Top Tips For Autumn And Winter Gardening

Top Tips For Autumn And Winter Gardening

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Now that the summer is starting to come to and end and we are beginning to see some darker and colder evenings once more, it is time to start really looking at the garden and deciding what you need to do with the space. During the colder months of the year the garden enters a dormant state. Everything goes into a hibernation period and you will start to see your once vibrant space become bare and boring. There are some things you can be doing during this period however to keep the space healthy and make sure it is happy for the winter.

 

  1. Hard work and maintenance


When the cold, harsh weather starts to creep in you will see a rapid decline in your plants and they will all begin to retreat back for the winter. This is usually the ideal time for you to get a tree service in to remove and prune trees, and it the ideal time for you to start thinking about cleaning out the beds in your garden ready for the spring. It will take work to make sure your plants stay safe during the winter, but they will be all the healthier for it once you have put the work in.

 

  1. Get planning

    Winter is the perfect time for you to start planning what you want to do with the garden next year. You can note down what plants used to be where and start to think about different ways you can change the layout and atmosphere in the space. As long as you don’t move plants around during the cold seasons you can start to create patio spaces and new beds ready to plant things in the spring.

 

  1. Leave it wild

    When it comes to maintains your garden during the winter it can be tempting to start raking leaves every day and making sure that everything is kept neat and tidy for the season, however this isn’t the best thing for you to do at all. During the winter wildlife become much more exposed to the elements, and they will use things like leaves and twigs in order to hibernate for the winter, if you start getting rid of all of your leaves they will have nothing to use for shelter and this can be dangerous for them.

 

  1. Improve your soil

 

Now that your plants are done growing for the year, it is the ideal time for you to use the empty soil beds as a chance to improve your soil quality. You can add things such as mulch, compost from your garden and even coffee grounds into the flower beds which will give your soil some amazing nutrients which will be well appreciated at the start of next year. By doing this little bit of work you will ensure the happiness and healthiness of your plants the next year.

  1. Bring in some colour

 

There are actually some plants which thrive in winter conditions and they will start to flower and fruit during the colder months. Trees such as the Prunus Autumnalis are beautiful and they flower with cherry blossom during the winter. You can also plant winter berries, holly and other Christmas inspired things in the garden to bring it a little bit of life for the colder season.

 

Creating The Most Stable Household Possible

Creating The Most Stable Household Possible

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Creating a beautiful household is one thing. A quick visit to the local home furnishings store could help you with that if you’re not choosy about perfect design. While this isn’t the best option available to you and your creative spirit, it can be done. However, creating the most stable household you can requires a little more work. It’s important to do because the home atmosphere can often make the home itself. This is especially important if you’re lucky enough to have your own family, as well all know that children are very sensitive to changes in their environment, especially those they depend upon as much as this.

Luckily, creating a stable home is more than achievable. It’ll simply require a little effort and a little personal management, and you can be sure to have a home filled with laughter, love and life for the unending future.

Consider these tips to help you do this:

Finances

Not all families are lucky enough to have endless reserves of financial blanketing. In fact, hardly any do. It’s important to keep a close eye on your finances, and always live within your means. There is almost nothing that contributes more negatively to a household than money worries, as this creates tension and unhappiness. This isn’t to say that you should avoid finding yourself short of cash. This is not something you plan for purposefully, and suggesting otherwise is insulting. However, you can make small steps to ensure that even during these potential rough periods, you are able to make it through the other side.

Managing your money effectively via the use of a tight budget can help, as can leaning ways to improve credit score behaviour. It’s also essential to consider how you might sell off old belongings, or find cheaper ways to purchase new ones. It might mean prioritising indulging your children over anything else, or any personal wants you have, or refurbishing hand me down clothes through a local seamstress instead of buying completely new. The finances make a home what it is, and you needn’t have boundless stacks of cash to ensure your home is well maintained. Love, life and comfort are more dictated by how you relate to each other, with finances as a blanket that is just sizeable enough for your needs.

Presence

It’s always a shame to see families that spend little time together. It might be that you decide to have at least one stay at home parent to improve this, but of course, that is not always possible. At the very least, spending family time together each day relaxing in the evening or at least taking dinners together can help everyone in the same household bond in that same household. For young children, presence is absolute key, from both parents if possible. You might consider lessening your work contributions if you can, or spending more time with focused attention when possible from day to day. Sometimes, the little events can sustain us, and speak volumes.

With these two important tips, your household is sure to be as stable as it can be.

 

 

 

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Saving Money By Making Your Home Greener

Saving Money By Making Your Home Greener

Every household wants to save money, but aside from cutting back on your spending – what else can you do? The answer to saving money is easier than you think, and by going green in your home, you could save a lot on your bills each month.

Making your home more eco-friendly isn’t just about recycling your trash (although it helps), and there are plenty of ways you can do your bit to help the planet. Take a look at these simple ways to save money by making your home greener.

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Drastically reduce your food waste
How much money do you spend on food each month, and how much of that ends up in the bin? Food waste is a critical issue at the moment, but there are things you can do to cut back. Making a food plan each week stops you from buying more than you need, while freezing leftovers, making soups and improve your storage for some of the ways to cut down on food waste. All of these things will help you save money and cut down on your food spend each week.

Be more water efficient
Your home uses a lot of water each day, and a lot of that is wasted. You can cut your water use, reducing your bills, by taking steps to use less water. Sticking to a two-minute shower is a great idea, while Mr. Rooter Plumbing could fit you a more eco-friendly water system to help you reduce your bills. Actively reducing your water waste is a good move for the environment, as well as your monthly statement. Teach your kids how to be water efficient so that they develop better habits as they grow up.

Cut down on your energy use
Are your electricity bills high every month? Then maybe it’s time to reduce them. We use a lot of unnecessary electricity every day, but you’ll notice a big difference in your bills if you start cutting back. Turn electronics off at the mains when they’re no longer in use and give your TV a break now and then. Encourage your children to be creative or go outside instead of relying on technology for entertainment. You’ll be surprised at how much money you can save by switching off now and then.

Grow your own
There are so many benefits to growing your own food. From benefiting from organic, fresh produce to saving money on food, you can start growing fruit, vegetables and herbs any time to benefit your health and your bank balance. Growing your own is something you can teach your children and get their help with, and it will make your meals so much tastier knowing that you grew the ingredients yourself.

Making simple lifestyle switches, such as walking to work instead of driving, can make a big difference to the environment, as well as your own health and financial situation. Look for ways to do things differently to help your home become greener, while also saving you money each month.

4 Things You Should Do To Get Your House In Order Before A Baby

4 Things You Should Do To Get Your House In Order Before A Baby

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A baby changes everything in life, and one of the places you don’t expect it to change is your home. For some people, not much changes. A cot is bought and that’s about it. For others, nesting hits and they suddenly see their home for what it is and how it isn’t suitable for a baby. An ultra-modern apartment, for example, may look fantastically urban, but it doesn’t always look as good with baby paraphernalia all over the place. The fabric sofas that were the best purchase of last year are now at risk of setting stains of baby puke and diaper accidents that never seem to happen anywhere other than the expensive sofa.

So, short of ransacking furniture stores for leather couches (wipe clean, see?), what else could you be doing to get your home ready for a new baby to join your family?

Safety Dance. There’s no point in adding corner covers and stair gates straight away; babies don’t tend to be on the move until they are at least six months of age. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t start sorting out moving the toxic chemicals up high and anchoring furniture to the walls. Just in case.

Guest Room. There is no doubt that people will want to visit you from near and far when the baby arrives, so it’s a good idea to have a spare room ready if you want to host visitors. Don’t forget: you’re not obligated to say yes to anyone staying over right away. You need to get used to the new baby as does your partner, and that can be hard with others around.

Reimagine It. Your space was once for two and now it’s going to change from a couples love nest to a family home. Clearing out the things that you no longer use is going to help you create closet space for a pushchair and breast pump items in the kitchen. You need to make as much room as you can; babies are small but they have a lot of stuff.

Rearrange It. Your bedroom now has to have space for a cot or a crib, as that’s where your baby is going to sleep with you for the first six months. Think about the space you have in your bedroom and how you can rearrange it to fit the furniture in that you need to add. You don’t necessarily have to get rid of any of your stuff, just move it so that you can have the space that you need.

Lastly, the one thing you can do for your home is to create a routine for the days that you tackle the chores. A baby throws you completely out of routine, but if you create a rough idea of how you would like to handle the housework, you can be far more successful than if you just left it and hoped for the best. Getting ready for a baby is exciting, embrace every second.

Can You Really Make An Organic Home?

Can You Really Make An Organic Home?

Being eco friendly in your life means starting at home. You can’t work with the outside world in the best way possible unless you’re already crafting your inside world to be as energy efficient and green as possible! But that’s hard to introduce to your life, and can be even harder to keep to when you’re on a strict budget and come home from work each day with the want to relax and nothing else!

Living as green as the moss that grows on the side of your house is going to take time and effort, there’s no doubt about that. When even cleaning safely is something that can be hard to do, with all the chemicals out there that you shouldn’t ever mix together being available for general sale, it’s going to take some planning to follow through on the rest! However, let those effort draining thoughts stop right there!

You see, it’s easier than you think to get your organic dwelling up and running, and there’s a good chance you’re already putting many of the techniques into practice. Take the time now to get yourself that plan together by reading down this post; here’s the tips you’ve been waiting for.

 

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Focus on the Air

The air in your house is the main thing to be looking after in your effort to go greener, as healthy air means healthy breathing, which in turn promotes much better health in everyone who lives in your household. And because of that, it’s time to start dehumidifying the space around you, and buying products that aren’t going to add anymore pollutants to the air indoors. It might be fresh enough outside, but your living room is going to have something else to say about that matter!

You’re never going to quite be able to tell how healthy your air actually is, but when it comes down to it, your breathing ability is going to be able to speak for itself. Let’s get started with some preparation: if you’re living in an area that’s heavily industrialised, or just otherwise crowded, you’re going to need to make sure your indoor air is so much more healthy than what you breathe outside. After all, there’s already going to be heavy chances of smog when you head out and about in these areas, you don’t want to create your own kind of smog indoors.

First of all, keep those windows open. Yes, there’s going to be a lot of pollutants out there, but there’s also the rest of the world out there, so you can easily filter in and out all the good and bad stuff. Plus, it’s the easiest way to make sure your rooms are ventilated, and you can create a wind tunnel throughout your house to make sure there’s some flow going on. Then you’re going to need to buy yourself some spare filters on the regular and change them in your heater or air conditioner about once a month. Don’t worry, this will soon turn into a habit!

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Get the Right Lighting

We all know we should be using energy efficient bulbs in our lighting fixtures, but how many of us actually do? One quick way to make your house greener in the world’s eyes is to get some LED or otherwise efficient bulbs (and you can find a handy list of those here), and quickly screw them in for brighter rooms that’ll stay bright for 8 or so years on end. When it comes to performance, the bulbs that save your energy really do last a lot longer than any other!

You’re going to save a lot of money here as well! Seeing as a hefty amount of your overall bill budget goes towards the need to light your home, it’s going to be a Godsend for you to look into these options. They usually cost less in the shops as well, so you can immediately start saving those pennies to put back into the rainy day fund or for a fun outdoor adventure for you and the kids!

And hey, the way your lighting looks really completes a room. Don’t underestimate how that drop down chandelier is going to fan out the glow, making it much more cozy to eat and relax in your dining room.  

Know Your Service Options

So now that you’ve gone through the effort of making sure that your air is cleaner and your light is brighter and better than ever, it’s time to supplement your own work with someone else’s ability. You can’t fix everything that goes wrong in your household yourself; you’re not a plumber or an electrician, no matter how much you might like DIY. But don’t worry, there’s an easy way to find people to rely on as well, and not just advice from your Dad or calling your sister out to help!

Whenever you need to call someone out to deal with a problem in your home, make sure you’re calling the right company with the right methods. Always check out reviews online, and take recommendations from friends and family to heart; they have the same interests in making their house as green as you do. Companies like that of ABC Home & Commercial would be a good choice here, if you’re looking for a starting point. All sorts of problems can be fixed under one company’s jurisdiction, so always search their options on the homepage before you spend even more money hopping on someone else’s bandwagon.

Get Some Natural Furniture

And by that we don’t mean you need to start sitting on chairs made of leaves and have carpets of moss throughout your house. No, instead we mean get some furniture you know is made of pure wood, and there’s nothing toxic within the material or on the sofa. You can manage this very easily with your coffee table, but make sure it extends to your sofas, cushions, bedspreads, rugs etc. There’s a lot of companies out there who specialise in these items, considering the serious market that’s developing for them, so you’re never going to be short of options when you go looking.

When it comes to keeping these items clean and tidy, there’s a lot you can do to make sure there’s nothing harmful going onto your surfaces, possibly polluting your recently clean air or coming into close contact with skin. For example, you can find a recipe for polish here, and that will only need to be used once a week or so. Making sure you’re not living surrounded by dust is a serious matter after all (it’s never quite going to go away!).

Ready to Get Started on Green Living?

An organic home could easily be yours in a few easy steps, so never underestimate the power you hold to make sure your home is a green as the leaves on the trees. It’s a standard more of us should hold ourselves to, and it’s always going to be in everyone’s best interests.

Don’t worry, there’s a lot more you can do if you really want to go the extra mile. But even just trying your hardest to conserve inside your own home is going to be enough. You can’t control the big wide world after all, just your own little one right here at home!

 

The Positivity Project: Organizing Your Mind And Eliminating Negativity

The Positivity Project: Organizing Your Mind And Eliminating Negativity

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Becoming more positive is possible for even the grumpiest person. It just takes a little practice, and a little determination. It’s no secret that people who have a more positive perspective on the world are happier and healthier. Your mindset is absolutely everything. It can change the way you act, whether you reach your goals or not, and even whether you want to get out of bed in the morning.

Working on your positivity is always a good thing, and it’s never too late to do it. In order to begin feeling more positive, you need to organize your mind and work on eliminating negativity. Here are some pointers you can use to help you work towards that:

Start Meditating

Organizing your mind first starts with meditating. It isn’t just for monks! Meditation is becoming increasingly popular in western culture because more and more people are waking up to the incredible benefits. Do your own research on meditation and you’ll quickly see what we’re talking about. Meditation can help you to be more creative, reduce anxiety and depression, help aspects of physical health, and of course, help you to have more clarity and feel happier too.

Meditation is something that the entire population could benefits from. You don’t have to start off doing it for an hour, or even half an hour. Start off by doing it for just 2 minutes. Stick to that for a few weeks, before moving up to 5. You can add more and more time until you’re meditating every day for at least 20 minutes.

Exercise In The Morning

Exercising in the morning will get you set up for the day. You should find that it helps you to stay focused on the rest of your tasks for the day, as you’ve already completed one amazing thing. You don’t have the rest of the day to make up excuses to not go then either. You’ll get those endorphins that make you feel happy and the rest of your day should go to plan.

Eat Foods That Make You Feel Great

You should notice that some foods will make you feel vibrant and energized, while others make you feel sluggish. You know when you get that dreaded afternoon slump? It can be down to the foods you’re eating. Eat more natural, whole foods. Learn more about nutrition so you can make smarter choices.

Do Things You Really Enjoy In Your Spare Time

If you’re all work and no play, then what’s the point in any of this at all? Do things you really enjoy in your spare time. Teach yourself new things. Master a new skill. Have lots of fun! Check out sites like Easyukulelesongs.com to teach yourself ukelele, or watch some YouTube tutorials and see if you can knit. Try lots of things until you find something that you really want to stick with.

Have A Clear Out

Clearing out the junk from your life is physical, but it can feel mental too. You should feel lighter and more free. Be vigilant!