Do you live in a city? Most of us do, and most cities are growing faster than ever before. The population of our cities is exploding. It seems that most people want an urban lifestyle. That’s understandable. There are lots of advantages to city life. Living in a city means that you’re close to a wide range of cultural and economic opportunities. City life is diverse, varied and exciting. That doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. (Google Images) Is city life compatible with all lifestyles? Of course not. It can be too overcrowded for...

Overview of the thermostat: what it does, how it works and how it works with npower tariffs Automation systems in the home are gathering pace with the long anticipated ‘internet of things’ becoming more of a reality every single day. With everything from fridges to coffee makers soon to be hooked up to the internet with their own IP addresses and two-way communication capabilities, it is no surprise that home heating systems are leading the way where consumer take-up is concerned. Control and automation go hand in hand, and...

Teaching your kids to sew can be beneficial to them in many ways. It encourages creativity, gives them a hobby and improves their dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Plus, eventually, they’ll be able to repair their own clothes and make their own costumes. But teaching little ones to do something so fiddly isn’t always easy. Sewing requires precision, planning and patience, three things that children aren’t known for. It’s not that difficult to teach them though. You may even have noticed them already completing...

Imagine walking into a room, seeing a roaring fire, with a landscape portrait set above the mantle, dark timber floors contrasting against a moss green rug, all lit by a hanging chandelier. Imagine feeling the warmth of the fire and the soft textures of the rug under bare feet. Imagine smelling the soft scent of the timber and slow burning candles. Everyone wants a living room that makes them go ‘Wow’ as they walk in. With just some simple changes you can change your everyday normal living room into a place that will leave a lasting...

Thinking of dinners to make the kids in the week can be a bit of a pain. They can be fussy, which can make thinking of things to eat a real chore. However, Supernanny Jo Frost says the secret is not to make a big deal over the kids eating their dinner. If you give them lots of fuss and attention, they’ll likely pretend they don’t like the dish to get even more fuss and attention. Pretend it’s no big deal! With that advice in mind, here are 5 weekday dinners I bet your kids will love: Image Author 1. Bangers and Mash Bangers and...

Proms used to be reserved for teenagers only. However, now they are getting more and more popular for children and pre-teens. Many schools have decided that, to celebrate the end of their ‘little’ school years, they will hold a prom for children to celebrate. This is ever so exciting for the kids, but it may not be as exciting for you. This means you must splash out multiple times for your children to attend these fancy events! However, you probably don’t need to spend as much as you think for your kids to have an amazing time. Let’s...

The end of summer is approaching at rapid speed. You are probably thinking of ways you can turn your Halloween party into a spook-tacular. There are awesome ways that you can throw the best Halloween party. If you want to make sure that your endeavour is the best of them all, you are in the right place. Let’s take a look at some brilliant ways that you can throw a Halloween bash. Thank you, Hannah Howarth, for the spooky image The Soundtrack to a Great Party All good parties need an amazing soundtrack. In fact, for Halloween themed...

The recent economic crisis has meant that for many people, moving house just isn’t realistic or practical. For those who can’t afford to move, there is light at the end of the tunnel. There are many ways of improving and adding value to your home. And if you are looking to move house in the longer-term, this will help to get more potential buyers through the front door. By the time you’re done, you’ll wonder why you ever wanted to move in the first place! Courtesy of Geograph Planning Permission If you live in Suffolk, start by...

Kid’s parties are some of the best times of a child’s life. I know I always loved parties where I could play with all of my friends, eat sweets, and cause havoc in general. However, I never knew what it was like for my mum to set the whole thing up, but I do now! It can be very stressful, so use this helpful guide to give you a hand: Image Credit 1. Get Rid of Any Breakables and Delicate Items No matter where you have your party, you need to get rid of any breakables and delicate items. Any expensive items bought for your child’s...

Link to image  During their younger years, your children will need a solid base. Finding a region in which to bring up your children is tricky. Often people opt for places near their parents or friends, so that they can have the necessary social support. If you have the freedom to decide where you would like to bring up your children then why not consider Yorkshire? As the largest county in the UK (including Yorkshire and the Humber), the region is full of exciting things for families to do. Whether you want to be a city-dwelling family...

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