6 Easy Hacks To Improve Your Bathroom

The bathroom is the most underrated but most used in the home and yet renovations for the bathroom can get rather expensive! Minor changes to the naked eye can be large changes to the budget that you have. The good thing about the bathroom is that there are plenty of things that you can do to it to make it look better and generally give it a better atmosphere than it had before.

Some of the most minor adjustments can transform your bathroom in an instant, and while it may not end up looking like a spa bath, it’ll still be a space that you love to spend time in. Below, we’ve got six hacks to help you spruce up your bathroom without too much upheaval.

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  1. Colour. Regardless of the space that you have in the bathroom, the colour that you paint the walls can make such a difference to the look of the room. A simple lick of paint in a totally different colour can cement the changes that you’ve made in the best way. Crisp white bathroom suites against a warm purple make a bathroom pop; add some silver accents and bam, a whole new bathroom without much effort!
  2. Flooring. You can take a look at www.montgomerys.com/ to choose some awesome flooring. If you only change the flooring beneath your feet and nothing else, you can still make a big difference to the look of the room. Don’t forget the underfloor heating, either, because on those cold winter mornings it doesn’t matter what the floor looks like if your feet have turned to ice.
  3. Accessories. Shower caddies for your toiletries, coordinated laundry hampers, brand new shower screens or curtains; all of these things can be everything that you need to make the room look fresher and more updated.
  4. Spa. You may not be able to install a steam shower, but you could still decorate with wicker and wood to give the bathroom that spa-like feel that you often get when walking into your local place. Add candles and high-quality towels with a high thread count to get the right look.
  5. Handles. Drawer and cupboard handles often go unnoticed, but they can have quite the impact on the entire bathroom. Upgrading wooden round knobs can make a difference, especially if you went to metallic handles instead of wood. Clear and glossy hardware can make the cabinets look far sleeker than you would have expected.
  6. Mirrors. Mirrors always expand the space in a room, and if you have a small bathroom you can rely on mirrors to do the job for you to make it look far bigger. Make sure that you buy ones with quality frames, though, as you can add a little luxury to a bathroom this way!

Your bathroom is the place you go to relax in the shower or a bubble bath; make it look great and you’ll never want to leave. Your guests will love your changes, and you’ll be the talk of the street!

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Why DIY is Good For You

While many of us have the image of people pulling legs and arms into different positions, on a comfortable yoga mat as the depiction of what relaxation is. Or, maybe you have seen the slow living and mindfulness movement as the pinnacle of chilling out and improving your health. While both of those hold high spots for being wonderful for you, there are a few other things that get massively overlooked. One of them is DIY. So many people try and put off their DIY jobs, pushing them back, until what was once, an easy task becomes something so much more significant. However, there are a few sound reasons why you should don the overalls (get a great pair from froutlet.com) and get stuck into the job at hand.

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  1.    You get disconnected. When you are painting, drilling, sanding… pretty much anything you can’t be tapping away on your mobile phone. You can’t respond to text messages as soon as they arrive, because if you were to do that you might find your paint getting tacky as it dries – still in the pot, you aren’t paying attention and injure yourself, or (and for some people this is worse) you might drop or break your phone. Being disconnected, having music on and getting on with a job clears our minds and is a much better way of switching off than forcing yourself to.

 

  1.    Sheer satisfaction. Everyone loves to complete a project, but there is something special about finishing something in your homely space. Putting up shelves so you can show off things that mean the most to you, adding new splashes of color around the home, or freshening up what you already have to give a lovely facelift to the place. Accomplishments mean a lot to us when we are surrounded by them each day is a little boost for us.

 

  1.    Personality meets creativity. It might take a while to get around to it, but the colors we choose, how we furnish our rooms, what textiles and accessories we have – even the smell we have in our homes are the parts of us we want to express on a larger scale. Like you might put on a pair of silver brogues and dance the night away, you might add a grand chandelier in your dining room and marvel at it every time you turn the light on. Both are a little piece of who we are.

 

  1.    Continual learning. Learning is always a great thing, if you are learning to do things like fixing leaky taps, chair legs, or crumbling plaster, then you can pass those skills down to your children. Not only are the money-saving, but they give a sense of self-reliance. And, in times of a crisis ( which may or may not be DIY related ), you’re more likely to remain calm and tune into your logical brain.

So there you have it, some DIY might be just what you need to disconnect with the world and reconnect with your calm, logical skill gathering self.

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Exercise Do’s And Don’ts For Fitness Beginners

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Hooray! After months, if not years, of your friends, family, and medical practitioners telling you to start exercising regularly, you have finally decided to commit to a workout program. Well done you, and we hope you succeed in your plan. But as a fitness beginner, there are some do’s and don’ts you should adhere to. We have some of them right here, and by following these simple rules, you stand a greater chance of benefiting from whatever exercise you get involved in.

Do set yourself a plan, as this will focus your efforts. It needs to be realistic too, so don’t run before you can walk (as the old adage says), as your body needs time to adjust to whatever you are putting it through.

Don’t give up early, as this is something common amongst fitness newbies. When they don’t start seeing results, or when it becomes like too much of a chore, they tend to fall by the wayside. Exercise takes commitment. Set yourself reasonable goals, do something you enjoy, and don’t let anything or anybody put you off what you have started.

Do mix up your exercises, as variety will help you defeat boredom, as well as giving different parts of your body a workout. So run as well as swim. Exercise at home as well as outside. Try new sports as you may find something you enjoy above and beyond those you have tried and tested. And practice new techniques, challenging yourself, instead of sticking to your comfort zone.

Don’t overdo what you are doing, as you will cause yourself an injury. As we said earlier, you do need to pace yourself. Yes, you might want to lose weight, and yes, you might want to prove to others that you can ‘do it,’ but you will do yourself more harm than good if you push your body beyond its limits, and you will both cause yourself significant damage, and run the risk of ruining your motivation to carry on exercising.

Do wear the right gear, as you need to be both safe and comfortable while exercising. Shop around online, and find out what gear will suit you best, both aesthetically and practically. There are certain items that will enhance your exercise too, and further protect you from harm. We recommend BioPods for your feet – see biopods.com – and compression clothing to improve blood circulation, as examples.

Don’t go it alone, as exercise is often better with support. This can come in different ways. You might want to hire a fitness trainer to give you professional advice. You may want to exercise with friends to give you further incentive to continue with your fitness program. And you should draw on the moral support of those people who will congratulate you and encourage you on your efforts.

We hope you found these do’s and don’ts helpful, but remember to seek the advice from others, whether that’s from people you know, professionals in the field, or from specialist books and websites. Exercise is good for you, so persevere and you will feel the benefits.

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Getting Into Your New House In One Piece

Moving house is stressful, there’s no doubt about that. Your entire life is in upheaval, hopefully in an attempt to make it better, and everything you own is packed up in boxes and unable to reach. The idea of that alone can cause some people to panic, so it’d be a good idea to find some ways to make this time feel a little bit safer for you.

Of course, that’s hard to do for a variety of reasons. When you’ve got an entire household to ferry back and forth, and all the possessions to accompany them, a disaster could be around any corner. So it’s time to be prepared, which goes a long way to making your new life smoother. Let’s look into some of the best ways to get everything into your new place in one piece, and cut down on the amount of hair you might tear out.

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Get a Trusty Vehicle

Having the right vehicle on your side to get all of your possessions back and forth from your old house to your new one is more important than you might think. Because of that, make sure you have the best car or truck on your side to keep everything safe and strapped in, and make as many journeys as you need.

If you don’t have the right vehicle of your own, borrow a friend’s or even look into getting some professionals to help you; the cost of which is going to be plenty worth it when all your boxes and big furniture pieces are set down in your new place with no scuff marks or damaged corners on them. If you have a vehicle you could very well use on your side, namely a spacious truck with a good bed, look into the best tonneau covers and invest in one to make sure no weather damage strips your items of their color or soaks them beyond recognition. That’s the last thing you need right now!

Pack with Material in Mind

Seeing as you’re likely only using cardboard boxes to pack everything up properly, make sure you’ve got all the right packing material to accompany your items inside of it. Namely, for anything you’re taking out of the kitchen, make sure it’s padded and protected from any transit damage, and make the first dinner in your new house a time of celebration rather than disaster.

At the same time, make sure you’re not putting any incompatible items together into the same boxes. Anything that has a liquid form to it, and thus is flammable or possibly leaky, shouldn’t be carted along with anything else to accompany it. So keep those deodorants and those battery packs separate, and don’t bother trying to put them into a professional mover’s vehicle without expecting a mouth full from them!

Your new house is a new start, don’t poison it with these bad associations!

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Slashing Your Home Budget

Do you live paycheck to paycheck, struggling to pay your household bills, never mind having any left to save or enjoy? Do you find yourself worrying about money almost daily or terrified of an unexpected expense shattering your fragile financial situation? Well, you are most certainly not alone. It’s thought that 76 million Americans are struggling financially, or only just getting by. All of these people are worried and stressed.

Unfortunately, in the current economic climate, there’s no quick fix. Many of us have debts to pay off, a significant amount of us will never be able to buy our own home, and as the cost of living continues to rise, even working full time you can struggle to save enough to improve your own situation.

But, there’s little help coming from anywhere else either. If you want to ease your financial concerns, reduce your stress levels and give yourself and your family a significantly improved quality of life, you need to do something about it. While there’s no quick fix, there are a few ways to slash your household budget and save yourself money.

Make a Budget

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The first step to slashing your budget is making one. Most of us are aware of how much bills are and how much we earn but utterly unaware of the smaller details of our finances. We check our bank balance and find ourselves wondering where our money has gone.

Sit down, use a simple household budget spreadsheet template, and enter all of your figures.

Look at your last few months bank statements to make sure you include everything. When it comes to things like food, fuel and luxury expenses, set a budget and make sure you stick to it. If you want extra, you’ll have to save elsewhere on your budget.

Make Some Cuts

Now you’ve got everything written down in front of you; you can spot patterns and problems. Are you paying for anything that you don’t use or need? Perhaps a gym membership or a subscription service? Cancel anything that you can manage without. Remember, it doesn’t need to be forever, you can always go back once you’ve got the funds.

Then, within the things that you keep, look at some cuts. Do you use all of your minutes and data on your phone contract? Could you reduce your internet speed?

Make Some Switches

Most of us could save a lot of money every year by switching some suppliers. Take a look at your energy providers and your insurance company. Cheap car insurance can save you a lot of money, without diminishing your cover. Use comparison sites to make sure you are getting the best deals. If your providers are the best, look into changing tariffs so that you are only paying for what you need.

Start Clearing Debts

Debts are a vicious cycle. We get into debt because we need to, but then repaying the debt and the insurance costs makes our situation much worse and means that we can never save. Focus on paying more than the minimum to save yourself money long-term.

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Lt. Columbo –Signs To Watch For When Your Child Goes To College

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University is a fantastic experience for both parent and child. Finally, the student gets the freedom to leave the house and spread their wings. At college, they get the opportunity to meet new people, party and learn. Although parents are often scared and sad, they’re also happy to see their baby grow up into an adult. Plus, it finally gets them out of the house. Hooray!

Jokes aside, higher education is the aspiration for families around the States. It’s a highway to a better life. So, why do some students fail and end up worse off than in the beginning?

Sadly, the freedom and independence can be too much for young minds to handle. As a result, there’s a chance they may make bad lifestyle choices at a very early age. Even though they aren’t in the house anymore, they’re still your child and the parenting role hasn’t finished. Here are the things to watch out for when they leave for college.

Bullying

Bullying is wrongly associated with younger children, usually high schoolers and middle schoolers. It’s as if an imaginary line gets crossed when a kid turns eighteen and scuttles off to university. The reality is far different. The people who targeted victims in the 10th grade will do the same in the freshman year. No one is saying that your son or daughter can’t stick up for themselves, but it’s important to remember that bullying doesn’t discriminate. Signs of bullying include physical and mental scars, as well as an unwillingness to be vulnerable. If your child once loved being involved in social circles, the fact that they are now skeptical is a warning sign. Try and broach the topic if possible and let them know that they are not alone. They may not talk straight away, yet it’s healthy for them to have an outlet regardless.

Stress

It’s tempting to think that the younger generations have nothing to worry about because they are not old. At college, they can party, socialize and learn in a safe environment without any urgent responsibilities. At least, that’s how people view education after high school. The reality is very stark. Universities are by no means safe places because that goes against the fabric of what they represent. Students have to be challenged on a daily basis to learn and grow and leave a better person. So, the competition is fierce. Also, never forget that their short and long-term future rides on their grades. As a result, the pressure to hit deadlines and targets can be nerve-racking. Stress manifests itself in different ways, yet be on the lookout for depression. After all, this can accelerate into full-blown mental issues.

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Over-Partying

Now that there is no one there to ground them, the shackles are off and they are in charge. Do you want to come to a kegger tonight? Hell yes! Who wouldn’t?! Look, blowing off steam and having a few drinks is by no means the end of the world. Teenagers will always want to let loose and in many ways, a party is a perfect outlet. However, this culture can lead to problems. For one thing, studies often take a hit as they are too tired and hung over to go to class. As worrying to parents is the link between millennials and substance abuse in society. Millennials are not addicted across the board, yet studies show that prescription pills are a problem. Mixed with stress, drinking too much can lead to health problems.

Slacking Off

Sometimes, the reason for coasting at college is quite simple – because they can. Let’s face facts and admit that teens aren’t the hardest working bunch. Granted, they did well in high school but they had their parents pushing them to succeed. Now, there is no one to answer to but #1 which is very dangerous. Students have blown off going to classes because they assume they can coast by and still graduate with a high-class degree. They can’t unless they are Rain Man smart. Symptoms include a blasé attitude to work as well as constantly watching TV and never studying.

The Wrong Choice

Every parent wants their kid to go to school and graduate with honors. Although it’s the dream, it’s not always how life plays out. There’s a chance that your child may hate university and want to drop out and do something else. They may never bring it up, though, out of fear of your reaction. If they are unhappy, ask them why and promise them you won’t get mad. Dropping out may be the best thing they can do depending on the circumstances.

How is your son/daughter coping at college?

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100 Ways To Improve Your Health

Health and happiness go hand-in-hand! We should all try to live a happier and healthier existence, and here are 100 ways you can do so.

  1. Set yourself small and manageable goals. We often fail when we give yourselves a mountain to climb.
  2. Focus on what you can do, rather than what you can’t.
  3. Take a bath. Baths can soothe dry skin while also helping you to relax so that you get a better night’s sleep.

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  1. Start the day with protein.
  2. Sit up straight. This can increase serotonin and lower your stress hormones, as well as ensuring you do not suffer from any posture-related problems.
  3. Go on holiday – and make sure it is a relaxing one! We all need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life now and again.
  4. Eat whole grains.
  5. Ban all electronics in bed.
  6. Practice deep breathing.
  7. Stop eating in front of the television. You will eat more if you have distractions because you are not focused on what you are consuming.
  8. Find a workout you enjoy. There are so many different ways you can work out, from dancing and cycling to cross-training and playing a competitive sport. Find something you love and you will be more likely to stick to it.
  9. Go to the dentist once every six months.
  10. Learn how to read food labels properly. Just because something says ‘low fat’ does not mean it is good for you.
  11. Don’t eat after 9 p.m.
  12. Make your own salad dressing.
  13. Stop judging others and you will be less judgmental of yourself.
  14. Discover your stress triggers (so you can avoid them!)
  15. Stop frowning. It makes your skin age!
  16. Try yoga. You do not need to be flexible in order to do yoga. Give it a try – you might be surprised to find that you enjoy it.
  17. Learn your family medical history.
  18. Stop being afraid to ask for help.
  19. Reduce your sugar intake.
  20. View every difficulty as an opportunity. If you have made a mistake, find out where you have gone wrong, and learn from it.
  21. Don’t be afraid to have a good cry. You will feel much better once you have let it all out.
  22. Bulk out pasta dishes with greens to make sure you don’t eat too much of it.

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  1. Find time to socialize.
  2. Schedule in your workouts to ensure that you have time to do them.
  3. Create a budget. This will help you to understand what you have coming in and going out every month so that you do not live beyond your means.
  4. Stop over-planning.
  5. Make time every day to relax. It doesn’t matter whether you simply chill out for five minutes or have a long bath; you need to have some you time.
  6. Try acupuncture.
  7. Post motivational quotes around the house.
  8. Start listening to your body more. Eat when you are hungry. Rest when you need it.
  9. Try meditation.
  10. Figure ways to work smarter, not harder. To achieve more, you do not need to put more hours in. You need to look at your current processes and find ways to improve them.
  11. Choose quality over quantity when you are indulging. A good quality chocolate bar comes with more nutrients, more flavor, and more antioxidant power.
  12. Follow your heart. You only get one life, so start doing the things that you really want to do.
  13. Smile more.
  14. Learn something new. This can be anything from learning a new language to learning how to change a tire.
  15. Cut out the negative people in your life. If you have ‘friends’ that aren’t supportive and always try to bring you down, are they really friends?
  16. Follow healthy living blogs.
  17. Change “I can’t” to “I can’t do that YET.”
  18. Play more brain games.
  19. Acknowledge bad thoughts, deal with them, and let them pass.
  20. Stop drinking your calories with sugary drinks and creamy coffees.
  21. Organise a date night with your partner. It is important to make your relationship a priority and schedule precious time together.

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  1. Be realistic.
  2. Watch a funny movie.
  3. Wear sunscreen daily – yes, even when it is cold outside.
  4. Try interval training.
  5. Get more vegetables into your diet by blending them into sauces and soups.
  6. Create to-do lists to stay organized.
  7. Take a first aid training course. Head to cprheartcenter.com for more information on this.
  8. Stop being so harsh on yourself. This is something we are all guilty of. You need to cut yourself some slack. We are all human!
  9. Say yes more…
  10. … but also learn how to say no.
  11. Don’t weigh yourself more than once a week.
  12. Support a good cause. Find a cause that appeals to you. Whether you want to support an endangered species or a charity that deals with bullying is your choice.
  13. Let someone else do the legwork for once.
  14. Be proud of your achievements.
  15. Track what you eat. This doesn’t mean you need to calorie count, but it will help you to get a better understanding of what you are consuming so you can avoid overeating.
  16. Take a multi-vitamin.
  17. Cut out meat one day per week.
  18. Use your slow cooker more.
  19. Remember that you are unique and that is your power.
  20. Clear your credit card debt. Debt creates a lot of stress and worry. If you owe money to credit card companies, make a plan so you can start paying it off today.
  21. Grow indoor plants. Not only do plants look beautiful and, therefore, enhance your living environment, but they also increase airflow within the home, providing a more comfortable place to live.

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  1. Start each day with a green smoothie so you can get lots of vitamins into your body before you leave the house.
  2. Pack a first aid kit.
  3. Do nice things for people. Little acts of kindness are great for your well-being.
  4. Focus on how far you have come.
  5. Give up smoking.
  6. Switch to natural beauty products.
  7. Do a mini workout whenever there is a TV advert on. After all, these are regular three-minute intervals of our lives that are usually wasted.
  8. Carry hand sanitizer with you.
  9. Create. Creativity triggers happy chemicals in the brain.
  10. Stop putting things off.
  11. Enter a race.
  12. Take regular breaks throughout the day so you can re-energize and refresh.
  13. Drink one less cup of coffee per day.  
  14. Watch the news – it stimulates your mind.
  15. Get off the bus a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
  16. Throw away your microwave.
  17. Find out the recommended serving size before cooking.
  18. Stop buying processed foods.
  19. Get a pet.
  20. Set yourself challenges, for example, see how long you can hold a plank or how many squats you can do in a minute, and try to break it.
  21. Embrace your faith.
  22. Make sure you have healthy snacks available at all times.
  23. Talk to yourself. It helps you to become more self-aware.
  24. Snack on nuts. There are many reasons why nuts make a great snack. Not only are they a great source of many nutrients, but also they are filled with antioxidants, can help you lose weight, lower triglycerides and cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and they are high in fiber.

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  1. Hang around people that make you feel better about yourself.
  2. Make a list of the things that make you happy.
  3. Write grocery shopping lists.
  4. Use lavender oil, especially if you struggle to get a good night’s sleep.
  5. Express your feelings more.
  6. Drink more water. Add fruit to bring some flavor. Hollandandbarrett.com have some great tips on how to make water more exciting.
  7. Make a list of your goals so that you can be more focused.
  8. Keep a journal. Writing down your thoughts at the end of every day can help you to get them off your chest so that you feel revitalized and less stress the following day.
  9. Laugh often. The best piece of advice saved until last!

So there you have it: 100 ways you can start living a happier and healthier life. Follow some of the suggestions that have been provided and you will notice a significant difference in your mind, body, and soul. Let’s all start being happier and healthier today!

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