When you think of preparing your home for winter, your bathroom probably isn’t the first place to spring to mind. That’s understandable but doing a little work now could make your life a lot easier when winter really sets in. Here are some tips to help.
Deep clean your drains
Winter is the toughest time of the year for drains. That means it’s a good idea to get them in the best possible condition before the cold weather sets in. You have at least three drains in a regular bathroom. Give all of them a good, deep clean.
This is one time when you might want to reach for a chemical cleaner straight off. They aren’t great for the environment but they will clean your pipes really thoroughly. This will reduce the likelihood of them needing to be replaced early. For the rest of the winter, you should probably be fine with more gentle cleaners like dish soap, baking soda, vinegar, and hot water.
If you’re not using them already, you might want to pop some drain sticks down your sink and tub/shower. These help to dissolve any solids which do manage to slide down your drain. Likewise, plug protectors are also a really good idea.
Think about heating
Whatever system you use for heating water, get it double-checked before winter really kicks in. Then keep a close eye on it over the course of the winter. If you have a radiator in your bathroom, make sure you bleed it early on. Then, again, keep an eye on it so you are always quick to pick up if it needs bleeding again. Consider putting silver foil behind it to reflect extra heat back into the room.
Think about whether you need, or would just like, some form of extra heating in your bathroom. Remember that bathrooms can get pretty chilly during the winter, especially in the mornings. In the old days, you often just had to live with this because most bathroom heating had to be hardwired.
Now, however, you can get a much wider range of plugin heaters suitable for use in bathrooms. What’s more, increasing numbers of them are “smart”. Smart heaters are great for all kinds of reasons. In bathrooms, the main benefit is that you can activate them remotely.
So, for example, if you need to make a trip to the bathroom before the heating goes on, you can switch your smart heater on before you even get up. By the time you’ve walked to the bathroom, the heater should at least have taken the edge off the cold. For extra coziness, at some bathroom-appropriate mats to protect your feet from cold floors.
Check your window seal
Bathroom windows have a tough life. Not only do they have to cope with different temperatures both outside and inside but they also have to cope with humidity. This means that they can end up needing maintenance, repair, or even replacement long before other windows in the house do.
The most common weak point is the sealant between the glass and the frame. You can generally fix this just by retouching it. If the sealant is really damaged, then you may need to get in a professional to replace it completely or, in the worst case, replace the window.
This might not be what you want to hear with temperatures dropping. It is, however, far better to deal with any issues now than to leave them until the cold weather really starts to bite. This is particularly important if you’re going to be relying on your bathroom window for ventilation.
Think about ventilation
It’s really important to make sure that your bathroom gets enough fresh air in winter. If it doesn’t then the humidity could start to become a real problem. In particular, you could find yourself having to deal with mold. This can be a serious health hazard. The easiest way to do this is just to make a point of opening your bathroom window from time to time.
If you don’t have a bathroom window then look at your current ventilation solution and make sure that it’s in good shape for the winter. In particular, remember that vents generally only work effectively if they’re clean. Again, check this as soon as you can so that, if necessary, you can take action before winter really strikes.
Declutter and restock
If you still have spring and summer products then now is the time to get rid of them. If you really want or need to keep them then move them into an off-season storage location. As a rule of thumb, anything which has been opened needs to go.
This is particularly important for makeup, sun protection, and bug-repellant. Expired makeup can actually be bad for you. Sun protection and bug-repellant just won’t work the way they should. It can, however, be a good idea to hold on to medical products such as lyclear cream. These can be useful even in winter.
Once you’ve cleared out your bathroom, you can use the space you’ve created to restock with winter-appropriate products. This is your chance to make sure that you’re well-prepared for the inevitable winter colds. Just as importantly, it’s your chance to stock up on moisturizing products.
Winter weather can be hugely drying on your skin (as can heating). Your face and hands are particularly exposed so look for deals on facial moisturizer, lip balm, and hand cream and stock up. This is a good opportunity for you to give your bathroom storage a deep clean and general reorganization.
Consider switching out your light bulbs
This is really a bonus tip but it’s still worth considering. For many people, winter is challenging both mentally and physically. Installing color-changing LED light bulbs can make bath/shower time a bit more fun. This can go a long way towards helping people to cope with the “winter blues”.
On a similar note, if you don’t already have a radio in your bathroom, then now’s a good time to get one. Music is also great for helping people to feel more cheerful even in tough times like winter.
If you plan to host a dinner party, you may or may not be aware of how stressful it can be. If this is your first dinner party, then don’t be fooled. There is a lot of time and preparation that needs to go into the organization of such an event if you want it to run without a hitch. If you want our dinner party to wow everyone invited, make sure the night is fun and relaxed for everyone, and most of all, you want to make it look as if you have not been stressed out at all, then you need to take a look at the tips below:
The first thing you need to do is decide who is coming. The more people you invite, the more difficult it will be. If this is your first dinner party, it is probably best to play it safe and invite around four to six guests. Remember you will all be sitting around the dinner table, so it is probably a good idea to invite people who know each other and already have that rapport. Then you could add one or two extras. You are basically considering the flow of conversation, so think about people who are naturally talkative too. When it comes to creating the invites, then up to a month beforehand is a good shout. This gives everyone a chance to clear their diaries. Ensure you consider any dietary requirements here, so ask the question.
So, you know the dietary requirements of everyone, now it’s time to start preparing what you are going to cook. You are going to want to wow everyone, so lots of time to practice is a must. Going for Tapas or meals you have cooked before may be an idea if this whole process is new to you. However, you can always find excellent recipes like how to roast a cornish hen. For the dessert, ensure you make this around two days before the big day.
Red wines, white wines, rose, beers, and ciders, you are also going to want a few soft drinks for anyone you need a rest from alcohol. Think about wines that accompany the food you are making and buy those. Guests generally tend to bring bottles of wine they like with them, so that makes it a little easier.
Start the Preparations Early
You will want to consider the aesthetic and the atmosphere you want to create. Perhaps think about music in the background. You could create a suitable playlist. Then think about the table and candles, and other decor. Make sure you have enough tableware and cutlery for everyone, plus a couple of spares. You could plan a seated table to ensure everyone is in the best position. Think about anything extra such as special garnishes, tools, plates, dishes, etc. Make a list of all the things you need before you go out to buy it. It is probably best to buy the extra things, including the alcohol before you think about buying the food. The food should be bought a couple of days, maximum, before the event to ensure freshness and quality. Flowers for the table should be bough last, perhaps the day before the event or even that morning, if you’re brave. Another thing to ensure is that you have a bag of ice, which always comes in handy.
The Day Before the Event
This is when you need to give your house a thorough clean, especially the dining room and the closest toilet. You should start preparing the food too, anything that can be done now, do it, wrap and refrigerate. Remember to pick up any flowers you want for your table. It may be an idea to begin preparing the table too. That evening take all the rubbish out, so you have clear bins and wash all dishes and ensure that the dishwasher is totally empty. All these little things will make your life a lot easier on the big day.
On the Day
If you haven’t already done so, lay the table, that is your first job. Then set up the kitchen, cutting boards, and knives on display ready to be used. Ensure you have all the dishes out that you will need. Set up a snack station for your guests when they arrive. Don’t forget to get dressed, and it may be an idea to wear an apron in the kitchen. Remember, you are only human. Give yourself a break, weather any storm, and make sure everyone has something to drink.
Secret parties are a big thing right now. Many businesses choose to use them in their marketing, but you don’t have to run a business to enjoy the fun that organizing a secret party – or attending one – can bring you. In fact, a secret party can be used for any occasion and makes the event something that everyone will be talking about.
Organizing a secret party is something that more and more people are keen to try. It’s an exciting adventure to attend one, so organizing one must be even more fun. However, there are lots of considerations to think about before going ahead if you want it to be a success. Here are some of the dos and don’ts for you to get started with.
Do Have A Backup Venue
Anything can happen when your party is a secret one, so having a second (and perhaps even third) venue in mind can make a big difference. Since it is a secret, changing venues at the last minute will not inconvenience any of your guests, and it means that the party can go on even if there is a problem with the venue you initially chose.
Do Choose A Date In Advance
Although the venue can potentially change at the last minute, the date can’t. Once you have told people to keep a date free for a secret, surprise event, that’s what they’ll do – suddenly changing things will mean that many won’t be able to attend (especially if it’s close to the date of the party) and some will become annoyed about the change and decide it’s just not worth it. Once you have a date, stick to it and ensure all those who need to know are told in plenty of time.
Do Serve Food And Drink
A secret party might sound like a lot of fun, but your guests aren’t going to be particularly happy if there is no food and drink or if you charge them for it once they arrive. Remember, if you take away the secret element of the party, everything else stays the same. So if you would typically find a recipe for lemon cake and bake it to serve, or you would hire in caterers, or you would order pizza for everyone, this is what you’ll still need to do.
Don’t Tell Anyone Who Doesn’t Need To Know
It may seem obvious, but in order to keep a secret party actually a secret, the fewer people who know, the better. So only tell those who definitely need to know. If you want to ensure that even these few people keep your secret safe, you can create an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) so that they can’t tell anyone what’s happening without serious consequences.
Don’t Give Away Too Much At Once
When you are trying to create excitement around a secret party, you need to release teasers and snippets of information slowly. Too much all at once, and you’ll destroy the atmosphere of mystery building up around what you are planning. It’s a fine line to balance on, but you need to give people enough information to get them interested in what will happen, but not so much that they don’t want to find out more.
Health is one of the most important things in life, and it’s also something that we often take for granted. However, staying healthy can be difficult if you don’t know what to do. That’s why we’ve put together this blog post on three things you should look after the most to stay healthy! We’ll discuss how to get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet, and keep your immune system strong so that you’re never sick again!
#1 The importance of sleep (and how to get enough of it)
The first thing you should look after the most is your sleep. Getting enough quality sleep can be difficult, and many people don’t take it seriously when they’re young, but if you want to stay healthy, then this is one of the things that you need to do.
If possible, try not to use electronic devices right before bedtime because they emit blue light, making it harder for our brains to produce melatonin (the hormone responsible for making us feel tired). Your sleep posture also has a lot to do with how much you actually rest, so if you feel like you can’t sleep comfortably because of a sore back, consider calling up some chiropractic services to help you out!
#2 How to eat a balanced diet
You’ve probably heard this one before, but eating a balanced diet is extremely important if you want to stay healthy. As we mentioned earlier, your immune system relies on how well-rested and relaxed you are, so make sure that when it’s time for lunch or dinner, you eat three main meals with at least two snacks in between them! If possible, try not to skip breakfast because our bodies usually go longer without food during the night than they do during the day.
Although there isn’t necessarily a ‘perfect’ meal plan out there (because everyone is different), most people can benefit from having some lean protein, including eggs every morning as well as vegetables such as carrots and spinach, throughout the rest of their day. Lastly, make sure that you don’t drink too much alcohol or eat lots of junk food because these things will only damage your body in the long run. For example, drinking excessively can lead to liver disease, while eating a lot of unhealthy snacks is known to cause cardiovascular problems.
#3 How to strengthen your immune system
The third thing you should look after the most is your immune system. If you want to stay healthy, then it’s important that this part of our body functions properly, but sometimes we might need some extra help in order for this to happen. For example, eating lots of vegetables can decrease your chances of getting sick while taking zinc tablets (which are often found in health stores) or other multivitamins may also improve how well-rested and relaxed you feel – especially if you struggle; with anxiety or insomnia!
Finally, drinking water throughout each day will keep all of your organs working at their best, so make sure that when it comes time for lunch or dinner, try having a tall glass instead because hydration always helps! Staying healthy requires effort on your part, but if you follow these simple steps, then it won’t be difficult at all!
Are you ready to relocate? If so, you may be approaching your moving date with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. It’s common to feel stressed when preparing to move house, but there are ways to simplify the process. Here are some top tips for a seamless move.
Call in the pros
One of the best ways to avoid stress when planning a relocation is to enlist the help of experts. Removal firms have expertise and experience in transporting belongings and executing logistical operations and they can help you get organized and save you time and effort. Whether you’re moving around the corner, or you’re looking for a company that specializes in long distance moving, it’s beneficial to call in the pros. Ask for recommendations, get quotes, compare prices and services and make sure the firm is reputable and reliable. It’s an excellent idea to see if your neighbors, friends or relatives have any advice, as it’s reassuring to book a company based on reviews you can trust.
Give yourself time
A lack of time can make the process of moving house a hundred times more stressful. If you’ve got an endless to-do list and no time to get through it, it’s natural to feel like you’re swimming against the tide. Try to give yourself as much time as possible and write a list of tasks to complete before you move. Start packing items you won’t need or use before the move in advance and cross off any jobs you can do ahead of your relocation date, for example, redirecting your mail and contacting utility providers.
Label your boxes
It may be tempting to fill boxes with whatever you can find when you’re packing up your possessions and you want to finish the job as quickly as possible. The trouble is that you have to unpack your stuff at the other end. If you’ve got boxes filled with miscellaneous items, you don’t know what is in each box, or there are things from different rooms in every crate, it will take you a lot longer to get organized. Organize your belongings, pack similar items together and label your boxes so that you know what is in them and where they are going in your new home. If you have a box marked ‘kitchen’ and ‘plates and bowls’ you can start filling your kitchen cupboards as soon as the truck has been unloaded.
Pack a bag of essentials
Moving can be exhausting. If you’ve been running up and down the stairs all day and ferrying boxes around, the last thing you need is to be scurrying around trying to find your pajamas, toothbrush and mugs for a cup of tea or coffee before bed. Pack a bag of first night essentials to enable you to relax and enjoy an early night on moving day.
Are you counting down the days until you move house? Moving is exciting, but it can sometimes be stressful. If you’re looking to execute a seamless move, take these tips on board. Give yourself time, write a to-do list, book a reliable removals firm, label every box and pack a bag of essentials for the first night.
It is vital to have a car in today’s world because of the high cost of public transportation. But unfortunately, many people can’t buy a vehicle outright and need help from a lending institution.
Fortunately, financial products are available that will allow you to get behind the wheel without breaking your bank account! One such product is automobile insurance. Several benefits come with having this type of coverage on your car. They include:
You Get Personal Accident Cover
With the personal accident cover, you get coverage for personal injuries while traveling in a car. This means that the insurer will cover all medical expenses, and rehabilitation needs.
It will also cover other associated costs such as anyone that gets injured while traveling with you in the exact vehicle. To ensure you get coverage for these claims, it would help to hire a car accident lawyer. They will know how to negotiate with your insurance provider the right way.
No Claim Bonus
There are many benefits to insuring your car, and one of the biggest is that you will get a no-claim bonus. This could help you save money on future premiums by awarding you discounts for having an accident-free history over time.
For example, if you have not had any accidents in five years, this can lead to up to 50% off your next premium. Many companies also offer rewards such as loyalty points or cash back when it comes time to renew. So, if they do happen to increase their rates slightly because of something like inflation – at least there’s some return for taking good care of their investment.
In a third-party liability policy, the insured is responsible for compensating for any loss or damage they cause to others. For example, if you cause an accident and injure someone else’s property, this type of insurance will cover your liabilities towards them.
These people can sue you for compensation which can be expensive. This policy will help you pay for those expenses and settle the lawsuit.
Cover of Damage or Loss
Covering damage or loss is the most popular reason people own car insurance, and there is a good reason. No matter what happens to your vehicle, whether damaged in an accident or stolen from you without warning, you will get covered by your auto policy’s comprehensive coverage, which gives you more peace of mind.
If an uninsured driver damages your vehicle while at fault in an accident with you on the road, then their liability protection would cover damage costs such as fixing/replacing windows and doors or repairing any other damage to the vehicle.
This is a good way of protecting yourself from any unforeseen events that may cause harm or loss to your car and ensures you get covered in case of an accident, theft, or vandalism. It also covers repair costs if another driver damages your car while they are at fault for causing the accident with you on the road.
In conclusion, insuring your car can be a great way to ensure you are always protected from the unexpected. It is also helpful for those who want extra coverage against damages and injuries they might cause others on the road.