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Carpet Vs Laminate: Which Is Most Suitable For You?

There is no getting away from the fact that many people will argue until their blue in the face about the virtues of both laminate flooring and carpet. However, if you need to make a decision before you launch a new home renovation project, it’s vital that you get the lowdown and consider the pros and cons of each option before you push ahead. Only then can you guarantee that you make the right decision when it comes to the perfect flooring solution. With that in mind, read the info on this page, and you should find yourself in a better position to make an informed choice.

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The pros of choosing carpet

One of the most crucial things you need to remember about carpet is that it provides comfort. That is why most homeowners will choose to lay carpet in their bedrooms at the very least. Another thing to consider is that carpet helps to provide some insulation for your home, and so it could help you to reduce your energy use and save some cash in the long-term. You won’t have to break the bank to purchase carpet, but you probably will need to pay professionals to lay it.

The cons of choosing carpet

Just as there are pros surrounding carpets, there are also plenty of cons too. For instance, carpet never remains in excellent condition for more than a couple of years because it’s vulnerable to spillages, etc. Secondly, carpet can become discoloured if it gets a lot of sunlight. Thirdly, carpet is going to make your home more difficult to clean, and lastly, it’s possible to rip carpet and damage it irreversibly if you walk on it wearing shoes.

The pros of choosing laminate

Now we come to the idea of choosing laminate flooring for your home. Not only is that choice an affordable solution, but it should last for many years without becoming damaged. Wood flooring tends to help to create an upmarket aesthetic in the home, and that is why so many people choose it every single year. You shouldn’t need to pay for a replacement for at least five years, and possibly even longer!

The cons of choosing laminate

In the hope of providing some balance, we’re not going to overlook the potential downsides of laminate flooring in this post. If you have children in the home, they are more likely to slip over and injure themselves when you choose wooden flooring solutions. Also, if you spill any fluids on low-cost laminate flooring, there is a reasonable chance it could warp and look terrible. However, you can usually prevent that by avoiding the cheapest solutions on the market.

Now you know everything there is to know about carpet and laminate flooring; you should find it much easier to make your decision this year. Remember that you can often get fantastic deals online, and it’s always worth checking auction websites if you need to stick to a tight budget. Sometimes you’ll find a bargain from someone who purchased too much carpet or laminate for their home renovation project. Be sure to take advantage of that!

2018-06-04T01:08:05+00:00 May 25, 2018|Home Decor|

How to Make a Business Launch Party a Success

Confession: I’m obsessed with checking my Google Analytics. I find it really interesting to learn what content is popular on my blog, and to use those insights and data to develop my content further to keep my readers happy.  Turns out, my blogging tips and freelance advice category (re-branded #BossBabe) has been SO popular with my audience. This makes me feel fuzzy inside because this is what motivates me to write the most. I founded a digital marketing agency two years ago, so anything business is totally up my street!

Lots of people have got in touch with me recently asking to pick my brains because they want to launch a business, HOW EXCITING IS THAT!? ✨ Well, if this is you then go have a read on the best of the blog posts online, as there are tons of helpful resources. If you’ve already got a business plan and you’re due to launch a new business, the best way to create a buzz about it is holding a launch party…

How to Make a Business Launch Party a Success | UK Lifestyle Blog

Cleverly combined with a great public relations and marketing campaign, you can increase your brand awareness overnight, and meet some people who can help your new venture grow in the future. Planning a business launch party, however, requires a lot of preparation, and you need to make a good impression.

Below you will find a few tips on how to get started.


Invitations and Research

First, you have to find people who can help you in your new venture, and do your market research. Before choosing companies and people to invite, you might want to check business directories and do your own research, so you can make the most out of your branding and marketing opportunities. You can list potential suppliers, customers, and business partners, as well as future investors. Send out invitations via the post, and identify the key decision makers when addressing the cards.

How to Make a Business Launch Party a Success | UK Lifestyle Blog

Marketing Materials

You have to be prepared to answer questions during your launch party, but don’t want to turn the event into a marketing event. Instead, make sure you have some printed materials and goodie bags your guests can take with them, so you they don’t have to talk too much about your business. While holding an introduction speech in the beginning of the business launch party is acceptable, you shouldn’t carry on talking about it during the event. You can pitch potential clients later; now you have to focus on branding.

Branding Decoration

A good way of making your guests remember your company and what it is about is adding branding decoration. When planning a party, you have to create the atmosphere that is both professional and welcoming. You should display your logo everywhere you can, and your slogan, as well. You can choose your brand’s colours for the table decorations, and create a strong image this way.

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Entertainment

To make sure that your potential clients and business partners will remember your party, and you will have something to talk about when you give them a call later, you want to arrange quality entertainment, too. Check out https://www.alivenetwork.com/bandsearch.asp?style=Rock and Pop to find the right band available for your dates, and book them for the night. You should have the entertainment after the food has been served, and people are relaxed, socialisng.

Catering

It is important that you book a quality catering company to serve the food during the event. You might be able to save money by ordering sandwiches and finger food, but having a bar with a professional barman will make a huge difference. Make sure that everyone feels comfortable and can get what they are looking for. When you send out the invitations, make sure you ask about special dietary needs, so you can cater for everyone.

How to Make a Business Launch Party a Success | UK Lifestyle Blog

Networking

It is always a good idea to give your guests a good enough reason to attend your business launch party. If you allow them to display their promotional materials or introduce their business to other attendees, they are more likely to come to your event. You can give everyone two minutes to talk about their business and their brand, so everyone can find the person they would like to connect with later. Turning your launch event into a networking party can improve your reputation and increase the size of your list.

Follow Up

You shouldn’t forget about the long term benefits of a business launch party, either. Eventually, you will want to get in touch with people who attended and follow up with them. You can send out a “thank you” note to all of the people who came, and ask them whether they would like to find out more about the services or products you offer. Make sure that you communicate with people after the party and ask for feedback.

How to Make a Business Launch Party a Success | UK Lifestyle Blog

Whether you are looking for new customers or just would like to create a buzz about your brand, a launch party can help you achieve your goals. Make sure that you are able to reach out to people who are likely to matter for your business long term, and follow up leads after the party. Grab every opportunity to strengthen your brand and impress your potential clients. This way, investing in throwing a launch party will deliver great returns.

2018-05-24T17:46:45+00:00 May 24, 2018|Blogging Tips|

Stresszilla? Calm Your Anxiety During Your Wedding Planning

Many things cause anxiety when you are planning your wedding, from the venue, to the cake, and everything else in between! And while this is meant to be the happiest day of your life, sometimes brides can get really stressed on the run up to the big day. I’m yet to turn into a complete bridezilla and have a melt down… but I can completely see why people freak out during the planning stage. It’s an expensive time and you constantly feel like you’re being pulled in a million directions.

It’s okay to feel a little anxious, it’s a big deal! I struggle with chronic anxiety which pretty much rules my life. I don’t drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or drink caffeine, all mostly because of anxiety. I think perhaps the reason I’ve felt so zen throughout this experience is a) I’ve prepared myself b) the wedding is 11 months away. Either way, this post outlines some tips on how to combat anxiety and stay cool when planning your wedding.

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Break it down

Any problem needs to be broken down into sections so it can be manageable; this is a fact of life. If you can sort everything out into specific sections based on the urgency of the task, from the bridalwear, to the bookings, and so on, this is going to reduce a lot of anxiety. Of course, a lot of people who have the money hire a professional to do all this, but no doubt wedding stress is partly to do with money…

Here’s a snippet of things I need to think about/buy from my wedding to-do planner. I use little Emojis depending on how far along the process I am (of course I do, any excuse to use an Emoji). For example ✅ means I don’t have to worry anymore, 💸 means I just have to pay the remaining balance, 🔶 means in discussion with vendors, 🛑 means I haven’t even CONSIDERED this yet! Hopefully his gives you a head start…

  • Venue
  • Notice of Marriage
  • Shoes
  • Stationery
  • Wedding decor
  • Headdress/veil
  • Wedding cake
  • Hair and beauty
  • Groom’s outfit
  • Wedding rings
  • Flowers
  • Honeymoon
  • Videographer
  • Thank you gifts
  • Table Service
  • Crockery
  • Welcome drinks
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Honeymoon suite
  • Stag do
  • Chair hire
  • Hen party
  • Registered Building Marriage
  • Dress
  • Accommodation
  • Photographer
  • Glasses (tumbler, champagne and wine)
  • Attendants’ outfits
  • Favours
  • Confetti
  • Table hire
  • Champagne

Set a budget

Your budget needs to be set in stone before you do anything. There’s no point in thinking about your big day, and adding all the bells and whistles, to find out you can’t afford them- you will only be disappointed. Instead, think about your wedding priorities, and decide between you and your partner if you really want them.

Something like cake may seem insignificant if you both don’t eat it, or do you even want a wedding party? Do you want it to be a simple ceremony? By nailing down exactly what you want out of your big day gives you the opportunity to budget more effectively.

We ended up changing our budget quite a few times  because we had to get real about how much this stuff cost. I’m constantly torn between, “you only get married once!” and “it’s just one day!”.

Stresszilla? Calm Your Anxiety During Your Wedding Planning | UK Lifestyle Blog

Practice being calm

Stress is something that builds up over time, and it gets to the point where you can’t handle it. So, by practising being calm, you will be able to cope with the pressures that come your way. You can practice breathing exercises like box breathing, or you can learn to relax better, or just take time away from the wedding planning.

Do whatever works for you, it’s important to practice the art of being calm.

Personally, treating myself to a massage and having lunch with my best friend usually does the trick. We then talk about how incredible the hen do is going to be, and then hooray, the wedding!! It’s an exciting time – you shouldn’t feel like the stress is taking over your life.

Keep your perspective

If you’re spending a lot of time stressing out about big and little problems, you need to bring it back to the reasons why you’re doing this. Ultimately, it is you and your partner, and the wedding ceremony is only going to be one day. A lot of couples break up during wedding planning (crazy, I know! I feel like it’s only bought me and S closer together). But hey, if anxiety is something that gets the better of you and your partner, it’s important to go back to the basics and remember why you are doing this in the first place.

There’s been a few times, especially at the beginning stage of planning (when we were just finding out how much everything cost), we just wished we eloped. We couldn’t do that to our families though, it means so much to them to be a part of our big day. Now the majority of the wedding is planned, we can relax a little and wouldn’t have it any other way, and we’re SO excited about splashing out on some luxuries.

Anxiety is more than amplified when planning your big day. It is important for you to understand how you react to stress, but also control the circumstances to minimise this stress. Of course, when it comes to wedding planning, there are things out of your control, and if this is the root of your anxieties, then it’s time to let this go. At the end of the day, it is just a day, so don’t stress out – enjoy it!

2018-06-04T01:28:31+00:00 May 24, 2018|Weddings|
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