26 Jul 2017

6 Tips To Make The Office A Nicer Place To Work

Most offices are dreary, and people dread going into work. Today, I’ve found some ways that every office could be improved, and I’m going to share them with you.

Air conditioning.

Even in the coldest of climates, we still have those rare hot and muggy days. This makes working in an office unbearable. Employees are often snappy because they are too hot. Think about installing an air conditioning unit into the office. Even on the days that it isn’t necessarily warm, it will provide fresher air into the room making employees happier and more awake. Units often come with the option to change the temperature of the air it expels, so don’t worry about the office becoming too cold.


Plants brighten up any room and will spark more creativity within your employees. If you don’t want to maintain the plants, you could go for some fake flowers. Anything with a splash of colour is likely to ignite the imagination, meaning your team will be working efficiently.


Spotlights and bright strip lights can induce headaches and most of the time, are too bright for working conditions. Why not install some led panels which will not only distribute the light better, but will save you money on your electric bill. They’re super easy to install and are a brilliant investment for any office (or home, for that matter!)


Like with any job, the freedom to be able to grab a cuppa when you need one is great. Why not buy a coffee machine for your staff, trust me they will be forever grateful. Vending machines are also a great addition to any office. Being able to grab a snack to boost your energy levels can make the world of difference to your performance at work.

Consider Music. Statistics show that people work better when there is ambient music in the background. I don’t mean have the latest chart singles on, as this could lead to be distracting. I mean something that will break through the sounds of everyone tapping on their keyboards. Music often makes repetitive work less tedious too.

Make it like home. Unfortunately, we have to spend the majority of our time in the office. Even though you want your staff to stay professional, making the office a little more homely by adding a sofa and a table with a few magazines will make a difference. Staff could sit there on their breaks and relax for a short time. Also, being in surroundings that aren’t so corporate will help your employees feel comfortable at work, which could lead to improvement in their workflow.

Making these simple changes could improve the atmosphere in your office. Remember, keeping your staff happy is one of the key things to run a successful business. If they’re happy, they will work more efficiently. Invest in making these changes to your work environment and you will soon start reaping the benefits. Plus, who actually likes going into a drab space to work?


19 Jul 2017

Creativity Of A Different Kind: Using Artistic Flair To Create Your Personal Image

If you have creative flair, you’re one of the blessed ones. Seeing the world through a creative lens is the best feeling. It’s an amazing way to look at everything with the fascination it deserves. Creativity also offers an outlet through which to reach the world. It’s one of many ways we lessen the human experience of loneliness.

But, many creatives fail to use their gifts to their full extent. They settle on painting or sculpting and use all their creative energy there. But, there’s no need for it. Instead of focusing on one outlet, artists should apply creativity to everything. And, that includes their appearance. The face you show the world is important. So, why not use your skills to perfect the way you look? These steps should give you some idea of how to apply creativity to your appearance.

Use Yourself As A Canvas

In truth, designing a creative personal image is no different to painting a picture. The tools may be different, but the process is the same. You are the artist and your body is the blank canvas. You need to create colours, lines, and shapes, which all work well together. Consider every aspect, from your outfit to your makeup. Creating an image requires patience, in the same way that painting a picture does. Don’t rush your makeup routine. Take time over it. Relish the brush strokes. Take time to see the natural beauty in yourself, and highlight it with your designs.

Develop A Signature Style

Every artist needs a signature style. It's what sets them apart from the crowd. It also ensures people recognise their work immediately. It’s also important to develop a signature style when working on the way you look. Following the crowd is no way to stand out. And, if there’s one thing creative individuals hate, it’s blending in with the crowd. Instead, step away and buy what you like, rather than what’s popular. And, take time over the small flourishes which will set your apart. Accessories offer a fantastic opportunity to create distinction. Opting for bespoke and custom jewellery, like the pieces found at Jaubalet will help you here. Custom-made options like these ensure that no one else will have anything like it.

Think, too, about a signature makeup style. Bright lipsticks or colorful eyeshadows could be all it takes to create an image people recognise.

Take Inspiration From All Around

This point may seem like a contradiction. But, most artists also know how important it is to take inspiration from other sources. That’s not to say that you need to copy other people’s styles. That’ll lead you straight to the crowd mentality the above point warns against. But, it’s worth looking out for individuals who interest you. Take note of their main fashion features, and consider how you could apply them to your look. Take inspiration, too, from colors you see, or prints which appeal to you. Mixing all these things together will turn you into a multi sensory sensation.

18 Jul 2017

A Fantastic Monthly Makers Market in New Market Square Leicester

Fraser Urquhart Media and Leicester City Council present a Monthly Makers Market in New Market Square. Discover the finest local food, drink, art and craft producers in the heart of Leicester City Centre.
The New Market Square in Leicester will be the home to a new monthly Makers Market. The market will run every first Sunday of each month from 11am-4pm in Leicester’s newest public space. 

The markets will feature creatives who make, bake, create and source the products they sell which ensures their goods are unique and of high quality.

We are currently on the lookout for makers who would like to sell their unique and quirky products at the market.
We would also like to hear from people who can run workshops and demonstrations as well as musicians and other entertainment to animate the square.  Stalls will be provided.
This will be the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your products/services to new customers and what we hope will be a must visit event for the diary.  If this sounds like you or someone you know, please get in touch!
For all enquiries or for more information please contact Carey York at Fraser Urquhart Media on 0116 253344 or email carey@fu-media.co.uk.


8 Jul 2017

Why Is Canada Is So Underrated?

When you’re drawing up that travel bucket list, or planning your next big summer holiday, you might be thinking about amazing beaches and exotic cultures. Why do we never think of Canada? Canada is an enormous country with some of the world’s most incredible cities, but it seems many of us fail to get excited by it. It might be time to change all that! Check out what I think makes Canada one of the best places in the world to explore:

Toronto is arguably one of the most vibrant cities in the world. There is quite a large population here, and that has attracted some of the world’s most respected companies. Mars, Cisco, and Samsung are just some of the top brands that have headquarters in the area. But it is perhaps what the city can offer tourists that make this a great place to visit.
In the summer, you can experience the wonder of the Toronto Fringe Festival. This attracts acts from all over the world but is a great stage for the best that Canada has to offer. Nearby, you can also enjoy adult summer camp! These are usually situated near the lakes and offer lots of different (and sometimes silly) activities.r
The summer really is the ideal time to see Toronto. There are wonderful bike trails, plenty of festivals and even outdoor movies. With fifteen art galleries and a heritage brewery, there really is plenty for everyone.

This beautiful city is often considered to be the home of Canadian art. As the capital city, it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to attractions. The Jazz music festivals and local sports events are highly regarded. Tourism has become a priority for the city so check the Canada ETA update information to see what the current visa requirements are for you.
Fitness, especially ice skating activities, are very important here. If you love being active, why not get started with some ice hockey? There is a good choice of swimming pools as well as gyms in and around the city centre. Don’t forget - Ottawa also has some of the best restaurants in Canada. If you’re going to work it off at the gym, why not indulge a little!
Niagara Falls

No matter how many times you see it on TV, nothing will prepare you for the experience of being next to the Niagara Falls. You can take a tour behind the water, or a very wet boat ride right next to it. This is a truly awesome spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. 
Rocky Mountains

There is a great deal of wilderness to explore in Canada, making it perfect for all you outdoor-types. Activities can be arranged with tour groups or locally. Of course, if you’re really daring you might plan your own itinerary! The terrain can be tough to navigate in places, and if the weather isn’t brilliant, you might be disappointed at times. However, you’ll never find anything quite like it anywhere else. Many people camp here and others enjoy renting a cabin. What will you find in Canada?

1 Jul 2017

What's the Recipe for a New Wave Man Cave?

First came the shed, man’s supposed sanctuary surreptitiously stowed away at the bottom of the garden or better still, adorning an allotment. Next came the man cave – a quiet room or corner where the man of the house could hide away and enjoy his hobbies, undisturbed. Be it playing obtuse vinyl records, digging into DIY, getting carried away on computer games consoles, or just watching really big TVs, whatever he was into, in the late 90s the man cave was a must-have for men of a certain age. In case you were wondering, the moniker was apparently spawned by the popular novel of the time, Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. Now, several decades after the book’s publication, the man cave is now fading from fashion in favour of a new masculine nook, one that resides in the kitchen.
According to new research from Mintel, men are now spurning DIY tasks and instead aspiring to become better chefs. Their research found that 40 per cent of men are confident about cooking a meal from scratch compared to just 32 per cent who felt similarly assured about tackling household DIY jobs. The significant rise in gourmet gadgetry is thought to have played a part in luring men into the kitchen. So, if the man cave has now relocated to the kitchen, what ingredients do you need to make the perfect new wave man cave?

Gadgets galore

You might start off with the basics – a really big American style fridge freezer, a toaster that does more than two slices at once. Next on the list are the chef-y gadgets like a pasta machine, a tagine and a mandolin. Before you know it you’ve got a mini blowtorch in the back of your cupboard and you’re shopping for a sous vide machine that can be remotely controlled by an app on your smartphone. The first wave man cave was very much about multimedia; stereos, games consoles and speakers commonly adorned walls and floors. Now it would seem they have at least partially been replaced by a brigade of blenders and spiralizers.

Lovely larder

It may seem somewhat contradictory that a trend that’s partially fuelled by the future of culinary technology is also harking back to more traditional times. However, with the likes of brewing, baking and home curing becoming more popular, a lovely larder should be top of the culinary cave inclusion list. Pantries and food cupboards have been making a huge comeback in recent years. And they’re not just the preserve of those with an impressive collection of spices, homemade jams and pickles. If you grow your own herbs, having a larder to store them in can help you make better use of them in dishes. They’re also a handy place to keep demijohns of homebrew and wine. Definitely a must have for craft beer enthusiasts.

Entertainment area

While cooking itself can be a very personal affair, the enjoyment and sharing off food is a very social hobby. With this in mind, a culinary man cave needn’t necessarily be a place to seek solitude. In fact, it could very likely end up as a spot for entertaining and showcasing those hard practised skills. For those that love cooking outdoors as well as in, bi-fold doors make the perfect entrance to a kitchen cave.

Floor to ceiling wooden doors like these from Vufold can help things cool down when things hot up a little too much in the kitchen, which can happen all too quickly when a dinner party is on the menu. Floor to ceiling doors are also a great way to encourage the flow of dinner and party guests when hosting sophisticated soirees, because whatever the song says, it’s not great to find too many people in the kitchen at parties, particularly if you’re trying to cook in there. Opening a kitchen has the benefit of giving more direct access between the dinner area and the main food prep area, so guests can keep company for the chef. You can also deck out your perfect cave entrance with wooden table and chairs, atmospheric lighting and a fire pit or chiminea to keep guests warm while they enjoy after dinner drinks by moonlight.

Do you have a man cave in your home? If not, do you think a traditional man cave or culinary one is more likely to carry favour? Perhaps you like each space to feel equally open to each member of the family?


27 Jun 2017

How to Adapt and Make it Work When Moving in with Someone Else

Has the time come for you to move in with another person? Maybe you want to live centrally in your city but need to share the financial burden with a friend to make it happen. Or perhaps your relationship has now reached the stage where you need to get together and live in the same space. 

Although those two scenarios might seem very distinct from one another, they’re not all that different. The rules on how to adapt and make it work are pretty much the same for both. So, if you want to make sure that this whole plan doesn’t get derailed anytime soon, here are the things that you need to know.

Make Sure You’re on the Same Page from Day One

You need to be on roughly the same page as the other person if you want this new living arrangement to work out well. Of course, you’re not going to agree on everything, but you will want to make sure that you want basically the same things as one another from the arrangement going forward. When there is some kind of consensus in place, it gives you a strong basis for the arrangement, and you will be much more likely to make it work in the long-term. That has to be a good thing for you both.

Buy Furniture Together

When it comes to buying things for the home, this is something that should always be done together. If you are able to shop for things together, you will be able to make sure that decisions aren’t made that one person hates. You’ll be able to compromise in order to reach a solution that works for everyone. That’s the way it should be, and that’s what you can make happen if you put in the effort. So, when you head to Richard Haworth to look for furnishings, browse together. Your tastes might overlap more than you realise.

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Accept That Not Every Decision is Going to go Your Way

You’re not going to find that everything goes your way when you’re making decisions regarding the home in your new house or flat. In fact, it’s important to concede some ground and lose some battles. That’s just the way it has to be if you want the arrangement to be fair. It’s all about give and take. This might sound like an old cliche, but it really is important. It’s just as important as anything else, and you won’t be able to make it work unless everyone gets their way on key decisions from time to time.

Come Clean About Financial Problems

If there are any financial difficulties you’re having, it’s definitely worth pointing these out and making sure that the person you're moving in with understands them. After all, if you're going to be contributing to the rent or the mortgage, it’s only right that the other person knows about any problems that might arise. Financial issues do matter, even if they can be difficult to discuss openly at times. Talking about these issues is just a part of being open and honesty, and those things really are important.

Make Sure Everyone Has Their Own Space

Everyone should have a space in the home that is theirs. This sounds simple enough, and that’s because it is. When everyone has a space that they can retreat to for their alone time, it stops tensions bubbling over and resulting in arguments. That has to be a good thing, so ensure that everyone in the home has some privacy when they need it. This won’t seem like a big deal when everything's going fine. But there will be times when things are not going so well and one of you just wants to get away from it all in order to cool down.

Put Bathroom Rules in Place

The bathroom is the room that causes the biggest arguments between people when they are living together. Whether it’s failing to clean the bath or leaving the seat up, there are so many bathroom habits that can leave other people annoyed and pretty disgusted. That’s why you should put some basic bathroom rules in place that each of you has to follow. This stops anyone getting annoyed about what the other person is doing. The rules don’t have to be in any way complicated. They just need to cover the basic things that matter most.


Make it Clear How the Chores Are Going to be Divided Up

Handling chores can be one of the trickiest things of all to deal with. Clarity is key if you want to make it work. You need to be clear with one another about what you expect from the other person and how you want them to handle their responsibilities. If no one knows which chores and tasks they’re expected to do, then it’ll be no surprise when things don’t exactly go swimmingly for you. Talk to each other about which chores each of you prefers. And the chores that neither of you wants to do should be divided randomly. Just make it fair and clear.

Create Social Time When Other People Can Come Over

It can be very easy for you and the person you move in with to become too familiar with one another. When that happens, you can start to get bored, and you might even just begin to annoy each other. That’s the last thing you want to happen because you’re going to be living with these people for the foreseeable future. You should make sure that other people come around often. Making your home a social hub for friends can bring other people into the mix and stop the two of you feeling like you’re trapped with one another. It really can help a lot.


Each of the tips discussed above will help you to make sure that when you move in with someone else, whether it’s a close friend or partner, everything will go smoothly. So, don’t ignore any of them.


26 Jun 2017

Creating A More Peaceful Home Life For Your Children

We all want the experience we have at home to be as loving, peaceful and relaxing as possible. Most of us also want it to have a great deal of fun as well. But if you ever find that your home is not quite living up to this ideal, it can be quite frustrating as you try to figure out what to do. The good news is that it is actually relatively simple to make your home more peaceful, provided that you follow some basic steps and guidelines for doing so. Bear the following in mind, and you should find that you and your children all enjoy a much happier time together in the home - and this in itself will have numerous positive knock-on effects.


First, Set The Ambience

Something that makes a huge difference to how everyone in the home feels is the way that the home is actually set up. If you find that there tends to be a lot of stress in your home, then you might want to look at some of the common stresses that many homes have. It might be that your home in unconsciously creating a negative or unloving atmosphere, even if that is nobody’s conscious intention. There are many ways this can happen.

Sometimes, the cause of the stress in the home is something as simple as the heating or lighting. If you don’t have much control over these, then they can easily and quickly cause problems emotionally in the home for everyone present. So a good first step is to ensure that your temperature and lighting is not too much or too little, so that everyone can remain calm much more easily. It might also be true that the home is cluttered, and this in itself can also cause a lot of stress in the home. So make sure that you keep your home clean and tidy at all times - and remember that a tidy home is both a reflection of and a precursor to a calm mind.

If the atmosphere is still struggling, you might need to take active steps to improve it. This can be anything, from talking together about what improvements could be made, to meditation or prayer in that space. All of this can help to set the ambience and make the home much more calm to begin with, so that all your effort thereafter are much more powerful and beneficial for all.


Set Aside Personal Spaces

Something that always leads to more peacefulness in the hoe is if everyone has their own well-defined space. This does not make it an absolute no-go area for others (that is not very conducive to a happy family) but it simply means that everyone has somewhere they can retire to when they feel the need. People of all ages need this, so it is essential that you find the opportunity to carve out some personal space for everyone in your family. Do that, and you will find that everyone is much calmer and happier to spend time with everyone else in the family when it is time to do so. For most people, a bedroom is plenty of space for this purpose, but make sure that everyone is happy with whatever they have, as not being happy with it might have some pretty negative ongoing consequences in the home.

Get Crafty With The Family

Certain activities tend to lend themselves particularly well to the attempt to make the home more peaceful. A good example, to begin with, is arts and crafts. If you take some time every now and then to engage in some arts and crafts with your family, it really can make a huge difference to how everyone feels at home. This kind of activity has a way of drawing people together, especially within family units, so it is worth considering if you want to make your home as peaceful a space as possible. Creativity is a big part of peacefulness, so this might even prove to be essential on your quest for a happier home. Don’t worry about the costs of resources; as long as you use printable coupons from Coupon Sherpa or a similar site, you will find that you can get your hands on the right supplies pretty easily and cheaply. If you particularly enjoy arts and crafts, you might even find that it makes a huge difference to your home life in no time at all.


Create A Flexible Routine

Something that is bound to cause dismay in any family is if anyone is too strict about what the family needs to do together or when they need to do it. It is a good idea to have some kind of routine for all the family, but you should make it a flexible one. This means that there is still space for it to change or for anyone to add something to it if they wish. Allowing everyone this kind of freedom, while still having plenty of opportunities to draw people together, is a great way of ensuring that your family members feel free enough to be happy and, ultimately, at peace in the home. This is worth remembering if you ever find your children complaining about the schedule you have set. Nobody likes it to be too strict, least of all children, so be sure not to let that happen in your home and everything should be fine.

One-On-One Time Is Just As Important

As well as all that time spent s a family, be sure to allow a lot of time for each member to spend one on one with each other mber. This is hugely important, as it strengthens the bonds between everyone, which in turn improves the home life tenfold. It is particularly important between you and your children, so make sure that there is plenty of time and opportunity for that to happen. As long as that is the case, you will find the home relationships strengthen, and this will automatically lead to a more comfortable, peaceful and loving home.

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