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Next-level paints to inspire a young artist

If you have a creative kid, or two, in the house, chances are you go through paints like (colorful) wildfire. Before you re-order the same  basic paint sets, consider upping your kiddo’s creativity game with new textures and effects. Not only are sets like these easy-to-use (for kids or creative grown-ups), they come in vibrant colors, they’re texturally novel, and provide a great way to encourage mindful focus. Inspire your kid’s creativity, and tag along for the ride, with these next-level paint and creativity tools. Just don’t forget to wear a smock.

If your junior painter is ready to do something a little more creative with their talents, these unique paint and marker sets make for a great value buy. Most of the sets will work on a variety of surfaces, which also makes them great for art projects. (Not to mention things like chalk markers are very easy for mom and dad to use in at-home projects, like dinner party menus or shopping lists.) Kick your kid’s creativity into high gear and watch your little artist shine.

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Your yard should be a place of peace — a place you go to relax and unwind after a long day at work. But it can also be a place of fun, when you are hosting barbecues or summer parties. No matter how big or small your yard is, it should be an enjoyable space to live, relax and play in. Relax in a hammock, or play games with your family or friends. Check out these five items to improve your backyard living area!

Your yard should be a place of relaxation and peace, and a sanctuary amidst the chaos of everyday life. By adding relaxing elements to your yard — like a hammock or garden — you can begin to transform your outdoor space into that perfect slice of paradise you have been dreaming of.  Make your space fun and inviting by adding games like ring toss, or buying a net to play volleyball, badminton or pickleball. Whether you are hosting parties, or simply enjoying some peaceful outdoor relaxation, you can create the perfect backyard for whatever your needs are!

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Versatile art supplies even starving artists can afford
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So much for art being a luxury. Appreciating art, it turns out—and creating it—isn't all about pricey oil compositions and massive canvases. Making art with a few low-cost, innovative products can be just as gratifying as splurging on the finest materials. Creative expression, in other words, doesn't necessarily have to come at a high price.

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