5 Home Comfort Essentials

Are you struggling to make your home as comfortable as it could be? It’s not as difficult to get right as you might think. Here are 5 home comfort essentials.

  1. Footrests

You don’t realize how great footrests can be until you’ve actually used one! It’s a cheap, simple item, but they improve your comfort no end when you’re sitting down. They’re especially good if you’re sitting at a desk working.

They’re backed up by science too. Using a footrest is good for your entire body and will dramatically improve your posture. When something’s comfortable and beneficial to your health, you know you have to use it!

  1. Top Quality Pillows

We often hear about the importance of having a good quality, supportive mattress to lie on at night, but what about the pillows? Yes, having a good mattress is important, but, if you’re like me, you’ll place much more value on the pillows.

Having an old mattress isn’t ideal but you can get by with it. But if you have a tired, lifeless pillows that haven’t been replaced in years, it’s pretty hard to put up with. There’s nothing better than getting into bed and resting your head on a big fluffy pillow.

  1. Great Scents

Home comfort isn’t all about physical comfort, you know. Sometimes comfort relates to the overall ambience and relaxation offered by a room. And one great way to improve a room’s ambience is by making sure it smells great.

You can use candles, air fresheners or whatever you like to make it smell nicer. But, for me, the best scent is that of home baked bread! So, why not start making your own bread? You’ll have some great food to eat, and your house will smell great.

  1. Foam Chairs

Where you sit when you’re trying to relax is vital, so don’t neglect your chairs. Of course, your sofa and armchairs are important but they have to be functional as well as comfortable. That’s why you need some foam chairs or bean bags as well.

These are extra important if you’re a gamer or you like to watch a lot of movies at home. That’s when you really need that extra comfort. There are loads of types of foam chair out there, and you can browse and find more at Comfysacks.com/. Find the right style to fit your room.

  1. The Perfect Pair of Slippers

Even if we don’t admit it, we all love our slippers. One of life’s great pleasures comes from getting home, kicking off your shoes and putting your slippers on. If you don’t have a pair, you should!

But what constitutes a perfect pair of slippers will change depending on the individual. Some people like to buy a new pair regularly, and others like to have an old pair that serves them well for years. It’s all about finding the ones that are right for you.

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A home isn’t’ really a home unless it’s comfortable. So, follow these tips and make your home an haven of relaxation and comfort.

Interesting Facts About The Candy Industry

Candy has been one of America’s favorite treats for a very long time now. However, most people have little knowledge about the history of the product. Today, we’re going to present you with a few interesting facts you need to know. Not only will they give you something to talk about at dinner parties, but they will also help you to understand better the evolution of the treat. You can take a look at the infographic if you want to learn more.

Candy Corn is one of the best selling candy products of all time. It was first released in 1880, and it is still being sold in stores around the country to this very day.

Tootsie Rolls were first introduced in 1896, and most people are unaware the product was named after Leo Hirshfield’s daughter.

Toblerone was put on sale in 1908. The delicious Swiss milk chocolate was designed and created by Theodor Tobler.

Dum Dums lollipops first reached our shelves in 1928. They were called that because the manufacturers wanted to make it easy for small children to repeat the brand name. What a fantastic marketing trick.

By 1930, the Mars family created the nutty Snickers bar. It was named after their horse.

As you can see, there are many interesting facts surrounding the history of the candy industry. Now it’s time to browse through some more information featured on the infographic below. There is so much to learn that you might want to put half an hour aside to take it all in.


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Seven Tips For A Healthier Skin

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A lot of therapists are offering their services as dermatologists. You can recognize a dermatologist by their education. A dermatologist needs to complete a medical degree at a university before receiving a specialized training in dermatology. Don’t hesitate to ask your dermatologist about their specification.

Facials may not be the answer to your problems

If you tend to have acne, rosacea or have sensitive skin, the facials offered by spas and beauty salons are not a good option for you. A study showed that facials could actually made breakouts worse in 80% of cases. You should receive a medical grade facial through your dermatologist if you need one.

Your diet is important

You are more than likely aware that sugar is not good for you. However, a lot of people do not realize how foods rich in sugar affect their complexion. Making bad nutritional choices can cause your skin to age a lot faster.

Stress is bad for your skin 

There are not a lot of studies about the connection between medication and healthy skin. However, high stress levels cause your system to produce higher levels of cortisol, which causes your skin to age. Getting your stress under control will prevent your skin from aging, for instance by meditating on a daily basis.

Get your moles checked 

It is crucial to get your moles checked by a dermatologist. Ideally, you should aim and think I want to meet a dermatologist near me at least once a year. You should also examine your skin yourself at least once a month to make sure your moles still look the same.

Choose products adapted to your skin 

A lot of people with sensitive skin choose rich and thick moisturizing creams to soothe their skin. It is important to choose products adapted to your skin type to get good results. You need to choose skin care products based on your skin conditions or your skin type. Ask a dermatologist for recommendations if you are not sure products are best for you.

Be patient 

Some patients want to start treatments for acne scarring before their acne has completely disappeared. However, it is best to wait for acne to be gone before treating acne scarring. Treating acne scarring too early could worsen acne lesions. A good dermatologist should be able to prescribe an efficient treatment for acne before treating scarring.

Aqueous creams can irritate 

Aqueous creams make good substitutes for soap but you should not leave these products on as moisturizers. Some patients try leaving these creams on to get rid of eczema or soothe sensitive skin. General practitioners and pharmacists often make the mistake to recommend that patients leave these creams on. However, most aqueous creams contain sodium lauryl sulphate, a foaming agent that can irritate the skin.

Stop using face wipes

You should not using facial wet wipes instead of soap to clean your skin. These wipes can be used while you are on the go and have no other option to clean your face. However, wipes do not clean your skin as well as soap and can irritate it.

Boxing: the hottest new workout for women?

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Everywhere we look around us, there is some sort of new diet or exercise fad that promises to shed the pounds within weeks. It seems we’ve tried everything from Beyonce’s Maple Syrup Diet to Chairacise, but now something has arrived which not only seems completely within the realms of possibility, but is also a great way to let off steam: boxing.

New beginnings

Without a doubt, boxing has come onto everybody’s radar in the recent months thanks to the forthcoming Mayweather Jr vs. Pacquiao fight, which will see millions of spectators betting and biting their nails on 2nd May. But far from being a sport which is primarily directed towards men, now, more and more women are choosing boxing to vent their frustrations and lose those extra pounds.

No one knows this better than the founders of Shadowbox, a new boxing studio which has just opened in New York’s Flatiron District. Daniel Glazer, founder of the club, said: “We’re going to try to bridge the gap between what’s great about the sport traditionally and bring it into the new century for women who want to be able to take a shower and blow-dry their hair and go to work afterward.”

Yes, it may be something of a boxing-ring-come-beauty-salon, but that is not to say that the regimes will not be hard work. Classes comprise shadow boxing with and without weights, heavy bag work with guided punch combinations and core and body weight exercises, all topped off with a few stretches. It particularly appeals to women, says Glazer, thanks to its lengthening and toning properties, rather than making its participants “bulk up.”

On the catwalk

Aesthetics are certainly an added benefit of this refreshing exercise, but it’s also having a substantial effect on the fashion circuit. Alexander Wang set the trend last autumn when he designed boxing gloves for his H&M collaboration. This in turn inspired Karl Lagerfield, who soon had models such as Cara Delevingne sporting lace-up boots and quilted bags in the latest campaign for Chanel. Louis Vuitton went one step further and even designed a full set of boxing accessories, retailing at an eye-watering $175,000.

It’s part of an altogether bigger ‘sportification’ trend which is currently taking the fashion world by storm for both men and women. Wei Koh, founder of The Rake Magazine, says: “There’s a blending of sportswear and formality like we’ve never seen. What’s apparent now is that we are looking for clothes that help us jump around the city, run around between meetings. It’s about comfort, technical ability and mobility.”

Of course, technical ability and mobility are two traits which any keen boxer possesses. With the new fitness trend, this is something which could be on the rise in the coming months for any New York resident looking for an exciting way of getting in shape.

Your living room: Small changes that make a big difference

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Our living room is the core of our home; the room we showcase for visitors and enjoy quiet family time in and therefore it is crucial that we ensure it is as homely and comfortable as possible. Whilst we would all love the most up to date, modern living room, it is essential this room reflects both your taste and your lifestyle.

Whilst some large changes such as; changing couches or adding new timber windows aren’t something we can all do on a regular basis, here are some smaller changes that are guaranteed to make a huge impact on your living room.

Improve your lighting

The lighting you choose for any room, particularly your living room can change the entire ambiance. If you are looking to have a living room where you and your family can relax; subtle, soft lighting can work really well and create a cosy atmosphere. However, if you want to create a space that is alert then harsher, brighter lighting will be more suitable.

Installing a dimmer switch is also the perfect solution as this will allow you to have brighter light during day time hours and a soft dimmer light for pyjama moments and those romantic evenings in.

Add an accent wall

If you really want to change things up and add a bit of the contemporary into your living room, why not add an accent wall? This wall is where you can add a bold statement in your otherwise quite neutral living room. This can be an extremely quick and cheap way of completely changing the entire look and feel of your living space.

Add some life

Believe it or not, the addition of a living and breathing plant can really enhance your living room. Whether that is an orchid or some herb pots; add them to random spaces in your lounge for a great effect.

Change your accent pillows

If you don’t currently have any accent pillows; get some! If you do have them, change them up a bit. This is a quick and inexpensive way of completely changing the colour or design theme of your living room. If you want to make sure your living space really stands out, add some brightly coloured cushions to your couch.

With these essential tips in mind, you can really enhance your living room this season without spending a fortune!

Adding Luxury Touches to Your Bathroom

Your bathroom can start looking old and tired pretty quickly. Therefore, you should look for ways to keep it fresh and new all year round. We all want touches of luxury in our bathrooms, but real luxury is expensive, I know I can’t afford that kind of thing!

So, I’ve devised some quickly and easy ways in which you can add luxury touches to your bathroom. Don’t settle for a drab, lifeless bathroom. Follow these tips and your bathroom will have a new lease of life in no time.

Add a New Mirror

Your eye is immediately drawn to the mirror in a room. It is usually the thing that stands out on the wall, so make sure yours isn’t cheap and ugly. Get something elaborate or in fitting with the rest of your room.

Mirrors provide extra light and make a room look bigger, they’re not just for looking at yourself in! So, if you don’t have one in your bathroom, it’s time you changed that. You can find some beautiful second-hand mirrors that can be restored to create something unique.

Get New Towels and Robes

Are your towels, robes and mats looking old and tatty these days? It’s really worth investing in some new ones if this is the case. Not only will they look better but they’ll also feel a lot better when you use them! Luxury doesn’t just have to be about appearances.

Make sure they are in keeping with the design of the rest of the room. You get lots of differently designed towels and contemporary bath mats online. And you could even get your robes personalised if you wanted.

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Mix and Match Fixtures

A great way to update your bathroom and be creative at the same time is to use unusual and unexpected fixtures in the room. Why not use kitchen storage units and turn them into a great vanity cabinet?

Or get an old chandelier and use it in your bathroom. These touches often look great and give a sense of real luxury that shop bought bathroom fixture can’t compete with.

New Accessories

A bathroom can be made to feel more luxurious by simply adding small accessories. Try adding scents and candles around the room. It’s cheap and simple, yet gives the feeling of real luxury and relaxation. Light them when you get home from work, and you’re having a long soak, you won’t regret it.

Other accessories you could add include plants for the windowsill, picture for the walls or luxury soaps for the bath. Do whatever puts you most at ease.

Clean it Thoroughly

A deep clean can be as good as a redecoration job sometimes. Bathrooms get very dirty, very quickly. Get right into the corners and clean the taps! It’ll feel like an entirely new room by the end of it. And it won’t cost much money either.

You could even get a professional cleaner to do the job for you if you want the room to be cleaned comprehensively. And then, once it’s clean, try to keep it clean!

Give Your Bedroom a Beautiful Makeover!

Your bedroom is the space to relax, chill and sleep. It should be a haven from the world. It’s important that you have a bedroom that meets your needs. After all, you need to ensure that you have a tranquil and beautiful space within your home.

So, how can this bedroom makeover be done?

There are some simple, yet beautiful ways that you can give your room a makeover. What’s more; you don’t even have to pick up the paint brush!

Cute Curtains

Think about your curtains. Are they a little lacklustre? Do they leave a lot to be desired? If you want to make sure that your room is transformed, with ease, it’s time to invest in some curtains that are the actual focal point of the room. If you have a neutral base on your wall, a pair of curtains that have a lot of detail can make them the feature of your room. You don’t have to put up feature paper to create an atmosphere. Think along the lines of checks, birds, floral and spots. This can give your room an instant lift and look positively fantastic.

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Lights, Camera, Action

Lighting is a huge part of any home. But, you don’t have to stick to a bedroom ceiling fan and light combination. On the contrary, unique lighting is one of the best ways to add drama to your room. Think about what kind of look you want. Do you want a bright, open room? Or, would you prefer to something a little more cosy? Thinking about this need is a must before you add light. Simple laser cut shades are perfect for any cosy space. But, dramatic pendants and oversized sconces can change the whole look of your room. Lighting should be both practical and beautiful. So, incorporate it in the right way in your home.

Throws, Pillows and Fabrics

Adding texture to a room can change the space from drab to fab. One of the best and cheapest ways to do this is to add more fabrics and textiles. Think about your bedroom space. It’s a playground for inspiration. So many people forget about putting in simple rugs, voiles and cushions. Throwing scatter cushions across the bed is a must. A simple, luxe faux fur throw is a must. Opt for a large throw that contrasts with the theme of your room. Adding all of these textiles gives your home a stunning feel. But, it also creates a comfortable and cosy space that can be enjoyed all year round.

Stickers and Art

When it comes to your home, you may want something a little classier on your walls. Murals, stickers and oversized canvases can be purchased for a snip of the price. What’s more, they are a funky alternative to paper and paint. As they are a less permanent solution, you can have all kinds of things on your wall. Choose a feature wall and add simple murals and canvases. Your bedroom will be transformed into a chic spot that is bang on trend.

Creative Lighting Ideas for Your Home

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We can do much more with the light in our homes than simply screw in a white or yellow light bulb. But many of us don’t make the effort to do anything more interesting, perhaps instead concentrating on using beautiful lampshades. And while having new light fixtures fitted might seem a hassle, it’s not all that complicated, and it’s not the only way to use light in a fun way. We use the light in our home for practical purposes, like cooking in the kitchen, but we also use it to set the mood and enhance interior design. If you want to do more with your home lighting, try some of these creative ideas.

Take Control

Sometimes the fairly simple ideas are some of the most effective. Dimmer switches might have been around for a long time, but people often still see them as something a bit fancy. It’s easy to install a switch, as well as dimmable bulbs like these Philips LED bulbs. Once you’ve changed your lights to fit dimmer switches, you won’t regret it. You can lower the light in the bathroom for a relaxing bath, bring the lights down in the dining room for an intimate dinner or create some mood lighting in the bedroom. You don’t always want a strong, bright light in the evening, and a lower one can bring a lot more atmosphere to a room.

Learn to Love Pendant Lights

Most of us have light fittings that hang straight down from our ceilings, but they can often look a bit tired or dull. Pendant lights hang a little lower than most and usually come with a beautiful shade, made from anything from glass to brass. They’re particularly popular at the moment because they’re an excellent way to use lighting to create a feature in the room. They look fantastic hanging over a table, kitchen island or bed. There’s a huge range of stunning and creative fittings you can use, from vintage lanterns to contemporary bars and other designs.

Use Color

We often get stuck using white and yellow lights, with perhaps a bit of daring orange now and then. But there’s no need for us to stick to the same colors all the time. There are lots of fun hues that we try out, and they don’t have to be garish or tacky. However, it’s best to use different colors sparingly, perhaps as accent lighting. You can also use colored bulbs with a dimmer switch so that you can adjust their level. Instead of using paint, furniture or other accessories for you accent colors, use your lights instead. As well as choosing a colored bulb, you can use a white one shining through a colorful fixture. You’ll get a more subtle effect, and you can change the fixture when you want.

Why should we settle for boring lighting when we can do what we want with it, just like everything else in our homes? Make your home more fun by playing with your lights instead of settling for mundanity.

Bringing Victorian charm into the 21st Century

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For many people Victorian homes hold a distinct charm that new builds simply can’t match. However, the problems may arise when you discover you still have the original plumbing, the plaster is crumbling and you can’t remodel without jumping through the hoops of your local historical and preservation societies.

However, there are some truly amazing buildings available and the character, charm and sense of history afforded by a Victorian space can be worth any amount of hassle you might have to go through in getting it the way you want.

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For inspiration, take a look at these stunning character homes for sale. Stanmore is home to Bentley Priory, a stately home that has medieval roots but which really came into its own in the 18th and 19th Centuries. In 1848, in fact, the Dowager Queen Adelaide, widow of William IV, leased the Priory and regularly received Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

You really don’t get more Victorian than that – but the luxury apartments, duplexes and villas that have been created within the Priory stand as living proof that period buildings can be brought into the 21st Century. The elegant contemporary interiors co-exist with the character of the building’s original features which, considering the Priory is a Grade II listed building, was an absolute design prerequisite.

Try something different

Even if you’re fitting out your period home on a budget, you can create your own blend of classic and contemporary. You don’t want your home to look like somebody threw their grandparents’ old furniture together along with a trolley dash through your local gadget store but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring in some modern elements.

For an eclectic look, try reupholstering a Victorian-style sofa or dining chairs with modern fabrics and bold graphic prints. This diverse mix isn’t for everyone but it can work to stunning effect.

It’s also worth noting that the Victorians themselves were not afraid of colour and bold design statements. The period might be associated with somewhat repressed emotions but in design terms it was opulent, with lots of rich greens, gold-browns, reds and blues. Toning the heavier colours with cool whites can add a modern touch and make the place feel lighter and airier.

So, there really are plenty of options and many ways to bring classic Victoriana into the modern day so, go for it!

Wonderful Ways to Pamper Yourself at Home

We all need some time to ourselves sometimes. We work long hours during the week and then stay busy at the weekend getting out and about or spending time with the kids. But sometimes you just need to slow down and take some time to pamper yourself. But you don’t have to go to a spa to give yourself some special treatment. All you need is a bit of spare time, the bathroom to yourself and a few choice supplies. You can easily enjoy a quiet, relaxing night (or day) in, without having to spend much money at all. Follow these tips to start letting go of all that stress and becoming the most relaxed you’ve ever been.

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Gather Your Supplies

You don’t want to have to get out of the bath and run through the house because you’ve forgotten something. Make sure you have everything you need before you get started, so you’re super prepared. If you’re going to begin with a long, hot bath, you’ll need your preferred products for making it enjoyable. It could be a bubble bath, a bath bomb or some silky body lotion for when you get out. You’ll want to enhance the atmosphere too, so get something the smells good, like candles or incense, and put on some relaxing music. If you don’t already have one, it’s essential to go shopping for bath robes. There’s nothing like getting out of a warm bath, drying yourself with a huge, fluffy towel and then wrapping up in a luxuriously soft robe.

Start with a Bath

Once you have your bath supplies, it’s time to get in. If you don’t have a tub, a shower can be just as relaxing and delightful. Get your relaxing music started, whether it’s classical or pop, and dim the lights to create a tranquil atmosphere that could almost send you into sleep. While you’re bathing, give yourself a mini-massage with a loofah or exfoliate with a good body scrub. It’s also a good idea to take a pumice stone to your feet for silky smooth soles. You’ll step out of the bath feeling like a new woman.

Post-bath Care

Once you’re out of the tub and wrapped in your fluffy robe, there’s no need to stop there. Massaging a quality body lotion into your skin can make you feel blissful. You’ll feel soft all over, and it will help you feel even more relaxed than before. If you want to get dressed, put on some soft pajamas or other clothes. There’s no need to wear stiff garments and restrictive items, when you can slouch on the sofa in your favorite “relaxing outfit”.

Keep It Going

After your relaxing bath and after-care, don’t rush straight back into the real world. Take some more time to look after yourself and forget about your troubles. Sit back and do something that you enjoy that won’t stress you out. For some people that will be watching TV, while for others it could be playing video games or reading a book.

After your epic relaxation session, you’re sure to wake up the next morning feeling refreshed and raring to go. How would you describe your perfect night in?