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Dealing With The Possessions Of A Deceased Loved One

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When a family member passes, it can be a difficult time for you and everyone you know. It’s difficult to make it through this time with strength, and to organize everything in the aftermath. That being said, this is an important task, to help honor the memory of your loved one and ensure that their estate is well handled.

However, it’s not always the case that your relative will have writen every single possession into their will. Daily household items, or extra belongings, can simply be owner-free and in need of a home. Dealing with the possessions of your passed loved one can be an emotionally charged effort, but it’s worth planning this (alongside your family members) in the best way you can.

But where are you supposed to get started? And from there, what decisions should you make? What even are your options to begin with, especially when starting out? For this, and more, we have decided to bring together some advice to aid you in this troublesome time:

Dividing Their Items

Dividing their items among your family members can be a tough process if they haven’t been explicitly labelled in the will. Assigning one person to help you with this can help you avoid familial arguments. Try to divide the wealth and value of items fairly. You may decide to offer the kitchen equipment to your relative who has just become a homeowner, or an item that has sentimental value to someone who will appreciate it most. Careful analysis, bit by bit, will help you achieve the assumed wishes of your lost loved one. You can use All In Self Storage to ensure these items are protected in the interim.

Charity

Never discount the power of charity. It’s not just a simple way of getting rid of items you’re not sure what to do with. In many cases, it can truly help them raise more capital for good causes. For instance, if your relative struggled with cancer in their final years, it might be that donating their unclaimed items to a cancer charity, or perhaps an outstore that helps sell these goods (such as charity book shop donations) – will help you contribute a little to the cause. That can be a nice way to do your part, and to contribute to something positive despite your misfortune.

Selling For A Purpose

Of course, perhaps you’d like to raise that money yourself. You may find that selling old crockery can help you raise money for a worthwhile funeral, or to help put your grandchildren through college. Maybe you wish to sell for a purpose to help you ensure items are met with those who will really care for them, such as item collectors willing to pay a premium. Be sure you have your items valued or do your research before selling, because you can never tell who may see this opportunity as a means to pay less than you deserve.

With this advice, we hope you can more easily deal with the possessions of a deceased loved one. This isn’t an easy task, but it’s certainly more than worth taking care of.

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Ways To Spend Your Time Until The Pandemic Passes

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Hardly any of us were prepared for the coronavirus pandemic. At the start of the year, we were living our lives as usual. By March, countries around the world were implementing lockdown measures that meant citizens could only leave their homes if they were considered essential workers, or if they needed to head out to get essentials, such as food or medication. This has gone a long way in slowing and controlling the spread of the virus. We’ve been protecting our own health as well as others’ health and wellbeing too! But many of us have experienced extreme boredom during this time. We have been trying to find ways to keep ourselves occupied and safe without having to leave our homes and come into contact with others. Many of our usual hobbies and pastimes have been removed from our day to day lives and many of us haven’t even had work to distract us. Now, it looks like the infection rate of coronavirus is slowly reducing and governments are slowly loosening lockdown measures, opening up different places and permitting more freedom when it comes to what you can and can’t do. But many of us are still reluctant to return to life as usual and would rather keep ourselves to ourselves until there’s more certainty surrounding a resolve to the virus or an end to the virus. If this is the case, here are a few different things you can do to occupy your time and keep yourself entertained without necessarily having to come into contact with others.

New Forms of Exercise

Hopefully, you’ve been getting your recommended one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise throughout the pandemic. Sure, the gyms are closed, but it’s important for your health and wellbeing that you do give yourself the work out that your body needs to stay fit and healthy. Many people have been taking socially distanced walks, jogs, runs or cycles. But if you’re growing bored of this, it’s important to remember that there are many alternative forms of exercise that you can carry out at home too! You just need to think outside of the box a little. Many people have been following workout tutorials and online workouts that incorporate simple moves such as squats, press ups, sit ups and more. But if you want to try something different, you might want to consider following some simple ballet barre tutorials, yoga or pilates tutorials, martial arts tutorials or other kinds of exercise that can be carried out in relatively limited spaces. Just be safe at all times and don’t push yourself too far or try anything too challenging.

Learn a New Language

Everyone can benefit from learning to speak a language other than the one they grew up speaking and use on a daily basis. Learning a second language doesn’t only challenge your mind. It also provides you with a skill that will allow you to communicate effectively with someone you might not otherwise be able to communicate with. You never know when this might come in useful! Now, many of us think that learning a new language requires face to face classes or tutoring, or that you will need to visit a country where the language is the national language, in order to be able to immerse yourself in it. But this isn’t necessarily the case. There are a number of ways you can learn a language remotely too. Software and apps are constantly improving and offering effective ways to learn and practice reading, speaking and writing your chosen language. Rosetta Stone is perhaps the best known option. But new apps such as Duolingo and Babbel have free options that can get you started out without having to financially invest!

Games

There are so many games out there to play. From games consoles to online games. These might not always be productive ways to use your time, but you don’t have to spend your whole life being productive. You can have some time to do things you want to do for the sake of enjoyment! Just make sure to always be aware of what you are playing. Some games, such as online betting can cost money to engage with. Other games may have add ons that you can invest in, but again will cost. Set yourself budgets and limits to ensure you don’t overspend.

Reading

Some of us have really got into reading during the past three months. Previously, many of us simply felt that we didn’t get sufficient time to read. It just didn’t fit into our schedule. But now, with a bit more free time on our hands, increasing numbers of us have been picking up books and getting back into page turning. It’s a good idea to continue this activity. Reading is good for you. It can expand your vocabulary. It can get your imagination running. Use sites like Goodreads to guide you in the right direction. There are plenty of lists that will help to give you recommendations based on other books you’ve found that you enjoyed. It also contains reviews for most published books, meaning you can decide what books are likely to be worth investing your money, time and effort into.

Arts and Crafts

There are plenty of arts and crafts activities out there that can help to relax you. They can either be challenging options that take up your concentration and can distract you for a few hours, or they can be simple ones that can keep your hands occupied while you watch TV or listen to the radio. Look at different options and determine which appeal to you. Macrame, embroidery, knitting, colouring books, paint by numbers… the list goes on and on. Arts and crafts aren’t just for kids. There are plenty of options that can appeal to adults too!

These are just a few suggestions that can keep you occupied while waiting for this pandemic to completely pass. Hopefully, they’ll come in useful and you can work some into your routine!

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3 Questions Before Building Your Dream Home

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Are you thinking about building your dream home? We’ve talked about the dream home before and the harsh reality is that your dream home – the one that you have always imagined – probably doesn’t exist on the market. That means that if you want a shot at owning it, then you’re going to have to build it yourself. But what questions do you need to answer before you do this? 

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Do You Have The Cash?

You might think that to build your dream home, you have to be a cash buyer and have money in hand. Well, this isn’t quite true because there are loan companies that are willing to lend you the money that you need. You just need to make sure that you can pay a solid amount of the cost and that you don’t need to worry about issues with bad credit. If you do have bad credit, then this can be a slight hurdle but it’s certainly not a complete roadblock. 

In terms of the price of a custom build home, then it can be more expensive than a property that you could find on the market. But remember, you’re paying to get exactly what you want so it’s worth the extra cost if you can afford it. You can also end up gaining a lot from a new build if you sell it on in the future. 

Where Should You Build? 

You do need to think carefully about where you want to build the home. Usually, when you’re looking at luxury homes, everything like environmental issues has been taken into consideration already. So, you don’t have to worry about accidentally ending up with a house on a flood plain. When you build a property from scratch, this is your responsibility. You have to make sure that you are making the right choices with the location and that does include connectivity as well. You won’t be able to build out in the middle of nowhere if a high-speed internet connection is important to you. Instead, you need to build in a place that has a supporting infrastructure which is why you should explore planned development sites. 

How Long Will It Take?

Finally, you do need to think about how long the process will take. This depends on the team that you are using. If you opt to invest in the services of a professional team, to build your property then it shouldn’t take too long at all. Potentially, the right team will have your home upright and ready for you to move in within the first year you start the process. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the key questions that you need to keep in mind when you are thinking about building your dream home. This can be a great decision, but it’s important to approach it the right way and ensure that you are prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. This is always going to start with choosing the right team to help you on this journey. 

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Preparing Your Home For Any Emergency

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As the last few weeks and months have shown us, anything can happen, and our lives can get tipped upside down in a matter of days. Disasters (or viruses) are inevitable. At some point in our lives, we are all likely to experience something like an earthquake, a flood, a storm or a hurricane. Not only that, we can also experience disasters specific to our home, like house fires, flooding, or storm damage. These kinds of things rarely give us any warning, and as such, it is pointless to just worry about them. However, it will help you in case of an emergency, to be prepared. Here are some steps to follow, to ensure that you have a foolproof plan for an emergency.

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Ways To Embrace Freedom When The World Returns To Normal

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For many, life is about the simple things. When the world as we know it returns to normal have you thought about what you are going to do? Arguably, the biggest sticking point for most of us is that we just can’t do the little things. It is these little things that help us feel free. And whether you haven’t been able to go around Australia or you feel that you need to recapture something from your old life that makes you feel free, what are the best ways to embrace your freedom when the world returns to normal?

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Get Your Life Plans Back On Track

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It seems impossible to think about life at the minute. Life as we know it has stopped, even if some of it has started back up again. Even though the economy might be on the move again, it doesn’t mean that people aren’t still talking about it in every conversation that you have. It doesn’t mean you won’t turn on the TV and see every single news channel broadcasting something about it. You’ll also be reading articles like this, but instead of talking about the negatives we want to talk about the positives. The virus has shown us that we took life for granted before, and now we’re being given the chance to get it back on track. To do so, we think you need to think back to some life goals you might have, and how you can get back on track with meeting them. 

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Car Buying Tips: 6 Things to Check When Buying A Used Car

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If you are looking for a good quality vehicle without a higher price tag, a used car is the best option. The difference between spending a lot of time and money at the repair shop and carefree driving is all in knowing what to look for. Buying a used car can be confusing, with a lot of things to put into consideration. Remember that the best used car is not necessarily the cheapest that you can get. If the vehicle has poor fuel efficiency and needs hefty upkeep work every now and then, then your finances might be in for a bumpy ride. A used car can either be a blessing or a nightmare.

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How To Make An Assisted Living Centre Feel Like Home

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For many older people, assisted living is the best choice for them to carry on an independent life with some help. For some though, this decision can be very hard, and they may worry about living somewhere that feels like a hospital instead of a home. If you manage an assisted living centre, there are some ways you can help to make it feel like a real home to make your residents feel more comfortable and much happier. 

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Respect There May Be Challenges

Some of your retired residents may not be all that thrilled to be moving in. It’s important to respect that, and not push too hard to make them settle in. Gentle encouragement is always going to go down better than a forced approach with someone who is struggling with the transition.

Make Things Comfortable

Any shared spaces need to be as comfortable as possible. Avoid making the spaces feel sterile by using a company who can advise on the best architecture and decor, like aged-care construction experts. They can help you to create a space that is both functional and comfortable. 

Think about what home comforts residents will appreciate in communal spaces. Invest in comfortable seating that is supportive, like quality recliners. Add in plenty of soft furnishings in relaxing colours, like blankets and cushions. Hang some cheerful artwork to brighten things up. 

Allow Room For Personalisation

The best way to make a retirement home feel like an actual home is to allow space for your residents to bring in some comforts from their own home. While their own rooms are an obvious place for their own things to go, it can also help if there is somewhere in communal space for some personalisation too. Perhaps they could put their own scatter cushions on their favourite chair, or maybe you could create a space where residents could display their own photographs. 

Choose Warm Colours

A lot of retirement homes use the same kind of colour palettes as hospitals, with blues and greens to make things feel calm and clean. This can make the place feel too sterile, and not like a place where people actually live. Instead, decorate with some warmer colours. Paint the walls in a warm neutral, like a warm shade of cream, and add in warm, cheery colours with other decor items. Yellow scatter cushions, paintings with oranges and yellows, and other warm notes all work very well. A warmer colour choice can make the home feel a lot cosier and more comfortable, instead of like a hospital. 

Ask Your Residents

If you don’t think the space is quite working and don’t know why you could ask the people who live there what they think is missing. After all, they’re the ones spending the most time there and will know best what they need to make them feel comfortable and at home in the centre. Ask for feedback and follow up on what they’re asking for, whether they ask for better chairs in the main lounge or some different activities.

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Simple Safety Tips For Drivers

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Your car is one of your most valuable possessions and therefore more likely to get stolen The model of the car often isn’t that important, instead, it depends on how accessible it is and easy to resell. Of course, you can find ways you can minimize the risk of you car being broken unto by following certain security precautions. 

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Living in a Condo: Is It For You?

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If you are thinking about buying a home, there are many reasons why you may be considering a condo over a standard house or apartment. Condos have never been more popular, particularly with the Boomer population, who are growing older, starting to downsize and move to homes that are easier to look after. As a result, condos are in high demand.

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How to Enjoy Summer In Your Yard

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Life can’t always be fun, but it’s important that we put ourselves in positions to enjoy the food times when they’re presented to us. Take spring and summer, for example. While there are a few downsides that we have to contend with during the season, there’s also much to love — and does it get any better than spending a warm evening out in your yard, with your loved ones? Not in our book. Of course, if you’re going to enjoy these moments to the fullest, then you’ll need to have a backyard that makes it possible to do so. Below, take a look at a few tried and tested tips for making this happen. 

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How to Spot the Ideal Family Home

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Finding the perfect family home, that both has enough space for all of the family, and which makes family life as easy as it can possibly be, is no mean feat, but it can be done.

If you’re looking for your next family home and you want to ensure that you get it absolutely right, here are some tips to help you spot a good thing when you see it:

Check the Floorplan

If you want to find a home that works for you, it’s always a good idea to check out the floor plan. The way a house is laid out can make life really easy or really hard, so it’s of paramount importance that you take this seriously, For example, if the kitchen is three floors down from the bedroom and you have a baby who you need to make bottle for in the night, the thought of slogging up all those steps when you’re already dog tired probably isn’t a good one, or if you have kids who love having the space to run around, a house with a floorplan that isn’t open probably wouldn’t work out too well. Know what you need and bear that in mind when looking at the floorplan.

There’s Scope to Make Changes

Choosing a family home that has space to extend is always a plus because then you can make it what you want and change it to suit your family’s growing needs. Alternatively, you may want to look at the affordability of the house and land package homes in your area because that way you can have a great deal of input into what your house will be like right from the off., The more scope there is to put your family’s stamp on your new home, the better it will be for you all.

Outdoor Space

If you have a young family, outdoor space is vital. It will give the kids the chance to blow off some steam and allow you to spend some quiet relaxation time out in nature, Of course, outdoor space can be expensive, so if you cannot afford a home with a decent sized garden, look for properties that are close to the beach or parkland that you can all make use of instead. If there are lots of places to spend time outdoors, it’s a sure sign you’ve spotted a great family home.

Plenty of Bathrooms

One of the most annoying things about family life is the ques for the bathroom in the morning. Try to find a property where there are two or more bathrooms, or at least the ability to add more in the future, and family life will get a whole lot better.

Low Maintenance

Family life is busy, so if you spot a home that is in really good condition, and which is unlikely to need much maintenance, make an offer! Oh, and low maintenance doesn’t just mean it’s structurally sound, things like tiles or hardwood floors instead of carpet can make a huge difference too!

Good luck finding your perfect family home!

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Tips that will Help you to Make your Warehouse Much Safer

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Operating a business isn’t a walk in the park to say the least and this is especially the case if you have so much to think about on a day to day basis. If you think about it, you need to keep a constant eye on your customers, your team, your offices and so much more. If you are not careful then you will quickly see that the whole thing can get out of hand and this is the last thing that you need. For that reason, you can find out everything you need to know about keeping your warehouse safe, right here.

Reducing Workplace Stress

It is so important that you are able to reduce workplace stress. This is especially the case if you force your team to work long hours or even if you provide your team with constant job insecurity as well. If you are not careful then you will soon find that stress can lead to depression and it can also cause issues with concentration as well. Of course, you need to make sure that you take as many regular breaks as possible and you also need to enforce this for your team as well.

Clear Signs

If there is ever an accident in your workplace, you have to make sure that every single one of your team members know where to go. You also need to make sure that you are putting the work in to try and do drills and it also helps to do a test for the fire alarm as well. If you don’t then your team may not know what to do in the event of a fire and they may also not know which exit to go to. A sticker printing service can help you to know which door to go through and they can also help you to provide your team with the information they need to feel at ease if something should happen.

Slippery Surfaces

If you happen to spill something in your business then your team need to know how to deal with this properly. They need to know what chemicals to use in order to clean it up and they also need to know what protocol to follow as well. If you don’t then you really run the risk of causing a reaction, toxic smells and more. If you have a cleaner or a specially trained professional on-hand to help you to handle spillages or even toxic leaks then you have nothing to worry about but if you don’t and if you operate a small business then there is a high chance that you will have to handle stuff like this yourself.

So there are many things that you have to do in order to get the best result out of your workplace environment but keeping it safe should always be your first priority. The above tips should really help you to make sure that this is the case and when you follow them, you should have no problems at all.

It is so important that you are able to reduce workplace stress. This is especially the case if you force your team to work long hours or even if you provide your team with constant job insecurity as well. If you are not careful then you will soon find that stress can lead to depression and it can also cause issues with concentration as well. Of course, you need to make sure that you take as many regular breaks as possible and you also need to enforce this for your team as well.

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Savvy Cash Decisions For Financial Comfort

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It can be a challenge to cut back and save money, especially when you lead a busy life juggling work commitments and family life. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine and miss the little things that are eating away at your hard-earned money. However, with a little time and thought; you can rethink your household spending and save large amounts of cash. If you’re struggling to pay for everything, feel like you’re in a rut, and aren’t sure how to change things; it’s time to address all the little expenses that add up. The following are some ideas and advice for those who want to manage their finances effectively and cut back, but aren’t sure how.

Your Providers

It’s easy just to continue using the same energy provider and not to think about a change. However, energy companies and providers are all after your business and will want the opportunity to speak with you and offer you a better rate than what you’re currently paying. Aside from lighting your home with candles and never using the heating again; switching where you get your energy from is the only way to lower your monthly costs. It might seem like a time-consuming chore; however, there’s plenty of online advice available, that can help you to choose which company is right for you and will inform you of all the price changes. If you’re smart about your energy bills; you save hundreds every year, so surely it’s worth looking into.

Your Transport

If you own a car; to get to and from work, or do the school run with, you’ll be spending money on maintenance and fuel on a regular basis. Therefore you might want to reconsider the model of car you’re driving, and switching it to a more fuel-efficient option. It’s worth looking into what will give you an insight into what’s currently available on the market, and you can learn about purchasing a used car, to save even more money. If you pay for a car on finance; you may be able to lower your monthly repayments by using a different dealership or company, so that you can save the excess. It’s also worth understanding how to better maintain your car so you can avoid costly repair work in the future. If your family has two cars parked on the drive; consider reducing the number to one. Work out if public transport is feasible for your family and you could halve your monthly car cost and get a lump sum from the sale of the other in no time.

Your Supplies

Being savvy when it comes to your supermarket shop is far easier with the internet and the countless reviews and advice available. Therefore, making the best decisions so your family can save on the weekly shop. Choose store’s own brands instead of the big labels; supermarkets are competitive companies and will do all they can to impress you with their items. For larger items; price comparison websites are worth looking at, and once you’ve chosen what you need, you can find the relevant reviews to ensure you’re making a wise choice. Only spending what you really need to and budgeting wisely is the best way to save in the long run, so explore all your options when it comes to your household costs.

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Making Money from Your Garage

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Do you keep your car in your garage? If you do, you might be in the minority. Your car would be safer in your garage, and you might find that your car insurance is much cheaper if you can say that it’s in the garage every night (in fact, an awful lot of us tick that box whether it’s true or not). But, the truth is, most of us leave our cars on the drive or even in the street, instead of parking them in the garage. Sometimes, this is because it’s just too much trouble to drive it in and out of the garage all of the time. Some people even find that their cars don’t actually fit in their garages, either because there’s that much stuff in there already or because modern vehicles are significantly wider than those from the past.

The sad truth is that while many of us paid more for a house with a garage, most of us don’t use them as they were intended. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make money from them. Here are some ways that you could earn cash with your unused garage.

Get Selling

The very first thing that you should do if you want to make money from your garage is clear it out and find things to sell. Old tools can be sold at western sales management auctions, often for a good profit if they are in good condition. This is especially beneficial if the tools weren’t even yours in the first place or you never use them.

Other than tools, you might find other collectables in amongst your old junk, and even broken appliances can often be sold for parts. Remember, your junk might be someone else’s treasure.

Turn it into a Guest Room

If you live in a relatively modern house, and your garage is attached to your main home, it might be wired, insulated and even plumbed in. If it is, this can make it quite easy to turn your garage into another bedroom. You could make money from this by renting it out permanently, or by using Airbnb to make a regular profit. This is especially useful if you live in a desirable area.

Hire it Out as Storage

Many people nowadays spend some time living in small flats or houses. They are often on the lookout for cheap storage spaces for long-term use. Clean your garage out and rent it to someone as a storage space. Just make sure that you are clear about any access rules.

Hire it Out as a Parking Space

If you live near a busy town or city, parking is possibly in high demand. Many people walk or take the bus to work to avoid extortionate parking costs. Your garage could be the answer. Hire it to someone as a space to keep their car while they are at work. This can be a good idea even if you do use your garage for your own car, just hire it out around your own needs.

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The Health Benefits of Fresh Herbs

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For centuries, herbs have been used all over the world to add flavour to cooking, but did you realize that some of them have amazing health benefits as well?

Sage

Sage is a beautiful plant that is really easy to cultivate at home, especially with a grow room. Apart from adding wonderful flavor to a meal, it has anti-inflammatory properties, is good for the memory, helps with sugar levels in the blood, can relieve some of the symptoms of the menopause and can assist with the lowering of cholesterol.  All this from a herb that is sometimes overlooked by chefs, but one that if it was used in more meals could help everyone that eats it.

Parsley

Generally, anything green and leafy is good for you and parsley is no exception. It is classed as a super food because of its concentration of nutrients and antioxidants, among other things. It also has vitamin, A, B, C and K, some of them is such high quantities that just half a cupful is 500% of the recommended daily amount. Like most herbs, it has anti-inflammatory properties and it is antibacterial and antifungal.

Rosemary

As one of the prettiest and most aromatic of all the herbs, rosemary is considered sacred in some cultures, such as Egyptian, and Greek. It has several vitamins in it, is high in fiber and combine these with its anti-inflammatory properties for a great way to improver your digestion. Research has also shown that it can help to boost your brain power with just one deep intake of its aroma.

Oil made from rosemary is very good for skin and hair, and will help to heal any sore spots.

Thyme

Thyme is second to sage for the amount of antioxidants it contains, and has the ability to help your body fight off disease causing free radicals. It is also a good source of vitamins A and C as well as iron and dietary fiber. Sprinkled over a salad, it will add a lovely flavor, and make the meal even healthier for all who have some.

Tarragon

Tarragon is said to be one of the most underused herbs, yet it adds amazing flavor and contains iron, zinc and magnesium. Overcooking will reduce the amount of these, so it is best added at for just the last few minutes are used as fresh leaves. It makes a wonderful garnish for a dish such as mushroom and white bean pasta.

Basil

Basil is said to be the most popular and most used of all fresh herbs, especially for Mediterranean cuisine. It has a peppery flavor that can, is aromatic and is though to fight off several chronic diseases.  It works well with meals and desserts, and is ideal for something like a spring strawberry salad.

The health benefits are often overlooked in the western world, although the ancient Chinese and Indians used them often for health purposes. Whatever reason you use them for, there is no getting away from the fact that they are good for us, and should be used even more.

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Don’t Make A Cheap Car Your Next Nightmare

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It’s easy to see why you might want to choose a cheap car for your next car, or in fact your first car. The one you’ve got might be costing you an absolute fortune, so the last thing you’re going to be able to do is fork out all this money for a brand new car. So, what’s your next option? It’s to buy a second hand car, which is absolutely fine. But when buying a second hand car, people seem to get drawn in to the absolutely cheap as chips cars that will not cost more than a couple of hundred. They drive, they look ok, and on the surface, you can’t see that anything is wrong. What happens a few months down the line? You’re left with a car you can’t use, and one that’s going to cost you a fortune to repair because the parts don’t exist. So, to save you from all of this hassle, we want to show you how you can make your next cheap car count, rather than making it something that fails you.

Warning Signs

There are definitely some warning signs that you need to make sure you’re looking out for if you want to ensure the car you have isn’t just going to break down right in front of you. First of all, you need to look at the quality of the engine. If it’s rusted or even cracked, this is a warning sign. You need to be looking at engines that are pretty much in a neat condition, with only some signs of wear and tear. This will prevent any engine issues which definitely could happen with an older car. The newer it looks, the newer it’s more likely to run. You also need to do basic checks like the oil level and quality. If this oil is low and thick and black and sticky, you should definitely be questioning it. It’s a sign that it hasn’t been changed in a long while, or that there are issues with the oil itself.

Test Drive

Test driving a car is really important, even if you feel like you don’t have a clue what you’d be looking for when driving it. But the best way to buy a used car is always once you’ve test drove it, and you’re looking for things such as extra light or firm steering, gears popping out of place, and the clutch being hard to use. You should also listen for sounds like the cambelt ticking over really loudly, screeching from the brakes, or a loud whirring noise from the wheels.

Where To Go

We always think you should go through a garage, although we do know that you can get better deals if you were to go private. With private sellers, once the deal is done you can’t take the car back to them a few weeks later with an issue. With a dealer, you can easily take it back as they will probably have given you warranty.

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RECIPE: Sweet Potato Spanish Omelette

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Sweet Potato Spanish Omelette

Sweet Potato Spanish Omelette

For all those craving a delicious Spanish Omelette – without the white potato.

Recipe by Rebecca @  Nourish Naturally

Ingredients

1 medium sweet potato, peeled

3 tbs olive oil

1 small zucchini, sliced

5 Free Range @AustralianEggs

50 ml milk of choice

1 medium brown onion, finely diced

1 medium carrot, finely chopped

2 tsp curry powder

2 tbs garlic chives, chopped

Method

1. Slice sweet potato into 1/2cm thin slices.

2. Coat sweet potato in 2 tbs olive oil & place onto a 24cm diameter fry pan, evenly covering the base of pan.

3. Turn stove on medium heat & place lid on fry pan. Cook until sweet potato is cooked though.

4. In a large bowl, place 5 eggs (whites & yolk) & whisk. Add milk, onion, carrot, garlic chives & 1 tsp curry. Mix. Add 1 tbs olive oil & mix.

5. Pour over cooked sweet potato in pan. Reduce heat to low and cover with lid to cook evenly for approx. 10min. Take off lid, top with sliced zucchini & remaining curry.

6. Place under heated grill without lid until top is crispy & golden brown.

7. Remove from pan, slice & enjoy.

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Bucket List Ideas That Aren’t Just About Elaborate Vacations

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Image Source: https://bit.ly/25iNT2xWhen people here the words bucket list, they automatically think about travel destinations that people may want to visit. It might be backpacking in Europe or taking a road trip in the USA. But a bucket list can be for all sorts of things, and it shouldn’t just be specific to travel, it can be for a number of things. I thought I would share with you four of the things that you could add to a bucket list, and some of them could enhance your life in many different ways.

Learn a language

Maybe you like the idea of learning a language. A lot of people start in school learning specific languages but as they get older they tend to forget the basics, or just stick with the conversational phrases. Leaning a language through can open up a lot of doors for you. It could help you with your career, perhaps giving you the chance to learn new things or to work within specific areas of your company or even in a different country. On a personal level, it could be just the hobby you need to help you keep your brain working. Something you enjoy and feel confident in when traveling to that country for holidays.

Migrate to a new country

Maybe you like the idea of a big change in your life, and so you may find that migrating to. Anew country to live and to work could be on your bucket list. This could also work hand in hand with learning a language. For some countries, the process can be quite complicated. So you may want to look into using Immigration agents to help you with the paperwork and the legal side of things. This could be a huge opportunity for you. Some countries offer better pay for jobs, or more opportunities for a better quality of life. So this could be just the life change you crave.

Start your own business

Perhaps you like the idea of starting your own business and feel like this is something that you have or would like to add to your bucket list. You may already have the idea. Perhaps nurturing it in your mind until the ideal time arises to strike that opportunity. Or it could be that you are still wondering what you want to do, and hope that you can one day work for yourself. So that you can enjoy a better home and work life balance. Whatever your motive is, many people have this this dream, and it could be the best decision you make.

Have a family

Finally, maybe you like the idea of starting a family one day. This is quite a common one for many people as at some point they expect they may become parents. However, it is worth setting some timer to plan and consider it for the future. Not everyone is blessed with pregnancy the minute they decide they want to start a family. It can be a tough process and journey to embark on. Not only that, but you also need to plan in terms of financials and your career. But, as many say, becoming a parent is life changing and often described as one of the bets journeys you will ever take.

I hope this has given you some inspiration for some of the things you can add to your bucket list.

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Easy Home Staging Tips For Sellers

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Before selling your home, you need to ensure it is staged in a manner that encourages buyers to want to purchase it. You need to make sure they can see themselves living there. With that being said, read on for some helpful tips.

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Six home staging DON’TS!

 When you are staging your home for a viewing there are some things you just don’t do!

  • DON’T let your pets mingle with the viewers – You may be proud of your lovely little pup, but there is every chance that the buyer will not like dogs. They distract from the house viewing and they don’t smell great either!
  • DON’T answer the door in your slippers – You are a representation of your home. Make an effort to look nice without going over-the-top.
  • DON’T leave unfinished DIY jobs for the potential buyer – Not only does this mean they will have work to contend with upon purchasing the house, but it gives the impression that your property is in bad condition.
  • DON’T leave all of your personal items on show – You may wish to display your niece’s wedding photographs, your child’s baby photos and all the sports awards you have won. However, they stop the viewer from connecting with your property! They need to be out of sight. Use storage units until you move if you have too many items to hide. You can keep your personal items here rather than having them hinder your chances of a sale.
  • DON’T go overboard with smells – Creating a welcoming atmosphere with smell is recommended, but only subtly! Don’t make your house smell like a perfume store or a cherry orchard.
  • DON’T leave things lying around – From your laundry to the phone bill; don’t leave odd bits and pieces lying around the home.

Great tips for creating the right atmosphere to sell your home

Creating the right atmosphere is a must when trying to sell your home! You want the viewers to feel relaxed and at ease, so they feel comfortable enough to take their time browsing your property. It is all about creating that ambience that makes people think ‘I could see myself living here’. Here are two top tips for achieving that feel…

A great way of creating a homely and welcoming vibe is through the use of scented candles. As mentioned above, don’t go overboard. A few carefully placed candles achieve the perfect vibe. Or, you could purchase fragrance sachets. The key is to be subtle with your fragrance selection. You don’t want your viewers to start coughing the moment they walk through your front door.

Another tried and tested way to put someone in the mood for buying is with music. Music helps to put people at ease and it can also make an emotional connection with the viewers. Don’t just play any old song! It must fit in with the style of your home and the individuals that are viewing it. Play the music at a low volume and ensure it is down-tempo. Don’t go for anything too risqué! Keep your selection neutral.

Follow the tips above to stage your home successfully!

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