Is dating online still a taboo?

Hey Cats,

In this crazy world full of technological advances the dating game has certainly changed and now it seems that dating online has become a norm. Years ago if you had said you were chatting to a guy online and were actually going to meet up then everyone would be screaming alarm bells at you and telling you ‘normal’ ways to meet someone without the Internet. Now the Internet has hugely opened up the dating field. As long as we stay safe online dating can become successful. Yet some people especially those who are senior dating are still holding onto that taboo that online dating is a strange thing to do.

The older you get the more your inner circle gets smaller and smaller and meeting people especially if you don’t live in a city can become more difficult. I was chatting to a lovely volunteer at work the other day and she is above 50 and said meeting people has got older since she got divorced because her circle of friends are all married and she doesn’t really meet new guys and when I suggested online dating she looked horrified. No longer is the Internet just full of weirdos and people looking to con you in some way, sure those people are still around but the sincere are real people are out there waiting to meet you too.

There are so many places now to chose from and when you jump online you can chat to come one around the corner or across the world instantly. Localised dating sites like dating in Cornwall, No strings dating, Northampton dating,or Single men in Bournemouth  are an amazing source for finding new friends and potential matches in your area. Sometimes even just browsing you may see some familiar faces you never would have thought were available the cute postman who comes into work or the lady who goes to the same coffee shop as you and breaking that ice online can make it easier to say hi next time you see them out and about.

online dating is especially good if you don't have a lot of time to waste going on lots of first dates instead now you can have unlimited access right in your pocket to get to know someone on the go. Take your time and chat about varied things try and really get to know them before you arrange to meet up. Not only does that make it safer for you but it can also save you some time or even match you with someone you never would have met in your every day life. Maybe your perfect match has been on the commute an hour earlier or goes to the same pub as you just on a different day so you have just been missing each other all this time.

So step away from the old idea that joining a dating site is hard work and full of crazy people. Step into the future and find love in an easy way from the comfort of your sofa. Don't worry if you're not amazing with computers and dating profiles have got easier to set up. You can even get them on your phone!

What do you think of finding love online?


3 Things To Improve Your Home For Future Selling

Hey Cats,

So you just bought your first house and you either jumped on the property ladder for it to be your forever home or you eventually want to move somewhere bigger when the family grows and you want to make sure that your house is in the best possible shape not only for you to live in but also to make it more attractive to future buyers. Here are three things you should get checked out and make sure they are improved.

If you managed to grab a steal of a house because it needed a lot of updating then windows may seem like a pricey place to start but they can make a huge impact. Click here for all your window needs but remember that good windows can make a huge difference in the heat of your home and keeping it insulated so in the long run will end up saving you so much more money than you spend on them. Big open windows can bring lots of light into the room making your home more welcoming, a lot of houses will already be double glazed but may just need the front and back doors changing.

The roof may also need looking at because lets face it when we go to look around a house we aren't climbing a ladder to ask about it. Make sure you ask questions but when you are doing your repairs it is wise to get a professional roofer to have a look if you need any work doing. It is best to do this ahead of time instead of having to call a roofer in an emergency as it will give you a chance to find out the best price and use the best people. Making sure the roof is safe and well insulated can be a huge selling factor later and add value to your property.

Sometimes people forget that the garden is just as important part of the home as any of the rooms. Whether your garden is huge or tiny making sure you make it look inviting, tidy and clean can make a dramatic difference to any visitors. You don't have to spend a fortune by landscaping it just make sure you look after any grass, plant some pretty flowers and keep any slabs clean. I love plating winter pansies in when it is cold to add a splash of colour to grey days. When it comes to selling your house if your garden looks well looked after front and back it will reflect well on your sales.

What are your tips?


3 Fun Ways To Get More Active

Hey Cats,

Lets put the 'New Year , New me' drama aside everyone seems to make this promise to their selves to get more active and look after themselves and one of the most important ways you can self care for you is to work your body that little more day by day just to keep it moving, happy and healthy. This isn't about losing weight or shedding pounds it is about being the best you no matter your size and keeping that heart racing in easy fun ways.

By far the most fun thing you can do is to dance be it jumping around the living room to your favourite tracks, going out and dancing the night away or joining a local dance class. Dancing is not only fun but good for your stress levels and a great easy way to get your blood pumping and heart racing. Every morning I have a dance around to wake me up and put me in a good mood for the day it really helps me shake off the negativity and feel way less worried about the day ahead. There are lots of body positive spaces now where you can go dance safely and happily with your friends or join the new dance craze and meet new friends at a dance class. If you haven't discovered Whitney yet you need to check out her video she is amazing.

I love to walk especially living in the countryside it can be like going on a new adventure. I love tracking my steps with my Fitbit which encourages me to walk those extra few steps every day and you can set yourself goals to get those feet moving little by little every day. Walking the dog, strolling round the shops or cleaning the house the steps all add up and you may be way more active than you even realised. The recommended daily step count is 10000 a day which seems like loads straight away but if you build up to that goal you can be there in no time.

Try some thing new with your friends for a fun day out Chill Factore in Manchester has lots of really fun indoor skiing and snowboarding activities. You can get lessons or just have fun with your mates and bring the alps to the big city and yes it is is a great excuse to go for a hot chocolate after just like if you were skiing in a cold mountain. Most of all try new things that you can have fun doing and yes sometimes they will be a challenge but that is half the fun!

What are your easy tips for getting active?

She DOES Want To Be 'All By Herself'

Hey Cats,

When a guy lives alone, he’s a bachelor. He’s cool and trendy, and he’s living the life all men want. Yet, when a woman chooses to live that way, she’s a spinster. It’s tragic. After all, what woman would actually want to live alone?

In truth, quite a few. In fact, nearly as many women live alone as men. And, while it may come as a
shock, many of them do so, because they want to. That’s right; women sometimes choose to be
alone. Look at all the solo travelettes out there, who are reclaiming the power and doing it for
themselves. Living alone is no different. Yet, the stigma surrounding single female living is still
immense. In an attempt to overcome that, we’re going to untangle some of the crossed wires.

A single woman must be in want of a man

It is a truth universally acknowledged that any women living alone must be in want of a man.
Okay, that’s not quite how Pride and Prejudice begins. But, you get the idea. When a man lives
alone, people accept it’s through choice. But, they have a harder time accepting a woman would
choose the same. All women need men around the place. Who else can take out the trash and
tackle the more challenging aspects of home life? She may be good at decorating, but there’s SO
much more to think about.

Okay, things aren’t quite that bad anymore. But, ‘spinsters’ are still seen as tragic. No matter what
they say, everyone assumes they wish they had a family. In some cases that’s true, but as many
bachelors probably wish the same. Other times, though, women choose to live alone because they
want to. The peace which comes with solo living is precisely what they’re after. Accept it!

Woman can’t pay the bills

We've come a long way with regards to women’s rights, but people still hold pretty ancient beliefs in
some respects. And, money is one of them. Any woman will tell you that she faces money prejudice
on a daily basis. On the whole, people still struggle to accept women as the primary earners in
households, for example. And, when women live alone, people still hold a secret belief that they’ll
never be able to pay the bills.

In truth, single living is expensive no matter your sex. Men across the country throw themselves into
poverty to meet the costs of single living. And, yes, women do the same. But, that’s more to do with
unaffordable housing than anything else. In truth, plenty of bachelors also have no choice but to take
out micro loans to cover monthly costs. Instead of dwelling on the gender divide, these troubles
suggest we should take a closer look at society as a whole.

In reality, it’s time we stopped pitying women who go it alone and gave them the respect they
deserve. Most are fully aware of the above prejudices, but they do it anyway. That’s conviction worth

Mother Of The Bride Outfit Must Haves

Hey Cats,

We can't talk about weddings without talking about the mother of the bride and must haves for their outfit. Why is her outfit so important? She needs to be able to stand out not only so everyone knows who she is to congratulate and of course buy lots of drinks but also so the bride herself can quickly spot mom through teary eyes in the crowd because knowing she is there makes it all so much easier.

I don't know about you but my mom is very fashion forward and loves wearing fashionable clothes and she looks bloody good in them too. Wedding outfits for mother of the bride can be so varied and just like in real fashion they need to feel like a million bucks on the big day too and most of all be super comfy.

Classic cuts are very classy and elegant so teaming this with a colour theme can really make mom stand out. Some Mothers of the bride like to dress to the colour theme of the wedding to be part of the congregation. Others like a more muted colour and in some traditions it isn't unusual for the Mother of the bride to wear a similar colour to the bride. Remember ultimately it is your wedding though and if you want a colour theme for guests make sure that you make your mom feel special and included. Personally I know my Mom loves blue and it really is her colour so I would let her wear what she likes.

A jacket or bolero can make a simply classic dress have a new dynamic and make an outfit much smarter if the wedding is a super formal style. This also helps Mom stay warm while she runs round helping with the forgotten bouquet or stopping the flower girl from crying. Lets face it she will want to be right by your side and she can keep tissues in her pocket to wipe away the tears.

In England the biggest tradition is how the mother of the bride accessories, it is all about the hat! There are two places women get to rock stunning hats and that's weddings and ascot. A good hat can scream glamour and really finish that outfit off with a statement. At a traditional English wedding most people will expect to see the mother of the bride wearing a hat. With an extravagant hat a simple outfit can look sleek and sophisticated.

Most of all wear something you're comfortable in weddings can be a long day and you want to be able to enjoy it.

What will your mother be wearing to your wedding?


Stay Safe On Long Journeys #Cars.com#AD

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Hey Cats,

My little brother is currently learning to drive and recently has someone go into the back of his car on a lesson, It really got me to thinking about car safety and the importance because although this was not his fault I suddenly got worried about all the other dangers cars could have for him. He does have to go to some physio for some back problems and he also suffered from whiplash but when he is back on his feet hopefully he will fight back by passing his test and then driving to see me of course.

Now we live a long way from each other as I moved from Birmingham to Derbyshire last year so there is so much more you need to think about before hitting the motorway. Cars.com asked me to share some of my safety check tips with you guys

Make sure car is within MOT

Making sure your car is in tip top shape ensures you will be in for a much safer journey. You should keep your MOT up to date as it isn't just a chore MOTs were put in place to make sure drivers are safer and your car is working at top performance.  The guys and gals at kwik-fit.com have you covered for this one but if you are running out of MOT get down there and get the car checked over. They are always really friendly and helpful not to mention have some great deals on.


It is so important to have a mini tool kit available for minor mishaps you may have along the way. Pack things such as a spare fan belt, a bottle of water in case your car overheats a jack and spare tyre so you don't end up stranded or having to call roadside assistant for something you can fix quickly and be on your way. What kind of things do you keep in your essential toolkit? Let us know in the comments below.

Check Tyres

Although it is handy to keep a spare you should always check your tyres tread and pressure before you hit the motorway.  You can fill your tyres and check the pressure at most petrol stations and lets face it you will need to make sure you are topped up before you head our so add this to the list. This can help avoid needing that important spare tyre and wont leave you sulking at the roadside.

Winder wiper Check

England is known for its unreliable weather and you may just end up caught in the rain...a lot of rain and what worse than if your wipers suddenly packed up on you. Make sure you check they are working and ready to combat any downfall that may try and interrupt your mission.

Do you have any car safety tips?

The Best Destinations For Solo Travelettes

Hey Cats,

Traveling on your own might not seem so appealing when you first think about it. You might worry about getting bored or about some of the safety implications that come with solo travel. But, as long as you plan your trip well and use all of your common sense, there is usually nothing to worry about when it comes to your solo travel adventures. In fact, you might have more fun than if you went traveling with all of your friends as you can do whatever you want and go anywhere you want to go.

Of course, there are some destinations that are better for solo travelers than others. You want to try to stick to the safest destinations out there so that you don’t have to always be on your guard when you are traveling. So, ready to book your next adventure as a solo travelette? Here are some fab ideas.

Jakarta, Indonesia

If you fancy seeing the best of Indonesia, then it’s worth finding a holiday rental on https://rumahdijual.com/jakarta-timur/ so that you can stay in the country’s capital city. The city center is known for its bustling streets and big crowds but it’s possible to escape all the hectic city life if you are prepared to explore a little. The best area to head to is the southern end of the city where you will find the historic sector. There are also some great locations for hiking in and around Jakarta as well. For instance, you’ll find a pretty square at Silang Merdeka Tenggara which is known for all its deer. This is the perfect place for a leisurely afternoon walk. Hostels are very cheap in Indonesia still and these are the perfect places to make lots of travel buddies!

Paris, France

One of the worst things about traveling with all of your friends is that you might have to make some serious compromises while you are exploring. For example, not everyone might be interested in wandering around museums and galleries all day! If that sounds like your favorite holiday pastime but your mates aren’t keen, it’s worth booking a solo adventure to Paris. The city is packed full of famous museums and galleries, all of which are perfect for wandering around at your own pace - you don’t have to worry about being rushed out of them when you don’t have your friends in tow! Make sure you check out The Louvre as well as some of the great ones mentioned at https://theculturetrip.com/.

Bangkok, Thailand

No matter what type of holiday you want, whether you would rather lounge on a beach all day or head to a city for some culture, Bangkok will definitely have plenty to entertain you. There’s also a really great bar scene, too. So, make sure you make some friends at your hostel and then hit Bangkok! If you want to hit the beach, the beautiful Hua Hin is just a couple of hours’ drive out of the city. If you’d rather soak up some history, you can take a tour around the Grand Palace or the sacred shrine at Wat Phra Kaew.

New Zealand

Want to go off traveling for a month or longer? If so, then it’s worth considering traveling around New Zealand. There is so much to see on the country’s two islands, and it is a popular destination with expats so you should find it easy to make plenty of new friends on your travels. The best place to start your New Zealand adventure is Wellington, the capital city. It’s worth spending some time in Te Papa, the national museum. You’ll be able to find out plenty about New Zealand’s maori culture here and will also be able to see some great artworks from lots of local artists. Once you have fully explored Wellington, there are so many places you could head to - how about Auckland, Christchurch, or Hamilton?

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico is another great destination for solo female travelers. All of the different hostels throughout the city have lots of social events for people who are traveling on their own, you will be able to make friends really easily. And then once you’ve got a gang together, you will be able to head off to take in some of the city’s famous sights and attractions. Take a trip out to the Pyramid of the Sun for some great holiday photos. The National Museum of Anthropology features some really great examples of Mayan artifacts. It’s the largest museum in the whole of Mexico, so there will be plenty to keep you entertained for a whole day!

Take A Road Trip, United States

Want to spend some time traveling around the USA? If so, why not think about planning a road trip for yourself. As long as you can drive and can get your hands on a rental car, the whole of the States is your oyster. Where do you want to go? Do you want to get the most of city life in New York City or chill out on Los Angeles’ many beaches? You might prefer to head down to the deep south to sample some Creole culture. One popular road trip is driving from Miami to Los Angeles. From Miami, you can head across the country for a few nights in New Orleans. After you’ve soaked up all of New Orlean’s great music scene, you can travel through Texas to say hello to all the cowboys. After Texas, you’ll drive through New Mexico and Arizona until you finally make it to California. And then you can celebrate the end of your epic road trip with a few cocktails on the beach!

So, as you can see, there are quite a few really cool destinations that are perfect for the solo female traveler. You’ll have fun no matter where you go as long as you are sensible and keep your wits about you.

Where will you go and visit on your first trip as a solo travelette?!