Creating the perfect reading area at home

Being able to wind down and relax with a good book is one of life’s simplest pleasures and creating a reading area in your home will not only encourage you to do it more, but make it all the enjoyable.

This is my simple guide for creating the perfect reading area at home with a few simple steps.

Of course, you might not have the space for this sort of area, in those cases it might be something as simple as lighting your favourite candle in your room while you read, something that instantly transports you to the head space of taking the time for yourself and something that you enjoy.

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A Home refresh with Home Bargains

Spring is the perfect time to clean your home or change it up a bit and now that the weather is beginning to look up some days, I’m trying my best to do both this and be a mum to a crazy-teething 7 month old.

I was lucky enough to receive a fab bundle of goodies from Home Bargains to help me get started with Spring cleaning the house.

I’m not going to be overly optimistic but some house goals we have for Spring/Summer include:

Regularly steam mopping the tiles/laminate flooring. This might seem like a ridiculous one but I’m pretty good at staying on top of hoovering but always forget about the steam mop in the cupboard. I ticked it off the list this morning but I want to make sure I do it at least once a week now that Freya is regularly throwing her food around the house.

Light the Candles in the home and use the diffusers. We have a ton of candles at home and several unopened reed diffusers waiting to be used up. I need to make sure we light the existing ones more often and burn them down so we can get through our stockpile and clear some room in the cupboards.

Deep clean the bathroom. Again I feel pretty confident that I maintain a fairly tidy home as well as being a first time mama but I’d love to deep clean the bathrooms more like I did when I was nesting.

Re-paint the living room and en suite/downstairs toilet. We desperately need to repaint the lounge and have been thinking about a brand new colour rather than touching up the existing paintwork. We also have plans to paint the en suite and downstairs toilet a neutral colour as well as sort the tiling out.

Other plans include jet washing the patio area and repainting some stonework we have round the plants and wallpapering a wall in the spare bedroom. It sounds like a lot of work and trying to do it around Bob working full-time and raising out tiny human will be a challenge but hopefully with nice weather, we can introduce Freya more to our already lovely garden and get some summer toys for her to enjoy. Have you got any plans for a refresh in your home this year?

Laura x

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3 Important Tips for Creating a Healthy Environment in Your Home

Are you aware of the fact that more people die from home accidents than on road in the UK each year? According to author John Thackara, in the year 2005 there was an average of 3,000 deaths attributed to accidents at home while only half that number resulted from traffic accidents. This is just one key fact to substantiate just how unhealthy our homes can be. Whilst many of those deaths resulted from tripping and falling, some were the result of unhealthy conditions could have been easily remedied.

1. Install Automatic Window Actuators to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every year at least 80% of all fire fatalities are due to fires in the home and a great number of those are due to toxic smoke inhalation. Even if the fire doesn’t burn out of control, a person can quickly succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning before reaching a window or door to open. There are automatic smoke sensors for window actuators on the market from companies like tealproducts.com. These sensors can detect toxic odours in time to automatically open a window and keep smoke from building up in the home.

2. Keep Dust and Allergens to a Minimum

Whether or not you have allergies, dust mites can cause a reaction which results in an upper respiratory infection. Dust mites, if you haven’t heard of them, are tiny little creatures in the spider family that typically live on the fabric of beds, curtains and sofas. It is almost impossible to rid your home completely of these pests, but by regularly vacuuming and keeping your home humidified, you can often prevent so many of them from being airborne. Mostly dust mites cause a reaction in those allergic to them, but even those testing negative for allergies are known to suffer as well.

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