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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sold! Popular Things You Need To Add To Your Home To Ensure It Sells Quickly

When it comes to selling your home, you need to try and look at your place from a potential buyer’s point of view. You need to consider what you would be looking for if you were hunting down a new property. As well as things like neutral decor and spacious rooms, there are a few things you could get which will ensure your property sells like hot cakes. Therefore, here are some popular things you need to add to your home so that you can see the sale board sooner rather than later.

Integrated appliances

A lot of people prefer to have integrated appliances in their kitchen nowadays. For one thing, they tend to take up less room as they are built into cupboards which are part of the kitchen. And also, they don’t have to worry about going to buy new appliances if they do secure an offer on your home. After all, items like a new washing machine or a dishwasher can cost a few hundred dollars! Therefore, it’s worth looking into getting some integrated appliances installed before you put the house up for sale. And if you can’t afford to get these, you could always sell your own appliances with the house. It will encourage viewers if they have everything they already need in the kitchen!

A great fireplace

Another thing which people tend to look for in a living room is a fireplace. After all, it’s an attractive feature which can bring some heat to the room. And it can save families a fortune on heating bills if they just turn on the fire instead in the evenings to stay warm. Therefore, you should consider getting one for your home. You might want to go for a traditional wood burner fireplace in your home. Of course, if you do get this, you need to ensure there is space and a chimney available to connect to the wood burner fireplace. And make sure you get extras like a fireplace grate and a screen to make it more efficient and safe for future families living in your home! And remember to look at electric fireplaces in the home. After all, they will give the property a modern feel and can often be a lot more cost effective.


A fantastic working area

It’s always good to have somewhere you can work inside the property. In fact, it will be one of the top things people look for when they come to see your home. Therefore, to help them imagine living there, you should create a fantastic working area. You might want to do it in a spare room or a study if you have this in your home. It can encourage them to put an offer in if they think it’s a good place for their family to do their work. You can read my previous blog for help creating a working area in the home.

And don’t forget about the garden too when it comes to selling your property. A lot of people want a good sized shed in their backyard. After all, it can be ideal to hold all your essentials. Therefore, you ought to consider building one or getting one installed to ensure you get an offer on your home sooner rather than later.

Here are just some of my tips on how you can sell your investment faster than others. Beat the market and sell your home quickly! Do you have additional tips? Comment down below!

xoxo, Therese
Monday, January 16, 2017

Crazy Facts You Probably Never Knew About Thailand

Thailand is a hotspot for budget travelers and backpackers. And there is no wonder, really, as the country is full of scenic landscape, dreamy beaches, and cosmopolitan cities. Not only that, though, but it has a unique culture and history that people love to absorb and be a part of. But are you sure that you know everything that there is to know about Thailand? Before you head there on your next vacation, it is a good idea to brush up on all the following facts.

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Amazing Fish

Thailand is home to the largest freshwater and saltwater fish. Bet you didn’t know that!Thailand has a very long coastline, and when you are paddling in its waters, you might spot the Rhincodon typus, more commonly known as the whale shark. At around twelve feet long, this is usually regarded as the world’s longest fish! Take a peak in Thailand’s freshwater ponds and lakes, and you might see the Giant Catfish. This is the world’s largest freshwater fish at an impressive ten feet.

It’s Not Just Beach Holidays And Parties

Many people head to Thailand just for the gorgeous beaches and all-night partying scene. But don’t let this put you off booking a trip to this fantastic country, as there are plenty of other things that should attract you. If you want to make a difference while you are traveling, you could consider signing up to volunteer in Thailand. If you are qualified as  TEFL teacher, you may also be able to find a few month’s work helping out in a school teaching English.

So Much Wildlife

If you consider yourself a wildlife lover, then you should certainly think about a trip to Thailand. Why exactly? Well, that’s because the country is home to around a tenth of all the animals on the planet. And that is a whole lot of wildlife for such a relatively small country! There are thought to be around 925 bird species and 285 species of mammal living in the country. That’s 300 more species of birds than in the whole of Europe!

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Thailand Has Never Been Colonized

Around 200 years ago, almost the whole of Southeast Asia was under European rule. Great Britain and France had the largest colonies in this area. But that doesn’t include Thailand! In fact, Thailand was the only country in this area not to fall under European rule! They set their borders and were able to change their political system so that it mimicked many of those found in Europe at this time. Thanks to this, Europe respected them and left them to rule as an independent nation.

The Year Is 2557

In Thailand, all the locals are Buddhists, which mean they measure their years from the point of Buddha’s death. Unlike in the western world, where years are counted from the point of Christ’s death. That means that they are 543 years ahead of us and our Gregorian calendar.

So there you have it; some amazing facts you can use to impress all your fellow travelers!

xoxo,
Therese
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Free Yourself From Food Burden: Quick Tips For A Successful "Free From" Diet

You may not be experiencing serious health issues, but sometimes you are experiencing some discomfort in your body and mind. If feeling bloated, having difficulties concentrating, having a sensitive digestion, or even feeling your skin getting itchy, it’s time to start a healthy detox diet! There are many ways to approach a detox program. And what this article recommends is ways of fighting health problems that can be food-related. In short, how can you remove the everyday food that hurts your body from the plate? Here’s how!

Going Lactose Free

Lactose intolerance comes in many forms, from difficulties to digest dairy products to severe shutdown reactions. For many people, reducing their dairy intake can be a way to improve their well-being. But sometimes, it isn’t enough, and you need to remove all dairy products from your diet. If this is the case, you will need to look for alternatives, such as the dairypure range of lactose-free products, as removing lactose from your diet does not mean stopping to enjoy your favorite foods such as a milky coffee or a delicious creamy yogurt. There are alternative products that are made from nut milk, soya milk or even coconut milk, and which can make your life a lot easier when going lactose free.

Going Gluten Free

If you have a gluten intolerance - unless it is a severe disease and in that case you would already know about it - it is likely that you are experiencing digestive problems when eating gluten-based foods such as bread or pasta. You will thankfully find a lot of alternatives to gluten foods, starting from chestnut and almond flour which are gluten-free, to cauliflower pizza dough to continue to enjoy your favorite meals. Sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of imagination to work your way around gluten-based products!

Choosing A Meat-Free Diet

For many, going meat-free does not specifically come with the need for a healthy diet, but this is the result of ethical views. If you find yourself avoiding meat because you can’t bear the idea that a cute baby lamb has been slaughtered for your burger, it is probably time to consider sources of proteins outside of animal meat. If you don’t want to change your cooking habits, soya mince is a great option to keep your lasagna dish bubbling joyfully in the oven as if nothing had changed. If you feel confident about embracing an openly vegetarian diet, you might want to look at recipes that are egg, chickpeas, quinoa, nut and milk based for healthy proteins.

Living A Sugar-Free Life

It’s no mystery that the current society of consumers is eating far too much sugar. High sugar intakes can lead to loss of concentration and high sugar rate in blood, which is linked to diabetes. Sometimes, all you need to do is to look for sugar alternatives, such as stevia which is a calorie-free sugar substitute made from a plant. This will also require careful study of all your product labels as many like potted sauces, such as ketchup for example, are rich in sugar. Sugar is a natural and healthy constituent of fruits, vegetables and grains. But this is the added sugar that you have to be aware of, and when this is the case, manufacturers are forced by law to indicate the amount of sugar that their recipes contain.

These are just some diet ideas. I'm currently avoiding foods that are extremely high in sugar to shed some pounds I gained from the holidays. If you are on a diet comment down below which one you are on! xoxo,
Therese
Monday, January 9, 2017

Hurricane Valley: What’s It Like to Live in a Hurricane-Prone Area?

Hurricanes are an inevitable part of life for some people. It’s the built-in risk you take when you live in tropical climates and weather. If you like to have the sun for the majority of the year, hot weather and sandy beaches, then it’s just a trade-off you’re going to have to live with. Fortunately, modern technology and research have enabled us to prepare for inevitable hurricanes and storms, and with a strong insurance plan, you can safely live in these dreamy areas.


When you live in a hurricane-prone area, the chance of property damage is inherently high, especially during any Atlantic hurricane season. Fortunately, residents are usually given plenty of warning so that they can evacuate or hunker down and wait it out in their specialized designed shelters. Living in a hurricane area comes with many differences. For example, insurance policies might cover different things than you’re used to, and you’ll need special equipment like hurricane shades over your windows to protect yourself against the storms.

Building Changes

As you might expect, buildings in a hurricane-prone area are constructed a little differently. For example, the roof of your home is usually bolted down with at multiple different points to the rest of your house. This means that your roof is less likely to be ripped off which has happened many times in the past to different people. Steel hurricane clips are usually utilized to secure a roof to the home, and these upgrades are expected as a standard when buying a home in a location like Florida or New Orleans. You can do them yourself (which is why many folks from these areas quite handy) or get them professionally installed.


Shelter Rooms

You can’t design an entire home to be completely hurricane-proof—at least not in any practical fashion. It would be incredibly expensive and time-consuming to create, but you can make certain rooms and areas indestructible. Many houses in hurricane areas have underground shelters which are fitted with emergency supplies, a radio and spare clothes. These types of disaster shelters are also used in the event of a war or similar situation that would require civilians to hide. When people go shopping, it’s not unlikely for them to pick up large bottles of water, canned foods and other long shelf life supplies to store in their shelters.

Power Cuts

And of course, let’s not forget the various types of inconvenience these hurricanes and storms can cause. If you notice your lights flickering or power cutting off, then a storm is likely coming. Many modern houses in hurricane areas come with backup generators that can run off various fuels. These generators can typically power an entire home as long as it has sufficient fuel, but since it’s expensive to operate people only use them in emergency situations. You can also get smaller generators that can power several smaller appliances. Many modern generators will kick in when it senses that the house isn’t getting enough power and you might not even realize that your connection to the power grid has been cut.

There are many ways on how you can prepare and live in places and be ready in times of unavoidable weather situations. Do you guys have hurricane experiences? Comment down below!

xoxo,
Therese
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Asian Food Hacks: the Secret to Easy and Delicious Fried Rice

Fried rice is a simple staple in many Asian countries. It’s simple to make, delicious, and it can make use of all the leftovers that you couldn’t finish the previous night. As a result, this simple Asian delicacy that we pay ludicrous amounts for at a restaurant can be made quickly and cheaply for a filling meal and it doesn’t require many kitchen utensils.

Here’s the best way to make a simple and delicious fried rice from leftovers so that you won’t waste anything. Fried rice is a very flexible recipe, so feel free to change anything you see here!


Prepping your equipment and ingredients

As mentioned before, it doesn’t take much to make the perfect fried rice. All you’re going to need is a frying pan (or a wok if you have one) and a set of knives to cut up some ingredients. You can use colored knives, butcher knives or even a steak knife—it doesn’t matter as long as you can cut up some ingredients to use.

Fried rice usually consists of rice, egg and some kind of vegetable or meats. The rice shouldn’t be freshly made rice. Freshly made rice is moist, hot and can turn into a pile of mush when you try to fry it. Let it cool down until it’s chilled and most of the moisture has escaped. The best way to do it is to simply leave it overnight in a rice cooker or an open container.

Next, you want to prepare your other ingredients. Beat an egg for each portion of fried rice you plan to make. You could use more or less egg depending on your tastes. Next is the meat protein or vegetables. Leafy greens are great, but try not to use anything that’s too wet or could release a lot of waters. This means if you do use leafy greens, make sure they’re washed and completely dry before adding them to the pan. You can use pre-cooked meats, leftovers—almost anything! Here’s a sample list of ingredients:

  • Overnight rice
  • Eggs
  • Cooked chicken
  • Scallion
  • Peas
  • Soy sauce
  • Chili sauce

Let’s get cooking!

  1. Beat the eggs and leave in a bowl. Wash and chop the scallions, clean the peas and leave them to dry
  2. Heat a small tablespoon of oil in your pan, add the egg and keep frying until it cooks, break the egg up into small pieces inside the pan
  3. Add in the cooked chicken, stir-fry for about a minute
  4. Add the rice. It will be quite hard and clumpy, so break it up in the pan and make sure the rice covers the pan so that it cooks evenly
  5. Add the peas and scallions
  6. Stir-fry for another minute, making sure not to let the rice stick to the pan
  7. Add the soy sauce and chili sauce
  8. Stir-fry for another 30 seconds

And now you can enjoy! It’s such a simple and easy recipe that almost anyone can make it. It only takes a single pan so cleaning up is easy, and you can easily scale the recipe to accommodate more people if you want. The ingredients can be changed however you like, and you don’t need to conform to exact measurements because it’s such a versatile dish.

xoxo,
Therese

Christmas Detox: 3 Easy and Healthy Recipe Ideas for the New Year

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. All we need to do is swap out the sugary sweets for some fruit or a couple of vegetables, but it’s understandable that some people just can’t handle eating raw veggies yet, or they prefer to have their food cooked.

To help ease those problems, here are a couple of healthy recipe ideas that can be made with ease and without too many uncommon ingredients. These will make great snacks and some of them can be stored to be eaten later—and you won’t even need many kitchen utensils!


Smoothies

Smoothies are the ultimate way to get lots of fruits and vegetables into a tasty and easy-to-eat form. There are so many different blenders and they each serve different purposes, but here are the findings if you want to check out some of the industry’s best blenders. Some machines are designed for fruits while others specialize in vegetables, but some blenders are multi-functional and will take on a variety of tasks.

You can get creative with smoothie recipes and add almost anything that you think would taste good. For example, a great morning smoothie can be made from oranges, bananas, frozen summer berries, low-fat yogurt and a tablespoon of sugar. Another great idea for a breakfast smoothie is spinach, coconut and grape. It’s a sweet, thick, and healthy treat to start off the day.

Pitta Sandwiches

Pitta bread is a staple in many of the world’s Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. It’s usually an oval-shaped bread that can be opened up and stuffed with goodies, which makes it the perfect container for different sandwich fillings, and the pocket-like shape enables it to be stored and stuffed with ease.

Dice up some tomatoes and cucumbers, sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Throw it into a pitta bread and you’ll have a light and healthy snack to take with you on the go. If you’d prefer a bit of meat in your sandwich then add some sliced cooked chicken. They key here is to enjoy the simple taste of salt and pepper with the hint of lemon juice instead of spreading mayonnaise or other rich sauces.

Cereal Pots

Pots of cereal are a popular and quite fashionable little snack that can be taken to work to impress your friends. All you need is some medium sized pots. They can be made from plastic, but a glass jar is preferable so that the pot doesn’t get crushed in your bag. Ideally, it should have a screw-on cap so that it’s more secure as well. Cereal pots usually consist of some yogurt, fruit and of course, cereal.

First, add the bottom layer of fruit. Some recommendations are diced up apples, pieces of melon or maybe just a couple of grapes. The next layer is the yogurt. Some Greek yogurt is great for this, but other full-fat yoghurts are also a good choice. The reason you don’t pick low-fat is because the fat content is needed to fill you up in the mornings

The cereal could be almost anything, but it’s recommended you pick something healthy and not loaded with sugars. Always check the labels of your cereal and ensure that it’s not something extremely sweet. Bran flakes and whole wheat cereals are a good starting point.

xoxo,
Therese
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

So You've Just Got Engaged? Take These Steps To Start Planning Your Wedding

When you first get engaged, it is such an exciting time, full of fun and excitement. There are a lot of fun times ahead as you prepare for and plan your wedding. So if that is you; congratulations! If you’re not too careful, it can become a bit of a stressful time, though. You could get yourself a little overworked with all that needs to be done, instead of soaking up the time of being engaged and wedding planning. You might feel a little overwhelmed; where do start when it comes to planning a wedding? So I’ve got some hints and tips to help you get started. Even if you’re planning a long engagement, there are still plenty of things that you can be working on. When you’re prepared enough, there is no need to be nervous or become stressed.

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Pick a Date

As soon as people hear you are engaged, they will want to see the ring. As soon as they have admired it, they will be asking you when you plan on getting married. So it is good to have an idea of when. You might have always wanted a winter wedding and so know that it will be in a year’s time. You might just want to have a long engagement. Either way, get the calendar out and make some plans of when you would like to get married. It is pretty vital to choose a date first. As a lot of things will hinge on the date. It is tricky to book a venue or reception if you don’t know the date!

Guest List

It might seem early, but knowing a rough number of people that you want to invite is helpful for many reasons. It might depend on where the wedding is held. A small number of people might mean a small garden reception, rather than a big hall or manor house. Equally, you’d need room for lots of people if you are going to be inviting a large number of people. So start to write down who you want to invite. You will need to think of partners or plus ones, as well as if you want children to be at the wedding or not.

Set the Budget

It is time to sit down and discuss budget when you get married. Do you plan on paying for everything yourselves, or will family and parents be involved? If the latter is the case, arranging to discuss with them the situation is a great idea. When you know the budget, you can firmly decide on the guest list and things like location and style of reception, for example. So firm up the budget as soon as you know. If it means that you will need to save money, then it can affect the first point of choosing a date. So these things all need to be decided fairly close together.

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Save the Date Cards

If your wedding is going to be a little way off, then it is a good idea to get save the date cards out to family and friends. It just lets them know when you are getting married so that they can make sure they will be there. They aren’t the type of cards that you send out to everyone as an announcement. If you send someone a save the date card you are basically inviting them to your wedding. So do bear that in mind and only keep it to the people that you would like to make it. You might think that it is a bit early on to think about your wedding invitations, but it looks good if there is some cohesion between your wedding invites and the save the date cards. So choosing a style that you might like is a good idea. You might want to go for luxury wedding stationery or perhaps something a little simpler. Just decide now so that you can have a similar style for all of your invites, name cards and orders of service.

The Invitations

Some information about the invites, in that you should have a cohesive style that compliments the rest of the wedding. But some of you may just be going straight to invitations, rather than save the date cards. Will you be inviting different people to different aspects of your wedding? For example, are some people just coming to the evening reception or some people just to the ceremony. If that is the case, will you print several different invites? Or will you print a generic one and then use small inserts, depending on who is coming to what part of the day? Make sure that you are clear on your invites about who are the people invited and any other things relevant. People will be expecting to give you a gift. So it is not unusual to put any details about a wedding gift list somewhere on the invitation.

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Color Scheme

As you will be getting invitations out, it isn’t too early to start thinking about the colors that you would like for your wedding. Picking a color scheme will help you to decide on lots of things. You can choose your wedding stationery accordingly, as well as your dress, the bridesmaid’s dresses, decorations and perhaps even your wedding cake. When you know what color you will be looking out for, you can keep your eyes open when you are shopping for things that will look good at your wedding, or work for the dresses.

Hopefully, this will help you to make a start when planning your wedding. When you take your time and work through things, it will mean that things run through much more smoothly. You are less likely to get stressed out when things are planned well, and you know what needs to be done when. So setting a completion date for tasks is always a good idea. Many of us do this kind of thing in the workplace, so why not do it when it comes to completing tasks for your wedding? Good luck!

xoxo,
Therese