Self Care Rituals for Stressed-Out Mums

Self Care Rituals for Stressed-Out Mums

Is it just me or has 2020 been one of the most stressful years of your whole life?! The constant worry, the changing rules, remembering masks and hand sanitiser, homeschooling the kids, working from home… The list of additional stressors seems endless. With this in mind, I’ve been trying to do some things recently to improve my self-care, and it’s definitely helping. Here are just a few of my new rituals:

Self-Care Skincare Routine

I’ve never had particularly problematic skin, aside from the odd bit of dryness and the occasional hormonal pimple, so I’ve never paid much attention to a skincare routine before. However, my Mum has AMAZING skin, especially for someone who will be 60 in a couple of years, and that’s because she’s always made sure she looks after it, and I am inspired to do the same.

I’ve started using a hot cloth cleanser with Vitamin C to wash my face, which helps to exfoliate and make my skin look a LOT brighter. I’ve also been using a peptide serum before I moisturise, which seems to make my skin feel super soft. I then use a gel moisturiser, which sits much better on my skin than something oil-based and doesn’t cause spots. I’ve got to say, my skin looks better than it ever has, just by adding a couple of new things to my daily routine.

Yoga and Meditation

When I went on my mad exercise kick back in 2017, one of my favourite things to do was my weekly yoga class. Taking an hour to do something peaceful and relaxing, stretching my muscles and realigning my mind and body was amazing for me.

There would be a ten-minute meditation at the end of the class where we’d lay on the floor with our eyes closed and the teacher would coach us on proper breathing and clearing our minds, and I absolutely loved it. It was probably the closest thing to a tantric massage without being touched! Since lockdown happened, I’ve been doing yoga and meditation at home, and it’s really helped me to keep my mind and body healthy during this weirdness.

Finding a Hobby

Because of my health issues, our family has been isolating constantly since the beginning of March, which has meant that we’ve had a LOT more time on our hands. Obviously, I’m doing the usual working/cooking/cleaning/walking the dog, as well as homeschooling both kids, but that still leaves me with a few hours a day in which I actually have some time to myself.

I’ve taken up a few different hobbies to fill the time, and I actually feel quite fulfilled for the first time in years! As well as the baking and cooking that I’ve been doing a lot of, I’ve also taken up cross-stitch, which I absolutely love, and most recently I’ve started quilling! I’ll be sharing one of my latest creations here on the blog soon, and I’m quite proud of it.

Have you picked up any new hobbies lately? Have you been taking more time for self-care? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

Quilling Homemade Christmas Cards

Quilling Homemade Christmas Cards - Finished CardGiven the fact that it’s been a REALLY sucky year for most of us, Christmas will be a nice distraction from everything else. This year, us and our extended family have decided to keep the gift giving to just the kids of the family, so that we can make it all the more special for them. However, that doesn’t stop me from creating extra special Christmas cards for everyone, and this year I’ve even learned a new skill to help me – quilling!

Click on the image to see the quilling in action!

When I was researching the type of card I wanted to make, I stumbled across some festive greetings using quilling. For those who don’t know, quilling is a paper craft with uses coiled strips of paper to create shapes and patterns. I had a quilling kit when I was a tween and I loved it then, but I’d basically forgotten everything I’d learned by the time I tried it again. I also planned to use a graffiti font on the card, but my printer went kaput, right at the most inconvenient moment. *eyeroll*

As well as quilling strips and some papercraft tools, I used an 8x8in blank greetings card, some tacky glue (it’s stickier and dries fast for crafting), a gold marker, some gold edging stickers, mini Christmas bells and some Christmas pompoms. I also used a compass, ruler and pencil for sketching out the rough shapes before I stuck anything on.

Quilling the TreeQuilling Homemade Christmas Cards - Creating the Tree

I started by making the quills for the tree by coiling a whole strip tightly, then allowing it to unfurl a little. I then glued the loose end in place with a tiny dot of glue, held it until dry and then pinched one end of the coil of paper to create the shape. To create the star and tree pot, I shaped them after coiling in a similar way, and then I used the gold marker to write the message on the front. Finally, I just stuck all of the other bits on in the right place!

Adding the Text

Quilling Homemade Christmas Cards - Gold WritingIt took me a little under half an hour, from sketching out the final design to everything being done, and I think the overall effect is well worth the effort! What’s more, I really enjoyed making the card and I can’t wait to make a whole load more to send to the special people in our lives. I’m thinking of making a different design on every card, but that might just be a stunning case of me biting off more than I can chew, as usual!

I absolutely love making handmade gifts and cards for people. Now that I have a new skill, I’ll definitely be doing more of it. Have you ever tried quilling? Are you making handmade cards or gifts this year? Leave me a comment below telling me all about it, especially if you have inspiration for my next design!

Top 3 Ways To Approach Ageing

Top 3 Ways To Approach AgeingImage by spider0702 from Pixabay 

There is no way you can avoid ageing; it’s going to happen no matter how many anti-ageing creams you buy or how much plastic surgery you have. However, rather than getting down about it, you can enjoy the ageing process and embrace it because there will be plenty of positives to it, too, more than you may think.

Look After Your Skin

One of the things that upsets people most about ageing is how their skin looks, as in some cases, it can make them look older than they are. When you are younger, it’s essential to take care of your skin, and no matter what age you are now, quit smoking and sunbathing because this won’t do your skin any good at all. As you get older, your skin loses its elasticity and can start to sag and wrinkle. There are many creams, and lotions, and face washes you can get to combat the signs of anti-ageing, but the main ingredients you want to look for are ceramides, coenzyme Q10, green tea, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid, as well as wearing a high SPF sunscreen to reduce sun damage. Zo Skin Health have an array of skin enhancers, and as everyone’s skin is different, it is important to choose something that will target your specific problem or skin type.

Eat a healthy diet

One of the most important things to do in life at any age is to eat a nutritious diet and get regular exercise, but as you get older, this will lower your heart rate and keep you feeling younger. It’s not just what you eat you need to watch, but it’s everything you put into your body. So when it comes to food go for a diet which is low in saturated fats and make sure there are lots of fruit and vegetables, oily fish and whole grains included. It’s also essential to have small amounts of low-fat dairy and lean meat too. Don’t forget that you need to keep hydrated too so make sure you drink lots of water to avoid getting dehydrated as this can leave you feeling tired and confused. Tea, coffee, and fruit juice will also help you to stay hydrated but you should avoid sugary fizzy drinks.

Get Plenty Of Sleep

While this is important at any age, it’s so important that it needs to be reiterated. If you don’t get enough sleep, then you will likely feel tired and grumpy. But not only this, but sleep has so many other benefits. It helps to reduce your stress levels – which, let’s face it, you need as little stress as possible at any age but particularly as you get older. Another benefit is that sleep can actually improve your memory and who doesn’t need that as they age? Good sleep can also lower your blood pressure, can improve your immune system, and help you to maintain a healthy weight, all of which are extremely important as you age.

5 Christmas Gifts for New Renters or Homeowners

I know that 2020 has been a bit of a weird year and it’s definitely caused problems for people who were planning to move to a new home, but for many newlyweds new, uni students and anyone else who managed to actually get their own property this year, they’d definitely appreciate some swanky homewares for their Christmas gift. With that in mind, I’ve put together a little gift guide to show you some of the things that I think any new-nesters would love:

Lifewit Clothes Storage Bag Organiser

 Lifewit Large Capacity Clothes Storage Bag Organizer with Reinforced Handle Thick Fabric for Comforters, Blankets, Bedding, Foldable with Sturdy Zipper, Clear Window, 3 Pack, 90L, Grey Something I’ve noticed about more modern properties is that they don’t always have an airing cupboard, unlike older houses which needed somewhere to store the bulky water tank. This means that people struggle for places to store things like bed linen and towels which can take up quite a lot of space. That’s why these storage bags make a great gift for someone who’s just moved into a new place – they look great and are the perfect place to store linens, coats and other stuff you don’t need every day.

Lifewit Laundry Basket

Lifewit 72L Freestanding Laundry Hamper Collapsible Large Clothes Basket with Easy Carry Extended Handles for Clothes Toys, Grey A laundry basket is often one of those things that people forget to buy when they move into their own place and end up keeping their dirty clothes in an old IKEA bag or something similar! This laundry hamper is not only practical but also looks really nice and would be the perfect thing for any home.

 

Luncia Casserole Carrier

LUNCIA Double Decker Insulated Casserole Carrier for Hot or Cold Food, Lasagna Holder Tote for Potluck Parties/Picnic/Cookouts, Fits 9There’s nothing better than receiving something warm and homemade for dinner that a kind friend or family member has made for you when you first move into your own home – and what better to deliver it in than a gorgeous thermal food carrier?! This casserole carrier looks great and is perfect for anyone who loves cooking or does a lot of potluck dinners with friends and family!

Sunavo Double Infrared Burner

SUNAVO Hot Plates for Cooking, 1800W Electric Double Burner with Handles, 6 Power Levels Stainless Steel Hot Plate for Kitchen Camping RV (Ceramic) Not every kitchen has fitted appliances and purchasing all of your white goods plus a cooker for a new place can cost an absolute fortune. That’s why this double infrared hot plate would be brilliant for a couple, single person or even a student who doesn’t have their own kitchen (check their Halls of Residence rules though, as some don’t allow hot plates). It’s got two rings for cooking and performs just as well as a fitted hob.

Wolfwise Telescopic Ladder

WolfWise Aluminum Telescopic Extension Multi-Purpose Ladder, 12.5FT, 330lbs Capacity This may seem like an odd one, but you’d be really surprised at the amount of people who don’t own a decent ladder. When you move into a new place, a ladder is essential if you want to get into the loft, put up light shades and hang pictures, cleaning gutters or anything else that requires a lift! This telescopic ladder is great because it folds up super small and doesn’t take up a lot of space.

 

Remote Controlled Christmas Gifts Your Kids Will Love

Remote controlled gifts have always been a hit with my kids and they’ve had everything from cats which purr to tarantulas which scare the living daylights out of Maureen as they skitter across the floor. With this in mind, we’ve been looking at some of the remote controlled toys which are on offer this year, ahead of the Christmas season, and we thought we’d share five of our favourites with you, in the hope of inspiring your festive purchases:

SGILE RC Drift Race Car

SGILE Remote Control Car Toy for Boys, 2.4 GHz RC Drift Race Car, 1:16 Scale Fast Speedy Crawler Truck, 2 Batteries for 50 Mins Play, Toy Gift for Boys Girls

Powered by a strong motor, the rc car can drift and reach upto a speed of 18km/h, giving you a thrilling drift experience. Equipped with two 6V 600mAh rechargeable batteries that provide a total power play of 50 mins and designed with an easy-to-learn remote controller with quick and precise response, this remote controlled  car is the best gift choice for beginners.

SGILE Programmable Intelligent Walk Sing Dance Robot

SGILE RC Robot Toy, Programmable Intelligent Walk Sing Dance Robot for Kids Gift Present, Blue

As well as being controllable via a remote, this funky little robot can actually sense gestures through a sensor on its chest and will resond to your hand waves and swipes! It’s also programmable, giving kids the option to input up to 50 motion commands so that they can see their own imagination in play. It’s easy to charge via USB and can give up to an hour of play on a single charge.

SGILE Remote Controlled Dinosaur Smart Programmable Interactive Robot

SGILE RC Dinosaur Robot Toy, Smart Programmable Interactive Walk Sing Dance for Kids Gift Present If you’ve got a kid in your family who is dinosaur obsessed, then this remote controlled T-Rex is the perfect gift! Not only can the robot dinosaur fight, he is also a talented performer; he can dance with different prerecorded music. You can use remote control to switch between two modes: slide & walk, woth multiple other functions to offer tons of fun to your kids.

SGILE Robot Dog

SGILE Robot Dog ,RC Dog Toy Interactive Intelligent Walk Sing Dance Programmable Robot Gift for Kids

Perfect for the smaller kids in your family, this robot dog is the cutest remote controlled pet around. The pooch can be programmed by the owner to perform a number of tasks and is easy to control – he’ll walk, dance and do all sorts of other fun things. It’s the ideal gift for anyone who wants a dog but doesn’t want to deal with cleaning up after a real pet!

SGILE Remote Controlled Stunt Car with 2 Sided 360° Rotation

SGILE RC Stunt Car Toy, Remote Control Car with 2 Sided 360 Rotation for Boy Kids Girl, Green This remote control car combines the classic RC format with something new and exciting! The stunt car doesn’t just go backwards and forwards – it can flip, spin and do all sorts of exciting stunts. Perfect for girls and boys age 6-12 who love anything a little bit crazy! Designed with an easy-to-learn remote controller with quick and precise response, this remote controlled car is another great gift choice for beginners.

5 Best Laptops for Mums in 2021

Everyone appreciates a new and quality laptop. Mother’s Day, Christmas or New Year could be the best time to give your mother a new MacBook or choose any other laptop she will appreciate. She might need a new laptop to replace the old one or just to have the latest model.

A laptop that is easy to use while at the same time being of the new model and at an affordable price is the best to acquire. As a mom, you might not know about the best laptop to purchase so proper research is essential before buying the desired laptop. Let’s take a look at some of the best laptops for a mom in 2021.

Lenovo Yoga 920

Lenovo Yoga 920 ranks as the best laptop for a mother as it offers good performance and comes at a very reasonable price. This is a thin and powerful laptop that has a lovely design and can play movies and games. It also provides a superb experience for doing work assignments, surfing net at great speed and helping kids with their homework.

Lenovo Yoga 920 comes in several configurations, though it has not gone overboard by offering a confusing array of choices. This model comes with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM, a 13.9-inch 1080p touch screen, an active Pen stylus, and Intel UHD Graphics 620 and costs $1,199. It’s easily comparable to a new MacBook as it does not disappoint you on any front. MacBook will remain a winner, but the idea here is to cover equally good or slightly better things.

Acer Chromebook R11

Chromebooks, such as the Acer Chromebook R11, make good laptops because of their relatively low price and ease-of-use. The Chromebook R11 runs on ChromeOS instead of Windows 10. This makes it resist viruses and other web nasties. You can freely hand it over to your children without any worry. It comes with Acer Chromebook R11 tool that offers you the ultimate web browsing experience while unleashing the full features of Android apps.

It will soon have a touch screen that spins around to get it into the tablet mode. To add to the beauty, an all-metal finish makes it look like a fabulous machine. This model comes with an 11.6-inch screen, 16-32GB SSD, 4GB RAM, an Intel Celeron N3060-N3150 and Intel HD Graphics. It’s convertible and has a good battery life so you do not have to worry about your battery letting you down.

Alienware 17 R5

Alienware 17 R5 from Dell is a good choice of laptop, especially if your children are serious gamers. It has good gaming features with an overclocked GTX 1080 graphics card as well as being able to handle heavy-duty tasks like photo and video editing. It has a large screen size of 17.3-inches and a large storage capacity of 246GB SSD, a RAM of 32GB, an Intel Core i9-8950HK processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX1080 graphics.

It’s a sturdy laptop, weighs about 10 pounds and its performance is out of this world. Get this laptop and your mom will appreciate the goodness of technology.

Acer Swift 3

Acer Swift 3 is an excellent laptop with a solid-all aluminum body that withstands knocks and bumps that is more than powerful enough to study and work. This makes it the best laptop for a mother who has children at home as they can use it for studying while she uses it for her work, all this at an impressively low-value. 

It offers a superb trackpad and a backlit keyboard that makes typing a breeze. Acer Swift 3 comes with a 14-inch screen, 128-256GB SSD, 4-8GB RAM, an Intel Core i3-i7 processor and an Intel HD Graphics 620. It has excellent performance and a reasonable price, you will see the value of your laptop.

Dell G3 15

Dell G3 15 is another awesome gaming laptop that will surely keep your kids entertained, it is cheaper than other gaming laptops but that should not fool you as its performance is on point. It comes with a good graphics card for playing modern games at 108p, a huge 1TB hard drive for your photos, videos and documents. 

As a mother, you will get to enjoy watching your memorable videos and photos with its nice graphics. It has a screen size of 15.6-inch, 128-256GB SSD plus 1TB HDD, 8GB-16GB RAM, Intel Core i5-i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050-GTX 1060. It’s very affordable and a great performer for the money you shell out.

Conclusion

A mother needs a laptop that she will comfortably use and one that has a fair price. There are many different laptops out there on the market but you need to choose the one that will suit your needs. A laptop that is up-to-date and trusted to deliver quality services is the best to buy. You cannot afford to buy a laptop that fails to deliver optimum processing speed or is not smart and trendy, matching 2021 style. As a mother, you will enjoy these quality laptops since they will deliver what you exactly need.

Author Bio:
James Dorian is a technical copywriter. He is a tech geek who knows a lot about modern apps that will make your work more productive. James reads tons of online blogs on technology, business, and ways to become a real pro in our modern world of innovations.

4 Qualities to Look for In a Moving Company

If you are moving into a new house, you wouldn’t be able to move all your stuff without hiring a moving company. Movers exist so that you can transfer all your belongings from your old place to the new one safely and without any inconvenience. A good moving company wouldn’t let your stress about anything and will take over the moving process so that you can sit back and focus on more important things. However, when it comes to hiring a moving company, the process is a bit tricky. There are plenty of movers out there, and choosing the one that is best suitable for the job can be complicated. That is why it is highly recommended that you do plenty of research before hiring a moving company. In this article, I have mentioned a few qualities one must look for in a mover before hiring them. Let’s take a look:

Excellent Reviews

The first thing you should look for in a moving company is good reviews. If the company is rated well by its customers and people have shared their good experiences openly, then you shouldn’t hesitate to give it a try. Luckily, we live in a modern world where you can access reviews for any business online. To read the reviews about companies you have shortlisted, you can simply go to their website or check their social media pages. Also, you must not just check the overall rating; you should also read the detailed reviews to get an idea of the kinds of services they provide. If the majority of the reviews are positive, then you can move on to the next step.

Experience

This is something most people don’t even pay attention to when they are hiring a mover, but that is not how it should be. A good moving company also has plenty of experience in the field and are experts at what they do. A mover that has been active for several years would have definitely learned a lot from their mistakes and would have improved their services over time. They know what things to avoid and how to handle tricky situations when they are faced with one. Your belongings are always safer with an experienced mover compared to a moving company that is just getting started.

Licensed and Insured

Another important thing you must keep in mind before hiring a moving company is whether they are licensed or not. A company that is not licensed is not legally allowed to move your possessions from one place to another. They might be cheaper than the other moving companies, but all they will do is cause trouble for you. Make sure that the company you are hiring is licensed but the relevant authorities and has a trained team of staff working for them. Apart from that, a good mover also has excellent insurance coverage, which can pay for the damages in case of an accident. You must never go for a company that doesn’t have insurance coverage because if anything gets damaged during the process, you won’t get any compensation.

No Hidden Rates

Another quality of a great moving company is that they have no hidden rates and will tell you upfront how much they charge. There are plenty of movers out there who only tell you about the hourly rate they charge, and when it comes to billing, they will add all sorts of extra charges in the receipt. So, it is highly recommended that you go for a company who are upfront about their extra charges and are not fooling you in any way.

Christmas Vaping Gift Guide

Christmas Vaping Gift Guide Presumably if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’ve come across this blog post through performing a Google search like “Christmas vaping gift guide”.

Maybe you’ve got a difficult-to-buy-for friend who you know is into vaping. Or maybe a certain someone in your life has been trying to quit smoking for years, and might have expressed a casual interest in e-cigarettes, only to seemingly ‘never get round to’ exploring it for real?

You get the idea – this blog post is very much for helping you to land the perfect present – or several – for this kind of person. So, let’s get started with suggestions!

A vaping starter kit

As the term “starter kit” suggests, these products are the “ground floor” of the vaping world – the kind of thing someone might buy if they’re only just getting acquainted with e-cigarettes or wondering what the fuss is all about.

Plus, with the most affordable vape starter kits giving the purchaser change from two tenners, they’re priced well for a Christmas gift budget.

The UK store Shisha Vibe, for example, stocks popular starter kits from such renowned vape-industry brands as Aspire, Smok, Lost Vape and Innokin, so that your recipient can make the smoothest possible transition to life as an e-cigarette user.

E-liquids

One thing that unites beginner and experienced vapers alike is an appreciation of e-liquids. They’ll always be running out of them, and a few bottles are an interesting, cheap and risk-free present, in that it’s hardly the end of the world if your recipient isn’t hugely enthusiastic about the flavours you select.

In any case, given the vast range of e-juice flavours available on the market – from almond, aloe vera and apricot to vanilla, waffle and yoghurt – there should hopefully be only a small chance of the person who receives your present being unappreciative.

Tanks

When you’re browsing vaping online stores, you’re likely to see references to terms like ‘mouth to lung’ and ‘sub ohm’, including in relation to tanks.

Basically, they’re references to two different styles of vaping, ‘sub ohm’ also sometimes being called ‘direct-to-lung’ vaping. Mouth-to-lung vaping, or MTL, is the style of vaping that most closely mimics the experience of smoking cigarettes. This unsurprisingly makes it a go-style style among those are only just getting into vaping, or who miss the sensation of smoking.

Meanwhile, direct-to-lung (DTL) – or sub ohm – vapers are those who like to blow clouds while vaping. The ‘sub ohm’, by the way, comes from the fact that a DTL kit needs to have a coil resistance of less than one ohm; MTL vapers, meanwhile, require a tank with restricted airflow and a coil with somewhat higher resistance – typically more than one ohm.

You can probably begin to see, then, the importance of first determining your recipient’s favoured style – or likely favoured vaping style – before buying a sub ohm or MTL tank for them.

Other vaping accessories

If you know enough about vaping and your intended recipient’s preferences to have the luxury of being a bit more adventurous with your purchase, what about some coils, pods or even a tool kit?

The above is certainly not an exhaustive list of possibilities for buying someone close to you a vaping-related present this festive season. Nonetheless, it will have hopefully given you some invaluable inspiration.

Modern Renovation Ideas To Instantly Transform Your Home

Modern Renovation Ideas To Instantly Transform Your HomeWhen it comes to renovating your home, your main goal is likely to revive an outdated interior. While there are near endless options to consider as interior design is an exceptionally vast industry packed with ideas, you may not want to completely makeover your home. Therefore, if your goal is to make modern changes that will have a massive impact, you should consider these modern renovation ideas that will instantly transform your home. Sometimes, changing only one aspect of your home is enough to add vibrance and an entirely new atmosphere.

Install An Ethanol Fireplace

Ethanol fireplace options are the perfect alternative to traditional fireplace designs. If your budget doesn’t allow you to make drastic modifications required to install a traditional fireplace, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that ethanol fireplaces are better solutions in various ways. While your choice of fireplace design should be determined according to aesthetics to ensure the home addition will serve as both a functional installation as well as a design element, this type of fireplace is also incredibly eco-friendly. Ethanol alternatives do not release harmful toxins in the home, rendering them significantly safer when compared to their traditional counterparts. There are tons of modern designs to consider, and the investment will be worth it in terms of comfort, visual design, and of course, functionality.

Luxury Wooden Flooring

If you are after a renovation idea that will instantly breathe new life into your home, replacing the flooring is a top option. There’s no doubt that old breading carpets are not doing any good for the value of your home, nor are they adding to your comfort. It’s time to finally rip out any outdated carpets and flooring and replace with luxury wooden flooring. By installing quality wooden flooring throughout your home, you will be able to enjoy the pleasant visuals of a uniform home that will enable you to decorate your home in a way that each rooms decor elements flow to the next. The impact the flooring of your home has on the overall look of your home will surprise you.

Accent Wall Designs

You may have never considered having an accent wall in your home, or the overall vibrance it can add to your living area. Creating an accent wall with elegant wallpaper, or even a bold coat of paint that varies from the other walls is also exceptionally affordable. However, it is best to avoid going overboard when it comes to adding an accent wall during renovation; the best locations are generally the living room area or the kitchen and dining area of a home.

Lighting Choices That Stand Out

Suppose your home’s lighting choices showcase ordinary and bland bulbs or regular fittings that are almost unnoticeable. In that case, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover how much impact lighting choice can have to the look and atmosphere of a home. Rather than holding onto bland lighting designs, you should consider accent lighting fixtures such as charming chrome pendant lights that immediately draw glamorous attention to a room. There are tons of accent lighting fixtures to consider, so you may find it beneficial to scour lighting fixture retailers to find suitable complementary pieces to add to your home.

Engineered Wood Flooring – Why You Should Choose It

Engineered Wood FlooringWhen people talk about creating their dream home, wooden flooring is often at the top of the list of things they want. There’s no denying the fact that wooden flooring makes a home look great, but have you ever considered opting for engineered wood instead? Many people make the mistake of thinking that engineered wood is a fancy way of saying “laminate flooring” but it’s actually a really versatile flooring which is a great substitute for solid wood. Here are five reasons for you to consider it:

Same Look, Lower Price

It takes a pretty professional eye to notice the difference between solid wood and engineered wood flooring, which is all the more impressive when you consider the fact that it costs so much less. It also comes in pre-made designs and can look like parquet or other patterned flooring, giving it a unique, expensive appearance. If you have a large area to cover, the avings will really add up.

Easy to Fit

Fitting solid wood flooring is a real art form, especially if you want a parquet style like herringbone or swallowtail. By comparison, fitting an engineered wood floor is an absolute doddle. It’s very flexible in terms that it can be fitted many ways and even floating over the uneven subfloor and underfloor heating system.

It’s Durable

Damaging a hard wood floor can be a very expensive mistake, and many types of flooring also need regular maintenance over the years to keep it looking it’s best. Engineered wood is very daage-resistant and replacing a board or two needn’t be expensive. Many people don’t know that the surface of refinished wood can be sanded and refinished, which means that you can totally change the look if you get bored!

Lots of Choice

With engineered wood, can choose between a wide variety of species, colours, patterns and textures. In general, almost all of the wood species used for manufacturing solid wood floors are also available for engineered wood floors. In addition, engineered wood can also be purchased prefinished and unfinished, which means that you have the freedom to customise your own floor with your very own bespoke colour and texture.

Easy to Clean

Cleaning a hardwood floor isn’t always easy, because using the wrong products can leave it dehydrated and damaged beyond repair. Engineered wood can be cleaned daily by sweeping or even vacuuming the area, and most brands will also be compatible with mopping, although make sure you check your manufacturer’s recommended cleanser.

Do you have an engineered wood floor in your home? What do you love about it? Leave me a comment below!