The Functional, No-Fuss Kitchen And How To Achieve It

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With an ever-increasing number of cookery shows and the rising popularity of celebrity chefs, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest cooking fads. For example, purchasing fancy branded crockery or investing in the latest stylish food mixer. Those are the items that end up cluttering your work surfaces or gathering dust in the cupboard. They leave a sizeable hole in your bank balance, and your food doesn’t get any better.

 

Rather than copying someone else’s dream kitchen, think about what would really work for you. Focus on function.

 

How Do You Use Your Kitchen?

 

For many of us, the kitchen is much more than a place to prepare food. Often it’s the hub of the whole house. It’s the place we gather as a family, to drink coffee and eat meals. Our kids do their homework on the kitchen table, and our pets find a cozy place to nap. We leave each other messages on the fridge or display our latest achievements.

 

How do you use your kitchen? Make a list of its various functions. This is a good starting point. If you’re clear on its various uses, you can go ahead and make improvements.

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Get Rid Of Anything That Isn’t Useful

 

Regina Brett advises us to ‘get rid of anything that isn’t beautiful, useful or joyful’. This is good advice, especially in the kitchen. Clutter, as well as being visually unappealing, slows processes and gets in the way of everyday functions. Creating an efficient kitchen often starts with having a sort out and moving things around. Go through everything cupboard by cupboard and discard anything that is no longer useful. Give it to friends, recycle or bin it.

 

There is no list or rules to advise you when going through this process. It’s a very personal choice. For example, if you’re a coffee aficionado, that large coffee machine on the counter will be vital. If you’re not and it’s just in the way, it’s time to ditch it.

 

Invest In Equipment And Accessories That Will Work For You

 

Before investing in new appliances, tools or machinery, ask yourself how it will improve your life. This could be by saving time, bringing pleasure, expanding meal choices, etc. Then ask yourself, whether you intend to use it and if so, how often. If you’re unsure, wait a few days. Are there any other areas you could invest in to bring greater benefits?

 

There’s nothing wrong with buying new appliances; you just need to ensure that they are useful. For example, if you love home cooked food but are short on time, opt for labor-saving devices such as a convection microwave. This will prepare a roast chicken in a fraction of the time and will also brown it for you. Always shop around and read reviews, such as recent countertop microwave reviews. Dishwashers and slow cookers will also provide you with more time.

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Create Zones

 

If your kitchen is multifunctional, think in terms of zones. For example, you’ll have a zone for cooking and preparing food, an area for washing up, an area for eating and homework, etc. Ensure each zone is as efficient as possible. Large overhead lights will make eating and homework easier, whereas countertop lights will work best for preparing food.

 

Ensure you have adequate storage space if areas are used for different purposes. Tables with built-in drawers make setting the table a breeze and will remove clutter when the table is being used for something else.
The next time you’re deliberating over whether to buy the latest kitchen accessory, spend some time considering whether it will be useful, what benefits it will bring, and if there’s anything else that will provide greater benefits. When it comes to the kitchen, focus on function.

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The Common Pitfalls of a Blogging Business and How to Avoid Them

Blogging has become incredibly popular over the past couple of years. People can share their stories, talk about their favourite TV shows and review obscure things like fruits if they want to. It’s a great way to share your passions and discuss your interests with other viewers. Looking for blogs is also an excellent way to meet new individuals and make lifelong friends that you share passions with.

 

But with blogging comes money. Many professional writers have turned to blogging as their regular source of income. They can set up affiliate links, they can make money from advertisements and sometimes, they create their own product lines such as eBooks and shirts to sell. There are many business opportunities for a successful blog to undertake, but with money comes the potential to fail.

 

Here are some of the most common blogging pitfalls that have to be avoided if you want to secure profits and remain a legitimate business. Keep in mind that most of these only happen in very uncommon situations, but if they do happen, then you’re going to be very upset about losing several weeks worth of work and revenue.

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Security Concerns

 

If your blog is compromised then you can say goodbye to days worth of revenue or possibly even months or years worth of work. Make sure that your hosting service makes regular backups that you can revert to in the event of a hacking attack, and practice basic security measures such as using multi-tiered authentication or a phone related log in service such as Clef. Make sure that your regularly clean your work computer of viruses and malware and never click on suspicious links that are too good to be true. There are many managed wordpress hosting services that take care of most of the security concerns for you.

 

Copyright Concerns

 

Plagiarism is a huge deal in the blogging world. If you’re caught stealing information or numbers without giving credit, then you can wave your blogging business goodbye. Make sure all of your content is original and never copy other people’s work. If you hire a freelancer to write some articles then use online resources to check for plagiarism. You also need to ensure that the images you use in your articles are your own or royalty free. You don’t want a disgruntled photographer to sue you for using his or her image without permission because the law will favour them, and you might end up having to pay back thousands in fines.

 

Income Concerns
Don’t quit your job as soon as you make a single penny or get a couple hundred viewers. You need your day job to sustain your web hosting costs and to hire writers in the event you can’t keep up. It’s critical that you don’t focus on making money at the beginning—that can come later when you’ve built up an audience. Never get greedy and take on too many sponsorships or review requests for money. Everything you do for the first couple of months should involve spreading your influence, getting your blog noticed and responding to readers to keep their interest.

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Dream Jobs That Let You Work and Travel

Imagine waking up in a different hotel in a different country every week. You put on your complimentary slippers, open the balcony door and breath in the fresh air as you gaze at the wonderful sights from your hotel room. You take a trip downstairs to feast on a gourmet breakfast buffet, stuffing your face with as much food as you like. Then you head back into your room, take a quick shower, then bring out your laptop to start the day’s work.

 

It’s a dream that many people who love to travel want to experience. Travelling around the world, meeting new people, experiencing new things and being able to work at the same time. Of course, you’d need to visit your home country now and then for taxes and other duties, but you could live your life travelling around the world and still make enough money to sustain your wanderlust.

 

If it sounds like the type of life you want to live, then here are some examples of dream jobs that will allow you that freedom.

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Trading

 

Trading stocks and foreign currencies can be done from anywhere as long as you have a laptop computer and an internet connection. You can look for forex ecn brokers and get set up within a matter of minutes. With trial accounts available and plenty of online resources, a dedicated newcomer can pick up trading within a couple of weeks and start making a profit.

 

With the added bonus of your travel experience, you’ll pick up vital financial situations in each country which can give you a small bonus when it comes to trading in exotic currencies. As long as you stay up to date with global news and industry trends, the life of the trader is the perfect job for someone who loves to travel.

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Blogging

 

There are thousands of people around the world that are lucky enough to travel wherever they want and document their experiences for money. Starting a blog takes some time and effort, so it’s recommended that you document your holidays before you decide to quit your job to become a full-time travelling worker. Get a good quality camera, record some videos, network with friendly people around the world to show you the best local attractions and food spots, and you’ll reel in viewers.

 

Once you have a large enough viewer base, you can start to gain money with ad revenue, affiliate links or even by selling your services as a writer or selling travel guides.

 

Freelancer
As long as you have a computer, you can advertise and sell your skills no matter where you are. If you’re an accomplished writer, budding artist or even an amateur musician, there’s someone out there who is willing to pay for your services and extend your portfolio. Getting clients isn’t easy for a new freelancer, so it’s recommended that you get a good start in your home country and secure a list of clients who are willing to pay for your work before you set off to explore the world.

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Cool Ideas To Transform Your Backyard Into A Getaway

We all want our gardens to be a little more livable. But all too often, especially in the winter, they can be uninviting. Here are some ideas to help you transform your drab backyard into a magical getaway.

 

Add Outdoor Kitchen Space

 

There’s nothing more annoying in the summer than having to cook in a hot kitchen away from guests and the rest of the party. That’s why so many people are now building kitchens outside. Outdoor kitchens can be expensive, but you don’t have to go all in. If you want, you can opt for a single grill and a couple of gas burners. Adding a refrigerator also helps, especially if you want to keep beer and wine nearby and having a sink makes cleaning up afterward super easy.

 

Make The Space Private

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Another issue with outdoor living is the fact that it’s public. Neighbours can easily peek into your garden while you’re trying to relax or entertain guests. Not to worry: this problem is easily solved with garden walls and fences. An especially beautiful idea is to use lattice fencing and pergolas to close off the space. These let light in but also provide screens to obstruct the prying eyes of your neighbors.

 

Create A Stunning Patio

 

When sushi first came to America, people didn’t really know what to do. They tried eating it with knives and forks and didn’t know how much wasabi to use. But over time they learned what to do, and now they’re as proficient as the Japanese.

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A similar thing happened with patios. At the start, they were ugly slabs of concrete, serving no apparent function other than to pave over part of the lawn. But over time, things changed and people began using them in the way the early designers and pioneers intended: as an extension of the house.

 

To make the patio an extension of your home, invest in patio covers and use planting beds, container gardens, and furniture that can survive the weather to make it more livable.

 

Always Furnish For Comfort

 

Comfortable outdoor furniture has really become a thing over the last couple of years. In fact, one is left wondering why the market took so long to realize that people wanted their outdoor furniture to be as comfortable as their indoor furniture. There are now dozens of companies offering furniture made from rattan, a material that can survive the harsh outdoor weather but that is also a lot more comfortable than traditional outdoor furniture materials, like wood and wrought iron.

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Synthetic, waterproof fabrics are also now on the market, meaning that whole new types of garden experiences are now available. Reading a book in the backyard can be just like reading a book in your living room, with the added benefit of being surrounded by nature.

 

Use Outdoor Structures To Define Spaces

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Outdoor structures have long been a way to escape the rest of the world. A gazebo, for instance, offers a protected area for outdoor dining and cooking. Pergolas and trellises all create a focal point for outdoor spaces.

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Resolutions to Make That Will Actually Enrich Your Life

If you are thinking of making resolutions in the new year, it sometimes feels like you are setting yourself up for failure. So often we fail at making them work and after a few weeks in we have completely forgotten about them. Things, like losing weight or running a marathon, are quite general. They aren’t specific enough to get things done. Plus, it doesn’t deal with the nitty-gritty about how things got that way in the first place. But there are certain things that you can resolve to do that are much less likely to fail. So have a read of these below and perhaps pick one or two to choose from. You might be surprised at just how much they might change your life.

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Improve Life in Your Community

 

When the place you live is a happier place to be, then it will make it a nicer place for you to live in. So even small things like saying hi to your neighbors can make a massive difference. Greet your neighbors instead of ignoring them or just nodding. When we speak and get to know them, it will make the area that you live a much nicer place to be. It can also be quite contagious. They are much more likely to go about and do the same. When we know our neighbors better, we have a better support system in emergencies. It makes going to local events easier and will help us to enjoy our homes and where we live better.

 

Change Things You Dislike

 

If there are certain things that you dislike about your life, then it is time to change them. If you find that you are unhappy, then think about the reasons why you might be. Then make practical changes to correct them. It might be that you need to forgive someone, as you’ve been holding onto something for too long. Changing jobs could help perhaps, or you might consider something like life coaching. If you feel that you need more than just you to get over a certain issue, then you could consider the latter with someone like Darren Christopher Rowland. Then you can move on and make your life happier than it has been in a long time.

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Make Eye Contact

 

This goes for everyone that we come into contact with. But when you give someone eye contact, it makes the interaction much more meaningful. We are all busy, so it might be hard to listen to our kids and make the dinner. But just take a time out and listen to them and then make the dinner. It will make them feel much more appreciated, and you won’t feel as rushed or busy when you do things one at a time.

 

Speak to Family

 

You might be familiar with the phrase that blood is thicker than water. Keeping in touch with family is one of the best things that you can do. It will benefit more than just you and make your life much more enriched. So call, visit and arrange things with the family that you have left.

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