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About Sheila Thomas

Hi, My name is Sheila and I am the Living Smart Girl. My goal is to bring everyone the latest and greatest tips and advice on fitness, healthy choices, recipes, shopping, beauty, home and garden, family and parenting, daily deals, travel, and so much more. I love fitness, but life is more than just exercise and when you visit Living Smart Girl you can connect the dots and live a well rounded life ~ the Living Smart way :)

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Do You Have Digestive Balance and Healthy Gut Flora ?


Nature Made Digestive Probiotics

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Are you reading my title and sitting there trying to think, Hmm.. Do I have digestive balance and healthy gut flora.  Or, are you asking yourself, what is that and what is she talking about now?  Either way, I am so glad you are here and I can explain what my title means and why digestive balance and healthy gut flora are so important to everyone.   I know I have it, and I have great probiotics to keep me on the right track, thanks to Nature Made.  I need a probiotic that is a dual action to help my small intestine and large intestine. One that works naturally to help relieve occasional gas, bloating and abdominal discomfort in my small intestine and constipation and irregularity in my large intestine.   With 2 stains of probiotics, I am covered for my digestive balance and healthy gut flora.  And, the Nature Made® Digestive Probiotics have no dairy, are gluten free and 100% vegetarian.

Nature Made® is the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for many key dietary supplement categories*.  That is why it is the brand I choose to use every single day and am glad my local Walmart carries them because as much as I shop there, I never worry about running out of my probiotics, or anything for that matter.  And all my Nature Made® items at Walmart have everyday low prices so there is no need to ever wait for a sale.  I have to say though, they keep these probiotics pretty well hidden and I looked for 30 minutes and finally had to ask for help, and my help even had a hard time finding them. Might be just my store, as other stuff is easy to find but these just were in a funky place on the shelf.

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Is Women’s Health Important to You?


Disclosure  ~ This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Single Edition Media.  #BabbleBoxxWomen  #Ad

Is women’s health important to you?  Well, it you said yes, you win a gold star!  If you said no.. then you win a spanking!! Be waiting by your door at noon tomorrow and I will be there to deliver a spanking, and then a hug and words of encouragement and love because you my dear, and all women out there, are very important and taking care of your health is top priority!  If you are not healthy, that is when other things fall to the wayside.

This months BabbleBoxx was filled with all kinds of things to help us women take care of ourselves in a few different ways.   There are many things we can do daily, like eating healthy, exercise, meditate, use great skincare products, have rewarding sex, take time out for just ourselves and always tell ourselves we matter and are amazing women.  Did you know October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  That also means grab those “girls” and give them a little massage once a week so you can keep yourself safe. If ever you notice anything odd, get to the Dr. and take care of your health.  I was so excited to see all the goodies in this box.  Check out all the goodies I got, and what I think of them.


Dermae Firming DMAE Eye Lift & Firming DMAE Moisturizer

2 great products from a great company!  This product actually started out in a health food store in Southern California because they are natural skin care products.   Because of it’s great results, the buzz caught on and now it is sold in many places.  With the right combination of vitamins and nutrients, this is a for sure good, clean, hydration for your skin. The Firming DMAE Eye Lift works by applying a pearl sized amount to your finger and gently patting around your entire eye area, and can be used alone or under makeup.  The more you use it the more you will see that this pro-collagen and pro-elastin blend leaves your delicate eye area firmer, smoother and younger looking.  The Firming DMAE Moisturizer is also great.  Apply a layer to your clean face and neck, every morning and night. You can also use this alone or under your makeup.  If you are looking for a visibly firm look and lift in the face or neck you will for sure love this product.   I love skin firming products but I also love my Mother in Law and being that she is on a fixed income she can’t always buy herself skin care products so I handed this to her.  She was thrilled and has been using it daily, and said she is in love!!  She is 72 and looks 55.  She loves to use anti-aging products, and so I spoil her from time to time with them.  A spicy little red head that refuses to let the years weigh her down.  I say… good for her!   You can find Derma E on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



Viviscal Extra Strength for Strong, Healthy Hair

I am not at the age yet, or have I experienced any hair loss.  Sometimes I wish I had hair loss, only because my hair is so thick. But, honestly, I wouldn’t wish hair loss on anyone, especially women.  It can be very embarrassing and many women, even though we might not realize it, are dealing with it every day.  Viviscal is the #1 hair growth supplement on the market today.  Viviscal Extra Strength is scientifically formulated to nourish hair from the inside out with it’s clinically proven marine complex, AminoMar.  Promoting thicker, fuller hair and reducing the hair shedding in women of all hair types, and 100% drug free is why celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Karlie Kloss, Reese Witherspoon and Miley Cyrus use this miracle supplement to take their hair growth to a new level.  You take Viviscal 2 times a day (once in morning and once at night) with food and water.   You can start to see results in approximately 3-6 months and at that time can reduce the intake to 1-2 tablets daily.   Find Viviscal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.





Spire Wearable Wellness & Activity Tracker

Every where you look now days it seems people are tracking their fitness on their phones, iPads, tablets, etc., using some apps or wearable devices.  Well, this is something totally different from what you are used to seeing.   This cute little device is to track your mindfulness, stress management and activity.  The Spire is so unique and I feel everyone needs one.   Helping you to become a calmer and more focuses person or even a more active person, the Spire will alert users in-the-moment and suggest breathing exercises and mediation to help you to a more mindful behavior.  The Spire PLATFORM will learn to anticipate things like, stressful events, before they are likely to happen and will alert you with kind of a game plan. like, actionable insights on how to prepare and experience more calm in your life.  This cool little wellness and activity tracker is also integrated with the Apple Health App and will work with an Apple watch, and an Android App is also now available.  Take $10 off when you purchase your Spire here. (Discount applied at checkout).   Also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.




Fiera by Nuelle

I know for many writers in my line of business, talking about what goes on in the bedroom is a huge taboo.  Well, I am an open book and if you read my blog you will know that.  Better yet, if you follow me on any of my social channels or are persona friends with me on FB, you will know that I am pretty much open about everything in my life.  My husband and I have been together for 22 years, and we still enjoy our “bedroom” time very much.  I can admit that the older we get and the busier life gets, the “bedroom” time sometimes is less and less, but when we have it, it’s mind blowing!!  But, aside from our together time, I am a firm believer in a woman having alone time, to explore and learn about her body and what makes her feel good.  In doing so, it can make her time with a partner that much more intense and satisfying.   This little amazing product, called the Fiera, is used for a few minutes before sex to help get your mind and body ready for what’s to come.  Using it with your partner or even before your partner joins you can get you or the both of you, ready for a physical, mental and emotion connection.  This Fiera is small, fast acting and hands-free.  Use it for 5-15 minutes and then remove and prepare yourself for whatever might be in store.   I have a high sex drive, and my imagination can be very wild, and my husband loves my wild and crazy side.  Wanna try this little device for yourself?  Take 10% off using code Babble, at time of purchase.   Check them out on Facebook, Twitter and their other Twitter too.


All in all I loved my BabbleBoxx this October. Lots of goodies for me, and some to share with others.   BabbleBoxx gives me the opportunity to try products I might not be aware of, or ever thought of buying for myself, I say Thanks 🙂




The Rise of Eco-Friendly Household Products



You check the ingredients labels on the food you buy to ensure that you’re providing your family with healthy, safe options. The same thought process should apply when you buy household cleaners, right? Unfortunately, federal regulations governing chemicals that brands are allowed to use in cleaning products are outdated and weak. What’s worse, makers of cleaning products can legally refrain from disclosing everything that’s in their products. You can read ingredients labels all you want, but you likely won’t get the information you really need.

Some chemicals can be very harmful to human health and to the environment, so you will want to avoid them as much as possible. To do that, you’ll have to conduct extra research on your own behalf to find out which cleaning products are sustainable and safe. One of the ways you can do this is by researching companies to find out which ones are reputable and which ones are not. When Amway, for example, introduced its first original product in 1959, it offered a biodegradable, organic cleaner. Since then, through much expansion and far more product offerings, Amway has maintained its commitment to sustainability and healthy living.

But remember that looking for the word “green” on a label isn’t enough. If enough people start buying better products, consumers can send a message to the government and to the cleaning industry — they want safe, sustainable products. Check out the following infographic to learn more about how to research cleaning products and switch to a more sustainable lifestyle.


Helping Your Daughter Choose the Right Softball Bat

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Whether your daughter is just starting out in softball or she’s been hitting the field for a few years, there’s no overstating the importance of outfitting her with the right softball bat. A bat is a softball player’s third arm, and making sure she has all she needs to find success on the softball field will help her stay focused and committed to furthering her hitting skills. Before heading out and buying a new softball bat, take these tips and strategies into consideration.

Fast-pitch versus Slow-pitch

It’s also important to take the type of softball she plays into consideration. The bats for slowpitch and fastpitch softball are created differently.


  • Slowpitch softball bats


All slowpitch bats come with a 2 ¼-inch barrel diameter. Generally, they weight anywhere from 26 ounces to 36 ounces. Slowpitch softball bats are designed in two specific weight classes: balanced and end loaded. Players that want to swing the bat as quickly as possible generally prefer the balanced model. Balanced models provide a bit more control and can result in a smoother swing. Because the weight is distributed evenly through the bat, the bats can be swung at a quicker speed.

On the other hand, a softball player that already boasts a fast swing speed can benefit from an end loaded model. In an end loaded bat, more of the weight is oriented toward the barrel. When this weight distribution is combined with a fast swing, the bat can hit the ball to further distances. If your daughter is a power hitter, she’ll likely prefer an end loaded bat.

To find out what your daughter prefers, you may want to have her try both models at the batting cages. Worried about cost? Check out LivingSocial before heading out. You’ll often find a variety of deals on local batting cages, so she can get the practice she needs without you burning through your wallet to do so—after all, you’ll want to save money for the bat she decides on! After practicing for a bit with both styles, she’ll be able to tell which feels better, and you’ll be able to see the results firsthand.


  • Fastpitch softball bats


The length of a fastpitch softball bat depends on your daughter’s age. They can range between 26 to 32 inches for youth softball players, and 30 to 34 inches for high school players. Generally, it’s important to have your child swing the bat a few times and see what feels most comfortable. You can also measure from the center of their chest to the tip of their index finger.

Following Regulations

You’ll also need to be sure whichever softball bat you buy is approved under the regulations in your daughter’s league. ASA is generally considered to be the most highly-regulated association, and they enforce the strictest guidelines for bats. If you buy a bat with an ASA stamp, it’s safe to say the bat will be approved for most other leagues and associations.

Metal versus Wood

When it comes to bat material, you’ll first choose between wooden and non-wooden bats. Generally, wood is used during practice, tournaments, and of course by the professionals you watch on your television screen. Otherwise, metal bats tend to be more popular.

Metal bats are generally easier to swing, weigh less, cannot break, and give your child’s hit a bit more power. However, metal bats can mask poor technique, and make it harder for your daughter to hone her hitting skills. You may elect to grab her a wooden bat for training, as these bats can help her understand how to best make contact with the ball, and give her better balance. Once she’s perfected her hitting with a wooden bat however, she’s bound to bring more power to her swing with a metal or composite option.

Taking Cost into Consideration

Youth sports are expensive. Softball bats can cost an arm and a leg, and if you’re looking to get your daughter a top-of-the-line bat for this softball season, you could be paying a lot more than anticipated. Look to the Internet to save money. E-commerce stores are almost always cheaper than local sporting goods stores when it comes to equipment. Look at the collection of fastpitch and slowpitch softball bats at Baseball Monkey or use local selling listing sites like Oodle to find gently-used equipment other parents may be looking to sell.

Set your daughter up for softball success by finding the perfect bat, and keep these tips in mind as you begin your search.

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Why Diamond Certificates Matter When Buying Diamond Jewellery



No matter where you live in the world, no matter what primary language you speak, there is a universal gem valued, admired and treasured worldwide – diamonds.  Whether diamonds are set in earrings, a necklace or brooch, they are also heirloom quality currency. The monetary value of diamonds has continually risen, even when other collectibles or keepsakes have lost financial lustre.

It’s important, therefore, to ensure the business or agency in which you entrust your diamond(s) purchases be reputable. Always research. Thankfully, the advent of the Internet rendered reviews and research easier. For example, see the elegant collections from Diamonds for Less in Toronto, Canada and be stunned by the jewellery they can offer.

Most people are familiar with the important “Cs” of diamonds. You most often hear four or five “Cs,” but we’re going to share with you another, very important “C” – think of it as the silent “C,” much in the way Pete Best was the fifth Beetle: Certification.  Diamond certificates often accompany the best quality diamonds.

Before we examine the different types of certification, let’s revisit the better-known “Cs”:

Colour – All diamonds are graded by colour, and when we refer to “color,” we mean that the absence of color in a diamond indicates and increases its value. The best grade (unlike the one at school) is a Grade D diamond, which indicates a colorless (the best) diamond. It takes a trained eye to distinguish between the grades, which go all the way to Z.

Clarity – This refers to the number of occlusions, as well as the diamonds’ size, nature and location. You’ll hear diamonds described as:

  • flawless
  • internally flawless
  • very very slightly included (VVS1, VVS2)
  • very slightly included (VS1, VS2)
  • slightly included (SI1, SI2)
  • included (I1, I2, I3)

Carat – The diamond’s weight

Cut – Determines the diamond’s radiance, and from the hand of a master diamond craftsman. The brilliance (the shine, the radiance) of a diamond greatly depends on the cut and how artfully the diamond has been cut, whether in round brilliant, princess, emerald, asscher, pear, radiant, oval, cushion, heart, marquise, or trillion.

Cost – Sometimes, “cost” is included as one of the “Cs” and, indeed, the price of a diamond has tremendous relevance, unless if you are someone for whom money means little. Diamonds are most associated with diamond engagement rings and, it’s important to note that most of those who are buying them are likely to be budget conscious. “Cost” is a very viable “C”.

Lastly, we come to the fifth or sixth “C” and that is:

Certification – Experience and technology combine for a diamond to receive certification. A certificate is a reassurance of quality and isn’t just a piece of paper resembling a diploma. In fact, a certification is a detailed diamond quality report conducted by an accredited gemological laboratory. Depending on the organization, there are several different categories assessed.

There are a select few respected certifiers and these include:

Hoge Raad Voor Diamant or HRD – These are well-regarded certificates, but are only offered in Belgium and are rarely found outside of that European country.

You may have already heard of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). This non-profit organization has two locations, including its headquarters in the United States (in Carlsbad, California, between Los Angeles and San Diego).

The European Gemological Laboratory (EGL) features nine independently owned companies.

These are located in:

  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Belgium
  • South Africa
  • France
  • Israel
  • Great Britain
  • South Korea
  • Canada

Lastly, there is the International Gemological Institute (IGI). The IGI and the EGL provide additional information from the previous two, on pavilion and crown angles.

The article “Grading the Graders,” offers up a site dedicated to diamonds looks into certification.

Now that you know why diamond certifications matter, always make sure that the jewellery you buy comes with a diamond certification to ensure its quality and to get the most out of the money you spent.




Vita – Vegan | 4 Ways to Balance Your Body When Going Green



So, you’ve made the decision to switch to a plant based diet, congratulations!


The choice to cease the consumption of all animal by-products is a big step, one that animals and the environment will one day be thankful for. For now however, you need to focus on how to keep yourself healthy, and not fall behind on your health.

A good place to start would be to check out stores such as Mr. Vitamins, where you can find supplements to help balance out what you’re taking out. However, to make things a little easier for you, here are 4 ways you can balance your body when going green.


Research Your Food


It is important when making such a huge change, such as veganism, that you research all the food you are going to need to be eating more and less of. When people think about vegans their first reaction is always about what they eat, however, eating vegan isn’t just about removing the meat and dairy from traditional meals. It is a process that involves replacing animal products with different foods to replace what you will be losing. Vegans and vegetarians have their own food pyramid separate from the traditional one, which works as a guide to show you what you should and should not be eating a lot of.


It is also important to realise that a vegan diet does not necessarily mean it’s a healthy diet. Try staying away from mock meats which use processed soy and fake cheeses, and instead get creative with recipes that contain mostly vegetables. You can make cheese substitutes using nuts and nutritional yeast, which is high in B12.


See Your Doctor


When making this shift you should go see your doctor to get a blood test, to see if you’re lacking in any vitamins or nutrients. This can help you find out if you have any deficiencies so that you can plan your meals to make sure you get enough of what you’re lacking.


A lot of people, vegans included, suffer from a lack of vitamin B12, a vitamin that assists with brain and nervous system functioning and the forming of red blood cells. Some symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency include loss of focus, energy, and shortness of breath.




It’s easy to fall into the trap of the delicious faux meats and cheeses, especially if you’re just beginning your vegan journey. Try to look at these foods as junk as they are mostly made from processed soy, and should be enjoyed as a treat rather than an all-out replacement for meat.


You should look into vegetables that work as a substitute for meat when it comes to things such as protein and iron. Be sure to incorporate natural foods high in protein and iron as a replacement for meat, and get creative with how you use these foods in your meals!


Take It Slow


Going vegan is a massive change in diet, especially if you’re considering it whilst still eating meat. Try going vegetarian first, cutting out all the meat and dairy products at your own pace. It’s not a race, and your body will need time to adjust to the new alterations. Keep your doctor’s visits regular if you have any issues, and try to keep your diet as natural and high in vegetables as possible.


Remember, while a fast change may seem alluring, take it at your own pace. Soon you will start to see all the benefits of adopting a cruelty free lifestyle; and your body will start to thank you. Remember to get creative with food so you don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything, and to stay healthy throughout this process.


Elevating Your Online Dating to a Higher Standards



Long gone are the days when the main candidates for online dating were considered to be gamers or kids from high schools desperate to find a couple in the real world. Today the situation changed dramatically: just look through the online dating sites and you will be surprised how many great people are there and how many aspects of it is not used to get the best possible experience. Here are some tips that will help you to find a perfect match and have a great time there!


  1. Do not pretend to be a person you are not. It is obvious that no one here is going to create a fake account as Brad Pitt, however, using a 10 years old or heavily retouched profile photo is cheating as well as mentioning of the interests you actually do not have. This may result in a disappointment of your date or you falling into awkward situation. Just look through the respectful sites like Kovla: there you will find profiles of real people only and all photos of the profiles are real and up-to-date.
  2. Give information about yourself. No one is asking to share your address or the number of certificate of insurance. However, posting a profile picture, filling in fields about your hobbies and interests is a must (of course, if you want to impress beautiful ukrainian girls dating on the site).
  3. Work on your profile. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, you know that. And your profile is like the first eye contact in the crowd. Get the most of it: place there professional photos that highlight your strong points, write something catching about yourself – give a chance for others to know you better.
  4. Be a responsible online citizen. Any girl, no matter, Ukrainian, American or Chinese, won’t like receiving harassing, offensive or awkwardly sexual messages. Do not visit a profile of a girl you like 10 times a day saying nothing – that’s creepy. It is a decency to answer a message if someone has mailed you (of course, if the message is not offensive or sexually-charged).
  5. Check your messages for mistakes. Error-free message is your brans identity as not many people would love to correspond with a person whose messages literally hurt their eyes. Proper English is a must, when you are mailing a girl who is not a native English speaker, otherwise, you will face a risk of being not understood.
  6. Online dating site is not a site where all users are searching for a sexual contact and eagerly answer “Yes, I do!” to a question “Do you want to have sex with me?” in the first message. Forget about such approach to online dating.



Prisoner’s Dilemma | Learning to Coexist With Roommates



Everyone reaches a point in their life where it’s time for them to take the next step and move out of home. There are so many options for people looking to leave the nest, whether you’re checking out a real estate agent, or simply rounding up a group of friends to begin a share house, the possibilities are endless. I came up with Marshall White property management in Brighton when looking for a place to call my own, but there’s a wide variety of options for those hoping to start their journey. For those of you who are considering joining a share house with friends, or even strangers, here’s a list ways you can learn to coexist with your new housemates.


Do Your Share


In a share house, it’s important to keep on top of your side of any household chores you may split between you. It’s not fun for anyone if someone forgets, or just simply doesn’t, put in their share of the work and leaves it for someone else. This also includes doing your own dishes once you’re done and picking up any rubbish, clothes, towels, etc, that you may leave behind after you.


Don’t Be Obnoxious


If you’re living in a share house, chances are your rooms are probably going to be really close together, which makes it pretty hard to block out loud noises coming from the neighboring room. Try to keep any music or movies to a moderate level, and try to keep the yelling down if you have friends over, especially late at night when your house mates have work in the morning.




Unless told otherwise, do not eat your housemates food without being given permission.

There is nothing worse than thinking about some great leftovers you have in the fridge all day only to come home after a long shift to find your housemate has eaten them. Don’t get me wrong, sharing is caring, but in this instance, it’s always best to ask for permission, or simply leave what you know is not yours where it is.


Hang out


Living with other people is a great way to stay social. Sure you all have your own lives, and once you’re in your room that’s your space to be alone. However, you all share a house together, so why not hang out once in awhile? Chatting over dinner, board game or TV nights can be a great way to stay engaged with your housemates, and even make new friends with them.

After all, you all live under the same roof, it couldn’t hurt to get along.


Make Sure You’re Not Opposites


If you’re not moving in with people you already know, it’s obviously going to be hard to get to know people extremely well before moving in with them. That being said, when you first meet up try to make sure that they’re not the exact opposite of you. If one of is a hard working professional who likes to keep everything neat and quiet, but has decided to move in with a musician bartender who works crazy hours and has band prac in the back yard, things probably aren’t going to work out. Try to find people similar to you so you have a harmonious life in your new house.


With all of that said, moving out into a share house is a really fun and exciting experience. You get to meet new people and be introduced to new things, and if you’re a good housemate then your other housemates will be good in return. Just try to have fun with them, after all, you’re all living under the same roof, couldn’t hurt to have a good time together once in awhile. Have a great time!


5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Bathroom Sparkling Clean



The first thing with any bathroom is keeping it clean and sparkling. There’s nothing more uninviting than a dirty and unkempt shower unit. Whether or not you’re using DIY shower cleaning kits to finish the job, or you’re getting in outside help, there’s always actions you can take yourself to get the task done.


  1. First thing with any wet-room is maintaining the floor area and keeping it fresh after any shower. Usually, a simple disinfectant spray can finish the job, but what about those more stubborn messes? Leaving some non-generic professional bleach to soak in may do the trick for a while, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. This is where a wallpaper steamer could come in handy. Just make sure to only use the hosing nozzle to blast at it, as placing it directly on the tiling could permanently tarnish it. Also, be sure to keep your hands safe at all times.


  1. Having a giant squeegee to scrape across the entire floor can come in useful after any shower. Not allowing mildew and residue build up is essential and this can be an effective way of tackling it early on. A squeegee also works as a great time-saving device when cleaning any floor in an efficient manner. Always make sure to wipe the squeegee itself down after use as well, as it can also become encrusted over time too.


  1. A good mop is another factor when getting stuck into any built up grease. Using a rag mop is best, as sponges tend to disintegrate quickly, especially when cleaning textured floors, as they break-up over it leaving pieces strewn behind and, ultimately, more mess to clean. With a rag you can lightly mop the area before drying any grooves and corners with a towel afterwards, to prevent dirty water building up again.


  1. One easy method for creating your own DIY shower kits is to be inventive. For non-chrome shower heads, filling a bag with lemon juice and placing them in it overnight can really leave them sparkling. Another tip for avoiding any hard-water stains or build-up is concocting a diluted vinegar solution, or even simply flat Cola. Using a water filter on the faucets can also help to keep the water clear. Keeping limescale down is always important though, as it can really leave a stain over time, so an effective spray or solution is essential in the continual fight against residue.


  1. One major feature of the wet-room is the plughole, which is situated directly on the floor and, therefore, needs constant maintenance to keep it free from any blockages. Whilst filters may help ease this somewhat, they don’t always catch everything and sometimes further action is required. All that hair and soap is difficult to get rid of, especially when it’s become all entangled and is difficult to prize out. This is why it’s essential when maintaining any wet-room to clean it out with both bleach and boiling water, even if it doesn’t seem like anything’s there at the time. You should then save yourself any unnecessary and potentially expensive calls to the plumber in the future.


With a simple-to-follow cleaning regime set in place, it’s easy to keep your wet-room sparkling clean and in top shape. Creating and using your own DIY shower cleaning kits shouldn’t be a chore when dealing with any wet-room maintenance. Just keeping up-to-date and on top of the job will ensure that your wet-room stays in immaculate and pristine condition for a long time to come.

8 essential items you’ll probably forget when you move out for the first time



Moving out of home for the first time, whether it is right after University or once you get your first full-time job can be one of the most exciting and exhilarating times of your life. With your new found freedom, the world is your oyster! So you have found an apartment, you’ve signed the lease, and you have paid your bond. Congratulations, you’re now all ready to move into your first new home! Except, wait a minute, you’re not! You will probably forget these 8 essential items when you move out for the first time, but here is a handy list that will remind you of everything you need for your first big move!



  • A Well Equipped Toolbox



Now that Mum and Dad are no longer in the household to fix the annoying little things that always go wrong in any household, it is time to ensure you have a well equipped toolbox. You can purchase a basic tool set just about anywhere – even at Ikea. Make sure you have all the essentials such as a hammer, flathead and Philips screwdriver, measuring tape, level, nails, and screws. These things will come in handy when building furniture or just fixing little things around the house like holes in plaster walls.


  1.   A Sturdy Torch


Most of us think we no longer need torches since most of our phones come equipped with a little torch on it these days. Unfortunately, a phone torch just doesn’t cut it should a power outage occur. Choose an LED Torch to keep in your arsenal as they are rechargeable, high performance and high quality. Say goodbye to lighting candles around the house when the power goes out!


  1.     Coffee And Side Tables


As refined as most of us like to seem, everyone can admit to often having dinner on the couch in front of the television, so it is helpful to have something to put your plate, drinks and chips on whilst binge watching a series on Netflix. Coffee and side tables don’t have to be expensive, and there are a wide variety of affordable ones available at stores such as Ikea.


  1.  Bed Frame


A lot of young people are guilty of moving out and just placing a mattress on their bedroom floor instead of investing in a good bed frame. Whilst a bed frame may seem unnecessary, it is actually quite crucial to ensure that your mattress can breathe. If any moisture is trapped under your mattress on the floor, you’re just asking for a nasty case of mouldy carpet – something you definitely do not need in your new home!

  1.       Cleaning Supplies


Now that you are in charge of your own space, it also means that cleaning is a routine job that you will have to do at least a few times a week. Make sure that you have a wide variety of cleaning products in your home as you don’t want to mix up the products used for wood surfaces, glass and kitchen tabletops. Make sure you stock up on some microfiber cloths, glass cleaner, non-toxic kitchen table top cleaner, laundry powder, toilet cleaner, toilet brushes, dish washing liquid and at least a broom and dustpan if you don’t want to splash out on a vacuum cleaner.


  1.   First Aid Kit


It is really important to have a well stocked First Aid Kit in your new home so that you can deal with minor accidents and injuries that may occur. Always keep your First Aid Kit in a cool and dry place, away from any pets or children. You should always have plasters, gauze, dressing, gloves, antiseptic cream, sticky tape, a thermometer, painkillers and a few other essentials in your kit. This will keep you well prepared for any little disasters that may happen, whether it be an accident on your finger with a kitchen knife or just a scratch from your new pet cat!


  1.   A Good Set Of Dinnerware And Silverware


Whilst there is no need to splash out on fine China or gold plated forks and knives, it is always good to make sure you have a good set of dining and silverware for your new home. A nice, inexpensive, and matching set of plates, bowls and glasses is a great start. When it comes to silverware, purchase ones of decent quality (not the cheap ones that even a child could bend) and have enough for at least 4 people in case you choose to entertain or throw a dinner party at some point of time.


  1.     Extension Cords


Let’s face it – most homes do not come equipped with as many power points as we would ideally like. This is why extension cords are so handy – you can attach them to sockets that may be in inconvenient places such as behind the sofa and extend them out so that you can easily charge your laptop or phone on your coffee table. Extension cords are also great for the kitchen area where you may sometimes want to use both the toaster, blender and kettle at the same time but may not have enough electrical outlets to accommodate them all at the same time!




There you have it, 8 essential items that you most definitely do not want to forget when you move out of home for the first time! With a little planning and organization, you’ll be enjoying your fully equipped new home in no time. Although moving out is sometimes stressful, keeping everything in check will definitely take the stress out of a very exciting time in your life!


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