Turning Your Garden Into A Summer Haven

posted by on 2021.04.22, under Partnered Post

Not everyone is lucky enough to live in a home with a garden, and if you have that luxury, you should be making the most of it. Your garden can do so much for you, and when it’s coming to summer, you should be ready to enjoy it! A garden can be a lot of work to tend to, and it can take time to get things how you want them, but once it’s how you like it, you’ll see that it was worth your labor. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to their home, but it’s still going to take time and money to get things just right.


Add a pond

With the summer coming up, most people are going to be spending more time in their gardens, and it can be a relaxing place if you’ve put in the right amount of work. One thing that makes for a calming and relaxing scene is a pond, big or small, which is a great addition to any garden. You can have a pond installed by professionals, or it can be done yourself – so long as you know what it takes to make a secure pond area.

Of course, having a pond is going to mean that you’ve yet another thing that you’re going to need to maintain. Especially if you’re planning to keep fish or wildlife there. Buying food is one thing, but you’ll need to make sure you keep the water clean. A lot of ponds rely on equipment such as Tsurumi pond pumps, which help to keep the water clear and safe for the fish to swim and live in. it can be expensive, but your garden is worth investing in.

Invest in some furniture

When you’re trying to create a cozy and relaxing environment, having at least some furniture is a must, and it can make all of the difference. You’re not going to need something that stands out a lot, but you don’t have to have the fanciest looking set for it to be comfortable.

Garden furniture comes with a few concerns – how you’re going to keep it, and whether it provides what you need it to. Is it going to be able to stand up to the weather during those rainy days without getting ruined? Do you have a place to keep it without using it? You may also need it to provide you with some protection from the sun. Sure, sitting in the sun is great, but you don’t want to get burned. Part of creating this relaxing scene is making sure you’re comfortable at all times!

Space isn’t always good

Don’t be afraid to work with what you have. Even if you have a small garden, it can still work as your own area for relaxation. Sometimes smaller spaces can help to make it feel cozier, and that can help a lot when trying to imagine a comfortable area. A lot of bigger gardens often need more decorations and features to make them feel more complete.

Setting Up A Home Office: Advice For Bosses

posted by on 2021.04.20, under Partnered Post

If you’re a boss, setting up a home office is imperative. You need a command centre you can use to control all your minions, ensuring they’re doing their jobs properly. But that can be a challenge, especially if you can’t actually work alongside them right now. 

Bosses up and down the country are facing similar challenges. Companies are finding it hard to monitor how workers are spending their time and the output they’re creating. And that means that they need offices that serve them at home just as well as the real thing. 

Get Your Team On The Cloud

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Want to find out what people are really doing with their time working from home? Get them all to work on the cloud. This way, you can track progress, update other members of your team, and ensure they are meeting deadlines. The last thing you want is a single lazy employee whose work is holding up the whole team. That’s a disaster. 

Get A High Quality Printer

If you are wondering whether you should buy a printer, the answer is “yes, you should.” Having a commercial-quality printer makes it easy for you to replicate the facilities in your regular office and post out relevant mail. 

Remember, in some cases, you’ll need to send mail as email is not an acceptable format. For instance, you may have to send mail to employees advising them of disciplinary action or changes to their pay and compensation. You may also have to send letters to the taxman explaining a change in circumstances or something related to the furlough scheme. Doing this in writing is usually easier than trying to get it done over the telephone. 

Install A Chat App

No doubt your team will want to communicate with you all the time while you’re away from the office. And when they do, your email inbox will soon start filling up with questions and queries. 

The best way to deal with this is to move over to chat apps. These are essential cloud-based messenger services that allow employees to fire off quick questions like a text message. It’s much easier to process than email and helps to streamline things. 

Keep The Noise Levels Down

Bosses need to keep noise levels down as low as possible when working from home. But, unfortunately, the office can sometimes be the loudest room in the house. Noise from neighbours or a nearby building site can interrupt your work. Even birdsong can be an issue sometimes if you are sensitive to that kind of thing. 

You can cut out some of the noise by switching your office with a better-positioned bedroom elsewhere in your home. You can also wear noise-cancelling headphones to pipe soothing music to your ears while cancelling out all other noises. 

Put Your Desk In The Power Position

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Ideally, you want your desk to remain in the power position, facing the door. This setup reminds you how important you are, even if you’re relegated to working from home.

Saving Money on Cross Country Moving Costs

posted by on 2021.04.19, under Partnered Post

A cross-country house move can be a logistical nightmare if you aren’t adequately prepared. Long-distance house moves can present you with more challenges than simply moving to a new neighborhood in the same state. It can also be expensive when factoring in the distance you need to travel and unexpected issues that can arise.

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That doesn’t mean you can’t cut costs on long-distance house moves.

Hire Cross Country Movers

You want to make sure the moving company you hire is experienced and specializes in cross country moving. They will be aware of the time it takes to move to and from different states, what they need to package your items to ensure they survive the trip, and any costs you pay will remove any added extras or hidden costs. All of this will be factored into the price.

Move Mid Week of Out of Season

If you can be flexible with your dates, then moving home a mid-week or even from October to April could mean you pay lower costs with moving companies. You can take advantage of quieter times and lower demand by asking around for quotes and scouting companies to find out when they aren’t as busy to help you negotiate on the price.

Move Less

The fewer items you have to move, the cheaper it will ultimately be. You don’t want to be paying to move belongings you don’t want. Cutting down on packaging costs will be cheaper all around if you sort your belongings before packing and know what you will and won’t be taking with you.

Source Free Packaging Materials

Avoid buying your packing options from moving companies as you will pay a lot more for them. Visit low-cost stores or local supermarkets and ask if they have empty boxes they don’t need that you can take off their hands. Stock up on packing tape and use paper, towels, or bubble wrap for packaging delicate items to avoid damages.

Use suitcases and storage boxes you have in the home to pack items into – this is what they are designed for and can be filed to reduce the number of boxes you are packing.

Use Your Car

If you can reasonably make return trips in the days leading up to your house move, then it is worth considering taking some smaller items yourself to allow you to book a smaller moving van. This could end up costing you more in fuel if you make more than one trip, but if you drive that way anyway, load up your car with smaller boxes and your valuables so you know they are safe and will arrive when you do.

Plan in Advance

The earlier you book your moving slot, the cheaper it will be. Take advantage of early booking offers by securing the moving company service as soon as your moving dates are confirmed. When booking, try asking for extra discounts. If you are a member of AAA, for example, then you may be eligible for more discounts on top of a lower early booking price.

How to Know If You’re Financially Ready For Marriage

posted by on 2021.04.14, under Partnered Post

There’s much to be excited about when it comes to getting married. It’s the beginning of a beautiful adventure, after all! One that indicates that two people have found the person that they were supposed to spend their life with. However, while it’s the romance of the union that should get the headlines, it’s also important to think about the practical side of things too. Getting married is a big undertaking that will touch many aspects of your life, including your finances. In this blog, well run through some of the key considerations to keep in mind when you’re thinking about getting hitched.

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Post-Marriage Life

It’s not just the big day that you need to think about. You should also think about what life is going to be like in the years after you’ve gotten married. Many of the details will impact your finances in a significant way. For example, if you’re planning to have children. This is not a cheap option! As well as whether you can afford to have kids, you’ll need to think about where you’ll live, what your lifestyle will be, things like that. Doing some calculations can help to determine whether these are expenses that you can afford.

The Big Day

The wedding should be a celebration. While it’s possible to do things on the cheap, since this is one of the most important days of your life, it’s worthwhile pushing the boat out somewhat. But of course, this will impact finances. It’s a good idea to look up some of the key expenses that you and your partner will have to meet. You can take a look at engagement rings at www.whiteflash.com/engagement-rings and take a look at a local bridal store to get a sense of how much you’ll spend on a dress. Those are the essentials, beyond that it’s possible to trim costs — the fewer people you invite, for example, the cheaper the wedding will be. 

Combined Incomes

It’s important to think about how your financial landscape will look after your wedding. While some people continue to keep their finances separate, it’s more common to combine the two. And this will also be impacted by the lifestyle that you’re planning to have. For example, is one person going to work fewer hours, in order to raise the children? If so, then you’ll have to factor in the lost income that this will mean.

Approach to Finances

Finally, it’s worthwhile remembering that the number one cause of arguments in a relationship is money. This is because everyone has a different approach to finances. Some people spend like there’s no tomorrow; others prefer to save every penny possible. There’s no right or wrong way here, but it’s important that both people are on the same page. There are ways to bridge the difference in approach to finances, but only if both people are willing to make compromises. 

If you tick all of the boxes above, then you’ll likely be ready for marriage! 

Tips on Spring Cleaning Your Home

posted by on 2021.04.09, under Partnered Post

Over the years, it happens to everyone; old furniture and things you haven’t used for ages start piling up all around the house. And, instead of getting rid of a few things, you learn to live around it and hardly even notice it anymore. But, having a total spring cleaning session every now and again will do wonders for your mentality and enable you to use the space you have in more efficient ways. Many people are hesitant to get rid of their old things – some may feel sentimental over stuff they probably wouldn’t even notice if it were to disappear. In contrast, others simply don’t know where to start and feel they would ultimately just be moving everything around and not accomplishing much. This article will shed some light on how you can get to work on clearing your home out a bit and the different ways you can do so – here are some tips on spring cleaning your home.

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Yard sale

It sounds cliche, but it works! A yard sale is an excellent way for you to make some room in your home and even make a few bucks while doing so. Start by tackling one room at a time and sorting through each closet, trunk, and box. Think about when you last used the item, whether you forgot it was even there, and if you would miss it if you were to get rid of it. Ons can sometimes feel sentimental over the simplest of things, and that’s understandable, but rather make a type of memory box with all your most precious items rather than hoarding everything up in the house. After you’ve gone through everything, pick a day that people will be at home or outside a lot, like a Saturday, and place everything neatly on your lawn with price tags on every item. Remember to be reasonable with your prices; you might consider it of high value because it was yours, but one shouldn’t forget that it is still secondhand items, and the actual goal is to get rid of everything.

Storage Unit

Storage Units are fantastic if you want to make more space but aren’t ready to let go of your belongings yet. Storage units are great to have when you need a space to store things that will be kept safe and protected from the elements and furniture that you don’t want lying around in the house. The benefits that accompany having a storage unit are endless, and every person in the family will probably have a use for it, meaning you will definitely get your money’s worth out of the unit. One day, if you decide to move, you’ll also be able to store everything there while transitioning from homes – you’ll also be able to store your kids’ things they leave behind when moving out or going to college. Storage units are also extremely secure, so you won’t have to worry about anything getting lost or stolen, and they are excellent at keeping your house clean and tidy. If you are thinking about going the store unit route with your old belongings, try using a PODS savings code in order to save some money and get a super handy storage pod that will make all your worries disappear. 


Who doesn’t love giving to charity? It might make you feel a lot better knowing that your things will go to someone who is in need and will also profoundly appreciate it. There are many charitable organizations you can go to in order to donate your old belongings. It’ll be one of the more straightforward options as well, seeing as you won’t have to worry about whether people will be interested enough in buying your things as with a yard sale. There are loads of people out there who would love to own the items you want to give away but can’t afford to buy them themselves, so giving your old belongings to charity would be a win-win situation for everyone. Clothes, old furniture, electronics, and shoes are among the types of things you can donate to charity.

At the end of the day, clearing your home will give you a refreshing feeling and may symbolize a new chapter in your life. Having more space in the house can also mean an opportunity for you to buy some new items and give your home a completely new look. Clearing your home a bit maybe a bit of hard work, but it may also be a therapeutic experience and a trip down memory lane, reliving each memory as you pack away the things from the past in order to make room for the future.


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