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The Forever Fashionista: Staying Stylish For Longer

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When you are young, it is a lot easier to be stylish. Some women don’t even have to follow any trends because clothes look great on them regardless. Due to your slim physique and glowing skin, there is nothing young ladies can’t pull off. Sadly, it doesn’t stay this way forever. As we age, clothes start to lose their appeal and look less and less fashionable. To some women, this is an excuse to lower their standards and give in to the aging process. However, getting older doesn’t have to be the end of the line. You see, it is possible to stay fashionable forever (Jane Fonda) as long as you know the tricks of the trade. As luck would have it, you can find a selection of tips underneath.

 

Communicate With Clothing

 

Fashion experts believe there is more to clothing than meets the eye. Sure, there is no denying that the right outfit has an aesthetic appeal. But, it also says a lot about your character and personality. The best outfits speak, metaphorically, to the people around you and say something about you as a person. It may be that you’re not afraid to try new styles, or that you’re strong and confident. Whatever it is, the message is crucial and there is no need to lose it as you age. It may change with time, but it should still be there on the outside for everyone to see and feel.

 

Get The Right Fit

 

Being a young woman, it is hard to imagine a time when you can’t pick anything off the rack and head to the checkout. As such, lots of women don’t understand how the fit of the clothing impacts the overall outfit. Unfortunately, this is a huge mistake because the fit is the most important rule to follow, especially with. Not to be rude, but women’s bodies change as they age, so wearing tight clothes may not be the best option. Still, no one wants to wear baggy clothes that make them seem as if they are at a sleepover. The key is to find a fit that accentuates your top features, yet covers the ones you don’t want people to see.

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Opt For Elegance

 

It is rare to come across fashion for women over 60 guides that don’t promote this angle. And, there is a good reason: it is a great look for older women. What you ‘lose’ as you age, you make up for in class. Think of your style like a fine wine which only gets better with time. Instead of shunning it, you need to embrace the change and use it as your secret weapon. After all, there is nothing classier than a woman with elegance and grace. A tip: think like a royal. Royal women like the Duchess of Cambridge have to dress in a certain way when they are in public. So, she is a perfect example of everyday elegance, and she is in her thirties, too.

 

Practice Makes Perfect

 

Because it is harder to nail a trend at the first attempt, it is a good idea to try things before revealing them to the public. For example, you may want to wear a new dress to a dinner party. If that is the case, sport the dress on a night out beforehand to gauge people’s reaction. At the end of the evening, you will be able to tell if it is a big hit or a lead balloon. All you have to do then is take the feedback into consideration and rethink your plans. Or, try it on at home before you take the tags off and own it forever. Sometimes, it is easy to twist your arm into buying an item that you don’t like. By trying it on at home, it acts like a second, first opinion.

 

Accessorize

 

Whether you are 18 or 80, accessories make a world of difference. The reason they are important is that they are subtle. Small in stature, their impact is massive as they offset any look perfectly. Of course, you need to choose correctly to get the ultimate results, but that isn’t too hard if you do some research. A word of warning, though: don’t go overboard. It is tempting to wear a mixture of watches, necklaces, and earrings, but this isn’t a good idea. Too many items add clutter and take away from the outfit. The trick is to use accessories sparingly.

 

Follow these tips and you never have to worry about your style.

Create Your Own ‘Barbie Dreamhouse’ & Make Your Childhood Dreams Come True!

As a child did you ever dream of living in your very own Barbie Dreamhouse? Did you love the way in which Barbie’s home perfectly reflected her tastes – lots of pinks, and her style, as well as her needs? Back then, you most probably wanted a pretty pink home like Barbie’s. Today, you may no longer want to build a life-size version of Barbie’s Dreamhouse, but what you might want to do is build your very own dream house – somewhere that reflects your personality, style, and needs.

Thinking about moving anyway and love the concept of living in a home that’s custom made for you? Then read on, for everything that you need to know to make those childhood dreams come true by creating your own dream home.

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Set a budget

Like with any project, the first step is to set a budget. As once you have set a budget, you then know what you have got to work with, and can use your budget to determine what is and isn’t within your reach when it comes to the design of the property. As well as working out what your budget will be, it’s also important to think about where the funds will come from and when you will have access to them. Do you have savings that you plan on using to fund this project and can access immediately? Are you planning on selling your current property and will need to wait until then to get your hands on the funds? Or, are you hoping to take out a loan and have the money shortly? For any project, setting a budget is the most important thing, so this has to be your first step.

Get inspired

Once your budget is in place, the next step to take is to get inspired. You may already have plenty of ideas about how you want your dream home to be, but even so, it still pays to take the time to get some ideas and inspiration. You never know, you might come across some design ideas that you wouldn’t have even considered but love. As well as looking at ideas in home design magazines, online on sites like Pinterest, We Heart It, and Instagram, it could also be worth taking the time to look at a range of house plans. From modern house plans to more traditional ones, it’s worth having a browse, to get an idea of what your options are. To ensure that your dream home is perfect in every way, getting ideas and inspiration is a must.

Find the perfect plot

Before you can start your project, you need to select a plot. Now, whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of rushing the process of picking a plot, else you may live to regret it. Take the time to research locations that have plots for building properties on and learn as much about each area as you possibly can. Even if the location is near to your current home, it’s still worth taking the time to research the area, to ensure that it’s somewhere you would be happy to live.

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Consider going green

There is a lot of emphasis on eco-friendly living today, which is something that can be hard to implement in an older building or implement fully. However, if you are building a new home from scratch, you could consider making it an eco-friendly and sustainable property. It might cost a little more to build, but in the long-run, it will save you money in terms of running costs, plus it will reach a higher value should you ever choose to sell up. From choosing to use eco-friendly building materials like reclaimed wood, to implementing green features like solar panels, wind turbines, and water power, there are plenty of ways you can make your new build green, helping to reduce your carbon footprint. To determine the best way to create a greener home, talk to your contractor about it.

Think about the interiors

Don’t make the mistake of focusing purely on the exterior and layout of your dream home, as it’s just as important to think about the interiors. The layout of the property will impact the interior design and layout of it, so it is worth thinking about the interiors and the types of spaces you want inside your property. It’s not necessarily about things like room color schemes or furniture styles, it’s about how light and airy the rooms are, and the vibe that each room creates.

To design the most incredible house that makes your childhood home design dreams come true, building from scratch is the answer.

 

How To Apply Foundation Like A Pro Makeup Artist

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We all know how important foundation is to the way our makeup turns out, yet many women still get by with the cakey, mask-like layer that they’ve always been wearing. After a little shopping around, you’ll find a wide range of more lightweight foundations, which could soon have you totally converted. Here, we’ll list just a few tips for finding your perfect foundation and applying it like a pro makeup artist.

Find the Right Color

When you’re shopping around for foundation, test different samples on your jawline, and then check it by turning into the light. If it disappears in the light, or gets pretty close, without any blending, then you’ve found your perfect color. Obviously, doing this at your local drug store can be very hard. If you can’t afford to splash out on your foundation, try going to a department store and asking a beauty advisor to help you pick out the perfect color, and then ask for a sample you can take with you. Then, you can go straight to the drug store, and look for the closest match possible. Color counts for a lot when it comes to foundation, so start off by fine-tuning the one you’re using.

Swipe It On the Right Way

If you’re going for just a little coverage, then it’s best to apply your foundation with your fingertips. If you want wider coverage, then move onto a sponge. It can take a while to find a sponge that’s perfect for your preferences, so shop around for these as well. When it comes to day-to-day use, dab small amounts of foundation only where you need to cover blemishes, subdue redness, or even out the T-zone. Minq has a handy guide on covering blemishes. If you want that airbrushed finish, blend makeup all over, including the eye area, starting from the inside and working out.

Start Using Luminous Powder

A lot of women are turned off by the idea of luminous powder, but don’t worry! You don’t have to deal with the older matte versions, that will drain the radiance from your face. There are now many translucent powders on the market these days, such as this RCMA powder. These products will reflect the light, and give your skin a nice, subdued glow rather than a garish shine. When applying these, start with your hairline on one side, go down your cheekbone, up the bridge of your nose, back down the other cheek, and finish on the opposite hairline.

Leave Concealer Until Last

If you’re in the habit of applying concealer before foundation, then you’re probably using more than you need. The foundation helps to keep your concealer free of creases and imperfections. Try to go for a light concealer in a tone just a touch lighter than your skin. If you go too light, it will look fake. However, if you find concealer just a shade lighter than your perfect foundation tone, and use it sparingly, it will blend beautifully with the rest of your makeup.

Do You Know These Three Simple Secrets To A Comfortable Home?

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When it comes to their homes, people often want different things. After all, some people want their homes to be rustic and charming, while others want a classic, elegant, minimalist approach to the way that it’s designed. But if there’s one thing that absolutely everyone agrees on it’s that they want their homes to be comfortable. After all, your home is the place you come back to after a hard day at work. You want to be able to relax and let the stress of everyday life melt away as soon as you get through the door, and if your home isn’t comfortable, that’s going to be pretty difficult. Luckily, making your home more comfortable isn’t a challenging as you might think, you just need to know where to start. Here are three simple secrets to a more comfortable home.

 

Warmth

 

Keeping your home warm is one of those things that a lot of people tend to take for granted. Especially considering the fact that it’s something that you don’t really have to worry about for at least half of the year. But when the weather starts to turn cold it’s incredibly important that you can keep your home from becoming one large ice cube! The first place to look is the windows. A company like Renewal by Andersen window replacement can help you outfit your home with double glazed windows that can keep heat in incredibly well. Try not to rely too heavily on your central heating since you can end up racking up a pretty hefty bill that way. If you can set it to turn on first thing in the morning and just because before you get home, each for a couple of hours. That way you’ll always feel warm and comfortable when you need it most.

 

Flow

 

The flow of your home is often quite a confusing, nebulous concept which makes it kind of hard to pin down. Because of that, it’s often much easier to identify when a room doesn’t flow properly than when it does. A house that flows well often feels very light and gives you room to breathe, while poor flow can make your home feel cramped and unpleasant to be in. You have to take a bunch of different things into account when comes to the flow of your home. Everything from light sources to the layout of the building itself. One of the best things to do is simply walk from room to room. If you feel like you’re hitting interruptions, then that could be an issue with the flow of your home.

 

Keep it tidy
This might sound ridiculously simple, but it’s something that far too many people forget. It’s much harder to really feel relaxed when you’re surrounded by mess. It’s incredibly easy to let things pile up over time so make sure that you’re tidying your house as you go and not letting things build up. It’s far easier to keep a house tidy than it is to clean the whole thing, and it will make you feel that much more comfortable.

Oh No! You’ve Got A Cold Sore

Nobody wants to wake up in the morning and see a cold sore in the mirror. That can seem like the end of the world for some people because they understand what it means. Cold sores are symptoms of the herpes virus which unless medicine improves, will stay with you for the rest of your life. Still, there is no need to worry because some estimates suggest around 50% of human beings carry the infection. It’s not something that’s going to send you to an early grave in most instances. Even so, it can cause some issues, and unsightly cold sores like you have now. So, what do you do when that happens to you? I’ll do my best to offer advice.

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Visit your doctor to get checked out

 

The first thing you need to do is book an appointment to see your doctor. Explain the issue, and allow them to perform some tests. Nine times out of ten, they are going to tell you that you’ve contracted a form of herpes. It’s vital you remember that the type of virus that causes your cold sore isn’t the same as that which could affect genitals. It’s just from the same family of conditions. Your doctor should provide you with some information about what you need to do and which medications you need to take. While there is no guaranteed herpes cure, you can find excellent info online for managing the condition. So, you might want to perform some research when you get home to put your mind at ease.

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Use specialist creams and gels

 

Your research should point you in the direction of many different products all claiming to make herpes better. Be careful which brand you select and where you choose to spend your money. Some products are going to produce better results than others. Considering that, you might want to ask for some advice from your pharmacist. You should also make sure you work towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Treating cold sores is often a real pain because they tend to occur in the corners of your mouth. That means any solutions you apply to the skin get washed away quickly. Still, you just need to follow the instructions and keep using the products.

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Avoid skin to skin contact with other people

 

This is the most important piece of advice on this page. Now, if you have cold sores, you will probably pass the herpes infection to your partner. So, you need to ensure you’re careful about skin to skin contact while the cold sore is still there. That includes contact where your mouth touches any part of your partner’s body. Of course, you might have caught the virus from your loved one in the first place. For that reason, it’s sensible for them to get checked out too.

 

Cold sores are often unsightly, and they can make ladies feel self-conscious. However, you can usually conceal them using some makeup products. I don’t advise you do that because it could extend the healing process. Still, cold sores are nothing to stress about these days. As I have already said, almost 50% of the population will have them at one time or another. You just need to use special creams and gels to help reduce the discomfort you feel.

Hot Summers Night: How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

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Sleeping in hot weather is about as horrendous as a first world problem can get. All that tossing and turning, your sheets sticking to you as you roll over for the four-thousandth time, your sweat somehow becoming the strongest super-glue known to humankind. It’s one of the worst, and that is without even mentioning the side-effects of not getting any sleep which, let’s be honest, isn’t great. After all, sleep is one of those healthy habits we all need to get into the habit of doing.

 

That is why we have done our research, dug around, asked our most innovative friends for their advice, and come up with a list of little tips and tricks that can help you endure the warm summer nights and wake up feeling super-duper refreshed. So, without further ado, we bring to you a list of the best tried and tested means of keeping cool when your eyes are closed.

 

Sheet Splash

One of the best ways to keep yourself cool just long enough to fall asleep is to splash your sheets with ice cool water before you slip under the covers. We don’t mean fill up a bucket and toss it over your bed, we just mean sprinkle a bit on your sheets; a light misting if you will. This will help you cool down and prevent you sweating, which is exactly what you need in order to slip off into the land of nod.

 

Awesome Aircon

Aircon is fantastic for keeping you cool, but most people only used in the day because the costs can quickly add up when it is left on all night. Well, there are some tricks you can use to reduce the costs and allow you to catch some Zs. Home Comfort owner Ken Starr explains how a single maintenance check can restore your A/C device back to its factory settings, making it more efficient and cost-effective. The other thing you could do is plug it into a timer socket, which would prevent it from all night and switch off about half an hour after you start dreaming. That’s what we’re here for.

 

Power Down

If you are like the rest of society then you probably have a multitude of electronic devices on charge by your bedside table. Your phone, your tablet, your laptop, your Tamagotchi and whatever else. You may even have a bedroom TV and an alarm clock. However, by turning off all your plugs at the socket, not only will you be saving yourself some money and energy, you will also make your room cooler. The reason being, your plugs give off a significant amount of heat.

 

No Nakedness

It can be so tempting to get into your birthday suit when it gets really hot, but whipping off all your clothes is not the answer when it comes to getting a great night sleep. What you want to do instead is sleep in cotton pajamas, something light and airy. The reason being these will allow your skin to breath while any sweat is soaked up rather than clinging to your body. That means your sheets won’t come untucked every time you roll over.

 

Drink Awareness

What you drink in the hours before bed can make a huge difference to how well you are able to sleep, and that is without accounting for the hot, hot, hot weather. Booze will affect your ability to sleep even more when the night is warm. As such, drink something that is known to encourage a good night’s sleep, and take a glass of ice-cold water to bed with you. That way you’ll easily be able to regulate your temperature should you get too hot.

 

Ice Pack

When the winter settles in, we all love snuggling up with a hot water bottle and keeping warm that way. That’s why it is so worth going the way and making a nice ice pack that you can then snuggle up with when it is hot. All you need to do is fill a sock with rice, tie a knot in the end and put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Then take it to bed with you and place it gently on your pulse points – wrists, ankles, feet, temples – and feel your body temperature instantly drop. Hello, good night’s sleep.

 

Old-School

The big problem with having a fan in your room is that it just blows warm air about and no one wants to be in a bedroom where a hot desert wind is blowing about. That’s why it is worth making a few amendments to your fan’s abilities. First off, try filling a bowl with a large chunk of ice (or just loads of little chunks of ice) and placing that in front of the blades. As the ice melts, your warm wind will turn to a gorgeous cool wind. The other thing you could do is face your fan toward the open window. This will then pull the warmness away from your room and toss it outside, where it belongs.

Retiring Into Old Age Successfully

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We don’t realize it, but retirement is a game. And, like all games, there is a winner and a loser. Now, no one likes to lose because winning is fun and addictive. But, no one wants to lose at retirement because a loss can have a major impact on the rest of your life.

 

There is no doubt that you don’t want this to happen. After all, our golden years are supposed to be the time when we enjoy the fruits of decades of hard labor. Still, it happens to people all of the time, and it happens because they are ill prepared.

 

As such, you have to be ready if you want to win. And, to do that, you have to know the tricks of the retirement trade. So, here is everything that you need to know to retire into successful bliss.

 

Good luck.

 

Be Mentally Prepared

 

The biggest mistake everyone makes is to assume that retirement isn’t a big deal. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it is a huge deal because your life is about to change forever. Yes, the idea of slowing down and pottering around the garden is appealing, yet it is still a transition. Indeed, when was the last time you took the time to relax? Exactly, and now you’re going to do it for the rest of your life, which can be intimidating. To avoid any scares, you should try and get used to the idea. Then, there is no need to wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night. People often focus on the physical, yet the mental aspect of retiring is just as important.

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Continue To Work

 

‘What?! I’m never going to work again!’ Okay, you have every right to think this way, particularly after 40 years of hard work. However, not to be critical, but it is a little short-sighted. Although working hasn’t always been enjoyable, it has given your life structure. And, sweeping that structure from under your feet is a recipe for disaster. It is no secret that the golden generation suffers from boredom, and working is one way to relieve the monotony of life. Plus, it adds value because it gives you something to look forward to every week. Of course, it is your decision how much to take on because you are not fully employed. Still, one or two days should break up the week nicely.

 

Stay Physically Active

 

Again, ‘letting yourself go’ is another benefit of quitting work and getting old. But, again, it isn’t a good idea if you want to win the war as well as the battle. Staying healthy is the key to a long and happy life, and that never changes. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how many dues you have paid in the past. Your body still needs maintaining, and exercise is the only method that works. Now, there is no reason to get down with the kids because that is too much. But, there are ways to get the blood pumping without encouraging a heart attack. Walking is the ultimate example, as is gardening. Try and opt for activities that are active but not too strenuous.

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Get Your Finances In Order

 

Anyone that doesn’t work full-time has to be financially savvy or else retirement could be more of a nightmare than a dream. One thing you have to understand is that your earning potential has limits. As a result, it’s imperative to use what you have to your advantage. To do that, you need a working total of all your assets, and you need to write them down. Next, work out your expenses and how much you pay out every month. The total that is left is your overall budget and the trick is to stick to it as much as possible. Sure, there will be some expenses that are bigger than others, yet these are the anomalies. On average, your monthly payments must hit a certain figure. If the number is too low, consider cutting back. It isn’t nice, but it is necessary.

 

Consider Living Arrangements

 

An example of cutting back is moving out of your home. Let’s face it – a house is expensive and may be too big for your needs. The logical thing to do is to downsize or consider the alternatives. For example, living with one of your children may be on the cards if they have the room. Or, moving into a residence with in-home care facilities is also a popular choice. Whatever you decide, it’s essential to be logical and analytical if possible. No one likes the idea of leaving their home, especially if it has sentimental value. However, sometimes it is the only option if your finances are not in order. Hopefully, you’ll be able to keep your independence for the foreseeable future, but you shouldn’t assume that to be the case.

 

Talk It Through

 

The important aspect of a successful retirement is making an informed decision. Usually, this can’t happen without having a conversation with the people you love. Quite simply, your life and theirs are intertwined, so your actions impact their lives. As a result, you need to sit down and inform them that you plan on retiring. That way, everyone can bounce positives and negatives off one another and cover all of the issues. It may be that you’re not ready to quit work for financial reasons, or you’re only doing it because you think it is right. At least when you have a discussion, you will realize if it is the right move or a mistake. Don’t forget that people do make retirement mistakes all of the time, and you don’t want to be another statistic.

 

Finally, don’t do it too early. The idea of retiring and emigrating to somewhere hot is always appealing. However, it also means you have a lot of time to sit around and do nothing. Even if you work part-time and look after the grandkids, it is still a long time.

Healthy Habits For Life

When it comes to your long-term health, getting into the right habits really does make all the difference. The whole point of a habit is that it is something that is very difficult to break. A lot of the time, we naturally associate the word ‘habit’ with the word ‘bad’, so taking back the word to mean something positive should be your first aim! With health and fitness, people often tend to set short-term goals. They may go on a fad diet for a few weeks or go through a sudden burst of exercise to get beach body ready. But, in reality, you are much better off focusing your energy on developing some good long-term habits. Wondering what some of these are? Well, wonder no more!

 

Eat Breakfast Every Day

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Far too many of us don’t eat breakfast in the morning, so if this is you, it is time to make a change. People who eat this morning meal tend to take in more vitamins and minerals and reduce their cholesterol count. They are also less likely to overeat during the day. There is no single ‘perfect’ breakfast that you need to eat every day, but you should be aiming for something which includes some carbohydrates, protein and a small amount of fat. Though this may be a tricky habit to begin with since your body won’t be used to eating in the morning, it is beneficial in the long run.

 

Get Enough Sleep

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This one sounds simple enough, but a huge number of people don’t get the sleep they need which is so important in your physical and mental health. Sleep deprivation can affect memory, learning and logical reasoning. Not only this, if you are tired, you are a lot less likely to have the motivation you need to continue exercising on a regular basis. A major issue that people are having these days is that they are continually surrounded by screens. Studies have found that if you are staring at a screen just before you go to bed, this can affect your body’s serotonin production which is the sleep hormone. Try having a no screens policy in the bedroom to see what a difference this could make.

 

Set Your Exercise Times

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Obviously, there are no guarantees when it comes to your health which is why you need to learn more about the insurance options that are available to you, but exercising on a regular basis is one of the best ways to maintain your long-term health. As we have talked about at the start, the problem comes when people don’t commit themselves to exercise on a long-term basis. That is why you should set yourself certain times of the week to exercise and stick to them as closely as possible. If you have already set aside time for yourself to work out, this will become a fixture of your schedule. If you are struggling for exercise motivation, there are plenty of ways that you can maintain it including getting a workout buddy, setting yourself goals and varying up your routines.

 

Protect Your Skin

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A lot of people don’t give their skin the attention it deserves, which is bad considering how important is is to our overall health and wellbeing. The UV rays from the sun are always a risk, so you should always wear sunscreen even on cloudy days. If you struggle to remember to put this on all the time, you should use a moisturiser with an SPF factor so it becomes a normal part of your skincare routine. Overexposure to the sun can cause sunburn, skin texture changes, dilated blood vessels and skin cancer.

 

Drink Plenty of Water (and Tea)

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Drinking plenty of water is essential to your wellbeing. If you are one of those people who often forgets, you could try keeping a refillable water bottle in your bag and set reminders on your phone telling you to drink water every couple of hours. There are so many reasons why the body needs to get enough water, but essentially, your joints need it to stay in motion, and your brain, heart, kidneys and liver need it to function properly. Rather than going for your usual cup of coffee in the morning, you could instead try drinking tea which has been shown to have a whole myriad of health properties.

 

Though there are plenty more healthy habits you could get into, this guide provides you with a good overview of some of the main ones.          

6 Wardrobe Staples Any Modern Woman Should Keep In Her Style Inventory

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The times are changing seemingly faster than ever these days. The advent of social media and internet fashion icons lend us the feeling that the world is in a state of ever-changing flux, especially when it comes to fashion. Your wardrobe last year is probably much different from the wardrobe you’ll desire to own this year. It’s not easy to keep on top of modern fashion trends, but as a lady who’d like to stay current, it can feel hard to resist the beautiful style fads that come around every month.

However, as a modern woman, some simple wardrobe staples will never go out of fashion and have many practical uses. If you’d like to look stylish, professional or homely, all of those looks can naturally be achieved with the following items.

Shoes (All Kinds)

Wearing an array of comfortable, stylish shoes is a must have, but what you wear largely depends on where you live and the season you’re in. Most women have a natural predisposition to great looking shoes, just like men have a predisposition to sports sneakers. Luckily, those two have combined, and now large footwear manufacturers like Adidas and Nike are converting their product lines into beautiful feminine interpretations that can keep us looking great but feeling practical at the same time.

As a modern woman, you’re likely to need a functioning pair of trainers, some light sandals, some ‘going-out’ shoes, be they high heels or otherwise, and a pair of shoes you’d be happy to wear to a formal event. Those four shoe staples will see you well through any circumstance, and you can upgrade them appropriately as those go out of fashion or experience wear and tear.

Light Cardigans

Cardigans are among some of the most versatile garments you can wear. They fit great as a light coating in beautiful weather, but can also pad your undergarments during the winter. Stock your wardrobe with a range of variant thick cotton cardigans in different colors, and you’ll forever be finding practical uses for them. They can also help you blend a modern, city going outfit into that of a city/rustic hybrid, which looks beautiful and keeps you current.

Blazer

Any professional woman owes it to herself to have at least one or two blazers in her collection. Not only will this serve her well at work while advancing the career ladder like a corporate warrior to be feared and respected, but it will also serve her well during formal personal events. A well-tailored blazer can make any woman look amazing, equal parts professional and stylish.

Dresses For All Occasions

You need dresses for all seasons and occasions. Some women don’t think they look good in dresses and prefer to wear relatively practical clothes. That’s completely fine, and it’s not up to us to tell you what you should be wearing and what you should feel confident in. However, if you believe that you and dresses don’t go together well, we’d argue you haven’t found the right dress.

From playsuits to maxi dresses, there are many styles that constitute the word ‘dress.’ You’ll be sure to find one you like if you just search around, and if you’re not sure, why not hire a stylist to help you? You never know how amazing you can feel when you finally find a look and style that works well for you.

Jewelry

Every girl loves jewelry, but the extent of what they wear differs from person to person. No matter if you enjoy long dangling earrings, or having eight piercings in one ear, find what works for you and rock it! Accessories like jewelry can help complete a style, and tastefully applied, can do wonders for your self-esteem and self-expression.

If you’re not sure where to start and haven’t worn jewelry apart from maybe ear studs and a wedding band, why not start off simple with a new gold watch? It’s likely that it’ll never leave your wrist once you place it on.

Hats

Hats don’t seem to have as much cultural uniformity as they once did. It’s easy to think back to Victorian England, where hats were considered a style must-have and helped present your station or understanding to those around you in the society.

Why not bring stylish hats back to your wardrobe? Opting for a large brim summer hat can help you feel amazing during formal events, and can lend you a sense of style and class that’s unshakable even if you’re already on your fourth glass of wine.

The particulars of each woman’s wardrobe are down to her personal taste, and this is the way it should be. However you like to dress though, filling your wardrobe with a few items of each previous suggestion will give you a robust place to start from, and help you interchange outfits at will.

 

5 Simple DIY Steps To Stop Losing Warmth From Your Home

If you live in an older home or perhaps a new home without proper insulation, the cold can seep into your home and make shivering every time you walk through the front door commonplace. When winter arrives, the shock of the chill will be even more profound, and thus a battle will start off trying to keep as much heat in as possible and forcing the cold to stay out. Energy efficient walls have insulation inside them, whether it be foam or sponge filling. However not all homes have them, and if your home was not built with them included in the regulations for building, it could be quite expensive to buy insulation. However, even still it may not always be the walls, as the issue of keeping warmth in your home is all encompassing.

Protecting from the wind

Blocking out the wind is how you keep the chill from entering your home. House structures are more than just walls; they have doors, windows, keyhole, vents and air leaks that all have the ability to crack, widen and eventually let moisture and the wind into the home. Check for any leaks around doors and window; you will see little cracks around the edges. If you find any, buy laminate sealant and with a filling knife, gently fill them in. For a cheap remedy, your curtains can come in handy. Pick up and put the curtain on the windowsill, push it into the corner and pat them snugly against the sides.

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A once over

Sometimes the little home improvements will only be able to help short-term. Nip it in the bud, and do a proper clean sweep of your home from top to bottom. By calling out an expert home inspector, a wide array of aspects such as an examination of the exterior condition, the structural integrity, electrical and heating systems, the plumbing and insulation along with ventilation will be studied, and a report will be compiled. Some inspectors will have with them the ability to seek out the mold and moist spots with the aid of an infrared camera. By catching these spots, the quality of air around the home can be improved, and this helps children with asthma greatly.

 

Don’t be careless

It goes without saying but not just for a slimmer heating bill, letting the heat out of your home carelessly is asking for trouble. Close any doors, windows or patio doors whenever you leave the home, even it’s just to go in the garden momentarily. Don’t open the bathroom window to let the steam out, but keep the room door open so the heat transfers elsewhere. Rather than venting heat and the smell of cooking in the kitchen, keep it indoors by letting it waft throughout the home. Be frugal, and diligent, capturing heat is a game of consistency.

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The sofa arrangement

It might seem simple enough, but moving the sofa in a more strategic position can keep you warmer. The living room is where most people spend their time in the home. Locate your heater, and move your sofa closer to it and preferably, in a position that it is either in front of you or to your side. Additionally, if you have a fireplace, move your sofa closer to it without causing a hazard risk. The home is constantly fighting against the cooler temperatures, and realistically, this is only a human concept. The aim is for you to keep warm, not the house itself, so think what you can do to keep your body temperature stable.

Don’t be careless

It goes without saying but not just for a slimmer heating bill, letting the heat out of your home carelessly is asking for trouble. Close any doors, windows or patio doors whenever you leave the home, even it’s just to go in the garden momentarily. Don’t open the bathroom window to let the steam out, but keep the room door open so the heat transfers elsewhere. Rather than venting heat and the smell of cooking in the kitchen, keep it indoors by letting it waft throughout the home. Be frugal, and diligent, capturing heat is a game of consistency.

Want a Quick Room Revamp? Here Are Some Hacks

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You don’t like the room you’re in. You can’t quite put your finger on what the problem is, but you know there’s something up. Well, assuming it doesn’t require a total makeover, perhaps it’s time you gave the room a quick revamp!

 

Give that carpet a wash

 

Technically, you should give everything a really thorough clean. Seriously. Move everything around and scrub and dust whatever you can reach. When people do this, they often make sure they vacuum every inch of the carpet. Unfortunately, that’s often not quite enough. When was the last time you gave the carpet a proper wash? It’s been recommended that your carpet should get a wash at least once every couple of months or so; you’d be surprised by dirty those things can get, even if they don’t look it. A good wash will help bring it back to its former glory; do it right and you can make it as soft as it used to be, too.

 

Invite nature in

 

What gives the room a feeling that it needs to be revamped? Quite often, it’s a vague feeling of being old, unfresh, uninspiring. It can make someone feel trapped or even lethargic being in that room. When we think of the opposite of those things, our imaginations may very well turn to nature. So if you’re looking to revamp a room, looking to nature may be a strong bet. Getting a plant or two will help pretty things up while introducing life to the room. Making natural light more prominent is also a must; this helps the room feel brighter and more spacious. Also, consider keeping the windows open for a while to get some fresh air circulating.

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Tie the room together

 

It could be a clock from Jonathan Adler, or a rug from Samad – heck, it could even be a lamp from IKEA. The fact is that a quality room may be missing just one detail that could really tie the room together. An item that, once placed, you’ll wonder how the room could possibly have looked good without it. If you think something is missing, then have a think about the practical stylish items that you can add. Clocks, rugs, and lamps aren’t just pretty decor items – they actually serve a purpose. The same can’t always be said for a gorgeous art piece – although one of those might do the trick if you already have the other three!

 

Declutter

 

Last but certainly not least: you need to get rid of all that clutter. Even if the room is tidy, I very much doubt it’s completely devoid of junk! Take the time to go through the items in the room. Think long and hard about how much you really need them. Having the same old possessions surrounding you all the time can make a room feel pretty stale over time, especially if you don’t even need them. Getting that stuff cleared out will open up a whole new bag of potential for that room. Seriously, this is probably the best thing to do if you want to inject new life into your home – get rid of the old life!

Do Our Bellies Pose The Most Risk To Our Health?

We could all probably think of the way that healthy living standards have decreased in general over the years. Obesity becoming a widespread epidemic is one of them. But bigger bellies aren’t the only risks our gut can pose. Digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome are on the rise and a lot of it is down to our lifestyle choices, though some are more at risk than others. How do we manage the danger our bellies might get us in?

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Mind what you put in it

IBS isn’t a disease or a set condition, but rather a set of symptoms that tend to get grouped together because their causes and relationships are often shared. Most of those symptoms have one thing in particular in common: how we eat. We can control those symptoms with our diet. Many people have individualized experiences of what foods bring on symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, gas, aches, and constipation. Keeping a meal diary and noting the correlation between foods and symptoms can be a great help in avoiding them in future. In general, common agitators include sugary fruits, dairy, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine.

Your head matters, too

The mind also plays a surprising role in your gut health, too. Indigestion and heartburn coming with stress aren’t just a stereotype, they have very real links. Your stomach’s functions shut up under stress as a reaction to the “fight or flight” responses in your brain. Managing your stress with apps like Pacifica can help you minimize the amount of time your stomach spends in this shut-down state. That can drastically reduce the instances and length of cases of constipation, heartburn, and other symptoms.

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Build a healthier gut

If you’re having recurring digestive issues, then you can take steps to directly battle them, as well. Supplements like IBS Relief don’t just tackle symptoms like bloating, gas, and aches. They also play a role in addressing the balance of bacteria in your stomach. They, alongside foods like low lactose yogurts, are full of probiotics that improve the ratio of good bacteria in your stomach. On the other hand, they also challenge the buildups of bad bacteria that instigate many of the symptoms named above.

Put your head down

There’s one “habit” that links all the others mentioned above. Sleep is crucial to all the functions of the body and one of the most immediately noticeable changes under poor sleep is gut health. Sleep disorders are also a common result of IBS, so they have to be challenge together as a pair of linked problems, rather than one necessarily being the cause of the other. Beyond the steps above, make changes to your life that could make it easier to get a good night’s sleep, including a proper nighttime schedule, tidying the room you sleep in and scenting the room with lavender.

The points above might sound like micromanaging your life but the truth is that many of us have let our lifestyles get too out-of-control. If we don’t want our upset stomachs running the rest of our lives, we have to consider how we affect them with our choices.

Friends Of The Earth (And You): Persuading Loved Ones To Recycle

When you have got on board with the need to recycle, become more energy efficient and live more sustainably, you can quickly become a total convert. Not only are you helping out the planet, but you’ll usually find that you’re able to live well for less money thanks to your efforts.

 

When we change our lives in a positive way, it’s a natural next step to want to share what we have discovered with our nearest and dearest. It can also be tough from your new-convert stance to see someone throwing anything into general rubbish and not bothering to separate their recycling.

 

So you make the decision to tackle this head on: you’re going to be the one to convert them to a brand new way of thinking. While that’s all well and good, there is the tricky subject of how you go about it. Go in too hard and too fast and they’ll feel like they’re being lectured; but if you’re too softly-softly about it, then they might not get the message.

 

You need a strategy. Here are a few ideas to get you started on convincing others of the benefit of recycling and sustainable living.

 

Offer To Help Them

 

The best way to offer to help is to do it in a way that just seems like you’re being a good friend. Given that few people live in highly-organised homes, the person in question might have a junk room or attic that is in need of some attention. Here is the best place to begin; offer to help them go through it. Say you have developed a keen interest in recycling, and you’d be happy to see what items they might be able to get rid of or potentially find another use for.

 

If they agree – which most will, who turns down free help on their house?! – then it becomes a learning experience. As you sift through the trash and uncover the broken appliances they forgot to get rid of, you can explain to them how they might go about dealing with these items in the future. When you have a good pile separated into trash and recyclable, you can arrange a same-day rubbish removal so that your friend can see that this process can be as efficient as just throwing things out without further thought. Hopefully, this will set them on the road to taking the mantle on for themselves.

 

Enthuse About Your Habits

 

Is the above method too direct for you? Then you might need something more subtle. Many of us pick up our ideas and habits from the people around us, especially if they talk positively about them. So it becomes your mission to endlessly enthuse about how much you’re enjoying recycling, how it makes you feel good, how it’s nowhere near as much effort as you initially expected it to be.

 

The problem with subtle is that you have to rely on them to pick it up and run with the idea. If it’s been a few weeks and you’re yet to see any evidence of this happening, then there’s nothing wrong with nudging them in the right direction. Finish your latest “I love recycling” speech with an additional: “have you ever thought about trying it?”

 

If that doesn’t get them thinking, then nothing but direct, blunt statements will! It’s your final option, but sometimes, you might just need to be straightforward and ask them to make more of an effort. Hopefully, by deploying the above tactics, it won’t come to that.

 

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Managing Your Health As You Enter Your Golden Years

There’s a lot to look forward to when we’re in our twilight years. Having retired from work, we get to finally enjoy the fruits of our labor, spend more time with your children and grandparents, and have time to dedicate to the other interests in our lives. However, we also need to pick an eye on our health. We’re no longer spring chickens, and our health needs better management now that we’re at an age when health conditions can become more serious.

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Listening to Our Body

Our body will show signs of natural wear and tear as we age. This happens to everybody, and while you can prolong it by doing things like yoga and other non-impact exercises, there’ll come a time when you’re no longer able to do all the things you used to do. To avoid injuries and serious medical complications, it’s important that you pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you’re still playing a weekly game of squash, for example, and your body isn’t coping well, then it’s time to put the racket away and find a new activity.

Regular Check Ups

Even if you feel in great condition, there can be a lot happening below the surface, things you couldn’t possibly be aware of unless you were told by a medical expert. Once you reach beyond the age of 65, it’s really important that you’re getting regular check-ups from a professional. As well as detecting any problems that need to be taken care of, your doctor will also be able to advise any lifestyle changes that will improve the length and quality of your life.

Retiring in Comfort

It can be hard to keep up with all the maintenance that is required in a family home, and if you’re still living there, you might find that the house is falling into disrepair just because you’re unable to address the issues. If you’re looking for a more stress-free and social life, you might want to consider moving into an area designed for senior citizens, like the senior living community Riddle Village. This will enable you to enjoy all the comforts of retirement while also maintaining your independence and meeting similar people, too.

Staying Active

Wherever you live, it’s crucial that you stay physically active for as long as people. By this, we don’t mean doing anything too intensive, but there are plenty of activities that are suitable for older people. Do these regularly, and you’ll receive plenty of benefits, including improved energy, a healthy heart, great flexibility and mobility, and more. Exercise also boosts our mood, which can help keep depression and other issues at bay.

Mentally Sharp

As well as staying physically sharp, you also need to do things to keep your mental sharpness intact, too. Things like reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles and the like each day can help keep your brain “young”, according to the experts. Even as you enter your golden years, you’ll be as sharp as a tack!

Create The Perfect Playroom For Your Kids

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Your child’s playroom is the one room in the house where you can let your imagination run riot. From bright, funky colors to wonderfully themed wallpapers, there are many ways you can be creative.

So where to start? Here are some ideas you might find useful.

Talk to your kids

Before you make a start on the room remember one important thing. This isn’t your room! You are designing it for your children. You might want to let your inner child cut loose and design everything your way, but you need to compromise. What are your children interested in? Superheroes are the in thing at the moment, but your kids are guaranteed to tell you what they want in no uncertain terms. As far as is practical and affordable, create a room that suits their imagination.

 Flooring ideas

The room needs to be child-friendly. While carpeting will be soft on your child’s feet, it may not be the most practical choice. Instead, you may consider laminate flooring. This is ideal as you will easily be able to mop up any drink spills your child makes.  Another flooring idea is rubber tiles. There are many colorful and themed designs dependant on your children’s age, and it will be comfortable underfoot too.

Older children will be keen to invite their friends over and hang out. Therefore, consider seating, from beanbags to inflatable chairs. Sofa beds are also a good idea as they are perfect for sleepovers.

Storage options

A playroom needs somewhere to store toys and books. You can purchase brightly colored bookshelves and storage boxes that are good to look at as well as being practical. You should also color coordinate them with the overall look of the room. A moveable trolley is also a helpful solution when space is an issue. Remember to be safe. Your child needs to be able to reach their belongings, so don’t store toys on high shelves, and where possible attach storage units to the walls.

You can add to your child’s learning in your storage. On each toy box stick on an appropriate picture so your child can quickly access the toys they need. For example, a picture of a car or a Disney character on appropriate boxes will make it easier for you and them to find what they are looking for. Of course, getting them to put their toys away in the right boxes is another matter.

Creative spaces

Play is one way your children use their imagination, but you should also consider their creativity. Should you have space, create a designated area for whatever they are interested in, from reading to painting, as well as a homework corner. You should allow them to use their creativity in the design of the room, so have one wall that can be used as a blank canvas. Using paint or chalk that can easily be washed away, this is the perfect place to let their artistic imaginations flow.

 

Remember, your children will grow and their tastes will change. You will need to be flexible and adapt the room accordingly.

 

 

 

Cheap Adventurous Family Holidays Abroad

The ease with which so many people can travel nowadays means that more families than ever are deciding to go further abroad for their family vacation. Travel to exotic locations is becoming much more affordable, and budget airlines and competitively priced travel companies make this process a lot smoother than it was several years ago.

 

There are so many destinations around the world that are family friendly and which will enable your children to experience a different culture and gain an understanding of the world beyond that of their own country. Traveling to exotic locations also allows your children to get out of their comfort zone and become independent and resilient individuals. Learning how other people live is something that your children will gain from this kind of experience, and can help them understand the importance of integration and tolerance as well as many other life skills.

 

If you have considered going further afield than you normally do on your summer vacation location, or have already been looking around at places you would like to visit, but are worried about cost, then take a look at the following countries which are budget-friendly holiday destinations.

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If you want an unforgettable adventure on an entirely different continent, then consider visiting SouthEast Asia which includes Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia. While this subregion of Asia is renowned for being a backpackers destination, it is also seeing an increase in families who come to visit this beautiful, diverse part of the world. Flights to the various countries within this region can also be purchased cheaply if booked in advance.

 

Malaysia

 

One of the many great things about Malaysia is the Malaysian people who are incredibly welcoming and family orientated individuals who will make you and your family feel comfortable. They are also particularly welcoming and warm towards children! Malaysia is a culturally diverse country that offers an enormous amount of places to visit such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, the Cameron Highlands, as well as countless other destinations. There are also many attractions which cater to children such as Legoland Malaysia and the Sunway Lagoon theme park. Another plus of visiting Malaysia is that it is a very affordable country to visit, with the price of living and traveling within this country is far less than many other nations you might go to for a vacation. Getting around by train bus and plane is straightforward as Malaysia is very well connected. Choosing to rent a home while visiting this country can be much more affordable than staying in a hotel as well as providing you and your children with the comfort and security that comes with a home. There are many ways you can find apartments to rent, and going through a certified estate agent or renting site is the most secure way.

 

Thailand

 

Thailand is now a popular tourist destination for many reasons, not least of which is the beautiful landscape which includes jungle, coast and the infamous hustle and bustle of its capital city Bangkok. Traveling here with a family is easier than you would think, and even if their bus systems are known for being a little chaotic, their trains are renowned for their comfort and relative affordability. The many markets, temples, and cultural attractions will mean that there is something new to do every single day, and the only problem you will have is trying to fit in everything you want to see in the time you are there. Chiang Mai, Bangkok and the well-known islands and beaches offer you a range of different experiences depending on what kind of experience you and your family want to have in Thailand. As with any other country that has a different culture to our own, make sure you are aware of any cultural differences or sensitivities and make sure you keep this in mind when deciding where you want to go. One tip is to bring a scarf or shawl with you when visiting temples as you will need to cover your shoulders.

 

The Caribbean

 

The laid back atmosphere of the Caribbean, the crystalline water and the all-year-round sun make it one of the best locations for a family who want a beach holiday. The Caribbean is home to over 7,000 Islands which makes a choice a little overwhelming. There are, of course, many countries and islands that are more well-known such as Jamaica, Barbados and the US Virgin Islands however if you want a unique experience then it might be worth checking out Belize and St Martin.

 

 

Belize

 

Belize is a cheap destination that is home to an incredible array of waterfalls, beaches and archaeological sites. Tourism is on the rise in this country, with it ranking as the second biggest industry in the nation. As a result of this, Belize caters for all types of travellers and English is spoken by many people. The wildlife alone will keep your kids entertained, as well as the underground rivers, jungle tours and Mayan remains which you can experience together as a family. As Belize is well connected to other parts of Central and South America, you might consider visiting neighboring Islands or countries.

 

 

St. Martin/St. Maarten

 

This Island is split between a French and Dutch side, with both sides being easily accessible. Each side has its own culture, with food, languages, and currency being completely different. Despite their differences, both sides share the same laid back attitude and beautiful beaches. This is one of the cheaper Islands of the Caribbean, with the Dutch side being slightly more cheaper than the French. Consider visiting the island with bikes and taking one of the many tours this Island has to offer.

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India

 

Visiting India as a family might not have been on your list of things to do before your children grow up, perhaps in part to the reputation India has as a chaotic and sometimes overwhelmingly busy country to visit. Visiting India, however, is an experience that you will never be able to forget as the colours, smells and tastes of this country are entirely unique. If you still have your reservations, consider visiting Kerala on the south coast of India. Kerala is a family friendly destination with beautiful backwaters and rolling hills, that is a lot more slow-paced and tranquil than perhaps Mumbai or New Delhi but still, allows you to experience the essence of India.

 

Prague, Czech Republic

 

Visiting Prague is an excellent way to enjoy a city holiday without feeling like your children will get bored. This city is simply heaving with museums, open air festivals, markets and shops, including several chocolate factories! This is an affordable place to visit with a large amount of hotels, hostels, guesthouses and apartments to choose from. Walk along Charles Bridge all the way up to the Castle and make sure you stop along the way for some delicious pastries! The famous John Lennon wall is worth going to have a look at as well as the Old Town Square

 

Dublin

 

The Republic of Ireland’s capital is an excellent destination for all kinds of travellers, and the many things to do there means that there are plenty of options for young children to enjoy the delights of this culturally rich destination. Dublin offers all the modern amenities that you would expect, while also providing a rich history and sense of mystery that makes this country so unique. There are a big theatre district, many shops and restaurants and countless museums to entertain everyone. Make sure to check out the National Leprechaun Museum for a fun, interactive storytelling experience for children and adults alike.

 

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The Halo Board Electric Skateboard #haloboard

The halo board is the latest trend you do not want to miss! With its gliding effect, it feels like the same effect as snowboarding or even surfing!! Being an electric skateboard it has a unique double drive motor, and has an output of 3000 watts, with speeds reaching up to 22 MPH in just seconds! You can determine the spend, most like to use it around 10 – 12 MPH, the more practice, the better idea you will have!

With its gliding effect, it feels like the same effect as snowboarding or even surfing!! Being an electric skateboard it has a unique double drive motor, and has an output of 3000 watts, with speeds reaching up to 22 MPH in just seconds! You can determine the spend, most like to use it around 10 – 12 MPH, the more practice, the better idea you will have!

 

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Not a whole lot of other brands are able to say they have boards have this range or speed combined. The Hao Board only takes a couple hours to charge, making it the perfect ride for any day! It is the only electric skateboard ON THE MARKET to made of 100% Tv00 Japanese Carbon Fiber (will last a long time!), making it extremely lightweight and extremely sturdy! With the perfect engineering of this design, this item has been a huge hit and will continue to be a hit due to its riding ability. This is an extremely smooth and enjoyable ride, something everyone should try out. Once you learn how to ride and maintain balance on the halo board your expectations will be blown away. This board is very thin only weighing 14.5 IBS, however, do not let the thinness scare you, it can hold up to 268 IBS safely.

 

With the board only weighing 14 pounds you are able to comfortably carry it around while you are not able to ride it. Not only is this halo board fashionable it also comes in handy when your legs get tired from walking. I have lots of fun ridding this around my neighborhood, parks, baseball games, you name it. I cannot wait to see what the future hold while traveling with this halo board. It makes life a little easier.

How To Make The Most Out Of Small Storage Spaces And Box Rooms

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Often, especially in period properties, there are little areas that aren’t big enough to be living spaces, but make perfect hideaways for storing all the stuff that you don’t necessarily want on your display shelves in your hallway. However, these nooks, corners and tiny rooms in your home can still be a functional, design-led space, which you won’t be embarrassed by when your guests accidentally stumble upon it, looking for the bathroom.

 

Keep Containers Within A Theme

 

Whether you’re storing food in jars, or bedlinen in boxes, you’ll want to invest in containers that match or at least complement each other, to achieve a well thought out interior style. Your shelving can also make a design statement; you could go for sturdy, thick wooden shelve, especially when you need to store heavy tins and jars. For a sleeker finish; white shelving, or surfaces that match the wall color, will ensure that your mason jars and enamel boxes remain the stars of the show.

 

Your larger, floor storage boxes and containers needn’t be boring cardboard or plastic crates either. Consider using vintage trunks and suitcase, or investing in woven baskets and industrial wooden cartons to hold and look after your items. Labels are a great way to tie together your storage containers too; think about postage tags or “chalkboard” style stickers that will be easy to reuse and rename. A pulled together, and cohesive look will ensure that every area of your home is appreciated and aesthetically pleasing.

 

Invest In Space Saving Items

 

If your electrical and functional items are space savvy in the first place; they’ll be a lot easier to incorporate into your perfect box room environment. If you need spare seating, for when guests come to dinner; foldable chairs and stools are much easier to slide into a small space, instead of the stackable variety that will block any flow to the area.

 

The same goes for electricals; many are geared towards smaller living spaces and apartments, so it’s worth check out lists like the Top 10 Best Vacuum Cleaners for a Dust-Free Life and finding an easily-stored option that’s right for you and your home.

 

Utilize Each And Every Space

 

No wall, floor, or even ceiling space, should go unused; make sure you’ve utilized each area of your box room, under-stairs storage, and walk-in closet. It’s time to be inventive, as there are no rules to your hidden storage solutions. You can hang larger items, like bikes and ironing boards from the wall and ceiling; why use up your precious floor space, when the solution could be right above your head. For a thorough list of clever ideas, check out Easy Storage Solutions for Every Space and get some inspiration.

 

If there’s wall space left between shelves; hang a hook or two there for bags, towels, umbrellas, and utensils (the list is endless). And, if you have a door to the space, and can reach the back of it, you can utilize the whole of the surface are with hooks and hanging organizers; believe it or not, the back of the door is the perfect place to house your shoe collection. You never know, your box room might just become the space you most proud of in your home, and all the effort will have been worth it.