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Wedding Planning Tips For Globe-Trotting Couples Post-Pandemic

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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 it 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.
If you choose a wedding abroad, some family and friends may not be able to attend. If this is the case, you can capture your special day forever with a professional wedding live streaming Hunter Valley. Share your vows with loved ones near and far.

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.

Gift list

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.

Looking to Change Your Child’s Name in the UK? Read This

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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. 

Final Word

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. 

Understanding the Difference Between the 3 Big Types of Weed: Sativa, Indica & Ruderalis

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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, including the different ways you can consume it, such as edibles from

One thing is 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 more about 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 purchased from somewhere like canadacannabisdispensary and smoked around the globe, is usually a variant of Sativa.

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

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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.

Physical Differences

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.

Cannabis Ruderalis

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.

Physical Appearance

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.

THC Content

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. The products on a site like, for example, are highly potent and therefore designed to get you 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.

How Can a Safe Working Environment Reduce Motor Trade Insurance Costs?

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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.

KeySafe Review

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We were sent the KeySafe free of charge in return for an honest, unbiased review.

With three children, one of them now an adult and the other two not far off, we’ve had to have more keys cut so everyone has one.
It’s great being able to go shopping without worrying that we’ll run out of time before we have to get back for school finishing.

The problem, however, is that keys seem to regularly go missing in this house!
On numerous occasions we’ve reminded them to take their key when they go out only to be met with, “I’ve lost it again, can I borrow yours?”

KeySafe To The Rescue

A short while ago, Ant said we needed to get a key safe, as his mum has. I couldn’t believe it when 2 days later I opened an email asking if I’d like to review a KeySafe!

It arrived very quickly and was well packaged. Even if it hadn’t been well packaged I don’t think anything could damage it; it’s very heavy and feels indestructible!

KeySafe Consumer 500


We were sent the Supra C500 Police preferred KeySafe. It comes with a weather cover and 4 wall tapping screws that don’t need wall plugs.

Ant didn’t have any trouble fitting it, it came with a fitting kit and he had the other tools required. He’s really good at DIY but if you’re not confident enough to fit it yourself, KeySafe offers a fitting service.

You have to make sure you read all the included information to ensure you position the KeySafe correctly.

Open KeySafe

Choosing Your Code

Ant found the instructions for setting the code were easy to follow. He said if you follow the instructions exactly you can’t go wrong.

There are over 4000 possible combinations meaning you can change your code as often as you want to increase security.

Worth The Money

The model we were sent costs £59.94 including VAT and delivery which I think is well worth the money.
There’s an extra charge if you want it fitting. In my opinion, it’s worth the money for the peace of mind because if I didn’t have Ant, I don’t think I’d be confident enough to fit it myself!

KeySafe with weather proof cover

I was once locked out of our house because I’d gone to volunteer at the a local charity shop and Ant was meant to be collecting me. I didn’t take my keys because Ant had his but while I was working, there was a family emergency and Ant ended spending the rest of the day at the hospital.

I had to wait for a few hours until Aiden came home from school because he had a key!
I’ll never have that problem again now we have the KeySafe 🙂

Overcoming Obesity In Children And Pets Through Nutrition

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Children and obesity are among the most sensitive topics you can talk about. Since we also consider our furry companions as part of our family, this also becomes a touchy subject when they get pudgy. 

When speaking of obese children, the most important thing for parents is to work with the child’s self-esteem and try to teach them about healthier food choices since obesity at an early age can be detrimental to their health later on in life. 

This applies to our four-legged friends too as we’re the ones who must make the right choices for them.

The way of overcoming obesity in children and pets comes in many forms and there is no one-fits-all approach. However, adopting and maintaining a healthy pattern of healthy, nutritious diet along with regular physical activity can make a world of difference.

In this article, we look at how to tackle this complex health issue in children and pets through certain nutrition tips.

Obesity In Children

Obesity in children is a prevalent problem across the world. This problem comes as a result of a combination of causes, including lack of exercise and a poor diet. 

There is also an increasing number of overweight toddlers who consume energy-dense food which means that they store more energy than what they can spend.

Being overweight is not a disease but involves an increased risk of developing obesity which is considered a disease as it can lead to several medical conditions in children, but also in adulthood. Proper toddler nutrition is essential and the first step to ingraining healthy habits that will last a lifetime and prevent obesity.

Obesity in children can lead to several immediate problems and cause different symptoms. The child may have knee problems and hip problems, get tired very easily, and find it increasingly difficult to participate in physical activities.

What To Do?

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The best thing you can do as a parent is to help your child learn and appreciate good diet habits. It’s about serving nutritious food at certain times and limiting the intake of what can be called junk food. 

Do not neglect breakfast as it provides the child with energy throughout the day. Make sure the child eats wholemeal bread, less saturated fat, fewer sweets, and avoid offering sugary drinks, and snacks high in calories.

Try to have them eat 5 or more portions of fruits and veggies every day as they are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Always remember to keep your child hydrated with plenty of water.

If these tips don’t work as much as you anticipated, try something different. For example, if your child refuses to eat breakfast in the morning, let them eat a healthy snack instead. 

There is no exact rule of thumb on how much food your child needs so you should judge for yourself. Start with small servings, try not to push your child to finish everything on the plate, and don’t cheer or reward with meals as this can lead the child to develop an unhealthy relationship with food. 

Have them eat slowly and set meal times as children need structure. Even if they’re not involved in organized sports or exercise activities, it’s always fun for kids to be on the move to keep the weight under control but also to build self-confidence and learn valuable social skills.

Obesity in Pets

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If your pet has gained a significant amount of weight and is categorized by the veterinarian as obese, you must be aware of what it means for its overall health. Obesity increases the risk of the dog suffering from serious and difficult conditions, such as diabetes, heart and lung problems, osteoarthritis, and a weakened immune system. Above all, it also reduces the animal’s lifespan. 

For this reason, pet parents have the responsibility of getting informed about different types of pet health insurance that will guarantee that finances won’t get in the way of getting the best care and protection for your pet.

The animal’s breed, age, heredity, and current lifestyle are all factors that contribute to the risk of becoming obese or having difficulty losing weight. You must make sure that the pet gets the right food, exercise, and lifestyle so that it gets in shape again and feels good.

What To Do?

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If your pet is obese, it should first be examined by a veterinarian to determine if there may be an underlying cause for it. It might be surprising but obesity in dogs and cats is a common disorder. 

Even though your dieting pet should consume a restricted amount of calories if obese, it still needs an optimal amount of protein, minerals, vitamins, and dietary fibres that assist in increasing the level of satiety while keeping blood sugar at a steady level throughout the day. To ensure this, you should do sufficient research and look carefully at reviews like Nature’s Blend reviews, for example, to ensure the food you are feeding your pet is of high quality and the balance of nutrients is correct. 
Feeding pets healthily can be a costly business, but there is help out there. Ultimate Pet Nutrition discount coupons can help keep the costs down.

For your furry friend to effectively lose weight, reduce caloric intake and try increasing their daily exercise. Offer meals twice a day in the morning and at night as it will stop the animal from gorging on a single meal. 

As with children, our pets love their treats but you should always control and cut down the intake of sugary snacks. 

Many people think that it can be difficult to resist their pet’s pleading gaze, but you should keep in mind that it’s not just hunger that makes the dog beg for food. Some animals are very fond of food or eat out of old habits. When the dog becomes needy, go for a long walk or play with it, and you may be surprised to see that this is at least as good a reward for them as a treat or extra meal.

To further enhance your furry friend’s health and vitality, consider incorporating Canine Detox into their routine. This specialized formula aids in detoxification, promoting improved skin health and overall vitality. By supporting your dog’s natural detox processes, Canine Detox can help optimize their well-being and contribute to a healthier, happier pet.

Final Thoughts

Although it might seem unusual, there are striking similarities when comparing obesity in children and pets.

All in all, when trying to overcome this health issue, the same approach is used for both animals and small children. Keep a close watch on what your child or pet is consuming and encourage healthier eating habits. Steer clear of ultra-processed foods and keep the nutrition wholesome with lots of whole grain products, proteins, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Last but not least, remember to stay positive and supportive during the entire process so it feels pleasant for your child and your beloved pet companion.  

History of fabric printing techniques

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Providing a brief historical overview of fabric printing techniques is not simple because in ancient times there were many authors who referred to this production. Their texts, however, did not provide details capable of proving the reliability of the results. Among the most authoritative examples, we can mention Herodotus, who speaks of clothes coloured with a dye obtained from the leaves of certain plants (specifying that these colours did not fade) and Pliny the Elder who, in his “Naturalis Historia” instead claimed that the Egyptians were the first to draw and print on garments and veils.

India: where it all began 

But the true story of textile printing and fabric printing techniques takes place mainly in India, where experts found the first production centres of printed fabrics. In fact, archaeological excavations have brought to light fragments of printed cotton dating back to the second millennium before the Christ. When these printed fabrics arrived in Europe, a thriving market immediately emerged, in addition to the need to learn about printing techniques and the use of colours.

The first attempts were made in the province of Marseille, not surprisingly a port city, where not only the textiles landed, but also the craftsmen with their precious tools. This marked the birth of the first industry that established a new orientation for the world of textiles and fabric printing, using wooden blocks with raised engravings. Subsequently, there was a real “textiles war” that lasted for decades, until the authorisation to print was newly granted.

Printing techniques  

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Once this phase of prohibition ended, again it was France that launched itself into the production of printed fabrics. The area around Versailles saw the most famous production of the time. The procedure used established a model for the following decades. This technique required the cloth base for printing to be purified from oils or primers used during the weaving phase, then washed and beaten to eliminate any impurities. For bleaching, on the other hand, different products were used depending on the period: chlorine, sulphuric acid or a mixture of chlorine and lime. Subsequently, the cotton fabric was passed through calendar rollers and the fabric grain became smooth and ready for the next phase: mordant printing.

To fix the dyes deep in the fibre, they are mixed with chemical substances called mordants. Using various types of natural rubber, the mordant thickens and forms a paste that is spread locally on the cloth in correspondence with the motif to be reproduced. It should be pointed out that the same number of mordants as colours are applied. Three different techniques were used, separately or jointly, to apply the mordants: woodblock printing, copperplate printing and roller printing with copper cylinders. Generally, the wooden blocks, which artisans carved with a design in relief, did not exceed 40 centimetres in size and, therefore, eight separate blocks would have been made for an eight-colour design. Printing took place on enormous tables covered in wool felt to protect them and, at the same time, to attenuate the vibrations caused by the blows.

There is another, less complex, printing method called “resist” printing, which is used to obtain white patterns on a coloured background. The motif on the block is covered with a mixture of wax and earth, which is then printed on the white fabric. Once dry, the fabric is dipped in dye, which penetrates it where the wax has not covered the fabric. Heat is then used to melt the wax and a white pattern appears.

Compared to woodblock printing, printing with engraved copper plates is finer and allows for the creation of more delicate designs, with plays of light and shades similar to those of soft-cut prints. Finally, copper roller printing saves a lot of time because the machine works continuously and creates a product with inimitable precision. Once the procedure is finished, regardless of the printing technique used, the fabrics are primed with a solution of wax and starch, before moving on to the hot calendar. Finally, they are folded and packaged ready for sale.

At the time, this procedure could take anywhere from three to six months, sometimes even longer depending on the season and the weather conditions. It is estimated that a craftsman could print around 25 metres of fabric in four colours per day, using a woodblock, and up to 5000 metres per day using copper rollers. 

Artificial vs Real Grass

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Choosing between artificial and real grass can be a tricky decision when landscaping. Some prefer real grass because they like the smell of fresh grass in the morning while others prefer artificial grass because it requires less maintenance.

To determine the most suitable grass for you, you should know which features, and the kind of look, you prefer. Considering the pros and cons will also help you to select between artificial grass and real grass to lay in the garden.

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  • Aftercare Installation

After installation, grass needs extra care whether you use the artificial or the real one. For general maintenance, real grass requires regular watering, weeding, as well as feeding fertilizer for it to remain in good condition. Some people like to do this aftercare themselves to save cost. 

Never think that you can just leave the artificial one because it also needs aftercare. For regular maintenance, you have to scrub off any dirt and clean away fallen leaves. Whenever you discover any torn part, it must be filled with proper material. 

  • Durability

Without regular weeding and trimming, a fake lawn may last more than 10 years without needing replacement. However, you need to step or do activities on it carefully. Because any sharp hit can cause damage and an artificial lawn cannot repair itself. The reparation for artificial turf sometimes can be pricey. 

When talking about replacement, real grass offers a more affordable option. Anytime you find a damaged part, you can just dig it and replace them with fresh grass. 

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  • Surface Temperature

Artificial grass tends to get hot under the sun and it also releases heat both day and night. So, if you don’t want to feel hot when stepping on its surface during the day, it is better to place artificial turf in shady areas. 

Meanwhile, the real grass keeps providing a comfortable place for a walk even in the middle of the day under the sun. It is because the real lawn has a natural cooling effect and doesn’t release heat. 

  • Environmental Effect

Take into account the effects on the surrounding environment. The real turf offers fewer effects to the environment as well as just needs regular watering and energy like other plants. Besides, it is easier to decompose.

On the other hand, artificial ones are often made from synthetic material which provides more effects to the environment. The production of artificial turf also requires high carbon. They are not degradable and pretty hard to recycle. 

  • Cost

Covering gardens with real grass naturally will come at a low cost. Perhaps, you only need to spend money on soil improvement and irrigation to support their growth. Artificial lawns cost more than real ones. Not to mention the installation cost. 

4 Thoughtful Gifts for Self-Isolating Family Members

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So many of us haven’t seen family members in so long due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Even though restrictions are slowly starting to ease, some of your family members may still be sheltering. This can be such a lonely and challenging time, so it is so important for us all to keep communicating to try and keep spirits high. With that in mind, why not send your isolating family members a little gift to let them know you are thinking of them? Here are a few gift ideas to show your self-isolating family that you care about them.

String of Hearts Plant

A special way to show your family members that you love them is to deliver a string of hearts plant straight to their door. A string of hearts plant is easy to look after, so if you are worried that your family member may not be able to handle a high maintenance plant, this is the perfect gift for them. It is a heart shaped leafy vine plant that looks gorgeous drooping down a shelving unit. You can also send a free message along with the plant to let them know you love them and are thinking of them.

Find the Silver Lining Bangle

This sweet bangle from Kate Spade is so meaningful; it will be a reminder to your loved ones that they made it through this challenging time. It is a silver-coloured bangle with the inside engraved with the message ‘find the silver lining’. This is such a sentimental gift that your family member will treasure forever. It is also a simplistic and minimalistic piece of jewellery so they will be able to wear it every day if they wish.


Gifting your family member with a photo is such a lovely way to show that you love them. To make it a more impactful gift, you should pay close attention to the frame it goes in to help ensure it stands out. If you can’t find the right frame to match the size of your image, you can look at designing a custom picture mount which will fit it perfectly.

This is a great way to remind family members that there are so many good times to come and even more amazing memories to be made.

Hug in a Mug

If your family member is an avid hot drink lover, why not gift them a hug in a mug? It is a beautiful ceramic mug with a special little message at the bottom so that, when they finish their drink, they will receive a touching little note from you. The message reads, “a hug in a mug, from me to you x” which is a beautiful message to send to your self-isolating family member.

Receiving one of these unexpected presents will make your loved one’s day. Let them know you love and care about them with one of these little gifts.

Historic Newspapers Birthday Book Review

Historic Newspapers Remember When newspaper birthday book

Ant and I received early birthday presents last week and I have to say, we were both delighted!
Historic Newspapers sent us a birthday book each which contains a newspaper reprint from your date of birth and birthday every year up to the present day.

As well as birthday books, they have anniversary books, your chosen year newspaper book which includes a full newspaper reproduction of your chosen date, as well as at least 12 newspaper headlines from the same year and a This, Is Your Life book, among others.
Click here to see the selection of Your Date Newspaper Books.

Historic Newspapers Personalisation

Each book is personalised with the name and date of birth in gold embossing on the front and a special message printed inside.

Historic Newspapers personalised message

The book is A3 and is presented in a sturdy gift box. The quality of both book and box is excellent; we were both very impressed.

Add Your Own Memories

Opposite each newspaper front page is a ‘Remember When’ page. This is for the recipient to add their own memories and photos from each year.

I love this idea because it will be a great keepsake which can be passed down through the family.

Old News Stories

We both spent ages looking through the books and I found some interesting stories that I wish I could find more information about them.
This one from 1960 about an American girl and a possible English girl who were found with identical scratch marks on their heads has piqued my interest!

I’ve been trying to find out if they ever solved the mystery but so far I’ve got nothing!

Thanks goes to Historic Newspapers for our birthday books.
All opinions are my own and are honest 🙂

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