My Wishes For This Year

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We all have goals and targets to hit each year but do you ever have any wishes? These may not be achievable or even semi achievable like goals and targets are but something you really hope does happen. I’ve got a few – how about?

Get Debt Free

This is probably a pipe dream at the moment as it doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere although we do expect some financial freedom hopefully this year so it could happen. It all remains to be seen so I’m keeping this as a wish without getting my hopes up too much.

Lose The Weight

This is possible but I must admit I am struggling a little bit. Sometimes all I want is that super stodgy food and it isn’t always possible. Plus I love a good curry or pizza and don’t get me started on chocolate. I believe I can do this but I am still wishing just in case I sabotage myself.

Help My Family & Friends Kick Bad Habits

I’ve got a few family members and friends trying to kick habits such as smoking and I wish they would be able to – I’m hoping to help them. I’ve recently heard about AYRLabs and their new launch, AYR+ – a platform to help the smokers of the world go nicotine free. Combining the vaping experience with a connected app, it monitors your nicotine levels and gives you advice and support on how to reduce your nicotine levels until you are nicotine free. I think this would be very helpful for my loved ones who really struggle to quit because they would be seeing the information in real time.

Go On Holiday

At this point in time, this doesn’t look like this will be happening. We can’t afford one at the moment and we can’t seem to agree on somewhere to go that would fit our budget if we could. I’ll keep holding out hope, entering competitions and seeing if I can win one – worth a try, eh?

Get A Good Night’s Sleep Finally

I’m still yet to get a decent nights sleep since Olivia was born and I am using all my wishes to hope that at some point this year I manage it. She’s getting better at sleeping so hopefully it won’t be too long but I don’t remember a time when I didn’t feel exhausted already upon getting up in the morning. Just once it would be nice to feel fresh and awake, right?

Do you have any wishes for 2018? What sort of things do you hope happen in your life and the lives of your loved ones? I’d love to hear them, no matter how obscure you may think them to be!

Win £25 to spend at Amazon

Last week I posted about my two-part Amazon giveaway with Sarah from Life in a Break Down. Last week we kicked off with part one running via Rafflecopter and this week we start part 2 with Gleam.

The idea is to get a good overview of how you, our readers like to enter competitions and give us some more insight into the workings of Gleam. To see if it is something that we feel in the long term could work for running competitions.

If you haven’t tried either of the platforms before, why not try the one which is new to you first? (You can find my Rafflecopter run giveaway here!) There is a prize for each competition (just so there is no confusion, one winner will be picked on the Rafflecopter application and one on the Gleam application. So if you got really lucky you could win £50.

This week our question to you is hopefully going to let us know a bit more about why you like your favourite competition application, so let us know (after taking the poll).

Why do you like Rafflecopter or Gleam best?

Good Luck to you all and we are really looking forward to seeing the results of this little experiment!

Win a £25 Amazon Voucher

Thomas Sabo Jewellery | A Beautiful Gift For Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and we’ve been showcasing some items on the blog that we think your mums – or you – would love. Today I have a beautiful piece of jewellery for you – this gorgeous necklace from the Thomas Sabo brand store at Very.co.uk.

Priced at £99, it is an affordable piece of jewellery that the mother in your life will love. It is a Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Together Forever Heart Link Necklace, quite dainty and delicate so perfect for the woman who doesn’t like her jewellery to be too bulky.

I’ve known Thomas Sabo as a brand for many years and have never been lucky enough to own a piece of their jewellery – until now. They have developed a reputation worldwide for their hand finished creations and their stunning silver jewellery.

I am very much a silver girl – I own very little gold and the pieces I do own are sentimental pieces. Nearly all of my jewellery is silver, the odd piece white gold – so this necklace fits in quite well with the rest of my collection.

I was sent the necklace for review and I must say, I’m in love. The necklace features a simple white zirconia heart intertwined into a ring engraved with the words “Together Forever”. This could make for the perfect romantic gift or a loving gift to your mother or daughter. It is designed to represent an eternal bond between you and your loved one.

It has a lobster claw clasp which sometimes I find difficult to do up by myself but this was fairly easy to fasten. The necklace is delicate, feminine and just what I look for in my jewellery. I like my pieces to be understated and add a simple touch to an outfit rather than taking the whole focus.

At £99, this is an affordable gift for the woman you love but if money is a little tight, Very do offer you the chance to pay three monthly payments of £33 and you pay no interest. There is a representative 39.9% APR variable thereafter. They also offer free delivery and returns.

All in all, I am very impressed with this necklace. It’s a good quality, stunning necklace that I am lucky to own for myself. Part of me feels I should give this to my mum for Mother’s Day but it would sure be hard to give it away – so shall I keep it for myself?

Affordable Mother’s Day Gifts From Home Bargains

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We don’t have a Home Bargains close by – well, the nearest store is 10 miles away so about a half hour’s drive so when I do go past one, I do like to head in. This year they have some fantastic Mother’s Day gifts available for all of us shopping on a budget. Want to get more for your money? Then head on over to Home Bargains!

I know that both my Mum and mother in law would be happy to receive some of these items for their Mother’s Day gifts – and it wouldn’t break the bank for us either. So what kind of gifts do they have for you right now in Home Bargains?

Love frame – 99p

This frame is absolutely beautiful and I can’t believe it is only 99p! I believe that both my mum and mum in law would love these – especially as they could put pictures of the kids in them!Scrumptious Sweets Delicious Milk Chocolate Hearts – 79p & Chocolate Lollipop – 59p

Who doesn’t love chocolate on Mother’s Day? You don’t need to buy Mum a massive box of chocolates – these hearts and heart lollipop will surely do the trick.Circle Necklace – £1.99 and Diamond Compact Mirror – £1.99

If your Mum loves a little bit of jewellery or her makeup, these are some great gift ideas. Can you believe that the necklace is so affordable and what woman doesn’t carry a compact mirror in her handbag. These will be much appreciated gifts.Mothers’s Day Bunting 79p and Nan Keyring – £1.29

If you’re planning on doing something special for Mother’s Day, then this bunting is perfect for the decor and so affordable too at just 79p!

This keyring is something I know my mum would cherish – she lives for her grandchildren so would really love this and I’m sure other Nans across the country would too.
Harmony Bath & Body Set

This bath and body set is sure to go down a treat. What mum doesn’t love smellies as a gift? I personally love them as it means I don’t have to fork out my own cash on them. I know that the mums in my life would appreciate this.Cocktail Jar – £2.99

The final gift is something for the cocktail lovers in your life. My mum is a fan of Smirnoff vodka so I know she’d appreciate this gift – it is a glass with the ingredients needed for a Flamingo Berry Cosmo! You’d expect to pay around this amount for a Smirnoff miniature so to get a miniature, a mixer and the glass is fantastic for the price.

These are just a handful of the gifts available for Mother’s Day this year – what would you want out of the above items?

How We Are Trying To Be More Environmentally Friendly As A Family

We’ve recently decided in this household to be as environmentally friendly as we can be. We have been doing little things in the past but have never really tried as hard as we could. This is changing though, we want to do our bit to help save the planet. So what have we got planned to live more environmentally friendly as a family?

Recycling All That We Can

I’ve double and triple checked our local authorities website to see what can be recycled and we are literally recycling everything we possibly can. If it can go in a recycling bin, we are recycling it. For the stuff that local authorities don’t collect from us, we are collecting them up and taking them to collection points. Clothes to clothing banks, batteries to the drop off points. Jack has actually got a clothes recycling scheme collecting on Friday morning so we’ve bagged up a few bags for that.

Another thing we are doing is Jack is taking in our old cardboard and plastic to school as well for junk modelling. They are always crying out for material so I’d much rather it went to use at school or is popped in our recycling box than going to landfill because people can’t be bothered to put it in the right place.

Keeping The Heating Down

We don’t have the heating running pretty much all the time like some homes do – if it’s a little bit chilly, we put on a jumper. We only put the heating on if it is really cold – like the minus five degree weather from last week. This helps to save energy.

Conserving Water

This is something I saw my Dad do – mainly because he was a gardener and had plenty of items planted in his garden which needed watering – however this can be useful even if you aren’t an avid gardener as he was. A couple of years ago my brother bought my Dad a water butt as a gift and I think it is one of the gifts my Dad most appreciated in his whole lifetime as it was so useful. Whilst we don’t have nearly as much planted in our garden as my Dad did, I definitely think a water butt would be of use – perhaps one of these freeflush water butts – for when we need to water the plants in the garden or swill away the horrible poop left by animals that come into our garden.

A water butt is a container used to collect rainwater. In a rainwater harvesting system, water flows from the roof down a downpipe (drainpipe), through the diverter, and then into the water butt. You can then use the water for whatever you need it for – my Dad used it to water his plants and produce.

 

Changing Our Lightbulbs

This is something we’ve been doing for a while anyway but we’ve been changing all the lightbulbs in the house to more eco friendly alternatives. It’s the little things that can really help, it all adds up.

Buying Local

This is definitely something we could do better at so I am looking at the local farms and produce providers to see what we can buy locally. We already have milk delivered from a local business so it shouldn’t take too much to make some more steps towards buying more local produce.

 

Turn It Off

Finally, we are trying to make sure we turn things off when we leave the room or the house. Whether it is a light as we leave the room or all of the devices as we leave the house, this is something we really need to get better at. Do you have any tips on how to remember to do this?

What steps are you taking to become more enivronmentally friendly as a family?

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