9 Ways to Have Fun on a Rainy Day


A little boy looking downwards behind a rain-streaked window while his mother sits in the background

 

When North Texas weather is gloomy, it presents the perfect time to stay inside. Here are nine ways to tackle boredom and make the most of your rainy day at home.

 

1. Must-See Movies
Cross movies off your “must-see” list on a rainy day. Bonus points if you make popcorn!

 

2. Make a Fort
Move some furniture and get creative, draping sheets and blankets across to build a cozy fort in the comfort of your own home. Add some pillows and snuggly blankets on the inside and you have the ideal place to hide from a rainy day.

 

3. Cook or Bake
Try out a new cookie or cupcake recipe, or put on a yummy soup or stew. Your home will be filled with the delightful aromas of whatever you create!

 

4. Cool Crafts
If you know the upcoming weather forecast is less than ideal, prepare in advance by gathering materials together for the craft or DIY project you’ve been meaning to try.

 

5. Play Some Games
Pull out some of your favorite board or card games to keep the whole family entertained. Hide-and-seek or a scavenger hunt are also options for some old-fashioned fun.

 

6. Spa Day
Give yourself an ultimate spa day and feel refreshed — even if it is gloomy outside. Some self-care favorites include lighting candles and taking a bath, putting on a face mask and painting your nails or massaging lotion onto your feet and slipping on fuzzy socks until all the moisture is absorbed.

 

7. Organize Your Life
Channel your inner Marie Kondo and get ahead on a slow day by tidying a room or tackling some of those to-dos. From organizing your closet or family recipes to finally putting those old photos in an album, there are plenty of tasks perfect for when it’s raining outside.

 

8. Plan a Vacation
Stuck inside all day? Plan that vacation you’ve always wanted to take. Think: somewhere warm and tropical.

 

9. Read a Book
With life’s daily commitments, it can be difficult to make progress on your latest good read. Take advantage of a less-than-sunny day and finish that book you’ve had on your nightstand for ages.

 

9 Indoor Activities for Rainy Days


White steaming cup of hot tea or coffee on vintage wooden windowsill or table against window with raindrops on blurred background. Shallow focus.
 
When the weather is gloomy, it presents the perfect day to stay inside. Here are nine ways to combat boredom and make the most of your rainy day at home.
 
1. Must-See Movies
Cross movies off your “must-see” list on a rainy day. Bonus points if you make some popcorn!
 
2. Make a Fort
Move some furniture and get creative draping sheets and blankets across to create a cozy fort in the comfort of your own home. Add some pillows and snuggly blankets on the inside and you have the perfect place to hide away from a rainy day.
 
3. Cook or Bake
Try out a new recipe like cookies or cupcakes, or make a yummy soup or stew. Your home will be filled with aromas of whatever you create!
 
4. Cool Crafts
If you know the upcoming weather forecast is less than ideal, prepare in advance by getting materials together for the craft you’ve been dying to try.

5. Play Some Games
Pull out some of your favorite board or card games to keep the whole family entertained. Or, play hide-and-seek or create a scavenger hunt for some old-fashioned fun.

6. Spa Day
Give yourself an ultimate spa day and feel refreshed even if it’s gloomy outside. Light some candles and take a bath, put on a facemask and paint your nails. Massage some lotion onto your feet and slip on fuzzy socks until all the moisture is absorbed.

7. Organize Your Life
Get ahead on a slow day by tackling some of those to-dos piling up. From organizing your closet or family recipes to finally putting those old photos in an album, there are plenty of tasks that are perfect when it’s raining outside.
 
8. Plan a Vacation
Stuck inside all day? Plan that vacation you’ve always wanted to take.
 
9. Read a Book
With life’s daily commitments, it can be difficult to make progress on your latest book. Take advantage of a less-than-sunny day and finish that book you’ve had on your nightstand for ages!
 
 

Which Kitchen Countertop is Right for You?


Considering a kitchen remodel? Not all countertops are created equally.

 

With so many options on the market, it can be hard to decide what countertop material is right for your kitchen. While it may be tempting to choose a countertop based on aesthetic alone, it’s important to consider the pros and cons, durability, cost, and maintenance before making a decision. That’s why we’ve created a list of some popular options as well as some need-to-know details about each.

 

GraniteKitchen CountertopOnce only found in high-end kitchens, granite has made its way to the heart of more and more homes. This durable, natural stone comes in a vast array of colors such as beige, black, brown, red, white, and green. Because of its porous nature, granite must be sealed on a yearly basis. Even when properly sealed, it’s important to wipe up oils, wines, acids, and sodas immediately, as well as use a stone cleaner for routine cleaning. Cost varies depending on color and complexity, but has become more affordable with granite’s increase in popularity.

 

QuartzKitchen CountertopQuartz, often resembling granite or marble, is an engineered mix of mineral and resin. This extremely durable, low-maintenance material is a great alternative for busy kitchens. Quartz is harder and less porous than granite, thus, it does not require sealing or polishing. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns and looks great in both traditional and contemporary kitchens. Quartz is scratch, stain, heat, and acid-resistant.

Note: Because quartz is manufactured, it doesn’t have natural color variations and vein. When shopping, looking at a small sample rather than a big slab will suffice.

 

MarbleKitchen CountertopMarble is a timeless and stunning option for a traditional or contemporary kitchen and is usually the most expensive option. Carrara and Calcatta marble are synonymous with luxury and instantly give your kitchen an elegant look. However, marble is very porous and has a high probability of becoming stained. If you choose marble, it’s important to seal it frequently and properly. Also be wary – chips and scratches may occur.

 

WoodKitchen CountertopThose opting for a warm, traditional cottage kitchen may gravitate toward butcher-block-style wood countertops. These countertops do require regular maintenance in order to maintain the wood’s natural beauty, so it’s recommended that you oil the surface with a mineral oil every four to six weeks. If not properly cared for, wood countertops will warp and crack. On the plus side, properly sealed wood countertops are sanitary and you can cut directly on the surface without damaging knives. Wood is also heat-resistant, which means you can place hot pots and pans directly on the surface.

 

TileKitchen CountertopTile countertops are a great choice if you want something inexpensive that’s easy to maintain. Tiles come in a variety of different colors and styles and may be mixed and matched. In addition, you can install tile yourself. Make sure to use tile that is rated for floors or countertops, as wall tile is too thin and will crack easily.

 

LaminateKitchen CountertopLaminate is perhaps the most cost-effective option available. Not only is it durable, it’s also low-maintenance. Laminate is a great selection for those on a budget or those who want to keep up with trends. Laminate comes in far more options than the familiar wood copycat – both neutral and bright colors are available. Laminate countertops are water resistant but susceptible to scratches and heat damage, so be sure to use cutting boards and trivets when preparing and serving food.

 

ConcreteKitchen CountertopConcrete counters are growing in popularity, as they are now available in a variety of stains and colors. Concrete is a suitable choice for those with a tight budget and interested in self-installation. Cast concrete counters are stain resistant when properly sealed, but may develop small cracks. If you’re a perfectionist, concrete counters may not be for you; even when professionally installed, minor inconsistencies in color and texture may occur.


Need even more guidance? Take the quiz below to find out what countertop material is best suited for your taste, budget, and lifestyle.