…with binge-worthy tv shows

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British

  • Call the Midwife
  • Broadchurch
  • Granchester
  • First Dates
  • Googlebox
  • Car Share
  • The Trip

American

  • Suits
  • Nashville
  • Schitt’s Creek
  • Orange is the new Black
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Smidt
  • New Girl
  • Brooklyn 99

 

…with value own-brand food

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I’m a big fan of supermarket own brand value food if it is made in the same factory and tastes the same.

Tastes the same

  • Pasta (fave is Morrisons)
  • Bread (fave is Asda)
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Flour
  • Gravy
  • Stock
  • Fresh meat (fave is Tescos)
  • Pies
  • Fruit
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Juice
  • Squash
  • Biscuits
  • Ice cream
  • Eggs (careful with caged or free range)
  • Yogurt
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Spices
  • Vegetables

Avoid

  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Salad Cream
  • Mayo
  • Cheese
  • Frozen meat
  • Cereal
  • Crisps
  • Coffee

Check out Supermarket Own Brand Guide for more information.

…quick & easy hairstyles

adults-1853851_1920.jpgAs a teacher my hair needs to be up everyday to avoid nits so I have a bank of hairstyles I alternate between that take me under 5 minutes and last all day.

Classic Pony – using a Scunci Silicone Elastic a high or low pony can last all day with great volume, switch between a parting and brushed back parting for a completely different look

Side Pony – having a side pony can look so effortlessly chic, use a invisibobble if you don’t want a line left in your hair

Tucked Pony – take a low pony, split the hair above the band in half and poke your ponytail back on itself through the hole for a feminine twist

French/Dutch Plait – either one or two can look gorgeous and swap it up with plaiting to the very ends or just half way with loose ends

Side Plait – a fishtail or regular plait matches any outfit, remember to pull and loosen it out so it’s not too tight

…with wedding rings

When I went around wedding fayres I couldn’t believe the prices jewellers were quoting for a plain wedding band! So after lots of research we have both ended up with exactly what we wanted for under £100 each.

First decide a metal colour (yellow, white or rose gold, platinum, titanium, tungsten, palladium, silver, cobalt) then width of band in mm,  then the shape (court, D shape or flat), then the finish.

Next shop around. My first searches were at Argos, H Samuels, Ernest Jones, Goldsmiths, Warren James, F Hinds, Star Wedding Rings, John Greed and Etsy.

I ended up with a custom order from Diorrah Jewellery (Nish is amazing!) and my fiance ordered from Star Wedding Rings.

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As for the finish you can choose all sorts of embellishments. My fiance didn’t want the classic polish as he’s not used to wearing jewellery so he wanted a brushed matte metal effect. Some websites (and our local jeweller) were charging £50+ to add this effect to a ring so instead we bought some steel brushes from the DIY section of Poundland and scratched his ring in a circular motion and ended up with a beautiful brushed matte finish! This can also be topped up in future in case it starts to polish again.

We can’t wait to wear them for the rest of our lives!

 

…with travel bucket lists

Since we bought a scratch map I’ve been trying to scratch off as many continents as possible. My next dream holiday destinations are:

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Short-haul

  • Denmark (flights from £23)
  • Isle of Skye (flights from £25)
  • Iceland (flights from £62)
  • Malta (flights from £32)
  • Netherlands (flights from £26)
  • Switzerland (flights from £25)

Long-haul

  • Bahamas (flights from £259)
  • Canada (flights from £131)
  • Cuba (flights from £778)
  • Costa Rica (flights from £467)
  • Fiji (flights from £891)
  • Hawaii (flights from £724)
  • Mexico (flights from £381)
  • Thailand (flights from £474)

…with facial SPF

I’m always looking for an amazing facial SPF to protect from UV rays, prevent aging and not effect any makeup that I apply over the top. My top picks are:

 

Avene Anti-Rougeurs Cream – £14.50

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SPF20 – very thick and heavy (difficult to sink in) but instantly tones down redness with the green tint.

Simple Protecting Cream – £3.45

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SPF30 – very light, not very hydrating. Gives you a whiter finish but a bargain. Like the pump too.

Body Shop Skin Defence – £16.00

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SPF50 – very light, smells amazing and easy to sink into skin. Exellent base for make-up. My fave!

…with breakfasts

Breakfasts can be so boring so make sure you liven them up with some interesting recipes. Here’s my faves.

Quick Breakfasts

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Weekend Breakfasts

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