Getting to grips with smart technology in my home

I know I’m probably way behind everyone else in saying this but I’ve never tried any smart home devices. So, when EDF Energy gave me the chance to try out an Echo Dot this month, I was excited to get started. In today’s blog post I’m letting you know how I got on and whether I intend to turn my house into a smart home anytime soon…

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How to buy a new handbag without breaking the bank

I was watching How to Shop Well for Less last week and couldn’t believe how much it’s possible to spend on a handbag! I’ve never spent more than £15, I’m sure! But maybe I’m the exception and many people might not be able to find the bag of their dream on a budget. Here are some ways to shop while staying thrifty…

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How to boost your health & beauty regime for autumn

September seems to be the natural start for any new regime, doesn’t it? I guess it’s the new academic year that makes this month feel like a fresh start. Plus, the seasons seem to change the moment that September hits and that’s when we need to address parts of our health and beauty regime to keep ourselves happy, healthy and looking great throughout the autumn and winter. Here are some easy swaps I’ve made this September to cope with the changing seasons to come…

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How to prepare your spare room for Airbnb hosting

Offering holiday accommodation in your spare room is a great way of making a little extra cash. But how do you do it? Here are some easy ways to keep a spare room useful for yourself AND comfortable enough for Airbnb guests.

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Simple ways to find more money for your savings

If you’ve been saving for something special lately, or you simply want to make sure that you have some emergency savings in place for a rainy day, the following tips will help you to find more money for your future…

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Making your money go further this Christmas

The decorations and mince pies are already on sale in many shops around the UK now and, with the nights starting to draw in, thoughts turn to Christmas. And also to the expense associated with the festive season, which for some is a stressful time of year. Here’s how to plan your budget ahead and keep yourself feeling happy about ‘the most wonderful time of the year’…

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3 Festive photography essentials for content creators

If you’re a blogger, vlogger, photographer or independent business, you’ll no doubt already be planning for Christmas. I know – too soon, right? But we’ve already had plenty of ‘Christmas in July’ events and product previews and, in terms of content creation, it’s fast approaching! So, today I thought I’d help you be prepared and share some essential things you’re going to need in advance of the festive season…

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What is friluftsliv & why is it the new hygge?

For the past few years we’ve all be striving to get that hygge feeling in our homes. But this autumn, a new scandi style is influencing our homes and lives: friluftsliv. But what does this mean? How can friluftsliv improve our living environment and make us feel happier? Read on to find out more…

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6 Common haircare myths you shouldn’t believe

In order to maintain a perfectly healthy and lustrous mane, the experts have come up with different ideas of how best to manage hair – but should all that advice be believed? Myths are rife in haircare. And some of them could very well get you caught up in unhealthy hair care practices. If you want to grow your hair longer or simply have stronger, healthier hair there are several myths that you can ignore and still have great looking hair…

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4 Ways to manage the budget of your small business

Managing the budget for your small business is one of the main things that an entrepreneur needs to deal with. No matter whether your business project meets the objectives set out in the beginning, and is delivered on time, if it goes wildly over budget, it is not going to be considered a success. And, of course, it is easy for businesses to go over budget, especially when changes are made. Keeping that in mind, read on to discover some top tips on how to manage the budget of your small business effectively.

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4 Low-cost ways to entertain kids in the summer holidays

There’s still a couple of weeks of the school holidays to go, so here are some ideas for entertaining your little ones on their days off, including free events, rainy-day activities and inspiration for learning while they play…

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8 Practical ways to improve your sleep environment

Good sleep is essential – without it, your daily life may suffer so it’s time to make sleep a priority! There are many ways to improve your bedtime routine, such as reading and relaxing before bed and eating sleep-friendly foods, but many people forget one very important aspect: the sleep environment. If you value your sleep health, you need to look at how your bedroom affects it and what you can do to make it better. Here are some tips for maximising your sleep environment today…

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I’m a finalist in the Cruelty-Free Blogger Awards

Amazing news! I was shocked and delighted to find out that I’ve been shortlisted in the Cruelty-Free Blogger Awards 2018! I discovered the news on Twitter and have been shouting it from the roof tops ever since! Now I need your help to win, so please vote for me!

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5 Occasions when you really should read the small print

The world is full of small print and terms and conditions. They ping up when you update your apps and they’re on the back of your bank statements. I bet there are many times when you just don’t read the details and simply accept the terms – they’re just stopping you from doing what you went online to do anyway, right?? Nonetheless, there are some terms and conditions that you simply must read before diving in head first, so here are a few key times when you should check the details… 

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5 Pom-pom projects that anyone can make!

Garlands, jewellery, party decorations, blankets, fashion accessories, gift wrapping, homewares. There are so many things you can make with a humble pom-pom. Did you ever make pom-poms as a kid? Whether you’re a seasoned pom-pom maker or a total newbie today’s blog post will show you how to create a use pom-poms to decorate your home and wardrobe…

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Decorate your rented apartment without losing your deposit

You’ve found the ideal apartment in terms of location, price and size, and now you want to put your own stamp on the place. There’s only one problem: your deposit! Any unapproved changes to the apartment could suck you into a vicious battle with your landlord. It doesn’t have to be that way if you know what is permissible and what is out of bounds. Here are tips for decorating your apartment without upsetting the landlord…

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How to start investing in your 20s and 30s

If you’ve finished college or university and have started in your career and are looking at buying your first home (or maybe even starting a family) then this blog post is for you! You may think that there’s no need to start investing your money when you’re in your 20s and 30s – I mean, surely you need that money for other things? But, in some ways, this age is the freest you’ll ever be because you’re not studying and you may not have commitments like children, pets, a mortgage or elderly relatives yet.

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5 Tips to make your printer ink last longer

It’s the little light that fills us all with dread. Today, an inkjet printer might be cheap to buy, but it almost seems cheaper to throw it away and buy a new one that to put in new ink cartridges! Printers can have a thirst that is downright scary, particularly if you use your for printing out photos or artwork with any kind of regularity – here’s some tips for making your ink cartridges last longer…

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Who owes you money & how you can get hold of it

If you’re saving hard for a special occasion, home or holiday, you’ll want to gather together all the cash you can to make that dream a reality. So what if there was money out there – your money – that you could get back? Here’s some ways to reclaim your cash today…

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How to tackle indoor allergens this summer

The sun is shining, the days are dry and we’ve been having wonderful weather for weeks. But if you’re a hayfever sufferer you might have been struggling to enjoy the summer. Unfortunately it’s not just outdoors that can be a problem for folks with allergies; indoor allergens can cause health issues and can make equally life uncomfortable. Here are the most common summer allergens and what you can do about them…

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Why you should buy from makers and microbusinesses

Whether you’re looking for interesting homewares, personalised gifts, handmade fashion or unique art, the best way to find something special is by buying from makers, artists and microbusinesses. Want to know where to find such creative folk? Read on to find out where and why to buy from the people who dedicate their lives to […]

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4 Fantastic festivals in Suffolk this summer

Now that summer is here, Suffolk is the perfect place to be for family fun and entertainment. It’s not just a sunny county with a gorgeous coastline, it’s also a hub of exciting events and days out for all the family. Today I’m sharing four fantastic festivals (to suit all budgets) that you really shouldn’t miss…

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How to make more money when selling your vehicle

If you’ve upgraded your car or no longer need your motorbike, it’s a good idea to put it up for sale to recoup some cash. But how do you ensure that you’re getting good value for your vehicle? Here are a few tips to help you sell your car or motorbike for the best possible profit…

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How a bucket list can help you achieve your money-saving goals

Have you heard people talking about their bucket list and wondered what it was all about? Perhaps you’ve seen the famous movie and been pondering over creating a bucket list of your own. Anyone can have a bucket list and there are several reasons why you should make yours today. It can be long, short, extravagant or very simple. Whatever you decide to include it’ll be a great idea because it’s unique to you… 

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When is it safe for kids to learn to cook frugal recipes?

I learned how to cook pretty early on in my life and I think that all children should learn how to prepare frugal recipes. After all, being able to make a meal is a life skill that they’ll always need in the future and, if you’re going to be cooking anyway – they might as […]

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How much is your lifestyle costing you? (+ ways to save!)

Whatever you spend your money on — whether you head to a coffee shop on a morning during your commute or like to have a few drinks on the weekend; your lifestyle could be costing you quite a bit. Today I’m sharing some research by paper coffee cups retailer, Inn Supplies that details just how much your everyday purchases may be costing you…

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Best multi-use items to bulk buy to save on household & beauty products

Life is already busy enough as it is, without the constant need to pop into the shops whenever you run out of household essentials. However, if you stock up with the following five handy and healthy items, you’ll not only save precious time, you’ll also help your budget stretch further… TURMERIC POWDER This golden spice […]

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