Top Story: Little Known Ways To Make Your Boyfriend’s Birthday Special

Top Story: Little Known Ways To Make Your Boyfriend’s Birthday Special

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So, your boyfriend’s birthday is just around the corner, and you’ve got a bit of a problem knowing what to get him. You would get him a DVD or a computer game, but, unless you live together, there’s no way of being able to tell which ones he’s already got. And then, whichever new film or game you get him, one of his friends is bound to get the same thing.

You’ve also probably had the conversation where you just ask him outright what he wants, and he’s likely replied that he either ‘doesn’t know’ or ‘doesn’t really want anything’. Whatever he wants, he goes out and buys. But you know that ‘nothing’ isn’t an option. You have to get him something.

If you’re struggling for gift ideas, focus on the day itself. Here are some ideas to help make your boyfriend’s birthday one to remember:

Breakfast in Bed

There are two great ways to start a day. The first we shall leave to your imagination. The second is breakfast in bed. Everybody loves having the most important meal of the day brought to them first thing, so why not treat your special guy to a bedside coffee and a croissant?

Picnic

Going out to a restaurant is a great choice for a birthday meal, as is a home-cooked meal, or (if he insists!) a takeaway. But when was the last time you packed a hamper and a blanket, jumped in the car, and enjoyed lunch together in a rural setting? If you’ve had your fill of restaurants and takeaways, and don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen, a picnic is definitely the way to go – especially on those warm summer days. Plus, it’ll be the last thing he expects, and you’ll get a little more privacy than you would in a busy restaurant.

Make Him a Card

It’s almost as if the people who design birthday cards for the retail industry have either gone on strike or given up in recent years. It’s true that you still find the odd good one on occasion, but if you really want to give your fella something to remember the day by, why not make a card yourself? By crafting your own, you’ll be able to tailor the card to his specific interests – no cheesy jokes or fluffy grey bears necessary (unless he happens to like those of course!).

Tickets to the Game

We’re guessing your boyfriend is into sport of some kind, so why not go the extra mile for his birthday and get yourselves two tickets to see the football, rugby, or whatever he wants? The spectacle itself is one thing, but by going with him to see the game, you’ll give him an experience to remember and your selflessness won’t go unnoticed.

Wangle a Day Off

We know this one’s a bit of a long shot. If you’ve got your boyfriend’s birthday off work, fantastic. If you’re on speaking terms with his boss and can talk him into letting your boyfriend have a surprise day’s holiday, even better! Even if he can only leave an hour or two earlier than normal, a couple of extra hours to spend with you enjoying the day will be a welcome treat for him.

Vaseem, the writer of this article, works for Craftsite. Craftsite specialize in cardmaking, in the UK. On his days off, Vaseem enjoys programming and photography.

When Should You Give Yourself A Gift?

When Should You Give Yourself A Gift?

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You’re making your gift list and checking it twice, but did you remember to include yourself on that list? So many women focus on everyone else’s needs that they rarely take time to think about their own needs. You want to be generous and selfless, especially towards your family and friends, but you need to show yourself the same love, care and support that you show to others.

The truth is that it’s not selfish to put your needs at the top of the list sometimes. If you’re stressed out, depleted, and weary, you won’t be able to fulfill your needs or anyone else’s for that matter. Giving yourself a gift isn’t selfish, it’s necessary. When you take some time to show yourself some love, you’ll refill your sense of worth and renew your spirit to keep on giving. You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to get yourself a gift. But if you need a reason to justify the expense, refer to the guide below.

New Year’s Gift

The New Year presents new opportunities to turn over a new leaf. And this makes it the perfect time to give yourself a gift. Start the New Year with a new outlook on money. So you can pay for a credit report, a financial management tool, or even for financial advice. The New Year also presents a time to renew your weight loss goals, so DVDs, fitness programs, books and other tools may be in order. Whatever you decide, take this time to reward yourself with a gift that will be beneficial for the rest of the year.

Birthday

Do you buy yourself anything more than a cupcake for your birthday? If not, you should probably start thinking about trading up. Thankfully, a lot more women are getting gifts for themselves for their birthdays. From jewelry to expensive vacations, your birthday provides a splendid excuse to treat yourself. If you’ve been eying that purse or expensive perfume at the department store, your birthday is a terrific way to justify the overspending if it means you’ll finally cave in and purchase something you truly want.

Christmas

Tradition dictates that Christmas is the season of giving. While you’re busy writing up your list for everyone else, you need to remember to purchase the most important gift: a gift for yourself. Sure it goes against popular thinking. Other people are supposed to buy gifts for you. But you must take care of number one first. Like most women, you’re probably generous with your time, money, and friendship to the detriment of your own health and happiness.  That’s never a good idea. No one can take care of you the way you can. So, give yourself the gift of relaxation at a spa or even at home. As you shop the crowded malls, keep your eyes open to something you really want for yourself and don’t be afraid to get it.

Giving yourself a gift is not selfish. It means taking care of Number One. And when you take care of yourself, you’ll realize that you’re in a much better frame of mind to take care of everyone else.

Katrina Denning is a practicing psychologist. She enjoys sharing her ideas and insights online. If you need presents to arrive tomorrow, visit the link and learn more.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANGEROUS LEE!!!

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5 Things To Do When You’re Bored At Home

5 Things To Do When You’re Bored At Home

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Sick of spending yet another afternoon doing the same ol’ same ol’?  Give yourself a change of pace with these 5 activities:

1.  Have a movie marathon

Come up with a great theme — like best action movies, biggest tearjerkers, or laugh-out-loud comedies.  You’ll be busy for hours laughing, crying, and looking for villains.  Just don’t forget the popcorn and the other assorted snacks!

2.  Set up a lemonade stand

Think this is something that only kids can do?  Think again!  Sitting outside selling lemonade to your neighbors and other passers-by is a great way to meet new people and enjoy a bright sunny day all at the same time.  In order to get the most out of it, take all of the profits and donate them to your favorite charity.

3.  Write a letter to yourself

Flash forward to your wedding, your 50th birthday, or even to your 100th birthday.  What would you say to yourself?  What kind of advice would you have for yourself?  What would you want yourself to remember all those years from now?

Or, flip it around and write a letter to your younger self — like when you were 13 or 25.  What kind of advice would you give yourself now that you’re older and wiser?  Would you tell yourself not to make such a big deal out of the middle school crush?  Would you give yourself a pat on the back for getting that Master’s Degree?

No matter what you write, it can be an interesting way to spend the afternoon!

4.  Go camping

You don’t need to head to the woods; your own backyard will do.  Pitch a tent, grab a few folding chairs, and head outside.  You can curl up with your favorite book, a couple of mindless magazines, or simply sit and enjoy the peace and quiet around you.

Even if you don’t spend the whole night out there, by getting away from the TV, your mobile phone, and your responsibilities, you can get some much-needed rest and relaxation!

5.  Tour the world through food

Do a little bit of research, and see what menu items are “off the beaten path”.  For example, you can get an exotic Thai dish, something you’ve never ordered from your local Chinese restaurant, or even a traditional Italian dish that ISN’T pizza.  Or, get some friends to come over, order all three, and you’ll get to “travel” without needing a passport!  Order food online, and see what options you have – these days there are lots of interesting (and delicious) choices!  If you really want to get festive, head online and look for some cool music that comes from countries you’re feasting from!

Nicole Beckett is a former journalist and anchor person who is passionate about lifestyle, parenting, home economics, travel, and urban life – Nicole achieves getting the positive out of situations, and believes in utilizing the internet to make life simpler. She has written several articles about food and lifestyle choices and how you can order food online to make life stress free and cheap!

365 Days of Dangermas: Day 36

365 Days of Dangermas: Day 36

DANGERMASLOGODay 36 – February 5, 2013:

I am late as hell with Dangermas today, but it was Senia’s birthday and I had homework to finish. My daughter turned 11 today! The years fly by. I still can’t believe I am someone’s mom! My mom made her famous Snicker Cake and only the three of us had some…so far! The candles, not the cake are in the Dangermas tree :)

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