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50 Ways to Get Inspired at Home

Find The Sunny Spots

Find The Sunny Spots

Seek out the perfect place in your home to greet the morning’s first bright rays or watch the setting sun. A little time spent in quiet reflection is a great way to find some peaceful moments in the busiest day.

Make Friends with a Book

Make Friends with a Book

Revisit an old favorite or discover a new interest that inspires you. When you get lost in a book you put reality aside for a while and find yourself. Make your reading experience even more memorable by keeping a book review journal you can revisit.

Have a Movie Night

Have a Movie Night

Laugh. Cry. Cheer on the hero and boo the villain. Pop some popcorn, spread blankets on the floor and feel like a kid again for a couple of hours. Make Movie Night a weekly event that brings your family together.

Go Soak

Go Soak

When you want to clear your mind, melt stress and pamper yourself, nothing beats a nice long soak in a warm tub full of fragrant bubbles. Splurge on sea salts or a special bath oil to make it extra luxurious.

Go Outside and Play

Go Outside and Play

There’s a whole new world waiting in your backyard or out there on your deck. Fire up the grill, turn on some tunes, kick off your shoes and savor running through the grass barefoot or enjoying it from your favorite chair or hammock.

Be a Couch Spud

Be a Couch Spud

Call time out on constant activity. Grab the remote, flop on the couch and spend some quality tube time. Cheering, laughing or crying with family is a great way to spend some downtime in our busy lives.

Rock Your Kitchen

Rock Your Kitchen

Get out of your culinary rut. Try a new recipe and surprise your family – and maybe even yourself – with your mad chef skills. You’re sure to find a few new favorites! Keep a journal of the meals you make. Include rave reviews and even ho-hum reactions. They’ll be fun to read years from now.

Host a Pot Luck BBQ

Host a Pot Luck BBQ

You supply the place and the main dish. Your guests bring the side dishes and dessert. Nobody spends hours in the kitchen. Everyone has fun. Friends, food and fun – that’s what the best memories are made of!

Redecorate Your World

Redecorate Your World

Keep an idea book with pictures, fabric swatches and paint chips. Let everyone in the family contribute to it. When you’re ready for a change, use your idea book to redecorate. It needn’t be a major effort. Focus on one corner. Move the furniture around. Buy new toss pillows or paint one wall with a fresh accent color. Little changes can put inspiration back into a tired room.

Forge a New Path

Forge a New Path

Take a new route and walk around your community. Leave the mobile phone and the music at home. Instead, listen to the birds, smell the flowers and discover all the surprising treasures you’ve overlooked lately. Invite a neighbor or a family member to join the adventure. It’s more than a walk. You’re making memories.

Grow a Memory

Grow a Memory

Plant a garden. If you have kids, get them in on the fun. Whether you grow flowers, veggies or herbs on the windowsill, gardening is a rewarding way to reconnect with nature and experience the magic of life with your kids. Keep a garden diary to track the cycles of seasons over the years.

Unleash the Dogs

Unleash the Dogs

Every dog should have his day off-leash. So take Spot to a nearby dog park and let him romp free and safe with his furry friends. You’re sure to find yourself running and laughing right next to him. Be sure to take along some water for you both, and snap a few pictures so you can remember the occasion.

Star Gaze

Star Gaze

Remember what it was like to be a kid. Spread a blanket in your backyard and lie on your back. Take a star chart and try to identify the constellations. Or just see how many stars you can count. And of course, be sure to make a wish on any shooting stars.

Camp In

Camp In

Plan a backyard overnighter. Put up a tent. Get out the sleeping bags. Make some s’mores and tell your scariest ghost stories. Nights like these are what inspired living is all about.

Circle the Wagons

Circle the Wagons

Clear a space in the family room and build a fort. All you need are some cardboard boxes, a few sheets or blankets, and a little imagination. Turn it into an educational opportunity with a fun history lesson about the American West.

Bake a Memory

Bake a Memory

Don’t wait for a holiday. Bake some cookies with your kids today. Fill your home with the delicious aroma of fresh baked goodness that lasts a lifetime. Include a favorite recipe from your childhood and use it as an opportunity to talk about memories of baking with your parents or grandparents.

Be an Avian Architect

Be an Avian Architect

Build a birdhouse. There are hundreds of patterns available free online. It’s a fun family project and a bright addition to your backyard or garden that will invite feathered friends year after year.

Invent a Secret Handshake

Invent a Secret Handshake

Gather your tribe and create your very own secret family handshake to be used at family gatherings. Extra points for including a password. It’s a tradition that will become a cherished memory.

Make Some Oven Lovin’

Make Some Oven Lovin’

Bake an un-birthday cake just because. Don’t fret if it’s a little lopsided and the frosting isn’t perfect. If you put enough love in the recipe, nobody will care how it looks.

Start a Band

Start a Band

Put on a family concert. Talent and real instruments are optional. Be creative, get everyone in on the act and just have fun. And don’t forget to record the performance to enjoy it again over the years.

Roar. Gobble. Grunt.

Roar. Gobble. Grunt.

Let everyone take turns impersonating a favorite animal while the rest of the family tries to guess what it is. It’s silly, simple fun and even the littlest kids can play.

Pop a Cork

Pop a Cork

Invite a few friends over for a wine tasting party. It’s a fun way to celebrate your friendship. Not sure how to do it? Ask a wine merchant for advice or buy one of the many ready-made kits.

Catch Some Magic

Catch Some Magic

Take your kids on a catch-and-release butterfly hunt in the backyard. See who can spot the most varieties. It’s a lovely way to appreciate nature’s diversity and create wonder in you child’s mind that will last forever.

Cut, Snip and Paste

Cut, Snip and Paste

Scrapbooking is an easy, creative way to capture family memories. Create one to chronicle the year, or have separate scrapbooks for vacations, holidays or special occasions. Craft stores are full of materials and ideas.

Make a Wreath

Make a Wreath

Celebrate each season, holiday or even a favorite hobby. Use premade forms or build your own from natural materials in your yard or found objects and scraps. Add a ribbon and display with pride. Be sure to put a date on your creation. It may become a cherished family heirloom.

Give a Goodie Bag

Give a Goodie Bag

Why wait for Halloween? Treat office mates or your child’s class to unique goodie bags. They don’t need to be fancy. Just fill small gift bags with a few thoughtful treats and watch the smiles and warm memories you create.

Be an Armchair Tourist

Be an Armchair Tourist

Get out the atlas and have your family pick a country. Research its history, customs and foods. Create decoration that reflect the country’s theme, make a special dish and share fun facts. Keep a scrapbook to commemorate your “travels.”

Deal the Cards

Deal the Cards

Invent a card game with your kids. The rules are less important than the fun of planning and playing together. But, if you want to keep a record to remember the game, by all means write down the rules.

Puzzle It Out

Puzzle It Out

Set up a card table and put together a jigsaw puzzle. It’s an old-fashioned activity that provides hours of entertainment and a sense of satisfaction when the last piece is put in place. Mount and frame your creation, or take a picture of the finished project.

Make a Splash

Make a Splash

Celebrate rain. Forget what your mom said. Go outside, find the biggest puddles and jump in them with both feet. You may never remember walking on the dry spots, but you’ll never forget splashing in the puddles.

Chalk Up a Big Memory

Chalk Up a Big Memory

Get some colored chalk and invite the neighborhood kids to create a sidewalk art gallery. Let grown-ups get in on the fun, too. Award prizes. Invite your neighborhood newspaper or blogger to report on the show.

Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

Turn your backyard into the neighborhood water park with blow-up pool, sprinklers, slip ‘n’ slide, super soakers and water balloons. Don’t just sit there. Get wet. Your kids will never forget that you got in on the action.

Show Your True Colors

Show Your True Colors

Set up a face and body painting station in your backyard. Let everyone take turns applying designs with washable paint. Don’t forget a mirror so kids can admire their creations and a camera to record the fun.

Put On a Puppet Show

Put On a Puppet Show

Help the kids make puppets out of paper bags, socks, kitchen utensils and other odds and ends. Turn a cardboard box into a stage. Use a popular story as your “script” or just wing it. Distribute flyers and give a puppet show. Take a bow!

Beachcomb

Beachcomb

Find a nearby beach and go for a walk. Feel the sand between your toes and smell the salt air. Take a pail and collect driftwood, shells and other small mementos. Save them in a shadow box or special glass jar with a label noting the place and date.

Be Your Own TV Talk Show

Be Your Own TV Talk Show

Don’t like the way the plot is developing on a TV show? Hit mute and invite family members to make up their own dialog. The results are bound to be hilarious and memorable.

Wax Poetic

Wax Poetic

Write a poem or a song. Stumped for inspiration? It’s all around you. Use titles of books, movies or CDs. Write an ode to a common household object. Or dedicate your creation to a funny thing a family member did or said. Just let it flow and enjoy the process.

Find Three Things

Find Three Things

Have a mutual appreciation session. Tell each family member three things you like about them. It’s a simple way to lift the spirits and banish bad moods. Write the three things down and keep them in a special box where they can be revisited when someone needs a lift.

Go for the Gold

Go for the Gold

Put on a backyard Olympics. A few track and field type events like sprints, relay races, long jump and high jump will do. Give gold, silver and bronze awards made from foil-covered cardboard and ribbon. Ask your neighborhood association newsletter to cover the games.

Lei It On

Lei It On

String together flowers, leaves or construction paper petals on dental floss. A long doll-maker’s needle makes it easier. For inspiration, play some Hawaiian music while you work. Present your creation to welcome someone home or to send them out the door.

Have a Spot of Tea

Have a Spot of Tea

When was the last time you had a tea party? It’s 4 o’ clock somewhere. So brew a pot of tea, make some small sandwiches and serve everything on your very best china. It’s refreshing and certain to be a treasured memory of time well spent.

Play in the Mud

Play in the Mud

Remember making mud pies? Forget your manicure. Mush up a bit of goo, mold it into a pie and decorate with snail shells, pebbles and twigs. Child assistant optional.

Roll Rover Over

Roll Rover Over

Teach your dog a new trick. He’ll enjoy the attention, the challenge and the doggie biscuit rewards. You’ll have a sense of accomplishment and a better-behaved dog that’s a pleasure to live with. It’s a woof-woof win-win.

Be Your Own Super Hero

Be Your Own Super Hero

Maybe you’re Ultra Mom or Atomic Auntie. It’s up to you. Create a persona and even a costume if you’re so inclined. Let your creativity take wing (just don’t jump off any roofs). When little problems arise, solve them from your super hero’s point of view.

Play in the Sand

Play in the Sand

Don’t have a beach nearby but longing for a sand castle? Build a backyard sandbox, fill it with garden-grade sand from the home store and release your inner architect. A few minutes sitting and sifting sand with your kids will be something you’ll all remember.

Frame It

Frame It

Got a box full of photos? Everybody does. Instead of keeping all those memories hidden away, spend an afternoon sorting through them with the kids. Talk about your memories of who’s in the photos and where they were taken. Then pick out a few to add to your picture frames. Be sure to keep a few of the old favorites, too.

Measure Up

Measure Up

Quick, before your kids grow another inch, start a growth chart. Consider putting it on a sturdy length of paper you can tape to a wall and take with you if you move. Have one for each child. It will be a welcome surprise to give to them when they have children of their own.

Donate

Donate

Somebody out there could really use that old sweater, pant suit or toy. Have a family closet cleanout day. Collect the stuff you no longer use and give it to a local charity. Use the occasion to discuss where the donated item came from in the first place.

Put the Fresh Squeeze On

Put the Fresh Squeeze On

Nothing says childhood like a neighborhood lemonade stand. Help your child create a wonderful memory selling fresh-squeezed juice or some other homemade treat.

Make Your Own List

Make Your Own List

We’ve provided 50 ideas. You probably have 50 more of your own. Put them down on paper as you think of them. They’ll be a handy resource you can turn to when you need a little inspiration or a mood-lifting pleasant memory.