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Carpets for your home

Carpets and rugs provide warmth and comfort, reduce slips and falls, absorb noises and add a beauty and style. This blog post will help you choose the right carpet for every room. Living room Depending on the arrangement of your furniture and on …

How to pack a salad

You know what the problem is. You make a fresh salad the evening before and put it in the fridge. Alas, when you open it the next day at work for lunch... those crispy leafy greens have turned all tired and wilted. That unappealing sight is what makes …

12 home and garden uses for salt

Every household has salt.   But did you know that you can use salt for more than adding flavour to your food?   Here are my 12 favourite uses for salt in the home and in the garden.   Freshen up your hands. After handling …

Flowers to eat

Do you feel that your food needs a little something to make it more appealing? Add to it a flower or two!   But not just any flower.  Not everything that blossoms is safe for human consumption. Stick to the tried and tested. Here are some of …

Reflections on mini ovens

Well, I finally braced myself and got one of those mini ovens. As a snobby occasional cook (I cook rarely, but when I cook I cook up a storm, at least in my own eyes), I used to pooh-pooh my friend’s odes in the praise of mini ovens. But then my …

Put it on a whiteboard

One can find whiteboards everywhere: in offices, meeting rooms, school classrooms, homes…   Ubiquitous as they are today, whiteboards were not an instant success when they first appeared in the late 1950s to mid-1960s.   It took them …

Do you need a batter dispenser?

You may or may not be aware of it, but there is a heated debate in certain internet circles about the usefulness of batter dispensers. Things go to such extremes that some participants call into question the very reason d’être of this inoffensive kitchen …

DIY garden decor

Every gardener worth his or her salt knows that practically anything that is even remotely vessel-like or able to support a vessel-like object can be used as a planter. Add some soil, seeds, water - and you will be rewarded with a splendid …

Shopkins toys

  They are tiny, they are cute and they are the new "in toy".   Shopkins are small plastic toys. Each new series of Shopkins (and there are three so far) combines more than one hundred characters with playsets and accessories. Some …

How to cope with heat

12 tips for keeping cool in summer In winter, we shiver and yearn for summer. In summer, we moan about the heat.   Humans being what we are (only human), that kind of behaviour is not likely to change. However, now that summer is here (and a …