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The 3 Steps To Set Up The Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

The 3 Steps To Set Up The Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

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Outdoor kitchens have become a favorite among homeowners and for good reason. When you have an outdoor kitchen you can prepare your favorite dishes while enjoying the fresh air and company of loved ones. Instead of being satisfied with throwing a few burgers on a grill, you can have a gourmet experience out in the yard. 

Setting one up can take on a lot of different forms, yet, there are a few essentials to get right to make sure that you are creating the right space. You have the option to set it up under a pergola, use your back deck, or create a unique space. In this article, we will give you several tips on how to set up the ultimate outdoor kitchen to enjoy. 

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Expert Plant Parenting Tips For Beginners

Expert Plant Parenting Tips For Beginners

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If the plant-parenting trend has reeled you in, there’s no doubt you’re eager to visit your local nursery and start your journey. However, plant care is not as straightforward as some might assume; you’ll need a lot more than a selection of vibrant plants in cute pots.

Some plants are hardy and can thrive with little water and hardly any sunlight, while others can be exceptionally picky, demanding daily watering and perfect soil conditions. So, to help you avoid losing your houseplants soon after you welcome them home, we’ve rounded up a list of expert plant parenting tips for beginners.

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How to Spot Fake Mansur Gavriel

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Mansur Gavriel is an iconic brand. Worried about getting a fake Mansur Gavriel? We have all you need to know about authenticating this top designer brand!

Mansur Gavriel is one of the most popular designers when it comes to beautiful, well-made Italian leather bags and purses. Their iconic bucket bag is one of the most sought-after purses by celebrities and regular folks alike, and once you’ve owned one yourself, it’s easy to see why. Because their bags have such a following, this also means there’s a higher chance that you may encounter a fake Mansur Gavriel. While some people may actively seek out a knock off (because of the lower price point) most customers don’t want to be duped into paying hard earned money for a piece that isn’t authentic Mansur Gavriel.

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Dear Santa…

Dear Santa…

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This year, my one Christmas wish is to be able to find Husband a really awesome present. Budget restraints rule out a Porsche/holiday/Alienware gaming PC, so I have to be a little bit more inventive with what I buy.

The trouble is, Husband is bloody brilliant at buying me gifts. Gifts from the last few Christmas’ and birthdays include a Tassimo machine, a camera, an iPod Classic and dock and a mobile phone, amongst other things and if you know me, you’ll know these are all really great gifts for me. And these are just the big gifts, he always manages to surprise me with really thoughtful little gifts, out of the blue, too. At least three times a year, I’ll answer the doorbell to find a man with a huge bouquet of flowers, just because Husband wants to tell me that he loves and appreciates me. When I was in hospital, the day after having Sausage, which also happened to be our wedding anniversary, he turned up with a foot long Subway and every single book written by Stephen Fry.

I suppose the reason that Husband is so good at buying me gifts is that he knows me so well, coupled with the fact that he has an amazing memory, so he remembers every time I say “Wow, I really want a ….”, and manages to drag the information from the recesses of his brain at crucial times to surprise me. The trouble is, I have a shit memory, and am fairly self-involved, which means when Husband says “I really want a …” my brain goes “Ooh, yeah, that reminds me, I want one of these…”, and come holiday-season, I’m screwed.

The other problem I have is that I take things too far. Earlier in the year, Husband mentioned that he’d like a pad to sketch on. So I went on the internet and found a handmade, leather-bound journal, with organic unprocessed paper and a brass padlock. Now, I’m sure, with hindsight, that he just meant a run-of-the-mill pad of plain white sketching paper, but I saw an opportunity for an awesome gift and I ran with it. Only it’s not an awesome gift, is it? It would probably just sit there, looking all precious and too nice to tarnish with actual sketches.

I just don’t have the gift for buying gifts. I’m gift-impaired.

I know for a fact that Husband has bought me two Christmas presents already. And I just know that they’re going to be awesome and perfect, and something that I desperately want and don’t even remember mentioning to him. Which means that the pressure is on. I need to find him the perfect present, so that I deserve all the “wonderful wife” bouquets that I know he will buy me next year.

To the drawing board….or the Liverpool FC shop!

Humour · Life

The Ills

The Ills

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We have THE ILLS.

I was going to call this post ‘Sicker than your Average’ until I Googled ‘Slicker than your Average’ and realised that that’s the name of a Craig David album…see, I must be ill if my puns revolve around shitty UK Garage.

But yeah, we’re all ill. Sausage has dealt with it in her usual stoic and utterly admirable fashion, she really does epitomise the English stiff upper lip. I, on the other hand, have been feeling the need to proclaim how shit I feel on an hourly basis. Husband is feeling crap too and is probably a day or two ahead of me in the course of the illness, so everything I’m going through, he’s already dealt with.

Birth Trauma · Personal

Yoda Was Wrong

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Yoda may be a wise little green dude, but I think it’s time someone contradicted him. I have been sitting here for the last hour, trying to write a post about Sausage and how she came into the world. And I think I have realised, that after two and quarter years, I’m still not ready to do it.

The words are flowing out of me readily, but somehow, it feels as if no words can ever do justice to how awful a situation it was. It’s taken a really long time for Husband and I to feel even vaguely normal, but writing about it has made me realise that I am still so angry. I’m angry with the Doctors who were supposed to be there, and weren’t. I’m angry with the crappy bureaucratic system which dictates the way our medical system works. But mostly I’m still angry with myself for ever walking out of that hospital and leaving Sausage there.

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Christmas · Personal

Stuck in my Ways?

Stuck in my Ways?

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know that Husband has some sleep issues which mean that often, he is awake while the rest of the household is asleep. We’re both avid users of StumbleUpon, which means that I often wake up with a dozen emails from him, little things that he’s read that he thinks I’ll find interesting. And I love it, it’s one of my favourite things as I know that he’s been thinking of me, plus it gives us lots to talk about and debate upon. He’ll send me things which are so random, so totally me that it gives me a warm feeling to think that he really gets me, you know?

Until yesterday.

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Can We Praise Our Kids Too Much?

Can We Praise Our Kids Too Much?

From the moment that Sausage was born, I’ve given her praise every day, telling her that she’s the most beautiful, intelligent, amazing, special, funny little girl in the whole universe. I tell her about a hundred times a day that I love her and that she’s my favourite human in the whole world (don’t worry, Husband and I have an understanding that Sausage is favourite to both of us, but he and I come a very close second!).

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