How You Can Stay Alert Throughout The Day

The days just fly by these days. You’ve likely got kids to drop to school, a job to get to, chores to get done, the list goes on. It can sometimes be hard to stay upbeat and alert. But the key to happiness can be found by using various techniques and supplements to keep you going strong. If you’re struggling day to day then perhaps these can help you.




Not just the one bottle, but if you can get yourself into a good system, whereby you’re drinking it constantly throughout the day then water can give you the energy you need to be successful. It also relieves fatigue, so if you’re running around all day it can help you feel more alert and less tired. There’s a huge amount of health benefits that come with drinking water too, so there’s no excuse not to. If you just keep a bottle at hand it will soon become second nature to keep taking sips throughout the day.




Coffee, of course containing caffeine, is one of the best ways to start your day. The amount of people who walk around with a Starbucks cup in the morning has become ridiculous, especially when there are some great and tasty coffee you can make at home. The best instant coffee can give you the energy you need to push through the morning. It also stimulates the brain in a way that can potentially make you more productive. Just be careful not to drink super large quantities of it throughout the day or to drink it too late or it can affect your sleep.



Caffeine Pills


Many people don’t actually like coffee, be it the taste or the feeling. Whilst some won’t have time to make coffee in the morning if they’re on a tight schedule. If this is the case it can be worth popping a quick caffeine pill in the morning before you leave the house. They can improve your concentration and reduce exertion. They are also great before embarking on a strenuous sports activity such as a long cycle or swim. Again, they are best swallowed in the morning or before strenuous activity.




Exercise can keep your energy flowing by increasing the productivity of your heart and increasing circulation around your body. The more you exercise the more energy you’ll have to spend throughout the day. It can be a great idea to go for a long walk at the end of the day or a run in the morning before work. It will be hard at first, but the more you do the quicker you’ll get into a killer routine. You likely know about the brilliant health benefits of exercising, so even if you just start off by going on weekly runs it can help you in your day to day life by allowing you to fatigue less and stay productive for longer.


You need to choose the method and balance that is right for you, a mixture of exercise and water is a great bet, or perhaps a caffeine pill in the morning and exercise at night. It all depends what kind of job you do and how tired you actually get.

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Car Problems You Honestly Don’t Need A Mechanic To Fix

Some people grow up around cars, fixing them when problems arise and generally thinking nothing of it. But there’s a whole swath of us out there who think that if we tinker with our cars, we’ll destroy them forever.


The problem with this attitude is that it winds up costing you big time in the long term. Mechanics aren’t cheap, and there are plenty of common problems that you can solve yourself.


Fixing A Flat Tyre




If your car is tilting to one side, or you hear a loud thumping noise, there’s a good chance you’ve got a flat tyre. You’ll need some top automotive tools with you in your boot to sort the problem out, including a car jack and a spare tyre. Put the jack underneath a metallic part of the car’s frame (not the plastic bumper) and pump the car up. Once the car is in position, remove all the lug nuts and put the donut on. Then tighten the bolts back up and bring the jack down.


Failed Head Or Tail Lights


The symptoms of failed headlights are pretty obvious at night: you can’t see where you’re going. Tail lights can be a little trickier to diagnose if you’re still sitting in the vehicle. The solution? Back up to a wall and watch out for that characteristic red glow. If the wall gets lit up, you know your tail lights are working properly.


Getting new lights is easy and you don’t need to go to your mechanic. Just drop by your local Advanced Auto Parts of Autozone and ask a member of staff which lights will work with your particular make and model of car. Usually, they’ll be able to point you in the right direction. Unless you have a supercar, you don’t need to buy ultra premium lights: regular lights will do.


Once you’ve bought the lights, pop off the old housing with the car switched off, remove the old bulb and slide the new one in.


A Dead Battery


Your car not starting is never a nice feeling. All of a sudden you’ve been cast adrift, unable to interact with the rest of society. Usually, a car that won’t start at all has something wrong with its battery, so this is the first place to look.


The first thing to do is to grab your tester and charger, if you have one at home, and charge up the battery this way. This is to make sure that the problem is the battery and not something else in the engine. If you don’t have a charger or a testing kit at home, most garages will check your battery for free.


Look to see if there is any corrosion on the surface of the battery and clean it off. Then unplug the positive and negative terminals of the battery and lift it out. Replace it with the new one, and you’re done.


The cool thing about a lot of these repairs is just how simple they are, once you invest the time in learning how to do them.

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Buzz Buzz! Exciting Ways to Get Your Coffee Fix!




Coffee is one of the greatest substances on this planet. Not only does it help get your brain into gear when you need it most, but it also helps improve your mood and even aids in pain relief. If you want to take your coffee-drinking experiences to the next level, then we’ve got an amazing guide for you. Stop drinking that freeze-dried instant stuff – it’s time to really treat yourself to some rich coffee delights.


Machines for serious enthusiasts


If you’re looking to move away from instant coffee, then it’s probably time for you to start looking a the ways the experts make their coffee! A French press is probably the most basic step up, and can deliver some amazing coffee. But if you like your coffee pure but quick, you could look into machines such as the Espresso Gusto. If you want to add some more excitement to your coffee while keeping things inspired by the professionals, then you can consider getting flavored syrups for your caffeine fix.




Caffeine-rich smoothies


Coffee doesn’t go in every smoothie, of course. Fruits like strawberries, apples, and lemon, for example, really don’t go well with that dark, rich flavor. But there are several fruits and nuts that make surprisingly great partners for coffee in a smoothie. Banana may be the most obvious one to many people – a coffee-banana smoothie, often misleadingly called a banoffee smoothie, makes for an amazing breakfast! Orange, almond, chocolate, and coconut also go great with the brew.




Coffee snacks


You know those overpriced ‘energy ball’ snacks you can get in pretty much any health store? You can make those yourself at home – and you can make them even more potent if you give them an espresso kick! You can actually put coffee in a lot of snacks. Mocha pancakes are a great way to give yourself a quick energy boost if you want something light. Coffee muffins aren’t quite as easy to get right as the others, but those looking for a quick breakfast may want to make a bunch over the weekend then eat them on the way to work throughout the week for a super-tasty boost!




Delicious desserts


When one thinks about “coffee” and “dessert” in the same sentence, then they inevitably think about tiramisu. Tiramisu can be made with more of a focus on the sweeter elements or with a stronger focus on the coffee. (A little booze also helps give it a powerful kick!) Tiramisu isn’t the easiest thing to get right, though. If you’re looking for something simpler, then you should look into baking a coffee cake.


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Roast your own


If you want to get really adventurous, then you could look into getting your own coffee beans and then roasting them yourself! This is the ultimate way to experiment and achieve a taste you really like. It requires a lot of practice, though, and is hardly the quick way to get your caffeine fix! Still, if you want to learn more about the art of coffee, then it’s certainly something you should think about.

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That Forever House: Can You Build Your Dream Home Or Will It Be A Nightmare?


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Does the perfect, forever home exist?


Okay, it may be an unfair question, especially as the concept of a forever home was first developed in reference to rescue pets. And the answer to the above question, for humans, is probably “yes.” Extremely wealthy people can afford to move to any location, get a bespoke mansion built and move their family in around them.


Short of discovering an unknown talent for commodity trading, you may never know that level of wealth. So is it time to give up on having the home that is perfect for you? Is it time to settle for the closest thing the market and your budget can offer?


Well, not necessarily. What you do need to be sure of is that you are ready to put the work in to make it happen. You may need to commit yourself to a long-term project. But yes, you can make that forever home a reality, if you’re prepared to get to work on it.


Build Or Renovate?


Building your home from scratch is a massive undertaking, but if you do plenty of research and know who to hire, it can save you money. Buying the exact home you want means finding a perfect home that the inhabitant is willing to sell – not exactly a buyer’s market. But planning a new build could work for you.


You need to know exactly what you want, first. How many bedrooms and bathrooms? Where do you want to build it? Can you get the land and is it fit for building on? How much of the work can you do yourself?


If all of these questions sound like too much of a headache, can you take the existing shell of a home and remodel it to be your dream home? To achieve this, often the best start point is to renovate a “fixer upper.”


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Having bought for a bargain-basement price, you then pour your budget into making it like new. Because it needs so much work, it is essentially a blank canvas. Unlike a new build, though, you at least have a canvas.


Can You Do It On Your Own?


Probably not. Unless you’re a skilled carpenter, plumber, electrician, architect, painter and decorator and realtor. If you’re all of those, then you probably have the money to buy your dream home.


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You should check out how much you can do by yourself, though. Experiment with the tools for cutting and building the frame of a room – but do so before you decide to go ahead with the project. Be aware of what you can do and what you cannot.


So many people have taken on a new build project by themselves and ended up with something so flawed that they need to start from scratch. On top of that, they then need to pay the experts. Which may not be beyond your budget, but you ideally want to hire the right people before you’ve spent a lot trying to do it yourself.


So, Should You Give It A Go?


The key to building your dream home, or renovating to achieve it, is realism. Blindly plowing ahead with a scheme and hoping enthusiasm will carry you there will end in tears. Learn what you can do yourself. Find the right people to do what you cannot. And most importantly of all, work from a structured plan. Make it up as you go along and you will waste money, time and goodwill; in short, it can make any dream home a nightmare.

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Let’s Prep The Garden For Winter!

It’s going to be 2017 before we know it, and like every year it might get you into the mood for a lot of big changes and fresh starts. There are all kinds of new year’s’ resolutions and goals that you can set yourself, but seen as you’re on this blog I’ll assume you want to go with something home-orientated. If your garden could do with a refresh, here are some tips on getting it ready for spring.

Prepare your Arsenal

Seen at Calbourne Mill, Isle of Wight.

Seen at Calbourne Mill, Isle of Wight.

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By “arsenal”, I mean all those tools that have been lying around in the shed, exposed to the intense conditions of winter. The days are getting longer, and soon enough they’ll be getting warmer too, so make sure that all your tools are ready for the job by the time spring rolls around. Most of your tools can be cleaned off simply using soap and water, but for anything with wooden handles, you should get some mineral spirits to prevent them from splintering. When the sun starts shining again, you’ll have a range of tools in great condition, waiting for you to use them.

Clean Up


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You garden’s probably taken a real battering through the winter, and been covered in all kinds of debris left over from storms. To make the actual gardening easier for yourself, you’re going to need to clean your whole patch up. First of all, clear the lawn and all your flower beds of any broken branches and dead leaves that have been whisked up by the wind. This can be left for a little while, but you should make sure that the job is polished off long before the first day of spring. You don’t want this kind of debris getting in the way of your spring bulbs and plants. The sooner you clear out the beds, the less likely you’ll be to step on any young plants and damage them irreparably. It’s also a good idea to roll out the pressure washer and give any patios or decks a good clean. These can get filthy through winter, and you’ll be saving yourself a lot of effort later by getting started as soon as possible. While the Christmas decorations are still up, why not get a new pressure washer in the sales as a late present to yourself? You can find some handy information on washers at .

Get Your Soil Ready


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Giving your soil the TLC it needs to be ready for planting is another important job to get out of the way before spring arrives. Start off by getting the pitchfork out, and turning over all your soil, raking it out and clearing away any weeds that may have grown through the winter. After that, throw a little more fresh compost into your bin. If you’re not using a compost bin, you can always get some store-bought compost or manure, and use this to add more nutrients to your soil. Adding this a week or two before you plant any spring pieces will give it time to mix well with your existing soil.

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Moving Home Doesn’t Have To Be Stressful

Moving home is often a particularly stressful time. Even if you have done it many times before, it can often be surprising just how stressful it is. Sometimes, you move home simply to get away from your current situation. In these circumstances it is often the case that you want to get as far away as possible. Of course, at other times it is much less extreme, and you just want to have a bit of a change. Whatever your reasoning, it is always in your interest to make the whole experience as smooth and hassle-free as possible. In order to achieve that particular aim, you need to think carefully about a few choice elements. Let’s take a look at some of the things you need to consider to make moving home easier.



Choosing Your New Home


The most important thing in all of this is that you end up somewhere where you can be truly happy. It can be difficult to know how happy you will be before you have actually moved, of course, but you can do your best to maximise your chances. It is important that you spend a decent amount of time choosing your new home. This means both spending time on the property itself, and the area itself. Living in an area which suits you is one of the most important parts of feeling at home in your new place, so make sure you choose your new town well. And as for the building itself, be sure not to rush, and only settle on something you are really happy with.


Start Packing Early


The whole process of moving home can take a surprising amount of time. The last thing you want, however, is to have to rush at the end because you left too much to do in error, thinking that you had more time than you do. Avoid this situation by getting your packing done as early as possible. There are certain things you want to leave out and unpacked – mostly bathroom and kitchen goods – but for the most part, you can start packing things away. This will likely make the whole experience a lot less stressful – and it also means you are unlikely to forget to pack anything important.


Get Help On The Day
When it comes to the actual move, remember that this is not something that you particularly want to do on your own. If you have any friends or family who can help you, then it is a good idea to employ that help. Even just having one extra pair of hands on board can help massively, and make the whole thing go a lot smoother and faster. If you are moving in with someone else, then you can be sure to help each other. This will make it less stressful for everyone, and that is a very good way to start life in your new abode. Remember that you do not need to rush, and that it will all come together before long.

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How To Get More From Your Workout



If you’re starting to feel like your exercise routine has gotten a little bit stale, you might become bored with it and even give up. Alternative, you could also be finding that your results have stopped improving at the rates they were, or that you’re not seen any impact at all. If that’s the case, then you might need to starting thinking about how you can boost your workout and get more out of it. If you’ve tried a different approach or to change things up and you’re still not feeling inspired, hopefully, these tips will help.


Get In The Zone


First of all, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re in the zone. Committing to your workout and being consistent isn’t enough. If you’re putting minimal effort in or stopping when you’re not at your potential, you’re going to get bored eventually. Instead, you need to learn to push through a tough workout. When you do, you’ll start to see a lot better progress in your results.


Fuel And Refuel


Another reason why you could be struggling with your workout is by being exhausted. You might feel like you’ve got enough energy to get through it, but if you’re not fuelling your workout correctly, you’ll not be working to your highest potential. Make sure that you get the right balance between carbs and proteins before your workout. You’re also going to want to make sure that refuel after you’ve finished too. That way, you’ll recover more efficiently and be able to do it all over again tomorrow.



Streamline Your Sound


If you’re struggling to focus or really get into your workout, you might be too distracted. If you can never beat your time on the treadmill or get an extra rep with weight, you might be too involved in the room that you’re in. Instead of getting distracted by other people or even what’s on the TV, you might want to get yourself a pair of wireless headphones (discover more on how they work here), blast your music and lose yourself in your workout.


Stretch And Release


Another way to help your body reap as many benefits from your workout as possible is to stretch properly. If your muscles are tight, they’re not going to be able to perform as well when you’re exercising. So, you’re going to want to start adding a stretching session into your workout routine. You could also try yoga if you want to get the most out of stretching and it’s always a good idea to invest in a foam roller to roll out your muscles before and after a workout.


Get A Good Night’s Sleep


And finally, if you’re not getting enough sleep, you could be hindering your workouts overall. Sleep is so important, especially when you’re into exercise. You have to let your body heal and recover so that it can take on your next session. When you skip sleep, you’re underestimating the damage that can be done. So if you never get a solid 7-8 hours of sleep each night, you might want to start.

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