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3 Chilled Out Ways To Become A Master Of Relaxation

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3 Chilled Out Ways To Become A Master Of Relaxation

In the fast paced world of the twenty first century, it can be hard to find time to relax. The stresses of work, family, and the business of our social lives can mean that we don’t have much time to concentrate on ourselves. To master the art of relaxation, you will need to take a step back from your busy lifestyle, try to gain a bit more perspective, and foster a better work-life balance. To take a more relaxed approach to life, check out these simple ways that could see you enjoying a more chilled out existence:

Your Home:

Your property should be a haven of tranquility. It should be a place where you can enjoy feeling stress-free and happy. It can be tough to maintain a household if you have a young brood, with toys, clothes, and ‘stuff’ adorning your beautiful, humble abode. It’s vital that you can create a clutter free environment as much as possible. A clutter free home can foster a clutter free mind. At the very least, put junk away in drawers, store unwanted items in the loft, or even sell your unwanted gear.

Go room by room and see if you can add a more relaxing ambience. Your bathroom can be the perfect place to create a spa like atmosphere. Check out the scented terpenes for sale and light some essential oils to enjoy the intoxicating aromas of pine forests, ocean breezes, and citrus scents. In your bedroom, get rid of the darker, damson hues and repaint your walls a brilliant white to bounce more light across your room. A lighter room can lift your mood and make you feel more relaxed.

Yoga:

You really don’t have to be a commune dwelling hippy who loves nothing more than going through their incense collection in order to partake in a spot of yoga. Yoga is the perfect exercise to help your joints, maintain your suppleness, and help with your breathing. Breathing techniques can allow you to focus on relieving your anxieties, combating stress in a more effective way, and leaves you heading back home after a session feeling more refreshed and relaxed.

Work/Life Balance:

If you are spending too much time in the office and you’re failing to switch off when you walk through your front door in the evenings, you need to take a step back. Take the holiday you are owed or consider a sabbatical to relieve the pressure for a little while. Spend some time at home, take up a new hobby, and enjoy having some time away from work. This can help you reevaluate your job. You may choose to change careers to find more satisfaction in your nine to five existence. Go away on holiday, relax, and enjoy getting through your list of must-read novels.

Forget social media to try and switch off in the evening. The endless scrolling really is doing nothing for you. It’s time to quit the procrastinating and take a more proactive approach to becoming a master of relaxation.

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Choose Contractors The Smart Way

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Choose Contractors The Smart Way

Sometimes your DIY skills are up there and able to patch up those little problems around your home. But, there are times when even your enthusiastic amateur skills are not going to do it, and that’s the time you need to call the experts in. But how do you know when you’re getting ripped off when that job you could almost do is escalating in cost and not going the way you think it should? Here are our top tips on how to find and choose a reliable contractor and how to avoid the great rip off:

Word of mouth:

By far, the best indicator of a reliable contractor is a recommendation or two from friends or family. Your loved ones don’t want to see you paying over the odds, so ask around if you need a chimney repair recommendation or that plumbing finally sorted out.

Online review:

If you are lacking in real life reviews, then turn to an online version for more recommendations. There are sites that will rate traders in your area but, if you’re still not sure, have a look at their website and take note of the reviews left by previous customers. You then have the option of calling them up to see if the review is legitimate and why they would recommend them.

Get quotes:

If you want to see if your preferred contractor is in line with others in the area, then invite more than one over to give you a quote on the work. Three is often a good number as it gives you a middle figure to work with and lets you know if the other two are way out either way.

Trust your gut:

You might not know much about electrical systems but you do know how to read people, so if you’re talking to a contractor and you get a bad feeling, go with it. You don’t have to have anyone in your home that makes you feel uncomfortable, even if they offer a competitive rate.

Don’t scrimp the details:

Be sure to look for more than just the cost when it comes to hiring a contractor. You’re going to want to know their start and completion dates, how early they start, how late they finish, and if they’ll be working alone or with a colleague. Will your WiFi connection be affected (important if you’re working from home) and how much overall disruption are you likely to face?

Don’t be afraid to ask the obvious and get your questions taken seriously. Rope in family and friends for help and suggestions and find a contractor who can deliver your project on time and to your budget.

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Keeping Your Home Clean When You Have A Dog

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Keeping Your Home Clean When You Have A Dog

There’s much to love about having a dog in the home. They infuse it with energy, bring bundles of love, and who can deny that they’re fun creatures to be around? However, while the number of benefits outweighs the drawbacks, there is one pretty big problem that you’ll have to contend with, and that is that having a dog can result in a home that’s less clean than you might like. With that being said, it’s not as if you need to simply resign yourself to a home that’s dirty. You can take action! Below, we take a look at a few ways you can get the best of both worlds: have a pet and have a presentable home.

Use the Right Materials:

If your dog is going to leave a trail of hair and dirt behind them, then it’s a good idea to have materials that won’t be quickly destroyed by those things. When it comes to the fabrics in your home, look at things like leather, microfiber, and materials that were originally designed for outdoor use – they’ll be robust enough to handle whatever your dog throws at it. A cover for your couch that can easily be slipped off and thrown into the wash is also recommended.

Get a Good Vacuum:

Not all vacuums are created equal! Dog owners end up vacuuming more often than their non-dog owner counterparts. So, if you’re going to make this a daily occurrence, you may as well make sure that you’re doing it as efficiently as possible. It’ll be worthwhile spending that extra amount of cash to ensure it’s going to pick up the hair and dirt at the first time of asking.

Make Them Presentable:

The cleaner your dog is, the less of a negative impact they’ll have on your home. It’s as simple as that. As such, you’ll be well served by taking them to a local dog grooming company; they’ll make sure that your dog is scrubbed clean and manage their fur, which will mean there will be less hair to fall in your home. Dogs have a habit of getting dirtier than you think possible, and even if they look okay on the surface, you never know what’s going on when you delve deep into their fur. By making the most of grooming services, you’ll be getting around this issue.

After Long Walks:

Of course, you won’t be able to take your dog to be groomed after every big walk. Alas, after every walk, they’re going to be muddy. It’s a good idea to set up a cleaning station near the entrance way to your home, where you can clean their paws so they’re not going to bring mountains of mud into the home.

Stay on Top of Incidents:

Finally, let’s not forget that even the most well-behaved dogs can have incidents. They may pee on the carpet or knock a drink over. When this happens, it’s important that you’re cleaning it up thoroughly. If you don’t, those little marks will soon add up, and compromise the quality of your home.

Dogs are an amazing addition to any family, fur and all! And, to keep a clean home, it is all about staying on top of the mess in the first place, before things get too out of hand.

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3 Simple Changes For A Hassle Free Garden

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3 Simple Changes For A Hassle Free Garden

Some people absolutely love gardening. They don’t mind being out there on their hands and knees weeding or mowing the lawn and tending to their plants. But for some people, it’s a bit of a chore. You can’t just leave it because it’ll get out of control, but there is a long list of other things you’d rather be doing than maintaining your garden. There are some simple ways that you can save time with your gardening but, even then, it’s a pain if you don’t enjoy it. If you’re fed up with gardening, here are a few simple changes you can make for a low maintenance garden:

Pick The Right Plants:

Every plant has different needs and some of them are a lot harder to look after than others. If you pick the right plants and go for things that don’t need much care, you can massively reduce the amount of time that you spend in the garden. Conifers and some varieties of shrub are great for filling space in the garden and they don’t need much attention at all. Ferns and daffodils are great, as well, because they look good and they’ll grow fine when left to their own devices. Visit https://www.millracegardencentre.co.uk/blog/18-easy-to-maintain-flowers-plants-for-lazy-gardeners/ for a list of easy to maintain plants for the garden. As long as you fill your garden with the right plants, you shouldn’t need to spend much time looking after them.

Get Rid Of The Lawn:

Pushing a heavy lawnmower around is one of the worst gardening jobs there is, especially if you’ve got a big yard. Why not save yourself the hassle and get rid of the lawn entirely? You can just take it up and replace it with a nice patio, instead (you can get some great deals at https://www.stylemasterpatios.com.au). It’ll give you a lovely space where you can put a couple of chairs and a table for outdoor dining and relaxing and you’ll never have to worry about mowing the lawn again.

If you like the idea of having a lawn but you hate looking after it, you should look into artificial grass. There’s some good stuff out there that looks almost identical to the real thing and, once it’s laid, you’ll never have to do anything with it.

Put In Fences:

Hedges give the garden a nice green border but they grow fast and, unless you want your garden to look overgrown and messy, you’ll have to trim them all the time. If you’ve got them all the way around the garden, that’s a big job. You can save yourself a lot of time if you take the hedges out and put some fences in, instead. It also makes your garden a lot more secure which is important because that’s a common entry point for burglars.

If you can’t be bothered to spend hours every weekend looking after your garden, you can make these simple changes and spend the time doing something you really like, instead!

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Your Checklist To Prepare Your Home For A New Dog

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Your Checklist To Prepare Your Home For A New Dog

Getting a dog and bringing it to your home can be a huge milestone for the entire family. From a new puppy to adopting a dog, there is so much fun and excitement that comes with a new pet for the family. The environment that you bring them home to is so important, though, and the first day that you bring them back is crucial, too. Your dog is going to be full of nerves and excitement, as they are brought into something so different than what they have been used to. So being able to make them as comfortable as possible is key. With all of that in mind, here are some things that you can do to make sure that the transition to getting a new dog goes well:

Prepare All Household Members:

If you have other family members in the home, even if it is just you and your partner, you all need to be prepared for the new arrival. If you have children at home, then it is a good idea to talk to them about what is going to be happening. It is also wise to assign out the expectations of welcoming a new dog into the home, as well. If you expect the children or teenagers to help with walking the dog, then they need to know ahead of time that it is what you expect of them.

Get The Right Equipment:

Before you bring the dog into your home, you need to make sure that you have all of the right equipment in to make things more comfortable for your dog. A dog bed, bedding, bowls, toys, and food is a must, of course. The food can be trial and error with a new dog but starting with something like TreeHousePuppies could be a good idea. Vitamins can be a good for your dog, too.

Puppy-Proof:

All dogs are going to react differently to different things and the new environment that they are going to presented with. But it can be made much simpler by making sure that you have done your bit to puppy-proof the home. It could be simple things like putting houseplants out of reach for your dog or moving things like roach traps out of the way, too. If you don’t want them to go upstairs, then getting gates for the stairs, much like baby gates, is going to be a great idea and using them right from the start is a must to avoid confusion.

Getting a vet for your dog is one of the things you should do once they’re all settled. This can be especially important if you are adopting a dog as you won’t know what the state of their health could be. But most of all, enjoy your time with your new addition to the family!

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6 Ways To Warm Your Wintry Walls

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6 Ways To Warm Your Wintry Walls

Houses get cold in the winter. They just do. The onslaught of freezing conditions from rain to snow is enough to make the interior temperatures fall dramatically inside the house. It’s not nice, it’s not comfortable, and we didn’t buy and build houses just to feel like we are outside. Keeping your home warm in the winter is important, and you want to be able to do that with the least amount of money spent at the same time.

It’s crucial that you start thinking about warming your home for the winter as early as possible before the season begins. You don’t want to be caught freezing your toes off because you didn’t get that furnace tune up that was on your to-do list and had been from the last month. Heating a house takes a lot of energy – especially if the house is a big one. If you’re not looking after your home energy properly, all you’re going to do is cost yourself some cash. So, let’s look at six ways that you can make sure your walls are warm this winter:

  • Use Your Curtains: You have windows and they allow for sunlight. The sun is free – and it’s hot, even in the winter. Open your curtains in the day to allow the sunlight in for the free warmth. When it gets dark, shut the curtains and keep that extra insulation layer. Make sure there are no gaps, and you won’t have any warm air leaking out.
  • Use Timers: Central heating should be programmed so that you aren’t wasting your energy. Put the heater on the timer so that it’s not burning all day and not costing you money at the same time.
  • Move Your Furniture: If you have a sofa in front of the radiator, move it now. You may feel warm and toasty in your favorite chair, but the sofa and other furniture is blocking all the hot air from heating the room.
  • Layer Up: Adding blinds under the curtains, rugs to the carpet and throws to the furniture is going to add layers to each room, making you warmer than you thought you could be. Lagging the boiler can also help massively.
  • Block Draughts: Make your own draught excluders and replace the rubber sealant around the windows and doors. They’re both easy to install, but you should get them all done before the winter really does set in. Think of it this way: if there are cold air patches coming into your home, then there will be warm air leaking out of the sides, too.
  • Upgrade The Boiler: Sometimes, your actual boiler really needs an upgrade. These can make all the difference to the way your home is heated, and you should be looking into it properly before you spend winter in a freezing house with no hot water or heat.

Getting warm? Not always easy. Assessing and fixing the problems that could occur before they could happen is the key!

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Incorporating Reclaimed Wood Into Your Home

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Incorporating Reclaimed Wood Into Your Home

Interior design trends tend to sweep the world by storm. But, many of us feel reluctant to engage with them in fear that they will soon fizzle out and we will be left with a property that ends up looking a little dated. However, there are certain trends that have longevity to them and are actually beneficial in regards to more than mere aesthetic value! Reclaimed wood is likely to be one of these. If you’ve spent a little time browsing Pinterest boards or glossy magazines for interior design inspiration lately, chances are that you’ve seen the words “reclaimed wood” thrown about a fair amount – so what actually is reclaimed wood and should it be something that you’re paying attention to? Read on to find out!

Why Reclaimed Wood?

Reclaimed wood is essentially reused or recycled wood. It is wood that has a past and has previously been used in some way or another. Generally speaking, reclaimed wood that is used in interior design has already existed in a home elsewhere and can generally date back as far as the eighteenth century. So why use this wood with history? Well, there are various benefits that come hand in hand with it. The first, is that it tends to have a rustic look and feel to it. This can make your home feel more vintage or have a unique aesthetic. It also has environmental benefits. New wood (which is often unsustainably sourced) tends to contribute towards deforestation and habitat destruction. Why engage with this when there’s already perfectly good wood out there? Be careful to not mix reclaimed wood up with salvaged wood – this is wood that has been cut and stored for several years, but that has simply not been used. It is the interior design equivalent of deadstock vintage clothing.

Sourcing Reclaimed Wood:

It can be relatively difficult to guarantee that any reclaimed wood that you purchase is genuinely reclaimed wood. Some people have noticed that they can sell reclaimed wood at a higher cost, so will simply attempt to make new wood look a little distressed and pass it off as the real deal. To ensure that the reclaimed wood you are using is genuine and of good quality, use reliable suppliers like Manomin Resawn Timbers. They will be able to provide you with everything that you need!

Incorporating Reclaimed Wood Into Your Home:

Now, there are various ways that you can incorporate reclaimed wood into your home effectively. Some inspirational options include:

Hopefully, the above information has helped you to see some of the benefits of reclaimed wood and may have given you some inspiration to start incorporating it into your home!

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