When Do I Get My Time- Mummy, Blogger and Student

I know when you have a child everyone tells you that you end up losing all the time you had. As some of you know I am not just a mummy I am also a third-year student and a blogger. I have 3 more assignments and then I am done I hand my final piece in on the 18th May. I can not believe how fast it is going but at the moment because I have so much going on I feel like I have no time for myself. At the moment I am getting a maximum of 7 hours sleep which is hard when you have a toddler. The tantrums can be enough to make me want to cry sometimes at the moment I know I have a few weeks of solo parenting in the next few weeks which is going to make everything else even harder.

I have found at the moment that if I try and spend my weekdays between 9-5 in the library completing uni work because it needs to be done. I do not have lectures every single day however, I do treat it like a full-time job because this is going to be something which hopefully I am going to have it in the future. During this time Jess is in nursery which means that she is able to play with other children which are always amazing. This allows me to focus on work without the having the distraction of having a toddler trying to play on my laptop when I am working. Or having Peppa pig on in the background which gets super annoying. I think that this is something which suits us all because of course, Jess wants to be with her friends.

Time on a weekend is at the moment spent as Jess time it is not something that I want to give up because I know how special this time is. I am adoring watching her grow up and having days out and exploring the local area at the moment. At the moment one of the days usually spent exploring and of course, if we end up having some days out  I will review them and share them on my blog. The other day of the weekend is usually spent actually doing jobs this can be cleaning the house, decluttering which is something I am having to do as we are hoping to move house in the summer.  This is sometimes when we end doing blog pictures because I am usually at my house with my lighting and products should I get them from brands are sent to my house.

I am finding that I am working on my blog on my lunch break which means that I am not getting much time away from my computer which I know is never good for you. I am even doing blog posts on the commute home because it is some time which I am not doing anything else productive. On nights I am even having to write posts because I do not want to get behind on this at the moment I think I have a weeks worth of posts written. This is because I might actually have to take some time off when my workload becomes even more. I hope you understand if I go quiet for periods on my blog until the end of may. Don’t worry I will be back but I am hoping to keep blogging throughout.

This makes me wonder though when do I have time for myself because at the moment I feel like I rarely have any time for myself.  I do not want to make myself poorly because my work load is too high so please work with me if I do go very quiet. I am still reading and watching videos trying to keep up to date with you all.  I know in a few years I am going to look back and actually wonder how I managed to do all of this

Do you feel like you have no time for yourself?

Charlotte xx

Little Dish- Cupboard Essentials Review

As busy parents sometimes we don’t have time to cook nutritionally healthy meals from scratch every single day. We try and make a couple of meals a week this kind. There is times when need to grab something from the cupboard and use that instead. We all know about the sugar and salt levels which are reported in some of these items for adults. I dread to think how bad they would be for a child like Jess. That’s where Little Dish come in they have a range of products which can be put in the cupboard. They are suitable for children without half of the nasties in them.

We have seen them in a range of the big supermarkets which is great. As this means that you can just pop them in your trolley in your normal weekly shop. I for one like to try and get as many things from the same shop as possible. So these been available like this is a time saver for me. The three from this range that we have tried are baked beans, korma curry sauce, and tomato pasta sauce. They are all normal and basic which you can use for a meal quickly.

The first one Jess tried was the curry sauce as family we like our curries. Usually they can be too hot for her. We sometimes want to eat to late for her. So these are amazing all you need to do is cook the chicken and stir in the sauce for 1 minute.  We add rice as well because this is something Jess loves. The sauce was big enough for a medium/large chicken portion and it was saucy enough for Jess.

I did try a little bit off and found that it was tasty without the spices.  This is something which I am glad of because I did not want Jess to be eating a bland meal. This in total took us about the 15 minutes including cooking the rice which of course is great. Jess sometimes is not the most patient person.

The beans come in a pouch which is big enough size for Jess without there been any waste. If I put them in the fridge I don’t always know when she would finish them. These are can easy go on toast and she can have a small potion of beans on toast. Or they can be added as a veg element of her tea when she has something like fish fingers. They take next to no time at all if I remember correctly around 1-2 mins. Great when you have a grumpy toddler nagging for food.

The final one which Jess has tried is the tomato pasta sauce this is something which is her favourite food anyway. So having a good quality pasta sauce means so much to us.  This again is one which you have to stir in your pasta when it is cooked. This does mean that it takes about 15 minutes cooking the pasta and getting the sauce warm. My brother actually tried some of this when Jess had it. He said again it was a little bit bland it was more like tomato puree. It does mean that it does have the flavour for your toddler however, it will not have as much sugar and salt as an adult version. This is great for if we are not having pasta but Jess wants it she sometimes even adds cheese to the top as a treat.

Conclusion

The sauces are £1 and baked beans are around £1.25 these can be purchased from the major supermarkets as well as  Boots. This is great because you can purchase them easily which is great because you never want to have to think about having to go to additional shops.  You can even click and collect them from boots which I have done because I have not seen them in a lot of the shops. I am going to purchase these again in the future because of the fact that they are super easy and when we move into our own house these will be handy because Daddy will still be working away. I would love to try more of these essentials. Jess already loves the ready meals which are usually on offer in Morrisons so they are a brand that we would recommend for sure.

Have you tried any of these little dish items?

Charlotte x

 

 

Has Emo Died?

Music is something which has played a huge part of my life. If I am traveling alone I usually have my headphones on and music blasting out, the same can be said for when I am sat in the library. This is something which has the power to change my mood if I am feeling down or angry if I put certain music on I can change my mood completely it is pretty amazing the power which has on me.  For me, I am a huge fan of what you would have called a few years ago Emo music.

Recently I have gone back to listening to bands such as My Chemical Romance, Blink182 and Fall Out Boy yes it really does take me back to high school. I think I was playing some of the music while at uni the other day and a girl told me that she had not heard of these bands were they new and upcoming.  I know that MCR broke up a fair few years ago I think it was 5 years now and I am not over it but bands such as Fall Out Boy have recently released new material.

It did make me wonderer wether alternative/ emo music whatever you want to call it is actually dying. I have noticed that now stores like Blue Banana when I have the chance to go to a store have less band merch in and they used to be full of bands even Green Day and Nivarna.  I popped into a similar alternative store and could not believe how much Harry Potter and the odd Marvel items there was. But hardly any music merch it made me look into it a bit more and released all of the bands that I love have not really made any new material in a fair few years. This made me sad because these are bands which if you play no doubt I could sing my heart out knowing most if not all of the words to the songs.

However, I feel like I am one of those people who are not easy to admit that they are the only people listening to this type of music still. Please tell me that people have it all become the same and all listen to popular music such as pop. Been able to get Kerrang magazine every single week to discover new bands used to be amazing this is something which I have not done in a long time because I rarely see the magazine now. Maybe it is time to admit the type of music is dead and that we should educate people close to us about it in order to still have people listening to it in the future. I for sure in Jess is going to know the words to a lord of the My Chemical Romance and Green Day songs.

What’s your view is Emo music dead or is it just the people I know?

Charlotte xx

Stylopro Makeup Brush Cleaner Dupe Review

A year or so ago there was a massive hyper around the Stylopro makeup brush cleaner which allowed you to clean and dry your brushes in no time at all. If you use make up a lot you will know how much of a chore cleaning your brushes can be for me it is a task which I always put off. I think the reason behind it is due to the fact that that it takes so long for your brushes to dry.  For me I need my brushed the next day and in the winter they never seem to dry that fast. My mum understood my pain and for Christmas she actually purchased me a dupe of the Stylopro so i could take the hassle out of cleaning my brushes. I think she actually purchased this off either Wowcher or Groupon and she can not remember which one it was.

This comes with a plastic bowl with a silicone seal and splash guard. The real one comes with a glass bowl but for me, plastic is better it means Jess can not smash it. The item also comes with the 8 silicone covers which vary in size meaning that most of your brushes should fit. I am yet to find one which did not actually fit. It did also come with the device which you attach to the cover through a hole in the bottom of. I have found that it is very quick and easy to use which is great as this is supposed to be saving you a lot of time.

It is so simple all you need to do is pick the right cover to fit the handle of your brush add a small amount of brush cleaner or if you are like me baby shampoo.  I add a small amount which is around the size of a 5p into the water. I only have about half a bowl full of water in order to clean the brushes. All you have to do is make sure that your brush is secure in the silicone seal then dip it in the water and press the button on the device for 10-20 seconds. Then I take it out of the water and press the button again for another 10-20 seconds in order to dry the brush. This means that you can have all your brushes clean and dry within a matter of moments.

I have found that this is actually really useful and it makes me want to clean my brushes. I have been cleaning my eye shadow brushes at least once a week and this does clean them very well. You could do this while applying makeup if you did not have enough brushes. Needing to reuse the brush without the colours mixing.  When I saw these I was concerned that they would be not great for liquid products as we all know getting the foundation out of our brushes can be a pain.

Worth The Money Or Not

I think that this product is worth the money which you pay for the dupe I think this is under £20 compared to the Stylopro which is closer to the £40 mark. £40 is not something which I would be willing to pay for this item even though it is great. It has made me clean my brushes more because it is so simple and your brushes are ready so fast. This would be amazing the more brushes you have because obviously the more time you will save. I do not think it is a gimmick product because it does actually work so well. If you can find this product I would recommend it because who doesn’t want to save time it is priceless after all.

Have you got one of these brush cleaners? If so what do you think

Charlotte x

 

Tips For Selling On eBay

We all are feeling the pinch of Christmas still and if you’re like me you have no room for all the new toys. This year we have decided that we need to declutter a lot because we plan on moving house in the summer. We do not want to have to transport everything. So we have been selling items on eBay for a few months with a lot of success I think in the last couple of months we have made over £100. Just selling items which we no longer require and we are thankful for a little bit more space. Today I thought I would share with you a few of the things which I have been doing in order to enhance my sales and making more money.

Pictures

Make sure that you have good pictures, for me, I use my camera a lot of the time rather than my phone. This may not be possible for some of you I know because not many people have a nice camera. I try and use natural light because it always makes the colour of the item look true. Using flash can change the colour of items which is not something you want.  I make sure that I have several pictures of the item as well within the listing this is the time if there is a mark on the item to show it as well. Just because you are purchasing an item of eBay does not mean that the buyers standards slip considerably.

Times Item End

Make sure that your items do not finish at a silly time. The number of times I have seen people with items ending in the middle of the night when not many people will be browsing eBay. Another time which I would avoid is Sunday mornings this is when I have been picking up items cheap for Jess. Again this must be because people are not online. I make sure that my items end on a night I list between 8-10pm on a night.  This is a time when people are looking online as I seem a spate of late bids sometimes. If your browsing eBay there is a chance that some other person will be and they could be looking for your type of items.

Reasonable Postage Costs

If you put your postage prices too high this can put people off from bidding.  I know for sure if these items are listed too high I will not purchase them.  Previously I have seen it where the items have been more expensive with postage than it would purchase the item brand new in the stores.  I make sure the maximum which I charge for postage is £2.90 for second class.  If I am unsure how much to charge I make sure I got the maximum amount it can be in order to make sure that I am not out of pocket. Maybe if someone purchases a number of your items think about doing combine postage as this can mean that people will purchase more items of yours. This is something which I have done a lot and had people purchasing a lot of items I think the most I had is a bundle of 28 items.

Descriptions

If there is a mark on your item state it because otherwise people will leave you poor feedback and this is something which can affect people purchasing of you in the future. Selling a small fitting item state this as I listed a cropped jumper recently and had a lot of people asking for the dimensions of the item.  The more information you give the fewer people will message you questions. I also put on the bottom that I have other I am having a huge clearout because this might make more people check out your other items.

Leave Feedback 

I have found that if I leave feedback for people they are more likely to leave me feedback in return.  The more feedback which you have the more likely it is that someone will purchase from you.  If people know that you are a good seller they will be tempted to purchase from you. I now have around 900 rating as have noticed that more people are purchasing from me since I have been rated higher. I know we all start with low ratings but slowly been nice and a good seller pays off don’t forget you can even get rated for purchasing items.

Start reasonable

Start with the lowest you would want something to sell for. Don’t forget the amount may increase if you have it in an auction anyway. I have had it where items I have put on for £7.50 have risen to as much as £24. Selling at a reasonable price helps increase the likelihood of a sale occurring. eBay now also puts a suggested starting price on items as well as a suggested buy it now price. This is all based on the sales of the item in the past and currently, it is something which I have used and had items which I wouldn’t have listed so high.

Sell season appropriate

For example at the moment I have items on which are suitable as gifts for Mother’s Day. I try and sell children’s clothing which Jess has grown out of all year long and have found even in December people are purchasing swimming costumes because you cannot get them in the shops. Please may still be going on holiday or wanting to take a trip to the pool. I would recommend putting fancy dress on for children soon as world book at approaches you are likely to sell these.

These are all my tips for now on selling on eBay do you have any others let me know in the comments.

Charlotte