Stuck At Home With Quarantine Blues? These Will See You Through


*This is a collaborative post* 

Life can be hard at the moment. If you’re in a country with severe lockdown or perhaps you’re self isolating, life can get pretty boring fast. Especially now there seems to be major worries about second waves hitting over the country. If you’re stuck at home, there are ways for you to pass the time. Some get old fast. Others last a long time. What bores some, entertains others. You’ll soon grow into your own hobbies and pastimes. For now though, here are a few ideas to get you started. The best ones are those where you can get your family involved, even if it is nice to have your own space from time to time.

Sort The Garden Out

If it's a bit of a mess then why not get out there and sort it out when you’ve got the time. You can be involved as you like. It might just be cutting the grass and cutting back any overhanging plants. Or, you could completely remodel it. You might want to create a decking area, planting Poplar Nurseries, or finding space for a greenhouse. You might plant whole new areas of plants, or think about getting some new garden furniture. You could use a jet washer and clean your patio up. There are all kinds of things you can do to pass the time. Getting the garden in a better state is one of them and the kind of thing you can involve your children and family in doing. Also, depending on what you do it doesn’t have to cost much.

Find A New Exercise Regime

Ever wanted to get into a better shape? Or just want to feel a little healthier. When else when you’ve got so much downtime. You can start off by just going for the odd walk, then make it daily then challenge yourself. You can do this by aiming for distance or steps. When this is done, you can start to move towards proper exercise. You could follow the same routes but as a run not a walk. Or you could start doing workouts at home. There are hundreds on YouTube which apply to all skill levels. Beyond this you could do weight training or buy equipment and join a gym when lockdown finally ends. Once you’ve got into a new routine you’ll feel much better.

Find Your Hobby

If you start to find yourself getting bored you might need to find a new hobby. Most people have them, but if you were extremely busy beforehand with work or family you might not have developed one. There’s a lot you can get involved with. Reading is an easy one to pick up. With countless genres and books to choose from. If your friends like to game, then maybe you can join them. It’s fun and a brilliant way to continue to socialise during these hard times. You might like to learn. Try an online class, such as a language class to broaden your horizons and make you a more rounded, skilled person.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. Photo Source

What The Desired, Regal Wedding Style Looks Like

There are hundreds and hundreds of wedding styles to choose from. It's the first difficult choice you need to make and it's probably the toughest. For one thing, it will decide or play a hand in everything else. On the other hand, it will also decide your budget for the most part. So getting it right in all the ways possible, is very important. If you want a luxurious wedding, there are a number of styles to choose from but they all fall under one category; regal. This type of wedding style is famous for being ‘posh’ or perhaps ‘upper-class’. Yet, anyone can have it, if you can afford it. If you are interested in this style, this is what you need to know.

Pastel neutrals rule the realm

Take a look at any Royal Wedding or an aristocrat wedding, you will see the same colour theme cropping up. Pastel neutrals are lighter shades of the pastel palette. They consist of light purple, blue, cream and dream pink. These shades are used for the flowers, the furniture, cutlery and other decorations such as balloons and confetti. This is something you should make aware of your luxury wedding planners who will look back into their periodic styles and find you the best kinds of services that deliver this colour palette. People like Katrina make this happen by having a wide array of contacts within the wedding industry. Niche design concepts, sourcing from brilliant suppliers and making sure you get an accurate regal style is what will be achieved. 

The sheer beauty

The regal style is a mixture of tradition and fairytale. Perhaps the latter follows the former but we just don’t make the connection too often. But as you can see, a lot of beauty is injected into a regal wedding, by candles. Having traditional Victorian or Edwardian polished brass candle holders is going to make your wedding picturesque to a tee. The candle needs to be made out of a special kind of wax, that burns bright and strong. You don’t want a sudden gust of wind from a door shutting to blow out the flame. 

What is equally as beautiful is having a traditional chandelier at your entrance hall or at the venue itself. More than likely you cannot do the latter because regal weddings have always taken place at old cathedrals and churches. A crystal chandelier from the 1900s is definitely something you should yearn for.

Alive with personality

No regal wedding ever has a motorcade for a wedding. Instead, you want magnificent beasts that are alive with personality and most importantly, are just as beautiful as your wedding. A horse and carriage is therefore an absolute must. However, you may wish to have Friesian horses that are known for their elegant trots, shiny coats and sleek bodies. A golden or silver carriage would go nicely for contrasting colours.

A regal wedding is bathed in history and tradition. If this is something you consider very valuable to your wedding day desires, start by contacting a wedding planner who knows the regal style off by heart.

*Photo source Pexels.

What To Buy For A Pet Lover*

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Being an animal lover I thought I'd write about some potential gifts to consider when looking for something special or unique for the animal lover in your life. See, if you buy an animal related gift for a true animal lover, you will be in their ‘good books’ for at least the foreseeable future, guaranteed. 

Commission an Original Painting?

I think one of the coolest things you can do is to commission some form of artwork. I’ve noticed on social media in the last couple of years, a lot of people commissioning artists to create everything from oil paintings to pencil sketches of their beloved pets. While not everyone will be able to afford to splash out hundreds of pounds on a professional animal portrait, there are many people online who are budding and aspiring artists. 

If you would like to commission an original painting of a pet for a friend or loved one, it can be quite costly. So, for those who have a more modest budget I'd advise you to look up some of the many ‘amateur’ artists online, via social media and other well known creative sites. They will often have more reasonable fees (given the current economic climate). In my opinion some of these artists are as good and in some cases better than their “professional” counterparts. 

There is always something unique and special about commissioning an original artwork and it is a gift which will surely be gratefully received.

Love Artistry But Do Not Have the Budget?

There are some really popular and well priced alternatives for people who perhaps want a more contemporary feel to their gift. You’ll be glad to know there is a generally cheaper alternative which can be every bit as charming and as fun and as lovely as a painting. In this digital age, many people prefer to have an image of their pet which they can view and access easily at anytime. Vector Pets cater for those very desires. 

For less than ten pounds they will utilize their graphic design skills and create for you a wonderful digital painting, cartoon or other, as your taste dictates. The above design is from one of the ‘detailed’ range. The image below is one from the ‘cartoon range’, perfect for small children in my opinion or as a fun gift for a friend. 

The process is very easy and there is step by step guidance on their site. I think they are also unique and again there is a certain originality in this kind of gift. It’s ideal for this day and age, custom animal illustrations are an affordable way of obtaining a unique depiction of your loved one’s beloved pet, that he or she can access and look at whenever they like. 

Animal Toys and Treats

For many people pets are more than a companion, they become like one of the family, as such we are spoiling our pets with treats and toys like never before. It's always a good move to involve a person's beloved pet in the festivities; whether it be a birthday or at Christmas time. There are so many options available including soft toys, squeaky toys, flavoured chew toys and more modern things such as large excercise wheels for cats. There are toys designed to stimulate your pet's brain function as well as all kinds of tasty treats.

Personalised Gifts

For those animal lovers who don't mind flaunting the fact, personalised gifts are always a popular choice. Whether it be a dressing gown adorned with images of your favourite animal. You can buy mugs and keyrings, coasters, hats and gloves, or even get a specially engraved lead and collar. Once again there is so much selction when it comes to personalising gifts that really you are only limited by your budget and your imagination.

Pet Spa Days

This must be the ultimate gift for a dog lover, to be able to go and lose oneself in a relaxing spa resort, being pampered, but not having to be alone nor with a crowd, you can enjoy your time with your dog by your side thanks to the fact some spa resorts are dog friendly.

*Header photo source Pexels. Second photo source Pixabay. Third image source VectorPets. Fourth image source VectorPets. Fifth image source Pexels.

Five Reasons To Believe That You Can Have It All

How many times have people told you that you can have anything that you want if you work for it? If you believe that you are the person who can have it all, you’ll feel confident that you can do exactly that. When you doubt your ability to have everything, you put limits on yourself and your dreams. When you believe that you can have it all, you can dream bigger and better than ever before, and you can actually see yourself achieving those dreams. 

Whether you want to work from home and start your own business, or you want to travel the world, you can have it all. You can have both. There doesn't have to be a choice in your dreams. You can work from home with the help of to give your business a presence. You can get on a plane with all of your savings and travel the world. It’s just something you have to believe that you can do. With that in mind, here are five reasons to believe that you can have it all.

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  • You Have To Dream Bigger. When you tell yourself you can have everything that you want, you are forced to dream bigger than ever before. You are forced to see what you could have if you really wanted it - and that’s scary for some people! If you want to go it alone in business, you can and it’s all because you dreamed bigger.
  • You Become More Resilient. You do not have to give up on the things that you want at the first hurdle, which is usually the result when you finally articulate your dreams for yourself. You can find your motivation when you give yourself to the belief that you can have it all. 
  • You Can Focus On Solutions. You have a goal, and now when challenges present themselves, you can focus on fixing it. Solutions are easier to see when you believe that you can have it all in life. When you choose to work from home on your own business, you can make a list of all of your goals and a list of all the hurdles in the way of achieving them. Once you’ve done this, you can make a list of solutions.
  • You Feel More Empowered. You can feel less like a victim of your circumstances when you feel more in control of your own life. When you believe that you can have it all, you are in the driving seat. You are in control and you can make the right decisions for your future. 
  • You Will Inspire Others. When you doubt yourself you will attract those who doubt you. When you believe in yourself, you will attract those who believe in your vision. You get to be the person who inspires other people and it’s an uplifting attitude to have. It’s not easy to believe in yourself, but you can. And you can have it all, too.

    *Contributed by Sam Jones. Header photo source Pexels. Second photo source Pexels.

Common Fears Women Face in Life and How to Overcome Them

While primitive humans dealt with the fear of wild animals, today’s humans are consumed with the need to tackle internal issues disguised as fear. Regardless of gender, race, and age, women all over the world have fears and weaknesses. When it comes to fear, it can be anything - a driver, a companion, or an obstacle and it all depends on how you tackle it. The following are four common fears women face in life and ways you can overcome them.

1. Fear of Not Being Liked
This fear is often developed from childhood. Unlike boys who engage in competitive games, girls are groomed to play games that require cooperation like ‘tea parties’ and ‘dollhouse’. As a result, the desire to be liked is more intense in girls than the desire to win.

The first thing to note here is that you can never be liked by everyone no matter how hard you try. So, rather than strive to be a people pleaser, focus on living life with good intentions, and the people who are meant to be in your life will remain.

2. Fear of Getting Old
Let's be honest, practically every woman goes through this, and it takes a lot of confidence and effort to overcome this fear. You can't really lay all the blame on women when it comes to associating beauty with youth, they are not spared. The beauty industry also rides on this fear by blowing up TV screens and filling supermarket shelves with products that promise to keep the skin glowing and youthful.
While youth is beautiful, you should also remember that there is beauty in getting old. Accept the aging process and don’t let it stop you from living your life as it is nothing but a natural cycle that everyone must pass through. 

3. Fear of Being Alone
While women are proud of their independence, loneliness is a feeling they do not want to be associated with. It is this fear that pushes women to try everything within their power to compromise and save failing relationships. Most ladies dream of starting a family at a certain age and when those plans fall through, they start to panic. 

What you have to remember is that very little can be achieved by worrying about the future. Even more, if starting a family is what you really want, you should know that times have changed and there's more than one way to procreate. The options range from adopting to egg donation. So, relax, go out and live life to the fullest.

4. Fear of Sacrifice
In almost every culture, the woman is viewed as a pillar that binds a family together and this notion has left many career-oriented women questioning their decisions. Rather than letting the guilt have a field day, conquer this fear using proper time management and learn to live in the moment. 

When you are with your family, avoid other distractions from work, and commit to creating loving memories with them. Many women are slowly accepting the fact that they can build both a career and manage a family, but all this is only possible if you learn to create a balance.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. *Photo Image Credit

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