Autumn/Winter

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There are a lot of things I’m looking forward to doing through Autumn and Winter. I really love the Autumn/Winter months, cosy jumpers, evenings spent watching movies and Christmas – what’s not to like!

With only 54 sleeps until Christmas I have been trying to get as organised as possible. I have already bought a couple of things but there’s still a lot I need to buy! I have been putting together lists of items I want to buy or think someone would like as a present. There are around a dozen items on the list so far, including; perfume, toys, aftershave, a few items of clothing, a watch, vouchers and more. I am always on the lookout for products that are made in the UK as I think it’s important to support local businesses where possible. I have managed to find a few lovely items so far, including; some lovely hand made wooden children’s toys for my niece, premium silk day cravats exclusively made in England which will be perfect for my dad and some lovely hand made necklaces which are sold locally. I’m sure by the time it comes to shopping for the presents my list will be considerably longer but that’s it for now!

I will be putting together some Christmas Gift Guides over the coming month to give you all some gift inspiration and hopefully help you find the perfect gift.

Like most people I love Christmas but there’s a lot more I like about the Autumn/Winter months too. I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favourite things about these seasons with you all.

In no particular order…!

Halloween
Comfort food
Evening walks
Christmas Shopping
Ice skating
Decorating the Christmas tree
Taking my nephew sledging
Watching the snow fall
Spending time with family
The lovely Autumn colours
Hot chocolate
Christmas songs
Fireworks
Cosy nights in
Watching lots of Christmassy films
Bonfire night
Christmas dinner
Wearing my Uggs
My Birthday :)
and of course CHRISTMAS!

What are your favourite things about Autumn/Winter?

By |October 31st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Review: Fellowes Powershred 63Cb Cross-Cut Shredder

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When I move I’m hoping to have space to create a small home office space so I can have a designated work area and feel a little more organised. I was recently sent the perfect item for home/home office use, the Fellowes Powershred® 63Cb Cross-Cut Shredder which is great for staying on top of paperwork.

In this day and age a shredder is an essential item to help destroy documents which contain personal details, nobody wants to be the victim of identity theft. I receive quite a lot of paperwork, most of which contains personal details that I don’t want anyone to get a hold of. I find shredding is the most effective way to destroy sensitive documents quickly and effortlessly and I know that my details are safe.

The great thing about the Powershred 63Cb Cross-Cut shredder is the fact it can shred up to 10 sheets of paper at a time, it is also capable of shredding staples, credit cards and paper clips which means I don’t have the laborious task of removing staples before I can shred items. This means I have more time to spend on other tasks.

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Key Features:
19 litre pull-out bin for easy emptying
Shreds up to 10 sheets of paper at a time
Jam Blocker feature stops jams before they start
Shreds for up to 8 minutes before it needs to cool down
SafeSense technology stops shredding when hands touch the paper entry
Energy saving reduces in-use energy consumption and powers down when inactive

The shredder has an on/off switch located at the back of the machine, it also has a switch on the front which lets you put the shredder in auto mode, turn it off and also features a reverse button. As well as the on/off switch there is a digital display which shows different icons such as an icon to tell you the drawer is open, an icon to indicate the SafeSense technology has been activated, an icon to tell you to remove the paper, an icon to indicate overheating and an icon to tell you the shredder is powered on.

There are a lot of great features to the shredder, my favourite feature is the SafeSense technology which automatically stops shredding when it senses hands are near the paper entry. This is especially great if there are inquisitive children around as it gives peace of mind that the shredder will automatically stop if they accidentally touch the paper entry.

Another great feature is the Jam Blocker which stops jams before they start by telling you if there is too much paper in the shredder or if an item you are trying to shred cannot be shredder. This helps prevent jams which can be extremely time consuming to fix.

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Overall I am highly impressed with the shredder. It is perfect for my needs for home and home office use, it is quiet to run and looks might not be important with a shredder but this shredder has a sleek look and will fit in with any decor. The shredder helps give peace of mind that documents are safe thanks to the clever cross-cutting technology which shreds each A4 sheet into 4x50mm cross-cut particles. If you’re looking for a shredder I would highly recommend you take a look at the Powershred 63Cb.

The shredder comes with a 2 year machine warranty and a 5 year cutter warranty. It is priced at around £130 and is available to buy from Amazon, Ryman and other good stockists.

shredder2* I received the Powershred for the purpose of writing an honest review of the product. All opinions are my own.
By |October 29th, 2014|Categories: Review|Tags: |1 Comment

Seven Simple DIY Jobs that Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do

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Rather than calling out ‘the guy’ every time something goes wrong in your home, it can be so much cheaper, quicker and more rewarding to fix the problem yourself. Here are seven simple DIY jobs every homeowner should be able to complete without the help of the Yellow Pages.

Removing Broken Light Bulbs

Bulbs which have been screwed in a little over-zealously can have a tendency to crack upon removal, making it difficult and dangerous to remove the entire bulb. If a bulb has cracked or smashed in your hand when you have tried to remove it, there is a simple way to clear the remnants. Get a large raw potato and cut it in half. Press the flat surface against the broken edge of the bulb and twist away the remnants. This can help remove the bulb whilst keeping your hand safe.

Unsticking Rusted Nuts and Bolts

Rusted nuts and bolts on pieces of furniture or electrical appliances which have been sadly neglected in the shed or the garage can be incredibly difficult to remove. Try coating the rusted nut or bolt in a high strength lubricant and leaving for an hour before trying to remove it again.

If this is not successful, you may need to resort to fighting fire with fire. Gently heating the rusted nut or bolt with a blowtorch will force the metal to expand, making it possible to remove when it has cooled down. Make sure you wear the correct protective items on your hands and eyes – as found here from Manchester Safety Services.

Removing Stripped Screws

Similarly, removing screws which have lost the integrity of their head can be incredibly difficult. If none of your screwdrivers can fit into the teeth of the stripped screw, invest in a screw extractor. This kit from Screwfix can help you remove stripped screws of all sizes in the home.

Clearing Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters can be a huge problem for homes, often remaining hidden until it is too late. A clogged gutter can lead to swelling, leaks, stains and broken gutters. Make sure you clear out your gutters at least once a year by securely ascending a ladder to the roof and removing all leaves and other blockages with a trowel.

Fixing Leaky Taps

Leaky taps are one of the main call-out causes for plumbers but can be simply fixed by even the least experience of DIYers. Most commonly caused by worn-out washers, the drip-dripping of a leaking tap can be incredibly irritating and also a significant waste of water.

To replace a worn-out washer, turn off your home’s water and remove the top of the tap. Inside the top should be a screw, unscrew this and remove the adjoining cartridge (this will traditionally have the appearance of a golden chess pieces).

Locate your closest plumbing merchant using the Thomson Local Directory and take the cartridge to their store. The merchant should be able to identify the type of washer required and supply it to you. Replace the washer and refit the tap by reversing the steps taken to remove it. Turn the water back on when you are satisfied the job is complete.

De-Creaking Floors

If your home sounds like a haunted house thanks to creaking floorboards, there can be a tendency to seek replacements or expensive solutions. However, it can be solved and fixed incredibly simply and cheaply. Spread talcum powder over the creaking floor and spread with your feet. The talcum powder will get into the cracks causing the creaks to lessen and soften the sounds created. This process may require repeating every few months.

Whitening Bathtubs and Sinks

Don’t let unsightly stains on your bathtub or sink ruin the appearance of your bathroom. A formula of equal parts baking soda and cream of tartar with just enough lemon juice to make it into paste can be applied to the stains. Rub the formula into the stains with your fingers and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing.

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Silent Sunday 26/10/2014

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By |October 26th, 2014|Categories: Silent Sunday|Tags: |0 Comments

Kindest of Stranger Vlog #thankyoustranger

Yesterday I blogged about the Anthony Nolan charity and the fantastic online campaign they are running. You can read that post here, but let me re-cap for you.

The ‘Kindest of Stranger’ campaign is being run by the Anthony Nolan charity, they are looking for people to share act of kindness stories. It can be an occasion you showed a stranger an act of kindness or an occasion a stranger showed you an act of kindness, whether it be big or small.

Today I have vlogged about an act of kindness a stranger did for me, they stopped my holiday getting off to a bad start and I can’t thank them enough! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Watch the video below to find out what happened.

If you have an act of kindness story then do get involved in the campaign, it’s really easy! Head over to Twitter, share your act of kindness story and include the hashtag #thankyoustranger. You can also leave me a comment below if you want to share your story here, I would love to hear them!

As well as looking for people to share their stories Anthony Nolan are always looking for people to join their bone marrow register, if you would like to find out more about the charity or to sign up to the register head over to anthonynolan.org.

By |October 23rd, 2014|Categories: Charity|Tags: |0 Comments