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Life moment interview: Taking time out to go travelling

Life moment interview: Taking time out to go travelling

Alex Clough is a Digital Director from London, and recently took some time out of work to go travelling. We asked him a few questions about how he prepared for his trip, and we’ll offer you some tips based on his experience. Where did you go travelling? I went to South East Asia, with visits to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietman and Indonesia. Why did you make the decision to go now? I’m fortunate enough to work for a company that allows three month sabbaticals, and sometimes you just have to grasp the moment and go for it. Travelling doesn’t have to be done in your gap year, or when you’ve retired. I had the opportunity to go and experience new things, so I thought ‘why not’? Time out of work can help refresh the mind. How did you prepare to […]

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Top tips for going back to university

Top tips for going back to university

September brings the end of the summer holidays, and the looming start of term for all university students. Whether it be year one, two or even five, there’s always new ways you can get prepared. Check out some of our tips below to get you feeling inspired. Remember to keep an eye on our Twitter feed, where you’ll find more useful tricks and hacks. Home comforts To make sure you bring the comforts from home with you to uni, create a recipe scrapbook of all your favourite meals that your mum or dad regularly cook at home. Cooking is also a great way to make new friends in halls or keep your housemates on side. Get organised When you get back to university it’s likely your brain will be frazzled from all that fun you had over the summer. To […]

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Life hacks for your living and work space

Life hacks for your living and work space

September has arrived all too fast, and with the summer holidays over, kids are back to school and you are either going back to work or sorting the house after the last 8 weeks. There is no better time to re-organise you living or work space, ready to take on the challenges ahead. Here are a few creative yet helpful hacks to get you on your way. Remember to check out our Twitter feed where we offer simple solutions to help get the best out of all types of space. Sorted stationary Pens, pencils, scissors and rulers all contribute to the cluttered space on your desk. You can upcycle used tin cans to act as a stationary holder, or even empty toilet rolls. If you’re feeling creative, get a paintbrush to add a dash of colour. Lego helpers Lego doesn’t […]

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Cardboard creation: horse costume

Cardboard creation: horse costume

Next up in our series of cardboard creations is a simple yet effective horse costume. This is the perfect activity to keep the kids occupied over the summer holidays. You can help them make it, then watch them gallop round the garden for as many hours as they please. Step 1 – what you will need: • A cardboard box, big enough for the child who will wear it • A cardboard box for the head and tail • Thick ribbon • Decorative ribbon or string for the reins • Craft paint • Scissors • Both a red and a black marker pen • Glue NB: Parental supervision required when using scissors and glue Step 2 Carefully cut out a circle shaped hole in both sides of one box, which need to be large enough to fit the rider through. […]

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Life hacks to organise your wardrobe

Life hacks to organise your wardrobe

Our Twitter feed is full of helpful tricks to organise all areas of your home. One place that you can easily lose control of is the wardrobe, so we’ve outlined some cheap, simple tips on how you can sort it once and for all. Remember, once you’ve done it once, it will take just minutes to tidy up when it starts to get out of control again. Hook ‘em up Scarves have a tendency to make a space look really untidy. With a few shower curtain hooks on a hanger, you can display them in a practical, space saving way. Summer vs winter The amount of clothes you own can have a big effect on how tidy you can be. We understand that space (especially in your wardrobe!) is somewhat a luxury, so why not think about splitting your summer […]

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Exploring an unusual living space

Exploring an unusual living space

Did you know that just one in six properties are affordable across Britain*? And with that, 33,000 people in the UK live on a houseboat. It might come as a surprise that sales and renting of house boats is on the up, but with housing costs (especially in central London) becoming further out of reach, and the recent advances in technology such as solar panels, LED lights and internet connections, it might not actually look like a bad idea. Living on water could look like a dream, however along with its charms of being unique and also potentially cheaper, you do have to be prepared for the downsize and start to think how to be creative with the space. Remember these ideas aren’t just for house boats. If you find yourself living in a smaller home, then check out these […]

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Create your own garden games

Create your own garden games

So the summer holidays have arrived, and this year they bring with them the excitement of the Olympic Games. Whether you’re entertaining children or entertaining guests, there’s always time (and hopefully good weather!) to get outside and play your own garden games. Here’s some easy-to-create ideas that will keep the whole family amused. Giant noughts & crosses With a cardboard box, some scissors and a dash of black paint (or tape), it’s easy to create an oversized garden version of the traditional noughts & crosses. Garden bowling You don’t need to head to the bowling lanes to get in a game of this firm family favourite. If you have some spare cardboard, you can help the children make their very own version. It’s easy to do once you have created a stencil of the pins. A couple of tennis balls […]

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Life moment interview: Preparing your home for a pet

Life moment interview: Preparing your home for a pet

Lucinda is a Social Media Account Director from London, and has recently brought a new furry four-legged friend into her home – a rescue terrier called Crumble. We asked her a few questions about getting her first pet in her flat, and we’ll offer you some tips based on her experience. What made you decide on the breed of dog? We always knew we wanted a small dog because we have a flat, and needed to bring him into work. It would have been more difficult to convince my boss to have an office dog if he wasn’t so little! We also needed to be able carry him on the underground. My boyfriend and I have busy lives, so we also knew we couldn’t have a dog that needed a 2 – 3 hour walk a day. How did you […]

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Cardboard Creations: Dog Kennel

Cardboard Creations: Dog Kennel

Next in our series of cardboard creation inspirations is a home for man’s best friend: a dog kennel. This could be a great activity to keep kids occupied – you can let them decorate it however they choose and then use it as a play toy for the rest of the afternoon. Or you could use it as an actual indoor dog house… Step 1 – what you will need: • Large cardboard box • Ruler • Stanley knife • Marker pen • Postal tape • Double sided sticky tape • A safe place to cut with the knife NB: Parental supervision required when using a Stanley knife Step 2 Carefully cut off the four flaps from the bottom of the box followed by two of the flaps on the top, ensuring you leave two opposite each other. Step 3 […]

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Big Yellow Sponsors The Tringe Festival

Big Yellow Sponsors The Tringe Festival

For the 6th year running, Big Yellow Self Storage is supporting Tring’s comedy festival, The Tringe. Running from 26th June to 16th July, The Tringe will see a line-up of stellar comedians grace the stage at The Court Theatre in Tring. Local comedy lovers will be given the chance to hear top comedians trial their new shows before they hit the stage at the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Some of the best names in comedy will be performing over the course of the festival, including Shappi Khorsandi, Zoe Lyons, Jason Byrne, Nish Kumar and The Boy With Tape On His Face. Tickets range from £5 – £22.50, and can be purchased from the website: http://www.get-stuffed.biz/tringe/ Be quick though, as shows are selling out fast.

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