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High drama beauty

Top make-up artist, Malin Coleman, shows you how to recreate this season’s ‘wow’ beauty trends on our online editor… ...

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How to sell your home online

Are you thinking about selling your home? Do commission-based estate agency fees concern you?  Then perhaps consider selling your house on-line - a modern, cost-effective way to sell. My Online Estate Agent was established to provide an on-line estate agency service to house sellers. In a similar way to how RightMove, Zoopla etc have changed the way in which people find properties, on-line estate agencies a ...

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How to lay a patio

Before you begin... Always dry lay your patio first, a simple job of laying out the paving as you want the finished patio to be. Check size, layout and more importantly, that you have enough paving slabs! STEP 1: Digging the foundation You need to allow 150mm for foundation mix and paving, and if you are laying directly next to a house then the finished patio should be at least 150mm below the damp proof co ...

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How to select materials the best materials to use around your fireplace

The main types of domestic fire are open fire, freestanding stove, cassette or inset fire and bioethanol burner. There are traditionally many materials which are used, cast iron firebacks from the Victorian Era, firebricks, marble, granite and many more. Some materials can withstand higher working temperatures than others and some types of fire generate more heat around the fireplace than others. Open Fire ...

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How to avoid rogue traders

With Britain in the midst of summer and the property market on a high, homeowners will be gearing up to tackle home improvements and DIY jobs. However, Kevin Byrne of national vetting service Checkatrade.com is urging homeowners to beware of rogue traders and cowboy builders, who will use any trick they can to make a quick buck! ...

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How to: choose the right school for your child

Schools today are laying much more emphasis on marketing and branding, often creating an image that’s not quite the full picture.  Savvy Mums are aware that they need to delve beneath the polished prospectus and carefully crafted open day in order to choose the right school for their child. After talking to Mums with school age children here are my ten top tips on how to avoid the marketing trap. 1. Open da ...

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How to… keep your children safe online

“As a mum of two, I know the safety of your child is the biggest concern for any family,” says Lucy Woodward, Interactive Live Services Director at Disney’s Club Penguin. “As parents, we prepare our children for the outside world, ensuring they cross the road safely when walking to school looking left and right, and it’s important we extend this to preparing them for the online world too. “At Disney’s Club ...

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