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Don’t Sweat the Smart Stuff

  With leaps and bounds in technology occurring faster and faster these days, I am constantly interested to discover new inventions and equally fascinated with things that are fun and useful but ultimately not exactly vital, and things that are designed to protect me and my family and friends. Smart homes seem to be the tech ‘buzzword’ at the moment with companies such as Amazon, Apple and Samsung all creating devices to make controlling your home appliances easier. With Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo, you can add items to your shopping list and check local weather all with a simple voice command. Samsung’s smart fridges allow you to view what’s inside from your smartphone and even suggest recipes based on ingredients – handy! Some swear by the functionality and think it represents how we’ll do things in the future. Others think it’s a novelty that will fall by the wayside in a couple of years. One area, however, where smart devices can enhance your life is home security. Internet-connected devices can take the hassle out of home security by …

Back to School Shopping with Love the Sales

With two weeks of the summer term left, I am almost ready for the children to go back to school in September; well, practically, anyway.  I have new school bags and book bags lined up, uniform bought and paid for, and even lunch boxes and drinks bottles in mind.  My plan is to be ready for September by the time they break up for summer so we can make the most of the time together and firmly put school out of our minds.  There is one area I leave to the last possible minute, however, and that is school shoes and trainers.  We all know how quickly children’s feet can grow, so buying shoes for September at the end of July just seems silly.  I leave it until the last week of the summer holidays to get them measured and fitted for trainers and school shoes. This year, I intend to have Jasmine measured in town and then buy her school shoes from Love the Sales.  I have my heart set on these Kickers shoes: …

The Benefits of Insulating Your Home

Many people around the world are lucky enough to have insulation installed around the home. Be it a drafty loft or thin walls, there are plenty of places that insulation can be installed to keep the heat in your home and keep the cold air out. It may be the height of summer right now, but it really won’t be long before the nights start drawing in again, and the cold air returns. Fortunately, insulation is fairly easy to install and, assuming you know where to install insulation, can be done with minimal tools and without much assistance. As long as you have the insulation rolls, some insulation adhesives and a bit of willpower, you can often get this done in under a week’s time for a medium sized loft. Why install insulation? Insulation lasts a very long time. Depending on the type of damage it might encounter, for example, a roof leak, the lifespan could be anywhere from 80 to 100 years. So why not get it done now so that you can install …

3 Sleek Design Ideas for a More Photogenic Home Office

Instagram is getting bigger and more influential by the day. It now has more than 800 million active users, making it one of the largest social media platforms. It is also the perfect platform to use for a variety of purposes, from personal branding to connecting with a broader audience and promoting your work. The key to conquering Instagram is great visuals. If you’re like me and you work from a home office, setting up an office that looks good on camera will make producing Instagram content – and content for other platforms, including YouTube – a lot easier. Here are some of the design ideas to begin with. Limit the Number of Colours Look at the most successful Instagram influencers and you will quickly notice a pattern. Their indoor, in-office photos are usually taken in rooms or areas with a limited number of colours. White and light grey are the most popular colours in this genre, but you can easily integrate other colours into your home office as long as you limit the number colours in the room. You can also mix …

Bring a Touch of Luxury to Your Home with These Simple Tips

Ever noticed how you might find it hard to relax if your house is messy or unclean? Many of us are very susceptible to the environment around us – meaning that the state of our home can actually directly affect our mood. This is why if you are in need of a little R&R, the first thing you do before you put on Spotify and crack open the wine is to create a relaxing and luxurious space around you. If the room you are in is perfectly geared towards indulgence and opulence, you will find it much easier to let your worries drift away and have some quality ‘me-time’. As most of us tend to escape to our bedrooms when we need a little bit of space, why not start there? Read on to find out how you can add some high-class to your bedroom to make it the perfect sanctuary. Lighting Many of us often underestimate the power of lighting in our homes. You can have the most beautifully decorated room in the world; …