10.20.2017

How To Keep Your Family Protected From All Angles


When you’re a parent, there’s nothing quite knowing that you can care for your family and keep them safe. Because, aside from ensuring that they’re happy and healthy, knowing that they’re safe and in good care is all you could ever ask for. But due to the world we live in, it’s not always good enough to just assume this to be the case. Because it may not be. You have to be able to take active steps to making a difference yourself. And to do that, you have to put the right plans in place, from a range of different angles. Making sure that your family is protected is all about covering your bases, and not just assuming that everything will be okay.

At Home

The first place that you want to cover off, is always going to be your home. Because when you create that family base, it’s a basic requirement that it’s a place that you all feel safe. In order for that to be the reality, you have to put some key things in place. Working with the right security system will be essential here. Because just having locks on your doors isn’t always the best course of action. You may even want to work on installing some CCTV that you can access from your smartphone as an extra measure too.

In The Car

Next, you’ve also got the car to think about too. And this even means picking out the safest most reliable option for your family all together to start off with. Then you should also prioritize finding the right safety seats for your kids when they’re in the car. But also, you need to make sure that you’re always driving carefully and responsibly. You can’t control the actions of other road users, but you can ensure your family doesn’t get hurt due to yours.


At Work

But protecting your family doesn’t always immediately involve your family. Sometimes, it’s as simple as keeping your work going. When you run your business, this is often even more essential. From working with specialist medical malpractice insurance companies for your medical practice, to getting the right lawyer to work with you on every consulting contract, you have to take these measures. Because if you want to protect your family financially, you need to stay in business and stop it from going under due to any kind of threat.

At School

Every parent worries about their kids when they go to school. Will they fit in? Will they make friends? These are all questions we ask ourselves. And you may think you can’t protect your kids at school. But you can. As long as you know what is going on, and that you’re actively involved in the schooling, you should be able to stop any problems as soon as they arise.

In The Future

And finally, you should also be thinking about protecting your family in the future too. To do this, you’re going to constantly strive to improve your financial situation to give your family a better life. Both for your retirement, and to support your kids as they become adults themselves.

3 Ways Cleaning Could Harm Your Health

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While there are certain people on the planet for whom cleaning is not a chore but a pleasure, it’s fairly safe to say that these people are… unusual. For the rest of us mere mortals, cleaning isn’t a pleasant task that we throw ourselves into with enthusiasm, but more something we need to get out of the way. We push through it as quickly as we possibly can, aiming for efficacy, but not averse to a few shortcuts that will make things look neat and tidy on the surface.

For those of us who are less inclined to see cleaning as a hobby and more as a horror, it’s especially galling to learn that cleaning could -- quite literally -- be causing health problems. So not only do you have to do something you outright dislike, it could also have nasty implications for your health: how is that fair?

It may not be fair, but it is true. Below, let’s explore the four most common ways that cleaning could be doing a number on your health, and the ways you can bring the situation back under control.

1) Antibacterial Cleaning Products Are Problematic

Most houses don’t need high strength antibacterial cleaning products. You’re likely familiar with the way that cleaning products are advertised; they promise to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria, to make your house fresh and sanitary and cleaner than you could have ever dreamed.

There’s a couple of points to discuss regarding these products:

  1. What about the .1 percent of bacteria? If your surface cleaner can kill all bacteria apart from the most deadly, dangerous bacteria, then it’s not really much use. Without actively listing what bacteria slip through that .1% net, it’s pretty clear that this is little but a meaningless advertising slogan.
  2. Cleaning products don’t need to be specifically antibacterial or to seek and kill bacteria. Cleaning with hot water is effective for this, or even just using soap and then rinsing the surface clean.

The simple truth is that the more “antibacterial” products we use, the more chances we stand of worsening the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance. There are chemicals in hand soap, for example, that we already know are causing problems with antibiotic resistance. Given that a failure of antibiotics would plunge us back into the health dark ages, it’d be wise to think about that if you’re looking to buy the “strongest” cleaning products you can.

2) Harsh Chemicals Are Bad For Your Skin

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Few of us who have ever performed household cleaning have gotten through the endeavor unscathed. There are a variety of products that come in contact with the skin, and instantly cause irritation. Many companies warn customers to use gloves while cleaning, but how many of us actually obey that advice? Not many.

If you have existing skin conditions such as eczema, the harsh chemicals contained in “heavy duty” cleaning products will exacerbate the condition. This is both when you’re cleaning, and when you come into contact with the cleaned item in future-- there’s usually a residue left behind on the surface.

While it’s one thing to want cleaning products to be as effective as possible, it’s quite another to sacrifice the comfort of your epidermis to achieve this. Opt for cleaners that talk of their natural properties, rather than those who have ingredient lists containing a thousand harsh compounds you have never heard of before. Take the time to learn more from Better Life and other natural cleaners; they’re just as effective at cleaning, but they will be far kinder to your skin.

3) Your Lungs Are Suffering

It’s fair to say that many conventional cleaning products aren’t just tough on your skin; they could cause real problems for your airways and lungs also. When you have been going hard at your home in a cleaning frenzy, it’s impossible not to notice the smell from cleaning products in the air. It’s a tangy, chemical odor; though, admittedly, manufacturers do try to mask just how nasty the odor is by adding fragrance to their products.

The truth is, due to these efforts to cover for the acridity of the cleaner itself, your lungs could be being dealt a double-whammy of outright bad news. First and foremost, the cleaning agents themselves can cause unpleasant fumes; these can make you cough, irritate your airways, and potentially even cause health problems later in life. Secondly, you then have to deal with the added masking fragrance itself. If the fragrance is made using phthalates, then you could be causing unnecessarily damage to your health.

To avoid this, try and opt for products that don’t claim to have huge, stringent cleaning powers. If possible, always select the unfragranced version of any product, or at least read through the ingredients list to check how that fragrance has been produced. There are safe ways of adding fragrance to products, but phthalates are one of the most cost-effective; it should come as no surprise to learn that many manufacturers elect to save money and use them. With so little of the general populace aware of the threats they pose, companies don’t yet deem it worth making the switch to more costly fragrances. Not only should you be aware of this issue for your own purposes, but definitely try to spread the word on it too!

Conclusion

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Given that cleaning is such an unpleasant task to begin with, the last thing you want is to experience additional health complaints as a result of having to clean. The key point to remember is to be discerning about the products you choose. Read labels, learn the most dangerous ingredients to look out for, and always try to make informed selections about the items you bring into your home.

Finally, even when you have selected the best products imaginable, you should still take sensible precautions when using them. Gloves are the best way of protecting your skin, and always try and ventilate the room you’re cleaning by opening a window.

By keeping these key points in mind, cleaning can just be a task that irritates you emotionally, rather than causing literal irritation to your skin and lungs

10.19.2017

Detox Tea

It is no secret that I am a big tea drinker, my husband drinks coffee but I LOVE my Tea.
 I came across this link that I think will be of interest to you and I wanted to share with you, check it out, it is so informative and makes ya think how easy a detox could be.
Come back and tell me what tea you would like to drink as well leave a comment on the link with any questions or comments you might have

Little ways you could be Sabotaging your health

Have you ever considered that all of those bad habits that you have could be sabotaging your health? The fact is that when we don’t take adequate care of ourselves, we are actually sabotaging our health, which means that if you want to lead a longer and healthier life, it is vital that you make changes to the habits that you have developed. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of unhealthy habits, but if you want to make the most of your life, it is important to find a way to break free from these habits and become a healthier and happier person. Before you can do that, it is important that you understand how you could be sabotaging your health - for everything that you need to know, read on.

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Eating junk food

The fact is that junk food is packed full of a combination of sugars, hydrogenated fats, and additives, which is why eating them is so bad for your health. Whether you live off of ready meals or pizza or snack on chocolate and crisps, the fact is junk food can have a seriously detrimental impact on your health. That’s why it is so important to understand how bad for you junk food can be, and make changes to your diet because of this.

Skipping check-ups

Far too many of us let our hectic lives get in the way of our health when we shouldn’t do. From skipping appointments with our ophthalmologist for eye check-ups to missing cancer screening tests with our doctors, it’s easy to let life get in the way of your health. However, if you want to lead a long and happy life, then it is vital that you stop sabotaging your health and make an effort to take better care of yourself and your wellness.

Not taking mental health seriously

Being healthy isn’t just about being physically healthy, it’s also about being mentally healthy, which is a concept that many people struggle to grasp. The fact is, if your mind isn’t healthy, leading a happy life isn’t an easy task, which is why it is so important to ensure that you take your mental health seriously. This means doing things to give your mental health a boost, such as exercising regularly, for instance. Regular exercise not only boosts your physical health, but it can also help to aid your mental health, reducing stress and anxiety, and making bouts of depression less likely. Other things that you can do include finding a new hobby to focus on, and talking to a therapist can also help in some instances. Take your mental health seriously, and you will feel better for it.

The fact is that you should always put your health before anything else because without your health you don’t have anything. Far too many of us are sabotaging our own health without even realizing it, which is why it is so important that we learn how to take care of ourselves better, and put our minds and bodies before anything else.

10.18.2017

House To Home Tricks


It doesn’t matter if you have been in a house for a day or a year, sometimes it takes time for a new house to feel like home. There are some things you can do to make it feel homely-er quicker, but at the end of the day, the only way it will feel like home is if you learn to love it.


Unpack

Some people have in done in the first week, and some people have a couple of boxes left months after the move. Unpacking your boxes will make the house feel more familiar as it will be full of your stuff. And when organizing your things, don’t rush it. Take your time to decide where you want things to go and let yourself change your mind once or twice. Figuring out how your things fit into the new space, helps you to figure out how you will fit in it too.


Photos

Get the photos out. Even if you’re not going to hang them straight away, place a few of them around the house. This way you will have familiar memories in every room of the house. You can place pictures of family, or places you’ve been - but never of your old house, especially if you really loved it; you’ll just get home sick.


People

Fill your house with loved ones. Invite everyone over for a housewarming party, or a BBQ, or a movie night - or all three at once. Filling the place with people you love will allow you to start making memories in the new house, and your family and friends will always have ideas of how you can arrange things. This will either help you to figure out where you want things to go, or you’ll start standing up for your new home.


Pets

Get a pet. An animal adapts a lot quicker to new surroundings than people do, they’ll feel at home straight away. And you’ll associate your new home with a new family member, and who wouldn’t love that? Do make sure that you stay on top of things like fleas and worming, always take preventive measures with products like Pet-Lock, to save your fluffy friend (and to save your house) from unwanted visitors.


Use

Get using the rooms. Cook a meal you can make with your eyes closed in your new kitchen - you won’t have to think about a recipe, and you can focus on learning your new kitchen and figuring out that you’ve put the juicer in a stupid place. Hang out in your living room, get your bedroom set up sharply, and pick up any furniture you need within the first few weeks and accessorize like crazy. The more time you spend in your house, the more it will feel like home.

From the heart


It has been a long time since I blogged something here and for that I do apologize but I have been crazy busy and having a lot of sponsored content but I never want to just be a place for reviews or sponsored post, of course some people have different goals but I want this to be a family focused blog. 

That being said I am back. I may not post as often as I was doing but I will try to blog once or twice a week from my heart and some marriage related post as that is where my heart is. I want YOU to have happy marriages and if you are not married yet I want to provide some tools to give you that happy marriage. 

I love you all so much. 

10.17.2017

Love your home

It’s so easy to fall out of love with your home. The constant additions you wish you could make. Yet when you do make them, you find other things to change. It all spirals out of control until ultimately you just aren’t happy with the way your home looks. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Making the right changes can be the cure to your love hate relationship with your home. Some are bigger additions than others, but all will attempt to make you fall in love once again.

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Kitchen

A mother’s favourite place will always be either the kitchen, or the bathroom. The kitchen is the home of good cooking, family gatherings, and lovely meals. Yet it always seems to be a little outdated. One way of solving this is by filling it with all the latest gadgets. Not only will this generally aid you in the kitchen, it’ll make it look that little more modern. Take the newest kitchen aid mixer for example. They look so professional, and do such a good job with assisting things such as kneading, whisking, and many more. They come in all different colours to suit your kitchen.
Rather than having a whole renovation of the kitchen to change the design, keep it cheap and simplistic. A simple swap of the table and chairs can really refresh the whole kitchen design. Go for something that’ll suit your colour scheme. White’s and black’s seem to be all the rage at the minute, but some nice oak wood will also look lovely.

Living Room

The hub of the family home. It’s really easy for this area to become outdated. It’s usually last in the pecking order for decorating. One way to spice it up a little is to completely repaint of wallpaper. It’s really cheap to do so, and can be done without having to hire a decorator if you or your partner considers yourself the handyman. It’ll completely transform the vibe of your living room. Just be sure to do some colour tests first to make sure it matches the carpet and sofas.
With the end of the warmer months coming to a close, it might be worth considering something such as HVAC system to regulate the temperature. You’ll be coming to that annoying time of the year where it’s sometimes too hot, and sometimes too cold. Having a system that controls both sides will be perfect. Check out R&T services, or other similar companies to get quotes on installations. Nothing makes you hate your home more than not being able to get comfortable in it.

Bathroom

A place of solitude for most people in the house. Why not make it the most relaxing area of the house. One great addition is a sound box that plays relaxing soft sounds whilst you have a bath. Couple this with a few candles, and you have the ultimate relaxation area. It might also be worth investing in a handy wall towel drying rack. It’ll look smarter than your average radiator, and leave the towels lovely and warm ready for when you get out.

Ways to cut bills and save a slice of cash



The spiralling cost of household bills is something that all homeowners worry about, especially as we approach winter. It is always very frustrating when energy companies suddenly hike up their prices, but there are a few things that you can do about it yourself. In fact, some of the things on this list are very straightforward and cost little or no money. Other ones are a little more pricey to begin with, but the savings that you make are always worthwhile in the end. So, let’s get on with talking about them!

Switch Energy Supplier

One of the simplest and most effective ways to cut your household bills is by simply switching your supplier. Many people renew automatically despite the fact that it is likely a better deal is out there waiting for them. People are also put off by the perceived hassle of going elsewhere, but there are plenty of comparison websites that only require you to put in some basic details for you to receive some quotes.

Turn Down Your Thermostat

Reducing your household temperature by just a couple of degrees can save you a wedge of cash every year. Rather than having to do this manually every single time, you can make life even easier for yourself by installing a smart thermostat. This allows you to control your heating remotely via your smartphone or other device. Compare the different options out there and choose the one that is right for you.

Replace Your Light Bulbs



If you are still using old-fashioned light bulbs, now could well be the time to make the switch. Whereas traditional light bulbs will give you around 1,000 hours of usage, the best LED ones on the market will give you roughly 25,000 hours. If you have already made the switch, make sure you are buying ones of the right size so that they provide you with enough illumination. Also, always remember to switch them off when they are not in use.

Upgrade Your Appliances

Whenever you come to replacing an appliance, make sure that you go for the most energy efficient one that you can find. Some of the biggest savings you will make come from items like your washing machine and refrigerator, but you will even save cash upgrading something as small as your kettle. Another thing that you should look at is the difference between tank vs tankless water heaters. Advances are always being made in energy efficiency that are worth keeping up with.

Insulate Your Home

If your home is not currently well-insulated, you could be losing heat through the walls and roof. Loft insulation is usually the best starting point, but then you can move onto insulating cavity walls. You may already have some insulation that you can top up a little bit to further improve heat retention.

Cutting household bills is something that you should always be striving to achieve, and these are just a few of the best ways that you can do this.

        

How to Keep Friendships When One of You is No Longer Single

How to Keep Friendships When One of You is No Longer Single


The day the first one from girl from your squad ties the knot is an emotional one. The very day seems
like the end of an era, but that’s only because the rest of us are wearing regular dresses and she’s the
one in white sitting by her new hubby. Still, aside from all the sentimentality on the very day, you don’t really think anything much is going to change. Sure, she’s living with a guy now and maybe has a different last name, but hey, she’s still your girl. You’ll still go clubbing, have Sunday brunches, go
shopping and fill your group chat with gossip and emojis. Before you know it reality hits, and her Sunday brunches are replaced with lunches with parents or in-laws, weekend getaways with her husband instead of her girls and those nights at the club are cancelled because the two of them are having drinks with couple friends. She promises that you’ll see more of each other once the whole ‘newlywed phase’sets but somehow you drift away and Instagram becomes the place where you get an update on each other’s lives. To avoid this scenario from coming to life, you need to take actions, and you need to take them before the friend(ship) has sailed.

Have a heart to heart

Sit your friend down and tell her you miss her. Pour your heart out and tell her that you understand that her life has changed, but that doesn’t mean that she’s not part of the squad anymore. Say that you
completely understand that she’s settling into her new life and new role and that it’s completely
understandable that she might feel the urge to ditch everything and spend the entire weekend
home bound with her hubby, but that you’ll be there when she’s ready to rejoin the world. Express your understanding of the fact that her husband is her person now, her wing man, and show her that she isn’t viewed differently just because she’s married. Don’t be critical of her, and assure her that you understand that impromptu outings may be off the table, but so what – you’ll both just have to organize your time and make an effort to stay in each other’s lives.

Include the husband

One of the best ways to remain close to a married friend is to befriend the husband. He doesn’t have to absolutely adore you, only like you enough for you and the rest of the girls to be invited to dinner with them and for him to accept invitations from you. This can actually be very beneficial for everyone; your girl will realize that mixing the two worlds can be fantastic, and the husband can actually become your insight to the world of men’s brains. Husbands don’t have to be the obstacle, just make him a part of your gang.

Walk the extra mile


There is nothing better for rekindling a friendship that a quick getaway. Regardless of how deliriously
happy your friend is, she still needs her girl time, believe it. As she might be a tad busier than you, make a compromise and tell her that you want to organize a little weekend trip but consult her about the timing and then find a date that works best for both of you. Spending time with just one person for a long period of time can become monotonous, so she’ll be thrilled to get away. Besides, she’ll have a bunch of stories to tell him upon her return.

A little patience goes a long way


The most important lesson to remember is patience – don’t give up after a couple of rejections, give
your girl some time to adjust. And one more thing - your single friend is probably still searching online for dating advice for women and you should be there to support her, not at all judge her. Be there even when she’s not and don’t ask yourself the question: “Why am I the one who always calls first?” She’s going through a lot, the honeymoon phase included. However, when the dust settles and she realizes that she doesn’t have to search for a soul mate or obsess about wedding dresses and cakes, she’ll actually come to learn that she has more time for friends than before, and if you were there through her turbulent time, she’ll just come back to you like nothing ever changed.

10.16.2017

Happier on the inside. Ways to spruce up a drab home

Do you feel that your home needs a shakeup? It can be very difficult sometimes, if you really want to change your drab home environment to find the right style that suits you, your family or housemates, and also something that comes in under budget. Changing up your home is very expensive, but here are a few options that are cheap, and effective, and not just to improve your home, but to help make you feel better in your home environment.

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Covering Up Furniture
This is a simple option, it's cheap and it helps your furniture look almost like new, because of the handy disguise! If you are looking for different covers to help depending on the time of year, you can purchase reversible covers that have opposing colors, so one side has wintery colors, and the other side is more summery.

Moving Items
Not moving them out of the house completely, but moving items into different rooms. By giving it a new purpose, this will help to keep things fresh in your home. A good example is to move that big mirror in your living room, and put it into a spare room.

Paint
There are plenty of professional services like Eco Painting that's can completely shape up your property in a quick turnaround. It's easier for somebody else to paint the house from top to bottom, and it's a simple way to create a new style for your home, and also if your home is currently a drab color, or needs a new lick of paint, painting it a fresher color, such as a neutral blue, will be a lot better for your mood.

Let More Light In
This is another thing that is great for your mood as well, if you live in a part of the world that doesn't see much sunshine, especially in the lead up to winter, you need to figure out ways to let the light in, so remove any thick dark curtains, as this will create a better atmosphere, and also mirrors are a godsend when it comes to reflecting light back into the property.

Add Some Lamp Shades
If you've got big lights that are focal points of specific rooms, you could change the lampshades or get different colors to shake it up. If you've got lampshades that aren't very stylish and point the light in one direction, you could benefit from purchasing more opaque shapes, or go all out and get some stylish chandelier-type fittings. By creating lighter spaces, this will help to lift the mood of everybody in the house.

Make Use Of Space
Either by adding to other areas, or by going completely bare, it will help you to refocus the attention of specific areas of the room. It also is a great reason to start clearing out some items to make up a bit more space for your home.

A drab home can be a massive impact on anybody's state of mind, and if you make some stylistic changes, in combination with some ways to help let the light in, this will have a very positive effect on how you feel.

Five Reasons Happiness Is The Best Medicine


In today’s world, there is a multitude of different medicines for a range of illnesses. From depression to a broken limb, there is a drug to treat any complaint. So, the idea of ditching the drugs for a happier life won’t appeal. In fact, it will appear reckless and stupid.

What the majority of people don’t understand is the link between happiness and health. Scientists believe a person who is content will benefit from an improved immune system as well as healthier vital organs. And, those aren’t the only reasons to try and beat the Monday blues.

Here are the ways happiness can help look after your body and soul. Remember that these are the connections they know about. Scientists are still attempting to untangle the relationship.

Protects Against Heart Disease

Diseases of the heart are the biggest killers in the western world. Not even the big C word can compare with the number of fatalities. It makes sense to try and limit the triggers as much as possible, and happiness is the way forward. As it turns out, happiness is a leading factor in lowering blood pressure and heart rate. It doesn’t stop there, either, because a 2008 study uncovered a link between happiness and HRV. HRV stands for heart rate variability, and it’s the length of time between heartbeats. Scientists believe a longer HRV increases the chances of heart disease. Guess what? The people in the study who were content had a remarkably low variability.


Boosts The Immune System

Why bother being happy when you can get an immunization? Well, it’s because there is no reason to expose your body to the illness. Seriously, a group has done it already and the results are conclusive. A NCBI study in 2003 asked more than 300 patients to expose themselves to the virus which causes the common cold. Before coming in, the nosy scientists called and asked the individuals to note how often they experienced positive vibes. It shouldn’t come as a shock that the happiest people suffered less from the strain of the illness. Anyone who thinks a cold isn’t a strong enough strain should take a look at the test which used hepatitis B.

Regulates The Mind

Mental illnesses are more apparent today than ever before. In the past, no one cared about the bipolar vs. depression argument. Nowadays, it is vital to answer the question to diagnose a patient correctly. After all, a misdiagnosis means a person can’t get better. Although it’s hard to quantify the effects on the mind, it is possible to note stress levels in the body. Anyone who suffers from stress knows it weakens brain activity. Plus, the knock-on effect can lead to anything from lashing out physically to mood swings. Not surprisingly, people who are content find it easier to deal with stress. Why? It’s because participants from a study from the same NCBI study produced 23% less the amount of cortisol. Cortisol, by the way, is the hormone which causes stress. Good riddance.

Unhappiness Is Painful

Pain is a result of receptors in the body and the brain working together. Once there is a connection, the body feels pain and you scream “OUCH!” Okay, you may say something else but that is the sanitized version. The non-scientists in the room won’t realize there is a way to numb the pain. Yep, it turns out happiness can impact how much soreness a person feels. Those good people at NCBI did it again in 2005 and found that women with chronic pain and positive emotions complained of aches less. Yes, it didn’t numb the soreness altogether, but their feelings helped keep it in check. In this case, by the way, chronic pain refers to arthritis.

Leads To Longer Life

Apart from being old, the one thing seniors have in common is a positive outlook. Because stress is a killer, it isn’t possible to live a long life without repercussions. The cortisol levels may not be the reason for a fatality, yet they lead to significant complications. Indeed, a study by PNAS found that happy Brits aged from 50-75 lived up to five years longer than their miserable counterparts. And, there is also the curious case of the excitable nuns who lived up to tens years longer in an APA study. Everything from diet to exercise can affect life expectancy, but happiness is a factor too.

Anyone who says an antibiotic is the best medicine has never been truly happy.

It’s Never Too Early to Get Ready for Winter

We’re already deep into October and the autumn season is soon about to end. Within a couple of weeks, winter will begin and before you know it, we’re going to be wrapped in blankets huddled around the fireplace to try and save on heating bills. However, that’s no way to force yourself to live and you should always prepare for the winter several months in advance. In this post, we’ll be going through a few ways to ease yourself into the harsh winter months without breaking the bank or using too much effort.


Get Practical Supplies Ready

Let’s not beat around the bush: winter can be dangerous. If power cuts and water stoppages are normal for you, then it’s best to prepare for what the cold can do. Make sure you stock up on a little food and water in the event you’re snowed-in or the water supply is frozen and cut off. If you regularly experience long cutouts each year then double or even triple the food supply so you have plenty to live off if you end up in a blizzard or snowstorm while being stuck in your house. If you need to use a backup generator, then stock up on fuel so you can keep it running when the power goes down. If you cut your own wood for a fireplace, then do it now before you’re forced to chop trees in the freezing weather and keep them stored in a nice dry place so they are easily accessible. If you’d like to learn more about supplies to keep with you during winter, then check out this article from CDC.gov.

Get Your Appliances Fixed

It makes sense to get your appliances in order before you reach the winter. If they haven’t been checked for a long time then there’s a good chance they could be broken or break down when they’re most needed. Get your appliances sorted before the cold actually starts for that peace of mind. This isn’t something you want to do yourself unless you have experience, so make sure you remember to hire a professional that knows what they are doing. Services like AcademyAir.com are fantastic for fixing all manner of appliances. Be it heating machines or cooling machines, contractors will typically fix them on the same day they arrive unless they need extra parts and pieces. In that case, they’ll usually come back within the week to repair whatever it is you need fixing. You may also want to replace the batteries in any kind of smart device that you have so they keep on working and don’t randomly stop.

Decorative Preparations

DIY doesn’t always have to be about fixing things. DIY can be creative and you can focus on things like changing your blankets and pillow sheets to something a little more wintery. Blue, white and green colours are incredibly popular around this time and it’s never a bad idea to switch into winter garments and accessories before the cold starts. You may also want to completely change your wardrobe to suit the winter months. Grab lots of big and comfortable coats to stay warm wherever you are and don’t forget to wear extra pairs of socks to keep your feet nice and toasty. These decorative preparations are simple, fast and practical and can contribute to getting ready for winter.

Gutter Cleaning

If you have trees around you then you’d understand how difficult it is to clean gutters. The leaves can fall onto your roof, slide down due to the wind start clogging up your gutters. In order to fix this, make sure you hire someone that is capable of safely climbing the ladder up to your gutters so they can use a stick or specialised tool to clear the cutters out. This will ensure they don't get clogged and also guarantee that there are no nasty things laying in the gutters. You can also do this yourself by looking at gutter cleaning guides, or you can choose to hire a professional that understands your situation


Clean up the Garden

Your garden is one of the main culprits for dead leaves and plants. Sweep them up, pile them up then consider using them as compost. If your garden is surrounded by trees then this may take longer than you would expect. Sweep all the debris and dead leaves then prepare your garden for winter. If you have any furniture or appliances out in the garden then you’ll want to pack them up as well so they get out of the way. Stow your lawn mower away, get all the tools back into the shelf and consider moving your garden furniture into the garage or your own home for a little while. Take a look at this article from BHF.org.uk for some excellent winter gardening tips.

Reverse Ceiling Fans

Most people don’t realise that the two settings on their ceiling fans are for winter and summer. The summer one pushes air down to create a unique breeze-like cooling effect. However, in winter, a switch is flicked either on a remote or the ceiling fan itself. The switch swaps the direction the ceiling fan is spinning so it pushes the air upwards instead of down. By swapping the direction it spins, the ceiling fan draws cold air upwards and essentially lifts it away from your home.This is great if you have large rooms and it can assist in saving you plenty of money on electricity bills. As mentioned already, there are many people that don’t know this about their own ceiling fans and it can actually be a cheap and effective way to reduce your heating bills. It’s certainly not as effective as heating or air conditioning, but it doesn’t require much of an effort to use.

Get Emergency Numbers Ready

If you find yourself struggling with power or electricity during the cold months then make sure you write down the phone numbers of important emergency services. This can include your local electrician or gas supplier. The idea is to have their phone numbers ready so they can quickly respond to your emergencies no matter what time of day or night it is. Keep in mind that not every supplier of energy or gas has a 24-hour emergency system, so make sure you look it up before you trust those numbers in an emergency.

Seal Drafts with Caulk

Small gaps can always appear in your home that left in drafts. Whether they’re caused by rodents or other forms of damage to your property, it’s never a bad idea to find them. You can do this by sitting near areas where you feel a breeze then sealing it with a caulk gun. Some common sources of drafts are in knee walls, attics, recessed lights or even the wiring in your home. Check these locations first to determine if you’re actually suffering from a draft. If you don’t find anything, then it might just be from your windows, in which cause a caulking gun can come in handy to seal the breeze. Check out this useful article from PopularMechanics.com to learn more about how to save money by sealing drafts in your home.

If you leave the winter preparations too late then you’ll find yourself getting colder and also more frustrated when a crucial appliance breaks. Just remember that it’s never too early to prepare for winter. The earlier you prepare, the easier your journey will be.

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