How To Welcome Sleepover Guests

To be a proud possessor of your own home has its great advantages. You can plan freely your favourite activities, without taking into consideration the plans of other people or, in two words, you can organize your schedule depending on your personal preferences. If you are communicative and open minded type of person you will certainly want to welcome guests in your place of living. Whether it comes to relatives or to more closer friends, guests are always a good reason to think about the comfort and cosiness of the living premises. Especially when it comes to sleepover guests you need to prepare more things that you could imagine. Despite the fact that these may be your sister or brother and you may think that sleepover party is a child's play there are many things that you need to plan if you are soon expecting your sleepover guests.



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We will introduce to your attention some of the basic things that you need to take into account before you decide to welcome your guests.


1.The cleaning procedures

It is needless to say that high level of hygiene is a must not only when you expect your guests. Take care of every corner of your home and do not forget to remove the dust from all the furniture and visible surfaces. Now, it is the right moment to take your vacuum cleaner and to catch up with all the cleaning duties that you had somehow missed. If anyone of the guests suffers from an allergy, you need to make sure that the home environment would be suitable enough and that their health won't be endangered in any way. SW13 deepclean advise you to offer immaculately cleaned home and will astonish your guests which will make them feel cosy in a pleasant atmosphere.


2.The choice of bedroom

Even if you do not consider it an important moment the choice of a bedroom is essential when you have sleepover guests. Think about the arrangement of the furniture and make sure that the bed is comfortable enough for the perfect sleep of the people. Many of them usually feel disturbed by the fact that they are not sleeping in their own beds so choose a bedroom that would be most suitable. If it is too dark inside, make sure that you have taken the right measures to ensure the right ambience.


3.The menu

One of the major things to think about before the entering of your guests is the food that you plan to prepare. We do not recommend to buy food from the  take away restaurants but to be creative and to cook something by yourself. However, before you do this, make a research for the taste of your guests. After that you free to show your passion in the kitchen and to be ready with a  magnificent table, full with dishes that will suit everyone's tastes. When the guests come into your home, there are great chances that they will be very hungry. The refrigerator should be filled from top to bottom with drinks and food for at least a couple of days.

These are some of the basic things that you need to plan when you have invited sleepover guests for the weekend. The clean and welcoming home environment depends on the efforts of the owner and our advice is to think about every detail that may appear to be essential before you take up with this activity. Always remember that the clean home is the preferred home and that  many people easily get nervous if they are too hungry.


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Lovingly written by Joy












How to be the Ultimate DIY Hostess

Throwing a party is no easy task, although many seem to think that it’s a breeze. Sure, maybe a “Bring Your Own” style student ramble in the garden doesn’t take too much effort (other than the clearing up post-debauchery) but to throw a show that will have your friends talking for ages, especially on a budget, can be quite the challenge. However, who ever said that challenges can’t be fun?

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The first ports of call are the following: guest list, invitations and theme. The latter can be almost anything, but it’s important to remember to stick with it. You can’t go for a theme of “An Evening in Paris” only to send out a load of invites with palm trees and stretching beaches to your guests. Think carefully about your resources, you personal style, and your friends’ tastes. Are you all massive movie nuts? Or is it a love of baking that brings you all together? Do your research and form a theme around that. Next, think realistically about how many people you can invite. Remember, three is no party, but 80 might be a little excessive if you’re doing all the work yourself. Once you’ve budgeted and gauged how many people you want to invite, the real fun begins.

Handmaking invitations is really great fun, can be super easy, and adds a personal touch to your event. Arts and crafts can be purchased for very little brand new on eBay. It works out a lot cheaper than buying invitations, but it retains the formality of organising an party far better than just posting an event on Facebook, which people may or may not bother replying to. For example, if you were going to have a floral themed garden party you could buy a little rose rubber stamp and a few feet of pink ribbon to produce something like this:


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If, for example, you were to do a floral themed garden party, you could come up with a lot of suitable decorations, food and drinks for your party guests. You could do bite sized finger foods adorned with various edible flowers, and you could even pull out all the stops by learning a little bit of bartending and offering some beautiful and delicious floral cocktails made from scratch! For decoration, either real or fake flower garlands wrapped around fairy lights make a perfect setting for a garden party. For a finale dessert, try this incredible Flower Power Cake. These are just examples of how creative you can get with just one simple party theme, so get your imagination going!

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Depending on your friendship group, the costume aspect of many themed party might feel a little stale, but by all means encourage people to add to your theme. In the case of a garden party, you could say “floral dresses and ties welcome!” on your invites, or for an animal theme “animal accessories encouraged!”. Even if not everyone joins in, it’ll be nice to see some people make an effort and coming together in the process. You yourself should be the belle of the ball, making sure to talk to everyone, to fill everybody’s glass and to keep everybody well fed. Maybe you could even offer a spot of entertainment, perhaps karaoke or a cocktail making lesson! Get everybody involved, and your picture perfect event will go down a treat!


Lovingly written by Joy












Earthquake preparedness at home, school and at work

My homeland, the Philippines is not only a typhoon magnet, but it is also located in the Pacific Ring of Fire. As my country is perched on the Pacific Ring of Fire, it is very much at risk to tectonic shifts that could cause strong and devastating earthquakes.

Last year, a tectonic origin earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck Region VII specifically in most cities and towns of Bohol, and Cebu City. The ground shook and trembled so strong and hard which caused casualties and structural damages. The recent quake has been recorded as one of the deadliest in the Philippine history. 

There is no accurate tool that can predict nor forecast when a seismic activity can occur and we can never stop it from happening. In most situations we can reduce the chance of injury if we are prepared and well-equipped to handle this kind of destructive disaster.

Below is an Earthquake Preparedness Guide provided by PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology)



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How to Select the Right Colour Scheme for your House

Choosing the right colour scheme for your house can be a daunting task as you will have to live with your decisions for a long time! While colour is very much a matter of personal taste, there are some important guidelines to help you create a palette that you will love. Here are some tips to help you make the perfect choice for your home.

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About Colour

A colour wheel is a great starting pointing when choosing a desirable scheme. There are four types of colour schemes: monochromatic, analogous, contrast, and complementary.

A monochromatic scheme uses the same colour and adds either white or black to lighten or darken the shades.

An analogous scheme is one that uses colours that appear next to each other on the wheel, like green and blue, or pink and purple. Mixing these kinds of colours is known to create a soothing effect.

Although if you want to create a vibrant and energetic feel, you are best to choose a contrasting scheme. This palette uses a variety of opposing shades, and is effective when creating defined spaces in an outdoor area.

Complementary schemes are created with opposing colours on the wheel – say pink and green - to provide a dramatic and bold look.

Roof First?

It’s quite common when choosing the colour scheme for your home exteriors, to start with your roof and work your way down. If you need a little inspiration, you can start by looking at roofing websites like Hats 4 Houses to gauge what styles are most popular. By choosing the material of your roof, you’ll have an easier time dictating your colour scheme. For example, if you choose a hardy, long term roofing solution like colourbond, you can choose from an extensive palette of more modern and classic hues. Alternatively, you might choose the tone of your house first and then find a roof that matches.

The Garage

If you decided to choose the, from the top down method, the next step is deciding on a garage door that matches the roof and walls. You can either choose a shade from your existing palette, or highlight the garage by making it the same colour as your roof.

Other Considerations

You also need to consider several other things when working out a colour scheme. Are you installing a fence? If so, how will you tie it in with the rest of the house?What material will your front door be made from? You will even have to go as far as deciding what colour to paint your window frames.

It’s best to sketch all the components of your exterior colour scheme so that you can be really sure that everything will tie in together. If you are anxious about anything you should talk to a professional before you proceed. Most paint shops and roofing and cladding companies will have someone that can offer advice. Take your time, look around at homes in your neighbourhood to see what you like, talk to the experts, and you will find a colour scheme that is just right for your home.


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