Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The 10 Commandments of a Clutter-Free Life



Clutter creates stress. It makes it impossible to relax, which means your home is not the cosy and peaceful sanctuary that it should be. With that in mind, read on to discover the Ten Commandments to a clutter-free life…
1.     Let the size of your home determine how many things you have – A lot of people make the mistake of letting their belongings dictate, i.e. they dream of having a bigger wardrobe when their current one is bursting at the seams. Instead, though, why not get rid of some of your clothes so that your clothing fits the space you have available?
2.     Put something away as soon as you have finished with it – You need to get in the habit of putting things away as soon as you have finished using them.
3.     Purge regularly – Stuff has a way of simply accumulating. You should purge several times a year to deal with this.
4.     Make sure everything has a place – And no, being shoved in the corner does not count as having a place! If you do not want to get rid of some of your belongings, you can always make the most of local storage so that everything within your home has a place.
5.     Be smart about storage – You need to ensure that your items are stored in a logical manner, i.e. where you use them. If you use certain utensils when cooking almost every evening, placing them in the back of a cupboard is simply asking for clutter to generate.
6.     One in, one out – You need to operate by the one in, one out rule once you get your clutter to a manageable level. This means that whenever you buy something new for your home, you need to get rid of something you already have to accommodate it.
7.     Value experiences more than things – We are constantly bombarded with television, online, and printed adverts, which attempt to tell us that material things equate to happiness, be it a cool kitchen gadget or a new television. However, it is important to remember that it is experiences that we value most, not belongings.
8.     Go paper-free – Scan all of those documents you have been holding onto for years.
9.     Stop clutter before it enters your home – Clutter can easily enter your home in the form of freebies and junk mail. Set up a landing strip so you can stop it at the source.
10.   Embrace the junk drawer – You should never underestimate the importance of a junk drawer. After all, every household has those little items that do not seem to have a logical place to go, such as tape, pens, and batteries.
If you follow the ten rules that have been presented above, you should find it easy to enjoy a clutter-free life. Your home will feel bigger, cleaner, and more welcoming, and you should have no trouble unwinding after a difficult day.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Family Focus: Caring For Your Nearest And Dearest As They Age

Looking after those that we love is a significant part of life for many of us, and it is something that is particularly important to get right for our parents and in-laws as they age. However, making the right choice for them and your family unit as a whole can be indescribably tough and wrought with emotional difficulties. With this in mind, check out the information collected below that will help you better understand the situation and the options that are available to you and your family.


Concerns about ageing loved ones


One of the primary motivators for asking questions about an ageing loved one's care is the concerns that their nearest and dearest have for them in their present life. Of these, medical issues are a huge part, and they will be discussed below. However, they are not the only worries that a family member can voice about their ageing parents. In fact, concerns over reduced mobility and the ability to take good care of themselves are often something that suggests the need for a conversation on elder care.


Also, family members are quite often worried about the potential side effects of their elderly parent living without any care and supervision. These side effects may include missing essential medications, or not eating a nutritious enough diet to remain healthy.





Tuesday, 20 March 2018

What's Best For Our Babies?

I recently posted a video to my YouTube channel showing what my 2 year old eats in a day and someone commented on the video stating, "slice grapes length ways just in case of choking". My initial reaction was, yes I know about that, I'm not stupid and my boy chews his food extremely well. But instead of giving some sarcastic comment back I decided to put the question out on Instagram and Facebook to see what others with toddlers did. I was interested to know if others still chopped their grapes, or like me didn't bother anymore. I used to be so frantic about chopping them, but now felt that he was a good enough eater for me not to worry. Well the majority of people said they did chop the grapes and a few said the recommendation was until at least 5 years old.

Call me naive, but I had no idea that the recommendation was till 5 years old. I just thought it was until they had mastered eating properly. But in all honesty, I guess I hadn't really thought about it. So yes I probably will start chopping them up for him again. I guess in this situation, it's the what if that's a bit scary, he will probably be just fine, but there's one that isn't and you don't want that one to be your baby. And it really doesn't affect anything other than taking me a bit of extra time.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Getting Your Garden Ready for Summer



It does not feel like summer is around the corner, does it? It was only a few days ago that we were dealing with the Beast from the East. However, believe it or not, this is our spring, which means that summer is not far away. To make the most of the limited sunshine we get in the UK, you need to make sure that your garden is prepared for the warmer months ahead. With that in mind, read on to discover some of the steps you should take to prepare your garden for the summer.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

I Do...Not Want to Spend So Much on My Wedding!





They say that your wedding day is one of the most special ones of your life. At the same time, it is also highly likely to be one of the most expensive. If you simply don’t have the funds to spend on an expensive celebration, this is the article for you. Just because you host a more frugal wedding day, it doesn’t mean that it has to be a lousy one. So, here are a few tips and tricks which you can put into practice to hold a fantastic wedding on a budget.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

My baby is 2 months old

Here's an overload of photos of my baby boy. I can't believe he's now 2 months old!! Where did that time go.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

The Weather Outside Is Still Frightful!

Are you shivering in your boots simply from sitting on the sofa? If so, it might be time to check those window panes and make sure the back door is shut! Just because we’re slowly waving goodbye to winter doesn’t mean it’s no longer cold outside! And because of that, a lot of us are looking for ways to stay toasty warm when both indoors and outdoors. So if you’re finding the weather outside still frightful, here are some of the warmest tips on the block (as opposed to the coolest!), so try to use some of them to keep you and your family in good temperatures.


Sunday, 4 March 2018

Getting Winter Ready

With all this bad weather we're having at the moment, it makes me realise just how unprepared I am for it. Thankfully we are not completely unprepared, we have a snow shovel and gritting salt, but they're not always easy to find in a garage that's over flowing with so many other things. Every time we get snow I say we need to be more prepared. But by time we get round to doing anything about it the snow has gone and we forget we need to get organised and move onto something else. But we are now on day 6 of snow and are set for more next week.

It's crazy how everything comes to a stop the moment we get a bit of snow, when other counties cope with it for weeks and months on end. But that's just it we don't have it for very long so never feel the need to put measures in place to cope with it. I'm certainly not about to go out and buy new winter tyres, as no doubt we'll have spring type weather in a couple of weeks, that's just how it is here in the UK.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Family Day Out: Yeadon Tarn

For a while now we've talked about getting out as a family to go on walks and see some of our beautiful surroundings. Neither Keith or I are from Yorkshire, so there's plenty to discover and it's so important to take time out to just be and spend time as a family. Our little boy Tommy loves being outside and the fresh air really gives me a new lease of life.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Secrets Of Gym-Haters To Stay In Shape

Even though it has become a popular meeting venue for everyone and their dog, it doesn’t mean that you have to love the gym. In fact, for a lot of people, the gym is nothing else than an unhygienic waste of time. It’s easy to understand why. After all, not all gyms are kept as spotless as they should, and there is no joy in holding the sweaty hand bar on the treadmill while wondering how many hands have held it before you today. Not every gym member brings a towel to keep the equipment clean and dry, so it can be really unpleasant to use a machine right after them. Additionally, when you’re trying to get back in shape, there’s nothing more frustrating than jogging next to super fit individuals which make you feel bad about yourself just by looking at them. Naturally, it would be unfair to forget the membership fees, which can be extortionately high with some gym studios. In other words, you shouldn’t feel awkward about hating the gym. The right gym can be great depending on your personality, but there are a lot of bad gym facilities that give a terrible rep to the venue. Don’t worry, though. You don’t have to sign up to your local gym to stay fit. There are plenty of alternatives for gym-haters.



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