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3 Top Tips for Transforming Your Kitchen

3 Top Tips for Transforming Your Kitchen

Transformation can take many forms, and the result does not always realise the dream we visualised. Fortunately, preventing your kitchen transformation from turning into a nightmare whether aesthetically or financially, is easy, provided you observe a few simple tips and tricks, and here are 3 of the top ones worth taking ahead of calling in the kitchen fitters or getting handy with that hammer.

1. Redesign: Make a Kitchen that Works for You

The best way to truly transform a kitchen is of course to call upon an expert designer or design team. There is a massive difference between calling on the help of a kitchen fitter and calling on the expertise of a kitchen designer or design team. To put it plainly, a designer or design team will not only create a new kitchen to replace an old, outdated or shabby looking one, but take the time, make the effort and go to the length of transforming an entire kitchen space into one that doesn’t just meet your needs but exceeds them. Therefore, to truly transform your kitchen, seek the assistance of a designer.

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2. Renovate: Make an Existing Kitchen Work for You

Provided your kitchen is equipped with the bare necessities – we’re talking working white goods, a sink and fitted counter tops and cupboards / storage, it is entirely possible to make your kitchen work for you and do so without ripping the whole room out and beginning from scratch. It might be hard to believe, but tackle key issues such as lighting and you’ll have successfully transformed any kitchen.

The trick is to remember that whilst pendant lighting used over islands and tables and the addition of under cabinet LEDS to add some sparkle are both great ideas, simply dressing your window(s) well is often sufficient to brighten up a dull or dark kitchen. Further, because dressing a window is a necessary expenditure and additional lighting isn’t, it is worth doing so properly.

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Hence, invest in blinds or shadings to create a stylish, unobtrusive look and to inject some additional vibrancy opt for a bold or block colour blind or shading. Unfussy, contemporary and the best means of controlling the amount of natural light within a kitchen, swapping out old curtains or nets for blinds is an instant transformation.

Meanwhile, for more inspiration, ideas and to learn about some brilliantly thrifty, retro and truly illuminating  ways to transform any kitchen into an exciting and fun space in which to cook, eat or simply make a brew, you can continue your reading via the This Old House website.

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3. Reimagine: Make Your Kitchen the Heart of Your Home

Kitchens are particularly tricky and often end up also being a particularly costly room to transform. This is due to two major reasons. Firstly, kitchens are rooms which require expensive and often less than lovely looking gadgets and goods – namely ‘white goods’. Secondly, most kitchens in 2016 are of the ‘fitted’ variety. Hence, there is little to no scope of rejigging the furniture should you get bored or find the existing layout is not ideal for you and your family. Fortunately, there are ways of working around these two sizable issues which can transform a kitchen from a space entered out of necessity into the heart of a family house.

To begin with, free yourself from the idea that just because the cabinets and appliances perhaps are fixed into place this means your sense of style must too be reigned in. Whilst it is true that kitchens are best kept clutter free for health and safety reasons, this needn’t mean cooking in a sterile environment or one scrubbed free of personality.

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To see proof of this and just how an ordinary kitchen can be turned into an extraordinary space, visit the Pinterest website and view their online gallery of extraordinary kitchens. With literally thousands of designs as well as DIY ideas on how to go about creating million dollar looks, even those working to the tightest budgets are likely to find a way, or numerous ways, to transform their kitchen in 2016.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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