I’ve Just Moved Home And It Was Challenging To Say The Least!!


Moving to a new place is not a walk in the park. It can be strenuous and stressful, and one feels relief when the process is completed. Before the items can be moved to a new place, there is packing that should be done of all things and safely transport them to the new location.


Before packing, it is important for one to sort all goods in the house to know which be packed where and before which one. The best way to go around this is to assume you are going for a vacation. Sort the items that be packed together although from different rooms.


It is also as you load the things, you label from which room it belonged. Unlabeled goods can be confusing during offloading. During packing, the breakables should be handled with care and loaded separately. Heavy loads should be kept at the bottom.

Offloading and moving in

Assemble the dismantled furniture like the bed. Dust the furniture and materials as they may have some dust. When all material is in the house, collect all litter, boxes and other wastes to safe disposal to allow a clean home.

And finally always declutter unwanted items before you move. Is their honestly any point in moving a load of unwanted items? The infographic by packers and movers, will show you how……


Kitchen & Bathroom Renovation Tips Before Taking The Plunge!


Sorry I haven’t posted for a while, as you can probably guess from the title I’ve been a little busy recently.

Firstly I’d like to thank the guys over at bathroom renovations Brisbane, they have done an absolutely fantastic job on remodeling my kitchen.

The design and structure of a house depends on the tastes of people it belongs to and they have totally transformed my space to fit in with my needs.

In order to get this huge job in your home finished successfully and without major incident, it’s important you firstly hire the right company and secondly plan, plan and plan!


There are various aspects that are kept in mind while designing and constructing living spaces, but most importantly its the kitchen and bathroom that require detailed planning and structuring as these are the most frequently used places.

A kitchen that is compact and yet provides an ample amount of space for your day to day cooking activities is a pleasure to work in. But, one might get bored with the regular set up of the kitchen and bathroom over time. With advancements in technology, a number of appliances and accessories are available for upgrading that original construction plan of the kitchen and bathroom.

Remodeling a kitchen or a bathroom is quite simple and easy as compared to the otherwise complicated notion the term “renovation” carries with it. There are a few points to be kept in mind before going for the remodeling and reconstruction of these spaces.

With proper planning, the task of drawing up a new and improved plan to upgrade the house becomes easier and hassle-free. For example, if one has a traditional-styled kitchen with just the basic amenities to assist them in their cooking process, they can consider the installation of electronic gadgets for further ease-of-use.

Bathroom renovation, on the other hand involves the addition of newer and better accessories.


Considerations before kitchen & bathroom renovation:

Bathroom and kitchen renovation requires a few points to be analyzed and kept in mind before the final plans are finalized and the budget is allotted.

1. Requirements and Analysis:

The most important factor to be kept in mind while going for renovations is to plan,plan and plan. You have your budget, now look at your kitchen, the space you have available, how often you use your kitchen and think about what you want to achieve with your kitchen renovation.

2. Budget Allocation:

Then comes the budget, which should be carefully decided upon. Decide on a budget and stick to it. Once you start going through magazines and visiting stores you are going to be sorely tempted, so you might want to add a little leeway into your budget, but unless the sky is the limit, give your budget a limit and stick to it, or your kitchen renovation will drain your cash reserves far more quickly than you could ever have anticipated.

3. Hire Professionals:

This type of project demands the attention of experts. Most people undertake remodeling job in an effort to add extra storage space. Remodeling jobs are undertaken in order to update fixtures as well as appliances

4. Design and Installation:

Make sure your kitchen design is timeless, and fits in with the rest of your home. You may want to redecorate the rest of your home long before you get around to renovating your kitchen again, so make sure you can live with the kitchen design you choose.

5.Flooring and Cabinets Installation:

Pay attention to the flooring. Just because it’s a kitchen, does not mean that the floors have to be ugly. There are many great options available – just make sure you look for durability, along with looks.

Kitchen cabinets usually account for about half the cost of the budget of the average kitchen renovation. Decide early what you want, how much you want to spend, and then plan around that.

Bathroom renovation also involves the inculcation of similar factors in the design and installation plans.

The type of flooring in the bathroom should be impervious and resistant to water. Another essential component of bathroom fixtures is an elegantly framed but functional mirror.

5 Nifty Tips To Stop Blushing


Ok, I admit it….I blush!

It’s a problem for me and has been since as far back as I can remember!

It happens pretty much all the time – at work, when i do something silly and always on first dates, especially if I’m really attracted to my date.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing a little research on the topic, and can share with you 5 nifty tips on how to stop blushing….

1. The whole point about blushing is that you feel you are drawing unnecessary attention to yourself.So, just actually acknowledge that you are blushing. Slowly but surely you will notice how your face goes red less often;

2. Blushing is an unconscious action – you do not tell your body to blush. Like hiccups or blinking, it is something over which you have no control – so there is no need to feel guilty about it or go red in the face;

3. Now, start using some positive thinking principles: imagine your feet being warmed up next to a fire when you feel you are starting to blush in your face. Concentrate on your feet, or hands – and this will transfer the heat to your feet.

4. If you normally blush during a speech at school, mentally prepare yourself by telling yourself you are able to talk in public without being nervous or blushing – and, hey presto – it will not happen – train your brain.

5. More conscious and unconscious mind talk – go back to all the times you can remember going red in the face – think about the situation – tell yourself that what happened then was 100% A-


Okay and that you did not blush at all – you will eventually train your mind to replace those memories with new ones of no red face episodes.

As always share your thoughts below…

The Truth About Addiction

There are many myths which persist about alcohol addiction and alcohol rehab.

We spoke to Jeremy from the House of Recovery to correct some of those myths and give an insight into this horrible illness

Myth: Addicts choose to become addicted

Most people begin using drugs or alcohol in moderation. While this is their choice, addiction is usually something which creeps up. They then become compelled, dependent and addicted. In many cases, the reaction is an involuntary physical one. Although many people choose to drink, things can spiral out of their control.

Myth: Alcoholics are immoral people

Individuals who are addicted to alcohol sometimes do bad things, but this does not make them fundamentally wrong people. In many cases, being addicted to alcohol can have a physical impact on the body and the brain and can cause changes in people’s moods, thought processes and behavior. Thankfully many of these changes can be halted or reversed through stopping drinking – alcohol rehab can help with this.

Myth: The same alcohol treatment is right for everyone

The most successful alcohol rehab programs are carefully based on the needs of the individual, taking into account their history, circumstances, and personality. Differing people have different issues, reasons for their alcoholism and different triggers – tailored alcohol rehab can work with this to help you stop drinking.

Myth: Alcoholics should just stop drinking

Stopping drinking is not about willpower, and often physical cravings are too strong. Often alcoholics can only stop drinking with the help of rehab, detox, and treatment.


Myth: Alcohol rehab doesn’t work

For many people, alcohol rehab helps them to finally break the cycle for good. Even if treatment doesn’t work the first time, this does not mean it never will. The most effective treatment is often residential for a good stint of time, but fast-track plans can be successful. Often a combination of physical detox, time away from day-to-day life and therapy are needed to make a go of sobriety.

Myth: After relapse, there is no hope

Alcoholism is a severe disease and often there will be relapses and bumps in the road on the way to sobriety. However, those who are serious about quitting drinking can use a relapse as a learning and strengthening experience, and to help them pinpoint what their triggers might be in future.

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There are many myths about alcoholism, but they should not put you off seeking help and alcohol rehab. If you have doubts and concerns, talk about them openly to your GP or the alcohol rehab center staff themselves. They will be only too happy, to be honest with you.

It’s Been A Nightmare!! My Boiler Broke!!

broken boiler

I’m going to try and not make this post a huge rant!

A couple of weeks ago my trusted 14 year old boiler finally saw it last days. I couldn’t have broken at a worse time – bank holiday weekend and we had all our relatives to stay!

Before I go into describing how we coped I want to say a very special thank you to plumber canberra. They went above and beyond replacing it, dedicating some of their own bank holiday weekend time to help me.

One good thing about living in Australia is the weather is never particularly cold, unfortunately for myself and our extended family, the bank holiday weekend was one of the coldest Australia has seen for a decade. We needed to keep warm and here is how we did it without a boiler!


Wear More Clothes

Yes I know it’s not particularly comfortable to lounge around wearing half your wardrobe – but if needs must wear two of everything!

Draw The Curtains 

It felt a little seedy sitting in the front room in the middle of the day with the curtains closed, but it acted as an extra insulation layer to the windows.

Hot Water Bottle & Electric Blankets

These are your friends during a boiler crisis. We all laughed and joked as we passed each other on the landing, clutching our hot water bottles!

Oil Filled Radiators & Fan Heaters

Fan heaters can be very expensive to run, but again this is an emergency and you have to heat your home the best way you can.

broken boiler

Your Shower Is More Than Likely Electric

My nephew James, who is 13 and doesn’t particularly like showering seemed almost upset when he realized the shower was still going to work and he would have to use it. More often  than not you will have an electric shower installed, which doesn’t rely on the boiler and means at least everyone can stay clean & fresh.

For washing up etc, we simply boiled kettles – not ideal but needs must!

I hope my semi rant has provided some decent advice for those reading this post in a time of crisis. It would be great if you left additional suggestions and advice in the comments section.

How I Increased My Leaflet Distribution Response Rates

leaflet distribution

I get asked a lot about the various marketing techniques I use for my businesses. As you can probably guess I’m a big fan of online marketing techniques which I speak about a lot. What’s not always as clear is that I’m also a huge fan of the more traditional offline techniques and am thankful for the success it has brought me.

In this guide I wanted to share some expert advice for increasing leaflet distribution response rates. It’s not difficult but something anyone looking to promote their business this way should know.

Before we get started their a few things you need to know:

Not all campaigns are created equal, meaning some fliers will always receive high response rates than others. Here are several tips that can help increase the response rates of your flier distribution campaign.


1.Target the Right industry

Fliers targeted towards the retail sector garner the most response rates.Other industries with equally good response rates include: restaurants, FMCG products, and local business.

2. Established brands have an edge

Establish brands have and edge compared to newer brands, when it comes to flier response rates.

3. Lead Conversion

A sofa business does not need to convert as many leads as a pizza business in order to be profitable.

4. Any business can Join

Any business, new or established can successfully use leaflet distribution as a marketing method.


5. Create A Marketing Campaign

A campaign based approach has better response rates than a single marketing effort.

6. Improve Design

Flier with superior design perform better in terms of response rates from customers.

Struggling With Debt My Story

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Moving out to the city after graduation had to be the most interesting thing in my life. Little did I know how this choice was going to be the start of an array of debts that a person at my age by then should not have been in.

The joy and pride that comes with moving out of your parents home to your own had covered my sight on what would soon be expected of me.

For me, living in the city would provide better opportunities and in a few years, I would be driving my dream car and dinning with Fortune 500 company members.

A few months down the road, trouble started setting in. The best job I had managed to secure so far wasn’t even close to my career path and the pay was so little that I had to cut down on my meals to be able to pay my rent. Soon, the bills kept coming in and with every increase on levy charges, I found myself either losing a service somewhere or not being able to get a new one and before long, I had to use an extension cable to get electricity from my neighbor at a lower fee since I was disconnected.

Things went bad at work and staff salary was reduced and that meant I couldn’t pay for rent.

At this point, I had accumulated enough debt from friends and family and worst of all financial institutions. Borrowing from one person to pay another was my trick for a while but soon I realized I had to fix things.

Speaking to Robert J Semrad Jr & Associates was one of the best things I did, they provided me with some solid financial advice which included ways I could supplement my income.

I had concluded that my job wouldn’t cut it anymore and I delved into the world of freelance working online. I signed up on several platforms and hoped to get my bids accepted and before long, I was working on projects and soon the cash I got from it was twice as much as what I got from work and I had to quit my job to focus more on freelance work.

freelance working

Within a short while, I was able to pay off all my debts and could get basic services and pay for them with ease. With little steps and small investments, I was able to keep my income steady enough to support me for a few months even without working and with that, I have peace within me for a while now.

Story Of Peter – Against All Odds

peter against all odds

Just as the common adage goes, life does not throw at you what you cannot handle. This is what I thought about while watching Peter’s story on TV.

Peter, not his real name has managed to scale the heights that many people may not for the rest of their lives. A total orphan, Peter got a double tragedy when he was run over by a train while heading to school. This tragic incidence left him with no hands and one foot.

According to doctors, his hands were severely smashed beyond repair that’s why they had to be amputated.

This tragic accident occurred when Peter was in grade three. In such circumstances, most people often despair knowing that life without the limbs and being an orphan would be unbearable. However, this was not the case with peter.

After the accident, his elder brother, who was already in school, got wind of the news and immediately rushed to the accident scene. With the crowd gathering, at a first glance, he saw his brother’s seemingly lifeless body lying on the rails. Using his wits, he gathered courage and collected what remained of his brother and rushed him to the hospital.

Hospital records indicate that he lost so much blood that he hard to be put on blood transfusion before the delicate process of repairing his body could be done. After spending over 1 year in the hospital, Peter was healed albeit minus his hands and 1 leg.

For some time, he stayed at home feeling depressed and confused thinking that it’s the end of life given that he is also a total orphan. Lady luck smiled upon him after spending 3 months at home when a Good Samaritan offered to take him through school. But, first he had to learn how to use his only leg to do most basic things including writing in schools.

Peter went against all odds, working extra hard knowing that he does not have any limbs. He passed lower primary school well and went through high school. As if the accident was a blessing in disguise he passed high school and qualified to join the university where he was admitted to study Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Although he had a few challenges overall, things went on smoothly and he graduated with first class honors. Getting a job was hard, but nothing could stand in his way especially after overcoming all the previous challenges.

As I write this, Peter is a computer information technologist with a big firm earning a lot of money and supporting his siblings. He went against all odds to become successful in life. Apart from me, Peter is an inspiration to many people including the ones who are blessed with both limbs. Surely, life has second chances and disability is not inability.

One Of My Favourite Recipes

beef with colcanon mash

I love cooking, and I enjoy sharing my favourite dishes and recipes with other people, so I’m going to tell you how to cook Beef with colcannon mash and beans, and Gravy



Keep in mind that when you are done cooking the meatloaf, you will have a rich sauce that has cooked out of the meatloaf. I recommend that you deplete this into a dish, let the oil isolate, and pour the oil off sparing the juices. Blend the juices with flour to make a great sauce that goes well over crush potatoes.


Ingredients (6 servings):

1/2 pound – button mushrooms, sliced
2 – celery stalks, chopped
1 – medium onion, chopped
2 pounds – lean ground beef
1 pound – mild Italian sausage, casings removed
1/4 pound – prosciutto, chopped
1 – egg, beaten
1 cup – breadcrumbs
8 ounces – provolone cheese cut into small cubes (about 1/4 inch cubes)
8 ounces – parmesan cheese, shredded
3 to 4 cloves – garlic, minced
3/4 cup – red wine (e.g., Chianti or Cabernet Sauvignon)
1 tablespoon – fresh oregano, finely chopped
2 tablespoons – extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoon – fresh basil, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to make it taste (at least a teaspoon of each)
1/2 teaspoon – red pepper flakes
14.5 ounce can – diced tomatoes



Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Saute the mushrooms, celery, and onion in the olive oil until most of the moisture is gone from the mushrooms (add salt and pepper to taste). Allow to cool to nearly room temperature.

In a big bowl then mix the ground beef, sausage (casings removed), prosciutto, egg, breadcrumbs, provolone, parmesan, garlic, red wine, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes along with the cooked mushrooms, celery, and onion. It is essential so as to make sure that you mix them thoroughly. Place into a large baking dish.

My dish is 10 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches deep. Bake for 1 hour uncovered, remove, and place the diced tomatoes over the top.

Cook them uncovered for another additional 45 minutes (check to make sure the tomatoes do not burn).You can serve



I hope you find the following recipe useful.

Firstly to complete this dish you’ll need olive oil, 10 shallots, 3 bay leaves, 350g dry cured bacon lardoons, handful of fresh thyme, 5 garlic cloves, 750g red wine, 2.5kg steak or braising steak, salt and pepper, 1 litre of beef stock, 830g of beef consommé, 1kg floury potatoes, 40g of butter, 150ml milk, 350g spring greens, 4 spring onions and finally 30g of flat leaf parsley.

Before you start this, I would pop your oven at around 170 degrees.

Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a roasting tray (a large one) over a medium heat. Add whole, peeled shallots, bay leaves, bacon lardoons, thyme and garlic and fry gently for around 15 minutes or until the shallots have softened and become translucent, and the bacon is brown.

I would then add the wine and scrape the sediment from the roasting tine with a wooden spatula. Bring it to a simmer and continue for another 10 minutes.

Season the meat which should be cubed at around 4 cm with salt and pepper.

Then Lay your spicy meat on top of the shallots, wine, and other mixture and do not mix. Pour over the stock and consommé so that all the meat is covered.

Bring the broth to a simmer and then cover the tin with foil and pop in the over for 3-3.5 hours.

finally, take the potatoes to the boil in a pan cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes then drain and add milk and butter to the pan and eat for a further 5 minutes and then serve.