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The benefits of blogging – Simone’s story

The benefits of blogging vary from blogger to blogger. Some travel, some make money and some write for therapy. I was delighted when Simone from Midlands Trade agreed to share her blogging journey with me. Why did you start to blog? I started blogging a long time ago when I was finishing

Gin fizz cocktail recipe

Ramos gin fizz cocktail Serves one. Put 60ml gin, 15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice, 15ml freshly squeezed lime juice, 250ml sugar syrup, 3 drops of vanilla extract, 1 egg white and 25ml double cream in a cocktail shaker and shake hard. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled glass and

Birthday Reasons To Be Cheerful

Welcome to m birthday reasons to be cheerful. You find me sitting in front of the telly watching "This Morning" and snuggling up with the puppy. I have a cold so am sniffling too but I am cheerful.   It was my birthday a couple of days ago and it was a

Making your home extra special for the festive season

Making your home a star-studded social media phenomenon this Christmas is vital. This time of year proves to be the ideal opportunity to show off your perfectly decorated home to all of your followers, and create the ultimate Christmassy feed that will look aesthetically pleasing on your profile at the

Top tips for finding bargains

My top tips for finding bargains come from years of practice. Sometimes I have not had much spare cash at all and so Have had to be thrifty. However, I must admit that I do love the thrill of getting a bargain even when there is money in the bank. Where

100 Truths Blogger Tag

I was tagged in a new blogger tag by the wonderful Jaki from https://jakijellz.comIt is ages since I did a tag thingy and it’s great to come across new ones. I would love to know what you knew already and which bits surprise you! 1 What’s your name? Alison - that's your first surprise 2 Any

How Does Vaping Work? A Scientist Explains

Vaping is the new kid on the block. Vaping provides a controlled release of your preferred vapour flavour without the smell and smoke of traditional cigarettes. Used as a cleaner alternative to smoking or as cigarette replacement for those looking to give up the habit, it's seen as fun and

My Fashion Choices Over the Years

My Fashion choices over the years vary a lot. I was blessed with a mum who was brilliant at putting clothes and textures together. She had real style as my husband commented when he first met her. She could rock sparkles and I always loved her in a smart blazer

The dangers of social smoking

The dangers of social smoking may well be on your mind as we are in Christmas party season. I am a non-smoker and my husband smokes heavily. We have struggled to navigate that difference over the years with me hating the health and financial implications of smoking. Even though my

My Adults Only Escape

My Adults Only Escape is a little fantasy of mine when it all gets too much. I grew up as an only child in a way despite having much older brothers and I can feel overwhelmed with too many people around sometimes. There are days where the housework seems never-ending

Compassion and Generosity from the Heart

In the modern world, it can become all too easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget about the people around us. As good citizens, we try to care for those close to us, but how often do you stop to think about your own impact on

Car seat safety tips

Sponsored post Your children matter to you so much so it is important to make sure you are aware of the law and car seat safety tips. Take proper care and you won't need the general accident contact number when things go wrong. Since 1983 it has been compulsory to wear a

White Chocolate Truffles with Cranberry

I think you will be tempted by these white chocolate truffles in a wonderful recipe from Berryworld. White chocolate truffles Smooth and delectable, the combination of sharp cranberries, creamy white chocolate and zesty orange make these a wonderful taste sensation as well as a perfect Christmas gift or after dinner treat.   What you

Celebrating a happy day

I am celebrating a happy day. Not that long ago in life terms, I used to have to really dig deep to find happiness in a week never mind one single day. That is before I got treatment for my depression and started working my way back to who I

Win an IAMS Bundle and help your pets feel great

Would you like to win an IAMS Bundle for your pet? As we step into Winter we want to look and feel our best, opting for healthier ingredients which will provide help us live an active lifestyle. As a nation of animal lovers, it’s only natural that we would also want