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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!

The Home With No Tear: Child-Friendly Homes 101

There is no such thing as a safe home when you have children. With younger ones, you will need to become an expert at preventing risks, which means that you need to think ahead of what could go wrong. Don’t worry, though; it’s a skill that parents develop incredibly fast – a little too fast maybe.  While everyone is aware of the common risks, such as checking the quality of your tap water – you can buy testing kits online and in DIY shops  – and limiting the presence of harmful substances at home, it doesn’t mean that your home is completely childproof. Indeed, you need to think ahead and to imagine what children are more likely to do. The answer is simple: fall, bump themselves and touch things that they aren’t supposed to are among the common things that parents find their kids do. Put in other words, children spend a lot of time hurting themselves. But it’s what childhood is about. They need to experience the world and explore their surroundings to grow, and that is, unfortunately, synonymous with injuries. Planning ahead means that, while you can’t stop children from getting hurt, you can at least make sure that no injury will be serious.  

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Avoiding Outdoors Injuries

If you have a garden, you will have already noticed that young children love to roam free and play outside. It’s, therefore, important to make the garden as safe as possible for your younger ones. Start by removing any poisonous plants – yes, even the one with the lovely pink flowers that your great Aunt Madge gave you many years ago – and levelling your garden. This will limit any risk of accidental injuries. As the days are getting longer, and you are more likely to let the kids play outside later during the summer, you should make sure that the garden can be easily lit at night, using LED flood lights, for example, to do the job. Additionally, a simple reminder about child safety: avoid hard stone kerbing and edging in your garden, and don’t keep any wooden furniture and accessory that has not been previously smoothed with sandpaper.

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Avoiding Accidental Bumps Indoors

You can’t stop your children from running around and bumping into the furniture. But you can make sure that it will only be a bruise instead of a serious cut by using cushioned edge guards on sharp corners. If you can’t find the appropriate protection, you may want to consider smoothing the corner with an electric sander. Do make sure to use it without the kids in the room and to clean the dust afterwards. Sharp corners are particularly harmful to the soft skin of children.

Avoiding Accidental Allergies Indoors

Last, but not least, you are probably taking care of keeping your chemical cleaning products away from children. But, while this reduces the risks of accidental poisoning, chemical products are still harmful to the skin and can cause allergic reactions. If you can, you should switch to child-friendly cleaning products that are non-flammable and made only from natural ingredients. Indeed, many household chemicals are closely linked to asthma, kidney and liver damages, and skin irritation, when they are not suspecting carcinogen. It’s not a risk that you want to take.

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Super Savvy Money Tips For Household Crises

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Financial emergencies – no one likes them, but everyone experiences them at some point. The broken boiler, the plumbing leak, the exploding car engine – if you are anything like our household, you probably experience one of these issues every year at least.

And when money is tight, these events can be a gut wrenching experience. You try to make every cent of income count, work hard to save a few bucks every once in awhile, but there is always something that crops up that sets you all the way back to square one.

Of course, head to any financial advice blog and they will all tell you that you should be planning for emergencies, building up a fund for such occasions, and developing better foresight than Nostradamus. The reality for the vast majority of us struggling to make ends meet is that this is nearly impossible.

So the big question for today is, how do you deal with these household financial crises that seem to crop up when you can least afford them? I’ve pulled together some ideas from across the web so take a look and see what you think – I hope they will help some of you out.

Some emergency fund is better than none

Forget about what you might have read about building up six months worth of wages for your emergency fund. The vast majority of families I know would struggle to put aside six days worth! That said, even a  small amount of money set aside at the end of each month can help. It makes paying for these terrible financial emergencies a lot easier and leaves you with more of the income you typically use to pay for the basics. If you literally have no money to save, think about cutting back in certain areas. Perhaps you could go to a cheaper grocery store and bank the difference in price. Or maybe you could pull an extra shift at work if possible, and put your extra earnings into the savings pot.

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Act fast

Some household emergencies require immediate action, of course. When your little one hurts themselves, you aren’t going to wait around for a week to bring them to a hospital, and there are other situations like a gas leak where it is essential that you get help straight away. But there are other emergencies that you might think you can sleep on – damp in the walls, for example, or a boiler making noises reminiscent of a dying goat. My advice would be to act as fast as possible. Call out the plumber, the gas company, or whoever you need, because the longer you leave it, the more its going to cost to repair.

Don’t panic

Yes, you should always act fast to prevent the problem becoming worse – and more expensive. But you still need to act sensibly, too. When panic stations are in full swing, it’s easy to go into situations blind, and hiring the wrong person for the repair job can lead to even more issues. It can be difficult to think clearly when emotions are running high, of course, but a wrong decision about getting things fixed cold come back to haunt you in the not too distant future. Try and think rationally about the situation, ask for repair quotes, and speak to friends and family about repair recommendations – never take on the first person you find that is willing to do the job.  

Know your finances

If you don’t have a large emergency fund, make sure you always know your current financial situation – at all times. You will need to prioritize your money, usually in an order like this: food, shelter, getting to work, utilities and then debts. If you do have an expensive crisis on your hands, contact your creditors and explain what’s happened, then do the same for your utility companies. The vast majority should be lenient with you as long as you don’t turn it into a habit. A short-term loan might help, of course, but you should raise cash in advance loans only if you can guarantee you can pay it back at the earliest opportunity. Severe financial emergencies in the home can often lead to debts spiraling out of control, and no one wants that to happen.

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Ask for help

Instead of getting into more debt, it’s a more sensible idea to swallow your pride and ask for help. Family, friends – even neighbors – might be willing to help you out in any way they possibly can. As a single mom, I can tell you that people can be incredibly kind, and as difficult as it can be to ask for help, there is no shame in it. After all, if a desperate neighbor asked you for the same help, would you hold it against them? Unexpected expenses are exactly that – unexpected. And even with the best will in the world, it is impossible to prepare for everything.

Check your insurance

Once you have got on top of the initial problem, it’s worth checking your insurance plans to see if you are covered. It would be nice to be able to do this right at the very start of the process, but we all know that insurance companies are pretty tight when it comes to paying out, so always fix the issue first of possible. Look into warranties, too – if your oven breaks down, for example, it might be within a guarantee period and open for free repair. That said, Murphy’s Law suggests a piece of equipment will only break down a day or two after any guarantees expire!

Sell some stuff

Finally, selling possessions because you have to isn’t the most pleasant experience you can have, but it can help plug up your finances. All of us have things in our home that we rarely use, and as a rule, anything that hasn’t been touched for six months is probably not worth keeping. However, selling your things is not a quick fix – it can take days or weeks to get rid of things, even on sites like eBay and Craigslist.

Dig Deeper To Avoid New Home Nightmares

When buying a new home you will normally have a checklist of the types of facilities and features that are important to you and your family.  Things like the view, a large kitchen and private garden usually top the list but you could save yourself money and time by digging a little deeper to see if your dream house is in fact a potential new home nightmare.

Here are some common home problems you should definitely try to avoid or at least plan for when picking your perfect pad.

Rising damp – rising damp refers to excess groundwater that rises through the walls of your home causing structural weaknesses and unpleasant damp smells.  You can spot it fairly easily by looking for discolouration of the walls and the presence of mould. You can also feel the damp by placing the back of your hand against the plaster. Depending on the severity of the case it can be quite costly and fiddly to fix. It can also have a number of causes such as poor soil drainage that can cause other structural problems – so this is one to avoid unless you want rising repair bills.

Infestations – whether it’s rodents or termites, pest infestations are a pain. Unlike rising damp being forewarned is forearmed and the presence of pests doesn’t have to prevent a sale.  Check for signs of pests like droppings, rotting wood or even termite tubes, mud like structures that cling to the outside of the house, so that you can put plans in place to evict the unwanted residents before you move in. There is plenty of information and advice available on the internet and you can also find control and prevention solutions like Terminix.

A good foundation – without a good foundation your new home could be at serious risk.  The obvious problem that springs to mind is subsidence, which you can check by looking for cracks, usually by windows and doors.  Foundations can also be compromised by root systems from large nearby trees which can grow up through the foundations threatening its integrity.

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A hard hat – if you have a solid bottom, make sure you top it off with a good roof. The roof is often the most neglected and expensive area of the house if damage occurs. There are five common roof problems that are bad news for potential home buyers – caused by leaking gutters, nesting animals, missing or damaged tiles and shingles and water damage.  You can check for these problems by asking to see the attic or taking a pair of binoculars with you to house viewings and simply looking up. Check fascias, tiles, gutters, flashings and soffits for signs of discolouration and damage. If you are unsure of the consequences of any damage seek professional advice.

A home survey should throw all of these problems up so don’t worry if you miss the signs.  If you can spot them before the survey though it will save you time and energy that you can be better spent planning your new home move.

Our super fun day at Breakfast with the Bunny at the Akron Zoo

What a fun day we had at Breakfast with the Bunny at the Akron Zoo!  We packed up our cooler, packed up our kids, packed up the van and off we went at 7:30 AM to get to the zoo before 8:30 for a super fun day!  And just to clarify… there are 8 of us all together.  So 2 babies, 4 children, and 2 adults.

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We got there at 8:30 and they started letting people in shortly after that and we headed to Komodo Cafe for a Buffet Breakfast.  The breakfast food was DELICIOUS!  Pancakes, Sausage, Home Fries, fruit, orange juice, coffee… YUM.  The buffet was definitely nice and a GREAT start to our day.  (with full bellies!)

Crafts!  They had a few simple craft options for the little ones to do.  They could choose between a butterfly, an airplane, or coloring a paper egg.  These were all simple enough for the preschool aged children, but also fun for the school aged children.

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A visit with the Easter Bunny!  What was nice about this event is that you do need a special ticket to attend and they only sell so many.  So there was not a long line to visit the Easter Bunny and when we got up there I didn’t feel rushed like you do at the mall.  We have a few little ones that are afraid of costumed characters (and stuffed animals… Caleb…) so we needed the time to visit with Mr. Easter Bunny.

The Easter Egg Hunt.  This was the highlight for our gang.  Everyone talked about the Easter Egg Hunt ALL day.  First- how cool is it that the Egg Hunt takes place in the zoo, like where you walk to see the animals!  Second- the eggs were not filled with candy, instead the eggs were empty and you turned in the eggs for a goodie bag after the egg hunt.  There were two special Golden Eggs that you got an extra special prize with- I have no idea what that prize was since we did not find any Golden Eggs.  BUT- the goodie bags were very nice and included a cute stuffed animal along with some other small trinkets.  What was nice for this mom was that those stuffed animals doubled as souvenirs from the zoo.

After the egg hunt you had until 10:30 to visit with the Easter Bunny and then we were able to enjoy the Akron Zoo for the rest of the day and the kids had a ball!!

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Would I recommend Breakfast with the Bunny?  YES!  This was a really fun day for our kids and I feel like everyone should experience a special event at the Akron Zoo at least once– or maybe even a yearly tradition!  This was the first time we had the opportunity to do something like this and I really felt it was worth the price tag (a big question I got when I was telling people that we were going).

Factors into the price:  #1- The breakfast buffet!  This an all you can eat, good quality meal.
#2 The Easter Activities- Visit with the bunny with virtually no line (umm- have you waited more than an hour at the mall– because that was us at Christmas time with Santa!), a personalized-no-rush visit with the bunny, a fun egg hunt IN the zoo, and a craft!
#3 The goodie bag had a stuffed animal so we saved money having to buy souvenirs for 6 kids.  (that is like $10 per kid right there!)
#4 Admission to the Zoo!
#5 – Free Parking too- and we got a close spot!

So yes- take your kids to check out Breakfast with the Bunny at the Akron Zoo.  There is still ONE more day left for you go this year (April 15th), and if you can’t make it to that day, please be on the look out for this event for next year!

Replace These Things Before It Gets Serious

We all rely on certain things in life, whether it’s an appliance to help us live a better quality of life, or our mode of transport that gets us from A-B. These are the things you should replace before it gets serious:

Your Car
If you have a family, then making sure the vehicle you take them from A-B in is as safe as possible is crucial. When was the last time you checked the oil, water, and other important factors? Making sure you keep an eye on these things, and that you drive carefully will keep it running smoothly.

Your Mattress
When your mattress gets old, it can stop giving you the support that you really need as you sleep. When you don’t get the support and quality of sleep you really need, this can affect your life. If you’re waking up feeling less than great in the morning, this could be the reason why.

Your Water Filter
Having a water filter is pretty important, assuming you don’t want to drink fluoride and chlorine. Fluoride is associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s. If you don’t change your filter often enough, you’ll end up drinking water that’s dirtier than the water being filtered in the first place.

Your HVAC
The air quality of your home is absolutely crucial, so you must know when to replace it. The following infographic can help you to figure out when it needs to be replaced.


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Create a Family Friendly Kitchen

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The kitchen is the hub of a family home. It’s the place where everyone gathers to cook, eat, laugh and love, so it is important that you create a family friendly kitchen that everyone can enjoy. Here are some great ideas to help you do just that:

Install Textured Flooring

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The kitchen and bathroom are two places where there is a good chance of slips and falls due to wet flooring. Although you can never completely get rid of the danger, you can make a slip-based accident much less likely by installing textured floor tiles, which offer an extra level of grip.

Curved Countertops

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If you are planning on remodelling your kitchen anytime soon, you might want to think about replacing your boxy kitchen islands and workspaces with curved ones.  By doing so, you will remove many of the sharp edges in the kitchen, so you won’t have to worry quite so much when the kids are running riot in the kitchen.

Add an Island

If you don’t already have one, and you have the space, adding a large kitchen island is a great way to bring the family together. You can be prepping veggies for the dinner as the kids sit around the island doing their homework and your partner works on their taxes, all in the one space.

Keep Dangerous Appliances Out of the Reach of Children

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There are lots of kitchen appliances that make life in the kitchen so much easier for us all. Things like sharp chef’s knives and high-speed blenders take the time and hard work out of cooking, but if you have small children, they could also pose a threat, which is why you should plan for plenty of high cupboards space or installs shelves well out of the reach of little hands.

Install a Whiteboard

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Installing a wipeable whiteboard, or even a classic blackboard with chalk, in the kitchen is a great way to keep the whole family organised. Use it to write shopping lists, dental appointment, homework and even recipes, and you’ll all know exactly what is going on from day to day.

The Kitchen Sink

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If you have a large family or you often have lots of guests over, check out some of the larger kitchen sinks available. Installing a large kitchen sink will stop your dishes from overflowing and creeping on to the counter when you’ve just made a big meal, and you’re not quite ready to clean up.

Add Entertainment

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If you want to encourage all members of your family to spend more time with you in the kitchen, you may want to think about installing a few sources of entertainment to keep everyone happy. You could mount a small kitchen TV on the wall to keep you company while you cook and entertain the kids before family meal time, or you could install a wireless sound system that will let you stream your favourite songs in the kitchen. Of course, you could go quite low-tech and simply bring a radio into the kitchen, but that’s less likely to convince the kids!

A Smart Home Is A Comfortable Home

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The smart home is just one of the many emerging tech advancements that have become a big talking point in recent years. The possibility of controlling your lights, locks, HVAC system and other things is obviously exciting, and more and more people are beginning to enjoy the various benefits of smart home tech. Here are just a few smart home additions that will make your home more comfortable…  

Hands-Free Garage Door Opener

We can all remember one instance where we’ve been trying to get in or out of the garage with both our hands full of groceries, tools, or something else. Getting this piece of smart home tech will ensure that you can simply make the garage door swing open, instead of finding somewhere to put everything down. There are many companies out there offering openers that are compatible with common smart home hubs like the Amazon Echo. Once it’s all set up, you’ll be able to use your voice to get your garage open and closed, making those awkward trips from the car to the home so much more convenient. Some interfaces will even let you check the status of the door from your phone whenever you like.

Smart Thermostats

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Smart thermostats are one of the most popular pieces of smart home technology on the market, and have become a star product for many HVAC companies like Academy Air. For many people, getting one of these is a purely economic decision. By programming your smart thermostat, you’ll be able to set certain caps on how much heat or conditioning you’re using, and shave a considerable amount of your usual heating bill. However, there are many features about these great little devices which also increase the overall comfort of your home. You’ll be able to adjust the heat in your home from anywhere provided you have your phone on you, get email alerts to tell you when the temperature is rising or falling outside of your pre-programmed range, and save yourself all those trips to the dial whenever you want to warm up or cool off. Modern smart home thermostats are one of the best ways to test the waters and see if this kind of tech is for you, so start looking!

Smart Locks

Sometimes, how comfortable we are in our homes goes past the temperature, the quality of our furniture and other physical factors. Often, one of the biggest deciding factors in how comfortable we feel is the degree of security we have. While smart locks are still in their infancy, and there are various bugs that need to be ironed out, they’re generally much more reliable than conventional, mechanical locks. While a regular lock can be picked, smart locks only allow access to authorised people, and everything is controlled through smartphones. As these are developed, it’s only going to get harder and harder for would-be burglars to force the mechanism. Aside from the added security benefits, you’ll never have to worry about leaving the house without your keys again!

Get New Furniture For The Family Home Without Breaking The Bank

When something breaks in the family home, it can leave moms feeling stressed out. After all, it might cost a small fortune to get a new chair or bed for their child. And they might not have the funds to pay out a couple of hundred dollars right now for the new furniture. But it doesn’t have to be the end of the world when something breaks in your home. In fact, you might be able to replace the furniture without spending a small fortune. Here are some ways you can get new furniture for the family home without breaking the bank.

Look in second-hand shops

When it comes to getting new furniture, it doesn’t have to technically be ‘new’ to be suitable for your family. After all, as long as it’s in good nick, it can be used by your child in the home. And buying it second-hand might save you a lot of money in the long-run. Therefore, you should visit one of the many second-hand shops to see what furniture they are selling. You might be surprised to find something that will go really well in your child’s room. And a lot of the furniture which you can find in second-hand stores is generally in good condition. If you do buy something which needs a bit of love, you could always paint it to give it a new lease of life. Therefore, it will feel like you are buying the item brand-new, rather than from a second-hand store. And remember to look online at second-hand stores too. After all, you might find something great that you can go pick up or get delivered to your home.

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Pay out for it on a monthly basis

You might not have the funds to get a brand-new bed or wardrobe at this current time. And it means you might struggle to pay for items when you hit the stores. But if it’s an essential item, you will need to get it now for your family. However, there are some options if you are short on cash. For one thing, you should see if the shop does any options when it comes to paying out for the item. Some stores allow you to pay for the item on a monthly basis over a year or two. That way, you can just pay out small monthly installments, rather than a massive amount in one go. And then you can still have the items and then pay the money back over time. Or you could even look into getting a small loan from your bank to cover the funds you need to get furniture for your family. Just make sure you can afford the payments, so you don’t end up in debt!

Time to look online

While a lot of us head to the stores when we need to buy new furniture for our family, it might be a good idea to have a look online instead. You might not be able to see the furniture in front of you, but you can buy it for a fraction of the cost you will find in stores. After all, a lot of sites will sell similar furniture for a low price to try and beat off the competition. And if you do shop online, you can take advantage of things like voucher codes to reduce the cost of your item. And not only this but you could also get free delivery if you spend over a certain amount. So you can get the item to your home without having to spend a penny. Just remember if you are going to buy the furniture from a site you don’t know, make sure you read the reviews first. After all, you don’t want to end up spending a ton of money on a purchase from a site that won’t actually send it out!

Build the furniture yourself

When you need new furniture, it’s easy to run to the stores and look online to get it sorted quickly. But if you are feeling the pinch (aren’t we all after Christmas), you might want to consider building your own furniture. For example, if you are after a new chair for your child’s room, you can easily follow instructions online to make a great wooden chair for your kids. And you can get the supplies you need for easy wood assembly from companies like Kenyon Group. Not only will it save you some money, but it can be a rewarding activity to build your own furniture. You could even get your little one to help you when creating the new furniture. Just make sure you build it sturdy to ensure it doesn’t end up falling down in months to come. After all, you don’t want your child to come to harm due to your handmade furniture. You can read my blog for further help on making your furniture last longer.

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Ask your friends

You should speak to your friends if you need to get some new furniture. After all, they might know someone who is selling some furniture they don’t need anymore. And you might be able to buy the furniture from them for cheap. Moreover, your friends might have seen a deal on furniture that you might not have spotted. Therefore, you could end up getting furniture for a much cheaper rate than you are about to pay. Ring your friends and speak with them, or you could even ask on social media. That way, you will know about great deals before you spend more than you need to on furniture!

And remember to check whether the furniture that needs replacing can be fixed first. After all, you could end up saving yourself a ton of money if you just fix it rather than buying brand new furniture. And not only this but if it can’t be salvaged, you could attempt to sell it online. After all, someone might want the furniture to upcycle into something fantastic. And you could pocket yourself some extra money at the same time towards new furniture.

Making Sure Your Bathroom is Family Friendly

A bathroom needs to be suitable for every member of the family, but often it is not designed with this in mind. Unlike the other communal parts of the home, the bathroom can be somewhat impractical for smaller members of your family.

There are, however, a number of ways that you can make this part of your home more child-friendly, ensuring that it everyone feels comfortable using it.

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Make it look brand new

One of the more drastic ways of making your bathroom family-ready is to use a professional renovating team. This is a particularly good option if your bathroom is a little past it’s best and needs a makeover. Smart Style Bathrooms virtual showroom lets you visualise your bathroom interior before work begins, meaning that the entire family can have their say on how it should look.

Toys, toys, toys

To inject a little bit of fun into your bathroom, why not invest in a few waterproof toys to keep your children (and any big kids in the family) entertained. Bath time is meant to be an enjoyable experience and a few toys can add to this, even if it’s just a few rubber ducks to play with. There are a wide range of children’s toys specially designed for use in the bathroom, including stickers and easy-to-clean pens that let them express their creativity.

Accessories for the little people

Other bathroom accessories provide practical benefits for the little ones. Attaching hooks to the wall at differing heights can ensure that everyone has a place to put their towel and there’ll never be a reason for anyone to leave their wet towel on the floor.

Make it colorful

Try to make the bathroom an inviting space for everyone. Although bathrooms usually adopt a clean, crisp design with neutral shades like black and white, a bit of colour can make the room a lot more interesting for your children. This could be in the form of a bright shower curtain or mat and you could even choose one that includes some of your children’s favourite themes, whether they’re into robots or fairies.

Get rid of tricky taps

If your bathroom is going to be of practical use to the entire family then being able to operate the taps safely is a must. However, twist handle taps can be difficult for little children to use and often result in having one scolding hot tap and one that’s freezing cold. By choosing a single lever tap, the temperature can be controlled much more effectively and your kids can operate it themselves with ease. This means that children can gain independence and learn an important lesson about washing their hands and personal hygiene.

Make room for everyone

A bathroom being used by a whole family needs a lot more space than if it was only being used by a single individual. Think carefully about the fittings you choose and consider whether a larger option would prevent an early morning race to the bathroom. Choosing a longer sink, for example, or even opting for two, would enable more than one person to brush their teeth at the same time.

Let everyone have their own space

When designing your bathroom, it’s important for everyone to have a little space to call their own. Storage may be at a premium in many bathrooms, but try to give each family member a little area where they can put their towel and toiletries. You could give everyone their own drawer or utilise open shelving to let everyone have their own personal bathroom storage basket. If you go for the latter, use named stickers on each one so your children feel like they have something of their own in the bathroom.

Give them a boost

Sometimes it helps to point out even the most obvious aspects of your home. For anyone with little children, you’ll be well aware that reaching things can be a challenge, but have you given them a helping hand in the bathroom? Including a small, but stable, stool in the bathroom can help them reach those high up places and give them some added independence that they will begin to demand as they get older.  

Safety first

A family home needs to be a safe home and this applies to your bathroom too. Even something as simple as a non-slip mat, inside the bath and on the floor outside it, can make a big difference to how child-friendly your bathroom is. With some extra safety features installed, your children will feel more confident in the bathroom and you will feel more confident to let them use it unsupervised.