors and/or located in areas that have a somewhat rustic aesthetic. However, if incorporated wisely, American Treasures solid hickory floors can be a lovely complement to most any décor. The style can be coordinated with furniture and cabinetry, or it can provided stark contrast to any differing wood species and finishes in the room. View it here in our catalog.