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Rose Quartz Facial Roller Benefits

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I’m sure by now you must have come across facial rollers somewhere on your social media feed or online. It seems like jade facial rollers are having a moment and are being included in many a facial skincare routine and rightly so as Jade has been used for millennia in beauty routines in Asia. Facial rollers now come in other semi precious stones and for me it was a no brainer when I found out that you could get one made of Rose quartz. While Jade was used in the east in Asia, Rose quartz on the other hand was used in the beauty regimes of the ancient Egyptians for many reasons one of which is it’s connection to the energies of self love.

There are definite benefits to using a facial roller which I’ll go into below as well as a short how to on how to use your facial roller effectively. The benefits of using a rose quartz roller in your nightly facial skincare regimen include;

  • Improving skin elasticity

  • Reduces the appearance of and tightens pores

  • Toning the facial muscles and the skin

  • Helps the detoxification and lymphatic drainage processes

  • Helps to reduce the appearance of under eye bags and fine lines

  • Aids the absorption of facial serums / oils / treatments into the skin.

I usually incorporate the roller into my nighttime facial routine after cleansing and toning I use a serum or facial oil to help the roller glide over the skin and to help the nourishing ingredients penetrate into the skin. A favourite oil of mine to use is Rosehip seed oil. I use the roller as follows; In outward strokes rather than a back and forth motion.

A Look At The Most Popular Living Room Designs

No one can deny it - some interior design themes are just more loved than others, and if you’re someone who’s looking to revamp the theme of their living room for the new year, you are probably going to want to know what they are.

Whether you want to jump in on the bandwagon because you’re looking to dress your living space up, or you want to avoid any hint of what is most widely used out there in terms of interior design, this post is here to help you out. Don’t worry, you won’t have to sit through reams and reams of what people love the most about what their living room looks like , here are just a couple of the most popular design choices out there;

The Minimalist Look

Minimalism has been popular ever since the 60s, and it’s something a lot of people swear by these days to make sure your life is uncluttered and free as a bird. But it’s a style that takes a lot of crafting and careful planning to get into, thus it might just be a little more stressful to implement than you want in your new living room design.

But with simple block colours, you can create a great backdrop for situating any kind of furniture up against, especially some simple pieces like leather sofas and beanbag arm chairs. It can be a comfy yet spacious area to relax in, and gives you a nice sense of personal space you can fill up and have complete control over.

Sprinkling Some Oak In

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Oak furniture and some accompanying wood panelling is an age old style design that a lot people swear by, seeing as it helps to keep your house cool in summer and warm during the winter. Not to mention the abundance of oak living room furniture there is out there! It’s a very accessible design anyone can get interested in.

Although too much wood can make the room seem a lot smaller and quite cluttered, also if you’re a fan of the contemporary, this isn’t the style for you. The coffee table would look good made of sheer oak with a nice varnish, but anything more than that and you’ll just overwhelm the space you live in.

The Trip Back in Time

If you are someone who always likes ducking in and out of vintage shops and retro stores, then perhaps a living room layout that reflects the values and styles of a time gone by is one for you. The Victorian era and the 1950s seem to be the most popular periods that people try to recreate, just without all of the dangerous materials present in both! You can even have a different era design for every room you walk into - 70s in the bedroom, 90s in the kitchen etc.

There’s quite a few popular designs out there, just make sure you’re picking and mixing together the ones you love the best.




Important Questions To Ask Yourself When Designing Your Home

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Continuing on the theme of posts bout the home, whether you’re thinking of giving your home a simple home decor makeover or you want to go all out and design a brand new one, asking yourself relevant questions is an absolute must if you want to get it right first time round. Listed below are some of the most important questions you should ask yourself as you design your home. Take a look:

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Is My Family Situation Likely To Change In The Next Few Years?

The most important thing you need to consider is whether your family situation is likely to change in the next few years. If you plan on having children, that will completely change the layout and design. However, if you already have children and they could move out, then that’s a whole different story altogether. Consider how your family may change so you can create a home that will suit all of your needs perfectly.


How Will We Most Use The Home?

Think about how you most use your home. If you like to cook with your family and eating is a big part of your bonding time, then you might want to create a kitchen that reflects this. Whether you love gardening, having film nights, playing games, etc, you will want to plan for your home to reflect these elements so that you can do what you love.


How Do We Want To Use Our Home?

Perhaps there are ways you want to use the home but haven’t been able to because it’s just not suitable. Maybe you want to plant fresh vegetables in your garden but you can't, because you haven’t got much of a garden or a suitable patch. You can plan for this in your new home design. Designing and making over your home is the perfect opportunity for you to use your home exactly as you have always wanted.


What Can We Do Ourselves And What Should We Bring In The Professionals To Do?

There are likely some things you can do yourself to your home design, for example, wallpapering, painting, and other simple tasks. However, when it comes to that bespoke kitchen design and installing important elements, you’re going to need the professionals on board. Doing some DIY on some of your projects can save you a lot of money, but make sure you’re confident in your abilities first.


What Style Inspiration Helps Serve As A Guide?

Style inspiration can serve as a guide to both you and any designers you’re working with. Creating a style board can help you to stay focused on the design you really want.


What Don’t You Like About Your Home Currently?

Making a list of the things that you don’t currently like about your home and what you can do to change those things or make them better is a good idea.


How Much Time And Energy Are You Willing To Invest In Designing And Maintaining Your Home?

It is a good idea to estimate and think about the time and energy you’re willing to put into designing, creating, and maintaining your dream home! You should also have a clear idea of what budget you have to work with.





Upgrading Your Home In A Few Steps

Following on from my home centred posts, I’ve decided to write about how to upgrade your home when the time for it arises. Home upgrades can come in all shapes and sizes. That’s part of what makes the process of upgrading and improving your home so daunting. However, the process of upgrading your home will be a lot less scary to you if the steps are planned out and you know how you want to approach it all. Read on now to find out which steps to take when you feel it’s time to upgrade your home.

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Identify the Main Problems

First of all, you should be clear about where you feel the main problems in your home lie. Do you not like how the rooms are laid out? Are you lacking space? Do you need another bedroom? There are so many potential problems in the home and only you can know what yours are because you’re the one who lives there. So be sure to identify them before deciding what to work on.

Secure the Money

Making upgrades to your home is not cheap, and you need to make sure that you have the money in place before you start work. There are options like secured loans online if you don’t have the money in your account to cover these upgrades. Just make sure you plan it out carefully and ensure you have the money in place before you start making big changes to your home.

Decide on the Right Upgrades

Now you can decide for sure what you want to do and how you’re going to tackle these home upgrades. Make sure that the things you want to do are going to either add real value to your home or significantly improve how you use the home from day to day. Those are the two things that tend to matter most to homeowners when they’re making changes.

Hire the Right Help

Hiring the right people to help you with these home upgrades is vital too. If you don’t do this, you will end up trying to take it all on by yourself and that will be risky. Many people think they know what they’re doing and believe they have the right skills, but when it comes down to it, they find that this is simply not true. So find people with skills and experience who you can trust.

Work Out How You’re Going to Live Around the Mess

Living around a messy situation in your home is not always easy, and things are almost certainly going to be messy if big home improvements are being carried out. You might have to change your routines somewhat. You might even want to stay somewhere else for a short while if it’s going to be very loud and messy in your home until the work is done.

When the time comes to upgrade your home and take it to a whole new level, it’s pretty exciting. It’s something that you want to make the most of and feel the benefits of for years to come. That’s why it would be good to approach it logically and follow the clear steps outlined above.

What steps would you take in upgrading your own home?



~E xx





Upgrading Your Family-Friendly Living Room

Having kids involves a lot of worthy sacrifices, one of which is often your home interiors. Unless you want to spend your life removing stains and dealing with scratches, then light coloured sofas and plush furniture are usually out. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a stylish, cosy living space, you just need to make a few changes so that the whole family can enjoy it together. Get some ideas for upgrading your family-friendly living room below.


Focus on creating space

As a family, your living room is the space where you will enjoy most of your time together, so it’s important that the room feels spacious and airy. There are several styling tricks you can use to make your living room look and feel bigger, including decorating with mirrors and using lighter colours to help the natural light to flood around the room. Your living room should be a clutter-free zone, so make sure everything has its place and that the kids have a box where they can put their toys away after they’re finished with them.

Make it easier to keep clean

A clean home takes work, but you can make it easier on yourself by making your living room easier to clean in the first place. Choose flooring that is easy to maintain like from Carpet One and avoid light colours if possible - pets, children and a cream carpet don’t mix! Greys and darker neutrals make fantastic flooring options that are easy to keep clean, or you can opt for a wooden or laminate floor instead. Furniture that is wipe-clean, and easy to dust will be a lot easier to maintain, giving your living room a Pinterest-worthy finish at all times.

Add warmth and cosiness

Your living room should be a place for the family to get together, to gather around the fireplace or watch TV together. A cosy living room features plenty of textiles, such as scatter cushions and throws, rugs and home accessories to create a warm and homely feeling. When the temperatures dip, a pair of heavy curtains will help keep the draught out, but will also help add that additional feeling of warmth. Changing your curtains and switching up your accessories is an affordable way to transform your living room without having to invest in brand new furniture or redecorating the walls.

Don’t completely sacrifice luxury

While you might want to think twice about investing in stylish, light furniture - that doesn’t mean that you can’t add a touch of luxury to your home. Think about the fabrics you choose and perhaps opt for darker colours that will be more forgiving to clumsy hands, and some lavish lighting that’s out of reach from curious fingers can also keep the luxury element in your living room. Find a compromise that allows you to enjoy the finer things while also accommodating the whole family - you’ll find plenty of inspiration on Pinterest and other online sources.

By upgrading your family-friendly living room, you can create a space that everyone can enjoy and look forward to coming home to. How will you transform your living room? Start looking for ideas today and enjoy creating a beautiful new living space for your home.


Moving 101 - Things To Remember Before Moving Day

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It’s been a while since I moved house but lately I have got to thinking about that special but stressful time and decided to put up a post to help others who are facing a house move. If you are looking to move home anytime soon, it’s likely that you are worried about how you and your family are going to cope with the whole experience. With a million and one things to think about and do before the big day, it’s no wonder that you may be feeling anxious about the situation. There’s no getting around the fact that moving is stressful and because of this, I have compiled a short list of things to remember before moving day so that you don’t run the risk of forgetting anything!

Speak to your providers;

One thing that many people forget to do is let their utility bill providers know that they are moving. Failing to do this can lead to you paying more than needed for your utility bills. Once you have your moving date, speak to your electricity, gas, water, and even internet service providers so that they can provide you with a final bill. You may also want to set up their services in your new home.

Arrange the moving company;

A lot of people try and move their belongings without a removal company, and this simply adds to the stress of moving. Save yourself the headache and arrange a removals company to come and help you transition into your new home. 2 men even offer installation of your utilities in your new home too!

Cancel subscriptions;

Any subscriptions that come to your home will need to be cancelled. Things such as magazines, newspapers, and even a milk delivery will need to either be cancelled or rerouted to your new home. Don’t forget to have your post redirected too to ensure you don’t miss out on any important mail.

Tell your neighbours;

If you’re close or at least friendly with your neighbours, it might be a good idea to let them know that you’re planning on moving so that they can prepare themselves for any noise that may come from your household.

Touch up your home;

Look around your home for any dings or scuffs, and any other repairs that need doing and make a list of them so that you can touch them up before leaving. This is especially important if you’re hoping to get a security deposit back. Remember to replace any broken white goods if needed and leave the property in the same state you moved in with.

Arrange a leaving party;

Finally, one of the best parts about moving is being able to host a leaving party for all of your friends, family, and neighbours to attend for a final goodbye to your home. Even if you’re not moving far, it’s a great way of celebrating the time you spent in your home and look forward to the next chapter of your life!

~E xx