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The Best Things In Life Are Free (Kinda)

The Best Things In Life Are Free (Kinda)

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Sometimes, the best things in life are the things that the earth gives us. We don’t have to expand or develop on the things that it grows or produces in order for it to be something that we can use or adapt to our lifestyle. While this sounds a bit cryptic, we are probably missing out on quite a lot in our lives simply by skimming over the basics and leaning towards more complicated products – and it simply doesn’t have to be this way.

Products: Toothpaste and toothbrush

Swap for: Miswak or Charcoal

Swapping your toothpaste and toothbrush for miswak is like taking a step in the right direction. Miswak comes from the Peeru tree and is harvested with your teeth’s health in mind. It naturally releases antiseptics, oils and sodium bicarbonate to help you achieve a whiter smile and fresher breath without having to use toothpaste or even water. There have been many reports to the benefits of charcoal powder used to whiten teeth too, and while it may seem counterproductive putting something black on your teeth in order to get them to a lighter and brighter colour, it’s one of those strange things in life that actually works … just don’t question it.

Products: Shampoo and conditioner

Swap for: Kitchen ingredients

You don’t have to be going to the store and investing in the latest shampoos and conditioners. Chances are that you already have the ingredients readily available in your kitchen to make your own. Generally speaking, the fewer ingredients you use, the better; you don’t want to overcomplicate matters by adding in stuff that isn’t necessary. A lot of people have cited coconut oil as the thing that works wonders for their hair, and olive oil and honey are constant contenders in the best ranked products that you can slather on your scalp. Although it may sound quite sticky, be assured that you can wash it out quite simply – you can find out more about different homemade shampoo and conditioner recipes at

Products: Facemasks

Swap for: Fruit, Vegetables and Water

There is no way that you’ll ever be buying another facemask again after finding out how simple it is to make your own. It’s probably cheaper in the long run, too – especially if you make in bulk for a pamper party. As with the shampoo and conditioner, you probably have the ingredients lying around your house just waiting to be used up. Drinking a lot more water will help with the hydration of your skin and the receptiveness to the natural products that you are putting on it. Blend up your selected fruits and vegetables with natural oils and oats to make a thick mask which will do nothing but benefit your skin. Things like bananas and vinegar may seem like a messy (and rather stinky) combination, but your face will thank you for it. Utilise what you have got around you and see if it works – if you see any signs of a reaction, stop the use immediately and try something else.

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Clean Your Way To Spring Freshness

Clean Your Way To Spring Freshness

Ah, it felt like the sun would never return, but here we are at last – spring has finally sprung! It’s time to store away our winter wardrobe and begin looking forward to those long days and nights of being outside in the great outdoors, BBQs with friends and family, and afternoons in the hammock with a book. But hold right there, mister or missus, because there’s pretty big task that needs to be taken care of before you get to enjoy the bright and energising gifts of spring. That’s right, you need to make sure your home is fit for purpose! So dig out the rubber gloves, because it’s going to be a busy (but worthwhile!) couple of days….


Throw Away The Junk

A spring clean begins with throwing away all the junk you have stockpiled in your home that you really don’t need. Remember: spring should be light and airy, you should have a spring in your step, and it’s difficult to feel like that if you have clutter all around you. Make it your first task to take a trip to your nearest charity shop with all the items you no longer need. It’ll make cleaning the rest of your house all the easier. If you do have to keep your things, look at smart home storage options to keep them in order.

Deep Clean

Yes, you should have known this tip was coming. When we say deep clean, we mean deep clean; that is, getting on your hands and knees and scrubbing those areas that haven’t been scrubbed in some time. You only do this once a year, so pull back all the furniture and electrical appliances and give the spaces beneath them a clean that would make you comfortable with eating food off the surface!


The Gritty Details

While the main cleaning will take place on the infrastructure of your home (like floors and windowsills), you should also take this opportunity to give your everyday items a good clean. Your fridge, for example, has been in pretty high demand over the winter, what with Thanksgiving and Christmas. There’s been no time or space to give it a clean, but you have no excuse now. Also, when you’ve hoover’ing make sure you do so behind the cushions on your sofa: they’re ripe for dust and dirt and will give them a freshening up.

Window Space

The sun brings a lot of good things, including our daily dose of vitamin d. But it also shines a light, literally, on the dirt and grime of our windows, so now that spring has arrived you’ll want give each and every window a thorough clean. This’ll take the best part of a full afternoon, and remember there’s an art to cleaning windows. But it’ll all be worth it when you’re able to look out and see the flowers and birds and other delights of the season.

The Front

Your home will never look as good as it does on a sunny spring afternoon. But oh gosh, the front is a bit dirty, isn’t it?! That’s why you’ll want to make sure you big up all the trash that is accumulated in the front yard over winter and make sure there’s no blemishes on your patio. A power washer can get rid of patio grime; indeed, this Karcher K2 Full Control review emphasizes its effectiveness at cleaning dirty patios, so you’ll be able to have your whole house looking spotless this season. While it’s not quite your home, the power washer can also clean your car – you don’t want a dirty car to ruin the image of your home when it’s avoidable!

In the Garden

Hopefully, if the weather plays ball, we’ll all be sitting outside often over the next few months. That’s why it’s important that you get into the garden and give it a thorough tidying up. Throughout winter our gardens can take something of a battering, so take the time to clear away all the winter debris that will have fallen from its trees and bushes. Your grass will also be in a bad way, so make sure you’re making the changes needed to make sure it looks great when it comes to summer.


Changing the Theme

Back to inside your house, you should be looking at matching your home’s décor thematically with spring. Winter is a time for deep, dark colors that invoke coziness. Spring is about bright colors that bring the splendid outdoors to your home. If you have some spare cash lying around, then invest in curtains that are lightly colored, like yellow, and replace your winter curtains with them. The same can also be said for your bedding. You no longer need a heavy duvet (or won’t soon, anyway), so instead opt for a light and colorful sheet.

The Bigger Jobs

With the sun shining on your house, you’ll begin to notice some of the bigger jobs that were hidden during the dark winter months. If you’ve had a lot of wet, snowy weather over the past few months, your painted outdoor areas might have begun to peel away, while your gutters might also be in a bad shape. Before the fun of spring and summer really begins, take care of these larger jobs once and for all. There are few DIY jobs more pleasant than spending a fresh and sunny day painting a fence, if you ask us….

Stay on Top of It

With a bit of luck and plenty of hard work, the transformation of your home from winter den to spring palace will only take a few days. However, that doesn’t mean you get to sit back and enjoy the rest of the warm weather (though there’ll be plenty of opportunities for that!). No, it’s important that you take the time to stay on top of your home and make sure it looks as good on the last day of summer as it did on the first day of spring. It’s much easier to do small tasks once a week than all the big tasks once a year, after all!

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What’s Your Home Personality?

What’s Your Home Personality?

Have you ever considered the personality of your home? This might sound like an odd question but there’s a style in your interior décor – or at least, there should be. Just like your sense of fashion says something about you, such as, for example, your choice of colours, shapes, and materials, the way you decide to arrange your home will be just as revealing. If you have not yet thought about home decoration, it’s time to sit down and check décor inspirations to get started. The only way you can feel at home in your house is by giving it a personality that matters to you, by making your house a nest of comfort and elegance. While you can always check blog articles for ideas and read about the latest design trends, you need to go a little further to make it work. You need to figure out what you like and what you want to be surrounded with. Indeed, the more you adjust your home to your tastes, the homelier it will feel and the more you will love its comforting colours and lines. Remember that your home décor is your sanctuary; this is the place where you can recharge your batteries. So it’s important to make it work for you! Here are some of the main trends to suit most personality traits of homeowners. Which one is yours?

The Zen Master: Clear And Natural Colours

Modern and discerning personalities have a natural attraction for simple colours and shapes that are a reminder of the shades you can find in nature. Have a look at designers such as Milk & Sugar that have been discussed in a previous article of Milk & Sugar is an Australia-based homeware specialist that works with a palette of earthy and natural colours. This type of colours is best suited for a homeowner who is conscious about his or her Zen potential and who wants to maximize the peaceful feeling in the house. If you are one who loves a little bit of Feng Shui philosophy in your home décor, this is exactly the kind of arrangement that you should be looking at. Additionally, it’s good to note that you will find it easier to set a zen décor in a new build structure, as most designs tend to be already built around a Feng Shui palette. Have a look at the models from, for example, that maximize natural light and neutral colours in a perfect Feng Shui statement. While you can create your zen paradise in any home, starting with a new build property will make it an easy and smooth switch.

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The Taste Of Simple Things: Sunny Greek Style

If you are one who loves the tastes of simple things such as a glass of milk or good company, you need to make sure that your home décor reflects on this approach to simple pleasures in life. Working with a Greek-inspired décor gives you access to a handful of colour and material options that are designed to create a spacious room and to make the most of natural light. This starts with whitewashed walls, or white painted. Any proper Greek villa will have elements of blue, whether you decide to paint your doors or to use a blue throw, it’s up to you. The delicate mix of white and blue reminds the peaceful waves of the sea under a clear sky. What more does one need to be happy? Choose simple materials, such as cotton and olive tree wood to create a soothing ambiance that will take your worries away.

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The Warmth Of A Spanish And Mexican Style

For those who love a southern approach to life with a lively and energetic lifestyle, have a look at Spanish and Mexican décors to balance your feisty personality. All you need is to set a scene with colourful walls in orange ochre, red and yellow to remind the colours of the favourite spices of the Spanish cuisine and to maximize the effect with statement cushions. While it may be a little tricky to find the right type of cushions in your everyday shops, check for sellers on who are local artisans with a great knowledge of style. Finally, finish your southern style with the display of bright paintings full of temperaments such as a reproduction of Picasso’s cubist portraits or a landscape by Dali.

The Romantic Soul: British Cottage Comfort

If you are one who cries when reading Jane Eyre or who love the story of Little Women, there’s no doubt about it: Your strength is your sense of romance. Make it also your sanctuary with an elegant British cottage style that combines flowery patterns for your furniture and wallpapers, elegant laces for your tablecloths, and pale shades of pink, blue, cream, and green for everything else. Remember to buy a proper porcelain teapot to complete the picture of ideal British romance. There’s a special charm to romantic little cottages that comes from the presence of tamed wilderness in the garden. Check some of these garden ideas from to turn your garden into a British cottage jewel. With this style, your house will immediately feel 10 times homelier and, this is the ideal design to put your traditional family values at the center of the attention.

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The Creator: The Brave Modern Eye

Creative personalities have a lot of fun with decorating the home as they can experiment with their sense of colours and shapes to create new statement pieces. If you have the courage of a creative mind, you will need to look for ways to break the natural structure lines of your home with the introduction of new materials and colours. The use of unexpected combination such as a concrete kitchen countertop in an old-fashion room, for example, can create a new sense of space. It’s not uncommon to mix materials and add metal and glass elements in the least expected areas, such as adding a glass floor in one room. Additionally, as a creator, you also have a strong sense of high tech which allows you to pick the latest technology for your home and to highlight them in the most stylish fashion.

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Beautiful Skin From Within

Beautiful Skin From Within


If someone were to ask you about your skincare regime, you’d probably start talking about creams and lotions.

You’d talk about your nighttime routine, how you use face masks, what you think the pros and cons of K beauty are. There’d be a mention of serums, beneficial acids and how you use them, the luxurious feel of a moisturizer seeping into your skin.

That’s skincare, after all. It’s topical lotions applied to your skin, face masks draped over your face. It begins and ends at your bathroom vanity, save for the occasional research trip online.

… Right?


There is a fundamental to good skin that many women miss out on, purely because it’s not mentioned very often. The food you eat and the liquids you drink make a huge difference to how your skin looks. In fact, it’s genuinely not pushing the bounds of supposition to suggest that if you’re not taking care of what goes into your body, what you put on top of it doesn’t matter.

Your Skin Is The Biggest Organ

… so treat it like one.

Let’s say you wanted to improve the health of your liver. The best way to do that is through diet changes, both additional (such as eating more beneficial foods such as tomatoes and avocado) and by subtracting (cutting down your alcohol intake). The liver is an organ and thus we recognize the things we consume impact it – so of course, the same is true for our skin.

Improving Your Skin Health Improves You

It therefore easily follows that improving the health of your skin is going to make you healthier in general, too. Should you choose to eat and drink better as an additional to your skincare routine, then all that goodness is going to improve your general health. As Pink Mama points out, managing your well-being doesn’t have to be difficult.

So if it takes the idea of better skin and thus less need for lotions and potions to motivate you to make generally-beneficial changes, then all the better!

The Changes You Can Make

There’s no need to be patronizing, so there’s not going to be a list of the things you shouldn’t do for the sake of your skin (and overall health). You know it already. You may have heeded that advice or you may have ignored it, but most of us have heard it a thousand times over.

Instead, let’s look at what you can eat to give your skin health a boost – and all with a much lower price tag than the latest anti-aging fad serum!


  • Avocadoes. Packed with healthy fats and with a high lipid content, your skin will love you for adding these to your diet.
  • Sardines. They might not be the most tempting, but sardines pack a serious punch with omega 3 and 6 – all nutrients that your skin is craving.
  • Nuts, especially cashew and brazil nuts. Nuts have a high calorie content, but they are also full of nutrients and fatty acids that your skin will love!


Bone broth. Make it yourself from leftover roast dinners and you’ll increase your gelatin intake, improving skin health exponentially.

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These Home Upgrades Benefit You Both Now and In The Future!

These Home Upgrades Benefit You Both Now and In The Future!

The great thing about owning property is any money you invest into it, you generally get back (plus more) if you sell in the future. Whether a house move is on the horizon or you don’t plan on going anywhere for a while, there are certain upgrades that are worth doing. These allow you to enjoy and get the most out of your home in the here and now, and are something that homebuyers will love in future too. Here’s how you can go about it!

Think About Curb Appeal

The way your home looks from the outside is so important. After all, do you really want to arrive home every day to a property that looks shabby and unloved? This will be the first thing homebuyers see when they look at your home, but for as long as you live there it’s something you will see every day too. So create a finish that you’re proud of and happy to come home to! Think about having it repainted or the rendering repaired if it needs it. Repaint your garage door, front fence and front door if they’re looking worse for wear. Tidy up the front garden and driveway. It will look far nicer, which is something both you and buyers in the future will appreciate.


Kit Out Your Kitchen

The kitchen is possibly the most important space to get right when you’re selling a home. It can be a total deal breaker, and if your buyers are undecided between two properties, you can bet that they’ll go for the one with the better kitchen. It’s such a well used space- the heart of the home. A beautiful and practical kitchen will not only benefit you in the here and now, but is something homebuyers will love if you sell later down the line. Choose a kitchen that will suit most tastes and don’t go for anything too trendy which will date faster. Solid wood or white units with marble or granite tops will always be in style. If you want to make the kitchen look more personal, do it with things like drawer pulls, wall hangings and other accessories that are easy to change. That way it will appeal to as many buyers as possible if you put it on the market. Kitchens with built in appliances look super sleek. You could go with a gorgeous island and an American style fridge freezer, complete with ice machine and water dispenser. A company such as Nashville Plumbing would be able to plumb all of this in, make sure you get these things done before having floors and other finishes completed. That way you’re not having to pull up and re-lay tiles or ruin the finish of things. LED strip lights are another cool feature and look fantastic underneath cupboards and kick boards.

Make Your Bathroom Into a Spa- Like Sanctuary

Another crucial space to get right in the home is the bathroom. Having it professionally tiled from top to toe is by far your best bet. It will last longer than having to constantly repaint and look smart year after year. You might need to scrape and re-grout between the tiles every few years to keep it looking fresh, but once the expense of the tiling is paid for it’s not something you’ll need to bother with again for a long time. Again, don’t choose very modern looking or trendy tiles because these will look frumpy and old fashioned when trends change (which they will). Don’t choose anything too out there, while you might love it future home buyers probably won’t. Using white or natural stone tiles on the walls again will never go out of fashion. For floors, some gorgeous slate or grey limestone floor tiles will finish the look. Unlike vinyl which can peel, wood which can warp and carpet (which should never be used in bathrooms!) properly fitted floor tiles won’t get ruined from wet feet. If you wanted to go a step further, you could even have underfloor heating installed first. Choose a white suite for your bathroom as again, a coloured choice won’t appeal to everyone. And consider splashing out (pun intended) on things like nice taps, and a heated towel rail which will bring an even more luxe finish to the space.

Install Wooden Floors Throughout

The problem with carpets is they wear out. If you invest even in excellent carpets now, in a few years, they will probably need replacing. They can stain, fade in the sun and hold onto smells which aren’t pleasant for a new owner. However wooden floors stay looking beautiful for a long time. Solid wood can be sanded and re-stained many times, allowing you to get up to twenty-five years of stunning flooring. A great investment for the future and the perfect way to transform your home to enjoy now too.


Plant a Gorgeous Garden

One thing homebuyers love is pretty gardens with well-established plants. Getting some shrubs and even trees planted up is a good idea for both now and the future. You could choose pretty flowering or fruit trees, or go with large fast growing varieties if you need to create a privacy screen. If you plant bulbs in your flowerbeds that bloom at different times of the year, your garden will always be pretty and colourful with no additional hassle to you. A lovely garden to relax in is one of life’s little joys, if you’re not currently making the most out of yours, then you should consider sprucing it up. Decking looks smart and adds considerable value to homes if you want a maintenance free deck choose composite. This is wood fibres, and plastic blended so lasts pretty much forever without rotting or the need to sand or oil it like regular decking. Add a seating area to entertain family and friends, you could even consider a pond and water feature too. If your garden is in a bad way, you might need to get professional landscapers in. Otherwise, you could do it yourself with the help of online tutorials and sites like Pinterest for inspiration.


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Real Men Dating “Lesson 3”

Guest Blogger and Musician, Cy Bryon

“Lesson 3”
So often attractions are so commonly physical nowadays that getting to know someone has become a lost art. You think just because you’ve seen her with her clothes off, you think you’ve seen her naked.

Ok, so, tell me her dreams. Tell me what breaks her heart. Tell me what she’s passionate about, what makes her cry? Tell me about her childhood. Even better yet tell me one, just one memorable story in her life that doesn’t include you…….. I’ll wait ??????????????

hmmm …

You need to look at her as if she is art.


Learn her curves, her lines, where they begin and end. Discover her depth. Interpret her as her creator sculpted her. See her with imagination. She’s not just beautiful, she’s art and art makes you feel something .

Of course, she accepts your compliments on her face, her hair, her body, etc. graciously; and she is, indeed, beautiful. But not like just a girl in a magazine. She was beautiful for the way she thought, the way her eyes sparkled when she talked about something she loved, for her ability to make other people smile even though she was sad. She was beautiful because she fearlessly wore her scars with pride. She wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks.

You can compliment her over and over and she will smile when she hears it, for she has that beauty that eyes can’t deny. Just Remember, if she’s amazing she won’t be easy, if she’s easy she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it you won’t give up and if you give up, you are not worthy. Yes, she is beautiful, yet strong enough to only be moved once you see her for the beauty that is her spirit.

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Home Improvement Secrets No One Ever Tells You

Home Improvement Secrets No One Ever Tells You

There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of blog posts and articles floating around that tell you how to improve your home. Whether you’re looking to sell it or you simply want to make it little more livable, then there’s plenty of advice out there for you. However a lot of the time it’s the same old advice over and over again. Clear out the clutter, rearrange the space, etc. This advice is incredibly helpful and can make a huge difference to the quality of your home. But these are far from the only things that you can do in order to improve your home. In fact, there are plenty of ways to improve your home that you might never have even thought about. With that in mind, here are just a few, slightly less obvious, home improvement secrets that you just might want to try.

Safety first

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It’s hardly the most glamorous thing in the world, but the safety of your home should always be your number one priority. As important as creating a pleasant environment in your home is, few people would say that they’d choose their home décor over their family’s safety! Make sure that your smoke and CO detectors are all working and that you test them regularly, keep an eye out for damp and mold, and get your appliances regularly checked to prevent gas leaks. If you’ve got something more significant that needs dealing with, such as an asbestos problem, then it’s probably a good idea to call in a company like Don’t assume that just because you’ve lived in your house for a long time that you shouldn’t still consider safety to be incredibly important, houses can change over time and something that might not really have been a problem a year ago might cause some serious danger now.

Think about the ceilings

This is something that you rarely hear people talk about for one simple reason. Ask yourself this, when was the last time you actually look at your ceiling? It makes sense that you wouldn’t really give it that much attention. After all, no one spends their time constantly looking up. The walls tend to be the major focus of most people’s attention as they are pretty much constantly at eye level and they’re the place where you can hang pictures and really give your home a sense of personality. But your ceiling can make a lot more difference to a room than you might think. Natural light is an incredibly important aspect of any interior design, and your ceiling can really make or break the feeling of natural light in a room. If it’s clean and bright, then it’s going to reflect plenty of sunlight bringing a fresh energy into the room. If it’s painted in a dark color or it hasn’t been cleaned in a long time, then it’s going to leave the room feeling dull, dark, and drab.

Go natural

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Just because you’re indoors, that doesn’t mean that you can’t bring a touch of nature into your home. Flowers and plants are one of the best forms of decoration that you can have in your home for a bunch of different reasons. For one thing, they’re constantly changing so you can have a dynamic décor in your home, preventing it from ever becoming stale. Not only that but plants help naturally improve the air quality in any room, making life indoors just that little bit nicer. There are plenty of places in just about every room where you can put potted plants and, if you’re feeling creative, you could even try some hanging baskets attached to the walls.

Never underestimate lighting

Lighting is one of the most important things in a room that many people almost never notice. Oh, they notice the effect that it has alright, it’s just that they tend not to realize what it is that’s causing it. If you walk into a room that feels dingy and cramped, ask yourself, is it really because of the size of the room? If you take a second look you might find that the room is actually a decent size, the only difference is that it’s so poorly lit that the place feels that way. The same works in the opposite direction, even the smallest home can be made to feel spacious with clever use of lighting. Of course, natural light is always the best option so make sure that you’re allowing as much natural light any room as possible, but you should also look into using lamps around the room. That way you avoid the slightly clinical feeling that overhead lights sometimes cause, and you can easily control the light levels depending on the time of day or the kind of mood that you’re trying to set.

Replace your doors

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Once again this is a part of your house that you simply couldn’t ever do without and yet ignore all too often. Doors are often to plainly functional that people forget that they are as much a part of the house as anything else. People often miss out on the doors when they’re cleaning their home, leaving them to collect dust and grime over time. Not only that but there are even smaller details on your doors that can make a big difference to your home as a whole. There’s nothing stranger than a house with a singular, charming sense of décor and style and yet something as simple as the door knobs spoils it. Try to find knobs that fit with the overall aesthetic of your home, it’s a small touch, and you might think you wouldn’t notice, but the smallest details can often make the biggest difference.

Doing these things alone is obviously not going to turn your house into your dream home, but they will make a big difference when used along with the more usual advice. These little details are really designed to get you to look at your home just a little more closely and to think about what you might have previously missed.

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The Considerations of Breaking Up 

The Considerations of Breaking Up

Breaking up with your partner is one of the hardest things that you can go through. When you get close to somebody and let them into your life, it can be difficult to consider that they may be moving forward and sharing their intimacy with somebody else further on down the line. While it may be what’s best for you in the long run, it certainly doesn’t feel like it at the time. But feelings are funny things, and they can cloud judgement quite a lot. While you can’t put your emotions fully to one side, there are some things to consider when in a clearer state of mind.

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If you are married, there are a few things to consider. It may be better to stay married for certain tax benefits and pension considerations, but if that is not an option then get a good company and a good representative on your case, such as a divorce lawyer from IRB Law. It can be a tough process to go through, but it’s for the best if you can’t come to any agreements on property and possessions and will also free you up for any future marriage to a potential partner.


If you have children together, it’s going to be a heartbreaking time for them too. What they have grown up with and have adapted to is about to change. While this can sound scary and enough to put you off the whole idea, you need to consider their needs too. Listen to them and constantly reassure them. When you are young, your parents are your world – to see your world split in half is not a nice thing to see.

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Friends are there for you – at least, that’s how the theme tune goes. If you have made friends together, there are some who will take sides and some who will support the both of you. Other will just slink away, and it’s something that you have to come to accept. If you drag your friends into your problems without them wanting to be a part of it, you face losing them completely. Keep your personal life separate and remember that your partner is their friend too – it can be quite hurtful for them to hear nasty things being said.

The Future

You must always look for the optimism in everything in life. If you are more open to the positives than the negatives, this will set you in good stead for getting on and thriving out of what can be an otherwise awful time. Keep those who matter close to you and indulge yourself in the things that you like. There may be a time when you get back together lodged somewhere in the future, but don’t get caught up in trying to bring up the past to ensure what you’ve got set ahead of you. There are so many people in the world that it’s possible that you just haven’t found your soulmate yet – your time will come.

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The Home Space Special

The Home Space Special

Space in a home can be a luxury not many can afford. As you age you accrue all kinds of different items that you want to keep, but the space to store them becomes hard to find. The same is true as you have children. They grow, and collect items they want to keep too. The more this happens, the less space there is in your home, meaning things can become cramped quickly. There are ways to get around this, and ways to increase the space in varying rooms across your house. You may have already considered some of these, but others can give you the inspiration you need to make the most of the space you have.

The Bathroom

You may not store too many things in here, but if you had more space you could use a linen cupboard to store towels and sheets, meaning you can store other items in their older locations. One of the best ways to make space in the bathroom is by merging the bath and shower into one easily accessible shower bath. You can save a glut of space in other areas of the room. You could also consider removing the bath completely. Lots of people only use showers as they don’t have the time to use baths. Doing this gives you a huge amount of space that you can utilise as you see fit. You could build in cabinets or even just enjoy the extra space gained. You can answer many of your storage needs by using this method.



The issue in the kitchen comes with a multitude of appliances used and needed in this day and age. Sometimes you can’t fit them all in, especially if you don’t have an attached utility room in your place of residence. Trying to fit in a washing machine, tumble drier, oven, dishwasher, etc can be problematic. You can get around this by using an oven that is built into a cupboard. This means you have the floor space available to use another appliance. The only issue you need to consider is that building an oven into a cupboard means you can’t really use that specific cupboard as a storage unit, so you need to balance the appliances you’re using against the storage you need for food and such like.


These are where people store most of their personal possessions. They can become cramped quickly unless you take a proactive approach to storage management. Be clever and use all you can. When you buy a bed, make sure it isn’t touching the floor, meaning you can use under bed boxes to place items. Or, use a bed that comes complete with storage, meaning draws underneath the bed or a mattress you can lift with ease to get to the items underneath. You should also be looking to the walls. You can get storage boxes which you can access that don’t take up floor space. They are better than shelving as they are deeper, meaning you can store things like clothes.


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The Five Crucial Stages Of A Romantic Relationship, And How To Know You Are Ready For Them

The Five Crucial Stages Of A Romantic Relationship, And How To Know You Are Ready For Them

Romantic relationships are amazing and stressful. But wonderful, yet can be confusing. In fact, they can have you thinking that up is down and chasing around in circles. But romantic relationships don’t have to be so confusing. Especially if you use the guide below to work out which stage you are at, and whether you are ready to move on to the next one. Then you will be able to move forward with confidence and truly enjoy your life as part of a couple.

You are ready to date

How do you know when you are ready to date someone? Well, most people think it’s when they are lonely. But this isn’t actually the best reason to start a relationship. In fact, a lot of advice now, is that you have to learn who you are first. Before getting tied down with someone else.

This is because if you get into a relationship too early is easy to start to take on some of the other person’s personality before yours is fully formed. In fact, this can happen at any age if you haven’t first taken the time to get to know yourself and what you want out of life.

But what does getting to know yourself look like? Well, it can be anything from exploring the things that you are interested in. Such as art, literature, exercise or any other hobbies. Or it can involve traveling the world and have new experiences on you own. Which is not only tons of fun but will show you that you can cope when thing get tough, without being codependent on another person. Or if could be that you give yourself some time to pursue your career goals. So you can dedicate your focus and energy to that and having some fun, before you decide to settle down.

Most importantly getting to know yourself is about not letting being single define you, and learning to deal with emotions of aloneness is a constructive way. By doing this, you know that any relationship you do decide to get into will be for the right reason. That is that you have a true connection with that person, rather than the fact that you feel uncomfortable being on your own.

You are ready to ‘go steady.’

OK, so this isn’t the 1950’s! So maybe ‘going steady’ isn’t the best term to use. But you know what I mean! I mean dating someone exclusively, making a commitment to them as your significant other, and working towards bringing your lives together as a couple.

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But how can you tell that you are ready for this stage of your relationship? Well, despite the lovely notion of a whirlwind romance, for most folks it takes a little time to know if you want to invest your emotion in another person or not. Yes, it’s easy to mistake the first flushes of a relationship for something more lasting. But in reality it’s best to wait for a little and see how things work out in the longer term.

That is partly because it takes a while for you to really get to know the other person and what make them tick. As well as how this fits in with you and your goals in life.

Generally, you know that you are ready to go steady in a relationship if other potential suitors start to lose their appeal. Maybe you are thinking about the person all of the time? Or perhaps you have started imagining what your future together would look like? If this is the case, then it’s probably a good idea to have the exclusivity talk and make it official.

You are ready to move in

Now, back in the old days, it used to be that folks would date for a while and then get married. But that isn’t always the case now. For a lot of people, there is a stage in between where they cohabit or move in together.

But how do you know that you are ready for this momentous step? Well, if you are spending an inordinate amount of time looking at houses for rent online and in the paper, that might be your first clue. You are obviously thinking about how it would be to further integrate your lives.

Or it might be that you are sick and tired of living out of a suitcase. As you and your other half spend so much time together, one or other of you is always at the others place.

But moving in together is a big decision and shouldn’t just be based on convenience. You have to think about the longer term effect that it could have on you as a couple as well.

For instance, it can be a lot harder to break up if you live together. As you not only have to stop seeing that person, but you have to deal with the financial and material issues of splitting one household back into two.

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You are ready to get engaged

So some people might take this step without living together first, perhaps for religious reasons? While others will do this after they have lived together for a while. But how do you know that it is the right time to pop the question, or say yes when it’s asked?

Well, first of all, if you are dreaming of diamond rings, and your other half getting down on one knee, you need to come back to reality, first. Yes, it’s super fun getting engaged and celebrating your love and commitment with your friends and family.

But getting engaged is a promise to marry, and spend the rest of your life with that person. If you can’t see that happening, then it might be better to not take this step in the first place.

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Secondly, your decision needs to be based on the amount of emotional intimacy that you share as a couple. With the general idea being that you see each other as soul mates. Meaning that you feel that this person gets you in a way that no one else has, and that you have an unshakable connection and respect for one another.

If you worry that you will break up every time you have an argument, then maybe you are not quite at the getting engaged stage. As you need to be able to weather the bad times as well as the good times to make it succeed.

Having said that, it is unlikely that you won’t have any doubts as to whether you are doing the right. In fact, it would be worrisome if you didn’t, as then you obviously weren’t thinking about things deeply enough. Which you should be doing when making a true, life long commitment.

In fact, that is why having the time of being engaged before you actually get married is so useful. This is because it allows you to work out any remaining issues in the relationship, while you prepare for the wedding.

You are ready to get married

It’s funny, but if you are an anxious person, you can know down deep inside that you are ready to get married. But still, worry from time to time in the lead up to the wedding whether you are doing the right thing.


But sometimes instead of looking for a huge thunderbolt moment, it’s the little things that can convince you that you have made the right choice for your life partner. For example, if you are calmer when you are with them than when you aren’t, it’s a good sign.

Or the small fact that they take the time and effort every day to make you smile can help reassure you that you have truly found the one you are meant to marry.

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