Summer Garden Greatness

With summer coming everyone will start rushing around trying to get their gardens and homes ready for parties, barbeques and general relaxation. There are many things you can do to make it a better place to relax and soak up the sun. Some are simple and cosmetic, whereas others are structural and will require more patience on your part, and indeed more money. You may have considered some of these tips, if so, great! But look at the ones you have not considered and see if they can help your garden become great. First have a look at your garden. What do you want to do to it? What would…

You’re newly 16 – Fiction (tw).

You’re newly 16. You met this boy a while ago now, you’ve been friends for a long time. It is Valentine’s Day. He texts you and asks you to meet him, he’s even sent a picture showing you the ear of a teddy. Surprising you with thoughtful gifts is something he always does. It makes you feel special. For your birthday, he surprised you with a necklace with your initial on it. You had to say yes, you had to accept it – what else could he do with it? He said that he wanted to see you in nothing but that and then corrected himself. He just wanted you…

Why Sometimes Solo Parenting Isn’t Really Solo Parenting – Guest Post

WARNING: This post is a rant about the use of the phrase ‘solo parenting’. There seems to be a new trend lately. I say new but I’m pretty sure it’s been going for a while. Parents of both genders publicly declaring how they’re solo parenting whilst the other half is at work/away for business/other reason for a short amount of time. Not to be confused with parents whose other half’s work away for weeks on end, are only home for one or 2 days a week or work in the armed forces. “I am solo parenting today”. BTW Solo parenting is a really annoying phrase. “Look at me successfully single mumming it…

Size Doesn’t Matter: Making Your Small Home More Functional

In the modern era, many of us struggle to find a property that truly has the space we need, with the price tag we can afford. As any buyer will know, the property market is extremely fickle. What £150,000 gets you today is a mere fraction of what that kind of money would have bought you thirty years ago – there is no doubt at all that prices are rising at an alarming rate. All this, coupled with the fact that so many of us are keen to live in city centres these days, mean that quite often we have to opt for a slightly smaller property than we may…

4 kitchen design features that could make you a better cook

Is your kitchen getting in the way of your culinary ambitions? A poorly planned cooking space can seriously cramp your style when you’re trying to create delicious dishes for your family and friends. So, if you’re not 100% satisfied with this part of your property, now’s the time to make some changes. Here are four kitchen design features that could make you a better cook. Plenty of storage for kitchen essentials You can’t create edible masterpieces without an array of kitchen essentials. From store cupboard staples including herbs and spices to those all-important gadgets like blenders and mixers, you’ll need plenty of cooking gear. So that you’ll have room to…

If You Cut Me, I Bleed Coffee

That is a slight exaggeration. Slight.  I do drink a lot of coffee. When I am on the go I prefer to stick with the classics, a Viennese coffee, a flat white or a large cappuccino are my usual orders while out. If I am back in Rotterdam, I head to Douwe Egberts and order something with a hazelnut twist. I’ve also been trying out independent coffee shops when I can, and I find often the coffee has a stronger and more interesting flavour. At home I am partial to a Bukeela ka, which is Ethiopian or a Dulsão do Brasil which is incredibly creamy and is made from yellow bourbon beans from…

How to Have the Smoothest Car Journeys

For s long as I can remember, it’s always been cheaper for my parents to drive to our holiday destinations. At a certain point in the summer, the days with bright blue skies and the summer smell in the air I am reminded of the times my Dad would drive us down to Brighton to see our family there. It was a trip we always waited for. We felt safe in the car, you could sleep as he drove, knowing everything would be fine and you’d arrive to see you cousins in a few short hours. It’s mostly because he’s always been very diligent with car care. Before long journeys,…

Simple, Stress-Free Moving

If you’ve ever moved house as an adult before, you’ll know that it can be a ticket to stress city. Carrying out such a big project can be a massive weight on your nerves, but there are many ways you can make the process easier. You’re not going to feel like you just got back from the spa after following these tips, but you’ll certainly be much more relaxed than you would be otherwise! Start Planning Yesterday! If you fail to plan blah blah blah. Just like any project of this size, the sooner you start planning your move, the easier it will be when you hit the big day.…

How to be a Friend to Someone With Anxiety

I have read a lot of posts from people with anxiety about how people can help be more aware of what they are going through. I actually have a lot of friends with depression, anxiety and a few other things. I’ve decided to write this based on my experiences of what I have found helps to be a good friend to someone with anxiety, when you don’t suffer from it yourself. It’s not the same today as it was yesterday. Perhaps we had plans on Monday to go shopping and in the morning, while they’re trying to get ready, they actually find they can’t. But Tuesday comes around and they…