Monthly Archives: November 2014

Turning Your House into Your Dream Home

Turning Your House into Your Dream HomeEveryone has their version of a perfect home. While you may not be able to live in a castle, or buy that beach side property, you can add elements of your vision to the space you live in. Incorporate different luxurious design elements to transform your abode into your dream home.

Here are some ideas to get you started.

Add Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is the height of luxury and means you can spend those hot summers in a cool, relaxing home. There’s nothing worse than taking an ice cold shower and stepping out into a sauna. Far more effective than buying a multitude of fans that slow down and burn out, air conditioning systems come with a warranty, and companies like PAC have emergency repair teams working around the clock.

Install Underfloor Heating

Alternately, there’s nothing worse than getting out of your cosy, warm bed and stepping onto a cold floor. Installing underfloor heating not only makes winter mornings more bearable, but you can get rid of those chunky, ugly radiators. Underfloor heating will also reduce your carbon foot print and can dramatically reduce your energy bills.

Get Cosy

A fireplace is a central focal point in a living room, and sets the tone for your decor. Whether you favour a Victorian surround, a log burning stove, or a modern central suspended fireplace, a feature fireplace is the perfect way to add luxury and create your dream home.

A Weekend at the Spa

Think of the bathroom at the best hotel you’ve stayed in. Picture marble tiles, a roll top bath, and a walk-in shower with hundreds of jets and nozzles. There’s no reason you can’t have your own luxury bathroom at home. If you don’t have space for a cast iron bath and a glass shower enclosure, then don’t worry; the spa experience is in the details. Install a fancy light fixture and a heated towel rail. Buy fluffy white towels, candles and bath products. Then play some relaxing music, sit back, and soak in your tub.

It’s All in the Finish

Luxury outdoor furniture and soft furnishings and accessories can instantly transform your home from drab to dreamy. Whatever your style, adding cushions, luxurious bedding, flowers and rugs, adds personality and a sense of design.

Everyone deserves to live in their dream home. And it’s easier than you think to transform your bland space into your perfect pad.

Gifts to Give Your Mom Who Is a Writer


The best thing your mom will love for her birthday is definitely your ‘time’. Make it even more special with gifting her a birthday present that tells your mother how much she means to you. The best way of doing so is by picking a gift that seems just made for her. And if your mother happens to be a writer, she is sure to love unique antique gifts. You don’t want to go with last minute flowers and chocolates this year, when you have so much to choose from for a woman of words.

Antique Gifts are not always Expensive

It is not really necessary for you to spend a fortune on buying a sophisticated gift. All you will have to do is to come up with something unique and apt for her. Finding a distinctive antique gift for her has just become the easiest thing to do with Premier Gifts, which offers “perfect gifts for that perfect someone.” Its unmatched quality and intricately designed items with the perfect antique appearance come at the most reasonable rates too.

Bring out the classic writer in her

What can be a better gift for a writer than a classy pen? Looks like a faux pas? Give a vintage twist to it by giving her a writer’s palette. A beautiful antique looking palette with a French finish is what you need. You have wooden styluses with brass nibs, just like the ones used by the classic writers of yore. Pick one that comes with hand made porcelain ink cups, having different colours of ink, for her to add some hues to her writings. This could be a perfect gift for a creative mind.

For a bookworm mom

Having a writer mom is equal to having heaps of books around the home. A unique antique gift would be book ends with an old French vintage look. Picking bookends with a antique appearance will add a touch of antiquity to her room. Celestial and terrestrial globes on the sides that resemble the ones found in the 16th century adorn this bookend, making it an absolutely sought after piece.

Light-up her life

Remember ancient surveyor’s tripod lamps you saw in period films? Not a surveyor though, but your mom does need a lamp for the evenings she spends exploring her creativity. Gift her handcrafted lamp that stands on a tripod from online gift store like Premier Gifts. You can even choose this classy lamp in a black and ivory combination or you can even pick a traditional wood and brass tripod.

The best part about these antique gifts for her, other than being just perfect for your writer-mom, is that you don’t really have to learn the art of picking antiques from auctions and sales. These look as unique and beautiful as the rare age old antiques from the past.

If you are looking for some more options other than writing inspiring gifts then you can also check out these amazing birthday gift ideas for your mom. You will find a lot of options there that I am sure you would love to gift your mom.

Christmas Present Ideas That Will Get Your Kids Outside

Your child or children will probably have already signed, sealed and delivered their letter to Santa. If you have a typical 21st century child, they will have asked for video game consoles and other items which confine them to the indoors. If you are looking for ways to encourage your children to spend more time outside then, we have come up with some ideas that will achieve exactly that.

Adventure day out

‘Experience gifts’ can also be enjoyed by kids of all ages. If you do your homework, you will see that there are a number of options for days out that will please even the fussiest of children. For older children, why not let them experience their first drive. The package usually includes an hour-long tuition with a qualified instructor and, if you child feels brave enough; they might be able to take the wheel themselves. Alternatively, you might want to treat your kids to a day of quad biking, horse riding or even a hot air balloon ride. These experiences will not only get your kids off the sofa but will give them something to remember for many years to come.

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Outdoor equipment

A good way of encouraging your children to get some fresh air is to provide them with plenty of outdoor equipment. You may decide on an electric scooter for kids that is not only fun but will make that walk to school a bit quicker! Although they won’t be able to use it for a few months, a trampoline is a fantastic gift for kids. This present will get your kids outdoors and keep them active. If your child likes playing football computer games, he or she may also appreciate a set of football goals and a football. This may encourage your child to take this interest outside, and they may involve their friends in a weekly kick about. You might consider buying your child a bike. This gift will get your kids out and about and doing tricks in no time. For the winter months, your child might also enjoy a sledge or a set of snowshoes.

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If your child is naturally creative, them a simple box of colourful chalk may entice them outside. Allow them to draw to their heart’s content on your garden patio or pavement outside your home. Small children may really enjoy a grow your own plant kit. You can spend the day outside together digging up the soil and planting the seeds. Their interest in the outdoors will, hopefully, remain as they watch the plant grow. A build your own bird feeder kit is another great gift that will encourage your child to take an interest in the outdoors and nature. You may wish to invest in a small outdoor house for your child. This could be a playhouse or a tree house. This might work well to encourage your kids to spend time outside as it gives them an area they can call their own. You may wish to encourage them to use this space to draw or read.

How to Set Up a Daily Learning Schedule for Toddlers

How to Set Up a Daily Learning Schedule for ToddlersAt age 2, a child’s life changes a lot. They are finally able to communicate and get around on their own. This new sense of independence encourages them to learn more about their surroundings and learn how to become even more independent. This age is the perfect time for parents to encourage learning in the home and push their children to discover new and amazing things.

Parents can easily encourage learning in the home. A great way to incorporate learning is to make a learning schedule for the toddler. Many parents already have a schedule that they use for their toddlers, but they can now incorporate some new tools for learning into that schedule to get their toddlers on the right track. Here are some tips to help parents set up a daily learning schedule for their toddlers.

Use music

Music is a great way to help toddlers learn new things for a lot of reasons. Music helps keep a toddlers attention, it can help toddlers retain the information better and it also makes learning more fun for toddlers. Parents can use traditional songs for learning, like the ABC song, or they can make up new songs to teach their toddlers new skills. Parents can also let their children watch musical TV shows using

Incorporate learning into daily tasks

Many toddlers are curious and anxious to learn about the world around them. Parents can encourage this by using everyday tasks to help their toddler learn more. For example, parents can teach their toddlers why brushing their teeth is important by showing them their own teeth. Making learning a part of the daily routine ensures that the toddlers will not only be learning every day, but also that they will be reminded of each lesson every day so they can remember them better.

Let them help out around the house

Toddlers are usually eager to help their parents because they want to replicate them. Toddlers can be a big help to parents around the house with the right jobs and supervision. Parents can teach their toddlers how to fold laundry, wash dishes and even make some simple meals. These little tasks may not seem like much, but they are a great way for toddlers to learn new things and for parents to spend quality time making new memories with their toddlers.

Expand their creativity

Parents should always allow and encourage their children to create and grow. Parents can help their toddlers expand their creativity by giving them a craft time during the day. Crafts can become messy for toddlers, so parents should be nearby to help with messes, but allowing a toddler to create whatever they want is a great way for them to gain confidence and express themselves.

Encourage questions and reward new achievements

Everyone at any age wants to have reassurance that they are doing a good job. Toddlers rely on their parents for affirmation, so parents should be excited about all their toddlers’ achievements, no matter how small. Parents should give their toddler small rewards for answering questions right.


Baby Career: Which would you choose?

Some women feel pressured to choose between their career and their family and I say why? Why must someone choose? We live in a modern society where if someone wants to have both they should be able to have both. Yes, I understand that logistically it can be difficult, but it is by no means impossible. See this infographic for help with the situation.

Gumtree infographic baby versus career
Gumtree infographic baby versus career is an infographic that was produced by Gumtree