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June 21, 2017

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Urban life isn’t for everyone. There are many cons to consider such as higher cost of living, greater air pollution, greater noise pollution and often higher crime rates. However, there are also many pros to living in a city. If you’ve been considering packing your bags and making the move, here are some of the reasons for leaving rural life that should be on your mind.

Making new friends

Living in a small town or rural community can often be limiting when it comes to having a social life, more so when you’re younger. Cities are by their very nature full of people, giving you countless opportunities to meet new friends, business contacts or even potential life partners. There are clubs and groups for every interest and plenty of bars and hangouts for all kinds of people. For those feeling isolated or in need of some new contacts, moving to the city is recommended.

Cutting out the commute

If you currently commute into the city but live on the outskirts, fuel prices or train fares could be costing you a lot of your wage, not to mention the time that it takes to commute. Living in the city you may not always save money due to higher living costs, however you will give yourself more free time. There are many companies that offer short term rentals which may be ideal for giving you a taster of city living allowing you to see exactly how much you benefit as opposed to living rurally. By living closer, you may even be able to walk or bike to work, improving your fitness.

Access to better jobs

Whilst there are more jobs in the city, competition can often be even fiercer. However, the calibre of jobs is likely to be much better. You’re more likely to find a job suited to your interests and goals. Cities may also have many easily accessible training and qualification courses that can allow you to broaden your skills. It’s recommended that you find a job first before making the move so that you have the security of an income first. However, those with the finances behind them may be able to do this the other way around.

Access to better schools

If you’ve got kids, it’s likely that cities are going to have a better choice of schools. Many (but not all) of the most prestigious schools are also located in cities. If your small town or village doesn’t have any good schools nearby, moving to the city could a way of improving your choice.

Access to better healthcare

Cities will always have hospitals on their doorsteps. If you need regular medical checkups and are sick of travelling miles to see a doctor, moving to a city could give you better access to the care you need. You may even be able pick and choose your hospital or find a specialised clinic to your needs rather than simply making do with the only local care you’ve got.


June 20, 2017


The garden is one of the most important and essential areas of any home, and yet it routinely suffers the fate of being overlooked. Most people do not really make the most of their outdoor space. That’s a real shame – a well-tended garden can work wonders for the home in general, and it can be fun keeping it that way too. But it’s also true that the garden can be a fantastic space for entertaining guests, so long as it is treated as such. If you’re wondering now whether your garden is party-ready, take a look at the following. Here are some of the vital characteristics of a garden that’s ready to party.

It’s Tidy

First things first, you cannot reasonably expect people to enjoy their time in your garden if it is not tidy enough for them to do so. Keeping the garden clean and tidy can be surprisingly tricky at times, but it is also vital if you want to use that space for such a purpose as this. If you need to clean up your garden fast, then you should try to work on the biggest items first. This means generally getting your garden into a state of repair, by cleaning up any gardening debris that might be lying around and any rubbish that might have accidentally found its way there. After that, it is a matter of tidying up the smaller areas. As long as your garden is clean and tidy, people are much more likely to be able to enjoy themselves, whether you are hosting a garden party or just a house party which spills out into the garden.

It’s Well-Lit

Nobody wants an accident to occur, and let’s be honest – this can be much more likely at a garden or house party. You will need to make sure that your garden area is safe for people to wander into, and that is part of the reason for the previous section. However, another important part of this is ensuring that the outdoor space is as well-lit as possible. You will need to go out of your way to find some decent lighting, just to be sure that your garden is a safe space for all. There are many outdoor fixtures which you can use for some flood lighting, and this will generally be the safest bet when it comes to keeping the garden well-lit. Looking after everyone’s safety is hugely important, so make sure that you bear this in mind.


There Is Ample Seating

It’s surprising how often people forget to include seating in their garden, and yet many guests would argue that it is one of the most important parts of the whole area. If you are hosting a party exclusively in the garden, then it is going to be particularly important. Make sure that you go out of your way to find the right kind of seating, and plenty of it too. You will want to do everything you can to ensure that your guests are as comfortable as possible in your garden area.

June 20, 2017


If you’d like to invest in some cool new appliances for your kitchen, whether that be because you’ve had some extra money come in, or you would just like to improve the look, and the way you prepare things, then searching through the newest raves is a good place to start.

There are many things that are brand new to the market, or have been around for a while but have only started to get popular now. So have fun browsing the stores and shopping online for them awesome buys.

Pots and pans rack

If you’re sick of all your pots and pans scattered around the cupboards and work surfaces – there’s no need worry about that clutter anymore. There are many stunning racks that can be attached to the ceiling or the wall and hold your appliances.

If you’re feeling creative, you could even make one yourself out of some polished wood and a few hooks.

Porcelain divided skillet

If you love to cook, but absolutely hate the washing up part, why not spare the extra pan and use a divided skillet instead? This means you can cooks two different things at the same time – in the same thing, without it merging together. This is great if you are cooking for people that share different food interests, as you will be saving so much time, while pleasing everyone.

Tea kettle

Now it’s one thing to have a usual kettle to boil water in, but if you like drinking tea in particular, then why not invest in something more suitable? Tea will never have tasted so good, that’s why it’s definitely worth investing in the best tea kettle that you can get your hands on. Not only are they pretty to look at, but you will be able to taste a big difference too.

Tunnel toaster

If you want to keep up to date with the newest technologies, then you will need this toaster. Besides having a versatile temperature control, a defrost button and a reheat option, it also slides in and out vertically, so you don’t have to struggle with trying to pull out hot toast as you burn your fingertips on the top of the toaster.

You just slide out the tray and collect your reward. – Because of its interesting structure, you don’t have to restrict yourself to just bread either; you can fit all kinds of shapes in like croissants, baguettes, and even bagels.

Bottle magnet holder

Whether you’re a beer drinker or not, these magnetic strips will securely hold any beverage bottle as it suspends from the ceiling of your fridge. Not only will you be showing your friends the inside of your fridge every time they come round (because it looks so cool!) But it’s also a really efficient way to keep your drinks cold, while still having enough room to store your other items.

Now you’ve been given some ideas, have a walk around your kitchen and see what you think needs improving. Or maybe you just need to have a big throw out altogether to get rid of unnecessary clutter.

June 20, 2017

When you think about a marriage proposal, you are likely to think of a man dropping to one knee and producing a ring. Usually, this is done in a very romantic setting, either in public or in private, depending on the preferences of the couple. However, in various places around the world, the way proposals work are very different.

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Proposals in Vietnam

Should you be in Vietnam, then a proposal has nothing to do with romance. Rather, it has to do with the families approving of the union. In fact, unless both parents accept, the marriage is unlikely to take place. On a side note, if the families do agree, they will also be involved in the entire ceremony, from the wedding hire to setting the date!

Proposals in Japan

In Japan, an engagement happens after a ceremony known as a Yunio. Here, the families of both the bride and groom meet and exchange a total of nine gifts, each wrapped in delicate rice paper. The presents stand for good wishes and particular sentiments such as healthy children, wealth, and longevity.

Proposals in Chile

In Chile, both the bride and the groom will wear an engagement ring, which will be on their right hand. Then, on the day they get married, that ring is moved to the third finger of the left hand instead. Where in our cultures wedding props with a difference are all the rage, Chile is more about the simplicity.

Proposals in India

Many marriages in India are arranged by families. However, it is now more widespread for children to choose their own suitors, although family approval continues to be vital. If the engagement is accepted, a huge party will usually follow.

Proposals in Ghana

In Ghana, the groom would take some close family members and knock on the door of his bride to be, announce he intends to marry her. This happens just one week before the wedding itself and is known as the ‘knocking ceremony’, or Kokooko.

Proposals in Thailand

Thai men perform a ‘gold engagement’ or Thong Mun. Hence, to show his intentions to marry, he will present his bride to be with lots of different gifts, all of which must be gold.

Proposals in Greece

In Greece, men must ask permission of the father of the bride first. If he accepts, then they must receive pastoral counselling three times for approval and blessings. Once done, a huge party will ensue.

Proposals in France

In France, a man will ask his beloved for her hand in marriage. If she accepts, they then ask permission of her father. Presuming he also agrees, the engaged couple will go ring shopping together. The ring will then be presented at a small family gathering.

Proposals in Scotland

In Scotland, a man will go through a Beukin or Speerin, which means the father of the bride will set them various tasks to complete if he is to marry the daughter.

These are just some examples of the interesting cultural differences regarding asking for someone’s hand in marriage. Each country will have its particularities and traditions. Hopefully, those will continue to exist.

June 19, 2017

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The bathroom is an unsung hero of the modern home. It’s a space that is utilised by every member of the household on a daily basis. Frankly, the bathing and beauty rituals that take place in this environment are key to making us feel human in the mornings too. Therefore, this part of your home should be allowed to shine, even if it lacks physical dimensions.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve recently downsized to a smaller property or simply want to freshen up your outdated bathroom. These five simple tips will help you maximise the capabilities of your limited area. Here’s all you need to know.







June 19, 2017

Kitchen Renovation


If your kitchen is looking a little tired or not quite your style, you might find yourself wondering about tearing it all out and starting again. Given how much time we spend in the kitchen, if it doesn’t meet your style aspirations, you’re living with a constant reminder of it. Feeling out of sync with an area of your home is never pleasant, especially when you have dreams of so much more.

The price, however, can be terrifying. It seems even if you don’t want to spend a fortune, you can still be looking at at least five figures. Do you really have to set aside such a huge amount of money to inject new life into your kitchen? Or is it possible to exercise a few smart shopping habits that mean you don’t have to take out a loan just to get started?

1) Ignore Built-In Appliances

It’s hard to argue that built-in appliances tend to look better when it comes to kitchen design. They can give an impression of smooth, sleek lines that it can be difficult to part yourself from the idea of.

The problem is… they’re also more expensive. Just to buy the appliance, you’re looking at at least £100 more, and then there is the cost of fitting it. You will need to pay that fitting fee, too – it’s not like stand-alone appliances which can largely plug in and then off they go.

Also bear in mind that the capacity for built-in appliances tends to be smaller, so if you cook big meals or are already working with reduced space, they might not be for you from a purely practical standpoint.

2) Source Items Individually

When you see quotes for the cost of a kitchen renovation, they will likely be combination quotes for everything – the price of the new units, the appliances, and then the labour to put it all together. These deals also tend to have a premium on them because they are so simple.

If you’re willing to put the effort into sourcing each item individually, you could save a fortune. It’s often possible to get great deals on pre-used kitchen units on eBay; you could try this website for ideas when it comes to the sink; or perhaps sample various sites that offering discount or remnant flooring. As for the fitter, this site can help you source an experienced fitter who can put it all together. This is just the beginning, too; search online, diving deep into the search results, until you find something that matches your price point.

3) Go Cheap On The Cabinet Structure

A great way to save money is to choose cheap cabinet structures but expensive cabinet doors. The doors are the only part that anyone sees anyway, so no one is going to know it’s cheap MDF or similar materials behind the fancy outside. As long as you measure to ensure a good fit for the new doors, this can be a really effective way of substantially cutting the cost.