Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite: How To Protect Your Home Against Unwanted Guests - Guest Post By Audrey Taylor

Though the occasional visit from an insect or two isn’t anything to worry about, they are definitely considered as unwanted guests. In some cases, they are only bugging you, but that might not be all they do. If they make themselves at home, they can damage your home, like termites, or they can negatively affect the health of your family. There is no quick solution that will last forever, but with a set of rules, your household will remain bug-free and not at the expense of your health.
Below there are some crucial steps to take if you want the pests out of your home.

Keep the house clean

Keeping the bugs out of your home is just one more reason to maintain a clean and organized home. If it is possible, tidy the table and dishes straight away after every meal. Vacuum and clean behind and under every piece of furniture as almost any nook and cranny can be a good breeding ground.
Seal your leftovers in plastic containers and store in the fridge and make sure all household supplies like flour and sugar are well protected from the vermin. Also, make sure that the disposed of food is closed so that the bugs cannot reach it.

Keep the house in check

During the regular cleaning inspections of your house and surrounding features check for possible changes and occurrences of insects. Ants tend to scout first, so seeing one is not a problem as long as their friends don’t tag along. If you live in a house and you have a wood supply store it away from the house to minimize the risk of bugs doing inside your home.
Also, regularly check all water features, like fountains but also pipes and drainages. If you have leaks, mend them or call a plumber as a small amount of water leaking can escalate to a big bug problem. Your roof, attic or basement can be pleasant options for the unwanted critters unless you beat them to it. Make sure they are thoroughly insulated and check on them as often as possible.

Seal all the cracks

No matter how much you clean your house and how much you check your home for possible bug infestations, as long as you don’t seal up your home there will always be a bug that will get in. Primarily check around all doors and windows and closeup all the gaps you see. This is also a solution that will make your home better insulated, and so it will be more energy-efficient and cost-effective.

Keep the doors and windows closed and put up some screens

As a home isn’t a vacuum, and it shouldn’t be one, the critters can always come through entrances you use all the time. The obvious solution is to always close the doors behind you, but you also need to let air in and out, don’t you? Putting up some retractablefly screens can save you from the pests but also allow you to breathe in the fresh air. Unlike the old-fashioned ones, you can take the screens away, when they aren’t needed.

Pesticides or herbs

To top it all up you can always go for pesticides, but there are other options which are safer to use around your family and pets, which are more environmentally-friendly and which are also quite useful in repelling bugs. Herbs, either as plants or part of DIY combos, and other products can be completely safe and easy to use. You can clean your counters with vinegar and/or grow some lemongrass in the garden to repel flies and other bugs.
Make small pouches filled with herbs like mint and lavender and hang them in your wardrobe. Your clothes will smell great and be free of moths.
You can also make your own aromatic combination to keep the bugs away. Some of them are quite simple, like the one in which you just cut a lemon in half and insert a few strands of clove into the middle. It smells great to humans but bugs can’t stand them.

Protecting your home is much easier than it might seem. Your home doesn’t have to be completely shut away from the world or without any sign of dirt. Actually, all you need is the right amount of protection. Keep your house orderly and clean and prevent access to food. While you are cleaning check for any possible bug ingress and close all possible ways of entering your house. Put up screens on your doors and windows and look up different herbs you can plant or which you can buy and put around your house to drive them away. With these few hacks, your unwelcome guests will be driving home in no time.

Audrey Taylor was born in San Francisco, and moved to Adelaide at the age of five. Marketer researcher and social media manager on hold, full - time mommy of a cheerful two-year-old. Graduated from Queensford college, worked in a couple of marketing agencies across Australia, eager to learn more about business and share her experiences. Traveled across Europe. Her hobbies include: home decor, fashion, travel, music, old movies. You can find Audrey on Twitter

Wedding Planning Mistakes To Avoid*

*This is a collaborative post*

Wedding planning is exciting but it can also be very stressful. After all, there are so many different things that need to be considered, from your wedding dress and the table settings to the flowers and the music. And that is without even mentioning the guest list and the seating plan, which can often be the most difficult! With that being said, read on to discover some of the most common wedding planning mistakes people make so that you can avoid making them.

Listening to other people and adhering to their requests - You will be shocked by how many cheeky requests you get in the build-up to your wedding. People will ask you if they can sit next to their preferred friends at the wedding breakfast. There are then those who even ask if they can bring a friend along. Oh, and if you’re lucky, they will offer to pay for it, but that’s not really the point, is it? It is your wedding, so don’t give into the demands of others. Otherwise, you will find that it never ends.

Doing things before you have put together the guest list - You should not plan anything until you have a guest list. It can be exciting to order your save-the-dates and to look into the flower centrepieces you are going to have for your tables, but until you know the number of people you are going to be inviting, you won’t know your budget, and, therefore, it is impossible to work out exactly what you need.

Not hiring a wedding planner - Last but not least, trying to take on the entire task of planning a wedding yourself is admirable, but it is hard work - very hard work! There is a reason why people do this for a full-time job, as that is the level of effort that is required. Hiring a wedding planner will make your life so much easier, as they will know exactly what needs to be done and when, and they will have all of the contacts to make the process straightforward.

As you can see, there are a number of different mistakes that people tend to make when it comes to wedding planning. Hopefully, this will help you to make sure your wedding planning goes a lot smoother. It is important to remember that this is meant to be the best day of your life, so don’t worry about all of the stresses or what other people say to you, and focus on what you want instead.

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4 Things All Brides Should Consider For Their Wedding Day*

*This is a collaborative post*

Every bride wants to make their wedding day as special and unique as possible. As you already know, planning a wedding takes up so much of your time and brain power, so it’s likely that smaller details of your wedding might slip your mind for a little while. With larger details such as arranging your catering company, it’s understandable that you’d forget about something as small as your bouquet. Having a unique wedding doesn’t have to mean arranging large over the top things, so take a look at these four things that all brides should consider for their wedding day.

Giving your guests cameras

One thing that every bride and groom wants to do after their wedding is look out for photos captured by guests. It gives you an idea of how much fun everyone had because as you’ve probably been told, your wedding day will go by so fast, and you’ll be unable to speak to everyone all in one go. Why not put a few disposable cameras on each table so that your guests are able to take pictures of your day too. Sometimes the more natural and in the moment pictures are the ones that mean the most.

Planning a surprise for your bridesmaids

While you’re grateful for everyone that’s attending your wedding, it’s likely that your bridesmaids and maid of honour have put a lot of work into making your day as special as possible. Why not plan a nice surprise as a thank you for your bridesmaids to show how grateful you are? Perhaps you could buy them a nice gift from Glitzy secrets to give them on the morning of your wedding day for them to wear? It will mean the world to them and it’s the perfect gesture from a very grateful bride.

Stepping out of tradition

Some brides love the idea of a traditional wedding, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you’re really looking to make your wedding unique, consider stepping out of tradition with a few of the details at your wedding. Perhaps you’ll have your furry friend walk down the aisle with you, or maybe you fancy the idea of being married by your best friend. You can become ordained online these days, and it adds a super personal touch to your wedding day! You could even change up who’s going to make a speech at your wedding. So, rather than have just the groom and his best men make a speech, why not have you and your maid of honour make one too?

Think about unique wedding photo ideas

We touched on wedding photos earlier, and if you like the idea of having non traditional wedding photos to look back on, then you should speak to your photographer about some wedding photo alternatives so that they can get a grasp on what you and your groom want for your wedding. Perhaps you could opt for pictures of your hands just after becoming man and wife on top of a newspaper with the date of your wedding day? It’s also a great idea to have some fun pictures taken to use as thank you cards for your guests!

A Guide to Rugby Uniform & Equipment

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*This post is in collaboration with Media Buzzer*

Rugby is perhaps the toughest of all full contact sports, yet the players wear minimal protection when compared to American football or ice hockey. The game has a well-earned reputation for being extremely physical, with players regularly being injured and with that in mind, here is a rundown of the correct clothing and equipment every rugby player should wear prior to walking onto the field of play.

ü  Rugby Jersey – This item of clothing must be extremely tough and durable to resist the fierce tugging and pulling that occurs during a game. There are, of course, many different team designs and if you would like to create your own team colours, there are online suppliers with a trusty rugby kitdesigner form that allows you to design your own kit. The best material for a rugby shirt is a combination of cotton and lightweight polyester and the shirt would ideally be tight fitting, which helps prevent shirt tugging.

ü  Rugby Shorts – These are traditionally made from strong cotton and polyester and like the shirts, they must endure some heavy punishment. The shorts have reinforced stitching and forward players are often hoisted into the air by their shorts in a line out, so the stitching must be very strong. There is an informative article that examines the various kititems a rugby player would wear which you can refer to.

ü  Rugby Socks – Like all team sports, the players wear knee length socks, yet this item of kit has very little practical use and they are worn in a traditional sense. Typically made from cotton, rugby socks are very long and often, the top section is folded over, offering some leg protection for the players. If you are thinking of starting your very own team, there are online suppliers of all things rugby and with state of the art customisation forms, you can easily design your own kit.

ü  Rugby Boots – Most players wear boots that they prefer and this is the only kit item that can be different. There are many famous brands of rugby boots and each player would have his own preferences regarding footwear. All rugby boots have studs to give extra grip on the turf and while in former times, the boots would cover the ankles, fast players prefer boots that allow free ankle movement, although they offer less protection.

ü  Mouth Guard – This is an essential addition to any rugby player’s attire and it is designed to protect the player’s teeth and gums. The modern mouth guard can be inserted into hot water and then placed in the mouth and it will form to the shape of the teeth and gums, providing complete protection.

Despite the obvious physical dangers, rugby is a very popular sport and there are online suppliers of everything you need to play this very demanding game.


Mum Life - A Guide To Keeping Sane By Jenny Slack

How incredible is it to be a parent? The role can best be described as a curious mix of life-affirming, joyful, tiring, heartening, maddening, gratifying and, in short, pretty darn all-consuming. We adore our children. Their very existence enables us to experience a unique kind of love that we never even knew we were capable of feeling.

But, blimey - it truly is a relentless duty. The newborn stage alarmingly so, when you find yourself hastily thrust into the deep end of motherhood, rescued only by brief periodical windows of respite when the little one drops off to sleep. The decision of how to use this limited time most wisely is paramount - Do I give in to the ever-present temptation to sleep? Do I have my lunch, being that I have no idea when I last ate? Do I deal with the laundry pile (a.k.a. Everest), in light of the fact that today I am down to the last of my clean tops? Speaking of the pursuit of fresh clothing, perhaps you too know precisely how it feels to unwittingly transition from being someone who formerly took some semblance of pride in being well dressed, to a bedraggled soul who doesn’t think twice before pulling on yesterday’s sick-splattered jeans. The endeavour to always put the best version of one’s self out there becomes less of a focus and is replaced instead by something essentially more primal. Put simply; survival.

The peaceful haven that the home once served as has been substituted for the main setting in which the story of your parenthood plays out, looking increasingly like a bomb site as time progresses as opposed to a place capable of acting as any kind of sanctuary. Unavoidably, all manner of dubious substances make constant contact with our household possessions, and keeping the home clean and hygienic becomes an ever more difficult task. But, what’s the prime furnishing that suffers? The answer is indisputable: The flooring. Which so happens to be the most fundamental item of all furnishings, right?

Maybe you have already altered features of your home to suit the practicalities of having children. Ripping up the carpet and replacing it with hard flooring is an instinctive move for some, and one that’s often contrary to what many would actually choose for their abode otherwise. What would be your preference? Would you opt for the warmer, more comfortable option of a plush carpet if you knew that it was able to cope with the wear and tear unleashed upon it by our riotous children?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to have it all; kids and their ensuing chaos coupled with a well-maintained house and quality furnishings in which to dress it. Well, I just might have the answer for you, as far as your flooring is concerned, at least. A way you can keep the carpet, keep the child and keep your cool when that cup of milk is hurled across your timeless rug and suite. At the end of the day, when devoting all your efforts to the mammoth task of parenthood, I’d say you deserve to be able to have nice things of lasting quality. Afford yourself this luxury whilst keeping up with life’s daily balancing act. Allow me to tell you how…

Better Protect is the new best friend for clean-home enthusiasts up and down the country. Upon a simple spritz or two, its job is to:

        Build an invisible, resilient layer on the surface of soft furnishings, forming a barrier against dirt and stains
        Act quickly (an essential trait - it’s never very long before a small person or four-legged friend is at war with our carpets and sofas)
        Rescue your soft furnishings from rapid wear and potentially permanent damage from staining

I’ll let you in on a secret. Better Protect is, reputedly, more efficient than anti-stain treatments used by the vast majority of professionals in the carpet care industry. So grab yourself a bottle for the bargain sum of £9.99. Available to buy now from Barton Grange and eBay. Simpy spray it about your home, wherever is applicable, to your heart’s content. And in that once-precarious moment when you notice your child is about to spew some delightful substance over your favourite rug, enjoy the welcome relief that floods over you once you remember that your valuable anti-stain nectar is present and ready to assist.

Looks like your interiors will stand the test of time after all, eh? Just breathe - After all, all is well with your messy little world.

*Post contributed by Jenny Slack

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