4 Incredibly Thoughtful Gifts

I love giving and receiving incredibly thoughtful gifts. I like the idea that a loved one took out the time to think of a perfect gift for me. The price tag rarely ever matters, although I must confess, I do like a bit of luxury, and they tend to be expensive, but then again, it is the thought that really counts.

I have recently come across a few online retail shops that sell some of the most thoughtful gifts ever. One of these stores is Uncommon Goods. I have been busy browsing the websites for some unique gifts for men, as well as other gifts. I have a few events coming up, so I need to get some amazing gifts sorted as soon as possible.

Uncommon Goods is all about products that contain recycled components. You will never catch them selling products containing leather, feathers or fur, as they are committed to selling products that do no harm to people or animals, which I think is brilliant.

Here are some thoughtful gifts that caught my eye –


PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer

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I think this is a very thoughtful gift. We all know how dirty our smartphone gets, and majority of us hardly remember to give it a good wipe every now and again. That is where this PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer comes in. I like the compact look of it, it would be very useful around here. I would love to be able to clean my phone on the go, and it would make a great gift as well. What do you think?


60 Hour Candle

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I love having candles around the house. I love the fragrances of most and I think they make great presents for candle lovers. This 60 Hour Candle looks amazing. It is designed to burn longer than traditional shaped candles, so it is a good value for money. I have never seen anything like it. It is definitely a great gift idea. Do you agree?


Personalised Cutting Board

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I saved the most thoughtful gift idea for last, with this stunning personalised cutting board. I think it would be a great personalised wedding present idea. I would love to have this in my kitchen. I have a kitchen space it would fit in nicely.


Kissing Lovers Sculpture 

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I love this Kissing Lovers Sculpture. The tender soapstone sculpture hand-carved by Shona artisans in Zimbabw, is a beautiful art, shaped from a single stone. This sculpture illustrates the unbreakable bonds of love and it would make a great anniversary gift.

What do you think of these gifts? Sound off in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading.

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Why Saying NO More Often is Good for You

Everyday you’re faced with circumstances that will push you to make decisions. Most times it’s either a “Yes” or a “No”. The answer you give will either make you happy or sad. Of course, although nobody will happily choose sadness, there have been times when you sacrificed your happiness or peace of mind for the happiness of others.


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We know “yes” to denote positivity, optimism or openness to receive only the best, while “no” denotes the negative, pessimism or closed doors. Over time I realized that if you want to say “yes” to a happy, blissful life, you need to start saying more “nos”. Hard to believe? Here are 4 reasons why saying “no” is actually good for you.

  1. People start respecting you

When you are clear about what you want, never be afraid to draw the line. People will respect you when you respect yourself and your time. Drawing boundaries keeps you empowered. You will not be treated like a doormat or push over. Saying “no” will give the impression that you have a life and you have things you value. But most of all it tells people who value YOUR time. Time is an asset you can’t take back so you’d rather spend it on something more worthwhile.

  1. It’s an act of self-love

Serving people is a good thing. But you’ll only be able to give quality service if and only if you give it to yourself first. Remember the saying “love your neighbour as yourself”? Saying “no” so that you have time for yourself is a way of showering yourself with love. You give yourself, your comfort and your goals priority over others. All these build you up. When you’re strong in your love and appreciation of yourself and your mission in life, it is so much easier to be there for others. Self care and love is needed for a fulfilling life.

  1. You save time

You know how you always say “I don’t have time” or “I have so much to do”? If you honestly examine your life and daily activities you’ll observe that 99.9% of the time you could have used to do something so much more important, is spent on devoting your time to someone else. Saying NO regularly gets rid of the selfish people in your life. You’ll no longer have to deal with their unreasonable requests or fit other’s activities into your itinerary, if it is not convenient.

  1. You are in control of your life

When you say “yes” to everything and everyone around you, you’ll find your life being dictated by people. They’ll be the one who will encroach on your time and space. Saying “no” gives you the upper hand in your life. No one will be able to tell you how you should spend your day. When you begin to say “no” you will be able to plan your time and do the things you want to do. You will have a life to live and goals to pursue.

Don’t underrate the powerful word “NO”. It may be small yet difficult to say. But when you’re able to break free and make the transition, you will be the one who will live your life on your own terms and not on the terms of others.


Do you struggle to say no regularly?

Eats from the Streets Food Festival

Who doesn’t love good food? I know I do. A delicious meal with a glass of wine is a perfect way to end a busy day!


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Being a mother has made me embrace food more. Before motherhood, I could go a whole morning without breakfast or an afternoon without lunch. I could be too busy being busy, that I would forget to stop to feed the belly. But motherhood has completely changed all that. I am now fully responsible for feeding 2 fussy toddlers 24/7, which is no easy feat. The good news is that I know what they like and how they like it, which makes the meal times a lot more fun.

I have been busy testing my hands on a new recipe – Spaghetti Bolognese with Greek Yoghurt. I am collaborating with Broughton Shopping Centre Cheshire on their Eats from the Streets Festival to bring to you this yummy dish. Broughton Shopping Centre Cheshire will bring street food flavours from all over the world to Flintshire, Cheshire, this weekend (17th & 18th June) with its Eats from the Streets pop-up foodie festival.

Sweet tasting food vendors from all over the world would serve up a whole host of cuisines from Thai delicacies to cupcakes and cake-topped milkshakes. The Street food stalls will be serving up near Broughton between 11am and 6pm on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June, and it promises to be a delicious experience, so aim to be there!

In my preparation for this pop-up foodie festival, I made this Spaghetti Bolognese with Greek Yoghurt dish. I decided to go for this dish as it is one of my regulars, the kiddies love it so much. It is one of their favourites, so I make it quite regularly.


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1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion
Frozen mixed vegetables
A pack of Spaghetti
Tomato sauce
1 Tablespoon Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon tomato paste
400g of mince beef
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1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat.
2. Brown 400g of mince meat until both sides are brown.
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3. Add tomato sauce and leave to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring in between.
4. Add in the sliced onion and salt, and leave for another 5 minutes.
5. Add the greek yoghurt, leave for 3 minutes, stirring well to mix.
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6. Add the cooked spaghetti.
7. Add the mixed vegetables and leave for 3 minuets to simmer.
8. Enjoy with a glass of wine.
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This recipe was so yummy (if I may say so myself). It is my first time adding some Greek Yoghurt to Spaghetti Bolognese, and I love the creamy flavour it added to the dish. I can see myself making my Spaghetti Bolognese like this going forward.
I am really forward to seeing what the food vendors cook up at the Eats from the Streets Food Festival this weekend at Broughton Shopping Centre in Cheshire. I can’t wait to taste some more good food.
You can find out more about the event on Broughton Shopping Centre’s Facebook page and the Twitter account.
Are you a fan of Spaghetti Bolognese? Please share thoughts in the comments section below.
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