Whether you’re thinking of selling your home or not, it’s always worthwhile keeping an eye on its value. Knowing that it’s slowly edging in the right direction is an important part of home ownership. Your house is, after all, an investment when you spend such a large amount of money on anything, it has to be considered an investment (and your home is very likely the biggest expense you’ll ever have). However, while you can feel like you’re doing all the right things, it’s possible that there are some things that are secretly lowering your home’s value. We take a look… View Post

Friday’s, don’t you just love it when the weekend finally arrives and you can put the week behind you and have some relaxation and fun? I don’t know about you but I love the weekend, a chance to sit back, relax and escape the daily Monday to Friday work grind. I’ve not worked weekends since I was a student nearly 25 years ago and personally, I couldn’t imagine going back to working weekends. I love being self-employed and how it gives me the freedom to work hours that suit me but I still get that Friday feeling like everyone else.… View Post

I honestly believe that life is one long education and every day we learn something new about ourselves and the world around us. I don’t know about you but life just seems to fly by so fast and is always changing. Last year I wrote this post as a follow up to my original post about things I had learnt in life. But even in my mid-40s I don’t feel like my life has even started when in reality I’m well into middle age and I feel like I am just beginning my journey. There is no doubt that I… View Post

[AD] I can’t quite believe how long ago I started a blog and how, if I’m honest I really didn’t know what I was letting myself in for. Blogging seemed quite straight forward, write a few words and add a picture and as they say Bob’s your uncle. But in reality, there is a little more to blogging than that. Yes, those are the basics but what everybody really wants is people to come and take a look and actually read what you have written. That is when I started to do some research into how people could find my… View Post

It seems like an actual age since I went to Llandudno last year and had afternoon tea at The Imperial Hotel on the seafront. It was a cold grey day but even still sat watching the sea whilst eating an amazing afternoon tea was such a memorable experience. During this visit to North Wales, we actually stayed in Conwy a few miles away. The Castle Hotel in Conwy also does an amazing afternoon tea which you can read my review of here. From the Imperial Hotel, there are great views over the Great Orme and Llandudno bay. The traditional afternoon… View Post

Want to host a Texan-themed dinner party? Whether you want to take the time to plan in advance or throw a last-minute gathering, these tips will keep you cool, calm and collected from start to finish. Texan food’s exact roots are ambiguous, but there are influences from the German and Czech colonisers who settled in the region, plus the Spanish and Mexican tradition in Texas. Here’s the lowdown on hosting an authentic Texas barbecue dinner party. Go Meat Mad A Texas barbecue is all about meaty ribs, chicken, sausage, and maybe even turkey legs. Ladle on a flavoursome, tomato-based sauce… View Post

We are nearly a month into 2019 and here I am just publishing my blog goals for the year. I’ve really haven’t been well the last 6 weeks and I’ve had so many medical appointments it’s been unreal. This is a calm week and I have three! As a result, work has taken a back seat and what I had planned on doing during the first quarter of this year has needed to be rejigged. Some things have been put back a few months and I’m hoping I have managed to get together a workable plan for the next 2… View Post

Birmingham has undergone a huge regeneration over the past 20 years and now boasts great shopping experiences, visitor attractions and food and drink venus to fit all budgets & tastes. It is fair to say there are plenty of things to do in Birmingham from family visits, friends and couples of all ages. There are an array of hotels in Birmingham available to suit all budgets in the city centre and close to some many amenities including the train station. Shopping Birmingham has really expanded over the past few years with three new shopping centres as well as chain and… View Post