How to Make Your Home Feel Like Your Favorite Coffee Shop

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When I have a project I really need to focus on, I head to a coffee shop—or used to, anyway. There was something about the sights, sounds and scent of these quaint places that helped me to be more productive. Yes, the caffeine helped (my go-to: an Americano with a splash of cream and cinnamon), but it’s not only the boost of espresso-fueled energy that helped me to get more work done in coffee shops. Science shows that novelty situations stimulate the brain: A change in atmosphere can signal an increase in productivity, creativity or inspiration.

While it’s not feasible for most of us to pack up our laptops and head to our favorite coffee shop to get work done right now, you can recreate some of the charm—and brain benefits—of them by incorporating these elements into your home office (or kitchen, or wherever you’re set up right now). As

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‘Instead of the holiday buffet, it’s egg and toast at home’

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My Money is a series looking at how people spend their money – and the sometimes tough decisions they have to make. Here Priya Aiyer from Canterbury in Kent takes us through a week in her life during the coronavirus pandemic.

Priya is 29 and works full-time as an architect for a global construction company. When she’s not designing buildings, her interests include drawing cartoon illustrations and enjoying a good exercise session to train towards becoming a fitness instructor. She is also active in campaigning for racial equality and diversity.

She lives with her fiancé Ben and his mother. She and Ben would have been on holiday in Madeira this week, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Over to Priya…

I would have preferred to spend this week on holiday with Ben. Alas, Madeira was cancelled so have decided to have the week off anyway to refresh. We

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Shopping for refurbished kitchen appliances and home improvement tools is the smartest way to get more for your money

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There are two ways to save money on big purchases like kitchen appliances and home improvement tools: you can wait and wait for the best sales, and then fight your way through the crowds to shop them; or you can buy certified refurbished merchandise for significant discounts. The best part? These refurbished products look, feel and function like they’re brand new.

In the same way that you can return clothes that doesn’t fit quite right when you get it home, you can return appliances and tools too. Those barely-used items go back to the store or manufacturer, but because they have been used or got a ding or two in the delivery and return process, can’t be sold as “new” anymore. What happens then? They get refurbished and resold.

“People could go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and look at a basic range for anything from $600 to $1000, or

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Can 5G help make it easier to work from home?

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FOSTER CITY, Calif. — Now that so many of us have become accustomed to working from home, one question that might come up is, does 5G really matter anymore? After all, most people are probably connecting to the internet, and all of their work colleagues, with their in-home Wi-Fi via a broadband connection like a cable modem. So, why would they need a different type of fast wireless connection?

Well, it turns out there are quite a few reasons, though some won’t matter much until we start to venture out a bit more.

First, as I wrote about a few weeks back (see “Can 5G become your new broadband connection?”), 5G is starting to become a more viable alternative to cable as a high-speed internet connection source. Thanks to a technology called Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), which is at the heart of Verizon’s 5G Home service, you can get a

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13 best dried flower bouquets and wreaths that add long-lasting style to your home

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If replenishing your lovely display of fresh flowers is proving tricky or hard to justify during the lockdown, it might be time to consider trying dried flowers.

Dried flowers are trending in interiors – handmade marketplace Etsy UK has reported a 93 per cent increase in searches for dried flowers in the last six months – meaning there is a bigger online range to choose from than ever before.

There are many reasons to consider investing in a bunch of dried blooms. They are environmentally friendly, thanks to their low carbon footprint, long shelf life and biodegradability, and low maintenance – keep them away from direct sunlight and don’t put them in water – that’s it!

They should last for at least a year with care, which is good news for your bank balance. If they get dusty, clean them using a hairdryer on a low, cool setting.

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Unemployed because of coronavirus? How to make money from home right away

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If you know your way around a sewing machine, can quick-fix a washer/dryer, fridge, boat or car, have an eye for antiques or possess some other random – even quirky – expertise, you could make tens of thousands of dollars working from home within the next month or two. True story. 

Unemployment rates are at the highest peak in decades, and 1 of 6 people in America are out of work. Families are trying to figure out how to survive the pandemic and look for a new job. Here’s something very few of the newly unemployed realize: There’s work out there. A lot of it. And it might be just a few clicks away. 

Shopping reinvented: America’s stores, malls reopen with masks, curbside pickup and closed fitting rooms

Wearables as first line of defense? Tests expand on whether Fitbit, Apple Watch could predict coronavirus

In-demand experts earn as much as

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30 Easy Home Improvement Projects You Should Tackle This Summer

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Summer can be the perfect time to refresh your home, both on the inside and out. And that’s especially true now — whether you plan to cash in on your vacation days for a staycation, or you’ll be working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can use that extra time for these easy home improvement projects.

Last updated: June 11, 2020

Give Your Doors a Fresh Coat of Paint

Painting your front door can give the exterior of your home a whole new look. Or, you can paint an interior door a contrasting color to give the room some more visual interest.

Expect to spend between $100 and $300 to paint an exterior door and between $50 and $200 to paint an interior door, according to HomeAdvisor.

Seal or Waterproof Your Deck

Get your deck in tip-top shape by sealing or waterproofing it. This DIY project costs an

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12 Things Every Home Buyer Should Do

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Buying a home may be one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. The more you know about the home buying process, the more money, time and hassle you’ll save. And given the global health pandemic, there are certain precautions you’ll need to take to help protect yourself when the time comes to view prospective properties in person.

We’ve outlined 12 things you should prepare for now if you plan to purchase a new house in the months ahead. Take a look.

If you’re curious to know how much you can afford to buy, you can get prequalified for a mortgage by a lender. However, a prequalification is just an estimate of what a lender thinks you can afford, based on basic financial information you provide.

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Insurance for Car, Home, Contents, Life, Pet from Real Insurance

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The Insurer for general insurance products (unless otherwise specified) is The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (ABN 78 090 584 473) and for all life insurance products is Hannover Life Re of Australasia Ltd (ABN 37 062 395 484). Any advice provided is general only and may not be right for you. You should carefully read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) to ensure the product is right for you. A copy of each PDS

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Insurance Quotes for Home, Car, Life, Business & Travel

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*A multi-policy discount (MPD) rewards you with a discount off your premium for holding three or more eligible paid general insurance policies with GIO. There must be a common mailing address and the person(s) seeking the discount must be nominated as an insured with the same name on each eligible policy. If you take out a new policy and then qualify for the multi-policy discount, you are eligible to receive the discount on that new policy immediately and on your other existing eligible policies from their next renewal date, provided you still qualify. If you become eligible around the time of policy renewal and the discount is not shown on your certificate of insurance, please contact us as the MPD may not have been applied to the renewing policies. See below for eligible policies. Discount not applicable to Roadside Assist or Domestic Workers Compensation optional cover(s). See terms and conditions

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