Thursday, 17 September 2020

Dating In A Pandemic World

 

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If you enjoy heading out on the dating scene looking for love, you may have found that the previous six months have made your meals out and cinema dates a little tricky. The global pandemic has had a massively detrimental effect on people’s lives across the world. While people are concerned about their health and their jobs, others are concerned about their feelings of isolation and loneliness. For many, dating is a great way to meet new people, socialise, and get out of the house. This has been halted during the Covid-19 crisis. However, as we adjust to a new normal, the wonderful world of dating has also adapted. Take a look at how you can enjoy dating in a pandemic world.


Go Virtual


While you may have ventured into the realm of online dating before, the chances are you use the messenger service attached to a dating app for a short time before meeting up to see if there is any chemistry. As this isn’t allowed at the moment, the virtual world is becoming the norm to get to know people. Many people are enjoying virtual candlelit dinners to while away the hours. Arrange a date and cook up the same meal. Light your candle, whip on your webcam, and chat with the guy you have a connection with. It is different but fun as everyone is in the same boat. A second virtual date could be in store if you get along. Virtual Netflix movie dates and cook-alongs are brilliant ways to have fun, chat, and find out what makes your date tick.


Moving Forward 


If you meet someone online and you are getting along well, but you want to take your relationship one step further, you will inevitably have to meet in person. You can do this in a socially distanced way. Consider meeting up outdoors in a public place, like a park, and have a socially distanced picnic. It’s crucial that you can look into your date’s eyes and chat face to face. If you want to have that all-important exclusivity conversation, you need to meet-up. 


Once you have gone through a period of self-isolating, you can connect your bubbles together and take the step of moving in together. There have been many stories of people heading to a site like Whiteflash.com/engagement-rings/ and proposing during lockdowns. Whirlwind romances are only natural as people reconsider their priorities and deem life as being too short not to take a chance on love.


Anxieties


If you live alone, it’s only natural that your anxieties may be heightened because your social calendar may now be looking bare. Even if you aren’t in the mood to look for love, you can still head online and communicate with like-minded individuals. Living alone can be fulfilling and empowering, but when you are told that you cannot socialize, it can seem like a prison sentence. Head onto social media, reconnect with friends, and enjoy regular weekly online meet-ups via a site like zoom.us.


You don’t have to be alone during these pandemic days. If you are still a romantic at heart and you are still searching for your soulmate, follow this guide and enjoy online dating.


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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Planning a Good Christmas This Year? It Might Be A Close Shave

Is it too early to mention Christmas? I know it barely seems like 2020 has begun with lockdown restrictions and life seems far from normal. However, like it or not we're 100 days until Father Christmas visits us so if you're someone that likes to be organised, now might be the time to start.

Buying Gifts

I don't know about you, but I think that men are by far the hardest to buy for. I know that is a bit stereotypical and there are lots of exceptions to that rule, but for me the males in my life are almost impossible to buy for. My dad generally tells me what he wants these days which does make life easier - at least he gets something he likes. 

Unless like his birthday he sends me the link to the wrong thing and gets something that he doesn't like at all. My boyfriend and I try to do days out or similar rather than gifts, we live together and generally buy the things we like through the year (not extravagant but you know what I mean) so gift giving can be tough.

Buying Something Great  - and useful!

That said, as 2020 has been such a strange time I have been looking at something I might buy him as a treat. I was introduced to The Invisible Edge shaving kits and I think one of these might do the job. 


The Invisible Edge Starter Kit
The Invisible Edge Starter Kit
Since living together, I think he's secretly enjoyed the different products in the bathroom, so maybe something nice of his own would be a good idea. That said, I know nothing about shaving a face so I might need to do some research or secret questioning to find out exactly what would suit him best.

What I like about their website is that they have a number of different options, so I can be sure there will be something to suit. And I benefit from a freshly shaved boyfriend, it's a win-win!

If you're looking for a gift for a man in your life and you feel that a shaving kit might well be what you need then click here to visit their website and have a browse through what they have to offer.

If you have any ideas for gifts to buy loved ones, I would love to hear that! I really love buying practical but unusual presents so anything that ticks those boxes would be perfect.

Thanks,

Debz x

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Thursday, 10 September 2020

How To Be Social Whilst Social Distancing


Although I live a much quieter life these days, I used to love being sociable. It used to be me that would book a table somewhere and encourage a group of my friends out to have cocktails and dance the night away. I'm now getting older and like a quieter life but I can see that nights out like these can be tricky with the new (and ever-changing) social distancing measures that are in place.


For example, if you want to join an Aberdeen dating site, how do you meet up with other singletons and remain socially distances? I'm pleased to say that online dating has been successful for me and I am now happily 'settled' - but on our first date we definitely held hands and we couldn't do that currently, so I can see that things might be tough.

Keep Things Online

One option is to keep things online until we go back to normal a bit. I can imagine that this would take the pressure off a bit, because if you can’t meet up then you can simply spend the time getting to know one another. Video calling has been super popular during lockdown and there is no reason why you can’t take advantage of this and set up some virtual dates. There are loads of ideas for games you can play online, ice-breaker questions etc. so you don’t have to let not being able to see each other in person be a barrier for getting to know one another.



Take Things Outside
If you decide that you do like someone, the chances are you are going to want to meet in the flesh and see if this carries through to real life, it just makes sense! If you do want to do this, I would suggest an outdoor date. We’re getting a little cold for this in the evenings, but perhaps wrap up and brave a winter walk? On a warm day you could go for a picnic or see what local events are happening outside. With lots of space and an activity to do, you should find that keeping your distance isn’t too much of a chore.

Finding Love

Whether you’re joining www.dateaberdeensingles.co.uk or another dating site in order to meet someone, you can do it and remain safe. Maybe after a date or two you could head to a pub with an outdoor area and enjoy some dinner? Or is there an outdoor cinema you could enjoy?

There is no doubting that within the current climate we have to be a bit more inventive when it comes to meeting new people but that doesn’t make it impossible. Even during these times, we all deserve a little happiness and some company, so if you are ready for dating then get yourself on a dating site and see what happens. I found the best way was to go with no expectations, see what happens and anything that did happen was a lucky bonus. It worked out for me, so I have no doubt it could work for you too!

Have you tried online dating recently? How was it?

Debz xx

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Friday, 4 September 2020

Brighton's Best Views

Over the bank holiday, I was lucky enough to be invited to Brighton to take a trip on the i360 viewing tower and I am so glad I went!

We expected Brighton to be busy as it was Bank Holiday Monday so we pre-booked a parking space - super organised I know! It took a little while to find the parking but once we did, it was perfect! We headed to the viewing tower queue and managed to make the 3pm flight.



Social distancing wise it was great - everyone wore masks when moving around the pod and we have our temperature taken before we were allowed on. They don't allow the pods to get to full capacity so it all felt super safe!

The ride takes 20 minutes and I thought it would feel rushed, but actually, it's a really nice length of time. The pod goes up the tower slowly so you don't really feel like you're moving - except for the fact that everyone on the ground gets much smaller!



The view is phenomenal and photos really can't do it justice. A few of the buildings you can see have graffiti on their roofs too. I know there are mixed viewings about street art but I can't help but like it - all of the colours and obvious talent!



If you're in Brighton and want to see some of Brighton's best views, I'd recommend booking for this. It's right on the seafront so really easy to go to. It is about 15-minute walk from "The Lanes" where lots of pubs and restaurants are - but it's a really pleasant walk by the sea so I really enjoyed it!

We spent some time on the beach, visited a mini fishing museum, shopped in an international supermarket and had some amazing Korean chicken before heading home  - well and truly knackered.

It's been a while since I was last in Brighton, but I would love to go back!

Have you been to the seaside town lately? What did I miss out on?

Debz xx


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Thursday, 3 September 2020

Looking After Your Solid Wood Flooring

If you choose to go for solid wood flooring rather engineered wood flooring then you'll want to know how to look after it. Solid wood flooring is often more of an investment when it comes to flooring a room so it makes sense that you'll want it to be cared for - to ensure you get the best value for money out of your investment.

Looking After Your Solid Wood Flooring

There are a few quick tips you can follow which can be a handy guide to ensure your floor is always treated well.

 - Check the room is suitable before you fit it

 - Clean up any spillage as soon as you can

 - Don't allow the floor to be subjected to excessive sunlight

 - Avoid high heel shoes and pets with long claws


The Practicalities of Having Solid Wood Flooring

A solid wood flooring is lovely and is the type of flooring many people would lust after. However, before you invest in it, you should make sure it is for you. Solid wood flooring isn't a simple as replacing a few slats of laminate or recarpeting a room when things don't go to plan.

For example, solid wood flooring is great for rooms where you're expecting lots of people - so busy hallways and stairs are a great choice. However, it doesn't cope as well with moisture or changes in temperature so it is less practical in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens. Have a chat with the people you're buying your flooring from and they should be able to advise you on this.

If you have gone to the effort of having a wood floor installed, you'll want to make sure it looks perfect! As part of your regular cleaning routine, you should use an oil-based cleaner. This allows the wood to be nourished and ensure the finish of the wood is preserved for as long as possible. Try to always use cleaning products that are specifically for wood flooring as everyday cleaning products can damage the wood or encourage it to fade.

As much as you'll try to avoid it, spillages are bound to happen. If any moisture does get onto your solid wood flooring make sure you clean this up as soon as possible.

There are loads of choices when it comes to wood flooring, so do some research and make sure you choose whatever type of flooring suits your home best!

Debz x

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Why Choose Engineered Wood Flooring?

Although we all have different style and tastes when it comes to interior design, however, most people will agree that in certain rooms only a wood floor will do. That said, just because we know that real wood flooring would look best that doesn't mean we can afford to install it - it can come with a pretty hefty price tag.

Thankfully, there is a viable and affordable alternative in engineered wood flooring. It looks more realistic than laminate flooring and is really long-lasting, so it could well be the choice for you if you're exploring wood flooring options.


Why Choose Engineered Wood Flooring?

When you buy engineered wood flooring, you're buying a product that does give you an element of real wood. This is because the top layer is made from real wood, which is why when the flooring is laid it looks so realistic.

As only the top layer is real, the rest of the engineered wood is treated so it has greater resistance to water - great for any spillage on the floor which might otherwise ruin part of your real wood flooring. This engineered wood is great because it is also less likely to warp when you compare it to real wood used in the same room - it's fine with changes in temperature so is a popular choice for bathrooms and kitchens.

Pretty much wherever you would want wood flooring, you can get engineered wood flooring installed, even in areas of your home where real wood flooring wouldn't be suitable. You can have wider planks than normal, different thickness in the wood and even have it installed over an underfloor heating system.

This type of flooring is really practical throughout the home - you can clean it and even hoover it if you wish! It's also pretty easy to install if you want to have a go at doing it yourself.

Choosing Flooring

Whatever type of flooring you're looking for, make sure you contact a company that has plenty of knowledge in this area. That way, they can tell you whether the product you think will look good will do the practical job too - as that is just as important!

What flooring do you have in your homes?

Debz 
x

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Thursday, 2 July 2020

How to buy Copy Perfumes and Save a Fortune

Everyone loves a bargain, and everyone loves to smell good! Good perfume that will make you the envy of all your friends, AND last all night, can cost a fortune. Not anymore!  

I’ve seen on social media, and across the internet, companies selling ‘similar perfumes’. So I had to dig deeper. They seem to be the latest trend in the UK. My initial thought was ‘I would never buy a fake perfume’. In fact, the more I read the more I wanted one. I call them copy perfumes, but they are also known as perfume dupes or smell-a-like perfumes.  

Fragrance Notes 

So I got on with my research and discovered how to make perfume. Fragrance notes was the term I discovered. All perfumes appear to consist of top, middle (or heart), and base notes. These are what make up the scent of the perfume. You smell the top notes first. Then the heart notes kick in, and together with the base notes you get the full aroma of the perfume. Notes can be anything from coffee scent, to vanilla, jasmine or popular citrus such as orange or lemon.