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Need gift ideas? This post has you covered

It can be difficult to know just what gifts to get for many situations. After all, many gifts have been done before, and they’re just not unique enough to be noticed for that special occasion. Luckily, Uncommon Goods has you covered. The company is all about sustainability, and suppliers work to make products in environmentally and socially responsible ways. That means no products containing fur, feathers, or leather, and only selling products that don’t harm people or animals. Need a wedding gift? Check out the personalised cutting boards which have the happy couple’s names carved into the top, or take a look at one of the beautiful anniversary wine boxes, which are a great way to help friends and family members celebrate their ‘firsts’. And if you’re the bride, you’ll probably want to get something special for your bridesmaids. The birth month and flower necklaces are a great way to…

Is sodium valproate safe for pregnant women?

Sodium valproate has been widely used as a mediation for epilepsy, as well as bipolar disorder and migraines for decades. While sodium valproate can be highly effective at treating these conditions and is generally considered safe for those taking the medication, there is now a growing awareness that its use by pregnant women can pose a serious risk to their unborn children. What risks does sodium valproate pose to unborn children? Research has shown that the children of women who take sodium valproate while pregnant are five times more likely than average to suffer from a physical birth defect. For those infants whose mothers took the drug during pregnancy, around 1 in 10 have a physical birth defect and around 4 in 10 experience developmental issues. The physical and development effects sodium valproate can have on infants are referred to as Foetal Valproate Syndrome (FVS) and can include: Physical defects…

4 Ways to Enjoy Hygge at Home

Hygge has become quite the buzzword in the past few years. It is the Danish art of living cozier, and numerous books like “The Little Book of Hygge” have become international best sellers. Since Denmark is constantly at the top of lists ranking the happiest countries in the world, it’s no wonder that the rest of us are eager to learn these Danish secrets. Here are four ways that you can add hygge to your home. Dim the Lights Lighting can have a major effect on your mood and energy level. Let hygge lead your lighting plan by swapping out bulbs that give off cool light for bulbs that have a warmer tone. Install dimmers on all overhead lighting in your home to allow you to customize it based on your needs. Look to nature and aim to keep indoor lighting low after the sun goes down so that you can wind…

Got a Phone But No Pockets? No Problem!

We’ve all been there. We need to keep our phones with us, but there isn’t an easy place to put it. You don’t want to carry a bag around, but without a pocket what can you do? Fortunately, there is a solution. Enter the phone pouch. What is it for? Picture this: you want to wear your favorite yoga pants because you’ll be headed to the gym after you finish taking the kids to school. You’re juggling the kids, their bags, their lunches, and your own stuff when you realize there’s no place for your phone. Here’s another one. You go walking every evening, but you don’t feel safe out there without your phone. Plus, your phone has all your music on it, and how are you supposed to stay motivated without the music? Yet you’ve never really found running pants with good pockets for your phone. The phone pouch…

How to Make Sure Your Divorce is as Painless as Possible

When a marriage gets to the end of the road, and there’s no going back the process of getting divorced can be very painful. Whether you saw it coming, or it caught you unawares doesn’t make much of a difference, there are still some very difficult decisions you need to make. Every one that you make is going to have financial, legal and relational ramifications for all concerned. There is also likely to be a ripple effect for your extended family. All the more reason to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible, and you don’t have to force those around you to take sides. Here are some tips to help guide you. What do You Want from the Proceedings? It may be a case of being allowed to walk away and wanting nothing. However, it’s more likely there are going to be assets that need to be…

Feeling the cold this winter? Here’s how you can stay warm without turning on the heat

Hoping to stay warm without paying more for electricity? This post is for you. If you’re looking for some #TipstoKeepWarm, there are a number of things you can do to save money, stay warm, and get through the rest of the winter. Here are some of the best tips: Use Layers One of the best ways to stay warm in winter is to simply to use layers. Bundling up can save you a lot of money since you’ll be warm without needing to increase the heat. Consider visiting a website like Chums which has a variety of warm clothes to keep you toasty whether you’re inside or outside. Layers will allow you to stay warm without getting overheated. Use a hat to keep your head warm, and use a neck warmer or scarf to keep your neck toasty too. If you’re not yet using slippers inside, you’re missing out. There are…

Valentine’s Makeup Look

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s day with your special someone or with your gang of single friends, this is the perfect excuse for you to whip out some new makeup looks and experiment. Be inspired by these ideas. Soft, Romantic Look Give your skin a natural, satin finish with a lovely dewy glow. As your skin is the main feature to highlight for this look, make sure you dab a velvety foundation on lightly with the tips of your fingers and smooth it out to achieve the coverage you want. Use a foundation brush to buff out the product if you’re looking for more of an airbrushed look that’s blended more evenly across your face. Next, apply a soft, pink blush to the top of your cheekbones to add some subtle colour to the face. Highlight the eyes with a soft, smokey eyeshadow and dark mascara, perfect for a candlelit dinner…

Why Afternoon Tea is the Perfect Social Activity

Are you looking for the perfect social activity? Are you looking for something to do with friends and family that is a little bit more elegant than heading to the coffee shop or grabbing some greasy fast food? Well, afternoon tea is just the solution. Brits love afternoon tea, with so many enjoying the ritual at every time of year and for many different occasions. No matter if it’s a birthday celebration, Mother’s Day, or simply meeting with friends, afternoon tea is the ideal option. You just can’t go wrong with this most quintessential English experience. To help convince those who are on the fence about its magnificence, Mottram Hall have create an infographic all about why ‘Why afternoon tea is the perfect social activity’, highlighting its many virtues, such as it being a great excuse to drink copious amounts of tea, delicious finger food, and the elegance of a…

Winter Hair Care Tips

Did you know that the winter affects our hair just as much as it affects our skin? We tend to stay indoors a lot in winter. We snuggle up, watch our favourite movies or play online casino games a lot. In the process, we forget to care for basics like our hair. Therefore, it’s important to know the following winter hair care tips. Below, we list a few care tips that you can utilise for healthy hair in winter. Winter Hair Care Tips Moisturising only is just not enough. Read on to find out how else you can care for your hair in winter. Regulate your home temperature You should never get a temperature shock when you step outside your home. In that regard, always keep your home warm and not hot. A temperature shock will irritate your scalp. Don’t use hot water It’s tempting to use hot water when…

How to style for your Valentine’s Day date

We all want to dress to impress on Valentine’s Day, but often it can be hard to decide what to wear. Whether you’re heading out for a romantic meal or spending more time together outdoors, we’ve come up with the ultimate style guide for 2019. Flirty fine dining If you can’t splash out on a fancy meal for Valentine’s Day, when can you? It might be a restaurant that you and your other half have been wanting to visit for a while, but you’ve been saving it for a special occasion. With some fine dining venues operating a strict dress code, what should you wear? You could take the opportunity to wear a maxi dress if you want to go really formal. Many women go for a fancy look when they’re heading to a posh restaurant so it’s unlikely that you’ll look out of place. If you feel overdressed, pair…

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