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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Make Your Home Unique For A Truly Special Place To Live



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 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.

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…]

Picking The Perfect Property To Suit Your Lifestyle

It’s taken a while, but you’re finally ready to make that all important down payment towards a house. You’ve been saving like crazy forfeiting meals out, trips to the theater and your annual summer vacation in order see that savings pot grow. You’ve put in overtime at the office and worked harder than you’ve ever worked in your life to secure that annual bonus. These past few years have been a hard slog, but you’re now ready to reap the rewards of your frugality and purchase your first home. The lender has approved your home loan, you have made contact with at least half a dozen real estate agents, and you have acquired the services of a recommended lawyer.


Now it’s time for the tricky part. You need to decide where you want to put down roots. You may know vaguely where you will be based but does this mean the countryside, suburbs or the city? A particularly resourceful blogger has tried to sum up the pros and cons of city and countryside living at While you may not agree with all of the opinions, this is a great starting point when trying to work out where you want to be based. You’ll also need to think about what type of property suits your lifestyle. There are so many options available to you, that it can be tricky to work out exactly which style of property best fulfills your requirements. Take a look at the following four styles of properties available in the US. These are only a minutiae of the property types out there, but go some way to demonstrate the variety of home options that you could consider.

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  1. Penthouse Apartment Overlooking The City


If you are a family of four with a garage full of bikes, a vehicle or two and sacks full of toys, you may find a penthouse apartment is a non-starter. However, if you are single and looking to purchase a property on your own or with a partner, sophisticated city living could be for you. Penthouse apartments ooze luxury with incredible open plan square footage and stunning city vistas. Based at the top of any apartment building, the penthouse apartment is traditionally seen as the cream of the crop.

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Low-Cost Improvements: Make Your Home More Attractive Without Overspending

Whether you want to sell your home or just make it look nice, the suggestions from this article are going to help. You don’t always have to break the bank to make improvements if you’re smart. As all readers will discover, sometimes you just have to use some creativity. It’s possible to get fantastic results for less than $200 if you’re willing to perform some research and think outside of the box. Lots of families make the mistake of investing far too much cash in their properties. The issues arise when they come to sell and realize the house isn’t going to make a profit. With that in mind, use this information to achieve your goals without emptying your accounts.

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Paint exterior walls


The first and easiest task involves giving your house a new coat of paint. You could spend a small fortune if you paid for the services of professionals. So, you need to take the DIY approach when it comes to this idea. All you need is some suitable paint and a couple of ladders for this cosmetic overhaul. You should ask your children and partner to help out to ensure the job doesn’t take too long. With a bit of luck, you would add lots of curb appeal, and you should notice the difference immediately. It’s especially important to consider that idea if you haven’t painted the property for more than five years.

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Help Your Mind To Help You

Your mind is a powerful machine that can support you throughout your day. It is the core of your cognitive abilities, but it does more than that. Knowing how to train your mind in the right way can make you a more relaxed individual, can help you to understand the power of hormones and can even make you a better thinker. If you believe that you couldn’t change your life with the power of your mind, it’s time to think again and to do it for real. You may not be a superhero, but your brain can make you feel like one. It’s time to unleash your brain’s potential.

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Train Yourself To Recognize Stress

Life is stressful; there’s no need denying it. You know, and it’s likely that your brain knows it too. But what you may not know is that you can train your brain to recognize the signs of stress before they destroy you. Knowing when you are going to get stressed out or identifying the stress triggers, is key in preventing stress from damaging you. Indeed, when you know your triggers, you can take control of how you feel and actively wish yourself to walk away from stress. Stress doesn’t have to destroy you if you know its patterns and can avoid falling into the same traps.  

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Alternative Ways To Look After Your Health

People tend to think that if they’re not sick then they’re completely healthy. But once something goes wrong it can take a while for you to get back to 100 percent. If you have serious health problems you should consult a doctor about the proper treatment, but you can also do everything you can to keep yourself healthy both inside and out. Some people choose medicine to maintain their well being, but there are many other ways you can wake up feeling great.

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Chiropractic is pretty widely accepted in the medical community, and thus qualifies more as a complementary medicine than an alternative one. However good it may feel, seeing a chiropractor is more than just getting your back cracked. Chiropractors correct the cause of pain through spinal manipulation, or “adjustments.” The idea is that joints’ movements become restricted when surrounding tissues are injured either during a single event (exercise) or through repetitive stress (sitting with poor posture for extended periods). Chiropractic adjustments provide powerful pain relief for headaches, lower back pain, and even sciatica.

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Welcoming A Young, Lively Rescue Dog Into Your Family

America’s pet shelters are overflowing with pet pooches that would make perfect companions in a family home. So, if you’ve decided to rescue your new dog, instead of buying them from a breeder; you’re in for loving, and long-lasting relationship that will enrich your family’s lives for years to come. If you’re prepared to put in the time, work, and plenty of affection (and the odd treat); your rescue dog will integrate into family life with ease, and you’ll reap the rewards that a well-behaved canine can bring to a household. The following are some areas that you’ll need to consider before you go pick up your new family member from the dog shelter, with some hints and tips that should help them settle in.

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