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Keep Your Home Warm And Save Money

Hey Cats,

We had a great summer but usually with a great summer in the UK comes a harsh winter. Over the last week we have already had crazy amounts of rain and I am not afraid to admit it has been time to start turning the heating on again. This can become a costly process though so I am going to let you in on some ways to save money and stay warm this autumn and winter.

Windows

Having the right windows in your property is really important and if you don't already have double glazing then you should invest. Not only does double glazing keep noise to a minimum which can be a real blessing but it also helps keep heat in your home too! Double glazing Wellingborough have lots of great advice on the benefits of making sure you go double glazed. Remember it is still important to make sure over the cold months that you open your windows for ventilation.



Heating On Timer

If you live up North then you will understand when I say I am nesh. I get cold super easy and if I could would constantly have the heating on and live in a tropical sauna. However my bank balance is not so extravagant so a great compromise is setting the heating to come on twice a day for just and hour at a time and it really heats up the house and keeps it warm for much longer than you would think. For me it has to be on for just before I am getting out of bed and when I come home from work! Nothing better than coming home to a toasty warm house. I also do this with my water heating because heating just a few times a day is plenty to keep you with constant hot water unless you plan on having 20 baths a day.

Turn It Down

We all seem to think we need our heating and radiators at max temperature so we can have that full tropical beach effect. By turning down the temperature just a little bit you can save a heap of money you can do this by turning the thermostat down by 5. You can also think about which rooms you want to be warmest in the house and adjust your radiators accordingly. I would suggest keeping at least a low temperature in all rooms when the heating is on to avoid issues with damp. However you can turn the radiator down low ion rooms you do not use often like guest and dining rooms and have the higher in the rooms you use the most.



Smart Meter 

Smart meters are on the rise and being fitted in homes and businesses all around the UK right now. They are great for understanding your energy use and coupled with the other things mentioned you will be able to see what a saving you are making by making small changes but still staying warm and cosy. Most suppliers are now providing free smart meters now which is fantastic they help you pin point where you're spending money most and you can work out how to cut back without sacrificing too much warmth.

How do you save your warmth and money?





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Fun Days Out In The UK: A Guide

Hey Cats,

Despite being a small island, in comparison to many other travel-lovers dream destinations, the
United Kingdom has no shortage of fun activities for everyone, young and old. Whether you’re
more into city breaks, or would rather enjoy the peace and quiet of the English countryside, we’ve
compiled a guide to fun days out in the UK, as there truly are so many to choose from.


The below guide covers what you’ll need to know before you book, how you should pack, who to
travel with, and what to do when you get there.


Fun days out for the family…


In and outside of British cities, you’ll find plenty of fun days out for all the family.


If you’re headed to the countryside, the UK has done a fantastic job at maintaining lots of historic
sites, including the best castles (such as Bodiam Castle), forts and manor houses, which the kids will
enjoy exploring. In the cities, you’ll find museums — Madam Tussauds, for example — art galleries,
and other such attractions, to pass many fun-filled hours. Furthermore, there are numerous theme
and adventure parks scattered all over the region, such as Thorpe Park or Alton Towers.




Of course, you must think of the British weather when planning a family day out in the UK; rain
can be disruptive to your activity if you’re spending time outside. So, if you’re planning to visit
during the winter, autumn and spring months (generally speaking October - April) then you may
be best off searching for inside attractions, or places with some level of shelter. Either way, pack
your wet weather gear, as you never know what the British weather has in store!


Fun days out for adults…


British cities are well renowned for their arts, culture and entertainment. Indeed, whatever your
hobbies and interests you will undoubtedly find something that suits your interests.


If you’re interested in arts and culture, you should head to the literary cities of Norwich and Bath.
The Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow also have much to offer; in Edinburgh, you’ll
experience the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in Glasgow the breathtaking
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow School of Art.




For music and theater, London is perhaps the unparalleled champion, as you’ll find hundreds of
performances taking place every night in gig venues and on-stage across the capital. London’s
West End lights up at night, and you can usually find cheap London theatre tickets on sale in the
area, for performances the same or next day. These days, the theatre is accessible to all, so you
needn’t worry about dress code — a casual evening outfit is all you’ll need, rather than black tie.


On the other hand, be aware that many music events at venues such as The O2 in Greenwich will
sell out months in advance, so if you’re visiting with a specific event in mind you’d do well to book
ahead.


In conclusion…


You’ll surely find a great many opportunities for fun days out during your stay in the UK, and
preparation should help you enjoy all the events and activities you’d like, before they sell out.



Self-Confidence Habits That Actually Mean Something

Hey Cats,

We’re often told that in order to increase our self-confidence, we simply need to tell ourselves the right thing. We might hear suggestions such as ‘just be yourself!’ or ‘don’t be worried!’ or ‘there’s no need to feel shy!’ However, often these suggestions mean little, and are hard to implement. Almost no one hears them spoken, and immediately feels better. If anything, statements like that just make us realize how ‘irrational’ we are being, even if that’s a completely false feeling to keep.

If you want to develop your confidence, empty platitudes mean nothing. Of course, personal positivity and self-acceptance can help you get started. If you wanted to lose weight, feeling awful about your current shape isn’t going to help you lose the weight, provided you know a change needs to be made. For this reason, self-confidence must always be refined with a sense of maturity. Here are some tips to help you do just that:


Body Positivity

We all know that body positivity is important to practice, so long as we also commit to living a healthy lifestyle. You should always feel confident about your curves, but of course never use that to justify an unhealthy weight. However, there are other ways to help you feel gorgeous no matter your shape. Practicing this can help you develop much more of a healthy relationship to your body, flaunting both your perceived weak points and strong points with love equal to one another.

You may decide to take it slow, such as wearing something more flattering when headed on vacations. You made decide to stock up on bluebella with Lingerie Outlet Store options. You may decide to book a photoshoot for no other reason than to teach you the fabulous art of posing, and to come away with a set of photographs you’re truly proud of. All of this can help you once again reinforce your personal beauty - and that’s an amazing thing indeed.

Treating Yourself

Treating yourself at random with no questions asked can help you identify your self-worth. Many people only wish to treat themselves when they’ve earned it, and that’s a healthy attitude to have too. But, once in a while, a simple carefree treat can help you remember your personal worth, and help you remember that sometimes, you don’t need a reason to be gifted something. You needn’t spent too much money in this habit. Just one small, targeted effort can help you feel more comfortable in the long term, and that is a confidence and self-love habit you may find real use in.



Surround Yourself With People You Respect

Without people you respect around you, you’re going to be hard pressed to confirm your self-worth with others. There’s almost nothing better than a fair and honest friend praising you for something, and bringing that emotional core to the life of someone else. No person is an island, and sometimes you really do need that opinion of someone you deeply love. You may not always like their pure honesty, but good friends will never lie to you, instead hope to build you up and help you develop your best self. Just having someone in proximity like this can help you feel much more confident in the long term.

With these tips, you’re sure to build reliable self-confidence over time.


Avoid Holiday Nightmares and Get Travel Insurance

Hey Cats,

We all love travel and planning trips,  booking lovely places to stay and exciting ways to get there but sometimes we forget about one of the most important things for any trip. When travelling abroad one of the most important things you plan on your trip should be making sure you book a great insurance cover. I know it can be super tempting not to bother and have a little extra spending money but when you need it you realise how important it is. Even the best plans can fall apart and it is completely out of your hands.

Lost and Stolen

It is everyones worst nightmare to be on the other side of the world and to lose something important. It can be anything from your luggage getting lost or having your money and passport stolen. Luckily they can be replaced if you have insurance and yes you may feel like your holiday has been spoiled  but you still have a chance of fixing it.



My little brother went on holiday with my aunt and on the holiday they kept the valuables including money, phones, passports and even gameboys in the safe in the room thinking they were protected. Sadly they were stolen but due to us having travel insurance we were able to act fast and make sure that he had his money gameboy and passport returned as did my aunt with her insurance. Sadly a friend of my aunts who went didn't have insurance and really struggled to get help. There are two lessons to be learnt here that one of course get travel insurance but also be careful when storing valuables. Don't keep them all in one place and keep important items like passports with you. 

Medical 

As a UK traveller it is important to remember that not all countries are blessed with the NHS and free health care is unheard of. A medical emergency can pop up when you least expect it. I worked in a job where travelling with young people was a main part of my role and on almost every trip we had to use medical side of our travel insurance . On one trip a girl fell off a horse and on another a boy burnt himself making a cup of tea and these were 20+ young adults! They are silly little accidents that can happen in the blink of an eye and could happen to anyone because lets face it we all love a good brew.



Your insurance can cover you for any emergency trips to hospital and any stays you may need or even if you have to go home early. Make sure when booking your insurance you;re covered for the worst case scenario.

Trip Cancellation

When you book a trip you have no idea what will happen in your future. You may lose your job, have a bereavement or your trip may get cancelled on the other side. If you have your insurance covered and a valid reason for cancelling then you will not end up being out of pocket. Now I don't think there are many insurance companies that will refund you for a break up you may need to find an amicable agreement that someone buys the other out and goes on the trip but if you can't and they refuse to go then you may be able to get their side covered which could fund your solo trip. 



Travel Issues

There are lots of times when have all been waiting for delayed trains and planes and they can be frustrating. Even more frustrating if you have more than one to catch and end up missing your connection. In most occurrences travel companies can be reasonable and get you on the next flight. However we all have that pre holiday nightmare that the alarm won't go off or the car won't start and we end up missing the flight....sometimes this happens and when you just haven't showed then most travel companies will show no mercy. This is where your travel insurance becomes your best bud again and saves the day. You can jump on a flight and soak up the sun after a few annoying phone calls but a small price to pay in return for a fab holiday. 

Bankruptcy 

Over the last few years airlines and hotels filing into bankruptcy have been a reality for many holiday makers. Just imagine being on holiday and finding out the company who are meant to fly you home have vanished. This is exactly what happened to my partners grandparents. They were on holiday in Spain having a lovely time and suddenly news dropped that their airline was gone and not honouring any of the flights. They were due to fly home the next day!! luckily they had some cash and were able to book an extra couple of weeks in their apartment and when they got hold of the insurance company not only did they sort the flight but also paid for the extra few weeks too. Although they enjoyed their extended stay they were happy to come home and have actually been a little put off travelling abroad.

In all there are lots of reasons to pay out that extra bit of cash to make sure you are safe!

Do you have any holiday horror stories?



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The Seven Life Choices That Will Improve Your Wellbeing

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People want to live their best lives possible, but not many know how to achieve this. In doing the research on the subject, you are already well on your way to finding out the answer. Most importantly, taking care of your wellbeing affects whether or not you are happy in life. If you are healthy, you can better focus on other things such as family, work, school, and so on. Of course, both physical and mental health is paramount, as you cannot have one without the other. Here are seven life choices that will drastically improve your quality of life.

Physical activity



It should come as no surprise that exercise is incredibly important to your health and wellbeing. It helps to sharpen your mind; boosts feel-good chemicals and further improve your figure. It is a win-win situation where no matter how you look at it there is no downfall from remaining fit. Moreover, there are so many different physical activity options to choose from; you do not need to break the bank to do it. Consider going for daily walks or runs, setting up a mat in your living room to do exercises, practicing yoga or of, course, going to the gym. You could even enroll in a new sport that could become a hobby you look forward to doing every single day.

Eating better



What are your eating habits like? Do you wake up in the morning and eat a nutritious breakfast, or are you rushing to work and eating a bagel on your transit? Food is fuel that benefits your physique and mental health. It is important to eat enough fruits and vegetables, as well as an overall balanced healthy diet. Consider investing in a few cookbooks and prepping meals the night before! You will already have everything ready, and all you need to do is grab your lunch out of the fridge the next day. That being said, you should never neglect the benefits of eating breakfast in order to have the energy for the start of your day. Drinking enough water, and thus remaining hydrated at all times, is equally important.

Take time for yourself



How often do you take time for yourself? Everyday life consists of many responsibilities, and you cannot shrug them off by any means. However, everyone needs a break that will boost his or her mood and creativity in the process. It’s a matter of finding the right pastime or simply booking a much-needed vacation. The key factor here is to find something that is different to your everyday routine, or consider even treating yourself to something luxurious! Contemplate taking a spa day, or perhaps purchasing a few extravagant bath products to use at home.

Changing bad habits


Many have some sort of bad habit that they find hard to get rid of. It’s often something different for everyone, and some are more severe in nature than others. A common example includes smoking. The health risks of pursuing it are often displayed right on the packaging, yet once it has become an addiction, changing courses is hard. Instead, people are now choosing vape pens as the healthier option over cigarettes. Vaping does not carry with it the same chemicals that regular smoking does, and you can control the level of nicotine that you inhale. Many will eventually get to the point where the level of nicotine is close to zero, with the water vapor and artificial flavor only remaining. You can read more about the various options available on a notable online store, as you can easily choose the pen and vape juice that best suits your needs.

Sleep more



Getting enough sleep improves your ability to concentrate and function properly. Adults need anywhere between 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night in order to ensure optimal health benefits. The first way you can achieve this is by going to bed at the same time every single night and waking up on schedule, even on your days off. In doing this, you are allowing your body to enter a routine that will become second nature. Getting enough rest will improve your mood and thus relationships with people, as a lack of it can make you prone to becoming irritated at even the smallest events. Moreover, your immune system will be much stronger if you take care of yourself.

Be thankful



It is important for you to be thankful for what you have, as it affects your mood every single day. There will always be someone that makes more money or is often better at a particular task. This can cause many to become stressed and anxious, as well as approach everything through a negative lens. However, this accomplishes nothing and only further ruins your own personal health. You can start appreciating what you have by writing it down at first, and it will teach you to be an overall more mindful person. Soon, you will find that yourself to be more happy and focused on living your own personal best life as opposed to competing with someone else’s.

Pursue your dreams



Pursuing your dreams takes courage, but it will have a huge impact on your wellbeing. Often times, this is directly tied to people’s careers. Many choose to settle with what they have merely because they think they do not have the talent for anything bigger and better. This is often a result of one’s own internal thinking as opposed to your real capabilities. Still, your life will not be a good one if you dread going to work every single day.

Everyone is responsible for the type of life they live. If you are unhappy, you cannot blame anyone other than yourself. Health problems can arise no matter how careful you are, but you can reduce the chances of it happening with all of the factors mentioned here. It may not appear easy at first, or even happen instantaneously, but you should always prioritize your wellbeing. Having the courage to pursue one’s dreams, for instance, may only happen later in life for some people. Still, the point is that it is never too late. Once you have successfully started adopting all of the factors mentioned here, you can even pass off your how-to knowledge to others!


4 Ways To Explore Your Local Area

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Many people like to get out of their local area when it comes to taking trips and relaxing on holiday. This often means that they don’t ever get around to exploring where they live, and they miss out on the beauty of the hidden spots. It is always a good idea to get out and see what your local area has to offer and there are many different ways that you can do this. You should get close to the wildlife, go for a walk or even visit the new bars and restaurants. Here, we’re going to give you some ideas on how you can explore your local area.
Use Social Media

It is really important that you get out and start exploring but it doesn’t hurt to first take a look at social media. Believe it or not, this technology can tell you a lot about your local area and give you some ideas on where you should go. If you do a quick search for the name of your town or city, you’ll get loads of results showing images of restaurants, fun things to do and even amazing views. Do your research and see what you can find, then head out and see it for yourself.
Go Kayaking
This one is for those who are a little more adventurous and want to get closer to nature. If you live somewhere that has rivers or lakes, you should try out some kayaking. Kayaking is very fun, and it can take you to places that you wouldn’t have been able to access otherwise. You’ll love heading out on your kayak and seeing the local wildlife. We’d recommend you to click here to find out more about kayaking if you think that this could help you explore your local area.
Go For A Walk

One of the best ways to explore your local area is to simply get out there and go for a walk. You would be surprised at how many things that you can discover when you just walk through some streets that you never have before. If there are any forests near you, you should try to go on some of the walking routes or go off the path if it is safe. Think about all of the things that you could discover!
Go On A Food Tour
If you live in a place that has a lot going on, you will probably find that there are plenty of new bars and restaurants popping up all of the time. Some towns or cities offer food or drink tours that will take you to all of the newest or most popular places and let you try them. This is a really good way to get to know your local area so make sure to try it out.

Make sure that you don’t take your local area for granted as you could be missing out on so much! Get out and get exploring and you won’t regret it.
Whats your tip for exploring your local area?



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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Trip To The States

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Going to the United States can be an exciting venture. You’ve likely heard a lot about this country with big roads and even bigger personalities as well as seen snippets of it on TV. You may be planning a trip to the United States sometime soon and be thinking about how to ensure you have the best time. There are many elements that go into a successful trip, and many happen in the planning stages. The good news is that if you’re wondering how to get the most out of your trip to the states, you’re going to find a few useful tips in this article.

Visit Multiple Cities

One of the best ways to get the most out of your trip to the US is being open to visiting multiple cities. Seeing as the United States is made of up fifty states, it’s only right that you see more than one during your time there. The good thing is that you can drive from state to state, so if you’re up for road trips, this would be ideal. One popular road trip route to consider taking is Blue Ridge Parkway. This drive connects two national parks which are Shenandoah in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. If you aren’t up for taking road trips, then consider taking a domestic flight to neighbouring cities.



Choose the Right Accommodation

Choosing the right accommodation is another way to get the most out of your trip to the states. Wherever you’re staying will become your new home for the duration of your vacation, so making it as comfortable as possible is key. You should, therefore, think about where you’ll be going in terms of touring and activities and what accommodation is most central to everything. You should also consider whether you’d prefer a hotel feel or something homelier. If you want the latter, then you should think about Vacation Rentals as a possible option. The idea should be to choose something that’s both comfortable and convenient.

Visit Monumental Sites

Historical and monumental sites have been created for a reason, and that’s to ensure stories of the past are always in the present. For this reason, when going to the states, you should try and see as many sites as possible. Every state has their own, so perhaps research its history before visiting. You could, for instance, decide to visit Independence Hall in Philadelphia where colonial leaders met and wrote the Declaration of Independence. Another historic site worth visiting is the Brooklyn Bridge in a New York which is seen as one of the most notable pieces of architecture in the 19th century.



When going to the states, getting the most out of it is key. This can be done by positioning yourself to get the most out of your experience, planning ahead as well as being open to exploring. By doing so, you should find that you’re able to make the most of your time there and make it an experience to remember.


What are your tips for getting the most from a trip to the states?