5 Thoughtful & Fun Gift Ideas For Your BFF

True best friends are one in a million, so when their birthdays come around we want to be
sure that we’ve picked the best gift out there. If you’re struggling for ideas, check out these
five thoughtful and fun gifts.

1 . Personalised artwork

Artwork is a wonderfully unique gift that can be treasured for a lifetime. To make sure that
your art gift is extra special, try choosing something personalised. Search for ‘personalised
art best friend’ on Etsy Marketplace, and browse the lovely options available. Stores like
‘Catia Creative’ allow you to customise illustrations to represent you and your bestie.
For some great cartoon illustrations of you and your bff try the ‘BestPhotoMagic’ store.

2. Message in a bottle set

‘Message in bottle sets’ are a cute and thoughtful gift. These are decorated glass jars with
colourful capsules inside. Each capsule has a blank piece of paper, and the idea is that you
write a message on each one. Every day your bestie can open just one capsule and read the
message. It could be a memory, a joke, a motivational message- anything you like! You can
purchase these message in a bottle sets on Amazon, or make your own if you're feeling

3. Beautiful jewellery 

Jewellery is the ultimate sentimental gift for someone you really care about. We don’t tend to
buy ourselves jewellery often, which is why jewellery gifts feel so luxurious and special. It can
be difficult to choose jewellery for someone, even for such a close friend. Think about their
fashion style, and which piece of jewellery is most likely to complement what they usually
wear. Whether it’s a formal negligee necklace, or a more casual pair of Gold Helix Earrings,
consider what your friend will get the most use out of.

4. Photo cushion

Printed photo cushions are just about the sweetest gift for your best friend.The tricky part is
choosing the perfect photo to go on the cushion. Since photo cushions are a rather novelty
gift, funny photos tend to work well. Companies that will print your photographs onto cushions
include Boots, PhotoBox or PrinterPrix. You should be able to test out your pictures online, so
you can get an idea of what the finished cushion will look like. Photo calendars or mugs are
also great options if you prefer.

5. Best friend hoodies

Best friend hoodies make great loungewear for both you and your bestie. These hoodies
come in many different varieties, (all involving you and your pal having similar or matching
clothes)! For some stylish best friend hoodies check out stores such as Wish, or Shirtcity.
Here you’ll find a range of lovely designs including both hoodies and t-shirts.

Perhaps you prefer the idea of making your best friend a gift? If so, why not simply print out
photos and make a photo collage of you and your pal? Homemade gifts are always well
received, so if you’ve got the skills, go ahead and get creative!

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Five Stunning Bathroom Themes to Consider

There are so many lovely bathroom makeovers that you can see all over Pinterest and Instagram.
But what style should you choose for your bathroom? When you hone in on a particular style or
theme, it can help you to get the process going. You could choose anything from a classic
monochrome scheme, to bold wall colour, fancy tiles, and gold trim; there are so many options.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, then here are some ideas to help you to get the bathroom of
your dreams. 

Timeless Black and White
When taking on some renovations of your bathroom, it is a good idea to make sure that your design is
timeless, which can be achieved through a classic black and white colour scheme. It won’t go out of
style, or need you to change it anytime soon.
If you’re wondering what tiles should you use for your bathroom, then for a monochrome look,
patterned cement tiles, along with a freestanding bath, if space allows, can look really elegant. Keep
things simple with this theme.

Modern Twist on Vintage
If you want a unique theme, that is modern, yet has a retro feel, then it is all about upcycling.
You could sand down and varnish an old credenza to use as the vanity unit in your bathroom, and pair
it with vintage-looking rug, and brass accessories and fixtures. Mirrors are great for small bathrooms,
but getting a vintage style mirror can help the bathroom have an instant nod to this theme.

Bohemian and Textured
If you want to go for a bohemian style, then more is definitely more! Even the smallest of bathrooms
can look inviting in this kind of theme, because of the soft patterns, and the variety of textures from
rugs, shower curtains, plants, and woven baskets. 

Glam with Gold
If you want to update a fairly plain bathroom, and give it more of a feminine touch, then using pastel
shades, such as a rose gold colour, can really help. If you prefer to have a white base, then you could
add accents of gold in the room, to offer some real glam and elegance. White subway tiles can look
really good, mixed with some hexagon shaped tiles for the floor. Having fresh flowers, as well as plants,
can look good with gold accents, to make it an all-round pretty little space. 

Nautical Blue
Shades of blue are a really natural choice for a bathroom, with many choosing a nautical theme.
Blue is such a calming colour too, especially in pastel or light blue tones. There is no need to go
overboard with the colour, though, so plenty of white can help to set the theme of the bathroom well.
It is all about accessories with this theme. For example, blue and white nautical striped towels, as well
as anchors on the walls, and glass bottles, flat marbles, shells, and sand decorative pieces.

Have you got a favourite theme for your bathroom? It would be great to hear what you think.

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Important Health Checks You Should Have When You Reach Middle Age

Nobody likes to admit that they’re getting older but it happens to all of us. Even if you are young at
heart, your body is still getting older and that means that you have a higher risk of a lot of different
health issues. If you want to stay healthy and live a long life with your family, it’s important that you
start taking care of your health as you reach middle age, and that means having regular check-ups. 

There are a lot of health issues that are easily dealt with as long as they are caught early on, which
is why health checks are so important. If you neglect important health checks, these issues will get
worse and they will be harder to treat later in life. These are some of the most important health checks
that you need as you reach middle age. 

Hearing Tests 

Hearing problems are often hard to spot because it’s a gradual change. People don’t always notice
that their hearing is going because it happens over a long period and they adjust to their new normal.
In most cases, it’s the people around you that notice first, so if people keep telling you to turn the TV
down or you have trouble following conversations in loud situations, like restaurants, you

Many people put hearing tests off because they worry about wearing hearing aids. They see it as a
sign of getting older and they don’t feel ready for it. Many people also assume that they don’t need to
worry about their hearing until they are much older, but that’s not the case. Hearing problems can
affect you at any time in your life and if you catch it early and start wearing hearing aids, you can
protect your hearing. There are some great modern hearing aid styles that are barely noticeable, so
you don’t need to worry about it.

Eye Tests

Eye tests are another one that people tend to put off, even though vision issues are more noticeable
than hearing issues. If your vision is failing and you do not wear glasses, you will strain your eyes and
it will only get worse. It’s important that you have regular eye tests and hearing tests so you can catch
the problem early. If you notice that you are struggling to read and it makes your eyes hurt, or that you
get regular headaches, that could be a sign of vision problems and you should get checked right away.
There’s no need to feel self conscious about wearing glasses because you can get some great
designer frames, like Kate Spade glasses, for example. Glasses can be a great fashion accessory, not
just a practical item, so there’s no need to feel self conscious about wearing them. 

Blood Pressure Tests 

Blood pressure tests are so important because changes to your blood pressure can be a sign of a range
of different health conditions. High blood pressure also increases your risk of things like heart disease
or strokes. If you don’t keep your blood pressure under control, it can have a huge negative effect on
your health, which is why it’s important that you get it checked regularly. It’s a simple test, but it could
save you from some serious health issues in the future. 

If you do have high blood pressure, it’s important that you take steps to tackle it right away. Changing
your diet is important because eating a lot of fatty foods will lead to high blood pressure. Regular
exercise is so important as well because this will keep your blood pressure down and make sure that
your heart is healthy as you get older. 

Cholesterol Tests 

High cholesterol significantly increases your chance of having a heart attack in later life, but many
people don’t know whether they have high cholesterol or not because they never get it tested. It’s
advised that you get a cholesterol test every 4 to 6 years as you get older so you are aware if there is a
problem and you can do something about it. If you make some simple changes to your diet when your
cholesterol levels first start to creep up, it’s a lot easier to manage. Cutting back on saturated fat and
trans fat will make a huge difference, and you should try to introduce more omega-3 rich fish into your
diet as well. It’s best to get ahead of the problem and make these changes to your diet now before you
see an increase in your cholesterol levels. 

Weigh Yourself 

Most people don’t like the idea of stepping on the scales, but weighing yourself is important and it’s a
simple check that you can do yourself at home. Being overweight increases your risk of heart problems,
diabetes, and a whole host of other diseases. But if you are able to lose that extra weight, you will be
much healthier. The problem is, it’s tough to lose a lot of weight if you let the problem get out of control.
However, if you make changes when you first start to gain a little weight, it’s so much easier to maintain
a healthy weight. That’s why it’s a good idea to weigh yourself on a regular basis and get ahead of the

When you weigh yourself, it’s important that you do it at the same time of day and preferably weigh
yourself every day. Your weight can fluctuate quite a lot throughout the day, so weighing yourself in the
morning and evening will give you a different reading. If you are not consistent with the time, you will not
get an accurate picture of your weight and your health. It’s also important that you invest in a good set
of scales that can give you more information, like your body fat percentage etc. Even if you are not
overweight, you may still have a high fat to muscle ratio, which is unhealthy. 

If you want to stay healthy as you reach middle age, it’s important that you don’t neglect these important
health checks.

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Home Improvements To Make Cleaning Easier With Kids

Cleaning is a constant battle when you have kids. From food spillages to general toy clutter, there
are all kinds of ways in which kids can make your home messy.
While you can eventually teach your kids to tidy up after themselves, young kids often aren’t capable
of scrubbing stains away or managing laundry. During these early years, you can make life easier for
yourself by considering a few home improvements that can make cleaning less strenuous. Below are
just a few improvements worth looking into.
Opt for easy-to-clean wall paint
When you have young kids, walls can often get marked as a result of grubby fingers (or worse felt tip
pen). Cleaning marks off walls that contain regular paint can be difficult – often it’s easier to add a new
lick of paint. However, you don’t want to be repainting your walls every time they get marked.
Fortunately, there are many forms of paint that are scrubbable, allowing you to easily get rid of marks.
These could be great for a nursery or your living room.  
Consider laminate wooden flooring
When it comes to flooring, carpet can be cosy but difficult to get food stains and crumbs out of.
Laminate wooden flooring can be easily mopped or swept making it a more convenient flooring option.
You can shop for laminate flooring at sites like https://www.floorsdirectltd.co.uk/.
Vinyl and tile are other easy-to-clean options to consider.
Increase your storage options
Homes with kids can rapidly accumulate stuff ranging from clothes to toys. It’s useful to have storage
options that you can hide these items away in. Being able to tidy away this stuff will make it easier to
clean your home.
Extra storage options could include shelving units, cabinets, chests and in-built wardrobes. You may
even be able to buy beds and sofas with in-built storage. There are lots of different kids bedroom
Decide whether new furniture is necessary
Some furniture options can mark more easily than others. If you want sofas and armchairs that are
easy to clean, consider leather as a material. Spillages can easily be wiped off of leather making it a
great option.
Of course, if you don’t like the ideas of leather furniture, you could try other options such as
machine-washable slipcovers as compared at sites like https://www.bestproducts.com/home/decor/g2733/best-sofa-couch-covers-and-slipcovers/.
These could help to catch stains while preserving the sofa underneath.
Invest in a tumble dryer

Laundry can often be a chore with kids. When it comes to drying clothes, a tumble dryer can be a great
investment preventing you from having to hang up clothing and wait for it to dry. There are lots of different
tumble dryers on the market including space-saving washer-dryers that can wash and dry your clothes.

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