Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gift Ideas For Your Unique Friends

We all have at least one friend who is a little unique. The one who goes against the grain on pretty much anything. We love them dearly, of course, but these are the friends that can make birthdays and Christmas difficult. What do you get them? Well, rest assured these suggestions should give you some food for thought. Here are some of the gift ideas I recommend for your unique friends.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Gifts For People Who Always Prefer Staying In To Going Out!

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Friends who would always rather curling up on the sofa with a book and a drink, or the TV on… we’ve all got them! If you need to buy a gift for somebody like this, you might initially be at a loss. You can’t buy them coffee shop vouchers because they make their morning coffee at home on the weekends! You can’t take them out for drinks to celebrate because they’ll probably have a hot date with their sofa planned. So, what can you give them? Or, more importantly, what can you give them that they’ll like, and appreciate? Read on to find out some ideas!

A handmade blanket
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If the receiver of your gift is a real homebody, there is probably nothing they love more than getting comfortable. This might be on the sofa for a Netflix marathon, or in bed with a magazine. Either way, something that all people like this love is blankets. Get one made from high-quality material, so you know it won’t fray or rip easily. This means that you get your money's worth, and your friend gets a lot of use out of it. For an extra special gift, get a personalized blanket. This doesn’t mean it has to say their name on it. It could just be that you’ve had it made especially in their favorite colors or even favorite material. On the topic of material, make sure you give it a feel yourself before purchasing. Nobody wants to use scratchy blankets!

A special whiskey
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We’ve already touched upon the fact that your friend might not be much of a social drinker. However, if they enjoy a tipple at home, give a gift that accommodates that. If you don’t already know what they like best, find an excuse to visit and take a look at their drinks cupboard or shelf. You shouldn’t necessarily focus on what they have full bottles of. This might be because they don’t like it much, and have it in for guests. Instead, go for something that is half empty! This means that they drink it, and like it! Drinks like Kikori and Chambord also come in really cool bottles. This means that they can double up as ornaments or even vases once the alcohol has gone! Find out what reliable and informative website Whiskey Reviewer thinks about Kikori here.

A Kindle
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Broach this one very carefully if you’re buying for a book lover! Some adore the idea of Kindles, and other e-readers. However, others swear that Kindles are destroying their beloved world of books, and swear they’d never use one. So, be sure to test the waters here first. You have been warned! However, if you manage to establish that they won’t be mortally offended by one, this is a great gift. Being a tad more expensive that other more ‘token items’ it’s ideal for a very close friend, or a very special occasion. Each year, you could supplement your gift by buying them a new collection of books for it!


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Hosting An Extra Special Birthday Party For A Close Friend

Organizing a birthday party for yourself is hard enough… but organizing one for a friend is a totally different matter. Suddenly, the pressure is really on. You want to give them a great time, you want all of their loved ones to be there. Most of all, you don’t want to let them down or disappoint them.

Luckily for you, help is now at hand. Many of us will be called upon at some point or another to arrange, or at least help arrange, a special birthday party.

This party might be a total surprise for the birthday boy or girl. Or, they may know about it, but want to hand over the reigns for the special day. Either way, there are a number of ways that you can host a party that is extra special. Read on to find out!

First things first; the guest list. Many people will say that they don’t mind so much where they are on the day, or what they’re doing. What they care about is having everybody special to them there. This is why you should get planning well in advance. You might be able to get food and a venue last minute, for example. But people need at least a couple of weeks notice, if not more. So, aim to get invites out around 6-weeks before. This means you’re in people’s calendars and diaries before anything else.

Next, give some thought to how you’re going to make everyone gel and get along. Birthday parties can sometimes be filled with people who have yet to cross paths. The birthday girl or boy will want to see everyone getting along, so make an environment that encourages this. Put all of the seats together, for example, so people go and sit with strangers and make friends. Play great music, but make sure it’s at the right volume. Too quiet and you’ll hear those early awkward silences echo! Too loud and people will have to yell to hear each other!

Next, think how you are going to make the day itself special. Whether the party itself is a surprise or not, you can always add a few things that are surprises in themselves. How about arranging for a guest to come who your friend thought couldn’t make it. Maybe you could all pool together and pay for their train ticket for example. You could also do something super cool and modern. Did you know you design and buy snapchat geofilters for birthdays? First of all, you design the filter, so this could be your friend's name and their birthdate. You could even make the filter their favorite color, or with an emoticon they love to use. Then set a ‘geofence’. This means that anyone inside this ‘fence’ gets the option to use the filter on any snapchats they take and send!

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On the topic of social media, give your friend a way to gather all of the photographs their friends took on the day. Personalized Instagram and Twitter hashtags are perfect for this. Be sure you trial the hashtag before the big day to make sure it’s not already being used. Usually, the longer, the better. Don’t worry about it being too long. Guests will only have to type it out once; after that, it will come up automatically. Ah, the power of technology!


Next up; the present. Decide how you will do this based on the friend in question. You can usually split people into two camps. The first type of person is someone who loves to have loads of smaller things to open. They love receiving trinkets, and novelty items and thoughtful things. The second type of person appreciates one or two bigger and more ‘valuable’ gifts. They don’t mind that this means there is less to open. If your friend falls into category one, let guests know that a small token will be perfect. But if you think they’d like one big thing, join forces and pool your money. Letting guests know what it is you want to buy and why is wise, as it makes them feel more a part of the gift. Get a card for everyone to sign before you gift the birthday present, once again to make the guests feel a part of it! If you’re stuck for special ideas, think about their hobbies and favorite things. So, you could get a keen motorcyclist a brand new helmet, for example. This is something personal to them, that they’ll use loads, and represents the love of all of the family and friend. Plus, there is some great symbolism in there about keeping them safe and protected! Perfect!



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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Trendy Eye Wear - Glasses and Sunglasses

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, sponsored content or reviewed products. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer

For the past five years, I've needed to wear prescription glasses. Which makes it a bit hard to find sunglasses that I love. I used to have hoards of sunglasses. Now, I'm lucky to actually have two pairs of prescription sunglasses that I love!

The most recent pair is by far my favorite! It's been so long since I've had a pair like these, and I'm super happy that I have them.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Have You Been To See The Dentist This Year?

It’s recommended that we all visit the dentist at least twice a year. This is easily achievable and quite convenient for most families. However, many of us still aren’t prioritizing these visits. It’s easy to make excuses and put off your dental checkups, especially if you have a fear of the dentist. There are always more important things to occupy your time with and visiting the dentist is often considered a chore. But it’s the best way of taking care of your family’s teeth and preventing a medical and dental problem. By not making an effort to go, you could potentially be putting your family’s health at risk. Take a look at these three compelling reasons why you need to visit the dentist sooner rather than later.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Parenting As Our Children Get Older: Tips and Advice to Follow

As our children grow and get older, it doesn’t stop us from being their parent. We are their parent as long as we live. One of the trickiest things about being a parent is knowing how to parent children that are getting older and their needs change. You don’t love them any less, but it seems that the worries are different and you almost need to love them differently. As hormones start flying around, you are going to clash at some point. I’m sure we can look back at our own lives and remember clashing with our own parents about something. So how can we parent, as our children grow and get older?

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Breakfast Club: Not Just A Movie But Waffles And Pancakes Too

We’re taking it back to the 80’s here, and remembering the days of Molly Ringwald and Emilio Estevez. If you’re too young to recall the film, look up The Breakfast Club and feast your eyes on one of the best adolescent cult movies of the decade. Ok, so the movie was about early morning detention and nothing to do with food. But the title’s still used to this day, for everything breakfast related. Said to be the most important meal of the day, fuel yourself up and take in all the awesome ways you can enjoy this morning ritual.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Save Money When You Shop For Birthday Gifts: Get a Gift Drawer

When you think about your family and friends and their birthdays, it can all add up a bit. There might be parties that you need to contribute to, as well as just cards and gifts. It might not seem like a lot at the time. But over the course of a year, it can all add up. I find that when you get gifts last minute, it seems to cost even more. If you take time and plan ahead, you can get some great deals. Saving you a lot of money as you go along. If you don’t already have a cupboard or drawer for gifts, then it might be time to get one. Then you can add to it as time goes along. You will save money as you do so, which is the biggest benefit. It means that you have some go-to gifts when a friends birthday comes along too. If you are thinking of getting a present drawer, then here are some ways to fill it up!

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

5 Mistakes You Need To Avoid When Cleaning Your Pool

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With today's access to the internet, you can easily find all the answers you need. And if your problem is about cleaning your pool, it's only a few scrolls and clicks away. You can find a ton of reliable sources on how to effectively clean and maintain your crystal clear swimming pool online.

With that, you as a pool owner might already have a regular pool cleaning routine by now. Cleaning your own pool is a tough job and might even be a risky one. Especially if you're not quite familiar with how pools should be maintained, you cleaning your own pool might even cost you more bucks for repairs. And there might be a few pool cleaning practices you might have been doing the wrong way. So here, I listed some of the common pool cleaning mistakes you need to avoid.

1.) Not using a leaf rake

Most of the pool owners use leaf skimmer and not leaf rakes. This is one of the most common mistakes in pool cleaning. A pool skimmer can only let you grab debris that is floating in the water and not those that have sunk at the bottom. That is the reason why a leaf rake is much better to use. It basically can do a lot more things than a skimmer.

2.) Using an automatic pool cleaner in pools with algae

Algae is a common occurrence with pools especially when it is heavily used. One of the biggest cleaning mistakes is when you use automatic pool cleaners in a pool with algae formation. It will only spread the algae in the filter systems, bouncing it back to the pool. Automatic pool cleaners are great to use for keeping your pool clean, but not for pools that are required to be "vacuumed to waste". So for pools with algae formation, it's best to get rid of them manually.

Tip: Do not use nylon brushes in cases of black algae formation, as they can't remove it properly. Instead, use a stainless pool brush for thorough cleaning.

3.) Forgetting to brush your pool

Because cleaning your pool can be tough, in most of the time you resort with only vacuuming your pool and skipping the brushing part. That is a very common mistake which should be avoided. Pools should be brushed regularly, at least once a week. Automatic vacuums cannot dig in the corners of the pool and most importantly, cannot remove stubborn dirt and algae. Only brushing can do it. Brush the sides and bottom of your pool. Drag everything into the main drain.

Tip: Do not use a stainless pool brush in weekly cleaning because it's too abrasive, use a pool brush with PVC bristle instead.

4.) Not checking you skimmer basket

Most skimmer baskets tend to float up when the pump is turned off. The problem is in most of the time, the skimmer basket continues to float even when the pump is turned back on. With this, debris is sucked underneath and clogs the line. So it is important to check your skimmer basket regularly too.

5.) Shocking your pool in daylight

In case you didn't know, the sun burns chlorine. So in the event that you decide to shock your pool, always remember to do it at night. Those that I have mentioned are just some of the most common mistakes pool owners tend to do in cleaning pools. Now that you know these tips, you can clean your pool efficiently and effectively! Remember, proper maintenance is very important to make your pools last a long time. Do a regular cleaning routine and remember that quality cleaning is vital. It's best that you can consult a professional pool cleaning service from time to time to check your pool.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Deep Discounts on Hair Tools

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer

If you're looking for hair tools, you've found the right blog post. NuMe is offering a Black Friday in July sale. From now, until July 31st, you can get some really great deals on these amazing hair tools.

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