16 July 2016

Addictions: How to Repair Your Life

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When anyone suffers from an addiction, it’s a very long and tough road to beat it. I can’t claim to have all the answers, but I do know a few things that you’ll need to do if you want to get past it. Each individual situation is different, though, and that’s why you need help from the professionals. Don’t take this article as gospel; use it as an introductory guide towards kicking that addiction for good.

The first step towards getting rid of addiction is recognizing it in the first place. Many of us don’t like to admit that we’ve got a problem. However, you’re never going to beat an addiction if you can’t acknowledge that it exists. If you know that you’ve got a problem, and that’s why you’re reading this today, well done. Now, you can start to pursue your recovery options.

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Once you’ve stopped relying on drugs, alcohol, gambling (or anything else), you need to stay away from it. This means ditching the lifestyle that you used to live. If you’re hanging around the same friends that used to go drinking every night with you, you’re going to struggle to resist. As hard as it is, it’s important to try and stay away from them as much as possible. During this time, you’re going to need motivational factors to keep you away. Try and find reasons in your life to ditch those addictions. Whether it’s the love of your family and children, or maybe aspiring to be like a famous celebrity, it doesn’t matter. As long as you’ve got something to aim for, you’re more likely to resist.

Let’s not be naive about this, though. Addictions are incredibly difficult to tackle. In many cases, you’re going to need professional assistance. Doctors are probably your first port of call to help you cope for the time being. Then, you might need to seek drug rehab centers and alcohol rehab centers. You’ll meet others who suffer from similar addictions, and you’ll come into contact with experts who know how to deal with your illness. There’s no-one better to seek help from than those who understand how you’re feeling and know how to treat it.

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One of the major downsides of kicking an addiction is the effect it can have on everyone around you. You’re going to be irritable, angry, and frustrated on a regular basis. Unfortunately, if your family is around you during this time, you might end up taking your frustrations out on them. To save causing arguments and further distress, try and walk away if you feel tense. Give yourself a secluded area of the house where you can shout and scream to your heart’s content.

As I mentioned at the start, we don’t have all the answers here. We aren’t doctors, and we aren’t addiction experts. I’ve never suffered from an addiction, so I can’t understand what you’re going through. Those professionals can, however, so I urge you to seek help if you’re struggling. You can beat this addiction.

29 June 2016

Updating Your Kids Bedroom? Create a Space That Will Grow with Them!

Has your child sadly outgrown their bedroom? If this is the case, you’ve got some planning to do, to create them a beautiful new room. It might be that your toddler has finally outgrown their nursery or that your pre-teen has decided that their old bedroom is just too ‘babyish’. Whatever the reason you’re upgrading your child’s bedroom, it’s important to be smart about it.

If you want to ensure that whatever you spend doing up the space is worth it, it’s crucial to design a room that will grow with your child. Something that, believe it or not, isn’t as hard to do as you would think. To design your child a space that they will not only love now but also in a few years time here’s what you need to do.

Use mainly neutral colors--

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Right now, your child might be obsessed with hot pink or crazy about blue, but what’s to say that in a few years time, they’ll feel the same. That’s why, if you want to create a space that will grow with your child and won’t need too much doing to it, it’s best to keep the colors mainly neutral.

For the walls and carpet, opt for neutral shades. Think cream, gray, and off-white - these are all ideal colors as they work well with a range of other shades. To add a little of your child’s favorite color to the space, you can always add an accent wall. This is ideal as it’s just one section of the wall, so is easy to repaint, should your child dislike it in the future.

Pick furniture that’s smart, stylish, and will last--

When it comes to picking the furniture for your child’s bedroom, don’t select pieces that won’t last. For example, right now your child might be begging you for a bed shaped like a race car, but how long will their car obsession last? Probably not very long. That’s why it’s best to pick furniture that isn’t themed in any way, and will last them for years. Don’t worry about their room looking boring; we’ll talk about ways to jazz it up later on.

A word to the wise, when selecting items like dressers and bedside tables, make sure to pick ones that come with heavy duty drawer runners. That way, should your child overfill the drawers, they shouldn’t be damaged or break. The same goes for selecting a bed, choose a bed that doesn’t have slats underneath, as these are more prone to breaking than full bases. This is especially important if your kids love to jump on the bed.

Use accessories to add style--

I mentioned above that we would talk about jazzing up the space, and the best way to do that is with accessories. Believe it or not, you can give your child’s bedroom a unique look using just a few well-thought-out accessories. Things like curtains, rugs, lampshades, bedding, wall art and ornaments are all interchangeable. Making them perfect for personalizing the space. So ask your child what sort of bedroom they would like and then use accessories to create a room that they’ll love.

The great thing about using accessories to add style is that should they change their mind about their room’s design, it’s easy to change. There will be no messy painting involved or buying of new furniture. All you’ll need to do is swap out their old accessories for new ones. What could be cheaper and easier than that?
Want to create a bedroom that will grow with your child? Take the above tips and advice on board and you can do.

27 June 2016

When to Call the Experts: Don't Tackle These Jobs Yourself


DIY has grown in popularity over the last few years. People are renovating and revamping their homes, rather than enlisting the services of a specialist. This has been made easier by the range of products that are aimed at this market. Online tutorials, blog posts, and how-tos show us how to update our homes step-by-step.

The satisfaction from completing these tasks is significant. This is evidenced by the blog posts, Pinterest boards, and online images devoted to this. It also provides a significant cost saving as you don’t have to pay for labor. However, there are areas that shouldn’t be tackled by anyone other than an expert.

Roofing--

Fixing the roof is always something that should be tackled by a specialist roofer. Several times a year it’s a good idea to check your roof for signs of damage. This is particularly important after the winter months, especially after bad weather. Never climb to the roof. Check it from the ground using binoculars. If you notice problems, then enlist the help of a specialist roofer.

If you suffer damage following a storm, find out about emergency repairs in your area. Emergency companies will make immediate temporary repairs to get you through the night [or weekend].


Electrics--

Another area that should never be tackled alone is electrics. Tinkering in this area can cause serious injury and even death. Don’t take the risk, call a certified electrician.

As with other areas of your home, check electrical components regularly. Check outlets for signs of damage and keep an eye on all wiring. If cables are damaged, then they need replacing. You should also check light fittings and down lighters.

Faulty electrics can lead to electric shocks and fire. If you are unsure or see signs of damage, always phone an electrician.

Making Structural Changes--

We often see home improvement programs which transform homes by creating large open spaces. Walls are removed or knocked through to create open-plan areas. However, this is not something that should be approached by a novice. By knocking down walls you could cause structural damage to the house, and put occupants at risk. Always seek the services of a building contractor.


Sewage--

If you suffer a sewage spill, leave your home immediately and call the experts. Sewage is a safety hazard and should only be tackled by specialists. They will have all of the required tools and equipment to deal with the waste. They will also have protective clothing.

Plumbing--

Depending on your expertise, there may be some jobs you can tackle yourself. For example, changing a tap or shower head. But you should only do this if you have some knowledge in this area. If you’re unsure, always ask for help.

For larger jobs, always call a plumber. In some instances, leaks may not be apparent for some time. Until action is taken, they are causing damage to your home. So always err on the side of caution and find a reputable plumber.

Making updates to your home can be extremely rewarding. But know your limits. Where an expert is required, it’s much cheaper to contact someone at the outset. Putting right damage caused by amateur renovations will be much more costly. And, it could threaten your safety.

How to Improve Every Part of Your Home

As a homeowner, you need to make sure you focus on improving your home as much as you can. This involves making a number of different changes that will benefit your home. These are some of the things you can do to improve every part of your home.
Make Changes--
If you want to improve every part of your home, you’ll need to make changes. This means taking a look at the parts of the property that you feel could do with some work. Making cost-effective  changes to key areas of the home can generate significant improvement. You might want to make extensions to increase the size and selling points of the home. Changes are important for working towards the greater good and for enjoying a new, improved home.
Improve Air & Water Quality--
When it comes to improving your home, you might not give much thought to how your air and water can be improved. But these are important changes that you need to take into account when it comes to improving your home. The air you breathe, and the water you drink are key factors in your life. So, you need to consider water purification companies like Berkey, who purify your water. What Berkey removes with their filter will make your drinking water much cleaner and healthier. It might also be an idea to get a dehumidifier or air purifier installed. Or, you could even get some house plants as these will make the air you breathe much cleaner and better for you.
Increase Security--
One of the best ways of making the home better is to make sure you increase security. You might have a young family, and their safety needs to be your priority. So, it’s important to make sure your property is as safe and secure as possible. Make sure it is structurally sound in terms of things like the roof and foundations. But, you also need to think about making it secure from the risk of intruders. That means assessing how secure the home is and thinking about whether you need to change the locks or alarm system.
Go Green--
You should also consider the benefits of greener living at home. This is something that a lot of people are doing these days, and it’s fairly straightforward to get started. You have to make sure you do what you can to introduce greener sensibilities in and around the home. Start with something small like recycling and composting. Then you can start to move on to things like solar energy, eco-lighting, and water tanks. It’s important to implement green living at home because it makes your place more eco-friendly. And, it will make your place a more attractive option when it comes time to sell.
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When it comes to the home, it’s important to look for as many areas as possible where you can improve it. This isn't just about giving the property a much-needed makeover. It’s all about how you approach the home and your stance on how to make improvements. You want to make sure you improve every area of your property, and these are great ways of doing this.

23 June 2016

Don't Ignore the Bathroom When Revamping Your House

It's said that the kitchen is the room that decides whether or not you buy a house. There is some truth in that, but that doesn't mean you walk around with your eyes closed ignoring everything else. The main focus for your home is always on the areas you visit most frequently: the kitchen, the living room, and the master bathroom.
It's a little tricky to get excited about bathroom design. There's just so many things you have to have by necessity, such as a bath, shower, toilet, and so forth. That can make it seem like style is always going to be second choice; but only if you make it that way.
If you want to give your bathroom a revamp or are designing from scratch, here are a few ideas to get the style you want (but without the price tag!).
Reclaim--
Reclaim yards are a huge blessing to the thrifty home-improver. If you're looking for tiles, you're quickly going to find yourself swamped by expense. If you use reclaimed tiles, you'll both save money and help the environment by re-using. You might be able to find other items here, too. Vintage-style toilets, mirrors, and wall coverings can all be sourced at half the cost a modern "vintage style" would cost new.
Go Minimal--
If you're short on funds, one of the major trends in home decor is going to help you out. The minimal look has been the rage for years; no one needs to know you've gone for "less is more" for thrifty rather than style reasons. You don't need to spend a fortune to give your master bath an edge. Make use of the space and only invest in items that add something unique to the area. Follow a few tips for an awesome master bathroom design and you'll be able to choose things that add value in terms of style rather than price.
Save Money, Invest Elsewhere--
It might be tempting to think one quick way of saving money is to go for regular paint over bathroom paint. In reality, this will trap you into a spiral of constantly needing to redecorate. Bathroom paints are more hard-wearing and water resistant. Unless you enjoy touching up every few months, go for the specialist stuff. It'll save you money in the long run.
Colors are Everything--
While we're thankfully a long way from the 1970's and its avocado-colored bathrooms, there's no reason a bathroom has to be a blank white space. Look for colors that are opposite on the color wheel, or even choose a theme. For example, coral, aqua, and sand will give a beach vibe without needing to be obvious with wall stencils. This could also help you resist the urge to impulse buy something you think is pretty. If you've a firm color scheme, you're less likely to be tempted by items that fit outside of it.
Mirrored Space--
If you're struggling for space, then mirrors are the answer. They bounce light around and can make even the smallest, most cramped area appear deliciously roomy. What's more they serve a function in the bathroom too, giving you two-for-one usage: beautiful and money-saving!