Personalised Vintage Playing Cards gifts plus give away

As my regular readers know, I am not only a little bit obsessed with stationery and note books but also personalised gifts. I have found you another fabulous company Vintage Playing Cards, that offers just that.

Vintage Playing Cards GiftsRecently the lovely team at Vintage Playing Cards got in touch to see if I would like to offer my fabulous readers the chance to win one of their beautiful personalised vintage playing card frames, worth up to £110. Well how could I possibly say no to that amazing prize for one of you?

Vintage Playing Cards started in 2008 when a pack of vintage art deco playing cards was found, however a few of the cards were missing, so instead of throwing them away they were lovingly turned into greeting cards. Before designing frames and an array of other lovely vintage card inspired giftsVintage Playing Cards have an amazing range of gifts and items for the home. Something that really is a little bit different. Perfect not only for wedding presents, but also new babies, birthdays, anniversary and any other occasion you could possibly want to find the perfect present for. I even spotted a dog lead rack that has hooks to hang their leads on, which can be personalised to the names of your dogs. I love these, I would love one to hang by the back door for my Spaniels leads.

Vintage Playing Cards supply items, to some of my favourite shops, Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason, Oliver Bonus and not forgetting my must visit when in London shop, Liberty.

Win Win Win

Would you like to own your very own Vintage Playing Card frame? Well I have a fabulous competition for you to enter. Not only will you get your choice of frame and personalisation (up to £110) you will also be sent a set of Mr & Mrs bunting.

Don’t worry if you do not win, I have also got a fabulous little discount code for you, just type in CHAMPAGNE at the check out to receive 15% off your order. Why not start thinking about those Christmas gifts now?

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*Thank you Vintage Playing Cards for kindly offering my readers this wonderful prize. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Paleo First Steps – Handling Hunger & Controlling Cravings

Whether you have been brought to the world of paleo in a bid to lose weight or just want to change your lifestyle for the better, there’s one thing that unites you with everyone else who has ever tried it, the first few weeks are tough.

While you will, over time, begin to adapt and feel your body doing much the same, there is no doubt that the initial stage is difficult. You and your body have been used to quick, junk meals. You’ve become accustomed to relying on carbohydrates so you can sustain energy during the day. You’re going to find it difficult to step away from that, especially when eating out and presented with so few paleo-friendly options. For the first few weeks, a lifestyle change such as converting to paleo is tough going.

By far the most difficult part is dealing with hunger and cravings. Some proponents of paleo eating will tell you they don’t feel hunger and they don’t have cravings – this isn’t entirely true. If you maintain the eating plan, then yes, you will get to a stage where the sudden urge to consume something that’s bad for you will fade. However, it’s going to take a little adjustment for your body to be able to realise it doesn’t need those sugary, starchy foods – and it’s during this transitional phase you’re going to be at your most vulnerable. So how can you get through it unscathed, and into the calm waters of paleo as it’s meant to be enjoyed?

Go cold turkey…

If you think you can slowly phase out the sugar and high carb items in your diet, then you’re probably in for a nasty surprise. The longer that you keep your body tuned to this way of eating, the more you’re just dragging out the inevitable. Make the break and make it as soon as you can.

This way, rather than enduring weeks of “phasing it out” misery, you go through a few days and then pass clear the other side. It’s quicker, simpler, and you’ll start to reap the health benefits faster too.

Find some support groups…

Getting your body to adapt to a new sugarless and starch-light life is going to take some getting used to, which is why you shouldn’t be afraid to look for ways to support your endeavors. It might be through using the likes of Lovidia to help control your appetite, talking to friends, or even just joining a few online support groups; anything that makes those tough few weeks feel a little more bearable is well worth it to you.

Start to experiment with recipes…

In the initial phases, you’re going to need to feel excited about food. This helps to prevent you from wishing for what you could have been eating if you’d not tried this whole paleo thing – and that leaves you vulnerable to cravings and bad decisions.

Experiment with different recipes, try new ideas, and keep yourself interested and engaged with the foods that suit a paleo lifestyle. While you might not be able to eat a takeout pizza after work, you can teach yourself to whip up a paleo-friendly dish that will taste just as good, and doing so will distract you from your cravings – perfect!

While the first few weeks might be difficult to manage, get through them and you could see your life and health improved exponentially. So keep on going, even when the going gets tough!

A match made in Heaven starts on an equal footing

Relationships are best on a level playing field. While the man was once in control, the same can’t be said in the modern day. This is good, of course, and a sure sign that the role of women is improving. But, it does lead to confusion where dating is concerned. As this is still new, both you and your potential partners may find it difficult to get things off the ground in the right way. And, that’s an obvious setback when the start of a relationship has a significant impact on how things progress.

A Match Made In Heaven Starts On An Equal Footing

A look back to the not so distant future is all it takes to see how much dating has changed. A ‘traditional’ man would make the decisions, pay the bills, and open the car door for his lovely lady. Now though, few women look for those qualities. In fact, most would get irritated by a man taking control that way.

But, let’s give the guys a break. Often, they fall back on these tried and tested methods due to uncertainty. Many men are torn between being chivalrous, and not wanting to offend their date. As such, it’s more important than ever for women to set the tone. We’re the ones who have experienced the main change. As such, it’s down to us to lay the ground rules.

First, it’s important to consider what you’re after. If you want the wined and dined experience, that’s fine. The power is still with you because you’ve made that decision. For the majority of us, though, that no longer appeals. Think about how your dream date would go. Then, set about making it happen.

Your new role starts during the planning stages. While the man was once responsible for choosing what you did on your first dates, that’s no longer the case. Now, you both have an equal responsibility. If you throw in some date suggestions, your man will see straight away that you don’t want him to take charge. Of course, many of us aren’t used to deciding on date locations. If that’s the case, let him pick the first date. This will give you a good idea of what he enjoys, and leave you in a better position moving forward. Then, take a look at something like these second date ideas to inspire you when your turn comes around. Think, too, about anything he mentioned during the first date. Any knowledge about what he enjoys will help.

The other thing that most confuses dating is who pays. Men are no longer obliged to pay the bill, and nor should they be. It’s an outdated concept which suggests women can’t pay their way. Not the case! But, some men still offer to pay through fear of offending. Make things clear to him by reaching for your purse when the bill comes. Paying for your half will show him that you’re strong, independent, and able to stand on your own two feet. What man doesn’t want a woman like that?

Wonderlust Meets World: How To Make Your Travel Dreams A Reality

We all have dreams. Some of us wanted to be ice skaters when we grew up, others wanted to travel. Although you can often grow out of the ice skating stage, when you have a dream of seeing the world, it never really leaves you.

How to Make Your Travel Dreams a RealityWhen you want to be able to travel and head to all of the destinations around the world that have filled your dreams for years, you can often get to the point where you want to make it a reality. Wanderlust can do that to you! So, if that’s the stage you’re at now, here are a few tips on how to make those travel dreams your soon-to-be reality.

Making A List

The first step towards chasing your dreams is to get out a pen and paper (or an online document) and get your plans written down. By writing everything down, you’re more likely to take action. It also helps to make a list of your bucket list holiday ideas to know where you want to go. Whether you want to head to Bondi Beach or see Cape Town, it’s important to get everything out of your head and into a list to work out what to do next.

Be Realistic With Your Situation

Now that you’ve made a little more sense of your thoughts, you then need to work out your current situation. Because making your travel dreams a reality, will depend on what you can actually do. You need to work out what time off you can have and when, how you prefer to travel and what it is that you’re looking to get out of the trip. By doing this, you’ll be able to work out what plans you can make first.

Deciding On A Budget

With a better understanding of what you can make possible, you then need to decide on a budget. Because it’s often the budget that will then determine what plans you can put in place. Making a travel budget is often tough. Again, you have to be realistic, but you can make it as large or as little as you like. Just be sure to plan for travel, accommodation, food, and any activities that you may want to do.

Making A First Firm Booking

When you get to this point, the only step left to do is to make your first firm booking. You have to be able to take the plunge and put those plans in place. Once you’ve researched and decided on what you want to do, get your travel and accommodation in place and give yourself a huge pat on the back because those plans are becoming a reality.

Preparing The Rest

Then, you’re going to want to make sure you get the rest of the little things in line too. There are lots of things to do when you travel internationally, but if you have time, you can tick these off slowly. From getting your currency to arranging your luggage, you’ll probably find that these are the exciting final touches that help you to get yourself ready to realise your dreams.