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Protect the Heart You Love With a Dark Chocolate Gift Basket

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When thinking about giving a gift to a loved one, it is only natural to think about getting this person a gift you know will be appreciated. Something useful is nice, but a gift that can enhance this person’s health is even nicer. Dark chocolate has amazing health benefits. This popular candy is known to promote a feeling of happiness when it is eaten because it contains compounds like phenylethylamine and anandamide that work to combat depression. Other health benefits associated with dark chocolate are just as uplifting.  Dark chocolate can have a positive effect on cholesterol when it is eaten because it is rich in antioxidants that nullify free radicals. This is an excellent health benefit because cholesterol plays a big part in heart health. Dark chocolate that has between 50 and 70 percent cocoa in it is also capable of bringing down blood pressure. Since high blood pressure contributes to heart disease and stroke, this is another valuable benefit. Additionally, the flavonols in

Praise Your Stroppy Teenage Daughter

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When your charming little daughter turns into challenging teenager, it can be hard to know how to adapt and what to do. The best approach is to try to carry on as before and show support and respect whenever you can, although this can be extremely difficult when faced with sulks, rages, insults or irresponsible behavior. Nevertheless, your efforts will be rewarded, because despite the evidence, she still needs you, perhaps even more than before. In particular, she needs your familiar, reassuring praise. Here are some ways and opportunities for giving it. Praise her for little things Whenever your teenager does anything commendable, show your appreciation. If she helps clear the dishes after a meal, let her see your gratitude. If she carries in a bag of shopping for you, or even just opens the door for you to stagger in with all your bagfuls, thank her. If her mood prevents her from helping with anything, praise her for something else, such as her newly washed hair, her new mobile devic

Italian Actors and Actresses

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Italy has produced many a talented movie director and/or performer, without whom the medium would not be the same. For the sake of space, we will focus on three Italian actors/actresses in particular who have had an extraordinary ability to help us escape reality for two hours or so at the cinema. Giancarlo Giannini, Sophia Loren and Rudolph Valentino have all made unique contributions to Italian and international film for which they merit recognition.   Giancarlo Giannini was born in La Spezia, Liguria, Italy in 1942. An actor and multilingual voice dubber, Giannini attended the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica in Rome at the age of 18, making his stage acting debut there. He has been in several contemporary Italian plays and a selection of Shakespeare’s works. In 1965 Giannini expanded into film with a small role in “Fango Sulla Metropolis.” Since then he has appeared in several films, television movies and shows including roles in “Dracula,” “Man on Fire,” “Bastardi,” “Il Sang

How to Choose the Right Location for a Family Photo Shoot

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There are a number of things to consider when trying to find the perfect place for your family photo shoot.  Not only do you want the whole family to be comfortable in their surroundings, but you also need to be sure that there is nothing in the background of your shots that could ruin the look and feel of the images, or invade anyone else's privacy in the process.  You need to think about the style of the photo that you want to create and choose a location that not only fits that style but also offers a number of different locations within it so that you can play about with the composition. Outdoor Shoots Having a photo session is a good idea if you can guarantee that the weather is going to stay fine and that the photographer is going to have the light that he needs.  If you live in close proximity to a stately home you could be in a position to use their gardens as a suitable backdrop for your shoot, though it may be prudent to ask whether permission is required before you turn

Glass Jewellery – Breaking into Fashion

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Glass jewellery has been around for many years, but it has only recently become a popular fashion accessory. Glass products were first produced in the Middle East around 3000 BC, where they soon became luxury items for the rich. During the Roman Empire, however, glass production grew and eventually spread to Venice, in Italy, and later to Murano. Glass products (including jewellery) continued to be produced in Murano, which eventually became famous for producing good quality glass products. The glass jewellery business is now booming, and Murano’s glassmakers are still producing a wide variety of handcrafted designs and colours using century-old traditions. Many pieces of jewellery are also lined with 24ct gold and sterling silver foil. As glass jewellery has grown in popularity, more and more companies have begun to produce it. A wide range of stylish and colourful designs are now available to suit any occasion, taste or age. Designers love the fact that glass jewellery can compliment

Gifts You Can't Wrap

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When someone has everything, what can you give them for Christmas? Yet another shirt? More bath oils to cram on the shelf? Not socks again - that would be a sock too far. If you're facing this dilemma, it's time to think outside the box - literally. Consider the types of gift that can't be wrapped. Here are some suggestions, for an exciting alternative to the usual gift-wrapped package. Tickets Treat your friend or relative to seats at the theatre, circus, opera or sports event, depending on their interests. If the local cinema is their favourite haunt, you could pay for the next trip. How about an extra ticket for yourself? Your company will add to their treat and turn it into a party. Invitations Entertain your friends and family. Make hosting your gift. Tailor your event to the tastes of your recipients, as well as the limits of your budget. Elderly parents might appreciate afternoon tea and a slide show of family snaps, for instance, whereas your friends might prefer a

Getting paid to take Online Surveys, by giving your opinion

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One of the easiest and more entertaining ways to make money working online is to take paid surveys. Companies pay for your opinions on their products, from what you have used to products you might purchase.   Getting paid for your opinion is as simple as signing up with paid survey companies and taking surveys.  Most paid survey companies will send you an email with a link to go to the survey.  Once you complete the survey, you are paid, usually by check or PayPal.  Some surveys are paid through points that you can redeem for merchandise or awards, although this is not as common.    The one main problem in looking for businesses who pay to take online surveys is that there are businesses who are scamming people into sending them money. While there is nothing wrong with paying to join a survey membership site or purchasing information such as a book or ebook showing you who pays you to take surveys, you should never pay to actually take a survey.  Legitimate survey companies pay you, yo