May reviews 2015:Books Movies Games and Music

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May 032015
 

May reviews 2015 :Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

May reviews 2015:Movies for Adults and Teens 

Teens:Jurassic WorldMay Reviews 2015

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World. After many years, Jurassic World’s attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction, created to re-spark visitor interest, gravely backfires.” Little has been unveiled about Jurassic World, but expect a hybrid dinosaur – created by splicing the genes of different dinosaur species – who lunches on whatever it can find.

May Reviews 2015Adults:Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios epic follow-up to The Avengers, sees a superhero cast – including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye – to combat the threat of a genocidal artificial intelligence which Tony Stark has accidentally brought to life. Stark created Ultron to help the Avengers protect the world, but it concluded that since humans cause all the world’s problems, all humans must die. (Released: 22 April)

May Reviews 2015: Music for Adults and Teens

Teens:Drew Lustman – Crystal Cowboydrew lustman

Best known for his work as FaltyDL, Drew Lustman explores hardcore and drum & bass, as well as soul and funk on his latest release. A step away from his electro moniker, Falty DL, Lustman found himself experimenting and making the kind of tracks he would DJ with or play to friends “without the pressure of the conceptual weighing him down”. Tracks like ‘Angel Flesh’ are reminiscent of early hardcore and breakbeat, while ‘Watch A Man Die’ is a smooth, drum and bass journey. This is a must have for lovers of the pioneering breakbeat scene of the 1990s and will be a familiar soundscape to anyone fortunate enough to have raved at some of London’s best drum and bass nights during that era. Whether he’s in electro or drum and bass mode, Lustman is a musical warrior to be reckoned with.

nnekaAdults: Nneka – My Fairytales

Nigerian-German soul songstress Nneka’s forthcoming 9-track album, explores the politics of her birthplace and her own personal voyage of discovery. “My Fairy Tales is a concept album, exploring the lives of Africans in the diaspora and the struggles they face,” Nneka explains. “How we cope hustling in ‘another man’s land,’ but also the aspects of endurance, perseverance and gratitude.”

 

May Reviews 2015: Books  for Adults and Teens

Teens: Jinx’s Magic by Sage Blackwoodjinxs magic

Jinx is a daring young wizard’s apprentice, who travels from his home in the Urwald to an unfamiliar desert land in search of ancient magic. He desperately needs that magic as there are forces threatening the Urwald from all sides. Jinx’s Magic tells the tale of Jinx’s journey who soon learns he has to call upon the support of many magical beings of the Urwald – including witches, werewolves, wizards, and trees – to help in his endeavors

holistic energy magicAdults: Holistic Energy Magic: Charms & Techniques for Creating a Magical Life by Tess Whitehurst

Manifest success in every aspect of your life with Holistic Energy Magic, which provides ancient and modern spiritual techniques for tapping into your personal power. Holistic Energy Magic provides instructions for tool-free magic and important insights including intention, visualization, symbolic action, grateful expectation, and alignment. Complete with a spell book of charms and invocations for protection, serenity, love, and prosperity, this book shares the secrets of bringing abundance into your life.

 

May Reviews 2015: Games  for Adults and Teens

Teens: Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions App for Androidstar wars

Become an intergalactic hero in Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, the new action-platformer mobile game. Take on four free levels of battle against the Empire as Ezra Bridger, dodge TIE fighters, blast stormtroopers, and drive an Imperial AT-MP. With in-app purchases, wield a Lightsaber, fight Star Wars bosses, drive an AT-DP, and unlock 30 more levels and 50+ unique challenges. Customize and expand a secret Rebel Haven where heroes can hide out and rescue citizens.

Star Walk 2 - Night Sky Guide freeAdults:  Star Walk 2 for iOS

Star Walk 2 is a stargazing app that identifies constellations, planets and satellites as you point your smartphone or tablet at them. So if you’re one who enjoys taking a walk at night and gazing at the stars, this app is a perfect partner.

 

About the Author

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior, intuitive counselor and life coach. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com. Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at www.lifeandsoulcreatives.com or www.lifesoulfreedom.com 

 

Guest Picks: 20 Coffee Table Books Beautiful Enough for Mom

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May 032015
 

Mother’s Day 2015 Gift Idea: Coffee Table Books that reflect moms interest and hobbies.

Encourage a favorite hobby or ignite a new interest with a coffee table book that makes a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. Check the video below for more coffee table books.

About the Author

 Designing a lovely life with five children in tow. http://www.dandee-designs.com

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly filling my Amazon shopping cart full of pretty books that I’d love to own. It seems like nowadays you can find an eye-catching book on just about anything. Whether mom likes to cook or loves fashion, flowers or travel, you’ll find something she would be happy to read then display on her coffee table. — Danyelle from Dandee Designs

coffee table book
The Flower Recipe is written by the dynamic duo behind the San Francisco floral shop Studio Choo. If mom has ever mentioned wanting to learn the art of floral arranging, this is the book for her.
Mar 312015
 

March 2015 Review of Books, Music, Games, and Movies For Children

March 2015 Review of Children’s Movies

March Review 2015Home 

DreamWorks Animation’s Home is a 3D generated buddy comedy movie based on Adam Rex‘s 2007 children’s book ‘The True Meaning of Smekday’.When Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip (voiced by Rihanna) who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word “home”. Released: 27 March

March 2015 Review of Children’s Games

LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (Nintendo 3DS)March 2015 Review

In LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin, players will take on the role of their favorite Ninja warriors and use an array of exciting new vehicles, mechs and dragons to battle their way through the Ninjago universe. A new enemy named Ronin enters the game and has the ability to steal the memories of Ninja warriors by using the Obsidian Glaive weapon. Players must locate these weapons and retrieve their powers before Ronin succeeds in completing his evil plans. Recommended for age 7 and above. Released: 27 March

March 2015 Review of Children’s Books

dragons love tacosDragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin 

Dragons Love Tacos is a fun extravaganza into the preferred cuisine of dragons, according to author Adam Rubin.  Dragons love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. But hey, go easy on the spicy salsa because if a dragon eats jalapeno-swimming salsas, be warned, it brings a whole new meaning to “housewarming”. This pencil cartoon illustrated book is a fun and entertaining tale for teeny tiny dragon lovers aged 3-5.

March 2015 Review of Children’s Music

Putumayo Kids presents Animal Playgroundputumayo kids animal playground

Whether your kids love animal cuddly toys or trips to the zoo, take their animal-loving nature a step further with a sing song. Putumayo Kids presents Animal Playground is a multilingual collection of animal-themed songs from around the world. The 13 tracks on the album will guide listeners on a journey that begins in North America and ends in Africa. Music fans and animal lovers of all ages will want to sing along and jive to the playful, upbeat melodies.

Compiled by:

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior and intuitive counselor. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com. Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at www.lifeandsoulcreatives.com or www.lifesoulfreedom.com

Dec 242014
 

December Review 2014:Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

December Review 2014: Movies for Adults and Teens 

December Review 2014Teens:Strange Magic

Lucasfilm’s brand new animated film Strange Magic tells the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. The story by George Lucas was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The characters find themselves involved in a battle as the big baddie of the film tries to get his hands on a greedy potion. Also, it’s a musical. Pop songs from the last six decades are part of the movie’s soundtrack. Released: 23 January

Adults:The Woman in Black: Angel of DeathDecember Review 2014

In a sequel to The Woman in Black, comes Angel of Death. This time round sees two teachers evacuate a group of school children to the abandoned Eel Marsh House, while London is in the midst of the blitz. Seeking safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening when their arrival awakens the Woman in Black. Released: 2 January

December Review 2014: Music for Adults and Teens

lapsleyTeens:Lapsley – Understudy EP (XL Recordings)

2014 has been a year for 18-year-old British singer Låpsley. Her matured, sultry vocals and crafty songwriting have captured the attention of the industry and fans worldwide, is set to release her debut Understudy EP on XL Recordings. The four-track EP includes the subtle yet unassuming electro tune ‘Falling Short’.

 

Adults:Nostalgia 77 – Measures (Tru Thoughts).

London based musical multi-tasker Benedic Lamdin’s Nostalgia 77 project has been a 13 year journey, from collector and sampler of jazz records to fully fledged producer and specialist in not only jazz but a host of styles. ‘Measures’ is the second album under the …Monster guise, which brings a flavoursome take on instrumental jazz and has been supported by the likes of Gilles Peterson.

 

December Review 2014: Books  for Adults and Teens 

neomadTeens:Neomad Book 2: The Last Crystal by Suto

In the year 2076, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of 14 young warriors known as The Love Punks. The gods are watching and some of them are angry. While The Love Punks are in big trouble on Earth, the only people who could save us are seven gravity-defying girls from space known as the Satellite Sisters.

Adults:Juice: The Ultimate Guide to Juicing for Health, Beauty and Wellbeing by Liz Earlejuice

Yule may be a time of indugence, so kick start your 2015 with a do-able juice cleanse that provides your body with the right nutrients without starving your body on a traditional diet. Juicing is a fast and effective way to get amazing health benefits from weight loss, improving your skin and vitality to boosting your immune system. Beauty product founder, Liz Earle, offers delicious recipes as well as giving the lowdown on her favourite ingredients, why homemade juices are so much better than shop-bought ones and tips on inner-cleansing diets and detox programmes.

December Review 2014: Games  for Adults and Teens

dragonTeens:Dragon Age: Inquisition

A cataclysmic event plunges the land of Thedas into turmoil. Dragons darken the sky, casting a shadow of terror over a once-peaceful kingdom. Mages break into all-out war against the oppressive Templars. Nations rise against one another. It falls to you and your party of legendary heroes to restore order as you lead the Inquisition, hunting down the agents of chaos. BioWare’s latest action-adventure delivers an unparalleled story set in a vast, changeable landscape. Explore hidden caves, defeat truly monumental creatures, and shape the world around you based on your unique play style.

 

Adults:Fairy Tale Mysteries – The Beanstalk – Collector’s Edition (PC DVD)fairy tale mysteries

These are no ordinary beans! As a recently graduated investigator from the Grimm Brothers Institute, you must use all your wits – and your magic – to survive. Ascend the beanstalk to battle the mighty rampaging giant and protect the world from destruction. Find your way through the flower world, moon world, and more with the help from the elemental guardians, protectors of their realms. Revel in both full-scene hidden object quests as well as gorgeous conventional hidden object scenes. Defeat the giant in his castle to claim your reward and save the planet!

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com. Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of.

 

 

Nov 142014
 

November Review 2014:Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

November Review 2014: Movies for Adults and Teens 

into the woodsTeens:Into the Woods

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) – all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Release: 25 December

 

Adults:Antarctica: A Year on IceNovember Review 2014

Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth. Capturing epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature’s grandeur, and everyday moments of work and laughter, this unique documentary shows a steadfast community thriving in a land few humans have experienced. Release: 28 November

November Review 2014: Music for Adults and Teens

November Review 2014 Teens:Diplo – Florida

Seminal producer Diplo was living between a small apartment in Philadelphia and his mother’s house in Florida when he released his debut album, Florida. Now 10 years later, Florida is being reissued bundled with the Epistemology Suite EP and five unreleased tracks. The reissue is due to drop on Black Friday on Big Dada, the original label it was released on. Florida is a far cry from the starry production-work that Diplo has become so notorious for, touching on the lo-fi beats synonymous with DJ Shadow instead. Release: 24 November

 

Adults:DJ Dolores ­- Banda SonoraNovember Review 2014

DJ Dolores has been at the forefront of Brazilian electronic music for almost two decades. Having been a DJ in the 90s, Helder Aragão made the shift to producing his own music towards the end of the century. He first made a name for himself when he was invited by filmmaker Kleber Medonça to produce the score for his 1997 film ‘Enjuaulado’. Always fascinated by the overlaying nature of the visual and the sonic, DJ Dolores’ ‘Banda Sonora Música para Filmes’ (Soundtrack Music for Movies) is a collection of songs galvanized by various visual sources, from documentaries to fantastic flicks. Each song has its own reflective significance for Dolores, but untied, they act as a journal of his memories connected to his time creating compositions for Brazilian cinema. The album strikes an expert blend of north-eastern roots and contemporary electronica. With traditional violin’s, flutes and accordions perched atop stomping traditional rhythms and huge dub bass.

November Review 2014: Books  for Adults and Teens 

November Review 2014Teens: Call Me Ixchel: Mayan Goddess of the Moon (A Treasury of Glorious Goddesses) by Janie Havemeyer

Ixchel, Mayan Goddess of the Moon, is a spunky young goddess throwing lightning bolts with her friends until she meets and falls in love with the God of the Sun. Their tempestuous relationship leads to many colorful adventures, including an elopement across the Milky Way, a visit to the underworld, and a sojourn with the Vulture King. Told by Ixchel in the first person, this lively book gives young readers a unique entry into the world of Mayan mythology in this toned down version of the tale, appropriate for children and young teens. The novel format provides for an engaging and compelling read, and provides interesting cultural and historical context in a nonfiction section illustrated with maps and photographs.

 

Adults:: The Healing Power of Tea by Caroline Dow (Llewellyn)November Review 2014

Calling all tea drinkers, find out how you can heal your body with just the right cuppa. The Healing Power of Tea is a comprehensive guide to the healing world of teas and tisanes – from black to green to oolong, there’s detailed information on different tea types, their advantages, and an extensive list of ailments and what blends will alleviate them. Whether you’re an expert tea drinker or a new convert, author Caroline Dow teaches you the many delicious benefits of tea and herbal infusions. Learn about blending, preparation and consumption, and how to grow your own herb garden.

November Review 2014: Games  for Adults and Teens

November Review 2014Teens: The Wolf Among Us for Android

The Wolf Among Us is a five-part free app series on Android. Fairytale characters are being murdered in this hard-boiled, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic book series by Bill Willingham. As Bigby Wolf –you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences.

 

 

Adults:The Goddess Tarot App for iPhone and iPadNovember Review 2014

Witches on the go need not park up and pull out their tarot deck thanks to The Goddess Tarot App. Featuring beautiful, inspirational art from Kris Waldherr’s celebrated tarot decks, The Goddess Tarot, this iPhone App is a must-have for any tarot enthusiast. The Goddess Tarot App features four tarot readings including one-card oracle, four-card Past-Present-Future reading, a Celtic spread and 8-card Goddess Circle. There’s an easy to use tarot reference section, as well as a Journal for you to save any readings. This is a great tool for any beginner or experienced tarot user.

 

About the Author

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com. Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of. 

Jul 172013
 

Lughnasadh Review Books, Music, Games, and Movies For Children

Lughnasadh Review Children’s Movies

Lughnasadh Review Disney’s Planes

Dusty is a cropdusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor Skipper and a host of new friends, Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true. Released 9 August.

Lughnasadh Review Children’s Music

Magical Music Box for iOS, Android and Kindle FireLughnasadh Review for Children's Music

Magical Music Box is a musical app for kids, toddlers and babies. It plays beautiful traditional melodies from around the world. Songs include Old Macdonald Had a Farm from the US, A La Claire Fontaine from France and the Elephant Song from Thailand.To play the songs, children turn their finger on the screen, and the app becomes alive magically, playing the music while displaying beautiful animations. The Magical Music Box can also be used as the perfect lullaby player for babies to help them sleep.

Lughnasadh Review Children’s Book

Lughnasadh Review Children's BooksDanielle & the Strawberry Fairies (Book & CD) by Rini

Danielle is amazed by the brilliant red colour of strawberries. She wonders how that colour comes into being, so her mother arranges a trip to a farm to go strawberry picking and maybe find an answer. After driving through luxuriant fields of wildflowers, they arrive at the farm, and Danielle and her little dog, Oscar, set off with a wicker basket perfect for holding juicy berries. As the sun casts a golden glow over the fields and the sweet, tart fragrance of ripe strawberries fills the air, she begins her search. What she discovers is an enchanting world of tiny fairies eager to share their secret and the surprising answer to her question. This book, beautifully illustrated in watercolours, stirs the senses and imaginations of young readers, while an additional CD of original music encourages children to sing along with the fairies as they work their magic.

Lughnasadh Review Children’s Games

Gro Recycling for iPhone, iPad and iPod TouchLughnasadh Review for Children's Games

Gro Recycling is a fun and playful way to teach kids about recycling and sustainability. It’s based on a set of musical recycling bins, who each have different tastes, and kids have to “feed” them rubbish by selecting the right “trash food”. Any leftovers and garbage will be sent to the recycling machines in order to create new products which are going be used to serve the Gro animals in having a picnic. The cute graphics and animations in this app are text and language free, and make for an engaging and hopefully, encouraging way for kids to get started with recycling

Reviews compiled by Huria Choudhari   aka Stylescribez is a journalist and fashion stylist drawn to dynamic beatmakers, designers, trailblazers and warriors. She writes about music, fashion, arts and living life with soul at Life & Soul Magazine: http://www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com.

Midsummer Reviews:Books Music Games Movies 2013

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Jun 092013
 

Midsummer Reviews:Books, Music, Games, and Movie  For Children 2013

Midsummer Reviews Children’ s Movie

Midsummer ReviewsDespicable Me 2
Criminal-mastermind-turned-doting-dad, Gru returns in this comedy animated adventure a changed man. Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) has turned his back on villain-dry and finds himself on the other side of the fence this time, as he is recruited by the Anti-Villain League, an association dedicated to fighting crime on a global scale. There’s a new super criminal on the loose – Eduardo (played by Benjamin Bratt) – and Gru must impart his knowledge of being a former villain to help them catch Eduardo. With the help of Gru’s assistant, Dr Nefario (the voice of Russell Brand), his minions and his three adopted daughters, Gru’s on a mission to save the world. Released 3 July.

Midsummer Reviews Children’ s Music

Lullaby Tribute to Bob Marley (CC Ent)midsummer reviews
The Lullaby Tribute series pays homage to some of the world’s greatest musicians of yesteryear as well as today and fits them into soothing instrumental lullabies for your children to enjoy. On the latest edition, ‘Lullaby Tribute to Bob Marley’, 10 of the reggae royalty’s songs are transformed into soothing instrumentals with gentle keyboards, chimes and bells. For Marley fans, it may seem strange to hear such classics as ‘One Love’, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ and ‘Buffalo Soldier’ without a trace of the legendary artist singing, but this collection makes for a joyous addition to your children’s pre-bedtime collection

Midsummer Reviews Children’ s Games

midsummer reviewsDisney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure (Nintendo Wii)
Bring out the inner fairy in your children with Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure as they help to restore order to the Princess Kingdoms which are being threatened by mischievous imps. Magic wands are used to explore Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Tiana’s worlds and undo the spells by completing quests and playing a variety of dancing, gardening and decorating games. Go kingdom to kingdom undoing any trouble the little imps created as well as freeing the imps from the spell, restoring them to their pixie form. Players get to customize their avatars, outfits, accessories and castle and collect gems, flowers, seeds and jewelry along the way.

Midsummer Reviews Children’ s Books

Where Mermaids Sleep by Ann Bonwill (Random House)Midsummer reviews
In this beautifully lyrical bedtime picture book, young readers are whisked to a land where mermaids sleep and pirates snore; where fairies slumber on flower petals and a giant’s sleepy sighs make the valleys rumble. Throughout the book the verse is simple yet expressive, but it is the illustrations by Johnson and Fancher that evoke powerful dreamscapes – a spread of two mermaids slumbering on a bed of coral, pirates sleeping against the gunwales of their ship, a mother and baby unicorn dozing in a forest, and faeries curled up and sleeping under the moonlight. Ages 3–5.
Reviews compiled by Huria Choudhari   aka Stylescribez is a journalist and fashion stylist drawn to dynamic beatmakers, designers, trailblazers and warriors. She writes about music, fashion, arts and living life with soul at Life & Soul Magazine: http://www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com.

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Valentine gift ideas for him

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Jan 152013
 

Valentine Gift Ideas for the Man in your life.

Valentine  gifts ideas are often focused on women, but don’t let your very own Cupid feel left out of the gift giving this year. Treat your other half to something unique and special that he’ll appreciate wherever his interests or passions lie. Here’s a few ideas to make your choice memorable this Valentine.

Coffee table books

Make space for a coffee table book in your man’s life. Whatever his passions – be it gadgets, magic, classic cars, travelling, gardening, cooking, sci-fi art, Valentine's Gift Ideamusic, fashion or wildlife – these beautiful hardback books, aimed at special interests, are a sure fire way to put a smile on your other half’s face and keep him entertained. Taschen (www.taschen.com) specialize in coffee table books for those in to art, design, photography and fashion. Or if he enjoys jet setting, feed his sense of adventure with Lonely Planet’s The Travel Book or The Cities Book. Known for its iconic and powerful imagery check out National Geographic’s (www.nationalgeographic.com) range of books for any wildlife, exploration, science or history fans.

State-of-the-art kitchen accessories

For any dab hand in the kitchen, what better way to celebrate your nearest and dearest’s culinary skills or drinking skills perhaps with state-of-the-art Valentine's Gift IdeasValentine's Gift Ideaskitchen utensils. Italian design company Alessi produce some of the most innovative and fun kitchen gadgets there are so whether the special man in your life likes getting his hands dirty in the kitchen, fancies himself as a cocktail maker and a shaker, or simply has a good eye for style, treat him to that something functional yet aesthetically pleasing. Check out the bright colored cheese graters, giant graters, parrot shaped and chef shaped corkscrews, and Boston shakers. If you’re going to opt for a novelty corkscrew as a gift, team it up with a vintage bottle of wine to share. Or if your nearest and dearest is partial to whisky every now and then, treat him to a set of tumblers – try the leaning old fashioned ones for something unique and special – a bottle of malt to go with it is optional of course!
 valentine's gift idea

Jo Malone aftershave

Everybody has a preference for a certain scent and even if you own more than one bottle of aftershave or perfume, it is not unusual for men and women Valentine's Gift Ideas for himalike to stick with the same trusty product day in day out. So if you want to variate your special someone’s scent without him turning his nose up at it quite literally, introduce him to Jo Malone colognes. Some of the colognes can be worn by both men and women, but for a more masculine scent treat him to the Amber & Lavender cologne. This warm and spicy cologne with its blend of precious amber and lavender is a unique and compelling combination that is clean, masculine and velvety. For stockists, check: www.jomalone.com

A piece of art

Get creative and express the love you feel for your partner by picking out a piece of artwork that demonstrates exactly that. It’s not the easiest gift to Valentine's Gift Ideassearch for but a good place to start is by looking at artists that you admire and who inspire you. Observe how the artists express love through their work and see if it resonates with you and how you feel about your loved one, or whether it depicts your relationship. A personal favorite of mine, Brazilian-American artist Romero Britto uses vibrant colors and bold patterns with a consistent theme of love, hope and warmth throughout his works. Once you’ve found that piece of art be it a poster print, photograph, sculpture or pottery, give it pride of place in yours and your partner’s love nest.

Wireless bluetooth speaker

Whether your other half is into the latest technology or just loves having music around him everywhere he goes be it in the bedroom, bathroom, at work Valentine's gift ideasor in the car or if he simply wants stereo quality sound while watching movies on a laptop, the Jawbone Jambox wireless speaker is sure to go down a treat. The portable battery-powered Bluetooth stereo speaker, which works with an Phone, Android or any other Bluetooth-capable device, also doubles up as a speakerphone. Delivering high quality hi-fi audio sound, the stylish portable little number comes in a variety of colors too. Great for the office or at home.

Luxury wet shave

If you want your man looking dapper and well groomed for a special day, treat the love of your life to a luxury wet shave at a male grooming specialists near you. This relaxing tailored shaving experience traditionally uses products with herbal ingredients or essential oils to make the skin feel cool, refreshing and tingly, followed by a shave with traditional razors and a facial exfoliation. Check out your local barbers or male grooming specialists.

Accessories

If you’re still stuck on what to buy your other half, look at buying accessories – choose from sunglasses, scarves, caps, cuff links or a wallet – from high Valentine's Gift ideasstreet brands or for a touch of luxury look at gifts from menswear designers Paul Smith for classic styles, and Ben Sherman for retro chic.
Compiled by Huria Choudhari

Friends

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Nov 162012
 

Friends, a children’s books for environmental awareness

When I was a child I used to spend a lot of time in the garden playing with everything around me. There were many fruit trees and I had so much fun climbing them, dancing and singing under them, eating fruits, making up fruit parties and discovering new places. I remember that when it rained I made boats of paper and put them to run down the “rivers” I saw there.

I am an adult now, and even if I forgot those games for a short while, I still spend a lot of time outdoors and near nature every chance I have. When we spend time observing nature, we feel close and part of everything that happens around: a bird flying, how animals of different species interact, why things are important the way they are.

Playing with dogs and cats is a big extra for someone who loves nature, something I have done, not as a child, but since an adult, and since they chose me to be their friend and companion, and started teaching me. It was one of my jobs for a long time, and it is part of my life.

Friends is a short book about true friendship. It tells us about what true friends are for each other and some of the things they do together; that true friendship happens between humans and animals, and shows evidence that companionship and sharing are present in the animal world too.

With illustrations inspired by our relationships with our pets, and the relationships between animals of the same or of different species.

By Juliana Soares a 28 year old Brazilian, with a degree in Social Communications, taken at the University of Madeira, on idyllic Madeira Island, Portugal. A self-taught artist and independent writer on subjects such as love, nature, human and animal well-being and sustainability; a student of spiritual teacher, Lady Dyanna. Juliana sings and writes songs about love and nature, and studies some of Ted Andrews’ teachings. Some of her greatest passions and sources of inspiration are everything in nature, children, and all the animals that are always around her.

Friends and Small Cats and Big Cats are available for purchase at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/juliannaso

You can also visit Juliana’s page http://juliannaso.wix.com/julianasoares to see more of her work.

Sep 172012
 

Back to Nature: environmental awareness books for children

This work was created to tell children of ways to appreciate simple things and have a simple life connected to nature, and why the relationships we see in the natural world are important for the balance in our lives and in the planet. What’s more, that our lives are part of these relationships.

When we are in a green space or a wood, when we observe how the natural world works, we go back to feel we are part of it, and that we obey  the same laws that work so evidently in nature. Being close to nature allows us to be who we truly are.

As children have an intuitive knowledge of the natural world, the content of the books aims to help them  maintain and strengthen that awareness and love.

The first book, Small Cats and Big Cats shows that the natural habitats of wild animals are their homes, and worth preserving. Because we see around the world examples of men taking away the homes of animals, it is important to remember that it is not ok to do that, as we are made believe it is. And knowing that helps us, as children and adults, not to engage in direct or indirect activities that promote or justify those actions. The preservation of their homes is actually closely related to our own well-being as humans. It also pictures the family ties and nobility of small and big felines, looking at the sincere companionship small cats gift us with, and the lessons all cats, big and small, teach for our lives.

 

The projects of the books that are to follow present other relationships in nature and a new but old way of seeing and living: presenting a harmonious human interaction with nature. In this, the relationships of which we are part, and can observe working in the natural world – such as  how the seeds grow, how animals interact with their environment and with each other, and how the cycles go – teach us, along with the intuitive knowledge that is born with us, and can always grow.

 

Nature is the teacher itself; we are here to walk along with it.

 

Juliana Soares is a 27 year old Brazilian, with a degree in Social Communications, taken at the University of Madeira, on idyllic Madeira Island, Portugal. A self-taught artist and independent writer  on subjects such as love, nature, human and animal well-being and sustainability; a practitioner and teacher of spirituality and student of spiritual teacher, Lady Dyanna.  She also sings and writes songs about love and nature, and studies some of Ted Andrews’s teachings.

Some of her greatest passions and sources of inspiration are everything in nature, the blue sky, the night sky, her vegetable garden and all green spots, children, her pets and all the animals who are always around her, naturally.

Juliana is currently working with her childhood friend and best-friend-forever, Brazilian biologist and mother of two, Suelen Kuk, on their next book: Life of Butterfly.

Their first book, Small Cats and Big Cats is available for purchase at

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/juliannaso

You can also visit Juliana’s page http://juliannaso.wix.com/julianasoares to see more of her work.

 

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