Friday, October 20, 2017

The Problem With Pests- Kick Out These Uninvited Guests!

Tempted into our homes by warmth, shelter, and food- pests are a common nuisance even in tidy and well-kept homes. As well as being unpleasant to be around, pests can cause expensive damage to the home and in some cases spread diseases in humans as well. Insects and rodents can carry bacteria that cause serious health problems in humans and in some cases, even death. Dysentery, salmonella, and gastroenteritis are just a few illnesses that can come about from pests in the home. Plus, if you have respiratory issues or allergies already, pests will certainly make them worse. Here are some things to bear in mind if you’re dealing with pests or looking to prevent them. 

Common Pests

Common pests that you might come up against are insects such as ants, cockroaches, termites, beetles, and moths. Rodents are also common, particularly if you live near areas of wild, undisturbed land such as fields or woods. Even some species of birds can be considered pests, pigeons, for example, can nest in the eaves of buildings and cause damage with their corrosive droppings. This can lead to leaks, structural damage and damage to the outside such as on bricks or rendering. 

Repairing Damage

In many cases, you might spot pest activity before you see the pests themselves. This could be damaged electrical cables, ripped open food in the pantry and droppings caused by rodents- click here for more information on this. It could be dead insects, balding carpets and holes in textiles caused by beetles and moths. As soon as you see any indication of pest activity it’s important to act quickly- since they can multiply so quickly, a small problem can fast become a very large one. There are plenty of DIY products which can help to kill pests. However, it’s often best to leave it to the professionals. Since the problem can re-emerge from just a few eggs or live pests being left behind you can find yourself in a vicious cycle. Contact an exterminator and find out if they deal with the type of pests you have, you will save yourself hassle in the long run. 

Preventing Future Pests

Any home can be invaded by pests, even clean and tidy homes. However it’s always best to keep your home clean and tidy since you reduce your chances of being infested, and you will also notice pest activity more quickly, If you’re surrounded by clutter and mess, it could be long before you spot the signs which mean the infestation has more time to spread. 

Since food is one of the driving forces for pests entering homes, make sure that this is always stored away. In your pantry, put dried food into glass lidded jars since pests aren’t able to gnaw through. Make sure crumbs, general food mess and even pet food are put away at the end of each day to prevent pests targeting your home.

What steps do you take to prevent pests in the home? If you keep away from chemicals, do you use screens, traps, or any other method to stop them from invading?

Winter Family Occasions You Can Count On

It often seems as though once it gets to winter you can’t really go out and do much with the family. But this doesn’t really need to be the case. As long as you use your imagination and widen your view a little, you should easily be able to come across some great family outing ideas which are great for this time of year as well as any other. The good news is that there is plenty to choose between - you just need to make sure you choose one that really works for your family. In this post, we are going to look at some of the best ideas for winter family occasions which you might want to consider.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Brilliant Breakfasts to Boost Your Brittle Winter Health

Here in the Philippines, we do not have the winter season. I don't know if I'll survive the winter because I'm the type of person who easily feels cold and loves wrapping myself with a blanket when I sleep. Winter season is coming up in some parts of the world and it affects their health in many ways. You probably know how your immune system weakens when the temperatures drop, but being cold isn’t too healthy for your heart either. And to top it all up, there’s the hazard of slippery roads as well, making it easier just to stay inside rather than facing the horror of snow and ice. 

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Staying inside is, sadly not always an option, so it’s a good idea to start your day with a health-boosting breakfast - perfect for those early winter mornings. 

Assemble your own ideal winter breakfast by making sure each is a combination of good fats to help your skin hydrate, some antioxidants to mop up your system, and a generous portion of fiber for a healthy heart. Here are three examples to get you started. 

Porridge with blueberries and yogurt

Winter demands a lot of attention - not just in terms of breakfast choices. Cold temperatures make your blood vessels narrow, first of all, putting you at an increased risk for heart attacks. It’s crucial that you dress properly when you’re outside, get someone to inspect your heating system at home, and have a look at Triumph Roofing before the first snow falls. 

Freezing is terrible news for your health, so stay warm and dry by taking care of your home and start your day with a warm bowl of porridge. It has, by many dietitians, been hailed as the king of breakfasts - and for excellent reasons. High in fiber, low in sugar, and full of slowly released energy, porridge will keep you full until it’s time for lunch.

That these lovely warm bowls are packed to the brim with fiber is great news in terms of heart health, too, reducing blood pressure as well as cholesterol. 

Sprinkle a handful of blueberries over it and top it up with a scoop of greek yogurt if you’re interested in that extra protein. It keeps you full too, you know. 

Danish rye bread with egg, avo, and apple

Since we’re already talking protein, you can follow up with this easy breakfast the next day. Eggs are very quick to cook and even hailed as the best breakfast for children, while Danish rye bread is nourishing and, of course, bursting with fiber. 

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Layer the bread with some avo, for example, for a dose of healthy fats to keep your skin glowing - at least that’s what the avo fanatics claim. Have an apple afterward or snack on one while you’re still eating your eggs, whatever floats your boat. 

Apples are full of flavonoids which is excellent for your heart, and you’ll have an ideal flavor combination with that egg - in addition to being perfectly nourished throughout the day. With so many benefits, you’re going to need another fifteen minutes to enjoy those early mornings.

Remember that you can swap whatever you want to with something else; just keep the theme rolling. Stay warm, wash your hands often, and look forward to one of these mood-lifters in the morning and you might make it through the season without all the sniffles. 

Here's How Throwing An Outdoor Party In The Winter Is Snow Joke!

In countries that experience winter season, the chilly weather is starting to settle in, but that doesn’t mean you need to scurry indoors just yet. The air may be cold, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego the idea of a garden party. Okay, this may sound like madness, but there are still excuses for social gatherings that could take place outdoors. Bonfire Night is almost upon us, as is Christmas and New Year, with social events that could easily happen outdoors. Furthermore, you won’t need to worry about your guests spilling drinks on your beautifully plush carpet!

Still, think the idea of a winter garden party is a crazy one? Keep reading, and you may change your mind.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cold Days, Smooth Skin

So long as you slap on the sunscreen, the summer rays help your skin glow and fizz with youthfulness. And then comes the woe of winter/rainy season to shut this down. To put it bluntly, winter or cold weather is no fun for your skin. The cocktail of cold weather, lower humidity, and air so dry it puts your favorite white wine to shame, your skin is being robbed of all moisture it needs. The bad news is, the bad news isn’t over yet because indoors, where you enjoy having the heating on and taking hot baths with harsh cleansers, makes life even harsher for your skin. 

So, this holiday season, we recommend you try these tips to keep your skin looking smooth and youthful this winter. 

Lucky Luke

One of the best things about the winter months is standing beneath the hot waterfall that is a shower or soaking in an excessively steaming bath. However, you should try and stick to lukewarm temperatures when you can, such as when you are washing your hands or face. This is because hot water strips your skin of its natural oils, which isn’t ideal. 

Magical Moisturizer

As soon as you are done washing or soaking, slap on the moisturizer straightaway. This is because applying moisturizer to damp skin will help you seal that dampness in your skin, which is just what your body wants and needs in winter. As a little tip, choose a cream that has retinol in which, as www.retinol.com explains, is the number one anti-aging ingredient. Then pop a bottle in your bathroom and then use liberally after every variation of wash going, 

Wonderful Water

It’s no wonder that we drink less water in the winter when there are so many mug-warming options out there like pumpkin-spiced lattes, hot chocolate, English tea and whatever else warms your belly. However, you need to remember to drink water as well because hydrating your skin from the inside out is just as important. Don’t worry, you can still go down warm route by drinking hot water and lemon- which has lots of benefits according to www.gyanunlimited.com - or green tea, both of which are nutritious, delicious, hydrating and refreshing. 

Excellent Exfoliator

Once upon a time, there was moisture that was trying to get into your skin, but it couldn’t because your dead skin cells were too thick and too plentiful. Luckily for you, Prince Exfoliation turned up to save the day, helping the dead cells disappear and your skin gets the moisture needed. That is why we recommend you find yourself a good exfoliator and then apply, focussing on your face, hands, and lips. Once you’ve washed this off, apply some moisturizing cream and smile at your soft and smooth skin. So, stock on exfoliating masks and body washes and fight back against the winter months. 

And there we have it, everything you need to protect and love your skin all year round, from summer through winter. All you have to do is remember these tips and you’re skin will smile like never before. Until next time.

Garage Ideas And Inspiration For Renovators

How do you want to feel when you open up your garage? How do you want to feel even before you’ve done that, and you’re simply gazing upon it just raring to open it up and enjoy what’s inside? The fact is, most people don’t feel the way they want to feel. They have a sense of dread because the garage is messy, and isn’t nearly organized enough. Not only that, it has no real purpose - is it a junk room? Is it a playroom for the kids? A garage gives a homeowner the opportunity to create another room that they can play with, so you need to make sure you’re taking advantage! 

Here are some garage ideas and inspiration for renovators - prepare to have your mind blown!

Go Minimal

The garage can actually be a minimally designed room where you store things without making a mess. Isn’t that incredible? Don’t use it as an excuse to store junk, like many people do. Get rid of the things you never ever use. Neatly tuck everything you want to keep away with hooks, cubbies, and storage bins. Think carefully about what you put in the garage, just as you would every other room in your home. You can even consider painting it a nice bright color so it doesn’t make you feel gloomy every time you open the door. Minimal could very well be the decor idea of choice for the modern garage! 

Go Monica

If you have a lot of stuff, you can’t go minimal. But you can go Monica. Now, if any of you are wondering what or who Monica is, we can only assume you’ve never watched the hilarious and legendary TV show ‘Friends.’ If you had, you’d know that Monica is a neat freak who loves nothing more than cleaning, organizing, and making sure that everything is in its right place - at all times. If you have lots of stuff, then find a way to organize it properly. You can find boxes and label them things like ‘Beach’, ‘wreaths’, ‘ornaments’, ‘camping’, ‘emergency’, and so on and so forth. 

Create Your Very Own Hobby Den

If you have a hobby or two that you like to spend time on, why not use the garage as an opportunity to create your very own hobby den? You could turn it into the perfect place to create wooden ornaments, items of jewelry, or any other craft you want to try your hand at. 

Make An Exciting Children’s Playroom

How about creating an exciting children’s playroom for your little ones? This could be the perfect place for them to go and use their imaginations (without messing up your home, might we add). You can paint the walls and make it fun and colorful. 

Put Together A Productive Home Office

Work from home permanently or occasionally? A productive home office could be the perfect use for your garage. Make it nice and bright so that you stay awake while you work, and include things like plants to give it a homey feel. 

Create An Awesome Exterior To Match

You must create an awesome exterior to match the interior of your garage. You need to start with the right garage, ensuring it’s a door fit for purpose. For example, a side hinged door if the room will get heavy foot traffic, recommend A-1 Door Company. You can visit the website for more inspiration on the right door. Keeping the outside of your garage clean is also important! 

Here are a few other ways you can create a better garage:

  • Make it super modern - some people have wooden and glass garages that look totally modern these days. 
  • Paint a mural - love art? Paint a mural inside and outside of your garage. 
  • Hide it away - cover your garage with winding plants and vines to create a cozy, hidden away feel.
Which of these ideas do you like the best?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Give Your Child A Head Start

Your child is your most precious possession. They’re one of the only things you’d do absolutely everything for, and give your all to. You’ll be there for them in their time of need, as will they be for you. You’ll help them through every stage of life and won’t stop until the time comes when they need to start caring for you. There are obvious things you need to do as they’re growing up, e.g. feeding, washing, roof over their head etc. But what can you do to make sure their future is bright as well? 

Read on to find out.

Maptime: How Moms Can Nap Away Insomnia

Okay, so you don’t have insomnia, but it feels like you do! Part of being a parent is enduring a lack sleep. But, what the “experts” don’t tell you is that late nights and early mornings don’t stop. Even when the kids are out of their baby phase, they want to sleep in bed with mommy and daddy. Or, they have nightmares and can’t get to sleep without a parent. A mother who has to endure this is going to be one tired mommy. Thankfully, it turns out you can nap your way back to full health. 

Here is what every mother should know.
  • The 30-Minute Limit
We all know about a power nap, yet most of us wake up feeling worse than before. Why? It’s because we break the 30-minute limit. Experts say that any time after half an hour is when the body goes into deep sleep. It is called REM sleep and it’s what you should aim for at night time. During the day, however, it will only make you feel groggy and more fatigued. A nap, if it is short, should last no longer than 30 minutes but 20 minutes is the optimal amount of time.
  • The Full Sleep Cycle
If you are feeling adventurous, there is the full sleep cycle which lasts for 90 minutes. Yes, the experts said the 30-minute sequence was the limit, but that was for a short nap. It is possible to take a long nap and not feel as tired when you awake. One hour and a half should allow you to enter into the Rapid Eye Movement phase and make up for lost sleep. Be warned, however, that it is only an option if you have 90 minutes to spare. Go over the 30-minute limit without lasting the full ninety and your body will suffer. 
  • Don’t Nap At All
Napping is an excellent way to boost your energy levels, but it isn’t the only option. If you need an eye opener (literally), you might be better to talk a walk. Walking in the sunshine or the wind and rain is a great way to kick the body into shape. The light levels, for example, tell the brain that it isn’t time to sleep, which in turn increases hormone production. Just changing the interior design pattern of the house is another option. Painting with colors which are less likely to make you want to sleep in the day could help you get to bedtime. 
  • Don’t Break The Routine
Everyone has a sleep cycle, otherwise known as a bedtime. Just because you had a nap during the day doesn’t mean you get to push back your bedtime. Why? It’s because a nap makes up for lost sleep. By going to bed later, you will negate the effects of your power nap. Plus, it will ruin your routine and knock your body clock out of sync. The side-effects will result in less sleep and extra tiredness. So, whether you have a nap or not, don’t go to bed any later. 

Remember - 30 minutes or 90 minutes if you have the time. But, no more, no less. 

A List Of Leg-Lengthening Lessons For Non-Leggy Ladies

Legs are a powerful tool in the arsenal of a woman’s look. If you don’t have the longest of limbs, then you might not think that this applies to you. However, that’s not strictly true. You deserve to have legs that look good as every super tall supermodel out there. A few tricks are going to help you do just that, too.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tips For Going From Renting To Buying

The fact is that there are thousands of people in the country who rent rather than buying because buying can seem out of reach for many of us. That being said, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case, just because buying a home of your own can be expensive, that doesn’t mean that it is a dream that is out of reach. 

If you have always wanted a family home of your own, but so far have only been able to afford to rent, you may feel like buying a home of your own is something that is out of reach for you. However, the fact is that is not the case - your ability to buy a family home of your own all comes down to how you go about it. 

Bearing that in mind, below are some tips and pieces of advice for going from renting a home to buying one. For everything that you need to know to get a foot on the property ladder, read on. 

Taking Date Night to a Whole New Level: Turning Your Home into a Cinema

The times where cinema date night had to actually take place in the cinema are gone. Now, the fact that home cinemas can be installed and can be made to feel like an authentic cinema experience, means that a trip to the movies can be as easy as just entering another room in your home. For advice on how to turn your home, or specifically a room in your home, into a cinema, then make sure to read on.

Water A Lot Of Bathroom Bother!

Home renovations are pretty much the most exciting time for a homeowner. Being able to look around your home and make changes that suit you, your children and your lifestyle are simply exciting and if you have the time and money to do it – you should! For most people, home renovations only begin when something goes wrong, but if you wait for something to go wrong before you make some tidy upgrades or give a space a fresh lick of paint, you could be waiting for a long time.

When you have children, home renovations become a necessity and the kitchen and bathroom are often the first places to be looked into. These rooms often have more wear and tear than the rest of the house, as they are the ones used the most. Kitchens are to be upgraded every time your gas pipes and boiler need a replacement, as sometimes the piping is on the walls and you will need a fresh coat of paint. It’s exciting to choose the design of your new kitchen, but what about the bathroom?

Monday, October 9, 2017

5 Ways To Change Your Home With Color

Whether you’ve recently moved into a new place that needs a lot of work, or you find yourself wanting to spruce up the space you currently live in, your brain is probably running with all of the ideas you have. The renovation process can be quite tiring, so add to that a range of ideas that you’re not even sure will work, and it can get so much more complicated. But if there’s one thing that always works, it’s color. Color can really transform the look and feel of a space, and ensure that it gets an instant update. And here’s how you can do it.

Not Up To Scratch: Dealing With Bad Work From Tradespeople

Look through a guide online of how to carry out DIY repairs or maintenance to your home. Literally, any one of them. You will probably see instructions. There will be photos. Probably a few frequently asked questions answered.

Then there will be the addition along the lines of: “of course, if you’re not sure your DIY skills can handle this, ask a professional to do the work for you!” 

This line is often included as a disclaimer more than anything, but it’s something we tend to take to heart. The conclusion we draw is simple:

DIY = Potential for a bad job to be done. 
Professional = Work will be exemplary. 

Anyone who has ever had any work done will know that the above doesn’t always quite work out like that. Though one might hope that a professional builder, plumber, electrician, or whichever tradesperson you require can do a job better than you can, that’s not always the case. If you hire someone to do work and then realize they’re doing bad work, what can you do about it? 

Friday, October 6, 2017

5 Reasons to Teach Your Kids How to Code on Their Computer

Coding is a term used to describe the act of writing a computer program. Whether it’s an android game, an application on the internet or even a website, it’s all done with code. If you don’t understand the language it’s written in, then it’s incredibly difficult to understand how your favorite mobile apps were created from a few thousand lines of code. However, even if you personally don’t understand it, your kids might.

Coding is one of those skills that should be seen on the level of playing an instrument or taking up a creative art. It’s part creativity and part logic, which makes it one of the most enjoyable hobbies to have when your child grows up. It gives them a lot of freedom to make their own applications, and it opens up plenty of career opportunities in the future. If you want more convincing, then here are five reasons why it’s a good idea to teach your kids to code.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Peaceful Family Bedtimes With These Top Tips For Overcoming Night Time Phobias

Bedtime is stressful for any mother. It’s that part of the day we most want to get out of the way. In truth, while adults can think of nothing better than slipping between the sheets, children see sleeping as wasting time. As such, very few kids would willingly go up to their bedroom when the time comes. The good new is, there are many guides about how to get stubborn kids into bed, and a quick Google search will lead you straight to them.

But, sometimes, reluctance to go to bed is more than stubborn behavior. If your child develops a fear of the dark, going to sleep could become a major issue for them. And, if this happens, their health and happiness are at risk.

Many parents, when faced with this issue, either turn to night lights or utilize natural light with methods like those mentioned at http://www.shesthemom.com/2017/09/using-natural-light-to-style-your-home.html. These options can help your child get to sleep, and thus overcome the largest hurdle. But, these methods cover the issue, rather than curing it. And, if you want an easy night routine anytime soon, a cure is essential. Find one by following these steps. 

Understand their fear to help them overcome it

The first thing you need to do is understand the source of this nighttime fear. Without knowing that, there’s no way you can help to ease your kid’s anxieties. Take the time to sit down with them and ask what frightens them so much. It may be that they’re worried about burglars, or monsters. Or, they may have seen something scary on television which happened at night time. Any number of issues can cause fears like these, and each needs to be handled in slightly different ways. 

Ensure they feel safe

Once you know where the phobia stems, you can take action to help them feel safe. If burglars are their main fear, it’s worth installing a home alarm system like those mentioned on https://homesecuritysystem.co. This is a good idea for family safety anyway, and letting your child see you set the alarm is sure to put their mind at ease. 

If monsters are their phobia, you could develop a routine to check the cost is clear before bed. This could involve checking in any hidey holes, such as cupboards, and under the bed. It may even be worth developing something like a ‘monster spray’ which your child can keep with them. A spray bottle with water in it will do the trick here.

Bunk them with their siblings

If issues persist, it’s time to take more drastic action. It might even be worth moving your children into the same room so they can offer each other comfort. Though there’s now a focus on each child having a separate room, this is a new concept, which many are already questioning. As you can find from this article on https://www.babble.com, there are actually many benefits to kids sharing. And, curing that phobia could very well be one of them.

Mom-believable Life Tips For When You Want A Baby

Having a baby is the greatest feeling in the world, and is one that will change your world like no other. However, parenthood isn’t easy. So, if you’re in the stages of preparation, it’s crucial that you take control at the earliest stage possible. Even before conception. 

Here are five tip lifestyle tips that will put you in the best position for conception, motherhood, and a happy future. The most exciting times of your life await. 

Renovate More, Spend Less

Everybody loves giving their home a change around from time to time. Everybody loves giving their walls a fresh lick of paint. Everybody loves rearranging their living room and bedroom. Everybody loves modernising their kitchen. Unfortunately, however, not many people tend to do this too often because of one very important element of it: the cost. Unfortunately, many people put their desired home renovations off or on indefinite hold because they believe they cannot afford it. But this need not be the case; home renovations can be achieved even on the tightest of shoestring budgets. Read on to see just how.

Dear Moms, Here's What Can Be Done In Half An Hour

There is not a mom in the world that wouldn’t wish for more hours in the day. That is because it is always so fast and furious, and when we do get a half hour break here and there we don’t really know what to do with ourselves. Not because we don’t have anything to do but because there isn’t much we can do in that half an hour between dropping the eldest off at school and the little one’s doctor’s appointment. At least, that is what we tell ourselves. 

The truth is, however, that there are plenty of things that can be done during those half-hour breaks where your kid has fallen asleep or whatever; it is just a matter of knowing what, prioritizing and being efficient about it. 

With that in mind, I have pulled together a list of things you should consider doing next time you find yourself with an awkward gap of time available to exploit:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Keeping Connected: Simple Technology All Seniors Should Be Utilizing

As you get older, your circle grows smaller. You are generally not out and about meeting as many people as you were when you were younger- health problems and disabilities can mean getting out is more difficult so it’s no wonder many seniors can feel lonely and isolated. Research has shown that eighteen percent of older adults live alone and that forty-three percent report feeling lonely on a regular basis so it’s something that can be a huge problem for those later in life. One way you can combat this is to get on board with technology. While seeing loved ones in person is always going to be best, for times when that’s not possible technology and the internet are incredibly useful. Here are some of the ways you can keep in touch.

Owning The Catwalk: What It Takes To Become A Model

There are many different beauty and fashion careers mentioned on this blog, but the articles are yet to include the idea of modeling. That is because only a few lucky individuals will ever achieve that goal. The process of making contacts and creating earnings can take a long time and involve lots of different aspects. Also, it’s not an exact science, and many ladies who do everything right will still fail. With that in mind, those who want to work in the fashion and beauty industries should probably try to find a job that offers more stability. That said, there are lots of girls out there who dream of strutting their stuff on the catwalk and working with world-famous designers. So, the step by step guide published below should help to point those people in the right direction. 

Meaty Reasons Why It's Time To Go Vegan

Have you been thinking about ways you could improve your lifestyle lately? This is something that many people often think about, especially as they start to get older and creep ever closer to old age. 

Lots of people try to change their diet in an attempt to overhaul their lifestyle, and one option that people have is to completely cut out all meat and dairy to go vegan. Are you intrigued by the vegan way of life? Hopefully, these following reasons will give you all the encouragement that you need to make this life change.