Monday, 29 June 2015

Handcrafted Homeware From Uganda Exclusively For HomeSense


From 13th July HomeSense will be selling a wide range of unique handcrafted homeware from remote communities in Western Uganda. The range is part of an initiative to help some of the most disadvantaged families increase their incomes so they can afford to send their children to school.

HomeSense and TK Maxx have been working in the war torn Rwenzori region of Uganda since 2008 enabling more than 10,000 children to go to school by supporting families and farming/weaving communities to improve their skills producing cotton, cocoa, coffee and crafts to sell on the international market. In the eight years that they've been working with them the school attendance has risen from 53% of children to 94% which is amazing.

To make the beautiful baskets they use local materials and traditional weaving techniques which have been revived by 1,300 local women to craft these pieces. Prices range from £4.99 to £29.99 and the income earned for just two baskets can send a child to school for a term.

The items made from cow horn are absolutely stunning, the cow horn is a by-product of the food industry so it's just making use of an item that would normally just be thrown away. Pieces available are bowls, dishes, cups and many other decorative items ranging in price from £4.99 to £24.99.

If you would like to see more pop over to your local HomeSense store from the 13th July to see the full range.

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Top Tips For Healthy Eyes


See your optician regularly

When you are seeing well, or not having a noticeable visual impairment, it's easy to forget about making an appointment to see your eye doctor. Eye exams are not just for people experiencing changes in their visual acuity. An eye exam is an essential way to detect even the slightest changes to your eye health and, it can also detect other systemic health issues, such as glaucoma and diabetes, before there are any symptoms so make an appointment with a reputable opticians like optical express.

Eat for good vision
It's essential to eat the right foods to maintain good vision, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamins C and E can help ward off age related vision problems such as cataracts. Regularly eating these foods can help with good eye health
  • Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards
  • Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
  • Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
Protect your eyes

You should always protect your eyes from the sun just as you protect your skin, it's really important to wear sunglasses with 100% AVA and AVB protection to decrease the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

Quit smoking

Smoking makes you much more susceptible to developing problems with your eyes causing optic nerve damage. There are lots of programmes available to help quit smoking these days or why not try quitting with a friend who also smokes, that way you can support each other.

Limit computer use

Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can lead to eye strain, blurry vision, trouble focusing, dry eyes, headaches and back, neck and shoulder pain. To help avoid any of these issues always practice the 20-20-20 rule, rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.

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Monday, 22 June 2015

Benefits of Professional Family Photography Experiences

If you are looking for a way to bring the family together have you thought about getting a professional photograph taken? Family are the most important things to us, so a beautiful photograph that you can keep forever can be a very meaningful object that you own. Whether the photograph is on a frame or a canvas, it can make a great piece to hang on your wall and show off to all your visitors. There are many other benefits of a professional family photograph listed below.


It brings your family closer together 

Family photography is one of the best ways to bring your family together, bond with each other and share laughter. It can help capture special moments shared among you all, such as anniversaries, graduation, birthdays such as the birth of a new baby. Professional photography companies such as Venture Studios have examples that can inspire you before you choose which photographer you want to use. It can be a fun experience and provide you with lots of giggles when the photographer asked you to get into different poses.
Professional photographs are well trained

You might be tempted to take the photographs yourself. In this day in age, we have high-tech cameras that can do just about anything, but professional photographers have been trained and have a lot of experience in taking photographs. They had a good eye for composition and light and shadow etc. They know how to make us look good and tell a story with their photography. The images produced are in much better quality than the ones that we take ourselves. High quality cameras can be expensive especially if it’s for a photograph on a one off occasion.


They will relieve the stress of having to organise everyone 

It can be stressful trying to organise everyone in the right position, whether that be to look natural, pull a certain face etc. Professional photographers have the experience of arranging large groups of people to get the most out of the photograph. Also, how are you going to get a full family photograph when someone has to take it? If you have a photographer taking the picture you can all be in it and it avoids having to use the self-timer function and running to get in position.
They’ll print them for you.

It will save time and the hassle of going to a local store to print the pictures yourself. A professional photographer can provide you with the high-quality photographs on premium photography paper which is designed to reduce fading and discolouration.
A professional family photograph is an image that will last longer than any one that you take yourself. They will help you to get the most out of your photographs and create beautiful memories. Those memories will be well protected due to the high quality printing that they use and the image can hang in your home for years to come.

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