S.A.D. Singles Awareness Day, The Alternative To Valentines Day For Singles.

S.A.D. Singles Awareness Day, The Alternative To Valentines Day For Singles.

Well, it’s the 13th of February and only 1 more sleep until Valentines Day!

According to Wikipedia its  ’A day for celebrating love and affection between intimate companions’

It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, chocolates, jewellery and other gifts, including engagement rings in many cases.

But for singletons, its S.A.D  ’Singles Awareness Day’ On Singles Awareness Day, single people can choose whether to celebrate or commiserate their single status, this is usually done in groups of people or friends. Some people  want to remind romantic couples that they don’t need to be in a relationship to celebrate life .

So gather up your we will  get together treat yourselves, drink cocktails and have fun to celebrate your single status! There are plenty of options available so there’s no reason to be alone on V.DAY or S.A.D!

So, what could you be doing on S.A.D ? 

Why not have a look at local events in your area, there are many places that hold singles night’s and fun parties and hosted events for those of us in singletown!

Or if you are feeling unsociable because you don’t have anybody to spoil this Valentine’s Day, why not take it as an opportunity to spoil yourself? No-one deserves it more!  Treat yourself to a bit of pampering, cook yourself a nice meal or have a relaxing bath with candles and a glass of champagne. With no one else’s feelings to consider, you’re free to spend the day doing whatever you want and to make it a special day just for you.

Alternatively, If there’s someone you’ve got your eye on and you think they may be interested too, why not take Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to express your interest? Send an old-fashioned anonymous card or just a flirty email and set the wheels in motion.

Or you could always sign up for online dating!

Plenty Of Fish – POF is FREE and it’s the number one dating site and is still growing. The site grows, on average, 30% every year! 32 million members, 15 million messages sent per day, 30 000 new sign ups per day, and over 1.16 million average daily visits per month!

Or Perhaps try Tinder  it’s the fun way to connect with new and interesting people around you. Swipe right to like or left to pass. If someone likes you back, it’s a match! If they don’t, neither of you will ever know.

What are you waiting for?? Let the thought of a potential new romance brighten up your day!

You can get some handy tips for your first online profile from my post Here & Here

Or why not take a look at A Single Girls To Do List

Whatever it is you decide to do on 14th of February, Don’t forget to Love yourself!

Thrifty Valentine Idea. Give Your Loved One A Break, Absolutely FREE!

Thrifty Valentine Idea. Give Your Loved One A Break, Absolutely FREE!

If you are struggling to come up with the best and most cost-effective Valentines gifts, here is your saviour.

Give the gift of time for free! With us all tightening our belts and with only a few days left to think of a great present that your other half deserves, it is likely that you’ve started worrying about what you’re going to do?!

When it comes to the perfect gifts is your mind totally blank?  Why not give a gift with a difference? A Gift of Time!

Why not give your Partner a break whilst you do all the Dirty Work! You could Do the Washing, Clean the House..Fix that tap that has been dripping for months, Run her a relaxing bath or clean his car!..

Bridget of the north love coupons, houseworkOr Why Not get creative and make a Chore Cheque Book?  they make a wonderful gift for that special person in your life. Create them by hand or use print some Chore coupons, they are  completely free and easy to use.7
You can  cut out the coupon’s that you want to use, and staple them into a little booklet. Or Hide them around the house for your other half to find! Chore coupons have no expiration date and can be used at any time.

Hangover Cures To Help You Survive The Party Season

Hangover Cures To Help You Survive The Party Season

With the party season upon us, I think it’s that time of year we need to address this important issue….

The sad fact of life is that if you drink too much alcohol, you will end up with the pounding headache, queasy stomach or fuzzy-headed feeling that is a hangover, I found this article in the Daily Mail archives and knew I must share it! My hangovers are getting worse each weekend, I think from now on preparation is the key!

With the weekdays getting harder and the weekends getting messier these tips are sure to come in handy.

Often accompanied by a whispered “never again”, hangovers last between five and 24 hours and although not an illness per se, they can be very unpleasant.

Recently, scientists confirmed what for many was already clear – hangovers get worse the older you become. Age is just one of many contributory factors that determine their severity and duration.

Studies have found that women and Asian people possess fewer of the enzymes that metabolise alcohol, and so are more prone to its after-effects.

“Alcohol affects the body in many ways, so there are numerous causes for hangover symptoms,” says Dr Graham Archard of the Royal College of GPs.

“Alcohol is a diuretic so it expels water before it can be absorbed, hence a major cause of a hangover is dehydration.

“However, it is also an irritant to the stomach, which is why you get the feelings of nausea. It also robs the body of vitamins and minerals and interferes with the quality of our sleep, so it can cause psychological differences, too.”

Should you wake up with throbbing temples and a throat drier than sand, what can you do about it? LUCY ELKINS asked a team of experts for their best tips.

THE DOCTOR

Dr Graham Archard is a practising GP and vice-chairman of the Royal College of GPs. He says:

Drink a rehydration or diarrhoea treatment sachet before you go to bed. One of the reasons people wake up with an awful headache after drinking is due to low blood sugar levels.

Alcohol is mainly sugar and gives the body a real rush of sugar. When blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas produces insulin to try to bring them back down to normal.

As alcohol is so rich in sugar, the body produces too much insulin and starts to bring blood sugar down too far. This is why people feel so hungry after a big night of drinking, and it also causes headaches.

Raising your blood sugar levels before you go to bed can help that. A dehydration sachet is good because it provides sugar and replaces lost fluid as well as minerals and salts of which alcohol depletes the body.

Take one the night before and another the following morning if you still feel rough. Soluble painkillers work well for headaches and are gentle on the stomach.

Dioralyte sachets are available from chemists and cost £3.49 for six.

THE PHARMACIST

Angela Chalmers is a pharmacist for Boots at the company’s flagship Oxford Street store. She says:

Personally, I find Berocca tablets help. They are effervescent tablets which contain vitamin C, B vitamins as well as calcium and magnesium. They help replace nutrients lost though alcohol. I take one in the morning if I have a hangover, and it helps perk me up. They cost £3.99 for 15 tablets.

Before a night out, I would recommend taking either milk thistle, a herb that helps detoxify the liver, or trying RU-21. These pills contains monosodium glutamate, the ingredient found in Chinese food, but it is said to help mop up the toxins in alcohol so helps prevent a hangover.

They cost £4.99 for 20 tablets.

The best thing for an unsettled stomach is a drug called motilium which can help stop nausea. It slows down the action of the gut and works on the sickness centre in the brain so reducing feelings of nausea. It is available without prescription; one tablet should be taken four times a day. A packet of ten tablets costs £4.99.

THE NUTRITIONIST

Jane Clarke is the Daily Mail’s nutritionist. She says:

I swear by milk thistle. This helps the liver eliminate alcohol faster from the body. I can feel unwell after even a glass of wine, so if I have had a drink I take 350mg before I got to bed and another 350mg in the morning.

If you do get a hangover then avoid strong coffee as this will dehydrate the body further. Milky tea can help settle the stomach and chamomile tea can get rid of the shakes.

Fruit juice is good as fructose speeds up the body’s metabolism of alcohol, but avoid orange or grapefruit juice as these can further irritate an already inflamed stomach.

Even if you feel really queasy it is good to try to eat something as low blood sugar levels will increase the feeling of nausea. A banana is a good light snack to start with that is gentle on the stomach.

Try to eat foods with a low glycaemic index such as a bowl of porridge, wholemeal toast served with high fruit spread or a fruit smoothie as these will raise blood sugar levels slowly and consistently.

Protein foods such as eggs are also good. They will make you feel better as they help form the feel-good chemicals serotonin and endorphins in the brain.

Fatty foods such as fry-ups are hard to digest and may make you feel worse. Salty foods such as bacon will leave you feeling even thirstier. Try to eat little and often throughout the day to maintain your blood sugar levels.

If you are having to eat on the run then choose a wholegrain bread sandwich with a good quality protein filling such as a chicken rather than a fatty croissant or pastries that could increase your feelings of nausea.

THE HYDRATION EXPERT

Dr Paul Stillman is a GP and a member of the Expert Group on Hydration, an independent panel of experts who aim to raise awareness about the importance of drinking enough fluids. He says:

Certain strong alcohols such as spirits cause the kidneys to shut down temporarily and reduce the amount of urine they produce. This means that you stay drunker for longer and the resulting hangover lasts for longer.

However, drinking a soft drink beforehand kick-starts the kidneys into producing urine so that when you start drinking alcohol it will be flushed out of the system quickly. This means you won’t get so drunk, and any resulting hangover will not last as long.

If you do get a hangover, then drinking fluid such as water or fruit juice is the single most important way to beat it. Alcohol is a toxin, and when we consume an alcoholic drink, it causes fluid to be sent to the kidneys and expelled as urine, rather than to be absorbed into the blood.

At the same time, alcohol relaxes the arteries and together with the reduction in water circulating this reduces blood pressure. This causes the shaky hands and fuzzy headed feelings that often accompany a hangover.

Drinking fluid will bring blood pressure back up and will also help with the headaches. The brain is 75 per cent water. If the body becomes dehydrated then it shrinks and you get throbbing temples.

THE ADDICTION EXPERT

Nick Gully is director of addiction services at The Priory in Roehampton, South-West London. He says:

Eat something before you go out drinking, because this helps to line the stomach and protect it from the irritating effects of alcohol. That stops the alcohol being absorbed so quickly, which reduces the risk of a hangover.

Alcohol is a chemical and so taken in large doses it has psychological effects, causing what is known as the rebound effect.

Alcohol affects the brain’s chemistry in several ways and makes us feel initially relaxed and happy. But when it is metabolised the brain’s chemistry alters again and can cause feelings of mild depression, anxiety or paranoia.

It is a common side-effect because a lot of people have a drink to make themselves feel better about things, but end up feeling worse than ever the next day.

Drinking also reduces the quality of sleep, so people with a hangover often feel disorientated, too. People should try to take the next day quite easy, but be careful not to isolate yourself because this will heighten any feelings of anxiety or paranoia.

Also avoid energy drinks and caffeine. These are mood-enhancers, so if you feel a bit sensitive or a bit down with your hangover, it will make you feel worse. These type of drinks also further dehydrate the body.

THE BARMAN

Simon Rowe is assistant bar manager at The Dorchester Hotel in London. He says:

One of the best things for a hangover is a non-alcoholic cocktail made from carrot juice, celery, lemon juice and mint. The carrot provides vitamins, the celery helps provide minerals such as potassium and the mint eases the stomach. It is really refreshing and hydrates at the same time.

Another good cure is a citron pressé. This is freshly-squeezed lemon juice with fizzy water and a touch of sugar. Again it hydrates and the lemon juice replaces vitamins lost through drinking alcohol.

The other special one we do is a Blood Bull. This is like a Bloody Mary but it contains beef con-sommé, which is rich in minerals such as iron, vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice and Tabasco.

I always reach for a flat Coke myself. It is something about the sugar, I think, that makes me feel better.

AND FINALLY…

Penny Smith is a presenter on GMTV. She says:

My hangovers have definitely got worse the older I have become. I had the most awful one the other day after a riotous night out with chilled sherry, champagne cocktails and red wine.

As a cure, I favour a mixture of carbohydrates, still water and tablets. I find Solpadine and Nurofen work best, but I have also tried homeopathic arnica tablets to get rid of a really bad one.

I’m not sure if it works but I operate on the principle that anything in the medicine cabinet might help. Otherwise I lie in a darkened room.

So my hangover plan for this weekend involves

Vitamin C ( I have soluble ones from my local pound shop!)

Milk Thistle Capsules

Water Water Water

Meal before I go out

Glass of whole milk before I go out to line my stomach.

Dioralyte

*Avoid caffeine & greasy food the next morning.

What’s your plan? Do you have any remedies to share?

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Make Your Chrismas Gift Exchange Memorable- Fun, Alternative Gift Swapping Ideas

Make Your Chrismas Gift Exchange Memorable- Fun, Alternative Gift Swapping Ideas

With the dark nights drawing in and the cold weather upon us, its hard not to get excited for the festive season!

With only 71 days until Christmas, I have already began making plans with my family, I have always loved Christmas and getting together with the people that I love, is by far the best part!

But Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without gifts.

So to make the giving and receiving of gifts, extra fun.. I have come up with these creative ideas.

gifts

Homemade Gifts

A home-made gift is  thoughtful and great fun to make, it really get’s you in the spirit of Christmas.

Take a look at these blog posts for inspiration..

8 Fun homemade Christmass Gift Ideas

Homemade Sweet trees

The Gift That Keeps Giving.

What about having everyone chip in to purchase a magazine subscription based on the interests of each recipient?
There are a lot of great deals online and can work out a great value treat that lasts all year round!

Around The World.
Get everyone to pick a different country (preferably not the one in which you live) and buy a gift that is relevant to that country,
This could also be a Secret Santa Theme. (See Below)

Swap Entertainment Gift’s

Can Include books, movies, games, and even food — basically anything the recipient can enjoy doing, to entertain them over the festive period.

Secret Santa

 A tradition in which members of a family/ group are randomly assigned a person  to whom they anonymously give a gift.

 The names of participants are placed in a hat, and participants draw the name of a person for whom to buy a gift.

To make the exchange more fun you could add a theme; decide on your own theme for the year, then everyone’s gift needs to fit the theme. For instance, if you choose “,Red or Green” all the gifts need to be predominantly red or green.

Theme Ideas

Red Or Green

Health & Beauty

Food

Local / Hometown

Childhood

Retro

…And So On

What will you be doing this year? 

Mothers Day Idea From The Heart That Will Blow Her Away And Not Cost A Penny

Mothers Day Idea From The Heart That Will Blow Her Away And Not Cost A Penny

Take your mother (Mam, Mum, Mom) on a trip down memory lane by creating a personalized photo and video slide show. It’s easy to do and will be a huge hit with the entire family.

Here’s a few tips and ideas for your Mothers Day Movie

  • Search and gather old photos and video clips to include in your mothers day slide show. Dig up old photos from the past, holiday photos or anything you find that would make a great addition to your slide show, you can also add your favourite  photos from social networking sites such as Facebook. Why not search online for pictures of shows you used to watch together or places you visited as a child for that extra special touch.
  • Import your photos & videos into slide show software to create your show. You’ll want to choose a slide show tool that’s easy to use and gives you the flexibility to output to multiple formats. Windows Movie Maker is programmed into my computer so I have made one from that, but for extra jazz SmileBox is an excellent tool (and my personal fave) for creating slide shows for any occasion! I have used it many times and it is free with the option to upgrade for extra feature.
  • You can add descriptions or captions to each photo or write something on it. It’ll make mothers recall those happy days!

    Happiness is the best gift

  • If you want to get extra clever, you could narrate it and use your own voice to talk through the movie, or add a special poem or perhaps your babies cute little giggle (I have done this before using Movie Maker and it worked a treat!)
  • Most slideshow/movie  makers have pre installed templates that are ready to just add your images & videos too, you can customise the text too to personalise. take a look at the animated templates that are free to use with smilebox… http://www.smilebox.com/mothers-day-slideshows.html

    Also here are a few details from their site…

Smilebox is a  simple application for PC or Mac lets you quickly and easily create slideshowsinvitationsgreetingscollagesscrapbooksand photo albums right on your computer. With more than 1000 customizable templates to choose from, you’ll find inspiration around every corner. With their new  iPhone app you can share your moments on the go as well.

And Smilebox gives you more ways to share: Facebook, email, blog, printing at home or to a store, and burning to DVD. Smilebox makes sharing photos with your family and friends easy, unique and memorable.

  • Create your slideshow. With most Slide show making apps you can quickly get started by using the built-in wizards. Just click-through the steps to add your photos and any video clips you have, import a soundtrack, add effects and you’re done! Go back and add fun title slides or captions to any photo!

Decide how you’d like to output your slide show. DVD for playing back in the living room, Email for playing back on a laptop or to project during a dinner or event, you may even want to output to YouTube or Facebook so friends and family from far away can enjoy the slide show you’ve put together for Father’s Day.

Never under-estimate the power of a Mothers Day slide show. You’ve created a special keepsake and touching tribute that everyone will love watching. Photos from the past are always fun to look back at. With the addition of a touching favourite song of hers, you’ve got a recipe for success! (just don’t forget to bring the box of tissues – there won’t be a dry eye in the room!)

 

S.A,D: Singles Awareness Day. Altenative To Valentines Day For Singles

S.A,D: Singles Awareness Day. Altenative To Valentines Day For Singles

Well, it’s the 1st of February and only 13 more sleeps until V DAY!  According to Wikipedia its  ’A day for celebrating love and affection between intimate companions’

It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, chocolates, jewellery and other gifts, including engagement rings in many cases.

But for us singletons, its S.A.D  ’Singles Awareness Day’ On Singles Awareness Day, single people can choose whether to celebrate or commiserate their single status, this is usually done in groups of people or friends. Some people  want to remind romantic couples that they don’t need to be in a relationship to celebrate life .

Luckily for me I will be in Thailand on the big day this year! but usually  me and my single friends we will  get together treat ourselves, drink cocktails and have fun to celebrate our single status! but it all depends on you! there are plenty of options available so there’s no reason to be alone on VDAY or S.A.D!

So, what could you be doing on S.A.D ? 

Why not have a look at local events in your area, there are many places that hold singles night’s and fun parties and hosted events for those of us in singletown!

Or if you are feeling unsociable because you don’t have anybody to spoil this Valentine’s Day, why not take it as an opportunity to spoil yourself? No-one deserves it more!  Treat yourself to a bit of pampering, cook yourself a nice meal or have a relaxing bath with candles and a glass of champagne. With no one else’s feelings to consider, you’re free to spend the day doing whatever you want and to make it a special day just for you.

Alternatively, If there’s someone you’ve got your eye on and you think they may be interested too, why not take Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to express your interest? Send an old-fashioned anonymous card or just a flirty email and set the wheels in motion.

Or you could always sign up for online dating!   Try Plenty Of Fish – POF is FREE and it’s the number one dating site and is still growing. The site grows, on average, 30% every year! 32 million members, 15 million messages sent per day, 30 000 new sign ups per day, and over 1.16 million average daily visits per month!  What are you waiting for?? Let the thought of a potential new romance brighten up your day!

Whatever it is you decide to do on 14th of February, Don’t forget to Love yourself!

Much Love xx