Author: Jen

The Benefits of Insulating Your Home

Many people around the world are lucky enough to have insulation installed around the home. Be it a drafty loft or thin walls, there are plenty of places that insulation can be installed to keep the heat in your home and keep the cold air out. It may be the height of summer right now, but it really won’t be long before the nights start drawing in again, and the cold air returns. Fortunately, insulation is fairly easy to install and, assuming you know where to install insulation, can be done with minimal tools and without much assistance. As long as you have the insulation rolls, some insulation adhesives and a bit of willpower, you can often get this done in under a week’s time for a medium sized loft. Why install insulation? Insulation lasts a very long time. Depending on the type of damage it might encounter, for example, a roof leak, the lifespan could be anywhere from 80 to 100 years. So why not get it done now so that you can install …

3 Sleek Design Ideas for a More Photogenic Home Office

Instagram is getting bigger and more influential by the day. It now has more than 800 million active users, making it one of the largest social media platforms. It is also the perfect platform to use for a variety of purposes, from personal branding to connecting with a broader audience and promoting your work. The key to conquering Instagram is great visuals. If you’re like me and you work from a home office, setting up an office that looks good on camera will make producing Instagram content – and content for other platforms, including YouTube – a lot easier. Here are some of the design ideas to begin with. Limit the Number of Colours Look at the most successful Instagram influencers and you will quickly notice a pattern. Their indoor, in-office photos are usually taken in rooms or areas with a limited number of colours. White and light grey are the most popular colours in this genre, but you can easily integrate other colours into your home office as long as you limit the number colours in the room. You can also mix …

Planning a Cruise: Norwegian Fjords

I feel I should tell you first of all that I am not a great sailor; for me, cruises generally represent a terrifying experience that should be avoided at all costs. The vast waters, the days at sea, the claustrophobic aspect of being trapped on-board.  Though I am getting better at travelling on water, I imagine it is far easier to distract oneself on the relatively short rides between Greek Islands than it is on a cruise. However. There is one destination for which I would be prepared to try to overcome my fear of cruises. Norway.  The Fjords.  Such dramatically beautiful landscapes coupled with fairytale stops along the way.  This is one journey I would love to make. A fascination of Norway, indeed Scandinavia in general, fuels this dream and a desire to travel as a family encourages me to make more imminent plans.  Added to that, Jasmine has requested that we see the Northern Lights, and Sonny has asked that we find somewhere to go where there will be snow.  A Norwegian Fjords cruise may just tick …

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Un Peu D’Amour Français

I’ve been a little bit in love with France since a school trip in Year 7.  Surprisingly, really, considering the trip consisted of multiple assault courses, thunderstorms, and evening meals of such dubious composition that they inspired an ill-advised attempt at vegetarianism.  Still, since that amazing holiday, there have been far lovelier trips, including four to Paris.  Highlights have included two weeks in a beautiful yurt in rural Calvados, five days spent exploring the Normandy/Brittany border (bonjour, Mont St. Michel), and a comprehensive tour of the prettiest seaside towns the North of the country has to offer. Despite these numerous visit I have but scratched the tip of the French iceberg; there are many more places that I would like to see. Provence for the lavender, Monet’s garden, a vineyard or two; skiing, even.  A villa in the south, a chateau in the North.  Borders and peninsulas.  Camping.  City breaks.  Mountains and countryside.  So much more to see and do. I am fascinated by the draw of other cities; how do they compare to Paris?  Are they as loud, …

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Book Review – AniMalcolm by David Baddiel

Jasmine loves a chapter book and has made her way through entire collections (Roald Dahl and David Walliams to name a couple) so was very excited to be given the opportunity to review the new David Baddiel book, AniMalcolm. So far, she has only read the first three chapters but first impressions are good; she immediately found the premise of someone who doesn’t like animals being surrounded by animals very amusing. Aimed at boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 11, AniMalcom is written in a style that children can easily comprehend and, at the age of 8, Jasmine has been able to read it to herself without any problems. It is available in hardback (£12.99), paperback (£6.99) and audiobook. With the summer holidays rapidly approaching, I have been looking for new chapter books to encourage Jasmine to continue reading even when school is out and AniMalcolm is the perfect start to the collection. To find out more, check out the official trailer below. I am looking for recommendations of other suitable books for …