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I"m Nige and I've been blogging for two years. I blog about parenting and DIY. I'm currently a Top 10 Daddy Blogger in the UK. I write about the ups and downs of having five children and my blog is there for them so that one day they can look back and read all about their adventures if they wish.
Do you have plenty of money set aside for an emergency? Are you happy with your financial situation? Regardless of where they are financially, the vast majority of people would agree that they’re always happy to put aside a bit of extra money. Of course, there are times when we need extra cash on right away. You might be ready to go on vacation, or you may have just experienced a financial emergency. Regardless of the situation, you need cash, fast.
Are you the (not so proud) owner of a junk car? If so, we’ve got some great news for you: it’s possible to turn that junk car into cash much quicker than you’d probably guess.
There are a few different approaches you can take to sell your junk car, and we’ll discuss each of them in turn. Keep reading to learn more about the 4 ways to turn your junk car into cash.
1) Online Classified Sites
Are you computer savvy? If so, you might want to try selling your junk car using an online classified website. There are other ways to sell a junk car, of course, but an online classified site is the most common by far.
If you have a vehicle that doesn’t even necessarily qualify for junk car status — something that’s in great condition — then using a classified site is a great option. However, if you have a vehicle that’s unquestionably a clunker, trying to sell it online may not be your best choice. It can be hard to find a buyer, and you could end up wasting a lot of time and energy.
Have you ever traded in your vehicle at a car dealership? If so, you’re probably already aware that the prices aren’t great. And, when it comes to selling a junk car, they’re even worse. In general, we don’t recommend trying to sell your junk car to a dealership.
3) Local Scrap Yards
If selling your junk car to a dealership or via an online classified site isn’t the best option, working with a scrap yard in your area can be a good choice. In fact, it can be a lot faster than trying to use an online classified website, and it’s often more lucrative than working with a dealership.
Things aren’t perfect when it comes to the junkyard world, though. You have to find a scrap yard that isn’t going to cheat you, and that’s not easy. Sadly, many junkyards are out to scam you. They’ll charge you all kinds of fees, and you could ultimately receive very little cash for your vehicle.
4) National Junk Car Buyers
If you need quick cash for your junk car, there’s no question about it: the best way to sell your junk car fast is with a national buyer such as Junk A Car. We offer major cash for junk cars all around the United States. Visit our website for more info: JunkACar.com.
When I was growing up drug culture, although it was there, certainly wasn’t prominent in society. As I entered my mid-teens, it was growing in popularity. Smoking weed, smack and some chemical drugs were becoming more readily available. Through the pop- culture of the time, many celebrities were in my opinion endorsing drugs as a socially acceptable hobby. There is no doubt that many of these pop stars, that many young people looked up to, were saying it’s ok to do drugs, so when I see them now saying drugs are bad, I look at them in dismay, because of their influence over the youth of the day from years ago. It started a cycle of drug use, that has without a doubt in my opinion passed down the generations.
It’s fascinates me how over a period of time anything can be socially acceptable. If tobacco or alcohol was invented today and we knew of the dangers of those substances they would be instantly banned. There is no doubt about that.
I personally never really dabbled with drugs I have smoked weed twice in my life. The first time I felt nothing and then the second time it was awful, and I had to sleep until the effects disappeared. I never did it again, or any other drugs.
So let’s fast forward to the present day. There is every sort of drug easily available, and incredibly it’s quite cheap. Cocaine is now a totally acceptable drug to the youth of today. It’s considered by many as a part of their Friday or Saturday night out. Of course what many youngsters don’t realise is that you will become addicted and life will become a downward spiral after that.
I live next door to a pub car park and I have on a few occasions watched young people openly doing drugs, and there is even a local drug dealer not far from where I live. I might add we live in a good area, but that proves that drugs have no boundaries when it comes to society.
My son went to a music festival last summer and was being offered drugs by children as young as 12, obviously selling the drugs for their drug dealing parents. I guess some people have absolutely no morals.
I have been very lucky with my older children that none of them have got themselves involved with the drug culture. I’m sure they have all tried it, but thankfully that’s as far as it has gone. I believe it was a combination of me talking to them about the dangers of drugs and that it’s not a good road to travel, but also luck because you just never know. All the education in the world won’t stop teenagers using drugs if that’s what they want to do
Has society accepted drugs, or is society just ignoring the devastating effects drugs can have? It destroys lives, but also to the family of the drug taker, that has to deal with the fall-out.
Drugs kill and ruins lives. We will never have a drug free society, I doubt it very much. I would love to know what you think.
If you have finally given in to your friends and are soon to embark on your very first fly fishing expedition, it is essential you have all the necessary equipment with you, and while it might not hurt to borrow a few things here and there, some fishermen are very fussy about their gear, and don’t like sharing, so in order to avoid this, here is a checklist of everything you will need.
Rod & Reel – Let’s begin with the obvious, your rod and reel. If you haven’t yet purchased these two items, there are online suppliers of high qualitySydney fly fishing equipment, and they can advise you on every aspect of this fascinating sport. Once you have these two essential items, the rest is easy.
Fishing Tackle & Box – This term refers to all the equipment you will need to catch fish, and would include fishing line, hooks and flies, spare line, grips, and even a landing net used to scoop the fish out of the water at the end of the battle. The modern fisherman prefers a sturdy box in which to carry all his equipment, as it also doubles as a seat, which comes in very handy at times. If you are new to fly fishing, make sure you have a lot of flies and spare line, as you might end up losing a few due to bad casting.
The Right Clothing – This very much depends on the weather, and a light waterproof cape is an essential add on, and it doesn’t take much room, and you will be very glad you packed it one day. Footwear is important, as you need good ankle support and also good grip, so it is suggested you wear a pair of walking boots. You can never have enough pockets when fly fishing, so bear that in mind if you are buying for the occasion. You can refer to informative guides to wearing suitable clothing for a fishing trip, which will help you to make the right choices.
Accessories – If you want to leave the outside work for a while, you can leave your smartphone at home, but then you won’t be able to photograph the monster catch, so perhaps a waterproof bag for the phone, just in case. Sunglasses are a must, and polaroid lenses will help you to locate the fish that are swimming just below the surface. A flashlight is also a good idea, as the fishing might be so good, it runs into the evening, and take some refreshments, as there will be no stores where you are going.
The Right Attitude – Fly fishing is notoriously difficult, and while your buddies are happily casting away, you might not have the fluidity, and this can be a bit frustrating. You can practice casting at home, and the more you do, the better things will turn out on the fishing trip.
Your very first fly fishing expedition is likely to be a combination of joy and frustration, and if you are lucky, you’ll be taking some fish home to enjoy. With all of the above taken care of, you should have a really enjoyable few hours, which will be the start of a new and exciting hobby that takes skill and patience to fully master.
Last week we had parents evening, and as always I find it a little bit uncomfortable sitting down in front of a teacher, or in our case, two teachers (more about that later in the post). In a strange way it’s a bit like being back in school yourself. Sitting in front of a teacher reminds me of the days when I was in school. Not speaking until you’re spoken to etc. I suppose we never lose the respect that we had for our teachers. Very strange feeling.
The most important thing to come out of parents evening was that the girls are polite, courteous and apparently are a pleasure to have in the class. Omg! Are you really talking about my daughters? If only they behaved like that at home, haha! It never ceases to amaze me how different their behaviour is in school to what it’s like at home. School definitely installs a discipline and routine that never seems to exist at home. I will need to work on that!
As far as their educational progress is concerned, they are doing really well. The teachers are pleased at the level they are at, and they are exactly where they expect them to be at this stage of their education, which of course is always pleasing to hear.
Overall this particular parents evening was a huge success and it was fantastic to hear such lovely things said about the girls.
We have now started half-term and keeping them occupied for a whole week can certainly be a challenge to say the least.
I thought I would start with the longest game of hide and seek possible. I was going to tell the girls to hide somewhere in the house on Monday morning, and then I would just leave the house, rush to the airport and jump on a plane to Tenerife for five days! That’s ok isn’t it? I’m sure the girls will be fine! They are after all nearly six years old! One thing is for certain, they won’t find me in a hurry! By the way I am joking just in case anybody thinks I’m serious!
Of course there many things you can do to entertain the kids during half term, including day trips to a local farm park, or up to the local park for a couple of hours of fun on the swings and slides.
If the weather is bad, which of course, is the usual case in the UK, you can always have a craft session. The girls love making and creating, or simply just painting a picture.
There is so much you can occupy your children with today, and of course it needn’t cost a fortune. I remember when I was growing up, half term and school holidays quickly became boring, mainly because the only place to go was the local park. Times have changed thank goodness.
How do you occupy your kids during the school holidays? I would love to hear.
Did parents evening live up to your expectations? Or did you leave disappointed?
Nobody wants to spend hours tidying up every day, but practically everybody prefers a clutter-free living space. The answer is organised storage, so you can find stuff easily without tripping over things or endless searching when items go walk-about.
Storage Furniture in Living Areas
Storage furniture is a godsend for households with gadgets galore and an advancing army of toys and games. Coffee tables, end tables, vintage chests or trunks, sideboards or cabinets all make it possible to do very quick tidy-ups.
If children like to play in the kitchen while you’re doing the cooking, why not give them a special toy drawer or cabinet where they can keep small items. Colouring books, crayons or craft items come to mind, but can include anything your kids generally end up playing with in the kitchen.
Do the same in the bathroom for bath time toys to help keep the side of the bath uncluttered.
Taking a Seasonal Approach
We tend to use certain things during summer and others during winter, so why not pack away seasonal things we’re not using.
• As seasons change, sort out closets and pack up things you won’t wear again for a few months.
• Clear space in the garage or shed by removing tools or equipment you’re not using.
• Clear the garden of swings or climbing frames, paddling pools or other outdoor toys.
To get the most out of rotational storage you need somewhere to keep them safe, and storage units are a good solution. It’s also the answer to furniture you want but really have no space for, like guest beds or inherited items. You don’t have to give permanent house room to things you’re not actually using.
Maximising Floor Space
If you can keep the floor reasonably clear, you’re half way towards having a home that appears tidier and more spacious. Apart from furnishing tricks like choosing items on legs so you can see space beneath them and have fewer dark shadows, a quick and easy solution is to make more use of shelving:
• Replace bookcases or DVD racks.
• Display collections.
• Store kitchen utensils or pans to create more drawer space.
• Put awkward areas like alcoves or under-stair cubby holes to better use.
• Create design features with staggered shelf arrangements or bespoke lighting effects.
As well as shelves all over the house, other solutions to give more floor space include raised beds in kids’ rooms, where there is a desk or closet beneath the bed. Encourage kids to keep stuff off their floors by putting in shelves at a kid-friendly height so they can reach. With shelving being non-permanent, it’s relatively easy to raise them a bit as kids grow taller.
If you’ve got the space for it, consider creating activity zones. They can help grownups keep things together as well as kids.
Instead of having everything happening everywhere in the house, make special areas for things like:
A reading nook or cosy corner somewhere away from TV and main traffic areas of the house. For children, beanbags are comfy alternatives to chairs and take up less space, and could be incorporated in their bedroom by installing a couple of bookcases into a corner.
Breakfast bars, kitchen tables or entire dining rooms should be reserved just for the purpose of eating. It’s okay to allow other activities (such as homework) when it’s convenient, as long as everything is tidied away so it’s always a clear area when it’s time for a snack or meal. Having a dining zone can help if yours is the kind of household where you’re always finding random plates and cups in unlikely places.
You can achieve a semi-private office or homework zone in a main living area just by cordoning off a small part of the room with a turned-out bookcase. If it’s a home office for adult-only use, installing higher shelves above a computer workstation can put office supplies out of the reach of small children (no more wandering pens or notebooks full of toddler artwork).
Getting organised can involve changing habits, so take it a bit at a time. Successfully controlling clutter in one area of the house will encourage you to do it again in another area.
When it comes to teaching your family to stay as healthy as possible, it can be difficult to get the point across. Introducing the topic to little ones can be hard to keep them to sit still for, and even with older children, being in the prime of life can numb them to reality ensuing. However, when it comes to you at the head of your family staying healthy, there’s a lot that can be done.
When you’re a parent, you’ll do anything for your kids. And often enough that can mean staying as healthy as possible for their sake. So if you’re worried about what the future might hold, here’s some tips for keeping yourself in the prime of life.
Eating breakfast is so underrated and yet it is one of the biggest power moves you can make throughout the day! You get your kids to gobble up some nutritious cereal in the morning before school or going out to play, so make sure you’re sitting down with them to eat. Not only does it mean you’re going to be creating a familial atmosphere you can have fun with, but you’ll also be setting a good example.
Go for a Walk
Walking is extremely beneficial exercise, as you can go for as long as you want and as far as you want. It doesn’t have to mean sweating buckets from running for about 30 minutes, and you can easily bring the family along with you. Take trips throughout town, around the neighborhood, down to the park, or even just through a field. Discover plant and animal life around you as you bask in the rare sun we receive!
Try to take a walk either before or after you’ve eaten one of your three square meals of the day, as a trip around the streets before lunch makes the food much more ready to settle after you’ve eaten. Even having some pre breakfast exercise makes you more hungry and ready to face the morning!
Address Any Issues Immediately
When you notice something about your body that’s out of the usual, or you’re feeling different in yourself, make sure you go to the doctors as soon as you can about it. It can be scary, and extremely daunting to even try to talk about it, but when you’re doing it for your family anything is possible.
If you want to see someone who specialises in men’s health, head to International Andrology London, who have a long history with caring for men’s issues in all the right ways. Remember there’s always help out there when you need it.
Staying healthy does take time and effort, but it’s all worth it. When you’re feeling better in yourself, and your kids are around you to see it, the whole family is going to be a lot happier. Try to have fun with what you do to get your young ones involved with your efforts at the same time!
Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a father of five children, two of them have left their teenage years oh yes! Thank god for that, one is still a teenager, please oh ! Please let the next two years go quickly, haha! And of course I have five year old twin girls, another eight years before we hit those magical but difficult and moody years. I just can’t wait, I’m so excited at the thought of two children becoming teenagers at the same time. Not.
I have often read posts where people write about advice they would give to their younger selves, and quite honestly I love them, I always find them fascinating but also very honest. When I was growing up there always seemed to be a older relative quick to advise how I should live my life to do things this way or that way, and no doubt it was done with the best intentions. Did I listen OMG! Not a chance I was a teenager I knew best how could they possibly know what it’s like to be a teenager. Of course they do, and if I took their advice invariably it was the wrong thing to do, because I needed make my own decisions, which of course so often they were wrong, but that taught me a valuable life lesson to take though life with me.
When I became a parent I decided very early on that I would listen to my children, but never advice them on a any decision, I would talk about it with them, but let them make the decision about pro and cons of the final decision.
When my eldest two daughters were teenagers they used to talk to me about situations or problems they may have and although you have this overwhelming feeling to protect them at all costs, I found myself taking a step backwards, and encouraging my daughters to make their own decisions about any situations they may find themselves in. Although this appears extreme, I have found that by talking to them (not advising) they can make their own decision sometimes they will get it right and sometimes very wrong. Either way it will be their decision, and hopefully teach them a very valuable life lesson.
Advising teenagers in my humble experience can be a very dangerous game, you may know it’s the right thing to do, but part of a teenagers make-up is to reject any advice given to them by anybody that is above 20 years old. A fact believe me.
My eldest two daughters have turned ok in my opinion they still make what I consider suspect decisions, but more importantly they always ask me to talk though situations that are going on in their lives. I believe that comes from not telling them what to do when they were teenagers, but listening and talking to them as teenagers and allowing them to work out the decision right or wrong, but also live with that decision.
Doing the school run on Friday took on a whole meaning. I think I was a little bit early to start, and found myself on the playground by myself and my only company was two school chairs.
So what do you do when there is a chair or two on the school playground and you have a 20 minute wait till your children finish school? Sit down of course and have a rest, which is exactly as I did.
What I found interesting was the strange looks I received from other parents as they arrived to collect their children. It was as if I was breaking some unwritten rule of the school playground you must stand at all times and have a pointless conservation with whoever is standing next you.
“Oh it’s cold today ”
“Yes it’s freezing”
“Cold enough for snow”
“Wouldn’t it be great if it snowed for the kids”
“No I couldn’t think of anything worse ”
“Did parents evening go ok”
“Yes and yours ”
Blah, blah, blah
The school playground conversation is the one sort of conversation that makes you brain dead in under a minute, but hey ho! You gotta be polite.
Thank goodness tomorrow it’s half-term and I don’t have to listen to all about the earthquake that hit South Wales yesterday. I was at least 70 miles from the epicentre of this massive earthquake that measured 4.8 on the Richter scale. The stories on the playground would be outrageous, and the conversation could be something that Ridley Scott could make a disaster movie out of. Just for the record I didn’t feel anything, but people nearby said their house was swaying! Really? Get a grip! Drama in South Wales, well you would have thought so if you had looked at Twitter.
So my sunday photo this week is me bucking the trend and trying to be a bit different on the school playground sitting it out until my twin girls finish school.
Are you a leader in your sector? Does your blog generate traffic on a daily basis?
There are lots of men and women who can answer yes to both questions. Unfortunately, it doesn’t guarantee success from a monetary point of view. Although it won’t appear that way, some of your favourite blogs will struggle to make ends meet. Yep, that is shocking because they have a dedicated following and appeal to advertisers. Can’t they just agree on a deal and start raking in cash?
Some can, and they do, but the majority of bloggers aren’t as lucky. For one thing, the market is saturated and advertisers are pulling out. For another, big corporations are entering into the industry and developing their own blogs and platforms. Bloggers reading this with a stellar reputation won’t like where this post is going, but stick with it because the outlook improves.
Just because sponsors aren’t willing to back you financially doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road. In the blogging world, a solid reputation and thousands of followers go a long way. Here are the original methods to keep in mind.
Become A Freelance Blogger
Oh, the idea of writing posts for a living sounds pretty sweet. I mean, you get to be the boss and decide the hours while working in your PJs. It doesn’t get much better! Jokes aside, your peers are in a position where they need to churn out new, engaging content to maintain their base. To do this alone is almost impossible, which is why bloggers reach out individuals and agencies they can trust. This is where your reputation comes into play because an impressive CV will land you the job. Then, once you have a market leader providing good feedback, you can use it to promote your services around the internet. Some of the best freelancers charge up £20 an hour, which is quite a considerable sum and enough to make a decent weekly wage. Considering you can work full-time as a freelancer, it’s a major opportunity to bring in the dough.
Create And Sell A Course
There is a huge drive towards online courses at the minute, especially from reputable sources. Forget the fact that the information is readily available online for free; it’s not convenient. Although it sounds stupid, people prefer to pay because it invokes a sense of professional responsibility. Anyone can post a blog online with information that isn’t accurate. However, only experts can create and sell a course and get actual results. Of course, it isn’t true as there are many cowboys on the Web, but it doesn’t mean you’re one of them. With that in mind, think of a skill or a piece of info that your base wants to learn and develop a programme. In the beginning, it may be pretty basic yet it will get better with time. And, as long as the customers are happy, they will spread the word around their digital community.
Become A Coach
Along the same lines, coaches are also in demand in 2018. In fact, they are in vogue at the beginning of every year as people try to maintain their New Year’s resolutions. Some people are strong enough to follow through, whereas others feel as if they need professional guidance. As a blogger, you should understand the ins and outs of the industry better than most, which makes you qualified to offer advice. For example, health-based blogs can coach readers to resist temptation or to lose weight. Or, travel bloggers can teach people how to finally take the plunge and go travelling for the first time. If you are uncomfortable being a leader, just remember that the info doesn’t have to be specific. In lots of instances, coaches provide generic advice that boosts confidence and self-esteem. The key is to market your coach skills attractively. Remember that the data is available online for free, which is why you need to convince readers to pay.
Yes, pay-per-click isn’t a unique or original marketing method. Okay, the technique is used by bloggers around the world in an attempt to make money. However, lots of platforms see a negative return on investment over the course of their marketing campaign. And, you run the same risk too. The problem is paying too much for hosting and then not receiving a big enough amount to cover the spread. An average cost-per-click can be around £1 or £1.20, which is pretty high under the circumstances. A PPC agency can lower the cost to about £0.75 to £0.85 per click and help the blog make money. Market Domination Media uses the £0.85 fee as a basic example to show the extent of pay-per-click potential. For a budget of £100, the reduction in costs means the number of visitors jumps from around the 70 mark to almost 120. And, agencies aren’t the only way to lower fees and increase readership and traffic. Experts point out that combining PPC and SEO is a must-do in today’s world of marketing.
Use Private Label Rights
In essence, PLR is free content people can use on their blog. According to professionals, they have no legal definition which means they aren’t subject to trademarks or copyright laws. As a result, you can find reputable authors and use their content as a guide to creating fresh and engaging content. Take Kindle Publishing as an example. Many non-specialists use KP to publish new books and make money even though they aren’t authors, per-say. How? They do it by taking a PLR and modifying it offers an original service with added value. Whatever you do, don’t rehash a book, service or blog post and sell it off as your own. For one thing, customers aren’t stupid, plus you will have to compete with the original with less knowledge and skill. Also, Google is cracking down on duplicate content from an SEO standpoint. As a rule, try to use the concept to produce something that is less than 50% similar to the original.
The e-book industry is a multibillion-pound sector nowadays. Stats suggest millions of e-books are bought and consumed on a weekly basis, which is scary. It’s also a huge opportunity to make money. In the past, an ‘author’ would have to produce a physical copy of a book and find a publisher willing to assume the risk. Amazon Books has changed the game completely. Now, you can be the publisher and post everything from e-books to blog posts and short stories for a fee. What’s great is that Kindles are used around the world because Amazon is synonymous with quality. As a result, the customers that browse the online shop think the same about the sellers. Plus, Amazon owns 47% of the e-book market, which is 15% more than the nearest competitor, Apple. If you have a story to tell, Kindle Publishing is a no-brainer.
Don’t Underestimate Lead Nurturing
Picture the scene: you’ve used PPC, SEO and email marketing to generate new leads. Then, they will turn into conversions on their own, right? No, because creating a lead and turning it into money isn’t mutually exclusive. In fact, HubSpot reckons that 79% of marketing leads go nowhere. That is a huge percentage considering you spend lots of timing to convince people to part with their hard-earned cash. Usually, it boils down to a lack of focus as bloggers spend all their in the creation phase. When it comes time to sell, they are woefully unprepared to succeed. The key is to spend as much time creating as selling.
Do you have a solid base? How do you think you can use it to make money?
When I was growing up I was one of three children. My siblings were a lot older than me so arguing with them never seemed an issue. If anything I was spoiled by them, which I have to admit gives me fond memories.
When I had my own children it was quite a shocking revelation to see siblings argue. From my first marriage I have three children. The age gap of all three of them is just three and half years, which is very close. As they grew up I started to see more arguments happen between them and initially I would get involved to try and sort out the disagreements they were having. What I learnt very quickly was the more I got involved the more likely I would end up getting blamed for their disagreement. This always staggered me considering I was only trying to help, and somehow they always managed to lay the blame at my feet for an argument they had been having.
So I came to the conclusion to stand back and not get involved in their arguments, unless of course it got physical, then you without doubt must get involved and break it up.
Part of the deal of siblings is they won’t get along all the time, and they will have arguments and disputes. I have learnt to stand back and let them sort out their disputes between themselves. I have found that the minute you are involved, you see fault on both sides, but sometimes you see more fault on one side than the other. This can be result in you appearing to take sides. As a parent this can be fatal.
My five year old twin girls have developed what I consider a very bad habit. Coming to mummy and daddy and telling on each other constantly! I refuse to get involved, and instantly tell them to sort it between themselves, which I have learnt to do from the experience of my older children arguing with each other.
So should you intervene when your children are arguing?
I personally don’t think so. It’s a great life lesson to learn at as young an age as possible. Resolving disputes is something they can take into adulthood when dealing with other people.
For me it’s about learning how to compromise and not to be stubborn and unwilling to give and take a little bit. Sometimes in life you have to be the bigger person, and take a step back to resolve a dispute, and this can be learnt from disputes with your siblings, as long we as parents allow them to work it out.
Do you think we as parents should intervene when our children are arguing? I would love to hear your thoughts.