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4 Reasons To Choose Xfinity Over Other Cable TV Providers

Best Choice For Your Cable TV Provider

Finding a cable TV service provider is definitely a choice which involves a great deal of thinking. When choosing a service that meets ones television entertainment expectations, one must think about channel selection….

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Hurricane Season Professionals [Infographic]

Value of Professional Engineers During Hurricane Season

Each year, six out of ten tropical storms transform into a destructive hurricane which causes massive damage to properties and often results in serious injuries to people, and worse- death. Hurricane season which….

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UK Spending And Saving Habits [Infographic]

How Do You Spend Your Monthly Paycheck?

How do you spend payday? Does it all go down the drain, do you put some to the side to treat yourself, or do you stash as much as you can into your….

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Drive Business From Pokémon Go

Use Pokémon Go To Your Advantage

If you run a business in a high traffic area or even a slightly less populated area, but your area is known to have Pokémon surrounding it or have a Poke Stop, your business needs….

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Aren’t You Glad You Bought An Oil Fired AGA [Infographic]

Get Your AGA Today

This infographic highlights just how versatile and easy cooking with an oil fired AGA really is. Tasty stews, yummy cakes, roasts and a full cooked breakfast are just a few of the meals and dishes you….

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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist [Infographic]

Time For Spring Cleaning Checklist

What is spring cleaning exactly? It is a decluttering regime, usually carried out at the beginning of spring. It’s a thought to be originated from the Persian new year. Why do it? There are numerous….

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City Internships Announces New 2016 Summer Scholarship Competition

Santa Monica, CA, March 25, 2016 City Internships offers four students scholarship places on prestigious Global Internship Program Leading internship program provider City Internships announces the launch of a new student focused initiative, the….

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Battle of the Bedrooms: Batman vs. Superman [Infographic]

Batman vs. Superman Bedrooms

Batman vs. Superman is being released today on March 25th, the movie lovers, the comic book lovers, the nerds, are all excited to see these iconic characters, face-off each other for the very first time in….

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Four Reasons Why Studying Online Can Make You Successful

Success of Studying Online

Investing in an online education is the perfect way to start your journey to success, as it will not only maximise your output in life but it will contribute to your job immensely. The list of….

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How To Transform a Room Into an Office [Infographic]

Working In A Home Office

When it comes to working at home, you may feel that your bed is just as good a spot as any to work comfortably, but working in bed may not be the best thing for….

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4 Reasons To Choose Xfinity Over Other Cable TV Providers

Best Choice For Your Cable TV Provider

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Finding a cable TV service provider is definitely a choice which involves a great deal of thinking. When choosing a service that meets ones television entertainment expectations, one must think about channel selection as well as plans, internet availability and access, customer support and pricing. In our opinion, Xfinity is by far one of the best choice as a TV service provider as it comprises of all the important aspects that a TV service provider should have. So next time you select your cable TV provider, just be sure you know about the following 4 main reasons that prove Xfinity is a better option when it comes to cable TV subscription:

Channels and TV deals

In regards to channel selection and TV plans, one of the most important reasons to choose Xfinity is the channel lineup, plan options and available content. With over 180+ channels available, finding something you want to watch becomes much easier. Xfinity cable provides you a unique TV experience with effective search, personalized recommendations, and the latest episodes of top 100 shows pre-installed and ready to watch when you want. Whether you love watching sports, or you just want to stay in touch with the news, Xfinity makes it easier to enjoy the entertainment you love at home and on the go.

Internet access & Availability

The ability to access content at anytime, anywhere you want to, is becoming really important for the consumers. With Xfinity, customers have the ability to access their most favorite programs whenever and wherever they want. This means customers can easily watch what they want on their TV, on the internet and even on their smartphone. Xfinity Internet provides the fastest, most reliable in-residence WiFi for all rooms, all electronic devices, at all times. Enjoy the constantly fast speeds you desire, even during busy hours. In addition to this Xfinity provides access to millions of hot spots across the country and remain connected while away from home.

Customer Support Services

It is crucial that you take into account customer support services when selecting a TV service provider. It’s important for the customer to get the best support services available, in case any issues were to occur. Thankfully, Xfinity guarantees 2 hour appointment windows to not only solve their issue but to listen to the customers and provide them with the best solution.

Cost

Of course, costing is something which is most important when considering a TV service provider. Xfinity offers a free comparison chart that helps you assess television plan costing between different providers to make sure you will get the bang for your buck. Furthermore, Xfinity offers many different deals or packages to new customers. It also provides users with a monetary discount for a specific length of time, additional channels or premium channels for a limited amount of time. Above all else, value should be the main consideration. The number of types of internet and TV features and benefits relevant to the price are important decision factors.

Hope these points are helpful the next time you go to shop for a cable TV provider.

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Hurricane Season Professionals [Infographic]

Value of Professional Engineers During Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

Each year, six out of ten tropical storms transform into a destructive hurricane which causes massive damage to properties and often results in serious injuries to people, and worse- death. Hurricane season which starts from June 1 to November 30, is the time of the year where many people, especially those who live near the Atlantic coast, prepares for the massive onslaught that might destroy their hard-earned properties by seeking the help of professional home inspector and engineers.

Engineers, among all professionals, are one the most involved in mitigating the risks that hurricanes bring every year. Structural engineers, for instance, can be employed to assess if a building can withstand or counteract natural forces such as a hurricane- which can have maximum sustained winds of 252 km/h. By examining the building and its major components such as retaining walls, beams, columns, and foundations, structural engineers can generate helpful insights on what to improve or repair which can immensely reduce the amount of damage from hurricanes.

Aside from home inspection, engineers are also highly involved in developing risk mitigation planning months before the hurricane season starts. Risk mitigation planning involves an extensive research about the latest technologies that can help predict the hazards from specific areas such as water channels and mountain sides. They also conduct community-wide information dissemination to spread the advocacy of reducing identified risks that happen throughout the hurricane season. They are also tasked to further strengthen public infrastructures such as parks and railways to ensure that it can withstand high-velocity winds and proper drainage system is on spot.

Learn more about how professional engineers helps the community during hurricane season. Read this infographic from Lockatong and see the unrivaled value of engineers in making the whole hurricane season a lot safer for us.


Hurricane Season Professionals [Infographic]

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THE VALUE OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS DURING HURRICANE SEASON

Hurricanes are cause for concern for everyone near the Atlantic Ocean. Within minutes of its onslaught, everything built in a span of a few years, gone in seconds. Not only are the properties affected, but lives and livelihoods are also lost.

During the past few years, more and more hurricanes have been stronger, bringing in much bigger damage and fear to the people in the United States. From June to November, at least 4 hurricanes are expected to hit the country.

In 2005, the entire southeast U.S. was under the siege of one of the largest and strongest hurricanes in history, Hurricane Katrina. The final death toll was at 1,836, primarily from Louisiana (1,577) and Mississippi (238). Billions worth of property damage, infrastructure, and livelihood were destroyed within minutes of its onslaught.

Seven years later, Hurricane Sandy brought devastation to New York, New Jersey, and other parts of the east coast. With billions worth of destroyed property it left behind, it is tagged as the second costliest hurricane in United States history.

"Hurricane Sandy represented one of the largest-scale evacuations declared in recent history in the United States," said Edward Schneyer, director of Emergency Preparedness, Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management.

Housing is the largest component of the recovery process but needs more attention after there is a calamity—man-made or natural it may be. Because of the wide-scale damage of those natural disasters and the objective to immediately restart once the turmoil is done, engineers have been put under bad and good light alike.

Some are claiming that damage would have been greatly reduced has better preventive measures been in place. They argue that some structural engineering in and around New Orleans was flawed. On the other end of the spectrum, more people are acknowledging the need for engineers after the calamities have struck.

Engineers have the vital role of both in preparing for these storms and dealing with the aftermath. For engineering firms, this means not only safeguarding their own facilities and operations, but also those of their clients.

Because of this big responsibility, engineers are exerting their best efforts to be prepared and be accountable for the preparations before the hurricanes and at the same time, after it, and during recovery period.

Numerous studies, research, experiments, and observations were conducted since these most destructive hurricanes hit. Engineering firms are making their own efforts in preparing for hurricanes much stronger than the two stated.

As with everything else, the engineering business, not only in affected areas, but all over the United States has changed dramatically since Hurricane Katrina. Engineers, many of whom may have lost their homes and/or office, are finding it hard to keep up with the demand.

Professional engineers are required for certification of foundation and superstructure in V-zones, the areas of the coastline most susceptible to wind and wave action.

For the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), emergency responses is a critical factor in the resilience of our infrastructure and the long-term well-being of our nation's citizens. Optimized disaster management requires the quick coordination of civilian, defense, federal, state, and local agencies.

Inasmuch as the professional engineer's role is to protect public health and safety, free voluntary professional services should be restricted to evaluation and assessment services that are needed following the initial response efforts of first responders.

This is because the society believes that the support of the initial emergency responders (i.e. police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and the National Guard) should be able to perform their jobs first before the engineers take action.

Only after the safety and protection of the professional engineers' lives and properties are secured can they have the presence of mind to be oriented and briefed on what to do.

Only then can they assist in these efforts by making their expertise and capabilities available for the difficult task of analyzing risks, evaluating damage, and reconstruction efforts. These individuals would agree to make themselves available to work as part of an overall emergency response team.

According to Professor Sivakumar of the University of Jaffna in Sri Lanka, Professional engineers have a profound role in post-disaster nation building. Engineers are the builders of the nation, and they have the responsibility to never re-build what was lost, but instead believe much better infrastructure, far greater that would "speak of our resilience; like a Phoenix rising from its ashes."

Structural engineers have specializes knowledge that makes them the first ones called to assist after disasters like Hurricane Katrina. After calamities have struck, Civil engineers pool out their knowledge to draft plans on how to stand up again after the hurricanes.

Electrical engineers are exerting efforts to put back power lines as soon as possible, which is crucially needed initially to get things back to normal. Electronics and Communications engineers are working to restore communication lines which is the first facet of society needed to facilitate organization and unity.

Doctors may respond to casualties, the police's first priority is restoring order, but the professional engineers' role every hurricane season is both before and after calamities struck; from planning to actually making; to rebuilding and starting over again.

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UK Spending And Saving Habits [Infographic]

How Do You Spend Your Monthly Paycheck?

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How do you spend payday? Does it all go down the drain, do you put some to the side to treat yourself, or do you stash as much as you can into your savings account?

For many it is the first option. To tie in with arguably one of the best days of the month, this payday spending infographic from payday loans lender Wizzcash - has polled nearly 1,000 people to find out their monthly spending and saving habits. It makes for a very interesting read - with 1/3 of those polled running out of cash before the month is done and 31% of people claiming that they’re in debt after a spending spree. Almost 50% say that they struggle to save more than £100 a month and many rely on credit - including credit cards, overdrafts and loans - to cover them.

Over to you, how do you spend your salary? Check out the infographic and see if Wizzcash’s findings are similar to your spending habits.


Britons’ Spending And Saving Habits [Infographic]

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PAYDAYS IN THE UK

BRITONS' SPENDING HABITS

IT'S PAYDAY! RESEARCH FROM PAYDAY LENDER WIZZCASH DELVES INTO OUR SPENDING AND SAVING HABITS AROUND OUR FAVOURITE DAY OF THE MONTH.

CAN YOU MAKE IT LAST?

34% of people fail to make their payday last the whole day.

HOW LONG DOES YOUR MONTHLY WAGE LAST YOU?

  • Less than a week 4%
  • 1 week 4%
  • 2 weeks 9%
  • 3 weeks 17%
  • 4 weeks 66%

Older people are the savviest with their money, with 91% of people aged 65 and over making their money last all month.

FALLING INTO DEBT

Our research shows 31% have ended up in debt following a payday spending spree.

DEBT MAP UK

Percentage of people from each region who have fallen into debt after spending around payday.

  • 31% SCOTLAND
  • 44% NORTHERN IRELAND
  • 40% NORTH EAST
  • 36% NORTH WEST
  • 23% YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER
  • 29% EAST MIDLANDS
  • 30% WEST MIDLANDS
  • 32% EAST ANGLIA
  • 43% WALES
  • 29% SOUTH WEST
  • 26% SOUTH EAST
  • 31% LONDON

PAYDAY TREATS

As to what kind of things people buy, popular payday treats include:

  • BOOKING A HOLIDAY 39%
  • FOOD AND BILLS 38%
  • CLOTHES SHOPPING 27%
  • A NEW GADGET 23%
  • A DAY TRIP 19%
  • TAKEAWAYS 16%
  • PAYING RENT/MORTGAGE 13%
  • NIGHTS OUT 13%
  • DVDS/OTHER 11%
  • BEAUTY PRODUCTS 9%

SAVING HABITS

Our research shows nearly half of people (46%) struggle to save more than £100 each month.

  • 7% £500 or more
  • 4% £400-£500
  • 4% £300-£400
  • 9% £200-£300
  • 16% £150-£200
  • 15% £50-£100

FLEXIBLE FRIENDS

To supplement their payday spending, some Britons turn to forms of credit. 64% have relied on a credit card to help get them through the month followed by:

  • CREDIT CARD 64%
  • OVERDRAFT 30%
  • BORROWING FROM FAMILY/FRIENDS 26%
  • PERSONAL LOAN 6%
  • PAYDAY LOAN 5%

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Drive Business From Pokémon Go

Use Pokémon Go To Your Advantage

Cafetola

If you run a business in a high traffic area or even a slightly less populated area, but your area is known to have Pokémon surrounding it or have a Poke Stop, your business needs to use this to its advantage. If you are an employee, step up and start making suggestions for driving business by showing the people in charge this article. Whether you are a coffee shop, ice cream shop, a restaurant, or even a retail store, invite Pokémon players to hang in and around your store, encourage people to take photos, give them discounts and get more business and popularity. It is not just kids and teenagers playing Pokémon Go, but plenty of adults are getting into the game too.

Before I get into it, just a brief mention:

  • Niantic is the company that developed Pokémon Go
  • The Pokémon Company is a Japanese company that is responsible for marketing and licensing the Pokémon franchise
  • Pokémon is pronounced: Po - keh - mon (It is alright if you say Po - kee - mon or Po - kay - mon or Po - kah - mon, some people might laugh at you, but it is still technically correct)
  • Pokémon are cute little iconic creatures that fight each other
  • Pikachu is probably the most recognizable Pokémon
  • Pokémon Go has turned the real world into a "hunting ground" to capture these creatures and use them to fight against one another
  • Pokémon basic terms:
    • Pokémon - creatures that you must capture and use to fight other Pokémon
    • Poké Stop - 5-minute interval rechargeable stations that grant you between 2 - 4 prizes in the form of Poké Balls, Poké Great Balls, Razz Berry, Revives
    • Poké Balls - Pokémon balls are used to lock in and capture Pokémon
    • Poké Great Balls - as you level up, Pokémon will become stronger and they will put up a good fight to catch, sometimes easily escaping regular Poké balls, so use these to capture the stronger ones
    • Razz Berry - used to calm Pokémon for easier capture
    • Gyms - Places of training, but may also serve as "Towers" that can be captured and held by Teams
      • there is constant competition between Teams to "hold the flag" at any Gyms in your area
    • Teams - Red Team, Blue Team, and Yellow Team that people can join (currently no way to change your team once chosen)

Here are three ideas for attracting new customers with Pokémon Go:

1. Download the App

It takes a minute to download and the app is free for iPhone and Android. If you are the owner of the company or the manager, start off by downloading Pokémon Go and learning the game. You could learn the game in as much time as you took to download it, figure out where the Pokémon are, and where the Poke Stops are. Encourage your employees to download it, as the more people who have the app in one area, the more likely new Poke Stops, Gyms, and Pokémon are likely to spawn in your area.

Don't worry if a Poke Stop is down the street from you, you can still attract customers! We'll discuss that soon.

Once you and your employees have enough knowledge, figure out your new business plan with your managers and employees to understand how you can use Pokémon Go to your advantage in driving more business to your location. While it may seem anti-social, Pokémon Go can be extremely social, especially if many people are playing all at once and encouraged to be social. Among all the politics, violence, and unfortunate issues facing our country, Pokémon is a step away from the real world into a virtual reality where our inner-self can have fun and be a child again. It is really fun and exciting to see other people playing. Allow people to come to a place where they don't have to be themselves and can find innocence in the game for a while.

 

2. Learn How To Talk Pokémon Go

As I sat at a restaurant which happened to also contain a Poke Stop, all of the waiters who happened to walk by noticed two people at my table playing the game. The manager came up to us and thanked us for dropping the Pokémon lure. He had been catching them in the back. You might think this is a distraction for employees, and they should certainly be working and not playing Pokémon Go, but occasionally, especially on break, is when they could spend a few minutes playing Pokémon Go.

Relating to others who also play Pokémon Go creates an environment of trust and coolness. The Wow factor for any businesses with employees who play Pokémon Go drives relate-ability and the sense of a fun work environment. The fact that all of the employees were interacting with my family about Pokémon Go made me want to hang around longer and I ended up spending more money at the restaurant just to hang by the lure of the Pokémon. I also plan to go back because the area is a good hot spot for people setting lures and Pokémon flock to it like crazy. Considering I can get more Poke balls (Poke Stops recharge every 5 minutes) without getting up from my table is definitely a bonus and although it was my favorite restaurant before, I now have an excuse to visit more times in the month.

 

3. Offer Discounts for Pokémon Go Players

Whether you want to offer a 5%, 10%, or $5 off coupon, encourage Pokémon Go players to keep coming back. Offer bigger discounts for people who bring in their friends and families who are also playing Pokémon Go. Offer discounts to people who post pictures of Pokémon inside or near your business on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest walls. Encourage the social media interaction!

While they may sit at the table playing Pokémon Go, they are likely to stick around and give you business, especially if you are in the coffee or restaurant business. Encourage employees and customers to set lures every so often. While it is understandable that employees should be working, allowing employees a two to five minute break should suffice and possibly help bring in more business.

Once a lure is set, all of the players in the area can see the lure and will be more attracted to stopping by. Put a few signs outside of your business and invite them in. If employees can set lures, this might be just as helpful to attract new customers and keep them spending money in your business. If you are a restaurant, maybe offer free coffee or a dessert. Pokémon Go players are likely to tell their friends about your business, and everyone will come hang around, as you will become the new hot spot in town.

Pokemon Cafe

As a bonus: Consider offering free WiFi service.

You could even start your own business in your area driving people around town to all the Poké Stops and search for Pokémon.

Pokémon Go is the game for everyone. Many people who are not into it think it is a waste of time and there is no reason for it. Gamers understand it most: They love to stay entertained. Why do they spend hours playing video games? Because they love it and it is a distraction away from their lives for a while. What makes Pokémon Go fun is the fact that you have hundreds of thousands of people playing with you, no matter what city you enter, no matter what state you go to, and no matter what country you are in, you will find other players who are out and about doing exactly what you are doing: chasing Pokémon, charging up at Poké Stops, training at Gyms, and taking over those Gyms from other teams.

Common White Girl Pokemon Go

More people are going out, driving around, walking around, talking to each other, and during the hot weather, especially, people are thirsty and hungry, and are looking to satisfy those cravings while they are out and about. In the winter time, they will be looking for a nice hot meal or a hot cup of coffee. Your business has the best opportunity to attract many new customers using the free marketing of Pokémon Go.

If you still cannot figure out Pokémon Go, just ask your children and they will get you into the game pretty quickly. You can come up with more creative and innovative ideas to encourage social interactions and contests for players of Pokémon Go. The number of people playing continues to increase everyday and if your business can relate, keep up with the game, and appeal to those playing the game, you will be a part of the popular trend. If your business does not take advantage of this current hot trend, where people are out and about and probably willing to spend money, your company will miss out on this major opportunity.

Rumor in the Wild: As of this writing, there is currently no way to become an "official Poké Stop" or make Pokémon spawn directly at or around your business location at your will, except by setting lures, however, there are suggestions from Niantic about the possibility for businesses to purchase or become "sponsors" to make these happen in their area.

Aren’t You Glad You Bought An Oil Fired AGA [Infographic]

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This infographic highlights just how versatile and easy cooking with an oil fired AGA really is. Tasty stews, yummy cakes, roasts and a full cooked breakfast are just a few of the meals and dishes you can cook on an AGA.

Due to their construction AGAs have the ability to provide a constant oven and hot plate temperatures, ensuring heat is evenly distributed. This means that, unlike many conventional style cookers, your food is cooked properly without boiling away valuable nutrients with fierce heat. You'll find that food cooked on an oil fired AGA not only tastes scrumptious it will retain its natural flavours and goodness.

Ideal for any style of home an AGA provides a warm, homely ambience. Offering you modern technology without compromising on style and convenience AGAs are perfect for country style kitchens, they also look stunning in contemporary and modern homes too.

If you thought cooking on an oil fired AGA was restrictive and troublesome take a look at our infographic, you'll find a selection of easy and tasty home-cooked recipes that demonstrates the versatility and practicality of AGA cooking.


Aren't You Glad You Bought An Oil Fired AGA [Infographic]

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AREN'T YOU GLAD YOU BOUGHT AN AGA?

Recipes for a delicious day of traditional English meals in front of the AGA.

 

A full English breakfast

Recipe: (Serves 4 - 6)

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices of black pudding
  • 6 mushrooms
  • 6 (halved) tomatoes
  • 8 sausages
  • 6 rashers of bacon
  • 6 free range eggs
  1. Line your AGA roasting tin with some Bake-O-Glide.
  2. Add black pudding, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
  3. Put sausages on an AGA grill and place over the black pudding, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
  4. Grill at the top of the roasting oven for 15 mins.
  5. Turn sausages, add the bacon and place back at the roasting oven for 10 mins.
  6. Grab another tin, again lined with Bake-O-Glide, add fat and heat on the floor of the roasting oven.
  7. Once the fat is hot, break in the eggs and return to the floor of the roasting oven for as long as you prefer.

 

Baking the Perfect Scone

Recipe: 9 scones

Ingredients:

  • 255g. of self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder
  • 40g. of butter
  • 25g. of caster sugar
  • 125ml. of milk
  • Glaze: beaten egg/milk
  1. Add baking powder and flour into a basin and rub in the butter. Then stir in the sugar.
  2. Add enough milk to create a soft dough.
  3. Place onto a floured surface and lightly knead.
  4. Roll out to 1cm thick and cut into triangles.
  5. Add Bake-O-Glide to a plain shelf and add scones.
  6. Place on the second runners down in the roasting oven for 10 mins until risen and golden.
  7. Turn the shelf once after 5 mins.
  8. Serve warm with butter or cold with cream and additional conserve.

 

Cooking a Steak & Ale Pie for Tea

Recipe: (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 500g. of braising steak (cubed)
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. plain flour
  • 500ml of Guinness
  • 225g. mushrooms (sliced/quartered)
  • 280g. puff pastry
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  1. Using the boiling plate, heat the oil and fry off the meat in two/three batches until browned, then set to one side.
  2. Fry the onions then add flour & cook for 1 min.
  3. Slowly stir in the Guinness and return the meat to the pan.
  4. Season and add the mushrooms then leave to simmer for 5 mins.
  5. Transfer to simmering oven using the floor grid for 2 hrs. until tender.
  6. Place the meat mix into a pie dish and roll out the pastry to cover the top.
  7. Glaze with the beaten egg.
  8. Place on the grid shelf on the floor of the roasting oven and cook for 20 mins until risen and golden.

 

And for pudding...

A Victoria Sponge Cake

Recipe: (6-8 slices)

Ingredients:

  • 225g. soft butter
  • 225g. caster sugar
  • 4 free range eggs (beaten)
  • 225g. self-raising flour
  • rasberry jam
  • sieved icing sugar
  1. Mix butter and sugar into a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually add the beaten egg and a little flour to help prevent the mixture curdling.
  3. Fold in the sieved flour and divide between two shallow cake tins, which were buttered and base-lined.
  4. Place the the two cake tins on the fourth set of runners in the baking oven and cook for 20 mins until golden brown.
  5. Let the cake rest for 5 mins. then turn out onto a wire cooling rack, removing the lining paper.
  6. Sandwich together with a generous amount of raspberry jam.
  7. Decorate the top with sieved icing sugar or sprinkle with caster sugar.

 

WHY AGAS are great for cooking

  • Boiling plate cooks rapidly, retaining foods natural flavour, colour, and nutrients.
  • Roasting/baking oven radiates heat from all directions, cooking food evenly throughout and reduces shrinkage and dryness.
  • Insulating lids retain the heat and keep the AGA ready for immediate use. When closed, the gentle warmth will dry and air lundry perfectly.
  • Simmering plate gently heats food for perfect tenderness.
  • Simmering oven slowly cooks food to perfection keeping all the flavour and goodness. It also keeps food warm without drying it out.

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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist [Infographic]

Time For Spring Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning Woman Kitchen

What is spring cleaning exactly? It is a decluttering regime, usually carried out at the beginning of spring. It’s a thought to be originated from the Persian new year.

Why do it? There are numerous reasons to carry out spring cleaning sessions that include, increasing productivity, removing allergens from the air, making your home life happier and comforting, helping you find lost items, and also help you make some extra money by selling unwanted stuff online.

When? March to April is the perfect time to start, as the weather will be a little warmer. But sometimes the mess and clutter is so big, that we are not able to decide what to do. Many people actually carry out the decluttering practice, whenever required, rather than waiting for the arrival of a specific date.

There’s no need to worry because, we at Terrys Fabrics have come up with a very helpful infographic, that would definitely make your job easier. It includes nine easy to follow tips for decluttering your home.

Some of the steps are:

  1. Work from the top of your home to the bottom, that way you won’t be carrying dirt, mess or clutter through a clean home.
  2. Do one room at a time.
  3. Use rubber gloves during heavy cleaning sessions.
  4. Go at your own pace.

We hope that you like our infographic, and it proves to be useful.


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Spring cleaning can be a very rejuvenating process and once complete will leave your home feeling fresh and new. But why do we carry out this strange annual practice? And are there any specific things you need to do? Well to find out, scroll through our ultimate guide to spring cleaning. Plus there's also a free printable 100+ checklist to help you make a start.

 

The What, Why, and When of Spring Cleaning

What: Spring cleaning is a decluttering regime, usually carried out at the beginning of Spring. It is thought to originate from the Persian New Year, which coincides with the start of spring. The Persians carried out the "knooneh tekouni" thorougly cleaning and decluttering the house every year.

Why: There are a number of reasons to carry out a spring cleaning session including:

  1. It increases productivity
  2. It can remove allergens from the air
  3. It can make your home life happier and more comforting
  4. It can help you find lost items
  5. It can help you declutter
  6. It can allow you to make some extra money by selling unwanted stuff on eBay

When: March to April is a great time to start, as the weather will be a little warmer, and you'll be able to spring clean the garden as well. However, if mess and clutter is piling up then you can always start early. A lot of people actually carry out the practice whenever required rather than waiting for a specific date. Some people even spring clean twice a year, once in Spring, and once at the beginning of Autumn.

 

Decluttering, Hoarding, and The Stress of Spring Cleaning

However, a lot of people find spring cleaning just too stressful. As a result, they find themselves hoarding paperwork, stacking up cardboard boxes, and just generally living surrounded by superflous clutter. But why is this?

  1. Hoarding behaviours usually start in adolescence, due to stress of throwing away broken toys or outdated school work
  2. Hoarders can struggle with anxiety and indecisiveness
  3. Hoarders may have suffered some form of trauma, hence they hoard as a coping mechanism
  4. Hoarders may be socially withdrawn, they therefore find comfort in all of their belongings and home surroundings

Hoarding is a serious condition as many people find spring cleaning or decluttering particularly upsetting. So if you are encouraging loved ones to join your spring cleaning regime, be understanding and sympathetic.

 

For anyone ready to get stuck into their spring cleaning, then here is our easy to follow spring cleaning tutorial.

 

9 EASY TO FOLLOW TIPS FOR DECLUTTERING YOUR HOME

 

  1. Work from the top of your home to the bottom - that way you won't be carrying dirt, mess, or clutter through a clean home.
  2. Do a room at a time, that way you will get feelings of satisfaction throughout the spring cleaning process once you complete a single room. These little boosts will make you feel good and incentivise you to complete your home.
  3. Have your designated spot for junk and clutter on each floor of your home. That way as you work your way down your home you will not have to go all the way to the ground floor to dispose of rubbish. This will save you a lot of time and energy.
  4. Where possible, multi-task. So if your washing machine takes on hour to run, then make sure you utilize that time in another area of the home, rather than waiting for the cycle to finish.
  5. User rubber gloves during a heavy cleaning session, as otherwise you will damage skin, especially when using strong cleaning chemicals.
  6. Know your limits. If you feel comfortable doing repairs then not a problem but if not then don't be afraid of hiring a professional.
  7. Think about the order you are going to do things. For instance, dust and clean surfaces before you use the vacuum cleaner. If you don't then you may have to vacuum the floors more than once.
  8. Go at your own pace. It's not a race, so if you feel tired, hungry, or thirsty, then take a little break. This is extremely important as cleaning can expose you to dust. Fumes from cleaning chemicals can leave you dehydrated. Take breaks when you need them.
  9. Plus you'll find our free printable checklist below to make it even easier for you to carry out your spring cleaning. Just download and print off the 100+ checklist below. Then all you have to do is tick off each item as you complete it.

http://www.imperfecthomemaking.com/p/thorough-spring-cleaning-checklist.html

List available on Google Drive: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6dBVgGuoJnRRkg0NFVNQzRuSjQ/edit?usp=sharing

List below:

  1. Dust lighting fixtures.
  2. Wash walls and trim
  3. Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.
  4. Wash bench or other furnishings.  Launder bench cushion, if applicable.
  5. Empty out coat closet.  Wash walls and floor, if needed.  Sort items as you return them to the closet.  Store out of season items, donate unneeded items.
  6. Clean or replace entry mat.
  7. Sweep and scrub floors.
  8. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

BEDROOMS

  1. Open windows
  2. Dust furniture.
  3. For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate Items you no longer need.
  4.  Remove everything from closets. Sweep and wash closet floor. Put everything back neatly.  Donate items you no longer need.  Try not to store things on closet floor.
  5. Move Bed.  Sort and put away anything that was under bed.  Sweep or vacuum under bed.  Try not to store things under bed.
  6. Put bed back.  Freshen mattress by sprinkling with baking soda, letting sit briefly, and the vacuuming it up.
  7. Launder bedding and curtains.  Wash pillows and duvet in hot water.  Air out mattress pad, if you have one.
  8. Dust lights. Clean lamp shades.
  9. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  10. Wash switch plates.  Wash walls and trim as needed.
  11. Wash mirrors or dust art.
  12. Wash doors and doorknobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. Sweep and wash floor or vacuum.

 

BATHROOMS

  1. Open windows
  2. Empty all cabinets and vanity.  Wash inside, replace items neatly.  Discard expired medications and cosmetics.
  3. Wash outside of cabinets and vanities
  4. Clean tub. Wax if necessary. Clean drain.
  5. Clean toilet, inside and out.  Remove seat and clean around seat bolts.
  6. Clean sink and drain.
  7. Shine faucets.
  8. Clean mirror and frame .
  9. Dust light fixtures.
  10. Wash windows and window sills. Take out and wash window screens.
  11. Wash switch plates.  wash walls and trim.  Wash doors and door knobs.
  12. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  13.  Sweep and wash floors.
  14. Reseal grout lines if necessary.

KITCHEN

  1. Open windows.
  2. Remove and clean window coverings.  Click here for instructions on cleaning mini blinds.
  3. For each cabinet or drawer: Remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate unneeded items.
  4. Wash and sanitize cutting boards
  5. Sharpen knives
  6. Wash cabinet doors and knobs
  7. Clean and organize pantry.  Check food expiry dates.
  8. Clean oven.
  9. Clean stove top.  Remove elements and drip bowls, if applicable, wash and put back.
  10. Clean and organize fridge and freezer.  Defrost freezer, if necessary.  Check food expiry dates.
  11. Clean under fridge and stove.
  12. Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  13. Clean microwave.
  14. Clean crumbs out of toaster.
  15. Clean and descale kettle.
  16. Wipe down any other counter appliances
  17. wash counters and back splash.
  18. Wash and shine sink.  Shine faucet. Clean drain.
  19. Clean Dishwasher.
  20. Dust light fixtures.
  21. Wash windows and window sills.  Remove window screens and wash.
  22. Wash switch plates.
  23. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  24. Wash doors and door knobs.
  25. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  26. Sweep and wash floor.
  27. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

DINING ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash curtains.
  3. Wipe down table and chairs.
  4. Wipe down or dust other furnishing.
  5. Clean chair pads, if applicable.
  6. Polish table, if necessary
  7. Create a pretty spring vignette on table!
  8. Dust any displayed china or serving dishes.
  9. Launder table linens.
  10. Shine silverware.
  11. Dust art.
  12. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  13. Wash switch plates
  14. Wash walls and trim.
  15. Wash doors and door knobs
  16. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  17. Clean floors.

LIVING ROOM/ FAMILY ROOM/ PLAYROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Vacuum sofas.
  3. Spot clean sofas, if applicable.
  4. Launder throw pillows and blankets.
  5. Dust shelves, furniture and decor.
  6. Clean lamps and lampshades.
  7. Wash windows and window sills.
  8. Take out and wash window screens.
  9. Clean television screen.
  10. Carefully dust electronics.
  11. Tidy electronics wires.  Tuck nicely out of sight.  Label them, if practical.
  12. Sort through music and DVD collections.  Purge things that no longer suit your families interests.  Organize what is left in an attractive manner.
  13. Sort books and magazines.  Donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your families interests.
  14. Wash hard plastic children's toys with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry.  Launder stuffed toys.  Donate or store toys that your children have grown too old for.
  15. Wash switch plates.
  16. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  17. Wash doors and knobs.
  18. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  19. Clean floors.

LAUNDRY ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash windows and window sills.
  3. Take out and wash window screens.
  4. Wash cabinet doors.
  5. Wash inside cabinets.
  6. Wash laundry sink.  Shine faucet.  Clean drains.
  7. Wash outside of washer and dryer.
  8. Wash inside of washing machine.
  9. Wash lint trap with soap and water to remove filmy build-up from laundry soaps and dryer sheets. Let air dry thoroughly before putting back in place.
  10. Wash switch plates.
  11. Wash walls and trim.
  12. Wash doors and door knobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. sweep and wash floors.
  15. Reseal grout lines, if applicable.

STAIRWELLS

  1. sweep/vacuum stairs
  2. Spot clean walls.
  3. Wipe down handrail.
  4. Dust art and light fixtures.

OUTSIDE

  1. Sweep porches and walkway.
  2. Wash thresholds.
  3. Wash exterior doors.  Give front door a fresh coat of paint, if necessary.
  4. Clean or replace welcome mat.
  5. Wash siding.

REMEMBER TO:

  • Clean blades of ceiling fans.
  • Sort through and organize family photographs (digitally or into albums).
  • Sort and clean any extra zones such as linen closets, utility closets and office spaces.

City Internships Announces New 2016 Summer Scholarship Competition

City Internships

Santa Monica, CA, March 25, 2016
City Internships offers four students scholarship places on prestigious Global Internship Program

Leading internship program provider City Internships announces the launch of a new student focused initiative, the 2016 Scholarship Competition, offering scholarships towards the summer Global Internship Program.

“Are young people prepared for work? 70% of educators say, ‘yes’. Less than 50% of young people and employers agree.”* The path from education to the workplace is broken and City Internships is working to bridge the gap.

City Internships provides immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates. The Global Internship Program is designed to expand your horizons and get you job-ready. On top of hard and soft skill building at weekly career seminars, workshops and networking events, students undertake an internship placement at one of City Internships’ partner companies. Students develop real-world skills, build their professional network and enhance career readiness.

Taking place over eight weeks in late-June to mid-August, the program is in its fifth year. Students can join the program in London, Los Angeles, New York or Sydney this summer.

This summer, offering the chance of participation in the program to all, the company has announced the launch of a 2016 scholarships competition, giving four students the chance to win scholarships for the aforementioned Global Internship Program, each worth $4,450.

Each individual place has its own competition directed at students looking to gain an internship in that specific field, asking students to complete a relevant task to show their understanding, commitment and enthusiasm to the subject area:

Banking and financial services, A virtual investing competition

Marketing, advertising and PR, Creation of a video on campus life

Entrepreneurship, Produce a short business plan for investors Design, Design project to promote brand awareness

The scholarships are an opportunity for anyone interested in a free spot on this year’s summer program. The Global Internship Program includes an eight week placement with a leading company, career seminars, skills workshops, networking events, social events, weekend excursions, local mentorship, and an optional accommodation package.

On the program, students may intern in one of the following industries; Banking and Financial Services, Art, Fashion and Design, Marketing, Advertising and PR, Consulting and Professional Services, Entertainment, Media and Journalism, Law and Politics or Technology and Engineering.

Alex Townley, Global Head of Marketing at City Internships, said “this is an excellent opportunity for students interested in bridging the gap between their investment in education and the working world. With 65% of program participants hired in full-time employment, the Global Internship Program is an ideal way to boost career prospects and earning potential, either mid-way through college or once graduated.”

The deadline for entry to the 2016 scholarships competition is March 30th.

*Findings from the latest McKinsey on Society article discussing Tackling Youth Unemployment:

http://mckinseyonsociety.com/education-to-employment/video/

About City Internships:

City Internships provides immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates, with each program being designed to expand the student's horizons while getting them ready for a job. The program teaches hard and soft skill building at weekly career workshops, seminars and networking events and students engage in an internship placement at one of the company's partner organizations. Students develop real-world skills, while building their professional network and fast-tracking their career.

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Media Contact

Company Name: City Internships
Contact Person: Alex Townley
Email: alex@city-internships.com
Phone: +1 (310) 361-6468
Address: 631 Wilshire Blvd
City: Santa Monica
State: CA
Country: United States
Website: http://city-internships.com/

Battle of the Bedrooms: Batman vs. Superman [Infographic]

Batman vs. Superman Bedrooms

Batman vs Superman

Batman vs. Superman is being released today on March 25th, the movie lovers, the comic book lovers, the nerds, are all excited to see these iconic characters, face-off each other for the very first time in the cinematic history of Comic book movies.

We have seen Batman, and Superman in other movies, but never had the chance to see them share the screen space, but Zack Snyder and his team has done the impossible. In the movie Batman and Superman are at war which may lead to disastrous repercussions. It has a great chance to become a box-office smash, and what better way of bringing the battle of superheroes into your own home.

We at Terrysfabrics had a great idea to celebrate the release of this movie, by bringing the battle of Batman, and Superman into your bedroom.  We have created an infographic that displays the ideas that you can incorporate into your bedrooms, the ideas that we have compiled together include list of coolest beds, walls, lights, chairs, and alarm clocks, to give your room a super makeover, and make you ready for the new movie.

The ideas include a super bed in striking red, black, and yellow for Superman lovers. Carving the headboard into a bat sign, surely makes it look intuitive. Smash a Superman logo onto your wall with decal. A wall sticker that brings a touch of the Batman into your bedroom. You can also opt for Superman V General Zod wall art inspired from ‘Man of Steel’.

For the ones who prefer comic book Batman, and also want their kids to do the same. And last but certainly not the least a super red stylish lamp, with Superman logo. We hope that you loved our ideas, and would adapt one these ideas into your humble abode.


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The coolest, most stylish and simply epic interior design ideas for a bedroom fit for a superhero.

This super bed is striking in black, yellow, and red.

Putting lights on a bed might seem counter-intuitive, but it sure looks epic!

Or go all out with this one, complete with a cityscape behind the headboard and a rocky wall.

Smash a Superman logo onto your wall with this decal.

This wall sticker brings a touch of the Batman to a lighter bedroom.

It's Superman vs. General Zod in this 'Man of Steel' inspired wall art.

For those of you who prefer the comic book batman (and want your kids to do the same).

How about this neon light to brighten up your batcave?

You can put on the 'super' red light with this stylish lamp.

This batarang light is gonna look cool no matter where you put it, and terrify any would-be burglars.

 

Verdict

Batman wins!

Superman may be super, but Batman has cooler stuff.

 

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Four Reasons Why Studying Online Can Make You Successful

Success of Studying Online

Online Study

Investing in an online education is the perfect way to start your journey to success, as it will not only maximise your output in life but it will contribute to your job immensely. The list of benefits that come from online learning is a lengthy one, and includes teaching yourself to be disciplined, pushing you to challenge your limits, and instilling a confidence in yourself that you might not have had previously. And, if you are building on to the education you already have, you will be keeping yourself up to date with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in your current job role. In this article we explore four reasons why studying online will contribute to your success, and enable you to reach your long-term goals, whatever they may be.

You Learn from the Best

Through an online course, you will gain instant access to multiple world leaders in your industry who are scattered across the globe but accessible with one click of a button. You will be able to keep in touch with them at any time if you have any queries through email, video chat and by telephone where you are able to ask questions and gain valuable information, which will inevitably help you with your studies. Their life and work experience will contribute to your learning process, give you first-hand insight into your future job role, and help you learn from their mistakes.

You will Receive a Respected Qualification

I cannot overstate the importance of gaining a qualification in your chosen industry, whether an MBA or an acca in Singapore. A recognised qualification contributes an increasing amount to securing a job in your desired field of work, simply because it shows employers that you have the adequate knowledge, possess all of the needed skills, and have the drive and dedication to succeed in your chosen career path. You will also feel confident and happy in your job role, as you have put the time, effort and money into furthering your skill set and working in a field you are interested in.

You have Time to Build your own Business

If you have always imagined yourself being the leader of your own company, you can learn the adequate skills needed to do so online, all while building your very own business. Studying online is very flexible, meaning you can start to build your business and study in between – giving you the best of both. Whether you’re a night owl or prefer studying when you wake up first thing in the morning, you have the option to fit your studying in around your current lifestyle.

Never Stop Learning

There are always new updates and breakthroughs in every profession, meaning it’s important to never stop learning if you want to keep up-to-date with the latest information and training. Online learning and courses are a great way to keep up-to-date with current information even if you have been working in your chosen field of work for 20 years. There are a variety of short and long courses that have been built to focus on a specific topics or cover a range of topics, depending on what you need to top-up on, that help those already following their chosen career path current.

Studying online has an array of benefits that apply to both new students and those who want to up their skill level in order to continue on the path to success. Overall, studying online is an easy way to acquire the relevant skills you need to follow your career path and a helpful way to keep up-to-date on the relevant knowledge needed for your job role.

How To Transform a Room Into an Office [Infographic]

Working In A Home Office

Sandbox In Home Office

When it comes to working at home, you may feel that your bed is just as good a spot as any to work comfortably, but working in bed may not be the best thing for getting into the mentality of work. You may even believe that sitting on your couch or the kitchen table is a good spot to get some work done, but without the proper setting of a work office or home office, chances are, you cannot make the association with being at home and being at work. Don't let that stop you from working at home though, because with a few changes, you can turn a room into a home office.

In order for your room to be turned into an office, you need to have the right set up, including a desk, proper shelves, and storage for your paperwork. Your home office should be completely associated with work and not play. In other words, you need to set boundaries and rules for not only yourself, but your family when it comes to your home office. For example, when the door is closed, it means you are working and are not to be disturbed, or if you have chosen to turn your basement into an office, during certain hours, the basement is completely off limits to the rest of the family. Add a Do Not Disturb sign to make sure your family understands that you are working.

If you are unable to dedicate an entire room to become your office, than associate at least half of it to being a multi-purpose room for some of your office space and setup a portable desk which you can roll out of your room when finished. Be sure to eliminate any and all distractions and set boundaries to not be disturbed during a certain time frame while in the room.

This infographic covers more on how to transform a room into an office.

Infographic submitted by Sophie Bell-Rhone of Neomam.com, summary article by Matthew Gates


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Don't be tempted into the lure of procrastination when working from home. With the right set up, you can make any room in your house a functioning office in no time.

Working from home: the numbers

2.6% of the US workforce have their home as their primary place of work (excluding self-employed workers)

24% of Australian workers work at home part of the time

13.9% of the UK workforce work from home

Creating your home office

Whether you're telecommuting, catching up on work or your home is your office — here are some helpful tips to get you started.

  1. Max out on space

Home offices tend to be short on space, often being housed in a spare room or corner — so furnish wisely.

  • Use wall storage such as racks and display shelves to take up less space than filing cabinets.
  • Create more room for working by using a pull-out desk — put it away when you're done.
  • Make the most of awkward corner spaces with an L-shaped desk.
  1. Have the right set up

If you're planning on spending most of the day in your office, invest in quality equipment.

  • Buy a chair that's comfy and supports your back. Good seating is a must when it comes to productivity.
  • Position your desk in a light area. Research has shown exposure to daylight while working makes you more active, improves sleep quality, and even your quality of life.
  • Use mobile furniture to locate your office to a desired location when working — once done store your portable office out of the way.
  1. Make it a multipurpose space

If you don't have the luxury to dedicate a whole room to an office, create a double duty workspace.

  • Pick office furniture that blends in with the rest of the room's decor.
  • Transform your office into a guest bedroom instantly with space savers such as foldaway beds.
  • Use curtains or room dividers to make your office space disappear when not in use.
  1. Don't mix work and play

Even with the best intentions, there's bound to be overlap when working from home.

  • Examine your working area and remove any distractions that may have crept in. Add a 'Do not disturb sign' to your office door if family members tend to disturb you.
  • Maintain a physical boundary for your workspace — this will help with mentally creating a more productive office.
  • Have lunch out of your office to keep it strictly business.
  1. Don't forget the finer details

Just like any other room in the house, finishing touches will make your office feel more homely [uk] homey [us].

  • Add plants: It has been proven they can enhance concentration and improve productivity.
  • Dedicate a comfy space away from your desk for reading and thinking breaks.
  • Add some personality to your office with some art. Create DIY canvases for a more personal touch.

Creating the perfect home office can sometimes be trial and error.

See what works best for you by innovating and staying inspired — just as your work will be.

Heiton Buckley
BUILDERS MERCHANTS


Source: http://www.heitonbuckley.ie/blog/how-to-transform-a-room-into-an-office/