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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

8 Questions To Answer For An Idyllic Reading Nook For The Whole Family

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Private libraries were a must for wealthy families back in the day! However, now it is all about the reading nook. For book lovers in a world of technology, they’re actually even more crucial than ever. Plus, if you have kids in the house, a special space to enjoy books makes doing so even more appealing. Oh, and did we mention that it’s great fun for you too?

For these reasons and much more, it’s about time you added a reading nook to your home. But how? Where to begin? This guide will help. Here are eight questions with answers to lead you in the right direction!

Question: Where will the reading nook go? 
First up, you need to decide where your reading nook will go. Make the most of the space available to you in the home. One of your first priorities will be finding a place where you won’t be disturbed. Be aware that the front of the home can often be the noisiest. This is to due to the fact that it usually has the closest proximity to any roads. Roads don’t just mean passings cars and other transport; they also mean passing pedestrians. This will also be the way any guests enter your house. With this in mind, wherever possible, put your nook in the quietest part of the house. This is usually towards the back.

That being said, your nook doesn’t necessarily have to be indoors. Do you have a garden? If so, why not make a proper project out of it? Buy a small shed, or build your own! Then use the space for a dedicated reading nook. If you have the budget, fit it out so it is suitable for all seasons. Line it so it will be insulated in the winter, and add a heat source. This could be an oil heater right through to underfloor heating if you have the budget! Add electricity so you can have proper lighting, and you’ve got the basis. It’s now time to think about the space you’ve created, and what kind of decor is right for you.

Question: What kind of space and decor will inspire you?
Reading is as much about what you can put in as you can get back out of it. You need to be able to focus to bring the story alive, but you also need to be in a space that will inspire you. So, what inspires you? Warm decor in Moroccan souk style hues of orange, brown and red? Or a clean and blank color scheme, like white and gray. Pretty fairy lights or stacks of other books surrounding you? What about the space in your peripheral vision. Do different objects distract you, or do they make you feel more homely? Finding out what will inspire you is as much about knowing how your brain works best as anything else. So, do an experiment. Spend an hour reading in a blank space, and then an hour in a busier space. Were you able to focus more in one than the other? Did you get more reading done in one? Take these things into consideration when deciding on the space.

Question: How shall I design and decorate it?
Now you can start the really fun part- decorating! A great thing about making a reading nook these days is that there is so much inspiration online. Take Pinterest for example. Here you’ll find a huge collection of images from all over the world. Some are nooks from creative amateurs at home, but you’ll also find ones created by professional interior designers! Plus, because it’s free, there is no need to splash out on overpriced magazines! Take some time to pour over what you find. Remember, you can mix and match ideas from different ones. So, if you like the bookshelf on one image but the festoon lights on another, that’s fine! If anything, that is even better, because it means the space you then design is uniquely yours. The best reading nooks you’ll see online have lots of comfortable cushions and attractive lighting. Some have something to physically separate the nook from the rest of the room. So this might be a canopy strung from the ceiling or a homemade teepee. While they look pretty fancy, you can actually make one yourself for next to nothing. Gorgeous looking teepees can actually be made by you yourself in under an hour, and you only need a few materials! Finally, think about what you will put on the walls surrounding you. You’ll need a bookshelf, of course, but how about some quirky artwork too. If you don’t have walls, string some homemade paper birds or honeycomb balls from the ceiling.
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Question: Is there room for your collection to grow?
One final mistake people make when designing their nook is not considering that your book collection might grow. A good way to combat this is to leave a space near the top of your bookshelf. This allows you to add another one here in the future if needs be.

Question: Is the seating area just as comfortable as a bed or sofa?
Okay, here is a real sticking point. What will happen if you snuggle down in your new nook with a favorite novel, but after a few minutes start to feel uncomfortable? You’ll move somewhere comfier, like your bed or your sofa. Doing this completely defeats the object of having installed a reading nook! If anything, the space you make should be the comfiest space in the whole house. So think about what your seating will be. Lots of nooks require you to sit on the floor, but this then means you are on the hard ground. That’s why a good way to combat this is with a bean bag chair. They don’t take up too much room or ruin the decor you’ve invested so much time and effort it. But they do give you some good padding, and will keep you happy for as long as you want to read for. If you’re considering a bean bag chair, you can Find out more from Fombag.

Question: Is there a safe place to store a drink and snack?
A quick question to ask yourself and then rectify now. Is there somewhere you can pop a cup of tea and a packet of biscuits? You’ll want to have them within arms reach, and you won’t want to worry about them getting knocked over. A mug of tea over the pages of a fresh paperback are not a good combination. A floating shelf is a good option.
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Question: Is the lighting sufficient? Finally, ask yourself a very practical question. How is the lighting? While dark and atmospheric might look cool, it won’t do your and your family's eyes any good at all. If we read when there is not enough light in the room, our eyes have to strain. This can lead to headaches and worse. Combat this by having sufficient lighting. A single spotlight might do the trick or a lamp with a good quality bulb. A set of festoon lights will also help you along, as well as looking gorgeous and adding to the decor.

Question: Do you need to update your book collection?
Congratulations! You should now have your reading nook! It will be in the best place in the house, in a space that inspires you. The color scheme and decor will suit you, and your creativity in the space will make a great environment for everyone. You’ve also installed some fantastic and comfortable seating options. Finally, you’ve made a place for a steaming hot cup of tea and a snack, and you can relax knowing your eyes can do their job properly.
You’re nearly at the end, but there are two more questions to go. How is your book collection looking? Does it need updating? It might be that it absolutely does not. If anything, it might be that you have way too many books! More than you can fit in the reading nook, even! However, even if this is the case, you might want to replace some of the most tattered copies. While they might feel special, you’ll only get frustrated when you’re reading an amazing thriller and all a sudden page 321 is missing! Bring your entire book collection down from wherever they are currently being stored and go through them. If you want to buy new ones or new copies, buying them from Amazon is one option. Here you can find a number of used paperbacks for almost free; you just have to pay for the postage. However, wherever possible, buy your new books from second-hand shops. This means you are supporting your local community, and keeping these lovely and important places open and thriving. Some will even offer you big discounts if you trade your own books in! Don’t forget your local library too. Membership will be free, and it will allow you to keep changing your books as you go through them.

There is one more thing to do, here, of course. Go and enjoy it!

This post has been contributed to prettysinglemom.com


rosemarie

Sigh!!!

I know my post title isn't catchy. I actually change it countless of time. The reason- my mine is wandering around. The moment I started typing the topic I want to share it will vanish in a snap and I could not remember what I am suppose to type. Sigh!! Anyway, for the past few days I am busy buying stuff I will be needing coming 3rd of May. I will be share the happenings on that day. Bear with me if I am posting another random post.


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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Secured vs Unsecured Loans: Which One's For You?


Image from Wikimedia As an adult, you’ll know that personal finances don’t always go according to plan. Economies fluctuate all the time, and when you throw a divorce or the loss of a job into the mix, things can get chaotic pretty quickly. If you need a loan, you’ve probably heard of “secured” and “unsecured” loans before. If you’re having trouble deciding between the two, here are the pros and cons of each type.

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First of all, secured loans. Often called “homeowner loans”, these are backed by the equity in your home. The amount you’re able to borrow through secured loans, along with the interest rate and term, all depend on your equity and your personal circumstances. One big advantage is that compared to unsecured loans, you’ll be able to borrow a much larger amount. They’re also easier to qualify for if you have a shaky credit history, as they’re secured against your property. Furthermore, the repayment periods are typically longer, and made up of fixed monthly payments. This will make it easier to form a payment plan. There’s one main, glaring drawback of secured loans. If you fail to keep up with the payments, then you could risk losing your home! It’s important to have a solid plan for repayment if you’re going to take out a secured loan. There’s usually many terms and conditions tied to secured loans as well. These can take you by surprise if you don’t read all the fine print from the beginning. Make sure you understand any early repayment charges and other extra fees.
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Next, unsecured loans. These are widely marketed as a cheap, easy way to get the money you need. While this is true in a way, it’s not without its drawbacks. There’s a lot more flexibility with unsecured loans. You’ll usually have a lot more choice in how long you take to repay them. Most borrowers repay unsecured loans over a course of one to five years. Some lenders even offer “payment holidays.” This is typically a period of a few months right at the start of the term, where you’re not required to pay anything. This flexibility sounds fantastic on the surface, I know.

However, there are a few downsides to consider. With unsecured loans, you’ll only get a favourable rate if you’re planning to pay it back over three to five years. This makes it a terrible choice for people looking to borrow over a short period of time. If you’re looking for a short-term loan, then an unsecured loan will probably mean a much higher rate of interest than with a secured one. Interest rates can also be pretty steep if you’re looking to borrow a small amount. Finally, credit ratings factor heavily in unsecured loans. If you have a poor credit rating at the moment, it’s probably best to choose a secured loan instead. There you have the benefits and drawbacks of secured and unsecured loans. No one likes borrowing money. However, if your hands are tied, it’s important to take out a loan that will work for you.

Disclaimer: The idea written in this guest post is solely by the author not mine


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 4 Things Every Bride Wishes She'd Known Sooner

Perhaps you are a bride-to-be or are close friends with another girl who is one. The months and sometimes even years leading up to the big day can be a chaotic mixture of fun, excitement and stress! Things will go wrong while others go perfectly. Arguments and disagreements might occur, but so might some of the best memories of your lives. The bride, whether it’s you or a friend, will have some decisions to make along the way too. From the big things, like the dress, these decisions will go right down to things like round tables or rectangular tables! With that in mind, there are some things that every bride wishes she’d known sooner. Sometimes these realisations or tips would have prevented her from making a mistake later. Or perhaps they would have just allowed her to make a more informed decision. Here are four of these important lessons.

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 1: That friendships can break down, but others will thrive

For all the fun and games of wedding prep, there comes a fair share of stress too. After all, you, your partner, your family and your friends are planning a major event. There may be thousands of pounds spent and more than one hundred attending. This means the stakes are far higher than if you were, say, organising a birthday meal for five friends. Your true friends will really come to light under the pressure. While some may fall by the wayside, and show their true colours, others will shine. And, while you may lose a friend, you will most likely find that other relationships strengthen more than even before. Forget the ones who’ve let you down, and nurture those who have supported you.
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 2: That the invitations set the tone for the entire event

Brides often don’t realise just how important the right invitations. That is until they receive a batch that they’re nothing but disappointed with. Your wedding invitations should make your heart leap. They should make you desperate to send them out as quickly as possible. They should truly represent the personality of you and your partner and the wedding you’re planning. Scour the internet or visit paper Themes for personalised wedding invitations to inspire.
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3: That comfortable shoes are way more important than beautiful shoes

A common complaint of brides is that they had to take their shoes off before the wedding breakfast because they hurt so much. Why put yourself through the pain, and the disappointment? Doing this is also a big waste of money, as you aren’t able to use them for their purpose. Be a sensible bride who considers comfort before making any wedding shoe purchases. You might have to spend a little more to get shoes that are beautiful and comfortable, but it will be worth the money.
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4. Healthy eating in the run-up to the big day makes a big difference 

The last thing a bride wants on her wedding day is to feel bloated, or peaky, or run-down. Overhaul your diet a couple of months before to feel massive benefits on the day and beyond.

Disclaimer: The idea written in this guest post is solely by the author not mine


rosemarie

Off For A Swim

Going for a swim is certainly a must thing to do during summer time or dry season in my other part of the world. It will help ease us fell humid. Today, I allowed my little big boy and my nephew to go for a swim. I would love to go with them but I am not certain if I can travel without having asthma attack. Since, they really want to go I just asked my Uncle to look after them. On the other note, I and my friends are also planning for an out of town vacay next month. Hopefully we can make it this time around. We have been planning for a gateaway but for some reason we always failed to materialized our plans.


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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ultimate Guide To Dealing With A Cheating Husband

If you think your husband is cheating on you, it’s time to make some changes in your life. Don’t put up with it just because you’re afraid of life as a single parent. Instead, it’s time to confront it, and make sure it doesn’t poison your relationship anymore. There are lots of things you need to do once you’re sure of your suspicions. If you’re convinced your hubby is out with someone else, follow our ultimate guide to dealing with a cheating husband:

Evidence

Suspicions can be unfounded. Without evidence of his wrong-doing, you shouldn’t make accusations. You can do far more if you've found your husband cheating on you. Just suspecting it doesn’t make it true. Get a private investigator on the case to provide the evidence. This gives you the opportunity to stay away from the things you really don’t want to see. And it avoids a blazing row with him if you were the one to catch him in the act. Step back and let someone else get you the answers you need.

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Make A Choice

Once you have the evidence of his infidelity, you need to make a choice. You can demand he stops if he wants you to remain his wife. Or you can cut him off right now. Ending your marriage is a big step, especially if you loved your husband. But if you don’t want to pressure him to choose between you and the other woman, then maybe it’s the best move. You can raise your kids perfectly well between you whether you’re married to him or not. After all, you are both still excellent parents who love your children dearly.
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Tell Him

It’s best to keep calm and try to avoid getting emotional. Of course, that is easier said than done. When you’re ending a relationship, it is incredibly difficult to stay distant and stoic. But raising your voices and begging forgiveness doesn’t address what has been done. If his actions are unacceptable to you today, they will be unacceptable still tomorrow. It’s time to let it go and make the break. Sit down together and tell him he needs to move out now.
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Help The Kids

Your children will be upset that the marriage has ended. They will feel that they won’t get enough time with their Dad. It’s up to you to make sure they have all the time they want with both of you. But you need to make it clear that you won’t be together as a couple. Family counselling can help all of you come to terms with the new living arrangements. It’s important to secure the accommodation you will have for the long-term as soon as possible too.

Divorce takes many months, but you can let the lawyers get on with it during this time. Now is the time for you to adjust to life as a single Mom and to help the kids. Most importantly, it’s time to move on. Breaking up is about you knowing you deserve more.

Disclaimer: The idea written in this guest post is solely by the author not mine.


rosemarie

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Modern Home Improvemements On A Budget

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With kids to feed, yourself to feed, bills, insurance and car costs, it can be difficult to find the money for your home. It’s the most important part of the family life - it’s the place you make memories and remember old ones. Our homes are special buildings that deserve to be treated with the utmost respect!

So, if you’re looking to upgrade and polish every area of your home, you’re in the right place. From general tips that will work in every room, to area specific updates, I have you covered!

The bedroom

Starting off with the first place people will want to renovate, your bedroom is a great source of upgrade opportunities. If you want to add a bit of character to the room, you can start with some basic tweaks. A piece of artwork is a great way to express yourself or capture a memory, and makes any room look more special.
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Additionally, get rid of furniture you don’t need. It just creates clutter and looks unattractive. Wouldn’t that desk be better in the spare room? Do you need that extra cabinet? Sometimes, the best way to buff up a room is to scale it down.

Finally, if your bedroom looks a little plain, fear not. You don’t have to crack out a giant paint tin or wallpaper kit. Rather than thinking big, think small. Buy some small pieces of furniture (that you need!) that are colourful and can accent more neutral colours. These can draw the eye and add a pinch of vibrancy to even the dreariest of rooms.

Electrical and lighting

When people think ‘home improvement,’ they usually think of a massive change to a room or the whole house. Well, this is rarely the case. Of course, this does count as a home improvement, but you can still upgrade and polish your building by doing the little things instead.
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Your electricals and lighting are the bread and butter of your home, so don’t neglect them. Adding an extra plug socket to a room adds value to that room and makes it more appealing. It also allows you more flexibility in moving around appliances and electrical items. If some of your outlets and sockets are damaged, you can easily have them replaced by a professional rather than declaring it useless. Companies like Electrical Connection help people with fixes like these, so check whether your home needs them.

So, you’ve sorted out your sockets and outlets, but what about your lights? Lighting is a great way to add personality to a home, for a low, low price. Whether it’s the colour of the light itself or the shade you use, there are a ton of cool ideas you can utilise.

In terms of the light shade, you won’t have to shell out the big-bucks. You can find them at most good discount stores or can even make your own. As long as it’s coloured to match the room, you can’t go wrong with either option.

If you want your home to look more modern, you could install a dimmer switch to add that professional feel. This allows you to adjust the lighting on the fly, and change it depending on mood. You can make it more romantic, bright, or turn it all the way down when watching a movie. Dimmer switches aren’t expensive at all, and can be installed extremely quickly.

And lastly, why not swap out those bulbs of yours for their energy-saving counterparts? Improving your home's energy efficiency is a fantastic way to add value for when you eventually decide to sell. Buyers will actively seek out your home’s EPC certificates so make them look good! And as an added bonus, you’ll save money on your electricity bill. You can’t go wrong!

Spare room

A lot of houses these days will have a spare room, and it often gets used for just that purpose; a second bed. In reality, the spare room could be a fantastic way for you to add an entertainment suite or similar area to the house, on the cheap. Starting off, rather than investing in a bed for the spare room, buy a sofa bed instead. This gives the room more than one purpose, so it can be used for multiple activities.
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For example, you’ll have another seating area if you have friends round, and you’ll also have a bed if they decide to stay! You won’t need a second bed 24/7, so diversify the rooms’ use. Sofa beds are also cheaper than full double-sized beds, so you’ll save a few pennies. 

If you and the family like to watch movies, look no further. Rather than splashing hundreds down on a massive TV, you can get the cinema experience with a bucket of paint and a projector. If you paint one of your walls pure white, it turns into a surface that you can use to project things onto. Projectors have tumbled in price in recent years and can be picked up for less than £100.

If you have children, you’ll know how hard it can be to keep them entertained. So, why not turn that spare room into a ‘fun zone’? This is that area that you’ll fill with all the kids toys and games, and they’ll be inclined to play in there instead of around the house. Because it’ll be for the youngsters, you won’t have to bother with any fancy furnishings or wallpaper. The kids won’t! They’ll just appreciate a space to play. This can also remove clutter from other areas of the house like toys, lego and game consoles. You’ll keep your children busy in the event they can’t play outdoors, and have a tidier home all in one!

The kitchen

It’s the place where the food magic happens, and as such, it can quickly become untidy. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Your kitchen deserves to look clean and feel clean, as food hygiene is of the utmost importance.
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Starting off with food storage, then, and I’m guessing you’ve got a lot of cabinets. Lots and lots of cabinets. We often get so focused on the exterior doors that we neglect the interior, when it plays just as important a role. Painting the inside of your cabinets is a great way to make them stand out, and will add value to your kitchen. Additionally, it gives a nice backdrop to all your food containers and jars that you store there every day.

Speaking of storage, perhaps you should consider making yours more open. Open storage is becoming more and more popular nowadays, and it’s easy to see why. It makes all your kitchen utensils readily available, and reduces the need to look after cabinets and drawers. You’ll save money, and save time in the cooking process!

Start by hanging your pots and pans from a rack above your worktop. You can then move on to storing your plates, bowls and tubs on open-facing shelves, for quick access when needed.

If it’s space you’re after, then the kitchen is rife with opportunities. A lack of space can lead to people buying more storage spaces, whether it’s cabinets or baskets, and that wastes money. Get creative with the space you have, and you’ll see the results for yourself.

Stack pans and bowls inside each other, with the largest at the bottom. Use that cellar to store things you don’t need all the time, like bottle openers and frying pans. Simply casting a critical eye over your kitchen space and determining where you can save is a great idea.

Garden and outdoor areas

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, then it deserves your attention. In fact, if you do have a garden, you’re in the incredibly lucky minority. So, just how can you prune, tweak and upgrade it on a budget?
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Well, it goes without saying that you should mow and trim your lawn. It’s the very first thing you should do, and can transform a jungle into a golf green overnight. Also, consider using nature to your advantage. If you have a lot of naturally growing plants, like ivy or gooseberry bushes, let them flourish. Ivy can give a home that respectable feel, especially if it crawls its way up one of your walls.

In terms of utilising the space for leisure time, you have a variety of options. For starters, you could add some basic chairs and a garden table, to add character to any garden. This gives you and your family a place to come together during the summer time, and is a good way to get the kids out of the house.

Another low-budget way to add a bit of personality to your garden is a water feature. As the name implies, you won’t have to maintain this thing at all. It’ll be topped up by the rain! A small pond or fountain will draw in all kinds of wildlife and give your garden that fairytale feel that’s craved by many.

Disclaimer: The idea written in this guest post is solely by the author not mine.


rosemarie

No New Paperbacks At The Moment

I guess you all know by now that I am a fan of paperbacks. In fact I have a been collecting paperbacks when I started reading it, way back in highschool. Too bad I lost all my old collection when typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall in our town. I also lost some of it when a friend borrowed it and failed to return it back. So now, I am trying to choose who among my relatives and friends can borrow. But most of all, my younger sister is also keeping almost half of the paperbacks I boughts. But anyway, two nights ago I can't sleep back after using waking up. Because I do not have a new paperback to read I decided to install wattpad in my pad in a hope that I can find interesting story. Gladly, I did it because I did not just find one good story to read but some. I guess I will stop buying paperbacks for the mean time and enjoy using wattpad app.


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