Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Saving Money On Your Hols


Saving Money on Your Summer Holiday – Ultimate Guide
Any self-respecting globetrotter is aware that traveling is a wonderful and rewarding experience, but it is not always child's play. Things can be simple, but they can also be complicated. From unexpected bank charges and hours spent looking for an internet cafe, there is always something unexpected.

If you are not traveling alone, first check the price for a single passenger
Depending on your destination, the flight itself may be the biggest expense of your trip. Even a slight reduction can mean a saving of a £80; hence, it is worth conducting some research beforehand. By purchasing a ticket for a single passenger before buying the other tickets, you may get a better price in the end. This is due to the airline's tiered fare system.

If there is more than one seat available at a lower price and you are looking to book directly two seats, the prices of all tickets will be inflated to the higher level. To work around this, you can follow the following steps:
Compare prices; you need to conduct two searches, the first search including only one passenger and the second search all passengers. If the price quoted per passenger is lower in the first search than for a single passenger then buy the ticket separately from the others.
By taking the ticket separately at a better price, you can divide the savings with other passengers so that everyone benefits from a reduction. Proceed to buy the remaining tickets at the same time you take the first ticket. You will be sure to take seats for everyone on the same plane.

Take advantage of a better exchange rate at the airport

It is only when you arrive at the airport that you realize that you forgot to exchange your money. Most airports have a currency exchange bureau but their relatively high rates mean that you will lose on the deal. Do not be afraid to find yourself in this situation, there is a simple solution.
Most of the foreign exchange companies that you will find at the airport have different online rates than those listed directly at the counters. Thus, for the transaction to be more to your advantage, simply order your currencies online while you are at the airport and then collect them at the counter after the transaction is completed.

Reset the clock and save time (Wi-Fi)

Many airports offer travellers an hour of free Wi-Fi while they wait for their flight. This may seem enough but if your flight is late, you will probably want to access it longer. Fortunately, it is possible to extend this time with a simple trick. The timing of Wi-Fi is based on the clock of your mobile phone or laptop. Going up the clock before the time is right, you can get free Wi-Fi for as long as needed.

Use on board Wi-Fi smarter

Those who travel often by plane know that the price of on board Wi-Fi varies depending on whether you access it with your smartphone or your laptop. Wi-Fi access for laptops is usually more expensive because we tend to consider that we use more data on a laptop than on a smartphone. This simple trick can save you a little money.

Before your flight, follow one of the following links to the "User-Agent-Switcher" extension for your Chrome, Firefox or Opera browser. Add the extension to your browser. User agents allow your browser to identify the type of device on which it is used. Open the drop-down menu that you can find by clicking on the icon at the top right of the screen and change the user agent by selecting a mobile phone.

After take-off, you will be able to connect to the internet while having changed user agent. This means that you will make the network believe that you are connecting from a smartphone and not from your computer, so you can enjoy Wi-Fi at a lower price.

Download a map of the city offline from Google

It can sometimes be difficult to find a map for the destination of your choice. Fortunately, Google Maps has a simple solution to your problem. The functionality of Google "Ok Maps" is not very well known. It allows you to download the regions of your choice to be able to consult them offline. This feature is also very easy to use.
Download the Google Maps app for your phone, if you have not done so already. Use the app to search for a particular city or region, then use the zoom function to cover the territory you need. It is recommended to zoom out, since the "Ok Maps" feature can save areas up to 50 miles, once this done, type "Ok Maps" in the search bar and the option will then appear to save the map.

Once the map is saved, you can access it offline by using the "my addresses" tab located on the sidebar of Google Maps. You will not be able to use offline route calculation, but GPS functions will remain active. The maps are also very detailed and will be available on your Google Maps application for 30 days.
Taking free samples in your toiletries
If you are going away for a small break then you don’t really need to pay for check-in luggage, instead you can apply on free sample website and apply to get small samples of perfume, shampoo, body creams, which will allow you to go through the gate as they are all under 10ml. This way you can save up to £40 extra to get check-in luggage.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Short Stories By R.E Fisher

When was the last time you sat down and read a story with your child?

Although this is something we do on a weekly basis with Jared and a daily basis with Eryn I realise that not all parents have time to do this. Which I think is sad for both parents and children as it's such a special time to bond and let the imagination flow.


We were recently set some new stories to read. Which the kids were excited recieve in the post. We were sent 3 short stories which are part the Bobby & Morph series. Bobby & Morph are dogs who are the centre of these beautiful written stories. In the books the author explains a little about where Bobby & Morph came from and that they were real dogs. I love when an author can give that little bit of a background. The series's is aimed at children aged between 4-7 but I personally feel that they would be loved just as much by 8-10 year olds, especially if you have an older child who enjoys reading to a younger sibling.

We have read these 3 books many times over already and Jared is reading them himself and to his sister. With Jared being only five he has struggled with a few words but overall can read them well, it's great to see him enjoy reading and watching him cuddle up on the sofa to read to his sister. Jared can always point out the meaning or lesson to be learned from a story, I think this may be something that they do at school the lessons he pointed out from these were about being kind and helpful to others. Something I feel is very important to get across to children and even more so now with all this hate they see and hear on the news.

One thing I really liked about these stories was the illustration. Nearly every book we own has full pages full of colour and pictures which distracts my children when we are reading. The illustration in these books are simple and compliment the story rather than distract from it. If you were looking for some new stories to read then I would definitely recommend these I also think they would be great for if your child wants or needs to develop their reading skill. You can purchase the Bobby & Murphy range on Amazon and Waterstone's.



Friday, 13 April 2018

Paulos Circus

What do you think of when you think of the circus? Clowns, jugglers or maybe the gymnastics.

We went to Paulos Circus last weekend and they had it all, plus more. We arrived an hour early and it's a good job too as a queue was already starting. We were waiting for about half an hour then we went and took our seats. As all seats cost the same you can choose where you want to sit, we chose to sit ring side. Inside the heated tent there were snacks available for a small cost, popcorn and hot dogs plus a selection of drinks. Liam and I had a bag of popcorn each while Jared didn't want anything until he saw a lady selling spinning lights.

As the show began there was a countdown and then the first act appeared. The trio had what looked like two hamster wheels attached to each end of a metal cage. This contraption was spun around while the performer's walked and flipped inside the circle hamster wheel then they walked on the outside, blind folded!! I kept looking at Jared's reaction as I could just hear him gasping and wowing as he watched in amazement. The trio would later return as a duo to preform on the tight rope, another hanging on the edge of your seat performance.


One of the performances is something I have never seen before but was amazed by although not as amazed as my son who thinks the man created real light sabers. The perform was on a box and I thought maybe it would be acrobatic's but I was wrong. Light shone from his hands as he created an amazing lazer light display.


As with most circus acts you have your juggler and knife throwing which was impressive. I really enjoy the more dangerous acts. In between acts I was hoping to see a clown but sadly,or maybe not if you afraid of them, there wasn't one. Instead we had Mr N who was so funny and truly knew how to keep the auidence happy which I can't imagine is easy when there are all these big acts.


Paulos Circus is currently at York until the 29th of April with performances twice a day on Thursday & Friday (5pm and 7:15pm) then on Saturday & Sunday (2pm and 4:30pm). All seats are £7pp so it is a really good price and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Jac Vapour Series-S17 review.

The amazing guys over at Jac vapour have sent me their Series-S17 starter kit to have a play around and give my thoughts. As the vapour in the family, Liam will be writing this review....

When I heard that Jac Vapour were interested in working with us I was extremely exited, I have been a customer of there is the past and I have always been impressed with their products and the service you get when visiting one of their stores. For myself it is their Leeds based store.

Jac Vapour are one of the most reputable companies on the high street with all their products manufactured in the UK it gives you a massive sense of reliability and safety in opposed to some of the more unknown brands. I have introduced many people to vaping and I have always recomended Jac's.

I was massively impressed with the amount of products they sent myself. I received the S17 kit including the new top fill tank, a spare battery, a pack of 5 coils and 4 liquids. The liquids were, Strawberry chew. Mint, Menthol & pure menthol.


The kit overall looks extremely stylish especially in the silver steel. It looks professional yet simple at the same time. The top fill tank was the real game changer for me. Many starter kits come with tanks that you have to remove from the battery in order to fill and you therefore can only fill the tank half way. The new top fill tank however, allows for the mouth piece to be removed and liquid to be inserted into the tank without the need of dismantling your kit. This not only means you can utilise the full capacity of the tank but you also do not have to run the risk over covering yourself in liquid while re-filling. I found this feature exceptionally useful when refilling my tank on the go.


The liquids are something I was already familiar with, from previous experience I was already expecting a big flavour and with the strawberry chew I was not disappointed. The flavour was that of a strawberry flavoured starburst. The PG/VG split allows for the liquid to be used in both started kits and more advanced kits. The pure menthol and menthol were exactly what you would expect, they are a clear smooth vape for those of you who like a refreshing flavour in opposed to a fruity or desert flavoured vape. Finally the mint liquid reminded me of the first few chews of chewing gum, that over coming feeling of mint covering you mouth, this again is a very refreshing taste and makes a nice change to my usual fruit based liquids.

Overall I used this product for a week and I was extremely satisfied. I am used to my TC100 which I run at around 30W, this S17 does not run at such a high wattage however due to the resistance in the coils it does produce enough vapour and the PG hit is enough to make this product a perfect starting point for anyone wishing to make the change from cigs to vaping.

Overall to buy everything I received it will cost £50  which represents exceptional value in terms of value for money. I have had kits that have cost more than this and have been no where near as fun or satisfying to use. I had a slight issue with the liquid leaking out however the guys in the Leeds store were exceptionally helpful and I was back making clouds within 5-10 minutes.

You can check Jac Vapour out on their website here

If you are interested in switching to vaping but have more questions feel free to get in touch on the below

Twitter - @LiamBurton92

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Strip Naked & Re-Dress With Happiness: A Review

When it comes to self help books there are so many to choose from it can be hard to find one that works for you. All self help books are striving to do the same which is to help their audience with their words. I have in the past tried a few different self help books but I just couldn't get into them and they ended up sitting on the book case gathering dust.

Before I tell you my thoughts on the book I just want to tell you a little bit about the author, Maria Hocking. Maria Hocking in her own words is a writer, life changer, inspirational speaker and motivational trainer. She thrives on helping people change their lives with her heart and her words. Maria is a married woman who enjoys a life living by the coast with her children you can read more about Maria on her website.

'This book will show you how to use your nakedness to find a higher level of happiness.
You will get naked. You will get hopelessly lost. There will be times in your life
when you find yourself severely challenged by your circumstances, times that will 
leave you questioning your life, your reality and your identity. During these times you may try desperately 
to hold on to the threads of who you are, when all you need to do is let go.'

The book has a great metaphor which really helps if like me you like to visualise your path. It's all about stripping down and layering yourself back up. As with all self help books there is an event in the author's life that has given them a push to change and over come obstacles in their life. For Maria there were 3 major challenges that she had faced in her life. She share's these challenges and the first one being the loss of her hair at such a young age of 24. Throughout the book there are 'changing room tips' some are longer than other's some of these tip's are more helpful than other's but this is not a dig at the book I'm simply applying what is useful for me in my life.


I enjoyed the book and I have gained some useful information after reading this but as I have mentioned above each person is different so not all will apply. There is a part that mention's not using medicine, for me this is something I can't change. I need my medication or I else I put myself at risk of serious ill health or death. But then I can also see that not all medicine is needed I often try to find an alternative if I can. For a part I felt somewhat jealous of Maria as she has the luxury of being able to live a lot more comfortably then I ever will be able to. I would love to be able to study and change my career but it's simple not possible when I have two small children and would need childcare to go back into education. I think that this point is something I find many self help books have and some can seem to make it easy to just stop everything and pursue your dreams. I found it best for me to highlight the parts in the book that applied to my life and I knew would be useful to change certain aspects of my life. I couldn't help think that maybe my mind wasn't fully ready to get completely naked but I know that I have the book there to turn back to for when I am ready to strip bare.

 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Squeeze Popper Giveaway

If you have seen them online, or read the reviews then you know what a Squeeze Popper is. If you haven't then you can read my review of them here.

Squeeze Popper's are a really cool toy that I'm sure every child will love. There are so many different designs to choose from such as the Unicorn, Poo Emoji, Dino etc so there really is one for everyone. You could win a selection of 3 Squeeze Popper's by entering the giveaway below. 



a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclaimer: This giveaway is open to UK residents only. There will be one winner who will be chosen at random via the rafflecoptor the winner will be notified via email within 48 hours after the giveaway has ended. The winner will be sent the prize directly by the company supplying and there is no cash alternative. Jade's Journey is not responsible for the prize. Any entries made by those under the age of 18 must have the permission of their parent or guardian.  

Healthy Shopping Price Difference

Something everyone has been talking about lately is the fact that Britain is getting fatter! The thing is all we are told is the risks of being overweight and that we should lose weight. At the moment I'm currently trying to work with my GP and shift the extra pounds, sorry stones that I'm carrying. As I'm currently borderline diabetic losing this weight is important for me, it is not easy for me at all as I have an under-active thyroid which makes it difficult for me to lose weight. The advice I have been given from my GP is, exercise and to change my diet.

As a family we have been making small changes and better decision's when it comes to food but I know we could do better, what is stopping me is the cost and time it takes to prepare food from scratch which I know is a lot healthier than using a jar of sauce. We tend to use sauces from jars for majority of our meals simply because of how easy it is, when I have time I do prepare food from scratch but I will admit that it's very rare that I do. When speaking to healthcare professionals I was told that it costs no more to cook food from scratch than it does to buy a jar of sauce, so I decided to look into that for myself using online shopping and showing not just the healthcare professionals but also you the difference.

For this shopping I took a typical week of what we would eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The shopping list doesn't contain snacks or drinks another thing to take note of is that the fresh vegetables may not last the full week depending what dates the products have on them when purchasing (we do judge our food on the way it looks and smells and not just the date given). Here is a list of what we would be eating:

Monday: Cereal, Ham Sandwich, Chicken Curry
Tuesday: Cereal, Sandwich, Pasta Bake
Wednesday: Toast, Bacon Sandwich, Sausage Casserole
Thursday: Cereal, Omelette, Cottage Pie
Friday: Cereal, Sandwich, Burger and chips
Saturday: Cereal, Sandwich, Pizza
Sunday, Cereal, Sandwich, Sunday Roast

So I made my shopping list and put everything in the virtual trolley and I was pleased with the total which was £66.99. I then did the shop again but this time making a few changes so we switched the sandwich's for crackers and soft cheese but chose the healthier options of low fat cheese and wholemeal crackers. Main meals would be staying the same we would just pick healthier ways to make them and make majority of them from scratch using healthy recipe's. For the burger we switched to turkey, for the mince I switched that for mince with 5% fat and the pizza would be made by following a slimming world recipe. I was a bit surprised at the total as I had been told by almost every person who is supporting me on this weight loss and healthy eating change that I would see my shopping bills decrease in price however that was not the case the total for the healthier shop was £79.67. That was an increase of just under £13 which may not sound a lot but when you have an extra £13 a week onto your food bill every week it soon adds up.

               

I think that it is important for people to eat healthier and making changes where they can but I understand why we as a country are becoming fatter, it's simply cheaper to eat the unhealthier options. The country is spending so much money on campaigns to highlight all the bad choices but what are they doing in the ways of reducing cost? The problem is that people don't want to make a change but simply that it is expensive!

We are trying our best and making affordable changes but more needs to be done when it comes to the cost's. I just want to point out that we are not a family that has takeaway's nor do we slob about and shovel junk food in our mouths. We go out every weekend for a long walk and on a Saturday we usually have a family treat night where we will eat pizza and watch a film with a unhealthy snack but most night's the kids have a yogurt and a piece of fruit for their pudding and snack's are limited.   

Thursday, 8 March 2018

What They're Reading: February

Where did February go? As you can see I'm running a little late with this post. This is the second month of us sharing what we are reading. We read lots of books but have decided to share our favourite of that month with you and hopefully you will then share these with your children. I have been busy with writing a child's book which maybe I will be able to share with you all once it is complete.

This month Jared wants to share The Dirty Great Dinosaur with you. He is scoring it a 4/5


The Dirty Great Dinosaur is such a great book to read. Little Hal is just playing around with his dog when a dinosaur shows up, and the dinosaur is hungry. There's a lot of diologue in the book which Jared really enjoyed when he read it as he could give the dinosaur a voice. The illustration isn't too glossy and perfect looking which I loved. If you have little one who likes dinoasud's then I would recommend buying this book, currently £5.99 on Amazon.

Eryn has chosen to share with you Noisy Farm.
I'm giving it a 3/5


The Noisy Farm is a sound board book which has 10 animals sounds. This is the reason I gave it a 3 because it has driven me crazy hearing these noisy animals. Each animal has a page and it gives you a bit of information on that animal. I think it's important for children to learn about animals as so many children don't get to see farm animals. The pictures are really good and have helped with Eryn being able to identify the animal and their sound. This book came from Mark's & Spencer's but I have seen similar on Amazon.


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Squeeze Popper's Review

This week we have all been playing with a new toy, Squeeze Popper's. Jared was super excited about these and he decided that they were going to be the start of his YouTube life, his words not mine. You can watch his first ever video at the bottom of the page.

We were sent three Squeeze Popper's to try out the Unicorn, The Poo Emoji and a Sloth. All three designs are great and fit in well with current trends, if your child has nagged for everything unicorn or poo related are you even a parent? Of course Jared instantly tore open the packet for the grinning poo and soon all three packets were open and balls were flying everywhere. They are really simple to play with you literally put the ball in the hole which is usually the mouth but it goes into the top on the poo emoji then you squeeze and out flies the ball.


Each Squeeze Popper come's with 6 foam balls apart from the poo emoji who came with 4 balls. The balls can shoot up to 6 metres which I thought was pretty impressive. Now I must add that although the packaging states that these can be used for indoor and outdoor play I will only let Jared play with them indoor's. The balls can easily get lost, currently trying to locate several sloth balls, and if it is windy out then the balls could end up anywhere plus we have a dog who is obsessed with balls of any size.

We really like these and we been using them to knock things down, a great idea we had was to save our toilet roll tube's which we are then going to paint and give each one a number which will be how many points we get if we knock it down. We think that these are great little toys that would make a great gift for a birthday as there is a Squeeze Popper suitable for everyone, they retail at £7.99 and they are currently stocked on Amazon and Wicked Uncle.

Please do watch Jared's video it's his first ever one and if you have any words of encouragement for him I will be pleased to pass them on.


Sunday, 11 February 2018

Prestige Flowers

Dear Mother's,

I'm writing to all you mother's out there to let you know that you are amazing. We as mother's stress ourselves out over everything and as a result many of us have serious mum guilt, I know I do. We feel bad if we work and we feel bad if we don't. Sometimes they kids become too much and we shout at them and then cry and feel guilty for making them feel sad. Some days we simply don't have time to make them the healthiest meal so chicken nuggets will do.

We run around after everyone with barely a minute to ourselves, but we wouldn't change it because their cuddles make it worth the while. We swap boozy nights out for a night in with a bottle of wine and catch up TV, peppa is off now they are sleeping. If they need new clothes we make ours last that little bit longer, holes in clothes is fashionable now.

So mums take a seat and put your feet up drink that wine and have an early night.

 

Don't forget to say that big Thanks to your mum after all she felt the same as you at some point. I always like to give my mum flowers like these ones from Prestige Flowers. It's not something she get's very often and they always make her smile.

These beautiful flowers are delivered fresh they look and smell amazing. When looking to find that perfect bunch you will see that some come with little extra's such as a box of chocolates or a teddy bear. Prestige Flowers has something to suit everyone and every budget.

Say Thanks Mum with some beautiful flowers this year.

Monday, 29 January 2018

What They're Reading: January

My children love to read and I love to read to them and with them. Jared has always had an interest in reading and luckily as he has got to school and started reading himself his love of books has grown and spread to his younger sister. Eryn's book collection is growing slowly and she has her favourites already often carrying it over saying 'my book' which indicates she wants to snuggle down and be read to.

As there are so many benefits for children to be read to and for them to read I want to share each month what my children are reading, and encourage other parent's to grab a book a blanket and a comfy spot where they can enjoy reading with their child. Of course we read many books so we will be picking just one per month to share with you.

This month Jared has been reading: Farm
We rate this 5/5


Jared got this book for Christmas, I had never see this book before and on first glance I thought it was a flap book. The book is as you can guess about farm's and everything to do with farm's which is good for children who don't get a chance to visit a farm or like Jared love's farm's. The book has a feature called a flashlight I have never experienced this before but it is really good fun, you have a magic torches (not real) and you move them over the film to discover objects and animals. This is a book that teaches, has little games in and is just overall a fun book for any child to enjoy.

This month Eryn has been reading: That's not my unicorn.
We rate this 4/5


This was given as a Christmas gift and Eryn is loving it, and why wouldn't she it has unicorn's in! The book is a board book and each page is full of colour, sparkles and something to touch, it's classed as a touchy feely book. There is so much for Eryn to take from each page along with listening to me read she can feel the pages and the different textures and there is a cute little mouse on each page for her to spot. We have given the book 4/5 and this is because the book has a unicorn in that has wings and we all know that unicorns don't have wings that would be Alicorn.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

100 Truths Blogger Tag

I don't often get a chance to take part in these tags, I usually miss them as unfortunately I don't have many blogger friends. That's kind of the reason I wanted to do this tag, it's a great way to see if I have much in common with fellow bloggers and hopefully get to know them a bit better as well. Thank you to for Dot Makes 4 for  tagging me in this.

The Basics

1. What's your name? Jade Leanne Bremner

2. Any nicknames or aliases? Jadeypoo but strictly only my mother is allowed to call me that.

3. Your gender? I'm female

4. Your star sign? I'm really special and have two as I'm born on a cusp so sometimes I'm Aries and sometimes I'm Taurus.

5. How old are you? 27

6. Your relationship status? I'm engaged

7. Any children? I have 4 but sadly two of them were too good to be in this world they were both boy's. I have a five year old boy and a 1.5 year old daughter.

8. Any pets? I have a border collie who is 9 and some fish.

9. Any tattoo's or piercings? Yes I have two footprints tattooed on my shoulder blade but I have plans for more tattoo's. I also have my ear's pierced 3 times in each ear 2 of those on each ear were done during a lesson at school and I have my tongue pierced.

10. What do you like about yourself? Physically I like my eye's as a person I like that I'm resilient.

11. What do you dislike about yourself? Physically my flabby bits and as a person I don't always like my temper. 

12. Righty or lefty? I'm a righty

Lasts

13. The last thing you drank: Water

14. The last thing you ate: Spicy chicken pasta

15. Your last phone call: My mum

16: Your last text message: To my little sister who was on her way to school.

17. Your last email: To my local council to question about why there are no grit bins anymore?

18. The last song you listened to: Violence by Blink 182

19. The last book you read: It was a bedtime book for girls to my daughter last night.

20. The last time you cried: About two weeks ago had a lot of car issue's and life just kept throwing them lemons at me and it just got too much.

21. The last blog you read: ET speaks from home.

22. The last person you spoke to: My fiance Liam.

23. The last place you visited: My doctors surgery, does that count?

24. Your last holiday abroad: Gran Canaria when I was 14 which was a very long time ago.

Have you ever?

25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex? Yeah which was stupid.

26. Have you ever been cheated on? Yes my ex husband was very good at cheating he is now with my ex best friend.

27. Have you ever cheated on someone? Yep my ex husband I thought I would do the whole getting back at him thing and cheated on him with his best friend, he didn't seem too bothered.

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you? yes too many to mention.

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up? No technically, I normally throw up once I have sobered up and have a hang over.

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone? I suppose the answer should be yes but if I'm honest I don't think I ever loved my ex husband.

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you? I have met so many people that have changed me in both good ways and bad ways.

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are? Of course I don't think anyone can go through life without having that moment.

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn't have? Umm yeah

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back? Yep because women are bitches we all know it and we have all done it at some point.

35. Have you ever broken someone's heart? I would like to think I haven't if I have I don't know about it.

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger? Yes I have only once though.

37. Have you ever had your own heart broken? Yes and it's awful you don't want to eat and you just sit and cry.

38. Have you ever had sex on the first date? Nope I'm not that easy if a guy like's me then I'm worth waiting for.

39. Have you ever been arrested? Yes I have twice when I was young.

40. Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn't the gender you usually find attractive? Yes only one person though.

41. Have you ever done something you regret? No I don't regret anything I have done. I have made some really stupid mistakes but I don't regret making them as they have helped me learn and have made me who I am today.

42. Have you ever had a threesome? Yes I have.

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public? No not really.

44. Have you ever misjudged someone? Yes I think this is another unavoidable thing to happen in life.

Your beliefs and opinions

45. Do you believe in God? I believe in something but I don't believe in a God that built the world in 7 days. I believe that there is something but not the God that people always think of.

46. Do you believe in yourself? No not really there was a time when I did.

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus? Of course plus I have seen him so clearly he is real.

48. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes I do I have experienced things that couldn't be logically explained.

49. Do you believe in aliens? Ok yeah I do but I don't think they are green people with big heads that go around probing things.

50. Do you believe in miracles? I'm not sure I'm on the fence with this one.

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? No and I will tell you why, I lived with the positive thinking for two years and during them two years everything negative that could of happened did happen. I never gave in to negative thoughts and I kept my positively until one day I just thought what's the point this just doesn't work.

52. Do you believe in love at first sight? I believe it exists but I have never experienced it.

53. Can money make you happy? I don't think it make's you happy but I think it defiantly helps.

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist? No sorry to all that are feminists but do not agree with a lot of what you all say and I actually find it insulting when some say that ALL women want this that and the other. Please stop speaking for all of us some of us are happy where we are in life.

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice? This is kind of tough as I don't believe abortions should be given unless it's in certain circumstances. To many people rely on this as a form of contraception and I don't think that is right. 

56. Do you have strong political beliefs? Not really there are things I agree with and things I don't but I'm not rich and I'm not poor, being in the middle means that I will always get screwed over by the government.

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs? No simply because I don't think living your life to a strict beliefs can make you truly happy. You spend your life trying to please a God that may or may not exist.

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is? A sense of belonging and feeling loved.

Right now

59. Are you eating anything right now? No I have toothache.

60. Are you drinking anything right now? Water

61. What are you listening to right now? Adverts on the TV and the whiring noise of the dishwasher.

62. What are you thinking about right now? How I need to find a dentist that is accepting new patients and is private going to be much better.

63. What are you waiting for right now? To go and do the school run.

64. What are you most excited about right now? Finishing my cross stitch, yes I know I live such a crazy life.

65. What's your pet hate right now? I don't know I'm pretty pissed at the people who have fly tipped on the field roads.

66. What's your favourite thing right now? Blankets

67. If you weren't answering these questions, what would you be doing right now? Probably my cross stitch or writing a post about something.

Firsts

68. Your first best friend: My cousin Alyssia

69. Your first kiss: I was in year 7 and I went to a foam party and it was a boy who was a twin and low and behold I kissed both as I didn't know they were twins.

70. Your first celebrity crush: It's got to be Leo Di'caprio I even had a T-shirt with his face on.

71. Your first holiday: I don't know which was my first but we used to go to Weymouth and have a caravan holiday.

72. Your first pet: A hamster called Hammy

73. Your first regret: Not got one

74. You first job: I worked in a cafe on the RAF camp I lived on and I took order's, cooked, helped with stock takes and was even trusted with collecting everyone's wages. I was 15 it was great.

75. Your first childhood memory: I remember some man looking through our letterbox asking me to open the door.

Which would you choose?

76. Love or money? Love

77. Twitter or facebook? Facebook

78. Hook up or relationship: Relationship

79. Dogs or cats? Dog's every time

80. Coffee or tea? Coffee coffee coffee

81. Beer or wine? Neither

82. Sweet or savoury? Sweet

83. Introvert or extrovert? I think I'm a bit of both.

84. Vampires or werewolves? It has to be a vampire

85. Seaside or countryside? Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside.

86. Summer or winter? Winter because in winter I can put on and take off as many layers as I want but in Summer once I'm naked that's it I can't do anything else to cool down.

87. Books or movies? Books

88. Horror or comedy? Horror I love a good scare.

A few random questions to finish on

89. Do you wish you could change your past? No because if I did that I wouldn't have everything that I have now.

90. What's your dream job? Funeral Director

91. What's your guilty pleasure? Ice cream

92. What are you afraid of? Losing one or both of my children I literally would die if anything ever happend to them.

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an archaeologist.

94. If you could have any super power what would it be? Have you ever seen that episode of The Simpsons where comic book guy writes a comic about a super hero who can absorb everyone else's super power? Well I would have that super power. 

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be? My job.

96. Would you want immortality? Nope it would depress me seeing everyone I love die all time.

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose? Hitler I think it would be very interesting to speak to him if I could bring him back from the dead for a day. 

98. Would you say you are happy? In one aspect yes but I would use the word content more than happy.

99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen? Don't wait another 3 years things will get worse so just leave now and maybe you could go and get that education you wanted.

100. Where would you like to be in five year's time? I would like to be in a different job and be married and saving for a epic holiday in USA.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Head Lice, Hedrin Plus A Giveaway

At some point in your life you will encounter these pesky little buggers that live in your hair. The very thought of them often makes your head begin to itch. If you are like me as soon as your child starts scratching out come's the comb, luckily we have only had them once and they were gone almost as quick as they arrived. Now that Jared is at school I'm more aware of them and check his hair on a regular basis even more so when we get the dreaded head lice letter that get's sent round.

When it comes to head lice nearly a 3rd of parents go into a state of panic, who can blame them we don't want them. There are many rumours that go around about head lice and here are a few little myths that you might of heard. 
  • Head lice can be caught by sharing a hairbrush, towel or bedding. Head lice can only survive on a head they quickly die when they aren't close to their food source. Adults and nymphs normally become too dehydrated to be able to feed between just 8-12 hours off of the head. 
  • Head lice only live in clean hair. Well this is a load of rubbish as when I was growing up I was told they only live in dirty hair so which is it? Well it's both and neither, head lice do not have a preference as to what condition your hair is in. 
  • Head lice prefer longer hair. All that space with such long hair they could set up a little country. However they don't have a preference on hair length as they can survive on just 2mm of hair. Head lice like to live by the scalp, makes it easier to feed I guess. 

There are many ways you can get rid of head lice and keep them away, and many products to choose from. It can be confusing on what to use, Hedrin have a great selection of products to choose from for every stage Detection, Treatment, Post Treatment and Protection. Of course the best bit of equipment you will need is a good head lice comb, you will need to use a comb that is designed for catching head lice. The teeth on a head lice comb should be no more than 0.3mm apart. After this you will need to treat the hair Hedrin have three treatment's to choose from which are Hedrin's 4% lotion, Hedrin Once and Hedrin treat and go. After treating the hair you will need to remove the dead eggs from the hair using Hedrin's stubborn egg removal kit can make them easier to comb out of your child's hair. Finally to keep the head lice away you can use a protection, Hedrin's Protect and Go spray which you can apply to the hair after every wash. 

I now have a little giveaway for you to win Hedrin Once treatment and Hedrin stubborn egg loosening lotion.




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Thursday, 11 January 2018

What To Do With Old Toys

Now that Christmas is over your kids probably have some toys that will no longer get played with now that they have no shiny ones. The question is what do we do with these toys?
Thousand of these once loved playing companions will end up in land fill when they are still perfectly fine to use.

Recycling centre's won't accept toys but if a toy is broken then parts of it may be able to be recycled. For example if you have some board games that have missing pieces then parts like the box it was in might be able to be recycled. Any toys and games that have batteries or battery packs can be removed and then be recycled.

Many people de-clutter after Christmas which means you may have more than just old toys to get rid of. You could do a small car boot sale and make a little money back on your old things. If you don't fancy standing in the cold there are many online selling platforms that you can use, just remember to include postage fee's if you agree to post items out.

Donating item's you can check with local hospitals and GP offices if they would accept any donations of good quality toy's or books. I know my local hospital is always grateful as it's not just the children's wards that need these things, think of all the waiting rooms with bored children. Of course there are other places to try as well such as nurseries, childminders and even some churches. If you have suitable game's or puzzles then some care home's may accept these.


If you have a local toy library this might be another good option this means that children can borrow a toy for a short period of time. Great for those moment's when your child loves Spiderman for just that week then decides Power Rangers are the best thing ever. They always need donations.




Tuesday, 9 January 2018

My Goals For 2018

I was a little bit wobbly when I entered 2018 but I felt positive. I saw the New Year in with my children, fiance and family that we don't see often. We went to a party held at the village hall in my childhood village, my uncle was doing the disco and we all brought our own drinks and food. New Year's day was spent with my family and we had a lovely roast dinner. I had began to think of 2018 and how I wanted to achieve more this year with my life and how I didn't want to just survive anymore I want to experience and live.


My first goal is something that I have wanted to do for a while, write an autobiography. I have given myself 9 months to complete this and if I finish sooner then that will be great. I would love to get it published also. There are a few reasons why I want to do this the main one being for my own mental health, I find it easier to deal with my life by writing it down. Another reason is I would love to develop my writing skills and what better way then to set myself such a challenging goal. It will be emotional but also rewarding.

This year I want to take my children on holiday. To most people this is something normal but for us this is difficult, we can't afford holiday every year and in fact the last holiday we took was back in 2014 in a family members caravan. Sadly that person doesn't have the caravan anymore so we just haven't been away. I'm hoping we can save a bit of money and have a little break away.


I would love to lose weight. Ok now nearly the entire population of the world has this goal. I find it super hard to lose weight not just because of my love for everything sweet but because I have an under active thyroid as well as other issues, no spare time or money to go to a gym and I also can't get to a good slimming world group. This year though I'm determined as my health is suffering.

It would be great if I could start being able to save up for a wedding. Liam purposed last April and we thought we would of been able to at least put a deposit down by now but thanks to life throwing lemons at us it's just not been possible.

These are the main things I want to achieve in 2018. I'm a realist when it comes to life and don't think having a list of goals as long as my arm is a good way to go as you often end up feeling disheartened and down towards the middle/end of the year when you haven't achieved much.