5 Budget-Friendly but Financially Rewarding Home Upgrades

Convert. Extend. Add. Repair. Transform. There’s an endless stream of activity that can enhance your home’s look and feel and add value, of course.  Image If a major remodelling or renovation looks expensive, you can focus on smaller projects that won’t cost as much but will deliver the desired results in the long run.  Worthwhile Home Improvements Paint Give your home’s interior and exterior a fresh coat of paint in the right tones or hues. Consider the 2018 Zillow Paint Colors Analysis, which takes into account over 135,000 photos of homes listed and sold in the US in an eight-year… [Read More]

Bluestone National Park With Persil UK #DirtIsGood #Presstrip

We have just arrived back from Bluestone in West Wales after spending the weekend there as guests of Persil UK. We were invited to Bluestone Wales as part of their #DirtIsGood campaign. The campaign is all about getting outdoors as a family, and I couldn’t think of a more perfect location than Bluestone Wales. Situated in Pembrokeshire, Bluestone Wales offers up plenty of opportunities for families to get back to nature. We’ve actually been to Bluestone a number of times, however this time was definitely a bit different and that’s because all of the activities for the children and the… [Read More]

Summer Is Here That Means Lots Of Gardening

Summer is now upon us. The next three or four months are hopefully the times when we spend lots of time in the garden. It’s that time of year when our seven year old twin girls spend hours playing in the garden on the trampoline, the swings, playing football or simply just making up games for hours on end. It really is so important to me that our girls spend as much time as possible outdoors and reduce the screen time to hopefully the minimum amount. Thankfully the girls love being outdoors but for that to happen you of course… [Read More]

Rocketship Education Teacher Becomes a Student to Understand Them

Emma Volpe is a teacher at Rocket ship United Academy. She was excited to hear about the Professional Development Fund back in 2015. She had worked for the public charter school for a few years before she heard about the Rocket ship Education Program. This is a program that allows teachers who have worked with Rocket ship Education for at least three years to get $1,000 for their professional development.  Emma knows that she did not want to use the funds to attend a series of lectures or conferences. She recently started teaching English to students who came from a… [Read More]

Safety Gear Every DIY Enthusiast Must Own

The DIY community has got a lot of new members over the past couple of years. There are more DIY projects to try thanks to websites like Instructables and getting started with them keeps getting easier. You also have more tools and materials to work with, including advanced ones like 3D printers and ABS plastic.   One thing you don’t want to neglect when getting started with DIY projects is safety. If you are spending a lot of time outside working on a treehouse or a shed, for example, consider looking at these softshell jackets for extra protection and comfort…. [Read More]

It’s Such A Struggle At Times: Life

As a father you should be strong. As a husband you should be strong. As a son you should be strong. As a man you should not show vulnerability, weakness or that you may be struggling from day to day. So that’s what society portrays even today in 2019. Yes it’s better but we still have a long way to go. Well guess what. I don’t feel strong, I don’t feel good about myself. I’m struggling on a daily basis, but I have no idea why! When people ask how are you? Are you ok? I reply with a smile… [Read More]

Well It’s About Time Jeremy Kyle Was Taken Off The Air

Yesterday I heard the news that the Jeremy Kyle Show has been taken off the air. To be brutally honest this is not before time. I have watched episodes of the show and on most occasions somewhere in the show I feel uncomfortable with the way guests are treated by the host, Jeremy Kyle. His attitude is appalling as he intimidates, belittles and shouts at people that they are scum and the lowest of the low and all for a bit of sensationalism TV, but the truth is he is actually destroying people’s lives and ruining their self confidence by… [Read More]

Our London Marathon Weekend Part 1

The weekend just gone, if you hadn’t noticed, was the weekend of the London Marathon and this year my wife, Emily took part in running the 26.2 mile course. Oh my goodness! I would struggle to run 26 metres without collapsing in a heap so huge respect from me that’s for sure. I’m in total awe of her. It was going to be a very full weekend. We arrived on the Friday and planned to leave Sunday night. This was also going to be the girls first proper visit to London so we were going to try and fit in… [Read More]