25 February, 2017

5 Ways To Boost Your Income

If you are looking to earn some extra cash maybe towards a holiday, Christmas or something bigger then here are 5 easy ways in which you can do to boost your income.  

1. Ebay and Facebook Selling Pages 

How many of us have items in our home that are unused and unwanted? Have a clear out of things you no longer need or use and put them on local selling sites and eBay.  You're more likely to sell items faster through these sites then by waiting to go to a car boot. 

2. Secret Shopper 

Becoming a secret shopper is easy and you can pick and choose the assignments you want to do and get paid for them. So if you love shopping then this is a great opportunity and companies like Gapbuster and Market force are the perfect place to start. 

3. Cashback sites & apps

Using sites like Quidco and Top Cashback to receive cash back on your everyday spending. There are quite a few ways to get cash back from, credit and debit cards to sites for online shopping and apps on your phone.  

4. Surveys 

Sites like Swagbucks are a great platform to start earning some extra cash.  Swagbucks points are earned by filling out surveys, watching videos, downloading apps and more. Once you have earned so many points you can exchange them for gift cards or deposit into your PayPal or Amazon account.   You can also earn cashback with online shopping.  I'm a major fan of Swagbucks at the moment and have found it pretty easily to earn some extra pennies great for me to save away for Xmas!

5.  Offer a skill

Do you have a skill you can offer? Are you good at gardening? Making jewellery?  Dog walking? If you have a skill why not offer your services.  You can advertise in so many ways from local selling and community pages on social media to online sites like Esty and Fiver, and the good old fashioned way by advertising in local shops.


15 February, 2017

Bathroom Ideas - Slate, Grey and White

I have been dying to decorate our bathroom, it's one of the rooms we haven't touched since we moved in and it really needs a revamp.

I want something modern, something easy to maintain and lots of storage! I have been scanning good old Pinterest and Instagram for some inspiration and through my research, I  have had some major decor envy from some very beautiful bathrooms! 

I have decided to go for a grey/slate colour scheme with a hint of white, this way I can always easily freshen up or even add new colours in if I want something different. 

Luckily the bathroom isn't a major job, no building work is required but I may have to borrow my brother in law for some electrical help. 

1. New lighting was a definite must have for us as it's just a light bulb in its socket. I love this light from Ikea and at £40 it's not too bad in price either. It's very modern but it also has a slight old age feel to it which I love.

2.  I wanted to go grey, but due to our bathroom being long and narrow, the dark slate grey I really wanted was changed for Johnstone's paint in China Clay - £27.99. To help maximise the feeling of space to our oddly narrowed shaped bathroom. 

3. I want the bathroom to feel calming and natural, a place of relaxation and serenity. One of my goals this year is to bring in more foliage to the house and so I think a white orchid will bring in the perfect amount of tranquillity to the overall design. 

4. Dunelm Mill always has some lovely homeware items and storage is a big thing for me. When I saw this toilet roll basket (Seagrass basket £15.00) I knew it would be a perfect fit and storage solution to the ugly toilet rolls just stacked on the side. My 3-year-old loves to play with them and kick them all over the place so this way they are out of the way and hopefully less interesting!  

5. Shower curtains are literally the biggest nuisance for me, but due to the way our bath and shower head is, we have to have one. I can't wait until the day we can have one of those walk-in wet room showers!

At the moment I have a thing for Damask print and this one at £8.00 from Asda is perfect. 

6. Lastly, this slate hand soap dispenser will be a perfect addition to the room, you can find it at Dunelm Mill for £14.00

Luckily the flooring doesn't need changing, I had some new rustic wooden lino put down before Christmas. I am still looking for a mirror but may have to wait until I've painted and decorated to then decide on the shape and size I want.

I'm hoping to get this project done in the next month and will share with you on the blog the final look.  

Tell me what colour schemes you've gone for in your bathroom. 


06 February, 2017

Best in show Review

We all love to spoil our pets, they do so much for us and me in particular the girls help me with my anxiety and stress levels. So every now and again I like to treat them to show them my appreciation. 

This is where Best in Show comes in, a company that specialise in luxury pet products and gifts.
They were kind enough to send us a little hamper for the girls to try out.

The girls were sent the Doy Toy Box gift set, priced at £19.99 the gift set contains a bottle of Woof Dog Beer,  which is non-alcoholic. A wheat free peanut butter cupcake, a pack of Duck Whirl treats and a Grin 'n' Tear it Ball. All packaged in a lovely dark wooden crate
As well as the gift box, we were also sent an extra Grin 'n' Tear bone and for me, a Top Dog mug to relax and enjoy a cuppa in whilst the girls test out their new toys.

 Honey has been putting the Grin 'n' Tear it ball and bone through its paces and after about a week she has managed to put a slight dent into the bone. It's now frayed but this makes her love it even more as we can play tug of war with it and she can easily throw it about.  I'm very surprised it's actually lasted this long as she can go through a toy in a day!

The ball is still fully intact and a fun toy the girls both like to play with. It's easy to pick up and hold so even the littlest member of the pack can enjoy playing with it! 

When Honey is all worn out and out for the count it's time for Daisy to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet!  For this she has a range of yummy treats, the Duck whirls are a definite hit. I've had to put them up out the way as Daisy would devour the whole packet if given half the chance. They are small little circular duck flavoured treats,  pretty much a yes for any food loving dog!

We all enjoy a glass of wine or a beer after a long hard day and Daisy has joined the club. Woof beer is a non-alcoholic beef flavoured dog beer.  At first, Daisy wasn't too sure but once she realised it was something she could drink she seemed to really enjoy it.
I think it's a very fun and novelty gift, we are actually attending a puppy party next month for our friend's puppy so I may have to order a couple of these for the birthday pup!

Last but not least for the dog products is the peanut butter cupcake. 
I've always wanted to have a go at making delicious, sweet treats for my dogs and when I saw this I really wanted to see if it was something the girls would like.  

I let Disy have a go first, I knew she would savour it whereas Honey would pretty much inhale it and swallow it whole.  So Daisy was up first for the taste test and again another hit Daisy is very fussy with food especially now she's 7. 
Both of the girls really liked their treats, however, I would be careful to only feed these as occasional treats as I think it would possibly be too rich especially with Honey and still being a puppy. 

For me, I was able to enjoy a lovely hot chocolate in my 'Top Dog' mug. I'm a very fussy person when it comes to mugs, for one it has to look nice and secondly it has to feel nice. Please tell me I'm not the only person that feels this way about mugs?

This mug ticked both of my boxes though  I love the subtle bone design with the 'Top Dog' slogan and it's extremely comfortable to hold and drink from.  I also think it should get extra brownie points as it's such an instagrammable mug, it's kinda like a blogging thing that you have a light box, flowers and of course a plain white mug of some description.

If you are a dog-friendly family looking to pamper your beloved pooches or someone looking to buy for that Dog owner in your life then I would highly suggest Best in Show.
With an array of luxury gifts to choose from at very reasonable prices, you won't be disappointed.

Let me know in the comments what you love to buy for your pets. 

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