Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for any Budget

Valentine’s Day is all about making that special someone feel just that – special. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by the pressure this day brings and want to bring you’re a-game, or perhaps you think it’s a silly holiday that just screams cliché. Whatever your attitude towards the holiday of love, we have all the tips you need for the best Valentine’s Day gifts of all different magnitudes and price ranges.


If you don’t want to make a big deal about Valentine’s Day or if you’ve just met the person you’re spending it with, a small gift is more than enough. A little box of chocolate, some flowers, candles or just a card with a few cute sentences is a good idea. Breakfast in bed or a home cooked dinner can never go wrong either!

For a medium budget, look for something cozy to warm up the cold month of February. A blanket, a bathrobe or sheets in a luxurious material are romantic gifts that are actually useful and not too cliché. If you’re looking for something even more personal, a photo album with pictures from your time together will be greatly appreciated by any partner. Or schedule a couple’s massage and a day at the spa to spend a full romantic day together.

Perhaps you were thinking of going really big this year? A nice piece of jewelry is a classic that always works, or a new watch. Surprising your partner with flight tickets for a trip together is also one of the most romantic and fun gifts you can give away. For tired parents, it is always nice to get a baby sitter, order a cleaning service and surprise your spouse with a full day of activities or relaxation away from home.

Finally, remember that whatever you decide to give your partner, the most important thing is that you put in some effort!

Thank You Notes, Long Walks & Fridays

Happy Friday Everyone!

I am so glad that it’s finally the weekend! I’m not sure why, but this week felt super long for some reason. Maybe it’s because all last week I was on vacation?

Lake Walk

Last night before dinner, Matteo and I had the urge to get outside and do something. I’ll admit that I haven’t been all that active this week, so I had the itch to get out there, and get moving. I was feeling slightly tired, so a run was not in order, but a nice 3.1 mile walk around the local lake sounded like a nice alternative.


It took us about 45 minutes, and despite all of the pesky bugs, we did feel refreshed after.

I felt bad for not taking Santo with us, but I had literally just fed him, and considering his tendency to get car sick, I was not about to upset the poor little guys digestion. Anyone else’s dog hate the car?


This morning’s breakfast was a cup of plan Chobani yogurt, with some ground flax-seed, almond halves, and pumpkin seeds mixed in.

It hit the spot as it always does! ;-)

Thank You Notes

Last night I was thrilled when I found this little envelope in my mailbox.

The people at Orange Leaf are so sweet and sent me a giftcard for some free fro-yo at my favorite place! Thank you notes are such small acts of kindness, that I think are often looked over too much. It takes about 5 seconds to write a nice little note expressing your gratitude for something, and it can make someone feel appreciated!

I try to remember to write thank you notes, but I’ll admit that sometimes it slips my mind. A lot of the times its just easier to send and e-mail, Facebook or Twitter message, but to me there is just something special about an old fashioned hand written thank you note! Thanks Orange Leaf for the giftcard and the thank you note! :)


Have a GREAT weekend!

How often do you write thank you notes?

Identifying the Best Bread Maker Machines to buy

I had no idea on what to do when I developed an interest in making bread right away from my kitchen. I just felt the industry-baked bread has some additives that are not good for my health and that of my family. I heard about other homes that bake their pieces of bread stunningly well right away from their kitchens, but I didn’t know all the bit of jargons and procedures that go into bread making.

I’d imagine that you also have the same feeling.

You’ve seen homes making their loaves of bread, but you’ve little or no idea on what to do on your own. Perhaps you tried a simple bread maker machine, but it turned against you. You know why you want to make your meal. Oh, what you miss to know about is the best bread maker machines.

using bread machine

I’d help you identify the best bread maker machines. Let’s get started!

Now I’m pleased to put it into a cohesive scheme to help you going. If you want to make pieces of bread right away from your kitchen, start here.

Do not apparently think that the most expensive bread maker machines are always the best. What I’m using right away to make white and wholemeal loaves of bread is cheaper and efficient than you expect.

Russell Hobbs 18036 costs only £44.99 at Amazon. I have always preferred this breadmaker because it saves space in my kitchen and it isn’t noisy. I thank my friend who referred me to buy this machine. Furthermore, it is very easy to operate!

Other Features You Need to Consider

Always consider the best size of bread you prefer for your family. Some produce small sizes while others large. Panasonic SD-ZB2505 costs only £139 at Lakeland but so far it is my favorite. It produces any size of bread you would prefer to cook. Also, Cookworks Breadmaker would help you to achieve any size of bread you want. It costs only £38.99 at Agros.

Also, consider if you want to watch your bread while baking. Some breadmakers allow you to do this while others do not. Sage Custom Loaf Pro costs only £199.95 at Amazon and it can help you achieve this!

A Thought about My First Sewing Machine

Actually, sewing was not my real hobby. Needles, threads and fabrics are a little bit complicated to be arranged for a freelance writer like me, but unfortunately, I have to learn more about them for my another profession as a housewife. I need to repair my daughter’s socks and my husband’s favorite T-shirt, which is always torn! At first, I thought that everything will be stay alright if I spend a few money to buy another one. Unpredictable, when I count on the “few” money at the fifth or sixth time, it was equal with a brand new smartphone that I need! Well, the new journey about sewing was started here..

At first, I learn how to sew by hand. Yes, it was the easiest way I could do at least in my mind. Put a threat going through a needle point like this, stick it to the fabric just like that and… Pow! I never imagine that this would be a disaster. I could not even make a straight line on the fabric. It was very difficult for me. The line I have made on the fabric looks like an ants colony passed through a wavy leaf. How could this happened? Then I remember about some videos about hand sewing on internet. OK, let’s see!

The first sewing lesson from the video is: never pull up the needle excessively to get a smooth flat cloth. Fine, I know why I got the previous wavy leaf then. The second, if you want to repair your cloth by hand sewing, just make sure that you can do it slowly and be carefully. Hmm, just pretend that I can do it. The third, you need to spend your time more for hand sewing. Remember, you are using your hand, not a sewing machine. The forth…

I couldn’t read the next instruction about it. Suddenly I felt a headache. Then I turned off the video and logged out from my search engine. I closed my eyes and imagined the precious seconds which I have lost. I talked to myself, “Are you sure that you have a leisure time to do all of this messy? Hand sewing? What about sewing machine?” Aha! I take a consideration about sewing machine. Hopefully it will be better for me to save time and money. Then I open my eyes and searched on the internet again to get a bundle of information about the best sewing machine on those online stores.

Why I decided to renovate my garage

It is about two years since I started using my garage door as my main entrance. Through the time, I have come to realize that trying to fix a garage door problem that is beyond ones ability can be a very risky job. I remember, at one time I twisted my wrist when I tried to replace the springs on my garage door. And although using the door as my main entrance was convenient to the family, things have not been the same in the garage.

The lights were tampered with, the walls were not as clean as they used to and the floor finish was fast fading away. I needed to do a major garage renovation. Apart from the things that had been tampered with, there are some addition features such as the hanging tools, garage door heater, garage door opener, lights and shelves that I needed to have them installed in my garage as well.

Many parts of my garage door were also not operating efficiently as they should. The door was sagging, the lock system was had to lock and open and some of the rollers were not sliding smoothly. But apart from the normal garage door problems, some were because of my negligence- I did not give it proper care that it needed.

Last month, after realizing that nearly all the parts of my garage door were not operating efficiently, I decided to look for a good garage door services company to not only repair the door but renovate the entire garage. I just logged on the internet I as usually does when I want to locate the best company in any industry. I read various company reviews before deciding on a garage door company that was just like a mile away from my home. I was given the quotation, which I found to be within my budget. It took about the three days to refurbish the whole garage and now everything looks new with some additional features.

Benefits of Healthy Nutrition While Fighting Cancer

Guest Post: Jillian McKee
Today’s post is brought to you by Jillian McKee, a Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Jillian brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to the organization, and spends most her time on outreach efforts and spreading information about the integration of complementary and alternative medicine when used in conjunction with traditional cancer treatment. Take it away Jillian!

Benefits of Healthy Nutrition While Fighting Cancer

Facing a fight against cancer can be difficult, causing anxiety for both the patient and family. While many aspects of treating and living with cancer seem out of the patient’s direct control, what a cancer patient eats can have a huge effect on their overall well-being during and after treatment.

Nutrition therapy is often used in conjunction with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery because good eating habits for cancer patients can be far different from good eating habits for healthy people. Working with a nutrition counselor during this process can help patients get the proper balance of foods they need.


Different cancers and treatments affect the body differently, thereby requiring different nutrition. Treatments for mesothelioma, for example, can focus on making sure the patient maintains a healthy weight, or tailoring the foods to promote maximum nutrient absorption if the cancer makes it difficult to swallow or is centered in the abdomen.

The body needs a certain amount of protein and calories each day to maintain proper weight, which in turn helps the cells repair and rebuild themselves, an important part of cancer treatment and remission. Therefore, it is very important to monitor the symptoms of malnourishment during treatment, including weight loss, anemia, and loss of appetite. Proper calorie intake helps ensure healing, fights infection, and maintains energy levels.

Getting the proper balance of nutrients helps patients by increasing their overall well-being as well. It can combat the depression and anxiety cancer often causes, and give them the energy to continue living as normal a life as possible. Patients are also more responsive to treatment, bounce back faster, decrease their risk of infection, and improve their immune function when they are properly nourished.

Foods high in phytonutrients, those found in plant foods such as berries, dark leafy greens, legumes and whole wheat, contain antioxidants, anticarginogens and bioflavonoids, all important in helping the immune system repair itself and keep the body healthy. While a diet rich in these foods can help prevent some cancers, they are also important in helping to fight cancers that do develop, and in keeping those cancers in remission.


Eating healthy, lean protein, such as that from fish and soy, maintains the body’s muscle mass and helps rebuild body tissue. Whole grains provide fiber to counteract the gastrointestinal effects of treatment, such as constipation and diarrhea. Whole grains also help regulate the production and absorption of good bacteria in the intestines, which in turn helps regulate hormones and brain chemicals such as serotonin that affect mood.

Good nutrition is important for those with cancer, whether just diagnosed, undergoing treatment, or in remission, and can make a big difference in a patient’s overall well-being.

Inflatable mattress works!

Most people will scoff at the idea that you would even consider buying any inflatable furniture but for many it can serve many purposes. For me, it was a much needed staple. I was in the process of moving and had already taken down and sent off my bed in the moving truck when I realized that unless I wanted to make a bed on the floor, I had nothing to sleep on. My fiance and I were taking shifts staying at the rather empty house as we cleared out our belongings and sleep was inevitable. Given that we have hard wood floors, neither of us wanted to wake up with a sore back and a full day of moving ahead of us. The solution was simple, buy an inflatable mattress.

There were a lot of things to consider such as if we wanted to fork over the extra cash for a built in pump or if we were willing to sacrifice the convenience for something more time consuming. Another issue was size, we could go for extra room but we really couldn’t accommodate king size air mattress. I knew that I needed to do a little searching so as usual I went straight to Google for answers. As was expected, there were pages and pages of what everyone considered the best air mattress. I settled for a review site of the top air mattresses thinking that reading over all the air mattresses reviews would help me the most.

I was right, within a half hour I had decided on the best queen air bed for everyday use and took advantage of my prime membership to get free two day shipping. I couldn’t have been happier! My mattress arrived just in time and was everything that I expected. Perfect quality, which it should be for the semi expensive price I paid, and very comfortable. I soon realized that this mattress didn’t have to be one time use. I plan on packing this mattress for my next camping trip and offer it the next time we have guests in our new house. Once again the internet came to my rescue and helped save the day with just one little search term. Never underestimate the power of an internet browser, I just hope you have the same luck.

Why Elliptical Machine is Good For Working Out at Home

It is no surprise that many people do not like elliptical machine because of numerous factors. They say that it is not challenging enough. The truth is, this piece of equipment is designed to help you burn fat and lose weight the right way. Here are some of the reasons why it legitimately rocks and to correct elliptical skeptics.

Anyone can use the elliptical machine. It is great for any fitness levels and all ages. It is also best for those who are injured. It is easy on the knees and it gives people a feeling of security. Gym newbies can do it even at the first day of their workout. You do not even need a manual to learn how to make use of it.

You can find this machine almost everywhere. You do not need a special gym studio to gain access to this type of machine. You can find it in almost every gym out there. You can even search for top rated elliptical machine brands for home so that you do not have to go outside to have your exercise done.

Do not even think that this exercise machine will not get your heart pumping. It is so much enjoyable compared to the treadmill without the pounding. You do not have to worry about stress on your knees. You can just go for as long as you like, as intense as you like. Of course, check with your doctor first to determine your maximum heart rate before starting on any exercise program.

There are a lot of top rated elliptical machine brands for home that is suitable for any individual who wants to be fit, have fun and lose weight in the process. These machines are not only practical to buy but it helps athletes recover while at the same time maintaining their fitness level.

My son used one of serviced offices in Hong Kong

We were in India back then, and my son joined this leading construction business in that country. Soon he rose in ranks, and was asked to go to Hong Kong for buying some of the construction equipment and technology. The assignment would last well over an year. The company he works for did not have any office in Hong Kong. My son was left wondering how he would manage without an office there. Moreover, he needed a few employees under him. Because my son also looks after his company’s operations in Dubai, he would be shuttling between Hong Kong, New Delhi, and Dubai. He could be receiving important communication in the meanwhile. at Hong Kong. He asked my husband for advise, and my husband suggested that he look for Hong Kong serviced offices before leaving India.

My son did that, and got a couple of quotations too. He finalized one of them without even looking at the office, which is not something I would have done. When he arrived in Hong Kong, the serviced office management had sent somebody to receive him at the airport and take him to the office. It was not large or impressive. But it was enough for the purpose for which it was to be used. My son was introduced to some of the employees out there. He says he no longer meets them regularly. However, he is in regular touch with them. My son also finds his office clean and tidy every morning. Everything he needs at the office, he orders on intercom. When he reaches his office, there are documents waiting on his table neatly classified as these need immediate attention. Even filing of documents is completed each day. The assignment was supposed to last for an year or so. Its been almost 5 years since he was sent there. My son is seriously contemplating starting his own serviced offices business in Hong Kong.