Thursday, 17 June 2021

Beautiful Kitchen Trends, Inspiration and Ideas for your Home.

{Collaborative Content} You have so many styles and designs to choose from when creating a beautiful kitchen. This can make it difficult to narrow down your search effectively, so why not take a look at some of the hottest kitchen trends below for a helping hand?

The first trend to consider is Nordic design. Lately, there has been an increased use of mid-century modern furniture in other rooms around the home, and this is something that is slowly starting to trickle through to the kitchen market. So, how do you design your kitchen in this way? Nordic design is all about functionality and simplicity. Therefore, begin by clearing away unnecessary clutter, and then use light wood textures and colour palettes that are predominantly white.

If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, why not consider an 80’s style kitchen? Today’s 80’s kitchens are a lot more refined and elegant. High-gloss surfaces, brass accessories, and mirrored splashbacks are still widely used, but they are a lot more sleek and stylish. To remove the plastic look that was often associated with this period, a variety of natural materials have been incorporated.

Finally, another trend to consider is using soft, muted colour palettes. Grays and charcoal are an easy place to start, but if you are feeling a bit more adventurous why not try pale green or pale blue? Tinted whites are also an option worth considering.

Kitchen Layout Ideas For Gloss Kitchens

If you want the type of kitchen that is going to wow people from the moment they walk in, a gloss kitchen is definitely the option for you. But, before you can choose the right kitchen, you need to make the most of the space.

To do this, you have got to consider different layout options. If you jump straight in, you may find yourself with a kitchen that makes the room look smaller or is awkward in terms of functionality. So, what options do you have available? One layout option that is becoming incredibly popular is an open plan kitchen and living room. This will open the space up, making it more sociable. However, remember that gloss kitchens make rooms look bigger in any case before you go knocking down walls. Another option to consider is a u-shaped kitchen. This is ideal for oblong rooms that have a door at the end. To ensure you have a balanced working triangle, have the fridge, cooker, and sink on three sides. Another option to think about when looking for kitchens for sale is a kitchen island. This is ideal for those who have a big kitchen, as you can break up the area and you can create a sociable space or you can have more room for storage.

Mistakes Made When Choosing Worktops

A lot of people rush into the decision and end up making mistakes when purchasing. We don’t want this to happen to you. So, read on to discover the common errors you need to avoid when purchasing worktops for your DIY kitchen.

The first mistake a lot of people make is cutting corners and looking for cheap worktops. Your worktops are going to take up a large amount of space in your kitchen, and thus they are going to play a huge role in determining the look and feel of your kitchen. If you opt for a cheap solution, it is going to show and have a negative impact on the appearance of the room. Not only this, but your worktops are going to get a lot of use, and, therefore, it is important to choose a solution that is hardwearing and durable. Timber is a fantastic choice, and you can click here for more information on this material.

This is another error people make – perhaps they look for the most stylish worktops, but they do not then consider the practicality of them. Both factors are equally as important. You should also avoid going for worktops that are in trend now, but likely to go out of fashion just as quickly. Bright pink worktops may seem like a fun idea, but you are assured to fall out of love with them in the near future. Instead, look for classic designs that will stand the test of time. Finally, when looking for kitchens for sale, make sure you spend around 10 to 15 per cent of your entire budget on your worktops. If you spend anything more or less, they may well look out of place when considering the overall effect. 

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

How to Brighten up Your Garden.

{Collaborative Content} You will undoubtedly want to spend much of your time outdoors during the summer. Your garden provides the perfect place to do that, as it’s your personal space, and you can use it for relaxing, having barbeques, and, of course, growing plants.

The problem is, many people’s gardens have seen better days. If that’s an accurate description of your garden, all is not lost because you take the following actionable steps to transform it into a bright and welcoming outdoor environment:

Clean up the Clutter

Part of the reason your garden is looking a little lacklustre is that you’ve got some rubbish, dead plants, and undoubtedly some overgrowing grass in it. To resolve that problem, you need to spend some time cleaning up the clutter.

Thankfully, the task is easy to complete if you’ve got a few essential items like a rake, your garden waste wheelie bin, and some bin bags for things that need to get collected with your household waste.

If you’ve got any rotting sheds, for example, it makes sense to buy new ones to replace them and dispose of the old wood. Depending on its construction, you could have a few bonfires. Otherwise, a tip run will be your best bet.

Add Some New Plants

Let’s face it: you’ve got an almost limitless choice when it comes to adding new plants to your garden. You could choose a mixture of flowering plants to brighten up your outdoor space and some ones that bear fruit and vegetables during the summer months.

Local garden centres and places like Poplar Nurseries are ideal for gaining inspiration if you’re unsure what to plant. You could also look at some gardening websites such as Gardeners’ World or even Pinterest for ideas.

Whichever plants you choose, make sure to follow the planting instructions carefully. For example, plants that love being in the sun shouldn’t be in shaded areas of your garden. Plus, you should invest in some netting and borders to keep pests like slugs away from plants.

Paint Your Fence Panels

Another way to brighten up an otherwise dull-looking garden is by painting your fence panels. You don’t need to opt for the same browns, greys, oranges, and greens that your neighbours use for their fence panels.

Consider bright and bold colours like yellow, sky blue, or even a bright red! Places like B&Q and Screwfix sell an array of fence panel paints that you can check out for inspiration. You may also wish to paint concrete fence posts white to accentuate your newly painted fences.

Install Some Simple Lighting

When it gets dark outside but it’s cool enough to sit in the garden and relax, you will undoubtedly want to have some lighting on around you. Consider opting for simple lighting solutions, such as fairy lights or even tealights inside glass jars.

You don’t need to spend lots of money on outdoor lighting, especially when you’re only going to use it a few times a year.

Thanks for reading this article, and good luck with your garden makeover!

Monday, 7 June 2021

5 Ways to Enjoy the Summer with your Kids.

{Collaborative Content} It’s at this time of the year that we all want to be able to get out and enjoy the weather so much more. During the winter months, we do still sometimes spend time outside with the kids, but it’s definitely not as fun. Instead, it’s better to try and think of indoor activities that you can do instead. But at this time of the year, it’s nice to get out and really enjoy the sunshine and the mild weather as much as we can.

When you’re a working mama, you won’t always have the time to do that in the week. But it can still be fun to try and think of ways that you can enjoy the summer with your kids in any way that you can. This can be in the afternoons and evenings, at weekends, or all week long if you are a SAHM! Here’s five ideas to inspire you.

1. Get Up Early

For starters, it’s always going to pay if you can make the most of the early mornings. If your kids are up early on the weekends anyway, why not get up and out into the garden or off to see friends or wherever and make the most of that time right away.

2. Get Out & About

Because the weather is so nice, you’ll want to try and make sure that you’re getting out and about as much as you can too. Getting the right Venicci branded products or other pushchair options is a good idea here. You want something reliable to get you all about, whether it’s in the woods or walking down the High Street!

3. Look For Good Deals

It’s easy to worry that doing more as a family will mean that you have to spend money, but you don’t have to. It doesn’t matter what your current financial situation looks like, you can look for free days out and find deals of local ideas in your area. You can also trade vouchers for tickets too. There’s always ways to be creative about days out.

4. Make Mama Friends

It’s also a nice idea to try and make friends with other mums that have kids the same age or people that you get along with. Then you can make more plans with them in the week, have play dates, and make sure that it’s a good summer for you as well as the kids.

5. Extend Every Single Day
Now, we all know that life as a parent can be hard work. No matter how rewarding it is, it’s tough. But they’re only ever small for so long. So try your hardest to make memories every single day. Spending afternoons in the garden after school. Making use of your time at the weekends – try to be creative about how you can maximize on every single day.

It doesn’t matter what you decide to do or how you decide to do it, it’s just nice for you to think about the ways that you can make the most of the summer as a family. Pick out what ideas will work best for you and enjoy that time together making memories.

Monday, 31 May 2021

K'Nex Battle Bow & Rad Rides *review*

{Ad/gifted items} I have a 9 year old child who just loves to build things. For the last few years his interests have strongly centred around creating things out of bricks, blocks and things that can he put together to bring his imagination alive. Give him a box of clicky things and blocks and he will bring it to life, I love seeing this creative side come out, learning through play is just so valuable.

If my son sounds like your child then you should definitely check out K'Nex because I know it will appeal. K'nex is one of the best STEM toys available on the market, build beyond the box with innovative and interactive products that encourage the child to let their imagination run free and have independent play. We were kindly sent a couple of kits to test out, Alfie was delighted. 

The battle bow set contains over 165 classic pieces and there are various different options that can be made from the included pieces. You can build 4 different items which are all so cool! Alfie chose to make the gun which using the included foam pellets which can fire a pretty long way! He needed a little help to make it and clip various bits into place but otherwise was able to make unaided. If you don't fancy following the instructions there are plenty pieces included to make your very own personal weapon!

Also sent was Rad Rides, once again another great kit which contains pieces to make more than one vehicle, the possibilities really are endless. The items fit together with the most satisfying 'click' noise! There are so many varieties of K'nex available there really is something for everyone. 

What do we love about K'nex?

- We love that it a true STEM item, it encourages all of the STEM categories and opens up a childs imagination

- Learn through play

- A wide variety available on the market

- A variety of prices to appeal to all

- Lovely and colourful and bright 

- Build beyond the box! There are SO many options. 

Anything we weren't so keen on?

- The instructions could be a little clearer, sometimes the pieces featured don't match what is in the kit so it takes the child a little longer to figure it out.

- It can be quite hard to connect the pieces but the more you play the more you get used to how they fit together

Overall we love K'nex, we love that the possibilities are endless and the creation is drawn from the child. My son just loves it. There are so many different choices and price ranges that these would make a perfect gift. I will leave you with some images of Alfie playing and his amazing creation! This was following the instructions, I have to say I was very impressed with how far the foam pellets go! So much fun!

* Please note we were kindly sent the items free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Friday, 28 May 2021

Managing the Return to Work After Being a Stay at Home Parent.

{Collaborative Content} Being a stay at home parent is a beautiful thing; you get to spend as much time with your kids as you’d really like, and you’re around to experience all the big and small things with them. And at the same time, being a working parent is a wonderful thing as well - there are a lot of benefits to working during the day and getting to spend time with your family from the evening onwards. 

And managing to mesh the two together, by going from a stay at home parent to stepping out into the working world again, can be a tricky thing. And because of that, we’ve got some tips you might be able to put to use in such a situation. 


Be Sure on Child Care

Of course, the thing you’re most worried about is just how your child is going to fare without you during the day, and that’s a completely natural worry to have. This is an adjustment period for the both of you, and dealing with these fears in good time is key to having a smooth transition. 

Make sure you get in touch with a childcare agency, such as the Angels by Day nursery, a long time before you’re due to head back to work. You want to be sure there’s a place for your little one, and that any feeds due have been fully paid, and that there’s always going to be somewhere safe for your child to be in case you or your partner are suddenly indisposed. 

Change Your Schedule Ahead of Time

You don’t want your new schedule, i.e. only being there to give your child breakfast before rushing off to work where you’re needed, to be a surprise to anyone. You need to practice at it, to ensure you’ve given yourself enough time for both handling the new arrangement and settling your child into it as well. 

Change your schedule a little right now - maybe take your child to daycare a little earlier than you were planning to, or leave them with a babysitter or family member whilst you run an errand without them. This’ll give the both of you the chance to get used to being away from each other, and you won’t toss and turn the night before you head back to work worrying over how you’ll manage! 

Talk to Working Parents

You’re not in this alone! There are so many other working parents around you, and it’s a good idea right now to get in touch with them and ask them how they’re managing. What did they do to change their setup? How did their children settle into it? Are they enjoying their time now? Ask as many questions to help yourself feel comfortable, and make sure there’s an understanding support circle there when you need it. 

Returning to work is a big adjustment, and you can have a lot of doubts during this time, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. 

Why Larger than Life Stories Can Improve Your Life At Any Age

{Collaborative Content} Have you ever noticed how children tend to be highly imaginative and optimistic about the future, whereas as adults we so often end up becoming jaded?

Of course, there are many different potential reasons for this dynamic – but it might be that at least part of the equation is the fact that we encourage children to engage their imaginations and enjoy fun and larger-than-life stories on a regular basis, whether that involves structuring their birthday celebrations around Disney's Frozen party ideas, or dressing up to go trick-or-treating.

Here are some ways larger-than-life stories – in the form of films, books, and more – might improve your life at any age.

By helping you to get back into a worldview and outlook of wonder and appreciation

One great thing about larger-than-life stories is that they move your mindset from a fixation on the regular practical routines of your everyday life, to a frame of mind that causes you to once more notice things like wonder, awe, and adventure.

Sure, you may be accessing these feelings through a fictional tale – but this very often ends up helping you to experience a sense of wonder in the various dimensions of your everyday life as well, as well as a bit more of an outgoing temperament and some extra appreciation for the great things you have present in your own life.

The world tends to be a magical and exciting place when we aren’t moving through it on autopilot. Larger-than-life stories can help you to see things with fresh eyes again, and renew your sense of being enamoured with the world at large.

By encouraging you to dare to dream big

Whenever someone watches a film or TV show, or reads a book that focuses on a great adventure, the overcoming of challenges, intense drama, and all the rest, they are naturally conceptualising things in terms that are a lot more lofty than the small chores of everyday life.

One good thing about this is that it can encourage you to dare to dream big. It can remind you that there are many different ways to live, and many different adventures out there to pursue.

It’s not that you need to live an extravagant lifestyle, of course. But being reminded that there’s more to life than just making it from one day to the next can be very uplifting.

By shifting your perspective to the extraordinary in everyday life

There are many things that happen – or can happen – over the course of everyday life that could seem exciting, dramatic and remarkable, if only we would take time to notice them.

Engaging regularly with larger-than-life stories can remind you of the significance of things that you might normally take for granted in your everyday life. It might remind you, for example, that the hobbies you spend your time on are essentially threads that you’re weaving into your life story.

In one sense, great stories can remind you that you are always in the process of writing your own story – and in that way, virtually everything can be very significant.

Friday, 14 May 2021

Most Authentic Laser Hair Removal Reviews to Rely On.

In this age of lightning- a quick world where technology and information travels faster than rockets, it becomes even more difficult for humans to keep themselves abreast with everything happening around the world. With such situations, one also finds himself/ herself trapped into old customs and antique styles, which also need to be done away with.

In this quest, one also wants to look as perfect as possible. This usually comprises the basic things such as getting implants, surgeries, et al. to change the way one looks and also makes one look more attractive. Be it anyone of any group, from any background; most people these days are looking for easiest and least time- consuming procedures to get it all done. And like everything else, getting rid of unwanted hair, too, is on a priority list for men and women alike.

These days, hair removal has become a full- fledged industry having a lot of competition as well as the advent of technology almost every other day. In this cut- throat competition industry, the clients are the winners as they get to have their hair removal procedures done by the best names in the industry and within a specified budget bracket. In most procedures such waxing, threading, shaving, IPL, use of chemicals, laser hair takes the pole position as it is the most permanent as it gets.

It takes just about three to six sittings to get hair removal procure done; which is followed usually by a couple of visits a year. In this type of procedure, getting help from an expert is a must have and searching for an expert definitely depends on the available laser hair removal reviews that are present all over the internet. You just need to check your country, city/ town where the nearest expert is. This, in turn, helps you make the most informed decision about the experience that an expert has as well as the technology/ techniques they use.

Since a laser hair removal treatment focuses on a specific area of hairs that are burnt by focusing light waves on them, it is also a great thing to check with the expert of the little side effects that can be present for a few hours to a few days. And since, the technology and the techniques in this field are always changing for the better, it is even wiser to check it up online by doing your own research. It is also a great way to take appointments with the expert and discuss the whole step by step plan to get rid of your unwanted hair. So, getting a hair removal expert these days is not a big deal. But to find and take services of a genuine name in the industry is definitely a big deal. It always pays off in the longer run if you, as a client, do your research about your hair and skin type online before going for an appointment with the expert as it always gives you an upper hand on the same subject.


Monday, 3 May 2021

8 Ways to Become More Eco Friendly at Home.

{Collaborative Content} There’s more to being eco friendly than just recycling your trash at home, and many people don’t realise how easy it is to become that little bit more eco friendly in their homes and with their lifestyle. Being eco friendly doesn’t mean you have to cut out things you love from your life, and it can actually save you a ton of money in the long run. Interested? Take a look at these tried and tested ways of being more eco friendly at home.

Switch to one vegan day a week
Veganism is on the rise and if you don’t want to cut out animal products from your life, you don’t have to! However, switching to vegan meals one day a week can dramatically reduce the impact you’re having on the environment. Plus, you’ll be surprised at how delicious vegan meals can be!

Bamboo is a product that many people only associate with being in the garden or for pandas. However, bamboo is an extremely sustainable product that can be reused and recycled. Things like toothbrushes and kitchenware can be traded for bamboo versions and not only help the environment, but look great too.

Create your own vegetable garden
Growing your own salad, fruit and vegetables is not only great fun and rewarding, but also a very sustainable option compared to buying produce that’s been sprayed with pesticides and packaged in plastic. It’s also a great way to get the kids involved!
Start a compost heap
If you love gardening then this one's for you. Starting your own compost heap with veg peelings and other recyclable waste will leave you with super nutritious soil that you can use around your garden - and on your vegetable patch!

Install water butts
Have you ever stopped to think about the amount of water you’re using to water your garden? The amount in litres will stagger you! Installing water butts around your garden to collect rainfall will dramatically reduce the amount of water you’re using from the hose, not to mention the amount of money it will save you. Rain water is free!

Switch to eco friendly light bulbs
The next time you have to replace your light bulbs consider switching to an eco friendly version. They may take a minute or two to kick in, but they’ll save you money and they’re more friendly to the environment!

Think carefully about replacing appliances
Appliances can use a lot of energy to run - at least older appliances can anyway! These days, appliances are tested rigorously for their energy rating and performance. Check the 5 star energy rating the next time you need to replace an appliance around your home.

Only use reusable containers and packaging
Finally, plastic bags and containers are not good for the environment, so why not make the switch to cardboard, paper, and even glass containers for your groceries and storage? Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they look much better and last so much longer! Don’t forget to switch to reusable shopping bags too!

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

How to Get Active Without the Intensity!

{Collaborative Content} There are so many reasons why people might not want or be able to exercise in a physically intensive kind of way. Some people have physical conditions that stop them from doing that kind of exercise, and other people simply don’t like or enjoy it. It’s up to you to make sure that you workout in a way that works for you. And if you’re looking for less intense options, the exercises below will serve you well and offer what you’re looking for.

Yoga or Pilates

Yoga and pilates are very good forms of exercise for people who also want to relax and feel mental health benefits from the activities they do. There’s a lot more to yoga and pilates than many people realise, and you need to take the time to learn the ropes if you want to do them properly. Lucky there are online tutorials and classes that can help you with that if you like.

Go Swimming

Swimming is one of the best ways to be active for people who have weight problems, weak joints or other muscle issues. That’s because being in the water gives us a sense of weightlessness and our weight isn’t having to be supported by our joints. It’s a way of being active without creating that impact on our joints and body in general that comes with other types of exercise.

Or Water Workouts

As well as swimming, there are many other water workouts that you can make the most of. Water aerobics have long been popular with older people for the same reasons discussed in the previous paragraph. But they can be just as beneficial for all kinds of people, so give them a try if something you’re interested in and you feel you would benefit from.

Make Long Walks a Regular Occurrence

Making long walks a regular part of your routine is definitely a good idea. Walking is not intense and doesn’t involve the physical exertion that comes with running and jogging. You can invest in a good pair of anti chafing shorts and supportive shoes, and from there you’ll be ready to walk long distances in comfort and reap the health benefits that come with doing so.

Put On Your Dancing Shoes

Dancing is another great way to get physically active and it’s something you might want to look into if you’ve never tried it before. It can be very intense depending on the type of dancing you choose to do, but it certainly doesn’t have to be and that’s what matters most. So why not put on your dancing shoes and give it a try? It could be just what you need.

The intensity with which you workout is not always the thing that matters most. Just because you’re not interested in intense forms of exercise, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise and be active. Movement is always important and helps our bodies in a multitude of ways, so make the most of the tips above.

Friday, 23 April 2021

How to Take Control of your Life

{Collaborative content} Taking control of your life and your situation might sound easy in theory. But it’s no coincidence that so many of us feel as if we don’t have control of our lives and living situations. It’s so easy to feel as if life is overtaking you and passing you by in certain ways. But you don’t have to accept the situation as it is because there are ways in which you can take control and put yourself in the driving seat. Read on to find out more about doing that.

Reassess Your Priorities

First of all, you should take the time to assess your properties and reassess the direction you’ve been taking in life. If you’re feeling a loss of control, the chances are that things aren’t going exactly how you want them to and that something needs to change.

Act on the Conclusions of Those Reassessments 

Once you’ve taken the time to reassess the things that are important to you in your life and the things that aren’t, you need to act on the conclusions that you come to. If you fail to do that, you’ll make the mistake of knowing what the problem is but not actually doing anything to change it.

Focus on the Things You Can Control

Focusing on the things that you control is always better than worrying about the things that you definitely can’t. If you make the mistake of focusing on things that are out of your control, you’ll only make yourself feel even more powerless and that’s definitely not what you want. So try to focus on the things that are most important to you and the things that you can control to some extent.

Pursue Hobbies and Interests That Mean Something to You

If you want to make sure that you feel in control of your time and the things you focus on, you should try to find a hobby that works for you. If there’s something you always wanted to try or learn more about but haven’t because of other people’s judgment or simply being unsure, why not just go for it? Learn tarot card reading with this introduction to tarot, learn a new language or try skydiving if you want to. Why should anything be off limits? 

Stop Trying So Hard to Satisfy Everyone Else

Finally, you need to make sure that you stop trying so hard to keep everyone else happy. Of course, you want those you love to be happy, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pursue the things that are important to you and the things that will make you happy in life. Not everyone’s needs need to come before yours all the time because that’s not sustainable for you.

As you can see, there are plenty of steps that can be taken to ensure you remain in control of your situation and your life. After all, your life is yours to live and you don’t need to live by other people’s rules if there are other paths that you want to explore in your life.