Central Heating Installations – Why Opt for a Local Plumber?

Central Heating Installations – Why Opt for a Local Plumber?

Nowadays most UK homes have central heating systems. With the long cold winters, most homes rely heavily on it to keep warm and comfortable. However, with changing technologies and costs of resources, what was efficient and economical 40 years ago is now old and inefficient – coal and oil fast becoming a thing of the past due to the high cost of running them. Today electric and gas central heating are the most popular choices. Whichever you choose, you are going to need a plumber with a wide range of services on offer.

Where to start?

Using a local plumber has lots of advantages. One of the most important and first on the list is checking out their reputation. Because they are local getting first hand opinions is much easier. This is a definite advantage. Distance is like looking in the mirror, the further away you go the more distorted and unclear things can become – Recommendations and reviews can equally become distorted (a kind of Chinese whispers!). Start by asking locally. Getting first-hand information from people who’ve worked with the plumber or company. This way you can get a good idea of their work ethics and attitude towards customer care.

Are they Up to the Job?

Installing a full central heating system is not like unblocking a toilet or fixing a leaky tap. For this job you are going to need a fully experienced and qualified plumber. Once you have a good idea of the most reputable plumbers in your area give them a call. Ask their experience in this field and if they seem confident they can do the job ask them to come out and quote. Any quote given over the phone should be taken with a pinch of salt really – Although it may give you a very vague idea you have no real knowledge with regards to what is included.

Call Backs – Help Always at Hand

You might be considering fixing an older system. This can be a false economy in the long run. A professional plumber will be able to advise on the options. Sometimes replacement will save money in the long term and newer systems tend to be more economical because they are more efficient. If you opt for a local plumber, you can feel comfortable that if anything does go wrong in the future they are close to hand – Regardless of whether you choose to repair or replace.

If you are building a new home or renovating an older building central heating will be high on your list of “essentials”. This is no small task and while you might be quite handy on the DIY front getting in a plumber is going to save you a lot of stress. Opting for a faraway company can be frustrating and tricky if you need help fast. It is much easier to communicate with a local builder and over time this can really bring a sense of peace – You know they are going to be there when you need them and most of all you TRUST them in the work they do as well as the prices they quote.

 

Eyebrow Tattooing – What Are The Risks?

Eyebrow Tattooing – What Are The Risks?

An eyebrow tattoo does involve a healing process and like most things that need to heal, it must be looked after. Choosing an eyebrow tattooing clinic with a solid reputation and experienced technicians certainly reduces the risk of things going wrong. As with any tattoo, if you have someone inexperienced and/or without excellent work ethics you are taking a risk. Not only with regards to it not looking as expected but with regards to infection as well. Today it seems that every celebrity and even the cat’s aunty is having their eyebrows tattooed! If you are considering this popular cosmetic procedure, it’s a good idea to think about the risks involved before going ahead. Here’s some of the primary risks to look out for.

Not the Look you were Hoping For

Eyebrow tattooing is an art form. If the result is disappointing and you are unhappy with the look, correcting it can be a difficult process. To avoid this, make sure the tattooing clinic is willing to discuss thoroughly exactly what look you wish to achieve: Not just be the colour but also the shape of the brow and how they are positioned on the face. Do not be rushed into anything. Take your time and do not proceed until you are 100% sure.

Infection

An eyebrow tattoo is as prone to infection as is any other small cut. Therefore, hygiene is extremely important. It might be tempting to touch them but during that first seven days it is extremely important to leave well alone. The clinic will advise you exactly how to take care of your new eyebrow tattoos to avoid infection during the healing process. Follow their guidelines and all should be well.

Adverse Reactions

A professional permanent makeup artist will usually carry out a patch test to ensure you will not have any allergic reactions to the pigment. Even so, sometimes excess swelling or other reactions such as blistering can occur. If you start to feel feverish this might also be an indication you are having an allergic reaction to the treatment.

Scarring

If you follow the technician’s instructions your eyebrows should not be subject to scarring. After the first two weeks you will probably notice that the skin is slightly milky looking (like a film). This is perfectly normal. Things to watch for are overgrowths of scar tissue and granulomas, which are minute bumps which can form underneath the skin around the actual pigment.

Healing Problems

On average it takes four to six weeks for an eye tattoo to heal. Not everyone heals at the same rate and age has a lot to do with how long it takes. Watch out for strange pigment changes and while everyone is different, if you really feel they are not healing properly double check with the tattooing clinic that did them. Better to be safe than sorry!

If you do have any of these symptoms call the clinic in the first instance. They will be able to advise you if there is a real problem and exactly how to deal with it.

Cheap Beds vs Luxury Beds

Cheap Beds vs Luxury Beds

The most expensive innerspring mattresses will set you back quite a bit, but what you did not probably know is that these mattresses cost almost nothing to manufacture. The same can be said for those expensive memory foam mattresses. In this article, we’ll take a look at the comparison between cheap innerspring mattresses and luxury memory foam mattresses

Innerspring Mattresses

Spring mattresses often give an illusion of comfort through their plush pillow-tops. These mattresses, however, do not offer sufficient pressure point relief. This is because you mattress will push back against your body, all with the same force that your body weight is applying to the mattress. And because your body does not sleep evenly or offer the same pressure throughout the mattress, you’ll probably still wake up sore the next day, mostly due to an uneven sleep. Spring mattresses also lose up to 16% of their support in the 1st year alone.

Innerspring Mattress PROS

Low Cost – When compared to a memory foam mattress, innerspring mattresses are relatively cheap.

Durability – They are quite durable, lasting anywhere from 6 to 10 years.

Innerspring Mattress CONS

Loss of Support – You might find that your innerspring mattress will sag after a year or two.

Poor Back Support – They do not offer proper back support and an innerspring mattress will not properly align your spine.

Painful – Because these mattresses do not distribute your body weight evenly.

Not Hypoallergenic – Not the best thought when you are sleeping but the plush polyester top, as well as the empty space in-between the springs, creates a perfect nesting ground for dust mites.

Memory Foam Mattress

A good quality memory foam mattress will distribute body weight evenly. This means that the pressure is significantly reduced. In some cases up to 80%.

Memory Foam Mattress PROS

The Low Cost – Memory foam mattresses are cheaper than you might think, although they are still relatively pricey when compared to innerspring mattresses.

Pressure Distribution – It relieves pressure better than any other type of mattress.

No Motion Transfer – That’s right, no bounce means no transfer of movement.

Hypoallergenic – A solid block of foam means dust mites can only live on the surface and not inside.

Memory Foam Mattress CONS

Price – Top memory foam mattresses can be expensive depending on quality and brand name. In the case of memory foam, the cost is typically directly associated with quality because the materials are expensive.

Quicksand Like Feel – This is because a memory foam mattress will adjust to the contours of your body. Many people same that this gives them a sinking feeling.

Temperature Sensitive – Most memory foam mattresses rely on your body temperature to be able to contour to you. One of the problems here is that the mattress does not offer much airflow and you could wake up feeling slightly sweaty.

Smell – If you are buying a memory foam mattress made from poor quality foam, you might be faced with a strong smell the mattress is new. This will eventually fade away.

Practical Ways to Help Friends During Their Move

Practical Ways to Help Friends During Their Move

Moving is a huge task, and friends and family can help make it easier by implementing a few of these practical ideas.

Planning, organizing and moving all one’s household possessions is less daunting with the practical help of loving friends and family. I have compiled a general list of what seasoned movers, myself included, have appreciated from friends and family during a move.

How to help friends before they move to a new home:

Packing – The packing and organization process usually happens days, if not weeks before a move. Helpful supplies to collect for those moving include bubble wrap, newspapers and boxes. Ask your friends which items they think they will need, and look out for those items while shopping. Big box stores and grocery stores may have extra boxes they are willing to get rid of for little or no cost.

Feedback on simplification – Before packing, the one moving may need feedback on what to simplify and which items they should donate to charity or sell in a garage sale. You can offer your services in helping them in this simplification process and arranging for charity pickup or for a garage sale.

Organization – When packing, friends can help make a master list of which items are in each box for easy reference when unpacking in the new home. Each box can be numbered, and a list made of what is in each box. Alternatively, boxes can be labeled according to which room the items belong in, or which items are packed in each box. I prefer a combination of these methods in case the master list happens to be in another place from where the boxes are located. However, the master list is handy to track if any boxes are missing and what was contained in the missing box.

Packing a box of useful items – A box can be put together of items that will be of use right away upon arrival at the new home, such as a basic kitchen supplies (dinnerware set with utensils, cups, tea towels, dish soap), and toiletries (toilet paper, soap, and hand towel). Label this box accordingly.

How to help friends during their move to a new home:

Moving boxes and furniture – If movers are not hired, friends and family can help with the actual moving and loading of boxes and furniture onto and off of the moving truck. Or, they can be at the receiving end at the new home to organize where boxes belong in each room. For more on this, see this informative post.

Meals – Another practical suggestion is to arrange for meals during the moving day so that new homeowners do not have to think about that in addition to everything else they have to do. You could cook from home and bring the food over with some disposable dinnerware, or order in some food.

Cleaning the old home – After the boxes are gone from the old home, friends can offer to clean the old place. This is not a common practice for many people, but it is a courtesy for the new homeowners, and likely something your friends that are moving don’t have time to dedicate to doing themselves.

Cleaning and painting of the new home – Friends and family can offer to clean the new home before items arrive. If access to the new place is granted prior to the move date, cleaning, painting and repairs can be done ahead of time, especially if they involve a lot of time.

Babysit or pet sit – Offering to babysit children or take care of pets for the moving day is very helpful. Depending on the child’s age and emotional needs, they may need to be distracted from leaving their old home while their parents focus on the move. Plan a fun day for the kids, maybe at a recreation park or the zoo.

Running errands – During a move, many last minute errands come up, such as purchasing more supplies. Offering to be on hand to perform any necessary tasks like this will be beneficial for those moving.

Take pictures – For fun memories, take some pictures of the packing, moving and cleaning process. These are always good for a laugh.

Before taking on any of the above roles, check with your friends as to which tasks they would appreciate help with for their move. You can be specific as to what you would like to offer. They may be surprised at your ingenuity and will appreciate your practical help and your willing spirit.

Have You Ever Thought About The Benefits of a Loft Conversion?

Have You Ever Thought About The Benefits of a Loft Conversion?

There are now many benefits to those who want to get a loft conversion and in this article we will outline some of those benefits. As well as making more space within the home the main reason why a loft conversion can be a good idea is that it adds value to the property. A loft conversion is also a relatively easy procedure to carry out and will often not even need any form of planning permission. This means that an individual can carry out the loft conversion within the home without much difficulty and can therefore have one put in place quickly and effectively.

There are however several things to consider when you do choose to get the loft conversion put into a modern living space. If you want to put one into your property you will need to have a roof that is pitched and it will need to have around 1.5 m of space in terms of its height. If you are able to obtain a property that has these features or if you already have a property that has the space available then you will be able to go ahead with the loft conversion effectively.

Planning permission is something that can put a lot of people off when they want to develop their home. However, if you want to get a loft conversion then you will probably not need to get planning permission to do this. However, this also depends on the area in which you live and if you are based in an area that has been considered to be of a natural beauty then you may need to get planning permission. You may also need to get planning permission if the space that you are living in is known as a greenbelt. Different houses are also considered when planning permission is concerned and you may need to consider planning permission if you live in a flat or if you live in a maisonette.

There isn’t really much else you need to consider when planning and implementing a loft conversion other than the team that you choose to work with when installing the loft conversion. There are many contractors that are of a high quality such as this Biscester loft firm my brother works for. It is simply worth searching the Internet and the local phone book to see what is available. You also be able to get reviews of these contractors online and will be able to assess their ability from the feedback that you find.

How to Get Organized and Cut Clutter Easily in Kids’ Rooms

How to Get Organized and Cut Clutter Easily in Kids’ Rooms

A kid’s room is generally overflowing with clothes, toys, books and a variety of paraphernalia. Getting it all organized and under control may seem impossible but if you have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve, you’ll be able to organize your kids’ rooms in next to no time. Here are some simple organizing solutions to help you cut clutter in a child’s room.

Focus on Your Child When Organizing a Kid’s Room

The first thing to keep in mind is that simply tidying up the room for your child will not do him any favours. Instead, think of getting organized from a kid’s perspective, act as an organizing coach for him and offer suggestions on why and how both of you can make, sorting, storing and decluttering work. When your child will be involved in the decision-making process, there are greater chances of him sticking to the system you finally arrive at.

Sort and Organize Kiddie Clutter

Begin by sorting out items that are no longer in use – outgrown or out-of-season clothing, books, toys, playthings and other items that cause closets and drawers to overflow. Take two big boxes, labelled ‘Trash’ and ‘Store’, and spend a few hours sorting items into them. Store clothes and playthings that are either out-of-season or age-inappropriate.

Clothes are often the biggest culprit when it comes to cluttering up rooms so start there. Keep only frequently used and in-season clothing in the closet. The rest can either be given away or stored for future use. Also, limit the number of clothes that your child has. Does he really need 7 different pairs of jeans? Think about this even when you head out to buy new clothes or other kiddie must-haves.

Get Organized with Smart Storage Solutions

Toy storage and organization can help you curb clutter easily and effectively. Lidded boxes, shelves at your child’s height level, toy chests and closets are all great for keeping the Barbies, trucks, Lego pieces and action figures organized and sorted. Use storage solutions that are child-friendly and can adapt to his growing needs.

My best buy yet was a divan bed for my daughter’s room which has storage under it. I bought her a small double size which of course she doesn’t really need at her age, but I really appreciate the extra storage. See more like it here.

More Tips to Get Organized with Kids

There are several more easy organization tips to help you get organized with a child. Here are some of them:

Use labels. Words or pictures that can help him identify what goes where will make future cleanups easy and quick.
Choose children’s furniture that offers some form of storage. A nightstand with shelves under it or a bed with a built-in storage box help to make storing stuff easy.

Have a monthly or fortnightly cleaning and organizing schedule for your child’s room.

Buy less. Or follow the rule of giving away one thing for everything that is bought. So, a new truck means an old toy needs to go. This will not only keep clutter under control but will also encourage children to learn how to give and buy only when necessary.

A child-friendly room doesn’t have to be crowded and untidy and an organized room doesn’t have to be spare, boring and bare. Simple and practical organizing tips, such as these, will help you get clutter under control and stay organized with kids at home.

Family African Safari Holiday

My sister and her husband recently returned from a second honeymoon. Unfortunately, the first one (a trip to the Caribbean, no less) was a bit of a washout because it rained every day until the day they were due to leave and there was brilliant sinchine.

This time they decided not to take any chances and booked a more action-packed holiday – a trip to Africa where they went on safari. Here is a short video she sent me – you can see more of here safari videos here.

TODAY IS THE DAY + A GRATEFUL HEART

Hey guys! We are finally back from our trip to buy beds and starting to get back to our normal routine! I plan on posting more about our trip + our weekend later this week but today I wanted to post about how excited I am to be starting another round of the 21 Day Fix today! I know I posted about how I was starting again about two weeks ago … well … we went on our trip and I decided I’d just wait until I got back to really get started. So today is the day!

I plan on using my blog & IG to post about my 21 days to keep myself accountable. I am also hosting a challenge group with my team that starts today that is going to be so much fun! We will be sharing recipes, grocery lists, and LOTS of motivation.

If any of my readers have the 21 Day Fix already and want to join my challenge group please let me know and I can get you added. It’s going to be fun + there are lots of prizes! My very first round of the 21 Day Fix I had a lot of results so I know I can get those same results & more this round. These were my results from my first round.

MY CHILDREN

Hey guys! I know I posted that I was on vacation & taking a break from blogging this week but I wanted to get on here and send you all to Emily’s blog – Ember Grey! Today I will be guest posting on her blog where I will be sharing about the one thing that inspires me & has changed me for the better – MY CHILDREN. I love Emily’s blog so I am so excited to be featured on there today!

And if you are coming from Emily’s blog – HELLO! – thank you so much for stopping by! Here are some more pictures from a little photoshoot we went on to take the pictures just for the one thing post. I told my sister I wanted some pictures of me and the babies so we went driving out in the middle of nowhere and found an old abandoned church beside this beautiful hay field. It was perfect.

SORRY!

So Gary & I are last minute people. We make plans & decided to go on a trip to Ibiza, which is why there hasn’t been a post on here in the past couple of days! Gary had to go to a work conference in New Hampshire but had to stop in NY first. My family lives right outside of NY so Gary dropped us off on his way! So we’ve been hanging out with my family this week, and we went online looking at a site that has some great faux leather beds on sale now. I usually do my posts the same day so I haven’t had time to post anything this week. I have a post scheduled to go up tomorrow but until then I won’t be posting until next week! Hope you all are having a great week!