Annual Home Maintenance Tasks Should Never Be Skipped

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Most of us are pretty good at keeping up with the day-to-day needs of our homes, and are good are remembering to have a good declutter when it’s time for a Spring clean. What are harder to remember are the annual tasks that only need doing once a year. Here are some of the tasks that should be done every year to keep your house in good condition. 

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1 – Check your exterior drainage. Does rainwater flow away from the house? Puddles shouldn’t stand around the home for more than a day. If water stays put or drains towards the house, there might be a problem. Check your gutters for broken pieces or parts that need cleaning. Water sitting on the lawn could be a sign that there is a problem with septic tanks.

2 – Clean out gutters. Gutters can get clogged with leaves, causing poor drainage. Have them cleaned so water can flow freely and drain as it should. 

3 – Clear and repair the deck or patio. Before the summer, have the deck or patio properly cleaned. This is often enough to get it looking good again, but you might find some repairs that need doing. Fix any loose slabs or rotten wood. The deck may need resealing to keep it in good condition. 

4 – Get the chimney cleaned. If you have one, it should be cleaned once a year to prevent soot from building up and causing it to smoke into the room. Some people think Spring is the best time for this task, whereas others say Fall. Either is fine. Just get it done. 

5 – Get your heating system ready for winter. As winter gets closer, make sure your system is ready to be used. Check for any gaps in windows and doors where heat could escape and get them blocked back up. Make sure that any heating vents are open and not blocked by furniture. Have your furnace serviced and inspected annually, or every other year. 

6 – Test your electricity. Be very careful when working with electricity. There are some things that you can do, but some things should only be done by a professional. You can spend some time checking that all your outlets work, but if you find any that don’t, don’t try and rewire them by yourself. Call an electrician. 

7 – Check all locks and deadbolts on your doors and windows. Make sure they’re all working, not stiff, and repair any that aren’t. 

8 – Check handles and knobs. Go through the house checking handles and knobs on doors, cabinets, and furniture. If any have loose screws, tighten them up again. 

9 – Clear dead plants and shrubs from the house. In the Spring, look over the garden and find anything dead. Remove it, as plants can easily get into cracks and holes in the outside of the home, causing damage, leaks, and other problems. Dead plants near the house can also attract mice and other rodents looking for somewhere warm to live. Don’t offer them a route into your home.  

Sarah x

Lily and Mortimer

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Lily and Mortimer No 8 – Sleep

The sleep oil has 4 great uses:

#1 Promotes Restful Sleep – The behenic acid in Moringa oil is known for its soothing properties relaxing the muscles and creating a sense of calm. Use No. 8 Sleep oil for massage or apply on the chest and temples for this sedative effect.

#2 Moisturizes Dry Skin – Moringa has amazing emollient properties that can help the skin retain moisture. It is also purifying due to it’s antibacterial properties helping to protect the skin against environmental damage and allergens. Protecting against premature aging and wrinkles.

#3. Speeds Up Healing – Keeping a bottle of No. 8 oil in your home first aid kit will give you a great remedy for scrapes, bruises. The oil can also help with fungal infections or acne scarring.

#4 Hair Care – put a couple of drops of No. 8 Sleep oil into your shampoo for a healthy scalp and hair.

I love how many different uses this oil has. I have been putting a few drops in my hair before bed to not only nourish my hair but also to help me sleep as when you move around on the pillow it left off it’s beautiful scent. It’s great to use on any dry skin too so I have been using it on my elbows and it’s really helped with my dry patches. I love the smell of it and the bottle looks so pretty and it’s easy to apply.

Sarah x

R10 labs

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R10 labs have created a great range of men’s skincare products that are really good for your skin.

The idea for R10 Labs started from the inspiration to create a natural skincare company for men suffering with skin allergies. If you suffer with allergies you have to be so careful what you apply to your skin, especially your face or any other delicate areas.

My husband has been trying out a few bits from their range:

5 in 1 super hydrating face moisturiser

£10

The moisturiser contains 12 Potent Concentrated Botanical Extracts, 5 Moisturising oils, 2 Synergistic Anti-oxidants for FIVE powerful actions:

Moisturise: Deeply moisturising Argan, Olive, Coffee and Cherry oil combine to provide your skin the nutrition it needs to maintain a healthy barrier to hydrate your skin even in extreme conditions

After-Shave: A unique blend of botanical extracts helps to reduce inflammation, redness and razor bumps caused from shaving

Anti-spot: Myrica Gale is hailed as a wonder treatment for people with sensitive skin due to its unique spot fighting abilities which specifically target acne and help treat blemish prone skin

Anti-Irritation: A unique blend of botanical extracts boosted by Copaiba Extract has a powerful Anti-irritation action, perfect for sensitive or irritated skin

Anti-Ageing: Two synergistic anti-oxidants fortified with Phytic Acid & Coffee extract helps to revitalise skin or keep young skin in tip-top condition

This moisturiser has so many great features mentioned above and really helps to enrich and protect your face.

Active performance face wash

£7

This face wash features proprietary LiquiCrystal Technology with gentle sugar based cleansers to power through dirt & excess oil whilst protecting your skin’s natural barrier.

Nick has been using this for a couple of weeks and has noticed that his face is softer as at the same time as cleaning the skin it leaves it really moisturised. It has really helped to calm Nicks skin after shaving. I even used a bit on my legs after shaving and was really impressed.

Hybrid IQ shaving gel oil

£8

This shaving gel oil is so easy to use and we both tried it out. It helps to give you a really close shave and you don’t need to use much. It also leaves your skin really soft as it’s oil based.

Their whole skincare range does not contain – ALL Petrochemicals incl Parabens, Sulphates (SLS SLES) or Ionic surfactants, PEG’s, Alcohol, Pthalates, Silicone, Urea, Synthetic Dyes or colours, Mineral Oils, Petrolatum, MI, MCI and are NOT Tested on Animals.

Have you heard of this range?

Sarah x

Plant pops

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Plant pops are made of lotus seeds. Popped Lotus Seeds come from the seeds of the water lily plant, a type of lotus flower. They are sourced these seeds 
from farmers in Bihar, India where they are sustainably grown and harvested. The seeds are collected from lotus ponds, dried, and popped. The seeds are then roasted and seasoned using delicious ingredients and don’t ever use anything artificial or any preservatives.

They are vegan, gluten free and under 100 calories

They come in a variety of flavours and the two I tried were:

Himalayan salt

Smoked chilli

I enjoyed both but preferred the Himalayan salt ones. They are both quite filling and are a healthy snack.

Have you ever tried these?

Sarah x

Organic Rose Geranium Eye and Face Cream

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Earthbits is a great site for natural skincare and make up. All of their packaging is plastic-free and completely recyclable, and they make sure that all our products are not just environmentally friendly, but they are also durable and high quality, to avoid unnecessary waste whenever possible.

They stock a variety of brands, one of which being Heavenly organics.

Heavenly Organics Skin Care founder, Mary-Anne created the business after she embraced an organic, vegan lifestyle and desperately struggled to find skincare that met both her ethical & skin’s requirements. Finding that so many products were laden with unnecessary and unpronounceable chemicals, Mary-Anne decided to make her own, just using a few, simple organic and natural ingredients. Friends began to use her skincare and the feedback was so overwhelmingly positive that a new enterprise began.

I have been trying out:

Organic Rose Geranium Eye and Face Cream

• Plastic Free

• Handmade

• Vegan

• Cruelty-Free

• Made in the UK

• Palm Oil Free

• Rich in Fair Trade Shea Butter

• Made with organic natural ingredients

With its astringent properties, rose geranium can also help reduce enlarged pores.  It is a balancing oil so can do wonders for balancing out uneven skin tone.  Being anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-septic  it is incredible with treating acne, blemishes and spots. 

The moisturiser comes in a really cute pot and you only need a small pea size amount to use over your whole face. Site is safe to use around your eyes too. Often face creams shouldn’t be used around the eye area and you have to use separate eye creams but this one can be used all over the face and eyes. It leaves your face feeling fresh and moisturised without leaving a sticky residue.

What face cream are you using at the moment?

Sarah x