May 29, 2018

The Importance of a Rainy Day Fund

For many of us, a rainy-day fund might seem like a distant dream. When you are living paycheck to paycheck, clearing your bank account every month and struggling to pay debts off, never mind grow savings, the idea of having a little pot of money “just in case” might seem impossible. You may even find that every time you do manage to set a little cash aside, you need it a few weeks later to buy the kids new shoes or replace broken goods. You know that your emergency fund will never grow if you keep breaking into it, but you need to, to give your family a decent quality of life, or even to put food on the table.

But, a rainy-day fund is incredibly important. Setting aside just a small amount each week in a high-interest account can give you enough to start. Set up a direct debit so that you don’t forget.

Things Come Up
Unfortunately, things come up. Cars break down, appliances come to the end of their lifespan, people get sick and find themselves unable to work, unemployment hits or you have to start planning your veteran memorial service. The kids always need something, and life is constantly throwing up barriers that cost money to pull down.

Having a rainy-day fund means that when things come up, you’ve got some spare cash to cover it and you don’t need to worry about getting into debt.

Things Change
You might be managing today. Your financial situation might be stable, but even if no unforeseen events crop up, things change. Your insurance premiums might go up, food and fuel seem to get more expensive all of the time, your landlord could put your rent up, or fluctuating interest rates might affect your mortgage repayments. Things change and suddenly you can find yourself struggling financially. A rainy-day fund, even a small one, gives you time to budget and make cutbacks to improve your situation.

You’ll Become More Disciplined with Money
The main reason we don’t save is thinking we can’t afford it. The truth is that many of us could if we just made some cutbacks, budgeted more carefully and became more disciplined with money. Saving just a little each week will teach you how to do this. You’ll quickly adapt and learn to cope without it.

You Can Plan for The Future
Your rainy-day fund is there to be used when you need it. To make sure you are comfortable and ready for unexpected events. But, you might not need all of it very often. You may have periods when it continues to grow uninterrupted for some time. This gives you a chance to start making plans. Think of where you want to be in 5 years and start saving for it.

You’ll Have Options
One of the worst thing about being in a tight financial situation is feeling like you don’t have options or choices. You have to do what you can afford, and money dictates your life. Having a little extra gives you more options and some freedom.

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May 24, 2018

The Benefits Of Living In Many Places

Living in many places either around the world or even in your state has many net benefits. People will often tell you that settling and feeling comfortable in a certain location is superior, and of course we’re not suggesting their wrong. We’re only suggesting that this outlook tends to downplay the beauty, excitement and excellence of living in many different locations during the course of your life. We’d recommend that the benefits to be experienced are:

A Sense Of Place
It’s true that living in multiple locations will give you a better sense of place, not a worse one. Having many things to compare a living situation to will allow you to see the benefits and flaws of a certain location more conclusively. You’ll be able to make more informed choices, be able to better value if you’re paying over the odds for your living situation or not, and also make the most of the unique parts of every home. For example, living near the beach might be a wonderful aspect of one apartment, while living close to the cultural district could be an amazing benefit of the other. When you’ve lived in both you’ll be much more interested in never letting these benefits go to waste, because you’ll know just how unlikely they can be. Living in multiple different environments stops you associating your personal identity with artificial borders, and instead keep a wide-awake perspective concerning other people, cultures and attitudes, even within your own country.

Moving Will Not Frighten You
One of the worst parts of neglecting or refusing to move is that this decision can often grow cobwebs over time. It goes from not desiring to move to not feeling able thanks to the enormity and huge structural change coming from the roots of your life. Someone well versed in moving place to place will have no problem with the process, and will mostly see it as a new adventure waiting to be had, or a new chapter waiting to start. Of course, there are services to help you with this, such as MyBekins, movers to help you get from one place to the other (your belongings too!) without much in the way of inconvenience.

One of the best parts of living in new places is meeting people. Why else would you move? Being connected to many different scenes, nightlife cultures and environments can make you feel intrinsically excited about your entire experience, and forge friends for life. Then, when moving around the country, you’re at least likely to happen upon certain people willing to help or socialize with you. This can be a real positive in a world of seeming fragmentation. This will also help you get a sense of perspective socially, and you’ll realize that the world isn’t half as chaotic as you’re being led to believe.

With these simple attitudes, the benefits of living in many places will reveal themselves to you, and hopefully apply to you in all ways.

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May 23, 2018

Your Feet Support You, Support Them Right Back!

There is one place on the body that almost all of us ignore, and that’s our feet. We buy as many products as we can to take care of our hair, our skin and our hands, but our feet are often neglected. Perhaps it’s because they’re so far away from us at all times, or perhaps it’s because water runs off them in the shower, and so we believe that’s enough. Treating your feet right is pretty much the most important thing that you could do. Feet work harder than any other body part, and we don’t take the time to respect them in the way that we should. We stuff them into cripplingly high heels. We sweat them out with a set of gym trainers and we generally just let them suffocate a little. Realistically, feet should be the one place on the body that we care for above anything else.

beach, blue, feet

There’s no need for expensive treatments at the spa to take care of your feet – although I doubt that they would complain too much about that! If you spend a little time every day on your feet, you can avoid problems later on in your life. So, how can you support your feet better so that they can support you for longer?

1. Washing your feet every day is more than just letting water run over them in the shower or dipping them in the bath. There are specific foot scrubs that you can buy to ensure that dead skin on your feet is taken off every day. Pat dry, including between the toes, and apply moisturizing cream – especially around the heels.

2. Wearing natural cotton socks that are breathable, and shoes that pride themselves on being farm to feet will really help your feet to breathe better when you’re busy. Try not to wear the same shoes all the time and keep gym shoes aired out and not just stuffed away. Shoes need to breathe as much as your feet do!

3. Feet should never be left to be sore. If your feet are feeling pinched, or your toenails are cutting into the sides of your toes, you need to get that sorted. Shoes should be well-fitted, and you should seek out the help of a chiropodist for any ingrown toenails. High heels should be kept to a minimal use and when you don’t have to wear them, don’t!

4. Cushion your work shoes and the ones that you wear every day with inserts that support the arch of the foot. This website here can give you pointers on how to make your shoes support your feet better.

5. If you want to feel confident in your sandals, schedule pedicures occasionally to treat your feet right. A file and polish as well as a massage is good for your mental health as well as your physical foot health.

Our feet may take a massive impact every day, but they sure don’t have to feel like they do!

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Making Gifts More Personal This Year

Giving gifts is one of the great pleasures of life. It is always lovely to be able to give a gift to someone you love and show then just how much they mean to you. If you are feeling stuck in a rut this summer and wonder how you can make your gifts more personal, here are some tips to take on board for your next birthday.

1. Get crafty

Whether you buy your present or decide to make it, a gift can be personalized with some clever crafting. If you have bought a photo frame, for example, make sure that you place a lovely photo in it of the two of you. You can spice up the wrapping by making your own give tag and printing your own design onto plain wrapping paper. And of course, you can always make or buy a personalized card with a site like It’s always the thought that counts and you can be sure that your family member or friend will appreciate the effort you put in.

2. Make A Kit

Pinterest is a hub for DIY pamper kits, hampers and other things which can be a great gift for your loved one at any time of the year. If you love to bake and you know that someone loves your cookie recipe, you can make them a batch of cookies or even place the dry ingredients in a jar and add instructions for baking! Share the love this year and spread some joy.

3. Tell a story

Gifts don’t always have to be something that a person can use or something that they need, you can go one up on this idea and create something which tells a story. You can buy I love you because books online where you can detail everything you love about your spouse. You could create a scrapbook with photos from throughout your lives together and even make a photo canvas for them to hang on their wall.

4. A thoughtful gift card

Gift cards can be a great gift if you choose them right. One of the things we often fail at when gift shopping is choosing a gift card which will fit the person we are buying it for. You can take a note of someone’s interests and their favorite things and use this to make your decision more personal. Think about book stores, restaurants, cinemas, activities and other things rather than just fashion stores.

5. Give your time

If you love spending time with a certain person and you want the opportunity to have some quality time together, why not give them an experience day or pay for a lovely day out for you all? Making memories with the people you love can sometimes be even more fun than buying a gift, and it means that you can all bond over something you mutually love. Take lots of photos on the day and then gift that as a surprise for a lovely set of memories from a great day.

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May 22, 2018

Being Unstoppable Is About Overcoming Obstacles

Life is not always a smooth and comfortable journey. In fact, you face obstacles on a daily basis, even though you don’t notice them anymore. From trying to convince your colleagues to choose a specific solution to wondering how to get back in touch with a distant relative, there are many challenges to overcome. However, while most people naturally try to pursue their goal when confronted to such everyday obstacles, there’s one area of your life where challenges are prone to happen and stop your efforts: The fitness world. Indeed, it’s a common error that you have to be already fit mentally and physically to start your fitness journey. While there is a virtuous circle, the fitter you are, the fitter you get, it would be foolish to assume that you can’t engage in sports activities if you’re not 100% strong. In reality, while illnesses can keep you away from your regular workout, there are health conditions that can only improve through regular exercise. Here are the many ways in which your health might seem to be an obstacle on your way to fitness, and the equally many reasons why it can never stop you from getting fit and doing the stuff you most enjoy. Here’s how to be unstoppable!

Too tired? Think again
Do you know what the most common reason for skipping the gym is? Tiredness. You think you can’t go before you feel drained and want to go back to bed. Fatigue can affect you at any point in your life, whether you’re working hard at the office or relaxing at home. Picture the scene. You set your alarm clock early to go the gym before work. But you can’t bring yourself to get up. ‘I’ll go tomorrow,’ you think, ‘I’m too tired today.’ However, tomorrow, you may just feel the same despite ensuring that you get an early night. What is that happening to you and how long should you postpone your training session? As surprising as it might sound when you adopt a passive lifestyle, your metabolism change and gets lazy. As a result, you feel exhausted even though you’re not doing anything. The best remedy against feeling tired is to exercise as this will kick-start your metabolism. Gradually, your body will feel more energized. However, if you can’t get rid of the sensation of fatigue after a few days of working out, you might want to see a doctor. Indeed, fatigue might be a symptom of hypothyroidism.

Gain without painDo you sometimes have the impression that your joints are stiff and that every movement is too painful to make? Joint pain, also known as arthritis, is a common health complaint caused by an inflammation of the joint tissues. Contrary to the common belief, arthritis is not an old age disease, even though it is most frequently found among seniors. A lot of people of all ages struggle with joint issues as a result of poor lifestyle choices, from picking sports that put too much pressure on the articulations – such as running which can be so harmful to your knees that you could need a total knee replacement – to not drinking enough water – your joints consists of 60% water, meaning that dehydration could affect them. Regular and gentle activity can also help to reduce joint pain and strengthen your muscles. Yoga, for instance, is an excellent choice to help release the pressure on your articulation.

Age is only a number
‘I can't do that. I’m too old for that.’

How often have you used your age as an excuse? If you’re still in your 20s or 30s, you might find yourself referring your age as a reason not to follow specific trends or wear young outfits. But when you hit your 40s, you can become aware of how much your fitness levels have dropped – especially if you haven’t trained regularly. Does this mean you’re too old for sports? Of course, not. There is no age to be doing sports, as long as you are careful. Robert Marchand, for instance, is a role model for active seniors. Born before the First World War, the Frenchman took on cycling after his retirement. Aged over 100, he set his first-hour record in the super senior category in 2012. Marchand has since stopped cycling at a competitive level earlier this year, but he still enjoys riding his bike. The lesson we can all learn from him is that there’s no age to start practicing


There is no such thing as a weak body
For too many individuals, the idea of an imperfect body, or a body that has been amputated or damaged beyond repair is terrifying. However, many paralympic athletes and talented sports people have since proven that the potential of the human body is without limit. Take a look at this dance routine performed by a three-legged duo, to see that your body is able to do much more than you give it credit for. In other words, your weak spot is no real obstacle. It’s only an excuse that you can push aside to focus on what you really want to do.

It starts in your mind
Ultimately, the power to overcome obstacles starts in your mind every day. You need to find in yourself the motivation to go further. As motivation is what gets you to push through a hard time at the gym; it’s important to nurture it. If you’re naturally competitive, you’ll find nothing more motivational that practicing to beat your competitor or to become stronger than that ripped bodybuilder at the gym. Some people find it easier to keep a journal in which they note their performance and the reasons why they want to get better.

Ultimately, the obstacles are between you and your happiness
As soon as you start practicing sports regularly, you’ll find that most barriers begin to fade and disappear. Indeed, sports releases a state of happiness and satisfaction. The more you practice, the happier you are. The happier you are, the easier it is to remove obstacles.

You may not be a great athlete. But you don’t have to be Number One to stick to your fitness journey. You have to believe that you can do it despite the challenges that are stopping from doing sports. The first step is all it takes to get your body fit again.

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How Much Do The Rich And Famous Pay For An Engagement Ring?

People live vicariously through others and this is no more so true than those in the celebrity worshiping world. Doesn’t matter if it's your favorite music star, actor or business tycoon, some people want to know what they’re up to. Entire careers have made comebacks and even established themselves on social media. It gives celebrities a direct platform to connect with their fans and so we’re all entrenched with who we follow. When they make an announcement that they’re going to get married soon, we get very happy for them as if we know them personally. Of course we don’t know them but we feel as if we do so whatever journey they embark on it feels like we’re along for the ride. Since they are indeed rich and famous how much do they pay for their engagement rings? More than likely they’ll never tell as boasting about the price of a ring that represents true love is distasteful. But you can still work it out if you know what to look for.

Natalie Portman
Best known for her role in the Star Wars franchise, Natalie Portman is one of Hollywood’s modern actresses. She’s played leading roles, most notably her portrayal of a mysterious and dark ballet dancer in The Black Swan. She’s married to Benjamin Millepied who’s famous for his professional dance career. The Frenchman and Portman decided to go a non-traditional route and went for something a little off the cuff. Portman’s engagement ring is made from platinum and houses a large antique stone in the center. It's reported to have cost around $35,000.

Miranda Kerr
Australian model Miranda Kerr came to light to the mainstream audience as one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels. She’s known for her gorgeous figure and as well as being one of the most recognizable faces on the runway. She married the CEO of Snapchat Evan Spiegel last year. When she got engaged, she even used the app to break the news to her friends and family. She was seen in a photo wearing a 2.5 carats diamond engagement ring. It's rumored to have cost Spiegel around $100,000. The ring itself if a thin silver band with a diamond resting in the crown. Since she’s known for her metropolitan and cosmopolitan style, the ring suits the way she dresses. Time will tell how much the wedding ring will cost her billionaire groom.

Christina Applegate
Blonde bombshell and Canadian actress Christina Applegate married Martyn LeNoble in 2013. They picked out a vintage English diamond ring reported to be four carats. It's hard to judge Celebrity engagements and the true worth of their rings. The exact cost of the ring is not known. But the cost per carat has changed dramatically since 2014. You can chart the rise in price and see where her four-carat ring sits in the price range.

Oh to be rich and famous and on top of that, in love. When you have the money and the time, you would take your time to buy a dazzling ring for your partner. The alluring question is if this is what celebrities pay just for an engagement ring, what would they pay for the wedding ring?

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May 16, 2018

The Art Of Buying Yourself The Perfect Gift

From time to time, it is a good idea to step back and pay attention to yourself a little better. There are many ways to do this, but one of the best is simply to stop and buy yourself a present of some kind. Fortunately, buying yourself a gift is pretty easy to do, and as long as you really know yourself well you can be sure of getting something you are bound to love. But it can be surprising how hard it is to buy for yourself, especially if you are used to buying for other people all the time. In this article, we re going to look at the lost art of buying gifts for yourself, and how to make sure you are doing it just right.

Get Past The Mental Block
The main reason most people struggle with this is simply because they don’t actually believe that they deserve to buy themselves something nice. If you are prone to self-sabotage, then you will likely find that you accidentally end up simply not buying yourself the thing you really want, or not leaving yourself enough money to do so at all. It is important to try and get past this mental block if you are to get yourself a gift you will truly love, as it is something that can end up really getting in the way if you are not careful. As long as you manage to deal with the blockage, however, you can find yourself the ideal gift - and that can mean wonderful things for your relationship with yourself in the future too.

Go For Something Original
If you really want to make yourself happy in this way, you should make sure that you manage to go above and beyond and look for something truly original instead of something that you might automatically look to. This can be hard, but as long as you are happy spending some time shopping around you should find that it is actually surprisingly easy to get right. You might want to find yourself the perfect pair of retro jordans for sale or maybe even an item of jewelery which you would normally not wear. This can be a great way of widening out your own horizons so that you can end up with something truly original, and it is definitely worth considering.

Budget Yourself Appropriately
There is hardly any point bankrupting yourself in the name of a single, simple gift - but you should consider budgeting yourself so that you do not understand either. The whole point here is to treat yourself to something special, so don't be afraid to give yourself a budget which actually allows this pretty easily. You might find that you only get the perfect gift when you manage to get the budget right, so it is definitely worth thinking about that if you want to do so. Get that right, and you will end up with a gift you are happy with and a bank account which remains healthy too.

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May 11, 2018

This Diva Does: Why It’s Time To Put Yourself First

In life, it’s only natural that you want to put everyone that means something to you above yourself. As women, it’s something that comes very easily to us. We love to nurture and care, and that’s a beautiful trait to have. But at the same time, you can often find that this trait leads you to neglecting yourself. We’re not necessarily talking about doing yourself harm. But when you’re busy taking care of everyone else, it’s really easy to forget about taking care of yourself. But there should always come a time where you realize that you need to think about putting yourself first. Because you can only ever take care of others when you’re strong in yourself. If you’re a sinking ship, you won’t be able to give the best you can to those you care about.

And even more so, it’s time that you were able to improve your life and live on your own terms. While it’s great to ensure that you’re looking after those that matter to you, you’re number one. You will only ever be all that you have, of course you deserve to be taken care of. It’s time for you to realize just how fabulous you are, and why you need to start treating yourself better than you ever have before. So let’s take a look at why and how you can start doing this today, to change your life forever.

Your Health Matters

First of all, you’re going to want to realize that your health is important. Now, deep down, this is something that you know. But it’s often all too easy to just assume that your health is fine and that you’re taking care of things - even though you’re not taking any action. So, it’s time that you start to take care of yourself, and putting yourself first helps with that. Start listening to your body so that you can understand what it needs you to do for your health.

And So Does Your Happiness

But that’s not all, your happiness is also incredibly important too. You deserve to be a happy person. And not just someone that says they’re happy, but truly means it. So if you know that you aren’t really on the track to happiness, starting to put your needs first is going to help you to get there.

You Deserve To Feel Your Best

Quite frankly, you deserve to feel incredible all of the time. And if you don’t, you need to change that. It’s okay to have down days, because this is something that we all experience. But you deserve to spend your life feeling good, content, and grateful. Sometimes, this is only something we can experience when we strip things back and start to work on what we really want.

And Look It Too

If you’re always putting others before you, and you’re losing time to focus on yourself, you may not feel your best - that much is true. But at the same time, you may not be able to put your all into looking you best. And we all know what when we look good, we feel good. So at the very least, you owe it to yourself to start having a bit more fun with your appearance and really focusing on looking your best at all times. Life it too short to let yourself go to focus on other people.

Taking Care Of Yourself Feels Great

But this isn’t just some materialistic or egotistical need that you’re fulfilling. Oh no. Because taking care of yourself feels good. Make sure that you find the right products and ask yourself does Lifecell work or whatever you need to to get on track. Invest in yourself so that you can feel your best. Because you deserve it.

You Deserve Love

And that’s not all. You deserve love too. You deserve to be loved by those around you, and loved as much as you love. That much is true. Even when you feel like you’re the one that’s meant to give love, you can take it too. But sometimes, in order for you to believe that, you have to start taking steps to put yourself first.

Loving Yourself Is The Key

In order to get there, you can often find that you need to love yourself first. And if you’re too busy taking care of everybody else, how are you meant to do that? But when you take a step back and you start to focus on who you are and what you need, you can take better care of yourself. And that’s what loving yourself really is. When you can look after yourself and give yourself the love you deserve, others will give it to you too.

When You’re Strong, They’re Strong

Sometimes, you have to start putting yourself first to realize how strong you are. At the same time, you can only get strong when you know that you’re doing you and putting yourself first. But this isn’t just for you. Because when you’re a strong woman, those around you are strong true. If you want to raise strong kids, you have to know what it feels like first.

You Control Your Own Happiness

If you’re someone that has always felt like their happiness is in the hands of others, then you’re about to find out that it’s not strictly true. Because you can easily create your own happiness. You are in control of your life and your destiny, and this is something that you start to realize when you put yourself first. You can see that you control your future and how you feel in the present. And that’s a power you deserve to discover.

Life Is Short

Remember, life is short. And if you’re not going to put yourself first now, when will you? You deserve to live life on your own terms, and that will always involve putting your wants and needs first.

What You Want Matters

It’s easy to believe that you have to focus on what others want. From your partner to your kids to your parents and your friends, you’ve got a whole lot of people in your life that want a piece of the cake. But can only stretch so thin before you burnout. So before long, you need to figure out what you want from life, and go after it. Because what you want matters too. It doesn’t have to be about what everyone else wants all the time.

It’s Never Too Late

Right now, you may be thinking that’s it's too late. That you’ve always put others before you, and that’s how it’s going to be. But that’s not true. Even if you just take small steps and make tiny changes, you can start to put yourself first and live your best life because of it. And that’s all that matters.

Your Mindset Will Be Infectious

And what you’re doing really isn’t just about you. As a woman, you want to be the best that you can be, not only for yourself, but for others too. Well, when you’re working on you and you’ve gained a positive mindset, it will become infectious. Your attitude will rub off on others and your efforts will benefit more than just yourself.

You’ll Set The Best Example

As a step on from that, you’ll also be able to lead by example. If you want your kids to be strong, happy, and healthy, you need to show them the way. When you focus on yourself, you can put your best qualities out there and start to lead by example.

You’ll Be Able To Share Your Best Self

And above all else, you’ll be able to share your best self with everyone in your life. When you put yourself first and you’re in a great place mentally and emotionally, it’s going to benefit everyone else in your life. And that can often be the best motivation of all. So it’s time to start putting these steps into practice and see what you can do.

Now this may seem like a long list, but the fact that you’ve got this far shows that you really are ready to start putting yourself first. At first, it can feel like you’re being selfish or that you just want to let go of your responsibilities in life to live a little. But that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Because sometimes, choosing to put yourself first means that you actually end up becoming more in-tune with what your responsibilities are and how best to prioritize them.

Because that’s the beauty of putting yourself first, you become your best self. And that’s what this is all about. You don’t have to change, you don’t have to become someone else or a better person, you are already great as you are. But it’s time that you start to feel like the diamond you are, and working to put you and your needs first can help you to finally do that.

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May 7, 2018

Your 4-Step Guide to Throwing the Perfect Party

The good weather is upon us once again, and it’s the ideal time to get out and about and enjoy the great weather. Sometimes it’s good to go for a stroll by the ocean, or river, and enjoy some drinks in the sun, but you might also like to entertain the idea of throwing your own party. This is something that’s become more popular these days, and with an outside space, you are perfectly placed to do this.

Parties are the perfect occasion for dear friends to come together and enjoy the nice weather and some great company. If you want to throw the ideal party and give your friends an awesome experience, you need to make sure you plan in advance. These are the 4 essential steps involved in planning the ultimate party!

Step 1: Decide Who to Invite

The first thing you need to do is decide who you’re going to invite to your party. This is probably the easiest part of the process, as the most likely choice will be friends and family. You have to make sure you’re inviting people who are sociable and enjoy having a good time. The easiest way to send invites would be to set up a private event on Facebook, but you also might about creating your own specialized invites. Choosing the right people will ensure that everyone has a great time and the party is a memorable one.

Step 2: Consider What You Will Do for Food

The next thing to consider is the food situation, something that plays a massive role in the process. You need to have enough food to feed your guests and have some left over in case of emergencies! Now, if you’re holding something like a French-themed dinner party, you will need to do French cuisine. But it will also be a little easier as you will have few people to cater for. However, if you’re hosting a big party, a BBQ is probably the way to go. In fact, if you get everyone to bring something, there will be plenty of food to go around, and you’ll save yourself money too.

Step 3: Stock up on Booze

Stocking up on booze is also crucial for any party as you need to keep guests suitably lubricated. Think about the best sort of drink for a party; wine is essential, spirits, cocktails if the weather is good, and, of course, beer as well! You need to brainstorm ideas to help keep the drinks cold as well. There is only limited room in the fridge, so you should consider ice buckets or custom koozies to help keep the drinks chilled.

Step 4: Get the Right Playlist

No party would be complete without the right playlist, and this is something you must work on before the party. You need to get the right mix and balance of songs to help your guests have a great time and to keep the party lively. Somber, downbeat songs might be better for later in the night when things have quieted down and become more philosophical. But, for the most part, you want upbeat numbers that will have people rocking out in style!

If you can follow this 4-step guide, you should definitely have aced your way to the perfect party. It’s important to remember that a party is the time to enjoy yourself and be as happy and chilled out as possible. These steps can help you ensure you have a party to remember and enjoy the delightful weather while you can.

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How To Pick The Perfect Gift Based On Personality

When it comes to buying gifts, you’re always going to want to ensure that you pick out the perfect thing for the person in question. But it’s never really that easy. Whether you’re faced with someone that’s difficult to buy for, or they already have everything that they want, you may come up short. You can spend months or weeks preparing to still question yourself. And that can cause a lot of stress when you’re supposed to be feeling great about picking out the perfect gift. So, there has to be an easier way of doing things. Instead of dropping hints or scouring the stores, there is a much quicker solution to sourcing the perfect gift…

Simple! Just turn to their personality! They say you can tell a lot about a person by considering their personality, and you can. A lot of the time, when you’re looking for a gift, you’ll consider their interests and the things that they like. But this can leave you feeling confused. Instead, when you consider their personality, how they act, the places they go, and the preferences they have in everything from social occasions to what they eat, you can often determine the best gifts that will work with their lives. So let’s break it down.


So they love the books, they lead an intellectual lifestyle, and they’re very high brow? Gift wise, you’ve got…

A First Edition

When your giftee loves to read, a book is going to be an obvious choice. But you won’t always want to go for the usual kind of fiction - knowing that there’s a high chance they would have already read it. So instead, you should think about looking for a first edition that could wow them. If they have a favorite author, or a favorite book series, looking out for this in first edition print could be their perfect present.

Something Techie

Next, you might like to look out for a gadget or two. This could be something that’s going to make their life a little easier, like an Alexa (if they don’t have one already), or something that will benefit their interests, like a piece of software. So really think about how they spend their time to identify what they might like best.

A Talking Point

Finally, you might want to go with something that’s just for fun. This won’t be what everyone wants to pick out, but if you are struggling with the first too, then going for an unusual gift could be exactly what you need. At the very least, this could become something that is a talking point, and something that they laugh about for years to come!


They’re sports mad, and when they’re not playing it they’re watching it. So the perfect gifts could be…

Game Tickets

What sports fan doesn’t want to go and see their favorite team play? And when they’re sports mad, even if they regularly go and see their favorite team play in one sport, you know that you can get them tickets to another kind of sport. If it’s something that they never go and see, or are yet to see live at all, this is going to be a pretty impressive present indeed.

Signed Memorabilia

If they do only love the one sport and they go to every game, then your nest option is to look out for some signed memorabilia. Of course, you could get a jersey or a ball and try and get it signed for them. But if you can’t come through, you’ll be left without a gift. So instead, you’re going to want to think about hunting down some great options that you can gift to them instead.

Coaching Or Classes

Finally, you’ve then got the option of going with some coaching. This is something that you could think about doing when you know that they’ve always wanted to take up a particular sport or even try out a class. Maybe they want to get back into their favorite sport but just haven’t got around to it yet. Then you know this will be a winner. You could even get this as a gift for the both of your to try.


As classic as they come, they love all things traditional. When it comes to gifts, you’ll find a winner with…


The gift of jewelry always goes a long way. Whether you’re buying for a guy or a girl, it’s safe to say that there will be something that you can get to impress. And if we’re talking about a special occasion then you’re definitely going to want to think about going for something classic and timeless, like a tennis bracelet, earrings, or a watch. Jewelry is definitely one gifting area that you can never go wrong with.

Classic Trinkets

Next, you’ve also got the option of choosing classic trinkets that your giftee will love. Whether you’re looking for the best tobacco pipe for the money or a jewelry box, make sure that you find something that fits with their decor. From a man's den to the ladies boudoir, these are the kinds of gifts that could really wow if you make sure that the style fits perfectly. But then you know their personality, so you should know what works.


Finally, you’ve also got the option of going for an experience. Because when you know that the person in question loves their traditions and to travel, then you know that they value experiences. So why not book them a trip for a weekend or even a visit to the spa? These are the kinds of gifts that are incredibly simple but that could really wow when chosen perfectly.


They’ve been everywhere, read everything, and seen it all. Hard to buy for? Never! Just stick to…

Show Tickets

If you know that there is a show that they’re dying to see, or that they just haven’t gotten around to seeing just yet, then this is the perfect present idea for you. Take a look at the best shows on Broadway at the time and see if you can match anything up to what they haven’t seen. You know this is something that will wow!


Now, you may not have the budget to buy them a world-renowned piece of art, but you could definitely pick something up by a local artist, or something on your travels for them. This is something quaint and quirky and really unique that could become a special gift to them.

Cook For Them

Finally, you might then want to think about something thoughtful and simple that you could do instead. Because choosing to make them dinner could be exactly what they want. Maybe we’re talking about a parent or a best friend or a spouse? Then deciding that you’re going to cook an incredible three-course meal based on their favorite countries or locations could be exactly what they want. If you get the wine pairings right and decorate in the style of the cuisine too, this really could be a showstopping gift.

So now that you’ve seen the options that are going to work with these four personality traits, you’ll easy to be able to pick out the perfect gift for them. And if your giftee’s personality hasn’t quite been covered off by what we’ve got on offer, by taking a look at these great examples, you should be able to work out the perfect gift based on your giftee’s lifestyle, interests, and personality traits. Happy Shopping!

*This is a collaborative/contributed/partnered, compensated post. The copy, content, images & opinions are not my own.

May 4, 2018

Unusual Gifts for Those Who Are Difficult to Buy For

We all know someone, that one person who is seemingly impossible to buy for. They could be a friend, a family member, a colleague, or a partner, but there is always one. This person is the biggest annoyance when shopping for gifts, and can throw the whole event into some kind of stressful tailspin! How do you decide what to buy them when you know they basically hate everything?!

Okay, so you could just give them money or vouchers in a card. Yes, it’s boring, but it serves them right! However, you might feel as though you’d like to be a bit more unique than that, and persevere to actually get them something that’s not a voucher! Well, assuming you have the patience for it, here are a few unusual gift ideas you might like to consider to find a special gift.

Memory Foam Pillow

Ah, weren’t expecting that were you?! Well, your friend won’t be expecting it either! Memory foam pillows are all the rage these days, and they are ideal for those who might be having trouble sleeping. So many of us have sleep routines that differ, but getting a full night of shut-eye can be tricky. With a memory foam pillow, the lucky recipient can have the feeling of absolute weightlessness, as though they are resting their head on a cloud. This is the ideal present for someone who has been complaining about a poor sleeping schedule!

Boogie Board Writing Tablet

It’s great to have the convenience of writing yourself notes and reminders, but it’s quite the waste of paper, right? Well, for that forgetful friend you should consider the Boogie Board writing tablet. This LCD tablet lets you scribble as much as you need, and you can erase just with the click of a button. It can be attached to multiple surfaces and is ideal to take with you wherever you go. It’s fun, thrifty, and environmentally sound, so it will most likely appeal to their sensibilities. You can find this product online, and it’s not going to set you back much money anyway.

Display Case

Display cases are a great idea because they look great and they allow people the change to proudly display things of value to them. They could be movie scripts, they might be football jerseys; whatever they are a display case is a great way to show them off. In fact, if you visit, they have a great array of display cases on offer, some that would be perfect for your grandfather to display his military medals. This is a wonderful gift to give someone as it is thoughtful and practical, as well as allowing them to combine it with other things they love.

These are just a few examples of some of the unusual gifts you might consider getting for those people in your life who are impossible to buy for. These are gifts that show thought and effort, and they don’t have to cost too much either. Make sure you aren’t afraid to experiment and try something new because this could well result in the perfect gift.

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