Stop Buying Clothes

I’ve discovered something amazing. The best way to save money on clothes.

Stop buying clothes.

Unfortunately, I’m physically unable to do that, but I thought I’d share that tip anyway.

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In other news, I had an awful realisation. It happened on the way home from work yesterday, as my dad was driving off a motorway junction a little too fast, and got way to close to the car in front. And then it happened. I heard the words come out of my mouth:

“CHRISTOPHER!!”

I have become my mother. It has happened.

I knew this day was coming but I never thought it would be this soon. I’M STILL A TEENAGER!

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Anyway, aside from being my mother, you may be wondering how these pictures have anything to do with this post. They’re because I’m having really bad holiday jealousy. I’m not going anywhere this year, but it seems everyone else in the world is so I’m reminiscing over last years trip.But if you’ve got any blog posts on your holiday photos please do share. I need something to pine over.

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(P.S. If you’re looking for other people’s holiday photos, check out ZI’s post. Best photography you’ll find.)

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DIY Flower Nails

Okay here’s a quick DIY nail tutorial that’s easy to do but looks really nice. Also, these are not my own nails because I had difficulty painting them and taking pictures at the same time.

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1. Firstly, file down and shape your nails.

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2. Paint the base coat in whatever colour you want. I’ve chosen Peppermint by Rimmel London. It’s best to do at least 2 coats to make sure its a solid colour.

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3. Leave to dry for about 5 minutes to make sure the design doesn’t ruin the base colour. (Apologies for the over spill onto the finger by the way)

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4. Using a white nail art pen or white nail varnish on a thin paintbrush, paint a flower shape and create 5 lines – one for each petal – in the middle.

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5. Then blob another colour for the centre of the flower – I’ve chosen pink but any colour that matches and compliments the base coat will look good!

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6. And there we go. It takes very little time but gives you nails that extra little something.

Katie

 

The Father’s Day Tag

So it’s Father’s Day tomorrow, so we thought we’d do a little post for our Dads. We also invented a little ‘Father’s Day Tag’, which you’re welcome to use yourself, but we do ask that you would please credit us in your post.

Today, it’s my dad’s turn. In case you’re wondering, his full name is Christopher David, he’s 51, and he’s been a father for 26 years. Aged 25 he was a father of 1, 4 years later he became a father of 2, and another 4 years later, a father of three.

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What is your first memory with your dad?

I don’t know if this is actually my first memory, everything’s a bit jumbled up when your little. I remember him putting me to bed every night and as part of our routine, we would do a little kid’s bible guide. There’d be a verse, a little lesson and some form of quiz or puzzle. Whenever I did a puzzle he’d sing a little song that was meant to put me off, but now, whenever I do a puzzle, I’m always singing that song in my head.

What is your most embarrassing memory with him?

This involves my mum too, but in my Year 6 Leaver’s play, I played the part of a rabbit. I say played, I had one line and mainly just held someone hostage for the whole thing. But for three nights, I got dressed up in a completely brown outfit, some hefty face paint, and some cardboard bunny ears.  On the night that my parents came to watch, we ran out of face wipes, meaning that I had to then walk home with full-face rabbit paint. My parents then managed to find my bunny ears, put them on and hopped down the road, as many of my friends drove past.

What is your favourite memory with him?

When I was nine, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. I remember one night I had a dream that it had killed him and we were all at his funeral. I woke up crying and he came in to check on me. He sat with me for ages while I calmed down, then he sang me back to sleep. That sounds so unbelievably cheesy, but it’s my favourite.

Which of his genes has been passed down?

Everyone always says I look like my dad. We have the same blue eyes, the same slightly wonky mouth and (unfortunately) the same nose. We have the same sense of humour, same hatred of tomatoes, same love of the zoo.

If you could live your childhood again, what would you do differently?

I wouldn’t have been so mean to him. I’ll admit that I have quite a harsh sense of humour, and some of the things I said to him actually really upset him. Like when he was having chemotherapy, and I told him I didn’t want him to take me to school, because I didn’t want my friends to see he was bald. I’d definitely be more loving. Oh, and I wouldn’t give up my swimming lessons. I could have been a lifeguard by now.

If you had an unlimited amount of money, what would you treat him to on Father’s Day?

I’d start off with a personalised box of Kellogg’s corn flakes, because he loves them was too much. In the morning I’d hire Andy Murray to play a game of tennis with him. I’d also pay him to let my dad win. Lunch would be at exactly 1.00pm. He’s very exact with lunchtime. I’d take him to a special sandwich bar, because he’s a strong believer that lunch=sandwiches. The afternoon would be spent in a museum of Maths. My brothers can accompany him on that bit. Then a dinner of chilli con carne, and an evening spent at a musical, because it’s no secret that he loves a good sing-a-long.

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Mars Bar Cake Recipe

I do love to make cakes but love it even more when I don’t have to try to actually bake them! That’s why I like this Mars Bar Cake recipe so much.

What you’ll need:

4 Mars Bars
4oz (100g) Margarine
4 oz (100g) Rice Krispies
9oz (225g) Milk Chocolate
10” Square Cake Tin

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Firstly:

1. Chop the 4 Mars Bars into small chunks

2. Put the margarine and Mars Bars into a saucepan and melt them until there are no lumps.

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3. Add the Rice Krispies to the saucepan and stir them until they are evenly coated.

4. Put the mixture in your square tin and cool in the fridge for about an hour or until solid.

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5. Once the mixture is cooled, melt the milk chocolate over a pan of boiling water on the hob in a bowl and stir until smooth.

6. Pour the melted chocolate over the cake and put back into the fridge to solidify.

7. Once solid, remove the cake from the tin (by sliding a knife around the edges and carefully turning the tin upside down)

8. Cut into fingers or squares and enjoy!

For some reason I didn’t get around to taking a photo of the finished product but I can tell you it tasted lovely (not my own words!) Hope you like it.

Katie

Daily Prompt: Prized Possession

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Daily Prompt: Prized Possession

Describe an item you were incredibly attached to as a child. What became of it?

My most prized possession as a child was of course a teddy bear. Everyone has that one childhood toy that they loved way above the rest and for me, it was a bear that my grandma gave me on my first ever Christmas, so he’s been with me for nearly all my life (I was only 1 month old for my first Christmas).

Being the incredibly creative child that I was, I named him Teddy. He was joined over the years by other creatively named toys, such as ‘Dolly’, ‘Kitty’ and ‘Green Dog’ (*Plot twist* Green Dog was actually a bear). Teddy was originally fluffy and white. He’s now grey, patchy and only has half a mouth but he’s as loved now as he was when I was little.

One of my earliest memories is of losing him one night when I was about 5 or 6 and crying hysterical tears at the thought of going to bed without him. My parents and brothers spent hours searching for him and eventually found him, fallen down the back of the sofa.

I also used to hate to have him washed, because he would take a couple of days to dry, so couldn’t sleep in my bed. I remember my mum stealing him from his hiding place under my bed one day when I was at school and I came home to find him hanging from the washing line by his ears. Despite my mother’s warnings, I snuck downstairs in the night and stole him back, then slept with a sodden teddy bear. I got a cold.

It’s strange how attached we can become over pieces of wool and stuffing, isn’t it? Teddy now sits at the bottom of my wardrobe but every now and then I feel incredibly guilty about leaving him there and have to get him out again. In fact he’s now sitting at the bottom of my bed, staring reproachfully at me for keeping him in there so long …

What were your favourite childhood toys?

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Daily Prompt: O…

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Daily Prompt: Odd Couple

Does a messy home (or office) make you anxious and cranky, or is cleaning something you just do before company comes over?

My answer to this really would be both. I do generally clean if someone is coming round, but I find cleaning quite therapeutic as well. There’s something really refreshing about sitting down after a mega clean and see everything where it should be and what colour your carpet is.

But this did get me thinking about how much we do to impress people. If someone is coming over to spend the evening, will you do a big clean of your house and then pretend to your guest that your house looks like a show home all the time, while subtly kicking that stray pen out of sight? I certainly do!

We do this in every aspect of our lives, from only praying if you’re in church, only buying your friend a birthday present if you’re going to see them, or only offering someone help if they’ve asked for it.

But shouldn’t we be doing these things anyway? Houses need to be cleaned, whether someone comes over or not, because otherwise the dirt and dust builds up, and when it comes to a time when it needs to be done, it’s going to be so much harder to do it.

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Daily Prompt: Five a Day

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Daily Prompt: Five a Day

You’ve being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?

Today’s Daily Prompt question was quite a hard one. Any foods eaten over and over is bound to get a little boring. But to be honest, if I was exiled, my main concern probably wouldn’t be meal times. But if my captors are being so nice as to give me food options I’d go for …

1) Pineapples. They’re the nicest fruit by far.

2) Bread. Because pineapple on bread is lush. If you’ve never tried it, do. It’s amazing.

3) Chicken. I think I could easily live off chicken.

4) Eggs. Because I’m trying to keep a nice balanced diet on my little island, and they’ll have plenty left over from all the chickens they’re keeping for me.

5) Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Easter eggs. If I have to be exiled I should get a few luxuries right?! And, there’s no way they could make those on my island so they’d have to fly them in. Helicopter comes down; I sneak on; helicopter flies off; I’m free. Sorted.

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