7 Ways For Recreating Your Own Spa Oasis at Home

What are SPA treatments? Literally, the abbreviation SPA stands for “Sanitas pro-Aqua” and translated from Latin means “Water for health”. Thought the history, the SPA procedures have transformed and today they consist not only of water healing treatments but also of aromatherapy, massage, body wraps, peeling, stone therapy, etc.

In order to arrange a real holiday for your soul and body, you don’t have to pay for expensive procedures in specialised beauty salons. It is quite possible to recreate your own SPA oasis at home.

To arrange a spa session, make sure that nothing distracts you. Allocate 2-3 hours for procedures and ask relatives not to disturb you. Make yourself a playlist with nice music in advance. It may be slow compositions, sounds of nature or modern songs, the main thing is that you like it.

The next preparation step is aromatherapy. You can use scented candles, aroma lamps or aroma sticks. Also, think about what treatments you would include in your spa session in order to prepare everything that you’ll need.

1. Take a bath with salt and oils

Start your spa day with a pleasant, warm bath. Add sea salt to the water: this will help to reduce the appearance of cellulite, and the skin will become more elastic, toned and soft. Three to five tablespoons per bath will be enough. You can also add a few drops off essential oil.

Take a bath for 15 to 20 minutes. You can also use the well-known bath bombs. They are a mixture of salt and soda formulations, which also include essential oils, aromatics, and fatty acids. They will soften your skin and additionally give you a boost of energy and vitality.

If you have any skin diseases, for example, dermatitis or acne, then taking baths with herbal decoctions (green tea, chamomile, calendula or lavender) will help you.

2. Use body scrubs

After a bath, the following step should be peeling and scrubbing. By gently applying a scrub cream to the skin, and then smoothly rubbing it in the direction of lymph flow (from the feet to the hips, from the hands to the shoulders), you can achieve a significant improvement in the condition of the skin, improve its tone, and increase elasticity. It is a great way to get rid of the dead cells from your body and face skin.

For the spa procedure at home, you can also use homemade scrub, that you can make by yourself. There are several common recipes:

1. Mix half a glass of sea salt and one tablespoon of honey. Having prepared a scrub in such a simple way, you can achieve a significant removal of excess fluid from the body.

2. Two glasses of sea salt, finely chopped lemon peel, a few drops of any citrus oil and cedarwood oil (equivalent amount).

3. Use 2-3 tablespoons of oatmeal, 30 ml of warm milk and a tablespoon of oil.

An oatmeal scrub has moisturizing property and it is great for dry and sensitive skin, especially in combination with almond or olive oil.

This scrub will significantly improve the condition of the subcutaneous tissue and cleanse the pores from the accumulated toxins and it has a great tonic effect. This part of your spa routine can significantly improve the condition of the skin of the whole body.

IMPORTANT! Don’t overdo it. IF you don’t want to injure your skin, don’t scrub it more than two to three times a week.

3. Do self-massage

Self-massage is an excellent way of combating cellulite and giving the skin smoothness. It can be done daily after an evening bath with the help of various devices: special hard washcloths, rollers, mittens or brushes. Massage the body with smooth movements from the bottom to upper parts of your body, to improve fluid circulation and enhance lymphatic outflow.

4. Do wraps

Another important step in body skincare is anti-cellulite wraps. Nowadays, there are numerous diverse products that are highly effective for stimulating blood and lymph circulation, as well as enhancing metabolism, moisturizing the skin and increasing its tone.

Apply anti-cellulite product to previously cleansed skin, then wrap the problematic areas with foil. After that, you should cover those areas with something warm, for example, a blanket, and lie down for at least 20-30 minutes. After the procedure, the remains of the product can be washed off with a soft towel moistened with warm water. Usually, it’s not necessary, since the product is well absorbed into the skin.

It is recommended to apply a special anti-cellulite product, which includes lymphatic drainage and moisturizing components. It can be applied daily, preferably before bedtime. This type of cream contains various oils, caffeine, chestnut and seaweed extract.

5. Clay masks

Clay has an incredible healing effect for the skin, and each of its types copes with a specific problem, it cleanses, heals, improves the colour of the skin, tightens pores, refreshes and much more. Clay masks are equally beneficial for the face and the whole body. In addition, they are safe and suitable even for sensitive and delicate skin. Clay varies in colour and purpose:

black clay — for oily skin;

white — for sensitive;

green — for combined and prone to oily;

blue — for normal skin type;

pink (red) — for skin prone to allergies and irritations;

yellow — have anti-ageing properties.

6. Don’t forget to take care of your hands

Every day, due to the frequent washing of hands and their disinfection with various disinfectants, the skin becomes dry, irritated and may even crack. In this case, you should consider using intensive moisturizing creams for both hands and nails. To enhance the effect, it is recommended to use special fabric gloves (or ordinary medical and cellophane gloves): the cream will be absorbed much more intensely, and the skin of the hands will delight you with its softness.

7. Foot Care

To increase general immunity and activate reflexology points on the feet, the use of special massage mats is recommended. You can also perform self-massage of the feet with the help of special creams or oils. The best option is to use a good quality leg massager. That will your best investment and your legs will thank you. Massage will soften the rough skin of the surface of the feet, will have a relaxing effect, and also increase the overall tone of the body.

Special socks with the addition of various exfoliating compositions and emollients will help prepare the feet for the summer. This procedure is called foot peeling. Before doing it, it is recommended to steam the legs, for example, in soda water. It is important to follow the instructions and don’t use the socks for more than 8-10 minutes.

After the procedure, it is necessary to apply a soothing and moisturizing foot cream. You can also use a special foot cream that quickly returns softness to your heels. Often the main components of such creams are urea and salicylic acid. Additionally, keratin, paraffin and various oils may be included.

Conclusion

You should grow a habit of having a spa evening at least once a month. Taking care of yourself does not only improve the quality of your body and appearance but also improves self-esteem. Home spa procedures are affordable and easy, so don’t postpone them.

Dreamy Nursery Decorating Ideas – 6 Best Baby Room Designs

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You may think that your baby doesn’t care about the design, but they can feel the vibe of the space. The colors, the coziness, and light can make your child feel safe and cared for. But baby room designs are also intended for parents. After all, you will be spending enough time in this room so you might as well make it comfortable for yourself. Here are some dreamy nursery decorating ideas that will help you create the most amazing spot in the home for you and your baby to enjoy.

1.   Create A Parent Corner

A parent corner should be an essential spot in the baby room where you can sit with your child, nurse them, and comfort them. This should be a spot that you feel comfortable to fall asleep as well, nothing uncommon in the first few months of becoming a parent. A large armchair with ottoman for legs will be enough for you to relax, but you can go even further.

Place a daybed or a lounge chair in the nursery so you can lay down with your baby and take a nap. If space allows it, bring in two rockers or gliders so you and your partner can put the baby to sleep together. It’s quite handy if you are parents of twins!  

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2.   Make Furniture Fun

A classic design is great, but why not make it a little bit fun? Use colorful wallpapers with cute prints, like balloons or animals, or paint colorful murals on the walls. Interesting pendant light with birds or butterflies will add a playful tone to your décor and serve as a second mobile.

A crib can be any color and shape you like. Turn it into a centerpiece of your baby room design by choosing an oval shape or unconventional colors, like black. To save on the budget and space, repurpose a dresser as a changing table. This way you will get more storage room and won’t splurge on a new item.

3.   Concentrate On Your Emotions, Too

It goes without saying that the nursery will be cute. However, consider making it as much functional for you as concentrating on the cute features for your baby. You will often wake up in the middle of the night to nurse or calm down the baby, so the décor needs to soothe you, too.

Start by concentrating on one style or theme if you have trouble narrowing your ideas down. Create storage areas that will allow you to remove clutter daily and free the space to make it more serene and composed. Wall art is a great way to add a personal touch, not to mention it’s a wonderful DIY project for you and your partner to do together.

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4.   Try Vibrant Colors

Traditional nurseries mostly use pastel and neutral shades, with splashes of pink for a girl and blue for a boy. However, if you want to make your baby room special and stand out, try something vibrant and unexpected. A combination of green walls and orange carpet will bring together nature and earthy tones, adding freshness and joy to space.

Purple and yellow inspire happiness and tranquility, bring sunny days, and flowery meadows into your baby’s world. If you are not a fan of bold colors but still want something with panache for your child’s room, use it in combination with grey. It will balance the flair and make the nursery color scheme more pleasant to the eye.

5.   Decorate For Usefulness

The most important thing for the baby room is that it has everything you need and within the reach. Create an extra changing station with clear storage boxes and place it on the shelf, windowsill, or under the changing table. That way, you will use it as a decoration and when you run low on supplies, you don’t have to go far to get what you need.

Make sure that baby blankets are in all the places where you sit with your baby and lull them to sleep. Having one in each place will prevent you from disturbing the baby when you search for the blanket all over the room.  A night light is a wonderful way to create a comfy atmosphere for your baby to feel safe even when you are not in the room. Try the lamps in interesting shapes, like a star, with a warm and subtle glow for better sleep. 

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6.   Use Nature As Inspiration

Nature is serene and calming for both you and your baby. Curtains with large leaves, floral upholstery, and splashes of green are all a great way to introduce nature into your nursery. However, don’t forget to add real plants to your baby room design to make it more organic and healthy.

Oxygen-producing plants like parlor palm and neem tree are lush and leafy, making them ideal for corners. Turning the wall by the crib into a gallery-like display of images of cartoon animals is an entertaining touch that will keep your child amused. Lastly, add as much natural light as possible to elevate the mood and keep your child’s circadian rhythm balanced.

All In All

When you are thinking of baby room designs, find something that will be appealing to you as well. You will spend a lot of sleepless nights there so you need to incorporate dreamy nursery decorating ideas to make the space tranquil and relaxed. A baby can feel your discomfort so the key to making them happy and satiated is if you feel the same way.

   

6 Things You Should Know about Your House’s Electrics

The lighting and electrical plan of your house are more important than you think. Every time you effortlessly search for an outlet to charge a phone but can’t seem to find one, this occurs because the house’s electrics are poor.

Even worse, the whole place could go up in flames if something is wrong with your home’s electrical grid. Getting to know your house’s electrics better is important both for safety reasons, as well as convenience.

Smart lighting within the hand’s reach

Nearly all smart lighting systems are remotely controlled using a phone app or a special remote. However, you can go one level down in terms of technology and install a multipurpose switch next to your bedside. If you own a king-size bed, then your partner can have a switch on their side of the bed as well.

The smart switch would regulate all the bedroom lighting, from the bedside lamp to the LEDs above. Some smart lighting systems include dimers that help you regulate the intensity of bedroom lighting, which can even be programmed (the lights dim down after dark).

Extra sockets where you need them the most

Don’t you just hate it when you need to charge your smartphone but the socket is far away so the phone has to hang in the air from the charger? Well, if you get to know your home’s electrics, then you can plan a better schematic layout of AC power sockets and plugs.

The area where we need the outlets the most is around the bed, especially if the bed is not for one person. The standard number of sockets for this area is 2 and this is the bare minimum as well. However, you can always install extra sockets, so 4 sockets are nothing out of the ordinary. You can add a USB port to speed up the charging process.

Illuminating the stairwell

The stairwell is an important part of the house that needs to be extra safe because the last thing you want is to fall down a flight of stairs. There should be a light switch at the top and at the bottom of the stairs, allowing you to turn the lights on and off with ease.

If you want to have an opulent home, add mini lights along with the steps, increasing visibility in the process. Saving energy is also an option if you install a motion sensor that would turn on the lights only when there is someone coming up or going down the stairs.

Hiring professional electricians

Redoing your home’s electrics can be a DIY task but if you’re not familiar with technical details of the job beforehand, better leave it to professionals. Residential electricians such as Sparkys NOW usually have 24/7 emergency service, so they can help you with a power outage as well. When it comes to your house’s electrics, electricians will help you with safety switches, switchboards, LED lighting issues, smoke alarms, solar systems installation, etc.

A powerful walkthrough

The best way to determine where the power outlets should be placed around the house is to walk through each room and write down the appliances you use in it. Apart from sockets, you should think about the placement of light switches as well, although they are usually set at the uniform height near the door frame.

As far as hallways are concerned, they should have a switch at each end, much like the stairwell. The bedroom, the living room, the bathroom, etc. ought to have a single light switch near the entrance.

Motion-activated lights for you seldom use

Your home’s electrics should be efficient and safe but they should save power as well. We’ve mentioned earlier that the stairwell will benefit from installing motion sensors but these can be placed in all the rooms seldom used.

Garages, the attic, pantry, garden shed, closets, etc. are all spaces you don’t spend much time in, so there is no need for a constant light source. If you forget to switch off the light in the attic, it will stay on until the light bulb fails.

The basement is the ideal room where motion sensor lights can be installed. In fact, every room that is used for storage and not living should have such lights to save energy and money. Strong light fixtures should be reserved for rooms that need illuminating the most, such as the living room.

It might not seem as much, but the positioning of sockets and light switches inside your house is intrinsically connected to comfort and safety. Taking the time to learn the 6 things about your house’s electrics listed above will help you create a functional home after dark.

Tips for Designing Your Home Exterior

Tips for Designing Your Home Exterior

The exterior of the house is one of the most important parts to consider in the design, as it gives the first impression of the home and its residents, in addition to being a key to home security, so it is important to pay attention to its design and give it an aesthetic look without neglecting practicality and safety.  In this article, we will present to you some easy and actionable methods that enable you to maintain the appearance of the exterior and create a beautiful design for your homes while ensuring it is maintainable, practical and secure. 

Lively Colors 

If there is anything that has the power to completely change the looks and aesthetics of the front of the house, it is painting it. Regardless of the color used, the paint should always be in good condition, but with the passage of time, the quality and the color of the paint erodes due to natural causes. The paint will start to fall off and the design will lose its elegance little by little until the house looks like an abandoned house, so it is important that we keep the external paint always in good condition and make sure that the walls are not affected by moisture, etc. 

Adding Wood to the Equation 

The presence of wood in the exterior adds an atmosphere of warmth to the house. Without a doubt, wood is one of the most popular materials in many modern designs, but the use of wood means that you should take a set of important precautions regarding how it is placed and maintained due to wood being much more fragile and susceptible to damage. 

Because wood, by its nature, is greatly affected by the passage of time and weather changes, and its condition can seriously deteriorate if it is not properly cared for and preserved. Cracks that affect the look and feel of the home can easily occur if you’re not careful. That’s why you need to read up on how to properly take care of wooden figures. 

Don’t Forget About Plants 

The presence of plants as part of the front design is always a great idea, as plants are what give life to the place and add a cheerful color and a sense of movement and vigor to the front of the house. Although there are some plants that do not need regular watering or maintenance and are most commonly used in home designs, other types of plants cannot be completely ruled out depending on your needs and design! Maintaining the beauty of the front of the house requires good care of the existing plants and flowers – large trees can make the entrance to the house a magical place if taken care of well. 

The Importance of Detail 

When caring for and attending to the plants, we should pay special attention to climbing plants and vines, as they are one of the most important ways that can completely transform the front of your house and give more life and a homely character to any design. 

In many cases, you can cover the entire wall covered with plants, which gives it a wonderful shape, but then we must pay special attention to the roots and not forget pruning when they start covering the windows, doors or other places that can affect the integrity of the building and damage it, such as the roof, for example.Having a lot of plants on the exterior will make it much more enjoyable to stroll through your garden and spend time outdoors. So, install one of these excellent awnings from London and enjoy your summers amid nature.

Smart Small Bathroom Remodelling Ideas On A Budget

The most common problem that owners of small-sized apartments are facing is the very modest size of the bathroom. During the repair, you have to solve a difficult problem: how to properly plan a room so that it is both functional and not cluttered?

In fact, everything is much simpler – you just need to use your imagination and a little bit of work. Here are some useful and interesting ideas for a small bathroom.

Layout Features

If you start repairs “from scratch”, and the size of your bathroom is very small — you can think about increasing it due to the redevelopment of walls and partitions. The important thing is to consult an appropriate specialist for this. As a result, it will be possible to combine a bathroom with a toilet, or with a corridor. However, this is a very difficult job, it is better to save this option as a last resort.

A more affordable option may be the thoughtful layout and design of a small bathroom. Due to the visual effects and the arrangement of plumbing, you can greatly expand the visible boundaries of the room and not change its actual size.

First, you need to pay attention to the location of the plumbing — perhaps the toilet is too far from the wall or it can be moved closer to the drain. A door can also take a lot of space, especially if it opens inward. It is necessary to change the door so that it opens outward or even put the sliding doors that take no space at all.

Preparation for reparations  in the bathroom

Walls and floors are needed to be cleaned to the ground. It is necessary to remove all the old coating: tiles, paint, old glue, etc.  If the floor tile is very difficult to remove, then the solution can be to lay a new one on top of it. The cleaned surfaces need to be coated with a primer.

Preparation also includes plumbing and electrical work. For this type of work, you should also seek the help of a specialist.

When these works are completed, you can begin reparation and install plumbing.

Materials used for walls and floors

The most common and ideal option for covering walls and floors in the bathroom are ceramic tiles. Its diversity is so great that it can satisfy any, even the most sophisticated, needs. Just remember the main thing — tiles for a small bathroom should be small. In this case, a mosaic will be an ideal option.

The choice of tiles is one of the most important tasks. After all, it sets the main tone for the bathroom, but you should definitely check other options for your bathroom floor and walls, such as:

You can paint the walls with moisture-resistant paints;

Plastic panels or plastic tiles can also be a great solution.

You can use glass tiles, which are becoming more and more common and popular.

For the floor we recommend tiles.  But, not the ordinary ones, with a smooth glossy surface, but rough. This kind of tile is made of porcelain. It is much stronger and will prevent falling and injuries on the wet floor.

Also, don’t forget about the ceiling – it should have moisture protection and fit into the interior.

Chose of colours

When designing a small bathroom, the choice of the right colour is very important. After all, the main task is to visually increase the small space. In order to do that, choose the tiles in bright colours. But do not get carried away with white and chrome interior details if you don’t want your bathroom to look like the operating room or laboratory.

However, you should keep in mind that designers do not recommend using more than three colours at the same time. You can also use the accessories in the same colour as the interior. Youll get the effect of “merging” when objects seem to be there, but they do not stand out against the general background and do not come to the fore.

It is better not to use large drawings on the walls, floor or ceiling – your bathroom can only visually decrease due to this.

Let there be light

Lighting is very important for a small bathroom. A dim light is absolutely not an option in this case. It needs bright artificial light. How to do it? Firstly, you can install many lights on the ceiling — then the light will be evenly distributed throughout the room. It is also desirable to have a light bulb above the sink.

In order to save energy, you can install energy-saving light bulbs, and enhance lighting with mirrors. But we will talk about this later. If there is a possibility, then make a window in the bathroom -it’s always better to have sunlight in the bathroom during the day! If this option does not fit, then you can make an imitation of a window with the appropriate highlighting — a very original idea.

How to choose furniture

As you may have guessed, the furniture shouldn’t be large, dark and clutter up all the free space. Furniture should create the illusion of transparency, “zero gravity” of the room, and not oppress with its quantity and dimensions.

The colour of the furniture should be light, ideally – merge with the walls or have similar tones. Instead of cabinets, you can use hooks and hangers, or hang a rack over the toilet.

Mirrors

The design of a small bathroom must include mirrors. Together with the right lighting, they can work wonders and significantly increase the room.

Corner mirrors look very original and are able to create a beautiful game of colours and highlights. If you want to install a mirror above the sink, do not forget to add lighting to it.

Decoration for a small bathroom

For a small bathroom, it is better to stick to the principles of minimalism and not to use a large amount of decor. If the design involves the presence of tiles of bright colours or unusual shapes, a small space does not need additional decor. It is better to use bathroom accessories that decorate the interior and are functional at the same time.

Shower curtain. An original curtain for a bath or shower will decorate the entire room. Neutral or similar in design fabric will work well.

Laundry basket. This item can be selected based on the design and style of the bathroom (a wooden basket for the Scandinavian style, metal for the modern, etc.)

Mats, towels. Bright fabrics will add the necessary accents, and brightness but only if your tiles are simple and plain and not too bright.

A set of holders for towels, toilet paper — it is better if the kit is from the same collection.

A set of dispensers for soap, shampoo, shower gel. Multi-coloured bottles and jars will not decorate the bathroom. Therefore, it is worth choosing sets consisting of dispensers and containers of the same design. It is better if they fit in the design of the interior of the bathroom.

Conclusion

If you follow all the instruction above while remodelling your bathroom, we are sure that you will forget that you ever considered it too small. But the most important thing is that you should listen to yourself, your preferences and needs. Don’t be afraid to experiment and include your own ideas. Options and possibilities are countless.

Good luck!

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Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.

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