Monday, August 29, 2016

How Long Should Your Household Appliances Live? The Answers May Surprise You!

Buying household appliances is never fun. It's a lot of hard-earned money that the whole while, you keep thinking could be spent on something more interesting. If only your food could magically manage to cook itself, your clothes never dirty, your coffee arriving freshly prepared. Instead, you have to fork out a couple of weeks worth of wages for the big purchases.
When you buy them, it's only natural to expect that they're going to last. Few people are seduced into the idea of extended warranties and for good reason; they're usually not worth it. But even without them, it's only to be expected that these are not purchases you have to make often... right?

Perfect Gifts For People Who Work In An Office

Some friends and family are really easy to buy for. We know what they do and don’t like, or what their favorite shops are, for example. However, there is always some friends and family who are a whole lot more tricky to buy for.

When this kind of issue occurs, what you need to do is think about their lifestyle. If their hobbies and personal interests hold no inspiration from you, their job might! If you’re friend works in an office, a gift to make their day or just their desk a bit nicer is a great idea.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at four ideas for perfect gifts for people who work in an office.

Something to jazz up their desk
Somebody somewhere figured out one day that offices can be really boring places. As a result, they started manufacturing fun little desk additions, and nowadays, many retailers have caught on. As a result, there are loads of things out there to give as a gift for this purpose. If your friend is always working on a laptop, how about some miniature fairy lights, powered by a USB port. If they’re always working at a desktop computer, how about a mouse in a cool design, like a racing car! You could also get them something like a little bell that they can ring then they want a cup of tea. Photo frames and flowers are nice, but they might get those kinds of things from other people. Or, buy them for themselves. Push the boat out a little bit and get them something with an element of fun or humor. It has the power to make them smile every time they’re at work, that way!

Something to perk them up in the mornings
Something that many office workers need is energy! Their days can start early, end late and feel really long in between! So, how about a gift that will help perk them up in the morning? A Better Beans Coffee Clubs subscription is a good idea if they’re always in need of a morning pick-me-up! The setup here is cool because each month a different type of coffee is delivered straight to them. You could even set it up so it gets delivered to them at their office. Just make sure all their colleagues don’t see, or they might be forced to share their precious beans!

Something to make their life a little easier
There are all sorts of quirky and cool gadgets out there that can make a working day a bit easier! If you have time before you need to buy the gift, try and do a bit of digging on harder parts of their day. Then do some research to see if anything has been invented to help them out!

It should also be mentioned that the above gift ideas are also suitable if you work in an office, and need to buy something for a colleague. Maybe you want to wish them good luck on a transfer or promotion, or it’s the birthday. Oh, or you could just get these things for yourself! You deserve a treat, after all!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Your Complete Guide To Running A Household

Running a household is no easy task for anyone. Sometimes it can feel like you are overloaded with requests and “to do” lists from all different angles. There is no surprise that at the end of the day you are exhausted. What we don’t take into consideration is that not only do we have a house to run but we also have a life to lead. We may have work commitments to be thinking about, children to look after. So what is involved in running a successful household?

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In theory, not a lot. Other than time managing yourself appropriately. If you take one thing from this post, it would be that managing your time and keeping yourself organized is the key to success. It helps with every aspect of running your home. With that in mind, here are some of the ways you can run a successful household. Your complete guide to running a home.

Un-Clutter Your Life: Taking Steps To Limit Stress

The chance to simplify life is one that we would all take, given the chance. One of the major causes of stress is the everyday complication we find in our life. That complication can come from sources including financial, romantic, professional, personal and health reasons. Looking at ways to simplify your life can, ironically, be quite complicated but it is worth putting the effort in to get that result.
The complications that arise in a given day can make a person feel overloaded, quite easily. And when that feeling gets the chance to accumulate over the course of several days, weeks and months it can make a person ill. Pinning down the sources of complication, and addressing them, can make a difference. Once you have removed just a few complications, you'll be amazed how much better you feel.

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

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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!

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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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