Top five 21st birthday party ideas for Sydneysiders
Oct14

Top five 21st birthday party ideas for Sydneysiders

The excitement of planning and reaching the ripe old age of 21 is like no other. Knowing you are officially an adult in the eyes of the world is an occasion not only to be celebrated, but it will be remembered for years to come. For me, it was the one huge party that I looked forward to from the age of 18 until the day of my 21st birthday, and I still look back fondly on now. With all your friends and family by your side rejoicing in your transition to adulthood, it is a once in a lifetime experience to be shared with your loved ones. Therefore, it is important to invest ample time in deciding on the right environment to host these revelations in style. I think with any important period in your life, with a little prior thought and planning, it most definitely makes for an exceptional event. Having planned my sister’s 21st recently, and seeing the pure happiness on her expressive face throughout the evening, I want nothing more than to share my top five 21st birthday party ideas in the hope that it will ignite your ruthless desire to research and plan a night to remember. Obviously, there are the standard points to consider, such as where your official birthday falls in the week, and which date is best to host your event on, who you want to invite, and how much notice you have to give everyone to RSVP. However, these five points were the creative aspects of my party planning, which really gave the event that something extra. The Venue When planning your event, choosing the right venue really does make a massive difference and it works to set the atmosphere right from the get go. It is a good idea to really research the area in which you want to hold you 21st, and consider the proximity from public transport, or the possible accessibility of obtaining a taxi because the last thing you want is to do is to have your 21st in a relatively remote venue, where everyone decides to drive (and then can’t drink and make merry with you). Once you have an idea of the general location, it is time to start shortlisting potential venues. I found calling them to discuss their event packages is a great way to drill down, reducing your list. Once you have a few choices, viewing the venues is a must. This will help you to visualise the space, and if it isn’t already decorated to your liking, taking photos and sharing these with your friends will allow your creative decorating ideas...

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Why wireless speakers are a sound investment
Oct13

Why wireless speakers are a sound investment

 It’s time to cut the cord. That’s right, we are now living in a time where we don’t need our speakers to be wire-bound. We want our music out there, wherever we are, wherever we are going. The popularity of wireless speakers is really exploding and there are good reasons for this. In case you need convincing, here are 5 reasons why you need to be listening to your music wirelessly. Portability. In the past, people would put a record on and sit down to listen, which was great, that was all the technology allowed. We evidently had more time to devote to the practice of listening back then. But now, we lead busy lives and we’re on the move all the time so we need to use the technology we have to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. Wireless speaker technology is a serious addition to the cause. Whether you want to hear the news in the bathroom while you take a shower in the morning, listen to some tunes while you have lunch with a friend in the park or just chill out on your bed at home after work, you can do it all with the beauty of wireless speakers. image via videopro.com.au Stream anywhere, from anywhere. Bluetooth is the long established mainstay of the wireless technology field and because of its ubiquity, pretty much every new device has capability, it is a wise investment choice as there’s a good chance your speaker will work with a friend’s device. The Bluetooth technology also delivers pretty reliable sound quality and works at distances of 15-20 meters. You really can’t go wrong with a blue tooth speaker. The latest Airplay technology is not just a replacement for wires; what many wireless systems now do is allow you to stream music from multiple devices, to sync various collections, from your computer or your device, so that you can have everything in one place, wherever you are right now. This technology uses a Wi-Fi network so it is more effective around the home and office than outdoors at a picnic. There are also some companies that offer full wireless systems that operate on closed loop so that while the audio quality may be great, it makes it hard – actually impossible – to use with other devices. This may still be a good option if you want to set up a system in your home. image via videopro.com.au Cordless The old days are over, we don’t need to mess around with cables that get tangled and break, or somebody borrows them and never brings it back. With wireless, you...

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Signature style tips to consider when moving into your new home.
Oct13

Signature style tips to consider when moving into your new home.

Are you someone that is considering a move to a new home in the next six months? Whether you are buying or renting, it is likely that you will be moving into an empty nest. You will get the bare essentials of the skeletal interior framework for the accommodation you will move into, however if you want to make your new house a home, then you will need to invest in furniture and interior furnishings to add character to your home. Do you know what edge you can add to your new place? Below are five ideas to get your creative interior design juices flowing. Be one with the Earth with a more rustic design. You can create a chic rustic look inside the home if you know exactly what to invest in and where to place it to create the maximum effect. A rustic look inside your home should make it feel more cosy and serve as a place for you to escape. Wood will be your base of choice. Ideally, you will be able to expose the wooden elements of your home’s interior. If this isn’t possible, then invest in wooden furniture to give your home more of a cottage feel. Look into investing in vintage décor for the dining room table, wooden stools and wooden cupboards. Add animal styled hides as rugs for flooring and framed antique prints to hang around the home. If you have a fireplace, then you are in luck to add to the cottage feel. If not, then check out some of the bio or gel fireplace options that you can install into the home to add to that ‘cosy moment by the fire’ aspect that you want inside a rustic home. Improve the social aspect of your home by enhancing the lounge and recreational areas. It is very easy for people to get caught up in the bedroom and to use it as their living space. You can enhance the look and feel of your other rooms with sofas and lounge chairs that look and feel comfortable. Three seat sofas are generally the most appealing, although you can also consider recliners and chez longs, which will give you the option to entertain guests or chill out with friends and family. You can click here to view some more sofa designs from Interior Secrets. Add a touch of elegance and luxury with a minimalistic design. Most of us love the thought of getting comfortable in an aesthetically pleasing environment. There is the desire to ‘live it up’ in a five star hotel. However, why not bring the luxury of a top hotel...

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The history of the humble computer.
Oct13

The history of the humble computer.

You can’t point to one person in history that is responsible for inventing the computer, as the development of the computer from its origins to its not-so-humble place in today’s society, is one that involved many clever people and technological advancements. The First Computer Usually credited with the first computer is a man named Charles Babbage, who came up with a machine that could process input data using punch cards and provided the outputted information through a printer, a curve plotter and a bell. This first machine was created in 1833, almost 100 years before the technology advanced to anything that resembles computers today. Principles The principles of the modern computer were developed during the Second World War by a man named Alan Turing, who was working for the British government trying to decrypt the famous enigma machine that the Germans were using to keep their communication secret. Turing’s main developments involved the theoretical underpinnings that would then be left to others to try when the technology had advanced far enough. Going digital The next major breakthrough happened when the technology developed from mechanical and electromagnetic components to purely electrical circuits, which increased the speed and reduced the size of computers. Around the 1950s, the first bipolar transistor replaced vacuum tubes and we start to see computers resembling what we know today. Integrated Circuits The next major development came when Jack Kilby developed integrated circuit technology in the late 1950s. This further increased the computing power and reduced the size but it was when a competitor of Kilby’s changed the material used to create these circuits to silicon that the game really changed. It was these silicon chips that heralded the beginning of a rapid increase in computing power that started bringing computers out of the labs and into the homes of ordinary people. It was around this time that we saw technology develop to the point where we had the capacity to travel into space and land on the moon. Moore’s Law The next few decades saw computing increase according to what became known as Moore’s’ Law, which states that computing power doubles roughly every 18 months and by the early 1990s, computers were ubiquitous with modern homes and businesses, some people thought it was as technologically advanced as it was ever going to get. The Internet But as we now know, the Internet was the real game changer, the biggest technological advancement since the printing press, what started as a little network for military and scientific computers to talk to each other, became the globalised behemothic force that we see today. The modern computer Computers are literally...

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Top tips to consider before hiring a roofing contractor
Oct12

Top tips to consider before hiring a roofing contractor

Have you ever been in the position where you know you need to tend to the roof of your home, but you have no idea where to start? You are not alone. Many Australians face a similar predicament and need to rely on the expertise of an expert. The thing is, if you have no idea what to look out for in a roofing expert, how do you know you are making the right choice? Experts in Roof restoration services in Melbourne would like to give you the following tips to give you confidence in your decision when hiring your roofing contractor. Ensure that you hire a roofing contractor that can assist you with all building/council regulations and approvals. You need to check any changes to your property with your local council and ensure that you receive approval prior to the commencement of your building project. For example, the Logan city council in Queensland requires roofers that are re-roofing with dissimilar materials (such as replacing corrugated iron roofing with tiles) will require building approvals from the council. You can view an example factsheet here, but it is essential that you check with your own local council. Failure to receive approval may result in severe consequences by ordering the removal of the building work that was conducted. image via roofresto.com.au Ensure that you hire a licensed roofer. There are different skillsets that are required by different roofers. Special skills are required to ensure that the building remains waterproof and that the water runoff is controlled. The materials that are used on roofing jobs differ as well, with metals such as zinc-aluminium and concrete or clay tiles being used. Many Australian states have different license requirements for the different type of roofing jobs. Check for the roofing license classes from the list below. Roofers Re-Roofing Metal Roofing Glazed Roofing Cement Roofing Conventional Roofing Bituminous Roofing Be aware of warranties and guarantees that you should be entitled to. Don’t be shy to ask the roofer about warranties and guarantees with the roofing work that they will be doing on your home. Warranties are important, as the investment into roofing is a large financial commitment. By having a warranty in place, it can protect you against future fees should any issues arise with your roof. The warranty and guarantee should offer: A coverage period (Is it for 5 years? 10 years?) The warranty or guarantee should be written. Covers defects in the materials (For shingles or metal roofs) Covers the workmanship, such as the misapplication of flashings. Weather protection such as storm damage caused from wind, rain, hail or any other natural elements....

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Reasons why businesses are investing in food safety and quality.
Oct12

Reasons why businesses are investing in food safety and quality.

The Australian Food and Safety information council is warning Australians about the risks with contracting food poisoning. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that Australians were becoming more vulnerable to food poisoning, which is leading to unpleasant feelings with people’s health. Or worse, it is life threatening. With more than 5.4 million people affected in the last year, the Australian government is urging businesses to do more to combat the rise in dangerous bacteria that is leading to more reported cases of food poisoning. One of the themes in the Australian Food Safety Week which is due to commence in November, is ‘How you cook can make you crook!’. People can often be unaware of how their cooking methods may be unhygienic and lead to health problems for them and for others that they are serving. The aim is to improve the awareness of food safety for businesses. The Australian Food Safety Information Council recommends that you retain control of: How you clean the food. How you cook the food. How you chill the food. How you separate the food. What are some tips to better manage food safety and quality. If a person is sick, do not have them prepare, cook or serve food. If a person is ill, it is best for them to be removed from the environment where food is stored and prepared. Sick workers can spread their virus or disease to the people that are consuming the food. There are foodborne pathogens such as Norovirus, Hepatitis A and Shigella, which are often spread by restaurant workers to the restaurant’s customers through their foods. image via foodsafety.gov There was a case in the US where a restaurant worker was ill with Hepatitis A and exposed up to ten thousand restaurant patrons to the disease. Those that were not immediately vaccinated contracted the virus. Actions that business need to take when it comes to food safety when employees are sick is that the employee must be told to stay home and return only when they are fully recovered. While it may seem that the operations of your business are strained with a reduced labour force, it is a temporary setback compared to your restaurant being responsible for hundreds or thousands of cases of food poisoning that could lead to reputation damage, a reduction in new and return customers and potential legal action. Ensure that you store and chill food items properly. Any perishable items should be kept inside the fridge at 5 degrees Celsius or below. Perishable items oxidise when exposed to air and heat. To maintain freshness, invest in a vacuum sealer that...

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Magnesium, the mighty mineral
Oct05

Magnesium, the mighty mineral

In today’s day and age, it’s never been more important to take care of our health. We all know the health benefits of taking vitamin C and of taking vitamin D, and we know how beneficial it is for us to eat a healthy diet and to ensure that we get enough water, but what about the other, lesser known minerals that are still vital to our health? Do you know about the vast array of vitamins and minerals that you need to take in every day in order to keep your body functioning at an optimal level? There are a huge number of minerals and vitamins that are present in food, and unless you’re aware of them and working to consume the right amounts, you may miss out on something vital and potentially develop a deficit somewhere down the line. Magnesium is one of these vital minerals and while you mightn’t have jumped to the importance of it, it’s responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in your body ­– although, worryingly, over 55% of Americans don’t get enough magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that affects your nerves, the rhythm of your heart, your blood glucose, your immune system and your bone strength. You might think that you’re doing enough to take care of your bone health by taking natural osteoporosis supplements, but there are other things that you can do in order to ensure that you’re looking after your body. High up on the scale of looking after yourself is ensuring that you’re getting enough magnesium, because it can have a huge impact on your body if you don’t get enough. What’s the deal with magnesium? You would usually be able to get your recommended daily dose of magnesium from a varied diet that included a range of leafy greens, nuts, grains and seeds. Sadly, modern farming techniques have stripped the amount of magnesium that we’re getting from our food; where once before we got enough magnesium from our food, now modern food has fifty per cent less magnesium than before. In addition to this, many foods that we eat are made with refined flours instead of whole wheats, and so many of the natural nutrients (like magnesium) are now removed from our diets. Food manufacturers compensate for this by ‘enriching’ our food with things like iron and B4 vitamins, but this doesn’t replace the magnesium in our lives. How can we get enough magnesium? When you’re planning your diet, it can be helpful for you to ensure that you’re focusing on eating organic foods that are rich in natural minerals and vitamins. Eating over-processed food and non-organic...

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Familiarizing yourself with the definition of a time-out
Sep29

Familiarizing yourself with the definition of a time-out

With today’s busy lifestyles of working hard, and playing hard, it is sometimes hard to remember to take time for yourself and relax. I know with the rise in social media I always have the fear of missing out (FOMO), therefore I try to cram in as much as I possibly can into my week, whether that be socialising with friends mid-week or heading out on the weekends. That said, there is nothing more luxurious than having a weekend to focus on me, myself and I. The free weekend might come around once in a blue moon, but when it does, there is nothing better. Having a free Friday night to come home to an empty house and enjoy a long hot bubble bath whilst reading that book that’s been with you since the end of time, it can give you nothing but great pleasure to just chill and enjoy some quiet time, engulfed in bubbles and candle light. Being weightless really invigorates you, I always feel a million dollars getting out of a long bubble bath, and knowing I have fresh clean sheets to jump into.   image courtesy https://www.facebook.com/ozmattress.com.au As I’ve moved houses a few times, last year I went to a mattress sale in melbourne and treated myself to a new mattress, and oh my god – was it the best purchase of my life thus far. I hadn’t realised how bad my previous mattresses had been until I got my new mattress. It is literally like sleeping on clouds of heaven. There is nothing like not setting your alarm on the weekend, and having a big old lie in; waking up to the light filling your room, flipping over your pillow to the cold side and slipping back into a deep sleep. It really is a favourite pastime of mine, knowing that today I don’t have to do anything or be anywhere until I am ready. image courtesy https://www.facebook.com/ozmattress.com.au Speaking of mattresses, having a good mattress really does help my back. As someone whose job generally involves being hunched over a laptop, you really notice your posture after a hard slog at the office. Teaming a good mattress with treating yourself to a massage on your down time is just wonderful. I never really realised the stress and tension my body holds until I walk out of a massage salon feeling 100% lighter. Massages really should be mandatory, as they can really reset all your buttons in just a one hour time slot.   image courtesy https://www.facebook.com/ozmattress.com.au Of recent months I’ve been trying to get out of the city on at least one weekend a...

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Simple ways to get brighter, supple, younger looking skin for men and women.
Sep28

Simple ways to get brighter, supple, younger looking skin for men and women.

Are you someone who dreams that they can have radiant, glowing skin? It seems like it is only the celebrities and models that can get flawless looking skin. Don’t feel down because there is hope for anyone. It doesn’t matter what your complexion is or whether you are a man or a woman, if you have been suffering from skin conditions, this is the must read for you! What’s the dilemma? There are so many reasons and symptoms as to why people suffer from skin problems. As the skin is the first thing people see and allows us to make our initial impression, it can be soul destroying when skin issues hamper our confidence and force us to believe that our true beauty is indeed skin deep. Some of the common problems people face includes: Acne Oily skin Dry skin Large pores Eczema Crows feet Wrinkles Freckles Dark circles Skin redness Rashes These are a few of the culprits that negatively impact our skin’s appearance. By using the following methods, you will boost your confidence and shine bright like a diamond through your skin as well as through your character. image courtesy www.nutritionsecrets.com                 Look beautiful, striking, hot and pretty by having good skin. Ways to get beautiful, glowing and flawless skin. We will cover a few methods to enhance your skin’s beauty. We are confident that if you follow the advice provided, your skin will radiate with a beauty and glow similar to that of the celebrities. Nutrition – you are what you eat! If you want to really enhance your skin, then you need to manage what you are consuming. If you are consuming trashy food, it will negatively impact your skin. Eating the wrong type of food has been known to cause breakouts in pimples, speed up wrinkles, aging and oily skin. If you aren’t managing each bite or drink that you are consuming, you may be hurting your skin complexion. image courtesy www.nutritionsecrets.com Things you should consider when consuming food and drinks. Consume foods that contain healthy fats such as omega-3. This will help to keep the skin elastic and to boost the skin cells. Consume food and drinks that have anti-oxidants to help your skin block out the chemical reactions that lead to skin damage. Prioritise eating fresh fruits and vegetables and allow the antioxidants from these foods neutralise free radicals and slow down the signs of aging such as wrinkles and crow’s feet. Prioritise eating collagen-building protein to help with the development of skin cells. Avoid consuming refined sugars and starchy carbs such as white bread and pasta. Instead, replace these with...

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7 European Places You Must Visit This Fall
Sep25

7 European Places You Must Visit This Fall

The arrival of fall is marking the nature lively palette of warm yellow, orange and red hues that further embellish the sight of certain towns . If you are planning a short trip this fall certainly visit some of these breathtaking places. Some people have flexible enough jobs and lifestyles to cherry-pick when to take their vacations, but many others have less choice. Fortunately, Europe welcomes visitors 365 days a year — and each season offers a different ambiance and experience.   Cumbria, England Image via tocka.com Bruges, Belgium Image via tocka.com Oslo, Norway Image via tocka.com Prague, Czech Republic Image via tocka.com Budapest, Hungary Image via tocka.com Piedmont, Italy Image via tocka.com Bled, Slovenia Image via tocka.com...

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