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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Craft Ideas That You Simply Have to Try

Whether you’re new to the wonderful world of crafts or you’ve been making things for years, there are lots of things you should try. Even the crafting veterans won’t have done everything that’s out there. Here are some of the very best craft ideas that you simply have to try out for yourself if you have a love of creating things and using your own two hands.

Scrapbooking

Scrapbooks should definitely be on your radar if you’re the kind of person who loves arts and crafts. When you start scrapbooking, you realise how fun and how personal you can make it. It’s a bit like writing a diary but with more creativity and better visuals! That has to be a good thing. You can look back on it over the years and track the story of your life. Get started today, and you might quickly find that you get addicted to it.

Sculpting

Sculpting is a craft that is great to delve into because it takes a lot of skill, and it’s not something that you can just pick up right away. It takes a little more focus and dedication to make sure that you have the right skills. It’s worth attending a class and learning more if this is a craft that interests you. When you finally make something with your own hands and it looks great, the satisfaction and pride you feel is incredible. It’s a very rewarding craft.

Quilting

Quilting is a lot of fun, and for many people it becomes a long-term project that they can keep coming back to. When the quilt begins, it can have one patch that is personal or specific in some way. But the aim is to then add more and more. Many of these quilts can passed down from generation to generation. There is something very special about that, and it could be something that you and your family members are interested in taking up.

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Origami

Origami is one of those things that looks incredibly simple, but it’s something that you can delve deep into. It’s not just about making paper planes. You should head to origami.me if you want to start learning more about the possibilities out there. There are so many things you can create, and lots to learn too. It’s great for children and adults because there is a difficulty level for just about everyone.

Jewelry Making

Some people spend a lot of money on the jewelry that they wear each day. But other people choose a different route. Creating your own jewelry is a great way of saving money, but that’s not all. The other great thing about jewelry making is that you are in control. You can make exactly what you want to, and that means that it will be specific to your tastes and preferences. And you can be sure that no one else will have the same jewelry item as you.

Of course, there are even more options out there that you can make use of once you try these. But the ideas above should certainly keep you occupied for the time being.

xoxo,
Therese
Monday, July 24, 2017

Where Is All Of Your Money Going?

Cutting out the big costs in your budget is easy. But you might find that you’re still burning money somehow. It isn’t the big expenses that always push your budget up, it’s the secret things that you don’t even consider. All of these tiny expenses add up and can soon throw your financial plans out of the window. If you’re losing money and you don’t know why check that you aren’t doing any of these things.

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Skipping Breakfast

Skipping breakfast might seem like a money saver. You’re paying for one less meal after all. Except, you won’t really be skipping a meal, you’ll still end up buying something to eat on the go because you’re hungry. That means that you actually end up spending more than you would have done if you just had some cereal at home. The same can be said of buying lunch. It doesn’t seem like that much money but when you’re doing it every day, it’ll really add up. Just make something at home and take it with you.  If you get into good spending habits like this, you’ll soon notice the savings.  



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Buying Coffee

A coffee is only a few dollars, that can’t be breaking the bank, can it? Not if you buy the occasional cup but if we’re all being honest with ourselves, we’re probably drinking more like two or three a day. That can add up to thousands of dollars a year without you even realizing. It might not be the same as your favorite coffee shop brew, but if you take a flask of coffee that you’ve made at home, your bank balance will thank you.


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Bad Credit Card Deals

When you’re paying off your credit card every month, it doesn’t seem like it will be costing you money. However, if you’ve got a  bad deal then you might be paying a lot more interest than you need to. Get onto a credit card comparison site and see what else is out there. You can find yourself an interest-free deal and if it allows balance transfers, you can shift all of your debt over to the new card and stop paying interest whatsoever.



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Unused Subscriptions

We’ve all been guilty of this and it’s very easy to forget that you even signed up for these things, but if you aren’t careful you could end up wasting thousands. TV streaming services are the big one. If you use it a lot then it’s fine, but a lot of the time we stop using these services but forget about the payments. They just get taken out automatically and we think that it’s worth paying in case we need it in future. If you aren’t using it more than once a week or so then it isn’t worth paying for. Another one that people often waste money on is a gym membership. Cancelling it feels like admitting defeat but surely it’s worse to be paying money every month for something that you never use. Either start going to the gym or stop paying for it.

Cutting out these small costs should help you to get your finances in order.

xoxo,
Therese
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Simple Ways To Slow Down When Life Is Moving Too Fast

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We live in an age where it's incredibly easy to get swept up in the fast pace of modern life. With things like the internet allowing us to live life at speeds that many people never even thought possible, it can often be pretty overwhelming for a lot of people. As much as it can be exciting and useful, the pace of modern life can be the source of a lot of stress for many people. Because of this, a lot of people want to try and find ways to slow down, even if it's just for a little while. But that's not always easy to do, especially when everything around you seems to be going at such a fast pace. With that in mind, here are some things that you can do in order to slow down and relax even when the world is moving too fast around you.

Have a routine

Sure, just about everyone has some kind of vague routine. Something that is often built around work and family commitments. But there's something to be said about creating a routine for yourself that is purely built around the things that you want to do and the way that you want to live. It allows you to live in a much more meditative way. Something as simple as making a cup of coffee can be a part of your routine. Instead of rushing to make a cup of instant coffee, why not roast, and grind the beans yourself. It will take longer, of course, but it can help you slow down and relax as you're forced to take the time to go through each step in the process. Not only that but the best coffee bean roasters make vastly superior coffee than anything you could get out of a jar or tin! The things that you choose to take the time over are entirely up to you, but it's important that you fit something into your routine that forces you to slow down, even for a moment.

Wake up early

A lot of people simply aren't morning people, and that's okay, but waking up as late as possible just to squeeze in a bit more sleep is often a recipe for a day of stress. If you wake up early, you can pace the day out much more easily. You can get up, shower, eat a solid breakfast, and get ready for the day, all without having to rush or feel stressed at all. Any remember the snooze button is not your friend! Not only is pressing the snooze button over and over going to leave you feeling tense and stressed, but it can often cause you to feel even more tired during the day than if you had simply woken up on time.

Prioritize

Nothing is going to make you feel more stressed out than running around trying to fit everything into the day all at once. Instead, you should think about what it is that's most important and focus on that. Whether it feels like it or not, there is always more time to deal with things than you think. Because of that, there's nothing wrong with leaving some things until later and focusing on a single task in the present moment. You'll not only feel less stressed, but you'll find that you're able to focus on what you're doing much better than you otherwise would if you were trying to fit everything in.

Slowing down is a great way to de-stress when life is taking out the life out of you. What is your favorite way to relax? Comment down below!

xoxo,
Therese
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Impact Debt Can Have on Your Family Life & What to Do About It

If you are starting to notice that your debt is growing, it’s time to take notice and stop ignoring the problem. If you do that, your family will pay the price because debt isn’t just about money. It also has an impact on your family and how you are able to live and function. Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that you will pay it off later because when the time comes to do that it might not be possible.

Here are some of the ways in which your family can suffer as a result of your debt problem. It’s worth being aware of these connotations before you go any further, so read on now.

Financial Hardship

First of all, you have to take into account your spiraling financial situation. Once debt starts to grow, it can be very hard to slow down. You will then have to find ways of cutting back, and that will certainly have an impact on your family’s quality of life. How can you give your family the things they want and need if you are having to save money in order to pay off those growing debts? It’s just not possible, and it means your family will have to go without some of the things they’re used to and deserve.

What to do About It

The best thing to do to avoid this outcome is to get a handle on the situation as soon as you possibly can. When you manage that, you can ensure that you don’t fall deeper and deeper into debt.

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Stress

Stress is a common side effect of debt. When you are stressed out and tired, it’s hard to focus on anything else, and all aspects of your family life can suffer as a result. You are not able to concentrate on the things you need to do, and it can even lead to other mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. People who are in debt understandably feel stress because they are losing control of their lives as their financial circumstances get away from them.

What to do About It

If you do start to experience stress, it’s vital that you see a medical professional as soon as possible. If the stress of managing and organizing the debts is your problem, you might want to read about how consolidation can help too. But always seek medical help first.

Arguments and Relationship Problems

When money problems arise, it’s not uncommon for arguments between partners to grow too. That’s just the way it is because people are not used to having to deal with this situation, and they then take it out on those closest to them. It’s actually quite common for financial problems to be the catalyst which eventually leads to a divorce between two people. This has obvious and permanent implications for your family as a whole. And it’s a stupid thing to destroy your family unit over.

What to do About It

One way to avoid all this is to make sure that you always put your family first, and try to work together too. When you approach these challenges in a united way, you can make sure that they don’t end up splitting you up.

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Career Problems

Even your career can begin to stall when you are confronted with debt. That’s because your attention is completely taken by your debt problems. That means your performance at work can slip as a result. If your entire career plans are built around gradual progression through the ranks, those plans can be left in tatters if you allow a debt problem to take over your life. Is that really worth the extra spending? If not, you probably need to change route and think again.

What to do About It

There are many things you can do to make sure that you stay in control. First of all, make sure that you get the help you need with your finances. You will have less on your plate to deal with if you work with a professional debt advisor, a financial planner or even a charity or government body to help you out.

Children Becoming Distracted

If your children witness the toll that your debt problems are having on you, they can start to suffer problems too. Not only will their lifestyle change for the worse, but the problem can also act as a distraction to them, and that’s really not what you want to happen when you’re in this kind of situation. Your children are probably what’s most important to you, so you need to think carefully about what your debt problems mean for them. Their work at school and general happiness could suffer.

What to do About It

Shielding your children from what’s going on is never easy, but it’s worth doing your best to make it work. They should be able to get on with their lives in a way that is as normal as possible. And if you need help from your family, be sure to ask for it.

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Medical Implications

We mentioned stress above, but if your stress is not handled, it can lead to even more medical implications. Your heart could be put under more pressure, your sleep might suffer, and you could become ill as an indirect result of your debt problems. Nothing is more important than your health and the health of your family members. However, this can have an impact if you allow it to.

What to do About It

If you want to avoid having problems with your health as a result of your debt problems, you should do what you can to tackle the root causes. And look out for signs of stress and pressure. There is help and treatment out there for these things, so you don't have to suffer in silence.


There are so many negative effects associated with falling into debt. And these problems can destroy families if the problem grows without a solution being found. Make the most of the advice above if you want your family to stay afloat and avoid debt.

xoxo,
Therese
Monday, June 26, 2017

Selling Your Home? Insert A Bit Of Style By Redecorating To Impress Buyers

The markets want to offer homes to willful buyers who are looking to upgrade and able to spend a decent amount of money. When looking to sell your home, if you play your cards right, you yourself could afford an upgrade. Redecorating the property you own could add a substantial amount of value to the selling price. It takes time but in the end is incredibly rewarding because if you achieve the aim of getting a better price than what you paid for, your investment has come through with life altering dividends. But renovating to some extent costs money, so you have to calculate how much expenditure you’re willing to make available because this will eat into the profit you make from selling. It’s a case of modernizing, yet keeping a bit of tradition in there as well.

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A modern bathroom
A bathroom is a very personal room in the house, as it’s the place where you get completely undressed and take a bath or shower. When presenting a bathroom, it should be inviting, kind of like the same tone of a kitchen. It shouldn’t look stale and old fashioned. White, pale blue, and grays are colors you should avoid. Paint the walls with a modern touch, such as a green or something bright and neutral like a peachy pink. If you want something more appealing to the traditional crowd, a sky or navy blue will do just as well. Tiling is an option, but quite expensive, look into options if you’re interested.

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A chic lounge
A good reason to redecorate your living space is that with a flick of paint, the room can look larger than it actually is. Don’t lose one customer to please another, instead, paint the walls neutral such as sheer white. When painting a wall, be on the lookout for weaknesses such as damp and mold. If you run into concern, don’t paint over the damage in a bid to hide it, the paint may not even dry because of the moisture. Instead, you should call a professional like Solex Group professional home inspection, to offer you a solution. With an infrared camera, an expert can see where the problem originates, such as a busted pipe or a hole in the wall made by vermin. White can balance and contrast a room, so play around with different materials such a vintage wooden cabinet, a glossed dining table or a mantelpiece with bare wooden shelves. With white walls, a black sofa doesn’t look uninviting and better still would be a glass table.
The heart
The heart of any home is the kitchen because it’s where on a psychological level, human beings feel safe and happy due to the energy consumption of food. On top of that, the fixtures, fittings and surrounding aesthetics can prove incredibly inviting. Polish the tap, sink and any metal fittings, so the kitchen gleams when potential buyers come over to explore. Because of the cabinets, sink, and appliances, the wallpaper is broken up into sections. This is your chance to be inspiring. Think about a complimentary colored pattern of tile arrangement that improves the overall presentation. Something rustic like a diamond orange or red pattern would work wonders.

Impressing a buyer is a must when your selling a home. Not only that it will make the buyer happy, you will also monetize your investment faster as well! What are your ideas of a beautiful home? Comment down below!

xoxo,
Therese
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Personalized Gifts for Fathers Day

Fathers day is just around the corner and many of us are thinking what gift should we give to the first man in our lives. Our dear fathers deserves the best and sometimes it may be tricky to give gifts to men. On this article I will help you choose the perfect present for your dad.

When you are choosing the perfect item you should ask yourself a few questions.

1. What's the activity that your dad enjoys the most?
2. Is the gift usable?
3. Will it suite your dad's taste.

Once you know what your dads interests are, its time to pick a unique selection that will suit his taste.

The Jet-setter Dad
Some dad loves to travel and are always on the go. Practical and travel friendly gifts such as towels and travel essentials will definitely be of use and will remind him of memories shared with you.



The Master Chef

Lets admit it there are dads that just loves to be in the kitchen. You always see them whipping out amazing dishes for the family to enjoy. Food related items is definitely a must for them!


The Fashionista Dad

There are dads that are quite fashionable and make sure that they take care of their appearance. You don't ever need to call fashion police on them. Items such as cuff-links, watches and accessories will definitely be loved by these type of dads.

The Gym Buff

When your dad just loves being in the gym and get ripped, he is definitely a gym buff. Giving item that can be used while working out will be well loved. Some items that you can give are a gym bags or towels that he can use while working out.

The Entertainer

Social dads that loves having company come over for beer and what not? Definitely an entertainer! Give items that can be used while being with guests and make him feel special. A personalized shot glass or beer mug will do the trick!



Gifts are meant to be treasured and used. And giving one of a kind items that suits your dad is key to a great gift. I love handmade and one of a kind items from Gifts Less Ordinary they make unique items that will sure to impress!

What gift are you planning to give to your dad this fathers day? Comment down below!

xoxo,
Therese
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bathroom Cleaning Hacks That Everyone Should Learn

The bathroom is probably one of the ugliest, dirtiest and most annoying places to clean. Whether it’s scrubbing the toilet bowl, plucking hairs out of the shower drain or wiping off dirt and grime from tiles, it’s not a very pleasant experience and you’d be surprised at how many people neglect cleaning their bathroom because it’s just too much hassle. But did you know that, like many other things in life, there are some brilliant hacks you can learn to make cleaning your bathroom much easier? It’s true! And to prove it, here are a few bathroom cleaning hacks that will make your life a lot easier.


Using Household Products

One of the most annoying things about cleaning the bathroom is the fact you have to purchase a whole array of different products to clean every nook and cranny of the bathroom. To help make your life a little easier, you should learn to use everyday household products to help you clean. It will save you a lot of money in the long run and you’ll feel like a domestic goddess. For instance, have you ever wondered how to clean shower glass easily? Simply mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle, give it a shake, then spray it onto dirty and grimy surfaces, then wipe off. Want a quick way to clean your toilet? Then simply drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into the bowl and flush a couple minutes later. It makes a surprisingly good cleaning product and instantly freshens up and cleans the bowl. It doesn’t leave a nasty chemical scent and it costs hardly anything compared to traditional chemical cleaners. In short, remember to make your own homemade products for cleaning.

Clean the Bathroom Fan

Bathroom fans can look unsightly, especially if you haven’t clean it for a long time. Use canned air or an air compressor to blast the dirt away. Just remember to clean up all the debris afterwards because it will leave a lot of mess on the bathroom floor. Remember to also use a mask so you don’t inhale all of the dust particles.


Stubborn Shower Curtains

There are times when shower curtains will stick or smell really bad. Instead of wiping them off with a cloth and spray it with water, simply throw it into your regular laundry basket and give it a wash in the machine. Use your typical detergents and let it dry as you normally would for the rest of your laundry, then simply hook it back on. If your shower curtains don’t glide very well, then give the rail a wipe and check if the hooks are clogged with dirt and grime.

Shower Head Buildup


Shower heads can be stubborn and fill with grime really easily. To help prevent this, take the shower head off and leave it in a bag or bowl of vinegar. Let it break up the dirt, grime and limescale, then give it a rinse under the tap. To get the rest of the vinegar and grime off, simply attach the shower head back on and let the water run for a few seconds. If your shower head can’t be removed easily, then simply use a bag of vinegar and tie it tightly around the head.

Cleaning might be an unpleasant experience but with these hacks you can cut your cleaning time and make it a lot more bearable.

Do you have any cleaning hacks that you want to share? Comment down below!

xoxo,
Therese