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The proof is in the pudding!

POSTED ON 17 NOVEMBER 2017

Warm up the colder nights with this simple and delicious dessert that the whole family are sure to enjoy! Toffee apple bread & butter pudding Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 1 hr, 10 minutes Serves: 6 Ingredients 3 red dessert apples juice ½ lemon 4 tbsp golden caster sugar 397g can caramel such as …


New research suggests that homebuyers could benefit from falling prices

POSTED ON 15 NOVEMBER 2017

According to Rightmove, more than a third of home owners have reduced their asking price, with a number of price cuts at their highest level since 2012 The research suggests that home sellers are being unrealistic and over pricing when first listing their property. It’s key to note however, that a drop in new seller …


Keeping bacteria at bay in the home

POSTED ON 13 NOVEMBER 2017

You may clean your home daily, weekly or even monthly but our home isn’t just housing our families, it’s also likely to be to millions, maybe trillions, of different bugs and bacteria According to the Society for General Microbiology, some bacteria can divide every 20 minutes if they have the right temperature and nutrients. Not …


Bidding reopens for 2022 Commonwealth Games

POSTED ON 10 NOVEMBER 2017

The deadline for bids to be the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games has been extended after Birmingham’s proposal was deemed not ‘fully compliant’ – despite them being the only application The new deadline, announced by Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), is now 30th November and has been reopened so …


Winter proof your garden

POSTED ON 08 NOVEMBER 2017

We’ve spent all summer looking after our gardens but winter is usually the time we let them fend for themselves. But fear not; here we give you some top tips to help ensure your garden gets the attention it deserves this winter There are many ways to help prep our gardens and spending a little …


The winner of the GBBO is…

POSTED ON 06 NOVEMBER 2017

Last week 7.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the final of the Great British Bake Off, despite Prue Leith revealing the winner on Twitter before the show aired. Bravo, Sophie The show attracted the largest audience of the series and the biggest for Channel 4 since the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games. …


New ban on all hidden debit and credit card fees means new transparency

POSTED ON 03 NOVEMBER 2017

They were hiding from consumers, but now all those rip-off subcharges on card payments have been found and banned. But what do we do until the ban takes effect? Sub-charges, hidden charges or, as many of us refer to them simply as, rip-off charges, are something that we are all often involuntarily subjected to when …


London homes asking prices record biggest falls

POSTED ON 01 NOVEMBER 2017

According to property site Rightmove, asking prices for homes in London have recorded their biggest annual fall so far this decade Dropping on average £18,000 in the space of a month, Rightmove have said that this news may in fact mask much larger falls in some of the capital’s most expensive boroughs. The average asking …


Get smart!

POSTED ON 30 OCTOBER 2017

Here we feature some of the best SmartApps which help you to move home and settle in With so many apps around now, it can be hard to distinguish the good ones from the poor, so allow us to whittle down what we think are some of the best SmartApps for both moving homes and …


Time for a change?

POSTED ON 27 OCTOBER 2017

Don’t forget! That time of the year is coming up again, the clocks go back on Sunday 29th October at 2am putting the UK back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) for winter  Many people across the UK will get an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning, except those unlucky people who are working; chances …


Research shows positive attitude towards estate agents

POSTED ON 25 OCTOBER 2017

Feefo, a review and insight company, recently conducted a report exploring consumer attitudes towards estate agents Using research conducted by polling firm Censuswide, Feefo drew on the direct experiences of 1,152 UK consumers asking them on clues as to how the estate agency industry might evolve. Aspects that they researched included what people look for …


Removal company or brave it yourself?

POSTED ON 23 OCTOBER 2017

Moving home is often a bitter sweet experience, especially if you’re relocating to a completely different area. Here we take a look at whether it pays to employ the services of a removal company You’re excited about your new home and location but the process of packing, organising and actually moving all of your items …


Shake up your shed

POSTED ON 20 OCTOBER 2017

Sheds are no longer seen as just storage space, they can now be used as multi-functional rooms to fit any needs Often when you picture a shed, you imagine a timber built outbuilding full of garden tools and furniture. Not only can a shed be used as a handy storage space but it can also …


Explosions of light and colour: Diwali 2017

POSTED ON 18 OCTOBER 2017

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, will be celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists across the world on 19th October 2017 Diwali is the largest festival in India, with celebrations taking place  over five days; usually two days prior to the main day and two days after. Traditional earthen diyas or candles are …


Halloween costumes

POSTED ON 16 OCTOBER 2017

Take a look at our spook-tacular range of costume and party ideas – all of which are sure to make any Halloween gathering go with a bump in the night 1. Toddler Pumpkin Cutie Pie Costume £11.99 www.fancydressball.co.uk Perfect for your little pumpkins! Comes complete with orange tunic top with pumpkin print and matching hat with stalk. Available …


Friday the 13th: the worst day in the calendar?

POSTED ON 13 OCTOBER 2017

Today will be the second Friday the 13th of the year. Many people fear this date and will go to great lengths to avoid  black cats and stepping under ladders! If you are one of these people, then there is even a term for it – friggatriskaidekaphobia Is this date  really unlucky? Well, experts are …


Deadline looms for the old pound coin

POSTED ON 11 OCTOBER 2017

As of the 16th October 2017 the old pound coin will no longer be legal tender and has been replaced by the new 12-sided coin  With only a few days to go until the deadline it is thought that 500 million are still in circulation. The Royal Mint introduced the new coin on the 28th …


Spooky Halloween delights

POSTED ON 09 OCTOBER 2017

These incredibly creepy Halloween ideas are sure to impress your guests at this year’s party – and they’re not just for children! You don’t see chocolate spider cookies everyday and if you’re anything like us, then you don’t want to, except at Halloween. Cover Oreo cookies in melted chocolate and use liquorice Catherine wheels for …


2018 World Cup qualifying campaign continues apace

POSTED ON 06 OCTOBER 2017

A particularly dashing start for some, and a not-so-captivating start for others, but, as ever, plenty to talk about for the qualifying rounds of the World Cup! The sheer vibrancy and celebratory nature of the FIFA World Cup allows for everybody, even people who wouldn’t typically consider themselves football fans, to get involved and enjoy …


Birmingham’s one man race to the Commonwealth Games

POSTED ON 04 OCTOBER 2017

Birmingham was the only city to submit a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games before the deadline, which landed on Saturday 30th September 2017 The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) will now review the bid to check it meets the requirements of successfully hosting the major event. Birmingham must convince the CGF that it has …


Radio 1 celebrates milestone birthday!

POSTED ON 02 OCTOBER 2017

Saturday 30th September 2017 marked Radio 1 big 50th birthday and the station celebrated with the launch of a digital station called Radio 1 Vintage, which is showcasing 50 one hour episodes of nostalgic archive material and commentary. Radio 1 Vintage will be playing until midnight tonight and will be available on the BBC iplayer …


What does your sleeping position say about you?

POSTED ON 29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Bed manufacture Sealy UK and Loughborough University’s Clinical Sleep Research Unit (CSRU) have conducted the worlds largest-ever online sleep census The results are in and a shocking 77% of Brits fail to wake up feeling refreshed and well rested each morning. Meanwhile, 70% of UK respondents admitted that they would function better at work if …


Storage solutions for your home!

POSTED ON 27 SEPTEMBER 2017

If you’re struggling for storage space or just want something quirky for your home, then take a look at these fab suggestions  Cube Nine Hole Unit £44.99 www.therange.co.uk Available in two colourways and crafted from durable material, this nine hole unit offers plenty of storage space. If you want to hide away your bits and bobs even …


The winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2017 is…

POSTED ON 25 SEPTEMBER 2017

BBC presenter Angellica Bell has taken home the trophy of Celebrity MasterChef 2017 with her menu of halibut, perfectly poached pear and classy camembert The presenter, best known for being the face of CBBC for more than six years, as well as fronting numerous series including The Saturday Show, Short Change and 50/50, impressed the …


Create your own hidden hideaway

POSTED ON 22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Whether you want to entertain guests, top up your tan or have a water fight with the kids, it’s nice to have a private outdoor space which you can relax and enjoy without the peering eyes of your neighbours It’s super easy to create a peaceful haven inside your home by shutting your neighbours out …