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    How lagging your pipes can save you money

    What is lagging? Anyone who has read my blog before knows that I recently moved from a one bedroom flat to a three bedroom detached house. I have gone from a flat where most things to do with the building are looked after by someone else, to doing it all myself. Whilst I am absolutely loving it, it has been a steep learning curve. I moved in November 2018, just before one of the coldest winters on record. My heating bills were going to go up anyway after moving from a flat to a house, which I had budgeted for, but I still wanted to make sure I was being…

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    Three times I’ve needed money for the house URGENTLY!

    I don’t know about you, but I was never any good at saving money and being responsible with budgeting. I went through a stage where I was in debt, and had no savings. It was hard. I was embarassed as I was raised in a family where if you didn’t have the money then you didn’t spend it. I felt like I had let people down and as Brits we just don’t talk about money enough and so there was a lot of stigma about it. There were three times when my flat seemed to have it in for me and my costs just spiralled! The first one was when…

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    How to attract animals to your garden

    Attracting animals to your garden can provide a rewarding feeling as you know you are helping to ensure the survival of some of our nation’s most diverse family of birds, bugs and mammals. Unfortunately, this year has seen our bee population drop by a third and if they were to become extinct, this would have a huge effect on our planet’s environment as they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world.  Here, we look at ways in which we can attract wildlife to our gardens to ensure the survival of such creatures. Add water In an ideal world, you’ll be able to create…

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    Top gardens to visit across in Guernsey

    Guernsey, an island which is temperate, and close to France in the English channel. It is part of the UK and is ruled under UK law. The temperate weather however is incredibly appealing to Brits who are understandably obsessed with their weather. Due to the temperate weather, the plant life is very different to that of mainland England and as such there are many beautiful gardens on the island. One of the most popular is the Candie Gardens in St Peter Port (which is the capital of Guernsey). Candie gardens is a 19th century garden which is popular with locals and visitors alike. There is plenty to do there including…

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    Home based dating ideas

    If home and interiors is your thing, then there are loads of great ways to meet new people – whether you are looking for new friends or a date. A great place to start is to search online for local dating sites – such as “Kent dating site” or “dating sites in Kent” and then look for people with similar interests or hobbies as you. There are dating sites out there for people of all ages and professions. If you are a more mature dater, you might want to try a site for seniors. I’m going to share some of my favourite ways to meet people with similar interests and in…

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    My dream home

    For where I am in my life right now, I truly believe I am already in my dream home. Don’t get me wrong, if I could have a mansion given to me and staff to look after it and someone else to pay all the bills, I wouldn’t turn it down, but for me right now, my house is perfect. After living in my one bedroom flat for 12 years, I still can’t believe I have a three bedroom detached house! I really do feel like I’ve won the house lottery. For me and my cats it is plenty of space. I knew the minute I set foot in it…

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    An environmentally friendly kitchen

    In a world which has growing waste and climate change problems, more and more people are trying to reduce the carbon footprint of their lifestyles and become more environmentally friendly. Some things are easier to do, but others are more tricky. Here’s my top tips for helping to save the planet from the kitchen! Recycle It’s an obvious one – but recycle anything and everything you can. Different local authorities have different rules and processes which dictate what you can recycle, but if you have things you can recycle from home – some supermarkets have recycling points, and of course you can always go to the local recycling centre. I…

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    Surviving flat pack

    Since moving into my great new house, I have had to do a fair amount of work. Fortunately, the decorating part was in the grand scheme of things pretty minimal (painting is about as stressful as it got) however I have needed lots of new furniture. If you are new to this site, you might not know but last year I moved from living in a one bedroom flat (where I had been for 12 years) to a three bedroom house complete with a garden! I have an insane amount of space – which I am loving – and whilst I didn’t want to fill it to the brim, I…

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    Let there be light

    I love my house! I knew the moment I walked in that it was my house and I’m so happy to be here. For almost the whole of last year I had time to plan how I wanted to decorate and style my house. Many hours have been spent pouring over Pinterest, home magazines and loads of great home websites and blogs. One of the ideas I came across that I love the most is glass roofs. They just transform a space and make it so much lighter and brighter. My house isn’t laid out in a way that I could have one, but if I ever win the lottery…

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    Which wildlife are good for your garden and why

    Creepy crawlies are often the last thing on your mind when venturing out to your garden — but you should be encouraging their visit! From bees, which are important pollinators of various plants and fruiting trees, to ladybirds, which feast on aphids. Together with Dobies, retailers of garden plants, we take a look at the wildlife that you should be more welcoming to and why. Welcoming butterflies and bees Although they can sometimes be a nuisance, butterflies and bees are brilliant for your outdoor space. They are natural pollinators, which means that they help spread your flowers around the garden and encourage growth. If you want to attract these, you…