Thursday, 17 August 2017

Do You Need To Get Involved With Your Child's School?

Your child spends so much of their early life at school and their teachers shape them almost as much as you do, so you should be involved right? Sadly, a lot of parents don’t have the time to get as involved as they would like in their kid’s schooling. Or so they say. So many people are guilty of using that excuse, but being a part of their school life doesn’t have to involve giving up hours of your time every week. If parents evening is the only time that you ever visit your child’s school, there’s more you could be doing.

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Volunteer For Events

Not all parents can be expected to have hours to spare every single week. Everybody leads a busy life and that’s fine. But if you can’t be there regularly, you should volunteer for school events. School trips are a great opportunity to share a new experience with your children, as well as helping out the school and getting to know their teachers and some of the other parents. Schools also hold fundraisers and other charity events all year round. Doing a bit of baking for a sale or helping to collect donations is a brilliant way to get to know the school community and it sets a great example to your children. If they see you helping charitable causes, they will learn the importance of being good to others.

Ask Your Kids What They Want

Parents sometimes shy away from the school community because they don’t want to embarrass their kids. That’s a legitimate fear when they get a bit older but when they’re young, they might welcome your interest in their school. All kids are different and some will want to be left alone while others will want to share with you. The best thing to do is to ask them whether they want you to be more or less involved, and how they want you to do it. That way, you won’t be stepping on any toes.

Make Friends With Other Parents

You’re not going to be best friends with all of the parents at the school, but getting to know them a bit can be very beneficial. Whenever you experience a new problem with your kids, it’s incredibly daunting. The chances are, the other parents are all having exactly the same problem. If you can talk to them about it and swap tips with each other, your parenting life will be much easier.

PTA Meetings

If you really want to be a part of your child’s school, then join the Parent Teachers Association. It’s an organisation specifically created to maintain relationships between teachers, parents, and students. You don’t have to be an active member to benefit and you don’t have to attend meetings every week. But whenever you can spare the time, going to one of their meetings is the easiest way to find out what’s going on with your kid’s school. If you have a problem with something that is happening at the school, a PTA meeting is the best place to raise it.  

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Rustic Italian Home Decorating Tips

Have you ever gone on holiday and fell in love with the interior designs? Perhaps you’ve been on holiday and had such a good time that you wanted to bring a little part of it back with you. Whatever your reasons, rustic Italian design isn’t as out of reach as you may think. It’s a type of interior design that can make you feel at home straight away, so it’s no wonder it’s so sought after. If you’ve been inspired by Italian décor, here are some things you can do to give your home an Italian make over.

Select Your Colours
When you want to create an Italian haven, selecting the right colours for your walls is important. Italian design is all about earthy neutral colours. Go for browns, creams and terracotta to be on the safe side, but when you want to throw a bit of life into the room, you can add yellow, gold, olive, sage and muted greens. It’s all about coordinating the colours well. Experiment with what colours complement each other and start your creative journey from there.

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Choosing Furnishings
Choosing your furnishings to suit your rustic Italian theme doesn’t have to happen overnight. In fact, the longer you take to find the perfect items, the happier you’ll be. Rustic Italian design is full of wood and metal combinations. Go for dark wood with metal finishes. You should find that the metal ranges from antique almond to antique copper and autumn gold. They often give a beautiful contrast to the colours in the wood. When it comes to your sofa, you can’t go wrong with an Italian leather sofa. It’s one of the best and most versatile quality materials in the world. Avoid pieces that have a modern aesthetic look, as it can spoil the rustic design you’re trying to create.

Art and Wall Décor
To complement the colours and designs you’ve already placed in your home, metal wall art is the perfect choice. Think about metal sconces or hook racks that will remain seen. If you’ve been to Italy before, you’ll know how much the Italians enjoy their wine, so why not consider a metal wine rack as part of your interior design? When you’re considering artwork, you can’t go wrong with an Italian tapestry. You could also bring the whole look together by adding some artwork of picturesque Italian views so anyone who visits will understand the concept you’re striving for.

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Accessories
The Italians enjoy spending time with family and friends. In fact, you’ll often find large Italian families gathered around the kitchen table enjoying a meal together. If you have the space, consider a 6-8-seater table in your kitchen. Go for wood that has been restored to add to your rustic collection. Place a few tall candles in empty wine bottles and add real sunflowers to vases in your kitchen. You could also go for wall art that depicts fruit and vegetables, just as the Italians do.

Changing your home décor to an Italian style can allow you to bring a bit of personal sunshine home.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Clever Ways To Find New Inspiration For Your Home Decor


The next time you plan on decorating your home, you may need some help for your inspiration. You have probably scoured magazine pages looking for some ideas, but there are other ways to envision your dream home. These are just a few of them.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Is Your Home Ready For A Vintage Makeover?

There's something infinitely charming about a classic car and a 1950s dress. It’s as if the vintage trend brought something new to our lifestyles as if it could make it better with its discreet charm. When it comes to interior décors, vintage is an even bigger hit than it is in the wardrobe section. Homeowners are quick to agree that a vintage décor feels homely compared to a sleek and minimalist interior. It’s difficult to explain where this feeling comes from. But the fact remains that people’s brain is wired in such a way that it will find an old-fashioned, vintage home more appealing than a modern-looking property. Maybe the influence of history has a soothing effect on us. If you’d like to incorporate a vintage touch to your home interior, why not use some of the tips in this article?


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Gold Tips For Keeping Goldfish

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Kids love pets, there’s no denying it. However, parents often aren’t that keen as they are normally left with all cleaning up! There is one pet that is very low maintenance, though, which makes it ever so popular with parents - goldfish! In fact, any fish is a great choice for young families.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Give Your Bathroom A Facelift And Add Value To Your Home

If you have been living in your home for a few years but still haven’t renovated the bathroom that you inherited from the previous owners, it’s time to stop putting it off and get planning your renovation. The avocado suite and shell shaped sink adorned with gold taps will never come back into fashion. You need to start thinking creatively to add a touch of luxury to your new bathroom. You want a retreat, and somewhere you can light a couple of scented candles while soaking in a bubble filled tub. Take a look at how you can give your bathroom a well-earned makeover as well as adding value to your home.

Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. Estate agents have been promoting this since the dawn of house building, and it remains true today. If you can create a bathroom that echoes a sense of indulgence, luxury and relaxation then you are onto a winner when it comes to reselling your home.

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Friday, 4 August 2017

Losing Your Creative Juices? Try These Solutions

A lot of parents with young children find it a draining period of their lives. And even the sparkliest, most creative genius can often turn into a dribbling wreck thanks to countless sleepless nights and over reliance on the bad TV shows, trashy magazines, and easy reads they seek out for solace.

Eventually, however, the fog lifts. But what happens if that creative spark doesn’t appear to be there anymore?

If this sounds familiar, don’t panic, it happens to a lot of parents. Your creative juices still flow within you - they are just harder to get out and trapped deep inside. Here’s a  few ideas on how you can tap back into the well of creativity and start making things once again.


Thursday, 3 August 2017

Freshening Up An Old Bathroom

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Is your old bathroom in need of freshening up? There are plenty of ways to clean up your bathroom interior and create a room that not only looks nicer but functions better. Here are just a few renovation ideas that could be worth splashing out on.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Stones At Home That Absolutely Rock

Stone is a wonderful material. This natural building resource comes in a staggering variety of colours and textures. With some stone, you can create intricate work, with loads of tiny features. And, with other options, you can make huge items which look heavy and strong. The natural appeal this material adds can’t be ignored, either, making this one of the best options for any home. To help you out, this post will be going through four of the best uses of stone in any home. It should give you some good inspiration, hopefully leading to rocks being used throughout your house.


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Friday, 28 July 2017

The 4 Pillars Of Modern Decor

Decor trends in recent years have been leaning towards simplicity rather than overbearing designs. More modern decor can give your home an elegant feel that is far more sophisticated than heavy patterns and garish colours. If you decorate your home with lots of complex palettes, you might find that you get tired of it after a while and in that situation, you’ll need to completely redecorate again. However, if you’re using a much simpler style, it’ll be easier to make small tweaks from time to time. The key to nailing modern decor is getting the basic concepts right, from there you are free to add your own flourishes. These are the basic concepts behind modern decor.


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