Archive for February, 2010

Tools for the Home

Posted in Shopping on Friday, February 26th, 2010 at 11:18 by Sarah Evans.

I think everyone needs tools for their home, whether it’s a flat or stand alone house. Even if you have no intention of doing any major repairs, there will come a time when you will need tools of some kind. There are kits for the most basic needs, of course, that include a hammer, screwdriver, etc. The more involved you get, the bigger and more elaborate the kit. Many people also buy tools as separates. I know many men, including my own dad, who live and die by their tools, even if they are in a heap in the garage or boot of the family car.

Antiques Online

Posted in Shopping on Thursday, February 25th, 2010 at 10:02 by Sarah Evans.

I love antiques, particularly antique silver. I recently learned a couple of tricks for cleaning antique silver, pewter, etc. that are easy and eco-friendly. One important thing you should know before handling silver, especially, is what grade of silver it is. Rather, if it is genuine silver or silver or electroplated. If it is plated (sometimes even with nickel), it simply means that the piece is coated in silver, not actually made from silver. This is done for many reasons, mostly cost. Some items are often composed of silver mixed with other alloys, as silver itself is a soft metal and does not have a great deal of strength on its own.

Your Own Special Fragrance

Posted in Shopping on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 13:06 by Sarah Evans.

I have always wondered what it would be like to have my own personal fragrance. For many years it seemed that the only people who were able to have their own fragrance were celebrities or people with a lot of money. I am glad that it’s no longer true. I have seen many sites and shops where people can mix their own scents. It is best to do it in person, of course, but once you know what you need, it would be easy to order it online as well.

Shopping for Cookers

Posted in Shopping on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 at 13:10 by Sarah Evans.

Today I was cleaning my cooker when I noticed that it may be time to get a new one. It’s not that the one I have is in terrible shape; it’s just that I want a new one. I would like something that is larger, perhaps made out of stainless steel. I have heard that many people who have stainless steel don’t like the fact that they tend to be marked up easily with fingerprints. I can’t see a problem with that since I tend to keep mine clean. I think black ones are much more difficult to deal with, although I like the looks of them, too.

Time to Buy Swimwear!

Posted in Shopping on Monday, February 22nd, 2010 at 12:44 by Sarah Evans.

I know it is early to be thinking about beach holidays and what I will wear when I get there. Actually, I swim a lot during the warm months and look forward to donning a bathing suit for the first time. Well, actually I don’t look forward to donning a bathing suit for the first time but if it means that I get to be in the warm sunshine and swim, then I will have to put up with it.

Do Comparison Sites Really Work?

Posted in eComparison, Shopping on Friday, February 19th, 2010 at 11:06 by Sarah Evans.

The answer to that question is a bit tricky. In our case, the answer is a resounding YES! Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

More Hidden Bank Fees

Posted in Banking on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 13:13 by Sarah Evans.

I was just reading about a disturbing new trend in bank fees. Perhaps it is an old trend kicked into high gear, I am not sure. But it seems that many banks have begun to charge more for spending, particularly if you are using foreign websites or if you are spending out of the UK. There have almost always been fees on withdrawals and the like, so much so that most everybody has come to expect it. What people don’t expect is that there are often additional fees that may be discussed only in that wee tiny small print on your banking information – the stuff that no one ever reads.

Theatres Around the World

Posted in Fun, Shopping on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 at 13:13 by Sarah Evans.

I love theatre. It doesn’t really matter if it is a film theatre or a live theatre with musicals, plays and the like. There is just something about going to a place where everyone is there for the same thing and waiting with anticipation to see something you have most likely waited a long time to see. It is a special event, whether it is experienced once a week, once a month, or even once a year. I particularly love old theatres that have been restored to their former glory, even if they are being used for another purpose. But there is nothing quite like going to a grand old theatre with an orchestra pit, old fashioned balcony and all the nostalgia one can handle. I was at such a theatre about 18 months ago. It was just like I described. For some reason I was thinking about that today and suddenly want to find another place just like it. Perhaps I will start to research that type of theatre and go from one to the other until I have seen as many as I can see without quitting my job.

Are Mobile Phones Becoming Outdated?

Posted in Shopping on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 at 13:34 by Sarah Evans.

I heard something interesting earlier today. A company was talking about making all phone calls anywhere in the world via wifi, thereby making mobile phones somewhat outdated. Frankly, I think I am a little confused by the whole thing. We have all heard about services people can get online to make phone calls, regardless if it is long distance. Some went as far as to go international with little to no expense. Of course many people have used Skype for a long time to do just that. Now the newest thing is to make free international calls via wifi for free. Apparently the difference is that the calls are much clearer, with less lag time, and best of all, they are free. For some reason, I do not believe it.

It’s Time for a Holiday!

Posted in eComparison, Shopping on Monday, February 15th, 2010 at 16:20 by Sarah Evans.

I realise that we have just celebrated a holiday. Well, Valentine’s Day isn’t a real holiday, but I guess it counts. The kind of holiday I am talking about involves packing a suitcase and escaping the cold and dreary weather. There is nothing like a midwinter holiday to boost one’s spirits and give at least a temporary respite from the frosty air and layers of jumpers and mufflers.