How to Brighten Up a Bedroom in the New Year

No matter if you make resolutions or just go with the flow, the New Year always seems to bring a sense of renewal and refresh. One area we always love to give a little update to each year is our home. Once your holiday decorations are packed away for the year, sometimes your space feels particularly bare. We all know that January isn’t the most colorful month of the year with the lack of flora and sunshine, but you can compensate by bringing some color into your space.

 

One of the easiest spaces to update is a bedroom. A few small tweaks, like switching out the comforter, can make a big impact! Get started adding splashes of color to your little gal’s room with the help of these simple tips (and our new home items).

 

#1 Pick a Pretty Comforter

 

Make a statement in a big way with a brand new comforter! Beds take up the most space in a bedroom, so it’s important that you choose a style and pattern that really stands out. Our new Time for Bed in a Bag Set has the prettiest mix of patterns featuring florals, stripes, dots, and gingham. Plus, pillow shams and a matching throw pillow are included!

 

#2 Organize (with Style)

 

Between all of the toys and stuffed animals, it’s easy for a kiddo’s room to look like a tornado whipped through. Get a jump start on your spring cleaning with a little organization. The beginning of the year is a great time to sort through your belongings and determine which items to keep and which items to donate. Once you’ve pared down, place her remaining toys in a large bin like our So Much in Storage Bucket. This large bucket can fit several blankets and plenty of toys — not to mention, it coordinates perfectly with the comforter!

 

#3 Add personality

 

Nothing adds personality to a room quicker than a few wall hangings. Choose a few pictures from the past year to hang up in pop color frames. Then, add some playful pieces like our Believe Pennants. This pack of three has fun, positive sayings that will keep her motivated year round.

 

How do you add some personality and color to your space? Share below in the comments!
     
SEO Affiliate - January 28, 2020 - 10:19 am

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Sweet and Simple Valentine’s Day Recipe Ideas

How is it that every year Valentine’s Day seems to sneak up on us? The first few weeks of the New Year always fly by with getting back into your routine and then —  BOOM — it’s February! Holidays are a pretty big deal around the Matilda Jane office. At any given time during a holiday week, you can expect to see some sort of yummy treat or festive snack just around the corner. We may be slightly biased but we think our associates are simply the best — both at doing their jobs and whipping up delicious desserts!

 

Whether you’re throwing a little Galentine’s Day gathering or need to make some quick treats for your kiddo’s class, here is a little recipe inspiration for the sweetest day of the year!

 

Jill’s White Chocolate Party Mix

 

Ingredients:

 

1 10 oz. package of mini pretzels
5 cups Cheerios
5 cups Corn Chex
2 cups peanuts
1 lb. of M&Ms (pink and red variety)
2 packages of white chocolate chips
3 tbsp oil

 

Steps:

 

1.     In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients, then set aside.
2.     Microwave white chocolate chips and oil for two minutes. Stir until smooth.
3.     Pour chocolate over cereal mixture and mix.
4.     Spread onto three wax paper-lined cookie sheets and let cool.
5.     Break pieces apart and enjoy!

“This is quick and easy to make — you really can’t mess it up. Not to mention, it’s addicting!” – Jill C., Human Resources

 


Ali’s Pretzel Hugs Valentine Treats

Ingredients:

1 bag of square pretzels
1 bag of Hershey’s Hugs
Heart sprinkles or pink and red M&Ms

Steps:

1.     Preheat oven to 200°
2.     Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, spreading out pretzels
3.     Unwrap all chocolates placing one on top of each pretzel
4.     Place in oven for 3 – 4 minutes
5.     Immediately press heart sprinkles (or M&Ms) onto top of each chocolate and press down
6.     Let cool in refrigerator for 20 minutes before enjoying
“Our family loves these festive, little treats! They’re simple to make, adorable in a heart-shaped bowl and you cannot stop at just one (so make plenty)!” – Ali N., Sales Operations

 


Kaylee’s Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients:

6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
8 cups mini marshmallows
4 tbsp butter
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Optional: red food coloring, festive sprinkles

Steps:

1.     Melt butter in a large pan on low heat.
2.     Once melted, add six cups of marshmallows and vanilla extract. Slowly let marshmallows melt.
3.     Before marshmallows are fully melted, add remaining marshmallows and milk. Stir until marshmallows begin to melt.
4.     Add in cereal, stirring until fully coated with marshmallow fluff mixture.
5.     Pour into a greased pan (8×11) and spread out.
6.     Allow to cool before cutting and serving.

Note: If you plan to add a few drops of food coloring to make them festive, do this between steps three and four! If you want to add festive sprinkles, do so before letting it cool.
“These are the best, gooey-est rice krispie treats ever! They’re always a crowd pleaser, no matter the holiday!” – Kaylee W., Digital Marketing
     
Kaelynn - January 17, 2020 - 9:04 pm

Thank you for these recipes!!! Love your blogs and your clothes for my kiddos and self.

5 Ways to Spend Your Snow Day

One of our favorite childhood memories is undoubtably is the feeling of your parents waking you up to tell you school is cancelled and you have a snow day. Snow days give us a sense of nostalgia to this day. We may not be making snowmen and igloos all day like we did as elementary schoolers, but we still feel that excitement just the same. Want to make the most of your snow days this winter? Here are a few of our favorite activities!

#1 Cuddle up for a movie marathon

After the chaos of the holidays, a relaxing snow day may be just what you need to reset for the new year. Put on your coziest jammies and cuddle up on the couch for an all-day movie marathon. You know what pairs perfectly with a movie day? Those leftover holiday treats!

#2 Kickstart your spring cleaning

Sometimes you really need to take advantage of an unexpected day at home. Kickstart your spring cleaning with a little reorganization! Pick a space, like your closet, and take everything out. Then only keep the things that you actually wear and get rid of everything else. You can donate your gently used clothing, all while tidying up your space. We call that a win/win!

#3 Whip up a new recipe

Can you think of anything more comforting than a hot bowl of soup on a cold, snowy day? We can’t either! Time to bring out your slow cooker (or maybe try out that new Instant Pot!) to whip up a new soup recipe. You’ll have plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week, plus you’ll get the added bonus of smelling the delicious soup cooking all day long!

#4 Craft with your kiddos

You know all of those DIY projects you have saved on your Pinterest board? Snow days are the perfect time to knock one or two of these out! Choose a project that your kiddos can get involved with and craft together. You’ll make something new for your home and regardless of how it turns out, you’ll make some memories along the way, too!

#5 Plan your next getaway

Although the chill of winter has spring feeling farther away than ever, it always has a way of sneaking up on us. Whether you’re thinking about a spring break trip or summer vacation, it’s never too early to start planning! Start researching locations, Airbnbs, flights and activities. You can set up flight notifications to alert you when prices drop and even score discounts on sites like Groupon! Once you choose your location, you’ll want to start mapping out your packing list!
What’s your favorite way to spend a snow day? Comment below!
     
Elizabeth Brown - January 9, 2020 - 11:44 am

Staying in our pjs all day, playing in the snow and sledding down the hill with all our neighbors then coming inside to drink hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Building blanket forts and watching movies while mom makes pot roast or soup for dinner.

It’s all around cozy!