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Why Private Schools Are Often Better

When we were looking for a good school for our children, it was anything but an easy endeavor. What irked us in particular was that many of the public schools we looked at had rather old sports facilities that were more often than not poorly maintained as well.

For our family, a school that can offer the children good opportunities for sports is very important. We are a family where sports always played a big role. Some great athletes are among our ancestors. So you could say that sports is really something that’s in our blood. We are happy that our children are enthusiastic about sports, this is something we actively support.

At some point during our search for a school we started to investigate several private schools here in our area.

Low and behold, we immediately saw that private schools had better sporting facilities, in some cases not even comparable to those of public schools. Several private schools had Olympic sized pools, well-maintained soccer fields or basketball halls. Two of the private schools even had their own golf courses!

But the difference when it comes to sports wasn’t always obvious just by looking at a school’s facilities. What we found is that a lot of private schools are actively supporting activities such as skiing by offering interested students excursions, in some cases to France or Italy to some of the best skiing resorts. When we mentioned this to some teachers in public schools, most of them looked at us like we are out of our minds. “We don’t have to money for things like that”, we were told.

Now, think about it. If a school cannot afford the best for your children, and yes this includes sports and other extracurricular activities, it means basically having to accept compromises.  We, on the other hand, don’t want compromises when it comes to our children’s education. This is why we think that private schools are much better. We want our children to grow up in the best way possible.

At private schools Hertfordshire you can learn more about the advantages of a good, private school.


A Tip for Your Hydroponic Garden

If you are into gardening, and here hydroponics in particular, you may know about the problem of algae.

As soon as it gets warmer outside, your hydroponic tank with your water and nutrients may soon turn into an algae infested mess. This can clog up air pumps of your hydroponic system. Worse, if the algae problem gets out of hand it may become a real problem for your plants! The algae will take up and deplete oxygen in your nutrient solution, basically starving and choking your plants!

What can you do about this?

One of the easiest things that you can do to prevent algae buildup in your hydroponic system is to add H2O2  (peroxide) to your water. You can simply get the common 3% H202  Peroxide solution that is sold in places such as drugstores or beauty saloons.

Mix 3 mL of 3% H2O2 per 1 L of your water. If you do this, your hydroponic system and your plants will be protected from harmful algae and other microorganisms. In addition to that, the H2O2 also dechlorinates your tap water!

Just know the you should not use H202 when you grow organically or depend in any way on beneficial microorganisms for your grow.

It’s Possible: How You Can Enjoy Traveling Without Spending Too Much

Our CampervanTravel is and has always been one of my favourite things to do.

I don’t know about you, but I could spend most of my time discovering new things all around the world.

I especially like spending some weeks in the Mediterranean, whether it be Spain or Italy, both are equally great holiday destinations.

Aside of those holiday travels where I usually spend several weeks abroad, there are also those numerous smaller holidays where we might spend just a weekend, say if we go to festivals or plan to see a museum or the zoo at some place.

Now, unless you are rather wealthy, constant travel may not be a problem for you. You may book in whatever luxurious hotel and won’t have to worry about your spending. But for the majority of us who like travel but need to watch their spending, frequent holidays sure can add up quickly.

But here’s a solution that cannot only help to make your holiday travels much cheaper, it can also help with making your travel time a lot more exciting: It’s camping! (You might want to check out this list of great campsites in the United Kingdom!)

What we did is that we started with camping two years ago and I can definitely say that camping made our holidays a lot more exciting. We can see a lot more things while we travel, meet more people and so forth. Overall camping is just much better if you really want to get close and personal with the people at your favourite holiday destination.

In addition to what we save on costly hotels, camping gives us also a lot more freedom to go to places that we otherwise wouldn’t even see. In any other case you will always be dependent on your hotel’s location which is not always optimal. With a campervan you can go to the best most interesting places!

If you have never camped before and want to give it a try you should first rent a campervan. You would be surprised how luxurious those are today.

With a VW campervan hire you wil have everything you can even wish for like a small kitchen, a nice bed and many other cool things. If you then decide that you really love camping you can ultimately buy your very own campervan and got exciting travels anytime you want  without worrying about the expenses for booking rooms having to dine in overpriced restaurants.

Getting Fit in London

fitness studio in London

If you are looking to get fit in London there is no question about it that you will have plenty of options. Fitness studios can be found anywhere in the British capital.

What’s more, when compared to several years ago, the average cost for a gym membership has also significantly gone down.

Some years ago, most gyms in London required that you sign up with them for some time, like six months or a year without the possibility to cancel your membership whenever you wanted.

Today, a lot of gyms in London are going the low budget route. They charge very little money, sometimes only 5 pounds per month and most of them will allow you to cancel any time which means there’s no obligation for you at all.

But with the lower priced gyms taking over the United Kingdom recently come several disadvantages as well.

In past times it was quite normal that you got a lot of extras with a gym membership, such as the ability to use a gyms swimming pool or saunas and being able to watch TV while you did your routines with nothing out of the ordinary. With today’s super-cheap gym memberships, most of those luxuries are gone. Some gyms are now even going so far as to provide only the basic exercise equipment. In other words: you’ll get what you pay for.

Fortunately, not all of those people who want to do something for their health are just  looking at membership costs when they want to join a gym. Some realise that the quality and selection of exercise equipment  and most importantly getting competent and support when needed are equally important.

If you are looking for a quality gym in London where you don’t have to sacrifice something it can therefore be recommended that you take your time before you sign up. A good gym should allow you to give it a free test run for an hour or two. You should also check whether a gym that you are considering offers additional things such as training courses or personal trainers. You may not require those things right away, but rest assured there may come a time where you would be happy that a gym can offer you these things. Fitness classes with a qualified trainer are always better than a simple membership!

For Yoga in Hackney I recommend London Fields fitness in East London!

“Crazy” Stress Relief Tips For 2015

stress-reliefCheck this out! I found some very cool “crazy” stress relief tips that are just perfect to start out the new year!

Now is the time where most people get back to business from the long Christmas holidays.

Let’s be honest, for many of us Christmastime also meant a lot of stress.

If you’re already feeling overwhelmed with work that might have piled up over the holidays, check out those tips and learn things such as what they call “virtual venting” or how you can freeze your frustration.

The author of those stress relief tips is a professional and  she certainly knows what she’s doing!