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How to Shop for Christmas Efficiently – 2023 Guide

*This is a collaborative post* The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner, meaning it is time to spread joy through the magic of gift-giving. However, with the hustle and bustle…

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The Hamper and gift Co

Everyone loves a sweet treat, don’t they? As an adult, I don’t buy myself sweets anymore because nothing really catches my fancy like it did when I was younger. I do, however, love chocolate and I often forget fudge exists.

We received a beautiful hamper to try and it arrived packaged well and in a stunning real wicker hamper with a silver clasp which we can then reuse when we are finished. I went for the chocolate and fudge hamper because I always forget how much I love fudge and it was delightful. Me and my partner kept it hidden from the kids and snuck it out when they were in bed to eat whilst watching a film together. It was a lovely treat for us both.

I am always stuck with gifting ideas when it comes to buying for friends and family, especially adults because they usually buy whatever it is they want. You cannot go wrong with a sweet hamper. Diabetic? No, probs! They offer a sugar-free hamper option so they can still enjoy the sweet treats.

  • The Hamper and gift co
  • The Hamper and gift co
  • The Hamper and gift co

The Hamper and Gift Co. is an online company run by two brothers, Lev and Caner who started their company in 2017. Together they have created these wonderful hampers containing sweets, chocolate, fudge, and licorice whilst also considering dietary requirements for those who are gluten-free, Sugar-free, or Vegan so that everybody can enjoy them.

Whether you just want to cheer somebody up or it’s a special birthday, new home, thank you, a corporate event or even if you want something customised then The Hamper and Gift Co have you covered.

Their prices start from as little as £13 for the gift boxes and for real wicker hampers it’s between £32 – £100 depending on the size and quantity inside.

Free UK delivery and you add a free gift message.

Why choosing the right Cosmetic Dentist for your journey is Important.

My Cosmetic Dental Journey experience with Kish Patel at March Dental Surgery

Finding the right dentist is paramount when deciding to have cosmetic dental treatment and you should really take your time to do your research, look through their portfolio’s and if you can, speak to their previous patients to get an honest account of their experience.

This is why I find Instagram so helpful, I follow all of my local dentists so that I could see their work as they uploaded them to the grid. The makeovers look incredible but they just are not the aesthetic look that I want.

Scrolling through social media, I come across a dentist called Kish Patel who is based at March Dental surgery which is a 70 mile round trip from where I live. It was a year before I reached out to him to enquire about my own journey as I needed to be certain that he would be the right man for the job.

I sent him a message on Instagram with photos of my teeth asking if he would be able to make my teeth look as good as his other patients. His work is insane! Kish was completely honest with me and said from looking at photos and the Xray’s that I had a complex case and gave me a rough idea of what treatment I would need and the costs.

Feeling overwhelmed from hearing this I lost all hope again of ever achieving my dream smile and got on with my life for a short while. In that time, I had got myself a new job and Kish’s work kept popping up all over my Instagram pushing me into finally booking a consultation after a year+ of making my first contact with him.

My cosmetic dental consultation could not come quick enough. I was eager to see how much this would cost me or if it was even achievable, as I could appreciate it was hard for Kish to really say without seeing my teeth in person. When I first met Kish It was like I was meeting a celebrity, I had followed him for such a long time and idolised his work. Now here I was, sitting in his dentist chair waiting to find out if I too would be part of his exceptional portfolio of cosmetic dental work.

Fortunately for me, my teeth were already straight because of previously having braces and double jaw surgery which would save ALOT of time and money.

My Cosmetic dental treatment plan consisted of:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Gum lift
  • 4 new crowns
  • Re-root canal
  • 7 Composite veneers

One of my biggest insecurities was my lateral incisor which was considerably smaller than the other side and made my smile look wonky. At the consultation, Kish temporarily built up my front teeth and my lateral incisor to show me of what can be achieved with composite. I could not believe the difference.

What I love about March Dental surgery and Kish is that I had my treatment plan and prices emailed to me the same day. They are transparent in the costs and you are not hit with any surprise charges during treatment.

We started with teeth whitening and I decided to go for the in office package which is called Enlighten Smile because it guarantees the shade B1 to make sure I get to the shade I want to go. It is also known to be the best whitening set with minimum sensitivity.

Next was my gum lift- My right lateral incisor is a crown that is over twenty years old and it was very small in comparison to the left one, I had the gum above it lasered to the same height as the other side in preparation for my new crown which would come later. The treatment was over with very quickly.

After I had healed from the gum lift which was pain free and took two weeks, I was booked in for my composite veneers. This appointment was long and exhilarating and more importantly, life changing. Not long after that I had come back to have my brand new crowns replaced and then my moulds taken for my whitening trays and retainers to keep my teeth in place.

Overall thoughts

I sat down to work out how many appointments I had attended, miles I had driven, how any hours sat in that dentist chair and this in the conclusion.

  • Over 11 private dentist appointments
  • Over 700 miles driven
  • Over 8 Hours in the dentist chair between Kish and the Endodontist

Every hour, mile and appointment was worth it. My results speak for themselves and Kish is the best at what he does. This was the last leg of my teeth journey and it was extremely important to me that I took my time and picked the right dentist for the job who would give me the Colgate smile I had so desperately dreamed of and Kish excelled.

I can honestly say that I have been treat so well by Kish and his personal assistant Natalie who was my first point of call, she was always there to answer my questions and trust me, I had a lots of questions. Every appointment I needed for my entire treatment was booked in advance with no hiccups.

If you are looking for or are considering an exceptional Cosmetic dentist to give you the smile you have only every dreamt about then Kish is the professional for you. He takes great pride in his work and most importantly, listens to what you want. It really shines through in his patients and myself, he has changed my life and given me so much confidence.


Choosing Ladies Elasticated Waist Trousers To Desire

There is something extraordinary about wearing elasticated trousers. The elasticated trouser is your favourite outfit if you are planning for that offbeat holiday or an ultimate comfort time.

Why Are Elasticated Trousers Trending?

Ladies elasticated waist trousers offer extra layers of comfort and stretch. If you love something light and at the same time straightforward yet adorable, the elasticated trousers should always be in your wardrobe.

So without further ado, let’s get into factors that will help you to choose the suitable elasticated waist trousers.

Body Shape Defines Your Choice

When choosing the perfect ladies elasticated waist trousers, the body shape always comes into mind. Everybody’s pattern is different, and one must decide what suits one’s body shape. For instance, an apple-shaped body is very different from a pear-shaped one. And each of these body shapes is made for different styles of elasticated trousers. If you have straight legs, you can wear different types of trousers. Skinny legs may choose a little flared trousers. Heavy legs are good with fitted trousers.

Always determine your body shape and find what will complement your legs to make them look attractive.

Be Sure Of The Drawstring Feature

The only advice everyone gives is, “Measure your latest waist size before you buy a trouser online.”

But if you buy elasticated trousers, you can handle the right fit or size. Just check if the waistband has a drawstring. Elasticated trousers with drawstrings are easy to adjust and pleasurable to wear.

Colours Can Make Or Spoil You

Every colour has its charm. But not every colour suits every mood, purpose or style factor. Also, colours play a significant role in defining your body shape. Therefore, when choosing elasticated trousers, you must stick to those colours that will complement your purpose. For example, wearing bright and bold-coloured elasticated trousers is excellent for any casual event. But for proper places, dark or muted shades work better.

Another tip to remember is that dark colours make big and thick legs appear leaner and shorter. But light colours make your legs look long and a bit fuller.

Ideal Fabric For You

Fabrics matter so much when it comes to how elasticated trousers will look and feel on you. Some of the finest fabric choices for elasticated trousers for women are rayon, spandex, nylon, latex, etc.

Although the cotton fabric is loved for its smoothness and comfort, there are better choices for elasticated stretch pants. Cotton fabrics rip easily and are unsuitable for yoga pants or gym pants. Also, with cotton fabric, one has to iron the trousers frequently. But synthetic materials need no ironing.

No matter what fabric you choose, make sure they are durable, comfortable to wear and can be machine-washed.

They say, “always dress to kill”. Well, the fact is one must always dress to feel good. If it is not what you enjoy wearing, it is not meant for you. So never follow trends. Choose and wear elasticated trousers that will make you feel happy without any room for discomfort.

AD | How To Deep Clean Your Skirting Boards

Like anything else in your home, your skirting boards also require some basic maintenance from time to time. Whether it’s a new coat of paint, a touch up here and there, or a simple clean and dust.

You probably don’t need to clean them as often as some other items in your home, however, they can’t be neglected completely!

Due to the location of your skirting board, they will always be a magnet for dust, especially in high-traffic areas, if you have pets, or they are in areas such as a utility room where clothing fibres easily drop off. However, if you make it a regular part of your cleaning routine, not too much dust should build up.

In this article we will share with you a few simple tips on how to clean and dust your skirting boards in the most effective way. However if you simply need to replace your old looking skirting boards then Skirting World has a great selection to choose from.


Before you start to clean your skirting boards, you must first give them a good dusting off. This will make cleaning them easier as well, so it’s worth doing.

Dust your skirting boards with a damp cloth, or a microfibre cloth sprayed with a little dust remover.

If your skirting boards are flat, or pretty basic, dusting them will be much easier as you don’t have to worry about trying to get the dust out of the intricate detailing.

However, if you do have skirting boards with patterns on them, you can use a damp cotton bud to get into the smaller areas.


However, if you don’t have a cloth you can use, or find vacuuming your skirting boards just as effective, then simply use a smaller attachment on your vacuum to get the majority of the dust off your skirting boards.

Your vacuum should come with an attachment with soft bristles on it – this is perfect for gathering up the dust left on your skirting boards.

Again, if you have detailed skirting boards, you may need to get in there with your cotton bud still but only every now and again.

How To Clean Your Skirting Boards

After you’ve given your skirting boards a good dusting and/or vacuuming, you can clean them with warm water and a little soap.

Something like washing up liquid would work well to get rid of any scuffs or light stains, or simply to give them a quick clean.

However, make sure your cloth isn’t too damp as skirting boards are generally only water or moisture resistant. Getting them too wet could end up damaging them.

Removing Difficult Stains

If after cleaning with your washing up liquid, the stain still remains, you will need something a little stronger to finish the job.

To do this there are a few things you can use. A very small amount of bleach on your damp cloth can work – although don’t do this too often or it can damage your skirting boards.

If you don’t want to use bleach, you could also try using some vinegar in your warm water solution. Simply wipe your cloth over the stained area and it should start to come off.

Another way to clean stand is by using bicarb of soda and vinegar. Simply sprinkle a teaspoon of bicarb into your vinegar and warm water solution and clean over the area.

Once you have got rid of the stain, wipe over the area again with just warm water to remove any excess vinegar.

Here is how I clean my skirting boards, how do you clean yours?