Great ideas for cherishing grandparents
Grandparents and grandchildren have a very special relationship. And because grandparents are so special, it's important to encourage children to show their appreciation.
 
Painted craft piece
If your child is small, then a hand and feet printed piece of craft is ideal. Why not help your child make a “LOVE” plaque with the handprint representing the “O” and the two footprints making the “V”. The plaque can be made out of any material such as a finely polished wooden plank, a canvas that you can frame or even some manila paper. 
 
A gorgeous bouquet
Flowers are universally treasured as they're the perfect gift for all occasions. Once in a while get your children to present their grandparents with a beautiful bouquet.
 
A special hug
Encourage your children to be generous with hugs and affection as the older generation love to feel loved and needed.
 
Personalized butterfly art
Mess alert... get the kids to stand in waterercolour paint and make footprints on paper. Then turn the prints upside down and you'll get a perfect silhouette of a butterfly. Colour it in and write a message to granny/grandpa.
 
Stone cactus
This is a truly unique gift. After collecting stones of different shapes and sizes, your child can have fun painting them in different shades of green using non-toxic acrylic paint. With some white paint they can then add some details such as dots and lines to represent thorns. Next, fill a planter with pebbles and small rocks and the painted cactus is placed inside and held in place with the small rocks. Your child can paint a message on the planter.
 
Planter with photos
If you have a large family, this is the perfect gift for your children to give their grandparents. You will need to get photos of each  family members' face. After cutting out equal sized flowers from different coloured pieces of manila paper, stick one photo on a flower. After sticking each flower/photo to a skewer or similar stick, place some floral sponge at the bottom of the planter and fill the planter with anything fun like some coloured confetti or pieces of wrapping paper. Finally, stick your photos into the sponge so that you have the faces of your family members smiling back at you.
 
Hand card
Children seven years and above will love making this. Younger children can still make this gift with a little more help from you.  You will need a soft cardboard paper of a colour of your choice. Fold it in half, and with the folded edge facing you, trace out your hand with your fingers splayed out. Cut out the hand shape and you can then open the card which will join together at the wrist. Your child can write their message and decorate the card as they desire. A twist to this is to have the card joining at the thumb and index figure instead of at the wrist. When the card is opened it will have a cut-out at the centre in the shape of a heart.
 
I Love …Cards
On a dark coloured stiff paper which will act as your frame, stick a different coloured paper which will be your base. Cut out a big circle in a different colour and write the words “I Love Grandpa because…” Stick it on the base paper, this will be the centre of your flower.
Cut out big oval shapes and on each of the petals write one reason you love grandpa. Stick around the flower centre to represent the petals. Next, add a long green stem with leaves to the flower. Do the same with grandma’s flower.  
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Travel: be an ecofriendly overlander

Overlanding - taking a 4x4/large vehicle into the wilds to experience nature in the raw so to speak - is very popular in the US and is gaining traction, ho ho, in Europe.

It would be much better if the vehicles were solar powered of course, so it's hard to make a case for overlanding as an environmentally-friendly activity. However, overlanders point out they are not using all the facilities of hotels/motels/B&Bs - energy, water, breakfast tables groaning under the weight of food that may well go to waste - and as with anything we do, we can do in a more eco way. Overlander is an online mag for those who love to drive off into the wilds and it has a useful piece on how overlanders can reduce their carbon footprint 

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How Small Businesses Are Pioneering A Circular Economy
Why is a circular economy important to today’s shoppers?
 
A circular economy is one that doesn't produce waste. What that means is when a product reaches the end of its life, its component parts can be separated and re-used; or at the simpler end of the spectrum, when someone wants to replace something, they take it to a charity shop or recycling centre instead of putting it in the bin so it can be taken to a landfill site. A circular economy is sustainable and it abhors the notion of built-in obsolescence. And sustainability has, at last, become a mainstream concern. Global warming, climate change, Greta Thunberg, David Attenborough..events and campaigners are driving home the message that we have urgently to reduce CO2 emissions if we're to live comfortably on this planet. As shoppers, more of us want to see words such as recyclable, ethical, eco friendly, biodegradable on packaging and we do read the labels in a effort not be conned by corporate greenwashing. 
 
What role do small businesses play in pioneering a circular economy?
 
Small businesses are uniquely placed to surge forward with circular economy models because their size means they're more agile and able to adapt to changes in consumer demand. And new companies are very aware of the need to have sustainability at the core of their business model for many reasons: it can be cheaper in the long run, it makes it easier to meet regulations and they will appeal more to customers. Shoppers are increasingly choosing sustainability over price.
 
How do small businesses incorporate a circular economy into their business models?
 
One company incorporating a circular economy model in an interesting way is Baroc Jewellery and Homeware. Founder James Rees, says they work with designers who make bespoke jewellery from recycled material such as tin. 'In this sense we incorporate a circular economy model through our collaboration with designers.' And he points out that jewellers have, of course, been pretty green in their working methods for millennia, as they've always re-used gold and silver - two precious metals that never have and never will be sent to landfill. 
 
Envirobuild is another company with a circular economy model at its heart. As a producer of high-end home and garden products such as decking, fencing and garden furniture, an eco-friendly approach to their products was always a priority for co-founder Aidan Bell: 'Our aim is to make products that not only create value from recycled materials but can also be recycled at the end of their life. We also use FSC-certified packaging and paper for our brochures, and re-use second-hand office furniture. We give it new life and save it from landfill.'
 
Jonathan Wilkins, director of industrial automation parts supplier EU Automation, advocates a system of reuse, remake, recover as an alternative to the traditional linear model of make, use, dispose. 'We live in a throwaway society and this isn’t just the case with consumer goods, it also applies to industrial parts, especially  parts prone to quick obsolescence such as electronics.' By upgrading and repairing parts rather than purchasing an entirely new system, companies significantly reduce their waste and keep costs low.
 
Toby Heelis, CEO of Eventopedia, offers another take. He believes when it comes to sustainability, people often get caught up in the production side of things. 'But if we look at the fact that one of the most polluting industries in the UK is transport, it’s important not to forget the environmental impact of other huge lifestyle industries related to these, such as travel and events. To create an economy that's fully circular and sustainable, it’s not just about tackling tangible waste materials.'
 
How does following a circular economy model benefit small businesses?
 
Catherine Weetman, of Rethink Global and author of A Circular Economy Handbook For Business And Supply Chains, is an expert on the circular economy and knows just how beneficial using a CE model can be for small businesses. 'Shoppers are looking for more sustainable options, so providing high-quality products and services that last longer and perform well helps create stronger, deeper customer relationships.' She also points out that people who love a brand will help to spread the word about it, providing a completely free form of marketing!
 
But a CE conomy model isn’t just an advantage from a customer perspective. Karen Bird at sustainable catering company Catering 24, says their environmental focus is a great draw for recruitment. 'Putting green issues at the heart of what we do is one of the things that really attracts young people to want to work for us. We can attract and employ a team of passionate, enthusiastic people who care about environmental issues, and they help us to develop our sustainability offer as the company continues to grow.'
 
How can consumers find ethical brands using a circular economy?
 
Word of mouth has traditionally been the best way to find businesses and brands that align with our own moral compasses. But more recently marketing strategies have started to focusing on environmentalism and sustainability. It can be as simple as performing a quick online search to find an ethical version of what we want to buy. But when in doubt remember some golden eco rules: shop locally, prioritise ethics over convenience and support small businesses that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. 
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One Green Thing: what can you do?
One Green Thing: what can you do?

To support Earth Week 2019 US TV show Today has a short quiz it's asking people to take to see how they can do just one small thing a day to help save our planet from climate change before it becomes irreversible.
https://www.today.com/series/one-small-thing/what-can-you-do-save-planet...

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Top five key elements in a beautiful living room
By Noah Dugall

Living rooms are one of the most popular, versatile spaces in our homes - they're where we chat, relax and entertain. And they're the space that can best show off our personal style and creativity.

Main image: A Victorian fireplace has pride of place in this sitting room designed by Paul Warren Design
 
 
For these reasons we're happy to put time and effort to making a room that's stylish, comfortable and inviting. So if you're embarking on operation living room update and want to create a space you'll be happy to return home day after day, consider these five key elements that make a sitting room appealing:
 
A Coherent Colour Scheme
The colour scheme you choose will determine the look and feel of your living room, as different shades can have different psychological effects. For example, if you want to feel calm and relaxed, blue is an ideal colour to choose. However, if you want a living room to lift your mood and increase your energy levels, incorporate yellow into your interior design. While those who want cleanliness and purity should keep things simple and chic with white. Choose colours within a colour family, so a dark blue, mid blue and a complementary shade such as a soft green. But avoid clashing colours at all costs and feature walls have had their day! 
 
A Comfortable Sofa
Tricky because while a lot of sofas might feel comfortable when you sit on them for five minutes in a showroom, when you spend a lot of time on them you find they're anything but comfortable. So the moral of the tale is sit on a sofa you're trying out for at least 30 mins and adopt various positions...shoes off of course as you won't want to annoy the shop staff! Remember while the style and colour of your sofa can help to bring the interior design to life, it is crucial to consider comfort. A cosy sofa will provide the perfect welcome after a hard day's work, as it can help melt away stress once you settle down for the evening. So always test a sofa thoroughly before to avoid making a choice you later come to regret.
 
A Focal Point
Every living room needs a beautiful focal point that will grab everyone's attention. To make your visitors fall in love with your décor, pick an impressive piece that will draw their eye each time they step inside a room. For example, you could hang a chandelier to add luxury and elegance to your interior design, or you could showcase your eye for detail and tradition by incorporating one of the many sophisticated Victorian fireplaces available. 
 
Good Lighting
Lots of us are guilty of overlooking lighting when redesigning the living room. If you're lucky enough to have a room with feature large south-facing windows, pull back the curtains and pull up any blinds as high as possible to allow lots of  natural sunlight in. But if your living room isn't awash with natural light, aim to layer lighting across the room. For example, illuminate dark corners with a stylish floor lamp, brighten up the space with ceiling LED spotlights, and switch on a table lamp to create a cosy, inviting atmosphere. And do ensure you invest in energy-saving bulbs as they do reduce your electricity consumption and help save the planet! As well as LEDs look at CFLs - compact fluorescents. 
 
Artwork
To inject personality into your décor you need art. So consider hanging a painting, a big framed photograph or vintage poster. Pieces of sculpture or ceramics are also great artworks and it's fun to build up a collection. Choose a work that reflects your taste .. and do bear in mind how it sits in your colour scheme. So if your painting is predominantly yellow but your room is cerise pink, it may not work so you'll need to put it in another room. Artworks shouldn't stand out because they clash with what's in the room. 
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Stop the microplastics
By Jo Mansfield
There's a lot we can do to help cut out the microplastics if we understand some of the main causes of this pollutant:
 
Paint – Dried paint sheds microplastics through deterioration. Apparent in road marking paint, and paints used for ships and houses, they are known as ‘secondary microplastics’ that result from wear and tear. Eco-friendly paints are available as an alternative to help reduce your plastic footprint - for example Edward Bulmer Natural Paints and Graphenstone Paint.
 
Car tyres – Looking for an incentive to drive less? our vehicle tyres are constantly releasing microplastics into the environment and the small pieces of plastic debris then contaminate soil and are washed away with the rain into waterways. A report by Friends of the Earth found an astonishing 68,000 tonnes of microplastic is released by UK vehicles each year, with between 7,000 and 19,000 tonnes ending up in UK waterways. Let's do our bit by taking public transport or dusting off the bicycle in the hall. Or walk. Keep moving..using the power of the human body. 
 
Teabags - Sad isn't it, but not even the beloved teabag is safe from being a microplastic contaminator. And just how do teabags contain plastic? The answer is in the paper - plastic is added to help heat seal teabags during manufacture so that they don’t open and release tea leaves in your cup. This means that when pouring away the dregs, or even composting, you’re releasing microplastics into the environment. To avoid this, try loose tea leaves with a tea ball – they make a great cup of tea! As do those two-in-one teapots with cup. Perfect for a quick cup when you're home alone. And invest in a beautiful teapot for when folks cover round for tea.
 
Clothes – According to Friends of the Earth, up to 64 per cent of are new fabrics are made of plastic such as polyester, nylon, acrylic and polyamide. Every time we wash these clothes, they shed millions of plastic fibres – which end up being drained from your washing machine and heading to wastewater treatment facilities and into our seas. To avoid this stick to materials like cotton and silk and wash synthetic clothes as little as possible. Fill your washing machine and do one big wash every week if possible, not quick washes every day for a pair of socks, one shirt and a T-shirt.
 
Facewipes – As well as finding their way onto beaches after being flushed down the toilet, facewipes are also releasing microfibres, which in turn are being ingested by marine life. Made from plastic, facewipes never disappear – they are simply broken down, becoming microplastics. But this can be easily avoided, simply use a reusable face wipe, otherwise known as a cotton flannel or a piece of muslin. 
 
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Upgrade Your Home Without Calling In The Builders
If you’re looking to upgrade your home, you might initially think this has to involve some construction projects, whether it's putting in a new bathroom or investing in something 'mega' such as a glass box ground floor extension. But if your budget's not huge and your home isn't in a particularly poor state of repair, rather it's just been a bit neglected, there's a lot you can do to make it nicer, more liveable and, of course, more saleable without calling in the builders. And not resorting to concrete is always the more eco friendly decision.
 
The good news is there are plenty of ways to improve your home without construction - and the first thing to do is look at your paintwork. Are walls grubby? is paint on doors and skirting boards peeling off or cracked? In which case...
 
Re-Paint Everything!
 
Paint, especially good quality brands that produce eco-friendly paints, are not particularly cheap these days, but fresh paint makes everything look smart and attractive again. And if you do the preparation well, ie sand, fill, do a mist coat on walls and apply primer and undercoat to wood, you can splash the cash on the best paint brand you can afford because you'll only need a couple of coats. If you have the budget, hire a professional decorator, but with patience and practice, most of us can do a pretty good repainting job ourselves.   
 
Install A Library
 
This may sound a bit of a posh or even pretentious thing to do if you live in a small house or flat, but it is one of the most effective changes you can make to a home environment. And library doesn't, of course, mean a vast wood paneled room with floor to ceiling shelving, rather it can just be a wall or part of a wall given over to books. Because let's face it, homes with no books feel a bit sparse and lacking, while shelves full of books and magazines give a air of sophistication and refinery, and a sense that the occupant is interested in the world. And it's always nice to have easy access to something to read.
 
So you could commission a carpenter to make some built-in shelving - their skill can be ideal if your looking to keep books under the stairs or in a hard to reach space. But there's lots of great freestanding, modular or lean-to shelving that's affordable and easy to find on the high street or online. And if you're lucky enough to have a tiny spare room that's not really big enough to act as a bedroom, why not designate it your library? And keep a futon roll to hand for visitors needing a bed for the night.
 
A Fun and Games Room
 
A games room is another way to accomplish more or less what you do with the library, in that with a simple re-design and a bit of money spent on décor and furnishings you can give you a whole new place to hang out. Of course, 'games room' can mean a lot of different things. If you want to go with a more vintage approach you can read up on home poker nights, and focus on creating an inviting, authentic card-playing environment. Or for versatility get some comfortable seating, buy a sideboard and fill it with games of all sorts. And of course if you’re more into modern gaming you’ll need to get into the tech side of things and figure out how to optimize your space for video gaming. Lots of people love playing games and it's a great way to be more sociable, so if you've got an underused area in your home, think about making it a gamer's corner!
 
First Impressions - smarten up your entrance
 
Upgrading the home doesn’t just mean making interior changes. You can also do a lot to the outside, such as repainting your front door and fitting new and modern brassware, and pressure washing front paving stones. And plants are key to a good first impression. so you could put containers full of plants by the front door if there's space. And if you've got a front garden, it'll definitely be improved by plants. Either plant them out if there's soil or put lots of easy care blooms such as geraniums in pots and place them strategically around the space.
 
There's plenty of expert advice regarding the best plants for an entrance, and, so long as you focus on what’s in seaso,n you can begin stocking the front of your house with appropriate plants in a way that looks artful, intentional and warm. And if you're not a fan of too much immaculateness, consider the slightly overgrown look for containers and window boxes - as long as it’s slightly, this approach can give your home a pleasantly lived-in vibe.
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University degree or an apprenticeship to learn a skilled trade?

With the cost of a university education rising, more young people are asking themselves if it's still worth it.

Not every graduate gets a graduate level job and the advice from some graduates is think hard before you apply, because unless you're really interested in your subject or you're taking a degree course that is fairly certain to result in a good career - medicine, dentistry, engineering, computer science, nursing etc - then it could be that an apprenticeship would make more sense. 

Online retailer The Electrical Guys has been looking into the university v apprenticeship debate and it's produced an infographic that compares the cost of a university degree against the merits of training to become a skilled tradesman. Obviously when you sign up for an apprenticeship you start earning straight away. Buy over the long term what are the rates of pay you can expect to earn as, say, an electrician comparied to someone in the world of high finance, for example. 

If your son or daughter isn't academically motivated, nor do they want a job in an office, then learning a skilled trade could well be a better option for them than coming out of university with a £40,000 + debt to the Government..

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Top tips to sell your home - fast
By Abby Trow
Selling a home is considered one of the most stressful processes we can go through -  but being prepared and making sure you get your place looking great before it goes on the market can make the sale happen speedily and smoothly.
 
Estate agent comparison website Get Agent have compiled their top top tips for selling a property, so pay attention if you're among those who are getting frustrated with the time it's taking to get an offer!
 
Increase your property’s kerb appeal
The outside of your property is the first chance to wow potential buyers and make then keen to see inside. Little things can make a huge difference - such as keeping grass cut, paths swept, moving any rubbish and keeping the bins out of sight. And if you have a hedge, make sure it's neat, not flailing out all over the place.

For a touch of colour, flower filled hanging baskets can frame a front door, while a few bedding plants will work wonders. If you don't have much front garden space, pot plants on window sills look lovely. Flowers really make a statement and provide a focal point for the outside of the property.  With back gardens, decks or terraces, again clean them up. Mow lawns, take rubbish to the recycling centre and have flowers in abundance - either planted out or in containers. If fences or garden sheds are looking dilapidated, mend them and paint them. 

Make sure that windows and doors are clean and in good condition, are clean,with latches and handles are in working order.
 
 
Repair and clean
Because property in the UK is so expensive, many buyers want to move into a house that's ready to live in because they simply won't have a decoration let alone a renovation budget. So if they feel there are thousands of pounds' worth of repairs to make, that'll be a big turn-off.

Hence it makes sense to compile a list of all the minor repairs that need doing and either doing them yourself or getting a handyperson in for a day to sort things out. Broken cupboard handles, kitchen tiles or holes in walls are the sort of thing that can be easily fixed at fairly low cost. Things such as threadbare or well-worn carpets are more expensive to replace prior to selling but find some inexpensive rugs and runners to put down on top of areas of carpet that are particularly stained as this could put off potential buyers too. And note that all carpets will look a million times better after a deep clean. You can hire good carpet cleaning machines and using them will be well worth the money.

 
Estate agents say time and again that the key thing is to have your home looking clean and tidy - yet so often they bring viewers round and are confronted with dirty basins, unmade beds and stuff all over the floor. You don’t need to make your place look like a sterile show home, but a good clean will make it look infinitely more tempting. 
 
Have everything smelling daisy fresh
Bad smells are known to be one of the biggest turn offs for prospective buyers, so making sure that your drains and sinks are clean, your food bin is disinfected and that your house is aired can make a big difference. 
Estate agents have been recommending pleasant smells to sell houses for many years of course. Fresh baked bread, cakes and muffins are popular but impractical for most home sellers.. however brewing fresh coffee or lighting a citrus scented candle can help express a homely feel during viewings.
 
Declutter
If potential buyers can't envisage themselves living in a property, it's harder for them to make a decision. And a key reason why people often find it hard to see themselves in the property is because of clutter. So think order and less stuff... certainly no messy piles of clothes, papers, books etc.
Think about moving out or storing any bulky furniture and try to declutter as much as possible, while leaving some of your personality to shine through. Open spaces and neutral colours often make small rooms feel bigger and make it easier for buyers to imagine their belongings in the space.
 
A lick of fresh paint
Many home buyers are looking for a blank canvas, something they can customise to their taste, and they're much more likely to be interested by neutral colours than bold ones. Neutral colours also help to make your home seem lighter and bigger and allow viewers to envisage easily how they could adapt your rooms to their needs. Light blues, pale greys and pastel yellows are all good colour choices and provide a relaxing, warm and inviting feel to a room.
 
Add finishing touches
Make sure windows are dressed properly with blinds, curtains or nets as bare windows make a room feel impersonal and run down.
Mirrors on the wall will make a space feel larger and will bounce light around the room.
Pot plants and vases of flowers around your space will make it look prettier and give a sense of nature and bowls full of fruit also add colour, natural fragrance and generally make things feel healthy. Pretty cushions and throws again add colour and a sense of comfort.
 
Spend money to make money – updating and conversions
This tip may seem a bit counter intuitive, but spending a little bit of money before selling your home can pay off in the long run. Simple updates such as changing the bathroom tiles or adding new cabinet doors in the kitchen can make a big a difference to the saleability and value of a property. An estate agent can make recommendations on what types of updates and conversions can add the most value, as well as advise you of what prospective buyers are looking for property wise in the local area.
If you have enough spare cash to make a conversion, why not adapt a loft space into an extra room or build a conservatory for some extra space? These types of updates can add value to the house and make it a more interesting prospect for potential buyers.
 
Find the right estate agent
Finding the right estate agent is key to selling your house quickly and for the right price. The estate agent will value your property, market your home to potential buyers, handle viewings and liaise with solicitors. Finding an estate agent that knows the local area, trends and provide a good service is imperative for a quick sale.
 
Estate agent recommendations from friends and family are always good to follow up on, however doing the research and comparing local estate agents can help you pay lower fees and get a higher price for your home. Comparison websites are hassle-free and save time as they can quickly give you helpful information about agents in your area, their contact information - and some even provide current information on the local housing market and can put you in touch with your chosen agent to get the ball rolling.
 
Hire a professional photographer
Whether you're hiring a local estate agent or putting your home with an online agent, a picture paints a thousand words... so don’t cut corners here. Although some agents have their own photographers, many don't, and taking pictures usually falls to the agents themselves. But they're not professional and their images just won't be good enough to make your home stand out. So it really does make sense to get your own photographs taken by a professional property photographer. Expect to pay around £100-200 for half a day and this should include processing the pictures for you.  
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Feng shui for 2018

Interested in feng shui...the Chinese system of laying out interiors for the flow of good energy? Priya Sher, London-based feng shui expert, has some tips:

First of all, what exactly is feng shui?
 
'Its principles maintain that we live in harmony with our environment. Its aim is to achieve balance in your living & working space and maximise your potential for success in all areas of your life. Literally translated feng shui means ‘wind water’. Wind scatters energy and water holds energy.
 
'Homes are a reflection of their occupants. If any part is missing, neglected or has negative energy then this is reflected in the life of its occupant.'
 
Top tips:
 
'The front door should be in perfect condition as it represents wealth. To draw energy to your front door place a beautiful plant and light either side of the door.
 
The hall represents opportunities, therefore, ensure it's kept clutter free so that the energy can circulate; place coats and shoes inside a closed cupboard so they don't stagnate the energy. To activate the beneficial chi in the hall place a beautiful mirror and fresh flowers. Fresh flowers instantly uplift the energy of a space.
 
The kitchen is a vital space as its energy represents nourishment and relationship harmony for the occupants. Ensure you don't place the sink and cooker opposite each other as that can lead to arguments between couples, as it creates a water and fire clash. Colours in the kitchen are also an important consideration- avoid too much black and red as that also causes a fire and water clash.
 
The position of the cooker is important for the nourishment of the occupants - ensure it's not positioned under a window or directly opposite the kitchen or front door.
 
Ensure that furniture for the living room is in proportion to the space. Don't block any doors with furniture and position the main sofa against a wall to provide the occupants with support. To activate wealth energy place a lamp in the corner of the room (diagonally opposite the room door).
 
The dining room or table is an important consideration in Feng Shui as it provides a space where you can concentrate mindfully on what you are eating. In Feng Shui we consider the dining space to relate with the spleen which relates to the element Earth, which in traditional Chinese medicine is concerned with digestion. To optimise the energy in this space place a mirror on the wall to reflect the dining table and place fresh flowers on the table.
 
To encourage a restful sleep, bedrooms must be a light neutral colour and  beds must have a headboard and be positioned with the headboard against a solid wall. Ideally, the bed must not be in line with the bedroom door. Place bedside tables either side of the bed to provide support. Place curvy lamps and lightly fragranced candles on the bedside table to introduce some romantic energy.
 
The front garden represents your future so ensure it is always kept beautiful. Plant beautiful flowers and plants and always keep it tidy.
 
The back garden represents both health and wealth for the occupants so ensure it's always kept in good condition. Boundaries/fences/wall must always be well maintained to provide support to the occupants.
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