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All That You Want to Know About Solid Wood Flooring


Solid wood flooring is one of the most opted options for people across the globe. The wood colors compliment most of the colors compared to carpets that date with time. So many people are opting for this option because it is simple, beautiful and elegant as well. These are available in a wide range of colors and price ranges. Purchasing these flooring options is not difficult, however installing and maintaining may require professional help. You need to be proactive in identifying the areas that need proper attention and take care to maintain these for a long time. Here are some of the reasons why many people prefer solid wood flooring.

Match with Any Wall Color

Natural colors can match with almost any color and so is true with the solid wood flooring. As a homeowner, you do not need to rely on the color of your floors while choosing the wall color because almost any color will match. You can experiment with various colors and choose the ones which will be perfect for your interior designing plans.

They Add Classy Appeal


The solid finishing of these floorings adds a classy appeal to your home. As a result, visitors and friends that come to your house will never stop talking about it. The floors with solid wood flooring can be a perfect complement for contemporary as well as the traditional floors. The beautiful shine and look of the floors can match up well with any setting. All that you need to do is to take regular maintenance seriously and polish the floors in the set interval in order to keep it looking like new.

Durable Choice

Most people believe that the solid wood flooring will even outlast the homeowners and get better with time as well. If you have carpets on the floor, it will need constant vacuuming and cleaning to keep it free of dust. If there is a wine spill on the carpet you can forget about it, but that is not true with the solid wood flooring because all that you need to do is to clean it and make it shiny again. You can be happy that with regular cleaning and timely maintenance there is no chance of stains on your floor.

Cost-Effective

Solid wood flooring is a cost-effective choice for sure. The investment that you make in the initial stage may be higher than some other options because the installer also needs to be experienced in this process. However, when you consider the number of years these floors will provide beauty and elegance to your home, you can be happy and relaxed that the overall process is cost effective. You do not need to spend on the regular maintenance of the floors and in this way, you are able to save a lot over a period of time.

Low on Maintenance

Well, the installation and taking care of the flooring is easy and low on maintenance. All that you need to do is to clean the flooring on a regular basis and not worry about what stains are going to come because even a single mop is good enough to clean many of the days to day dirt and dust of the floor. However, every once in a while, you can go for a polishing to bring out the good and sparkling looks back again.

So, make sure that you compare the several options in solid wood flooring out there and get it installed by a professional with years of experience to get good looking and durable flooring.

 

 

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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2017 by Gabrielle Williams


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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction considers first and second books from Australian authors, with the aim of recognising exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature.

Over the past year, the judges have read their way through over 70 Australian titles and were impressed by the number of edgy voices who didn’t shy away from starkly original concepts. The task of filtering the terrific longlist down to a shortlist of just six books was difficult, but in the end they considered the following books to be their top picks… Continue reading “The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2017 by Gabrielle Williams”

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FREE ONLINE COURSE – Genealogy – Researching your family tree course – Week 1


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In Week 1, our focus is on the nature and importance of documentary evidence.

We’ll start by considering the importance of finding and using actual sources to fill in your family tree and explore the differences between primary, secondary and derived primary sources.

You will begin to understand why the government, church and other organisations created documents in the first place and how knowing this can help you get more out of what you discover. We’ll cover the varying amounts of information that different types of documents can provide. From there, we’ll consider what transcriptions, abstracts and indexes are and find out how providers of online databases actually go about creating these.

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GENEALOGY COURSE: RESEARCHING YOUR FAMILY TREE with UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE


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Welcome to the course – OVERVIEW

Welcome to ‘Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree’

a six-week online course being run by the Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Postgraduate Programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde.

Tahitia McCabe, Knowledge Exchange Fellow in Genealogical Studies at Strathclyde, will be leading us through the six weeks. Graham Holton, Principal Tutor in Genealogical Studies at Strathclyde will also be teaching on the course.

If you use social media you can follow them on Twitter @FLgenealogy and use the hashtag #FLgenealogy to follow the conversations.

They would also be grateful if you could complete the pre-course survey to help them  understand more about who’s taking the course and what they can do to improve it.

In Week 6, they provide a downloadable list of the linked resources (websites, blogs, etc.) mentioned on the entire course.

Throughout the course we will be following the development of a beginning family history researcher called Chris. Future Learn open the course a week at a time to enable them to reflect on the progress she has made and also to give you time to digest the material. We also don’t want to spoil research discoveries made in Chris’ story by giving too much away too soon.

However, here is a week by week overview of what will be covered on the course:

Week 1 Analysing Documents

We will start our course by considering the different types of records that genealogists use, major issues that impact on what they contain and how much a researcher can rely on the information within them. We also provide a short guide on how to begin research for the complete beginner. After completing this week, you should begin to be familiar with:

  • The importance of basing your research on documented data rather than hearsay.
  • The differences between primary, secondary and derived primary sources and why knowing this can help your research process.
  • The importance of knowing who made the documents you are using, why and how they were created and why this can be useful to know.
  • What transcriptions, abstracts and indexes are and how they are created.

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Week 2 Effective Searching Techniques

You begin to think about how to define what you are actually searching for and we’ll introduce some key ways to think laterally about searching for your family information. Topics to be covered are:

  • How to create a research plan and what an effective search looks like.
  • Different ways to approach research: FAN/cluster techniques and mind mapping
  • Getting to grips with spelling and name change issues
  • What primary source databases are and how get the best out of searching them, including wildcards.

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Week 3 Using Major Source Types

We’ll introduce the main source types used by genealogists including civil, church, census and military records. While some country specific sources will be detailed, primarily we’ll give a sense of the typical type of data these records contain and how to use them in your research. We will also ‘visit’ a local archive and explore what they (and other archives) have to offer. A review of major international and some more local and specialised databases will be shared and we’ll consider how to evaluate databases.

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Week 4 Genealogical Proof and DNA Testing

Genealogists need to be sure they have found the ‘right’ person and we will cover some of the techniques used to decide on the best match. Also important is how to know when you’ve done enough research to come to a reasonable decision on a match. We’ll also introduce the use of DNA testing in genealogical research. Topics to be covered are:

  • The principles of the Genealogical Proof Standard
  • How to establish proof
  • How to evaluate evidence
  • An introduction to genetic genealogy with some case studies on using it to break down brick walls.

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Week 5 Putting your Research into Context

Week 5 sees the focus shift to sources that put the flesh on the bones of the family skeleton. It’s the historical and social context coming from using secondary and other sources that bring an ancestor to life. This week explores the sources that help genealogists provide this context; considers their quality and how to find them. Topics to be covered are:

  • Useful types of secondary sources: local histories, ‘regular’ books on history, historical magazines, film, etc.
  • Other sources of context: newspapers, maps, images
  • How to assess the quality of these types of sources
  • Finding these sources; useful online databases.

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Week 6 Documenting and Communicating your Research Results and Sources

Week 6 introduces the main types of tools used by genealogists to store, track and analyse data along with an overview as to why such tools are useful. Paper based resources, genealogical software of various types and online tools will all be explored. We will explore what types of reports and charts are commonly used, different approaches to writing a family history and some specialist tools. Ways to protect your physical records and digital data will also be explored.

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Genealogists need to provide evidence that the statements and assertions they make are based on documents and other types of resources so the use of referencing in genealogical reports and charts will be explained and we’ll discuss various systems of genealogical referencing.

We’re very happy to welcome all of you and hope that exciting discussions are generated throughout the course. Don’t forget, whilst robust debate is encouraged, it’s important that you follow the FutureLearn Code of Conduct and are respectful of your fellow learners and don’t disclose anything information of a private or confidential nature.

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Note: I have basically copied and pasted the overview notes from the Future Learn website, so that you can learn a course just by clicking on my blog. I will be posting this weekly so that we can learn together, and you are welcome to write your notes in the comments section. I haven’t planned in advance so, if there are tests, or multiple questions, I may not be able to upload or create one on this blog. I may do it manually, and I will do my best to make it engaging, and educational as possible. I will be posting weekly at the same time I do the course myself. Feel free to open conversations about topics or the course in general in the comments section below.

 

 

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Organize Your Laundry Room With Laundry Cupboards


In order to add beauty and storage to your laundry room, the best thing is to incorporate laundry cupboards and cabinets. With the time, the need of laundry cupboards are increasing, as to dump the unused laundry there is a need of space. Besides, houses these days are made with tight space.

Therefore, to tackle the space crunch opting for laundry cupboards are the best solution.

In addition to that, with the help of these storing cabinets it is easier to organize the laundry room in a systematic way. This enables you to keep your home neat and clean.

What are The Multiple Utilities of A Laundry Cupboard?

#1 Good Value for Money

Well, in order to keep your laundry and intact the cupboards must be up to the mark. As when your clothes are in its place these will be enough space to perform other household tasks. You can comfortably work in the spacious area. The cupboards facilitate to arrange clothes in an arranged way. Thus, buying and installing a laundry cupboard is a great idea. Nevertheless, depending upon your budget and other requirements decide on which cupboard you want to buy. There are many types of laundry cupboards available in the market for various storage purpose of clothes such as used, unused, dry, wet, etc.

#2 Different Styles, Pattern and Design

Those who need storage space, the laundry cupboards proves handy in solving the storage problem. These cupboards are available in different patterns, styles, and designs that individuals can use the best one, that too with maximum storage capacity requirements. Additionally, with this, the clothes are done perfectly and they are not scattered all over the place. People choose the cabinet that goes well with the décor of their house, as well. Therefore, you can choose the best design or the pattern of the laundry cupboard and cabinets that meets your requirements. The best part is that, you can also get customized designs and patterns for the laundry cupboards depending on the size and preference.

#3 Adjustable and Expandable

Out of many features, people mostly go for the ones that come with the adjustable and expandable feature. This is the biggest advantage and feature of the laundry cupboards. In addition to that, it is of a great use in a big families or families with kids, where there are several dirty clothes or unused clothes. Even when guests are at your home, you can easily change or adjust the shelves as per the storage requirement. Moreover, you can dismantle them when you want to keep them back in its original shape. These are meticulously designed with precision. Besides, these are light in weight also, although, it mostly depends on the material of the cupboard.

#4 Various Types of Laundry Cupboards

In addition to the functionality and meticulous design, they come in various types such as foldable, wall mounted, hanging, under or above washer and dryer, floor to ceiling, floor cabinets, counter cabinets, and different other types. Therefore, according to your need and requirements or whichever suits best to your laundry room area and space, you can buy and install the cupboard.

Apart from that, you can also opt for custom laundry cupboards according to your laundry room, but that all depends on your budget. Overall, to maintain and organize your laundry room in a systematic way, it is important for you to install the best laundry cupboard for the storage and shelving. This enables you to organize your clothes and keep your laundry in a perfect way. Thus, consider these things so as to decide why it is important to have laundry cupboards.

 

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7 Ways to find your purpose in life


I recently bought a new magazine…… and I am IN LOVE with it…… I am basically copying from the book, but this is practical, and a huge guidance for you if you want to find purpose in everything that you do. Whether you’re a full-time working mum, single entrepreneur, starting your own small business, or creating ideas for a future business, or even if you want to find out anything about yourself when applying your own qualities to life itself.

Below you will find the link:

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“Empowering Women to become the BEST version of themselves.”

By supporting small business owners, entrepreneurial women, Shar Moore is the CEO and founder of the magazine.

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Open Hands, Humble Heart


Open Hands, Humble Heart

Written by Laura Story

When you worship what is your posture of choice? Hands raised, eyes closed, head bowed? As a worship leader, I have seen about every expression of worship you could imagine from worshipers kneeling in reverence to God in pristine chapels to teenagers at youth rallies, dancing with the joy and abandon of King David.

I believe God delights in the diversity of expression of praise, but the scriptures tell us there is something of greater concern to this Triune God we worship: the posture of our hearts. In Psalm 51, one of David’s most vulnerable and penitent prayers, he asserts that the Lord does not delight in sacrifice, and that he is not pleased with burnt offerings.

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Some Essential Details about the Security and Alarm Systems


One of the most important jobs one needs to do is to make sure the house has proper alarm and security system. The crime is increasing with every passing day. Thus, it is of utmost importance to make sure the home is protected properly from intruders. With the advancement of technology, the commonly used electric alarm have become backdated and can be bypassed easily.

Types of systems

Numerous advanced alarm and security system are available in the market. The common types are explained below.

Monitored Alarm System: They are enhanced and advanced versions of the local electric alarm system. They tend to have connection to the monitoring services along with the alarms. Firstly, if any unusual behavior is identified the agents call to identify whether the alert was a real one or a false alert. Here, the monitoring authorities only send the alert to the concerned persons who would come to the spot within minutes. The other things such as fire or carbon monoxide level are also monitored keeping in mind the safety of the family.

Smoke Alarm System: The smoke alarm system commonly guards against the house from any kind of fire and smoke. They usually contain hardwired or wireless smoke detectors along with strobe lights. A complete fire alarm system can also be installed, which would contain a sprinkler system, a heat detector, as well as a smoke detector.

Burglar alarm system: The most common type of alarm systems is installed in the household. It is fitted along with the doors, windows sensors, and motion detectors. If the sensors are tripped in any manner immediately, an alarm is sent, which starts a loud sound, which in turn alerts the neighborhood. They are controlled by a keypad, which is located centrally.

Medical alarm system: Here, there is an emergency button on the keypad of the home security system. Pressing the button would alert the central security organization, which would in turn inform the concerned doctors. This is absolutely a delight, especially for elderly people who stay alone.

Critical alarm system: This type of alarm system would protect the house against leaks, which usually remain undetected as long as it does not do huge damage. This type of system would protect the house from higher damage. It can monitor the plumbing and heating system when the house is empty. It would inform the concerned personals if a pipe burst or any kind of leakage occurs.

Different processes of installation

Before installation of the alarm and security system for home, it is important to be completely aware of the entire installation process. The process of installation usually depends on what type of system you prefer to install. The common installation processes are explained below.

DIY (Do it yourself) installation process: In this process, the homemaker is in full control. It is completely his decision about the devices and sensors that would be installed. Usually, these processes are simple and do not require complex wirings. It usually takes about an hour to complete the entire process. However, it is important to do a thorough research about the process so that the homemaker is not stuck in between. It is better to get in touch with the professionals if the homemaker messes in between and is not aware of the next step.

Professional installation: Here, the homemaker can relax throughout the entire process, since the experienced professionals take responsibility of the complete process. They would firstly examine the existing wiring and entire layout of the house. They would take the entire responsibility if anything goes wrong and would not be paid until they fix it completely.

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Timber Furniture: Growing in Craze Among Homeowners


You have already worked hard on your new house and finally it is getting together. Right from the color on the walls to the timber flooring, you had the best things in the market to complete your dream house and it has turned out to be quite a success. However, it is now time to check on the furniture sector as you don’t want to be missing out on the best timber furniture available in the market. Some people have a craze for metallic and aluminum furniture, but wooden ones are the best. These are more natural looking over anything else and you can also get the best longevity from this wooden furniture. Even you can do some polishing works on this furniture after certain time and you will increase their longevity as well.

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What are the Attractive features of Wooden Furniture?

The first misconception that people used to have about wooden furniture has to be with its durability. They always think that wooden furniture is not going to last long and are more prone to moisture based damages. This is not technically wrong and you can easily use the wooden furniture for a longer period than other materials. But the fact is that notable manufacturing units ensure to coat a clear paint or laminated sheet of some sort on the timber furniture before dispatching it to the market. This coat is like a protective shield, which will protect the furniture from water, dust and sunrays.

#1. Can last for long:

If you think that wooden furniture is not going to last log then think again. Certain wooden products are so durable, that those can last for decades without a single maintenance from your side. For that, you just have to get to the core of the products and learn more about it. You have to get to the best manufacturing house in your locality and ask them to make the exquisite wooden furniture to use. If you have a soft corner for timber, then you can ask them to make timber products, as well.  Wooden furniture can provide you best longevity and you can use it for many years.

#2. Renovate the look completely:

If you want to change the entire look of your place, you might want to try timber furniture for a change. Try to get rid of the iron or aluminum items. For that, you can just change it with a more naturalistic look of the timber based furniture. For that perfect home improvement, nothing can work better than these products. If you are still not sure how, then you might want to give it a try and use it.

#3. Not harming the nature at all:

Just because solid timber planks are used for manufacturing timber furniture, that does not mean that the manufacturers are harming the environment by cutting down all the trees. Manufacturers are basically cut down the old trees in a scientific manner. On behalf of those trees, new ones are planted and those are given proper supervision for its healthy growth. The best thing is that manufacturing units are always thinking about the environment and some of them are even recycled from old wooden products to give that new and revamped look.

If you have few pennies to invest then always go for timber furniture and improve the complete look of your place. This is going to be just mesmerizing and will act in your favor in the best manner possible. The products are strong and resilient, easy to keep and even beautiful at its best. So, without wasting any time further, you know just the right furniture to purchase.

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Writing 101-A New Series


Gabrielle M. Emmons

These past couple of days I have been Facebook chatting with my friend, Emmalisa. She is a fellow blogger (you can find her blog here at Exquisite Emmalisa), Anglophile, book lover, and aspiring writer. The topics of our conversation have been wide-versed but one particular topic is writing specifically how to begin a novel.

So I thought why don’t I start a new blog series? A series where I can write about writing topics such as brainstorming, character development, plotting, etc.

It is called Writing 101 with Gabrielle Emmons. You can find the official series page here.

This is the logo I have created for it.

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If there are any topics pertaining to the process of writing you would like me to focus on, please leave a comment down below. I will try my best to answer your questions.

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