Creating a Home Business: A Step-by-Step Guide

Working from home might well sound like a good idea, and for some is a key motivator in setting up a business in the first place. That said, it’s true to say that a home-based business takes as much planning and organization as one based in a commercial property, so following an organized plan is important. The steps to take: Your business idea Maybe you’re setting yourself up in an

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Last minute Christmas present ideas

I don’t mean buying last minute Christmas presents, I mean buying things, wrapping them and shoving them under the tree just in case you need a present at the last minute. For the past couple of years we have either been invited to a party at the last minute (often drinks on Christmas Eve) or friends have dropped by to hand over gifts to us.   And invariably I have

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The Night Before Christmas at Mottisfont.

When I recently wrote about all the things happening around Hampshire in National Trust houses this month, one grabbed my attention more than any other.   The Night Before Christmas is one of my favourite poems, and Mottisfont is one of my favourite National Trust properties. Win Win and a great excuse for a morning out with my BFF and our cameras Mottisfont The Night Before Christmas 24 November –

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How to add value to your home using trees

For most of us our home is our most valuable asset. It is, by far, the most expensive thing that we own.   So, understandably, we do our best to look after it.   We know that keeping it looking nice and in a good state of repair will help us to secure a higher price when it is time to sell.   This is true, but there is a

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Getting your Christmas tree from Christmas Forest, a review

My family thought I had gone mad when I said that we would be getting our Christmas tree at the end of November.   Putting put the Christmas tree was always a Christmas Eve event for me as a child.   I would decorate it with my folks, and then I would go off with each of them separately to help them wrap presents.   Feeling quite smug that I

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Getting ready for the new year

I don’t know about you but my need to spring clean tends to kick in late November, early December.   Not so much in the spring but when I start thinking about the fact we will have people here for Christmas and, therefore, the house needs sorting out.    We aren’t hosting lots of extended family this year so I don’t need to worry about sorting out the spare bedroom

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Visibly Vegan candles — a review

I must admit I thought I knew quite a bit about being a vegan.   Not that I have ever been one, though I was veggie for a while as a teenager.  I know that it means that along with the obvious meat and eggs it also means you can’t have honey, wear leather shoes or have gelatine sweets.     I didn’t realise, however, that it goes as far

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Safety Checks to Look for When Buying a Used Car This Winter

Road safety is incredibly important, especially during the winter months. The colder season creates many more hazards on the road; impacting visibility with blizzards and mist and causing the roads to be iced over, thereby losing traction on the wheels. Consequently, you should everything you can to be safe out there.  However, if you do all the necessary safety checks, buying a used car for winter can not only be

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#Gifted

This might be a controversial one but here goes.   I don’t like the term #Gifted. To be fair it might not be something that is even on your radar, so let me explain. Us bloggers, or influencers as we are increasingly being referred to, are required by the ASA to mark anything that we have been paid for, or sent for inclusion in a blog social media, as an

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Dear Deborah Ross

Help me out here Deborah.  Why did you feel it necessary to pen a column in the Times this week where you said that influencers should be relabelled “Detestable Freeloaders”?   Well I know what brought it about, your watching the programme about Cliveden and the inclusion of two influencers called Katie and Ben, but why did you have to give them (and all other influencers) this new moniker and

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Experience a sparkling and colourful Christmas at National Trust places in and around Hampshire

  If you’re looking for somewhere special to escape the high street crowds this Christmas, consider a visit to a National Trust place. Our historic houses in and around Hampshire feature sparkling decorations and Christmas trees, fresh winter greenery and festive trails. Outside, you’ll discover beautiful garden landscapes filled with winter colour and scent. Classic Christmas stories are brought to life at Mottisfont and Uppark, and there’s a festive murder

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5 Top Tips for a hassle free Christmas

It is around this time of year that people start to get bogged down in to-do lists and getting organised for the week of eating and sofa snoozing that is Christmas.   The focus is on whether or not a metre of Jaffa cakes is going to be enough and who gets first dibs on the Radio Times bumper addition when it comes out.   But not many people think

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