LOTD are an up-and-coming Manchester-based fashion brand. I had not heard of them before but I am so glad that I have now.

They offered to help me work on my style and let’s fact it I need all the assistance I can get on that front. It is so easy to live in scruffs when working from home and living in the countryside. However, I do know that making that bit of an extra effort on the fashion front really can make you feel so much better about yourself.

Fashion Brand

The very first thing to catch my eye were some red boots with buckles and lots of detailing. I loved the embellishment and the practical nature of the low heel.

Of course once I had gone bright with the boots I was on a roll and my next choice was a silver biker jacket. I do love a biker jacket as I think they always are fashionable and turn heads especially if in a vibrant colour.

That’s not me by the way. Suffice to say that even the extra large was a little tight so my daughter whipped it away from me very quickly. I have to admit she looks amazing in it.

Moving on, I needed something amazing to go with those boots and chose some trousers with a split knee. I have always fancied distressed jeans and have never had the courage to wear them. These are a nice compromise for the larger lady I think although they would suit smaller figures too.

I think you will be surprised by the prices paid for these items. The boots were just a tenner and the silver jacket came in at 20 pounds. The leggings were only ten pounds too. This is really great style at super value prices and so easy to order online.

LOTD connect with girls and women alike who want to feel good in what they are wearing so I know I will be buying from them for both myself and my teenage daughter. Apparently LOTD have hundreds of new clothes featured every week so if I was you I would be checking them out regularly.

As for the red boots, they are super comfortable and I get comments on them when I am out and about.

 

 

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Are you experiencing debt problems? Perhaps you are scared every time the postman comes with letters demanding payments or you might have suffered the shame of doorstep collectors and bailiffs.

Causes of debt problems

Most debt problems come about not through over-spending as such but rather through an unexpected change of circumstances whether that be a job loss, a new baby or illness. There should not be a stigma around money troubles but unfortunately there is. This means people don’t talk about things with others so everyone thinks they are the only ones leading to feelings of isolation and despair.

Personal experiences of debt

I first got out of my depth as a student at a time when credit was too readily available in my opinion and to youngsters who had no financial education to guide them.

I got my issues sorted out with the help of Citizens Advice and later became a money advice officer with them first as a volunteer and then on a paid basis.

Money advice

Usually, we would help individuals and families to work out how much was coming in and how much they were spending. We would look at methods for increasing income and curtailing unnecessary expenditure. Then we would make pro-rata offers to their creditors after sorting out priority debts such as housing costs and fuel bills.

The issue with some of these plans was that they could go on for many months or years. It can be difficult to keep going  when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Individual Voluntary Arrangements

There are other options available to tackle debt problems such as IVA’s where you can be debt free in 6 years and as much as 75% of what you owecan be written off. Of course, every way of dealing with debt has its advantages and disadvantages so you do need to consider things carefully including the pros and cons of IVA and whether they suit your individual circumstances.

 

This is a collaborative post with https://www.talkaboutdebt.co.uk

 

 

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My Random Musings

Have you ever sent a love letter or perhaps you have received one? Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day so I am using that as a neat little hook so that we can all feel the love but in a bit of a different way.

Love Letter

So as ever, we would love you to link up any post about how you are making you life more positive.

If you really want to go for it and take up my challenge, it would melt my heart if you could link up a love letter to yourself. I know this will be difficult to tackle for some readers but I also think it is a really worthwhile exercise to do. Write it in a way you see fit – some of you may want do a poem and of course prose is wonderful too.

Just in case you need a little help to get you started, try these questions.

1. What physical feature of yours is particularly attractive?
2. What qualities and personality traits make you loveable?
3. What skills do you have that you are really proud of?
4. What challenge have you overcome in the most inspiring way?
5. What gets in the way of you loving yourself as much as you should?

If you blog about how you are improving your life one baby step at a time, please link up with us. You don’t have to answer the questions or even think about them so long as you have a post about positive life change, you are welcome to the Best Boot Forward linky.

BESTBOOTFORWARD LINKY RULES:

1. Add a backlink to this post using #bestbootforward and fear not, our badge is coming soon!

2. Please comment on this post and the one from Chloe at Indigo Wilderness and at least one other. Obviously the more you comment, the better and it is a super way to get to know other people and to interest them in your blog.

3. Link as many posts as you like so long as they are about you moving your life forward positively in some way.

4. The linky is open for a week so there is plenty of time to link up.

5. Tag myself @kateonthinice and Chloe at @IndigoChlo on Twitter for a Retweet with #Bestbootforward

Link up below and we would LOVE to have you!


Is it time for a change in your life? Are you eager to make both small and large improvements to who you are? You might think that this is going to be a strenuous and difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some easy ways that you can build a brighter you without thinking about it too much or over stressing about what it could mean.

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Learn A New Language

Learning a new language is a great way to better yourself for a variety of reasons. First, it will allow you to communicate and interact with new cultures and people. Second, it will make you a more useful figure in the society of a world where each country is quickly becoming a melting pot of different cultures and languages. Third, it is a fantastic way to expand your knowledge and, surprisingly enough it can be quite easy, particularly when you are young. When you’re young, your mind is like a sponge, and all it takes to learn a new language is for you to be around it. So, if you want to learn French, you may want to consider spending a few months over in Paris. Of course, if you don’t have time to travel, you can also think about simply picking up an audio CD or downloading an MP3. Believe it or not, a lot of people find that it is possible to learn a new language this way in just a matter of months.

Kick A Bad Habit

Do you have a monkey on your back? Perhaps it’s time to shake it off and improve various aspects of your life all at the same time. The problem with a bad habit is that it doesn’t just impact one aspect of your world, it causes several issues. Take drinking as an example. When you drink, you are not just hurting your body or more specifically, your liver. You are affecting your mind, and as an alcohol addiction becomes more severe, the impact on the mind grows increasingly worse. Eventually, you will reach the point where you feel like a completely different person, and that’s just the beginning. Even a small dependency on alcohol can have a dramatic effect on your bank balance and your social life. You might think that quitting the addiction is the greatest issue here. But actually, it’s alcohol recovery that is your greatest problem. That’s why if you are tackling a major bad habit like this, you should seek out help, guidance and support.

Write A List

What list are we talking about here? It could be anything from a list of goals that you have set for yourself to a list of places that you’d like to visit one day. By putting information like this in a list, you are sending the message to yourself that one day you would like to make it happen. Just the action of writing down the words will make the result far more likely to occur.

We hope that you take this advice on board and use it to improve yourself in easy ways that will have a massive impact.

 

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You learn a lot when you become a blogger. One of the benefits of blogging for me is learning about things I did not know enough about. This includes special educational needs. It is so inspirational how parents share their stories so openly and do their utmost to support other families. Blogging about special educational needs matters and I am delighted to share my interview with Ann Hickman who writes Rainbows are too beautiful  and was a finalist in the BAPS SEND Blog Awards 2017. Ann is also Britmums SEND Round-Up Editor and contributes posts to The Mighty Site and Huffington Post

Why did you start to blog?

It really was a spur of the moment decision.  I was in the playground one day with my autistic son and for the first time ever he played with another child for a few minutes without my help.  Sounds small, but for me, having a nearly non-verbal five year old, it seemed amazing.  I wanted to tell someone about it.  After I got home I googled ‘start a blog’ and wrote my first post that afternoon.  I wrote several times a week about the little things and then it just sort of expanded.  

As my sons and family grew I was being asked for advice by people and I thought I actually had a bunch of information and experience in my head that others might like to know so started sharing helpful information too as well as our stories.

How did you feel when you started blogging?

Excited.  It was new and something I’d never done before.  The blog never really ‘took off’, just slowly built up.

How do you feel about blogging today?

I enjoy it. I think about what I want to write about.  I feel less pressure to write all the time which is nice.  I also love that it brings me friendships and opportunities such as speaking and writing, that I value very much. 

What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?

It’s the small things, like helping others when they feel alone or changing an opinion.  Last year I responded to a journalist who wrote about a disabled child in a restaurant.  My post changed her opinion of kids like mine and that’s something I’m proud to have done. 

What is the most exciting event you have attended as a blogger?

Oooh.  I’m the Britmums SEND Editor at the moment, so I like attending the Britmums events.  But it’s probably going to the BAPS Awards.  It’s a smaller blogging awards especially for special educational needs bloggers.  As a group we don’t tend to get out much as out kids can need specialised help sometimes and it’s wonderful to meet up with these bloggers – that’s always the highlight for me at most events. 

Do you monetize your blog and, if so, how?

Very little. I include helpful information, services and products in my posts which come with a payment or in exchange for goods. These are sometimes reviews and sometimes links.  I turn down things that don’t fit in with our blog and our readers – making money is not what my blog is about. 

What do you find most challenging about blogging?

I blog about some quite sensitive topics.  Sometimes the real things I’d like to publish I don’t.  I sometimes read them out to my other half to tell me if it’s ok or not. 

What surprised you most about blogging?

I liked it! I’m still doing two and half years later and I didn’t think about that when I started.   

How do you balance blogging and family life?

This can be a hard one.  Being mindful helps and asking what do I want to do now?

What would lead to you giving up blogging?

If I didn’t like it anymore.  I like positive reinforcement and if things start to go down hill, I tend to jump ship with everything except family and friends. 

What is your top tip for a new or inexperienced blogger?

Enjoy it. Figure out what you like and what’s important to you and your blog and try to stick with it. 

Huge thanks to Ann for sharing her blogging journey with us. Do you have a story about blogging that you would like to share with me?

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