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Bleu Lavande: A Pure Lavender Line for At Home Wellness & Selfcare

Bleu Lavande: A Pure Lavender Line for At Home Wellness & Selfcare

Have there been times when you’ve found it difficult to relax, de-stress, or fall asleep? Maybe it’s because of work, or lack of work; the stressful political news, personal losses, etc. This pandemic has caused some irreparable of which nothing can be done, but there are times when we can get ourselves to a moment of calmness, relaxation, and wellness. Some of us use meditation, some use medication, and for many of us, selfcare and wellness products. Today we highlight Bleu Lavande, a line of home wellness and selfcare products made from the fully relaxing ingredient of pure lavender.

Bleu Lavande: A Pure Lavender Line for At Home Wellness & Selfcare

Lavender is well known for its therapeutic benefits known to soothe the mind, body, and soul. Bleu Lavande offers a variety of beautiful aromatic and relaxing products to tempt your senses and inspire overall wellness. Bleu Lavande’s products are free of sulfates, parabens, artificial dyes, and fragrances. All of their products feature the highest quality of true lavender essential oil, which is ISO 35135 certified (a guarantee of purity and quality). All of Bleu Lavande’s products are made with 99.5% natural origin ingredients; none of the products are tested on animals and they are proud to be certified cruelty-free by PETA.

Bleu Lavande: A Pure Lavender Line for At Home Wellness & Selfcare

We have been stressed for so many reasons, which have, in turn, affected our sleep patterns. We find that we’re up later, have difficulty relaxing to get a good night’s rest, and of course, drowsy in the morning. The Bleu Lavande products have really helped us releasing our tensions enough to relax and enjoy decent lengths of slumber. Plus, with it being really freezing outside and the inability to air out our home when cooking, we find ourselves reaching a lot for the Lavender Linen Water, $21.00. It promptly eliminates odors in fabrics, leaving everything smelling wonderfully fresh. The best part, it doesn’t take much as a little bit goes a very long way.

Bleu Lavande: A Pure Lavender Line for At Home Wellness & Selfcare

Whenever we need to relax or want a good night’s rest, the Bath Milk, $19.00, is what we reach for. We actually now only use it at night and on weekends. It is incredibly hydrating and leaves your skin feeling luxurious. We greatly appreciate the fact that this product is also formulated with sunflower oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E. These allow the Bath Milk to leave a thin nourishing layer on your skin for extreme comfort and softness. You also have the option of their Lavender Foaming Bath, $14.00, or Lavender Shower Gel, $12.00. Both are gentle and non-irritating on the skin; boast relaxing and revitalizing effects, and cleanses, softens, and revitalizes your skin. We recommend you follow with either their Body Milk, Body Butter, or Massage Oil.

Bleu Lavande: A Pure Lavender Line for At Home Wellness & Selfcare

Of course, to truly appreciate Bleu Lavande, you must try their essential oils. Along with their True Lavender Essential Oil, $16.00, a drop of which we apply to our pillow to further enjoy a restful night of sleep; they offer several other fragrances for you to enjoy. We’re at the point where the only reason we’re up late it’s because we choose to do so; not because we can’t fall asleep. If this sounds like something you need as well, we invite you to get better acquainted with this Canadian-based wellness brand.

We promise incorporating Bleu Lavande into your daily routine will make you feel like you’ve just been swept away to a beautiful lavender field with harmonious and calming aromas that titillate all five senses.

Must-Haves Kitchen Tools for Your Pandemic Needs

Must-Have Kitchen Tools for Your Pandemic Needs

If you’re like us, then the time spent in your kitchen has doubled or maybe even tripled. We can absolutely say that this pandemic has us spending much more time in the room we usually spent the least time in; much to the detriment of our refrigerator and groceries. It has also shown us that there are things we desperately needed in our kitchen. Kitchen tools that will make our pandemic lives easier.

Must-Haves Kitchen Tools for Your Pandemic Needs

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. If it wasn’t before, it certainly is now. We’re sharing kitchen tools from Ambrosia Bag, Verve Culture, and S’well that are sure to make your pandemic kitchen life a little easier. In some cases, a lot more fun.

Ambrosia Produce Bags

Ambrosia Produce Bags

We love fresh vegetables but for some reason, they seem to go bad quickly once they enter our refrigerator. Granted, it may be because we overbuy and can’t use everything all at once and we end up having to throw a lot away. Our asparagus purchase tends to suffer the most. Thankfully the Ambrosia Bag came into our lives and solved our issue. This sustainable bag is the solution to all of your food-wasting problems! Say hello to the eco-friendly fix to keeping your food fresh in the fridge. Say goodbye to the waste and guilt of spoiled fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs! These flax linen vegetables and fruit bags are a godsend to those of us who have gardens and for the rest whose fridges seem to be the place where vegetables go to die. The Ambrosia produce bags come in four varieties – Vegetable, Berry, Mushroom, and Herb. They range from $24.00 – $30.00 and can be purchased at www.ambrosiabag.com.

Tortilla Press Kit – Red Cast Iron with Servilleta

Tortilla Press Kit - Red Cast Iron with Servilleta

Everybody loves tortillas! They seem to be the perfect snack or meal. Whether you’re cooking for just yourself or feeding an entire family, nothing pleases a crowd (or a single), like a delicious tortilla; you’re probably craving one right now. Well, Verve Culture has the perfect kit for you when those tortilla cravings hit –  the Tortilla Press Kit – Red Cast Iron with Servilleta, $45.00. You are sure to wow the crowd, whether they be your family or your friends on Zoom with your street tortilla skills. Instead of searching for the perfect tortilla, you can just make them. Our favorite thing about the Verve Culture Red Cast Iron press? It’s made in Mexico from old Singer sewing machines and other recycled irons. It will last you forever and gift you with perfect tortillas every time. What’s not to love! Plus it also makes an amazing gift. Get one or more now on www.verveculture.com.

S’well Eats

Must-Haves Tools for Your Pandemic Kitchen Needs

More cooking means more leftovers. And while you can bury yourself under a cupboard full of plastic storage food containers (if you can find the covers), we’re got a more stylish alternative. Savor your leftovers the next day with S’well Eats sustainable containers and bowls. Whether working from home or on the go, these handy, insulated containers are perfect for storing food and look great in any kitchen. Available in two handy sizes, these fashionable, reusable containers are the perfect storage for both hot and cold food. These 16oz and 20oz containers keep food cold for 12 hours or hot for 7 hours. Get your favorite color and design for $40.00 – $50.00 on www.swell.com.

We’d love to hear what kitchen tools have become essential to you during this pandemic.

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

Holiday gifting can be tough. While some people may be easy to shop for, some are very hard to find gifts for. If you have blank spaces near a few names, whether they be male, female, old, or young, we have some wonderful gifts ideas to share. We’re positive this list of gifts for anyone and everyone on your list will be major hits this holiday season.

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

These are the holiday gifts that would make anyone happy to receive; no matter who they are. Cross off lots of names on your list with holiday gifts from GLO Science, Catalyst, JORD, Moen, and Time Life.

  1. GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Device Tech Kit with Bluetooth, $149.00 – if we’re all being truly honest with ourselves, we’ve all let ourselves go a bit while made to stay at home. I’m sure many of you have increased your coffee (in our case, tea) intake, and brushed your teeth less than twice daily. Thankfully you can turn that around or help someone on your Christmas list get back to normal with the smile-saving GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Device Tech Kit with Bluetooth. This clinically proven, all-in-one teeth whitening device kit combines professional-grade patented heat & light technology with specially formulated whitening gel to visibly whiten teeth without sensitivity. Whiten your teeth up to 5 shades or more from the comfort of our home with a vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free whitening gel.  The fast 8-minute applications result in a whiter, brighter, more confident smile you’ll want to show off during your video chats. We think it’s one of the top gifts for anyone. Each kit includes: GLO Heat & LED Light Mouthpiece & Storage Case, Bluetooth Power Pack w/ hands-free lanyard & garment clip, 7 Teeth Whitening GLO Vials (42 applications), GLO Lip Care, Travel Pouch, and User Manual & Shade Guide.
  2. Catalyst Total Protection Case for AirPods Pro, $49.99 – this ultimate AirPods case is waterproof up to 100m (330ft) and drop proof to 3m (10ft) so you can take your AirPods Pro anywhere without the worry. With an impact-absorbing silicone interior, and a tough washable polycarbonate exterior your case is equipped to withstand drop after drop. It’s also protected from any scratches and scrapes and has a detachable carabiner so you can easily hook it on to your belt, bag, or purse. It is fully compatible with wireless charging and provides total protection for you and your device. You can also easily wash and disinfect your case using 70% isopropyl alcohol or 70% ethanol, which significantly reduces the infectivity of enveloped viruses. As part of the Catalyst Cares program, for every Total Protection AirPods Pro case purchased until Dec 31st, 2021, Catalyst will make a $1.00 donation to the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund. Available in Army Green and Stealth Black, you can pre-order the Total Protection Case for AirPods Pro now for November 16th delivery.
  3. JORD Frankie II Wood Watch, $189.00 – The JORD Frankie collection is the best selling wood timepiece in the world. It is worn in over 140 countries worldwide and is a mainstay in the JORD watch lineup. This 45mm ultra-slim quartz minimalist watch is perfect for everyday wear. It boasts an uncomplicated, Sapphire crystal glass face that offers complete focus and a streamlined shape that offers style. The beautiful hand-finished wood exterior, which is pretreated with tung oils, is built atop steelcore™ construction of the Frankie II. This endoskeleton provides superior strength without sacrificing the natural wood visibility. Although the watches are splash-proof, they should not be submerged in water. The 2020 style has been reengineered to offer more colors, more dial designs, and more sizes (the original 45mm and a smaller 38mm). With the variety of color options, this wood watch is sure to be a big hit for holiday gifting. SAVE NOW on this unique gift by using the code mylifeonandofftheguestlist20 for 20% off the entire website!
  4. Moen Aromatherapy Handshower, $129.00 – No one can deny the benefits of taking a nice hot shower to ease the stress. It is the best way to fully luxuriate in some “me-time”. With their newest launch, Moen takes that stress release to another level. This holiday season, why not give the gift of pure relaxation with the Moen Aromatherapy Handshower with INLY™ Technology. Get ready to enjoy or give the gift of a customizable spa experience in the comfort of home. The Moen Aromatherapy Handshowers are uniquely designed with the ability to infuse spa-like essential oils directly into the water flow to create an incredible and sensory shower experience. The INLY Shower Capsules, made in France with essential oils curated by master perfumer, Jean-Charles Sommerard, slide into an infusion dial on the showerhead to allow you to select your preferred essential oil dilution setting: high, medium, low, or off.  The four spa-inspired INLY fragrances include:
    • Zen Time: With essential oils of lavender, tea tree, and vanilla
    • Energetic Morning: With essential oils of lemon, scots pine, and cistus
    • Sweet Morning: With essential oils of red berries, geranium, and vanilla
    • Tropical Day: With essential oils of lemongrass, neroli, and vanilla
  5. Saturday Night Live: The Early Years 12-DVD Collector’s Set, $99.95 – there’s nothing like the gift of laughter. Laughter is therapeutic and makes one of the greatest gifts for anyone on your list. This hilarious 12-Disc Set includes 33 complete episodes featuring all-time-classic characters like The Coneheads, John Belushi’s Samurai, Emily Litella, The Blues Brothers, and More, and features incredible guest hosts like George Carlin, Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, and Richard Pryor; and musical acts, rare behind-the-scenes footage, a 28-page collector’s book, a bonus DVD and more!

So if you have a few people on your holiday gift list you don’t know what to gift, check out our list of gifts for anyone and everyone on your list.

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards: The World’s Most Hygienic Boards

We love to cook; but a busy life of work, writing, and attending events have limited cooking to mostly weekends. Cue a global pandemic and our pots, pans, and kitchen appliances have gotten more use than ever. One kitchen item getting an insane amount of use is our cutting board. After the continuous use and washing, our previous cutting board didn’t look so appealing anymore. We began pondering just how sanitary was it in the first place. The image of micro food particles, dish soap residue, and who knows what else left behind after cleaning haunted us. The thought literally made us sick to our stomach; we needed a new cutting board. The solution came in the form of Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards.

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards are the world’s most hygienic cutting boards. In the age of Covid19, this is a must-have in your kitchen. Believe it or not, these handmade cutting boards are naturally and permanently antibacterial. Can you say the same about your cutting boards? Thanks to its unique drying process and the natural oils found in the sustainable Camphor Laurel timber, you can be assured your board will be hygienic for all foods. Made from one single slab of wood, the handcrafted boards have been extensively tested by a NATA approved laboratory for the four most common food viruses: E Coli, Salmonella, Staph, and Listeria.

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards and Grazing Platters

Tests conducted on the Fab Slabs boards showed that bacteria were unable to survive after a short time on the board. Further tests on Fab Slabs boards used domestically and commercially for the past 7-10 years showed ZERO bacteria growth. The cutting or chopping boards are milled, kiln-dried, and manufactured on the Sunshine Coast; about an hour North of Brisbane, by a family-owned and operated business.

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Grazing Platter

As you can see, these beautiful, richly toned cutting boards and grazing platters are unique in color and wood grain. They are made to last in the highest quality and durability. They are eco-friendly, will not blunt or dull your knives, and they can be personalized with laser engraving for special occasions. Our old cutting board is long gone and we feel much more relaxed knowing that our Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Board will always be antibacterial no matter how many times we use and wash it. Next time you are in your kitchen, take a good look at your cutting board and ask yourself, how clean is it?

The Fab Slabs cutting boards and grazing platters are available in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit any decor and use. You can purchase individual chopping boards and grazing platters, or chopping board packs at these following retailers: Macy’s, Amazon, Lowe’s, Overstock.com, Amazon.com, and Wayfair.

Best Seaside Motorhome Parkings in the UK

The UK is such an underrated holiday location! It has so much to offer whether you buy one of the Holiday Homes For Sale North Yorkshire, visit one of the many national parks or go to the sunny beaches on the West coast. Many people go jetting off to numerous different countries, not realising that there are perfect holiday spots right under their noses. And who says they have to stay in one place? Motorhomes make it easy for holiday goers to go to more than one place during their trip.

A summer by the sea is everyone’s idea of the perfect vacation, and if you’re traveling in your motorhome, you can get the best of both worlds. You have all the fun and excitement of the beaches, piers, arcades, museums, sightseeing, and shopping, and when you need some quiet time, your cozy home on wheels is ready for you. It helps to plan ahead, to find the best seaside motor home parks in the UK.

With hundreds of miles of coastline, you have a large number of sites to choose from. Depending on where you want to travel this year – Cornwall, Wales, the Jurassic Coast in southern England or Scotland, you can find a motorhome park that puts you at or very near the beach, and also within easy reach of other attractions like seaside towns, castles, art galleries and pubs with local character.

Remember to check out your motor home to make sure it’s good to go. This includes checking your motorhome insurance is up to date as it can go a long way in covering any accident-related expenses. Therefore, you would not want to miss out on sorting out your insurance before you start your journey. And if you’re looking at buying your first motorhome, a good place to begin is Oaktree motorhomes, where you can find a range of new or used ones. You can even take them for a test drive to see how well they handle.

Choosing a Seaside Motorhome Park

For many people, choosing a seaside motorhome park means finding one that’s actually on the beach, or just a very short walk away. We can’t argue with that stipulation, so we went ahead and made a shortlist of some of the best seaside motorhomes in the UK. These motor home parks are on or near the beach, and also near other sites and attractions in the area. This means that you can add visits to picturesque towns and villages, local farms and pubs, lighthouses and historic sights to your holiday itinerary.
Many of these sites are also family- and dog-friendly, but it’s a good idea to make sure ahead of time. Also, it’s highly recommended that you make your reservations well in time, because these popular destinations are much in demand, especially in the summer.

Cornwall
Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park
This is a quiet park with its own beach, located on the north Cornwall coastline. There are three other beaches nearby, with good surfing. It’s perfect for a family holiday and for trips to nearby sights including nature centers, lighthouses, country houses and gardens, and theatres. Walk the cliff path, which is part of the Cornwall Coastal Path, for a spectacular and inspiring view.

Wales
Hendre Mynach Touring and Caravan Park
Whoever said location is everything must have been thinking of the Hendre Mynach Touring and Caravan Park. The site is right next to a sandy beach with safe swimming, and a promenade that leads to Barmouth town, 20 minutes away. Fishing and biking are other popular sports and there is an amusement park down the beach. The site is just ten miles from Snowdonia National Park. Walks along the Mawddach Estuary are ideal for bird-watching.

Abererch Sands
This is a beach camping site in north Wales with miles of sandy beach. You won’t want to leave but if you decide on a day’s sightseeing, a railway station is right outside the site to take you up and down the coast to small towns and villages.

England – Devon, and Dorset
Ladram Bay, Budleigh Salterton
This family-friendly park is located in a sheltered bay with a pebble beach. The rock pools are safe for swimming and there are facilities for water sports and fishing. The park has a number of onsite choices for dining and entertainment. Some locations may not be wheelchair accessible due to the steep steps and climbs.

Freshwater Beach, Bridport
Located within walking distance of the beach on the Jurassic Coast, the park has plenty of entertainment on-site as well. There’s an indoor pool, the Jurassic Fun Centre for kids of all ages and plenty of games and competitions. Day trips to historic Weymouth town and Thomas Hardy’s home add variety and richness to your stay. The park is dog-friendly.

Scotland
Brighouse Bay Holiday Park
This is the perfect site for the kind of holiday by the sea that you will remember for years afterward. With a sandy beach and set next to farmland, you can get close to nature in its different forms. Activities include boating, fishing and pony trekking, or you can just bring a bucket and spade to the beach for a sandcastle-building contest.

Riverview Caravan Park
The park is right next to the beach and a championship golf course and is located in Monteith, just five miles from Dundee. There’s plenty to do at and near the park, and it’s just an hour or an hour-and-a-half from the cities of Aberdeen, Perth, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. The park is well maintained, with spectacular views of the Firth of Tay. Dogs are welcome and will enjoy the many walks in the area.

When planning your holiday by the sea in the UK, you have a wide range of choices, that let you explore the seashore, the natural world, historic sites and much more. It can be difficult to choose, but remember, if you can’t visit two sites at the same time, save one for next year. Most sites are kid and dog-friendly, but it always helps to make sure. Just remember to pack a spade and bucket, and you’re ready for your seaside holiday!

New Tech Innovations Inspire More Millennial Gardeners Than Ever

While many young people think of gardening as an activity for their grandparents, more Millennials than ever have started picking up their spades and shovels. With 18 to 34-year-olds making up 29% of all gardening households, a generational shift in gardening interest is spurring change in the industry. Today we’re seeing more millennial gardeners. And although they may not all be experts in the field and need some help from florida lawn care companies to get the basics covered, it’s now becoming more popular for this age group more than ever!

Miracle-Gro Performance Organics

Gardening and growing plants is not for everyone, but there are many reasons why somebody may want to invest in seeds in order to grow their own plants. They may want to grow a plant such as cannabis, for example, which has been found to have a number of health benefits that people could use if they were to grow the plant themselves. You can find seeds of this nature online at sites such as https://seedbankreviews.com.au/, so if you are interested in this sort of thing, you may want to invest in some seeds and learn how to grow your own plants.

Historically, we haven’t been swift to couple technology and gardening, but that’s gradually changing. This is especially true with younger interests, smaller living spaces, and the need for increasingly creative ways to grow our greens. While we already know that starting a garden indoors is the best way to get your greens to grow, companies like Apple and Miracle-Gro are taking it to the next level.

Miracle-Gro is known in the gardening community for its luxurious soils and quality plants. But this company hopes to appeal to the younger masses through its seedling partnership with Apple. It only makes sense that the tech guru would want to partner with the budding Miracle-Gro whose revenue has increased by 35%. The companies have officially revealed their new product, the free-standing, stackable Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System.

The assembly mimics that of an end-table, but the Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System does so much more than provide a flat surface for your television remote.

Named for its ability to grow plants every month out of the year, the Twelve is technically a form of an automatic indoor grower. It’s equipped with UV lights and contains spots for four seeds in a sleek water reservoir. One stackable unit is only 28 inches tall with a base measuring 16.5 inches by 16.5 inches, making it perfect for a busy family or an apartment dweller.

All you need to do is assemble the structure, plant the seeds, and add nutrients into two gallons of water. From there, hydroponic technology aids in the development of your seeds through timed sprays and a grow light. If you’re looking to create a setup for aiding the growth of your seeds, technology like cob led lights may be good places to begin building such a rig.

The best part? Miracle-Gro has partnered with Apple so you can monitor your plant’s development right through your iPhone. According to Apple Insider, the entire unit can be controlled right through a mobile app. You can use it to set the growing schedule, change the lighting mode to one of three settings, and address the water level when it dips too low. The app is able to achieve high levels of precision thanks to Bluetooth technology, though the 12 is meant to work for people on-the-go. It’s estimated that 96% of organizations have begun using cloud technology to help their operations.

The app can even offer advice for plant owners and millennial gardeners who are just starting out. Since this product is meant to appeal to new gardeners, in particular, this cannot make it easier to start your garden at home.

But even if you cannot afford a new piece of tech like this, there are still plenty of ways to get your green thumb into gardening. Stackable units are nothing new and using this vertical strategy in your home can ascertain that your plants survive cold winters and arid summers. You will just have to invest in energy efficient windows, which can lower your bills by up to 15%, to ensure you maintain a consistent climate for your plants. As long as you have six to 12 inches of soil depth for proper root growth, you can start building a garden anywhere.

You can also try using a range of organic soils to test how certain nutrients affect different plants. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take your love for gardening outside. For those who have space, applying a slurry to your garden can promote seed germination and turf development. You should also try relying on advice-offering apps like the Miracle-Gro Twelve app for more information on gardening and horticulture.

Here are some of the most popular apps sprouting millennial gardeners that you can use this year:

  • Florish
  • Horticure
  • Plant Optimizer
  • Happy Plant
  • Planta
  • And more!

As gardening becomes even more accessible to a wider range of people, there’s no reason you shouldn’t start letting your dreams begin to bud.

Millennials Aren’t Killing the Real Estate Industry. They’re Investing Differently

Although millennials may get a bad rap for being lazy and are blamed for killing a plethora of industries, there’s a good reason to believe that those in the real estate industry would make a huge mistake in ignoring this generation. In fact, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies predicts that millennials will form 23 million new households over the next decade. That said, millennials may be looking for different things from their homes than previous generations wanted — so it’s essential that builders, agents, and other industry professionals pay attention and adjust accordingly. They’ll be looking at things such as – the difference between coop and condo, to see their options when contemplating getting on the property ladder. Also, how millennials are thinking more about how things like house flipping can benefit them if they were to sell and buy a home. With many companies like Elite Home Solutions – Sell My House Fast in Raleigh, NC, people are able to get cash straight away for their homes without having to do any renovations or repairs. This is something that most people should be looking into as a way of saving money and moving on with other things more quickly.

Suburban houses in a quiet southwestern neighborhood

In a recent survey conducted of 1,000 Americans who said they wanted to purchase a home in the next year, 51% of those participants were found to be millennials. Eight in 10 millennial homebuyers would be purchasing a home for the first time. What’s more, 84% of millennials surveyed felt that homeownership was a core component of the American dream — and this milestone was one they prioritized over getting married or having children. In other words, contrary to what you might have been told, millennials are very interested in owning a home and actually feel that it’s a pivotal rite of passage. With this being the case, they will likely want to learn all they can about the process of buying a house so that they can fully prepare themselves for their eventual purchase. This process will differ depending on which part of the country they’re looking to live in so it’s important to find the relevant information.

Admittedly, many millennials are currently renting. But data indicates that this isn’t necessarily because these individuals aren’t open to the idea of buying a home; it’s likely because they can’t afford it.

That may be partially why some industry professionals are complaining that millennials don’t “want” the sprawling homes built by baby boomers. In 2016, the U.S. construction market was worth approximately $1,162 billion — but that doesn’t mean that younger generations are willing or able to spend a small fortune on building or buying a home. While there likely is a stylistic shift at play, the simple fact is that many of these homes are listed for prices that millennials can’t afford. Subsequently, reports show that homes built prior to 2012 are often selling at deep discounts (sometimes for less than the owners pay to build these homes) in order for older owners to downsize. Older homeowners can even look at fast solutions such as selling a home directly to the guys at Done Deal Buyers or similar realtors, in order to downsize and save money for their later life. This then increases the real estate market for prospective house buyers looking for a full family capacity home.

Although 56% of millennials and 46% of baby boomers prefer to live in walkable neighborhoods, they tend to look for different features — and different prices — in homes. Millennials would rather have modern design than a home that’s ornate and traditional. They do tend to like a minimalist approach and updated features, two things that aren’t often found in the homes baby boomers are attempting to sell. And, in fact, in 2014, millennial homeowners were just as likely to renovate their homes as other age groups, primarily driven by the desire to make a newly purchased home their own.

But ultimately, it may not be personal preferences that are keeping millennials from buying. According to the recent Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, millennials go on more house tours and attend more open houses than Gen X and baby boomer buyers, showing that they’re willing to put the work in and are generally more excited about being involved in the home buying process. And although millennials currently make up 36% of homebuyers, the largest share in the market according to the National Association of Realtors, they’re being forced to pay a whole lot more than homebuyers of the past. According to a report published by Business Insider, millennials buying their first home today are likely to pay 39% more than what baby boomers paid when they purchased their first homes during the 1980s. The cost of living and the cost of real estate has gone up, yet wages have not increased in kind. And now that millennials are facing more student loan debt than any other generation before them, it makes it challenging to take on a loan. Once millennials are able to afford a home, which often happens a bit later in life, it makes sense that they’d want to purchase real estate that aligns with their own personal tastes, rather than settling for outdated design.

In the end, the need for affordable housing and a shift towards more contemporary design elements may play a key role in convincing millennials to switch from renting to owning. But it might not be as hard as many industry experts think to entice this generation to buy; if existing data is any indication, many millennials are just as eager to own a home as those individuals belonging to prior generations were. Instead of vilifying this generation, it might be wise for builders, developers, and agents to find ways to appeal to millennials and make homeownership feasible.

Designing a 'Zen' Space: Important Tips to Know

Designing a ‘Zen’ Space: Important Tips to Know

In a society where everyone constantly seems to be in motion, it is nice to have a relaxing, calm environment to come home to. This is why more and more homeowners are choosing to design their house in a more zen-like way. Having a place where you can relax both your body and mind is important.

I am actually in the process of building an extension on my home which is going to serve as my relaxing space. Home improvement projects are a great way to add value to your property after all, and, of course, if you want to be happy in your home, then you definitely need to create a sense of space.

That being said, it is no secret that home improvement projects can sometimes be expensive. With this in mind, when carrying out improvements on your property, it can sometimes be helpful to learn about some of the different financing options out there that can help you to afford to complete your project.

For instance, some friends of mine have recently decided to release equity from their home to pay for their new extension. They desperately wanted to create a new space in their home to relax, but at first, they were not sure if they would be able to afford to carry out their plans.

Consequently, after doing lots of research online, they discovered this equity release calculator. In recent years, equity release has become an increasingly popular way for people approaching retirement age to finance home improvement projects.

Put simply, as long as you are a homeowner aged 55 and over, there is a chance that you might be able to release tax-free funds from your home without having to move. Ultimately, thanks to equity release, my friends were able to afford their renovation project, while also adding value to their property in the process. It was important that for their renovation to go well and exactly how they wanted it that they got the right company to help them with the job such as those on this contractors site. It is worth getting all the help you need during a renovation because you want it right the first time!

Anyway, no matter how you decide to finance your home improvement plans, if you are looking to create a calming zen space in your home, keep reading for some great tips.

Designing a 'Zen' Space: Important Tips to Know

Utilize Natural Lighting

One of the first things you should focus on when creating a relaxing environment is the lighting. You shouldn’t have harsh fluorescent lighting in your zen space — this lighting can keep you feeling restless and even give you a headache. Instead, opt for natural and soft lighting. If you’re focusing on one room, choose a room that has windows that can let natural lighting in. A good way to acheive this would be to build a conservatory onto your home so that you have light coming in from every angle, creating a calm and soothing space. Companies like All Seasons Roof can help to create a fantastic conservatory space, by using top quality panels to create a sturdy and well-insulated space so that you can enjoy it from summer right through to winter. If you’re renovating your bathroom, perhaps consider glass shower doors rather than a curtain to let the light flow around the room, rather than be blocked with a harsh curtain. For other sources of soft light, mix a variety of floor lamps and wall-mounted light fixtures to give yourself the ability to control the lighting in the room. With soft, natural light, you’ll be able to relax easily. Furthermore, you should consider moving any electronics, including your phone, out of your new space. Blue light emitted by electronics can not only be harmful to your eyes, but it can cause difficulty focusing and sleeping as well.

Get Rid of Clutter

With the average U.S. home having 300,000 things in it, you probably have a good amount of belongings in your house. And while it’s certainly fine to have some items in your home, you don’t want to try relaxing in an area that is cluttered. This is because extra objects in the room will cause distractions and could even prevent you from forming a relaxing space in the first place. So when you’re designing your zen area, make sure you get rid of unnecessary clutter to allow yourself to clear your mind. You should stick with some comfy furniture and maybe a few decor elements to make the space truly your own, but otherwise, unnecessary items should be moved out of the room.

Choose Warm, Earthy Tones

There are a lot of different ways to design rooms. While a recent survey found that 60% of respondents agreed they would have a sofa be the center of focus in their living room, it’s important to create a space you feel comfortable in. An easy way to do this is to use neutral and earthy tones throughout your space. Whether it’s the color of the walls, furniture, or accent elements, being in a space that offers warm and neutral tones — these colors will promote relaxation and allow you to not be distracted by bright colors around you.

While it’s true that a bathroom remodel can offer a return on investment of 70%, you should focus on making your home a space that allows you to de-stress and feel at peace. So keep these tips in mind when designing your ‘zen’ space for a result that truly allows you to feel your best.