Collaborative Post | birthdays are a milestone that’s well worth celebrating, and after a few difficult years with many of us stuck indoors and unable to celebrate how we’d like, you could use this opportunity to spend some much-needed quality time with friends and loved ones. Here are some ideas for a 60th birthday celebration to remember.
If you’re celebrating your birthday during the summer months, a barbecue is an excellent way to mark the occasion. Spending time with the family seems more important than ever after the pandemic, so treat your loved one to family time, presents and a personalised 60th birthday card.
A family barbecue can be as low-key or over-the-top as you like! You could keep it small with just close friends and family, some delicious food and plenty of drinks to toast to the birthday boy or girl. Or you can go all-out with garden décor, a beer barrow or bar cart, string lights and a fire pit for toasting smores. You could even pick a party theme and ask your guests to come in fancy dress. Popular BBQ party themes include tropical or beach parties, a campsite theme or you could throw it back to an earlier decade and have a 60s or 70s theme.
A Surprise Party
Surprise parties are a great way to show someone how much you care about their birthday and that you want to make it special for them, but make sure they’re the kind of person who will appreciate it as not everyone likes to be surprised! Speak to other people who know them well so you can put together the plans in secret and be sure to invite all of your loved one’s friends and family.
You could host a surprise party at their home but this will require some careful planning as they’ll need to be safely out of the way for the preparations and arrival of the guests. Designate a friend or family member to take them out somewhere as a ruse, giving you time to pop up the decorations and get everyone safely stashed away inside ready for their arrival. Alternatively, book a table or room at a restaurant or another events venue, like a hotel or function room. Decorate the party space with banners and balloons. You could even do a photo wall, displaying all those special snaps of the birthday boy or girl throughout the years.
Book a Mini Break
For a milestone birthday, like a 60th, you may want to have a big celebration over a few days, in which case a mini break away is ideal. If they love the outdoors, then why not head to a beautiful part of the country such as the Lake District? You can spend your days exploring the local area and rambling through the countryside before heading back to your B&B or Airbnb and relaxing in front of the fire with a glass of wine. Or if a city break is more their thing, then why not plan a weekend in London instead? Book a luxury hotel room and tickets to see their favourite musical and squeeze in a bit of sightseeing to make their 60th birthday truly memorable.
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Collaborative Post | The UK has always had a do-it-yourself streak, but in recent years DIY activities appear to have boomed significantly. Between younger generations discovering new hobbies, older millennials finding their way onto the property ladder at long last, and the coronavirus pandemic causing more people to fight boredom at home, DIY has become a hugely popular activity once again.
But with the increase in DIY activity, so too have DIY-related accidents and injuries increased. According to recent NHS statistics, there were more than 8,000 DIY-related hospital visits in 2020-21, a marked increase from previous years. If you’re fancying yourself as a bit of a home handyman and looking forward to picking up tools for the first time – whether to repair your home or prepare it for sale – what should you be doing to keep yourself safe
Personal Protective Equipment
First and foremost, you should ensure you have the right safety equipment for the work you’re planning to undertake – specifically, in the form of personal protective equipment or PPE. Items of PPE are considered a last-resort item in professional workplaces and construction sites, being the final intervention between a dangerous activity and the person carrying it out. As such, they are essential for keeping you safe.
If you’re going to be doing a lot of sawing and drilling, you should be wearing safety goggles to protect your eyes from debris, and gloves to protect your hands from splinters and sharp objects. Steel toe-capped boots are great for protecting your feet from dropped, heavy objects; general workwear such as overalls and boiler suits can keep your body safe from contact injuries with hot items or irritant materials
Following instructions and advice
If you’re new to a specific task or endeavour, you should make sure you’re following instructions and advice to a tee as you progress. You can hire a consultant to give you DIY tips and advice for the path forward, while manufacturer instructions can enable you to use new and complex tools with ease.
Of course, some mistakes and accidents are unavoidable – whether due to improper advice relating to a specific part of your home, or a faulty tool malfunctioning during use and causing injury. In cases such as these, though, you may have a strong case for a personal injury claim against the manufacturer or consultant in question.
First Aid Kit
With the knowledge that accidents can happen, and that some DIY risks are difficult to mitigate, you should make sure you have the right equipment for handling minor injuries close at hand. Building a small first aid kit is a simple and easy task; include bandages, plasters, antiseptic cream for small wounds and saline eye wash in the event of irritants entering your eye. In many cases, these can help prevent a small injury resulting in a hospital visit!
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Collaborative Post | If you have invested in luxury vinyl flooring for your home, then you know that you have already saved money in your home budget. You no doubt decided on it because of its long lifespan as well as its great look, but how do you keep it clean without damaging your warranty?
Make no mistake about it - you made a great choice in Invictus and the hardest decision was probably in the range you chose.
You have no doubt been sold on the fact that this product can last upwards of thirty years if cared for properly, and that is true. Whilst many people have extreme accidents that can result in needing small sections to be replaced, it can be done without disrupting the entire floor and quite cheaply by just replacing the individual piece.
Certainly much easier than other floorings out there like real hardwood or stone. Your luxury vinyl flooring is built to last, so don’t feel the need to replace and waste a great product at the first sign of trouble.
Before you go thinking it's a self-care product, there are still elements of care that need to be taken to keep it looking how it should.
To preserve the look and feel of your investment in Invictus flooring, semi-regular maintenance is required, more centred around the amount of traffic it will endure as well as the colour and type you have gone with. By simply sweeping the floor with a soft, non-brittle brush or dust mop, you can clean the entrances to avoid dirt being walked through to other parts of the house.
A non-abrasive floor cleaner diluted with water and a soft mop will easily bring the floor back to its out-of-the-box look even after the worst weather challenges it. Remember to not leave any water spots or puddles on the surface. Even Invictus’ water resistance can be tested by leaving water on the surface for too long.
Common sense when caring for your luxury vinyl flooring backs up most of the guidelines you receive, but there are factors to take seriously to ensure your floor stays the way it should for its expected lifespan.
Refrain from the use of aerosol sprays or products that are silicone-based being applied to your vinyl, as these will overcoat the anti-slip design the planks and tiles have and make the top layer at risk of slip. Use matting at any entrances to reduce any water, dirt or debris reaching your floor - and be sure that this matting is not using rubber underneath.
Rubber tends to mark vinyl flooring so it should be avoided. This includes rubber points on the soles of furniture to reduce the possibility of scratching. In these instances, choose felt pads on your furniture instead.
Whilst a cost-effective alternative to the real thing, Invictus, such as grey parquet flooring, still requires the care and attention to keep it worth the investment, no matter which ranges you choose.
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