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5 Amazing Gift Ideas for the Artist in the Family

Nearly every family has an aspiring dreamer: the talented artist who is reaching for the stars with his or her passion and heart going into every beautiful masterpiece. Artists are always happy to have a loved one support his or her artwork and dreams. There are many wonderful gift ideas for artists that demonstrate one’s support.

Replicated Artwork

Most artists have an idol within the art world. By identifying this idol and researching his or her work, it’s far easier to find replicas and prints. This gift could be a printed painting, a miniature replica of a sculpture, a book of prints and their history, or a collectible record. Art comes in many forms!

Tickets to an Art Show

If there are local art shows that the recipient can attend, try purchasing between 2 and 4 tickets as a gift. He or she can take along a few friends or family members for a fun day out.

Fine Art Supplies

Art supplies can be quite expensive when purchased all at once. Some supplies, such as paint, pencils, paper, and canvases must be replenished from time to time. A wonderful gift for a painter might include a set of paints in his or her favorite brand, as well as some fine art paintbrushes. Artists love to receive new media and supplies.

Instructional Books or Videos

If the artist is young or just starting out, instructional sets are the perfect gift. He or she could learn how to perfect painting techniques, learn to play a new instrument, or learn how to make intricate pottery or jewelry.

An Inspirational Trip

One of the coolest gifts an artist could receive is a trip to an inspirational place. This is especially true for photographers and painters. The trip could involve a beautiful national park, a renowned city full of art, or a retreat in a country with rich, historic culture.

Finding the right gift for an artist can be very easy, as long as the buyer knows a bit of information about the artist’s passion.

How To Use A Reed Diffuser

Reed diffusers are a great way to constantly have beautiful scents filling up our rooms and personal spaces without having to worry about leaving candles lit, especially if you have young children or are always on the go.

Plus, they are super easy to use, just open it up, pop in the reed sticks, and you will get to enjoy your favourite fragrances within minutes! Fragrances that will last and last without you having to do much at all to maintain them.

Here, we listed down 6 best practices to maximise the enjoyment of your reed diffuser fragrance. Follow them, and you’re all set for a happy life with your reed diffusers…

Place the sticks into the Vessel.

A reed diffuser is a fragrant liquid made up of a carefully calculated combination of essential oils and alcohol contained in a glass vessel. The reeds, usually made of rattan, are inserted into the vessel, and the scent is then diffused through the pores in the sticks. The more reed sticks you put in, the stronger the fragrance will be and likewise, the less reed sticks you put, the lighter the fragrance will be. We recommend you use all the sticks that are provided to you in the packet when you buy it, however, the following number are seen as being optimal for these spaces (dependent on the size of the room):

  • Bathrooms: 4-5 reed sticks
  • Bedrooms: 6-8 reed sticks
  • Living rooms, Hallways, Kitchens, Conservatory: 10-12 reed sticks

There are no hard and fast rules about the number of reed sticks to put in. It is all according to your preference on how strong you like the scent to be.

Flipping the reeds

Once you’ve put the reed sticks in the diffuser vessel, flip them after 1-2 minutes so that the saturated ends in the oil are now in the air, and the dry ends are now in the liquid. This is to ensure all the reeds are completely covered in the oil for a better scent distribution. You won’t need to flip the reed sticks again for a week or two or until the fragrance becomes faint. Keep flipping them until you can’t smell anything anymore. Once the smell is gone DO NOT throw away the oil, all you need to do is replace the existing reeds with new ones and the scent will come back again as strong as ever!

Be careful when flipping the reeds

Never flip the reed sticks over things like your carpet or precious counter tops as the reeds may drip and leave stains that can be hard to get out. Instead you should flip the sticks over a wastepaper basket or over the sink to prevent the oils from splattering and staining.

Use a healthy reed diffuser

The typical reed diffuser tends to be solvent based, especially the cheaper ones so make sure yours is filled with beautiful essential oils. However, many of the solvents used have an adverse affect on our healthy and have already been banned from paints (this is why you find water-based paints in DIY stores now), carpets and most other furnishings in our home. Reed diffusers, air fresheners and many cleaning products have so far been exempted from this rule in the UK.

For the health of your family and yourself, we advise to only use reed diffusers which are classed as non-VOC (without volatile organic compounds) and they are easy to spot: they use extra long reeds.

Whenever, you see a reed diffuser with extra long reeds (over 25cm/10inch) you know you will be safe.

Place the diffuser on a coaster

You should always place your reed diffusers on either a glass surface or on a coaster to prevent the fragrance oil from staining your counter or worktops. There may be times that the liquid might spill out from its vessel and could react with your table top or work surface to cause stains or corrosion. Essential oils are known to stain wooden surfaces, so please take note of that when deciding where to place them.

Use a reed diffuser refill

Reed diffuser refills not only help the environment by reducing wastage, you also get to save money when you buy the refills instead of a new bottle of reed diffuser again! Just make sure to first clean the container thoroughly with soap and water, and let it dry completely before putting in the refill oils.

It would also be a good idea to change the reeds over to new ones if you are changing the scent so you get the full effect of the new scent. The old sticks might be clogged with dust or are over-saturated with the fragrance oil over time and they might not diffuse out the perfume properly.

Pro Tip

Quickly and easily make your own, personalise your reed diffuser by buying a reed diffuser refill and extra long reeds. Then pick your favourite vase that’s not too tall, fill it up with the refill oil and insert the reeds. Voilá, you now have your own unique reed diffuser that perfectly blends into the style of your home.

Just make sure your favourite vase is glazed on the inside or made from glass, the reeds stick out far enough at the top to diffuse your oils well and the vase has a small opening at the top.

Try the reeds in the vase before your fill it with up with diffuser oil and place in your room to see whether you like the look, then if you’re happy with it, fill it up and there you go!

What’s your pro tip when it comes to reed diffusers?

Written By
Becky

What is the Next Level of Couch Surfing?

 Couch surfing is a familiar situation for those who find themselves in a new place or have been displaced from their old one. Couch surfers can hop from place to another for as short as three days to months at a time. The common couches that are featured in these stories are narrow and well-worn with couch cushions used as pillows and sheets and blankets borrowed from the master bedroom.

However, the couch surfing game has been changed; the next level is when it doesn’t feel like couch surfing at all and you almost feel like you are in a guest bedroom instead of setting up camp in the living room. Regular pull-out beds are always narrow and uncomfortable. They were clearly made for emergency guests. A corner sofa bed, on the other hand, is completely different.

You stop falling over the side of the couch

A corner sofa bed has more space. The L shape acts as a frame that easily accommodates the rest. In a regular couch or being a first-time couch surfer, you might fall off the side. You have to stick to one position and make minimal movements or else you will fall face first on the floor.

A sofa bed has the same size as a regular mattress and isn’t as lumpy as a pull-out bed. At some point, you forget you are in a sofa bed, to begin with. You can move and sleep in peace.

You can disguise your pseudo-bedroom from others better

The clean-up process is easier too. When you are staying in one place longer, it is messy to leave the folded-up sheets and pillows out during the day. You also do not want to cross any more barriers going in and out of other rooms to claim the pillows and blankets. Some models of sofa beds have storage under them and you can easily keep your sheets and pillows there. The result is cleaner and more put together than the traditional couch surfer set up. It is like you are truly a part of the home instead of someone who is casually passing by.

No one aims to be a couch surfer; it’s something that happens when people are on the go. For people who lack room, a sofa bed allows your traveller friends a place to stay without feeling like they are intruding. Almost as if the living room quietly transforms into a guest bedroom at night and reverts back to its original state in the morning. It doesn’t seem like they are roughing it anymore. And for young cousins and kids? It is like an adventure, camping indoors.

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4 Things You Receive Hair Transplants

It has been figured out that more than 60% of the total demographic figure with all the diaspora is affected by the hair loss problem mainly due to the genetic or pattern baldness. The factor associated with the pattern baldness is genetic and a hormone that gives the combo effect of the DHT-sensitivity that causes severe hair loss problem in the form of the different Norwood grade of baldness. The only permanent solution to the permanent hair loss is the hair transplant that facilitates the option of hair root shifting or changing the location of the root of the hair growth zone in the hair loss areas.

The hair transplant in Rajasthan offers you the best opportunity for receiving the treatment at a reasonable cost of the procedure with the plus benefit of availability of expert hair transplant Surgeon.

Every year, the graph of serving the plastic & cosmetic surgery in India is increasing with a rapid rate and patients from all the corners of the world used to visit India to get the quality treatment of the hair transplant surgery.

Why hair transplant procedure is such a high-demanded cosmetic surgery and weighs a prime importance in the cosmetic surgery field is best described below:

  1. It facilitates the option of Regeneration: Your hair is a valuable bio asset that grooms your looks and personality and it’s natural to take care of hair if you are losing it or just want to some improvement in your present volume. Yes, the hair transplantation is an option that has an ability to restore the lost hair via the process of transferring the hair root. The transferring process is performed between the donor as well as the balding area via the technique of hair root extraction, either by the FUT or through the FUE one! The hair transplant procedure facilitates the process of regeneration of original hair roots from the area where hair is lost and fulfills the transplantation goal with the best cosmetic effect.
  2. It gives the Permanent Result: The procedure allows the transferring procedure needs the donor and the recipient area and transferring involves the root extraction, which is only taken from the safe donor area of the scalp, i.e., the back & sides of the scalp. The safe zone of the scalp contains the DHT-resistant hair roots that remain forever on the scalp regardless of the hair loss genetic effect or temporal. The safe zone’s root retains their characteristic of resistivity despite being transplanted to another location and this property of hair root weighs a prime importance in the restoration procedure. However, hair transplant gives you the permanent result of offering the most sustainable hair roots.
  3. It makes the possibility of dense-packed hair transplantation: The highly dense-packed hair transplantation is one of the main desires for the hair loss patient affected by the severe hair loss problem with a different Norwood state of baldness. The highly dense-packed hair transplantation is a core surgical desire that anyone looks for as it grooms one’s personality and facial appeal.
  4. It is a cost-effective option: The procedure of hair transplantation is one of the best cosmetic procedures, that sort out the problem of hair loss permanently and there is no need for further follow-ups or maintenance. However, it is a cost-effective procedure that sets them apart from other alternative methods, medication or therapies.

Conclusion:

On the whole, we can say that the procedure of hair transplants is one of the easiest and effective methods with full of cosmetic benefits and advantages of regeneration and sustainability of hair roots that make it as a valuable option for treating the hair loss problem.

 

 

Bikinis in the Summer

With the summer season just around the corner many of us wonder what they will be doing this summer. It all depends where you live, but if you have some budget allocated towards your summer holidays you should be able to choose from the following options:

1. Hiking in the countryside. This is an affordable option for all those who don’t fancy leaving the country this summer. There are many great hiking and trekking destinations in the countryside and the national parks all across the nation are just waiting to be explored.

2. If you want to do something different, either in the UK or abroad, the beach is a great option for hot summer days. If you are a woman, you will be looking at some bikinis prior to departing on your adventures. Before you purchase any bikini, make sure that you choose the right size that will perfectly fit your body and the right style that will express your taste in clothes. There are a lot of styles waiting for you to be explored, and I am sure that you are going to find something that you will fancy. A vacation on the beach is a great opportunity to relax your mind and body, something that might not be possible to do while you work. It can be done both with your family and friends, whatever you desire to do.

3. City breaks. This is still a great option for many people who enjoy exploring big cities in warm weather. There are a lot of cities in Europe that are great to visit during summer months when the weather is better and there are many great things that one can do in cities that are usually too cold to visit.

As you can see from what I have written above, there are many great things to do in the summer, so make sure that you choose something that will make you and your family happy.

6 Reasons To Feel Blessed Because You Have Got A Sibling

“Brother and sister, together as friends, ready to face whatever life sends. Joy and laughter or tears and strife, holding hands tightly as we dance through life.”-Suzie Huitt

This quote perfectly describes the eternal bond of love, care, and affection that siblings share. At times, your siblings might annoy you and fight with you but you couldn’t feel blessed enough to have them in your life. Isn’t it? So, here is presenting you seven reasons to make you realize that how lucky you are to have a sibling in your life:

You Always Have A Best Friend

Because you have got a sibling in you life, you always have a best friend to count on.

Your sibling is probably your first friend that you made in your childhood. From sharing your chocolates to pulling each others hair, you’ve shared the most beautiful moments of your lives together. No matter how much you fight with them, you can’t help talking to them at the end of the day.

You Can Borrow Their Clothes

People who have got siblings don’t have to ever face that ‘shortage of clothes’ problem in their life. And, by chance if you are the younger one, you should really feel lucky to have an elder sibling because you can borrow their clothes at any time. Sometimes, they might torture you for that but ultimately they will let you wear their clothes if you behave nicely with them (:p).

You Can Put The Blame On Them

Having a sister or brother has another great advantage. Whenever you make a mistake, you can always put the blame on them for that. No, seriously, you might have done that a many times already Haven’t you? For instance, you know it’s you who broke the glass but when your mom asks, you point out the finger at your brother.

They Are Your Secret Keepers

Although they pull your legs in many things, they are your confidant and secret keeper. Secrets shared with siblings are always safe. They give you the assurance of not letting anyone else know. However, if you ever indulge in a fight with them they can blackmail you for this. So, always try to keep a healthy relationship with your siblings.

Occasions Are Brighter with Them

A special occasion becomes more special when you have your siblings around you. From making fun of the guests to only focusing on the buffet, the presence of siblings make any occasion more colorful. Similarly, the occasion of Raksha Bandhan becomes more joyous when your sibling is present. Even if not, now you can send rakhi gifts for your brother though any online gift portal and make your presence felt.

They Make Your Childhood Magical

Last but not the least, you cannot thank you siblings enough for making each and every day of your childhood magical. From going to the school together to studying together, from playing together to holidaying together, you have a life long list of memories of childhood to cherish again and again. So, thank your sibling for being there in your life right from the childhood.

Thus, celebrate your sibling in your life and always stay connected to them.

Waterproofing Your Floors in 6 Simple Steps

Many homeowners would agree that water damage is one of the worst things that can happen to any part of the home. The cost of repairs alone can be staggering. Unfortunately, water damage is unlikely to be prevented entirely. An alternative to paying for hefty repairs is waterproofing. There are some flooring materials that are naturally waterproof. However, if you want to take the extra precaution or prefer to use flooring that is not naturally waterproof, there is certainly a way you can prevent moisture from damaging your floors.

Waterproofing Process

The process which will be explained in detail in this article works for most types of flooring.

Step 1

Start with the base foundation since it will help protect the entire structure from damage. Details on how to waterproof wood will also be discussed. This is a great way to protect wood floors in case you want to use it on bathroom and kitchen floors. Here are the materials you’ll need:

  • Primer
  • Silicone
  • Waterproof agent
  • Waterproofing membrane
  • Paint roller or brush
  • Paint roller tray
  • Knife
  • Caulking gun
  • Vacuum or dust mop
  • Protective gear

Step 2

Clean the area. The first and most important step to waterproofing is cleaning the area. If there is any leftover dirt on the floor, the sealer will trap it indefinitely on the surface of the floor. You can use a dry mop or vacuum to clean the floor thoroughly. If you have wood floors, you must also sand and clean the area before starting the waterproofing process. Make sure that the room is well ventilated. Experts also advise to waterproof floors during warm, dry weather.

Step 3

Use a paint or roller brush to apply the primer. An epoxy, water-based primer is best for this application. Make sure that primer is evenly and thoroughly applied. Let the primer dry for at least four hours.

Step 4

Once the primer has dried, you can start applying silicone on the cracks. The silicone will seal the gaps between the wall and the floor as well as other cracks. Use a caulking gun to apply the silicone. Scrape off any excess silicone with a paint scraper and allow the primer and silicone to dry completely for 24 hours.

Step 5

Apply the first coat of waterproofing. Apply the waterproofing agent using a paint roller or brush. If you are waterproofing wood, you’ll have to use a urethane waterproof sealer. This helps preserve the natural shine of wood floors.

Step 6

Apply a second coat of waterproofing agent after allowing the first coat to completely dry for a day. Once again, allow this to dry completely for 24 hours.

This process is the best way you can waterproof your floors. As an alternative, you can opt for naturally waterproof flooring such as vinyl. Not only is this option more cost-effective, it is also easier to install and a breeze to maintain.

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Tech and Kids: How to Successful Manage Your Kid’s Love for Tech Gadgets

Harvey Norman offers the new Nintendo switch in Neon along with other gadgets that your kids will surely love. This is the perfect present for kids for any occasion. They will love it indeed. The challenge now for parents is to manage and impose usage control of gadgets including phone, tablet and other gaming consoles to ensure that kids will still have time to socialize with other kids and of course to study and do their homework.

We are living in a modern world that even little kids are into phones, tablets, computers and other gadgets. You would be surprised how they can easily learn how to operate these gadgets on their own. And once they figured it out, expect them to be glued into these gadgets. As parents, this can be alarming especially when the kids are starting schooling already. You do not want to see them playing online games rather than doing their homework.

In this article, we will share some tips on how to successfully manage your kid’s relationship with their tech gadgets.

  1. Set a curfew for their gadgets – it is advisable to work out a curfew for them to use their cell phone, iPads or other gaming consoles. You can give them 2 hours every day once they are with their homework. Make sure that you are clear that they can no longer use their gadgets after 9pm or time before bed time. Allowing them to use mobile phones or gaming consoles before bed time can greatly affect the quality and quantity of their sleep. They tend to lose out on their sleep finishing a level on their game. So it is best that you keep their gadgets when it’s bed time.
  2. Supervise what they access on their gadgets – Internet has grown to be so big and almost everything and anything is found in the Internet. You do not want your kids watching or reading inappropriate content so it is best you supervise what they can access on their gadget. Check the browser’s history all the time and use your own account so they will be needing your permission before downloading or accessing something.
  3. Make sure they do their homework first before they can play – before you allow them to use their gadgets, make sure that they have finished doing their homework first. You can even use this as a bribe so they become more eager to finish and accomplish all their school stuff early.
  4. Do not allow them to have gaming console and TV in their bedroom – it is best to put your Nintendo Switch or PlayStation in the living room or gaming room rather than your kid’s bedroom. This way, you can stop them from locking up themselves in their room especially during weekends.
  5. Encourage them to play outside with other kids – lastly, it is advisable to encourage them to play with other kids outside rather than spending time alone with their gadgets.

You cannot stop the kids from growing up with new technology but you can do your best to guide them so they can still fulfill their responsibilities and enjoy other things other than tech gadgets. Anything that is too much can be bad so make sure to monitor and supervise your kids when it comes to using these gadgets.

 

 

How to Improve the Quality of Your Home

Spring is usually this time of year when we all love to do something around our houses. Spring cleaning is the term we all use to ensure that our homes are in perfect shape after the winter and that we give them a lick of freshness before summer starts. It is a great time to improve some things and to ensure that our homes are in great shape for the rest of the year. Below you will find some ideas on how to improve the quality of your life at home without the fear of doing something wrong:

1. Decide what needs to be done and what should be postponed for later. Many home owners try to do too many things at the same time. What they might not realise is the fact that they might not have enough time to be able to do everything they want to. This is why choosing the more important tasks is so vital to the life of every home.

2. Buy something for your home. It can be something really small, but something that would make all the difference in your home. Look at affordable assets that can give you an idea what your house could benefit from. It is often those little things that make all the difference, and if you additionally know how to make them affordable it is even better news.

3. Try new ideas and keep experimenting with things you have never done before. Checking some house-related magazines might be one way to ensure that you are being exposed to the right sort of trends and things. Don’t be afraid to do something that you have never experimented with before because you might be surprised by the wonderful results that come after it.

4. Enjoy your home. After all, this is your home and it is your task to care about it.

3 Top Tricks for Your Child’s School Success

The school experience is vitally important to children. It provides the knowledge kids need as a groundwork for their future learning. It offers important lessons on how to work with others, follow instructions, and respect authorities. Unfortunately, for many children school becomes a negative experience that causes stress and hurts their future success. Here are ways to keep your kids on the right track.

  1. Early Start

If your kids haven’t started school, now is the time to start creating the groundwork for a successful school experience. Studies have found that kids who are exposed to reading and a school-like setting before they actually begin classes do better in school. Rather than staying home all day with a parent, try starting them in nursery or another pre-school program. This can help your kids adapt more easily once they start school.

Keep in mind that very young children might not be ready to start reading before they reach school age. You can still work on their skills by reading to them on a regular basis and discussing books. You can begin on basic math skills by counting out loud with your kids. That could mean counting their toes, counting the number of red cars you pass on the way to the store, or counting ingredients as you measure out a recipe.

  1. Reduce Unnecessary Stress

Many children find school very stressful. Do what you can to reduce that stress. If your child struggles with misplacing items, add labels to make it easier to keep track of their belongings. Iron on name labels can go inside gym clothes and uniforms so your child can retrieve items that have been misplaced.

Create routines to make it easier for your child to focus. Having a special place to put school books and bags can help your child make it to school with all the items they need. Create a set time for your child to complete their school work so they don’t arrive at school with work left undone. Be prepared and available to help your children when they run into problems trying to complete their school work. Check to make sure their homework has been completed correctly in the evenings, allowing time for your child to complete in corrections or additional work prior to bedtime.

  1. Do Your Part

Often parents expect teachers to be solely responsible for their children’s school success. Instead, you should remember that parents need to work in partnership with the teachers. Work with your children’s school to make sure you are doing your part. Consult with teachers on their expectations for your children and maintain a dialogue with the school during the year. If your child is having trouble behaving in class or difficulty sitting still, work with your child and the school to develop solutions. Attend any school conferences and parent-teacher meetings. Be sure you tell your child how important school is and emphasise your willingness to help your child while holding your child responsible for getting his or her work completed.