Give Your Home A New Lease Of Life*



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Perhaps you're someone who loves a new project or maybe your home is just in need of some serious TLC, whatever the reason, if you're looking to give your home a new lease of life then there are some home improvement ideas to consider! 

Make The Switch From Carpet To Wooden Flooring


Although carpets can look fantastic, especially if they're of the plush and luxurious variety, they can also prove to be high maintenance. Not only do they require a lot of cleaning and upkeep, but they can also look worn in places after a certain period of time. If you're an allergy sufferer then they can also be problematic. 
Wooden flooring on the other hand, still looks great yet tends to be much lower maintenance. Wooden floors are generally much easier to keep clean and in terms of aesthetics, if you're looking to give your home a fresher more modern vibe, then Engineered Wood Flooring could definitely be the way to go. This type of flooring is an incredibly durable option which can adapt to changes in heat and moisture, thus preventing permanent warping. All positives if you ask me! 

Add A Conservatory



Adding a conservatory to your property can potentially increase its value, they also look great. I personally love ours. Not only is it a relaxing room that allows in plenty of light but it also doubles up as our dining area. Before our extension the kitchen was pretty small and cramped. Having the conservatory built meant all of a sudden there was plenty more space for us at meal times and on a plus it added value to the house. We were lucky in that my dad built ours from scratch although these days there are DIY conservatory kits available. If you're not keen on this idea then be sure to shop around to get a good deal before you part with any cash. 

Look To The Internet For Inspiration




The net is ram packed full of home improvement ideas for every budget so if you're stuck for inspiration then the internet should be your first stop. Look to Pinterest, Instagram or home and living websites for suggestions and tips. 

Choose A Theme



One way to really change up your home is to choose a theme and have it running throughout such as shabby chic, modern luxury, vintage, or even Disney! One of my friends has lots of Disney themed decor and it looks amazing. Teamed with vintage style ornaments and quirky furniture, it makes visiting quite the magical experience!


 
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How To Help Yourself Live Longer*




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Everyone wants to give themselves an opportunity to live longer, and as it shows at USC, people are certainly living longer than usual. So how can we help ourselves live longer?


Keep Yourself Fit
Keeping fit is one of the main ways you’re going to live longer because you’re looking after your health and making sure the body is getting enough daily exercise in order to continue it’s bodily functions. Your organs are precious, and therefore, it’s good to do everything to help keep them young and healthy. Find an exercise or fitness class that you’ll enjoy. There’s no point in doing exercise that you don’t like because you won’t be able to maintain it. 

Look After Your Mental Health
As much as your physical fitness is important, so too is your mental health. There’s certainly been a lot more conversation about mental health and how it impacts your general wellbeing overall. We don’t talk about mental health enough though, and many can suffer in silence, which is never any good. Speak to friends and family about how you’re feeling and never let those feelings take over your happiness or impact your health as it so easily does to many people.


Cut Out Smoking And Drinking
The two bad habits for your body is smoking and drinking. Both are effectively poisons, and over time, it can certainly have a dramatic impact on your body. As they’re both an addictive substance, it’s something that’s not easily something that you can cut out. So you can start by cutting back and try to avoid the triggers that make you smoke or drink alcohol. Whether that’s being around certain people or in a particular environment. Try to find healthier alternatives that can help you avoid both these things. 


Take Daily Multivitamins
We get the vitamins and nutrients that our body needs from things we eat but not all of us have the same palette, and we all live in different environments. So getting more vitamins into your body is something you can do with daily vitamins. This could be iron tablets or cod liver oil and can make a huge difference in the way you feel overall. Always consult your doctor or nutritionist when it comes to taking tablets because you don’t want to put your body in a position where it’s taking too many vitamins. 


Keep Up With Healthcare Appointments
We can all get busy, and the first thing that’s impacted by that is our health and going for regular checkups. It’s good to keep a priority on doctors appointments, dental care, and other relevant appointments like eye care. Whenever you get a reminder for an appointment, prioritize it in your diary so that you don’t forget. Never be afraid to get in touch with any of the above if you don’t feel right or something feels wrong. 

With these tips, you’ll be able to live a much longer and healthier life, which is what we all really want, right? 

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6 Great Reasons To Get A Degree*




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Whether you've been to university in the past, or it's something that you have always put off, it is never too late to go back to education. 

Life can get in the way of your goals. You may have started a family, or got stuck into your career with the full intention of finding the opportunity to return to studying. 

Luckily, it's never been easier to return to education, and getting a degree or a postgraduate qualification is obtainable by anyone, regardless of your situation. 

Career Change

If you're looking for a change in careers, returning to education might be helpful here. Degrees offer a good jumping-off point for gaining the skills and knowledge that you need to obtain a role in a new profession.

If you have finished a degree, but want to move into another area, consider studying teaching at Rutgers online.

Earn More Money

Graduates earn more money. They have a great deal to offer prospective employers, such as problem-solving skills, a high degree of knowledge, as well as the commitment it takes to undertake a big project.

As such, when applying for roles where a degree is beneficial, push for a higher salary as you will bring value to your new employer. 

Build Confidence

Getting a qualification can make you feel a great deal more confident. Completing a degree can be a considerable achievement. 

If you have been scared to study, or have put off doing it, then you might have built up a lot of negative feelings like regret. By getting out there are starting to study, you will begin to feel as though you are doing something positive for yourself. 

Networking

Some of the people you meet while studying for a degree can become lifelong friends. Often, you will end up on a similar career path following your degree, and you will naturally create a supportive bond that can help you both greatly. 

There Will Be Extra Opportunities

Within your degree, there will be lots of opportunities for you to get involved in other areas of university life. You might be able to help out with research projects that Ph.D. students or tutors are working on. These might be innovative works that are quite revolutionary. This experience can not only be massively beneficial to your career, but it can also be a great deal of fun. 

Learning Can Be Fun

Lots of people study for pleasure if you're lucky enough you can keep returning to study repeatedly throughout your life. Finding a subject area that you are passionate about can make you excited to go to your next lecture or research all of your papers. 

With flexibility in how, when, and where you study, there are fewer excuses to keep putting your future off. Start making a list of possible courses that might suit you, and look at how you go about applying. The only thing stopping yourself from going to get the education that you have always been destined to have is you.

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Easy Money Making Hacks You Should Try!*



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So you’re looking for a way to make a bit of extra cash on the side? The thing is when you’ve got a full-time job, it can be hard to make time for other projects. However, if you commit to setting aside a little time after work each day, you’ll be surprised what you can achieve. If you're looking for some easy and quick ways to make more money, here come a few ideas that might just do it for you! 

Sell stuff on etsy 

If you’re the creative type, why not take a little look at Etsy to get inspired? Etsy is a huge online marketplace of small shops whereby sellers can find customers for a range of handmade and other items. Starting up an Esty shop is easy, and the fees for selling are low. You’ll just have to decide what it is you can sell. If you can draw, why not sell some framed prints of your work? If you can knit, why not knit some chunky scarves in bright colours? Get crafty and use your imagination because people love handmade items and will often pay you a nice price for them. 

Rent out a room  

Plenty of people these days make extra money with little effort via renting their spare rooms. You can do this on hosting sites for guests and passing travellers. If you have a spare room, or perhaps an apartment, this can be a great way to earn you some cash. You can also benefit from meeting new people from different parts of the world. Always be vigilant and vet your guests to find the right people and stay safe. For rental spaces abroad you can use rental management services, or gestion alquiler vacacional, to take the hassle out of renting your space. These services can also help you to rent  your place at a fantastic price. 

Sell unwanted items 

We are all guilty of having items in our homes that we do not use or want. Why not make it your mission to go declutter your home to find anything that you can sell? You would be surprised what your unwanted things might mean to someone else, and there are plenty of apps out there these days to quickly and easily sell your stuff! 

Blogging 

Starting a blog can be a sure-fire way to make some money if you know how to do it. First, of course, you’ll need to decide what topics your blog will cover. If you know a specialised subject like IT, you could blog about this? If you are a keen traveller, you could use your blog to talk about your experiences. You will be able to make money via, for instance, adding affiliate links in your content or placing ads on your site. 

Sometimes it can be tricky to know where to start when you want to earn some extra cash. But with these easy ways, you could soon be immersed in a big side-hustle that you love! 

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What Can I do About Stained Teeth?*


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​For most people tooth hygiene and care is right at the top of their priorities, it's pretty much the first thing we do in the morning, and when we 'remember' the last thing we do at night. But as we get older the likelihood that stains will set in is just an unavoidable part of life.

The fact is with so many products on available on the market, it can be difficult to know which are the good from the bad. Often you can find yourself forking out a small fortune and seeing little to no positive result, and of course this doesn't just refer to cosmetic whitening of teeth. It refers to the whole of the cosmetic industry too.

Before Application of first Teeth Whitening Strips

Fortunately I have a little bit of a head start as my partner is a dental nurse and so she gave me some pointers. I have been fairly impressed with the results so far, especially as I must drink a few gallons of tea per day. Now it is easy for the rich and famous to jet abroad to the States or to have some Harley Street wizard sort out their gnashers, but what about for the rest of us. 

Other than a 'clean and polish' every 6 months at the dentist and a good scrub with a toothbrush, for most people that is the extent to which they 'whiten' their teeth. We always hear about the newest latest and greatest in whitening formulas used in toothpastes, but does anyone ever see any kind of real effects to using them after a fortnight or so?


Just looks as if you are wearing a gumshield, but much less irritating.

In search for a slightly brighter smile ( I don't wish to go to bright like some celebs I could mention) I decided to give some whitening strips a go which I found at Pro Teeth Whitening Co. on Amazon. They were really affordable and so I thought why not give it a try. I have only being doing them for 5 days so far but I believe they are starting to show some improvement already. I have a fourteen day pack, and shall upload a photograph at the end of the fortnight as well as one here with the progress made so far (below). Excuse the cheesy grin.


After 6 days i think there is already a definite improvement, both photos taken in the same lighting conditions etc.

Definitely worth a try I'd say, and they are really simple to use and you just wear the strips for half an hour before peeling off and then brushing your teeth. It's a much more economically viable option for anyone out there looking to improve there smile a touch. Also these teeth whitening strips with activated charcoal will not harm the enamel on your teeth which is a huge selling point for me personally.

The ones I used can be found on special offer at the moment on Amazon.

As little as I know about dental care, I do know that once enamel goes it doesn't grow back, (or at least I think I know that?). This is important as corrosion of enamel is something I'm trying to limit (by cutting down on sugary products and eliminating fruit juices from my diet.

So many dental care products actually damage the health of the tooth in the long run, but for the sake of a quick solution people do not look for the genuinely harmless products. Therefore it just seemed like a good idea to try this one.

If you fancy giving these whitening strips a whirl then be sure to use this Amazon discount code for 10% off! Discount code: WHITENING



Written By MD


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