Summer Home Improvements

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Summer is always a great time for home improvements. The sunshine and longer days make you feel like you have more time to play with, and with the lockdown, we had so much time. We made the most of the extra time spent at home by doing some summer home improvements. We have been really busy working on our house and I am impressed with how much work we have done already. Prior to the home improvements, our house was looking pretty tired. We have been in our house for over 7 years now and we haven’t really devoted time to redecorating since we moved. I switch things up here and there, but nothing extreme until this summer.

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Before this big home redecoration, the most we ever did was to get new curtains and blinds a while ago. The Yorkshire Fabric Shop is a great store to shop for fabrics for blinds, curtains, so it is worth looking on their website for fabric furnishing ideas. We also decorated the children’s room some years ago and we do get new home furniture every now and again. However, this is the first time we went all out in home decoration.

Plastering and Painting

The first thing we started off with was plastering and painting. We only just finished painting the whole house some weeks ago. M did it all and it was a lot of work. We opted to use the same colour to keep things simple, and the cream paint and white doors work so no need to change it.

Redecorating the Children’s room

The kiddies got new beds. They have outgrown their toddler beds, so we decided to go for single beds for them. They love them and the single beds look great. I love the fact that they come with some storage to store extra bits neatly. You can never have too much storage. The twins also got some new bedroom furniture and a reshuffling of their bedroom. The redecoration has given the room a new look. It looks brand new!

Deep Summer Cleaning

We were able to deep clean the house. Since we were moving furniture about, we got the golden opportunity to clean so many corners and spots we haven’t been able to reach in years. It was so amazing to give the whole house a good deep clean.

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Have you had any summer home improvements done? Do you enjoy decorating?

 

Tips for coping in the heatwave

Coping in the heatwave has been hard. It has been very warm this week here in Cheshire, England. The weather has been so sunny and humid. It has been a struggle to stay comfortable indoors especially at nighttime. I don’t cope well in extremely warm temperatures. When it gets too warm, I struggle to stay on top of everything. The heat makes it ten times harder to concentrate but I have found some tips that have helped me cope better in the heatwave.

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Tips for coping in the heatwave
Drink more water

I find myself drinking more water when it is warm, which is good. Drinking water regularly keeps me cool and hydrated. It also does wonders for my skin, leaving it clean and clear. You should also drink little cups of water here and there even when you don’t feel thirsty. This will replace all the fluids you are losing from sweat. Try to stick to drinking just water as much as possible.

Keep the blinds and curtains closed during the day

This helps keep the heat out, leaving your house cool, which helps you sleep better. Leaving the blinds and curtains down during the day is the oldest trick to deal with the heatwave.

Take regular cool showers

I take cool showers during the heatwave at least twice a day. This cools me down, gets rid of the sweat, and allows me to sleep better. The kids really enjoy cool showers too when it gets really warm. Try not to get the water too cold though so your body doesn’t react negatively. At the end of the day, you should be sticking to temperatures you are comfortable with.

Replace your duvet with a thinner fabric

When it gets really warm, I get rid of my duvet and use a thinner fabric as a cover up. It helps me sleep better.

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Run your wrists under a cold tap

Running cold water on your wrists will lower your body temperature.

Wear light, loose clothing

Wearing light, loose clothing will keep you comfy when the weather gets really warm. In a heatwave, the last thing you want is to have to do with tight clothing soiled in sweat.

Spritz your face with water

This is one of my favourite things to do when the weather gets unbearable warm. Spritzing my face with cool water keeps my body temperature low. I like to keep my little bottle in the fridge so the water is cool for when I need it.

How are you coping in the heatwave? I can’t wait until it is all over and normal weather comes back. Please share your tips for coping in the heatwave.

 

 

Product Review: Homemade Hand Wash

Hey, beauties! Happy new month. Welcome to the month of July. I wrote a post a few months ago about how to make a hand wash with essential oils. It was in the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown and we were struggling to get them from the shops. The struggle to get a decent bottle of hand wash is still real. The cheaper options are almost impossible to find and you have to just go with whatever you see in the stores. This is one of the reasons why I decided to make my own hand wash.

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I have been playing with the idea of making haircare and skincare for us for some time. The hair oils were easy for me to start off with, so we have loads of those. However, making skincare and other household products have been on my mind for months, and I am glad to finally get started with this hand wash as my first household product.

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Homemade Hand Wash

The details of all products used can be found here with links, so I won’t be repeating them here. You can grab all on the products on Amazon, so do check the links out.

We are forever running out of hand wash in our house thanks to the kiddies. I think they find the whole hand washing fascinating and are forever washing their hands, which is a good thing. It’s great to be able to make our own homemade hand wash. It means we will never run out of hand wash even if they are out of stock in the stores. I followed all the steps in how to make hand wash with essential oils post, so do have a read on there if you missed that post. The only extra product I added was an Orange essential oil. I wanted some more fragrance and this oil did the work great.

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It took me under 30 minutes to make this handwash and that includes the time it took me taking the photos. Here are the pros and cons –

PROS
  1. It smells amazing thanks to the Lavender, Tea Tree, and Orange Essential Oils.
  2. I love the texture of the oil, thanks to the Almond Sweet Carrier Oil. It is so moisturising. My hands feel clean and moisturised like I have applied some hand cream after using this hand wash.
  3. It is a natural product. No preservatives have been added.
  4. I love that it foams really well and washes great too!
  5. It is super easy to make.
CONS

None.

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Are you into making homemade products? What do you think of this homemade hand wash?

 

 

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