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Your Home Au Naturel

Humans have a lot to learn from the natural world, it can teach us about medicine and science, but it can also help us to learn more about technology and mechanical engineering. Don’t worry about any of that stuff for now though, that's a whole other blog post in itself, instead, it’s time to focus on the gifts that nature can give you when it comes to design. By incorporating natural elements into your home, you can do a lot to make it look more unique and interesting, without having to make it hard to live in. To help you with this, this post will be going through some of the best ways to add a touch of nature to your home.

In a lot of homes, furniture and other features will be largely made from wood. Unfortunately, though, most items like this aren’t designed to allow the wood to show off its natural beauty, instead, they will be painted or covered with a veneer. With solid furniture, you might be able to strip these treatments and add your own clear one, but for furniture made from particle boards, like chipboard or MDF, you might need to look at some second-hand options to replace them. Exposing wood like this will always make a home feel more natural.

What Should You Do When Your Kid Wants A Phone?

Every parent will face this dilemma at some stage. Their kid wants a phone and they either cannot afford one or feel that their child is too young to have one. This is one area where children and parents can have very different opinions and it can lead to a lot of conflict within the family. Here are some ideas on how to diffuse the situation.

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Getting over the financial barrier of getting a mobile phone.
Mobile phone contracts are not cheap and if you already paying out for your own contract, a partner’s contract and perhaps even an older child’s contract this can really mount up! When you have lots of other household bills to cope with, the last thing you need is yet another mobile phone contract.

Affordable House Cleaning Options

A housekeeper can play a crucial role in your life, saving you time to spend with your family instead of cleaning up the house. There are two options that you can always choose from: 1) hiring an independent housekeeper or 2) hiring an agency. An agency can wind up costing you more, as you’re not just paying for an independent contractor, but also for a large administration overhead. Most people prefer to hire an independent house cleaner because they don’t want to have to pay for the overhead of a large company, but agencies do offer convenience.

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Fortunately, finding and working with an independent house keeper doesn’t have to be a headache; if you use the right resources, your search can be quick, easy, and reliable. There are websites out there that help connect employers and housekeepers like Housekeeper.com, with thousands of housekeeper profiles that are searchable by city, state, and even neighborhood across the USA and Canada.

“Old Fashioned” Activities to Keep the Kids Happy in Summer

It’s that time of the year when the kids are off school and roaming around the house looking for things to do. Many now resort to video game entertainment which, whilst fun, seems a little unproductive, especially during the summer months. In light of this, here are some of the older activities which are sure to keep them happy.

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Day Trips
Day trips are a great way to get kids outdoors and breathing in some fresh air. Theme parks are often a popular option, as they combine the thrills of adrenaline fuelled rides with outdoor fun and family bonding. Many theme parks also offer family deals, which means you can save some extra cash (although you may well end up spending it on ice cream and hotdogs anyway).

Pull The Plug On High Electric Bills

Are your electricity bills too high? With most of our lives revolving around electronic devices, cutting back on our power usage can seem like a difficult ask for many of us. However, there are many other ways to lower the costs of powering our homes. Here are just a few methods.

Is it time to switch supplier?
Other suppliers may be charging less. There are many comparison sites out there to help you get the best deal – click here to get an idea of such a site. Some suppliers will charge discounted rates to new customers. In fact, you may be able to save a lot of money simply by changing supplier every few years and making use of new customer rates.