Sprucing Your Home Up For Summer

Summer is here and the weather is great! You can bask in the sun in the garden, entertain your friends with a BBQ and splash about in home pools. But many of us will find ourselves overwhelmed by a sense of claustrophobia when we step back into our homes in the evening. Who can blame us? We’ve spent hours experiencing the great outdoors, cool breezes and splashes of water. Then we find ourselves in a stuffy space feeling cramped and uncomfortable. This doesn’t need to be the case. It’s time to spruce up your home and make it hot weather friendly. You should come back indoors and feel content and comfortable.

Have a Clear Out

The first step? Having a clear out. Over the year we amount all sorts of bits and bobs that we don’t really need. Spaces begin to look cluttered and can feel overwhelming. Keep things minimal. Throw out anything that is broken or damaged. Then donate or sell anything that is unnecessary, has no sentimental value and serves no particular purpose. Nice clear surfaces and floors will make your rooms seem bigger and more spacious.

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Have Somewhere to Eat

BBQs are great but you don’t want them for every single meal of the day. Make sure that you have a designated space that’s always clear that you can sit at for a meal. Ensure that your dining room has a large table that everyone can sit at. It’s nice to step out of the sun with your friends or family to enjoy your lunch in the cool and shade. Make sure it’s always clear. You don’t want the hassle of having to move items around while your food is going cold.

Install Air Conditioning

Keep things cool and fresh by installing an air conditioning unit in your house. This may sound excessive, but think just how much you’ll appreciate being able to get to sleep comfortably in a cool room, rather than tossing and turning while you stick to your sheets. Air conditioning will make your home a heavenly retreat from the heat.

Keep Things Green

Having plants around automatically makes a space feel natural, calm and fresh. So get a few houseplants to brighten up your interior and add a touch of nature. They will cleanse the air in your rooms, making spaces feel more breathable and add a dash of color to liven the atmosphere. If you’re worried about the upkeep, not to worry. There are plenty of plant species that require minimal care. Consider succulents and cacti. These don’t need regular watering and will generally take care of themselves as long as they have a bit of natural light.

Open The Windows

We’re all guilty of leaving clutter on our windowsills. But try to avoid this. Leave the space clear, allowing light and air to circulate freely between your room and the outside of your home. Pull up the blinds or make sure that your curtains are pulled back. Things will look brighter and feel fresher in no time.

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Earn While You Travel: Top Jobs For Those With A Wanderlust

If you have a dream of travelling the world, you might be wondering how you will actually be able to afford it. As it happens, many people are in the same boat, and it is something which a lot of people have struggled with in the past as well. If you want to travel as much as possible, one of the best things you can do to make it work is to earn money as you do so. You might have thought of this before and decided that it must be near impossible to pull off, or maybe some other reason got in the way. But increasingly, people are turning to this as a way of living, and as it happens it is one of the best ways to ensure that you can keep going on your travels no matter what. Let’s take a look at some of the best career options for anyone who loves to travel.

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Teacher

This is probably the most common type of travelling job, and a little digging into it will soon reveal why that might be the case. If you are keen to travel for as long as possible, then you might be pleasantly surprised at just how easily you can continue to make a great deal of money simply because of your native tongue. If you are a confident English speaker, then you can easily make money teaching the language to children around the world. There are a huge number of countries which are always actively seeking English teachers, so it is just a matter of plotting your way around the world by looking into those countries in particular. But how can you be sure you will land an English teaching job wherever you might choose to go?

For a start, you can never be entirely certain you will get a job, and that is why it helps to only work from time to time. You can stay in one place for a while, teach while you are there, and then travel around another place. Done in this way, you can soon find your way around the world and still have plenty in your pocket. But there are certain countries where you are probably more likely to be able to land a teaching job, and it’s worth looking at those in particular. Vietnam is one country which is particularly keen on bringing in foreigners to teach English, as is Taiwan. For those who want to explore the beauties of South America, Brazil is another capital of teaching which you might want to consider. Failing that, South-East Asia is always a good bet, in particular Thailand and Nepal.

No matter where you decide to go, you will want to ensure that you present yourself well and that you make it clear that you have the necessary skills. You might be asked to sit an exam or to otherwise prove yourself by carrying out a practice run of a teaching lesson. It is well worth it, in particular as you will then be able to get a reference to pass on to the next school you visit. Once you get into it, you might find that teaching abroad is one of the most beneficial and enjoyable experiences of your life. You might even decide that it is what you want to do once you return to your homeland after all your travelling.

Bartender

If there is any travelling job which you are likely to be able to pick up in any city on Earth, it is being a bartender. If you don’t have any experience in bartending, don’t worry, you will still probably be able to find a job of this kind. The beauty of this kind of work is that the employers re usually quite used to staff coming and going. Because their turnover is so frequent, it means that they are adaptable and likely to want to take you in for a short period of time. This is ideal for anyone who wants to hop around the world at whatever pace they like. But how can you easily land a job of this kind?

For this kind of role, the most important quality is usually confidence. If you are able to express yourself well, interact with others in a polite and engaging way, then you will find that bar owners tend to want to hire you. The best test is usually in the first shift, as the employer will probably be watching to see whether you are interacting with the customers well or not. Make the most of this and go out of your way to really impress them. Joke with the customers, be extra polite, and you will find yourself with a job in no time.

A real benefit of bartending is that you can make a lot of money from tips, which means you often won’t need to wait for a paycheck to come through before you can start spending money on some of those essentials. If you are particularly good, you might even find that you can pay for your way mostly through tips, and keep the actual pay as an emergency fund. There is something very pleasing about this, especially if you are only working a few hours in the evening each day. Go for this kind of work if you want the freedom to come and go, and you need a little extra boost financially as you travel.

Nurse

Here’s one you might not have considered: travel nurse. If you haven’t thought about this before, you might want to look into it, as it does actually have a number of interesting perks which are worth considering. Travel nurses are usually sent to a specific location in order to help out at an institution. You might be drafted to go to a struggling hospital or doctor’s surgery, for example, or perhaps to an emergency situation. Although this does not have the freedom of some of the other top travel jobs, it does have other perks, such as more pay than the others and a feeling of genuine satisfaction from being able to help others for a living. If you want to get into travel nursing, you will need to be prepared not to be able to control your travelling trips quite so much as with some other jobs. As long as you are happy with that, it can be a great way to see different parts of the world, especially if you station yourself in some other exotic setting.

What does it take to become a travel nurse? Obviously enough, you need a medical degree and the years of training necessary to be a medical professional of this caliber. You will also need to have the mental ability to up and leave at a moment’s notice, as well as the keenness to continually research and keep on top of medical information and knowledge. If you take a look at this article: Travel Vaccinations That Every Travel Nurse Should Know About, you will get an idea of just some of the things that a nurse of this kind will need to know off the top of their head. The more you know, the better.

If you do land this job, you can expect to enjoy a number of distinct advantages, not least the feeling of helping people as you get to see many different parts of the world. But you should also prepare yourself for a great deal of stress. This job is not for everyone, but anyone whom it does suit will find that it is particularly exciting and rewarding.

Tour Guide

Perhaps you have a particular favorite area of the world, and you happen to know a lot about it? If this is true, then you might find the idea of becoming a tour guide particularly enthralling. Tour guides can earn quite a lot of money for what they do, and it can be an enjoyable and exciting job where you get to meet a great many people as well. If you have a serious knowledge of a particular city or area, then consider getting into this on your next travels. It’s actually pretty easy to do, and especially as you usually have the ability to work freelance. If you want to find work as a tour guide, it is normally not too hard. Generally, you can just advertise yourself in the city you are staying in, offering a good price, and you will find that this is enough to draw people in.

Wherever you decide to go, there will always be people wanting to know more about that place, so this is a particularly useful job to have for that reason. Make sure that you are confident in your abilities to express yourself and that you can interact with other people well. You should then find that you can easily earn money all over the world through this kind of work. With any luck, you might even meet some interesting people.

A Trip to Washington State

Planning a trip in the States sometime soon? You can do a lot worse than Washington State. This Pacific Northwest state offers its visitors a little bit of everything, from cosmopolitan cities, local culture and energy, and plenty of annual events. And let’s not forgot what is perhaps this state’s biggest draw: the incredible natural beauty, which is perfect for getting out and about and into the great outdoors. Whatever your interests are, you’ll find that they’re well catered for in Washington. Take a read below for some of the best things to do while you’re there. It’ll be all the inspiration you need to book a trip!

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The Great Outdoors

We have to start here, because the natural beauty of Washington is so extensive that, well, where else can you start? Even if you only spent time in the outdoors when you were there, you’d have a good time. There are three main national parks in the state: Olympic; the North Cascades; and Mount Rainier. These three offer many, many miles of remote wilderness, so you have to well prepared! Casual visitors will find that Olympic National Park is the best one for them, because it offers a bit of everything, from jagged mountain peaks to lush rainforests.

Into the City

There a lot of great cities in Washington, but the biggest and most “cosmopolitan” is Seattle, which you’ll certainly already know a thing or two about. This is the home of Starbucks Coffee, and Boeing, and plenty of world-changing musicians. When you go there today, you’ll find a whole host of great tourist attractions. Go down to Pike Place Market and grab yourself some fresh fish while soaking up the energetic atmosphere. Go to the top of the Space Needle for the best views of the city. Check out the city’s museums, which include the Seattle Art Museum and the Museum of Flight. And above all, wander the city and sample its delicious food and drink!

The Real Washington

Seattle could be considered “the world’s view of Washington,” but there’s also a lot of other smaller areas that showcase “the real Washington.” Book a room at Quality Inn & Suites Walla Walla, and you’ll be able to enjoy the best that Washington has to offer. Walla Walla – so nice they named it twice – has views, activities, history, and fine dining: everything you want when you’re traveling! Also be sure to check out some of the state’s best small towns, such as the waterfront village La Conner, and the Bavarian-inspired Leavenworth.

Festivals

There are many, many annual festivals that take place in Washington; far too many to mention here. Some of the best include the Seattle International Film Festival, which attracts somewhere in the region of 150,000 spectators each year; The Washington State Fair, which is one of the best in the country; and the Leavenworth Oktoberfest, which is obviously inspired by the German counterpart and is a lot of fun. Whenever you’re visiting, though, there’ll be plenty of local events and festivals taking place. There always is!

What To Do When You Need A Little Lift In Life

Unfortunately, none of us are immune to having a bad day now and again. But we can certainly make thing betters by employing some self-care techniques. Just like the ones below. Read on to find out more.

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First of all self-care activities don’t need to be grand gestures. They can be the smallest things. They just have to demonstrate to yourself that you are worth spending a little time and money on and make you feel better than when you started.

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In particular, painting your nails can be a small self-care activity that can make a big difference. This is because it feels good to improve your appearance, and a nice bit of nail art will always brighten your day. But also the act painting your own nails or going to a salon to get them done gives you some time to relax and focus on yourself. Which can be a very de-stressing experience.

Get some advice

Next, if you are feeling in need of a little lift why don’t you make it a priority to get some advice. You could call a friend and talk through the problems that you are facing. Or you could try on of the psychic phone numbers out there.

You could even speak to a trusted college or a member of your church. It doesn’t really matter who you consult, as long as they are understanding and they can offer you some support and advice.

Do your hair

Getting your hair done is an old school tried and tested method of giving yourself a bit of a lift when you’re feeling down. A new hairdo can lift your spirits as well as make you feel like a new person.

But what can you do if this would be the perfect self-care activity, but it’s just too expensive to go to your regular salon? Well, you could always try volunteering to be a hair model at a training salon.

This is why they offer haircuts at a vastly reduced rate because it is learners that will be doing it.

Of course, you have to be willing to go for some of the more on trend and far out styles. But there are experienced hairdressers on hand supervising the process, in case anything goes wrong. So you don’t need to worry about that side of the equation.

Treat yourself to a night out

It can also be a great idea to treat yourself to a good night out on the town. Maybe you feeling low is a good excuse to get the girls together and head out for some cocktails?

Or why not entice your other half into dinner and movie? As spending some quality time with loved ones and friend is often a sure fire route to feeling a little happier.  

Watch something funny

Lastly, if all else fails, then a great self-care activity is to watch something funny on the TV. This could be a new show, or an old favorite that you know is guaranteed to make you giggle every time.

After all, laughing releases dopamine, which is something that you can really help to lift your mood.

Lift Your Spirits Without Resorting To Drugs

 

Depression in a major issue in the West. According to research done by academics in the US, women are more unhappy now than they have been in history, despite all the social progress that has been made since the 1960s. What’s driving it isn’t entirely clear, although many commentators think it has to do with the pressures of work, intense competition and the need to perform in every aspect of life.

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For regular women, the question is what to do about it. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do without having to resort to drugs (although you should contact your doctor if you are suffering from serious bouts of depression as well as continue taking any medication as prescribed). Here are some simple ways you can lift your spirits the natural way.

Cuddle Your Favourite Furry Friend

Research has shown that people who own dogs are happier and live longer. And is that any surprise? Dogs are always in good spirits and never judge you, no matter how bad you look or feel. Dogs always want to play and, unless they are ill, have infectious amounts of energy – just what you need when you’re feeling depressed.

What’s more, simply stroking your furry friend helps to release positive endorphins, making you feel good, no matter how bad things might seem.

Get Some Uplifting Conversation In Your Life

One of the reasons many women are so unhappy is because they are so lonely. If you’ve lost loved ones, it can be hard to move on with your life and do the things you enjoy. Do anything you can. Talk to a friend, try out one of those psychic phone numbers you see posted on the internet, even sitting down with somebody you don’t know in a coffee shop can work wonders. Be brave and seek out conversations. You’re negativity won’t go anywhere if it is left to fester by itself.

Volunteer For Something

Ever wondered why so many people volunteer? Usually, it’s because giving feels good. If you’re not used to giving, give it a try. You’ll be surprised just how significant your help can be and how it can impact people who are in need. There are loads of ways to volunteer, from walking dogs to helping set up a school in the heart of Africa. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you make friends along the way and throw your all into whatever projects you get involved with.

Take A Walk In The Sun

Besides the pressures of life, another reason so many people wind up feeling down is because they don’t spend enough time in the sun. It turns out that the human body absolutely needs the sun, not just for the vitamin D, but to feel alive and healthy. Our body clocks depend on it, and so being shut indoors all day can throw them out of whack, leading to poor sleep and generally feeling miserable.

Do you have any ideas for how to lift your spirits naturally?

Easy Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

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A good night’s sleep is just as important to your health as exercise and a good diet. Research has shown that a bad night of snoozing has an immediate effect on your hormones, brain function and ability to exercise. Bad sleeping habits are also related to weight gain and an increased risk of disease.

In contrast, good sleep can help you eat less, exercise more, be healthier, and crack that morning routine so that your days can be productive. Do you struggle to seep easy? Here are my top tips for feeling refreshed and ready, every single day.

Set a sleep schedule

If there is one thing you should do to help you sleep, it’s this. Go to bed at the same time every night, and get up at the same time every morning, even on weekends, and you will see an increase in the quality of your sleep. A regular sleep routine keeps your biological clock steady and on track, meaning that you will rest better. Exposure to light at the same time each day is also good for you, so stay in sync by opening the blinds or having your morning cup of coffee in the garden as soon as you wake up.

Make your bedroom an oasis

You want your bedroom to be somewhere that you associate with relaxation and sleep. So buy yourself some beautiful sheet sets to snuggle under, decorate with neutral and calming colors and keep the bedroom free from mess. If you work from home, try to keep emails out of the bedroom – by answering messages in bed or working from your bedroom desk, your body will associate this room with stress, and will only end in you not being able to rest properly at night.

Cut caffeine after 2pm

Caffeine is a stimulant which stays in your system for around eight hours, which means that if your bedtime is around 10pm, you will need to stay away from tea, coffee or cola after 2pm. If you have a flat white or an espresso after your dinner, it will either prevent you from entering a deep sleep or prevent you from falling asleep altogether.

Exercise, but not within four hours of sleep

Exercise, especially cardio, helps to deepen and improve the quality of your sleep. However, half an hour of intense aerobic exercise can elevate your body temperature for about four hours, preventing you from decent sleep. When your body does begin to cool down, it will send signals to your brain to release sleep-inducing melatonin, which will make you drowsy.

Kick out your furry friends

Cats tend to be active in the early hours, and dogs have a tendency to snore, scratch or sniff as they sleep, which will likely keep you awake! More than half of people who sleep with their pets say that they often disturb their slumber throughout the night. On the other hand, if your pet is a good sleeper, there’s nothing wrong with snuggling with your buddy at night!

From Nightmare Home To Healthy Home In 4 Steps

A nightmare house is a house that doesn’t feel comfortable or cosy. It’s a place that doesn’t work for your health, may it be mental or physical. You need to remember that your home is your sanctuary. Consequently, a nightmare home is doing nothing for you. It is actively keeping you from resting properly. Whether it is stressing you out, making your ill, or simply disturbing the comfort you deserve, there should be no reason for you to stick with its problems. Here are four essential steps to tackle your nightmare home and turn it into a health paradise.

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No More Cold Winters

Who likes to be cold in winter? Even when it is snowing outside, you certainly don’t want to feel the cold breeze indoors too. Or if you can’t imagine the horrors of a cold winter anymore – it can be difficult when the summer months are nearly there – just picture yourself trying to sleep at night in a hot house that won’t cool down. If there’s one thing that you want to control in your home, it’s the temperature. That doesn’t mean that you should install temperature sensors everywhere. Instead, it’s about finding insulation solutions that can help you to improve the situation. In most cases, when homeowners think of insulation, they consider changing the windows. However, you can plan an affordable DIY roof insulation that will be more effective in only a weekend. So it’s worth thinking about it!

Get Rid Of Bacteria Traps

Bacterial growth is never a topic that homeowners enjoy to talk about. However, the presence of bacteria is inevitable, and consequently it’s something that you need to be aware of. This starts by teaching the kids to wash their hands after going to the toilet and can end with a bathroom revamp project if you’re struggling with mould patches. Mould growth can be difficult to clean and sometimes it’s easier to get rid of the old bathroom equipment to start with something fresh – look at online options such as Bathroom Takeaway to save you a lot of troubles and time. The key, when you redo the bathroom, is to address the areas that are the most likely to be damp or to retain moisture.

Empty Those Cupboards

Did you know that one-third of children under 10 eat junk food every day? The prospect is properly terrifying when you think about the impact of junk food on the body: obesity, diabetes, slow development, etc. This isn’t anything that a caring parent would like to inflict upon their children. Additionally, it isn’t anything that you want for yourself either. While junk food can be appealing as it is synonymous with quick and tasty, it’s important that you give your body a fighting chance. In other words, keeping only healthy food in your home is key to look after your health. That means it’s time to get rid of any pack of biscuits, crisps and processed fatty meals that you have in your cupboards.

Make Some Breathing Space

Last, but not least, is the importance of space in your home. With British homes being incredibly small, it is important to master the rules of organisation. The best way to do so is to declutter your home by getting rid of everything that you don’t need, use or want. It may sound simple but decluttering is a process that will gradually make your home feel more relaxing and peaceful.