Wednesday, 13 February 2019

What To Do With Electrical Items You No Longer Need

Most individuals recognise that there is a strong need to protect our planet. Most of us take recycling seriously by putting cardboard in the brown bin, paper in the blue bin, and so on and so forth. However, there is an area of recycling that is often overlooked and this is e-waste. E-waste is a major problem all over the globe, and it is increasing by the day. Not only does it damage the environment, but also it can pose a serious risk to human health, as toxic chemicals leak into the surrounding area. This includes the likes of lead, mercury, and cadmium. With that being said, read on to discover some top tips on how you can easily dispose of electronic and electrical products in a safe manner.

•    Don’t throw your electronic and electrical items straight into the bin – When something has broken or the user has lost interest in it because they have upgraded to a new gadget, it is not uncommon for this obsolete item to end up in the bin. A lot of us have a tendency to simply chuck it away and think nothing more about it. However, now you know the dangers that are associated with e-waste, you see how it is vital to carefully consider the disposal of every single electrical and electronic item beforehand.
•    Trade in the item when buying a new appliance – Another option you have is to trade the item in when you buy a new one. In the UK, companies are regulated under the WEEE regulations, meaning they need to offer assistance when it comes to disposing of e-waste. One of their requirements is to take back any electrical or electronic items when customers are buying on a like-for-like basis. Thus, it does not matter where you purchased your item from originally so long as you are purchasing a new item from the same category.
•    Why not donate the items to someone that needs them? – If the items you have are still in working order, you could consider donating them to someone else that needs them. There are plenty of lower income families that are bound to be over the moon with your old mobile phone or microwave. You can put these items in storage until you find someone to donate them to. You could also consider donating these items to charity. Or, if you have an old computer that you no longer need, why not see if a local school in your area could find a use for it?
•    Hire an expert e-waste disposal company – The final option to consider, which is the safest bet of them all, is to use the services of an e-waste disposal company. When you go down this route, you can be confident that your waste will be disposed of in a safe and secure manner. In regard to storage media, they will ensure that all data is destroyed before the item is recycled.

To conclude, the problem of e-waste is growing by the day, but we can be the ones to make a change. By following these simple tips and recycling with diligence, you can help to protect the environment and those who live near to these dangerous landfills.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Oil Painting Reproduction of Famous Nude Artwork

The art world is no stranger to nudity. A lot of the world’s famed artists have at one time or the other created nude pieces, some of which are now celebrated as master pieces. The truth is that according to history, a lot of these paintings were seriously frowned on at the time they were painted. Some of the artists who we today celebrate for these painting may not have actually received such high praise when they painted them. You can read some of their history here.

It will never be clear why these artists painted these nude works though some explanations have been attempted by experts. Whatever their reasons, the fact remains that these paintings are famous today and people are ready to part with millions of dollars to own any of them that comes into the market.

Examples of Famous Nude Artwork

There are a number of nude artworks that have attained celebrity status. These are artwork that many people will never get to see physically but will still know a lot about. Here is a list of some of these paintings:
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli painted in the 1480s. It is currently in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

Venus and the Lute Player by Titian, the Venetian renaissance painter between 1565 and 1570. It is said that he did not complete this painting before dying and that there exist two versions of the painting. One version which is the more complete one is in Cambridge while a second version said to be in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is largely incomplete.

Adam and Eve by Albrecht Dürer, the German Renaissance artist. This was painted around 1507 and is currently located at ‎Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.

Reclining Nymph painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder in 1518 in Germany. It is currently located at Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Leipzig, Germany.

Venus painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder in 1532 in Germany. Its current location is Städel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The Fall by Hugo van der Goes between 1467–1468. It is currently located at Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.

There are a lot other of these master pieces that we can list. However, we will make do with these for now.

How to Own a Famous Nude artwork

Anyone who has any little idea about famous artwork knows that they are beyond expensive. These famous nude paintings are no exception, with some of them costing millions of dollars. Given that these paintings cost more than an arm and a leg, it is practically impossible for most rich persons to own them how much more the average Joe.

A lot of times, even with your money ready to purchase them, you won’t find them for sale. This further increases their value.

Thankfully, oil painting reproductions of these famous artworks have now offered everyone an opportunity to own any of these that catches their fancy without parting with a fortune.

What is Oil Painting Reproduction?

According to a simple definition of oil painting as given here - - oil painting reproduction is the copying of an original oil painting by another artist. In most cases, there is only one original of any of these masterpieces which means that only one person can own any of the originals. In a lot of other cases, no one person owns any of the originals as they are only displayed at museums.

With a reproduction, a top-quality artist paints these famous painting, making them available for far less. These reproductions are by no means low quality paintings. If anything, given the advancement that has been made in art and technology, it is possible to achieve higher quality reproductions of these paintings, but that is not the objective.

What usually differentiates a good reproduction from the original is the fact that the reproduction is sold as a reproduction even though it can easily pass as the original. A reproduction can also be scaled up or down to give you any size of the painting you desire.

Choosing an Artist for an Oil Painting Reproduction Job

The quality of an oil painting reproduction is dependent totally on the skill and experience of the artist handling the job. It is therefore important that you choose an artist that has the ability to deliver the best quality of reproduction.

Finding such artists has become much easier with companies such as These art companies employ the best artists to handle hundreds and even thousands of different oil paint reproduction jobs.

All you need to do is either browse through their collection of famous paintings or send them a sample of your own and they will reproduce it for you perfectly. You also get to choose the size in which you want the painting. Best of all, for as little as $305, you can own any of the famous nude paintings you’ve only admired from a distance.

Now you have no reason not to satisfy your artistic desires.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Does Life Begin at 30? 40? 50?

As a nation, we tend to make a big deal out of age. When it comes to milestones, we’re supposed to have achieved certain things by certain ages and sometimes this seemingly tick-box exercise can be really draining. If you don’t have a mortgage, or children, or a career by certain ages then the media will have you believe that you’ve not achieved what you are supposed to have done; and that is enough to leave anyone feeling bad!

When Does Life Begin?

One of the big things we do is concentrate on life milestones – life begins at 30! You really know yourself when you’re 40! Wait until you’re 50, you won’t look back! However, I’m not sure I’m a big fan of this way of thinking, because really life can start whenever you want and you can achieve whatever you want, when you want and there are no rules.

The truth is that, if you are in the right mindset – life begins today! If there is something you want to change, or something new that you want to try – today could very well be the day you make that happen!

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Making The Best Of Your Life

Whether you’re considering life after 50 years old, you’re approaching 40 and you’re not sure what to do next or you are about to turn 21 and are scared about the prospect of a whole life in front of you, the best thing you can do is simply embrace life and live your best one.

As most of you will know, I’m not a big fan of rules and therefore I simply am an advocate for doing what you want and when. If this does mean that you embrace a big milestone birthday like turning 50 and use this as an excuse to try a new hobby or go on a new adventure, then I say go for it! However, if you’re no where near a milestone birthday then why put it off? Go get that new adventure today! You have nothing to lose!

Finding New Things To Try

If you are at a stage where you want to try something new then why not get some inspiration online? Pinterest is full of crafting ideas and hobbies that you can try. Instagram is full of holiday destinations if you want to travel somewhere new and bloggers are always talking about their latest hobbies and adventures. Thanks to the internet and social media, we have a whole world at our finger tips full of ideas and inspiration so make sure you make the most of them!

So, although I am not one for New Years Resolutions, and we’re well on the way to being done with January (YAY) if there is something you have been considering trying in the future why not make 2019 the year that you make it happen? It doesn’t have to be your 50th birthday this year, you don’t have to be turning 60  - just embrace it and make it happen, what are you waiting for?

Debz x

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Time To Start Thinking About A Spring Wardrobe?

It might be a case of wishful thinking, but is it too soon to start thinking about Spring? I know most of us have woken up today to work full of ice and snow and January feels like it has been about 10 weeks long, but please can we start to think about Spring and warmer weather?

Spring Wardrobe

What I like about Spring is that you can wear pretty much what you have done in the colder weather, but with less layers! So if you’re into wearing designer ladies tracksuits you can do so without a massive coat and thick socks – which is perfect for me! Most of you will know I am not a fan of winter at all, so a life without having to wear a coat is definitely one I dream of!

Shopping For New Clothing

Of course, one thing that is GREAT about this time of year is the January sales, of which I’ve noticed OD’s Designer Clothing has a great one! This is fantastic for being able to treat yourself to some new bits and pieces without having to worry about the price tag too much!

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What I have been doing since January is a big sort out of the clothes I already have. I’ve sorted them into boxes for storage and boxes for stuff that I want to sell, as well as many coat hangers full of stuff I want to keep. I still have a few bags of stuff to sort out, but it has given me a firmer idea of what I have and therefore what I might want to buy.

When you know what you have in your wardrobe, it makes it much easier to shop for new things. You know what you have and what new items you can match with these so you can basically get a new outfit without having to buy everything brand new! For example, I discovered a few skirts I had forgotten about, so in the January sales I’ll be on the hunt for some new tops and possibly boots to go with this!

Be honest, am I too keen thinking about Spring or are you with me on this one?

Debz xx

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Finding The Right Décor For The Perfect Home

Whether you’re moving home or have just decided to give your house a bit of a spruce up, shopping for home accessories can be really exciting. I love that there are so many choices out there now that you really can decorate and style your home in anyway that you like. There are plenty of retailers online that offer some amazing stuff and then places like Etsy offer homemade and outside of the box options to ensure that there is something for everyone. Of course, this also means that whatever you want to spend there should be something for you too!
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What Do I Need To Buy?
Chances are, like me, you’re on a budget when it comes to buying things for the home. Oh, it would be lovely to just be able to buy exactly what we want without worry but for most of us that simply isn’t the case. For me, when it comes to deciding what I need to buy, I start with a list! I’ll be honest, I do love a list so that probably comes as no surprise. I generally write down each room in the house and make a note of items that I really like and want to stay and then a list of items that I would like to replace, or simply don’t have at all.
This often gives me a good starting point on what I need to buy and how much I need to spend out. It also lets me make a decision on what is priority and perhaps what is more of a want rather than a need!
Finding The Right Items
Once I have this I can start to put together ideas of what I would like to buy. Pinterest is really good for this if you want to spend a bit of time exploring options as it allows you to get inspiration from all over the place. I actually discovered a really cool website called Lions Homes recently and they have loads of really cool items, so it’s always worth having a browse and seeing what you can find out there.
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For me, I know that I want to get more funky accessories, wall art etc around my home so that is definitely something that I am on the look out for. I love the accessories section on Lions Home because they have loads of different items, and a hand menu down the side which makes it easy for me to look at exactly what I want.
Share Your Ideas With Me
One thing I love doing is look at peoples home style choices online. I’m always looking at places like Instagram and getting home envy! I definitely want to perfect my home style choices so if you have any ideas on where I can shop or where I can get some really cool inspiration from please let me know as I would really love the advice!

Debz xx

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

How To Get Your Ex Back

How to get your ex back

This sounds like a familiar situation we’ve once found ourselves in at some point in our lives, right? Yes, am talking about break ups. In as much as love is always regarded as a good thing, it can turn people to monsters when you start having misunderstandings between you and your partner and finally hell brakes lose and just like that you broke up.

Good thing however is, if this was something that was meant to be the two of you will most probably find a way to sort things out and hopefully get back together again. But then, what do you need to do when you finally realize that it was you who was on the wrong side?

Unless you wanted it to happen, more often people become remorseful and start to look for ways in which they can bring back the love they once shared and be happy again. In the process of trying to get back together with your ex, some of us do things that will only worsen the situation hence ruin their chances of getting back together. Anyway, if you ever find yourself in this situation, below are some few pointers that can help you on how to get your ex back.

  • Give space
If you just broke up with your partner, it is always not a wise thing to go running after him or her after a month and try to contact them.

Some try to contact their ex even before a month is over. This is wrong as both of you need to take some time and cool off probably try to come in terms with the situation.

Remember that you’ve just been in an argument and your ex might probably be irritated. Trying to contact them will only make the situation worse.

  • Friends and families
Friends will be there when things are not going well but family will always be there. You don’t need to isolate yourself from them as they might give you some help and all the support you need during your tough times.

Open up and talk about it with them, let it all out and free yourself from it. This will prevent you from doing something stupid and keep you in good mental and emotional state.

Some often keep things to themselves and then suddenly decide to commit suicide when they can’t handle it any more. You can keep yourself occupied by going out with your friends and try to feel free as this will help you feel better.

  • The challenge ahead
After realizing that you are the course of the problem, it will be up to you to try and make things better. This is usually the most challenging part you will have hence the need to be fully prepared to face it.

As said before, it is important if you share your thoughts and feelings with other people so as to help you feel better. Keeping everything to yourself and leaving with sorrows can be dangerous as this might lead you to do things that will only worsen the situation.

Try to go for some confidence and boost your self-esteem by getting fit and also improving on your general look. Click here to see how to handle a break up.

  • Try a slight contact

Remember when we said you need to give yourselves some time to chill out? Well, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you go mute forever. After some time, you can try going for a slight contact and perhaps try texting just some casual stuff.

Ask about how he or she has been and things like that. Remember to be more careful not to blow up your chances by pushing her to meet with you or even start asking stupid things. Just be light on the conversation, keep it short and precise.

  • Don’t play games
Well, there are many games that you can go ahead and play but don’t make yourself cleaver and think that you can make your ex jealous by quickly finding another partner.

This is always not healthy at all as it will make your ex to feel that he or she made the right choice breaking up with you thus ruining your chances of getting back together.

A lot of people always struggle to find love and would do anything just to have a perfect relationship with their partners.

However, since no man is perfect, you might face a few challenges here and there but the right thing to do is find a way to solve the issues together as partners.

You need to build a great trust between the two of you and be patient enough to give each other time to adjust. But if none of that is working and you find yourselves breaking up, these tips might help you get your ex back if done correctly. Also, there might be signs that you should get back together, don’t ignore them. 

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Friday, 18 January 2019

Buying The Perfect Wedding Dress

If you're getting married, the chances are you've given some consideration to what you're going to wear for the big day. In the past options for plus size brides have been limited, which is a shame because it can promote the culture that you must lose weight in order to get married. I've recently been asked to introduce AW Bridal to you, and I am delighted to say they have dresses up to a size 30!

Although I am not on the look out for a plus size wedding dress, I am always delighted when fat fashion gets a look in and shops offer a size range that suit people! I think it is really important that people can wear whatever they want no matter their size and I am glad that retailers are catching up with this thought too!

I've had a browse of the AW Bridal website and they see to have something for everyone. I know when I was a bridesmaid at a friends wedding a few years ago finding a dress was a worry - so I am glad to say that AW bridesmaid dresses are a thing!

Making Shopping Easy

One thing I liked about their site is that they have a really handy size chart, which you can display measurements in centimeters or inches. Stuff like this can make finding dresses so much easier - especially when it is something like a wedding dress which is essential that it fits correctly.

If you are shopping for something like this, I would recommend measuring yourself accurately rather than guessing, as this gives you the best chance of getting something that fits you well and is comfortable to wear!

Their dresses look exquisite and they really do have something that would be to the style of most brides and bridesmaids looking for a traditional dress!

Have you shopped for a wedding dress? What was your experience like?


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