Author: Jen

Make Your Kitchen Work For You

The kitchen is the beating heart of most homes. Most of us spend a fair amount of time eating and socializing in the kitchen, which is why it is so very important that we are able to make our kitchens work for us just like the rest of our homes should work well for us, no matter how we use them. Here are some amazing tips for doing just that: A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place If you don’t want to spend half your time in the kitchen tracking down your can opener, veggie peeler or that one pan that lets you make really good sticky rice, you need to get organized and choose a home for each and every appliance, pan, and piece of crockery in your kitchen. Assign all of your items a place, storing like with like and ensuring you always return them to their storage space when you are done with them., This one tip alone will make life in the kitchen so much simpler. Declutter If you …

All the Things I Thought but Didn’t Say

In social anxiety Words remain thoughts More often than not. Sometimes they are exactly the right words; A well-timed anecdote  A witty retort An intelligent response  All stranded in a chasm of fear Unable to make themselves heard. Often As irony dictates My mind is actually racing Bursting with myriad thoughts Yet none of them fit  With what you just said. Did I use the right fork? Was it weird to look over there? Do I look bored?  Don’t look bored! What the fuck did I miss while I was lost inside my own head? Just laugh… just laugh! You may mistake The misplaced laughter Or unanswered question  As rudeness;  Others have! But don’t be fooled: If I am struggling to keep up with a conversation  Or fit in somewhere It is most likely because I want to impress. I’ve thought You look beautiful  And What a lovely dress; I know exactly what you mean Or sometimes just hear this… At times Even thank you Gets entirely stuck. Thank you for not hating me Mostly I …

Top Tips for Stress-free Travel

It’s no secret that we love to travel but the whole process can be undeniably stressful. From finding a pet-sitter and getting to the airport to eating out abroad and finding the cheapest but safest ways to get around, there is so much to think about. I’ve come up with a few travel tips to hopefully ease some of the stress involved with travelling; as always, if you have any more to add, please feel free to leave them in the comments. Solo travel  Travelling alone can be daunting as well as exhilarating. My top tip is to plan ahead and take your time to minimise stress. Book your first night’s accommodation before you arrive, plan your flight to arrive during the morning so you have a safe few hours to explore, and spend your first full day acclimatising and watching how locals navigate their way through life, observing customs and rules.  Couples or groups  You may feel safer travelling with your partner or as part of a group but there can be power struggles, let’s …

Five UK and Ireland Travel Goals

Exploring the UK and Ireland is high upon my list of travel priorities right now. We are so fortunate to live in a country with such rich history and breathtaking scenery, it really would be a shame not to make the most of it. I have a list as long as my arm of places I would like to visit, but for now I will concentrate on my top five. Northern Ireland  Somewhere I’ve never been but would love to see is the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, which this walking tour encompasses. I’m intrigued by the legend that surrounds it as well as being fascinated by its geology. I can imagine the children climbing and jumping all over this impressive coastline, which is their favourite way to spend time.  Snowdonia We have been to Snowdonia before, staying in Pwhelli, but as Jasmine was too small to remember going and Sonny was not yet born, I would love to return with them. It is home to the most beautiful landscape I think I have ever seen …

Last Minute DIY: It’s Not Too Late to Insulate 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. We’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to chilly weather. There are still at least a couple of weeks to go until we’re free of the cold breezes and frosty mornings unless you’re lucky to live in a location that offers sun all year round. 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. But why install insulation? Winter is over soon! The cold season is actually the best time for you to install insulation because it’s generally …