Never struggle with finding the perfect gift again

When it comes to giving gifts, there’s a lot of that dictates what kinds of gifts are expected from us. It’s important that you identify who you’re closer to and who you would consider and just another friend (as shallow as that sounds), everyone has best friends. Not just the relationship, but the context of the gift is important too, sometimes certain gifts wouldn’t be appropriate. With all that said, it’s time to take a more in-depth look at the personality of the individual, which is what has the most value when it comes to what they’ll enjoy.

Close friends

When it’s time to celebrate special occasions with your close friends, you’re looking to get something that will mean a lot to them, rather than something you can pick up on the way to them. It’s that time where you need to put quite a bit of thought into what you should get them. Usually, taking a look at your past with them is a good signifier of what they’ll appreciate. With that said, it can be pretty difficult if you don’t have so much creativity, or the individual hasn’t been around in your life for all that long. In which case, you should turn to the occasion of the event. Perhaps it’s not a birthday, but something bigger like a wedding. At which point you could check out http://mywishuk.com/wedding/ to get some ideas of what makes a good gift. If you would prefer to find something on your own, maybe you should do some low-key stalking into their life. That doesn’t necessarily imply that you should follow them around when they’re not looking, but instead trying to find out about their interests on social media, or through cryptic conversations. It can be quite easy to find out something they need if you really try, just make sure you don’t give the surprise away while trying.

Family

Giving gifts in the family can vary quite a lot. It can depend on how much of a tight-knit family you’re part of, and the age of them. For example, you wouldn’t give your new seven-year-old nephew a bottle of wine, but instead maybe some toys or a cool gadget. When it comes to those who are closer to you, something that you’ve taken the time to make yourself might come across as more thoughtful. Perhaps if you’re talented in art, you could create something unique and special to them, rather than going out and guessing what they might like from a store. This way, even if it’s not something they would usually go for, the thought and time that you’ve put into it are still special to the gift itself.

The bottom line is, if you’re looking to impress and leave a smile on the face of the person receiving the gift, you should focus more on what you know they like, rather than trying to get them something anyone would like. Taking the time and effort to come up with something/put together the right gift for someone can show how much they mean to you, which can make any gift big or small worth much much more. If you’re still not sure, you could check out http://www.redbookmag.com for some great ideas of gifts that could be quite useful to many.

How you can start growing your own food today

Growing your own food is becoming more popular as concerns about the environmental impact of supermarket food become more prevalent. As people try to reduce their carbon footprint, growing your own food instead buying it is a good way to do it because you don’t contribute to all of the pollutants from production and shipping of that food, and you also don’t create more plastic waste from the packaging. The only problem is, most people don’t really know how to grow their own food and a lot of people think that you’ve got to be an expert gardener to do it. That’s not the case at all, anybody can grow their own food as long as they’ve got a garden to do it in, just follow these simple tips to get you started.

Growing your own food

Use Any Space You Can

Even if you’ve only got a tiny strip of grass in the back garden, you shouldn’t neglect it because you can still plant stuff. It’s not going to be enough to feed you all the time but it’s still something and every small change makes a difference. Window sills are also great places to grow herbs and other small bits and bobs. Growing things vertically is another handy trick when you’ve got a limited amount of space.

Get A Greenhouse

If you’re growing without a greenhouse you’re limiting yourself to the summer months where certain plants are concerned. There are still things that you can grow during winter but you have a lot more options if you’ve got a greenhouse as well. You can get greenhouse polycarbonate and accessories to build your own custom greenhouse which is the best way to make sure that you’re making the best use of space. A lot of plants like tomatoes and chilli plants will only grow properly in a greenhouse so if you want to get serious about growing your own food, you need one.

Start Small

Although you should get a greenhouse and make use of all the space you have, you should still work up to it slowly. If you buy a load of plants before you know what you’re doing, they’ll probably die. Start out with a couple of simple ones and then gradually increase the amount of plants that you’re growing as you get more confident in your growing abilities.

Get Cheap Seeds

If you go to a garden centre and buy packets of seeds, they’re going to cost you quite a bit. Luckily, there are plenty of much cheaper sources these days. Most supermarkets and home stores have seeds for a lot cheaper than garden centres but in a lot of cases, there is no need to be paying for them at all. Whenever you buy vegetables, save some of the seeds and dry them out, then you can just plant them in the garden and without paying anything. This is a good idea, especially when you’re just starting out because it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes.

Growing your own food is a great way to save some money and reduce your impact on the environment so get started today.

Essential things to remember before travelling

So you’re getting ready for your trip, then once you get there you remember you forgot your sunglasses, your boarding pass, and you will have to buy expensive sunscreen at the airport because you forgot yours. Here are some things that you have to remember to do, and think about, before you leave for your trip. Following these simple tips will help you to enjoy your trip. There is nothing worse than stressing about all the things you could have done better when your already on the plane. Read on and make sure you are prepared for you trip, so you can enjoy every minute of it while you are there.

things to remember before travelling

Make a List

Lists are you best friend in everyday life, but especially when you are going somewhere and you have lots of things to remember. Ticking off your list is not only satisfying, but you can add to it whenever you remember things. This is definitely the best and only way to make sure you don’t miss anything when packing. Make a thorough list and stick to it! Unless your backpacking, it’s best to be over prepared than underprepared. Remember to leave time a trip to the shops, which we always have to do, when we run out of essentials like toothpaste the day before you leave!

Exchange your Money

Remember to get some money exchanged before you go. The jury is out on how much cash you need to carry, as you want to have enough to get around, but you don’t want to carry lots  round with you. Travel cards are a great option for many people, and can save you a lot of money in the long run. It can be expensive going to cash points all the time and withdrawing money, so make sure you prepare, so you don’t have to spend anything unnecessarily. Being smart with your money means saving quite a bit, so you can spend more on things that really matter to you.

The Language

It’s good to know at least a little of the language before you go, and can really help you get about the place. If you want to learn quite a bit of it, there are language schools like Ellci that can help you out. There are also loads of other ways you can learn a language, or at least enough to get around the city. Youtube has loads of language learning videos, and these are great because you get to listen to punctuation and speaking, which is exactly what you need if you are travelling. Even knowing a few words can help you out when needing to find the bank, or a place to eat, or it can just be great if you can say thanks for something.

Here are a few essential things to remember before you go travelling, and doing these little things can, make your trip that much easier. Try some of these things before you go, and see how much more you can enjoy your trip.   

New Year New You…….

That’s it Christmas is all finished for another year. I guess like me you have eaten a bit to much turkey and you have already finished off those lovely boxes of chocolates? Which like half of the nation means that January detox, diet and fitness regime is about to kick in. A couple of years ago I was really good throughout January, in February and even March before my fitness kick had worn off and I was no longer out running 3 times a week.

New Year New You

This year however I am determined to get fitter, having recently lost some weight before out trip to Lapland. I still want to shift a few more pounds and feel better than I have done for a long time.

New Year New You

I have been looking at lots ways to get healthy and stick to it this year. Starting off with:-

Healthy food and drinks

For me making the right food and drink choices is really important. I am terrible for drinking far to many fizzy drinks and not enough water. I go through fazes of drinking water but it doesn’t last very long so this year I want to try and drink healthier options. Smoothies packed with fruits, healthy natural waters and natural fruit juices.

True Nopal Cactus Water is 100% natural and full of flavour with no added sugars, it’s vegan friendly and paced full of antioxidants. It tastes great and myself and the Hubby have enjoyed drinking it.

Shaken Udder smoothies are just yummy! With lots of different flavours to chose from. My favourite is strawberries and clotted cream, so full of flavour. They are a great source of calcium and protein, gluten free and there are no artificial colourings and preservatives.

Benefit Drinks are 100% pure squeezed fruit juices. Enrich – Carrot juice, Cleanse – Prune juice, Vitality – Beetroot juice, and a Cleanse – Prune juice not from concentrate. The Carrot is my favourite, but they all tasted great. Packed full of vitamins to help keep your body topped up with goodness.

Healthy supplements

I am useless at taking multi vitamins and supplements which I know I really should be taking. This year it’s part of my new me, taking regular supplements. Hello Day have sent me and ‘Hello Winter’ box packed full of supplements to help me start on my quest. A box of Immunity support to help with the function of my immune system. A box of Bioharmony balance to help balance the gut functions. Beauty boost. To help with the conditions of my nails, hair and skin. There is one final box of vitality boost to help with the reduction of tiredness and fatigue which is perfect for the winter months.

Fitness

Just like most people out there we want to be that bit fitter, there are so many ways you are able to do this. You don’t have to take on the big monthly costs of joining a gym, you could walk more, get outside running or even take up yoga or work outs in your own home.

Amazon basics offer a great range of fabulous fitness items at really reasonable prices. I really love these exercise loop bands, great for resistance training at home or in the gym.

Relax

After you have spent time looking after your body, eating right, drinking right and getting in some exceise, its time to relax.

Keep your body ready for that last minute swim or gym session, or even just to feel good. Try this fabulous Dove shower foam, its perfect for taking to the gym or just using at home. It’s so silky and soft and smells amazing, plus it helps to moisturise your skin.

Or this fabulous razor subscription box so you never run out. I have been using my Dorco razor for a couple of months now and I love it. It just glides across my legs, without even worrying I might miss a bit on those difficult ankles or around the knees.

Then after a long day run a nice hot bath and relax with a detox scrub from Absolute aromas. Their Himalayan salt scrub is great for buffing off the dead skin and helping to rejuvenate your skin, leaving you feeling silky smooth and relaxed.

So that’s my January sorted, making you I take some extra time to look after myself to help get a bit fitter and fingers crossed shift a few more pounds ready for the Spring and Summer that is fast approaching.

Whatever your new year quest is, I wish you lots of luck.

*Thank you to everyone who has sent me products to use within this post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*