A Beautiful Mother’s Day Gift Idea From GiftsOnline4U

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With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, both Steve and I have been thinking what to get our mums. We’ve finally come to a decision and just need to pick up some cards and some flowers now but it took a while to make a decision. You see, our mums are so incredibly hard to buy for – especially my mum – she’s only just had her birthday and Christmas just before that and now she’s getting more presents. They’re both creatures of habit so we struggle to think of gift ideas.

That’s why we’ve been looking at GiftsOnline4U. They have such a wide range of fantastic gifts, designed to make you smile. You can filter by occasion, by person – there’s even a section for Mother’s Day right now. There are plenty of gifts that can be engraved too so when asked if we would like to receive something for Mother’s Day, I knew exactly what I wanted.

I’d seen a few people reviewing their gorgeous engraved watches and whilst I think they are beautiful, I don’t wear watches enough to justify one. However, when the idea of some personalised Moet was floated, I knew that’s exactly what I would like.

I don’t often get a treat just to myself so was very keen to receive this just for me. Money is a little tight at the moment so I’m not expecting a present from the kids except for a homemade card and a picture – perhaps some flowers if Jack decides to get me some – so I decided this would be my Mother’s Day present to me. However I knew I wanted to get it engraved and when I spoke to Jack, he wanted me to get it engraved with the above message so I did.

This luxury gift looks absolutely fantastic with the engraving. Running your finger over it, you can’t even feel that it has been done, it feels just like the rest of the bottle. The message is engraved into the bottle and then filled in with gold so that your message stands out. You can use up to 90 characters over 3 lines and engravings are done in GiftsOnline4U’s unique font – this can be swapped for an alternative style though if you prefer. All personalisation is done in house.


Priced at £69.99 for a 75cl personalised bottle, this perhaps isn’t the gift for you if you are on a strict budget but if you are looking to treat your mum to something unique that she will really appreciate, then you really can’t go wrong. What woman doesn’t love a glass of pink Moet?

I adore the bottle and I’m actually loathe to open it and drink the contents – I will, of course – I’m planning to do so on Sunday whilst relaxing in front of a film but I will definitely be keeping the bottle afterwards as it is such a fantastic keepsake. The engraving is absolutely beautiful and I love that I have something unique to call my own – sometimes we all just want something that little bit different.

If you aren’t a Moet fan, there is plenty of other alcohol you can get engraved such as Champagne gifts, vodka, whisky, port and even sambuca. If alcohol isn’t for you, GiftsOnline4U have plenty of other fantastic gifts that may take your fancy.

What do you think of my gift? Isn’t it beautiful?

Ideas for Coping with Bad Weather on Holiday

You’ve booked your holiday to somewhere hot and sunny, looking forward to escaping yet another drizzly British summer and soaking up some rays on an exotic beach or walking through sun-dappled forests. The thing about the weather is there’s no guarantees, and even the best of climates can let you down sometimes. So, what do you do when you look out of your hotel window and see rain sheeting down? Give up and go back to bed, or find something interesting to do that isn’t dependent on the weather?

Planning your holiday.

When you’re organising your holiday, part of the planning process should be an investigation of indoor attractions near your location. Unless you’re in a very remote or isolated spot, you should be able to find a variety of different types of attractions within a commutable distance. You’ll be able to find out about all sorts of places to go by searching online for your destination. Businesses and activities need visitors to survive, so they will be making their presence felt to encourage more people to seek them out. When you’re doing your research, make a list of places that would appeal to all the members of your party, so you are more likely to all have a good time. If you do spot an attraction that might not appeal to everyone but would be a must-see for some, try and find an alternative for the uninterested, who can then go off on a separate excursion. Make a note of the opening times and entry prices for the time of year you’re going, and jot down the directions for finding the place. You could do all this once you are in situ, but it’s easier and wastes less of your holiday time if you sort these details out at home.

What about the kids?

If you’re on holiday with the kids, you’ll need to find somewhere age appropriate for them to go, and you may need to do a bit of juggling to satisfy the whole family. It does depend on the age and interests of your children, so for example if you have a ten-year-old who has a fascination for history, visiting a museum would probably be a great idea. If, however you have three-year-old twins, keeping them entertained for a long period time at such a location could be something of a challenge. A soft play centre could be the answer for you.

What sort of things could you do?

When it comes to ideas for indoor activities, one on your list may be a museum. Museums are bright, busy places with interactive displays, videos, presentations and fascinating objects, as well as gift shops and cafes. Libraries also have exhibitions, story sessions and Internet facilities, and will be full of interesting information about your location and its history. Depending on where your holiday is based, there will be various attractions to visit suiting all group types. Wildlife and sea life centres will inevitably have a number of outdoor exhibits, but they will also have extensive indoor facilities as well. You could try an indoor sport or visit a video arcade. If your trip is based in the Upper East coast of America, you could go for something thrilling like an immersive mystery at the Boston Escape Room, or an indoor activities centre that has rock-climbing and abseiling. Many places have simulators in which you can experience such thrills as flying a fighter jet, driving in a rally, or taking a rocket to the moon, to name but a few.

It all depends on location

Bad weather may, unfortunately, blight your plans if your trip is particularly adventurous. If you are visiting one of the many National Parks, you may be in a remote part of a country, so may have to resort to basing yourself at your accommodation if conditions are too severe to venture outside. If there isn’t anything that appeals within the distance you’re willing to travel, be prepared by taking your own entertainment. This could be books, puzzles, games, scrapbooks, or a pack of cards. It’s worth looking at the particulars for your accommodation, so you know what you’ll need to bring yourself.

Embracing the weather

If you’re an adventurous soul, you might just venture out into the bad weather anyway. There is something immensely appealing and satisfying about getting out in the cold and rain, and then returning home to a warm room and a large mug of hot chocolate. You can take wet weather clothing, so you’re prepared for whatever the weather may throw at you, and you can use the opportunity to explore regardless of the rain, have a snowball fight or play chase on a deserted, rain swept beach. If you are planning to venture out in bad weather, do be sure to listen out for any weather warnings.

You always hope your holiday will be blessed with uninterrupted sunshine, and it can be a big disappointment when the weather seems to be against you. It needn’t be a disaster though, as long as you anticipate having to deal with less than perfect conditions by being prepared for anything. By preparing for the worst, an unexpected shower could turn into a fun filled day with your family. It is the time spent together that matters, regardless of where you are and what you do.


What You Need To Know About Breast Lifts & Breast Augmentations

Two of the most popular forms of plastic surgery are those of a breast lift and a breast augmentation. If you don’t particularly like how your breasts look, these two procedures are designed to alter the appearance of breasts, although in two distinct ways. In order to better understand which of these procedures would work best for you and your specific situation, it’s important first to be aware of both procedures and the results that each provide.

Differences Between a Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation

Although a breast lift and breast augmentation are similar types of plastic surgery, they offer different results and can be selected depending on how you want your breasts to be changed. A breast lift is referred to as a mastopexy and is designed to raise drooping or sagging breasts by removing any excess skin in the immediate area and tightening the tissue surrounding the breasts in order to provide a different shape to the breasts as well as a new contour. A breast lift also allows for the reduction of the size of an areola that has become enlarged over a period of time.

On the other hand, a breast augmentation is a type of procedure that’s designed to increase the overall size of your breasts through either breast implants, of which there are several to select from, or a fat transfer from one area of your body to your breasts. This procedure can be requested after losing volume in your breasts, if you wish to obtain a breast shape that’s more rounded, or if you want to improve the asymmetry of your natural breast size. It’s important to understand that the placement of implants or a fat transfer will not directly correct breasts that are severely drooping, although this is an issue that can be corrected by a breast lift in many occasions. Before selecting one of these procedures, focus on identifying what your exact issue with the appearance of your breasts is and then choose the appropriate procedure.

Candidates for a Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation

If you want to have a better idea of which of these procedures is right for you, there are a range of situations that can make someone a good candidate for either a breast lift or a breast augmentation. For either of these procedures, the first thing you want to do is to be certain that you want the procedure, as the look of your body will change.

If your breasts are fully developed yet you believe that they are too small, a breast augmentation would be a good option for you. If you’ve recently been through a pregnancy or weight loss, it’s possible that the changes to the weight of your body have caused your breasts to lose their shape and volume. If this occurs, a breast augmentation would be right for you. The loss of shape and volume of breasts also takes place with aging, which is something that you might want to look out for. Other reasons as to why you might be a good candidate for breast augmentation is if you believe that the upper part of your breast appears empty and you don’t like this appearance or if your breasts appear to be asymmetrical. It’s also possible for one or both of your breasts to not develop normally or have a shape that’s elongated, both issues of which can be corrected with a breast augmentation.

When considering a breast lift, this procedure is a good fit for anyone who believes that their breasts are starting to sag or have recently begun to lose their shape. A breast lift can also be the optimal procedure if your breasts are flatter with a more elongated shape. Additional instances where this procedure might prove useful include when the nipples fall below the crease of your breast, when one breast is at a lower position than another, when your skin appears stretched, or when your nipples are pointing downward.

What the Breast Lift Procedure Entails

A breast lift is a very simple operation, although there are numerous incision patterns that can be made around the breasts depending on what changes need to be made. The technique used with a breast lift all depends on the size and shape of your breasts as well as the degree at which your breasts are sagging. Anesthesia is always administered before a breast lift, either in the form of general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Depending on how your breasts are shaped, the incision pattern could be a simple one that goes around the areola, a more complex one that goes around the areola before heading downwards to the lower area of your breast, or another that goes around the areola as well as downwards and horizontally from the breast crease. Once the incisions have been made, the breast tissue will be lifted before being reshaped. If necessary, the areola and nipple will also be altered. Any excess skin is removed as well before the incisions are closed.

What a Breast Augmentation Procedure Entails

If you’re obtaining a breast augmentation, the procedure begins with the administration of general anesthesia before an incision is made. The type of incision you receive depends on the type of breast implant you’re receiving and the size of the implant. The three most common incision areas include just under the areola, at the lower portion of your breast, or within the armpit. The breast implant will then be inserted into a pocket, although the exact area also depends on the type of breast implant you select. Once it’s been inserted properly, the incisions are closed with sutures or skin adhesive.

For more information, contact Dr. Douglas S. Steinbrech, a breast augmentation specialist located New York. He is a plastic surgeon who has received the American Board of Plastic Surgeons certification under the American Board of Medical Specialties. His specialization lies in the application of minimally invasive aesthetics, while he has been named as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons from the Consumers’ Research Council of America. He received eight years of training at the prestigious New York University in general surgery as well as reconstructive and plastic surgery.

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Degustabox | February

Box sent for purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We were recently sent the February Degustabox. After a being a little underwhelmed with the January box, we couldn’t wait to see what this box contained. You can buy your very own box here. So what did we get – and more importantly, what did we think?

There’s such a wide variety of items in this months box – the product of the month this month was Primrose’s Kitchen muesli. What did we think of it?

Primrose’s Kitchen Raw Beetroot and Ginger Muesli – £4.99

I knew as soon as I pulled this out of the box that it would be mine and mine alone – Steve is not a fan of beetroot and I know Jack wouldn’t like the flavours of this. This muesli is the product of the month and is described as a vital and delicious combination of fresh English beetroot, zingy ginger, British gluten free oats and virgin coconut oil.

It is a zingy healthy breakfast option and I loved it. The fact that it is also gluten free is even better as it means my Mum can try it too.
True Nopal Cactus Water – £3.49

I am one of those people who doesn’t really like all the different waters out there – aloe, coconut etc. I always pass them onto Steve. This has half the calories of coconut water and no added sugar. This was refreshing and a great alternative to the stuff we normally drink.
Indie Bay Snacks Sunflower Pretzel Bites Superseeds – £2.49

Now I’m not always the biggest fan of pretzels but I could sit and eat these bites all day. They’re deliciously crunchy and have less than 100 calories per portion – a tasty yet guilt free snack, what’s not to love?
Dr Karg’s Organic Emmental Cheese & Pumpkin Seed Crispbread – £2

Crispbreads are normally something I don’t like but these are ever so tasty – I think it must be the Emmental cheese flavour. These are made with wholegrain natural fire and have no additives.

Haribo Fruitilicious – £1.29 each

Now we were always going to be happy with these. We LOVE Haribo in this house so these were a very welcome addition. They are delicious and contain 30% less sugar than regular sweets but with the same taste. We loved these and had to stop ourselves from eating them all in one go.

The Protein Ball Co. Cherry & Almond – £1.99

I don’t eat protein bars or balls but Steve does, he usually has one after a round of golf so I gave these to him. He loves cherry flavours so these went down a treat. They have a handful of raw pitted dates, free range egg white protein, juicy sultanas and sour cherries. They are said to taste like Cherry Bakewells and they definitely do!Tootsie Roll Midgees – £2.50

We know Tootsie Rolls from across the pond and these were incredible – I had to stop myself from eating loads in one go and I know Steve did too. They’re super tasty but super moreish.KitKat Chunky New York Cheesecake Bar – 65p

We are big KitKat fans in this house – the New York Cheesecake flavour is something Steve and Jack both really enjoy so they shared it together willingly and happily.

Emily Crisps – 99p

I have seen these a lot on Emily Leary’s Instagram so was very excited to try them and I wasn’t disappointed. These crunchy fig banana crisps are made from only the finest and freshest produce and taste amazing. I’m a big fan of fruit and vegetable crisps and these didn’t disappoint.

What would be your favourite item from the box? I’d love to know!


5 Ways to Get Over Your First Bad Grade In the Right Way

Yikes! You’ve spent two weeks cramming for the that English literature test, and your grade does NOT meet your expectations. Moreover, it is lower than average! How on earth a busy college or university student can deal with the first academic failure with pride? Make sure to handle your next academic freak-out with the following hot recommendations provided to help you get over the unsuccessful essay writing or a college test fiasco.  

Remember No One Is Perfect

Your first reaction to the first poor grade may be to torture yourself with the thoughts like, “I know I can write my paper better!” While you may be too hard on yourself, don’t forget that bad grades are an integral part of the college routine and even the best students happen to get them. Because it’s the first time in your college experience that you have to deal with the bad grades, it may come as such a bad surprise – and that is OK. Make certain to work hard and keep in mind that bad grades you may get for college essays or exams never reflect who you really are as a person. Besides, the less time you spend crying over your fail, the more time you will have to fix it.

Search for Professional Help

Without a doubt, a bad grade is a piece of your learning experience that you’re supposed to grow from. However, sometimes it’s also a sign that you should consider searching for professional assistance. There are dozens of cheap and expensive resources available here and there online that

In addition to ordering cheap book reviews, research papers, essays or any other writing assignments, online custom writing resources provide a range of extra options, such as tutoring or some fast guidance on how to get ready for a big test or prepare an essay on your own. There’s no shame in approaching a professional writing company to clear up any academic confusion that you may have!

Plus, many college instructors and professors provide office hours, where they’re at your service, when you need to talk about why you got the grade and what you can do to repair your exam results or re-write the paper.

Study with a Group of College Friends

In order to recover from the first academic failure, some students need support from those, who happen to be in the same boat. For that reason, studying with your college friends, who take the same classes, is one of the greatest options to cope with the stress.

Think about the Future

To err is human, that’s for sure. Yes, you’ve made a mistake, which carries a great lesson for your future academic efforts. Ensure to commit to your goals and focus on the continuous improvement towards perfection! Now you know all the segments where you need to improve, bring positive changes where necessary. For instance, you can work out a detailed schedule and stick to it; get the sufficient amount of sleep needed to properly process all the information you get in college; get rid of all distractions and put an end to procrastination.

Seriously, Get Some Laugh!

Watch “How I Met Your Mother”, “Friends”, “Family Guy,” “Beavis and Butthead”, have a night out and relax! Just be like “I’ll think about it tomorrow.” If you remain negative every other minute, it will only get you into trouble, when you face the other quiz or assignment.

Anyway, the moral of the story is that every bad grade should serve as some sort of fuel for the next test or task. Life isn’t about college and grades, and since the college years tend to go faster than one can imagine, it’s better to enjoy the time and learn from every other grade!