Halloween Basket Ideas

This year is the first year that Darcy is fully aware about Halloween. As I won't be taking her Trick or Treating. I thought it would be nice to make her a Halloween basket so she can enjoy it her own little way.

I kept it cheap and cheerful, I don't really like spending lots of money on things that she will only use a handful of times.

 Cauldron £1, Lollipop 59p, Chocolate Balls 99p - Home Bargains

I brought the cauldron from Home Bargains, along with some chocolate balls and lollipop.

FunnyBones Book - Amazon £3.85
Meg& Mog DVD - Sainsbury £3 

I had a blast from with past with the Funnybones book and Meg and Mog DVD. You don't even have to buy a book or DVD, a visit to your local library will have a great selection and you can return them after Halloween is over.

Top - H & M £2.99

If you saw my Halloween Half Term Fun post, you would have seen this top I got from H & M for only £2.99. I brought it a size bigger so it will last Darcy a while.

Headband - Aldi £1.79
Mason Jar - Poundworld £1
  The pumpkin head band is from Aldi and the plastic Mason jar I got from Poundworld.

I hope this gave you some ideas, have you made a Halloween basket for your little one this year?

Wish List Wednesday | My Favourite Voucher Code Edit

As you all will know shopping online is one of my favourite ways of shopping. Especially now I am a Mother of a 2 and a half going on 22 year old. It takes the stress out of shopping. No carrying heavy bags or bribing my little one with a Kinder Egg if she stops touching everything in the shop.

Now let me introduce you to My Favourite Voucher Code. A website which has loads of promotional codes and money off vouchers. From clothing shops to restaurants and hotels there are codes for every shopping occasion.  Another great thing about the site is that they donate 20% from each code you use to Charity. 

Since going back to college as a mature student in September. I have struggled to find clothes to wear. I have two types of clothing in my wardrobe, clothes I chuck on for the Nursery run or clothes I wear for a night out. So I knew it was definitely time to invest in some clothes for college.

Wish List Wednesday | My Favourite Voucher Code Edit 
Evans is always one of the first places I go when it comes to clothes and shoes. And with Evans voucher codes I can treat myself to a few things and save money at the same time.

With Christmas and the New Year fastly approacing voucher codes will help reduce the headache of overspending so remember when shopping online look for voucher codes and use cashback sites!

What are your online shopping tips?

*Sponsored Post

Mistakes Bloggers Make When Choosing a Hosting Service*

Your choice of web hosting is a vital stage of becoming a serious blogger, so to maintain success, you’ll want to avoid some poor decisions

You’ve been writing on your blog for a while now and have begun to attain a fair amount of followers. What’s the next step? For most serious bloggers, their next step is to purchase website hosting. Not only does it give you more creative freedom; web hosting services also provide a greater scope to establish yourself further as a brand.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? As one of the vital elements of taking your blog to the next level, you need to find a suitable web hosting provider and zero in on the type of hosting you want. It’s not always the simplest of processes, so here are some common mistakes you want to avoid.

1. Read the Small Print

The first thing you’ll notice when you begin looking for website hosting providers is that it doesn’t cost a fortune, which comes as a shock to many people. If you’ve put aside a budget each month for your blog, web hosting costs shouldn’t make much of a dent at all.

With that said, it’s easy to fall into a trap and end up paying a lot more than you anticipated. A lot of companies will offer a deal where the first year is ridiculously cheap, but then the price shoots up. Many web hosting customers marvel at the low cost and neglect the fact that it’s only the cost of the initial year.

Pricing up the actual cost of your web hosting services not only prevents any financial surprises later on, but it also helps you to compare hosting providers more accurately. Which leads us to our next point…

2. Don’t Settle for Free Hosting

In the early stages of your blog, you won’t have an abundance of future work lined up or contacts to rely on for consistent income, so you’ll be working on a tight budget. It’s for this reason that many bloggers choose to settle for free hosting.

While free website hosting may be a way to save money for other aspects of your business, it offers you less in regards to creative freedom and having the ability to brand your blog. As a blogger, establishing your brand and creating a unique and engaging blog should be your top priorities.

You’ll also be very limited with the amount of bandwidth and web space available, meaning your website will be a lot less user-friendly compared to bloggers who use dedicated website hosting.

3. What About Support?

From time to time, you’re bound to have some technical issues with your blog and need some advice about your current hosting plan. In steps your trusty web hosting provider to save the day. Or do they?

It’s always a smart idea to know where your hosting provider is based how easy it will be for you to contact them in a time of need. If your primary source of income is your site and it goes down, you’ll have no way of earning money until it’s fixed.

A high-quality web hosting provider will treat the support of their customers as a top priority and provide a number of different ways to get into contact. For example, by giving you the option to phone, email, or live-chat, you can assess how urgent the situation is and react accordingly.

4. Buying Unnecessary Features

The process of purchasing website hosting for the first time can be a bit daunting and, with so many additional features and add-ons available, it can all get a bit confusing. Your instincts  may tell you to buy plenty of add-ons to make sure your site is as efficient and secure as possible.

Before you buy web hosting with all the bells and whistles, have a think about what you will be using your blog for and where you aim to take it in the near future. If your website requires eCommerce features or aspects that require increased bandwidth and storage, this will need to be considered when you purchase web hosting add-ons.

5. Don’t Check for a Refund Policy

Consider the possibility that, at some point, you may want to cancel your website hosting plan. This could be because of financial reasons if your professional circumstances have changed, or your hosting requirements could have changed and you need a new host to accommodate your needs.

Choosing a web hosting provider that has a refund policy will prove to be a massive benefit if you happen to change your mind. It’ll give you peace of mind knowing that you won’t lose all of your money if any issues should occur.

It’s worth noting that some companies have refund policies in place for a certain amount of time, such as within the first six months of your plan. This is why you should always read the small print so you don’t come unstuck after that initial period is over.

Blogs are now one of the most popular and easily accessible digital platforms out there. These days, every man and his dog has one (there probably are dogs with blogs somewhere), so to maintain a successful blogging career, it requires a particular skill set and tenacity — but it’ll also require you to avoid making some avoidable mistakes.

Many bloggers who seek out web hosting services will carry out the mistakes mentioned above. They may seem minor and nothing that could cause too much trouble, but if you want your blog to take off and gain a loyal following, a reliable web hosting provider will soon become your best friend in times of need. So make sure you pick a good one.

I've recently stumbled across Logojoy which looks like a fantastic service. Considering their services for logo design start from less than $25 I think they offer a really great service and one I will be trying for myself soon enough!

Halloween Half Term Fun For All The Family With Lewisham Shopping Centre*

Half Term is just around the corner, which means Darcy will be off from Nursery for a whole week!

Every parent knows the half term struggle, trying to find activities to keep their little ones entertained whilst holding on to their sanity. Luckily Lewisham Shopping Centre, have plenty of shops with lots of things to help make half term stress free and lots of fun for both carers and children alike..  

They are also holding Spooktacularly Crafty Workshops 
over three days from Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th October for free for all the family.

During these Workshops you will be able to create paper pumpkin lanterns with LED candles, face masks and canvas trick and treats bags.

Shoppers will be in for a chance of winning £50 worth of arts and crafts items to take home with them, so definately worth popping down for. 

If you are a regular reader, you may have noticed I love shopping at Lewisham Shopping Centre.  It may not be local and the most fancy looking place. However they have everything I need under one roof. The staff are friendly and it is not too busy. Which is perfect when shopping with a toddler as everything is much quicker.

As it is coming up to Halloween we have lots of fun and spooky things planned. So I thought I would share with you some of the stuff we bought.

Flying Tiger, formally known as Tiger. Have some great cheap and cheerful bits in. I'm planning on having a little Halloween theme Afternoon Tea for Darcy. So got some cute paper plates and cups, because they cut down on dishes. And she can also decorate the ones we don't use.

The Works is my to go place when I am looking for books or anything crafty. I'm going to attempt some face painting. We are also going to make some spooky spiders. I could not resist their 3 for £5 book offers either.

Marks and Spencers have a 3 for 2 offer on their Halloween range. So I grabbed a few goodies. The Haunted House party box contains, fizzy oranged flavoured popcorn, chocolate pumpkins, wine gums, fizzy sweets and spooky mask which will be perfect whilst we watch a few Halloween theme movies. I'm also in the middle of putting together a Halloween basket for Darcy. So I will include a bag of sweets in it.

H & M have lots of reasonable priced halloween clothing at the moment. I brought Darcy a cat onesie which will last her throught the winter. She also fell in love with the boohoo top and spider web skirt. I think she was drawn to the gold glitter on both of them.

Last stop was at Sainsbury to buy a Pumpkin, I mean you cannot have Halloween without a pumpkin can you??. They have lots of things to help you crave your pumpkins. We brought a carving kit and stencil book and a  electronic light to place in the pumpkin, so I don't have to worry Darcy be at risk around a candle. Sainsbury also have a great selection of decorations, treats and costumes to pick from.

What do you have planned for half term?

*This is a collaborative post

Lush Halloween Haul 2016

Goodbye Summer, hello Halloween Lush! This year Lush have brought out some new amazing products. And I couldn’t help but visiting my local branch at Brent Cross to buy some goodies after seeing all the pictures on Instagram, I was having serious FOMO

The Monster’s Ball is a new addition for Halloween 2016. First off how cute is this one eye monster? It shares it scent with the well loved Calacas products ( iIf you don’t know what the Calacas scent is, think of a lime jelly bean). It contains Lime Oil, Neroli Oil and Frankincense and once in the bath it spills out the colours of pinks, teals, purples and blues. Leaving bath water a deep purple, his eyeball actually a melt, so that adds to a already moisturising bath.

The Pumpkin is a unique scent. You won’t get a jaw dropping colour display with this bath bomb. What you will get however is a truly autumnal scent. It’s rather spicy with a soft zesty edge, which will leave your bath a warm orange colour. The Scent fills your bathroom and lingers on the skin for a few hours afterwards too.

Autumn Leave is a slow fizzing bath bomb, which I am a fan of. Autumn Leaf dissolves at the perfect speed to really enjoy all the colours that come out of this bath bomb. The main scents are neroli, sandalwood and maple sap, it's earthy but not too earthy. Not the usual scent I would go for but i’m totally in love with it.

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar made with Juniper berry, Lime and Grapefruit oils and it smells like a mix between citrus and cinnamon. The bubble bar is covered in golden luster and once crumbled into the bath, makes a sparkly autumnal orange colour and gives off lots of bubbles so you can definitely get a few baths out of it and don’t worry all the luster surprisingly does not coat the bath and washes off easily. I Iove it's presentation and scent. I would buy this again.

Lord of Misrule features Patchouli (one of my favourite scents, and black pepper which has a ton of good properties. Sweet vannila, spice, basically it's a really sexy scent. Once in the water it starts to turn the bath a green colour. As it continues to fizz around, the pink centre starts to ooze out and turn the bath a wine colour. It also features a popping candy.  The scent lingered on my skin for hours later, I really wish I had the Lord of Misrule limited edition perfume to go with it. I might have to browse eBay for  one.

Also featuring for Halloween 2016 are a selection of soaps, bath melt, body shimmer and knot wraps.

So that was my Halloween Lush haul for 2016. Are you a fan of Lush? What are your favourite products?

Favourite TV Shows For This Autumn*

 One thing that I love about autumn is snuggling on the sofa with a hot chocolate watching TV.

I really don’t know what I would do without my smart TV. It has given me Netflix and recently Amazon Video. If you don’t have a smart TV you really need to get one. Panasonic UHD 4K TVs are some of the best on the market.

Here are some shows that I am looking forward to this autumn;

Once Upon A Time Based on fairytales and some Disney films. Everyone loves a bit of Disney. C'mon if you say that you don't, you're just lying to yourself. Once Upon A Time is one of my guilty little pleasures. It is a cheesy, feel good show. With lots of twist and turns and eye candy. Once you’ve watched one episode I guarantee you, you will end up binge watching every season.

Luke Cage If you have watched Jessica Jones then you will know about Luke Cage. Netflix spoils us with Marvel shows, they are really owning the superhero scene at the moment. Daredevil, Jessica Jones now Luke Cage. A ex con from Harlem,who was wrongly imprisoned and experimented on which ended up with him having skin like steel and super powers. I’m looking forward to finding out more about him during the 13 episodes.

Lucifer Lucifer Morningstar is bored of being Lord of Hell. So he leaves his throne and heads to L.A. Where he owns an up market nightclub called Lux. During the show we watch Lucifer get into all sorts of mischief. You will laugh and also be prepared for a few shocks along the way.

The Apprentice The show that has blessed us with classic one liners and erm Katie Hopkins. Thursday nights are never the same without an hour of watching people make the most stupid decisions ever. Then get their egos put back into place by Sir Alan Sugar. 

I wonder what series 12 will bring us 

What shows are you looking forward to this autumn?