Vegan Pho Recipe

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Here is our first recipe share! A Delish VEGAN PHO RECIPE that will have you coming back for more!

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We’ve been Vegan for a while now and I gotta tell you it’s great! Lupus is a horrible thing and the only thing that controls it is diet… so is not like we planned on being vegan, our bodies kind of just asked and led us to this. We also don’t support animal cruelty and strongly subscribe to the idea that animals aren’t really here for us but with us. Veganism was the perfect fit for us. Anyway, one thing is for sure and that is that we love to cook!!

This vegan pho recipe will have you pouring more and more!


Makes about 6 decent size servings



Vegan Pho Recipe Ingredients:


🍜 10 oz rice noodles (1 packet of rice noodles)
🍜 1 tablespoon whole black crushed pepper
🍜 1 tablespoon coriander
🍜 4 pods whole star anise (sprouts has them to buy per ounce, no need to buy a whole container)Anise is what gives PHO its distinctive scent and flavor. 💪

🍜 1 piece fresh ginger, about 2 inch piece thinly sliced
🍜 1 bunch green onion (white part sliced and green part sliced too. White is for cooking, green is as garnish later)
🍜 about 8 cups water
🍜 3-4 tbsp vegan bouillon (I use the Not-Beef Cubes brand)
🍜 2 tbsp soy sauce (for during cooking and after as garnish to taste)
🍜 Firm Tofu – fried on all sides with pepper, salt and coconut oil.

FOR SERVING, garnish to taste
🍜 Limes cut in wedges
🍜 1 jalapeño thinly sliced with seeds in
🍜 1 bunch fresh basil torn/ chopped
🍜 1 bunch green onion or cilantro
🍜 Siracha hot sauce
🍜 Fresh Bean Sprouts

🍜 1. Fill a large bowl with warm water or heat up and then let sit. Place rice noodles and soak for about 15 minutes.

🍜 2. Meanwhile, heat a large deep pot over medium-high heat. Toast the black pepper, coriander, and star anise pods for 3 minutes, until fragrant I use a bit coconut oil to mix.

🍜 3. Also heat up another pan to fry the tofu. You will need to drain the tofu first. Cut into strips (not cubes) to fry first. Cut to cubes at the end when you’re mixing it all in the step 2 pot.

🍜 4. While the condiments are toasting, peel the ginger and cut into pieces. Trim the ends off the green onions, then chop 5 inches off the bases and save the remaining green tops for later.

🍜 5. Add the ginger and green onion bases to the pot then add the water and vegan bouillon. Increase the heat to high, cover, and bring to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat.

🍜 6. While the broth heats up, thinly slice the green onion tops. Cut the lime into wedges. Thinly slice the jalapeño.

🍜 7. After about 15 minutes of soaking, drain the rice noodles, let cool for a bit then return to the step 2 pot. You should have all the condiments with water and bouillon simmering ready to add the rice noodles and the fried tofu.

🍜 8. Add the tofu squares into the pot along with the rice noodles and then also about 2 table spoons of soy sauce (this is to taste, check the broth to see if it needs more soy sauce or anise) If you add more anise, let it simmer for a few more minutes on medium heat.
🍜 9. Serve onto bowls and add your garnish.

Try it and share your pics with me here if you like it! I had 2 bowls of that last night!! YUM

We shared this through facebook a while back and it got a lot of attention from fellow vegans and definitely non-vegans alike! If you are a PHO ENTHUSIAST we truly recommend you trying this vegan pho recipe!

I think this is the kind of recipe that you’d want to try for sure! It really is super easy and even if you spent all day cleaning your home, you would still have time to make this delicious bowl for your family dinner!

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A woman found a DEAD (baby?) tortoise in her vagina!

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Ok, so this blog post has NOTHING to do with home or family, but I thought it was just random that it’s most definitely worth sharing! So… Let’s just jump right in.

A woman who was vacationing in Spain found a dead (!!?) tortoise (?!) in her vagina (I Know!!!), the unnamed woman is now actually trying to convince the local police that she has no idea where the turtle came from (WTFkasdfapuhfahuh!?!),  The Sun reports.

The possibly, turtle loving robber, British woman, who lives on the island of Tenerife in Spain, went to the El Mojon hospital recently complaining of severe pain in her genitals.  According to the local newspaper El Día, upon examining her, doctors discovered a dead tortoise in her vagina, which had resulted in a serious infection.

The doctors called the police “over concern about how the animal had ended up in her private parts” and to determine whether she had been the victim of sexual assault. The woman said she did not want to pursue the matter…. HMMMM??! Well, I’m the woman, with no choice but to go to the hospital, I’m going to probably made up a story of how I ‘don’t know’ how a turtle ended up there. But in reality, how can you not know?!? LOL So what do you think?

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Think she was a victim of possible sexual assault?

Maybe she was having such great nap that didn’t notice a crawly cozing up? or maybe, just maybe – she visited the zoo and loved the little baby animal so much she actually tried to steal one by putting in the only accessible place (if you’re that kind of person!) she had available! LOL


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How Often You Should Clean the Most Commonly Neglected Parts of Your Home


You probably do the basic stuff when you clean your home, like wiping down counters and washing sheets, but some things undoubtedly get forgotten. This visual guide can help you establish a regular cleaning schedule for the stuff that tends to fall by the wayside.

The guide, from housewares provider Moshells, shows you the parts of a home that often go neglected, and how often you should actually give them some attention. For example, garbage disposals should be cleaned out once a week, bath mats should be washed every two weeks, indoor trash cans need to be rinsed every couple months, window screens should be tidied up once a year, pet bowls are best washed daily, and even children’s toys could use a wipe down or wash once a month. The guide also tells you the best way to go about caring for each area. You can check out the full graphic below.

When To Clean Parts of Your Home | Honest Maids


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You would be surprised and motivated to read our thoughts about how to run a small business, specially if you are in a family business. When I started, I had already years hearing that entrepreneurship is great and is a noble cause. But the cold hard truth is that it’s hard, you get into a position where you must make sacrifice for you, your family, and your business. If you make a mistake, clients and the general public don’t really often care and want to crucify you for not calling them back right away, for not giving them as much of a discount as they want only because they want it.  There are many things I have learned and many things I can share with you. We mention things like how to delegate, what to expect, when to ask for advice, how your kid’s Godparents tie into your world of business. Read more about the 10 things we’ve learned about entrepreneurship on my husband’s blog post on Medium.

Dirty laundry in the bedroom attracts bed bugs



Bad news: Bed bugs like the smell of your dirty laundry

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Bed bugs are more likely to be attracted to dirty clothes than clean clothes

If you’ve been putting off doing a load of laundry, it could be an idea to stick it on now. We’ve all heard the expression “sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite”, but there could be a way of stopping this from happening. Far from being a fictional creature, bedbugs are small blood-sucking insects that live in cracks and crevices in and around beds. They crawl out at night and bite exposed skin but it seems that dirty laundry could be a major cause of the problem. Although they end up in beds, to feed on blood, new research has suggested that the problem could start in your laundry basket.


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An experiment, led by the University of Arizona, found that leaving worn clothes exposed in sleeping areas when traveling may facilitate the dispersal of bed bugs. The insects commonly find their way into clothes and luggage but are twice as likely to aggregate on bags containing soiled clothes compared to those containing clean clothes. Four tote bags of dirty clothes were placed – two containing soiled clothes, two with clean clothes – in the presence of bed bugs. Both the rooms were temperature controlled but only one room received an increase in carbon dioxide concentration to stimulate the effect of a human breathing. The study concluded that, in the absence of humans, bed bugs were twice as likely to head for bags containing soiled clothes.

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Using a sealed bag

This suggests human odor on dirty clothes acts as an elicitor of host-seeking behavior in bed bugs. So, dirty laundry left in an open suitcase or left on the floor of an infested room may attract bed bugs. Scientists have recommended that keeping laundry in a sealed bag, particularly when staying in a hotel, could reduce the chances of people taking bed bugs home with them. Dr. Hentley from the University of Arizona said: “Bed bugs are a huge problem for hotel and homeowners, particularly in some of the world’s biggest and busiest cities. “Once a room is infested with bed bugs, they can be very difficult to get rid of, which can result in people having to dispose of clothes and furniture that can be really costly.”
One of the most common questions we get is, “I’ve got bug bites, does that mean I have bed bugs?” This can be especially concerning if you notice bites on your children and aren’t sure where they came from.


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Here is what you need to know about bedbug bites.

Most bedbugs feed exclusively on human blood to grow and survive. Phoenix bed bugs do not feed every day, so depending on how many bedbugs are living in your home, you may not have new bites consistently.

While bed bugs are most active at night, they are not exclusively nocturnal. What attracts them is the warmth, moisture and carbon dioxide released from warm-blooded animals, according to Purdue University. If you or your family are being bit by these bed bugs, you’ll most likely find the bites on exposed areas of the body like your face, neck, arms and hands.The problem is, bedbug bites can look very similar to other bug bites you might find in or around your home, like fleas or mosquitos. People also react differently to bedbug bites, so they don’t always look the same.

Luckily, while bed bug bites may cause allergic reactions in some people that do need to be treated, they are not known to carry other diseases. You do want to avoid scratching any bug bites though because scratching your skin can increase your chances of getting an infection.
Simply having bug bites is not a guarantee that you have bed bugs.
If you notice bites on you or your family and are concerned you may have bedbugs, first do a thorough check of all of your bedding and mattresses, looking not only for live bugs but also looking for tiny black dots that may look like dirt in the seams of your mattresses, pillows, and linens.




If you’re still not sure if bed bugs are biting you, give Eco-Tech a call! We are happy to answer any questions you have, and will provide a free in-home assessment.

This is Heather, she was traveling from a vacation with her family when she got bit by bed bugs on the plane ride, and because she had to make her way home, she unknowingly carried the bed bugs into her house which ended up also biting her child.


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Thanksgiving Dinner Clean Up Tips


Easy Ways To Keep Your House Clean During Holiday Dinners

Diana Valle, founder of Honest Maids here with some helpful tips to make your Thanksgiving cleanup easier.  

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Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most special meals of the year. But it often creates one of the biggest messes of the year too.

Thanksgiving dinner clean up tips, but for other cool tips check out my other blog post on 10 Tips for Stress-Free Thanksgiving Hosting

Tip #1 Get Organized

This means setting up multiple bags on your trash container(s) so that you quickly and easily pull out full bags leaving an empty one ready. Run your dishwasher ahead of time and find all the lids to your tupperware or other food containers so that you can quickly put leftovers away.

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Tip #2 User Paper Towels

Use paper towels when dealing with the turkey this Thanksgiving! The biggest mistake I see people do during thanksgiving dinner most people do that I think is also the easiest to prevent is having dirty rags with raw turkey meat on them that you have to wash and meanwhile keep separate from everything else! if you use paper towels you are saving yourself a wash load as well as making your cooking prep a breeze! Clean the inside with a paper towel too! 

Tip #3 Clean Up As You Go

This is pretty much self-explanatory! The Biggest tip I have for you here is to fill the roaster with water and soap! Even before you serve anything. As soon as the turkey is done, get your roaster and let it soak so that it’s easy to wash. If you use an aluminum, you could skip this completely.

Tip #4 Get The Kids To Clear The Table

Having the kids help cleaning has many advantages but during the holiday season they seem to have a lot of energy so hire their help, keep them busy and have them put all the dirty utensils in a large bowl with water and soap. Even if you don’t get to do dishes right after dinner you can easily wash them in the morning.

Tip #5 Host Dinner BYOD style!

Let everyone bring a dish and have it take it home with leftovers and all so that you aren’t left behind scraping food off containers and dishes. Everyone splits the work back at home.



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Avondale Glendale Peoria Homeowner Tip: How To Prevent and Get Rid of Bed Bugs!

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Sometimes with children, it can be near impossible preventing certain things such as bed bugs. Then, of course, we don’t help ourselves when we go thrift shopping or looking for antiques and let me tell you, even the best antique auction houses have been known to sell bed bugs along with their items.

Really Good Measures To Prevent and Get Rid of Bed Bugs!

#1 – Good Consistent Vacuuming

Thorough vacuuming can help prevent bed bugs. Carefully vacuum all your rugs, floors, upholstered furniture, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs, and all cracks and crevices around the room. If your vacuum uses a bag, change the bag after each use so the bed bugs don’t spread or escape if you happen to catch any.

#2 – Store away your clothes in vacuum sealed bags

Seasonal clothing or decorations should be sealed away and properly put away. Although we tend to simply want to put these items away for the year, it’s important we plan things out and consider that your clothing items will sit there attracting bed bugs and other pests all year long. 

#3 – Don’t overlook your pets

If you have pets its extremely important that you regularly clean, wash and vacuum their favorite spots around the house. Cats especially since they tend to roam around the community during the day if they are indoor/outdoor pets. 

#4 – Don’t Do It Alone

This is especially important if you think you already have bed bugs in or around your house! Contact a local pest control company to help you get rid of them and show the best possible next steps. 

Eco-Tech in Peoria, is our preferred company not just because of their customer service but because they use specialized equipment that kills this pest with really high heat which means you’re not left breathing nasty poisons lingering around your house. 

#5 – Don’t Use Unclean / Unsourced Coverings

They sure are handy! When we move we rent them from places like U-Haul to cover our furniture but sometimes they get pricey, and if you need many of them you may want to look for extra protectors through Craigslist or from friends and family but I truly recommend that you don’t. If you do, please make sure that they are cleaned and good to use.

#4 – Use ClimbUp Monitors!  

ClimpUp Monitors are pretty handy because you can place these under almost any bed stand and easily spot any activity. They are really inexpensive and super useful, Amazon has these for sale for about $15 per set. Get them here.

If you suspect of any bed bug activity, please please don’t fight them it alone! Call a professional and get rid of them for sure. Give Eco-Tech a try, I’ve had the pleasure to work with them in the past and really do recommend them.  If you do happen to need them, they often offer 15-20% OFF if you let them know you are a referral. 

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The Crazy-Looking Yoga Slippers People Can’t Stop Asking About

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It happens like clockwork: Yoga class ends, and a curious yogi walks toward me, points at my feet, and asks, “What are those?”

The items in question are the Nike Studio Wrap, a product that Nike calls a “women’s training shoe,” but that’s more accurately described as a “not-a-sock, not-a-shoe, slipper thing that everybody will ask you about.”


I don’t mind the nonstop questions and inquisitive stares. After all, the wraps have been an absolute game-changer for me, so why not spread the love?

I first discovered the wraps back in 2014, when they first came out. I’d been practicing yoga for a few months, and while I was enjoying the classes, I was really struggling with certain poses.

Take, for example, warrior I. I couldn’t figure out how to fully square my hips toward the front of the mat. I wrote it off as my body just not being able to stretch that way, but as it turned out, I wasn’t pushing through the outer edge of my back foot enough. And that was happening because my sweaty feet simply weren’t gripping the mat.

Now, some people are magical yogi unicorns who don’t sweat during a typical vinyasa flow. They can sun salute from dawn to dusk and never have to worry about their mat turning into a Slip ‘N Slide. I, however, am not one of those people, so I needed to call in some backup.

Why not just wear socks? Well, I tried that. It wasn’t much of an improvement. Regular socks didn’t offer the extra grip I needed. Sticky socks (like the ones used for barre class or children’s jungle gyms) were a slightly better option, but something about wearing socks during my practice didn’t feel quite right.

After watching a video about the wraps’ origin story and product development, I was sold. They were exactly what I’d been looking for, and I was eager to put them to the test.

That was three years ago. I haven’t looked back since.

I no longer struggle to root myself to the floor during a pose, and my feet no longer slip all over the place. The wraps provide much-needed traction and functionality while still looking cute and stylish. They fit comfortably yet snug, so I never have to adjust them during class. It’s like having a second layer of skin that grips the mat with ease, making each pose fluid and each transition seamless.

Perhaps what I love most about the wraps is that they’re part of what I call my “yogi tool kit,” which gets me in the right headspace for my practice. You have to “be in the present,” as they say, but of course, between daily stresses and to-do lists, that’s easier said than done. Having my designated tools—my mat, blanket, and wraps—ready to go helps clear my head, whether it’s for a 10-minute session at home or a 75-minute flow at a studio.

So now, when someone inevitably asks about what’s on my feet, I just respond with my well-practiced spiel: They’re the Nike Studio Wrap 4. Here’s why they’re cool (see above), how much they cost (at $55, not exactly cheap, but definitely worth it), and where to get them at Nike stores or online.

Thank you for reading!

If the Nike ones are a bit too pricey for something you may not be too sure you want to commit using to, you can definitely use these by  ToeSox Women’s Bella Half Toe Grip Non-Slip for Ballet, Yoga, Pilates, Barre Toe Socks

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Yoga Exercises You Should Be Doing

Yoga is known to decrease stress and increase body awareness and flexibility. But despite its seeming superpowers, it falls a little short in one area: dynamic, pulling movements.

“All of yoga involves pushing,” says Trina Altman, certified yoga teacher and creator of Yoga Deconstructed. “There’s no pulling. It’s bodyweight training, so you’re missing out on external resistance from a weight or a stretchy band.”

With that in mind, Altman created a series of unique exercises using a yoga blanket and two blocks to incorporate pulling and strength-based movements into her yoga classes. “Most yoga poses involve being in an end range of motion, and that’s where we’re very weak,” she explains. “By doing blanket exercises, you have to strengthen in your end ranges of motion, so it’s going to help you with your yoga poses.”

Altman shared 10 of her favorite blanket exercises to help you balance out your regular yoga practice, build strength, and reduce your risk of injury.

1. Blanket Slide

Do this exercise to target the pulling muscles along your back and help balance your shoulders from all the pushing done in traditional yoga poses.

Lie on the blanket on your stomach with arms extended in front of you, hands on floor, and gaze toward floor. Draw shoulders down back as you press into hands and bend elbows to pull body across the floor. As hands near hips, lift shoulders and legs to come into a slight backbend. Reach hands back out in front of you to continue pulling yourself straight across floor.

2. Sliding Side Split

Your inner thighs are often stretched in yoga classes. Use this exercise to strengthen them as well.

Stand tall on a blanket with feet slightly wider than hip width and hands on hips for balance. Engage core, then push into feet and use inner thighs to pull your legs together. Reverse the motion and push legs back out. Continue to repeat.

3. Block Tap

This move targets the “turnout” muscles in your hips to help you prepare for standing balance poses.

Lie on back with a yoga block between heels and legs turned out. Bend knees to bring legs into a tabletop position. Slowly lower heels toward the floor, keeping core engaged (no arching your back off the floor), and balancing block between heels. Lift legs back up and repeat.

4. Sliding Forearm Plank

This variation of a forearm plank builds core and shoulder strength to prep your shoulders for the transition between downward-facing dog and plank and when lowering during chaturanga.

Kneel with a blanket under knees and forearms resting on two yoga blocks. Slide knees out into a kneeling forearm plank. Pause for two counts and then pull knees back in. When you slide out, focus on keeping neck long and abdominals lifted.

5. Heel Push and Pull

Try this footwork move to strengthen your hamstrings, which will help balance out all the backs-of-the-legs stretching done in yoga.

Lie on your back with both legs straight, a blanket under your heels and block between your ankles. Keeping hips still, push into heels and drag the blanket toward your butt. (You can also do this exercise with your legs turned in and turned out as variations.) Push legs back to starting position and repeat.

6. Hamstring Slide With Internal Rotation

For an additional hamstring challenge, use this move to target the backs of your legs and create strength and balance in the lower body.

Lie faceup with your head and torso resting on the blanket. Place a yoga block between your knees to activate inner thighs and place feet wider than hip width on the floor for internal rotation. Extend arms straight up. Push into heels to drag your torso toward feet then push back to starting position. (You can also do this exercise with your legs in parallel or turned out for additional variations.)

7. Yogi Leg Lift

Many yoga poses focus on stretching the hip flexors. Try these leg lifts to strengthen your hip flexors and keep hips balanced.

Sit tall with legs extended out in front of you and arms by sides with fingertips resting on the floor for support. Without leaning back or rolling your pelvis under, lift right leg off floor. Lower it slowly with control. Repeat on other side. (If you have tight hamstrings or difficulty sitting up straight, you can sit on top of a folded blanket or a yoga block.)

8. Floor Eraser

Strengthen your chest and prepare for arm balances and handstands with this move.

Come into a modified plank position on knees with hands on the blanket, shoulder-width apart. Engage chest muscles to slowly draw hands together, using the blanket to slide across floor. Make sure neck stays long and shoulders and lower back don’t collapse. Slowly push hands back out to starting position and repeat.

9. Sliding Side-Over

Use side-overs to strengthen your spine and obliques for side bending, a movement that isn’t usually trained in yoga.

Lie on back with entire body on the blanket, legs extended straight out. Hold onto your right wrist with left hand. Use obliques to pull right wrist toward left foot, so you come into a banana shape. Return to starting position for one rep. Then repeat on left side.

10. Swimming Cobra

Try this cobra-with-a-twist to strengthen the pulling muscles in your shoulders that aren’t easily targeted with traditional yoga poses.

Lie facedown with arms extended out straight and the blanket gathered between hands. Legs are extended long with abs and glutes engaged. Making a circular breaststroke motion with hands, pull the blanket toward you as you bend your elbows and lift your chest into extension. Push arms forward and lower chest with a relaxed neck to complete the movement. Only lift chest as high as you can without pinching in your lower back—like cobra pose.


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Kids Bedrooms should reflect their interests

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Parents, do you want your kids’ bedrooms to be relaxing oases where they can decompress and escape the academic and social pressures of school? Don’t assume that means muted colors and quiet sanctuary.

Instead, designers say, let the room reflect your child’s personality, even if that involves some more vibrant colors and patterns.

“Many parents find that hot pink walls are better than hot pink hair, right? And it’s only a bucket of paint. Such a space allows kids to be themselves, and that is a calming thing in today’s world,” said interior designer Kelee Katillac, who enjoys designing children’s rooms and runs a studio in Kansas City, Mo.

She and other designers recommend working with kids to create an organized, multifunctional and comfortable bedroom with an interesting color palette.


A first step to creating a great space for kids is defining what purposes the room must serve, Katillac said. Most kids do more than sleep in their rooms. They play, do homework and entertain friends there. Delineate a place for each of the room’s main functions, she said.

If your children intend to study in their room, supply a desk, chair, and of course good lighting. Create a reading nook for the bookworm. For the kid who likes to have friends over, provide a seating area — even if it’s just cushions and a rug — and have mood lighting or even decorative string lighting.

Defining separate areas helps kids relax because it creates a sense of structure, Katillac said.

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Sometimes subtle colors are best, slight variations in the shades will add layers to any room without over compromising on any one strong color. Keeping things versatile and affordable as they grow. In our house, we use this approach to even the things we decorate with or use for their development such as the hanging height ruler.

Wall color can impact your mood, said Sue Wadden of Sherwin-Williams in Cleveland. She recommends avoiding primary colors in favor of more natural or neutral tones like greens, browns, light grays or soft blues.

“It’s easier on the eye,” she said. “It’s easier on the brain.”

To promote easy clean relaxation, consider using softer or less saturated versions of the bright colors typically used in kids’ rooms, she added. If you’re concerned that your child’s color choices could get too bold, pick several colors you could live with and let them select from those, Wadden suggested.

You can also use other elements to add the pops of color that kids crave. Consider painting a colorful accent wall, or adding a vibrant rug or patterned comforter.

“Bring in brighter tones with secondary pieces,” Wadden said.

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Let your child help choose the room’s theme, said Janet Paik, an editor with the interior decorating website Houzz. “If you want it to feel like their personal sanctuary, it needs to be their own space chosen by them,” she said.

It can be easy and inexpensive to incorporate a favorite hobby, sports team or activity into the room. Decals, bedding, artwork, and accessories can highlight a child’s interests, and are easy to change out as they get older, said Melisa White of Melisa White Interiors in New York.

Writable surfaces such as chalkboard paint or large marker boards also let kids customize their room.

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Provide bins, shelving, and storage that children can reach to take out and put away their things, White said. Everyone enjoys a tidy clean room if not their entire home to be neat and clean: “Clutter can cause stress and anxiety, although children may not understand that or recognize it,” she said.

An organized clean room will help children relax, agreed Heather Turgeon, co-author of “The Happy Sleeper: The Science-Backed Guide to Helping Your Baby Get a Good Night’s Sleep — Newborn to School Age” (TarcherPerigee, 2014).

“A lot of clutter and toys can keep kids’ minds activated, the same way having an office desk in your clean room or a pile of stressful papers beside your bed might do for you,” said Turgeon, a psychotherapist.

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Consider including a shelf or bulletin board where kids can display items important to them, she said. When Katillac was working with a teenager who collects shoes, she put in shelving where he could set out some of his favorite pairs. That not only kept things orderly; it created a meaningful vignette in the room.

“Kids are very vocal about the things they like,” Katillac said. “Look at their interests and see if you can turn it into a piece of artwork.”

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Ideally, the room should be media-free at bedtime, Turgeon said.

One of the biggest differences in our house actually is not that hard to replicate – We have created a communal charging station where the entire family charges our electronics in some place other than our individual bedrooms.  – Diana Valle

“Have everybody say good night to their devices at least an hour before bedtime,” she said.

If children keep a computer in their room, try to separate it visually from the sleep space with a bookshelf, curtain or another creative design idea.

Most houses have outlets at the bottom of where our night stands would be, but when it comes to our kids room and night time – its important to have a subtle dim night light for them. If you don’t have space in your house for a dedicated charging station, try using one of these round lights by Anpress, they have USB connections so that you can hide the night light behind the stand, making it more subtle and easy on the shut eyes, while providing you clutter free way to keep their iPads or phones charging in their room.

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