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August 30, 2016

Needing a complete home overhaul but absolutely love where you live? For many people, home renovation projects are becoming a viable option for shaking up their living space without having to move home. We all know the stress involved in moving house so it’s no wonder so many of us are choosing to stay put. Of course, full home renovations aren’t without their complications. It helps if you have a large house with rooms you can sleep/eat in whilst the renovation is going on, and if your children can stay elsewhere for some time. But the end result of having your perfect home and still being close to friends and family is worth it every time. Take a look at these project ideas and see what you could do with your home.

Planning

Decide how big your project is going to be. Take into account finances, resources and time. If you’re limited in all these things, make a list of what is annoying you most about your home and focus on one room. It can still make the world of difference, especially if it is somewhere that your family spend a lot of time in. But if your whole home is stuck in the 80s, it could be time for a full-scale makeover. Been inspired by TV home makeover programmes? Companies such as Million Dollar Makeovers can fully refurbish your home in 4-12 weeks, taking much of the stress off your shoulders. Make a decision as to whether you need an extension. This kind of work will usually require contractors and you will need to contact your local council for planning permission.

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Design

Whether you are hiring a renovation company or doing a D-I-Y job, you need to have a clear idea of how you want things to look before you even think of getting a hammer out. If you’re going for the luxury look, think clean lines, muted colours and quality fabrics. If you want something more quirky, take inspiration from Pinterest. Go international taking themes from Scandinavian or Moroccan design, and make sure to make the most of any period features your home has.

Sustainability

You could also take the opportunity of a renovation to make your home more eco-friendly. Replace your current single or double glazed windows with triple glazing for maximum insulation. Add solar energy (which in turn will help reduce your energy bills) and if you really want to push the boat out, install a composting toilet.

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Room Conversion

If needing more space is a primary factor in your renovation project, why not consider a room conversion? Your attic and/or basement are both ideal options for this. You shouldn’t need planning permission if you are just converting the existing space. But if you are lowering the floor or adding an extension, you will need to check with your Local Authority what permission you may need. There are plenty of options for converting an attic or cellar; the most obvious being a new bedroom. However you can also use the space for an in-house gym, a games room, and office or a home cinema.

August 30, 2016

You may be surprised to know there are more than three million home burglaries reported every year. Therefore, it’s so important to ensure our home is secure if we want to keep our belongings safe. The best way to do this is by making some improvements to the home. Here are some improvements you can make to your home to keep your belongings safe.

Add window locks

You need to secure your windows so that nobody will be able to come into your property. You can do this by installing locks in the handles. That way, you can lock the windows when you are not in the home and will know nobody will be able to get into your home. You should check the locks regularly to ensure they still work. And keep the key in a safe place, so that you can get out of the windows in an emergency.

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Add a wall safe in your home

It’s becoming vital that you have a safe in your home so that you can keep your possessions safe. You can keep all your most expensive purchases in there to stop them getting stolen if intruders get into your home. However, a lot of people make mistakes when installing a safe in their home. They often get one which is not bolted to the wall or the floor. That means the burglars can easily remove it. As this feature explains, they don’t tend to work alone so they can move the safe together if it’s heavy. Therefore, you should consider getting a wall safe. It means that they won’t be able to remove it, and it will ensure your belongings are kept safe. Remember to choose a hard code so they can’t get in the safe. You can get more tips on safes online on blogs such as ProtectandLock.com – a safe blog.

Add an exterior light

An excellent repellent for intruders is an exterior light. If a light shines in your backyard, there is a good chance  you or a neighbor will see them. Therefore, it will stop them taking a risk and entering your backyard. You should install the exterior light on the shed or outside the back door to keep your belongings safe.

Install a CCTV system

CCTV systems are becoming a must-have for a lot of families. It means that if an intruder comes near your home, they will be recorded on the footage. The CCTV camera outside your home often stops them breaking in and stealing your possessions as they know they will get taught.

Secure your shed

A shed is often an ideal place for burglars to break into. They can get items such as power tools and ladders which will enable them to get inside your home and steal your belongings. Therefore, use a study lock on the shed door to stop them getting in. Also, replace the windows when necessary and install locks on the windows. That way, they won’t be able to get in and work their way into your home to steal your stuff!

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Here are some other tips for hiding belongings when you are away from your home! Keep them out of view and avoid obvious hiding places to stop your belongings from getting stolen.

August 25, 2016

If you are a big movie fan, you won’t want to miss the article. It’s all about ways to watch movies, but with a difference. Read on to check out all the different ways that you can get your film fix, this summer.

Projectors

Anyone that is a bit of a techie will know about how cool projectors are. It’s a way of watching a movie at home, but getting that big screen experience like you are in a cinema.

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They work by connecting to your media device and projecting the image onto a screen or flat white surface like a wall.

There are a variety of different projectors that you can buy. They range from the expensive top of the HD line models to the much more reasonable personal portable models. Which are perfect for taking round a mate’s house for a film marathon.

Pool Party

A fantastic and creative use of the film projector that we have seen is the pool party movie night. Obviously you or one of your friends needs to have a pool.

Then you all blow up the inflatable raft and set them on the water. These act as your chairs for the film, so you get to watch the film while floating in the pool. I can’t think of a better way to spend a hot summer evening!

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To make it fun show water themed filmed like Splash or finding Nemo!

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Firstly one of the best ways to watch movies is on the go. What a brilliant way of using the time that would have been wasted on a long train or bus journey. To do this you will need a mobile device. For some services, you will also need an internet connection to enable movie streaming. If you are out and about your 3G will work for this.

There are quite a few different app available. Some like Amazon video and Netflix are subscription service that you have to pay a monthly fee to use. Others like the ShowBox App, are completely free to use. You don’t even have to sign in.

Movies in The Park

Check out the events website for your local area, because a lot of places now host films in the park in the summertime. It’s like a festival, where they put a great big screen up, and you set out your picnic blanket and watch the film in the company of a lot of others. Just don’t forget your sunglasses if the showing is in the day or you might not be able to make the film out for the glare!

Movie in the park is fun events because they have a ‘drive-in’ movie feel and people really get into it.

Some places even go the extra mile and have actors dressed up as the characters, who walk around the ground during the film. Which is great if you are watching Frozen but terrifying if it’s Day of the Dead that being screened!

August 24, 2016

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There will be a lot that you want for your wedding day. You’ll want it to be a happy day, and one filled with laughter and smiles. You’ll also want for all of your guests to enjoy themselves, and make special memories to last a lifetime.

However, you will also want a tangible way of keeping hold of these special times. That’s why you’ll probably having made hiring the perfect photographer a priority.

Consider this, though. There are things you can do to help your photographer out in advance of the big day. We’re talking about making everything totally photo ready, of course. From your outfit to the reception room, there are lots of things you can do. Let’s take a look at a few of them!

The little details are so important on the wedding day. Things like your venue and dress need a lot of thought, of course. But even the tiny finishing touches can make a big difference! So, don’t feel like you’re being silly, or a Bridezilla if you focus on them. Even things like your napkins can ruin or make a perfect table centre!

That being said, don’t go so tiny with details that the photographer can’t pick them up without massively zooming in. So, let’s say you want to buy each of your bridesmaids a necklace with their name on? Go ahead, but make sure the words itself isn’t impossible to read unless very close up! After all, a photograph focusing on each letter will make a gorgeous pic of you and your special girls!

Another great way to make your wedding perfect for pictures is to give each guest something personalised. This gives them something they’re sure to want to take an Instagram pic with. How about making a table plan using a funny photograph of each guest. You could print them as Polaroid style pics, and write their name along the bottom.

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Or, how about picking up a load of scrabble letters, and writing your guests names out with them? You could use these as place settings! Or, how about doubling up your gift for your guest as their place setting? You could give each guest a candle with their name on, or a mason jar. They could even use their mason jar as their drink holder for the day!

On the topic of Instagram, how about making the images that your guests take and post here even more special. Did you know that you can get personalised snapchat filters for weddings?! Getting one for you and your guests consists of a couple of steps. First up, design a filter that you feel represents you as a couple. So, this might be one that features your names and the date of the wedding. You could even add in a nearby skyline or landmark, or have your font written in the colour scheme! Next, you just need to set up what is called a ‘geofence.’. So, when your guests are within the parameters that you set, they can use the filter. Don’t forget to add all of your guests on Snapchat before the big day, so you can see what they post! You could even make a special album, or printed canvas, or the best images taken with the filter after the wedding!

Of course, if there is one thing you will want to look particularly flawless, it’s your bridal makeup. One of the primary reasons for hiring a makeup artist, rather than doing it yourself, is because they will know about photogenic makeup! A foundation and powder combo that will stop you from getting shiny and oily early in the day is a must. Pairing this with a decent primer can help. Also, give lots of though to light, as used the right way it can be your best friend! Be sure your MUA highlights your nose, cheekbones and brow bones. When it comes to your lips, glossy ones will reflect the light and make them really pop. It is worth noting, though, to not allow your MUA to go overboard. You want to look back on your professional pics and social media pics and recognise yourself!

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A final note. There is a good chance that there will be some less photogenic parts of your venue. If you’re having a gorgeous marquee wedding, for example, there may have to be some ugly portaloos lurking in the background! Don’t worry about these things, just be aware of them. Take photographs against backgrounds like brick walls or trees instead!

August 23, 2016

You may feel like your 20’s are a time where you don’t have to worry about your skin ageing. However, your beauty regime can now affect how your skin ages and whether you have glowing skin in your 30’s and 40’s. In fact, a lot of women look back and wish they started taking care of their skin when they were in their 20’s. Here is everything you need to know about looking after your skin in your 20’s.

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Take care of your skin every morning

Taking care of your skin starts as soon as you wake up first thing in the morning. It’s so easy to just give it a quick wash and then move on to your beauty regime. But you need to cleanse it properly, so you can unclog your pores to stop breakouts and scarring. You should buy some special cleansing soap which will remove impurities while keeping your natural moisture balance. You then need to use toner which will remove oil and dirt deep in your pores. You can then finish off with a great moisturiser, which will hydrate your skin and create a clean base for makeup.

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Take action with acne now

Spots. Everyone gets them. Everyone hates them. So finding a way to deal with them fast is key. Some people even have to deal with the dreaded nightmare well into their 30’s. You need to ensure you sort it now before you end up with permanent scarring on your face. A lot of people recommend that you get an acid cleanser, a spot treatment, and a daily moisturizer to get rid of breakouts. You need to check with a dermatologist what would be best for your skin. Don’t use products which will irritate it further and cause your skin to get worse.

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Prevent wrinkles

You might be surprised to know that a lot of girls notice their first wrinkle when they are in their mid to late 20’s! Therefore, you should find a good anti-ageing cream that you can use daily to prevent wrinkles. A lot of ladies are also heading for treatments in their 20’s to banish wrinkles. One of the most popular treatments women to go for is a botox injection. Celebrities rave about the treatment with fans including model Katie Price and reality star Kim Kardashian. The treatment smoothes and firms fine lines, enabling you to have youthful looking skin. It looks natural, so people won’t know you have been for the treatment!

Make sure you wash off makeup at night

We know it’s easy to forget, but you must wash off your makeup at night. If you leave it on when you go to bed, it will irritate your skin. It will clog your pores and cause breakouts to appear the next day. Therefore, get a good makeup remover and some cotton wool pads, so you can clean your face before you head to bed.

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So now you have a few tips under your belt, go ahead and see how much it changes your skin…..

August 21, 2016

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