22 September 2017

6 Considerations to Make Before Buying an Old House

Many old homes offer beautiful period features, character and tall ceilings, which could make you fall head over heels in love with a property. Yet, restoring an old house can be both expensive and time consuming. It’s therefore essential to make an informed choice before you invest in a period property. Read the six considerations to make before buying an old house.
The Resale Value
If you have the budget, time and passion for a large project, we recommend investing in an old house that requires a lot of work. It might require much TLC to restore the property, but it will help to generate more equity. Buying a property in average condition won’t leave much room to add value to your home. You must therefore aim to buy a house with both your head and heart.

The Right Lighting
Whether you buy an old or a new property, we recommend you think carefully about natural light. Identify which way the back garden is facing; for example, a south or west facing garden is best for welcoming sun throughout the day or during the evening. If you invest in a property that faces north, it’s possible to gain access to both east and west light by orientating an extension, or you can add windows to the side of your new home.

Alter the Design
Is an old property in desperate need of some TLC? It’s possible to update the design to create an open-plan living space. For instance, does every room match your requirements? If not, you can either tear down a wall or embark on an extension. You can simply find a builder who can transform a space to create a larger living room or new bedroom.

The Garden Size
Many people renovating an old property are often keen to expand on the existing design, especially if it’s on the smaller size. If you plan to add an extension, it’s wise to consider how much garden will remain once the construction work is complete. This is important if you have young children who will want to run and play in the outdoor area, or if you hope to enjoy some alfresco dining.

Old properties’ foundations are often prone to deterioration following drain leakage. It’s therefore essential to improve a home’s structure with underpinning. Check if a property has received underpinning before you invest in the building. For instance, engineering documentation can prove if the old property has been underpinned. Don’t forget to look for cracks in the door heads and windows, as this is often a sign that a property requires underpinning.

Period Features
Retain period features to prevent an old home from losing its charm, such as a period fireplace, staircase, cornicing, slide sash windows or terrazzo floors. Yet, many homeowners can lose a home’s character once they start insulating or modernizing the space. Turn to a specialist to recreate an old design for lost cornicing, and you can also hire a joiner to reproduce sash windows.

Sneaky Causes of Acne

Having sudden breakouts just when you need to look extra great can both be frustrating and annoying. And no matter what you do to hide those spots, nothing seems to work.

And what’s worse?

Your pimples seem to grow more in both number and size. Oddly enough, your creams, gels and other topical products can’t do anything about them.

Here’s why:

You can’t get rid of acne without nipping its root cause from the bud.

Even if you apply loads of acne treatments, your skin will continue to breakout if you don’t beak the chain. And that’s where it gets trickier.

There are a lot of things that can cause acne. Some of them are really obvious while most of them can just sneak up on you.

Your clothes, makeup and skin care products can contribute to acne. Even the food you eat on a daily basis can trigger pimples.

The weather, the sun and your stress level play a huge role, too.

Knowing what your acne triggers are is the first step to completely eliminating acne for good. If you are wondering what those triggers are and how you can deal with them, check out this really amazing infographic below.

Author's Bio:
Hannah Do is the founder of Thank Your Skin, a beauty blog dedicated to providing honest skin care advice and information. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful skin by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Check out her latest article about best moisturizer for dry skin. You can find her on TwitterPinterest and Face book  

21 September 2017

Affordable Decorations For Halloween

**I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

The ushering of the "Ber" months spell a lot of upcoming holidays to think about in terms of decorations, party supplies, food, and of course, the merriment that come with these holidays. Some of us may get a little frazzled just by thinking about the amount of money we will spend to prepare for these holidays especially the first one on the list - Halloween!

I always believe that less is more so there's really no need to panic about costs when you can stick to a small budget and still rock your Halloween decorations for everyone to enjoy. 

You don't have to go very far to find those affordable Halloween decors to fill your home with scary, gloomily cute decorations.

Here are some decors you can find in DollarTree.com, and let me remind you this - Everything Is Just $1 At DollarTree.com!

Small Halloween decors for mantles and table tops

Realistic Plastic Skulls on Stand

Decors for the wall

Plastic Horror Skull Wall Mirror 

Skeleton Block Signs

Decors for the front porch

Hanging Halloween Ghosts

Spooky Hanging PVC Bats

Halloween Garden decors

Plastic tombstone decorations

Those are just few of the very affordable Halloween decorations you can find in DollarTree.com. Make sure you don't scare your "budget" with crazy purchases from high-end decor boutiques. Be practical while being fun and playful with your decorations.  So, don't forget to Shop Scary-Good $1 Halloween Deals at DollarTree.com 

16 September 2017

Review - Epoch Blemish Treatment

Who says a 40-something cannot still get pimples or a bit of acne outbreak? Well, raise your hands! *raising mine*

I usually do not get pimples but every now and then, I do and they break out around my chin area. Thankfully not on the cheeks but treating them can still be a challenge. I have tried several blemish ointments in the past. They worked but not as quickly as I wanted them to be until I tried the Epoch Blemish treatment which is an acne medication.

Can I just say that this is my pixie dust because it did wonders in 3 days? Want proof? Check my photos below that I have collated to show its potency.

I tried the product on one of the biggest zit on my chin. It had to be the one that looked liked a volcano! Hahahaha! Since that zit was giving me a bit of a grave time because it is a bit painful as it had a pus, I just had to obliterate it to kingdom-come. Here's when Epoch Blemish Treatment comes into zapping mode.

I used the product three times for the first 3 days, morning, noon, and night after washing my face with just water. I used a small amount to cover the ubiquitous zit and on the third day, it was almost dry and the pus was gone. How? I am not sure but just to show the potency of the product, I am posting it here for everyone to see maybe it can help you if you have problematic skin. I was careful not to put a thick gel on the pimple because I didn't want to get it very dry with peeling skin around the area.

What are the benefits of Epoch Blemish Treatment?

• Helps soothe skin blemishes.

• Botanical extracts helps calm redness to improve skin's appearance.

• Safety-allergy-dermatologist tested.

It contains 1.5% Salicylic Acid which helps dry the blemish.

Want to try it?

You can order from me. Just leave a comment in this post. 


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If you want to be a DISTRIBUTOR of the amazing products of Nu Skin, then you can sign up to the country/region where you are from (check www.nuskin.com for the list of countries/regions). This is FREE and I will include you in my team of very supportive folks. Please use this sponsorship ID to create your Distributor account - PH0056536

Please send me a snapshot of your confirmation ID once you sign up as a Distributor as I need to provide you all the support you need. :) You can email that info at mommaglama at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

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I am a Nu Skin distributor. Epoch Blemish Treatment is one of the products the brand carries. I personally bought this product to test. I am posting my honest review with photos because the product worked for me. It may vary from one person to another but this is my experience with the Epoch Blemish Treatment.

15 September 2017

Buy Genuine Bike Parts And Accessories

As I looked back to the time when I was a kid, I can remember the day when my young uncle bought a brand new bike. It was not just any ordinary bike but it was a big, super bike! When he rode the bike home, all the family members and neighbours came out and crowd around to admire the beautiful machine. Everyone went oohs and ahhs over the bright coloured beauty! I suppose at that time, his bike was the only super bike in the whole village and we kids love to be invited to ride on the bike around the village with him. My uncle and his super bike was the hot topic of conversation among the adults.
Fast forward, my uncle still has the super bike in his possession. It remained his first love and has a special place in his heart. All these years, he has taken great care of the bike and maintained the bike very well. The super bike is still in good condition and is still road worthy and safe to ride whenever he needs to run some errands in town. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that his super bike is a Kawasaki bike. Along the years, he has bought and changed many cars but he never intended to sell off his first love. Even his wife used to joke about having second place in his heart. The first place has always been occupied by his super bike.

I used to wonder how is it that my uncle has managed to keep his super bike in tip top condition. One reason is he always use genuine parts for his super bike. Getting new parts including the Kawasaki accessories for his super bike gets more and more difficult as the years go by. But since he has found out about Bikebandit.com, he now has access to the necessary bike parts.
If ever there comes a day when he could no longer find any of the genuine bike parts for his bike, he may have no choice but to consider using whatever is available in the market. I am quite sure that my uncle will not let go or get rid of his super bike when it is no longer road worthy. I am sure he will still keep his super bike in his front porch as a much treasured display model.