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?

Sunday, 13 May 2018

5 reasons it's great to be from Yorkshire

Yorkshire. Gods own county in the simplest of terms. If you've ever met me or heard me speak you'll know I'm a proper Yorkshire lass, I drop my letters and say words you'll have never heard of unless you're from these parts and you know what? It's reet good. It even won awards from Lonely Planet once upon a time

I absolutely LOVE where I live, Sheffield specifically but Yorkshire as a whole is ridiculously amazing and here's why:

We eat and drink like kings and queens
Now I could go on here about all the Michelin starred restaurants in Yorkshire - more than anywhere else in Britain besides London! But posh nosh aside, people come to yorkshire for the down to earth food. I present you - a Yorkshire Pudding. If you've only ever had them made by southerners give me a bell and I'll make you a real one. We're innovative folk too, we made the yorkshire pudding which is a masterpiece already and then the folk at York Roast Co. saw that and bettered it and made the Yorkshire Pudding wrap, all the goodness of a sunday roast in a wrap.

Also if you're drinking anything other than Yorkshire Tea then it's absolute sacrilege - it's the only way forward, ask James Milner - some say it's the Yorkshire brew that's powering him forward in the Champions League 

Also - Hendersons relish is life that is all.

Alright cock. 
 We're a friendly bunch in Yorkshire, everyone is a friend waiting to happen, whether that's the crazy guy at the bus stop or the woman serving you in your local Morrisons ,  Now I try and not venture out of Yorkshire that often but on the occasions I have gone darrrn sarrf the people just don't seem as friendly, everyone's rushing, there's some unwritten eye contact rules for the tube that I didn't understand and a lost art of small talk.

If you call anyone out of Yorkshire a Cock or Duck or Love or Mi' old Mucka they're going to look at you with a rather confused face but here in Yorkshire these are ALL terms of endearment. I work a sales job on a weekend at my local football ground and I slip into my most Yorkshire of yorkshireness and every fan that buys a programme will hear a Thanks Luv or something similar. Because we're just nice. We pride ourselves on being friendly and you will never be alone in a pub. And if you don't want to make friends with strangers well you're just being a mardy arse

Have you SEEN it?

Like seriously? THIS is a real place. And there are hundreds of other breathtaking places too. With the boundaries of Yorkshire containing the vast majority of the peak district you will 100% find lots to explore. Away from the beautiful greenery there are also tons of historical sites and castles to take your fancy maybe take a trip to York Minster or Whitby Abbey - if you find yourself in Sheffield (my home city) then definitely make a trip to the Winter Gardens and Botanical Gardens 

We're hard as nails ups north
Yorkshire Grit is a real thing, we're tough as old boots up north we're determined people - look back at history and you'll find dogged fight from Yorkshire people the miners strike and Battle of Orgreave are testament to the fight. Away from that you only need to look at our sportspeople - in the 2012 Olympics Yorkshire would have come 12th all on their own! Riding high with Jessica Ennis Hill, The Brownlee Brothers and Lizzie Armitstead are just a few that proudly fly their Yorkshire flag and show that it ain't that grim up north

Soundtracks to life
While you're walking around in the peaks, chowing down on some proper Yorkshire grub being friendly to folk you will have an absolutely banging soundtrack ringing in your ears. Whether you're old school and listening to Joe Cocker, Pulp and Human League or maybe you're mellowing out the Arctic Monkeys new Tranquility Base album the dulcet tones of an indie revival that's seen the music scene in Yorkshire catapulted into the charts

Have you ever been to Yorkshire?
Where's your favourite place?


Monday, 7 May 2018

20 under £20 from Urban Outfitters

Have I told you that I love shopping?
Like a stupid amount love shopping. Don't get me wrong shopping centres on a weekend can be likened to hell on earth, but online shopping is my jam so I've decided to make my shopping obsession into a nice little blog series (this being the first instalment) apologies for being an enabler but you seriously need all of the things.

20 under £20 @ Urban Outfitters

Gold ditsy rose necklace

Cheap Monday Grey T-Shirt

CK Shoe Liner Socks

Rose gold sheet face mask

Kitten claw hair clip

Llama trinket dish

Cactus Dome Umbrella

Adidas Trefoil cap

Peaches Weekly Planner

Friends Central Perk Mug

Flamingo Mermaid Shack Candle

No regrets duvet set

Unicorn cookbook

Ban.Do Pizza Water Bottle

Minnie Mouse Flash Drive

Cat Print Notebook

Tinder nopes book

Aquarius Book

Millennial Problems Book

Catfulness book

What would you buy?

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Present Ideas for Foodies

Buying other people presents is both one of my favourite things to do and something I dread. Mainly because I really try to be thoughtful and find the perfect gift idea but sometimes it's tricky and I have to rack my brain for something new that they won't have had before. Across a year I find that a fair few of my friends and family lean towards foodie gifts so I've been doing a little bit of hunting around for some fab different present ideas so you don't have to

Present ideas for foodies

Prosecco O Clock Personalised Gummies - £15.49 - Personally Presented

Prosecco Gummies Jar

First up is a fab present from Personally Presented* these prosecco gummies taste delicious and really do have the taste of prosecco, they remind me of old fashioned beer bottles but much sweeter. The jar itself is jam packed with the gummies and the label can be completely personalised to the occasion and recipient which I think is a lovely idea. If that's not your thing then check out the site they have a whole host of gifts worth giving for any occasion with a vast amount of personalisation you're bound to find something suitable

Letterbox Cake - £14.99 - Bakerdays

Bakerdays Unicorn Emoji cake
I absolutely love this idea from Bakerdays* a personalised cake specifically made to fit through your letterbox. This is perfect for those people who you might not see too often but still want to be part of the birthday celebrations. With a huge range of potential designs and some scrummy flavours to boot it will certainly go down a treat. The cake itself arrives in a letterbox sized box with the cake in a secure tin to make sure it stays fresh and delicious and I highly approved!

Make your own chilli sauce - £29.99 - Firebox

Chilli sauce making kit ingredients picture

This is for the chef among your friends, or just the brave one! 
I adore hot sauces and chilli sauces so the idea of making my own and being able to make it as hot and spicy is possible is really appealing to me. With specialist recipes and all the ingredients needed to make 6 bottles you'll soon become a connoisseur of the chilli sauces

Body and Soul Collection - £20 - Adagio Teas 

3 different adagio teas

If you have a tea lover in your life then they'll love the collections on offer Adagio Tea* they have a huge range of artisan teas ranging from green teas, white teas, black teas and such a range of blends and gifts too. I've been trying out a few of their loose teas and the taste is amazing, completely unrivalled to any other teas I've tried. My particular favourite has been the Peach Bellini which just smells absolutely divine. With beatiful glass ware on offer too it's certainly a one stop shop for any of your tea needs (and many things you didn't think you needed but you definitely do!)

Slush Puppie Machine - £80 - Urban Outfitters

Slush Puppie Machine

This doesn't need an explanation does it? EVERYONE needs a slush puppie machine in their life.

What do you buy the foodies in your life?

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Why are you so depressed?

What are you so depressed about?

Alright so this one is going to be a little ranty but hey I’m sure my followers would expect nothing less. I’m very vocal about depression, I’ve had it since I was 13 in various forms - sometimes bad days, mostly good but that’s the point really isn’t it? Every day is different and it’s something that will always live with me and every day is a personal fight and battle. I particularly suffer in winter so I'm slowly feeling a little bit more cheery but I digress

So I got chatting to a guy, a guy who i was dated but had let him know it wasn’t going to work, not looking for a relationship ya see being single highly suits me right now. During this chat before it went very sour (lol rejection hurt hun? Diddums) we got talking about how I hadn’t been feeling good and was having a really bad day to which he asked ‘what are you so depressed about your life’s going great’

Well shit. I’m so glad you pointed that out because I was oblivious. Yeh my life’s fucking brilliant at the minute everything seems to be falling into place and larger goals are coming together. But does that mean depression doesn’t rear its ugly head? Quite the opposite actually. Everybody’s journeys different and everybody triggers differently but I find that if I’m on a crazy high of happiness I feel I don’t deserve it and I slump straight back to low

Don’t get me wrong I don’t want sympathy, I don’t need it. I control my depression in many ways I’ve learnt over the years that work for me, because in all honesty one solution doesn’t suit everyone but like hell I'm going to let some random guy question me or my mental health without some serious putting him back in his place (I got blocked - I call that a solid win)

I’ve recently been reviewing an app called Thrive* that aims to help people with depression and anxiety become a little more mindful, provide calming techniques and daily goals to keep on track. In concept I think a lovely idea, and the app is super easy to use with some great ways to make you think about what’s triggered you etc.

It combines lots of different aspects such as breathing techniques, meditation techniques and daily goals that are personalised to you depending on what your triggers are. The app is really user friendly and super pretty.

Personally I didn’t get on with it very well, I found it quite prescriptive and laborious checking in each day for goals etc. But I do think it could work for someone who needs that routine and order and could be really useful

 Depression is an ugly little beast but one I have to embrace with open arms because it’s the only way me and the black dog can become friends and live together in harmony. I’m usually also very understanding of people’s ignorance but hey he must’ve caught me on a bad day whoops!.

How do you cope with your mental health?

Monday, 2 April 2018

Hey it's ok!

While perusing a few blog's I came across a Hey it's ok post and just had to write my own because nostalgia! I remember reading these consistently in Glamour, the very last page and teenage me loving them - turns out adult me has very similar 'hey it's ok' moments so let's roll with it:

If  'spring cleaning' means chucking everything in a cupboard and closing the door

If you've eaten your body weight in chocolate over the easter break

If you'd rather be in bed watching netflix than out living it up over bank holiday

To choose Mcdonalds Monopoly over a bikini body

If you've already decided to start on 'Monday' every Monday of 2018

Clicking remind me tomorrow on all your app updates because you're not ready to commit to that

Saying 'oh we should definitely have a catch up' to a random acquaintance with zero intention of following it up

To talk to your cats - they 100% understand what you're saying

To get the ick when dating someone and every little thing annoys you

To feel like you want to punch a man when he tries to 'mansplain' everything to you GTFO

Leave your hey it's ok's in the comments


Monday, 12 March 2018

101 in 1001 goals

I'm a goal-setter, I always have been. I need the motivation of lists and challenges to keep me on track with goals, that's why I always set New Years Resolutions and do my best to stick to them, but recently while reading Becky Bedbug's blog I came across her posts on 101 in 1001 goals for the Day Zero Project and looking into is a little more - it's a great way of setting longer term goals and aims and seeing how different your life is in a whole 1001 days. It sounded like a bit of me and I've been working on my list and here we are!

I'm hoping to give regular updates on this one as my 1001 days progresses (maybe every hundred days would work!) So here are my 101 goals:

Day Zero 101 in 1001 goals

[1] Explore Sheffield
[2] Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando
[3] Go on a solo holiday
[4] Visit Disneyland Paris
[5] USA Roadtrip
[6] Stay in a 5* Hotel
[7] Buy a house
[8] Get an Alice in Wonderland tattoo
[9] Complete a reading challenge
[10] Learn another language
[11] Decorate my new home
[12] Do a boudoir photo shoot
[13] A-Z movie list
[14] Visit all premiership and EFL grounds
[15] Midnight movie premiere
[16] Visit a live screening of a tv show
[17] Go and see Harry Potter and the cursed child
[18] Go to Cadbury World
[19] Go to a zoo
[20] Go to a 'meet up'
[21] Meet a blogger IRL
[22] Get promoted to Senior Delivery Consultant at work
[23] Lost 5 stone 
[24] Learn how to apply make up properly
[25] 10k followers on social media
[26] Blog 3 times a week consistently
[27] Visit 10 new to me UK cities
[28] Own a proper floor to ceiling bookcase
[29] Go to Thorpe Park
[30] Meet someone special
[31] Be featured in the press
[32] Attend a blog event
[33] Go to Warner Bros Harry Potter Tour for Christmas
[34] Learn to play piano
[35] Say Yes to everything for a whole week
[36] Get my teeth whitened
[37] Win 101 competitions
[38] Go 'viral'
[39] Start an agony aunt series on my blog
[40] Go on a cruise
[41] Go to a movie drive in
[42] 'Try' Pinterest Pins rather than just pinning and leaving
[43] Work out my depression and don't allow it to catch me in the winter months
[44] Huge tidy of my bedroom, go for a more minimalist approach
[45] Have a full day at the cinema
[46] 10k steps daily on a regular basis
[47] Volunteer somewhere close to my heart
[48] Once moved out rescue a cat / dog
[49] Solve a strangers problem, pay it forward etc.
[50] Swim in an infinity pool
[51] Win 'something' at work
[52] Cook / Bake one new thing every week
[53] Get a caricature made of me
[54] Try a new to me food every 2 weeks
[55] Spend Christmas / New Year in another country
[56] Go speed dating
[57] Tell someone I love them and truly mean it
[58] Make my new home 'smart'
[59] Own an American fridge / freezer
[60] Pay off my car finance
[61] Make a new friend
[62] Get hair highlights
[63] Host a dinner party
[64] Learn to ride a bike
[65] Start budgeting properly
[66] Do something special for everyone in my family
[67] Collaborate with a brand I love on my blog
[68] Earn enough blog income on a monthly basis to cover bills
[69] Order from every takeaway that delivers to me on just eat
[70] Go to 10 concerts / shows
[71] Go dog sledding
[72] Write for a magazine
[73] Hold a guinness world record
[74] Get a manicure and pedicure
[75] Own a huge bath
[76] Complete my Harry Potter Jigsaw
[77] Weekend away with Sarah
[78] Plan a school reunion 
[79] Have a Harry Potter marathon
[80] Have a proper address / birthday book
[81] Clear the cupboard in my room
[82] Hold a car boot sale / visit one
[83] Visit a psychic or have my tarot cards read
[84] Buy everything I want from any website
[85] Do a food challenge
[86] Be a bridesmaid
[87] Get married
[88] Have a baby
[89] Watch a sunrise with someone special
[90] Attend a Euro's or World Cup Game
[91] Go on a murder mystery weekend
[92] Have a nice garden
[93] Learn how to braid and style my hair
[94] Have a walk in closet
[95] Spend a night in a tree house
[96] Go to an airport and get on the next flight
[97] Be vocal about mental health 
[98] Harry Potter tour in Edinburgh
[99] 10k monthly pageviews on a regular basis
[100] Get professional business cards for my blog
[101] Make a new list!

Phew! That was extensive, as you can see this list is very varied from huge dreams such as buying my own home to lots of littler things such as holding a car boot. I can't wait to get started

What would be on your list?

Monday, 26 February 2018

How to make your hair healthy

Now I'm not one for beauty, I'm terrible at applying make up and my skincare routine is basically non existent. But one thing I do actually put effort into is my hair! I have super thick curly hair which I straighten on a regular basis, because of this I have to make sure I keep my hair as healthy as possible. With a huge rise of hair transplants such as the FUE hair transplant at the Harley Street Hair Clinic* it's clear that hair confidence is a big thing, so here is my routine for protecting my hair and keeping it healthy and me smiling

Healthy Hair Tips


I don't wash my hair every day, with how thick it is it actually makes it much worse, I wash it twice a week, sometimes 3 times if I have a particular event. I try and stick to the same shampoo and conditioner targeted to either coloured hair (I dye my roots every 2 months) or frizz specific shampoo. My current choices are both from the frizz ease range 


In addition to my usual cleaning routine I also make specific hair masks or use a really rich deep conditioner like Aussie 3 minute miracle every 2 weeks. If I'm having a specific problem I often search pinterest for a lovely natural homemade hairmask - a particular favourite is yoghurt, egg and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Left on for an hour then washed off it leaves my hair particularly silky and remarkably frizz free so definitely give it a go if that's your hair problem


As I mentioned before I have super curly hair (like utter frizz bomb) and I'm not a lover of my natural locks so I have to straighten it often. Where possible I let my hair dry naturally to reduce the heat strain. I make sure I coat my hair with a good heat protection spray like the Garnier Ultimate Blends before straightening it, I also use a Toni & Guy finishing spray to smooth flyaways and complete my styling

So there we have it, my very simple haircare routine and the products I'm using to keep my hair thick and healthy

What products do you recommend?


Sunday, 25 February 2018

6 Things Every Blogger NEEDS to know about taxes

So you've been blogging a while, or maybe you're a new blogger on the scene? Eventually your thoughts will turn to monetising your blog. This could be through sponsored posts, affiliate links, selling items etc. - sound like you? Then you NEED to read these tips before you start to make sure you're all set on the tax front before you start earning

6 things every blogger needs to know about taxes

1) Register as self employed

Well this should be blatantly obvious right? But first thing you need to do is register as self-employed you'll get your own unique tax reference (UTR) through the post and then you're pretty much good to go. If you do have any questions before you register then definitely ring the self-assessment helpline* - they're super helpful and helped me figure out how it would affect my tax and NI in my full time job 

2) Keep accurate records

This is absolutely crucial to make it as simple as possible, as soon as you register as self employed you need to start tracking all your incomings and outgoings (these can be expensed). You could hire an accountant to help with this or make your own version on excel - I have a blogger taxes spreadsheet from Kona Seven who I highly recommend

3) Learn about expenses - what you can and can't expense

Blogging obviously incurs some expenses so it's important to keep a track of anything that's associated with your blog for example: blog theme, tool subscriptions (Tailwind, buffer, Hootsuite etc.), Paypal fees and a proportion of your electricty etc. However other things can't be such as client entertaining, items you'll use again such as clothes etc.  

4) Monetize your blog 

Now you have a handle on expenses it's time to kick ass and make lots of money! There are so many ways to monetize your blog so get out there and explore - my favourite ways are through sponsored posts, affiliate marketing and google adsense. But the possibilities are endless, You can make products, sell them, run courses let your imagination run wild

5) Organise your emails!

Once you've started monetizing it's crucial just like keeping accurate records that you have a good organisation system in place, this can save you a whole heap of time at assessment time. It mean's you'll have all your invoices, receipts and blog discussions saved by month making it easier to decipher and find things if needed 

6) Always pay attention

Taxes change a lot, allowances and what can be expensed etc. so keep up to date with current affairs and chat to other people in the blogging / self employed community you're all in the same boat so don't be scared to have a chat about taxes, they don't have to be confusing

What self employed tax questions do you have?
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