What Flooring is Best for your Home?

9.9.22

When it comes to style, elegance and reliability within your flooring design planning, luxury vinyl flooring is the product that ticks all of the boxes for satisfaction. The reasons why are plentiful - and so are the benefits. Here are just a few!


A Popular Choice
Popular in both homes and offices, luxury vinyl flooring has expanded from the UK to worldwide as the most popular flooring option available in today’s market. By utilising steps in innovation, beauty and versatility throughout their design, vinyl tiles took huge steps to become one of the most respected products on the entire flooring selection lines.

It's not just designed that this product excels at. Due to its durable layer structure including two PVC backing layers, the ranges available through planks and tiles provide various properties that protect against all types of threats to secure your space with unbeatable quality.

Cheaper Than Most

Whilst some vinyl flooring is more expensive than other brands, brands such as Distinctive flooring are the cost-effective option that provides all the best qualities. Keeping the floors at their maximum level of presentation requires a minimum of effort with a simple sweep and mop with a regular floor cleaner. No need to purchase expensive industry-leading chemicals to keep the vinyl looking like new.

Distinctive is also among the most child-friendly options available, offering safety and comfort for children to play and an easy clean surface for parents - meaning that maximum fun can happen with minimum accidents.

Incredibly Quiet

When it comes to noise reduction, luxury vinyl tiles and planks cover all intrusive sound. With soft underfoot protection deadening any noise levels at a higher rate than other alternatives, you won't be worried about waking anyone up at 3am if you require a late-night snack from your kitchen.

If you tend to move your room around a lot, refurnish after a few months or regularly practice your feng shui, the integrated safeguards in luxury vinyl flooring protect against stubborn scuffs and stains that can occur from furniture removal and incidents. This eliminates the use of surface treatments over time and with easily replaceable sections should any damage occur, you won't be disrupting your entire floor.

Adds Warmth

You can also keep a vinyl floor warm all year round due to its natural companionship to underfloor heating systems, a very popular method throughout the UK currently to save money on heating. No matter which room you look to implement you can be sure you won’t be left in a cold spot, even if you choose stone replicating tile.

By choosing flooring such as grey oak flooring, you choose incredible quality, security, satisfaction, and design with ranges to suit every type of homeowner and taste. It’s no real surprise that it has perfected upon perfection, providing endless consistency to developing homes and increasing the look and feel of luxury vinyl tile standards for years to come.

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Is Luxury Vinyl is the Best Flooring for your Kitchen

From cooking food to washing clothes, the kitchen requires a flooring option that can withstand heavy foot traffic throughout the day - whilst still managing to look great whilst doing so. This is one of the main reasons why everyone looks to luxury vinyl flooring as the solution is simple. It doesn’t compromise on the style whilst taking on the demands of the kitchen. Here's just a few more reasons why luxury vinyl flooring is the best choice to make.


Adds Warmth

Whilst many homeowners feel the desire to opt for real wood or stone flooring throughout the kitchen, authenticity is truly in the eye of the beholder. Real hardwood and stone are generally considered cold underfoot and susceptible to fading and discolouration when direct sunlight hits them every day. Where luxury vinyl such as Invictus flooring gains a big advantage, not just in its cost-effective pricing, but in its ability to fully replicate the real thing and be softer and warmer underfoot.

Invictus is manufactured to stay at a well-regulated temperature and is also the perfect cover for underfloor heating systems, giving a little extra warmth on colder nights.

Easy to Clean

Among the best qualities, luxury vinyl brings to the table is its ease of keeping clean - a godsend where the kitchen is involved. No matter if it is dirt from the outside or sauce spills from your cooking, your cleaning will be the easiest job you have. Real hardwood and stone will typically retain lasting signs of tough stains and require expensive cleaning solutions to fade them out, whereas luxury vinyl flooring requires little more than simple soapy water and a mop to retain its impressive look! 

Simple vacuuming and sweeping can also help to keep the floor in its original intended look, and you won’t be shilling out extra money on special cleaning chemicals either.

Plenty of Selections

The quality of designs and colours available through the range is definitely among the most popular and inspiring choices on the market. With full practical functionality comes the requirement for versatility in design. You can find plenty of unique designs through real hardwoods to slates complete with stunning finishes, rich tone and the ability to mix and match to give people an insight into your kitchen creativity.

Designed to Last

With luxury vinyl flooring, you are provided with the ultimate product to ensure the long life it deserves.  Bringing new meaning to the term hardwearing, Invictus, such as grey parquet flooring, presents a warranty that spans decades - a true testament to the confidence in withstanding heavy foot traffic over time. This warranty is among the longest terms available in the marketplace and reinforces why luxury vinyl flooring is the best you can find for your kitchen.

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Makeup Trends you Need to try this Autumn

3.9.22

With Summer over and Autumn just around the corner, it's a perfect time to start looking in to, and embracing, the new and current trends. Experimenting with makeup is one of the easiest ways to refresh your look for the season ahead! Thankfully, many makeup tutorials are now accessible online, which means you can confidently wear some of the latest looks. Here's just a few you need to try this season.


Eyes

Graphic eyeliner looks are super modern and almost futuristic. Why not try experimenting with some quirky graphic liner looks? If you’re intimidated by the thought, you can create the look even as a novice makeup lover if you have the right tools. Invest in a thin brush and a pot gel liner, or just have fun with creamy, easy-to-use pencils. When making the shape, don’t be afraid to elongate its silhouette and always go upward to give a lifting effect to the eye. 

Smudged eyeliner is another trend and gives a more edgy, smoky look. All you need to do is apply brown or black eye shadow on top of your eyeliner and blend it with a small brush to create soft edges. Many makeup artists are embracing softer, sootier lines, and the worn-in look is easy to achieve yourself because you don’t have to be too precise. achieve.

Sometimes eyelash extensions can make all the difference to your look. Try a pair of soft, fluttery lashes with smudged eyeliner on the top lid. Look for Lilac St, Ardell or Mac for the best-in-class lashes. You can easily apply the best lash extensions at home in about 10 minutes for a week of wear. You don’t even need to wear any mascara as you choose to do so when you wear eyelash extensions to enhance your natural lashes!

Brows

Brows are still a strong focal point. Bleached brows are popular, but they aren’t for the faint of heart. Playing around with the structure of the brows is a modern trend, but you don’t have to do something dramatic to your brows to be current. Try blocking out eyebrows instead by using a glue stick, setting powder and concealer.

The tide also seems to be turning against the ultra-laminated brow, and brows are becoming more natural-looking. They look more effortless and full than brows that are full of product or overly groomed. Use a brow pencil to fill in any sparse spots and lightly draw lines that look like hairs.

Embellishments

Everyone’s current obsession, Euphoria, is bringing gemstone embellishments into the spotlight again. Many celebrities are rocking this trend already, and it is only likely to grow in popularity in the colder months. Many facial embellishments like gemstones and pearls have been seen on the runways. To make placing appliqu├ęs easier and quicker, you can first create your design using liquid eyeliner.

You can easily create a subtle sparkle with delicate clusters of sky blue or light pink crystals or use a few strategically placed accents for a more dramatic look. The trend of using facial embellishments is a throwback to the Y2K era, and definitely a fun one to embrace!

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Invisalign vs Braces - What's the Best Choice?

19.8.22

For centuries metal braces have been the only option for patients wanting to straighten their teeth. Now, innovations in orthodontics have produced many more options for patients to choose from. There are benefits and drawbacks for all treatments and it is important for patients to clearly understand these. In this post I will break down the most important factors involved with braces and Invisalign, to allow you to weigh up the pros and cons and make a well informed decision. 


Appearance

The main advantage of Invisalign is that the retainers are almost invisible. The treatment uses clear, plastic aligners. The patient goes through a number of different customised aligners to achieve the perfect smile. Braces are more visible, traditionally made out of metal brackets and wires that are permanently attached to the outside of your teeth. There are however other options now including lingual braces which are attached behind the teeth and ceramic braces.

Eating and Drinking

Another benefit to Invisalign is being able to take them out. When eating or drinking, patients should remove their aligners, which, unlike braces, means you can still eat or drink what you like. With braces, there are certain foods you need to avoid or take extra care with. This includes crunchy foods, sticky foods, hard foods and also food that requires biting into such as apples.

Brushing and Flossing Teeth

With Invisalign, you take your aligners out to brush and floss your teeth, meaning the process remains exactly the same. With braces, it can be more difficult to brush your teeth and floss with the brackets and wire in the way, meaning that food particles can easily become trapped. You also need to brush more frequently with braces, as if the teeth got darker while braces were fitted, you could be left with light marks on the teeth where the brackets were attached. Orthodontics advise brushing straight after you eat or drink a non-clear drink.

Discomfort

Both Invisalign and braces can cause pain and discomfort when the teeth are moving. However, braces can cause more mouth and gum problems like cuts and ulcers due to the metal brackets rubbing against the inside of the cheek and tongue. Of course this isn't a permanent issue, but definitely something to consider when making your choice.


Cost

With Invisalign and traditional braces, the price can vary a lot and differs from patient to patient. Braces in the UK on average can cost you anywhere between £1,075 to £5,000, depending on the type of brace you choose and severity of the issue. Invisalign treatment can cost from £1,595 to £7,000 depending on the complexity of the issue. Speak to an Invisalign doctor to find out exactly how much the treatment would cost for you.

Orthodontic Appointments

Another bonus to Invisalign is that you don’t have to go in for many appointments. After visiting an Invisalign doctor, a 3D scan of your teeth is used to make all the customised retainers in a laboratory. You are given several different sets of retainers at once and advised when to change them. With braces, you have to go in every month or two to get the braces tightened, so can end up taking quite a bit of time off work or school.

Effectiveness

Invisalign is effective at treating overcrowding, spacing, crossbites, overbites and underbites. Braces are effective at treating all these issues, but can also be used to treat more severe issues.

Treatment Time

Generally treatment time for Invisalign is faster than traditional braces. You have to wear your aligners for 22 to 24 hours a day and it takes around 6 to 18 months. Braces usually last from 16 to 18 months, however can be longer if the patient has more complex issues. Of course you cannot predict how long the braces need to remain with either treatment, and both can take up to 2/3 years for the finished results.

Invisalign and braces both have their pros and cons and it will be down to your orthodontist to advise you on what treatment may suit you best. You can visit an Invisalign doctor to get their expert opinion, or make an appointment with your dentist to get the discussion started.

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6 Easy and Simple Tips to Save Time on Chores

Chores are a necessary part of life, and if you are anything like me then you will want to get them done as quick as possible, so you can get back to the things you enjoy doing! Here are some top tips to get your jobs done fast, but also to a high standard - so you can kick back and relax.


Divide Tasks and Share with Family Members

Create a list of chores that need to be done in the house, this could be anything from hoovering to doing the washing up, and assign these to each family member. This way everyone contributes equally and you aren’t left doing all the jobs yourself. It can also give younger family members a bit of responsibility, which is a great skill to develop. 
 

Organise your House to Make the Chores Easier

Aim to organise the house based on a 'traffic line' of daily life. For example, put the laundry basket near where you take off your clothes, and make sure this is in an area close to the washing machine, so you don’t need to carry laundry across the house. This can help to keep tasks as efficient as possible, as time spent wandering around the house searching for things isn’t productive (or fun)!

Get Reliable Equipment

Don’t waste your time cleaning up the floor with a broom and dustpan – grab your hoover, which can get the job done a lot quicker and won’t miss any pieces of dirt! Similarly, make sure to purchase good quality kitchen tools such as induction pan sets, in order to prevent food sticking to the pan, as this can take forever to scrub off. Using the right equipment at the right time can save you so much time and energy.

Preparation is the Key

Cooking is one of the most consuming tasks that we have to do every day, so make sure you do as much prep work in advance to save time. After your weekly shop, try to cut everything that you will need and store it away in batches in the fridge or freezer – this way when it comes to making the meal everything is ready to put straight into the oven or frying pan! Why not pre-prepare evening meals in the morning, so that all you have to do during the evening rush is re-heat the food and serve. 

Keep your Space Clean

Having an organised and tidy space will not only make you feel as though you are on top of everything and prepared, but it can also save you time. It is easy to misplace or lose items, therefore putting everything back into its original place once you have used it will make it easy to find and save you a lot of hassle!

Stop Limescale Creating more Work

Limescale build-up and dried-on water marks can add significant time to your chores. For those that live in a hard water area, this can be a constant battle on two fronts, both in the kitchen and in the bathroom. So how do you cut out the time-consuming scrubbing and scraping? Well, the best way is to stop limescale from getting into your home in the first place with a water softener. This will remove the minerals from hard water that causes limescale, freeing your shower screen, taps, surfaces, glasses, appliances, any shiny surface and more from unsightly residue and build-up. Saving you time cleaning and money on descaling products.

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Preparing for the Birth of your Child

Childbirth is undoubtedly one of the most magical things a person can do. Sharing life is a powerful thing, and it stands to reason that the birth of your child should be planned as such. Birth plans enable you to make yourself as comfortable as possible during an incredibly important medical event – and give you the opportunity to tailor your first hours as a parent. But what should you think about when planning a birth?


The Location

One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is choosing where you would like to give birth. There are a number of options when it comes to birthing location: in a hospital, a birthing centre, or at home. All have their own advantages and disadvantages, which you need to think about carefully before you make a choice.

Hospital births are the most common kind of birth in the UK, and see you transported to the hospital to give birth in a maternity unit. Hospital births give you much more immediate access to medical interventions in case complications occur, and can give you access to modern interventions like epidurals or assisted births.

A home birth can be a magical thing, though, and a much more comfortable overall experience than giving birth in a hospital. You’re giving birth in a familiar place, with creature comforts all around; you’re also not expected to move between home and hospital in the middle of labour, unless major medical intervention is necessary. The risks are higher, but home births may simply be logistically easier for you (especially if you already have children).

You could also opt to go to a birth centre instead. They are usually much less medical than a labour ward, but have quick access to these if necessary. If you are wanting a water birth, or a more calming birth experience, this is a great choice for you.

Pain Relief

While there are some lucky enough to experience minimal discomfort when giving birth, it is overwhelmingly likely that giving birth will be a painful experience for you. It's therefore a good idea to research the pain relief options available to you before you reach your due date. Epidurals are a common modern intervention, that introduces an anaesthetic directly to the nerve clusters in your spine that send pain information to the brain. There are those that might think epidurals too invasive, and would seek instead for a ‘natural’ birth – in which case, breath control and 'hypo-birthing' are commonly-used techniques to control pain and pain response.


Childbirth Risks

As with any medical event, childbirth comes with its own risks – from birthing complications to hospital negligence. Indeed, medical negligence claims relating to orthopaedic surgery make up two-thirds of the NHS’s overall negligence spending, where improper handling of the new-born can leave lasting physical and even mental damage.

You should make sure you understand the various things that could go wrong during childbirth and after, so you can spot any warning signs and advocate for the best possible care. Knowing the signs can also help you with your own medical negligence claims, should you need to seek compensation.

Your Birth Partner

Lastly, a simple but impactful decision. Who will you bring with you into your delivery, whether at home or at hospital? For many, the answer might be as simple as bringing your partner – but for others, the question can be a bit more complex. Figuring this out now can save you unnecessary heartache later on, and ensure you have the right person cheering you through one of the biggest events in your life. 

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Our Summer Holiday Bucket List 2022

2.8.22

A lot of things may have changed for our family over the last few months, but if anything, that's made me want to make this summer as special as possible for my three. Of course I had to create a summer holidays bucket list for 2022 to go alongside this! I've created a summer holidays bucket list the last few years (2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 can be found here), as I think they're a great way of not only documenting what fun plans we have for the summer, but also making sure we do something a bit different and new as well.

As always I've made sure to only really add things that we've already got planned, or simple things that won't be too difficult to achieve. Just because you've made a list, it doesn't mean it needs to be full of fancy and expensive things! Do let me know if you're going to create your own summer holidays bucket list this year. I'm always on the hunt for more ideas for years (and other school holidays!) to come.


What plans do you have for this summer?

4 Easy Ways to Get Fit and Healthy after Having a Baby

Those blissful first few months after having a baby should 100% be spent soaking up every moment - napping with your baby, eating all the food (especially if you're breastfeeding as you're burning extra calories), and just resting your body. But many mums find that once they're out of the fourth trimester, they want to start doing things for themselves again! Getting fit and healthy after having a baby can be a daunting task though, especially if it was your first baby. But it doesn't have to be. In this post I'm going to share 4 easy ways to get fit and healthy again after having a baby.


Get out Every Day for a Walk

It sounds incredibly simple, but walking is a fantastic - and free - way to kick-start your journey to getting fit and healthy. And best of all, is that you can take baby along with you! Map out a simple route for those first few walks, and then once you get your energy levels back up you can start going further afield. Plus, getting out for a walk every day is really good for your mental health as well. Fresh air, and moving your body will definitely improve your mood - and baby is likely to nap too. Win, win!

Wear an Activity Tracker

If you're wanting to keep an eye on how many steps you're doing, or how many calories you're burning, then wearing an activity tracker such as an Apple watch is a great idea. Most trackers let you set goals, so you can keep an eye on your progress throughout the day, and see what you need to do to achieve them. If you've already got an Apple watch, then why not give it an upgrade with a new watch strap? 

Meal Plan and Prep

A great change you can make at home to help improve your health, is to start meal planning and prepping. Decide what meals you want to eat over the week, and then you only have to buy the ingredients and items you need for those meals - a great money-saver too! Once your shop arrives you can then get prepping. Clean and chop-up vegetables so they're easy to grab for snacks, and get your fridge organised. You can even go a step further and cook all the meals / lunches for week so you won't be tempted to order a takeaway. This way you don't have to worry about being in the kitchen for hours when your baby needs you either.

Join a Mum and Baby Exercise Class

You may have signed up to plenty of classes for your baby to enjoy, but why not have a look around for classes you can enjoy for yourself too. Many areas offer mum and baby exercise classes, so you don't even need to wait late evening (when you're most likely too tired to head out), or find someone to have baby. There are lots of different options such as buggy fit classes, mum and baby yoga, gym sessions where babies can come along, and more. Swimming is also a great way to exercise, so why not look at joining a gym that offers creche sessions instead.

How did you get fit and healthy after having your baby?

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Fab End of Year Gifts for Teachers

1.8.22

A lot of parents now mark the end of the school year by giving their children's teachers a present to say thank you for caring for, and supporting them, throughout the academic year. A thoughtful small gift can go a long way, and are a great way to demonstrate your appreciation for the work they do. A meaningful and thoughtful gift can go a long way in expressing your thanks, and it will also be something that they are able to cherish and remembers for years to come. The ideal gift doesn't have to be expensive or flashy though, in fact gifting luxury items can put pressure on other members of the school community. So here are 4 fab end of year gifts for teachers you could give.


Chocolate

Why not give your teacher a chocolate gift, such as a selection box filled with all of their favourites? Almost everyone loves chocolate, so this is a safe bet if you are unsure what to get! They can keep chocolate for any occasion, so they can indulge on the sofa watching a movie on a rainy day in summer, or save and snack on in the staff room between lessons. Just make sure you check for any dietary requirements for getting edible gifts, as some teachers may have allergies or intolerances.

Personalised Cards or Gift Cards

Getting a card with a handwritten letter inside thanking them for their time and efforts this academic year could be an easy, inexpensive way to say thank you to a teacher. It's nice to let your teachers know that you appreciate them going above and beyond for your child, and that they have learnt a lot during their lessons. For that extra-special gift, you could even sneak in a gift card for their store or restaurant!

Teacher Survival Kit

If you are feeling creative, why not make a hamper kit to gift with all the teaching essentials that they may need for the upcoming school year. This could be anything from new pens, highlighters, staples, a pencil case, and a large box of coffee! Not only are these really helpful presents that are definitely going to be used, but it will also save your teacher a bit of money when it comes to replacing classroom essentials the following year. 

Holiday Items

Now that school is over and your child’s teacher is prepared to take some much-needed time to rest and recover, why not buy them some summer necessities they can use all summer long? How about some sunglasses, a picnic blanket or even tote beach bag. It could be a good idea to find out where their favourite store is so you can buy the items from there for the extra personal touch.

What gifts do you give to your children's teachers?

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Pass Inheritance to your Family with these 5 Easy Steps

29.7.22

When we pass away, it’s comforting to know that our loved ones will be well looked after. Depending on the value of your assets and estate, your family could have to pay thousands in inheritance tax or suffer undue stress if your affairs aren’t in order. This is why making the necessary arrangements for the future is so important! Fortunately, there are a variety of cost-effective ways to pass on our inheritance to loved ones when the time does come, and in this post I'm going to share just five of these.


Make a Will

Writing your will is one of the essential stages of estate planning. Your will dictates how you would like your assets to be distributed after your death. If you fail to write a will, you will have little control over the distribution of your assets (which will be divided according to UK intestacy rules), and any inheritance may be subject to costly inheritance tax that could have otherwise been avoided. You can use professional will writing services and seek legal advice to ensure that your will meets your expectations.

Property

If you wish to pass on your home to your family after you pass, bear in mind that the process can be complicated when it comes to paying inheritance tax. Many people choose to ‘gift’ their homes to their children when still alive to reduce the value of their estate and its corresponding liability, but it’s worth noting that inheritance tax will still be payable if you die within 7 years. Another option is leaving your property as part of a will, where the first £325,000 will not be subject to IHT as part of the ‘nil-rate band’. A further £125,000 tax-free allowance can be claimed as a ‘main residence nil-rate band’.

Equity Release

Many property owners also use equity release mortgage schemes to pass on inheritance to family whilst still alive. Equity release schemes essentially enable homeowners to either sell a portion of their home or borrow money against the value of their property. While this can be an effective way of distributing inheritance to your family, it’s worth noting that equity release schemes may also shrink the value of assets remaining after your death.

Life Insurance

Making use of a life insurance policy is a guaranteed way of ensuring that your chosen beneficiaries receive payment after your death. Life insurance policies written ‘in trust’ remain distinct from the estate in your will and any payouts are exempt from inheritance tax. Popular policies include ‘term’ assurance policies and ‘whole life’ policies, with ‘term’ policies only valid up to a certain age. The notable downside of life insurance policies is that they can become increasingly expensive as you enter old age.

Money

In the same way that you can ‘gift’ property to your family when alive, you can also give cash gifts. The rules around cash gifts in the UK vary - for instance, there is no inheritance tax applicable to gifts exchanged between spouses or civil partners, or those gifted to political parties and charities. You can also make use of an annual tax-free exemption of £3,000 to gift cash to loved ones.

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Four Wedding Preparations you can do Online

27.7.22

Your wedding is the best day of your life, but it also costs the most. In addition to this, wedding preparations require a significant amount of time, and it may be challenging to find the time to carry out all of the activities that are listed on your to-do list. This is especially true if you already have young children to care for. Fortunately, there are ways to complete these tasks without having to get dressed if you don't want to! Here are just a few of the finishing touches for your big day that can be completely organised online.


Photographer

Thanks to the internet, we now have instant access to a wealth of information at our fingertips. This means that a task such as hiring your photographer can now be done completely online, as you will be able to see their portfolio of shots taken in the past, get a price, and even contact details so that you can get in touch with them to discuss specifics about how you would like your wedding photos to look. You can even pay online, so you can plan your wedding while your little ones run wild.

Rings

If you and your soon-to-be husband have already determined the size of the rings that you and he will wear, you can now order your wedding bands online and have them shipped to any location of your choosing. Many people get engaged without having a wedding band, and if this is something you'd like to have as well, you can even order engagement rings online so that every aspect of your wedding is perfect down to the smallest of details. Do not be fooled into thinking that these rings will be of poor quality, as all of the materials are conflict-free and sourced from only the best sources. Therefore, you do not need to worry about the diamonds on your finger as they are of the best possible quality.

Table Decorations

Table decorations are a touch that not many people remember from when they attended weddings. However, those same people would definitely notice if there weren't any either. To your great relief, you no longer have to wander aimlessly through various stores in search of suitable centrepieces. There are countless websites and options to choose from such as these wedding flowers.

Entertainment

Of course you also have the ability to organise the entertainment as well. Again, thanks to the power of the internet and YouTube, it is now simpler than ever before to research entertainment prior to the day of your wedding, and you can do so without having to leave the comfort of your own home. It is likely that performers in the entertainment industry, such as singers and comedians, have posted videos of themselves performing on YouTube and other websites of a similar nature, so that fans can examine their work.

Good luck with you planning!

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5 Ways to Help your Children Find their Passion

24.7.22

Do you ever wonder how some children seem to know what they want to do with their lives from a young age? How can they find passion in the simplest things and never lose sight of it? It's amazing to see and something we should all aspire to. As parents, we want our children to be happy and fulfilled in their lives. So how can we help them find their passion? In this post I'm going to share 5 tips that might just help!


Encourage them to Try New Things

One of the best ways to help your children find their passion is to encourage them to try new things. It's important that they have a variety of experiences to draw from so they can figure out what they like and don't like. Trying new things can be scary, but it's also how we learn and grow. So encourage your children to sign up for that new activity or club, and meet new friends. It might be scary at first, but it will really help them!

Teach them to be Creative

There's no wrong way to be creative, so let your children express themselves in whatever ways they feel comfortable. Whether through painting, drawing, writing, singing, or dancing, encourage them to explore their creative side and find what they're passionate about. Additionally you can help them find their passion by exposing them to different forms of art and creativity. Take them to the museum, listen to different types of music, or read together.

Talk to them About their Interests

Take the time to talk to your children about the things they're interested in and ask them questions about why they enjoy those things. This will help you to get a better understanding of their passions and how they can pursue them. It can be easy to forget to ask our children about their interests because we are so busy with our own lives. However, taking the time to have these conversations is crucial in helping them identify their passions - and this is especially important regardless of how you feel about the topic, as you need to let them be individual.

Help them Set Goals

One way to help your children find their passion is to help them set goals. This can be a great way to encourage them to pursue their interests and figure out what they're passionate about. By setting goals, they will have something to strive for and something to measure their progress. So for example, if your child has set the goal to become a fitness coach, you could read up on this website www.americansportandfitness.com, about the necessary certifications they will need. Understanding what your child needs to pursue their dreams is a great way to encourage them to continue to push forward.

Encourage them to be Persistent

Passion is often something that takes time to develop. Therefore it's important to encourage your children to be persistent in pursuing their interests. This doesn't mean that they should never give up, but it does mean that they should stick with it even when things get tough. Pursuing their passion can be a great way to learn about themselves and their capabilities. One of the best ways to encourage persistence is to model it yourself.

What advice would you add?

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5 Ways to Stay Cool in the Garden this Summer

20.7.22

Staying cool during the summer months can be a challenge, something I'm sure we all discovered during the heatwave these last few days! With that in mind, it’s worth considering the various ways in which you can ensure you’re able to stay cool during the summer months, to make sure you can make the most of every moment (and every day!) So in this post I'm going to share some of the strategies you might want to implement to fully enjoy your summer.


Do the Gardening Early in the Morning or Late at Night

If you’re someone who likes to do a lot of gardening work, you should definitely think about when you do that work on the hottest days of summer. It’s usually best to do it in the early morning when the sun is out but it’s not yet too hot. Or if you're more of a night owl, you can wait until the sun is on it's way down and the temperatures drop back down. The last thing you want to do is expose yourself to the mid-day sun, especially when doing difficult work, and you could potentially harm your plants if you want them during the hot midday sun!

Use Misters to Stay Cool

If you have a mister that you can use in your garden, they provide you with a relatively simple and straightforward way to stay cool during summer. Having a little mist of cold water sprayed over you will definitely make a difference and is something you should consider. If you have children you can even buy children's fan with misters already attached - great fun for them as well as being practical.

Create Overhead Shade

Shade is one of the most important factors of all when you’re looking to stay cool in the garden. A good umbrella or a pergola that offers shade could be just what you need if you want to stay cool. Sitting in direct sunlight for long periods isn’t good for you and is rarely comfortable for most people, so be sure to make the most of whatever shade you can create. Pop up UV tents are great for little children too, especially as you can move them around the garden as the sun moves.

Install Outdoor Blinds

Installing some outdoor blinds in your garden might be just what you need when you want to block out the sun. And the great thing about them is that you move them up or down as and when you need to. It’s that adaptability and flexibility that make it easier for you to make the most of the warm weather while getting the protection you need when you need it! Find a company that can install high-quality outdoor shade blinds and take things from there.

Invest in a Pool

If you've got the budget, have you thought about investing in a swimming pool? It might mean spending a lot of money, but it could be just the kind of change that you’re looking for. A good swimming pool makes it so much easier for you to stay cool because you can simply dip into the pool when you feel the need to and cool off when it gets too hot. Of course if funds don't stretch that far, there are plenty of fantastic paddling pools available to choose from instead!

Staying cool during the summer months is something that’s always important, so be sure to make the most of the ideas shared above if you want to make sure that you’re able to do that. You’ll make much better use of your outdoor space when you have strategies in place for staying cool on the hottest days of the year. Have a fab summer!

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Create the Princess Bedroom of their Dreams

19.7.22

If your child love all things princess-related and has been asking for a princess-themed bedroom for a while now but you’ve never quite got round to it, then you've come to the right place. In this article I'm going to share some top tips on how to make their princess bedroom dreams a reality. Keeping reading to find out how!


Layout & Presentation

When it comes to the layout of your child’s princess bedroom, you’ll of course need to work with the room you have, including the overall size of the area (and any difficult angles or awkward spaces that you’ll need to take into account). You might want to consider customised fitted furnishings to complete the room, such as fitted wardrobes, a custom bed, or storage units to make the most of the existing space.

Think about your child’s age and how they currently use their bedroom. If they’re younger, you might want to include a dedicated area for playing with useful toy storage and plenty of space to host tea parties and balls for their teddies and dolls. If they’re older, then clothes storage and a dressing table might be more appropriate - or a beautiful writing desk for them to attend to their royal correspondence... or homework!

If you’re stuck for inspiration, check out these princess bedroom ideas, which include everything from classic Disney Princess rooms for younger ones, to more modern but classy looks for tweens and teens.

Colour Theme

When you’re creating a princess-themed bedroom, you may automatically assume it’s got to be pink but that isn’t the case at all. If your child wants to stick to the classic Disney shades of pink, that’s great but lots of colour themes lend themselves to that royal look, including purple, green, ice-blue, and metallics such as gold and silver. Why not create a mood board with your child, including any colours, patterns, or textures that they like? You could do this on Pinterest or in a scrapbook using magazine clippings and paint sample cards. Have a look at room tours on YouTube too as you may get some great inspiration from other children's rooms!


Accents of Royalty

Once you’ve chosen your room layout and colour scheme, you’ll want to get those all-important royal accessories right with princess room decor. This could include curtains, rugs, wall art, and lighting. It’s these little finishing touches that will make your child’s room extra-special and feel like the princess palace bedroom of their dreams! Depending on their age, you could get a personalised night light beside their bed or a custom nameplate or bunting.

Focal Point

Every princess bedroom should have a focal point in the room that draws people’s eyes to it when they walk in. Think about what you could create as a centrepiece for the room, whether that’s a four-poster bed, a mirrored wardrobe, or a dressing table with lights. A mural, decal, or large piece of wall art is another possible focal point that will really give that ‘wow’ factor when your princess sees their room for the first time!

Enjoy creating a princess room of their dreams!

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Minimise the Risk of Flooding in your Home with These Tips!

When you spend a lot of money on you house, it's understandable that you want to take care of it as well as you can. However, sometimes no matter what you do there are certain things that you can't control - your home flooding for example. But that doesn't mean you can't take certain steps and precautions to hopefully minimus the risk of flooding in your home, and hopefully the below tips in this post will help.


Turn off Taps

If you aren't paying attention, it's too easy to forget that the taps are running. But turning off your taps is one of the best ways to keep water from building up in your kitchen sink, which can cause flooding. So remember to turn them off when you are in the bathroom, kitchen, or any part of your home with a tap.
 

Don't Let your Hair go Down the Drain

Every time you take a shower or wash your hair you probably lose some hair, which then goes down the drain. The best way to stop this from happening is to put a cover over the hole so that the hair can gather on top instead of going down the sinkhole. This will help prevent the plughole getting blocked, and therefore increasing the risk of the water overflowing!

Use a Plunger

If you don't cover the hole in your bathroom sink, hair or soap scum will probably just fall down. This can then cause a blockage in your pipes, which makes it harder for water to flow down. You can use a plunger to start clearing out the pipes so that they stay as clean as possible and don't have any objects that could cause water to back up.

Clean Out your Gutters

During Autumn there are likely to be a lot of leaves, dirt and debris which can mess up your gutters. If you don't check them regularly, they can block your drainpipe and cause water to build up. So try to make it a habit to quickly check your gutters to make sure there is enough space for water to flow freely, which is especially important for rainwater.

You can always call a professional to make sure you have the right gutter system and that it works well so that water doesn't damage the foundation of your home. They can also explain the importance of regular gutter cleaning as they are incredibly knowledgeable on the problem.

Fix your Driveway if it has any Cracks

If you start to see cracks in your front driveway you should get this fixed as soon as you can. It could be a sign of damage to the building, which could get worse if rainwater filled the gaps and eventually cause your house to flood. So keep an eye on this and call a professional contractor if you start to notice any significant problems. You should take care of this as soon as possible.

With these helpful tips, you can easily figure out how to keep your home from flooding. You don't want to have to deal with big water problems, so make sure to do these things today!

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3 Things to Consider when Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash

18.7.22

Every homeowner would agree that the kitchen is one of the most important areas in the home. As such, it is vital for the space to be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional and practical. Therefore, it is no surprise that Confused.com's research discovered that 96% of Brits had renovated their kitchen before, spending about £5,219 on average. Countertops and cabinets feature heavily in many essential kitchen design decisions, but backsplashes also matter. Your kitchen backsplash has aesthetic appeal and protects your wall surfaces from the splatter of sauces and oils, so it is vital to put significant effort into its selection. Below are some vital factors to consider when choosing a kitchen backsplash.


Material Choice

Many experts recommend considering various material options for your backsplash, just like when investing in a countertop. Your material choice matters because it must be practical and not just chic. For example, natural stone is beautiful, but it is more practical in kitchens where a lot of cooking does not occur. Also, it requires frequent cleaning and must be sealed yearly. A glass backsplash is also worth considering because it is easier to clean but may compromise your renovation budget.

Several kitchen design experts recommend quartz as the perfect backsplash option. It is non-porous, so no grease or oil will seep into it. Plus it is available in a wider range of colours and designs, comes in large panels, and is easy to clean, making it ideal for a family-friendly kitchen. Tile, ceramic, and thermoplastic are other great material choices to consider.

Textures and Colour

Textures give your kitchen's theme an illusionary effect and more character, so it is vital to consider it when selecting a backsplash. Also, selecting the right colour for your kitchen will depend on its theme. For example, you can opt for neutral colours if you prefer minimalistic effects or choose backsplashes in light colours if you love warm textures to give your overall design a unique touch. In addition, prioritise creating contrast in your kitchen with your backsplashes. You can choose a lighter colour if your countertops and cabinets are a dark material and vice versa. On the other hand, you can extend your countertop's colour to create an alluring visual effect with multiple tile colours. You can read more about how to decorate with coloured tiles to make sure you get it right.

Budget

Defining your budget is, without a doubt, the first step to conducting any home improvement project. It would help to determine whether to keep your spending below a strict limit or are willing to pay a bit more to get what you desire. A defined budget in the early stages of your backsplash selection and installation efforts helps save time by narrowing your options. Indeed, you don't want to get your hopes up on a lovely marble or glass backsplash only to find that it costs way more than what you are willing to pay. More sophisticated designs will definitely cost more than basic ones. Still, if your heart is set on a particular style or colour, you can search for those produced from cheaper backsplash materials.

Good luck with your Kitchen designing!

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4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Engagement

13.7.22

If you've recently gotten engaged, congrats! Now, your big question is probably "what happens next?" It will likely take a bit of time until you can officially start planning your wedding. In the meantime, you and your fiance can still do plenty of things to make this time even more special. An engagement doesn't have to be just a precursor to the wedding; it can be an exciting period in its own right, and in this post I'm going to share four ways you can make the most of your engagement.


Celebrate with Friends and Family

Engagements are a great excuse to throw a party! This is a chance to celebrate with those closest to you and can be a special event. It's your chance to set the tone for the rest of your engagement and have a party that's as memorable and unique as you are. Getting people involved and excited is a great way to make your party a special event. If you don't know where to start, take a look around for inspiration: there are tons of ideas for engagement parties out there.

Get to Know One Another Better

Engagements are a great chance to get to know one another on a deeper level. By fully enjoying your engagement, you can remember there's no rush to get married - this period can be as long as you want. Discussing the future is good, especially if you put forward your expectations and goals. There are also tons of questionnaires online that are specifically designed to help you get to know your partner better. If you decide to do something like this, ensure you're both fully present and listening to one another. Engagements are also an excellent opportunity to move in together, if you haven't already, and spend time together just the two of you.

Plan the Big Day

Engagements are a good time to start putting together your wedding budget. While it may be too early to start booking vendors, it's never too early to begin researching potential options for everything from catering to dresses. You'll get a good feel for what's out there and how much things cost. This will make it easier to start booking things when you're ready and have a set date. Plus, this also gives you a chance to sit down and discuss your wedding priorities with your fiance. You can also do various preparations with your partner, like picking your new wedding rings together. It's good to do this well before the wedding to narrow down what kind of ring you'd like, from a 2.5 carat diamond ring to a family heirloom.

Go on a Romantic Engagement Trip

There are many different ways to celebrate your engagement, but one of the most common is a romantic trip away. You can use this trip to celebrate your love, explore new destinations, and get a feel for what married life might be like. If you both have a passion for sports, you could try sailing or even scuba diving. If you're more into cultural activities, plenty of places offer guided tours that make for a great way to experience the best of a new location. No matter what you decide to do, remember that this is your time to enjoy each other and celebrate your new engagement. Make the most of this opportunity to relax and enjoy a break from the daily grind.

An engagement is a great time to celebrate and get excited about the future. Engagements are usually pretty long, so make the most of the time by getting to know each other better, planning the wedding day, and going on a romantic trip together. An engagement is a chance to enjoy the excitement and anticipation of the future! Here's to a long and happy future together.

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How to Survive the Holidays with Children

12.7.22

Caring for a baby or toddler at home is tough. Having school-aged children home for the holidays is difficult too. But having to deal with both of those things at the same time can be enough to drive you up the wall! Whether you're at home full-time or you have to juggle work and holiday childcare, having to work out how to handle both preschool and school children at the same time is no easy feat. It can be exhausting, even if you love them and you don't have to do it all day.

It might be difficult, but there are plenty of things you can do if you want to survive the holidays with your sanity intact. Balancing keeping children of different ages happy can be hard, but there are things you can do together. And in this post I'm going to hopefully help!


Think about Finances

Before making any plans, you might want to think about the cost of keeping everyone entertained during the holidays. Maybe you want to do lots of things together but it can get expensive if you plan multiple activities over a few weeks. It could be smart to make a budget so that you know how much you can afford to spend every day, whether it's on activities, meals, or any other expenses you might have.

One of the things that can help you save money is focusing on free activities. Depending on where you live, you can usually find various things to do that won't cost you a thing. There are activities that will always be available, such as going to the park or a trip to the library. But you can also find that there are free events put on or free entry into some attractions during the holidays. If you want to take little ones for a treat, some cafes and restaurants will do 'kids eat free' deals too.

Find Activities Everyone can Enjoy

Entertaining children at different ages can be tough, but you can find things that everyone can enjoy. There are ways to adjust activities to work for different ages or things you can do that kids of any age will like. If you look at the article Toddler Games: 7 Ideas To Keep Your Child Entertained And Learning, you can see that lots of activities and games can be fun for toddlers and older children too. For example, arts and crafts are fun at any age and children can use age-appropriate methods and skills to be creative. You can get active in different ways that work for any age so everyone can have fun dancing, running around, or going for a bike ride. You can easily adapt certain activities to suit a range of ages too - you might just need to get your thinking cap on!

Start off Slow

If you have at least a week of holiday in front of you, and up to six during the summer, you don't want to go full steam ahead right away. You might want to plan lots of things to do together but you don't want to run out of energy before the end of the holidays is in sight. It's best to ease your way in and make sure you pace yourself. There's no need to start packing activities into every day. Not only will it make you tired but children are sure to get tired quickly too. Space out your outings and treats and try to make sure you have some calmer activities on your list too. I like to plan one 'big day out' a week and then just choose smaller / closer to home activities for other days. That way everyone has chance to relax - plus your budget isn't spent all in one go either.

Let Them be Bored

Children need to learn how to be bored and how to find their own entertainment. If you spend every minute of the holidays providing them with things to do, they won't learn how to overcome boredom on their own. Of course, you can still make sure there are things available for them to do at home, so they can pick up a book or do some crafts if they feel like it. But you don't need to have a full schedule of things to do for the whole holiday. Let them have periods of boredom so that they have to use their imagination to come up with something fun to do!

Create a Routine

Just because it's the holidays, it doesn't mean you should throw out your routine. It might be a bit different from your routine during term time, but you can still have a good routine that keeps everyone on track. It might be even more important if you have mixed childcare arrangements where you need to make sure handovers happen at the right times. You can still get everyone up at the same time, have breakfast, and ensure everyone is ready for the day. You might have to schedule naps for younger ones, which could be the perfect time to spend some time with older children on their own.

Don't Forget to Make Time for Yourself

It's always important to make time for yourself as a parent, and it can be even more important when your children are at home all day. It's not always easy to find time for yourself, but there are a few ways you can do it. If you can, why not ask if their other parent or another family member could take them out for a few hours, or maybe you have a friend who would be willing to work together a childcare arrangement with you. Hiring a babysitter is an option if you can afford it too. You could also look for activities and clubs that they can join during the holidays, some of which you might be able to get financial help with or could even be free. And there are always evenings, when you can take some time for yourself after they've gone to bed. 



Plan Plenty of Downtime

There's no need for everyone to be rushed off their feet for weeks. Having downtime could mean you might plan some things to do but it gives everyone a chance to relax. You could plan to watch some TV or movies for a while, play some games that everyone can join in with, or do some quiet activities. There are lots of things that you can do at home too, from baking or making lunch together to building a fort or getting out your fancy dress box. Don't be afraid to let children chill out with screens too - everyone needs time to switch off and be and they are a great way to achieve this. Of course you can put limits on them if you're worried about them being used too much though.

Team Up with Other Parents

There's strength in numbers, and teaming up with other parents can really help you to survive the holidays. You can plan some playdates together or swap who has the children so you each get a chance to have some time to yourself. It can be a good way to send either your older or younger child to spend time with a friend so you can have some special time with whoever is left. You can also team up together and plan outings or other activities so you can tackle the day together - everything is always easier with another adult along for the ride!

Split Time with Younger and Older Children

It's always a good idea to try and give each of your children individual attention. While it's not always easy to do, there are ways you can ensure each of your child gets the one-on-one time they deserve. During the holidays, it could be even more difficult, but you can still find ways to do it. You might spend time with an older child while the younger one is taking a nap. Someone could be off on a playdate or attending a club or class, while the other is with you and gets to spend some time with you. Just make sure everyone is treated equally, so plan a special one-on-one day for each child.

Give Older Children some Freedom

While it might not work for everyone, allowing older children to have a bit more freedom can mean you don't have to provide constant entertainment for them. If you can allow them to go to the park with friends or even just play outside without your supervision, they will learn to entertain themselves. And with mobile phones available to everyone, it's easy to make sure they're completely safe, even if they do walk or cycle a little bit down the road. Of course, all children are different, so some can be a bit more trustworthy and mature than others when it comes to things like this. If you have teenagers, they can definitely be allowed a bit more freedom.

Find Family Fun on Holiday

If you decide to go away during the holidays, the whole family is usually together, which means you need to find things to do that everyone will enjoy. Fortunately, there are activities that everyone will like, from toddlers to adults. Things like swimming, bike rides, or going for a meal in a restaurant can all please everyone, no matter their age.


It can be hard to manage the school holidays when you have younger children too. But there are lots of ways you can keep everyone entertained until it's time to go back to school. I hope this post has helped!

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Top Tips for Purchasing a Second-Hand Car

7.7.22

There are many advantages to buying a second-hand car: they are environmentally friendlier than new cars, they tend to be a lot cheaper (a benefit which knocks on for insurances and taxes), you have a wider pool of vehicles to choose from, and, for the same money, you can buy a better model than you would be able to afford as new. But are there any downsides to buying used cars and, if so, how are they mitigated? The answer is simple - choose a second-hand car that is the right age and many of the perceived downfalls simply evaporate into nothing. In this post I'm going to share my top tips for purchasing a second-hand car.


Too Old

The disadvantages of buying too old a car are obvious; the older a car is, the more likely it is to suffer mechanical issues and break down on you, ultimately costing you more in repairs and breakdowns than it has saved you in the purchase price. How old is too old? Probably any vehicle over five years old should be crossed off your list of probable investments. This is not to say never buy cars older than this: cars with careful owners, with especially sturdy models, that have benefitted from thoughtful repairs and renovations can, of course, be excellent investments.

Too Young

Is there any such thing as too young a vehicle to purchase second-hand? Well, yes. If your chosen vehicle is less than eighteen months or two years old, you are most likely losing many of the financial advantages of buying second-hand. The environmental impact will still be quite high, as the car has not been run for long enough to mitigate the carbon footprint or resource price of its manufacture, so you will lose your green credentials for buying too young a second-hand car. And, as if that wasn't enough, your car might not yet be as tried and tested as you would like. Often, cars that are bought and sold as used vehicles tend to be sturdy models that are well run-in and no longer subject to recall as any faulty models would have been picked up and sorted out by the previous owner.

Just Right

This leaves us with a sweet spot of two to five years for an ideal second-hand car purchase. In fact, it can be narrowed slightly to two to three year old cars, simply in order to avoid having to MOT your new-to-you car in your first year of ownership. Now you know what you are looking for. KAP offers used cars for sale in Brighton with easy financing options and 100% guarantee. Good luck car shopping!

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5 Ways to Jazz up your Bedroom

21.6.22

Your bedroom is the one place you feel safe from the world. It's your private bubble from everyone else, and while you're asleep for most of the time you spend in it, your bedroom should make you feel inspired and happy. Yet, many people have 'boring' bedrooms - ones that lack any creative or focal points. If that describes your bedroom, don't worry because you can make some simple changes to transform it into an amazing sleep space!


Give your Walls a Colour Change

Firstly, it makes sense to decorate by adding some new colour tones to your walls - especially if they are rocking a lovely shade of white. The colours you choose, of course, are down to your individual tastes and styles, but make sure to not just follow a current trend, but pick something that will stand the test of time. It makes sense to get a few tester pots of paint and paint some samples in an inconspicuous area of your bedroom. That way, you can determine which ones are best.

Add some Chic Furniture

Another idea (if you've got enough space) is to add some chic furniture to your bedroom. One example might be to invest in some bedside tables that really emphasise the look and style of your bed. You might even decide to invest in some vintage wardrobes if you're trying to pull off a retro look in your bedroom. Whatever your tastes, you're bound to find furniture that works well for what you want to achieve.

Raise your Curtains

Does your bedroom seem small and dull? If so, one simple way to make a massive difference (and one that won't cost you a penny), is by raising the height of your curtains. If you're thinking that you'd need to buy new curtains to achieve that goal, think again. Simply move the curtain rail up a couple of inches or so to give the illusion that your bedroom has a high ceiling and thus feels bigger!

Jazz up your Bed

Do you have a simple headboard on your bed (or none at all)? If so, now is the time to upgrade to an amazing one that will almost certainly become a focal point in your bedroom! You can buy headboards in various sizes and styles, so whether you're after something contemporary or grandeur, you won't have trouble finding the best one for your bed! Wayfair have some great deals on bedding if you're looking to add that extra touch too.

Incorporate Greenery into your Bedroom

One final tip is to consider adding some plants to your bedroom. Indoor plants offer many benefits, aside from aesthetic ones, such as helping to filter the air in your bedroom by removing carbon dioxide, and they will positively impact your mental health as well. Of course having real plants would be the best option, but if you don't think you'll manage to keep them alive (or just want a cheaper option), then there are so many realistic fake plants out there now. 

Making some positive changes to your bedroom is straightforward and need not cost you the Earth. The above examples are a great start to your journey of creating an amazing bedroom. But just remember to create a space that is perfect for you!

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Top Reasons to Renovate Your Home

8.6.22

Do you live in a home that requires some TLC? Are you considering renovating but are not sure if it is the right decision for you? If so, you have come to the right place! In this blog post I will be sharing the top reasons why you should consider renovating your home. From adding value to your property to improving your lifestyle, there are many benefits when you decide to remodel your house.


One of the main reasons people renovate their homes is to add value. Whether you're planning on selling your home in the near future or not, increasing its value is always a good idea. Home renovations can be a significant investment, and even minor projects can make a big difference when it comes time to sell. So if you're thinking about making some changes to your home, here are a few of the best ways to add value:

Update Your Kitchen

The kitchen is often one of the essential rooms in the house, and it's also one of the rooms that potential buyers will pay close attention to. However, if your kitchen is outdated or needs repair, investing in a renovation can be a great way to add value to your home.

Add or Update Bathrooms

Like the kitchen, bathrooms are another critical selling point for potential buyers. Consider renovating your bathroom before putting your home on the market if your bathroom needs an update. Adding a bathroom can also be a great way to increase the value of your home.

Finish your Basement

Finishing a basement can be a great way to add extra living space and value to your home. If you have an unfinished basement, finishing it with drywall, flooring, and lighting can make it much more appealing to potential buyers.

Damp Proofing

It is an essential factor to consider when renovating your home as it prevents moisture from being able to seep through the walls and causing damage; look here. By ensuring that your walls are damp proof, you can avoid costly repairs in the future. Damp-proof your home, and you will add value, make it more comfortable to live in and improve its appearance.

Paint Your Home

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the value of your home. If your walls look dingy or outdated, painting them can be a cheap and easy way to give your home an updated look.

Updating your Home's Look can be Fun and Rewarding

Before you get started on a home renovation it's essential to understand why you want to renovate. Is it simply to update the look of your home or address specific maintenance issues? Or are you planning to sell soon and want to boost your home's value? Perhaps you have a growing family and need more space. Whatever your reasons, knowing your motivation from the outset will help ensure a smooth and successful renovation process. Here are just a few of the many reasons why renovating your home can be such a rewarding experience:

  • It can increase your home's value. Whether you're planning to sell now or down the road, a well-executed home renovation can significantly boost your home's resale value.
  • It can make your home more comfortable and functional. If you're renovating to address specific issues like a leaky roof or drafty windows, you'll immediately notice a difference in your day-to-day comfort. And if you add features like an extra bathroom or a mudroom, you'll appreciate the added convenience daily.
  • It can help you save money in the long run. Energy-efficient upgrades like new windows and insulation make your home more comfortable, and they can also save you money on your energy bills month after month.
  • It can give you a much-needed break from your everyday routine. If you're working with a professional home renovation company, they will take care of the day-to-day details of your project so you can sit back and enjoy the transformation of your home.
  • It can be an opportunity to express your creativity. A home renovation is a perfect time to let your inner design diva loose! Whether you're planning a complete gut job or just updating fixtures and finishes, this is your chance to put your stamp on your living space.

In conclusion, there are several reasons to renovate your home. Whether you're looking to save money, increase your home's value, or simply express your creativity, a home renovation can be a great way to achieve your goals. Just be sure to consult with a professional before getting started to ensure the success of your project.

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