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Make Your Kitchen Work For You

The kitchen is the beating heart of most homes. Most of us spend a fair amount of time eating and socializing in the kitchen, which is why it is so very important that we are able to make our kitchens work for us just like the rest of our homes should work well for us, no matter how we use them. Here are some amazing tips for doing just that: A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place If you don’t want to spend half your time in the kitchen tracking down your can opener, veggie peeler or that one pan that lets you make really good sticky rice, you need to get organized and choose a home for each and every appliance, pan, and piece of crockery in your kitchen. Assign all of your items a place, storing like with like and ensuring you always return them to their storage space when you are done with them., This one tip alone will make life in the kitchen so much simpler. Declutter If you …

Top Tips for Stress-free Travel

It’s no secret that we love to travel but the whole process can be undeniably stressful. From finding a pet-sitter and getting to the airport to eating out abroad and finding the cheapest but safest ways to get around, there is so much to think about. I’ve come up with a few travel tips to hopefully ease some of the stress involved with travelling; as always, if you have any more to add, please feel free to leave them in the comments. Solo travel  Travelling alone can be daunting as well as exhilarating. My top tip is to plan ahead and take your time to minimise stress. Book your first night’s accommodation before you arrive, plan your flight to arrive during the morning so you have a safe few hours to explore, and spend your first full day acclimatising and watching how locals navigate their way through life, observing customs and rules.  Couples or groups  You may feel safer travelling with your partner or as part of a group but there can be power struggles, let’s …

Five UK and Ireland Travel Goals

Exploring the UK and Ireland is high upon my list of travel priorities right now. We are so fortunate to live in a country with such rich history and breathtaking scenery, it really would be a shame not to make the most of it. I have a list as long as my arm of places I would like to visit, but for now I will concentrate on my top five. Northern Ireland  Somewhere I’ve never been but would love to see is the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, which this walking tour encompasses. I’m intrigued by the legend that surrounds it as well as being fascinated by its geology. I can imagine the children climbing and jumping all over this impressive coastline, which is their favourite way to spend time.  Snowdonia We have been to Snowdonia before, staying in Pwhelli, but as Jasmine was too small to remember going and Sonny was not yet born, I would love to return with them. It is home to the most beautiful landscape I think I have ever seen …

Last Minute DIY: It’s Not Too Late to Insulate 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. We’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to chilly weather. There are still at least a couple of weeks to go until we’re free of the cold breezes and frosty mornings unless you’re lucky to live in a location that offers sun all year round. 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. But why install insulation? Winter is over soon! The cold season is actually the best time for you to install insulation because it’s generally …

Simple Tips to Make Your Home Work Better for You

Are you feeling a little low these days, a little gloomier than you used to be, maybe you even have a little less energy? Don’t blame it on the bad weather, or age. Sometimes, when there is no obvious cause, that is when you are not ill or poorly, it’s the house that is to blame. How your house look and is structured can have a huge impact on how you feel every day. Without discussing big renovation projects, as you would have probably already noticed if you needed to change your windows or to get the roof repaired, there are still a few things that you can bring to your house to bring back the comforting and homely feeling that it should have. Are you ready to feel happier in your life and to have more energy? Then look at these five useful tips to improve your home life now! #1. Get The Proper Bedding Gear First of all, having a good night sleep that makes you feel refreshed is one of the most …