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Our Top 5 Must Have Items for Your Garden

Our Top 5 Must Have Items for Your GardenDo you love gardening? Are you planning to create your dream garden this year? Whether you are planning a vegetable garden or growing flowers and other ornamental plants this article will give you a list of the top five must have items.

1. Zero Turn Mower

Zero turn mowers are often the mowers that professional landscape contractors use on a regular basis as they are fast and easy to use. They are used to mow golf courses and paddocks as well as large gardens or orchards. The zero turn mower is also becoming more and more popular amongst homeowners. For people with a lot of ground to cover a zero turn mower provides the perfect grass cutting solution.

The Zero turn mower is almost like a small tractor, it can be sat on and driven around the garden.

2. Greenhouse

A green house is a must have item for all gardeners who plan to grow vegetables. Seedlings can be planted out in early spring and can be kept warm using a green house until they are big enough to transplant into your vegetable plot. It’s also possible to grow vegetables such as tomatoes in a green house. By keeping a tomato plant warm you will yield a better crop with plumper and juicer fruit.

3. Pruners

If you have rose bushes in your garden or a hedge around the perimeter then a good, sharp pair of pruners is a must. During the winter months you can cut back your plants as this will encourage new growth in the coming season. It is a good idea to keep your pruners sharp as they will be more effective; this will also help to reduce fatigue and will generally make your gardening experience more enjoyable and productive.

4. Data collector

Are you new to gardening? Or have you just moved to a new house and need to start a garden from scratch? If so a data collector such as the Easy bloom plant sensor is a must have item. This is a tool that can be stuck into the soil in your garden to collect important data which will help you plan your gardening activities. Data such as amount of sunlight and the moisture an area receives will be recorded.

This device comes with a USB which can be used to analyse the data collected. The EasyBloom website can then be used to get recommendations for what to plant where based on the data that was collected.

5. Light weight shovel

Investing in a light weight shovel will make digging your garden so much easier and also more enjoyable. Look for a shovel which has a sharp and heavy blade but a lighter handle. There are many shovels on the market nowadays that have handles made from lightweight fibreglass. This allows for easy digging. The Handel will also need to have a good grip to stop blisters from forming. Radius, manufacture a lightweight shovel which has been designed with ergonomics in mind. It is particularly recommended for gardeners with arthritis and other joint pain or weakness.

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Our Favourite 5 Items To Improve Your Home

improving your homeIf like most homeowners you like to make home improvements from time to time, you will most likely be interested in this article. We have chosen our top five products which will make your home a more relaxing and inviting place. These products are perfect for use in a family home.

1. Water Softeners

Water softeners create an ion exchange systems where they exchange hard ions such as calcium and magnesium in the water into salt such as sodium or potassium. The exchange is carried out within a resin tank which is present in the water softener.

Water will flow through the tank and as it comes in contact with small resin beads, the exchange will take place. These resin beads are covered with salt ions. This is the reason for higher salt content in the softened water. Beads used in water softeners are also rechargeable, by adding bags of salt to the brine tank.

Having a water softener will be beneficial for your home. Clothing and other fabrics will be washed in softer water which will keep them in top condition longer and will also help them to feel soft. There will be no need for fabric softeners any more. Your skin and hair will also be left feeling softer and smoother, bringing many health benefits.

2. Plants

Having pot plants or flowers in a room helps to brighten the place up. A plant can add liveliness and beauty to any interior space. They also help to release oxygen into the atmosphere and purify the air. Plants can be used to keep the whole family in touch with nature. This is especially true during the winter months when you naturally go outside less often.

3. Hardwood flooring

Hardwood flooring can add warmth and atmosphere to your home. It is also easier to keep clean then carpets as it can be swept and moped quickly and easily. Carpets trap dust and pet fur and are often a cause of allergies especially amongst children. Replacing some or all of your carpets with hardwood flooring may be the perfect solution.

4. Crib protector

Do you have a baby who is teething? If so then the Kidkusion Gummi is a great product. IT can be applied to crib rails as it is soft on a baby’s mouth and will stop them from chewing on wood. This is a very unique and innovate product which I love and would recommend to all parents who have babies and young children. I feel like it can also be used to make your home a safer place for a baby. It is very soft and can be attached to hard surfaces and corners to prevent babies who have just started learning to walk from injuring themselves.

5. Dimmer switches

A dimmer switch is a great addition to any home. They are simple to install and can be used to totally transform your space. Lights can be controlled to make a beautiful space more appealing. Create a romantic atmosphere using a dimmer switch or soften the lights when watching a movie.

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Superior Cycling – Our Top 5 Favourite Mountain Bikes

Superior Cycling – Our Top 5 Favourite Mountain Bikes

We love cycling. There’s just something about the wind in your hair, the constant movement of legs and feet, and the speed that makes it all so enthralling. Add a little bit of scenery and the fact that it’s all environment friendly, and there’s really no way you can top this active hobby.

Cycling is a great way to lose weight, keep in shape, and experience the wonders and beauty of Mother Nature. But sitting your bum on a bad bike could end up giving you a bad back and much worse. It’s important to take into consideration the bike you choose to use because at the end of the day, no one wants to find themselves lurching through terrain on a flimsy bike. There are lots of great mountain bikes available on the market, each with their own pros and cons. Here, we round up our most 5 favourite mountain bikes to give you a superior cycling experience.

Giant Stance 0

Carbon bikes are common in the market and it’s not hard to come across crazy blinged-out bikes at steep prices. Finding them at a higher functionality for only half the price is the true challenge. That’s why the Giant Stance 0 mountain bike is one of the best on the market. This full-suspension bike model does the job when it comes to performance without sacrificing sleek style. How did it become so affordable? Giant decided to manufacture this specific bike model with a single-pivot suspension which cuts back on cost without giving up functionality and performance. What’s more, this model comes with a dropper post that can greatly benefit any and all riders – a feature that’s hard to find on a bike of this calibre.

Santa Cruz Highball 27.5 CC

Who says hardtail is dead? The Santa Cruz Highball 27.5 CC mountain bike model just goes to show that nothing stays dead for long. The Highball’s bike geometry is generally relaxed relative to other hardtails. Despite its being a little heavier than other models, the Santa Cruz Highball 27.5 CC bike model uses a lower-grade carbon fiber than the other models in its series, making it equally awesome in terms of performance but way more affordable.

Giant Anthem Advanced SX 27.5

An XC mountain bike that offers maximum fun? Yes, it exists, and it’s called the Giant Anthem Advanced SX 27.5 mountain bike. This model makes use of Giant’s tried and tested Maestro suspension making the riding experience thrilling and comfortable. Add in the RockShox’s Monarch DeobnAir, and you have one amazingly high-performance ride. This Giant success comes equipped with a dropper post – a great feature for riders of all experience levels.

Transition Patrol 2

This bike model, a close cousin of the Transition Smuggler (also an amazing bike model, however short-travel) take the transition to a 155mm travel, making it one of the best mountain bikes in the market today. The GiddyUp suspension technology makes this bike model a breeze to ride, providing users with endless fun and frolic. What’s more, the Patrol’s frame and build make it a rough and rowdy ride for those who want a more extreme biking experience.

Trek Stache 9

Are you looking for a ride that sticks to the trail like no one’s business? The Trek Stache 9 comes equipped with super wide wheels that make it easy to stay close to the ground at all times. This fast bike model floats off of obstacles even with those massive wheels. Talk about power. We also love that you can run with 27+ or regular 29er wheels depending on your preferences.

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A Good Mattress is Important, Which is Our Favourite?

A Good Mattress is Important, Which is Our Favourite

When it comes to the quality of sleep you get every night, your mattress matters. Most of the common physical aches and pains we feel every morning (or everyday) can be pinned on the quality of the mattress we sleep on. Whether it’s too flat, too flimsy, or just plainly too old, a mattress can make or break your well-deserved rest.

If you’ve got a crick in your neck, or if you just can’t take that back ache anymore, then maybe you should take a good long look at your mattress. It’s probably time for an upgrade. There are thousands of different brands and mattress types to choose from, and that might make the task of purchasing a new mattress a bit of a struggle. So to ease that stress, we’ve put together a list of the 5 best mattresses to take your sleepy time up a notch.

BedInABox Tranquility Gel

When it comes to memory foam mattresses, BedInABox delivers. Their Tranquillty Gel model has even been given a Tancel cover to set it apart from all of their other models. The BedInABox Tranquility Gel mattress uses lower density foam compared to other memory foam mattresses, however delivers a solid punch in the durability department. It also guarantees a cool surface to sleep on thanks to its cooling gel technology.

Denver Mattress Doctor’s Choice Euro Top

If you’re more of a spring mattress kind of bloke, then the Denver Mattress Doctor’s Choice Euro Top might be a good option for you. This mattress features a high spring coil count, and also has encasings for each coil to better limit unwanted or unnecessary motions while you tumble and toss at night. The mattress is generally comfortable, offers great back and neck support, and is highly regarded for its durability.

Beautyrest Black Edenton Luxury Firm

Are you the kind to prefer harder surfaces to sleep on? Then perhaps the Beautyrest Black Edenton Luxury Firm mattress would be an ideal option for you. This mattress offers a firm, yet very comfortable, sleeping surface that guarantees to protect your neck, back, and body during sleep so you won’t have to wake up with those aches and pains. This mattress has also had great reviews when it comes to retaining shape. Unlike most mattresses that tend to sag and droop at the pillow and foot ends, the Beautyrest Black Edenton Luxury Firm mattress has strong internal supports that keep it from losing shape over time.

Sleay Posturepedic Hybrid Trust Cushion Firm

Having problems with your back or neck? The Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Trust Cushion Firm Mattress might be what you need. These mattresses feature 825 encased titanium coils and a combination of both regular and memory foams to give you the ultimate support for your body during sleep. When it comes to comfort and motion isolation, this mattress delivers. The Posturepedic technology makes it so that you experience pain relief during sleep. Waking up becomes a treat every time on the Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Trust Cushion Firm Mattress.

Spa Sensations 12”

If you’re on a budget but you still want to get the perfect latex mattress for your slumber needs, then the Spa Sensations series might do the trick. This mattress has good reviews all around – from durability, to comfort, and even motion isolation. The Spa Sensations series offers people an awesome mattress solution at an affordable price. Although, heavier users might want to opt for a thicker mattress, the 12” Spa Sensations memory foam is great for average users.

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Hoverboards are Hot Right Now, Which is Our Favourite?

Where is the Best Place to Buy a Self-balancing ScooterHoverboards are a hot product right now. They are popular in the US and UK as well. However, as with products that become a hit in the market, consumers have the freedom of buying them in various shapes, sizes and prices. So which one is your favourite?

Are you able to get one with built-in speakers so you can connect to your smartphone? Or can you get one that is equipped with a GPS system to help tell your position while riding?

These things come in various forms and features. Only your money dictates what you get. So if you’re confused about all the features these self-balancing wheels are touting out there, it’s time to pick what everyone else is approving.

Some of the best hoverboard models selling in the UK right now are listed below:

The RED5 hoverboard

This is the standard that most UK riders use on the streets. It comes with an intelligent auto-balancing technology to help stabilise you. The pressure-sensitive pads will help detect how your weight is being distributed, so it can translate it to control.

When you lean forward, it moves forward without having to push anything. A built-in gyroscope has also been included to help keep you upright during rides, plus the design lets you do a full 360 degrees turn.

If you’re intending to ride on a rough road, then RED5 is promising you that their hoverboard wheels will never get punctured. Also, they say those wheels are very grippy in most road surfaces. Consumers are yet to confirm this anyway.

The RED5 should comfortably achieve top speeds of up to 10mph. The average range is 15.5 miles, though it depends with your speed, weight and terrain you’re riding on. What’s more, this hoverboard will achieve a full charge in 2 hours flat, meaning you’re always not too far from experiencing your hoverboard ride adventure. Also, it comes with color variants of red, black and white.

How about the MonoRover R2?

This is yet another powerful hoverboard that consumers are picking up from Amazon. Like the above model, the MonoRover R2 also comes with the gyroscope feature to help the rider achieve good balance amid rides. Couple this with pressure-sensitive pads plus puncture-proof tyres and you have a powerful hoverboard you can enjoy in the long term period.

The MonoRover is powered by a 1000w motor which can push it up to 10kmh or 6mph top speed. The average range is 20km or 12.4 miles. This is a good distance indeed considering that most distances we travel in are rarely beyond the 20km mark.

However, your ability to ride optimally will depend on your weight, terrain and temperature. Also, it should be noted that the MonoRover R2 is a little bit costly, pegging its price at £400. The RED5 is slightly below that price mark.

There are lots of other hot hoverboards in the market right now. We can’t fail to mention the likes of Duoglyde, Smartrax S5 and the Airwheel X3. These are great examples of hoverboards currently being used in the UK. You can’t afford to be left behind in this hoverboard movement. Even parents are joining in the bandwagon and getting their kids a board for Christmas. You can read about their recommendation through the sites listed in our previous post.

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Six Most Favourite Interior Design Blogs

modern-design-600x300Nowadays, the leading interior design bloggers demand the same respect that the traditional interior design magazines received. The photographs used by these bloggers look stunning, and their advice is quite stellar. They make sure their readers interact with them often. Also, they update their blogs on a regular basis. Here are six popular UK based interior design blogs that are the most favourite for many people.

The Design Sheppard: This blog combines the fresh interior design news as well as the inspiration with sheep-related wordplay. The contents have good humour, and the blogger Stacey Sheppard is an accomplished writer. The information and trend are conveyed warmly in her posts making the blog appear like a letter sent by an old friend. The time is friendly, and the writing style is accessible.

Fabric of my Life: This blog written by Kate Baxter shows that she encompasses interior design, food, fashion and travel. She is passionate about those that she writes on. The enthusiasm of Kate is that she can write more if she has more pairs of hands to type. The photography of the beautiful pieces is quite adorable.

bright bazaarBright Bazaar: This website features an innovative and sleek design and a passion for the colour that runs deeply. The ‘Colour Cocktail’ posts of Mr Bazaar are round-ups of a wide range of stunning pieces of a specific colour. It shows that you can make pieces of the same colour work together to make a space beautiful.

Patchwork Harmony: In case, you prefer vintage and kitsch stuff, this blog will be ideal. It is a mix of the posts that feature piece that look good and crafty ideas and news to find the gorgeous vintage stuff. There are reviews and suggestions on styling from Caroline for you to enjoy.

Your Home is Lovely: Scrolling through the home interiors blogs can leave you a bit overwhelmed. The photos in this blog look stunning and beautiful and everything is quite inspiring and a bit intimidating. The editor of this blog, Kate Burt started blogging her journey to make a beautiful home. She offers realistic and affordable suggestions making the blog a useful hub of information.

Moregeous: Do you want to build your dream home or change the one you live in? Well, this blog by Sian Astley, a property renovator as well as an interior designer in Manchester will be useful in rebuilding and redesigning homes to suit your lifestyle. There are plenty of photos, videos and interactive discussions and a range of domestic and commercial properties in the blog.

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Do You Love Gardening? Check Out the Most Preferred Websites

300-family-gardenThe internet is flooded with millions of websites related to gardening that can be helpful if you are looking for a solution to a problem faced by your plants or a garden inspiration. However, when you search for something related to gardening, you will get many websites, and you might wonder which is the best one. Here are some great gardening websites that can be useful when you are looking or gardening related information.

Royal Horticultural Society: This is an extensive and authoritative website that is packed with stuff for the energetic gardeners. It features help and advice section, plant finder, gardening calendar and online shop.

Great British Gardens: This is a prodigious resource for the garden visitors. This website offers maps for around 10 parts of the U.K. that have 30 or more gardens. The will get the page containing information such as the link to the website and photos. The most popular ones include Great Dixter, RHS Wisley, and Harewood House. There is a section on the great garden designers and a directory containing the gardening websites.

Heligan: This is a flashy website with clever animation and twittering birds, and it includes vertiginous virtual tours and an extensive online shop selling beeswax products, toiletries, crafts, etc.

92f2267a19ad78ae7eee2b78158a13d3_feed_800x800_xlarge_thumbnail_21NGS: The NGS (National Gardens Scheme) enables the plant lovers to find the open gardens that are located within 5 to 50 miles of their homes.

David Austin Roses: This website has over 800 varieties of the bare root roses that can be delivered between November and April every year. The website also provides advice on the ones to buy for different locations in your garden and fragrance.

Kew: The Kew website offers a virtual peep on the popular gardens and walkways. It has science teams, details of around 70,000 plant specimens, etc.

The Gardening Website: This is an impressive guide that covers everything from the garden centres, specialist nurseries, garden designers, and outdoor furniture. You can find information about humane animal deterrents, hot tub, artificial lawn, and hammock from this website.

Clematis: This website from the University of Hull is a great website comprising details of 3,230 varieties. It is a fabulous resource that provides information on exuberant climbers. It also contains information about the diseases, pruning, and clematis gardens.

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Websites That Help In Child Growth

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Pupils In Class Using Digital Tablet

Parents play a very important role in the growth of children, and it is necessary to educate them in a proper manner in order to become a better person in the future. In order to help the parents in this work, it will be advisable to have a look at the websites that are given below. These websites will give some details about bringing up the kids in a way that they shine well in the future in various fields.

Mumsnet is a website that will be handy for sharing the experiences of parenting, tip swapping, review writing, advice sharing and so on.

In case, if a parent wants to search and know about the ancestors, it will be a good idea to build a family tree in the genes reunited. This is said to be a very popular family history website in the UK. Family Search will be handy to find the family members i.e. ancestors in abroad.

Create your own superhero in Marvels website will be useful to create a character with a name, costume, behaviours, power, face and so on.

Peppa’s pig will allow the kids to read online, play games, upload the drawings of the kid, watch videos and so on. Hence, this is a favourite blog for many kids.

Okido is considered to be the best science and art website for the children ageing between 2 and 7.

Cool mom picks is a website where it is possible to find the best play items for the kids like wooden toys, hand knitted doll, clothes and jewels.

Owlkids is another website that will be useful to learn about nature. This is available according to three age categories so it will be easy for the portents to choose the right article. Motherlode is a website that will help the parents to handle the problems related to children’s stress with the help of intelligence and humour.

Ohdeedoh is the child website for the apartment therapy, and this will help the child to understand about life and its design in a better way.

In order to get a better idea of the various fun and educational facts for kids, it will be advisable to visit Sesame Street. In fact, this particular website is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

To get a good print and cut out project visit Mibo. This is a very simple and affordable idea to entertain the kids.

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The Best Ever Travel Websites that will be of Help

Voyage-600x300Do you want to travel this holiday season? Do not hit Google to search for holiday destinations, packages, etc. Here is a list of all time favourite travel websites that will take the stress and help you plan your next trip.

Table Hotels: This is a website for the globetrotters who prefer a little bit of glamour, luxury hotels or boutiques. You can make your booking through the website, and there are quirky add-ons including cool soundtracks to listen as you search. It also features the last minute deals on the rooms.

Sawday’s: It lists quaint and lovely destinations across 17 countries. It lists a mix of delightful guesthouses, self-catering properties, B&Bs and restaurants with hotels and rooms. There are over 2,000 listed in Britain.

Canopy & Stars: This is the latest website of Sawday’s. It lists the quirky and glamping accommodations such as safari tents, yurts, gypsy caravans, etc.

Apart from these websites, there are websites that provide discounts and deals that are lucrative. Some of these websites are listed below.

Voyage Prive: This website fires off emails on a weekly basis featuring loads of discounted trips and nice looking hotels.

Voucher Code: Voucher Code gathers the discount voucher codes that are listed on offer. This website gives a code to you, and it takes you directly to the website of the service provider. You can enter the code of discount at checkout. You can also sign up to receive weekly emails of the latest deals so that you do not miss them when you want to avail heavy discounts.