Beat the Heat With These Essential Pre-Summer Home Upgrades

With summer coming up soon, homeowners all across the northern hemisphere are preparing their homes for the inevitable heat. They’re installing fans, replacing air conditioning, changing their windows and even decluttering the house so they have more space to move around. If everyone else is making changes, then why aren’t you? Unless you want to sweat throughout the hot summer months and make it hard to do anything at home, here are a couple of essential pre-summer home upgrades to help you overcome the heat.

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Ceiling Fans

If you don’t have one already, then you’ve probably been kicking yourself to get one for the past few years. A ceiling fan moves hot air down and helps it circulate around your rooms. They don’t rotate as quickly as desk fans or cooling fans and they aren’t made to actually cool the air like an air conditioning unit. Instead, it simply helps to circulate the cool air better and creates a breeze that we all long for during the hot summer temperatures. If you’re going to install a ceiling fan, then make sure it’s a reputable one such as Casablanca fans and ensure they have a switch on the fan to change the rotation. This is because ceiling fans can be used to help during the summer as well as the winter.

Repair and Service Your Air Conditioner

The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to break down just as the hot summers come rolling in. If your air conditioner is somewhat old then it might be worth the effort to completely replace it. This is because you don’t want your air conditioning unit to break down a few into a hot day. Repair and maintenance costs might also be lower during off-season days, so ensure you’re not delaying it. The filter may also need to be changed. Depending on the type of air conditioning unit you use, you might not be able to change it yourself, so ensure you call someone to help you get your unit in working condition. You may also want to upgrade your thermostat so that your air conditioning unit has a more accurate and reliable reading to work with.

Add a Film to Your Windows

Window films are simple upgrades that will help you reduce the amount of heat entering your home without compromising the amount of light that also enters. These solar control window films are fantastic for the summer because they make a significant different in the temperature of your home especially if you’re living in an area that gets a lot of sunlight. Not only does it reduce the temperature in your house, but it also shields you from harmful UV rays and makes you rely less on electricity in order to keep your home cool. These come in various shades and strengths which is helpful if you also want to reduce the amount of light coming in. Most companies will send you samples of each film they offer in order to convince you and allow you to test how effective they are.

Unique Home Upgrades You’ll Love

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Taking the time to plan home renovations is probably one of the most exciting aspects of being a homeowner. You may not have bought your dream home initially, but you can make as many changes as you like to turn it into the house you’ve always dreamed of owning. Your home is somewhere you need to be able to relax and so you want it to look as perfect as it can. This can include anything from coving and crown moulding in the living room, to a swirly whirlpool jacuzzi bath. Whatever you need to upgrade your space, you should do.

Upgrading your house can include all the regular changes, such as kitchen upgrades and giving your house curb appeal, but what about the more unique upgrades you could make to transform the space? If you like to make things unique in your home and you have the budget to do it, you absolutely should. We’ve put together some unique home upgrade ideas so you can have your pick of the bunch:

It’s all about conversation in your living room. Lowering the floor to create a conversation pit seating area like this one will take some work, but once it’s done you will have created one of the best social areas a house can have. Your living room should be warm, cosy and yet airy enough to be well-ventilated. If you have the luxury of high ceilings, bring some nature indoors and decorate with potted plants and beautiful flower arrangements. This’ll offset the cosiness of your new conversation pit in your living room.

If you have the luxury of a conservatory or decking outside, adding a hot tub is never a bad idea. Hot tubs used to be the mark of the wealthy but there are so many affordable options out there. It’s always better to install a hot tub outside the house instead of having one in your upstairs bathroom, as you then reduce the risk of flooding. You’ll have questions to ask when your home floods so if you can make upgrades that avoid this, do so. Having a hot and bubbly hot tub in the back garden should be a pleasure rather than a pain so if you mess with any plumbing, have a professional come in and do any installations for you.

When you have a family, your kitchen becomes a twenty-four-hour washing and drying space. Not only are you up to your eyeballs in laundry, but the dishes from the endless cooking and mealtimes can really pile up. It’s not unique to have a dishwasher, but it’s very unique to have two! You can get double drawer dishwashers like these, or just have them placed in different areas of the room. Your kitchen should be a hub of activity but that doesn’t mean you have to be Cinderella! Let one start washing while you load the other, and you’ll never physically wash a dish again.

Are you looking to do a huge remodel? Getting in the contractors so you can play cruise director rather than building yourself is a good idea. Think about what you want for your home and ask your contractors to tack on a guest house or an intricately built treehouse to your home. A guesthouse is the perfect addition to your home if you have guests over a lot and once you’ve all exhausted the fun in the conversation pit and had a relax in the hot tub, that guest house would be so much better than having people head to a hotel.

Bookworms among you will love the idea of a reading nook and installing a hidden nook under the stairs in the house can feel creative and secretive all at once. Add in some shelving and comfy pillows with some centred lighting for the perfect ambience. You don’t have to own an entire library a la Beauty and The Beast, but a small nook with blankets and cosiness for you to curl up in could be the perfect area of relaxation, and you haven’t even renovated too much!

One of the best luxuries when you stay away from home is a wet room in a hotel. The ability to walk in to your shower and not have any glass to clean afterward is amazing. Fully tiling your shower room and adding in jet washes is definitely a unique aspect to a house that you wouldn’t normally find. You can even transform the tiniest bathroom into a walk-in shower room. The luxury that’ll ooze from a room like this can make you feel pride in your home you wouldn’t have previously felt.

Unique upgrades happen all over the house but in the kitchen, you could make your rubbish disposal far more interesting by installing chutes in your kitchen. One for regular trash and one for recycling and you can funnel these straight into your garage, making your life so much easier. There’s no more emptying trash cans and dragging them through the house and into the garage when you can just make life easy with chutes.

If you are lucky enough to already have a laundry room in your home, then making changes here can change your whole laundry experience. Installing a sink with jets in your laundry room can be the best place for handwashing the delicate items in your basket. You should also add a counter top of baskets for the smalls in the home as it will make life easier when washing, drying, folding and sorting socks. Upgrades should be about making your life easier and this is the best way to do that.

Your home is the place you can have anything you want as long as you have the budget for it. You should go as above and beyond as you can for your home. After all, you’ll be the one living in it!

Easy Ways To Have Your Healthiest Summer Ever

Summer is a fun and celebratory time for many people. It can make us all feel more festive, happy, and hopeful. Schools are out, and the weather hots up (here’s to hoping anyway). So it is worth making our summertime be the happiest and best yet, by making sure that we are the happiest and healthiest yet too. Setting yourself some small goals to get yourself ready for summer can one the best things to do. It could also be time to make a few changes, in order to be healthier in time for the summer months. We haven’t got long! So here are some suggestions to make sure that your summer is the healthiest and best yet.

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Sort Out Your Sleep Routine

There is nothing worse than when it comes to summer and longer days, meaning it can be harder to get to sleep. So now is the time to think about your sleeping routine and if there is anything you should be doing to improve it. It might just be the case of getting blackout blinds. It might just be the case that you need to focus on getting to bed one hour earlier than you normally do. It might be getting out of the habit of checking your phone in bed. Whatever it is for you, it is time to make some changes.

Shift Some Weight

In order to be at your healthiest, then for many of us, losing some weight will help us get to our optimum weight. When we are lighter, we will be looking better, but more importantly, improving our internal health. So we can run, play, swim, and enjoy the sun of the summer all day long when you’re feeling much healthier and fitter.

Kick Bad Habits

All of us have some kind of vice that we lean on a little. It might just be that you’re a bit of a Diet Coke girl and love to have a can regularly. It might be other things that could be detrimental to your health like having too much wine on a daily basis, or you smoke a few too many cigarettes. If you want to be at your healthiest, then habits like this need to be kicked to the kerb. Otherwise, you might find that you are spending summer at an in patient alcohol rehab centre. So think about what makes you reach for your vices and then you can go from there.

Go with Grains

Whole grains are packed with goodness that we all need. They have protein and fiber, as well as vitamins and even antioxidants. When they are included as part of a healthy balanced diet, it could even help to reduce your risk of things like diabetes and coronary heart disease. So they sound like a no-brainer to add to your diet, don’t they? They can be eaten hot or cold once cooked, and work well with lots of fresh veggies. So they make a perfect option for eating over summer!

Digging For Diamonds In The Rough

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Most people love clothing. The garments you wear can say an awful lot about you. Or, they can be used to hide exactly who you really are. Along with this, clothing gives you the chance to express your mood and feelings. And, it can even be used to express a strong opinion. Unfortunately, though, far too few people actually get to fill their wardrobe with clothing that they love. This is a shame because it doesn’t have to be this way. To help you out in this area, this post will be going through some of the best ways to get the clothing you love; without breaking the bank.

For years, companies have been off-loading their misprints and damaged goods to companies like TJ Maxx. Outlet stores like this always have a huge selection of clothing. And, some of it is from the best designers out there. Of course, when you get clothing from somewhere like this; you have to do some searching. You can’t get away with simply visiting once. Instead, you should go season-by-season, to find the new items they have on their shelves. Along with the regular savings you find in these places; you can make them even cheaper. Getting your hands on a TJ Maxx coupon code could save you some real money on their already well-priced clothing. This sort of method is a great way to get last season’s classics at a reduced price. But, of course, you will have to do some digging before you get to the items that you really like.

Next on this list comes thrift stores. These places can be bounties of cheap designer clothing. And, these items often go unnoticed by the regular customers. A lot of thrift stores rely on house clearances and other services to get their clothing. So, they won’t always have a good idea of what they are putting on the shelf. This gives you a great chance to find some incredible bargains. Along with this, these sorts of stores will often be supporting a charity of some kind. This means that your cheap clothing purchases will actually be helping a good cause. Not just filling the pockets of someone who is already wealthy.

Of course, thrift stores aren’t the only places that sell cheap clothing. In fact, in recent years, loads of businesses have started up with the sole purpose of helping people to sell their secondhand clothing. Apps like Depop have had huge success. But, of course, like thrift and outlet stores; you’ll have to do some work to find the best options. The issues with these sorts of sites are the variety they have and the limited search capabilities you can use to find them. This means that you often have to go through hundreds of items before you can get exactly what you want. But, it’s not all bad; they’ll be a lot cheaper than new options.

Hopefully, this will give you a good idea of what needs to be done if you want to start saving some money on your clothing. Nothing that’s worth doing is easy. And, this is very much worth doing. So, you can expect it to be quite the challenge.

Those Lines Are Getting Clearer

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We’re all different, and that means that we all start to show signs of age at different times in life. Did you know that some men start to go bald before they reach twenty? While women can develop their first wrinkle at the grand old age of nineteen. It’s completely true, and it all depends on how well you look after yourself. Then, of course, there are genetics, and there’s very little you can do about issues you inherit.

However, what you can do is understand the key features that people look at when assessing your age. If you keep these areas of your body looking young, people will always shave at least a few years off when guessing your age. So, what features are we talking about?

Protect The Skin You’re In

You do need to make sure that you keep your skin protected if you want your skin to look young. There are two important aspects to think about, elasticity and colour. When you’re skin loses it’s elasticity you will start to develop wrinkles as well as loose skin, and you don’t want that. There are ways to reduce the chances of this. For instance, you can complete skin tightening exercises for certain areas. You certainly don’t want to develop a turkey neck.

To avoid this, tilt your head up to the sky so that it’s straight with your neck. Open and close your mouth slowly, and you’ll feel the skin stretching into place. Do this ten times each day, and you’ll be able to avoid your neck aging too fast.

You might also want to think about using a natural face mask on your skin. With natural vitamins and nutrients, you can give your skin everything it needs to stay youthful.

All You Gotta Do Is Smile

Believe it or not smiling automatically makes you look younger. Of course, you need the right type of smile with straight teeth and no signs of damage. If you have a damaged or lost tooth, this can affect how young you look. Generally, we associate lost and damaged teeth with signs of age. Thankfully, health practices such as Harrell Dental Implant Center are providing the solution to this problem. Using their services, you can quickly get lost teeth replaced and ensure you look young and stunning.

Of course, you may also want to think about the color of your teeth. Yellow teeth are another sign of age, but there are easy ways to whiten them. With baking soda and lemon juice, you can make a great paste that will give you back your pearly whites in a matter of months.

You Better Work It

Finally, energy and vigor are always going to be associated with youth. So, if you want to stay looking young, you need to be exercising regularly, keeping your body fit. Ideally, you should be aiming for that toned look, and that doesn’t just come with exercise. You need to eat the right diet as well, filled with foods high in nutrients and vitamins. Don’t forget, if you don’t think you’re getting the right vitamins in your diet, you can always use supplements and add them to your meals.

Don’t Be Down In The Mouth! Try These Oral Hygiene Methods

While all sorts of food are wonderful, from sugary drinks to lovely chocolate and tasty red wine, they’re not the best things for our mouths, are they? While we can talk about oral hygiene until we’re blue in the face, it still won’t stop us reaching for those delicious treats. And we can brush our teeth twice a day as we’re told to, but it’s about preventing these problems so we can enjoy our food but also not have to have a root canal when we’re older!

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Make Your Teeth Whiter

There are plenty of options to make your teeth whiter. If you really need to seek the help of a dentist, there are sites like www.pmddentalcare.com.au to give you the professional help you need. But if you’re like me, then you would like to reduce your time in the dentist’s chair when you can. There are natural remedies to whiten your teeth, and these include apple cider vinegar, which is also great at removing plaque. But it is very acidic, so be careful not to overdo it. Vitamin C is a great tool in whitening your teeth, and you can apply foods that are rich in Vitamin C onto the teeth directly. Strawberries, oranges, and lemons are examples of fruit rich in Vitamin C, but again, these are highly acidic! So once you have applied the fruit to your teeth, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. And be sure to only do it twice a week.

Make Your Breath Fresher

A key part of your appearance in social functions is something that you cannot see! The best methods are avoiding the classics, such as garlic and onions, but preventing bad breath is all about stimulating saliva in your mouth which will rinse out the bacteria. You can do this by eating foods that will stimulate saliva, like apples. And breath freshening herbs, like mint and cinnamon, are great additions to your breath-freshening armory!

Helping With Mouth Ulcers

These can be incredibly painful when left untreated. The trick to shrinking them down is about reducing the bacteria in the mouth. You can do this by swishing salt water around, which has been an age-old cure for mouth problems, or you can use honey. Honey is a natural humectant, which means that it helps to prevent dehydration, and has very high anti-microbial properties. Coconut oil is another anti-microbial foodstuff that you can easily buy over the counter now in stores, and as well as being a trendy health food, there are lots of people who use it for oil pulling, which helps to remove bacteria and improve the overall health of your mouth.

Gum Disease Prevention

While all these methods are great for quick relief, they are no replacement for having all round good oral hygiene. To prevent gum disease, not only do you need to be flossing and brushing as regular as clockwork, but your diet plays a big part. Eat your greens, and if you need that glass of wine or bar of chocolate, make sure you have it as part of a balanced diet.

Luxury Features That Will Make Your Home The Ultimate Relaxation Haven

Your home should be more than just somewhere to come home to at the end of a long and hectic day; it should be a space that you love, a luxurious place. Your home should allow you to feel lavished and spoilt; it should give you the chance to relax and unwind quickly and easily. Think opulence. Think extravagance. Think luxury.

When you think about the word ‘luxury’ what comes to mind? Because the features that come to mind are the things that you should aim to incorporate into your home to make it a more luxurious and relaxing space. With that in mind, below are some examples of features that you could consider adding to your home to make it a more relaxing and luxurious space.

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Hot tub, sauna and swimming pool

What could be more relaxing and luxurious than a hot tub, sauna or swimming pool, or all three of these things? If you’ve got plenty of space in your garden, then building a sauna or swimming pool or adding a hot tub could be an option. You can opt to have the pool and hot tub outside, or you can incorporate a covering over them, depending on what you would prefer and how often you would like to use them. If you are going to add a covering to these areas, consider incorporating strip lights to add a warm glow to the room, creating a more calm and tranquil atmosphere. It’s also important that heating is taken into consideration, as there’s nothing less luxurious than a hot tub or pool area that’s cold, is there?

Meditation room

All of the most luxurious homes are fitted with tranquil meditation rooms. These are usually marble affairs that have a stereo, some floor cushions, and some scented candles dotted about. If you are desperate for a meditation room but have no room inside your home, perhaps you could build a summerhouse to use as a meditation room? Having somewhere to relax and unwind is crucial if you want your home to have a wonderfully luxurious vibe to it.

Outdoor kitchen

In luxury homes, having a well designed indoor kitchen just isn’t enough, an outdoor kitchen is also required. The fact is that when it comes to hosting BBQs and summer parties, having an outdoor kitchen can come in incredibly handy. All an outdoor kitchen needs is a sink with running water, an outdoor grill, and an area for preparing food on. So building an outdoor kitchen doesn’t have to be a nightmare, it’s just a case of being willing to invest in the space and realising that it will add value to your home, so is worth the time and money. You can opt to cover your outdoor kitchen or have it completely open air, depending on where you live and what the weather gets like.

There you have it, a guide to the luxury features that will make your home the ultimate relaxation haven, and a place that you look forward to coming home to at the end of a long and hectic day.