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Exercise Excuses Smashed for A Fitter Life

Exercise Excuses Smashed for A Fitter Life

Exercise excuses can get more extreme the more we aren’t motivated to get out and get fit. Did the dog eat your running shoes? Is all your gear still wet in the washing machine? Old exercise excuses won’t work anymore, because getting in shape nowadays couldn’t be easier. Thanks to all the state of the art equipment, gym memberships, and online tips, finding a regime that works for you is something everyone can do. However, once you’re in practice with it, it can be hard to keep to it. Below are a few tips for banishing exercise excuses when entering…

TIMBERRRRRR! Essential Advice for a Shipshape Wooden Shed

TIMBERRRRRR! Essential Advice for a Shipshape Wooden Shed

A wooden shed can be charming and rustic or battered and worn. If it’s the latter then now is the time to shape up your shed. Winter is over and spring is here. As the weather warms up, more and more people hit up the garden. Let’s face it – summer is months away, but the preparation begins now. Anyone who wants a picture perfect garden has to start early to cover every base. This is where a wooden shed comes in handy. From storing unwanted rubbish to texturising the garden, it is an essential feature of any Aussie property….

New Home Build Pro’s and Con’s

New Home Build Pro’s and Con’s

A new home build can be the most exciting and creative process designed to provide you with a dream residence. Or is it all it’s cracked up to be, both negative AND positive? Building your own home doesn’t have to be something that you treat as a daunting or unthinkable option. Many people rule it out without even knowing the pros and cons of taking this path forward. On the other hand, you shouldn’t rush into a new home build without being aware of what it all entails. So, to ensure that you’re fully aware of what’s involved in all…

An Environmental Home That’s Sustainable

An Environmental Home That’s Sustainable

Having an environmental home could be easier than you think. It’s not all about new build either, you can retro fit any home to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Sustainability is something at which homeowners are now looking. As well as helping to protect the environment, you are also cutting down on your monthly bills so it is a win-win situation. Now is the perfect time to create an environmental home with these improvements. Environmental Home: Insulation One of the best ways of retaining heat in the home is through insulation, and this can be done in walls, ceilings…

Fail-Safe Fitness With Group Mentality and Support

Fail-Safe Fitness With Group Mentality and Support

Fail-safe fitness is not something that comes in a bottle. You can’t take a pill and suddenly your fitness regime becomes super successful, and easy. It doesn’t work that way… but this will. Most people decide to undergo a fitness regime by themselves. This can eventually pay off if discipline is developed to exercise regularly. However, most people also fail to keep up regular exercise because they fail to develop discipline, and their motivation wanes. It’s fail-safe fitness with the emphasis on FAIL! It takes a lot of encouragement and support to keep putting yourself through pain and exhaustion for…

Perfect Party Decorating Tips (six of them)

Perfect Party Decorating Tips (six of them)

Expert party decorating tips can add to your own imagination when you are planing the perfect special event. Your role as host doesn’t begin and end with supplying drinks and food. The décor is important in order to get everyone in the right vibe. So regardless of who you are inviting to your home, you’ll need some party decorating tips and tricks for hosting the perfect special event this season. Party Decorating Tips #1: Blow Out on Balloons No party is complete without a few balloons. You can buy standard balloons, or get creative such as going with a colour…

First Appearances: What People REALLY Notice

First Appearances: What People REALLY Notice

First appearances are exactly that – the first time you present yourself to someone. And, as the saying goes, there’s only one chance to make a first impression. We all want to make a good first impression. Seeing people react positively to first appearances, getting those little compliments, and those lingering glances make us feel fantastic. You don’t have to look picture-perfect to make a great impression, either. You don’t have to have a tiny waist or flawless skin and hair to stand out at first glance. Here are the first things that most people are going to notice about…

Trans-Seasonal Flooring For The Perfect Finish

Trans-Seasonal Flooring For The Perfect Finish

Trans-seasonal flooring is becoming more high profile due to hugely popular TV shows like The Block, House Rules, and The Home Team hitting our screens. So while Australian audiences are inspired to undertake renovations based on current trends, winter renovations may be influenced by styles and materials skewed towards cold weather. However, Beaumont Tiles strategic designer Rachel Gilding says trans-seasonal flooring is a better long-term decision. “At Beaumont Tiles we are of course biased, but for good reason. Tiles come out on top, hands down, as the best flooring option when you consider durability, maintenance, room traffic, moisture levels and…

Beware The Hidden Costs of Buying A House

Beware The Hidden Costs of Buying A House

Hidden costs are never a good surprise. Buying anything should have transparent costs and no more so than buying your biggest purchase; a home. If you are ever expecting something in life to be expensive, then it is buying a home. But in truth, buying a home can end up costing more than you intended due to hidden costs. Hidden costs can be over ten per cent of the home purchase price. These need to be included and budgeted for when applying for a mortgage. But what are the hidden costs? Here are some of the things for which you…

Why Daily Gardening Creates A Stress-Free Mind

Why Daily Gardening Creates A Stress-Free Mind

If daily gardening is not on your list of things to unwind and rid your body of stress, then maybe it should be. “Oh! I had such a stressful day”- is a pretty common statement, right? Returning to our home sweet home after a hectic day seems like the perfect antidote for stress. But maybe daily gardening is. As we flop on the bed or sofa, we still feel stressed. Turning on the television, music system, laptop, or the oven is what we usually do, yet the stress remains. A vacation surely does take away all the overload of stress,…

Relaxing Style for Your Coziest Home Retreat Ever

Relaxing Style for Your Coziest Home Retreat Ever

Relaxing style isn’t when you don’t to do the dishes for five days and leave the vacuming for yet another weekend. That’s HARDLY relaxing. For many of us, there’s no place like home after a hard day at work. So you need relaxing style to fully enjoy the end of the day. There’s nothing more appealing than pulling up in the driveway, walking through the front door, and kicking off Your shoes at the end of a long day. If you love nothing more than chilling out at home, and you’d love to create a relaxing retreat, here are some…

Steel Pergolas: Strength + Styling With Low Maintenance

Steel Pergolas: Strength + Styling With Low Maintenance

Steel pergolas can be very modern and cool or they can be styled to look rustic and warm. But what about their other advantages? Pergolas have always added to the aesthetic beauty of properties and gardens. They are primarily for beautification and shading with options using recycled wood, engineered stone, pine, steel pergolas, and more. Also perfect for sipping discounted wine delivered straight to your door from Vinomofo.   So, have you considered steel pergolas? Some pros and cons you should consider. If you have space in your garden or patio, you can always create a stylish and functional pergola…

How a Simple Smile Can Change Your Outlook on Life

How a Simple Smile Can Change Your Outlook on Life

A simple smile, either given or received, will do a whole lot more than show off great dental hygiene. You’ve probably heard about this before, but there are many positive benefits to smiling. One of those benefits is an increased sense of joy and happiness in a simple smile, and this happens scientifically—it’s not magic. In short, the act of smiling sends a signal to our brain to be more cheerful, and this happens regardless of if it’s a fake smile or a real one. But don’t worry. This article isn’t going to be ridiculous and claim that smiling will…

Crafting The Beach Body You’ve Always Wanted

Crafting The Beach Body You’ve Always Wanted

Beach body baby, the sun’s on the way and it wants you to come out and play. Every summer most people re-assess their approach to their fitness and healthy eating regimen. You might have fallen off your steadfast commitment to your new year’s resolution to get a beach body, but that doesn’t mean you should feel bad about yourself this summer and cover yourself up in the heat. Being more confident in your body only takes a few steps to achieve. Unfortunately, there aren’t any ‘quick fixes’ or ‘magic diets’ as hardline marketing will have you believe. But there are…

DIY Home Renovation Projects. 3 Expert Tips

DIY Home Renovation Projects. 3 Expert Tips

DIY Home Renovation Projects Sometimes there’s nothing more rewarding than knowing that you put your blood sweat and tears into a project. That’s definitely the case with DIY home renovation projects. That’s why today, Don’t Call Me Penny is teaming up with Australian Heritage Homes, to discuss DIY home renovation projects for you and your families to explore. Whether you’re working on a budget, a compressed timeline, or you’re going all in, there’s a home renovation project perfect for every situation. Let’s look at a few common scenarios: You’ve just moved in, and there’s nothing personal about the place –…