Then vs Now.

Hey readers,

I got talking to my mum the other day and she was discussing her dream to go on this holiday of a lifetime. She said that she made for her home and that she didn’t need to worry about things like a mortgage. I discussed my mortgage my age and how the prices of homes have risen so high over the years compared to her time when she was younger. Some things are better now but also they can be tough going especially for the young couples like myself trying to get their foot on the housing market and make a home mine.

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I think my mum is now at the age where she can enjoy her retirement and think about doing some exciting things that she wants to do. She wants to go explore the world and now at the age she is, she can go to Egypt and see the pyramids and ride on a camel. She is fortunate to have that security to know that she has paid her mortgage and can feel secure knowing her home is for life. She can do anything she wants, she could redecorate her home if she wanted to.

It was interesting to hear my mum tell me that she looked into how much her property had increased over the thirty odd years since she had brought her home. It was the best decision for her to buy and invest, she can now enjoy her life knowing that she has been rewarded later on for paying her mortgage. As much as I appreciate her success regarding getting raise her value to her home. I can’t even manage ever owning my own home or if was fortunate how long would it go on for till I finally get to pay off the whole mortgage. These times are uncertain, they’re not as secure as when my mum was younger. Security and a job for life are not always definite. You could lose your home if you lose your job and not manage the payments. It is a much riskier era to be in when considering homes.

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I know it was a lot easier 30 odd years ago when my mum brought her home, the prices were so lower, click here to check how much your property is worth. It was much easier for people of my mum’s generation to quickly pay off the mortgage when my mum brought her home in 1980 it only took her 13 years to pay off. The thought now just doesn’t seem imaginable. Not to mention my mum having much more choice, she has a 3 bedroom semi-detached for £25,000. I can’t even imagine me affording that size property and definitely not for the price. The rise of the cost of the property over the last 30 years is mind-blowing.

So, as you can see my mum was lucky to be around at the right time where now she can sit back and reap the rewards of the increase of the value of her home that she can have the dream of riding a camel.

Cheers for reading X

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

Things to do when you are having a bad day.

Hey readers,

From time to time we all have bad days and that is ok. I have compiled some ways to help you when you are having a bad day. These tips are been successful for may so it is not just empty words.

Breathing exercises.

A way to help destress is to try out the breathing exercises and making sure you use deep breathes and use your lungs properly. Doing this exercises helps slow down you breathing and can be really therapeutic to just stop and focus on your breathing. Youtube is a brilliant source of visual aids to run through the step-to-step guide to do deep breathing.

Meditation.

Meditation is so useful to help calm you down, give you something to think about other than the negative feelings that you hold. It helps distract you and give you something to focus on that can help make you feel calmer and relaxed.

Hot bath

There is something about having a hot bath that really calms me down. I feel my muscles after been tense all day to soak them in hot water really beneficial. I just love after feeling really relaxed and putting on really soft PJs helps me chill out

Watch a film.

A brilliant way to escape is with a film and getting a nice throw to settle down. It is a great way to switch off because often I am feeling exhausted after a bad so relaxing with a film is a great way to unwind.

Unplug.

The internet is addictive, it has its positives with having a wealth of information, interactions and entertainment. The downfall is it can lead to obsessions or transfixion and makes you feel rubbish. This is not great when you already feeling pants. I find just turning my phone off for an hour or two really helps me just switch off and allows me that time to think by myself.

Feel it.

Sometimes, when you are feeling bad instead of running away from the emotions, it is just good to be mindful even though it can be challenging. It is ok to have them negatives feelings, it is ok to cry and be angry. It is much better to have it there rather than trying to block it out or go into denial. Feeling them emotions is more practical and it may take less time to have to own them. When you explore them emotions it allows you to understand and accept what is happening to you.

Blame game.

I know it is so easy to find anyone other than yourself to pass the blame on to and ok sometimes it may be another person’s fault. But that doesn’t mean that we have to hold on to that anger, it just causes negativity and by letting it go gives back that freedom to move forward.

What things do you do to help when having a bad day?

Cheers for reading X

How to Choose the Right Flooring for Your Kitchen

The highest priority choice once considering kitchen flooring concepts needs to be the functionality of the floors. A kitchen area is a high-traffic place, at risk for stains varies from water to oils, food and then wine. You wish to search for kitchen flooring things which are lesser repairs that can stand up to operate in the long run.

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Let’s check out the supplies intended for your kitchen flooring concepts:

1. Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is an effective kitchen flooring component, in particular when you prefer environmentally friendly items. Bamboo gets bigger so fast it’s an excellent, ecological provider for floors. Apart from the eco-friendly feature, bamboo’s durability is one among the best of the all-natural stuff available to buy.

When deciding on bamboo flooring, select an established brand name with the longest and finest warranty likely. The value of the bamboo flooring is observed by the duration of the warranties.

2. Carpet Flooring

The carpet was not previously been a well-known kitchen flooring alternative because of its intricacy in repairs and also. However, the recent carpet floor tiles are a latest kitchen floor alternative. Developed as well as analyzed to be commercialized level for substantial traffic places, constructed of durable, simple to clean materials and also convenient to set up, they can indeed be the ideal kitchen flooring concept. The most exciting part is that a carpet floor tile can be detached for cleanup or perhaps replacing.

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Prefer a carpet floor tile from a firm such as Flor, made for the advanced, DIY customer. Purchase an additional package of floor tiles and then continue to keep for upcoming repairs. For the latest appearance, make use of carpet floor tiles selectively in some parts of your kitchen rather than wall to wall.

3. Concrete Flooring

Concrete bears an innovative appearance and condition which is difficult to beat. Long lasting, it actually can endure action in the busiest kitchens and seem attractive.

Usually, there are some options you can actually provide concrete to personalize its own appearance. Newly poured concrete could be stamped, as almost all concrete tends to be stained, polished, stenciled and also waxed.

If you want concrete flooring and in a cold environment, give some thought to a vibrant floor heating system beneath the concrete to heat up the material’s freezing area.

4. Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is inexpensive, can be purchased in a number of textures together with styles which is probably the most water-resistant kitchen flooring alternatives. Although tiles are handy to set up, sheet vinyl needs skilled installation.

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Take a look at the recent wood-look vinyl flooring planks. Simple to set up, water-proof sufficient to function in a bath, kitchen or even moist location and also textured to imitate wooden grain, it requires a cautious look to find out if the wood plank vinyl flooring is definitely wood or perhaps not.

5. Tile Flooring

Tile is an effective, low-maintenance option for a kitchen area. It’s an easy task to clean up, long-lasting and also carries a reflective top quality that promotes the style of space in a kitchen.

The recent tile styles replicate wood as well as other textures and even forms. Tile not really occurs entirely as a 12” square. Most of the newest advanced styles are big, rectangular patterns.

Appoint an expert to put in place tile, particularly if the subflooring is not completely level. For simple upkeep, set up tiles with grout traces which are as little as it can be.

In case you’re looking at kitchen flooring suggestions to replace your kitchen area, choose work and toughness a top priority. Nearly all flooring nowadays is made to be lower repairs and also long-lasting. The selection of stunning material choices and also styles offered could make deciding on a kitchen floor a great feeling.

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Long haul travel

Hey readers,

Are you looking for an easy way to plan a holiday somewhere far away but don’t know where to look or find out the right information. Well, you’re in look as Destination2: Holidays is the place to be as they are a company that provides luxury holiday destinations and specialises in long-haul travel. They provide the option of just the holiday or there is also the option of the holiday and travel so you can get all sorted in one click and cater to your budget. The holiday locations available are Europe, Carribean, Middle East, Indonesia, Malaysia, Indian Ocean, so there is plenty of choices to get the right place for your needs and desires.

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Destination 2 provides several types of packages depending on what your needs are and what kind of holiday you would like to have.   The types of accommodation are:

Honeymoon holidays – are focused on popular tourist destinations such as the Caribbean and beach type holiday.  However, they do also cater for adventure with trying out underwater diving for example or cityscapes where you can explore the architecture and popular markets.

Last minute deals – these are for people who may be at the last minute what to go away somewhere or trying to budget to there needs, this great option to bag yourself a bargain to somewhere beautiful in the world like Thailand or Maldives.

Adult only holidays –  if you want to relax with an adult company and a calmer environment and not have to worry about a noisy environment or someone kicking the ball over your head on a beach then do check out these type of packages.

Luxury all inclusive holidays – perfect if you want everything sorted and not have to worry about any the financial stress as inclusive holidays are covered for things like food, drink, and entertainment (cruises, table tennis etc).

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On the website there is a live web chat available to message, or you can email them personally and they also have a helpline and after service helpline that run during business hours to help with any worries and make planning a trip hassle-free so you have to worry about is what to back.

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With regards to the company themselves, they have been awarded five stars from test piolet. Destination 2 have also from 2011 – 2017 have won the global traveling award. Not to mention they have Atol protection so you have that can give you some security on how well the business is doing.

Thank you for reading X

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10 best life tips

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As we get older hopefully we learn and grow insight to improve as a person. I myself have learnt some things along the way on my journey through life and I thought I would share some of my best life tips.

1) This lesson IS difficult but if you learn to not be anger and put blame on people you will lead a more fruitful life. Life is a b*tch and there are some God awful people out there. I have experienced a fair few. But, once I learn to let go of that anger and just accept it, life is much more pleasent. I don’t forget the hurt by any stretch of the imagination. I just let go, untie it from my emotions. The more you hold on to the negative feels they will only fester and bring you down. The more that you don’t allow it to influence you means you can enjoy life better.

2) I know people go on about enjoying every second and you should be enjoying it. However, lets face it life is not like that. Don’t put these expectations on, just focus on not taking life too seriously, have a laugh and make happy memories.

3) I know it is cheesy with the whole idea of the power of positivity. I suffer depression but looking at one small thing a day no matter what it is can really help you. Even for example it is just getting out of bed or leaving the house, that is one step closer to helping yourself move forward.

4) Enjoy the outdoors and surround yourself with nature – it can really help physically and mentally. Plus it is free, so even if you have no money you can still go out and look at the trees.

5) If you can help people, karma and all that. Plus it is nice to just do something for someone.

6) Don’t compare yourself to other people, remember that we are all on our own journey. You don’t know what people are going through, you only see a section of that person especially if it is on social networks like Instagram. Never forget that comparison is the thieve of joy so instead of worrying about missing out, just focus on your self and what you are doing.

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7) Write down goals – small or big get them down physically on the paper and see where you can make improvements. Small steps lead to better destinations. It can help if you are in a negative frame of mind to work on something that you can focus but also check in each month to see how far you have progressed. This can help make it feel more real and concrete giving you that well earned boast that you deserve.

8) Make sure you get some sleep because it really does help give a clear mind to think.

9) If in doubt or you don’t want to do something, do micro tasks that lead to the bigger goal. This can help you feel less overwhelmed and in the long run be more productive.

10) Make sure you are on top of your emails. Go through them each day and delete the unnecessarily ones.

What life lessons have you learnt along the way of your journey?

Cheers for reading X

It’s all about the beats

Hey readers,

A great way to enjoy this summer heat is to get the headphones on and get walking. A fantastic heatphones set is Beats Studio 3 headphones. These beats are excellent because they offer noise cancellation which if you have never experienced it is a must. They really do help give a better audio experience when there is less external noise around therefore you can just a simply focus on listening to your music.

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As you can tell they are large but that is the thing that makes Beats headphones appealing as they are made from soft cushioned ears to make them comfortable for long wearing periods. The ear cushions go over the ears which for me personally I prefer as they don’t hurt your ears because they don’t need to go inside the ear. The headphones themselves are a flexible fit meaning that you can adjust to your personal needs so that you are confident that you can get the right fit for you.

I like the fact that the headphones come in black colour as I like the subtle that it design brings. I think it is great not to just focus on the appearance and just go with the goal to escape from the world and just get the enjoyment from your music. The design of the headphones is lightweight, durable and comfortable so all you simply have to focus on is listening to your music.

They are wireless headphones so you don’t have to mess about with leads and they also come with a carry box to make them safe and secure when you are not using the headphones.

The manufacturers have said that the headphones have up to 22 hours of charge which means you can enjoy listening to your music throughout the day without the fear of needing to charge my headphones.

The headphones are compatible with iPhone.

Cheers for reading X

This is a collaboration with HMV. However, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.