Glamorous Garden With Little Effort



Sitting in your garden as the warm evening sun plays patterns over your skin, is the best way to end any day. It’s relaxing and relieves any of that built up stress that you may have been carrying around with you earlier at work. The only thing is, what if you don’t have the kind of garden that you see in the movies. A preconceived idea is that you either have a pretty backyard, or you don’t, but that isn’t the case at all. You need to work for it in order to maintain it’s good looks. If you start to get lazy and let it do what it wants, it will become an overgrown mess that looks more like a swamp than any secret sanctuary.


But what if you just don’t have the time? Not all of us are able to spend a good few hours every week pruning and snipping and pulling. So how do we still get our glamours garden?

Well, the key is to focus on additions that don’t need constant care and attention.


Here are a couple of examples.



A lot of people will think that getting a tree will not only be extremely expensive, but a lot of work too, but this isn’t always the case. There are many different varieties that need very little in order to grow and flourish. As long as they have direct access to the sun and a little bit of water here and there, they will be absolutely fine. Take flowering pear trees, for example, these come with a stunning array of flowers that change colour as the season moves, and they barely need any looking after. They are even very resilient to different weather and even fire, so if you live in an area where it overheats a lot and is prone to fires, you won’t need to worry about this catching.



Water is the perfect way to bring different elements together. Get swimming pool out of your head though, and think more about a bird bath or a water feature. The size you decide on going all depends on how much room you have to play with. You could choose a big extravagant waterfall feature to flow right in the center, or just a small place for the birds to come and wash themselves, while other wildlife appears too, like dragonflies and butterflies. In terms of making sure its clean, all you need to do it refill it with a water here and there. And if you have a feature that moves, it will already have a built-in filter that cleans the water as it goes.

So as you can see, these are only two examples, but they are highly effective and can change the total look of a garden within a matter of seconds, as well as improving the environment because it gives animals a place to come to find shelter, food, and comfort. And that alone is playing a big part in living a green and friendly life.

Everything Cats Know About Napping That You Should Know Too

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Cats are professionals when it comes to napping. There’s a reason it’s called a cat nap after all. They know instinctively that sleep is the best thing they can be doing and between hunting and looking regularly out of the window, a nap is the best restorative they can find.


Since cats spend up to 18 hours a day fast asleep, they have had plenty of practice in napping and we can certainly learn a few simple tips from them to improve our own napping ability. In fact, here are a few things that could help you get into a napping routine that even cats could be jealous of.

It’s All in the Timing

Napping is perfect for improving your alertness and avoiding falling asleep at inopportune moments. In fact, it is recommended that drivers going long distances should pull over in a safe place to nap if they feel too tired to continue. This is to avoid falling into micro-sleep, a condition where you fall asleep for a second or two before waking up again – just long enough to cause a crash.


For cats, sleep is something of a hobby and they are quite happy to find any spot in the sunshine for a quick nap. However, we people need to be a little more thoughtful about when and where we sleep, as well as how long we should nap for. A 20 – 30 minute nap is a good length of time that fits nicely into most people’s lunch break and for drowsy drivers provides enough sleep to alleviate drowsiness for a while.


Around lunchtime is a good opportunity for a nap as it won’t impact too much on your sleeping pattern later on. If you are feeling tired at night, instead of a nap, you should just have an early night instead. Napping just a few hours before bed may disrupt your pattern and cause further problems when you can’t sleep later on.  

Finding the Best Spot

Warmth and comfort are always at the top of any cat’s list of priorities and when it comes to finding a good place for you to nap, this is important to you too. Though many people choose a chair or a sofa for a quick nap, maybe pulling a blanket over to snuggle into, your bedroom is the best place for a nap.


This makes perfect sense since your bed is literally designed for the best sleep and as long as you get over the stigma of napping, you should really be doing everything you can to optimize your sleep. Keep the room quite cool, between 60 – 67 degrees Fahrenheit, and close the curtains before you get into bed. Your mattress should be comfortable and supportive, keeping your back and neck aligned (have a look at this site for more insights on mattresses).


If you are at work and want a bit of shut-eye, you should try to find a quiet spot that is out of everyone’s way. If your office has a sofa, that would be ideal for curling up and taking 30 minutes to yourself. In some offices, where the employers are more supportive of napping during the day, sleep pods like the ones at Google’s HQ have become a popular option. While your boss might not be catching up anytime soon, you can at least point to a trend if you want to ask for a solution.

Making the Most of Nap Time

Napping is often thought of as an emergency solution rather than a habit, but as cats show, napping can be a way of life. In fact, in this case, the Spanish are already way ahead in their own sleep patterns, having a 3 hour lunch to accommodate a siesta at the hottest part of the day. While it is perfectly logical to assume that the siesta is only for avoiding the sun, scientists have also found that people who have siestas tend to be less likely to die of heart disease.


The health benefits of having a nap are finally being noticed in the US and as nap rooms are becoming more popular in US offices, it looks like many employers are realizing that they can have healthier, happier and more alert staff if they just accommodate a 30 minute nap each day. This is great news because it suggests that a cultural shift is in progress. However, it’s still important that you get a high quality of sleep in that time and don’t feel awkward about being asleep on the job.


While it is tempting to quickly check your phone before you close your eyes or to think ahead to what you are going to do when you wake up, you don’t want to waste all your time not sleeping. Instead, a good nap – as all cats know – starts by closing your eyes and settling into a comfortable position. Clear your mind of everything and relax your muscles. Counting down from 100 slowly might help if you are struggling to switch off.


Though napping at work may still be an uncommon occurrence, the Japanese have long understood the benefit and studies have shown that a 60 minute nap can vastly improve performance in the workplace, giving you a much better chance of learning new information and memorizing facts. Part of the reason for this is that sleep is a great way to reduce stress and calm right down, so allowing yourself to clear your mind in order to drift off is ideal for improving your performance.


Cats know a lot about napping and there are few animals who are so chilled out. They understand that napping makes them more alert before they go hunting plus it can help them live longer and healthier lifestyles. Napping more like a cat will help you in all these ways too, though you probably won’t achieve their ability to disguise themselves as fluffy cushions or recognize someone with an allergy to cat hair within 2 seconds. Some things are secrets only other cats can understand…   

It’s About Time You Had A #GirlsNightIn

There’s something amazing about dressing up and meeting the girls at a bar for cocktails, gossip and nibbles. Dolling up with a lush tan, fake lashes and the nicest Jimmy Choo’s is not only great for the confidence, it’s fun. Getting together with your friends to chat about life and really connect with each other is a part of life, and it’s something that everyone should be indulging in at least twice a month. The thing is, sometimes the budget doesn’t allow for the new dress that a night out requires you to buy – and let’s be honest, girls: night out = new dress!

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When the budget doesn’t allow for cocktails and dancing, you’ve got to get creative, and that’s the fun part! A girl’s night in is the perfect remedy, as you can chill out and all contribute to the drinks and nibbles. You also don’t have to doll up. Sleepovers aren’t just for children, you know! You need to know exactly how to have the perfect girly night in, and we’ve got the most important ingredients for you below.

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Mix A Cocktail. Start off with making some cocktails in the kitchen together. You can experiment with flavours and colours and you can really have some fun mixing up the fruity concoctions. If everyone brings a flavour of juice or soda and a bottle of alcohol, you’ll have more than enough for the perfect cocktail.

Bring Snacks. Popcorn, cookie dough, brownies, soda and chips with dip are staples of a good girly night in. Have a night off of the diet and get stuck into something sugary. If everyone chips in, you could even order a pizza feast for your evening meal. You could go a little classier and have a dinner party for everyone, but there’s not as much fun in that as there is pizza in your pyjamas.

Netflix. Shop online at before the night in to get giant beanbag sofas – perfect for lounging while taking in the best chick flicks on Netflix. You each need to pick a movie and start working your way through them for the evening.

Makeovers. You could be in your mid-20s and still see something amazing in makeovers with your friends. Get those curlers out, girls, because it’s time to sit Grease-style with face packs and curlers in. Makeovers are the best way to swap beauty tips and get the best ideas for skincare from each other.

Pyjamas. As mentioned, sleepovers aren’t just for kids – make sure that you bring your most comfy pyjamas to the girly night in; you’re going to need them. You just can’t lounge around in jeans!

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Girls, we’ve got to stick together and keep our bonds as strong as possible. Getting together with your girlfriends is so important to remind you what the good things in life are. A strong friendship group is going to support you like a good bra – always there for you when you need them!

Open House: How To Create A Welcoming Guest Bedroom

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One of the greatest pleasures of having your own home is inviting friends, family and loved ones to stay over as guests. Proving a comfortable, welcoming space for them while they stay with you is a sure fire way to make them feel valued and want to visit again. But creating the perfect guest bedroom doesn’t have to be complicated. A few simple touches can make all the difference. Here’s how…


A Welcoming Atmosphere


It’s easier than you think to provide a cozy, hospitable space that will make your guests feel welcome. Even the smallest of box rooms can be made to feel special. Avoid using old sheets and a lumpy mattress – invest a little in Goose feather pillows and a fresh set of bed linen to give the space a lift and make everyone comfortable.


The Little Touches


Some last minute additions can make your space feel cared for and signal to your guests that they are welcome in your home. Try a bunch of fresh flowers on the windowsill, a few scented candles to provide a fragrant, flickering glow at night and a stack of neatly folded towels. You can also pull together a guest basket with sample toiletries and a cosy pair of slippers, plus some newspapers and magazines so your guest have everything they need.


Good Lighting


Make sure that your guests can easily control the amount of light and shade in their rooms, to suit individual preference. Black out blinds can be really useful to help them sleep in if they’re jet-lagged or have had a long journey, and make sure there is a lamp or two for soft lighting and so they can read in bed at night. The right lighting gives a room a restful atmosphere and offers a practical touch as well.


Keep Their Belongings Safe


There’s nothing more unwelcoming than a guest room with nowhere for your guests to unpack, but many of us use our guest bedrooms as overflow storage for our own things. Make sure that you clear some wardrobe and drawer space for your guests to use, even temporarily. A chic ottoman can provide storage for extra blankets and pillows as well as seating or somewhere to lay out clothes.


Drinks and Snacks


One way to make your guests feel truly at home is to make a drinks station. Sometimes, it can feel awkward bothering your hosts whenever you’d like a drink, or guests may get up earlier or later than the usual household routines. Putting a coffee machine in there means there is a no mess way for them to make a hot drink, and think about also providing a jar of Homemade cookies as an extra treat. Then if guests feel peckish they can help themselves!


Creating a great atmosphere for guests can be as simple as adding a few creature comforts to their space. Follow these simple steps and your guests will be dying to come back and spend more time in your beautiful home.


Bring The Outdoors In For A Fresh Home



Do you ever feel like your home could do with a bit of a freshen up? You might be starting to get a bit bored with your current decor and think that it’s time to brighten the place up a bit. Not too sure what you could do to give your decor a new breath of life? You simply need to bring the outdoors in!


There’s nowhere quite as fresh and invigorating as the outdoors, and bringing aspects of features of the outside world into your home will be a great way to improve the house’s overall interior design.


Here are some great tips that can guide your outdoor-inspired decor.


Add Plenty Of House Plants


One of the quickest and easiest ways to make your home’s decor feel like it has been inspired by the outdoor is to add some house plants. You don’t need to add too many, or else your home might start to feel like a jungle! Instead, just a couple in each of your rooms should do. Why not add the types of plants that are renowned for detoxifying the air around them? These include peace lilies and aloe vera.


Use Natural Materials


If you want to add new countertops, flooring, or large furniture items, you should try and find new items that have been made with natural materials. For instance, wooden floors, granite countertops and bamboo furniture will help increase the overall natural feel to your rooms. Not only that, though, but they are also more likely to be eco-friendly compared to things made from manmade materials.


Go With A Natural Color Scheme


When it comes to painting and decorating your rooms, you should also try and create a natural color scheme. Use colors that you would find when you are wandering around outside. For instance, earth browns, refreshing blues, and deep greens will all work really well. You might even want to go one step further and paint a beautiful forest scene on a feature wall.


Use Fruits And Vegetables As Decor Features


It’s also a nice idea to add some fruit and vegetables to the decor. For instance, adding a large fruit bowl to the center of a dining-room table or coffee table can be a nice ornate feature. Dried fruit and vegetables will also work well dotted along bookshelves and in small nooks and crannies. Some vegetables can also give your home a nice seasonal touch, such as carved pumpkins in the fall. If you don’t want to use actual fruit and vegetables, you could always just use wallpaper that features them in the pattern.


Make It Eco-Friendly


Adding some eco-friendly features to your home will also be a great way to bring in the great outdoors. Plus, it will be doing the environment a big favor as your interior design choices won’t have a negative effect on it!


As you can see then, there are plenty of ways you can bring the great outdoors into your home. And you’ll feel a lot more relaxed and rejuvenated as a result!

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