How to: Beat the January blues!

How to: Beat the January blues!

January can be a bit of a dreary month; Christmas is over, your back to work and the weather is cold and dark. But January is also a chance for a fresh start and to make a few positive changes to your life. So try a few of our mood boosting tips to brighten up your January!

New home – are you looking for a new home this new year? We can help! We have lots of properties available to rent from stylish city centres apartment to suburban family homes, unique converted buildings to brand new builds. Find your dream home on our website!

Redecorate – want to revamp your home this year but haven’t got much money left after Christmas? Not to worry, we have some great ways you can redecorate your home on a budget! 

Declutter your home – use the new year as a chance to freshen up your home and have a serious declutter; our blog post has some great tips to simplify your home and life.Decor1

Get growing – being around nature is a proven mood booster, and whether you have little or no outdoor space, you can still create your own garden!

Max your space – your home can feel over crowded at times,  especially after Christmas, so try this tricks to make your space feel bigger.

Plan a trip – Give yourself something to look forward to by planning a trip. Keep costs low after the Christmas period by booking a holiday in one of Yorkshire’s stunning locations; find some ideas on our blog!

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Discover something new – Yorkshire is full of hidden treasures from incredible art galleries to grand castles; discover the art and heritage it has to offer on our blog.

Have a relaxation day – sometimes the best thing to do on a miserable winter day is to treat yourself to some relaxation time, it’ll definitely get rid of your January blues!

More relaxation – after you’ve got into a relaxing mood, why not make your home more relaxing too; there are loads of ways you can de-stress your home and create a calmer space.energy8

Self care – looking after yourself can have a massive impact on your mood! Creating good morning and night time routines can work wonders for your mood and energy levels.

Be healthier – you start your healthy eating regime with good intentions, but a week into the new year and your back to your old ways. These quick and affordable meal ideas will make being healthy much easier!

Venture outside – have a go at one of these lovely Yorkshire pub walks; being in the great outdoors and getting some fresh air can seriously improve your mood, and stopping at the pub along the way can’t hurt!

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Try some DIY – January is a great time to start a new project, and it’ll give you something to focus on. Try your hand at upcycling to not only give you something to focus on, but to create something nice for your home too.

Organise your finances – have a fresh start with your finances and get budgeting and saving! Whatever you’re trying to save for, our tips are a must read!

Be happy – the dark winter days and cold weather can make us feel down, so use these tips to stay positive and happy!

 

 

 

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Best holiday destinations in Yorkshire, England & Europe!

Best holiday destinations in Yorkshire, England & Europe!

Even though its nearing the end of summer, there’s still plenty of time for a holiday! September can be one of the best times as there are less tourists, children have gone back to school and prices are much lower. So whether you’re wanting to stay in Yorkshire, discover a new part of England, or find a cheap European break, we’ve found the best places to go!

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North York Moors – 1400 miles of natural beauty including heather moorland, pine forests rolling hills and wildlife, there’s plenty to discover in the picturesque and tranquil moors! Explore historic abbeys, castles, priories and traditional pubs nestled in hidden villages. Perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding. Best towns: Guisborough, Helmsley, Pickering and Rosedale Abbey.

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Yorkshire Dales – If you haven’t been to the beautiful Dales, you need to go now! The Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are full of breath-taking scenery. Southern Dales is less remote, whilst the north is rich in rugged scenery, perfect for hiking, and the West Dales are known for pretty villages and small towns. Best towns: Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Malham, Richmond, Settle and Ingleton.

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Yorkshire Coast – whether you want a traditional seaside resort, or something more peaceful or quirky, Yorkshire’s coastline has it all. Head to Robin Hood’s Bay for a ‘lost in time’ getaway, with its raw coastline, staggering cliffs and quaint fishingcottages. For a more traditional feel, Filey is the place to be, with sandy beaches, bustling promenades and the best fish and chips. Flamborough is the best for wildlife with rugged white cliffs and clear seas, perfect for bird watching, hiking and sea canoeing, along with a scenic nature reserve and two ancient lighthouses. Whitby is one of the classic Yorkshire seasides, with windswept beaches, cobbles lanes, vampire legends along with cosy taverns and lively bars. If you want something a little different, you’ll love the quirky vibe of Bridlington, with kitsch seaside entertainment, elegant promenades and a fascinating Old Town.Holiday3

Peak District – Be enchanted by the Peaks moorland, rolling hills, scented meadows and leafy forests. The perfect active holiday with climbing, walking, mountain biking and horse riding all on offer. For some culture and history, visit Chatsworth House, Renishaw Hall Gardens and Bolsover Castle. Best towns: Ashbourne, Matlock Bath, Chesterfield and Buxton.

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England

  • Bath – World Heritage Site, Georgian crescents and terraces, theatres, museums and culture, cosy B&Bs, a thriving, ever-growing restaurant scene
  • Cornwall – 300 miles of dune and cliffs, unspoilt coastline, medieval harbours, wildflowers and remote beaches, rock pools and marine life, surfing and bodyboarding
  • Brighton – Eccentric city, lovely beaches, 98 stunning parks and gardens, unique museums, boho North Laine with quirky shops and sleek restaurants
  • Norfolk – Perfect for relaxation, clear coastline, nature reserves and wildlife, market towns, magnificent castles and churches, little rainfall
  • Devon – Caves, cliffs and cream teas, good food and great outdoors, surf breaks, strolls and picnics, artisan farmers’ markets
  • Lake District – Britain’s finest scenery, incredible views, glistening lakes, towering valleys, fascinating woodlands, perfect for walkers

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Europe

  • Budapest – the top budget city break in Europe, mix of neoclassical, baroque and art nouveua architecture, rich Jewish heritage, fantastic food scene
  • Prague – bustling city with a dark past, reflected in storied churches, looming Prague Castle and statue-lined bridges, a hidden gem to visit before prices start rising
  • Lisbon – Portugal’s capital set on 7 hills, coastal city, laid-back charm, colourful old buildings, cafe culture
  • Barcelona – sea and city, culture-rich, museums, markets, breath-taking gothic churches and cathedrals, beautiful architecture, lively nightclub scene
  • Amsterdam – a network of canals, house-boats, bustling cafes, intriguing museums, cute buildings, Red Light District, leisurely bike and boat rides, renowned art galleries

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Home safety for a worry-free holiday!

Home safety for a worry-free holiday!

It’s the time of year when you’re looking forward to your summer holiday, but whilst you’re getting excited preparing and packing, don’t forget the more serious subject of keeping your lovely home safe! Don’t worry though, as we’ve done all the hard work for you; read on for essential tips on making sure ydownload (1)our home is safe whilst you’re on holiday.

  1. Let a trusted neighbour know you’re going away and ask if they can keep an eye on things for you, and return the favour!
  2. Ask a reliable relative or friend to pop round a few times to check everything is in order and to make your home look lived in. Or get a house-sitter!
  3. Don’t broadcast on social media that you’re leaving your home unattended, that’s just asking for trouble!
  4. People always wonder whether to leave curtains open or closed;  open is best and doesn’t look as obvious, but if you normally close them, keep it that way.
  5. Keep your valuables hidden away and out of sight. Most burglars just grab what they can and get out, so hide your most valued possessions in less obvious places.
  6. Double check your home insurance and what it covers, just incase the worst does happen.
  7. Don’t leave the lights on, you’ll not only have a huge bill but having lights glaring during the night looks suspicious.  Consider investing in a light switch timer.
  8. Another way to make your home look lived in is to mow the lawns and tidy up your garden; leaving it unkempt makes it look likes there’s nobody home.
  9. Avoid all your mail stacking up and sign up to Royal Mail’s KeepSafe; they’ll keep your mail and send it to you upon your return.
  10. Unplug all electrical items; even if you switch everything off, some appliances still use power when plugged in, so unplug everything!
  11. Some people keep a spare key hidden outside their house somewhere, if you do make sure you remove it before you go away.
  12. It’s probably an obvious one, but triple-check that all doors and windows (and your car if you’re leaving it) are shut and securely locked. If you get paranoid about this, get someone else to check it too.54f0fbd48fba0_-_1-couple-vacation-tropical-lgn
  13. Make sure your burglar alarm is set. If you don’t have one, get one installed! Make sure your neighbours know you’re away so if they hear it go off they can alert the police.

Follow all these tips and your home will be safe and sound so you can enjoy your holiday without any worries!