You Must Visit These 6 Camden Pubs

You Must Visit These 6 Camden Pubs

No matter whether you are touring London, celebrating a birthday, or planning a night with your mates, Camden is the perfect location for fun and revelry. Camden is dubbed the alternative hotspot of London where you can spend the evening listening to an eclectic mix of punk, rock, and metal music while drinking the night away.

With a wide variety of pubs that transverse from hosting live music to deejay thumping dance floors, a Camden Pub Crawl is an excellent way to experience the best of what the area offers. When you go on a pub crawl you are guaranteed a good time. Whether you go on a host-led pub crawl or one your own, here are some of the pubs you must visit:

The Hobgoblin

Formerly known as Devonshire Arms, this pub is one of the few remaining goth clubs in London. Be prepared for to hear a mix of death metal and punk, as well as seeing people in full goth attire. At one point, there was an enforced alternative dress code. It is loud, dark, and not hipster-friendly. With decent prices, it makes for a great night out.

The Good Mixer

Known for offering opportunities to hear excellent live music or perform rock and roll karaoke, The Good Mixer should not be missed. Come for a drink, listen to the music, and stay for the pool tournaments. True to its name, you can find a good mix of people here that are ready to have a friendly conversation.

The Black Heart

With religious icons, The Black Heart looks and feels like a place you want to embrace. It offers live music for the rock, indie, and punk scene, as well as offering a revolving pop up kitchen. This dark dive-bar is not the place to go and watch tv (there are not any); instead, plan to listen to loud music and play some pool.

The Hawley Arms

Famous musicians, such as Amy Winehouse, have performed in the upper room here adding to its appeal. Unfortunately, Hawley Arms was harmed during the Camden Market Blaze, but it was restored and still welcomes a variety of loud regulars and tourists seeking pub grub and great brews and a bit of music history.

Dublin Castle

Both home to a bustling pub and a live stage, Dublin Castle is another pub you must visit in Camden. Numerous popular British rock acts have performed there, and when the live music ends, a deejay takes over keeping the party going for hours on end. The pub has an Irish feel with cheap drink options and is separate from the live music stage.

The World’s End

Conveniently located right by the Camden Town tube station, The World’s End is a must visit pub. It is a larger establishment with two pubs and a balcony and a brilliant atmosphere where you can overlook different areas while enjoying the great beverage menu while death metal blares from the speakers. It will be easy to see why it has won Venue of the Year.

Best Wine to Drink on the 4th of July

Best Wine to Drink on the 4th of July


Summertime is here, vacationers are enjoying their summer and it’s prime time to socialize with your friends. One of the biggest times for parties or get togethers is Independence Day. Get the grill going, fix some fantastic desserts, and have some wine.

The first step in serving perfect wine isn’t choosing the wine but making sure you have the right equipment – that’s where an under counter wine cooler comes in. With one of those little machines the wine you choose will stay at the right temperature and the time you spend making the actual wine selection won’t be wasted. Now that you’ve ordered one of those wine fridges, let’s move on to the wine you should be looking at.

There are a lot of wonderful wineries around, unique in their own way. Two of my favorite local wineries are Bean’s Creek Winery in Manchester, TN and Stonehaus Winery in Crossville, TN. They both feature their own versions of fruit wines and their own signature specialties.

Bean’s Creek, in Manchester has a feature wine that they call Bonnaroo. It comes in red or white. Both are wonderful. This is named after the famous Bonnaroo Music festival that is held annually in Manchester, TN. They also have a very good wine called Rosey Cheeks, a very light blush wine. These wines sell for around $15 per bottle. You can find the exact prices by calling the winery.

My favorite winery, StoneHaus leaves me with a bit of a dilemma. Which wines do I want to leave with. This winery has by far, the best wine I’ve had. The blackberry wine called Blackberry Summer sells for $15.95 and will make your mouth water just to think about it . It is so wonderful with cheesecake! They also have a citrus wine called Orange Squeeze that sells for $10.95. This would be especially great for a Big Orange Tennessee Vols tailgate party! The Davenport Red also sells for $10.95 and is a wonderful sweet wine, and is the Fairfield Red that sells for $14.95.

You really can’t go wrong with any of these wines. Visit their websites or the actual wineries and take a taste for yourself! Happy wine tasting.

How To Find Your Phone If It’s Lost on Vacation

How To Find Your Phone If It’s Lost on Vacation


For most Americans, our smartphones are our connection to the outside world. Whether it’s calling (or, more likely, texting) a loved one, checking out some videos online, or even managing our finances, these devices make our world so much easier.

Unfortunately, sometimes when traveling should we ever lose our phones or if they get stolen, then we are in big trouble. Thankfully, though, new technology is making sure that it’s not quite the disaster that it once was. Today, let’s see how AVG can help track your phone when it goes missing, and what you can do to protect yourself.

Keeping Your Data Safe

Even if you don’t use your smartphone for things like banking or online shopping, the fact is that there is still plenty of information that can be valuable to thieves and hackers. One common method for infecting new phones is to send texts to your contacts, who are liable to click the link since it’s coming from a trusted source. As such, it’s imperative that you keep yourself safe so that you can protect others as well. Fortunately, Droid antivirus apps like AVG monitor and remove threats so that you don’t have to worry.

Tracking Your Phone

If your device is stolen, then your information can be hacked and used against you. One method to protect yourself is to keep your phone password protected, but that’s only one step you should take. AVG Android security allows you to go even further by tracking your phone after the fact. In some cases, you may be able to identify the thief by activating the phone’s camera. This will make it much easier to find and retrieve if possible.

Shutting it Down

In many cases, getting your phone back is an unlikely scenario. When that happens, you can take a final step and lock it down remotely. This way, hackers won’t be able to get inside and steal your data. This is your best line of defense when your phone is compromised, and AVG makes it easy and hassle-free to do it.

In the end, losing your phone shouldn’t be a devastating tragedy. Even if you keep sensitive information on it, with the right software, you shouldn’t have to worry as much about the long-term effects anymore.

Getting A Full Kentucky Experience

Getting A Full Kentucky Experience

Collaboration with Amanda Green


Kentucky is a unique state. The 15th member of the Union stretches from the fertile grain fields along the Mississippi River to the towering mountains of coal country along the Virginias.

In between is as much diversity as you would imagine, but perhaps nothing is more universal in the state than horse racing and fine spirits. Getting the opportunity to capture a real experience with both should be the goal of every traveler to the Bluegrass.

It’s the lime-heavy soils that have yielded strong-boned thoroughbreds for racing in Kentucky, and the first Saturday in May gives the world a chance to see the nation’s best battle it out for two minutes of action that leaves hooves and hearts pounding.

And those same soils have brought forth quality corn and grapes that have been skillfully refined into some of the world’s best bourbon and wine. If you’ve thought about getting a travel package that includes Kentucky Derby tickets 2017, don’t just stop at Churchill Downs. The state offers a number of opportunities to partake of its perfectly-aged beverages as well.

One easy way to enjoy those offerings is to travel the Bullitt County Bourbon & Wine Trail. Situated just south of Louisville, Bullitt County is conveniently located to flights and hotels, leaving your local travel to a minimum. Just a quick jaunt down I-65 from the city lands you in this region of quality products.

The trail has developed as part of the state’s overall emphasis on its history with bourbon, with labels like Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark logging decades of production and small-batch products like Woodford Reserve and Town Branch joining in more recently. Coupling the home-grown product with an ancient beverage like wine is a perfect mix that provides something for everyone. Add in the popularity of wine-related travel and you’ve got an ideal journey for anyone who enjoys fine drink.

So now that you are sold on the Trail, why Derby week? Isn’t it the most chaotic time to visit Kentucky? The answer is yes, and it’s beautifully chaotic.

The state needs no help from us to be absolutely gorgeous in May. Redbuds, dogwoods, cherries, and dozens of other species may be in bloom, and the bluegrass that gave the state its nickname is growing vigorously and emitting its namesake bluish cast on bright spring mornings.

But the Derby became icing on the cake when it began in 1875, building into a weeks-long celebration of all things Kentucky that make it heaven for any traveler. There is live music and food throughout the city, and Derby Week features a number of famous balls and galas that draw in celebrities from around the world. For something unique and absolutely breathtaking, watch the Great Balloon Race as it carries dozens of colorful hot-air balloons across the Kentucky countryside.

Tying in a trip to Bullitt County is a perfect connection. The weather is already likely to be beautiful. You’ll have a great variety of travel packages to choose from, and with the Trail’s flexibility, you’ll be free to enjoy whatever Derby events you want to see while still having plenty of time for the wineries and distilleries.

Kentucky is a place of immense variety. It straddles two time zones, borders seven other states, and was torn between Union and Confederate loyalties during the Civil War. Its elevation ranges from the peak of Black Mountain in Harlan County at 4,131 feet to the Kentucky Bend of Fulton County at 257 feet above sea level.

With so much to see, a visit to Kentucky should never include just one event or attraction. And with nothing bigger than the Derby to bring you in, the Bullitt County Bourbon and Wine Trail is a perfect compliment to your travel meal. There’s nothing better to pair with the fastest two minutes in sports than wine and bourbon that took decades to make.

Touring California “The Right Way”

Touring California “The Right Way”

Collaboration with Amanda Green


While, of course, there is no wrong way to tour California, some ways are better than others. For instance, a far better way than doing a whirlwind road trip is to experience each region differently.

So, instead of an exhausting trip going from one place to another, visit only one region at a time. You’ll spend less time travelling and more time getting a deeper appreciation for each region. When you get home, you’ll have more treasured memories rather than a blur of experiences.

Here is a quick overview of some recommended regions to visit in California to give you a good idea about it delightful cultural and geographical diversity.

Cultural Diversity

While California has a number of cities, the most fascinating to visit are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Palm Springs.

Incidentally, speaking of popular cities, an interesting fact about California is that the growing popularity of timeshare in the San Diego and Palm Springs areas serves as a home-base for those wishing to return after an unforgettable trip. According to a San Diego Union Tribune article on the Lawrence Welk timeshare, San Diego, “Welk resorts have condominium-style rooms with kitchens, lavish water slides and playgrounds. The Escondido complex has a retail center and theater with music and Broadway-style productions. It’s something like a cruise ship on land.”

1. Los Angeles

Los Angeles, the City of Angels, in Southern California, has the distinction of being ranked only after New York when it comes to the largest US city. Surrounded by mountains and valleys and faces the inexorable spread of the blue Pacific Ocean, its beaches, like Venice and Malibu, has a reputation for being wild-and-crazy places for surfers, celebrities, and tourists. Often considered the celebrity capital of the US because of Hollywood and the big movie studios here, LA has many gorgeous celebrity homes, high-priced designer stores in Beverly Hills and exquisite restaurants. LA is also home to big amusement parks like Universal Studios Hollywood and theme parks like Disneyland.

2. San Francisco

San Francisco, nestled in the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California, is the tip of a peninsula. It has a unique ambiance by dint of the world famous suspension bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, the tight curves of Lombard Street, the Chinatown area, the largest outside Asia, and the Fisherman’s Wharf. San Francisco has developed a reputation as one of the top college towns. According to an article in Grandslam on Top 10 College Towns in California, “Nestled right by downtown San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Berkeley is a student’s paradise. Great food, great climate, beautiful scenery, and both a small-town and big-city feel are just a day in the life of a UC Berkeley students. The student population is incredibly vibrant, known for their activism, protests, and rallies. Additionally, Berkeley offers a thriving music, film, and art scene as well as a booming tech scene.”

3. Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, 90 miles north of LA, has been called “The American Riviera” because of its mild climate, beautiful beaches, and old-world atmosphere. The city is well-known for its ubiquitous California Mission style architecture and Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786 by the Franciscan order.

4. San Diego

San Diego, south of LA and north of the Mexican border, is a huge coastal city, with an ideal climate and breathtakingly beautiful beaches. Despite its large size, it has the intimacy of a small town. Popular attractions include the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, the Birch Aquarium, and SeaWorld San Diego.

5. Palm Springs

The sun shines almost all year long, and even the winters, at 60 degree Fahrenheit, are mild. Dubbed as the winter retreat of the rich and famous, this city in the desert has numerous golf courses, clubs and casinos, bars, and fine-dining restaurants.

Geographical Diversity

Some of California’s unique natural geographical places include Death Valley, Catalina Island, Napa Valley, and its national parks.

1. Death Valley

Death Valley, located in the Mojave Desert in the Death Valley National Park, ranges from snow capped mountains to spectacular sand dunes. The region is famous for the ruins of ghost towns; Scotty’s Castle, a historic landmark; and Zabriskie Point, a scenic outlook.

2. Santa Catalina Island

Santa Catalina on the Pacific is only 22 miles from LA and visitors come by plane, helicopters, ferries, and private boats. It’s a popular island for day trips, family vacations, and honeymoons. Its two main popular centers are Two Harbors and Avalon. There are no private cars here, only taxis, golf carts, and bicycles.

3. Napa Valley

Home to some of the finest wines in the world, Napa Valley has developed a booming hospitality industry to accommodate wine lovers from the US and around the world. Visitors have a choice of established hotel chains, Bed & Breakfast inns, quaint hotels, and camping grounds. Besides enjoying a wine tour, visitors can also enjoy a spa, bike tours, and hot air balloon trips.

4. National Parks

The most famous national parks are Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Yosemite National Park. Sequoia and Kings Canyon border each other in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The region is famous for its gigantic sequoia trees, which can be a 100 feet wide and 300 feet tall. Meanwhile, Yosemite National Park, also in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of central eastern California, is celebrated for its 1,169 miles of geographical diversity from gigantic trees to stunning waterfalls to towering granite cliffs.

Reasons to Try a Boating Vacation in Europe

Reasons to Try a Boating Vacation in Europe

Collaboration with Amanda Green


Everyone loves taking a holiday. It’s the opportunity to get far from our hectic everyday routines. Many people already know what their escape looks like – a beautiful shoreline against turquoise ocean waters. Others cannot wait for their vacation to a small town brimming with history and stunning architecture. Perhaps, you are looking for something a little different, a real break from your everyday.

A boating holiday provides total flexibility to determine where to spend your day. Your route is your choice. If a pleasant town comes into view or a picturesque country pub catches your attention, moor up and visit.

There are many excellent financiers out there to assist you with boat loans and insurance policies. Your only work will be deciding how you want to pass the day. A boating vacation in Europe is just what you need if you want to avoid the crowds but still have opportunities to explore.

If you are looking for some guidance, consider the following suggestions for your European boating getaway.


Spend your vacation cruising along Germany’s waterways. Whether you choose to boat around Berlin or take in the unspoiled rural lakes such as Mecklenburg or Brandenburg, Germany is an excellent choice for your vacation.


Venice is home to many famous waterways you may wish to explore. You can dock in the city center of the town and see the famous sights, and this is even before including a trip along the Grand Canal. Visit the islands of Murano and Burano in the Venice lagoon or travel up the Site or Brenta rivers.  There are so many different stops you can visit such as Bruges or St. Mark’s Square.


Many different scenic lakes are available to you when you choose to explore the Dutch canals. Travel along the Rhine and visit Amsterdam, cruise north to Edam or south to Utrecht. Whichever way you go, you are guaranteed to be delighted by the windmills dotting the landscape.


A beautiful vacation awaits you when you choose to cruise the coasts of Belgium. With shorelines that bridge into fine sandy beaches, Belgium is a favorite boating destination. Travel inland and cruise the serene countryside and charming historic towns joined by the Flemish waterways.

Boating networks all throughout Europe are full of fantastic bars, bistros, shops, and people. Every country has something to offer you, whether it is the beauty of Salsa or an aged pint of ale. There is nothing better than a relaxing day on the water finishing up with a pleasant pint of ale in a sun-filled beer garden. Right on the water’s edge or in town, make a stop when the feeling hits.

A boating holiday in any of the many beautiful countries of Europe allows you to be in control. Where you go and how you get there are all up to you. Why go on a vacation just to be told what is next on your agenda. When you want to explore, go for it! If you want to enjoy a lazy day on the water, it is your choice. Is that not what a vacation is supposed to be?

Try something different on your next vacation and do not follow the masses. People like a beach destination, and it is easy to see why. Nevertheless, you ought to consider something fresh this coming year. Whether you go with the family or a handful of close friends you can be sure to create some great memories on a boating vacation.

5 Tips For Planning The Great American Road Trip

5 Tips For Planning The Great American Road Trip

Collaboration with Amanda Green


The great American road trip is almost a tradition in a country that initiated the era of the automobile. It’s almost considered a rite of passage: an archetypal search for freedom and identity, and it has often been memorialized in books and movies rife with nostalgia and misadventure.

The idea of a road trip is appealing because it’s somewhat democratic. It’s simple. It’s fair. And it can lead anywhere. A map, a road-worthy vehicle, and a Jack Kerouac-like appetite for adventure are all that’s necessary.

If you’re planning on a road trip in 2017, here are 5 tips to consider:

  1. Make sure you have the right paperwork.

The last thing you want to do before you set out is forget to update your driver’s license, license plate stickers, and insurance. When it comes to insurance, you have to research things like liability insurance, collision coverage, comprehensive coverage. It goes without saying that the better the coverage, the easier it will be to handle any accidents or mishaps on your trip, and with cheap online car insurance, it shouldn’t be difficult to get an excellent insurance policy, even if you fall under the category of a higher risk driver.

  1. Get a vehicle checkup.

Schedule any necessary service for oil changes and tune-ups.

Here are some other things that you should check up on your vehicle:

  • ·  Make sure it has good wiper blades and sufficient fluid levels.
  • ·  Make sure it has a strong battery charge and clean terminals.
  • ·  Make sure it has tires in good conditions. Notice if it has enough tread, if there are any tears, and if there are any bulges on the side wall. Make sure you have the right tire pressure.
  • ·  Make sure it has brake pads that are not worn or need to be replaced.
  • ·  Make sure it is not overloaded when you pack. Check your vehicle’s load capacity to pack smart.
  1. Estimate your time.

Before you start thinking about your route, estimate how much time you have for the trip. This will tell you how far you can go and how to pace your trip.

  1. Figure out your budget.

Get a good idea of how much you are willing to spend. You don’t want to run out of money in the middle of nowhere because you didn’t have time to balance your checkbook.

  1. Get the necessary equipment.

Think about the equipment you will need. Do you need a GPS, a smartphone, travel guides, satellite radio, tents, sleeping bags, and an emergency medical kit? Make a list of all the things that you’ll need to take with you.

  1. Plan out your route.

By planning out your route, you won’t spend most of your time traveling through cities when you would rather be on a country route or much time in deserts when you would rather be driving through forests.

Here are some ideas for your itinerary:

  • 1. Get guides for classic US routes. For instance, the New England fall foliage tour; the nostalgic, old Route 66; the labyrinthine California Highways.
  • 2. While planning on taking a trip to favorite sights, be sure to leave some options for unexpected detours. This will allow you to have a general sense of direction while also give you the freedom to wing it.
  • 3. If you have no idea where you want to go, then you could simply follow data-genius Randy Olson’s ultimate road trip. According to an article in Washington Post, “At the urging of Tracy Staedter from Discovery News, Olson set out to find the quickest driving route that would stop at a national natural landmark, national historic site, national park or national monument in all of the lower 48 states. He also included Washington, D.C. and added another stop in California to get to a total of 50 stops.” The article has detailed maps.

Popular Places

With so many favorite places and roadside curiosities people across this vast country, you would need a thick guidebook to even start.

With that in mind, here are some idea starters:

  • ·  Go to the Grand Canyon, a geological phenomena that took over a million years to create.
  • ·  Visit Yellowstone, the first national park. Opened in 1872, it spans 2 million acres.
  • ·  Drive along California’s Pacific Highway 1, a 135 mile stretch between San Luis Obispo and Monterey. At Monterey, you can drive an additional two hours north to see the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, a 75-year-old feat of engineering.
  • ·  Visit Walt Disney World. Located in Orlando, Florida, your children can enjoy the Magic Kingdom,
  • ·  Explore Cinderella’s Castle, and watch the animatronic wax model of Abe Lincoln in the Hall of Presidents.
  • ·  Go to Times Square, which stretches between Manhattan’s 42nd and 47th street. This piece of Broadway will fascinate you.
  • ·  Baker, California, has the world’s tallest thermometer.
  • ·  Collinsville, Illinois, has the world’s largest bottle of ketchup. The 170 ft tall water tower was built by the W.E. Caldwell Company in 1949 for the G.S. Suppinger catsup bottling plant.

A road trip can be a blast or a disaster. By taking the time for planning ahead, you’ll have fun rather than wishing you had stayed at home.

The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Shopping On A Budget

The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Shopping On A Budget

Shopping for friends and family at this busy time of year gets a pretty bad reputation, but it doesn’t have to be as stressful as you might be envisioning. If you budget well, plan in advance, and make sure there’s a nice glass of wine at home waiting for you when you get back from the shops, Christmas shopping can be simple – and even fun!

Christmas Shopping for Kids

Remember that young children don’t need presents that come in a box (in fact, the box just delays them getting to the good stuff!). There’s nothing wrong with checking out second hand toys and clothing from car boot sales or local ‘nearly new’ sales in your area. Even small marks shouldn’t put you off from buying something that otherwise looks really lovely – with a decent laundry detergents like Persil, complaints about stains will be easy to resolve. Just make sure you give all clothing a good wash.

You might be surprised at the bargains you’ll find when you do a bit of digging at local sales. Many savvy shoppers like to purchase just one or two top Christmas toys for kids, and then add in a few cheaper items to bulk out the present pile. For youngsters, Christmas is less about gifts, and more about having things to open. Just remember that if something’s in the sales because it’s high-quality but has got a bit grubby in a stockroom, it’s worth picking up – with any good laundry detergent, from supermarket own brand to something like Persil, complaints won’t be an issue.

Food & Drink

If you’re looking to feed the family on a budget this Christmas, planning is key. It’s best to start keeping an eye on the deals from around late October to early November. Many shops will have deals on cases of wines which bring the price per bottle way down, and ‘buy one get one free’ offers on food are well worth looking into. If you have an old freezer stored away in your garage, clean it up and get it plugged in – this will be an ideal place to store Christmas dinner meats and vegetables, ready for the big day.

Relax, Take it Easy

Do you collect vouchers and then become so flustered during your shopping that you forget to use them? Don’t lose out on a bargain because you’re overwhelmed by the throngs of people or the length of your shopping list. Take it easy. You can help to reduce shopping stress by visiting stores early in the day (or later in the evening, if the shop is open into the night) when they tend to be a little less busy. And if you do find yourself fighting your way through the crowds, take a few minutes for yourself! Find a nice café, take your coat off, sit down, and just relax until you’re ready and raring to go again.

Have Fun!

With these handy planning tips — and with a little help from a good-quality detergent like Persil — complaints about Christmas shopping will be a thing of the past! Shopping at this time of year doesn’t have to be stressful –  it can actually be quite fun, and shopping on a budget is actually much easier than you may think. Have fun this Christmas!

Great Online Free Slots UK

Great Online Free Slots UK




If you are a fan of slot machines you will know that they can be great fun. You probably play in your local pub, or perhaps at the casino or in the betting shop, and the chances are you win every now and again. However, have you actually done the research needed to understand which are the best machines to play, the ones that give you the best chance of success? Many players have not, and yet it can lead to greater success if you spend just a few minutes searching for the right game. This is why we recommend you play online slot machines, as they offer convenience that cannot be matched.

What are online slot machines? Quite simply, they are replicas of the machines you will find in the casino, but available online, all the time. There are many different games to choose from, and many websites offering online free slots in the UK, so why not check them out? You will be able to play at any time of the day of night, every day of the week, from anywhere with an internet connection; in your break at work, in a café, or in your home, and from any device from a PC to a smartphone. Does that sound like a lot of fun?

What You Need to Know

When we talk about free slots we are not lying; there really is free money to be had, and free plays to be enjoyed. With so many providers offering free slot machine games, you can try many of them using a demo function. This works as per normal, except you don’t lose any money. When you come to play for real you will find that you know the game inside out, and that you stand a better chance of winning.

Another area of research you need to pay attention to is the RTP percentage that will be listed with every game. This is the Return to Player chance, and the higher it is, the more chance you have of winning money. Also, look for the introductory offers; these can be in the form of matching your deposit 100% – in other words, they give you free money to play with to an equal value.

Enjoying your Gambling

With free online slots you should always remember that they are there to enjoy; don’t let your gambling get out of control, and always stay within your limits. Playing online gives you the opportunity to really enjoy your gambling and to win money, all from the comfort of your own home. Why not check out the websites now for all the information you could possibly need on the online slot machine craze, and enjoy your games on these cold winter days from the comfort of your home.

A Beautiful Home on a Budget

A Beautiful Home on a Budget

Collaboration with Poppy J.

For many, their home is forever changed with the arrival of children, and priorities swiftly swivel away from purchasing the latest must-have designs, towards trying to keep the home moderately presentable on a budget. It can be extremely difficult to come to terms with the fact that your once pristine palace now resembles a giant crumb-filled toy box, but there are ways you can regain control of your home without having to empty the entire contents of your wallet.

DIY Magic

Once you have accepted you can no longer splurge on every piece of furniture you fancy, you can delve into the magical world of “make-you-own” creativity. The internet is swarming with fantastic decorating tips and tutorials, explaining how you can create amazing accessories for your home, from snazzy vases, to beautifully elegant curtains. You could even make your own chandeliers simply by using plastic spoons, yes plastic spoons! If you want to attempt something a bit bigger, why not give building your own coffee table a go, using wine crates and a lick of varnish

Search the Sales

There are some household items that could prove a little ambition to make, even for the most experienced DIYers, and the sensible thing to do is but furniture that is going to last for several years. Be savvy and scour the online sales for bargain purchases such as cut-price sofas and beds. If your bed and mattress hasn’t been changed in a long time it is worth taking a peek at online retailers such as Bedstar, who regularly have sales. Check their stock for stylish, yet hard-wearing bed frames that can withstand being bounced on by children and pets.

Out With the Old…

Budgeting isn’t just about spending less, and if you can bear to part with existing household items, you could actually be sitting on a goldmine, which can be used to spruce up your home in a child-friendly way. Your threadbare sofa could actually fetch you a few quid on local buy and sell sites, and if you have items such as exercise equipment or still boxed kitchen appliances, admitting you are never going to use them could result in you putting some much-needed pounds in your bank.

Swap Skills

One of the best things about the internet is that we now have the ability to be in contact with all different kinds of people from all over the world in mere seconds. We are also able to contact local people who have talents that could help you revamp your home. I’m not talking about professional decorators and painters who will charge you for jobs done in your home, but people who are willing to trade their particular skill in return for another. There are many sites that advertise this scheme and so if you are a whizz in the kitchen, fluent in a foreign language, or are a talented musician, you could offer to teach another person these skills in return for them sprucing up your home. Take a look at The Guardian’s top ten list of swapping sites and benefit from the skills of others.