The True #FriendshipGoals
Mar28

The True #FriendshipGoals

Friendship comes in all sorts of forms such as the silly ones, the cool ones, and the serious buddies that somehow help us to at least grow up a little.

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Make A Difference One Act of Kindness At A Time
Jul23

Make A Difference One Act of Kindness At A Time

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted -Aesop
When was the last time you ever did something out of selflessness?

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5 Ways You Can Transform Online Friendship to a Lasting Friendship
Jul18

5 Ways You Can Transform Online Friendship to a Lasting Friendship

There is no denying that it is becoming easier to build friendship today with the help of social media and online chat applications. But making friends with people anonymously never helps if you are looking for real and lasting friendship.

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How to Pass on that Contagious Smile
Jul15

How to Pass on that Contagious Smile

Wearing a genuine smile gives off a positive feeling that entices a person to smile back at you. Start smiling! We can all use some positivity in our lives.

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5 Perfect Gifts For Guys With Green Fingers
Jun01

5 Perfect Gifts For Guys With Green Fingers

So, for your boyfriend, guy sibling, guy friend, or any guys who have green fingers, you now have the best idea on what gifts to give them on special days.

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Ladies: We are Secret Sadistic Devils!
Oct15

Ladies: We are Secret Sadistic Devils!

The soothing relaxing aroma of perfumed oils and candles, the smooth and tranquil tones from the background music, the clean fresh sheets on a very comfortable bed, lying back buck naked with a towel around the nakedness waiting for the pain to start! Nope, this is not a scene from 50 Shades of Grey – it’s the monthly grooming session at the expensive Spa! Although – the torture involved is probably close if not more sadistic than a scene with Christian Grey! The lovely soft-spoken lady (who views your girly parts with more scrutiny than your Gynaecologist) standing at the bottom of the bed readying the torture material to rid you of any unsightly excess hair! As a modern-day woman, there are many things we do on a regular basis to make ourselves presentable to the outside world. The daily rituals of painting our faces, taming our hair and then the meticulous selection and re-selection of our clothes. The weekly dues of facials, manicure’s and pedicure’s. And then there is the monthly grooming practice that only you and whomever has the privilege of seeing your butt (pun intended) naked self will get to admire!   I asked a number of ladies on why they put themselves through all of this, and whether it was for the benefit of being attractive or desirable to the mate they are trying to attract? Believe it or not, the belief of beautifying ourselves for the reasons of attraction is a...

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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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Wives – The Modern Day Super Heroes
Sep17

Wives – The Modern Day Super Heroes

Staring at a sink full of dishes and the bomb site that is my kitchen, I do what I always do; I roll my shirt sleeves up and start the cleaning process. Alas, this is my cliché married life. My husband is a good cook, but every time he cooks, the kitchen is a scene from a horror movie! He has tried washing up in the past, but I think he intentionally does it badly so that I don’t ask him to do it regularly! I put up with his feet up on the coffee table when he is watching TV; dirty clothes on the bathroom or bedroom floor; used mugs, plates, cutlery either haphazardly left around the tables, desks, and/or kitchen (but not sink!); even his annoying habit of emptying his pockets of keys, phone, lint, receipts, coins (why do men always just spend notes and leave the coins? What do they expect we’ll do with the jars and jars of change?) on the bedside table every evening instead of the designated “bowl” I have set aside for all his crap! Despite all of the annoying little things (that automatically become big things during the hormonal week!), he is the man who I vowed to love for better or for worse and that I am blessed to have him in my life. The jobs of today’s wives are not in any wedding rule books. Wives are now creatures that work hard, play hard and love hard!  We manage the home, the finances, the kids, the extended family, the friends, the extended friends AND the whinging husband! It’s a never-ending job,...

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Are You Ever Too Old to Have a Teddy Bear?
Sep07

Are You Ever Too Old to Have a Teddy Bear?

      I went through an era in my life that I loved and thought every stuffed toy was the biz! Except for Chucky! He was the bane of some of my most frightening childhood nightmares! A toy that could talk, wields a knife and has scary eyes – I could not look at any toy for months in fear that they would come to life! Strangely, not unlike the new star of the Teddy Bear world, “TED”, though instead of a knife, this “cute” looking teddy bear has a foul mouth and spouts sexual innuendoes at everything he sees. For some reason I was never a fan of the plastic dolls (Barbies & Cindys). Even at a young age I thought those types of toys were a little too girly for me, but a lot of my girlfriends would go out of their way to play with their Barbies and Kens and make happy families for them.   My interest started at Cabbage Patch Dolls. When they first came out on to the market they were cute (real definition – UGLY but INTERESTING). It was like looking at a really ugly baby – I can almost hear the shocked gasp of a million Mom’s saying “There is no such thing as an ugly baby”!  These little darlings had huge round heads, round stunned eyes, snubby noses and cheeks so rounded it looked like a bag of Marshmallows was stuffed in there.    My next phase with stuffed toys came later in life. I started to make up for it by winning stuffed toys from fairs and those arcade point-and-grab machines. I...

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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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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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The Honeymoon Period and Beyond
Apr29

The Honeymoon Period and Beyond

  This is the second instalment of our ongoing bi-monthly posts on marriage. We started with a look at six benefits of marriage. This post will look at the phases of a relationship that lead to marriage, and more specifically the honeymoon period and what follows. The natural progression of most relationships is through the initial lust phase, the honeymoon period and finally the long-term relationship. In the initial phase we are attracted to our potential partner enough to want to pursue a relationship. This phase is fraught with doubt, intrigue and invariably people being on their best, though maybe not genuine, behaviour. This polished you will carry on into the the next phase of the relationship, the honeymoon period. The honeymoon period is where bonding begins. You have passed from a mostly physical to an emotional relationship. There is a cocktail of hormones racing around your mind and body, such as Dopamine, Seratonin and Norepinephrine, that ensure this is an extremely heady and exhilarating time. Dr. Joy Davidson has the following to say about this period and what is coming after it: This is when we’re still infatuated, still a little starry-eyed over one another. During the honeymoon phase, the qualities we’ve sought in a partner gleam like perfect crystal, and the traits we detest fade away like fog. Psychologists call this the “idealisation” phase, a time when we can still project the...

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Flowers For All Occasions: Roses to Express Your Feelings
Apr13

Flowers For All Occasions: Roses to Express Your Feelings

Beautiful Sweet-Smelling Flowers Flowers occur in remarkably lovely forms. From delicate, dainty Gerberas and Violets to rich, silken petal Roses, from the creamy Carnation to the showy Alstroemeria and Daylilly, blossoms offer incredible versatility. People around the world have developed a floral language capable of expressing very specific emotions. Although sometimes the specific sentiments associated with particular flowers varies from one place to another, the power of blooms to convey deep feelings remains well recognised. For example, you can find a Rose to express most feelings. Rose Symbolism Many people attach important symbolic associations to these flowers. Every colour of Rose reflects a specific human sentiment. Giving a rose to someone can sometimes convey deep feelings much better than words alone. Here are just a few common Rose symbols: Red Roses: Symbolise undying love and affection. These lovely blossoms appeal to many people as Valentines Day gifts, anniversary presents and heartfelt tokens of romantic affection; White Roses: Often a symbol of purity and innocence, white roses can convey other emotions, also, including stillness, secrecy or quiet reflection. Many brides carry bouquets of White Roses with them during weddings; Pink Roses: Denote gratitude; Yellow Roses: These beautiful flowers traditionally symbolised a range of sentiments, from friendship to jealousy, or even a broken heart....

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The Best Best Man’s Speech
Apr08

The Best Best Man’s Speech

  Usually best man’s speeches are a combination of a roast and an ode to friendship. Singer and song writer Daniel Buccheri came up with the above approach, based on Sam Smith’s Stay With Me, which is probably the best best man’s speech ever. The emotions of friendship and love come pouring through with every refrain. While Buccheri totally pulls this off, for most men the thought of writing and delivering a best man’s speech that is even half as well thought out and delivered is cause for dread. Help is at hand. How to Write a Great Best Man’s Speech Following are some simple tips from expert speech writer Adrian Simpson on how to pull off an awesome best man’s speech. No singing required. 1. Length The cardinal sin here is to talk for too long. Everybody is eagerly expecting your take on the groom and his life to date but nobody loves him that much they want to hear a full twenty minutes on the subject. A good length is about 7 minutes or around 1200 words. Any less than this and the guests will be wondering why he gave you the gig. 2. Jokes In my experience there is no place for constructed jokes in a wedding speech. No matter how dull you think his life may have been there will always be a funny way of painting the picture, sometimes it just takes a bit of thinking about. Delivering a joke you found on the internet will almost certainly corrupt the delivery and unless...

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Easter Tradtions
Apr01

Easter Tradtions

  The wonderful Easter season offers an excellent opportunity to create warm, happy memories. In many households, people reflect upon family tradition at this time of year. While children delight in warm hot cross buns for breakfast and the fun provided by gathering tasty Easter candies, their parents may take some time to renew their ties with loved ones. This holiday provides an excellent opportunity to get in touch with distant relatives and friends, and to consider life’s numerous blessings. Easter for many people involves sharing kind sentiments with their household members, relatives and the community. The joy of the Easter season for numerous families centres around togetherness and shared activities. Grandparents or parents may purchase a variety of special Easter foods for children. In Australia, many youngsters look forward to tasting big chocolate candy eggs, colourful, delicious treats that frequently arrive in bright Easter baskets. Some gift baskets include samplers containing an assortment of different types of Easter candies. These gifts can brighten another person’s holiday celebration. During this time of year, people often take the time to get in closer touch with distant friends and relatives. They may call or visit, or send an Easter card. If you seek flowers for relatives, during this season Lilies provide an excellent choice. The quiet, deep beauty of their blossoms and the...

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