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Winter is coming!

The days are getting shorter, and the air is getting icier. Winter is coming to New Zealand with many cold, stormy days ahead of us.

But bad weather isn’t quite so bad when you can sit inside in the warmth, cuddled up on the couch with the family watching Netflix.

Brivis can give your home that cosy feeling. For a FREE home appraisal, just fill out the form below, and the team will be in touch.

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Winter homes

Top Tips For A Drier (And Healthier) Home

A damp home is often cold, difficult and expensive to heat, susceptible to mould and mildew and worst of all, ...
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10 Ways To Brighten Up Your Home In Winter

Don't let the dark and dreary days of winter bring down your mood. We show you 10 ways you can ...
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Warm up your home this winter

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The Effects Of A Cold Home On Your Family’s Health

A reported 1600 deaths every winter are attributed to New Zealand's notoriously cold and damp housing ...
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Keeping healthy with pets

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than having to find a new home for the beloved family pet because of health issues in the family. So consider the following before you choose ...
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5 Tips For Keeping The Kids Warm At Night

5 Tips For Keeping The Kids Warm At Night

Tired of the kids kicking the covers off and getting cold during the night? Try our tips below for warm and blissful slumber ...
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Winter health and warm-up recipes

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30 Winter soups to fill your tum and warm your cockles

It’s food for the soul, as well as the belly and these mouth-watering recipes prove it! ...
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Mum’s essential flu kit

Colds and flu occur in children every year. Find out what all parents need to know about flu and colds ...
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superfoods

6 superfoods to winter-proof your family

While you can’t stop the germs invading your home, you can certainly winter-proof your family by feeding them foods that ...
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dessert

18 old fashioned winter desserts to make you glad it’s cold!

Fancy shmancy desserts that look like a work of art are all well and good on a reality cooking show, ...
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Fight Colds and Flu With These 10 Remedies

Read our top ten ways you can reduce the length and severity of colds and flu, and other simple remedies ...
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How to Soothe a Sore Throat

Sore throats are not uncommon, but they can be unpleasant and can also lead to serious illness. Find out what ...
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Slow cooker dinners Recipe Slow cooker lamb shoulder Slow cooker lamb shoulder Serves: Serves 4 Ingredients 2 tsp olive oil 1 lamb shoulder, bone in 2 large carrots, peeled 4 cloves garlic, finely diced 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped 1 cup (250ml) white wine 1 cup (250ml) chicken stock Method Heat oil in View Recipe bacon baked beans Recipe Slow cooker bacon baked beans
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Rainy day family fun

RAINY ACTIVITIES

A rainy day activity box

Keeping your kids entertained on a rainy day is a great way to get them to play using their imagination ...
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10 boredom-busting indoor activities

Looking for kids games and activities? Here's 10 great indoor activities to entertain your kids on rainy days, including kids' ...
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Rainy Day Activities

Don't feel trapped by the rainy days - just follow our 10 easy tips for keeping the kids entertained and ...
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