How to Pond Dip

How to pond dip

Chances are your child will demand to know how to pond dip on a day when it is the last thing you have planned. Kids are like that I find. The last thing I expected to do on Mother’s Day was relearn how to pond dip, but it turned out to be the perfect activity for the most beautiful day, as I explained over on Becky’s blog A Beautiful Space. Continue reading

Top 10 tips to take Beautiful Christmas Photos

2011-12-24Do you think much about your Christmas photos? Over Christmas we take lots of pictures indoors, there is the least amount of daylight in the whole year and we’re all a bit preoccupied with other things: hardly a recipe for great photos. I have lots of pretty rubbish shots from over the years.

The ones above were taken two years ago, I was really pleased, much better than last year, but it took me until this week to click why. Continue reading

Guest Post: Top Tips When Buying Your Garage Door

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You may think that a garage door probably won’t have that much of an effect on your home – however, you would be wrong. Your garage door is one of the first things people would see when looking at your home.

Usually at the front of the house, it is visible to passers-by as well as your visitors. This is why when choosing your garage door there a few things you need to think about, not just in regards to the aesthetics, but also any technical issues. Continue reading

How to use social media to fundraise

Team Honk Snowdon at the Summit of Snowdon for Red Nose Day

It can be hard to know how best to use social media to fundraise. Social media gives you a means to keep the links to your fundraising efforts at people’s fingertips, but it can feel icky at first asking for sponsors, and then like nothing is happening, or no-one is listening.

Successful use of social media to fundraise is about building a story. Remember people won’t always have time to click when they see your link, but chances are they are following your story and will join in when the time is right for them. As you gain in confidence, you try new things, you find your story and it all starts to take off.

This year I climbed Snowdon for Comic Relief and ran the Race for Life. There are lots of ways to create a story and involve people in your fundraising efforts, so that your updates don’t seem spammy or pleading, I’ve shared my top tips here. Continue reading

Buying A Steam Cleaner – What To Look For

If you love sparkling clean, hygienic floors but hate mopping and scrubbing, the Hard Floor Master is just what you need.

I just read this and wondered why we don’t have a steam floor cleaner? Why am I always last to find out about amazing time saving cleaning inventions? Don’t answer that! I am a bit obsessed with trying to clean up the Alexander Residence at the moment, as we’ve hit an all time low.

Do you have one of these new fangled inventions? There are some handy tips on buying one in today’s guest post. Continue reading

Five tips on how to drive safely around Europe

Dad and Miss L as I crash into them at Legoland

My first experience of driving abroad was at Legoland Denmark age seven. 30 years later and at Legoland Windsor it transpires I’m still no better at Lego cars or left hand drives…there was the overtaking of a caravan in France, after which I promised Mr A I would never overtake again…there was trying to drive a manual, left hand drive on the left side while hot and pregnant in Tuscany, after years with an automatic…there was nearly hitting a deer on honeymoon in Canada…

I’m a really good driver in the UK, but driving abroad has never come naturally. So I am studying the tips in today’s guest post from Allianz very carefully. Continue reading

How to borrow money the grown up way

English Money

Credit – English Money by Images_of_Money, on Flickr

Loans can be emotional. I lent my best friend at school my favourite jeans and we fell out when she gave them back full of holes. But when I lent a friend a camera this Christmas, it felt good that it wasn’t sitting there unused in the cupboard. I have learnt more about what lending and borrowing means as I’ve grown up, when it comes to friendship loans, the payment isn’t always the object itself.

Loaning money is more complex. I think I still could learn some stuff, for example, if you do need to borrow money, how do you take the emotion out of it and get the best deal? Here’s what I discovered: Continue reading