Alice Megan

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ultimate Guide to Streaming Services

As a resident couch potato if there's one thing I know and know really well it's my TV, whether that's a 4KTV Panasonic*, or streaming from my laptop while cosied up in bed snoozing (because after all us Brit's are a bunch of snoozers* ) TV is definitely my specialist subject. It's been transformed from only 3 channels to now having a whole plethora of channels and methods to watch your favourite shows - it makes it tricky to decide how to actually consume your entertainment. So I decided to write a guide of the best ways, the cheapest ways and the methods with the best content so sit back and get to reading my ultimate guide to streaming services 

Girl eating popcorn watching tv

For me Netflix is the daddy of streaming sites, it's most people's go to and for a very good reason! With over 5000 different titles and a huge selection of top quality netflix original shows it's more than worth the £5.99 a month - you can even get the first month for free to make sure you'll like it. With super clever algorithms to help you find more programmes based on your preferences, and new content dropping every month you'll never be stuck for something to watch again

Amazon Prime
With roughly 3 times the content of Netflix, amazon prime is quick on it's heels ready to steal the streaming crown, I personally find amazon prime better for films than tv show content but watch out and make sure what you want to watch is actually part of the service as theirs quite a few additional costs for certain films. £5.99 a month BUT if you're already an amazon prime member you get this for free which I think is absolutely worthwhile if you're an amazon addict like me. I watch mine on an amazon fire stick* which is super simple to plug into your tv and off you go

Now TV
Now TV is a streaming service owned by Sky, so you know it's content is quality - while it may not boast the quantity of Netflix or Prime it makes up for that with exclusives such as Game of Thrones and Westworld. The price of this one varies depending on your package so you need to decide if you're a box set lover, a film buff or wanting to watch every kick in the premier league
 (£7.99 / £9.99 / £39.99)

Iplayer / 4OD / ITV Player
Cheap as chips and full of content is the terrestrial TV's streaming services, perfect for playing catch up on all your favourites - you do need a television licence to stream!

The most expensive of the TVpackages / streaming services but there's a reason it demands such a price, you know what you're getting with a Sky TV package, top quality content, hundreds of channels and a top app to stream on the go with Sky Go - over 300 channels starting at £20 a month is perfect for the tv buff who likes to watch in real time

So there's a guide to the best streaming services in the UK - I personally use Freeview TV, along with catch up (Iplayer / 4OD / ITV Player) and adore Netflix - I find this is the best way to always have great content but without breaking the bank. Most services offer a free trial (excluding sky) so take your pick enjoy a free month and then figure out what best suits your chill out time

What's your favourite streaming service?

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Fathers Day Gift Guide 2018 & Competition

We're very quickly approaching Father's Day - it's the 17th June for you forgetful folk so I thought I'd put together a little gift guide to help inspire you for those tricky men in your life. I don't know about you but buying for my dad is easily one of the hardest things to do but I've definitely nailed it this year:

Canvas Champ

With prices starting under £4 for these high quality canvas prints, canvas champ is certainly a fab idea for a gift this Fathers Day. They pride themselves on being the lowest price canvas company across the UK while never compromising on the quality of the items. The process was super quick and delivery took just 3 days from uploading the photo, my dad's going to adore this picture of his two favourite women

Avengers Infinity War Presents

So despite my dad being well into his 40s (soz dad!) he's an uber nerd, one thing I know I can always count on is him geeking out over marvel movies. He particularly really enjoyed Avengers: Infinity War so these goodies from Find Me A Gift will win me major daughter points. He's now replacing my mothers cute girly coasters with super hero ones and always finding something to use the multi tool on - definitely a winning present

Hotel Chocolat Sleekster

Let's face it who doesn't like chocolate? I'm definitely going to be making sure my dad shares these delicious Hotel Chocolat chocolates with me, they have such a wide range in for Fathers Day too so whatever your dad's favourites you're bound to find something. The sleekster range is amazing with 15 different chocolates it's a great way to try lots of them

Primark Pyjamas

Primark Star Wars Pyjamas
I love primark pyjamas like an absolutely stupid amount, I should be brand ambassador I buy that many of them! They always have a huge range of really current popular culture trends so I couldn't resist these star wars ones for my dad (I told you he was a nerd!) I know he'll love them

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

How to make £1000 a month for a house deposit

The following is a guest post from the team over at The Money Shed - the largest community website dedicated to earning money online, so absolute experts in hustling and earning a little extra, so here's some fab tips on earning £1000 a month for a house deposit

Saving for a house deposit is hard… SHOCKER!!

But saving for a house deposit while paying rent can feel like climbing Kilimanjaro while juggling 3 bags of sugar!

The only thing you can ever do in that situation is earn more money however it’s always easy to change job to do that and so by far the easiest (and best) thing to do is to earn extra money from home!

With that in mind I wanted to show you 3 easy things you can do to bring in £1000+ a month
without any trouble.

1) Web Search Evaluator Work - £500+ a month

Ever wondered how Google get their results? There is a huge human element that makes sure when you search for Tennis you don’t get presented with results about Football and it’s actually a PAID job.

Companies like Leapforce and Lionbridge offer what is called Web Search Evaluator Work. This is extremely flexible work where you sign into their website and do a variety of tasks for them around rating results. So you would see a query such as ‘Manchester United’ and then you would rate the results that are coming up for that query. You are paid by the hour in this role at a rate about the UK minimum wage. I typically made around £500-£700 a month when I was doing this so it’s great earner and as there are no set hours you can just login whenever you want to work!

2) Risk Free Matched Betting - £800+ a month

Without doubt the highest paying work out there online is Risk Free Matched Betting. I’ve
personally made over £30,000+ from it so far and have had 3 trips to Florida, a new car and a new conservatory for our house so it’s truly LIFE CHANGING just how money you can make from this RISK FREE.

Lets get this out of the way - Matched Betting is NOT GAMBLING! Gambling involves RISK which is 100% not what this is about here. We are just using a clever calculator that does all the work for you so that you can take advantage of all those ‘Bet £10 get a £30 free bet!’ offers that you see endlessly however with Matched Betting you make GUARANTEED PROFIT on each offer.

Matched Betting services like Profit Accumulator offer a FREE TRIAL you can use that will make you up to £45 for just a few minutes work as you have your hand held throughout and you can see just how easy it is to do so there is nothing to lose even if you make the £45 and never do it again!!

3) Smartphone Task Apps - £200+ a month

Now normally my next recommendation would have been Mystery Shopping however in all
honestly as the years have gone by the pay for those has gone down as the length of the reports have gone up! It’s because of this that I recommend you look into using apps like BeMyEye / Roamler / StreetSpotr. These are apps that give you tasks to go and do such as ‘Go and take a photo of the Diet Coke Display in Tesco’ etc. There’s maybe a few questions to answer but with tasks paying £5-£15 and upwards for just a few minutes work they are FAR more lucrative, especially as you can grab a number of tasks all at once. Many a time I have earned £50-£80 a day just spending an hour doing this sort of work. In fact one guy over on The Money Shed forum earns £1000 a month just from these smartphone apps alone!

So in total there we are actually looking at a minimum of £1500 a month extra which hopefully should get quite a few of you off to a good start, heck you can start bringing home the giant
cardboard boxes from the supermarket for packing already!

Don’t forget if you would like any more ways of earning money from home then please come and and join in without huge community of UK parents over on The Money Shed and let’s get you
earning even more!

What's your favourite side hustle?

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Learning to Drive - I DID IT!

In January I made New Years Resolutions just like everyone else - but for once I actually completed some (gold star to me) and I thought I'd tell you guys how I did it. I finally passed my driving test and got my self a car 

Learning to drive

Now my journey to pass my test was a long old road, I stopped and started my lessons about 3 times and got through 3 separate instructors so I'd like to think I know a thing or two about the experience now - enough to give you guys some tips at least

Find an instructor you like
Most instructors will have an introductory offer or allow you to pay lesson by lesson, do this until you're 100% comfortable, learning to drive is a stressful process so it's really important you're learning with someone you're happy with. I had 3 different instructors, my lesson with my 3rd instructor I knew straight away, the other two made me feel on edge whereas she was completely at ease and didn't seem phased if I made a mistake

Theory over quickly
Do your theory test quickly, you get 2 years from completing to pass your test (don't do what I do and take longer than that because you keep taking 6 month breaks FYI) but by completing your theory and hazard perception you become much more comfortable on the road, you understand signs and just have a better understand of the rules of the road

Practice in your own time
If you have someone over 21 who's been passed for more than 3 years then have a practice between your lessons, it's really important you only practice what you've been taught and how you've been taught. People pick up bad habits whereas your instructor knows what examiners look for so they're the only person you should take advice from

I should tell you what not to do here! Don't hope and pray the one you don't like doesn't come up. Mine did. Luckily it didn't matter and I still passed but I was absolutely bricking it the whole time, the manoeuvres changed in December 2017 so make sure you're familiar with the new ones and comfortable with all of them at any point

You will make mistakes!
Seriously, I can be a complete perfectionist and I hated making mistakes I used to overthink them all - BUT you have to make mistakes, you have to do things a little bit wrong at first to learn how to actually do it right. So if you stall, or get in the wrong lane, or even do a manoeuvres wrong, laugh it off and learn what went wrong so it doesn't next time

Test day!
This can be really stressful but try and get as much sleep as possible the night before, go on a lesson beforehand and practice your manoeuvres and other things you feel you need a little extra on. Don't stress over the questions before you get in the car - this is one minor if you get it wrong which is minuscule in the grand scheme of things. Talk to your tester on the way to the car to break up the nerves and most importantly have fun - by this point you know you can drive, you're at test standard so just drive your best and good luck!

Tell me about when you passed your test

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

7 Deliciously Chocolatey Recipe Ideas

Apparently it's chocolate chip day today - like I need any excuse to eat chocolate! But if I'm going down I'm taking you all with me, so here's 7 deliciously chocolatey recipes for you to make to celebrate what is definitely a holiday - definitely - maybe not but who cares it's chocolate?

Choc Chip Recipe Round Up

Choc Chip Cookies

Chocolate Muffins

Gooey Flapjack

Banana Chocolate Biscuits

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies

What's your favourite chocolate chip recipes?
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