5 Reasons To Call Out A Plumber

Being a homeowner means often having to rely on tradesmen to carry out odd pieces of work. I am useless at DIY and there is no way that I would ever touch electrics or plumbing. Sometimes though, it’s really hard to know when to call out a plumber. I know when we first moved into our house we were always wondering whether it was worth calling someone out or not.

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1. Low Water Pressure

I think this is something that a lot of people will overlook. Back in our old flat we had terrible pressure in the kitchen sink but nowhere else. We stupidly didn’t get a plumber out for this and instead relied on the handyman that the letting agent provided. We didn’t get our water pressure fixed at all and instead had to put up with barely getting any water for a year or so.

2. Dripping taps

Dripping taps annoy the hell out of me. Not only could it end up costing you a fortune if you’re on a water meter but it is really annoying. John has a habit of not turning our kitchen taps tight enough which means they drip a bit. This could be a really simple fix by a change of tap or a little tighten up.

3. Frozen Pipes

We live in a Victorian semi and as you can probably imagine, some of the plumbing is a bit ancient. We don’t have central heating, only storage heaters so our house is never warm enough to not have to worry about the pipes. If they freeze, we have a big problem on our hands. This is something I’d never dream of tackling myself and I’d always call a plumber out for this.

4. No hot water

This is a bit of a tricky one really because the cause could be a whole manner of different things. It could be one small problem or a whole range of things adding up to you having no hot water. Call the plumber for sure on this one.

5. Overflowing toilets

I know this one is a bit obvious. However, an overflowing toilet can be fixed temporarily yourself but there could be more issues you can’t see or don’t know about. I know this isn’t something I’d risk having wrong in my house. Sewage and waste smells… no thanks!

I hope this post has been helpful! I’d love to hear some stranger reasons for calling out a plumber in the comments. 

 

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Is Your Garden Dog Friendly?

The weather is FINALLY starting to get nicer and that means a lot of us are heading out into the garden. I know most of us will have a list of yays and nays for having a garden with children but what about when you have a dog? Rattan Direct have come up with this great infographic to show what is safe and what isn’t!

I actually think it’s really hard to keep a garden completely safe for dogs and this infographic is really useful. I wouldn’t have known which plants were poisonous. Last year we had a bit of an issue with random mushrooms growing in the grass and it’s really hard to stop a dog from being interested in these!

The biggest problem with our garden really is that there isn’t any shade apart from when we have the parasol up. Our garden is very long and open, only having a patio, lawn and some decking. We have no plants whatsoever and no trees. This isn’t only a problem for animals but for Erin as well so this is something we need to look into doing soon.

How safe is your garden for a dog, or any pet?!

This post is in collaboration with Rattan Direct. All opinions are our own.

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Dementia: Know The Signs

Dementia Awareness Week is coming up (14th-20th May) and it got me thinking; would I know what to look out for in a family member? To be honest, until recently I never really knew what dementia was and I definitely wouldn’t have known if someone had it or not. I certainly wouldn’t have known what symptoms to look out for in someone before now.

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Something I didn’t realise is that dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are part of the same thing. I always thought these were completely different and got annoyed with myself for getting the two confused. Many people who have Alzheimer’s disease end up with dementia as well.

Dementia is a syndrome which commonly affects people over 65 although it can occur at other ages and it occurs when the brain is damaged by different diseases or strokes.  There are so many different symptoms of dementia and people can be affected differently. It’s really important to recognise changes in people and here are just a few of the things you could look out for.

symptoms of dementia:

  • Depression
  • Changes in moods
  • Mental confusion
  • Difficulty finding the right words
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble remembering things that happened recently
  • Struggling to follow a conversation
  • Remembering days or dates
  • Forgetting names and people
  • Feeling confused
  • Difficulty completing every day tasks
  • Loss of sense of direction
  • Being repetitive
  • Struggling to accept change

Diagnosis is key so it’s really important to encourage anyone you think could have dementia to see their GP as soon as possible. If someone is already feeling confused or out of sorts it may be hard for them to realise that something could be wrong!

While many people with this condition are able to stay living at home either independently or with a carer, there is also the option of care homes. There are now care homes that are dedicated to dementia care so there are plenty of options available.

Dementia

I hope this post has been helpful in raising some awareness! If, like me, you didn’t know much about it, any extra information is a big plus! 

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Cuckooland Play, Learn & Sleep Bed

I have a bit of an obsession with anything to do with Erin, whether that be her clothes or how her bedroom is set up. I’m always looking for new and exciting products and something that is just a bit different and special. I recently discovered Cuckooland, a website that offers

Our nation’s obsession with Scandinavian style and all things monochrome continues to dominate interior design in 2017, and is reflecting more than ever in children’s rooms, as parents strive to create tasteful spaces that match the rest of the house. But is this what kids really want? A recent study found that a slide is the 2nd most popular feature children want in their room, topped only by a tree house. So, how to make everyone happy? Introducing the beautiful new Play, Learn & Sleep Bed from Danish children’s furniture designer Lifetime. At £595, Play Learn & Sleep is Lifetime’s first affordable feature bed, and includes a climbing ladder with rope, a blackboard along the side, and a slide at the end. Perfectly combining the Scandi style that grown-ups love with the fun that kids crave, we’re not the only ones jumping for joy over this new bed! Cuckooland

Play, Learn & Sleep Bed, £595

This exciting and educational furniture piece is a great way to encourage kids’ imaginations – they’ll love entertaining their friends on their very own playground, scribbling on the blackboard, and quite literally climbing into bed every night!  Ideally suited to transitioning your toddler into a big boy’s or girl’s bed, the ladder and slide can be removed as your child grows to leave a sleek single bed. Made from solid Scandinavian Pine from sustainable forests, this environmentally friendly bed will last a lifetime!

Cuckooland

View the new Play, Learn & Sleep range online at Cuckooland.com here.

What do you think of the bed? I know Erin would love it!

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Weird and wonderful ways to tackle hair loss

I’ve known my husband for 6 years now. I met him when he was 27 and he was losing his hair then. He says it started to go in his early 20s. It’s pretty safe to say that it’s only going to get worse as the years go on. One random evening caused me to look up male hair loss and things that can be done to tackle the issue!

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Cow Urine

Yep, this is apparently a thing. The cows have to be virgin cows though and the urine has to be drunk before sunrise! A bit picky if you ask me. Luckily, this one happens in India so John won’t be trying it anytime soon.

Bull Semen

I didn’t think it could get much stranger than the cow urine. Where would you even go about getting something like this from? I couldn’t actually find out how you’re supposed to use it either. Do you drink it? Do  you rub it on your head? Who knows?! Good luck if you fancy giving this a try though.

Yeast Infection Cream

Strangely, I don’t think this one is quite as far out there as it should probably be. There is an ingredient in these creams that supposedly blocks the hormone that causes male pattern baldness. The good thing with this one is that directions for use are pretty clear; just don’t follow the instructions on the box! At least this is cheap and easy to get if you feel like giving it a try!

Hair Implants

Everyone remembers when Wayne Rooney went from being bald to having a nearly full head of hair. This was done by having a hair transplant. This this one though, you definitely have to factor in the hair transplant cost because it’s just not as cheap as cow urine!

Do you have any family members who suffer from baldness? Do you think they’d try any crazy remedies to help?

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Top Tips for Spring Cleaning

Winter is slowly on its way out and with the first day of spring quickly approaching (20th March) there’s only one thing to do; spring clean! I think in winter I tend to get a bit lazy as the cold weather makes me less inclined to clean. I’d much rather be wrapped up on the couch with my girl, a film and a blanket.

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Sometimes we need a bit of a a kick up the bum to get going. I’m working with Bed Guru to share my tips for spring cleaning and de-cluttering. Be sure to check the end of this post for Bed Guru’s fantastic giveaway.

Clever Storage

Our spare bedroom is pretty much our ‘junk’ room. My husband would probably call it junk but really it’s all the bits and pieces I sell on Facebay. I have boxes and bags all over and it makes the room look really messy. Furniture with great storage would be a fantastic way of de-cluttering this room. Bed Guru have a fantastic range of divan beds with loads of storage options. The great thing about divans with storage drawers is that you can put loads in them and no one will ever know they’re there! We could certainly do with this in our spare room.

Be strict

Part of having a good spring clean is to be very strict what what you keep and what you don’t. Ask yourself if you’ve used something in the last couple of months. If you haven’t then it’s probably a good time to get rid!

Sell, sell, sell

While you’re in the process of having a good sort out you might as well make a bit of money from it! If you’re going to throw something out but it’s in good condition and could be useful to someone else, try selling it. Selling on local Facebook sites is a great way of earning a bit of extra cash.

Planning

I think in order to have a good, proper spring clean you need an action plan. There’s no way I could do our whole house in one day so I would need to come up with a plan of which rooms/ jobs were the most important and work my way down them. The spare bedroom will always be priority number one because it is the room with the most stuff in there!

Bed Guru are giving away a fantastic 4 drawer double divan to help with your spring cleaning! Head over to Facebook and Twitter to enter!*

*Giveaway is open until 27th March.

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Do you know how to heat your home efficiently?

We live in a Victorian semi-detatched house and our heating is absolutely terrible. We don’t have central heating, we have horrendous storage heaters. I hate them with a huge passion. They cost a fortune, they’re not efficient and they’re ugly as hell! We have such a hard time trying to heat our house.

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With that in mind, I wanted to tell you about a survey that the people at Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies are conducting. They want to know ‘Do you know how to heat your home efficiently?’ There are only 10 questions so it’s super quick and easy to fill out. They’d love it if you could spend a couple of minutes filling it out.

I honestly don’t think I know nearly enough about heating a house and the survey really opened my eyes to a few things. I knew that there was such a thing as underfloor heating but I didn’t know that there was an electric option and a water option. I think I kind of figured it was all done by electricity.

I also wouldn’t have any idea about what would be more expensive out of radiators, water underfloor heating or electric underfloor heating. I imagine underfloor heating maybe not costing as much as I think it might.

Unfortunately, I do know that we’re not heating our house efficiently. Until we can afford a new boiler and central heating we’re doomed!

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How do you keep your kids entertained?

This week is half term in many places around the UK and, seeing as it’s Friday already, I bet a lot of you are pulling your hair out. It’s not easy to keep little people entertained for a whole week when they’re not at school, especially if you have more than 1!

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I don’t know if I can say I’m lucky or not really but we don’t have half terms. Erin is only 13 months old and doesn’t start nursery until January. Even then, she’ll be going for 51 weeks of the year until she moves up into reception. Anyway, I have to keep Erin entertained all day every day!

I always wonder what other people do with their children all day. Rattan Direct want to know the same thing! They’re asking the question ‘How do you keep your kids entertained?’in a SURVEY and they’d love for you to help them out with some answers!

Parents do loads of different things to keep their children entertained and I think a lot of that depends on age. Rattan Direct are asking about use of technology in a couple of questions. For us, this doesn’t really come into how I entertain Erin. While she may like to carry my phone from one end of the room to the other, she doesn’t know how to use it! The most Erin gets is some cartoons in the morning after breakfast!

The survey only has 11 questions and will only take a couple of minutes to fill in. I would personally love to know how you entertain your children!

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Clothes for Comfort from Chums

It is safe to say that when you have children a lot of things change. There is certainly a lot of running around in our house now and neither John and I are getting any younger. Now, don’t get me wrong, neither of us think of ourselves as old. We’re only just over 30. However, some things need changing to suit our lifestyle and one of those things is clothes. Not only do we have less money to spend on clothes now but we also have different needs. Comfort is the key! We’ve recently been looking at mens clothing online from Chums to see what they have to offer!

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John is 6’1 and has always had a problem with the length of t-shirts and jumpers. Generally, if he tends to buy from places with lower priced clothes they tend to be quite short. T-shirts especially ride up when he sits down. A badly fitting t-shirt is not comfortable at all, especially if you’re out and about or at baby classes. No one wants a view of a backside when playing with their children! Chums offer clothes that have flattering fits and a wide range of sizes, perfect for John who needs an XL.

John is also not your straight up and down kind of guy. He likes his food and he doesn’t get to work out as much as he would like. You get my point. This, again, makes finding clothes that fit John well quite difficult. Being the age he is means that clothes from certain high street stores are not designed for men like him. Chums offer a really good range of trouser options that are both smart, affordable and come in loads of different fits.

There is really no need to buy ill-fitting clothes, or clothes that look horrible just because they fit well, when places like Chums offer clothes that both fit and look really nice!

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How to Increase Your Property’s Value

When we started to look for the first home we would buy together we were looking for something that would suit us for a very long time. I found the whole process of buying a house really stressful and I hated losing out on houses I loved. So, we bought a house big enough to be a forever house. However, the only way we could afford it was to buy it as the fixer upper it was (and still is)! While I was looking forward to having a project, I was also looking at ways that we could increase our property’s value. Balustrade Components have come up with this great infographic to show how you could increase your property’s value

How to Increase Your Property’s Value

Increase Your Property’s Value

Although we haven’t done even a quarter of the work that needs doing in our house, I’m glad some bits we’ve done will be worth it in the long run. One of the first jobs we did was the completely clear the garden, both front and back, to make them neat and tidy! We’ve also had new fences and some decking installed!

The next big job for us is central heating and a new boiler but after that it’s a bathroom upstairs and a new kitchen. I know these will be jobs that increase the value of our home in the long run because right now, they’re terrible! An extension would definitely add some value but we are a very long way off being able to afford that, or even a conservatory!

What jobs would you like to get done to increase your property’s value?!

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