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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
Friday, June 9, 2017

When To Weatherproof: Jobs To Tick Off While The Sun's Shining

When it comes to weatherproofing, you may assume that you need to bulk of the work in the fall or winter months, but you’d be wrong. The summer is actually a perfect time to take advantage of long, dry days and get your home sorted in time for the arrival of cooler climes. If you’re keen to plan ahead, here are some jobs you should tick off while the sun’s shining.

Roofing work

If your roof is in dire need of attention, it’s probably best to get it seen it to as quickly as possible. If the roof needs repairing in the coming months, rather than urgently, summer is a good time to schedule a visit from your local roofer. Nipping problems in the bud will reduce the risk of the situation becoming more costly and complex, and there’s a much higher chance of getting the job done swiftly when experts don’t have to contend with delays brought about by adverse weather. If you do have problems with the roof, and you’re dealing with the odd leak from time to time, it’s best to act now. When heavy rain arrives later in the year, minor leaks could soon become a much more inconvenient issue, and your home may suffer water damage. If you’re looking for a roofer, ask friends and family for recommendations, read reviews online, and arrange for a few firms to visit and give you a quote. This way, you can compare prices before you make a decision.


Replacing windows and doors

When you’re freezing cold, and it’s bucketing down, the last thing you want is to be without windows and doors. If you’re planning to replace old windows or revamp your home with some new doors, it’s a good idea to do these jobs in the summer when it’s warm and bright. If you’ve got your new windows and doors in place, you’ll be snug and cozy by the time the dark days of fall arrive. When you’re shopping for windows, take your time to choose a style that suits your home and think about energy efficiency. If you opt for energy efficient windows from services like RBA window replacement, you could save money on your heating bills. Visit some showrooms or do some research online. If you don’t want to replace the windows, but you do want your home to hold more heat, you could consider alternatives like adding double or triple glazing.

Varnishing

If you have wooden siding, a wooden porch or fences, gates and sheds made from wood in the garden, now is the time to grab a pot of varnish and a brush, and give every piece of wood in sight a coat. Varnishing takes just a few minutes, but it could add years to the life expectancy of your home and outdoor furniture and features. Follow the instructions on the packaging, and refresh periodically. If you don’t weatherproof your home, there’s every chance that the weather will take its toll, and you’ll end up replacing items sooner than you anticipated.


Clearing the gutters

You may not worry about gutters filled with leaves and dirt now, but come the fall, it may be a different story. If your gutters are overflowing, torrential downpours could wreak havoc. While it’s warm, tackle your gutters, clear them out, and then you’ll be ready for when rainy days arrive. If you don’t fancy clambering up a ladder, look for local firms that offer maintenance services. Blocked gutters can increase the risk of water damage and flooding. If the guttering is old, it may be worth replacing it. You may end up spending more on getting people in to clear it on a regular basis than you would investing in new guttering.



When the skies are blue, and the sun is beating down, weatherproofing may be the last thing on your mind. We usually associate home maintenance jobs with prepping for winter, but it’s never too soon to start gearing up for change. Take advantage of the long, warm summer days, and you’ll be set for the winter. Taking precautionary measures, like checking the gutters and varnishing sheds and fencing could also save you a lot of money in the long-run. If you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty or you haven’t got time, have a look for local maintenance firms or seek expert advice if you’ve got roofing issues or you’re looking into replacing old windows or doors. Spending a bit of time weatherproofing now will make all the difference, and you won’t regret it when you’re comfy and cozy this winter.

xoxo,
Therese
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Eating Healthy The Easy Way

Don’t worry if you find it difficult to eat healthily and keep your diet in good shape. Lots of people do, and this is hardly surprising. These days, it seems as though there is continuous pressure to eat healthily and consume food and drinks that are better for you. The problem is that the advice is changing day by day. One minute gluten is good for you, the next it’s bad. Today, red meat will be the death of us all and tomorrow we’ll need it to keep our muscles strong. It’s hard to keep track. So, you’re probably looking for a way to make healthy eating a lot easier. Well, you’ll find the answer to that problem right here. There are a few steps you can take to improve your diet without getting stressed over what foods to put in your basket.
 
Grow Your Own Fruit And Veg

If you own a house and have a garden with quite a lot of space, you can consider growing your own fruit and veg. This is a great way to stay organic, and that’s always going to better for you. Foods that you buy from the store are often packed full of chemicals and GHDs. There’s really no way to avoid this, and there is evidence to suggest that even supposedly organic products contain artificial chemicals. For instance, if you’re buying meat, the livestock will still have been pumped full of antibiotics. And research has shown that this can still exist within the meat once it is sold on the market.

The good news is that in the case of fruit and veg you can avoid this problem completely. To do this, you just need to think about growing your own fruit and veg in your own backyard. To do this, you can buy the seeds online and some fertilizer. With a little luck and a tiny amount of gardening skill, you can make sure that you have tons of fruit and veg that you can use in all your meals. It’s a great way to keep the whole family eating completely natural and organic produce.

Smooth Out Your Diet

There are so many foods that are good for you that your body needs that it can be difficult fitting them all into your daily diet. The answer is to condense them. This is also a great way of including foots in your diet that you don’t like the taste of or that just aren’t that appealing like kale and celery. Both foods are good for you but try eating them by themselves, and you might find the tastes quite unbearable. With the best blender food processor combo, you can add absolutely anything to a smoothie and condense it down into something that is super easy to drink. It can also be rather refreshing, giving your body a much needed cleanse. The best part is that with one of the greatest smoothie machines, it won’t take long at all to make this healthy snack. You’ll even be able to squeeze it in before work, gulping it down before you head out the daily commute. Or perhaps just before you exercise.
 
Avoid Ready Meals

Quick to make meals and ready meals may look appetizing. They might have labels that say ‘totally healthy’ or ‘diet meal’ or any other marketing buzz phrase. But the problem here is that it’s nonsense. It’s the same as diet cola. People who drink diet cola wonder why they don’t see any benefits and the answer is similar. While diet cola has less of one substance that is bad for you they have more of another to ensure it doesn’t taste foul. So, if it has less sugar, it has more artificial sweeteners and vice versa. The same is true for ready meals, even the diet brands. They are often packed full of sugar to give them some sort of taste which of course negates any point of the ‘diet’ label.
Of course, it’s not just ready meals that you want to avoid. Ideally, you should only be eating fresh food as this has been shown to be what’s best for you. That means you should try and avoid freezing food to eat it later. While it’s a lot cheaper than throwing leftovers away, it could have a negative impact on your diet.
As you can see, it’s not that difficult to eat healthily. You just have to be careful what you buy and ensure that you are getting all the minerals and vitamins that you need in your diet any way you can.

Do you have any tips on how you to eat healthy? Comment down below!

xoxo,
Therese

Straight From A Magazine: Home Improvements To Try This Summer

Everyone wants to have the house that is the envy of the neighborhood; the one with the perfectly kept garden, the flawless exterior paint job, and the gorgeous front door. If you’re looking for a way to keep busy this summer, why not check your budget and see if you can afford to fix up the house a little bit? Not only are these small improvements great for improving your curb appeal, they can also increase the value of your home if you ever think about selling.
Repair what’s already broken
Before you start making improvements, it’s best to make sure the house is already in good condition. A new paint job will soon be ruined by damp that you forgot to sort out. Any minor repairs, such as blocked sinks, broken light fixtures, and holes in the wall can easily be repaired without calling a professional. Anything bigger like a leaking roof should definitely be left to an expert. Once all the basics are in good condition, you can move on to the fun stuff.
Exterior maintenance
If you ever decide you need to sell you house, the first thing you should sort out is the exterior. Appearance is everything if you’re trying to sell such a big expense to someone, and all real estate agents will ask for a nice picture of your house when they help you find a buyer. You can look at images on http://www.manausa.com to get a better idea, but all you need to know is that your garden must be immaculate, your driveway clear of clutter, and your gutters clear of any debris and dead leaves. One thing that can really increase the value of your home are solar panels; in California, for example, a small 3.1-kilowatt (kW) system can add an average of $18,324 to the value of a medium-sized home. The benefits only get better as you increase the size of the panels. If you have solar panels, make sure they feature in your exterior shots.
Build a deck
An excellent project for the summer is building a deck. The deck will also add value to your home should you ever decide to sell. In fact, decks have become so popular that the market has produced huge variety of products built for outdoor living, from fire pits and fireplaces to outrageously comfortable seating arrangements.
Leave no room unused
Even if you’re not selling your house anytime soon, an empty room is a terrible waste. It’s about time your spare room became functional, so this summer you can brainstorm some creative uses for this empty space. While it would be easy to use it as a bedroom for guests, this still means the room is still going unused the majority of the time. Why not combine the spare bedroom with a home office, a reading room, or a music room. You could also get a wall bed and use the room as a studio the rest of the time.
Improving your home to make it immaculate can be done. Here are just a few options that you can try for your own home. Whats your favorite? Comment down below!
xoxo, Therese
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Don't Let Your Fixer-Upper Become A DIY Disaster

Perhaps it made the home affordable. Perhaps you love the classic nature of the house. Perhaps you just love a challenge. For whatever reason, if you’re looking at a home that’s definitely going to become a personal project, you have to be prepared. Tackling a fixer-upper without an organized approach or realistic expectations of what it’s going to take is going to turn your potential dream home into a nightmare. Here, we’re going to look at how you get at least a little more prepared so you’re not caught off guard by the challenge ahead.

Check the foundation first

This is something you absolutely must do before you agree on the price of a home. There are few parts of the house as important as the foundation. You might be used to seeing plenty of decay and damage that you plan on repairing and replacing, but here it can be a much bigger cause for concern. However, not all foundation cracks are the end of the world. In a lot of cases, it’s only large cracks that indicate some kind of foundational trouble that can make the home more damaged than it’s worth. Epoxy injection kits can be enough to fix smaller cracks, but the larger ones might need drainage pipes, gravel, a sump pit and more to fix the forces that are acting on it to cause the damage in the first place. It’s not impossible to fix, but it’s mandatory to ascertain if you have the budget to do it beforehand.
Know the permit situation before you buy

In a lot of cases, you might decide that you want to go with a fixer-upper because it involves restoring and living in a classic home that exudes a timeless class. However, if the home is truly historic, then that might mean it comes with a few complications you’re not quite expecting. For historic houses, design and permit processes involved in making the necessary fixes might be a lot longer and lot more expensive. Meaning that you might have to work on it for some time before it becomes livable.

Start with a list of priorities

Before you get in, make sure that you check all the fundamentals besides the foundations, too. This includes plumbing, electrical, insulation and leaks, the roof, heating, windows, and doors. From each of those, create your top priority list of tasks. From there, you should calculate a budget of what it’s going to take to fix it. These tasks need to go on the to-do list before you begin work because you can’t expect to live in a home without fixing those first. From there, every time you identify a smaller problem, add it to the list. That way, you don’t have to distract yourself from a major job to make a quick fix, you can simply manage your time to make sure you get around them all in good time.
Build a toolbox

Part of that budget is going to go towards making sure that you’re well equipped enough to handle every task involved. There are plenty of guides on building a toolbox, but make sure that you’re only buying tools that you’re going to need. There are a few essentials, such as a couple sets of screwdrivers, a selection of wrenches and a hacksaw. But the specifics beyond that should depend not only on what tasks you plan on carrying out but how many of them you plan on carrying out by yourself.

Know when you need a little help

You need to know when it’s time to call a friend because as much as you want to make this project your own, you want it to actually be done and done well. For instance, unless it’s a very minor fix, you shouldn’t try to alter or make big fixes to the utilities such as the electrics or waterworks of the building by yourself. Without experienced plumbing services, you’re liable not only to fail to fix the error yourself. You’re also liable to cause damage that could end up proving a flooding risk to the home. So, it’s best to play it safe when facing a certain task that you’re not certain you’re equipped to take on. Your job here isn’t to give yourself more to fix, after all.
Keep climate in mind

A home isn’t complete when you fixed the structure and got the utilities working. A lot of people neglect to fully consider, for instance, the climate that the home is in. If you don’t want all your work undone by leaks or by storm damage, make sure that you prepare it for the weather as well. This might mean taking the time to seal the outdoors extensively. It definitely means that you should pay attention to the roof if you haven’t already. All it takes is one missing tile for your home to be at severe risk of inviting damp in from above.

When to incorporate and when to replace

When the essentials of the home are taken care of, then you might start thinking more about the d├ęcor and design of the home. However, you might save yourself a lot of money and a lot of effort by choosing to simply leave old fixtures alone or even improve them with a lick of paint rather than trying to replace them. Not only will it make the job easier to complete, but it will also give your home a certain unique style that you might otherwise erase. Be a little more willing to let your home inherit some of the design choices and even the anachronistic oddities that it originally came with. You might grow to love them. If not, it’s another project for the future.
It’s a lot of work, in case this post hasn’t already made that clear. But to those who finish their fixer-upper, there are a few things more worth it. You will not only have a home worth living in, but your efforts and investment will exude from every inch of it.

xoxo,
Therese
Monday, June 5, 2017

4 Practical Home Renovations

When it comes to home renovations, it always seems that people focus on the aesthetics. Well, that’s all well and good, but you can’t spend time and money without thinking about practicality too. Otherwise, it’s a waste – plain and simple. With that in mind, the following are four projects which are solely pragmatic and sensible. Sure, they might also look the part, but that isn’t their primary goal.


Solar Panels

Okay, so solar panels can’t look beautiful no matter how hard you try and spin it. Anyway, forget about looks for a minute because we’re concentrating on practicality. And, they don’t come more practical than roof panels that create energy. Simply put, the modified slates absorb UV radiation from the sun and use it to power your gas and electric needs. And, if you think it is only good in the summer you’re wrong. The rays are present even when the sun has its hat on, which means the panels are constantly working. You might need to reinforce the roof, but that will pay for itself in a couple of years. Didn’t you know? You can sell back any excess energy and make money, too.

Garden Shed

A garden shed isn’t just a decoration that stops the gnomes from getting lonely. Oh no, it has a much more matter-of-fact use: storage. Simply put, a shed is a great place to store things when you have no space. And, everyone can agree that space is a premium in most homes. But, it isn’t only a viable option for your excess belongings inside the house. It’s also good for the rubbish you leave outside. Gardens are an easy place to store crap over the winter months, but the winter is over and summer is here. To make sure your property doesn’t look like a dumping ground, you need to move all of the tools someplace out of the way yet in reach. Plus, you want garden space to be able to relax and enjoy the weather.


Garage

Parking spaces are at a premium nowadays thanks to the growing population. However, it isn’t only the hassle of parking a couple of feet from the house that is a worry. It’s also the lack of safety and rising cost. Any car that is on the main road is culpable to thieves. After all, it’s an easy target if it is alone and unsupervised. Insurance companies know this too, which is why they bump up premiums for ‘unsecured’ vehicles. Thankfully, a garage is the solution as it’s on the property and secure. In fact, metal garages are often the best choice as they have even more protection.


Security Cameras

Talking of thieves, there is no reason to leave your home’s security to the Gods. Instead, you can take it into your hands with a CCTV security system. The cameras patrol the area so that any wrongdoing is readily available, plus they scare away burglars. At the end of the day, there aren’t many more useful home additions than CCTV cameras.

If practicality is your thing, the above is the best place to start.

xoxo,
Therese