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LIFESTYLE: How A Baby Room Changes To A Toddler Room

 So your child is now 2 years old and they have officially entered the toddler phase. This is when the child has gone from being a baby to now, being able to walk and talk completely on their own. The room has to charge with their newfound character to fit their personality growing up. They have to feel like they’re in a room that will reflect their personality for the next 3 years. So consider what kinds of things they like and implement them into the room. But that’s in terms of design and style, what kinds of changes need to happen, practically speaking?





First the bed


Move that cot or crib out of the way, it's time for his or her first real bed. If you only have a girl, you can choose these types of girls beds. It's probably dawned on you by now if you have a girl and a boy, that boys are usually not as bothered about their rooms. So choosing a girl’s bed that is going to fit her view, her personality, and character is where you should focus. Don’t just go for the pink beds, consider a hideaway house bed or a midsleeper bed. The explorer treehouse bed is very popular with young girls that love to climb, jump, run and splash in puddles. The most boisterous girls love this type of bed because it looks and feels like you’re in a makeshift shack, exploring a hidden jungle.


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A floor for playing


Back when your child was a baby they only used the floor for changing or maybe to get a nap. But now that you have a toddler, you‘ll want to take the floor a lot more friendly to their nature, which is constant play. So, think about buying bigger cushions so the child can rest on them or use them to break their fall if they trip over. The floor should also have a play pad, which is not the same as a normal cushion. This is large, flat, and has padding instead of stuffing or foam. It is something the toddler can use to sit on for a long period of time and not feel the harshness of the floor. A beanbag chair or something similar would be fantastic. 


Sofa seat


A toddler would love to have a reading seat, where they can climb up and just reward their favorite books. A sofa seat is the best choice because it's going to put up with your toddler’s bashfulness. The padding is going to be comfortable and the seat won’t be so easily moved around so your toddler won’t be using it as a ladder to climb up to a window ledge. This style of seat is best in a fabric finish, such as cotton, or synthetics like nylon.




A toddler room is a big change from a baby's room. But you have so many more options than before, so involve your child in the process of the design and get creative together.!


LIFESTYLE: Brilliant Makeover Ideas To Radically Transform Your Garage

 If you thought that the garage was just a space for tools and a vehicle or two, then you’re sadly mistaken. This space has been among the most neglected in our homes. But once you make proper use of it, you can transform your lifestyle and get a bunch of benefits you never imagined. 


Is the clutter in your garage preventing you from parking your car? Are you sick and tired of paying for a space in your home that doesn’t serve any useful function? 


If so, check out this post where we run through a bunch of brilliant makeover ideas to radically transform your garage. 


Put Your Tools On Magnetic Storage Strips


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Whenever you encounter a properly organised garage, you’ll often see all the tools arranged neatly on the walls. It looks professional, and it’s also extremely convenient for the owner. But how do you do it?


There are several options here. The old-fashioned approach was to nail a bunch of hooks into the wall and then fit tools that way. But today you can get helpful magnetic strips that work with most kinds of tools, so long as they contain magnetic metal. It’s quick, reliable and neat too. 


Upgrade Your Door


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Are you still using a traditional mechanical garage door? If so, you could be missing a trick. According to Pinnacle Garage Doors, there are many different automatic options available today which offer multiple benefits. For instance, did you know that you can get doors that automatically retract and then roll up on the ceiling, saving you space? There are also doors that you can control from your device - great for when you arrive home from work in the car. 


Invest In Overhead Storage


The priority in your garage should be to keep your items off the floor so that you have a large area to keep your vehicle. But achieving this can be a challenge, especially if you have a lot of tools. 


The solution here is to use all the vertical space at your disposal and use a step ladder to access it. That way, you can prevent clutter from reducing the size of the footprint available. 


Upgrade The Flooring


How many people do you know who have concrete floors in their garages? Probably everyone. 


But is concrete really the best material? Probably not.


Yes, it provides plenty of strength, making it great for supporting vehicles. But it’s not attractive, and it doesn’t feel good underfoot. 


So what are your options? 


A lot of people like to put down industrial vinyl in their garages. It feels better when you walk on it, it won’t break when you drop tools on it, and it comes in a range of attractive styles and colours. 


Create A Sports Rack


Finally, it’s a good idea to create a sports rack for all your bats and balls, especially if you have kids. Put up hooks for things like tennis racquets and add baskets for footballs, tennis balls and other objects you and the children need for playing sports. 


LIFESTYLE: 4 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE MOVING HOME EASIER

 Whether you are a first-time home-buyer, or simply moving to a new property after selling your home it's no secret that moving is incredibly stressful. This is due to a number of reasons, including: 


  • Anxiety about leaving behind something comfortable and familiar with the ‘unknown’

  • Ensuring you have everything ready to leave your current property on time

  • Ensuring you don’t leave anything behind

  • Scheduling home renovations 

  • Affording any associated costs


However, there are several things you can do to make the process a little easier for you and your family. 


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1: Pack early


Nobody likes packing. It's time-consuming, a little dull and it can be difficult to ensure you pack everything correctly, especially items that can be easily damaged. However, the sooner you begin this task - the sooner you will finish. Remember - you don’t want to be left with just a few hours to pack up your home from top to bottom, this will lead to carelessness. As a result, you could leave things behind or damage items as you are in a rush.


You should start by packing up a single room at a time, that way you can unpack in the same order and have everything you need in one place. You should also ensure you pack your essentials last, so you have easy access to them as soon as you move into your new home.


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2: Make use of storage


Storage facilities are a great way to help take some of the stress away from moving. When you hire a storage facility, it means you can start packing earlier and ensure your boxes are stored safely until you need them again. It also means that you don’t need to unpack right away or live amongst a pile of boxes as you adjust to life in your new home.  It gives you more freedom, and takes away some of the urgency associated with moving.  


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3: Ask for help


Whenever you encounter a problem, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. This applies to moving house, and there are likely plenty of your friends and family who will be happy to lend a helping hand when it comes to getting ready for a big move (although they may ask you to do the same thing in the future).


If you need to move particularly heavy furniture, you may wish to enlist the services of a moving company, who can ensure your items arrive at your new home in one piece and stop you from getting injured trying to move them yourself. 


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4: Renovate first


If possible, you should ensure your new home is ready for you before you move in. For example, if it needs urgent restorations, to areas such as the bathroom or kitchen, it’s easier for everyone involved if you aren’t there during the renovation process. This means the builders can focus on their work uninterrupted, and you aren’t living in a house without warm water. You’ll sleep easier knowing your new home is ready to welcome you in!


AMELIA IS 3 TODAY!

 


This little lady is 3 today! I haven't blogged in so long and really want to try and write a new post each week as a little update. Today was Amelia's 3rd birthday! I'm sooo tired, it's been a super long day. We are currently in a national lockdown here so there wasn't much we could do but we still had a lovely day. 


We woke up early about 6:30 and started the day by opening presents. Amelia loved opening her presents and was so so fast! I think she found it a little overwhelming. We got her some lovely presents, some dress up outfits, wooden ice cream cart, play doh, a Disney princess till. I decorated the living room with loads of balloons and we went for a mermaid theme. I also made a mermaid cake. 


We had some visitors pop by to drop off presents and played with new toys and opened presents all day. We had pancakes with Nutella for breakfast, an afternoon tea with cakes for lunch and Pizza for dinner. It was such a lovely day. Amelia was so excited about it being her birthday, it was so cute. It was a shame we didn't get to go on a day out or for food like we usually would but i'm sure we can make it up to her. 









LIFESTYLE: TIPS FOR ENHANCED MALE CONFIDENCE

A lack of confidence can have a big impact on your lifestyle and the way in which you carry yourself, both professionally and personally. It’s something that you should act on because otherwise, you’ll run the risk of having your lack of confidence really hold you back. And that’s not what you want. Here are some of the changes that can positively impact your confidence.


Set Goals and Meet Them


It’s often the case that a lack of confidence comes from a lack of purpose. If you feel like your life is a little directionless and you don’t really know where you’re going, it’s important to do something about that. In order to make that happen, you should try to set goals and meet them. These could be small day to day goals or much more long-term and wider-reaching goals. It’s up to you.


Take Care of Yourself and Your Appearance


If you want to start carrying yourself with more confidence, it’s important to start taking care of how you look. Your appearance should never be the thing that defines you, but there’s no doubting the fact that style and appearances matter when it comes to how confident you feel. So maybe it’s time to place more focus on fashion and to work on how you dress yourself.


Push Yourself Each Day


Pushing yourself each and every day will help you to feel like you have more of a genuine purpose, and it should also enhance your confidence too. If you’re coasting along in life and never really pushing your limits, it’ll become a whole lot more difficult to feel good about yourself and your place in the world, so start trying to do this each day.


Start Intentionally Styling Your Hair


If it’s been a long time since you took care of your hair and styled it in an intentional kind of way, this is something that you should look to work on and change. When you take the time to style your hair each morning and make it look great, you’ll put yourself in a much better position to feel confidence. For some people, confidence issues can also be addressed with the help of a FUE hair transplant.


Know Yourself and Your Skills


When you know yourself and your own skills, it becomes a lot easier for you to have confidence in what you’re doing. For example, if you take stock of where you’re at in your career and what you’re good at, you can go forward knowing that you’re on the right track and have confidence in your ability to keep moving forward in the right direction.


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When you start to make the kinds of changes discussed here, you’ll be setting yourself up for success. Most importantly, you’ll start to feel better about yourself and confident in your own abilities. And even if you don’t feel confident right away, you can and should fake it until you make it.

LIFESTYLE: ENCOURAGING KIDS TO PUT DOWN THEIR VIDEO GAMES

 Video games come with many advantages. They can teach our kids motor skills, they can help our kids interact with other children around their age, and it also keeps them out of trouble. However, it’s also important to focus on keeping your kids active by encouraging them to go outside and play sports and other physical activities with their friends and family members. Encouraging your kids to put down their video games can be difficult unless you put harsh arbitrary limitations on their ability to play.


Instead of being heavy-handed, it’s a good idea to take a gentle approach to help encourage your kids to engage in outdoor activities instead of playing games all day. Here are a couple of tips to help you do just that.


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Keep track of how much time they spend on video games


First, make sure you start tracking how much time they spend on video games. A lot of kids will argue back when you tell them they play too many video games. They’ll say they don’t really play that much and that you’re exaggerating the time. To counter this, keep track of how long they play so you can quickly squash this argument.


Introduce other hobbies to expand their interests


If you want to get your kids off their video games then you need to replace it with something equally as stimulating and productive. For example, you can try introducing them to art, reading comic books or even sports. If they don’t find it as fun or engaging as video games, then it’s down to you to convince them to try something new.


Consider starting a long-term project in something creative


Kids are very open to trying new things, especially when it comes to creative endeavours. However, it needs to be something that they can work on for a long period of time. Try to encourage your kids to get off video games by starting a long-term creative project. This can include planting flowers or fruits in the garden, or it could mean building something like a shed or bedroom together.


Arrange more outdoor activities on a regular basis


Your kids aren’t going to go outside on their own unless they have a reason to. You might find it beneficial to arrange more outdoor activities such as fundraising fun runs or sports days with their friends and family members. This will help encourage them to get outside more often, and it can also turn into a chance to network with other kids and make new friends.


If they’re adamant about video games, make sure it’s something that helps them get creative


Lastly, if they’re adamant about playing video games then you can make sure it’s at least something creative or stimulating. For instance, Minecraft is a great video game for kids to play for longer periods because it usually involves making things and expressing their creativity. It’s similar to a modern-day LEGO where your kids can build unique things and show off their creations.

LIFESTYLE: Things Nobody Ever Tells You About Your Skin

 

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Most of us, if we’re totally honest, would love to heave beautiful, radiant, perfect skin. Many of us spend a lot of time and money trying to achieve just that with limited success. Perhaps this is because there are a few things that nobody ever really seems to discuss when it comes to the most visible organ that is our skin. It’s time for that to change...


DIY face masks are really effective


A lot of people spend a lot of money buying expensive beauty products, including face masks that promise the earth, and although a great many of them do deliver, many of them do not. It’s a shame to waste so much money on such things when it is actually really easy to make very effective kin masks using simple ingredients like honey, yogurt, avocado, and coconut oil. It’s always worth trying these first before you go down the more chemical-laden face masks route.


How you eat can affect your skin


Another thing that isn’t highlighted quite as much as it should be is the effect the food you eat can have on your diet, Sure, we all know that sugar can be bad for the complexion, but did you know things like cooking oils and dairy have also been linked to acne? We spend so much time on lotions and potions when we could just be eating better to get the same results! Of course, if you have bad acne, you may need to try a professional acne treatment alongside a healthier diet that’s rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, but doing one without the other doesn’t make much sense.


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Plump skin comes from within


In a similar vein, it’s worth noting, that no matter how many plumping products you try, you’ll never look as fresh-faced and youthful as you would like if you aren’t also drinking plenty of water and getting all of the essential vitamins and minerals in your diet. Water hydrates, which plumps and smooths the skin, so be sure to get enough of it each day or your poor skin will suffer.


Exfoliating too often can be bad


Exfoliating regularly is essentiwl because it removes dull dead skin, allowing new, fresh cells to shine through, but most people only really need to exfoliate once or twice a week. Exfoliating more often can damage the skin and cause redness or dry patches, which is exactly what you don’t want to happen. 


You should moisturize when your pores are open


If you don’t moisturize when your pores are open, after a hot bath or shower, for example, you simply aren’t doing it right. You see, when your pores are open, more of the product can get in under your skin and work its magic at a deeper levels, whereas, if they are closed, it will simply stay onj the surface where it will not have much of an effect at all. Don’t have time to shower? Place a hot towel over your face for a few minuted before applying your favorite product.


Know you’re in the know, you can truly achieve your best skin ever.