Affordable Ways to Make Your Bathroom Feel Like a Spa

We all want our bathroom to provide a spa-like experience; for it to be somewhere where we can completely relax and enjoy a bit of luxury. However, building a spa is expensive, and we don’t all have the money to splurge on opulent extras, such as flat-screen TVs built into the wall of the shower enclosure and a hot tub that is big enough to fit in the entire family. The good news is that you don’t need to break the bank in order to give your bathroom a spa-like feel. Here are some great suggestions.

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Stay Safe When Driving With Precious Cargo

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The freedom of driving becomes a real gift when you have a family. With a family car on your drive, you have the option of going anywhere you fancy. Days out in your vehicle are an amazing way to make the most of your time together. And, of course, a family car is practical for other purposes. You can drive the kids to school. You can even take them to appointments, and friends houses without worry. In short; family cars make life a lot easier.

But, there is a more serious side to a family vehicle. When driving with kids in the car, you have the most precious cargo imaginable. This brings with it a fair amount of responsibility. Safety should always be important on the road, but even more so when driving with a family. That’s why we’ve put together a list of safety tips that you should always adhere to when your kids are in the car.

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Clearing Out Old Junk Could Change Your Life Forever

If you ever want to buy something, you can have it delivered straight to your door within twenty-four hours. That’s great, but it does also mean that impulse buying is on the rise. Year on year, the amount of clutter that you have in your life goes up. People don’t often think about the amount of clutter they have and they don’t realize it has a big negative effect on their lives. It makes simple tasks harder to accomplish and it can be a cause as well as a symptom of stress. We often buy things as a way to divert attention from other bad feelings in our lives but that only makes the problem worse. By getting rid of all of the clutter, you can make your home life less chaotic and help you to avoid stress.

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In recent years, a decluttering craze has swept the world, inspired by a book called ‘The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up.’ The author, Marie Kondo, set out a step by step guide to getting rid of all of the clutter in your life and cleansing your mind and body in the process. The book was a bestseller and people the world over have been raving about the positive effects of clearing up your house. If you’re feeling buried under the weight of all of that junk in your house, here are a few tips on clearing it all out.

 

It Doesn’t Have To Be Permanent

 

While thousands of people are incredibly passionate about the positive effects of cleaning up your life, it isn’t for everybody. You wouldn’t want to throw all of your stuff away, only to find that you want it all back a few weeks later. It’ll be too late by then and you won’t be able to get it back. The best way to do it is to move the stuff out temporarily and see whether you like your new, minimalist set up before committing to it on a long-term basis. Sites like www.firstchoiceministorage.com are a good place to get a storage container where you can keep all of your stuff while you adjust to your new lifestyle. If you like it, then you can start selling off all of the stuff you’ve moved out of the house, but if you don’t adjust to it well, you can move everything back in.

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Make Your Home Unique For A Truly Special Place To Live

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Owning a home is an exercise in good taste, especially when you first move in. Gone are the days of house sharing and your own flat, now you have a house to build your family in step by step. It’s an important and vital step to create the beautiful family unit you have always dreamt of having. Sometimes though, it’s important to do things a little differently, and this can extend to the home decors you have in your home. Personalities are intrinsically different, but family’s usually bond and share a common familial personality – it’s what keeps the family tight-knit.

 

Why keep your home looking like any other home? You’ve probably seen a thousand ‘live, laugh, love’ decorations in your friend’s homes. While the message is sound, the decoration is so ubiquitous that it might as well lose all of its meaning. For you, the intelligent and homely person, you likely want to implement your own, personal and unique taste to the walls and floors of your family unit.

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How To Responsibly Introduce Wildlife To Inquisitive Preschool Children

When they’re young, children are incredibly inquisitive and find everything around the fascinating. Things that move, make noises, and react to their interaction are of particular interest to children who are just over the age two and a half years-old. Therefore, animals are a constant lure for them to explore, grab, touch and play with. Sooner or later, parents need to teach children how to treat living creatures with respect, not only because they might end up hurting the creature, but to keep themselves safe too. To the innocent mind, an animal is a friend and potentially someone who they can rely on to have fun with. Preschool children are very much in the early stage of developing emotions and trying to understand what they mean. It’s the right time to start teaching them about living creatures and how complex wildlife can be so that they can take these lessons and apply them to live a better life.

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Most schools and parents rely on the tactic to take their children to the petting zoo. Children get to meet goats usually and see what another living creature that’s not from their species look like if they haven’t interacted with a cat or dog before. When they pet them for the first time, it’s going to be strange, because the fur on these animals is unlike hair or any other type of texture they’ve felt. Children can get very excited and filled with emotion. Teach your child not to pull the goat’s ears, horns, fur or tail. It’s a wonderful experience, but children don’t know their own strength. You should be teaching them, that hurting another animal will result in that animal treating them as a threat to their safety. Thus, aggressive actions may be taken by the animal that can shock them. You can also teach children to look out for warning signs that the animal is becoming aggressive by grunting, physical force, and making a loud noise like slamming their hooves on the ground. [Read more…]

How Your Home Can Save You Money

If it’s a particularly cold winter’s evening, it seems like second nature to turn up the heating to ensure you don’t get frostbite and risk losing your toes. On the other hand, if it’s a roasting hot summer’s day, you think nothing of whacking up the air con to cool your living room and make the air more breathable. But energy bills are on the increase. Rates for gas and electricity have seen above inflation rate rises, meaning that you have to pay more to cook your meals, heat your living room and light up your bedroom. Something’s got to give. You want to feel warm, secure and happy in your home without paying extortionate amounts for the privilege. So what can we do to save money on our energy bills? There are simple ways to counteract the ever increasing cost of running your home. Take a look at these simple strategies to see your home save you money.

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Get Smart

 

There is range of technological advances that can make the running of your home seem positively futuristic. The new smart thermostats are one such example. These aren’t the basic first generation of smart thermostats that merely turned your smartphone into a remote control allowing you to turn up your heating from the comfort of your favorite arm chair. This is Star Trek sized futuristic technology we are talking about. Now, thermostats are so intelligent that they can work out how many people are in a particular room of your home at any one time. The thermostat then relays that to a central base and applies the optimum temperature level accordingly.

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How To Tackle Your Terrier’s Troublesome Side

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Terriers make fantastic family pets. Whether you opt for a West Highland Terrier, or a Jack Russell, these little guys have a lot of love to give. They’re excitable, passionate, and always on the go. So, they’re ideal for children who want to play all the time. Their independent natures also mean they’ll be happy to entertain themselves. It’s the best of both worlds.

But, many of us have heard people referring to Terriers as terrors. And, it would be naive not to address that accusation here. Despite their good points, there’s no denying that these dogs do have the ability to terrorize you if you let them. To ensure you reap the benefits without the terror aspect, we’re going to look at a few ways you can tackle your Terrier’s terrible side.

Take Training Head On

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Terriers have an amazing ability to learn commands. At the end of the day, they started life as working dogs. So, they’re ready and waiting for you to teach them their jobs. As such, you should start training as soon as possible. This is crucial, not only for curbing their behavior but also for teaching them the pecking order. Terriers, more than many other dogs, will take advantage of chinks in the pack’s order. You need to assert your role as alpha to achieve their long lasting respect. You could start at home by using resources like this dog training blog to get you off on the right footing. Once they’re old enough, it’s worth taking them to a class, where they’ll have the chance to meet other dogs, too. Remember to always reward for good behavior, and you should be on the path to success in no time.

 

Burn Some Of That Energy

 

For the most part, this ‘terror’ which we speak of comes from this breed’s endless energy. You’ll be hard pushed to find a dog with as much get up and go as a Terrier. So, keeping the terror in order is, in part, a case of burning that energy. As these are a small breed, many owners fail don’t realize the amount of exercise they need. But, long walks are essential for Terriers. These highly intelligent animals need the stimulation of a walk at least once daily. Otherwise, they’ll go crazy and take you with them.

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An Outlet For Their Natural Instincts

This is an aspect that many of us dog owners don’t like to think much about. But, Terriers were bred to hunt rats, mice, and so on. As such, they have an innate desire to run after anything small and fast. Worse, they develop a commitment to the cause. It’s testament to their intelligence that they don’t forget about a catch when it’s out of sight. They think about it, and try to hunt it out. This isn’t behavior you want your kids seeing. So, make sure your dog has toys which can mimic this behavior. Squeaky options, or mechanical mice, are sure to go down well.

Habits That Will Ensure You Always Have A Little More In The Wallet

There are a lot of factors that play into how much you see in your balance at the end of the month. Your career matters. Circumstances like having to commute or having a family matter. But there are all data-points that get added into an equation. What comes out on the other side depends on what that equation is. In most cases, that equation is your money habits. So, let’s look at improving the equation to improve the result we see on the other side.

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Always be moving

A financially sensible life starts with goals. Most of us have them. They can be purely for something you desire, like a holiday each year. They can be for a big purchase like a house or a car. They can be for more income streams like buying a rental property or investing. What matters in meeting them is that you create a budget. Find the extra money that we’re all able to. Then, most importantly: pay yourself first. Take that extra money out of your regular account and put in savings before you spend a dime. Otherwise, it’s too easy to accidentally eat into savings. Procrastination is the enemy and paying yourself first is the weapon you need to beat it. [Read more…]

The Yearly Home Checkups Everyone Forgets

The home is our hardy protection from the environment outside. But every homeowner should be well-aware that wear and tear will always play its inexorable role. You should always be well-prepared for the issues this brings and the fixes you have to fork out for in the future. But, without making semi-regular checks of some of the big issues in the home, you’ll be forking out for those fixes a lot more often than you would like. Here are three of the biggest checks you should make of the home every year.

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The barriers of the home

When you feel a draft in the home, your first thought is to check if any windows or doors are ajar. But if they aren’t, you need a closer look. Air leaks caused by gaps in windows or otherwise can result in big heating bills. But if those problems are up on the roof, then you can be looking at something much more serious. Warped, cracked, or missing tiles don’t just let the heat of summer and the cold of winter in. They also let in the rain. When it comes from above, damp gets a lot of time to settle into the attic and the insulation, rotting them away before you see physical signs of mold. That’s why you should inspect the roof at least once a year, in particular before the rainy seasons start again. [Read more…]

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