Friday, 22 July 2022

How To Make Driving Fun Once Again*


There is so much to enjoy about driving - the feeling of freedom and independence, being able to travel where you want, whenever you want, having your choice of music playing, and the sensation of the wind rushing in through the sunroof open windows.


Except, it's not always like that, far from it. Even if you like driving, it isn't always a journey of enjoyment. It may be dull and repetitive, and all of the joy can be drained out when you commute to and from work every day. However, as long as you remember that it can be a fun and delightful activity, you can make it fun and enjoyable again - you only need to mix up a couple of your driving habits and be a little creative. Here are some tried and true strategies for making your driving experience a little bit more exciting when it seems dull.


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Take A Road Trip

Most of the excursions we take in our car are completely practical and required - the commute to work, the school run, dropping the kids off at play dates and sports groups, doing the supermarket shopping. If you are only utilising your automobile for these things, it pulls the car away from being something laced with joy and excitement to just another functional and useful addition to our lives. Sometimes, taking a journey centred totally on happy times is pleasant. Nothing will help you fall in love with your vehicle more than an excellent road trip. Plan a gorgeous route, pack up the car, and set out for a few days of pure pleasure driving.



Change the car

We may blame the commute and the other cars on the road. We might blame the routine tasks we do in our car, but occasionally, it can be the car itself. If we are driving around in a car that we don't adore. There is little wonder that we are not enjoying the experience. The most apparent approach is to hunt for a new automobile that is not only functional but entertaining to drive from Edmunds. If you are not in the position to buy a new car, treat your old one to a complete valet, and some new accessories such as chrome alloys, new car mats, and, if you haven't already had one, a great sound system. You'll find driving to be considerably more pleasurable if you appreciate the car that you're driving about in.



Switch up the commute

One of the biggest things we complain about is getting trapped in traffic. Even the greatest automobile in the world won't be much fun if you are sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, day in, day out. If the commute is making you down, look at shaking things up, and take a new route. Even if it takes a bit longer, it will be worth it if you are no longer dreading the ride.


What are your top tips for making driving a fun and exciting experience once again?




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Friday, 24 June 2022

5 Things I Love About Summer


Summer officially rolled around on June 21st, and I'm already feeling the change of seasons with the heatwave we've been having for the last week or so. This season is my sometimes of of my favourites when the sun isn't trying to take me down, so I wanted to share what I love about Summer time.
  1. Tan time
    • I'm not outside to often because of work, but this sunshine is so good at the start of summer and I can get a little tan going on if I sit outside for a while
  2. Days out with the family
    • We have the idea of going to Chessington still - got a little delayed because of my injury! - and it means getting out the house and being active 
  3. Clothing choices
    • I am so excited to get back into my summer dresses, shorts and not wearing thick clothes all the time
  4. Everyone seems happier
    • Customers at work are a little more chatty and polite!! The sun really brings out the good side of people sometimes
  5. Movie releases
    • Jurassic World's latest movie recently came out, we have a new Thor film coming out soon, and SO MANY MORE!!

What are you favourite things about summer time? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Wednesday, 8 June 2022

May 2022 Extra Income Report


I love being able to earn extra pennies on the side, as well as form my main job income. I use survey sites, blog posts on this blog of mine, scanning receipts, and selling items via Depop and Facebook Marketplace. Some month I don't even make £10 extra, whereas other months, it can be up to £90 - it all depends on how hard I hustle as the month goes along. 

So here is my overview for the last 30 days!

May 2022

Amazon Shopper Panel: £5.35
Qmee Surveys: £7
Blog Collaborations: £30
Online Sales: £7.09
Chase Referrals: £360
Chase Cashback: £1

            Total: £410.44

This has been a great month for side hustle income! Thank you to everyone who used my Chase Referral code this month, that's helped so much with my extra income goal!

If you're interested in earning a little extra with some surveys each month, I have this Qmee referral code for you to use! >QMEE CODE < With this code link, you get 50p and so do I, when you first cash out via PayPal or gift card. The reason I love Qmee, is that you can cash out with as little as 1p in your account. 

Current 2022 extra income overview

January - £51.79
February - £67.33
March - £103.67
April - £46.73
May - £410.44

            Total: £679.96

Do you have any side hustles that you use for extra income? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)
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Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Earn A Free £20 With Chase Bank UK!

Chase Bank is currently running an amazing offer that ends at the end of May! Sign up to Chase via my referral link, download the app - as it is an app only bank at the current moment - deposit £20 and then enter my code 8BFstAks when prompted! Give it a few minutes and then check the rewards section on the app and claim your free £20, and you can then easily transfer than back to your usual bank account.

If you then use your own referral link, you can get your friends and family to also sign up and earn extra cash.


You must be over 18, a UK resident, and have a valid form of identity to sign up. Have you already signed up? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Thursday, 19 May 2022

Why You Should Consider Using A YouTube Converter For Everyday Enjoyment*


Why should people convert YouTube videos to mp3s? Audio music is preferred by many people around the world over video music for a variety of reasons. With Mp3 files on their computers, smartphones and other devices, they're able to enjoy their favourite music. We all know there's no legit app for high-quality Mp3 streaming. Because of the increased demand for high-quality mp3 files, more and more people are turning to YouTube to mp3 converters in order to make their preferred video songs available in mp3 format. In this article, we will go over some of the primary motivations that drive audio enthusiasts to use these converters. Continue reading to see the list.


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Enables audio extraction

Sometimes you can only hear certain soundtracks in movies or music videos, but you won't be able to download them anywhere else. You may want to buy soundtracks or music to listen to later. You can easily take this sound from YouTube and store it on your devices, where you can play it whenever you want. You can also use the recording in other ways, such as creating your own video or doing a rendition of a song, for example. You have a lot of options. With the help of a YouTube to MP3 converter, you can download songs that aren't available anywhere else.


It speeds up the loading process.

YouTube videos require a substantial amount of storage space to load. This enormous space requirement not only slows down the loading speed but also increases the amount of time you have to wait before your music or other files can be played. As a general rule, the bandwidth of a video file is twice or three times that of an mp3. The file bandwidth is decreased when a YouTube video is converted into an MP3, which in turn makes loading the file much simpler and quicker. You'll be able to listen to your files more easily and more consecutively thanks to the faster loading. In addition, the vast majority of players, including those found in car stereos, are unable to play video files. If you convert your favourite songs from YouTube to mp3, you will be able to listen to them no matter where you are or when you want to, regardless of whether or not you have an internet connection. You don't have to wait for a song to load before you can skip, rewind, or fast-forward.


It enhances the portability of your files.

Why is it that an MP3 file can be transferred more easily than a YouTube video file? When you download a video file, you will need a significant amount of storage space in order to keep the videos you have downloaded and to transfer them from one player to another. Because of this circumstance, it is likely that you will be required to acquire a larger internal hard disc rather than a flash disc to store your data on. Despite this, watching video files while listening to them requires a large player that has a screen so that the viewer can see what they are listening to. When it comes to mp3 files, things are a little different. After converting the files, you will be able to store them in more compact storage devices and listen to them on portable devices, such as mobile radios and car stereos. It's common for people to save mp3s of videos on their smartphones. They can then use the audios while they're exercising, walking, running, or doing other things they do on a daily basis. Music videos aren't good for exercise.



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Monday, 16 May 2022

Your Business Won't Survive Without Certain Services To Help*


Your business needs more than a few employees to survive on the market. Ideally, you need specialists in a range of different areas to keep everything going the way that it should be. If you’re not entirely sure of what these things are right now, then it’s a good thing that you have come across this article. Keep reading down below if you would like to find out more about this topic.


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IT


The first service that you are going to need is IT. IT is one of the most obvious services that you could need seeing as we now live in the age of technology. While this might not mean much to you, in general it means that tech is becoming increasingly apparent and useful for businesses. You have to have someone who can manage this, doing everything from the simple tasks like knowing the cache types and how to clear them, all the way to sorting out cyber security. 


IT is one of those things that your business cannot avoid any longer. If you have managed this far without the help of an IT specialist, we don’t really know how but we know you won’t be able to keep it up. Look into different businesses and people that offer this service to businesses, and choose the one that you think will best suit you.


Marketing


You are also going to need a marketing service on your team as they are extremely important to businesses. Marketing is how people know who your business is and what you are all about, and it’s how you entice customers to use your company instead of a different one. As such, you have got to be putting as much effort into this as you can, ensuring that you are coming up with marketing to the very best of your ability. However, sometimes even this isn’t enough and you need to hire a professional.


These people know what they are doing, they know what appeals to your target audience and what will make your business look irresistible. It’s for this reason that your business needs to hire a marketing service as soon as possible.


Accounting


Managing the finances of your small business is one thing, but when the business gets to a certain point, it isn’t going to be so easy anymore. There are going to be more numbers to run, and it’s going to become easier to let things slip through the cracks. This could cause a problem for the whole business as if the numbers are wrong, everything else will be too. It’s for this reason that hiring an accountant is the best thing for you, and your company.


We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that your business is going to need in order to survive on the market. It’s okay to need help from services, as that is exactly what they are there for. Hopefully, when you start to get these business services on side, you will see a marked improvement in your business results. We wish you the very best of luck.



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Friday, 29 April 2022

April 2022 Extra Income Report


I love being able to earn extra pennies on the side, as well as form my main job income. I use survey sites, blog posts on this blog of mine, scanning receipts, and selling items via Depop and Facebook Marketplace. Some month I don't even make £10 extra, whereas other months, it can be up to £90 - it all depends on how hard I hustle as the month goes along. 

So here is my overview for the last 30 days!

April 2022

Amazon Shopper Panel: £5.25
Qmee Surveys: £26.48
Blog Collaborations: £15
Amazon Publishing: £0
One Poll Surveys: £0
Online Sales: £0

            Total: £46.73

Might not seem like a lot to some people, but this extra £40+ will be heading into my savings for a later date and use.

If you're interested in earning a little extra with some surveys each month, I have this Qmee referral code for you to use! >QMEE CODE < With this code link, you get 50p and so do I, when you first cash out via PayPal or gift card. The reason I love Qmee, is that you can cash out with as little as 1p in your account. 

Current 2022 extra income overview

January - £51.79
February - £67.33
March - £103.67
April - £46.73

            Total: £269.52

Do you have any side hustles for extra income? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Thursday, 14 April 2022

Perfecting Your Look Ahead Of Summer*

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Summer is fast approaching and you will naturally want to look your best. Not least after losing two summers to the pandemic. Now is the time to start making the right preparations.


Seemingly small steps can make a huge difference, which will subsequently allow you to live your best life in summer 2022. Check out the five tips below, and you should be set noticeable improvements in no time.


Rejuvenate your skin


They say that beauty is skin deep. So, it makes sense to start your pre-summer revamp by enhancing your skin. Searching for a facial treatment near me should help you find the professional support needed to rejuvenate your look. When followed by the use of makeup and creams that contain natural ingredients, your skin will look better than ever. Frankly, this will give more confidence than any other step in this guide.


Get a new hairstyle


A new hairstyle can completely overhaul your look for the better. This is especially true if you’ve had the same style for several years. Heading to a salon to find whichever 2022 trend suits your natural looks could be one of the smartest moves that you make all year. As well as the style, you should pay attention to the colour choices. It is worth paying a little extra for the transformation. With a good cut and colour, you won’t need another visit until fall.


Revamp your fashion choices


Your fashion style can have a telling impact on your overall appearance. So, finding the right outfits to reflect your personality and enhance your best attributes should be a priority in the build-up to summer. Accessories are another important issue, which is why you should consider the 2022 jewelry trends. When you have a wardrobe of outfits for work, the mall, and the beach, you can’t go far wrong. Just be sure that all items fit you well.


Invest in your smile


A winning smile is undoubtedly one of the greatest assets you’ll ever possess. There are two main ways to improve yours. You can either fix the alignment or achieve whiter teeth. Home whitening products can achieve great results when used for several weeks. Meanwhile, searching for cosmetic dentists near me helps you get invisible braces or replacement teeth. Improved conference and looks won’t just improve your summer, they’ll improve your life.


Perfect your posture


Body image will naturally play a massive role in making you look and feel better than ever. Toning up or losing a few pounds will be the goal shared by millions of people. However, you may be better suited to building a better posture. A straight back helps you cast a more confident figure while also making you look a little taller. It can also improve the way you walk and give you a leaner appearance. The right stretches and attire will serve you well.


Summer 2022 is a chance to make up for lost time and perfecting your look will certainly aid the cause. Enjoy it!



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Friday, 25 March 2022

5 Things I Love About Spring


Spring officially rolled around on March 20th, and I'm already feeling the positivity from the change of seasons. This season is my main favourites and I wanted to share what I love about Spring time.
  1. Warmer weather!
    • I cannot put into words how happy I am to not have to be de-icing my car every morning!
  2. Days out with the family
    • We have some little trips planned, a week away, and hopefully some trips to Chessington coming up over the next few months.
  3. My mood is so much better in Spring
    • I have a mild form of S.A.D, so the winter time is absolute hell for my mental health. The warmer weather and more daylight hours are already making my meatal health better.
  4. Cleaning out the house and having that 'decluttered' feel
    • I love having a declutter at this time of year! I can throw out old and useless things, and maybe sell some bits that are still in good condition. I like to go into summer time with the house feeling lighter.
  5. Local markets and events are open again
    • We have some small markets opening up gradually around my local area, and that means summer fairs, markets and events are coming back!

What are you favourite things about spring time? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Thursday, 17 March 2022

Scaling Your eCommerce Business*


Scaling your eCommerce store is one of the most important things you will do to maximize your opportunities and sales. Many people use scale and growth interchangeably. However, they aren’t the same. 


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Scaling means that you are boosting your business by adding minimal or no resources. Effectively your overhead remains the same, but your income increases. 


Growing your business usually means adding staff, investments, and products in line with the revenue growth. 


For most small businesses scaling would be the ideal goal - and to that, you need to maximize your current resources. 


Foundations

Even if you have had an eCommerce business for a while, you’re going to need to double-check those foundations. After all, with scaling, you won’t be adding more, so what you have needs to be impeccable. 


Make sure that the website you have is ready for your plans, check your plug-ins have the integrations you need, consider your options like how to launch Woo on amazon, improve your website speed, and more. 


Often when we reach a plateau, much can be improved by looking at our foundations. 


SEO

We know that SEO is a continued effort that you need to make to ensure you are getting eyes on your website. But what you might be thinking about is HOW to maximize your SEO efforts. 


Without adding people or resources, you will need to create your content for yourself. First, you should go back through the content you have. Use a plug-in like Yoast and start getting all your check lights green. 


You can also use Google’s free keyword tool to help you create your future content strategy. 


Try not to focus on your brand name; those who are looking for you will type that into the search bar. Instead, focus on the services and products that you sell. This will help you be more visible in your industry. 


Funnel

You need to work on your TOFU, MOFU, and BOFU religiously. The user journey from a social media platform to clicking ‘pay’ needs to be as seamless as possible. The more steps you remove from the process, the better. 


There are only three stages to your funnel - Awareness, Interest, and Decision. In other words, your introduction, their engagement, and finally, their purchase. 


Your funnel doesn’t need to be complicated, and it should be something that you can manage solo. The more automation you have here, the better it is going to be for your customers and your time management. 


Software

The software you invest time and money in will greatly impact your scalability. Look at everything you have in place and decide if you would better look at a different option. End contracts that aren’t generating your income, and reinvest the same amount (or less) in software that will make an impact. 


Bottlenecks

Almost all companies will have a bottleneck, and it is important that you can highlight your own. Typically it is about the amount of time that the company owner has. That finite amount of time means you need to manage your time very delicately. 


Highlight your bottlenecks, and rather than throw money at the problem - look at how you can resolve them with the resources you already have. 


If you need to get a cash injection before you can do anything, then check out: Tania Michele: 5 More Ways To Unlock Business Funds* 



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Wednesday, 9 March 2022

4 Best Gifts Jewelry Trends 2022*

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We are seeing a shift away from traditional pieces that focus on trends to more personalized pieces that can be customized. This means that people will be looking for rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other pieces with unique details like engravings or stones. With the rise of technology and social media, people are looking for a more personal and one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. Social media also makes it easier for you to find the best gifts for friends and family. 


So, jewelry trends in 2022 are moving away from trends towards more personalized pieces with unique details. Here are a few of the best gift jewelry trends. 

Piercings 

Piercings are a great gift for many reasons. They can be inexpensive, they are easy to find, and they can last a lifetime. With the rise in popularity of piercings, such as this opal belly button ring, you can find them in almost any store or online. You don't have to spend a lot of money on something that will only last a few weeks. They are also great gifts for friends who are looking for a new style. 

Bracelet Watches

The bracelet watches are a great gift, especially for birthday gifts. They are elegant and stylish, to make the recipient feel special. And they are also practical because they are easy to wear and maintain.


Bracelet watches have been popular for many years now because of their elegance, style, and practicality. They are perfect for both formal occasions as well as everyday wear. Bracelet watches are a great gift for someone who loves jewelry. It is elegant and versatile, which means it can be worn with any outfit. Perfect gift for the trendy person in your life. 

Crystal Rings

Crystal rings are a great gift idea for your friends. As we all know, crystal is a symbol of purity and clarity. It is not just beautiful but also has a lot of significant meaning behind it. Crystal rings are the best way to show your love for someone and celebrate their beauty and personality.

It is always difficult to find the perfect gift for your friends on special days like Christmas, Valentine's Day, or their birthday. But if you want to find something more personal than any other gift, you can choose crystal rings as the best gift idea for them!


Gold Diamond Rings 

Gold diamond rings are a timeless symbol of love, commitment, and friendship. Gold diamond rings have been around for centuries and have not lost their popularity yet. They come in different styles and designs, so it is easy to find one that suits the personality of your friend or partner. 

They make the perfect engagement gift for that special someone or just a gift for a loved one. What makes them perfect is that you can engrave them, and make them a family heirloom, so they can stay in your family forever. 


There are so many different trends in fashion, and they are always changing, so you can always find the best gift in your life. 



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Thursday, 10 February 2022

Major Signs that you are not as Healthy as you Think you Are*

Things like weight loss can seem harmless but at the end of the day, it is also a sign that you are not as healthy as you could be. If you want to find out what else could be impacting you, then take a look below.

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You’re Bloated

You might follow doctor’s orders and you may even eat your greens, but this doesn’t mean that you are in the clear when it comes to your health. Being bloated can mean that you have a serious health issue. It may be that you are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or that you have Crohn’s disease. When you eat too much, or if you eat food that you are not really supposed to eat, then you may find that you experience some kind of discomfort.

You Snore

Snoring essentially happens when air cannot move through your mouth and your nose. The muscles that are in your throat can easily slip back and obstruct your airways. If you have this issue, then you may find that you have adenoids or even nasal polyps. If you are overweight or if you have had a lot to drink then you are at a higher risk of this, so you need to keep that in mind if possible. Snoring can also be a sign that you are struggling with sleep apnea. That happens when your upper airways become blocked as you sleep, making you stop breathing for a couple of seconds. This can make you cranky during the day and you may even find that you have a hard time concentrating. This disruption can also cause high blood pressure or even heart conditions.

You feel Gassy

Passing gas during the day is normal but if you feel as though yours is getting out of control, then this is a sign that you have an issue on your hands. It may be that you have a food intolerance or that you are suffering from some kind of gastric disorder. If this is the case, then you need to try and make sure that you talk with your doctor. If you can do this, then you will soon find that they can help you to get to the root of the issue and that they can also talk you through any possible causes. You should see a doctor if your flatulence is persistent or if it is unexplained. If you have symptoms alongside it, such as a swollen stomach, then this is another sign that you need to try and talk with your doctor.

You’re Tired

If you always feel tired, regardless of how much sleep you have had then this is another bad sign. You need to talk to your doctor about this if possible because sleep and lack of energy is a sign that you are not getting the sleep you need. It may be that you have lack of energy and motivation too.  If you are not getting enough sleep then you may find that you are way more prone to things such as acne breakouts too. If you want to help yourself, then it may be wise to invest in things such as Duac gel. When you do, you will soon find that you are able to get a way better result out of your skincare routine until you are able to get to the root of the issue.

You’re Unable to Sleep

It’s one thing for you to have a hard time falling asleep when you are not tired at all, but if you feel as though you cannot get any sleep at all then this is not a good sign. If this is temporary, then you may be able to resolve the issue by taking some supplements. If you have been experiencing this for quite some time however then it may be that you are suffering from a condition such as chronic insomnia. If this is the case, then you need to have a good talk with your doctor. If you don’t then you may find that the issue gets worse over time and that you are just not able to move past it.

So, sometimes it doesn’t matter how healthy you are because if you do not look after yourself as much as you could be, then you may find that your health suffers as a result and that you are not able to unwind. Even TV if you think you’re healthy, there may be underlying problems too, so it’s important to stay aware of them if possible.


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Monday, 7 February 2022

What I'm Looking Forward To In 2022!


I am so behind with blog posts for this year, so this one is coming to you a little bit LATE!! 2022 has got a few things in store for me, so I thought I would share some of the things I'm looking forward to this upcoming year.

I Turn 30!
Damn.
Saying goodbye to my 20's in a few months time and I am not prepared for that! I still feel like I'm about 25 years old, not the 29 that I currently am! No big plans for the milestone year, but I have the week off work for it, so might do something then.

Center Parcs Holiday
Florida had to be cancelled and moved to summer 2023, so we decided to head back to Elvden! We loved it last year for our 4 night stay, so we're going back for 7 nights in summer. Hoping to get a lovely lodge again and be able to do all the activities we loved least year. The restaurants are open this time to, so that will be nice to see what they are like in person. 

Harry Potter Studio Trip
This is still only a possible idea at the moment as it's currently down to money, time off work and when we can go with low crowd levels. I haven't been since 2018 and would love to go and see some of the new sections that were not quite open yet when I last visited.

My Blog Turns 9
My first 'proper' blog post was, Tania Watches Downton, on October 3rd 2013. Meaning that 2022 is it's 9th birthday! I know I have been awful at posting in the past few years, but this little slice of internet is still a happy place and my home!

Chessington Theme Park Days Out
At Christmas we had some chocolates that came with half price vouchers, so we are going to be making good use of these! Some time in the spring and late summer we're hoping to get two trips out of the vouchers and see what we can do. Hopefully will be going here for my birthday!!


That's about it for plans this far year, but maybe more things will crop up as the weather improves and we have some holiday time! What are you excited for this year? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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