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Some Things for the Weekend #3

Some Things for the Weekend #3

Welcome back to another ‘Some things for the weekend‘ – a little weekly round-up of the things that I’ve liked and loved over the past seven days. 

I don’t know about you but I am so ready for the weekend – both kids, despite being 6 and 4 years old, seem to have gone through some weird childhood sleep regression this week so I’m hoping for an afternoon snooze at some point to try and catch up on some lost Zzzzzzzz.

Anyway, enough of my sleep woes… here’s this week’s Some Things for the Weekend.

Some Things for the Weekend

Listening to, and loving, Black Walls by Chromatics.


 

Reading this article on Refinery29 on what the apartments from Friends would like nowadays. 

We are enjoying the new series of West World at the moment. In fact, I am enjoying it far more than the last season, which I really struggled with throughout. 

 

This post from my favourite blogger, Natalie Jean Lovin, who, after a two-year hiatus, has returned to blogging. 

And speaking of hiatuses… I’ve spent a good chunk of this week listening to Dove, the new album from Belly – their first album in 20 years. The album is ace, it’s like getting a warm hug off a long lost friend.

 

And that’s it for this week. I’m really looking forward to the weekend. Aside from watching a certain royal wedding tomorrow (will you be watching it?), we have birthday celebrations planned for G who is turning Five in a few days time. 

Hope you all have a great weekend! xxx

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Saving Money Around The Home

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If you are looking for ways to save some cash, you need to look close to home – literally. Most of us are guilty of wasting too much money around the home. You may think you don’t have any savings to make, but you would be surprised. Read on to discover some of the different ways you can save money around the house.

Use less water – There is only one place to begin, and this is with saving water. Most people reading this will admit that they waste too much water. Do you leave the tap running while you are brushing your teeth? Do you take baths regularly? Do you have dripping taps around the home? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you already know the changes that you need to make.

Home automation – One of the most effective ways to save money continually going forward is to invest in home automation. You can find out more about this at kinoav.com. You can integrate all of your systems, from your entertainment to your lighting and heating, and you can manage everything from your mobile phone. This enables you to make sure that you are never wasting energy, as you can control your systems from anywhere in the world.

Call up your utility providers and subscription providers – You know what they say: if you don’t ask, you don’t get. You should call up your current providers and ask whether you can go onto a cheaper subscription package or utility tariff. If they decline, you should say that you are going to move to another provider. This will usually lead to them finding a deal all of a sudden!

Invest in quality, energy-efficient appliances – You are often going to need to spend a little bit of money in order to save money, and this is definitely the case when it comes to your appliances. If the appliances around your home are old, it is likely that they are wasting a lot of energy, and therefore, costing you unnecessary expenditure every month. By investing in high-quality, energy-efficient appliances, you are going to be able to save a considerable amount of money year-on-year. You will then make back your investment (and then some!).

Use your Wi-Fi to make calls – Rather than spending money on phone calls, make the most of apps like Skype and Whatsapp that enable you to make phone calls for free. This is especially beneficial if you have family or friends that live overseas.

As you can see, there are many different ways that you can save money around the home. From home automation to saving electricity and water around the house, there are lots of different ways you can put some more money in your pocket.

 

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How to create the perfect family gaming room

How to create the perfect family gaming room

A gaming room is the perfect way to improve both communication and morale within family homes. Given the strain people are under each day at work or school, having a space that evokes positive energy will create a fun and vibrant atmosphere where parents and children can relax and unwind.

For some inspiration about what can be achieved, check out these incredible gaming room designs on Pinterest.

A key issue which people stumble across is finding rooms which are large enough for gaming equipment and apparatus. Most households are not designed for large-scale Snooker tables or American sized pinball machines.

It’s therefore important to find equipment that has both practical dimensions and designed to ensure easy manoeuvrability when used.

Concepts like Snooker dining tables by Hamilton Billiards are the perfect way to maximise space in your gaming room. These tables provide all the fun and excitement from one of the nation’s favourite pastimes, as well as doubling up as a place where people can enjoy food and beverages.

These pieces of equipment will be expensive, therefore requiring an effective locking mechanism to be installed. Ironmongery Experts have a wide range of high-quality locks & latches, to ensure valuable items are safely stored away when not in use.

Lighting is also an important factor to consider when designing a gaming room. Many activities like Snooker and table top games will require a consistent stream of bright light, to ensure participants can clearly see any equipment being used.

To create a dynamic tone for your room, you could identify any empty spaces and use ambient lighting to help indicate which areas of the room have equipment present.

If you require any lights to be installed, The Handy Squad have a team of highly skilled and reliable electricians, who will be able to fit a wide variety lighting styles both safely and within a timely manner.

You finally need to consider the types of furniture that would be most suitable for the space you have available. If you are working within a small sized room, perhaps consider chairs that double up as furnishings. This will add style to the room as well as providing people with a comfortable place to sit.

There are some creative footstalls and ottomans on Houzz, all of which are the perfect way to add style and character to your gaming room.

Guest Post: This article was written by recent first time father, David Newman. David is the Managing Director of eCommerce Web Design Agency Ad Lab and spends a majority of his spare time playing Snooker with friends and family in his fully customised household Snooker room. 

 

 

  

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How to Make Sandwiches More Exciting

How to Make Sandwiches More Exciting

Many people associate the idea of eating a sandwich with a light and easy-to-make meal that can be prepared in as little time as possible. But few of us actually go a long way when it comes to selecting unusual ingredients which might lead to mouth-watering combinations.

If you’re one of those people who finds that sandwiches are a go-to meal when you’re on the run, you might want to consider checking out the tips and tricks listed below. They might be able to help you make your sandwiches more fun.

 

Don’t use the same bread all the time

Anyone who’s ever gone to Germany or France knows how these two countries make a lot of fuss over their bread varieties. Although less common in several other parts of Europe and the United States, there are several types of bread that can make your sandwiches more delicious and interesting. These range from sourdough and pita to bagels, rolls, as well as tortillas.

 

Be creative with leftovers

There are thousands of people in the world who have nothing to put on their plates right now, so we should be more conscious about our habits. Throwing away food that has gone bad simply because you weren’t in the mood for eating it anymore is a luxury that only people from developed countries can afford.

That’s why using your leftovers in sandwiches and wraps is the right way of going about things. You can both save money and know that you’re eating what you’ve cooked with your hands. Falafel, meatloaf, as well as vegetarian burgers, can be used to make sandwiches more fun.

 

Add veggies

There are several ways of making sandwiches a bit more exciting and healthy, at the same time. One of them is by adding fresh vegetables as they add to the crunch that most of us love in a sandwich. You can use crisp lettuce, cucumber, and a variety of others, but you can also rely on good old pickles. And guess what? Pickles are good for you, too, because they’re loaded with natural probiotics, and they keep your gut healthy.  

Of course, if you really don’t like that crunch, you can always use vegetables that you’ve roasted in the oven.

 

How about hot sandwiches?

If you’re no fan of cold food, and that might be very likely when it’s chilly outside, you might appreciate a hot sandwich. Naturally, the simplest way of preparing this meal would be to rely on one of the many recipes for sandwich makers you’ll find online.

Should you be in the market for such an appliance, we recommend considering your habits. If you do not eat sandwiches at least twice a week, it might be counterproductive to invest in a product that can’t be used for much anything else than making these.

Consider that all of these appliances you might want to invest in, albeit being convenient and easy to use, all take up a little room on your countertop.

 

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