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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 https://miswakclub.com/ 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 http://hair.allwomenstalk.com/fantastic-natural-homemade-shampoos/.

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….

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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!

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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.

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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 TheStylishSplash.com.au. 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 VisionOneHomes.com.au, 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 Etsy.com 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 Countryfarm-lifestyle.com 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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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.

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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.

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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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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 www.Schemel-Tarrillion.com. 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 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.

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Kitchen

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.

Bedrooms

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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Six Quick Tips For A Spick and Span Home

Six Quick Tips For A Spick and Span Home

We all know that cleaning your home can be an extremely time consuming task. You want to kick back and relax after a hard way of work, but it’s impossible when you see the list of household chores stretching out in front of you. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to save yourself valuable time and free up your schedule to do more of the things you care about. Here are just a few ideas to get your spring cleaning started.

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Use Aluminum Foil…To Do the Washing Up!

This may be one that you have simply never considered before, but aluminum foil can be a useful tool when you are washing up. We have all experienced the nightmare of trying to scrub stuck on food off casserole dishes or baking trays. Screw a clean piece of foil into a ball and use a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid to scrub away those stubborn stains.

Use A Pillowcase…For Dusting!

So far, this blog seems to be using various items for jobs they were never intended for, but using a pillowcase for dusting will work – trust me! If you have some ceiling fans around the home, a pillowcase can be the perfect tool for stopping dust going everywhere. Slide it over one blade at a time, slowly drawing the fabric back. The dust will then be contained in the case rather than being spread back all over your room.

Use A Rubber Glove… To Pick Up Fur!

Though you may adore your cat or dog, you certainly won’t love the fur that they leave all over the house. Even vacuum cleaners can struggle to pick this up. A simple way of picking up the fur that has been left on furniture is by putting on a pair of rubber gloves and running your hands over the upholstery. Any fur will then end up sticking to the gloves.

Use A Vacuum Cleaner…For Vacuuming!

This one may not exactly seem revolutionary, but so many advances have been made in the world of vacuum cleaners in the last few years, buying a new one will save you a huge amount of time and energy. Check out http://www.bestvacuumfor.com/ for guides and recommendations. You will need to work out the type of surfaces you will be using it on, how mobile it will need to be and whether you want an upright or a canister model.

Use A Toothbrush…For Scrubbing

Okay, we’re back on track again. A toothbrush can be used to get into those hard to reach areas – the nooks and crannies that regular brushes and cloths simply cannot reach. If you’re a stickler for making sure everything is clean, this could be the choice for you.

Use A Towel…For Curtain Cleaning!

Many people vacuum their curtains, which can be immensely difficult and time consuming. Instead, hit them with a towel so the dust falls onto the floor and vacuum from there.

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3 Key Practices For A Healthier Look

3 Key Practices For A Healthier Look

We are often very used to seeing health and beauty being lumped together, and there is a good reason for that. Although having one does not necessarily mean that you have the other, if you are healthier there is a good chance that you will also be better looking, and vice versa. However, this is only going to be true as long as you are using natural and usual means of achieving both of those goals. In this article, we are going to discuss this in more detail. Let’s take a look at three of the key areas you might want to focus on for a healthier look, starting from today.

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Skincare

This is one area where it is definitely true that health and beauty are bedfellows. The more that you look after your skin, the better you will look – and the healthier you will actually be. Skincare is something of a difficult art to master, and part of the problem is that there is often so much conflicting information. However, as long as you follow some basic rules of thumb, you should find that the ongoing results are everything you hope for. The most important thing to bear in mind is not to over wash. If you use soap too often, it dries out the skin and you actually cause more damage than if you wash less often. When you do wash, use soap and other types like gels intermittently. This reduces the amount of damage done by either, and ensures that your skin stays moist. You should also remember to use moisturiser after every wash, as this makes a huge difference.

Smile

It is something that we all know to be important, and yet looking after one’s teeth is often more difficult than one would hope. If you are keen to effectively keep your mouth looking great, then you might want to think about going on regular visits to both your dentist and your orthodontist, as they each have their uses in keeping your smile healthy and clean. Whether you need braces, a filling or just a regular clean-up, getting it done professionally is going to make a huge difference to the quality of your smile – as is your practice of brushing twice a day, of course.

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Hair

People are often under the illusion that if you do not have much hair there is not much to do with it to keep care of it. While having less hair means that you won’t have to do as much, it is still as important to keep on top of your hair care – even if you shave your head! Really, hair care also includes caring for the scalp, and this is a surprisingly important thing to watch over. As with skincare, a major rule is not to over wash. You shouldn’t be using shampoo more often than three to four times a week, as any more than this actually damages your scalp  -and can even lead to increased dandruff, believe it or not. Make sure you wash it this often however, and also that you dry it properly, as leaving it wet can damage both the roots and the tips. Looking after your hair ensures that you remain as beautiful as possible.

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Cabin Fever! Decorating Your Wooden Home

Cabin Fever! Decorating Your Wooden Home

So, you’ve taken the plunge and have bought a wooden home. The craze for cabins has been all over the place recently, and more and more people are chipping in to purchase one of their very own – either as a permanent residence or as a vacation property. Wooden homes and cabins hold a lot of appeals. They tend to be in remote locations, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, surrounded by woodland or mountains. Not a bad view to wake up to every morning, then! They are also much sturdier than the majority of people would think, with the latest designs being capable of withstanding even very strong winds. Finally, they are an interior lover’s dream – after all, is there anything more Pinterest-worthy than an adorable, cozy cabin? If you’ve just bagged your own cabin and want to make the best of it (who wouldn’t, really?) here are a few tips on nailing that rustic, chalet-style décor.

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Soft furnishings

The number one rule with log cabin décor is to make anything soft and fluffy your best friend. One of the most desirable things about cabins is that they look warm and welcoming – think back to the recent trend of Danish hygge. Your cabin needs to be cozy, so invest in plenty of rugs, blankets and cushions, so the place doesn’t feel too bare. A sheepskin rug is always a winner in a log home, and don’t be afraid of buying throws and cushions in a mismatch of styles and colors. The haphazard look of clashing prints will make it look as though you have lived there forever, collecting hand-me-down blankets as you go.

Caring for the wood

One thing is for sure about having a log cabin: you need to be prepared to take good care of it. Of course, all homes need a certain level of care, even one made from traditional bricks and mortar. But your log cabin will need specialist care, so it is worth educating yourself about the best exterior wood stain for log homes, among other things. Your wooden walls will be at risk of things like damp or termites, so always make sure your humidity levels in the home are at a reasonable level. If you do need to clean the wooden walls in your home, always patch test with a product first, as some cleaning products could potentially damage your wood.

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Bring the outdoors indoors

Cabin style is all about being close to nature. Hang up beautiful nature paintings, or even your own personal photography of the place you are lucky enough to call home. Don’t bother spending money on fancy ornaments and statues – simply find an unusual looking branch outside, bring it inside and pop it in a quirky vase. It’s super cheap, but sets you on your way to creating that rustic look! Having an abundance of house plants can also help create a cabin wonderland, especially if you use seasonal flowers and leaves.

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It’s A Building Site!

It’s A Building Site!

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You know how you’ve always wanted that dream kitchen, gorgeous lounge or en-suite guest bedroom? There’s never been a better time to carry out some home improvements because with spring in the air the weather’s warmer and less prone to storms. You’ll also have the pick of the builders because lots of people choose to hold off on having building work done in the months leading up to the summer holidays. Why? Well if you’re away you can’t accurately check on their progress, can you?

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Creating An Open Plan Space

Open plan living is trendy, modern and highly desirable but it’s important to note that not all houses are designed for it , and if you do decide to knock down walls, create archways and take off doors then the aesthetic of your entire home will change. It’s also worth thinking about heating and lighting as wooden doors tend to act as natural draft excluders so if you remove these you could find your gas bills increase almost overnight. When it comes to planning the design of open spaces you need to consider what that room used for and how it interacts with other rooms nearby.

For instance, what can you see from your living room right now? If there’s a wall up it’ll probably be nothing but once that’s removed does the lounge back onto the kitchen? Dining room? Or into the hall? Which rooms get the most light or overlook the garden and do you have enough space to move around without bumping into furniture? Don’t forget to think about how far your dining room or proposed eating space is from your kitchen too!

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Converting Your Loft

Before you begin covering up floorboards, sketching out room designs and calling builders for quotes when it comes to loft conversions you need to think smart. You may believe that it isn’t much of a big deal, but a transformation is going to change the structure of the house, which means you need to know if the building can take the extra weight. Don’t forget if you plan on turning the loft into another bedroom you need to be able to stand up in it! If you’ve got a sloping roof, there’s obviously going to be much less room than downstairs so check the head height first. You may also not have thought about it yet but how are you planning on getting up there?

Existing ladders are fine for the occasional trip to pop something in storage but if you’re converting, fire regulations state you’ll need actual stairs as well as possibly needing to remove the old boiler or water tank to elsewhere in the house. If you have an en-suite, you’ll need to install plumbing as well as make sure there’s extra blown fiberglass insulation as lofts can get quite chilly. Conversions will need building approval, but not necessarily planning permission as it all depends on what you intend to do with the space. If in doubt speak to a local builder who should be able to advise you on your design as well as any costs, materials and the time the project’s going to take.

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