Internet Essentials for Families


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The internet has changed the way that we live, predominantly for the better. However, there’s no doubt that the adoption of the internet has also been relatively rapid, which means that many families haven’t quite had the time to get to grips with the essentials they need to ensure their internet connection and usage is as good as it can possibly be.


If you and your family are going to make the most of the time you spend online, then you need to make sure you have considered the following essentials…


High speed


Speed is everything when it comes to the internet; the difference that high speed can make cannot be underestimated. From downloading files to watching videos without having to deal with endless buffering; speed is the difference between a great internet usage experience and a bad one. You can check the speed of your connection here and if it’s not what you expect it to be, a change of ISP might be a good idea.


Child-safety features


As wonderful as the internet can be, it is also full of content that is less than ideal for your children’s eyes. As a result, you’re going to want to ensure you’ve “child proofed” your connection; there’s an excellent starter guide to this process here.




Adblockers are a controversial subject. For sites you frequent and care about, disabling your adblocker on these sites is an important step, so the site is still able to generate revenue. However, there’s no doubt that adblockers are a necessity for general browsing, as some ads can contain malware or irritating autoplaying videos.


So as a general rule, if you know and trust the site, disable the adblocker. For anything else, browse with your adblocker turned on.


Blue light filtering


If you’re going to be browsing the internet after dark, then adding a blue light filter to your screen is essential. The blue light emitted by computer screens and mobile devices has the ability to interrupt your circadian rhythm and impact your ability to sleep, which is a heavy price to pay if you’re just catching up on your favorite blogs in bed. Using a blue light blocker such as f.lux allows you to browse without any concerns over disturbing your sleep.


Regular data cleanup


The sheer amount of data that your browser stores when you’re browsing the web is overwhelming. As a result, scheduling regular data cleanups not only helps to protect your privacy, but helps to ensure your computer and mobile devices are not storing unnecessarily large data files. You’ll usually find the option for a data cleanup in the “settings” section of your browser; try and schedule things so you’re using this at least once per week.


To conclude


The internet offers endless opportunities that can help improve and enhance your family life— but only if you use it correctly. Implement the six ideas above and you’ll be sure that your family is equipped for effortless internet usage in the future.

Easter 2018

My parents came to visit for the weekend! It was a short and sweet visit filled with an Easter egg hunt at my brother’s house and dinner out with just us.

Piglet was so cute chasing for eggs! I love the pure excitement on his face.


My niece and nephew are so good about playing with him. They made sure to share their eggs too.

Happy Easter, happy spring! Bring on the nice weather!

Your Dream Job Is Calling You

If you sit and think about your job at the minute, can you comfortably say it is your dream career? We’d put money on the fact it isn’t, and you’re in fact really unhappy in the job you’re in. A lot of people just stick with the job they’ve got because it’s easy, the know the people, or they know they’re getting paid the same amount at the end of every month. But what is the point in life if you’re sitting behind a desk hating life for 8 hours a day? There’s so much more to life than that, and finding your dream career is going to show you what you’ve been missing out on. Here’s how you can take the leap of faith and start looking for a new career.


Find A Role You Like


Finding a passion for something is the first hurdle that a lot of people face. Whilst you might know for sure that you’re not happy within your current role, you might not actually have an idea in your head of what your dream career is, which is fine. All you need to do is a little research, or maybe even volunteering to see if you like a role. Then you can think about whether you need to retrain to get to the career you want to do. For example, you can take lean online courses that means you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home, and there’s plenty more courses to choose from as well as the lean manufacturing course. It all depends on what tickles your fancy, and whether you’re actually going to be able to complete the course. Whilst they are really good at pointing you in the right direction with life, and can be done around your normal career, they aren’t free. So make sure you’re dedicated to finishing the course or a lot of money could be wasted.


Think Of The Money


Money makes the world go round, and we’d all be liars if we said we weren’t thinking about the money when it comes to looking for a new job. A lot of roles are so well paid, but they’re often the ones that are harder to get. But that’s not to say that you should settle for second best. If you’ve got an idea of the salary you’d like to earn, you can then use this as a guide for the career you’d actually like to do. Certain careers are obviously going to pay less, but don’t let this stop your hunt for your dream career. Whilst thinking of the money is important, the money isn’t the full story when it comes to job satisfaction.


Interview Techniques


If you want to get a new job, you need to master interview techniques to make sure you’re successful. One of the best is to just be yourself, and be confident. Whilst they understand it’s nerve wracking for the people coming in to have an interview, they’re also looking to see who you are as a person. Swallow your nerves and come out of your shell early on in the interview if you really want to impress them.

5 Meaningful Ways To Celebrate Your Engagement

Your engagement is such an exciting and unique time in your life – full of joy, love, anticipation, excitement and possibility. Many of us immediately go full tilt into wedding planning, but taking the time to celebrate being engaged is important. It’s a time that you never get back. If you want to mark it with some celebrations, but don’t want to plan the traditional party, here are five other ways you can enjoy this special time:


  1. Try an ‘Engagement-Moon’

Why save all the fun for after the wedding? With more and more couples now opting to delay their honeymoon until longer after the wedding, you could consider booking in a trip to celebrate before the big day itself. Whether you opt for a sunshine break or just go for a local hotel, a weekend away together goes you a chance to celebrate together. Wedding planning can be a crazy process, so take some time away from the stress to reconnect and enjoy each other’s company. Groupon has some great deals for short city breaks if you’re on a wedding budget.


2. Host a Games Night


If you are friends with lots of other couples, and you’d like to include them in a celebration -but he idea of a traditional, formal party leaves you cold – why not host a low-key games night? Get everyone to bring nibbles and drink and set up a poker table or bring out the board games (Jenga gets seriously competitive and hilarious after a couple of drinks!). It will bring people together without the pressure of a large event and you’ll get to celebrate your news together with your friends.


3. Involve The Wedding Party


If you already know you have a group of girlfriends that you’re planning to make bridesmaids, invite them for an afternoon tea to kick off the planning process. It’s lovely to get your girls involved in the lead up to the big day itself – from browsing through piles of wedding magazines for dress inspiration to hitting up 77 Diamonds to find the perfect wedding rings and of course, giving their opinions on cake flavours, bridesmaid dresses and flower arrangement! You could even have them help by finding out how to make your own wedding invitations. It makes each step on the journey to getting married exciting in its own right if you share it with others.


4. Visit The Place You First Met


If you’re a sucker for a bit of romance, why not go back to where you and your husband to be first met? A sweet way to take a moment out, if you’re planning a wedding website you could even get some pictures taken there recreating when it all began and celebrating your story.


5. Spend Time With The In-Laws


They’re about to become your family, but you may not have actually spent all that much time with your husband to be’s parents and siblings. It’s he perfect time to get together all the family for a nice dinner and share your happiness and news of how the wedding planning is coming along. Use this exciting time to build stronger bonds and introduce the two sets of families before the day arrives- it will make for a much smoother celebration if everyone already knows each other a bit.

All You Need To Know About Planning a Destination Wedding in Florida

With thousands of miles of stunning coastline, and good weather pretty much guaranteed all-year round, it can be easy to see why Florida is on the list of many people that are looking for a destination wedding. Florida has so many natural features and unique qualities, that can be a destination for all couples and all budgets. Whether you want to be on the beach saying ‘I do’ out onto the gulf, have a Disney wedding, or fancy being deep in the Everglades; there is something for everyone.


But if you’re not local, there are a few tips and tricks that you need to know to help you to save some money along the way. Here is a quick guide to help.




Top Cities To Choose


Based on trends from previous years that show where most people in Florida get married, these can be the best cities to choose from:


  • Miami
  • Tampa
  • Orlando
  • Florida Keys
  • Jacksonville


Though these are the cities that most people have been choosing to get married in, there are some interesting stats about the costs of having a wedding in Florida. And interestingly, it does vary from which part of the state you choose. The south has some of the more costly and luxurious wedding venues, much like the Coral Gables Country Club, whereas the north of the state, a little less popular for weddings, has some cheaper destinations and venues. So that could be worth thinking about if you’re looking to keep costs down. Other costs, like flowers, planners, and music were all pretty similar across the board.


Making It Legal


There is no point going all the way to Florida to find out that you’re not legally able to get married as you don’t have a marriage license. If you’re from Florida, then you have to allow a three-day period to wait, from applying to it being legal. So with some planning, it should be done in the weeks leading up the wedding. The good news is if you’re coming in from abroad or out of state, that you don’t have to have that waiting period, so you can arrive, get the licence, and get married pretty soon after.


You will need a licensed official to officiate at the wedding, as well as checking things like land permits if you choose to have a beach wedding or in a park, for example.


Picking the Best Date


If you don’t want to incur additional fees for having to stay longer at hotels, for instance, then it is best to avoid getting married during the hurricane season, which is around July to October. There can be more rainfall during this period too, as well as more humid weather. It is also a good idea to avoid the super touristy times to visit. Easter is one of the most popular times for tourists to visit Florida, and as a result, the prices can rise massively. Avoid spring break and other popular tourist times too, especially if you’re on a budget.


Good luck planning your wedding!