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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Can't Sleep? Questions You Have To Ask Yourself

When it comes to sleep, it's easy to fall into a love/hate relationship.

For the most part, you love to sleep. It's the thing you just can't get enough of; a weekend lie-in becomes a part of life you actively look forward to. That's the time when you can relax, doze and do all the things a normal working week doesn't give you the chance to do.

During the week, it's easy for a pattern to begin to emerge. It goes something like this:

You're exhausted during the day. Not enough sleep, or not enough good quality rest anyway.

Then, you finally get to bed in the evening, lay back against the pillow... and then you can't doze off. Despite looking forward to this moment all day, your brain refuses to switch off. The tiredness and lethargy you felt throughout the day evaporates.

Of course, the next morning you're exhausted - and so the pattern begins to repeat itself. This is where you begin to hate sleep, despising what it's done to you and how it doesn't seem able to make up its own mind.

Given how important sleep is to our function - both mentally and physically - this can be an infuriating cycle to fall in to. It doesn't have to be as the result of a sleep disorder, either - it can just be one of those little brain problems that seem designed to make life difficult.

If you're having problems getting to sleep when there's no obvious reason for doing so, it's time to find a solution. Ask yourself a few questions to ascertain the problem - and then learn how to fix it.


"Am I Comfortable?"

It may seem obvious, but the first area you should examine is how comfortable you are when sleeping. First up, your pillows. It's tempting to pile them high and sink into them, but this can cause neck problems - one or two should suffice.

Secondly, your mattress. It should be supportive, allowing you to lie in any position. Especially if you're a side sleeper, then it's worth considering memory foam mattress support to prevent back or knee problems.

Third and finally, your bedding. Natural fibers such as cotton or linen help to regulate body temperature. They're a little more expensive but are more durable also.

"Do I Give Myself Time To 'Switch Off'?"

With a busy schedule, it's all too easy to go from frenzied activity to try and sleep. If you're rushing around preparing lunch for the next day and finishing off some work before going to bed, your mind is still going to be in "go" mode. Try and take at least half an hour prior to attempting to sleep just to relax. Go through a skincare regime, practice relaxation techniques or just read a book. Anything works, so long as it is used as a buffer zone for your active day life and your time attempting to sleep.

"Do I Use Electronic Devices?"

Scroll through your phone before bed? Watch a little TV? It could be the cause of your problems. The blue light that devices emit (it doesn't look blue, but that's where it is on the spectrum) mimics sunlight, signaling to our brains that it's daytime. If it's "daytime", your brain takes it as a signal to stay awake.

Try and limit your use of electronic devices after dark, to help your sleep pattern regulate. If that sounds a little too much like withdrawal, then you can use orange glasses or blue-light dimming apps to control the problem.

"Do I Clear My Mind?"

When you're trying to sleep, your mind needs to be as clear as possible - otherwise, you will stew on it. No one likes that feeling of waking up in the middle of the night and remembering something we have to do. As a result, our brain tends to keep ticking over as we're trying to fall asleep - searching for the things we might have forgotten. If it finds something in this search for a neglected area, it's all too tempting just to do it there and then. After all, you're already awake, right?


Before you go to bed for the night, write down a few essentials that you have to remember for the next day. Keep a journal in your bedside table so, if anything occurs to you as you're trying to drift off, you can quickly record it. Then you can action it in the morning, rather than getting up - thus restarting the whole relaxation process again.

What do you do to relax before bedtime? Comment down below!

xoxo,
Therese
Monday, November 28, 2016

Create Your Own Winter Wonderland At Home This Year

So, you want to create your own winter wonderland at home this year. Doing this will help Christmas to feel more magical, and winter likely a bit happier. Use these tips to start creating your very own winter wonderland at home today:

Use Lots of Fake Snow

A winter wonderland definitely calls for lots of fake snow. Make sure you have it everywhere, from your tree to your decorations. Just make sure it’s safe for kids and pets if you have them, as you don’t want any Christmas casualties. Get creative with your fake snow, and consider making some winter wonderland stuff yourself.

Create A Focal Point

Your winter wonderland theme should have a focal point. This could be your tree, and it usually is for most people. However, it doesn’t have to be. You can create a focal point anyway you like, as long as it makes sense in your home and arrangement. It should be the first thing everybody lays eyes on when they enter your home, and the rest of your decor should be centered around it.

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Choose The Right Kind of Lighting

Make sure you have the right kind of lighting for your winter wonderland too. After all, this is going to make it feel far more magical. Decorative LED lights could be a great option, and there are different types to choose from. You can also use lanterns and other kinds of lighting options to create a winter wonderland feel.

Keep Your Color Scheme Light

Your color scheme will usually be fairly light and neutral to get the winter wonderland theme across. Shades of white and cream are perfect. However, this isn’t exactly set in stone. Cool colors like blue could also work in this sort of theme. If you’re confused about what will look great and what won’t, you can use a color wheel to help you come up with your color scheme. They’re really useful for coming up with complementary colors and even contrasting colors, if that’s the kind of thing you want to have. If you’d like to add an element of glam to your winter wonderland scheme, you could add black or grey. Just make sure you really do use lots of sparkle so it doesn’t look too dark or spooky. Too much dark will make your home look smaller too, so remember that if you already have a small home. To make it look larger, keep your decor as light as possible.

Stick To Your Theme

Whatever you do, make sure you stick to your theme. Ask yourself, will this make my home look like a winter wonderland? Before you buy anything. Novelty Santas and things like that might be fun, but they won’t really make the Christmas decor of your home feel magical.

Use these tips to create your very own Winter Wonderland at home this year. Remember, you can use Pinterest and other sites online for inspiration before you start putting things together. Have fun with it and you’ll have a magical Christmas. Thanks for reading!

xoxo,
Therese


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Yingze Park

Yingze Park is one of the popular parks in Taiyuan, Shanxi. Its a huge park that covers 63.28 hectares and 20 of that is by the lake. The construction started 1954 and it was opened 1957 it contains 10 gardens with a large variety of plants. There are also a lot of things to do inside the park for all ages.


There are parts of the park that are well shaded than others, The most prominent tree around are willow trees and the place is a great place to do exercise and walk. During our visit there are a lot of people hanging out because its the week end. 



Since there a lot of things to do in Yingze Park i filmed some of the highlights of our visit and you can check the video below!


Since the park is massive it gets really tiresome and we actually spent half a day just walking around. Since it was spring time during our visit it tended to get hot too. There a lot of snack stalls in this area that sells local snack food like Chinese hotdog and fish balls. Activities such as boat riding and some rides for the children are available. There are a lot of gazebo and there is actually a museum that you can go in for free. 



Here is a map that shows the scope of the place.


Information:
Address: China, Shanxi Sheng, Taiyuan Shi, Yingze Qu, 迎泽大街218号 邮政编码: 030001
Phone:+86 351 202 2622
Entrance is for free but if you want to do activities inside most likely its not free unless its educational like the merchant museum.

Experience:
The place is nice if you like to walk and just hang out. When we visited it was a pretty clear day and the smog is not that bad. The free exhibit is rather nice too. I wasn't very excited with the animal enclosure because I personally didn't like their situation. But over all it was okay. 

Thats it for this post. I hope you guys find it helpful. 

xoxo,
Therese
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Incorporate The Modern World Into Your Home With These Handy Hints


Getting the decor in your home right is important for making the space how you want it. There are many home decor choices out there. The choice can be overwhelming. Picking the right decor choice for your home will transform it into a space you love. Today, we’re going to take a look at how to bring the modern world into your space. Having a home that represents the world you live in makes perfect sense. What better way to feel at home than to fill your home with signs of the age you live in? Here’s how to make your home the perfect modern haven.

THINK MATERIALS

Using the right materials can really bring your home into this century. Think futuristic and minimal wherever possible. Natural textures and materials can be ideal for this. Using sanded wood furniture in your home will look great. It’ll also bring a more natural element to your home which can be a great touch! If you want to go really futuristic, why not insert some metals into your decor? Replace your standard patio door with a DeWall aluminium folding doors. Replace your kitchen worktops with a metal of your choice. Think space travel and futuristic fun as you kit out your home.


INCORPORATE TECHNOLOGY

Incorporating technology into the home is another fantastic way to keep things modern. Nothing says the modern day like the latest technological gadgets. You can keep this as low-key as you want. Displaying your gadgets in a glass box can be an excellent incorporation, without going too far. If you want to introduce technology as a display point but don’t want to make too much of it, this is an excellent idea. If you want to go all out, getting your television and phones hung on the wall can look fantastic. You could even light them with blue low lighting, to add to that futuristic look you’re after. Taking inspiration from shows set in space is always a fantastic idea. You don’t have to turn your home into a spaceship, just yet. The spaceships on television often have some wonderful decor. Take your inspiration from them!

USE THE RIGHT COLORS

Choosing sparse colors is a great way to get the modern day vibe in your home. It might come from the future we see on television, but there’s something futuristic about the color white. Painting your walls white is an effective way of keeping your home bright and fresh. It also adds to the minimalist look that the most modern homes achieve. If you’re using a lot of natural furnishings, white walls will be a great way to set these off. Contrast the white of your walls with natural colored furniture. Sandy brown or gray will look fantastic against the stark white contrast. Alternatively, you could keep your walls white and your furniture bright. Every room looks good with a little color, right? A red sofa, for example, would be a great center point in an otherwise white room.

With these simple tips you can bring in the modernity of our fast changing world into your personal place. Whats your idea of a modern home? Comment down below.

xoxo,
Therese
Friday, November 18, 2016

Searching For The Perfect Engagement Ring: Alternative Styles To Look Out For

If you are a bit of a jewelry hoarder, you might be concerned about what kind of engagement ring you will have. You are meant to wear it the majority of the time. But what if you want to go for a less traditional look? A silver or gold band with one large stone might just not appeal to you. You’ll want the ring to match the other jewelry and accessories that you have, or it will look out of place. But there are plenty of options out there for you. You just need to look around. So here are some alternative engagement ring styles that you could go for.

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Rose Gold

Platinum, white gold or yellow gold can be a little boring if you are looking for something a little different. So why not choose a ring in rose gold? The pink color has been making waves in jewelry trends over the past year or so. It has also grown in popularity for even things like smartphone covers. It is a pretty shade, and it is sure to flatter all different skin tones. So it could be an option worth looking at.

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Colorful Diamonds and Gems

Definitely a non-traditional option for an engagement ring is for a colorful diamond. You could choose hues of yellow or even pink. They can look stunning and will really stand out from the crowd. A really modern choice would be choosing a black or charcoal diamond. It would brighten up a plain band too. You also go down the route of not having a diamond at all. Choosing a gem is a great option. You could choose a setting with sapphire, like some of the Verragio engagement rings. You could choose rubies or emeralds; the latter giving off a certain vintage vibe. It could be a gem that you have always loved or one that is your birthstone perhaps. Even a gem like alexandrite might be a good option, as it has a stunning color change effect.

Square Bands

If you want to create a bit of a talking piece, then a square band is the way to go. Do you know anyone with an engagement ring that is square? I doubt that you do. They look really good, though. They can also be a little more comfortable than circular bands would be. There will be some gaps, making the band fit a little looser, meaning it won’t pinch as much.

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Double Band

If you are looking for something unique, then you could go for a band what is made up of two bands. It could be the two bands side by side, or the two bands making an x-shape around the stone. It looks stunning on a finger and looks really striking. Definitely a choice for something a little different and extra sparkly.


Are there any trends you have noticed with engagement rings? If you have a non-traditional ring, I’d love to hear all about it! Let me know in the comments section below.

xoxo,
Therese
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Make Do And Mend. Why Crafting Can Breath Life Into Your Spare Room

It’s always hard to know what to do with our spare rooms. Setting them up as bedrooms can seem like such a waste. While it’s great to have space when guests visit, the room sits empty most of the time. Why not bring your spare room into your home by turning it into a space you use? If you want to keep the option of hosting guests, a sofa bed can be an excellent choice. That way, the room is functional more of the time! One great idea for using your spare room is to turn it into a craft room. Whether you’re a craft aficionado, or you want the chance to explore your creative side, a craft room is an excellent choice! There are things no craft room can do without. Here’s a list of just a few.


SEWING MACHINE AND TABLE

Every craft room needs a sewing machine. Whether you can sew or not, now is the chance to learn! There are some great online tutorials that can teach you the basics. Setting your sewing machine up on a beautiful table is another must. As well as being a crafting haven, you want your craft room to look good. If you don’t already own a sewing machine, find one that’ll make your craft room look fantastic. Maybe ask your parents or grandparents if they own an older machine. Older models look great on display. Don’t worry about the old machines not being functional either. It’s still possible to buy Singer sewing machine parts. That way, your machine can be gorgeous and useful! Bear in mind that older machines might not be ideal for a beginner. They are a little harder to use! Making your own clothes is a great way to save yourself money, so if you can’t sew, now is the time to learn.

YARN AND STRING

Having a collection of yarn and string will allow you to turn your hand to any crafty project. There’s nothing worse than not being able to start because you don’t have the right materials. Both yarn and string are cheap to buy in bulk. Some sewing machines come with an offer of free string. If you’re buying a machine, look for one that offers this addition! Think about display again here. Storing your yarns in an open drawer will make them a great addition to the room. Maybe think about color coding them. With string, why not display it on your sewing table? Get creative with your storage ideas!



DECORATION

The decoration in your crafting room is another chance for you to have a lot of fun. Think about what would best complement the yarns and strings you have on display. Fun colors often work well. Think too about decoration that inspires you. If you think fussy colors would distract you from crafting, go for something simple. Make the most of your furniture choices too. This room will be your sanctuary, so get it looking exactly how you want it!

Crafting can definitely brighten up your day so make sure that you make the most out of your spare room! Whats your favorite crafting project? Comment down below.

xoxo,
Therese
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Is Your Home As Safe As It Should Be?

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Our homes are our sanctuaries, but without the right precautions, they can also be incredibly dangerous. More accidents happen at home than anywhere else, and so it’s important to take the steps needed to protect your family. Here are some of the ways you can keep your home safe and secure.

Think About Home Security
To keep your family and your possessions safe from home invasions and burglars, good home security is essential. CCTV, efficient locks on windows and doors and a burglar alarm can all help keep thieves at bay. You can read reviews on a site like http://alarm-reviews.net/adt-home-security-review to find the right system for you. Most systems will allow you to set the downstairs alarms while you’re upstairs in bed. This will keep you safe while you sleep, not just when you’re out of the house

Childproof Every Room
If you have babies or young children at home, childproofing is vital. Keep medicines and cleaning chemicals out of low-down cupboards which children can get into. Adding locks to cabinet doors adds an extra layer of security. Windows should be locked with a key, and blinds should all be fitted with a wand rather than a cord system. Curious children can get tangled in blind cords which cause a serious choking hazard. Child gates are useful for preventing children from falling down stairs or entering dangerous areas of the house such as the kitchen or bathroom. There have been cases of children drowning in a few inches of bath water after falling in or scalding themselves on hot water. You can find out more about babyproofing on a website such a http://parents.com/baby/safety/babyproofing/

Have Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Fitted
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be fitted in every home. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and can occur due to gas appliances that have become faulty or not been fitted properly. An annual gas check should help to keep tabs on this, but for the rest of the year, an alarm will be your only way of knowing. Smoke alarms should be fitted on all levels of the home, and be positioned in a place where you can easily hear them from your bed.

Practice Good Hygiene
The kitchen and bathroom particularly are hot spots for bacteria, and so sticking to a good cleaning routine is essential. Bugs can cause serious illnesses, especially in younger and vulnerable people. Regularly vacuuming and cleaning carpets and replacing soft furnishing that can’t be washed (such as duvets, pillows, and cushions) every couple of years is also important. They can hold on to debris, dust mites and all kinds of nasty bacteria that are bad for our health. These can all trigger or worsen allergies. They can also cause breathing difficulties and all sorts of other negative symptoms. An unclean or untidy home can also be prone to pests too, which can cause all kinds of problems within themselves health-wise.

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Is your home as safe as it should be, or will you be taking any of these tips on board?

xoxo,
Therese