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Six Things People Forget to Pack When They Go on Holiday

Heading off on holiday is always exciting, but it’s easy to forget essential items in the last-minute rush to pack. As we approach the busy holiday months of August and September, here’s a reminder of six commonly forgotten items that could make or break your trip. Chargers and adapters In the age of digital everything, forgetting a charger can feel catastrophic. Make a checklist of all...

How to Secure Your Home Before a Summer Holiday

With the excitement of the summer holiday season upon us, making sure your home is safe and secure while you’re away sunning yourself needs to be on your to-do list. Here are six practical tips to give you peace of mind and keep your property safe during your well-earned break. Install a security system Investing in a reliable home security system is one of the most effective ways to deter...

July Gardening Tips: How to Prevent Common Errors

July is a busy month for green-fingered gardeners, with plants in full bloom and outdoor areas needing extra care. However, even experienced gardeners can make mistakes that affect their garden’s health and attractiveness. Here are five common gardening mistakes to avoid this July, along with tips to keep your garden thriving. Neglecting to water properly During the hot summer months,...

Tropicore – The Hot New Interiors Trend

If you dream of swapping the pressures of everyday life for sipping piña coladas on an idyllic beach, then you’ll love the newest interior design look: tropicore. In its annual trend forecast, Pinterest predicts that tropicore will boom. The social media giant says searches for ‘tropical chic décor’ are up 110%. Other popular searches include ‘pineapple mocktails’ (up 70%) and...

Moving Playlist: Eight of the Best Bangers and Ballads to Listen to on Moving Day

Moving home can be an emotional rollercoaster, a mixture of sad goodbyes and exciting new beginnings interspersed with lots of packing and unpacking. So, to help you get through the big day and to mark World Music Day (21 June), we’ve put together a moving playlist. Here’s a list of songs to keep you going as you hand back the keys to one property and settle into your new home. ‘Moving...

Child Safety Week: Tips to Child-Proof Your Home

As it’s Child Safety Week*, here’s a handy reminder for AREA homeowners about how to keep your precious little ones out of harm’s way. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent or guardian, it’s important to ensure your home is child-proof. Babies and children are infinitely curious and love climbing on furniture and grabbing and tasting whatever they can get their hands...

How to Protect Your Pet from the Hot Weather

British summers are hit and miss. On the days you want sun, you get cloudy skies and showers; on the days you’re rushing around doing a million things, you get a mini heatwave. But while we humans can (and should) protect ourselves from the sun, what about our loyal pets? Every year, temperatures are getting higher, and the UK experiences hotter weather and humidity. And as this month marks...

Simplify Your Online Life by Having a Digital Declutter

Is your inbox clogged with emails that you never find time to read? Does scrolling through social media leave you fizzing with rage or grappling with imposter syndrome? Or are you bombarded by the relentless ping of WhatsApp notifications, news updates and promo offers from fast-food delivery firms? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then it’s time for a digital declutter. Take...

Five Ways to Make Your Home a More Joyful Place

Everyone needs a little bit of joy. And these days, finding joy has become a big business. There are gratitude journals, exercise programmes, spiritual practices and much, much more to help you achieve happiness, but what about finding joy in your surroundings? Your home environment is essential to your happiness and wellbeing. And now that summer has come to an end, it’s the perfect time to work...

Tips to Help Your Kids Get Over Back to School Jitters

No matter what your child’s age, the first day back at school can feel overwhelming. Whether it’s their first day in Reception, the start of a major exam year or just back into the daily grind of lessons, lunchtimes, and the school routine – it can feel like a lot. After a summer of some sun, relaxation and freedom, getting back into the swing of things, new teachers, and restarting friendships...

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