Monday, 18 March 2019

Smart Day Trips For Everyone

Don’t tell the kids you’re going somewhere educational, they don’t need to know, and it’ll take all the fun out of it.  When you are thinking of stuff to do at the weekend or during the holidays, there are plenty of options which are both fun and educational - for all the family, not just the kids.

Children’s Play Village
These are a fantastic idea for developing your kid’s creativity and imagination. They seem to be opening up all over the UK which is great, there’s the KidsZania in London “An indoor city run by kids” and then the Children’s Play Village in Warwick who also have plans to open up more sites around the UK so keep an eye on their website.

The Zoo
A lovely day out for all but also such a good place for children to learn while having fun. Zoos are full of information as well as educational performances and experts in the form of zookeepers on hand to answer any questions. There’s plenty of games you can play at the zoo too, getting your kids to see how many animals they can find and ask them to group them by their animal type. If you get them to write them down with a little description, that’s the spelling and vocabulary taken care of too.

Farms can be a little more hands-on than a zoo, with many allowing children to feed animals or hold small ones. Many farms are designed now with visitors in mind, and your children can have fun while learning all about looking after animals, how farms work and where we get our fresh food from.

A Castle
There is no better way to teach your children about the history of Britain than a trip to one of the many castles dotted around the country. Many of them are well preserved or have been restored so that you can see history in action. Often castles will offer all sorts of activities that children love. These include tours designed for children, activity workshops, and play areas. Your children will be having so much fun; they won't notice that they are learning at the same time. It's also possible to get season tickets that cover many different heritage sites, so if you plan to make a few trips, this could help you look after the pennies.

A day trip to any museum is all well and good, but did you know you can now sleep over at many museums? For a proper Night at the Museum experience, the Dino Snores sleepover at London’s Natural History Museum is fantastic, your child can camp out and might even be sleeping next to the lifesize blue whale. They will also take part in activities including a torch-lit trail and dinosaur t-shirt making. You can also have a sleepover a the sea life centre, camping out in the aquarium’s massive viewing tunnel, where tropical fish, sea turtles and sharks will swim around them all night, how cool is that?

If you’re ever after a little inspiration for educational day trips or holidays, there is nowhere better to look than NST who organise school trips! Who better to learn from than the experts?

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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Want The Ultimate Sanctuary Bedroom? The Tips To Help You Create It

When it comes to your home, your bedroom can be a little low on the priority list when it comes to decorating. As a parent, there tends to be rooms that you focus on first. You may want to tackle some of the bigger projects first of all. As a family you may want to decorate a kitchen, or have a new one installed. Extend your home to make the living space more compatible with your family life. Renovate the bathroom and certainly decorate the children's bedrooms. So you can see why your bedroom probably ranks much lower than some of the other jobs and projects in your home.

However, this isn't how it should be. As a busy parent, there is so much that you already sacrifice for your family. Your time, your livelihood, your efforts into making your family life a happy and fulfilling one. But you cannot fill from an empty cup, and sometimes you just need a little time for yourself. having a decent bedroom to escape to at night when everyone is asleep, or just to be able to take five minutes peace and quiet while your other half looks after the kiddos, can make a world of difference to your mood and how you feel with your mental wellbeing. So here are some of the ways that you can turn your bedroom into a sanctuary.

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Give it a fresh coat of paint

Painting a room can make the biggest difference to how it looks. It may not have had much love for a while, so getting rid of old wallpaper, and giving the walls a fresh new identity could be the only thing you need to do to give the room the lift it needs. Think about your colour choices. Maybe go for something that is calming. Perhaps your favourite colour in a pastel version or something that is bedroom appropriate. There are some great colour suggestions online, some to promote calmness, some to promote sleep, so figure out what it is you want and then g for something that matches in with that.

Invest in a new bed and mattress

The next thing you could consider would be to invest in a new bed or mattress. Again we can put these sorts of purchase low on the priority list, but it is important for you to get quality sleep. As a parent it is a running joke that you don’t get much sleep at night, children needing attention, babies needing feeding, and so it can be all consuming and hard to relax if you then don’t feel comfortable in your bed. A supportive mattress can aid you in having a decent sleep. It is said that you should change your mattress every eight years, so when was the last time you changed yours?

Dress your bedroom exactly how you like it

You want your bedroom to feel like a sanctuary, and a great way to replicate that look is to dress your room appropriately. That means things like new bedding, and even looking at the cushions you use to decorate the bed and having a lovely furnishings. A great way to look it, is as you feel when you are in a hotel. They always look pristine so use it as inspiration such as having a bed runner and smart cushions and style. Maybe looking at hotel quality bed runners from Richard Haworth or cushions from your favourite home interiors store is the best place to start. You will find there will be a lot of inspiration just by browsing online.

Declutter and organise more effectively

Clutter and having too many things out or in the bedroom space can do more harm than good. Many people say that a busy house creates a busy mind, so you won’t want to replicate that in your bedroom when you want to relax. Take some time to declutter your things and find some organisation in the chaos. Maybe trying things out like the Konmari method from Marie Kondo could be a great place to gain some inspiration on clutter, mess and tidying.

A clean space will make you feel better

Finally, a clean space can make a big difference to how you feel and so it may be time to give your bedroom a deep clan. Hoover the floors, wipe the skirting boards, dust the furniture and window sills and ensure the bed linen is clean and crisp. It is the small things that can make the biggest difference to your bedroom and how you feel.

Let’s hope that these tips help you when it comes to creating the ultimate sanctuary in your bedroom.

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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Can You Make Your Home Look Endlessly Modern?

This is the question that every homeowner wants to answer. Obviously, if you live in a house for an extended period of time then you’re going to need to renovate. However, we’re talking about things breaking down or wearing out. You shouldn’t have to renovate every few years because your home design starts to look outdated. Still, how can you avoid that? Can you make your home look endlessly modern? Here are a few solutions that might help you out.

Create a blend of contemporary and classic design.
The key to making your home look endlessly modern is to avoid creating a trendy or an outdated space. That’s why a blend of new and old interior design can really make a household shine. It’s called transitional design. Essentially, you might have a modern and minimalistic home with white walls, new appliances, sleek flooring, and some contemporary furnishings, but a few vintage elements of design will have their place too. If you’re wondering how to incorporate classic elements of home design into your household then you should think of centrepieces.

In other words, your household will probably be mostly modernised (you’ll have a TV, a fridge, an oven, and other electronic appliances). There’s no escaping modernity in your home. Too many vintage furnishings might look out of place in such a setting, but the right balance of contemporary and classic design can look very stylish. Maybe you’ll have a modern kitchen but a sleek traditional chandelier hanging above, for example. Or maybe you don’t want to empty your bank account on expensive focal points. You could get some nice leather sofas for the living room. That would give the space a set of classic and comfortable centrepieces. For some smaller vintage focal points, you might want to get a traditional clock or an old chest of drawers for particular rooms. Be creative with your style; just don’t let the new and old elements of your home clash.

Use natural design.
We’ve talked about using transitional design to blend classic and contemporary elements of household design because such as amalgamation prevents a household from becoming dated and unfashionable. Still, manufactured design always runs the risk of becoming dated in time because it’s artificial. Trends change, and old styles become attached to a bygone era. If you want to avoid this fate befalling your own house then you should use natural design throughout your humble abode. Nature is timeless. If you want to make your home look endlessly modern then you should use as much organic design as possible. Natural materials such as wood always add something special to a home; that’s why so many vintage furnishings look good in a modern environment, assuming the design style itself isn’t outdated. You should use plenty of earth tones to really make your home feel natural and vibrant. Plants and flowers can really bring something special to your household too. They not only add to the design in an aesthetic sense because they’re bold and colourful; they remove toxins from the air. This will make your home feel fresher too. Natural design is definitely the core answer to achieving an endlessly modern household design.

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