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Dating in the winter

Hey Cats,

As the colder nights draw in we want to spend more time indoors or at home. That can have an impact on our dating because going out to the clubs when there’s rain and snow out just doesn’t appeal. There are still lots of treat things you can do indoors for dating and finding love.

Try online

Why not try browsing online dating sites and chatting with new people from the comfort of your sofa in your pjs. What can sound more appealing that being toasty and warm sipping on hot coco late while still being able to chat with new people. There are some great online sites like Surrey dating site , or dating sites in Surrey and Senior dating sites . There are also lots of great apps you can try there really is something for everyone to try.


Online dating is low pressure as you can chat and get to know someone and see if you click. I do advise you meet as soon as possible so you can see if you click in real life too but you can chat on the phone or even over FaceTime first so that you don’t feel like you’re meeting up with a complete stranger.

Go Shopping

So another task that needs doing in the winter is shopping. So many birthday and not to mention Christmas to pay for and with the rise of inside shopping centres right here in the UK you can stay dry and warm while shopping till you drop. Lots of people come out shopping in the winter and you may find yourself making small talk in a que with a hottie. If you do you could even rock up on your first date right there as most of these places also have cinemas and lots of fun places to go out and eat.

Hanging out with friends in fun places like this even just getting out for food once a week will open up your circle to more people. Who knows if that barman at that trendy wine bar is single or if a great band are playing in a local venue.

Say Yes To Local Events

This time of year is also buzzing with lots of local events from parades to Christmas fares and it is a time people come out with their family. Often people who may usually spend a lot of time at work or even just at home will venture out and about and even if you don’t meet a new love you may see lots of old friends or even make new ones.

Just think of Bridget Jones when she bumped into her love for the first time in a hideous Christmas jumper at a family party. So just say yes to those invites and get yourself out more and just have fun. It will be in the least expected places that you can meet new people or maybe even see that old flame that you lost touch with.

How do you find dates this winter?



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Explore and find love this autumn

Hey Cats,

The season is upon us when we celebrate with family and loved ones and this time of year can already be awesome but when you find someone to share with it just takes it to the next level. If you're at the point in your life where you feel ready to share then exploring online dating could be for you explore great sites like Jersey dating site, dating sites in jersey or if you're a little older then you can find a site like senior dating really useful.

Although it is really important to have your own independence and be able to appreciate alone time some things are best enjoyed shared with others. I am going to share a few of my own favourite shared intimate moments that can be enjoyed with new or established love.

Exploring

There is nothing like discovering new places with someone from Vegas to Blackpool little trips near and far always create memories and fun times. I have had some fantastic times exploring new places alone but always feel I enjoy it so much more when with someone else because you push each other to explore different things , try new foods and even if the place you found was a complete dive having someone to laugh that off with. Often those are the best memories when your bed broke or camping was a flop. You really don't have to travel far to explore maybe you have always wondered where a certain trail goes or what the new Italian restaurant in town is like.



Meals

Dining out new places for me is a dream I am such a foodie and so any date night for me revolves around some kind of food. I am a sharer and think its a great bond when you can share food and really enjoy different dishes together. When you have got bored of eating out and that bond is there then why not take it into your own kitchen and cook together. Creating dishes you love together can help a relationship blossom and make an evening fun. Put on some music, make your own recipes and get adventurous in the kitchen.

Movie nights

The best bit about new love is sharing all your favourite things from that band you love to your all time best films and in the process finding some together. Laughing at bad films and crying at sad films together any chance to snuggle up and break out the popcorn. Netflix and chill didn't get it's name straight from the gutter there are so many series you can enjoy watching together hold onto those guilty pleasures until you know each other a little more that secret crush on Gordon Ramsey can wait until your comfortable laughing at each other.



Walks

Money should never be an issue when it comes to dating from city to countryside there is always a walk you can take together. Get your scarf out take a walk in the crisp autumn air through the golden leaves and get those hearts pumping in more ways than one. The joy of holding hands and exploring nature together is beautiful.

What do you love to do?

Bringing A Room Together With Feature Walls

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When it comes to decorating a house the easiest way to make a room is to have a Feature wall. It can really make rooms look a lot bigger then they are are most people do the other three walls light and neutral and then have one main feature wall that draws the eyes in. I still think this is a classic and quick way to get the best from a room. It can do wonders for small rooms keeping them cosy but really creating the illusion of larger spaces.

The classic way to have a feature wall is to have a bright colour on one or even just to wallpaper one with a fun print. I miss my old bedroom which had a lovely loud leopard print wall but had the leopard been on all the walls not only would you have a weird psychedelic headache but the room would just close in around you and become very claustrophobic. Limiting loud prints means they have more of an impact and you really get the detailing of a stunning wall paper when it is matched with a neutral wall. You can then liven the room up with lots of cute accessories any excuse to get lots of lovely candles or prints to make a room more you.



Another great way to bring a feature wall into your home is by exposing some brick work. It is best to get a professional to help with this as they can make sure the room still stays well insulated and that the brick work has been protected. Sometimes it is better to use a professional who is able to create a stylish piece for you which looks like exposed brick but has actually been created which also then gives you more freedom to choose the kind of look you want do you want a traditional red brick look or a sandy stone? 



These can be created with brick slips which is a kind of tile that you can use on your wall to create the illusion of brick. They still look and feel like brick work and will give that rustic feel you want for a fraction of the price of unearthing your real brickwork, You can order samples and play around before committing and getting an idea of what you want. They are also a lot slimmer than real bricks so won't bulk up the room anymore than normal. If you have a log burner they are also heat resistant and just think of that stunning finish you will have right in your home bringing the fire and brick together has that real rustic edge.

The great thing about brick slips is that they can be used outside too if you want to have a brick finish outside. If you get the right kind then they are weather protected as they are made from coloured concrete.

Have you heard of brick slips before? What kind of brick look would you bring into your home?




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Updating Your Skirting Boards

Hey Cats,

Often when we think about home improvement we think of all beautiful colours we want to paint the walls or all the new furniture we need. The last thing we think of is the little things that make a huge difference in the home like our skirting boards and door frames. You probably think I am crazy talking about this but you can have a lovely house but if you don't look after the basics then it can literally fall apart or just look really unfinished.



Take a good look at your skirting boards, doors and door frames and check if they are in good standing. Have they become warped, chipped or damaged in any other way? Paying attention to your doors and skirting can tell you about problems you may be having with your home. If they seem to have ballooned out or become warped then there could be a problem with damp in your home. Get this checked out and make sure you keep your home well ventilated and a great airflow going around especially in stuffy rooms that you may not use much. Any problems like this may mean you need to replace them.

Keeping your skirting well maintained is easy and important. Remember to work cleaning skirting boards and door frames into your cleaning routine. Just give them a quick hoover when you're doing a room and a wipe down with your favourite cleaning products to keep the room fresh. It is also advised to give them a fresh paint every now and again to keep them looking clean and giving your room that extra finish. I prefer to keep my skirting white but you can work them into your colour scheme if you prefer. Just remember whichever colour you choose to go more neutral and use a paint that is friendly with cleaning that you can wipe down easily. This is important for when you want to clean them and help keep them in good condition between painting.



The same goes for door frames and picking the right doors for your home. Getting the correct measurements is important as doors come in a variety of sizing. In the same way make sure you work them into your cleaning routine too. Invest in an extendable duster that you can reach high spaces easily with. Choose a nice natural wooden finish for a more rustic feel and less upkeep just ensure to seal so they are easy to keep clean.

When you do invest in new Skirting and doors it is important that not only do you know what sizing and style you want but also which materials. I suggest you go for water resistant products which are an upgrade on old ones in most homes which have possibly been there since they were first built. Investing in new skirting can usually come with a long guarantee and you won't have to do often if you choose wisely and get them fitted professionally.

Have you updated your skirting or doors recently?





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Fun With Children In The Garden

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After living in a flat for years I now feel spoiled having a huge beautiful garden. Gardens are such an important playground for children You can use your garden as both a fun and educational place for your children. Alice Garden have some fantastic additions to any garden and today we are going to explore how to make your garden fun for children but still your zen paradise.

A shed can be your best friend for keeping your garden clutter free all those bikes and little toys not being played with. It can be cute too you don't have to settle for boring brown get some paint out and make it pretty and vibrant. You can all sit down together in the garden and draw some ideas of what the best shed can look like and try and bring those ideas together in a fun way that makes your garden a colourful and fun place to be in. If you really want to add a person touch you can even get the children to help you paint some but if you want a more polished finish maybe best to set them their own painting task in painting their favourite things about the garden.



If a shed is not your jam and you already have somewhere to store those toys then a great educational vice for children can be a greenhouse. Potting plants and learning about the growth of nature or fruits and vegetables is not only a great way to learn about nature but also to encourage healthy eating. I remember growing potato, peas and carrots with my Nana when I was little and being so excited to try them at dinner time knowing that we had grown them ourselves. You can then bring the garden into the kitchen by creating fun friendly recipes you can make together. Try out different seasonal flowers and vegetables and explore which ones they prefer. This can be a great way to keep the garden looking pretty ad colourful while having fun with learning. 

A garden tool that is often overlooked is a great table and chairs set not only is this great for you to kick back with a glass of wine on a sunny day but a place for all the family. You can dine outside a picnic without having to leave home or set outside fun activities with the children. A great activity you can do this autumn is collecting your favourite leaf and doing a crayon rubbing of them or drawing some great pictures. Bug hunts have always been popular in our household and adding a bug house and a bird feeder have helped encourage nature in the garden. We love monitoring the different insects and animals we see in the garden. So far we have been graced with cats, squirrels, foxes, birds and lots of interesting bugs. Spending time in the garden actually helped my step son get over a fear of bees as the more he learnt about them the more he understood they weren't out to hurt him. 

What do you have in your garden?



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Where do I find Paid blog posts?

Hey Cats,

The biggest question I get asked is how to make money from your blog! You are already writing great posts so why not make some money from them right? First thing first you need to really have your own domain before you start searching for paid work. Your domain authority helps build the rank of your blog and the higher you can get this the wider your audience and paid work offers will span. Make sure you have a clear contact form on your blog where people can reach you if they want to work with you. Now you have that sussed people know how to reach you but you have to go out and find some work too! Let me tell you some great places to get started.



Get blogged

Get blogged have great blogger outreach services with a really easy to use website where you can find great blog opportunities for any DA as little as 5! Their blogger outreach strategy  is really inclusive and even gives you points for every post you do and every person or brand you refer to them. The work is getting more varied the more they grow and they are really easy to work with and pay super quick straight into your Paypal. You can write about anything from dating to blogging and join a fun community.



Facebook Groups

There are lots of dedicated blogger related Facebook groups that you can join which can share tips and advice with you and also point you in the direction of some paid or gifted work. There are some dedicated just to sharing opportunities needed. There is a great group you can join called Bloggers on thin ice or UK bloggers if you're a plus blogger then you can join mine too over at Plus size blogger babes . You can find paid work in these groups as well as lots of tips on where to find more work or ways to adapt your blog to make it more marketable.


Twitter

Twitter is another great place to find shout outs for blog collaborations. You can follow hashtags like #bloggersrequired or #bloggerswanted and lots will pop up asking for your links. Also just by being active and sharing your blog posts regularly you will get approached.  Remember you can share old posts too if they are relevant the best way to do this is to use a scheduling app and just load up some posts through the week to shout out at different times to reach a wider audience. Make sure that your feed is more than just blog posts though or your followers may get a little bored and could consider it to be a bit spammy.

Pr 

When you're contacted by a PR representative make sure you keep that relationship going. I always save my contacts to recontact later in the year to see if they have any other great collaborations to work on again. Building relationships is very important make sure you deliver and are always polite and approachable. I have made some great relationships with some love PR reps who have come back to me to work together numerous times and I hope to keep those relationships going. Make sure not to spam them monthly only request new work a few times a year as different PR agents work in different ways.

Where do you find your blog posts?



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