How to Spend Money on Improving Your Home the Sensible Way

If the time has come for you to improve your home and take it to that next level, you should start to think about what those improvements should be and how they should be approached. Many people simply rush in and then make big mistakes. It’s instead much wiser to spend money the sensible way and make sure that the home improvements you carry out really are the right ones. Here’s how you can do that.

Don’t Take on Too Much at Once

Taking on too much at once is the number one sin when it comes to carrying out home improvements. It can lead to half a dozen half-finished jobs and nothing much more to show for it. To make sure you get things done and follow them through to their conclusions, you should try to only take on one project at a time. It’ll be much more sustainable in the long-term.

Choose Upgrades That Add Value

When choosing which upgrades you should carry out in your home, you should focus on the ones that you really and truly believe will add some value to your home. If they don’t add that value, they aren’t worth your time or energy. You should think about what improves the home in an objective way, not just in your personal and subjective view of things.

If You’re Unsure, Hire Help

If you’re not sure of which route to take forward or how to carry out a particular home improvement task, you shouldn’t hesitate to seek help and get a professional to do some of the work for you. This is always the way it should be when you’re unsure of anything that might involve making mistakes that will impact your home. It’s not worth taking risks when it comes to the safety and integrity of your home.

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Read Reviews and Compare the Options

Carrying out home improvements should always involve comparing all the options and making sure you choosing the right one before pushing ahead. If you want a new water heater, for example, you should take time to find the best electric tankless water heater on the market. Read reviews and compare all the details so you know you’re choosing the right one.

Keep Functionality in Mind

The functionality of the home is something that you should always keep in mind because nothing matters more than the way you use the home and how you get the most out of it. If you can make the kinds of upgrades that make the home more functional, it’s definitely worth pushing forward with them. In the end, it’ll change how you use the home and allow you to get more out of it.

There are right ways and wrong ways to go about improving your home. If you take the wrong approach, not only will you end up throwing money away, but you won’t get the benefits of the home improvements that are truly right for you and your home. So keep in mind the points discussed here.

*this is a collaborative post

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#BEDN Day 3: Lists

I bloody love a good list. I’m always writing them and there’s nothing more satisfying then crossing items off them. I especially love making wish lists. It’s something I’ve done on this blog since the beginning and it’s the perfect way to do a bit of window shopping. I only end up buying about 5% of the things on my list so I just use them to get ideas.

So today for BEDN, I’m going to make a wishlist of random things I think are cute. Just because.

Christmas Decoration, £16 – Anthropologie

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I did it, I mentioned the C word. Not too bad considering I actually heard shops playing Christmas music already. I don’t mind seeing merchandise because I can ignore it, but music is too much. Wait a month people. So when I was in London last week I went into Anthropologie to stare at pretty things I can’t afford and this beauty caught my eye. So damn pretty!

 

Snack Boxes, £8 – Paperchase

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I love this whole range but could actually find a good use for these snack boxes. What a great way to bring healthier snacks into work. Plus they are super cute.

 

Bag, £17 – The Disney Store

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It’s a butterfly from Alice in Wonderland. I love how random and weird and cool this bag is.

 

Earrings, £15 – Accessorize

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I recently lost one of my earrings that I have been living in for the past few months so am on the hunt for some replacements. These are lovely and simple.

 

Jumper, £12.99 – New Look

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It’s definitely jumper weather right now so any excuse to put on more layers is fine in my eyes. I love this colour block one – it would be great to wear on a day out with my jeggings and ankle boots.

So there you go. A list of five things i think are cool. I always find it interesting reading other people’s wish lists. As well as watching haul videos on Youtube. It’s just like window shopping. So much cheaper than real shopping!

What are your favourite kind of lists to make?

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#BEDN Day 2: Travel

#BEDN Day 2: Travel

Travel is a big part of my life and I consider myself very lucky to have visited over 30 countries in my 30 years on this planet. One of the places I’ve visited the most over the years is Amman, Jordan. I’m half Arab and have a rather large family that resides there so every year I go to visit.

This year was a bit different. Topher was doing all the touristy things for the first time (his third trip to Amman itself) and also his sister Emma was coming for the very first time. We had a blast and I wrote about all our touristy travel adventures here:

The Dead Sea

Wadi Rum

Petra

So this is the final instalment of our general wanderings in the city of Amman itself. Jordan may not be at the top of your travel bucket list but it’s definitely somewhere you should consider visiting once in your life.

The Boulevard

Arabs love their shopping malls. So we tend to go to a lot of the ones Amman has to offer. I remember when the first one was built when I was a teen. My cousin and I loved shopping and used to go all the time when I visited. The Boulevard is an outdoor shopping street which is very pretty and always has something going on. Plus this time I noticed loads of street art has popped up since I was last here.

amman - the boulevard

Taj Mall

This is our local mall and has everything we need including a cinema. How cool is this back to school display?

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Amman Citadel

When you think of the Middle East, you don’t tend to think about the Romans but they were definitely here!

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amman - city view

Somewhere downtown

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Definitely downtown

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I’m seeing more and more tourists in the past few years and it’s pretty cool to see. I don’t tend to venture downtown much as I spend a lot of time with my family but it was nice to have a wander this year.

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The instagrammer in me was very excited to see these colourful steps!

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On our first night we went to a concert in the Roman amphitheatre which was really awesome. Literally sitting in history.

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Next year will be the first year I won’t be able to go so bring on 2020!

Where’s your favourite place to travel?

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#BEDN Day 1: Something New and Personal

#BEDN Day 1: Something New and Personal

Hello to another new month. I’ve decided to take part in #BEDN which is Blog Every Day in November. It’s only been just over a month since I last posted but it feels like so much longer. I’ve been a rut. A blogging rut. I’ve been on a bit of a break since I got my office job back at the end of May. I was just so exhausted from writing and fully lost my mojo for a bit there. Even though I’ve had plenty of things to write about, I just avoided the whole thing completely.

So here I am, taking a challenge and doing the opposite of what I did for this blog in October. Instead of not blogging at all for a month, I’m going to be blogging every day. I’m interested to see if I’ve still got it – by getting back to basics and just writing for the sake of writing.

Onto today’s subject – something new and personal. 

To any new readers; hello there. I’m Diane. Awkwardly waves. I’m 30, married to my best friend who live with in Manchester with our two cats. Since I was a child I was used to moving house a lot (25 times to be precise) but as of 2016, I bought my first home and am staying put.

To my older readers; thanks for sticking around. I am still here.

So something new. A lot of things really are new in my life. The main thing being that after two and a half years of being self employed, I jumped back into full time employment. It was just the kick I needed after a few months of my mental health taking a nosedive. Is that personal enough for you? Awesome, both boxes ticked.

It’s been great for me to be back in a routine. Especially one that forces me to get out of bed in the morning. The job itself is mentally interesting enough that I’m not bored but not so full on that I get too stressed. It’s a perfect balance. Also it’s been so nice to have a steady pay check. My husband Topher and I have been able to replace so many things in the house that were on their last legs as well as have nice meals out and save up for holidays. Oh and have savings for the first time in multiple years!

Anyway that’s enough rambling today. Are you taking part in BEDN – say hi in the comments!

Let’s do this November.

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Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

Last stop on our tourist jaunt down south in Jordan; Petra. I’ve done a photo diary of Petra the last time I went which you can check out here. To be honest the quality of the photos is a hell of a lot better in that one. Probably because I wasn’t slowly melting in the August sunshine that time. I mean, I actually wore jeans back then. So top tip: go in April or at least avoid the summer unless you enjoy finding out the temperature when you start cooking.

If you can only go in the summer then at least go in the morning. We finished about lunchtime and to my horror I saw loads of American tour groups just starting their trek. Good luck guys.

So we arrived at Petra around midday where we took full advantage of the hotel. We stayed at the Petra Marriott and had a swim and a sleep before having a traditional bedouin dinner and watching the sunset.

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Petra - sunset

So you may be thinking the evening was over but it was then time to head out again. Petra now offers a chance to see The treasury portion of this wonder of the world at night. It’s ticket only and they are limited. You gather at the entry gate and all then follow a guide to get to the treasury.

Petra - lanterns

We were advised to hang back and let the initial crowd go first by someone at the entrance but we disregarded it and stayed very near the front of it. And I’m glad we did because we got a chance to take photos before there were too many people. Plus large groups of tourists have an annoying habit of never turning the flash off on their cameras. So much flash photography!

Anyway, the photo above is before the swarms arrived and the ones below are when they ran out of room and had to seat people between the lanterns in front of us.

Petra - night time

We were waiting for awhile and I’m not sure exactly what we were waiting for – we thought a show? Turned out it wasn’t much of a show. A man played a flute and then told a very short story about the history of Petra. We did get some bedouin tea though. I think the whole thing could have been organised a lot better. And the £17 aprox price tag per person is pretty steep for what you got as it’s not included in your regular Petra ticket price. If you want to see the treasury at night then it’s worth it – just make sure you have a good camera and stay near the front of the crowd!

Petra - purple night

Anyway it was a fun little outing and we had to head to bed so we could wake up refreshed to see all of Petra in the daylight hours.

After a very filling hotel breakfast we checked out of our hotel and set off to the Petra welcome centre. As I said in my previous post about Petra, the main trail is about a 3 mile walk so we came prepared. Comfy shoes, giant obnoxious sunhats for Emma and I, while the others opted for something a little more local. If you buy a headscarf from one of the stalls in the welcome centre, they will help you put it on in the traditional way. It made spotting Topher and my family easy in a crowd.

Petra - headscarves

I didn’t take many photos in the canyon because my camera crapped out despite having charged it the night before. Lesson learned: always bring extra batteries! I just used my phone for the rest of the day.

Petra - almost there

I love getting that first glimpse of the treasury through the gorge walls – makes you feel like you’re on an adventure!

Petra - first sight

Petra - treasury

People tend to think Petra is just the treasury section above but actually it’s massive. All the photos below are everything else you can find.

Petra - big rocks

You tend to also forget about all the Roman influence in the Middle East but here stands living proof that they were here so many years ago.

Petra - ampitheatre

It’s crazy to think that people used to live in these caves below up until the 1980s.

Petra - caves

It was so cool to walk along this Roman road.

Petra - roman road

We actually made it all the way to the end of the main trail this time. If you have more time on your hands (and less sunshine!) there are plenty of hikes you can do on this site.

Petra - temple

Absolutely shattered we made it back to the car and headed back to Amman.

Stay tuned for the next chapter in my Jordan blogs: Back in Amman: Downtown.

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