Friday, June 29, 2018

Ways Seniors Can Boost Their Social Life and Improve Mental Health

Tracey Clayton is  hosting today about a great topic on how to improve life for Seniors.

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Aging can be a challenging process, one that often leads to various health issues, which includes mental health. Memory loss, depression and dementia are just some of the common problems for the elderly, especially those who are disconnected from their social circle. Staying in touch with one’s family and friends can actually make things better, but fighting depression and mental decline doesn’t stop there. Fortunately, there are some ways for seniors to keep their minds sharp and healthy as they age.


Be on the move

Keeping fit and staying physically active can improve your health at any point in life, but especially so in older age. Physical exercise can improve circulation, which can consequently lower the risk of heart disease, hypertension or even stroke. Working out can boost your vitality, self-esteem and mood, leaving you optimistic and joyful. It also helps you sleep well, which is necessary for keeping a clear mind and renew your energy. If possible, opt for hiking with a group, since walking in nature and on uneven terrain can strengthen your immune system, improve your balance and allow you to stay social, which is very beneficial for your mental health. Other activities that are both physical and social include dancing classes or various exercise groups you can join, so talk to your GP and ask what the best type of exercise for you is.

Prevent mental disease

Just like physical activity helps maintain good physical health, mental activity does the same for your brain and mental health. Some of the biggest concerns regarding seniors’ mental health are the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s, both of which can disrupt your life, as well as the lives of those around you. In order to lower the risk of these diseases, you need to keep your brain active through various activities, including reading, solving puzzles, or playing logic games. Also, age shouldn’t stop you from learning new things, so take a language course or go to decoupage classes to improve your brain’s cognitive function. However, if you notice symptoms like memory loss, difficulty in communication and finding words, confusion, disorientation or loss of motor function, see your doctor and seek the best dementia care program you can find. It should include around-the-clock clinical support, with good staff to resident ratio and a place where there’s a lot of light and opportunities to spend time outdoors, as well as people you can socialize with. There are therapists available, and this article can give you additional information.

Be surrounded by people

Staying in touch with your closest relatives and friends can have many benefits for your mental health. You can even use the latest technology to communicate with your loved ones, as well as to reconnect with some old friends from university, work or even childhood. Call on your family, friends and neighbors, invite them over for a cup of coffee, or organize a game night. Do your best to meet some new people, and not only those who are your age, but also younger people, to give you a fresh perspective on life. Volunteer, join clubs or visit different community events to be surrounded by people of similar interests to yours. Staying social can improve your mental capacity and state, which means that even the simplest activities, like having lunch with your family or going to the cinema with your friends can be beneficial for your brain.

Try new things

Trying new things can improve your intellectual and emotional function, so don’t run from new experiences, since they may be perceived as a workout for your mind. This is why you should consider traveling to new places, taking up a new hobby or two, or even just trying a new dish once a week. Signing up for a senior trip will allow you to explore new and interesting places, while meeting new people and possibly extending your circle of friends. Even changing your daily route to the grocery shop can help you maintain good mental health, which means that changing your scenery completely and learning about a new culture will definitely be beneficial, and not to mention fun. A healthy diet can add a lot to your mental health, so visit new restaurants with your friends from time to time and try some new and nutritious meals and desserts to stimulate your brain and improve your cognitive functioning. Also, relaxing and joyful activities, such as doing art projects, gardening, or even taking care of a pet can keep depression at bay, as well as challenge your brain and let you exercise it into being stronger and healthier.
Even though aging can be difficult, if you accept it as a natural process and decide to enjoy it, you can remain active and in good physical and mental shape well into your golden years.

About the author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home d├ęcor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Top 5 Renovations Projects to do Over the Summer

Lana Hawkins has some really great ideas on renovations you can make over the summer! Thanks for the great ideas Lana.

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We can’t wait for the summer to begin since we’ll finally have a few days off and enough time to travel to an exotic destination. However, aside from enjoying ourselves, we should use this opportunity to renovate our home as well, especially since most projects are best done during this part of the year. In order to help you organize your schedule properly and have enough time both for home improvement work and a fun trip, we’ve singled out our top 5 renovation projects that you can easily get completed this summer. Let’s take a look!


Improve your storage space

Having extra storage space is always useful, so don’t hesitate to dedicate a few days of your summer vacation to it and try out some DIY options. For instance, building a few shelves in your bathroom represents an efficient use of vertical space and can provide you with enough room to keep your clean towels, cosmetic products and even bathroom accessories. Additionally, your bedroom is another place which can easily get overcrowded if you don’t come up with a smart storage solution. We particularly like the idea of installing a few drawers underneath the bed and hanging several hooks on the door where you can keep the clothes you’ve already worn.

Paint the exterior

Painting the home’s exterior is a serious job and it requires sunny weather. Therefore, it’s safest to do it in the summer. However, before you start off, make sure to repair all the damaged surfaces and patch up the holes in your facade. Once you’re done with this, you just need to choose your favourite nuance and get down to work. We would advise you to play it safe and opt for a more neutral base. This is especially important if you are thinking about selling your home in the near future. After all, not everybody has the same taste and knows how to appreciate bolder choices. Of course, painting your door in a more vibrant shade is a nice way to break the monotony and add a breath of fresh air to your home design.


Upgrade your windows

New windows will add that much-needed aesthetic appeal to your property and allow even more sunshine to get in. Not only is natural light much healthier for your body and mind, but it will help you reduce your electricity bills as well. Furthermore, double-pane and triple-pane windows have been shown to be extremely energy-efficient and can earn you up to 35% in savings on your heating bills. On top of that, you can choose among different sizes, styles and patterns of these windows and opt for the ones which will match the rest of your home design. Finally, don’t forget to install high-quality shutters which will offer more privacy in your house and protect you from the nasty summer heat.

Update your kitchen

If you like cooking and tend to spend a lot of time in your kitchen, you should definitely think about updating it this summer. For example, you can repaint your cabinets, place sconces above your open shelves and build some extra storage space. Additionally, you can also introduce nice kitchen accessories like potted flowers or vintage vases that will add that finishing touch and make your kitchen look as if it was on the cover page of a world-famous home improvement magazine.

Redesign your patio

Last but not least, there is nothing more fun than spending those long hot summer evenings with your family on your beautifully-designed patio. You can construct an exquisite dining area here, as well as a small reading nook where you’ll have a chance to relax while enjoying your favourite book. On top of that, you can go a step further and buy a fancy hot tub that will turn your average-looking patio into a real outdoor spa. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Finally, remember to bring out some cosy bean bags and armchairs so that you have enough space to accommodate all your friends when they come over.

As you can see, some projects are definitely worth doing and this summer is the perfect time for that. You just need to invest a bit of your time and money and we guarantee you that you’ll enjoy your rejuvenated living space. Lastly, feel free to experiment with existing ideas and come up with something innovative as well. After all, adding a personal touch is what matters the most.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Choosing the Right Type of Outdoor Blinds and Awnings


Jack Louis is here today to share with us on Awnings and outdoor blinds. Thanks for the great tips.
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Installing outdoor blinds and awnings are a great and safe way of adding security to the house. With these blinds, one can also control the the sun's light from entering the house, and in addition it also allows you to keep protection prying eyes away from your property. They inhance the appearance of any property.


Benefits of Installing Outdoor Blinds and Awnings

  • Comfort: Installing outdoor blinds and awnings can add value and comfort to your oudoor space. Since it can block off the sunlight and other weather elements, users will be portected from all nature elements at all times. They can spend quality time with their family or  without worry about getting affected by the climate conditions. It can make a place cosier and more advantageous to be in.

  • Reduces Electricity bill: It can block off the glare of the sunlight. This is the principle reason why they are so popualar among house owners. While awings keep the oudoor place comfortable,  blinds keep the house cool and help cut off the electricity bill..

  • Improves the appearance: Since these outside blinds are available in different styles, patterns and hues; it can add beauty to any place they are installed in. It can add shading and life to the place. You can even make up topics with the goal that your outside spots will dependably look alluring and engaging. With it, you do not need to put in a great deal of stylistic layouts just to complement the place; the blinds have the capacity to carry out the activity.

  • Adaptability: Installing outdoor blinds and awnings fit in regardless of where you need it to be installed. You do not need to stress over not coordinating it up flawlessly with the place since it is extremely adaptable and can match with the decor of the house.

  • Moderateness - Blinds are extremely reasonable. It will not cost one a lot of just money to make their outside area look wonderful and beautiful. You simply need to choose the blinds and get it installed at your outdoor place to add beauty to the place. Individuals will without a doubt discover these blinds extremely beneficial to have in their homes.

There are a wide range of options  of outdoor blinds and awnings available in the market today, including bistro blinds, shade-see porch blinds, full-square yard blinds, window canopies, and aluminium or wood security screens. With the numerous options, picking the right one that will best suit your home's style could be very daunting. So, look at the accompanying supportive tips:

As a rule, contemporary homes have a moderate outline, with plain, nonpartisan hues all through the house. Run with an open air sunscreen texture on any of these kinds of outer blinds: robotized canopies for coordinate establishment over windows; straight-drop blinds set over the windows, pergolas, and yards; and mechanized wire-direct blinds should be installed over the windows.


Adding a modernized touch to a home is presently ending up extremely prevalent. Both new and conventional styles of outside window medicines could be utilized on an old style house. Introducing distinctive styles of window covers on the back and front of a home could be powerful in keeping its allure. Consider a striped canvas for a more ordinary style of open air blinds.

Whatever style of outdoor blinds and awnings you choose, ensure that it goes will with the decor of the houseand improves it appearance as well. So, carefully do your research on the available options and choose accordingly to improve security and aesthetic value of your house.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ideas for Eclectic Bathroom Design


    Diana Smith is here on the blog today and she is one of my favorite guest bloggers. She has some great ideas for Bathroom Design. Check out her fun article! 
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Bathrooms are rarely the places where one showcases the sense of style. It appears interior designers in big cities such as Sydney are looking at this “stylistic void” as a point of opportunity to refine our aesthetic idea of bathrooms. The especially popular design choice is the one of “boutique” bathrooms that boldly showcase outrageous aesthetic combos that try to walk the line between kitsch and eclecticism. If such concepts excite you, here are some nifty ideas for eclectic bathroom design.



The basics
Now, you might be asking yourself what “eclectic” actually means. It is primarily an adjective that determines the type of interior spaces that combine disparate styles from different time periods to create a refreshing and aesthetically pleasing contrast. Still, this also means one can easily venture into the realm of bad taste. It has become a truly popular trend in Sydney as it gives people a chance to keep the interiors stylish while at the same time keeping them affordable. The same goes for bathroom eclectic design.

Keep the bathroom affordable
Creating an eclectic bathroom gives you a lot of breathing space for stylistic shortcuts. In other words, considering the very nature of eclectic design, you can get away with a lot of things, including cutting corners. It allows you to do this without looking cheap, at least not intentionally so. This is why it is important to seek professional advice as well as a helping hand from experts for quality bathroom renovations in Sydney. Since they are familiar with the market and trends, they’ll tell you in which fields it is legitimate to keep matters affordable whilst offering you impeccable service.

Look for unique tiles
Eclectic style has its set of dos and don’ts, but when it comes to bathrooms it is a whole different matter. Utility comes before anything else, so even if you are insistent on creating an eclectic bathroom, style is not a priority. There is, however, a place where you can begin your search for the perfect eclectic tone-setter – unique tiles. The best possible bet is to invest in high-quality ceramic tiles that are covered with various patterns. Now, before you go wild and turn your bathroom into a kaleidoscope of colorful nightmares, keep in mind that it has to be consistent. To achieve consistency, create a tile patch and try to replicate the pattern throughout. Keep the colors in contrast to one another and don’t blend nuances.

Mix and mismatch
Now, when it comes to the very essence of eclectic design – mixing vintage and modern – you can go truly wild. The important elements such as the tub/shower, sink and mirror, toilet and cupboard, they can be interesting pieces from different periods that reflect your preferences. Still, try not to mix more than two periods, plus – maybe one element that comes from a third one to “break” the rule. Vintage tubs with copper piping and baroque mirrors are an especially popular choice, but you might just be in the mood to go against the grain and do something different. Challenge yourself to create a bathroom that is unlike any other in all of Sydney.


Use wallpaper
Of course, bathrooms are not covered with tiles by rule; you can mix this material with some wallpaper surfaces to add more vibrancy to the proceedings. Still, with this option open for application, you should know that regular wallpapers won’t do due to incessant humidity in the bathroom. In order to avoid mold and rundown appearance, purchase a special, durable type of wallpaper that can withstand high moisture. Vinyl wallpaper is the most ubiquitous choice, and it is usually applied to bathroom walls with a strong industrial adhesive.  

If you are truly bent on renovating or reinstalling your bathroom from scratch, going for a distinct and stylistically unique combination of elements might be a good choice to freshen things up. With some truly inventive eclectic bathroom design ideas, you’ll be able to assemble a truly vibrant and interesting set of elements that might appear chaotic at first. Still, once you assemble them according to your tastes, you’ll have an eclectic bathroom on your hands that truly communicates your aesthetic values.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

5 Benefits of Having an Automated Home



The advances in technology we are witnessing today used to be fodder for science fiction tales just a few years ago. This automation and AI aren’t just changing people’s jobs and eliminating hard labor, they are also changing the day to day lives of an average family.
This is the most visible in automated homes. They are making ordinary housing less expensive, more comfortable, and safer. This isn’t yet something that’s available in every home, but it is something young homeowners should consider because it’s here to stay and to improve your lifestyle.


Easier management
Every household has more than a few electronic devices these days and they continue to multiply as well. These devices usually serve different purposes, but they need to be synchronized amongst one another in order to be used comfortably. This is becoming a bit of a chore especially for those who also work from home.
Automated homes allow you to manage all your devices from a single unit. This includes synchronizing and charging and, most of the time, it can be voice-activated. The possibilities with this technology are going to expand over time as new gadgets become available.


Safety
Safety is the most important concern for a homeowner. It becomes even more so when you have kids or work long hours and leave the home unguarded for a long time every day. Luckily, technology can help with this and even prevent home invasions more efficiently than a guard could.
With automated homes, you can cover the property with motion-sensors and cameras and alarm the authorities about an intrusion remotely. Also, a great number of home invasions can be prevented if the home appears to be in use while you’re away. Once again, automated homes can create this illusion by turning the lights and other devices on while you’re gone.
Electricity bills
Electricity bills can really add up and put a strain on family finances. This is something that can be prevented or at least mitigated by using your devices responsibly. However, when having an active lifestyle and a lot of obligations, it can be difficult to accomplish.
By using the services of CBus installers you can use an AI system to save on electricity bills. The AI can regulate lights, air conditioning, TVs and other entertainment devices and keep track of your energy consumption without any effort needed on the part of the homeowners.

Accessibility
Day to day tasks can be difficult for people with disabilities. There have been many advances in this area lately, on part of the government and municipal institutions. However, in order for real changes to take place, there needs to be a change in how private homes are built and managed.
Automation will help with making homes more accessible for those with disabilities simply by automating the tasks needed to run a household. This will also be useful for older residents that want to keep having an active lifestyle while dealing with advanced age.
Home value
In the end, you need to start thinking about the value your home can achieve on the market. It’s a competitive market and everyone’s investing in their homes in order to get a good price later on. This is mostly done by improving on the gardening or by expanding a part of your property.
Automation will increase the value of your home because it shows that you’re at the cutting edge of progress and you’re trying to target a younger demographic as potential buyers.
Automated homes are safer, better organized, and easier to manage. They can also save you money in the long run and make your home easier to sell.