Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 by Gina Thompson
Some of our relish in putting a personal touch on our homes. Others… not so much. Rental homes can be more of a challenge because you need to move and redecorate more frequently. However, don’t despair! You don’t have to make do with bland rooms just because you’re renting. There are plenty of easy ways to spruce up your place without any serious renovations.
If you’re looking for some really special items that are a cut above the fare available at Kmart or Target, then you may want to consider Etsy. This online store has everything from artsy crafts and vintage treasures to handmade goods, you’re bound to find something to put a unique touch on any home. Best of all, it’s a great opportunity to buy directly from Australian craftspeople and support local business!
Whether you’ve just moved into a new place or you know someone who has and you’re looking for a great housewarming present, we’re here to help! We’ve rustled up the cream of the crop of Aussie shops selling homewares and home décor on Etsy. You may just find your next personal heirloom.
Friday, May 29th, 2020 by Gina Thompson
The modern smartphone is an incredibly useful tool and according to Deloitte, a whopping 89% of Aussies own a smartphone. With most of us using our phones every day, we’re certainly no strangers to mobile apps and the notifications that come with them.
At times, these notifications can be very useful – who among us hasn’t saved face at the last minute thanks to a handy birthday reminder for an acquaintance on Facebook? Other times, not so much. No one really needs a banner on the home screen of their phone to remind them to play more Candy Crush, or that so-and-so or such-and-such has posted on social media.
The hard truth is that most mobile apps on the market today are padding out their notifications with unnecessary information. It’s so prevalent that even satire news website, The Onion, is joking about it. These little pop-ups and badges just aren’t telling us anything important or useful; all they’re doing is trying to get your attention so you open the app again. That’s why it’s a good New Years’ resolution to nip these useless notifications in the bud so you can stay focused on the stuff that matters.
We’ve put together some handy advice on how to trim down your mobile notifications and keep the useful stuff and get rid of the junk!
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 by Gina Thompson
Is your home network secure? With the wealth of personal information stored on our computers and other connected devices, it’s important to find out! When it comes to checking the security of your home network, your modem or WiFi router should be your first point of focus. After all, it handles all the data going in and out of your broadband connection, so it’s vital that its settings are in ship-shape.
To help protect your network, we’ve put together a list of the settings you should check whenever you get a new modem or WiFi router up and running.