Thursday, December 27, 2018

Embrace the Eclectic Style in Your Bathroom

The bathroom is like an oasis in every home, a place where you can relax after long and exhausting days. Adding your own personal touch to a mixture of styles can inspire you every time you enter the bathroom. If you want to improvise and be creative with design ideas, then an eclectic style is the best choice for your bathroom.

Play with the styles
The most beautiful thing about the eclectic style is the freedom you get with it. You don’t have to choose one style; you can add bits and pieces of various ones to design your bathroom. Mix the materials, place a wooden closet beside a metal towel rack. Hate to step out of the tub on dreadfully cold tiles? Put a rug on the floor! Don’t hesitate to use wallpapers with stripes or flowers, tiles with different patterns and colorful shelves.

Vintage charm
Retro-fans can finally have their five minutes and get the bathroom of their dreams! First of all, the floor can be covered with polka dots while the walls are painted in some soft tones or covered with simple white tiles. The tub should stand on its own while the tub filler goes up from the floor. Mix the past with the present by placing a wooden chair beside the tub. You can put your clean clothes on it while you are relaxing in a bubble bath. Beautiful and practical makes it a perfect combination!

Vintage faucets
If you prefer a modern-day tub but still want to have a bit of vintage style inside your bathroom, then you should consider getting vintage faucets and showing off your pipes. However, it will be impossible if your sewer system is blocked. Use the opportunity while you are renovating your bathroom to finally fix those blocked drains with the help from Pipe Relining Solutions. Get rid of all the tree roots, debris and other culprits that caused you so many headaches in the past.

Artistic bathroom
One way to give your bathroom an eclectic look is to bring some art inside. Use pale blue paint for the upper half of the walls and cover the lower half with white tiles. Add some dark backsplash where paint and tiles meet. Choose a few slate artworks that you want to hang on the walls and put them in frames whose color is similar to the backsplash.

Rustic accessories
Adding a little bit of country style in your modern bathroom will definitely change it into an eclectic spa. Put the claw-foot tub on wood blocks, adorn the mirror with a wooden frame or go for wood paneled walls – in other words, use natural materials as much as you can to breathe a rustic style in a bathroom of the 21st century. If you have enough space in your bathroom, consider a built-in cabinet where you can keep towels and toiletries.
Bathroom in the attic
Big families often need more than one bathroom, but have no idea where should they put the second one. No need to demolish one of the rooms when you have the perfect place for it in the attic! Thanks to that location, you already have an eclectic base for your bathroom. The quirky shape of the roof will enable you to get the most unique shower cabin in the world! For example, you can build it right under your attic window, cover the walls with patterned tiles and add a final touch with glass doors.
By deciding to embrace the eclectic design of your bathroom, you are the only one who gets to say what styles will be present in it. An eclectic bathroom will tell a lot about your personality and will always improve your mood no matter how upset you are. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A Guide on How to Take Care of Your Hair

A woman’s best accessory is her hair. She wears her hair like a crown as it is her pride and pleasure. Her hair actually has an emotional connection with her; you can make out from her hair about her mood and her day. A woman’s hair brings out the best of her personality; the haircut, the way she styles her hair and the way she maintains it.
Bad hair days can be really frustrating as no matter how fancy clothes or make-up you wear; without your shining and perfect hair, the look is just not completed. But the perfect shiny hair does not come on their own; you really have to work on them, love them and pamper them to make them perfect and graceful. Constant styling, heating, use of chemicals, exposure of sun and dust, and sprays on our hair damage them and weakens them. If you want to say goodbye to these bad hair days, follow this guide and have amazing hair every single day:

  1. Get regular haircuts: Getting your hair regularly trimmed is very important for healthy hair. Having split-ends can cause damage to your hair; they seem rough and not taken care of. The rough and unhealthy ends of your hair can spoil the look, shine and luster of your hair. So make sure to visit your hairdresser and get your hair trimmed on the regular basis.
  1. Don’t forget to condition them: With such regular exposure to sun and chemicals, it is important to condition them very frequently. You can even opt to use natural and homemade conditioners which you can easily make at home from your basic kitchen components. You will feel content and happy after observing the difference in your hair after each conditioning.   

  1. Get away from stress: You should believe me when I say that stress is the enemy of your lovely hair. Your eyes and hair show the first sign of your stress. Stress can damage your hair; lead to hair fall and most importantly, starts graying them. You should try to reduce your stress if you don’t want gray hair by taking out time for yourself and pampering yourself once in a while.  
  2. Rethink the way you shampoo: You should recheck the way you shampoo your hair. Half of the girls and women use an incorrect way to shampoo their hair which dulls their hair even more. The right way to shampoo your hair helps your hair to regain its strength and shine. The basic knowledge about measures like avoiding washing your hair daily or avoiding conditioners on your scalp helps to get the perfect hair you always look out for.   

Avoid excessive heat on them: Frequent use of hair tools like hair straightening or curling and use of excessive chemicals on hair like hair straightening chemicals or sprays, can damage your hair and make them dull. To have healthy hair, one should prefer hair-strengthening products than to use hair-weakening products. Regular spa from a salon will help to recover that damage. You can also give regular steam to your hair at home.

Monday, December 24, 2018

5 Smart Ways To Budget For A Home Remodel

Creating a budget for home remodeling must begin way before you start listing labor and material costs. It starts with priorities. What are your reasons for remodeling? Is it because of a growing family? Wanting to increase home’s resale value? Or maybe is it purely because you got bored with your current furniture and walls setting? If the reason is simply that you just want to change some stuff around, maybe you only need to redecorate, repaint your walls, and maybe change some furniture (or DIY upgrade it). If you are waiting for a future family member(s), or you would like to raise the resale value of the house, remodeling might be your only option. In that case, roll up your sleeves, and get ready for the hard work that is ahead of you.
If an increased value is your priority, find some good realtor in your local area and consult with them about house improvements that would leave you with the biggest return on your house investment.
Once you have done that and set your priorities, it is time to talk about money. Do you already know how much can you afford to spend on the renovation? How much money do you have saved up on the side? If you are already aware that you cannot afford to remodel with your current financial status, consult with your family and your partner about applying for a home equity loan. There are plenty of good options for house-remodeling loans offered by trusted companies like Our Money Market that come with low-interest rates for newlywed couples or expecting parents.
After you have decided how much money you can spend on renovation (or even before!), it is time for a little homework. Go around your local home improvement stores, and find exactly which appliances and materials you will need. Best would be to visit multiple stores and write down all the prices for comparison. Once you have done that, you will have an almost precise estimate of the figures needed, instead of vague estimates.  

Even if you are not worried about the money you will spend, and you have saved quite enough, you would probably want to cut down the expenses here and there. Here are some tips that will help you with get the best and most out of your house investment.

1. Be Your Own Contractor

This one is probably the biggest question that you have to answer before the beginning of the whole process. Do you want to hire a professional contractor, or you feel sure enough to dive in it yourself? Benefits of a professional are huge – it is way faster, more professional (obviously), knowledge about plumbing and electrical work, and of course, it is way easier. But if you are serious about cutting cost, you will sure cut it with this one. Read a little bit, maybe even consult with contractors (some of them offer hourly consultants). By doing this yourself the whole process is going to be much more flexible, and you will have a great sense of reward afterward.

2. Hit The Thrift Shops

This one is inevitable if you are looking to cut down cost. Go regularly at all thrift shops and recycling centers you can find around. Maybe you will find a great replacement for that high-end cabinet you saw in a new collection. And why would you give thousands of dollars, if you can add a little a compromise for literally hundreds and hundreds of dollars better price?  

3. DIY Demolition

This is another one of DIY ones. If you want to spend as little money as possible, be prepared to put a lot of effort and work into it. While by doing your own demo is not going to save you tons of money, it is still going to save you a couple of hundred bucks. Although it is not a job that requires the greatest expertise, make sure to consult with someone if it is your first time doing it.  

4. Try To Avoid Moving Your Kitchen Sink (And Toilet)

These m
ay seem like a basic plumbing renovation works, but once you put it all on paper, you will see that these two are the ones that drain money the most. If there is any way possible to avoid moving these two, you will be able to save up to a thousand bucks.  

5. Wait For The Right Time

This one is for all of you that have already decided to hire a contractor. Waiting until they need your business is a great way to save up to 5% of the cost, which can lead to more than a thousand dollars. What it means is that you do not schedule your renovation in the summer peak, or around September – since that is their premium time and they have tons of work.  

In the end, when you put all the costs on paper, you will see that doing things a little bit edgier is going to have plenty of benefits. A little bit of hard work and research will take you a long way. You will end up with a great end result. without cutting on quality and efficiency – only on expenses.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Home Renovation Trends That Will Make Waves in 2019

If you’re planning any sort of home improvement projects for 2019, you’re in luck! There are so many amazing renovation trends that will not only transform your home aesthetically, but also boost its comfort and functionality. You can find them all in one place in this guide, so take your pick and get renovating.

Zen retreats
Every year is more stressful than the one before, so people are craving peaceful and relaxing spaces that will allow them to Zen out and feel comfortable. Hopefully, 2019 will be better than 2018, but we can still expect to see the rise in demand for spaces that will boost mindfulness and relaxation. Think small meditation corners and comfy reading nooks. If you’re a music lover, you can also design a listening room that will perfectly fit your unique way of relaxing and unwinding.

Spa bathrooms
The bathroom is no longer reserved for basic biological and hygiene needs. Since 2019 is all about relaxation and pampering, feel free to add a few spa elements to your space. Think stylish freestanding baths perfect for deep soaks, glass enclosures perfect for long steamy showers and plenty of soft towels and aromatic hygiene products. If you have space, you can even dedicate one corner of the bathroom to pampering and equip it with a huge mirror and plenty of shelving for all your necessities.

Home gyms
No matter if you’re a fitness freak or someone with a New Year’s resolution to become healthier, this next renovation trend will be perfect for you. A home gym is nothing new, but lately, more and more people are looking for ways to incorporate exercise into their space, so private gyms are going through a real revolution. Plus, the number of quality exercise equipment available for homes is rising every day. Today, you can get everything from dumbbells and barbells to treadmills and exercise bikes. Plus, better-equipped stores also sell gym flooring and different mats that will help protect your joints and back but also keep your floors intact.

More light
Every year, designers try to find new ways to fill our homes with more natural light and 2019 will be no different. But, besides big floor-to-ceiling windows, newer trends like light domes, skylights and solar tubes are also super popular. They are a great solution for interior rooms without windows and require minimal installation costs. So, in 2019, don’t hesitate to bring sunlight even to the darkest corners of your home.

Dark cabinets
If you feel like your kitchen is the room with the most desperate need of renovation, you can ditch your old cabinets and improve your kitchen with some new cabinets. However, forget about whites, beiges and grays and opt for something deep and chic like navy, indigo or cornflower. These blue hues are unbelievably relaxing yet luxurious. Plus, they look great with all interior design styles and provide an amazing backdrop for different accessories.
White flooring
Those who were always curious about white flooring can finally try them out in their home in 2019. This trend has slowly been creeping in with blond hardwood, but now it’s fully here with crispy white marble and laminates. Sure, scuff marks and dirt will be quite visible of these floors, but on the other hand, they make every room seem bigger and airier. White flooring looks especially good in kitchens, but it’s quickly gaining popularity even in living rooms and bedrooms.

2019 has so many amazing things in store for all those who love to be up-to-date with interior design trends. No matter if you’re ready for a full home renovation or want to breathe new life into one room, you’ll surely find something that tickles your fancy. So, make 2019 the year of style and try some of these trends in your humble (or not so humble) abode!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Money Saving Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season is an exciting time, although it’s not always friendly to wallets. As one of the most expensive times of the year, it can be hard to lose yourself in the fun and joy of winter merriment. 

However, you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy the holidays this December. With some effort and a few cost-cutting tricks, you can usually walk away from December with your wallet in-tact and everyone feeling festive and cheerful. Check out these ideas for some holiday money saving techniques.

Start a Budget

As with any cost-saving effort, your most important step is going to be budgeting. Before you can figure out how you can save money, you need to establish how much money you’re willing and able to spend. Divide up all of your holiday expenses; usually a list of gift recipients and then a list of other expenses, like decorations or travel. Think of yourself as a stingy Santa Claus: Make the list, and check it twice for anything that seems a little unnecessary.
Pro Tip: Use a pen and paper budget sheet

Decide on Gifts

For gifting, decide on a limit for how much you’ll spend on each gift, or if you can get away with a custom, homemade present. It doesn’t have to be the same per person, but this will establish a baseline for the rest of your holiday expenses. Watch the stores that carry your desired gifts like a hawk throughout the year, and take advantage of sales. Black Friday may be a good time to go, though you’ll be competing with the stampedes to get those specials.

Beware Shipping Costs

If you’re sending any of these gifts, make sure you include the price of shipping in your budget. Keep in mind your shipping options are going to vary. Your cheapest will be through the post office, although the reliability of a delivery before Christmas is going to vary. Other services, like FedEx or UPS, will have more solid delivery dates, though the service will be pricier.
Pro Tip: Use online shopping gift services
A lot of online shopping allows buyers to ship directly to the gift recipient and have a “gift” option that allows the box to remain a mystery until it's unwrapped. This saves you on shipping immensely.

Pick the Smartest Travel Option

If you’re traveling for the holidays, consider how you’re getting there. Flights can be expensive, and extensive stays will need extra luggage that will have to be checked. You’re looking at a hefty price, even for flights staying on the same coast. If it’s at all possible, consider driving to your destination. You’ll lose some time and have to spend money on gas, but usually it can be more cost-effective than flying if your destination is relatively close, particularly if you need extra cargo space for passengers and presents.
Pro Tip: Be sure to bring plenty of entertainment for the kids

Save Decorations

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, break out the previous years’ decorations. There’s no need to open your wallet for new strings of lights or wreaths if you’ve got previous years in the attic or garage. If you don’t have any stockpiled decorations, don’t feel the need to buy more. Take it slow and buy a few this year, and then a few more next year, and let them slowly accumulate. Decorating doesn’t have to be a sprint, and with each new year you’ll have another set of trim or lights that you can associate with a previous year.

The holidays shouldn’t be about how much you spend. They should be about spending time with family, doing good things for others, and having some stress-free vacation days. Luckily, these saving tips for the holidays will be a great step in the right direction.

Natural Alternatives To Harmful Chemical Cleaners

We all want a clean and sparkling home that makes us feel relaxed, safe and at ease. Yet, many of us are unaware of just how much our willingness to get one can lead to us inadvertently damaging the planet. Harsh chemical cleaners may be great for cleaning away dust, grease and grime, but when they’re washed down our drains they can well and truly wreak havoc with our oceans. Here we’ll take a look at just how harmful our over reliance on chemicals for a clean and fragrant home can be as well as looking at some affordable natural alternatives which will do the job just as well…

The cost of cleanliness

Many of us are unaware of just how harmful the products we keep under the sink are, not only to the environment but with any children and animals with whom we share our homes. Many of the cleaning products we rely on use volatile organic compounds. These enter our waste water and are unable to be filtered out by the usual wastewater treatment processes. They then enter our freshwater supplies where they can kill marine life both through poisoning them and damaging the aquatic plant life upon which they are reliant. Moreover, these products are invariably packaged in non-recyclable plastics which go into landfill waste where they can leach harmful compounds into our planet’s oceans.

It needn’t be this way, though. Just as the home can be made safer and more relaxing by using natural decor, so too can natural alternatives make keeping a spotlessly clean home safer. Let’s take a look at some alternatives. Don’t worry, they’ll do the job just as well and just as quickly;

Brands that use natural products

The good news is that there are a plethora of brands out there that produce cleaning products that get the same great results without the environmentally damaging compounds. Just take a look at and the great line of environmentally sound cleaning products on offer. Not only do they contain no harmful ammonia, nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfates or other volatile compounds, they’re completely biodegradable. They’re also totally affordable, especially with the current offer of 10% off your first purchase!

Bicarbonate of soda

Baking soda has been a staple of clean but cash strapped families for centuries and is quite often used in whitening toothpastes. Well, guess what? If it can make your teeth sparkling white, it can do the exact same for your kitchen and bathroom. Mix it into a paste with water and it’s great for everything from your oven to the grout between your bathroom tiles.

White vinegar

Vinegar’s acidic properties make it great for cutting through grease and grime as well as soap scum. Dilute vinegar in water with a little lemon juice and spray on windows for a sparkling shine, mix one part vinegar with two parts water for an incredible natural fabric softener or pour undiluted vinegar around the top of your toilet bowl for a sparkling alternative to harmful bleach based cleaners.

With just a little knowhow and a few judicious choices you can make your home sparkle while doing good for the environment and saving money!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

How To Keep Your Digestive System Healthy And Active

The digestive health of an individual is a combined result of the food she or he consumes, the lifestyle lead and genetics. It is essential to care for your digestive system amidst the busiest of schedules as a good digestion can impact the overall functioning of the body. Your general sense of well-being, as well as your moods, can also be drastically affected by the digestive system. Here are a number of ways you can keep yourself fit and healthy.
Consumption Of A Diet Rich In Fiber
Consumption of a balanced diet that includes grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruits can cause your gut flora to flourish with the growth of healthy microbes and the destruction of harmful ones. A high fiber diet can also prevent issues such as constipation as fibers keep the food in motion throughout the digestive tract.
In addition to improving your health, a fiber-rich diet can also prevent diseases such as hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Your goal of a healthy weight can also be achieved with the help of a good diet.
Include Both Soluble And Insoluble Fiber
There are two types of fibers namely insoluble and soluble fibers. They are both equally important and useful to the digestive health in different ways. The soluble part of fiber absorbs the water content in the stool and hence prevents loose motion or watery stool while the insoluble fiber helps add bulk to the stool as they cannot be digested by the body.
Vegetables, whole grains, wheat, and bran are great sources of soluble fibers and foods such as oats, nuts, seeds, legumes, and bran are a source of insoluble fiber content.
Cut Down Fatty Foods
Fatty foods are called so due to the reason that they cause the digestive system to slow down and hence increase the chances of problems such as constipation. However, fat cannot be completely excluded from the diet as well. Hence a balanced diet of fatty foods, as well as foods that are a rich source of fiber, can be deemed ideal as the harmful effects of fatty foods can be nullified in this manner.
Consumption Of Lean Meats
Meat is an inevitable part of all diets due to the reason that it is a rich source of protein. However, it is important to cut down on fatty cuts of meat as they can impact the digestive health in a negative manner and cause uncomfortable digestion. Hence it is integral to choose lean meat cuts such as pork loin or skinless poultry to ensure you get the protein without excessive amounts of fat content.
Incorporate Probiotics In The Diet
Probiotics are the healthy microbes that form the gut flora in the stomach. They contribute to body health by keeping the effects of a bad diet, antibiotics, and stress from influencing your health. They can additionally increase nutrient absorption and also strengthen the immunity system of the body. Yogurt and kefir form great sources of probiotics.
Cleansing The Stomach Regularly
Having issues with the digestive systems can often be symptoms of a problem such as parasitic infection. It is considered healthy to undergo a detox diet every once in a while to ensure the body stays clean and free of toxins. If you suspect a parasitic infestation, you can undergo a natural parasite cleansing to get rid of the harmful organisms in the stomach.
Eating On Schedule
Consuming healthy meals and snacks at regular intervals of time is important to keep your digestive system efficient and in top form. A fixed time should be kept for breakfast, snack, lunch, and dinner.
Stay Hydrated
Water is a highly integral part of your body and it is important to stay hydrated in order to have a healthy digestive system. As fiber absorbs water, the presence of water is extremely important to have a smooth passage of stool. The body also tends to absorb water from the stool in case of dehydration which can lead to constipation. Hence an adequate amount of water should be consumed on a daily basis.
Change Lifestyle Habits
Habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol or caffeine can all alter the basic metabolism of your body and harmfully impact the digestive system as well. These compounds also interfere with the functioning of the body and can cause problems such as heartburn and stomach ulcer.
Regular Exercise

Exercise can promote the movement of food in the digestive tract and help in efficient digestion. This not only reduces the chances of constipation but also helps increase the body’s metabolic rate. Exercise doesn't have to be rigorous either just getting out and doing something fun like riding a scooter burns calories. Consequently, this helps you achieve your goal weight as well which is also great for the body and digestion.