Is your boiler safe this winter?

It’s that time of year again and as the cold dark nights set in we all reach for that thermostat and central heating clicks on up and down the street.
But, have you ever stopped to wonder if your boiler is as healthy as it needs to be?

Every year in the UK, more than 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, and around 40 people die. Small children and the elderly are most at risk, and our client CORGI HomePlan is campaigning for every home to get a carbon monoxide detector, so that they can keep their family safe.

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This is a critical time for boilers, most people will have had the heating switched off for the summer and will fire it up with their fingers crossed hoping it comes on so that their family will be toasty warm. But without a detector they will have no idea that carbon monoxide may be seeping from their boiler. This colourless, odourless gas is a silent killer.

In the last three years, an estimated one in six homes inspected by the Gas Safe Register was found to have an unsafe gas appliance and one in eleven has an unsafe boiler.

Every year in the UK, more than 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, and around 40 people die. Small children and the elderly are most at risk, and our client CORGI HomePlan is campaigning for every home to get a carbon monoxide detector, so that they can keep their family safe.

 

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CORGI HomePlan are campaigning for every home to have their own CO detector and have created a microsite to help families be aware of the dangers of gas appliances in their own home, http://corgi-homeplan-how-safe-is-your-home.org/

Packed with easy to follow advice and warning signs to look out for, this site is an easy reference resource for homeowners unsure about how to protect themselves and their families and what to do when things go wrong at home

So before you reach for that trusty on switch to what you hope will be a toasty winter season, get your boiler health checked because well, do you know the signs?

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Frozen Tutu’s with The Dressing up Chest

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Christmas is fast approaching, it’s something terrifying like 9 saturdays away, 9 SATURDAYS!!!! * faints*

Frozen is still a massive THING, yes I personally know it well, 2 of my 3 girls are slightly obsessive about all the pretty things and even though I’m not the girlies of girls I totally get it.  The film portrays lovely moral values, no men in shining armour to save the day, it’s Spice Girls Girl Power all over again!

Now I’m sure you have all seen some of the stunning replica dresses doing the rounds along with some of the not so special along with the shockingly horrifying price tags and with the big day fast approaching I’m sure you are all scrimping to afford that Frozen attire.

While scouring the internet for these prized possessions try checking out the wonderfully lovely The Dressing up Chest. It’s crammed to the internet rafters with beautifully handmade outfits for your little people. Anything from Red Riding Hood to Little Miss Muffet and everything in between and all at purse friends prices for the quality you receive.

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I was very lucky in getting the opportunity to review one of her very new and very special Frozen Tutu’s before they hit the store. Delivery was seamless and the Tutu was beautifully wrapped and very well packaged. Something that I find very important when shopping online, especially at Christmas time.

It truly was a magical experience for my then 4 year old when unwrapping her new Tutu, she was literally bursting with excitement! The Tutu did nothing to disappoint, it was beautifully made, the tulle was lovely and stiff and really full and the beautiful additions of snow flakes and a double bow to the front really finished off the whole piece. I had to literally crowbar it off my daughter and she really takes great care with it. It goes away into the box it came in every time she is done playing with it. And you know little folk, they are hardly the most tidiest of the peoples!

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So what are you crazy internet Christmas shoppers waiting for? Make a child’s christmas truly magical this year with The Dressing Up Chest.

 

*The Frozen Tutu was sent to me free of charge for a review, all opinions are my own*

Can the quintessential British breakfast unlock the key to romantic happiness?

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Well can it? Duerr’s and Roberts seem to think so with their quick marmalade and toast quiz.

He’s funny, charming, handsome – but how can you tell if your new fella really is Mr Right? Make him breakfast (or let him make it for you!)Academics have uncovered that the way you take your toast in the morning can reveal more about you than you think. The simple act of spreading a knife across toast can indicate if your breakfast companion has the potential to be a long-term match (slice of heaven) or if it’s time to call a taxi (oh, crumbs!).

Marmalade makers Duerr’s teamed up with breakfast bedfellows Roberts Bakery to commission the study which evaluated how people preferred the thickness of the bread, the choice of their spread, if they liked to double dip (butter knife in the jam jar) and if it is served hot or cold among other criteria.

From this, the academics were able to identify 15 well-recognised personality types and match up the potential love matches/mismatches, allowing you to cut through any early-date ‘best behaviour’ to get to the heart of what you need to know.
Applying some digital wizardry to the science, they have created an online tool available at www.marmaladeandtoast.co.uk
imagesSenior Psychology Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, Dr Sandi Mann led the project, analysing possible subconscious motives that prompt even the simplest of choices.

Dr Sandi Mann said: “How we eat our toast and marmalade might seem intuitive but the fact is, we each individually make a series of choices at breakfast – based on learnt preferences, innate behaviour and conditioned learning – which could underscore the personality type of last night’s bed fellow.”
Tim Wild, Commercial Director at Roberts Bakery, comments: “We’ve seen a huge rise in our sales of Roberts 50% White 50% Wholemeal which suggests – initially – we’re a nation of angels. Yet it’s the personal touches we each instinctively make from the moment we put a slice of bread in the toaster, that subconsciously reveals so much of the inner you – that this might be the fastest way to determine if your partner is a slice of alright – or should be toast.”Richard Duerr, Sales and Marketing Director at Duerr’s, adds: “The Duerr’s family has been evaluating their future love matches using the breakfast test for years – morning harmony simply can’t be achieved when one of you likes to double dip and the other sulks over getting butter in the jam. Best to know as early as possible so you can make your excuses and leave!”

Visit http://www.marmaladeandtoast.co.uk to put your partner’s toast eating habits to the test.

My Autumn Picks

My Autumn Picks

V neck jumper
$115 – crewclothing.co.uk

Wool coat
$160 – marksandspencer.com

Ellison skirt
$120 – crewclothing.co.uk

Wingtip shoes
$96 – marksandspencer.com

Cross body
$48 – marksandspencer.com

Lele Sadoughi charm necklace
$450 – austique.co.uk

Topshop bee jewelry
$205 – topshop.com

Waterproof Country Boot
$255 – crewclothing.co.uk

Claudette Shirt
$90 – crewclothing.co.uk

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Blackpool’s not so Hidden Gems

Blackpool's not so Hidden Gems

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Day trips are a big thing every summer with the rising cost of travel and holiday packages and for those that don’t own a car, car rental is a great way to see parts of the country without the year long cost and commitment of owning your own and RelayRides truly are the hidden gem of car rental.
Being a Lancashire lass Blackpool has always been a year round destination for day trips and short stays as its affordable and stuffed full of fun, cheap and exciting things to do.
Stanley Park has always been a huge draw for me and the kids just love it. There is boating, a park, a cute cafe that serves THE best ice cream, pitch and put and a little visitors centre , there are always live bands and performances running through the summer months so you are never short of things to do and bar the ice cream its all free!
Marton Mere is another great day out if you love the outdoors! There are lovely walks and some beautiful wildlife to spot and its great for dogs walks, pond dipping and just getting away from the hustle and bustle.
With the recent renovations completed on the Winter Gardens this is a must see spot, there are evening events and gigs, a beautiful restaurant and coffee bar and the architectural renovations are just stunning and recently opened is the Illuminasia which is an indoor light show, defiantly worth a stop!
The best fish and chips in town has to be Harry Ramsdens, it’s almost as old as Blackpool itself and has always prided itself on fresh local fish and great hospitality!
We can’t discuss Blackpool without its world famous illuminations, with a fresh line up each year and a spectacular  opening gig its defiantly not to be missed.
And finally the best place to take in a show in town is The Grand Theatre, its wonderfully cosy with original features and isn’t to large, there are no bad seats!
So if you fancy making the trip, rent that car from RelayRides and make a real day of it! It’s a simple step by step process making it economical and safe, and should you have your own car you don’t need whilst away, advertise it and let it make YOU money!
Check them out now for the best in car hire services.

What happens when…

Our lives are now all online, computer stored and automated. Whether we like it or not we are on the receiving end of not being in control of what happens with our online presence.

Our bank account was hacked this week and its not just left me feeling violated and angry but suddenly realising that I have somehow ended up with all my personal info online, and quite honestly not through choice.

I am always very careful about what info I subject to the world, I never pass on personal info unless compleatly necessary and I make all my payments through Paypal for security, yet it managed to happen anyway.

I was overwhelmed with an instinctual response to delete all my online life, all social media and yes even my blog. I am still completely undecided about this process,  it would heed well with my simplify my life challenge I am currently undergoing and would make me feel that little less violated/ spied on but how easy is it to get through daily life without using the internet at all?

Last weeks challenge was to do our grocery shopping without going to a supermarket, let’s just say that didn’t quite as I had hoped so is life liveable without it being online? Can you pay bills, socialise, research and generally mooch about without it being plastered all over your social media or saved into an exercise app?

Yet within my lifetime there was a time when there was no internet, no social media, and no automation in our lives. We made friends, we shopped, we made plans and paid bills, so how did it come to this? How did we manage to move everything inside into the dark and left real life sitting out in the cold?

I want to write letters not emails, I want to shop somewhere where they know my name and know what I buy, I want to swap what we grow or make with others that do the same, I want to see my friends on the street and have a good old natter, my God I want to be a 50s housewife!!

So what happens when you aren’t quite content ?