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Making a New House Feel Like YOUR Home

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There are few times in life when you really get a fresh start, but moving house is definitely one of them. It’s a chance to turn over a new leaf- declutter, get organised, decorate and set up your life to be exactly how you want it.

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If you’ve used a moving company like you at least don’t have to worry about physically moving your possessions from A to B, but you will need to spend time unpacking. A new house often doesn’t feel like home right away which can be a strange feeling. If you want to make your new house feel like ‘your’ home as quickly as possible here are a few ideas!

It makes sense that when you move into a new home you will give it a good clean. While the last tenant or owners should have left it in a clean and tidy condition, you will still want to go over it yourself. Scrub kitchens and bathrooms, floors, windows, open windows and doors to air it out. This is useful if the house has been empty for a while. If you’re keeping the carpets, you could hire a carpet cleaner or get a professional carpet cleaning company in to get them up to scratch. This way you don’t feel like you’re living in someone else’s grime and the house feels like yours!

Think About Scents
Chances are you have candles, reed diffusers, plug in air fresheners and other ways to scent the home. It can be tempting to go with all new fragrances but actually, continue using the ones you always do. This will instantly bring a familiar scent into the home which can be comforting and make you feel like it is your space. Buy some spray air fresheners and Febreze too in familiar scents and use these around the home.

Get The Bathrooms Set Up
Moving house is hard work, when you’re feeling stressed and sweaty and the end of the day a hot bath or shower will do wonders for making you feel better. Make sure there are fresh towels and toiletries so you can refresh at the end of the long day. You might need to put a shower curtain up or some storage to house your products. Don’t forget toothpaste, tissue and other essentials

Make Up The Beds With Fresh Bedding
It’s worth having all of your bedding in a separate, clearly labelled box so that when you get to the new place you can get the bed made up right away. That way after a long and tiring day of moving you have fresh familiar beds to get into without having to rummage. The first few days after moving are particularly busy so getting enough rest will certainly make everything less stressful.

How would you make a brand new house feel like home after moving in? If you’ve recently moved, how long did it take you for it to feel like home?

Feel-Good Clothes to Lift Your Mood

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When you’re feeling stuck in a rut or just can’t get yourself together, it is sometimes the trivial things that get you back on track. What you wear can actually have a real impact on your mood and energy levels so it’s worth having a long look in that full length mirror and then making a change.

Taking care of your appearance is a quick confidence boost that most of us forget about when we’re at our lowest points. At the end of a long week when you just can’t be bothered anymore, slipping into a gorgeous dress and doing you hair can be more rejuvenating than collapsing in front of the TV – you just have to believe it.

When you look good, you feel good, it’s as simple as that!

A Floaty Dress

Comfortable, quick and easy to wear all day and into the night. Florida style dresses will keep you cool while you’re running around all day and will easily transition into evening wear so you don’t even have to get changed before you go out. Really, you should have a few of these dresses in your wardrobe to keep you going throughout the week!

Floaty dresses are ideal because they suit most body shapes and will skim the wobbly bits you aren’t so fond of. The longer the dress the more likely it is you can pair it with pretty much all the shoes you own – even sneakers! – and enjoy a day on the beach as well as a day in the office.

Dresses don’t have to be expensive either. In fact, if you want to wear them all day every day, a cheaper dress will probably be more suited to your activities. However, it is worth getting a couple of more expensive dresses to wear on nights out when you just can’t be bothered getting dressed up. An empire line maxi dress will always look classy and mean that all you need to do is dig out some nude heels and throw your hair into a speedy up do. Add some lip gloss and get out there!

A Great Sports Bra

It’s crazy, but a brilliant sports bra makes such a huge difference and actually makes you want to work out! Getting the perfect fit will make sure that your running is pain free and should help your back as well. To find the perfect sports bra for you will take a lot of trying on in different shops but once you have hit upon the perfect one for you – get three!

You might think that stretchy bras will be more comfortable, but actually, since you are looking to increase motion control (or in other words, prevent too much flapping about!) you really need to find one with minimal stretch. Test this out before you waste time in the dressing rooms by tugging at the straps and the cups to see how much movement there is.

Once you have the sports bra to suit you, don’t you just feel like going out for a quick jog or playing a team sport? Feeling fully supported will really help you to regain your confidence and find your fitness, whatever size you are. If you feel good in what you’re wearing, it doesn’t matter how hot and sweaty you get – you’re on your way to athletic awesomeness.

Anything With an Elasticated Waist

Now you may be thinking that this is madness. How could anyone’s mood be lifted by an elasticated waist? Well, it’s simple: it’s all in the ability to eat a large, delicious meal without having to undo a top button afterwards. If there’s anything that’s going to lower your mood, it’s the realisation that your pants don’t fit after a plate of the most delicious pasta.

The thing is that a lot of fashion is actually quite restrictive. In our quest for the perfect silhouette that cinches in at the waist, we sacrifice the ability to sit comfortably. The elasticated waist on the other hand, knows no bounds. You don’t have to put it on show – just layer over a long top or put a belt on and nobody will ever know your secret.

It shouldn’t be hard to find the things that make us happy like this, but it a pressured world of fashion, choosing comfort is a confident choice. Feeling good in your clothes is the first step to feeling good in your skin. Lighter, roomier clothes will give you more space to breathe and move making you happier as well.

Make Your Home Sustainable!

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Nowadays, we are seeing the detrimental effects of human activity on the environment more clearly than ever. Polar ice caps are melting, deforestation is destroying habitats the world over, and pollution is filling the air with smog and the oceans with plastic. So it’s about time that we start making changes in our day to day lives that will reduce this negative impact that we are having on the planet. Make a significant start by making your home more sustainable! Here are a few ideas to try out.

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Opt for Sustainable Building Materials

Let’s start with your property itself. Materials like Australian Sustainable Hardwoods are a great building material that you should make as much use of as possible. Whether you are building a property from scratch, plan on extending, or simply want some new decking or a shed for the backyard. This material can be harvested and regrown with maximum efficiency and in a safe manner. Not only will it have a much better impact on the environment than other building materials, but it looks great too! It’s a win-win situation that will leave smiles all around.

Source Furniture Locally

Every year, huge amounts of non-renewable fuels are used in the transport of furniture across seas. So why not cut out the excessive delivery distances and source your furniture locally. There are plenty of brilliant options out there, and many will be much closer than you think. If possible, opt for recycled, upcycled or vintage goods. The more use we get out of a single item, the less waste we produce. Check out charity stores and vintage flea markets or antique furniture stores nearby for some truly unique pieces to add to your interior decor.

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Use Renewable Energy

There are plenty of renewable energy options that can fuel our homes. So why do so many of us still opt for non-renewable energy sources? Solar panels are one of the most popular options available and are extremely effective, especially on shores like ours where the sun shines more than most places. It can generate sufficient energy to heat your water, power your air conditioning, and even run your oven. Alternatively, you could opt for wind turbines or hydropower.

Consider Bamboo Flooring

Instead of standard wood flooring, why not consider bamboo flooring. Bamboo is perfect for floors aesthetically and has the added bonus of being one of the most sustainable materials imaginable. While trees can take years to grow and establish themselves, bamboo is much faster growing. While it may not be ideal for hardy tasks such as forming exterior walls, it’s just as good for flooring as any laminate. If you find that you’re fond of bamboo as a material, you can also use it for various other things around the house, such as shower walls (as opposed to plastic shower curtains) or even reusable drinking straws. The possibilities are pretty much endless!

These changes may seem small, but they will make a significant difference. If everyone tried out just one or two, the changes made to the planet would be profound. So, start living as eco-friendly a lifestyle as possible from today.

Best Countries For History Buffs

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Some people want sun and sand, others want adventure, and some people just want great food and drink. But you might not be bothered about any of that. Maybe it’s a rich historical heritage that you’re looking for. Your family might roll their eyes when they find out that you’re taking them around yet another museum, but exploring the history of a country doesn’t have to be dull. There are all sorts of places that you can see history up close and personal, rather than behind a glass case in a museum. If you want to plan a historical trip that the whole family can get behind, try one of these countries.


Temple Angkor Wat Cambodia

Cambodia has had a very rich, but troublesome history and you can see some of the remnants of it today. The temples at Angkor Wat are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and for good reason. It’s the largest religious monument in the world. The stunning temple complex, boasting some of the most impressive architectural features in the world, was originally built as a Hindu temple in the 12th century and has since been adapted into a Buddhist temple. These days, it draws tourists from all over the world who are keen to marvel at its grandeur. Interestingly, it’s the only temple in the country that faces west.


If you want to visit the site of one of the most iconic ancient empires in the history of the world, look no further than Peru. The remnants of the ancient Inca civilization have been perfectly preserved. G Adventure Peru Treks are the best way to see the amazing temples and cities, set in the heart of the deep jungles. The people that live in Peru are still very traditional so you can get a glimpse of what life might have been like in these ancient civilizations and find a truly unique vacation experience.


Egyptian Pyramid Pyramids Sphinx Stone Egypt

If there’s one place in the world that’s famous for its impressive historical monuments, it’s Egypt. The pyramids are an iconic feature, recognized by everybody in the world. The main sites to see are the pyramids in Gaza, the Great Phoenix, and the Valley of the Kings. The atmosphere that you find there is something that you can’t find anywhere else. Visitors to the area always report that one of the best things about it is the way that it transports you back to that ancient civilization.


Once the centre of the most powerful empire in the world, that shaped modern society in numerous ways, Rome is littered with so many amazing sites of historical interest. The big tourist attractions like the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and the Circus Maximus are all incredible sights to see, but they’re just the well known ones. The entire city is full of amazing renaissance and Baroque buildings so every street is a historical wonderland.

It’s always a struggle to get your family on board with educational outings, especially if you’ve got young kids. But if you take them to one of these countries you can be sure that you won’t get any complaints.

Thinking About Starting Your Own Business? The Devil Is In The Details!

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One of the most wonderful things about the modern era is that we live in an age where the possibilities of what you can do with your life are bigger and more expansive than ever before. There was a time when the idea of branching out on your own and starting your own business might have seemed like little more than a pipe dream, but these days it’s something that’s entirely possible. The truth is you don’t need much more than an internet connection and the drive to create something great to get started. Of course, things do get more complicated than that pretty quickly, and there is still a pretty significant challenge to running a business. One of the most important things to remember is that the devil really is in the details. You might be focusing on the broad strokes, but without these details, you’re never going to be able to make your business a genuine success.

Creating a pleasant atmosphere

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You could have the greatest product or service on the face of the earth, and it’s not going to make the slightest bit of difference if you can create a business that people actually want to interact with. The best way to do this is to create the most pleasant atmosphere possible. Everything from the music playing in your business to going to somewhere like APEX Commercial Furniture for the chairs and tables that customers will use has a massive impact on the way they feel about your business. Most of the time, customers won’t even be consciously aware of that feeling, but it’s something that is going to have a serious impact on whether or not they return to your business again and again.

Talking to customers

One of the saddest things to see is a business falling short of greatness because the people involved simply don’t know how to talk to customers. The reality of the modern business world is that customers service can be the thing that makes or breaks you in terms of how you’re perceived. You need to make sure that you make your customers feel as though, in the moment you’re speaking to them, they’re the most important person in the world. Creating that kind of feeling is going to make it much more likely that they will recommend your business to the people in their lives.

Consistent branding

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Branding has always been important to any business gaining recognition among customers, but there have never been so many different areas where you could promote your business to people. Everything from traditional print and TV advertising, to online marketing and social media strategies, require you to brand your business. If your branding isn’t consistent across all platforms, then people are going to become confused, and it’s not going to have nearly the level of impact that you want.

These kinds of things might not seem as though they would make that much of a difference to your business on their own, but when they start to work together, these kinds of things can be incredibly important and can potentially make or break your business.

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