We’ve been working on the garden this year and it’s finally starting to resemble a real garden and not a junkyard! Well, I say we, but I mean Ant’s been working on the garden, and we now have a lawn again! He works on it whenever he gets a chance and we’re going to make it as wildlife-friendly as possible. The pond we made when we first moved here was small and gave us a few problems so Ant made it bigger and better last year.
We especially want to make the garden bee-friendly so when I was asked if I’d like to review some pencils by Sprout, that are good for the bees, I, obviously, said yes. I’d never heard of Plant Your Pencil but I love the idea of it.
When your pencil gets too small to use, you plant it in a pot and wait for it to sprout. When they’re nice and strong, plant them out in your wildlife-friendly garden to help the bees 🙂
Each pencil has different seed types at the end. For the bee-friendly plants, there are Thyme, Coriander, Sage, Chia and Carnation seeds.
Each pencil has a little message on it to encourage you to help the bees and we all know how important it is for us all to help the bees right now and into the future.
The pencils are really good quality and are lovely to write with. As well as the bee-friendly pack, you can also get other themed packs including Mindful Thoughts and Spread The Love.
One Last Thing
If you’re a pencil end chewer – DON’T CHEW THESE!!
My husband, Anthony, has a thing for chef knives. He’s always on the lookout for the perfect knife and he was very jealous of our daughter, KayCee’s brand new knife collection she got when she started her college course to become a professional chef. Because of this, I knew that both of them would be very interested in trying out a brand new Katto chef knife and I was sure there was going to be some tension between them when it came to who was going to claim it!
Katto Chef Knife
Katto knives are handcrafted from Japanese steel and sustainable wood. You can choose between walnut, beech and rosewood for the handle. Ant chose rosewood and we both agree, it looks great.
To keep your knife in top condition, you can buy accessories such as a sharpening stone, chopping board and knife rack.
The chef knife came in a very sturdy box which we’ve reused to store odds and ends! Anthony, especially, is really against the throw-away culture and always tries to reuse things rather than throwing them away.
Inside the box was a penny stuck to a piece of card. There was an accompanying card which read:
What’s with the coin?
According to a centuries-old superstition, the gifting of a knife is thought to constitute bad luck as it represents a ‘cutting’ of the the relationship between the gift gier and the receiver.
To compensate for this, givers and receivers of knives began exchanging coins as a symbil their friendship.
And seeins you’ve already given us a few coins, we thought it right to return the favour.
The knife now belongs to Anthony and he’s even engraved his initials on it!
He’s been trying it on everything, from herbs and roast meats to spring onions and tomatoes. He said if a knife can slice through a very ripe tomato without squashing it, it’s an excellent knife.
As you can see, he thinly sliced through some tomatoes with ease so it passed the test!
Another of his tests is slicing into bread dough before it’s baked. He used to use a razor blade when making his bread but now he uses his Katto knife. He was very impressed when he first tried it.
The Katto knife has now become Anthony’s go-to knife for all his cooking needs!
We’d like to thank Katto for sending the wonderful knife for us to review. All opinions are our own and honest.
Recently, using cat ear headphones has become a growing trend among gamers, including several popular Twitch streamers. It’s easy to see how these creative products have caught on because of their bright, eye-catching aesthetics. I liked the distinctive look of these headphones, so I was curious enough to buy Yowu’s Cat Ear Headphones 3S.
From what I understand, the 3S has received some upgrades from the previous formula used for Yowu headphones. From a technical standpoint, this product does have some fairly advanced features. Its Bluetooth model supports aptX audio technology for lower latency and immersive, crystal clear sound quality. Latency can be the cause of irksome issues such as unwelcome audio lag.
Since this product has been fairly popular within the gaming community, eliminating audio lag should be a major plus for online multiplayer communication. I’m happy to report that my experiences using this product while playing League of Legends felt smooth and seamless. Furthermore, the headphones’ built-in app control allowed me to adjust sound quality to fit my audio preferences. I was able to choose a sound mode that kept me immersed in the game with no outside distractions. The headphones also have a built-in stereo microphone that allows wireless online communication.
Despite its great sound quality, the main reasons people will buy this product are its design and visual appearance. There are several reasons why I would choose this product over cat ear headphones manufactured by brands such as Axent or Windfall. First, the Yowu 3S’s design is sleeker and more organic. The headphones look more stylish and symmetrical, and their impressive appearance can be enhanced with LED lighting customization. I enjoyed changing the colors and lighting effects of my headphones. It was difficult to settle on just one because all of them look striking and dynamic.
Second, Yowu’s headphones will give you the most bang for your buck. Users have complained about Axent’s sound imbalances, particularly when bass is involved. In contrast, I felt like the $100+ dollars I spent on Yowu headphones were well worth it for the mix of sound quality and visual ingenuity in one package. The 3S doesn’t just look great, but it also performs impressively. I was thoroughly satisfied with its sound quality and battery performance. I appreciated that I could use Yowu headphones for hours without needing to charge them.
Lastly, I’ll say a few things about the headphones’ ergonomics. They sat comfortably on my face during use and they folded easily for storage after I finished using them. They come with a headphone bag, so you won’t have to worry about buying your own bag or finding a cranny to store them in.
Most people may be looking for aesthetics over quality when they buy cat ear headphones, but Yowu’s 3S shows that it’s not too much to ask for both. If you’re committed to listening to music, video content, or game audio in style, Yowu’s headphones are a worthy competitor to any Beats headphones or AirPods on the market.
Vaping was originally created as a safe alternative to smoking. Its main purpose was to give smokers a way out of smoking and reduce the amount of damage it does to the body. It can be effective if you want to stop smoking, but you have to know a thing or two about vaping first. When you first start to look into vaping, you will start to hear all sorts of strange terminology and wonder how something that seems so simple can be so complex. But understanding the different types of devices, vaping products, and vaping methods out there will be essential if you want to achieve your goal. Here’s how you can use vaping to quit smoking.
Start with the Right Device
The first thing you have to do is pick the right device. There are lots of different devices out there and some will be better for smokers trying to stop. The first thing you have to understand is the difference between a mouth-to-lung device and a direct-to-lung device. Direct-to-lung devices require that you inhale the vapour directly into the lungs while a mouth-to-lung device will require that you inhale the hit into your mouth first.
Mouth-to-lung devices are said to replicate the smoking experience since this is how cigarettes are smoked. This is why you should consider going for this type of device if you are using it to quit. Know that you won’t be able to chuck huge clouds like the ones you see in vaping trick videos. They will usually be weaker than mouth-to-lung devices and won’t produce as much smoke. What they will do, however, is give you that “throat hit” so many smokers crave, which allows them to forget that they’re using a vape machine.
If you’re looking for the absolute best type of device to quit smoking, we suggest that you go for a small pod system. Most of these devices are mouth-to-lung and much easier to use than other types of devices. If you’re looking for the best pod vape kits, we suggest you give Superior Vapour a look. They have one of the largest selections of vape pods and accessories online. Whether you’re looking for a Smok, Aspire, or Uwell device, or are looking for something more obscure, you’ll find them all via their store.
You can also go for a regular mod device. The only issue with these is that you have to constantly pop them open to change the coil and filling them is a bit more complicated. With a pod device, all you have to do is pop out your old pod once it’s done and pop in a new one. You also won’t have to worry about tweaking the settings until you find something that works since these devices usually have much simpler controls and settings.
Choose the Right Liquid to Start
Next, you will need to look for a good e-liquid. You can decide to go with something that is closer to the taste of cigarettes or you could go for some of the original flavours available out there. You even have tobacco-flavoured e-juice, which could be perfect. The goal is to try as many as you can until you find something you like.
The most important factor, however, will be the nicotine concentration of the juice you’re going to pick. It’s usually better to go with the strongest nicotine concentration possible at first. This will make sure that you feel the effects and are satisfied with your vaping experience. The highest concentration you can find is 12mg, and this will give you enough effects without having to vape too much.
Another thing you will have to look at is the PG/VG ratio of any juice you want to buy. PG stands for propylene glycol and VG stands for vegetable glycerine. These are the main components of most e-juices and they make a big difference in how the vapour feels. Juices that are higher in VG will usually have a smoother taste while those with more PG will give you more of that throat hit we talked about earlier. It’s up to you to see which type you enjoy the most.
Have a Strategy for Quitting Nicotine
If your goal is simply to stop smoking, you don’t need much of a strategy, but you should also consider getting off nicotine completely. Nicotine is far from harmless and has been associated with all sorts of diseases such as heart disease and high blood pressure, just to name a few. This is why you should have a plan to taper down your consumption until you don’t need nicotine anymore. You should try lowering the nicotine concentration of your juices every three months until you get to zero. If you can’t get to zero, staying at 3 mg should be enough to curb your cravings and prevent you from smoking ever again.
This is all you need to know if you want to use vaping as a means to stop smoking. Vaping is definitely better than smoking, and you should start to feel the benefits of switching faster than you imagined.
So, you’ve decided to take that long-awaited desert trip. Good for you!
In fact, we don’t blame you if you are enthralled by the stunning camping locations and drooling over the photos of the breathtaking scenery. Rest assured, you will fall in love with the desert’s beauty and endless recreational opportunities once you are there.
Here are useful tips to make sure that your next desert trip is unforgettable!
Carry a Tent
It is crucial to choose the right type of tent. Among all kinds, you will need a freestanding tent to camp in the desert, not a hammock tent or tent that needs to be strung up to trees. The main reason being it is unlikely that you will find something suitable in the desert because there aren’t many trees.
The desert is full of resources. All you have to do is know how to get the most out of these resources. For those who love extreme adventure, you can trap rodents in the desert, such as ground squirrels or rabbits. Who knows, you may even catch a Fox!
Having a pocket knife handy will also help to make sure you hit what you aim for.
Watch Out For Critters
Many critters could cause you damage when camping in the desert. The most dangerous are the ones that are hard to spot, such as scorpions and snakes.
You should be aware that anything you leave on the desert floor, including your clothes, sleeping bag, and blanket, could become a refuge for dangerous creatures. You should always sleep on a raised platform and make sure you shake out all your clothes before you put them on.
Be Ready For the Cold
Although it may seem counterintuitive, you must still be prepared for cold weather in desert areas. Winter in the desert is marked by extreme temperature swings.
It could reach temperatures as high as 80 degrees during the day and freezing at night. Do not let the blue sky fool your eyes, be prepared for cold when you camp in the desert.
Keep an Eye on the Weather
You should always check the weather before you go outdoors, especially when camping in the desert. Temperature swings can be very rapid and affect not only the weather but also your mood. Also, watch out for the possibility of thunderstorms.
Flash floods can be caused by heavy rainfall in desert environments. You don’t want your tent to be in a slot canyon or placed in an area that could become flooded.
Bring Lots of Water
Hydration is vital in any outdoor activity, but it’s even more crucial in desert environments. Also, make sure not to depend on springs marked on the map.
Springwater in the desert is often seasonal and can be dried up by the time you reach there.so, it’s a good idea to carry your water, but not too much that it affects your mobility. Remember, moderation is the key.
GPS is your BFF
You should always bring your navigation equipment when you travel into the wilderness. For this reason, a map and a compass can be sufficient. Even more essential is keeping track of where you’re at all times in the desert.
The truth is, deserts are difficult to navigate and can make it easy for people to get lost. There have been many instances in the past where people have lost their ways in a desert. We don’t want you to end up on that list. So, make sure to have multiple navigational tools. Also, you must know how to use them to get the most out of them.
Give your Vehicle Some TLC
There are few services and almost no cell coverage in the desert, so it is not a great place to have problems with your car. You can avoid this problem by taking your vehicle in for routine maintenance and any necessary repairs.
Make sure you check your tires before you get on the road. Also, make sure to fuel it up as often as possible. A good idea is to hold back a car wash until after the trip, as dust from the desert can fill up your car for good which will definitely need cleaning once you get back.
Which tip did you find the most helpful? Let us know in the comments!
Summer is almost over, and there’s already a cold nip in the air. For us adults, it’s easy enough to flick on the heating and snuggle into a blanket after work. There’s very little that can drag us out of our homes from September to March.
But for our kids, the outdoors is often their playground. And for a lot of kids, that means playing sports.
The best way to keep your kids healthy and active throughout the year is to make sure they dress properly for the weather, and there’s no better time to start than now.
Here are our top tips for dressing your kids for fall:
Just like you, kids are at their most comfortable when they’re layered up. Give them tights, leggings, shorts, t-shirts, jumpers, coats, gloves, hats, scarves, the more the better.
Every layer of clothing your child wears is another layer between them and the cold.
It’ll also mean that they can take off a layer when they get too hot, or add extra layers when they get too cold. In short, they can layer up or down depending on the weather.
Wool is great
Wool is one of the best fabrics to wear when it’s cold. It keeps you warm even when it’s wet, which is perfect for rainy British weather.
Wool is also antibacterial, so it doesn’t get smelly. It’s also fire-resistant, so it’s perfect for football or other sports.
When it gets wet, wool naturally dries quickly. It also keeps you warm when it’s wet.
Wool is also very soft and comfortable, so it’s perfect for babies and kids.
Encourage sensible footwear
Most kids’ sports shoes will be insulated and waterproofed to keep their feet warm and dry. But you still need to make sure your kids wear the right shoes.
If you are starting to plan your dream wedding and love to travel, then your honeymoon is going to be the part of your planning process that you probably spend the most time on and dedicate the largest part of your budget to. It’s a really important part of your wedding that a lot of people don’t put as much thought into as they should. If you both enjoy travelling and going on holiday then it might be a good idea to spend less of your budget on your wedding, and put towards your honeymoon. Another idea is to plan a wedding abroad, as this will combine your wedding with your honeymoon and give you more flexibility and opportunities to have the wedding of your dreams.
Look at combining your wedding with your honeymoon
This is a great idea for globe-trotting couples as it will allow you to enjoy your wedding in the location that you will be having for your honeymoon. It also means that you can cut back on having a bigger wedding in the UK and then spending lots on a honeymoon. By having a wedding abroad as well, you may choose to only invite a selected number of friends and family. You could also give people that you want to attend the option to pay for their own flights too. This gives them the chance to combine it with a holiday for themselves and also means that you will cut back on your budget as the number of people that you are paying for will be less.
Organise a travel-themed wedding
If you have a smaller budget then you might want to consider planning a travel-themed wedding rather than planning a wedding abroad. There are lots of things you can incorporate into your wedding if you want to have a travel theme, and these can be included right from the start. When choosing your wedding stationery, choose some that tie in with the theme, such as a plane ticket or boarding pass that has all of your wedding day information on. You can also have some save-the-date cards made that use this theme too.
If you have decided to go with a travel theme for your wedding there are loads of things you can include in your days, such as table centrepieces, room decorations or even the choice of music you have on your day. This is a great way to add some quirky aspects to your day, such as choosing a music playlist for your evening that have the theme of holidays in them.
Another cute thing you can bring into your day and something that would be ideal for couples, who love to travel, is having wedding rings with a cut-out of a world map included. This will symbolise your love of travelling and be something that you will both wear forever. If you really wanted to go all out on a travel-themed wedding then you could even look at incorporating this theme into your wedding dress, groom’s suit or the bridesmaid’s dresses.
If you are thinking of what items to include on your gift list, then you could look at adding things that will be beneficial to you both when you travel, such as travel items or money for a honeymoon. If your honeymoon is going to be the most important thing for you both after the wedding, then make sure that your guests are aware of this and also where you are looking to go, so that they can buy you gifts that are suitable for where you are going. You could even put some of their money towards activities to do on your honeymoon as well.
There can be situations where you might need help changing the surname of your child. While a name change process may sound simple, it isn’t.
But don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. You’ll find all the details regarding a name change for children in the UK.
Take a look.
Informal Name Change
To change your child’s name, you can simply start using their new name, doing away with the legal paperwork. Although you don’t have to change the name in writing, it may be useful.
Moreover, you can change the name of your child at any time, provided it does not deceive or defraud anyone.
Is Consent Required?
While you can call your child by another name on a daily basis, you will need to get the consent of the other parent or someone with parental responsibility if the change is to be formalized in the future.
Schools and other organizations might not allow your child to use the new name unless formally changed. Moreover, your child’s other parent can take legal action against you if they don’t agree with the name change, regardless of whether it is formal or informal.
Also, if your child is in regular contact with their other parent, it is best to reach an agreement about the name change. Keep in mind that different names can cause confusion and upset the children.
Formal Name Change
The statutory declaration method
It is an official confirmation that a person intends to change their name and wants to request a new name. The statutory declaration is evidence of a name alteration, but it does not change the birth certificate name.
So, you will need to present the birth certificate of your child and the statutory declaration to name change if you want to prove your child’s identity. Only certain circumstances can change birth certificates.
Moreover, you can change the name of your child again in the future if you do it by making a statutory declaration.
A majority of organizations will accept a formal declaration to prove a name change. They will also amend their records to reflect your child’s new name. Sometimes a statutory statement is not enough to change details.
In these cases, a deed poll is required to change the name in official documents such as a passport or driving license.
The Right Way to Get Statutory Declaration
You can seek a solicitor’s help or draft the statutory declaration yourself. You need to sign the document under oath before a solicitor or in court.
Note that for drafting and signing statutory statements, solicitors and courts both charge a fee. So, it is a good idea to agree on the fees beforehand.
Using Deed Poll For Name Change
A deed poll is legal proof of a name change, but it doesn’t change the name on a child’s birth certificate. So, to prove your child’s identity, you will have to present the deed poll along with your birth certificate if the court asks you to do so.
It is advisable to check with your solicitor regarding the rules around name changes that involve birth certificates.
So simply put, a deed poll is usually needed in specific cases when you need to change the name of your child on official documents. Also, check with the passport agency to see what documents and evidence they require to make any changes to your child’s passport details.
In some cases, they may not be willing to accept a deed poll. Note that you can do multiple name changes using multiple deed polls.
It takes the right information to change your child’s name in the UK. Make sure you understand the information discussed in this article and change your child’s name correctly.
2020 was a huge year for cannabis, with 36 states legalizing the plant for medical use, 18 states for recreational use, and 13 decriminalizing it.
With different terms thrown around and the amount of buzz surrounding the potential benefits of cannabis, you’re probably wondering what it all means.
One thing for sure, if you want to use the drug or infused products, be it for medicinal or recreational purposes, it’d be better to learn the differences among the main cannabis strains.
What Plant is Cannabis?
Let’s back up a bit.
When talking about cannabis (the plant and not the drug), it’s worth noting that they come in three primary forms.
Researchers suggest that there are many species in the cannabis family. However, what’s popularly accepted is that cannabis refers to three groups of flowering plants known as sativa, indica & ruderalis.
These main species are also known to have many subspecies, which are usually bred for better results in their chemical profile.
Let’s dive into these plants to figure out what makes them different when they are all under the same plant family.
Cannabis Sativa vs. Cannabis Indica
Sativa is the most known type of cannabis and enjoys a wide range of uses. Weed or marijuana popularly smoked around the globe, is usually a variant of Sativa.
One thing to remember is that Sativa, Indica, and ruderalis strains are standalone species of the same family and NOT subspecies. Each of the plants always had various strains either as a result of breeding or environmental adaptation.
Marijuana and Hemp
The most popular subspecies of c.sativa that are not a result of breeding are hemp and marijuana. These two strains occur naturally.
However, marijuana doesn’t have to be Sativa. It can also be Indica. Basically, you can’t tell apart weed and hemp if the former is a strain of Sativa. It’s a different story if it’s Indica because there’s a clear physical difference there.
Now, the legally recognized difference between marijuana and hemp lies in the chemical profile. A c.sativa plant with high THC composition, legally set above 0.3%, is considered marijuana.
Anything below that percentage is considered hemp.
Keeping in mind that high THC content is what defines marijuana, therefore Indica species automatically becomes marijuana due to its high THC content.
If you’re wondering what THC is, it’s one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis. It’s well-known for its psychoactive effect.
Indica and sativa have distinct physical differences. Sativa plants tend to grow tall, sometimes reaching 15 feet. They are also pretty slim with long, narrow leaves that look delicate.
On the other hand, Indica plants are shorter, reaching about 6 feet tall but often shorter than that. The plant looks bushy, has broad leaves, and is healthy-looking compared to Sativa.
The two species also flower differently, with Sativa taking a lot longer than Indica to bloom.
C. ruderalis is a lesser-known species of cannabis. It may or may not be a distinct species, after all, there’s disagreement among experts on that. Some believe ruderalis is a subspecies of Indica since both share some similarities.
When it comes to physical appearance, ruderalis looks more like Indica than Sativa. It’s a short plant, way shorter than Indica, standing at about 2 or 3 feet tall. It has a rough appearance with broad leaves and a strong stem.
In general, ruderalis is small compared to the other two, but it’s also the strongest. The plant easily thrives in surroundings that would kill the other species.
On the other hand, ruderalis is more like hemp (hemp is c.sativa with low THC), containing very low THC content. However, the concentration of THC is generally at 3%, which is still higher than hemp.
Are you wondering whether ruderalis has a psychoactive effect of Indica and Sativa?
Well, it most likely won’t get you high due to the extremely low THC. Still, if you find a variant with high enough THC, you may get high.
As a consumer, knowing the type of cannabis to get for your specific needs is essential. The reason is, that each strain has a different effect.
Knowing the type of cannabis flowers you have helps you figure out how to properly store the stash to protect its unique flavour and compounds.
Here’s additional info if you wish to learn more about properly storing cannabis flowers to keep them in good condition longer.
A safe working environment is imperative for every business. Not only does it help to make your customers feel safe whilst they’re in your vicinity, but it can even make a significant difference to the productivity and motivation of your employees too. However, it can also help to lower the cost of your motor trade insurance, especially if you run a business that works with vehicles.
If you are looking for this type of coverage, somewhere like one sure offers traders insurance that is extremely affordable for anyone who is thinking about inquiring about this type of insurance. Whilst looking for cheaper plans is one way to reduce your costs, having a safe environment can also make a difference too. But how?
Well, it’s about time that we find out.
Why Do You Need Motor Trade Insurance?
Before learning more about how to make your workplace safer in order to reduce the overall cost of your insurance, we must first understand what motor trade insurance is and why you need to have it. For those of you who don’t already know, motor trade insurance provides cover for businesses that can allow them to work on and drive the vehicles of their customers, as well as the vehicles the company owns as part of a car dealership, for example. In most cases, this type of cover could extend to just the business owner, certain members of the team, or everyone who works for the business.
It is important that you purchase motor trade insurance for your company, as if you don’t, you won’t be protected against any damages or problems that occur to the vehicles of your customers. This could put you in a terrible situation, but it can also be avoided altogether if you make the decision to buy this insurance as soon as possible. Don’t forget that it is against the law not to have a motor trade insurance policy in place, so this should be reason enough to get in touch with an insurance broker to go over your options.
How to Make Your Workplace Safer?
Though insurance can be costly, there is one way in which you don’t have to worry about your finances, and that is to make your workplace as safe as possible. If you work out of professional premises, you may want to take the time to make sure that your garage, dealership, or whatever type of business you are running has been equipped with modern equipment, tools that your staff replace regularly to ensure they are working to their full potential, as well as incorporating procedures that have been designed by professionals. If you run a business that does all these things, you will find that you will receive more trust from health and safety experts and potential insurance companies that you could buy a premium with. As well as this, following guidelines down to the last letter and establishing procedures also can improve the safety record of your vehicle-based business.
Incorporating health and safety procedures as soon as your business opens reduces the likelihood of any incidents from happening and means that your no claims bonus will keep growing over time, and this will mean that you could be paying less for your insurance premium at the time of renewal.
What Else Can You do to Reduce Insurance?
Whilst you can reduce the overall cost of your insurance by making your workplace as safe as possible, there are also other things you can consider if you want to find cheaper plans too. Of course, shopping around for different plans with a variety of providers is the most popular option, as this is because they are all competing for your custom and offering cheap plans is a great way to do this.
Location also has a big part to play in how much your insurance costs. This is because if you work in a small village or town that isn’t overpopulated or has congested roads, you will be subject to fewer safety interferences, and this is a benefit in itself.
There are several different ways to reduce your motor trade insurance. Looking at your workplace safety is definitely a good place to start, as this has more benefits than just lowering the cost of your insurance. If after doing this you find that you’re still not happy with how much you are required to pay, you may want to speak with your insurance broker to see what your options are. Don’t worry though, there is always a solution.