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The New Home Checklist

Moving into a new home, whether it’s rented or bought, is an exciting time. It’s like a fresh start, a blank canvas, a new page on which you can jot down all of your ideas.

Homes express our personality more than anything else in our lives, provided that we are willing to put in the effort to get it decorated to our own taste. Even if we have small spaces to work with, it’s still fun to do. It’s even more important that we can reflect ourselves when we have children – we often feel like the ‘old you’ is missing when we become parents, and so moving into a house where you have the chance to display yourself all over again is the perfect opportunity to reclaim it.

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Bathrooms

Bathrooms need to be practical when you have children, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be stylish too. When planning out what you are going to do in your bathroom, it doesn’t all need to be done in one big swoop. You can do it gradually over time and save yourself a great deal.

Take a look at bathroom furniture online for a better selection, generally speaking, and a cheaper price than the majority of stuff that you’d find in stores. Remember not to overload on the decorations, as these in the eyes of small children are just toys to play with. Sometimes they’ll try and go out of their way just to get their hands on them!


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Living Room 

This is the real chance to show off. The room that your visitors, family and friends will be going into more often than not. When you move into a new home, this is totally your chance to rid the house of whatever colour is on the walls and make your stamp on it.

Colours can drastically affect mood, so make sure that you are going for something that you would be happy to walk into regardless of what’s happened to you throughout the day. If you have children, go for a robust paint which allows plenty of wipe-downs to quickly get rid of fingermarks and other prints which may make their way onto your wall.

Put up pictures, posters and anything else that you can think of to show off your personality without having anything within arm’s reach. A very practical solution.

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Bedroom

This is the one place that you don’t have to prove who you are, what you like, or even how tidy you are. It should be a place to go into, switch off and forget about the world. Do whatever you want to do in here. Neutral colours give the impression that it’s a light and airy space, but if you prefer cosiness then opt for warmer tones.

Before you move, get rid of any clutter that has been taking up room in your old bedroom; this includes clothes, books and anything else that you haven’t used in over a year. It’s not something that needs to be transported over to your new abode; it’ll only be a literal waste of space when you get there. Replace it with things that bring you joy!

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Forgotten Pregnancy Issues You Should Keep in Mind When You’re Expecting

There’s going to be a lot on your plate when you are pregnant. Therefore, it’s hardly a surprise that a lot of people forget about some issues. However, your pregnancy will be much easier on you if you know exactly what’s going to be in store for you.

The forgotten pregnancy issues discussed below are among the most important of all. You need to make sure that you understand them all and prepare how you’re going to deal with them. It’s not good to let these things take you by surprise and make your pregnancy any more stressful than it already has to be.

Your Rights Regarding Work

Everyone should be aware of their rights in the workplace. If you don’t stand up for what you have a right to when you’re pregnant, you will end up having to work more than you should. When you’re pregnant, you’re entitled to maternity leave. This is time that you can spend away from the workplace. It gives you time to recover after giving birth and some time to spend with your baby. You can learn a bit more about maternity leave by reading Ellis Whittam’s article. You should improve your knowledge and make sure that you get what you’re entitled to.


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The Environment You’re In

The environment you’re in during your pregnancy will have a big impact on how stressful or stress-free your pregnancy is. When you are surrounded by arguing and a tense environment, this can have an impact on your health. You should do the best to make sure that the people you’re surrounded by and the environment you’re in is peaceful and quiet for you.

There is no need to put up with a situation that is going to make you stressed and anxious. It’s simply not worth it if it causes you problems that could put your pregnancy at risk.

The Exhaustion

Many people forget how exhausting it can be to go through a pregnancy. It’s best that you are aware of this because you need to know how to prepare for the exhaustion. When you’re prepared, you can ensure that you don’t wear yourself out and put more pressure on your unborn child. You might need to reorganise your work life and make time for yourself to rest and take it easy.

You can’t just carry on with your same old routine, because that will but more pressure and more strain on yourself. That’s the last thing you need when you are trying to get through a pregnancy.


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Worry and Anxiety Can be Difficult to Keep in Check

Worrying and getting anxious about the birth itself are common. Everyone worries about something going wrong or the pain or pregnancy. It’s only natural to feel that way.

However, you should find ways to manage and mediate these feelings because they could become potentially harmful to you if you’re not careful. Talk to someone about this if you start to feel like these feelings are becoming too much for you or you’re worried that they could harm your pregnancy in any way. There is always support out there for you to seek when you need it, so don’t assume that you’re on your own with these feelings. It doesn’t need to be that way.

Maintaining Your Relationship

Your relationship is not something that should come before your pregnancy. However, it could be put to the test. And it will certainly change as you enter this new phase of your life together with your partner. You should be aware of the changes that are ahead of you. They shouldn’t be feared, but it’s worth giving them some thought and consideration.

You will want you and your partner to be on the same page and expecting the same things. This will make you much stronger going forward as you become parents. If there are problems, it’s best to address them head-on before you get further into the pregnancy.


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Managing Expectations in the Run Up to Parenthood

Everyone has different expectations as they edge closer to closer to parenthood. You don’t want your expectations upended or disappointed in any way. That will only make your situation worse later on.

So, try not to get ahead of yourself too much. It’s much better to focus on the here and now. During a pregnancy, that’s what matters most. Of course, you do need to think and plan ahead. But you don’t need to imagine the perfect life ahead of you because this will just result in disappointment. Don’t place that kind of pressure on your shoulders.

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Make Your House A Home 

Moving house is an exciting time, but it can sometimes be disappointing when you first get there.

When you were looking at the house, you could really see yourself living there. Now that you are, something doesn’t feel quite right. It can take a while to adjust and you might be thinking that you prefer your old house. Maybe you should have just stayed there. The new house isn’t usually the problem. The reason that you felt so comfortable in your old place, is that you’ve lived there for years. During that time you’ve gradually turned it from just being a house, into being your home.

There’s nothing wrong with the new place, it is just as amazing as you remembered it, but it isn’t your home. Yet. While there is always going to be a period of adjustment, there are a few things that you can do to make yourself feel more comfortable. Here are some great ways that you can easily make your house a home.

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Choose Good Colours

One of the things that can make you feel uneasy about a new house is the fact that somebody else decorated it. They chose all of the colours, and they probably have different tastes to you. You’ll never feel at home here if you don’t redecorate. It’s surprising how much difference a good colour pallette can make.

Don’t choose anything too harsh. Instead, go for soft pastel colours that will be soothing, and help you start to relax in your new house. When you’re decorating the kitchen, make good use of the space that you have to ensure you will feel comfortable cooking in there.

Put Things On Display

Filling the house with things that are special to you will really help you to claim it as your own. Any family pictures that you have, need to go up immediately, as well as any artworks that you love. Doing this puts your stamp on the house and makes you feel like it’s really yours.

Make It Cosy

Good use of lighting can go a long way to making a house feel a lot more cosy, like a proper home. Avoid using any blue tinted, or bright white lights. They give the room a clinical feel, and sitting in a dentist’s waiting room isn’t exactly homely, is it?

You should also make sure that it is warm enough in every room, turn up the bathroom radiator, and make sure you draw the curtains to keep the heat in.

Plants

A few well placed plants can completely transform a room, bringing it to life in seconds. Not to mention its very good for your health. Plants help the air in the house to circulate so they stop it from getting too stuffy in there. They also increase your oxygen intake drastically, which improves general mood, so if you’re anxious about the new surroundings, then they can help a lot.

Unpack Properly 

It’s a pain, but unpacking everything makes the move feel final. If you’ve got boxes everywhere, it won’t feel like you really live there. As soon as you move in, unpack everything and find a new home for all of your belongings. It will help you to let go of your old place and settle in your new place.

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English Meatloaf Recipe

  • Beef mince
  • Sausage meat
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 eggs
  • Onion diced
  • Carrot diced
  • Cubes of cheese

For the sauce:

  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp redcurrent jelly
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée

Break the bread into 2 cm pieces and place on a baking tray for 10 mins.


Fry the onions and carrot until soft


Put everything together in one bowl and mix well


Shape into a loaf shape, cover in foil and bake for 30 minutes


After 30 minutes remove the foil, add the stock/jelly/purée mix to the pan and cook for a further 45 minutes.


After the 45 minutes it will be deep brown and ready to eat. Delicious with mash!

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What Can You Do To Turn Your Small Kitchen Into A Hit?

With more than half of the new builds being too small for families, it’s no wonder that most homeowners are struggling to make small spaces work for them.

British houses are the smallest in Europe, and as a result, people sometimes find it difficult to make the most of their home.

Among the most common complaints, small houses have incredibly tiny kitchen, which can turn your evening cooking into a crowded nightmare. The kitchen is a room that can be easily overlooked, but that serves as your energy fuel throughout the day.

After all, don’t we all need to eat to stay alive? That’s where a small kitchen can be a problematic feature in your home. It’s tricky to stay healthy when the size and crowdedness of the kitchen become repulsing. So here are a few tips to embrace your small kitchen and make the most of it, and all of it on a budget.

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Organise The Storage Area

Small kitchens have a tendency to get easily crowded with appliances and cookware so that it becomes more and more difficult to use – or even to want to use. Like other small rooms, such as the bathroom, it is essential to organize your storage area so that you can keep the things you need out of sight and easily accessible.

As a rule of the thumb, your kitchen will need a minimum of three cupboards and a drawer. These are respectively to store your plates; glasses and bowls, to keep the pans and other cookware; and naturally, you will need a food cupboard for all tins, cans, sauces, and dried food. The drawer is for the cutlery. As simple as it might sound, you’ll be surprised to know that most people rapidly forgets about this storing rule.

Think Compact And Practical

There is a common misconception that small kitchen can’t be practical. In truth, they are perfectly functional if they are furnished smartly. This means that you need to look for small and practical appliances, such as compact kitchen sinks that are designed to take less room than a normal sink but fulfil the same functions.

Additionally, slimline electric appliances such as a fridge or dishwasher, are a great way of utilising the available space without taking over the room. In short, a small kitchen can be just as effective than a bigger one; all you need is a compact and slimline design.

Declutter For A Clean And Relaxed Area

Finally, the death of a small kitchen lies in clutter. People naturally accumulate more than they need. A minimalist kitchen is a design trend that is focused on small houses. At the core of it, the focus is set on manual tasks, maximising a few essentials instead of buying new gadgets that will collect dust on the side. This starts by getting rid of everything you need or use:

For example, do you really need more than two cookie cutters? The best way to deal with clutter is to launch a big spring cleaning operation and to remove anything that you haven’t used in over a year.

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Eps and Amy additional fashion pieces for spring / summer season. 

Amy and I love fashion, we can’t resist reviewing clothes. Especially ones that will add key features to our wardrobe.

Spring is finally here so we’re starting to collect cute and stylish clothing that would be exciting to wear when the weather gets hot.

Here our fave tried and tested clothing.


BMJL Women Dress Wrap Surplice V neck Business Body Con Dress

This dress is pretty smart which is perfect for Amy since she works in the office.


StyleDome Women’s Casual Loose Lace Up V Neck Front Cross Off Shoulder Short Sleeve Bandage Blouse Shirt Tops Black M

Omg I love this top that Amy wearing. I love the colour which is vibrant and does give a good glow. The criss cross style is just cute and quirky. The shoulder and the back were perfect as well for showing off some skin and her new shoulder tattoo.


Auxo Women Sexy Print Sleeveless Strap Camisole Casual Summer Beach Vest Tops Mini Swing Dress Red Grid L
This dress is really pretty. It makes Amy that girl next door look. The pattern suits her and emphasises her waistline which is a bonus.


Yieune Short Sleeve Summer T-Shirt Women Plus Size Casual Tops V-Neck Backless Shirt (White XL)

This top I’m wearing is loose / baggy style which is comfortable and the fabric were light and soft against the skin. I loved the back style which is cute and a bit sexy.


Yidarton Women’s Sleeveless Off Shoulder Playsuit Floral Summer Beach Dress (L)

Omg this is my new fave, I fell in love with this playsuit. It has a beautiful style that would complement any body shape. It’s very flattering and pretty with it’s floral pattern and you can tie at the back which gives you a sexy front and v shape open back. This is pretty for showing a bit of your shoulder, bust and back. The quality is amazing and it’s very true to size.

Which one is your favourite piece? Let us know 🙂

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Eps And Amy

*all clothings we are wearing were received free in return for testing. This doesn’t affect our thoughts and opinion and all wordings are my own unless otherwise stated.

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Fitness

Fun and Easy Ways to Get Motivated to Exercise 

Everybody struggles to find the motivation to exercise from time to time and particu-larly once you have broken a regular habit of working out. Usually, you will quickly fall back into a routine once you start exercising, but finding the energy for that first session can be extremely challenging. So, what are a few fun and easy ways to get yourself motivated and get back on track? 

New Workout Gear 
Sick of putting on the same old workout gear? Inject some colour and energy with brand new workout clothes and you will suddenly feel motivated to break them in and work up a sweat. Whether it is a colourful new running top, merchandise from your favourite sports team or that new pair of running shoes you’ve been eyeing, any new workout gear will build motivation to get back to your workout regime with new en-ergy.


Alternative Exercise Classes 

Doing the same workout or exercise time after time can become boring and tiresome, so it is no surprise that you soon struggle to find motivation. Not only this, but results no longer show after a while if you do not change things up – the majority are working towards some kind of goal whether it is bulking up or losing weight, so it is important to change from time to time. Once great way to mix things up is to take an alternative exercise class, which can even make you forget that you are exercising. Hot yoga, hula classes, pole dancing, trapeze and barre are a few options.

Yes, that’s really me!

New Sport 

If there are no alternative exercise classes that take your fancy, taking up a new sport is a great way to get back into exercise. 5-a-side football, running, cycling and swim-ming are all great options, whilst walking basketball and walking football are fantastic new low-impact sports targeted at those that are unable to run whether it is due to age or injury. One great aspect of participating in sport is that it has a social aspect, which can be a huge motivation for sticking with it.

Alternative Activities

In addition to classes and sport, there are many activities that you could take up which are great fun and also good exercise. These include skateboarding, rollerblading and scooter riding. The latter is a particularly good option as it can be much easier to pick up than the other two and scooters can be found for affordable prices from places like Skate Hut.

Workout Buddy

If you exercise solo it can be very easy to stop. If you enlist a workout buddy, how-ever, it will encourage you to keep going as you are both in it together. It can also make workouts more enjoyable when you have somebody to talk to and motivate you. By working together, you are both more likely to achieve your individual goals and you have somebody alongside you who can monitor your progress.

Apps

There is an app for everything these days. There are hundreds of excellent fitness apps which can be used for a huge range of purposes, including tracking your progress, counting calories, working towards goals with other app users and conquering virtual worlds by achieving real-life exercise goals.

My Zombies, Run! App

Finding the motivation to exercise can be really difficult and particularly once you break your workout habit. These tips are a few fun and easy ways to get motivated and achieve your fitness goals.

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