Considering My Options

Sorry for this brain dump of a post, I just wanted to write down how I’ve been feeling about work and life recently.

For a little while now, I’ve been ‘considering my options’. Thinking about what I want to do when Jack goes to nursery. Now that Jack is in nursery for 5 days a week, half a day each time – I’m a little lost. I’m getting some work done but I feel a little ‘out of the loop’ and I miss the social side of things. Like most other people, I could also probably do with some more money each month so I was considering going back to work part time.

I’ve seen a couple of jobs I’m thinking about applying for, I’ve got in contact with old employers to check they are still okay with being references on my updated CV – I just want to do something.

I also went to an Arbonne talk with Emily yesterday where we listened to Wendy talk about the company. I’ve always been a little skeptical about this kind of work but she really won me round with her informative talk. So that is something to think about too.

Perhaps I will just carry on working from home and perhaps do a few things here and there to get out and be more sociable. Perhaps I will go back into retail or perhaps I will take a completely different avenue. It’s certainly something to think about.

Have you ever felt like this?

The Benefits Of Car Finance

I don’t know where we would be without car finance. Ever since Steve’s car gave up the ghost in 2013, we had been using my mother in law’s little Peugeot 206 to get around. Totally not practical with a growing family and of course, it wasn’t our car.

After Steve realised his credit report had improved, we thought about looking into car finance and getting something a little more practical. After having a look at various dealerships and a car finance guide, we finally settled on a dealership close to Steve’s parents, talked to them about their options for financing and then finally had a look at some cars.

Car finance is so helpful for those of us who have a decent credit report but can’t necessarily wait around to save up the money for a new car. Saving for a new car amongst everything else we pay out for wasn’t that plausible as we’d need to have saved quite a bit each month to even get a car in the next couple of years. With Jack getting bigger, the little Peugeot 206 wasn’t suitable for our needs anymore so we needed to look for something bigger.

We finally settled on our Ford C-Max which is fab – plenty of leg room and LOTS of boot space (which was so helpful when we went on holiday with my parents!). We popped into the office, spoke to the manager, he called up a few different providers for a car finance loan and after signing some paperwork and paying just over £100 a month, the car was ours. It gets paid every month the day after Steve gets paid so it is never missed (same as our rent) and we are so grateful that car finance was there to save our bacon so to speak.

It gave us our independence back – no longer using someone else’s car, having more space to move around. I’m so glad we took a look at our credit reports that day and made a decision that has benefited our family over and over since we made it.

Would you ever consider car finance?

 

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Bout Of Books #14

Bout of Books

I’m probably crazy since I didn’t do to well in the Booktubeathon but I’m signing up for Bout of Books – mainly because we haven’t really got anything planned for the time its on so I will have plenty of time to read! If you don’t know what Bout of Books is all about, then…

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So if you want to sign up, you can find out more here!

 

Bedroom Decoration Ideas

Although my bedroom is a decent size and more than enough room for all our stuff, it is probably the one room in the house that least feels like home. It has a bed and some other furniture in, some plastic storage and all in all is quite plain.

Steve and I have very different decor tastes so when it comes to rejuvenating a room, it has to be decorated in a way both of us would like – which is why it still hasn’t happened, three years after we moved in!

I’ve been taking a look at the different ideas on different blogs and websites such as Homify, trying to find a style that we both will love that means my bedroom doesn’t still look unloved. I have so many ideas about what I want to do but find them hard to project outwards so having these resources is great for me – it means I can show people what I want without any confusion.

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Propia/Homify

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HAKAN HELVACIOĞLU / H2C / Propia/Homify

I lean very much to a plain white canvas or a monochrome design. Both are simple and understated but get the desired effect of making my bedroom look a little more interesting. I am planning on moving some books up into my bedroom to fill some of the empty space – its a large room and there is plenty to fill – otherwise it is far too easy to use as a dumping ground.

I’ve seen a few other bloggers veering to the monochrome style and it is easy to see why – it is elegant and looks good, instantly bringing something more to a room. My bed is white as are the walls and wardrobe doors. Adding in some black accessories would really make it look better – and quite a bit different too, Our old bed was black and worked really well with the colour scheme – I’m hoping that by buying a few different items, I can make my bedroom look a little nicer.

I’ve currently got a list as long as my arm of things I want to do to my bedroom and products I want to buy. Hopefully soon it will resemble a nice homely place that I want to spend time in rather than a place where I just lay my head down to sleep.

 

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COVER REVEAL | The Broken Hearts Book Club by Lynsey James

I’m so excited to be bringing you a cover reveal today for The Broken Hearts Book Club by Lynsey James. It sounds like a fab read and I’m going to be purchasing it as soon as I possibly can!

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Blurb

Secrets never stay buried for long…

Lucy Harper has always been good at one thing: running from her past. But when her beloved Nana Lily passes away she has no choice except to return to the one place in the world she most wants to avoid…

Luna Bay hasn’t changed much in the eight years she has spent in London. The little Yorkshire village is still just as beautiful, but the new pub landlord is a gorgeous addition to the scenery!

Lucy only intended to stay for a day, yet when she discovers that Nana Lily has not only left her a cottage but also ‘The Broken Hearts Book Club’, Lucy is intrigued. Her Nana never have mentioned the club and Lucy can’t wait to get started, but walking into her first meeting she is more aware than ever that her past is finally catching up with her.

One way or another, Lucy must finally face the secrets she’s kept buried for so long – or spend the rest of her life on the run…

Doesn’t it sound great? What could be better than a book about secrets, love and books? I’m hooked already!

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Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left her job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

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Will you be picking this up?