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Things You Should Do Before Moving into a New Home

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Buying a new home is so exciting. Once the contracts have been signed and you’ve packed up all your things, you just want to move right on in. However, before you rush to set up home in your new place, there are a few things that you should do…

Hire a Reputable Removal Company

First and foremost, before you move into your new place, you should look for a company that offers cheap suburb removals, but who also have a good reputation. A good removal company will take great care of your stuff and make it easier for you to move in without any fuss.

Change the Locks

When you buy a new home, it’s always a good idea to change the exterior locks on any doors and windows. Although the previous owners, real estate agents, cleaners, etc., are probably very nice people who wouldn’t think of doing anything nefarious, it’s better to be safe and sorry, and you’ll feel a lot happier in your new home knowing that only you and your family have working keys.

Clean Up

There’s a good chance the house will already be pretty clean because the previous owners will have wanted to show it in the best light, but you don’t exactly know how they lived; if they had any pets; or if they had any previous pest problems, so it’s probably best to do a full cleaning blitz of the place. If you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself, call in the professional and have them do it for you.

Redecorate

If you want to put your own stamp on the place, it’s much easier to redecorate before you move in. The property will be empty, so you won’t have to worry about the logistic s of moving furniture around and finding a safe place to store your valuables o they don’t get covered in paint. Again, you don’t have to do this yourself if you don’t want to, but if you’re planning on decorating in the future, it’ll be much easier to bring it forward and get it done before the move.

Install New Fixtures and Fittings

While you’re decorating, it might be sensible to also go around the house checking for any fixtures and fittings that are old, worn or mismatched –light switches, door handles, lampshades, etc. – and replace them where necessary. They might just be small things, but they can make a huge difference to how comfy your new home is when you do eventually move in.

Install Window Treatments

It’s hard to enjoy those first days in your new home when you have no blinds or curtains in place, and you’re constantly worried about the neighbors peering in at you. So, if your current blinds and curtains don’t fit your new home, buy some before you move in, and you’ll feel safe and comfortable in your new home from day one.

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Moving Abroad With Your Family: Things You Need To Consider

Do you like the idea of starting fresh with your loved ones? Are you considering moving abroad and changing your entire lives? Then you’ll want to read this article carefully. Today, I’m going to highlight all the things you need to think about before pushing ahead. Making such a significant change in your life could have drastic consequences if you don’t cover all the bases. At the end of the day, you don’t want to end up coming back home after only six months. So, it’s vital that you perform as much research as possible and leave no stone unturned. If you do that, you could end up loving your new life and turning it into something special. If you don’t do that, there is a good chance you could regret the move further down the line. I’ll do my best to cover everything in this post, but you still need to use some common sense along the way.

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Finding accommodation abroad

You’re going to need somewhere to live if you want to move overseas. It’s sensible to buy a property if you have enough money. You can always sell it if you change your mind and decide to go home. When all’s said and done, you’re wasting your money if you rent a home anywhere in the world. Wherever you plan to move, you should find a house or condominium for sale within your budget. You just need to search online for local estate agents before you plan to move. Get in touch with them and explain your situation. With a bit of luck, they will come back to you with a list of suitable properties. Of course, it’s handy if you can visit the country and view them before you move. However, that isn’t always possible. So, you might have to make a deal based on photographs and paperwork alone.

Checking the job market

There is no getting away from the fact that you will have to work if you want to live abroad. Most people won’t have enough money in the bank to live a life of luxury. Thankfully, there are job sites online that list vacancies all over the world. So, it’s possible to undertake your interview and get a position before you fly to the country. However, in most instances, you will have to attend interviews after you arrive. Just make sure you set up as many as possible. That way, someone is sure to offer you some form of work. Also, it’s worth mentioning that you need to research workers rights and other related issues. Some countries don’t provide their workforce with the same protections as they experience in the United States. You need to understand the ins and outs so you can make the right decisions.

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Understanding the tax system

The last thing anyone wants is to get into trouble with the tax authorities in a foreign country. That is especially the case if you don’t speak the language. Finding a reputable accountant is the first thing you need to do. However, it’s also sensible to research the tax system in advance. In most countries, everything is pretty similar. Even so, you need to have information about the rates of tax you will pay. Only then can you accurately plan your budget and work out how much money you can afford to spend. Shop around when it comes to finding an accountant. Look for a local professional who also speaks your language. That should limit the chances of anything going wrong due to a communication issue.

Finding schools for your kids

You’ll want to make sure your kids get the best start in life possible. For that reason, you’ll have to ensure you put them in the best schools your money can afford. Most countries offer state education to homegrown students. However, those schools aren’t always suitable for foreigners. That is because the teachers might not speak English, and they don’t have specialist training for international students. However, there are going to be lots of private schools that do offer those services. It’s up to you to make sure you research them and get a placement for your children. You’ll have to factor the cost of their education into your budget too. While it’s usually cheaper abroad than at home, it’s still going to place a strain on your finances. That is, of course, unless you have a lump sum from the sale of your current home.

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Building a social circle

Living in another country is going to feel rather lonely if you don’t make some new friends. So, you’ll have to make an extra effort to talk to the people you meet every day. Try to build a social circle by seeking individuals with the same tastes and interests as you. You could even search online for groups that meet in particular areas. Maybe you like the idea of joining a team of ramblers? Perhaps you enjoy the thought of finding drinking buddies? Whatever the situation, you can use the internet and social media to make contacts. If that doesn’t work, you just need to head about and make an effort to communicate with people. You can do that regardless of the language barrier. Everyone smiles and laughs at the same things no matter where they were born.

Staying connected to friends and family

You won’t want to lose contact with your friends and family when you move abroad. At the end of the day, you never know if something will go wrong and you have to return home. So, make sure the locations you consider have access to decent WiFi connections. You can connect to the internet in most places around the world these days. However, that isn’t always the case in some developing nations. So, just search online and perform some research in advance. If there are towns where you can’t get an internet connection, you should find places nearby where you can. With that in mind, it all comes down to selecting the right towns, villages, and cities. Don’t set your heart on somewhere until you know it matches your essential criteria.

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Taking a look at local crime rates

Nobody wants to move to an area with high crime rates. If you do that, you might struggle to sleep at night. That is especially the case if burglaries happen a lot in the local area. So, you need to search for the best information and read it carefully. In the UK and the US, most police organizations release crime figures for the public to see. That isn’t always the case in foreign countries. However, you can usually get a good idea of the situation if you look online. Just read news articles reporting a crime in those areas. Many of the journalists will include figures and statistics to make their posts interesting. You can also contact the travel officers of the government in your home country. Let them know your plans, and they should provide you with advice and guidance.

As you can see from the points on this page, moving abroad with your family is not a simple task. There are many different things you need to consider before you’re ready. The process could take twelve months or longer depending on your situation. You might have to put your home on the market and wait for it to sell. Also, you have to obtain permission before moving to another country and buying a home. Some governments around the world will make you jump through hoops to get that. In many instances, you aren’t going to move to a different nation with full citizenship rights. That means even if you purchase a home, the government can kick you out whenever they like. Bear that in mind, and good luck!

Family night with Beyblade Burst at Ovation Brands Restaurants!

A new announcement for the the Ovation Brands portfolio of restaurants – Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet, Country Buffet – and Furr’s Fresh Buffet have rolled out a new Family Night promotion featuring the popular battle top game and animated series BEYBLADE BURST! Each Thursday, from June 8th through July 13th between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., kids may participate in different interactive and educational activities in Ovation Brands’ restaurants and Furr’s Fresh Buffet locations. We will even be hosting a BEYBLADE BURST tournament!

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The featured activities are as follows:

  • June 8 – In It to Spin It
  • June 15 – Bey. Launch. Burst.
  • June 22 – Trip to the World of Japan
  • June 29 – BEYBLADE Game Night
  • July 6 – Don’t Wake the Dragon
  • July 13 – Give It a Whirl

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One lucky Mommy Has A Life reader will win a special prize pack, which includes the following: one (1) BEYBLADE BURST Epic Rivals Battle Set, which includes 2 launchers, 2 tops and 1 beystadium, as well as four (4) free meal passes for you and your family to enjoy a meal at any of Ovation Brands’ locations.

How to enter:  I posted a fun Facebook Post for you to enter.  Play along to win :-)  Contest ends at 11:59 EST June 19th!

We received our prize pack and our boys have been begging us to open the Beyblade Battle Set.  We are moving, so I told them we aren’t opening any new toys until we are IN the new house, so they are (not so) patiently waiting so we can open ours and have fun with it!

Make a Scrapbook!

Turn those long summer days into a memorable project by inviting your child to create a summer scrapbook! He can write poems, include pictures and share all his special summer memories! Encourage him to describe his summer using adjectives like sunny, fun, etc.

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What You Need:

  • Tag board
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • White paper
  • Twine
  • Letter stamps or stickers

What You Do:

  1. Invite your child to find a piece of tag board or re-purpose a piece of cardboard for making the front and back cover of his summer scrapbook.
  2. Now he can use a ruler to measure and then cut the front and back cover for his summer scrapbook.
  3. To create the pages for his summer scrapbook he can use some white paper, measured and cut the same size as his front and back cover. He can decide how many pages he would like his scrapbook to have.
  4. Now he can use the hole punch to create holes along the topsides of his book, making sure they all line up!
  5. Offer your child a length of twine or string to use for binding his summer scrapbooks. All books have some sort of binding, or way to hold or fasten the book together. Otherwise, his scrapbook pages would all come out! He can experiment with weaving his twine in and out of his holes to create an interesting design and then tie a double knot when finished.
  6. Now your child can use letter stamps, stickers and paint to decorate the front of his summer scrapbook!

Encourage him to carry her summer scrapbook with him to document all the wonderful things that happen during his summer!

Look north! 5 great reasons to consider Canada

Our quiet neighbour to the north is a beautiful, exciting and multifaceted place, yet so many Americans don’t even consider hopping over the border to sample the myriad delights of this diverse country. And that’s a real shame. Canada has a whole lot more to offer than maple syrup and a hunky leader.

Now more than ever, Canada has a whole lot to offer tourists from the US and all around the world. It’s also an incredibly kid-friendly destination jam-packed with fun activities for the whole family.

Remember that since March 2016, an eTA has been an essential entry requirement for all visa exempt foreign nationals travelling to for through Canada. For more information contact the Canada eTA website where you’ll find information and an online application.

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Canadians are among the friendliest people in the world

We all want our kids to be surrounded by positive role models and to see positive imitable behavior everywhere they look. Canadians are famously friendly and welcoming and appreciative of visitors from all kinds of locales and cultures.

National Parks

Kids benefit enormously from trips to parks where they can experience nature first hand. Canada’s national parks are amongst the most beautiful in the world, and now is the best time to visit them. You can access any and all of these 46 areas of outstanding natural beauty by way of a Discovery Pass. The Yukon territory reserve (home to Mt. Logan, Canada’s highest peak) is perhaps the best known but the snowy peaks and crystalline blue lakes of Alberta’s Banff National Park also come highly recommended.

Sensational Cities

Cross-pollination with various cultures all along the Canadian / American border has resulted in some incredibly diverse and vibrant cities, most of which are dotted along the border along with Canada’s 35 million residents.

Each city has its own unique feel and topography. Toronto is an artistic and musical hub, Vancouver has staggering verdant parks (including the highly recommended Grouse Mountain), Halifax is a must for wine-lovers and foodies with a thriving culinary scene.

Then there’s the charming mystique of Montreal (where at least a smattering of spoken French will go a long-long way).

Fabulous Festivals

Whatever the weather and whatever your tastes, chances are that Canada will have a festival to suit you. From the Calgary Stampede to the Montreal International Jazz festival, there’s something for everyone come rain, shine or snow.

If you’re itching to get over there this summer then you mustn’t miss the spectacular annual Canada Day fireworks display on July 1st, but if you or your kids are winter sports nuts you’ll appreciate the sleigh races of Quebec City’s Winter carnival.

Sumptuous seafood

Up and down the atlantic coast you’ll find that Canada boasts some of the world’s finest seafood.

The salmon, lobster and shellfish from Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are the stuff of legend and while they’re quite often shipped to territories all over the US there’s nothing like trying it fresh.

From food and wine to parks and cities there are so many reasons to consider hopping the border into Canada, so get out there and discover some of your own.

See you there, eh?

Major Moving Mistakes To Avoid

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Are you moving? Congratulations! There is nothing like starting a new life with your family in bigger and better surroundings. But, before your new life can bear any fruit, you have to get from one property to another. Now, that might sound quite easy, but it’s annoyingly difficult. You see, there is so much that can go wrong when you move home that you are always on eggshells. And, the sad news is that you can’t prevent something from going wrong because it’s an occupational hazard of moving. What you can do is limit the damage, and you do it by avoiding the following mistakes.

Taking Too Much

Everything seems like it is valuable when you begin to pack, and that distorts your mindset. All of a sudden, you think that you need to stuff as much as you can into a box. But, that isn’t always the case. Sure, some things are essential, like furniture. So, there is nothing wrong with the furniture movers moving the fixtures to another property. What is wrong is taking unnecessary items that add no value to your new home. Sorry to hit you with this, but you’re going to need to purge your belongings before you start packing. It’s the only way to lower the stress levels.

Insufficient Insurance

Of course, you will have some very valuable items that you can’t leave behind. The problem with these pieces is the damage factor. Movers aren’t always the most delicate people in the world, which means things break. Even if they are, it’s hard to stop fragile items from smashing. Obviously, you don’t want this to happen to something valuable, but you don’t have much choice. What can you do?! The answer is an insurance policy. At least with insurance, you can claim the money back. All you need to do is ensure it covers the full cost.

Cutting Costs

It’s tempting to reduce costs by choosing the cheapest movers, or by picking an unknown service. Please don’t because it’s a big mistake. Yes, a moving van and a handful of movers can cost a lot of money. But, at least you are secure in the knowledge that everything will go okay. Anyone that uses a budget firm is going to get a budget service. That might sound alright now, yet it won’t when the day finally arrives. Moving is something that you can’t skimp out on because you have to pay for quality. Anyway, it’s stressful enough as it is without adding undue pressure.

Not Planning

Winging it seems like a silly idea, but some people like to take a risk. You can if you like, but it’s a bad idea. There are too many variables to organise to try and go through the process without planning. Your only option, if you want things to go smoothly, is to come up with a schedule and do it all in advance. Otherwise, you’re asking for trouble.

There are more mistakes, but these are the four most common.

Outdoor Essentials To Invest In For Summer

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Summer is officially on its way. And when the sun starts to shine for longer and the nights are much lighter, we all want to spend a lot more time outside. At this time of year, we can often feel the rush to get our outdoor space ready for regular use. If you’ve yet to get out there and get to work, you might be wondering where to start. To save you time and money, make sure you focus on just a few essentials, and you’ll be ready to eat al fresco and sit in the sun in no time at all.

Dining Furniture

First up, getting your outdoor dining furniture in order is a must. If you already have a set, you’re going to want to get out there and clean it up ready for the season ahead. Plus, by getting out there early, you will be able to check it over and make a call on whether you need to invest in a replacement or not. If you’re looking to buy a new set, get shopping. Compare prices, styles, and materials and order a style that can be set up without hassle.

Play Area

When you have kids, you want your garden to be as child-friendly as possible. It’s about balance. On the one hand, you want to have a pretty garden that you can enjoy sitting out in. And on the other, you want your kids to enjoy it too. To keep them entertained and also contained, why not think about building a play area or setting a section aside? With a slice, swing set and even a sandpit, you’re little ones will love playing out for hours on end.

Pool Cover

If you have a pool, you’re going to need to give that a little work too. Checking it out now will save you time when you’ve got garden events to host. You might need to get it cleaned or to replace any of the accessories that needed updating – like your cover. If your pool is no longer keeping its heat or seems to be dirtier than usual, you might need to look into custom made options, as offered by sites like poolcoversandrollers.com.au, and discuss your options. With a new cover in place, you’ll know that you have less work to do as the season goes on.

Heating

If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outside and you don’t live in the warmest place, you might want to consider some external heating. There are a ton of cool outdoor heating design options available for you to consider too. Whether you want a pretty fire pit to sit around or reliable heating lamps, take a look at energy efficiency and heat output stats for each and make a choice that suits your outdoor space best.

Watering Facilities

When your garden has a lot of plants and vegetation, you’re going to need to keep on top of the watering over the summer months. If you’ve not got a lot to water, you might be happy with a traditional watering can. But, if you live in a hot town or you have lots of flowers and vegetables, you might want to look into a heavy duty hose or even a state of the art sprinkler option instead.

Ker-Ching: Increase Your Profits When Selling Your Home

A home is a profitable asset there is no denying that fact. However, some people get to the point when the time is right to sell their home and move on to a new beginning somewhere else. But in their eagerness to up sticks and move, they can forget that they still have an opportunity to boost their property value by making some home improvements. It may seem pointless, but more often than not, small investments that cost you initially can almost double the return you would get when it comes to the total resale value. Who doesn’t like those odds? So I thought I would share with you some of the improvements you could make to your home that could boost your earnings. It’s better in your pocket after all.

Your interior decoration

One of the simplest and cost effective ways to add value to your home is to change the interior decoration. Everyone decorates their home how they see fit, but what you like might not be someone else’s cup of tea. Taking your home back to a neutral decoration and interior can be a smart move. Firstly, it appeals to the masses, and secondly, it looks clean and modern. Something many people are looking for when it comes to a new home.

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Think about your exterior presentation

Often the first impression is the only one you get to make in this world, and the same can be said for your home. So give it some kerb appeal and focus on the exterior look. Perhaps improve your driveway in someway by installing a new concrete base, companies like Pavement FX have some great suggestions. You could also take pride in the garden or yard areas by mowing the lawn or planting some flowers to give your home a pop of color. If anything it will help make your home stand out and look amazing.

Minimise your assets in the home when selling

When someone looks round your home, they want to be able to envision themselves and their belongings in it. So help them out by minimising your own assets. A cluttered home can look messy and untidy and drop the value. But a clean and minimalist approach could be the difference between you getting the full asking price, or taking a drop in value. This might cost you a storage fee while you are between homes, so make sure you work out all your options beforehand.

Invest in the kitchen and bathroom for maximum profits

One sure fire way to increase the value of your home is to focus on the two main rooms of the house that will ultimately sell it quicker than anything else. The kitchen and the bathroom. But rooms are prime spots when it comes to people househunting as they can be seen as big and expensive jobs to undertake. But doing it right and investing properly could help you massively increase your sale price come the time to sell.

If you have the time, add value with extensions or additional rooms

Finally, if you have the time to stay in your home a little longer, then extending and adding living space is a great way to invest low but will give you the maximum return.

Attaining Future Financial Freedom For Your Family

Everyone wants the best for their kids. You want them to go on and have the best possible job they can find. You want them to be able to enjoy their life freely; without having to work too hard. And, of course, you don’t want them to have to worry about money. Unfortunately, most people fail to secure these things for themselves; let alone their kids. So, to help you out, this post will be going through some of the best things you can do to ensure stress-free future finances for you and your kids. Now, you just have to do the legwork!

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It’s best to start a process like this by thinking about yourself. If you can’t afford to support yourself; you won’t be able to afford to support your child. In most cases, it’s best to do this sort of work before you have any children. This isn’t always possible, though. So, you may have to simply start as soon as possible. This section will be going through a couple of the areas that have to be considered before you start making provisions for your kids.

Most people’s finances aren’t exactly in the best shape. It’s getting harder and harder for people to save their money; thanks to lower incomes and higher prices in stores. But, if you can’t save your money; you won’t be able to do anything for your kids. So, you need to look at the improvements you can currently make. A lot of people don’t need to buy everything that they spend money on. Instead, they could use cheaper alternatives or nothing at all. The biggest industries that this applies to are cosmetics and technology; which are both unnecessary to life. Using websites like Experian can give you loads of great ideas to help you start working on your finances. And, they don’t cost a fortune to use. Along with this, you could also ask your bank for some advice.

Next, you need to be considering what life will be like when you leave work. Retirement has become a huge issue for a lot of countries. You’re very likely to retire much later than your parents did. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Most people earn enough to contribute to a decent private pension, to supplement whatever they have. To find out whether or not you need to improve this area, you need to do some work. Look at your current rate of pension investment, and use calculators to see what it could be worth when you retire. Most people find that they won’t have enough money to get by.

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The Kids

Once you have a better handle on your own money, you can start to consider what you want to do for your children. At this point, you have to establish a balance. Your child won’t need much money until they leave home. So, you shouldn’t be showering them with money while they grow up. Instead, you should teach them the value of money. And, give them ways to make sure that they don’t lose it.

It’s very beneficial to a young person to have some savings behind them, in the modern world. Nowadays, to rent a property, you need to have huge amounts of money to pay in fees and deposits. Of course, this won’t be impossible for them to pay. But, it really helps if they have the money in advance for their first time. Being able to buy a car as soon as they can drive is great, too. Along with a host of other benefits that come from savings. Your child should play an active part in their savings, too. Where you can, you should have them make deposits into their own account. This will start to teach them about savings, and why they are important. Just make sure that you are building some savings for yourself at the same time.

Investments are one of the best possible ways to give your child financial freedom in the future. And, there are loads of options that you can take advantage of. To start, you need to think about risk. All investments come with some degree of risk. Investments with higher risk will usually have a better return; but, ones with lower risk will have a lower return. At the start, you can afford to take some risks with your money. But, as time goes on and you make more to invest; you’ll want to start getting a little safer. One of the best investments to make for your children is a savings bond. This sort of investment is incredibly secure, while still offering a good return. A lot of the time, these options are government backed. This means that even if they do fall through; you still get your investment back.

One of the biggest and best investments to make for a child comes in the form of property. It’s getting increasingly difficult for young people to buy their own homes. But, for those who already have a home, it’s much easier. It’s likely that you have the finances to pay for a small mortgage if you’re able to make other investments. Finding property for sale is nice and easy, too. Most places have loads of businesses that specialise in this sort of trade. This sort of investment will give you child the freedom of living rent-free. And, once they’ve left the property; you can start to rent it out to other people. Whether you decide to give the property to the child or not; it’s still a great way to help them out.

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Good Money Tips

It can be hard to make sure that you have enough money to cover things like this. Most people don’t have huge amounts of money to put away for their children. So, you might have to employ some clever tactics to make this possible. A big part of this will come from the research that you do yourself. But, to help you out, this section will be covering some basic tips to help you out.

First, it’s time to consider budgeting. When you want to start budgeting your money, you have to be very hard on yourself. People with habits of overspending will find it very easy to slip into old habits, without the right work. So, your first budget should only include the absolute essentials. And, you should live this way for at least a month. After this period, you should have a good idea of how much money you have going spare. Most of this money should go into your savings. But, of course, you will deserve a treat after this time. So, it’s okay to spend a small portion of the money on yourself.

Saving can be greatly aided by simply taking the right approach. A lot of people see their savings as a money sink. It’s something that takes money each month, without giving any real benefits. But, what if you lost your job? Or, what if your child gets into a school overseas and can’t afford to get there? Issues like this can be made into nothing; if you have savings behind you. Being aware of how something can help you will give you a lot of motivation to keep working on it.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to start making some big changes to your finances. Being able to support your child into their adult life is a great gift. And, you can make a huge impact on their success through doing this. Ultimately, this is one of the best things a parent can do. So, if you want to give your child as much as you can; this is the way to do it.`

Sweet En Suite Ideas

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Are you sick of waiting for ages every morning while the rest of your family all use the family bathroom? This is a nightmare that most families face, and it only gets worse as your kids get older and start to worry about their appearance!

But you don’t have to spend your mornings queueing outside your bathroom for hours on end. The best solution is to add on an en suite bathroom to your master bedroom. Then you and your partner have your very own space for getting ready in the morning. And you can leave the kids fighting over the big bathroom.

Not sure how to go about creating the perfect en suite? Here are some very useful tips.

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Make It Compact

As you will be adding the ensuite to a corner of your master bedroom, you probably won’t have a whole lot of space for it. But that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to fit one in! In actual fact, most en suite bathrooms are very compact. This is easy to do, especially if you are happy to have just a shower cubicle rather than a large bathtub. Column radiators are perfect for smaller bathrooms and will fit neatly into your en suite. If your en suite is going to be especially small, you might not want to fill it with excessive storage.

Use Mirrors Wisely

Worried that your new bathroom is going to feel quite cramped and claustrophobic? Then you just need to work on creating an illusion of space. And the best way to do that is by using mirrors. Simply adding a large mirror to one wall will help to make the room feel a lot more open and light. It’s also possible to get mirrors with LED lights installed into them. This extra light can also help make the ensuite feel bigger than what it actually is.

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Cover All The Pipework

When plumbers fit your shower, sink, and toilet into your new en suite, they will need to add a lot of pipework. Unfortunately, this can be very unsightly. But rather than live with having to look at these ugly pipes every day, you will be better off just covering them up with some panelling. Some plumbers might offer this service, so ask the one who you hire to fit the en suite.

Just Go With A Wet Room

If you are really struggling to find the space for an en suite bathroom, all is not lost! You could just add a wet room. This is like a room that is just a shower cubicle so, as you can see, they don’t have to be particularly big at all. But it’s a good idea to make them big enough so that you can fit in a couple of shelves. Then you will have somewhere to put all your toiletries!

Once you do add an en suite, you will find that a lot of morning stress disappears. You won’t be late because you had to wait for the shower anymore!