October 2018 Favourites

 

It has been a long time since I last did a monthly favorites actually it was only July but it seems a lot longer than that. This is because I have been so busy I have not had time to use products religiously or blog. However, for the 6 weeks there has been some products which I have been using constantly and I love. So today I thought I would share with you my favourite products of October 2018.

Carex Chocolate and Orange Handwash

The first one is a is the Carex Chocolate Orange scented hand wash. I have been doing more washing up and hand washing since we moved house so I need a hand wash which I love. We have two different hand washes both are Carex but I wish we only had the chocolate and orange one. It cleans your hands well as well as leaving the scent lingering for a while. This is great if you are like me and addicted to the smell of the hand wash. I may have to stock up on this because it looks like it could be an exclusive Halloween scent due to the packaging.

This product can be slighlty drying which means you may have to apply some hand cream. If you are anything like me you will have plenty of this.  I am sure I picked the handwash up for around 75p at poundstretcher or B&M.  For sure I will be trying to find it before the end of the Halloween Season.

Wickford Co Halloween Candle

The next item which I have been loving is also a Halloween item technically. It is this Wickford Co Halloween candle these are available in Home Bargains. Despite having a pumpkin on the front the scent is more of a candy scent without been too sweet. This candle if I remember correctly is around the £2.50-3 mark. For this price it has a huge scent I can have it burning in my lounge and it can be smelt all throughout the house. This is something which I have had more expensive candles fail to do. I think I might have to go back and check out some of the Christmas Candles. For sure if you love candles check out Home Bargains.

The Circle

If you have not heard of this show where have you been?. TV is not something which I watch a lot of because I have barely had a tv for a year so it does not bother me. The Circle is a show which we ended up watching every single night even if I did get bored towards the end. Maybe it was half a week too long for me. If you have not seen the show it was on channel 4 and it saw players live in an apartment block with each other. However, they could only speak to other players through the circle.

It was like an experiment to show social media works  there was people catfishing and others choosing not to share everything about themselves. For example Freddie was playing it straight when in fact he is a gay man. There was a lot of game playing going on as they could win 50K if they did not get blocked by the other players. You only got blocked if you were not deemed popular enough by the other players.  It just showed how people did not always appear who they said they were on social media. I would recommend watching this on All 4 if you can.

Fitbit Alta HR

I have owned my fitbit since April but I only used it till about June and then managed to lose it .  A few weeks ago I managed to find it in a box and have been using it ever since. I think I am going to do a full review on it in a couple of weeks time. I am one of those people who move a lot in a short period and then not move for couple of hours. Maybe because I am busy working on my blog and getting sucked in or something similar. One of the features which I love is having a reminder if I have not done the 250 steps in an hour. This does make sure that I do not have too much time which I have not moved for.

I am also able to track my sleep which is something which interests me because I aim to try and get 7 hours but usually fail and then wonder why I am so tired. My fitbit is motivating me to go to sleep and move 10,000 steps a day which is always a bonus. It also makes me on a weekend want to move more when sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation.

Blankets/ Throw

Blankets, well actually a throw which I use as a blanket because it is so big it means that I can get super snuggly. I have it wrapped around my legs the majority of the time when I am on the sofa.  I do not always want to put the heating on. More so while it is just me in the house and Jess is upstairs in bed.I find there is nothing better than been snuggled in the blanket with the lamp on and a candle burning. I usually am either watching the TV, reading a book or even blogging.

As I write this I am snuggled up in my blanket  the one which I have at the moment is one of the extra large throws from Primark.  I think they are around the £16 mark but could be wrong as it is a year ago. They even stay super soft after you have washed them this doesn’t happen with all throws. I would recommend Primark and Dunelm for blankets and throws they seem to have the best quality ones for a reasonable price.

Hello Fresh

Hello fresh is a subscription recipe box which gives you the recipes which you are going to cook. You choose the meals which you have. We have the box which is 5 meals and we have it for two people you can have it for up to 5 people. Jess does not have food at home which is why we have it for 2. Along with the the recipe cards you get the exact amount of the indigence you need. For example say you need 1tbsp of chilli flakes this is what they will send you. This does mean that you do not have to purchase lot of different spices which you may only use once.

I have found that I am making a range of different meals ones which I would not normally be thinking about.  It has also made me want to cook more  even when I am having a break from Hello Fresh. It is so easy to skip a week for example if your not going to be home. This is something I am having to do at the moment regular. I am cooking the meals for two and freezing the other portion. Meaning I have to take a break in order to eat up some of the food. I had one problem with Hello Fresh and it was sorted very quickly which I am so happy with the service. For more about Hello Fresh see their website and you can get £20 off your first box with my link here.

Quidco

Quidco is another one of my favourites this month I have been doing some of my Christmas shopping . I have the quidco widget on my laptop meaning if I can get cashback on a site which I am looking on it will tell me. Then I have to go to quidco which allows my purchase to be tracked and then I get the cashback. Sometimes you do have to wait months to get the physical cash.  I know I have some which is now going to be released in March next year.  You can get cashback on a range of sites which you may order from all the time for example Superdrug and Boots. I have gained about £100 this year which I can put towards presents. Any cashback which does not get confirmed before Christmas I will use next year as a bonus.

What items have you been using this month?

 

Charlotte xx

 

Life Update- October 2018

As you might notice I have not been around a lot, both on my social media along with my blog there is a couple of reasons why I have been so quiet.  As you know only a couple of weeks after graduating we started to take the our search to purchase our first family home up a gear. We did put the offer in way back in June and we should have been set to move at the end of July/ start of August as I think I mentioned previously.  There had been so many hold ups which meant that Jess had actually changed nursury at the start of September, this did mean that I had to  commute with her. In total I think I had to catch 7 trains in order to be able to get her there and back while I made use of the time. Of course, this meant to a large potion of the day I had no wifi so I could not really blog that much to be honest.

We finally managed to get the keys on the 13th September which I was so glad about because of the fact that it was driving me insane commuting. I was basically leaving at 6.30am to do the drop off getting back around 11am and then having to go again at 3.30pm and getting back between 8-8.30pm we all know how hit and miss trains in this country can be. It was shattering for me let alone Jess even though she did not have to do the walking thanks to her micro trike. So we spend the majority of September up till the move making sure that it was all boxed ready and the rest of it making sure that things had homes in the new house. Of course within 2 days of getting the keys to the house Jess turned 3 and the house had it’s first birthday.

We have spent at close to two weeks waiting for deliveries and building flat pack don’t worry I did my fair share of helping as well it was not all Joe. I have spent time putting things on the walls and making it feel a little bit more like our home than some others persons which is what it felt like when we moved in September. There is some rooms which I do need to finish like my office but when I feel like I am happy with it I might do some room tours. We have not managed to paint or change carpets yet maybe this will be a next year thing when we feel like we a little bit more settled and have time to do things.

Speaking of time to settle in due the fact that it took us so long to get the keys and it was the middle of September when we finally did it meant we have only had two weeks in the house as a family. That may sound strange to you because as you are reading this we have been moved in about a month but yes Daddy has gone away with work.   We have to now deal with been apart for 8 weeks however, as you do read this it may be just over 5 weeks till he is back not that we are counting down at all. I know that I am going to be doing a lot of solo time been part of a military family however, we are just trying to keep as busy as we can because we have found that this makes the time pass even faster. Soon, before we know it I am sure it will be the end of November and Daddy will be home.

We have some very exciting things coming up in the next few weeks we do have so many fun things coming out which we are going to be sharing on here. I hopefully am going to be able to post more on here now we have working wifi and everything has happened. I really have missed posting because I think since I have not blogged properly since August and it is something which I have a huge passion for.

What has been going on with you recently?

 

Charlotte xx

 

 

 

 

Preparing for University

Now you have got the grades which has meant that you are able to go to university you think that the works starts. There are so many small jobs which you can do before freshers week which will make your life a lot easier and when you are miles away from home this can be a massive bonus. Today I am going to share with you some tips which I would recommend doing to make you so easy.

Start learning to wash your own clothes

I actually brought 6 weeks of washing home when I was in my first year however, since then I have actually had to do my own. I would recommend learning how to wash your own clothes because then it means that you can wear what you actually want. Instead of wearing what is clean and there is always your parents to help you out if you get stuck before you got to university.

Learn how to save money

Everyone states that as a student you are going to be super poor but if you learn how to save money this is going to help. You will be able to get a NUS card which helps you save money on the high street and at restaurants if you want to be spendy. While at university, there is a lot of apps which you can use which have discounts codes on. I am going to do a post on this very soon.You can even put money on gift cards for supermarkets which means that you do not spend your food money on a crazy night when you do not have the funds at university.

Learn to cook

This is one which is going to help you massively because of course you do not want to have to spend a lot of money on takeaways and ready meals. I think that been able to cook for your family before you go helps massively because it gets you used to cooking and allows you to ask for help before you leave and live on your own. It also may allow you to be able to get recipe’s from your family which will help the more meals you can cook the less likely you are to get bored of eating the same food. It will also let you get used to batch cooking which helps because we all want not to have to cook when you have a late lecture.

Update your CV

Money is going to be something which you need to have, now if you can update your CV to make sure that it has everything that it needs to have on it.  Things such as your new address, those a levels which you have just completed. I got a job at McDonald’s when I was at university and it was so handy having some more money. I would recommend starting to look for part time jobs now because they are advertising soon and most people do not think of looking until fresher’s week.

Join Facebook groups

You can meet people who you might be able to make friends with on Facebook who you can meet up with when you get to university. For example I know there was a page for the halls which I lived in my first year and I met some of the people who I was going to be living with in this group. There is also usually a group for your university course and this is going to be with people you are going to see so much. It does matter if your friends are on your course or not because there is a lot of time to socialise.

Get a railcard

As a student you are more likely to be between the ages of 16-25 which means that you can get a young persons railcard. You never know when you are going to feel homesick and actually want to come home to see people or explore new places. If you get one of the railcards it does mean that you do actually get 1/3 off travel which we all need because train fairs can be so expensive, they actualy only cost you £30 a year. With Santander you can get a 4 year one with a student bank account.

Sort your stuff out

You do not realise till you are about to move out how much stuff you have actually got in. There will be some things which you may not longer want but that someone else will be willing to pay good money for. I recommend actually sorting things out early and trying to sell what you can on eBay or similar ways. This will give you money to buy things which you might actually want in order to move or it gives you more money for when you are at university.

If you have been to university what would you recommend people do before starting their fresher’s year.

 

Charlotte xx


			

What To Look For In Your First House

Keys

Purchasing a house is something which we are going this summer as you know, currently we do not have a date which we will be moving. One of the things which people have asked is what we have looked at in the houses which we have purchased. There is a few things which we have looked at before we put the offer in our house.  Of course even though this is our first house this is actually a family home as well because we have Jess. Today I am I going to share with you some of the things which we asked or checked.

Check how much mortgage you can get

This is something which I would really recommend going into the banks . Yes I know it can be boring and asking for a mortgage chat even as someone who get anxious very easy I managed to do around 5. This allowed to to see what amount we could borrow and then also allowed us to know the price range of properties we could purchase meaning we did not pick a dream house but not be able to afford to live there that nearly happened. We thought we may be able to get about 50k more than we could actually borrow.The leg work in the process will help you avoid heartbreak I promise it is worth it.

Ask what your new neighbours are like

There is nothing worse than moving in and finding out that your neighbours are not the best and could cause you some actual problems. This is something which we have made sure we asked at every house we were looking at and due to the fact that the lady who lives at the house we have purchased showed us around we got the truth. Some estate agents will not actually know what the neighbours are like, we know that we have a family with a girl one side and then an older couple who have grandchildren visit at times. This is going to be good because of course you don’t want to find out you have noisey neighbours if you have a young family like us.

Why are they moving?

This is something which we did actually ask as well because we did not want to find that there is some problems wit the house and this is the reason for the move. This is something which we asked the majority of the houses which we saw and found out the reason for most was due to the fact they were downsizing, this is one of the reasons the lady is selling her house to us. Again if they do not really want to tell you why they are moving this may start giving you some warning signs that everything is not ok.

How long have you lived in the house?

This is something which we did ask because most people do not purchase a house and then move again within a very short period of time. This may make it harder for some of them to answer the questions. Just because they have not lived there long does not mean that there is a problem with the house they could be moving because of moving for work. This for sure is something to keep an eye on. If something does not seem right it is likely that there is not something right.

Check your commute/ School run

This is something which we made sure that Joe was not too far from work I think that at the moment it is only 40 minutes. Of course, at the moment I do not have a job but I am looking at ones which are about an hour max of the house. We have made sure that we are close to schools because of course Jess will be starting school in 2 Septembers time. We have managed to make sure that Jess have found a nursery which is close to the new house so that she does not have to commute.

Make sure you have enough space

If you are like us when there is a chance that we may have another child in the future. If this is something which we do I do not want to have to move house because we would need the space. In the house we have actually purchased we have two spare bedrooms which will mean we still have a spare room if we have another child. This will save us having to move house for a long period.

Check the wifi speed

The internet is something which we do actually use the internet so much because of course I spend a lot of my time on my blog. Where as Joe on the other hand is always playing with his friends online which means that he needs to be able to have good wifi in order to not lag in the game because this for sure can be too annoying. We have found fast wifi and we have found that this is not actually going to be breaking the bank.

Parking

Make sure that you are going to be able to park outside your house because this is something which is very annoying if you can not.We are going to be lucky and actually have a drive but currently I at my house when we pull up it is unknown if we are going to be able to park which can become very annoying. I would check near the house at different time of days and different days in order to know what it is like. There is nothing worse than been able to park during the day when your at work but not when you want to be able to when you have finished at home and are on an evening of chilling out.

How far things are way

This is something which we had on our spreadsheet for far the basics which we need are away from the property. For example we had how far the primary school was which Jess could attend in a few years time. How far the local shop is away for when we need basics like milk and bread along with the major supermarket which we could do our weekly shop is away. This also included the train stations as it is likely when I get a job I will have to commute without the use of a car.

Check the eco rating of the house

This may give you an indication on how eco efficient the house is because the last thing you want to be doing is spending all of your money on the bills. This is something which we looked at and for free you can see how you could improve the rating. This is good because you could save yourself some money in the long run however, it does not tell you the price of the bills this is something if comfortable you may feel like you want to do with the owner.

Make sure you visit more than once

There is nothing worse than only seeing a place once and then putting in an offer. This is because it might not be as you remembered it. We have bought the first house which we saw however, there was around 15 viewings of different houses which we shortlisted to those which met our needs. Then there was around 5 which we viewed a second time and then we found the one but it allows you to compare things between the houses and also make sure you remember the correct house.

Of course we have only purchased our first home recently but these are what I would recommend for anyone who is looking. We used Zoopla to find the houses which we found worked for us both been able to have the app really helped. Enjoy the time you spend looking we started viewing houses and selected one within a month but had been looking online for over a year so I feel like we kind of knew what what we wanted.

What tips would you give to someone who is looking to purchase their first home?

 

Charlotte xxx

 

Review: Hopster TV & Learning App

There is a time when Jess wants a little bit of time when she has quiet time. Sometimes she will use YouTube but that does mean that she can access anything because I do not have any parental control on the app. However, recently we were contacted by Hopster who is a learning and TV app for children who are between the ages of 2-5 years.

Screen time has allowed Jess to be able to learn a lot of her numbers and colours . It also gives me a break when maybe she has been a little bit full on and I do not want her to push me too much or the fact that I need to do something which means she needs to actually entertain herself.  Hopster is also a great app to download if you happen to be traveling this is something which Jess used so much when we used to commute.

We have been using Hopster for a couple of months now this has allowed us to form actual opinions.  We have used previous apps in the past, however, even when you have paid for them we have noticed that it has still had adverts.  This is something which you do not have on Hopster it is 100% advert free this does mean that Jess that on the app rather than actually getting on something else which causes her to get annoyed.

The app is far from basic they have so much on it including

  • Shows
  • Music
  • Books
  • Games
  • Create
  • Plus a themed area which changes regularly

The shows can be downloaded which means there is no need to use up your data when you out and about. This is something which I love because there is nothing worse than having no data left.  The choices of shows on there include Pingu, Ben and Holly, Thomas and also Fireman Sam.  I have actually downloaded some of them to my phone so that when Jess is losing her mind and needs to wait for something such as food I can give her this to ease the meltdown. I think there are around 800 shows which means that Jess should not get bored of the same episodes.

The books section is one which we love this is because Jess loves books and not always been at home means reading can be hard.  There are some of our favourite stories on the app including the tiger who came to tea which is one that I have loved since my own childhood.  There are also a number of books which I have not heard of on the app because it is always amazing to be able to find more books. Again there is such a good selection which means your child can not get bored with the books.

Painting is something which Jess adores but she is only able to do at nursery. This is because we do not have the space to be able to paint when we are at Daddy’s I can not wait till we can craft at the new house.  Jess for sure loves to be able to paint and create artwork on Hopster regular I find Jess has saved pictures onto my camera roll. She even has used it in the car when I do not want Jess to nap because the trip is not too far. I think that this is great should you not be able to do traditional arts and crafts.

I have had a lot of fun on the games with Jess. A couple of our favourites on Hopster include the app where you have to collect the flies and feed them to the frog. I know this is one which Jess enjoys playing on as well. I know that another game which Jess loves on the game is the alphabet hotel which is where you have find the same letter as your playing on, trace the letter and make words using the letter. This is something which Jess can spend hours playing on and I think this is the way she has learned a lot of the alphabet along with attending nursery. I am glad to see that over the time which we have been using Hopster Jess’s knowledge has increased and I do put this down to the fact that she has been playing games which are educational.

Hopster is available via a paid subscription for £3.99 a month, £19.99 for 6 months or £34.99 for 12 months. There is no contract and you can cancel the subscription at any point. You do get 1 month free trail which means that you can see if the app is for you before forking out anymore for it.  Personally I feel for the amount of quality content and the variety you get, the prices are great value for money. Once subscribed you can then access Hopster on multiple devices. This is something which I need to do but it on Joe’s phone so I do not always lose my phone to Jess.

Have you used Hopster with your child? If so what did you think?

 

Charlotte xxx

We were given a subscription to Hopster in exchange for review, however, all thoughts as my own.

Days Out- Hull Explorer

It is not often you get to be a tourist in your own city, recently I was contacted by East Yorkshire.  Seeing if I would like to review their back for 2018 open top bus tour in Hull called the Hull Explorer.  Jess and I actually managed to go on the bus on one of the hottest days of the year which meant she wanted to sit in the shade in order to make sure she was not poorly.

The bus tour lasts between 80-90 minutes depending on traffic of course, and it a hop on hop off bus service. You learn so much about the history of the city of Hull, see parts which you may never have seen even as a local there was parts I had not been to in a long time. Due to the bus been hop on hop off it does mean that you can get off for drinks or have a closer look at some of the sites of Hull. This is something which we did not have the option of doing due to the fact it was a training day we attended but this is for sure something which I would do if I went back on the Hull explorer.  I think on a nice day getting of the bus and having some drinks down Humber Street and the Marina would be very nice and refreshing.

While you are on board the Hull Explorer you will have a very knowledgeable guide who will enlighten you about the story of Hull. Also some of the landmarks which it is home to.  I actually learn so much on the bus, for example, the reason why the city is called Kingston upon Hull is that it was the second biggest port outside of London.  So it was the king’s town upon the River Hull.  I also learned that Hull has a statue to King Billy who is the one who brought Gin to England so I think we owe so much to him.

On the tour you get to see places such as Queen Victoria square which is home to the city hall, and the maritime museum. This is along with the statue of Queen Victoria who sits above the public toilets. This allows you to see some of the old buildings despite being in the city center close to all of the shops.  This would be a great place to get on or off if you want to browse the shops or learn more about Hull’s fishing history.

Just around the corner from the Queen Victoria Square there are queens gardens as I said it was a very nice day there was a lot of people enjoying the sun. This would be a great spot to grab some lunch or having a drink. These are beautiful fountains and around the back, there is a huge pond which you could enjoy. This is close to be two of the old docks in Hull and close by in Beverley gate you can see some of the remains. The King was locked out of the city by the people during the start of the English Civil War.

High street is another place where you get to visit on the Hull explorer. This recently had been filmed as the streets of London in Victoria the hit tv show. This is still home to some of the old warehouses which used to be used by the fisherman when Hull was still a thriving fishing port.  This is a cobbled street so it can be pretty bumpy when you are on the Hull Explorer.

The marina is another stop which the you will get to visit, this is very close to Humber Street. Both areas have been redeveloped as a result of the city of culture this is a thriving area with a lot of bars and restaurants.  This for sure is an area which you should get off and spend some time around there is some amazing ice cream areas.

There are other amazing areas which you visit including:

  • Cenotaph
  • Wilberforce Monument
  • Museums Quarter
  • Hull Minster
  • The Deep

This year, Hull Explorer runs for every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 7 July until 2 September.  This means there is plenty of time this summer to explore more about the city of Hull.  The Hull Explorer is not expensive with adult day tickets at £8, students and OAps’s £6 and children £5. Those who are under 5 are free and a family ticket can be purchased for just £21.

Conclusion

I would recommend visiting Hull and going on the Hull Explorer I learn so much on this tour. Jess enjoyed seeing some of the different cities around the city however, it may have been due to the heat that she got fed up. However, we she is only 2. I would recommend going on this tour even if you are a local because it is always good to learn more about your own city.

 

Have you ever been to Hull if so what did you think?

 

Charlotte xx

This post is in collaboration with East Yorkshire however, all views are my own

Understanding The Language of Formula One

Formula one is a sport which I have always enjoyed watching, however in recent years I may not have seen may races to live on tv for several reasons. This upcoming weekend is the British GP which means there is going to be more casual viewers watching. So today I thought I would share with you some language which you may hear the commentators say or on the team radios because after all if you are watching the race you want to understand what is going on. Including the tatics and tyre talk

Aerodynamics-

This is the amount of airflow over and around an object this is what sets the design of the car most cars do look the same in order to have the same amount of air flow.

Apex-

This is the middle point of the inside line around a corner at which drivers aim their cars. This is the best racing line so most drivers do want to be here.

Blistering- 

This is usually one which we hear in races which are undertaken in hot countries but with the heatwave which is hitting Britain at the moment, it could be something which we see over the weekend. It basically means part of the tyre is overheating which causes the rubber to become soft and break away in sections away from the car. There are a few reasons why this may occur is can be due to the car having the wrong set of tyres, for example, being too soft or the pressure is not correct. This can impact many drivers several times during the season affect their race as they need to apply fresh tyres.

Chassis-

This is one which you hear regular this is the main body of the car which is made of carbon fiber this is attached to the engine and the suspension. Damage to the chassis could see the end of a driver’s race and there is usually debris of the chassis along the track after a collision.

Chicane-

A tight sequence of corners which are in alternate directions. Usually designed into a circuit to slow the cars, often just before what had been a high-speed corner. This can be an area in which the cars lose control due to the fact that they have a lapse in concentration.

Compound-

This is the part of the tyre in contact with the road which is a major factor in deciding tyre performance. Each tyre is made up of at least ten ingredients which can change depending on the compound these could be to a different degree which explains why you get different compound tires like soft, medium.

Drive-through penalty-

This is one of the penalties which can be given to the drivers during the race. In this penalty the driver has to enter the pit lane, making sure they comply with the speed limit then they have to rejoin the race without stopping.

DRS-

This stands for Drag Reduction System which rear wings allow the driver to adjust the wing between two pre-determined settings from the cockpit. This is only allowed when the driver is less than one second behind another car at set points on the track. This is to boost overtaking and give us better races, it stops when the driver does brake

Graining-

When a car slides, it can cause little bits or rubber to come away from the tyre’s.  The style of the driver, track conditions, fuel load and the tyre its self can play a role in graining. The more a car moves on the track the more likely that graining is going to occur,

Lock-up

This is when the driver brakes sharply locking one or more tyres while the others rotate. If a driver is going this you usually can see tyre smoke coming from the wheels.

Sectors-

For timing purposes, the lap is split into three sections, each of which is roughly a third of the lap. These sections are officially known as Sector 1, Sector 2 and Sector 3.

Slipstreaming

This is an important driving tactic which is when a driver is able to catch the car ahead and duck in behind its rear wing to benefit from a reduction in drag over its body to gain maximum speed and an advantage. To find out more about slipstreaming click here

Traction-

The amount of pressure the car is able to transfer its power onto the track surface for forwarding progress.

Tyre compound-

The type of rubber mix used in the construction of a tyre, ranging from soft through medium to hard, with each offering a different performance and wear characteristic.

I hope this helped if you are going to watch the F1 for the first time in a while this weekend.

 

Charlotte xx

This is a collaboration post

 

Goals For Rest Of 2018

How the hell is it already July, I swear this year is going on double time. It’s is going that quickly that I am going to have a 3-year-old in just a couple of months which is scary she was only born like two moments. I am one of those people who always have to have goals which I can achieve because to me it then feels like I can progress and how much I have improved and come in a period of time.

Today I am going to set myself some goals to have achieved in the in the six months up until then. I am. It going to make all blog related some are going to be easier than others due to the fact I don’t want to feel like a failure if I do not achieve anything

The first one is something which I hope will look achieve soon is moving into our first family house. I can not wait till we have our own space because it going to be perfect not having to think about where we are going to be staying where is easier. Along with when I have to stay at home because Joe is away meaning that I don’t stay with him.

As you might have read I didn’t get on to my masters this year. This means that I am applying for jobs having a job in the sports or Heath industries is something which may help actually achieve my goal of getting on my masters in the future. Been unemployed is not something I want long term it is something which I didn’t exactly enjoy when I had a year off following having Jess.

Of course, something else which I really want to achieve is to complete trailwalker which is the 100km challenge which I undertake in less than 2 weeks time. Even if I do not actually complete the whole distance I am so proud that I have managed to raise at least £600 for charity if you would like to donate you can here.  Every single pound is going to help ease my blisters which I am going to obtain.  It is a crazy challenge which I am sure I am going to enjoy as well as hate at certain points regret my decision.

I would love to work with some more brands this year I do have a list of brands which I would love to work with this for the rest of the year. This is not something which I am going to share for now. I have managed to work with some amazing brands already and I would love to collaborate with them again and some new brands in the rest of the year.

I would love to be able to grow my social media at the moment I have 147 followers on my facebook. This is something which I would love to grow to up to 175 this would mean that I have to work more on my page as at the moment I would say it is the social which I neglect the most.  Twitter is one which I used to love and have close to 1500 followers I am @cupsofcharlotte  over there I would love to gain 1750 if this is possible. So if you do not already follow me I would love if you come over and follow me. Instagram is the one which I am growing on the most at the moment I currently have around 925 followers and would love maybe to have 1250 by the end of the year I am also @cupsofcharlotte over there.

What are your goals for the end of the year?

 

Charlotte xxx

See A Different Side of Tenerife- Virgin of Candelaria

When we think of the island of Tenerife most of us think about the beautiful beaches, hot weather and resorts.  However, there is a huge cultural festival which takes place when millions of us Brits have flocked to the island ready to worship the sun.

Virgin of Candelaria festival takes place every single 14-15th August in the peak of the tourist season. This festival actually celebrates the lady of Candelaria, otherwise known as the Patron Saint of the Canary Islands. People visit from all of the Canary Islands visit the city of Candelaria to participate in processions. This is only 50 minutes’ drive from the popular resort of Playas de la Americas meaning you could actually take in some of the celebrations should you choose to hire a car.

During this festival due to the fact it is celebratory the patron saint of the land it is taken very seriously with mass, religious processions. However, if you are looking or a more party element this also takes place with hundreds of kiosks and bars which are selling a variety of food including local specialties along side chips and burgers.

The atmosphere at this festival is reported as buzzing even before the start of the main show occurs which is when the Black Madonna is paraded around the Plaza de la Patrona de Canarias. The feast day  (15th August) is the assumption of the Virgin into Heaven, it is customary for college students and families to spend a day or two hiking to their Mother. They are rewarded by great processions and festivities reenacting the legend of the Black Madonna before attending the festival.

There is a reenactment of the Guanches and the Black Madonna meeting each other for the first time which is send to be very impressive. This occurs at dusk time following on from this there fireworks which are lit exploding into the night sky. On the 15th August which is classed as the big day there his Mass which is taken with very important people including a representative of the King of Spain and the President of the Goverment of the Canary Islands. After this there is the spreading of the image of the Virgin of Candelaria around the Plaza de la Patron of the Canary Islands .

If you like the sound of this festival and want to attend this year www.holidaygems.co.uk have some really cheap deals on currently in order to be at the event. I have found a weeks holiday in Tenerife including both days of Virgin of Candelaria. For as low as £240 per person this may depend of course were you fly from. I only looked at the North East why not combine some culture with a trip to the sun?

Have you ever been to the Virgin of Candelaria festival.

 

Charlotte xx

This post is in collbration with Holiday Gems

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 hosting. 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

This is a collaborative post