SOME OF THE BEST HOUSEHOLD TIPS…

To remove a scratch from a table, crack open a walnut and rub it along the scratch . Walnuts contain a natural resin which will conceil the scratch.

To get rid of ink stains from furniture soak a piece of cotton wool in water and cover the stain with it. That will then draw the mark out and into the cotton wool.

When defrosting a freezer, keep frozen food cold by wrappong it in several layers of newspaper.

Clean your microwave by placing half a lemon in water and setting it to boil.

To unblock a blocked sink tip a handful of bicarnonate of soda followed by a cup of vinegar straight down the plug. After a couple of hours, pour down a kettle of boiling water.

Spray nice smelling furniture polish behind the radiator to leave the room smelling clean and polished.

To clean your computer keys use a cotton bud and the same to clean the ball of a computer mouse.

Add a shot of vodka or lemonade to the water in your vases as this will keep your flowers fresh for longer.

WHY DO WE EAT PANCAKES ON SHROVE TUESDAY/ PANCAKE DAY?…

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We all love pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) but do you know why you eat them on this particular day?

The website Historic UKexplains. Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell” and is still rung today.

Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9. In 2019 Shrove Tuesday will fall on March 5th.

Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on…

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11 HYGGE INSPIRED ITEMS FOR YOUR HOME…

IMAGES OF A HYGGE LIFESTYLE...

Wool Throw in Orchard Fruits, £91, The Great British Ottoman Company

50/50 Cushion – Heather by Cozy Living, £44.99, [hoo-gah] Scandinavian Homewares

Faux Fur Bean Bag – Grey£69.99, BeanBagBazaar

Amy Cooper Illustrated Porcelain Lamps, visit Amy Cooper Ceramics via Etsy for pricing and full range

Alison Cork Faux Mohair Throw with 4″ Fringe, £31, QVC

Pleated blinds by Style Studio, prices start at £81

Luster Hurricane Lamp – Moss by Cozy Living, £55.99, [hoo-gah] Scandinavian Homewares

Clockhouse Log Table, £120, Grace & Glory

OneLeg Wood Posture Stool, £185, designed2enable

Hive® blind by Style Studio, prices start at £108.

Source: House Beautiful

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