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Decorate the Christmas Front Yard!

Show your neighbours who's boss when it comes to decorations and festive spirit!We absolutely LOVE this time of year. LOVE IT.We absolutely LOVE this time of year. LOVE IT.

We are almost there! Sunday is Christmas Eve and everyone is excited about all the presents and all the food that usually comes along with this time of year. Most people already have all their Christmas presents, put up the tree and decorated it. Do you?

Some like their trees more traditional, some people try to decorate the tree in different colours every year. This year, you get the chance to decorate your own Christmas tree in your front yard on Smeet too!

First up, you have to get all boxes from the basement. There are boxes with baubles, lametta and fairy lights which you can put on the Christmas tree and on the facade of the house. There are even some wooden figures which you can add.

From each part of the decorative display you will also get a golden pine cone. These will help you to brighten the Christmas Star on top of your tree. Once everything is decorated, your new yard will look truly stunning! And even though we have a few days to go...we wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Smeet Christmas Room Contest!

Win some more Christmas goodies!Tinsel is awesome. WE LOVE TINSEL.Tinsel is awesome. WE LOVE TINSEL.

We´ll start this week with a small contest - it's Christmas week and we want you to get in the mood!

Decorate a room of your choice for a Christmas Party or a Christmas Family Dinner. Take a screenshot, send it to eventsen [at] smeet [dot] com by 8pm on Monday, 26th December and you might win one of our awesome rewards. (Please be aware that you won't get the rewards until the first week of the new year!)

The prizes are as follows:

1st: 1000 Coins, 500,000 Fame Points, 3 months GoldVIP and a Star badge

2nd: 500 Coins, 250,000 Fame Points and 2 months GoldVIP.

3rd: 250 Coins, 75,000 Fame Points and 1 month GoldVIP.

We're looking forward to your ideas!!

New Payment System on Smeet!

Some changes to our payment system.We hope these changes will improve your experience on Smeet!We hope these changes will improve your experience on Smeet!

New Payment System! After the recent changes to the Smeet Navigation system, we have now improved your payment options. To make payments simpler and faster for you, we've decided to work with a new partner - PaymentWall. The payment window is clearer and easier to understand. When you click on the Coins amount in the top right-hand corner, a new pop-up window appears and you can choose between the Free Coins option and the Top Up option. In the Free Coins section you can find videos, ads and polls as before. If you decide to top up your Smeet account you can view various payment options. Click on the payment type you prefer and you will see the different bundles that are available. Now you have the opportunity to choose between more bundles and even smaller bundles are possible. Maybe your usual payment method is named different now. Another advantage of this new system is that you will be able to view all the special offers or Happy Hours directly in the payment window. This way you will always know the exact amount of Coins you are getting for your money. For the next stage we will also integrate new payment possibilities for Gold VIP subscriptions. We are excited to hear your feedback. If you have any thoughts you want to share, visit the https://www.facebook.com/smeet3d/ Page on Facebook and leave a comment!

Words of advice from Sayuri!

An early christmas present in the form of awesome advice!Sayuri is boss! Do what she says! ;)Sayuri is boss! Do what she says! ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY AM I LONELY IN MY MARRIAGE/RELATIONSHIP?

The holidays are upon us and for the majority of us it is a time of joy, happiness, excitement, busyness, stress, and  a time when we anticipate miracles.  But for some of us, it is a time of loneliness, sadness and feelings of isolation and depression.

Being lonely is not only because one is single.  There are countless people in marriages and couples relationships who feel lonely and isolated daily.  Statistics show that this feeling of isolation in marriages contributes to  the ever increasing amount of divorce rampant in the world today.

First, let’s define the word lonely:  Vocabulary.com defines the word lonely as:  “If being alone makes you sad, that’s one definition of lonely; the depressing feeling you get when no one else is around. “  Urban Dictionary defines the word lonely as:  “A feeling that is indescribable to those who have NOT felt it,  and needs no description to those who have.  That desolate feeling of being left out, left behind, and being all alone forever.”

According to a recent study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison that was published in the Journal of Psychophysiology – marriage can be one of the largest sources of social stress.  When expectations are not met within the union, it can lead to depression, resentment and loneliness.”  (Quoted from:  GalTime.com by Katie Parsons:  an Huffington Post article).

Upon doing much research on this topic, I discovered the following reasons why certain individuals in marriage/relationships become lonely:

  1.  According to Wendy Walsh, Ph.D, relationship expert and author of “The 30-Day Love Detox”:  “Partners no longer court each other or exchange the care that they did in the early days and they become more concerned with selfish interests.”
  2. Not communicating effectively (and the key word here is:  effective:  as I have mentioned in all of my previous Dear Sayuri articles) with each other in any type of relationship can lead to loneliness.
  3. There are other key factors as well which affect some individuals in marriages/relationships with loneliness:  for example:  Having children, one partner being a primary care giver to an  elderly parent, or a partner who focuses and spends much time on his/her career. 

Dr. Walsh offers these 3 tips to help you start repairing your marriage/relationship:

  1.  Find the source of your loneliness.  Take some time to figure out why you feel the way you do. Address why you have the feeling of loneliness, isolation and abandonment.
  2. Avoid blaming your partner (or yourself):  As I have always mentioned in my previous articles, EFFECTIVE communication is the key to all successful relationships.  This effective communication must result in  both partners agreeing to a solution for an  issue or problem affecting their relationship in a very negative way.  For example:  If there is something that your partner consistently does that annoys/irritates/angers you:  discuss it with your partner immediately and not keep your feelings bottled up inside of you thinking your partner can figure out why you are perturbed at him/her.  No one is a mind reader.  Remaining silent and keeping these negative feelings bottled up inside of you will cause more dissension and will escalate your loneliness and possibly or will eventually lead to  separation.  My personal motto in life dealing with problems/issues in a marriage/relationship is to: nip it in the bud.  Discuss the problems at hand calmly with your partner and find an immediate solution that both of you agree upon.  Then both of you can move forward in a most positive way.
  3. Do not rely on your partner for everything.  Dr. Walsh says:  “If you expect your partner to fill all the roles of best friend, emotional confidant, lover, domestic partner, co-parent (if you have children), and your primary intellectual stimulant, you might or will always feel a little disappointed.”  Therefore, stop relying on your partner to fulfill all of your needs, but instead find some platonic friends to fulfill some of them.  This way it will release the tremendous pressure you have placed on your partner and it will decrease your disappointment and increase your self-esteem.  Makes sense right?

In conclusion, I would like to say:  We all sometimes have feelings of loneliness during certain phases of our lives.  For me, I believe that whenever you feel loneliness creeping into your life----try to get the focus off of yourself and instead, look for ways to help others:   whether it is volunteering in your local community:  delivering meals for seniors living alone in their homes, helping out at homeless shelters or volunteering at an animal shelter or volunteering your time reading to school aged children or tutoring children.  There are so many ways one can help others in your community and you will definitely discover that the rewards are priceless.  Try it!

I hope all of the above information is helpful to combat loneliness in your marriage/relationship.  So, until the next time:  keep smiling, keep dancing, keep meeting peoples on Smeet and keep falling in love over and over again.  If you see me around on Smeet, please do not hesitate to say “hi” and if you have a relationship question, please message me in private and I will be sure to answer it in my relationship column.  Happy Smeeting and always remember to love one another.  For God is love and love conquers all evil.   Merry Blessed Christmas to all of you!

SAYURI, EN Smeet Journalist, ID #13520497

Barista needed at the Milk and Sugar Coffee Shop!

It's a caffeine challenge like no other!Coffee beans, donuts, cakes...WE'RE HUNGRY!Coffee beans, donuts, cakes...WE'RE HUNGRY!

Most people like coffee. With or without milk, with sugar or without, or maybe even adding different flavours. The variations are endless and each one is as tasty as the other!

Making good coffee also requires a good Barista. The word “Barista” is actually an Italian word and means “bartender”. He or she is the one preparing the coffee and responsible for the grinding of the beans, the extracting of the coffee and the frothing and pouring of the milk. Making good coffee, especially without a machine, is a challenge and the Barista has to know a lot about the coffee beans, the grinding methods, the roasting and the whole brewing process to ensure that he or she gets the desired result!

Baristas from all over the world also have the opportunity to show their skills at the World Barista Championships. They have to compete against other Baristas from their own country first, before taking their skills onto the world stage!

This Championship is held annually at varied international locations. Today you will need to recruit a Barista of your own for your new business, the 'Milk and Sugar Coffee Shop'! Get coffee beans, milk and different coffee machines and brew the different types of coffee your customers desire.

Don't forget - coffee usually comes with cake or something sweet! Make sure you can offer your customers donuts, cakes and biscuits to order with their coffee.

Ready to run your own café? Then get the new room and start brewing the best coffee in Smeet City!

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