What Are Milennial Renters Looking For In 2018? #MillennialRenting

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As a milennial who is currently rented and has rented properties for eight years now, I think I know a thing or two about #MillennialRenting and what us tenants are looking for. I’ve had the good, the bad and the frustrating so I think I know what people are looking for when it comes to taking up tenancy in a rented property.

Renting is easily becoming one of the more popular ways to live. Not necessarily because people want to rent but because it is too hard to get on the property ladder. Some just don’t want to settle down and buy a property just yet. With renting becoming so popular, landlords need to know what prospective tenants are looking for – whether that be the downright obvious or something a little more obscure as a request. Millennials currently make up the top renting group so landlords want to knuckle down and ensure they get those tenants.

As a millennial myself, there is plenty I want from a property. I currently live in a two bed property and am looking for a three bed in our area so that Olivia can finally move out of our room and into her own. There are certain things I am looking for that a house has to have for me to even consider opting for it – a decent sized garden that doesn’t require a ton of upkeep (I have friends who’ve rented and been expected to spend every waking moment tending to the garden as the landlord had it a certain way – I just want a grassy area and maybe a flower bed, nothing too fancy!), I would love for a property to allow pets too as Jack is of the age where he is desperate for a pet, bless him. Being close to amenities is a plus – but I live in a village so I’m always close to one of the local shops and being as close to the school as possible is good too – we currently live the other side of the village and Jack only just got into the local school – the only school in the village!

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Whilst these are all things you would expect a landlord to offer or a tenant to request, there are plenty of other things that are appealing to young renters now such as high speed WiFi included, being able to pay rent online and quick and easy maintenance requests.

Using a site like HomeLet is also great. Whether you are a letting agent, tenant or landlord, they are there for you with plenty of advice. They are the UK’s largest tenant referencing and specialist lettings insurance company and have over 25 years’ experience to their name. I could certainly have done with some of their tenant’s insurance in the past and am considering getting some now – even if we aren’t here in this property for very long. I don’t want to say too much as we still live here but we haven’t been happy with the relationship at all – requests unanswered or ignored.

I think that most millennial renters are like me – they want a decent amount of bedrooms, a decent sized garden which doesn’t require too much upkeep, they want to be close to local amenities and they would like the opportunity to have pets in the house if they can. This is what we want and hopefully we can find it. What do you think millennial renters are looking for?

5 Ways To Increase Your Blog Traffic

Wanting to boost your blog traffic? I’m always striving to boost mine, even after seven years, especially when I’ve had dips such as when I have had my children and taken some time off. But why would you want to increase your blog traffic? Some do it just because they like to improve on themselves, some like the stats, some are keen to get paid work from their sites. If you are looking to get paid blogging jobs, then you will always be striving to increase your traffic and stats for better chances of work. Many brands use blogger outreach services to find the best fit for their campaigns. So what ways have you been using to boost traffic to your blog recently?

Here are five ways I’ve increased my blog traffic over the years.

Guest Blog

Now I must admit I don’t manage to do this as often as I used to and I really want to get back to it. Not only do you provide another blogger with some great content when they need it – going on holiday, poorly, maternity leave, the reasons a blogger may need guest content is endless – but it also boosts traffic to your blog and helps your domain authority as people click through to see a little more from you. I’ve guest posted on various sites – some smaller UK bloggers, some big UK bloggers and some massive US bloggers and the traffic they bring is always great.

Social media is your friend

Have social media accounts? Utilise them! Try to remember that they are called ‘social’ media though and don’t just use them promote your content. Build your communities on them so people are interested in what you have to say on there and are more likely to click a link to your blog post – if you simply spam your feeds with links, you’re less likely to get people clicking through as it seems too automated, almost robotic. Also please make sure you have social share buttons on your blog, that they work and that they include your handles so you can see when people have shared your content. Make social media work for you!

Round ups/crowdsourcing can really help

These seem to be more popular now than they ever were when I first started out but a great way to get traffic to your blog is to respond to round ups and crowdsourcing requests. I am a VA for a food blogger and other food bloggers are always looking for content for their round ups – whether it be for seasonal recipes or recipes featuring a particular ingredient. If you see these requests, leave your link – there is a great chance you will be featured and this will drive traffic back to your site. Same goes for crowdsourcing requests – if another blogger is looking for responses on a topic you have content on or are quite interested in, leave a link or a quote and who knows? They may include you – yet again more traffic to your site should people click through.

Have evergreen content

Evergreen content is content that can be utilised all year round. I have a few blogging articles, some recipes, a potty training post – these consistently get traffic all year round, year in and year out. Evergreen content will always be a traffic provider so make sure you have some on your site. Whilst many blogging niches lend themselves to the here and now – beauty bloggers reviewing products etc – there are ways you can create evergreen content from this such as a guide to skincare or an explanation of what certain beauty terms mean. There is always a way to create some evergreen content, whatever your niche.

Create a product or a service

I haven’t created a product but I do provide some services – freelance writing, virtual assisting and proofreading. Whilst I have my own work website for these, I often refer back to this site on that site and in communication with possible clients. With people purchasing your product or service, they may be keen to find out a little more about the person behind it all – so direct them to your site!

These are just a handful of ways to drive traffic to your blog and I am always trying other avenues too. What avenues have you had success with?

 

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Tommee Tippee Tableware | Review

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

We love Tommee Tippee – you probably already know this from the amount of times we have covered the brand on this blog – see here.

We used them constantly with Jack and having been doing the same with Olivia and with Olivia now having been weaned for 9 months, we were looking into getting her some new tableware – larger than what she has had in the past – and some more cutlery. Up until recently Olivia hasn’t really shown an interest in feeding herself with cutlery but with this interest increasing, we needed some new stuff for her – and Tommee Tippee were up for the job.

We were sent some Easi-Scoop feeding bowls for 7m+, some pots and tray for 4m+, a Taster section plate for 12m+, some Supa-Soft weaning spoons for 4m+, some Heat Check feeding spoons for 4m+ and some Easi Grip feeding spoons for 7m+.

Now with Olivia being 15 months of age, we are using all of these. She has been weaned for many months now but much prefers to use her hands to eat her food – as they say, food for fun until they’re one – and has only recently taken an interest in using spoons and other cutlery to eat her food. Now I know from previous experience with Jack that these spoons – especially the heat check ones which we used constantly with Jack – will be used all the time for many, many months to come. However, we have been testing her out with the different spoons and she seems to prefer the Easi-Grip 7m+ ones although has been using the 4 months ones well.

We’ve been using the spoons and different dishes for plenty of different meals – the bowls are perfect at breakfast time but are also perfect for Olivia’s favourite dinner, chicken chow mein!

The freezer pots have been great for making little pasta sauces for the kids meal times when we are having something different and the plate has been great for different foods – Olivia can be very fussy with food sometimes and other days eat everything in sight with no problems at all. The Taster section plate has proved very handy for days when she is fussy so that she can pick and choose what she wants. I love our selection of tableware and will be using it for weeks and months to come – Olivia loves it too!

Tommee Tippee came up with some fabulous recipes to celebrate Spring and our recent Easter. We wanted to give some a try. Now we’ve moved past purees we couldn’t give those a go but I’ll be passing along those recipes to my friends with younger babies. Now we didn’t have quite the ingredients needed for the porridge bowl so we adapted instead – with chocolate porridge instead of original as Olivia doesn’t like original porridge, white chocolate buttons for the face and a quick inclusion of cereal for the ears as we realised we didn’t have any apples – whoops! It doesn’t look anything like Tommee Tippee’s but Olivia snaffled it all up, that was a happy breakfast day! Next up we will be giving the Good Friday Feast a try!

As you can see, our staging leaves a lot to be desired but hey, if Olivia eats it then I am happy! What Spring recipe would you try? What do you think of the Tommee Tippee range of tableware?

Baby Annabell Interactive Doll | Review

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

My kids love dolls. When I was little, I loved my dolls too and I am always so amazed by how different dolls are nowadays to the dolls I had when I was a kid. When asked if we would like to review a Baby Annabell from the range, we said yes. Meant to be for ages 3+, I knew that the kids would love it but didn’t foresee just how much one particular child would love it…

We received the Baby Annabell Interactive which retails at £54.99. Just like a real baby with real sounds and movements, I couldn’t wait to see what the kids thought of her. She comes with a nappy, a cute pendant, a dummy, a bottle and a bib. When they say realistic sounds and movements, they certainly aren’t lying. A couple of times when Annabell started crying or giggling, Jack actually thought it was his sister!

Now I originally thought that Jack would be the one reviewing but Olivia took more than a little shine to Annabell and started taking her absolutely everywhere, feeding her bottles and giving her her dummy when she started crying. As you can see from the pictures, she really took care of Annabell and absolutely adored her.Annabell is said to promote imaginative role play and encourage the development of social skills from a young age with eight lifelike functions. I know she is meant to be for 3+ but I wasn’t going to stop Olivia from playing with her and it was lovely to see how her and her brother took turns in looking after Annabell when Annabell required their attention.So what does Annabell do that is just like a real baby? She really wets her nappy and uses her potty, she sucks on her dummy and bottle with realistic sounds and movement, she babbles like a real baby does and coos, she burps, she yawns, she falls asleep and cries real tears. She is very responsive to touch and movement which is great for someone like Olivia who loves the interaction. Whilst this isn’t the most affordable doll on the market, it is definitely worth every single penny. Not only is it part of the prestigious Baby Annabell range but it also has such a wide range of interactive capabilities that your children will never ever be bored! I often find the kids grabbing Annabell from the toy basket and switching her switch on, ready for another round of looking after her. I think if I let them, they’d keep her switched on all the time and only play with her!

We are hoping to get a few more accessories for her soon – do you have a Baby Annabell doll? What would you suggest?

My Personalised Necklace From PersonalizedCart

Necklace sent for purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own
I don’t really wear much jewellery but do love meaningful pieces so when offered the chance to review an item from personalizedcart, I said yes. I opted for this monogram necklace in silver, personalised with Jack and Olivia’s birthdays.

This necklace can come in gold (made from 18k gold fill), silver (sterling), rose gold (rose gold fill) with real gold fill on the surface. The chain is 1’5″ or 45cm in length and the charm is 0.03″ X 0.2″ X 1″ or 1 X 6.35 X 31.75mm.

 

So what did I think of my necklace? Well the engraving was perfect – they managed to fit both dates on perfectly with perfect spacing around. The necklace arrived in a simple box which was perfect.

The quality of the necklace is great – much more than I expected for the affordable price. The length of the chain is just right, I hate when necklaces are too tight around your neck or they dangle too much. Personalizedcart seem to have got it just right!

The engraving is perfect – it is clear and easy to see and as you can imagine, is really meaningful to me. I’ve had a few people ask where I got the necklace from and the meaning behind the engraving – although I would have thought the meaning would have been pretty obvious, wouldn’t you?

At such an affordable price, these necklaces are a great present for the people you care about – you can get anything you like engraved on it so it could be great for a birthday, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or even Christmas. If I have any more children, I may just have to update my necklace but until then I will wear this one with pride – I love it and the kids love it too! Jewellery means so much more when it has a reason, don’t you think?