Sunday, 19 February 2017

My Sunday Photo 19th February 2017

Yesterday I spent the day trawling through old photographs, trying to rescue them from old albums that have seen better days.  I came across this one of me and my brother and mum sledging in the snow, such happy childhood memories.

I now it isn't terribly clear but it was taken nearly 50 years ago, how things have progressed.


Friday, 17 February 2017

Mother's Day Chocolate Competition with Guylian

We are counting the days until Mother's Day, the time of year when we say thank you to mums all over the world for caring for us and making our lives special. I don't think I appreciated what my mum actually did, until I had children myself, it is hard work, tiring and emotional but oh so worth all the effort we put in.  Children bring us so much joy everyday and life would be empty without them.

What better way to spoil your mum than with a box of Guylian Belgian Chocolates intricately shaped seashells and sea horses with the famous stamp of artisan and a mark of quality. 

Made with the finest Belgian chocolate using cocoa beans sourced in a sustainable way they melt in your mouth in a luxurious way.  The hazelnut praline filling is just perfect. These delicious shapes of gorgeous chocolate have been a favourite of mine for a number of years and my daughter also likes them so much. To celebrate Mother's Day this year I have a 250g box of Guylian Aritsanal Belgian Chocolates to giveaway to one lucky reader of my blog.

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I was sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this post.

Using Online Pharmacies

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You can guarantee at this time of year booking a GP appointment is like finding gold in your back garden, well it certainly is where I live. Not only that you run the risk of picking up other viruses whilst sat in the waiting room, all those people coughing and spluttering and kindly spreading their germs, for me it is a place to be avoided at all costs. 

With added pressure being put on the NHS in the winter months it makes sense to try and find advice and information elsewhere. Did you know you can find a wealth of health information online at the Independent Pharmacy, they have some really useful guides on various illnesses and also you have the convenience of buying medication online, that is if you know what you are treating. 

To ease pressure on GP Practices there are many common health conditions which can be addressed by a Pharmacist, these include:
  • Coughs and colds can be annoying, tickly coughs and runny noses cannot be treated by doctors but you can buy things to help ease the symptoms
  • Hayfever and allergies treatments can be bought easily from pharmacies without the need of seeing your doctor
  • Mouth ulcers remedies also do not need a prescription
  • Acne
  • Ezthma
I have used online pharmacies in the past with good outcomes, they are convenient and offered a wealth of information for the illness I was treating.  It saved a lot of time but cost slightly more than what I would usually pay for a prescription but without the inconvenience of taking time off work to attend the GPs.

It really does make sense to try and find alternative ways of treating minor ailments. Pharmacists and online pharmacies could be the way forward in helping to deal with the influx of patients through out the winter months and also throughout the rest of the year. This would help free up a lot of GP time to deal with the more complex needs of some patients.

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

My Sunday Photo 12th February 2017

One thing I am thankful for in winter is the most amazing skies, from amazing sunrises to exquisite sunsets the colours are just so beautiful.  This week is a photo I took at dusk when the sky was almost purple.

The world is such a beautiful place at times.


Valentine Elegance with David Nieper

I just love the feeling of luxurious underwear on my skin and knowing that it is hidden under my normal day wear gives me a sense of power and intimacy, a secret only limited people will be aware of. I do not wear these items to please other people but to boost my confidence and enjoy the comfort of wearing an item which is made with such attention to detail. With Valentine's Day just around the corner I thought I would share a couple of pieces that I love.

The Amourette Balconnette - Triumph
Made out of probably the softest lace it provides great support but most of all you will feel comfortable all day long. Priced at £34 it is a bargain.

Irina Bra - Empreinte
Or for ultimate luxury the Irina bra is made from intricately embroidered fine mesh and has a sparkly embroidered trim. The straps are made from satin and the back of the bra is microfibre.  Priced at £87 it is definitely one of the more luxurious bras for today.

Having lived in Derbyshire all of my life I really like to support local businesses. David Nieper has a reputation for producing some of the most beautiful and luxurious undergarments from soft lace and fabrics that are sourced worldwide. If you want to impress your loved one this Valentine's Day then treat her to some luxury underwear, it will definitely make her feel a million dollars.

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

4 Easy Family Money Saving Tips

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Saving money has been at the top of my agenda this year. In January I started to keep a book of family accounts to see where we could save money and I was surprised how much money was sinking in to a black hole. We both work full time so technically we should not be running out of money at the end of the month and on paper I found ways of penny pinching that should allow us to still have little treats but become more frugal in the way we buy.
  1. Supermarkets are specifically designed in to tempting us to spend more than we should, all those tasty treats that are just at the right level to catch our eye but the simplest way of avoiding impulse buying is to write a shopping list. By going through your cupboards and only buying what you really need, you can easily save £20-£30 a week.  I have managed to reduce my weekly food shop by this amount just by simply planning ahead.
  2. Gee loves books and magazines, we would often pick one up each week whilst in the Supermarket. Instead we are making use of her library card and borrowing, this is such a great way of encouraging reading as there is such a wide range to choose from.  You can also borrow DVDs for movie nights at a small cost. This alone has saved us around £5 per week.
  3. Instead of spending money on expensive days out, pack a picnic and explore what the countryside as to offer. Yes I know it is winter but the cold never hurt anyone if you are wrapped up warm and you can always eat the picnic in the car. A good way of making this more fun is to create a list of things to spot, from wildlife to trees there is always something wonderful out there.
  4. Finally we look at that old say "look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves". As a family we have started saving any loose change, if something I want to buy costs £1.49, I put the other 51p in a pot. This is our rainy day fund and will be used to purchase the occasional treat or necessity.
If you need finance for something unexpected or in an emergency then Quick Loans can be considered but obviously make sure you read the small print and know exactly what payments to expect.  These can be useful for anybody who needs a quick cash injection but only in the short term.

Have you any frugal tips that you can add? I would love to hear them and try and save more money in the future.

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

My Sunday Photo 5th February 2017

Whilst convalescing from this awful virus that is doing the rounds, I have only ventured over the garden wall with Marlow but the view is worth the effort.

We are looking forward to a healthier half term and perhaps rearranged weekends and days out.