Moving into a new place is both exciting and challenging. When I started thinking about relocating and starting fresh with my family, the first challenge that popped into my head was furnishing. However, I was determined to design my home in a simpler way than ever before. That is when I discovered Scandinavian design and all the principles that come with it. Simplicity, minimalism and function are at the core of this style which has become one of the most popular choices all around the world. Fortunately, I did follow it and learned firsthand how great it looks and how functional it really is, so, let me to walk you through a few room designs that will surely get you inspired. Let’s begin!
If you’re looking for boots that are incredibly functional and successfully combine folk art and pop culture, nothing beats country boots. They’ve been worn by presidents, actors, cowboys, as well as actors who’ve become presidents. It’s actually quite sad to think that most men will go through life without actually trying a pair, so my advice is to not be that guy and give them a shot. Especially if you live in a rural area where your boots’ functionality is key. You don’t have to be a cowboy to appreciate a good pair of mens country boots, and although being a cowboy will expand the ways in which you can use country boots, you can still get them to match your western style outfit.
So how do you wear mens country boots without looking out of place in Australia? Well, most people would agree that a single western-themed piece of clothing is enough per outfit. That being said, if you’re wearing a pair of country boots, always try to wear them with a jacket and a sleek belt instead of a bolo tie and a cowboy shirt. That way, you’ll look like you’re making a fashion statement instead of attending a costume party.
Country boots are usually worn as social wear, not business wear, which is why you should look to wear them with relaxed trousers and jackets. Collared shirts go well with country boots. A T-shirt and blue jeans with country boots will probably make you fit right in a country music show, but if you’re going elsewhere, you should wear a plain white dress shirt, or a more patterned, casual one.
The jeans you pair with country boots should be close-fitted and preferably dark. You’ll want boot-cut style jeans, obviously, and you shouldn’t tuck them into the boots unless you want to look ridiculous and be judged by everyone you see. Alternatively, you can get dress trousers, as well as casual suits. Just make sure the trousers are wide enough so the boot shaft isn’t making a bulge.
A leather belt, or a belt with decorative buckles, will fit well with country boots. You don’t necessarily have to go with a rattlesnake skin belt or a huge silver buckle that features turquoise inlays, but a belt that’s slightly more decorative than your conventional dress one. And of course, you can get a hat if you really want to push the western style and if you want little kids to scream “COWBOY” as soon as they see you.
Considering how much technology has advanced in the last few years, it’s safe to say that most people are content with their mobile phones and the value they provide them with. However, there are many accessories that are very useful and can make your life easier. Just visit any mobile accessories shop and you’ll be surprised by the great variety of gadgets you can buy. Any tech geek would love to boost the performance of their already hefty investment, so I believe the following products are definitely worth checking out.
Multi-Purpose Phone Cases
Whether you’re driving a Harley or a sports bike, and you want to replace the handle grips, you’ll come across models that are specifically customised for your type of bike and your style of riding. Motorcycle grips can be simple rubber grips like the ones you see on standard cruisers and sport bikes, or they can be quite fancy, like the ones you see on custom choppers costing a few thousand dollars. But generally, most of the grips you’ll find online and in your local motorcycle dealership cost somewhere between a few bucks to a few hundred, depending on the materials they’re made from and their style.
No matter where you live, a swimming pool heater enables you to extend your swimming season beyond the 4-5 warm months of the year. Generally, pool heaters are installed after the pump and filter system. The pump helps push water through the filter, then into the heater before it goes back in the pool again. There are 3 different types of heat pumps, and they all pump heat using a different method. Each type has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages, which makes knowing the differences between the 3 models quite important.
Gas Pool Heaters
Gas heaters are the most popular way to warm a pool in most regions, as they’re affordable and efficient. These heaters can be powered using natural gas or propane, depending on where you’re located and the availability of fuel. Gas heaters can maintain an even water temperature, no matter how cold it is outside, however, they might require extra fuel to accomplish this. On the downside, some gas pool heaters emit NOx, but there are some models which emit very small amounts of it, which makes them safe and compliant to the AU regulations.
Electric Pool Heaters
Electric pool heaters are more expensive, but their operating cost is much lower than the operating cost of gas pool heaters. These pool heaters pump heat slower than gas pool heaters, and you might have problems warming your pool when the temperature drops below 10°C. Most electric pool heaters last a very long time, which makes them a great long-term investment for places with a warmer climate.
Solar Pool Heaters
Solar pool heaters are becoming more popular and more efficient as solar technology keeps rapidly improving. Most solar pool heaters are very costly, at least initially, but their operating costs are almost non-existent. Furthermore, solar pool heaters last the longest out of all three types, but there are some drawbacks to them as well. First and foremost, they will only heat your pool if there’s enough sun throughout the day to power them, which makes them a poor choice for areas with colder weather.
Bottom line is, regardless of which type of pool heater you end up picking, you need to get one that’s big enough in terms of capacity to warm up your pool effectively. In order to do that, you need to calculate the pool’s surface area and subtract the temperature for the coldest month in which you’ll use the heater. The formula goes like this: pool size x temperature rise x 12 = BTUs required per hour.
In a land surrounded by water it is no wonder Australian men swear by recreational fishing, surfing and boating as the best hobbies and pastime activities. Another thing most men have in common is the desire to look and feel good while out with friends, running errands or doing some recreational activity. That being said, if there’s one piece of clothing that’s comfortable and practical enough to be worn to a number of occasions and fit various style preferences that has to be the hoodie. Here is how you can make it work for you. Read More
These days there is nothing you can’t buy online, including cosmetics. Whether you are looking for new nail polish, your perfect foundation match or need a face wash to clear up your skin, it’s highly unlikely that you won’t find what you need online. The reasons for shopping online are numerous – you get to compare products and their prices, there is a greater choice of goods, you can shop from the comfort of your home and have the items delivered straight at your doorstep. However, there are some things to keep in mind if you decide to purchase cosmetics online.
Know Your Skin Tone and Type
Determine the type of your skin tone – is it fair, light, medium, olive or dark? Do you have warmer undertones or cooler undertones? Do you have sensitive, combination or acne-prone skin? Answering these questions before you purchase cosmetics online will help you determine the texture, finish, and shade of the product you need.
Whether it’s from the online store or directly from the cosmetics company, if you call and request samples, many of them will be happy to send them to you. Getting a free sample before committing to a purchase is the best way to prevent spending a great deal of money on a product that you are allergic to.
Read Online Reviews
This is especially important when you are investing in pricey products. Reading different people’s opinions and experiences with the products will help you get the bigger picture as to how the product works. That way, you’ll be warned about all the negative consequences it might have and you can prevent them.
Be Careful with Larger Size Products
One big bottle may cost less than a bunch of smaller tubes, but a mega-size product is only a good deal if you intend to use all of it. If you are new to the product, start with a smaller size to make sure you like it. The same goes for kits. Unless you know and love every item in the package, stick to single-product purchases. Otherwise, you may not even use some components of the kit after you’ve paid a higher price than you would have for the products that you really use.
Buy from Well-Known Manufacturers
Knowing the manufacturer of the products that you want to buy is crucial – some manufacturers exist just to make a kill. A lot of people have lost money buying what they thought was a great product but instead, they ended up with a product that they couldn’t use. When you purchase cosmetics online, you need to verify if the manufacturer is a genuine one.
Read the Terms and Conditions of Use
When buying cosmetics online, it is recommended that you go through the terms and conditions of use to really understand what you are getting yourself into. Some sites, for instance, will not cover the cost of replacing items that are damaged in transit or are of lower quality than you expected. Others do not offer refunds if the products supplied is different from what was ordered (you can only make a trade in).
People are becoming increasingly more concerned about the quality of food they consume and more and more people are resorting to growing their own food. This explains the new methods and techniques which help individuals cultivate their own fruit and vegetables. Even those with no experience in gardening and no gardening space whatsoever are becoming more confident to take up this hobby and see whether they have a green thumb. If you live in a concrete jungle and are looking to grow your own produce, worry not. Urban garden planters are the newest invention in the world of gardening that has made growing your own food a piece of cake.
Some people say that basically anything that can hold soil can be a suitable growing container for balcony gardens, but I don’t agree with that. Adequate urban garden planters need to offer plenty of space for roots to grow and need to have holes for proper drainage. And of course, they need to look good to match the exterior decor of your home. Modern, white plastic planters with a self-watering mechanism are my recommendation when it comes to choosing the best urban garden planters.
Plastic is a durable material that withstands the elements well and the white colour is quite easy to fit in every design scheme. The self-watering mechanism takes care of your plants’ water needs and has a system that shows you just how much water is left in the reservoir, so you don’t have to think about refilling it all the time. This kind of planters are suitable for growing both fruits and vegetables and you can use them to grow flowers as well.
You should use a high-quality potting mix to fill your planter. When shopping for potting mix, choose one that is soft, keeps moisture and gives the plant’s roots the right balance of nutrition, air, and anchorage. A mix that’s too dense or too wet may negatively affect your plants and impede their growth.
Before you decide which seeds to plant, take a look at your balcony’s layout carefully. Vegetables usually need lots of sunlight to grow large and plentiful. Therefore, plan where you’ll place your container with veggies and make sure to put it in a sunny spot. Pay close attention to what each plant needs and make sure it fits in the conditions in your urban garden space.
When gardening in very small spaces such as planters, you need to pay special attention to your soil’s nutritional needs. That is because plants in containers deplete the nutrients at a quicker rate than large-scale gardening. So, make sure you add organic compost, top-dress soil and spray it with compost tea often.
Someone who doesn’t have much experience with camping may think that all camping bags are the same. However, campers who are serious about making the most of their outdoor adventure know that their bags can have a great role in how smooth and pleasant their camping trip can be. Pick a bag that is too big and you will find yourself filling it up with things that you don’t essentially need that much, resulting in an extra weight that you will need to carry on your back. Pick a bag that is too small and you won’t be able to fit all your essentials in it. Pick the wrong material and your belongings will be soaked in the rain.
In a world where almost all humans are dependent on computers, cell phones, credit cards, even the smallest business is at risk of hackers, malware and computer viruses. Confidential client information can be easily stolen and misused resulting in costly lawsuit and reputation damage. To avoid all this, you’ll have to rely on the services of a professional cyber crime insurance broker.
Dental fillings also called “dental restorations,” are designed to replace the tooth structure that’s lost to decay. Although they may last many years, they eventually need to be replaced with new ones. The constant assault from drinking and eating or the stress that’s a result from clenching or grinding eventually may cause a dental filling to fail. Fillings that are worn away, chipped, cracked or fallen out may leave gaps between the tooth which will consequently turn to be an entry point for food particles and decay-causing bacteria. For that very reason, to avoid painful and costly procedures, it is of the essence to pay attention to some of the signs that indicate that it’s time for new fillings. Read More
One of the very first toys a child receives is often a teddy bear or some kind of stuffed animal. But these soft, plush animals are more than just a toy. For a young child, they become instant friends – companions that are always available to play with when mummy and daddy are tired or busy. So, over time, kids can grow quite attached to their plush toys. But what makes these toys so special and different from all the other play items in a child’s bedroom? To answer that, here are some of the reasons plush toys are especially beneficial for children to play with.
Plush Toys Provide Instant Comfort
The greatest benefit of stuffed animals and other soft, cuddly plush toys is that they can ease stress and anxiety in young children. For babies and toddlers, the world can seem like a big and overwhelming place and having something secure and soft to hold on to can help them cope with their emotions. By cuddling with a stuffed animal, children can learn how to self-soothe instead of calling for mummy and daddy to provide instant comfort. What’s more, a child’s stuffed animal can be his/her own personal companion which they don’t have to share with anyone else. This can be especially beneficial for a child that splits the parents’ affection and attention with other siblings.
They Help Build Social Skills
In a child’s imagination, stuffed toys are animate creatures which they can interact with. So, when you see a child spending time with their favourite plush animal, it often looks like they’re having a conversation or playing different roles. Doing so, they often mimic everyday activities and some of the grown-up conversation they overheard. As a result, this pretend play can help children learn how to form social bonds and express themselves.
They Encourage Language Development
Besides bolstering social skills, pretend play with stuffed toys also helps develop speech and language skills. Just think about it. What encourages your child to speak more – Lego blocks or stuffed toys? The stuffed toys’ effect on language skills can start even when the child is a small baby. Seeing the distinct features of a face encourages babies to babble more which can help speed up the development of language.
They Teach Compassion & Empathy
Besides seeing them as friends they can play with, as children continue to grow, they start assuming the role of a caretaker for their stuffed toys. As they pretend to feed, clothe and bathe their stuffed animals, children learn how it is to nurture and care for others. As a result, this can help children become more considerate about the needs of other people.