Managed WordPress Hosting With Speedydot

Once you have created your blog/website and you are trying to create and you are happy with of for a period of time.  Ifr you are anything like me you get bored without making changes something which I did at the start of the year was to  make my website managed WordPress hosting.

When I did this I had huge problems for some reason my site was not able to be viewed in the UK however, it could be abroad.  Using the hosting company who I choose I found it hard to ever speak to an advisor online. I wish I had found Speedydot. They have a team in the UK who you can ring and it is not a number which is going to break the bank. They also have tickets and live chat which means that they have 24/7 UK support which is something which I wish I had.   You never want your site to be down it is even worse if it is at night and you can not speak to someone till the next morning or the next working day. Another benefit of using this site is that they are a small company who will actually care about you as a person rather than just a number.  And they know that having your site up and running is actually essential to you.

Another bonus of using speedydot is that they do a weekly backup of your site. This means should anything go wrong you will only use the maximum of a week’s work. Backing up my site is actually something which I forget to do and I think currently if something happened I would be losing a couple of months worth of work.  This always gives you a piece of mind should anything actually go wrong.

For a lot of bloggers who do not have a massive following or a ton of content, they do a basic package which is £3 per month.  With this it allows your website to be no larger than 5GB that is the amount of storage which you can have. Speedydot do have larger packages with more storage but of course, the price does actually slightly increase.  Another bonus which I wish I had is 100% network uptime guarantee this means that your website site should be available for people to read 100% of the time. This is a bonus because you want people to be able to read your site when they are free.

If you find that speedydot are not for you they do actually have 30 days money-back guarantee. This does mean that you do not have anything to lose you either find a company who you want to host your website for a long period of time. Or you actually get your money back and use a larger company.

 

Have you used Speedydot?

 

Charlotte xx

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Ideas For Decorating a toddler’s bedroom

 

As many of you know we are planning to move house this summer which is going to see Jess get her own room for the very first time.  I have not been able to actually design a nursery when she was born so I am so excited to do a toddler room for her. I have been thinking about the types of things which I want in her room of course some of them she might actually get a some of them may be able to occur not long after we move in the property which we get.

Reading Corner

Jess does actually love reading books and story time is something which I want to implement in her bedtime routine. I do actually think that reading is something which is very important when your child is young because of the fact that it allows them to be able to increase their language. I think this is something which may actually help her sleep better due to the fact that she is not going to be having a lot of screen time before bed as we all know too much blue light can make you not sleep. I would love to be able to get her a really nice bookcase which means that she is going to be able to reach her books so she could read them when she wants. Hopefully, we can have either some cute cushions to sit on or some bean bags so it is a very cozy and pleasurable area to be in.

Feature Wall

Feature walls can make a child’s room feel very personal. While browsing on the internet I found Wallsauce who are a company who sell made-to-measure children’s wallpaper.  There is some amazing wallpaper I think the one which is the lego pattern would love amazing in the man cave which Joe wants to create and would fit in with the gaming/office room he is hoping to create when we get the house. I know for sure that there is some of the wallpaper which Jess would love for example the animal ones due to the fact she is obsessed with them. I think I would be really fun to have something which is a bit different to the standard wallpaper which is on the market. These come in panels which I think it may make it easier than actually wallpapering normally.

Storage

Making sure that Jess has enough room for the oodles of toys which she has managed to accumulate in the short time which she has been here is important. I want to be able to make sure that she can get the toys which she wants to be able to play with easily without having to pull everything out.  This may mean that we end up having storage boxes which can be pulled out for example like the ones from Ikea which every blogger seems to have somewhere in their house, to be honest. Making sure she knows were things belong may actually lead to her been able to keep her room more tidy well I can always dream right?

Playden/ Tepi

This is something which I can see Jess really wanting due her always now wanting to build dens or as she calls them tents. This is an area which for her could be soft in case she does fall over because we all know she is a very clumsy child. Causing damage to herself is not something which I really want to occur I also think that this could be another area which she would be able to read in along with the fact she could play cars there no doubt quite happily. I have seen a few which are not too girly which I am sure is something she will like because she is not all about the pink.

Quotes and pictures

These are a great thing to put in your toddlers/ child’s room because of the fact that they are going to grow up. This means that things are going to want to be changed over this time as they will calim that something is for babies instead of the age that they are. A benefit of having quotes and picturres in frames it means that they can be updated over time which means can fit whatever the child is in to at the moment and recent pictures. For example, at the moment we have a few nice pictures of Jess which I would love to display along with some motivation/educational pieces. When I feel like they are no longer relevant it would be easy to get new ones along with the fact it would not break the bank.

 

How did you decorate your toddler’s room?

 

Charlotte

This is a collaborative post

 

 

 

The Latest Deals While Online Shopping

I am sure I am not the only one who shops online and always looks for some kind of discount code or some kind of latest deals. I hate paying full price on something which I can get a discount on. I have found myself googling the company in order to be able to get, some money off. This is something which I do more around Christmas because I order so much at this time of the year. However, this is something which I am doing at the moment due to the fact, that we are starting to look at things for the house.

I used latest deals to get £100 off a cordless Dyson hoover which is amazing because, this is something which we did need for the house as well as helping keep the car clean. This was from Argos which meant that we did not have to wait ages in order to get the item either. I had a browse on there while writing this post and found that at the moment on of the latest deals is that you can get £50 off a microwave. Again this is going to be something which we are going to have to purchase for the house in the next few months as we get ready to purchase and move in. All the deals are from companies which you have heard of for example at the moment their are offers from ASDA, Amazon and Wilko.

You do not have to be looking for house hold items they have offers on every day essentials such as have food and also beauty products. For example I did see a electric toothbrush which was on offer from £40 to £13 which is amazing you would be able to give this as a gift or even treat yourself. I try and make sure that I do not browse it too much because I am a sucker for a bargain and would end up purchasing a lot which I do not end up needing.

This for sure is a site which I have shared with a number of people because I know I am not the only one who does actually love a bargain. As the majority of my friends are people who are students or the have left university in the last few years which means that they are still on such a budget.

Where do you find your bargain and best deals?

Charlotte xx
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Are You Road Trip Ready?

If your family are anything like mine we seem to be spending more and more hours on road. Whether it traveling between the two hours we currently reside in. Trips to see family or exciting days out. The car is a place which on average we spend up to 2 hours a day in per week day and this can increase on a weekend.

As a result of spending so many hours in the car we need to make sure that our car is always ready at all times for the trips we are making. Whether this be making sure we have snacks and juice for Jess so she doesn’t become too grumpy should we end up stuck in a traffic jam for a long period of time. Miles from anywhere would be our luck I always make sure that we have these supplies stocked up.

Music

Making sure that we have some good music is also essential for us. Some of the drives which undertake are long motorway routes. Meaning that there is no beautiful views so having music on can help pass the time. One of the CDs which we have been loving is the now that’s what I call Rock music. I also had Spotify which allows us to choose songs based on our mood. This reminds me before our next road trip I might have a look and invest in another CD.

Clothing

As Jess is still only 2 making sure that we have a spare set of clothes within the car. She does still struggle with car sickness and has had to travel in just a nappy before. She can get very messy and wet in days out which means that she would be uncomfortable to travel home. Which would no doubt end up resulting in a tantrum all the way home. Something for sure we want to avoid.

Windscreen Wipers

As a result of living in the UK and the large amount of rain we seem to get here in Yorkshire. The windscreen always seems to be dirty so making sure that your car has enough screen wash in is important. Before going on a long road trip make sure that you have it topped up because you never want to be in the position where you go to use the screen wash and it’s run out leaving you with a dirty windscreen barely visible out of. We also leave a small bottle int he car now meaning we need to only apply water which can be done at a petrol station should we start running low.

Inflated Tyre’s

Make sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure needed for the load which you are carrying. For example if you are just going on a normal day out with the children you do not need them as inflated as if you had a boot full of heavy items. If you have them under inflated you may find it harder to slow down quickly something you might need to do if something runs out in front of your car. It can also make getting out of the way harder. However, if have them over inflated you run this risk of a blowout occurring. This is something which I am very scared of occurring as there could be some serious consequences. You can check your pressure at most petrol stations or even have your own portable pressure checker.

Tread

Finally make sure that your tyres have enough tread on them. There is nothing which is going to spoil a road trip more than been pulled over by the police due to your tyres been illegal. Make sure that you have the legal tread left on them TyrePlus can help you with this. If you do not have enough tread left they will replace them for you as having too little tread could result in you failing to be able to stop in an emergency.

Electrics

If you are like us you may end up traveling a lot when it is dark or in bad weather which means that you require your electrics. Things such as your indicators, lights, heating and also your windscreen wipers. Failing to have checked that these are working and then finding that they are broken could result in you having to pull over at the side of the road and wait for the recovery. Due to driving without lights and indicators in this conditions would significantly increase your chance of been in a collision.

Making sure that you have done these checks and have snacks, drink and entertainment in the car should result in a smooth road trip.

What checks do you do before traveling in the car on a road trip?

Charlotte

This post is a collaborative post

Advice For Millennial Renters

As some of you may know we are looking at purchasing our first property this summer. However, I have been in the position where I have rented a number of student houses in order to live in different cities to the one I am from to complete my studies. I also have a number of friend who you could class as millennial renters after speaking to a few of them I have complied a list of what you should looks for when renting a house.

Stay at home

This might sound like a strange one when sharing tips for renting a house. However, renting is not cheap in some cases it is more expensive than having your own house. If you have the option to still live with parents or friends take it up I am not saying that it is going to be completely free to do this however you will be paying nowhere the price of rent. I know for one that when looking at 2 bed rent prices in York I couldn’t find much under 1000 a month. Currently we are loving with my parents while we save up enough money to be able to purchase our house. I think now we have enough of a deposit, we just need to find somewhere that we love.

Take Pictures and Read your contract

Take pictures of the property when you move in making note of anything broken or missing. For example when I lived in my third uni house for a few months there was no curtains for a period of about 2 weeks. This was an issue as I lived backed onto a school and anyone could have seen into my room. The landlord was convinced there was some curtains in the room. It was in my contract that there should have been and this meant that he had to to sort the problem out. If I not read my contract I might have actually ended up purchasing some curtains when I wouldn’t have needed to.

Have Contents insurance

You want to make sure that your possessions are safe and this will give you a piece of mind. This is something which I never did when I was at uni because of the fact that I had my laptop and phone on their own kind of insurance. However, speaking to my friends it is important to get some contents insurance this something which we will be doing when we purchase our own house anyway. But if you are renting you may need some more advise on what kind of insurance that you need and what your landlord’s insurance will cover you for. You can find more information about insurance with Homelet.

Make it your own

A tip one of my friends shared with me was that even though you can not paint the walls and make major changes it does not meant that you can not make the place your own. For example they recommend getting things such as cushions and other soft furnishings to make the place like a home. If you want more storage make sure that you have things which you can take to your new place when you move out. This will not end up annoying your landlord which is something which you never want to do.

Deposit Protected

Make sure that your deposit is protected this is something which we had when I was again in my third university house. Your landlord has to put your deposit into a protected scheme this means that you’ll get the full deposit back at the end of the tenancy provided you’ve met the terms of the tenancy agreement .If they do not do this they are actually breaking the law. I remembered that we got an email from the scheme when our landlord put it in the scheme and then 30 days after our tenancy we got the deposit back.

Do you rent if so what advice would you give to those who are looking to rent their first place?

 

Charlotte

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Keeping Hydrated with Aqua Carpatica

As some of you know that I am in training as such for my 100km in under 30 hours.  I am trying to get a little bit fitter because of course, this is going to help me feel better while doing this. Increasing my water intake is also going to help I know that I do not drink enough water as you are meant to drink 2 litres per day this is something which I have been trying to achieve since the start of the year. I am having a lot of mixed days sometimes I find it very easy to drink a lot of water other days when I am bust and not working on my laptop I can find it a struggle to drink water.

I was contacted by the lovely people at Aqua Carpatica to see if I would like to review their water. This is untouched spring water which has is source in Romania close to the forest which is in the free from chemicals and farming. This does mean that it is pure spring water which is as pure as it can be. Which is always a bonus when you are drinking bottled water as it is a lot better for you compared to water with a lot of chemicals pumped into it.

I got sent these huge 1 liters  bottle of still water which means that you could very easily carry it around it with you for example I could have it in my University bag. The still natural water is great for when the body needs healthy hydration and it also has the lowest sodium level of any bottled water which is currently on the market within the UK.  This is great for me because I can get dehydrated because I forget a lot of the time to drink when am busy writing my dissertation.

I have been putting this in the fridge because of course chilled water is always the best. I think that it made it taste even more clean and fresh. You can taste the difference compared to normal tap water it is a lot more softer maybe this is because I live in an area which does have hard water.

Due to the fact that the bottle is a large it can be kept in the fridge and you can grab a glass when you need it for me this is sometimes after doing a lot of time on my computer or when I have been running around like a crazy mummy.  It does allow my body to have the fluid which I need to refuel and stop me been very dehydrated which can be come a problem for me.  I can completely tell the difference when I have been drinking water I seem to have a reduction in the amount of headaches which I get and also I feel like I have a lot more energy. This could be due to the fact that I am not dehydrated and my body is trying to shut down.

For a 500ml bottle the RRP  for the still natural water is 69p and 1 litre is 89p while 1.5 litre only 99p,. This is very cheap considering other brands charger 99p for 500ml this can be more expensive depending where you are purchasing it for. This for me is very good value compare to the other prices. Aqua Carpatica is amazingly priced. You can purchase these bottles through out the UK in Tesco, Ocado, Amazon and independent stores.

Conclusion

I would recommend giving this water a try if you are like me if you are struggling to drink enough water. The benefits are huge drinking water this is very clean and easy to drink which makes me want to drink more so I feel refreshed and feel the benefits. It is great for those who are like me who are always on the go but still need to be able to stay hydrated .

Do you drink enough water?

 

Charlotte xx

I was kindly gifted Aqua Carpatica however, all views are my own

 

Forest Holiday’s – Compton Golden Oak Hideaway Review

Log Cabins

In the middle of December, the weekend before Christmas Joe and I decided to go on a child-free break.  Due to the fact we had not been able to have a holiday with him been away for the majority of 2017.  We did not want to travel that far because we know travelling over the festive period was something which was going to occur.Forest Holiday’s are a company which we have stayed with before so we knew there high standards.  The Compton site was where we stayed at this time which is not very far from Pickering in the North Yorkshire Moors. There are 10 locations in total we have now stayed at 2. For sure I would love to go to some of the other ones maybe not in December though. Due to the fact that we having a really nice treat yourself break we choose to stay in the Golden Oak Hideaway. This was even more luxurious than the standard golden oak we stayed in a year previously, however, these do only sleep two people.

Robin

Tree Line

With views like this from the windows, how could you not want to visit? Even in December when the cabin was surrounded by ice the views were stunning and you felt so remote and disconnected from the world. This is something which I think all of us need time to time.  There was a wide array of wildlife which visited while we were in our cabin I am sure this would only increase during the summer months.

Log BurnerEven though it was minus -2 outdoors that did not stop us having a cosy time with golden oak you get fluffy robes, great for throwing on after been in the outdoor hot tub. There is always a log burning stove in the lounge which makes it even cosier I can tell you there aren’t much better things. Than to cuddle up when its cold outside in front of the log fire.  In our cabin, we also had underfloor heating throughout which was great when you were on the cold kitchen floor cooking or just out of the shower.   If you go in the summer months there is also a hammock and a gas barbecue to use on the decking, however, it was way too cold for us to be using that this visit.

Sunken Bath

One element which you do get as a result of this being marketed as an ultimate romantic package is a sunken double bath. I will warn you that it did seem to take an age for the bath to run and we couldn’t get the temperature correct which meant we did not spend a lot of time in it.  You can make this even more romantic by having the mood lighting on as you can see in this picture.I would say that this element would be great if you went with someone who liked baths. I know for sure I could take a couple of lush bath bombs and spend hours in this bath.  There is also a walk in shower which is great for using before and after the hot tub.

Hot Tub

Talking about the hot tub this is something we did spend a lot of time in this year. Even though the cabin is designed for two people it still has a hot tub which could easily cater for four people. It is attended to every single day which means that it is always ready for you to use.  Also, it is clean as you can see it has a light so you can see what you are doing. This also has jets which can be moved you get the benefits where you want them. Even in the winter you can enjoy the hot tub and have a few drinks in it this is something which amazing. This is something I can imagine doing with friends even if you had a shared cabin.

Kitchen

After all of the chilling out you might want to cook you could order food from the forest retreat either straight to your cabin. On the other hand, you could eat it in their restaurant however, we have always cooked in our cabin. This is something which we like to do as it gives us something to do and cooking is something we enjoy anyway.If like us you like to cook there is a fully equipped kitchen meaning you can easily cook. It even has a dishwasher which means there is no need to wash up which is always one of the boring jobs. You can buy food from the shop, however, it can be pricey and the selection is not that vast. I would recommend going to the supermarket before you arrive. The cabins also come with a dining table which means that you do not have to eat from your lap which is something we do not like doing often.

Lounge

Of course, a trip to forest holidays is all about chilling for us so the comfy sofa is a must for us.  It was very cold when we visited and walks in the countryside were limited due to the ice. If you know me I am clumsy and would have ended up slipping and spending Christmas in plaster.  We had a large tv as well which kept us entertained we did pay for the entertainment package which is around £35 for a weekend. This allows you the movie channels and wifi which for us are essential as we go when it is bitterly cold. We even found blankets which

Love Bed

One of the best things about going away for me is always staying in a new bed as mine is terrible. The golden oak hideaway has a really comfy double bed. The pillows where that soft as soon as my head hit them I think I drifted off to a deep sleep. As parent sleep is something which I am aware I usually do not get enough of so this for sure helped. The room did not become too light and wake us up in the morning either as the curtains are thick enough. I am not sure if the same could be said in summer months.

Overall 

I would recommend a visit to forest holiday’s their cabins can be more on the pricey side, however, for sure memories will be created.  They are beautiful high-quality cabins which I for sure would love to visit again. I would love to go back in the summer to experience the difference and maybe some of the activities which are on offer. Such as zip wire and archery however, with hopefully moving house this summer that does not seem to be on the cards.

Have you ever been to forest holiday’s if so what did you think?

 

Charlotte xx

 

 

Personalised Photo Frame – Giftsonline4U Review

Personalised items are always special when it comes to receiving a gift. It means that someone has put the thought into the gift and had it created for you. Photo frames are something which is super special even more when they are personalised due to the fact that you can add a picture which means so much to it as well. Giftsonline4U is an online website which allows you to do this. They also have a website full of personalised gifts this means that you will always be able to find a perfect gift for a birthday, valentines day, mother’s day even father’s day

As you can see I was lucky to receive this personalised photo frame which has the words the crazy bunch we are a family.  I have chosen to put a picture when Joe met Jess for the first time in this as it is a very special picture to me which I want to treasure and display.  The photo frames come in a 6 x 4 inch frame which is amazing as this is a standard photo size.  I have found before some picture frames can be very strange sizes meaning you can not get your pictures into the frame.

Even though this item is of course personalised it does not come with a huge price tag it is very reasonably priced as a gift it is priced at £19.99. This means that you could gift this to a number of different people for different occasions for example a picture of you and your other half in this frame would make such a nice valentines day idea. Maybe you could put a quote which means something to the both of you under the picture. You do have 40 characters to play with which can be engraved onto the frame. Mother’s day is also fastly approaching this would be perfect for this as well I for sure know I would love to receive a personalised photo frame. With standard delivery you wait between two and seven days which means that you always have time to order even if it is a little bit last minute.

When you receive the photo frame it does come boxed and well packaged meaning that it will not break in transit as this is something I am always scared of when purchasing fragile items online. I managed to get mine with no damage so I would recommend if you are scared don’t be. The photo frame is of very high quality the engravement  you for sure can tell that this is very professional. I would recommend getting too many characters as this could possible effect the quality however, mine is perfect and does have a large number of characters I think it is close to the limit.

I found that the website was full of amazing gifts which could be used for any occasion I have found several gifts which I would love to be able to gift to people in the future. Due to the fact I know how high quality they are I would even send them straight to the person as some of you know we have family who do not live close and we have to send gifts directly to them. There are gifts of all different prices which would suit all kinds of budgets with the majority of them having the option to be personalised it a makes it look like you have spend more money. For sure this is a site which I will be looking at when I need gifts in the future.

Have you purchased from Giftsonline4U if so what did you think?

Charlotte x

This item was sent to me for review however, all views are my own as always

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

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