How to survive a shopping trip in 5 easy steps

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Ahhh shopping, every girl loves it right?
Wrong. Like I don't know I've never really fit into girly stereotypes anyway but my idea of hell is being dragged around a shopping mall on a Saturday (give me football anyday) but it's not the process of shopping because hell my bank card can attest I have a serious online shopping addiction it's just the absolute chore that a high street / shopping mall can provide when seeking to buy things

But good news for you guys is that I of course do have to go shopping so I've managed to make the ultimate shopping experience that little bit more bearable with 5 easy tips

1) Location, Location, Location
If you're in for the long haul of a full day of shopping you need somewhere where everything is under one roof - shopping, food and other activities can all be found at Liverpool 1* making it the perfect choice. Plus it's spacious and these kind of shopping malls are literally designed to make shoppers happy. Side point - rain can't get you inside (#winning)

2) Timing
Hey let's go shopping on a Saturday lunch time with the rest of the people in the country, yeh nope never happening #sorrynotsorry . If you want to actually enjoy a shopping trip weekdays are you friend, weekday evenings are even better. A trip shopping after work on a weekday is bound to be far more enjoyable than visiting on a weekend when it's packed to the rafters

3) Snackages 
Hangry is a thing, like legit a real thing - if you don't know what it is then you're a lucky person. Being hunger causes anger and thus Hangry, if you're planning a shopping trip make sure you have snacks/drinks for stamina (I advocate cocktail stops mid-way through but don't judge your purchases after!) For the more sensible of you I'd say cereal bars, nuts and water in your handbag are the perfect way to stop Hanger before you get to a scheduled food pit - stop 

4) Plan ahead
In the super switched on world we live on we have technology at our finger tips 24/7. Use it to your advantage and plan ahead, plan your route around, plan your food pit-stops. Plan which shops are unmissable and make sure you use money-saving apps such as voucher cloud to get discounts as you shop because even the grumpiest shopper (me always) will crack a smile at saving money

5) Cheat's way to shop
So on the days I desperately don't want to go shopping but also can't justify delivery costs I order all my purchases online, get them delivered to store and voila! Shopping completed in the quickest time in each shop because your purchases are all ready for you to pick up giving you more time to enjoy a nice meal and cocktails (TGI Friday's if you're offering to take me)

And there we go, even the most unsociable little bee can master a shopping trip - thank me later!

Alice Megan

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Family - Where would I be without it?

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Family - It means something different to everyone, and everyone's family has a slightly different make up. Some people make their own tight knit circle of friends they'd consider family and other's are an eclectic mix of different families coming together under one roof due to marriages/divorces etc. slatergordon.co.uk* recently commissioned a little survey to look into the modern family and how dynamics have changed 

My family is pretty big and all super close!
My immediate family's pretty simple: Me, Momma and my Stepdad. I'm so close with my parents it's crazy, I have friends that are like woah how can you still live at home at 24 but it's super simple when my parents are so chill and allow me the freedom they do


My extended family is made up of the best people! It's an old saying that you can't choose your family, well I'm glad I don't need to because the one's I've ended up with are the best


While I'm an only child I never feel alone! I've got 4 aunties and uncles and of course lots of cousins to go with and we regularly all catch up at my nans (surely everyone has a family hub? Where everyone gravitates)

We have so much fun and all get along incredibly well and all have the same crazy sense of humour, whenever there are new people (boyfriends / girlfriends etc.) to be introduced it's definitely a baptism of fire but I've never met a family like us. Family to me - is the most fantastic feeling of belonging and happiness there is

What does family mean to you?

Alice Megan

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