10 Tips For Choosing A Landscape Architect Who Will Design You The Garden Of Your Dreams

If you were to survey those who are expert gardeners, asking what their top tip for ensuring a successful landscaped garden is, the vast majority of the responses will be that you ensure you do all you can to make your choice of landscape architects the right one by following a proper selection process.

No matter how high the quality of the features and garden furniture, how awesome the plants look, and how often your garden is remarked upon positively by others who see it, it will only achieve its full potential as a landscaped garden, if its design has been created by highly skilled, professional landscape architects who can also help plan for the landscape construction.

So, the question we assume that is in many people’s minds as they read this is, “How do I choose the right landscape architect?”. The answer to that question is about to be revealed as we highlight the ten best tips we have for ensuring that your choice of landscape architects for your new garden is the best it can be and that they will, hopefully, create the garden of your dreams.


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7 Top Tips For Maintaining Your Carpets After They’ve Been Professionally Cleaned

One of the aspects of having their carpets cleaned for the first time by professional upholstery cleaning service that many householders may not have previously been aware of is that there is work they need to do, both before and after that carpet cleaning takes place. Before it, they may need to remove furniture from the room, vacuum the carpet, and even arrange for pets to be out of the house during the clean.

Arguably more important than what you need to do before professional carpet cleaning, is what you do afterwards. The reason for this is that those actions can help keep your carpets clean for longer and ensure they are properly maintained. There is a long list of possible actions you might take after professional carpet cleaning, but the seven actions that follow are the most important.

Ensure The Carpet Is 100% Dry

One of the worst mistakes you can make after professional carpet cleaning is to use the room and move furniture back into it, too soon. If the carpet has not fully dried, the issues created can include damage to the carpet, damage to the furniture, and colour transfer.


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10 Awesome Time Management Tips For Family Lawyers

We are sure that day to day your family lawyers business keeps you busy. Whether it be appointments with clients, representing your clients in the Family Court, creating the arguments you are going to make in court, or the basic daily tasks that your role demands, there are bound to be days where there does not seem to be enough hours to complete everything.

You are not alone, and it is fair to say that a large number of family lawyers need ways and means to manage their time more efficiently. The irony is that there are so many books, audio programs, and video courses on the subject of time management there is not a family lawyer on the planet who has enough time to study them all.

We are not going to pretend that we have a magic wand that can conjure up an extra 2 hours for you each working day. However, what we will share with you are ten simple and easily implementable tips that family lawyers, including yourself, can use to make the working day more organised and less wasteful of time.


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Top 10 Tips On How To Keep Your Rugs Clean

When most people think about carpet cleaning they tend to consider the main carpets that are laid on floors in commercial and domestic premises. However, they often forget that rugs can require every bit as much attention given that they too are subject to foot flow, spillages, and all the other ways in which carpets get dirty and need to be cleaned.

In fact, as many rugs are put in place in order to protect the carpet underneath them, it is not surprising that they often need to be cleaned a lot more often, and to a greater degree than carpets. With this in mind here are ten tips, we compiled with carpet cleaning experts www.brilliancecarpetcleaningperth.com.au, which will help you to ensure that your rugs are kept cleaner and last for longer.

Tip #1 Know What Material Your Rug Is Made From: Just as carpets are made from different materials, so are rugs. Each material will require different cleaning methods so ensure you are aware of them and clean each individual rug accordingly.


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The Benefits Of Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

Of all the financial arrangements that any individual or couple might enter into, a mortgage is the one that is going to be the largest and most significant commitment. Anyone who wishes to do some financial planning with financial advisors will always have their mortgage front and centre due to the fact that the amount owed will be the greatest, the time to pay it will be longest, and the consequences of defaulting on a mortgage are the most dramatic, given that homelessness is possible.

For most people, the assumption they make is that their mortgage is going to be an obligation that lasts for up to 30 years, and that will usually mean beyond the time when their children have grown up and left home. When you think about it, it means that for around half of a homeowners adult life they are burdened with making mortgage payments.

The simple fact is it need not be that way, at least with respect to the length of time over which you pay off your mortgage. With sensible financial planning, there are options available to you, and actions you can take which can dramatically reduce your mortgage period, and in some cases, it can bring your mortgage period below 10 years. Some of you might be asking, ‘Why would I want to reduce my mortgage period?’ and it is a very valid question. The answers to it are listed below.


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Healthy Aging with Natural Collagen

We all know the term ‘aging gracefully’. However, the social pressures on us to look younger for longer are high. There are lots of expensive cosmetics, surgical procedures and miracle cures out there claiming to smooth the skin, rub away those wrinkles or reverse aging but what goes into these cures isn’t always safe, can be full of toxins and even painful. So are there any natural solutions to healthy aging?

The first thing we need to understand is how we age. Collagen is a protein found in our connective tissues with approximately 75% in our skin and around 30% in our bodies such as cartilage and tendons. Although there are four types of collagen found in our bodies, it is Type I that is associated with aging as it is present in our skin, ligaments and bones. Type I collagen helps to provide the firmness and elasticity in our skin but as we get older collagen production declines causing joint pain, sagging skin and wrinkles! Lifestyle factors also play their part – smoking, too much sun exposure and diets high in sugar all contribute to lowering collagen levels.

Collagen is made up of 19 different amino acids with the most important amino acids lysine, proline, glycine and glutamine. To keep your skin supple and firm and your joints in good condition we need to increase the collagen in our diet. The good news is we can get these essential nutrients needed for collagen production from food and natural supplement sources.

Fresh foods

Chicken and meat are rich sources amino acids lysine and proline. Fish provides glycine and proline. Eggs also contain mostly Type 1 collagen. Wheat germ is a plant based source of proline. Orange coloured vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A which helps to restore and regenerate collagen. Berries such as raspberries and blueberries help to scavenge free radicals which cause aging skin whilst helping to increase collagen levels. Lycopene found in red veggies like tomatoes and beetroot also boosts collagen.


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What Sort Of Website Should Your Day Spa Have Created?

In the age of the internet every business, including your day spa needs to have a website. It also needs to be a website that helps increase the number of new clients you gain from your online marketing. The website design experts at www.slinkywebdesign.com.au advise that there are several key functions that a website must perform in order for it to be effective, so let us examine the ones they suggest.

Explain Your Products And Services Fully And Clearly

The quickest way to lose a prospect is to confuse them, and yet we see many websites that make what is being offered sound complicated. Presumably, your day spa offers a number of products and services, and so your website needs to have the details of them, especially the ones you want to promote the most.

Make the explanation as detailed as it needs to be to explain your offers, but do not assume that each prospective customer is going to know all the terminology that you use within the day spa industry, so keep the language simple and easy to understand.

Your Website Must be Easy To Navigate

Many of the people landing on your website will be doing so for the first time, so you want to ensure there is no risk of them becoming confused as that is the quickest way to have them click away.

As well as the layout of your website looking clean and uncluttered, the navigation of it should be simple too. Have a menu on each page so that the visitor can click to whichever section they want to and have a ‘Home’ button on every page.


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Why it’s cool to drink herbal tea!

We all know how cool it is to drink coffee – caramel mocha espresso with double shot anyone? But did you know it’s now hip to be a connoisseur of herbal tea?

Herbal tea is not the drab boring tastes-like-grass concoction it once was. Sure, if you want a good therapeutic dose of a specific herb that’s the way to go. Not so tasty but with amazing health benefits.

But nowdays there is a beautiful range of tasty AND good for you herbal teas. Traditional herbs are paired with fruits and berries to give a taste sensation. Get your therapeutic benefits of digestive support or relaxation and sleep whilst sipping a cup of hot delicious tea. Look out for certified organic and fair trade herbal teas. Most good brands will also have unbleached tea bags too.

Did you know that herbal tea isn’t actually ‘tea’? Tea is from a specific tea plant such as black or white tea. Herbal teas are an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark. Herbal teas are sometimes known as tisanes which means an infusion of herbs, spices or other plants in hot water.


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Could Your Gym Website Benefit From SEO?

Every gym needs to ensure that it has a steady stream of new members to replace those whose membership lapses and to expand. With the internet being a huge source of those potential members, the specialists at www.seoperthexperts.com.au advise that more and more gym owners are turning to SEO to help them gain that online traffic.

What that means is that gyms are hiring SEO agencies and experts to ensure that their website sits at the top spot in the search results when someone types in a relevant search. Achieving this is something that does not happen overnight, and it is true to say that taking a website from nowhere in the search results to one of the top positions takes time and effort.

The important thing to note here is that it can be done, and it can ensure that you never have to worry about where your next new gym member is coming from, ever again. Not only that, but you will be gaining these members, not your competition.

If you have wondered what exactly SEO is, the simple definition is it is the means by which a website is able to rank in the search engine results, and ideally within the top 3 positions, whenever someone types in a specific search. The most used search engine is Google, and it is Google that tends to set the rules and the parameters as to how the rankings are calculated.


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Do Men and Women Suffer Addiction Differently? 

After checking out drug rehab facilities, you may have started wondering whether men and women suffer addiction differently. You may have even noticed that there were more men than women, or women than men, in particular facilities. So, do they suffer addiction differently? Read on to find out.

What the Studies Showed (and Show)

For several years, bordering on decades, addiction research only tapped into how addictions affected men. They were the only study participants in most studies, which means the results of those studies may have been medically biased towards men.

However, by the time the 1990s rolled around, the testing requirements were changing. Many United States organisations even demanded that women be included as study participants. After all, they, too, could become addicts of various substances.

Since men and women both became included in studies, researchers discovered some quite interesting things. Firstly, they found that men were more likely to abuse alcohol and illicit drugs. In those studies, 11.5 percent of men over the age of 12 use drugs. Only 6.4% of females did.

In saying that, women were more likely to require emergency room care or overdose from their substance abuse.


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