3 Important Rules To Follow When Designing A Child’s Bedroom

Your child’s bedroom is so important because it’s a space that they can call their own. Kids need their own space, especially as they get older, so you need to think carefully about their bedroom design. A lot of parents don’t know where to start when furnishing and decorating a bedroom for their child and they make a lot of simple mistakes, which means their child does not get the most out of their room. But as long as you follow these simple rules for designing kids’ bedrooms, you can’t go too far long. 

Make It Easy To Clean 

Kids make a lot of mess, so it’s vital that you make their room easy to clean. Avoid lots of soft furnishings and carpets because they are just going to get stained when things are inevitably spilled in the bedroom. It’s best to go for laminate wood flooring which is easy to mop so you can keep on top of the cleaning. You should also invest in some wipe clean paint that won’t rub off if you use cleaning products on it. This paint is a little more expensive, but you’ll be glad that you spent the extra money when the kids draw on the walls and you can just wash it off instead of painting the whole room again. 

Include Plenty Of Storage

Kids are prone to making a lot of mess and, although you can’t avoid it completely, you can try to keep things a bit tidier by including plenty of storage in their room. You will need a sizable chest of drawers to keep all of their clothes in but you need to make sure that you have storage for all of their toys as well. Otherwise, they will end up all over the floor. Some simple plastic boxes are ideal for storing toys and even though they may not look the best, they’re an easy way for your kids to keep their toys organized and tidy. You should also try to make use of the space underneath the bed if possible as well. This will give you a lot more storage space without taking up any floor space, so they still have plenty of room for playing. 

Use Neutral Colours 

Kids’ tastes change so often and even though they might tell you that they want a bright pink princess themed room right now, they may change their mind in a few months and decide that they hate it. That’s why, unless you want to decorate every six months, you need to choose neutral colours for the walls. These basic walls will then serve as a blank canvas for other decorations. You can let your child put up posters and pictures as they choose, so they can design the room in any way that they want. Then, when their tastes change, it’s easy for them to change the decoration in their room accordingly. Your child gets more freedom over their bedroom design and you don’t have to worry about decorating all of the time, so everybody wins. 

When you are designing your child’s bedroom, it is important that you follow these important rules. If you can do that, you should be able to design the perfect bedroom for them. 

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Shopping for a Wedding Guest Outfit

A wedding is a wonderful occasion, and it’s always touching to be asked to be part of someone’s special day. However, for a lot of wedding guests, attending the celebration can potentially cause some financial strain. If you have to travel far for the wedding, you will need to pay for accommodation as well as fuel. On top of this, there are the expected wedding presents to be purchased, an appropriate outfit for both the ceremony and reception, plus other expenses. Some things you can’t avoid paying out for, but you can save money on clothing.

Buy One Thing

On these occasions, it’s tempting to buy entirely new pieces to put the outfit together. This is where shopping can get expensive, and it really isn’t necessary. If you want to wear something new to the wedding, try to only buy one item. Firstly, look through your clothes to find something that is suitable for the event, whether that’s a dress, blouse, skirt, etc. When you go out shopping, buy a pair of new shoes or a jacket that will match what you have chosen. It’s a simple way to spruce up what you already have at home, and won’t break your budget.

Look for Deals

If you don’t want to spend a fortune on your wedding outfit, but still want to look as though you have, take the time to search for deals. A lot of these discounts can be discovered via online websites who specialise in promotional deals. You can find many big name brands on them, for example, such as these New Look discount codes. There might also be the opportunity to shop during the season sales and grab yourself a bargain that way. Additionally, there are always designer outlets that offer discounts on their clothes.

Will You Wear It Again?

A classic problem with buying expensive occasion-wear is that you might not have an opportunity to wear it more than once. Although it might be tempting to purchase a beautiful evening gown, ask yourself, “will I ever wear it again?” Be realistic in your answer, as although there might be potential for special events in the future, fashions do change. You might not be as keen on this particular style in later years. Choose timeless designs, but also something you could wear at less formal events – like a birthday party or another more frequent celebration.

Hire an Outfit

This option might not appeal to everyone; however, it is a viable way of saving money on a wedding guest outfit. This is especially true if you see no occasion in which you will wear it again and don’t want it taking up any space in your wardrobe. Although, you need to be extra careful not to spill anything on them, or damage these hired outfits, as you will be charged.

Naturally, you will want to look your best at a wedding. It’s nice to buy something new, but it shouldn’t cost you hundreds of pounds.

Are You Ready To Bring Home A Puppy?

Introducing a new family puppy is definitely exciting, however, it can bring all sorts of stress and anxiety for both you and the puppy. This means it’s important to make sure you put the right steps into place to prepare for your new arrival. Becoming a new pet owner, means you have the responsibility of ensuring the transition into the family home goes as smoothly as possible. It will help to minimise stress and quickly warm them into becoming one of the family households. 

Before you bring your new puppy home, there are some things that you can do to be properly prepared.

Food And Water Bowls 

It might seem like this is quite a trivial matter and that just any bowl will do, however, the best type of bowl that you can use is heavy-bottomed stainless steel or ceramic bowl. Plastic bowls are tempting, especially to a puppy but you will find that they are quickly turned into another chew toy. This can create a haven for bad bacteria, leave them with damages to their gums or teeth and could make your new puppy rather poorly. Not only this, these bowls are much easier to clean and less likely to be knocked over, resulting in less mess. 

A Safe Environment 

Although you might want your new puppy to feel as though they are part of the family and probably have images of them snuggling with you on the sofa the first night, in reality, your puppy is going to be extremely nervous and uneasy in its first week or so in your home. This is because they are getting used to their new environment. If you have kids this new environment is likely noisier than they are used to too. You need to be able to provide your puppy with a safe and quiet environment where they can retreat if they feel as though things are getting a little too much, using something like puppy pens is ideal. These are also the ideal place to put your puppy whenever you leave your home, not only does it ensure their safety but it also prevents any damages to your home. 

Grooming Essentials 

Grooming is a great way for you to bond with your puppy, and getting them used to being brushed is something that will build up trust. Not only that it will mean that they’re well looked after, as they’re bound to get into some sort of a mess at some point, especially when exploring the outside for the first time. Think about getting a home grooming kit that includes a decent brush, nail clippers and dog-friendly bath wash. Some people choose to use a professional dog grooming service, however, having a kit at home for emergencies is essential for looking after your new puppy. Puppies have a habit of getting into mischief and that usually results in the need for a bath! 

These three areas will help you get ready to bring a new puppy home, do you have any other tips that you can share in the comments? 

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Three Energy-Saving Tips to Help You Afford a Little Extra Heat

Creating a cozy home this Christmas doesn’t have to mean cranking up the thermostat. That said, you might like to have the freedom to heat things up now and again for a little extra cosy factor. Whether you’re eco-conscious or on a budget (or both) these tips could help you snip some off your energy bill here and there, giving you a little extra leeway this winter.

Lower Your Thermostat When You’re Not at Home

Lowering your thermostat temperature when there’s nobody home is a no-brainer if you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy use, without impacting your lifestyle. If you’re home during the holidays, you won’t be able to take advantage of the regular nine-to-five schedule of the working week, but you may still find opportunities to schedule temperature decreases throughout your holiday period if you have a holiday line-up of activities planned ahead. You can manually reduce the temperature before you walk out the door, but you may not always remember. Unless it’s an established habit, it’s better to rely on a pre-set if your heating system allows. A system boiler may have a service timer, meaning you can set a range of temps to suit your needs at various times of day according to your family’s schedule.

If your holiday period includes a few days away on holiday somewhere else, take advantage of this time to save on your energy use. Turning your thermostat down for even a few days will make a big difference. Just bear in mind that the thermostat should be high enough to prevent the pipes from freezing.

Run Cold Washes

While many of us choose to run hot laundry cycles as standard, this is not strictly necessary. Most of your family’s regular-use items will wash clean with cold water. What’s more, your clothes are likely to last longer if you wash them cold than if they are subjected to hot temperatures on a regular basis. If your usual laundry routine involves hot washes, you could save up to 90% of the energy you normally use by running cold cycles exclusively. Of course, a hot wash might be necessary on occasion, especially for muddy clothes or soiled items, but it can be useful to group those things together for a hot wash once per week, rather than setting the cycle to hot as your default. The occasional warm cycle shouldn’t make too big an impact if you’re making a conscious effort to stick to cold cycles the rest of the time.

Avoid Using the Dryer

Regularly using the dryer is one of the most reliable ways to guzzle energy. While it may sometimes be necessary, especially for heavy items in winter, you can save a significant amount of energy by only using the dryer as a last resort. Other indoor drying methods may take a little longer but they can be effective if you arrange your space right. For example, hang your clothes on a drying rack in a room with a dehumidifier running. A dehumidifier uses relatively little energy and can dry your clothes overnight. Heated drying racks are another great option. Hot tip: place a bed sheet over the top to trap the heat!

If you plan to spend the Christmas season at home, these tips will help you save a little extra on your energy bill so you can crank the thermostat up when it counts.

Creating a Cozy Home This Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching. You might already be shopping for gifts or planning your home decoration. The streets are lined with lights and other displays, Christmas music is playing in stores and festive markets are thriving. If you’ve got kids, you might be planning fun events like visiting Santa or going ice skating, and letters to Santa might already be written. 

One of the best things about Christmas is getting cosy at home. Nothing beats cuddling up on the sofa in our PJs with a Christmas movie on Netflix. Sipping hot chocolate and indulging in our favourite festive treats. It’s warm and comfortable, and part of the season that most of us love. 

But, sometimes, getting cosy at home is harder than we’d like it to be. If your home is cold and sparse, or your rooms are particularly large, you might struggle to feel warm and cosy. You might even have a hard time filling it with Christmas cheer. So, let’s take a look at some of the things that you can do to create a cosy home this holiday. 

Add Some Texture

Texture is a crucial ingredient when it comes to creating a cosy home. Add texture with cushions, heavy curtains, throws and blankets, and rugs on engineered wood flooring. Try to use different materials, such as velvet, wool, and cotton, and include some reflective surfaces to maximise the effect. Colour can also add the appearance of more texture. Use multiple shades of the same key colours in your decor, layering them to add depth and texture to your rooms. 

Keep it Warm

It’s almost impossible to feel cosy and comfortable when you’re cold, and there’s very little worse than being cold when you are at home. Be sure to get your boiler serviced, bleed radiators if they need it, and invest in, or make draught excluders. Add throws and blankets to your sofa, and don’t underestimate the power of a hot water bottle and slippers. 

Use Festive Shades

Christmas and cosy go together like peas in a pod. So, make the most of the connection even before you decorate for the holidays. Add accessories and soft furnishings in festive shades such as red and dark green. 

Add Lighting Options

Lighting can have a massive effect on the atmosphere in our rooms. Bright overhead lights can make even smaller rooms feel open and spacious. Dimmer, soft lighting can have the opposite effect. They can make a room feel smaller and more romantic. If you want a truly cosy atmosphere, nothing beats candles and fairy lights. 

Bring the Outside In

What’s the first Christmas decoration that you think about? For many of us, it’s the tree. So, why not bring more of the outdoors in to create a more festive atmosphere? Bring natural elements in with wreaths and other displays. 

Make the Most of Festive Scents

Most of us have scents that we associate with Christmas, as well as colours and decorations. These scents can help your home to feel more festive, as well as cosier. Think mulled wine and cinnamon, winter spices, vanilla, Nordic pine, and other Christmas favourites. 

How To Make Sure Your Blog Stands Out From The Crowd

Writing a blog is a great hobby or passion that anyone can get themselves into. The idea of writing great content for others to enjoy online has quite the appeal. The practice of then building a network of fellow bloggers, and become part of a huge group is also enticing. It’s a great way of building friendships in a particular fraternity of people. If you take it one step further, you can make a very healthy living from it, and it can be something you could do as a full-time job. It sounds a little strange if you’ve not really caught up with the times, but, yes, blogging is a great way for one to earn a very successful living. 

If you’re fully invested in the idea of creating a great little blog and turning it into something profitable, then you’ll need to make sure that it’s more than just a website with a few articles on it. If you want to rake in some money, then your blog will need to stand out. Much like with every other business in every other sector, you have to show people that you possess what others don’t. People are attracted to new, fresh, and different content, so that will be important. 

How can you really stand out from the crowd though? Well, it’s all a big game of creativity, critical thinking, and hard work, but there are heaps of things you can do. It’s just a case of actually doing them. Here are a few examples:

Think About Exploring New And Unpopular Areas

You often find that when you approach completely new and strange ideas, you end up finding a goldmine. Now, it’s easy to head into something that’s already popular (and you can do that if you wish), but that market will be so very saturated, and it’ll be super difficult to stand out from the crowd. When there are thousands of blogs about the same topic, it’s kind of hard to show others that YOURS is better than everyone else’s. 

Coming up with something completely new and out of the blue gives you the chance to pique the interest of everyone that casts their eyes. At first, it might seem strange to talk about something that seemingly nobody cares about, but if you can create a buzz and set a trend, then you’ll be laughing! Maybe you like something that nobody else cares about that much – perhaps you should enter that particular realm and see where it takes you. If you want to head into a topic that’s already popular, then you could always amalgamate it with your unpopular ideas somehow!

Work With A Web Designer

If you want your blog to shine, then it’s going to have to look the part. So many blogs out there are all over the place in terms of the aesthetics. It’s commendable that you’d like to share information and provide quality content, but if the page is cluttered, then people are going to click off straight away. If you’re not exactly an expert on websites, then you’ll probably want to get in touch with a web designer – they’ll be able to do exactly what you want.

Don’t Behave Like Every Other Blogger

We said that you’d want your blog to be different from others in general, but you’ll also need to act differently. So many bloggers stick to the status quo in terms of the way they act and approach the game. If you have the same mannerisms, catch-phrases, styles as everyone else, then you’re just going to look like a random John/Jane Doe in the middle of a herd. Be yourself – don’t conform because it seems like the right thing to do. 

Take In New Skills And Knowledge Regularly

Like with any journey or venture you head through, you’ll want to constantly pick up new things. If you wander through it all with an empty head, then you’ll probably get stuck. When you get stuck and start to think there’s no way past, you tend to become apathetic. Learn how to master certain parts of blogging – it might be tedious at times, but it will land you in a much better position in the future. 

Treat It Like The business It Is

If you’re going to be taking this seriously, and you want to be able to make a handsome living from it, then you’re going to have to behave like it’s a top, top business. Don’t see it as a little, fun side project that you do on the weekends. Behave professionally; use things like an official office address for a virtual company; conduct yourself well in all forms of communication. If you treat it as something that needs no validation, then so will others.

Get On Social Media

If you have a blog, then you need to supplement it with a social media presence. You could get away with building something away from it, but it’ll help you attract all the right people. Social media marketing is a quick, easy and cheap way of getting your name and blog out there. There are hundreds of millions of people staring at their feeds and timelines; make sure you’re in their eyesight!

Network!

If you want to become more popular, then you might need to get in touch with the right people. In business, success tends to arrive when you have the correct contacts and know who can help you – blogging is in that conversation, too. If you can collaborate with the right people, then your popularity can skyrocket. 

Get The SEO Side Right

SEO (search engine optimisation) is the practice of getting your website to the top (or as close as you can to the top) of an internet search engine. When you Google something, the top answers don’t just appear by chance – they put in work to get there. It’s such an important part of digital marketing. Have the right content, use the correct words, building links with other sites – do all you can to make your SEO score as high as possible and many more people will find you!

Good luck!

5 Ways to Travel With Your Children

We tend to think that our days of travelling are more or less over once we have children. And it’s not hard to see why — it’s more difficult to set off on a grand adventure when we have so many responsibilities in life, and then there’s the whole matter of the logistics and practicalities of looking after your little ones when you’re out there on your travels, too. But if there’s one thing that life has taught us, it’s that everything is possible. If you really want to travel, even when you have a family, then you can — it’s just that you’ll need to make a few adjustments!

Choose Your Location

If you want to travel with your children, then you can make things much easier for yourself by choosing your location wisely. There are some destinations that just aren’t suitable for kids — or, at the very least, are more difficult to handle. You might have your heart set on visiting, say, New York, but unless you’re something of an expert when it comes to exploring a super large, busy city with your little ones, it’s probably not the best place to start. Look at visiting somewhere that is a little more laid back — you will appreciate the ability to spend quality time together above all else once you’re there.

Set Up a Base

It can be stressful enough trying to figure out the logistics of moving around, checking into hotels, finding food, and all the other aspects of travel when you’re by yourself, let alone when you have your children with you. When you just want to have fun, there’s nothing worse than not knowing where to eat, or checking into accommodation that falls well below your expectations. One way to get around this issue is to look at investing in a second home abroad. If you own a condo overseas, you’ll have a space that feels just like home, where you can return to again and again. You can buy food from the local supermarket; it’ll be comfortable, you’ll know what to expect. It’ll allow you to get down to the business of having fun, secure in the knowledge that the essentials have been taken care of.

In the Outdoors

It can, admittedly, be kind of difficult to find a destination that suits both adults and children alike. You might decide to go to an all-inclusive resort, which is excellent for children, but which can feel a little unexciting for adults who are used to travelling with more things to do. A cultural city can be fun for adults, but not for children who just wish to have fun. Thankfully, there’s one type of destination that can cater to all needs: the great outdoors. Taking a trip to a natural spot will give adults the sense of adventure they crave, and give the children plenty of space to have fun. And the good thing is that there are plenty of different types of adventure holidays, too. You could go skiing, or take a hiking or cycling trip, or go rafting down rivers. The outdoors is the natural playground of the world, after all.

Visiting Friends and Family

You’ll always want to use your time off work to go exploring, but it’s just a fact that this sometimes is not the easiest thing in the world. It takes a lot of time, energy, and money to arrange a smooth overseas adventure with your family. One way to get your travel fix and reduce the number of headaches that it can induce is to visit any friends and family you have in other parts of the country and the world. This has multiple benefits. First, it gives you a chance to reconnect with your loved ones as a big clan. Second, they’re likely to be set up to accommodate your family’s needs more than most other places, especially if the friends and family that you’re visiting have children of their own. 

Go with the Flow

Finally, make sure that you’re taking steps to make things easier for yourself. The best way to do this is to not create unnecessary problems. If you can have a relaxed, go with the flow attitude, then you’ll find that your journeys with your children, which can of course be stressful, are much easier to manage. Things will be tough at certain points of course, but on the whole, the travels and the experience and memories you create will be worth it!

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