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Travelling and Working: The Pros and Cons

Travelling and Working: The Pros and Cons

More people than ever are working for themselves, and more employers than ever are accepting people working for them remotely. This means that there is a significant part of the workforce that can be more flexible with their schedule and work from the comfort of […]




How To Sail Through Summer With An Organized Family Home

How To Sail Through Summer With An Organized Family Home

With so much emphasis on taking a vacation, and getting outside more during the summer holidays; your house can often get a little neglected, and by the time autumn rolls around, it can end up feeling unclean, messy, and unloved. Therefore, it’s worth considering how […]




4 Luxury Kitchen Additions You Never Knew You Needed

4 Luxury Kitchen Additions You Never Knew You Needed

A kitchen stuffed full of luxuries is a kitchen that every woman wants. Whether you’re an avid cook or just simply like the shiny things in life, it’s likely you dream of a kitchen that has easy access to all appliances that are needed, plus the ones that aren’t so necessary. Luxury kitchens can up the value of your home in a huge way, but if you aren’t planning to sell and just want to fill the room with pretty things that look nice, then you’ll love our list of luxury must-haves for your kitchen.

Check out these kitchen additions that you may not have considered before, but certainly won’t be able to live without once you’ve experienced living with them!

Wine Cooler. Okay, so you already have a state of the art refrigerator with an ice maker and a cold-water pump for those icy drinks on demand. Why not go one better and invest in a cooler specifically for that wine collection you’re building up? When things go wrong, there are companies out there that specialize in sub zero wine cooler repair, meaning that when you are entertaining friends, or simply having a Friday night in, you are covered. Making the space for a wine cooler may be a little more difficult, but a lot of people build these into the kitchen island. Easy to access and out of the way!

Culinary-Grade Oven. Your standard oven with four hobs to work on is a nice addition to the kitchen, but upgrading your cooking space can make a huge difference to your entire culinary experience. They maximise capacity, so if you are entertaining guests or making Christmas dinner, you definitely won’t be short on space. You can even add in a warming drawer for your dinner plates, meaning you can be served a delicious meal on a hot plate every night of the week!

Prep Sink. That brand new large island in the middle of the kitchen is perfect for food prep, so why not add in a sink? Prep sinks are smaller than the standard kitchen sink, given that they are primarily just for the preparation of fruit and vegetables. You can even install a garbage disposal for a compost bin for your peelings, meaning you’re doing something for the environment with your little touch of luxury!

Pantry. Kitchen cabinets on the walls take up the most space in a domestic kitchen. By having a pantry built in, you can store all your packet and canned goods somewhere you can walk into, leaving your cabinets free for plates and glasses. A pantry is also easily temperature controlled so that you can keep your goods cooled, even on the hottest of summer days. Your kitchen can benefit greatly from a pantry, so don’t rule it out in the planning stages, either.

These luxury kitchen items will come with a price, but you can’t put a price on comfort and ease of use, so why not indulge while you can and give yourself the nicest possible option!

A Beautiful Garden Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

A Beautiful Garden Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

Summer is here, the weather is wonderful and it’s time to get outside. The only problem is your garden is an overgrown mess that nobody wants to spend time in. The space is all there and the possibilities are endless but you can’t afford to […]




4 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

4 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night of catching z’s is as important for your health as exercise and a well-balanced diet, but not all of us find it that easy to sleep easy. Between a busy life, family and there just not being enough time in the […]




Dream Vacation: Top Tips To Afford A Perfect Holiday

Dream Vacation: Top Tips To Afford A Perfect Holiday

The summer is here, which means a vacation is on the cards. Well, it is if you have the money to afford one. And, because you’re a family, that isn’t always the case. Indeed, looking after kids and paying the bills isn’t cheap, so most people don’t have the cash for a holiday.

 

But, should you let a little cash flow stop you from two weeks in the sun or an adrenaline filled jaunt? Of course it shouldn’t because there are ways to afford a vacation even if your finances aren’t great.

 

In fact, you can find a list them underneath if you continue reading. Sun, sand, sea and cocktails here we come!

 

Shop Around

 

It’s a cliché, but the best deals don’t always pop up on Google the first time you search. Although it’s annoying, you have to put in time and effort to locate the ultimate bargains on the web. For starters, you’re going to have to visit a host of websites. Sure, Expedia does cover every base, yet it’s only one supplier so the price is bound to be high. By looking at competitors’ websites, the chances of finding a better deal are higher. Also, don’t forget to check the prices separately. Holiday-goers and families particularly, love a package deal because it’s quick and easy. However, booking flights and accommodation individually could be a big money spinner. You never know when an airline will sell a return ticket for less than one-hundred dollars.

Go All Inclusive

 

A young family like yours will love the idea of having a lot of free time. That way, you can go out and explore and enjoy the area without any restrictions. The only thing about going ‘half board’ is the additional costs. Obviously, you will have to cater for you and the family when you are out and about. Sadly, that means paying for lunch for a lot of hungry mouths and rumbling stomachs. And, lunch doesn’t come cheap when you’re abroad, not unless you eat fresh bread and butter for two weeks. By choosing an all inclusive option, there is no need to worry about any additional costs. All the food and drink is inclusive in the price, so you can gorge without breaking the bank. What you have to decide is whether you want to sip cocktails by the pool or drag the kids around the town.

 

Wait Before Booking

 

The trick to affording your dream vacation is compromising. Yes, everyone wants to go away in the summer because that is peak season. The summer time is when the hotels are full and the atmosphere is at its best. It’s for this very reason that it’s also the most expensive time to go on vacation. The hotels and the airlines know that the demand is high, so they up the prices. Obviously, this isn’t a good thing if you’re on a budget because it decreases your options. Thankfully, there is an easy fix: don’t go in summer. If you wait just a couple of weeks, the price will drop dramatically and a great holiday will be within your budget. Okay, the end of August or start of September doesn’t sound as good, but it has its benefits. The weather is still warm, the atmosphere excellent, and the hotel not too crowded. Oh, and did I mention it’s half the cost?

Organize A Payment Plan

 

In the past, booking agents and airlines wanted the money upfront because they were cynical. Nowadays, they understand the plight of families a lot more, and they are far more inflexible. Take a payment plan, or ‘lay-by,’ as an example. Instead of paying for the entire holiday in one lump sum, lots of companies allow you to pay over a period of time. As you know, forking out a couple of thousand dollars in one foul swoop isn’t feasible. But, paying for it over the course of a couple of months is much more practical. As long as you agree on a suitable payment rate, the vacation should be well within your budget. If you don’t know where to begin with a lay by simply include it in your online search. Or, research it and call the company to find out more about their terms and conditions.

 

 

 

Set Up A Savings Account

 

‘Yeah, okay, I’ll just put some money aside each week. What a great idea!’ It is a fantastic idea, but it’s one that most people find hard to achieve. The reasons are twofold: they put it off until time runs out, or they dip into their fund. If these are going to hurt your chances of saving for a holiday, a savings account is in order. Quite simply, the money from the direct debit comes out of your bank every month and you don’t even realize. By the time you come to check it, you’ll have a significant amount, more than enough to pay for a holiday. A tip: never put away more than you can afford. Little and often might not seem like enough, yet it builds up over time.

 

Get A Loan

 

It’s not like you’re going to remortgage or anything because that would be silly. After all, there is no point in selling positive equity for a few weeks abroad. But, there is a reason to secure a small, cheap loan to supplement the vacation. Let’s face it – you want everyone to have a good time because good times don’t come around often. The problem is it isn’t possible if you don’t have a decent reserve of money. Of course, prudent financial planning is paramount any time you opt for a cash advance loan. Indeed, people have lost out simply because they acted too casual. Still, as long as you can make the repayments and it’s only a small amount, there isn’t a boatload of risk. A couple of hundred dollars makes a huge difference to the holiday fund and is easy to pay off quickly. If a private lender is out of the option, don’t be afraid to ask a friend or family member.

 

Book It Late

 

The early bird catches the worm, or so the saying goes. But, the good news is that this saying isn’t always right. There is no doubt that planning is effective, as the majority of the above tips can attest. Still, there is also a lot to be said for winging it and leaving it until the last minute. Why? It’s because some of the best deals don’t appear until the eleventh-hour. From time to time, airline companies and holiday brokers will have cancellations. Rather than lose money, they will advertise the holiday at a drop down price. If you’re lucky and vigilant, it could be yours and all for a bargain value. Of course, you need to check the sites every day just in case on appears, and nothing might come of it in the end. If it does, though, you will save a fortune, money that you can spend on enjoying your family time together. Okay, you and your partner can spend it on two for ones when the kids are in bed. Either way, it’s extra money for the holiday fund, and that’s what’s important.

 

Money shouldn’t stop you from having fun and getting away from the rigors of life. After all, you still deserve to relax and recharge even if you’re in a tight financial spot. Thanks to these simple hacks, money doesn’t have to be an issue any longer.

Essential Upgrades For An Eco-Friendly Home

Essential Upgrades For An Eco-Friendly Home

It’s very easy being green, at least when you consider how much cheaper it is in the long run. While the appeal of an eco-friendly home is primarily to help the environment, it doesn’t hurt that it significantly reduces your bills. All it takes is […]




How To Build Your Very Own House

How To Build Your Very Own House

So you’re looking for a home but can’t find exactly what you want. The garden isn’t big enough, the living room isn’t open enough, or the location isn’t good enough? – It just isn’t enough, and why should you settle for less just because you […]




Make Dinner Convenient with Home Chef

Make Dinner Convenient with Home Chef

 

 

Home Chef delivers perfectly portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes directly to your door, so whether you’re an amateur cook, or more seasoned in the kitchen, cooking with Home Chef is easy and enjoyable.

Each week, you can use the personalized recipe recommendations they provide you. Or, you can pick from 11 fresh, chef-designed dinners, priced at $9.95 per serving. They change their menu weekly to give you countless new dinner options.

In about 30 minutes, using Home Chef’s simple, step-by-step recipe cards, you’ll confidently prepare meals from scratch that impress everyone at your table…including yourself! Use the promo code “FAMILY” to try out Home Chef for $30 off!

5 Must See Attractions to Visit This Summer

5 Must See Attractions to Visit This Summer

Each year my hubby and I try to go on at least 3 vacations. One in January to snowboard, then to the beach during the summer and lastly in October we sail away on a Carnival cruise. Needless to say we enjoy traveling! The process […]