6 Motivations Go Green With An Electric Fireplace

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With the arrival of winters, the fireplace becomes an indispensable part of every home. There are mainly three major options that fall under fireplaces: wood-burning, gas, and electric fireplaces. Most people choose the wood-burning or gas fireplace to save power bills. Keep in mind, wood-burning fireplaces produce methane which is not safe for humans and the environment. Whereas gas fireplaces emit nitrogen dioxide, which is harmful to the respiratory system.

Going with an electric fireplace is a fantastic option for smart homeowners. It gives them warmth and comfort under a budget. Let’s know 6 reasons why eco-friendly people choose an electric fireplace over others;

1. Fits at every place

Whether you are looking to install a fireplace at home, condo, apartment, or recreational vehicles, it adds value to every place. It does not produce any smoke, therefore there is no need to fret about the chimney. Therefore, you can enjoy the warmth of the fireplace with less installation and maintenance costs.

2. Easy To Install

Easy installation is one of the best features of an electric fireplace. All you need to read a large electric fireplace insert guide by the manufacturer. Your purpose will be solved in just a few steps. The best part is that there is no need to demolish the wall and build special space. Just a plugin helps you to enjoy the warmth of heat.

3. Safety is The Biggest Concern

The electric fireplace keeps the room warmer but is safe when touched. Therefore, you can let your kids and pets play in the same room without worrying about health hazards. For more safety, you can increase or decrease temperature and prevent overheating.

4. Gives You Lots of Options

The modern electric fireplace comes with stylish functional options. Therefore, whether you have a contemporary or traditional house, you do not worry about the architectural style to decorate your home. As it fits into every home interior. Moreover, features like brightness, flame color, flame speed, and much more work as complementary to cheer your mood. The best part from the bathroom to the basement, it can settle everywhere.

5. Energy Efficient

If you choose an LED fireplace, these allow you to heat the room you need. You can easily turn off the fireplace once your room temperature reaches the desired level. Notably, there is no deforestation involved to produce energy. While comparing the cost, an electric fireplace takes your power bills to 8-12 cents an hour whereas a gas fireplace running cost involves 17-19 cents an hour.

6. Low Maintenance Cost

When there is no wood, no ash, no soot or chimney means you do not need to bother about much maintenance cost. All you need to do is just relax and sit on the chair to enjoy the warmth of your favorite device. You have a remote to control all the features of the fireplace. Moreover, electric fireplaces have a longer life-span than traditional fireplaces.

Bottom Line

An electric fireplace becomes a need for an hour if you want to experience a luxurious house. Not only in winters, but you can also use led fireplaces in summers too. Just switch off the heating mode and enjoy soothing lightning at night to balance your mood.

Sarah x

4 Tips of Planning a Successful Spring Home Renovation

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After a long and cold winter, everyone of us wants to embrace the spring with a fresh look. Not to mention that, we have been used to spending much time at home for leisure and work. When we take a deep look at the space we use everyday, we always come up with new ideas to spruce it up. No matter if you need new windows and doors, an open kitchen or a nice backyard, you can make it happen. Now it is the best time to start our home renovation project, and here are 4 important tips to bear in mind.

Sort out the must-dos

Everyone can have a long list of dream touch ups, but we can’t do everything all at once. We are restricted by time, money and energy. So it is important to discuss with family members to figure out the most necessary parts for the spring renovation.

Plan early

Most of us have to work every day to support our family, so we usually procrastinate the less important things in life. However, spring is so short and precious. The best thing to do is to plan early in winter. You need to understand that planning is only the first step. It takes much more time to get a done deal with the contractors, and the contractors need to book materials and schedules — everything takes time.

Meanwhile, most people forget about the cleaning work after the projects. It can be a great mess if not taken care of. Some people may book a dumpster bin rental service early to avoid keeping the trash in the backyard. When you have a thorough plan at hand, you will have more confidence to get an ideal look for your house.

Budget wisely

Like we said before, we can come up with a long list of fancy stuff, but we have to cut off the unnecessary details to serve the most important renovations. For example, a leaking bathroom is more urgent than beautifying a balcony. We have to spend money wisely to achieve the optimal results.

Make arrangements for family

Construction can be disturbing for everyone. When you figure out the projects that your contractors will be performing, you need to make arrangements for family members as well. For example, is it possible to live in your parents’ house for a couple weeks? Or send kids to a summer camp? After all, a construction site can be chaotic, so it does not hurt to be careful.

Final Thoughts

Rejuvenating a house is exciting, but we need to plan and execute wisely to ensure the smooth transition. It is always recommended to talk to professionals to seek great ideas.

Sarah x

Is Your Home Making You Miserable? Here’s What To Do!

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Do you feel less than happy when you’re at home? Some people don’t realize that their home can be a huge source of their unhappiness. If you feel like your home could be making you miserable, take a look at the advice below. You’ll find plenty of things that could perk up your home and make you happier – so read on to learn more:

1 – Get Serious About Taking Care of Your Clutter 

Being surrounded by clutter is not a fun way to live. If we want to be happy at home, everything needs a place, and we need space to luxuriate and relax. Getting serious about taking care of your clutter is key. Here are some pointers that could help you:

  • See if you can go paperless with your bills and other documents.
  • Sort letters out and decide what to do with them as soon as you get them. Putting them to one side only encourages you to leave them and deal with them at a later date. 
  • See if you can get rid of one thing, no matter how small, each week, or even day. 
  • Don’t hoard. If you haven’t used something in 6 months or more (unless seasonal), you are unlikely to use it again. 
  • Keep your surfaces clean and pretty, perhaps place flowers on them. This will encourage you to keep them free from clutter and avoid using every available surface as a dumping ground. 

2 – Get Rid of Toxic Products 

If there are toxic products in your home, you could potentially be making yourself ill without realizing it. Certain cleaning products and even candles contain toxic ingredients! See if you can use more natural ingredients, perhaps even homemade. Soy candles tend to be healthier than traditional candles. Look into healthier alternatives to anything you already use. 

Keep an eye on toxic mold that can grow in certain rooms in the home, too, especially damp rooms such as the bathroom. 

3 – Keep It Clean and Hygienic 

Keep your home clean and hygienic. If you need to hire somebody to come in once a week and do it, it’s worth it if you don’t have time to do it yourself. Dust, allergens, and other issues in the home can end up making you ill, irritating your sinuses, and causing other problems. Don’t let this happen to you! Many people don’t have time to keep their space perfectly clean, and this is nothing to feel guilty about. If you have a full time job, it’s hard to balance everything. Take a weight off your mind by hiring somebody else! 

4 – Try A New Color Scheme 

Colors have moods associated with them. Try a new color scheme in your home and you might just find that you feel happier day to day. Orange and yellow are particularly happy colors, but you might make your mind up based on the rooms to be painted and how you want to feel in them. You can mix up colors too, but you should use a color wheel to ensure that your choices either match or clash perfectly. 

5 – Surround Yourself With Things You Love 

If you want your home to make you happy, you should surround yourself with things you love. If you don’t love something already in your home, get rid of it! Be more picky about the things you bring into your home, too. Avoid impulse purchases and instead think about items for a considerable amount of time before parting with your hard earned cash. 

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6 – Let In More Natural Light 

Natural light is one of the most important things we need as humans. It helps to improve our mood due to the increase in happy hormones and vitamin D. Many of us don’t get enough time outside and vitamin D as it is, so letting in as much natural light as you can is key! You can do this by swapping out your window dressings for something that allows you full control of the light, or by getting rid of window dressings completely – just keep your privacy in mind. You’ll also want to consider whether you need to change your doors or windows to allow for more natural light. You can get an idea of what is available on this homepage. If you want to let more light into your home with new doors and windows, try choosing a door that has a little window for extra light! 

7 – Purify and Beautify

Purify and beautify your space with lots of plants. Plants can be another great mood booster, and they also purify the air! The more you add, the more beautiful your space will look, and you’ll boost your health to boot. Just make sure you choose plants that you know you can care for. Snake plants, for example, are a wonderful way to purify the air in your home without having to spend too much time keeping them alive. Remember that each plant needs different light levels and amounts of water. 

8 – Use Mirrors To Reflect Light And Space

Mirrors can help you to enhance smaller rooms, and even light up dark corners when strategically placed. They are great for reflecting light and space, and even adding some character to your home if you pick an unusual style or shape. 

9 – Show Off Your Tastes 

Your home should be a reflection of you, so make sure it shows off your tastes. Show off any collections and souvenirs that you’re proud of, and put up artwork that makes you happy. Generic artwork can sometimes look tacky, but artwork that has been commissioned or even found in an antique store can look incredible! You could even create something yourself if you’re arty and want to show off your skills. 

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10 – Make Your Bed Every Morning 

Perhaps your unmade bed is making your grumpy when it’s time to climb back into it at night. Some experts believe that an unmade bed could actually be healthier, as it airs it out in between uses. However, making your bed first thing in the morning can help you to get into a good frame of mind and feel accomplished first thing. You’ll also feel much better when it’s time to climb into it at night! 

11 – Give Away Unused Hobby Supplies

Do you have unused hobby supplies laying around your home, reminding you of the things that you thought would be your next favorite thing, but didn’t stick with you long enough? Do yourself a favor, and give them away or sell them. Be honest with yourself. Are you likely to use them again? If not, make some extra money with them and free up your space. Don’t let them make you feel bad any longer! 

12 – Make Sure It’s Safe 

Making sure your home is safe will give you peace of mind and ensure you don’t feel scared when home alone at night. Install CCTV, but up signs, make sure your locks are sturdy, and don’t advertise when you’re away on social media. There are plenty of other things you can do too, such as installing the correct alarms and making sure it’s lit properly. Don’t procrastinate on this, or you’ll wish you had done something about it sooner. 

13 – Think About What To Do With Childhood Keepsakes 

Childhood keepsakes can be great, but if you have nowhere to store them, it could be time to let them go. Rather than make us reminisce over our childhood, they can actually make us miserable because of the mess they make. 

What are you going to do to perk up your home and your mood?

Sarah x

Weekend pancakes

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With pancake day creeping upon us we decided to have pancakes for breakfast today. I love anything chocolatey but often sweet things can be loaded with calories.

I love smothering my pancakes in chocolate spread and usually go for Nutella or something similar but this year I have tried out a JimJams chocolate spread with no added sugar. I went for a milk chocolate spread but they have so many other flavours and a lot of vegan options. The dark chocolate orange one sounds soo good!

They are all made with 100% plant based ingredients means which they are kinder on your teeth, gluten free and nearly half the calories.  

JimJams is currently on offer offer for just £2.00 (normally £2.60) throughout February and available for purchase at Sainsburys, Morrisons, Waitrose, Asda & Ocado. 

I tried out the spews with a pack of Griddle fluffy vegan chocolate chip pancake mix

The great thing about the pancake mix is that you can make it either vegan or non vegan depending on dietary requirements. I mixed it with an egg and milk but you can use plant milk and water instead. Half a pack makes about 6 small pancakes but I made 2 large ones instead.

If you are looking for lower calorie pancakes then these are for you:

JimJams – 50 calories per dessert spoon/per pancake 

Griddle – 83 calories per pancake 

Total calories per pancake: 133 

The pancakes were so tasty and the spread was really good and not too sweet.

Sarah x

Designing your own graphics

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As I have my own blog which I manage myself, as well as various social media accounts I am always trying to not only create text content but also create different pictures to use.

Sometimes in my posts I like to use pictures with a text overlay or try to design something different and have been using Design Bundles to help with this.

It came be difficult to come up with ideas sometimes but hiring a graphic designer just isn’t an option as they can often be very expensive.

You can use these bundles from Design Bundles for a variety of things from making your own logo or images to use for a blog to creating posters for a party or even if you wanted to create something to go on the wall.

Design Bundles began in July 2016 as a way to provide our customers with affordable digital products such as Graphics, Templates, Mock Ups, Patterns, Illustrations and Craft Files. Since that time they have managed to build a customer base of over 1 million users which is amazing.

They have so many bundles to pick from and lots of great dog ones if you are a dog owner and wanted to create a picture to get printed on a canvas for your living room you could use a dog svg bundle together with a picture of your furry friend to create a unique design and then get it printed on a canvas for display.

They really do have bundles for everything and are so affordable there is something to suit everybody’s budget.

If animals aren’t your thing then it’s worth checking out their coffee svg bundles, they may inspire you to create some new artwork for your kitchen or living area. You could create a custom poster to go up on the wall or as I mentioned above you could always get something printed on a canvas. As the bundles are such a good price and so versatile you can really use the designs for anything. With valentines days aiming up you could always use one of the coffee bundles to help you design a unique coffee mug for your loved one.

Looking at all the different bundles they have has really inspired me to start planning some new artwork for our living room wall. I think it’s so cool to be able to showcase a piece on the wall that you have made yourself and by using existing designs and pictures you may have taken yourself you make something really unique.

They currently offer up to 96% off the Regular Retail Price for the bundles and specialize in connecting talented independent designers with discount seeking customers through their easy to use Design Marketplace. They also offer a design of the week for free which changes weekly and you can download it really easily.

Have you heard of Design Bundles before and have you ever used them? There is no end to what you can create with their help!

Sarah x

Managing Your Finances as a Business Owner

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As a business owner, it’s absolutely crucial to keep on top of your financial affairs to ensure the cash keeps flowing and you don’t end up facing any unforeseen debts. If you’re not particularly clued up on accountancy, you could consider hiring a bookkeeper or working with accounting software so that you can more easily manage the business’ income and outgoings, particularly as expenses can quickly add up. Regardless, it’s certainly worth getting clued up on some of the terminology associated with finances, like PAYE, different types of tax, VAT and other keywords and phrases.

Limited companies are legally required to have a separate business bank account, but this is wise even if you’re a sole trader or operate another type of company. It’s a good idea not to mix up your business and personal finances, as it makes your tax returns more complicated and may lead to unexplained losses. Generally speaking, having a separate business bank account will make it easier for you to keep track of your cashflow.

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Make sure to pay yourself. As a business owner it can be easy to focus on investing your money back into the company, as your main priority is obviously to ensure it succeeds. However, you have an integral role in the company and therefore need to be compensated accordingly. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should pay yourself all of the profits, as it’s also a good idea to set aside some money for unexpected costs in the future.

Try and keep in mind ways you can save money on things like your utilities and travel costs. You won’t necessarily need to stay in the most extravagant hotel whilst on a business trip and it’s best not to go with the first energy provider you find; it’s better to seek out opportunities where money can be saved and then invested back into the company.

Sarah x