Unique Gifts To Say…


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I love you. How do you show someone such a strong emotion. Sometimes all you need is the perfect, unique present. Perhaps you are buying for a special occasion such as your wedding anniversary. Maybe, you’re looking for a gift for someone else’s, or perhaps you just want to show someone in your life how much they mean to you and how much you really care. Well, there are a few possibilities to consider here when looking for gifts that say ‘I love you.’

Personalized Jewelry

 

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If you’re looking for a romantic gift, why not consider designing a piece of jewellery completely unique to one person. It’s always special to be able to give someone something that no one else has. There are plenty of companies online that provide you with this possibility. For instance, Taylor & Hart will design and create the perfect engagement ring for your loved one, ensuring it is the ultimate ring sure to get that picture perfect I Do. Or, perhaps you just want an upgrade for a ring that is starting to look a little old and worn. If that’s the case, this could be the perfect upgrade.

Love Book

What about a book that tells the story of two people. With Lovebook, this is a possibility. Essentially, you’ll be able to choose the title of your book and the pages. Create your own content or use the custom pages that they have created for you. Show your appreciation of someone, recounting special memories, writing in their favorite poems or perhaps just giving them a good old laugh. The best part? It can be used for absolutely any occasion you like and doesn’t need to be exclusive for couples. You can design a lovebook for your best friend, your mom or your brother. Show them how much you care with a gift could not be more unique. 

A Puzzle From The Past

Do your parents remember where they met? A puzzle gift could be the perfect present for their anniversary. Playing the puzzle allows your parents to discover where they met together, replaying their first steps together as a couple. We’re sure this could be the perfect gift for your parent’s Golden Jubilee. It’s just one of the many unique anniversary gifts for your parents that you can choose from. If you don’t think they’ll appreciate this, why not reprint their wedding photos in HD quality? 

Hire A Celebrity 

If you have enough money, then you can get a celebrity to appear for a loved one. That’s right, the top celebs can be booked for the right price. This is where stories come from of celebs appearing at people’s weddings, singing at their anniversary part or perhaps taking them on a trip of a lifetime. If you don’t have the money to book a celeb, try Omaze. You might just get lucky and win the gift of a lifetime.

As you can see, there are numerous unique and personal gifts to choose from. Some of these options are sure to let someone know just how much they mean to you.

 

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Turn Your Backyard into a Winter Wonderland

When winter starts to creep in, you might feel sad that you have to say goodbye to your backyard. It’s hard to make the most of it when there’s no sun, and if you grow anything out there, you need to start protecting things from the cold weather. But just because it won’t be hot and sunny anymore, it doesn’t mean you have to stop using your yard. If you love being outdoors, you can keep using it and enjoy it as much as possible. There are lots of changes you can make, especially to your deck or patio, so that you can sit outside in the winter.

Deck or Patio Cover

Before you do anything else, think about how you can create a cover to sit under in your backyard. You could do this in a few different ways. There’s the possibility of extending the roof of your house at the back or perhaps putting up an awning. Another option is to have a gazebo cover, parasol, or something else you can move up and down. With a cover over your deck or patio, you can stop too much heat from escaping. So if you’re sitting using a heater or enjoying a fire, you can keep everyone warmer. It can also keep you dry if it starts to rain or snow.

Outdoor Heaters

When the weather is cold, it’s pretty hard to stay warm when you’re sitting still. So if you want to sit outdoors, you’ll need something that’s going to help generate some heat. One possible option is to use moveable outdoor heaters, so that you can put them where you want and store them when you’re not using them. More permanent heaters are available too and can make a great feature for your garden. You could have standing heaters or perhaps ones that you mount onto a wall. It’s important to remember that you’ll need energy for these heaters to run so think about the practicality of that.

 

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A Fireplace or Fire Pit

Another option to keep warm is to have a fireplace or a fire pit. These are convenient, eco-friendly, super warm, and they can look great too. Anytime you want to sit outside and keep warm, you just need to light a fire, and you can keep it burning for hours. Plus, you can’t toast marshmallows on an electric heater. A fire pit creates a fantastic focal point for gathering around with friends or family, and you could cook with it if you wanted to. If you get a free standing one, you can easily move it when you’re not using it.

Comfortable Furniture

Once you have a fire (or a heater) to sit around, you need somewhere to sit. You might have outdoor furniture for the summer, but it’s not necessarily good for winter too. Perhaps you will choose to make your existing furniture cozier by adding blankets, cushions, and throws. You can make sure everything in more comfortable and plush to help everyone stay warm.  Or you might buy some new furniture just for winter. However, remember to think about the practicality of any furniture and accessories you use. Ideally, you can take any textile items inside or store them somewhere so that they stay dry.

A Hot Tub

Sitting in a tub of water outside might not be at the top of your list during the winter. But if it’s a hot tub, you can stay warm and have lots of fun. A permanent hot tub in your backyard can be used all year, but it also takes up a lot of room. If you want to save space, you could consider an inflatable hot tub instead. Relaxed Wellbeing has some top recommendations for inflatable spas. However, you should be careful having an inflatable hot tub outdoors in winter. Some say not to use them below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is fairly cold, but there are many places where temperatures drop lower. Hot tubs can create great parties, but only if they can work.

 

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A Sauna

If staying warm in a hot tub doesn’t appeal to you, you might want to consider building a sauna instead. In some colder countries, like Sweden and Finland, practically everyone has a sauna in their home. If you want a sauna in your backyard, you don’t have to have that much space. You only need to build a small cabin with a heater and space to sit. Some saunas are heated with a wood burning stove, which is easy to install. Others require gas or electricity lines, which complicates things a little. Before you invest in a sauna, do your research into style, size, and what sort of heater to use.

Lots of Light

Don’t forget that you’ll need plenty of light if you want to use your backyard as the days get shorter. Don’t just concentrate on your deck or patio, but light up the rest of your yard too. You might have a tree you want to string some lights through, or perhaps a path that you want to highlight with a row of lanterns. For convenient outdoor lighting, try using solar-powered lights. They will allow you to have lighting without wiring everything in. You can also use natural light from candles, torches, and lanterns. You might also want to have some lights that are wired in, though.

Set Up a Tent

For family fun, pitching a tent in the winter can be great. If you feel like your lawn gets neglected, some camping with plenty of warm sleeping bags and blankets is a good idea. You could even consider setting up a large teepee or yurt, which is fantastic if you want to have a larger space to enjoy. Some of them are even big enough to have beds inside, or perhaps to set up a cozy dining space.

You don’t have to stop using your backyard in the winter. There are plenty of ways you can make it a fun winter space and enjoy it even through the coldest months.

The Gifts to Give Someone Who Loves to Travel and See the World

Buying gifts for people can so often be tricky. You don’t want to disappoint, but you don’t want to be too predictable. It can leave you wondering what you should buy this year. It’s always a good idea to think about the hobbies and interests of the person you’re buying for. Everyone is different, and we all like different things.


If you’re buying for someone who loves to travel and see more of the world, then why not choose a gift that reflects this interest of theirs? It’s a good way to ensure that they’ll get a gift that’s relevant to them and useful in some way. That has to be a good thing, right? Well, read on if you want some ideas for gifts to buy for people who love to travel.

Planners and Journals

Planners and journals can be ideal for lots of people who like to travel. It gives them a way to plan out their trip before they actually get there. And it can also give them a place to write about their thoughts, feelings and experiences along the way as they travel. This simple gift idea can be accompanied by some good pens, and it will be something they treasure and use as they travel. It’s an affordable option, and it’s something many people will really appreciate, so consider it if you haven’t done so already.

A Tabletop Globe

Not every gift you can give has to be useful to them while they’re traveling, though. For example, you could give them a tabletop globe that they can keep at home. People who love to travel also tend to like looking at things like maps and globes. It could give them some new ideas for where they should head to next. They can be bought at many different price levels and in many different styles, so think carefully about which one would be best. It could really add something to their home, and it shows you know where their interests lie.

 

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An Eye Mask

Traveling can be pretty tiring, and you often have to get your sleep when and where you can find it. That’s not exactly ideal, but that’s the way it needs to be. A good eye mask could help them to catch a bit of extra sleep when they’re on a plane or a bus heading to their next destination. It adds some extra comfort, and it should allow them to block out the light and distractions that might otherwise stop them from being able to fall asleep. It’s an unconventional gift, but it’s one that might be greatly appreciated.

 A Leather Travel Wallet

It’s important to keep all your important things together when you’re traveling. That’s why a leather travel wallet, such as those sold by JooJoobs, can make a wise gift choice. It will give them a place to put their wallet and cards and any other things they want to keep safe. Losing any of those things can be really damaging and challenging, so it’s a gift option that you should consider. They’re affordable, and there are many high-quality options out there for you to consider. Choosing a leather travel wallet is a good idea because it will then be more durable.

Small Translation Guides

These days, you can get very small translation guides that can serve you well in very specific situations. For example, you can buy guides that just help you with reading the menu in a restaurant and ordering food and drinks. These are available in a wide variety of languages, and they can make the everyday challenges associated with traveling in a place where you don’t speak the language much easier to deal with. If you know that they’re going to be heading to a certain country in the near future, this could be the ideal gift.

A Top Quality Water Bottle

If you’re buying for someone who likes to do a lot of walking and trekking when they’re traveling, you should buy them a top quality water bottle. It’s always important to stay hydrated, and a firm bottle that’s not going to break and leak can be a real life saver. It’s a simple gift, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t get a great deal of usage out of it when they’re traveling around and visiting lots of different places, so don’t rule it out. It’s always a good thing to buy people practical gifts that they’re actually going to make use of.

Crumpled City Maps

These neat little items are great for people who love to travel to different cities around the world. They’re maps made from fabric that you literally screw up and carry around with you. They can then be pulled out of your pocket and checked at any time. And because they can be crumpled up in different ways, you don’t need to pull the whole thing out to look at it. Instead, you can just inspect the part of the map that’s relevant at the time. It’s the sort of thing that can be both fun and useful. They’re available for a whole host of world cities.

 

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A GoPro Camera

For many people who travel a lot, part of what makes it so fun is creating memories and recording what’s being done. That’s exactly what a GoPro camera would allow them to do. It’s perfect for traveling because of its compact size. It can slot into a bag of pretty much any size, and it’s easy to carry around and use too. You don’t need to know anything about capturing video to make use of one of these. They’re relatively affordable, and it’s something they’re sure to get plenty of use out of, so it’s a gift that’s worth considering.

Traveling is a lot of fun, and you can make it even more enjoyable for your friend or relative next time you need to buy them a gift. Each of the ideas discussed above will add something to their travel experiences.

Gifts For People Who Love Dogs More Than Life Itself

 

If there’s a dog lover in your life, you know that they would do anything for their pet. Anything! In fact, most hardcore dog lovers prefer the time they spend with their dogs over the time they spend with other people. Dogs are never in a bad mood and always willing to show their owners love, despite how they might feel.

If you know somebody who loves dogs, what gifts should you get them? Here are some ideas to get you started.

Pitbull Towels

Washing up is one of those inevitable parts of adult life. So why not give the dog-lover in your life pitbull-themed tea towels? Every time they do the dishes, they can be reminded of their favorite little pooch. What’s more, tea towels are relatively cheap for a pack, so they make a great gift for dog owners you don’t know particularly well.

Doggie Treat Box

 

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Dog lovers don’t just want gifts for themselves. They want gifts that they can pass on to their dogs to enjoy. Just seeing their dog having fun and enjoying itself is reward enough. What better way to brighten a dog’s day than buying it’s owner a doggie treat box. There are now services online where you can order treat boxes for dogs and get a selection of products delivered right to your door, including teething products, jerky sticks, toys and much, much more.

Dog-Themed Clothes

Dog t-shirt designs are all the rage right now, and the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life. Dog t-shirts come in all sorts of different styles, from the funny to the downright adorable. With so many options out there, you’re bound to find something they’ll love.

Dog Winter Jacket

 

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Winter walkies can be an ordeal for both owners and their dogs. When the weather is cold, dogs can suffer. That’s why you should consider buying a snug, fuzzing quilted jacket for your friend’s dog so that it can stay nice and warm in the snow and ice.

Pet Tote

 

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Carrying your dog around with you is fast becoming the latest fashion trend. Hairdressers up and down the country are buying miniature dog breeds, putting them in totes, and calling them Hugo. Does the dog lover in your life want to do the same? Then buy them a tote so that they can carry their companion like a baby, wherever they go. 

Custom Dog Portrait

We’re used to seeing custom portraits of wealthy and famous people, so why not dogs? The great thing about today’s “custom portraits” is that you don’t actually have to hire an artist to paint them. You can buy custom portraits online through a cheap, custom portrait company.  All you have to do is send in a picture of your friend’s pooch. The company will then use an algorithm to make the picture look like a portrait, similar to the post processing effects on your smartphone. And then finally, they’ll blow up the picture, frame it, and send it out in the post.

 

The Gifts That Really Say Something

There’s a big occasion coming up. A really big occasion. Something like a special anniversary, one of your best friend’s big birthdays, or someone’s first Christmas since they’ve moved back from wherever they went. In times like these, the normal perfunctory gift just isn’t going to cut it. You need to get more thoughtful, you need to make the gift really say something and have a value beyond its price tag. So, what do you go for? That’s what we’re going to figure out together, now.

 

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Making the look

It’s not always the right choice, but if you really know someone’s style, then getting them just that little extra touch to their wardrobe can really be heartwarming. If you get a best friend an accessory that completes their outfit, for instance, it shows that you really do know and appreciate them. If you get your man a pair of fancy cufflinks, it’s a way of demonstrating his value, that you appreciate how good he looks in them. Of course, you can make some bad choices with these gifts, too. If you get your best friend a perfume or a skin cream, it might send across the message you think they smell or have bad skin. So, do be careful.

A language all its own

When it comes to gifts that communicate, then the gift of communication itself can sometimes have a far great emotional impact than anything. Love notes, gratitude letters, and the like give you the time to really compose yourself and hit those seriously sentimental points in detail. However, expressing it without words can sometimes be the more poetic and beautiful way to go. Carefully coordinated flower delivery bouquets do more than sending a message, of course. They create a beautiful, bright and pleasant-smelling reminder of the day that they can keep in their home well after they first receive them.

 

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Something that’s really from you

It requires more effort, but it’s often cheaper to give them a handmade gift. The budget option might fit you if your finances are stretched pretty tight, but no-one can deny the value of a gift that you spent real time to make. Plus, you get the chance to customize it, including little heartfelt touches and inside jokes that make it truly from you to them.

Experiences, not things

Some of the most memorable gifts aren’t really about the physical qualities of them. Rather, they’re about the experiences linked to them. If you can provide an unforgettable experience, then you’re creating something with real meaning. That might mean concert tickets, it might mean a day out for afternoon tea, a spa trip, or even just a Blu-Ray of a film you think your special person would really love. It’s about more than something they can get a use out of; it’s sharing a special experience with them. We focus on new material goods a lot in life, but it’s been found that we value experiences and memories infinitely more.

The real benefit of all the gifts above is psychological, more than practical. It sends a message that is going to resound much longer than the gift itself. When you achieve that, you know you’ve really hit the mark.

 

Preparation Is Key; How To Plan Your Photography Session

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If you’re planning on going outside to take photos, whether it be in a studio or outside, you have to make sure you’ve done the necessary preparations first. You have to remember that you need all the equipment for your camera and yourself, as well as having the right environment for you, before you even start to avoid getting stuck in a nightmare! If you get stuck in these muddles quite often, then keep reading for some advice on how to start turning it around!

 

Do You Have Enough Memory?

 

Most cameras nowadays are digital and don’t use film like the days of old although some of these do still exist! Memory cards are were your photographs are stored. Due to your photographs being stored digitally, they all take up a certain amount of space on a memory card, and the size of them determines how many photos they can store! There is nothing worse than having an almost full memory card in your camera and not having a spare before a day of taking photographs so you must ensure that you have some spares with you to be able to take as many shots as you can, or to actually be able to contain them all! You can buy memory cards from here, just make sure that you have enough space to get the job done!

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Make Sure You’re Happy With The Location!

 

Locations are everything when it comes down to photoshoots. They dictate the tone, the way the photo is taken, where you have to stand, everything! Because of this, it’s important that you get the right location, because if you don’t you’ll find yourself taking photos that you don’t like in a place that you don’t like too! There are many different areas that you can do a photoshoot, click here if you need some ideas, though you must enjoy where you are going as it reflects in your work. This is especially important if you are being paid for the work that you are doing, you don’t want to not get paid because the quality of work was poor, so make sure you get it right!

 

Protection Equipment

 

Okay, so this does sound slightly daft however you need to bear this in mind. A lot of photography happens when you are on your knees, especially in professional photoshoot environments. If you are on your knees all day with no protection then this can cause some serious damage to your knees. Not only knees but hands too, if you’re low to the ground which means your hands could be scraping off something nasty, you need to get protective gloves and kneepads if you know this is going to happen. You can buy specialist photography knee pads by clicking here, they are not too much money and are a great investment. They save you getting problems with your knees in the future as they are a point of weakness in the human body, so if you’re going to be using them then definitely get some protection!

 

Doing any of these things is an absolute must and will help you greatly when you come to take your photos! Making sure you have the right area means that you’ll not only enjoy it but also produce good work, having the right safety equipment means that you don’t have to worry about damaging your body if you’re going to be on your hands and knees all day, and keeping enough memory cards on you means that you don’t have to worry about not being able to store all your photos! If you’re not sure of what you should be taking photos of, have a look here for some good examples that will hopefully inspire you!

 

The Best Gift Ideas for Men That You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

We all know that men are the hardest people to shop for, no matter the occasion! The best thing you can do is to go for something that is as personal as possible. If you still can’t think of anything, you may be in need of a few ideas. Before you find yourself in a Pinterest haze for hours and hours, and before you bother asking (as you will no doubt be given a simple- “I don’t mind”) have a look at these ideas that you might not have thought of before. Try to adapt them in ways that work for the man in your life because everyone is different!

 

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The best thing you can do for a gift is to go for something that is personal to the two of you. Do you have a joke that only the two of you know about? Find something to do with that. The best place to look for a specialized gift is online. Maybe you have a film that you both love and are always quoting? Have a look for something to do with that, maybe there’s a screening going on somewhere that you can make a trip off. Or maybe there’s a signed DVD going on eBay. It shouldn’t take you too long to think of anything when you base it off of personal things between the two of you.

 

Another thing that would be ideal for you to do would be to go for something that is related to their hobbies. For example, if they love their beer- like most men- maybe you could get them an engraved pint glass or if they’ve never tried to make their own, a beer making kit. Or you could look online for a unique beer that they had on a holiday that they loved. You would have to tailor this to the man’s personal hobbies of course.

 

Getting them something that they love is quite a hard task. So if you don’t want to go down this route, there are plenty of more fail-safe options that you could go for that would be a bit easier for you and they are probably more likely to love! You could go for something slightly more sentimental. An example of this would be to find a beautiful picture of the two of you, perhaps from when you were younger and put it in a frame for them. Or you could get loads of pictures of him and all the special people in his life and create more of a college.

 

One of the things that might appreciate the most, however, could be an experience or something to remember rather than an object. An experience based gift doesn’t mean you have to spend loads of money though! You could take him to a beautiful town that he loves and buy him a nice dinner. Or you could get him to the cinema for an upcoming film he’s excited about. Which is something that you would have to tailor to the person to get the most enjoyment out of! An experience could be the best idea of all because everyone loves having something to look forward to!

The Best Bits Of Planning A Wedding

All wedding planning is fun, right? Well, no, not really. Boring things like paying invoices, finding insurance and even making the table plan are enough to make you fall asleep. It’s true – some bits of wedding planning are more fun than others. When it comes to planning a wedding, there’ll be the things you want to do, and the things you have to do, but that’s ok, as the fun bits will outweigh the dull bits. To get you excited and into the wedding planning spirit, here are some of the best bits to look forward to of planning a wedding.

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Picking a dress

Picking a dress is, without a doubt, the most princess-style moment of wedding planning. When else will you get to try on beautiful dresses worth hundreds that you get to twirl around in to a room of admiring people? Unless you’re a Hollywood actress, this is a once in a lifetime thing. Trying out different styles with your nearest and dearest will make you feel amazing, and the moment you find the one will give you a special memory you’ll cherish forever (even if it’s not the teary-eyed moment you see too often on TV) – so soak up every minute.

Choosing the food

If you’re a food lover, then, of course, you’re going to love this part. Getting to sample lots of different foods to choose your dream wedding menu is fun for you and your partner, and a good excuse for a date too. You’ll get to sample lots of different things that you might never have tried before, and most venues will include the tasting as part of the wedding package. Oh and don’t forget the wedding cake, who knew there could be so many different flavors? You may need to book several tastings for that one!

The entertainment

The entertainment you choose for your wedding will be a fun thing for you and your partner to pick together. Whether you have a favorite band, a hobby you both love or just love to be entertained, you’ll have a great time choosing something special for you and your guests. If you have no idea what entertainment you want, directories and websites like sourceme are ideal for finding a variety of companies who offer services like photo booths as well as music, leaving you with plenty of inspiration for your big day.

Hair and makeup

Many of us fail to treat ourselves, but choosing hair and makeup looks for your wedding is a great way to pamper yourself in the lead-up. You could spend hours browsing wedding magazines and websites trying to find the right look for you, trying out various styles to see what works and makes you look like the bride you pictured in your head. It’s also a good excuse to treat yourself to some new, high-quality makeup which you can continue to use after your wedding to make you feel special.

 

Planning a wedding can be fun, but there are some things you’ll want to hand over to the professionals. Read about the things to look out for when hiring professionals for your wedding and leave them to sort the basics, while you get to enjoy the fun bits.

 

Quick Study: Speedy Ways to Learn New Skills

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Pretty much everyone has one or two skills that they wish they could master. But one of the main factors that seems to get in the way is time. Learning any new skills takes a great deal of commitment, but people struggle to put in the hours that it takes. When you do find time to practice learning your skill, you want to make sure that you are using it wisely. So, if you want to look for some quick ways that you can pick up new skills then these tips are here to give you a helping hand.

 

Set Realistic Goals

 

The best way to learn anything is to set yourself goals and make sure you stick to them. But you also want to make sure that the targets you are setting for yourself are actually realistic and achievable. So, your long-term goal may be to learn the guitar, but you may break this down by learning a new chord every few days and eventually build this up to learning an entire song. Learning the guitar seems too vague, whereas learning the chords is one that is actually measurable and achievable.

 

Think of the Obstacles that May Stand in Your Way
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When you are trying to learn a new skill, there will be all manner of obstacles that stand in your way. In the first days and weeks, this is when it can be difficult and frustrating, so this is your first barrier. Identify what else is blocking your learning and try to find ways to overcome these problems. If you find that you are easily distracted, put yourself in an environment where you can limit these distractions. If you find that time is an issue, move something out of your day like that extra half hour of TV. You will be in a much stronger position to deal with obstacles if you identify them early.

 

Focus on the Essentials

 

Once again, this is where it comes back to focusing on the sub-skills that you can teach yourself. When you are learning new skills, there are some essentials that will lead you quicker to your desired outcomes. So, if you are trying to learn a new language, it is likely that you will want to focus on the essential conversational skills rather than the complex areas of grammar. If you are learning to cook, you will want to focus on the skills that can be transferred across various different meals so try these delicious recipes. Focusing on the key areas will get you to your goal quicker.

 

Master One Area Before Moving On

 

The best way to achieve a goal is to put all your attention into that particular area. So, make sure you are entirely comfortable that you have got each subskill to the level you want before moving onto the next one. Otherwise, your attention will become too divided and you will find yourself pulled off in too many different directions at once.  

How to Add a Burst of Summer to Your Home

Now that summer is well and truly here, you will want your home to reflect the new season. During the wintertime, it is all about home comforts and making sure things are cosy and inviting. The summer months are a time when you can make things feel lighter and brighter, blurring the line between the indoors and the outdoors. Adding a burst of summer to your home doesn’t have to be too difficult, but it is always a pleasure to come back to a home that reflects the current season. So, here are a few things you can do to give your house more of a summertime vibe.

 

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Remove the Traces of Winter

 

If there are any traces of winter still lingering around in your home, now is the time to store them away somewhere so you can replace them with accessories that give off more of a summery vibe. Some examples of things that definitely give off a sense of winter include thick rugs, big blankets, candles and heaters. Once you remove these last traces of winter from your home, you will really be able to enjoy the summer a lot more!

 

Bring Some Life Indoors

 

There is nothing like some fresh flowers for making your home appear like it is bursting with life, so why not choose some roses, lilies, magnolias or any other favourites you have? Another option is to select some new houseplants. Having some flowers and plants in your home has been proven to boost your mood so you should certainly consider getting some to brighten up the summer months.

 

Freshen Up Your Airflow

 

Of course, opening up doors and windows is the best way to get some fresh air flowing into your home, but you can also try a few things with the artificial airflow that you have going on. If you have a ceiling fan, turn it to go counter-clockwise which will push the air downwards and create a stronger draught. If you have an air conditioner, you may want to replace the filter so that you can avoid any malfunctions. And if you use artificial air fresheners, try choosing one that gives off a fresh and fragrant summer scent.

 

Invite More Natural Light Indoors

 

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First of all, to bring in more natural light you can make sure that your windows are sparkling clean both inside and out so that you can get an unobstructed view to the outdoors. If you are struggling to tackle some of the outdoor windows, you could use an equal parts water-vinegar solution and a squeegee. You could also replace your heavy winter drapes with some lighter window treatments. Choose some thin blinds instead in some lighter colours that welcome in the summer sun.

 

Give Your Front Door a Lick of Paint

 

You may not feel like tackling any major DIY jobs when the weather is warmer, but a simple job that you can do to make the world of difference is to give your front door a lick of paint. This way, you have a nice welcome to set the mood every time you get back home. Start by sanding it down so you have a smooth surface to start from and then a couple of coats should do the trick. Complete the job with a shiny new house number and doormat.

 

Stock Up On Summer Essentials

 

There is nothing like stocking up on a few summer essentials to give you that warm feeling. Ironically, one of the first things that you should get is some ice cold popsicles! This way, you will always have a refreshing treat lined up when the temperatures start soaring. While you are looking in your freezer, it is a great time to give it a defrost and clear out anything that is leftover in there that you don’t want anymore. Other common items that you will need for summer include sunblock and insect repellant.

 

Sort Out Your Garden Area

 

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If you are lucky enough to have a garden area, you should make sure that everything looks as good as it possibly can. If you have a patio or decking area, you can take it on with some warm, soapy water, a scrubbing brush and a hose. Once you have a nice clean area to base yourself, you can arrange your furniture in a social way that encourages conversation. Some potted plants, candles, pillows, and outdoor lighting can really set the mood when the sun goes down. You can also invest in some sort of outdoor heaters in case things start to get a little chilly.

 

Restyle Your Kitchen Shelves

 

One of the best ways that you can get your home summer-ready is by getting rid of that sense of clutter. There are all kinds of creative storage options out there, but one of the best ones is giving your kitchen shelves a restyle. Work out which are the kitchen items you never use (there are bound to be a few) and get them stored away in a different location. When you give yourself that extra breathing space, it gives you the feeling of being in a vacation home.

 

Display Some Fresh Fruit in a Bowl

 

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Fresh fruit is a wonderful summery snack, and it also looks very appealing when you display it in a bowl. Choose a few different kinds that give your table a multicoloured feel, but don’t forget to actually eat it rather than just looking at it! If you get yourself some fresh oranges, a glass pitcher and a juicer, you can start off the day right with a nice refreshing glass of juice.

 

Change Your Furniture Accessories

 

Even if you don’t want to change your furniture altogether, you can still bring in some different items like rugs, cushions and blankets. Try to choose some light and airy colours rather than the deeper ones that are popular during the winter. Just this simple change can really make a big difference in giving off more of a summery vibe in your home.