Knee high boots and I have an odd relationship, When I was younger, I felt they were way too sexy for someone like me to wear. By the time my confidence kicked in, I was very overweight and could not find any that would fit my chubby calves.

I bought some with the intention of losing weight and I actually did perhaps motivated by the killer knee high boots in black. I wore them everywhere and they were so comfy I even used them in the house as possibly the most stylish pair of slippers ever. I wore them so much that eventually they became very tatty.

I was delighted when I was asked to review a pair from of knee high boots from JDWilliams.

I love boots of all types. At college I never wore anything else and people used to comment on that as part of my quirky character. So I had good fun looking at the diverse range of boots on the JDWilliams website. I was also really impressed to see that they cater for ladies with small or big calves – inspired!

It took me a while to decide but look at these beauties!

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They are so classy and arrived in beautiful packaging and feel like such a treat for my feet.

It was lovely to have a little nudge from Mich about reasons to be cheerful. So what are the happy things in my world this week?

1. I had an appraisal at work and got in a bit of a tizz about it in advance. It went well and has made me feel more settled. I even have some money to spend on my own training now so am going to have fun looking around for interesting opportunities.

2. I feel there is more balance in my life. It’s still not quite the dream but I am working towards it all the time. I am being more selfish and I think that is probably long overdue. If you go unappreciated, you may as well stop trying, right?

3. The children are fine. I think we all could do with a holiday so need to think about that.

4. So far I am not falling for the Christmas hype. The children are older so I really think I will keep Christmas very simple this year. We may even go and volunteer somewhere for part of the day as a family.

5. This year I feel able to wear a poppy which means I have forgiven and forgotten recent events but have learned again to honour our veterans including my father and grandfather. Healing is lovely when it comes.

6. I have given up on fairy tale happy endings that rely on other people. I am going to create my own and has daft as it sounds I am actively enjoying the journey.

7. I find less things get to me. It seems in middle age, I will finally feel a sense of peace and self-love.

Will that do?


Learning how to make friends is something all children go through as part of their development. But not all children get the cues that another child wants to make friends. No parents want to see their children grow up without friends, so it’s natural to make an effort to help them along.

As a general rule, the worst thing a parent can do in this situation is to talk about it openly. It’s rare that starting a conversation about their children’s lack of friends or pressuring their children to make a change will help shy or reluctant children. Here are some tips to help your kids make friends without being obvious about it.

Work on Basic Manners

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Being polite is something that kids should learn, and parents can make sure their kids do by reinforcing niceties when appropriate. It’s also important to encourage children to share what they have with others. Sharing encourages a sense of community and friendship with others, and it shows children how to create a bond with another human being. Toys are also tools for teaching sharing skills. Toys made for multiple users are helpful in showing young children how cooperation works, and board games made for older kids create a sense of camaraderie.

Keep Appearances Neat and Clean

Kids tend to be visual when it comes to judging both surroundings and people. When they see a playmate who doesn’t look quite put together, kids interpret it as a signal that the other child is different. This can lead to avoidance and even bullying. That doesn’t mean kids need to dress in the latest fashions, but as a general rule, they should dress in clothes that match, change regularly, and keep their clothes relatively clean.
Parents can help kids fit in and keep up appearances by teaching them the importance of looking decent for school. It never hurts to give kids a reward in the form of new clothing, but there’s no need to purchase name brand clothes at full price in order to encourage kids to look good. Coupons can help parents buy something nice for their children’s school wardrobe without paying full price.

Host and Attend Parties

Getting together a group of kids presents an opportunity for your child to socialize and make friends. Kids typically want to invite people they like or kids they want to get to know. What they might not realize is that they can also exercise their social skills and learn how to make friends. While they most likely won’t make best friends with everyone that comes to the party, kids can leave the party with the knowledge of how to interact with and learn about others.

All children are different in how they learn how to make friends. As a parent, you can use your influence to help your kids gain necessary interaction skills that serve them well now and later in life.

Premium freshly pressed juice brand, James White Drinks, has answered the prayers of ginger drink fans everywhere with the launch of its unique Organic Ginger Zinger Shot, which is guaranteed to revitalise the senses with its fiery zing!

This is ginger for the true ginger lover – a 7cl shot for purists, made with 26% crushed ginger juice, 57% apple juice and 17% water and absolutely nothing else. The Ginger Zinger gives off some serious heat, enough to give you a real jolt and is a great alternative to caffeine loaded coffees and energy drinks. It’s also 100% natural (no nasty preservatives, artificial colours or flavours) and certified organic by The Soil Association.

The characteristic flavour and aroma of the ginger comes from three volatile oils, namely: gingerols, shogaols and zingerone – hence the Ginger Zinger!

Apart from the taste, another factor that makes James White Drinks’ latest development so interesting is the use of pressed ginger juice, rather than ginger flavourings. The taste is quite distinct as the heat from real ginger comes more slowly and less intensively than expected. It is softer but, with 26% of the new Ginger Zinger made of ginger juice, when the zing arrives you definitely know about it!

The benefits of ginger date back thousands of years and are widely known and published to include relief from nausea and arthritis, along with the immune system boosting benefits.

James White Organic Ginger Zinger is available now, with an RRP of £1.49 for a handy 7cl shot, which can be kept in your bag or pocket ready to give you that intense pick up.

Stockists include Amazon and Planet Organic and it can also be purchased online at www.jameswhite.co.uk.

There are tons of different tools, brands, and plugins you could choose to work with to run your website, but not all have your best interest in mind. Some brands only want to sell a product without providing customer service, while others spend the money on dubious causes that help the rich in Silicon Valley. However, there are a few companies on the web that give back along with providing a great customer experience. Here are three brands to try when launching your website.

Host Your Website on GoDaddy to Support STEM

GoDaddy is one of the most popular and affordable web hosting companies on the market. They make it easy for your website to go live and have the security protocols to keep it running against any possible attacks or scammers. This gives your blog or website a clean, professional feel that will make users want to visit it.
Considering GoDaddy needs to stay on top of industry trends to be competitive in the digital market, it makes sense that their charitable giving involves technology. They work with various organizations that promote STEM, education, and entrepreneurship to tap into the next generation’s great minds and ideas. Working with them means investing in tomorrow’s next big ideas.

Shutterfly Is Great at Photo Storage and Community Involvement

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Shutterfly offers photo storage on their app, which is great for bloggers who snap photos on the go and quickly fill up their phone capacity. High quality images draw readers in and make sharing easier. Plus, this website is a go-to for ordering prints and sending gifts to friends and family. However, they offer more than just tools for bloggers. The Shutterfly Foundation is run by employee volunteers and has been creating good within communities since 2006.

Through monetary donations and organizational assistance, the Shutterfly Foundation works to make communities happier and safer for the residents who live there. This might mean building a playground for kids or a vegetable community garden where families can grow their own food. Shutterfly makes sure the communities they visit are brighter and better off because of their help.

Write Reviews and Send Readers to Taste of Groupon

Local food bloggers are often the first to try new restaurants and share their opinions with audiences. The business appreciates the press while the audiences run to try the hot new spot in town. Now, bloggers can increase the value of their reviews to both parties by linking restaurant reviews to Groupon deals and coupons.
Groupon has partnered with Feeding America to donate one meal every time a customer buys an offer. This is just one part of their Groupon Grassroots movement, which tries to give back to local communities in the area. So far, more than 1,500 campaigns have been started through the Groupon Grassroots movement, and more than $8 million has been donated to local causes. This means buying from Groupon is a great way to save money while helping those around you.

Talking of discounts and voucher codes, do check out Deals Queen as soon as you can.

Now you can start growing your site traffic and engagement all the while knowing you’re helping others in need.