What To Look For In Rented Accommodation

Renting a flat or a house in the UK is huge business. According to The Guardian, UK tenants paid a record £50bn in rents in 2017. It’s predicted that the total rent bill will pass the amount paid by homeowners for their mortgage bills. Home ownership is becoming further and further out of many people’s reach and with limited social housing available, most people turn to private renting from a landlord.

Here is a checklist of what to look for in rented accommodation from a tenants point of view

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Unexpected Exotic Fruits You Can Grow in a UK Garden

It is becoming all the more popular for people to use their garden space to grow their own crops. Not only is this fun, as well as satisfying, but it also means that you get the added bonus of being able to eat the things that you have grown. Ideal for new gardeners and families alike.

The only trouble with this is that sometimes it can feel that the crops that you have cultivated are a little on the obvious side. Whilst there is nothing wrong with growing tomatoes, sometimes you long for something a little more, well exotic.

Of course, you are going to think that here in the UK it is impossible to grow anything that is remotely exotic. However, this really isn’t true. In fact, there are plenty of unexpected exotic fruits that you can grow in a UK garden.

But what are they? Let’s take a look at the options that are open to you and why they should become a feature in your garden.

Pineapple Guava

The great thing about these plants is that not only can you eat the amazing egg sized fruits when they grow, but during the growing process you can also eat the flowers too. The flowers produced not only smell gorgeous, but are also a stunning crimson colour too, which looks great. The fruit, when it has grown tastes amazing, some say that it is just like pineapple, peach, strawberry, apple and plum all rolled into one.

Unexpected Exotic Fruits You Can Grow In A UK GardenThe fruits of this plant will only ripen ready to eat during the summer months, however, the plant itself can withstand cold temperatures and still survive.

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Imaginative Play with the Henry Deluxe Cleaning Trolley

When I was a little girl, my mum said I was always going around with a dustpan and brush cleaning up. This from around the age of two, baby girl’s age right now. Before we got the chance to review the Henry Deluxe Cleaning Trolley, she has been going around with my old dustpan and brush in the kitchen pretend playing. So when this fantastic little cleaning trolley from Casdon popped up, it was totally “amazing” yes her exact words!

Imaginative Play with the Henry Deluxe Cleaning Trolley

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Building A Child-Friendly Garden

The garden is one place in the home that is a must when you have children. Children need a place to run, to play and to learn about nature and a garden is the perfect place for all that to happen. If you are lucky enough to have a house that is attached to a large expanse of space out the back, then you’re going to be clamouring for ideas on how to make your garden the perfect place for the kids to play.

Adults love a garden to be able to plant beautiful flowers and entertain guests with a delicious barbecue. Children love it as a place to explore, let off some steam and generally just go a little wild outside the house. The key thing that your garden will always need is to be safe. There’s nothing safe about ponds that are open without fencing, low-hanging trees with unruly branches or gravel that just waits around for little knees to land on it. Everything that you choose for your garden is going to impact the safety of your children, so to get it right the first time, check out the tips below for the safest garden possible for your family:

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Blog Tour – Deep Fear by Rachel Lynch

Today I’m on the blog tour for Deep Fear by Rachel Lynch. A perfect crime thriller to get stuck into this Summer. On this tour I’m happy to share with you an extract from the book, to give you a little taster.

Deep Fear Cover

Book Description

DI Kelly Porter is back. But will this new case push her beyond her limits?

On a peaceful summer’s morning in the Lake District, a woman’s body is discovered outside a church. She’s been murdered and a brutal, symbolic act performed on her corpse. DI Kelly Porter is in charge of the team investigating the crime, and is determined to bring the killer to justice. But as more deaths occur it is clear this is the work of a disturbed, dangerous and determined individual. Can Kelly put the puzzle pieces together before the danger comes closer to home?

Don’t miss this gripping crime thriller featuring an unforgettable detective. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Patricia Gibney and Robert Bryndza.

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Costs That Come With Married Life

Who watched the Royal Wedding? Unlike Prince Harry and Meghan Markle your wedding could take years and years of planning! But what’s next when the vows are said and the day is over? Together with Angelic Diamonds, retailers of engagement rings, we take a look at the costs that you’ll face after the wedding day, from starting a family to moving to a bigger home.

the costs associated with married life

Starting a family

For many couples, having children is the next big step after marriage. In the US, the average time a couple waits between getting married and having a baby is three years. We started just before the wedding, but at that time it wasn’t meant to be. 

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