(BPT) - Teenagers are at a point in their life where they are looking to make their own mark and find their own space. You want to give it to them, but as you start considering renovation ideas, how do you create a space your teen will appreciate?
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America knows all about satisfying the needs of teenagers from all walks of life, and since 2009, they have partnered with Lowe's to renovate clubs to ensure they are safe and inspiring places for youth. In 2016, the two organizations expanded their partnership with Renovation Across the Nation, a $2.5 million initiative to renovate one club in each of the 50 states. This year the program will provide $50,000 each to 50 additional clubs — one in each state.
Many clubs that receive this money use it to update their facilities for today’s teens so they have a desirable place to spend time after school. As they plan for the renovations, they get input from teen members and have learned some helpful insights about what teens look for in their own space. You can use these tips as well in your own home renovation project to create a space your teen will love.
* Make it a colorful, distinct area. Teens desire their own space where they can retreat and feel inspired. Paint the room with bright, vibrant colors that add a youthful vibe and select accessories with pops of color you can swap out as their tastes or trends change.
* Incorporate creativity. Giving teens access to items like art supplies, camera equipment and musical instruments encourages them to tap into their passions. Pay attention to what they’re interested in and make sure it has a place in their new space.
* Technology is key. Teens are used to having technology at their fingertips. Flat screens, charging stations and computers are tools that help them explore the future and are key to inspiring innovation. Find ways to infuse new technology, such as mood lighting, into the space to make it feel extra comfortable and cool for your teen.
* Create an environment for studying. Teens need a space that helps them focus on studying. Warm lighting and comfy chairs or bean bags help create a quiet, welcoming space for them to relax and learn. Create a homework station and your teen will have everything they need to stay organized and focused on their studies.
* Design a space they'll want to share with friends. As you're designing your space for your teen, be mindful of them inviting other teens over as well. If the space can easily handle multiple teenagers, it will be a place that can help them build new friendships or strengthen existing ones. At Boys & Girls Clubs, long tables encourage group activities, but in your teen's space it could be as simple as extra seating for their friends.
Creating a great space for your teen is possible by focusing on what makes them unique. Make the space personal and functional with these five tips, and you’ll create a space that your teenager, and their friends, can’t wait to enjoy.
To learn more about the Renovation Across the Nation grants program and in-store donation opportunities to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America at Lowe’s stores, visit BGCA.org. To find products and materials to renovate a room for your teen, visit Lowes.com.
(BPT) - Beyond the flowers blooming, the sound of birds singing and the burst of warm weather, something happens in May. After a long winter, the rising temperatures make spring a prime time to move. College students are moving out of dorms, young families are transitioning to new homes after the school year and retirees are looking for an easier, more maintenance-free living situation. If you are among those about to start the next chapter in your life with a new home, here are some valuable tips that go beyond choosing the right size box or the appropriate padding.
Take inventory and mark your boxes. Most people think it's inevitable that things get lost or misplaced when moving, but it doesn't have to be that way. By taking the time to properly mark boxes and write out a detailed inventory of their contents, you'll know where everything is and avoid misplacing anything. With a little forethought and effort, you'll save a lot of time. All it takes to get organized is a clipboard, some paper and a permanent marker. Or, for the more technologically inclined, you can make use of your tablet or smartphone.
Remember to take care of yourself. Whether you're moving apartments or starting a new job, any life transition - no matter how exciting - can be stressful. During these times, it's important to decompress and unwind. One of the best ways to do that is to go out for a bike ride. Even if it's just for 15 minutes, the fresh air and exercise does wonders for your stress level. If you stop for a smoothie or cup of coffee, don't forget to use a Master Lock 8300D Bike Lock to secure your ride.
Stay up to date. Technology isn't only changing the way people communicate or listen to music, it's also changing the way people secure their items inside and around their homes. With Master Lock's Bluetooth Padlocks, you don't have to worry about losing a key or forgetting a combination. The award-winning product turns your phone or any Bluetooth-enabled device into a key. With models suitable for indoor and outdoor use, valuables you need to store while moving - and afterwards - will have superior protection.
Consider insurance. If you're hiring a moving company or have valuable items you're worried might be damaged during the move, you should consider purchasing moving insurance. Many recommend insuring anything that goes into a truck. Not only will insurance provide financial relief in case anything is mishandled, but it will give you peace of mind that can reduce the stress of moving.
Protect your valuable documents. Even after you move and are settling into your new residence, it's important to keep your valuables protected. For documents like a passport, birth certificate, social security card and more, the Sentry Safe H0100 Small Privacy Lock Chest will provide you with the security you need during and after the move into your new home.
No matter what season or what stage of life you're at, you should always have a reliable way to protect your most prized possessions. With an extensive line of security solutions, Master Lock can provide you with the peace of mind you need while moving and beyond.
(BPT) - The kids are off to college or living in homes of their own, and you have regained a big chunk of your house. It's time to indulge and transform your home with a space especially designed for you.
If you have been dreaming of a "boomer cave" - a place where you can get away to relax, watch TV or read - now is the perfect time to make it a reality. Creating a cozy "getaway" room in your house to relax doesn't require any special home improvement skills or interior design panache. Simply follow a few steps and get ready to celebrate with friends and family.
Step 1: Upgrade the TV
The piece de resistance of any empty nester's boomer cave is the television. It doesn't matter what program you're passionate about - a grand television will be the focal point of the room. Whether a gift to yourself or a gift to your partner, a quality TV is a worthwhile investment.
Compare options to find the perfect cave-worthy model. LG's new SUPER UHD TVs feature the latest technologies - including stunning 4K Ultra HD resolution, high dynamic range (HDR) and a wide color gamut for an impressive picture. Because these are the only TVs that support two formats for HDR content, Dolby Vision and HDR 10, you can rest assured that you're buying the best. It's also a Smart TV so you can stream your favorite content from popular services such as Netflix, Amazon Video and VUDU using LG's award-winning webOS 3.0 Smart TV platform, and even connect your phone or other wireless device to show off vacation photos and more. Available in 43 to 86-inch screen sizes to suit any size boomer cave.
Step 2: Find comfortable furniture
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to a boomer cave, so it's common to forego the traditional couch and set up the area with multiple reclining chairs. This gives everyone their own space to kick back, relax and enjoy the show.
When setting up the room, ensure the arrangement gives each viewer an uninterrupted sightline to the screen but does not block any main walkways and still complements the aesthetic of the room. Many people put chairs about nine feet from a TV, but experiment to find what is best for you.
Step 3: Add amazing extras
Add personalized elements and the space will truly feel unique. Frame favorite vacation photos, art or sports memorabilia. Add ambient lighting. Paint the walls your favorite colors. When it comes to boomer caves, the sky is the limit.
Beyond decor, a few extras can make the space more enjoyable. A wet bar with a variety of glasses is a nice touch. Built-in charging stations ensure everyone stays connected. Card games add a casino feel. Workout buffs may want to add weights.
Step 5: Don't forget about the grad
Now that the parents are in boomer-cave heaven, it's important not to forget about that hard-working grad. Send your love to your favorite young professional by gifting them a sleek, new ultra-lightweight laptop like the LG gram 15. It weighs only 2.16 pounds yet boasts the full screen real estate of a 15-inch laptop, making it easy to travel around campus, or even take from the apartment to the office and back. Equipped with great features including Full HD picture quality - 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio - your grad will enjoy an immersive viewing experience and plenty of advanced connectivity options, whether updating a resume or surfing the web.
Of course, any time you're missing your graduate, you can always invite him or her over for some quality time in the cave. Remember, just because it's a cave meant for parents, doesn't mean it can't be the whole family's new favorite room in the house.
(BPT) - On Friday, April 22, millions across the globe celebrate Earth Day by participating in eco-friendly activities in order to make a positive impact on the world we live in. This special day is also the perfect opportunity to start thinking about how you can add small, environmentally-based actions to your everyday lifestyle. This can be achieved through small efforts at home, work and in your community.
In our fast-paced culture, it's easy to take the world around us for granted. Many aren't aware how environmental concerns from climate change and pollution to the rise of e-waste are impacted by our daily activities. It's never too late or too soon to become an environmental steward by committing to be more kind to the planet. Take action by creating more eco-conscious traditions with your family. Here are four green initiatives you can adopt this Earth Day and every day:
Have a paperless trail.
Paper waste takes up more than one-third of space in local landfills, which can generate methane gas that is harmful to the environment. Luckily, today's technological advances make it easy to go paperless. There are many apps and services that can help you cut back on how much paper you use. You can start by requesting items such as bills, statements and newsletters be sent electronically. The paper items you do wish to receive, like newspapers, cardboard boxes, magazines and phone books, can easily be recycled when you finish using them.
Did you know vampires really do exist? Well, energy vampires that is. This term is used to describe how many types of electronics and office equipment - including computers, phone chargers, clocks, TVs and printers - continue to use electricity when they're off but still plugged into an outlet. In households across the U.S., wasted energy not only costs consumers more than $5.8 billion annually, it also sends more than 87 billion pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.
Make a pact to reduce the amount of energy your family uses. This can be as simple as turning off lights or the TV when you're not in the room. Unplugging electronics when they aren't being used is also a great way to save your family money and conserve energy.
Develop a green thumb.
While many people choose to plant trees for Earth Day, take it a step further by starting a garden in your yard. You can plant anything from flowers, herbs or vegetables. This is a great way to get the entire family involved in an activity you can do together throughout the year that is fun and healthy for everyone!
Become a battery recycling superhero.
Some items that can be recycled are thrown away mostly because people do not know what can be recycled and where to recycle them. Many household electronics and popular tech gadgets use rechargeable batteries that contain materials that are potentially harmful to the environment and should never be thrown into the trash. You can help by educating your friends and family about how they can reduce waste by choosing to recycle.
Organizations like Call2Recycle Inc. strive to minimize the environmental impact of products through responsible disposal by offering an easy and no-cost recycling solution for rechargeable batteries. Call2Recycle has a network of more than 30,000 drop-off locations, including retail stores in your own community that you may already visit regularly. Their collection sites accept cellphones and rechargeable batteries (weighing up to 11 pounds), including those you find in laptop computers, digital cameras, two-way radios, MP3 players or iPods, tablets and cordless phones.
Get started by organizing a local recycling drive to encourage others to gather up their batteries to be recycled. Through recycling, you can make your community more sustainable and keep potentially hazardous materials from entering local landfills. Visit www.call2recycle.org/locator and use the location finder to find the nearest collection site.
Being a responsible member of any community means making choices and taking action to take care of the world we live in. These eco-friendly activities may sound simple and easy to get started, but the real challenge is creating new habits that will ultimately lead to a greener lifestyle. By starting small and making your goals realistic, there is a greater chance you will continue implementing them throughout the year. Your efforts can inspire your family and friends to join you in incorporating environmentally-friendly behavior into their every day lives. These changes - big and small - can make a positive impact and create a better world for ourselves and for future generations.
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