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What to consider when planning a bathroom makeover

When planning a new bathroom layout, whenever it is a whole new space in a new house or redecorating an existing room, there are some significant mistakes that you want to avoid making. We will list them out for you and present you efficient ways to make your dream bathroom project go smoothly. 

Let’s start where most of us would probably begin their research – finding the right equipment.

Be future proof with your fixtures

Choosing your own bathroom appliances is fun shopping to do, but you have to be smart about it as well. Remember that those products will be there for years, and they should serve you impeccably during that time. Therefore aim for top quality and functional fixtures from trusted resellers.

Searching for the right supplier among many manufacturers and resellers out there on the market might be overwhelming. Once you have your preferred reseller, you can start with browsing through the latest collections of modern bathroom appliances.

Let the bathroom make a good first impression

One of the big mistakes, which are very often overlooked until it is too late, is providing the right presence of your bathroom when you enter into it. You don’t want to have the door open to a view of the toilet, no matter how exceptional its design is.

The most popular choice for big bathrooms is to place the vanity unit right in front of the door. However, in the case of smaller spaces, washbasins are usually situated on the sidewall. In this case, we opt for placing the shower cabin as a focal point of the room. Big, shiny and smooth shower doors will make an impression on everyone entering the bathroom. Thanks to the tempered glass nano-coating technology, like Easy Clean, you no longer have to worry about keeping that shower enclosure in immaculate condition.

The function can come with the form

Every design project orbits between the functionality and good looks. We are often told, not without reason, that the form in case of functional spaces like a bathroom, has to come later. The functionality of the room layout and its equipment is something you don’t want to cut corners with.

What if there is no need to compromise the design to get the most functional, efficient and easy to use the bathroom? Simple solutions can upgrade your project and give you the functionality you are looking for. Choose a walk-in shower instead of high shower trays, linear drains that will complete the modern look of the cabin, or easy to maintain countertop basin.

The choice of the right fixture is one thing, but planning its arrangement is as necessary. Always make sure you allow enough space between sanitaryware to move around and sit or stand comfortably. Your beautiful, designer pieces will not only be then better exposed, but it will also assure the convenient everyday usage of the bathroom.

Take measurements seriously

It cannot be stressed enough how critical taking the proper measures of the bathroom is. You definitely have to make it before making the order, so that all the products fit perfectly when they arrive at your home. Don’t underestimate the importance of the decimal parts – they seem small, but they can make a huge difference and wreck the whole project if not taken precisely.

Picking up the right-sized appliances is somewhat more straightforward when it comes to shower enclosures. Thanks to their adjustment range, you can quickly adapt to the cabin when the exact size you need is not available. The usual spectrum of 20 mm adjustment ensures just enough extension to fix the shower correctly into the desired space.

 

Much as measurement and adjustments, the proportions of the design play a huge role. Make sure your fixture is not too big or too small for the space you have so that it won’t perturb the visual idea. 

Work hard on the layout plan

The placing of all the equipment is the core of the design, and you don’t want to be lazy about it.

The starting point is to look at what you’ve already got, the infrastructure and room space in case of brand new bathrooms, or already a plumbing plan and existing layout, if redecorating. However, no matter which situation you find yourself in, work with your space. Keep it lean and functional, try not to cramp it with equipment and details not to end up with an impractical bathroom. 

In case of an already existing layout, try not to get carried away with the vision of a brand new and totally different room. Don’t change what already works well for you, keep the planning if it makes sense. Think carefully before switching sanitaryware around as it might lead to serious piping reorganization, which brings a risk of overblowing the budget. Same goes for creating new bathrooms – plan the proper plumbing right at the beginning of your work to avoid time and money consuming adjustments on a later stage.

Be smart about your bathroom storage

The majority of first-time interior planners make the same mistake when designing a bathroom – not considering enough storage. Think about all the towels, cosmetics, hair tools and accessories that have to find their place in the room, be on hand and yet not crowd the space up. 

Your vanity unit is the principal place where you want to focus your storage needs. The drawers and cabinets of the unit are there to help you, but the counter space around the washbasin is a great place to store things on the go.

Extend the insufficient storage space by thinking alternatively and using the not exposed places, like little dark corners, the floor under the bathtub and loft niche. They can be filled with built-in drawers or cabinets, and your walls can be filled with shelves and racks.

Don’t underestimate the fittings and little details

Bathroom appliances are ordered, planning is done, and plumbing is all set. It may seem like the hardest part is over, but yet there are many little details. They might seem irrelevant, but have a significant impact on your venture’s success.

Choosing the compatible fittings is a crucial point, which can be omitted by amateurs. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where your shower arm does not connect to the wall concealed set. Great way to avoid such an issue is to choose a set already completed by professionals. If that is not possible, ask your store to assemble the right set for you. The proper fitting can also save you lots of money, therefore choose eco-friendly, water-saving equipment that will be good for your budget and for our planet.

Other than fittings, accessories like grab handles or light have to be taken into consideration. Think about those as functional equipment, but also a piece of designer finishing touch. 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you feel overwhelmed with the vastness of the project and amount of details to be thought about, ask for professional help. You don’t have to, and actually cannot be an expert in every field that bathroom makeover touches, like plumbing, electricity, lightning or tile fixing, just to name a few.

Professional, recommended help is always a way to go if you are bringing to life such massive projects as the bathroom decoration. Either it’s just a consultation from time to time, or an expert job done on the place, take it and enjoy the process. Having professional help on hand and all the tips gathered in this blog, you are on your way to having a bathroom of your dreams.

Author Bio:

Lukasz Skrzyniarz runs Bathroom Store, an Irish online store specialising in bathroom appliances. He also shares DIY and bathroom remodelling advice on the company’s blog.

CBD in the UK?

A decade ago, the rise of CBD would have sounded impossible. An extract from the taboo cannabis plant becoming so popular and ubiquitous that everyone from pro athletes to geography supply-teachers are using it? Impossible.

Of course, while CBD is enjoying unprecedented levels of popular acceptance it is still occupying a curious legal grey area. While CBD is often talked about as a health product, it is illegal for companies to make any medicinal claims about it, and in some areas, it’s illegal to refer to it as a suppliment at all. The rules and regulations surrounding the production, sale, and consumption of the cannabinoid can be off-putting to a lot of people. We’re going to help you understand the nuances and rules of the CBD industry.

Is CBD Legal in the UK?

In short; yes. However, there are a lot of rules and regulations that the CBD industry has to conform to. The UK shares many of its CBD regulations with the European Union and despite Brexit, it seems that this will remain unchanged for some time. The most important restriction placed on CBD under these regulations is the amount of THC allowed in a product.

CBD is a member of the cannabinoid family, a collection of compounds found within the cannabis plant (hence the name). The most famous member of this family is the psychoactive THC, which is highly illegal in the UK.  This means that for a CBD product to be legal in the UK its THC content has to fall below a strict threshold of 0.2%.

To ensure that their products fall below this level, many CBD producers source their product from low-THC hemp plants and rely on third-party laboratory testing to ensure that their products are fully legal and safe for anyone.

From the 13th of February 2020, many CBD products found themselves under an additional collection of regulations that define them as ‘novel foods’. This means that all CBD products intended for human consumption require premarket authorisation before they are cleared to sell to the public. Any food that wasn’t widely consumed in the UK before may 1997 falls under this heading. In practice, this means that CBD products have to get pre-market authorisation for all of their ingredients before they are legal to sell. This regulation covers any CBD product designed for human consumption. This includes:

  • CBD oils, tinctures, capsules, and oral sprays.
  • CBD mints, gummies, energy bars, and other snacks.
  • CBD Teas, drinks, and beers.

All of these products will have to be subjected to premarket evaluation to ensure that they are:

  • Safe for consumption
  • Clearly and correctly labelled
  • Identical to any product it is intended to replace so as to not be nutritionally advantageous for the consumer.

How Many People Use CBD in the UK?

Despite all the rules and regulations, CBD is incredibly popular in the UK. A CBD survey carried out by the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis found that 6 million people across the UK use CBD in some form or another. This makes it one of the fastest-growing product industries in the UK. If current trends hold, then the market could be worth over £1 billion by 2025. Generally, it was found that the majority of users were found to be under 55, with 15% of 25 – 34-year-olds enjoying CBD in some form.

CBD is also more popular with women, with 13% of them using it compared to 9% of men.

Where Can You Get CBD in the UK?

CBD products are widely available in the UK. For the most part, they are widely available in health food shops like Holland & Barret. These shops will stock tinctures, oils, and capsules that are intended to be used like the other herbal supplements these shops typically stock. These shops are a great way to find high-quality and easy-to-take CBD products at a reasonable price.
However, if you want more interesting products, such as CBD gummies, energy bars, or even beers, you’ll either need to find a specialist store or shop online on places like Bloom Botanics.

Buying CBD online in the UK is convenient, but comes with its own host of pitfalls. While you can be sure that most CBD products you buy in the UK will have undergone some level of third-party testing, there is no such guarantee online.

Particular care should be taken when buying products from large online retailers like Amazon. There have been numerous cases of alleged CBD products on these platforms containing no cannabinoids at all! Trustworthy sites will always display seals that guarantee third-party testing. The best of these sites will even make the results of these scientific tests available to you as PDF downloads.

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What Kinds of CBD Can You Get in the UK?

There is currently a huge range of CBD products available in the UK, so no matter your personal taste, there’s something for everyone:

    • Tinctures, tonics, and capsules. These products are most commonly associated with herbal supplements. These are great for working CBD into your suppliment routine. Many of these products are designed to make it easy to measure out a particular dose, perfect for medicinal users.
  • Gummies, snacks, and energy bars. CBD is easy to infuse into nearly any food product. It is generally suspended in coconut oil, which can be blended into nearly anything. CBD snacks range from small gummies that are reminiscent of children’s vitamin supplements, to snack bars, and even CBD beer.
  • Topical ointments and creams. CBD receptors can be throughout the human body, including in the skin. There is a huge range of CBD topical ointments and creams that take advantage of this, allowing users to enjoy the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.
  • Herbal CBD hemp. CBD hemp is sold in its dried herbal form, much like cannabis, but its low-THC content means that it isn’t illegal. Unfortunately despite this, it can still occasionally come under scrutiny from the authorities. Last year, there were several high-profile raids carried out on CBD cafes in Ireland due to the presence of CBD hemp on the premises. It can be vaped or smoked for its properties.

How Dry Herb Vaporizers Work

Dry herb vaporizers have grown from a niche gadget for enthusiasts to one of the most popular, and accessible ways to enjoy cannabis. Once, vapes were unwieldy devices stuffed with unrefined heating systems. Now, they’re consumer electronics that rival the stylish quality of high-end smartphones. Some go even further, moving beyond the fragile minimalism of consumer tech and into the robust quality of true luxury products.  Joshua Neilly got involved with Herbalize Store A website selling such products.

mighty vaporizer

The best example of this high-end design, and perhaps the best example of vaporizer technology full stop,  is the Storz & Bickel Volcano or the Mighty Vaporizer. This vaporizer set the bar for vaporizer quality, nearly every other vape on the market will be measured against it at some point, and with good reason. The Volcano offers some of the most potent and pure vapour on the market, it has the best heating system commercially available.

Its distinctive metallic cone contains an incredible hybrid heating design, incredible air-circulation system, and some of the finest engineering in the entire vaporizer industry. If you’re looking for the best example of everything a vape should be, look no further.

What Is Vaping?

Before we can go into the nitty-gritty of vaporizer design, it’s important to examine the effects that they take advantage of. It’s not controversial to say cannabis is popular because of its psychoactive effects. These effects can mostly be chalked up to a chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short. To enjoy the psychoactive effects of cannabis you have to heat it until it releases THC.

This has traditionally been done with combustion. However, this comes with a whole host of drawbacks. Smoking comes with a host of risks and complications. Naturally, this can put a lot of users off. Vaporizers use electronic heating systems to gradually evaporate the active ingredients out of dry herb, offering a more hygienic and safe way of consuming cannabis.

Generally, there are two main methods of vaporization; conduction and convection. The former directly heats the surface area of your herb, this is the fastest of the two methods and is often found in smaller, portable vaporizers.
Convection heating, on the other hand, heats the air surrounding your herb and gradual bakes out the active ingredients. This yields a denser, more flavorful vapour, and is often the mark of a high-quality vape.

There is a third method of heating that combines these, hybrid heating. The Volcano is the most famous example of this heating system. It uses the rapid heat-up time of conduction in tandem with a circulatory convection heating system to thoroughly evaporate your herb, delivering the purest vapour money can buy.

What Can You Vape With a Dry Herb Vaporizer?

The vast majority of dry herb vaporizers are designed to work with dry, ground cannabis. Their heating systems are specifically designed to operate within a temperature band that gets the very most out of this form of herb.

Of course, vaporization can also work with oils and concentrates, however, these materials require very different heating systems. Concentrates require high temperatures so they can be vaporized in small amounts instantly.

Many specialised concentrate vapes use atomizer-based heating systems that operate at far higher temperatures than many dry herb vaporizers. There are some dry herb vapes can use concentrates. The Volcano, again, is a great example of this. To use concentrates with your volcano you’ll need to use only specialised concentrate pads. These are dense, spongey inserts designed for use with oil concentrates. This leads to a slower, more gradual vaporization process. While inserts certainly work, true concentrate aficionados will probably prefer a purpose built-vaporizer.

volcano vaporizer

Key Things To Know About Dry Herb Vaporizers

Vaporizers are, for the most part, incredibly straight forward to use; pack the chamber, let it heat up, and then enjoy. Of course, there are a few things you can do to get the very most out of your vape experience.

Well-Ground Herb is Key

No matter how you consume cannabis you’ll need to break it up with a grinder to get the most out of it. This is doubly true for vaporizers. The heating system in vaporizers acts upon the surface area of your herb, when you use a grinder you expose more of that surface area, making the heating even more effective.

You Need to Clean Your Device Frequently

You’d be forgiven for thinking that you don’t need to clean a vape. After all, there’s no smoke, no tar, and no ash to deal with. Unfortunately, cannabis is constantly releasing a sticky resin, especially when it is heated. Over time, this can build up on your vape’s chamber and airpath in thick patches of grime. Over time, this can lead to clogging and, in extreme cases, spot heating and combustion.

Know Your Temperature Settings

One of the best things about vaporizers is the sheer amount of options they offer you. While other forms of cannabis consumption are limited to one temperature, a good vape offers you a whole spectrum of heat settings. This allows you to tailor your vape experience to your personal tastes. A lower temperature setting will produce a milder, smoother vapour, while a higher setting will offer denser, more potent results.

Be Careful When You Pack Your Chamber

It’s tempting to cram as much herb into your vape as physically possible, resist this urge. While a dense pack is good for conduction vapes it can be counterproductive for convection vapes as these require more airflow. Regardless of your heating system type, over-packing your vape can lead to uneven heating and eventually combustion. This can damage your unit and expose your lung to harsh smoke.

Wee Bookworms: Book Subscriptions for Children and Adults

Wee Bookworms Book Subscriptions

What is a Book Subscription?

When you sign up for a Wee Bookworms Book Subscription, you will receive a surprise book every month.

A book subscription is a splendid gift for children and adults alike. It is also a wonderful present to yourself. Perhaps your recipient of the Book Club subscription can never have enough books or perhaps she or he hates reading. Whether the recipient is a reluctant reader or not, Book Subscriptions are a fantastic way of promoting reading in children. Wee Bookworms Book Subscriptions can help to make reading a daily routine!

Our Book Subscription members receive one beautifully wrapped book every month. Even reluctant readers get excited about our book parcels!  Furthermore, Book Subscriptions take the hassle out of choosing the perfect books- Our Childhood Education and Literary experts will do this for you.

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What makes a Wee Bookworms Book Subscription special?

We, at Wee Bookworms, specialise in children’s and YA Literature as well as antique children’s books. Our Team includes Childhood Education and Literary Experts that are responsible for picking the perfect books for every recipient. Our regular magical book deliveries inspire children to read!

Wee Bookworms Book Subscriiptions

  • Our unique Book Subscriptions are personalised. At Checkout you can let us know about the recipient’s interests and preferences. Whether it is dinosaurs or fairies, monsters or animals, we will be able to find the right books!
  • The first book delivery includes a gift, a Trainee Wee Bookworm Certificate, and a bookmark.
  • Every month, Wee Bookworms Book Club Subscribers receive one hand-picked and beautifully wrapped book.
  • It is hassle-free: For our book subscriptions you only need to pay once, either for a 3-, 6- or 12-month subscription.
  • Our subscriptions do not auto renew and therefore, there are no hidden costs or fees.
  • Wee Bookworms is a family-run business, which means that there is a lot of heart in it.

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What are the benefits of reading to children?

A child can never be too young for a good book! Reading to children improves not only their vocabulary and general language skills but also their cognitive abilities. Furthermore, reading helps to create a bond between the reader and the listener. Beautiful illustrations in picture books also provide opportunities for learning about patterns, colours, animals and objects. It also increases older children’s ability to recognise letters. And above all, reading promotes children’s imagination and it enhances their curiosity.

What Is Mosh

MOSH is a blog run by an entrepreneurial couple named Joshua & Madeleine Neilly as well as Joshua’s Father David, in Southern County Down, Northern Ireland. Joshua Neilly is the son of David Neilly a Harvard Grad, Joshua is a serial entrepreneur, now running over 5 businesses across the globe under Fat Fish, working in martech and growth marketing for VC backed or public businesses. He also chais Tom Neillys business Bloom Botanics a UK CBD Business. David Neilly runs a Franklins Group. A group of textile businesses in Banbridge County Down. Madeleine Neilly runs a UK book subscription service for children, weebookworms. Together we will be writing about our exploits and that of our family both close and far. The influence of a Harvard Alumni who although has never financially backed any of Joshua’s or Madeline’s businesses, due to the need never arising. He has been there with knowledge which has proven to be to more valuable.

We are hoping through the writing of this blog not only to share any of our thoughts with anyone who may find them useful. We are hoping to structure our own thoughts and keep stages of where we are at to better structure the rapid growth of the businesses we run.