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Posts published in March 2018

How to care for your kitchen knives


Most top chefs will tell you that assembling a great set of knives and looking after them is one of the most important parts of the job. These tips will help you care for your knives just like the world’s best chefs!

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Be cautious

This doesn’t just apply to being wary of sharp knives and respecting their power, it also applies to how you treat them. If you are careless and don’t take care of them, then they will not last and will need to be replaced more often: so be careful with your expensive knives.

Practice safe handling

There are several safe ways to handle knives and these should be practised, especially when in a kitchen with others. Never pass a knife blade first or walk around with it pointing upwards, and never leave it hidden under a cloth or towel, or under food. Leaving a knife …

Five benefits of uPVC windows


Unplasticised PolyVinyl Chloride (uPVC) is a popular and affordable choice for windows. It is a big decision to renew the windows in your home and it is important that you get it right. There are several available options including aluminium, composite and wood. However, uPVC has a well-earned reputation for being the best overall option.

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Here are five reasons why uPVC will be the most cost-effective and practical option for your home.

1. Cost effective in the long-term

Some homeowners are put off investing in uPVC windows because they think the initial cost is prohibitive. The advantage of uPVC is that it costs less than the alternatives and will last a lot longer. A single investment can last for decades without you incurring the costs of on-going maintenance. It also has a timeless appeal that will not date the appearance of your home.

2. Maintenance and durability

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A ‘revolution’ in home shelving


Shelving has been revolutionised, according to gift and housewares firm Design Ideas. The company has unveiled a new MeshWorks shelving system that it says perfectly combines the flat surface of wood or solid metal with the dust-free appeal of wire shelving.

The system is based on expanded metal mesh that was first introduced to the domestic market in America by Design Ideas in 1986. Design Ideas’ president, Andy Van Meter, said that MeshWorks shelving offers the stability of a solid surface while still allowing air to circulate to prevent dust and preventing objects from falling through the wire.

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An alternative idea

Many people will never be tempted to veer away from traditional forms of industrial shelving in Ireland, England, America and around the world, but Design Ideas believes that the future lies in their expanded metal mesh, which apparently offers a combination of functionality, strength and style that …

Peter Max- What is The Best Type of Paint for Murals?


Mural painting is very popular and there are several artists that work on interior and exterior mural paintings daily across the world. If you are a new artist, you may have the obvious question as to what type of paint is best used for murals?

Peter Max – the best paint for murals

Noted artist in the USA, Peter Max is known for painting murals on current events. He says that as an artist, you can use acrylics that work fine for mural paintings. However, if you are new to the art of mural painting, be careful when you use matte finish paints as they will dry quicker.

Apply clear coats of primer on the wall

Apply a clear coat first as this improves clarity and helps the paint on the wall to stay longer. He says that it is important for you to prepare the wall for the mural …

Should I Choose a Light or Dark Floor?


When choosing the perfect hardwood floor, the first big decision you’ll probably make is whether you would prefer light or dark. Below are some things to keep in mind when choosing the most suitable floor for your home:

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•       Your own personal preference
•       The décor of your home
•       How busy your home is
•       How much you are willing to spend
•       Size of rooms and/or home
•       The style and colouring of furniture

 You may also wish to consider:

1) Which Is Easier to Keep Clean?

With regards to cleaning, light wooden floors have the edge, since the contrast between the surface and what’s underneath is more apparent with darker hardwoods, Click here for more information on how to clean and maintain floors.

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2) Which Shows Scratches More?

Again, light wooden floors have the advantage over dark hardwood, since scratches on the …

Why you should choose a cold room instead of an ice house


Ice houses, which were used to store food at cold temperatures, were purpose-built brick buildings; however, with the advent of indoor refrigeration for the home, many ice houses fell into disrepair and disuse. The latest form of cold storage solution does not involve any construction; instead, it is now possible to get an indoor cold room for when you need substantial amounts of cold storage. Here we look at the advantages of these and the importance of storing food correctly to avoid illness.

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According to the NHS, there are some very basic rules to follow when it comes to storing food. Following these rules could mean that you are less likely to suffer from food poisoning. Although ice houses used to keep produce at cold temperatures, things have moved on. From a food safety point of view, cold rooms are much more hygienic.

Advantages of cold rooms

The Beliefs of Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhant in the wonders of Yoga


Yoga has been present in India from the past 2500 years and is a science that is an amalgamation of various disciplines, related to the body and the mind. It is helpful in bringing about the overall health of an individual when done on a regular basis. Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhant is a Himalayan Master of the Nath lineage who knows the intricate values and benefits of Yoga and Meditation involved in the process.

He claims that through the practice of Yoga in the right way one can attain a state of enlightenment, wherein he can leave behind a life based on false ego and live in the bliss of true understanding of things. He transcends the modern traditions of teaching about life and is a powerful embodiment of ancient Indian spiritual wisdom. He is the Master of Kundalini Kriya Yoga, and has through his efforts tried to plant the seed …

Meredith Iler- Saluting Wounded Soldiers Injured in The War Against Terrorism!


The war in Iraq and Afghanistan has claimed the lives of several soldiers that have died fighting against terrorism. They have sacrificed their lives for the sake of their nation and will be forever remembered by their loved ones and nations. However, there are some soldiers that not only fight but they take severe injuries and are exposed to explosions and other threats that take away a limb and make them crippled forever. Though they lose a limb or are severely injured they never break in spirit. They have severe determination to fight against terrorism and ensure that the war ends. They encourage their peers and counterparts I battle and inspire them with their accounts of bravery and courage. These are true heroes of the nation and they deserve to be treated with respect and honored for the deep sacrifice they personally make to keep their nation and fellow human …

Harley Reagan – Spiritual Role of Animals Throughout the Ages


Most people around the world are unaware that animals have been man’s spiritual companion since the dawn of human civilization. In fact, research shows that in most cultures, these living beings would perform of variety of special functions in religious ceremonies. The followers of such faiths would regard them as guardians of the spirit world, associate them as being agents of various divine beings, link them with numerous supernatural forces. Some people even consider them to be images of dead souls during their journey to the afterlife.

Harley Reagan – The special role animals play in the spiritual world

The Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society is a spiritual group in America whose members endeavor to eradicate racism, conflict, ignorance, disease, ignorance, superstition and bigotry from this world. This is to ensure future generations inherit a beautiful planet which is free from such social evils. They follow the teachings of the …