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Friday, September 22, 2017

Laura Florist and Gifts in Melbourne, Australia: premium online flower orders and delivery


Laura Florist and Gifts. 'From our hearts to yours.'
Image provided and used with permission.


Flowers speak a thousand words. They are given as tokens of love, as presents, as wedding gifts, in thanks and in memory. There is a whole dictionary of meaning built up around different colours and types of flowers and the meaning behind them. Everyone knows red roses mean love and white flowers indicate eternal joy and purity. Yellow ‘mums show neglected love, and some people say that giving them is bad luck. A simple internet search will list pages and pages of articles on the meanings of flowers in different situations, when it is appropriate to give certain types of flowers and the significance behind many popular bouquets and flower-based traditions.


Melbourne, Australia area residents have online options to make the choice of giving flowers quicker and easier. A Melbourne-based online florist such as Laura Florist and Gifts knows the right colours to use for all the common scenarios and has a wide selection of traditional and modern arrangements for any occasion. The flowers used include gerberas, roses, sunflowers, lilies, tulips, wildflowers and iris. Bouquets are themed by common occasions such as romantic gifts, anniversaries, birthdays and sympathy, but also include options for Get Well Soon bouquets suitable for hospitals (remember to check whether the ward accepts flowers first though), Mother’s Day and new baby congratulatory bouquets. The traditional Thank You and Sorry bouquets are also covered. Arrangements are available in many different sizes; some are boxed, while others come in vases. All are beautifully presented, as would be expected. The wrapping is as much part of the artistry of the arrangement as the blooms themselves. Each arrangement has further information available, including exactly what is included in each order. Similar arrangements are also highlighted so buyers can easily make a decision.


Many relationship pages recommend the random gift of flowers as a ‘just because’ gesture. Roses are ideal for this, and Laura Florist and Gifts has a beautiful selection in the Romance and Thank You section. Ordering is ridiculously easy, with a one-click Buy Now option on every bouquet, as well as Wish List and Quick View buttons. The arrangements are a mix of traditional colours and unusual mixes, so buyers can be sure that all tastes are covered. Of course the classic dozen or half dozen red roses arrangements are available, as well as the traditional white lilies or roses for sympathy. But there is an amazing choice so if the occasion is right, buyers can buck the trends and be a bit more daring. Whether it’s a cheeky little brightly coloured gerbera posy, a boxed arrangement of fresh lilies and roses or the bright statement yellow splash of sunflowers, Laura Florist and Gifts can make up the requested bouquet and even deliver the same day, if the order is placed early enough.


The staff will deliver orders between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, within a 30km radius of Melbourne CBD. Same day delivery is available for orders placed before 9am. Delivery costs under $10, although a redelivery fee may apply if the recipient is out or the address given proves to be incorrect.


Facebook users have the option to go to the Laura Florist and Gifts page there and see the company’s first commercial. It’s only 35 seconds long, but it lays the company’s business out in plain terms; delivery to the recipient’s door, arrangements prepared with love and attention to detail.


Melbourne residents now have no excuses not to show their loved one they love them, surprise their mother or send a bouquet to a friend or neighbour in hospital. With Laura Florist and Gifts it’s a matter of a couple of clicks to have the order placed and the delivery on its way that day.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

LoveSprout.co dating site, open to all


Can’t find Mr or Ms Right? Mainstream dating sites not working? Fed up of dating apps? Try LoveSprout.co.
LoveSprout.co caters for everyone, no matter how you identify. Whatever your place on the gender spectrum. LoveSprout.co wants to help you find your ideal partner. Even without joining the site, the search on the front page allows would-be members to find like-minded types across male and female genders of any age from 18 upwards.
The site has international members and specializes in LGBT matches, such that the Success Stories page has several profiles of same sex couples who are married or civil partners. There are presently 196 pages of profiles, so surely there must be someone for everyone there? LoveSprout was set up on a whim, to offer a site specifically for the LGBT community, but also catering for anyone who wants to meet new friends. The founders want to give equal rights a boost, and are choosing to do this through the provision of a dating website for anyone.

As with many websites, LoveSprout offers every level of involvement from finding new friends to casual dating and serious relationships. It was built as a result of input from various friends of the founders, and has grown organically from there. The site is still in development, but to develop, it needs feedback from users, no matter their level of engagement with the site.

Registration is easy; for starters, potential members only have to give a username, email address and password, or sign in with an existing Facebook account. The owners are hoping to offer more features and upgrades as the site gains members, and they are constantly working to make it more user-friendly and incorporate the features that members request.

As you might expect from a dating site, LoveSprout has a robust privacy policy with details of information collected and how the site uses that data. They remind users/members that some advertisers on LoveSprout may have other markers which they use to collect information. This may or may not include generic location information (geotargeting). A profile can be customized to show as much or as little information as the member wishes, but nothing in the ‘description’ field is made public by LoveSprout.co. There is also a clearly explained opt-out right.

Generally though, LoveSprout operates the same as all dating sites the world over. Two people meet, decide they like each other enough to spend time together. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Rinse and repeat until it does, if you find that there is no one initially who meets your requirements. Eventually, your Prince or Princess will show up, and like many people these days, you will be blessing the invention of dating sites.

All dating sites have one thing in common - they widen the pool of available partners. For a member of the LGBT community, that pool may seem smaller than it actually is. LoveSprout is here to show you that your options are international, if that’s the way you want it.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

U-Clear Dermabrasion anti-aging, acne remover skin care

U-Clear Dermabrasion marketing poster. Image provided and used with permission.

Crowdfunding campaigns allow all kinds of products to reach the market these days. Dominique Calhoun’s offering on GoFundMe, U-Clear Dermabrasion, is a remarkable acne remover skin care product which also has anti aging properties.

Still under the age of 30 today, fourteen years ago, Dominique discovered the ingredients which became U-Clear Dermabrasion. Most teens suffer skin problems at some point or another, and Dominique was convinced that U-Clear Dermabrasion could be the answer. Moving to California was the next natural goal, and that accomplished, Dominique set about marketing U-Clear.

Dominique’s dream is that millions of people will use the product, a uniquely developed abrasive skin cleaner. Given the polluted air that many city dwellers have to endure, and the dull skin that results, this is potentially a very useful product for all ages, but may well appeal more to teenagers struggling to deal with oily, greasy, spotty skin.

Suitable for age 11 and up, U-Clear Dermabrasion is a quality exfoliative skin product which helps to remove the top layer of facial skin to leave a smoother and softer finish. This makes makeup look smoother, for a start. People can look younger and healthier, perhaps even feel better because of the compliments they are receiving. Exfoliation should not be carried out too often, as this leads to skin damage which is just as bad as the acne the product is working to clear. However, there is no doubt that softer, smoother looking skin is a goal for many teens struggling with acne, whiteheads, blackheads or oily skin.

U-Clear Dermabrasion’s business goals are clearly laid out in the GoFundMe submission: great customer service, an excellent product, competitive pricing and improved quality of life for customers as a result.

The marketing and advertising plan for U-Clear Dermabrasion includes development of a website and associated web-based support, wide-ranging education about the product plus regular analysis of customer satisfaction to improve both the product and service levels. Employees are envisaged to be qualified professionals in the skincare and cosmetics fields who also possess excellent customer service abilities.

U-Clear Dermabrasion plans to operate a wide ranging initial advertising campaign, in places customers might expect, such as healthcare, beauty and medical locations, but also utilizing local newspapers, radio and television options. The product will also be publicized via mail-outs, the company website and brochures in the offices of medical referrers. The GoFundMe page gives far more information about the marketing plans, as well as a SWOT analysis and further details on the other plans that Dominique has for U-Clear Dermabrasion.

Monday, July 31, 2017

BohAwesome - clothing to express your inner goddess

BohAwesome logo. Image supplied and used with permission.


BohAwesome is one of those websites which does what is says on the tin. The clothing and accessories showcased here are both bohemian and awesome. Flowing lines, geometric prints and handmade style are all to be found, plus wallets and bracelets for men and baby dresses to make an infant daughter the talk of the town or the belle of the festival.


BohAwesome mainly concentrates on ladies’ clothing and accessories, however. These are the kind of maxi dresses that just fall over any shape, scarves to brighten up the dullest of days, swimsuits to rock the pool...oh, you get my drift? Jumpsuits and shorts, tops, leggings, shoes, jewelry and accessories are all available through this site.


From sandals to heels, there are shoes to suit all styles. Fringed heels, stilettos of all kinds and strappy Roman gladiator sandals are all for sale here. Colorful leggings, fringed jeans and bellbottom jazzy patterned pants, gypsy tops, strappy ruffles, waterfall hems and more. Needless to say, BohAwesome has a strong social media presence, with accounts on both Twitter and Instagram @BohAwesomeFinds. Such striking fashion demands a regular social media update, after all.


Like many (often much larger) sites, BohAwesome offers a referral reward program. The Get $20, Give $20 friend referral program offers referrers a chance to earn $20 for every customer they refer when that friend makes their first purchase. Plus the referred friend ends up with a $20 discount on their first purchase too. That’s a win-win situation, surely?


BohAweome offers a tangled and colorful fusion of Bohemian, Southwestern, Mayan/Aztec, Island and Rustic finds. The site offers free standard shipping on all US orders and free shipping for international orders over $100. Payment can be made by most major credit cards or PayPal, so it’s summertime and the buying is easy, as Nina Simone might have said...


A recommended tab shows items that browsing customers might like, while there is also a popup message giving the names of the latest members to join, as another hint that customers might be better in this club than looking on from the outside.


BohAwesome is an ideal site for those who like unusual, one off, handmade and unique clothing. Today’s world is one of niche and uniqueness, with everyone from parents to businesses trying to be the one of their kind that everyone prefers. With clothing from BohAwesome, ladies have the chance to wear the unique, one-of-a-kind style that sets them apart from the brands and the malls.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England

Budleigh Salterton. Image by AnthonyDay on pixabay. CC0.

Budleigh Salterton's main claim to fame is that Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and many other books, lives there.

It's a small town where it feels as if time has stood still. There are a couple of pubs, a restaurant or two, antique shops and independent businesses. Like Totnes, the place seems to have taken a decision to reject chain stores and blandness, opting instead for an air of gentility and a general slowing down of life. There are no cheap end hotels, instead bijou (and pricy) b&bs and Airbnb lets are the only way to stay overnight in the town. There are a number of caravan and holiday parks nearby too.

It is impossible to do anything quickly in Budleigh. Everything must be accomplished at a slow and refined pace, with due respect paid to the midnight noise curfew. Even the chippie shuts at 9.30pm on Saturday, so for the best cheesy chips in this corner of the world, opt for a Sunday lunch takeaway portion eaten sitting on the prom or the beach. The calories can easily be walked off with a stroll along the 2 mile long beach or a more bracing hike along the South West Coast Path.

The cliffs are part of the Jurassic Coast, as you might have guessed given their blazing red colour. The shingle beach means barbecues can be enjoyed safely. Partygoers should remember to leave the beach tidy, though. The good folk of Budleigh don't like seeing beer bottles, cans and food wrappings thrown around.

Budleigh is a great place to start a walk along the coast, but equally, it has a noted literary festival and plenty of places to curl up for a quiet read indoors or out. Walking and golfing enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy, and the network of B&Bs and holiday parks in and around the town lend themselves perfectly to an outdoorsy holiday filled with sightseeing, picnics, pubs and fresh air.

Budleigh's unspoilt air is added to by the winding roads into the town. The historic buildings were here before the car, and little has changed since. It might only be 20 minutes by car from Exeter, but it feels a world away. That doesn't mean it's cut off though - a look at the local tourist information site will show a list of places to visit and things to do from touring museums and gardens to horse riding, cycling, birdwatching, nature reserves and even a donkey sanctuary.

The farmers' market on the last Friday of the month is the place to go for local produce, while the independent, unspoilt nature of the area lends itself to a vibrant arts scene. Amateur dramatics, artists, writers and musicians have regular chances to showcase their work, with picnic concerts, music festivals, art exhibitions and plays lining up alongside the better known literary festival. Foodies had better make a note that the Food & Drink Festival will hopefully return in 2019, while vineyard tours can be enjoyed at Lily Farm. Further information from the Budleigh Salterton Information Centre.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lifeplus nutritional supplements and personal care

Lifeplus logo. Image provided and used with permission

Lifeplus wants people worldwide to live well and be healthy. A producer of nutritional supplements and beauty products, the company offers help and guidance to all. Lifeplus is also proudly cruelty-free and acceptable to vegetarians and vegans.


Like many of the health and wellness firms around these days, it operates as a network marketing, franchising model. Lifeplus was founded in 1992 by a pharmacist who noticed that many of his customers developed issues as a result of side effects of the treatment they were taking for a specific condition. Many health and wellness companies are born of the wish to help others through nutritional science, and Lifeplus soon gathered other likeminded souls from other specialisms who were interested in holistic living.


Lifeplus operates a network marketing model (referral marketing, as they call it) which connects customers, sellers and products in one seamless circle.


The Lifeplus philosophy is that simple steps lead to permanent changes. The Lifeplus Formula is designed to help anyone make a permanent change in their lifestyle. It focuses on State of Mind, Staying Active, Eating Well and Nutritional Supplements. A series of articles showcases elements of these four areas which together lead to a more balanced and healthier way of life.


The Lifeplus product range includes nutritional supplements and personal care. The nutritional supplements are divided into groups of products called General Wellness, Targeted Wellness, Weight Wellness, Sports Nutrition and Lifeplus Recommendations. Many of the supplements come in tablet form, although there are also shakes and meal replacements in some areas. Wellness covers everything from the familiar to the unusual. Evening Primrose Oil is something most people will have heard of, but what about a colon cleanser including beetroot, kelp, walnut leaf and blond psyllium? No, thought not.


Personal care includes body, skin and dental care products, natural and organic care for surface areas rather than the gut. Tea tree oil toothpaste, anti-aging serum with grape seed and pomegranate, or bath and body gel with peppermint, rosemary and lavender are all on offer for those who prefer their products on the natural side.

Combined with the articles on a healthier lifestyle available on the Lifestyle Formula pages, this range of products has the ability to help people make a lifestyle change through small steps for starters. Someone who has never really taken a healthy lifestyle seriously might find that Lifeplus is an easy way to begin the road to healthy eating, positive thinking and exercise which experts agree is the best way to maintain mental and physical health.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Draw.chat free online whiteboard (etc) collaboration tool

Screengrab of draw.chat's homepage.

Draw.chat is an innovative collaborative progressive web app, or PWA, which allows users to communicate in visual drawings as well as through text chat, audio, videos and by uploading files.

Progressive web apps are technically normal web pages available through modern browsers such as Google Chrome, but they look more like something users would see on a mobile. They allow all kinds of tricks that regular web pages wouldn’t too, such as being able to draw a response in a chat window, swap files and work on a mobile as seamlessly as a PC.

Draw.chat describes itself as a free online whiteboard, but the site also allows video conferencing and text messages with offline notification. The video conferencing side allows images and files to be dragged and dropped into the chat, while the text messaging option will suit those more used to chatrooms than video conferencing.

Draw.chat is powered by Sketchpad.pro and has an extensive lexicon of keyboard shortcuts available for Windows and Mac systems, These cover all aspects of tool use, navigation and editing functions. It looks fairly simple to use, whether on the elderly Mac laptop I own or my more modern Android phone.

A meeting is initiated via the Start Meeting button available on most pages of the site. It’s as simple as that. Collaboration is easy, whether users write, draw or speak their ideas by preference. I can see this PWA appealing to the severely dyslexic people I have worked with, who were able to understand pictures much quicker than words, as well as those who prefer to speak to someone face to face and people like me who prefer words on a page.

Yes, there have been drawing apps before which have a chat element; the similarly named DrawChat or Draw Something (both 2012 releases), for instance. But this isn’t an app. It doesn’t appear in Google Play. Users simply type draw.chat into their browser and the site will load. On a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile, it looks and works the same. And unlike many apps, this PWA has a solid business purpose. It can bring together collaborators from around the world in a couple of clicks, and allow them to share ideas across different media simply and quickly, crossing boundaries of language and expression.