Charity of the Month – Battle Scars

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well. The Charity of the Month blog series is all about supporting charities that are close to my heart, and Battle Scars is one of them.

I recently came across this amazing charity on LinkedIn and I have been following their work ever since. Battle Scars is a charity set up to provide local, regional, national as well as international support around self-harm. The aim of the charity is to break down the stigma surrounding self-harm, raise awareness, dispel myths and provide support to those who need it. Many people battle with all sorts of scars privately for various reasons and sometimes they may feel like there is no help available to get them out of their predicament. This is why charities like Battle Scars are really important. They do an amazing job and provide a great service to those who are at a vulnerable season in their lives.

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Charity of the Month – Battle Scars

Battle Scars is a small dedicated 100% survivor-led charity. The team runs a Facebook group providing peer support all around the clock. They also offer training for professionals on self-harm and eating disorders on set dates.

How to Support Battle Scars

You can support this charity by donating here or by purchasing the Battle Scars Bracelets for £1 each to help raise awareness and encourage those who may be privately battling with self-harm. All profits go back into the services offered by the charity.

It is also possible for you to become a Battle Scars member to help in the running of the charity. You can find out how to get involved here.

Which charities are close to your heart? Please share your names in the comments section and do share this post on your social media platforms to help raise more awareness for Battle Scars.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day, and check out other charities I support.

 

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Green

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Whether you’re trying to live more sustainably and efficiently or are hoping to add some value to your home—or both—taking measures to make your home more sustainable is a great idea! It wasn’t always so straightforward to make your place of living more sustainable, but now there are plenty of options based on your needs!

Most of the simple tips we’ll explore here come down to our everyday habits and how we use our appliances, but there are also some one-time purchases you can make to create a more sustainable living situation. Let’s dive into some of the ways you can create a green home.

Skip the Dryer

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Using your dryer less and hanging clothes up to dry can help you make big savings on energy use and costs. A lot of measures you can take to be more sustainable in your home will actually save you money. It certainly helps to be able to dry something on the spot, but for the most part a solid drying rack can do the trick.

Use Cold Water for Laundry and Dishes

Using cold water for laundry and dishes usually does the trick just as well, if not better, than using hot water and can help you save on energy use and costs. Most stains come out with cold water in the laundry and because of how much water gets used during a load, shifting to mostly cold water can make a big impact on how green your laundry process is.

Share Your Home With Shrubs

It’s long been known that plants work as an air filter in your home. Plants can help purify the air in your home and if you have enough space for multiple plants or a miniature garden you can plant some herbs and save on costs that way.

Planting your own herbs is pretty simple to manage with some soil, water, and fertilizer, so, depending on your home setup, this can be an enjoyable and sustainable practice.

Install a Water Filter

We know that plastics are a major contributor to pollution and we’re learning more about the effects of microplastics on our bodies. Not everyone knows about how fossil fuels drive the plastic industry but it’s just another big reason to stop using the material.

In order to stop the negative impact of using so much plastic, you might consider installing a water filter and using a reusable water bottle so that you don’t have to worry about buying big packs of water and then recycling the plastic (much of which ends up in a landfill anyway).

Look into Window Treatments

Window treatments are another great way to optimize your home environment and make it greener. Window treatments can help insulate your home and trap heat but also allow for cool airflow from outside depending on the type of treatment and your outside environment.

Curtains can also help with this but, however you do it, the idea is to save on heating and air. If you already have some type of curtain set up, another option is to try some LED lighting for energy efficiency.

However you decide to improve your home in the name of green living, the driving force behind your changes is based on your habits and everyday activities. Small actions can make a big difference, so start small and build a sustainable practice. It might help to leave yourself small reminders by the sink or laundry at first, but after you’ve made it a habit the benefits will start to stack up. Like we said, one of the best things about living green is that you can make a positive impact on the world and your wallet at the same time!

Common Home Interior Design Mistakes You Must Avoid

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Let’s face it: many people go for similar styles when it comes to interior design. Contemporary styles are very popular at the moment, and most home furnishing retailers adapted their product ranges with that in mind.

But, that doesn’t stop people from creating their own unique styles for their homes. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that because it makes sense to come up with style fusions or try things that most other people haven’t done before with their interior design.

However, there are some very obvious mistakes that a few people make when redecorating their homes. If you want to make sure you don’t make them as well, find out more about what you need to avoid doing below:

Poor Lighting Choices

If you’re planning to live in total darkness, you can ignore this section. Otherwise, it’s essential you digest the main takeaway of this part of the article: don’t make poor lighting choices!

One of the most common interior design mistakes people make is leaving their lighting choices as an afterthought. Fantastic lighting can help transform any room into something extraordinary.

When you’re considering your interior design choices, always think about the best type of lighting to complement the colours, styles, and furniture used within each room.

Poor Furniture Choices

It should come as no surprise that one of the top reasons some people aren’t good at home interior design is when they make poor furniture choices. As you can appreciate, the furniture you choose for each room must compliment your interior decor.

For example, if you’ve gone for a contemporary look for your dining room, a round dining table and matching chairs would look quite smart compared to something that would be more in keeping with a Jacobean style.

Similarly, if you’re going for a retro art deco theme for your living room, you wouldn’t necessarily choose a shabby chic TV cabinet.

Crowded Walls

Some folks might seek inspiration for their home decor ideas on websites like Pinterest. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, it’s not always possible to pull off the same look on a “pinned” image.

One example is creating a photo montage wall. Yes, it can be a great way to remind yourself about everything you love in your life by putting up photos of certain people and places. But, you could easily go too far and create a chaotic photographic nightmare.

Consider the amount of space available to you, along with the size of the room, before you decide how many photos to put up on the wall and the dimensions of each frame.

Forgetting to Take Measurements

One final point to bear in mind is that some home dwellers fall in love with certain items of furniture, for example, and believe those items would look great in their homes. Unfortunately, they forget to take any measurements.

As you can imagine, disappointment and frustration will often ensue, especially when they can’t even get said items of furniture through their front or back doors! That’s why it’s always crucial to measure spaces and doorways before buying anything bulky.

 

 

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