When you’re at home, you probably feel safer than anywhere else. But what if something goes wrong? Often, home maintenance jobs are relatively simple, and you don’t need to stress about them too much. However, in some cases, urgent repairs are required. Here are some examples of repair jobs you need to tackle immediately and some tips to help you cope with home emergencies.
Water heater problems
If your water heater isn’t working properly, your home may not be as comfortable as usual. But being a little chilly is not the only problem. Broken heaters and faulty systems can be incredibly dangerous. Leaks and faulty fittings can expose you to carbon monoxide poisoning, a life-threatening illness, which can be hard to detect. Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels are not burned off properly. It enters your bloodstream, and prevents your red blood cells from carrying oxygen around the body. Symptoms include dizziness, intense headaches, nausea, and lethargy. Carbon monoxide has no smell, and you can’t see it, and this is why it’s essential to have carbon monoxide detectors at home. If your heating system isn’t working properly, or you hear strange noises, call an engineer.
In some cases, it may be possible to rectify the issue by replacing parts of the water heater, but in other cases, an engineer may advise replacing the unit. The cost of this can be significant, and if you don’t have insurance for your heater, you may be panicking about how you’re going to afford the repairs. There are options out there. You could buy a new unit and spread the cost over a period of time, or you could consider borrowing money. It’s always best to seek advice before considering options like bad credit personal loans. If you’re already struggling to make ends meet, the last thing you need is another payment with interest to cover each month. If you have an insurance plan for your heater, the cost of repairs should be covered.
Leaks and plumbing issues
Have you got a steady stream of water flowing through the ceiling? Has a pipe burst or have you got issues with blocked pipes in the bathroom? With plumbing problems, it’s always best to act swiftly. If you delay doing repairs, there’s a high risk of further damage, which will end up costing you more. Excess moisture in your home can also damage furniture and soft furnishings and increase the risk of damp. If you have plumbing dilemmas, call some plumbing firms and get some quotes. It may be a simple job, which can be done in 20 minutes, but it’s always best to get these things checked out. If you rent a home, and you’re worried about the cost of paying for repairs, plumbing issues should be covered by your landlord. Check the agreement, and get in touch with your rental agency.
Have you noticed sparks flying when you plug in an appliance at the socket? Has your power socket stopped working? Faulty electrics carry a high risk of injuries, which can be severe. If you’ve spotted exposed wires or something isn’t quite right with the socket or the system, seek professional advice. Do not attempt any kind of electrical repairs yourself. Even if you fancy yourself as a skilled amateur electrician, it’s wise to steer well clear.
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Broken windows don’t just make your home cold and draughty. They also extend an open invitation to thieves, and they can cause injuries. If you come into contact with shattered glass, you can end up with nasty cuts. If you’ve got a broken pane of glass, try and get it replaced urgently. The sooner you have a new window, the better. You’ll feel safer and more secure, your home will be warmer, and you don’t have to worry about potential injuries. Replacing windows may be a costly job, especially if you have vintage-style windows or you need more than one new window. However, there are ways of saving money. Look out for discounts and special offers, and consider using a company that offers you the chance to spread the cost rather than paying the total up-front.
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If you’re at home, you want to feel safe. Often, when things go wrong, there are simple solutions that don’t cost the Earth. However, occasionally, you may encounter problems that need fixing urgently. Sadly, often, these also come at a price. If you have a faulty water heater, there’s a leak in your bathroom, you’re worried about the electrics, or you’ve got broken windows, try and find a solution as quickly as possible. Remedying the issue promptly will save you money, and keep you and your family safe.
One of the most fun things to do with children during school holidays is a picnic.
If the weather is good, not only can you put together a basket with the perfect fluffy blanket, but you can get the kids involved in all the preparations. This will then elevate your standard picnic to a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, and that is simple fun that gets everyone together.
You don’t have to lay on a whole party, though, even though the Teddy Bears’ picnic is a popular birthday party theme. Inviting a few neighbourhood friends or school friends over the holidays can be so much fun!
Lazy summer days full of sunshine and dandelion clocks are the perfect time to have your first Teddy Bears’ picnic, and here’s how you can make the most of it.
Finding things to do over the school breaks can be easy if you are inventive about it. Children love to be outdoors in the sunshine, having a picnic is a pure novelty so incorporating both things together make for an exciting and happy afternoon all round. Be excited about the upcoming school summer break and everyone else will be, too!
There’s no getting away from it being a grandma is pretty special. After all, not only have you raised your own kids, watching them spread the wings and leave the nest to live their own lives, fall in love get married and raise cute chicks of their own.
Bird analogies aside, time that grandkids spend with grandparents should fun, exciting and memorable. There are tons of activities that little ones can help you with from baking, gardening, and sewing to painting and feeding the cat while older kids will love to see old photos, hear stories about their parents as kids and find out what life was like before the internet, mobile phones and even proper cars!
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Create A Family Scrapbook
Not only is this a fantastic way to spend a rainy afternoon but it’ll also get kids into family history after all everyone should be proud of where they come from. Have a look to see if you’ve got any photograph duplicates, or pictures you’d be happy to give to the kids for their book. Tell them what their mom or dad was like as a kid, then a teen, what their favorite foods were or the naughtiest thing they ever did! Use photos to show them how people dressed in bygone ages and what families did for fun. Why not help them to draw a simple family tree? It’ll show them who’s related to who well as giving you the chance to talk about the day their mom, or dad was born. You could also show them how people used to correspond and that having a telephone in the house used to be the height of sophistication.
Watch Really Old Movies
You may have seen all the old classics, Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, Breakfast At Tiffany’s but they definitely won’t have! If you’ve got a projector and screen set it up in the living room or connect your phone to the TV and stream the film from the MovieBox app which has a host of archived films to choose from. Why not show them what cartoons used to be like? YouTube has tons of clips of The Flintstones, Topcat and Looney Toons as well as even older shows like Deputy Dawg and Space Angel. Little ones might even enjoy seeing the visible strings on the original Thunderbirds or squeal in delight at the hilarious exploits of Watch With Mother’s eponymous trio Rag, Tag, and Bobtail.
Help Bake Cookies
Give them a chance to get good and messy in the kitchen by helping you whip up a batch of vanilla, chocolate or peanut butter cookies together. Make sure you have plenty of aprons on hand, in a pinch old dress shirts will do and then get those budding chefs baking! Older kids are more than capable of helping you weigh out, and mix ingredients while you could charge little ones with the simpler tasks of separating cookie sheets and deciding what toppings to use. There’s no need to stop at cookies either as there are tons of kid-friendly recipes out there that taste brilliant!
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Imagine your life is perfect in every respect; what would it look like?- Brian Tracy
Research has reinforced what we already know- that images have the amazing capacity to help us learn and help us remember.... hence the expression, 'A picture is worth a thousand words.'
You only have to look at the family photos in your albums. As you look at each old and loved snapshot, I'm sure you'll remember both the occasion it was taken and where. The photo might even trigger memories of certain smells and sounds associated with that time and place.
Yes.. images can be very powerful. But, how does this help you and your motivation for an ongoing habit or the attainment of a particular goal?
Pictures speak a thousand words and while this is so true you can also use it to your advantage when it comes to motivation.
If you have a goal such as weight loss, do you ever look in the mirror and feel disappointed by what you see? This often gives you enough motivation to start a new diet but it may not be enough to keep you on track for months at a time.
This is where using a picture or vision board becomes extremely handy. By having a visual story board you can track your progress by looking backwards.
When it comes to motivation you tend to always be focused on the end goal. While this is good it can also be a factor for losing your motivation. If your goal was to lose 100 pounds and you have only lost 30 you may feel as though things aren’t working any more. You start to feel like giving up.
Focus on your accomplishments and successes
When this happens you want to look backwards instead of forward. This way you can now focus on your accomplishments and successes. This is the perfect strategy for long term goals that could require a year or more of motivation and focus.
As your body changes you can’t always remember what you looked like 2 or 3 months ago. If you have images then you do have a reminder of this. This is why creating your own story board of your motivational journey is so important.
You can create your own visual story board in many different ways.
1. Create a physical picture board
You can actually have a physical story board in your home where you can add photos each week or month. But if you're not a hands-on crafty person, ditch the scissors and glue and check out these other options.
2. Ditch the scissors and glue and create a digital vision board
Samantha Bell (Brand It Girl) says, 'A vision board is a tool that you can use to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on specific life goals.' She goes on to describe and show you how to create a digital vision board that can then be used for your computer wallpaper or printed framed and displayed on the wall.
PicMonkey is another option for creating a digital vision board. PicMonkey provides step by step instructions and inspiration... worth checking out. Remember, that there are no rules or formulas for creating your vision board. It's all about personal goals and personal style.
3. Create your picture board online
Uploading your photos, quotes and content to an online picture board is another way create your vision board. One of the best places to do this is on Pinterest. You can create a weight loss, exercise board or any board dedicated to your new goal. You can choose whether you'd like to keep your board 'secret', or 'public' if you'd like the incentive that others' encouragement would add.
Here's a quick overview of creating a Pinterest board
Add pictures on a regular basis to build motivation.
When you begin your vision board and particularly if you create a Pinterest vision board, you can add your starting photos and then add photos on a regular basis. Once you start doing this you will no doubt enjoy adding photos each week. Plus you can share them with your friends and family as well.
Include pictures of your healthy choice meals or meal plans that have worked for you. If your goal is a daily walking habit, take photos of your favourite walking track. If your goal is daily writing, include images of where you like to write and your journal or tablet. Add inspirational quotes.
As soon as you feel as though you are losing your motivation you can easily refer back to your board and take a good look at how far you have come. Even upload photos about how you are feeling at that moment so if it happens again you can see how you dealt with it.
Try it and see if it doesn’t help you stay on track.
And... I have no doubt that you'll also enjoy creating your ongoing vision board.
Preparing meals for our children and other half can be more difficult than it seems at times. From simple things like forgetting vital ingredients, to cutlery or crockery not being washed, to food that you were going to use going past its sell by date, to the food not being cooked properly, there are lots of aspects which can make preparing meals difficult.
Then, of course, you may have to contend with the food not being cooked to everyone’s liking, and especially the children picking at but not really eating their food as it was not what they wanted.
But it is important not to get stressed or worried about mealtimes as, basically, you are preparing a nutritious meal for all the family which will be much better and even tastier than frozen meals which you can just pop in the oven, and it will definitely be extremely cheaper than ordering takeaway food.
If mealtimes do tend to become stressful and make you feel frustrated that your family seemingly do not appreciate the hard work you have put into their meals, there are simple measures you can put in place to help put a stop to the fuss and it will help alleviate the pressure off you.
With your children, if they do not want to eat their meals then you could tell them that if they do not eat their food then they will not get dessert or will not be allowed to play with their toys after dinner or will even go to bed early.
If this still does not work, then you can blend their food up using a food processor - you can find a list of the best ones here - and this may seem more appealing than eating pieces of food which they have to pick up and chew. You could also put extra bits of food in the processor, in order to make it more appealing for your children.
If your other half is the problem when it comes to mealtimes, then you should take the time to explain to them that you have put a lot of thought and energy into making them a nutritious and delicious meal and you would really appreciate it if they ate it and thanked you without making it obvious the meal is not to their tastes. This will, more often than not, result in them feeling guilty and even a little bit embarrassed that you have noticed they are being fussy.
There is no need for mealtimes to be difficult, and you should take the time to put measures in place which will allow you to relax and not stress over making dinner for the family. You are doing a fantastic job of ensuring everyone is healthy and that their diets are good, and you should reassure yourself of your cooking skills. Keep on doing what you are doing and your nutritious cooking will benefit every member of the family immediately and in the long run.
There’s nothing quite like waking up to a nice hearty breakfast. By kitting your kitchen out with a few handy appliances, setting yourself up for the day with a wholesome meal could be made much easier.
Here are just a few tools that your kitchen may be in need of.
Are you wild about waffles? You can buy ready-made ones in the shops, but for that extra-fresh feeling nothing beats home-made waffles. Waffle-makers come in all shapes and sizes – with many low cost versions on the market. You can even experiment with recipes and make potato waffles and gluten-free variants. It’s also great trick to use on leftover pizza.
Create your own freshly-squeezed juice by buying a juicer. If you grow your own fruit and veg, this can be a very useful tool to have. You’ll get all the fresh vitamins and nutrients you may not get in a supermarket variety, and have the option to experiment and make your own juices.
Pricing can vary depending on how elaborate you want your juicer to be, with some models costing under thirty quid and others over a grand!
If you need a caffeine hit to get you energised in the morning, why not say goodbye to instant coffee and become your own barista from home by investing in your own coffee machine?
Whether you want a simple percolator or a hi-tech grind and brew coffee maker, there are all kinds of machines available on the market that could give your coffee that extra touch of luxury.
Of course, avid tea drinkers may prefer to stick to the kettle – but even as a toy to impress coffee-drinking guests with and it can be useful.
Multi frying pan
For those grandparents that are used to serving up full English breakfast to big families, this ingenious pan could be a life-saving tool. It’s size allows you to cook a full fry-up on it. Some even have compartments so that you can stop food mixing.
Multi-frying pans fit over multiple hobs – with some having multi-purpose grill use. Pricing varies, but generally you can nab one at under thirty pounds.
Just make sure you have the kitchen space to store it (you may be able to throw out a few other pans to make room – you won’t need them with this multi-pan).
Poached eggs can be a delicious morning treat, perfect for making egg benedict or egg royale. However, they’re also one of the trickiest and most frustrating methods of cooking an egg.
Buying a specialist egg poaching device could make the process a lot easier. You can buy small compartments for under a tenner or buy a specialist poaching pan for the job. Some more high-end machine may offer multiple ways of cooking eggs from boiling to poaching.
This could save having to bother with timers and allow you to cater all manner of guest requests (if you own a b&b this ought to be an essential tool).
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.