8 Flower Beverages You Need to Try Right Now
Oct11

8 Flower Beverages You Need to Try Right Now

Blooms are not just for embellishments. Aside from being a great instrument of beautification, flowers are also a perfect flavouring to beverages.

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Your Most Memorable Picnic Day Ever
Aug01

Your Most Memorable Picnic Day Ever

A combination of tropical urban and the close ties of country towns, the Northern Territory to create perfect spots for the celebration of the Picnic Day. This is a weekend long event participated by locals as a recognize formal holiday. People have the extra and free time to relax and be with family.
In this year’s celebration, let it be the best one you’ve ever had with these handy picnic tips.

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10 Different (But Still Romantic) Ways You Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Feb09

10 Different (But Still Romantic) Ways You Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the most anticipated occasions of the year. But did you know that it was originally a pagan festival of fertility? Truly there are many interesting facts about Valentine’s Day. Today, the world still celebrates the occasion but in a much different way. Dinner dates, bouquets, chocolates. You know the drill. It’s all about love and romance. The thing is, if you have been with your significant other for quite a long time, things can get a bit repetitive and predictable during this special occasion. For this reason, some people go out of their way to make the day extra special. Looking for other ways to celebrate the day of hearts? Apart from the traditional giving of gifts and Valentine’s Day flowers, there are many fun and unique (even unconventional) ways to celebrate V-Day. Make the day memorable with these Valentine’s Day date ideas. 1. Recreate your first date. The “firsts” are always special and these are some of the things you’ll never forget throughout your relationship. Remember how nervous you were before your first date? Or how you couldn’t seem to find the right outfit to wear? The butterflies in your tummy? One of the most romantic ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to recreate your first date. It’s a great way to ignite the spark once again. So go to that restaurant where you had your first dinner together or that park where you first held hands. Relive the times when you...

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Special Dinner Party Themes for an Unforgettable Gathering
Feb05

Special Dinner Party Themes for an Unforgettable Gathering

Eating together is one of the best ways to bond with people. The power of a sumptuous dinner, therefore, shouldn’t be underestimated. Dinners don’t just fill your tummies with delicious food, they are also a perfect time to catch up with good friends and loved ones. Planning to host a dinner party soon? Questions like “What food should I prepare?” or “Should I find a good venue?” might be flooding your mind. You might even be thinking of calling for same day flower delivery to decorate your dining area with charming blooms. But don’t stress out. Relax. Keep calm. There are many things you can do to host amazing dinner parties without leaving the comforts of your home or breaking the bank. Below are some special dinner party themes you can use to make unforgettable gatherings. WINE & CHEESE PARTY If you’re feeling classy, you can always opt for the good ol’ wine and cheese party. This kind of party is intimate and laid back making it suited for small groups of people. There may not be much food involved here but it sure is a great way to catch up with your buddies. Moreover, a wine party has an intimate atmosphere making it a perfect for an anniversary dinner. In addition to getting anniversary flowers delivery on your special day, you can surprise your darling with a romantic wine night. Haven’t hosted a wine and cheese party before? No problem. This how-to guide by Passports & Pancakes can help you get...

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Rock Solid Guns & Buns of Steel – The Perfect Man?
Sep29

Rock Solid Guns & Buns of Steel – The Perfect Man?

  Broad solid shoulders, angry sweat laden faces, six/eight packs (apparently they do exist!), thick sculptured thighs and of course the buns of steel! Yes Ladies – it’s the Rugby World Cup! The men in our lives are watching the games religiously for the pure adrenaline rush, National pride and in the back of their minds thinking they are as tough and mean as the men on the pitch. As much as the ladies like to support their favourite team, National pride and in general, just enjoy watching the sport – there is always the hot-blooded female in us that appreciates all that is beautiful in the male form disguised as the rugged Rugby player. As with all social drunken evenings between a group of good friends, inappropriate conversation is the order of the evening; the subject of what type of “Man” they were in terms of what they found as most attractive “physically” in a woman! (Hey, it was a drunken evening – all sexist remarks go straight out of the window!) Answers ranged from the typical breasts, legs, buttocks to colour of hair or colour of eyes! This had the ladies reciprocating back on what is “hot” and what is “not” for the male form! Yes, I believe we were more on the road to blottoed than just merely drunk!   A few of my female friends are still looking for their perfect “other-half” with a number of them using the latest in social media dating sites. We are mostly led to believe that it’s mostly...

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A wine a day keeps the whining away
Aug21

A wine a day keeps the whining away

I had a bad (understatement of the year!) day; everything that could go wrong went wrong! Let me set the scene for you: When you set your alarm for work to wake you up at 5:00am, you wake up at 6am and start screaming at your phone, then you realise that the alarm was set for 5:00PM instead of AM! You run for the morning commute and your heel breaks off, you arrive just in time to the office building and because you’re waiting for the lift – you’re ten minutes late, you’re making your morning cup of coffee and your mug slips and crashes on the floor! Seriously – the day carried on in that way! We’ve all been there! My experience says that after a day like that – your evening can only get better! Do you plan an evening in with your loved one and just cuddle up and watch TV? Arrange to meet friends and have an evening of dinner and conversation (albeit you will be reiterating most of your terrible day verbatim to dampen their evenings!) or spend the evening pampering yourself (whereby you’ll mull over the terrible day and wonder how you could have done it differently!).   On evenings like this, I tend to find myself with a glass of wine venting my woes to anyone who will listen (exit loved ones as they have heard it time and time again!). Seriously – pets are fantastic listeners! My cat “Bubbles” is a great conversationalist – she lets me vent and offers her meows as answers of her understanding that I am not...

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My Affair with the 8th Deadliest Sin!
Aug10

My Affair with the 8th Deadliest Sin!

  Chocolate should be named as the 8th deadly sin! This decadent piece of food is able to launch all the rest of the 7 deadly sins! I remember times in my life I would have hoarded a box of Godiva truffles for my own consumption and stared with envy when a friend was spooning a chocolate dessert in her mouth! There are many studies and health risk pamphlets that list all the do’s and don’ts for Chocolate, but I’m not writing about that. All I know is that when I’m out with friends and loved ones for a fancy meal – I’d like to finish the experience digging into a Chocolate lava cake that oozes a rich, creamy chocolate fountain when I put a spoon through it. When I’m feeling a little down, time of the month, crappy day at work, or in one of those moods of “no one understands me!”, I want to bite into a huge bar of Dairy Milk Chocolate (even better with the little nuts in it!) and pretty much mutter to myself that my Chocolate bar understands how I feel!    Do not get me wrong – men enjoy Chocolate too! But I noticed a pattern that men EAT chocolate like it’s a food source, similar to needing his meat and two veg on his plate every evening. It is sustenance food, an energy source. When it comes to Chocolate, Men eat to live, Women live to eat!    For women, Chocolate is an indulgence or in modern day language it is better known as “Food Porn”.   I asked a few girlfriends who were around in the...

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Happy Mother’s Day! Everyday!
Aug07

Happy Mother’s Day! Everyday!

I love my Mom, really I do! But oh – how she can test my patience! OH MY GOODNESS, OH MY GOODNESS, OH MY GOODNESS! The indescribable rage I have in my head right now is almost too much for me to bear. The only thing I want to do is to storm out of the house, slam the door behind me, walk up an enormous hill, and never come back to my crazy household. Seriously, I bet there are millions of young people out there who are in exactly the same position as me; when you and your Mom are having the worst fight ever, nobody is willing to back down, and all you want to do is to storm out of the front door tears streaming down your face, vowing never to come back home. On most occasions, this tantrum is shared, word for word with my best friend, as we basically experience the same situation at least a few times a month. But her situation is usually about studies, whereas mine… well, mine was actually about cookies… I mean, what’s wrong with just having a little mess in my bedroom? It’s my bedroom! I demand the right to make it look as if a clothes bomb has gone off amid the organised chaos, right? Every now and then I’ve got to add some personality to my space; after all, I am an artist and I am supposed to be rebellious and insane (sometimes!). Which is why, I like to play around with food sometimes to explore my creativity and originality… I know…it’s deep stuff, and “Drama Queen” is not my nickname! Looking...

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Mother’s Day in Thailand
Aug05

Mother’s Day in Thailand

  The 12 of August is the birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Sirikit of Thailand. In honour of the Queen, this day is also recognised as National Mother’s Day. Queen Sirikit’s story is not one exclusively of privilege. It is a story of romance, self-discipline, courage, motherhood, devotion and, above all, support for her husband and service to the people of Thailand. Care and compassion is the central focus of Queen Sirikit’s life. The Thai people have a deep reverence for their monarchy, as well as mothers, so this is a very important day of celebration for Thai people both at home and worldwide. Thailand enjoys a rich history and culture. Although sometimes engaged in conflicts with neighbouring rulers, over centuries Thailand’s monarchy helped the nation maintain its political autonomy. Thailand developed a complex, beautiful society with many distinctive traditions; today over 67 million people reside in Thailand. Motherhood remains an important value in Thai culture, as does respect for the beauty and importance of the natural world. Recently, Thailand gained international media attention due to the efforts of Sangduen “Lek” Chailert. Born in a small village in rural northern Thailand, as a child this remarkable Thai woman grew to respect and appreciate the loveliness of the countryside and its plants and animal life. Her family cared for an elephant, and she developed a...

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Food and Romance
Jul31

Food and Romance

  Food and romance – Watch out for those aphrodisiacs! Nothing is more romantic that a candlelit dinner for two in a gorgeous setting. Unless, that is, you do what I did and avoid mentioning to your date that oysters and champagne produce unfortunate effects on your digestive system. To spare those with delicate sensibilities, let’s just say I put the yak in aphrodisiac that night (and that was our last date!).We have all heard about aphrodisiacs, those foods reputed to help put us in the mood, or enhance romantic moments. Oysters, avocado, garlic, asparagus, honey, almonds, even chocolate are all in this category. If you want to avoid my unfortunate experience with oysters, or any other foods in this category, give some thought to what you plan to eat on this romantic date. Make sure you think about your date too – if you are a devotee of a honey desert with almonds and they have a nut allergy, the only happy ending to dinner will come with the epi pen at the ER. Even if you plan to keep things simple and go for the garlic at an Italian restaurant, remember that breathing fumes that can knock someone out at twenty paces is definitely not sexy. If you both have the garlic laden Marinara that’s perfect…unless, that is, you manage to slurp tomato sauce and pasta all over your nice white shirt or, even worse, splatter your date with Alfredo sauce.The most important thing about a romantic dinner is to be...

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Romantic Ideas: Outrageous
Jun26

Romantic Ideas: Outrageous

  Romance. We could all use more of it. While our previous posts on romantic ideas focused on more conventional approaches, this one covers ways to light that fire that are a bit more outrageous. These are sure to make a big impression! Visit a karaoke bar and surprise your lover by getting up and singing “your song” to him/her.   Kidnap her! Blindfold her. Drive her around town until she’s thoroughly lost. Then reveal your destination: Her favorite restaurant, or maybe a romantic inn.   Make a giant greeting card out of a big cardboard box, (such as the type used to pack a refrigerator).   Does your partner love M&M’s? Fill a one-gallon glass jar with them as a gift.   Want to jazz up the presentation of a special meal? Buy a little hunk of dry ice from a local ice house. Put it in a bowl of water and place it on your serving tray. You’ll create wondrous, billowing white clouds!   It’s romantic—but commonplace—to eat dinner by candlelight. So here’s a change of pace: Eat breakfast by candlelight.   Take your lover on a surprise two-week vacation to Paris.   Many couples have “His” and “Hers” matching towels, but here are some other ideas: “His” and “Hers” matching silk pyjamas, motorcycles, T-shirts, overnight bags (have them packed at all times), jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween, rocking chairs, Porsches (millionaires need love, too), heart-shaped tattoos, Christmas tree...

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Romantic Ideas: Quick
Jun05

Romantic Ideas: Quick

Romance. Something almost anyone would like to have more of in their life. However, the fast pace of career, kids and life in general can mean that we sometimes (or all the time), let the romance side of our relationships slip. Here are some ideas for when you don’t have as much time as you would like for romance. Write “I love you” on the bathroom mirror with a piece of soap.   Place a little love note or poem under the driver’s-side windshield wiper of his or her car.   Every once in a while, kiss her hand with a flourish. Note: The proper etiquette for kissing a woman’s hand is to lower your lips to her hand. You don’t raise her hand to your lips.   Have “your song” playing on the stereo when your partner returns home from work.   When out together in public, wink at your partner from across the room.   On your partner’s birthday, send a thank-you card to his/her mother.   Unplug the TV. Put a note on the screen saying, “Turn me on instead.”   Make a toast to one another every time you hold a wine glass. Make eye contact. Take turns making the toast. Whisper it.   Get the whole “family of products” in the fragrance of her favourite perfume (bath powder, soaps, creams, candles, etc.)   Call your partner from work for no other reason than to say, “I love you.”   ….via 40 Creative Romantic Ideas | ReadersDigest This is the third of five posts with ideas...

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Romantic Ideas: Affordable
May29

Romantic Ideas: Affordable

  Romance. Nearly everyone wants more of it, but some time you might have more love than money. This is the second of five post with ideas keeping the romance alive. The first one extolled the virtues of creativity, using ‘out of the box’ ideas to spice things up. So scream “thank gawd its Friday!”,  and let the (affordable) weekend roll-on with these romance tips: Spend the entire day watching romantic movies at home.   Go to a place were you can really enjoy the sunset, such as a local beach or vantage point above your city. BYOB optional, but a nice touch.   Call a local radio station and request a special love song to be dedicated to your partner. Make sure he or she is listening!   If you’d like to spend a romantic summer night making wishes on falling stars, mark the second week in August on your calendar. The earth passes through the Perseid meteor belt around August 12 every year, which usually results in spectacular meteor showers for two to three nights.   Buy a lottery ticket. Give it to your partner with a little note attached: “I hit the jackpot when I met/married you!”   Pick wild flowers for your partner from your garden, the side of the road or another public area. Better yet, do it will out on a free walk in nature.   Write a short note to your lover that’s spread out over several postcards, then mail the cards one at a time. You’ll build...

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50 Tips on Keeping a Marriage Happy
May27

50 Tips on Keeping a Marriage Happy

This is the fifth instalment in our series of posts focused on marriage. We started with a look at six benefits of marriage, followed by an analysis of the Honeymoon period and beyond, the art of compromise and last week was the two traits that are scientifically proven to ensure a long, happy marriage. How to not only stay together, but to make sure that ‘happily ever after’ is actually how the story goes? This week we have 50 specific tips on areas to work on, from successfully married people. 1. Trusting each other 2. Same sense of humour 3. Always being honest with each other 4. Remember birthdays and anniversaries 5. Accepting each other’s faults 6. Compromising 7. Saying ‘I love you’ regularly 8. Knowing when to say sorry 9. Being able to laugh at each other 10. Having a similar outlook on life 11. Regular hugs/cuddles 12. Always kiss each other goodnight 13. The occasional romantic gesture 14. Considering your partner to be your best friend 15. Sharing the parenting duties and chores 16. Always kiss each other goodbye in the mornings 17. Having some shared hobbies and interests 18. Always talk about a problem rather than bottling it up 19. Ask each other about their day, then really listen 20. Regular sex 21. Having some different hobbies and interests 22. Knowing when to give each other some space 23. Never going to sleep on an argument 24. Regular holidays/mini breaks 25....

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Celebrating Mother’s Day: Gifts
May06

Celebrating Mother’s Day: Gifts

  This is the first of two blog posts on celebrating Mother’s Day, this post is on gifts and the one on Friday will cover suggested Mother’s Day activities. This year, Mother’s Day will fall on May 10th. It is a special occasion  that people often celebrate by taking their mother out for a special dinner. Traditionally, people in the United States wear Carnation corsages at this time, while Chrysanthemums are favoured by people in Australia and New Zealand. A brightly coloured corsage indicates a living mother in the family; a creamy white one honours the memory of a beloved deceased mother. Mother’s Day recognises the vital role mums play in the lives of their children. A Beautiful National Custom A custom of gift giving arose in Australia, too, in part as a result of the kindness of Mrs. Janet Heyden, a resident of Sydney during the 1920s. In 1924, she discovered that many of the female patients living at the Newinton State Home for Women were separated from their children during this important time of year. She responded by encouraging the local community to bring them Mother’s Day gifts so they would not feel excluded. In many locations around Australia, Mother’s Day today represents a time for communities to recognize mothers and to support charitable causes at a local level through fairs, organized walks and other public fund raising activities. Gift Exchanges In many...

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