Thursday, April 25, 2019

Blissful Brides - 5 Sure-Fire Gift Ideas for Newlyweds

Photo by Benjaminrobyn Jespersen on Unsplash

Photo by Benjaminrobyn Jespersen on Unsplash

So your friends are getting married. The venue’s booked, menu's set and all the invitations have been sent. Yours arrived a week or so ago and you happily RSVPed that, yes, you'd like to be a part of their special day. There's just one problem: now you have to find the perfect present. No one wants to be the guest who gets the newlyweds a dud gift, so it's been playing on your mind ever since you sent your response. Luckily, there are some safe bets that any couple will appreciate.  

Cooking Up A Storm.
The kitchen gets a bit of a workout, but for many, it's the last place they want to be. Give your friends something to look forward to when it's time to cook dinner by gifting them elegant cookware sets. We can't promise it'll make them love cooking but it'll definitely make them hate it a lot less.

Good Morning Sunshine.
The morning hustle isn't something anyone really looks forward to but if you buy the newlyweds some small kitchen appliances, you'll always put a smile on their face. Our top recommendations are a coffee maker for the caffeine addict and a blender for the one who always starts their day with a smoothie.

Slip into something a little more comfortable.
Everyone likes the feeling of high-quality bed linen. If they say they don't, they're lying. But many of us can't justify buying those expensive 1000tc Egyptian cotton sheets, and that's what makes them such a great wedding gift. The newlyweds have upgraded their relationship and helping them level up their bedding will be greatly appreciated.

If you're looking to go a little more low-key, consider getting the happy couple a nice set of bookends. They're the kind of thing you don't really think of until you need them but they'll be quite thankful not to have to hunt an alternative when the time comes to set up their shared home. It doesn't even matter if they aren’t really the type to curl up and read together because every house has at least a few books and if you choose the design wisely, they'll also make great decorations.

When all else fails.
If you're still completely stuck and just can't think of anything to save your life, consider getting a subscription service for them. Plenty of companies offer couples boxes and you can either select special treats specific to your friends or let everyone be surprised and delighted when the monthly delivery arrives. Be careful with this option, while a subscription box is definitely a wonderful gift idea, you might run into some issues if the newlyweds plan on moving house any time soon.

Gift giving is always stressful, no matter how well you know someone, you're always going to be wondering whether your choice is the perfect one right up until they open it. Wedding presents are even harder since you may not know both parties especially well. Stick to safe options like the ones outlined above if you're uncertain but don't be afraid to personalize them in a way that makes them special to your relationship with whichever party you know better (or both if you know them well).

Remember that what's most important to the couple is the fact that you're there to celebrate their special day with them, everything else is just the icing on the cake. Happy gift giving!

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Keys To Moving In Together 100%

Moving in together is a rite of passage in many relationships, and it can happen at just about any time. Only you can know when it is the right time, and it might be early on or much later. Buyt whether you move in together straight away, or you wait until the day after your wedding day, you can be sure that it helps to have a strong understanding of what you should actually be doing in order to make it work out well. As it happens, there are a number of essential things which you should consider if you want to make sure that moving in together is going to go as well as possible. In this article, we are going to look at just a few of these, to ensure that you have them strongly in mind when the time does finally come.


Moving in together is always going to be something of a test, and in a sense what you are testing is the actual strength of the relationship. For this reason, you should expect it to be a stressful time in some ways, even if it is also incredibly happy as well. You are going to run into problems and find that there are things that you were not aware of about your partner, and that you both have slightly different ideas about the home too. This happens no matter how close the two of you might feel, so it’s something to think about. The important thing here is that you are actively and openly communicating at all times. The stronger your communication, the more likely it is that you will be able to get through whatever it is that you are going through in those early days, so be sure to communicate well.

The Home Itself

If you are to be happy together, you need to make sure that you can actually find the best home for the two of you, and that is one of the harder elements of all. Because you probably have different ideas, it might well be that you need to both compromise a little and meet in the middle. As long as you can do that, you should find that you are able to find somewhere that is going to suit you both pretty well. You should bear in mind too that having the help of a trusted realtor like William Pitt can really help you to find the best place, so make sure that you are prepared to go and seek such a team. It will make all the difference.


Finally, be sure to try and be as patient with each other as you can be. Although it can be hard, the truth is that patience is one of the most important things of all when you move in together. As long as you provide each other with that, you will be able to get through any of the early hurdles which can be thrown up after moving in together.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Figurative Language and Metaphors

Figurative language appears in the most famous literary works. Using language in this manner allows the reader or recipient to paint an extraordinary picture. Religious texts may be some of the first examples of this type of style. They take concepts observed by the human eye and magnify them in a mystical and enlightening way. Figurative language often presents itself in the form of a metaphor. Hip-Hop is a genre of music with an endless amount of metaphor examples. Certain masters of ceremony or MCs have fans that anticipate an onslaught of metaphors and other forms of figurative language.

Listening for Metaphors

Metaphors are a form of figurative language that sounds outlandish when taken at face value. Artists such as, Big Boi have metaphors which are both comical and chilling. For example, “I’m cooler than a polar bear’s toenails.” The previous example is a relatively simple metaphor but loses meaning on the untrained ear. Polar bears live in cold environments, but some may wonder why Big Boi is comparing himself to this animal — in Hip-Hop, referring to oneself as cold means they possess an impeccable ability with words. So, comparing himself to the toenails of a polar bear speaks highly of his capabilities as a rapper.

Extending Metaphors

Certain Hip-Hop artists have taken metaphor to new heights. Lupe Fiasco is a prime example of an individual who can compare two things for an extended period without creating a simile. For example, “So when some shined through a hole that he had drove, it reflected off the gold and almost made son blind.” Outside the context of this song, this line probably makes absolutely no sense. In this song, an individual named Michael receives the blessing of resurrection and a second chance at life. However, as Michael becomes aware of the positive aspects of life, he returns to his present state of greed and conspicuous consumption. Extending metaphors is a form of advanced figurative language and can be amazing when pulled off correctly.

Saying Simpler Metaphors

Imagine you have recently watched your favorite X-Men movie and step on your child’s lego they forgot to put away. Instead of screaming out in agony, you digest this pain and say “I am Adamantium.” For someone that is not familiar with the X-Men, they would most likely think you were crazy for uttering this phrase. However, fans of Wolverine will most likely commend you for your self-control and resilience to stepping on something that hurts so much. Adamantium is the most reliable form of metal in this series and to compare oneself to Wolverine’s skeleton means you feel unbreakable.

Metaphors can be a writer or speakers best friend. After a particular time in one’s life, it is easy to say that you have seen or heard pretty much everything under the sun. However, an intriguing metaphor can shift your consciousness and prompt you to think of something differently. Figurative language has changed the world in various ways, and there will undoubtedly be individuals who take these devices to new heights.