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30th November 2019

Saving money on pretty things: How to find good photo books deals

book in front of a field of flowers

Photos are a very important part of our daily lives. With all the new technology and ever-improving smartphone cameras, every one of us can quickly become a great photographer. The real shame is that many photos end up lost in the data dumpster that is our smartphone gallery, our computer, or cloud storage space. Really, we’re taking the photos to enjoy them and remember special and beautiful memories. That’s why every now and then the time comes around to put all those wonderful photos together in a pretty photo book.

We may shy away from starting or completing our photo book projects because of the time involved in getting them done, but what we need to remember is the added value we get from them. For instance: A baby photo book is not only a beautiful thing to have and marvel at in the here and now. In a few years, the baby is grown but the photo book will be a way to remember every little detail of their first days, months, and years in excellent quality.

Now, the options available for photo books seem endless. There are little square ones that are perfect for coffee tables or as gifts, A3-sized landscape or portrait versions for the most precious pictures, and anything you can imagine in between. The choice may not be easy but there surely is something for every purpose.

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Another thing that holds many people back from creating more photo books is the fear of it being too costly. Of course, you can’t put a value on memories, you also don’t want to go and spend too much on pretty but – truth be told – it’s not even that costly anymore. Especially when you think about the options you have to save money without compromising the quality of your photo book. There are quite a few places out there offering deals for pretty much all kinds of photo books from all suppliers. Especially around the holidays – such as Easter and Christmas – more and more deals pop up that take down the price or offer you combination deals like two for one.

An added benefit these deal pages offer is an overview over the various brands and their photo book types. That way, you can have a look at all brands and photo books at the same time and compare the prices and deals quickly and conveniently. That’s much easier than going to each and every website to have a look at the prices and products individually to find the right fit for you. Basically, it’s a one-stop-shop. Of course, if you already know which brand you’d like to work with, you can simply have a look around for deals for that particular brand.

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On some deal websites, you can also see customer reviews to get an honest opinion on the product you’re thinking about choosing. After all, every brand will make their products look like the best of the best, but reviews are a way to find an honest and impartial opinion from other customers.

In most cases, using the deal involves getting an alphanumeric code that you enter at the end of check-out. But the best part comes at the very end when you receive your very own photo book full of lovely memories of you family, friends and fantastic moments. You can enjoy your personal works of art then and there, in a week, and years from now and dive right back into the best memories in perfect quality. And that’s all that counts, isn’t it?

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Vancouver House Cleaning Services With Local Home Cleaners

house cleaning woman with cleaning tools

House cleaning is one of the most important activities in any household. It is a part of keeping the house as functional as possible to make it healthier for living. Hygiene should be a top priority of every household since it is a factor in keeping the family healthy. As long as they are living in a safe clean environment, their development as human beings also improves. Children should be educated from a young age that cleanliness should be a part of their lives as well. This can be good training for them as they grow older. They don’t have to depend on anyone but themselves to improve their own living conditions. Learn more about how you can help your child learn.

On the other hand, only a few people can proudly say that they enjoy tidying their own home. Even though this should be a part of the routine of any family, it doesn’t change the fact that this is hard work. After all the things that you need to do in the office or other workplaces can affect your desire to clean your home. You see that everything seems dirty but you are just too tired to do anything about it. This is the reason why you wait and wait until almost every part of the house is already so filthy. You can’t even clean it by yourself anymore.

Of course, you can always ask your family to help you with the cleaning. It doesn’t just lessen the workload, but it can be a great bonding time for your family. You can schedule a general cleaning every other week or so. That way, you don’t have to do anything alone. You can divide the tasks amongst each other to make everything faster. The smaller children can handle simpler tasks like delivering non-lethal tools or they can play if they can’t help. The older ones can do the harder work while the parents on the more complicated stuff. You can create your own system with whatever works for your family.

On the other hand, you might have trouble coordinating time with your family members. Modern families have different needs compared to families’ generations ago. Working hours for many industries these days can be flexible, meaning there are family members who don’t even meet each other even though they live in the same house. They don’t also enjoy the notion that they would spend one of their rest days just to tire themselves. Most of us just want to relax, and cleaning is not one of those relaxing activities. It is quite therapeutic though, according to some researchers.

If you have the extra cash, it might be a good idea to hire someone else to do the job for you. There are a lot of services that are available across Vancouver. They range from those industrial cleaning ones for offices and buildings to the more localized and home-based ones. There are even some companies which have their own websites for easy access to their services like this one here: gocleaninggenie.com. It can be a good way for you to know which service you should hire for your home.

Advantages Of Hiring Someone Else To Do The Chores For You:

1 – Less Physical and Mental Stress

One of the more obvious advantages of hiring cleaning services is you don’t have to much at all while they are cleaning. All you need to do is get out of their way and observe how they clean your house. You can also tell them which parts of the house need to be attended to first. If there are any portions of the house that needs repairs, they can do that as well depending on their services. It might mean an extra fee, but at least the repairs are made and you don’t have to think about them anymore. Chores can also be quite stressful since you have to think about the time that you need to spend just for cleaning. With this service, you don’t have to worry about it as they can get the job done.

2 – More Time for the Family

Another important advantage of hiring them is you can actually spend the time with your family. Cleaning your entire house is one of the most time-consuming things you can do. You can always just do it every other week or even every week to lessen the time needed to clean all of it. If you are hiring someone though, you don’t even need to think about all of this. If you don’t really have that much cash to indulge a biweekly service, you can always just hire them for one time only. Then, you can establish a routine so that your home responsibilities will not be as heavy. You can also just hire them every month to maximize the expenses. At least, you can now enjoy your rest days with your family without all the cleaning stress in your head.

3 – Keep Yourself Safe from Riskier Cleaning Activities

We all know that cleaning is really not that big of a deal to tackle, it’s just that there are so many things to do. Everything just piles up and you don’t know where to start anymore. However, there are certain tasks that can be quite dangerous for those who don’t know what they are doing. Fixing electric wires, tidying up the roof and using sharp objects are just some of the activities that can cause harm to a person. With cleaning services, they have safety gear that can protect them from the dangers in the house. They can do all the cleaning without potential injuries.

4 – Better and More Thorough Cleaning

Let’s face it; we can’t really do a better job compared to those who do it for a living. Aside from all the tools, most of them are also trained to do the cleaning efficiently. Most of the time, they can do your house within half the time compared to you and your family. Sure, you can save money by doing it all yourself. However, why don’t you relax for a while and let them do the work for you? It can be a great time for you to recuperate and do the cleaning next time.

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Countdown To Christmas Sweet Treats Recipes

Doing a countdown to Christmas on the blog has become a tradition we, as a family look forward to.
Our first countdown was in 2016 and we did 24 Christmas crafts.
In 2017 we did 24 Slimming World Buffet recipes and last year we did 24 Christmas Cookie recipes. This year we’ve decided to do a mixture of fudge and Christmas bark recipes – delicious sweet treats for the most wonderful time of the year 🙂

Christmas sweet treats

Here are the sweet treats recipes we’re going to be sharing over the next 24 days:

  1. Salted Caramel Bark
  2. Nutella Fudge
  3. Peanut Butter Bark
  4. Mars Bar Fudge
  5. White Chocolate Christmas Tree Bark
  6. Terry’s Chocolate Orange bark
  7. Snowman Bark
  8. Christmas Fudge
  9. Fry’s Peppermint Cream Mint Swirl Bark
  10. Maltesers Fudge
  11. Oreo Bark
  12. Reese’s Fudge
  13. White Chocolate and Daim Bark
  14. White Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
  15. Almond & Cranberry Bark
  16. M&M Fudge
  17. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
  18. White Chocolate Fudge
  19. Shortbread Teddies Bark
  20. Bailey’s Fudge
  21. Toffee Popcorn & Marshmallow Bark
  22. Oreo Fudge
  23. The Grinch Bark
  24. Gingerbread Fudge

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