7 Budget Friendly Tips To Transform Your Teens Room Into A Sleep Haven

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Over the school holidays bedtimes get later and it’s easy to forget how important sleep is.  The boys are more active and social, and with the warm weather comes a stream of friends passing through the house. It can feel hard to maintain a sense of calm at bedtime after the frenetic activity of the day! So the concept of creating a sleep haven is very appealing and may help us maintain a bedtime routine while school is out.

The boys bedrooms get messier and messier as the weeks go on; some nights I take one look at the state of Berry’s bed and turn around and go straight back out again! I know he gets this bad habit from me; as I pile all my clothes up on my bed then transfer them between bed and chair for about a week month, before I put them away! This is certainly not the mental picture I create when I think sleep haven!

I visualise a sleep haven as the epitome of tranquility and calm, and often despair at how to bring that to my own bedroom, let alone the boys! But these 7 simple budget friendly tips, allow you to transform any bedroom without creating a DIY nightmare in the process!

7 simple Tips To Creating A Sleep Haven:

  1. Cover up – both the boys do their homework in their bedrooms, which means that they have books, pencil cases and school work spread all over their desks. This is something I can change very easily with a simple piece of fabric (duvet cover, sheet or table cloths are perfect) and cover it all up before bed!
  2. Burn the midnight oil – adding an essential oil diffuser into the room before bedtime with a sleep blend will help to create that sleep haven. Find out more from Kristy at Beach Life Essentials who can recommend a sleep enhancing blend and stocks oils & diffusers from doTerra.
  3. Hide and seek – I’m a big fan of hiding things you don’t want to see! It’s only  a temporary solution, but ideal for a sleep haven transformation. Hide school bags, uniform and general clutter in the bottom of a wardrobe or cupboard – out of sight out of mind while you sleep!
  4. Let there be light – adding a reading lamp next to the bed provides the opportunity to read a book in bed, and adding some mood lighting to the room works a treat for creating sleep appeal. I use a lava lamp for mood lighting, a clip on spot light on the bed for reading and I love the look of fairy lights draped across the curtain pole, (although my boys would ban this from their rooms!).
  5. Tell me a story – I’m a big fan of audio books, if you use Audible you can set a sleep timer and go off to sleep while someone is reading you a story! If your teen finds reading laborious then audio books are a perfect way to engage effortlessly with a story.
  6. Bedtime tunes – create a playlist of gentle and relaxing music and only put this on before bed, it will create an association between.
  7. Cool down time – light bedding, comfortable cushions and a room temperature of 21 oC (70F) are a must to create an inviting  sleep haven. The body naturally cools down during the night so encouraging teens to wear light pyjamas (or even no pyjamas) can lead to better quality sleep.

I hope you enjoy experimenting with some of these tips to create a sleep haven for your teen. I’m going to be implementing some of these tips into my own bedroom, as it suffers from being a duel sleep and office space too! Might have to invest in a couple more sheets to hide all my mess under though!

 

Image Attribution

Sleeping Cat – Mashael Al-Mehmadi from Albumarium

Other images sourced from Pixabay

Recipe Road Test!

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Lunch Box Recipe Road Test

Recipe Road Test is a new weekly feature for the blog.  I’m going to experiment on my family and report back to you on what we loved or loathed!

As the topic-of-the-moment on mummy2mum is healthy lunch boxes for teens, this seemed like a perfect  place to start the Road Test.

Recipe Road Test can extend beyond the lunch box, but that depends on what you, my lovely readers, want!

Your suggestions will be the driving force behind this feature!

Week 1 Recipe Road Test

Three Cheese Macaroni Stuffed Peppers

The wonderful Tiffany from Crème de la Crumb has created the Three Cheese Macaroni Stuffed Peppers and I’ve road tested them as lunch box savouries for my teens. Kathy’s post on 9 Pasta Leftovers For Lunch Ideas gave me the idea to use these macaroni stuffed peppers as a lunch box item.

The Road Test Team

The Road Test Team consists of:

  • Biscuit my 14 year old, who has a voracious appetite (it’s all about quantity for this one!)
  • Berry my 12 year old who is more interested in kicking a soccer ball than finishing his lunch
  • Excel-man my hubby who claims that ‘food is functional’, but has lots to say if it isn’t to his liking!
  • Me the health conscious chef!

After some discussion we decided that lunch box items need to be ranked on 4 areas:

  1. Taste – the most important!
  2. Practicality – is it practical to take it to school in a lunch box?
  3. Looks – if it looks appealing then that’s half the battle!
  4. Improvements – this may include tweaking the ingredients, or recommending it to the dog!

making 3 cheese macaroni stuffed peppers

Here’s The Verdict

review of stuffed peppers

As I’m the main chef in our house, I thought it’s worth noting how labour intensive this recipe was. I found it a bit time consuming to make solely for lunch boxes, but as I combined it with cooking an evening meal that also needed a cheese sauce (cauliflower cheese) I just made extra!

 What Did Everyone Agree On?

We all agreed that these peppers would taste amazing HOT! But eating cold baked pepper was not a big hit for the majority and had an impact on the taste scores.

Everyone found them too big and messy for a practical  lunch box item. For me this was the most valuable information from the road test – as I thought they looked great for lunch boxes…just shows how wrong you can be!

We all thought they looked really yummy, and this is reflected in the high score.

Improvements

  • Add spring onion to the macaroni cheese before baking
  • Add bacon was Biscuits suggestion (although he adds bacon to everything)!
  • Serve hot as the pepper was a bit watery cold

 Next Weeks Recipe Road-Test

I’d love to hear any suggestions you have for a Recipe Road Test. Next weeks recipe will appeal to those of you who have a sweet tooth!

Don’t Forget to subscribe to receive next weeks Recipe Road Test direct to your inbox!

 

Zombie Mum!

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‘Mum where would you go if there was a Zombie invasion?’

Berry asked me this out of the blue last week. The ‘Mum Brain’ kicked into gear and I ran through a few options for responses: –

  1. Reassure Berry that there’s no such thing as Zombies
  2. Ask him why he’s asking
  3. Tell him where I’d go

Option 1 seemed irrelevant to the question, which was hypothetical, option 2 can be saved for later and option 3 is much more fun, so I went with it!

 

Escaping a Zombie Apocalypse

‘I’d get a massive yacht and sail away from all land and stay self-sufficient until it was all over! Can zombies swim though?’

‘They might be able to walk under water,’ Berry informed me seriously. And that’s when I opted for response number 1 – ‘You know there’s no such thing as Zombies don’t you?’

Well it turns out that there could be. And I suppose that I have told him that anything is possible!

But regardless of the fact that I recounted to him that there has never, in all of history, been a case of the living dead eating people, he still holds to the possibility! Quoting Ebola as an example, he thinks that a disease-causing Zombie like symptoms could lead to mass infection and invasion (although I was at pains to add that victims of Ebola do not eat each other!)!

Oh dear…I thought watching Zombie Land may have been a mistake!

 

So If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them!

When are zombies most scary? When they’re chasing you! But what if the tables were turned?

It just so happens that my gentle, kind mother, who has spent her entire adult life terrified of the memory of a Zombie movie my Dad took her to in her 20’s, arrived from the Uk with some gifts yesterday.

And guess what?  She bought Berry Zombie Dice!!

Perfect timing lol!

But…I am here to tell you that they’re great! You are the Zombie, so it’s not remotely scary. The aim is to eat as many brains as possible without getting shot too many times!

I’ve never aspired to be a Zombie, but Zombies-R-Us, so watch your backs (or your brains)!

Merry Christmas from mummy2mum!