LIFESTYLE: DREAMING OF A PORSCHE

 

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Who doesn’t dream of owning a Porsche, right? Hello, luxury! However, do you know about the history of Porsche, especially in the world of racing?


If there is one brand that has an undeniable reputation in the world of cars, it is Porsche. Not only are they known for creating stylish and reliable sports cars but impressive race cars as well. In fact, they even have their own race league, which is called the Porsche GT3 Cup. With that being said, below we are going to take a look at their incredible GT3 race cars in further detail, revealing everything you need to know about them and why they lead the way in the world of racing.


There is only one place to begin when it comes to reviewing any race car and this is, of course, with the performance of it. There is something very impressive and special about the GT3’s engine. To begin with, it is a flat-six. This is something that is completely unique to Porsche. However, unlike the rest of the range of 911 engines, this one is aspirated naturally, rather than being turbocharged. Because of this, you get an instant response whenever you put your foot on the accelerator pedal. To say this car is fast would be nothing short of an understatement. It is super, super fast - the short of speed that pushes your torso back into the seat. Just what you want from a race car!


The interior is exceptionally plush. It is about as perfect as you can get. There is so much height and reach adjustment to the steering wheel, which means that you can pretty much guarantee you will find the position spot-on. By modern standards, the dash has an unusual number of buttons. This is great, meaning there are so many different options. Plus, while you may think that it is going to make it confusing to use your car, these buttons are easy to recognise and easy to use.


Finally, there is a surprising amount of room in this vehicle considering it is a Porsche Cup Car. It is roomier than its rivals. So, even if you are six-foot-plus, you are going to have both legroom and headroom to spare. Plenty of space is something a lot of people are looking for when they head to used car brokers. You will struggle to find another supercar that combines practicality with speed and performance like Porsche has managed to do with their race cars and cup cars. 


As you can see, there is a lot to love about the Porsche Cup Car! Their reputation in the world of racing is no fluke. When you consider all of the different features and characteristics that have been discussed, it is not hard to see why Porsche cars are held in such high regard. They deliver on every front; from style to reliability to power and performance. If you get the opportunity to experience one of these vehicles, you certainly will not be disappointed.







LIFESTYLE: Top 5 Eco-Friendly Interior Design Tips

 

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If you’re looking to give your home an update this spring, why not consider some eco-friendly additions to freshen up the place? Include some natural touches and bring the outside in. Create more space and let the clean air ventilate your home. You could also look into using sustainable materials for renovation projects, such as beautiful pieces of reclaimed wood. If you’re mindful about your choices, you can minimise the environmental impact they have. Here are five quick eco-friendly interior design tips.


Get in touch with nature


Decorating your home with plants will create a calming atmosphere. Bring nature inside this spring with some lush green plants and fresh flowers. Be careful to make environmentally-conscious choices about the plants you buy to keep your "plant miles" down. Go for local indigenous plants that haven’t been imported. These will also be more likely to thrive in this climate. Speak to someone at your local garden centre for help and advice. 


Sustainable materials


If you’re planning on making big changes to your home such as a full renovation, use sustainable materials. For example, reclaimed wood is incredibly versatile and can be used for both your interior and exterior. It’s very durable and practical, but stunningly attractive. Each piece could tell a story. There are plenty of websites which will tell you to source reclaimed wood near you. If you can, find out where the wood you’re using originated from.


Upcycled creations


Perhaps you’re the creative type and would like to add a personal touch to your renovations. Upcycling is a fun and eco-friendly way to do this. If you have old furniture in the attic you can revamp it yourself and find it a new use. You could also buy cheap second-hand furniture and other materials in charity shops to upcycle. Upcycling is the most eco-friendly yet stylish way to furnish your home because you’re recycling used items and turning them into statement pieces. 


Keep it clean


In order to maintain an eco-friendly home, you need to keep it aerated and clean. Rearrange your furniture and consider changing your window coverings to let in as much natural light as possible. Open windows and ventilate naturally to help rid your home of dust, bacteria and allergens. You could even hire Green cleaning service if it’s in need of a big job. There are green cleaning businesses that only use organic cleaning products and environmentally-friendly methods to deep clean your home. 


Minimise VOC content


What’s VOC you ask? VOC stands for volatile organic compounds which are found in many interior design products including paint, adhesives, and even synthetic carpets and cheap furniture. Make sure you avoid decorating products with VOC content and look for Green-seal certified products instead. This won’t give off chemicals that are to the environment, and that can even be toxic overtime. With a few quick updates you can turn your home into a green oasis. Eco-friendly interior design doesn’t necessarily mean more expensive. It’s actually a more minimalist, cleaner approach.

LIFESTYLE: Could These Renovations Bring Your Home Back To Life?'

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It’s shocking how easy it can be to find that your home just doesn’t excite you in the way that it used to. When your first move into a new home, it’s one of the most exciting things in the world and every morning you wake up feeling excited to spend your time there. However, as time goes one, it’s not all that uncommon for a lot of people’s homes to lose a little bit of their lustre. A common response to this is to find somewhere new and move home but that may well not be the best option. After all, moving home can be a stressful and expensive process and you can’t even be sure it will solve your problem. Instead, here are some areas of your home that you might well be better off renovating instead.


Kitchen


There are a lot of people who believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home and there’s a good reason for that. Not only is it the place where family meals are made but it’s a part of the house that should always be buzzing with energy and excitement. People chat while cooking, kids and parents make treats together, it really is the beating heart of any home. Of course, that’s not the case if your kitchen is feeling drab, dark, dated, and ugly. If that’s the case, it can drag the whole tone of your home down. Luckily, there are plenty of easy ways to fix that issue. Even something as simple as new tiles on the walls or new countertops can make your kitchen feel brighter, newer, and more alive in an instant.


Bathroom


If your bathroom feels dark and unappealing, that’s going to be a whole lot worse than it would be for any other room. The reason for this is that an ugly bathroom often ends up feeling like an unclean bathroom, no matter how much care you take over it. Bathroom renovations can help to take what could be the most depressing room in your home and make it a place you would actually want to spend your time. That way, you can actually start to enjoy taking a hot soak in the bath again.


Attic


So much of the time attics become entirely wasted space, used as little more than a dumping ground. Why not instead turn your attic into a liveable space? You could use it as a spare room, an office, a game room, or anything else you can think of. It’s a space in your home that’s just completely going to waste right now.


Of course, it's important to make sure that you're always planning any renovations carefully. The last thing you want is for the budget or schedule to end up flying out of control! When that happens, you can end up in a position where your home is not only not living up to what you had hoped, but you may even have to go through a period where your home is barely even a liveable space.


[AD] COSY NIGHT IN WITH JACK'S THIS VALENTINES DAY




It's safe to say Valentines Day is going to be very different this year, especially with the restaurants and bars being closed but that doesn't mean Valentines is cancelled. Jack's have everything you need for a cosy night in and even better, you can do it without breaking the bank. 

Jack's have everything you need for the most romantic at-home date night and best of all you can get everything whilst doing your weekly shop. They currently have a Valentines Day Dine In deal which is perfect and an absolute bargain! For just £10 you can get a starter, main and desert! The deal includes;
Le Rustique Camembert
Jack's Bake at home Baguettes
Jack's Tender 100% British Beef Steaks
Jack's Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Jack's Green Vegetable Medley 
Jack's Melting middle Chocolate Sponge Pudding

All for just £10! They also have some great offers on drinks too, Bosford Rose Gin is just £14 or Canti Proseccco Spumante is currently on offer for £6.50 or Prospero Leggero Secco Rosato is just £5.50

They also have a beautiful range of bouquets to meet all budgets starting at just £1 for a single rose or you can opt for a dozen Luxury roses for just £8,!! Jack's have a great range of different flowers and they all have a 7-day freshness guarantee!  You can also grab a box of Chocolates to go with the roses, there's loads to choose from. I grabbed a box of my favourites whilst I was in store. They also have a middle aisle which is full of seasonal gifts so there really is something for everyone. 


I popped into my local store and was amazed at the great quality products they have on offer! They stock Britain's favourite brands at amazing prices as well as their own brand products which looked great! I decided to go for the Valentines day dine in deal as £10 is just outstanding value for money! I made a couple of tweaks and got some Jack's Parmentier Potatoes instead of mash and I went for mushrooms and a Jack's Peppercorn sauce to go along side our steaks! 100% of Jack's fresh Chicken, Beef and Lamb is British, so is their Milk. So you know you are getting great quality for your money. 

I picked up the bake at home bread and Camembert for starter as it was part of the Valentines Day deal so amazing value for money I also picked up the Melting middle chocolate sponge cake and a tin of custard Mmm 

I couldn't resist the roses so grabbed a couple of bunches as they were such a great price and some yummy chocolates too! I'm not drinking right now so I picked up a bottle of Jack's Sparkling Apple and Elderflower Presse and a bottle of beer for Clint.

Whilst I was in store I grabbed a few bits for the week such as milk, cheese, chicken and beef mince and a few cupboard essentials too. I was super impressed with the layout of the store, they have a number of measures in store to keep customers and staff safe at this time. They are following social distancing guidelines and limiting numbers into the store. The aisles are wider than other supermarkets to allow an easier shopping experience. I also noticed plenty of hand sanitizer in the store and markings on the floor to ensure social distancing. 

So we popped on the fireplace youtube video and lit some candles and had the most wonderful night in, it was so nice sitting at the table and actually talking and enjoying each others company as we ate our delicious food! I was so impressed with the quality and value for money. You will be amazed by how much you can get at Jack's for £30! 













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LIFESTYLE: Home Automation Options That Are Worth Your Time & Money

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There are loads of home automation products on the market at the moment. Countless companies have put their hats into the ring, providing products that are able to take the work out of living in your home. Of course, though, many of the options you find are very costly, and this can make it hard to justify having them for your place. To help you to decide which home automation tools will be worth it for you, this post will be exploring a range of options that provide genuine benefits to your home on a daily basis.


Lighting


The lighting inside your home is very important, giving you security and making it possible for you to see when its dark. Of course, though, lighting can also use a huge amount of power when left on unnecessarily, and this can end up costing a small fortune over time. Smart lighting options have been getting better and better in recent years, making it possible for you to control your lights from the phone you carry all the time. Movement sensors can also help with this, with many modern buildings being fitted with lights that can turn themselves on and off to save some money.


Gates & Doors


If you have a gate that separates your home from the outside world, you will probably have a good idea of the pain that can come with having to open it each day to let yourself in and out. Automatic gate openers can be a great solution to this problem, providing you with the means to have your gates opened for you, all at the click of a button. This sort of option can be found for doors too, with modern smart locks being able to lock your door behind you based on how far you get from it. This is excellent for people who often find themselves worrying that doors are locked after they’ve set off for a big trip.


Doorbells


Finally, as the last idea to consider, it’s time to think about doorbells. While this isn’t strictly an automation option, smart doorbells have come a long way in recent times and can provide huge benefits to your home. Products like this will usually come with HD cameras that will give you a good view of the person on your doorstep, while also acting as CCTV in case anything goes wrong. You can also talk through bells like this, giving you the power to make it sound like someone is home when you are actually far away. This sort of option is great for those who want to improve the security of their home.


With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of taking on home automation options that are worth the time and money that go into them. Of course, as time goes on, more and more options like this will be hitting the market, giving you access to a wealth of home automation products.


[AD-PRSAMPLE] FASHION: FREYA VIVA LINGERIE SET REVIEW

 

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I thought i'd write up a review on this lingerie set that I was kindly sent over by Freya. I haven't done any lingerie reviews in a while as I've been living in my same old bra but thought it would be nice to try something new and i'm so glad I did. I really like Freya when it comes to lingerie and swimwear as they have soo much choice. They have a great range of styles for all sizes! I'm wearing a 32H/34GG right now but this isn't an issue with Freya as most of their bras are available in this size. 

This is the Viva bra and short set, it comes in plain Black but they also do it in a couple of patterns. It's a good bra for all shapes and sizes as it offers so much support, this also makes it the perfect everyday bra. The Viva starts in a D cup and goes up to a K cup and the four piece cup gives a great uplift and forward projection. 

It's really comfortable and the material is really soft. It's really smooth under clothes so you can wear it with everything. The straps are fully adjustable too, this is something I struggle with as I'm quite short. The detailing on the cup is really pretty and just adds a little something. It's quite a practical bra so this just adds a little decoration. 

The shorts are super comfy, they come up nice and high which I like. They are the same, a super soft material. I really like Freya bottoms, they are always super comfy and such nice material. 

The bra is £29 and the shorts £14 which I think are both great value for such a staple everyday 

If you are not sure on your bra size or you've never worn Freya before they have a whole advice page with loads of information about fitting and how to know if your bra fits correctly. 







LIFESTYLE: How to Be Way More Economically Friendly in 2021

 Being eco-friendly ultimately means living in a way that is not at all harmful to the environment. This way of life is very important in this day and age, as it will help you to protect the planet from any long-term damage. There are numerous ways that you can make sustainable changes so that you can reduce the negative impact that you are having on the environment. Find out more here.

Invest in Renewable Energy if you Can

One way you can be more eco-friendly would be for you to invest in renewable energy sources. A lot of households are on a grid and this usually provides energy from sources that are not sustainable. Solar panels are a fantastic way for you to make your home more energy-efficient, as the photovoltaic system uses the energy from the sun, and it turns it into electricity. You don’t need to install solar panels in order to take advantage of this either, in fact, it’s very easy for you to simply change to an energy supplier that offers green or renewable energy as their source.

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Switch your Heating Source

Another way for you to be much more economically friendly is for you to opt for a much more renewable way to heat your home. Boilers can be more economically friendly. Boilers can be fuelled by four different options in most cases, including gas, oil, electric or biomass. Heat pumps are another great option, as they are very renewable for the environment and they have a low energy consumption as well.

Use Green Cleaning Products

If you want to reduce single use plastics at home then it’s a good idea for you to start with your cleaning regime. A lot of mainstream cleaning products use ingredients which are very harmful to the environment. On top of this, they are also disposable and single-use only, so it’s wise for you to try and avoid them if possible. Chemicals that you use to clean your clothes can also cause damage to your planet and its general biodiversity. If you can, you need to switch to products which contain ingredients that are sustainably grown so that they do not actively deplete the world’s ecosystem. Ideally, you need to opt for products which do not contain any synthetic ingredients.

Eco-Friendly Toilet Paper

A lot of trees are cut down to make toilet paper. It requires 17 trees and around 90,000 litres of water just to make one tonne of toilet paper. The average person will go through 100 rolls of toilet paper in a year, so using toilet paper is not a sustainable habit at all. If you want to help yourself then you need to try and use eco-friendly toilet paper that is made out of bamboo. Bamboo is able to grow over 39 inches in a 24-hour period, and toilet paper that is made out of bamboo is a way more sustainable option when you compare it to the regular toilet paper you can buy at the store.