5 Ways To Enjoy Coffee As A Parent

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Coffee shops and  a London mobile barista aren’t the only ones that can produce great tasting coffees. Here are some ways you can enjoy your caffeine indulgence.

  1. Drip Brewing

This one is classic. You’ve probably seen your parents and grandparents take their coffee this way. Though it may lack flavor and isn’t very strong, you’ll still enjoy the rich aroma either in your home or your town’s coffee shop version of it.

  1. Chemex Coffeemaker

Not only that the Chemex’s design is so cute it will compel you to buy one knowing that your counter top will look so much better with it. But, it’s also great because it can dramatically reduce the bitterness in your coffee. So you can pretty much enjoy your cup depending on your taste or no matter your bitterness tolerance.

  1. Brew With AeroPress

A lot of coffee lovers, like me, have had to give up coffee due to being diagnosed as acidic. But for those I-just-can’t-resist-it-moments, AeroPress is a great way to enjoy a strong but less acidic cup of Joe in less than a minute! Our morning caffeine routine could even be possible again without the fear of hyperacidity as long as we indulge in moderation. No more third or fourth cup within the day, huh?

  1. Espresso Machines

You can buy your own machine and enjoy a latte or mocha at the comfort of your own home or save yourself the hassle and just savor every drop in your favorite coffee shop. Whatever you prefer, no doubt that those flavored espresso got us hooked for life.

  1. Instant Coffee

This may not be as good as the coffee shop bought coffee but it’s actually not that bad either. It is the most convenient way to have your daily fix of caffeine too when your coffeemaker broke early in the morning or you’re going on a camping.

Why A Smart Meter Is Better For Your Family When You Rent

The-perfect-house-for-a-happy-familySmart meters allow renters and landlords to see what gas and electricity has been used with accuracy down to the hour. You can always see what you owe, and there is no confusion when bills are being settled. Smart meters are ideal for families, so that consumption doesn’t go overboard and you can save money to pay for more important family things.

As a landlord, you should know that your tenant can ask for a smart meter to be fitted, and they do not need your permission to get the meter fitted. This is only true, however, if they pay the bills.

Renters

Bills can be stressful if you are renting. It can be hard to know how much you owe when you leave the property, or how to divide bills between flatmates. Smart meters help to end this confusion, detecting gas and electricity used each hour. If you pay the bills, why not have a conversation about smart meters with your landlord? It is your right to ask for one, but you may feel reluctant to make changes to the property or your rental agreement.

Landlords

A smart meter will he helpful to you as a landlord, as your tenants can use the smart meter display to see what gas and electricity they are using. You will get accurate bills from your energy supplier, and know who owes what, due to accurate mater readings. Whereas in a flat share, the tenants as a group may owe you, smart meters allow you to identify exactly who owes you what. There will be no ‘bill shock’ for your tenants when bills come in at the end of the month, as they will be able to see on the meter what they are using as and when they are using it. Smart meters also help your tenants save energy, as they can see exactly what they are using. Another option is card meters for landlords.

 

As bill payers, your tenants are able to ask for and get a smart meter fitted with or without your agreement. Therefore, it is advised that you inform yourself of all the benefits associated with smart meters and how a smart meter will affect your property and rent agreement.

School Advice From A Big Sister

As a new student you’re already feeling pretty overwhelmed , there are so many new things to take in when it comes to starting a secondary school, not to mention that you are now the official babies of the school. Here are a few year 7 experiences that we all go through but can be easily avoided or solved with a little guidance from a former year 7.

Rucksacks

As a year 7 you immediately think “oh rucksacks are practical and cool” and of course as a follow on from this thought a rucksack becomes your choice of bag. Wrong. Over the years I have seen some year 7s with bags so big that they have actually fallen over. You don’t need that much stuff so just get a normal satchel bag and the dilemma is solved.

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Lockers and Locks

I cannot remember how many locks I have had to had cut off by the school caretaker because I lost my key somewhere. In fact it got to the point where I just stopped bothering with putting a lock on my lock altogether. I soon realised that was a bad idea but I have the solution. Replacment Locker Keys from an online key cutting company locksmith. It’s a cheap service and quick and it saves you going through 20 locks.

 

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Uniform Struggles

Being a new member of the school of course you want to be an outstanding moral student and follow the uniform code to the letter. This can be troublesome when combined with the fact that students lose everything and then choose to replace their lost uniform with a top they found in the changing rooms. This of course starts an endless cycle of lost and stolen tops. The simple solution to this is to name tag, nametag everything!

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Stationery

Every new year 7 gets a bit OCD over their brand new stationery. My advice to you is you don’t need it. Unless you know there’s a task where you’ll be doing extensive colouring then really you just need a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber and you’re sorted.

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