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!
 
 

Make a Splash: 8 Summertime Accessories


Enjoy time poolside with these eight items perfect for summertime.

 

final graphic1. Outdoor Printed Medallion Ikat Pillow $79.00
This plush pillow features a trendy medallion ikat motif and is made from weather-resistant spun polyester. It’s fast-drying and perfect to have poolside.

2. Stainless-Steel and Glass Lantern$34.99
This stainless-steel lantern is a perfect accent for any outdoor décor. Use it as a centerpiece on your table, and consider adding citronella pillar candles inside to ward off pesky bugs.

3. Embossed Acrylic Glasses, 16 oz. (set of 4)$49.00

This acrylic drink ware is unbreakable and perfect for any poolside day. The elegant pastel blue is the perfect complement to any summer décor.

4. Inflatable Flip Flop Pool Float $18.99
Enjoy lazy pool days floating on this playful flip flop pool float. Made of heavy-duty vinyl, this float provides a durable headrest and even a cupholder. It will surely stand out at your next pool party.

5. Straw Sun Hat$198.00
Protect yourself from the sun’s harsh rays and sit outside comfortably with this elegant and stylish lightweight sun hat.

6. Insulated-Steel Cooler, 54 qt. $159.95
Keep your food and beverages cold in style with this sleek blue cooler. Made from durable, insulated steel, this cooler features an exterior bottle opener, battery-operated lid light, rubber-gripped handles, a leak-resistant drain, and a solid steel latch.

7. Wireless Waterproof Speaker – $89.99
Enjoy music, podcasts, or audiobooks while you relax poolside with this outdoor-friendly waterproof speaker. It features a 40-hour battery life and includes Siri, a speakerphone, and Google Now.

8. Waterproof Playing Cards$8.99
These waterproof playing cards are perfect for summer fun in any outdoor space. Take them camping, to the pool, or beach for countless hours of entertainment. They’re washable, flexible, and easy to shuffle.

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Home


Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and we can feel the love in the air. To spread the love, we’re publishing a blog post each day until Feb. 14 on a different Valentine’s Day-themed topic. To start the series, here’s our Valentine’s Day gift guide for the home. Stay tuned!

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Drawing a blank on what to get your friends or family this Valentine’s Day? Here are a few gift ideas that are perfect for the homebody. Plus, you can expedite shipping to make sure everything is here in time for the special day.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide1. Faux Hydrangeas – $49.99
While fresh flowers are always a good idea, faux flowers aren’t a bad alternative. The more you spend, the more realistic they will look, too. These hydrangeas add a pop of pink to any room.
2. Velvet Pillow – $29
Much to our pleasure, velvet is no longer just a winter fabric. Now, you can find this fuzzy fabric year-round in a variety of colors. This soft pink adds a hint of Valentine’s spirit to any home décor.
3. Diptyque Candle – $68
This limited-edition candle not only comes in beautiful packaging, but also releases the scent of two roses: Damascena and Centifolia. These roses offer rich scents, while currant and bergamot provide freshness on top. Other notes include lychee and geranium.
4. Amazon Echo – $179.99
Know someone hoping to make his or her home smarter? Amazon’s Echo is a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker that allows you to play music, control smart home devices, set alarms, and more.
5. Pink Wine Glasses – $7.95
These light pink glasses are a fresh twist on a classic glass.
6. Tassel Blanket – $250
This delightful black and white-striped tassel blanket is 100 percent wool and the perfect complement to year-round décor.
7. Apple Watch – From $299
While technically not a gift for the home, Apple watches give you the ability to turn smart lightbulbs on or off all from your wrist.
8. Cheese Knives – $35
There’s something romantic about wine and cheese, and these twig cheese knives are perfect for any pairing.