Chocolate Tool Box Awards 2019 Funny DIY Disasters With Hoppy At Home Competition #AD

When you buy your first home it’s an expensive time. If you’re anything like me you’ll try to do all those DIY jobs around the home yourself. This can so often end in disaster because you don’t have the right tools or quite honestly the ability or experience to complete a particular DIY job. This can so easily end up with you having to call in the experts to put your DIY disaster right. Of course this can end up costing you twice as much. Looking back over the years I have had my fair share of DIY disasters and… [Read More]

Summer Is Here That Means Lots Of Gardening

Summer is now upon us. The next three or four months are hopefully the times when we spend lots of time in the garden. It’s that time of year when our seven year old twin girls spend hours playing in the garden on the trampoline, the swings, playing football or simply just making up games for hours on end. It really is so important to me that our girls spend as much time as possible outdoors and reduce the screen time to hopefully the minimum amount. Thankfully the girls love being outdoors but for that to happen you of course… [Read More]

Safety Gear Every DIY Enthusiast Must Own

The DIY community has got a lot of new members over the past couple of years. There are more DIY projects to try thanks to websites like Instructables and getting started with them keeps getting easier. You also have more tools and materials to work with, including advanced ones like 3D printers and ABS plastic.   One thing you don’t want to neglect when getting started with DIY projects is safety. If you are spending a lot of time outside working on a treehouse or a shed, for example, consider looking at these softshell jackets for extra protection and comfort…. [Read More]

How To Create The Perfect Home For Your Family

It’s really important to create a nice, comfortable place to live for your family. Whether you’re just starting one or you’re raising older kids, they need to love their home just like you do. Raising a family isn’t easy, and life can feel pretty tricky sometimes when things just aren’t falling into place. In those moments, it’s great to have somewhere you know you can truly call your own. So, how do you start doing this? How do you create the perfect home for your family? This isn’t an easy question to answer, but there are plenty of ways you… [Read More]

The Tell-Tale signs That Your Radiators Need Bleeding

If you notice your home isn’t getting as warm as usual, or if you’ve had complaints from your tenants that the central heating isn’t working, there may be a very simple explanation. Some radiators need bleeding every so often to release the air trapped in the system. When there is air in the system, this takes the place of the hot water. This means that your radiators won’t be as warm as they should be and you might notice cold spots. Thankfully, there is often a simple solution to the problem. But first, you need to know how to recognise… [Read More]

Why Insurance For Builders And Tradesmen Is So Important

I have been a self-employed painter and decorator for over 20 years and along the way I have learnt many things about running a successful business. One important lesson I have learnt is to do everything properly and not to cut corners because it might save you a few pounds. It quite honestly is not worth it. It will always at some point come and bite you in the future so if you are going to run your own business either as a limited company or by being self-employed get it right and be professional. Your customers, and employees will… [Read More]

4 shabby chic decorating ideas that will transform your home

Shabby chic decor is a popular interior design trend, and if you’re eager to introduce this theme to your home, you’re in luck. Keep reading for four easy tips on how you can successfully transform your space in this way. 1. Make a style statement with antique-looking furniture If you’re keen to transform your home into a vintage haven, make sure you go for antique-looking furniture. When you’re shopping for pieces to add to your spaces, keep an eye out for furnishings with features such as carved detailing and curved, distressed edges. If you’re not sure where to start, it… [Read More]

Making Your Home More Secure With The Yale All-in-One Security Camera #AD

Feeling secure in your home is so important, especially for me because I have seven year old twins. The thought of somebody attempting to break into our home is without doubt something that can give you a very uneasy feeling. A few weeks ago my wife went out the back garden early one morning and found our shower room window had been smashed from outside. It was a very unnerving feeling to think that somebody was in our back garden in the dead of night while we slept. attempting to break in. It also made me think very hard about… [Read More]