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A Christmas Lifestyle Gift Guide

Christmas is around the corner and the decorations have started going up. I walked around our town centre today and I saw loads of beautiful Christmas decorations up already and I am loving the season. Christmas makes me feel like a little kid. I love everything about the season and I am glad it is here.

I have written up a Christmas Lifestyle Gift Guide to inspire the early shoppers. Hope you like these gift ideas –

 

iStorage diskAshur 2 Hard Drive from £150

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This iStorage diskAshur 2 would make a great Christmas gift. It comes in 4 colours – Fiery Red, Phantom Black, Ocean Blue and Racing Green, with the Fiery Red being my favourite colour.

This is a great gift idea for the tech minded people and gadget lovers. I find it very useful as I work from home online, and I have lots of information that needs to be saved securely. The iStorage diskAshur 2  does an excellent job securing all my vital documents. The capacity goes from 500GB up to 5TB, so there are options available.

 

Posterhaste Family Portrait from £20

 

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I think this is a great gift idea for to give a family this Christmas. It is very personal and I love personal gifts from loved ones, so this Posterhaste Family Portrait gift idea is right up my street! It comes in 6 sizes and you have it print personalised and framed or in a box canvas.

The quality of the print and frame is really good. We have one of these portraits on our wall and it is a true beauty. My kids love the frame so much. It makes a house feel more like a home with this Posterhaste personalised frame.

 

HoMedics Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser £39.99

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This HoMedics Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser helps you stay relaxed with up to five hours of continuous runtime. Diffusers are great for your wellbeing if you know how to use them.

It comes with orange and peppermint oils that provide a natural aroma to help you stay relaxed. It can do wonders for your mood. I like the fact that the diffuser soothes humidity by alleviating dry air.This product would be a great gift idea this Christmas. You can get a pack at Argos this Christmas.

 

 

Eyejusters Adjustable Reading Glasses £49

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This Eyejusters Oxford Edition is a lovely gift idea for anyone who has to wear different glasses for different purposes. Thanks to Eyejusters pair, you wouldn’t need to have so many pairs of glasses. You would only need Eyejusters.

You can use this pair of glasses for everything, from reading books to working on the computer. All you have to do is to simply turn the hidden eyeDials™ to change focus.

  • Adjust the lenses from +0.50D to +4.00D
  • High quality Optician-Grade Plastic frames
  • Anti-Scratch coating included

 

 

Tower Glass Jar Blender with Grinder £79.99

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I am a huge fan of Tower Housewares and this Glass Jar Blender with Grinder is one of my current favourites. It would be a great Christmas gift for sure. I love the sleek look of it. It is very easy to clean and the 1.5L capacity is a great size.

This Tower Blender also comes with a grinder, which makes it even more practical. It is one handy kitchen gadget to have in the house. I really love it and I am certain many would adore it too!

 

 

SIGG Hot & Cold Bottles £29.95

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SIGG Hot & Cold Bottles would make great Christmas gifts. They are very useful to have around. The SIGG bottles are made from heat-resistant borosilicate glass. The double layers provide an improved insulation effect, which keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for longer.

I love these SIGG bottles. I think the SIGG look is really chic. They are great way to get your drinking water so more.

 

 

Jacked Wines £5

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Jacked Wines is a new brand that has recently launched in Tesco nationwide. It comes in 2 varieties – Sauvignon Blanc with Ginger and Rosé with Lychee. I love both varieties. For the Sauvignon Blanc with Ginger, I love the spicy ginger flavour. While I enjoy the mix of delicate Rosé and sweet lychee in the Rosé with Lychee Wine.

These Jacked Wines taste very good and would be great as a little gift this Christmas. The bottles are 50cl which is quite unique as most wines bottles are standard 75cl.

 

 

Typhoon Living Cream Stove Top Kettle £27.99

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If you are in search of a great kitchen gadget to give out this Christmas, then you are in luck. I adore this Typhoon Living Cream Stove Top Kettle. It is such a beauty and it looks amazing in my kitchen.

I think it would make someone’s Christmas extra special. I love the contemporary design a lot. This kettle would definitely breathe life into any kitchen.

 

 

Nextbase 312GW Dash Cam £99

 

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This Nextbase 312GW Dash Cam comes with inbuilt Wi-Fi, GPS logging and an accompanying smartphone app. It is one of the most popular Dash Cams on the market. I think it is a great car accessory to have especially for a new driver like myself.

The fact that this Dash Cam comes with an inbuilt Wi-Fi that allows you to connect it directly with your smartphone or tablet makes it even more grand.

 

 

Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur £8

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This Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur comes in a lovely packaging. It looks almost too good to drink. I think it would make a great small Christmas gift. This Liqueur is made from an infusion of fresh black raspberries, Madagascan vanilla, Moroccan citrus, honey and XO cognac.

I love it . It has an excellent taste. You can use it in creating many delicious cocktail recipes. 

 

What do you think of these Christmas Lifestyle Gift Guide? Did any of the gifts catch your eye?

 

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Portugal Travel Diaries

Here are the final set of pictures from our half term trip to Algarve Portugal. We also visited Faro and Lagos. It was a fun relaxing trip. We had a great time and I wish I could go back and soak in some more sunshine. The weather in Cheshire has been dreadful lately. How is the weather where you are? This Cheshire weather is making me miss Algarve so much, but I will survive until my next sunny vacation.

 

Say Cheese

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While in Portugal, we decided to visit Lagos. We have heard so much about the city so we decided to make the most of our time there. Driving down to Lagos from Algarve. The kiddies always enjoy road trips as long as they are fed and have some form of entertainment. It took us around an hour to get Lagos, thanks to Google maps and our Enterprise rental car.

 

 

View from the Car Park in Lagos Portugal

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The city of Lagos was cool to see. I am happy I got great shots to treasure for life. I could clearly see the similarities between Lagos Portugal and Lagos Nigeria. It was a fun experience all around. We had the opportunity to walk around the centre of the city and soak in all it had to offer. The only issue we had was when the kiddies found a ride they wanted to get on, and us not having our wallets on us. That was the end of our sight seeing. Kids have the power like that….

 

 

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Our ride back to Algarve was ok. Having said that, we found that many roads didn’t have street lights so they were really dark. Good M is an experienced driver and has driven in many countries. I won’t advise anyone who is not very confident driving to drive here as the roads can be very different with lots of roads and uncountable roundabouts. There was a roundabout on almost every single road we went on.

 

 

Goofing around in the centre

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It was a short but fun trip. I know we will be visiting Portugal again in the future. Probably a different part of the country. I love exploring Europe. So far we have been to Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Paris (a few times), Barcelona, Milan, Dublin, Edinburgh, and now I can add Algarve to the list of countries in Europe I have visited. I would love to visit the Scandinavian countries next, maybe that would happened for us next year. M has been to most of the Scandinavian countries I want to visit already because his work takes him all over the world. And he has only good things to say about them.

 

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We spent our last evening at the Beach. It was quiet as most people had left already which was just what I needed. I am not a fan of crowded places, especially beaches and swimming pools. The Kiddies had fun posing for pictures, playing with sand and water. All I wanted to do was to walk around  and admire the beautiful beach. It was even more beautiful in the evening.

 

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And this travel post brings the end of our Portugal Travel Diairies. I hope you have enjoyed reading the short series as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you.

Have you been to any part of Portugal? What are your thoughts? Please share them in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by and have a relaxing weekend.

 

 

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It Pays To Be Productive

It doesn’t matter where you are, what you’re doing, or what you should be doing should we say. It always pays to be productive. If you think about the amount of time that you spend just doing nothing, surely the days would pass by in your mind. Life is all about making the most of every moment, as our grandparents would say. But how many of us actually listen to this advice?

How many of us seize every opportunity, make the most of everything we do, and can honestly say that we’re productive? Pretty much none of us can, which is why we want to write this article. We want to show you what it means to be productive., and how you can ensure that you always are being.

 

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What Even Is Productivity?

So, we want to start with this first. What does it even mean to be productive? Well, let’s first tell you what it means to not be productive. What you’re doing now probably isn’t productive. You’re either at work, and reading this rather than working. Or you’re at home, reading this, and trying to find a way that you can become more productive. Whilst we aren’t trying to remove you from this article, we’re trying to point out that when you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing, or procrastinating as it were. \

Productivity is doing the opposite. It’s thinking to yourself, I need to get x amount of things done, and making sure that you get it done. We’re so good at giving ourselves little rewards such as thinking, ‘i’ve just done the washing up, now I deserve to sit down for the rest of the night and do nothing else that I wanted to.’ If you can get out of this mindset, your whole idea of productivity will change, and you will accomplish so much more.

 

How Could More Of It Benefit Us?

It could benefit you as the more you do, the more you’re able to enrich your life. We’re missing out on so many opportunities because of this procrastination we have spoken about. If you find ways to be more productive, you can actually add time back to your day. If you take out those little reward breaks you’ve been giving yourself, all of your tasks will be done so much earlier, and all of a sudden you actually have free time to do what you want at the end of the day. It will become a revelation for you, so just give it a go!

Why Does It Pay?

The more time you’re able to free up for yourself, the more you’re going to experience life. For one, your mind won’t feel as clogged with all the tasks that you have to do, and you can start thinking about things you actually want to do. It could be getting back in to reading, going to the gym, or just generally being a more involved person in life if that makes sense. If you’re self employed and learn to manage your time more, then you’ll definitely get paid more.

 

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