Friday, 3 February 2017

January 2017 Favourites

Hello my little blog friends! It seems like forever since i last sat down properly & tapped away on my keyboard. I do love that sound, it's SO ASMR. I was sat contemplating all the things i have been loving lately & thought I'd share them with you in the form of a January Favourites blog post. I personally love these posts so please hit me up with your links in the comments so that i can read yours as well.

My first favourite has to be my HYGGE (pronounced HOO-GA) book. It's so gorgeous before the hard cover is even opened. So tactile with it's blue hues. It's teaching me to live well & do more things that give me that inner glow I've been searching for. You can tell it has a permanent place on my bedside table by the coffee rings present on it's once perfect exterior. Of course, it wasn't me. When your husband brings you coffee in bed it would be a sin to reprimand him for where he puts said coffee. If you did then lazy mornings with coffee in bed would be no more. I'd have to leave the warmth of my cosy pit & venture into the cold morning air to make my own. No thank you! I'll take a cosy bed & coffee rings anyday. Now don't get me wrong, the blogger in me really wanted to order another pristine copy but the newly born minimalist in me screamed,  "NO! DON'T DO IT! EMBRACE THE COFFEE RINGS!"

Many months after being invited to the store in Beverley, my Hotter ankle boots are still firmly zipped onto my feet (well except for when I'm indoors of course). I wont harp on about them as i have a blog post dedicated to them HERE. Yes, i love them so much i blogged about them!

Of all the unlikely places in the world to find such objects of beauty it will surprise you as much as it did me to discover that these gorgeous plants complete with copper pots are from Lidl. Yep, you heard me right. I often bypass the jumble sale like mess that adorns the centre of the store. That was until i saw a glimmer of copper out of the corner of my eye. I was drawn to it like a magpie. What could it be? With three to choose from & i selected the Aloe & the Peace Lily. The third was one of those flat cabbage looking succulents which didn't really look right in the pot so i left it behind. At £3.99 each i just know that you'll agree that these are a steal. I can see them in the likes of Zara home for at least £10. Is it just me that lets out a little internal squeal when i find treasures like this?

Staying on the copper theme & in fact on the Lidl theme too, get a load of these bluetooth wireless headphones! Alright alright, so i check out the jumble sale like centre aisles a little more often than i was letting on. It's almost become a mission now to see what treasure i can find. I bought these thinking that the sound quality would be naff, but oh how wrong i was. Even at the higher volume the bass stays clear & doesn't distort. They have volume & track skipping controls built into the headphones & you can even take calls on them! Although i would love to see these sold with a suedette  lined pleather pull cord baggy to store them in when they are folded down, at £19.99 i really can't complain at all. These headphones were so popular that when i rushed back to get a pair for my eldest daughter Jade the next day, they had sold out never to be seen again.

Staying with tech, my next favourite is an oldy but goody. This little silver ipod shuffle that i have had for years has changed my driving experience. Although my new car(Ford Ka Zetec White Edition) comes with bluetooth so that i can play my tunes directly from my iPhone, my music library has become limited since my Apple Music trial ran out(insert crying emoji here) I also like to keep as much storage as possible free in case i have to film on my iPhone too. This teeny gadget just plugs into the usb port in my car & with the aid of some blue-tack it just sits on it's doc & starts the minute i put my key in. Genius! If i get bored of the playlist i can just swap it out for something new. It also doubles as a great gym/dog walking pal too as i can just clip it to my top & away i go. At £49.99 it's a great gateway into the world of apple & comes in lots of fun colours.

My next favourite is not something i ever thought i would include in a favourites post. I mean glasses are a utilitarian item aren't they? I am short sighted so it's essential that i wear glasses for driving & since buying my new car my old glasses have disappeared. I was contacted by Laura over at Firmoo & offered a pair of free glasses to review & i have to say that i love them. The ordering process was so easy & the choice of glasses was great too. I just copied my prescription over onto the website et voila. Delivery was surprisingly quick considering that they are shipped from overseas. Realising that glasses have become a fashion item, (i know i am behind on this concept) i picked what i call a sexy secretary style. I chose frames with red running through them to match the red in my hair. The quality exceeded my expectations as all of the glasses are so affordable. The exchange & refund policy is great too. If they damage your glasses in transit or somehow get your prescription wrong then you can return for a free exchange or refund within 3 days. I am so excited to be able to offer my readers/viewers a free pair of glasses too! Just follow my special link & follow instructions to get your code to add at the end of your order. These are now my only/main pair of glasses but would also be great if you need a back up pair too.

Is anyone else on a health kick? A new year always gives me a renewed sense of motivation when it comes to getting leaner & healthier. I am trying to cut down to one milky coffee per day from my Nespresso & Aeroccino which very nearly made it into this favourites post for favourite drink. I have never been a massive herbal tea fan, although i do try once a year to see if my taste buds have changed with age. I hear rave reviews about brands such as tea pigs but when checking them out in my local supermarket i nearly fell over when i saw the price. Imagine my surprise when i found a suspiciously similar product in Lidl. Can we take a moment to say how obvious it is that i love Lidl & i'm not even sponsored by them! At £1.79 a pack for 15 bags i purchased 3 packs of tea, my favourite being the Peppermint & Liquorice flavour. It's very unusual but has a sweetness that hits the spot for me. When comparing to the bigger brands as mentioned above, you can buy 2 packs of this & have 50 odd pence left in your sky rocket.
Pic taken from my Instagram(Donna Dyble)

So that's it for my roundup of favourites in the month of January. Do you have or love any of the things i've mentioned above? Have you written a January favourites blog post? Let me know below in the comments & if you have any questions about anything mentioned then ask away.


Sunday, 29 January 2017

Money Saving Mondays - How To Make NO GIMMICK Quick Cash

Another Monday = another money saving video. In this weeks episode i cover how to make money. No gimmicks, no tricks, just straight forward legit ways to drum up some cash when you are in need.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Home Bargains Haul

Are you heading out this weekend? Here are some bits i picked up from Home Bargains. It's my absolute favourite place to shop. Let me know if you went & what you found in your local store.


Thursday, 10 November 2016

REVIEW: Hotter Whisper Leather Ankle Boots

Well what can i say. I had this super long blog post to put up today which amounted to 6 hours of work. Blogger lost it/didn't save it. I can't tell you how frustrated i am about it. Trying to be a new more zen version of myself i decided to "STEP AWAY FROM THE MAC!" & come back to it with fresh eyes. Ok so this post is a much shorter version as i decided to make this into a review of my Hotter boots rather than a full scale informative post about the company, the shop i visited & everything i learned about

I was originally invited to the York store for a bloggers event but unfortunately couldn't attend so Jenni the lovely PR for Hotter extended my invite & allowed me to visit the Beverley store to see the new A/W 2016 collection. There will be a follow up post to tell you all about my visit but today i would like to tell you what i think about my new boots.

Gerry the store Manager was a wealth of information & i was led by her expertise to try on the Whisper boots which she assured me would be ideal for my very wide feet. Whisper boots come in 5 colours, standard & extra wide fits. As with all of Hotters shoes they also come in half sizes too. They have zips both on the outside & inside of the boot making access super easy. Quite often i can't even get my broad feet through the neck of boots, so this double zip design was perfect for me. The leather is buttery soft & the lining is SO cosy with its luxury ultra padded faux fur lining, The cushioned insole is springy & bouncy. Upon standing up to walk around in the boots i also realised just how lightweight & slipper like the boots were. Without even looking at another boot i was sold!

So after a month of wear how have i found the boots? I have practically lived in them. They even came to the Algarve with me for 9 days & i wore them every evening. After miles & miles of walking around in flip flops during the day, putting the Whisper boots on my feet was like walking on air. Your feet just feel cocooned in warmth & comfort & for the first time ever with new shoes/boots i have had no rub marks, blisters or breaking in period to deal with. They say theres nothing better for business than word of mouth. I was so blown away by these boots that i raved about them to my coffee morning ladies. I then took two of them to the Beverley store where staff members Danni & Vick gave them the same exceptional service & expertise as Gerry had given me. They were so delighted, that they both walked out of the store with their own brand new pair of winter boots too! Are you getting just how happy i am with them?

To finish i just have one thing to add. HOTTER, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE!



Friday, 9 September 2016

10 Things I've Learnt In 3 Weeks Of Eating Clean

I'd love to share with you my clean eating journey. How it's changed me, how i feel, how i cope when eating out & coming soon will also be restaurant reviews. I am currently seeking out eateries that serve clean & healthy foods in East/North Yorkshire & Humberside, so if you know of any then please let me know in the comments below.

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