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Make sure you always find people in your kitchen at parties…

It is a universal truth that the kitchen holds some sort of gravitational pull when it comes to social events. And who can blame them? The kitchen is the hub of the home; it’s warm, there’s good food and drink there and there is plenty of space to stand to talk into the night.    In fact, kitchens are so popular at parties that part of the host’s role is often to hurrying people into other rooms in order to reduce foot traffic. So why not make for a kitchen that offers the room for people to socialise and also reduces stress when it comes to your hosting duties?  This is how you can optimise your kitchen for your next social event…  Bar cart/drinks cabinet  Any kitchen primed for socialising must include a drinks cabinet, but for even more style points you can combine this with a bar cart. The bar cart is a surprisingly elegant feature that can fit into any home and with a range of styles available on the high street and from …

Winter Preparations and Safety Checks

The weather has turned colder this week, and winter is just around the corner. It is important to be prepared for the icy conditions of December and beyond – use this guide as a reminder of how to stay safe: Prepare the car Check your tyres – those with signs of wear and tear can be very dangerous in icy weather. Help your car to stay maintained with regular checks – checking the oil, water and fuel are basic tests that can be carried out daily during winter. For more maintenance ideas, check your local trade centre. Stock up – carry provisions including warm clothes, water and snacks in case of a break down; make sure you always have de-icer and a scraper with you. Prepare your home  Get the boiler serviced – heating and hot water are essential during colder months so make sure your boiler is working effectively and prevent costly breakdowns. Consider insulation. Stock up on candles and torches – inclement weather can increase the risk of power cuts. Enlist Drainage Services to inspect …

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DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas

I say this every year but Christmas just seems to have this unnerving ability to sneak up on me when I’m looking the other way and I suddenly find myself more than halfway through November with nothing planned…  Indeed, it’s happened again and I was beginning to panic but instead decided to get organised.  I adore Christmas and love to make the most of it, planning breakfasts with Santa, Christmas light walks (one of my favourite activities), advent books, Christmas Eve boxes, festive shopping trips, Christingles and so much more. One of my absolute favourite parts of the whole season is immersing myself in baking and craft sessions with the children and today I have been starting to research all the little homemade activities that we love to do together, including making holly wreaths, pomanders, shortbread, Christmas cake, salt dough decorations and Lebkuchen.  Oh, and not forgetting the delightful stained glass window biscuits that we make to hang on the tree every year – they are so beautiful and super easy to make! For more …

The Benefits of Using a Smart Door Lock

When I was about 15, I came home from high school one day having lost my front door key; my dad was at work and my mum was out with my younger sisters.  Yep, I was locked out.  I tried all three access doors and none would budge so then, out of sheer desperation, I went into the garden where I noticed that the kitchen window was open in the air-lock position.  I managed to use a stick to unhook the lock and open the window as far as it would go (not that far, in all honesty), hurled my school bag inside, climbed up on to the windowsill and jumped through the window into the kitchen sink.  All in all, not the most graceful way to enter one’s home. That’s not actual footage from the occasion, incidentally. My own children are not yet old enough to travel to and from school alone but, when they do, I’m thankful that technology has found a solution to the predicament I found myself in that day.  Enter: smart door …

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Experience Year-Round Fun At A Luxury Alpine Ski Resort In Ischgl

If you thought skiing holidays were just for the winter, think again! Kristall Spaces hosts an impressive range of luxury Alpine ski resorts in and around the Austrian Tyrol, with a wealth of amusements on offer no matter what time of year you visit! Rent an apartment for as long as you like, take a walk on the wild side with trekking, hiking and mountain biking, or even kayaking and abseiling – the sky’s the limit. For a better idea of the après-ski options available, see the Daily Star’s article on the subject – there are gyms, saunas, cinemas, restaurants, bars and free WiFi; you can also take in the ambiance and majesty of the surrounding mountainside, with stunning views dotting the area no matter the season. WeLove2Ski has a detailed breakdown of everything you can expect to find in the Ischgl resort, as well as information on its substantial après-ski scene and concert venues.  But best of all, the rental apartments are also available to buy as investment properties with an average growth rate …