New To Anime? Give These A Watch

If you’ve never watched anime before, where have you been? In case you didn’t know, anime is the Japanese word for animation, and essentially refers to anything animated. This can be film, TV, comic books, graphic novels, etc. It tends to have a distinctive style of animation compared to, say, Disney. But anime is also very popular internationally, with many films and TV shows translated for a global audience to enjoy.

If you’re intrigued by anime and want to see what it’s all about, here are some suggestions to get you started.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away is one of the most well-known anime films, it was even nominated for an Oscar back at the 2003 Academy Awards. The story centers around a young girl named Chihiro, whose parents are turned into pigs by a witch, leaving the hero to get a job at the witch’s bathhouse to help free them. Highly rated and highly recommended, it’s a wonderful family watch that can ease you into the world of anime. Need further convincing? Read the Rotten Tomatoes reviews here.

Kite Liberator

Kite Liberator is an anime movie series that’s had people hooked for years. Available online, Kite Liberator is the second in the film series, set 10 years after the first one. Featuring a mixture of space and assassins, it’s a fast-paced adventure that will give you a fantastic introduction into the world of anime. Why not watch both movies back to back and make a movie night of it?

Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle is a wonderful anime film that is very popular amongst children and adults. The English-language version of the film has an amazing cast that includes Christian Bale, Billy Crystal and Lauren Bacall, in case you need more of a reason to watch it. Featuring magic, war and a cute owl, the story focuses on Sophie, who is turned into an older woman and along her journey to be changed back, joins the resistance against the kingdom’s ruler. It’s the ideal movie to enjoy as a family and will show you just how great anime can be.

Vampire Knight

Want to enjoy something a bit grittier? Then Vampire Knight is a great series, especially if you love classic YA movies and TV like Twilight and Buffy. The series is set in a school which is attended by both vampire and humans, but the twist is that the humans are unaware that there are vampires – with the usual high school drama added in. A fun series to get into, you’ll soon be hooked!

Discovering new movies is fantastic, and if you can find a new genre that you love, then even better! Anime will open up a whole new world, introducing you to all kinds of exciting series and movies. Need further inspiration for your movie-watching? Take a look at this big list of movies to give you some ideas of things to watch today.

The 3 Perfect Snacks For Lunchtime Entertaining

So, you have guests over but it’s midday. You are not having a dinner party so much as a gathering for something. Maybe it’s to watch sports, to meet old friends that you plan on keeping for dinner. Maybe you’re meeting your boss from work to go over some plans for your future role. It could be for any reason, but whatever it is, having the best entertaining snacks is important to the mood and ambiance. Planning for dinner parties isn’t easy but it’s not tough either, as there are a colossal amount of options. But if your guests have arrived at lunchtime, what kind of snacks should you present to them? Anything but cheese and tomato sandwiches and you’re good.

A Mediterranean classic

If there is one culture on this planet that is known for making the best lunchtime snacks, it’s the Mediterranean culture. This laid back, sunny climate is full of excellent recipes of food that tastes great but doesn’t fill you up completely to the point you want to take a nap.

  • Flatbread specials: Buy some high-quality wholemeal flatbread. Toasting the flatbreads will get them to open up naturally. Pour some chili olive oil into them and allow the oil to soak into the bread. Then, serve half slices of flatbread with Morrocan hummus, aubergine dip, spicy tzatziki sauce and perhaps a topping of chili cherry tomatoes, sprinkled with basil, oregano and Italian baby red chili.
  • Italian crown: One of the most-loved snack recipes is focaccia. It’s a thick bread that can be surface-stuffed with herbs and spices. Using a traditional olive focaccia bread, you can stuff fennel and black olives into the craters. Sprinkle some sea salt and paprika for an extra hit.

A German delight

Although the pretzel really achieved it’s true fame in America, in Germany it’s still one of the most popular snacks to date. It’s incredibly versatile as you can eat it as a dessert, for breakfast, and for lunch. These gourmet soft pretzels are some of the best in the world. After over 200 reviews from verified customers, they have a 5-star rating. These pretzel buns and sticks and rings can be sprinkled with a number of ingredients to maximize flavor. You have a chili-lime salt option, truffle salt, rosemary lemon salt and a blended spice pack. As you may know, you can also eat pretzels with certain dips such as garlic cheddar, honey mustard and chocolate hazelnut whip.

A full fat treat

British cuisine is world-renowned for having some of the best snacks in the culinary realm. If you want something that is fattening, sweet and unashamedly indulgent, then go with a classic raspberry cream scone. This is fresh dairy cream and concentrated raspberry jam in the middle of a buttery crumbling scone. You can make this recipe at home with just a few ingredients but you can find this at almost any British bakery near you.

When you have someone important over for lunch, you need to be creative and seek to impress them. These three snacks are gourmet yet they don’t fill you up until you feel tired and sleepy, which is great for long hours of conversation.

The Ritual

The Ritual is a 2017 British supernatural horror film directed by David Bruckner, written by Joe Barton, and starring Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, and Sam Troughton. The film is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Adam Nevill.

Five university friends—Phil, Dom, Hutch, Luke, and Rob—meet at a pub and discuss plans for a group trip. Rob suggests hiking in Sweden, but gets rebuffed. Afterward, Luke and Rob enter a shop for drinks, but interrupt a robbery in progress. Luke hides while Rob becomes frozen with fear as the thieves antagonize him for his valuables. Luke nearly intervenes, but decides against it before the thieves kill Rob for disobeying them. Six months later, the remaining four embark on a hiking trip along the Kungsleden in northern Sweden in Rob’s memory. Almost immediately, Dom injures his knee. Hutch suggests they cut through the forest rather than use the longer marked trail in the hopes of sparing Dom any further suffering.

Upon entering the forest however, the group encounters strange phenomena, including a gutted elk hanging from several branches and strange symbols carved in the trees. As night falls, a torrential rainstorm forces them to find shelter. They come upon an abandoned cabin, so they break in and stay for the night. Inside, they find necklaces bearing similar symbols and an effigy of a decapitated human torso with antlers for hands. The next morning, the group finds Luke’s chest covered in strange puncture wounds and Phil praying to the effigy. Freaked out, the group tries to find a way out. While discerning their location, Luke spots a large figure, but Dom doubts him. In their ensuing argument, Dom brings up the past, calling Luke a coward for letting Rob die to save himself.

Later that night, Luke is suddenly awakened by Hutch’s screams. While investigating, he finds Hutch’s tent empty and partially collapsed. The remaining three men rush deeper into the woods to search for him, but by dawn, they realize that they are lost and unable to locate their campsite. While continuing their search without their supplies, they find Hutch eviscerated and impaled on tree branches. After giving him an impromptu burial, Phil is suddenly dragged away by an unseen creature. Despite realizing the creature’s been stalking them the entire time, Luke and Dom make a run for it, but the creature gives chase. They find a path lined with torches leading to a small settlement and rush into a cottage to hide. While barricading themselves inside, they’re knocked unconscious.

When they awake, they find themselves restrained in a cellar. An elderly woman enters and inspects Luke’s puncture marks, revealing she bears a similar pattern. On her way out, she orders two men to take Dom upstairs. A younger woman enters and explains that preparations are being made for a sacrifice. Sometime later, a beaten Dom is returned to the basement. He tells Luke that he is to be sacrificed to the creature, urging him to find a way out and destroy the village before he’s taken outside. Amidst the ritual, Dom has a vision of his wife emerging from the forest, not realizing it’s the creature until it impales him on a nearby tree. Desperate to escape, Luke partially frees himself, but gets interrupted by the young woman. When he asks about the creature, she explains that it is a Jötunn, a bastard son of Loki and a god-like figure from Scandinavian mythology that the cult provides sacrifices to in return for immortality. Luke is to either submit to it or be killed.

After she leaves, Luke fully frees himself and ventures upstairs. Armed with a torch, he finds a twisted congregation of mummified worshipers. He sets them alight, burning the cabin and attracting the Jötunn. Luke finds a hunting rifle and heads downstairs, running into and killing a follower before taking his axe along the way. The enraged Jötunn kills the young woman while Luke shoots at it and escapes. It pursues him, crippling his mind with hallucinations before catching him and forcing him to his knees, offering him a chance to submit. Luke strikes it with the axe, briefly incapacitating it. Following rays of sunlight, he emerges in an open field. Unable to leave the forest, the Jötunn roars in anger while Luke screams back in triumph before heading towards a paved road.

An interesting and decently made horror movie that will surely have something for a lot of horror fans. It isn’t big on scares to be honest. I’d give this a 7.5 outta 10!

First Year Of Driving: Keeping An Eye On Your Children

So your child passed their test and you bought them a car. They’re off, out into the big wide world with their newfound freedom. But just because they passed a test they studied for, doesn’t mean they’re going to be great drivers out in the real world. They’re still young and they’re not experienced enough to know their own limits. They are in that age where testing the boundaries is like their full-time job. So during their first year of driving, you should keep an eye out for them and help them become better drivers. You should also be mindful of how they’re getting on if they are working and or living in another city. Here are a few things you can do.

Through the hills

Driving tests are supposed to give every learning driver a taste of the norm. They will, therefore, drive one road that most people use rather than those that most people may never drive on. This includes the countryside where there are more narrow roads, tough conditions, and less lighting. This is something of a test for your child and you should take them on a weekend driving trip to help them adjust to this style of driving. Pick out a section of winding roads in the countryside. Plan a small excursion through some hills so your child can be taught how to look ahead, anticipate corners, spot signs of loose roads, black ice and sudden gradient changes. Sit in the passenger seat after you have driven them along the route you want them to follow. Observe and correct them when they make a mistake.

Protection from a stereotype

It’s sad to admit, but many young sensible drivers are lumped in with the brash and trash young drivers. Many young people are excellent drivers, who take due diligence of their driving and know how important it is to follow the rules. If your son or daughter is involved in a crash, they might become overwhelmed and believe they made a mistake due to their inexperience. You should train your children to keep calm and not admit to anything if they ever get into a car crash. If your child phones you up and says they were in an accident, use this Accident Report service to find their exact incident. The police officer at the scene will have written a detailed report and if it exonerates your child, send a copy of the report to your lawyer to help your child get out of trouble. The other driver will be in deep water once your legal team is using the report to prove your child’s innocence.

Don’t belittle them

Your child is new to the road, so don’t belittle them and rid them of their confidence. Ask them to take you to the supermarket to do the weekly shop. Compliment them on their habits such as checking the mirrors and the blind spot. A parent should boost their child’s confidence behind the wheel as it is inherently a hazardous place.

The first year of your child driving on their own is going to be sketchy at times. But, with the right amount of encouragement and extra training, you can be certain they will become confident and excellent drivers.

RIP Max Von Sydow

Actor Max Von Sydow, who appeared in films and TV series including The Exorcist, Flash Gordon and Game of Thrones, has died at the age of 90. His family announced “with a broken heart and infinite sadness” that the Swedish-born actor died on Sunday. Von Sydow’s other film credits included Hannah and Her Sisters, The Seventh Seal and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He was nominated for two Oscars during his career – including best actor in 1988 for Pelle the Conqueror.

His other Academy nomination was best supporting actor for his role in 2011’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Von Sydow had a fruitful run of 11 films with legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, including The Seventh Seal, in which he famously played chess with Death. Hollywood came calling, but he reportedly turned down the role of Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music. He agreed to cross the Atlantic to play Jesus Christ in The Greatest Story Ever Told in 1965, and his global success grew with memorable roles like the priest Father Lankester Merrin in 1973 horror The Exorcist. Von Sydow also appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, and played comic book villain Ming the Merciless in 1980’s Flash Gordon.

In 1983, Von Sydow played evil again when he was cast as the sinister Ernst Blofeld in James Bond adventure Never Say Never Again. He was often typecast in Hollywood as the sophisticated villain, which the Associated Press said was down to him being “tall and lanky, with sullen blue eyes, a narrow face, pale complexion and a deep and accented speaking voice”. But he once said in an interview: “What I as an actor look for is a variety of parts. It is very boring to be stuck in more or less one type of character.” Von Sydow was nominated for an Emmy in 1990 for his role in the HBO thriller Red King, White Knight.

He continued acting late in life, voicing a character in The Simpsons in 2014, appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, and in three episodes of Game of Thrones as the Three-eyed Raven in 2016, which earned him a second Emmy nomination. Von Sydow was christened Carl Adolf, names which nod to his German ancestry. Von Sydow has four sons – two with his first wife Christina Inga Britta Olin. In 1997, he married Catherine Brelet in Provence and became a citizen of France five years later, meaning he relinquished his Swedish citizenship.

Five Clear Reasons Your Roof Is Leaking

When you are a homeowner, you are in charge of fixing any cracked foundations in the home, any broken gutters and any missing roof tiles. When you start finding puddles of water in the attic that definitely do not below, you will be instantly concerned that your roof is leaking, and for a good reason!

The smallest leak in your roof that is left alone to keep leaking is one that will put your home in trouble. There are plenty of reasons your roof could be leaking rainwater into your home and not doing its job of protecting you. Below, we’ve put together five very clear reasons your roof is leaking, giving you plenty of time to check it out and see whether these match your situation.

  • The Roof Is Old

If you have an old home and your roof was built a long time ago, it stands to reason that the gutters will also be old. Consider great design options like big garage door sizes and shingles, it’s more likely that your roof is leaking because of these things. You should be getting your roof checked yearly for its wear and tear, and if you’re not, then you need to start now! Roof materials do not last forever, and you’ll find that out pretty fast this way!

  • The Sealant Has Worn

Most roofs are built with peaks and valleys to keep them consistent. If the base of your valleys is joined by a sealant that has worn down over time, then leaks are going to be a guarantee. This is something that you need a professional roofer for as they will be able to replace the sealant for you and get your roof back to its peak condition.

  • The Gutters Are Blocked

There is a lot of things that can clog and block up your gutters, from leaves and sticks in the tubing to water that has built up, frozen and cracked the guttering. Clogged drains can lead to backwater going back to your roof, and if you have dealt with broken guttering, you’re going to find that you may need to replace the whole thing.

  • The Winter Got Your Roof

If you have enjoyed a lot of snow this winter, then you may find that the snow and ice have caused a dam on your roof, melting and then pushing water into the roof itself. Look at the way the roof holds the snow, and you’ll likely see where the leak is immediately.

  • The Attic Insulation Has Worn

The attic should have insulation in it to stop any issues from occurring with your roof. If there is a leak, however, you’ll find the insulation to be ineffective and not worth the money you paid for it. Why? Well, the insulation is keeping your home warm. If it’s been destroyed, then it won’t matter as how much your roof has leaked: you need new insulation anyway!

The roof is so precious to your home. Look after it, and you can ensure that you don’t have to handle any leaks that occur at all.


I just chatted with someone on Insta who contacted me cause she liked one of the photos I took.

My mistake – from her name, I thought she was Indian too. When she asked me where I am, I said Cochin.

She asked where that was. I said, it’s a west coastal city.

She went away for 30 minutes, came back and called me a liar.

Me : Why do you call me a liar?

She : I just checked the entire West coast map and there is no city called Kochi. Where are you really from?

I then realized that she wasn’t Indian and had checked out the entire US West coast for a city named Cochin!!! Needless to say, I think I am getting blocked.

Arsenal 1 West Ham United 0

Arsenal boosted their hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four with a narrow win over West Ham at Emirates Stadium. Alexandre Lacazette’s goal 12 minutes from time, which was confirmed by the video assistant referee, lifted the Gunners up to ninth, five points behind Chelsea in fourth. The France forward swept a close-range effort into the bottom-left corner from Mesut Ozil’s cushioned header for his third goal in four games. West Ham, who enjoyed the better of the scoring opportunities until that point, remain 16th, above the bottom three only on goal difference. While David Moyes’ side had limited possession, they took the game to their hosts, who came out of the blocks sluggishly and struggled to inject any tempo to their play.

Jarrod Bowen’s early shot was tipped on to a post by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno and Michail Antonio failed to score from two clear chances either side of the interval. Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos earlier went close for Arsenal – he headed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross against the bar – before Lacazette popped up with the winner. Victory meant Arsenal claimed a third consecutive league win at home for the first time since February 2019. Since his appointment on 20 December, Arsenal have lost only one league game under Mikel Arteta, who has appeared to inject more resilience, energy and a pattern of play into his side. However, for large parts of this encounter the Spaniard’s imprint on his team was barely visible. While the outcome may have enhanced Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time since 2016-17, Arteta will know they will have to improve significantly to make up further ground in the race for a top-four finish.

Leading scorer Aubameyang, was a peripheral figure throughout. Although the Gabon forward showed glimpses of his talent, laying on chances for Sokratis and Nicolas Pepe from wide positions, he touched the ball only twice in the Hammers’ penalty area. In midfield, Arsenal were slow and ponderous, while a defence that included on-loan Flamengo defender Pablo Mari for the first time in the top flight was repeatedly caught out by West Ham’s swift counter-attacking. The one element that will please Arteta, is that his side found a way to grind out a victory when not at their best, with Leno excelling in goal and Ozil’s intelligence coming to the fore for Lacazette’s goal.

Ten Tips For Choosing Your Next Home

Everyone knows that moving house is a stressful experience. Whether you are moving abroad to live in a new country, or you’re moving around the corner and want to find a new street, there is a lot to get done. It’s exciting to get a new house – even if you’re old hat with the property ladder and you know the ropes with buying a new house, you need to think about your next plan. If you have a plan ready to go, you’re going to save yourself a lot of trouble and you can get a better headstart when you know what’s next. You may need to plan out your budget for adding on to the house, like a new deck or custom windows.

With that in mind, we’ve got a plan for you below. You need the best tips for choosing your next house, and we’ve got ten of them for you to use to get started. Let’s take a look.

Tip 1: Know Your Budget

Everyone wants the perfect four-bedroom home with two bathrooms and an extra living space. However, not everyone has the budget for a home of this size and you need to know what your budget is before you get started. You may not be able to afford the mansion, but you can have a look at something smaller. This page has a number of cottages for sale which may suit your budget and you could fall right in love with them. Once you know your budget, only then should you even start looking for a house. There’s no use in scouting out houses that are beyond your reach and upsetting yourself when you cannot afford one!

Tip 2: Have Some Focus

You are allowed to have boundaries when you are searching for properties. You need to have them in place before you start to search because otherwise you’ll be presented with hundreds of options and no way of choosing the right one for you. Use as many filters as is necessary: if you’re spending money on a house, you want it to be right. Do you want a garden? Do you need to be close to the city? Look for the boundaries you can put in place and search for those boundaries.

Tip 3: Know What You Want

You may have a general idea of what you want from a location, but you won’t always know much until you research each area. Choose the location in which you hope to live and start doing your research. Think about school districts and local shops, the local crime statistics and what is going on in the area. If your area is nearby to the road, how loud is it going to be in your house of choice? Knowing what you want will help you to narrow down your search massively.

Tip 4: Can You Get Around?

Not everyone wants to drive everywhere all the time, so you need to see whether the area in which you want to move has good access to public transport. The last thing that you want to do is limit your ability to get around. A big part of the research that you do in a  new area has to surround the public transport system. There’s no use in moving somewhere you are completely isolated if your car breaks down.

Tip 5: Visit The Area

You can go to open houses and home inspections, but the actual area itself needs your attention. While you could visit during the day when the world is quiet, you need to go at different times of the day to know when it’s noisiest and busiest. Head there in the evening during rush hour and take a walk on the weekend, too. It will help you to get to know the area and also whether you want to buy a home there.

Tip 6: Never Skip A Viewing

You can get very tied up in the details when it comes to viewing a house, but you need to do these viewings and not skip out on them. First impressions really do count and when it comes to buying a house, you want to get this right. Always see a house a second time, too, so you can get a good second impression and be more practical about the house. You should do this whether you are viewing cottages or apartments, as you really need for this to be the right decision.

Tip 7: Test The Bathroom!

Whenever you view a house, you need to test out the bathroom. You don’t necessarily need to use the bathroom – you know – but you should flush the toilet and test out the taps. Plumbing is a big deal and you need to ensure that it’s working correctly before you spend money. If there are any issues, you can then bring them up to the buyer to be fixed before you purchase.

Tip 8: Never Be Afraid To Ask

There will be a lot of questions on your list, and you should never be afraid to put all of them to the buyer or to the agent showing you around the property. If you’re paying for a house, you want to ensure that it’s the right purchase for you.

Tip 9: Know Your Budget, Part 2

You need to check out the houses in the area and know what they are being advertised on the market for. This will help you to choose whether you are making the right decision with your particular property. You do not want to pay over market value for the house if you don’t have to, and it will help you to know whether it’s being advertised beyond the market price for a reason.

Tip 10: Take Your Time

It’s easy to get carried away and lose your head when you are buying a house. It’s an awesome thing to do and it’s a big purchase. The last thing that you want is for the whole thing to go wrong. Planned to precision, this should be a good buy for you if you choose the right type of house and the right type of finance. There will always be room to keep looking if you’re unhappy.

How To Eat Better In Your Lifetime

Having a good relationship with your food is important, and it starts by looking at what you’re eating right now. It’s never too late to change your attitude when it comes to the relationship with your food. Here are some tips to eat better in your lifetime.

Try New Cuisines

Cuisines are in heavy supply, and sometimes people tend to stick with what they know and there’s others who won’t even go beyond their own cuisine. It’s important to try different flavors and different types of food because there’s so much delicious food to try out there, and it would be criminal for you to restrict the opportunities you can give yourself when it comes to your food. So give yourself the challenge of trying some new cuisines here and there. It can start with the type of food you order in for your weekly delivery like umami foods, for example. You can make a different choice when you go out to eat in terms of what cuisine you pick. Try to give yourself more variety because it helps to make your relationship with food a better one.

Eat In Moderation

Moderation is the key term when it comes to eating better in your lifetime. If you’re not eating in moderation, then the chances are you’re either eating too much or too little. It’s really important to understand what you put into your body and what it does to your health overall. If you’re eating too much, you’re going to end up putting on weight, and that’s going to be adding pressure on your body. Try to keep an eye on how much you’re eating and make better choices with the amount of food you consume on a daily basis.

Have Your Three Meals A Day

Having your three meals a day is important, and it can be easy to skip meals or to eat more because you’ve skipped one. Snacking tends to be one of those things that can allow you to put on weight and to be eating more than your recommended daily allowance. By sticking to the three meals a day rule, you’re much less likely to be snacking. Try to stick to your meal plans and make sure you at least get breakfast in there as that’s the most important meal of the day.

Keep An Eye On Portion Sizes

Portion sizes are something to be cautious about because, again, it’s all about moderation. Think about what size plates you use when putting your food on the plate. You don’t need to eat everything on your plate if you feel full. Try not to overstuff yourself, and if you’re feeling full, simply stop. You can always pack up and save that food for a later point in the day or the following day.

Eating better in your lifetime is important, so make sure you make the right changes for the sake of your health. When you eat better, you feel better, and that can make a huge difference.

Steps To Finding The Best Moving Company

Finding the best moving company can turn a nightmare move into a pleasant dream. The problem is knowing how to choose the right company for your move. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the options, there are some steps you can try to narrow down your options and find the best company.

1. Licensing And Insurance

One of the first things you need to check when looking for a moving company is their license and insurance. Working with a company that is not properly licensed and insured will put your belongings at risk. Fortunately, reputable companies will have information about their license and insurance on their website.

If you cannot find this information on the home page of their website, it will often be listed in the about section. This is particularly important if you are looking for a long distance movers or interstate moving company. To operate legally, these companies must have a DoT license number. If you have any suspicions, but still want to consider the company, you should ask them for proof of their insurance or license number.

2. Consider The Services Offered

The moving company that works for one person may not work for another because everyone has different moving needs. Someone else might want to do most of the moving work themselves while you do not have the time for it. This is why you have to consider the moving services on offer.

The services of the company should match your needs. If you do not have time to pack everything in your home, you should look for a full-service moving company. These companies will take care of everything from packing your items, loading them, transporting them, and unpacking them.

While this is an excellent service, it is not right for everyone. If you feel more comfortable packing everything yourself, you need to look for a moving company that offers transportation only. These companies will pick up your boxes and drop them off at your new home.

If you have a gap between the date you move out and the date you can move into your new home, you should look for movers that offer storage services as well. These movers will pick up your boxes and other items on the date you need to move out and store them for you until they can be delivered to your new home.

When looking at services, you also need to consider if you have any special items that need to be moved. This includes pool tables, hot tubs, and pianos. These items may need special equipment to transport them, or you might need to hire specialist movers.

3. Check The Service Area

Another point to consider and look into is the moving company’s service area. There is no point in choosing a company that has good reviews and the service you need if you fall outside their service area. Fortunately, most moving companies will state their service area on their website.

This is particularly important if you are looking for local movers. Larger national moving companies will have larger service areas, and you might not have any issues obtaining their service. Local movers are more restricted, and you need to consider this.

4. Get An Estimate

Cost is something that you need to consider, but it should not be the only factor you look at. Before you consider any moving companies, you need to figure out what your moving budget is. This is the amount you can comfortably pay for the move, and it will affect the moving company you choose.

If you have a small budget, you may not be able to get a full-service company. In these cases, you will be able to get the normal moving service without the perks of someone else handling the packing. Full-service movers will cost a lot more than basic movers.

Once you have your budget and narrowed down your options, you have to get an estimate from at least three moving companies. This gives you a good range for comparison. If you are moving long distance, the company should conduct an in-home estimate. You may want to reconsider working with any long distance moving company that does not do this.

For local moves, an online estimate or phone estimate will work. However, it would help if you got this in writing as proof of the costs. Never accept a verbal estimate because this can easily be changed, and you will have no recourse should this happen.

After getting the estimates, you need to compare them and choose the best company. You should not choose the cheapest if they are a lot cheaper than the others. This is a red flag and could be a sign that they are not as legitimate as they appear.

Finding the best moving company can be hard, but there are some steps you can take to make this easier. You need to understand the services you want and check their license and moving insurance. You also need to get an estimate from at least three companies before you make a decision.

5 Simple Tips For Your Next House Move

When you’re moving home, there are plenty of chores to be done before you can get to your new pad and start relaxing. Of course, you’ll want things to go as smoothly as possible, and for this to happen, it’s essential to get organized. To get you off to a great start, pop these five simple tips on your moving checklist.

1. Clutter be gone

Moving home is the perfect time to get rid of all of your old clutter. You’ll likely come across items that you no longer use or want in the process of packing up. Instead of packing all of your possessions, pack mindfully. Put items that you are unsure of to one side. The number one rule of clutter is that if you haven’t used it in a year- you’re unlikely to miss it. Of course, special items that are sentimental or designed for occasional use can break this rule, i.e., camping equipment or luxury china. Apps like Tody can be useful to help you to get organized and clean your home as you go.

2. Early packing

Once you’ve decluttered your space, it’s time to start packing. It’s vital to start packing early on, failing to leave yourself enough time will mean that you are stressed out later on. Packing early is also helpful to give your moving company a good idea of how much stuff you’ve got to shift. Information such as this can be useful to get an accurate quote on the pricing.

3. The right removal company

It’s essential to choose the right removal company when you are moving home. You’ll want to find a reputable company with plenty of experience and expertise to offer. Some companies will also offer packing services, which can be handy if you are pushed for time. Before you start searching for a removal company, be sure to make a list of your needs and any questions you have about the service. You might want to ask if the company provides insurance, for example. For a great service, check out SMARTBOX Solutions, Inc. Whether a local or long-distance move, Smartbox offers quality at some nice prices.

4. Organize your bills

Ensure that you inform all of your providers of your house move, from your Internet to your gas and water. If you have a contract on your Internet, you’ll easily be able to take this to your next home. For your energy providers, you might like to take this opportunity to look for a cheaper or greener provider. Some energy providers offer discounts for new customers, and most eco-energy companies are less expensive than conventional ones. Of course if you’re moving abroad, you’ll simply need to close your existing accounts.

5. Pre-order new items

You’ll likely have new items which you need for your place, perhaps carpets, curtains or furniture? Make sure that you pre-order these things in advance so that you’re not waiting around to feel comfortable in your new place. Apps like Hutch can be helpful; the app technology provides users with a VA preview of what new items will look like in a room.

How To Entertain & Engage The Kids On A Budget!

One of the hardest things to do as a parent is to keep the kids entertained and busy. It’s not that we run out of ideas – here are millions of those – it’s that the kids are bored quickly and have zero attention span! Oh, and half the time, the activities that they want to do involve money, and we are not always living our best lives with all the money in the world.

Okay, so you could hook up the latest and greatest consoles and keep them busy with those, but that’s not the idea here. You want to keep them entertained where they won’t necessarily get square eyes. You want them to be engaged, excited and entertained all at once, and that means encouraging their creativity and boosting a little competitive edge in them!

Let’s check out some of the best, low-cost ways to keep the kids busy on the weekends.

Sidewalk Chalk

Chalk has no end of possibilities when you’re a child, so imagine how easy it’s going to be to entertain the kids with it? You could draw Hopscotch patterns, and you could let them go nuts drawing whatever they want to draw with it. The best part about chalk is that all you need is a good rainfall and it’s all washed away for next time. Hours of fun at a small cost to you.

Outdoor Games

Get outside away from the screens and dust off the old Cornhole boards and have a good game! If yours are broken, you could always get some new ones from and start using them as a family. Outdoor games like basketball and dodgeball (with softballs!) always go down well with kids!

Build A Playground

So, it’s a rainy day just like the others, and your kids are crying boredom. Get them to gather up as much cardboard, chairs and duvet covers as possible and make an indoor fortress together. You could even create an indoor assault course with the right toys and equipment. An indoor playground can keep them busy, working together and having fun!

Break Out The Craft Boxes

Glitter, glue, sparkles, stickers and molding dough all have a place in the imagination of a child. Add all the things you can get from your recycling boxes, and you have the perfect supply box for an afternoon crafting. You can task them with building robots or their own Transformer cars, and you will have busy kids all afternoon.

It’s not always easy to keep the kids busy at the weekends, but it can be fun with some imagination and thinking. You don’t have to make this too complicated – they’ll have a whale of a time getting messy and using their own thinking. Kids are easy to entertain when you know what they like. Just shut off the screens and give their imaginations some space to go wild for a change. Children need your time and attention most of all, so start there and the rest will follow.

How Do You Keep Your Kitchen Organized?

Organized? Hell no! I do not think my kitchen is organized much. Mum seems to know her way around the place as she has always been a stay at home mother. We recently – as recent as 6 months ago – has the kitchen cabinets redone due to a termite infestation. We also had issues with our refrigerator but luckily the oven had no issues. Speaking of, if you are looking for repairs for your appliances try the link.

So now, I do know that big pots and pans that are rarely used are in the bottom drawers. Smaller pots and pans are usually at the end of the counter, at the corner. Spices are in one shelf, sugar, tea and coffee along with small packets of pulses, my weekly supply of Act II popcorn, some other packets of small things we add to food. One big section has a glass door that houses the plates and trays, on the left is the glasses section for some fancier guests and we want to serve them juice or Tang or something. Below that is glass bowls for ice cream and pudding.

Between these two are the bigger glasses – my pint glasses for beer. I have 2 proper English Pint glasses, a skull mug, a 300ml frosted mug and a 500ml skull glass mug. Opposite that is another big section with two doors and two shelves. One has snacks – chips, biscuits and and a few other things and the bottom one has medicines. And another one has glasses, coffee mugs and a small tray with snack bowls. The one at the end separate from everything else has bug spray, cleaning liquids, washing machine detergent etc.

Ways To Invest For Future Security

Having enough money is not all about being able to purchase the things you want. It is about having security and knowing that your family will be looked after in unforeseen circumstances. For the savvy investors among you out there, you know that once you have a bit of money in the bank, you can make it work for you to increase your wealth and ability to have a financially secure future. There are many ways to do this, and here are a few below:

The stock market

The stock market is more or less the old faithful when it comes to discussions around investments. You don’t have to start by investing a lot. You could make a few small investments and see how you get on. The trick with the stock market is to diversify your investments and research. Companies will provide information on their websites that you can use to help you make a decision. There will be press releases and AGM information that you can utilize to understand where they stand better. You will need to think about the kind of investment you want, i.e., long term or short term. Longer-term investments are usually lower risk, but you need to keep the money there for the long haul. However, companies can incentivize this by giving out good dividends. Indeed in many cases, it is more about the dividend than it is about the share price itself, as this return is greater anyway. Short term investments are more about buying a lot of shares and waiting for a rise in share price and selling quickly. This can be done over and over but may involve a lot of work.

The property market

Investing in real estate is always going to be a good way to make money if you are savvy and know what you are doing. Do you want to buy cheap and sell on? Or are you interested in the rental market? If you have a lot of rental properties, you will need a property management company like Revid Realty, to help you. Purchasing a cheap property to sell on can come with its own set of problems. So, ensure that you invest in quality inspection and negotiate and play hardball on price.


Perhaps you have an interest in some collectible already, such as comics or vintage wine. You can use your knowledge to make you money. As with any sort of investment, you need to understand the market. That means you need to know what is a good price, how rare a commodity it is, how long you should hold onto it for, and who is interested in that commodity. If you have enough funds to purchase something like diamonds, which are seen as universal wealth, that’s great, but you still need to know what the future of that commodity is. Try to find out the financial projections of that particular diamond. If you are wise and research correctly, you will always have enough money for a secure future.