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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Adding A Personal Touch To Your Home

Adding a personal touch to your home will make it feel like you. Your home is an extension of you anyway, if you really think about it. It should show what you’re all about. It should tell people a little about you when they come in. Does yours do that? If not, it’s time to change that. You can easily add a personal touch to your home using many different techniques. Use the following tips to see what you can do:

Use Your Favorite Colors and Patterns

If you want your home to be really personal to you, make sure you use your favorite colors and patterns in the decor. Don’t be tempted to use neutral, just because everybody uses neutral these days. Unless neutral really appeals to you, don’t bother! Of course, neutral decor can help you to sell your home faster. But if you’re not planning on selling for a while, you should probably forget all about it. Go wild with your favorite colors and patterns and make your home a really fun, enjoyable space to be in.

Get Into DIY

DIY projects can be a lot of fun. You don’t need many tools to get started either, as there are so many simple things you can start out doing. You can start by making something small, then work your way up to larger game. You will need a couple of things before you begin, such as industrial adhesives, a number of tools, and lots of materials.

Use Statement Furniture

Using statement furniture in your home is a brilliant way to perk a room up. It adds lots of personality and can help you to give a theme to a room. Use furniture with an amazing pattern or even a funny shape.

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Use Accessories You Love

Go looking for accessories that you’re absolutely in love with. Don’t buy anything just for the sake of it. Unless you feel a huge pull towards something, you shouldn’t waste your money on it!

Create Your Own Accent Wall

Why not spend some time designing and creating your own accent wall? You can make it as simple or as abstract as you like. People like to use the following things on their accent walls:

  • Art
  • Pictures of family and friends
  • Quotes
  • Textures

You can even use a multitude of things to create the accent wall. For instance, you could put up a piece of patterned wall paper, and then put your statement chair next to the wall. Keeping the rest of the room fairly simple will make your accent wall stand out all the more.

Collect And Display Memories

Collecting and displaying your memories will give your home that personal touch every time. You don’t want your home to look empty, like nobody lives there. Displaying your favorite memories and even souvenirs you’ve picked up will add personality and tell a story. They’ll show what’s important to you!

Hopefully you love using these tips and make your home feel like an extension of you. Thanks for reading!

xoxo,
Therese
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

10 Awesome Presents For Your BFF's Birthday


So your best friend’s birthday is just around the corner. Still not sure what to buy her? No problem! Here are ten awesome ideas that can hopefully fill you with inspiration!

1. Jewelry

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and your BFF will love opening a new ring or bracelet on her birthday! After all, us girls can’t resist anything that sparkles. If you aren’t sure where to find the perfect jewel, take a look at this great Blue Nile Review from YDG.

2. Spa Day
The best thing about giving your friend a spa day for her birthday is that you get to go as well! You can both enjoy the day relaxing in a sauna and sipping champagne cocktails. It’s an excellent day to forget about everyday stresses and worries.

3. Flowers

A tried and tested gift, flowers are a guaranteed present to put a smile on your friend’s face! If you know what her favorite type is, find a bouquet of them. Not too sure which flowers she like? Simply speak to your local florist and discuss your option.

4. Gift Vouchers

If you are really stuck for ideas, just buy your BFF some gift vouchers for her favorite store. Whether she loves clothes shopping or record shopping, you’ll certainly be able to find some vouchers to help fuel her habit!

5. Meal Out

Why not take the two of you to your favorite restaurant? It’ll give you chance to have a catch-up while enjoying some delicious food and wine. Afterwards, head out for a few cocktails in your favorite bar!


6. Photo Collage

If you fancy getting creative to celebrate your mate’s birthday, you could create a photo collage. Rummage through all the pictures you have of the two of you together. Pick out the ones that make you laugh and giggle, and create a collage out of them. Your friend could hang the masterpiece on her wall.

7. A Box Set
Is your friend in love with one of the latest TV shows? Does she spend hours binging on Netflix? If so, think about treating her to a DVD box set. Then she can watch her show whenever and where she wants. And she doesn’t have to worry about Netflix taking it down!

8. Designer Bag
Every lady has dreamt about owning her very own designer handbag. So why not treat your BFF to her dream gift? If you can’t afford one, tell your friend that you will give her some money towards it. That way, she’s getting closer to owning her perfect bag!

9. Cooking Class

If your friend considers herself a bit of a foodie, she’ll love going to a cooking class. If you know what her favorite cuisine is, see if you can find a class in it in your local area. Once she’s been on the class, get her to cook you a tasty dish!

10. Manicure

Does your friend love getting her nails done? Then treat her to a manicure! She can get all glammed up ready for her birthday celebrations!

With this ten lovely ideas you can easily find a suitable gift for your BFF! Whats your personal favorite? Comment down below!

xoxo,
Therese
Monday, July 25, 2016

The Best Crafty Hobbies To Take Up That Are Ideal For Helping You To Relax

Life can be hectic and stressful, which is why we all need a hobby to help us de-stress at the end of a long day. For a lot of people, their hobby of choice is exercise. But what about if working out isn’t your thing, is there a way you can relax and unwind at the end of a long day? There are lots of non-physical ways you can relax at the end of a hectic day, one of the best methods of which is through creative hobbies. That’s right; there’s more to drawing and collaging than meets the eye.
It might sound strange, but things like crocheting, painting, and sewing can all be incredibly therapeutic. This is what makes them such fantastic hobbies to have. Take sewing, for instance; studies have shown that people who sew regularly tend to be less stressed than people who don’t. Research has also shown that people who sew have healthier heart rates and low levels of blood pressure. Craft-based hobbies can be a great way to relax and unwind; it’s just a case of finding the one that’s right for you.
To help you find a DIY craft that you enjoy doing and that helps you to de-stress and unwind, I thought I would share some suggestions. As well as what you’ll need to know to get started with each one.
Crocheting or knitting
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It’s funny the things that come back into fashion. In the past three years, both crocheting and knitting have come back into fashion. With more and more young people choosing to take up one, or both, of these hobbies. Studies have shown that crocheting and knitting are seriously good for your health. As both of these hobbies help to reduce stress and calm your mind. They also give you a better chance of coping with and beating illnesses - both mental and physical.
So, knitting and crocheting are good for reducing stress and helping you to relax, but why? The repetitive motions used when knitting or crocheting are able to help calm your mind and reduce the levels of stress that you’re feeling. It’s not just the motions of knitting or crocheting that help calm your mind. Oh no, it’s also the fact that you’re taking time out to do something that you enjoy. This in itself helps to boost your mood and relieve stress.
What will you need to get started? A couple of balls of wool, some knitting needles or crocheting needles, and a beginner's book to your craft of choice. There are also some fantastic online tutorials if you’d prefer to use a video to learn to knit or crochet.
Drawing and painting
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If you’re not a knitter or crocheter, don’t despair, drawing and painting can be just as effective when it comes to relieving stress. The great thing about these two hobbies is that anyone can do them, they don’t need any specific skills, and the materials aren’t expensive to buy. So anyone can choose to paint or draw, which is why these are such popular hobbies to have.
Studies have shown that when it comes to calming your mind and reducing stress, painting and drawing can be two of the best creative options. The reason for this is because drawing and painting are all about self-expression. They allow you to release how you’re feeling onto the page. Drawing and painting are ideal for expressing yourself. Because of this, they’re a great tool for people suffering from mental illnesses. They’re even used to treat patients suffering from mental illness through a form of therapy, known as art therapy.
What do you need to get started? All you need to get started is a sketch pad, some pencils, paints, and a paintbrush or two.
Sewing
Do you like to sew? If so, sewing could be the perfect way to relieve your stress at the end of a long and hectic day. Sewing is a focused task; this means that while we’re doing it, all we’re focusing on is that. This means that we’re not worrying or panicking about anything else, allowing our minds to become calm and our stress to melt away. Plus, there’s the fact that the motion of using a needle or sewing machine is incredibly soothing. Helping to calm and relieve any stress that you may be feeling.
The great thing about sewing is that almost anyone can do it, it’s just a case of learning different stitches and how to use a sewing machine. Once you know how to do it, you can make almost anything, from home accessories to pieces of clothing, saving you from having to spend as much in the shops. It’s fun, allows you to get creative, and can be an awesome stress reliever - what’s not to love about sewing?
To get started with a sewing hobby, all you need are some needles, thread, a sewing machine - if you want one, and some pattern books. If you’re going to invest in a sewing machine, take the time to research it, to ensure that you invest wisely. To find out more about all the best sewing machines, click here for more information.
Adult coloring
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In the past year or so, adult coloring has become one of the most popular forms of creative activity. Because adult coloring allows you to express yourself through art, it’s a great way to calm your mind and reduce your levels of stress. It allows you to forget about your troubles and focus purely on the task at hand - coloring.
Another reason that adult coloring is such an effective stress reliever is because when we’re doing it, we go back to our childhoods. This means that mentally we feel happy and calm, as we had little stress to worry about when we were kids.
What will you need to get started? All you’ll need to make adult coloring your new pastime is a pack of quality coloring pencils and an adult coloring book. There are lots of styles and designs to choose from, so there should be one that takes your fancy.
So there you have it, a guide to the best craft hobbies to help you relax and unwind.
xoxo, Therese
Friday, July 22, 2016

How To Make Your Next Trip The Best Yet

Everyone gets excited when they have a new place to visit and trip to go on. It only makes sense that you’ll want to make your next trip the best one yet. Here are some tips that will help you to have the best time!

Make An Itinerary Before You Go

Of course you can go away and spontaneously do everything, having a great time in the process. However, making an itinerary before you go is a smart move. You’ll be able to see where everything you want to do fits in. You’ll also be able to make sure you have enough time for relaxing, exploring on your own, and just doing your own thing. Planning things in advance means you won’t have to worry about it while you’re there, which will be a lot less stressful.

Choose The Right Place To Stay According To Your Needs

Everyone has different needs and wants when they go on a trip. Assess what yours are and then choose the right place to stay. Do you want to make friends and ensure your kids have people to play with? Then you’ll probably want a resort vacation in a popular hotel. If you’d prefer more privacy, a villa or something that offers that is a good idea. This French Riviera exclusive could be a good idea if you’re travelling to the South of France.

Have A Plan For Your Budget

Make sure you have a plan for your budget. Avoid spending it if you don’t know how much you have to spend on things. If you do this, you may need to really scrimp and save, which isn’t going to be a lot of fun! Know how much you have to spend on every aspect of your trip so you can keep track and feel a bit more relaxed about it all.

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Download Apps

Apps are great for helping you to have a great time. You can find apps that tell you what’s nearby and what there is to do in the area. You can find apps that will direct you exactly where you need to be. You can even find apps that will tell you the weather so you know what you need to wear and take with you. You’d be silly not to get a few before you go!

Take Precautions

Although you want this trip to be one of the best you ever go on, you still need to take precautions to make sure it happens. This means you’ll need to get insurance, and make sure you keep all of your documents up to date and safe. It’s the only way to protect yourself if something goes wrong. Make sure you save emergency numbers and things too.

Go With The Flow

Going with the flow is a brilliant skill to have. Try not to fret if something goes a little askew, as long as nothing is seriously wrong. You’ll only kill the vibe of your trip. Go with the flow, stay positive, and enjoy the moment you’re in.

How do you make your travel personalized comment down below!

xoxo,
Therese

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

How To Show Somebody That You Love Them

Showing somebody that you love them is always nice. Maybe they’re going through a tough time. Maybe it’s a special occasion. Maybe you just want to show them how much you really appreciate them. Whatever your reason (not that you need one), these tips will help you!

Make Them Food

Food is the way to many people’s hearts, especially if you put lots of thought into whatever it is you’re making. If you’re not a seasoned chef yet, don’t worry. There are loads of simple recipes you can try. You could make them a meal, or make a cake/some cupcakes and put them in a nice basket or box. If you really have no faith in your cooking skills, you could always treat them to a gourmet hamper.

Take Them Out For The Day

Why not take the person you love out for the day? You could take them somewhere they’ve always wanted to go, or to see something they’ve always wanted to see. Experiences are far more valuable than things, so doing this can be a great way for the two of you to make amazing memories and bond. Look at transport to make sure you can get there, and maybe book something nice in advance. Alternatively you could just get to where you’re going to and explore. See what happens!

Buy Them A Thoughtful Gift

If you want to buy them a gift, buy them something thoughtful. Think of something they could really use, or something they need. Buying gifts is lovely as long as you’ve put thought into it. Don’t just buy a gift card or something impersonal. Show them you were thinking about them. Lots of gift websites out there make choosing gifts a bit easier, so have a look and see what you can find.

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Take A Weight Off Their Shoulders

Is there something stressing the person you love out? Maybe you could do something to take the weight off their shoulders. You could perhaps clean up for them, do a chore, maybe help them with some work. Brainstorm and see how you could help them out! Sometimes, doing something like this to take some stress away from a person can mean more to them than anything else.

Listen/Talk To Them

Sometimes, all somebody needs is a person to listen to them and speak to them. You don’t even need to speak! Simply giving somebody an ear to chew can make them feel so much better. This will really show the person you love how you feel about them.

Give Them A Hug

Hugs are very underrated. Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do to make a person feel better. A hug shows someone that you’re there for them and can even help release endorphins, making them feel a little better. If somebody in your life needs a little love, give them a hug.

Showing somebody you love them is always a great thing to do. Not only will they feel great, you’ll feel great. Love makes the world go round. We could all do with showing a little more of it from time to time!

xoxo,
Therese
Sunday, July 10, 2016

How To Easily Bridge A Language Gap

So, you have a passport in your hand? Maybe you are taking that dream vacation? Perhaps you have simply made friends with people from a far off land? All of these are exciting prospects and can make life worth living.

Imagine you need to go on a business trip or have been relocated to a foreign office overseas. Knowing the language and customs will surely make the transition easier and lessen any faux pas one might encounter.


However, before you can jump in with both feet you may have to deal with the one single major barrier that most of us do, which is a language barrier.  So how can we easily bridge the gap of communication?


  • Make friends with foreigners - Being in constant contact with a local speaker of the language you want to learn helps a lot. Being able to talk in their native language and giving you live feedback will also greatly improve your speaking ability.
  • Get online chat buddies from overseas - Online chatting greatly helps your written ability and the chances of them being able to translate certain things will greatly help. There is also Translate Shark, an online service that you can use to be sure that the words will be translated correctly.
  • Volunteer at local foreign festivals and make friends there - Attending a festival? Why not step up your game and volunteer? Not only you will give them a good impression, you can also make long term connections for future travels! Double yes!!
  • Watch foreign films and listen to foreign music - If you love movies and the music scene, why not invest some time listening to local artists speak a certain language. Unlike the options above you can also replay it if there is something you don't quite understand.
  • Use subtitles in TV shows can help too - Reading the your local language while listening to a foreign one is also a good thing to do. You can immediately understand the word and hear it being spoken at the same time. This works well if you don't have an immediate person to ask.
  • Grab your passport, ticket, and simply immerse yourself in the country, culture, and language- Feeling very adventurous? Then go and explore a different country and learn during the process! Connect, live and eat like a local. The experience will surely be extremely rewarding and memorable!
Making connections and building bridges with speakers of other languages can be very rewarding and can truly broaden your horizons. Imagine meeting a friend online and talking for days and weeks and months. If your language skills improved, you can make more friends and connect to more people all over the world.

Taking the time to learn a language can seem frustrating but that is because you are probably doing it wrong. It should be a fun experience. So, start trying the suggestions above and make the world yours.

What other ways do you think will help remove the language gap? Feel free to comment down below your suggestions!

xoxo,
Therese
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Deliciously Healthy Foods That Aren't Boring

Most of us would love to be more healthy. More exercise and activity is one way to achieve a better level of fitness. But watching what we eat can be one of the best ways to ensure we are as healthy as possible. The trouble is life is so busy these days. We rarely have time to cook good meals from scratch. And just eating fresh fruit and vegetables all the time can be pretty bland and boring.

It’s really important to mix up your meals as much as possible. Not only does it ease the boring out of eating, but it ensures a rounded diet. You need to absorb as many different vitamins and minerals as possible each week. These will come from grains, nuts and seeds, vegetables, pulses, beans and fruits. Dairy and meat can also form part of a healthy diet in moderation. And fish can provide valuable nutrients you may not be able to get from other sources.

A healthy meal is a balanced one. This means it contains a good portion of something from each food group. You need protein that could come from eggs, meat, fish or beans. And you also need carbohydrates. These can be sourced healthily from whole grains like rice or wheat. The trouble is, these can taste pretty bland on their own. It can be a good idea to use herbs, spices, and other ingredients to jazz them up a bit. And if you feel a bit clueless what to use, you can find various fragrance white rice brands available online for extra flavor.


Sauces can also be made from fresh ingredients, although this can take a little more time than you might have. If you’re looking for ready-made options, pick choices that only contain healthy ingredients. Preservatives, added sugars and salts are not ideal. Of course, you might still want to add some zing with chili sauce or some paprika!

Vegetables can also be a bit bland and tedious to eat. Season your roasted vegetables with a little salt and pepper. You can also brush them with chili infused olive oil. Why not enjoy a stir fry? You need very little oil, so this is a really healthy dish. Add mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes and even pineapples for a range of textures. A little soy sauce and a dash of fiery chili powder can add plenty of flavors. Serve with some fresh egg noodles or fragrant rice for a really healthy meal.

Slow cookers are one of the easiest gadgets in the kitchen to use. You can literally throw all your ingredients in with some fresh passata, a pinch of herbs and spices, and let it cook. Put it on in the morning to enjoy as soon as you get in at night. As it cooks slowly, all the flavors will meld and taste incredibly rich and tangy.

The secret to enjoying the healthiest ingredients is to build up plenty of texture and flavor. Mix up what you use, and try cooking it in different ways for different tastes. Love your food.

xoxo,
Therese