Why Now Is The Time You Should Start Saving For An Engagement Ring

For every young man, there comes a time when he will propose marriage, and the one thing that absolutely come with the proposal is a stunning diamond engagement ring. The very thought of buying such a valuable item is enough to send some men into panic, as they wonder how they will find the cash to buy their fiancée a suitable diamond engagement ring.

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If you’re planning to propose to the love of your life, here are a few good reasons why you need to start saving for the engagement ring as soon as possible.

  • What Should My Budget Be? – This is a question that many young men have asked themselves, and while there is no set figure for this, you certainly don’t want a ring that is considered to be cheap. Some say that 3 month’s salary is an acceptable figure for a diamond engagement ring, while others say it isn’t the cost that’s important, as long as she loves the ring. Once you have calculated the maximum amount you can spend on this very important symbol, there are affordable diamond rings NZ men can buy from Diamonds.co.nz, who are one of New Zealand’s best online jewellery store. Once they know your budget, they can show you an impressive catalogue of diamond engagement rings.
  • Start Putting a Portion of your Salary Away– If you have 6 months to a year, that is more than enough time in which to save up for a diamond engagement ring, and little by little, your nest egg will grow to the point where you can start to look at diamond engagement rings. If you can work overtime, then do whatever you can to add to your savings, or take a part time job to help pay for the ring.
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  • Discuss the Engagement with your Partner – Good relationships are all about communication, so talk to her about the engagement ring, as she might say the cost isn’t important, and by ensuring the ring is one she likes and you have the right size, you can choose the ring with some confidence. The last thing you want to happen is for you to go into debt to buy an impressive ring, when she would rather have something a little more modest. There is also an article that focuses on saving money for the engagement ring, which might help you.
  • Look for Good Deals from Online Jewellers – In New Zealand, there are online jewellers who have special offers, and by keeping your eye on their catalogue, you might get lucky and save a fair amount on the purchase of an excellent diamond engagement ring. Special offers do come along, and keeping your eye on their website might prove to be a wise move.

The most important thing is that your bride to be likes the ring you have chosen, and with online jewellers who have diamond engagement rings to suit every budget, you are sure to find something that is more than suitable.

Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Move in With Your Partner

So you’re in love. You both like pizza and Vampire Weekend. Your stars align in the bedroom. Now you’re thinking of moving in together. Amazing! But this is not a decision to take lightly. While it might be a thrill to think of waking up together every day, and you can’t wait to split rent two ways, moving in can spell disaster for otherwise healthy relationships. Before you take this big step, it’s wise to put your realist hat on and ask yourself these three tough questions.

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Have We Had The Hard Conversations Yet?

If not, have them now. You know those tough conversations: children or no children? Marriage or perpetual freedom? But also: holidays with family or movies and Chinese take out? Clean the bathroom once a week or once a year? Home-cooked or eat out? Netflix Fridays or friends around to watch sport? Before you move in together is when you need to start raising these issues, big and small, to understand whether the two of you are ready, or if you’ll ever be ready, to move in. Sharing a living space is about more than splitting rent. You’re going to have to adjust to each other’s habits in ways you may never have considered before, so if there is something you want to ask, don’t wait. Ask now. 

How Will Our Finances Work?

No matter how similar you and your partner are, it’s unlikely that you earn the same amount. If one of you earns significantly more, you’ll need to be honest about your living standards and requirements before you call in the removalist. This applies even if you’ve decided to keep your finances completely separate except for shared costs. Will you rent a place that one person can afford but the other can’t? Will the more affluent partner pick up the slack financially in order to raise the lifestyle for both of you? And if so, are both of you okay with that? Will one person want to heat the house to jungle temperatures in winter while the other would rather rug up and save on the energy bill?

Have We Done a Practice Run?

If not, do! Before you move in, it’s a good idea to have a month-long (at least) sleep-over in each other’s homes. This period of low-pressure cohabiting will give you both an opportunity to spot those habits that drive you insane as well as the lifestyle choices that you appreciate and are looking forward to sharing. Dating and falling in love is a wonderful bubble to be in. But it doesn’t always pay to jump straight from that bubble into each other’s intimate space. A couple of rehearsals for the real thing are essential to help you understand the adjustments the move will require of you, and whether you’re ready to make room for someone else.

 

Whether you’ve been dating for one year or ten, moving in together is an exciting and important step in any relationship. Before you decide to sign a lease together, ask yourself these key questions to help you remove those rose-tinted goggles and look at the situation objectively.

 

3 Ways To Brighten Up Your Home’s Exterior

It’s what’s inside that counts… At least that’s what people always say. When we’re considering how we decorate our homes we inevitably turn our attention to the interior. After all, we all deserve to come home to a place that makes us feel happy, safe and… well… at home after a long and hard day’s work or a long and hard night’s play. The way we decorate not only helps us to feel relaxed, secure and happy, it also reaffirms and reasserts our personalities, defining ourselves through the colours, textures, shades, fabrics and materials with which we surround ourselves. We wear our memories on the wall and our tastes on our proverbial sleeves. Our home is a physical embodiment of our taste and personality, and this not only helps us relax at home, it also helps our guests get to know us a little better.

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That said, in our zeal to create the perfect interiors, we mustn’t neglect the exterior. Giving the outside some TLC too helps to not just increase your home’s kerb appeal but makes the simple act of coming home or walking past your property that little bit more magical…

Rethink your driveway

Most properties’ exteriors are taken up by a sizeable driveway. This draws the eye of passers by and when it’s in a state of disrepair with weeds poking out from between paving slabs it can look like a crooked and blackened tooth in an otherwise flawless smile. 

Fortunately, there are lots of ways you can breathe new life into your driveway and lend it a sense of personality. You can scatter it with stunning rose coloured Kelkay Gravel, use resin bonded stone or perhaps even patterned imprinted concrete. You can decorate with a vast range of colours and textures and even create pictures and patterns in your driveway. There are a wide range of potential solutions which are as unique and beautiful as your home. 

Say it with flowers

Nothing brightens up a space or fills it with more beauty and cheer than flowers. And there are so many ways in which you can use them to brighten up your exterior. You can hang them from baskets on either side of your doorway or stand them in planters. You can bed them down in a window box or simply hang them in a wreath on your front door. With every season comes a new opportunity to revivify your exterior and bring bold new colours and shapes to the outside of your home. 

Of course, if you aren’t that keen on the idea of changing or tending to the flowers, artificial ones can give you the very same effect with none of the need for maintenance. 

The colour of welcome

Finally, never underestimate how eloquently your front door is speaking to passers by. A rudimentary understanding of colour psychology will tell you the kind of impression that your front door maybe making on passers by, guess and even you without your even knowing it. The most welcoming and inviting colours include yellow, turquoise, sky blue, lime greens and rich plummy purples. 

Of course, whichever colour you chose, a fresh coat of paint goes a long way towards brightening up your home’s exterior.