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How to brew coffee

How you prepare your coffee will have a significant influence on how it tastes. Following a few key principles will ensure that you get the most out of our fine coffees. When Purssells brew a coffee they are extracting the soluble components from the roasted coffee beans with water. In order to facilitate this they need to grind the coffee. How finely they need to grind the coffee will depend primarily on w ...

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How to create a show stopping Christmas feast

Create a chocolate Christmas feast your friends and family will adore! The nights are drawing in, the days are getting colder, and before you know it, Christmas will be here. We’ve got some wonderful tips for blending the traditional and the modern for an unforgettable Noël night. Ditch the heavy Christmas cake and the chewy Christmas pudding for a spectacular chocolate cake instead. This divine offering is ...

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How to deal with with cyberbullying

Internet Matters launches powerful ad campaign to help parents deal with cyberbullying at time of the year it is most prevalent. Not-for-profit organisation Internet Matters has launched a hard-hitting campaign to highlight the changing face of bullying in the digital age – and how parents’ advice should also shift with the times. It comes at a peak time of the year for the issue - with eight times as many ...

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How to heat your home efficiently this winter

Despite the Indian summer, there’s no denying that colder weather is on the way, so now is the time to ensure your heating system is ready for the big ‘switch-on’. While your boiler has continued to supply hot water throughout the summer months, it has been lying relatively dormant in comparison to the strain it is put under during the winter. This increased pressure also increases the risk of system breakd ...

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How to build healthy bones

We all know how important it is for children to grow strong, healthy bones, but how do we support this and feel confident they are getting all they need? What children eat is key to building strong bones. A diet with plenty of variety of fruits, vegetables, wholegrain starchy carbs, beans, pulses, nuts and seeds provide the backbone of nutrition. Quality meat, fish and dairy can also top this up. Dairy or d ...

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How to downsize in retirement

For many, the prospect of downsizing after children have flown the nest can be a daunting one. The desire to de-clutter, reduce belongings and move somewhere new later in life can cause undue stress, but it doesn’t have to. A recent survey, conducted by the International Longevity Centre (ILC), found that one in three homeowners were considering downsizing, yet many delay the process as they are unable to f ...

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How to find the right off-road pushchair for you

Having a baby doesn’t mean you have to completely change your lifestyle. Whether you want to run a marathon with your child in tow, or just want to go out walking the dog there are plenty of pushchairs that allow you to tackle anything. The main two types of off-road pushchairs are those that are designed as all-rounders, great for any type of terrain you can throw at them, or joggers that are for heavy dut ...

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How to buy your first car seat

Choosing a car seat can often be one of the more difficult decisions to make as a new parent. Some hospitals won’t let you take the child home without a suitable car seat, so it’s often a decision you have to make early, and with so much technical jargon and many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. So where do I begin? Safety is the most important aspect of choosing a car sea ...

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How to prepare your child for learning maths at school

The methods and approaches to teaching maths at school have changed over time, so the work your child does in Reception might look very different from your experience of maths as a child. To best support your child, it’s important to try and use the same methods that your child is learning at school. For more help with this, take a look at the parent-friendly ‘Maths in School’ videos and booklets on Oxford ...

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How to live well with diabetes

Managing diabetes can seem like a constant uphill battle, but there are ways and means that can make living with diabetes not only easier but rewarding too. Following this simple plan could lead you to start thriving with your diabetes! Dario™ is dragging diabetes management into the 21st century. Harnessing the massive potential of your smart phone and turning it into a Smart Blood Glucose Meter, and an al ...

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How to protect your home from care home fees

When it comes to care home fees and how they are funded, there is a lot of misinformation out there. The rules are relatively complex and changed last year with the implementation of the Care Act. A planned cap on care fees has been postponed and won’t now be considered until at least 2020. Knowing how you could be affected and the steps you could take to protect your home and savings, could make a big diff ...

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