Tuesday, 25 August 2015

What Makes the Perfect Pillow?

Your pillow contributes a great deal to your sleeping experience, so if you don’t have a good pillow, you probably won’t be sleeping as well as you could be. Most people don’t put as much effort into choosing a pillow as they would a mattress, but getting the perfect one for you can really be a game changer. You might want to keep an eye out on the following things if you’re currently in the market for a new pillow. Even if you’re not looking for one at the moment, keep these tips handy, as you will have to replace your pillow eventually!

Consider Sleeping Styles

Different types of pillows are suitable for different sleeping styles. If you sleep on your side, you should invest in a firmer pillow, such as one made from memory foam or latex. Sleeping on your stomach usually means your head and stomach are raised already, so a soft, flat pillow would be best if that sounds like something you would do. If you sleep on your back, you should consider getting something in the middle – so firm but not too firm.


You want your pillows to last a while before they give out, and a pillow’s lifespan can depend heavily on what kind of material they are made from. Foam and latex pillows, as well as those with feathers and down, can generally last five to ten years. Cotton and wool pillows have a shorter lifespan, with the maximum being five years – but they are both breathable fibres, meaning that if you sweat a lot, these types of pillows might be for you. If you’re still unsure about what kind of pillow to get, specialists such as MiniJumbuk can help you find your perfect match.


Your perfect pillow should hold your head in perfect alignment with the rest of your body. If your pillow is not providing you with proper support, you might find yourself waking up with back or neck pain. An adjustable pillow is a great option if you don’t really stick to a particular sleeping style, as it means it can mould to your shape and provide the best support possible in any scenario.

Looking After It

The best way to keep your pillow in shape is to look after it! A pillow protector is a good first step, and if your pillow can be put in the washing machine, put it through a gentle cycle every fortnight. You should also test your pillows every six to eight months to make sure they are still springy and have enough height to keep your head and neck properly supported.

These are just some things to look out for when you’re trying to pick a pillow – and also tips on how to keep your pillow perfect for as long as possible. Buying a pillow is important business, so make sure you try everything out before you make a decision.

What kind of pillow do you have now? Do you like it? Why or why not?
How long have you had it for? Leave your comments in the section below :)

Louise xxx

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Monday, 24 August 2015

4 truths on how going solar can improve the value of your home

Investing in a new source of energy is a big decision, as you’re choosing to make a substantial change to how your household functions. Solar power, for example, is becoming a hot topic for debate as its installation increases in popularity. However, the most common talking point surrounding this renewable energy source is whether or not the value of your home will benefit. If you’re not convinced, continue reading to find out four truths that it will do just that.

1. Reduced Electricity

The first truth about improved home value with solar is that it will cut your electricity costs. As a homebuyer, you understand how important it is for people to know how much it’s going to cost them to run their household. Investing in solar may cost more upfront, but once you’ve purchased and installed your panels through a professional provider such as AESOL you’ll be saving money by avoiding increases to utility rates for the life of the panels - usually 25–30 years. If you’re the buyer of a property with solar already installed you are going to be even further ahead.

2. People want what they can't have

This statement is a simple notion that has been true for as long as humankind has existed. That might sound extreme, but it’s true. People want the rare simply because there is not many around. The percentage of homes available on the market that contain pre-installed solar power systems is substantially lower than homes providing you with regular electricity from the grid. Because of this, buyers will snap up any that become available, sometimes as soon as they go on the market.

3. Re-valuing

Because of the increased demand for a limited product, agents are finding they need to completely reassess and restructure the way appraisals are done. Homes with solar panels already installed are now beginning to be benchmarked higher, as people are willing to pay a lot more for these houses. By going solar now, you are substantially increasing the value of your home as when you do go to sell or re-finance, your property will immediately fall into the must-have category.

4. Favourable Perception

As the years roll on, discussions surrounding the health of the planet increases, as do ways of cutting back everybody’s carbon footprint. By choosing to invest in solar power now, you are also choosing a renewable energy source that is in favour of the Earth’s health. A healthy planet is also a favourable perspective of the general population. Solar power means you are using a natural resource in a proactive way, which is why the demand for panels is continuing to increase. Having a home that meets this demand means you will be sitting pretty when the day comes to sell or re-mortgage.

Solar is not just a fad anymore; it is well on its way to being the energy choice of the future. People are always looking for ways they can save money long term, preferably by sustainable means, and solar is continuing to be the best option to achieve this. As you can see above, if you’re really interested in meeting a market demand, and increasing the value of your home, invest in solar.

Through your own research, are there any other ways you think solar power
could benefit your lifestyle? Leave your answers below :)

Louise xxx

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

2 Easy DIY Projects for Your Sustainable Garden

Moving to a more sustainable lifestyle is something that's on a lot of people's agenda, and a great place to start can be in your own back garden. As the winter is coming to an end, many of us are looking to get back out in the garden and make some changes ahead of the new season.

Here are a couple of simple DIY ideas that you could take on this spring.

Build your own composter

The UK has seen marked improvements in the level of household waste that gets recycled, however we still only recycle under half of our total outgoings. Everybody knows they should probably be recycling more, but it can be hard to know where to start. Having your own external compost bin can be a great first step to creating a beautiful sustainable garden, and a fantastic way to dispose of suitable garden and household waste in a useful and economically friendly way. It can also save you significant amounts of money by not having to pay for ready-made compost.

Of course you could simply buy a ready-made composter and be on your way, but building one yourself can be extremely rewarding. Composters can be built out of a number of different materials such as bricks, corrugated plastic or even wire mesh, but building out of wood is probably the easiest and quickest to get to grips with. Here is a great guide from Which? to get you started.

The key things to remember when building your own composter is that you want to allow the compost heap exposure to air and moisture. Finding the right balance of these can take some time, too much or too little of either will lead to the materials you you put on your compost heap not composting properly. Most build your own composter instructions allow for this, but if you find you're not getting the effect you want, you might want to consider playing around with the slat spacing. this doesn't mean you have to rebuild the thing entirely, you might be able to find the perfect balance by simply boarding up one side of the composter to allow less air and moisture in, or removing a couple of the slats to allow more in.

Build your own raised beds to grow fruit and vegetables

There are few things more rewarding than growing your own fruit and vegetables, it's sustainable, cost effective and healthy. Raised beds are a fantastic way of growing consumables as they offer a whole range of benefits:

They prevent weeds and pests that may be a nuisance in your vegetable patch from spilling over into the rest of your garden and pathways, keeping everything neat and tidy. They also make it easier to prevent and control potential soil contamination.

Raised beds tend to offer better drainage and soil quality, meaning better results. Your soil will also stay purer for longer as it's not being dispersed into the rest of the garden. You also get fewer weeds, and the ones you do get are more manageable thanks to containment, so your plants have more room in which to grow and aren't competing with other nuisance plants.

It's much easier to manage a single or even a number of small fixed areas as opposed to one larger sprawling space. Raised beds are particularly beneficial to those with a bad back and/or form of mobility problem.

There are many easy ways to build your own raised beds and you can use a number of different materials. A lot of the time all you need is some timber, a helping hand and a few screws to get your basic frame complete. Have a look at this for some ideas to get you started. And if you want to make your beds even more sustainable, consider using recycled materials. You'd be amazed at the sort of materials people are looking to get rid of cheaply, or even for free.

Tips and Tricks ...
If you enjoy home projects like this and regularly find yourself reaching for a tool in the shed, it might be well worth you considering investing in air tools. Much like the increasingly popular interchangeable battery pack tool ranges, air tools allow you to run a wide variety of household and professional tools all from the same power source. The advantage to using air is that you don't have the often lengthy inconvenience of having to wait for battery packs to charge, and often air is a more powerful and reliable option. There are a wide range of affordable air compressors and air tools out there so you're sure to find one that suits both your needs and budget.

Do you have any DIY projects planned for your garden this year?
As always, I would love to hear from you!

Louise xxx

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