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January 10, 2018

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Make Your House A Home In 2018

January 10, 2018

Make The Most Of What You Have

With the New Year, make a resolution to keep your home fresh and organised. See that things that have been cluttering up your home are either removed or made better use of; if something no longer holds any value or purpose to you, then remove it. Make an effort to try and upscale a piece of furniture should it start to look tired, or if you’re beginning to fall out of love with it. Consider reupholstering that threadbare and otherwise exhausted chair in your living room, or see that you give it a fresh coat of paint. Don’t forget you can donate your unwanted furniture and wares to charity – there’s life in that old chair’s legs yet.

Give Rooms A New Feel For Less

Be savvy where you can. Before buying new house fittings, consider shifting furniture in the room around as this can alter the feel and dynamic of the room without spending a single penny. Rooms in your home hold different functions so accessorize them accordingly. Keep it simple. Keep your bedroom cool, relaxed and cosy. Do this by making sure it is organized – this is important and should be your primary focus. Your bedroom should be a space whereby you can feel at ease, keep the feel of the room simple and unfussy. Keeping beauty products and small miscellaneous items out on top of the cabinets and stands will contribute to your room feeling cluttered and busy, so keep belongings placed away in a drawer.

Living Room

Your living room is an important place in your home, it should be a sanctuary for calm and functionality. Entertain the thought of getting a quiet fish tank from water-garden.co.uk. Installing it can be done for you, and there is an attractive range of tanks and aquariums to choose from. Watching the slow motion of fish is therapeutic and conducive to relaxation. Keep your living room simple and unfussy, and don’t forget to add plants to this space – make your house and home by dotting plants about the house for the added realm of fresh air. Research conducted by NASA found that many plants purify the air inside your home, removing the likes of ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene. Take a look at this article to find out more about the benefits of keeping both healthy, and hardy and robust plants. Bring the outside in. Home your new plants all over the house – the bathroom is also a great place to keep them.

Keep Organised

Make an effort to keep things in their place, this way you’ll know where things are and find them both easily and quickly. You can reuse small plastic pots such as the ones you purchase hummus in and also kitchen drawer dividers to keep them neat. The same rule applies to your closet contents, if you no longer wear an item of clothing, throw it out or donate it. Adding some soft furnishings like a rug can be all you need to revitalise a room. Rugs add an added level of comfort and warmth, and they anchor a space.

 

Travel

5 Great Backpacking Locations in the US

January 10, 2018

With the potential costs involved, taking a breather from the stress of city life is but a dream for some. However, there are plenty of ways to go on an adventure without breaking the bank, and backpacking is a great example. The United States is a vast mass of land featuring everything from sweltering deserts to frozen peaks.

This makes for some great backpacking trips. All you need is a large enough bag to pack the essentials, a good camera to capture your experience and most importantly, the right location. Listed below are five of the best in the country.

Rocky Mountain

Situated in Colorado, this iconic mountain range is home to some of the most jaw-dropping views the North has to offer. This one-week route goes through some of the most scenic and remote areas. A popular way of getting around it is the 45-mile Grand Loop, which starts on the east at Bear Lake, moving through Flattop Mountain before taking a break at Grand Lake.

Death Valley

While California’s vast desert flat may be aptly named for its inhospitable conditions, certain parts of it make for an unforgettable backpacking adventure. The Cottonwood to Marble Canyon loop is a 32-mile, five-day trek through a unique desert environment that’s home to wild horses and ancient rock art. Due to the harsh desert conditions, it’s advised to go during the winter season when the days are cooler.

Great Smoky

Moving away from the desert is the Mount Sterling Loop, which is a 28-mile trek along the borders of North Carolina and Tennessee. Great Smoky’s variety of microclimates has given it World Heritage site status, which has helped the park become one of the most visited in the US. Featuring a plethora of hidden valleys and endless mountains, this diverse environment is the perfect four-day adventure for beginners and avid backpackers alike.

Gates of the Arctic

This 30-mile, one-way trek takes you through the Alatna and Noatak rivers, deep in the Brooks Range where no humans reside. With little to no roads or trails, this journey is better suited for those with more experience. Alaska is home to numerous predators, from massive brown bears to packs of menacing wolves. Picking up a rifle from a reputable store such as woodburyoutfitters.com may pay off.

That said, this seven-day journey is one like no other. With beautiful mountains and a multitude of flora and fauna, the Gates of the Arctic is sure to be an unforgettable trip.

Glacier

Montana’s Brown Pass route takes you on a three-day, one-way route from Kintla to Bowman Lake. Along the way you’ll be spoiled with elegant snow-capped mountains, glistering lakes and colorful meadows of wild flowers. There’s also the 800-foot waterfall known as Hole in the Wall, which is explained by visitors as a sight like no other.

A sad reality is that our glaciers are quickly melting and its predicted that by 2030, these amazing sights will have completed disappeared. So be sure to see and appreciate them while you still have the chance.