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  • #PositiveThinkingDay

    The International Positive Thinking Day is celebrated annually on September 13th.

    Most of us associate the word ‘Positive’ with just being ‘happy’. Well, partly it is, but not just that.
    Positivity is the practice of being optimistic in attitude, that focuses on the bright side of life, demonstrating joy, hope, gratitude, interest, pride, love and inspiration, amongst other qualities.

    Positive thinking is not a concept that everyone believes in and follows. Some do actually consider it to be nonsense, however, apart from the growing scientific evidence that proves the power of positivity, we believe there’s more good than harm in having an optimistic outlook on life!

    When we’re positive we feel better about life in general – we feel more peaceful, happier and calm, which makes us more likeable and sociable.

    Positive emotions create a positive lifestyle. What would you rather be? Happy all the time or constantly angry? Would you rather carry a big smile all day long or a permanent frown?

    Thinking positively will help you accomplish dreams and goals. A study of over 275,000 people found that the happiest people owe their success, in part, to their optimistic and positive outlook, rather than attributing their happiness to their successful results. (full review here)

    The mind has a strong effect on the body and on health, hence why you feel better and healthier when you think positively.

    Is it any wonder that we want to be around positive people, and avoid negative ones? Remember that both positive and negative attitudes are contagious.

    In order to stay positive, we enjoy a dose of motivation… daily! 🙂

     

    “People often say that motivation doesn’t last.
    Well neighter does bathing –
    that’s why we recommend it daily.”
    Zig Ziglar

     

    Here’s a list of 5 of our favourite Motivation and Inspiration speakers, including some favourite clips or speeches of them, and our favourite quote (It was very difficult to choose just 1 since they have so manyyyyy we love!).

    1. Eric Thomas (E.T)

    Youtube Channel

    Our Favourite E.T quote: “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
    Our Favourite E.T speech in this link here, and our favourite compilation of E.T speeches, below:

    2. Tony Robbins

    Official Website

    Our Favourite Tony Robbins quote: “If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.”
    One of our favourite Tony Robbins speech (there are so many more!!):

    3. Les Brown

    Official Website

    Our Favourite Les Brown quote: “You have greatness within you.”
    Our Favourite Tony Robbins speech:

    4. Zig Ziglar

    Official Website

    Our Favourite Zig Ziglar quote: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
    Our Favourite Zig Ziglar speech:

    5. Nick Vujicic

    Nick Vujicic is an Australian motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of arms and legs.

    Official Website

    Our Favourite Nick Vujicic quote: “In life, you have a choice: Bitter or better? Choose better, forget bitter.”
    Our Favourite Nick Vujicic speech:

     


     

    Surround yourself with motivation… Check out our favourite picks to motivate your office or home – Click here for the full range.


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  • Our favourite FREE Online Photo Editors

    We’re living in 2018, where almost all of us have smartphones capable of taking some pretty amazing pictures. Most phones today, come pre-loaded with very efficient and feature-full camera apps, which allow you to instantly change and enhance your picture straight away – which is great!

    Moreover, you can download from a series of iOS and Android apps, some of which are also available for free, for your devices, which allow you to further enhance your pictures.

    From time to time we get asked about photo editing software which you can use to change your pictures before printing them on one of our products. Some of you might think that you’d have to break the bank to get your hands on a good quality photo enhancing app to just crop and boost your favourite pic – The good news is, this is absolutely not true!

    There are tens (if not hundreds) of available FREE online photo editors.

    After weeks of testing these platforms out, here are the top 4 chosen by our team at The Tink Shop.

     

    Your photos won’t look the same ever again!

     

    1. PhotoCat

    We bet it’s one of the simplest to use, and one of the most tools and features packed app.
    Photocat offers 3 main features: Photo Editing, Photo Retouching, and a collage maker.

    All the basic functions you’d need to tweak your photo are available here too, but not just, PhotoCat also offers a variety of filters, borders, and photo overlays too!
    Added to the list, is a full set of retouching features including spray tan, blemish removal, smooth skin, red-eye removal, lip tinting and eye colour changer!
    Another amazing tool is the ‘Compare’ feature, where you can compare your edited photo to the original one.


    2. Fotor

    One of our very favourites for online photo editing and manipulation! It’s very intuitive and easy to use. Offers all the basic tools such as cropping, brightness, saturation and colour temperature altering.

    One of it’s most cool features is the High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature; where you can combine three photos with different exposures into one image!
    It’s important to note that some of the tools would work only if you create a free account.

     

     


    3. PIXLR

    PIXLR offer a variety of free tools and apps for photo editing and manipulation, including PIXLR editor and PIXLR express with almost all functionality of a professional photo manipulation software, including the ability to create a custom sized canvas to build a design from scratch.

     

     

    4. Cut My Pic

    This one is surely the most simple to use – you just upload your photo, choose from a set of image altering features (including the tilt-shift effect! so cool!) and hit preview button to compare the edited photo to the original one, before saving it to your computer, emailing it or sharing it on Facebook.

     

    All the above apps, together with our online customisation tool would make a great set of tools to help you design your next gift!

    If you’re looking for a Free vector graphics app (especially if you want to design items for laser-cutting or perhaps computer cut stickers), you should consider Vectr – easy to use, yet very robust!

  • Say Cheese!

    Parmigiano-Reggiano, Old Amsterdam, Maasdam, Gouda, Stilton…. or even plain good old (matured) cheddar!  mmmmmm….. shall I go on? Pure cheese heaven! Don’t you just love all the different types of intense flavours there are to choose from?

    I heard someone the other day claim they don’t like cheese! Say what?? Is it even possible?

    I believe that the flavour and textures are one of the best pleasures this earth has to offer us.
    Each to their own I say!

    I’m thinking of celebrating cheese lovers day (this Saturday 20th January 2018) with a nice selection of my favourite cheese from the local deli and one nice bottle of wine (while watching the Valletta 2018 – European Capital of Culture celebrations)

    I can safely say I’m so fondou of cheese from my head to-ma-toes… (tomatoes… got it?) Too Cheesy??



    Speaking of cheesy – if you’re fun and wanna have a laugh with your partner, husband or wife… this Valentine’s day go for something with maximum cheese factor from our ‘Cheesy Valentine’s’ section…

    We once heard the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra cheese!
    The cheesiness in these products is intended as a joke… please don’t take it literally!
    NB: Not for the laughtose intolerant!

    #ġobon #kwartminkollox #ġobnuz

    On a side note… did it ever occur to you why do we say ‘Cheese’ when taking a photo?
    Rumour has it the ‘ch’ in cheese forces us to position our teeth nicely and the long ‘ee’ makes us put our lips apart in a nice smile-like fashion! No cheese for those who pout! Sorry!

     

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    Click here to get extra Cheese for Valentine’s Day!