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The holidays will be here soon, and families everywhere will be getting together to enjoy some festive cheer. Everyone hopes to be jolly and enjoy these few days off work together. But sadly, at this time of year, there is a rise in accidents involving children. It can happen so easily and so quickly. The last thing you want is to spend your Christmas in the hospital. So here are a few tips to help you avoid accidents in the home this festive period:

The Tree
Lots of homes have a tree up. Many of us enjoy the scent of a real Christmas tree in the living room. However, most real trees do shed, and those needles are sharp! If you’ve got a little one crawling about, consider how you’re going to keep her from picking them up or chewing on them. Raising it up and sitting it in a tray is one solution, but if your little one can stand, chances are they may be able to knock it over. You might prefer an artificial one, or using a fireguard around it while the baby is playing in the room.


Whether your family has outgrown your home or you want to move to be closer to better schools, you're probably wondering what your best option is. The chances are you’ve heard a lot of good things about building a home instead of buying one. And so, are starting to wonder whether that could be a good route to go down. To make the decision process a little easier for you, and to help you make a more informed decision, below is a list of the pros and cons of each option. Have a read and see which option seems like the best fit for yours’ and your family’s needs.
Building a home:
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Let’s start with the pros. The single biggest pro of choosing to build a home instead of buying one is that you have complete control over the design of the property. Whether you’ve always dreamed of creating an eco-friendly home or a certain style of property, you can do it. Another benefit of opting to build a property is that you can choose how it’s laid out and what rooms it has. Always dreamed of having an attic living room looking out over the countryside? Or have you always wanted a glass fronted living room? Whatever you imagine your dream home to be, building a property from scratch allows you to achieve that dream. Unless you’ve got a background in design and constructional, you’ll need a little help from a professional company. Have a browse online and look for suitable companies like Nidus Professional Architects, for instance.


When you’re a homeowner, the last thing you want is an expected disaster to put your safety or your prized possessions at risk. Sometimes, accidents are inevitable. But often, these are steps you can take to protect your home and keep your family safe from harm. Here are some of the most common home emergencies and some hacks to help you avoid them.


We are so excited about going on holiday that getting our home ready falls to the bottom of the list. But it’s so important to prepare your home so that you don’t come back to an empty property! After all, so many thieves break into properties when the owners are away. And the worst thing about it is they don’t have to try that hard. People leave doors open, or forget to close windows which allow easy access to the property. Therefore, don’t make these mistakes with your home when you are heading off on holiday!

Not double checking doors
As discussed above, so many burglars make their way into the home through doors which have not been shut properly. It means they won’t draw attention when entering your home. Therefore, to prevent making this mistake, you should double check the front and back door before leaving the house. That way, you will know that they are safely locked, and it will be harder for thieves to enter your property! And don’t forget to close windows too; leaving them wide open will increase the chances of a burglary!

Key, Lock, Open, Opening, Door


Home improvement is not something to be taken lightly. It’s a big task, particularly if you’re one of those people who needs to make a house as near to perfect as can be. DIY is definitely amongst the 100 skills every man should have. And, whilst it is work, it doesn’t have to be as much as an effort as you might imagine. So here we’re going to share three tips that will make that home improvement a lot easier to tackle.


It might have felt like you’d found your dream home when you first moved into your property. But fast forward a few years, and life can change in ways we couldn’t possibly have predicted. Before you know it, you can end up in a home which no longer works for you. If you have the luxury of extending then, that’s an ideal option in some cases, but for those who can’t (or are renting) the answer may be to move instead. Here are some of the signs you may need to consider moving to a new house!

You’ve Started to Work From Home
More people than ever are now able to work from home and achieve incredible things thanks to the internet. Whether you’ve started up your own business or work self-employed from home, you’ll more than likely need your working space. As well as a home office, you might have even an additional room for things like stock and storage. This is fine if you have a room or two to spare in your current home, but a lot of people don’t. And so if you have moved onto a career path which involves working from home, a house move might need to be considered.



We are also constantly using energy at home. You are probably using your phone or computer to read this which you will have used a charger to charge. That charger may well still be plugged into a wall socket wasting energy.
Look, it’s unavoidable. Everything we need to do to function properly in our daily lives using some form of energy or another. Or it might be the harmful energy that it emits that is more the issue.

Although it’s tricky for anyone to be perfect, there are a few things you can change around the home to help play your part. If everyone was just a little bit more environmentally-aware, it could make a huge difference overall.


If you live in a small apartment, you might find it quite dark and that it can feel very small and cramped. Thankfully, you don’t have to continue feeling unhappy with your home. There are plenty of decor tips you can use to create a light and airy atmosphere in your apartment. And if you are smart with your storage and furniture, you could even create the illusion of space! Here are some of my favorite space hacks for small apartments.


Let’s be honest about it; we all like to think that our family homes are second to none when it comes to safety and security. We like to think that our homes provide our kids with a safe space to be, somewhere that no matter what is safe and secure. However, the truth is, a lot of family homes are substandard when it comes to security and safety. You may not think it, but your home could be among them.



Making some changes to the home are a great idea. They can make such a difference and breath new life into the home. Importantly, they can add value to the home. I think that is pretty much music to any homeowners ears! You can spend a lot of money making changes and improvements to your home. You need to make sure that that will be worth doing, though. Some things can be done yourself too. A lot of the cost when it comes to home improvements is the cost of labor. So if you can do the work, it will make the return much more worthwhile for you. So here are some top suggestions of things that can help to add value to the home.




Working at home is a practical option for parents. It allows you to keep an eye on your kids and earn at the same time. Obviously, some boundaries have to be established, and it takes a little planning. However, flexible working contracts make this easier than ever before to set up.

When you’re earning around the kids, it is still important to maintain a split between work and home life. To do this, creating a practical work environment is necessary.

When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal is vital. Even if you’re not selling, itis good to return to a beautiful looking home at the end of a busy day. Is the exterior of your home looking a little tired or uninspiring? If so, here are some handy hints to make your home the most attractive house on the block.

Get your gardening gloves on
If you’re lucky enough to have a front garden, get the most out of it. Get those gardening gloves on and do some weeding and planting. Mow the lawn and add some color and interest. Scatter planters around, and give the fence a coat of paint. Let the garden set the tone for the rest of the house. If you’ve gone for shabby chic or country style interiors, why not fill flower beds with wildflowers? If you’ve got a modern minimalist home, make gravel areas more exciting with a water feature or potted olive trees.

Everyone wants to feel safe in the comfort of their home. None of us want to live our lives worrying about burglaries and break-ins. But sadly, this is a reality we have to consider. Sometimes, there're no stopping thieves. But these five tips will hopefully help to make your home a safer place.

  1. Lock windows and doors
If you’re going out, always make sure your windows and doors are closed and locked. Windows left ajar are open invitations for thieves on the lookout for valuables. Check the front and back doors and avoid leaving keys within sight.


We all want amazing kitchens. They are often the hub of our homes, so who wouldn’t want theirs looking fabulous? But as well as looking fab, they also have to be super practical. If your kitchen isn’t suitable for preparing food and cooking, it is going to be useless! Are you are currently thinking about renovating your kitchen? Then you’re probably also considering buying some new appliances. There are some that can make your kitchen super modern and convenient. Here are ten of the best.


We all see the homes in glossy magazines and on tv programmes that seem to exude style and class. They look so beautiful and full of personality, and it's something we often try to replicate in our homes. Here are some top tips for making your home a bit more stylish and photo shoot ready!

Feature Point
Every room should have a feature as a focal point. In the living room, dress your fireplace or mantelpiece to give a main feature in the room. Coffee tables, rugs, and feature lights also work well in dining rooms and kitchens. Having a dramatic piece gives the room a bit of character and sets the theme.


Have you ever walked into a friend’s home and been amazed at how spotless it is, despite the fact that she has three little ones running around? Don’t worry; you’re not alone if you struggle to keep your family home clean. Sometimes it seems like there’s just not enough hours in the day to get everything done.

You might think that having a (nearly) spotless home when you’ve got little ones running about is impossible, but believe it or not, it isn’t. It is possible to keep your family home spick and span; it’s just a case of getting creative and being smart about it. Want to know the secrets that moms with spotless homes swear by? Yes - then keep reading below.

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One of the things that can cause stress is when household bills arrive. They can end up costing so much that they are more expensive than the mortgage cost. You need to keep on top of them, so you know exactly how much you are paying for each household bill. You should try and work out why it’s so high and what you have been using too much of. Here are some simple ways to save money around the home so that your household bills will be cheaper.

Make sure you turn off devices when you’re not using them
One simple way to save money around the home is by making sure you turn off devices when you’re not using them. We know how easy it is to finish using your desktop computer and leave it on till you’re ready to use it later. But you need to be switching it off so that you are not spending so much on electricity. The same goes for the television; you need to stop leaving it on standby when you are finished using it. Talk to your kids to make sure they understand how important it is to turn off their devices too when they aren’t using them. Make sure everything is also switched off in the kitchen before you head out. There’s no need for the microwave to be still turned on when you have finished using it. You will notice a big difference in your electricity bill if you start switching things off when you aren’t using them.


Homeowners have one thing in common: we are all trying to make our home better. The thing is that no one wants to live in a substandard house. In fact, no one wants to live in an average house either. As a result, we all search for perfection when it comes to our properties. To do that, we try to improve our homes without the help of a professional. It is DIY, and it is a viable option. However, DIY doesn’t always work out like you plan because some jobs are too difficult. With that in mind, here are the jobs you want to leave to the pros.


Most women have a few pieces of clothing that the barely wear. However, some have half a closet full of clothes and accessories they don't use. If you want to free up some space in yours, you might be wondering where to stay. When you open the door and look at what's in there, it all looks a bit too overwhelming. Perhaps you have tried to clear it out before, but you found it difficult to let go of anything. Or you cleaned out some space but quickly filled it up again with new purchases. If you want to clear it out once and for all, try these tactics.