Arthur Price And The Minions – A Match Made In Heaven

If you, or your little ones, are fans of those pesky yellow Minions, then you are going to love the latest launch from Arthur Price. The luxury cutlery, silverware and gift brand has created some gorgeous products to tie in with the launch of Despicable Me 3, and these would be perfect as a gift for a new baby, a Christening or a special birthday, or even just a treat for your favourite Minion fan. As ever with Arthur Price, the items are of the most beautiful Quality, and will be something that should be treasured forever.

Arthur Price is a Midlands based family business that was established in 1902 and can be found in most department stores. The Despicable Me collection shows that Arthur Price is a company that is able to move with the times and address modern trends, and also appeal to a younger audience. The Despicable Me collection is made up of two cutlery sets, the ‘Sea of Minions’ and ‘Expressions’, as well as a beautiful bone china dining set made up of a mug, a bowl and a plate.

The cutlery is of the highest standard, made of 18/10 stainless steel and presented in a lovely box which makes it perfect as a gift option. It comes with a 15 year guarantee, and each item of cutlery has a minion decoration on the handle. If you are trying to teach your child how to use a knife and fork properly, these pieces could be the perfect encouragement. The sets cost £24.95 each.

The ‘Sea of Minions’ bone china breakfast pieces are bright and vibrant, and can be purchased as individual pieces as well as being available in a two or three piece breakfast set. Prices start from £8.95 for the mug, and go up to £24.95 for the three piece set. I love the idea that you can buy the pieces separately, the cup may be a little small for an older child who could still love and use the plate and bowl. My boy, who is a major Minions fan as totally fallen in love with this set which certainly brightens up breakfast time.

You can find the Arthur Price Despicable Me range by visiting their website here.

The 3 Best Up And Coming Neighborhoods In San Antonio, Texas

So, you are looking to settle down in a neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas but can’t quite afford to live in the famous neighborhoods. You should keep calm because the ever-changing world only provides one with more options to choose from. Hence, instead of settling in a posh and affluent neighborhood, you can consider living in up and coming neighborhoods. The value of these neighborhoods only increases with each passing year. Without wasting any time, here are 3 of the best up and coming neighborhoods in San Antonio, Texas. The list isn’t in any particular order as it would be an injustice to place one neighborhood over the other.

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  1. Village North One

 

Only 10 minutes away from the San Antonio International Airport, Village North One is a thriving neighborhood. Most of the homes in the area are priced at less than $100,000, which is considerably lower than the state average of $128,000. What about the cost of living index in this neighborhood? Well, at 84, it is around 16% less than the national average! What are some of the amenities available in this neighborhood? Well, it has an abundance of grocery stores and restaurants. You can enroll your kids to any of the 16 schools in the area and if you are looking for a little downtime, you can visit Tobin Park and James Park. Both the parks have hiking, biking and walking trails.

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  1. Alta Vista

 

If you are strapped for cash and on a tight budget, you should consider living in Alta Vista. On an average, a home in Alta Vista costs $105,000. What about education in the neighborhood? Well, according to reliable statistics, over 50% of the total population in the neighborhood holds a college degree with above 6% holding a Master’s degree. What about the cost of living index in this neighborhood? Well, at 84, it is around 16% less than the national average! Alta Vista sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Surely, there mustn’t be many amenities? Well, we´ll let you decide; Alta Vista has over 20 schools and 5 parks that include hike and bike trails. It is also crammed with numerous convenience stores, cafes, and shopping stores!

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  1. Northwest Park

 

Northwest Park is fittingly located in the northwest of San Antonio. On an average, a home in Northwest Park costs $139,600. What about education in the neighborhood? Well, according to reliable statistics, over 75% of the total population in the neighborhood holds a college degree with above 6% holding a Master’s degree. The main campus of University of Texas at San Antonio is also situated in this locality. No wonder do the residents lay so much emphasis on education! The median household income is $69,534, which is considerably higher than the national average. What about the cost of living index in this neighborhood? Well, at 95, it is around 5% less than the national average! There is no doubt that Northwest Park is an up and coming neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas.

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Fashionable Staircases

As a staircase is the first thing that a guest sees when they walk into your home, you’ll usually want it to look good and stylish. There are a lot of different ways that your staircase can make a statement, whether it is made out of a unique material, like glass, or you get creative and re-decorate your existing stairs.

Spiral Staircases

There’s no doubt that spiral staircases give your home the ‘wow’ factor. You can get cast iron spiral staircases, metal staircases or even wooden staircases, to match the decor of your home. However, spiral staircases aren’t always ideal for a home with kids, as they aren’t the safest option. You’ll also need to consider the practicality aspect – if you’re going to be regularly moving furniture upstairs, it may be awkward (picture the Friends scene – pivot!)

However, if your children are older and you’re looking to make a statement with your decor, a spiral staircase does look stunning. They can also save space as the opening for them is narrower than a normal staircase.

Glass Staircases

If your home is quite modern, a glass staircase may be a good option for you. They can give the illusion that your stairs are floating, and they look sophisticated and classy. Glass staircases work well if you have a narrow hallway, as they reflect the light to give the illusion of space. You should pair your glass staircase with crisp white walls to make the area look bright and airy.

How to Re-Decorate Your Existing Staircase

  • Lighting is an important aspect of your staircase. If possible, avoid overhead lighting which can create shadows, and go for strips of LED lighting underneath the stairs.
  • Use paint and fabric on your risers for a touch of colour.
  • If you’re limited on space, try creating a storage space underneath the stairs.
  • If you have wooden stairs, refinishing the wood on the staircase could be an option, by sanding it down to show off the natural wood, or painting it with a new stain.
  • If you’re on a budget, just adding a patterned runner to your staircase can completely transform the space.
  • You could update the handrail or balustrade of your staircase easily, by purchasing from a reliable stair parts manufacturer.

Would you consider installing a spiral or glass staircase in your home? Or would you just revamp your existing stairs?