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  1. Kids Bedroom Ideas For Small Rooms

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    If you have a really small bedroom in your home for a child, then you may be wondering how to decorate and furnish it to maximize the space, whilst still making it a really fun and unique room for your child.  Most three-bed houses in the UK come with one small room which we usually call the ‘box room’ and in some cases, these rooms can barely fit a single bed in easily, so what is the solution for decorating and furnishing a kids bedroom if the room is really small?

    Read on for some amazing space-saving and fun decor ideas.  I have gathered a list of small bedroom ideas for kids that will help you create a space for your child that is not only functional but also stylish and fun.

  2. 10 Storage Hacks for the Home, Garage and Beyond

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    Keeping your space organised and clutter-free can be a challenge, especially if you have limited storage options or live in a small house or apartment. However, with a little creativity and some helpful storage hacks, you can maximise your available space and make the most of what you have, helping you to find things quicker and easier.  In this article, we'll share ten storage hacks that can be used in various areas of your home, garage and beyond.

  3. Stylish Window Design Ideas

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    Windows are more than just functional features of a building; they can also be a significant element of its design and style. With so many window options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right ones for your home. Whether you're looking to replace old windows or add new ones, it's important to consider factors like light, energy efficiency, privacy, and aesthetics.

    In this article, we'll explore some stylish window design ideas that can elevate the look and feel of your property. From awning and casement windows to double hung and picture windows, we'll provide an overview of the top window types, their features, benefits, and drawbacks, to help you make an informed decision. So, let's dive in!

  4. The Benefits of Using a Mortgage Broker

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    Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you'll ever make. Whether you're a first-time buyer or an experienced homeowner, navigating the world of mortgages can be overwhelming. That's where a mortgage adviser comes in. While some people prefer to go it alone, many turn to a mortgage broker to help them find the best deal and navigate the application process. In this article, we'll explore the benefits of using a mortgage adviser and why it may be a good choice for you.

  5. Ways to Turn Your Home into a Source of Extra Cash

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    These days, many of us are constantly looking for ways to access additional financial resources and support. After all, the cost of living has grown increasingly difficult for most people to handle over the years, even if they have a decent income.

    While budgeting and being cautious with your money can make a huge difference to your quality of life, it can help to search for extra revenue too.

    Making additional money can be a lot easier than it seems if you own your own property. You don’t necessarily need to sell your space to make extra cash. There are various programs homeowners can get involved in to turn their spare space into a source of additional income. Here are just some of your options.

  6. 7 Easy Ways To Use Essential Oils Around The Home

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    Are you looking for natural and effective ways to enhance your home's ambiance, improve your skin and sleep, and even repel insects? Look no further than essential oils. These concentrated plant extracts have been used for centuries for their therapeutic properties and pleasant scents. With a little creativity, you can easily incorporate essential oils into your daily routine to improve your home's environment and boost your well-being. They're also a cost-effective solution for many applications as only a few drops are usually needed.

    In this article, we'll share seven simple and practical ways to use essential oils around your home, from making your own reed diffusers and soothing irritated skin to freshening up your laundry and keeping insects at bay. Whether you're new to essential oils or a seasoned user, these tips will help you get the most out of these versatile and natural wonders.

  7. Is It Time For You To Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden?

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    Everyone needs fruit and vegetables. Since we were little we’ve been told it’s an important part of well-balanced diet.  They are vital for good health.  However, it seems only recently that more and more people are becoming interested in growing them - as well as eating them.  Is it time for you to grow your own vegetable garden?

  8. The Benefits Of A Good Mattress

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    Having a good night's sleep is not only beneficial to how we feel when we wake up the next day but also to our overall health. Whilst you may not realise it, your mattress could actually be impacting the way that you sleep, causing you discomfort throughout the night or being the reason why you snore. Ensuring our mattress provides our body with enough support to have a comfortable night's rest is so important. If you haven’t updated yours for the last 6 to 8 years, here’s the perfect excuse. We’re exploring the benefits of a good mattress and the importance of a good night’s sleep.

  9. How To Keep Your House Warm In Freezing Temperatures

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    In the colder months, it's important to make sure your home is prepared to keep out the chill. Keeping your house warm in freezing temperatures, or if you live in colder climates such as in North America, not only keeps you and your family comfortable but can also help reduce energy bills and prevent damage to your home. 

    There are several ways to keep your home warm during the winter, including sealing up drafts, insulating your home, and using heating sources wisely. In this post, we'll cover these and many other tips (for all budgets) to help you stay warm and toasty all winter long.

  10. Living Room Flooring Ideas

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    If you are considering your next living room makeover and are struggling to decide what type of flooring to choose then this article should give you a few good ideas, hints and tips.  Selecting the most practical and aesthetically pleasing flooring will be a top priority but you will also need to consider a few other key features to make the most of this space.  Check out these top living room flooring ideas for the new year ahead.

  11. Sprive Referral Code + Review (Easy £5 Free Cash)

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    Have you tried Sprive? It’s a free app and it helps you put spare cash towards your mortgage so you can pay it off faster, potentially saving years off your mortgage term and saving up to thousands in interest. I have a Sprive referral code for £5 free cash which you can withdraw to your bank account or send as an overpayment to your mortgage.

    The Sprive app is completely free to use. You can choose to withdraw the cash you save in the Sprive app either back to your bank account, or you can use it to overpay your mortgage at a click of a button. 

    They have lots of other cool features such as seeing the best mortgage deal for that day with your current lender or with others.  Also, you can see at a glance the percentage of your home that you own.

    Got a mortgage?  Get an easy £5 free cash with Sprive referral code 3OVDPUBK

  12. So You Want To Buy Your First Home? Here's How To Do It Right

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    More and more people are keen to get on the property ladder. You may have a young family and want more freedom and security for your future. Or maybe you’re just fed up with throwing your hard-earned cash at greedy landlords. Or perhaps a Buy To Let interests you as a way to make money for your furture retirement or as extra income now?  There have also been a few Government-backed schemes to help first-time buyers get that foot on the property ladder too. If you want it, maybe now is the time to figure out if you’re ready for it.  Read on to discover what to think about when buying your first house.

  13. How To Remove + Prevent Limescale Naturally At Home

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    Around 60% of homes in England and Wales fill their kettles, clean their clothes and wash their hair in hard water.

    Not all areas of the UK are affected by hard water. Rain falls as “soft” water, but as it trickles through certain rocks and soils (particularly limestone and chalk) it will naturally collect traces of minerals like magnesium and calcium, becoming “hard”. It’s these minerals that like to stick around and cause havoc within our nice, clean homes.

  14. How Can I Update My House Without Breaking The Bank?

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    You can do a lot with less. Redecorating is time-consuming as well as expensive, but you can completely redesign your home's style with these low-cost and free tips. You do not always have to get the paints and wallpaper out either.

    How can I update my house without breaking the bank?  Try a few of these top tips, and your living spaces will look and feel like new!
  15. What Does a House Cleaner Do?

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    House cleaning services can help you stay organised and maintain sanitary environments around your home, regardless of whether you have kids or pets or if you're a bit disorganised. Plus, keeping your home clean on the inside contributes to its value in the long run when it comes time to sell it or rent it out.  But what does a house cleaner do exactly?  Find out how they can make your life easier and the chores they can complete below.

  16. Energy Theft: Detection, Dangers + How To Report

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    With the cost of living continuously on the rise from food prices to mortgage interest rates, rent increases, fuel costs and energy prices, many people may be looking for more ways to save money than ever before.  In times of desperation, people may even be tempted to tamper with their gas or electric meters to try and reduce their energy bills.  

    This is an act known as energy theft or energy crime which is not only illegal, but comes with life-threatening dangers.  Even if you do not tamper with your own energy meters, you or someone you know could be at risk from the devastating consequences of gas theft or electrcity theft if you are in rented accommodation, terraced housing or a block of flats.  

    Read on to learn how energy theft might affect you, how to detect energy theft, the dangers of energy theft and exactly how to report energy theft before it could harm somebody.

  17. Banister Makeover Ideas For All Budgets

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    If you live in an older house, built in the 60s or 70s then, like us, you might be looking for banister makeover ideas.  We went through the process of updating a 70s staircase (twice) and the transformation is really quite staggering. Our before and after photos will demonstrate what is possible with a dated 70s staircase, but we will also share some of our favourite banister ideas for you to explore, as our final design might not be right for everyone.

  18. Unique and high tech cleaning gadgets

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    The future of cleaning is here. New and innovative high-tech gadgets are the way of the future. They will make sure that your home is protected from any potential harm. 

    With so many new gadgets on the market, it can be hard to choose which one is best for you.  And what unique cleaning gadgets even exist?

    To make this decision easier, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite high-tech cleaning gadgets that you should consider buying now or in the future.

  19. The benefits of building a garden room office

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    Working from home is the dream scenario for many people, but if that dream becomes a reality, where will you work from?  Unless you have a dedicated room that can be used as a home office, then you’re going to be working quite literally from your dining table or squeezing a desk into a shared space. So here's the important question, is it worth building a garden office?

  20. Lekto Nestro Softwood Logs review (+ discount code)

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    Lekto has recently added a new wood fuel to their product range and I’ve been testing them to see how they perform in our log-burning stove.  Lekto is marketing the Nestro Softwood Logs as a simplified approach to quickly heating your room or house.  So, I’ve put them to the test and I’ll share my findings in this post slong with a Lekto Woodfuels Discount Code!

  21. How to get the cheapest broadband deals

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    With more of us working from home, than ever before, it’s vital that we have a great broadband package to ensure we can stay connected and work efficiently.  However, not all broadband packages are equal. Even different people on the same package, with the same provider, can be paying totally different prices!

    Here are some great money-saving tips and hacks to ensure you don’t pay more than you need to for your home broadband.  Read on to discover how you can get the cheapest broadband deals with our tried and tested methods.

  22. Do I need permission to run a business from home?

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    More and more people are setting up their own independent businesses. Running your own small business provides flexibility and the opportunity to manage your schedule and finances. If you’re planning to launch your own startup with your house as the business premises, then you might be asking yourself ‘do I need permission to run a business from home?’

    It’s not a dumb question as you might not actually be able to run a business from home, even if you own your own house!  It all depends on your circumstances.  Let’s take a look in more detail at the varying factors.

  23. 7 ideas for creating your first home office

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    Transitioning from working in an office to working remotely carries the burden of creating your workspace. Modern office buildings have been designed in such a way to promote a productive atmosphere for employees. However, you won’t have these luxuries at home. Not immediately, anyway.

    That is why you need to think about designing a workspace that allows you to be productive but also one that makes you feel comfortable. It is a difficult balance, one that will become easier over time; however, the following ideas should help to get you started. Here are just a few ideas for creating your very first home office.

  24. How to prevent your vehicle being stolen from the driveway

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    Our vehicles are valuable, loved, an investment and for many, a lifeline for our ways of life. Therefore, it’s only natural we want to protect them from theft. Many modern cars, vans and motorhomes will come with built in security devices but unfortunately this doesn’t always prevent theft.  Thieves are getting smarter and figuring out how to steal even some of the most protected vehicles.  So, the big question is…  What can we do to prevent our vehicles being stolen, especially from our own homes and driveways?

  25. 7 Tips For Moving Cross Country

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    Are you moving across the country? If so, you're in for a big adventure! Moving is always a hassle, but it can be especially difficult when you're relocating and moving far away.  However, with a little bit of preparation and organisation, you can make your cross-country move a breeze.

    In this blog post, we will discuss seven tips that will help make your move easier. Follow these tips and you'll be on your way to enjoying your new home in no time!

  26. Flexispot adjustable standing desk review

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    PR sample.  Thank you to Flexispot who have sent us a gifted desk of our choice for our new garden office - all words and opinions our own.

    We’ve recently received our Flexispot L-shaped standing desk which is a bit of a game changer for us.  In this article I’ll tell you a little bit about why this has made such a difference to the way we work and how it has helped us both physically and mentally. 

  27. How to make your Irish garden the social hub of the season

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    In the UK and Ireland, we take a lot of pride in our beautiful nature and scenery from the gorgeous Hungry Hill to the eye-catching Cliffs of Moher. But what if we could make our gardens (almost) as appealing? Hopefully, I can try and help with this useful how-to guide for revamping your garden into the social hub of the season. With these ideas, you can host the best garden party to date.

  28. Lekto Woodfuels Restaurant Grade Hardwood Charcoal review

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    The summer is fast approaching and the weather is warming up.  It’s that time of year again to get the barbecue out and enjoy some tasty food outdoors.  If you’re anything like us then the BBQ is an essential part of summer living, whether you’re at home, by the beach or in the countryside.  Lekto kindly sent us some charcoal for our summer BBQs and today I’ll share our honest review.  I also have a Lekto discount code so you can enjoy 5% off all products on their website.

  29. The dos and don’ts of dining room decor

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    Want your dining room to be a warm and inviting environment for guests?  Dining room decor is a complex topic. There are many different aspects to consider when designing your dining room. There are several wrong moves that can result in a dining room décor disaster. Avoid these and stay tasteful.  In this article, we will be looking at the dos and don’ts of dining room decor.

  30. Home buyers protection insurance: what is it and do you need it?

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    Buying and selling a house if you wish to move home is an expensive activity.  We moved house last year and the total moving costs were just shy of £20,000 for all the associated removals, estate agents and legal fees.  It’s a big decision to go through such a process, and a costly one!

    Unfortunately, many house sales and purchases fall through before completion which can leave you thousands of pounds out of pocket.  In fact, 30% of house sales fall through in total, so the likelihood is very real.

    To help ease this potential financial gamble, there is an insurance called Home Buyers Protection Insurance which can help you recoup some of the lost costs if a house purchase falls through.  In this article, we’ll explore together exactly what this insurance is and whether it’s worth the cost.

  31. Global 1st eco friendly gift ideas + 25% off promo code

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    If you’re looking for eco-friendly gift ideas then eco-conscious website Global 1st is a great place to start.  They kindly sent me four of their amazing natural, handmade and green products so I could see for myself how wonderful they are.

    These gifts are perfect for Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, new home gifts, stocking fillers, treats for yourself and for many other occasions too.  Plus, they have shared a discount code with me so my readers can get 25% off purchases on the Global 1st website!

  32. Things to buy when moving out for the first time

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    Moving out for the first time is a huge milestone in one's life.  Having your own home for the first time is a really exciting step. It's a big deal to leave the nest and finally be on one's own, but it can also be a bit daunting.  What will you need?  No matter whether you've bought a property or you're renting, it's likely you'll want to invest in the decor to really make it feel like your own.  In this blog post are some tips on the best rooms to invest in, as well as the first things to buy when moving out for the first time.

  33. Refresh your home for spring: 6 cost-effective touch-ups

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    Spring is almost here; a welcome change for us all. This part of the year also provides us with some extra time, thanks to Easter and May bank holidays, to focus on some much-needed touch-ups to the home to freshen up its everyday appeal.  As well as completing the classic spring clean, many of us will want to refresh our home for the warmer months making it more organised, welcoming and brighter for the summer months.

    Out with the cold and dreary weather, out with the clutter and the pent up frustration you’ve felt around the house. What areas should you focus on to get the best out of your house during the feel-good season?  Here are six cost-effective solutions to better your home this spring and summer.

  34. How to design a small bathroom to maximise space

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    Having a small bathroom has its advantages and disadvantages. Keeping it compact means most things are within an arm’s length, and it leaves more space for other rooms in the home.

    However, there’s a lot to fit into a compact bathroom from a utility standpoint, and this can make designing a small bathroom a challenge – even for those with interior design experience.

  35. The 3 things to consider about the size of your wall clock

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    Finding the correct clock size might seem like a trivial thing, but it's something worth thinking about in a little more detail to help find the perfect match.  We've made the mistake with impulsive clock purchases that just wern't suitable for our home.  Hopefully these three quick considerations will help prevent you from making the same mistakes.

  36. Removing bed bugs from soft furnishings: an ultimate guide

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    Despite the name, bed bugs don’t just make their home in your bed, or even just in the bedroom. They are tiny creatures that clutch onto fabrics, clothes, and luggage, hitchhiking a ride into your home with their new food source (you). Even though they are so small and hide in small dark crevices in fabrics, carpets, and mattresses, they are one of the most troublesome infestations to have in your home. Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t actually associated with uncleanliness, and they are often picked up by people that have been travelling or moving around, no matter what kind of establishment you spend the night at. 

    If you suspect you or someone in your home has picked up these irritating creatures, be prepared to take the required steps to remove them from your home and soft furnishings; it isn’t always as simple as it sounds.

  37. Hacks to help you save money on decorating your home

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    If you are a homeowner, one of the biggest expenses you will likely need to find the money for is decorating your home. It would be nice if we could simply decorate our homes once when we moved in and have the decor stay fresh and stylish for the rest of our time there, but that is not the reality we face and from time to time, various renovations will need to be made.

    The good news is, it is possible to do those necessary home decor updates on a budget. Below are some of the best home decoration hacks to save you money right now: