Laminate flooring is popular and so much better than it used to be. Families love it as it is durable and easy to clean too. It is a more affordable option than wooden floors but you can achieve a stylish look all the same. You can get someone to fit the flooring for you or you could try a little do it yourself.

Equipment

One of my faults is starting a job without getting all the equipment to hand first so learn from my mistakes with this list.

Laminate flooring

Floor spacers

Adhesive if required

A saw

Dust mask

Goggles

Set Square

 

The right laminate

I love the LOC system panels because they are easier to lay. Glue is not involved so you can have your floor down and useable mess-free very quickly. Another benefit it that should you change your flooring in the future these are super easy to remove. If you go for glued options, they are hard-wearing but you may need someone to help you lay it adding to the costs of your project. Pre-glued laminate is another option.

When choosing wooden looking laminate, really consider if it gives you the look you want. I am not that fussy but if you want something that looks particularly authentic, you may need to pay that bit more.

 

Underlay

Do not make the mistake of thinking you do not need underlay with your laminate flooring. It helps create a softer surface, cuts down noise and retains heat.

Foam underlay is not good for areas where water will be splashed.

Polystyrene underlay is good for cutting down noise and evening out bumps.

Fibreboard underlay has similar benefits but is better for the environment.

Sponge rubber underlay has an additional benefit as it resists moisture.

 

Floor Spacers

Floor spacers are essential to fit laminate properly. Floor panels soak up moisture in the air which expands them. Laminate responds to the temperature of the room and the humidity of the air which varies day by day. Apply the floor spacers before you lay the laminate panels. A good guide is to leave a space of around half an inch between the edges of your final floor panels and your wall. You could invest in a nice beading and start your project in the right way.

 

Fitting the laminate

Fitting the laminate can be done even if you have no experience. I would strongly advise seeking the advice of the outlet from where you bought your laminate. There are also some amazing videos on You Tube showing you how to do it effectively. I think these are in many ways better than a list of instructions as you can actually watch a person fitting laminate and then replicate what they do.

Are you a fan of laminate flooring?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confessions of a New Mummy

English is the most popular foreign language. Most schools from all corners of the world  have English as one of their subjects. Learning this language usually starts at primary school level in most education systems. Understanding English as a foreign language is essential because it is applicable in almost every aspect of our lives.

There are instances where you will be required to address people in English. Most instructions on products or devices are usually written in English. Many consider it as a universal language, so by speaking even basic English you will find it easier to   address anyone from and in any part of the world. Communicative courses and textbooks are usually used when teaching English to primary school pupils.

However, this might not be enough to make them truly understand this language. One good alternative is the use of literature. It helps bring about a better, more comprehensive understanding. Some of the most common literature materials used include poems, stories, books and magazines.

You can also find literatura tasks from various online study sites. The different materials are usually categorized according to the age of the reader or by genre. There are several reasons why literature should be used in primary schools to promote a good understanding of English. They include:

Desire

The use of literature in primary schools helps create that motivation or desire to understand a new language. We all know how children love stories. Narrating them to children captures all their attention because they will be keen to know all the developments of the characters in the plot. This is the perfect context for primary school children to learn and understand English better.

Literacy

Using literature in primary schools will also help promote academic literacy. This is mostly because it helps improve the communication skills of the learners. It also helps promote deeper understanding when reading different materials written in English. Understanding English is usually an added advantage because it is the language used for instructions on most items, from devices to appliances. Using literature will help improve the thinking skills of primary school children, something which is vital for their coursework and future studies.

Change Agent

Literature in primary schools can act as a good change agent when it comes to eradicating different beliefs or intolerance. Similarly, it also helps to raise awareness of  the various challenges facing the world. It helps children improve their understanding of others   and the situations they must face. As they grow, they can come up with solutions to the different issues affecting the world . The fact that literature provides for the study and evaluation of human nature means it can be used to point out the differences  in a way  that promotes peaceful coexistence.

Language Learning

Use of literature in primary schools helps promote proper language learning and understanding among pupils. The different literature materials used help promote a smoother understanding of the language. Texts are interesting for children, and these   make it easy for them to understand the language. Stories help improve the vocabulary skills of most children. They will learn several things that will help sharpen their language skills, even in their native language.

My Random Musings

Reviving your smile is possible with dental veneers. This gives me great hope. I used to have lovely teeth so white and with a lovely gap between my two front teeth. Apparently this means you will be a great singer but although I can’t claim that I did have a nice smile.

I look back on old pictures and then compare that smile with what I have today. I actually try not to open my mouth at all when posing for photographs as I hate the way my teeth look. I need to get some money saved, look into Veneers in London and get them fixed to boost my self-confidence.

Dental veneers

Dental veneers are very thin shells of tooth-coloured materials designsed to cover the front surface of your teeth. That’s the bit people see and the bit I want to change radically. Yes I want the colour of my teeth to change but in some areas there is more damage so changing the shape, size and  length would be a good idea too. Dental veneers make this possible I guess I would need to discuss the right veneers for me with  my dentist but from my research so far porcelain  veneers sound like the better option as they resist stains better and reflect light in a similar way to natural teeth.

Problems with teeth

People who are unhappy with their teeth may have different issues. Discoloration is common especially with so much use of caffeine and alcohol. Some dental treatments such as root canal assistance or fillings can lead to discoloration too.

Sometimes teeth can be worn down as the years pass or even chipped perhaps from assault or accident.

Like me, you might have misaligned teeth. On one side it is as if my teeth have  been forced back a fair way leading to an uneven smile.

Some people have gaps between teeth that they don’t like and veneers can fix this. Mine are sadly the other way and  pushed together.

Getting a dental veneer

It is easy enough to get a dental veneer but takes time usually involving a thorough consultation and then two visits to make up and  apply veneers.

The consultation

As with any other service, this is the key time to talk openly about what changes you would  like to see so the dentist is absolutely clear what results you are looking for. A good dentist will explain the benefits and limitations of any treatment available. They may send you for X-rays and are likely to take impressions of your mouth and teeth.

Treatment

This involves the dentist removing a small amount of enamel from your tooth. Some people choose to have the area numbed with anaesthetic. The veneers will take a few weeks to prepare but sometimes you can have temporary ones in the meantime.

Have you had dental veneers fitted? I would love to hear about your experiences.

 

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My Random Musings

I guess Best Boot Forward is all about friendship in a way with bloggers and non-bloggers supporting each other in good times and bad.

I am opening the Best Boot Forward linky for the week and you are welcome to share any positive posts including those where you are moving towards any particular goals.

So as ever with Best Boot Forward we encourage you to link up any wonderful posts but try to inspire you as best we can too.

Kate on thin ice

This week’s theme is Friendship and here are some questions to reflect on or not as you see fit.

Is it important to have friends in your life?

Can you have too many friends in your life?

Has the concept of friendship changed over the years particularly with social media networks like Facebook?

Are online and offline friends very different and if so how?

What qualities do you look for in a friendship?

When should you end a friendship?

How do you make friends?

Can family members ever be friends too?

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A change in your occupation could be just as refreshing for you as staying in your current job — well, a change is as good as a rest, they say. Quitting your job and seeking pastures new is not a bad thing, either, and there’ll come a time when it is needed. So, when this time comes knocking, don’t be afraid to answer the call.

Just make sure that you check out the advice on switching jobs below because there is a right way to do it.

Begin your job hunt whilst you’re still on the payroll

Finding a job is much easier when you’re already in one, and there’s nothing wrong with starting your job hunt at that time either. Doing so will give you the freedom to be picky with your next role, and that is vital when finding the perfect one.

When you do seek to job hunt whilst still in a job, however, you have to be discrete. You don’t want your boss finding out you’re seeking pastures new, as them doing so might result in them treating your differently. So, don’t post your resume online or on job board, and don’t use your work phone as your job-hunting tool.

Writing a formal letter of resignation

When you give your boss the news that you’re leaving, you’re going to need to put it down on paper in the form of a letter of resignation.

The letter should detail all the information surrounding your impending exit and should stipulate your offering of a mandatory amount of notice. Most importantly, however, it should include a hearty thanks to your employer for the opportunities they have provided you, and it should mention how grateful you are for all you’ve learned with the company. Doing so will help you make a graceful exit.

Seek a settlement agreement to make a smooth transition

Depending on how long you’ve been with your current company, what kind of role you had in it, why you are leaving, and the way you are leaving, there will be a settlement agreement that needs to be reached. But what is a settlement agreement, and how can they help your transition from one job to the next be as smooth as it can be? A settlement is an arrangement between employees and employers that proves everything is legal in regard to the former leaving and is something that needs to be agreed upon if you want a letter of reference.

Settling into your new job

Being the ‘newbie’ is never easy, it’s never comfortable, and there will be times when you clamber for the security your old job gave you. If you yield to that need and you leave your new job, however, then you’ll never take any steps forward in your career.

If you are planning on changing job, you need to immerse yourself in the company culture and build relationships whenever you can, as soon as you can.

Switching jobs is something that you’re likely to do at some point in your life, and it’s important that you do it in the right way. Following the advice above will help you do just that.