Friday, 7 June 2019

Getting Your Garden Summer Ready

Summer is finally upon us. While there’s still a little too much rain going around, the temperatures are increasing and the dry periods are starting to get a little longer. There’s light at the end of the dark and cloudy tunnel. You might be eager to get out into your garden, playing with the kids, reading and sipping wine in the sunshine, or entertaining around your BBQ. But a quick look out of your back window might be all that you need to see that your garden isn’t ready for this. Having to wait for good weather might mean that you haven’t had the chance to do as much as you might have liked. So, put your summer body on hold for a few more weeks, and focus instead on getting your garden ready, so that you can get outdoors and reap the rewards of your efforts.

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Assess the Damage

Some gardens -and homes- just need a little TLC. Others are a total wreck. This will all depend on how much gardening you did last year, what you left out over winter, the size of your garden and how much you’ve managed to keep on top of things over the colder months. Get out there and assess the damage, so that you know what needs doing. Look for broken fences, weeds, broken furniture, bald patches of grass and dead plants, as well as anything obviously wrong.

Clean Up

Next, start cleaning. If you’ve got access to a jet wash, give your pathways, decking, fences and outside walls a good blast. If not, a hose might do the trick. Pick up any rotten leaves, broken furniture and toys and anything else that doesn’t belong and throw it away.

Find the Right Furniture

Some of your furniture might not have survived the winter if it’s been left out. Even if it hasn’t, it might not be what you need or want in your outside space. Salvage what you can with some varnish and weatherproof paint. Then, look for Garden furniture that you like and meets your needs.

Add a Coat of Paint

Most good garden paint claims to last for around three years. But this isn’t always the case. If your fences, decking, shed or anything else look as though they need a fresh coat, or like they are no longer protected from rain (it won’t sit on top in the same way), this is the best time to do it. Choose a dry, warm day and paint early, so it’s dry when you want to do other things.

Get Planting

If most of your plants and flowers are perennial, then you might just need to prune them back a little and give them some TLC. If not, you might need to dig some out and replace them. If you want to grow fruit, plant ASAP, so that you will have plenty at the end of summer.

Mow the Lawn

You might not have mowed your lawn for months. But it’s growing fast now. Only the top third of grass is green, so take more than this off, and you won’t have a luscious green lawn. Mow little and often for the best effects. If any patches need work, add a little seed, and keep off until it starts to grow and fill in.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Defeat Rogue Smells Around The House

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No one likes an untidy living space, and even homes that are often rigorously cleaned can be plagued by persistent and foul, lingering odors. Decorating your home can improve the visual and can completely eradicate all lingering smells. For the most parts, air fresheners can temporarily mask the bad smells, but completely eliminating the cause of the odor is a task that can be accomplished naturally and little or none use of harsh chemicals.

Kitchen and Bathroom Drains

Organic food waste from dishwashers and sinks gets trapped in the waste disposal route and rots quickly. This often emanates foul odors and can be an easy fix. Using a Plunger to dislodge any stuck debris is one of the best ways to minimize pungent smells coming from drains. Another one is pouring white vinegar down the drain, let it sit for about a half hour, and then rinse with a sink load of water. Vinegar has high acidity can kill bacteria and other odor-causing problems quickly, cheaply and naturally.


The floor in a home can go through an enormous about of stress, abuse, and disfigurement. Often floors can harvest smells that linger around areas of the home. When you notice a smell coming from an area of the flood such as the area where the indoor bin is situated, kill the source. Removing the source of the odor to eliminate prolonging smells could be as simple as taking out the garbage or something as involved as fixing bad plumbing. If you find that your carpet is harvesting foul lingering persistent smells due to age and deterioration, be sure to check out leading flooding specialists such as Carpet One to get great prices and professional service.

Clean The Kitchen Appliances

Unclean kitchen appliances are prone to harvesting unwanted and potentially health risking germs, fungi, and bugs. These microscopic, multicellular bacterias can as carriers of various types of viral and fungal diseases; which can affect your home and family. Cleaning your appliances regularly will ensure that you and your family eat from clean uncontaminated surfaces, reducing chances of infections or sickness. Keep in mind that microorganisms tend to enjoy in warm areas, so it's beneficial to clean your electrical food appliances regularly.

In some cases, faulty electrical components can give off a “fishy” smell when they are exposed to high temperatures. If there is an unexplained fishy smell in your home that you can't quite place your finger on, check all of your outlets and appliances, just as you would for a burning smell.

Air Conditioning And Filtration

Time to invest in a ductless air-filtration system, that has a multi-stage filter that traps particulate matter as well as impurities on the microbial level? Many household odors are the result of airborne contaminants that can only be eliminated through special deodorizing filters that utilize natural substances such as catechin or enzymes to attack the vigilant odor molecules. In some Air Con systems, they incorporate nanotechnology to trap contaminants on the atomic level. Systems like these will continuously circulate the home air so in addition to the filtration, the homeowner also gets constant circulation which helps eliminates stagnant air and the buildup of moisture. Of course, after time, this may need cleaning too!

Let Everyone Know In The Comments Section Below With The Handy Tips That Help You Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

LOL Fizz Factory Review

*This is not a paid or sponsored post, all opinions are my own. I have used an affiliate link.*

I found it hard to buy presents for a newly turning six year old. She seems to be too old for a lot of toys but too young for others.
For Christmas she had requested LOL Doll things so for her birthday, I followed on with the same idea.
As I was wandering the aisles of the local TK Maxx, I found an LOL Fizz Factory in the reduced toys section and thought it would be ideal for Thea.

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