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October 19, 2017

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4 Wedding Favours Your Guest Will Actually Like

October 19, 2017

We’ve all been there. You attend a wedding and conveniently forget to take home a favour because, well, you were never that into them to begin with.  To make sure your wedding guests do not do exactly the same thing, and waste the money you have spent on them, be sure to invest in something that they will actually want.

Here are four favour ideas that we have found to be well-received by wedding guests.

  1.  Anything edible

Quality should be the priority here. You might want to go for traditional Italian wedding favours, such as sugared almonds, or you might opt for something different. Either way, you can’t go wrong providing your guests with something to snack on later that night or in the morning. If you are planning on buying cheap confectionary just for the sake of having a favour, it is best not to bother at all.

  1.  Alcohol

You can’t go wrong providing a mini champagne bottle or a miniature of your favourite booze to your wedding guests. You could even go a step further and provide his and her options so guests can choose their preferred tipple.

  1.  Mini plants

A potted succulent or hanging terrarium would make an ideal wedding favour. People are always looking for little things to add a little character to their homes, and mini plants fit the bill perfectly. This is one of the few wedding favours that will actually last.

  1. Something local to the area

If you are hosting a destination wedding, it can be a nice touch to give your guests something they would not be able to find elsewhere; a souvenir, a taste of the local culture. As an example, a wedding we attended last year provided jam jars in a flavour that was native to the local area.

Lifestyle

Reasons Why Going to A Concert Alone Can Be Amazing

October 19, 2017

So, say your favorite band comes into town. They’re playing a big show not far from you, and (lucky you), you haven’t got anything on that night. Great! You immediately start to ask around to see which of your friends would be interested in going with you- but disaster. Either they’re busy, they don’t like the band, or they just don’t feel like it that night for whatever reason. Whatever reason they give, it leaves you without a single buddy to share your experience with. So, what do you do? Stay at home, knowing that you’re missing out on hearing some of your favorite songs being played in your own town? Absolutely not. Going to a concert alone can prove to be an extremely fun and rewarding experience, and here are just a few of the reasons why.

Flexibility

Being freed up from your friends means being freed up from all the hassle that comes with them, too. Once you’ve checked the upcoming concerts in your area and one has caught your eye, all you must do is worry about yourself. You don’t have to keep hassling people to buy their tickets. You don’t have to plan around others’ schedules, which can be hectic and quite inconvenient, especially if there’s a large group of you all going. Plus, and this is particularly annoying once you get into the concert, what if you all get separated in the crowd? How will you know how to find each other? If you attend alone, all you’ve got to concern yourself with is getting as close to the stage as possible, and trying to meet the lead singer’s eye.

Character-building

Once you’re at a concert, you immediately know that everyone else there shares a common interest: the music. The fans’ interest is not just going to be a fleeting or minor one either; the dedication to the band means that they’ve paid to come and see them play live, just like you have. You already share a deep common connection with absolutely every single person in the venue, so if you want to strike up a conversation it shouldn’t be easier. Discuss your favorite songs, what you hope they’ll play, your favorite album cover, and other bands you like that are similar- there really shouldn’t be much opportunity for dead air.

It’s a Solitary Experience Anyway

Sure, you can chat to your friends for a bit before the show starts, and you can go and grab a beer or bite to eat afterwards, but for the duration of the time that the music is playing, you’re going to be totally focused on the band, and lost within the crowd. That experience is, essentially, a solitary one- you’re going to enjoy it just as much whether you came with a dozen people or you came on your own. So, really, you shouldn’t feel at all self-conscious about heading to a concert solo. You shouldn’t deprive yourself of a memorable live experience which, when it comes right down it, is going to be pretty much identical whether you have friends at your side or not.

Lifestyle

Tops Tips on Saving Money as Your Family Grows

October 19, 2017

For many families, trying to manage a budget is one of the most difficult and time-consuming jobs. Not only do they have to make sure that there is enough food for everyone at all times, but they also need to ensure all the bills are paid and that there is enough left for traveling to work and other expenses. With all the financial pressures on families, any little tricks or tips that can be used to save a little money are a good idea. Here are some of the ways your family can save money while still paying the bills.

Make Saving Money a Game

When you start talking to children about saving money, sometimes they won’t understand, or they won’t want to listen. That is why it’s important to try and make saving money a game for them. Encourage them to try and save money by switching off lights or closing doors to keep the heat inside. You can offer a reward each week to the one who’s done the best. A little competition will also help them to respond better.

Intelligent Food Shopping

Just because you may have a big family, doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money on your shopping each month. There are many ways that you can save money by trying to do your shopping more thoughtfully. Try to choose foods that are on offer so that it reduces the cost. Think about cheaper alternatives to your regular food – you don’t have to have the budget option, but sometimes there is a middle of the road brand that is cheaper. If you see multi-buy options that can be stored, then consider buying them so that you can save money in the future.

Save Money on Loans

Although you have to pay your loans, there are ways that you can make things a little easier for your family. Consider swapping credit cards to a cheaper alternative so that the interest is lower on the repayments. You can also try to refinance auto loan on your car; this will also give you lower interest rates and lower your payments. By saving money on your loans, you can move it to other areas of the household or save it for an unexpected bill.

Grow Your Own Food

A good way to save money and be healthier is to start growing your own fruit and vegetables. Most are fairly easy to grow as long as you have enough room in your garden and you can keep the pests at bay. You’ll get more yield from your garden for the amount you spend then you will see in the stores, and you can grow it organically.

By doing a few of these ideas, you can quickly start to reduce your outgoings and help with other areas of the house. It might allow you the money to fix the roof on your home, or finish with any other jobs that you’ve been waiting to be able to afford to take care of.

Lifestyle

How to Talk About Death with Kids

October 19, 2017

Finding the right way to discuss death and loss with your kids can be a concern for most parents; therefore, many tend to avoid the subject. Death is a part of life, and as a parent, it remains our responsibility to ensure that our kids are aware of it and know that it’s okay to discuss it. Allowing children to talk about death means that we can provide them with the information and answers that they need prepare them in case of the loss of a family member and comfort them when they are upset. It’s important to make it easier for them to talk to us, if we remain open and comfortable with our own feelings.

A part of life

Death is a part of life on many different levels. In fact, you might even be surprised at how much your kids already know and understand about death. Your kids are sure to have seen dead insects, dead animals or birds on the road or maybe have even experienced the loss of a family pet. Don’t forget that kids will read about death in books, experience it in movies or cartoons, and even discuss or act out death during role-playing with friends or their own toys.

However, it’s important to remember that kids develop at different rates and have their own personal ways of dealing with emotions and feelings. It can be particularly difficult talking about death to your children in the case of an accident, suicide or sudden loss. Therefore, if you are dealing with a sudden family death, enlisting the help of an unattended death cleanup service means you can explain what has happened, without them having to experience too much of a change in environment. Children normally associate death with old age and illness, so make sure that you explain that most people live a long time – although some might not. Make sure that you reassure your child and encourage them to ask further questions if they don’t fully understand.

Keep it simple

When talking about death with younger kids, keep your explanations very simple.

An example of this could be that when someone dies, they don’t eat or feel hungry and you won’t be able to visit them again. Remember that as an adult it is your responsibility to provide sensitive and nonjudgmental answers to their questions. Be sure that you can listen and observe how your child acts. Each and every kid will respond differently so remain calm and patient. If you have younger children, talking about death can be particularly difficult – in particular if you have trouble fully understanding what your child is asking you. A question appears nonsensical or thoughtless to an adult, but it could be a sign that your child is seeking reassurance. An example of this could be “when will you die?” highlighting that your child only understands death to be a temporary state. For children, understanding that death is a permanent state can be a scary and bewildering concept. It is important to provide reassurance and make sure that your children understand that death is very much a part of life.

Business

Drive Your Career with a Business From a Van

October 19, 2017

Has your current career route hit a roadblock? Are you tired of your typical 9-5 job and looking for a new career adventure? If you have your own van, then you’ll be excited to hear that there are so many types of businesses using Commercial Vans that you can get involved in to reinvigorate your working life…

Courier

According to Mintel’s Courier and Express Delivery UK 2017 report, there were 2.8 billion packages and parcels delivered across the UK in 2016 — up 65% from the 1.7 billion recorded in 2012. What’s more, 87% of Brits sent or received a parcel in the six months leading up to July 2017. It’s clear to see that courier and express delivery services are in demand throughout the UK.

Expected day-to-day duties

  • Plan routes and sort packages into the most effective order of delivery.
  • Collect the schedule of pick-up points and delivery addresses from a depot.
  • Research the quickest route to delivery addresses.
  • Sign for any packages that are picked up.
  • Get signatures when delivering packages.
  • Ensure paperwork and delivery records are kept up-to-date.

Entry & skills required

  • English and Maths skills are required to keep records of delivery and expenses.
  • A driving licence that matches the vehicle you’ll be using as a courier.
  • Exceptional driving skills.
  • An excellent road sense.
  • Being able to work to tight schedules.
  • The ability to read maps.
  • The ability to plan effective travel routes.

Average salary

According to Totaljobs, in a sample size of 152 people, the average salary for a courier job is £21,000.

Average working hours

Couriers can expect to work between 30 and 40 hours per week.

Number of jobs available

As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 3,551 courier jobs across the UK.

Plumber

The UK’s construction scene is currently experiencing a skills shortage, with a study by the Federation of Master Builders suggesting that this issue has spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to also effect the plumbing trade. Are you willing to answer the country’s call for more plumbers?

Expected day-to-day duties

  • Measure and plan to provide customers with accurate cost and time estimates.
  • Cut, bend and join both pipes and their fittings.
  • Install water, drainage and heating systems.
  • Install and repair domestic appliances, including washing machines and showers.
  • Install weather-proof materials, joints and flashings around a property’s roof, chimney and walls.
  • Find and then fix faults with a property’s plumbing system.
  • Conduct emergency call-outs for issues such as boiler breakdowns and blocked drains.
  • Service gas and oil-fired central heating systems and radiators.

Entry & skills required

  • GCSEs (or equivalent) which are at grades 9 to 4 (or A* to C) in English, Maths and Science.
  • An industry-recognised qualification — for example, either a level 2 or 3 Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating.
  • Be qualified to work on gas-related units at level 3, for roles which will involve work with domestic gas heating systems.
  • The ability to follow technical drawings and plans.
  • The ability to follow safe working practices.
  • Customer care skills.

Average salary

According to Totaljobs, in a sample size of 60 people, the average salary for a plumber is £31,787.

Average working hours

Plumbers can expect to work between 37 and 40 hours per week.

Number of jobs available

As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 2,204 plumber jobs across the UK.

Street food trader

Foodservice researchers Santa Maria’s What’s Next in Street Food report has revealed that the average spend on street food was £6.50 in 2016, which is an increase of 30% compared to two years previously. With the percentage of consumers eating street food between two and three times a week also increasing from 20% to 25% over the same period, there’s plenty of reasons to get involved with this dining experience.

Expected day-to-day duties

  • Drive a mobile street food unit to venues and set up the stall.
  • Prepare and cook food to a high standard.
  • Handle raw food in a safe manner.
  • Serve customers in a manner that encourages repeat business.
  • Stock up on food ingredients and drinks as and when required.
  • Ensure the work area is always kept clean, tidy and in a safe condition to have food on it.
  • Work out finances of the business.
  • Establish effective marketing strategies for the business.

Entry & skills required

  • A food hygiene qualification.
  • Registration with a local Environmental Health Department.
  • A Street Trading Licence, though this isn’t essential if you’re only working at events on private land.
  • Registration with HM Revenue and Customs.
  • Food safety assessment.
  • Health and safety assessment.
  • Fire safety assessment.
  • Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) assessment.
  • Gas and electrical safety certificates.
  • Public liability insurance.
  • Employers’ Liability insurance, when staff are employed to work on a stall.
  • The ability to prepare food safely and effectively.
  • Customer service skills.
  • An appropriate driving licence to drive the vendor from site to site.

Average salary

It is very difficult to work out the average salary of a street food trader, as income will vary depending on the working hours, location, type of food and how much food is sold from the stall.

Average working hours

Average working hours can change week to week, though a competitive street food trader should aim to trade similar hours to neighbouring stalls. The amount of hours worked can change depending on when markets, festivals and appropriate tourist events are taking place, though expect to work throughout weekends and public holidays to remain competitive.

Number of jobs available

As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 5,329 street food jobs across the UK.

Mobile dog groomer

According to research by TotallyMoney.com, Brits spent £7.16 billion on their animals last year — up 25% from 2010, and factoring in the costs of pet pampering services. When you also consider that 8.5 million of the estimated 54 million pets in the UK as of 2017 are dogs, a career switch to becoming a mobile dog groomer suddenly makes a lot of sense.

Expected day-to-day duties

  • Follow standards in regards to how different breeds of dog should look.
  • Shape a dog’s coat using electric clippers or a stripping knife.
  • Shampoo and then dry a dog’s coat.
  • Trim a dog’s coat using scissors.

Entry & skills required

  • Experience with dogs, which can be gained by…
  • Carrying out voluntary work with dogs, such as at kennels.
  • Gaining work experience with a qualified and experienced dog groomer.
  • Undertaking a basic animal care course either at a private training centre or college.
  • The ability to handle dogs in a manner that is firm yet gentle.
  • Know how to calm and control nervous dogs.
  • Communication skills.
  • Customer care skills.

Average salary

As a guide, the National Careers Service states that a beginner dog groomer can expect to be earn a salary of between £13,000 and £14,000 a year. This can rise to between £16,000 and £19,000 once experienced, and then £20,000+ when highly experienced.

Average working hours

Dog groomers can expect to work 35 hours a week.

Number of jobs available

As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 219 dog groomer jobs across the UK.

Painter & Decorator

The average Brit will redecorate their home 36 times during their lifetime, as research by Anglian Home Improvements has suggested – with jobs within the home usually taking 18 days to finish and each task typically leading to three arguments. Become a painter and decorator and you should be able to reduce the stress among households throughout the nation.

Expected day-to-day duties

  • Measure surface areas to work out how much paint or wall covering is required to complete a job.
  • Prepare all materials for a job.
  • Mix paint so that it creates the shade requested by the customer, possibly with the use of computerised colour-matching equipment.
  • Strip old wallpaper and layers of paint in an effective manner.
  • Be able to cover surfaces with primer and an undercoat in an effective manner.
  • Apply coats of paint effectively.
  • Hang wallpaper effectively.
  • Add special finishes to a job, such as glazes or marbling.
  • Fill holes and cracks in a manner that ensures surfaces are always level.
  • Ensure a space is tidy once a painting or decorating job is complete.

Entry & skills required

  • A Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) card is required to work on most building sites.
  • Practical skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • The ability to thoroughly follow the instructions of a job.

Average salary

According to Totaljobs, in a sample size of 60 people, the average salary for a painter is £26,406. Meanwhile, in a sample size of 36 people, the average salary for a decorator job is £22,492.

Average working hours

A painter and decorator can expect to work between 35 and 40 hours per week, though overtime may be required to meet an agreed deadline.

Number of jobs available

As of September 6th 2017, Indeed had advertisements for 1,902 painter and decorator jobs across the UK.

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