Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Be Money Smart: Are You Wasting Money Every Week?

You’re just browsing. You have no intention of buying anything. But then you see that one special thing and you just can’t resist. So you buy it, and you don’t look at it again for a few weeks. It’s only when the bills are due and you see a long list of impulsive buys that you start to think you might have a problem.
We all like to treat ourselves now and again, but when we have limited funds it’s important to make sure we’re not splurging on things we don’t need. Here are some suggestions where you could save money and, eventually, you may still be able to indulge in an impulse buy in the future.
Go green
Of course, household things like water, electricity, and a broadband connection are necessities, but you can trim the fat by making your home green. Unplugging all your unused electrical devices, air sealing your home, or switching to LED lightbulbs can reduce your energy consumption, saving you money on your bills and helping the environment. Going paperless and receiving your bills online can also save you a few dollars per month.
DIY whenever you can
Sometimes things break around the house, or drains get blocked. If it’s nothing too serious, then save money by not calling a professional and doing your own home repairs. DIY isn’t just limited to fixing things around the house either. You can make your own cleaning products, which aren’t as harsh on the skin as chemical products.
Budget your beauty regime
Inevitably, you will have to buy new things each season, such as fresh makeup, summer clothing, or skincare products. You’ll have to get creative, but you can save money and still have a fresh look each season. If you’re good with a needle, you can repair and recycle your old clothes to give them an updated look. There are plenty of home remedies online for face masks, or hair products, which only require things you’d put on your grocery list. Check out Raeanne's tips on controlling your budget for more beauty hacks.
Shop smarter
Buying food on a budget is a struggle for a lot of people for various reasons. Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce your food bill each week, including shopping for cheaper store brands, buying non-perishables items in bulk, or sticking to a shopping list. You can also save money on food by avoiding takeaways, packing a lunch to take to work, or freezing your leftovers to eat them later. The best thing you can do to keep your grocery bills low is to find ways to reduce the amount of waste food you throw away this week.
Check your luxuries
Some luxuries are essential, because they are small rewards to keep you motivated throughout the year. However, you should make sure they’re worth the money you pay for them. If you only go to the gym every once in a while, then don’t pay monthly for a membership.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Revamp Your World!

Now we are getting into the spring season, that old nesting instinct tends to come out, and we want to spring clean and overhaul our living spaces. But with so many ideas, guides and tutorials out there where do we begin? Well, check out the suggestions for revamping your home and garden in 2017 below, to get you started.

Get Smarter


The first idea to consider when you want to revamp your home in 2017 is to get a little smarter. No that doesn't mean you have to start studying and reading a load of books! Instead, why not make your home itself smarter?

You can do this by using smart products that all connect up to a home hub. That means you can easily control things like the temperature and lighting in your home, with just a push of a button.

In terms of lighting, if you get more than one smart bulb per room, you can even create lighting scenes that match your mood, or the tone of the film you are watching at the time. Making a smart hub, something that can make a massive difference to the feel of your home, that is very easy to install and control.

Lighten Up

Traditionally spring is the time when we choose to repaint the rooms in our home that are looking a little worse for wear. It's amazing the difference, a lick of paint can make on the walls, even on the woodwork and door frames in your house.

If you decide to go for this, then think carefully about the colours that you will use. Bright white is bang on trend at the moment and will make your home seem light, airy and clean.

Other lighter colours such as pastel shades are also very in right now and are a good choice because they can give a lift to a darker or smaller room, while still giving off a fairly soft vibe.


More Water


Now, if you are more about revamping your outdoor space, rather than you indoor space, a fairly easy way of doing this is to install a water feature like a fountain or a pond. Not only will they look amazing, but they can be a very relaxing feature to have while you are spending time in the garden.

However, you do need to think about the type of water feature that is going to suit your garden best. For example, if you have young children it might be better to go for a fountain instead of a full pond.

You will also need to work out the budget for installing and running a water feature before you decide to go ahead with your project. Don't forget to factor in the cost of a quality pump like the ones from Oase. Which will help your feature stay clean and fresh and looking its best.

Embrace The Green

Lastly, if you love the inside and outside space equally then why not merge them together? You can do this by bringing plants and foliage indoors.

Cacti and succulents are a particularly good choice as not only will they thrive indoors, but they will also make your home green and lush.


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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Spice It Up: Four Ways To Have The Perfect Date

Date night is one of the best dates in the calendar. If you’ve been with your partner for a long time or if you have kids, it might be difficult to find times that you can be romantic with each other and really carve out some time to spend together, which means that date nights are not only fun - they’re also absolutely crucial for your happiness as a couple. Here are some tips to make sure that you have the best time ever...

Do Something New Together

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First of all, it’s important to keep a sense of fun and adventure in your relationship, so why not try something brand new that neither of you has done before for your date? ‘Escape the room’ dates are getting more and more popular all over the world - you and your partner will get locked in a room together for an hour and have to unravel puzzles together to figure your way out. If you want to push the boat out, try a weekend away in a town that neither of you has visited before.

Pick A Shared Interest

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If one of you loves theatre and the other one doesn’t really get it, then chances are, a date night seeing Coriolanus is only going to be fun for one of you. Of course, that kind of date is great for a birthday or a treat - but if you’re focusing on spending time together then you have to make sure that you both enjoy it. If your partner loves hiking in the great outdoors but you’re more comfortable wearing heels, don’t let him cajole you into attempting to climb a mountain for the day. Find a common middle ground like a tasting menu at a nice restaurant, or a concert by a musician that you both enjoy.

Stay At Home

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If you have kids then it might actually be pretty difficult to find times to go out with your partner - childcare can be expensive and sometimes it can be hard to find babysitters that you trust and that your kids love. But never fear - it’s very possible to have an incredible date night at home. Set up one of your favourite movies on your TV - if you don’t have a great DVD collection, you can download ShowBox App APK on this site so that you can try out a selection of new movies and TV shows. Make popcorn (buy some popcorn kernels, choose your the best popcorn recipes, and boom! You're done) and build your own blanket fort that you can snuggle up together in.

Make Sure You Communicate

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Finally, when you’re on a date night with your partner, it’s important that you pick an activity during which you can talk to each other. Movies might be great but let’s face it: going to the cinema together doesn’t really entail spending quality time with your partner, even if your hands brush when you’re reaching for popcorn at the same time. Instead, go for activities where you can get to know each other again and find some excitement in your relationship after years of splitting boring domestic duties and childcare. Go for dinner together, or go to an art gallery or museum - anything that will give you the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company.