How To Make Your Room Feel More Tropical

Do you dream of jetting off to somewhere tropical? The Bahamas would be a good idea or even The Maldives, but why fork out extra pennies when you can make your very own room a tropical paradise? Tropical decor is a trend that has grown in popularity in recent years and plays on brightly coloured accents, oversized foliage and animal prints for a refreshing tropical style.

So, how do you do it? Follow these top tips to bring all things tropical to you.

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Maximise natural light

One way you can easily enhance the natural light in your home is by adding more mirrors or shiny objects so light can project around the room. If you have a few pennies to spare, installing larger windows or doors is a great way to let in the sunshine. Why not try experimenting with paint too? Opt for neutral shades such as taupe, cotton white and beige as these natural colour palettes will act as a reflector to help bounce light around the room and make your space appear more open.

‌Accessorise with bamboo

‌Going green seems to be on everyone’s minds lately and it’s not hard to see why. Bamboo is the perfect way to add a natural, harmonic feel to your home whilst keeping close to mother nature. Bamboo blinds are unique and will change things up from your traditional window coverings – not only does the bamboo provide similar benefits as regular plastic or wooden blinds, but they also add natural textures to your home. You can also use bamboo as freestanding plants, invest in bamboo framed mirrors or even lampshades.

Decorate with seashells

You don’t need to live by a beach to be close to the waters – just add some seashells to your home! Seashells are a unique and cheap way to decorate your home whilst keeping close to nature. You can use shells as freestanding ornaments on fireplaces and coffee tables or place them in rustic clay bowls and clear jars for a minimal but classic look. Another way you can get creative with seashells is by simply decorating anything you like with shells – mirrors, photo frames, lanterns, candleholders and more!

Create an aquarium

Many people have aquariums in their homes of varying sizes. They can be housed anywhere in your home where light is prevalent such as a living room, dining room, kitchen or bedroom. To create your very own aquarium, you’ll need a tank, a stand, an aquarium light, a filtration system, a thermometer, some substrate and a fishnet at the very least. Then, you’ll need to choose the fish, of course!

Why not go for some tropical fish, like a rainbow fish? Adding rainbow fishes to an aquarium will instantly dazzle the room with colour. The bright and vibrant colours of are a popular design choice and can be found in many graphics, patterns or even in game designs like the sisters of oz wowpot. You can also go with vibrant sand or gravel to enhance the colours even more.

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Add plants as décor

‌Plants are a great way to add some natural colour to your home. Whether you’re a full-time ‘plant mom’ or you’re slowly introducing yourself to all things green, plants will instantly make your home feel more tropical. You can start by having fun with vines – use these to decorate around mirrors, on top of fireplaces and even on shelves to create a free-falling look. Freestanding plants are still popular too! You can experiment with different sizes and strategically place them around your home wherever feels fit. Remember, you don’t have to experiment with real plants if you don’t want to. Faux plants are just as great.


Whether you’re redoing your room on a budget or have a bit of cash to spare, there are endless options that you can turn to make your room feel more tropical. From in-house aquariums to bamboo furnishings and vibrant plant additions, you’ll never be too far away from a tropical paradise with these top tips.



5 Ways to Support STEM habits in Children

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Since I ventured into the amazing world of STEM some years ago, I have grown more and more in love with it. The Kiddies are very much into STEM. It comes so naturally to them. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and my children can spend hours exploring tech, maths and science topics, and I am finding more and more ways to nurture their interest. If you are wondering how you could support your children’s STEM habits, here are 5 ideas for you –

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Get children involved in STEM related events

If your children’s school supports STEM, then you are in luck as there will be lots of STEM related activities and events to nurture their growing curiosity. However, if this is not the case then it makes sense to find events that will support their learning. A quick online search for STEM events in your area should be sufficient as there are usually loads of options and opportunities to support learning. For more ideas, you could look into attending a family medicine conference that would suit the needs of you and your family.

Shop for STEM toys

Children learn through play and this is why shopping for STEM toys is a great way to support their STEM habits. There are loads of online and in-store retailers for STEM toys so there should be loads of options. I use a few online and the Kiddies love them. It is best to explore the shops based on your children’s ages and the areas of STEM your children are interested in.

Chat about it

As a parent, being involved or interested in STEM helps as you can have great conversation around it with your children. Children can pick up a lot from conversations here and there, so being involved in their daily lives and chatting about things they are interested really supports them. Getting involved in the lives of your children helps nurture their skills and abilities.

Look out for STEM shows

Children spend time watching TV, so another way to encourage their interest is to introduce to age appropriate STEM shows or YouTube channels. That way you can squeeze in more learning time into their screen time, and then it is a win-win. There are so many amazing shows online and on the big screen, so browse for relevant options for your children.

Get STEM games

Getting STEM games is another easy way to support your children’s learning. There are many options when it comes to STEM games. So a quick search on the platform you should deliver loads of ideas. STEM games are great as they help children deliver critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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These ways can help you support your children’s STEM habits, so it is worth exploring if your little ones are interested in science, technology, engineering, or maths!

How do you support your children’s learning? Please share your thoughts in the comments below, let’s chat. Thanks for reading.

The Starting Points of a Successful Workout Routine

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The key to a healthy lifestyle is very simple: you need to nourish your body with the right things and you need to be stronger. One of the key biomarkers of longevity and health is to be stronger. Naturally, a good workout routine, in combination with the right diet for you will do you wonders. The hardest thing for many of us is wondering where to begin. Let’s break it down and ensure that you know your foundations so you can build yourself into a healthier lifestyle.

Go Slow 

In fact, you need to go slower than you think. Many of us feel like we need to dive headlong into exercise because we had enough of feeling the way we do or are fed up with our weight. But before you start investing in comfy racerback bras and running sneakers, you’ve got to start by asking yourself why. The why is so important to the solution of your fitness routine. Do you want to lose X amount of lbs? Do you want to fit into a specific dress? Do you want to run a 10k? When you are designing your fitness programme, you’ve got to consider your fitness goals and you’ve got to progress slowly. 

You don’t want to overtrain because this will make you feel more fatigued and you could injure yourself. You may think that you’ve got to hit the gym 3 days a week. Starting out, you’ve got to do one session a week that will ensure that you increase your strength, range of motion, and endurance.

Know How to Monitor Your Progress

A lot of us love to just dive in. The key to monitoring your progress is not just to see how far you’ve come, but it can give you a hefty dose of reality. You may find that you’ve got to exercise a bit more to see the improvements, but you might find that you are doing just enough to meet your goals. 

Additionally, monitoring your progress is key for motivation. Everybody feels that they can get knocked off course. Having the ability to monitor your progress will give you the key to understanding how far away from your goals you really are. If you are on course, you start to realise that the end goal is in sight. When you have achieved your goal, you merely switch to another goal.

Listen to Your Body

As you begin your fitness program, you need plenty of time to warm up and cool down. you also need to realise that you don’t have to completely do all of your exercises at once; in fact, micro doses could be just as beneficial and a cheaper option than going to the gym. It’s also important to be flexible because if you’re not feeling great, you should allow yourself permission to take time off. If you do not rest properly, it can knock you further off course.

People are constantly making mistakes, and they think it is about diving in. The reality is that if you give yourself the foundations, it will make everything far more effective.



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