Glitzy life in Essex

If there’s one thing that The Only Way is Essex has taught us it’s that people in Essex like to enjoy a bit of glitz and glamour. Ok, so it might also have taught us that they don’t often do it in a very stylish way, but at least they are trying.

Of course, the rest of the county is not really like the “reality” show but people in Essex do enjoy a bit of glitz. With everything from the cars, the shops and even the new builds in Essex designed with glamour in mind, you can be sure you’re getting the maximum glitz for your money.

Car

You can’t underestimate the importance of a car to a glamorous lifestyle in Essex. In fact, some people are defined by their cars and spend huge amounts of money making them look as good as possible. With a fancy paint job, some new alloy wheels and a few other interior and exterior features, you can glam up your car in no time.

House

Many new developments in Essex are aimed at young professionals and young families, meaning they come with their fair share or glitz already. However, that’s not to say you can’t add a touch of personalised glam to your house with some stylish furniture and accessories. Make your home your own with some bold colours schemes, furniture and fabrics.

Social life

In Essex, going out is a big deal. People are really friendly and sociable, so making friends should be very easy. Whether it’s going for a few drinks at the weekend to the pub or hitting the newest club in town, Essex folk like to be seen dressed up and out and about.

Clothes

 Also of huge importance in Essex, is the way in which you dress says a lot about you. Great emphasis is put on looking the part depending on the situation. Even going to the gym involves a careful choice of outfit; which gives you a great excuse to do a bit of shopping, another essential part of the Essex lifestyle.

Without doubt, Essex is a county that enjoys its glitzy and glamorous side, but it also doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s all a bit of fun and about making life more interesting, and all done with good humour too, which you can’t always say about the glamorous life in other places.

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Creating a New Look for Your Home by Refurbishing Old Items

Have you ever considered refurbishing old items to create a new look for your home? Recycling used items of furniture isn’t just a way to save money; it is also a great technique to giving your home a makeover.

Creating a new look without spending too much can be done in two ways. Firstly, you can refurbish your old unwanted pieces; scour your home to find items which can be refurbished -you may find your countertop needs repainting, old couches need to be reupholstered, or some household items can be recycled to serve a whole new purpose. If you don’t have any pre-loved items lying around, you can find some by either looking on sites like Quicksales (view their site here – http://www.quicksales.com.au/), or at your local thrift store – and do makeovers on these purchases.

Below are some household items you can consider for refurbishing.

Box springs

Having trouble sleeping? If your mattress springs are broken, you can still use the box springs to create a unique message board.  You’ll need to clean the mattress springs with soapy water and a wire brush. Next, protect the springs with a clear overcoat; your new message board is ready. Just use clothes pins to hold your messages up!

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Countertops

Have your countertops faded? Do they have scratches from all your hard work in the kitchen? You can even change your countertop’s appearance to look like granite!  Remove the stains using a mixture of water and baking soda. Cover the stain with the paste and let sit for a few hours. Wipe the mixture off the countertop with a paper towel and the stain should be gone.

A little creativity is needed to make your countertop look like it’s made of granite. The first step is to clean the surface with soapy water. Also, you need to cover areas that you won’t be painting. Use painter’s tape for this task. This way, you can avoid splotches of paint on the backsplash, faucets, sink, etc. Next, you’ll need to apply a primer, preferably the oil-based kind; and let it dry for about 4 hours. You may want to repaint it 3 or 4 times to get the required look. For a more realistic granite-looking countertop, observe what granite looks like. Using a sponge and dabbing motions, you can reproduce the granite patterns. When you’re satisfied with the pattern, protect the surface with acrylic polyurethane topcoats.

Old vases

Do you have old vases that are just taking space in your kitchen cupboard? Why not turn them into lamps? You just need your power drill, glass or ceramic cutting drill bit, lampshade, epoxy glue, light bulb, and a lamp kit. Once you have all the items ready, you can just follow the simple instructions found in the lamp kit and you will have a one-of-a-kind lamp. On the other hand, you can also turn lamps into vases if you’re looking for other DIY projects.

Refurbishing has its benefits. Not only can you save money, you can also create new household items to add to your home’s new look. In addition, you will also help save the planet’s resources when you recycle old items into new ones!

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Fun Games for the Family

With Christmas just around the corner, hopefully everyone will be spending loads of quality time with the family – and a great way of spending quality time with the family is to play games together. But playing games shouldn’t be all about expensive games consoles or toys that require a dozen batteries for an hour. Some games that have been around for years still provide as much as entertainment and fun as they did a generation ago – and here’s a reminder of some of them!

Charades

This has always been a great party-game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. All you have to do is nominate a question master and then divide the rest of your family/guests into two teams (boys versus girls is always popular). The question master passes a piece of paper to a member of whichever team is going first and that member has to try and describe whatever is on the piece of paper without speaking. Instead, you have to make actions to say whether it’s a film, book …etc, use fingers to say how many words the answer has, and fingers on your arm to say how many syllables a word has. If it’s a tricky word, think of something it sound like and then pull your ear to show your team-mates that you’re describing something that sounds like the word.

Twenty Questions

This is a great game to play in the car if you’re travelling far this Christmas. Take it in turns to choose an object that is an animal, a vegetable or a mineral and then the other players have up to twenty questions to try and work out what you are. The questions must be able to be answered with a yes or no though. Good questions to ask include: Is it bigger than a… smaller than….

Bingo

This is a game that has been enjoyed by families for decades and is actually currently played by more people around the world than it ever before. If you’re playing with the kids then you can buy bingo tickets and a small bingo machine pretty cheaply. However, most people actually play online nowadays. Some online bingo sites even offer you free money to play with as a welcome offer just for becoming a member. Whilst we wouldn’t suggest you play for money with the kids – well not unless they’re eighteen or over – you could have great fun with the adult members of your family by organizing an online bingo party – as you’ll all be entitled to the free money welcome offer, and you can use the money to play for cash prizes and jackpots, which might go a long way to paying for Christmas. Good online bingo sites will even offer you a substantial (up to 300%) first deposit bonus, meaning if you deposit say £10 – they’ll give you an additional £30 to play with. If you’re travelling about this Christmas you could even sneak a game in on your mobile or tablet whilst the kids are having a nap and your other half is driving! You can play bingo games on www.butlersbingo.com. If bingo doesn’t tickle your fancy you can play their online slots here.

Botticelli

When the kids wake up again you can entertain them with this old favourite game. Taking it in turns, every player chooses a well-known person to be whilst everyone else tries to work out who you are by asking questions. Favourite questions to ask include: Are you alive today? Did you live in the …century? If you’ve got younger kids then play it using cartoon characters; which they’ll absolutely love. It’s also a great game to play at home or at a party.

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