Thursday, 24 November 2016

Black Friday Hacks

It's only Thursday and I'm feeling pretty smug that I waited for the Black Friday sales to get a Christmas present for 30% off.

Oh Black Friday; the shopper's dream, the bank balance's nightmare. I think this weekend turns the shopping world into each man for themselves arena, so I've put together a few tips!



1. Do it ALL online. There is no way on earth I am setting foot in a shop this weekend. It will be crazy busy and if you're anything like me, large crowds in shopping centres are the most annoying thing when it comes to shopping. Also, it's worth nothing that there will be more vouchers/free delivery codes online, especially on cyber monday... so you may as well stay in bed this weekend!

2. Buy Christmas presents. This is the last sale before Christmas, so if you haven't started, or like me, wanted to buy something expensive for someone - this weekend is the time to do it.

3. Set up and log into shop accounts. For example, I want a new pair of topshop jeans this weekend and I am hoping there will be more codes as the weekend goes on so I've logged into my topshop account today so I can avoid all the logging in when the servers are extremely busy and more likely to crash on me.

4. Do you really want it? I know it's a huge saving but would you have bought it anyway? If the answer is no, you probably wouldn't have even thought about buying it in the first place and you'll actually be chucking money away instead of saving. Just stop and think about whether you're simply buying into the sale extravaganza.

5. Go to bed early or stay up for midnight. If you are hitting the shops, you want to be there as early as possible.. or if you're shopping online, it will go live at midnight so probably worth staying up for!

6. Use cash back websites to get a better saving. Websites such as topcashback can save you even more money, and it's so free and easy to sign up!

7. Do your research & follow brands on social media. Have a look around today at what you might want to buy and follow your favourite brands on twitter, Facebook, snapchat, instagram. It's definitely the most up to date way of getting the deals!


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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Context


A mother hasn't fed her baby for days and has now rushed to hospital, fearing the worst.

Awful, right?

A husband cheats on his wife.

Dirty scum?

A Father is repeatedly abusing his daughter.

Unforgivable?

Three completely different situations. Can you work with those individuals? Love them? Help them?

Let me re-phrase..

A mother hasn't fed her baby for days because the man she loved kicked her out and she has nowhere to go, no family or no money. She turned up at A&E because she didn't know what else to do despite fearing she'd lose her baby.

A husband cheats on his wife with his childhood sweetheart. He's been doing this for years because his family arranged his marriage to a woman he'd never met and he doesn't have it in him to tell her that he has never nor will he ever love her.

A father is repeatedly abusing his daughter because it's his way of showing love. He was abused himself as a child and that's all he knows.

I'm not saying these situations are excusable but one thing I am learning is, that we, as human beings, are very quick to judge. We jump to conclusions without knowing the context of an individual's life; the whats, ifs, hows and whys of this world. It's very difficult to work, help or love someone who has done something that goes completely against your personal morals but by simply talking, questioning and trying to understand why, could give you a whole new stance on something.

If there's one thing that social work has reinforced to me, is that we all have a past. We all have a story. Remember that there is context to everything, the next time you hear something difficult.
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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide for Him






I think men are harder to buy for than women. Period.

That, combined with living in an age in which no one waits until Christmas to have something but actually just goes out and buys it for themselves, makes it bloody hard to buy presents for men. However, I'm quite proud of myself because I've actually found some ideas!

I think clothes are always easy (if you know the guy you're buying for). Jumpers, shoes, underwear, hats... usually a winner in there somewhere!

I've included the pokemon go wrist watch, for anyone still obsessed playing the game and also a lunch box - because is it just me or do men seem to spend more money on lunches than women? They'll start to thank you when they save £20 a week.

The final suggestion is an e-cigarette starter kit, which could be useful for anyone who is wanting to quit smoking but doesn't feel as though they can go cold turkey. This would be a great way to start giving up!

Failing these ideas, just ask them to buy something and then pay them back..

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Monday, 14 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide for Her







I don't know about you, but I get most of my Christmas gift buying inspiration from blogs and bloggers these days. I bought a magazine the other day, mostly for the free nail polish, and it was shit. 

So, here's my take on a Christmas gift guide for her. Pretty much all my favourite things but #sorrynotsorry. There is something for beauty and fashion lovers here though so I'm covering more than one base.

Failing this, a trip to disney world will probably go down well or a topshop voucher so she can buy her own favourite pair of joni jeans!


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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Writing For The Sake Of It

It's November 12th and I've just realised I've not written a word on here this month, which is pretty shocking. It's not that I don't have time because I do; I just don't feel like I have anything to say any more.


Life has become a whirlwind. These days I can be found rushing across Birmingham for a train, snuggling up to watch Orphan Black, learning the law and social work values, and playing Princess in between. And I love it all. I'm tired and some days I don't want to leave my bed but give me a day off and I genuinely don't know what to do with myself.

I'm becoming increasingly aware that perhaps putting my personal life online has served it's purpose, 5 years of purpose nonetheless. Writing doesn't have that therapeutic element to it at the moment and logging my life on here doesn't seem as interesting, yet something always draws me back. Like right now, I am willing myself to write because I love this space.

I don't know how it's 12th November already but so far, it's been okay. Life is happening and I'm trying my best to enjoy every moment.

Today was one of those days; a rare day with my best friend in Manchester. The city was beautifully decorated and I know can't help but feel quite excited for the lead up to Christmas!


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