A Guide to Making Your Home as Comfortable as Possible

There’s nothing better than finishing a hard day’s work and heading back to your comfortable home. Imagine kicking off your shoes, settling down on your cosy sofa and relaxing as you feel pure bliss. This guide will help you to make your home as comfortable as possible in multiple ways so you can do just that!

Make Sure it’s Practical

For your home to be comfortable, you need to find it practical to live in. All homes should suit the people that live in them. Make sure you’ve considered what you like to do in the home, and then design your home this way. If you love to cook, make sure you have lots of space to chop food and get creative. If you love to have friends round, create a social seating area. The more practical your home, the more comfortable it will be for you!

Clear Pathways

Something I cannot stand in any given home is obstructed pathways. Sometimes this can be fixed in seconds with a quick tidy, but sometimes you need to rearrange the furniture. If you’re always hurting yourself, stubbing your toe and having to think of strategic ways to get around, you need to re-think your layout. There are apps online that can help you!

Include Cosy Textures

Cosy textures will not only make your home feel more comfortable, but they’ll also add depth and interest to your decor. Any good interior designer will tell you that this is essential!

Choose Colours Carefully

The colours you choose can have a direct impact on your mood, so check out the psychology of them before you make the final decision! For example, red can be seen as quite energetic and you might find it difficult to relax. Pick a colour you know will help you to feel settled.

Make Repairs if Needed

Is there a niggling repair on your mind? Make repairs ASAP, or you could end up spending more money in the longrun. I know I can’t settle when I know something needs fixing in my home, whether it’s my HVAC or a crack in the wall. Get it out the way and you’ll feel much better!

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Install New Appliances

Install new appliances. Why? They’ll make your life so much easier, and thus, more comfortable. They have other benefits too, like being more energy efficient, kind to wallets, and aesthetics. They’ll save you money in the long run, so it’s worth splashing out now!

Soft Lighting

Soft lighting is the most relaxing kind of lighting. You will need task lighting too, so it’s a good idea to have dimmers installed. You can even use things like candles and fairy lights to create an ambiance.

Extra Blankets/Cushions

You can never have too many blankets/cushions, so make sure you have some on hand! I like to dot them around on sofas and beds for a little extra comfort when I need it most.

Which of these tips will you use to make your home more comfortable? Let me know!





My Recommendations for Supporting Older Family Members

Family is extremely important to me, as I’m sure it is to many of you too. I try to do my best to care for my family in different ways, whether they’re blood relations or family I’ve chosen for myself. The problem with loving people so much is that you can worry about them a lot too! One of the things I worry about is my older relatives, who are currently still full of life. However, I know that could change at any time and they might need some more help. Even when they’re able to live independently, I think we can forget that our parents and other older relatives need support. Just because we have our own lives, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to hear from us! So here are a few ways I think you can help your older relatives.

Talk to Them

For me, one of the most important things to do with elderly relatives if just to keep in touch with them. A lot of older people become isolated in their old age, due to a number of reasons. Some of them find it difficult to leave the house, while others just struggle to make friends. Having family to talk to is one of the ways that they can be more social. It doesn’t matter if you can’t talk to them in person. You can call them regularly, and don’t forget that plenty of older people are tech-savvy now! They can use email or video calls just as well as you can.

Encourage Them to Be Social

You can’t always be there for your relatives. Sometimes you’re too busy with your own life to socialize, or you live too far away. And it’s not healthy for you to be their only point of contact anyway. So it’s important to try and encourage them to be social in other ways. The internet makes it much easier to find groups they can attend to indulge in their hobbies. You can also find centers for elderly people to socialize with each other. If it’s hard for them to leave the house, they can find anyone from neighbors to volunteers who will come and talk to them for a while.

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Arrange for Appropriate Care

Although everyone wants to be independent for as long as possible, a lot of people need extra help. If you have elderly parents who need care, your first thought might be to do it yourself. While it’s a caring thought, it’s not possible for everyone or always in the best interest. There are other ways that people can receive the care they need. Hiring home carers is one option, but there are also live-in facilities. These can differ widely on the support they provide. Bria Health Services and similar facilities provide continuous care. Assisted living facilities will provide some help but offer more independence. Deciding on the right level of care is something you have to do carefully.

It’s also a good idea to speak to your older relatives about the future. They may be in great health now, but it’s useful to know their wishes for when they’re not.





Building Your Dream Home? Here’s What You Should Consider

So recently I’ve been thinking about moving home. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think I’ll move anytime soon, but every now and then it’s worth pondering the possibility. Anyway, I stumbled across this rather unique idea online that I had no idea was even a possibility. You can build your own home from scratch. You get to decide how big it is, how much it costs and where it’s going to be. As soon as I realised this was a possibility, the prospect of moving became a lot more attractive to me. A key reason is that I’ve always wanted a house with an indoor swimming pool, and this might be the way to get it. I’ve been looking into what it takes to build your own home and here is what I found.

You Need A Plot Of Land

This is the first step to take when you consider building your own home it seems. You hunt for a plot of land to buy. But, before you make the purchase you must make sure you can get permission to build a house on it. You also need to check that it’s possible to build a home there. For that reason, it’s not sensible to choose a plot in the middle of nowhere. Instead, it might be better to buy land that is specifically being sold to build houses on. You’ll find this pops up on the market every time a new housing estate is being built. The trick is to get it at a good price. Buying land is quite similar to buying a home. You will need a lawyer and you will be dealing with an agency. But eventually, you’ll get a good plot at a great price.

You Need A Home Building Company

Do you remember at the end of Miracle On 31st Street where Santa buys the house in the family’s name? Well, let’s face it that’s never going to happen. But, if you are putting a new home on your Christmas list this year, there is a way to get it. You can get in touch with one of the custom home companies. They’ll build it for you, exactly how you want it. You’ll work with their designers to create the home you dream of. You just need to make sure the company you choose will match your needs. They need to be willing to work to the budget you have set, and they need to be prepared to build the house to look and feel the way you want. If they can’t, find another company that will.

You Need To Pay For It

You’ll work with the building company to find the price. But, you might not have the money to pay for it up front, particularly if you are thinking about upscaling. You’ll have to make sure you can sell your old home at a good price to make a decent profit. You can do this by making sure you do everything you can to make it look stunning. I’ve already written some tips on how to do this so read up and follow my advice.

After that, your home will be built and you will get to live inside a house that came from a dream. It’s an incredible opportunity and once that I’m seriously considering taking myself.

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Reprieve By A.E Woodward Book Review and Blog tour

Title: Reprieve

Author: A.E. Woodward

Genre: Dark Romance

Release Date: September 29, 2015

My drug of choice was heroin.

Until they put me here against my will. 

At the time it was my only viable choice.

I preferred stumbling through life numb to it all.

But now I’m here, and every sound and every emotion is heightened to a level I never knew existed.

Then somehow, in a moment of weakness it became all about him.

He makes me feel things I never thought possible.

I thought he was my antidote, but it turns out that he’s just my new drug of choice.

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There are many things we can be addicted to and there are plenty of people who suffer from one addiction or another. In this story we meet Teagan who is close to death because of her addiction. We learn just how far and how low Teagan has gone to get her fix. Asher was also an addict who somehow found a way to get over his addiction and now tries to help others get over their addiction if they want to. Can Asher be just what Teagan needs, Can he find a way to get through to Teagan? Can Teagan find a way to get past her addiction or are the skeletons in her closet just too much for her to bare ?

Let me start off by telling you that this story is not your typical romance story. Is it even possible to be able to find romance between an addict and a former addict ? In this story there are quite a few dark moments that have you holding your breath and praying and hoping for the best. What I loved about this story is that it provides you with the past and present time so you can fully understand what happened in Teagan’s life that got her to that moment. You start to understand Teagan more, or at least I did.

I thought this story was very well done. I could clearly picture everything in the story happening to someone and them going through all these motions and reading this story made it seem so real for me that for quite a few moments I would forget that it was just a story and it didn’t happen in real life. This author has a way with words that get you to feel what the characters feel and are going through. It makes it seem so real that you just get lost in the book and suffer and rejoice with the characters in the book. That to me makes for a very good book and that is exactly what this book was. It was a very good book, even through its dark moments and because of its dark and raw moments in time.

A.E. lives in Vacationland with her husband and two children. Between her real job and writing she finds little time to enjoy life’s finer things. However in the free time she does manage to steal, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and reading. A.E. is the co-author of CAUGHT and the author of Kismet, Working Girl and A Series of Imperfections: Imperfectly Perfect, Imperfectly Real, and Imperfectly Bad. Reprieve is her latest release.

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My Plans to Get Our Home Ready for a Long Winter

It’s getting a little colder as summer has moved into fall. I love the festive season, and I can’t wait for all the holidays coming up. There’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. But before any of those happen, I want to make sure my home is ready for the colder weather. Fall and winter can have some damaging effects on your house, so I like to get ready every year. There can be a lot to do, so starting early is a must for me. I can do most of it myself because there are a lot of easy jobs. But sometimes I need to get a professional in to help! Here are my top tasks to complete before and during fall and winter.

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Check Your Roof

Bad weather can do terrible things to your roof. Rain, wind, snow and ice can cause damage that reverberates through your home. I always make sure to check my roof regularly to see if there’s any damage. And I get it fixed as soon as I can, although it’s a job that I leave up to a professional roofing contractor. I try to prevent damage too by protecting my roof, which involves several things. Keeping the gutters clean helps water to drain, and I attempt to keep the roof free of snow, leaves or other debris. I check the roof in the fall and then again when spring arrives to make sure everything is in good condition.

Fix Your Heat and Air-conditioning

I need to keep my family warm during the winter, so I always check the heating system before it’s time to turn it on. It’s a good time to get someone to come out and do a maintenance check on the boiler, and I also have a look at some of the pipes to make sure they’re insulated. It might seem an odd time to check up on the air-conditioning, but we have been using it all summer. It can be cheaper if I want to have someone come out and look at it, and it’s also a great time to consider AC installation. But if you have window units, you should be putting them away for the winter. Alternatively, you can cover them with an insulated cover.

Replace and Repair Weather Stripping

I always go around the windows and exterior doors to check up on the weather stripping. It stops water and drafts getting into the house, so it needs to be in good condition. If it’s starting to wear away, I can easily touch it up or even remove it and replace it completely.

Clean the Chimney

I love using an open fire in the winter, but keeping the chimney clean is a hassle. However, if I don’t do it, there’s a risk of a house fire. And not the nice kind! Creosote builds up in the chimney, and you can get other things down it too, from birds nests to dead animals. Since it’s a pretty big job, I prefer to have a professional chimney sweep come and do this for me.

There’s a lot to do to get ready for winter, but I enjoy getting the house in order. Once everything is all set, I can start planning for the holidays.





Busy, Busy, Busy

There are days when I have nothing to do and I am sitting bored out of my mind, then there are days where it seems I cannot even catch my breath. I love the days where I can be chill and do things at my leisure. I hate feeling rushed. Speaking of rushed, I am starting to look around and shop around for Christmas. I have to start early to make sure I can get everyone something. I do love that all the kids go to school full time now. It makes it so much easier to keep the house clean for at least part of the day. These kids always make a mess and it can be a pain in the patootie to get them to clean up after themselves.

I know most folks do a spring cleaning but do any of you folks do a fall cleaning too ? I have so many things to donate and to just plain get rid of. I want to just purge all the old stuff and bring in new things. I don’t know why but I get into my moods where I just want to get rid of everything. Well off I go to run some errands and get through things that I need done.





A Handy Guide To Making Your House Look Pretty On The Inside & Out

I always like to make sure my house is looking good. If you want your house to look pretty, you need to consider how it looks on the inside and out. You want people in your house to think it looks nice, and people walking passed it too. To find out how, check out this advice:

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Remodel Rooms

The best way you can improve the inside of your home is by remodelling different rooms. Take a look at the rooms in your house and decide what ones could do with a boost. In my opinion, bathroom and kitchen remodels are the best ideas here. These are two rooms that can get severely outdated and look old and boring. So, it makes them easy for you to revamp and improve the way they look. Redecorating your kitchen is a great task to take on. There are so many different styles for you to choose from. You could go for a rustic looking kitchen, or something modern and sleek. Similarly, your bathroom presents loads of opportunities to get creative and stylish. In general, if you’re looking to make your house look pretty, you should be thinking about doing a few remodelling jobs.

Update The Wallpaper

One of the biggest interior design downfalls is wallpaper. Old wallpaper can become flaky and peel off the walls. Or, it can start to rip away, and you’re left with large patches with no wallpaper on. So, my advice would be to update the wallpaper in your home. Go into every room and the hallways, make sure there isn’t any peeling wallpaper or patches. I find this tip to be particularly useful for people that have just bought a house and moved in. You may be left with the last occupants old wallpaper, so it could do with some freshening up!

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New Roof

I notice that a lot of houses don’t look that great because they have a dodgy roof. The roof is something that many homeowners don’t think about or consider, with regards to looks. But, a change in roofing can seriously jazz up the appearance of your house. If you go with a new modern style roof, like metal or zinc, it can spice up your house considerably. I find that a lot of old, slate, roofs are boring and bland. There’s nothing exciting about them, and they can look awful over time. With slate, you often get moss and all sorts of things growing on the roof tiles, making them look horrible! But, with a lot of modern roofing, you get a roof that lasts longer and looks amazing. Getting a new roof can be a great idea if you want to improve the outside of your home.

New Windows

Another way you can improve the outside of your home is by getting new windows. Having some brand spanking new windows will work wonders. It’s a definite step up, especially if you have old, wooden, window fixtures. New windows can breathe new life into your home’s appearance and catch the attention of the passers by.





Festive Cleaning Starts Here: My Plan For A Spotless Christmas

I know – it’s probably way too early to start planning for Christmas. But, I figured if I break the back of all the cleaning chores that need to be done before then, I’ll be able to enjoy it a lot more. Nothing is more pressurized than Christmas time when it comes to the home. For some, it may not matter, but for me? I want a spotless home, and there’s no way I’m not having one!

Now, I’m not saying it’s easy – it’s hard when you have kids and have to constantly clean up their toys! But, with a head start it should ease the pain a little. A tiny amount every day will mean far less last-minute rush. Here’s my plan.

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The outside

First of all, I think it’s important to get outside and clean the front and outside of the house before it gets too cold. In fact, there’s an ideal point just at the end of fall and the beginning of winter that is perfect for doing this. All the leaves have fallen, and it hasn’t quite got so cold that everything has started to freeze. So, clearing all of the fallen debris from the garden and checking for any leaks or blockages in the drains is a perfect starting point.

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It’s also a good time to organize where the garden furniture is going to go. I’m looking into self storage options at the moment, although if you have a shed or garage, you could put your chairs and tables in there. Why bother? Well, I’ve experienced terrible winters before that have ruined my garden furniture. Even with covers on they tend to get damp, cold, and start to warp. It can get pretty harsh out there, so this year, I’m just not risking it.

The chimney

Nothing says Christmas more than lighting a gorgeous log fire, with a nice glass of mulled wine. It’s the smell of the burning wood that gets me most and transports me back to when I was a girl on Christmas Eve. It’s a little something that we can all pass down to our children, don’t you think? But before all that happens, we are going to need that chimney cleaned.

The toy cull

OK, just to make it clear, it isn’t just the children’s toys I’ll be getting rid of! Now is the perfect time to have a big clear out of everything. If this Christmas is anything like the ones in the past, there will be new books, artwork, games toys to replace the old ones. And we just don’t have the room for more! Now, as a parent, I understand that toy culling can be a very stressful experience. But the other day, I was talking to a friend who had a great idea. Every year, they get their kids to choose the toys they want to throw out, as Santa needs the space to bring them new ones. It works like a charm – and I wish I’d known about it years ago. Maybe it will help some of you out there struggling for space!

Well, that’s about all I have planned so far. No doubt there will be further updates during the build-up to the festive period. See you next time!





If you cant out right buy it, finance it

Do your children play instruments? I now have two kids learning how to play instruments and buying it outright can be a little bit expensive. I have no problem resorting to using musicians friend financing for the instruments my children want to play. I find that more easier and convenient than stressing myself out because I cannot get the instruments outright.

I figure if they are going to dedicate themselves to learning how to play an instrument and stick with it, I don’t mind the steep cost if I can make payments. I remember when the school used to provide the instruments but since budgets are tight they cant do that anymore. I am just glad they have kept the music program so my kids can learn something new.





The sickness from hell

No matter what I do the kids always seem to bring some kind of sickness bug home. Last week the kids got sick one by one. Luckily it was only a 24 hour bug it seemed where they had the pukes for a day and then 24 hours later they were completely fine. I tried everything under the sun to make sure that it didn’t spread. I sprayed Lysol all over the place. I washed the sheets and covers and cleaned and disinfected the bathroom and made sure I wore a mask.

All of that was for nothing because I ended getting so sick. Even though the kids had it for 24 hours, I ended up puking for 3 days. I had the chills and fever and my body ached from head to toes. I really thought I was dying. Everyone tells me that I had a different strain of flu than the kids had. I have no clue what the heck It was but I would not wish that kind of sickness on anyone. I am barely getting back to my regular schedule and I still feel a few little aches and pains every now and then.





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