Serious About Keeping Your Home Safe?

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How secure is your home? Not only do we need to protect our possessions but our families too, is yours as safe as it should be? Our homes are left unoccupied often, whether it’s when we’re at work or school or on a holiday. And so making sure they’re kept secure when we’re not around is of the utmost importance. Follow this advice and you will massively decrease your chances of a burglar entering your home.

Most Burglars Are Opportunistic
This means that most burglars target houses simply because they’re easy. Because of this, it means that taking simple measures can be enough to put off a potential thief. The risk of being caught will outweigh the potential reward of breaking in in most cases if you’ve made it more difficult for them. This could be as simple as locking doors and windows. Fitting a motion detector floodlight at the front of your house, or leaving a tv on to make it appear that someone is inside can be enough. If a burglar has decided to target your house to try their luck, any one of these things can make them feel though it’s too much of a risk and keep on walking.
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Take Extra Precautions
While many burglars are opportunistic (and using common sense can be enough to put them off) there are cases where they can be more determined. And so it’s always worth taking extra precautions too, this includes things like having a burglar alarm and CCTV fitted. These act as both deterrents, but can also help to catch a criminal if they do happen to be particularly determined. Always have a burglar alarm professionally fitted, and with CCTV do your research.

Find out the best home surveillance cameras to give you peace of mind. You’ll want something that has good night vision, and ideally, can be streamed to an app on your mobile phone. Other precautions you could take include using timer switches for lamps and televisions whenever you’re not at home. And making sure that your windows and doors are of the best quality which will make it more difficult for them to be kicked in or jimmied open.
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Use Common Sense
In many cases a burglar will walk right through an empty door, or climb through an open window. If you’re leaving your house for any amount of time, always make sure it’s locked and secure behind you. The same applies with leaving spare keys; a burglar will know all of the places to look despite how clever you think you’ve been.


Don’t leave keys or car keys on hooks or side tables by your front door either. A burglar will be able to hook these through the letterbox with no hassle, giving them full access to both your house and car. Another thing to be aware of is gardens and sheds. Make sure there are no tools left out. Not only will expensive tools be taken, but to make matters worse, they could even be used to gain access to your home. Things like ladders and crowbars will make a burglar's job even quicker and easier. Have everything locked up in a sturdy shed or garage, and fitted with a good quality padlock.

Amazing Greenhouse Benefits

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...Amazing Greenhouse Benefits & Everything Else You Should Know
If you’re thinking of getting a greenhouse in your garden, there are lots of reasons to go ahead with it. Greenhouses can benefit you in many different ways. There are some things you should know first though, before you decide on your greenhouse and anything you might grow in there.
Here are some amazing greenhouse benefits and everything else you should know about them:
You Can Save Money On Your Food Shopping
One of the most obvious benefits when you’re starting your own greenhouse, is that you can save money on your food and shopping bill. You can grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs, saving you a substantial amount of money on your healthy food shop. You’ll also be able to grow certain things during any season, when they may not be available in shops or found anywhere else. This means you can eat the foods you love no matter what time of year it is! You’ll never need to rush to the shop for tomatoes, and you can eat yummy fruit whenever the feeling takes you. Tucked away in an overlooked neighbourhood of East London, quieter and smaller than Shoreditch but with the potential to outshine Brick Lane, Exmouth Market:
No Need To Worry About The Seasons
With a greenhouse, there’s no need to worry about how your plants will fare during different seasons. If you know anything about plants, you’ll know that many of them thrive during different seasons. You need to be organised in your approach to planting different things so that they flower at the right time. If you don’t, you’ll be fighting a losing battle. That being said, a greenhouse means you don’t need to worry about the seasons. You can grow what you like, when you like, as you get to control your greenhouse and play mother nature.
Protection For Your Plants
A greenhouse offers protection to your plants. They’ll be protected from storms, and any other environmental factors that could hinder your gardening efforts. Not only that, they’ll be protected from pests and any kind of bugs/animals that might come along and try to eat your plants. If your garden is usually full of pests that like the taste of your hydrangeas, or if winter is soon to be upon you, getting a greenhouse could change the way you do your gardening for good.
Give A Better Environment For Your Plants To Thrive
You can completely control the environment with your greenhouse, giving a much better environment for your plants to thrive. You can’t control the weather, but you can control the temperature and humidity in your greenhouse, giving your plants a way to reach their full potential. You can rest assured that your plants will be doing everything they are supposed to and you’ll be overjoyed at the results!
Enjoy Multipurpose Gardening
As you’re not planting your different plants in the same soil, you can enjoy multipurpose gardening. You can plant a little of everything if you wish, without needing to worry whether something is contaminating something else. As long as you do a little planning on where you’ll put things and what you’ll use, you can usually plant a multitude of fun things.
Develop A New Hobby
Greenhouses are often used for hobby gardening, which can be a lot of fun. If you’ve been thinking about new hobbies to try, then this could be for you. A greenhouse kit could easily get you started on this fun journey without having to put too much work in. Many people say that gardening is extremely relaxing, so it makes a good hobby.
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Buying The Essentials
When you decide to get a greenhouse, you need to be prepared to buy the essentials. This includes a ventilator. Most greenhouses need these so that they can remain the perfect temperature and humidity as you use them. You don’t want your plants to end up cooking themselves! Many greenhouse will come with a ventilator, but sometimes, this isn’t enough. You may need to buy separate bits of kit.
Choosing The Right Greenhouse
You can’t just choose any old greenhouse and hope for the best. There are an abundance of different styles and types, depending on how you envision your work in the greenhouse. A regular metal framed greenhouse is usually eco-friendly and the most popular one people buy. This style will suit most people, regardless of what they are planning on doing with their greenhouse. However, if you’re short on space, there’s a greenhouse for you too. There are ‘mini’ glass greenhouses that you can slot somewhere you have room. No need to worry if you’re short on space! Choosing the right area for your chosen greenhouse is important though, as you may need to make the most of the sun for your chosen plants. That being said, if your greenhouse is in full sun, then ventilation is a must. Studying brochures and websites for greenhouses properly will help you to decide on the right one for you.
Getting The Fixtures And Fittings
You’ll need fixtures and fittings in your greenhouse to make sure you can accomplish the things you want to accomplish. Most people have it in their head that they want to grow a bit of everything, so staying flexible with your greenhouse is a must. Staging your greenhouse is a popular way to make room for all kinds of cuttings and seeds. Two storey staging will allow you to have twice the number of plants in your greenhouse, so make sure you do that if you can.
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Should Your Greenhouse Be Hot Or Cold?
One question many people ask when considering this, is should their greenhouse be hot or cold? You can grow certain plants in a cold greenhouse with no need to worry about heating. However, being able to heat your greenhouse will open up a whole world of possibilities to you. To keep the cost of heating your greenhouse as low as possible, you could consider getting it as close as you can to an existing power supply. It’s usually best to use an electrician for this job, as you could encounter many problems if you try to do it yourself.
Simple Tips For Growing In Your Greenhouse
With all of the above in mind, here are some simple tips that will help you grow in your greenhouse:
  • If you want to have some fun with the things you grow in your greenhouse, choose something that you could only grow in there. Why not fruits that thrive off lots of heat? You could even grow a tropical plant.
  • During cold nights you can use bubble wrap to keep your plants a good temperature, or even a fleece.
  • Watering in the evening when the temperature is cooler will stop the liquid from evaporating.
  • Have a look for sneaky slugs and snails before you go to bed, or you might lose some of your hard work.
  • Keep your greenhouse neat and tidy as you go along.
  • Keep a close eye on the temperature, as a few degrees could make all the difference.
  • A thermometer will be your most invaluable tool in a greenhouse. You should never be without one!
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Now you know what a greenhouse can do for your plants, what are you waiting for? You could be enjoying a much higher quality of plants, and even having more fun in your gardening endeavours. You could be growing things you never dreamed you’d be able to, like watermelons or chilis. This can even make your cooking and food more exciting. If you have any comments or ideas you’d like to share, leave one below.
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COMMON GARDENING HACKS

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As any keen gardener knows, looking after your outside space is no easy feat. Both your plants and vegetables can easily fall victim to creepy-crawlies, weather. Plus, sometimes it's just difficult to keep on top of things. But something every keen gardener does know is the great feeling you get when your garden is looking and tasting good. Don’t let common garden ailments wreak havoc with your hard work – follow these easy hacks so you can run your garden like a pro!
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Soil problems

If there’s one thing that can set your garden off on a bad foot, it’s bad soil. Soil can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. Climate, terrain, and the parent material can all affect the consistency of your soil. If your soil is too wet or too dry, you will struggle to grow anything in it. A great option if you suffer with both scenarios in different seasons is buying some mulches. Mulches are sheets of material you can place over your soil for a variety of reasons.  Their primary functions are to help the soil retain moisture in the summer and to protect from the elements during the winter. Mulches can also come in the form of loose chippings, such as the bark chips you frequently see in gardens. Leaf mould is also excellent at conditioning poor quality soil.
A handy guide on Garden Care Lawn issues

Maintaining a healthy lawn can take quite a lot of time and effort – which is probably why so many people use lawn care companies to do the job for them! However, there are ways to treat the most common lawn problems from the comfort of your own home. If your lawn has bare patches, try re-seeding these areas and looking after them as if new. The large patches of brown grass that often appear on your lawn late in summer are usually caused by underground grubs. Dig up a section of the offending area and apply a pesticide such as diazinon. Once your lawn is looking healthy, it’s time to preen it. Invest in some good quality gardening equipment and keep an eye out for Gretch discount codes to ensure you get a polished result.

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Snails and slugs

Arguably the most common garden pests are snails and slugs. Slugs in particular aren’t that fussy about what they’ll persistently eat holes in – pretty much anything goes! However, lettuce, celery and potatoes are often favourites, and plant-wise they seem to like dahlias and delphiniums. It is virtually impossible to eradicate slugs and snails from our gardens, so for the most part you will just have to learn to live with them. But, there are ways to minimise their damage. If you’re feeling particularly dedicated, go out on an evening with a ‘slug bucket’ and hand pick slugs off your garden. If the thought of that doesn’t sit too well with you, place copper tapes around pots to act as a barrier against gastropods. Also, slugs have an affinity for beer. If you place a cup of beer in your garden overnight, the slugs will be attracted to it and you can collect them from there the next day.
HAPPY GARDENING

RIP Our Beautiful Max The Wonder Dog



 





 I have not been able to do this post as I have been so distraught about it...
But Our lovely Westie Max was so ill and bless his little heart, was trying to fight end stage renal failure...but in the last week he got so ill and had lost so much weight that we had to make the horrible decision to have him put to sleep on the 19th August 2016.

My heart aches for him...I have not taken it well at all and for the first few days couldn't stop my tears...It's amazing isnt it, how a lil bundle of fluff can be so a part of the family...I miss him being by my side, wanting cuddles and tapping his paw on the door when he wanted to go out...There is such a void in my heart...I miss him so terribly, that words just can't express...

I know he is free of pain now and that he is playing happily over the rainbow bridge...but it just breaks my heart that he is no longer with us...In the end he got very close to Freddy and they would have sleeps on the bed together during the day...they were like two peas in a pod...Ying and Yang...I think he could sense that Freddy was poorly and therefore wanted to be with him because he felt the same...

We were all able to cuddle him as he passed, it was very peaceful, he was so ready.

'Only Goodnight, Beloved, not Farewell'



In Loving Memory of
Max (The Wonder Dog) Harris
19th January 2002 - 19th August 2016

CHALLENGES OF BEING DISABLED

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Adapting your Home
Moving house and remodeling a property are significant challenges for anyone. It is expensive, can be a drawn out process, and is incredibly disruptive to your daily life! Now imagine having to do all that with a disability. The costs will be even more because it is likely you need specialist equipment and design. Because you have different physical needs, it tends to take a lot longer to find services and choose the right companies to work with. And, having people working in your home while you are trying to get by on a daily basis can be incredibly difficult. In short, there are a lot of hurdles - but none of them are insurmountable. Here are a few tips that might help you find making changes to your living space a lot easier.
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Make a list!
If you aren’t a lover of making lists, it’s time to embrace the practice! It’s important to outline all your challenges and rank them in order of importance. Many people will start with the stairs and steps, of course, so look into ways of ramping, removing or adapting them to your needs. If stairs are just not an option, consider looking into home elevator cost. It might not be as much as you think, and you might be able to apply for an award or grant from your state. There are other areas you need to consider, too. Low-sitting seats and cupboards might be a big help and think about durable, smooth flooring, too. Don’t forget to include installation of any assistive technology that you might need.


Find the money!
Let’s face it; not everyone can afford to adapt their homes to their exact needs. However, there are plenty of resources and organizations out there that can help. Try reaching out to your local Independent Living Center or Aging and Disability Resource Center. The Department of Veterans Affairs is another option if you have served in the forces. You should also try the USDA’s Single Family Housing Repair program. They give loans to low-income homeowners to improve and modernize homes.
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Hire an expert!
You might have a wonderful vision of how your home will look after you make the adaptations. But, without an excellent remodeler on board with the project, you aren’t going to make it happen. The good news is there are plenty of companies out there who specialize in disability remodeling. The ideal firm will tend to have people who are Universal Design Certified Professionals. Looking for one of these people is a great way to start your search. Always spend some time exploring your options to ensure you hire the right people. Redesign projects can take a long time, and you will need to have a trusting and friendly relationship. Don’t sign any contracts until you are 100% happy with your choice.

OK, so I hope this little guide has given you some valuable info on adapting your home. There is help available, and it’s important to explore all these avenues. A few hundred dollars here and there can make a positive difference to your physical challenges - so take a look around and see what you can find. And, let me know how you get on!

3 Essentials Every Summer Garden Party Needs

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There’s still plenty of time throw a fabulous garden party this summer. It’s the perfect excuse to enjoy the amazing weather outside and spend time with your loved ones. You can play games, share stories and relish all of the delicious summer food and drink on offer. But if you’ve never planned a garden party before, you may not know how to get started. To help make your party the best it can be, here are three essential things you need to get right.
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FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
Food can make or break a garden party, so it’s vital that you get it right. Plan in advance and do a trial run of all your food before the date of your party. You can create a picnic-style feast with sandwiches and finger food. BBQ buffets are also a popular choice for garden parties. A traditional cream tea with scones, cakes, and tea might be another option you want to consider. Vintage china ⎟ Suburbanite Photography⎟ see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/09/southern-garden-affair/:
You will also need to make a music playlist and organize games to provide entertainment at your party. Look online to see if you can make carnival games like hook a duck or coconut shy. You might also want to consider buying giant Jenga or Noughts and Crosses for your party too.
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DECORATIONS
Even though your garden is bound to be full of colourful plants and flowers, some additional decorations can make a big difference. You can create garlands using artificial flowers which you can then hang onto your fence panels or above your entranceways. Bunting can also be used for an authentic vintage feel. Another idea is to hang paper pom poms from your trees to enhance their beauty even more. Use tablecloths to protect your furniture but also to add colour and interest. You can use large vases or small jam jars to display bouquets of flowers to make your tables look beautiful too. Wow!  You could do something like this with Martha Stewart Craft Pom Poms! #zorattoent #partydecorations  www.zorattoent.com.au:
Vibrantly patterned or coloured plates and glassware can also be used as decorative features for your garden party. Other functional and decoration pieces include blankets, cushions and deck chairs. Display these around your garden so they look as appealing as possible for your guests to use.
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LIGHTING Your garden party shouldn’t have to stop because the sun has gone down. Take advantage of the warm summer nights by filling your garden with mood lighting. This will allow the fun of your party to continue into the early hours and make your guest feel more comfortable. Lighting can also transform the look of your garden making it look bigger and more relaxing.
You could wrap fairy or rope lights around your garden’s trees or put candles into tin cans and jam jars. Lanterns and teacup candles are other possibilities. Think carefully about your outdoor space and which areas will require the most light. If you’re still unsure about what you could use visit a lighting retailer online or in store for ideas and inspiration.
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With these essentials covered, everything else will fall into place and make your party a complete success. The sun is bound to make an appearance when you’ve got such a wonderful event planned. So sit back, relax and enjoy every second.

BLOG & GRAPHIC FREEBIES

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 You know how I love to play around with graphics!
Well I have played around with some from pixel scrapper lately and come up with these to add to your scrapbooking pages or to your blogs...you know, to pretty them up a bit.
 
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I hope you like them and can use them in your designs.

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Just right click on them and save to your picture files.

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And if you like them or want to create lovely designs like these, head on over to PS and join up!
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Have a great day my lovely peeps.


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