5 Top Gold Dinner Sets for Luxurious Parties.

(Lorren Home Trends La Luna Collection Bone China 57-Piece Red and 24K Gold Design Dinnerware Set, Service for 8)

It’s that time of the year again, you are ready to host your friends and families and show off your best china, the trouble is these dinner plates are not cheap, they cost quite a lot of money. If like me, you are looking to get the best value for money but do not want to compromise on sophistication, luxury, elegance and class, then you have come to the right place. As I was searching for the best luxurious china to host my guest with, I came across these beautiful sets and it will be a shame not to show them off to the world. So, we have put together five beautiful gold dinner set to wow your guest if you are on the hunt for a value for money and expensive looking cream of the cream dinner sets. If you already have your dinner sets and are scared to bring them out in case your expensive china gets chipped or even broken, then we have researched  5 best disposable gold ginner set, or budget dinner set, you can use as an alternative for your guest or even the children and these amazing alternative will wow your guest and still make your party as elegant as ever. Don’t forget that you can also gift these wares as christmas gifts or as a wedding or anniversary gift to your loved ones.

So, without further ado, let’s get to it quickly, as this parties have to be planned Asap.

1)Lorren Home Trends 57-Piece Porcelain Dinnerware Set, Ricamo-GD, Service for 8 (Click on the image for price)

This elegant dining set is great for entertaining, serving pieces for 8 guests, with a 6 piece place setting per person it is durable and beautiful, dishwasher safe and it comes in 9 different beautiful patterns and colours, so you will definitely be spoilt for choice.


If like we mentioned earlier, you live in fear of your dinner plate getting broken, or can’t afford to buy your own set just yet, then we recommend


Option B includes 30 White with gold rim dinner plates (10.25 Inches) and 30 white with gold Rim salad/dessert plates (7.5 Inches), you will also get 50 plastic forks, 25 plastic spoons, 25 plastic knives with this collection. This is great for large dinner parties. 

Elegantly designed durable plastics will set your event to a great start with their real china appearance.  What’s more, at the end of your event, you don’t need to bother with washing if you don’t want to keep them, you can just toss them away when your party is over, hassle-free.

2)Home Trends 57 Piece ‘Chloe’ Bone China Dinnerware Set, Gold

Here is another high-quality value for money elegant china boned dinner set for your gathering of friends and family. This type of set usually cost more, for the design and durability, so it is a bargain for the price. We recommend that this beautiful china is hand-washed. Service for 8 people.

Option B, Signature Collection White/Gold 240 Pieces Plastic China Plates, Flatware Combo for 40 People

This Heavy Weight round China Like Plastic Plates, with Gold Checkerboard Border will impress your guest. Dress up your table to create an elegant affair without having to buy real china plates, living in fear of your real china getting dropped.Then at the end of the day simply dispose of a hassle-free event if you can’t be bothered with washing.

3)Royalty Porcelain 57-pc Banquet Dinnerware Set for 8, Bone China

This is a sophisticated beautiful addition to your dinner set collection, whether you need it for hosting or just for its aesthetic classic beauty to set off your china cabinet. It’s value for money and will bring elevate any dinner table perfectly. it is also dishwasher safe,

Option B, you can wow your guest with this 20 pieces square dinner set, service for 4 guests.

Royalty Porcelain 20-Piece Old-Fashioned White Gold-plated Dinnerware Set w/ Greek Pattern

4)Atlantic Collectibles French Floral Design With Gold Trim Multi Color 40 Piece Luxury Dinnerware Set Service For 8 Guests



This vintage and classy french design dinner set are lined and plated with gold trims. It is a beautiful classy dinnerware set for 8 people and an excellent value for money.

Option B, Posh Setting Royal Collection China Look White, Gold/Black Plastic Plates

This wonderful-looking china like premium quality heavyweight plastic plates can be used for any event and will bring flair and class to your parties. What’s more, it can be disposed at the end of the night, so what’s not love.


5) Haviland Tiara White and Gold Narrow Rim 5-Piece Place Setting

This stunning, dazzling dinner set, is the cream of the cream, it has been crafted in the centuries-old tradition of Limoges, France, Haviland china is esteemed for its translucency and durability.  This very high-quality dinnerware will set you back a few pennies, but it is absolutely worth it if you can afford it.

It is dazzling with diamonds painted in matte and polished gold, it is a meticulously adorned design to set the tone for an exquisite formal dining experience.  We recommend that you do not put this exquisite dinner set in the microwave due to its gold detailing but it is dishwasher safe with low heat settings. It is also available in platinum.

Option B or you can go for this inexpensive alternative if you are looking for your table to look like it cost a million bucks. This elegant goldtone-rimmed ceramic dinnerware collection, distinctively detailed in a classic motif is the way forward. This value for money dinnerwares, will give you and your guest a wonderful dining experience and add a touch of flair to your party.

Brylanehome 40-Pc. Golden Ceramic Dinnerware Set (Gold White)


Below are elegant and stunning cutleries to go with your beautiful dinnerware, these flatwares speak for themselves, you will be spoilt for choice.

  1. 75-Piece Gold Flatware Set Dining Service for 12, 18/10 Premium Stainless Steel, 24K Gold-Plated Trim, Silverware Serving Set, Wood Storage Case (“Madison”)

2) Venezia Collection ‘Greek’ 75-Piece Fine Flatware Set, Silverware Cutlery Dining Service for 12, Premium 18/10 Surgical Stainless Steel, 24K Gold-Plated Hostess Serving Set with Wooden Storage Case

3) Flatware Set, Magicpro Modern Royal 24-Pieces gold Stainless Steel Flatware

4) Old Country Roses 65-Piece Flatware Set


5 Top Tips To Make Your Skin Glow

Everyone wants a smooth and flawless looking skin. No matter what your skin condition is, these 5 top tips will help you get that smooth flawless looking skin that will make you the envy of your peers.

If you live in the west, where the sun is like a precious gem, then you know that when the sunmmer  months come, we all get tempted to wear the smallest outfit available in order to soak in the sun. As lovely as the sun is, if one is not careful, it can dry out the skin and even do untold damage to one’s health. For those that live in tropical countries, these 5 top tips to keep your skin looking smoking hot, will help you gain a better tone, and give you a good healthy glow if followed right.

Okay, let’s get to it.

First tip. Exfoliate

The first thing to do, to get your skin looking supple is to  exfoliate, there are a lot of good soaps and creams out there that will help you get a good exfoliation.  Exfoliating is a must if you want your skin to glow and shine. When old skin cells pile up unchecked, it will leave your skin looking dull and dry. These, old skin, becomes dead skin cells  which then can result in excess oil and that will then clog your pores,  which then leads to your skin getting blemishes and acne.

You may want to start out with just your face, but if you want your whole skin looking flawless, then it is important to exfoliate from head to toe. Doing this 2-3 times a week, will help you get rid of dead skins and you will see and feel your skin become more even and soft to the touch. Try out products, read reviews, because you have to use the right product for your skin. I will list 5 tops exfoliant you can try out, based on the reviews of those who have used them including myself to help you make up your mind.

If you are using a cream, exfoliant with lactic acid as the active agent are best for sensitive skin and can help even out your skin tone. Always read reviews, they are important in helping you decide what product is best for you. If you want your skin to even out quicker then you may want to try exfoliant with glycolic acid. It is more harsher on the skin though so be warned.

5 Top Facial Exfoliator: For amazing results, these five facial exfoliators are one of the top exfoliators for  sensitive, normal, dry, and oilier skin. You are sure to find something that will help soothe your skin best and help even out your tone so that your skin can start shining and glowing.

 Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains for Face – 1 oz:

        1.  Helps remove rough & dry patches– Accelerates skin cell turnover– Skin appears sleeker & brighter. Mix with a cleanser of your choice or warm water for best result.

        2. REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask: Smells great, it fights congestion, blackheads and blemishes for brighter, spotless, healthier and more youthful radiant skin. Ideal for mature skin


3.  Alpha-H Liquid Gold (100ml): Perfect as an overnight facial: It helps tobrighten and revitalise tired, ageing skin and improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, open pores and pigmentation. Recommended for mature, thickened, sun damaged skin or for any complexion that’s lost its vitality and youthful radiance.

4. Pixi Glow Tonic with Aloe Vera & Ginseng, 8 oz: For glowing complextion, it tightens and firms, sensitive,oily, normal, dry, dull, and aging skin.

5. ELEMIS Gentle Rose Exfoliator – Smoothing Skin Polish: Perfect for sensitive skin and smell great.

For all over body exfloliant:

2) Exfoliating Body Lotion – 12% Lactic Acid body lotion: Provides imediate moisture and gentle exfoliation.

3)Fair & White Savon AHA Exfoliating and brightening soap, Body Lotion, with AHa Brightening cream.

4)Best Organic Exfoliating Body Scrub – “Soothing Lavender”

5) Pure Body Naturals Coconut Milk Body Scrub with Dead Sea Salt, Almond Oil and Vitamin E for All Skin Type, 12 oz.


Second Tip: Rebuild skin: While Exfoliating is essential for a youthful glow it is also important to skin build after exfoliating. Using a good moisturizer will help you acheive  just that.  As you scrub off dead skin, newer skin will apear, you need to allow the new cells time to rebuild that is why, exfoliation should be done 2 to 3 times a week. An aloe vera based lotion  with shea butter and coconut oil are the go to creams to help give your skin a good balance. They also help revive sunburn if you have any from constant exposure to the sun.
Third Tip. Suncreen:  Always use a sunscreen:  Always use a sunscreen with spdf from 30 to 50.
Fouth Tip. Always limit your sun exposure. Use a good cap or hat to keep the sun at bay, after putiing on a good sunscreen to , bounce off the effect of the sun, it is important that while getting your tan on and a good much needed vitamin D,  you also need to be careful not to over  expose  your skin to the sun as it will probably destroy all the good work you’ve put into making your skin youthful. Also if need be on very sunny days, use an umbrella, your skin will thank you for it.
Fifth Tip. Use a good Vitamin C serum. Using a good vitamin C serum will help your skin rebounce and rejuvenate quicker, it helps brighten and fight fine lines and makes your skin glow. For best result, use it at night. There are very good Vitamin C serum out there, always read reviews before starting out a product.
I hope all these tips will help you manage , rebuild and smoothen  your dull skin and make you youthful and hot all season long.


5Best tips to perfectly choose your rug

5 Best Tips to perfectly choose your rug.

Designing your home should be fun, not only that, when you are done, your interiors should be a conversation starter. Therefore, it is very important to think about the pieces you will be adding to your designs. I will be discussing 5 best tips to ensure you have the perfect rug.
Rugs are not just something to step on, and help cushion your feet, they can also be a statement piece, that brings warmth to any room, and help tie all your interior designs together so that they all sing in harmony.
Now let’s begin, depending on the stage of your project, if you have everything else in place, then getting the perfect rug shouldn’t be hard.
1 Use your cushions: You can pick out the colour for your rug based on the colour of your cushions. If the cushion is patterned, then choose a rug that is not so busy and vice versa. If your cushions are plain, then go for a patterned rug and keep everything else neutral so that the rug can shine and become the focal point. You can still add a few patterned accessories like vases, wall arts to lift your space but be careful not to overload with too much patterns. For kitchens and bedrooms, ensure you use neutral colours on your walls and cupboards so that when you do introduce a patterned rug whatever the colour, it will take centre stage.

2 Decide with your curtains: Pick a colour from the curtain, if your curtain is patterned then it is advisable to choose a bold colour from the curtain, when deciding the perfect rug for your project but do not forget to ensure that your rug isn’t heavily patterned. If your Curtain is plain, then go for the full works and make that rug the centre of attention.

3 Let your sofa help you: Same as the curtains and the cushion, you can pick out the perfect rug for your project based on your sofa. Some people like to use the same colour of the sofa for their rugs to stay safe, if they aren’t sure what to do. That can be boring, and if you must use the same colour, go for a different shade. If your sofa is darker in colour, use a lighter shade of the same colour for your rug and vice versa. There are a few exceptions to that rule, don’t use red on red, white on white, or black on black as you cannot get the contrast that will make your design pop out like it should. If you must use black, red or white, then go for patterned rugs to create contrast and style. If you have a patterned sofa, then keep the rug simple. If you wish to add the same colour of sofa to your rug, then consider adding other colours in your sofa collection to soften the look.

4 Your Walls can help too: Keep the walls neutral if you are looking to make your rug into a statement piece, I have said this in other examples. If you must have colours on your walls, then pick quiet colours, like deep grey, navy blue, they are strong colours but will help boost your design when it comes to choosing the right rug and keep everything else simple. You could also stick to neutral colours on your walls and use wall arts to accessories and add colours that tie in with your chosen rug.

5 Size Matters: Size matters when deciding the perfect rug for any room, Larger rugs that allows all your furniture to rest comfortably can give the illusion of space and help define your space, especially if you have an open plan design. This should be applied also in any room, whether dinning room, sitting room or bedroom or office space.

Here are a few inspirations for you.

Conclusion: With this amazing tips you will be able to put together any room and find the perfect rug for any design project. Remember, this applies to any room you are looking to create. I hope you find these tips helpful and I wish you a fun time designing your space.

Gift Ideas for boys and girls.

5 Best Gift ideas for your precious ones

Are you stuck on gift ideas to show your loved ones just how much you appreciate them?
Whether you are looking for a gift for the holidays or for birthdays or to just to celebrate accomplishments in the lives of your loved ones the gift ideas you will find here will always deliver.
We know that gift giving is a very thoughtful process, so what you must always keep in mind here is what the gift you are giving is saying to the receiver. The value of a gift is not in the price attached to it but in the joy it gives both the giver and the receiver which then makes the gift a treasure.
Keeping this in mind, we have researched and put together 5 best gift ideas for boys and girls that will best communicate and show the people in your life just how much you value them. These gifts will keep on giving, year on year, no matter the occasion as it will serve as a reminder to your loved ones that you care.

To help you further, we have also divided the ideas in accordance to gender and age so you will never be short of ideas on what gift is appropriate to give.
We have put together gift ideas for children and adults, from single parents to couples, whether is for house warming, wedding presents, anniversaries, birthdays or simply to celebrate one another, we are confident that you will find a gift idea that you will love or that will inspire you. Please click on other post for gift ideas for teenagers, parents, newlyweds, and couples.
No matter what your budget is, we have also put together quality gift ideas that won’t break the bank, and if you have a little more money to splurge you will also find practical and memorable gifts that will please every persona.
Without further ado, let’s dive in.
5 best gifts for boys age 0-9 under £20
Toy cars, Trucks and buses– Boys love cars no matter what age they are, for some reason as they grow their taste for luxurious cars grow too. So you won’t go wrong here. The trick here is to look for a car or truck that speaks to their personality, or a car that will aid their learning. Something that is both fun and educational, it shows that you care about their development in both aspects. Here are a few inspirations, click on image for price.

• Toy car inspiration ideas above £20

Pyjamas and Robes: As children grow in size, they will definitely need new sets of night wears and bathing robes. So you see you can’t go wrong here. Night wears are always needed because of its daily use which means they can never get enough use of this gift. Think about a special character that is important to them at this age or their favourite colour and incorporate it when buying this gift. Doing that will make it more special to them and brink joy to their hearts and yours.
Here is a list of boys’ pyjamas and robes ideas. Click on image for price.

LEGO – Lego allows children to develop their mental ability to create, to build something from scratch to completion. This gift is a very good way to help keep them busy, while it is also fun. The focus and what it says is that if they want to see what they can achieve which is the end result, then they have to see the building through to the end, either by doing it all on their own all by asking a friend or an adult for help which also a form on mental development that is okay to rely on others and work as a team when things are difficult to see through a project. A skill that if developed well, will serve them well as adults. This can also be a choice between a favourite screen character or an activity see them engage in most, either cars, aeroplane, trains or houses. The list is endless in the case and you are spoilt for choice here.
Below are our Lego Inspirational Gift ideas. Click on Image for price.

Educational and science toys:

These gifts help children to learn more about the world they live in, how things are made, and everyday things are created which will also help them in school.

Musical instruments: These gifts help children learn and decide quickly if they have any love for music, and if they do it will also help decide which musical instrument they might end up specializing in and becoming maestro at as they grow. Giving these gifts very early contribute to their developments and although you might have to endure a few out of tune sounds at the early stages, we are convinced that it will end up becoming a gift that keeps giving.
Below are few Musical Inspiration Gift ideas. Click on image for price.

5 best Gift Ideas for Girls

Dolls and Doll houses: Just as boys love cars, girls are known to love dolls. And what is not to love about dolls, these gifts help girls to understand the differences between genders. While boys might lean towards figurines, most girls are comfortable with playing with their dolls. Whether its combing and plaiting their dolls hair, arranging and prepping the doll houses or doing their dolls make up all the skill learned at this stage will help them manage their image better as they grow. Which for us, is for sure gift that will keep giving. Like most gifts and as we explained in the boy’s section, it is important to link gift giving with the child’s current favourite character.

Below are our best inspirational doll and dollhouses ideas for your girls.

2. Pyjamas, Robes and Night dresses: Just as we explained in the boy’s section, this is a gift that will never be turned away as it will be needed on a daily basis. So getting new sets will always be welcomed.
Inspirational ideas, please click on image for prices.

3. Educational and science toys: Just like boys, all children need to develop their brains and learn about the world they live in. These educational gifts help them do just that, while educating them on scientific facts or helping them be better readers. In ours eyes, you can do no wrong with these gifts.

Below are some more inspiration gift ideas. Click on image for price.

4. Jewellery and Jewellery box: Unlike boys, girls appreciate jewelleries from a very young age. You can get them a personalised necklace or bracelet with their initials on it, or while not get them a jewellery making set, so they can get creative. Either way, you will be giving them a lot of joy with this one.

Inspirational jewellery gift ideas. Click on image for price.

5. Dresses, Tutu’s and Sparkly shoes: There is nothing that can top a very beautiful dress, a sparkly shoe or a pretty tutu, to make your princesses feel even more beautiful. You will gosh, when you see them dress and look so pretty. This for us is the ultimate gift, as you know if you are a girl, you cannot have enough dresses or shoes.

Ideas for Dresses and Tutu’s. Feeling inspired? Click on Image for price.

We hope that we have been a able to inspire you with ideas that will become valuable to you and your loved ones, if you like our ideas please share this post your friends and families and visit again for more great gift ideas for every occasion.

Sewing Machines

5 best Sewing Machines and reviews


Are you looking for quality sewing machine to fulfil all your sewing needs that wouldn’t break the bank? Or you might be looking to buy it as a gift for a loved one, a spouse, your child, nieces, nephews or for your grandchildren.

We have put together 5 best sewing machine and reviews after an extensive  research, perfect for the beginner and the professional tailor that will meet all your needs.

We’ve also put together 5 books for beginners wanting to know ins and outs of sewing to get on their way to sewing perfectly. These books are also good for those who already know their way around the workings of a sewing machine. If you have never sewn a stitch, or been around someone who has and are overwhelmed by the prospect of sewing and how to begin then theses books are your perfect companion.. The guides in these books takes you by the hand like a personal instructor and teaches you how to sew using hand stiches as well as sewing machines. Filled with detailed descriptions of materials and tools, the easy step-by-step instructions for all the basic sewing techniques. Every tool and every technique you require for making your own home furnishings or clothing is closely and sharply photographed, carefully annotated, and clearly explained. Whether you’ve been sewing for years or just gotten the itch, you’ll find invaluable information inside these books for using your sewing machine to its maximum potential.

Click on each image for pricing.


Most people do not think themselves capable of sewing their own clothes, especially because we live in a world where everything is done for us and all we have to do is go to the store and pick a size, however if you are one of those people who like a challenge, or have a passion for fashion, you have created an image in your mind and want to bring it to life then the first thing you will need to put all your fantastic ideas together is a sewing machine.
We are going to discuss five best value sewing machines that deliver more than their price tag, that you can use to begin your passion as a fashion designer.
Perhaps you have a simpler approach to sewing, you don’t want to sew for the world, just for you and your immediate family, and you are in search and in need of a strong money for value sewing machine that we do the job of constructing a simple attire or for just stitching and repairing, then look no further.
Below is a list of 5 best value for money sewing machines. (Click on Images for prices.)

1. Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW 50-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine.
This sewing machine is ultra-light and convenient to carry from room to room with LED-lit work area that gives you a bright area to view the details of your project, and is perfect for sewing on darker fabrics. The Brother project Runway, is not only affordable but very easy to learn if you are a beginner and in no time, you will be creating high end fashion outfits for yourself or for any project you desire.
Experience easy, reliable threading of both top and bottom threads; virtually effortless sewing on a wide range of fabrics, and the ability to add professional quality buttonholes, zippers, decorative top stitching and neat, overcasting edges to your favourite creations.
It includes 50 built-in stitches that cover a wide range of utility, decorative, heirloom and quilting stitch functions, and your entire selection of built-in stitches is printed on the front your machine, for easy reference. Simply select your desired stitch on the informative LCD display screen and adjust the stitch to your specific needs.
The CS5055PRW offers you not just a great selection of individual sewing feet and stitches – but complete solutions to give you that true designer edge. Use the included zipper foot and built-in zipper insertion stitch to help ensure neat, even stitching close to each edge. The special overcasting foot and overcasting stitch are designed to you give you a clean, serged-like edge, perfect for home decoration and knit projects.

Pro: Perfect for the beginner, very easy and understandable user interface

Cons: The heavy seamstress that need it for very frequent and intense project may need to invest in some other machine that will endure and last for heavy use.
2. Brother CS6000i (Bestseller with over 6400 reviews)

This sewing machines offers features for sewing and quilting, all a very reasonable value for money price. It has 60 built-in sewing stitches, including decorative stitches and 7 styles of one-step buttonholes. With the touch of a button, you’ll select your stitch, and then see the stitch you’ve chosen on the convenient LCD display screen.
you can also choose from the 9 included presser feet; use the detachable, oversized table for larger projects; and transport your machine with you to anywhere you desire with the included hard carry case. The CS6000i is designed for ease of use, with its easy-to-view backlit LCD display, automatic needle threader, easy-to-follow threading diagrams, and adjustable sewing speed control.
Pros: Sews like a dream and can handle heavier material.
Cons: it is not an industrial heavy duty machine so if you push it too much, it may give you tension. Plus it really depend on how intensely you use it and how you care for it for it to last.

3. SINGER 7258 Stylist

100 Stitch Sewing Machine with 10 Presser Feet Perfect For Crafting, Sewing and Quilting The instruction manual is incredibly detailed. Threading the machine is so easy that you can have the entire machine threaded, from the spool to the needle’s eye, in just six seconds. The automatic needle threader is sewing’s biggest timesaver. The bobbin loads from the top, so it is easy to insert the bobbin and easy to monitor due to its clear cover. LED light illuminates the sewing surface for optimal viewing and stays cool no matter how long you operate it. Create perfectly sized buttonholes every time from six different one-step buttonhole styles. It has electronic Auto Pilot that allows you to sew without the foot pedal and easily adjust maximum speed.

Pros, it pros all the way for this one, value for money enough to deliver all you need in a machine, and can handle heavy duty sewing.

Cons: None we can think of.

4. The Janome 2212:


The Janome 2212 is a great sewing machine, especially for beginners and those who are looking for a less complicated machine. It is affordable and mechanical and it can be used for quilting and other projects that require several layers. The Janome 2212 sewing machine features 12 built-in stitches, an easy to use four-step buttonhole, dial pattern selection, and zig-zag stitch width adjustment and stitch length adjustment that ensures ease of use. It has great features like a free arm and drop feed that makes the machine versatile for all types of sewing. The Janome 2212 is lightweight and easy to use.
Pros: Very good for a beginner and can handle heavy duty sewing.

5. SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Extension Table

The SINGER Quantum Stylist sewing machine has everything you need and more. Its 600 built-in stitch patterns including five alphanumeric fonts and 13 fully automatic one-step buttonholes with exclusive buttonhole under plate, mirror imaging, and stitch elongation options that give you the freedom to customize your projects. Start-up is a breeze with quick-and-easy threading. Threading the machine is so easy that you can have the entire machine threaded, from the spool to the needle’s eye, in just six seconds. A start/stop button, and direct button stitch selection. Buttonhole sewing is a one-step simple process providing reliable results every time. The sides of the buttonholes are sewn in the same direction to prevent gaps in stitching or fabric distortion. With additional features like programmable needle up/down, slow sewing speed option, LCD screen, electronic twin needle control, automatic tension, extra-high presser foot lifter, free arm, drop feed, and warning animation, this machine truly has it all.

Digital Information Advisor.


Stitch information including selected built-in stitch, stitch length and width settings, and recommended presser foot are displayed on the crystal clear LCD screen.

600 Built-In Stitches with Stitch Reference Chart.


This chart located on the upper lid of the machine allows you to quickly see all the 600 built-in stitches and choose the perfect stitch for your project.

Free Accessories Including 18 Presser Feet.


Allows you to expands your creative possibilities.

Extension Table.


Provides extra-large sewing area for large projects including quilting.


 5 Top Tips to Style out any Hallway.

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Is your hallway tired looking, dark, and cluttered? Are you looking for ways to spruce it up so that your hallway will impress your guest and  regain style. Well, look no further, we are going to dive into must have’s to create drama and make your hallway the talk of the town.

Your entrance hallway is the first place your visitors are going to see once they enter your home. Your hallway, gets so much traffic that it is important to not only make it a stylish welcoming place for your home but also a place where dirt from shoes and clutter are not dumped.
Your hallway speaks volumes about your house, you can know a cluttered house from the way the hallway is presented. Also if you are greeted with a beautiful hallway, it sums up the impression you give of the rest of the house because you know that if the hallway is very well presented then the rest of the house must be great. We are going to discuss ways to liven a dark entrance and make it more impressing, each tip discussed should be used with your personality and personal style in mind so your entrance speaks true to you.
If you have been dealing with a cluttered hallway, or a tired dreadful hallway and you are looking for ways to make your entrance grander, stylish and welcoming, then keep reading because I am going to share with you 5 must have tips to style out your hallway.
We are going to look at making the most out of a small entrance hall and getting the best out of a bigger entrance hall.
If you have a narrow entrance, and you can’t really do much with it because of the space, or even if you have a large entrance way the first must have to style out your hallway is,
1. Mirror: Mirrors create a classic statement and gives a dramatic impact. Mirrors also reflect light which  makes your hallway seem bigger if you have a narrow entrance. Not only that, having a mirror at the entrance functions well to your favour as you can always have one last look at yourself to ensure everything is in place before dashing out.
If you have a bigger space to play with, the better, placing a dramatic mirror as the main focal point of your entrance will add drama and beauty to your space. Not only that if you have arts or pictures on the wall, the mirror reflects them. If your entrance is small go for a smaller but dramatic mirror that will fit with the whole setup of your entryway, if you have more space to spare then dare to go big and make your mirror the focal point. Another tip is to use several mirrors and frames hung on one side of the wall to create effective art and to stream light in.
Below are image samples of the effects of mirrors in a narrow and large hall entrance way.

Bright and Welcoming Hallway
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Dramatic and Must Have Hallway entrance mirrors.


2. Painted walls or wallpapered:

Neutral colours are best and more inviting for a stylish classic and inviting entrance way. However, some people prefer darker colours. to make darker colours on your walls work well for you, it has to contrast with everything else in that space. For example if you have black walls then keep the door crisp white and the line straight. If you want to only paint the walls, then choose your colours wisely, because darker colours tend to make darker hallways. If you are looking to wall paper your entrance hall, how about just papering one side of the wall alone, doing two walls in the same colour or pattern can make your hallway seem very busy and not as classy.
You could also consider painting your walls in a colour of your choice and then adding framed large wall panels with a wallpaper of your choice as the focal point that is, if you have the space. Doing this will create and give a luxurious and opulence feel to your entrance. To successfully do this, ensure your walls are painted in a neutral colour, so you can contrast it with a darker coloured panelled wallpaper or vice versa.
Another idea is to wallpaper the top half of both walls and paint the bottom half in a matching or complementing colour. If you do not have enough space for book shelves you may want to go for a wallpaper that gives the illusion of books on shelves to make you seem like the book worm

Below are sample images of neutral coloured painted hallways and wall papered hallways.

Classic Coastal Colonial Foyer
T Eatons Loft Entrance
South London Victorian Home
Wall paper inspiration ideas, click on image for price.

Entranceway wall


3. Lighting: Hallway lightning is very important to the overall setup of your hallway, not only as a functionality but also a statement piece. As you know, first impression counts so your light should be all about wowing and making your guest gasp.
If you have the space and height, then, placing a chandelier that cascades down into your hallway, big enough to make an impact speaks of luxury and opulence. However, if you don’t have the height and space then a repetitive ceiling light pattern might be the way to go to create drama.
When it comes to lighting any room, it is important to incorporate ambient, task and accent light and this applies even in your hallway. If you have the space for a console table (Which we would discuss latter on in this post) then, add a dramatic table lamp. Most hallways do
not have windows, so ensure you have enough light to brighten and light up your hallway. All in all, do not forget to choses a light that is in keeping with the style of your home.

Westbourne Grove, London
Cavendish House, London
Kensington Penthouse

Must have Lighting Hallway inspiration ideas, click image for price.



4. Rugs, Runners or Tiles: Whichever one you are thinking of going for should not only be durable and stylish but easy to clean as well.
If everything else is neutral, or too dark add colour to your hallway by either using a colourful tile for drama or a bright rug to brighten up your entrance and make it more inviting. The rug or tile you choose could also act as a connector to other designs in the rooms leading into your hallway so choose carefully so that it ties in with the overall setup of your home.
Putting rugs in your hallway generally warms up your space, making it more intimate. For tiles, use patterned tiles and tie the colour in with your theme or stair carpet to create an impactful stunning entrance.
Note if you are using patterned tiles, it is important to keep your walls simple so that your floor can become the focal point. As you know, too much of everything is bad, so keep it classy and tasteful. Also remember if using tiles, that tiled floors can become slippery when water accidentally pours on it or if wet shoes and umbrellas are allowed to spill on the floor so ensure your tiles are dry at all times to avoid accidents.

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Trinity road
Shelgate Road
Beach House
Malvern East

Rugs, Runners and tiles Inspiration Ideas. Click on image for price

5. Console tables: Console tables are important additions to any hallway. If you have a very narrow hallway, use a slim console that doubles as a storage system underneath to hide away slippers and shoes. Console tables are useful for keeping unopened letters, keys, hallway telephones, vases for decoration and even a table lamp. If you can’t get a console table with storage, it’s alright, just get yourself a basket that fits under it, to house all your stuff away. Every console table should be carefully placed under a stunning mirror or art work for visual effect and uniformity. If you have more space to play with then, splurge on a thicker and more dramatic console.

Beach House - New Construction
Old Joinery Workshop

Hallway console inspiration ideas. Click image for price.

Living room.

 5 Tips on How to Décor your Living Room
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Are you planning on revamping your space? Or have you just moved to a new house and you are looking to put your stamp on it but don’t know where to begin, well look no further, because help is at hand.

Home decoration can be a joy, especially when you’ve found the house you want to make a home. As we all know a house is just a house until you put your own stamp on it. Making a house a home is all about beautifying your home to go with your personality and the amount of love you bring into it with your family. As long as you have your loved ones around you constantly sharing your space with you, you will be encouraged to want to make the space you share more comfortable and inviting. So that no matter where you find yourself in life, you will always look forward to returning home.

Home décor, is one of my creative passions in life, so today we are going to dive into a list of must have’s for any home to bring a touch of class and style to your living room space. On other posts, I will discuss  decorating tips for  kitchen, bathroom, hallway and bedroom. Each room will discussed at length, however on this post, we will be focussing on the living room.

Without further ado, let talk about the living room. We all know that is the one place we host our guest. So not only do we have to put our stamp on it, we also have to make it a space that wow’s guest no matter one’s inspirations, taste or personality.

5 Tips to make your living room fabulous for you.

1.       Walls: 

Whether you want your walls painted or wall papered, deciding the colour pallet is always very important to how the rest of the furnishing will fit together.  I advice that you do not overpower your walls with too much drama. Take for example, you are thinking of painting your walls red, we all know that red is a powerful colour. Make sure you do not drench all your walls in that colour, you might want to choose a segment of the room and paint it red, using it as your focal point. Too much of something is always bad, so bear that in mind when choosing the colours for your walls. Also, it is important to know that just because you love a colour and you think it’s great, doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be splashed all over your walls. You can cleverly introduce that colour with soft furnishings, ornaments, wall arts and lamp shades. 

Another things is that, if you love patterns, just like paintings your walls, don’t overpower your house with too much of it. I have seen some homes with flower pattern wall papers, and flower pattern rugs, and flower pattern cushion covers. That is just way too much, it will not add class to your space. There are several ways with which you can do this, but I will only give and discuss three tips in which you may add your patterns.

a.       Use patterned curtains: Use your curtain to add the pattern you have in mind, but leave your walls alone.

b.       Use patterned rugs: Compliment your curtains with a patterned rug, if you want to continue with the theme.

c.       Add patterned cushions: mixing patterned cushions with plain cushions will further compliment your space without supress the overall look of your space.

Below are pictures of patterned curtains, paintings and cushions that may interest you, plus images of how to implement the tips stated above.

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New French Country
Country Home Kent

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2.       Lighting: The right lighting will speak volume, to really create the perfect ambience for your room, it is important that you have a good mix of lighting. Whether you are a chandelier kind of person or you just want simple lighting around you. Investing in different shades of lights will definitely bring warmth to your home. Without good lightning, your décor can’t truly come to life. Using light to create different moods in your living room is essential to your décor as it can transform the entire atmosphere of your space.

Therefore you should always consider using light functionally to illuminate your room and to set a mood according to what you desire or crave is very important and should be considered as early as when you start decorating. If you are one for colour lighting, then choose colour bulbs that will create that effect. Use warm colour bulbs to bring warmth to your room. Also consider using lighting that will bring your artwork or feature wall into focus to further accentuate them. This tip can be applied to all rooms in your home. As exemplified in the picture below.

Heather Garrett Design

3 lightning ideas that will wow your space.
a. Chandelier: Chandelier’s speak of grandeur, if you want to bring a little luxury and opulence feel to your home, then having a chandelier hanging on the ceiling is one way to do that. Whether your décor is traditional or modern, using a chandelier definitely fits well into any type of décor. Example of how you can use chandelier in a modern or traditional living room is imaged below.

Chandelier inspiration ideas. Click on image for price.




Custom Home
b. Floor lights:  Using floor lights placed in corners to lightning and warm up the corners of your room can also add a wow factor to your room. Depending on the mood you want created and the colour of the bulb, for functionality or warmth. You may also want the floor lamp next to your reading chair for easy reading. You can turn off all other lights and watch TV with your loved ones creating a warm and peaceful space for you and your family.
Living Room
c. Table lights: Couple a pair of table lamps on your console tables, cabinets or end tables for a formal look. If you would like things a bit less formal, then scatter the lamps about in your room, the effect will still be lovely when all other lights are turned off and they only bring your room into focus.
Floor and Table lights inspirations. Click on image for price and info.


3. Furnishings:
When choosing the right furniture for your space,  there are three things to always bear in mind, comfort, longevity, and style. The sofa you chose should be comfortable, whether you are a leather sofa lover or a fabric  sofa lover. It is also important to think about the colour of the sofa you want, if you already have powerful feature wall then it is advisable that you use a neutral colour sofa. If you are going for black or brown, then you must use brighter colour cushions and throws to give life to your seating. Brown and blacks can be dull if used on their own, why not try combining and complimenting your sofa with another colour sofa or a pair of armchairs to improve your space. Also you can add a chaise lounge to your furnishings to add instant sophistication to your décor.
Marlborough Mansions
Ryan Residence
Back Bay Project
Sofa  and Chaise and armchairs inspirations. Click image below for price and info.

4 Rugs and carpets:

The colour of the rug you use, will decide how everything comes together in the end, for a small living room space, consider using grey or other neutral colours to open up your space.  Also making sure the rug stands alone is important, meaning it stays at the centre of the room not touching the base of the room. Rugs are also useful for demarcating rooms or connecting spaces together in an open plan living space. You can also use flat-weave rugs for highly-used rooms. For families with young children, who play on the floor,  use a low-pile carpet with a premium underlay to create a soft and cushy comfortable space for them.

Robledo Residence - Living Room
Southampton Residence
Rugs and carpets inspirations click on image for price.

5: Throws and Cushions: Choosing the right colour cushion and throws go a long way to complete the look you are going for. If you already have neutral furnishings, use cushions to pop colour into your space or to tone down a bright coloured sofa. However, be careful not to introduce colours that do not go with your theme as that will definitely unbalance everything.
Funky and Fun Living Room
Cushion and Throws inspiration ideas. Click on the image for price.

If you read this post to this point, I want to thank you for investing your time and I am sure by now you would have found great ideas on how to put your room together and make it a statement piece. Subscribe now so you not miss the next post on decorating your interiors.

Gadgets Your Gifts

5 Gadget gift ideas you will love.


With the holiday season around the corner, you are probably scratching your heads and surfing the web, wondering what gift to give to your loved ones. If you are anything like us, you are hoping that it will be a gift they will love and keep for a long time.

What’s more, you probably have to buy gifts for your immediate family plus your extended family as well. Yes, we know how it goes, because it’s Christmas, the spirit of loving and giving is alive. Which means everyone gets to have a gift but it has to be a meaningful, magical well thought out gift.
There is no point giving a gift that would not last or isn’t value for money and most importantly you want the gift to be useful, something that pleases your heart each time you see them use it.
Perhaps you already know what you want to get, but you are still looking for the perfect deal to make your money go further. Don’t worry, we love deals here, I tell you what, our middle name should have been bargain hunters.

Anyway, back to the main point. We have put together 5 Gadgets gift ideas you will love for the season or even for birthday presents that will give you value for money and see your money go that much further. On another post, we discussed amazing gifts for those with limited budget that you will love.
Most people these days are too busy on their devices to consider picking up a book, likewise children too, so why not give them a gift that enables them to do a little bit of reading, that is where the kindle for kids bundle comes in. If you are after cutting the play time and inputting more reading into your children’s life because we all know that reading sharpens the brain and great readers are great spellers. Then this kindle is the perfect gift for your children.
1. Kindle for Kids Bundle with the latest Kindle E-reader, 2-Year Worry-Free Guarantee, Blue Cover

Currently selling for $99.99 you save $24.99 a whole 20% saving you can put towards other presents or the Christmas food budget. from now until the 31st of December, but don’t let the offer timing stop you from buying it now, because you know good things don’t hang about for long. Be sure to get it now so you have no worries when the mad rush for Christmas presents begins.
Benefits and Product details
1. Includes the latest Kindle without sponsored screensavers, a free cover, plus a 2-year worry-free guarantee
2. Set reading goals and track progress with Kindle Free Time
3. Zero distractions – unlike tablets, Kindle is designed just for reading
4. Power up a reader’s vocabulary with tools like Word Wise and Vocabulary Builder which helps children understand more challenging books.
5. 2-year worry-free guarantee: if they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free. No questions asked. Isn’t this incredible, it simply takes the worry out when accidents happen.
6. Kindle doesn’t come with a backlight, meaning bedtime starts once the lights are out
7. And if you have Prime membership, you get unlimited access to over a thousand titles
8. A single battery charge lasts for weeks.
9. The parent control ensures that your kid isn’t online accessing inappropriate content, you are in control, you choose the books you want them to read.
If you still can’t make up your mind if this is the gift for your child, why not go through the technical details.
Technical details
Display: Amazon’s 6″ display technology with E Ink Pearl™, 167 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale
Size: 6.3″ x 4.5″ x 0.36″ (160 mm x 115 mm x 9.1 mm)
Weight: 5.7 oz (161 g)
Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process
System Requirements: None; fully wireless and doesn’t require a computer to download content
On-Device Storage: 4 GB; holds thousands of books
Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery Life: A single charge lasts up to four weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage.
Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable
Wi-Fi Connectivity: Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Content Formats Supported: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
For more technical detail information, click here or click on the image above.

2. All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet, 8″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black

This kindle fire, comes in four different colours, and it is priced at just $89.99. You can choose to read several kindle books, watch movies or TV shows, or you can simply play online with friends on social media, or choose games from the thousands of Apps available.
Fire HD 8 features a widescreen 1280 x 800 high-definition display with over a million pixels (189 ppi) and a bright, vivid picture which makes for clear resolution enjoyment. And you need not worry about storage, Fire HD 8 have twice the storage space with 16GB which you can still expand further by up to 200GB if you need a bigger storage for your media collection by using a micro SD card. With 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Fire HD 8 now delivers faster performance thanks to a 50% increase in RAM over the previous model. With up to 12 hours’ battery life.

To read more on Fire HD 8, click here , or click on the image

3. Moto G (4th Generation) – Black – 16 GB

With over a thousand five star reviews on Amazon, this budget phone will make a good gift for your loved ones. Also take advantage of the 40% off saving now, deal expires on the 31st of December, but don’t hang about grab yours now before the mad rush begins. Now at $119.99 from $199.99.
Why this phone? I hear you ask.
This phone is all about performance, it is plain, solid and reliable, it doesn’t claim to be what it’s not. The high-resolution 13 MP camera gives you great snaps. Your pictures will come out looking vibrant due to the colour-balancing dual-LED flash which automatically adjust to give consistency in colours and natural looking skin tones.
Fast 4G LTE speed, an up to 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a bright 5.5″ full HD (1080p) display ensures videos and games run smoothly and looks great. Also you can add up to 128GB of storage with micro SD card.
The all-day battery includes Turbo Power charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes.
Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad.
If you have Prime membership with Amazon, you get unlimited access to Prime movies and TV shows, Prime Music, Prime Photos storage, deals, and more with a pre-installed selection of Amazon apps, including Amazon Underground where over 2,000 premium apps, games, and in-app items are 100% FREE
Can’t make up your mind? Need more information on this Moto G phone? click here  or click the image above.

4. Amazon Echo – Black

If you have a bit more money to splash, then you might want to consider buying Amazon Echo.
What is Echo and what does it do?
Amazon Echo: is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. You can ask Echo to play your favourite song or you may want songs by a specific artist, or demand a particular genre, like I said, all you have to do is ask. You can get music from music services like Spotify, Pandora, or stream other music services like iTunes with the help of Bluetooth from your phone or tablets.
It has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Read more on ESP here)
What’s more, Alexa—the brain behind Echo is built in the cloud, so it is always getting cooler. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Echo is always connected, updates are delivered automatically.
This incredible device will make a fantastic gift and I am sure the recipient will continue to thank you for it. It simply gives more value to the money paid for it. At just $179.99, I’m sure you will agree for all it’s worth it’s amazing value for money. So hurry now and get yours before the seasonal shopping rush. Still unsure? If you need to read more about Echo Click here for more information, or use the image above.

5 New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Black

If you liked Amazon echo, but your budget simply can’t stretch that far, then perhaps this one is for you. If you liked Amazon echo and you want to experience it in every room, then Echo dot is the way to go. The price, compact design, and features of Echo Dot make it easy to add Alexa to any room in your home—or every room.
The lists of what Echo does is just brilliantly wide, why not use Echo Dot to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, or to turn up the thermostat while reading your favourite book, or use Echo to dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger…or even raising your voice.
Echo Dot works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, fans, thermostats, and more from Philips Hue, TP-Link, ecobee, WeMo, SmartThings, Insteon, Lutron, Nest, Wink, Honeywell, and more. At just only $49.99, it’s fantastic value for money. You can also take advantage of the buy 6 get 1 free offer if you want Echo dot in every room in your house, or simply to just give out as presents. I’m sure your loved ones will thank you for it.
To read more on Echo dots click here  or click the image above.

These five devices will make fantastic gifts, that will last a long time, if you have a smaller budget don’t worry, we have fantastic gift ideas for smaller budgets. Subscribe now to get more articles like this. check out our other articles and like our page.

5 Small Garden Ideas

Woman showing home grown vegetables at home in the garden
Image showing home grown vegetables at home in the garden

Have you been dreaming of growing your own food and designing your garden yourself but you do not know how to go about it?
Or are you after ideas to create your own urban farming? Do you have a small backyard, and can’t figure out how and what plants to grow to maximize your garden space and to also create a visually stunning garden that will please your heart?
Well look no further, we are going to be discussing, 5 small garden ideas, and tips on how to grow your garden into a delightful space you will want to relax in time after time. We would also be looking at garden furniture’s and decorations to make your garden pop.
Whether you are after a modern garden, a traditional garden, we would be giving you ideas and tips on how to grow your own flowers from seedlings, to beautify your space and make it a place that delights you.
I recently fell in love with gardening, I have a small backyard and I wanted to make it a delightful place for relaxation, while growing crops and flowers that will benefit my family and give us a sense of fulfilment.
Needless to say, I did my research, then I bought my seedlings, planters and pots, compost, and all the tools needed for the job and got started. When I first began, I didn’t know what I was doing but I was bent on making my garden beautiful. Also I wanted to share the experience with my children, so I got each of them a planter and the seed they desired and got them involved in the process.
Why Gardening? There are a lot of things to be gained from involving one’s self in gardening.
It is said that gardening as a whole helps decrease an individual’s stress level. It has a large impact on one’s social and emotional well-being while improving the persons overall mental state. Getting involved with nature through gardening, gives a sense of relaxation and calmness and a peaceful place to retreat to, in this highly populated cities. Whether you live in a city or in the country, the same benefits can be gained when one results into gardening.
Also, eating and feeding the produce of one’s effort to one’s family and friends also brings about fulfilment, while saving you cash at the same time. Not only do you save cash, if you grow crops or fruits, you also know where your food is coming from which means improved health and nutritious food. We all know that the daily intake of fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of some chronic diseases and cancer. Not to talk of the increased flavour you get from your produce compared to store bought ones who might have been grown with many chemicals. Like I said, there are many benefits and positives to growing your own plants, if I should list them all, we won ‘t have time to get into our main discussion which is small garden ideas. To read more on the benefits of gardening click here. or read Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer.
Why not read these bestselling books on growing and designing your own urban agriculture?
The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land.

Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution.

Homesteading The Easy Way Including Prepping And Self Sufficency

This sense of fulfilment in growing your own crops also applies if you are just after developing a small garden space in your backyard for flowers to simply beautify your home and you won’t have to worry so much about having time to manage your garden if you have a busy life style because small gardens are perfect for people like you.

Aloe Test Garden

5 Small Garden Design Ideas:
Designing a small garden space into a tranquil area while also meeting your plantation needs can be somewhat challenging but don’t worry, I have come up with five design ideas you can implement that can help turn your small space into a place that gives you an impactful and calming bliss.

House patio with umbrella's table and chairs
House patio with umbrella’s table and chairs

1. Every small space needs to be maximized to its fullness therefore, it is imperative to be clever when decorating. Depending on what you want to achieve and how much space you have, decorating with plenty of potted plants that hold your crops for example a row of pots growing cherry tomatoes, or lemons will add colour and beauty to your garden while also serving as food for your home. Add a mixture of tall potted plants around the edge of your garden if your garden is overlooked to give you privacy and make you feel enclosed. Don’t worry if your space is just a tiny balcony, still use potted plants for seclusion and to create an oasis for relaxation.

Pots of cherry tomato plants growing in greenhouse
Pots of cherry tomato plants
San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2009: Edible Deck Garden

2. Use deep and big wooden bedded planters carefully placed on the side of your backyard for crops like potatoes and carrots, cabbage or even onions to give you more space for that important garden furniture for family dining. Also you can place pots growing peppers on windowsills if space is really tight, while adding hanging baskets for your beautiful summer flowers. You can also add height to your scenery by using raised planters with strong trellis walls to support your plants.

JD Garden, Hillsborough
Garden corner design
Garden corner design
Cabbage grow in home vegetable garden. Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye
Cabbage grown in home vegetable garden.

3. Consider adding decking or paving stones if you are going for a modern finish. You could also add terracotta tiles if you are after a Spanish look or artificial grass and turf for a natural, lush, low maintenance look. You could also opt for colourful gravel flooring for a contemporary easy to keep garden.

Modern Garden Design. Wood and Stone. Gardening Theme.
Modern Garden Design. Wood and Stone. Gardening Theme.

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4. Choose garden furniture’s that have storage space and are statement pieces as long as they speak to your personality just like you would do in your living room and decorate with comfortable cushions and throws to make your space even more welcoming. If you have space to spare, why not add a swing into the mix for pure pleasure and then complement with a colourful outdoor rug to make your space even more warm and cosy and the perfect extended outdoor living area. If your space is super small, why not decorate use a small round table and two chairs for that outdoor dining experience.

Green garden and swing set
Green garden and swing set

5. If you love the soothing sound of water in your garden why not splurge on a small water feature and place it on the side for tranquillity, why not if you can afford it. Or create your own water feature, it’s really easy to do. Click here to find out how to create your own water feature.

small residential paved garden water feature or waterfall
small residential paved garden water feature or waterfall.

Add a gazebo, to make it more intimate and to create roofing protecting your furniture’s from harsh weather. Introduce clever lightings to give your garden a warm welcoming atmosphere for intimate fellowship with your family.

5 Tips on how to raise your seeds and seedlings.
1. Good soil preparation. Preparing the soil is very important to growing healthy plants and flowers. Loosen the soil and mix well with compost and rake it the surface making sure the soil is porous enough for water retention.
2. Do not cover the seed to deep: Planting the seed very deep will not allow the plant to spring up to life easily. Always read the packet of your seedlings and follow the specific instructions.
3. Pull out weeds at the early stage: Leaving the weeds to grow with your plants, will only result in your plants having less nutrients and not growing as healthy as you would want them so take control as soon as you d=see those unwanted weeds and pull them out.
4. Feed your plants: The compost and soil will lose nutrients and your plants will definitely need plants food to grow healthily, if you do not want chemicals try adding manure fertilizer, they are not as fast as the chemicals plants food but they will definitely nourish your plants.
5. Be overprotective: Support growing plants, some flowers such as sunflowers many need to be tied to stakes to offer support from ash rainstorms. Test the soil, do not over water and do not allow the soil to become dry before feeding your plants water and fertile nutrients.

5 must have Garden furniture’s and decorations

  1. A comfortable seating designed for ultimate relaxation. Whether you have a large family or not, if you have the space getting a good outdoor garden furniture that can bear the brunt of the weather without damaging is important. To have a good time with family, or for alfresco dining with friends a good value for money furniture that will liven your outdoor living is a must.

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Merax 4 PCS Patio Rattan Furniture Set Cushioned Outdoor Garden Wicker Rattan furniture with Beige Cushion.

If you have more money to splash, why not go for Keter Corfu 4 Piece Set All Weather Outdoor Patio Garden Furniture w/ Cushions, Charcoal



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2. Every garden must have a good storage system, to store away every bits of garden tools and equipment’s, toys, blankets and cushions in order to ensure a ordered, structure well presented oasis. That’s where this strong weather resistant storage comes in, it can also double up as additional outdoor seating when you host  a gathering.

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3. A sturdy canopy, to keep the harshness of weather away. Even if your furniture’s can resist the weather, your skin would thank you on those sunny or raining days. Making your garden into an oasis requires that you have a covering that will also give you a sense of seclusion and a place to retrieve to for relaxation after the hurdles of the day.

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4. Cushions and throws: Having soft cushions and throws to snuggle up to increases the temptation to remain in your garden longer as they increase your comfort and relaxes you while you enjoy the all important outdoor breeze.
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5.  Lighting: No garden can be complete without clever lighting to turn it into a magical den when the sun finally sets. The light is a warm sun ray like colour and is especially pretty at night with most of your ambient lights off, it pretty much sets the scene further giving your garden space the oasis aura and tranquil space you are after.

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Stretch mark on mature woman stomach wearing blue jeans
Stretch mark on mature woman stomach.

Yes we are talking stretch marks,  those ugly lines that want to ruin our perfect bodies. I don’t know about you all but my perfect body was ruined by these monstrous lines when I was pregnant with my first child. I really did try then to avoid it then, I used creams and oils but still I wasn’t lucky enough to escape it. Now three babies after, and you can just imagine how those annoying marks destroyed my body.

For those of you like myself that cannot afford expensive laser treatments and have been dealing with this problem since your first pregnancy or since you gained or lost weight. Today we are going to take a look at the 5 best quick acting creams for stretch mark removals.  I am talking creams that you will begin to see working after a few days of use up to three months. We would also dive into home remedies for removing and reducing stretch marks.

I have researched through products that I have used and through other people’s reviews, the best creams available on the market and how quickly they work. I love products that boast of something and delivers quickly, so therefore, I will not be listing products that take forever before you begin to see changes. However, their are some products that work but have been manufactured for the patient in heart. These other creams have not made it to my 5 quick acting stretch marks removal cream, but I have listed five of them anyway just in case they interest you and you have the time to devote to it.

Okay Let’s dive in!

Top 5 quick acting stretch mark creams: (Click on the pictures for prices.)

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1. Strivectin SD:

First product in my top 5 is Strivectin SD. It is pricey but that don’t matter if it works right? Personally I have not used this one, but I’ve read good reports on it so far. It is said, that it works on both stretch marks and wrinkles. It was originally developed for stretch marks but it worked so well that it was also used to smoothen wrinkles, and many more creams have now been developed to fight wrinkles. Anyway, this post is not about wrinkles, so I will do my best to focus on the topic at hand.
The company’s slogan is “No empty promises here, More science. Less wrinkles.” I like that motto already, as I don’t have time and money to waste on a product that doesn’t deliver and gives false hopes. So I took my time and read different reviews and I must say the reviews are great. There were a few that said the product didn’t work for them but really we ae taking 1 out of 10. People commented on how quickly they started to see a positive change and how it does not only remove stretch marks but keep their skin looking young and feeling soft.
Verdict: I am crossing my finger on this one and really hope it delivers. I am going to order one and try it out and update this post as soon as I start seeing it’s positive effect. In the maintain time, don’t let me stop you from trying it out as well. If you have used it or are going to try it out like myself, please drop a comment and let us know how it’s worked for you.
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2. Nature’s design effective Stretch Mark & Scar Fading Cream – Reduces Pregnancy Stretch Marks & Fades Scars, Fine Lines & Wrinkles.
Well this one is cheaper than the first two and by the looks of it, 88% of about 219 people rated it a five star. The catch is that you have to stick with it, and then suddenly one day you will find that the ugly scar is gone. If you are on a budget and are desperate for a good cream to those ugly marks, this may be the product for you.

3. Bodi Merry Stretch marks and scars: (Click image for price)
People are literarily posting images online of how great and how quickly this one works. It can be used to prevent, and remove stretch marks and scars what’s more it is fast acting. You can start seeing results if religiously applied from about four days! Isn’t that amazing! It is also reasonably priced, it’s no wonder people flock to use it. I will definitely be trying it too as I am excited by all the reviews I have read on this one. Follow this link to get yours now.
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4. Stretch Mark Remover Synergy – 100% Natural Therapeutic Remedy – Anti Scar and Stretch Marks Removal for Maternity and Weight Loss: Well this oil definitely looks like it works and it is fast acting as well, when used regularly. One can starts seeing results of fading in as little as 3 days. No to me that is fast acting.
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5. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula: Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks with Vitamin E and Shea Butter Women Body Lotion, 8.5 Ounce: This product really does work and it acts fast as well as you can definitely start seeing results from at least 7-10 days. Only problem is that it the scent is too sweet for those that are pregnant and have their hormones all over the place. It is a great product for both preventing and removing of stretch marks when used consistently. It worked great during my first pregnancy, my scars literally faded to nothing, then I stopped using it and it was the biggest regret of my life as large road maps appeared on my skin.

List of 5 Other stretch mark creams that didn’t make it to the top 5

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1. Mederma: works but you need patience, could take up to 3-6 months to see major reduction in your lines. Still a good cream but not fast acting enough.

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2. Best Stretch Mark Cream – For Prevention and Removal of Old or New stretch marks: Well they say this one works by reducing the colour of the marks. The stretch mark does not completely fade, so if that is all you are after then perhaps you want to give it a try.
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3. Talika Zero Stretch mark: I don’t know if anyone out there has used this product, but all I can say is that it does not deliver on the “zero stretch mark” slogan but it definitely reduces the look. So yes, it gets pass mark for fading. That said, I am basing this review on a 28-day use, perhaps the longer it is used the better the results but like I said earlier, I am not for products that take too long to work. I am impatient that way. I know we have to be patient, and I am seriously working on that but for the price of this product, all I can say is that I expected more.
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4. Mama Belly Butter 8oz– Organic Decadent Cream Helps Prevent Stretch Marks: If we were discussing stretch marks prevention, then this lovely yummy cream would have made it to the number one spot. Still I wanted to include it in this post for those in search for a good quality cream that will banish itchiness and prevent those ugly monstrous lines from destroying your bodies.
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5. Stretch Mark Butter & Itch Soothing Butter – Best Natural & Organic Ingredients – Itch Relief Cream – Stretch Mark Cream – Scar Cream – Pregnancy Oil & Pregnancy: This product will probably work in the long run but it’s too slow to make it to the top 5, but as I said earlier just because it is on this list does not mean it does not work. However, as the title of this post is quick acting creams, I hope you understand why it made this list. If any else as used this cream and will like to comment on its usefulness next, please do so, all comments are welcomed.

5 Home remedies you can apply on your skin to banish stretch marks.
Now as we have learned, all these creams only work well when religiously applied, same principle applies here with these home remedies. I did my research and came up with this 5 remedies. If you are on a budget and can’t afford the other creams above, this home remedies are good alternatives.
1 Apricot
Apricot scrub, can be used to rapidly remove stretch marks or Apricot mask, crushed apricot without seeds, applied on the stretch marks twice daily for 4 weeks.
2 Oils,
Olive, rose or chamomile, lavender or almond oils, can be mixed together or used individually to fight stretch marks when used at least three times a day.
3 Lemon
Cut the lemon in half and apply the juice on the affected area, for quicker results, lemon juice and cucumber can be mixed together to get rid of those ugly marks.
4 Egg whites
Separate the yoke from the whites, beat the whites and apply to the affected area for a quarter of an hour. Do it every day and watch those marks fade away.
5 Aloe vera gel: Apply the gel on the stretch marks preferable before bed to allow it to sink in and work. Aloe vera is known for its production of collagen which helps heal the skin.

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