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The Only Guide You’ll Need To Find The Best Play Yard For Your Little Ones

Playtime is all about having fun for kids, but it’s also an important development period. As a parent, you want the toys you buy your little ones to keep them entertained, but you also want to encourage them to learn. Play yards are an ideal option for parents who are searching for safe, interactive and fun areas for their kids to thrive. If you like the idea of a play yard, but you don’t know where to start looking for the ideal product for your child, this infographic will come in handy.

 

Parents usually have two priorities in mind when it comes to choosing toys for their kids: safety and enjoyment. Safety should always come first with small kids, so look out for play yards that have safety certificates and read up on the types of material used and the country of origin. A secure door panel is a feature worth looking for, as it will keep your baby safe and give you peace of mind. Budget may be a factor for many parents, but try and avoid opting for the cheapest option if it doesn’t deliver on other levels. It’s best to pay a little more for a play yard that’s going to keep your kids safe and happy for hours on end. As well as safety features, it’s wise to look at the aesthetics of the design and the layout, and also to consider practicalities, such as cleaning and portability. Ideally, you want to find a play yard that will fit in with your lifestyle and provide maximum fun with minimal maintenance.


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What Do You Need To Make Your Home Green?

Green homes are more than a trend; they’re a new lifestyle that protects the planet. However, unless you’re in the process of building a brand new home, it can be difficult to imagine how you could possibly greenify your old house. After all, it’s often easier to start from scratch than it is to fix mishaps on the way. But it doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to create a home that supports the environmental causes and helps to protect the future of the planet. In the end, every little action can have significant consequences. So, even if you can’t afford to install solar panels on your roof and make your home completely sustainable, there are still a few things you can do to build your own green home. But let’s get something important out of the way first: You don’t need to break the bank to make it work. Of course, if you can and want, nothing is stopping you from investing in a sustainable house model. But if you can’t, your home can still be a marvel of green living!

Pimp your garden

 

Who says green says garden

Your garden offers the perfect place to live and hide to the wildlife around you. Of course, you don’t want the wildlife to come and eat all your plants, but you can certainly create effective and handy sections within your garden to help guide the bugs, snails and other animals where they need to be. For instance, if you want to keep snails and slugs off your veggies, try building raised vegetable beds. If you want to attract bird and small mammals, you could add a homemade pond where they could drink and wash. Make sure as well to add plenty of pollen flowers to keep the bees active, as urban pollution is endangering their survival.

 

Green means efficient waste management

Waste management is one of the most controversial topics in the household. In fact, a lot of people are still struggling when it comes to knowing how and what to recycle. Ultimately, you can use separate bins to keep your waste under control. A bio bin is for compost and can be used directly in the garden. You need a bin for everything that can be recycled, paper, plastic, etc. And finally, for items that need to be recycled individually by specialists, such as batteries or electronics. Additionally, you can also improve your wastewater system with modern and effective pumps, such as the Grundfos pumps, for instance. You may not have visible issues, but old wastewater system can become slow and less efficient with age.

 

Can I use less energy?

Last, but not least, you can actively reduce your energy consumption by using LED light bulbs or simply by asking Alexa to handle the lighting and heating for you. At the end of the year, you can notice significant savings on your energy bills! More importantly, the planet will be grateful for your efforts. Every little help matters!

 

Reduce your energy consumption

 

Your green house is not an impossible dream. With dedication and some efforts, you can adopt sustainable habits and make a difference for the environment without breaking the bank. What’s stopping you?

 

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Selling Your Home? Prep It Ready!

Selling your home is a long process, one that’s going to take a lot of energy from you, and one that will definitely take a lot of your finances. The whole process is going to be long and drawn out, whether you like it or not. The one thing you can do to try and make the whole process easier is to make sure you’re prepping your home ready for the sale. The more you prep, the more time you’re going to save, and the more money you could potentially make. There’s a few things that we’re going to walk you through today that’ll mean you have the best sale that you possibly can. Have a read on to find out more.

 

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Sort The Faults

 

If you’re coming up to the stage of needing to sell your home, you need to make sure you’re getting rid of any faults that you might have. Your home is going to be filled with more than you’re going to want to believe, so make sure you do your checking. The main fault that people seem to have is a problem with their plumbing, and you can bet your bottom dollar that the week before your viewing starts you’ll have something go majorly wrong with your plumbing. If this happens, just deal with the problem as and when. The more you stress, the more things will go wrong. The quicker you sort, the quicker you can make money. Even the little things that you might have problems with, such as a sink that refuses to drain, they all need be sorted. If by any chance at all the people viewing your house try something like that and it doesn’t work, it could only put them off your home. If you have problems such as mold, they definitely need to be sorted rather than covered up. The people viewing the house can bring people in to make sure there are no signs of things like mold, so you don’t want them finding that!

 

Add Some Value

 

Add some value to your home by adding space. Space is the best way to do it, even if it means you’re going to be spending a fortune doing a little bit of renovation work. For example, you could look at adding a conservatory. These are a great little addition that everyone loves. It gives potential buyers that extra bit of space to turn into whatever they want, or just as a little chill out room.

 

Viewing Ready

 

To be viewing ready, you just need to make sure everywhere is clean and presentable. The more time you put in to make sure the house is spotless, the more buyers you’re going to attract. Clean every nook and cranny and find all of the bits you might usually miss, that potential buyers wouldn’t. Another good selling point is to make sure the house smells nice when you have people around. Light a candle, spray a bit of air freshener, and make sure you get rid of any unwanted smells.

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Plan Like A Pro: Throwing The Best Bachelorette Party In History

Are you a blushing bride to be or a maid of honor who has been charged with the incredibly important task of organizing a bachelorette party? Whether you’re planning your own celebration or you’re taking on the challenge for a friend or family member, you’ve come to the right place! Here are some top tips to help you throw the best bachelorette party ever!

 

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Creating a guest list

This is the best place to start, as it will give you an indication of numbers. The size of the party may affect the budget and the location, so it’s best to get a rough idea of who is invited first. If you’re planning a party for your best friend or your sister, ask them to provide a list, rather than trying to guess, as you may miss people out or invite people the bride didn’t intend to include. Once you’ve got a list of names and numbers, you can set up a social media group or event or send out some save the date cards. It’s wise to ask people to give you a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ by a certain date so that you can start planning.

 

Choosing a location

These days, anything goes when it comes to locations and destinations. Parties range from a low-key meal at a local restaurant to all-out luxury vacations and foreign city breaks. It’s a good idea to gauge the kind of event the bride is expecting and to liaise with the guests before you make a decision. Ask people how much they’d be willing to spend, and float a few ideas around and see what kind of reaction you get. It’s a good idea to do some sums and give the bridal tribe an estimate. If you’re going to London for a few days, for example, look at flights and the cost of splitting accommodation between the group. Once you know how many people are interested and you’ve got a budget in mind, consider the kinds of activities your friend or relative would like to do. If they love shopping, drinking cocktails and partying in clubs and bars, a city break would be ideal. If they’d rather spend their time at the beach, riding horses or kayaking in the sea, a beach vacation would be a better bet. If you need some inspiration, here are some of the most popular bachelorette destinations https://www.theknot.com/content/bachelorette-party-city-guide.

 

Designing your itinerary

You’ve got a guest list and a location. Now, it’s time to plan the itinerary. Include activities and excursions that you know the bride would love, and then make the weekend extra special by planning a few little surprises and adding a personal touch. Greet the bride at the airport in a party bus like those available at https://www.bergenlimo.com/fleet/ny-party-bus-rental/, design some custom party bags for the group and reserve a VIP area in restaurants or clubs. Ask everyone to send in a song that reminds them of the bride and create a bespoke playlist and make a scrapbook full of photos from years gone by. Leave a few pages in the back, so that the bride to be can add some snaps from the bachelorette party.

 

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If you’re throwing a bachelorette party, take these tips on board to plan a night or a weekend to remember!

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Outside Space: Creating Another Room For Your Home

When there’s great weather; there’s nothing nicer than spending time outside with your family. Even when it’s chilly out there; a morning stroll with a cup of coffee in hand, can be a great way to spend ten minutes in the morning; nothing beats the sound of everything waking up and plenty of fresh air. It’s the warmer months where the garden comes into its own though; there’s potential for family BBQs, sunny brunches with friends, and inviting your kid’s friends over to play outside. However, many garden spaces are an afterthought, and they become an underutilized environment. Therefore, homeowners are missing out on the potential of the space, when they could have another room as part of their home.

 

Creating an area at the back of your house where you can relax, eat and drink, and enjoy the weather, is just like adding an extra usable room. It’ll just be one you share with nature. Aside from potentially adding value to your property and making it more appealing to potential buyers; sprucing-up your garden environment will enrich the lives of each family member. It will encourage everyone to get outdoors more, whatever the occasion (or the weather). The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those considering a little renovation project outside of their home, and who want to make the most of their backyard and outside space.

 

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A Patio To Put Your Feet Up

 

A patio area is a great way to bring the outside-in and vice-versa. A paved, cobbled, or tiled area before you reach the grass on the lawn, is the ideal place for your garden furniture and your BBQ. Pop a skillion roof over the area, and you’ll have somewhere you can enjoy a drink, or reading a book in the fresh air, come rain or shine. A roof will also make the space feel more like a room, and eating meals with friends in the evening will feel intimate and cozy. Grab some cushions, throws, and outdoor lighting, and you’ll have an outside haven to spend and enjoy your time.

 

Decorate The Low-Maintenance Way

 

The best way to decorate your garden is with plants. However, not everyone is blessed with green fingers. But, don’t worry; there are an array of low-maintenance plants that will live happily in a pot. You will then have the flexibility to move the pot plants around your patio and lawn space so that you feel it looks its best. You can also use pebbles, slate, or bark to cover unruly and soiled areas, or to make the transition from your patio to your lawn less abrupt. Garden lights are another way to ensure you have a pretty house exterior on those nights you spend outside enjoying time with friends and family; there are plenty of solar-powered ones available, so you don’t need to worry about your energy bill.

 

Whatever you choose to do to improve your outside space; make sure it becomes a place you want to spend more time, as it will benefit you and your family alike.

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