Common Situations That Can Cause Financial Stress

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When it comes to your finances, we can’t take anything for granted. It is so unfortunate that what we sometimes will deem as secure, we might end up losing in an instant due to things that are completely unavoidable or out of our control. Of course, preparation can be the key ingredient to ensuring that you protect yourself. With that in mind, here are four of the issues that can seriously affect your finances and how you can overcome them.    

Losing your job

No job is ever secure. As much as you feel like you are doing a good job, and that you are making the right decisions and choices, anything can change in a day. You may have a restructure at work and be made redundant, you may not get on with a newly employed manager, or you may even make a mistake that causes you to be fired. It can happen. A good financial decision to make is to ensure that you save a small proportion of your salary each month. The buffer you create can help you deal with a transition period while you find yourself a new job. 

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Suffering with an injury through work or a car accident

You can be going about your day, you might be driving completely unaware of what is to come, and you can find yourself in an accident that is not your fault. It may happen at work, or you may find that you are involved in a car accident. Whatever the situation is, the result might be that you are injured and therefore need time out of work in order to recover. This can seriously affect your finances so you may want to seek advice from a personal injury lawyer to help with your case and seek you justice and compensation. In situations like this you may find that it is better to seek resolve, rather than struggle when a situation wasn’t your fault. 

Being the only one who is financially providing

You may be fine and secure in your job, but what about if your partner suddenly loses their job and the responsibility of paying the bills comes down to you? This can easily happen and the stress and pressure to make ends meet can solely be left to you to control. If you follow the same advice for your own job, then hopefully this shouldn’t be an issue. However, your partner can use the time between jobs to explore other ways of bringing some extra money into the household such as filling out online surveys, selling unwanted items online and even performing mystery shops. 

Falling sick

Finally, another unforeseen circumstance can be falling sick unexpectedly. It might be that you suddenly struggle with an illness that forces you out of work. It could be that you find something you thought was normal to be something very serious. There are policies you can have in place to help protect you in these circumstances. 

Let’s hope that this helps you to feel more aware of what things could affect your finances.

Ideas To Help You To Stay Healthy When You Travel

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We all know that getting out and about to travel, as long as we are well enough to do so, can have a lot of great benefit to us. We get to experience new places, new cultures, different food, good weather, and just make some wonderful memories that help us to see the world in a different way. But travel can be stressful, there is no getting away from that, as well as it being a little detrimental to our health, depending on where we go and how we travel. So if you are planning a trip this summer, or are just looking to make your next trip, whether at home or abroad, a little less stressful, then read on for some tips to help you to stay healthy when away from home.

Sleep

One of the most important things that you can do when you travel is to sleep (or at least sleep as much as you can). Our bodies need a lot of rest at normal times, and even more when we are physically travelling, and having to cross time zones. Throw in a break from routine, being more active, walking, and lugging about luggage, it can make such a difference when sleep is a priority. Listen to your body to make sure that you are getting enough.

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Learn the Lingo

If you are going abroad, then one of the best ways to beat the stress that travel can bring you, is to have a pretty basic knowledge of some key words. This can help you to read signs, ask for help, and check things out on menus (especially important if you have allergies or specific dietary requirements). It can sound like a small thing, but knowing what the word for ‘danger’ is can make a difference between having to call someone like Robinette Law’s accident lawyers or not. There are apps like Google Translate that can help, but making an effort to learn a few things is key.

Hydration 

If you are away in the summer, then there aren’t many places that are going to be cold. So the chance of dehydration and getting things like sunstroke can be much higher in summer. Carrying a water bottle with you all of the time can be a good idea, so you know you’ll always have something ready to drink. Your body will thank you, that is for sure.

Cut Down Alcohol and Sugar

Alcohol and sweet drinks, as well as sweets, are packed full of calories. So not only is weight gain a factor with this kind of thing, it can also interrupt your sleep, as well as your overall well-being when it leads to things like hangovers. Too much alcohol and not enough water can dehydrate, and too much sugar can deplete your energy stores and impact your blood sugar levels. We all want to have fun when we are away, of course, but if you want to stay healthy and well when you’re away, moderation really is the key.

Getting Out And About With The Two Bare Feet Retro Cruiser Skateboard

We were sent a skateboard from Two Bare Feet for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

I’ve mentioned before that Jack is quite sporty – he loves football, golf and running – and he is always trying to learn new things. He has been begging me for a skateboard so when Two Bare Feet got in contact and asked if we would like to review something from their range, I had to say yes. He was super excited to find out one was on its way to us!

Two Bare Feet date back to 1994 with their original high street store opening in Torquay. They have continually developed their range of products including watersports, extreme sports and recreation equipment. They sell wetsuits, skateboards, paddle boards, snow gear, scooters, baby swimming and accessories.

We were sent one of their retro cruiser skateboards. Ours is yellow in colour with yellow wheels but there are a variety of colours to choose from or you can even create your own custom build, selecting your own deck, trucks and wheels. There are classic designs and a number of blend options, or even printed retro skateboards.

The cruiser we were sent is 22″. Retailing at £29.99 usually, the products are actually on sale right now as of 17th July 2019 at £14.99!

Now Jack hasn’t ever really tried skateboarding before so despite the desperation for one, he was a little apprehensive about stepping on. He has been trying for a few weeks now since it arrived and he is slowly getting better! Even Olivia has attempted it!

Let’s talk about the board. At 22″, it is smaller than your average board but is perfect for someone starting out like Jack.

The colour is perfect for summer and I can see Jack using it a lot over the summer around our local common and in the park. The board is good quality, it seems quite durable. I hate when you buy items for children and they aren’t great quality and break easily, you can tell that this will last the distance.

Overall, we are very impressed with this skateboard. It is good quality, very affordable and great for those starting out on a skateboard. I can definitely see Jack using it a lot over the summer and I know Olivia is keen to be allowed on it more, she’s such an independent little daredevil!

Have you tried skateboarding? How did you get on?

How To Be The Best Groom Ever

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Getting married is the most exciting moment in any relationship. So, if you’re planning to start the process by proposing to your partner in the near future, now is the time to think about what it means to be a groom. While it’s equally crucial for you to enjoy the wedding process, accepting your responsibilities as a groom is vital. After all, putting a smile on your future bride’s face will be a priority for the rest of your life.

There are many factors to consider during the process of planning your wedding. Focus on the four below, and you won’t go far wrong.

Proposing In Style

In many ways, the proposal is only slightly less significant than changing your vows. It’s still a major sign of your commitment for life, which is why you need to get it right. 

You can find the perfect ring for your partner at Tacori, but it’s not the only key issue. You also need to plan the setting, data, and time of your proposal. This is the one part of the wedding preparations that is entirely down to you. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by.

Above all else, a great proposal puts you on the road to success.

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Let Her Have Control

While all couples are different, most will find that the bride has a clearer vision than the groom on most of the planning aspects. You can still play a big role, but letting her lead is usually advised.

Whether it’s selecting the outfits or knowing how to dress the venue, the bride is likely to have a clear image. Even if you decide to use a wedding planner from Sarah Haywood, the bride is likely to have more input than the man. In the words of Paul McCartney, let it be.

Besides, it’ll allow you to have a bigger say on items like the honeymoon destination.

Choosing A Suitable Best Man

Even when you let your fiancé lead the preparations, a number of decisions are all about you. The choice of best man is one of them. Choose wisely.

The harsh reality is that you can’t simply pick a mate who is fun to be around. Best men have several responsibilities throughout the process, and arranging the stag is just one of them. If your best man lets you down, it means you’ll let down your partner.

It’s also necessary to consider how the best man will interact with the chief bridesmaid.

Keeping Guests Happy

When the big day arrives, it’s OK to take a slightly selfish approach and worry about yourself and your bride. Still, creating a happy atmosphere for guests will give you an extra reason to smile.

It’s a particularly important issue to consider during the evening reception. Find ways to get people dancing and encourage them to take photos by creating a Snapchat filter. If nothing else, it’ll give you one less thing to worry about and allow you to have more fun.

Do all of these things and you’ll be the best groom ever.

A Wonderful Day Out At Carters Steam Fair

We were gifted with free rides and food and drink for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Who doesn’t love a funfair? I know I do – and my kids do too. Something I really love is vintage style funfairs with carousels and rides like that. When offered the chance to come and review Carters Steam Fair who were in my area this past weekend, I just knew I had to say yes. It sounded like a dream come true for me and I knew the kids would love the day out. It has plenty more dates for the rest of the year so be sure to visit if it is coming near you!

Carters Steam Fair is a traditional English travelling steam fair. Their rides date from the 1890’s to the 1960’s and they have spent the last 40 years rescuing and restoring vintage fairground rides whilst taking them around London and the South East for the public to enjoy. Carters Steam Fair itself actually started in 1977 when John and Anna Carter bought the Jubilee Steam Gallopers that they still operate today.

Carters Steam Fair are unique in the fact that the engines, rides and transport all have absolutely beautiful signwriting, lining and traditional fairground decoration from Joby Carter and his team. He is a leading expert on the traditional craft of sign writing and fairground art and hosts training courses at the Carters Yard throughout the year which I think is incredible.

We arrived and headed over to the token booth to pick up our pack which enabled us to our free rides for the purpose of review. You can also buy tokens here or around the site from one of the many machines and you can even buy tokens online and take advantage of special deals! The rides are very affordable – the tokens are 50p each and the smaller, toddler rides are around £2 to £2.50 in tokens with the bigger rides a little more.

We were gifted with twenty free ride tokens so we could give a fair review of the rides they had to offer, two tokens for candyfloss, two tokens for a hot drink, two tokens for Hook-A-Duck so the kids could both have a go on the sidestall and a VIP ticket for a token deal should we wish to buy more.

There are many rides on site and Jack and Olivia did their best to try them all, although some even Jack wasn’t quite brave enough to try! I’m going to talk a little about the rides below.


The Jungle Thriller Ark is suitable for both adults and children and costs 5 tokens per person. This can go quite fast and can get quite busy as there are plenty of different animals and things to sit on. The ride speeds around and rises up on ‘hills’, much like waltzers do. Jack really enjoyed this ride.

The Jubilee Steam Gallopers is the oldest ride the fair owns, built in about 1895. The ride is gentle and is suitable for all ages although smaller children should be accompanied by an adult. This ride costs 5 tokens per person and was one that both kids really enjoyed. It truly is a magnificent piece of art too, so many beautiful designs and excellent craftmanship.

Jack was much braver than me and gave the Chair O Plane a go. This is for those who are over 1.1m in height and costs 5 tokens per person. This ride dates from the 1920’s and is a rare example of a working vintage Chair-O-Plane. Jack loved it although did a look a little bit worried by the speed and the wind when he was up there, haha!


The Mini Octopus was one of the kids most favourite rides. It costs 4 tokens per person to ride and two people can fit in a car. It is suitable for pre school age up to around the age of 6 although Jack did go in too and he’s 7. It spins you around and takes you up and down and both my kids loved it, especially being able to ride together.

Toytown was probably one of Olivia’s favourite rides! As you can see, she went on it quite a few times. It costs 4 tokens per person to ride and you can ride a train, a tractor or even a horse! It is a great little ride for little ones.

The Autodrome can fit quite a few people in each car and the kids loved going round, steering the wheels like they were driving it themselves.

Somehow the kids managed to persuade me to take them on the Hurricane Jets – they are suitable for all ages but young children need to be accompanied. It costs 5 tokens per person and is lots of fun as you control how high you go with the lever in your jet. The ride flies fast and high and as you can see, my kids really enjoyed it!

The boat ride is for sailors under 1.1m in height and is 4 tokens per person. Young children can be accompanied by an adult. The boats slowly glide around as the children pretend to sail in them and both my children loved the ride.

We didn’t manage to get on all the rides and did go on some such as the Ghost Train but didn’t take photos. I couldn’t believe that the gentleman in the above pictures was actually powering this particular ride by hand – amazing!

We had a wonderful time trying out the rides and also checking out the sidestalls, especially the Hook-A-Duck where both kids left with a little prize. There are a number of side stalls including a coconut shy, arcade and shooting salon.

Steve and I also found the living wagons absolutely beautiful – I’m sad I didn’t actually take photos of any but you can see just how beautiful some of them are here. There are also a number of beautiful vehicles to check out. I mentioned early on in the post that I find vintage funfairs so beautiful and this funfair was both a pleasure to the eyes and to the soul, my kids had an amazing time as did we.

If you find that Carters is coming to your area, please do consider visiting. You won’t be disappointed.