How to Keep Your Home Safe This Summer

With the holiday season soon approaching, it’s likely you’ll be leaving your home in search of sea, sun and sand. With this in mind, I spoke to PlumbNation about the best way to keep your home safe this summer whilst you’re away.  Smart home technology has moved on leaps and bounds in recent years, and thankfully there are some brilliant security gadgets to choose from. With a bit of planning and a few low-cost updates, you can enjoy full surveillance control over your property without always having to rely on the neighbours!   

Install a burglar alarm

Just the sight of a burglar alarm can deter a criminal away from your property. Thieves are looking for the easiest time, so a bells-only alarm is a great option for homes in heavily populated areas. These alarms will sound a loud noise when triggered – attracting you or your neighbours’ attention to the house to scare off the intruder. For more isolated homes, dialler burglar alarms are a more suitable option and contact you or nominated friends & family when your alarm goes off. This allows someone you trust to investigate the issue further.

Trick of the Light!

Interior lighting is a great way to prevent intruders from targeting your property. Timer light switches work by turning your lights on and off at certain times of the day to give the impression that you are still at home. If burglars think you’re on the sofa watching the telly, then they’re much less likely to try their chances! Plug-in timers tend to be the cheapest and easiest option for lamps, however Hive Active lightbulbs can be controlled from your smartphone and allow you to set a schedule for them through the Hive app.

Get smart

Smart home security systems are a great way to keep an eye on your property whilst you’re away. The Honeywell Evohome wireless security system connects your phone to a number of security gadgets around the house – instantly alerting you to any disturbance detected.  Simply use the Evohome app to access data from your pet-friendly motion sensors, security cameras, glass break sensors and indoor and outdoor alarms. Alternatively, Ring security is the latest market innovation that offers full surveillance control over your home. Every Ring device features a wide-angle lens, a sensor, a built-in microphone and a speaker. This allows you to see, hear and speak to anyone on your property.

Avoid the tell-tale signs you’re away

Nothing says “I’m an empty home” more than a vacant drive and a pile of letters on the doormat. Ask a friend to remove any junk mail or milk bottles from around your door and have a neighbour park their car on your drive whilst you’re away. If you’re away for over a fortnight, you may want to ask a friend or family member to mow your lawn. An unkempt garden or driveway is a clear sign that no one is home. Last but not least, do not leave a message on your voicemail machine that you are out on vacation. Burglars may call up a house to check if anyone is home.

Opt for a security light

Security lights are a great way to improve the security of your home. Whilst it may not prevent day-time robberies, security lights will draw attention to any suspicious night time activity. This will illuminate anyone that attempts to tamper with your property or vandalise it.

By following these simple tips and tricks, you can relax on the beach knowing your property is fully protected this summer.


Tips to make children like fruits and vegetables

There are many things that you can do to make your children like fruits and vegetables. Usually, they do not like these two kinds of food. Since these kinds of food are very good, making the children like fruits and vegetables is very important. Here are some tips that you can do.

  • Ask your children in choosing menus.

Give the options of fruits and vegetables in the list for them and discuss the pro and cons in choosing the menus.

  • Get your children involved in the process of the making and the preparation of the food.

Starting from choosing fruits and vegetables when you are shopping. This will be interesting for the children. Also, you can also tell them the benefits and advantages of eating the fruits or vegetables that they have chosen.

  • Start with a small portion.

If we want to introduce a certain fruit or vegetable to your children, start with a small portion. Give a small portion and let your children decide how many portions that they want to eat. Do not forget to give praise if the children eat the portion that they have made.

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  • Always give your children choices and let them choose by themselves.

Enrich the taste of fruits and vegetables to your children by introducing these two kinds of food.

  • Include the fruits and vegetables in the cooking process of food that the children like.

For example, if your children like stew, include carrot, potato and squash in the stew. This makes there is not only meat that is in the stew, but there are other choices in it. If your children like pizza, make fruit as its topping besides the topping that they like. Also, you can make snacks such as carrot cake or carrot muffin, squash bread, broccoli pancake or cream apple soup where fruits and vegetables are cooked so that they are not like the real shape.

These are some ways that you can do to make your children like fruits and vegetables. Those two kinds of food are very useful for their body. So, make sure that your children like those two kinds of food so that your children will get the substance that they need for their growth.

In short, do not make your children burdened and overwhelmed by the demand for eating fruits and vegetables. Try to change the negative stigma to the taste of those two kinds of food. Always ask your children to get involved in every process that you do. Do not force your children to eat a certain fruit or vegetable if they have tried it and they did not like it.

Finally, do not be disappointed or frustrated if your children just like some fruits or vegetables. There is still another way. You can give your children the additional vitamin, which contains fruits and vegetables that are very useful for their body. So, do not be worry, mommies.

About the Author: Carol James is a writer and senior editor. She has MA degree in social sciences and writes articles, reviews on the different actual subjects. So, if you have any questions regarding the writing, feel free to ask her and visit her company’s page EssayLab.

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Chewwies Gummy Vitamins | Review & Giveaway

Products sent for purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

As a parent, my priority is to ensure that both my children grow up to be as healthy and as strong as they can be. Olivia is quite good at eating healthily but Jack is a nightmare – he loves fruit but he doesn’t seem as keen on vegetables so I can’t always be sure he is getting all the goodness that he needs. This is where vitamins come in – to help ensure your children are getting everything they need from their diet.

I was recently contacted by Chewwies about reviewing their range of vitamins – I was sent one of their bundle packs which is a tub of their Chewwies Multivitamins and a tub of their Vitamin D3 gummies too. These are sugar free and suitable for adults and children aged 3 and over. These retail at £19.98 for the bundle but currently are selling for £13.79.

All of the Chewwies products are suitable for vegetarians, are gelatine free, gluten free, sugar free and 100% halal, this means that they are suitable for the majority of people which is fantastic! They are also kosher, soy free, have no preservatives and no artificial colours or flavours. You can ensure your children aren’t getting any nasties from these!

Chewwies formed a team of like-minded health professionals who made it their goal to create scrumptious, chewable, sugar-free gummy vitamins that kids will love which provide all the daily nutrients they need. They also come in lovely colourful packaging making it easy to remember for the kids to have them – as the kids will certainly remind you!

Jack has been making sure to have his vitamins every single day and has said that they are ‘super tasty’. I have also tried them for myself – as I do with anything I give my children – and I can testify to that fact. I love that they are free from all the things that kids love like sugar etc and Jack is more than happy to have one every single day. It is great that I know the nutrients my child is getting and even if he isn’t eating his vegetables, I can guarantee he is getting what he needs. I’ll definitely be getting more tubs when we need them!

Are you struggling to ensure your child is getting all the nutrients they need? Then I’ve got you covered – I’m giving one lucky reader the chance to win a tub of both the Vitamin D3 and the Multivitamins for themselves and/or their child. This giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 6th of May 2018. Good luck!


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Coffee & Kin Tea Review & Giveaway

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Now I love a good cup of tea – and I think you lot probably know that already. I come from a family of tea drinkers so when asked if I would like to review some tea from Coffee & Kin and give some away to a lucky reader, I knew I’d have to get my mum and Nan on board to test some out.

I was sent some of the English Breakfast and the Earl Grey teas to review, with the help of my trusty review team. These loose leaf tea pyramids both retail at £4.50 for the pack. As you can see, they are packaged as Tea & Kin which I think is a nice little touch.

As you can see, the pyramids themselves look of great quality and you can quite clearly see the tea within which I think is great – you can see exactly what you will be consuming.

All of their tea has been sourced through the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), a not for profit membership organisation who aims to improve tea sustainability, the lives and livelihoods of tea workers and smallholder farmers, and the environment in which tea is produced.

So what did we think of both the teas we were sent? We were very impressed – both with the taste and packaging and the ethos of the company. We followed instructions and used 1 pyramid per cup, heated the water to 100°C and brewed for 3-7 minutes and we loved it. Just how a cup of tea should taste! We loved the resealable packaging and we loved the  biodegradable pyramid infuser which aims to give the tea enough space to move around and release its flavour. It is also much more environmentally friendly than the material other tea bags or pyramids use.

I’ve been sipping away on this tea for a few days now and have even had some stolen off me by Mum and Nan for their own use – that’s how much they like it! How would you like the chance to win a month’s worth of tea for yourself? Just fill in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is UK only and ends at 11.59pm on 5th of May 2018! Good luck!


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Why I Would Consider Using An Online Pharmacy

I am lucky enough to live in a little village where all the local amenities are just a few minutes away but I know this isn’t the case for everyone. I also know that there are plenty of people, my grandparents included, who live in this village and rely on others to get their stuff for them, including medication. Both my Grandad and Nan are on lots of medication so need to make sure that someone, usually me or my mum, is able to pick those up for them from our local pharmacy.

This is where I would consider using an online pharmacy in the UK such as I’ve looked into them before but hadn’t seen the need for myself personally – but having to get my families medication got me thinking differently. If we couldn’t get out of the house because we were both ill and there was no one to get it for us, how would we get the medication that we need? This is where an online pharmacy comes in. UK Meds have a wide range of treatments available for common illnesses. All medicine is high quality and dispensed by a licensed UK pharmacist and all orders and consultation answers have to be reviewed by a doctor before you can get them. All their medication is purchased from the same suppliers high street pharmacies use so there’s no worries there.

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You can opt in to let your GP and health centre know of your order so they are aware of any changes. The pharmacy covers a wide variety of treatments such as asthma, flu, hair loss, high cholestrol and many more. They also offer emergency contraception – and all their parcels have discreet packaging so if you are ever embarrassed about going into a local pharmacy and buying something, perhaps this would be the solution for you.

I suffer from hayfever badly so am always trying different treatments to see if one will work. The best I’ve ever had was one prescribed by a doctor but I couldn’t take them when I was pregnant obviously and since having the kids, they don’t seem to work as well anymore so I am looking for something else. As you can imagine this can get quite expensive. I am also diagnosed with asthma although I no longer have a repeat prescription as I haven’t had an attack in such a long time. I’ve been taking a look at the options available on the site and there is some hayfever medication I haven’t tried yet so I may give it a go.

Each medication has its own page and is thoroughly discussed – a description of the product, quantity of the product and dosage details. You go into your transaction with eyes wide open and knowing exactly what to expect.

Online pharmacies seem to be becoming more and more popular- especially for those who can’t get out to their local high street pharmacies – and it is easy to see why. There are plenty of pro’s for it – getting your medication to you when you can’t get out to get it yourself, discreet packages if you are too embarrassed to visit your local pharmacy and many more.

I am definitely going to be giving UK Meds a try when next in need of some particular medication. Do you ever use online pharmacies?

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