• Snag Tights – The first tights that fit me

    Am I the last to know about this brand? Possibly. But I really didn’t believe that there would be tights that would fit my body. Big enough and comfortable enough to fit my thighs and bum but also tight enough around my ankles.

    When Snag Tights first caught my eye it was through the instagram page of Sally – cuttinnstickin who I found on the off chance because I saw she had the same hair as me, then I saw the tights on her and thought they looked incredible.

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    Don’t they look fabulous?

    I went straight to their site to look at the different tights and the price. To my surprise they were really good value. The ones I really liked were the colourful ones which are £6.99 each.

    I then noted they have automatic discounts added if you buy multiple pairs:

    • 10% off for 3 or more items
    • 15% off for 5 or more items
    • 25% off for 10 or more items

    I love companies that are affordable AND great quality. It really proves that you can cater for all without slamming on a huge pricetag! Especially when we are all trying to save money.

    I ordered 5 pairs, a black pair, Builders Tea (beige), Raspberry Pie (Dark Pink), Burgundy and Pumpkin Spice (Burnt Orange).

    I received them wrapped in lovely tissue paper and within 3 days of ordering.

    I decided I needed to put them on for work the next day and popped on the Raspberry Pie pair with an all black outfit.

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    This sounds silly but they really lifted my spirits. A dash of colour to brighten my (and all my colleagues) day.

    My first thoughts

    I pulled them on and I was initially worried I wouldn’t get them over my bum, then when they went over easily I then realised that they also fit my thighs well.

    They seems really stretchy and nice fitting, really quite comfortable.

    I do have incredibly small ankles for my size so I wasn’t sure they would fit both my bum and the weird sized ankles I have but they did.

    Any negatives?

    I am only 5ft 2 and I probably should have gone with the size below as I do think these are a little too long for my 26 inch legs. However, this isn’t the biggest issues. At least I can pull them up to my bra line so they stay put.

    The positives though?

    Well they outweigh any negative really as they did 2 things that other tights don’t do.

    They stayed up. They didn’t fall down taking my knickers with them like they did in John Lewis C. 2010 (oh this was so embrassing…)

    They were easy to go loo in. Other tights take FOREVER to pull back up after having a wee. These were almost like leggings with feet in which is great as I wear leggings literally every single day.

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    Snag Tights in Burgundy

    My final thoughts

    It has been such a pleasure to try these tights out for myself now and see what the fuss is about because the hype is real. These are great tights.

    I think I will be buying all the colours in the future because these already have bought me joy.

    For reference, I am 5ft 2, I am a size 24/26 with a big bum and thighs and I am wearing size F. I might try the smaller size just to see if they will fit me in the length better.

    Have you tried Snag Tights yet?

    Will you?

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    Growing my side hustle: Blogging and selling online

    I have been a hobby blogger since 2010 and have never really made any money from it. In the last 12 months I have been increasing my side hustle from online selling and want to try and do more.

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    It started last March when Claire started her new job. Since the changes in her health she took a job which was (meant to be) less stressful which meant a reduction in salary of £400 a month. Although my salary can cover this we knew it was going to be tight if we didn’t try and make some additional cash and to introduce something that was an easy side hustle.

    The Side Hustle decision

    There are a number of ways in which you can make money in your spare time. I knew that it had to be something I could do at home as I wanted to spend as much time with my wife as I could and I thought it might be nice to be able to do it without a bra on too!

    The way I came to my decision was to look at what I could do or may have done already.

    The obvious thing was to have a clear-out and sell my stuff. Car boot sales had not yet started in our area so ebay is a tried and tested way of selling goods online.

    We did a big clear out of things, took photo’s and started to upload them. I already had good lighting from my blog pictures and things started to sell quickly.

    We looked for ebay sellers on youtube to see if this was a viable option and found there was a huge reseller community of people who were buying things at a discounted price or second hand and selling it for profit.

    I knew that this was something I could try and I watched countless videos of resellers and really did my research.

    Starting small I started buying things I liked and I knew would make a quick profit and it worked. I created a business account as soon as I started selling anything I bought (this is a requirement of ebay rules) and made sure I logged everything that was incoming and outgoing.

    I found I had a really good eye for ladies fashion so I focussed my energy on that with every penny I made being ploughed straight in to replenishing my stock.

    In 2018 I didn’t manage to make any profit from ebay as I was growing the business and at the back end of the year I took a step back when my mum passed away.

    How I want to grow my side hustle in 2019

    Since starting my online ebay business I realise that you can really make a lot of money and the profits will come if I keep building the stock and listing regularly.

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    My ebay goal for 2019

    For 2019 the plan is to double the amount of listings that we have on Ebay by August and to open another business account for anything bric-a-brac and another for toys to keep them separate.

    Knowing what I know now I am sure this is achievable.

    The profit I would like to make this year is between £1000 and £5000 – although a lot of my profit seems to go back in to stock, on fees and on expenses.

    My blog goal for 2019

    I would also like to grow my blog so that I can create more sponsored content.

    My blog is my space on the internet that I have grown and nurtured since 2010. It’s somewhere I can be myself, have my say and share my experiences so I would like to develop that in to something more profitable.

    There is real opportunity to create sponsored content that is still you and uses your voice even if this seems a challenge. Many bloggers do this every day and I am keen to harness this.

    Growing followers naturally too is something I would like to do and I will be taking Vix Meldrew’s email marketing course to help me with growing and maintaining a loyal audience.

    My overall goal would to be able to make £1000 from sponsored content and to grow my DA to over 30 (it hovers between 27 & 29)

    The first steps are to make my blog look better and easier to navigate. I want to really focus in on what I am trying to portray and the messages I am choosing.

    Do you have a side hustle?

    What do you do to make extra cash?

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    Life Update: Grieving, home buying, health

    If you don’t follow me on social media you may not have known about the updates happening in my life over the last 6 months.

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    Lump update

    You may remember that I had a lump and was being tested for sarcoma. A rare cancer.

    I went for an MRI scan a couple of weeks after the initial ultrasound as they were not sure what it might be.

    I can confirm that the MRI (which was absolutely horrible) showed it was a fatty lump. I do not have cancer.

    I really want to thank Em from Oh Gosh Blog for all her support and comfort during this time for me. Please check out her blog. She is amazing!

    Mum update

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    If you’re a long time follower you will know my mum had kidney failure and was on dialysis 4 times a week, waiting for a new kidney.

    Unfortunately she didn’t get the transplant and her heart couldn’t cope so sadly, in November 2018, she passed away.

    I’m not really ready to talk about it yet, it’s still really painful. I miss her so much and I am literally devastated.

    I am grieving so differently from when my dad passed. I am ok a lot of the time but I cry every single day because I want to call her. I can’t describe the pain of losing your mum if you’re close and for it to happen as quick as it did. The grief is huge right now and I am just letting it run it’s course.

    And of course, my wonderful wife has been a pillar of strength by my side. Literally couldn’t have done this without her.

    Moving house

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    Of course, this was a complete shock.

    We have been talking about moving closer to my in-laws (they all live within 100 yards of each other) because, although only a mile away we want to be closer. We don’t want children but adore our nieces and nephews and my parent-in-laws are not getting younger.

    Losing mum has made me want to be closer to them.

    Where they live is primarily council houses so it’s very rare that properties come up so we thought we might look at any houses that come up.

    With mum’s passing our financial situation has changed which means that we didn’t have to sell the house we live in now, which is Claire’s.

    I am a first time buyer so when we saw a house in the area that was a perfect price we decided I would just go for it on my own…and apparently I am now adult enough to have a mortgage.

    We have been accepted on a property and we have a mortgage agreement in principle so we just need to go for the full application.

    Fingers crossed it all goes through!

    Work update

    I’m still loving my job. I have been here for 15 months now and I am happy here. But it is stressful.

    Recently I have been having to meet deadlines with everything else that is going on and it’s putting a lot of stress on to me.

    Apparently, now I am 38, stress goes to my lower back!

    It’s agony.

    I never knew how debilitating back ache was till I had it.

    Still stressed, working long long hours but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel so I’m not too worried.

    General overview

    There have been a lot of ups and downs the last 6 months and although I am a positive person on the whole I can honestly say I am struggling at the moment.

    I know things will get better. I am a firm believer of looking forward and taking things a day at a time. Allowing myself to feel emotions, all of them and just making sure I listen to my own mind and what it might need.

    If you do follow my blog keep an eye out on more moving blogs, setting up our new home etc.

    I can’ wait to show you all what that looks like.

    Is there anything you would like me to cover in future posts?

    How has your last 6 months been?

    Can you recommend any good home blogs in the UK?

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    3 Tips for Guarding Yourself Against Future Chaos


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    It’s just one of those uncomfortable facts of life, that we all face misfortune from time to time. While things may seem great, and carefree, in any given moment, there is always the risk that our cars will break down unexpectedly, will get hit by a bill or expense we forgot about, or that something more serious will happen to throw us off track.

    It can be easy to bury our heads in the sand as a way of coping with the uncertainty, and fear that this kind of chaos inevitably brings. The bottom line, though, is that we do not defend ourselves from any issues, or potential dramas, by ignoring them.

    Life is always going to be a bit unpredictable, and from time to time things will get chaotic, and we will struggle.

    The important thing to remember is that we can always take steps to help protect ourselves from the impact of future chaos and to ensure that we are in a position to react appropriately.

    So, here are some tips for guarding yourself against future chaos.

    Sign up to the right policies and services

    This first point should be quite obvious, although a surprising number of people fail to take it seriously.

    Whatever kind of chaotic events you are trying to guard against in the future, it is highly likely that there is some paid policy, or service, that has been tailor-made specifically to address that potential issue.

    Some of these policies and services will be things you are legally required to have, depending on the country you’re in. Car insurance, for example, is typically mandatory.

    All the same, the level of cover provided by different services will vary, along with their affordability. Using a service such as One Sure Insurance, if you’re a van owner, might go a long way towards protecting you against future troubles.

    Take a somewhat “minimalist” approach to life – limit how many things you rely on

    “Minimalism” has been a hot trend in the last few years. For one reason or another, many of us feel that we just have too much “stuff” that doesn’t add sufficient value to our lives.

    Regardless of how seriously you do or don’t take the decluttering process in your own home though, it’s worth taking a somewhat “minimalist” approach to life, in terms of limiting the number of things you rely on.

    Certain technologies will enrich your life disproportionately – and you should certainly benefit from these. But avoid becoming overly dependent on things that offer only marginal benefit, and that are here today, but might disappear tomorrow.

    Always set aside some money in your budget for a “rainy day”

    One of the number one rules of budgeting, is that you should set aside some money “for a rainy day.”

    The thing is, this is easier said than done. Many people will put aside money into a “general savings” pot, but will fail to specify the conditions under which it’s acceptable to use that money.

    That means that the odds are high that those “savings” will disappear bit by bit, whenever you feel like treating yourself.

    Instead, specify exactly what a “rainy day” looks like, and what it’s acceptable to spend that money on.

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    2019 in TV – What have I watched so far*

    It’s been a fantastic year for TV already and now that Sky have the Netflix app we have been watching so much more than normal and wanted to give a round up of our faves.

    As we settle down in front of our TV one of the Oled televsions Panasonic, we have been enjoying the following shows:

    Call the Midwife – Netflix – Series 1-5 (Series 6 is a Christmas Special)

    This is a BBC drama set in the 1950s about a team of Midwives that live and work in the Poplars district in London. It depicts life at the time for mothers and families living in the area and is originally based on a true story.

    We LOVE this show, in particular the first two series which were based on the books and real life story of Jenny.

    We gave this a 5 star review and would recommend it to people who enjoy shows like Downton Abbey or Period Dramas.

    You -Netflix – Series 1

    A dark semi-humourous show set in America about a bookstore owner who develops a stalkerish obsession with a girl who comes in to his store.

    This got rave reviews in the twittersphere but I only gave it a 3 star.

    I found it creepy and unrealistic. For me this was ok but not up my street. I doubt I will catch the second series, if there is one.

    Luther – BBC – Series 5

    SUCH A HUGE FAN OF LUTHER!

    Luther is a Crime Drama and is based primarily in London. Very spooky and gritty.

    Loved all the series so far and although I wasn’t a fan of the ending of this one I still really enjoyed this series.

    I gave this a 4 Star review as it let me down slightly at the end.

    Sex Education – Netflix – Series 1

    A story about a teenage boy in what seems to be the UK but the backdrop is very similar to the U.S. (very confusing). You can’t even tell what era it is, all you know is they dress like the 80s / 90s but they have smart phones. Very clever and his mum who is a sex therapist.

    For me, this was one of the best things I watched in January. It had humour and drama and had a really clever twist on a teen-based series.

    I can’t wait for the second series (PLEASE BE A SECOND SERIES). 5 Stars!!!

    Everything Sucks – Netflix – Series 1

    Another teen drama, a sort of coming of age story based in America. The story is based around a freshman boy who fall in love with the principals daughter. She and him both belong to the AV club and the story follows the ups and downs of their relationship.

    I really enjoyed this and I am quite sad that there doesn’t seem to be another series on the cards.

    Definitely worth the watch though. I gave this 5 stars also.

    Love Sick (formally Scrotal Recall) – Netflix – Series 1-3

    If you love British Rom Coms (Bridget Jones, Love Actually, Notting Hill) you will be a MASSIZE fan of this show.

    The story follows a man who has just found out he has an STD and he needs to contact everyone he has had sex with to inform them that they need to get tested.

    Each of the episodes shows the original encounter but also is interlinked with the story of him and his best friend, Evie.

    Again, a corker of a show. 5 stars.

    Girlboss – Netflix – Series 1

    Sophia is trying to decide what she is going to do with her life when she finds a vintage jacket for $9 and manages to sell it on ebay for $600+

    She realises there is a market for vintage clothes online and sets about setting up her own ebay store that is vintage with a difference.

    This is a real life story based on the owner of Nasty Gal clothing.

    As someone who has a clothing ebay store I really identified with Sophia and found I was even more motivated to improve my own ebay business.

    I would recommend this to someone who enjoys a rags to riches story but also needs that motivation to be their own boss.

    Again, 5 stars!

    Next up on our list is Russian Doll on Netflix. Have heard good things!

    What is on your list? Comment below or share with me on my Social Media

    *this post has been sponsored however all my opinions are my own.

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