I love wine – WINC wine club review.

The people over at I love wine have put together an in depth review of the WINC wine club. It is available to view here

https://ilovewine.com/winc-wine-club-review/

The WINC wine club is a subscription based wine delivery service that has had a huge impact on the wine subscription market.

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Christmas review and a happy new year!

I hope every one of you had a wonderful Christmas and spent as much time as you could with those that you love.

I had an amazing and relaxed Christmas this year, and received one of the best gifts ever. My older brother asked me to be the best man at his wedding. The question came with the tie that I will have to wear while carrying out my duties. This is now safely stored away in my wardrobe so as not to get damaged before the day.

Christmas day itself was a bit different to most years, this is because this is the first year that I have lived alone. My parents have recently moved into the house my grandfather left to them, so we had Christmas dinner there. I live in the house that I grew up in. This means that I had no decorations at my own house this year; something that I must remedy in 2019. The feeling of Christmas was a little bit missing because of this, right up until the big day at least.

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Having my older brother down for Christmas day was a nice change as well, he lives in the Midlands so I don’t see him that often.

On Boxing day my parents and I went to visit my younger sister in Chepstow, this is something that we all enjoyed; my mum in particular. We see her relatively often as it is only about a 45 minute drive from my house. The removal of the Severn crossing tolls has made this an even easier thing.

A couple of friends came around to mine on the 27th so that we could write some music; this is something I am really hoping to get back into in 2019.

I am about to pop out to see in the new year so I wish you all a happy new year and look forward to joining you in 2019.

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5 amazing tools you should use to improve your blogging.

Sometimes it can seem as if whatever you try on your blog you are not getting anywhere. It can be really difficult to turn those creative juices into views and interaction, fortunately there are many tools that can help you put a little extra shine on your content.

Below is a list of the top 5 tools that I personaly use and that have given me a degree of success.

1. Hemingway editor

The Heminway editor is such a useful app that grades the readabilty of your work. It is so easy to use as you can either type your post directly into its editor, or copy and paste your work in afterwards. The idea behind the app is to ensure your blog posts are written in such a way that they are simple to read for all people. The difficulty of sentences is ranked, as well as the number of adverbs used and your use of passive phrases.

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2. Canva

Canva is a free app that allows you to make striking blog covers and interesting social graphics quickly and easily. Using an intuitive drag and drop interface, Canva allows you to pick it up and run with it almost instantly and requires no prior knowledge of graphic design.

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3. Evernote

Evernote is a really useful note taking app that makes keeping track of all of your ideas really easy. A basic personal account is available for free, though you will be charged a small fee for the fully featured bussiness account. The personal account has always been enough for my needs, but if you want to use some of the more advanced collaborative features you may want to go for the bussiness account.

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4. Unsplash

The visual elements of your blog are just as important as the written content. High quality pictures can really take your content to the next level. Unsplash is a great free repository of free, high quality images. This is an excellent alternative to costly stock images, while still giving the high quality that is so important to your blog.

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5. Buffer

Buffer is a useful application with which you can schedule your hashtags, social links and other content to be shared to social media as and when you want. This allows you to have a near constant social media presence without putting in hours of work. It is a simple set up, and Buffer does the work for you.

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