Broken windows

We had a bad storm this weekend and the wind took a branch off the local oak tree, this tree as we found out was too local, it was within striking distance of our conservatory. The branch flew through the air and landed on our conservatory roof and broke 3 panes of glass.

It made an almighty crash as it broke through the windows and we had an immediate problem as rain came in and glass was everywhere. And it was very late, around 11:30pm, so just about time for bed, well it was before we had our little incident.

Glass, broken glass goes everywhere, the broken pieces of glass came down and smashed into millions of pieces on our tiled floor. Having not experienced this before, we were not sure what to do? But first thing first was to clear up and try and prevent the weather coming in. So we started the clear up of the glass on the floor and the pieces of tree, leaves and branch that were now in our conservatory.

We also had to move quick as we had electrical appliances in the room that were being rained on. So we turned them all off and covered them or removed them. We managed to close off the gaps in the broken windows an stop the rain coming in, in rather a temporary way. But it worked.

Next was to find an emergency glazier, this is not something you have in your phone or a card to hand, so we googled emergency glazier and found our local glazier, who was great. He came out within an hour and boarded up my temporary fix and we were weather proof immediately. He said he would have to order the glass and it would be here with 2 days.

And true to his word, he came back in 2 days and replaced all the broken windows with new windows, which were perfect.

An interesting experience that ended with a good ending, all fixed, no body died or were injured, and all a weather proof conservatory again.




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Toothpaste and it’s amazing uses (even halts Ants)


Toothpaste is the one and only sanitary product that we use daily. Every day we use toothpaste to an our tooth – but is it meant for teeth alone? Aren’t we missing out on most of its uses?
Most people use toothpaste for their household cleaning, because of the insoluble particles that enables it to remove dirt, just as toothpaste takes away plaque from our teeth.

Instances include:

  1. To clean coffee/tea stains
    Mugs don’t last long before developing dirty brown rings all over the inside from not being washed quickly – do not worry, we have been there. Instead of washing it with liquid, give it a good scrub by using toothpaste.
  2. Polishes silver
    Are you sick of your jewelry and cutlery growing grey colors? No need to go for costly polish, just add little toothpaste with a piece of cloth and you will have your silver sparkling in no time.
  3. Removal of crayon marks
    Every parent has it. Pristine walls of white. A Beautiful paint work. Before you say jack, your wall will become crayoned with multiple annotations. There is a simple solution to the problem– toothpaste! Ease those stubborn crayon marks with a small quantity of toothpaste and it will look brand new.
  4. Fixes CD scratches
    Nobody enjoys songs that skips. Gently apply some paste over the scratches on the CD and you will be back grooving’.
  5. Preventing Ants marching
    If you can find their entry point into your home, place a dab of toothpaste across their way and it will prevent their entry or failing that call a pest company like these
  6. Deodorizes your baby bottles
    Many parents spend fortunes on brand new baby bottles, because the old ones smell of soured milk after some weeks. Do not spend money on new ones unless you need to – add some quantity of toothpaste in the bottle, then add some warm water, shake it inside out and pour away – your bottle is going to be minty-fresh and clean.
  7. Use it as a caulk/filler
    You are moving. Your house is blitzed with grime and dirt – however, you are taking off your clocks and pictures from your walls and there are tiny holes all over the apartment. Do not fret – apply a small quantity over the holes. Who needs to utilize a costly filler when you have toothpaste?
  8. Whitens piano keys
    It is sad when your piano looks older than it is, due to the yellow keys. Just like toothpaste assists with yellow teeth, same applies to piano keys, so transform your piano and make it look new.
  9. Cleaning of shoes
    A brand new shoe will never look new for a long time, most especially, should the edges be white. Use a toothbrush, brush around all the edges with toothpaste and you will be amazed at the way it will make your shoes glow.
  10. Removal of coaster marks
    There is nothing much worse than a guest putting down their mug on your new coffee table – WITHOUT the use of a coaster. However, you do not need to panic. Pop a little quantity of toothpaste around the stain and it will disappear gradually.
  11. Cleanses your iron
    When Ironing your shirt for an event, you could get those horrifying black marks. There is No time to clean the iron? Apply toothpaste on it and voila! The marks are gone.
  12. Cleanses chrome
    Whether it is chrome towel rails, taps, or chrome on a bike, you always want it to be very shiny and not dull. There is no need to spend huge sums of money on pricey polish, apply little toothpaste into them and you will be able to see your reflection.

And if toothpaste is not enough of a multi-purpose product, it has been proven to have some great benefits in the world of cosmetic/beauty:

  1. Helps reduce spots
    This is a myth that I think holds truth – toothpaste is very effective in drying up that naughty pimple that seem to arise the day before an interview or a date. Just go for a white toothpaste, most especially if your skin is sensitive. Nobody wants their spots to get worse!
  2. Strengthens nails
    Your teeth and nails are made from the same substance, it makes sense to clean your nails also. To make your nails strong and shiny, apply toothpaste on your toothbrush and clean it with it.
  3. Soothes burns and bites
    Stingy bites and burns can be painful if you do not have any medication and also the chemist is shut down. There must be some toothpaste lying around somewhere – apply a small amount to the injury and you will be amazed at how calming it will be.

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How Do I Choose My Honeymoon Destination?



Your wedding will be one of the most memorable occasions in your life. For one day, you’ll be the prince or the princess, marrying your soul mate in front of close friends and family. The more you think about it, the more magical it becomes.

But weddings aren’t totally devoid of stress. The big day brings with it its own pressures, one of which is organizing the honeymoon. You want it to be just perfect, but how do you know where to visit? Should you choose a place at random, or decide based on advice given by friends?

To help you get your honeymoon sorted so that you can start focusing on more pressing issues, we’ll list our expert tips which are sure to help you choose where to visit. These tips come from the mouths of the gurus themselves, so you can trust the advice contained within them will be as golden as your wedding band.

Ask Yourself What You Want to Do on Your Honeymoon

Honeymoon destinations are like wedding dresses. They come in all different shapes and sizes, and what will suit one will bore another.

Before getting out your atlas and looking at exotic locations dotted around the globe, you’ll want to decide what it is you want to do. If you want relaxation and beautiful scenery, a traditional beach honeymoon will likely suit you. If you want entertainment, taking a visit to a new city could be on the cards. Once you know what you want to do when you get there, you’ll be able to narrow down your options. Now stress lessens and excitement kicks in.

Think About Your Budget

Some honeymoons can cost more than a new sports car. If that’s what you have in mind – great. But for those on a tighter budget, it’s worth figuring out what you can actually afford. Long-haul flights will usually add a significant amount to the cost of your holiday, so knowing whether you can afford them will help you plan better.

Some locations are also more expensive than others, simply because of how in demand they are. Getting an idea of what’s in your price range is best done at the very start of your preparations. This way you’ll be able to choose a place that really excites you, rather than having to feel like you’ve settled for second best.

Decide What Type of Accommodation You Want

When somebody says the word “honeymoon”, what imagine does it conjure up in your mind? Perhaps you envisage lying peacefully in a hut somewhere exotic. Perhaps you see yourself with your partner in a 5-star hotel somewhere being waited on hand and foot.

Deciding what type of accommodating you want will really help narrow down your list of options. Certain destinations do certain accommodations well, so it’s likely they’ll be places you’ll choose to visit.

You’ll also want to decide on whether you prefer all-inclusive or not. Some couple love the idea of spending every moment in a place where everything is taken care of. Others prefer the idea of finding their own activities, and spending their evenings exploring local bars and restaurants.

How Does the Timing Work?

Every location peaks at a certain time.

When trying to decide on where to take your honeymoon, it’s important to keep timing in mind. This is partly down to price, as peak seasons will cost a lot more than off-peak seasons. But it’s also down to weather, too.

In many parts of the world, climates differ dramatically depending on when you’re there. This often neglected fact can be the difference between a wonderful honeymoon and a nightmare one.

In certain cities, such as those in Canada and North America, winter months bring extreme snow which can totally destroy the ambient vibe you may have been visiting for. Even the Caribbean has weather differentials. Autumn months are prime hurricane season there, and are best avoided.

Do Language Barriers Bother You?

If you’re bothered by the thought of having to speak a different language while you’re on your honeymoon, it’s best if you stick to English-speaking countries.

While there are many beautiful locations to choose from, not all of them will use English as their native tongue. Many of the ex-colonies speak English fluently, meaning you do have a variety of places to visit which won’t involve packing a phrasebook.

Of course, you could always stay in Britain should you choose to. Many places in Wales and Scotland are full of natural beauty and will feel more comfortable than somewhere a long way away from home. Even England has many fantastic honeymoon spots, especially when down in the South.

In Conclusion

Your honeymoon is something you’ll remember forever, so it’s important to take a little extra time to figure out what you want from it.

Chances are, the occasion will be like a fairytale, wherever you visit, but just to be sure, it’s worth answering the questions we’ve asked above. They’ll just help to ensure you know exactly what you’ll be getting, and help avoid any unwelcome surprises.

You may find it takes some time to find answers to these questions. You and your partner may have different opinions entirely of what constitutes a fun vacation. This is ok, with so many honeymoon destinations to choose from, it’s likely that you’ll be able to reach a compromise.

Once you have a few answers in your head, you’ll be able to start browsing with more confidence. You’ll know for sure you’ll pick a place that will be exactly what you want, and can rest assured you’ll be going on the honeymoon of a lifetime right after the big day.

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How to Choose the Right DJ for Your Wedding



Planning and organizing a wedding is definitely not an easy task. There are so many things that you need to think about and your entertainment is just one of them. The entertainment can be especially difficult because chances are that your guests will all have different tastes — it’s your day, but it would be nice that everyone had a good time.

Choosing a DJ for your wedding can be a very difficult task, especially if this isn’t something that you’ve done before. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to make your decision making much more manageable.

Shortlist DJs and Set a Meeting

First and foremost, you’ll want to shortlist a few potential DJs that you think will fit the bill for your wedding. You can find and shortlist DJs through various methods: referrals from friends and family, online search engines, directories, social media, and popular clubs and party venues.

Once you have created your shortlist of DJs that look good, you’ll then want to set up a meeting with them to confirm that they are actually as good as you think they are. This will give you the opportunity to address any concerns that you might have about their service or the entertainment aspect of your wedding overall.

We know that when it comes to your wedding, everything is usually on a tight deadline. You don’t always need to have face-to-face meetings. Think about other options such as phone calls or skype video messaging.

Questions to Ask

Okay, so you’ve set up a meeting with a few potential DJs, but now you’re worried that you won’t be asking them the right questions — you might not even have any questions to ask them at all. If this is the case, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered!

Here is a list of a few questions that you should probably ask your DJ to help you get a better idea of their service:

  • Is this your full-time business or do you only do this part-time? Part-time DJs won’t have as much expertise or experience as a full-time DJ, so it’s worth asking this.
  • Will you be the DJ at our wedding? This is a good question to ask because it’s not always the person who you meet with who intends to be the DJ.
  • Do you only DJ at weddings, or do you perform at other events? A DJ that specializes in weddings is going to have a much better idea of what you are looking for.
  • Do you have any videos of past performances that you done? This will help you understand exactly what you’ll be getting.
  • How do you customize your service? You should be looking for a DJ that will customize the experience for you and your partner, not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Get Everything in Writing

Before you decide to hire a DJ, always make sure that they offer a written contract — this is one of the main indicators of a professional DJ. A written contract is extremely important because it’s going to protect you in the instance that your DJ doesn’t quite deliver the service that you expected.

If a potential DJ does not offer a written contract, we highly recommend that you move onto the next one.

Hopefully you now have a much better idea as to how you can make sure that you choose the right DJ for your wedding. Your wedding is an extremely special day so it’s important to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

One thing that you might want to think about is whether you want to hire a DJ at all, keep in mind that there are other options. For example, you might want to hire a live band — this will be more expensive of course, but will provide a much better experience for you and your guests.

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A Limo For Your Wedding

tipsforblogger wedding limo


Ok, so imagine the moment, the love of your life has proposed (well let’s hope he is the love of your life), anyway he has proposed and the ring is organised, as is the date, you are still debating the guest list, flowers need sorting out, dress, songs, music, church or not??? The list is endless and can be stressful. But there are some fun items, like honeymoon and limousine choice!!!

Honeymoon is cool and great to look up online and discuss and plan but what about that limo, that is exciting and there is so much choice these days. And who do you get limos for, clearly for the bride’s arrival, and the groom’s arrival with the best man and the usher’s and close family. Well those of your close family  you like. And a limo to the honeymoon hotel?

So that could be three limos and you could consider a bigger vehicle (this limo company works well and is recommended for the Newcastle area) like a bus for the next level of family and friends.

It would be so great to get a limo, you would love the elegance, style, grace, comfort, ability to show off. You could also ensure that those who you care about and are always late are on time by picking them up in style. It adds so much to a wedding. Also those of your friends and family that like a drink can also be accommodated easily, so everybody wins in a limo.

Ordering your limo is key as you want to make sure you get the one you want, the limousine in the picture above looks very nice and as you can see accessories her dress rather nicely and it was clearly well chosen. Therefore you should book it up 6 to 9 months in advance to ensure the right one is available, or you might have to change your wedding dress to match the colour of the limo. 🙂

tipforblogger wedding limo 2


And if it’s a wedding in the spring, you probably should book your limo a year in advance as there will be lots of other weddings and also Proms are very big now with limo companies.

It also will help you if you do some due diligence on both the limo company and the cost of the service and the limo service itself, exactly what do you get and more importantly, what don’t you get for your money. Some limo owners are very good and some not so good.

Some good questions to ask;

  • What limo can I have, get it in writing
  • What is in the limo with regards to drinks?
  • Is the limo company insured?
  • What if you change your mind, what is the refund process?
  • Who are the drivers?
  • Are they qualified to drive the car you chose?
  • Do they know the area?
  • How experienced are they?
  • What is the total cost?
  • How much is the deposit?
  • Is there aircon/heating?
  • What music options are there?
  • What if the trips go over the agreed time?
  • What happens if the limo breaks down?

Do not be afraid to ask these questions, it is far far better to understand all these facts before your big day.

Good luck with your wedding and I hope your limousine is amazing and helps make your day wonderful.




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