Growing up I remember watching my best friends mother gamble online on sites such at this. She would have multiple screen open on her computer just hoping to win big money. I never understood the fascination or rush of gambling until I got older and won my first big win. My husband and I have a love for poker, and black jack. He taught me how to play when we first got together. I told him about how I remembered my mom’s friend playing online in hopes to win money. She’d spend hours clicking the spin button, and betting high, and then low. In hopes she’d win some real money. [Read more…]
Some days can be a real struggle. That’s when you rely on your close friends and loved ones to help you get on. While not one of them would ever need you to repay them their kindness, a thank you can be just the thing to show them they are appreciated and loved. If you want to offer a bigger gesture than just a couple of words, there are plenty of options here you can select from:
Saying thank you with flowers is a time-honored tradition. Flowers can say so much and are used for many special occasions as a token of appreciation. To say thank you, consider a crocus, geranium, and ivy bouquet. Each bloom has a different meaning. Even roses have different meanings depending on their colors. Of course, sometimes a house plant can be just the perfect gift for a loving friend.
Accessories like earrings, necklaces, and charms, can be the perfect little thank you gift. They are very personal items, so special care and attention to detail will need to be considered in your choice here. Choosing something for your friend to wear also shows how well you know them and their tastes. One way to be sure your loved one will like what you pick is to purchase something similar to what they have already. Stick with colors and styles they enjoy already.
Handmade chocs are always very welcome thank you gifts, except when the recipient is on a diet! However, there are some wonderful chocs that contain fewer calories, less fat, and reduced sugar. Of course, you might prefer to offer a small fruit basket or even some fruit preserves in place of chocolates. Candies can be a lovely surprise, but make sure your friend won’t feel guilty about eating them first!
A night out with your friend can also be a lovely way to say thank you for the help they have offered. It doesn’t need to be a pub crawl. Instead, grab a couple of tickets to the theater or the movie house. Why not attend a sporting event? Or you might even choose an experience night such as cooking, pottery making, or poetry reading. There are lots of choices. Pick something you know she’ll be into, and make your thank you extra memorable.
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My family & I have lived in our home for about a year and half now. We live in a nicely kept trailer park. Some of the reasons people despise trailer parks are some of the reasons we decided to buy in one. One key reason was the opportunity for my kids to make friends. I grew up in the country with not many friends around to play with. Living in the park also allows my oldest to ride his bike, skateboard and scooter around. Sometimes getting them outdoors and be active is a challenge. They get bored with their bikes or scooters. That was until I introduced the Rockboard Scooter to my son. Now I can’t get him in the house.
With autumn in full swing, what gifts do women want as we head into the holiday season? Let’s take a look at some of the hottest accessories out there today.
The Top Knot Bag
Bags are an endless source of delight for us women. And when something new comes along, we always want to be the first to see it. This year we saw a rise in the number of top knot bags. These bags with loosely tied handles have instant appeal. Giorgio Armani, Loewe and Nina Ricci have all been getting in on the act.
The Tight Shoulder Bag
Shoulder bags used to have long handles. But the trend of late has been towards ever shorter straps. Top straps, in particular, have come down in length considerably. It’s one of this year’s hottest trends. Big designers, including Dior, have all begun experimenting with shorter straps. Louis Vuitton even went for a checkered scarf handle.
The Return of Pumps
Platforms have been in vogue for some time now. But recently, we’ve seen a resurgence in pumps. Pumps are the sleeker, more modest counterpart to platforms. And we’ve seen then make an appearance across the spectrum of designers, from Ava to Jason Wu.
The Mega Platformer
If you thought that the 1970s disco had been left in the 1970s, think again. This year, designers have been taking inspiration from this unusual historical episode. Now they have built some great platform shoes of their own. In fact, today’s platformers might be a little more outrageous than those that passed as stylish forty years ago. Many of the top designers have gone to town with their latest dramatic-look platforms. Marc Jacobs has one that is nearly six inches tall.
The Techie Watch
Tech entrepreneurs aren’t all about coding and making phones that go faster. They’re also in the business of conjuring up special gifts for her. One of the items that we’ve seen making a repeated appearance on the catwalk is the slap watch. These watches have been seen in a range of bright colours. And it would appear that the fashion industry is no longer shying away from incorporating technology in clothing. In fact, it appears to be embracing it.
The High Boot
Boots have been getting higher and higher over the last 18 months. And this autumn, they look set to go even higher. Right now, many of the top designers are outfitting their models with boots that come up over the knee. For the prudes among you, this could be something positive. But most people don’t get the feeling that that is what the designers are going for here. Rather it’s about making a statement. What that statement is exactly remains to be seen.
The Headphone Necklace
The blending of headphones with necklaces should have happened a long time ago. It was such an obvious marriage. Now, though, it’s finally been done and will be becoming increasingly available before the holiday season. Necklace headphones come in a variety of colours, as you might imagine. And they have integrated microphones, so you can still chat on the phone in style.
Do you wish you were more of a morning person?
Being able to wake up feeling fresh and bright every day would certainly make the mornings a lot easier. You will find it easier to motivate yourself to get you and your kids out the door in time. There will be no more dashing to catch the school bus! And you won’t want to fall asleep as soon as you sit down at your desk.
Thankfully, there are many ways you can trick yourself into becoming a morning person. Hopefully, these inspiring tips will help you rub the sleep out of your eyes and feel wide awake every day!
Get Into A Routine
First of all, you need to give yourself plenty of time to get ready and enjoy breakfast each morning. Your mind and body will need time to wake up, and rushing out of bed and straight out the door won’t help at all. Instead, make sure you have plenty of time to get into a good routine. Ideally, you should give yourself ninety minutes between waking up and leaving for work. This will give you enough time to get your family’s breakfast ready. You’ll also have time to get dressed smarten yourself up. None of which you’ll have to do in a rush!
Get A Good Breakfast
Having something to eat first thing in the morning can help wake your body and mind up. Be sure to have a high-energy breakfast every day to ensure you can keep going through the day without feeling sleepy. Oatmeal makes the perfect breakfast. That’s because it has a low glycemic index, so your body will release its energy throughout the day. Don’t forget to have a cup of coffee as well from a home coffee machine such as EspressoGusto. The caffeine will give you a real boost and help you feel raring to go.
You will be able to find melatonin supplements in your local health food store. This is a natural chemical that is produced in the body. The body increases the levels in the blood every night to help itself fall asleep. As we are sleeping, the levels lower, and it eventually helps us wake up. If you are struggling to fall asleep at night, it could be beneficial to take a supplement throughout the day. This will help the levels in your body increase, making it easier to get to sleep. That way, you’ll be getting a better good night’s sleep and will be able to wake up feeling very refreshed.
Use A Natural Alarm Clock
You can now buy some alarm clocks that help to mimic sunrise in your bedroom. They start lighting up an hour before you want to wake up, and will slowly fill your bedroom with light. These help your body naturally wake up. By slowly coming out of sleep, you will find it much easier to wake up each morning!
Once you become a morning person, you will never go back to late nights again!
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This October you can eat happy with the latest Degustabox of October 2016. I’m always amazed at the thought that Degustabox puts into creating their boxes. There’s always a great mix between food items. Making this box perfect for anyone, especially those with a family. I am open to trying new products and enjoying ones I already know and love. [Read more…]
Sudsy Dough™ is a new interactive bath toy that doubles as a moldable scented dough and a cleansing soap! We created this fun sensory soap to make bath time fun for our daughter.
Kids can squeeze and squish Sudsy Dough in the bath, rub it on as a cleansing body wash, or take it outside the tub and make custom-shaped soaps! Sudsy dough shapes will dry to become scented soap shapes when left out in open air. Each ball also has a surprise bath toy hidden inside!
The confectionery creators at Baron Chocolatier have a new line of convenient premium chocolate bars. They’re packed with flavor and sure to satisfy chocolate lovers. The new 5 Bites bars come in three delicious flavors. Crunchy peanut butter, Airy milk chocolate mousse and Creamy caramel. All covered in rich milk chocolate. They are available and sold exclusively at Dollar General stores in the U.S. [Read more…]