Throwback Thursday: Memories of Buying My First Car

I didn’t learn to drive at 17. I waited a few years. Thinking back now I have no idea why. When I started learning to drive I was a scaredy cat. I honestly thought I would never pass my test let alone go out and buy my first car.

I remember that first lesson. My driving instructor was called Chris, a nice bloke who was very patient. I suppose all driving instructors need to have some sort of patience and calmness about them. So that first lesson he picked me up from my mum and dads and drove me to our local leisure centre car park. I just hoped no one saw me as it was across the road from where I worked!

First Car memories and driving lessons

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8 Factors That Affect Your Car’s Resale Value

I have had my current car for 9 years at the end of the year. It’s got fairly high mileage on it so will be on the lookout for another in the near future. But what’s got me thinking is how much mine is worth?

When it comes to selling your car, it’s important to consider its resale value. Many factors can affect the resale value, but if you are informed and prepared, you should be able to get top dollar for your vehicle.

factors affecting your car's resale value - car

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How to Add a Sense of Excitement Back Into Your Marriage

If your long-term relationship feels a bit stale and lacklustre, you aren’t alone – it’s normal in relationships that have matured past the initial stages. Nonetheless, many strategies exist designed to keep those sparks alive.

The following are four suggestions for those seeking positive ways to create their own customized intimacy-rejuvenation project. 

Keeping your marriage alive

Travel 

Many modern couples tell themselves they’ll take that romantic vacation once the kids are finished with school, once they get their mortgage paid off, or once they finally get that work promotion they’ve been striving for all these years. However, you don’t need to take a full-blown vacation to enjoy the benefits of getting away from your daily routine. Weekend getaways, however, are available options for almost all couples and can be enjoyed even by those with limited funds. If you can’t afford that romantic little bed-and-breakfast by the sea that’s been beckoning, book a camping spot in that same area instead. You’ll get the same environmental ambiance at a slim fraction of the cost, and sharing a meal and wine beside a campfire earns a higher rating on the romance meter than a candlelit dinner in a fine dining establishment any day.

Traveling outside the lines of the usual tourist season also results in significant savings – you might be able to get that little bed-and-breakfast booked for as much as half off the regular price if you visit when the maddening crowds aren’t part of the picture. If you can afford to splurge on deluxe accommodations from time to time, however, consider it a well-spent investment in your relationship. Few things recharge the senses and the spirit like a weekend spent with the one you love in luxurious surroundings. 

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Book Review & Tour: A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

I heard about this book a while ago. Long before I was asked if I wanted to pop along and be included on the blog tour. Something always struck me about the title – A Boy Made of Blocks. How does the title fit? I’m very intrigued to find out.

A Boy made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Book Description

Meet thirtysomething dad, Alex
He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn’t understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself.

Meet eight-year-old Sam
Beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can’t solve on his own.

When Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other . . . When life starts to tear one family apart, can they put themselves back together, one piece at a time?

A Boy Made of Blocks is a beautiful, funny and heartwarming story of family and love inspired by the author’s own experiences with his son.

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5 Reasons Why Having a Carport is an Advantage

I’m at work for 6am some mornings and the last thing I want to do at this time of year is spend precious time scraping the ice and snow from the windscreen. The solution? A carport of course!

Getting up at 4:30am is a bit of a drag at this time of year. It’s cold, dark and plain miserable. It’s no wonder January is known to be the most depressing month of the year. I suppose the good thing is that I leave work at 3pm. So by making the getting to work part easier I’m all for it.

We have a new build house that comes with one space, but like most families we have two cars. I would love to have a carport that covers both of our cars like this double carport. Imagine how nice that would be in the Cornish Winter weather to actually get your shopping out of the car without being drowned by the rain?

Advantages of having a carport

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Prep for a Proposal She’ll Always Remember

If you’re a fan of the inexplicably popular “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” then you’ve seen not only one, but two wedding proposals for the “bootylicious” Kim Kardashian, the one who started it all and by “all” we mean the multi-million dollar empire spawned by her mother Kris. For those of you with short memories, Kim was then best known as the daughter of O.J. Simpson’s lawyer, as Paris Hilton’s assistant, as Brandy’s “stylist,” or, even, as Olympian Bruce Jenner’s stepdaughter. In 2003, Kim and Brandy’s brother, Ray J made the controversial tape which was released in 2007. Kim sued, but thanks to a settlement – and momager Kris – she dropped the suit when she was offered $5 million…and so the story begins.

Prep for a marriage proposal

What you might not know about both of the proposals is that despite Kim’s questionable acting skills – she was not surprised. In fact, the wedding proposal engineered by her second husband Kris Humphries (or, more likely, their “E!” network producer) was entirely staged. The entire rose-petal proposal was filmed and “in the can” (as they say in the industry) but Kim did not like the way she looked, so the entire “surprise” proposal was re-shot. And, the elaborate proposal by her current (and third) husband, self-proclaimed deity and recently troubled Kanye West was far too big and cumbersome to be a surprise. In fact, eagle-eyed fans noticed that she was actually wearing the engagement ring in a scene that was allegedly shot before the “surprise.”

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