8 Tips on How to Get the Perfect Picture of Your Kids!

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching. You know what that means?! Family, friends, foods, gifts, and Holiday cards! Each year it is a painstaking task to get the perfect picture of my girls for our Christmas card. When we had 1 child, it wasn’t that difficult to get a good picture for the Christmas card.

Canvas Factory

Canvas Factory provides high quality canvas prints at an affordable price. We believe in providing the best canvas printing services to ensure that your photos are preserved on canvas exactly as you want them, easily and conveniently.


As one of the online pioneers of canvas photo printing, we have a strong track record of producing, manufacturing and delivering high quality products.

Their professional customer service team handles each individual order with care and, should your photo be too low in quality or if something just doesn’t seem quite right, They’ll be in touch to discuss a solution.

Best Memory Foam Mattress


Home owners search far and wide in order to find the best memory foam mattress. That does not come a surprise since having the perfect mattress is our key to a peaceful and relaxing sleep. It is only through a great mattress that you can achieve a good night’s sleep that will make you feel recharged and rejuvenated the next day.

The Search For The Best Memory Foam Mattress

Many of you think that it is quite easy to find the best memory foam mattress but those who have tried doing it will certainly tell you that the process will not be a smooth sailing ride. Why is this so? Well, this is because the mattress industry is already filled with different types of mattress from different manufacturers who claim that their mattresses are the best in the market. So, what do you need to do to know what is best memory foam mattress for your needs?

Keep in mind that each memory foam mattress brand available today come with its advantages and disadvantages. That is why it is recommended that you do some research to know what kinds of benefits each mattress has. Lucky for you, there are many websites which features the different client’s feedbacks as well as the comments of people who have previously used the mattress.

In addition to doing your research about user feedback, it is also recommended that you take into consideration your budget—how much you are willing to spend on your mattress. Keep in mind that a great mattress is usually expensive. Lucky for you, there are many websites which offer high quality mattresses at a discounted price. If you want to buy one at an affordable rate, it is best that you regularly browse sites, like Amazon, to get the chance to buy the mattress at least at 30% off.

Best Memory Foam Mattress



I believe that having the best memory foam mattress is the key to a happy life. We spend about one third of our lives sleeping in order to charge our batteries. If we don’t manage to enjoy high quality sleep, we wake up cranky, possibly with a sore back and health disorders are prone to appear.

The secret to a happy life

Actually we all look for it, but in matter of sleeping the secret to a happy, healthy life is a fantastic mattress. Simple enough, right? Well, you shouldn’t hurry in drawing a conclusion just yet. The market is flooded with different types of mattresses and producers seem set to increase the confusion with emphatic names.

After you put yourself together from the shock created by the multitude of choices, you have to go through another one: the budget! Usually, a great mattress is pretty expensive and can break the bank if you’re not prepared with a consistent budget. Still, there’s still hope for anyone looking to achieve lifetime happiness: sales. Sites like Amazon offer amazing sales and, if you keep a keen eye on the wanted product, you will definitely have the chance to get it at least 30% off.

Ten Eclectic Kitchen Ideas That Are Out of This World

When you hear the term, eclectic, the first thing that would come to mind will be weird shapes, irregular designs and the likes. When this term is used in the design industry, it is used to refer to the type of design wherein there is a spectrum of mismatched textures, designs, patterns and materials. In short, eclectic style is all about taking each and everything from the different décor styles and incorporating it in one kitchen.


Do you wish to incorporate an eclectic kitchen design? Here are some ideas that you may want to consider:


  • Unique Lighting


We all know that the look of the kitchens is all about proper lighting. Well, you can make your kitchen look more interesting using light in more ways than one. We recommend that you opt for colorful and unique light fixtures like the ones that you can see from the picture above.

  • Rustic + Retro


As we have mentioned above, eclectic design is all about mixing interior styles. The kitchen featured above shows a rustic charm with its wooden ceiling, rustic fireplace and wood stools. Additionally, it also features a touch of retro style with its black and white tile flooring.

  • Hanging Lights


This kitchen features another way on how you can incorporate eclectic design using lighting in your kitchen. Today, string of lights can be seen in various events and parties so there is no reason for you not to use this as a touch of style in your kitchen.

  • Wood and Metal


This kitchen is a wonderful example on how you can mix two different materials together. Interior designers are loving the sleek look of the metal and glass china, pots and pans display. It is then well blended with the homey appeal of the black wooden table and chairs.

  • Vintage, Modern and Cottage


Once again, here is one good example on how you can blend different materials from different interior design styles into one good looking kitchen. The fur on the chair speaks elegance while the silver lights and oven looks modern and the wooden kitchen countertop, table and exposed brick walls look amazingly cottage.

  • Artist and Nature Lover


Artistic designs and natural items are two things that will never seem to go well with one another. However, this kitchen design definitely took us all surprised on how natural and artistic everything looks. The live plants and artistic paintings are an unexpectedly perfect match.

  • Dramatic Approach


To make eclectic design more dramatic, we recommend that you use bright colors like the combination of bright green and violet colors featured above. The metallic stools make the look more industrial and chic at the same time.

  • Vintage Mediterranean


The vintage looking backsplash has truly added more character and style to this Mediterranean looking kitchen. Oh, let us also not forget about the contrasting effect that the black and white geometric floor has created.

  • Charming design


The pastel green walls paired with the funky decorative palette is already heavenly. Add in the hanging rack over the kitchen island and it can be one of the best eclectic kitchen designs that we can see.

  • Travel and Cottage


The look of this kitchen will make you want to travel! At the same time, the cottage feel of this kitchen will certainly make you want to just simply rest and chill in your home.


So, which of these eclectic design ideas did you like?

Hippie Design Ideas for Small Spaces

Not because your space is too small, it already means that you need to ditch your good old hippie dreams. In fact, with the right inspiration fused with your personal touch, you can always build a hippie empire out of your limited space. How? These amazing hippie home décor designs will guide you through your journey towards creating your own hippie mansion.

Hippie All the Way

Small space? No problem! With this very chic and hippie design, you can bid adieu to your good old coffee table and say ‘hello’ to a whole new hippie madness. Perfect for either big or small spaces, this rare item is definitely a must buy for every hippie out there.

Bedroom for the Hippie Goddess

Living in a very small apartment or flat does not mean that you have to sacrifice the hippie chic in you. In fact, there are so many things you can do to maximize your small space. With the help of proper planning and the right items to match your hippie ideas, there is ultimately no stopping your hippie madness. For instance, this area can function as both your bedroom and your receiving area. With the right number of pillows and wall embellishments, you are on your way to creating something extraordinary from your very small space. And don’t forget that having wall designs are space savers since you just need to hand them on the wall. Some options to select from are cow skulls and dream catcher.

The Bed of Hippies

Boho and chic, this room is a reminder to all hippies out there that you do not need to put all the embellishments on earth to make your room look hippie. If you would notice, this room has very minimal home décor, but it definitely looks like the bed of a full-pledged hippie. What I love the most about it is the wall decoration that perfectly matches with the cute little pillows. And yes, let’s not forget the lightings. With this design inspiration, you can definitely bring out the best in your little space.

Maximize thy Space

Since we are working with a very limited space, our main goal is to maximize the area and make sure that every element that could complete a home is still present. For people out there who are tired of waking up to a crowded room, this is the perfect home décor idea for you. With the living room area and the bedroom area designed to work harmoniously together without sacrificing the little space you have, you are guaranteed a home sweet home.

Hang Happiness on thy Wall

Being hippie is all about being comfortable with who you are and where you are. It doesn’t matter how large or small your room is as long as you are able to suffice your need to create a space that can reflect your persona. This hippie-inspired window is definitely proof of that. With just the right items hanging on your windows, ceilings and walls, you are going to ace creating that hippie space.
No matter how beautiful an idea is, always remember that being hippie is not about replicating the old, but creating a better version of yourself and letting your persona shine through your marvelous work.

Flash Fiction Competition – Join now! :)

Prizes: 1st £50, 2nd £25, 3rd £10

Entry fee: £2 per story

Word Limit: Stories of up to 250 words are invited on any theme.

Payment can be made by credit card or Paypal, via the website. Cheques should be made payable to Esther Newton.

Entries should be submitted as e-mail attachments in Word or PDF format. In the body of the e-mail, please detail the following: your name, postal address, e-mail address, story title and word count.

For postal entries, please include a cover sheet with the following information: your name, contact details, story title and word count. If you want your story back, please enclose an S.A.E.

The title does not form part of the word count.

Your name should not appear anywhere on the story.

E-mail entries to: esthernewton@virginmedia.com

Postal entries to:Flash Fiction Competition, 21 Fuller Close

Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 4GS, England

Website: https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com/flash-fiction-competition/
Closing date: 30th June 2015
All winning entries will be published and showcased on the website.

How To Prepare For A Genuine Thai Massage Session

Thai massage is one of the most popular types of massages that is preferred by a lot of people. According to many, this massage is influenced by Buddhist’s monk. However, the major influencer of this massage originated from the Thailand area. If you have not yet experienced the relaxation that one can get from Thai massage, there are some things that you should know.

Understanding Thai Massage

Thai massage focuses on the meridian points, resembling acupuncture as well as the shiatsu massage therapy. According to experts, these meridian points are important in order to maintain a good body condition. These key points are where the experts place pressure during the Thai massage. This works the same way with acupuncture which is a very popular method of relaxation. In addition to that, this will help get rid of stress and toxins in your body.

The Pre-Thai Massage Must Do’s
If you want to experience the authentic Thai massage, then you must keep in mind that there are various things that you should do in order to prepare for it. Here are some of the must-do’s prior to having your very own Thai massage spa:

By knowing more things about this type of massage, you will be able to prepare better for it. As a result, you will have a much more fun hassle-free and relaxing experience. If you wish to know more details about this massage, one place that you should look for is the Internet. In there, you can have access to a wide array of information that will be very beneficial for you. One good idea is to check out a website of a Thai massage spa. Oftentimes, these sites will tell you about the various things you may like to know about Thai massage such as side effects, precautions, benefits and a whole lot more.

Eat light meals only.
A few hours prior to your massage appointment, it would be wiser if you eat only light meals. By doing so you will be comfortable during the entire massage session. Eating light meal will keep you full during the process. When you eat a heavy meal, you will experience some discomforts along the way. In addition to this, it would be wise if you drink lots of water after the massage. This will help in flushing out toxins and harmful substances from your body.
Book ahead of time.
Today, almost all people from all over the world wish to experience health and beauty in Thailand. Because of this, it is highly recommended that you make an appointment prior to going to the salon in order to avoid any hassles. In order to help out tourists and travelers from different parts of the world, online services in Thailand are made available. A few days prior to your trip, you can already have clinic bookings in Thailand via the Internet. All you need is to look for any booking sites online and you are good to go!

The Thai Massage Spa Experience
Now that you are all set, then there is nothing that can stop you from having a fun Thai massage experience. When you go inside the room, make yourself comfortable. In addition to that, you  need to establish a good rapport with your therapist. Never ever fight off the pressure applied on your body as this can be destructive to you. If you truly wish to have a satisfying and successful Thai massage session, then the interaction between the therapist and the patient must be good.