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Friday, June 24, 2016

My Five Top Tips To Give Your House More Curb Appeal

Have you ever looked at the exterior of your house? Of course, you do. In fact, it's likely you see it almost every day. But, one thing you might be overlooking is its curb appeal. It's no secret that most of us lead very busy lives. And that means we don't spend as much time as we'd like improving our exterior decor.

There are many reasons why you ought to do something about your house's exterior styling. Aside from improving its looks, you will lower the risk of burglary. That's because thieves like to target homes they think aren't occupied. Here are my five top tips that you can easily do to improve your home's curb appeal:


1. Paint (or clean) your exterior walls

Houses will either have painted or unpainted walls. If yours aren't painted, you should spend some time cleaning them. A pressure washer with a misting lance won't damage the masonry. For those with painted walls, consider giving them a new coat of paint.

The advantage of either option is that it makes your house look fresh and clean. Believe it or not, it can even help to increase the value of your property!

2. Refurbish your garage

Most people don't think much about their garages. But, they are an extension of your house. You wouldn't live in a house with a hole in your windows, would you? And you certainly wouldn't live somewhere with a broken front door.

With those points in mind, make sure that your garage windows aren't damaged. You should also consider upgrading to a Carteck or similar door. It will both improve the exterior of your garage and improve its security.

3. Stain your fence panels

Aside from your house, people will also notice the look of your fence panels. If yours look unhappy, stain them in the color of your choice. You might think that all you're doing here is brightening up the style of your fences. But, the staining process also helps to preserve the wood. It's something you should carry out at least once a year, and only during the summer.


4. Use a pressure washer to clean your driveway

It doesn't matter whether you've got asphalt or pavers on your driveway. You still need to make sure that it's clean and free of weeds. One of the easiest ways to achieve that goal is by using a pressure washer.

In case you wondered, you can get lance attachments that will stop the dirt getting blasted onto cars! The attachments are like giant radial brushes.


5. Grow some plants

Last, but not least, consider growing some attractive plants outside your home. It doesn't just improve your home's curb appeal. It also helps to raise the profile of your street too. I can guarantee you that some of your neighbors will start doing the same thing too. One could say you're a trend-setter!

Be sure to select plants that are easy to maintain. Otherwise, you'll need to dedicate a lot of time tending to them. Good luck!

xoxo,
Therese
Thursday, June 23, 2016

How to Select the Perfect Wedding Gift

Since the medieval times, June has been a month filled with wedding celebrations. It has been a custom to give gifts to couples at their wedding. Wedding registries have been created to help guests in selecting what gift the couple wants or needs.

When I got married the guests know that we are investing for our first home. Some guests opted for home and garden items that I will be able to use at home. I created a simple gift guide to help you decide what to give for a couple with unique personality.

The Crafty Couple

Some couples, mine included, love handmade and beautiful items for the home. The items that you give them will have more sentimental value if its cruelty free, re-purposed and the brand helps for a good cause. Check out this link for amazing handmade products that is for a cause: HERE

This beautiful lamp will definitely wow the couple

The Adventurous Couple

Adventure and travel runs in their blood and other than sports gear this couple would definitely love something in their home that reminds them of their previous escapades. Anything that shows landmarks will definitely do the trick and its a plus factor that they can use it. 

Suspension bridge shelves will remind them of their last bungee jumping memories.

The Visual Artists

The couple that has both eye for the visual arts will definitely love wall hangings. An empty wall without anything on it is a big no for them. Giving them a decorative piece will definitely end up on their wall. You can check out more awesome visual decor HERE.


The Pet Lovers

Couples who love their pets definitely love something that is cruelty free, sustainable and not animal tested. Giving them items for their pets and remembering their pets will definitely make your gift one of a kind. A pillow with their beloved pets face on it will definitely hit a soft spot! Check out a variety of items HERE.


There are a lot of ways to select as to what gift you will give to the couple. Depending on their personality, their needs and wants. This list is not only good for wedding but also as birthday and holiday gifts. But always remember that your presence during the most memorable days of their lives and celebrating alongside the couple will make their wedding day even better.

What are the type of gifts you give to newly weds? Feel free to comment down below!

xoxo,
Therese
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Handmade Chic 3rd Anniversary Giveaway!

The Handmade Chic just celebrated its 3rd Anniversary and with that im launching this giveaway open to all PHILIPPINE RESIDENTS!



Photos on the video are the prizes at stake!



5 Winners! 

Art supply set 1

M&G Picasso 12 color (5ml paint set)
2 sign me Brush pens


Art supply Set 2
M&G Picasso Watercolor 18 colors (12ml)
4 Pcs, Picasso Round Brush
3 Signme Brush Pen
1 Black M&G Brush Pen



Mask Set
Mirenesse mask php: Php900
Mumuso Aloe Vera mask- php 50
Nude Luke BB Creme- shade 4 Php- 220
B Crystal Lip gloss- php 150
Mumuso oil blotting paper - php 100


Lip Set
Avon 24 Carat Gold Lipstick: Php 300
Burts Bees Lip Balm: php 150
Lancome Mini Lipstick : php300



Bobby Brown Lip Product.
shade Cassie
with sharpener
php 1200


All the products here are never used and just opened for the sake of taking a photo. The Lancome logo is worn out due to my travel packing.
***More prizes to be added here since some are still in the US and currently in transit***

This is not a sponsored giveaway 

HOW TO WIN: 

****Comment on this blog post with your username handles that you used to follow so I can verify and track the account. ****

Winners will be selected once the following number of followers are attained
Fb followers reached : 2500
Instagram: 2500
Twitter: 2500
Pinterest: 2500
Youtube: 2500
G+:2500

Check the full giveaway rules here: OFFICIAL RULES

Winners will be selected via Random.org (True Random Number) so you guys have more chances of winning. Winners will be posted in the blog. 

I will post a spreadsheet of the names of the entries so i can update it at least weekly :)

GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY!  

xoxo,
Therese
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Secret Behind Craft Activities for People With Dementia

Dementia is a tough illness both for the person suffering from it and their family and friends. Their lack of short term memory retention can create problems in living day to day life. One way of helping a person suffering from Dementia is to provide stimulating and safe activities for the to do.


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Safety


Firstly with any dementia patient activity, safety is key. If the sufferer is still living at home, make sure they are well supervised. Also, ensure that any potential hazardous elements of the activity are locked away when you are not there. You could even get a craft carry bag and take the materials with you each time.  


If the patient is in a care home setting, the carers may need to make an assessment on the viability of particular craft items.  Stuff like materials for making jewelry, knives, or hot glue could be dangerous. Luckily, there are many different products available in the craft industry, so why not see if there is a less risky replacement? For example, hot glue could be replaced with sticky dots and craft knives with safety scissors.


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Social


Next, doing a craft activity is a splendid way of getting a person with dementia to be social. Dementia can be very isolating for the sufferer as they are not always aware of who people are, even when they are with them. Therefore, it's critical that they receive some good social contact. Remember that it is also a great way for you to spend some quality time with your loved one that doesn't depend on going over old memories.


This is especially true if the person lives at home. They will definitely need additional social contact.   For people living in a care home, the social side of things can be a little better as there are often groups and get together run by the home. In fact, good quality care home often have separate dementia units, where people with the same issues are homed next to others like them. This makes companionship easier, see this from Hopton Cottage Care Homes for a better explanation.


Stimulating


Also, keeping a person that has dementia stimulated is so important. Having something that they can focus and succeed on, is perfect for their wellbeing and self-esteem. Remember it can be very confusing to have dementia so make any instructions very clear and don't get annoyed if they ask you for reassurance. Picking an activity that the patient may have enjoyed in their earlier life is also a good idea. They may well remember how to knit intricate designs or draw complicates subjects with a little help from you.


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In the moment


The real secret to doing craft activities with people with dementia is that it gives them something positive to focus on ‘in the now’.  The past and present can be very uncertain for dementia sufferers. Providing a mindful activity to keep them grounded in the current moment and their minds occupied is paramount.

Do you guys have any suggestions on how to keep our elder loved ones occupied? Feel free to comment down below!

xoxo,
Therese

Simple Home Upgrades That Can Improve Your Health


We all want a comfortable and healthy home for our families, right? And, the two are far from mutually exclusive. There are several simple things you can do around the home that can make your life a lot easier, and improve your health at the same time. In today’s guide, I’m going to go through some simple fixes - let’s take a closer look.

Lose your carpets

First of all, have you thought about getting rid of your carpets? Yes, they are comfortable. But, a lot of carpets are full of chemicals, such as volatile organic compounds - or VOCs. These VOCs include nasty things like formaldehyde and benzene, which may be carcinogenic. And, through the years, there is a good chance they will emit toxic fumes that you and your family will breathe in. There are two fixes that you can do relatively simply. First of all, you can treat your carpets with a sealant, which blocks the leaking fumes. You will need to do this once a year for maximum protection. The second option is to rip up the carpets and sand down your floorboards. It can make for a striking look; it’s cheap, and it’s a great little DIY project.

Invest in better bedding

Not sleeping properly? If so, it’s more than likely damaging your health. Lack of sleep is responsible for many illnesses - and it can even affect your stress levels. In turn, this can result in high blood pressure, strokes, or even heart problems. So, if you aren’t comfortable in your current bed, treat yourself to an upgrade. Not all beds are ideal for everyone, of course, so you need to find the best option for your needs. Some might sleep better on a hard spring mattress, for example. Others might prefer the memory foam of a Tempur mattress. The point is to find out which mattress and bed combos work best to give your the best night’s sleep possible.

Better air quality

The higher quality of air in your home, the healthier you and your family will be. Make sure you are replacing the filters on your air conditioning unit for a start. Bacteria and dust can build up to enormous levels. There is evidence to suggest they can impact on people with breathing conditions like asthma. Make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors in the home, too. If you have a small gas leak, it can make everyone feel tired, ill, and even result in death. An alarm will tell you if your carbon monoxide levels are safe for humans, and should be essential for every home.

An indoor gym

You don’t need to spend a fortune creating a gym at home. Your garage can double up as a training room, or you can use a spare room of any size. You don’t even need equipment to get started. In body weight training, for example, you can use your doors, tables, and chairs in combination with your body for an effective workout. And, the more you exercise, the healthier you will be.

With these simple tips you can achieve better health for you and your family. What things do you think will help improve your health? Comment down below

xoxo,
Therese

Travelling With Kids? 5 Ways To Stop Your Vacation Turning Into A Nightmare


Travelling with your family can be a great way to bond and spend some special time together. However, if your kids are still quite young, it can quickly turn into a nightmare. Kids and travel just don’t go together. After all, there’s always so many tears and tantrums! But it doesn’t have to be one huge struggle. Here are five ways to stop your next vacation with young kids turning into a nightmare.

Be Prepared

Preparation is key. Make sure you have your itinerary mapped out. You can’t be quite as spontaneous as you might like when travelling with children. So don’t think you can plan each day as it comes. Remember also to pack all the equipment that you will need. If you are going to a foreign country and forget something, you may not be able to pick it up at your nearest shop! If you are planning on travelling a lot by car, think of investing in a pushchair that can also be used as a car seat. That makes one less thing you need to pack! You can see these types of chairs online: http://wholovesbabies.com/britax-b-agile-b-safe-travel-system-review/


Remember Medication

Kids can often suffer from travel sickness. This is especially the case if you have a long journey in a car or bus. The best way to beat this is to try and encourage them to sleep throughout the journey. However, if they won’t fall asleep, you can give them some travel sickness tablets. Kids can also suffer on planes. During takeoff and landing, their ears might pop which can cause them pain. The best way to relieve this is to get them to suck on a boiled sweet. Alternatively, give them a weak sleeping pill so that they nod off during the flight.

Get Plenty Of Distractions

If your kids start to get cranky during travel, you will need to pull out a distraction to take their mind off their bad mood. Games will always go down well. If your kids are old enough, pack some puzzle books for them to work on throughout the journey. Young toddlers and babies will be happy enough with a teddy or something to suck on. Another great idea for older kids is a disposable camera. They can spend the journey snapping some pics to help them remember their trip. Want some more ideas of travel-friendly distractions? You can find inspiration on sites like http://madeformums.com/school-and-family/10-of-the-best-travel-toys-for-toddlers-and-preschoolers/1439.html


Take Plenty Of Snacks

Buying snacks at airports, bus stations, or on a train can be very expensive. So remember to have plenty of snacks in your handbag at all times. This way, if your child becomes moody because they are hungry, you can quickly pull out a cracker or apple for them. It will also save you having to find a cafe while you are on a day trip.

Travelling with kids doesn’t have to be as bad as you think – stick to these tips and it’ll be a piece of cake!

xoxo,
Therese
Monday, June 20, 2016

Not-So-Secret Secrets Hoteliers Wish You Knew

When you go on holiday, more often than not I bet you stay in hotels. They are easy to organize and provide some of the best comforts you’ll ever find while travelling. Hoteliers are also super focused on providing the best service they can. No task is too small for them as they try and make your stay the best it can be. However, there are still some things that hoteliers wish more travelers were aware of. Not only will these things make their job slightly easier, but they are points that can help you enjoy your stay more as well! So to make everyone's’ lives a little bit easier, here are the not-so-secret secrets that hoteliers want you to know.


Help Yourself To The Freebies

Most hotels offer free toiletries and tea and coffee in their rooms. Many guests use what they need for the duration of their stay and then leave any they don’t use. But all hoteliers would be glad to see you take them with you! After all, they were included in the room price. So, seeing as you have already paid for them all, you may as well take them with you when you leave. Obviously, some things that you find in your hotel room should be left behind. Linen and bath towels need to be reused by the hotel. If you take these, then you can expect a bill in the post once you get home!


Got A Complaint? Let Them Know

If you have a complaint or find something wrong with your room, hoteliers want to know as soon as possible. This gives them a chance to deal with the issue and fix it for you. Once they’ve sorted it, you’ll find that you have a very comfortable stay! Hoteliers hate to find a guest complaining about their hotel on sites such as TripAdvisor. Especially if they were under the impression that the guest had enjoyed their stay. Negative reviews on online websites and social media can have a bad effect on the hotel as it can put some people off booking a room. So you can understand why you take up any complaints with them. They can see to them quickly without it affecting their business negatively.


Feel Free To Ask For More Pillows

Did you not get a good night’s sleep during your first evening in the hotel? Maybe it was because the pillows were too hard or soft for you. If this is the case, don’t be afraid to ask for some more pillows from reception. In fact, many hotels leave a spare pair of pillows in their wardrobes so that each room has both hard and soft pillows. If you are staying in a plush 5-star hotel, you may even find a spare duvet. This is because you can get winter and summer hotel quality duvets. To make sure their guests are comfortable whatever the season, fancy hotels will leave one of each. So their guests can choose which one they prefer. Ultimately, though, if the linen isn’t to your liking, you need to speak up! Hoteliers would rather you ask for a pillow and have a good night’s sleep than have an uncomfortable sleepless night.


Feel Free To Ask For… Well, Anything

You’ll be surprised with the things hotels can get for their guests. One of the most common is a phone charger. A charger is one of the most important items that we can travel with these days, and it is also the one thing that many people forget and leave at home. However, that doesn’t mean you have to spend your entire holiday with no phone. Simply pop down to reception and see if they have a spare charger. You might be surprised! Some hotels keep a variety of chargers behind reception. And if they don’t have one for your phone, one of the employees might kindly lend you there’s. If you have forgotten something, no matter what it is, you should always ask to see if reception has a spare one. Does your hotel have a concierge service? Then the concierge might be able to run quickly out to a shop to buy you one. Most high-end hotels offer a concierge service, which is there to carry out any tasks requested by guests.

They Can Let You Know Where To Dine Out

If your hotel doesn’t have an onsite restaurant, then you will probably be on the lookout for a good restaurant every evening. Staying in a country where you don’t speak the language? Then dinner reservations and getting good recommendations can be tricky. This is where each of the hotel staff can help you out. As all the employees on reception will be locals, they will have a good knowledge of the surrounding food scene. They will also be more than happy to help you book a table. Just remember to always tip hotel staff for their good work and helpfulness!


For The Best Deals, Book Direct

There are lots of hotel websites that seem to be offering deals and discounted prices if you book through them. But, be warned. There is only one real way that you can save your hard-earned pennies. And that is to book directly through the hotel itself. If you book through the hotel’s website, you might get a special discount. Already stayed at a hotel before? Then keep an eye out to their newsletters. They normally have special deals that are only available to customers who are signed up to their newsletter. Another handy tip is to book over the phone if you want to try and get a free upgrade. If you are going away for a special anniversary or birthday, briefly mention it in the phone call. You may end up with a nice little surprise once you arrive for your holiday! Even if you don’t get an upgrade, you may get a free bottle of Champagne in your room.

So next time you go away, remember to make acquaintances with your hotelier!

xoxo,
Therese