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Why Home Improvements Are so Important in Our Lives

Home improvements might not seem like the best way to spend your money, but they can actually have a drastic effect on our lives that most people don’t know until they’ve experienced it themselves.

 

There are plenty of reasons to undergo some home renovations, so here is a couple of them to convince you to spend a little cash on your home the next time you receive your paycheck.

 

  1. It can make your life easier

 

Home improvements can be used effectively for situations like preparing your home for cold winters, adding fans or air conditioning for hot summers, or even changing your garden so that there’s less chance of pests and rodents invading you during the winter.

 

  1. It can help out the people that live with you

 

If you’re living with kids or seniors, then it’s never a bad idea to take a look at how home improvements can benefit their lives. For instance, you could consider handrails for seniors or even a backyard playground for the kids.

 

  1. It makes your home a home again

 

Saying that it makes your home a home again might seem cliche, but it’s actually true! There are probably parts of your home that you no longer enjoy or find frustrating to deal with, so why not change them to fall in love with your home once again?

 

  1. It boosts your home value

 

Increasing your home value is a great way to both have a better home but also to prepare for the future in case you want to sell your property. Take a look at the infographic below for more info on how to boost your home value.

 


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Sweet Dreams – A Leesa Mattress Review and Reader Offer

Sweet Dreams – A Leesa Mattress Review and Reader Offer

Ask anyone who knows me and they would probably tell you that one of my favourite things to do is sleep. I am someone who needs a good eight hours sleep a night. And if I can squeeze a power nap in during the day then all the better. 

There is nothing I like more than to climb into a freshly made bed at the end of a long day. I’ve always been lucky in that I am pretty much comatose within minutes of my head hitting the pillow – and there is very little that can wake me. I sleep the sleep of the dead.

At least that used to be the case. As I have mentioned before I have a lower back injury which flared up again towards the end of last year. Since then I have found a good nights sleep very hard to come by. Yes, I would still fall asleep within minutes, but it wasn’t a comfortable sleep (in fact, at times, it was downright painful), and I would invariably wake up after a couple of hours and find that I couldn’t get myself back to sleep.

The mattress we had the time probably wasn’t helping matters. It was coming to the end of its recommended life, and the kids had used it as a trampoline a little too often, so we knew it was time to look into finding a new one. 

Not long after, Leesa reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying out one of their mattresses. It felt like serendipity on a grand scale. 

Leesa Mattress Tag

I had heard nothing but positive things about Leesa mattresses before. I was intrigued by its three layers of foam – the cooling top layer of Avena foam, a middle layer of memory foam, and a final foam layer providing dense core support. 

One of my favourite bloggers and someone whose opinion I trust, Caro from the Twinkle Diaries, reviewed a Leesa mattress a couple of years ago and totally heaped praise upon it. If Caro thought it was good, I thought to myself, then it must be good.

It wasn’t long until I was able to find out for myself, as just 3 days after placing my order the courier pulled up and deposited a large box in my hallway. 

Yes, I said box. The mattress arrived in a box. How they manage to squish a kings size mattress and roll it so compactly that it fits into a five ft tall box is too much for my brain to comprehend… but that is what they do.

It wasn’t long before I had manoeuvred it up the stairs and into our bedroom, and just a few minutes later the mattress was out of the box and sat on the bed frame in its protective wrapping. Even at this point I still couldn’t believe that this mattress that was currently rolled up like a sausage would actually fit our bedframe, and I was convinced I had been sent a single sized mattress in error.

But no, I had received the right size mattress, as once I unrolled it it began to expand. It went from being just an inch or two thick to fully expanded within an hour.

Leesa Mattress - Rolled Up on bed frame

I had been advised there would be a noticeable odour once its protective wrapper was removed, and that is correct, but that dissipated considerably within a few hours, and by the time we headed off to bed we couldn’t notice it at all. 

So, what was that first night’s sleep like? Well, I would be lying if I said it was the best night’s sleep ever – because it really wasn’t. But this is because I had never slept on a mattress like this before. I have only ever slept on a sprung mattress, and a memory foam mattress is incredibly different.

However, while I may not have slept the sleep of the dead, for the first time in a very long time I woke up with no aches in my lower back and hips. That was nothing short of miraculous. 

It didn’t take me long to get used to the lack of springs on the bed and within just a couple of days, I was back to sleeping incredibly well all night through. One of the things I really like about Leesa is their 100-night risk-free trial, so if in that time I still hadn’t got used to sleeping on foam rather than springs, then Leesa would take it back no questions asked.

Close up of mattress

Leesa – Social and Environmental Awareness

In fact, they don’t just take returned mattresses back to their warehouse to be disposed of – they will first contact one of their local charity partners to offer the mattress to them. 

That’s because Leesa believes in giving back to the community, and for every 10 mattresses sold they donate one to charities supporting the homeless across the UK. Additionally, they plant one tree for each mattress sold, in conjunction with the Arbor Foundation, and pledge to plant one million trees by 2025.

Leesa Mattress - four white stripes on grey

One Month On…

We have now been sleeping on our Leesa mattress for one month and aside from those first few nights I honestly can say I’ve slept wonderfully – even in this heatwave we’ve been #blessed with. The cooling top layer of Avena foam really works, as even on the hottest and muggiest (and boy hasn’t it been muggy recently?!) nights I have slept incredibly comfortably.

It has also made such a difference with my lower back. While I will never be completely pain-free, the Leesa mattress had made an enormous difference – to the point where I am no longer reaching for my pain medication within minutes of waking each day. It really has helped me that much. 

Reader Offer 

Are you considering a new mattress? Leesa is offering all readers of Pushing The Moon £100 off the price of one of their mattresses – simply use the code PUSHINGTHEMOON when you reach the checkout.

 

Leesa very kindly provided me with a mattress for the purpose of this review, however, as always, all thoughts, words and imagery are my own. 

 

 

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What do the Colours in Your Home Say About You?

What do the Colours in Your Home Say About You?

When we moved into our rental home five years ago we were quite taken aback. The previous tenants had, so it seemed, been given free reign to decorate the house as they wished. It’s quite rare for this to happen with a rental as most landlords prefer walls to be painted in the standard colours of white and magnolia.

Our home though was an absolute riot of colour! The living room was purple and yellow, and the dining room had three grey walls with one purple wallpapered feature wall. While it wasn’t to my taste it did make me wonder about what sort of personality the previous tenants had.

Julian Charles has recently published an e-book called Colour Your Personality all about colour psychology, and what the colours you use in our homes says about you.

From reading the e-book I’ve come to the conclusion that the previous tenants were highly organised yet creative people due to their use of both purple and yellow, and the grey of the dining room suggested that had a very calm personality.

We lived with these colours for a while but I personally found the grey of the dining room to be quite oppressive and claustrophobic (I do like grey in decor but this shade just wasn’t right for our north facing dining room).

When we spoke to our landlord about decorating he said that we could only use white or magnolia (which makes me think that the previous paint job had been done without permission), so any colours injected into the house has to now be via furniture and accessories. 

The living room, although still a work in progress, feels calming and relaxed due to our use of brown in the form of the sofa and wooden floor.

Our bedroom is the only room that still has colour on one wall – a muted and calming shade of green. The room is in desperate need of a repaint and this is something we will get around to doing this autumn.

However, I do really like the current colour in the bedroom and feel a bit bereft that we will have to paint the whole room white. I’m planning on incorporating some of that shade of green in the form of new bedding (is there anything nicer than climbing into a bed with new bedding?) and maybe a couple of botanical prints for the wall.

Reading the e-book has made me realise that I am now a fan of the more muted, natural tones – such as brown and green. I like colours and shades that bring a sense of calmness and cosiness to a home.

What colours do you use in your home? Are you someone who loves the vibrancy of reds and yellow, or do you, like me, prefer calming shades and tones? I’d love to know, so why not leave a comment!

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The Ins & Outs Of Real Estate Investment

Have you recently been considering your options for ‘business’ success? Have you been thinking about what you could do to create a profitable income working for yourself rather than for a boss? If you don’t have a viable business idea to build on, then perhaps you could consider getting into investment.

 

Investment has fantastic potential for success, it’s just a case of choosing the right investment, that’s all. Out of all the investment options available, from stocks and shares to cryptocurrencies, one of the more reliable and less risky investments is property investment. Like the idea of property investment? Then you have come to the right place.

 

The best way that you can increase your chances of success and lower your risk of something going wrong is by educating yourself. To help you to do that below is a guide to the ins and outs of real estate investment. For everything that you need to know, read on.

 

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Be focused and disciplined

 

It’s crucial that when it comes to investing in property that you take a focused and disciplined approach. You need to take the investment process seriously. You need to understand how vital it is that you are serious about what you’re doing, and have done the appropriate research into the process of property investment. For instance, you should know which route you are going to go down – the invest to rent property route or the buy to do up and sell on for a profit route. Each of these routes are very different in terms of the profit made and the time it takes to see a profit, so researching that carefully is key.

 

Set goals

 

The next step to think about is goal setting. If you are going to invest in property, then you have to think about goal setting. You don’t want to simply buy a property and do it up and sell it on or rent it out and then get into a rut. You need to have a long-term plan in place for how you are going to continue to build an income from this kind of investment. You need to know how you will build a sustainable business and what steps will need to be taken to do so.

 

Become a planner

 

The key to success is planning. If you are going to make a success of investing in real estate, whether you are doing so via online real estate sites like Fundrise – learn more about what is Fundrise online – or you are going to invest in property in person, you need to have a clear and structured plan in place. You need to know what you’re doing, and what steps need to be taken when it comes to your investments. You can’t just ‘go with the flow’ when it comes to running this kind of a business, you need to have a stringent plan in place that you can easily stick to.

 

Want to ensure that your real estate investment business is a success? Then make sure that you take note of the tips above and implement them in how you run your investment business to increase your chances of success.

 

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