Monday, January 9, 2017

Welcome to 2017

I believe 2017 is going to be a wonderful year.  Just like every other year it will be marked with it's own set of difficulties and challenges.  That's life.  But my response to those difficulties and challenges will shape my future.

I am believing for God to bring many exciting blessing to 2017.  I will embrace the challenges and the blessings together and trust God to lead me through both with grace.

Today I'm guest posting on The Pearl Press.  The Pearl Press is an online magazine, mostly for women but not entirely, helping us discover beauty under pressure.  I'd love for you to jump over there and check out their site.  They also have a very active Facebook community that you might want to engage with.

I've made my commitments and I've written my life values and I'm ready to live those out with purpose!  

What are you looking forward to in 2017?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

How to Ventilate Your House

According to a recent report, modern airtight homes are causing us all a real headache. A lack of ventilation leads to problems such as damp, and a build-up of pollutants which can lead to all sorts of health problems. The high tech solutions of the future would have us using all sorts of automated systems to keep our rooms better ventilated and, as such, a bit healthier.
Automated ventilation services 
There are many different ways to open and close the windows in your home. Some use basic manual mechanisms which many of us will be pretty familiar with. These simply do the job of pulling down the blinds or opening a window in a slightly more ergonomic and efficient way, but what really catches the eye – especially if you like your technology – is the automated systems.
These can do all sorts of things. There are goodies such as handheld remote controllers which you can use from anywhere in your own home to open and close a window, but the really interesting tech comes in the automated natural ventilation systems. These use remote sensors which can monitor things such as incoming rain, wind or a change in temperature to open and close windows or skylights as you need them. It’s a great way to get around the problem of finding you’ve had a skylight open after it’s been raining. offer a wide range of ventilation services. These systems are able to quickly monitor conditions and subtly control the climate to ensure your internal environment remains healthy and pleasant.
That’s very important, because while the health factor should never be under-estimated sometimes good air quality can do a great deal to affect your mood. If the air is fresh, not overly moist and a pleasant temperature, everything about a room can feel much better and more pleasant. These products represent a good way to provide that without having to have your air conditioner whirring away all day.
Improve air quality
Of course, there are simple things you can do to improve the quality of the air in your home aside from buying sophisticated new technology. You could, for example, remember to keep certain rooms in the house ventilated at certain times of the day, or make use of natural air cleaning measures such house plants. These not only look great and improve the look and feel of a room ,but they quietly clean the air as they go along. You could also buy a small air purifier, but these are less expensive and also add real life and colour to a room – particularly in winter when it’s too cold to head into the gardening.

The systems of the future certainly do make for an attractive and compelling option, but they also offer ways to improve the air in your home. The most important thing is to realise that air quality is a real issue and that your actions can improve matters much more than you realise.  

Monday, December 12, 2016

5 Essential Things to Do on a Trip to Costa Rica

If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, you’re probably already aware that when it comes to things to see and do, this country has an abundance of choices. It would take months, perhaps years to fully explore Costa Rica, therefore, if you’re planning a vacation of a few weeks or so, having an itinerary planned out will help to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the main must-see attractions. We’ve listed some of the most popular and essential attractions in Costa Rica that all tourists to the area should put on their list.

Volcano Arenal
Although the regular eruptions came to an end back in 2010, volcano Arenal is still classed as an active volcano and if you’re lucky, you may be able to see it erupt every now and then whilst you’re in Costa Rica. One of the most impressive attractions boasted by the country, it’s no surprise that thousands of tourists flock to the area each day to see the volcano and the equally impressive natural hot springs in the region. Close by to many villa rentals and hotels, the volcano is located in a national park and there’s much more to it than meets the eye!

Parque Nacional Tortuguero
One of the most unrivalled eco-destinations in Costa Rica, Parque Nacional Tortuguero consists of an elaborate canal network, winding its way through coastal wetlands and stunning tropical jungles. Explore the canal networks, and the jungle, from the comfort and safety of your own canoe. Along with the stunning vegetation, you’ll also be able to look for hidden wildlife as you paddle along.

Playa Samara
When it comes to beaches, Costa Rica has an abundance of white, sandy shores to offer. However, any serious beach lover visiting this country must make the time to visit Playa Samara, one of the most picture-perfect beaches in Costa Rica. A gorgeous strip of white sand which lies between gentle, clear turquoise seas and on the other side a string of trendy cafes and restaurants, Samara is both peaceful and sophisticated, making it the perfect destination for travelers who are hoping to find some peace, tranquility and quiet.

Puerto Viejo
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a fun and vibrant destination where you’ll be able to feast on tasty, traditional Caribbean foods such as jerk chicken and coconut rice, whilst spending your evenings dancing the night away to reggae beats. Known as ‘the other Costa Rica’ where English is spoken more widely than Spanish and Afro-Caribbean culture thrives, anyone interested in learning first hand about Rastafarian culture must visit this place. Otherwise, it’s definitely one of the most fun places on the island to visit and a must-do for foodies!

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Lastly, the Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most popular in Costa Rica and home to many activities and sights. When you enter the park, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a tourist brochure, with stunning landscapes, palm-fringed shores, and monkeys swinging through the tress overhead!
There are hundreds of things to do and see in Costa Rica, but these five are essentials!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Will Cutting the Guest List Save on Wedding Costs?

With the average wedding costing in the region of £25,000, many couples actively look at ways to save money on their big day. Sites such as UK Wedding Savings offer lots of useful tips, but one easy way to cut the cost of getting married is to keep a tight rein on your guest list. After all, do you really need to invite 500+ to the wedding?

It’s a Costly Affair
The more people you invite to your wedding, the more it will cost you. Bigger weddings need more space. All you really need are you, your fiancé, and two witnesses, but most people prefer to have at least some family and friends present to witness their union. However, once the guest list start creeping up into the hundreds, costs will spiral out of control.

Hundreds of guests will need a mountain of food and drink to keep them fed and watered on the day. Large wedding parties also require more space at the reception, so a simple BBQ in the back garden isn’t going to cut it. You also need to consider the size of the church if you are planning a religious ceremony. The more people you invite, the more likely it is that your wedding ceremony will be standing room only, with unlucky late arrivals forced to stand outside.

The truth is that you simply can’t afford to invite everyone and their plus one to your wedding. It may be painful to start going through your wedding guest list with a red pen, but unless you have an unlimited budget or Bernie Ecclestone as your father, it is time to be ruthless.

Make a List
Start off by making a list. Include everyone you would like to invite if money was no object. You both need to make your own lists, as you each have your own friends and family to consider. Next, split the list into two sub-lists: family and close friends, and then friends and acquaintances.

Make the Cut
Family and close friends have to make the cut, for obvious reasons. However, in the case of family, you really don’t need to invite distant relatives you haven’t seen for twenty years, unless your parents insist and they are paying the bill.

With regard to friends and acquaintances, consider how close you are to these people. Do you really need to invite work colleagues? Unless you socialise with them regularly, probably not. The same applies to your boss, although it can be polite to invite a boss, plus you are guaranteed a decent wedding gift.

Do not feel guilty about not inviting people you are not friends with. It is unlikely to cause offence if they know you are getting married on a budget. The same applies to asking people to leave their children at home. Kids eat and take up a seat, so they cost you money if they come to the reception.

Just because someone invites you to their wedding, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you must invite them to yours. It is your day after all, so stand your ground and do it your way.