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Photowall Picture Canvas Review & Discount Code

When Photowall got in touch and asked if I’d like to review one of their products, I got all excited thinking about having a wall mural, but then I realised that we didn’t have any walls suitable for a mural because just about every wall in our house has either bookshelves on it or bookcases against it!

I decided that instead of a wall mural, I’d check out the canvas prints and went straight to the fantasy section – I LOVE fairies!
I was totally spoilt for choice but as soon as I saw the Treasure Hunt Bookcase canvas I fell in love with it.

photowall canvas Treasure Hunt Bookcase

DIY Canvas

After checking the size of canvas I’d need for the wall I had in mind, I made the order and waited for it to arrive.
With it coming from Sweden, I thought it would take a while to get here but it arrived really quickly.

I hadn’t read all the information on the website (I’m always doing that!) so I didn’t realise it wasn’t going to be framed when it arrived.

photowall unmounted canvas

It wasn’t a problem, though, as it came with instructions, everything was good quality and it was easy to put together, according to the husband! (I’m sure if I had to do it on my own I could have!)

The only problem I had now was the state of the walls in the hall. They were in desperate need of repainting and we’d been putting it off for months because it was such a big job!

Let The Decorating Commence!

Seeing my new canvas in all its glory made me eager to get it on the wall so we went shopping and bought emulsion and gloss and set to work.

The reason it’s such a big job is that there’s a bookcase at the bottom of the stairs, 4 long bookshelves on the wall in the middle of the stairs (we have stairs that have a mini landing then more stairs) and more bookcases on the landing at the top of the stairs.
There are also lots of pictures on the walls.

We expected it to take 2-3 days like it usually does when we decorate but here we are, nearly a week later and Ant has ended up doing the majority of the decorating on his own because I pulled my hernia the day we started and haven’t been able to do anything since.

My Treasure Hunt Bookcase Canvas Cheered Me Up!

I’ve been pretty down all week due to the pain and also the frustration of not being able to help Ant.
He finished the hall yesterday apart from repainting the bookcase and last night he hung the canvas.
Every time I walk through to the kitchen or bathroom I see it hanging there and it makes me smile 🙂

There’s so much detail. Every time I look at it I notice something new.

a girl holding a lantern and looking for a book on the treasure hunt bookcase canvas
white dragon a knight on the treasure hunt bookcase canvas
white horse on the treasure hunt bookcase canvas

More Decorating On The Way

A few years ago we decorated the stairs. I loved it when it was first done but now it’s starting to look a little grubby so we decided that we’d redo them while we were decorating.
Because of all the books and my lovely new treasure hunt bookcase canvas, we thought it would be a good idea to keep the book theme so we’re going to paint the stair steps black and the risers are going to be book spines, something like these on Pinterest.

We’ve each chosen our favourite books and I’m going to use the Cricut to cut the book titles out of vinyl.
I can’t wait!

I’ll be back with pictures when the rest of the decorating is done 🙂

Photowall treasure hunt bookcase wall canvas

The lovely people at Photowall have given me a discount code to share with you 🙂

Use code: shelllouise2021 for a 25% discount. The code is valid for 1 month from today.

Please note: I received the wall canvas from Photowall in return for this review, however, all opinions are my own.

How to Declutter Your Wardrobe This New Year

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As a new year approaches, people will usually find their wardrobes full of clothes. Some of these garments are their favourites. Others are hardly worn items that they may need to dispose of because these take up too much space in our closets.

Letting go of the clothes that you have owned for years can be difficult. However, you must throw away items you no longer use if you want to have enough space or, better yet, to have a more organized wardrobe.

Do you want to organize your closet, but you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. These six useful tips should help you declutter your wardrobe.

Tip 1: Sort Out All the Stuff in Your Wardrobe

Before deciding on throwing anything away, take everything out of your wardrobe. After that, start organizing clothes according to their types: pants, tops, dresses, and etc. Similar items are easier to compare when they’re grouped together.

When segregating clothes, keep only the items you love and frequently use. People usually don’t wear at least half of the clothes in their wardrobe, so don’t feel bad if you dispose of many clothes. After all, what good will an item bring you if it won’t be used for years to come?

Tip 2: Try to Wear the Clothes in Your “Maybe” Pile

Sometimes, you don’t know if you truly want to keep an item or throw it away. The best way to resolve this problem is to try out the clothing you’re unsure of. Check yourself in front of a mirror, and determine how the item makes you look and feel.

If an item looks nice and is comfortable to wear, keep it. On the other hand, unflattering clothes must be taken out of the closet and be disposed of properly.

Tip 3: Follow the Six-Month-Clutter Rule

Many have a lot of second thoughts when it comes to getting rid of clothes. People tend to keep everything in their closet because they think that these may come in handy someday. However, the truth is that they’ll probably never wear those clothes again.

Unless the items are seasonal and very important, follow the six-month-clutter rule. Make a commitment to discard clothes you haven’t worn in the past six months. This way, you can easily have more space for new clothes.

online shop
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Tip 4: Sell Your Preloved Clothes Online

Many people want to sell their hardly worn clothes but don’t have enough time to put up a garage sale. To solve this problem, set up an online shop to sell all your preloved items.

Online selling is very convenient and highly lucrative. When you sell your preloved clothes, you’re also earning back a portion of your past shopping expenses.

Tip 5: Host a Clothing Swap

A clothing swap is a fun and creative way to replace some of the gently used clothes at home. It involves meeting up with friends and swapping preloved clothes for the secondhand items they’d love to take home.

Organizing a clothing swap is easy. You just have to contact your friends and ask them to bring some preloved items they’re willing to exchange for another. If there are clothes left unclaimed, you can give them away to people who are in need of basic clothing.

Tip 6: Donate to a Local Charity

Donating preloved clothes to local charities is probably one of the most rewarding ways to declutter your wardrobe. Selecting the best local charity to donate to can be a little challenging since many organizations accept wardrobe donations.

When the time comes to make a decision, pick the one you feel strongly about. You must also ensure that the type of clothing you’ll be donating fits the charity you’ve chosen. Don’t give away impractical items like costumes and gowns if your chosen charity is looking for basic clothes.

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Neato Botvac D7 – The best robot Vacuum cleaner for a hardwood floor

neato D7 robot vacuum cleaner

Out of all the robot vacuum cleaners, one vacuum that will blow your mind is Neato Botvac D7. Read this blog to know more about this vacuum:

What is Neato Botvac D7?

Neato Botvac D7 is the largest and one of the best products brought to you by Neato. A Neato Botvac D7 is a robotic vacuum with d-shape which helps it to cover the corners.

One of the best specifications includes climbing. Yes, it can climb from solid surface to carpets. That’s why D7 connected has more demand as compared to other vacuums on the market.

By simply installing the Neato app on one’s phone you can keep track of your robot. You even get an alert when the robot gets stuck anywhere and you can help it on its way.

You are even allowed to program your robot vacuum to not go to a certain zone using this app. So, you can keep it running while you go out to do some grocery shopping or running.

When it comes to the wooden floor, out of all the robotic vacuum, Neato Botvac D7 is the best for hardwood floors. As it is incredibly powerful and has the best navigation capabilities and suction and also come with the manufacturer warranty.

Mind-boggling features of Neato Botvac D7

  • D design – one of the best features you will get. This device can clean every corner effectively. The D-design helps it to move better around the corner so that it can easily clean the corner.
  • Laser-guided mapping – Unique feature you will not get in every vacuum robot. This helps it to measure the distance between an object and itself so that it can move freely without colliding into anything.
  • Best for wooden floor, tiles, and carpets- It is able to climb off a carpet from a surface without getting stuck. And mostly the surfaces are wooden floor or tiles so for the owner of a home with the bare floor this is a win-win situation.
  • It can connect with Alexa and Google home also – You can even give a voice command to your robot vacuum as it can be connected with Alexa and Google home. With the help of many software updates now you can command your robot vacuum from anywhere in the house to start cleaning or to stop cleaning.
  • Virtual No-go lines, zone mapping, multiple floor map – It has zone mapping which helps the robot to operate on a prescribed zone by the owner. Multiple floor maps help him to remember the area to clean and no space should be left unclean. If you want your Vacuum not to cross any boundary or line that you don’t want it to cross there is a function also available with a Neato robot vacuum for this.

Advantage of using a robot vacuum

When you yourself clean the floor you usually forget the corners as it’s hard to reach there. But with the robot vacuum, this is not the case. The Classic D shape of the robot vacuum helps it to get the corner of your homes and also clean the area for you where it is hard to reach.

Due to laser-guided mapping, it can detect its path by itself but there’s a catch, you also get programmable work path function in a Robot vacuum. You can even program your Vacuum to clean different areas of your house at different times. You can give the command to your robot to clean your house when you’re out for some reason.

Long battery life is an excellent feature in this robot vacuum as it will save the electric bill and also removes the effort it takes to connect it to charger regularly. Neato robot vacuum offers you long battery life. You will be free from the headache of connecting robot vacuum time to time with a charger as we offer long-lasting battery. So just grab this vacuum and start cleaning your house.

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Do’s and Don’ts While on a Diet

do's and don'ts of dieting - person sitting a table with a cup of tea and a bowl of food

When it comes to dieting, the process can be a struggle. It can be difficult to find a diet plan that works for you and one that you can stick with for a long period of time to see maximum results. It can take months or even years of lifestyle changes to transform your body, enjoying a moderate amount of weight loss. By learning more about the do’s and don’ts of dieting, you can make smart decisions and be successful with your diet plan. Check out a few below.


Do find a plan that works. This could be low carb, keto, Weight Watchers, etc. Think about your weight loss goals and what you like to eat. Do you have will power? Are you able to resist sugar and bread? The type of personality you have as well as will power and drive will help you to find a plan that will work for you.

Stick with the plan. Don’t think that after a week you should see massive results. It takes dedication and time to truly lose weight and get healthy, so keep at it. By staying on track, you will soon begin to see results on a regular basis as your body begins to change in a positive manner.

Add in a cleanse and supplements. This can be helpful in ridding your body of harmful toxins and preparing for your new lifestyle. With options like, a cleanse can be used to prep the system for a new diet plan. The process is easy to follow and a great way to jump-start your new eating habits.

Drink water. Everyone knows that it is important to drink water and 64 ounces is recommended. However, most people do good to have just 12 ounces. Make it a point to drink water while you begin your diet plan. Strive for 64 ounces. By drinking water, you help your body to stay full so you eat less than normal.


Never give up. If you try a certain diet plan and it doesn’t work for you, don’t give up. Try something else. Dieting is hit or miss. A plan that works for one person might not for another. Give several options a try for a few weeks each to come up with a solution that best fits you.

Don’t avoid exercise. While dieting is a major part of the losing weight process, so is exercise. Be sure to take time to exercise while eating well so that the pounds will melt away.

Don’t binge eat. It can be easy to be all gung-ho and slow down your eating, having only tiny portions. However, you may soon find yourself starving and you end up binge eating because you are so hungry. Be sure to give yourself adequate portions at every meal with enough protein and fibre so you are eating better and accessing the nutrients needed to be full.

These are just a few do and don’t tips for dieting. Be sure to follow a plan that works for you and don’t give up. In no time, you will begin to see results and feel good about your new healthy lifestyle.

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How can you tell the difference between a good and bad estate agent?

Estate agent shaking hands with a house buyer

When it comes to selling a home, the trusty estate agent plays a pivotal role. In fact, the role of an estate agent is not too dissimilar from that of a midfielder in a football game. They facilitate the transfer of the ball from the defenders (seller) to the strikers (buyer), ensuring that none of the other players need to cover the whole field. It is therefore important that one chooses the right person for this vital role.

But how can one tell the difference between a good and a bad estate agent? Below are some qualities that will set them apart.

Qualities of a good real estate agent

Communication skills

Communication (or lack thereof) can be the difference between a very frustrated and very satisfied client. Owing to the time-sensitive nature of the housing market, the agent should have an efficient way of quickly relaying information to their clients to keep them in the loop about their selling or buying situation. An agent who communicates efficiently keeps their customer informed and prepared, preventing last-minute frustrations that could cause promising transactions to fall through.

Understanding the needs of the client

Knowing the needs of the client ensures the agent aims not just at closing a deal but closing it in a way that is satisfactory to the buyer or seller. For example, a person who is looking to sell their family home will almost certainly have different priorities from someone who is looking to sell the home of a deceased relative.


It is always a joy being served by someone who is passionate about what they are doing. A passionate estate agent will be more willing to put in long hours to ensure their client’s gets sold. They will also be pro-active, constantly chasing new leads on behalf of their customers and keeping them well-informed. Such an agent will not only close deals but will also do so with the least hustle on the customer’s side.


Despite what an estate agent might say about themselves, reliable feedback can only be obtained from references. Ask your agent for their last ten customers and see what they have to say about him/her. A good agent will have nothing to fear and will easily provide you with previous customers to vouch for them. On the other hand, if an agent is reluctant to let you hear from any of their previous clients, you could be dealing with a poorer quality agent who has earned only bad reviews from previous experiences. If any of your friends or family have recently sold or purchased a home nearby, be sure to ask them for their recommendations too.

You could also check what other customers have to say about an agent through online reviews. Trustpilot, The Agent Guide and AllAgents are examples of sites where clients post reviews about their agents. If one is poorly reviewed by several clients, it would be safe to run for the hills to avoid a catastrophic deal.

The above qualities will help you get a good agent who will ensure that the purchase or sale of your property is a smooth process. While it is not possible to gauge the presence or absence of these qualities at face value, interacting with your agent and asking them questions beforehand will reduce the risk of ending up with a bad egg.

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Can Egg Donation Help Women Over 40?

couple holding hands and carrying baby shoes -  egg donation IVF
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Many people choose to not have children while they explore their careers and the world. However, by the time they’re ready to start a family — perhaps by 40 or above — they may find conceiving a child has become quite difficult without medical assistance.

Unfortunately, our biological clocks haven’t evolved in parallel with our “40 is the new 30” attitude in society. The fact is a woman’s eggs age with her body and severely decrease her ability to become pregnant naturally or with the assistance of traditional In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). If you’re experiencing egg quality concerns or issues, egg donation can help you build the family of your dreams.

To clarify, while a woman over 40 often produces lower quality eggs, her womb is still intact and quite capable of supporting a baby’s growth and development. To many women, the experience of growing their child within their own bodies is an extremely powerful experience. Further, important bonding developments occur between mother and child during pregnancy and birth, making donor egg IVF more appealing than adoption to those who wish to experience pregnancy and delivery.

pregnant woman

Infertility After 40

Infertility is difficult, plain and simple. It can become quite disheartening — and an emotional battle — to continually attempt conception, and not achieve it. Women are most fertile in their 20s, with fertility declining more rapidly in their 30s, particularly after age 35. By 40, women’s chances decrease to a low 5 percent and pregnancy success with their own eggs becomes highly unlikely.

Women continue to lose their eggs as time goes on. More specifically, their egg-containing follicles become less sensitive as they lose their ovarian reserve. However, the loss in quality of their remaining eggs is also important to consider. As women get older, many of these eggs may have too many — or too little — chromosomes. For example, the condition known as Down syndrome occurs when there’s an extra chromosome 21; however, most eggs with an imperfect number of chromosomes simply don’t develop into embryos.

The Donor Egg IVF Process

The donor egg IVF process is slightly different between fresh and frozen donor eggs. In general, your chosen egg donor undergoes an egg retrieval procedure and then the eggs are combined with male sperm, which may be provided by a male partner or sperm donor. This creates an embryo. Meanwhile, the recipient takes a regimen of hormones to prepare her uterus for one or two embryos to be transferred. Once an embryo is implanted, the journey to parenthood can begin. One of the main benefits of frozen donor egg IVF over fresh lies in the fact frozen donor egg IVF recipients don’t have to align their menstrual cycles with their donor’s. Rather, their egg lot of 5-8 eggs is immediately available for shipping since the eggs have already been retrieved. This saves both time and money.

Overcome Fear of Judgment

Many people hesitate to conceive after 40 with donor eggs because of societal misconceptions and an uncertainty of how to approach the situation. Awkward conversations are anticipated from strangers, friends, and family before and after their child is born.

However, there are many online – and perhaps a few local — resources to draw from for more support and a better education on your fertility treatment choice. You may also find it helpful to join a community of women who’ve already conceived using donor eggs, and with whom you can share similarly understood experiences.

Growing Your Family with Donor Eggs

child's hand holding a daisy, inside an adult's hand
Image by Blanka Šejdová from Pixabay

There’s no experience quite like feeling the miracle of life within your body. To feel kicks and a heartbeat, matched with a sonogram showing living proof of it, is simply not the same as using a gestational surrogate. With donor egg IVF, you’re the biological mother of your child; it’s your uterus and biology which will create your baby.

Just because you’ve decided to start your family later in life doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to have a child or children. Babies are born out of love. With donor egg IVF, your child will feel how loved they are thanks to the great lengths you took to create him or her. You’ll have a role in choosing your baby’s genetics and personality by carefully selecting their egg donor. All your time, effort and loving care will be reflected in your new family.

Choosing to use donor eggs isn’t always easy, but you won’t regret one step of the egg donation journey once your little one is snuggled in your arms!

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DIY: Restoring Old Furniture In Easy Steps

Wooden furniture has a way of lasting for a long time. Most of us have in our home, one of those tea tables or grand old victorian style makeup tables that we inherited from our grandparents or our parents. Although the woodwork & the designs from the olden days are majestic, this furniture comes to us somewhat wounded by time.

Most of the time, wooden furniture comes with scrapes, spots, coffee-stains, and sometimes even with burns. With some easy-to-get materials and a little bit of our time, we can easily restore this furniture to its old glory. Today we are going to explore how you can restore old furniture yourself.

restoring old furniture
Image by Hebi B. from Pixabay

Essential items that you will require for the restoration

At first, for this process, you will need to run to the store and get some handy tools & some chemical components, if you don’t already have them. Here’s a list of the things you will need-

  • Scraper
  • Work gloves
  • Brushes
  • Dust Mask (must have, if you have an allergy)
  • Steel wool
  • Chemical stripper
  • Mineral spirit
  • Oxalic acid wood bleach
  • Commercial floor wood putty
  • Wood stain/dye
  • Finishing oil
  • Varnish/wax polish
  • Tack rug
  • Sandpaper (you could use a sander if you have it, otherwise no need to buy a new one)


This is the first stage of restoring your old furniture. In this stage, we get rid of the old paint and all the spots that you don’t want on your furniture. We’ll go step by step.

Step 1: Use water mixed with soap

Some of the stains on the furniture can be easily removed, using soapy water. Douse a piece of cloth or a rug with some soap water & gently polish over the furniture. Be careful, you don’t want to use it on bare wood. Try to avoid the scrapes & cuts, where the paint is gone & the wood is unprotected.

Step 2: Using stripper

After the soapy water cleanse, prepare for the main stripping part. Pour some of your chemical stripper on the furniture, spread it all over and try to create a thick & even layer on top.

Step 3: Scraping

After putting on the stripper, you will have to wait 25-30 minutes for the chemicals to do their work. After almost half an hour you’ll see a thick layer on your furniture. Use your scraper to gently scrape of this layer. If you put too much pressure while scraping, you can damage the wood.

Also, use a somewhat blunt-edged scraper, so that you don’t take off wood while you are scraping. For thin and round parts, like the legs of the furniture, you will get better results using steel wool to scrape.

Step 4: Polishing & sanding

After scraping, polish the surface with some mineral spirits, using steel wool, to get any leftover stripper residue.

If there is any deep stains, you can use wood bleach to clean it. Apply oxalic acid wood bleach on the part with the stain & then apply it all over the surface you are working on. Applying it to the whole surface makes sure that the furniture looks evenly light. If you apply it just on the portion with the stain, then it may look lighter than the rest of the furniture.

Let the furniture dry for some time. After that, you will need to sand the wood using sandpaper for sanders. Carefully sand around the edges & make sure you completely take out old paints & and uneven wood portions.

sanding wood
Image by ML Santander from Pixabay


After sanding, look for damages on the furniture. Fill the scrapes & dents with the commercial floor wood putty that you bought. Try to level it with the surrounding surface. If the dents are too deep, try to fill it with small pieces of wood & then use putty on top of it. Otherwise the putting might collapse on that spot. Create a solid enough base. Scrape or sand putting residues around the spot.

Staining & Finish

This is the final stage of your restoration process. Before we enter this part, make sure you have properly completed the previous stages, otherwise, you may have to start from the top again.

Now let’s try to make your furniture look like new, step by step.

Step 1: Staining

Make sure the furniture is completely dry before starting this process. Spread the stain gel over the furniture using a brush. Make sure to have an even coat of stain all over the surface. Remember the spots that you repaired & used bleaches on? You will have to apply an extra coating on those spots carefully, to make the furniture look even.

Step 2: Applying oil & Varnish

This is the finishing step. After the stainer has set, you will need to apply some of the furniture oil on top of that. A very thin layer of it. Wait for it to dry up. Now apply varnish as the last layer. Some people prefer using furniture wax. Both of them do more or less the same thing, that is to make your furniture look shiny.

One thing you will have to remember at this stage, the colour of your stainer, oil varnish needs to go with the type of wood you are working on.

Before staining make sure you have properly done the previous steps.

Finally, let your furniture dry & now it’s ready for use! You can very easily turn old & raggedy furniture into new by putting in some little effort. It’s also very satisfying when you are able to restore an old furniture to its past glory. It’s also better than going to a professional. Not only do you save a lot of money, but also get to fix the furniture on your own terms. Maybe get your family together & make this a family project. Fun projects like this will go a long way to make the family bond better. All in all, restoring old furniture is fun & if you have one, by all means give it a try.

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Choosing a Water Cooler – How to pick the Best Water Dispenser in 2020

water droplet - water cooler

If there is one thing man can’t live without in this world, it’s water. A man can last a week without food but he cannot go on living when he is parched. Unfortunately, water is also something we disregard on a daily basis. I guess the plain and tasteless nature of the drink is not very inviting for many. But you know, you never know what you have until you can’t have it anymore. Never ever let it get to that point. While we have abundant access to clean water, let’s celebrate and appreciate it.

When you were in school, you were probably taught about how the Earth looks. Your teacher most likely mentioned that the Earth is 70% water. Well, your teacher’s right. The world really is made up of 70% H2O. However, 67.5% of that is ocean or salty water. And as you may have probably noticed in all the “lost at sea” themed movies you watched in the past, ocean water is not drinkable. You can read this if you don’t believe me:

For one, the taste is terrible. And two, the amount of saline present in the liquid is just too much for your body to handle. You cannot survive drinking ocean water. Worst comes to worst, you will first need to isolate the salt from the liquid which you can do so by drying it in the sun. You won’t get much left if you do that, though.

In other words, we are only left with 2.5% that comes from freshwater sources like rivers. Then again, it’s not like we can easily access all the sources that belong to 2.5%. At most, we only have access to 1% of the world’s potable or drinkable H2O – that fact alone should tell you just how important this resource is. It’s not improbable for this to run out someday so we all have to be very careful. Anyway, that’s enough trivia about H2O for today.

Today, let’s talk more about how you can increase the efficiency of your H2O intake and avoid wasting precious resources by getting yourself your very own dispenser at home.

What Is A Water Dispenser?

A dispenser is a machine that helps people have an easier time storing and getting a glass to drink anytime and anywhere. As I said in the previous paragraphs, most H2O in this world is not potable.

Even in the city, given the amount of pollution we have these days, there’s no telling whether an H2O source is safe to drink. Read more about the various effects of pollution in our H2O sources here. Taking a drink from the tap has been okay before but now, chemicals and other contaminants are already present in the underground pipes that help circulate the water in big cities. This may have perilous effects to a person’s health which is why people are strongly advised to really know where their drink is coming from. Only purified or distilled H2O is safe to drink these days.

This clean and processed water are often sold in containers. These containers are in gallons so it’s not like a person can just easily pour himself or herself a glass to drink with that big of a container. This is where dispensers come in handy. You just put the container into the dispenser and the machine does the rest of the job for you. It allocates portions of the potable water efficiently through built-in faucets that are easy to clean regularly. This helps minimize wastage because people really get to use every drop that goes into the container.

Now, there are many types of dispensers so choosing the right one might be a little tricky. Still, it all comes down to what kind of dispenser you really need for the home. Here are tips to help you choose the right one. To view a list of the best water dispensers for 2020, check this website out.

Consider Size

You have to consider the available space you have to place the cooler in. Of course, you wouldn’t want it to take up all the extra space left in your humble home. Depending on your needs and the resources that you have, you may opt for a bigger or smaller cooler. The main point here is just to get something that feels right. 

Consider Function

Do you like your drink chilled? Or, do you love making yourself a hot beverage every once in a while? Then you may want to consider buying a dispenser that has built-in cooling and heating systems for easy and convenient temperature control. There are also dispensers that have freezer functions so you may want to check on that as well. 

Consider Price

Last but not least is the price. Without even saying it, I know that you would prefer something that’s good quality for its value. Don’t try to bite off more than you can chew. Before swiping your credit card, make sure that you have the capacity to pay for the machine. There are lots of options so always consider the budget when making a choice. 

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5 Reasons You Need to Go on a Cruise

Cruise ship
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If you have never been on a cruise, you’re missing out. Sure, there are different ways to travel, but nothing quite matches up to sailing around the world.
Need convincing? Well here are five major reasons to book a cruise for your next vacation:

1. Visit Numerous Destinations, Unpack Just Once

Imagine a cruise ship as a floating hotel. You jump on board the ship, unpack, and never have to do it again despite travelling to numerous destinations. It’s certainly more straightforward than doing a journey where you’re required to work around flights and train schedules and lug your suitcase around to different hotels.

A cruise is also fantastic for those who are undecided about where to go on holiday. Struggling to decide between visiting Greece or Italy, or maybe the Dominican Republic or Jamaica? A cruise allows you to visit many countries on your travel bucket list, on one trip.

2. Various Activities Available on Board

Journeying to different and exciting locations is only part of the experience. The ship itself is another reason to go on a cruise. Aside from an abundance of food and drink options to see you through the day, there are plenty of activities available to pass the time away. Live entertainment, swimming, cooking lessons, movie theatres, sports courts, shops — and that’s just the start! There’s something for everyone to do on a cruise, ensuring boredom will never become an issue.

man and woman on the beach with a crusie ship in the background

3. Less Expensive Than You Might Think

You might be put off when browsing initial prices for a cruise. After all, extended cruises are often in the low four figures per person. However, you must remember that cruises include (nearly) everything as part of the package. Transportation, accommodation, food — it’s all covered in one go. Travelling with children? If so, they will typically be allowed on board at a reduced rate or even for free. Plus, if you’re looking to save even more money, browsing the latest cruise deals could provide the ideal holiday with a significantly reduced price tag.

4. Make New Friends

Cruising is a great opportunity to socialise with others. Unlike other holidays where you tend to stay in your own bubble, on a cruise you’ll see the same people time and time again, whether this is when sitting by the pool, at the bar, or enjoying breakfast. This opens up the possibility of getting to know them and making new friends.

5. Easy to Plan

Think about how you would normally plot out a holiday. First of all, you need to sort all transportation arrangements. Now it’s a case of finding accommodation which is both in a suitable location and within your price range. Then there’s planning activities, excursions, sorting out food — you get the idea. With a cruise, everything is ready to go. Transportation and accommodation are combined. The itinerary is all arranged. There’s no need to search around for a place to eat and drink. All you have to do is book the cruise, kick back, and eagerly await your upcoming adventure.

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Advice For Teaching Your Child To Drive

It is a moment that every parent worries about, but there will come a time where your child will want to learn to drive. Although it is scary to think of them out on the roads, there are also a lot of positive feelings because it will give them so much independence – it will also stop them relying on you for lifts so much too! As a parent, you can help them by showing them the ropes and supervising while they are practising what they learn in their lessons. This can be a stressful experience for all, so here are a few tips which should help.

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Arrange Temporary Insurance

The first thing to do is to arrange temporary insurance, whether this is temporary learner insurance or arranging temporary insurance for yourself in their car. This ensures that they are practising legally and that you will be covered if anything happens behind the wheel. You can get a quote for temporary insurance cover online and this can usually be arranged quickly and for just one day through to a month.

Demonstrate The Basics

Before they get behind the wheel, it is a good idea to take them out and to demonstrate the basics – most people switch off when they are a passenger, which means that they often do not think about the basics of driving. You can also allow them to sit in the driver seat and explain to them what everything does.

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Find The Right Place To Teach

You will then want to find the right place to teach them the basics. This should be somewhere that is quiet, away from traffic and with plenty of space – large private car parks at a quiet time in the day are usually a good choice.

Go Slowly

Everyone remembers how stressful and confusing it was when you first get behind the wheel. This is why you need to go very slowly at first and walk them through the first steps of setting the mirrors, starting the car, accelerating and braking.

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Communication will be key in this stage, so you need to allow them to ask any questions that they have and provide feedback. You also need to remain calm when they are driving – it may be difficult, but stress will only make them more nervous and create a negative environment which can be hard to learn in.

Gently Push Them Forward

Much like teaching someone to ride a bike, you need to be able to gently push them forward without forcing them into a situation that they are not ready for. Once they have got the basics down, you can then think about introducing them to more day-to-day situations, such as a drive around the block.

Teaching your child the driving basics can be a highly stressful experience, but hopefully, these tips will help. Their lessons will be important for learning new skills but it is helpful if you are able to supervise so that they can get the basics down and then practice what they have learned after each lesson.

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