Protecting your family’s home on a budget

Home protection is vitally important, and you should not have to compromise your safety due to economy. Thankfully there are many ways you can protect your family home on a budget, so read on for some useful tips on improving your home security without breaking the bank.

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Gadget timers

You can buy inexpensive timers to turn your gadgets and lights on and off while you are out of the house to give the impression you are at home. You can link timers to televisions, radios, stereos and lighting so that they come on and off every 30 minutes or so to make your house look and sound occupied.

Effective gardening

Keeping your trees, hedges and shrubs well-groomed can help to protect your home for little expense. Shrubs give burglars places to hide near your property and also shield your home from view from the street. Keeping your garden well maintained gives a better view of your home, meaning that any intruders will be spotted. It also means burglars have no place to hide.

Security systems

There are many security systems available that are relatively inexpensive. Search around for a good reliable model and consider installing a monitoring system. Although a security system is not the cheapest option on the list, it is certainly highly recommended and will pay for itself in terms of both peace of mind and home protection. There are lots of clever security systems around, such as the one from Nest.

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Double glazing

Installing double glazing makes it harder for burglars to break the glass in your windows. Double glazing makes glass thicker and it is difficult to cut or smash two panes of glass. You can get double glazing in Leicester or another city from or another expert glazier, with all budgets catered to. This is a simple and effective way to protect your home. Windows and doors are both important security features, so make sure both are sturdy around your home.

Lock up and set the alarm

Use your common sense to keep your home safe. Always lock doors and windows as a matter of course when you are going out, or even while you are at home. Also make sure you always set the alarm when you are going out, even for a short time.

How to cater for a party

Birthdays, engagements and weddings are just a few of the major life events that call for a party. While most of us love the idea of a celebratory gathering, getting it right does take some planning. If you have an event on the horizon, take a look at these key tips to make catering for your party a breeze.

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Make good food choices

It is important to pick both the right type of food and the best way to serve it for the type of party you are throwing. Canapés are an obvious choice for cocktail parties, or any other party where eating is almost incidental. For a more substantial feast, it is hard to go wrong with a buffet. They work equally well with finger food and hot dishes, such as curry, and are pretty easy to throw together at home if you are making the food yourself.

When planning the menu, it is worth including items that appeal to both meat eaters and vegetarians. You should also bear in mind that you may have guests with allergies and intolerance to particular things; for example, being aware of which dishes contain nuts or gluten may be wise.

Choose the right type of venue

The priority is to have enough space, as cramming lots of people into a small area makes socialising, dancing or even moving about difficult. If your party will be held outside, you need a plan for dealing with rain or overly-hot or cool weather. In this case, it is worth providing a shelter, such as a marquee, to which guests can retreat. These are generally easy to find; for example, companies such as 2intents offer marquee hire in Kent.

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Get help

If you lack the skills, time or enthusiasm to prepare food, it is easy enough to organise caterers to step in, but you don’t need to stop there. Why not have people to provide the crockery, or to serve the food? You can also hire a full bar service, or a specialist cocktail maker. These services make your life easier and, importantly, free you up to be the attentive host and enjoy the party.

Catering a party can seem daunting at times; however, as long as you provide great food and a pleasant space, everything else will fall into place quite naturally.

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A Beginners Guide To Buying Radiators

A radiator is an essential part of any property. It provides heat to households and radiates heat into environments. Radiators use convection to transfer the heat, and they can also be used to cool fluids.

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If you’re looking for a new radiator, there are many products to choose. With radiators providing a vital service, it’s important to choose one that is right for your home.

Aluminium Radiators

Newer aluminum products are gradually replacing conventional radiators. They’re mostly made from recycled materials and are environmentally friendly. If you’re looking to save money on your heating bills, an aluminum radiator could save you 10 per cent per year.

The water usage is a lot lower compared to conventional radiators, and they have a lot of variety and advantages.

Designs and Colours

Aluminium radiators complement the décor of your household. There are many different colours and designs, and a multitude of choices. For those looking for aluminum radiators, it’s important to shop around and see all the options. Companies such as Apollo Radiators offer a variety of radiators and can advise and assist you in picking the right design for your house.

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Advantages of Aluminium

Aluminum radiators are stylish and give properties a contemporary look. They also use less energy compared to conventional radiators and are a good option for trench heating. If your house has glass walls or bi-fold doors, trench heating can be an excellent idea that saves much-needed space.

Aluminium is also an expert conductor of heat. In fact, its emissivity level is more than five times that of steel.

The radiators don’t have to be on for very long thanks to the metal’s suitably in the construction of radiators.

They’re much lighter than other types of radiators, and therefore easier to install on walls. The weight makes installation quicker and saves you money.

All of the benefits aluminum offers makes it a great material to invest in for your property. Despite all of the environmental and long-term saving pros, it’s still not used widely in the UK for radiators. Gradually, people are starting to notice and understand just why they should make the change and say goodbye to their conventional radiator. With a constantly changing economy, people are trying to find ways to cut down their heating bills without making sacrifices.

What can you expect from your SEO investment?

Investing in SEO is not a project that should be embarked upon lightly. Before you decide to go down the optimisation route, you need to be sure you understand the risks and the rewards.

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You can bring a horse to water

SEO might be able to bring more traffic to your website, but it can’t turn traffic into customers. If you invest in boosting your site to the top of Google’s search page results and the resultant increase in visitors crashes your website, you have lost out twice. You should only invest in SEO once you are sure that all other aspects of your website are as good as they can be, and that your hosting provider can deal with extra traffic.

All about the data

Before embarking on an SEO project, you should be clear about what outcomes you expect. How much extra is it going to cost you per visitor, and do you have a clear idea of how many visitors you need to bring to your site to increase sales?

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Good SEO is expensive

Search engine optimisation is all about making sure that websites are relevant to algorithms. This means good-quality links, and keywords in appropriate places within the text at a reasonable consistency. Good SEO also has to ensure that the page itself is relevant to users, with pertinent information and clear calls to action. A page with a high rate of bounce backs is going to rapidly drop in search rankings, rendering your expensive SEO work worthless. If you imagine someone going through every page of your website to ensure the content is both optimised and well written, you can begin to appreciate the cost of SEO.

Find a professional

As SEO rules are constantly changing as the search engines constantly update their algorithms, you need to make sure you are working with a company that knows what it is doing and knows its Hummingbirds from its Pandas (different versions of the Google Algorithm). If you are in Wales, consider a Cardiff web designer such as Amber Couch so that you can take advantage of local knowledge.

Final thoughts

SEO can create a big boost for your business; however, you need to be sure you know what you are aiming for and that your website is ready to handle it.

Six types of music to boost productivity

Music can be an excellent motivator when it comes to boosting productivity and that applies to anything, whether you’re inputting data or going for a jog. When it come to boosting productivity however, not all music was composed equally. Find the best for the job with this list.

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Boosting creativity

Sometimes, we need to get the creative juices flowing. The best thing here is music that has been composed by original artists who are known for their ground-breaking and experimental tunes. This includes artists such as Bjork and Radiohead.

Workout music

If you find that you’re constantly cutting yourself short in the gym or ending your jog earlier than planned, then maybe you’re just not listening to the right music. High tempo music, such as techno or house, is ideal for working out to.

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Boring jobs

Repetitive tasks are best accompanied by involving music. Ideal choices include music that you can sing along to, provided you work at home or somewhere where singing is permitted. Nothing jollies up a bit of boring data entry or wall painting than blasting out some songs from the musicals.

Best for cleaning

Cleaning the house is boring, overrated and something that most of us avoid. However, when you push yourself with the right music, you can get it done faster and be in front of the telly with your feet up in far less time. This job calls for a bit of 70s/80s/90s rock. Get rocking round the house with a bit of AC-DC, Zeppelin or perhaps a power ballad.

Christmas wrapping

We all know what happens with Christmas wrapping – it starts so well, but by the end, it’s become boring and the wrapping starts to look like it’s been done by a five-year-old. Get in the spirit with some good old festive music. Whether it’s carols, Slade or Michael Bublé, it all has the same effect.

Focused work

Some music requires you to have deep focus and this kind of work doesn’t require power ballads or musical songs. Instead, it calls for the kind of ambient background music you might hear in a coffee shop or in store music from audio providers such as

Next time you need to boost your levels of productivity, look into blasting out one of these genres to help you on your way.

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How to make a simple dress

If you’ve always wanted to make your own clothes but had no idea where to start then, follow this easy step-by-step guide to making a simple T-shirt dress and kick start your dressmaking skills. This dress doesn’t even require you to use a pattern but if you’re still not convinced, why not try making a smaller version for a little girl and see just how easy it is.

Step 1

A T-shirt dress has just four basic panels – a front, back and 2 sleeve parts. The first thing you need to do is find a dress you already own that fits you well and trace around the front and back panels with dressmaker’s chalk onto your chosen fabric. The great part is you don’t have to rely on what’s in the shops but can choose whatever colour, pattern or style of fabric you desire. For an exciting range of Dressmaking fabric, visit quality fabrics

Make sure you leave a 1cm gap between the edge of the dress and the chalk outline on the sides for hem space and about a 5cm gap at the bottom. If you don’t have a dress to outline, then you can always measure yourself from across your chest and from your shoulder to your waistline. You can then decide on the length you want the dress to be. Cut out your outline, making sure you have two panels for front and back.

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Step 2

Making sure that the ‘right’ sides of the panel fabric is facing inwards, sew the top parts of the vest panels together so it resembles a tabard.

Step 3

For making the sleeves, simply take some fabric that is big enough to fit around your arm. Folding it in half, position it underneath the curve of the shoulder on your vest panels. Mark the curve with the chalk onto the sleeve fabric and then cut along the line. The curves should match when unfolded.

Step 4

Sew the sleeve piece onto the shoulder. Curved sewing can be awkward, but it doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect as it won’t show. Use some pins to position the sleeve in place and then sew from top to bottom into the armpit.

Step 5

Now you need to sew the sides of the sleeve from armpit to cuff and then the sides of the tabards together too, from armpit to bottom. This is the perfect opportunity to try on the dress and check the sizing is good. If all is good, then let the hemming commence!

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Step 6

It’s a good idea to fold over the material twice when hemming to avoid any fraying issues. Sew along the fold in a straight line. The neck curve can be tricky so it’s best to do it slowly and not to pull the material too much in any one direction. Trim any loose threads that might be showing, iron the hem lines and you have just made your first dress!

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Prevention is better than cure

Most of us don’t give much thought to mould, only that it’s unpleasant and a bit of a nuisance. However, it’s not something that should be ignored especially if there are signs of it in your home. It’s a common problem in homes, often caused through no fault of our own. If the design of your home leads to poor ventilation, high levels of moisture and condensation then you have the ideal breeding ground conditions for mould to appear.

Believe it or not, mould has a useful job. It helps to break down dead or old organic matter and whilst this works well in nature, it’s not so great for the air in our homes. Mould releases irritating spores into the air which can be harmful if we breathe them in.

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Allergies and other respiratory problems are attributed to mould. It can be a devil to get rid of too, so prevention is better than cure. Ventilation is key to a healthy home and here’s why:

  • It removes condensation which can cause long-term damage to your property
  • Ventilation helps a healthier lifestyle and reduces the risk of asthma
  • Removes the build-up of moisture and damp which contributes to the growth of mould

Thankfully, there are many treatments and products available to combat mould. Make sure your home is well-ventilated, there is no persistent build-up of condensation and often damp areas like bathrooms and kitchens receive plenty of air and any sign of mould is nipped in the bud. Mould can grow in areas that aren’t often cleaned or noticed such as window blinds. Blinds are particularly susceptible as they sit next to the glass which fluctuates temperature and is often moist. A great solution is to install WaterProof Roller Blinds as a more hygienic option. For more information, visit

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Different mould types

Mould comes in all colours of the rainbow, you might be surprised to learn! Black, white, orange, green and blue. Some types are more dangerous than others and the same variety can come in different colours so it’s not always easy to tell which is which.

The most prevalent moulds found in the home are the green and black variety. Green mould comes from aspergillus or penicillium group and generally occur on walls, damp fabrics and carpets. They can cause sinus problems, lung inflammation, bronchitis and even pneumonia.

Black mould is also a common sight and comes from the same family as the green variety. It can be treated the same and is not particularly harmful. Watch out for toxic black mould though, it’s really unpleasant!

Also known as stachybotrys, it’s dangerous because it contains mycotoxins. These mycotoxins can be ingested, inhaled and even enter the body through the eyes. The problems they cause vary from reproductive issues, skin complaints, vision problems, respiratory illness and even psychological effects. Mycotoxins have also been known to cause headaches, confusion, dizziness and seizures. It is often seen as a greeny-black and slimy substance.