6 Most Desirable Home Locations In The UK

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From the economic powerhouse of London, to the rolling mountains of Scotland, the UK has it all. Great Britain offers stunning coastlines, majestic countryside and vibrant cities. Whatever you want from your environment, there is a place for you somewhere on this island. Before you decide where to live next, you’ll want to consider your lifestyle. Make a list of what you want most from your desired location.

The following locations were chosen as a result of studies into the most desirable locations. There were many factors taken into account. These included crime level, health and education and employment opportunities. However, that doesn’t mean they are always right for you. Discover what you want from life before pursuing a location. The following ideas will help you decide.

Hampshire

Hampshire features on just about every desirability list. Thanks to its quaint rural villages and proximity to London, it the ideal county. When you think of typical English living, you are generally thinking of Hampshire. The country is close to the beautiful south coast and a quick train ride to a number of major cities. It’s a great place for outdoor living. Perfect for those who love the peace and quiet, but aren’t quite ready to leave the city.

London

London isn’t winning any awards for affordability. However, it is the city of choice for professionals. It is one of the biggest cities in the world with one of the strongest economies. If you want to get ahead in business, this is where you come. London is home to more billionaires than any other city in the world. It is the number one place for opportunity and ambition.

Birmingham

Living in Birmingham offers you the chance to live in an exciting, diverse city with world-class restaurants, entertainment and shops.
Birmingham’s Balti Triangle is famous for its array of restaurants and takeaways offering spectacular curry dishes.
Birmingham is home to more than one million people from a range of different cultures and ethnic groups, including the UK’s largest student population outside London.

Its friendly population is what makes Birmingham the dynamic, multicultural city that is – and also one of the largest cities in Europe offering a heady mix of galleries, music, restaurants and bars.

The website http://birmingham.trud.co.uk/ is the best place for you to find out about job vacancies available in Birmingham. On this site, you will find close to 10,000 jobs spreading across different work sectors and several companies operating in the city.

Cornwall

Cornwall is irresistible and charming. Its southern location plays host to the finest beaches in the UK. You’ll find homes with a good view in St Mawes and cottages with peaceful walks in Bodmin. You are never far from the city of Plymouth with its naval history and stunning coastal views. It is the tranquil heart of Britain for those who love the sea air.

Edinburgh

If you love the city life, but London is just too intense, Edinburgh is great alternative. The Scottish capital has plenty of employment opportunity, with beautiful city features to boot. It has the feel of a bustling village and the economic power of a capital. The city is steeped in history and you’re only five minutes from the rolling Scottish hills.

Berkshire

Berkshire is home to some the richest homes in Britain. Its close proximity to London and Heathrow make it the perfect commuter county. You’ll find beautiful thatched cottages and winding English roads. Many choose Berkshire as a place to raise a family. The children can experience the English countryside and the parents can easily commute to the city.

There are plenty of other options out there. Newcastle for vibrant city life, the Lake District for serene living or Brighton for days by the sea. Discover what you truly want from your location and you’ll find it in the UK. Wherever you choose on this small island, you are never too away from the city or the countryside.

Fighting Fraud

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The nights are now drawing in fast, mince pies have made their way onto the shelves and all the big Christmas ads have started appearing on the television. The festive season is fast approaching and with it comes the annual task of getting all the Christmas shopping done in time.
With big crowds and hoards of shoppers, whether on the high street or online, sadly it’s a time when we could all be at risk of falling victim to fraud, more so than at any other time of year.

Fraudsters continue to think of new ways to get hold of our money but the best way to prevent it from happening is to learn more about what the different types of fraud are and how we can avoid them from happening to us. Bearing that in mind, NatWest have recently launched a tool all about fraud that could be useful.

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It takes a look at the top 11 most common types of fraud that cost the UK millions and provides some great tips on how to stay safe from fraudsters.

Some top tips:

• When shopping online, make sure you only ever enter your details onto a secure site. You can identify a secure page when you see the letters ‘https’ at the beginning of the URL as opposed to simply ‘http’.
• Be alert whenever you use an ATM machine. If anything looks suspicious, find somewhere else to get cash and though it sounds obvious, always remember to shield your PIN. If your card is ever swallowed by the machine, let your card issuer know immediately as it may be a fraudster that’s behind this.
• Make sure you check your bank statement regularly. If any suspicious activity is going on, you can ensure that you notice it quickly and put a stop to it immediately.

Review: Skinnyskinny Fragrances For the Home

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Set the mood this season with ever delightful fragrances for the home from skinnyskinny, created by aromatherapist extraordinaire, Clara Williams. With a selection of all-natural clean burning soy candles, and aromatherapeutic room sprays created from pure organic essential oils, skinnyskinny will help keep you calm, cool, and collected at home.

Created from all-natural soy wax and organic essential oils, the skinnyskinny candles burn clean for 45+ plus hours. Cypress is a woodsy scent that is fresh, uplifting and more subtle than say, pine. The Cypress Soy Candle releases a light fragrance that won’t overpower the home. It’s the perfect fall companion. Add in a book, a fleece blanket, a cup of hot tea, and we’ve got bliss!

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The Aromatherapeutic Organic Room Spray in 268 is the signature fragrance of the skinnyskinny Brooklyn store front *notes to plan a visit*. It contains the all-natural and organic essential oils of peppermint, rosemary, lavender, geranium and lemongrass. This ingenious combination of oils are said to be calming, grounding and strengthening, while I might add in uplifting as well. I simply adore this room spray and deem it a necessary home companion. It sits beside me as I work and read. I also find it beneficial in aiding in the practice of meditation.

What Have You Been Neglecting?

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For so long I was focused on making sure my mug was makeup optional. I became more conscious of ingredients and listened to what my skin was telling me it needed. As I learned more I couldn’t help but notice that there are other parts of the body that age as well and will reveal my true age if not properly cared for. Because I don’t have crow’s feet, deep dark circles, or bags the size of oranges, I felt I didn’t need an eye cream. The deeper I divulged into skincare I noticed my neck was being treated like a step child. I thought I could just carry my face moisturizer down to my neck and it was fine. Lastly, when I heard a more mature woman say, “You can always tell a woman’s age by looking at her hands,” a light bulb went off.

Of course I decided to see what the hype about an eye cream was all about. I’ve found that the more I used an eye cream my concealer didn’t crease, and the amount of concealer needed decreased; the puffiness in the morning is little to none, and my under eye area has brightened over time. I also decided to give my neck a little more moisture and attention. I’m not one for piling on the products, so I researched and found a great moisturizer that works wonders for the face and neck area. So often we don’t think to address an issue until we see signs of darkness, wrinkles, or aging. For me, moisture and prevention is key. As for those who are a little more “anti aging” conscious there are great products out there. The same woman who told me about my hands also encouraged me to pay more attention to the amount of  hand sanitizer usage, encouraging me to use one with vitamin e to help moisturize.

As women it’s in our nature to pick, poke, and pry until we find something wrong. Then we’ll focus on that “problem,” while all the while neglecting something else. What are you neglecting?

TREND ALERT: CHELSEA BOOTS

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I am a huge fan of Chelsea boots.They are the ideal boots for autumn/ winter  - stylish, trendy and very comfy!

Celebs like Alexa Chung, Miranda Kerr and Victoria Beckham have been spotted in a fab pair of chelsea boots lately, so we’re taking our inspiration for this look from them!

Chelsea boots look great worn with super skinny jeans, a chunky knit jumper or a long length knit cardigan and an oversized coat. But they look equally chic worn with jeans, a blouse or shirt and a blazer! They are such a great wardrobe staple.

They are also perfect for wearing with a dress and rights over the winter months, and are the perfect ‘every day’ boots! You can opt for flat chelsea’s or if you prefer you can opt for one with a small block heel – Both look equally as good.

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House hunting tips for pet owners

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If you have kids, their current and future needs will quite rightly be at the top of your priorities when looking for a new place to live. Pets, on the other hand, are often far lower down the list of priorities but finding a home that is right for them is equally as important and can be quite difficult.

Be upfront if you’re renting

 It can be difficult finding suitable rented property that accepts pets – but you should never try to ‘sneak’ your pets into a new home. Some landlords and agencies will accept pets even if the listing suggests otherwise, especially if you offer to pay a higher deposit, have the property professionally cleaned when you leave or provide references from previous landlords. It is important to make sure that you get any agreements in writing, including having any existing ‘no pets’ clauses written out.

Check the area

 If you’re in a position to be able to be looking at properties to buy such as the new houses in Exeter, take a good look round the area. This is good advice in any circumstances of course; try to get a feeling if it’s a pet friendly area.

Think about the layout

 The ideal home for yourself and your pet will depend on what kind of pet you have. A boisterous boxer will need more space than a hamster and you should think about the requirements you’re looking for. Gardens and fences can be particularly important factors, especially for dog owners. You might also have special requirements such as access to an outdoor tap for hosing down after a particularly muddy walk. Flats and apartments might have rules about pets, even if you are buying rather than renting – so it is important to ask.

Consider your home insurance when you move in

 Unless you own an elephant your pet is unlikely to cause any structural damage so this pertains more to your contents than building insurance. Some policies exclude damage caused by pets so if you want to be covered for any accidental damage they do cause, make sure you read the small print.

Seven ways to make her smile

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As we get caught up in the run-up to Christmas, many of us are busy trying to find the perfect gift, and when you are on the road it can be even more of a challenge. But have you considered giving that special woman in your life plenty of reasons to smile? Believe it or not, that could be one of the best gifts anyone could come up with, so read through some tried and tested tips to make her smile everyday.

If you love her, let her know

Yes, it really is as simple as that. Whether we are talking about your girlfriend, fiance or your wife, leave them a handwritten note telling them how much they mean to you and they will have no choice but to smile. Leave the note somewhere unexpected, like the bathroom mirror, in her coat pocket, the coach or on her dorm / hotel bed.

Flowers aren’t just for Valentine’s Day

You don’t need an excuse to bring her a gorgeous bouquet with her favourite flowers, and no, flowers are not just a way to say sorry when you’ve done something wrong. A bunch of carefully chosen flowers will definitely bring a smile to her face.

Cook for her

Spending time cooking for the person you love is a great way of showing your appreciation. If she has had a bad or busy day, volunteer to make dinner or surprise her with her favourite dessert when she gets back.  If you don’t have access to a kitchen then why not make a picnic to have in your hotel room!

Dance, just because

Improvise and be spontaneous by taking her out for a spin wherever you happen to be: the living room, the street, or a park. Dancing has been shown to boost our mood, and the best thing is that you don’t even need music!

The old art of flirting

You may have been dating or married for years, but that doesn’t mean that flirting with your girl is out of the question. In fact, it may be a very effective way of making her smile, as she will probably not be expecting it.

Down memory lane

Find out some of her most cherished childhood memories and try to recreate them for her. This could mean finding an old picture, surprising her with a trip to her childhood hideout, etc. You’ll need to be creative!

Offer a compliment

Let’s face it: men aren’t great at this, but it really isn’t that difficult: think about what makes her special and simply let her know. A genuine compliment will bring a radiant smile to her face.

This post was brought to you by Toothpick.com who are working hard for your smile by improving dentistry across the UK.

 

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