HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY


Happy Christmas Everyone...
I am sorry I have not been around for a while, but I have been thinking of you all and have been trying to get the time to blog a bit more often, which I am hoping too after I get January and perhaps even February out of the way!


Honestly my life has been so busy with family lately, that I have not had any time to myself!
As you know I have been helping my Mum find a new forever home nearer me and it has taken nearly 6 months in all...she finally now has a moving date which will be just at the end of January 2017, which will also coincide with all the work being done at our house....new wet room and lift work to start on January 3rd! I am beginning to wonder whether I will survive it all!


At least when all the work is done we will be able to add our Happy House style to our now 1 year old forever home...you know, adding those cosy home touches, like shelves and pictures to the walls (I can't wait!) and also moving my Mum over to her new modern garden flat...she finally has her own private garden...so there should be many a Happy Home post coming your way next year!

Thank you all for being so patient with me...I know how you all love a Happy Update :) and they have been very sparse of late...


So whilst I sign off for another year...
I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and Wonderful New Year.
I truly do hope you all have a brilliant time.


See you in 2017.
Pictures taken from Happy's Christmas House 2016
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What You Need At Your NYE Party

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Christmas is almost here which means the party season’s in full swing and the biggest one of them all is right around the corner. While you’re busy deciding what to wear, the hostess should always look extra glamorous, wondering if 800 canapés and a sit down dinner will keep guests satisfied and double checking the booze order it could be worth going back to basics. The last thing anyone wants is a brilliant event held in a venue no one could find, a  fireworks display without the fireworks due to noise limiters and staff that are more interested in sampling the buffet than five star customer service.

Enough Facilities

This seems fairly obvious but you’d be surprised about who plans a party without a thought to the number of guests versus the number of bathrooms. If your venue is intimate it may be worth hiring extra toilets or asking if there are bathrooms in an another area of the building you can direct guests too. It’s best to have at least five men’s toilets and double that for women to avoid any frustrated sighs, long queues and even disappearing party guests to the bar next door. Speak to the venue about sprucing up the bathrooms a bit with little soaps, fresh flowers and extra hand towels. Make sure that they’re clean, tidy and all facilities work as well as having staff members check them regularly through the evening.

Controllable Temperatures

If you’re lucky everyone’s going to be drinking, dancing and laughing as well as telling you what a great time they’re having. While that’s good lots of people in one room can get a little hot, if not quite stuffy. Make sure you have as many doors open as possible or speak to the building manager about their Air Conditioning Services. Not only are some systems portable, but air conditioning can also circulate both warm and cool air. It’ll  automatically shut off when the room is at optimal temperature giving your guests a cool, refreshing blast or a nice warming hug.

A Well Known Venue

There’s no point having a party and picking somewhere obscure, out of town or at the back of another similar venue. Choose a location your guests will be familiar with, print the invitations with comprehensive directions attached and make sure you pay in advance your local Uber drivers to be on standby in case anyone gets lost. Even on the most sociable night of the year don’t let your phone out of your sight and make sure all guests can contact you, or someone you’ve delegated admin responsibilities to. Set the ringer on loud for the longest time possible and check it every fifteen minutes or so.

Somewhere To Hold The Fireworks

Not every location is suitable for fireworks due to noise limiters, zoning laws and even its proximity to a residents association. Look for a large, spacious venue with private gardens or a courtyard, or if you can’t find one consider hiring a large marquee, catering facilities, portable toilets, and a music system and placing them in a more rural area. If you do decide to do this make sure all your guests are extremely confident of where your shindig is happening!
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Why Winter's The Best Time For Home Improvements

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Christmas is just around the corner, so you’ve probably got a lot to think about to say the least! You’re going to have to source everyone’s presents in time, go through the chaotic ordeal of putting the chrimbo decorations up again, and that’s all before you worry about arranging the big dinner! As much as you have on your plate, this time of year is a great time to get started with some home improvements...
So Here are some of the main reasons why…

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It’s Cold, and It’s Going to Get Colder…
As I’m sure you’ve heard a million times over the past week, it’s pretty nippy out there. Temperatures are only going to drop as we move into January and February, so now’s the time to carry out some home improvements which will make the winter a little more bearable. The most effective way to assure that your home won’t get too cold in the next couple of months, and won’t become an oven in the summer, is to upgrade your doors and windows. An attractive new front door will increase curb appeal significantly, and will do a great job of keeping the warmth in if you choose the right one. Double glazing wherever you don’t have it will also prove to be a great investment when you come to sell, and will keep you and your family warm through the freezing weather ahead of us. As always, you’ve also got the added advantage of saving money on your heating bills, which brings me onto my next point…

Energy Efficiency
With the weather getting colder all the time, your home is going to become more and more expensive to heat. This is why winter is the perfect time for home improvements that will make the whole house more energy-efficient. Getting some double-glazed windows and doors, along with loft insulation if yours is wearing out, will ensure that you and your family stay nice and toasty, and will help you save a lot of money in the long run. There are a lot of companies these days which offer “high-energy performance glass”, which is designed to retain heat in the winter, but also keep the interior cool in the height of summer. Though it probably wasn’t as much of a big deal when you bought your home, energy efficiency is more and more of a selling point in modern times, so make sure these changes come high on your list.

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Earlier Nights + Expensive Presents = More Burglaries
As you’ve probably heard before, there’s always a spike in reported burglaries around the Christmas period. With the days being so short, there’s longer and darker nights which burglars can work in, not to mention all the valuable Christmas presents which are going to be sitting under the tree! There’s little that could ruin your Christmas more than the house being burgled, so right now is the perfect time to do some home improvements on the security front. Again, a new, heavier door, possibly with some upgraded locks, can be a great improvement for this time of year. Window lamination or double-glazing can also be a big deterrent against burglars. If possible, consider re-arranging the lounge in a way that’s not only more attractive to buyers, but makes it harder for would-be burglars to peer in and see the valuable items in your home. If your burglar alarm is purely for show, then consider getting a new system installed. Here are some Guardian Protection reviews to get you started.

Act Now and Beat the Rush
If I’ve brought you around to planning some home improvements through the winter, then I’ve got one piece of bad news for you: you’re not going to be alone! Whilst the Black Friday mobs were scrambling over one another to get the most in-demand presents for their friends and family, a similar thing is happening on the home improvements front. After all, there are worse things you can get yourself than a few extra zeros on the asking price of your house! Simple things like painting a room or sprucing up your garden can be done at any time. However, with the more complex improvements like replacing windows, doors and insulation, you’re going to find it pretty hard to get them done before the winter really starts to get cold. The sooner you act, the better chance you’re going to have of beating the rush. Start doing your research and getting those quotes right now!

Festive Christmas Front door:

Conclusion I am not saying have the work done right now! Heaven's no!...but something to think about for the New year...well really I want you all to be in my shoes, as it looks like my Mum will finally be moving house either just this side or just after Christmas...and also we are having a wetroom and a lift being installed with work starting on January 3rd! Oh dear! Yes well as I said...if you are gonna go for it...you might as well do it sooner rather than later...lol! So If you’ve been tossing around ideas for home improvements, now’s a great time to set the wheels in motion!...and come back and tell me how you got on!
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