Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Beginner's Guide For Getting Into Cooking

Many of us would love to be better cooks but we struggle to find the time and motivation. There might be many reasons why we want to improve our cooking abilities. Perhaps we’ve just moved out of our parents’ house or in with a new partner. Maybe we’re trying to take more control over our health with our diet. Perhaps it’s just a skill that we admire and would like to make use of for ourselves and others.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

12 Methods To Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit Back

If you’ve never rented a property before, you might not know what a security deposit is. It’s the term for the initial cost you agree to pay to ensure you keep your rental property up to scratch. In some countries, it’s simply called a deposit or a rental bond. It acts as a way of providing security for the lender just in case you end up trashing the property. It’s an important part of the rental process, and it should never be overlooked by either party.

Unfortunately, there are quite a few gray areas that come with security deposits. When it’s time to move out of the property, and you want that money back, you might face a few troubles. Normally, it’s never fully explained what is required to ensure that money is back in your hands. Today, we’re going to outline a number of steps you should take in order to make sure you get repaid. Let’s get started!


How To Throw The Perfect Kids' Birthday Party

It’s one of those rites of passage which all parents go through. Throwing a birthday party for your young child can be fun and exciting. But it would be a lie to suggest that there is no stress involved whatsoever. Unfortunately, things can go wrong - as they can when arranging any kind of social function. But that shouldn’t put you off. The truth is, there is no better feeling than successfully arranging a perfect birthday party for your child. The look on their face as they enjoy themselves with friends is priceless. It certainly makes it all worthwhile. If you have never organized such an event before, then you might be worrying about how to get it just right. But don’t worry too much - as long as you follow some basic rules, all should be fine. To give you a helping hand, here is a short guide to organizing the perfect kids’ birthday party.

Decorate Lightly

Forget what you might have heard from other parents or seen at their own parties. The truth is, the key to successful decorating at a kids party is to keep it light. There is little point in overdoing it anyway, as they will only notice a certain amount. The truth is when it comes to successfully decorating a children’s party, all that is required is a minimal approach. A few balloons, dotted here and there, will probably suffice.

Serve Their Favourite Food

The food is, it goes without saying, a major part of any party. This is particularly the case when it comes to children’s parties. If your child has a favourite food, then serve that. No matter what it is, you should include it. You can, of course, get other foods served as well. But it is essential that the child whose birthday it is has the option to eat their all-time favourite. There are few things that will put a smile on their face quicker than that. Also, ensure that you hire a decent catering company so that the food is as good as can be.

Play Games

No children’s party is anywhere near complete without one or two games to play. It can be hard deciding between games for a party. A good rule of thumb, however, is to opt for those which both adults and children can join in with. Alternatively, you can provide a healthy combination. Pass the parcel is a great example of one which can have elements for adults and children alike. As long as everyone has the opportunity to have fun, you have done your job!

Keep It Short

Unlike adult parties, with kids’ parties you want to keep them fairly short. Part of the reason for this is politeness for your guests. Many of them will have the task of putting babies to sleep ahead of them. And we all know how tough that can be. Don’t rush anything - but don’t make it last all day either. That way, you also give yourself plenty of time to clean up afterwards.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Awesome Gift Ideas For Your Number 1 Guy

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

If your significant other has a birthday coming up soon, you may already be thinking about a present. Buying for guys isn’t easy; you could spend hours racking your head trying to think of what to get. Guys aren’t as easy to please as us ladies, and they won’t be happy with just some flowers and chocolates! So, to make your shopping that little bit easier, here are my awesome gift ideas that any man will love!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Get $750 in Free Product When You Sign Up to be A Stella & Dot Stylist

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

$125 Swarovski Earrings - for FREE

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Ideas To Celebrate A Special Occasion On A Budget

Celebrations come in all shapes and sizes. Birthdays, anniversaries, achievements, you name it. However, being on a budget can put a downer on some of the celebrations for some people. Just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate whatever it is you’re celebrating. You can still have a great time on a budget. Here are some ideas to inspire you!

Throw A Garden Party

If you have a garden, why not throw a garden party to celebrate a special occasion? You can make this as lavish as you like, but you don’t need to spend much at all. Buy the ingredients to make a few simple dishes and a few cheap drinks, and voila! If you like you can splash out on slightly fancier things, and maybe even decorate a little. If you have a firepit and fairy lights, the party will likely go on for longer. This is a great idea for celebrating in the summer.


Cook A Nice Meal

If you’re celebrating an anniversary or something like that, why not cook a nice meal? All you need is the ingredients, and it’ll likely be a fraction of the price that you’d pay at a restaurant. You can find all kinds of recipes online, and many are ridiculously easy to follow. Nothing says celebration quite like yummy food!

Make A Gift Yourself

Got no money to buy a gift? Don’t worry. Make one yourself. There are so many easy gifts you can make with basic materials. It’s the thought that counts, and if someone sees you have put the effort in like this, they’ll love it. You could make them a jar filled with notes about things you love about them. You could make them a picture frame, scrapbook, or anything you think they’ll find sentimental. If you have a skill, such as a musical instrument, you could even write them a song!


Get Some Fireworks

Fireworks aren’t too pricy and they can be great for really celebrating in style. You could even have them with your garden party to make it extra special! You can purchase fireworks online too, so you haven’t got to worry about searching for them out of season. Just make sure you are careful when you use them, as they can be hazardous if you don’t.

Do Something Different

Rather than doing something expensive, like going to a 5 star restaurant or even going away for the weekend, do something different. Go for a hike and take a picnic. Host a film night with lots of sweets and friends. Camp out in the garden for your kid’s birthdays. They won’t cost much at all, but they’ll still be extra special.

See, just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate a special occasion. You have no excuse when there are so many things you can do that barely cost anything. Do you have ideas of your own you’d like to share? Leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Household Present Ideas For A Couple!

Buying a present for one person can be hard enough, but buying for a couple can be a nightmare! Whether it’s for a wedding present or a Christmas gift, it can be hard to decide what to buy them. Here are some useful present ideas which will be ideal for their home!


An item for a couple’s kitchen will go down well as a useful gift they can use on a daily basis. A kettle is especially a handy thing that they can make use of for several years to come. If they are fans of hot drinks, it will be quite meaningful to them. They will use it first thing in the morning and is ideal for when they have guests round. As discussed here, it’s reasonably priced for how long they will use it for. Keep the receipt with it just in case they don’t like the style of the kettle, or it breaks!


Another useful item for someone’s kitchen is a toaster. It’s an essential thing that people use every day. Often, when you have had one a while, it can be marked and get dirty. Therefore, they will appreciate a new one in their kitchen. You can try and buy one which will match the colors in their kitchen. Also, if they have a family already, you could get a four toast one, rather than two, so they can cook more at once!


Something for the bedroom they share would be a good present idea. As the bed is the prominent feature, it’s good to buy something they could use with this. If you are feeling generous, you could buy them a mattress so they can have a great night sleep from now on. A lot of people tend to forget to buy a new one. But it should be changed as it does become less supportive over time. You need to buy the right size so that it fits! Remember to leave the manual with the mattress as, for example, unboxing the Casper mattress, can be harder than it looks!


Another great present idea for a couple is a pair of pillows they can use on their bed. A lot of people don’t bother changing these, but they can get dirty over time. Having good pillows is important for having a good night's sleep. Poor pillows often leave you with bad neck ache and headaches the next day. It’s also good as they both can make use of the present.

Photo Album

A photo album is a great present idea for a couple. Either you could fill it with pictures of them both. Or they can use it to put in photos from their anniversary or a holiday they have been on. It’s something they will be able to keep forever and look back at with children, and even grandchildren!

If you can’t think of a fantastic gift idea to get that couple in your life, you could buy them a voucher so they can go shopping together and choose something they like!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

What To Do Before You Propose

Before you propose to somebody, there are a few things you need to consider and do. I mean, getting married is a huge commitment, and when you propose to somebody that’s what you’re promising to do. People seem to almost propose on a whim these days, but showing you’ve put actual thought into it is a must. Here’s what to do before you propose:

Check With The Parents

You don’t always have to check with parents. It isn’t the rules in a lot of families these days, in fact, it’s very traditional and old fashioned. That being said, if you want them to know you’re serious or get on their good side properly first, you could let them know your plans. In the past, they used to have a say in whether you wed or not. These days they don’t, but it can still be nice to give them a heads up if you feel everybody would like that. If not, feel free to surprise them with an excited phone call after the proposal.

Ask For Advice If You Need It

If you need advice from your other half's close friend or something, ask! Proposing can be so overwhelming, and the internet will tell you all kinds of things. At the end of the day, each situation is unique and nobody knows your other half like you, her friends and family. Ask for advice from somebody who knows your situation and you might get a better result.


Buy A Beautiful Ring

It isn’t all about the ring, but it’s an important part of the proposal. It’s the only thing that will last forever, and you can bet everybody will want to see it when you tell them you’re engaged. Take your time doing a little detective work and choosing the right one. By reading this Whiteflash review and similar reviews, you can get an idea of the best rings and diamonds out there.

Plan The Proposal Properly

Take your time planning a proposal with oomph. Don’t feel pressured to hide the ring in food and do it at a busy restaurant. You don’t have to write her name in the sky with a blimp or propose at a huge game, unless that’s what you think she’ll like. It’s ok to have the proposal just the both of you. Some like to do it on holiday, with a picnic - there are a ton of ways. What will you remember forever? What suits you as a couple? You don’t want to put your other half under pressure even if you’re sure she’ll say yes.


Make Sure You’re Both Ready

Getting engaged is a big deal. Make sure you’re both ready for the commitment. Never ever get engaged in the hopes that it’ll fix relationship problems. It won’t. Only propose if you’re both ready to make the next step in your relationship.

I hope your proposal goes just the way you want it to and you get the ‘yes!’ you’re looking for. Good luck!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Gifts For Party Girls

Do you have a friends birthday or special occasion coming up, and are a little bit stuck as to what to get her? Well, consider her personality. If she’s a bit of a party girl, how about something that celebrates this? After all, if partying is what she loves to do, why not?

Coffee Shop Voucher

What comes after a wild night out on the town for most girls? Sadly, a hangover… and a desperate need for coffee! Get your girlfriend a voucher or gift card for her favourite coffee shop, or the one nearest to her home or office. All the big name brands like Starbucks and Costa do them. Or, if she tends to go to a smaller one, nip in and ask if you can get one from them. Top it up with the exact amount for, say, five cappuccinos the way she likes them. That way she knows exactly how much use she can get out of the card. She’ll appreciate the gift when you give it here… and then again every time she needs to use it!

E-cigarette liquid
If your party girl has recently quit cigarettes, you’ll likely be pleased and relieved for her. Keep her away from them forever by ensuring her replacement e-cigarette is just as good, if not better. The industry is developing at a speedy rate and the flavours you can get now are vast. One of the best bits of smoking e-cigarettes is that you get to change up the flavour as often as you want. You could get her her favourite one, so she always have enough of it. But alternatively, you might want to find her something new, or unusual. Does she have a favourite snack? If so, see if you can find one in the same flavour. Brands such as Gourmet eLiquid have flavours like Blueberry Donut and Vanilla Custard; yum!

ID holder
Is your party girl of legal age but still looks quite young? Then make her experience of pulling out her ID all the time a little more fun! You can buy dedicated ID holders, but travel card holders work just as well. Get her a sparkly one to go with her going out outfits.  Or, go for a classy leather one and be sure it will stand the test of time. She won’t mind whipping it for the bouncers to check half as much!

Sparkling alcohol
If you’re organising a surprise party for your party girl, how about something that everyone attending can enjoy? Viniq cell shimmery liqueur is made with Vodka and Moscato. In the supermarket, you should be able to pick up some Smirnoff Gold, which has tiny gold flakes inside it. Or, if you want to give a gift that she’ll want to keep afterwards, how about a Crystal Head with a metallic, iridescent finish?

Anything glittery!
What party girl doesn’t like glitter? Add to her collection with something new. If she loves make-up, how about a glittery eyeshadow or lipgloss? If she works in an office, how about some stationery to jazz up her dress. Online websites like The Glitter Emporium specialise in all things sparkly.

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