• Editors Picks,  Life

    How To Have A Middle Class Holiday On A Working Class Budget: At Bluestone, Wales

    Last week we had a mid week break at Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales. The break was given to me for free in exchange for a few social media posts and this written review on my website. I’m not one to miss out on a freebie and grasped the opportunity with both hands, not only pulling my five year old out of school but also bringing my parents along with us! We had a great time. And you can check out my Instagram stories and photos here. However, when it comes to writing this review I am going to take a less orthodox approach. I could easily wax lyrical…

  • Life

    Are We Addicted To Dating Apps?

    NO, SWIPE, NO, SWIPE, MAYBE, SWIPE… How many of you have used a well known dating app and wasted hours obsessively swiping? Tinder is pretty much the norm, now a days when it comes to dating. It’s an easy option that you can do at home, in your PJs and with no shame, swiping the hours away. You don’t even have to meet the people; you can send messages, “connect” and then move on to the next one. It’s the modern way of dating. Whether you’re looking for a date, a hookup or love, the apps you use to get you there are normally designed with one goal in mind:…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Life

    5 Reasons Why I’m Project Managing My Home Renovation

    Are you considering renovating part or all of your house this year? If so, Nicole is here to give you five reasons why you should consider taking charge and managing the project yourself… So The Costs Are Less Likely To Spiral Out Of Control One of the biggest problems home owners face when renovating is the risk of running out of funds. It’s seen all the time on home shows, where the build has had to come to a complete standstill and contractors laid off because the home owner hasn’t sufficiently planned their budget properly. Or worked in contingency funds if something goes wrong. Our builder is extending our home…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Life

    5 Reasons Why It’s Ok To Talk About Money

    I don’t know why it’s an issue if I’m quite honest but most people including myself are really closed off when it comes to talking about money. We don’t talk about our salaries, debts, outgoings and struggles but recently I’ve changed my attitude and here are some reasons why. 1 – Honesty I was always brought up to be honest about everything and sometimes it’s gotten me into trouble because my mouth runs away with me and my filter doesn’t kick in. I can talk to my friends about sex, relationships and everything else going on in my life but money is such a guarded secret. 2 – Support In…

  • Life

    5 Reasons Why Being A Mature Student Sucks

    THE MORNING PANIC What the hell does a 33 year old wear to university? Now I know the answer SHOULD be ‘whatever the hell they want’ but being a mature student in a pretty mixed-age class with a penchant for 90/00s style bin bag baggy jeans and cartoon themed tops, it makes you start to question your life and fashion choices. Especially in the first week when everyone is still getting used to everyone else, it’s all a little judge-y. Blue hair shoved in the “mum bun”, make up free and glowing (read: sweaty and gross) and adorned with tattoos and piercings in a sea of the latest trends certainly…

  • Life

    5 Reasons Why 2019 is the Year We Start Fostering

    For years we’ve been thinking about fostering but for a long time my wife and I felt that our circumstances just weren’t right. We had a baby, I went to Uni, we had a second baby, I stayed on at Uni, my wife started Uni. Mostly the money side of things has been a scary prospect as not having a ‘job’ – in the traditional sense of going to a place of work – has always felt so daunting. Finally, though, we have decided to take the plunge and just go for it. We’ve done our research, we know a lot about what we’re getting ourselves into and we’ve organised…

  • Life,  Parenting

    Shut It, Chaka

    For as long as I can remember, I have been a ‘burn the candle at both ends’ kind of gal. Work hard, party harder in my teens and 20s. Work hard, mother hard in my 30s. For most of my adult life, I have had more than one job at any one time. I have run and contributed to online publications. I have done additional qualifications whilst working. To date, my qualifications include numerous GCSEs and A Levels, a BA (HONS) in journalism, a management NVQ, a qualification in residential lettings, an OU diploma in creative writing. In January, I start a BA & Higher Apprenticeship in Business Leadership and…

  • Life

    Tidy House, Tidy Mind

    Christmas and New Year can be such a fun and magical time of the year: twinkling lights everywhere, new outfits, tasty food and lots of booze. What more could you ask for? Well, if you’re like me and kinda over the whole festive celebrations (I mean it’s warm enough to be March out there) then you’re probably feeling run down. The whole month of December had me so stressed out and that’s with me knowing that it wouldn’t be a perfect Christmas! There’s so much to do in December. Is it any wonder everybody feels a little tired come January 1st? You’ve got to try and budget for gifts as…

  • Life

    9 Reasons Why Retail Workers Hate You

    Are you heading off to the Boxing Day and January sales this week? If so here’s just a little reminder on how not to piss off our nations retail workers… 1. Late night shoppers The time is approaching 9:50pm, we’re staring at those last ten minutes as they drag painfully past, dreaming of escaping this mundane hell. Feet aching, heads bouncing, we are hastily ushering out those last, idle shoppers, getting ready to close up shop and BAM, in strolls the casual idiot who deems it acceptable to roll in five minutes before closing time. HELLOOO?? Ambling around the aisles, BROWSING the bargains. Evidently deciding that TONIGHT would be the most appropriate time…

  • Life,  Mental Matters

    Quote Of The Month: “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”

    If I had a pound for every time I heard this saying growing up – I’d actually have enough money to never want again. I can’t even reference this quote since it’s probably been around since the beginning of time! Although, the world wide web has narrowed it down to two suspects: Mahatma Ghandi and Stevie Wonder. I think I know who I’d put my money on! Anyway, why did I pick this quote? Because it’s relevant as fuck. Between 2016 and 2017 I suffered from a number of mental illnesses. It took me to a seriously dark place that I never hope to return to and every day I’m…