8 Quick & Creative New Year's Party Decorations

Fri 28 Dec 2012

Hosting a New Year's Eve party? Not sure how to theme it, but determined that it won't be a wash-out? Here are a few creative ideas to help you make a backdrop for a party that will see the New Year in with a bang, and never a fizzle.   1. Resolution Chalkboard This is a good conversation starter. Have a chalkboard in a prominent place - like the kitchen, or near the front door, more

Ikea Hacks - Christmas Style

Fri 21 Dec 2012

Ikea Hacks are upcycled and normally better versions of things from everyone's favourite affordable furniture peddler. Here are some festively-themed versions of the above from around the web. Wrapping Paper Storage 1   If you're anything like me, you end up with a pesky roll of wrapping paper after Christmas that ends up getting unceremoniously shoved in a cupboard. To keep you more

Creative Christmas Tree Alternatives

Fri 14 Dec 2012

If you have a small space to work with, you might not fancy a full-on pine-needle-dropping real Christmas tree. Also, real trees are impractical if you don't have a car to get them home with. The fake ones can look quite tacky as well, and neither option is the absolute best from an environmental perspective. I've seen lots of people get round the Christmas tree conundrum by making creative more

10 Ways to a Stress-Free Christmas

Fri 07 Dec 2012

I actually love Christmas, but I know it can become a time of extra pressure, expectation and ultimately, stress. I figure that as it's valuable time off work, I'd rather have some fun and a really good rest than get sucked into feeling obliged to do too much. Everyone will have their own ways of being stress-free, but here are my top 10: 1.      Stop sending more

Checklist for Securing your Home While You’re Away for Christmas

Fri 30 Nov 2012

Going away over Christmas? We hope you have a great time. Of course, only you know your home and its unique features and security needs, but here's a handy checklist that you can use as a starting point and add to or remove from as needed. Burglaries and accidents like house fires are more likely to happen over Christmas, as people stay away from where they normally live, and there's often more

10 Ways to a Cheaper, More Planet-Friendly Christmas

Fri 23 Nov 2012

Most people are no longer happy with the idea of Christmas as a season of excessive consumption and waste. Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert has even suggested an outright Christmas present ban, to take the pressure off people who simply can't afford the extra spend, but feel guilted into buying presents for the entire family. A lot of the time, people don't know what to buy and end up more

Real or Artificial Christmas Trees – which is greener?

Fri 16 Nov 2012

OK so I should start by saying that I really, really want the answer to be "real" trees. I want real Christmas trees to more environmentally friendly. The first ever fake Christmas trees were made by a company that specialised in manufacturing toilet brushes, which says it all, really.  BUT science pays little attention to decor chic, so lets have a look at facts on what makes a truly more

10 Party Clean-up Tips

Fri 09 Nov 2012

Autumn is well and truly upon us, and with the season comes a lot of partying. Here are some tips to make clearing up after a party quick and easy.  1. You need help! When I've hosted house parties in the past, one of the loveliest things has been waking up to all the washing up done by an altruistic guest before I even got out of bed. Even at dinner parties, someone will o more

5 Quick, No Nails or Screws Customisation Projects

Fri 02 Nov 2012

Being a keen user of Pinterest, I've noticed lots of awesome-looking customisation projects for the home. However, a lot of the best ones are time-consuming and involve nails, screws or use of a drill, which I have to admit I'm not all that good at. I tend to avoid starting as I know I would struggle to finish them. I figure I can't be the only one with drill-phobia, so I've put togeth more

Be a Housework Ninja! 30 Chores You Can Do in Under a Minute

Fri 26 Oct 2012

  This might be a good way to get out of a housework rut, or a good way of starting if you feel overwhelmed by housework. I personally like to break the mammoth task of "housework" down into smaller bits, as it seems a lot more manageable that way. The following ten are tasks you can do in under a minute each (I've tested them) that are good for creating the feeling of a small win : more