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Health and fitness

Organising Your Life For Better Health

Organising Your Life For Better Health

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If you want to be healthier, but you are not entirely sure how to make that happen, you might be glad to know that it is probably easier and simpler than you think. In fact, as long as you pay attention to a few key facts, you will be able to live in such a way that you have much better health and general wellbeing. In this post, we are going to look at this in the context of organising your life for more health. We’ll take you through some of the best ways you can do just that. You’ll find it’s easier than you had assumed.

Swap The Car For A Bicycle

If you tend to drive everywhere, you are going to find that you can bring about a great improvement in your health simply by swapping out the car for a bicycle instead. You’ll soon start to keep your weight down and build muscle and stamina, and you will be able to say that you are doing your bit for the environment too, which is a bonus – especially if you get yourself and your family electric bikes to travel around with. This is a very simple and direct health-boosting thing you can always do.

Plan Your Meals

If you don’t do this already, then it is a very simple thing you can start doing to make your eating habits a lot better for your health. When you plan your meals out, it has a way of making you so much more likely to eat well, because you can simply ensure that you are getting all of the necessary nutrients and minerals that your body needs. If you fail to plan, however, you are more likely to either get junk food or cook something less than ideal for your health. So this is definitely something you should think about.

Schedule Some Exercise

You should also aim to exercise, of course, and if you find it challenging to get up off the sofa and do this, then you might want to think about scheduling some exercise as a way to do it better. You might be surprised at how much this can help, and especially if you are feeling accountable for the schedule that you have signed yourself up for. This is a really simple way to start organizing yourself for better health, so make sure that you are doing it.

Take A Break

You also need to take the time for a break every now and then. That is certainly important if you tend to work too hard, but it’s also going to be vital to think about if you find yourself often trying to do too much in general. Finding the right for a break will help to keep stress levels down, and that is good for every aspect of your health. If you can do this, it’s going to help you to enjoy life all the more and to feel so much better in mind and body.

work, work life

How To Maintain A Work-Life Balance When Life Is Busy

How To Maintain A Work-Life Balance When Life Is Busy

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Once upon a time, the boundaries between work and home were very distinct. Today, however, work is likely to intrude on your personal life — and preserving work-life balance is no simple undertaking.

This can be especially true if you work long hours. Technology that provides continual connection might cause work to seep into your time at home. Working from home might also blur professional and personal boundaries.

Still, work-life balance is attainable. Consider your relationship to work and how to create a healthy balance.

Married to your work? 

If you’re spending most of your time working, your work and your personal life can be badly affected. Consider the effects of inadequate work-life balance:

Fatigue: When you’re weary, your ability to work effectively and think clearly could diminish – which might take a toll on your professional reputation or lead to risky or costly blunders.

Poor health: Stress can increase symptoms associated with numerous medical disorders and put you at risk of substance use

Lost time with friends and loved ones: If you’re working too much, you can miss key family events or milestones. This can leave you feeling left out and can hurt your relationships.

Strike a better work-life balance

As long as you’re working, combining the responsibilities of professional and personal life will definitely be an ongoing issue. But by setting limitations and caring for yourself, you may achieve the work-life balance that’s ideal for you.

Setting limitations in work

If you don’t establish limitations, your job might leave you with little time for the relationships and activities you like. Consider these strategies:

Manage your time. Give yourself ample time to get things done. Don’t overschedule yourself.

Learn to say “no.” Evaluate your priorities at work and at home and strive to shorten your to-do list. 

Cut or delegate things you don’t love or can’t handle — or express your problems and possible solutions with your boss or others. When you stop taking on responsibilities because you feel guilty or have a false feeling of responsibility, you will free up more time to devote to pursuits that are personally significant to you.

Step away from your task. Working from home or making regular use of technology to stay connected to work when you are at home might give you the impression that you are never really off the clock at work. This might cause tension that lasts for a long time.

Take care of yourself and your well-being

Talk to your manager and find out what the expectations are for when you may disengage from work. If you work from home, you should still dress professionally and try to find a separate location that is as quiet as possible.

Detach yourself from work and ease into your home life by changing into a different wardrobe, going for a drive or a stroll, or engaging in an activity with your children when the day’s work is done.

Think about the choices you have. Enquire with your employer about the possibility of working fewer hours in a week, working fewer hours overall, job sharing, or any other kind of flexible scheduling. The more control you have over how you spend your time, the less likely you are to feel overwhelmed by stress.

Taking good care of oneself outside of work

The ability to deal with stress and strike a healthy balance between work and personal life both need a healthy lifestyle. Maintain a healthy diet, include some form of physical activity in your daily routine, and get enough rest. In addition to that, strive to:

Relax. Make it a habit to schedule time in your schedule for things that bring you joy, like doing yoga, tending to your garden, or reading. Relaxing, taking your mind off of work, and recharging your batteries are all benefits that come from having hobbies.

Find activities that you can participate in with your significant other, your family, or your friends, such as going on hikes, dancing, speed dating, or taking lessons in the kitchen.

Volunteer. Volunteering your time to help other people has been shown to strengthen your relationships with those around you, as well as contribute to greater overall life satisfaction and reduced levels of psychological discomfort.

Create a network of people who can help you. Join forces with other employees at your place of employment so that they can cover for you if a family emergency arises, and vice versa.

When you have to put in late hours at the office, ask reliable friends and family members to help you out at home by watching your children or taking care of other chores.

Take time out if needed

Recognize when you need the assistance of a professional. Talk to a mental health professional if you feel that the chaos in your life is too much for you to handle, and you find yourself going in circles thinking about it. Utilize the resources available to you through an employee assistance program if you have access to such a program.

Achieving a healthy work-life balance is an ongoing effort that must account for the shifting priorities of your family, interests, and career. To ensure that you are moving forward in the right direction, it is important to review your priorities on a regular basis and to be prepared to adjust them if required.

Interior Design

How To Make The Most of Your Loft Extension

How To Make The Most of Your Loft Extension

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When you need to make more space in your home, opting for a loft extension can be a great solution. You have the space already there to use you, just to need to renovate it so that you can turn it into a lovely functional room. So if you are planning on getting a loft extension anytime soon, you may want to consider the following options. 

Decide on The Function of The Room 

You might want to think about how you intend to use the new room in your home. Will it be a bedroom with an en suite? Or perhaps an office space? so that you have somewhere quiet to work. Deciding on how you want to use your loft extension will help you to visual the end result and choose appropriately during the renovation project.  

Paint The Room a Neutral Colour 

If you have a slanted roof then you are likely to have a low ceiling on one side of the room. In order to make the room feel more spacious and open it will be a good idea to paint the room a nice pastel colour. This will make the space feel more bright and airy compared to painting it a dark colour. 

Install Enough Windows 

This will be a key part of the design of your loft extension as you want the room to feel bright and spacious. Opting for Roof Lanterns will be a great solution as they will provide plenty of natural light and will also make the room look modern and fresh. 

Use Functional Furniture

You want to make the most out of the space you have. If you are turning the loft into multiple rooms then it could be a good idea to use functional furniture that can be used for more than one purpose. This will save you using up all the space by filling the room with furniture when you have a storage solution that can also provide another function, such as a sofa bed or drawers fitted under your bed. 

Add Some Wall Art 

A good way to brighten up the space and add something interesting is to use wall art. You could make your own, put together a collage of family photos or simply choose an image that you really like. It will be an effective way to make the space feel more personal whilst also adding an interesting feature. 

health care, Interior Design

Benefits Of A Steam Shower

Benefits Of A Steam Shower

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Have you ever considered a steam shower? did you know that there are so many benefits to having a steam shower?

Do you find yourself standing in the shower for far to long? if so a steam shower would be a great investment. Not only are they good for certain health benefits, but they are also more energy-efficient.

We recently moved home and we was considering one. I found a beautiful Insignia Steam Shower and was amazed at all the health benfits a steam shower can bring.

Health benefits being:

  • Alleviating stiff joints
  • Helps to increae motabolism
  • Helps with immune system
  • Helps with relaxation and a better nights sleep
  • Improve the appearance of your skin
  • Reduces your blood pressure

As you can see via the picture above, a steam shower doesn’t look much different to a regular shower. The only thing is – there are risks to be careful of, as steam showers are not for everyone. Please do speak with your GP if you you are not sure.

I would absolutely love to invest in one, as I feel my health would benefit so much. I suffer with stiff/swollen joints, due to Arthritis and Fibromyalgia and my sleep….well at the moment I feel is very poor!

Unfortunately we don’t have the room for one at the moment. Our Grandson comes to stay with us regularly and loves his baths. Sadly we don’t have room for both in our bathroom. But we are converting our garage into another room and we are looking into whether we could possibly have one in that room instead.

There are a number of designs, styles and sizes to help meet our exact requirements, so hopefully our dreams of purchasing one can still happen. All we need to do now is design how we want our garage conversion to fully benefit our lifestyle/needs.

Have you ever looked into steam showers?

Day trips, review.

Upside Down House – Lakeside

Upside Down House - Lakeside

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Sometimes in life you need to look at life from a different perspective! having a Grandson certainly helps with that, as he is often turning our world upside down – in beautiful and funny ways of course!

Dylan is an extremely energetic and fun toddler, who is at the age now of where he wants to explore everything – when we say everything we mean “everything”. When he comes to stay with us every other weekend, we have to what we call “stick everything on the ceiling” until he leaves.

Where would you take a fun and crazy toddler who is into everything, for a crazy and fun-filled day out that all the family can enjoy?

We enjoyed an afternoon at Lakeside in Essex, whilst there we visited the Upside Down House. This is a perfectly normal house – only thing is, it’s upside down and you are stepping into an incredible illusion!

Dylan found this incredibly fun and extremely funny. He loved the fact that he was walking on the ceiling. This little house is extremely fun and makes a very unique experience for everyone. We all got very creative and enjoyed imaginative play with Dylan during our visit.

Upside Down House - Lakeside

We all had great fun climbing on worktops, walking on the ceiling, doing handstands on the toilet…..YES, the toilet! now you can’t get crazier than that can you?

Upside Down House - Lakeside

I have a feeling that potty training is now going to be rather fun after this visit!

Always be different, be fun and most importantly always be the best version of yourself and capture the good times whilst doing so!

The Upside Down House can be found in Lakeside shopping centre, Essex.

Please do check out Dylan’s tab on our website for other fun he has been having whilst living his best life!

All Things Dylan

All Things Dylan
Exterior design, Uncategorized

How to Make Your Roof withstand Extreme Weather Conditions

How to Make Your Roof withstand Extreme Weather Conditions

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A well-constructed roof is a key to keeping your home or business safe from extreme weather conditions. Conversely, a poorly-constructed roof can lead to extensive and costly damage, so it’s essential to ensure you take the necessary steps to protect your property. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most important things you need to know about making your roof withstand extreme weather conditions!

Cleaning Your Roof Regularly

One way to make sure your roof can withstand extreme weather conditions is by regularly cleaning it. This will remove any debris that could potentially damage the roof and allow you to check for any signs of wear and tear. You should also make sure that your gutters are clear, as this can help to prevent water damage.

Look For Signs Of Damage After Extreme Weather

After any big storm or other extreme weather events, inspecting your roof for damage is essential. Look for missing, cracked, curling shingles, dented or ripped flashing, and any other signs of wear and tear. If you spot any damage, make sure to have it repaired as soon as possible to avoid further issues.

Trim Trees Near Your Home

Another important thing you can do to protect your roof is trim any trees near your home. Overhanging branches can cause damage to your roof during storms, so it’s best to keep them trimmed back. You should also remove any dead or dying trees, as they can fall and damage your roof. If you have any questions about cutting trees near your home, you should contact a professional tree service.

Use Quality Building Supplies To Fix Any Damage

When it comes to your roof, you should never cut corners. Always use quality roofing supplies, especially when making repairs. This will ensure that your roof can withstand extreme weather conditions. If you live in an area that experiences hurricanes or tornadoes, use hurricane clips and straps to secure the roof to the rest of the house.

Insulate Your Ceilings and Walls

One way to make sure your roof can withstand extreme weather conditions is to insulate your ceilings and walls. This will help keep the heat in during winter and the cool air during summer. You can find insulation at most hardware stores.

Having A Professional Inspect It Regularly

A professional roofing contractor can inspect your roof and ensure that it is in good condition. They will look for any signs of damage or wear and tear. If they find any problems, they will be able to fix them before they become more significant issues.

Ventilation

Another way to make your roof withstand extreme weather conditions is by making sure that it is adequately ventilated. A well-ventilated roof will help prevent the build-up of heat and moisture, which can damage during severe weather conditions. Ensure that your roof has adequate ventilation by checking the eaves, gables, and soffits for openings. If you find any gaps, seal them off with caulk or other materials. Proper ventilation can help extend the life of your roof and keep it in good condition during extreme weather conditions.

This is why it’s essential to take the necessary steps to ensure that your roof can withstand whatever extreme weather conditions may come its way. You can give your roof the best chance of withstanding high winds, heavy snowfall, and more by following the tips above.

Interior Design

Family Unity (With the Right Utility): What To Remember When Creating a Family Space

Family Unity (With the Right Utility): What To Remember When Creating a Family Space

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We all feel that we need a bit of extra space in the home, and when we’re trying to bring the family together, a lack of space can be very challenging. Everyone in our family is on a different timetable, so when we are trying to have more quality family time, the solution may be in creating a space that is more inviting for every family member. So what are some of the things you really need to consider?

Cosiness

You can always make a space cosier by adding blankets and rugs, but you can also extend the property to make it somewhere that is a bit cosier. A conservatory is a very good example because it’s a new part of the home that can potentially help everybody as sometimes, we don’t like staying in one space for too long. Therefore, you may want to think about extending your home. Conservatories can come with numerous costs, which is why you’ve got to consider how it will work for you in the long run. If you use cheap materials now, you may find yourself looking for the best conservatory roof replacement sooner than you think!

Bringing In Seating Areas

Comfort is always a crucial thing because if you have a younger child that gets the uncomfortable corner chair that nobody else wants to sit on, it is hardly a surprise that they won’t hang around for long. When you’re trying to make the space more welcoming for everyone, a corner sofa or bean bags can be an amazing alternative, especially if you’ve got kids who want to play video games and Mum and Dad want to join in too!

Durable Furniture 

Practicality is always pivotal when it comes to choosing items of furniture for younger kids. But you’ve got to think about style, as well as substance. If you want to have a space where everybody in the family can move around freely, you’ve got to have sturdy furniture. As much as you want to decorate a space for everybody to benefit, if the kids are always on high alert in case they break something, it’s more likely they going to stay in their bedroom. This is why you need to choose items of furniture that are easy to clean or are stain-resistant. A sofa is always a great option, and if you are choosing an item in a lighter shade, it’s less likely to show up the stains.

Making the Space Personal

A space should be unique to you and the family and showcasing items that everybody enjoys can make a big difference. You may also want to remind everybody that you are a family unit. A few images of yourselves on holiday can be a nice little touch that may bring your kids into the room a little bit more.

When it comes to renovating your house, there’s always a lot to consider, but a family space is so important because if your children are getting older and they’re keener to be by themselves, it is so important to keep that sense of family unity together in the littlest of ways.

pests

Why You Need To Eliminate Pests From Your Home

Why You Need To Eliminate Pests From Your Home

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We have worked hard our entire lives to provide a secure and healthy environment for our family, in which they can live happily ever after. The goal is to find various ways to establish a healthy environment in our homes so that our loved ones are protected from the dangers of the outside world. A pest infestation is one of the most common sources of domestic discord. Pests are a diverse group of creepy crawling critters that are detrimental to the well-being of your house as well as the well-being of your loved ones.

Unfortunately, the presence of pests has always been a fairly regular occurrence in homes all over the world, especially in urban areas. As a consequence, many of them dismiss their presence as a mere inconvenience rather than use a safe and effective biological pest control solution, not recognising the extent of the harm that certain pests are capable of causing. You are recommended to contact pest exterminators as soon as you become aware that your property has been infested with bugs, as we have outlined four key reasons for eradicating pests from your home.

Property Damage

Some insect species may also be very destructive to your house and the items inside it, as well. Because termites feed on cellulose and have the capacity to consume everything in your home that is made of wood, for example, some pests such as termites can cause you to lose your home and your financial security. The damage they do is so extensive that it renders all of your wooden possessions irreparably damaged in the process. Homes with wooden floors, ceilings, or foundations may suffer considerably more damage from termites than those without such features since the presence of termites will severely weaken the structural integrity of such structures.

In addition, pests such as rats have been genetically engineered to nibble on everything and everything that comes their way. As a result, they wind up causing extensive damage to your home’s utility network, which includes water, electricity, and gas distribution pipelines. When rats get into contact with electrical lines, they can be responsible for causing a fire. 

Eliminate risk to health

Rodents are known to contain a vast variety of disease-causing organisms, including many different types of bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and helminths, among other pathogens (worms). By transmitting illness to humans through their ectoparasites such as fleas, ticks, lice and mites, as well as some diseases transmitted by mosquitos, fleas and ticks serve as vectors or hosts for a variety of diseases.

In fact, it is estimated that rats have caused more deaths than all of the world’s conflicts combined over the last 1,000 years.

Carrier of allergens

It is known that many bugs are known to introduce various sorts of allergies into your home, which can lead to a variety of health problems. Furthermore, the presence of pests results in a large number of droppings, which significantly pollute the air quality within your home. As a result, bug droppings such as grass are sometimes cited as one of the most prevalent allergies found in the house.

Recipe

Lamb And Chickpea Stew

Lamb And Chickpea Stew

Are you a lover of freshly homemade meals that are quick and easy to make? we certainly are. Here is a quick an easy Lamb Stew!

This meal took about 20 minutes to make was absolutely delicious.

Ingredients Used Were:

  • Lamb mince – 200g
  • Red onion – 1
  • Carrot – 1
  • Garlic clove – 2
  • Courgette – 1
  • Tomato puree – 30g
  • Harissa paste – 50g
  • Ground cumin – 1 table spoon
  • Chicken stock paste – 10g
  • Chickpeas – 230g
  • Ciabatta – 1
  • Salt – pinch
  • Pepper – pinch
  • Olive oil – drizzle for the pan and ciabatta
  • Water – 200ml

How We Cooked Our Meal

We started off by pre-heating our oven to 200c and putting our pan on a medium heat. We drizzled a little oil into our pan and once heated we added our Lamb Mince to the pan. Whilst the mince was cooking we washed and prepared our vegetables. We chopped the carrot into small chunks, peeled and chopped the onion and pressed two garlic cloves with the garlic press. The courgette was also prepared by slicing it into thick slices.

We then drained off any excess fat from the mince, once browned we then seasoned with salt and pepper. The onion and carrot chunks were then added and cooked until softened. Once the veg was soft we were then able to stir in the tomato puree, harissa paste, ground cumin and half the garlic.

Water and chicken stock paste was then added along with the chickpeas. We then left the stew simmering, stirring occasionally.

Lamb Stew is So Quick And Easy To Make

While the stew was simmering we heated another pan on high heat (no oil). When hot we added the courgette slices, cooking them until charred on both sides. Whilst the courgette was charring we prepared the garlic bread. We done this by halving a ciabatta and using the remaining garlic to spread over each half, also drizzling olive oil (as much as desired) over each half. once prepared we then put these into the pre-heated oven until golden brown.

We then shared the stew between two bowls, and topped with the charred courgettes. We then added the garlic bread as a side. If you enjoyed this recipe feel free to check out our food and drink section!

A short clip of us making this meal on our TikTok page.

We then enjoyed with a glass of white wine!

relationship

How to Improve Your Relationship by Setting Goals for Couples Counseling

How to Improve Your Relationship by Setting Goals for Couples Counseling

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When you get into a relationship, especially a marriage, you’ll need to understand the importance of mindful marriage. This long-term commitment comes with a lot of costs, such as having to take risks, give, and be out of your comfort zone. While some marriages were simply not meant to be, others just need some help through couples counseling. Throughout the years, this form of counseling has has a negative stigma, but it’s been slowly becoming more normalised. One of the more popular practices in couples counseling is setting up goals for the couple to achieve.

Why Set Goals for Couples Counseling?

Couples counseling can help couples to work through their problems and achieve their goals. However, some couples might be hesitant to set goals for their counseling sessions. Some people might think that setting goals will make the counselors focus on achieving them rather than on the couple’s overall good. 

The goal-setting process is a collaborative one between the couple and the counselor, so neither of these concerns are valid. The process is about finding what your couple wants out of life, what they believe in, and working towards achieving those things together. Overall, this can be a good way to get the couple’s foot started on the right path.

Setting Your Relationship Goals

Setting your relationship goals is a great way to ensure that you are both on the same page. It will make it easier for you to communicate your expectations and create an environment that is conducive to healthy relationships. So, what about the goal that needs to be set? The goal of setting your relationship goals should be to have a balance between what you want from the relationship and what you are willing to give.

It is important to set clear and attainable goals so that both parties can work towards them together. Just like an individual needs to set goals for themselves, a wedding is a union, you both need to think about each other and the best for each other. This can only work if both get involved.

What are the Biggest Obstacles When it Comes to Goal-Setting in Couples Counseling?

The biggest obstacle to goal-setting success is that people often don’t know what they want. It’s hard enough to set goals when you have a clear idea of what your dream is, but it’s even harder when you don’t. There are many steps couples counselors can take to make the process easier and more successful. 

The most important thing is to start the conversation early on in the counseling session so that they can get a better idea of where their partner is coming from and what their goals are. Clear communication with your partner has to be involved in this as well.

The Dos and Don’ts of Goal Setting in Couple Counseling

Like any session during couples therapy, there is going to be some do’s and don’t’s and this is going to include goal setting as well.

Do’s:

-Set goals that are specific, measurable, and realistic.

-Set short-term and long-term goals.

-Set your own personal goal as well as your partner’s goal.

-Set a timeline for achieving the goal, such as a three-month period of time or six months to one year.

Don’ts:

-Don’t set vague goals like “improve communication” or “make more effort” without specifying what exactly you mean by these terms in terms of concrete actions or behaviors

-Don’t lie to yourself or to your partner, this includes the counselor as well.

These could also vary depending on the marriage and how the communication within the marriage is as well. Overall, couples counseling is serious, it’s meant to help the couple, and setting up goals together can strengthen the bond.

Dangers

What To Do When You Have A Home Emergency

What To Do When You Have A Home Emergency

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Making your home healthier and safer all comes with knowing what to do in case of damages or emergencies. If you lack the knowledge and understanding of what to do when an issue arises, then you may hinder the health and safety of your home. 

Should you not know what to do in case of home emergencies and damages, here are some hot tips.

Call emergency help

An emergency issue with your home should be dealt with in the same way that a personal health problem would be – you should call emergency services. 

For instance, if you notice loose electric wires or dangerous plugs, then it is best to leave the issue alone and find a local emergency electrician near me so that you can seek expert help when you are in need of an emergency. You should never try to fix the issue yourself if you don’t have the knowledge because it could make the problem worse or cause danger to yourself. 

Try not to panic

Whether you live alone or with family, it is important to stay calm. No matter what issue has happened, there will be a way to get it fixed. If you panic, then you might act irrationally and make the situation worse than it needs to be. 

The calmer you can remain, the quicker and more efficient the resolution will be. 

Gather your insurance documents

Should an emergency happen at home that requires intense repairs or evacuation, then you will be able to seek extra support if you have insurance. 

Hence, when an issue arises, ensure to gather and look through your insurance documents to see what help you are eligible for. It can be costly and stressful to deal with the issue yourself. Therefore, make sure to know what help you can ask for and make sure to call your insurance company. 

Pre-prepare a home emergency kit

A home emergency kit should be ready at all times in case something immediate happens. If you need to evacuate your home or need to clear something up that could be dangerous, then having a kit ready will ensure that you can solve the issue calmly and effectively. 

This kit should contain medical supplies, cleaning supplies, and all important house documents. You won’t want to lose contact with these things when an issue arises so having them in a convenient and safe place will ensure that you can grab them when you need them. 

The more organized you are at home, the better you will be able to deal with emergency situations. If you have planned for a potential emergency, then you won’t go into panic mode when something happens. Instead, you can calmly sort it with an emergency team, use your insurance, and make use of your emergency kit. It can take some time to understand how to plan for an emergency, as well as deal with it. But, with the right tips and knowledge, you can ensure to make the best decisions when a home emergency occurs. 

DECOR

Making Your Bathroom More family-Friendly

Making Your Bathroom More family-Friendly

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If you share a bathroom with your family, you need to ensure that it is as family-friendly as possible, which means that you may need to make a few changes to make it safer and easier for you to maintain.

The good news is, I have put together a few ideas that will help you to create a bathroom that is family-friendly without compromising on style or function as you will see below…

Consider a wet room

If you have a large, busy family, then you might want to think about using wetrooms design to make your bathroom more efficient. Turning your bathroom into a wet room will mean that it is basically one big shower space, which means the whole family could get in there and get clean together. When you have young kids who don’t mind sharing with mum and dad, this can save a huge amount of time in the mornings and evenings. It also makes life easier for any family members who may have a disability too. 

Add colour

You might love your all-white bathroom, but not only will it not be much fun for the kids, but it will be very unforgiving when it comes to dirt and grime, Kids can make so much mess in the bathroom and you may not have time to do a deep clean every day, so adding some grey or blue or any pattern that will be a bit more forgiving can make bath times more fun for the kids, all while also hiding as a multitude of sins until you have time to do the cleaning.

Hang some hooks

Hooks are ideal in the bathroom. They provide everyone with a place to hang their towels and toiletries, and unlike many racks and shelves, you can affix them low on the wall so that small children will be able to reach them ansd learn more about being responsible for their own things. This will also make life easier for you as parents because the bathroom will not be so much of a bombsite.

Bring on the baskets

Wicker baskets will also make your life easier in the bathroom Not only are they very attractive, but you can use them as clothing hampers for dirty laundry, but also for storing rubber duckies and other fun toys, as well as toiletries and anything else you need in the bathroom. You can stack them in the corner or place them on shelves and they will just keep everythitn neat and tidy for you all.

Install handrails

If you don’t already have handrails above the bath and in the shower, then it is a good idea to install some at a level where the kid will be able to use them as well as the adults. This will help to prevent slips, trips and falls in the bathroom spade.

Making your bathroom more family-friendly will make life easier for you all, so think about what would help you the most and start making changes as soon as you can.

Learning

When Your Cartoons Comes To Life

When Your Cartoons Comes To Life

Dylan being only 1.5 years old, his character is really starting to show now. He has recently been starting to express his interest of imaginative play. He has a brilliant, fun and energetic character to him.

With toddlers developing imagination and creativity through play, we have been encouraging and supporting Dylan with these skills through as many play activities as we can.

Activities Dylan has been enjoying are:

  • Reading
  • Dress-ups
  • Messy play
  • Drawing
  • Go exploring
  • Baking
  • Soft play
  • Enjoying music/dancing/singing
  • Doing sounds to animals/transport

We have been encouraging the above activities and so much more. His favorite at the moment is sound books. He loves his books and copying the sounds. We are currently teaching him his animals and sounds they make. He also loves his wheels on the bus musical book and acting out the actions to it.

By way of supporting his interests and imagination, we try and make everything fun, as we are great believers in learning through play. We recently took Dylan to the London Transport Museum Depot as his love of buses have been helping with his colours, shapes, co-ordination and learning about objects and the world around him.

Educational Day’s Out

Dylan absolutely LOVED his visit to see the trains and buses and spent his time looking closely at the wheels, lights, steering wheels etc all whilst singing the wheels on the bus song and seeing everything up close. >>Read more about Dylan’s visit on our blog here<<

We have been helping Dylan express his imagination with the help of Noah’s Ark. Learning animals and the sounds they make. You can read our review on this on our blog here<<

To help bring the animals to life and learn a more hands on experience, we took Dylan to one of our local farms. He absolutely LOVED his visit and hands on experience.

Educational Cartoons

Dylan loves to watch cartoons. He watches TV in the morning whilst having breakfast, he enjoys watching Cocomelon and singing along to the songs. He loves watching animal cartoons too and doing the animal sounds, his favorites being a cow, pig and a duck at the moment. We recently saw that a local business does visits to homes, parties etc dressed as characters. So we booked for Dylan to have a surprise visitor and help bring his cartoon to life and watch his imagination come out even more.

His imagination came straight out, he got Paw Patrol a ball as he pictures dogs as playing with a ball. He had great fun playing ball and dancing with Marshall in our garden. Cartoons really are real!

We have loads more educational fun planned with Dylan. Keep an eye on Dylan’s “All Things Dylan” tab to see what he has been up to lately whilst living his best life!

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A Visit To The London Transport Museum Depot

A Visit To The London Transport Museum Depot

***We were gifted tickets to visit the London Transport Museum Depot in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own***

Last week we visited The London Transport Museum Depot in Acton with Dylan. Dylan absolutely LOVES buses and has recently been showing an interest in trains. He is currently 1.5 years old and really enjoys learning, especially through play.

Three times a year the depot opens their doors for the public to explore and discover the rare road and rail vehicles dating back well over 100 years. The museum is a treasure trove of well over 300,000 items that make up the most important record of urban transport in the world.

A Visit To The London Transport Museum Depot

When we visited The London Transport Museum Depot it was a festival-style event, giving Dylan the opportunity to join in and celebrate the most comprehensive collections whilst learning through play. On offer were talks, activities and even guided tours. There was a designated play area for the children with arts & crafts and even a soft play area.

Vehicles Dating Back Over 100 Years

We really enjoyed our visit and we all found it great fun. It was amazing to be able to see the history of vehicles used, dating back over 100 years. Not only were there vehicles, there were posters, signs, ticket machines and so much more. Whilst we were walking around Dylan was singing his wheels on the bus song and enjoyed looking at the wheels, lights and doors on the buses. He even enjoyed sitting on buses and trains that he was allowed to (not all buses and trains are allowed to be sat on).

The depot is also home to the London Transport Miniature Railway. This is a working miniature railway that is based on real London Underground locomotives, carriages, signals and signs. Dylan thoroughly enjoyed his ride on it.

Our Thoughts

We found our visit very informative, all staff and volunteers were very helpful and friendly. We learned loads of secrets about London Transport that will most certainly make travelling more fun and interesting. We was told about a person who lived on a Victorian train carriage! and did you know that the Queen drove an underground train? Who knew that there were so many secrets within London transport!

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Proven Ways to Earn Money From Home

Proven Ways to Earn Money From Home

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We’re living through a financial crisis at the moment, so saving money and making the most of your hard-earned cash is more important than ever. If you’re struggling and thinking of ways to boost your income, here are a few ideas for going about it. Best of all, they can all be done from home. 

Blogging

Blogging can become a source of income over time. While it takes time to reach this stage, the process of building it up is fun and allows you to build skills. You’ll improve your writing, your photography, learn about SEO and can even dabble with template design and HTML. If you stick with it and create useful, shareable content then you will start being contacted by advertisers and sponsors who will pay you to advertise on your site. Blogging is cheap to start and you don’t need a lot of equipment or know-how, read some online guides, give it a go and learn along the way. 

Rent out a room

If you own your home and don’t have any restrictions surrounding sub-letting then becoming a live-in landlord and renting out to a lodger could be a fantastic way to earn some extra cash. Many working professionals are in need of simple accommodation and only need a room rather than a full house or apartment, so it’s a win-win both ways. You could also rent out to a student if you’re in close proximity to a university. 

Start a home-based business venture

Chances are you already have skills that you could utilise, maybe you have a hobby that makes tangible products to sell or perhaps you have years of experience that you can utilise by selling your skills and advice via teaching resources, on Youtube or as a tutor. A home business is something you can run around other commitments such as having children or even around a full time job. If you’re successful, you could eventually go full time with it or simply keep it as an additional source of income. Other projects such as a blog are great to run alongside a home business and can be a way for you to promote what you do, you could also look to build a closed forum for your customers which is a great way to keep your audience interacting with your business. 

Sell what you no longer need

Selling things you no longer need can raise some extra cash, free up space and allow you to declutter your home. Things like old antiques and jewellery you dont wear are easy options, but there are companies out there these days that will buy just about anything. From old CDs and DVDs to furniture, clothes and so much more. It can help you to raise a chunk of cash to pay off a debt, put towards saving, to finance starting a business or whatever else you need. 

Freelancing

Skills such as writing, art and design skills are in high demand and you can make money from them as a freelancer.  Sign up to a freelancing site like Upwork and take a look at the projects, you can ‘bid’ on anything you feel you’re suited to and over time as your rating builds you’ll be more likely to be accepted for further work. If you’re having a quiet month and need to boost your income you can fall back on these kinds of projects.