Get Prepared for Next Winter, Right NOW!

3 tips to make next winter a little easier

Spring has sprung, as they say, meaning that now is the perfect time to prepare for next winter.

Why? Well, just think about it. While you don’t want to be one of those irritants who crows about Christmas as soon as the last one is over, preparing for the cold snap now, when some stock is out of season and therefore cheaper, will save you cash and let you beat that winter rush.

You know the winter rush, right?

It’s that time when you’re walking through the town centre and people in shops look more like looters than customers. Panicked staffers on checkouts; clamorous customers pawing at the last iPads on store shelves– the winter is a nightmarish period of time to shop.

Which makes now the perfect time to get your winter preparations out of the way! You’ll meet calm people on shop checkouts, mingle with polite customers and, if you’re lucky, pick up some bargains.


1. Warm Your House Early

What is really irksome in the lead-up to winter is when the freezing cold kicks in. You’ve got ice cubes for feet, the big chill in your living room, and no heating to get you through it.

For a start, try getting new, preferably double-glazed, windows for your house. They’ll be easier to install in the springtime and will retain heat more cost-effectively than blasting a radiator on.

After which, make sure your home is adequately insulated and that your heating systems are top of the line. That way, you won’t have to suffer in the cold when winter comes.

We have new windows in our house, but that didn’t help when we ran out of wood pellets for our pellet stove in February! We will definitely be buying an extra ton of pellets this year because running around in the cold, looking for bags of wood pellets to buy was NOT FUN!


2. Pick Up a Christmas Bargain

It’s already been mentioned but, by crikey, shopping during Christmas time is stressful. Just walking down the high street makes you feel like a salmon trying to swim downstream when another thousand salmons are swimming up against you. And those salmons have Christmas shopping that they’re constantly bashing into you with, bloody hypothetical salmons.

So, the lesson is to get your Christmas shopping out of the way quickly, picking up bargains all through the year, to beat that festive stress.


3. Get Stocked Up

You see it like an annual event on the front of newspapers – “COLDEST WINTER IN A CENTURY”, exclaims the newsstand every winter.

Although they’re mainly setting out to scaremonger and sell papers, the tabloids are right that, as climate change causes fluctuations in weather, the temperature is becoming bitterer in those winter months.

To remedy this, you should stock up like it’s the coming apocalypse. Buy grit-loads of grit, keep provisions of tinned foodstuffs and maintain a backup generator in case the wild weather blows out your main power supply.

After which, you needn’t worry about the winter weather again…

May Designs FREE Monogram Gifts till March 23rd!

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Give the Perfect Gift with May Design’s

New Radiant Orchid Collection for Spring 2014!

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring! What better way to welcome the promise of warmer weather than with this season’s hottest color, Radiant Orchid!

May Design’s new Radiant Orchid Collection is vibrant, colorful and would make a charming gift for anyone! Think ahead to Mother’s Day and Easter!

You can stay organized with May Design’s fresh and feminine prints in a happy pop of purple. With design names like Bike Ride, Wild Flower, and Swan Lake, these cute notebooks, cards, and diaries make the perfect gift for anyone looking for a dose of Spring.

From notebooks to cards, every aspect of May Designs is customizable, which includes adding a fun array of elegant monograms and novelty cover patterns. Each May Designs notebook offers a choice of useful inside pages ranging from agendas and journals to grocery lists and budget planners, all neatly clad in soft canvas covers.  Plus, May Designs individually stitches down the spine of each book for not only an eco-friendly binding solution, but a more durable, water-resistant canvas cover that can easily withstand being dropped or squished.


I think her designs and products are adorable and would make a great gift for anytime of the year like a birthday, baby shower, wedding gift, graduation present or for holidays like Mother’s Day and Easter.

Get FREE Monograms on all books and notes until March 23rd! No coupon code needed!


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Mica May, the Mompreneur behind May Designs, made the switch from designing logos and websites to running a multi-million dollar stationery company, May Designs. On a whim, she started creating notebooks with patterns and useful inside pages, and within four years, she had not only had three children but had built the company into what it is today, a nationally recognized brand!


Get Green With Envy Over These Yummy Treats!

Whether you are Irish or not, everyone needs a little GREEN on St Patrick’s Day!

Here are a few of our favorite brand’s GREENEST and finest offerings…


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JORD Wood Watches Giveaway & Review

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We are excited to team up with JORD Wood Watches to offer our readers a chance to win one of their amazing and stylish wooden watches!

JORD wood watches are hand crafted from 100% natural wood. JORD watches are designed to take people back to nature and far away from today’s metal and rubber. You can view their fashionable and unique watches at

Check out a few of their most popular watches here:

I normally don’t wear watches because I find them to be heavy and uncomfortable. Such is not the case with JORD Wood Watches. The Ely Maple Watch that we are giving away to one lucky reader is lightweight, feels comfortable and natural on my wrist and looks great! A really unique fashion statement that is just my style. I know you will fall in love with JORD watches too.

Don’t forget Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are coming up and these watches would make a great gift idea as well!!!!


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Day 11 Giveaway – SOL REPUBLIC Jax In-Ear Headphones worth $39.99

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

SOL REPUBLIC Jax In-Ear Headphones worth $39.99

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We teamed up with SOL REPUBLIC again to offer our readers a chance to win a pair of Jax in-ear headphones! Not only that, there will be TWO WINNERS in this giveaways!

These amazing headphones not only offer amazing sound and a fun fashion-forward look, JAX headphones provide the uncompromising quality that consumers expect from SOL REPUBLIC. Jax features SOL REPUBLIC’s all-new i2 Sound Engines, a tangle-free cable and a 1 button remote control and microphone which make these headphones a great choice for both playing music and hands-free phone use. Jax is the third in-ear headphone from SOL REPUBLIC along with its Amps and Amps HD products. They retail for $39.99.

We will choose TWO WINNERS for this giveaway who will each receive pair of Jax In-ear Headphones in their choice of color (depending on availability)!

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Dear Santa, Here’s My List!

Dear Santa,

I don’t want a lot this year. Just a few select accessories, some comfy maternity pajamas for my growing belly and a nice pair of slippers.

Dear Santa

Lastly, I would like a Dodge Caravan Minivan for my growing family.


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On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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