How To Get Ready For A Big Move'

 Planning a big house move needs you to be very organised. There’s a lot to do before you can move to your new home, and getting a checklist ready can really help you to make things go as smoothly as possible. Here are the easy steps to help you get ready for a big move.

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  1. Clear the house. The first tip in any moving guide is to have a clear out to get rid of any clutter that you don’t need. By clearing out first, you won’t have to pack, move, or find new spaces for things you don’t actually want or need. Have a garage sale, sell things online, or donate unwanted items. 

  2. Get organised. Two months before your moving date, make a note of all your mail and make a list of all the people, subscriptions, and organisations that will need to be told about your change of address. Remember your bank, your broker or any investment companies, your insurance agent, your doctor, and your vet. Before you move, get a change of address form from the postal service and redirect your mail. 

  3. Cancel and re-order. Make a list of all the contact information for your utility service providers, including gas, telephone, electric, water, cable, and internet). Transfer your utilities to your new address online to save time. Cancel anything that can’t be moved and set up new accounts. Remember to also cancel the gardener, window cleaner, cleaner and other services you have at home. Planning in advance means you won’t pay for services you’re not actually using. 

  4. Be mover friendly. If you’ve booked a professional moving company, make yourself available to answer any questions at both ends of the move. Go through your home inventory paperwork and check the driver has your phone number and all the details for the delivery. 

  5. Be safe. Whether you’ve booked movers or will do the move yourself, make the house safe. Remove all rugs, low hanging items, and any trip hazards. Keep all walkways clear. Ask someone to take care of your children and pets while you’re packing and loading the moving truck to keep them safe and out of the way. 

  6. Know what you’re packing. Label all your moving boxes with the contents and the room that they belong in. This saves time for your movers, as they won’t need to question you about where you want things, and will make it easier for you to unpack things in a logical order. 

  7. Know what not to pack. There are some items, including charcoal lighter fluid, pesticides, and paint thinner that moving companies won’t move for you. You could gift these to a neighbour or arrange to transport them yourself. Valuables like cash, jewellery and paperwork should stay with you or be shipped via a trackable shipping service. 

  8. Check and double-check. Before the van leaves, make sure everything has been loaded or unloaded. Check the attic, basement, closets and the garage for anything that might have been missed. 

What Kind Of Physical Should You Start Getting In Your 30s?'

 The annual physical is something that we should all start to get as soon as we can, but a lot of us tend to skip it because of logic like: so long as we feel fine, everything’s okay, right? However, as you start to hit those thirties, we’re a little more susceptible to aches, thinking more about the future of our health, and making plans that might need us to ensure we’re in fine health. For that reason, here are some checks we need to start making.

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Blood pressure and cardiovascular risk

One of the biggest concerns as we get older is that our risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes start to increase exponentially. A blood pressure check, alongside other tests that look at cardiovascular risk such as a cholesterol blood check, can help us get a better picture of our heart health. From here, we can start to learn what lifestyle changes, if any, are necessary to keep our ticker ticking. In most cases, this will not need to be a regular check.

Eyesight and hearing health

A lot of people have not thought to check whether they’ve kept all their senses as they age, with many having last checked their hearing and their eyesight when they were children. In most cases, this will not need to be a regular test. However, there may have been changes to your hearing that you might not have noticed because they were so gradual. They may even necessitate the use of a hearing aid, so it’s important to take these tests before any hidden issues have the chance to exacerbate.

Sexual and reproductive health

If you are sexually active, it’s recommended that you take no risks and get screened for STIs on a regular basis. If you’re planning a family, it’s important to get a full picture of your reproductive health, as well. From an HIV test to a full gynecological exam, this is not an aspect of your health that you want to face with any uncertainty. There are always paths for treatment, so it’s best to find out the results as soon as you can.

Mental health check

As we get older, we tend to deal with more responsibilities than before, with many of us living with homes, family, and increasingly important careers. These stress factors can be a serious challenge for our mental health and it’s important to check in on our heads. Resources like Head to Health can help us find the help and guides that might best suit how we’re feeling at the moment.

Urinary and kidney health

A kidney function test and urine analysis test, respectively, can test for a plethora of issues. For instance, they can indicate issues like kidney disease and impaired kidney function, which need to be addressed as soon as possible.

Every year, you should arrange a battery of health checks and tests, including those mentioned above, to ensure that you’re as fighting fit as ever. Even if you’re not, discovering the issue as soon as possible is key to addressing it, too.


Tips To Keep A Divorce Pleasant

 A divorce is something none of us would hope to go through when it comes to getting married. You’d hope to spend the rest of your life with the partner you said ‘I do’ to, but sometimes it doesn’t pan out quite as expected. Here are some tips to keep a divorce pleasant for the sake of all parties involved.

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Take Some Space From One Another

There’s space needed for both of you to get over one another, even if you were the one who asked for a divorce. Taking some time for yourself is important, and it can be good to step away from your partner, especially if you’re living in the same household. If that’s the case, one of you should move out so that you both have time to clear your heads and figure out the next steps together, rather than letting your lawyers go for your partner’s blood. When you’re going through a divorce, it can be raw and painful for both parties, and you don’t want to be in each other’s presence to be reminded of what has become broken and unfixable. Instead of spending any more time together, take time apart and reflect before coming back to one another when you’re ready.

Think About Getting A Mediator

A mediator is good to get when you’re going through the subject of things like child custody and making sure you have an experienced Child Custody Attorney. This unbiased person can help you both see the sense in a situation and to help keep control of anything that might be going over boiling point. For the sake of your mental health, your partner’s feelings and anyone else involved, having a mediator to guide you through the process, might definitely be a good shout.    

Don’t Involve The Kids Negatively

The last thing you want to do is get your children involved in any way when it comes to divorce. However, it might be necessary and healthy to discuss it with your children if they are old enough to have an understanding. Never use your kids as a way of throwing your partner through the mud as this will only create a lot of tension but also might backfire on either of you when it comes to the relationship with your children.

Give Each Other Time To Heal

It’s important to give each other time to heal when it comes to divorce as there’s often a lot of hurt and anger that can form, even if the split was amicable. There might be things that have been left unsaid, and so it’s important to be respectful of one another’s wishes when being told to be left alone or needing space. Giving each other time to heal might make it possible to have some form of friendship afterwards for the sake of any children that are involved.

Making your divorce pleasant is something you’ll always want to achieve, and so it’s good to use these tips to help you in this situation.

Summer Hair Trends You Won't Want To Miss'



Summer is in full swing, and for many, this is the perfect time to update their style. You can ditch the warm clothes and fluffy accessories in favour of lighter clothing and pastel shades. But don't forget to embrace summer hairstyles too! 

70s hairstyles

We're going back to the 70s this year with loose waves and tons of layers. The great thing about this trend is that it doesn't require a lot of effort, so you don't need to spend hours straightening or curling your hair. The beauty of the 70s look is that it's supposed to look natural and like you've just rolled out of bed!

Super long hair

This is a trend we have seen a lot of ever since Nicki Minaj sported hair extensions that virtually touched the ground. Since then, a lot of celebrities have followed suit, including Demi Lovato and Zendaya. Now, it's our turn to get in on this trend, and it's something you can easily do with clip-in extensions.

Vintage bangs

Bangs are back. Think Brigitte Bardot! Textured and long is the name of the game when it comes to this trend, which can easily be combined with the 70s look that was mentioned above. When it comes to the manner in which you style your bangs, you have plenty of options to go for. You could sweep them to one side or wear them as-is; the choice is yours!

Messy bun

Not only is the messy bun one of the most practical trends during the warmer months, but it's now one of the most fashionable too. If you are most familiar with a high knot, why not wear your bun at the neck instead? You should loosen a few strands so that you achieve the chic, relaxed look that this trend is all about. The great thing about this trend is that it is meant to be messy, so you don’t need to fuss over getting the look perfect!

Hair treatments

For a lot of women, summer can be a difficult time of year, though, especially those coping with hair loss! The heat can make you feel hot and irritated, and you can’t cover your head with woolly hats like you may have been during the winter months. Plus, the stress of it all may leave you feeling like your hair loss is getting worse. If this applies, take a look at Platelet rich plasma and hair loss hair loss, which can help you to achieve thick and consistent hair growth.

There are also a lot of natural hair treatments and products out there for those who simply want to give their hair a health and nutrient boost too. This is something we can all benefit from, so it is definitely worth looking into these in further detail!

So there you have it - some of the top hair trends for summer 2020. Which of the trends mentioned is your favourite? Can you see yourself sporting vintage bangs or pulling off the super long extension look?

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