Mother’s day gift guide 2020

With Mother’s Day approaching, it can be difficult to decide what to buy. For me, I have to decide on presents for my mum, my step mum, my mother in law and my grandma. It can get difficult trying to pick what to buy everyone.

I have put together some ideas this year and have included personalised ones too 🙂

 

Beauty/Skincare

 

Rubis Classic Scissors

£31

Beauty tools come in so handy and I am always in need of small scissors, whether it is to cut my nails or trim false lashes down, they are really useful to have. I have a pair of Rubis tweezers and they are my favourite pair as they are sharp and precise as well as being easy to use so I would definitely recommend this brand. The scissors are really great quality and a must have beauty tool.

Solid Perfume – Bella

£24

I hate carrying around a perfume bottle as they are so bulky and often the small samples you get end up leaking all over your bag and only last one or two uses so a solid perfume is ideal. It comes in a beautiful compact tin so is ideal to carry around with you and great for travelling. It is so easy to use, you simply use your finger like you would with a tin of lip balm and then apply anywhere on your skin. It has shea butter in too so is easy to apply and kind to your skin. Bella is a refreshing floral scent and really beautiful, you can get it in a range of other scents too.

Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil

£35

I love the Ren Moroccan oil range and always have done. Their body lotion is so lovely but I recently discovered their body oil and fell in love. I smells amazing, as does everything else in the range! You only need a small amount and it makes your skin so soft. It would make the ideal gift for someone that loves a good pamper or deserves one!

Maskologist Lavender Youth Miracle Sheet Masks – 4 Pack

£84.50

Sheet masks are a massive trend right now and Maskologist have created these lovely lavender youth promoting masks. You can buy then singularly or as a pack of 4 and they also do a really nice sounding rose one to help your skin glow. The lavender youth miracle mask helps to reset the skin, making it plumper and more radiant. It leaves your skin feeling amazing and looking so fresh. It is pretty much a professional facial in a box! These masks are completely biodegradable as they are created without the plastic mesh base structure of other hydrogel masks so once used they are fully dissolvable in water so can be used as a body treatment in the bath, bonus 🙂

The Manta – Hairbrush

£25

This is honestly the best hairbrush I have ever tried! It is so easy to hold and it is flexible so it can bend to suit your scalp. It is a lot less harsh than other brushes out there so helps to prevent breakage and as a plus, it can also be used on wet hair. A lot of times you see specific brushes for wet hair as this is when your hair is most vulnerable but this one is safe to use all of the time. It comes in a few different colours and I think the white and rose gold one looks so pretty!

Prezzybox – Handmade Wellbeing Bath Melts Collection

£9.99

This beautiful set is vegan, cruelty free and  free from harsh chemicals,. It would be ideal for anyone that loves a good pamper and loves a nice bath. Made with essential oils, each carries natural benefits, and ensures a relaxing bath. They are beautifully made too and look too nice to use!

They come in 4 different scents – sweet orange (happiness), geranium (balance), eucalyptus (clarity) and lavender (relax).

The Healing Hut – Pregnancy Massage Oil

£12.50

The healing hut have an amazing range of vegan and cruelty free skincare products. The pregnancy oil is a calming lavender blend created to help soften your skin. It is ideal to use whilst pregnant or once given birth to help with any stretch marks. An ideal pampering gift for an expectant mother or a new mother 🙂

The Healing Hut – Pro-age Eye Cream

£12

This organic eye cream is ideal for normal, mature and tired looking skin. It contains natural oils and extracts to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles. As with the rest of this range, it is vegan and cruelty free. I find that I much prefer putting natural products near my eyes as they are very sensitive so something like this is great for anyone with sensitive skin too.

The Healing Hut – Ultra-hydrate Chamomile and Jasmine Night Cream

£15

Night cream is important to use as this is when your skin rejuvenates itself and when the products have time to work. Jasmine and Chamomile are especially good for dry and sensitive skin, they work together to regenerate cells and combat inflammation. The scent is beautiful and having this applied to your face by your nose can also help you to relax and sleep better. I think this would be great for new mothers that maybe aren’t spending much time or money on themselves as a little pick me up and treat.

The Healing Hut – Apple and Avocado Face Mask

£12

I really do recommend the healing hut products, especially if you are buying from someone that lives a vegan/cruelty free/organic lifestyle. Their products are really well priced and made with a lot of care and love. They are the ideal pamper products to treat someone to. Doing a face mask can be really relaxing as well as good for your skin.

Clay face masks are great for all skin types and the perfect booster for your skin when it’s not looking its best. Clay is particularly good for fighting inflamed or oily skin. Apple, Avocado and Aloe all contain antioxidants and vitamins A,C and E to protect the skin against environmental damage, and ageing.

 

Homeware

 

Asda Photo – Photo Slate 7.5″ x 5.5″

£11

I wanted to get a nice photo of my myself with my mum for her to display as she has just moved house and is in the middle or decorating and adding pictures and ornaments etc. I have used Asda before for personalised products and have always been impressed with the price and quality. The picture is printed on a piece of slate with s a stand and you can have it made in various sizes. I thought this would look really nice on display.

Asda Photo – Personalised Porcelain Mug

£10

The personalised mugs from Asda are a really great quality too. Their online tool to customise the layout/size of the photos is so simply to use, I designed and ordered both products straight from my phone. I wanted to get a nice mug for my step mum so opted for a picture from her wedding day to my dad. The picture came out really well and the mug looks really good!

Live In The Light – Candle Gift Box

£25

I have mentioned live in the light before, they are one of my favourite go to websites for natural skincare and they have released this beautiful candle gift set which would make the ideal present for any candle lover. All of the candles are natural and in the set you get:

Frosted Glass Tumbler – 7.75oz
Medium Tin – 3oz
Large Tin – 6.7oz
Set of 4 Tealights
Large Pillar – 14oz

Scents may vary box to box but the ones I got all smell amazing! You get so much for your money and it’s all packaged really well in a box and is just such a lovely present.

Prezzybox – Copper Plant House

£24.99

This beautiful plant house would be the ideal present for someone wanting to add a bit of greenery to a kitchen or bathroom. I think this would look great on s shelf or window ledge with an aloe vera or cactus in. It has a concrete foundation block and then a copper coloured frame making it look like a little house, really cute!

The Healing Hut – Oriental Jasmine Plant Wax Candle

£6

Jasmine is a proven anti-depressant, the essential oils sweet aroma works to combat moods and boost energy. It can also provide the right scent for the perfect night’s sleep. It is the ideal scent to have in the bedroom. This candle is the perfect size if you wanted to take it with you if you were travelling and struggling to sleep whilst away from home. Candles make a great gift and this one is vegan and cruelty free.

Cardology – Spring Wellies Pop Up Card

£8.50

I don’t usually get cards for people but this is another level! It is a 3D pop up card that is a pair of wellies with flowers coming out of the top and a bird on. I have never seen a card quite like it. I think it’s a great idea and they have so many designs, you can even get one that is a teddy bear! I think it’s really cool!

 

Food & Drink

 

Rhythm 108 – Sweet’N’Salty Almond Bar

Rhythm 108 – Hazelnut Cookie Dough Bar

£1-£2 each

Price varies depending on stockist.

You can purchase boxes direct or if you want to buy singularly you can usually get these in the free from section of supermarkets or independent vegan/health stores.

These are ideal if you are buying for someone with a gluten or dairy allergy or someone that is vegan as all of their products are organic, gluten free and vegan. The cookie dough is even one of your five a day?!

I don’t eat a vegan diet but the chocolate bars are some of the nicest ones I have ever tasted. When I was eating a vegan diet I was obsessed with the hazelnut praline one. They are so tasty and they taste like really posh, high quality chocolate.

These both would make a great gift, whether you want to buy a selection of different ones or treat someone to a big box 🙂

Mummy Meagz – Rocky Road

£1.49 each

This rocky road bar is vegan and gluten free so again this is another ideal treat for anyone that is eating a vegan diet or has a gluten or dairy allergy. I love the design on the packaging and it tastes so good! I am a big rocky road fan and this is the perfect size as a treat and they have so many different flavour bars to pick from 🙂 They even do their own version of a creme egg!

il Gusto – Miniature Oils & Vinegar Gift Set

£24.95

This set contains a great mixture of oils and vinegars in a presentation box. I think this would be great for anyone that is into cooking or looking to better themselves in the kitchen(like myself!). It is a great way to try different flavours I wouldn’t usually have picked up. The set contains 8 x 40ml bottles:

Garlic Oil
Hazelnut Oil
Chilli Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil “LASITHI” – Organic
Raspberry Balsam Vinegar
Mango Balsam Vinegar
Tomato & Basil Balsam Vinegar
Calamansi Balsam Vinegar

I love how they come in a box too and il gusto have so many other bottles to try, you can get some really good gin selection boxes too.

Cricketers – Artisan Gin

£37

Cricketers gin is a small batch, artisan crafted, London Dry Gin. It features the local Berkshire botanicals: wild marjoram, milk thistle and blackberries, these unique flavours harmonise with zesty orange, spicy coriander, and subtle tones of liquorice to deliver an exquisitely smooth juniper-forward gin. It is great mixed with just a plain tonic so you can really appreciate the flavour or you can of course create your own mix by adding it to something flavoured.

This is a must have for any gin lover and not just for people that like cricket!

 

Fashion

 

Seaton Gifts – Heart and Checks Reversible Multicoloured Scarf

£19.95

This beautifully made scarf is reversible. One side of this soft scarf features a check weave in a mixture of vibrant colours accented with navy blue or grey hearts. The other side shows the pattern in reverse with multi coloured hearts against a navy blue or grey background. It has soft frayed edges. The scarf is really soft and would make a really great present, especially this time of year and the colours are great for winter/spring.

Cover-Up Phone Case – New Zealand Paua Shell Explorer Black Case 

£35

Cover-Up have an amazing selection of phone cases made out of wood, stone, felt or shell. The shall range is stunning and they have so many different type of shell to pick from. I think a really stunning, unique phone case like this would be a really good gift. The case is very hard wearing and they come in so many different options as well as lots of different phone models.

The Healing Hut – Necklace

£7

This beautiful necklace is a set of angel wings with a heart hanging in the middle. It is such a lovely piece and very elegant. The healing hut has a good range of jewellery, not all of them are on the online shop at the moment but you can always contact them to find out what they have in stock or visit them if you are local to Hook.

The Healing Hut – Wish Bracelet

£4

I think this bracelet is really sweet and thoughtful. The idea behind it is that you give it to someone as a gift and make a wish, over time as the thread frays it means your wish is coming and eventually when it comes off your wish is meant to come true. It is adjustable and will fit most wrists 🙂

I hope I have given you some good ideas!

Sarah x

*This post contains gifted items*

Quick Ways To Change Your Living Room Over One Weekend

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If you are trying to change the look of your property but there’s not much money to go around you’ve got to do one room at a time. But the question is which one do you do first? When you are trying to transform the feel of a space you’ve got to look at the rooms where you spend the most time. If you and the family spend a lot of time in front of the television the living room can be transformed in so many different ways to alter the feel of the space that you can do it for relatively little cost.

Change The Focal Point

For most people, the focal point in the living room is either the couch or the television. By swapping things around you are changing the layout which gives you a completely different feel. You can naturally invest in a new sofa which can help to dictate a new direction, style-wise. If you’re looking to create something a bit more classical there are furniture builders like Old Charm Furniture that get inspired by the Tudor and Elizabethan era. Incorporating something historical into your living room can inspire you to go in a completely new direction. Once you start to change the focal point you make the space feel completely different.

Incorporate A Gallery Wall

If your living room is full of blank spaces a quick way to inject it with personality is to add a gallery wall. It can become a new focal point but it’s also the perfect opportunity to use old photos and prints, giving your space a contemporary feel while still being homely. If there is a blank wall going spare and you want to inject more of your style and personality, all you need to do is add a few photo frames. If you want to get some inspiration as to what it would look like there are websites like Art Steps that can help you to arrange your prints on a virtual gallery wall so you can see how it will look.

Change The Floor

If you are struggling to make a massive change to your living room but you don’t have much money you’ve got to concentrate your efforts on the floor! If you’ve got carpet ripping it up can easily transform the space. And you can very easily get laminate flooring that slots together meaning that it won’t take long to lay down. Or if you’ve got rustic floorboards underneath the carpet you can paint these over the course of the weekend with minimal cost. At the moment, a rustic look is very popular and if you don’t want to change your living room around but make it look different this is the best approach.

Shaking up your living room can make the space and the house feel completely different. But when we don’t have much money and we’ve got to prioritise our renovations we’ve got to go for the room where we spend the most time. Renovating a property can take a long time but when you’ve only got a weekend, trying these options can make a big difference. 

Sarah x

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2020

With Valentine’s Day coming up I wanted to share some gift ideas with you. No matter who you are buying for, whether it is your partner, future love interest or a friend(for those that celebrate Galentine’s), I have you covered!

Food & Drink

Bumble and Goose – Personalised biscuits

£16.50 a box

A box of eight biscuits that can be delivered straight through a letterbox.. What an amazing idea! You can personalise two of them to say who they are to and who they are from also. The biscuits are packaged well and are stuck to the bottom sheet with a small amount of icing to hold them in place during transit to ensure they arrive in perfect condition. They look so beautiful and they taste amazing!

Prezzybox – Personalised sweet hamper

£39.95

This beautiful basket contains an amazing selection of retro sweets and you can personalise the outer label with anything you want to say. What I like about this gift is that after all the sweets are eaten, you are left with something you can keep and the basket is really great quality too. The hamper includes:

Candy Necklace
Candy Whistle x 2
Cola Bottles – 100g
Double Lollies x 4
Drumstick Lollies x 4
Fizzers x 5
Fizzy Blue Bottles – 100g
Fizzy Strawberries – 100g
Flumps x 4
Flying Saucers – 25g
Foam Bananas – 100g
Foam Shrimps – 100g
Friendship Rings – 100g
Fun Gums x 2
Giant Refresher Chews x 2
Jelly Babies – 100g
Jelly Beans – 100g
Jelly Bean Hearts – 100g
Love Hearts Dip
Love Hearts Rolls x 5
Parma Violets x 5
Popping Candy
Rainbow drops x 2
Rose Flavoured Chocolate Hearts – 100g
Strawberry Hearts – 100g
Teddy Bears – 100g

Saltire Coffee

£7.49

The saltire blend is a mix of arabica and robusta coffee beans which has been freshly ground. I am not a massive coffee fan but my husband is so I picked this up for him to try as he always loves trying new coffees. It’s easy to use and you can buy it ground or in bean form depending on if you have a coffee machine or not. It comes packaged well and you can smell it as soon as it arrives. Saltire coffees are made to order so you can guarantee only the freshest coffee is delivered to your door!

Il Gusto – Passion Heart Bottle

Turkish Delight Gin

From £7.50

Il Gusto are an amazing brand that can create custom liquor bottles. You can pick everything from the shape of the bottle to the message on the front and what alcohol you want, as well as what bottle stopper you want! I think this is such a great gift idea as you can gift someone a unique drink, you can pick from there massive range of flavours and you can write whatever you want on the bottle. I think the turkish delight gin is ideal for Valentines as its pink!

Jewellery

Solace Jewellery – 1.5cm silver hoop earrings

£8

Solace have created a massive range of earrings and other jewellery that is hypoallergenic. Often cheaper jewellery can tarnish or turn green from a reaction with your skin but this company has created specific products to help prevent these issues. These earrings can be bought in silver, gold or rose gold and they are beautiful in all colours. They have been made really well and I am so impressed with the price! 

Trendhim – Grey bracelet duo

£14

This is a set of two adjustable bracelets that would make a great gift for someone that doesnt like bulky jewellery but likes to wear something on their wrists. They can be adjusted to fit most wrists, they fit myself and my husband. I like the simple design of them and I like the colours as black is always my go to and I think grey is very stylish. You can get them in lots of different colours if you wanted a set a bit more colourful!

Trendhim – Black bead bracelet combo

£12

Black wooden beaded bracelets are a classic. These are designed for men so are on the larger size and can’t be adjusted. I think more and more men are wearing jewellery nowadays so this would be a great addition to anyone’s everyday jewellery. Black goes with everything too, or you can buy them in different colours. They come in a cute pouch too.

Accessories

Trendhim – Black leather card holder

£18

A card holder is a must have for anyone. My husband and myself both like using one when we don’t want to carry about a massive purse or wallet. Again, I will recommend this in black but you can get it in different colours. I find sometimes all you want to take with you may be your bank card and ID so this is ideal. You can actually fit quite a lot in this and you can fold up a couple of notes in it too as it has 6 compartments. It comes in a gift box and I think this is a great price.

Funky Pigeon – Unicorn odd socks

£12.99

I love the brand Oddsocks. I always try to wear matching socks but most of the time I can’t find a pair so end up wearing an odd pair. With Oddsocks, they are intentionally an odd pair! This pack has 6 odd socks but all along the same theme (unicorns) so you can mix and match them to make 15 different sock combinations! Ideal for any unicorn lover and I mean, who doesn’t love getting new socks as a gift?!

Funky Pigeon – Cat lady tote bag

£9.99

This bag would make the purrfect gift(see what I did there?! Haha) for any cat lady! Tote bags are really great to either use instead of a handbag if you want to carry about just a few items or to fold up in your handbag and use it when shopping as a reusable carrier bag. You can personalise it to say whatever you want on top of the cat face. It is really well made and I am always impressed with the price and quality of things from Funky Pigeon.

Stationery

Funky Pigeon – Initials engraved notebook

£9.99

I think a personalised notebook also makes a great gift. This one from Funky Pigeon is a cute lined notebook with a monthly planner and goals at the front of it and on the cover you can pick to have any initials added. There are quite a few colours to pick from. I really like how colourful this one is. The small one is the perfect size to carry around in your bag.

Toad diaries – Personalised notebooks

Owls family A5 notebook
Lined pages (medium spacing)
No personalisation

Dusk ombré A5 notebook
Lined pages (medium spacing)
With my name on the front :
Sarah Trademark

£8.95 each

Can you tell I like notebooks?! Toad Diaries have an amazing range of notebooks you can personalise. You can pick whether you want them lined, plain, dotted or grids. Each cover you can also personalise. The owl cover I chose not to have any text added but the ombre cover I wanted my name on. They arrived really quickly and the website is easy to use to design them. It shows you a preview before you order them too.

Angelic meaning cards

£15

This set has 33 cards to help give you daily guidance and each card had been photographed at the beach with a meaningful word on the front and then some words on the back to give you guidance for the day. You can gift them all to someone at once or give them one at a time to a loved one to help them if they are struggling at the moment. An example of one of the cards is: “Nature – Go out in the fresh air and nature. This will make you feel much better, it helps to both blow the cobwebs away & re-vitalise. Just do it.” Some us us need that push and need to be told things like this so I think this is a thoughtful gift to show someone you care.

Homeware

Newshome Candle – Lavender

£20

A candle is one of the best gifts many of us love to recieve. Newshome have created a fab range of 100% natural, vegan friendly soy candles. They have so many beautiful fragrances to pick from but lavender is always my go to. The candles can burn up to 45 hours which is amazing if you only use them for a short amount at a time. The scent of the candle is quite strong and you can smell it immediately once you take it out the box which I love as you will be able to smell it even when its not burning. Candles are also very romantic!

Sassy Shop Wax – Strawberry lily scented wax melt segment pot

£4

Sassy Shop Wax – La vie est bon scented wax melt bar

£2.75

If they prefer wax melts to candles then Sassy Shop Wax have got you covered! They have an amazing range of wax melts which not only look so beautiful, then smell incredible! You can pick from so many different fragrances and also styles. The segment pots are massive and can be broken up into 6pcs and the bars can be broken easily into 10 smaller pieces so depending on how long you want it to burn for you could use one or two pieces at a time. Both the scents I picked are really nice. The strawberry lily is very sweet and smells good enough to eat! The la vie est bon smells sweet but at the same time very relaxing and this would be great for a romantic evening! They also do room sprays so I might have to get one to try.

The Healing Hut – Gold Noir candle

£6

This is a beautiful smelling candle with the scent of frankincense and myrrh so is ideal if you don’t like fruity or floral scents. I really love the logo and colouring for the healing hut(purple is my fave after black!) so I think this would look beautiful next to the bed. I love lighting candles in the evening and this one smells really good! The whole range is cruelty free and vegan.

Skincare

Bubu skincare – #youpucker lip mask

£5

Make your lips more kissable with a lip plumping mask. In 10-15 minutes your lips can be plumped and soft. I love using face masks but had never heard of a lip one before! It is easy to use and leaves your lips so moisturised and ready for a Valentines kiss!

Trendhim – Shave cut healing gel

£6

This is a great practical gift as it can help with shaving. We all suffer with razor bumps and cuts whether its on your face or your legs or anywhere else. This gel can stop the bleeding and help protect the cut and enable it to heal better. My husband always shaves his face in a rush and cuts himself so this is an ideal present for him!

LipQ – Liquorice balm

£7.95

This lip balm is 100% natural and as its main ingredient is liquorice it is great for anyone that gets cold sores too. It can be used as an everyday lip balm to help keep your lips hydrated and can be used by anyone, not just cold sore sufferers, it’s just a bonus that it helps if you do suffer with them. I think lip balms in general make a good gift, especially this time of year when your lips get dry from the cold weather.

The Healing Hut- Relax bath salts

£10

Another product from the healing hut that I wanted to share with you is the relax bath salts. Again, the packaging is beautiful with the brand logo and these are also cruelty free and vegan. I am a massive fan of bath salts so the fact you get a massive 500ml of them is already a big hit with me. I suffer a lot with migraines so find products aimed at relaxing always seem to help me feel a little better if I am suffering and I always like to take a relaxing bath if I have a headache or migraine. These smell sop good and you only need a small handful in the bath. Really impressed with the scent of these.

The Healing Hut – Relax massage oil

£12.50

In the signature packaging and also cruelty free and vegan, this massage oil smells the same as the bath salts as it is also the relaxing calming blend. Massage oils can be really nice, whether you use it with your partner or rub it on yourself it can really help to relax! I quite often will rub a small amount on my wrists, chest and neck if I need to relax. It is in a pump bottle so not messy to use and you only need a small amount. It leaves you really soft and relaxed, ready for a good night sleep!

Shower In A Can

£9.99

This is something I had never heard of before. We all know some people that are obsessed with dry shampoo(myself included!) on days when its not practical to wash your hair, but what if there was something you could use on your body?! Maybe you go to the gym on the way to work and don’t have time to shower or get hot and bothered travelling on the train. What do you do at a music festival when you can’t shower? This is the answer and would make such a quirky gift! It is so easy to use and great to put in your bag. 

Sensationail – Express gel one step polish kit

£34.99

This is the perfect starter kit for anyone wanting to do gel nails at home. The set includes:

1 x 10ml Express Gel Polish – Red Your Profile (True Red)

LED nail lamp (USB & mains charger)

Double-sided nail buffer

Manicure stick

How-to Booklet

It really is so easy to use and you don’t even need to use a base coat or top coat like you do with most other gel kits so this is really quick to use. You can then buy additional colours for £10 which I think is a great price considering what it costs if you were to go to a nail salon. Whenever I do gel nails at home they usually last about a week and a half which is a massive improvement on the 1-2 days normal nail polish lasts without chipping!

Blomma Beauty – Palm of Feronia Clarifying Charcoal & Clay Mask

£22

This mask is great for a pamper. Anyone that appreciates good skincare or doing masks should give this ago. It is a powder that you activate by mixing with water and can really help to detoxify your face and leave it smooth and clean. I think this is different to a normal mask on a jar as it won’t dry out and to an extent you can make it to whatever consistency you want.

Have you bought a gift for anyone yet?

Sarah x

*This post contains gifted items*

Top Tips For Preparing Your Home Against Cracks And Leaks

Cracks and leaks are inevitable in older buildings, and newer ones too, if they are built on dodgy foundations. They are annoying and usually quite costly to repair, so homeowners should try their utmost to protect their home and avoid such inconveniences. Here are some tips from a signal foundations company.

Pay attention to your home; if there are problems with the foundations, you will soon notice the early warning signs. The earlier you spot the signs, the less time and money it will take to have repairs made. Here are some of the main clues:

Your doors start to jam or won’t stay closed
Your walls are cracking near doors and windows, or where walls meet ceilings
Your patio or driveway also starts cracking
Your windows start to stick
Your ceilings start to leak after rainfall

There are many things you can do to prevent damage to your home’s foundations, and therefore protect it from cracks and leaks. Firstly, you need to stop water from pooling near the building by ensuring you have a suitable drainage system. You also need to keep this from getting blocked with leaves and other debris. If the ground becomes too saturated, the soil will expand and increase the amount of stress on your walls.

Likewise, you also need to ensure the ground doesn’t get too dry, as this will cause the soil to shrink and your walls will move into the fresh gap. Even tiny shifts in your building’s foundations can wreak havoc inside your home. During warmer weather, be sure to keep the ground watered. You should also refrain from planting trees too close to the building, as they will soak up the moisture.

Leaks can also be caused by things like broken roof tiles, so it’s important that you keep an eye on parts of your home you might not normally think about. This will help you avoid more serious problems in the future, which could become significantly more costly to fix.

Sarah x

3 Ways To Update The Look Of Your Property

Whether you live in a little cottage in the country or a tall town house, you should try and keep up with exterior of your property and ensure it looks its best. Whether it takes some small repairs here and there or a huge refurb project, you should always aim to improve the kerb appeal of your property, and in turn, the value. Here are some great ideas for how you can update your property’s exterior.

1. Paint

A fresh lick of paint can really go a long way in brightening up your home. You don’t necessarily have to paint the whole building either; the doors and window frames will make all the difference and protect them from the elements. Wear and tear is natural so be prepared to have to paint your home every few years. It will give you a great chance to switch up the colour palette, if that’s something you’re interested in doing.

2. Stained Glass

Although traditionally associated with churches and other religious buildings, stained glass windows can also make a beautiful addition to any home. You could replace the panel in your front door with stained glass, designed to suit your personal requirements and add an element of personality to your property. For instance, you could have your door number incorporated into the design. Making your front door a focal point of your property will really improve its kerb appeal and a panel of stained glass is probably the most exciting way to achieve this.

3. Lighting

Outdoor lighting is great because it not only looks nice, but also adds an element of safety and security to your property. Research has actually proven that exterior lighting deters criminals, as they can’t sneak around as easily. What’s more, they make a stylish statement and add character to the front of your home, without being too expensive.

Sarah x