Saturday, 27 July 2019

Creating a Calm Bedroom

The bedroom should be a space where you can relax, unwind, and destress from the day. Often though, it becomes cluttered, with clothing piles, we don’t correctly take care of our mattress, and before you know it, you couldn’t be less comfortable in there if you tried. Creating a calm bedroom doesn’t take much time or a significant cash investment. 


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Plan

Before you start moving things around, have an idea for what you want the room to look and feel like. Of course, calm and relaxing goes without saying. But do you want to change the colour? Have you considered a different style of bed? Spend a few hours with a coffee (or tea) and browse Pinterest for the best bedroom inspiration

Clutter

You probably have a lot of stuff, just heaped up in the corner. Most of us have a chair that only has one purpose in life, and that is to be the home to clothing that is not clean enough for the cupboard or dirty enough for the wash. It might just be time to work out if you need all of the clothing you have. And if you trim down the clothing you have, does the chair still have a purpose? Is your nightstand put to good use? What else do you have in the room that you could do without? Donate what is still good enough to use, bin what isn’t and feel a whole lot happier at having less stuff. 

Bed

When it comes to your bed, it really matters. A soft or saggy mattress can play havoc with your back. Springs sticking out can be painful, and if they pierce the mattress, they are sharp and dangerous. We aren’t great at changing our mattress in good time, sadly we tend to wait too long, and by the time it happens, the damage is already done. Your headboard, as well as being decorative, can serve to separate where you lay your head and your wall. A rattan headboard can add a nice natural feel to your room. 

Green

If you are looking to make the room more relaxed in general, then you should think about adding some touches of green. Tall standing plants are great in the corners of the room, and smaller ones can adorn your window ledges and shelves. Typically plants serve two purposes - one to purify the air around them, which is ideal in your bedroom, and the other is add a natural feel to the space and help you relax. 

Clean

To get the best night's sleep, you should make sure you clean your sheets at least once a week at least and keep dust to a minimum. Remember to vacuum well under the bed and as far under more cumbersome furniture as you can get. 


Aside from all of the material elements in your room, you can also employ a more relaxing evening routine. In your new routine, try to go to bed a little earlier, listen to sleep stories or calming music, and treat anytime after 9.30pm as a late night. 



Friday, 19 July 2019

My Recent Amazon Tangent

Recently there has been a lot of talk about becoming eco friendly and doing your part to save the environment. I’ve been watching the new TV series “War on Plastic” which has been eye opening. 

I’ve been having a look at what simple changes can be made without having to majorly change my lifestyle and stumbled across these Reusable Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads.

I’m really impressed with the value for money on this item. There are 24 pads and a washable mesh bag to help with the ease of washing and make the change from disposable as painless as possible. 

While looking at this, I stumbled across a couple of other items from this seller that I liked the look of. Although not necessarily eco friendly, they looked like really helpful, time saving products and with 4 kids, that’s very important in my list of requirements. 

Firstly, I came across these ingenious Face Masks which came with a 40% off discount code (ZT4KM8OW). They are supposed to help make wrinkles less visible, reduce fat and give a glowing complexion; all of which I would happily accept. 



 The second product by them that caught my eye was this Electric Blackhead Remover. I also found a 40% discount code for this too (XDZXZXMN). 
I’ve been looking into these for some time as I suffer with a very oily nose and after reading the reviews, this seems to be a good choice. 


So overall, I went in search of makeup wipes and left with fat face masks and a face vacuum! 

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

4 Ways To Have An Engaged Summer With Your Children

Ah, summer, is there anything better? There’s so much to look forward to, we can enjoy the outdoors, the sunshine (well, sometimes), spend time with our friends and family, and so on -- it’s all good stuff. But in order to make the most of everyone’s favourite season, it’s important to take a proactive approach; the good times won’t just happen! And especially with our kids. Their summer holidays will come and go in a blink of an eye. Below, we take a look at a few ways you can have an engaged, fun summer with your little ones. Get ready now, and prepare for a fun summer!


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Limit the Tech


There’s little doubt that technology has done the world a lot of good, but, like most things, it’s important that it’s not overused. Some parents are happy to let their kids spend hour after hour playing games on their smartphone or tablet. It might give you a peaceful afternoon, but it’s not like your children are going to simply put the devices down when you’re ready to have some fun. They’ll want to stay on their phones. Find a way to limit the tech use, lest it takes over all summer.


Creating Together


There are plenty of ways to spend quality time with our children, from exploring the outdoors to spending the afternoon watching Disney movies. One of the more underrated activities, however, involves creating something together. It really doesn’t matter what it is, so long as you’re all involved in the process and something comes from it. One fun option is arts and crafts. Take a look at www.vinylcuttingmachineguide.com and invest in a vinyl cutting machine. It’ll open up the world of crafts for you and your family! Another option is to write and perform your family play. It’ll be super fun, and you’ll also be giving your children’s creative capabilities some exercise.


Involve Their Friends


As much as you would like to think otherwise, it’s unlikely that your children will want to spend every moment of the summer holidays with you, especially if they’re a little older. They’ll want to see their friends! But you don’t have to lose them to their chums, oh no -- instead, invite their friends to be apart of your days out. You’ll get to see another side of your sons and daughters, plus you’ll prevent them from spending too much time away from you. Win-win!


Mix Up the Activities


Finally, take a look at mixing up the activities throughout the summer. This has multiple purposes. First, it keeps everyone engaged and having fun. Second, it’ll make the summer seem like it’s going on forever! Time speeds up if you’re doing all the same things every day. Have a number of activities in your repertoire, such as trips into nature, afternoons in the garden, and city excursions, and you’ll have had a jam-packed and diverse summer when it comes to September and the beginning of the new school year. Variety is the spice of life!



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