Easy ways you can save money online!

Happy Saturday all, and for once I am actually off on a weekend which is a great feeling. I was supposed to have this post up for you yesterday as you've probably noticed Saturday is not a usual post day of mine. However being in Blackpool and taking a while to get home yesterday pushed it back a bit to today! Anyway enough of that and on to the post, today I am going to be talking about ways to save money online, these are tips that I have mostly used myself and so know they're all effective. I would love to know any of your money saving tips in the comments!



1. Getting cash back. 
This is a fairly recent find of mine and is a legitimate thing that happens if you go through the correct sites. So essentially the way in which it works is, you click through that website and they have offers to choose from for particular online shops, like Asda, Debenhams and loads of other well-known ones. As long as you follow the T&Cs correctly you should get the cashback. The only thing to have in mind is it can take a while for you to get the cashback yourself, but it is worth it due to the fact you do get money back for doing nothing. 

2. Comparison sites and apps. 
Comparison sites are something a lot of us aware of us, mainly due to TV adverts like the Go Compare one (with that super annoying Go Compare man) however in recent years there has been a surge of comparison websites for other things including finding the best phone deal and contract which can be done through Mobile Phone Checker great for those looking for something in particular, as a blogger I use a lot of data, therefore would want a phone with a lot of data as well as something with a good camera. So usually I would take the time to look into the phone, then decide how much I'd want to pay and then search for the best deal. However, this cuts out all of the annoying stuff in the middle and does it for you.

The other thing to be aware of is to make sure you shop around again when your contract comes to an end. Citizens Advice discovered a large percentage of people just carry on paying the same monthly deal long after it's ended. When your contract ends you have two choices, either start a new one and get a new phone with another 24-month tie-in or if you're happy with the phone, switch to a SIM only plan which should save you money. This sim only vs contract calculator can quickly show you the winner and what the savings are depending on which method you go with.

It is also a great idea to use sites like this for your gas and electric, I have found myself saving huge amounts from just comparing the prices of what is out there as well as looking into smaller companies, although they may not have as good customer service (e.g. live chat, long opening hours) you tend to save a LOT of money, instead of going direct.

3. Discount codes. 

This is the most obvious one out of the three. One of the best ways to save money online is looking for discount codes, if you want something, in particular, a great way to find out what discounts are being offered as looking on that particular shop, signing up to their newsletter etc, and then you will be sent them out to you. You can Google search what you are looking for and sometimes it brings back some great offers for you. If you're a student I would 110% recommend using sites like Unidays and Student Beans to find out the best discount codes, some of them can be really worth it! 35% off Dominoes from Student Beans got me through my uni life, that's for sure!

I hope you found these tips useful and if you'd like to see a part two to this post let me know in the comments! 

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How to maintain a healthy work and home life!

I don't know how but today is the 3 month anniversary that I started at my first full time job, it feels so surreal that I have worked for 3 months, 5 days a week. To a lot of people that might not sound like a big deal, but to someone who struggled to leave the house at all a matter of two years ago, getting my first full time job was a big deal to me as it would be to most! It's been difficult some days don't get me wrong, but I've found having a healthy balance between home and work life has really helped me. So I thought I'd share with you some of my tips for managing to keep this balance, and hopefully it will help some of you to do the same.


Leave work at work. 
First things first, as difficult as it may be in some jobs it is important to leave work at work, I remember when I was working in healthcare, I would go home and spend hours thinking about clients wondering if they were ok etc. It wasn't healthy, I couldn't do anything about it and as much as it sucks sometimes, you need to put yourself first, take some time away, forget it all for the night.


Take YOU time. 
Often we do not realise how bad we need time for ourselves until it becomes too much, the aim of this is to take some time for yourself each night, whether that be an hour of tv, or a half an hour gym session or even a night of blogging, whatever helps you relax, you do that! I often find a face mask, a couple of episodes of my favourite show- I'm into my crime docs at the moment and an early night helps me.

Try to avoid stress. 
Easier said than done right? Work can be a very stressful place, especially when you are there more than you are at home (most of us right?) but it's important to try avoid piling extra stress on yourself to help you maintain a healthy balance. Organisations like the FSB help with a number of business issues but what else can you do to balance your work and home and home life properly? 


Have fun!
When you work a lot it is often easy to neglect your social life due to being a tired a lot, but it is important to still see friends after work/on the weekend. Go out for a drinks and have a good time, laughing is a great way to reduce stress in your life and make you feel better. (P.s. don't have too much fun on a work night, ha ha) 

It's ok to say no. 
Your manager asks you to do overtime for the 3rd night this week and you just don't want to, it's okay to say no and not feel about it. You are allowed to say no to extra work if it is not part of your job role, you do not need to feel guilty for not wanting to say behind, you can do what you want to do. YOU are important. 

Eat better!
A lot easier said than done right? I am the worst for eating properly, I am forever eating takeaways after work as I feel too lazy to cook. However if you eat three balanced meals a day you are likely to feel a lot better, because to be honest there isn't much worse than being hungry. It's important to start the day right, I usually have eggs and toast, however there are other suggestions like cereal or oats. I've found some great oat recipes on this website. Making sure you have a good lunch is essential too, sandwiches or salads are often a good choice. 

Get plenty of rest. 
Another one that I really struggle with, getting enough sleep at night. If you have a good nights sleep it is more than likely you will be better at work the next day, I know when I've had a poor nights sleep and go to work it's hard to focus and you feel awful and it just drags you down. Try to remove yourself from all devices at least an hour before bed and give yourself time to wind down.

What tips do you have for maintaining a healthy balance? 




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4 things to do in Orlando!

Happy Wednesday all, another travel post for you today about one of my favourite places in the world which I visited back in 2014, which is Florida especially Orlando as I've visited there myself. The post today is going to be 4 things for you do whilst in Orlando Florida! Dependant on where you want to stay there are so many cool places to stay, whether you stay in a Disneypark, in a hotel or even choose a package holiday from a company such as TravelPlanners who have some fabulous deals in Orlando who have some amazing places to stay in Florida! Let me know in the comments if you've been to Orlando before and what your favourite things were to do there!


1. Visit Universal. 
When in Orlando one of my favourite places I visited was Universal, Universal similar to Disney is made up of many parks, however I only visited the main one. During my time in Universal I saw many cool things including a transformers ride, a hurricane simulator, all things Harry Potter and a horror special effects show. My favourite thing about the day was the Simpsons Ride, the queue was HUGE but was worth every second. It is a simulator but it makes you feel like you're falling and huge rides, I felt so sick after I am telling you. I took loads of pictures of the day and had tons of fun.

2. Go to Disney World Florida.
Of course, if you are going to Florida you are going to visit Disneyland, there are some seriously amazing things to do at Disneyland, including meeting some amazing princesses! There are now I believe four theme parks to visit, magic kingdom which I visited along with Epcot and also there is the animal kingdom and Hollywood studios! One of the coolest things about Disney I found were the many different choices of places to eat, we ended up eating in the liberty tree tavern. But in all of the parks there are over 300 choices of food which is pretty insane. Now on to the rides, my favourite rides in the park were it's a small world, space mountain and Buzz Lightyears space range but there are lots of others which you can view here. Finally if you get chance I would totally recommend checking out the swiss family tree house.

3. Visit the Wonderworks!
If you haven't heard of the Wonderworks then you're in for a treat. When enter the exhibit everything is upside down, which honestly is so weird and experience in itself. Following this you can enter one of 6 zones. My favourite one was the far out gallery filled with cool art including 3d art. The other zones are natural disasters, physical challenge zone, light and sound zone, space discovery and imagination lab! I visited a few years ago so I believe it has changed a fair bit. Once you have finished with this there is an AMAZING indoor climbing course which is super scary and I ended up chickening out, but it looked so fun! As well as an arcade, 4D motion theatre which is super weird and a completely new experience and finally laser tag woo! To view their site click here.

4. Go shopping in the malls!
When I visited Florida I was so excited to go shopping, me and my boyfriend at the time saved so much money before hand so we could go a little crazy. On my first day I blew $150 dollars in walmart on food and make up. There are some super cool malls and the perfect location for any bloggers who want to go shopping! The best malls to visit are the mall at Millenia and also the Vineland premium outlets. At the outlets there are some seriously cool discounted stores including Kate Spade, Nike and Vans! Would recommend checking out both places for that full shopping experience!

Let me know in the comments if you've been to any of these places! 

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Is it better to order glasses online?

Glasses Direct Glasses

I am pretty sure I have a problem with hoarding glasses, at one point I had 18 pairs and then I was gutted when I got a new prescription. I like buying glasses but if you go into the shops a lot of the time, they are really expensive, they're designer and do have better lenses (most of the ones online seem to be plastic and get dirtier, waaaay easier) however that does depend on how much money you spend on them, I have a current variety of four pairs. One pair of sunglasses which cost me £20, a pair of glasses which I use when I want a really light pair on, like for lying in bed etc which were £12, then a couple of designer pairs, the ones which are featured in this post which I will talk about a lot more in detail in a second and also a pair of police ones which were fab before Will sat on them and they only cost £55! However I have noticed with some of these glasses they are little more agile and like I mentioned the plastic lenses can be a down point.


Scout Glasses

Scout glasses close up So I was recently offered to review a pair of glasses of my choice from Glasses Direct, I chose the pair of Scout Millie Glasses which are my first pair which have a metallic frame since I was about 12 years old. I used to find them slightly annoying as they are heavier and sometimes have those annoying bits that sit on your nose and usually poke your nose and make it rub. Even though it's supposed to stop this? Maybe that's just me, anyway enough of that. These glasses do not have that issue as there is no nose pieces and they actually do not feel heavy at all on my face. Glasses Direct give you 360 view of your glasses so you're able to see what they look like from each angle. They are available in a range of colours and you can also add a variety of lenses in to pick which suit your needs including sunglasses. One of my favourite things about Glasses Direct is they offer a free home trial which means you can try up to four pairs of glasses on at home, see which you like best and then buy them instead of buying ones you are unhappy with. My only problem with the free trial is I end up liking more than one pair and end up buying them all because I simply cannot decide which look the best. Oops. The Millie glasses are £69 if you want the glasses clear or as sunglasses and there is an extra charge for digital protection, bifocal and varifocal. Which is pretty good in my opinion. Glasses Direct have a lot of offers on such as currently 2 for 1 and two pairs of glasses from £19.

I would totally recommend trying out Glasses Direct for their free trial and to purchase some glasses from as they have plenty of choice at all budgets. I will definately be going back to get another pair from them at some point soon.


Would you buy glasses online? 


*I was gifted these glasses in exchange for an honest review. 

City breaks: what do you pack?

Beach holidays are easy to pack for, as long as you’ve got a bikini and a pair of flip flops, then you’re sorted. What else do you need? City breaks however, not so easy. Madrid, Rome, Barcelona or Prague, what do you pack? City holidays need a carefully considered wardrobe. With the wrong clothing and your trip can be a disaster — blisters and sunburn whilst exploring a new city anyone? Thought not! Daniel Footwear is here to help — take a look at our essential city break packing checklist.

Shoes
Cities are full of culture and history that is waiting to be explored by you. Whether it’s ancient cobbled streets or long days spent sight-seeing, there’s only one thing for it: trainers. Thankfully, we’re in the midst of a 90s revival, meaning our trainers are bang on trend, as well as super comfortable. For a glam edge to your everyday style, we love our range of Michael Kors trainers.

After a day of exploring, you’ve definitely earned a cocktail or two when the sun sets. You might want to add a touch of glamour to your evening outfit. Depending on what you have planned, you may want to take some heels with you — you can always take a taxi if it’s a long way away. Wedges are a popular choice, and they look great with both jeans and dresses.
Heels and wedges aren’t for everyone though. 

For those of you who prefer flat shoes, we sliders or Fitflop ballerina shoes, and a pair of embellished sandals too. Embellished sandals are a stylish alternative to heels, perfect for channelling that beach-to-bar look, while their added glitz adds a dash of glamour that every summer night needs.
Accessories
Don’t forget to pack a pair of sunglasses – especially when you are travelling to those typical hot climates. They help you look stylish whilst protecting your eyes from the sun rays. Who doesn’t love a big pair of sunglasses? It can get extremely hot when you are out exploring a new city, partner your sunglasses with a sunhat for an instantly glamorous look. A sunhat is a timeless accessory that will shield your face from the mid-day sun, whilst making you look very chic.
For an evening, don’t forget to pack some statement jewellery to finish your look. Bold jewellery will mirror the glitz and sparkle of your embellished sandals.
Clothing
Maxi dresses are a great city break staple that are cool and stylish by day, and totally glamourous by night when partnered with a pair of wedges and a chunky necklace – very boho.
When you are exploring in the midday sun, it can get extremely hot so you’ll want to dress to keep yourself cool. Something light and floaty is ideal. Cami tops, kaftans, floral playsuits and tea dresses are perfect, and totally on trend. They’ll even look great with your trainers. Fashion that’s comfortable, who would have thought it?
We also recommend packing some t-shirts to pair with some frayed denim shorts just in case you burn your shoulders. They cover up those sore burnt bits, whilst keeping you cool when you explore rest of the city.
Sun cream
The most important item in your case: sun cream. Whatever you do, don’t forget your sun cream. It can get very hot when you are out and about during the day doing activities, and you might not realise the strength of the sun’s rays. Pack a high factor to protect yourself. You don’t want to ruin your strip with sore sunburn, or even sunstroke. Be safe and apply plenty before you head out into the sun


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First Impressions: Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette



Out of all of the Naked palettes this one caught my eye the most and when it appeared through my front door on day of release I was made up. I always to Urban Decay for my eyeshadow palettes as they are always on top form. I am more of a bright eyeshadow person with their spectrum an Alice palettes being firm favourites of mine. But for work I have been looking at creating more toned down looks, however I still an element of 'me' and I feel like this palette creates that. So more about the palette. I received this a little over a week ago, and I wanted to try it a fair few times before writing this post.

So the palette is full of 12 all new shades which is pretty cool. Although it is the heat palette I think it will make some damn awesome autumn looks. The colours in the palette are gorgeous deep reds, browns and beautiful orange shades. The shades are described the UD site as the following:

Ounce (ivory shimmer)
Chaser (light nude matte)
Sauced (soft terra-cotta matte)
Low Blow (brown matte)
Lumbre (copper shimmer w/gold pearl shift)
He Devil (burnt red matte)
Dirty Talk (metallic burnt red)
Scorched (metallic deep red w/gold micro-shimmer)
Cayenne (deep terra-cotta matte)
En Fuego (burgundy matte)
Ashes (deep reddish-brown matte)

First things first with this palette, the pigmentation is out of this world as well as this being super easy to blend and you are able to create a variety of looks from this palette. I think this palette is also great due to the warm tones within, making it easily for people with a variety of skin tones to use. I found the box it came in really cute as well with the burnt matches in the inside of the box. The same as all of the other Urban Decay palettes there is a mirror within, making it easier for those times when you don't have a mirror available. I found the palette itself a little bit chunkier than usual so maybe not perfect for travelling etc. However I do enjoy the overall feel and look of the box itself.

My favourite shades of the palette are dirty talk, scorched and ember as I feel they are the most stand out shades of the palette, perfect for creating those looks that catch your eye (excuse the pun ha ha).

Also like all of the urban decay palettes it comes with a double sided brush which is great to keep in the palette for on the go, however I would usually use different brushes on a daily basis. I would recommend this palette to anyone looking for some colours to create awesome autumn looks with, anyone who likes bolder looks than more neutral colours OR just to anyone who loves Urban Decay and wants all of their palettes. 

Available from Debenhams for £39.50, but sold out from Urban Decay online. Sad times.




Have you purchased this palette yet, what are your thoughts?

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What my favourite things say about me!

Happy hump day all, half way to the weekend, we can do it! Today I am bringing you a little bit of a different post (I swear I say this all of the time, ha.) but bare with me on this one. Most of us have been up at 3am unable to sleep right? So we go on to Facebook and just scroll which feels like it never ends, even after you've seen the same stuff you've already seen ten times over. Then you stumble upon a quiz which sounds completely random but you decide do it and before you know it, it's been 2 hours and you know now what your favourite food, colour, flowers and animals say about you. So I decided to share my results with you today and what I think of those results. 


My favourite food-
My favourite food is Pizza, you will all be shocked to know. So according to my answers of food choices, I am a careful introvert. Which according to the quiz means the following:
"You are very detailed-orientated and you always think things through thoroughly. You are analytical and contemplative. Your approach to eating, and life, is quite methodical. You are a strategic, task-focused planner. You are disciplined with a border-line stubborn tendency to complete on task before moving on to another. In regards to food, you tend to be a picky eater. You also do a lot of food-prep, you pay attention to nutrition, and are the type who eats one item of food in its entirety before moving on to the next."

For this I would actually agree for the most part, I do like to plan things and find myself a person who likes to strategically do things. However I am not one for meal prep, as I always like to decide on day what I want to eat, although I should probably get into this. 

My favourite flower-
So when looking for different 'favourites' of me I searched what my favourite flower says about me and found this fabulous infographic from Flying Flowers and my favourite flower is a sunflower after looking into it they represent happiness and here is some more about sunflower means-
"Whilst all of its emotions are positive, our results shown that happiness isn’t one of the positive emotions sunflowers evoke. The sunflower represents longevity, adoration, and loyalty. A huge 87% agreed that sunflowers evoke positive feelings, 55% of which voted for happiness. Sunflowers might make us feel happy, but it’s not necessarily what they symbolise!"

I feel sunflowers definitely make me happy, and I love the fact that they symbolise loyalty and adoration. 

My favourite animal-
My favourite animal is a dolphin and always has been, I think they're such beautiful creatures and find them fascinating.  Based on the dodo this is what they symbolise-
"You are a social butterfly. You have a playful, easygoing personality, and there isn't anyone that you feel uncomfortable talking to or befriending. Strangers are always welcome into your circle of friends - the more the merrier is your favourite motto."

Out of all of ones on here I feel like this is the least true, I don't feel like I am a social butterfly and I have a hard time befriending people. However I do feel like I have a playful personality and try to be easy going. 

My favourite colour-
So my favourite colour is pink which seems to shock a lot people and I am interested to see if it is different to what my expectations of pink would be. 
"You are the heart of all colours.  You are loving, soft, kind, sensitive and warm. You are the nurturer; always giving more than you are receiving. You are romantic and sensual and you have idealistic standards. You are sweet and charming and always know how to deal with everyone in a way that comforts them. You are delicate and may have a naive or child-like side to you which makes you even more lovable."

I actually like this one, I was expecting it to be all about being girly. I feel like I do have a naive side to me, which I've always seen as a bad thing. I love it when I am told I am kind so this is something I like.

I would love to know what your favourite things say about you! 



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Office revamp ideas!

These last few months I've gained an interest in creating homeware wishlists and posts and I have a few more exciting ones in the pipeline for you over the next month or so. Today I am bringing you a post which I am sure a fair few bloggers/freelances can relate to. An office redesign post. I spend so many hours in my office, creating content to put on my blog and just doing general work related things. I like to keep my computer and creative stuff separate to my bedroom and I've been lucky enough to move into somewhere where I can have my own office. I've lived in my current house for a year now and my office was my priority when I first moved in, now it is looking a little bit worse for wear so I have decided I am going to give it a little bit of a makeover and decided before I do this I would create a wishlist post to give me some inspiration. Then if you lot are interested I will create a post on the finished office! Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments below.


Book case is from Tesco.
Desk is from John Lewis.
Wire board is from Amazon.
Print is from Art.co.uk.
Keyboard is from PC world.

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