How to find a hotel that can cater to your technology demands
May20

How to find a hotel that can cater to your technology demands

8 questions that ensure technology needs are met while at a hotel You arrive at your hotel and pull out your smartphone. After an incredibly long sign-in process, you connect to the Internet. It works fine in the hallway but not in your room, so you go to the business center to check email and print tickets to tonight’s show. The center is packed, so you head back to your room to wait. Meanwhile, your kids are trying to stream a movie and the Internet connection is slow. Both business and leisure travelers rely on technology to stay connected and streamline to-do’s. However, poor Wi-Fi and minimal tech-focused amenities leave many travelers disappointed. That’s why before booking a hotel, you should always ask questions to ensure you get as much out of your technology while travelling as you do while at home. Ask these eight questions to make sure your technology needs are met while staying at any hotel, no matter how many devices you plan to use. Is the room suited for technology? Whether new or remodeled, modern hotels should feature room designs that support technology. For example, ask about easy access to outlets and charging stations while you’re in the room to ensure you can plug in your phone, charge your tablet and use your computer all at the same time. How reliable is the Internet? Fast, reliable Internet is critical for anyone traveling for business or pleasure. When you stay at IHG hotels, you can feel confident you get superior Internet service. IHG Connect provides advanced Wi-Fi technology with increased bandwidth to meet the demand and volume needs of guests. What is the login process? Lengthy login processes are a hassle, especially if you’re connecting multiple devices. Some hotels offer streamlined methods which is a big time-saver. Want to log in just once? IHG Rewards Club members log in and then they’ll be recognized and automatically connected at every IHG Connect-enabled hotel. How secure is the Wi-Fi network? Most hotels today offer Wi-Fi to guests, but it might not be a secure network. To ensure private information stays private, only stay at hotels with a private and secure Internet connection for guests. Is there an extra cost for Wi-Fi? Some hotels charge extra for fast Internet access. Ask about costs and look into membership perks that wave these fees. For example, IHG Rewards Club members receive free Wi-Fi at all IHG properties. What is available at the business center? A good hotel will have a business center available to all guests. Inquire as to what is included at the center to ensure your needs are met....

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5 ways to take your summer grilling to a whole new level
May14

5 ways to take your summer grilling to a whole new level

The bright, sunny days of summer are your favorite time of year and when the season arrives, you spend much of your time outdoors. Your yard becomes your living room and you move your cooking to the grill. Summer is grilling season and there is nowhere you’d rather be than standing in front of your favorite grill for every game day, holiday and weekend cookout. These events are when some of your best memories are made, and now is the perfect time to make this grilling season your best yet. To do just that, here are five ways you can up your grilling game in 2017.   * Switch to lump charcoal. The number one reason people grill with lump charcoal is due to the enhanced wood-fire flavor it imparts. When most think of charcoal, they inherently think of it as briquettes, and miss out on the natural advantages of its alternative — lump charcoal. Lump charcoal accounts for only 7 percent of the market, but the figure is growing steadily as more grill masters recognize the improved flavor. When you grill with lump charcoal, you’ll enjoy a quick, hot burn with less ash production. Lump charcoal is also natural and widely available in an array of varieties, allowing you to find the perfect charcoal to match your menu. * Use a Smarter Starter fluid. Lighter fluid is a mainstay around the grill when you want to get cooking quickly; however, the chemical taste it leaves behind poses a serious drawback. The reason you get that petrochemical taste is because the chemical vapor from the fluid gets into the food. You can gain the benefits of a quick burn without the chemical taste by using Smarter Starter Fluid. Made from recycled restaurant cooking oil, Smarter Starter Fluid doesn’t smell like traditional petroleum-based alternatives and you’ll never have to worry about it corrupting the taste of your food. Smarter Starter Fluid, being made from recycled cooking oil, makes it safe for use around kids and pets. The result is 87 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, so you can feel as good about your environmental impact as you do your grilling. And, it’s perfectly suited for use on lump charcoal. * Customize the smoke flavor. Lump charcoal already lends itself a natural smoke flavor when compared to briquettes, but to really customize that flavor in your food, you can complement your lump charcoal with wood chips or chunks. Chips are smaller and more readily available in most stores, but they burn faster. Chunks burn slower and give you a better chance to lock in that unique smoke flavor. And once you...

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6 steps to grow a garden anywhere
May09

6 steps to grow a garden anywhere

The benefits from gardening are endless — relaxation, fitness, family fun, delicious food and beautifying your lawn. Across the country, millions of people live in townhomes, apartments or single-family homes that seem to lack the outdoor space needed for a conventional garden. But the good news is that no matter where you live you can still create a garden that reflects your goals and is uniquely personal to you. Raised bed gardens may be the perfect solution. This type of gardening is gaining popularity not only because it can be adjusted to fit any size requirements, but because it is prone to fewer weeds, reduced soil erosion and fewer soil challenges that can arise in areas where the ground is inherently sandy or clay-based. Raised bed gardens also offer you the opportunity to customize your garden bed with beautiful accents and decorations that will make it look as amazing as the food it produces. Steps for growing veggies and herbs in a raised garden bed Step 1: Prep your space. Raised garden beds can be bought or built to fill whatever space you have available. Select a bed that works well with your space and prepare accordingly. Step 2: Choose your soil. Once you have your empty bed ready, choose your soil. Nature’s Care Raised Bed Soil is ideal as this soil is specifically formulated with rich organic matter and high-quality nutrients that help give your plants the benefits they need with no mixing required. Once you add the soil, be sure to rake it so it is smooth and level. Step 3: Preparing your bed. Next, you can finalize what you want to plant. Spacing is essential here and you want to remember to place your plants close together for maximum yield. Bonnie Plants provides a number of delicious and colorful options, including basil, tomato, kale, hot peppers and more. Check out your local plant nurseries for a variety of Bonnie Plants to choose from. Step 4: Planting. Since plant spacing varies by plant type, read the back of the plant tag for proper plant spacing. Step 5: Feed your plants. Once your veggies and herbs are planted, apply a fertilizer such as Nature’s Care Organic & Natural Raised Bed Plant Food to add essential nutrients to the soil and help your plants grow big and strong. Simply sprinkle and work into the soil, then treat your plants to water. Just like us, plants get hungry, so make sure you follow the directions on the label to determine when to reapply. Step 6: Harvest. When your vegetables are ripe, it’s time to harvest. All you need to do...

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6 reasons you need rubbish removal services
Mar02

6 reasons you need rubbish removal services

We often find it difficult to manage our rubbish, not just the non-literal one but also the actual rubbish. Managing waste can be a daunting task and can pose a challenge. In such cases, you can either make peace with the clutter around you or find a way to get rid of it. Whether it is yard waste, household waste or any other kind of waste, relying on a professional rubbish removal service is the best way to get rid of all the junk and waste. Timely removal of waste is important for every household, office etc to maintain a good hygiene and healthy surroundings. Here we give you 6 major reasons you need professional rubbish removers to deal with your rubbish:   Convenience In today’s fast paced life, we all want convenience. We order food online, get it delivered to our doorstep. The same goes for almost everything else, even when it comes to trash. You can hire a professional rubbish removal service who will do the work for you. All kinds of waste managed Once you hire a rubbish removal service, you don’t have to worry about the kind of waste that needs to be handled. Most of the rubbish removers deal in all kinds of waste: household waste, yard waste etc. Save time and money Some of them even offer you a free price quote according to your needs. By hiring one, you eliminate the need of driving the waste to the dump and hence you avoid related injuries as well. Believe it or not, many people get injured in the process of carrying waste and dumping it. No hassle for the neighbours One man’s trash can be another man’s treasure. Sure. However, it is important to realise that your trash can become a nuisance to the neighbours and cause you trouble. It can be a hindrance in the driveway or cause obstruction to the neighbours’ access. We are sure no one wants to get in a fight with anyone for rubbish reasons. No waiting With a professional service, you do not have to struggle with the pick up times and you can get your work done easily in one visit. Follow the rules There are certain rules and regulations for waste dumping and a professional service knows it best. So let go of your worries and hire them. It will help you a great deal. Conclusion A professional rubbish removal service understands the value of your time and if you do a thorough research and hire a good one, you will save both on time and money. Also, your house will be decluttered, your surroundings...

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Business Building Bliss – 5 Ways to Start Your New Restaurant Off Right
Feb27

Business Building Bliss – 5 Ways to Start Your New Restaurant Off Right

If you have dreamt of starting a restaurant in all your spare time for the last few years, it may be the time to finally do it. If you find yourself eating out more than you eat at home, or cooking for others more than yourself, perhaps your true calling is fine food. If you want to take your food appreciation to the next level, read on to see how you can start off your new restaurant the right way. Ensure you have the right intentions Before you even think about starting a restaurant, ensure that you are opening a venue for the right reasons. It’s a hard fact, but many restaurant owners fail because they don’t love what they do, or they don’t want it enough. Opening a restaurant often requires physically hard work, late nights and constantly being on the clock. If you aren’t willing to give this commitment, it might be a good idea to think of another venture. If you live and breathe food, the next step is to think about the sort of theme you want to incorporate into your restaurant, as well as the furniture, fittings, layout and cuisine that’s going to be on offer.   Build a solid business plan As with any business venture, you need to create a solid business plan before you begin. This will set up your course for success and provide you with a timeline that can help you stay on top of your tasks and goals. Outline your competitors, your marketing strategy, your target audience, any relevant market research, as well as a solid budget projection that includes all fit out costs. If you need to check relevant prices of equipment you may need, Norris is a great wealth of knowledge. Select a luscious locale With any hospitality venue, your location is everything. You need to ensure your restaurant is in an area that sees a healthy amount of foot traffic, or that has the potential for growth. However, you of course need a location that fits within your budget, too. Naturally, the perfect spot can be hard to find, like a needle in a haystack – so take your time. Don’t rush into things. Whether you build from scratch or decide to rent a premises, the space you choose for your restaurant is one of the most important decision that you will make. Test your menu You should treat the menu on offer at your restaurant as a culinary weapon. It needs to be sharp, effective, unmatched and creative. Whatever theme you are employing with your restaurant, never scrimp on produce. Ensure that you are...

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5 Ways to Create the Perfect Commercial Kitchen
Feb21

5 Ways to Create the Perfect Commercial Kitchen

“Cookery is a wholly unselfish art: All good cooks, like all great artists, must have an audience worth cooking for.” – Andre Simon If you are in the business of feeding people, your commercial kitchen can be likened to an artist’s den.  Full of creativity, energy and the tools to inspire masterpieces.  Setting up a functional, professional kitchen is not just about your equipment.  It is also about design – for functionality, safety and performance. So where does one begin such a huge project?  Let’s break down the components which go to making up the perfect commercial kitchen.   Equipment   Having the right equipment for the job is absolutely the premium requirement for anyone setting up a commercial kitchen.  Not only is this necessary for safety, it is also attracts professional staff and in the long run, quality equipment will save you money by it’s longevity.  Consider such mainstays as:   Norris dishwasher – a heavy duty commercial washer, built to last Waldorf commercial ranges Trueheat grill Solid stainless steel racks, benches and shelving – regular and mobile Commercial refrigerators and freezers   Stainless steel benches with splashbacks need to be purchased with your kitchen design in mind (see below). Depending on the style of food you’ll be preparing, you may also need to consider prep stations, sauté stations, barbeque grills, pizza ovens, bain maries, deep fryers and salad stations.   Cooking   Commercial cooking ranges must be designed for high volume usage.  Look for designs which are:   Able to be banked together with other ranges or equipment; Have a gas connection on the front or side to facilitate ‘banking’ Specially designed for heavy, high volume use; these will usually be manufactured using thicker gauges of metal and contain more welded components Boast a higher energy output per burner than a standard range.   Ensure you have implemented a suitable ventilation system including an industrial range hood and H-VAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) ventilation. Benchtop equipment such as fryers, tunnel toasters and food warmers need to be suitable for industrial use, easy to be cleaned and large enough to cater to high volume turnover. Storage When selecting a commercial refrigerator and freezer, the design of your kitchen needs to be considered.  How much space allowance do you have to accommodate them? Consider placement of doors for easy access. Another consideration depends on whether your requirements will be larger storage of food longer term (freezer) or short term refrigeration.  The impact of such considerations needs to be decided prior to any purchase of big ticket items such as your cold food storage. Design The layout of your kitchen...

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A Simplified Guide to bathroom Renovation
Feb17

A Simplified Guide to bathroom Renovation

The bathroom is usually one of the most high-traffic areas within the home. It’s your sanctuary, your place to relax and forget about the day’s worries. According to plumbing experts in Melbourne, it is also one of the most expensive rooms when it comes to renovation (coming close second to the kitchen). When you consider each individual aspect of your bathroom such as the plumbing, bath, shower and sink basin, you can begin to see why bathroom renovation is a pricey affair. But how do you put a price on creating a beautiful bathroom that is both stylish, functional and that you and your family can enjoy for years to come? Below is a simplified guide to your next bathroom renovation.   Bathtubs Your bath is commonly the first point of call after a long and stressful day, so it’s important to ensure you find the right tub for your needs. If you’re in the market for a new bathtub be sure to take a trip to a number of showrooms and do not be afraid to try before you buy. There are so many styles to choose from depending on your budget. Inset tubs are great for those who are sticking to a tight budget, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes from traditional styles to something altogether more modern. If you have a larger budget and more space to play with then why not consider a freestanding bathtub. A classic claw foot tub can make a real statement in even the slickest, minimalist bathroom. (Image Source: http://www.dispenser.com/blog/page/8/) Toilets No bathroom is complete without a toilet. Depending on the quality and style in which you choose, the price of a loo can vary. The most cost-effective toilets are usually the close-coupled models. This traditional style features a cistern that sits above toilet pan. The higher quality close-coupled toilets usually have a wall-faced suite that sits close to the wall. This is to ensure that the water pipes that are connected to the toilet are well hidden and makes the simple design easy to clean. If you’re aiming for a more premium look it could be worth investing in a concealed or ‘in-wall’ model. Although these types of toilets are more expensive, the cistern is built into the wall cavity and is therefore totally concealed. Having the cistern in the wall cavity with only the buttons on show can really save on space and give the bathroom a more luxurious, high-end look.   Taps The type of taps you choose to instal in your bathroom can really make or break the overall look. The taps are often...

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Severing Bonds – The Roommate Survival Guide to Moving Home
Jan19

Severing Bonds – The Roommate Survival Guide to Moving Home

Rental prices can mean that sometimes you will have to live with someone else. Sharing a house or apartment is always an interesting time, not necessarily good and not necessarily bad, but it does test the boundaries of your friendship if you’re living with friends. Some people choose to live with people who they meet online or through friends, and this can often work out better, as there is less history between the two involved parties. For stuff like cleaning the house upon exiting, a cleaning service like Whizz Home Cleaning Service can take all of the work out of your hands, which can help to ease the moving-out tensions often brought on between housemates. Be Clear on Rules This is a very important point. Before moving in with someone, make sure to have a discussion about what they expect from the living situation, and clearly explain what you expect. Communication is key when it comes to interpersonal relationships, and sharing something as important and personal as a home means that everyone needs to have their say about what they need. You are included in this, don’t neglect to mention something on the basis that it is assumed, always assume that unless openly and clearly stated, the other person is unaware. This works to minimise errors in communication. Split Everything Often people will try splitting everything evenly, which can work well, however sometimes people will instead opt to pay prices based on what they have used or the size of their room. This is a different method which might not always work, but if you are going to attempt it, being clear on the parameters that define the costs is very important. Finance is a touchy subject, and friendships have been built and broken on less than a missing fifty dollars on a gas bill. Respect Each Other’s Privacy Always remember that you are living with another adult, and that that person has just as much need for privacy as you do. You don’t open their letters, go into their room, or look through their things without their permission, and you will have a harmonious household. Fail to do so, and you might stand to lose a friend. Keep in mind that you wouldn’t want people going through your things, and that trust needs to be built and maintained between two parties, not bought or sacrificed lightly. If you both treat each other’s privacy with respect, you stand a better chance of  having a mutually respectful and beneficial living arrangement. Make Concessions Everyone wants a perfect home, which includes you and your future roommate. Your tastes might be different,...

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Your Complete Guide To Mattress Shopping This Summer
Jan06

Your Complete Guide To Mattress Shopping This Summer

Summers are approaching, and you must be getting all charged up for it! I know it has been a lazy winter season and now you want to have a lot of fun in the sun. Well you must, but you should also keep some points in mind about how to stay fit and healthy during the season. If you are planning to buy a mattress this season and having sound sleeps, then here’s your complete guide to it. Before deciding for a mattress, you must also keep in mind the climate of Gold Coast, Sydney, Perth or wherever you are in Australia. Your mattress should be able to adapt itself as per the weather conditions. You should know your mattress well before purchasing one. Try a Memory Foam Mattress You got to implement certain methods for a better sleep because you can’t control the weather. By using a heat and pressure-relieving memory foam mattress you can sleep well in almost any weather condition. They are really comfortable and offer good durability. But they are a bit costly, so you will have to check if you can afford them. The Senso Memory Ultima Plus mattress is a good form of memory foam mattress which can easily adjust to the temperature of your sleeping environment. It is just the perfect mattress to survive hot and uncomfortable nights. It easily adjusts your body’s movements and accommodates your pressure points well. Your body must cool down and be relaxed if you want to sleep the right way. This mattress is an excellent combination of comfort and cooling sleep technology. Yes, you can get a mattress online! It’s perfectly fine to buy mattresses online these days like any other commodity. You can find a number of websites these days selling good mattresses along with other bed accessories like, headboards, pillows, bed frames, etc. Just do some proper research on these websites and you may find a very good deal. Make sure your seller includes all the important warranty policies for you. You must also insist your seller to offer you in-house trial feature. It is really important to try a mattress well before you finalize one. Follow a strict bedtime schedule The best way to sleep during any weather condition is by following a strict bedtime schedule. It helps you attaining a healthy body, so that you easily get adapted to abrupt temperature changes. Remember that bedtime routines are not similar for everyone. Exercise a bit Sudden changes in weather often lead to pain in the joints as well as poor blood circulation. You can avoid them by doing some stretches before you sleep...

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Behind the Business | Restructuring Your Office Setup For Style and Creativity
Nov15

Behind the Business | Restructuring Your Office Setup For Style and Creativity

If the face of your business is your office then you have to ask yourself “what does my face say about me?”  A beautiful office environment with clean lines and a contemporary feel speaks volumes about your success, productivity and style.  It is not uncommon however for companies even within the building or design industry to have become so concentrated on creating magnificent showpieces for others that they have allowed their own ‘faces’ to become somewhat unkempt. The office environment you present to the world not only has implications with your clients, it also impacts on things like employee creativity, productivity and mental health. Considering the high stakes involved, let’s take a look at a few initiatives that you can undertake to restructure and revitalise your office and workspaces. Livable Luxury There is nothing like working with a commercial interior designer to really create workspaces that come alive.  Not only can they design perfect spaces for your unique needs, but they can also source exceptional furnishings and finishes to give you that ‘one of a kind’ look.  As an example, check out One Stop Office Interiors executive chairs.  Leather chairs are the ultimate in sleek luxury and provide a happy employee combined with the beauty of natural leather. Interior designers can also supply a range of magnificent furnishings that are ergonomically designed and a delight to behold. It’s not all about the work If there is one thing any commercial interior designer worth their salt would recommend, it is downtime spaces. These are areas where staff can move away from their desks, and may be filled with communal lounges where they can sit and share their experience and ideas.  Don’t underestimate the value of this – it is all about the whole being greater than the parts.  Quiet zones and focus rooms are fast becoming common in the modern workplace. They allow employees a place to concentrate away from the noise and distractions of an open plan office or provide quiet areas away from the main hub to cater for confidential meetings and the like.  Private phone rooms and domed booths are also a great way to maintain open plan work spaces whilst allowing staff areas of privacy. Free Range Offices Just like free range chickens flourish over battery hens, people also flourish when they don’t feel tied to their desk.  Allow employees to go for walks in the sun which will improve their health, mental outlook and gets the creative juices flowing.  As a writer, I often hit a wall and seem to be lost for words so I take off for a long stroll.  100% of the...

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