05 May 2016

Why Your Air Conditioning System Might Break Down This Summer

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We’ve all been in that position before. The summer arrives, and the heat finally engulfs our home. We’re not ready for it! We’ve spent far too long with dreary weather and cold conditions. Now, we need our trusty A/C system to kick into gear, but guess what?! It’s broken. Now, you’re going to be sweating all summer, making things very uncomfortable and putting your health at risk. So, we’re here to give you five reasons why your air conditioning system might break down this summer. Spot these now, and you might just prevent problems when it really matters.

It’s Old---

How long have you had that air conditioning unit in your home? If you’re experiencing multiple issues with it, it might be time to replace it. Alternatively, you could get an AC repair company to look at it. They’ll sort out the immediate issues, and they’ll also be able to advise if it’s a good idea to start thinking about getting a new one.

You’re Not Maintaining it Properly---

A/C systems require continuous maintenance if you want them to work effectively. Before the summer arrives, make sure you’ve done all of this according to the manual of your system. You want to make sure everything is in working order before you come to use it. It might sound obvious, but you’d be amazed at the amount of people that don’t maintain their systems properly. It's no wonder that they suffer from issues and continuous breakdowns.

It’s Leaking---

Your A/C system is reliant on the refrigerant levels to power the system effectively. If you’ve got a leak, that refrigerant will disappear, and your system will suffer from any number of issues. Identify whether this is the case, and call the experts out to come and fix it. You can’t allow this sort of issue to remain unfixed, as it can create somewhat of a domino effect throughout the system. Before you know it, it’ll be totally useless.

Filter Problems---

So, we’ve already mentioned the importance of regular maintenance. Arguably the most important part of this is cleaning the filter on a regular basis. Quite simply; if your filter is dirty, your system will fail to work as intended. You should be doing very regular checks for this as a part of your overall maintenance procedures. That way, you shouldn’t have to worry.

You’re Pushing It Too Hard---

In the summer, your air conditioning unit will have to work incredibly hard on a regular basis. These things can overheat, and they can break down from overuse. Try and limit the amount you use it if at all possible. If you notice any issues cropping up, call in the professionals to help. Don’t leave it on when it’s not necessary, particularly if you’re going to be out of the house for an extended period of time.

Those are just five reasons why your air conditioning system might break down this summer. Eliminate them now, and you can enjoy a cool and refreshing summer period.

Reasons To Start Thinking About Life Insurance

Life insurance can conjure up unpleasant images in some people’s minds, as they think about a world without them in it. It can be a bit of a touchy subject, but sometimes you really need to start thinking about life insurance. In some cases, you may need to protect your family. If any of the following points resonate with you, it could be a very good idea to get life insurance:

You're Expecting or Have a Newborn---

If you’re expecting a child or have a newborn, you’ll know that your priorities are going to change. Your spouse will have always been important to you, but now you have a real family. When you have one or more people depending on you, then it only makes sense to get life insurance. Although living without you will never be a pleasant experience for them, having some money to help them will make it less challenging. Nothing may ever happen, and hopefully it won’t, but you can’t be too careful.

You Have a Mortgage---

If you have a mortgage with your other half, you need to consider what would happen if you weren’t there to put your contribution towards it. Would they be able to afford it alone? Would they need some kind of help? If you know they would struggle in this way without you, then life insurance could be the answer. If you don’t do something like this, they may be forced to move and leave the life they are used to behind.

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You Want To Protect Your Income---

If your family is used to a certain lifestyle and you’d like them to continue enjoying it once you’re gone, life insurance can help to protect your income. Your family will be able to continue living the lifestyle they are used to, in the same home, with the same luxuries. They will live comfortably this way. It’ll make living without you a tiny bit easier on them. They would already have lots to think about if something happened to you, so by getting life insurance you can make sure they aren’t in a too uncomfortable position.

The Sooner You Buy, The Cheaper It Is---

The sooner you take out life insurance cover, the cheaper it tends to be. Your premiums will be cheaper, especially if you do it while you’re young and with no illnesses. This means you will barely even have to think about the contribution you’re making, and it won't make too much of a difference to your paycheck each month. If you leave it too late, you can expect to pay much more to take care of the ones you love.

There are many reasons to think about life insurance sooner rather than later. If you have a partner, family, and mortgage, then getting life insurance is so important if you want to take care of them. Leaving it too late could leave you out of pocket, especially if you wait until you fall ill. Think about it carefully!

02 May 2016

..::Product Review::.. Clever Creations Plush Green Spinosaurus Dinosaur

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THE REVIEW:  I am SO happy with this.  First and foremost, I can say with fair certainty that I am pretty much obsessed with any type of stuffed animals, and I've loved dinosaurs ever since the 90's when Jurassic Park first came out.. put all of that together, and you have this--- only the most adorable Spinosaurus that you could ask for. In general, these are not the cuddliest of dinosaurs-- if you recall in Jurassic Park 3, this particular one killed T-Rex...wowza.  

This is obviously not modeled to scale, but he's very huggable, perfect for little hands, and great for protecting your little ones from scary monsters.  This is made very well; it is easy to keep clean if it gets a little dirty.  This dinosaur is very soft, and makes the perfect pal for anyone big or small.  Everybody wants to have their turn holding this little fella, since he does keep good company and makes a nice little pillow!


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THE GOOD:
+ Excellent quality.
+ Very strong fabric.
+ Fun.
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THE BAD:
- Nothing worth noting.
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HOW ACCURATE IS THE DESCRIPTION?
           YES, measures as stated.
YES, versatile.  
YES, soft scale-like pattern. 
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STAR RATING: On a scale of 1 to 5, this gets a 5.
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RECOMMENDATION:  YES, I definitely recommend this!  Please refer to the pictures/video to see why.
Order here ($13.99 + free shipping)
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I received this product for free in exchange for inspection and an honest and unbiased review.

Moving House: How to Plan Your Budget!

From removal vans to interior design, there are a lot of costs associated with moving from one property to another. It’s important to get the best deal for your money, and to use your budget effectively. No matter where you are in the world, moving is pricey, so properly planning your budget is vital.

You’ll have several things to consider, and several costs to account for. Before you begin the move, read through these steps and plan your budget carefully:

The Buying Stage

This is the most expensive, for obvious reasons. You have to factor in the cost of the mortgage, and the cost of actually running the property itself.

1. Remember your monthly bills. Gas, electricity, water, broadband, tax, home insurance, life insurance, and the mortgage.
2. Look for a mortgage lender that bundles in some insurance; this is usually cheaper than buying it separately.
3. Don’t forget that running a house also includes food costs too. You and your family need to eat!

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If you can afford to run the property, great stuff. Ask the current homeowner about their bill costs if you aren’t sure. Once you’ve planned for these costs, you have to budget for the fees involved with a purchase. These include, but are not limited to, conveyancing fees, solicitor fees, surveys and stamp duty. They can add up! These will also vary, so ask your lender for advice.

The Moving Stage

So, hopefully, you’ve found and bought the perfect property! You’re obviously going to need a removal van; that much is a given.

However, you should look for a provider that not only moves your stuff, but securely packs and stores it too. This will save you forking out for boxes and packaging equipment. Some moving companies will include this as part of their services, to take a look at your options!

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Also, if you can, look at getting some cheap appliances and furniture online. This is much cheaper than buying it brand new, and it also means you’ll have less stuff to move with you. Moving house is stressful, but you can minimize this effect with good planning!

The Settling In Stage

Just because you’ve bought the house and moved there, doesn’t mean the expenditure is over. Far from it! For starters, if the house needs any work, you’ll have to get that done. Urgent problems, like damp, should be cured right away. Other problems, like flooring, you can leave for a bit. You’ll also need to stock up on all the usual suspects, like china and cutlery.

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A big money saving tip for moving is to take a meter reading as soon as you move in. Then, contact the energy company and inform them that you have not used this electricity. That way, you will avoid any surprises in your first month’s bills! You can do the same with the phone line, water, and internet, too.

How do you plan a budget for moving house? Hopefully, this article helped you do just that. Thanks very much for reading!

29 April 2016

Top Tips to Make Moving House Less Stressful

Moving house ranks highly when it comes to stressful life events. If you’re dealing with offers and contracts, or you’re knee deep in boxes, try not to panic. With these helpful hints, you can negotiate the moving process and start enjoying your new home.


Make a plan--

If you have a moving date, start planning as early as possible. It’s always best to get things done in advance, rather than leaving all your packing until the last minute. If you don’t have a date, you can still start preparing for your move. The first thing to do is draw up a list of jobs. You’ll need to pack up all your belongings, but there are also other tasks to tick off. You may need to contact local authorities, utility companies and your TV and broadband provider. If you have already bought a new home, and you have the keys, you can also redirect your mail.

Weigh up your options--

When it comes to moving to pastures new, there are various options open to you. Do you want to do all the packing and cleaning yourself? Are you going to hire a van and oversee the entire process? Or would you rather get a removals firm in? If you do choose a company like Two Men And A Truck, you can put your feet up and relax. The experts will take care of all your packing and safely transfer your possessions from your old home to the new property. If you get somebody in to help, you may not have to take as much time off work or worry about childcare arrangements.

If you have a tight budget, you can always rely on friends and family to help out. Make a day of it and get everyone around to pack and lift furniture and boxes. If you know somebody with a van, you may be able to call in a favor or negotiate a discount.

Pack in order--

If you are doing the packing yourself, it’s wise to stick to a rough plan. You don’t want to end up with a series of half-done rooms, or spend time frantically trawling through boxes for something you need. Before you even start packing, go through lofts, spare rooms, and garages and throw away anything you don't want to take to your new home. You could organize a yard sale, donate to charity or sell your stuff online. When you’re ready to begin packing, start with items that you won’t need before you move. If it’s the height of summer, you can pack away all your winter clothes and heavy coats, for example. Leave anything you use on a daily basis until the last minute. Make sure that all your boxes are marked clearly with their intended location in the new home.

When you’re almost ready to go and moving day has arrived, gather together some essentials and throw them in an overnight bag. This will allow you to get settled on your first night in your new home without having to start unpacking immediately.




Moving can be stressful, but these top tips will hopefully help to save you some time and effort. Good luck!