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Carly’s first year in her new home

For most of you that know me you know I absolutely love animals, and have owned quite an array of different types of animals over the years, and the latest being our dog Carly.

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Carly is a 4 year old Bitch Rottweiler who we rehomed back in September 2015 from a friend of a friend who could no longer look after her due to unforseen circumstances.  We arranged to go and visit her one evening just to see what she was like etc…  When the evening came to go and visit me and my partner tom, and his mum came with us to talk to the owner and find out her temperament, behaviour, health etc…  Well it was love at first sight with her, she was perfect in every way house trained, used to be on her own while were at work and good with kids and other dogs.

After we made the decision to rehome her we picked her up a couple of days later on the friday so we could spend the weekend with her and get her settled in to her new home and surroundings.

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When we first brought her home

She brings us so much happiness and laughter with all the funny things she does.

A lot of people think that Rottweiler are one of the dangerous dogs, which isn’t true because no dog is born dangerous it is how it is brought up and what it is taught,  it is fair to say that Carly hasn’t got a nasty bone in her body.  She great round the kids a good guard dog and just a great companion a very loyal and loving dog.

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My nephew and Carly

She loves playing in the park and running around burning energy off, she’s been out in all weather, rain, snow, sun and wind and loves it.

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Carly and her friend Archie
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Carly with her friends Kai and Tilly

We spoil her like we would kids with toys and treats etc. she has got quite a strong jaw we have to be sure to get her strong toys that she can’t destroy easily and we found the perfect ones in Pets at home, but they were in the sale so bargain.

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When you come in from work and have had a bad day or feeling a little under the weather Carly will always without fail make you smile, running up to you when you get home and bringing you a toy to play with.

Christmas time we had only had her a few months so treated her to an advent calendar and some new toys and maybe decorated her with tinsel while putting the tree up.

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Nearly 12 months on she is amazing, settled in great and an absolute joy to have around the house.

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Have you rehomed animals? Would love to hear your story. 

Our holiday to Alicante Spain

Just over a week ago we returned home from our 10 day holiday in Spain.

Every year me and my fiance go on holiday together abroad but this year was going to be different.  For the last 2 years my friend and her husband come and stay with me and my fiancé from Spain. I have worked and known Cheryl for almost 10 years now and she is like a 2nd mum to me.

Nearly 2 years ago Cheryl and her husband decided they were going to move over and emigrate to Spain to enjoy their retirement life. I was very sad to see her move but also happy for her and I had always told her she was welcome anytime to stay with us, so for the last 2 years around March time she has come over back to Birmingham and stayed at ours.

This year it was our turn, they invited us over to stay at their house in Spain, so while they were staying with us in March this year we organised a time to plan and go over for our holidays.  We decided on June so was cheaper and out of season. We booked our flights within about an hour of looking for the best deals around etc, we booked the flights through Monarch, I have never flown with Monarch but had heard some good reviews about them.

Eventually after waiting for what seemed like forever the date arrived, we started packing a day before as we had been so busy, Our flight was at 7.05am on Monday 20th June so we had to get up at 3.30am, we pre ordered a taxi to.  We arrived at the airport around 10am, but spain are 1 hour ahead so it was 11am.

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My friends picked us up from the airport, it took us around 30 minutes to get back to their house, but when we arrived it was beautiful, it’s located in a little community and was so peaceful and quiet.

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This is their House

There was a community swimming pool as well just a few steps up the road which was lovely, we went there a few days to keep cool.

We went out a few days which included, Torrevieja, the beach, A Market, Guardamar and La Senziar.

The first day we arrived we stayed in and just relaxed as we had such an early start we were tired, plus the England game was on.  My friends made us lunch and cooked us dinner on the evening which was lovely too and we sat upstairs on the solarium eating and looking over at the sun setting.

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We didn’t plan to do much as we wanted to relax but was nice to go out and see the sights and the places round Alicante, as we hadn’t been to this area before.  We went out for meals on the evening to lots of different places and experienced lots of different types of food, Italian – All you can eat & drink, Chinese, Grill House, Pub like places (Hogs Head) and more, most of which were a set menu for 3 courses at great prices for around 9-11 euros each with a drink – can’t complain at that.

The temperature most days was between 27 – 30 degrees most days and the sun was always shining from early morning till late at night with a slight breeze blowing through.

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At the Grill House

The day we went to Torrevieja it was extremely hot with a breeze, we walked along the sea front and around the coast which had lots of restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlours and little shops,  It was lovely watching people play on the beach and in the sea all having a great time.  We must have spent at least half a day walking and talking and taking in the spectacular views of the coast lines.  On the walk back to the car we all stopped off to get and ice cream – tradition right, wow they had hundreds of different flavours.  I chose After eight mint flavour and it was delicious, but melted super fast, and my fiance had Kinder bueno flavour.

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As we carried on walking we came across some little rock pools – I loved these as a child as still do now and we had a little look to see what we could find and we came across this little guy, a crab hiding under the rocks for safety.

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We then got back in the car and headed home to chill for a while before going out for dinner.

The days seemed to be going past both quickly and slowly dependant on what we did in the day.

Another day we decided to go and spend the day at the beach just the 2 of us for a change, Phil drove us to the beach as it is a bit far to walk.

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We found a perfect spot, the sand was golden and soft, with no sign of litter anywhere which was great.  we lay our stuff down, I read my kindle and Tom listen to music.  There was a lovely sea breeze that kept passing over to keep us nice and cool.  We had a spot of lunch in the beach restaurant, then we had a walk down the beach and before we knew it the time had passed and it was nearly 6pm, so I gave my friend a ring to see if she wouldn’t  mind picking us back up.  I really enjoyed the beach, listening to the waves slowly crash against the shore.

There was so much to see and do in spain, we just didn’t have enough time to go and see everything.  Sadly we only had a couple of days left so we went to a market on another day, it was around a 45 minute drive from the house, it was absolutely packed when we arrived.  we tried to find out way round in a manely order but that was just impossible.  Unfortauntly after on a few hours of being there I didn’t start to feel so great, luckily we met up with my friends so decided to head home.

The last few days went passed so quickly,it’s hard to recall what we actually did  other than have a fantastic time.

Then the sad day finally came where we had to pack up our things and leave the wonderful spanish sun behind and head home.  Our flight wasn’t till 8pm so we did have some of the day to do something so we decided to go to the pool and just relax.  It was then time to pack up properly say goodbye and head to the airport for our flight home.

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Where are you going on holiday this year?

Holiday, Football & EU Referendum #LittleLoves

WOW! Well hello July, doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago I was writing my first post at the beginning of June….crazy where the months are going.  I can finally say though that on the 22nd it will be 12 months till my WEDDING DAY! So excited but nervous too.

Well these last few weeks have just flown by in a blur for me, coming out of hospital, working, Zoo review, friends wedding, Fathers Day then our holiday now were in July, suspose the saying is correct when they say “Time flies when your having fun”.

Read

Lots of kindle books, while relaxing on the beach or by the pool on holiday for the last 10 days.

Watched

Football…. A lot of it at that!! I’m not a mad football person but I will watch England play, but unfortuantly we didn’t seem to do so well did we in the Euro’s and we were out very quickly.  I have to say I did enjoy watching all the players running around on the pitch.

Wore

Well I don’t want to rub it in, but have lived in bikini’s and maxi dresses as I’ve spent the last 10 amazing day in the beautiful Spanish weather, reaching highs of 27- 30 degrees everyday. Take me back.

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Also wore this new dress for my friends Wedding, I really struggle to find clothes especially dresses that I like.  I had some lovely comments on it though so made me feel much better.

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Made

Don’t think it counts as properly made but BBQ we had one, one evening and it was amazing, I love a good BBQ.  shame britain really doesn’t have the weather to have them.  We had burgers, hotdogs, chicken kebab’s and jacket potatoes, with salad and it was delicious – I was truly stuffed after.

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Heard

The EU referendum decision…and people opinions at the end of it.  Can’t really say much more on this subject as I think it is a very sore matter at the moment for some people with the decision that was made.

And finally

It was back to reality this week after returning from an amazing 10 day holiday to the beautiful spainish country of Alicante, Spain.

Hope you have had a good week? Have a good weekend?

Little Loves

Twycross Zoo – Review & exclusive Girafffe Feeding Experience

Your never too old for a visit to a zoo – are you?

Well I have been given the opportunity to visit Twycross zoo, I have always loved animals and visiting any zoos, safari parks and rescue centres, I have worked in many rescue centres and I really do have a soft spot for all different types off creatures big and small.

Little Bit about Twycross

Twycross Zoo was founded in 1963 by pet shop owners Molly Badham and Natalie Evans, after the pair’s increasing zoological collection outgrew their three quarter acre site in Hints, Staffordshire.

Bonobo mother and infantTwycross Zoo is now renowned as a World Primate Centre and has a wide variety of monkeys and apes including the UK’s only group of bonobos. They have breeding groups of many endangered primate species so often have babies and toddlers playing around in the great ape groups, and in many of the monkey groups. they also hold a range of other species including Asian elephants, snow leopards, penguins, meerkats, tapir, hyena, and the world’s rarest big cat, the Amur leopard.

Set in more than 80-acres, they have around 500 animals of almost 150 species to see, including many endangered animals and native species in the Zoo’s Nature Reserve. You can walk with ring-tailed lemurs in their walk-through enclosure; see a troop of emperor tamarins leap above your head in their treetop exhibit, and watch the Humboldt penguins take their daily walk. Keepers present regular talks and feeds where you can learn a bit more about some of the animals such as the chimpanzees, Asian elephants and South American coatis.

Our Day at the zoo

On Sunday 12th June I was invited along with my Fiance, Mum, Dad and Nephew to have a day out at Twycross Zoo, which isn’t a million miles away.  We jumped in the car and it took us around 30 – 40 mins to get there.  unfortunately it was a wet, rainy miserable day but we weren’t going to let a little rain mess up our day.

We arrived at the zoo around 11am and were told we were due to meet and feed the giraffes at around 3pm, We had kept it a secret from my nephew as it was a surprise for him. We started off looking round at all the other animals, I have always loved zoo’s ever since I was a little girl. I don’t always agree with keeping wild animals in captivity – but that’s a different story.

We started off looking at all the different types of monkeys, Gibbons, orangutans, Bonobos, Lemurs, Howler, Spider and so many more.  Not all of them were out as it was a wet miserable day so they kept snug and warm inside you were able to see some of them in there inside enclosures.

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We just worked our way slowly round looking at the map as we went along to find what we were going to see next.

We saw, Elephants, Zebras, Kangaroos,  Leopards, Otters, Meerkats, hyena’s and many more.

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There is also a new attraction at Twycross called “Lorikeet Landing”.

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This is where you can buy nectar for £1 a pot and go into the walk through enclosure and feed and have the lorikeet birds land on you.  I love birds and would love one as a pet.  They are such beautiful creatures and so colourful.

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We then stopped for a quick hot drink break to warm ourselves up and to shelter from the rain for a little while.

We continued our way round the zoo and went into the walk in lemurs enclosure, unfortunately we were advised there was only 1 lemur out as all the rest had gone indoors to hide from the rain – Can’t blame them really.

Around 1pm we decided it was time for some lunch, we had brought a picnic with us, we headed back to my dads car and sat and ate it, my mum had made loads of food, sandwiches, crisps, sausage rolls, salad, fruit, drinks and cookies.

After lunch we took a walk over to the “Explorer Zone”

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I believe this section to be newish as I have never seen it before.  In here we found the butterfly enclosure with an array of beautifully coloured butterflies (apologies for the blurry pictures my camera got steamed up with the humidity).

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After we had explored this section it was time for us to all head over to the giraffe house and await our meet with the zoo keeper to feed the giraffes.  Aren’t they just incredible animals.

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We were given some health and safety rules before we were able to start trying to encourage them inside to feed.  The giraffes arrived in Twycross for just over 12 months, so are still fairly new, they are all males and came from 3 different zoos.  We all got the chance to feed them.  My nephew was very excited to be able to do this.

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unfortunately they didn’t play ball as well as we would have like but it was an amazing experience to get up so close and personal with these absolutely incredible creatures.  The boys all had names and were called Brad, Epesi and Setant.

You can find out more about what other animals you can get up close and personal with Here. These would make a lovely gift for someone special.

Even though the weather wasn’t on our side and we got merely a little soggy wet to say the least our day at Twycross zoo was amazing and the best bit was defiantly feeding the giraffes.

If you have never been to Twycross zoo head over there this summer.  Directions can be found here

* Disclaimer – I was given entry to the zoo free of charge for the purpose of a review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. I paid £75 to be given the opportunity to feed the giraffes.

All About Being an Auntie and Buying Gifts for Your Niece or Nephew

Being an auntie is so much fun! You don’t have to be the one that disciplines them or grounds them. You just get to be the fun auntie that they want to hang out with. When it comes to birthdays and Christmases, I can go a little overboard. I know it isn’t about the presents and more about presence. But it is so nice seeing their face light up with a gift that you have given them. There can be things that I see when I’m out and about, and it just makes me think of them. Their parents are going to get them the standard gifts and the things that they ask for. So getting them something fun and special is so nice for me. Not too annoying and noisy, though. You know you’ll get payback from that from their parents one day!

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When your sibling is expecting a baby, there might be quite a few things that you want to get them. Everyone is excited for a new baby, and it is nice to be able to help out. I think it is a good idea to check with the parents first, though. Going out and just buying something without checking might be a bit of a no-no. They will more than likely want to shop and browse for things like baby cots themselves. You could always contribute to it, though. Things like nappies, wipes, and burp cloths are always a winner. Noone is ever going to be mad at getting them as a gift!

A baby shower is always a good indicator of things that they might like. Some people register for gifts, so it is handy to be able to get things that they definitely want. It is also a nice idea to throw a baby shower as a gift before the baby arrives. It is such a special time, and a baby shower is a great memory to have; especially if it is their first baby.

When the baby is born, then the fun auntie duties can begin! Quite often the parents will have everything that they need by then. Some of the best things you could do for them is to offer to babysit. Sometimes it might even be that they are in at home, but you just take over while they have a nap. The tiredness can be overwhelming for first-time parents, and that type of ‘gift’ is worth its weight in gold. Other thoughtful gifts could include making a meal for them or just heading over with chocolate. A new mum would love a little pamper time. You could buy them some food shopping or just come over to clean the house a little for them. Gifts of time are a great idea and mean a lot to new parents.

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When it gets to the baby getting a little older, then it is time to get all of the fun gifts and trips out. For up to their first birthday, they are learning quite a lot all the time. There is still a physical limit of all that they can do. So getting something like a walker is a great idea. They can navigate their way around the house, and it will help them to learn to walk. Things like building blocks are a great idea too. It will help their fine motor skills and development. Pull along toys are a great idea as they will be learning to walk and can drag it along with them. They look so cute being able to pull a little toy along with them.

For preschool age, craft kits are a great idea for little ones. They love to get a little messy and creative. It is great for their development too. Painting is a great idea; pretty much anything that they can cut and stick. A sticker book or a little chalkboard easel is a great idea. If it encourages them to make an organised mess rather than making a mess on a wall, it is onto a winner with everyone!

When they get to school age, there is a whole world of things that they will need or be into. First of all, if you want there to be nice to your sibling and their other half, you could offer to help out with the cost of school things. For your niece or nephews birthday, you could get things that foster their interests and hobbies. Quite often they have an interest in dinosaurs or in space, so you could get things that go along with those themes. At school age, children may be interested in collecting things. It could be Star Wars figurines or anything Disney related. Adding to their collection pretty much makes you the most awesome auntie ever.

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Books are always a winner with school aged children. Start off with books that they will be able to read. Then they can build up and move on to different and trickier books. Rhyming books are a great way to help them learn words and sounds, so Dr. Seuss books could be a good place to start.

As they get even older, gifts that allow them to risk a little are a good idea. Now hear me out, I’m not talking about any super extreme. Things like a chemistry set are a good way to allow them to learn. But they can experience a little risk in the things that they are making. Though not real risk really.

Trips out are always a fun thing to do with your niece or nephew. It is something that you will both look forward to. Think about trips to the zoo, a day at the farm or even the beach. Having family members that they are close with is so important. Quite often there might be things that they don’t want to talk to their parents to. But if you build up a close relationship with them they should be able to share these types of things with you.

Incredible Upgrades You’ll Want For Your Home

As a homeowner, you probably take a lot of pride in your property. Owning your own home also buys you a lot of freedom to customise your house to suit your tastes and your lifestyle. It’s also an investment for your future. Over time, you will owe less and less. And your property will increase in value. It’s also the place where you raise your family. It will be the setting for some of the most treasured memories you’ll collect over your lifetime.

Of course, there will also be plenty of opportunities to make your house into that little sanctuary away from the bustle of the world. You may want to indulge and add those little luxuries that we all love from time to time. If you’re looking to upgrade parts of your home, why not try some of these amazing ideas:

Luxury Bathroom Fittings

Lots of people rip out the bathroom when they move into a new house. It feels weird using the facilities in your own home when you know the previous owners have been in there! But over time, you may feel like adding some extra special features to your bathroom. Jacuzzi baths have become increasingly popular as ways to relax and soak away the day. You can even choose a P-shaped one so you can still enjoy the shower over the bath.

A complete luxury bathroom should benefit from a bidet facility, like the ones at Aquarius Hygiene. You may not have to worry about finding extra space. And it can be a highly desirable addition to the family bathroom. Do you have space for a shower enclosure? Why not consider upgrading the facility to include interactive lighting, a sound system, and touch panel screen? Luxury!

Sauna

There is no doubt that there are many health benefits to be enjoyed from having a sauna. A family sauna needn’t take up much space. They’re not nearly as difficult to maintain or keep clean as you think. Some can be installed without the need for electrical fittings. Or you may prefer a high-end sauna complete with sound speakers and lighting effects.

Filtered Water Taps

Installing a filtered water tap in your kitchen could provide you with the purest drinking water you ever tasted. And if you’re always battling your kettle to keep the scum off the surface of your tea this could be the answer. A boiling filtered water tap provides pure boiling water at the turn of a handle. It is energy efficient too. There is no waiting for it to reach temperature. So throw out your kettle, and enjoy a perfect cup of tea.

Underfloor Heating

More of us are enjoying the beauty of tiles and solid wood flooring. But in the winter, we feel constantly wrapped up with socks. Underfloor heating keeps the floors at a lovely temperature just right for bare feet. And it can free up your wall space as you’ll no longer need those wall radiators.

There are plenty of little indulgences you can add to your home. Or you may choose to upgrade an entire room. What will you improve today?

Be Smart About Maintenance To Keep Your Property’s Value High

As a homeowner, the maintenance of your property is your responsibility. A lot of homeowners make the mistake of not keeping on top of their maintenance, but this is a big mistake and one that you don’t want to make. The truth is, a property’s value isn’t just about its location or size, it’s also about how well maintained it has been.

If you let your home get into a bad state and don’t keep on top of repairs and updates, should you want to sell, the value won’t be as high as it could be. That’s why it’s so important to make an effort to keep on top of things, and if you can’t, hire someone who can. Being smart about your home’s maintenance is essential if you want it to hold it’s value.

Want to know what areas of home maintenance it’s most important to focus on? Then, keep reading as all is about to be revealed.

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Exterior inspection

The first thing to know is that exterior inspection of your home is just as important as keeping an eye on the inside, if not more so. The truth is, a lot of us leave the exterior of our homes when it comes to maintenance because it’s more tricky to check and deal with. If you’re not able to make checks yourself, hire a contractor who can. As for what you should be checking, the most important things are the foundations for any cracks, the roof for any damage, and any window or door seals. There’s also garden maintenance, such as lawn mowing and de-weeding, but this isn’t as crucial. Don’t have a green thumb? Why not hire a gardener to deal with your garden maintenance needs?

Checking appliances

There appliances inside your home that will be left when you move house, such as the boiler for example. It’s important to ensure that all household appliances that come with the house are well maintained and cared for. It’s also important to keep an eye on the features, like the water system, electrics, and so on. For instance, your electrics should be checked by a qualified electrician once every couple of years. Or, for example, plumbers recommend that your boiler should be serviced once a year. By keeping up with home maintenance, you can ensure that not only do appliances last longer. But also that they’re in a great condition when (or if) you chose to sell up.

Keeping up to date with updates

Don’t make the mistake of skimping on home updates because of the cost. Of course, there’s no need to redecorate every year to keep up to date with all the newest trends. However, it’s important to update any decor when it starts to look old or worn. It’s amazing how much a property’s decor can reduce its value. So if you want to ensure that your home is as valuable as possible, keep up to date with home updates. Your home will look beautiful and will be worth more.

Hopefully, you’ll find these tips helpful for keeping your property’s value as high as possible.

Why You Should Spend More Time Thinking About Coffee

We might be a nation of tea drinkers, but we get through plenty of coffee too. And if you hop over to the continent, you’ll find much more coffee and a lot less tea. For example, the people of Sweden drink a whole lot of coffee. If you drink coffee, but you’ve never really given it much thought, you might want to think again. Perhaps the most you do is mix a mug of instant coffee in the morning, and that’s enough for you. But there’s much more to coffee than you might imagine. There are several reasons it’s a fun and interesting thing to start thinking about more. Here are a few reasons you should give it some more of your attention.

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It’s a Fun Hobby

Drinking coffee doesn’t just have to be an incidental thing that you occasionally do. If you already have coffee often, you might as well start learning more about it. Just like people who love beer, wine, baking, or any number of things, it can become a fun hobby. There are so many ways to turn coffee drinking into an activity you regularly do. You could look at coffee grinders to buy your first one. Then you can start building a sophisticated coffee-making setup. As well as making coffee at home, you can go to coffee tastings (or cuppings, as they’re called). You can do research to learn about coffee, cook and bake with coffee, and more.

It Could Be Good for Your Body

There are lots of studies that suggest coffee could do good things for you. The benefits range from giving you antioxidants to even helping to prevent cancer. Coffee might be able to help people with Parkinson’s control their symptoms, and it’s good for your liver. A study has shown that drinking coffee daily reduces to chance of liver cirrhosis. What’s more, women who drink several cups of coffee a day might be less at risk for skin cancer. And, of course, because coffee contains caffeine, it can give you an energy boost.

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It Could Be Good for Your Brain

Coffee has caffeine in it, unless you purposely go for a decaf product. As well as raising your energy levels, one of the things caffeine does is help you to focus. You will find it in many weight loss products and performance enhancers. Coffee can make several of your brain’s functions sharper. You could use it to improve your logical reasoning, your attention, reaction time, and more.

Thinking Before You Buy Is Worth It

You might be a coffee lover, but how much do you know about the industry? Being a conscientious coffee drinker is worth it if you want to be kind to the planet and your fellow human beings. If you spend more time picking out your coffee, you can find products that are fair trade and benefit the communities that make it. Plus, mulling over your coffee selection will help you get something with more flavour too.

Don’t let coffee be just another part of your day. Give it some real thought and start taking it seriously instead.

Prestige Flowers – Review

I absolutely love flowers.

I have had quite a few different kinds over the years from family and friends and most recently when I had to go into hospital for a minor operation, I came home to some lovely flowers – they really do change your mood and make the house look extra special not forgetting the aromas they give off.

When prestigeflowers got in contact with me saying they were sending me a bouquet to review.

I was sent the gorgeous “Paris Bouquet”.  which can be ordered from this link below https://www.prestigeflowers.co.uk/haute-florist/paris?cPath=73

They came packaged very well and carefully.

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My Beautiful Bouquet

With Memory Lane roses, divine deep water roses complimented with fragrant oriental lilies, astrantia and forest fresh eucalyptus it is the perfect bouquet for all occasions.

I put the bouquet in the lounge on the fireplace.

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The vase was also included
I absolutely love roses and lilies so was a perfect combination for me.

With the flowers I got a lovely little card.

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I got my flowers delivered on a Wednesday 8th June, they arrived by 11am.

  • Next Day Delivery (7 days a week) – £5.80 (when ordered before 9pm* 5pm on Saturday for Sunday delivery and *2pm
  • Saturday Delivery – £5.80
  • Sunday for Monday delivery)
  • Premium Sunday Delivery – £7.99
  • UK Same Day Delivery – £6.90 (when ordered before 3pm)

The Paris bouquet I received is £35.50 for the “Standard”. It gorgeous! I’ve had the flowers a week now & they still look really fresh.The fragrance that the flowers give out just fills the room.  You are supplied with flower food.

Whenever I order flowers in the future now I would defiantly order from Prestige the services was fantastic and the quality is excellent.

* Disclaimer: I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of the review however all thoughts and opinions are my own

Increase Home Eco-Efficiency To Save Massive Amounts Of Money!

One of the best things about buying a house is that you can kiss the stress of paying rent goodbye. Sure, you probably still have mortgage repayments, but these are going to be a lot more manageable. They are probably a fraction of what you were paying in rent each month. This means that you should have a lot of money free once you’ve bought a home or property and it belongs to you. That should be the case, but it doesn’t always happen. Usually, people end up losing a fortune on energy bills. Typically, that’s because their home isn’t setup for high levels of efficiency.

You might think to get an efficient home you need to buy a house with a high-efficiency rate in the first place. Not true. Most homes have two energy grades. One is the energy efficiency level it’s making in it’s current state. The second is the potential energy efficiency level. You should aim to get as close to the potential as possible. If you do this, you’re going to save a lot of money on your home.

Boiler Inspection

The first thing to do is to get your boiler inspected by a professional. If you’re spending a fortune on heating your home, there’s an excellent chance that there’s a problem with your boiler. If your boiler is using a lot of energy, it might be damaged. Once it’s repaired, you’ll probably find that your energy usage reverts to normal. If it’s still quite high, there are other things you can do. But you should get your boiler checked at least once a year.

Insulation

You can think about improving the home insulation. One possibility on how to do this is to look into double glazing windows. You can replace older windows with PVC double glazing. Arguably, this is the best form of window insulation on the market right now. It will trap warm air in the home while still letting cold air out. This is going to prevent condensation or mould developing around or on the window. Replacing your windows can be expensive so make sure you look online for the best deal that you can find. But, you also need to know that you’re using a company for the installation that you can trust.

Better Tech

You might think that you’re saving money by not bothering to upgrade your TV every few years. But actually, you’re probably losing more than you’re saving. Older televisions have higher energy usage than modern sets. That’s true for most tech devices in your home. It’s why upgrading your tech could ultimately save you a fortune in the long run.

LEDs

Newer televisions use less energy because they are powered by LED displays. LED lights provide powerful displays but use very little energy. That’s why modern TVs are so thin because they don’t need a cooling system to stop them overheating. But LEDs aren’t just found in TVs. You can buy LED bulbs for every area of your home. It’s a cheap and friendly light source that will quickly lead to massive savings.

Hopefully, you will find these tips helpful when making your home more eco-friendly.