Top Dressing Table Organisation Tips

A dressing table is one of the most useful pieces of furniture you can own. It is something that you can style to look just as you want it and is your space to sit down, get ready, and pamper yourself.

 

The only issue with dressing tables is that without any organisation, they can soon turn into a chaotic mess. This can make your whole room look cluttered and somewhere you don't necessarily want to spend time. If you find this is you, here are some top tips for organising your dressing table.

Invest in storage

There are so many storage options out there; it just depends on the type of dressing table you have to what you need. Some dressing tables come with plenty of drawers and if you are just purchasing your table, getting one with drawers is a great idea. Others have a tabletop which totally opens to reveal a hidden interior for storage, and others just have one drawer. Just having drawers, however, isn't enough, be sure to invest in some storage solutions for these, which can segment up your beauty items and make it much easier to find whatever you are looking for.

Make the most of the wall around it

Who says your dressing table has to be limited to the surface it provides? Instead, make the most of all the space on the walls that surround your dressing table too. Put up some different shelves that can house your makeup brushes and other beauty items. It could be a good idea to put the things that you use every day here, so you don’t have to rifle around in the drawers for them. Hang up some hooks to put your hairdryer, curlers, and straighteners on, as well as pockets you can hang up that can house all your hair bands and accessories. Not only does this look great, but it is super organised too.

Clear out what you don’t use

The items your dressing table stores can soon rack up, and you could find you have many of the same product. After all, do you really need six mascaras and ten lipsticks in the same shade? Don't forget old makeup can be full of bacteria too and does have a shelf life, so have a big de-clutter and throw out the items that you don’t use. Mascara over 6 months old? Chuck it out! It is a good idea to be ruthless here. If you don’t miss the item or go to use it in the next six weeks, you can throw it away safe in the knowledge you probably wouldn’t have used it again. Also, wash your brushes on a regular basis in a mild detergent and let dry. This stops makeup flaking off and bacteria making your skin break out. 

These are just a few dressing table tips to keep your space organised. When you have such a great table to pamper yourself on, you want it to be the best space it can possibly be and these tips can help you to achieve this. What are your top dressing table organisation tips? 


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Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Teeth

Looking after our teeth is extremely important. Once our adult teeth come through, there are no second chances. There are many things we can do in everyday life to keep our teeth as healthy as possible. This is an ad.


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If you want your smile to look its best, below are a few lifestyle tips for healthy teeth.

Stop Smoking

Smoking does more than stain the teeth. Smoking can also cause bad breath, leading to lower self-confidence. Smoking can also increase the chances of getting gum disease, which can then lead to loss of teeth, receding gums and abscesses. Not only will this cause lasting effects to your mouth, but you will also be paying a lot at the dentist to get this fixed.

Straighten Your Teeth

Straightening your teeth doesn’t just make them look better. Having straighter teeth allows for a cleaner mouth, as crowded teeth can prevent proper cleaning. If you are wondering about the braces cost UK, check out Straight My Teeth. They answer common questions such as, ‘how much do braces cost in the UK?’ and why clear aligners are a better choice. These teeth straightening options from Straight My Teeth are explained in detail, and you’ll find they cater to every price range.

Floss Daily

Many of us don’t floss daily, with a recent study showing only 31% of people floss on a daily basis, despite dentists and the NHS stating we should do this as part of our regular daily routine. Flossing every day is so important for cleaner teeth and to prevent staining and tooth decay. The spaces between the teeth need as much care as the front and back, meaning to keep our teeth as healthy as possible, we should be flossing every day.

Cut Down on Sugar

Sugar is bad for the body and it’s bad for the teeth. Whilst we all know this, many of us are still consuming too much sugar. Sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and once a tooth has decayed past the dentin, there isn’t any going back. Cutting out the added sugar in our hot drinks, fruit juices and sweets will all have a positive effect on our mouth health.

Consume a Balanced Diet

A balanced diet is great for healthy teeth. This means small amounts of sugar, alongside plenty of fruits, vegetables, proteins and dairy. Milk is especially important for tooth health, as it can make teeth stronger and protect enamel. For more information on the worst and best foods for tooth health, click here.

Avoid Staining

If you want to keep your teeth healthy and white, avoid any drinks that can cause staining. This includes hot drinks like tea and coffee, as well as red wine. If you have stained your teeth through consuming too much of these liquids, don’t try and whiten your teeth with a cheap whitening kit. This will cause damage and may lead to sensitive teeth. If you want your teeth whitened, speak to your dentist.

To keep your teeth healthy, cut down on sugar, floss daily, stop smoking and consider straightening your teeth. Be sure to avoid any liquids that will stain your teeth to keep them healthy and white.

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High-Tech Equipment That Will Make Your Garden Rock

With most of us spending more time at home, attention is turning to the garden. We’re becoming more obsessed with controlling our immediate surroundings since we have fewer options to venture out of the house.

Even though things are grim right now, there are high-tech features that are making gardening more comfortable, better and more environmentally friendly. Here’s what we’re talking about.

Plant Monitors



Imagine if you could discover how your plants were growing using an app on your phone? Well, bizarrely, now you can.

The idea is pretty simple. You place a wireless sensor in the soil, and it then tracks things like the temperature, light levels, soil pH and fertiliser levels. All you have to do is wait for the app to produce a notification telling you that the nitrogen needs topping up and off you go. It completely takes the guesswork out of the process and means that you can rescue plants before they begin to show signs of physical fatigue and malnutrition.

Composite Fencing



Imagine if there was a fence that wasn’t made of perishable materials but also didn’t harm the environment.

Well, it turns out that there is - and it’s called eco friendly fencing.

This new type of fence takes the best of materials and combines them in a way that reduces fence turnover. The result is fewer trees cut down and lower overall emissions - just what you want if you’re concerned about the environment.

Hedge Trimmer Multitools



Trimming your hedges can be a bit of a struggle, even if you’re using a motorised trimmer.

While you might have a great attachment for your device that works on some bushes, that doesn’t mean it’ll work with all of them. Often you need different types of clippers.

Now, though, you don’t need to keep a set of trimming devices. Instead, you can simply swap out one blade for another, depending on your needs. That means less expense and more time getting things done in the garden.

Garden Planning Apps

Planning out a garden used to be something people did on sheets of paper, but it was always fraught with problems. What if you wanted to rearrange your layout?

Now, though, you can get garden planning apps that do a lot more. You can fiddle around with garden features and change how you set things out how you like until you get it perfect.

Many of these apps come with intuitive interfaces and hundreds of different textures for various plants. Ultimately, you should be able to get a sense of what your garden will look like from an aerial view.

Pole Saws

Nothing is more annoying than being unable to trim bushes and trees that have become overgrown. But in the average garden, it happens all the time. You simply don’t have any tools that allow you to pare back overgrowth high up in the canopy or around your roof.

With a pole saw, though, you can get around this issue. You just hoist it into the air and then let the trimmer do its job.


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What To Do In A Car Accident

A car accident can be a very shocking thing to happen, and whether it's your fault or not there are some things you need to do straight away. Let's have a look at what they are and how you can resolve any issues in a clear and straight forward way as possible.

1. Stop the car

car accident


The first thing you can do in an accident is to stop the car as soon as possible in a safe place. Did you know it's actually an offence not to do so? Make sure you put your hazard lights on and switch off the engine.

2. No injuries? Remain as calm as possible

You may be shaken up. Take a deep breath and try and remain as calm as possible. This is the time to check everyone over to see if they have any injuries. If they don't you can breathe a sigh of relief. If another car was involved exchange details (see below).

3. Injuries? Remain as calm as possible



If there are injuries call an ambulance immediately. Explain simply what happened. The ambulance service will guide you to what to do. You also need to call the police. If another car was involved exchange details (see below)

4. Exchange details

Exchange details with any other drivers of vehicles involved. Do not admit responsibility. You may not have a full picture of what happened at this moment in time. This can protect you from liability if it was not your fault. Record the name and address of the drivers, their insurance details and make, colour and model of car, as well as the number plate of any vehicles involved.

5. Record the detail



Make a quick note of the time and detail of what happened. This will help in the future with any insurance claims and any disputes. Record the time of the incident, anything that happened before, exactly what happened and the weather conditions. Take the name and address of any witnesses. Record any injuries and the details of the injured parties. Take a photo of the cars involved and any damage, most people have a camera on their phone these days.

6. Call your insurance company

As soon as possible call your insurance company to inform them of the incident. You will need your policy details and car reg number. You will also need the details of any other drivers involved as well as their car reg and their insurance details if they have them.

As you can see here is a lot to remember. If you try and keep calm and address this is a logical order then this will help. This is a simple guide to what to do in a ca accident and does not offer medical advice. If you do all this you won't have to get a California car accident lawyer to help with any legal action.

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Nordgreen Philosopher Rose Gold Watch Review & 35% Black Friday Discount

Some people are watch lovers and some people are not. I've always been a bit on the fence when it comes to watches. I think a nicely styled watch can be an interesting addition to an outfit, and of course, it's always good to be able to tell the time, so when Nordgreen sent me one of the Philosopher watches to review I was interested to see what it was like. Would I love it or loathe it? This is an ad and may contain affiliate links but as always opinions are my own.   If you are interested in their Black Friday Offers You can also enter the code JEWELL35 for 35% off valid until midnight 1st of December! 

Who are Nordgreen?

Nordgreen are a Danish brand with their ethos based in sustainability and minimalist design. Established in 2017, they have quickly made a name for themselves on the watch market, aimed at style-conscious men and women who care about the environment. 

In the Nordic region, sustainability is a way of life, and Nordgreen applies these principals in a number of ways. Firstly they have a carbon-neutral office, planting millions of trees to offset emissions, secondly, they use sustainable packaging, thirdly by responsible manufacturing following best practices and lastly by a 'giving back' programme establishing partnerships with charitable organisations worldwide. 

Their watches are designed by award-winning leading designer Jakob Wagner, who has designed for companies such as Bang & Olufsen, B&B Italia, and Cappellini. Being sleek and stylish and not just functional, Nordgreen ladies watches come in three main designs - the Philosopher, the Native and the Infinity. 

The Philosopher watch

The watch I was sent to review was the Nordgreen Philosopher watch. The watch was delivered in 3 days, which I thought was quick considering their base is in Denmark.

Nordgreen Infinity watch open box

The watch came in a mid-blue soft touch presentation box that had an aura of class, and the watch was presented on felt like material.  

Nordgreen Infinity watch

The watch I had chosen was in a rich rose gold material, with the strap made of a metal mesh. The face was white with rose gold-coloured hour markers instead of numbers but also came in black. A simple date was shown on the watch face, and the watch had an hour, minute and second hand.

Nordgreen Infinity watch on rock

When you buy a Nordgreen Philosopher watch you can choose from a silver, gold or rose gold metal bezel, with a black or white face and a variety of straps including black, pink and navy leather. Vegan leather is also available. The watch came with a tool to be able to change the watch strap easily, allowing you to get different looks and more wear out of the watch. You can also buy a watch with an extra strap as part of a gift bundle too which I think is a great idea.

Nordgreen Infinity watch by the sea

Other features of the Nordgreen Philosopher watch include the fact that it is rain resistant, which is also a plus point in the British weather. It also fits a variety of wrists as it's adjustable with a metal clasp.

Nordgreen Infinity watch close up

What did I think of the Nordgreen Philosopher watch?

The Nordgreen Philosopher watch is a smart luxurious looking watch that I feel will appeal to women who are looking for a simple but stylish timepiece. It doesn't have many bells and whistles - you are not going to find a fitness tracker, chronograph or alarm but it makes up for that in glamour and class. 

Nordgreen Infinity watch on wrist

The company also has credible eco-credentials and with it's 'give back' scheme that helps charities in health, education and the environment, you know they really have a heart and care about people and the world around them. 

So did I love it or loathe it? I loved it! The Nordgreen Philosopher watch is a beautiful looking watch and one that I am glad I now own. I have no excuse now not to watch a watch, have I? 

Anything else I need to know?

Each watch has a two-year warranty for peace of mind and customer service is excellent according to Feefo, with an average score for customer service of 4.7 out of 5, with over 10,000 reviews. 

Black Friday deal

Nordgreen Philosopher watch

The Nordgreen Philosopher watch with a rose gold mesh strap retails at £169 but from the 21st of November to the 1st of December you can get 35% off all products with my code JEWELL35. This is the biggest discount available online for Black Friday! You can order from the Nordgreen website here, don't forget to enter the code JEWELL35 at checkout for your huge 35% discount.

Check out their special Black Friday watches deals too.

So let me know, what do you think of the Nordgreen Philosopher watch? Do you like the sleek design?

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Win 1 Of 5 'How To Live' Healthy Lifestyle Books And £30 To Spend On Italian Food Ends 15/12

Most of us want to live as long as possible don't we? However, there is so much information out there it can be difficult to sieve through it all and work out what we should do and what we should not do to live a healthy life. This is an ad.

How To Live

Well, one book I suggest you read is the new bestseller 'How To Live' by Professor Robert Thomas. 

'How To Live' is a guide on how to make the best nutritional and lifestyle choices to live a happy healthy life by one of the world's leading oncologists.  Whether you are in your 20s or 70s, it will help you to empower your body against ageing and degenerative disease. 


The book is divided into 4 chapters - How The Body Works, Food and Eating What To Avoid, Food and Eating What To Embrace, and Habits and Lifestyle. 

I found the book reinforced what I already knew about healthy eating, such as the benefits of a diet high in colourful fruit and vegetables and the importance of regular aerobic exercise as well as teaching me a few new things such as these takeaways below.

Did You Know?

  • That eating egg white and celery lowers blood pressure
  • That house plants can remove airborne toxins
  • That eating pomegranate can help prevent breast cancer
  • That you should swap energy drinks for beetroot juice to improve exercise performance 
  • That your choice of deodorant can affect your long term health
  • That dirty children get less cancer

The language is easy to understand and is generally free from some of the technical jargon you get in academic circles. It's a comprehensive read, and best read in sections so you can absorb the information that makes this book incredibly relevant to our modern lifestyle. There is a whole chapter on improving immunity and reducing chronic inflammation for example which is so important with many illnesses and especially to fight COVID-19. 

This book focuses on lifestyle strategies to prevent illness in the first place and is designed to be complementary to your doctor's advice and medical treatments and not an alternative to conventional medicine. 

This is all backed up with scientific research, not just anecdotal evidence, which you can follow through with the extensive citation references in the back.

Who is Professor Robert Thomas?



Professor Robert Thomas is one of the UK's leading cancer doctors and is an expert in the integration of nutrition, health and lifestyle strategies to lead a healthier way of life. 
He is a practising consultant oncologist with over thirty years experience in patient care and now leads chemotherapy services at the Primrose Oncology & Research Unit, Bedford as well as treating patients with radiotherapy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.  As a clinical tutor at Cambridge University he teachers medical students in clinic and at the bedside. 

He has won numerous awards including 'Doctor Of The Year' 2000 by Hospital Doctor magazine, and 'Oncologist Of The Year 2006/7'  by The British Oncology Association. He has been featured on TV around the world including Panorama and Newsnight and his latest book 'How To Live' has been serialised in The Daily Mail. His previous book 'Keep Healthy After Cancer', aims to empower individuals with reliable information to ensure they can make the right lifestyle choices after cancer.

You can buy 'How To Live' from keephealthy.com and Amazon.  It would make a great stocking filler or gift for anyone who is looking to improve their health and immunity. 

Today on my blog you can win one of 5 'How To Live books' and the first winner will also get a £30 voucher for the Italian deli Diforti.com part of the Taste Of Sicily brand. The benefits of a Mediterranean diet are widely documented and Diforti sell a range of Mediterranean food including olive oils, olives, grilled vegetables and more.

You can enter through the Rafflecopter application below. Once you register entry is easy. Good luck! This competition is promoted at Prize finder, Loquax, Super Lucky, and Competition Database.

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5 Pros of Becoming A Teacher

There are many benefits that a person can get by being a teacher. Here Teaching Personnel look at some of the major benefits of being a teacher.

1. Job Satisfaction

children in school

Job satisfaction was mentioned by most of the teachers we spoke to. Many educators often go into teaching because they care a lot about their students and would like to make a difference in the lives of their students. A teacher spends so much time with his or her students throughout the year and is a role model and authoritative adult the students can trust. There aren’t many people who get to say that.

Teachers usually talk about the ‘Aha!’ moment (the moment when a teacher is physically able to see a student understand the matters or subject at hand after struggling with it for a certain amount of time). As a teacher, you feel good when this happens as your help, your teaching skills and patience have enabled the student to understand the concept. It feels good when your hard work pays off.

Apart from helping students pass exams, a teacher is also an important emotional stability in a child’s life. Emotional stability is very important as without it passing exams and future success may not be likely.

2. Summer Vacations and Holidays Off

Teachers get summer and a few weeks off throughout the year. It's a definite pro of being a teacher and this can work well if you are a parent too.

3. Constantly Developing and Practicing New Skills

pupils

The teaching profession often requires different skills including patience. Students expect their tutors to show patience with them throughout the year. Different people learn differently and every individual has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. As such, a teacher needs to understand this and adapt.

It can be very frustrating when a certain student understands a particular thing but the student next to them does not understand. However, as a teacher, you can use such a situation as an opportunity to enhance your skills, show understanding, flexibility, and patience to help. Keep in mind that it is impossible to always reach every student. This may be hard to swallow but as a teacher, you will be practising those important skills every hour and every day and become better as time goes by.

4. Being Part of a Community with Fellow Teachers

Let’s face it, teaching is a hard profession. The profession is physically and emotionally demanding but the good thing is that you can rely on other teacher’s help to get you through the day! As educators, you understand each other’s struggles and there is someone to listen to you and offer great advice. As a teacher, you will most likely have a strong team of friends around you at work. This team will help you a lot. Such a team may not be found in other work environments.

5. Offers You A Good Opportunity to Expand Your Knowledge

learning

Even though we see schools, colleges, and universities as a place for students to learn, it is not only the students who learn. Teachers learn too. This is because teachers further their knowledge while teaching their students. There are several opportunities for professional development and picking the brains of school leaders and colleagues. Teachers have said that they learn a lot from their students. In some instances, the roles are reversed.

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Bringing Your Period Property Into The 21st Century

Newbuilds are flooding the property market as developments all over the country come to fruition, and with so many brand new homes available, finding something a bit older is becoming more and more of a challenge. Oftentimes, older properties coming onto the market require a bit of work.

If you’ve been lucky enough to snap up a pre-loved period house but have since realised it hasn’t been decorated since the 1970’s, your biggest challenge will be bringing your home into the 21st century. This seems like a mammoth challenge, but it’s one that can be broken down into smaller stages.

Here are some of the things you should consider and prioritise when modernising your period property.

The Bones

period property

The most important (and expensive) part of any house renovation is the parts you can’t see – the bones. This refers to the basic structure of your house. Whilst this isn’t the most glamourous part of a house revamp, it’s the part that makes your house liveable and stable for years to come. Your house could have the most stunning wallpaper and light shades, but if the structure of the house is not in fit condition, it could all come crumbling down – literally.

Older properties are more susceptible to problems such as damp. If your house pre-dates 1875, there’s a good chance no damp proof course (DPC) has been installed. Even if your house is older than that, the DPC probably isn’t to the same standard as modern DPC and might be damaged or defunct.

A lack of effective DPC leaves your home open to excess moisture which is one of the leading causes of rising damp, wet rot and dry rot – all of which are extremely destructive to the integrity of your house’s structure. The first thing you should do when looking at overhauling your period property is getting a professional to do a site survey to assess if damp is an issue, and if so, treat it immediately.

If there is an extensive issue, it could eat up a large portion of your budget, so it’s essential you have a contingency plan in place for this when you buy an older house.

The Features

tiled floor

If the bones of your house are safe and secure, you can start to pay attention to the details of your house. It’s no secret that period properties are rife with beautiful features modern homes can only dream of. Modernising your house doesn’t mean ripping everything out and starting again; appreciate the details and accents your house comes with.

This could be in the form of reclaiming the original floors. Lots of Victorian properties have beautifully tiled hallways and natural floorboards. Vintage never goes out of style and floorboards/tiles can be incorporated into any modern design, so it’s well worth investing the time and money into restoring the original floors.

Stained glass windows are another thing you can preserve from the original house that will work with every modern palette, as are fireplaces. If the original fireplace was removed by previous owners to make way for something more ‘modern’, you can buy old fireplace surrounds online for a relatively low cost which will help restore some of the former glory of your house, but you can pair them with modern fireplace interiors to retain the power and convenience of 21st century heating.

The Décor

stained glass door

Using the original features of your house as a basis for the décor will go a long way to ensuring your home has a uniform and coherent flow. It’s only natural that you’ll want to replace some of the old fixtures and fittings, especially in the bathroom and kitchen. The good news is, vintage is in. This means you can replicate the look of a period property but make it modern with fittings such as freestanding baths and bevelled wall tiles.

If you have stained glass windows or doors, you can pick out the colours in the glass as a foundation for the colour scheme in your house. This doesn’t mean painting the entire room, but smaller accents such as soft furnishings can create a timeless flow throughout your house.

Renovating a period property is all about combining the old and the new in a functional way, but one that doesn’t detract or erase the history of the original house. You need to make sure your house works for you and your family, but it’s important to remember why you chose a period property instead of a brand new one before you start gutting the whole house.

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Choosing My Favourite Retro Travel Art With Fine Art America

Hi everyone. I hope you are well. You've probably been spending a lot of time at home recently, I know I have. Staring at the four walls in my lounge has made me want to refresh and decorate my home. So when Fine Art America got in touch to work on a collaboration with me I immediately said yes as they have some great art on their website. Art to brighten up any home. This is an ad, but as always all opinions are my own.

Creating on Fine Art America


Route 66 Fun Run Seligman by Mike Jones Photo

Fine Art America is the world's largest art marketplace and on-demand print technology company. They've been helping artists, photographers, illustrators and graphic designers sell wall art, home decor and other products since 2006. They have an easy to use platform that allows artists and photographers to upload their designs and sell to people worldwide. It's a great platform for creatives. If you love taking photos or creating art I recommend you check it out.

Shopping on Fine Art America

Barcelona retro print by Jim Zahniser

Even though it's a great platform for creatives to all their art, let's get down to what I'm here though to talk about - what Fine Art America sell. Fine Art America sell a range of products from wall art - illustrations, photographs and paintings to home decor - throws, towels, blankets and other products like stationery. If you can upload your design on it they probably sell it, giving a huge choice to their customers around the world.

Wall art on Fine Art America


South Beach art print by Michelle Constantine

The wall art on Fine Art America covers a range of posters, canvas prints, wood prints, metal prints and tapestries. Designs range from paintings to illustrations, photographs, to mixed media to digital art. The choice is so large, it makes it quite difficult to pick!

The prints I am choosing today are all travel prints. There is something wonderful about travel, the planning the trip, visiting the destinations, seeing new things, eating different food and experiencing new cultures. Even looking at art from travel fills me with joy. I also love retro art prints but have yet to buy any, so these prints have a retro vibe.   Let me know what you think.

Escape to Venice
Escape to Venice Italy Retro print by Jim Zahniser

This art print is joyfully retro. I've been to Venice and it sums it up well, the beauty of the canals and the fabulous Venetian architecture. The artist Jim Zahniser is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Pittsburgh, USA. His work is inspired by a love of travel and all things vintage.

Poolside Glamour


Poolside glamour art print by Slim Aarons

This photo from America in the 60s sums up the mood of the time. Everything about it screams old school glamour to me. Slim Aarons is a photographer specialism in photos from the 50s, 60s and 70s. His photos are of their time and convey a luxurious glamour lifestyle.

Experience Key West


Experience Key West  By Jon Neidert

This Experience Key West print has the same retro vibes as the Venice print by Jim Zahniser.  We've been to Key West and we loved it there although it's so much busier than this idyllic print depicts now. Jon Neidert is from Cape Coral Florida. He has a large selection of his images on Fine Art America and covers retro, wine, vintage and patent art.

Las Vegas Sign


Welcome To Las Vegas art print by Garry Gay 

There is nothing more iconic in Las Vegas than the Welcome To Vegas sign. It takes me back to our trips to the adult entertainment capital of the world. Garry Gay has worked in Northern California for the past 37 years. His award-winning fine art photos have been widely shown and juried into fine art shows.

So this is my selection of travel art from Fine Art America. Have you been to any of these destinations? What do you think of the retro art?

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Important Reasons To Consider Changing your Boiler

Despite their hardy nature, the boiler in your home is not going to last forever. Here are a few important reasons from Absolute Gas Services to consider changing your boiler and how you should proceed.

It’s on the blink


If you have ever run a hot bath only to find that upon stepping in the water was cold as ice, you may think, “Time to get a new boiler.” But, WAIT!

If you haven’t checked the digital display on the boiler you have you should do this first (if your boiler has a digital display, that is). When you do you may find that your boiler is registering some kind of ERROR.

In this case, the best thing to do will be to consult the owner’s manual or run a Google search for the best way to proceed in this situation. The problem could be a very simple one and may only require checking the water pressure or resetting the system.

If you are unable to figure out the cause of the error, the next thing you can do will be to contact a boiler repair specialist. An expert may be able to restore your boiler to full functionality. Minor repairs will cost significantly less than a brand new system.

It’s definitely beyond repair

If you call in the experts and they tell you that the cost of repairs will be equal or pretty close to that of a new system, it may be best just to get a new boiler. In which case you can speak with the fitter about the best option for your house.

It could be that the boiler you have was suffering undue stress due to a workload that exceeded its capacity and a replacement is the best course of action anyway. You will then be left with a solution that better fits your home and this will be more energy and cost-efficient for you in the long run.

It’s old and inefficient

Older boilers lose functionality and efficiency with the passage of time. This comes from older models lacking the design and superior construction of newer models. You may be very happy and emotionally attached to your 30-year-old water boiler, but the sad truth is that the old device is costing you more energy and resources to maintain – time to retire the older model and bring in a younger option to handle the demands of your home.

Your needs are changing


Will you be adding a new bathroom to your home? Will your elderly parents be moving in or your youngsters all set to leave the nest? Different boilers are best suited to different demands. We have already written extensively on this subject. Consider reading up on the subject to get a better idea of how to match the boiler to the needs of the home.

Another important point in this subject is that different boilers require the support of different systems. If you will be changing from the combi boiler to a system boiler, there will be extra tanks and pipes to install.

However, if you will be going in the other direction, from a system to a combi boiler, you will find that the current setup you have will be more than sufficient. This can save you in the long run. 

You’re selling your home

There are two types of home buyers, the type that wants to move in right away and just begin enjoying their new home and then the type that is ok doing some work so long as they enjoy a slightly lower cost. If you will be selling to the first group of homebuyers, they will be happy to pay the slightly increased price to buy a home with a brand new boiler.

If you are looking to sell fast and don’t mind keeping a lower more negotiable price you may actually choose to leave the older boiler where it is. There are plenty of professional developers in the real estate market who are experts in setting up a home and know exactly where they will find the boilers they want. They will also have their own fitters they work with regularly who can make the best decision for the projected demands of the home.

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6 Ways to Give Your Anniversary Travel a Special Twist

Celebrating your wedding anniversary? Travelling is a great way to build memories and know your partner in an even deeper way, whether or not you're marking a milestone year. From Spain to India, Dubai, and Zimbabwe, there are unique spots in every continent to explore. If you can't travel now, you can still have fun planning for when you can travel in the future.

If you need ideas, here are some places you and your partner may want to consider:

1. Celebrate the coming of your little one

pregnant woman beach

Give yourselves a chance to reconnect before childbirth. Try Hotel Healdsburg and Spa in Sonoma, California for menus designed for expectant moms, or wear a maternity bikini and take a dip at the pools of Breezes Bahamas in Nassau. You can also get a motherhood massage at Jamaica's Half Moon resort. Just make sure to plan your vacation based on your ob-gyn’s advice.

2. Go to an open-air cinema

Watch a film by the beach in Maldives' private coral island of Velassaru or at the Soneva Fushi and Jani Resorts. Morocco's Kasbah Tamadot in the Atlas Mountains projects movies in a small amphitheatre by the pool, while viewers are provided with wireless headphones. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a private theatre experience when you stay in one of Mexico's cabanas at Las Ventanas al Paraiso.

3. Stay at one-of-a-kind accommodation

designer hotel

Want to sleep under the stars in the middle of the South African safari? Book a treehouse at the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Northern Lights from the transparent bubble domes in Finland (Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort) and Iceland (Bubble Hotel). You may also enjoy the glass pods of Skylodge Adventure Suites located at the edge of the Peruvian Sacred Valley mountains. For something exotic, the cave hotels in Cappadocia, Turkey are worth a try.

4. Dine in unique settings

Eat your favourite meals while viewing sea creatures swimming behind the see-through walls and ceilings of the Andasi Phuket underwater restaurant in Thailand, or dine at the Ithaa or Anantara below-sea-level restaurants in the Maldives to view the Indian Ocean's rich marine life.

Meanwhile, there are no walls to speak of when you reserve a seat at "sky-high" restaurants such as Belgium's famed Dinner in the Sky. It features a platform with a dining table and kitchen hanging from a crane suspended 150 feet from the ground. Seatbelts secure diners on their chairs while kitchen crew and waiters wear harnesses for safe movement.

You can also try tree pod dining at Thailand's Soneva Kiri resort, inspired by nests of local birds. Ziplining waiters bring food to your bamboo pod raised 23 feet from the ground.

5. Go for a sporty getaway 



Skiing couples can head for the snowy slopes of Whistler, Sun Peaks, Fernie, and Banff in Canada. You can also visit Switzerland's top ski resorts in St. Moritz and Zermatt. While in Zermatt, stay at one of the igloos of Iglu-Dorf. From the Swiss mountains, you can go cross-border skiing to Italy, France, and Austria. 

If you prefer water sports and marine life interaction, you'll enjoy snorkelling in Belize or the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, watersports in the Philippines' Boracay Island or Thailand's Phuket, and swimming with seals and other water creatures around Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.

Meanwhile, hikers would love Oregon's Sunriver Resort, Canada's Buffalo Mountain, or New Zealand's mountain ranges.

6. Go on a cruise

What's more romantic than a couples cruise? Renew your wedding vows, book a veranda stateroom, and reconnect during your shore excursions while visiting new places together. A cruise can be the ultimate anniversary treat. 

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A Worry-Free Holiday Without Breaking The Bank: Expert Tips

We often spend extra money to have a safe and enjoyable holiday, and there is nothing wrong with investing in your own safety. That said, there is no need to spend a fortune just to make sure that the entire holiday, from start to finish, is nothing but enjoyable.

Choosing a package holiday is a great way to start. Packages often put you with a group of likeminded people and make sure you are taken care of throughout the trip. There are other things you can do to stay safe and save money when going on a holiday too.

Go on Tours


Group holidays and predefined tours are more affordable because you are travelling with a group of people, to select destinations or attractions, and with a guide helping you every step of the way. Tours are also safer because of the presence of tour guides and other supporting services.

When you want to explore new cities, for instance, it is much safer and more affordable to go on guided walking tours. You will still be able to see the best of the city without risking getting lost or running into problems along the way.

Research

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Before going on a trip, make sure you take the time to research your destination. For example, by finding out where you can find grocery stores near your hotel, it will be cheaper to stock up on supplies here rather than raid the hotel minibar and pay a fortune for water or chocolate. It's also worth researching information about emergency services and pharmacies nearby.

These are small details that can be found easily, but they are the kind of details that will help you when you run into problems during the trip. If you lose your medication, for instance, you will know which pharmacies carry them even before departing.

Get Insured

accident

Taking out a travel insurance policy that provides extra coverage without breaking the bank is a great idea. Travel insurance protects you against common issues such as flight delays and lost baggage, plus it can cover emergency medical assistance when you are abroad. When you think that medical bills in the USA can run into millions it's worth doing.

Staysure offers single-trip travel insurance to help you buy the right policy for your needs and cover the medical conditions required. For many, the reassurance of having travel insurance can make for a more relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

Time Your Trip

tourist

Timing your trip correctly is another great way to save money while remaining safe. When travelling during low season, you will be dealing with smaller crowds of travellers, and there are fewer risks to worry about. The trip will be both safer and more enjoyable.

At the same time, you save money on travel expenses when you travel in low season. Hotels and flights are more affordable; local restaurants and tourist attractions offer more discounts and special offers; you can pre-book virtually everything online or organise your tours before departing too. 

Make Final Preparations


There are extra preparations that you can do to be safer when travelling, starting with making sure that you have multiple copies of your travel documents, and that they are stored in different bags. This may seem like a small thing to do, but it will save you in difficult situations.

Carrying extra medications, making sure your carry-on bag is packed with bottled water and snacks and bringing extra charging cables for your devices are also small things that you can do to be more prepared for the trip. With boarding passes being available on a mobile phone these days, the last thing you want is no phone battery.

At the end of the day, being more prepared for the trip is what this is all about. In order to stay safer and save money in the process, give yourself time to do research, find good deals, prepare extra measures, and have a great trip.

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My Home Renovation Plan

I’ve talked on the blog before about the renovations I have previously completed in my home and if I had the money and opportunity, there is plenty more that I would do! My kitchen is my pride and joy and I’d love to feel that same feeling throughout the rest of my home. They say that people always want to change something about their home and I’d definitely agree with it - there is always something I want to change!

my kitchen

So what would I do? First of all, I’d rip out all the carpets and change the flooring option to some engineered oak flooring. I find carpets can get so grotty and threadbare so quickly and it is much easier to sweep and hoover wood flooring than it is a carpet, especially one that has seen better days.

Why engineered wood flooring? It is the most popular real wood flooring option for a reason - it is durable and long-lasting, it is moisture resistant and it has the same quality finish and design that you’d expect from solid wood flooring. Not only that but it is super easy to install too. It gives a stunning look to any room it is in.

I do love a carpeted floor but I just don’t love the upkeep of them. Our carpet in our lounge has faded badly. Also, they trap dirt and I don't think that's great for hygiene and allergies. Other flooring options look just as good and are far less work to maintain - exactly what I need with a husband and adult son at home. I find that once you don’t have carpet in a home, it suddenly feels much bigger and a lot more open and airy - how about you?

Las Vegas print

Once I’ve taken out all the carpets and replaced them, I would also change some other things around the home. Some rooms would probably only need a change in furniture and soft furnishings whereas others may require a little more TLC. I'm looking to get some new travel-inspired prints for my lounge. I already have a Las Vegas print that I love, and I recently ordered some Venice prints from the company Desenio. I'm just waiting for them to arrive.  

A lick of paint would definitely be welcome in many of my rooms - my lounge walls are very neutral, but even though I love the colour I think neutral walls can be calming in a lounge. I had a statement red wall once in our bedroom and it got sort of boring, to be honest. Maybe I should be brave and try a colour or wallpaper on a statement wall in the lounge- what do you think? There are some great wallpaper designs these days too.

front door

Finally, I think I’d have to show the front of my home some love. We need to paint the front and replace the front door. We have a door that's really cheap looking and I want a really solid front door is our Edwardian home and paint it a nice historic Edwardian blue or grey.  We have lovely mosaic tiles on the front path, but they are broken so a renovation of these would be lovely if we can get together the money. 

These are just some of the renovations I’d love to do in my home - are there any renovations you’ve currently got in the pipeline? Have you recently completed a project?

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Win A Silver Heart Personalised Bracelet With The Engravers Guild Ends 06/12

There is something special about personalised gifts. Having a message, initials or name on a gift makes that gift mean so much more. Engravers Guild are a company that produce lovely gifts and I'm going to show you my favourite items on my blog today. You can also have the chance to win a silver heart bracelet with a personalised message. This is an ad.

Who are the Engravers Guild?

You can win this bracelet

The Engravers Guild was founded by Elliott Bishton in 2017 with the ambition to deliver the best possible personalised gift experience. Elliott's family has a long rich history of working with jewellery going back over a hundred years. Having a base in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham using the newest technology means that they can offer fanatic service from start to finish.

You can order from the Engravers Guild website online and I found the website easy to navigate with gifts in categories 'For Her' and 'For Him'. There was a decent selection of gifts for him including engraved pens, watches and cufflinks, as well as personalised hip flasks, tankards and aftershave. The gifts for her included engraved bracelets, necklaces and watches, as well as personalised pens, perfume and christening gifts.  There is a lot to choose from and I personally thought the gifts to be high quality. Below are my favourite gifts from this lovely website.

My favourite gifts from the Engravers Guild

heart locket

Silver diamond set personalised locket silver £60

I like the classic lines of this gorgeous silver locket. In a heart design, the locket is embellished with a real diamond in the centre, and the back is left so it can be engraved with a number of characters. It has a chain that can be adjusted from 16 to 18 inches too. A beautiful gift for someone special.


rose heart necklace

Swarovski birthstone heart necklace rose gold £49.50

I love this contemporary heart necklace in rose gold on silver. The Swarovski birthstone crystal adds a gorgeous touch to the heart, making it sparkle in the light. It can also be personalised with up to eight characters. On a rose gold plated chain that's adjustable from 16 to 18 inches, this would make a lovely gift or a treat for yourself. 

hip flask

Leather personalised hip flask black £24.95

My next choice is this leather hip flask above that would make a great gift for someone that likes their whiskey (although other spirits are available!) The real black leather sets off the chrome metal and brings a lovely tactile feeling to this men's accessory. The personalisation of up to 14 characters makes it a lovely gift for a retirement, anniversary, birthday or Christmas.  A pouring funnel and two steel cups are included and the hip flasks come in a luxury presentation box too.black wallet

This luxurious black leather wallet by Visconti is one of the best sellers on the website. A classic design, it is made to carry both cash and coins as well as credit cards. It has RFID protection to keep all your personal data safe. Personalised with gold, silver or blind embossed initials it will make an excellent gift for the man in your life.

Silver heart chain personalised bracelet £35

If you want to show how much you care for someone this silver heart chain personalised bracelet is perfect. A simple silver chain that is adjustable from 6 to 8.5 inches has a sold silver heart tag on the end which can be personised free. I love this beautiful bracelet especially as it's well-priced too.

So here are some of my favourite gifts from Engravers Guild. Today on my blog I am giving you a chance to win this pretty silver heart bracelet above with your choice of engraving. While you are here don't forget to check out the other competitions I have running too. Good luck!


Win a silver heart bracelet