First-Time Home Buyer? These Are The Pitfalls You Need To Avoid

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Buying a home can be complicated, and this is especially true for first-time buyers. After renting a home for years (or living with mum and dad), making that first step on the property ladder is a daunting prospect. The path to finding the perfect home is long and hard, and the pitfalls along the way are many. But hey, that is where we come in. By giving you a few pointers to help you avoid said pitfalls, the home-buying process may be easier for you, if and when you decide to take the plunge into the housing market.

The following are the pitfalls you need to avoid.

Buying on a whim

So you’ve decided buy your first house. Exciting isn’t it! But reign yourself in and curb the temptation to buy the first property you think you can reasonably afford. This is the first pitfall a first-time buyer will make, but it’s one that can cause further trouble down the line. You could buy a potential money pit for starters – the price was probably low for a good reason – and there are a lot of other things to take into account before signing on any dotted line. This includes researching the neighbourhood – making sure it has all the amenities your family needs – and checking for better properties (with better value) that may be welcoming home buyers in just a few blocks away.

Waiting too long to buy

After buying on a whim, the opposite is also common. It’s understandable to be a little cautious, but if you dither for too long on a particular property, or are unduly worried about the rise and fall of the housing market, you will still be stuck in your rented flat for years to come. Yes, the estate agent will tell you the right time to buy, and yes, you don’t want to throw away your money on something unsuitable, but after spending time doing some research, take an educated risk and buy something. Oh, and don’t wait for a dream house either. Every property will have its imperfections, but it’s what you do with it after the purchase that makes it a home ideal for you.

Not shopping around for a mortgage

Before you even go house hunting, it’s worth getting a loan pre-approved. After all, it would be terrible to find a house and get turned down by every bank on your high street when you go and ask for a mortgage. If you’re unsure you will qualify for a mortgage, use a mortgage calculator to help you work out the deposit and repayments you will be expected to make. When your finances are in order, it’s still worth shopping around. Interest rates fluctuate, and you may be able to get a better deal than the first offer a bank gives you. It’s a good idea to speak to an independent finance broker who will have knowledge of the best deals, or you could also use an online comparison service to cut out the middleman.

Forgetting extra expenses

So you have the money to pay back the mortgage. Great! However, there is a lot more you need to budget for. When looking for a home in your ‘price range,’ this has to include solicitor fees, taxes, surveyor costs, and more. Then there are the hidden costs, which include maintenance issues at the property you are buying. Therefore, don’t spend more than you can afford on a property until you have added up all the extra costs that go alongside it. You will feel the pinch if you end up over budget and you will have difficulty with the mortgage payments.

Trusting the wrong people

There are people you can trust in the process, and people you can’t. So who can you trust? Well, your solicitor should give you unbiased advice for starters, and you may have friends and family who can recommend other trusted companies, such as building surveyors and removal services. Who can’t you trust? The seller’s agent for one, as they are working for the sellers best interest and they will try and get every last bit of loose change you have in your pocket. Don’t trust the seller’s word on the property either. They may tell you there’s nothing wrong with the house, but without a proper inspection, you may discover flaws and damages that you weren’t originally made aware of. So, our advice is this. When looking at a potential home, take somebody with you, especially someone who knows how to ask the right questions. If you are in any way unsure, walk away, as you don’t want to waste your money (or spend too much money) on something that isn’t worth it.

Going for the asking price

Linked to the above. The seller will put up an asking price, but there is always wriggle room to consider. Compare similar properties to see how much other sellers are asking for, and haggle with the seller or agent to get to a price you are happy to pay. The house may be perfectly priced for its quality and location, but it is still worth going lower if you can. The seller will expect this, as quite often, agents overprice the property to begin with, as this gives the impression they are being generous when the costs are lowered after a bit of bartering.

Signing documents before reading the small print

Do not sign anything before you are entirely sure you are doing the right thing. From the loan agreement to the sales and purchase agreement, make sure you read the contracts in full. This includes the small print, as despite your certainty in buying, there may still be hidden clauses that are not in your best interest. When the contract is signed, you are not necessarily too late to back down, but it will be much harder for you if the seller isn’t compliant. You can negotiate a new contract, but it’s sensible to get your solicitor to read through the paperwork with you before you make a potentially costly mistake.

Foregoing a building inspection

As mentioned, another pair of eyes is always useful when looking around a property. A building inspector knows what to look out for, as your untrained eyes may not see every fault inherent in a property. So, even if your best mate’s dad has experience in buying houses, still seek the help of a professional, despite the expense. Some faults are repairable, and it may not cost you much in maintenance costs, while others could seriously cost you financially (and personally) down the line. Cracks in walls, odd smells, cold drafts… if anything concerns you, get it checked out. Even if the home you are buying is a fixer-upper, you don’t want the walls falling down around you on the day you move in!

Going it alone

Finally, don’t go through the process alone. We have already told you the benefits of having people on your side when buying a house, and they will add to your peace of mind. Most importantly, you should hire a buyer’s agent to be on your side. The seller has one, so why shouldn’t you. They will offer you expert and impartial advice that will make house hunting a whole lot simpler for you. Buying a house is stressful, but with the right people, a lot of the pitfalls mentioned above can be overcome. Hopefully, you will find a wonderful place to live and have many happy years ahead of you. Of course, one day you may think about selling up, but that’s a tale for another day.

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Make Your Own Pizza For a Healthier Night In

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Though most of the time pizza is regarded as a convenience food to be bought ready done at the supermarket or indulged in at a restaurant, making a pizza isn’t really that difficult or expensive to achieve. If you are really going for it, you could install a pizza oven in the back garden, but frankly a regular oven will do the job just fine.

If you prefer to eat healthily, finding a healthy way to dine out can take a bit of forward planning and could make you feel as though you are missing out. Inviting friends round for homemade pizza eliminates all of these worries and you can have as much or as little as you like. Plus you have full control of how much cheese or oil goes on, so you can be happy and well fed.

Make Up Your Base

The pizza base is much easier than you think and, barring a bit of time spent proving, it is fairly quick to do. There is a really easy recipe on Sunny Bake Off Recipes that is based on the margherita pizza challenge on GBBO this year. Luckily, none of the instructions or weights have been missed off this time!

How thick you stretch your base is down to personal taste. However, do be aware that thinner bases will take a little less time to cook than a Chicago style deep dish.

Decide on Your Toppings

The most fun part of making a pizza is the toppings. Start with your basic tomato sauce and you can add almost anything to achieve something delicious. Because you base is so cheap to make, you can really afford to go all out here before you reach the equivalent of a restaurant price.

There are endless ways that you could top your pizza and just because something might not be authentically Italian, doesn’t mean you can’t put it on. The Hawaiians have gotten away with pineapple for decades and while this culinary abomination continues, you can’t go too far wrong.

In fact, you don’t even need to oblige yourself to go down the savoury route at all as sweet pizzas, made with sweet dough, are teasing their way into the mainstream. That pizza oven in the back of the garden is looking mighty tempting now, isn’t it!

Baking

Though most pizzas in boxes recommend a cooking temperature of around 200*C, the reality is that the hotter your oven, the better the pizza will turn out. This is because the heat will make the bubbles in your pizza dough expand much faster creating the best texture in the world.

Don’t be too worried about having slightly burned edges and a floppy middle. This is exactly how the original margherita pizza is served in Naples and so can be given the stamp of authenticity, even if it’s not quite what you are used to seeing.

Getting your friends together to enjoy making your own pizzas is a great way to spend a healthy night in and not spend a great deal either. In fact, you might like it so much that you make it a regular thing.

Take Your Sea Legs On A Holiday You Won’t Forget

Are you a water lover? A lot of people find the proximity of a body of water relaxing, if not purifying from the perspective of mental health. Not everyone loves to be near the water, but for those who enjoy it, there is thankfully a vast choice of holiday destinations and trips to satisfy all your needs and desires.
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Beach and swimming in the ocean

The appeal of the beach holiday is endless. Thankfully, if you’re in need of an invigorating beach holiday in the middle of the winter, there are plenty of amazing exotic destinations for you to choose from. It’s too cold to enjoy a quick dive in the waves of Ibiza or Saint-Tropez. But it doesn’t mean that you should forget about your dreams of a sunny and sandy beach break. Barbados offers the classic beach landscape outside of the EU environment, with a sunny and warm weather. Dive into the pleasure of beach breaks in the middle of winter!

Embrace your sailor’s soul

If you’ve taken sailing lessons in the past, you’ll love the possibility of yacht holidays where you’re in charge of a boat. You will admittedly need to know your way on a boat, as sailing requires a lot of skills. But if you feel comfortable on a boat, it’s the right kind of holidays to live at the pace of mother nature. Let the waves carry you. Enjoy the peacefulness of the sea, the playfulness of the dolphin pods, and the warmth of the sun.

Let someone else take you on the water

You don’t need to become a sailor to enjoy cruising on the sea. You can let the captain hold the ship while you enjoy the journey and discover new destinations. Cruises are not popular by chance; they create a pocket of luxury on the sea. Is there any better feeling than having breakfast while watching the sunrise over the ocean? If you love pampering and taking the time to enjoy life, cruising offers the best of sea holidays without losing anything of the privileges of exclusive breaks.

Become an adventurer

What if water is synonymous with sports for you? There’s no need to denying it: You can enjoy this peaceful element and love active holidays at the same time. If this is the case, you will enjoy a guided canoe adventure through the natural wonders of Sweden and Finland over a handful of days. Fill your lungs with fresh and pure air as you paddle through the rural waters and fjords of beautiful Nordic countries.

Love our local canal ways

Not everyone is ready for a sportive adventure. But if canoeing isn’t your thing, you might fall in love with the possibilities of a canalboat trip. More and more Britons have chosen to leave the complexity of an urban lifestyle to live on a canalboat. While you don’t need to sell your home, you can certainly consider hiring a boat to cruise the canal ways from the south of England to the north of Scotland. Let the water carry you through the past of the country and take the slow path through your holiday.

There’s a water holiday for everyone, whether you’re a sports addict, a beach fan or a luxury aficionado. What’s your water pleasure?

Skipping Oceans

There are a lot of big decisions in life, and one of them is moving away from the place that you grew up and discovering somewhere entirely new. The first time you get away from where you grow up is when you head off to university. You get a chance to see a different part of the country – if you’re brave enough to go far from home!

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Taking a leap of faith and moving away from home is hard. It’s not an easy decision to pack everything you own, grab a quote from Shiply and get things moving. The idea of moving to a new house is one thing, but moving abroad to an entirely new country and culture? That’s just terrifying for most people. We’re brought up with the idea that we should be adventurous, spread our wings and see the world in a way our parents may not have. We talk about holidays and we go online and price up the impossible – but we never do it. Taking that leap and heading to another part of the world to put down roots is scary, but life is so short. Life runs by so quickly, that one moment you’re wishing for secondary school to end and the next? The next, you’re approaching 40 and you’re still waiting for that moment to just do something with your life.

You’ll know when it’s time to bite the bullet and leave the country when you are no longer fulfilled by your life. You don’t want to feel empty on the inside, but you do, and you crave something more than the commute you’ve become accustomed to. You crave a different view of the ocean, a different taste of food. Moving overseas can help you to satisfy that craving. Life is about enjoying the here and now, right? Grabbing onto the chance to take yourself out of your life and head overseas is one that you should never miss.

It can sound like the ultimate cliché, but there’s a lot to be said for ‘finding yourself’. Getting away from the place that you have grown up can give you a shot of finding out how independent you can be without your family, friends and people you grew up with judging your choices. You get the chance to step away from everything and everyone that is familiar to you and find out just how capable you are. When you spend a lot of time daydreaming about what it would be like to live in another part of the world, you soon realise that it’s not just about the money. An international move is a pricey venture, but that doesn’t mean that you have to pay the earth. You could find a company who could sponsor you and pay for a big portion of your move.

If the move you make abroad is a permanent one, you get a chance to see the world from an entirely different perspective – no regrets. It is all about the adventure, and now’s your chance to take it.

5 Shortcuts To Maximise Your Weight Loss Goals

It’s no easy task, losing weight. It can sometimes feel that for every step of progress, you’ve taken two back in the other direction. It’s a constant battle, trying to get into the shape you’ve always dreamed of, and usually, it seems like you’re in the war all by yourself. The truth is, however, that there are weight loss hints and tips that most people aren’t aware of. We’ve collected a few of these below. Take a read, and you might just see something you’ve been missing that’ll make all the difference.

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Jot Down Your Intake

There’s no getting around the fact that people often underestimate how much they’re eating. The problem usually stems back to childhood; whatever the food culture was when you were growing up is nearly always what your food culture will be when you grow up. If you came from a family of big eaters, then it’s obvious to see how this could pose a problem. But you can change your attitude towards food; you just first need to see it laid bare. If you keep a food journal, you’ll have an easy to see how healthy your food is, how many calories you’re getting per day, and so on. It can be a bit convenient taking pen and paper with wherever you go, but it will work in the long run!

A Good Night’s Sleep

Here’s a question for you: how many hours sleep are you getting per night? If you’re getting between six and eight hours a night, then you’re putting yourself in a prime spot to lose the most weight. It has nothing to do with not being able to have any food while you’re in the land of nod (though surely that helps); it’s because your metabolism works best when it’s in a deep sleep. If you needed an excuse to swerve the party and hit the hay, then there it is.

Top Up With Products

Your willpower will only take you so far. If you’re determined to lose weight, then you need to have the tools in your home that’ll help you achieve that goal. Fill your cupboards with Isagenix weight loss products and give your body the things it needs to be at it’s weight-losing best. You should have the essentials, like a scale, easily accessible. And remember what we said about a good night’s sleep? There are tools that’ll help you get that too.

Switch Up The Exercises

You can’t just stick to one exercise and hope for the best, no matter how much fun it might be. To lose weight, you need be mixing up your activities so that your whole body is getting a workout. Your body will soon plateau if you’re only, say, run; add a few different exercises into your routine and stay one step ahead.

Nail the Playlist

And talking of working out, are you really pushing yourself? To go harder and longer, you need to be entering the zone. If you find that difficult, curate a perfect workout playlist and get lost in another, more musical, world.

Add An Element Of Class To Your Boring Bathroom

Have you had the same bathroom suite for more than five years? Do you feel bored every time you hop into the bath and spend half an hour in the space? Then you’ll probably want to perform some renovations and add an element of class to the design. The suggestions and advice below should come in handy, and you can also check out the infographic at the bottom of this article.

Invest in some gold-plated taps

Lots of companies sell upmarket bathroom accessories these days, and so you won’t have to look far to find a reputable supplier of gold or silver-plated taps. Those products can improve any bathroom design and ensure the room looks as classy as possible.

Use mirrors to create the illusion of space

If you only have a small bathroom, you might want to use mirrors to create the illusion of space. Just place two of them on opposite walls for the best results. The items will also reflect light, and so the room should appear more spacious than it did before.

Opt for large, luxurious tiles

There are lots of different types of bathroom tiles available on the market today. However, people who want to create a luxurious aesthetic should always choose large designs. Firstly, you will manage to fit them much faster than the alternatives. Secondly, they tend to look much better than smaller tiles.

You should now have enough ideas to start making your plans. With a bit of luck, you could renovate the bathroom and improve its appearance within only a couple of weeks if you focus on the job. Good luck!


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Health & Happiness Can Be Yours Over The Winter Period

No matter what you think of winter, you have to admit that it is not always the best time for your health. Even if you are someone who usually stays in pretty good condition, the colder months will always take something of a toll. There is not much you can do about the change of seasons themselves, but you can do a lot to improve your body’s response to that change. By focusing on your health in a mindful manner as the seasons transition, you can successfully say on top of your health, and so remain in the best state as we enter the depths of winter. Let’s take a look at some of the things that you might want to bear in mind in order to make this work out for you.

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Protect Yourself Against Winter Illnesses

It’s no secret that winter is rife with the potential for getting sick – and getting sick is not what you want if you are trying to remain as healthy as possible. If you want to avoid getting ill this winter, there are a number of steps you can take to improve your chances of keeping away from colds and the like. Many of these steps are quite straightforward, but don’t mistake their simplicity for lack of power, for they are all genuine ways to boost your immune system or keep an illness at bay.

The number one way to prevent yourself getting a cold is to wash your hands regularly. Washing your hands will destroy any bugs that might be lingering there, which will in turn mean that you won’t take them into the body. Be sure that you are aware of how to actually wash your hands properly, as many people do not know the proper full routine for doing so. At the same time, put effort into keeping your home and its contents as clean as you possibly can. This will make a huge difference to how likely you are to catch a cold, and the same will be true for your family. It might be especially important if you have any young children around, who have not yet developed a strong immune system.

Another common and frustrating winter illness is the sore throat, which may or may not be related to the common cold itself, depending on what is going on inside your body at the time. Sore throats are almost always caused by viral infections, however, so the number one way to deal with them is to avoid that in the first place. If one does develop however, a great home remedy is to gargle warm salty water. It doesn’t taste the best, but it does the job!

A more serious winter illness is the norovirus, the winter vomiting bug. It is highly infectious, and causes lots of vomiting. If you contract it, the main thing is to drink plenty of water throughout the illness. It should only last a few days as it is.

Protecting yourself against winter illnesses is likely to be a hugely important part of remaining in your best health in the colder months. But there is much more to consider besides colds and so on, so let’s take a look at what else you might want to think about.

Remain Active

It can be easy to fall into a kind of hibernation routine when it gets to winter. It is clearly much less tempting to move around as compared to summer – but as it happens, it might also be much more important to do in winter. If you want to stay at your best throughout winter, it will help massively if you stay as active as possible. Not only will it help with the illnesses mentioned above, it will also work wonders in terms of keeping you as warm as possible. Staying warm is not just about comfort – it’s also a health concern – so moving around and not allowing yourself to hibernate for too long is likely to be a good idea.

If you are struggling to work up the energy to move around and be active, it might help if you start out with some simple home exercises. You might choose to carry out some pilates, yoga or just a few stretches – really whatever seems to work for you. This can be a helpful way to begin to get back into it, and it will ensure that you can then go out and be even more active too, such as running or jogging. You might also want to think about indoor sports, as that way you can exercise while staying warm. Swimming is a great sport to carry out in winter for this very reason, but whatever sport appeals to you is the one you should go for.

Remaining active is one of the most important things you can do in winter in order to keep your health in order. At the same time as doing so, you should remember to also pay attention to your diet.

Don’t Let Your Diet Slip

It can be easy to fall into bad practices when it gets to winter, and one of the most common culprits is to fall back on your diet. It is more important in winter than at any other time of year to keep your diet in a good position, so it’s worth remembering that once it starts to get colder again this year. You can easily keep on eating good wholesome foods while it gets cold, and doing so will aid your body in keeping your warm and healthy during the winter months. It’s likewise a good idea to eat plenty of fruit, as there is no better time of year to get that vitamin C in your body and working its magic. Use your common sense and eat well and you will find it makes a huge difference.

You might also be concerned with keeping your weight down, as snacking and overeating can be a common problem during winter, especially over the holiday period. Now is a good time to start thinking about weight loss shakes and protein bars, anything that can fill you without fattening you up. Stock up on these for winter, and you will be much more likely to remain in good shape throughout the season. That at least will mean that you will be likely to feel much better about yourself and it will also have benefits for your immune system too, meaning those pesky winter colds will have a much harder time affecting your body!

Keep In Touch With People

Another part of the hibernation effect is that it is common for people to forget to keep in touch with their friends and family. If you start to notice yourself doing this, it is best to ensure you pull yourself out of it. Not staying in contact over winter can have a surprisingly detrimental effect on your mental health, and if there is any season in which everyone needs to pay attention to their mental health, it is winter. Staying in touch with your loved ones will ensure that you do not suffer depression so easily, and that is one of the major illnesses of the winter period.

As long as you follow the above, you will be on the right path towards having a much healthier and happier winter. It can be tough to look after yourself in these months, but it is worth the effort for how much better you will feel.

Summer Might Be Over, But Don’t Tell Your Wardrobe!

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There are a lot of people who feel totally comfortable about the fact that the summer is now over and the autumn months are on their way. And sure, there are a lot of great things to enjoy about the autumn. The leafs are changing and falling, it’s time to start getting cozy by the fire with a cup of something warm, and you no longer have to spend all of your time with the windows open and fans blowing at full speed. However, there’s one thing that’s a little disappointing about autumn: people always seem to lose a lot of the fun from their wardrobes once the sun goes away. For some reason, as soon as the leaves change, people decide that it’s time to start embracing dull and drab color, boring and shapeless knitwear, and an aesthetic that’s bland enough to leave anyone ready to fall asleep! Sure, those kinds of styles fit with the changing of the seasons but what if you want to keep up some of the fun and excitement of your summer wardrobe? Well, here are just a few simple tips to keep your wardrobe feeling warm and fun, even if the weather isn’t doing the same.

Keep up the color

The colors in the kinds of clothes people wear during the autumn have a habit of being… subdued, to say the least. The reality is that people tend to end up wearing dull, dark colors that leave them looking as drab as possible. Even when people do embrace some more color with reds, blues, and greens, they tend to be overly dark without any real excitement to them. Instead of doing that, why not stand out from the crowd with some seriously bright, vibrant colors? Who says that neon color schemes only ever work in the sunshine? Just because the sun’s hiding behind the clouds doesn’t mean that you should be hiding away in boring colors that just blend into your surroundings!

Dress to impress

A lot of women have a habit of saying goodbye to their dresses when the seasons change and the weather turns colder. However, there’s no real reason why you should need to. There are plenty of places where you can shop for women’s casual dresses and resort wear that can bring some summer fun along well into the autumn and winter months. All you need to do is pair a dress with some chunky tights and a cardigan, and you’re good to go no matter how cold it might get! Sure, some sundresses are going to be a little bit slight to go out in slightly colder weather, but there are still plenty of options that you can try so that you don’t have to spend half the ignoring half of your wardrobe.

Go bold

Subtlety is normally the order of the day when it comes to autumnal styles, and there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, not every outfit needs to be some kind of attention-grabbing spectacle. But by the same token, you don’t need to constantly dress in a way that makes it look as though you’re trying to draw as little attention as possible. Why not stand out a little more with some big, bold patterns? The kind of sharp, asymmetry that tends to be common during the summer has a habit of disappearing in the autumn, and that can be really frustrating. Sure, you can stick with the more subtle patterns and designs but contrast them with something a little bit more exciting can create some really unique looks that you might never have even considered before!

Make it fit

Why does the autumn always seem to bring with it a deluge of loose, poorly fitting clothes? Sure, big chunky outfits can have a certain charm to them when worn correctly, but there’s no reason why you should suddenly spend all of your time wearing clothes that disguise your figure just because the sun isn’t out. Don’t give up your fitted clothes! In fact, being able to pair a fitted dress or some tight jeans with a chunky jumper or cardigan can create a fabulous look.

Of course, none of this is trying to say that there’s anything wrong with embracing a little more of those great autumn styles. In fact, many of those styles can look fantastic in a way fits perfectly with the time of year. However, it’s important that you don’t feel restricted just because of the time of year. The reality is that you can and should be able to wear whatever you want, whenever you want as long as it makes you feel happy and confident!

Small Structures That Come In Handy For Small Homes

When you know your living area is small, you have to innovate and make sure you’re not taking up more room than you need to. It’s vital also to take the time to look around and see what needs priority. Some things just need to be larger than other in order for them to function properly. For example, you can buy a smaller microwave, but chances are, you can’t get a small washing machine because no such design would be able to cope with the spinning pressures. So, when you live in a cramped space, you should avoid feeling claustrophobic by limiting the amount of space, each item gets. It’s much better to bunch up certain things not only because they’re easier to access, but it will save space.1444778865831Spice and herb rack shelves

Spices and herbs are essential to cooking, but there are so many different types and variations. These little tubes can accumulate over time, and suddenly, they’re taking up space in the cabinet, on the table and in the pantry. However, with a great space rack, you can shelve all your herbs and spices in one location. They’re easy to assemble and reasonably cheap, and all different sizes of bottles can fit in them. They also have multiple shelves, and some clever designs have mechanisms that swap and rotate them. You can assign the different layers to the countries of origin that your spices and herbs come from, giving you a clearer picture for the types of recipes you’re aiming for.

Shoe cabinet

If you love your shoes, this item of your wardrobe is going to be plentiful and scattered all over the place at home. Living in a small space requires you to be thoughtful and now allow your shoes to be randomly spread out in your home. When you can’t go horizontal, go vertical with a  shoe cabinet for small places. This item allows you to stack your shoes on the different shelves and can go as high as you want. The cabinet is thin so it can easily fit in your bedroom and placed up against a wall. The height clearance for each shelf is great, so if you have heels or taller boots, they won’t need to be laid on their side or mushed into a small crevice to make them fit neatly.

Bookshelf

Despite the name, a bookshelf doesn’t just have to be for books you like. Feel free to store photo albums, pictures of your friends and family, as well as any artistic decor pieces for the home. Bookshelves don’t look out of place in virtually any room either, because they’re a long-standing furnishing in homes and become a part of the background. The designs you can get in the contemporary and modern styles are works of art in themselves. You can also get them in all kinds of sizes, colors, materials, and weights.

Small little structures for the home are great if you live in a small space. It’s wise not to take up any more room than you need to. Any kinds of items in the home that are plentiful and varied like spices, shoes and books, can and should be stored together.

Make Sure Your Makeup Pics Are Poppin’

Whether you solely use Instagram or you write a blog, doing exciting makeup looks is a really popular post idea. People love to see different products used in different ways, but to really illustrate what you’ve done, the best thing you can do is take an amazing picture. The wrong sort of lighting won’t show off your makeup properly, and taking the picture in the wrong place could even change the colors slightly. Here’s how you can make sure your makeup pics are poppin’!

Natural Lighting
Natural lighting is pretty important for a makeup picture, or at the very least, a light source that mimics natural lighting. You could take your pictures outside or by a window. One thing many online beauty gurus do is invest in a special light that really shows off everything on their face. You can get one that clips to your phone or a larger more expensive one if you’re serious about taking the best pictures. With one of these lights on hand, your following will be able to see the finish off your foundation, powder, and highlight effortlessly.

A Great Camera
Some newer smartphone cameras are pretty good and can be used, but nothing quite beats what a professional camera can do for your makeup look!

Remember, all of the usual selfie rules apply when taking a makeup pic too, although you make need to try different angles depending on what you want to show off about the look. Many makeup gurus show off their makeup with their faces more side on rather than head on. Take a look at some and see which style you like. The infographic below can help you too!


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