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  1. Birthday Gift Ideas For A Teenager

    September 21, 2016 by barbara

    So a friend’s 13-year-old son is celebrating his birthday next weekend.  My friend is planning a birthday party  at her home.   She’s a wonderful cook and I always look forward to her parties and dinner gathering.  I am looking for a gift for her son and as much as I love shopping, I find it difficult to get a birthday gift for a teenager.  I know he loves music so I can probably look at guitar center used gear.   I found a few more fun gift ideas from UnCommonGoods.com.

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    Personal Planetarium

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    Baseball Game (Board Game)

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    Makey Makey Go gadget that can turn everyday objects into digital gadgets  Just plug, click and play to turn objects into touchpads.

     


  2. Best Dressed At The Emmy Awards 2016

    September 19, 2016 by barbara

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    So did you watch the Emmy Awards that took place in LA last night? As always, fans and style-watchers were busy checking out their favourite stars.   Some of the dresses made my jaw dropped.  They are so gorgeous.  Here are some of my favourite that night.

    I love Kirsten Dunst’s simple black gown that shows some cleavage.

    Sarah Hyland looked amazing in a strapless, floral top and cropped trousers.  Pants on the red carpet are chic.

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    Mandy Moore is fantastic in a marigold Prabal Gurung gown and a Jimmy Choo box clutch.

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    Priyanka Chopra in a beautiful red dress.

    images via People.com & style.com

  3. Personalize Your Home To Fit Your Lifestyle

    September 15, 2016 by barbara

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    If you’ve lived in the same home for a long time, you might start to notice that it’s no longer the best fit for your lifestyle. Your family might have grown meaning you need more bedrooms and bathrooms. You might start a job or hobby which means you need you need extra office space, or you might require more storage. Rather than adapt your lifestyle to fit your home, you can make your home fit you instead. Here are some of the ways you can go about it.

    Extend Your Kitchen

    It used to be common for homes to be built with a smaller enclosed kitchen, with larger dining and living space for entertaining. These days most people prefer to go with open plan areas as suggested by articles like this www.schroederdesignbuild.com/10-benefits-of-an-open-concept-floor-plans. Large kitchens which feature islands give us the ability to entertain right from where we cook. Modern day entertaining tends to be a lot less informal, and this newer style of open plan living reflects that. Bigger kitchens also make your job as a home cook much easier too. If your family has grown and you now cater for more people on a daily basis, upgrading and extending your kitchen can be a good way to go. You could either extend outwards or rejig the layout inside and use some space from the living area.

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    Utilize Your Loft

    If your loft is currently home to a million spiders and a few Christmas decorations, then you’re missing out on all-important space! Converting your loft will give you a brand new room and additional space. Articles like www.theguardian.com/money/2007/jul/25/homeimprovements have suggested the benefits in doing so Even if it’s only used for storage, having a functioning room will allow you to organize things more neatly. You could buy big sets of drawers and cupboards to go up there to store the things you’re not currently using. This should free up space around the rest of the home too.

    Build a ‘Garden Room.’

    Instead of adding an extension onto your home (or if you have already done this) a great way to gain some additional space is to have a garden room built. If you have a larger garden and can spare the space, then this is a great option. Unlike regular draughty old outbuildings, a well-built garden room will be fully insulated making it suitable to use all year round. They can have electricity and plumbing run to them, making them a properly functioning space. You could transform one into a home office, studio or guest room depending on the kind of space you’re after. My previous post http://www.sillydrunkfish.com/2016/09/make-your-guest-room-comfortable-for.html may give you ideas for how to make your guest room cozy once it’s done!

    Add Ensuites

    Instead of squabbling over the family bathroom every morning, adding an ensuite or two could make life much easier. It wouldn’t have to take up much space, especially if you opted for a shower cubicle rather than a bath. Sacrificing a small corner of your bedroom would be worth it if a lack of bathrooms is an issue.

    Rebuild From Scratch

    For a truly personalized home, you could even consider building from scratch. That way you get it customize it to exactly what you want, with a layout that works for your life. You could look at house plans from a site such as https://www.thehouseplanshop.com/country-house-plans/house-plans/18/1.php or speak to an architect to design something completely unique to you.

    When you personalize your home, it allows you live your life much more easily. It eliminates the stress of running out of space, or not having enough rooms to fulfill each aspect of your life. Whether you choose build on what you currently have or start again from scratch, personalizing your home means you can live in a place that’s perfectly suited to you.


  4. How To Relieve Foot Pain After Wearing Heels

    September 11, 2016 by barbara

    Wearing high heels make an outfit look good and give a woman a taller appearance.  However,  wearing high heels occasionally takes a toll on the spine, ankles, knees, hip and feet.  When a woman wears high heels, it causes the body to lean forward and increased the amount of pressure on the forefoot.  This poor alignment may lead to muscle overuse and back pain.

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    If you experience lower back pain, it is better that you avoid wearing high heeled shoes.   Here are some recommendations to consider to lower the negative effects of wearing high heels :-

    * Avoid wearing heels for long periods of time

    *  Stretch your leg muscles before and after wearing them

    *  Avoid pointed toe shoes

    *  Spend more time resting and less time on your feet.

    *  Prop your legs up with a foot rest.  This would help the venous system return blood from your lower body back to your heart and bring down some swelling.

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  5. Weekend Is Time For Relaxation.

    September 11, 2016 by barbara

    Nothing makes me happier than shopping at my favourite stores, having coffee with friends, lazing around at home and watch a good movie or having a good massage.  After a hectic week at work, it is time to do some things that make my soul happy.  Tomorrow I am going out with my girlfriend as she is keen to check out some music production equipment and then we are going to have lunch at our favourite restaurant downtown.  Hope you have a great weekend too.

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  6. How To Make The Transition Into Fall

    September 9, 2016 by barbara

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    Summer days are over and  the cooler weather is here.  Now is the time to start thinking about Fall fashion.  You can ease the transition period with some new pieces of clothing to your existing summer wardrobe.  Don’t worry about having to maximize your credit card in order to look good this season.  With some careful selections, you should be able to prepare yourself for this coming season.   Check out these few key pieces from H&M.

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    Ruffles are in this season. Wear this blouse under a dress or layer it with a light sweater.

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    Pair this floral summery skirt with a plain top.

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    Wear your summer shorts with a sweater or a jacket.


  7. How To Reduce Swelling In Feet, Ankles And Legs

    September 2, 2016 by barbara

    Swelling in feet, ankles and legs are very common and have a tendency to happen in women who are pregnant and people who spend a lot of time on their feet.  Being overweight, leg infections, long rides on the airplane which cause inactivity for long periods are some of the factors that cause swelling.

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    The symptoms of swelling can range from a mild discomfort to painful and possibility causes limited mobility when the swelling is severe.  Effects of gravity can make the swelling worse.

    Here are some ways that can be done to reduce swelling on the legs, feet, ankles and knee, without the use of drugs.

    • Try to exercise your legs whenever possible. Walking and stretching the legs can help to pump the fluid from legs back up to the heart.
    • When travelling on a plane for an extended period, try to get up and walk a bit or stand.
    • If you are overweight, try to lose some weight to reduce the force on the lower limbs.
    • Try raising your legs above the heart with a foot rest when lying down.
    • Reduce the amount of salt in the diet.

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    Please take note that if swelling continues to persists for an extended period of time and if it interferes with your quality of life, then it is important to see a physician.


  8. How About Some Gingham

    August 30, 2016 by barbara

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    Gingham is major fashion trend this year.  Are you a fan?  How do you wear it without looking like a tablecloth or Bo Peep?  Some good tips I found is to pair a gingham top with plain bottom and vice-versa.  A gingham dress is fine but keep everything else plain.  Below are some of my favourite styles.  Have you stocked up on this print?

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    images via Pinterest


  9. Big Love For Big Cuff Blouse

    August 26, 2016 by barbara

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    They are big, they are oversized and they are quirky.  Can’t tell you how much I love these tops with exaggerated sleeves.  They definitely give a stylish edge to the simple tops.  Here are some of my favourites :-

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    Balloon wrapped top from Pixie Market

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    Jumpsuit with Frill Sleeve from Asos


  10. Beautiful And Affordable Dresses For Communion

    August 22, 2016 by barbara

    The First Communion is an important event for Christians.  Children usually receive their First Holy Communion at around 7 years old.  This special event is celebrated with a gathering after the church service.  Wearing proper attire during this special occasion to show respect to the church and parish is a long-standing tradition.  Therefore it is very important to pick out the right dresses for first communion, for your little princess.

    Luckily there are many choices to choose from these days.  If you do not have time to shop for one at the store, just do it online and the best place to shop is MariaCommunion.  They have a huge range of beautiful first communion dresses that will definitely delight your daughter on her big day.  This online store was founded in 2007 and is now a global online retail leader of  girls communion dresses.   These communion dresses are made using the highest quality material with maximum comfort in mind.

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    Do you know why white communion dresses are a must?  White symbolizes purity and it is one of the most memorable style moments in any girl’s wardrobe.   At MariaCommunion,  you can find first holy communion dresses in a wide variety of style and their dresses come in  tea length or floor length.  These elegant dresses are also available in cap sleeve, long sleeve and short sleeve.  You can also find different types of neckline such as jewel neck, bateau neck and scoop neck dresses.  The choice is unlimited.

    When you have finalized the dress, make sure you also check out their collection of accessories to complete your little princess’ Holy Communion dress.  MariaCommunion’s wide selection of exquisite communion dresses is extremely affordable and they ship worldwide.

    If you want to make sure that your child shines in a beautiful First Communion dress, then be sure to shop at MariaCommunion.