Wednesday, 23 October 2019

How to Fund a House Move

You've bought your very first house, laid down a sizeable deposit, paid stamp duty, the surveyor’s cost and conveyancers fees. It has been a costly process, but you’re certain that it will have been so worthwhile once you are able to settle down in your brand-new home. But wait. There's one more aspect of the process that you’ve forgotten about: the big move itself! So, what is moving house going to cost you? How can you finance it, and what exactly do you need to know? Find out below.

How much is a move likely to cost?

Many Britons are shocked to discover that the total cost of moving house can set them back £1,192.67, on 
average. In other words, it is safe to say that the entire process definitely isn’t cheap.

How to finance your move

Obviously, the best possible way to finance your move is to save up for it well in advance of looking for the perfect house to buy. Unfortunately, when you factor in having to save up for a 10% deposit as well, you may only be financially ‘ready’ to buy a property by the time you're 50! As a result, many people rely on the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ for help. Your parents may be willing to lend you a certain amount of money at little to no interest, which is much more viable and affordable than having to apply for an additional loan from the bank to settle your moving costs.

One of the best ways to finance your move, or at least keep the associated costs to a minimum is to make use of an online moving costs calculator. This will give you a good general idea of what you can expect to pay and will help you to evaluate any quotes that you receive from moving companies properly. Much like you can use websites like The Money Hub to compare different mortgage deals in an effort to find the best one, it is essential that you compare moving company quotes before accepting the right one. Just remember that when it comes to moving companies, the cheapest isn’t always the best. Look closely at the details of what the company is offering (do they offer to pack for you? Do they specialise in transporting fragile or sentimental items?) and speak to friends and family members for advice in terms of which companies they recommend before making a final choice.

If you find yourself strapped for cash after paying all the other fees associated with investing in a property, remember that it is indeed possible to rent a van and tackle the move yourself (hopefully with a bit of help from your loved ones!). It will take a lot of work, time and planning, but it will undoubtedly save you hundreds of pounds in the long run.

However you choose to finance your move, keep your eye on the prize. You will soon be all moved into the brand-new place that you will call ‘home' for many years to come.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

The True Icons - How Simply Be's Latest The New Icons Misses The Mark

If you follow any plus size influencers online then the chances are you've read about #TheNewIcons over the last couple of days. The prominent Simply Be campaign boasts that t is time to let plus size people to the front of campaigns, movies, adverts etc. and then (in my opinion) fails to do what they promised. The project launched yesterday with a big event in London and the models featured looked amazing (no negative thoughts towards them for this campaign at all) but even the black and gold dresses they wore are only available up to a size 26 - Not really iconic if you ask me!

You have probably seen on social media that I am far from alone in feeling like this and lots of people feel excluded and are fed-up of being excluded consistently in campaigns like this...So, Simply Be... Here are just a few of #TheTrueIcons you're missing out on by continuing to ignore a majority of body types!

L-R The Tall Plus Size - RaRa Poole  - What Gem Curve - Kirsty Louise

L - R - Rebs, Daisy, Lucy, Me!

L - R - Annie, Curvy Girl Thin, Odds and Trends, The Thirty Something Mum 

Want to join in? Tweet or Instagram your pics using #TheTrueIcons - Why not head over to see what is being shared!

Debz x

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Creating A Wedding Day That Every Guest Will Remember

A wedding day is a special event. Obviously, if you’re getting married, then you know that your wedding is going to be the best day of your life. But what about your guests? Your friends and family are the most important people in your life, but they’ve probably been to weddings before. They’ll probably go to weddings in the future, too. What’s going to make your special day stick out in their heads? Let’s try to answer that question. Here’s how to create a wedding day that every guest will remember.

Hire a wedding planner

You probably have amazing ideas for your wedding, but you might not know how to make those amazing ideas happen. That’s why you should hire a wedding planner. You can create a book of ideas to help your planner. That way, they’ll know what you expect of your big day. Obviously, that doesn’t mean you should leave the planning entirely up to them; your input will be important. The planner will want to know that they’re doing everything in the way you imagined. The purpose of hiring a professional is to impress every single guest with your expertly-crafted wedding. Of course, you might want some inspiration so you have a good book full of ideas to give to your planner. The following suggestions might help.

Provide memorable entertainment

Your ceremony might be very traditional and relatively similar to every other wedding your guests have attended, but the reception is your opportunity to truly surprise people. You need to provide memorable entertainment for them. A wedding band will provide a nice ambience, and the best man’s speech will probably receive a few laughs, but you can go further than that. Perhaps you could hire some retro cars to transport your guests from the main wedding venue to the reception venue. You might even want to hire a bouncy castle for the kids.

Perhaps you could hire a famous artist to play at your wedding reception. You don’t always need a lot of money to do this; many big artists will play for a reasonable price if they know that one or both of the people getting married is a fan of them. After all, it’s good publicity. You might want to consider photo booth hire, too. That could make your special day more memorable for guests. They’ll be able to entertain themselves by taking silly pictures together in a booth. You could even provide funny props and costumes for people to wear in their photos. This will give them something tangible to take home from your wedding, and that’ll help them to remember it for years to come.

Serve delicious food.

If you want to keep your guests happy, you just need to serve delicious food. Obviously, the rest of the advice in this article will help to make your wedding memorable, but people will definitely remember what they ate. Even if you manage to put together a beautiful wedding with amazing entertainment options, people will struggle to enjoy themselves if they’re hungry or simply unsatisfied with the dining options. You need to ask guests about dietary requirements before your wedding. You also need to put out a varied spread of food so that people stay well-fed throughout the day. You could even hire cocktail servers to carry around plates of sandwiches and other snacks for people. Maybe you could even give guests welcome baskets full of locally-sourced food and drinks. That would be a nice touch.

*Collaborative Post

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Laser Hair Removal - Is It For You?

Firstly, let me say that I am an advocate for doing exactly what you want with your own body. If you want to grow your body hair and dye it bright blue, absolutely go for it! However, on the flip side if you want to have a body free of hair, with long term results then this is something you should explore too. Remember you are the only person who has to live in your body, so you are the only person who gets to make decisions about what you do with it and how to live.

Removing Body Hair

When it comes to having a hair free body there are different methods you can use. It is important to explore all of your options & work out what is best for you. Remember that just because one method doesn't work well for you, that doesn't mean others won't! So keep at it and try waxing, shaving and even laser hair removal in order to find the method you like best. 

Laser Hair Removal

If you are someone that wants to get rid their body of hair without the hassle of shaving on a regular basis then laser hair removal might well be for you. If you are going to undertake this procedure then I would recommend using a reputable firm who offer a consultation beforehand. This gives you a chance to ask any questions you have (and you should make sure you go with loads!) and also find out a bit more about the procedure you're going to undertake.

Getting It Done

Once you have decided you would like the procedure done and you're all booked in, do what you can to make it as easy as possible. The firm you choose should give you an idea of how many sessions you'll need and how long this will take. Although recovery time is minimal there's no harm in making sure you have travel to/from the clinic sorted and some comforts at home ready for when you get home after each session.

Are there any beauty procedures you would undertake if you could?

Debz xx

*Collaborative Post

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

A Guide To Recovering From Unexpected Injury

We spend much of our life trying to avoid accidents or put ourselves out of immediate danger. The fact we are so naturally inclined to keep ourselves out of harm’s way is what makes unexpected accidents so jarring. Whether you’ve been in a car accident or come to harm in your own workplace, you may be struggling to grasp how to proceed. After all, an unexpected injury may require us to take time off work or engage in legal proceedings. 

Understand more

When we hurt ourselves, sometimes the instinct is to avert our eyes and ask, “how bad is it?” When you have experienced an unexpected injury, you may still be in the dark about how long you will be suffering from the effects of the accident. The best way to fully recover from harm is to, therefore, find out more about the nature of injury itself. By educating yourself, you will not only get a sense of how long you will be affected by the results of the accident but also how to care for your body in the meantime. By consulting your doctor you should be able to find out:

Will I need specialist care in the long-term?
Can I still exercise?
Do I have multiple treatment options?
Do I need to talk to my employer about time off?

It’s much better to find the answers to these questions rather than to speculate. This is particularly useful if you have anxiety surrounding the ‘What if’s?” When you are armed with knowledge, you can take a tailored approach to recovery. 


If you have been surrounded by colleagues and friends telling you to rest up since your injury, then listen to them. Our work ethic or sense of duty often makes us dismiss instructions to rest and take our time. However, when you have any sort of injury, whether it’s a sports injury or otherwise, it is important to listen to your body. Forcing yourself to move and put strain on the affected part of your body could lead to more complications later on. 

Do you require legal action?

While a court case might be the last thing we want in a period of unrest or uncertainty, it is often a sensible route to take. This is because an unexpected accident may cause you to take time off work or require expensive medical procedures. When you feel up to it, it might be a wise idea to sit down with a solicitor and see if you have a case for legal action. In particular, an injury from a car crash or an accident at work may require a solicitor’s advice. 

What constitutes as recovery for you will be very different to someone else who has experienced an unexpected injury. It’s, therefore, vital that you take a tailored approach. Taking time off to recover and sort out any compensation for healthcare payments are the best initial steps to take. Just like physical recovery, adapting to life throughout your time healing will take gradual steps. 

*Collaborative Post

Some Great Destinations To Visit Next Year

It’s always good to look forward to something. With summer behind us, it helps to start
planning your travel adventures for next year. That way, the cold winter months don’t have to
feel quite as tough; you can remind yourself that you’re getting closer and closer to next summer.

But where should you go for your next trip? Well, here are some great destinations to visit next year.

The skyline of modern-day Barcelona comprises of both contemporary skyscrapers and traditional architectural masterpieces. The city is proud of its history and culture, but it still embraces the future.

Barcelona, Spain.
A trip to Spain is well worth it. And if you’re looking for a particular part of this country to explore,
then Barcelona is a great option. It’s an absolutely beautiful city. If you’re looking for an exciting
destination to visit on your travels, then this should be at the top of your list. It’s an incredibly
creative and energetic place. You can thank Gaudi for that. He revolutionised the design of this
marvellous city a century ago, and his work can still be appreciated today. His colourful designs
feature throughout the streets of the city. But his greatest work is still under construction today.
How many future artists will be able to say that of their creations? This is in reference, of course,
to the Sagrada Familia. This breathtaking cathedral is an architectural masterpiece even in its
half-completed state. Hopefully, it’ll be finished within the next decade or so. Still, you’ll be able
to appreciate it in its current state. It’s beautiful.

Another great destination to visit next year is Singapore. This island city-state is extraordinary.
You might have visited megacities before, but this is in a league of its own. It’s both a city and a
country rolled into one. Skyscrapers cover the streets as far as the eye can see. The fantastic
Marina Bay Sands resort is definitely worth visiting, first. Even if you’re not a fan of gambling,
seeing these incredible buildings is an experience in itself. Have you ever seen three skyscrapers
with a ship perched on top of them? Well, you will if you visit this resort. There’s even an infinity
pool on top.

Singapore is a huge place. You might even want to get a holiday home there if you plan on
visiting it over and over again (and you certainly will plan on doing that). You could look into getting
an executive condominium. That could be a nice little home away from home.

There’s so much to explore on this massive island - one trip won’t be enough. There’s more to this
city than skyscrapers. You should visit the Gardens by the Bay. You can stroll along walkways
connecting huge tree-like structures in the middle of a gigantic garden. It’s a garden unlike
any other.

The Eiffel Tower is an iconic landmark that still dominates the skyline, even in
the face of modern skyscrapers that have risen in Paris’ financial district. It’s
an integral part of Parisian and French culture.

Paris, France.
Paris is one of the world’s most famous cities. Take a look at the picture above. Who wouldn’t be
able to identify that structure? The Eiffel Tower is an architectural marvel. And it’s one of the main
reasons as to why so many tourists flock to the city every year. People want to see this
fantastic landmark in person. If you think it looks impressive in photographs, you’ll be truly
astounded when you see it in real-life. It’s not just aesthetically captivating - there’s also a
wonderful Michelin-starred restaurant on the second floor. So, if you’re looking for a bite to
eat in one of the most famous landmarks on the planet, then this is the place to go.
The views are incredible, too, obviously.

Still, Paris is more than the Eiffel Tower. The capital city has so much to offer.

Other iconic landmarks are worth visiting, for starters, even if they’re not quite as famous
the Eiffel Tower. The Arc de Triomphe is a visually stunning and historically significant
structure that you certainly need to admire. It stands proudly at the centre of a busy
roundabout. That perfectly summarises this landmark; it has survived many historical events.
It endures, and that’s why it’s so important to the city of Paris. Of course,
if you want to go further than landmarks, you should explore some of Paris’ art galleries.
The Musee de Louvre is an iconic building that’s home to the Mona Lisa.

*Collaborative Post

Friday, 6 September 2019

3 Sure Fire Ways To Boost Your Confidence

You never know who may be lacking in confidence. People who struggle with their self esteem don’t always shy away from social situations, and may appear like the life and soul of every party they go to. While they may appear outwardly confident, they could be feeling acutely scared inside. If this sounds like you, you don’t have to suffer in silence or resign yourself to the fact that things will never change. You need to be proactive and look for ways that will boost your confidence. While confidence is a hugely personal thing, one of these three ideas might inspire you to give your confidence a boost.

Write Things Down

Some people aren’t the talkative type. While people say a problem shared is a problem halved, for some the mere thought of opening up to someone is panic inducing. Instead, consider writing things down. You could do this old school with a pen and paper, or you might like to find your own little patch of the Internet and start a blog. Your blog doesn’t have to be money making, it just needs to be a safe haven for your thoughts. Get yourself some decent hardware, and begin writing. If you have a Mac, look at how to update Mac OS Catalina so you have the fastest and easiest operating system to use. For Windows, ensure you have the 2019 platform. Enjoy writing down your ideas, worries, thoughts and rants if it helps. Before long, you may find people in the same boat commenting on your posts. This can make you feel like you’re not alone.

Do Something New

Sometimes we lack confidence because we feel stuck in a rut. If that’s you, then change things up a little bit. Forget getting in after work to watch TV every night and do something more worthwhile with your time. Head out for dinner with pals, take up a new hobby or enjoy pottering about in the garden. If you fancy trying out a martial art, sign up for a free session. If the gym appeals, get a basic membership and give it a go. Or if you have always wanted to learn Spanish, head to an evening class. Your free time can be as full and as satisfying as you make it. As you meet new people, and make new friends, your confidence will grow.

Get A New Look

While it’s a little cliched, getting a new haircut, heading to a spa or changing your wardrobe can boost your confidence. If you’ve had the same long bob for a decade, go shorter. It can be freeing and liberating to make people’s heads turn for all the right reasons. Your friends and family will begin paying you compliments which can help you stand with your shoulders back and boost your confidence.

If you are naturally shy, or struggle in social situations, don’t allow this to be a hindrance to you. Take things slowly, invite a pal along with you to anything new, and enjoy experimenting with your image. Use these ideas to inspire a new confident you.