Thursday, December 17, 2015

Add a Little Winter Spice to Your Kitchen this New Year!

Kitchens North Wales
As the festive day approaches and the New Year isn’t too far behind, now is the time to start planning some home projects to begin once 2016 finally arrives. Many of us set ourselves goals or ‘resolutions’ if you wish, for the New Year to try and accomplish before the year is up. However, instead of setting yourself typical goals that many of us go for, why not focus on your home?

Add a little spice to your kitchen with our array of tips on how to spruce up the space you already have. Once the New Year arrives our bank accounts are feeling defeated, therefore a complete renovation is the last thing we want; it’s costly, time consuming, but also unnecessary the majority of the time.

If you’re fortunate to have a kitchen big enough to hold an island, here are a few tips to give it a little tender loving care: Add a splash of colour to bring it to life. You can even add accents of colour by purchasing brightly coloured bar stools or fruit bowls to place with the island.

Going along the lines of adding accents of colour or patterns to help spruce up your space, another idea we can provide is to add a feature wall. This can be done in tiles, wood panelling, wallpaper or anything else you can think of. The idea behind a feature wall is for it to stand out and bring a bit of character to the room. You can have a photographic backsplash area that has an easy to clean finish, or you could add a striking marble effect to your kitchen too.

It is also good to mix things up in the kitchen. Not everything has to match; colour, materials and even chairs. Everything can seem a little pristine when it is all one colour, equally laid out and matching, which can often make it not feel like a home to some. Mix it up by having marble worktops or accessories, but wooden flooring or panelling elsewhere. The contrast works beautifully together, but adds personality too.

Get rid of clutter. No one likes a messy house, especially when you have guests coming round. Although a bit of clutter is standard and expected, do not overcrowd worktops or tables. These are your most functional areas in a kitchen that are also exposed at all times. Stick to the essential appliances and small decorative objects and leave the rest for elsewhere.


If you’re looking for inspiration for your New Year project, why not visit your local showroom featuring beautiful and stunning kitchens inNorth Wales, and also throughout the UK. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Pampered Pooches - The Benefits of Dog Grooming

Regular dog grooming is an important part of a happy and healthy dog's routine, it works to serve a number of benefits, including keeping the dog’s coat clean and manageable, enables you to do a quick health check, ensuring your furry friend stays in the very best of condition.

So, without further adieu, here’s an introduction to dog grooming, with some professional input. This will keep your dog looking crufts-quality!

There are so many benefits to grooming your dog, as well as aerating the coat, ensuring healthy growth, brushing works to promote a good blood circulation. Grooming also helps keep grease levels down, a build up of grease can block pores and cause sebaceous cysts.

Most domestic dogs live inside, so they moult a lot and for a lot of the time moult a lot quicker, so they have more hair than their wild counterparts, causing any loose hairs to get matted. If the fur is not brushed out regularly it forms into heavy wads which can drag the skin down and cause soreness and skin complaints.

Dog grooming also enables you to give your dog a check over and see if he’s healthy. Giving him a once over, makes sure that there aren’t any balls of matted fur between paw pads. If these get hard with grease and dirt then it can cause discomfort.

You also have the chance to bond with your dog, it helps both dog and owner to relax and to build up a close bond, if you start when your dog is still a puppy then it will be easier for the hound to get used to the idea. You’ll just get to know your dog better, both physically and mentally.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a doggie brush -appropriate for the dog’s coat of course - and get grooming!

Image Credit: “Dog Groom UK” by Mark is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Free Gift with Christmas Kits at Be My Bear

Be My Bear Christmas
This Christmas make a friend for life with our award winning kits, enabling you and the children to build a bear they can cherish for a lifetime. Be My Bear’s ‘no-sew no-fuss’ kits make building your own furry friend easy peasy furry squeezy.

This Christmas Be My Bear have a fantastic offer for you all; receive a free Ho Ho Ho T-shirt when you buy either Snowman or Reindeer! Their cuddly Snowman is perfect for the festive season and can be loved all year round, as well as the cute and soft Reindeer.

Both of these kits allow you to build a bear in the same way as all other teddy bear making kits at Be My Bear. Each kit contains the following; skin with one-way zip tie, super soft stuffing, sating make-a-wish charm, birth certificate, luxury gift bag, invitation and instructions.

In addition to the festive teddy bears, you can purchase so much more at Be My Bear! From colourful unicorns and zebras, to monkeys and traditional bears there is a kit to suit every one of all ages – you’re never too old to have your own furry friend!

Please note: In order to receive your purchased goods in time for Christmas, Be My Bear’s last ordering time is midday on 18th December 2015 – put it in your calendar!

Be My Bear specialise in a unique form of children’s gifts and party entertainment where every child makes a teddy bear or pet animal to take home with them. In addition to their eclectic range of teddy bear making kits available, they offer fundraising opportunities to schools, charities and clubs. This addition to their company is becoming an increasingly popular way of raising funds, and Be My Bear will either offer a donation per bear sold or supply wholesale to these groups.


Do not forget their special offer! Buy either the Snowman or Reindeer and receive a free Ho Ho Ho T-shirt whilst stocks last!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Choose Outdoor Fashion For The Perfect Christmas Gift

Weird Fish Clothing
As December and winter are here everyone’s minds have now switched to Christmas mode.


You will by now have your advent calendars and be excited for opening the first door today but you will probably also be panicking to get all the ideal Christmas gifts bought or ordered for friends and family and hoping they will be delivered in time.

If you know someone who loves the great outdoors and enjoys nothing better than getting out and about in the countryside or out on the water, then why not get them a gift they will really love with the Coast Meets Country outdoor fashion range.


Whether they love sailing, yachting, kayaking, canoeing, horse riding, rock climbing, walking, mountain biking, quad biking or anything else, their coastal fashion and countrywear offer the perfect way to stay warm whatever the weather and the seasons bring while you enjoy your favourite outdoor hobbies.

They only supply the very best brands including gorgeous fashion such as Weird Fish Clothing and Musto clothes. Weird Fish is their most popular countrywear brand and Musto is their most popular coastal fashion brand. That is because these two companies understand how to design the best outdoor clothing that does its job and still has you looking your best. Gone are the days when outdoor fashion meant decidedly frumpy because now you can look striking and chic whilst out and about with Coast Meets Country's fashion ranges for both men and women.


In a wide range of styles and colours you are sure to find something to suit you. They have warm jumpers, waterproof jackets, trousers, and tee shirts so summer or winter, rain or shine you will be well equipped.


Browse Coast Meets Country's range of Weird Fish and Musto clothes now.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Low Cost Kitchen Improvements

Nova Lima Kitchen North Wales
Autumn is the time of year where you would expect people to stop doing D.I.Y projects and turn to cosy nights in, the heating on full blast and watching their favourite soaps. However as the festive season draws closer we all like to get our homes into tip top shape, ready for when family and friends come to visit.

Below we have listed some tips on how to improve your kitchen space without it taking up all your free time and without the unwanted invoice. All these home improvement tips are ideal for even those with little to none experience in any form of D.I.Y. You can visit a number of showrooms featuring kitchens in North Wales and across the UK that will help to inspire you with your changes, but we also provide many helpful tips too!

Switch-up your lighting. If your lighting is dull, a simple fix would be to get a new and brighter lightbulb. This costs next to nothing and will help to brighten up your space in an instance. In addition, change you light-shade. If you have simple spotlights it might be nice to opt for some overhead fixtures to add a modern touch. Alternatively, you can always go for sparkle with a small chandelier-style fixture with lots glass beads that will really catch the light beautifully.

Add drawer or shelf liners. It’s easy for the bottom of drawers and shelves to get a few marks on them from where items have been stored, so one way you can avoid this is to add liners. Look for coloured or patterned sheets of liner that match your current colour scheme, to fit nicely in the required space.

Get a rug. Kitchens generally have laminate, wooden, tiled or lino flooring in their kitchen as it is easy to clean and looks tidy. Adding a rug however just adds a bit of colour, warmth and comfort and is nice to have a spot to stand on during the winter nights where your feet won’t get cold.

Upgrade your hardware. Simple ways to upgrade the appearance of your kitchen is by changing elements such as doorknobs and draw handles.


All these suggestions for sprucing up your kitchen will make a real difference to your space, but will take no time at all and won’t require paying a large sum. This is ideal for the festive season, as this is one of the most expensive times of the year for many. 

Brand New Gifts & Free Delivery for Christmas

Reindeer Christmas Teddy Bear Kit
Halloween and Bonfire Night will both be over within the next week, which means the festive season will be at the forefront of everyone’s minds very soon. Although we still have eight weeks left until Christmas Day, it helps to keep organised and start planning your Christmas gifts early.

We all get a little rush from those last-minute shopping trips on Christmas Eve, which almost start to feel like a tradition, but what happens if we spot that perfect gift opportunity online? To avoid disappointment and missing out on some fantastic deals, start the online shopping today.

Be My Bear have a brilliant range of gifts available to buy from their online store including teddy bear clothing, build a bear kits and a whole selection of accessories. The online range creates ideal gifts for not only children, but for adults too.

You can choose from a selection of recordable sound boxes and pre-recorded sound modules to place within the teddy bear, before dressing it in your chosen teddy bear clothing. Pre-recorded modules include Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer and the classic Jingle Bells song tune. These modules are a small but fun addition to the gift, but if you are looking for a gift on a personal level, you can opt for a special recordable sound box.

Simple choose from the standard box which allows you to record a message of your choice for up to ten seconds. If you have a few more words you would like to say, the new heart-shaped sound module will allow you to record up to twenty seconds instead.

However, a sound module for you gift is pointless without a fantastic teddy bear to go with it. Be My Bear have just launched two brand new Christmas-themed bears including a 15” Reindeer and 15” Snowman kit.

If you prefer to stick with the traditional bear, you can opt for a Christmas outfit instead. Be My Bear have various Christmas outfits available including Santa & Mrs Claus, a purple snowflake dress with lots of glistening sequins, plus a luxurious emerald green, fur trimmed dress and cape.


You could have so much fun simply shopping online for your gifts this year with Be My Bear, but the recipient of the gift will also be full of joy too. That’s not all, as Be My Bear currently have a fantastic offer on until 1st November 2015. If you spend over £100, you will get FREE delivery! This applies to UK mainland only, but this is the perfect opportunity to order all your gifts ready for the festive season. 

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Luxury Penthouse Open Day In Deganwy

Waters Edge Penthouse
Here at Luxury Lifestyle we love reporting on all things stunning and glamorous, that includes the very best in luxury property.

Deganwy is well known as one of the most prestigious locations in North Wales. It is one of the most highly sought places to live on the scenic North Wales coast and it is home to some outstanding high end properties.

On Saturday 10th October 2015 there is a fantastic open day event taking place for the new luxury property development in Deganwy, Waters Edge.

Waters Edge Kitchen Although there are many superb properties in the area Waters Edge stands out against other luxury property as something extra special.

Waters Edge is a high end, 3 bedroom luxury penthouse situated right on Deganwy’s famous coastline. It offers unrivalled sea views, an impressive 2130 square feet of living space, underfloor heating throughout, contemporary, designer interiors, garage, a chic luxury kitchen to die for and a large glass fronted balcony for taking in those breath-taking views.

The property is also west facing meaning the owner will benefit from some of the most spectacular sunset views Wales has to offer. Waters Edge Penthouse apartment is being described as unlike anything we will have seen before. There is nothing that holds a candle to this property in the area and there has already been a great deal of interest.

Waters Edge Views
The property has been eagerly awaited by property seekers in North Wales and beyond and Saturday is the first chance for you to peek behind the scenes at the development’s progress.

A great deal has taken place at the development and everyone is keen to see the stylish new features that have been added.

Waters Edge is set in the heart of Deganwy, which is also home to exquisite restaurants, bars, pristine beaches and a great shopping destination right here in this gorgeous seaside town.

The open day will take place from 10am – 1pm and friendly staff from Coast and Marina Properties, who are very knowledgeable on the luxury development, will be on hand to answer any question you may have. Everyone is welcome, so pop down to Waters Edge, 27 Deganwy Road, Deganwy, LL31 9DL this Saturday, get a glass of Bucks Fizz and discover a property that is taking luxury to a whole new level.

Waters Edge is priced at £725,000. If you would like any more information regarding the open day or the property please contact Coast and Marina Properties on 01492 580500 or email us at sales@coastmarinaproperties.co.uk.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Weird Fish Clothes From Coast Meets Country

Weird Fish Clothes are one
Weird Fish Clothes
of the most popular brands of outdoor clothing and countrywear. Weird Fish was first established in the Cotswolds, an area renowned for its natural beauty and great walking destinations, so the company is very familiar with what makes great walking clothes.

What makes the Weird Fish clothes so popular, is not only the fact that they are warm, comfortable and durable, but that they are stunning, highly fashionable clothes too. The Weird Fish brand is synonymous with colour, style and a youthful casual fashion. Weird Fish clothes and the brand name are instantly recognised and most people are wearing Weird Fish as a fashion preference, not just as clothes for exploring the great outdoors.

Weird Fish is a top manufacturer of outdoor clothes well suited for walking, horse riding, biking and a whole host of outdoors sports and hobbies. They are always researching new fabric technology to bring out the best clothes for staying warm and keeping cool whatever conditions may arise. One of the most popular ranges is the Macaroni: a slow spun, worn in, pre-grooved, cotton slub sweatshirt. This has become a firm favourite among walkers in the Cotswolds and now all over the world.

Weird Fish have also produced a great range of sweatshirts, t shirts, tops, tunics, hoodies, dresses, knitwear, fleeces, skirts, shorts, trousers, jeans, coats, jackets, footwear and accessories. They have clothes ideal for walking and sport or just fashionable casual attire. They have comprehensive ranges for men, women and children and have recently released a fantastic new sporting range, the Lighter Weight Macaroni Active. This range of the popular Macaroni tops are specifically designed for a more active environment and are a lighter weight, more breathable fabric.

You can now find the prestigious brand in the Coast Meets Country online store! Coast Meets Country supply the best outdoor clothing from top fashion manufacturers at highly competitive prices.

Coast Meets Country are delighted to now be stocking a wide range of the highly popular Weird Fish Clothes, including the Macaroni range. Buy Weird Fish Clothes online now from Coast Meets Country to get a great deal and we will ship to you throughout the UK. Coast Meets Country specialise in beautiful countrywear and coastal clothing from only the best manufactures.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Expert Estate Agents in Cheshire

Cheshire Countryside
The county of Cheshire is a highly sought place to live. It is typically seen as an affluent area filled with unspoiled rolling countryside, charming scenic villages and never too far from good schools, the best amenities, leisure and historic, cultural towns and cities.

Cheshire is a hub of great spas, hotels, restaurants and cultural attractions with the vibrant city of Chester only a short drive away with its shopping and nightlife. There are plenty of fantastic properties available throughout Cheshire but it is all about knowing your location and what will suit your taste and lifestyle.

If you are looking to move to Cheshire or within Cheshire there are a lot of locations to choose from with a large selection of rural areas, villages, towns and cities to decide between. Cavendish Residential are expert estate agents in Cheshire. They have a long history of experience with offices throughout Chester, the Wirral and North Wales.

Their headquarters are situated in the city of Chester, easily found on Cuppin Street. They manage a large selection of stunning properties in the Cheshire area and their highly trained, knowledgeable staff are very familiar with all the different locations within the county.

With their in depth local knowledge these renowned estate agents in Cheshire can help you find that dream home, whether you are retiring, a young family, a professional, a student, looking for a larger home, downsizing, looking for more land or whatever your circumstances. The friendly staff at Cavendish estate agents will listen to your needs and work to find a property that is right for you. They don’t waste the buyer’s time by showing unsuitable properties and always strive to deliver properties that are loyal to your desired specifications. Their understanding of the area and local property market means they can help get your property sold quickly as well.

Cavendish utilise the latest technology and marketing techniques so you can trust you are in safe hands.


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Create the Perfect Gift with Be My Bear

Teddy Bear Picnic
Searching for that perfect gift can be difficult at the best of times, but finding a gift that sends a special message at the same time can be even harder. Be My Bear are an award-winning children’s party company who supply a range of teddy bear clothing, make your own bear kits and an eclectic range of accessories, making them the ideal online shopping destination for gifts suitable for all ages.

Whether it is birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, you name it Be My Bear have a fantastic selection of products to choose from to create a great gift for a loved one. They have a brand new range of bears and teddy bear clothing available online, as well as top tips to plan a brilliant children’s party.

Their clothing and accessories range spans from cute pyjamas for boys and girls, to superhero costumes and even a Teddy Bear Passport. You can provide you bear with a whole new wardrobe, with lots of accessories to match with their great selection of products.

To add a special and meaningful touch to your gift, you can now record your very own message to place inside the bear before fastening it up. There are a number of recordable teddy bear voice boxes and sound modules to choose from, some of which are pre-recorded, but you have the option to record your own.

The standard recordable voice box allows you to record a message of up to ten seconds, with the option to record over it until you find it sends the perfect message. Alternatively, if you have a lot to say there is the new Red Heart Sound Recorder that allows you to record up to twenty seconds of sound. There’s a wide variety of options available to choose from.

On 10th July 2015 you can celebrate one of the world’s oldest and favourite toys with Teddy Bear Picnic Day. This is celebrated widely across Europe, the United States, Canada and also Australia!

Simply visit the Be My Bear website to browse the wide selection of products and buy online. You can contact their dedicated team members for more information on products, shipping and planning the perfect party by calling 01492 544666 or email them at: enquiries@bemybear.com


Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The Top 5 Kitchen Designs for 2015

Fitted Kitchens in Llandudno, North Wales
Have you been contemplating revamping your kitchen for a while? If so, 2015 may be the year for you but there are a few factors to consider first. There are a number of fantastic fitted kitchens in Llandudno, North Wales and the rest of the UK which really catch the eye. However, it becomes very difficult to make a definite decision when there is so much choice.

In order to help narrow your choices study your existing space and note how you could improve your kitchens setup, as well as having a vision of what you would like. This could be as simple as a colour scheme, but is still a step forward to getting your new house project moving forward.

Flicking through home magazines to research emerging trends could help you greatly for inspiration. After endless research the whole idea of having a new kitchen can be overwhelming, so here are five kitchens designs which are expected to be big in 2015, to help you make a decision:


  1. Airy & Open Shelving – This style isn’t everybody’s cup of tea as many prefer to have the contents of their kitchen hidden away, but for others it’s a new trend. Open shelving in a kitchen would typically be used for display only; perhaps with a few picture frames and ornaments on display. Now, it’s an emerging trend to have colourful cutlery and casserole dishes displayed, with cook books resting on book stands and much more.
  2. Modern, Yet Traditional – For some it’s either one or the other, not both, but for others the two work well. The traditional aspect of your kitchen can be displayed as an island or in the form of cupboards, whereas the modern factor can be the accessories and lighting. This is a style which could work well only with a good-sized kitchen, therefore consider which styles are best for your delegated room.

  3. Metallics – This isn’t just a fashion statement, but instead a finish for a variety of other items: gadgets, paints and now countertop and door finishes. Silver, chrome and stainless steel are three metallics commonly used in the kitchen, but later on in the year gold, copper and bronze are set to shine.

  4. Textures – A rustic appearance in the kitchen is quite popular, but also elsewhere in properties. Brick walls which show on the inside as well as the exterior are one example of using textures and tactile materials to your advantage. Additionally, wood will continue to be a trend in the future but more so when represented in its natural form, rather than high-gloss and smooth finishes.

  5. Less Is More – Clutter-free kitchen space creates a clean space to enjoy. Integrated appliances are one way to achieve this look, but minimal wall cabinets are another example. The decision to not incorporate wall cabinets into your kitchen creates a space that’s not top-heavy. This also brings us back design number one: Airy & Open Shelving. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

How to Get the Most Out of Your New Kitchen

Kitchen designers North Wales
Kitchen designers in North Wales and throughout the UK are there to offer advice on ways you can get the most out of your kitchen, providing functionality but also an aesthetic appeal for your dream space.

There are a number of design points and elements to consider when remodelling a kitchen, as this is only an opportunity which comes around once a decade or two. Firstly you should begin with redesigning your existing space based on what currently works for you, how you use the space and what you would like to do differently.

Consider aspects such as how many people you’d like to accommodate in the space you have, if your existing room has an island/dining area would this continue to help you multitask? This could be relating to daily tasks such as assisting children with school projects whilst you cook, having additional space to serve food all at once rather than individually placing plates and passing them along. There’s a lot to consider and it’s best to sit down with kitchen designers in your area to discuss all your options.

Counter space is another critical design element as this dictates the activities that will occur here. This can be anything from meal preparation, having more than one or two people using the space at one time, multitasking and an array of other tasks and projects. Additionally, you should also consider the type of counter tops you want. You can purchase stain and scratch resistant surfaces, as well as a variety of finishes to go with the style of your new space.

In addition to counter space, cabinets and other forms of storage should be considered. Depending on the amount of people you are accommodating for, you need to consider how much storage space you need and what this storage will hold: food items, pots & pans, cups, plates and appliances which you wish not to have on show. Your first option for additional storage space within cabinets, without adding more than your need, is to have your cabinets running to the ceiling. Some like to have space above cupboards to store boxes to appliances for example, however if you wish to store them elsewhere and be more practical with your space, then taller cupboards is one way forward.


In order to save counter space, people may store appliances such as toasters in their cupboards once they have finished with them. However, this then takes up valuable cupboard space. One way around this is to consider integrated appliances. This is a fantastic option to save space, but to also have a functional kitchen. It’s best to have appliances you know you will use on a daily or weekly basis in this form, not just for the sake of having a fancy gadget in your kitchen. Although it may feel like a luxury having a built in coffee machine, if you are happy with making instant coffee from your kettle then stick to that. Built-in appliances are also great from a health and safety perspective, especially if you have children in the home. Gadgets are kept out of reach and away from any spillages, which can be a hazard. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

What is Dialectical Behavioural Therapy?

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a special type of cognitive behavioural therapy that was developed to help treat those with borderline personality disorders. It was first introduced by psychologist Marsha M Linehan in the 1980s and is also used to treat other types of health disorders.

This type of treatment is a cognitive-behavioural approach that emphasizes psychosocial aspects of treatment that will help those that are more sensitive to emotional situations in relation to romance, family, friendships and relationships.

Dialectical behaviour theory suggests that some people’s arousal levels in certain situations can be increased to a much higher rate than the average persons, which creates a great level of mental stimulation, leading to long periods of time to return to baseline arousal levels. Sometimes, people that are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder experience extreme swings in their personal emotions, and could somewhat be viewed to be jumping from one crisis to another. As many people are unable to understand their emotions and reactions, they do not have many choices when it comes to coping with these sudden surges of emotion. The introduction and use of DBT has made it possible for people to get help, and successfully resolve or contain their emotional spurts.


Characteristics of DBT

There are a few main characteristics to consider when it comes to this type of therapy. Firstly, support-orientated help can be employed to help a person identify their strengths and help them build upon what they have recognised, consequently leading to the ability to feel better about themselves.

The next characteristic is a cognitive-based view that helps identify thoughts, beliefs and assumptions that seem to make harder. Some of the thoughts clients may feel include anger, frustration, feeling the need to be perfect at things, thinking of ways for life to be more bearable and much more.

Finally, the collaborative characteristic requires close attention to relationships between staff and clients. This will encourage clients to work out their problems in relationships, while the therapist will help. Dialectic behavioural therapy will ask people to complete homework assignments and role play interaction with others, as well as learning skills to help you sooth yourself when upset. These skills are incredibly important and can be taught over weeks, reviewed as homework and referred to in group sessions.

Sessions to help clients that wish to experience the benefits of DBT are able to combine individual weekly sessions with group talks that will soon have positivity running through your mind, helping you to overcome the issues you are concerned about.