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Recharging Your Batteries With A Weekend In The Lake District

The Lake District is one of the most tranquil and relaxing settings in the UK - it’s home to rolling hills, glimmering waters, and some of the most beautiful towns you could ever wish to come across. This is an advertorial.

This makes the area one of the most popular locations when it comes to weekend breaks and self-improvement trips, which are incredibly popular at this time of year. We all want to get away from the stress of work, don't we? Giving ourselves a hard-earned break can be the boost that we need to get back on track, so here’s my guide to revitalising Lake District trips.

Walking 


One of the best things you can do for the health of your mind, body, and soul is to get active and venture out into nature, something that you’ll love doing in the lakes. The district is rife with walking opportunities for people of all experience and fitness levels, so whether you’re a novice who’s just looking to escape into the fresh air for a while or a fitness fanatic who’s looking to be extra adventurous on your trip, there’s something to suit everyone.

My advice is that you take a stroll around the waters for the best Lake District walking experiences - you get so see the district from one of the most aesthetically-pleasing viewpoints and it’s one of the easiest walking trails you can find as you simply follow the boundary of the water until you return to where you started.

Attractions 


For those who are a lover of the finer things in life, the Lakes Distillery is a great spot - you’ll find some of the most exquisite spirits in the country straight from their source! During your tour there will be ample opportunity to try out some of these spirits, so you can get a real taste for the quality that small-batch brewing can offer. If you’re a fan of what you try, pick up a bottle from the on-site shop before heading home.

Boat tours are another popular activity to take part in when in the Lake District and are one of the best ways to really get to know the ins and outs of the area and its history. Whilst on these boat cruises across the lakes, you’ll have a guide who’ll be able to give you lots of information about the waters, the surrounding areas, and the history of the district.  

If you are a fan of the author Beatrix Potter, you can visit the World Of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-On-Windermere, the Beatrix Potter Gallery and see the 'Miss Potter' filming locations.

Accommodation 


Next up is perhaps the most important part of any trip to any location: the accommodation. Lake District Hotels offer a selection of gorgeous locations throughout the lakes to offer an option to suit every type of traveller, from budget B&Bs to luxury hotels with spas for people looking for something more lavish and extravagant. I stayed in a hotel with a view a couple of years ago in the Lake District with a pool and spa and it was lovely.

Finding the right accommodation can be a tricky task, but one that’s definitely worth it in the end; you need to find the right location, the right amenities, the right surroundings, and the right price. Once you’ve found that perfect place, however, you are sorted.

With these tips in mind, I hope you’ve now got all the tools you need to plan a revitalising trip to the Lake District that helps you to recharge your batteries. The Lake District is a beautiful area of the UK, If you have never been, it's worth visiting for sure.

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Preparing Your Home For Overnight Guests

Having guests stay the night is fun but can also be quite stressful. There’s a lot to do before they arrive, and you want to make sure your home is in prime condition. Let's read on to find out how to prepare your home for overnight guests. This is an advertorial.


There are a few preparation tips you should take into consideration once you extend an invitation to friends to stay. Not only get your space ready but also think about how you’re going to entertain everybody and how you’ll spend your days. Once that is organised you can relax and enjoy having your company over once your guests arrive.

Perform a deep clean

Firstly make sure everything is spick and span for overnight guests by performing a deep clean of your space. It’s your opportunity to clean out and declutter closets and wash down your appliances and floors. Focus on the hard to reach areas you usually skip over during your weekly cleaning routine. Take a good look over the entire house so that there are no spots left unturned. You should also look around and fix and repair anything that’s damaged to make your home look more beautiful and so you can prevent any accidents from occurring. You don't want your guests spotting a cobweb or peeling wallpaper or falling over a broken step.


Get their bathroom ready

Sort out the bathroom before your guests arrive. Take time to clean it up and put out fresh towels and flowers. If they have an ensuite room that may not be in use all the time, test the sink and bathtub drains to make sure they’re in proper working order. If you see the water flowing slowly or hear strange noises, then visit this drain unblocking company and consider hiring the experts to come over to take a look and fix the problem. 


Organise the guest bedroom

Another task you’ll need to do to prepare for your company is to organise the guest bedroom. You want it to be inviting and comfortable so that they feel welcome in your home. Be sure to clean it thoroughly and put new bed linens and warm blankets on the bed. Clear the shelves and drawers in the room so they have a place to store their belongings, especially if they’ll be staying for some time. You can buy a kettle cheaply so why not make up a tea making tray so they can have tea in bed when they wake up. It's a little touch that can be very welcome.


Clean up the yard

Remember to also attend to the exterior of your home when preparing for guests. It’s a wise idea to clean up the yard and garden and make the outside look presentable. Cut the grass and weed the plants so your porch and garden look more inviting. Head to the backyard and make sure you’re ready for guests to sit out on your patio and enjoy a glass of wine or if weather permits a barbeque together.


Stock up on food & drinks

Make your guests feel more comfortable by stocking up on food and drink, especially some of their favourites. Make sure they know where the tea, coffee and biscuits are and tell them to help themselves especially when you are not around. 

Entertainment

If they are thinking of exploring the area, get some local tourist brochures in for some of the attractions. It's worth thinking of what you will do with them in the evening, are you going out for a meal or staying in? Are you going to watch a film or play a game together? Think in advance of age-appropriate things to so and the day and evening will go with a swing. 

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Time To Give Some Love To Your Home's Neglected Spaces

There are few things in life more satisfying than being able to take a house and really turn it into a homeAfter all, being able to improve and design your home not only gives you the chance to make your living space the most pleasant and comfortable place possible but it also allows you to express yourself. Let's fine out more. This is an advertorial.


People who really take the time to improve their homes and make them personal often end up feeling far more closely connected to them and enjoy living there for far longer than those who don't really make the effort. Of course, even for those who really love being able to make the most of their home, there are still a few places where they might not be paying the same level of attention. With that in mind, here are some potentially neglected parts of your home that you might want to give a little more love.

The basement

For a lot of people, their basement is, at best, a place to store random junk and, at worst, a place they don't use for anything. This is a real shame because a basement can have a great deal of potential. Far from being the dark, cold, damp place that a lot of us think of, it's surprisingly simple to turn your basement into a room that you actually want to use. Whether you make it into a game room or an office for working from home, it's one of the best parts of your home if you're looking for space where you can get some private and quiet time.

The attic

Similar to the basement, a lot of people treat their attic as little more than a glorified dumping ground. However, things like loft conversions are a lot easier than you might think and they can easily turn your attic into a usable space. Attic rooms make fantastic spare bedrooms which is perfect if you have people to stay a lot or you're thinking of growing your family. Not only that but it's a great way to significantly increase the value of your home if the time ever comes that you do want to sell it.

The staircase

Your staircase is likely to be the most used part of your home that you never think about. After all, stairs are generally just thought of as purely functional things. But the truth is that they can often make a big difference in how a home feels. Bespoke staircases can bring a huge amount of life, charm, and class to any home. It might not be the kind of thing you notice consciously but it's a great way to help your home make a fantastic immediate impression the moment you step through the front door.

The exteriors

Far too often the care and love we give to our homes begins and ends with the interiors. This means that a lot of people end up ignoring the outside of their home and their garden.  There are plenty of reasons for this but one of the most common is that people simply don't want to deal with the hard work involved. However, if you dedicate some time to your garden every month and keep on top of the gardening, pulling up weeds, cutting back bushes and the like then your garden will look great in no time.

The bathroom


Most people think about their bathroom in purely functional terms. As long as it does the jobs that it's meant for, that's good enough for them. However, if you're not paying attention to the way that your bathroom looks, it could end up becoming quite an unpleasant space. The most obvious example of this is lighting. A dark bathroom is never going to feel as clean and fresh as a brightly lit one. So pay attention to the lighting, for example, add some spotlights, and paint the bathroom a light colour, light blue or white can make it look fresh. These are simple changes but they can make a huge difference.


Your environment often impacts you on a subconscious level. Spending time, decorating or sprucing up those neglected areas of your home can really make a difference in how you feel about it as a whole, making your home a more pleasant place to be.

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The Best Valentine’s Day Underwear Styles


Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to plan a date night with your other half, whether it’s getting dressed up and going out or perhaps even staying in. The month of February is often dominated by Valentine’s Day, putting romance on everyone’s mind. This is an advertorial.

Whether it’s the 14th of February or not, feeling good is probably at the top of your priority list for date night. This can start with something as simple as your underwear, as it creates the very foundation of your outfit and even the whole mood for the night!

Feeling confident and sexy in front of your date can be a huge deal, and wearing underwear that you love and that fits properly can enhance your figure. What’s more, the chance to buy yourself some new underwear feels like a great bit of self-indulgence that everyone deserves. With that in mind, how do you choose the best Valentine’s Day or date night underwear?

Choosing the right colour


The colour of your underwear is very much down to personal preference, but consider your skin tone and what colours may compliment it perfectly. Your skin tone or hair colour can determine the colours that will suit you the most, but if there’s a colour you really love regardless of that, go for it anyway!

If you have a warm or olive complexion with dark hair, go-to colours could include orange, red, golden yellow and deep green. Cooler skin tones will often suit colours like royal blue, emerald and deep purple.

Of course, if you’re setting a romantic mood, red and black are classic choices and can be incredibly flattering no matter what your skin tone is!

Picking the right fabric 


Touch is one of the most important senses when it comes to romance, so when picking your date night underwear, the fabric could make all the difference. Think of fabrics that are a little more luxurious or glamorous than your everyday cotton.

There are certain fabrics that are synonymous with a sense of luxury; silk or satin, in particular, can offer a smooth and gentle feel with its shimmery appearance. Similarly, lace often works well in romantic styles due to its partly sheer design, with a delicate style that works beautifully in any number of colours.

If you’re looking for something a little more contemporary, sheer or mesh inserts have become hugely popular in underwear. This maintains a sophisticated look with just a little peek of what’s underneath!

The best date night styles 

The best underwear for you often depends on what you feel most comfortable in; after all, you will naturally appear more confident if you’re comfortable in your outfit! So, whether you prefer full coverage or very little, there is the right underwear style out there for you.

High cut Brazilian briefs have become a huge trend in the underwear industry because they are the perfect balance of cheeky and modest. With a high cut leg, they naturally elongate your legs and accentuate your curves for that extra confidence boost. With the style being a Brazilian brief, it still offers good coverage on the front and back, perfect for those who don’t want to reveal everything at once.

A more playful style for Valentine’s Day is the French knicker. French knickers may appear to offer the most coverage out of all underwear styles, but this doesn’t take away from their intrigue. They are most similar to shorts, but they offer a very flattering silhouette that hints at your cheeky, playful side. French knickers are usually designed in a silky fabric and can lend themselves to a number of different prints.

The classic choice for any kind of date night is the thong. This is because the thong is perfect for wearing under form-fitting outfits and removing any visible lines; helpful at a time when you are most likely to be wearing a bodycon dress. The thong has very little coverage, making it the ultimate style to show off your assets!

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How To Clean Jewellery / Jewelry At Home

Jewellery can instantly accentuate any outfit, no matter if it is your daily wear, office outfit, or party piece, however, your look can diminish if your jewellery has that dull worn look. This is an advertorial.

While your jewellery becoming dirty overtime is only expected, it does not mean you have to keep wearing it as it is or buy brand new pieces of jewellery. You can easily make your old jewellery sparkle again by using a jewelry steam cleaner or using the easily available ingredients in your kitchen.

As a matter of fact, there are many useful DIY tips that you can use for jewellery cleaning in order to get that shine back. Without further ado, here are a few ways to clean and polish your favourite jewellery pieces using everyday items available at home. 


Please note, especially valuable and antique items should be cleaned by a specialist jeweller and opals, pearls and other porous stones should not be cleaned at home with a steam cleaner. If any of the stones are loose do not attempt to clean your jewellery at home.

Soap & water mixture


The blend of soap and water is one of the simplest and successful approaches to clean gold, platinum, pearl and opal jewels. You can use a delicate toothbrush with soft bristle fibres or soft fabric to scrub off any intense stains on the gold. However, it is best not to scrub when dealing with jewellery containing pearls and opals. Rather, simply expel them from the fluid mixture and lay them to dry. Once dry, you can then keep them in a cotton sack. Keeping your jewellery in a cotton sack will help prolong its sparkle for months to come. 


Use baking soda

Baking soda is one of the most powerful agents to clean silver jewellery. To remove the developed stains from your silver and gold jewellery, all you have to do is mix 1/4th cup of baking soda with 2 tbsp. water. Then, mix these two ingredients well to make a thick gooey paste and apply it over your jewellery using a soft fabric or a cotton wipe. Let the paste rest for a bit and then tenderly rub, wash, and buff dry.

To clean gold ornaments, place your jewellery in a clean bowl, sprinkle a pinch of baking soda, followed by a touch of vinegar over it, and wash clean. Again, it is best not to use this trick with jewellery and ornaments containing pearls or gemstones as it could result in paste depositing over them, making them look even duller than before. 

Chemistry of baking soda and aluminium foil

For silver, take a bowl and cover it with a layer of aluminium foil. Add a tablespoon of baking powder along with 2 tablespoons of water to form a mixture. Dipping your silver jewellery and/or ornaments in this mixture will do an incredible job to dispose of the stains.

You do not need to scrub the jewellery when using this method; simply let your jewellery soak in the mixture for a few minutes to see the magic. Then use a soft fabric or cotton wipe to clean the paste off the jewellery and then wash with clean water.

In case you feel confused about which side of aluminium foil to use for best results, read this insightful article here, you may be surprised.

Try toothpaste

Do you know how toothpaste removes stains from your teeth? It can likewise remove stains and dirt build-up from your silver jewellery. Simply apply a touch of any white toothpaste (gel-based toothpaste does not do the trick) to your tarnished jewellery and rub the paste gently using a cotton wipe or your finger. Once you have covered the entire surface, wash it well with warm water and buff to sparkle with a delicate material like cotton wipes. 

Clean it with beer

If you thought beer is only good to get your weekend party happening, you ought to try it to sparkle up your old jewellery as well. Beer is especially a decent alternative for cleaning gold jewellery. However, it probably won't work excessively well on your silver adornments. All you need to do is dip your jewellery in your beer glass and let it sit for a while. 

Use ketchup

Just like beer, ketchup is another common kitchen ingredient that you can use to clean your jewellery. It can be used to clean silver jewellery as well as copper and brass. To clean your jewellery with ketchup, simply dab and rub ketchup on your ornaments’ surface, let it sit for a while, clean with water and watch it shine. 

Get your own jewellery steam cleaner



Contrary to popular belief, it is very economical to buy your own jewellery steam cleaner to use at home. Steam cleaners utilize high weight steam to evacuate dirt, grime, oil, soil and other dust particles from your jewellery’s smallest corners and remove tarnishes. The best thing about steam cleaning is that it takes only water and less than 10 seconds to precisely clean your jewellery. You do not need to buy anything else or use any other ingredient. Just keep in mind to not use very high pressure as that can damage your jewellery.

Important things to keep in mind

While cleaning your jewellery makes it look almost brand new,  it is advisable to not clean your jewellery every day. Using a jewellery steam cleaner every day can damage the gems and stones due to repeated pressure and cause unnecessary wear and tear.

You can also take some precautionary methods to prolong the life of your jewellery. For instance, remove your jewellery when taking a bath, cleaning the house or applying beauty products. And secondly, don’t let your jewellery (especially silver) sit in the jewellery box for long; wearing it regularly actually slows down the process of tarnishing.

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Becoming A Master Of Cutting Your Household Bills

When it comes to how we manage our money, finding the opportunity for savings here and there is always important. However, most of the time, we focus on savings on the things we buy in stores or online. What about the expenses that we have to deal with on a more recurring basis? The truth is that by looking at our bills and by learning how to cut them as best as possible, we are making longer-term savings that are much more likely to affect our financial health. Here are a few tips on just how to do that. * This is an advertorial.

Always be open to switching


When it comes to your household bills, one of the most effective ways to save money is to shop around, compare the deals with price comparison websites, and to choose whoever offers the best deal. The truth is that you are rarely going to get the best offer by simply sticking with your current provider. Loyalty often does not pay, as many of the best offers are specifically aimed at new customers, since they’re trying to attract them and are willing to take a small loss of profits to make sure that they win them over. Pay attention to when your contract with a current provider is over, and don’t feel any shame about immediately looking for whoever offers a better deal.

Get a better deal on your credit

Have you been using the same credit card for the past five years or more? If you’ve been responsible, paying off all your bills and managing your credit balance well, then your credit rating should have improved over time. You could be getting a better deal on your credit card and not even know it. As with many bills, you should always look to switch providers when a contract ends. For instance, you can look at switching to smart payment cards like Curve that can offer better terms on your credit, as well as the ability to manage more cards at once with one service provider. Better interest rates, more flexible repayments, and more could all be waiting for you if you haven’t looked at switching credit cards lately.

Look for referral programs with a friend

When it comes to your usual bills, you might find that there isn’t too much difference between the providers of big utilities such as oil, electricity and the like. There might be a price difference here and there, but often they’re not too willing to offer significant deals. However, when it comes to mobile and sim card providers, that’s not the case at all. For instance, Smarty has a one month free sim campaign for those who refer a friend. Referral programs are often the most reliable ways to make big savings, so if your contract is up, consider comparing them from provider to provider.

Cut services that you don’t need



Nowadays, our bills aren’t just our necessary utilities, such as gas, electricity, internet, and mobile. They also account for the subscription services that we pick up. This might include online TV and movie streaming services, online gaming networks, and various apps we have installed on our phone over the months. However, it can be easy to forget these subscription services over time. Have a “money day” each month where you go over your bank balance and try to identify where you’re spending your money. If you see subscription services that you haven’t used over the past month, then it’s time to cut them. No point paying for what you’re not using.

Be more efficient with your utilities

Saving money when it comes to your utilities isn’t just about finding the best deal. It’s also about being mindful of how you use those utilities. This is especially true of how we use energy in the home. There are a lot of tips on how to save energy in the home. For instance, you can replace halogen lightbulbs with more efficient LED bulbs. You can look at old appliances such as refrigerators, heaters, and washing machines and invest in energy-saving technology. You can also be better about habits such as leaving appliances plugged in when you’re not using them, which results in your bills going up for practically no reason. Become a more efficient household and you will become a more cost-effective one, too.

Make sure that you’re not getting overcharged on Council Tax

Everyone has to pay annual fees charged by the local council for local services such as picking up rubbish, taking care of local libraries, and so on. This is your Council Tax. This is usually paid for ten months a year, but there are a lot of people who have found that they have been put in the wrong Council Tax band. In fact, up to 400,000 homes are estimated to be in the wrong Council Tax band. You can get in touch with your local council through the Gov.uk website to check whether you’re being overcharged. It’s not a guarantee, but there’s no point in not checking.



Pay your bills on time

It might sound like an exceeding simple tip, but it’s an essential one to follow. If you tend to be late with your bills, then that’s going to result in you paying so much more in late fees. If you have trouble paying, then it’s time to consider budgeting and cutting what you don’t need for your usual expenses. Otherwise, use financial tracking apps that can remind you when bills are due, so that you’re late by pure accident. You can also have your regular bills come out monthly by Direct Debit so you don’t have to actively pay them, but it’s important to track what’s going out if you rely on automatic payments.

Instead of focusing just on saving money with your purchases here and there, start to think about your long-standing financial agreements and what you can do to cut them down instead. Hopefully, the tips here help with that.


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