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3 things you must do before your next travel adventure

If you have an exciting trip coming up, it’s likely you can’t wait to get to the airport to start your adventure. However, before you jet off, there are a few things you might want to take care of. From your wellbeing to your finances, here’s how you can prepare for your upcoming holiday. 

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The 5 Things Every Woman Should Know About Car Buying

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When it comes to buying a new car, it can be a daunting process. As a woman, it can be difficult to know what you’re looking for, and pushy salespeople can sometimes put you off. If you find yourself in the position where you need to buy a new car, then here are some great tips to making sure you get the best deal.

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Make Your Outdoor Spaces Work Harder For You

For those of us that own our homes, we know that what we do to it can have a big impact on its value. We strive to make all the right improvements that will see the highest return on investment. This often means keeping the decor on trend and maximising the space we have inside the house. But did you know that your outdoor spaces can radically alter the value of your home too?

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Why I’m Over Breastfeeding Articles!

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I couldn't think of a catchy headline for this post, so it's written as it is, but it's NOT ANOTHER BREASTFEEDING ARTICLE! I'm really sick of reading about breastfeeding recently! This is a bold statement coming from someone who is very pro-breastfeeding, having fed both my children past 6 months and knowing the benefits. BUT…Christ almighty, it's nearly getting to the point that we are shoving articles in everyone's faces and eyes roll, because yet again, another person feels the need to almost shame people into feeding their children. I even wrote an article on this two years ago, you can read it here.

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Tips For Keeping Your House Safe When You Are Away

Returning home from any holiday, be it that log awaited honeymoon, that first break away together, a first family holiday or a much needed weekend away, can be gloomy time, but returning from a memorable time away and learning something has gone seriously wrong at home can be downright devastating.

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A house or  apartment left empty while its owners are traveling is a tempting target for criminals. So like all the other holiday preperations you take on, it's imperative that every traveler take certain key steps to keep his or her home safe and sound while enjoying their break. Basic preventative measures (which take only minutes to complete) can work wonders to help you keep your home safe from power cuts, broken pipes, home invasions and more while you're away.

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Choosing The Right Lighting For Your Home

While we are so far away from choosing lighting for our new home, its one of those things that I have started to create a folder/mood board of ideas that I love.Lighting in your home is one of those items that you don’t always notice when it has a good presence and feeling when you’re in the space. Although, when the lighting is poor and you are trying to perform a task, or you feel the opposite of how you would like to feel in the space, you notice it immediately. Lighting is for ambiance, aesthetics, tasks, and seeing better in your home. Think about your home and if it has all the lighting qualities you would like. If your answer is no, here are some tips on how to choose the perfect lighting for you and your family.

Determine what your lighting goals are: Direct or task lighting is focused in the space you are trying to work. Ambient or indirect lighting is used for ambiance and for overall lighting of a space. Once chosen you can begin to choose lighting options. Each room in your home should have a mood you want to set, as well as a function you want your lighting to serve.

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What Are The Benefits Of A Private Water Supply?

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Water is of course essential for life, and we’re lucky to live in a part of the world where turning on a tap gives us a clean and fresh supply. But did you know that you didn’t have to rely on your local water company to provide it, and are able to get your own private source instead? In general terms a private supply is any water supply which is not provided by a water company. Currently about 1% of the population of England and Wales have tapped into this idea, and have private water supplies to their homes. The benefits of this are becoming widely recognised- for example local authorities now have a scheme in place to give you a grant of up to £800 capital to improve your private water supply. So if this is something you plan on doing, there’s some great incentive right there. Here are a few of the benefits of having your own private water supply.

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It’s Easy to Create a Space Just for You

Everyone needs somewhere to have time to themselves. Even if you live alone, you want somewhere you can call your own, where even visitors don't go. Most people have their bedroom, but you might be considering another space. You can customize a room so that it's perfect for you and only you. Even if you share your home with your family or perhaps roommates, you can create a space where you can go to be alone. Here are some of your options for setting up somewhere that's truly yours.

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A Room by Room Guide to Cleaning Your Home

Keeping a home clean and tidy can seem like a constant task, especially with little ones in tow. There are things that get done daily, like the dishes, and wiping down surfaces. The vacuuming or sweeping happens quite regularly too. Other things kind of happen as and when. But how often should some of the other cleaning in the home be done? It does depend on who lives in your home. But here is a rough room-by-room guide for you to follow.

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Why Giving Blood Saved My Life and Many More

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Every day, across the world, about 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. Severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth is a major cause of mortality, morbidity and long-term disability. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness about why timely access to safe blood and blood products is essential for all countries as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent maternal deaths (WHO)

 

When I was living in London, I worked in a Level 1 Major Trauma A&E Dept. Giving blood and blood products to patients was an everyday occurrence, I was doing my job,and to be honest didn't think too much about it. I was aware that there was a severe shortage of O Negative blood, as I had heard a campaign on the radio requesting donors. This did not surprise me in the slightest,Type O-negative blood (red cells) can be transfused to patients of all blood types. With an increase in knife crime in the UK & Ireland,the increased use of O-Negative blood has put a huge pressure on blood banks to keep up with the demand & supply.

 

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