6 Ways to make your home comfiest for you

Don’t be afraid to spend on your home

Most people spend a large fraction of their days at home, but never do anything to make it a nicer experience, but why not? It’s important to realise that your home can change your mood on a daily basis. If you have something to look forward to when going home or something nice to see when you wake up. Of course, making your home a nicer environment can cost time and money, however, it really is worth the investment! But where do you start? Well, let’s look at some of the ways you can change how your home makes you feel.

Decorating

First off, having your home not look so bare and empty is important to make sure it gives you that warm comforting feeling, and for some people maybe even pride. Decorations aren’t just there to look at either, they can make things look a lot more organised, and they each have their own purpose. For example; keeping your clothes in a wardrobe, rather than piling them up on a chair is much more appealing to the eyes and can help you keep a clear mind. Another worthy investment is ensuring comfort, whether it be your bed or the chairs you have around. If you spend a large amount of time at home, a lot of that is probably spent sitting down. It’s worth splashing your money into a comfortable chair, and one that makes your room look nice.

Furniture isn’t the only investment you can make into decorating your house, another very important factor to consider is the colouring! It’s important that you find a wallpaper and paint colour that can really make your home feel warm and welcoming. If you get the wrong colours, the feeling you get from being inside can be a more cold and dull vibe, and that’s really not something you want when trying to raise the overall mood. Colours are great to experiment with, as there are no real rules, it’s more just about finding what you think works and going with it.

Some people struggle with creativity when it comes to home decoration, and that can really stop you from making the changes you need to your home. That’s not something you need to worry about anymore, as there are many places you can get inspiration for the decorations that might suit you. If you check online you might find that you’re heavily inspired by ideas and rooms that people have put together, and it might spark an interest in doing something like that for yourself. Lacking creativity isn’t an excuse anymore, so get looking and start decorating!

Cover the ugly parts!

When it comes to most homes, there’s often something ugly on display that you wish wasn’t there. If in the circumstance that it’s essential, then you can turn to the next best option; hiding it! In most cases, this can be things like wirings or pipes, and they can really ruin the ideal look you want. Don’t just imagine that the covering has to stick out and not help, there will most likely be ways to find something that ties in with the design. Take manhole covers, for example, some people end up with them in their garden! While it might not sound like such an inconvenience, if you want to spend a lot of money making your garden look pretty, you don’t need a big ugly manhole cover ruining everything. A great way of dealing with this is investing in recessed manhole covers, which offer you a way to cover them up without obstructing them. Basically, you can fill the recession to match whatever you have around it, and only having a very small amount of the original frame showing.

Don’t leave anything broken!

Usually, if a home has any constant faults, it would be something minor that people don’t really want to bother doing something about, like a draft or a small leak. While it might not seem like something much to worry about, over time that small issue can start feeling like a nightmare and a huge inconvenience. Even if it’s expensive to pay for repairs, your home is part of you and worth paying for, so make it a priority! You don’t want to spend winter having to pay extra for your heating bills due to a cracked seal letting the cold in, or maybe a faulty boiler.

Mess can be a nightmare

If you find that you’re a messy person, your house might reflect on that. Now while it doesn’t cost anything to keep your home tidy, it can seem like a lot of effort to always be cleaning. It might be time to change the way you live and work towards just maintaining the tidiness, rather than having to clean up a mess every now and then, you can just try not making a mess. On top of the unwelcoming feel of leaving a mess everywhere you go, it can make it hard to think if you have that on your mind all the time, and you may find yourself being distracted by it an awful lot. Distractions aren’t always a bad thing, however, if you find that you need to give something one hundred percent of your attention and your mess is making it a struggle! You should avoid making a mess in your home, and try making it something to be proud of.

Once you start to consider how much your home can affect your daily mood, it might be easier to start thinking about what you can do to change it for the best. There’s no use in making your life more difficult, so treat yourself and make it something to look forward to. You should be happy to sleep there and find a way to make yourself comfortable, there should be no place you’d rather be! Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a lonely place either, you can make it appealing to friends too, especially if you keep it tidy.

Nothing beats Christmas in London

You spent last Christmas in Paris and the one before that in Berlin. You don’t know where you would like to go to spend the cold but buzzing Christmas season this year, but you would still like to get away.

Christmas In London

If you like to experience a shopping spree like no other, followed by some mulled wine in a cosy pub, then look no further: London is your next destination. Cobbled and picturesque streets, gorgeous Christmas lights and seasonal weather will make you want to pack the beautiful coat you have just purchased and head to the capital of the United Kingdom and the cultural capital of the world!

Here’s how to travel in style:

The Hotel

Finding accommodation in one of the busiest cities in Europe is sometimes challenging, with many hotels being extremely overpriced and others far from the city centre. Moxy London Stratford offers you a unique experience at a great price. This modern hotel in the East of the city is perfectly located with the beautiful Olympic Park just a few minutes walk away and great transport connections to the town centre.

The Restaurant

Fancy trying some great food but don’t want to splash the cash? Head to the centre of town and venture into Chinatown, London’s Chinese quarter. With plenty of restaurants to choose from, this area will become one of your favourite spots in the city if you are a lover of Chinese and Asian food. Try Jen Cafe for a cosy restaurant with homemade food that includes dumplings and BBQ pork. The cafe will enamour you with its great cuisine and nice staff.

The Pub

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” said Samuel Johnson, and he is right! With the thousands of pubs this historic city boasts, there is one to suit every taste. Rustic, modern, minimalist…choose your pick! The Spaniards Inn in Hampstead is known for being one of the city’s oldest pubs. Established in 1585, the likes of Byron and Dickens were once its clientele. Head there for some great ales and lager!

The Shop

London is known for the exquisite shopping you can do whilst visiting the city. Oxford Street, the town’s main commercial hub, tends to be quite crowded in the run up to Christmas, but you might just beat the crowds if you are up early and head there before everyone else does. Selfridges, close to Bond Street Station, sells everything from perfume and makeup to clothes and accessories. The price tag ain’t cheap, but if you fancy treating yourself, this is definitely the place to go.

If you are planning an escapade this Christmas, make London your destination. Its wonderful architecture will captivate you and its narrow streets will make you want to get lost in the city’s buzzing and electrifying fabric. If you would like to shop for bits ‘n bobs and have a chin wag with a local, book that trip…now!

Interior Design: The Ultimate Blogger Bedroom

Looking for some guidance on how to design your ultimate blogger bedroom? Below are some tips and tricks for getting that perfect look that suits you and your blog! 

The Ultimate Blogger Bedroom

Minimalist

Minimal is key, especially if you vlog/blog in your bedroom. You ideally want to create a space that’s neutral and can act as a perfect background for images and videos alike. Think neutral and warm tones, and mix it up with silver or rose gold accessories. White bedding can make a bed look minimal and beautiful, but if you want a pop of colour, add throw pillows which will spruce up space.

If like many, you have curtains as well as blinds, it can look cluttered and busy. Switching to a basic wooden Venetian blind can make a window space stand out. Take a look at the range with Ambition Blinds for more options.

Elegant

If you’re after a more decadent and elegant vibe to your ideal blogger bedroom; think champagne tones, silver ornaments and velvet sheets. Choosing a stand out light fixture will also help add a bit of elegance to the room, along with a chunky knit blanket to throw it all together.

Classic

If you’re after something a little more down to earth, why not opt for a classic bedroom look? Think beige, creams, tartan print throws and stag pillows. Mixed with a vanilla Yankee candle, your room could be a winter wonderland and give a beautiful vibe (especially if you vlog in your room).

Dark Features

Looking for something a bit more out there with vampy vibes? Dark greys and blues are due to make a big comeback next year. Choose a deep grey wall colour and deep blue velvet accessories for a beautiful intimate vibe. It will also make you feel decadent and will really stand out as a backdrop for blog images.

Glamorous

A glamorous bedroom set for a queen will include deep gold hues, crystal chandelier type light fixtures and a pop of colour to die for. This type of bedroom is definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you want your bedroom to match your big personality, a glamorous one will suit you down to the bone. If you want to achieve glamour on a budget, why not try stores such as B&M and Home Bargains. Their home sections are amazing at the moment, and are perfect If you’re decorating on a low budget!

Guest post by Gina Kay Daniel

My top tips for making sure you are Lapland ready

When we first booked Lapland almost a year ago I read a lot about going to Finnish Lapland. Knowing that the temperatures would be colder than we had ever experienced. So making sure we knew what to take with us was essential. I have put together a my top tips for making sure you are Lapland ready.

How to dress

Layers, get those layers on. The temperatures can drop to -30 so you will need a base layer, a mid layer and an outer layer. I have bought us all thermal base layers, and in fact most of these came from Aldi during their ski week at the start of the year. Fleece tops for the mid layer and then included within the holiday package I added in our the snowsuits.

We made sure that the winter coats we bought were suitable for the snowy weather, for us to wear on the flights. I have bought the children snow boots, me and the hubby will be wearing our walking boots with an extra pair of socks to travel in. I also added snow boots to our holiday package when we booked it, so we will all be able to change into them when we arrive.

Socks, I have opted for ski socks for us all. Buying them from various places but Bridgedale kindly sent us some socks to take with us. They are alpine thermal ski socks, perfect for keeping your feet warm.

Cabin wear

All the reviews I read on the cabins we are staying in, and they all say they are really warm, so making sure you have light weight clothing with you. We are planning to just take our pj’s and onesies with us to wear in the cabin. Along with a couple of pairs of jeans and tops just encase we need them.

Accessories

So, not only do you need the basic hat, scarfs and gloves that you would use at home during the winter months. You will also need ski gloves, we have decided to for a light pair of wool gloves then a pair of ski mittens to go over the top for that extra layer to keep your hands nice and toasty warm. It also means that you are easily able to take off your mittens to do up your coat or pick something up while you are still keeping that of warmth on your hands. You will also need neck snoods or neck gaiters to help keep covered as much as possible and protected from the cold.

Believe it or not you will need sun glasses and sun lotion. Although it will be cold up on the mountains it can be sunny so stay safe and take some with you. Coola Sun Care kindly send us some items to take away to help keep us all sun safe while away. We might still buy the children some last minute ski googles to with us, but at the moment I have got their sun glasses ready to take.

We will be taking hand warmers and torches as they only have around 5 hours of day light during the winter months.

As I wear glasses and on occasion contact lenses, I was worried about my glasses either steaming up, freezing and me not being able to see. I then started to worry that my contact lenses would freeze to my eyes…. yeah I know crazy right! Well after doing a bit of research I found that using my contact lenses would be the best option.

Having read that the cabins wifi is very unreliable, we have just bought a little EE wifi puck to take with us. Although we are going to be out and about as much as possible, if the TV is not very child friendly, we will be able to watch things on their iPads if we need to. Plus I am able to do a bit of work if needed.

Food and Drink

From the people I have spoken to have said how expensive it is to eat out in Finland. As we do not have any food included within our trip, we plan to eat out quite a bit. However in Finland you are able to take food items with you in your suitcase. So we plan to take some basics with us, breakfast cereals, tea, coffee, snacks for the children just enough to keep us going and have something in the cabin.

I have read about the supermarkets selling items in bulk like dishwasher tablets or wash power, so I shall make sure we pack a few bits for just encase we need them.

Apparently the pizza’s in Levi are amazing, so that is one thing we will be trying out. Followed by some other local dishes, my Hubby is much more adventurous with foods than I am, so I am sure he will be trying whatever local items he can.

Flying to Finnland

Before we head away on 07:20 flight from Manchester airport we will be staying over at The Clayton hotel that also has secure parking. We shall travel up to Manchester the day before and enjoy a nice meal in the hotel before heading to bed early…. not sure I will be able to sleep I am just to excited. Plus we still haven’t told the children yet, so they are going to be so exited when we tell them, well I hope they will be.

On the flights, I shall be taking my beautiful Mia Tui flight bag, packed with all the essentials. Tickets, passports, snacks for the children, a book for me, wet wipes, a scarf and probably a range of other items I will not need but include anyway. Oh and make up… I shall be needing that.

I shall pack the children up an activity kit each, so they have some new bits to read and play with on the flights. My son will have a new book, a word search book, a magazine, also a drawing pad and pens. My daughter will have a colouring book, pens, a magazine, a book for us to read to her. They will both have a packet of sweets and we will be taking their headphones and iPads. All inside their own backpack, so they don’t fail out, along with a new blanket each and travel pillows. On the last flight we went on back in May we they both got a bit cold and would have benefited from travel pillows, so I thought I would get them one each.

My Hubby will also take a his back pack, again with a book, his reading glasses, snacks, and he will have everyones hat, scarfs and gloves.

Technology

Of course no holiday is complete without taking my camera and tripod. I will be taking an extra battery for my DSLR camera. I have read that with the temperatures getting down so low that the batteries do not last very long, so we shall be taking an extra one out and about with us at all times. Our iPhones batteries are also not expected to last very well, so I will also be taking my power banks with us. I just can’t bare the thought to missing out on some fabulous images. I shall also be taking my mac book so I can upload the photographs each night. The tripod will be coming with us for nights out in search of the Northern Lights.

I am so excited about going on this trip, it has been planned for the last year and will be a magical trip for our family.

If you can think of anything we will need for our magical trip to Lapland, please let me know.