When it comes to cleaning jobs around the house, one of the most time-consuming and often frustrating jobs is cleaning the grout between tiles. Dirt and grime always seem to build up fast, making it feel like a never-ending cleaning cycle. I hate it! Dirty grout not only looks unpleasant to the eye, but it ages the tile, and can even lead to mould if not dealt with properly. So, what is the secret to getting your grout looking as good as new? Is it all about the elbow-grease, or are there products that prove to be incredibly effective when it comes to cleaning? Well, I’ve uncovered the secrets to cleaning grout and I’m ready to share them.
This year we have gone away with friends and what better way to celebrate this joyful Easter season than to recreate the fabulous Cadbury’s Great British Egg Hunt, at home? We usually do the National Trust Cadbury’s egg hunt, Anglesey Abbey is our favourite as you get to explore the wonderful grounds. At home, it’s not so vast but we still had a lot of fun exploring and finding.
Traditionally thought of as an extension of the garden, or a space in which plants could flourish away from harsher outdoor conditions, the conservatory has fast become a popular addition to many family homes. With all the issues we had last week with our conservatory, it got me thinking about how we can re-design ours to make it a better room for the whole family. A real investment, a conservatory is an adaptable space – a room that could host toys and games one day, and a quiet study session the next. Just as your family will grow and its dynamics change, so too can your humble conservatory. What do you need to create that perfect family-friendly space?
If, like many homeowners (or long term renters of course), you gaze into the back garden and see a mass of tangled weeds and an unruly lawn, it is time for a change. There are countless benefits to getting out in the garden and up close and personal with the soil. Whether you are willing to go it alone, or you would rather seek help from landscapers in Perth, creating a superb outdoor space should be a top priority.
You might think I am crazy but I love the fact that this oak tree shaped, black, piece of vinyl from Ink Mill Vinyl can be taken anywhere and it is an instant blackboard. There should be one in every house as far as I am concerned. We write messages on it for each other, draw pictures when we are feeling creative and Mummy likes to write the menu on it too. Just for fun!
For all the busy mum’s and families out there it can get really challenging to find quality time while still managing all the other aspects and obligations of life. A great way to get in some family bonding time is to work on some small weekend projects with your spouse and kids and do a bit of DIY. There are of course, certain projects that are more geared to your pint size helpers but you may be surprised at how many small updates you can choose from to work on all together as a family. It is always recommended to find a local electrician or contractor for major home projects but for these mini projects you can round up your own troops for some family weekend fun.
You may have read my gift guide for the kiddies the other day, well now its Mummy and Daddy’s turn. There are some great gift ideas for various people in your Christmas shopping list, including smellies, hot water bottles and good ole “fashion accessories”.
If you have ever tried to enlist the services of a Sydney plumber when the weather is bad you will know that it’s not always the easiest task. Inclement weather tends to bring about more than its fair share of bursts and blockages which can adversely affect the plumbing of any home. This means that it can be difficult to find a plumber who is available to help.
I sometimes sit and wonder what life will be like for my two when they are my age? Will they have floating vehicles, instead of ones that require wheels? Will life on earth be completely different to what it is now? When I think back to how life was when I was a child, mobile phones had not been invented, the internet was not established and cars did not have all of these computer whizz-tech gadgets that they do now. Will my children have a #BrightFuture?
David Bancroft, the Head of Residential Property at Ison Harrison, has shared some property buying tips for those dipping their toes in the property waters for the first time. It is really useful information, especially whilst we are looking for our first home. The first tip alone is really difficult, there are so many properties out there that are just over our threshold and it breaks your heart when the sellers will not negotiate.