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Giveaway – Oysters and Champagne Chocolate

Hey friends! It’s a brand new week and month. I am determined to make this September a great one to remember. It is hard to come to terms with how this year is going by so fast but I am making the most of it. I am running a chocolate giveaway this month. I giving away this Oysters and Champagne chocolate by Hotel Chocolate to one lucky winner. Could it be you?

 

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My sweet tooth readers would love this chocolate giveaway. It is a chocolate twist on a classic indulgence. The delicious milk chocolate oysters filled with smooth praline is served with milk chocolate pearls of champagne ganache. So it makes a perfect gift for those that like the finer things in life. Which is why it is my giveaway prize.

 

Rules of the Chocolate Giveaway
  1. Follow me on Twitter.
  2. RT this post.
  3. Follow me on Instagram.
  4. Leave a comment with your Twitter name and why you want to win this giveaway.

 

The giveaway is open to 18+ UK residents only. it would run for 1 week, ending on 11th September at 10pm. The winner will be announced on Twitter within 24 hours of the giveaway ending.

Thanks for entering this chocolate giveaway and good luck.

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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?

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