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The possibilities of making the kinds of connections you want are very realistic, and many long lasting relationships and marriages have begun via online dating services, not to mention casual relationships as well if that is what you prefer. The possibilities are all right there and waiting for you, but there are a few key rules you need to know and follow in order to find your perfect date online. Download to learn The Golden Rules of Online Dating – 6 essential rules to finding the perfect online date!

Why Are Women Hiring More and More West London Escorts?

West London Escorts

 

With Lily Allen having recently admitted to hiring female escorts while on tour, the industry has once again become a hot topic. Specifically, many are questioning why women appear to be hiring more West London Escorts than ever before.

Though typically associated with male clients, the number of women requesting the services of female escorts has grown exponentially.  The question being – why?

 

Filling a Void

When questioned about her own choices, Lily Allen told interviewers from The Project that for her, it wasn’t simply about sexual gratification.

“It’s more about a period of time when I was feeling incredibly lonely, and sort of at my wits’ end, and I was looking for anything — looking for an outlet. So it’s not really, like, a salacious sex story,” she said.

“It’s more about [being in] hotel rooms like the one we are sitting in, and being on my own and being very far away from my kids and my husband.”

Contrary to popular belief, this is anything but an unfamiliar story. In fact, the vast majority of West London escorts routinely encounter clients who are simply looking to fill some kind of void. For some, it’s a case of boredom during business trips becoming unbearable. For others, the idea of having a beautiful and intelligent local woman show you around her city is the ultimate appeal.

It’s natural to assume that the services provided by escorts centre on sexual acts alone. In reality, the huge proportion of those who call upon the services of escorts aren’t interested in sex at all. Sex may happen, at some point, but it isn’t the priority.

Instead, many clients are simply looking for companionship and temporary friendship for a set period of time. Can you form an emotional bond in such a short time? Most scientists and social psychologists agree that it’s possible, and can even be expedited by things like doing something adventurous together or physical touch.

The kind of permissive, fun and frivolous friendships that you can’t necessarily form in day-to-day life are somehow more possible with someone you’ll only know for a few hours. Hence, it’s hardly surprising to hear of more women than ever before requesting the services of escorts in West London.

 

Experimentation

Of course, the vast majority of escorts attend engagements under the assumption sexual favours will be requested. In most cases, this turns out to be quite accurate. But once again, it isn’t only male clients in the capital who are hiring escorts to show them a good time. More women than ever before are doing just this.

As far as those providing such services are concerned, this is equally unsurprising. Attitudes towards sex in general have never been more liberal in the UK. Once repressed, women are now being actively encouraged to explore their sexuality and embrace who they really are. As we often don’t know who we really are until we put ourselves to the test, this is exactly what women across the capital are doing. Not to mention, the rest of the country as a whole.

Experimentation isn’t just for young people, either. Women in their thirties, forties and beyond are now embracing sexual experimentation as well, feeling perhaps that they’ve missed out on something in a former, more prudish time in their life.

For women who have been partnered or married for a long time, divorce or separation can be an incredibly liberating time of life. New-found freedom turns into the opportunity to try new things, and increasingly this means exploring their sexuality and throwing caution to the wind. Before they know it, women who might never have imagined themselves paying for companionship or sex or both suddenly decide they’re unbothered by the prospect.

If a person – male or female – suspects they may have bisexual or homosexual tendencies, it can be difficult to find a safe and confidential outlet. You want to explore your sexuality, but not only are you unsure as to where your tendencies lie, you don’t want to go through the process of dating through conventional channels.

It’s far easier to hire an escort, live out your wildest fantasies and see if you enjoy it. If you do, fantastic. If you don’t, the whole thing remains 100% confidential and you can walk away without a shred of guilt. Experts agree that exploring our sexuality is both healthy and important – why not do it through the safest and most reassuring channel possible?

 

Changing Attitudes

On the whole, one of the biggest reasons why escort services are in growing demand in general is changing attitudes. Slowly but surely, societies begin to accept that the provision of escort services is neither ‘evil’ nor ‘immoral’. Far from a taboo subject the public is afraid to discuss, escort services are almost becoming mainstream in some parts of the UK.

Added to which, the more liberal attitudes to escort services in Europe – famously mainstream and accessible in countries like The Netherlands and Germany – have helped move the conversation about using escorts forward. Holidaymakers coming home from short breaks to Amsterdam or Berlin can doubtlessly attest to this.

The ubiquity of the internet and online services have also helped increase the visibility of escorts in the UK. This has served to reform the ‘grubby’ back-alley view of the men and women providing this service, professionalising their appearance and helping to make the idea more palatable to a wider customer base – including women.

The result of all of this is a significant and on-going acceleration in demand – both from male and female clients alike. And of course, the fact that a better quality of services have become so readily available over the internet is also contributing to the cause – sex or companionship is only ever a few clicks away.

So while some may have lashed out at Lily Allen’s choices while on tour, others have commended her open-mindedness and honesty. Millions of women worldwide are hiring escorts on a regular basis, but only a handful have the courage to admit it.

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Top Tips To Finding Love After A Divorce Or The Death Of A Spouse

“Love recognizes no barriers, it jumps hurdles, leaps fences, and penetrate walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope,” quotes Maya Angelou. While real love, as described by Angelou, keeps marriages strong, sometimes divorce is the healthiest options for couples. Besides separation, the other common and more natural way that marriages end is through death. Losing a spouse to death changes the world around you and subjects you to sorrow and grief. You may experience guilt for being the one who is alive or get mad at your deceased partner for leaving you. But should you live like that forever, or should you move on?

The 18th-century writer Samuel Johnson defined remarriage as ‘the triumph of hope over experience.’ This can be perceived as a cynical statement to mean that if you have been married once, you ought to know better than to remarry. But his witticism also expresses a more positive and more profound truth about the human nature that we are all hopeful species especially when it comes to fulfilling the most basic human need: to love and be loved. So, why not be hopeful?

Ask a lot of questions

A date relates to an interview because you are actively trying to learn more about the person to see if they are a good match for you. Many people get nervous during dates, and as a result, they end up talking too much about themselves. Instead, you should compose yourself and try to learn something about your date as well. Knowing the other person is crucial, hence you should not hurry up down the aisle with them, even if you were in love before your divorce. This is because your relationship is on an entirely different footing; it is no longer a secretive affair which in most cases scraps off most of the excitement.

Don’t talk much about your ex-partner

One thing that your date does not want to hear is how your former partner was a jerk or was not adhering to your agreement. If you dwell too much on the negatives from your past relationship, you will most likely never hear from them again. Therefore, you should try to concentrate as much as possible on the present and the future. In case your divorce comes up, keep it brief, shallow and resist from cursing. Some of the words you should refrain from include depressed, devastated, heartbroken, bitter and deadbeat.

Love yourself

“Does the person bring the best in me?” Do I like myself when around this person?” these questions emphasize whether your date is a good fit for you. If you are dating a person who makes you feel bad about yourself, you might find that everything you do is inclined towards making them love you more, and on most occasions, they cannot. Instead of trying to make such a situation work, accept that they are not the one and that you need to move on for your well-being.

Don’t talk much about kids

Your children are your pride and joy, and they are in most cases, a significant part of your life. In this line, your date is not with you to talk about them the entire time but to know you and what defines you when you are not a parent. Similarly, when people find love after divorce, they often want their kids to dive and join in the happiness. They do not realize that children might require more time to adjust. Therefore, you should not hasten to introduce your children in a bid to solidify the bond. It is vital to understand that just because you are dating your soulmate, it does not mean that your kids feel connected to those of your partner. As such, don’t force them to spend time with each other but give everyone time to accept the new arrangement.

Be understanding

Put in mind that divorcees shuffle a lot of issues including kids, job, and more. Dating as a divorcee is significantly different than when you were younger. Therefore, issues like last minute rainchecks, kids despising you and your partner’s ex being rude to you are typical scenarios to expect. In addition, there might be days they fail to talk to you, and though they might not manage to see you as often as you want, it is essential to remain calm and understanding; those are just the constraints of dating after divorce or death of a spouse.

Find Yourself

A bit of time to yourself after losing your spouse, through whichever means, allows you to reflect and get to know yourself again. You may not feel like you’ve lost yourself but when you’ve been part of a relationship for a long time, you can lose some sense of yourself as an individual. Give yourself time to breathe, reflect on your own wants and needs and get to know yourself. You can rethink your sense of style, your ambitions in life and where you hope to spend your later years, even with a new partner.

How long to wait

Whether your previous marriage ended with death or divorce, you need time to recover. You have gone through a significant life transition and you ought to get in touch with your emotions before indulging in another serious commitment. Also, for divorcees, try to understand what went amiss, and if you find yourself laying 100% of the blame on your ex, you may not be entirely realistic. Until you have acknowledged your role in the separation, you are likely in danger of repeating the same mistake. In fact, a period of self-examination is vital. Also, therapy might be helpful as it clears off any emotional baggage so that you do not drag it into your next marriage.

After a divorce, no one scores 100% in dating and remarriage because the past always sticks with you to a certain degree. Remarried couples will always have to deal with issues from previous marriages. However, openness, honesty, patience and mutual support are the keys to a successful remarriage. The good news is that the union is more likely to be successful because partners are more experienced and more mature than they previously were. It might not be fair to term remarriage as the ‘triumph of hope over experience’; it could be that very experience you have gained that grants you a reason to remain strong and hopeful.

 

Proper management of wedding expenses to lead a happy married life bereft of debt

A wedding is generally a grand occasion, and people enjoy themselves a lot during the festivities of a wedding. The marriage is obviously the celebration of the bond that is made between two people but the relatives and friends who gather on that auspicious day for bestowing their blessings on the newlywed couple make the whole event more beautiful and happy.

There are different things involved in the wedding shopping list, and many items need to be procured for the wedding. The planning process is vital for any wedding which involves the date, venue, guest list, dress and suit for the bride and groom, etc. But the most important piece is obviously the wedding or engagement ring. The ring which is used for engagement has to be bought by the bridegroom and is probably the costliest item in the whole shopping list.

Factors to be scrutinized before choosing to opt for a pricey ring

Due to various expenses made during a wedding, credit card swipes also increase in frequency and it has observed in many instances that the cost of having a dream wedding has exceeded the budget by a huge margin. The people who are sensible will obviously try to use cash and debit cards instead of using credits or other forms of loans. However, in many cases, it has been observed that the wedding ring is bought by using balance in the credit card. In such situations a person who is making the purchase should examine the following things:

  • Calculating the amount of loan taken for purchasing the wedding ring

If it is necessary to choose the credit option for purchasing the wedding ring, then it is very important to know the amount which has been taken as credit. If might sound easy that the amount is known when the price of the ring is shown. But it should be remembered when that amount is paid through credit then the price might be higher than what is shown in the price tag. This happens because the credit card has certain terms given by the crediting agency and there is the rate of interest which is applied to the credited amount. In some cards, there is a period when no most inert is charged but usually that duration is not very long and the interest is very high after the grace period. In other cards, there will be a rate of interest which will be levied on the loaned sum. Hence, it is important to assess the total cost that one will incur if the payment is made through credit card and the suitable amount should be ready soon so that less interest or penalties are charged.

  • Ensuring the wedding ring

As already mentioned a wedding ring is nothing less than a costly affair, so it is extremely important to ensure it against damage from accidents or theft. There are different types of insurance service providers who have different conditions for ensuring valuable items. The policy agreements requiring lower payments for coverage usually do not have a comprehensive approach when it comes to ensuring a highly prized artifact. However, it is always dependent upon the financial situation of the person and also his choice when it comes to selecting insurance coverage for the wedding ring.

  • Not limiting financial planning to a wedding only

It is necessary to understand the fact that the wedding is the initiation of a journey in which two persons mutually coexist harmoniously. In order to achieve peace and prosperity in a marriage, it is vital to plan the finances accordingly. Usually, a huge amount of money is spent on weddings, and less thought is given about the financial needs in a marriage. Hence in order to avoid debt situations, it is mandatory to plan the funds’ necessary fora marriage and not just for fulfilling a wedding ceremony.

  • Being candid about the personal financial capacity

The pomp of a wedding is not to be measured against the money spent on having that wedding instead it should be considered by observing the overall happiness of the entire family and the couple. Sometimes for the sake of saving one’s face in the society individuals make the mistake of acquiring things that are beyond the financial capacity. This expenditure might make that single day overtly beautiful but will affect the couple later in marriage. Hence instead of worrying about what others will think if there is a lack of expensive glitter in the wedding one should come forward and calmly state his financial status and budget for the wedding. The wedding ring might be important for a single ritual but won’t make or break the wedding.

  • Looking for jewelry stores that follow fair pricing

In the jewelry market, there are enough shops that provide quality pieces of jewelry at an affordable range, but there are some stores that charge an excessive amount of money. A person should be wary about such jewelry stores, and it is better to scan through multiple jewelry shops before making the actual purchase of the wedding ring. Prices should be compared both offline and online, and the quality of products are to be examined very carefully.

  • The selection of a wedding ring that will put a less financial strain

There are indeed a plethora of options when it comes to wedding rings. However, choosing the least priced wedding ring might not be a prudent choice because this ring will not only be worn on the wedding day but will remain on the finger of the spouse throughout her married life. Therefore choosing rings that are reasonable according to one’s budget is to be purchased.

Debt is not something that one wishes to gather that too right after a wedding but in the unfortunate event when a person finds himself in debt due to the expensive engagement ring, then it is important to work continuously for resolving the debt as quickly as possible. You can get in touch with the experts of nationaldebtrelief.com/ know more.

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Senior Dating: How to Find Love Later in Life

Reentering the dating scene when you are a senior can be a frustrating and even scary experience. You might feel like your flirting skills are a bit rusty, to say the least, or you might think that there’s simply no chance you’ll ever find anybody at your age. However, the truth is, there are plenty of fish in the sea no matter how old you are, and dating a senior tends to be much more straightforward. So, if you’ve reached your golden years and are still looking for the one, here are a few tips that might help you out.

Try online dating 

Since we do live in the digital age when we can work online, pay our bills online, and even shop online, why not find love online as well? As awkward as it might have been when it first started, online dating has become quite popular nowadays, and it’s not hard to see why. It is relatively safe because it allows you to talk to whoever you choose for as long as you feel comfortable, and you can back out at any point without much risk for your privacy. Plus, it allows you to focus on getting to know each other instead of just physical appearance. Some dating sites are even made especially for seniors, so there are definitely plenty of choices when it comes to online platforms.

Give matchmaking agencies a try

If online dating hasn’t worked for you, or if it simply isn’t your thing, you can also try signing up to a matchmaking agency. With so many people looking for their true love, matchmaking has become a lucrative business, so you should give it a try. You wouldn’t need to create an online profile, upload any photos, or spend hours browsing the sites. Instead, you’d make an appointment and talk to a professional matchmaker about your interests, hobbies, experiences, and of course, what kind of partner you’re looking for. After that, it’s all in their hands, and they’ll let you know when they find you a suitable date. The only downside is that it can sometimes be a bit costly, and there is still no guarantee that they will find you what you’re looking for.

Join a club

A great way to find somebody who shares your interests is to join a club that emphasizes those interests. For example, if you love reading, you can join a book club; if you’re into games, there are many clubs dedicated to board games. You can also learn something new and join a course, like a cooking school or a gardening program. Combine your needs and wishes, and find a hobby that you’ll enjoy doing. Plus, this is not only a great way to meet new people, but it’s also a great reason to stay engaged throughout your retirement.

Get out of the house 

One thing is for sure, if you’re not doing anything online, you’re not going to find anybody just by sitting inside your home. You need to get out there and meet new people, so find a reason to do that. Get a dog and walk it every day, ride a bicycle or exercise, go for walks in the park, find something enjoyable that you can do outside. If you’re not an active type, or if you have some specific medical needs, you can also move to one of the professional aged care homes like Bellmere and perhaps meet somebody new there.

Work on yourself

Last but not least, in order to attract the right person, you have to be, well, attractive – and not just physically. So, work on yourself, keep gaining new skills and developing those that you already have. Practice a healthy lifestyle, have fun with your free time, and most importantly, don’t feel pressured about finding the one. If it’s meant to happen, it will, and stressing out about it can only cause you to rush and make mistakes when somebody you like does show up. After all, the more you like yourself, the more others will like you as well. This doesn’t mean you should become arrogant, though, but a healthy dose of confidence is always attractive.

 

It’s never too late to find love, and even though there are no guarantees in life, you’re more likely to find what you’re looking for if you actually look for it instead of wait for it to find you. What is certain, though, is that by working on yourself and engaging in social activities is bound to make you a much happier person and your future relationships much healthier as well.

Life Of A Single Parent: How To Stay Calm, Strong & Positive

 

 

Being a single parent isn’t easy at all. All the everyday obligations and expenses fall on your shoulders, so it’s very important to be able to withstand the pressure. Your children need you to be strong and positive, and here’s how you can achieve that and fight the stress.

1. Use the community around you

Single parents often have a lot of support from the side that comes either from members of the extended family or even community groups like churches and single parent support groups. Don’t be shy to ask for help – it’s perfectly understandable. The help can also come from civic groups that will include you into your local community or even the school your kids go to. Just make yourself a part of something.

2. Maintain constant discipline

There’s nothing worse than parents undermining each other when it comes to their kids’ discipline. It’s the same with divorced parents – children need consistency and clear rules to thrive. It will be much more stressful for you and your kids to stick to the rules and don’t bend them when you feel too tired or angry – it will pay off in the long run.

3. Share responsibilities

You children should do chores around the house not just to earn their pocket money but to help you out, too. It will also make them feel proud of their contribution but it’s important for you to praise their efforts and recognize their help every time they do a chore. You are a team so you need to function like one. You can’t do everything on your own.

4. Find time for your children

Yes, you have tons of laundry to take care of and a dinner to make but every once in a while know that you need to change your priorities from time to time. Leave all your work and simply be a parent – play with them, watch a movie together or take a walk to the park together. A functional family is the one where all the members feel the love of the others and their appreciation.

5. Set priorities straight

It’s possible to raise happy kids in single-parent families. The key is to make it clear for your kids that they are your main priority but don’t go overboard and make them feel like they are the sun around which everything revolves. This will help them get prepared for the real world. Children need to be learned how to balance between their own wishes and wishes of other family members. The needs of others in their family are as equally as important as theirs, so teach them to take that into consideration.

6. Stay positive

It’s easier said than done, especially if you have experienced a painful divorce or the death of your spouse. Still, a positive attitude will bring you a lot of benefits. Children can sense your general mood, so try to make it a positive one. The best way to fight stress is to get enough rest, exercise on a daily basis and have balance in your life, meaning finding some time for yourself. It’s ok to be sad sometimes -share it with your kids but let them know they are not the cause of your sadness.

7. Answer the questions honestly

Sooner or later different questions will pop up and answering them might not be easy – questions regarding the changes in the family or the absence of one parent. As unpleasant as it may be, your kid has the right to know the truth and it is up to you to find the right manner to convey the facts to them. You should answer in an honest, straight-forward and age-appropriate manner. Divorce isn’t an easy process and even though you’re going through some turbulent times, bare in mind that your kid also needs love, support and help to navigate through this emotional rollercoaster.

8. Control your finances

Raising a family just on one income or getting child support from your ex-spouse is a very challenging thing. Many single parents in Australia choose to deal with this aspect with the help of professional to guide them through this difficult situation. Doolan Wagner family law experts and others that provide advice to single parents know how challenging it will be to plan for your kids’ college or to budget your money every month. You need to make a long-term plan that could also include your retirement plan and even going back to school or attending a course.

9. Treat kids as kids

When not having your life partner around, the trap many single parents fall into is relying too much on their kids  – mostly emotionally, for companionship, support and comfort. As much as your kids are willing to offer these things to you, you should bear in mind that they have neither the capacity nor the life experience enough to fulfill this role. As challenging as this may be, you should pay attention not to depend on them too much, and not express frustration their direction too often. Instead, you should turn to the adult friends or to a counselor to help you re-build your safety net.

10. Maintain the daily routine as a family

Try your best to schedule your chores, meals and bedtimes at more or less same hours – your children need consistency in their lives, It’s important for them to know what to expect and when. It will make them feel more secure while you will be far more organized. It will hugely reduce your level of daily stress.

All in all

Like everything else in life, adapting to a single parent life takes time. Both you and your kids will face challenges from time to time but you will be able to remain positive and calm and transform this new situation to a more enjoyable one for the whole family despite the obstacles if you stick to this list.

 

 

How to Start Feeling Beautiful Again After a Breakup

Breakups are hard, but picking up the pieces afterward is even harder. They can sometimes be very serious and impair your health and wellbeing. While this is all understandable, it’s the consequences that are the most damaging to a person. After a while of being in a relationship with another person, you have to learn to be with yourself again. Just like every person we met changed us a little, so did the ex-partner and now we need to accept who we are. This is probably the hardest part of the whole process since the last thing we feel is being ready to face the world. Nonetheless, you are beautiful and will start feeling that way again. With time and persistence
you will get there, just be patient and try some of the following tricks that worked for so many
before.

Do what makes you fulfilled

You had interests before and during the relationship, so it’s no time to stop having them now.
Do what makes you fulfilled even if it’s something small like reading or watching your favorite TV show. Don’t deprive yourself of the things that make you happy like you are undeserving. You have every right to feel joy and happiness again, so go for it. The beauty comes both from within and outside, and it’s at its prime when these two work together.

 

Start exercising

Exercising will get your body in shape and also make you feel better and rejuvenated at the
same time. This is because during workouts our body produces chemicals that influence the
way we feel. One of those chemicals is endorphin which triggers positive feeling known as
“runner high.”
Another important chemical is serotonin which is a mood-booster and really a good thing to
have when you are down. Norepinephrine is a chemical and a hormone at the same time
produced by the adrenal glands. It will keep your focus and concentrate on certain things, like
starting to feel beautiful again after a breakup.

Adopt healthy habits

Healthy habits should be part of everybody’s life, no matter of the circumstances. But after a
break up you feel too broken to think about anything healthy and usually spend time eating
whatever’s at hand. To avoid this, create a healthy meal plan which will help make grocery
shopping easier and add some new recipes to make everything more interesting.
Set your alarm to an earlier time than usual, so you can do some morning stretching and have
breakfast in peace. Walk as much as you can during the day and spend time outside during
weekends cycling, hiking or just strolling through the park with your best friend.

Use a daily beauty routine

A daily beauty routine is something that shouldn’t be neglected, both in the morning and
evening. Start by splashing some cold water on your face to wake up and then continue with
cleaning. Use products that are appropriate for your skin and don’t forget an SPF cream before
you leave the house.
You may don’t feel like putting on some makeup, but start little by little with some mascara and
concealer. And build your makeup regime from there and even try some new techniques you
can learn from numerous tutorials online.

Keep your distance

You and your ex are broken up, so don’t try to fix your relationship by staying friends. It’s best to
keep your distance in the beginning and allow yourself to find your bearings. It’s okay to stay
friends but that can’t happen right after a breakup and it needs time.
Talking with your ex will create a false idea of your relationship and right now you need to get to
know yourself. It sounds scary, but it is also an exciting new road ahead that will bring you many
great things if you let it.

Keep yourself calm

You are a volcano of emotions right now which may cloud your judgment and prevent you to
move forward. In order to be able to do so, you need to find your calm. That is where yoga or
meditation might help considerably, even if practiced 20 minutes a day.
Also, since you might be experiencing sleep disorders, try apps that will help you fall asleep
more comfortably. If the problem persists, it’s better to seek expert help but try some brown or
pink noise first and see if it soothes you.

It’s okay to undergo cosmetic treatment

Cosmetic treatments vary and some may be extreme while others are only touch-ups. Not
everything is resolved in the operating room, and sometimes you may need only some dermal
fillers to look great. But the cosmetic treatments have gone pretty far in this modern
technological age. For an example, going for a facelift procedure might just be that little push you need to raise
your self-esteem sky high.

Talk to someone

Instead of spending time on social media, make a break from the digital world and choose some
good old-fashioned face-to-face conversation. Talk to your friends, family members, and a
therapist if you feel the need. There isn’t anything shameful in feeling bad about yourself, and people who care for you will easily explain to you why you are so beautiful.
People who love you will always be the first to tell you your best attributes while helping you to
overcome your troubles. So, don’t be afraid to ask for help even if it’s about doubting your
gorgeousness and beauty.

In the end

You will start feeling beautiful again after a breakup – it is not the matter of “if”, but “when”. The most important thing to remember, however, is that your beauty didn’t leave you when you and your partner ended your relationship. Everything seems tough now, but the best news is that it will only get better if you get up and start having the most important relationship of your life – the one with yourself.

8 Most Common Leak Locations

When you notice a minor water drop there is always the fear that something far worse has happened. Water leaks are any homeowners worst nightmare, since they can occur almost without you noticing it at all at first, and later they make a much bigger damage to your house. Unfortunately, big or small, water leaks can arise anywhere. From your basement or bathroom to the roof, they can be utterly destructive but also quite preventable as well. Get an insight into the most common leak location, what kind of damage can they cause on your house and even how to solve that issue and protect your home.

 

 

  • 1. Chimney and flashings

 

Different weather conditions will produce leaks in various location. The tedious rain is usually the main cause of leak damage, and chimneys are the most common source. Firstly, your chimney must have perfectly sealed flashing in order to prevent the water coming in. Unless those flashings are not secured, you will have a major leak in your home. Additionally, the chimney’s brick mortar joints must be tightly sealed so that water can’t flow in. So, to mend this problem you have to check all the flashings for an even hair-lined crack and fix it appropriately. Professionals will use roof cement or completely repair and replace existing flashing instead of using any type of sealant.

 

 

 

  • 2. Leaking pipes

 

When pipes leak they can cause endless problems to you and your house. There can be multiple cause of leaking pipes. Most common one are corrosion, high water pressure, foundation shifts, and even temperature changes. To prevent pipes from leaking, in the first place you have to monitor any changes, and if you see a stained wall not to ignore it. Leaky pipes can damage your house in so many ways: you can have poor water quality, warped and stained walls, black mold, and above all flood. Address this issue by immediately calling a plumber or any other professional help who would fix the drainage and stop the leaking.

 

 

  • 3. Roof Top leaking

 

Each country experiences the similar problem when it comes to roof leaking. It can only depend on the type of roof that you have. For instance, homeowners in Australia tend to have rooftops with multiple step flashings, while British opt for houses with roof dormers. Rain and water can easily penetrate around those areas and cause severe damage. Specialists in remedial waterproofing Sydney resolve this type of leaking by professionally applying waterproof sheet membranes, liquid and cement based applications adaptable for any rooftops. By adding two or three layer torch waterproofing system you would have a more durable and sustainable rooftop which will secure your roof with higher performance and temperature tolerance.

 

 

  • 4. Bathroom leaking

 

Certainly one of the most annoying leaking problem that any homeowner can experience is in the bathroom. The most frequent leak is caused by a tub or shower. The faulty seal tends to be the main reason for the leakage. Usually, we don’t detect the leak immediately because a bathroom is bound to get wet, however you can easily spot the mold growth around the tiles or on the floor. Similar can happen with the toilet if it leaks around the seal. Toilets that leak internally just make the water drain right into the sewer, so there is not much repair there except a big water bill. On the other hand, for the other bathroom leakages, you should contact the plumber to fix everything in time.

 

 

  • 5. Wind-driven rain leaks

 

Windblown rain leaks can come in from above the roof, around the windows, between the corner boards and sidings. If you don’t have an alarm system to protect your house somebody can enter your through windows without a problem due to corrosion. Water can also enter through small crack and knotholes in sidings so you should patch that as soon as possible. You should replace any cracked, rotted or missing siding, just make sure that new piece overlaps the step flashing. Also, you can completely replace the window particularly if the damage is severe.

 

 

  • 6. Leaking hoses

 

The washing machine and the dishwasher’s leakage is the hardest to detect. Hoses are usually placed behind and in that way that is hard to see and reach. That is why if your washing machine hoses burst or leak you won’t notice it until it is too late. The water in those hoses is always running so when a leak occurs it would be chaos. At once you have to plug the machine out and start collecting water in order to avoid it flooding the entire house. If your machines have a warranty, then you can easily replace the damaged hose. If not, then you should consult with the plumber and get a suitable new hose or just buy a new appliance.

 

 

  • 7. Ice dam leaks

 

For those who live in the snow belt, this is an ongoing issue, but it can affect everybody else in the winter. Ice dam leaks can cause the worst case scenario because they can happen even if everything is perfectly okay with your house. What happens is that ice dam blocks the natural flow of water down the roof. Consequently, water begins to block and back up under flashings and shingles. To make matters worse, the water can be dripping into your house for days before noticing it. Clean the snow from the water drains in the first place, next install membranes under the roofing. That wouldn’t help much with the snow and ice, but it would effectively stop the leaks.

 

 

 

  • 8. Basement Leaks

 

 

If you notice uneven floor surface, mold or fungi formation, musty smells, staining or discoloration of materials, and rotting carpets, then you have leakage from the basement. There are numerous pipes that go under your house, some are connected to sewage, many others for miscellaneous pipes. This type of problem can be fixed only with a detailed inspection from the professionals. If it had been leaking for a long period than perhaps they would have to dig under your house or even on the streets to find and resolve the issue. Whatever happens, make sure that you have the right phone numbers always at your side.

 

Keeping the house neat and safe is not an easy task, and it requires our full attention. Many problems can be fixed if you detect them on time.

 

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How To Stop Money Problems From Ending In Divorce

In the list of Top 10 reasons for a marriage to end in divorce in the UK, money problems come in third. As observed by lawyers specialising in divorce law, money problems put a major strain on couples; so much so that in 2010 (the aftermath of the financial crisis) many decided to call it quits. It is difficult to keep the flame burning when bills continue to pile up, so if money’s too tight to mention, be aware of its potential to risk the stability or your relationship and take the necessary steps to ensure you and your better half are financially and personally stable.

Starting early

If you are newly married and you frequently argue about money with your partner, consider this a warning sign. Researchers have found that in the ‘honeymoon’ stage of relationships, “Arguments about money is by far the top predictor of divorce. It’s not children, sex, in-laws or anything else. It’s money — for both men and women.” When you argue with your partner frequently, it is difficult to feel responsive and loving towards them. Worst of all, when you are stressed, it can be hard to find the mental clarity you need to sit with your partner, analyze your finances, and make a few necessary changes. Sound financial planning is key for couples at all stages of their lives but especially when economic times are tough. By working on resolving your difference and reducing tension at home, you can work on a long-term strategy together.

Sharing costs

Research indicates that equality seems to promote stability – especially when it comes to finances. Couples who feel that they are part of a team in which everyone contributes money towards bills can feel that they are being treated more fairly, than those who feel overburdened by having to assume all expenses. The truth is that although modern couples don’t necessarily aim to be millionaires, they do perceive that living on a very small income can be highly stressful. This is especially true when they are struggling to pay the bills or do not have a savings account they can turn to on a rainy day. Sometimes, households simply cannot meet all their expenses unless both partners contribute.

Money can’t buy you love

While it is true that financial stress can hamper a couple’s happiness, wealth is not everything, which is something couples should keep in mind in hard times. Research shows that overly materialistic couples fare worse than more spiritually inclined couples when it comes to communication, conflict resolution, and responsiveness. Interestingly, researchers have noted that the way a couple perceives their finances is more important than the actual money they have. By keeping your focus on the value of your relationship rather than the wealth you are building up, keeping that loving feeling alive becomes easier. Sharing tasks is also important. Couples as a whole seek some sort of equity, so that if one spouse works from home while the other works in an office, home tasks such as cleaning and cooking should be fairly divided.

How can you talk about money without causing couple strife?

If money objectively does have the capacity to destroy marriages, what steps can you take to ensure this doesn’t happen to you? You essentially have three choices when times are tough financially: you can take steps to improve your situation, avoid facing the facts, or adapt to a tighter budget. The first strategy – informing yourself, making changes to your budget, and creating a strategy for the months ahead – is the most proactive and arguably the most useful in the long run. Creating a Plan B for your future will help you feel that financial worries are all temporary and surmountable.

What stops couples from moving forward during financial crises

Some of the biggest problems standing in the way of couples include lack of (or too much) information, poor communication between partners, and poor time management or lack of time to do the research. Try to work as a team, dividing tasks if need be until you talk to the right people or find interesting information online. If you have kids, try to teach them the basics of financial literacy early. As soon as they are able to, they should learn about concepts such as loans, interests, credit etc. so that as they enter into adulthood, they refrain from buying things that are simply above their means, or borrowing more than they can reasonably pay. Scientists note that today’s young couples want a big wedding, a home, cars etc. but it is sometimes important to take things in small steps, opting to spend less so as to enjoy financial stability later in their lives.

Having a talk once a year

Get together at least once a year with your partner to have a ‘reality check’. Talk about old and new financial goals – including saving for a family holiday, paying off credit, or taking out a private pension. During this talk, you can agree to discuss (non-defensively) any concerns you may be having. For instance, rising interest rates might mean one of you is paying off a higher amount on a loan, and this needs to be factored into your respective contributions if you have different accounts. This is also a good time to bring up hopes and dreams. Is there an experience or item that would make your life a lot more meaningful? Is there a caprice you would love to treat yourself to? You might be surprised to learn that your partner also sees value in what you do. It is important to support each other as much as possible, so long as any expense incurred is not unrealistic or above your means. Of course, in addition to this ‘big talk’, smaller discussions should take place throughout the year.

‘Give and take’ is key when it comes to staying together ‘through the good and bad’. Partners can agree to see their financial success as a team goal; one that both partners do their share to fulfil either in a paid or unpaid fashion. By being aware that financial instability is a stressor, and committing to tackling it proactively, couples can ensure that strife is temporary, and that stress does not take away the most important thing they have: each other.

 

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7 Worst Things to Do On a Date

No matter which niche you’re dating in, including BBW dating, there are certain etiquette rules for a first date that we should all follow not only to ensure we get a second date, but simply to avoid acting like a total jerk. Below we discuss the top 7 worst things you can do on a first date that will make the other person run for their life.

#1: Forget Your Manners

Your date will pay more attention to how you treat other people around you than to how you treat them. Be nice and polite, smile, and show respect to everyone, from the waiters and other patrons at the restaurant, to the random people on the street. Obviously, don’t forget your ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when talking to your date.

#2: Not Let Your Date Talk

Allow your date to tell you their story, and don’t interrupt them when they’re talking. Don’t talk over them or for them. You want to make them feel like you care about their opinion. Also, be careful about the little things, such as ordering food for them. It’s best to let them speak for themselves throughout the evening, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

#3: Not Say Enough

The other person is interested in you and wants to get to know you. Unless you talk about yourself, your life, your opinions, beliefs, and all those things that come up on a date, you won’t give them a chance to find out what kind of a person you are. Don’t forget that often they might conclude that you’re not interested in them enough if you’re quiet all evening.

#4: Get Too Drunk

Having a drink or two is absolutely acceptable if you’re out on the town on a Saturday night, but know your limit and don’t cross it on a first date. Getting drunk with a group of friends who know you well is one thing, but putting yourself in a position to say things you don’t mean to share or do stuff you normally wouldn’t do should be avoided.

#5: Talk about Your Ex

Obviously, everyone has a past, but your past has no business being with you on a first date. Don’t even mention your ex, let alone talk about them because the person listening is likely to conclude the past is not the past, and there is not enough room in your life for someone new.

#6: Mention Marriage or Children

If there ever was an off-putting topic for a first date, marriage and kids has to be it. Nobody likes the idea of any kind of a clock ticking, pressure, and especially desperation. It’s worse than an overly zealous sales person desperately trying to sell you something to meet their quota.

#7: Be Cheap

The matter of who pays the bill at the end of a first date is still, for some reason, open for debate when it really shouldn’t be. It’s not written in stone that the man should pay, but that’s usually the way it goes. At the same time, the girl should absolutely offer to pay or at least split the bill and mean it. If there are multiple checks to be picked up, such as dinner and a movie, it’s perfectly OK for one person to pay for the dinner and the other for the movie. It’s only fair!

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5 Things You Should Be Doing For Younger-Looking Skin

It doesn’t matter if you’re a young girl or a proud woman of the cougar dating niche, you probably want to stay young as long as possible. Aging is a natural process that can’t be stopped or reversed (except in the Curious Case of Benjamin Button), but it can be slowed down. One of the ways to achieve that is by having a younger-looking skin. So, without further ado, here are the 5 important things you should be doing if you want to have healthier and younger skin.

Drink Lots Of Water

As you probably know, the human body is 65% water, which means you need to hydrate yourself in order to stay healthy and have younger skin. Experts say that in order for your body to work properly, you need to drink a minimum of 2 liters of water every day. However, if you want your skin to look fabulous, you have to drink a bit more than that. It’s important to remember that other fluids like alcohol and sweetened sodas will only lead to breakouts and inflammation of the skin. Therefore, you have to stick with clean water. Drink 8-10 glasses of it every day and your skin will be grateful.

Change Your Sleeping Positions

Having a good night’s sleep is also one of the best ways to keep your skin young and flawless. However, sleeping in the same position every night for years can cause certain wrinkles and lines to appear on your face. So, if you want to prevent this from happening, you should change your sleeping positions every once in a while. Sleeping on your back is the safest option, but if you can’t fall asleep in that position, try to change sides every other night.

Steam Up Your Bedroom

If you have a dry skin, you should definitely moisturize it every chance you get. However, this is not always that easy, especially because skin tends to be rather dry during the night when you sleep. So, in order to keep it moisturized, you should definitely use a humidifier during the night. You don’t have to do this on those hot summer nights, but cold winter air tends to dry out your skin, so make sure to use a humidifier during winter months.

Protect Yourself From UVA and UVB Rays

Being exposed to UVA “aging” rays on a daily basis can cause changes in your skin that eventually lead to wrinkles, sunspots, and dryness. So, it’s extremely important to wear a sunscreen every time you go out on a sunny day. SPF 30 sunscreen is enough to protect you from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Wash Your Face Before Bed

If you’re a modern woman, you simply need to clean your face every night before you go to bed. This way, you’ll remove all the makeup, dirt, and sebum that stay on your face throughout the entire day. Cleaning your face with warm water before bed will help you prevent pimples, inflammation, and breakouts. In other words, you’ll have a clean, soft, and young-looking skin for many years to come.

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