Ask Away...: July 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Professional Help: Getting To Grips With The Garden

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For a lot of homes, the outdoor space on the property makes up for a large portion of its footprint. These areas are often the biggest and grandest a home has to offer, with a wide variety of different styles to choose from. Unfortunately, though, a lot of people don’t have enough time or energy for their garden. Instead, it’s left to its own devices until it’s completely out of hand. This is normal, of course. But, this doesn’t make it any less difficult for homeowners. To help you out with this, this post will be going through some of the best professional assistance you can get with your garden. So, now, there’s no excuse for keeping the outside areas of your home in the state they’re in!

When designing a garden, a lot of people will get professional help to get the job done. In most places, you will find loads of landscapers who have the knowledge to make your garden look beautiful. But, why should you hire a landscape maintenance company to help you with this? Unlike interior design, a lot of people find it extremely difficult to choose what to do with their outdoor space. Usually, there will be a lot of limitations which can be hard for the inexperienced to notice. A professional will be able to see these restrictions without first starting the work. They will have a good idea of the popular styles at the time, ensuring that your garden will look good for many years to come. And, of course, they will be able to do the construction work, too, saving you loads of time and energy.

Once you have a beautiful garden, you have to work hard to keep it that way. Plants, like grass, flowers, and trees all grow. Like the hair on your head, without the right treatment, this growth can soon look out of control. In some gardens, a little bit of chaos will be welcome. But, in most, you’ll want to limit it as much as possible. A lot of people don’t have time to mow their lawns and trim the bushes, though, making it a challenge to keep everything looking nice. Hiring a gardener to do this work for you will take it completely out of your hands. It will also ensure that the work is done to the highest possible standard, keeping the garden looking as best it can.

Of course, though, hiring someone like this could be expensive. Along with this, you could be completely willing to work on your garden, but lack the knowledge and skills to do so. Learning this sort of thing is nice and easy, thanks to the Internet. When you buy a new plant for your outdoor areas, you can use websites like Youtube to find guides to help you look after them. A lot of people will use this sort of resource to make their as easy as possible when gardening.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start doing more with the outdoor spaces around your home. Most people will feel much more compelled to make the most of the areas like this when they look as nice as possible. So, to give your garden new life, some small changes might have to be made.

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Outfit of the Day: Royal Blue

I really love wearing royal blue because it makes my green eyes pop and makes them look a little bluish as well.

The top is from The Mogan, and I absolutely love the color! They have the best basic tees!   The skirt is a Cassie pencil skirt from LuLaRoe.  The black and white pattern is great because it can go with ANY color top.

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5 Tried And Tested Ideas To Celebrate True Love

When a big anniversary or special occasion is coming up, there can be a lot of pressure to come up with something unique or extravagant for your partner. Before you know it, you’ve torn all your hair out planning a huge event and spent far more money than you can afford. What is so wrong with the traditional, tried and tested gifts and ideas? You’re still going to a lot of effort to make your other half feel treasured on their big day. And chances are, they’re going to love it just as much. Here are some of our favorite ways to say I love you:


Jewelry for men and women remains a popular way of declaring and re-declaring true love. Necklaces, rings, and cufflinks aren’t just keepsakes. We wear them so everyone can see how special the relationship is. It means that jewelry is an ideal way to say ‘I love you,’ and wearing says ‘I love you too.’ Did you know that different gemstones have different meanings? Rubies and Emeralds are ideal precious stones for messages of love and affection.

Other Gifts

Of course, if you’re not big on wearing jewelry, there are hundreds of other great gift ideas. For each anniversary there is a traditional gift choice you might pick. Paper is the traditional gift for your 1st anniversary, and crystal is given for the 15th. Of course, these days choosing something like your 5 year anniversary gift will probably be done online at a gift store. You might choose the modern approach with gifts of silver for 5 years, or leather for 10. Or you might just spot something at the store that you both fall in love with.


Many couples choose to share their anniversary celebration with friends a family. A big party or dinner out at a favorite restaurant is ideal. It also gives you the chance to share this moment with your kids. After all, they are the best thing to come out of this relationship. They’ve made it as special as it is. A party at home can be as extravagant or as intimate as you like. It’s also the best approach if you’re keen to manage the budget closely too!

A Break Away

A weekend break away or mini-vacation is also one of the most popular ways to celebrate a big anniversary. You can expect VIP treatment wherever you stay and whatever you do if you announce your anniversary too! Romantic vacations are ideal for spending that extra quality time together. You can both enjoy the break away and even find something to do that you’ve never done before. Why not tick something off that joint bucket list?

Something Just For You

Sometimes, the most intimate and understated way to celebrate is the best. This day is all about the two of you. There is no need to share it with anyone else if you don’t want to. Write a letter or even a poem to each other. Or just stare into each other’s eyes and say ‘I love you.’ What’s your favorite way to celebrate an anniversary?

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Outfit of the Day: Fitted and Flowy

So I found this new website where I got a WHOLE bunch of basic tops from.  I love them because they are nice and fitted, ruched on the sides, and the neckline isn't too low cut when it comes to a V-neck.   I decided to pair a grey top with a maxi skirt from LuLaRoe.

The top is from The Mogan, which you can buy on Amazon here, or on their website here.  This top was only 5 bucks!!   I'm in love!!!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Not Enough Room For A Home Office? Use The Garden!

With more and more people switching to work from home, as independent freelancers or as remote employees, it becomes urgent to talk about the home office space. Your home office is indeed essential to a healthy work/life balance. Think about it this way: If you decide against creating a home office, where are you going to work at home? Is it going to be on the kitchen table, or maybe the lounge sofa? Not only are those not comfortable positions to work, as none of these rooms are designed for work, but it will also impact on your productivity. After all, can you concentrate when you’ve got the TV taunting you in the background, or the coffee machine puffing just behind your back? Let me help you with that one: The answer is no. But how can you deal with keeping your home in order and making space for a home office at the same time? Easy, You build it outside.

How Can You Maximize The Garden Space?
It might seem like a mad idea, but more and more homeowners are considering the advantage of log cabins when it comes to introducing a working space into their home. A log cabin, or even a garden shed, does exactly what it says on the tin: It’s a room that exists outside of your house, in other words, it’s additional space. You don’t need a thorough building permit for this kind of home improvement projects. However, you need to check dimension authorizations with your local council. But importantly, you don’t need to worry about letting your everyday décor interrupt you. A home office cabin brings all the peace and the isolation you need to work.

How Difficult Is This Kind Of DIY Projects?
More often than not, you can request for your cabin log to be built by the contractor you bought it from, in other words, the company that sells the cabins is responsible for its building too. So, that limits your DIY involvement. However, you need to have some DIY skills to be able to tailor your furniture to the size of the cabin, for instance, you can build a bespoke desk or shelving unit to fit the interior. All you need is to have the right tools and to know how to use them. It’s a lot easier than it sounds!

What Do You Need To Add To Your Shed To Make It Work?
Your home office in the garden will need some additional love to fulfill its purpose. First of all, you will need to hire a professional electrician to set an electrical system for the cabin – it’s likely to be a wire extension from your main home. Then, you’ll need to insulate the shed so that no air or water can get in. You need it to be a cozy space, even during cold winter days!

What Does Your Home Office Need?
Last, but not least, is the indispensable home office décor. It’s a place that should help you to keep ahead of your work. In other words, it needs an organization system, from folders to drawers. You need to be able to store projects, invoices, tax documentation, and education material. That is without counting the necessary stationery. In other words, don’t think of it as a garden shed. It’s an office in your garden.  

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What You Need To Consider Before Selling Gold Jewellery

If you have unwanted gold jewellery, then you may be thinking of selling it and turning it into cash. Advice from money and finance experts may also open your eyes on the subject of selling gold jewellery. Before you sell your jewellery, there are things that you will need to know first, and armed with this knowledge, you can more likely get the best possible price for your gold.
How Pure Is The Gold?

One factor which will have a massive effect on the price that you receive for your gold is how pure it is. The purer the gold, the higher the value, and you can tell how pure it is by looking at the hallmark. You can find plenty of information available online so that you can understand what the marks on your jewellery mean.

The Value Of Your Jewellery

When it comes to selling your gold jewellery, unless you are selling to a private buyer, or it is a rare and historic piece, you may not get as much money as you thought you would. You may go into a gold buying company and see what they offer you for your jewellery, but it will unlikely be anywhere near the insurer's valuation. The reason for this is that, when you sell your gold, you will usually only get offered the scrap value of it, and the money that you paid for the workmanship will be lost. As such, it is important that you find out the value of your gold as an item of jewellery for private sale, and also what it is worth as scrap, including any precious stones.

Finding A Buyer

If you know how much your gold is worth and looking for a quick sale at a fair price, then a search of the internet will help you in your quest. Every town and city in Australia or in your country will have someone who is willing to buy your gold at a fair price. You can get cash for gold at Gold Buyers Melbourne as well as at many different other establishments, and with many companies, you do not even have to visit the shop as everything can be done online and through the telephone, with fully insured couriers transporting your jewellery. Finding a buyer for your gold is easy, but it pays to shop around!

Getting The Best Deal

To get the best price for your gold, you will need to shop around carefully. All gold dealers will use the latest price of gold to dictate how much they will give you for your jewellery, so the price for the gold is the same. What differs between companies is the fee that they charge, and if using a remote service, the cost for couriers and also insurance can vary drastically, with competitive companies offering free collections. Make sure that you look at as many different companies as you can before choosing which one to use and compare all of the terms and conditions carefully before making your choice. With a little work on the computer, you can get some quick cash in your pocket by selling your gold jewellery to a reputable company.

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