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July 21, 2017


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If you also look forward to the weekend after leaving a long and tedious week of work behind, you’ve clicked on the right kind of post. There is nothing that’s more fun than to gather a handful of your best friends for a great night out and forget about your troubles for a couple of hours; although you’ll have fun, either way, you can use some of these brilliant ideas to mix it up a bit.

Games Night

Have an evening of playing games like you used to do when you were kids. It will work even better if one or two or your besties have been with you since you were half a meter tall; then you can dig up a few of your old favorites and feel slightly sentimental about it. Cards Against Humanity is always an excellent choice, but don’t be afraid to use some older varieties, such as Monopoly or even video games.

Ask your friends what kind of games they have at home – you never know if any of them should stumble over an old gaming console or a board game you haven’t seen in years. Whatever you have handy will work just fine, so you don’t have to go out of your way to get ahold of something exciting – with a few bottles of wine mixed into it, you’re going to have a grand time in anway.

Wine Tasting

Have you ever been wine tasting before? It’s expensive and even a bit boring if you’re not with the right group of people. Host one at home and you get to choose a few cheapish bottles, taste as much as you’d like, and you don’t have to pretend to know anything at all about grapes. Even better, you don’t have to line up in a pub somewhere and have to spend time on guys who don’t know how to flirt with a girl – when you can stay at home and spend time with each other instead.

To make this about wine tasting and not just to empty a few glasses until you get a headache, it’s fun to write down your opinions about each bottle. You can prepare blank labels for each, give everyone something to write with, and allow each party guest to add their views to the bottle. The goal is to be as critical with the last as you were with the first – and to have a good laugh when you read the comments the following day.

You can totally do this with other drinks than wine, by the way. A lot of my girlfriends prefer to drink beer over both cocktails and wine; some of them would even prefer to host a whiskey-tasting party, so don’t be afraid to adjust this theme as you please. If you want to host a beer-tasting party, have a look at Untappd, by the way, so that you can rate different beer types within the app.

Whether you’re in the mood for fancy cocktails or simply a homemade meal with your best pals, you’re in for a treat. These ideas can be used for any fun weekend with the girls or to celebrate a special occasion – the world is your oyster, you know. The best part is that you don’t have to go out to have a great time together; you just have to be together.

July 21, 2017

Summer is well and truly her,e and so are the days where we are basking in the sunshine and enjoying being outside. However, there are some summer days that can become a little unbearable. The humidity is hard to handle, the heat feels like it’s too much and you are desperately searching for ways to keep cool. I thought I would share with you some of the easiest ways you can bring your body temperature back down to earth. I hope they help you keep yourself cool on even the hottest of days.

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Use your air conditioning unit

Your air conditioning unit is possibly the first thing you turn to on a hot day, so don’t delay and switch it on. However, if it hasn’t been used for some time, you may find that it isn’t working as it should be, or not even at all. This is when services from websites like www.onehourac.com might be about to help you out. Air conditioning can keep your home cool on even the hottest days, providing you a haven for when things get too much outside.

Enjoy ice treats and drinks

Nothing screams summer than enjoying an ice treat or drink straight from the freezer. However, it is also a great way to keep you cool and regulate your body temperature. Consider making your own from fresh fruit juices and adding things like yogurt or fruit pieces. There are plenty of recipes online on websites like www.marthastewart.com. Furthermore, why not create some of your favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktails and freeze them? Creating your very own icy beverages to enjoy in the evening.

Keep blinds and curtains shut in your home

When the sun shines into your home through the glass, it starts to heat up the room, which can mean that come bedtime your bedroom feels unbearable to sleep, or you can’t relax in your kitchen or living room. Try and keep blinds and curtains shut throughout the day. The darkened room should remain a few degrees cooler than outside.

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Change your outfit regularly

Not many of us need an excuse for an outfit change, but summer does mean changing your clothing regularly to keep you cool. Sweaty clothes can make you feel warmer during the day.

Open up the windows at night and first thing in the morning

The coolest points of the day are just before the sun rises and after it sets. The temperature drops a fair few degrees giving you the perfect opportunity to open up the windows and doors in your home and to let the cooler air in. This can help to cool your home down, enabling you to have a better sleep.

Stay in shade at the hottest points of the day

Finally, it is important for you to remain in the shade at the hottest points of the day. While still warm, the shade is a few degrees cooler than being out in the direct sun. Offering you a break from the rays. This is also important for taking care of your skin and health while out in the sun.

I hope these tips help you keep cool on a hot day.

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 19, 2017

There comes a time in life when we have to make a change – and it might not be one that we welcome. It’s estimated that the average person will move home seven times in their life, but that’s likely to be a figure that keeps on growing. Many millennials may find themselves having to move multiple times just to be able to find work, and buying a home might be far out of their reach until they are in their 40s.

The moving itself is problematic enough, but sometimes, needs must. You might find yourself having to move to another city or into an area you don’t like, but there’s one problem that is the worst of all: when you have to move somewhere smaller. It might be because you’re moving to a more expensive area and your money doesn’t go as far, or you’re moving in a rush and have to take what you can get – but there’s no doubt that it happens.

Going through this process is time-consuming and exhausting. You have to try and distil all of your belongings into a smaller space, which inevitably means some things are going to be left behind. When it comes to managing this process, you need to have a thorough strategy in mind – otherwise you might find yourself moving and realizing you’ve left something essential behind!

The “Three Lists” Solution

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The best way of making sure you’re prioritizing the right items to move with you is to make three distinct lists. They are:

List One: The Essentials

Compile this list over the course of a few days. Every time you use something in your current apartment – be it cooking equipment or just sitting on a piece of furniture – put it on the list. If you do this for two days, you’ll soon have a list of all the things you really need and actively use. These are the things you’re going to want to prioritize with the movers and ensure that they get to their new home safely.

List Two: The “Like It But Not Essential”

This list should involve all of the things you like but – with your most rational head on – know that you could live without.

Try and see this move as an opportunity for a monumental decluttering session. You can go through your belongings and your closet and see what you actually use. Another area to attack is the kitchen; you might have accumulated a lot of gadgets that you don’t use often and are just cluttering up space. If you’re ruthless, you’ll soon begin to narrow everything down into a much smaller space.

If you really can’t see yourself parting with an item, then it goes onto this list. When you have got the essentials moved in and found a new home for them, you can begin to work down this list.

List Three: The Junk List

Through the process of going through items and deciding which of the first two lists they belong to, you’ll soon find yourself with a lot of leftover. Don’t just throw these items out; write them down. When you’ve finishing cataloging everything, go through this list and see if anything can be recycled, donated, or even sold for a profit. After all, just because it’s junk for you doesn’t mean someone won’t want it!

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May 24, 2017

The world is full of places to go and things to see. Wherever you go in the world, you can find beautiful coves, beaches full of white sand and clear waters to swim in. When it comes to travelling, you’ll likely be building yourself an itinerary of things to do and activities to pack into your experiences.

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If you get the chance to go further than London and explore Australia, heading to Perth has to be something that is on top of your list! Sunny weather, the freshest food and an outdoor lifestyle that is so laidback it’s horizontal, Perth is stuffed full of activities that can make your holiday once in a lifetime. So, when you touch down on the west coast of Australia, what are the things you MUST see?

Mandurah. There are so many itineraries like this one that takes you along the coast of Mandurah. You can visit numerous cafes, join canal cruises to look for dolphins and visit cultural museums and art exhibits. The national parks and coastal lakes can make your trip full of memories every single hour. There are many options for food and drink, and you can soak up a little sun on the beaches as you go. If you’re a fan of golf, you’ll love the many courses available in the Mandurah suburbs, including Dawesville. Chill out on the green with your clubs and enjoy a sumptuous meal in the golf course restaurant afterwards. Enjoying views of the Indian Ocean while you practise your swing is going to make your holiday!

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Fremantle. A port city, Fremantle is bursting with things to do and not just for couples, for all the family. It’s 30 minutes from Perth and is famous for its coffee along the Cappuccino Strip. There are markets to explore, street food to tuck into and a historical prison you can visit to soak up a little culture. With the plethora of shopping opportunities available, you’ll never be short of things to do.

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Sunset Coast. If there’s one thing that Perth does well, it’s the beaches. The Sunset Coast doesn’t disappoint when you are looking for somewhere to explore during your holiday. There are nineteen different beaches to explore, with the promise of diving and snorkelling available to you to get involved with. Head over to AQWA to explore the marine life that is unique to Western Australia.

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Perth Hills. While the beaches may be a central point for Western Australia, let’s not forget the stunning scenery of Perth Hills. Sometimes escaping from the city is a must, even on a holiday. Heading out to Lake Leschenaultia 45 minutes east of Perth for a picnic is just as much of an adventure as snorkelling off the coast. Cycle trails and climbing as well as long hikes are perfect for the adventurer in you.

Heading for a holiday in Western Australia is one of the biggest adventures you could ever take. Make it a good one and stuff it full of activities!

 

May 23, 2017

The world is full of places to go and things to see. Wherever you go in the world, you can find beautiful coves, beaches full of white sand and clear waters to swim in. When it comes to travelling, you’ll likely be building yourself an itinerary of things to do and activities to pack into your experiences.

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If you get the chance to go further than London and explore Australia, heading to Perth has to be something that is on top of your list! Sunny weather, the freshest food and an outdoor lifestyle that is so laidback it’s horizontal, Perth is stuffed full of activities that can make your holiday once in a lifetime. So, when you touch down on the west coast of Australia, what are the things you MUST see?

Mandurah. There are so many itineraries like this one that takes you along the coast of Mandurah. You can visit numerous cafes, join canal cruises to look for dolphins and visit cultural museums and art exhibits. The national parks and coastal lakes can make your trip full of memories every single hour. There are many options for food and drink, and you can soak up a little sun on the beaches as you go. If you’re a fan of golf, you’ll love the many courses available in the Mandurah suburbs, including Dawesville. Chill out on the green with your clubs and enjoy a sumptuous meal in the golf club restaurant afterwards. Enjoying views of the Indian Ocean while you practise your swing is going to make your holiday!

mandurah beach, wa

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Fremantle. A port city, Fremantle is bursting with things to do and not just for couples, for all the family. It’s 30 minutes from Perth and is famous for its coffee along the Cappuccino Strip. There are markets to explore, street food to tuck into and a historical prison you can visit to soak up a little culture. With the plethora of shopping opportunities available, you’ll never be short of things to do.

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Sunset Coast. If there’s one thing that Perth does well, it’s the beaches. The Sunset Coast doesn’t disappoint when you are looking for somewhere to explore during your holiday. There are nineteen different beaches to explore, with the promise of diving and snorkelling available to you to get involved with. Head over to AQWA to explore the marine life that is unique to Western Australia.

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Perth Hills. While the beaches may be a central point for Western Australia, let’s not forget the stunning scenery of Perth Hills. Sometimes escaping from the city is a must, even on a holiday. Heading out to Lake Leschenaultia 45 minutes east of Perth for a picnic is just as much of an adventure as snorkelling off the coast. Cycle trails and climbing as well as long hikes are perfect for the adventurer in you.

Heading for a holiday in Western Australia is one of the biggest adventures you could ever take. Make it a good one and stuff it full of activities!