A little Thank You goes a long way

From a young age, one major lesson we are taught is to be kind to others and to always say “thank you.” These two little words are important. They may be short and quick to say, but thanking others and recognizing what they do for you and give to you is a small act of kindness that people deserve and in the moment, would appreciate to hear.

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This year, apart from good health and happiness, I have a lot to be thankful for… and a lot of people to thank! With changes in my career and my wedding just under six months away, saying thank you has become more than regular habit for me. Apart from saying it, I feel writing it in a note is another personalized touch to show people you are grateful for what they have done for you.

Recently, I have discovered a wonderful online store which specializes in pre-made and custom stationery, including thank you notes and cards! The online store is called TINY PRINTS, which is one of four companies under the Internet-based image publishing giant, Shutterfly. Upon landing on this site, I was instantly lost in an incredible sea of stationery and thank you card options, ideal for all of the wonderful messages I would be busy writing to my loved ones, friends, and colleagues this year.

After much debate, here are the designs that I selected for my Thank You cards:

An inspirational thank you…

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Saying thank you in many different ways and languages…

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Wishing upon a star with a thank you…

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My custom thank you cards I had made for my engagement party, done in a rich green – my favourite colour…

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When I received the package from TINY PRINTS, I was so excited! I opened up the box, saw the cards I had made through this company and just LOVED them! The quality of the paper (even though I picked the lower end one to save some dollars) was very good and crisp. The colours looked great and stood out. Also, each card came with white envelopes, which matched the quantity ordered by the exact amount.

I have already used up all of the customized cards for my engagement party and will be placing a re-order of those cards for my upcoming bridal showers. Also, I have received compliments on the other cards I have sent to other people.

Amazing pre-made or customized designs, reasonable pricing, online ordering, and delivery right to your door – who wouldn’t love that?!

Big Ideas for Small Bedrooms

Sometimes the life of an urban dweller may look like a constant fight for every free square inch. There is never enough space to fit everything, especially when it comes to the bedroom. Owning or moving house to a tiny home is not necessarily something bad. You can turn your little apartment into a cosy and unique place, starting from your resting area.

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Even the snug bedroom has the potential to become a beautiful retreat. By incorporating basic design techniques and a little bit of imagination, you can create a truly relaxing and gorgeous place.

1. Set a Functional Layout – Unlike other rooms at your home like the kitchen or the living room, you need to fit fewer things in the bedroom. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t create an efficient layout. The flow of the room has huge impact on the way a place looks and feel. If you are moving house to a smaller apartment, you should decide how to position all the things from your previous home. In all of these cases you need a good plan. Outline all the furniture you will out in there. Then you can clearly see the redundant stuff and eliminate them.

2. Mind The Room’s Geometry – Focal and centre point are basic design concepts that can help you arrange your place. If you are planning a relocation, visit the place and create an outline. Every successful interior has a focal point. This is an eye – catching element that gives the room focus and depth. In the bedroom this is usually the window or the bed. Sometimes these two features may clash. You can avoid it by placing the bed near or in front of the window. To create a cohesive interior, keep one of the elements neutral. The bed will also be a centre point, or the piece that determines the position of the rest of the items.

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3. Go Big or Go Home – Just because you own or moving house into a small place doesn’t mean that you can’t have a huge comfy bed. Actually, the larger furniture will make the place appear more spacious. If you picked a big bed, don’t combine it with teeny –tiny nightstand. The pieces in your interior should be proportionate to one another. A dresser in appropriate size is another alternative.

4. Invest in Storage – Keeping limited places clutter – free is a huge challenge. Make organizing easy by getting enough storage solutions. Take advantage of the vertical and under – the bed space. Get furniture that can serve double duty. For example a chest that can be a bedside table as well.

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5. Light it Properly – If you want to create a visual illusion of more space, you have two options. You can paint the bedroom and neutral shades or you can use lightening. The latter is definitely most cost efficient. Plus it will save you the effort. Replace the bedside lamp, with a mounted solution.

Ella Andrews is writer, blogger and social network enthusiast She is presently involved in learning more about interior design, storage and home decor: http://www.removalshouse.com/removal-services/W1-removals-westminster.html

Present your Mom with Something Special: Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is in TWO days and it is a wonderful time to recognize everything and anything your mom has done for you over your lifetime. It is also a nice holiday to celebrate your grandmothers, aunts, and all of your relatives and friends who are moms out there. All and all, in my opinion, a mom’s love and care for her children is truly a special one. For me, my mom has been a rock in my life and I am so grateful for her.

Aside from showing your mom how much you care this Mother’s Day, it is nice to give your mom a little something special to mark the occasion. If you haven’t purchased a gift yet, don’t panic! Here are some great items you can get in-store before the big day on Sunday:

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(Starting clockwise from the top left:  Jewelry Box from Pottery Barn, Opal Pendant Necklace from Magnolia Silver Jewellery, Rosewater Eau de Toilette from Crabtree & Evelyn, Picture Frame from Mikasa, Sweet as a Peach Bath & Body Care Gift Pack from Bath and Body Works, Cosmetics Case from Ted Baker, and Single Tea Cup & Saucer from Chapters-Indigo.)

For any other great last-minute gift ideas for mom, drop me a message in the comment box below or shoot me an email!

Sincerely, Kate

Like many of you ladies out there, I have a deep love for Kate Spade. Kate Spade purses, Kate Spade homeware, Kate Spade stationary. Everything and anything Kate Spade is my favourite! This brand constantly creates new products in bright, happy colours that can put a smile to one’s face, uses shimmering gold and silver tones to transform your plain office supplies into an actual stylish accessory, and incorporates cool patterns and phrases to produce adorable items for your kitchen and dining room table.

One other thing I enjoy about this designer label: they have ACTUAL SALES! I love that they consistently offer wonderful online sales (there have been sometimes up for 75% off flash sales) and as recent as last week, I walked into one of their store locations and they had a great 25% off sale the majority of their merchandise.

Since my latest visit to a Kate Spade store last week and discovering more about their homeware as I created my bridal registries, here are my latest favourites from KS:

CUTE CLUTCHES…

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(LILY AVENUE KIKI – $228.00, MADISON SPRING FORWARD CERIE – $428.00, BAY DRIVE CHLOE FINN – $278.00)

KSNY HOMEWARE…

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(KATE SPADE NEW YORK Greenwich Grove Teapot – $150, KATE SPADE NEW YORK About Town Pitcher – $84, KATE SPADE NEW YORK Striped Salt and Pepper Set – $34)

ADORABLE OFFICE TOOLS…

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(LIKE A BOOK NOTEBOOK SET – $12.00, DAISY PLACE PENCIL CUP – $20, CLASSIC STRIPE NOTEPAD – $14)

PRETTY LARGE BAGS…

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 (CEDAR STREET SMALL HAYDEN – $298.00, HOLDEN STREET BRANDY – $368.00, MADISON CHAPLIN DRIVE CELESTE – $998.00)