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.


LIFESTYLE: TAKING YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE NEXT STAGE

 There’s often no better feeling than being in a happy, loving relationship. Finding your other half can be an absolute whirlwind of emotion, and the thought of no longer being together may instill anxiety and upset. Cementing your love by taking your relationship to the next level will not only build a stronger connection, but also show your partner how much they mean to you at the same time. So, if you would like to find out a little more about how you can encourage your relationship to reach new heights, then read on to uncover the best ideas and concepts that you can utilise today! 


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A Beautiful Promise Ring 


A promise ring is the perfect way to express your dedication to your partner, as it represents the promise that you give when entering a relationship based on trust. A promise ring is a symbol of your commitment and deep involvement in the relationship, and the act of accepting such a gift reciprocates the feeling. You don’t need to invest in the highest quality diamond ring to make your promise, as the focus lies more on the actual thought process behind such a gift. 


Time To Say ‘I Do’?


Marriage is one of the biggest steps that you can take to cement a relationship, as it’s a grand show of long term commitment and a hopeful future together. Popping the question to your other half could be just what you need to take your relationship to the new heights, as you will be recognised as a couple even in financial and lawful terms. A wedding is such a romantic and memorable event, and you and your partner will be able to feel like the stars of the show. Inviting friends and family to witness the tying of the knot further shows your commitment to your special person, as it shows that you are more than proud of your relationship and want to show off your love to the world. 


Tip Tap Of Tiny Feet 


Starting a family with your other half is such a rewarding and heartfelt experience, as going through the trials and tribulations of parenthood can bring you even closer together. Becoming a mother or father can change your life and outlook completely, and encourage you to value and protect your family like never before. If you’ve encountered any struggles on your journey to parenthood then do not fret, as you simply aren’t alone. Many people utilise IVF services to increase their chances of getting pregnant, a large percentage of whom are successful. Having a child is a huge step that should not be taken lightly, as it’s a commitment that you and your partner take for life. 


Figuring out how you can take your relationship to the next stage has never been so simple when you are able to make the most of the ideas and concepts detailed above! Whether you just want to offer a small gesture like a promise ring, or think it’s about time to start a family - there’s a wealth of options to choose between that can really cement your love.


LIFESTYLE: CREATIVE BATHROOM RENOVATION IDEAS

 

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The bathroom is one of the most used spots in any house, which means that when it looks old and tired, then it can start to have an impact on how you feel about the house as a whole. If you are worried that your bathroom is bringing the entire home down a notch or two, then you might want to think about planning in a bathroom renovation.

Not sure where to start? To help to inspire you to make the most of your bathroom, we have put together some of the very best creative bathroom renovation ideas that you can try out for yourself.

Make it all white

Bathrooms are supposed to be clean and clear - that’s what sells homes as well as making them more comfy - which means that one of the best colours to go for is white. White is crisp and clean, which means that it works perfectly in your bathroom. This is especially true if you combine it with warming wood touches which will stop it feeling quite so clinical.

Back in black

As equally as white works in your bathroom, black can also look great. We don’t suggest going all out with black walls and flooring, but black touches can really appear modern and chic. If you do have mainly black room, then you may want to add some colourful touches to bring it to life.

Install a walk-in shower

If you have the space, then one of the best additions that you can make to your bathroom is to install a walk-in shower. These are not only useful for families but for everyone to have. They make it easier to shower and whilst they can be big, they are a great use of the space. They can even work in smaller bathrooms, as they can be a part of the room, rather than a stand-alone unit.

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Keep it traditional

Whilst plenty of people love the modern approach to bathroom styles, some people prefer the more traditional style that has been around for some time. Wood, bamboo, blinds and baskets, these are all the kinds of things that you may find in a traditional bathroom and you can, if you like, ensure that there are modern touches too.

Simple is best

A simplistic bathroom is sometimes all we need. Not only does this make it easier to organise, but also to keep clean and clear too. You may worry that it is too simple, but, there are plenty of ways that you can add a touch of life and sparkle to even the simplest of spaces.

Remember, if, whilst you are renovating your room, you find you have a build-up of rubbish to dispose of, have a peek at this web-site and organise a rubbish removal. This will mean that all the rubbish that you have created is disposed of properly.

With a little effort, in no time at all, you can have a bathroom that is not only beautifully designed but is incredibly useful for you and all your family to use each and every day.

 

 


LIFESTYLE: UNLEASH YOUR CONFIDENT SIDE


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If you are someone who is naturally quite unconfident, now is the time to change that! Here are some things you can do:


Prepare for the future


One thing that makes a lot of people unconfident is that they do not know what is around the corner and so they do not feel prepared for the future.


There are plenty of ways to handle this, for example, become more organised and start to plan ahead.


Or, why not book yourself in for a psychic reading? This can help you feel like you know what is coming and you are on the right track. Head to https://www.psychicsofa.com/ for more information. 


Learn something new


Learn a new skill! A lot of people have done this during the lockdown and it can help you feel more confident. Why not learn an instrument or take singing lessons?


This is something you can do online. Simply ask some key questions. How are the music lessons presented? This is the first thing you need to ask when assessing the worth of a music learning website. The best sites will have online music lessons in an array of different formats, from video demonstrations to written instructions. You want to make sure you are going to find something that is right for you. 


Has the website received good feedback? By founding out what previous users have had to say you will get a great insight into what the website is like and whether it is worth spending your time and money on. 


How many resources are available? You don’t want to run out of lessons and things to play. The company should always be updating new things onto the website as well. 


Is the website fun to use? If you enjoy your music lessons online, you are going to want to do them more, and you are going to learn quickly as well. Learning an instrument should be fun after all. 


Finally, how much is the website? Rather than looking for the cheapest learning website, seek value for money.


Buy a new, sexy perfume 


Why not try a new scent? Bvlgari is a good choice. This was launched in 1994. It is a classic and feminine fragrance that is designed to add the perfect finishing touch to your outfit, adorning you just as beautifully as Bvlgari jewellery does. The face of the fragrance is Kate Moss – a charming and classic beauty that perfectly represents everything this scent is about. 


This floral fragrance opens with a bouquet of orange blossom, violet leaves, and bergamot. The heart is romantic and soft thanks to the jasmine Sambac notes. Finally, the base unites sandalwood, musk, and iris, which tie the fragrance together in a stunning manner. 


Bvlgari for women is recommended for evening use. If you are going out on a date or are planning to party the night away, this fragrance is ideal. It is sensual and transparent, transforming you from the moment it touches your skin. If you research this fragrance online you will see that it has an exceptional reputation. It stays on the skin for many hours, which means you won’t have to keep topping up. 

LIFESTYLE: BOOSTING YOUR APPEARANCE IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS

 We all want to look as good as we can, but of course, that can sometimes seem a little easier said than done. However, the trust is that there are many things you can do that can judge your looks in the right direction. And the best thing? None of them are especially difficult. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some of the simplest things you can do. Incorporate all of them into your life, and it won’t be long before you’re looking at your best! 


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Wardrobe Upgrades


Is your look beginning to feel a little flat? Then take a look at the clothes you’re wearing. While your wardrobe may have once been trendy and stylish, it won’t stay that way forever -- it’s important that you’re upgrading your clothing periodically. One issue that many people have is that they hold onto their favourite items for too long. Clothes lose their quality over time. If your clothes have faded colours and other imperfections, then it’s time to hit the stores. You’ll look and feel much better once you have a few new outfits to choose from.


Hit the Gym


It doesn’t matter what body size and shape you are. What’s important is that you’re staying fit and healthy. The best way to do this is to spend time working up a sweat in the gym. You’ll find that if you’re regularly spending time there (let’s say: three times a week for an hour), then it won’t be long before you notice that things are improved. The goal isn’t to be as trim as possible or anything like that: it’s about developing a body that you’re happy, no matter what that might be. Plus, exercise improves your mood too (you’re never dressed without a smile!) and increases confidence, two things that’ll always make a person look better. 


Look After Your Skin


Of all the things that have an impact on your appearance, none are as subtle yet as impactful as your skin. If you have healthy, glowing skin, then you’ll find that you nearly automatically have that picture-perfect look. There are many ways to give your skin a vibrant and healthy look. There are products that can help you, for instance, especially if you have oily skin; if that’s you, then find out more here. Other things that can give your skin a boost include exercising, taking cold showers, and avoiding toxins such as alcohol and tobacco.


Professional Hair Stylists


If it’s been some time since you’ve changed your hair style, then look at visiting a professional. They’ll have the knowledge and experience to give you a look that you love. This is one of several areas of life where it’s worthwhile spending a little more than you usually would. There’ll be places near to you that charge 20% or so more than other hair stylists in town, but there’ll be a reason for it -- and you’ll understand why once you leave the salon and know that you look fantastic. 



LIFESTYLE: Discover How To Ensure That Your Home Sells Fast

Are you getting ready to put your home on the market? If so, then you probably want to ensure that your property sells fast. The benefit of doing this is that it means that you can move on quickly and start looking for a brand new place to live. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen and homes can get stuck on the market for months or even years. That’s why it’s important to explore the ways that you guarantee that your home does sell fast. Here are some of the best options. 


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Choose The Right Price


First, it’s important that when it’s time to sell your home, you do choose the right price. A lot of people make the mistake of trying to sell their home for as much as possible. While this is understandable you limit yourself because you need to find a buyer willing to pay that price. This makes the home sale more difficult. Choosing a lower price can be the right move because it gets you more chances for people to fall in love with the property. 


Select The Best Time 


You do need to make sure that you are choosing the right time to sell your property. Believe it or not, there are wrong and right times to put your home on the market. Think about the seasons. Most people buying homes start their search in the early summer season. The reason for this is that it’s easier to see the property in the light. So, you should be putting your home on the market towards the end of spring. That gives you the whole of summer to make a sale. 


Clean It Up


A lot of home sellers think that buyers are only interested in the four walls of the home. Essentially, this means that it doesn’t matter what the home looks like on the outside or inside. But that’s just not the case and a lot of buyers will be swayed by how your home appears and whether it is well maintained. So, you need to make sure that you are taking the right steps to clean it up. Luckily, there are same-day rubbish removal companies that can help get rid of the mess that has accumulated around your property, even if you are on a tight schedule. 


Get Curb Appeal Right 


Finally, you do need to make sure that you think about how your home looks from the outside. Specifically, this is about the curb appeal of the property. It’s important that you take steps to dress up the home and ensure that it looks incredible. You might even want to consider hiring a landscaper. While this will add to the costs of your home sale, they can work wonders with the property and guarantee buyers fall in love


We hope this helps you understand the right ways to ensure that your home does sell quickly on the market without delay. If you do this, you can ensure that you do get a smooth, stress-free home sale with no trouble on the horizon.