Property ownership is not just about living in a home. You may also want tips on increasing your property value so that you can sell it on at some point. Perhaps your house is already on the market and you are finding it difficult to sell. Did you know there are tangible ways of increasing your property value by putting some effort into landscaping? I was impressed with a report from Sloane and Sons telling you the best ways to go about it.

First impressions

When a potential purchaser visits your home, it is great if they are impressed even before they get to the front door. It is a really good idea to tie in the period and style of your house with the outside space. Also ensure your outside space has interest and colour all year around because you cannot guarantee the date that your perfect buyer will arrange to call. If there is anything unsightly around such as a wheelie bin, work out ways to mask it from view.

Think about your ideal purchaser

Make it simple for the buyer so perhaps decking works well with a modern home whereas someone looking at an escape to the country may want roses around the door. Your estate agent is your friend as they will probably be far better than you at guessing what sort of individual or family are most likely to make you an offer. If in doubt research shows that a balance of grass, low-maintenance plants and a pleasant seating area appeals to many. Most purchasers will appreciate that there will not be loads of work to do when they move in but will also want the scope to stamp their personality on the outside space. It’s a balancing act.

Simple and effective landscaping tips

Sometimes things don’t have to cost a lot to make a big impression. Edging your lawn properly is one of them. Placing trellis to hide a bin or similar is another. These immediately promote the idea that your home is well cared for and kept clean and tidy. Having a shed means potential buyers can see storage possibilities or even an escape from other family members. A patio or decking area will have them dreaming of social events and barbecues. Lighting can be over-looked and yet makes a huge difference to the ambience of your outside space.

Consult the experts

If you are like me, you may not have a lot of gardening knowledge. The wonderful news it that people who love gardening also generally like to share their expertise. Talk to a green-fingered friend or family member. Call in at your local garden centre and ask for advice. If you really don’t have a clue and have let your garden go, consider hiring a landscape gardener.

For more guidance check out Landscaping Tips That Will Increase Your Property Value today.

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My Random Musings

Most of us agree which room is the heart of the home but how do your transform your kitchen on a budget? Most families spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking, eating and chatting together. It is often also the place where children do their homework or carry out hobbies. Kitchens matter so they are worth investing in but equally you don’t want to get into a heap of debt to get your dream kitchen.

Wonderful worktops

So many worktops are so dull. I find the better the worktop the more motivated I am to keep the kitchen sparkling clean which is of course a very good thing. I don’t like beige looking ones and I  think granite is getting a bit samey now too. I need style combined with practicality. I like the sound of Compac composite worktops which are moisture and stain resistant. Even better they stand up against cracks, chips, scratches and extreme temperatures. So it seems they are ideal for a busy family home like mine. I thought colours might be limited but am happy to report there are so many to choose from and my current front-runner is Compac Orange.

Luscious lighting

Lighting adds so much to mood and I need bright spaces. Again don’t stick to the tried and tested. Check out interior design magazines or online stores for the latest kitchen trends and go bolder than you normally would. You have signature dishes from your kitchen so why not have statement lighting too? Think carefully about the different lighting needs you have in your kitchen. In some areas safety and seeing clearly may be a priority whereas in another it might be more about creating a romantic atmosphere.

Cute cabinets

Cabinets cost a lot of money so make the most of the ones you have by painting them in your favourite colour and adding funky handles. If you want to be really bold in your design, consider different colours for different cupboards. Do you have enough storage space or could you add more cabinets perhaps seeing if you can find some second-hand? Often there is space on the walls for more storage whether cabinets or shelving. Shelving is cool too as it means you can a personal touch with plants, quirky or retro items and artworks.

Wow windows

I can tell you from bitter experience that I don’t think curtains work well in kitchens. You create a mess in the kitchen one way or another so you may be cleaning your curtains every two seconds. Invest in a roman, roller or venetian blind. I love colour and again the choice of blind can help make your kitchen express your personal style. By the way, floors are also a great place to show off your own tastes fashion wise from tiling to colourful laminates. Perhaps you are more traditional and would like a wooden country feel or even flagstones. Be realistic especially if you have children and pets and ensure floors and other areas of the  kitchen are as easy to clean as possible.

Small touches

Sometimes it is the smaller things that make all the difference. Choose compact appliances for your worktops so you have space to work with. I have just done this and bought a tiny but perfectly formed coffee maker. Add colour wherever you can to brighten your day from cushions to seat covers, from table-clothes to tea towels. It won’t surprise you to know that I often find retro kitchenware as talking points for my home from the charity shop.

Above all, transform your kitchen to suit your needs and if you don’t like a particular fashion, don’t follow it. Who knows? You might start a whole new trend yourself.

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Confessions of a New Mummy

How do you have the perfect Christmas? That is what we are all asking ourselves at this time of year. The television tries to tell us how to do it in a certain way often with mixed messages even within the same programme. Your perfect Christmas might include dinner on Christmas Day in Cheshire or even a trip overseas. We are all different and today I am sharing my ideas on a perfect Christmas or at least a good enough one.

Perfect Christmas

Christmas breakfast

We plan so much food for Christmas and yet often forget all about breakfast in the rush to get to the piles of presents. You could just grab toast but on a special day it is nice to do something that little bit different. I highly recommend Spanish baked eggs or perhaps some special pastries. One thing is for sure if children are hungry, their behaviour is likely to be worse so do treat breakfast as a priority.

Get outdoors for a perfect Christmas

I have often made the mistake of staying in all day on 25 December. Over the years I have learned that every day is a better one if I get out to enjoy nature and to fuel my emotional wellbeing with Vitamin D. Take the dog and children out early in the day. If you think that might be a challenge, ensure some of the Christmas gifts are to be used outdoors whether a bike or swing ball. If older relatives fall asleep in the afternoon, this is also a fantastic time to take a stroll.

5 Tips For A Perfect Christmas

Make it easy on yourself

Too many women get so very stressed at this time of year. That leads to everyone having a great time except the very person who has probably put most effort into the whole deal. I admire my Mum so much who one year announced that would be the last time she did Christmas dinner. We were all shocked but we went out after that mixing with other happy families and eating a meal prepared for us at various restaurants. Whatever aspect of Christmas you struggle with most, ask yourself whether it really needs to happen at all. If you feel you do have to do it, work out just how you can make it easier on yourself. It is your Christmas too!

Do it your way

The perfect Christmas is the one that is done your way. As well as ensuring you don’t feel overwhelmed, you can incorporate things that make your day special. For me, that is ensuring we keep to simple traditions that remind me of my childhood. We open our gifts in age order from youngest to oldest. That means you get the enjoyment of your family members’ reactions as well as just a focus on your own presents. You don’t have to do Christmas the way that your neighbours, folks on social media or the television suggests you should.

Be realistic

Christmas Day is just 24 hours in one whole year. Have a good one if you can but if that is challenging for whatever reason, aim to have a peaceful one. Look after yourself so you can have energy for your loved ones. Be realistic about your budget for the day. That will save a whole heap of stress and mean you are not facing a mountain of debt come the New Year.


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There are many ways to establish order and discipline in the classroom. Some methods are more effective than others, but no one has managed to find one universal way yet, that would be equally reliable in all cases. Therefore, a novice teacher should always act depending on the circumstances. If the chosen approach does not solve the problem, they need to resort to another, use the third one – until an effective solution to all classroom challenges is found. But the teacher must be realistic and understand that, no matter how hard he tries at times, one cannot be insured against certain failures.

The recommended tips for dealing with problems at school have been tested in the practice of many teachers. These methods are evaluated ambiguously. We will try to examine them for the effectiveness of the treatment, judging by the experience of a large number of novice teachers.

1. One-on-one chat

This is the most effective method of resolving issues of discipline and various problem situations in general. Sincere, frank conversation can convince a student that he/she is a personality for the teacher and they can try to solve the arisen problem together. A face-to-face conversation encourages the student to cooperate more: in such a situation, you do not need to fear for your dignity in front of the classmates and attract their attention.

2. Condemning remarks

This is one of the most frequently used methods of dealing with such minor violations of discipline as whispering, talking, inattentiveness. Censure is usually enough to restore order. Truthfully, this is not always the solution for inveterate offenders of the discipline, and therefore it is necessary to apply steeper measures of influence them. The effectiveness of the blaming comment depends on the individuality of each pupil. Some students do their best to avoid teacher’s disapproval. Others, in response to the comments, are not going to keep a discipline, and, therefore, the teacher has to think about some other, additional measures that can restore proper order in the classroom.

3. Sarcastic tone

The method of blaming remarks is quite acceptable for restoring order, which cannot be said about sarcastic tone. Censure expresses simple disapproval of a student’s deed by the teacher. But the sarcastic tone, stinging judgments lower the self-esteem of the schoolchildren. It is possible that a sarcastic remark will cause the pupil to calm down. But it will also cause their inner emotional protest and resentment, which can be a source of more serious problems in the relationship. By making such comments, the teacher runs the risk of losing the respect of the students. Since nothing positive can be achieved with a sarcastic tone, it should be decisively avoided.

4. Frequent survey

By asking questions about the lesson material to a teen who is distinguished by talkativeness and inattention, you can quickly achieve the desired result – wean him from the inclinations of this kind. Such a kid discovers very soon that with undisciplined behavior he has to answer the teacher’s questions more often, and an academic essay writing service doesn’t help to bring the papers on time. As a result, the pupil begins to control his behavior in the classroom, becoming more attentive.

5. Consultation with parents

Sometimes this or that problem of discipline can be resolved quite simply, one has only to threaten the student by calling his parents to school. The effectiveness of this technique depends on how high the authority of the parents is in the eyes of the child. In many occasions, parents do not even suspect their children may violate a discipline. This is especially true for those who do not want to meet with the teacher and do not attend parent meetings. Consultations with parents are useful both for themselves and for the teacher. Parents get a real understanding of school affairs and the child’s behavior, while the teacher gets the information he needs to better understand the problems of a particular child. After exchanging information, both parties may come to a mutual agreement regarding specific forms of parental assistance to the teacher. A schoolchild who is aware of the close cooperation of parents and teachers becomes, as a rule, more agreeable.

6. Insulation

Teens tend to be one of the gang and recognized by each other. Physical or psychological isolation from a group (class) is a very effective measure of pedagogical influence on offenders of a discipline.

With physical isolation, the student is usually seated separately somewhere in the back row, from where it will be much harder for him to attract the attention of his classmates. It is useful to explain to schoolchildren that their comrades were isolated for the reason that it interferes with practicing the entire class, but as soon as the offender shows readiness to maintain discipline, he will receive permission to rejoin the class.

In cases when two or more students sitting next to each other are clearly competing for discipline violations, they must be immediately seated separately.

7. Public apology

There is no greater humiliation for a student than to face the class and publicly repent of an unseemly act. From the point of view of the relationship of the teacher with the schoolchildren, such an apology does not bring any benefit. Grieving in the soul of the kid resentment does not encourage him to study. Perhaps only in one case, a public apology can somehow be justified: in a situation where a student insulted the entire class.

You find me in a happy mood. I think this is partly because I am now actively seeking out happiness rather than just hoping it will turn up. Does that make sense? So here are some nice  things in my world right  now.

  1. On the  night before my son’s 18th birthday there was tension between his parents as I had planned and my  husband had assumed everything  would be OK. So I had organised the present, card and wrapping. I had talked with my son to find out how he wanted to spend his day. I was miffed that my husband  had not taken the day off work for such a big day. As regular readers will know, I love celebrations and my husband does not really see the point. Anyway we worked out that if we went out at teatime instead of lunchtime we could eat and then go to the bar together. Then at the weekend we could have a fancy lunch together. I have also told my son that like myself with my milestone birthday, treats will take place throughout the whole  year.
  2. My son was happy on his 18th birthday. It was full of very simple pleasures such as pancakes for breakfast, time connecting with his friends, walking the dogs and then going out for the evening. We  had amazing food in a café that has changed hands and then just a couple of drinks at the bar as he likes to go but not for hours on end. The Saturday lunch was wonderful and eventful in many ways one of which that his meal was late to be served so he got it for free.
  3. My husband and I who are both very flawed individuals (like the rest of the world!) somehow came together to acknowledge that we have managed between us to bring up an amazing young man who is kind, sensitive, caring, intelligent, modest and well-mannered.
  4. I start my day and end it well with my new Reflex Pillow which gives such a cuddle to the head. My lovely Collie/German Shepherd cross dog kisses me every morning and likes a cuddle. My grumpy old Beagle is an asset at this time of year as he is like my very own hot water bottle.
  5. I am taking time out to read and it is a joy to do so. It was very much one of the things that I lost along the way after becoming a parent. Also we have invested in a DVD player so we can have regular family film nights and have just picked up a job lot of bargain DVDS too.
  6. In all the madness of the weekend, I fell for a sales pitch and bought an half-price fancy coffee machine. It is so clever and compact and has all sorts of flavours of coffee with it too. I rarely invest in expensive kit for myself but this is all part of that milestone year I am determined to have. I have also got some new snuggly pyjamas. It’s all about the self-care baby!
  7. My daughter has her new glasses. She is listening to me more on the home education front but still more keen to her own thing and perhaps that is no bad thing. She is happy out of school and so self-motivated. Today she is researching Twenties fashion for a new character she is writing and designing. Maths work was done with just one careless mistake. I just asked if she has any reasons to be cheerful and she said she has no reasons but she is cheerful. That will do me!
  8. My youngest son and I made a brilliant apple crumble as part of my other son’s birthday treats. We love cooking together and because we followed the recipe to the letter, the results were wonderful.
  9. I am having daily forest walks with my new man, 2 dogs and a cat. I feel so happy when I do this and there is much to learn from that.
  10. My brother’s widower sent a card for my son’s birthday and has offered him a holiday in Cornwall. It seems clear now that my son will head back to the UK in 2019 and he has application forms for volunteering opportunities as a first step to creating a new future for himself. I want him to make the most of family whilst he is over there deciding for himself what he thinks of them all. It turns out my brother’s widower’s nephew and neice work in some of the industries that my son wishes to pursue so that might be fortuitous.
  11. Life is not perfect just as I am not. I am learning rather late in the day that is OK.

What are you happy about this week?

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