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How to Liven up Your Outside Space


Appropriate lighting is vital when it pertains to house design even in your exteriors. If you are able to buy a lamp fixture that’s not the design that matches with the look you are trying to create, it can instantly change everything.  This is the reason why you need to take note of kind of light you will be purchasing for your house.


Do you know that you can transform your exteriors from zero to hero when you have just the right lamp? You can showcase this part of your house and maybe utilize it as a function area.  You can hold parties and gatherings here.  Certainly, the appearance of your home is enhanced by fantastic outdoors lights like outside wall lights as well as outside bulkhead lights.


But truth of the matter is a number of home owners are really bad in identifying the best and appropriate lights for outdoor spaces.  One thing to remember is you do not want to overdo it.

Strand_House_Winchelsea,_exterior_photographInspect your area before anything else and make a thorough evaluation.  In case your exterior space is between small to medium size, it is advisable to go for components which are smaller and compact. It doesn’t mean though that when the lighting is small, it can’t provide the needed illumination.  There are many types of compact light bulbs that have the ability to illuminate a large area.

If and when you have ample exteriors space, there is no reason for you not to go all out with outdoor lamps.  You will certainly have a wide array of choices; there will be at least a couple to suit your preference.

SolarlightWhen you run through the corners of your exteriors, you will then know your options and it will be easy to integrate various ideas to create one solid concept.  For vast spaces, there are pier lights, spotlights, flood lights you may want to consider.  These are useful in large areas as their illuminating ability is high.

Make sure you provide lighting to your pathway going to the house.  You may want use step lights, they certainly can provide enough lighting you need or maybe post lights?


So enough with the lights, but what about other things that would make the exteriors attractive during day time?  Well, flowering plants always give a vibrant look for any house so plants should be present. You can landscape the front part of your house, shorter plants would look best so as not to cover the house design too much.  In your backyard, you can have a small garden where you can set up a gazebo, a coffee table or maybe a reading chair as an addition.  The sky is the limit on what you want to do in a spacious area surrounded with lots of lush greens!

3 Great Activities For Children When You are in Southampton

I lived in Southampton since I had my kids and I love it here.  It is a great mixture of old and the new but most of all it is a great place to raise kids.  There is an assortment of places you can take your kids during weekends and holidays.  If you are not from Southampton, it is also a nice getaway.  There are a lot of things that you can do and if you have kids, they will surely love it here.

Here are some of the things you can do in Southampton.

  1. Visit Sea City Museum

titanic Sea City Museum is an interesting place to see.  It tells a lot about Southampton and its people.  Usually kids are amazed of the idea about the sea and this museum has full of that.  Imagine how they would react to a fascinating interactive replica of the Titanic!  They will get to see how the life of the Titanic crew unfolds in a day.  The replica is very detailed and has all the facts taken into consideration.  But this is nothing to worry because I assure you, it is not upsetting.

The entry to the World exhibit known as the Gateway showcases historical works of art to give account of the tales of the people who came and left from Southampton port for the last two centuries.  The artifacts show the earliest settlers to the people who are now living today.

  1. Solent Sky Museum


 From the sea experience at the Sea City Museum, bring your kids to the Solent Sky Museum.  I am pretty sure your kids will love this too.  My little ones did.   Here, they will fall in love with the aviation history of Hampshire, Southampton as well as Solent.  All of these spectacular things and more, you can be certain that your kids will have a grand time.

  1. The Outdoor Sports Centre


Outdoor activities are almost always appreciated by kids.  The Outdoor Sports Centre is the place to be.  It offers endless fun and excitement.  Your kids can play cricket, hockey and football since they have a multi-purpose playing field for these games.  If you want to introduce your kid to playing tennis or rugby, you can do that at the centre too.  They also have BMX track and even an out of this world golf course!  Their outdoor activities are diverse that surely kids will be delighted.

It’s a place where you can spend the whole day doing interesting things.  You will not see your child get bored even for a second.

Bonding time with children is very important.  You get to connect with them more and most of all create great childhood memories.  Getting them out of the house and bringing them to these kinds of places is educational.  It also builds personality.  They will learn to how to behave and they will also ultimately develop their social skills and confidence.

Spend quality time with your kids.  Take them out on a weekend.  It would be refreshing, I tell you.


How You Can Save Money at Home, 3 Tips that Work

I used to complain that there is so much to purchase and pay to run a decent home.  It is true and the fact of the matter is, it is so difficult to think of saving at all.  It is that numerous and most of the time the expenses can just be overwhelming! I find myself irritable and I am always stressing out when it is time to pay the bills.  One day, I sat down with a cup of coffee and thought about how I can improve my finances.  I came into resolve that I will save.  Little things can accumulate into significant amounts. You will realize that you can save by doing some simple things.


Let me share with you some of the things I did.

  1. Prepare a budget

You may think that this is time consuming but this is the best thing to do when you intend to save.  Allot time to prepare your household budget.  You can identify the things that you are most likely to spend on like food, clothing and some other things that you think are essential in running your home.

You may be surprised later on that you will have funds for a vacation in the future.

  1. Pay your bills on time

When you pay your bills in a timely manner, you avoid penalties.  Simple as it may seem, we can become preoccupied with other things especially when you have to think of family and work.  What you can do is settle your bills online.  Enroll your accounts online so that you will get email alerts.  When you get the alerts, calendar the due date.  Make it a habit everyday to check your calendar then pay when there is something to pay.

Remember, late payment charges for credit cards are not minimal.

  1. Write your shopping list 

Do you know that this can save you a lot of money?  However, this is a thing that we don’t normally do.  We go to a department store thinking that we know what we need. Of course we know what we need but when we see items on sale we are easily attracted to the offer and buy things we need but do not necessarily need at the moment.

We should create a priority shopping list. The list we write will guide us and thus enables us to control and manage our expenses.  By making use of our shopping list we can avoid random purchases.

We need to save because we do not really know what happens tomorrow.  We need savings for emergency cases, education for the children, our retirement and many other things.  Savings somehow gives us a certain sense of security.

I encourage you to identify your unique ways to save money at home.  Give some time to do this.  You will be surprised that there are a lot of saving ideas you can think of.  What are you waiting for?  Grab a pen and a paper and do a list of ways you can save!

3 Amazing Go-To Dinner Recipes Your Kids Will Love

As a mother it is a primary concern that I am able to prepare healthy foods for my children.  Like most of you mothers out there, you realize that it is one of the many challenges you will encounter being a mom.  I consider motherhood as a journey and along the way I discovered that creativity plays a very big role when handling children and food preparation is no exception.

When you are a working mum, the tendency is resort to fast food because of the convenience it offers.  Time is always scarce for you and I feel you.  There are a lot of things to do and accomplish and buying food can indeed provide you a solution.  Of course, you already know about this.  However, most of the time or perhaps often times we tend to forget this because we are always on the run.

Here are my three go-to dinner recipes for kids you might want to consider.

Yummy Fish Sticks


You will need the following ingredients:

½ cup bread crumbs, dry

½ tsp salt

½ tsp paprika

½ tsp seasoning, preferably lemon-pepper

½ cup flour, all-purpose

1   large egg

¾ lbs cod fillets, cut into strips about 1-inch

Cooking spray, butter-flavored is the best

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. In a shallow container, combine dry bread crumbs and all your seasonings. Put the flour and beaten egg in separate containers. Dip the fish fillets in the flour for coating. Dip it in egg, and then in the crumb mixture.
  3. Coat your baking sheet with cooking spray. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the fillets turns golden brown.

Crispy Fried Chicken


You will need the following ingredients:

1 whole chicken, about 4 lbs, cut into desired sizes

1 cup buttermilk

2 cups flour

1 tsp paprika



2 quarts of cooking oil

 Here’s how you do it:

  1. Prepare the chicken cuts. In a container prepare coating by mixing flour, salt, pepper and paprika to taste.
  2. Put the buttermilk in a bowl. Dip chicken into the bowl.  Do this several times.  Put the chicken in the plastic bag with coating mixture.  Shake the bag until the chicken cuts are all coated.  Put the coated chicken cuts on a tray and cover it with a waxed paper or any substitute.  Leave it until the flour has turned paste-like.
  3. Use a large skillet and fill it with at least 1/2 full cooking oil. Once the oil is very hot, put the coated chicken cuts into the skillet. Wait until the chicken turns brown.
  4. Prepare paper towels to drain your yummy fried chicken.

Mac and Cheese


You will need the following ingredients:

2 cups elbow noodles

1 ¾ cups milk, can be low-fat, your choice

3 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground white pepper

½ tsp garlic powder

1 tsp Dijon mustard

¼ cup parmesan cheese, shredded

¾ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Cook the elbow noodles for about 4 minutes or until it becomes  tender.
  2. In another pot, pour 1 1/2 cups milk. Bring it to simmer on a medium-high heat. In another container pour the ¼ cup milk, garlic powder, flour, pepper, and salt. Mix it until smooth. Add this to your simmering milk.  Continue to simmer while constantly stirring it.  Wait until the mixture has thickened. Take the pot from the heat.  Combine Parmesan, Cheddar and mustard.  Whisk it until it melts.
  1. Use a strainer so you can drain the noodles and broccoli. Make sure that it is properly drained before adding the cheese sauce. Put it back to your burner to heat on medium-low heat, 1 minute will be enough.

There you go.   I just shared with you tree dishes my kids love.   Hopefully soon, I can share with you some more recipes.