Many authors and students want to make a paper copy of work in case digital fails. Here are some tips to find free or cheap paper for rough drafts.
Are you looking for big and bright flowers for your garden? Sunflowers are the perfect choice. Bold and colourful, they love the sun and are easy to grow.
Writing poetry is fun. Acrostic poems are a form of puzzle in which a word is spelled out by a letter in each line. Try it for yourself; you may be a poet and not yet know it!
Getting your kids to help clear autumn leaves will make it less of a chore. Here are some ideas to make it more fun for both of you.
Do you want to see the Northern Lights? Try sailing with the Norwegian ferry company, Hurtigruten. You will experience a very different trip from a traditional cruise liner.
Venice is a place of history, architecture and canals. Millions of tourists visit every year. They bring money and support employment, but there is a downside too.
Pixabay and Freerangestock are websites that allow you to earn by uploading photos. Can these stock photography sites really provide a passive income?
You can save money buying Amazon Warehouse deals. They're sold by Amazon, not a marketplace seller. Here are some tips to help you find the best bargains.
Plan ahead to get reasonably priced tickets for next summer's Wimbledon championships. Here’s how to avoid the ticket touts and see live tennis.
Technology changes make old PCs and laptops obsolete. It's a waste to throw them out with the trash. Here are some ideas to make good use of your old computer.
Have you got a box of old cassette tapes from years ago? They hold fond memories, but now you can't find a machine on which to play them? Here are some ways to upcycle old audio tapes.
Internet banking is an easy way to manage your money. There are a few drawbacks but these are outweighed by the time and money you save.
Amazon wants you to try their Prime service. You can cancel at any time, so is it worth trying? A Prime subscription gives you faster deliveries, unlimited audio downloads and ad-free video streaming.
Are you a poet who wants to be published? Have you entered a writing competition and had your poem included in an anthology? Some of these contests are scams. Here are some tips to avoid being conned.
Mystery shopping can be a way to earn extra cash. Flexible hours, plenty of freebies, what’s not to like? Read on to find what being a secret shopper involves.
The internet can help you research the people and places in old photographs. Here are some tips on how to use online searches to aid your investigation.
If your writing ideas have dried up, stop staring at a blank page and try this game. You can play it on your own or as part of a group. It will get you thinking outside the box.
Nuisance calls can be annoying and frightening. Unwanted phone callers and con-artists are a menace. Here are some strategies to cope with these calls.
Passwords give access to computer files and other personal data. Make sure yours are not easy to crack. Here are some tips to help you create a memorable password.
Leg cramps are painful and annoying, especially if they interrupt your sleep. Calf muscle spasms are often called Charley Horse. Learn about the cause of these cramps and how to prevent them.
Many writers find it helpful to get honest feedback. Writers' groups are ideal for this purpose. Here are some guidelines to make it a positive experience for both giver and receiver.
Wool fiber is used to make clothes, bedding and insulation. It is renewable and recyclable. Wool is a wonder fabric that keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Some birds fly repeatedly at windows as they peck and attack their reflection. Here are some ideas that really work to stop them doing this. The remedies are simple and cheap to implement.
If you want to kiss an elk or moose, visit Gårdsjö Moose Park, Uppsala, near Stockholm for a unique experience.
Saddle soap keeps leather saddles and horse tack clean and supple. Here is a traditional recipe using lye and a more modern safer home recipe that does not use lye.
Do you suffer from painfully cold fingers and toes in cold weather? Here are some gadgets that will keep your feet and hands warm-as-toast this winter.
You can remove and prevent pilling or lint bobbling on clothes. Here’s why it happens and some tips to get rid of fuzz-balls if they occur.
Hard boiled eggs are great standby for summer salads. Shelling them need not be a problem. Here are some tips to make your hard-boiled eggs easy-to-peel.
The origin of the phrase “million dollar question” is linked to two 20th century TV quiz shows. Learn more about how it became a common catchphrase.
For some, life in a medieval castle would have been relatively comfortable; for others, it would have been a smelly and dirty place to live. It depended on whether you were born wealthy or poor, a noble or a serf.
A National Insurance number in the UK is as important as an identity card. Without one you are unable to claim benefits or health care. The significance of each part of your NI number is explained here.
Swarms of midges, mosquitoes and biting flies can ruin a summer evening. Here are some tried and tested strategies to help you repel biting insects.
Choosing earrings for sensitive ears can be tricky. The label "hypoallergenic" doesn't mean earrings are allergy free. Here are some tips to help you find jewelry in a material that suits your sensitive skin.
Some nuts are easy to shell but others, like walnuts, can be awkward. The edible part of the nut often shatters along with the shell. Here are some cracking ideas to solve the problem.
Selling old books online can be a good way to make money. Here are a few tips about what sells easily and what some of the pitfalls can be.
Many banks no longer offer safe-deposit boxes. But you have documents and items you want to keep secure. Here are some guidelines on the options still available to you.
Removing broken glass from a yard or lawn can can cause nasty cuts. Here are some safe ways to clear up glass splinters and shards.
One of the worst chores is cleaning a messy oven. No-one wants to spend hours cleaning up grease splashes. Here are some tips to eliminate the problem.
Learn how to make the most of your revision time and pass exams and tests more easily. Here are some study tips to help you succeed. Work smarter, not harder.
Springtime makes us all act a bit silly. Reciting rhymes and poems seems to come naturally. Here are some old favorites. Many are well known, but I hope you discover some that are new to you.
Some people are reluctant to buy groceries online as they worry about getting quality fresh produce. My experience has been very positive. Why not join the millions who now have their groceries delivered?
Fish can be preserved by drying, salting, and freezing. These methods are effective ways to store bumper catches for times of scarcity.
Most gold has a karat hallmark on it. On older items this may be too worn to read. Luckily, there are other ways to determine the karat rating. A simple acid test can be done at home and the equipment is relatively cheap to buy.
Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry used to describe emotions in relation to nature. They are short and powerful. They are a great way to start writing your own poetry. Here are some of my haiku poems relating to cold weather and winter.
Roly-polies, pill bugs or woodlice are harmless, but most people do not want them inside their homes. They are an essential link in breaking down organic matter, so why not learn to love them, not destroy them?
Flash fiction is a way of telling a story in just a few words.This genre catches a reader's attention and leaves them wanting more. Try it for yourself by following a few simple rules.
Why not turn your excess runner beans into something useful. Here's a recipe for string bean wine together with my experience of making this home-brew.
People use the words bine and vine as if they mean the same thing. But they each grow in a different way. Here's how to tell them apart.