WIN with Warner Bros and Get your Superhero PJ’s on! It’s time for a night in with the ‘Son of Batman’ !

WIN with Warner Bros and Get your Superhero PJ’s on! It’s time for a night in with the ‘Son of Batman’ !

 

This week I was given the opportunity to watch one of my favourite animated superhero characters.

‘Son of Batman’ is a new animated movie featuring the Dark Knight produce by Warner Bros. and DC Comics.

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The story turns the tables on the classic Batman franchise introducing ‘Deathstroke’ as the main villain, ‘Damien’ as Batman’s Son, and ‘Talia’ the Assassin as Damien’s mother.

The opening scenes introduce us to Damien, a boy whom has grown up in the ‘League of Assassins’. A true martial arts child-prodigy. Able to keep up with even the most lethal fighters. Everything seems peaceful. That is until Deathstroke and his army attacks the League of Assassins’ HQ. Talia in an effort to protect Damien, flees to Gotham for safety.

With Batman being the great detective he is (always being one step ahead of the bad guys), it was great to see him trumped by his own making when his son is finally revealed to him.

With Talia returning to protect her home and Damien left behind under Batman’s protection, we finally get to see some quality time unfold.

The Father-son character clash was both hilarious and exhilarating; Damien a pre-teen, loose-cannoned, prodigy killer; and Batman a disciplined crime-fighter who never breaks his moral code.

Together they mirrored real-life father-son moments. Batman and Damien have their fair share of disagreements with childlike temper tantrums resulting in some great bad guy beat-up moments! (Damien can take one hell of a punch!)

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Son of Batman is full of action, has a great story and great character dialogue! If you are looking for a Christmas present for that comic/Batman lover or even if you love the Dark Knight yourself, I definitely recommend you pick this up and get ready for a great night in! (Don’t forget your Batman PJ’s).

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We’ve teamed up with Warner Brothers to giveaway a copy of Son of Batman on DVD.

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PS This was a great movie and I recommend any cartoon and superhero lover to grab some popcorn, put on those superhero pyjamas and get cozy on the couch for a fresh spin.

Review by Cameron Gomes for Liveshoptravel

 

 

 

 

 

5 Steps on Creating a Happier Office Environment

5 Steps on Creating a Happier Office Environment

Many organisations are caught up with their bottom line, the profits of the company and the overall level of success being achieved. There’s no denying that these things are important, but it’s also important that organisations do not lose sight of the things that make people want to work for them.

Essentially, people want to be happy at the office and genuine efforts to make your office a happy place to work will help to ensure the longevity and ongoing success of your business. Also, (and very importantly) good people are attracted to happy work environments. A happy office environment should be a top priority if you are serious about attracting and retaining great people who are central to the success of your organisation. Here are five great ways to create a happier office environment.

1: Provide A Clean, Hygienic And Inspiring Office Environment

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Without a clean, hygienic and attractively presented office, can you really expect amazing results from your staff? Do you really think they will be happy? Show your staff that you truly believe in them and consider them worthy of a quality office environment by using a professional cleaning service, such as AMC Cleaning. When your office environment is clean and sanitary, germs are less likely to be spread and staff are less likely to experience ill health. Being well is of course an important contributor to being happy.

2: Create Opportunities For Enjoyment

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While many offices are busy and quite serious places, there is value in creating opportunities for staff to enjoy themselves, relax and do something a bit different. Breaking the work routine can be tremendously positive and, when this is encouraged by management, helps to create a happier and more positive feeling at work.

3: Employ People With Happy Personalities

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While you should employ the best person for the job, it’s also important to consider the impact that a candidate will make in the office environment. When interviewing a candidate, be aware of their personality and how you feel when around them. Consider whether they seem to focus on the positives or negatives and note whether they laugh, smile and appear capable of establishing and nurturing good relationships. Most of the time, positive people increase productivity and motivate others.

4: Show Employees That You Care About Them

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Evidence shows that people are more productive in the workplace when they feel that they are cared for. Take the time to find out how things are going in a staff member’s life outside of work. This certainly does not mean that you have to spend hours having personal conversations, but making the time to ask a person how they are can definitely bring benefits.

5: Encourage Personal Career Goals

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One ingredient for happiness in the office is for employees to have personal career goals. Productivity and the sense of wellbeing tend to increase when staff feel that they are actively working towards something and with greater purpose.

A happy office environment is a tremendous asset to a workplace. Time and effort should be invested in the creation of a happy office so that employees feel positive at work, are productive and enjoy their work.

Do you work in a happy office?

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5 Ways to Make Your Backyard More Entertainment Friendly

5 Ways to Make Your Backyard More Entertainment Friendly

 

Entertaining close friends and family in your own backyard space is the perfect way to while away those hot summer afternoons and balmy evenings. You don’t even need to leave your house for a good time, and you get to be in control of the menu and activities. But, what if your current backyard lacks the facilities or design to make backyard entertaining as enjoyable as it could be? Don’t fret. Read on, and discover 5 ways you can turn your bland and lacklustre backyard space into one that’s fit for entertaining the Queen!

 

Build a patio or deck

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Having a designated entertainment space in your backyard is one of the first things you need to do. Depending on your budget or aesthetic sensibilities, opt to build a patio or a deck. Each option gives you an area to gather with friends and family whilst enjoying the beautiful weather. There are some differences between the two, however. Decks are made from either wood or vinyl, and are built off the ground. On the other hand, a patio is laid directly on the ground, and are often built with stone pavers, tiles or bricks. They are also usually cheaper to build than a deck, too. Keep this in mind if budget is a factor.

 

Protect yourself from the elements with an umbrella or roof

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Whether you decide to build a patio or a deck, it pays to invest in a roof or umbrella to help shield you and your guests during those particularly sunny or rainy days. Umbrellas are relatively cheap to buy, and a roof can add some architectural flair to your backyard space.

 

Install a quality barbeque

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If you don’t have a great barbeque in your backyard setup, then you really can’t entertain at all. Not only is it necessary for cooking, but it also serves as the congregation point for many a wise tale and questionable joke. Head on over to a barbeque supplier store such as Barbeques Galore and check out their range of top quality and durable barbeques. Gas barbeques are great for those impatient chefs (as they heat up relatively quickly) but don’t perform too well in regards to flavour and price. Charcoal grills, on the other hand, are able to give you that tantalising smoky flavour without the high price tag. However, they take much longer to heat up. Decide on what’s more important to you and keep that in mind when choosing your barbeque.

 

Set up some outdoor speakers

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Install some outdoor weather resistant speakers in your backyard space and entertain whilst listening to your favourite tunes. There are many speakers on the market today that can be simply hooked up to your smartphone or tablet, providing hours of listening pleasure.

 

Furnish your backyard with quality outdoor furniture

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Last but certainly not least, furnish your backyard space with a range of quality outdoor furniture, such as tables, chairs, an outdoor bar and the odd hammock. Always choose materials that are able to withstand the sometimes harsh elements, such as galvanized steel, aluminium and hard wood. Opt for polyester coverings and cushions to make your guests comfortable, as these are often mildew resistant and quick drying – perfect qualities when it comes to outdoor furniture.

 

What other ideas do you have to spruce up your backyard to make them more entertaining? Let us know your thoughts by contributing below.

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Planning Your New Year’s Party on a Budget

Planning Your New Year’s Party on a Budget

New Year’s Eve is a time for fun and celebration: fireworks are expected, champagne is mandatory, and counting down the last few minutes with your loved ones is the best way to do it. But, with that said, New Year’s resolutions are also a long-established tradition. And one of the most common resolutions we all regularly make is to save more money. Ideally, we want to get to the next New Year’s Eve with more money and less debt in our accounts than the year before.

So, why not get a kick start towards your financial goal and start saving money at your New Year’s party? With the tips below, you can prove to yourself that you’re serious about your resolution before the current year has even come to an end!

1. Affordable Catering

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Sure, some of us love to cook and cater for our own parties – it can be fun and satisfying for people who know what they’re doing and like to do it. But, for most of us, preparing food for a large (or even small) get-together is stressful and all-too-time-consuming. With an affordable catering company such as Noosh Catering, you can get this important part of your party taken care of professionally, leaving you free to mingle and really enjoy the build up to the New Year. Click here for more information.

2. Get the Guests to Contribute

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Let’s face it: if someone’s spending New Year’s Eve at your party, chances are they aren’t hosting one themselves! It’s not rude at all to ask guests to contribute something small to help make the occasion more manageable for the host. You can even make suggestions on your invitations to avoid the risk of someone making an embarrassingly generous contribution. For example, ask guests to bring a bottle of their favourite wine or a dish of their favourite finger food.

3. Keep it in the House

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For many people, New Year’s parties start in the home and quickly find their way into the city. But things can get rather costly once this happens, especially with alcohol flowing freely and making you forget all about your resolutions! With adequate planning and provisions at your house party, you’ll find that you and your guests have everything you need to bring in the New Year in style without heading out to the clubs and/or pubs.

4. Smart Decorations

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It’s easy to overindulge in extravagant decorations for your New Year’s party, but reigning in your spending a little here could save you big bucks in the end. It’s best to make a plan at home before heading to the shops – get a good look at your entertaining area and try to determine exactly how many decorations will be necessary to create the desired ambience.

Your New Year’s party is sure to be fabulous – good friends celebrating together always is. But, with the help of these tips, your festivities can double as a signal to yourself that, this year, you really will stay true to your save-more-money resolution.

Happy New Year! To a successful and prosperous 2015!

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5 Tips on Making Your Flight More Comfortable

5 Tips on Making Your Flight More Comfortable

 

Flying: some love it, some hate it. But what most people would agree on is that flying could certainly be more comfortable – especially for those long-haul flights. For those of you jet setting away for Christmas and New Years holidays, here are five tips that you can put into action to make your next flight that much more comfortable.

 

Walk as Much as Possible

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It’s important to walk around and stretch your legs as much as possible when cooped up in a small pressurised cabin. Doing so will prevent muscle cramping and minor aches and pains, as well as eliminate the threat of deep-vein thrombosis – a condition that can turn deadly. It also helps to stretch other parts of your body (including your back, arms and neck) whilst sitting for long periods of time. If you’re a tad self-conscious stretching in your seat, pay a visit to the bathroom and do your exercises in relative privacy.

 

Wear Comfortable Clothing

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In general, wearing loose-fitting clothing that’s breathable should make your long plane journey more bearable. Always remember to pack a jumper or jacket in your hand luggage as we all know how cold it can get whilst cruising at an altitude of 10,000 feet above the earth. I blogged about airplane wear earlier here when we were flying 20 hours to Mexico. Above is a collage of my typical outfit for airplane wear.

 

Bring your own Neck Pillow

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It’s true: unless you’re flying Business or First class and are treated to flat-bed seats, it’s very hard to sleep on a plane. The best thing you can do to help your chances of getting some much needed shut-eye is to bring your own neck-pillow onboard. These pillows will give you something soft to rest your head/neck against, and stop your head from moving around too much. Inflatable neck-pillows are lightweight and very compressible, meaning they won’t take up much space at all in your hand luggage. You can find them in most travel stores and airports before you fly.

 

Buy Noise-cancelling Headphones

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There’s nothing worse than sitting next to loud, unruly passengers whilst trying to get some sleep, or watch that Hollywood Blockbuster. Unfortunately, airline headphones are poor quality, and won’t give you the sound isolation you need to have a comfortable and enjoyable flight. Instead, bring your own noise-cancelling headphones on the plane and effectively drown out all that background noise. Use them to watch that movie, or play some soft, relaxing music on your entertainment device and gently fall off to sleep.

 

Keep Hydrated

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Pressurised cabins usually only contain between 10 and 20 per cent humidity, and this relative lack of moisture in the air can make you feel dehydrated quickly. So drink as much water as you can whilst onboard. More water consumption will also make it necessary to go to the bathroom, allowing you to stretch your legs and get the blood circulation pumping again.

 

What other tips do you have for travellers to make their flights more comfortable? Leave your comments below and let’s make the world – ahem, plane – a more comfortable place!

Talk to experts such as the team at Corporate Traveller for more invaluable tips on what to take with you onboard your flight.

5 Gift Ideas For Newlyweds

5 Gift Ideas For Newlyweds

 

Buying for newlyweds in this day and age can be extremely difficult, as couples have usually been living together for a while and are set in the way of toasters and salad bowls. So where do you even begin? Below are five fun gift ideas for newlyweds that you should seriously consider for your next wedding event.

 

1. Unique and Healthy

 

Companies such as Biome offer a broad range of sustainable gift ideas for newlyweds. By avoiding the traditional homeware shops, you have less chance of getting the same item as someone else. Chopping boards, cheese boards and coasters are all great treat gifts that people may not spend a lot of money on themselves. As well, purchasing items made from eco-friendly materials such as banksia will make them a truly unique gift, and healthy for the environment.

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2. Living Gifts

 

Probably not the first thought when it comes to a wedding gift, but items for the garden can have a really personal touch. These living gifts can range from a flower that needs a home in the ground to an interior plant or an array of seeds for a vegetable patch. Gardens and plants are ideal for newlyweds, as they’re something they can work at and produce together.

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3. Arty Elements

 

For this idea, don’t go to a large store to buy an artwork or print that has been reproduced countless times. Scout around for some low-key galleries, or even recruit an arty friend to put something together for you. If you’d rather do something yourself, have a think about styles, locations, films, music or books the newlyweds love. Find old posters, prints, or covers and clean them up, then have them framed – one-of-a-kind and personal!

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4. Be Proactive

 

Newlyweds love to do things together. So instead of buying them a tangible gift, why not get them something they can actually go out and experience together. Less and less couples are taking honeymoons straight after their wedding these days due to busy lifestyles and work commitments. Hotel vouchers work well in this instance for weekend getaways, as do vouchers for activities such as rock climbing, horse riding, or dinner cruises.

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 5. Cash In

 

 

It might sound boring, but some extra cash is never a bad idea for two people just starting their life together. Not only have they just paid for a wedding, they may also have a honeymoon on the horizon, some repairs to the house, or additional mortgage repayments to make. To dress it up a bit, wrap the money up with a nice box of chocolates, or include it with some lollies in matching coffee mugs. The personal touch will make it more obvious you didn’t decide to give money as a last minute thought, but rather considered it carefully as a gift to help them out.

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Newlyweds will be receiving a huge amount of gifts on their wedding day, so you really want to stand out from the crowd. When purchasing your next wedding gift make sure you think outside the square, steer clear of the department stores, and don’t forget to firmly attach a card with your name on it.

 

What is one of the most common wedding gifts either you or someone you know has received?

 

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