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02 20 2015

It’s all about lifestyle, space, and entertaining when it comes to home trends in 2015, with the spotlight firmly on making the home a haven from the busy world. If you’re looking to renovate, purchase or simply revamp, here is a breakdown of the home trends to expect in 2015.

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Indoor/Outdoor Living

Lifestyle is a key factor in the home of 2015, with much emphasis being placed on seamless indoor/outdoor living where life spills over from inside the home into functional outdoor spaces. In real terms, this translates into living rooms and dining areas that flow out to entertaining patios and outdoor dining spaces.

If you’re looking to embrace the look of 2015 but have the house of 1945, then renovation experts such as Additions Building Company can help you incorporate some modern style into your classic home; they specialise in patio additions, so click here for some inspiration.

Kitchen as Focal Point

The kitchen is the mission control of the modern home, overseeing everything from dining to the living area. The kitchen of 2015 takes up a central position in the home. Essentially, this is in recognition of our busy lifestyles, where important conversations, dining and entertaining may now take place at the kitchen bench. No longer is the kitchen out of sight and out of mind; it is firmly entrenched as the hub of the home.

Open Plan Areas

In line with the kitchen being the heart of the home, a huge trend of 2015 is going to be the open-plan configuration. Again, this reflects our busy modern lifestyles, where household chefs, diners and even TV watchers are unlikely to be thrilled at the prospect of being relegated to a separate room on their own. Open plan living is about facilitating family life where people communicate and relax within the same large space.

Co-Generational Design

More than ever, multiple generations of one family are residing under one roof, with elderly parents, kids in their 20s, and conventional families all sharing the same home. Trend-wise, this is reflected in separate guest wings, teenage retreats, and multiple bathrooms to ensure that everyone is comfortable within their own space. The family then comes together in the large open-plan living zones.

Environmentally Sustainable Building

With electricity prices rising and more focus on the environment, environmental sustainability is a current trend that will likely stay for a while. That means solar panels are the norm, along with rainwater tanks and environmental building principals, including window orientation and use of natural light and breeze. It all helps to keep costs and our environmental footprint at a minimum.

While trends come and go, the positive thing about them is they allow us to learn from previous building mistakes and work our homes more effectively around our lifestyle. And, with a little work, even homes of previous eras can be transformed into functioning homes of 2015. What trends are you expecting to stay, emerge, or disappear as this year progresses? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

02 19 2015

Sweating it out doesn’t mean you can’t look gorgeous. Check out the sexy outfits below!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links provided by Postpresso.

02 12 2015

A few minutes of short, burst exercise will help you shed pounds faster. And what better way to do it than skipping with a jumping rope. Today’s review is about the Jumping Rope by Naturalico.

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Product Description

- Short, intense Jump Rope circuits are an effective way to burn both during and POST WORKOUT
– Just 10 mins of jump roping can provide the same calorie burn as 30 mins of slow cardio
– Perfect for beginners, WOD’s, Cross Fitness Training, Boxing, MMA Training and Much More!

My Thoughts

The jumping rope that was sent to me is not the typical ropes you would buy in a store. This one has nice black plastic handles that look strong and durable. They are not too thick and they are easy to hold. Four metal fasteners connect the handle to the rope that’s also made of strong plastic. The high-grade metal ball bearings make the rope, turn faster, allowing you to make double under skips.

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It’s easy to use and very light. The materials used to make the jumping rope is of high quality and I’m sure it will last a long time. I never thought I would finally be able to do double turns with a single skip because I never did that with an ordinary skipping rope. It was fun and it felt great that I was able to do

Overall, this is a great rope to help you lose weight. It comes with a nice, black string bag for easy storage. If you are looking for a good quality jumping rope, this product is worth your money.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Jumping Rope through the Bella Naturals website and on Amazon.

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own and was in no way influenced by anyone or the brand.

01 26 2015

Not sleeping better? It could be that your room is not dark enough. Sometimes, just the flicker of light that comes in from your window can disrupt sleep. Yup, even when your eyes are closed, they can detect that small amount of light and keep you tossing and turning the whole night. That’s because light, even the ones coming from your alarm clock, the red little light from your television that indicates power off and the lighted screen of your smartphone or tablet can inhibit the secretion of melatonin, a sleep inducing hormone that helps you fall asleep. When your room is pitch dark, you’ll fall asleep fast and you’ll wake up feeling more refreshed in the morning.

So, how do you achieve an inky-dark room? Make sure all the gadgets are totally turned off when you hit the sack. Try to cover your alarm clock with a piece of cloth or turn it away from you to prevent the light from disturbing you. Lastly, switch to black bedroom curtains.

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The black out shades like the ones from ogotobuy can block light from outside pretty well. That annoying street lamp, the light from your neighbor’s garage or even the headlights from passing cars won’t disturb your good night’s rest.

01 22 2015

Last Saturday, I watched the first part of the Dingdong and Marian wedding on TV. It was such a beautiful wedding and I have to give credit to the couple and all the people behind it because they were able to pull out such a fabulous event in as little as four months.

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Marian’s wedding gown is very elegant and she looked like a goddess when she walked down the aisle. Her gown was made by Michael Cinco, a Filipino designer based in Dubai. Dingdong’s suit was made by Randy Ortiz, a high-profile designer. Even the MOB’s (mother of the bride) and the bride’s Lola’s dresses were awesome. The designs are quite similar to those I’ve seen at The ankle length dresses they have there are simple, but very classy, just like the ones Marian’s mom and grandmother had worn.

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It’s from that website where I found Discount Mother of the Bride Dresses for my husband’s cousin who got married last summer. They were on a limited budget and we figured it was cheaper to buy a ready made dress than to have a designer make dresses for the MOB and MOG. True enough, the Discount sexy mother of bride of weddingshe we found for her mom was very affordable. Our aunt looked really fab during her daughter’s wedding day. For Dingdong and Marian’s wedding, I’m sure a lot of money was spent to make it the grandest, but if you are looking for affordable Mother of the Bride Dresses Tea Length, you can find them at WeddingShe.

The second part of the wedding will be shown this Saturday. I can’t wait to see the 20 ft. Wedding cake and all the celebrities who attended the event.