Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Cut your Bills - How to Spend Less!

So the wolf is at the door huh? As the credit crunch bites harder for a lot of us, it may be time to seriously look at where you can make a few simple savings that aren't difficult to put in place. Take a look at my tips on how to spend less and you will find you can save a bit more...

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Citric Acid - The demon within

So it's coming up to spring time and you are still suffering from sore throats and snivels? Have you been taking that vitamin C and drinking a bucket load of orange juice? Think again - you may be harming yourself more than you know...

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Chocolates, Hearts and Overpriced Flowers

I am going to come across as a cynical twisted old crow of a woman when you read this but those who know me know that this cannot be further from the truth. I absolutely hate Valentine's Day and I feel like a romantic leper if I announce this in company because everyone else in the world seems to find it fantastic. Except of course if you are single, widowed or suffering a break up - then you probably hate it as much as I do!
The weird thing is that whether I am loved up or single, I have always felt the same about Valentine's Day because I think it forces such false emotion between couples. Some women I know only get flowers once a year and that once falls on February 14th. It is hardly a surprise gesture when you are expecting it! The other 364 days a year, their partners fail to show any romance but suddenly feel compelled to turn into the milk tray man and join the masses of Valentine's day. It is ludicrous to force such behaviours but year upon year, the general public are sucked into paying for overpriced roses. Check my article out for a jumbo sized rant about why I think Valentine's Day is nothing to celebrate...

Quit working and live like a millionaire

I am fed up of getting emails from total strangers or fraudsters offering to deposit ridiculous sums of money into my bank account. Lately, I am getting emails from a firm that is dealing with unclaimed inheritance telling me that I have been left nearly a million pounds by a long lost relative who lived in India. Ahemmmm. I think not. Tell me, do you honestly think that people follow up on these scammy spammy emails? One person in particular is bugging me at the moment and he goes by the somewhat ridiculous name of Mr Gatuso Bird. Mr Bird is persistent in his communication with me because he feels that he has an offer I cannot refuse.Instead of getting angry, I have gotten creative, so please click on the title and take a look at this little poem - it is dedicated to all my blog fans that share the same irritations as me on the subject!

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Annoying things people say because they can't be arsed to speak properly

Is it just me or do you get eternally pissed off when people cannot be bothered to speak properly. I am specifically referring to their mis choice of words. I have a friend who says to me regularly 'Will you borrow me that dress?' or 'Can you learn me how to do that?'
It drives me up the wall and no matter how many times I try to correct her she still does it.
Another friend of mine cannot pronounce 'fifth'. He refers to his birthday being on the Fift of March. The 'th' just escapes him. Aaargh. And before you start thinking that I am intolerant of people with speech problems, the said friend can pronounce 'th' in other words so it is pure laziness.
I have put together six of my all time pet language peeves that really bug me. I know I should just let it go but I can't. I really get wound up when I hear someone substitute the word specific for pacific. Oh Pur-lease.... Click and enjoy my lovelies! and please add your own if there are any that annoy you - it would be nice to know I am not the only one ready to explode!

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Things we believed when we were kids that our parents told us were true!

Can you remember something your parents used to say when you were a child in order to stop you from doing something? Here are some great blasts from childhood that will really make you giggle and you can probably add some myths of your own!

Monday, 26 January 2009

The Simplicity of Grief

Anyone who has lost somebody they have loved will understand the sentiment of this little poem I wrote. It's 10 years this June since my Step Dad passed away and I sometimes feel guilty that I don't think of him as often as I used to. My Mum talks about him every time we speak on the phone - just remembering little snippets of their life together and relating the day she has had to what 'Dad would have made of it all'.
She is settled in another relationship now with a man she loves very much. But Dad will always be in her heart.
The simplicity of grief is about how strange it is that the tiniest, most insignificant thing can upset you when you least expect it. Such is the nature of the beast. The obvious things like birthdays and anniversaries are often dealt with better but finding something unexpected can make you break down with so much sorrow it's like the oldest of wounds have been opened up. Of all the things that could have broken my mum, I will always remember what she said to me - it's in the poem, so please click and take a read. It's sad but it also reminds us that often the power of love is only realised in grief. If we have never loved we would never grieve would we?

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

A piece of writing that will make you take stock - Choices

I lost my diary today guys. My diary? I used to live in a world a long time ago where it was just enough for me to know the days of the week (and which one I was on lol). Now, because of my job, I need to know the timings of my day to the nearest nano second. Not least because I have to go half way across the city to get from meeting to meeting with no travel time built in.
So I messed up. My day was like a pile of bloody dominos, clattering down on top of each other in quick succession - because without the diary, I was left with my memory. And recently, my memory appears to be sneaking off for ice cream and days laying in the sunshine somewhere far away. Infact, after today, I am thinking about firing it.
I turned up to my 12 O'clock half an hour early after spending sometime madly trying to locate my little black book. I sat and waited, had a brew and chatted away with the other people who popped in and out of the staff room. At half past 12, my appointment hadn't shown up and in a flash of guilt, my memory popped by to inform me that I was actually in the wrong bloody place. Aaaargghhh.
I crawled along in the busy lunchtime traffic, dialling (yes illegally) to inform of my late arrival and then the battery went on my phone. No parking space when I arrived at the hotel, meant that I was even later and more stressed!
My meeting lasted 11 minutes. I talked very fast indeed! And then I scurried along to my 1 0'clock (which I was now late for) and couldn't find the road it was on. I mean - who needs SatNav?
Anyway - you get the picture....
Then a weird kind of thing happened this evening - I came across this poem. I don't touch poetry as a general rule - too many memories of having to learn it by rote at school (or copy it out when I was naughty ;) lol) But this one struck a chord - so I am sharing it with you.
Four more get-ups and it's the weekend yayayayyyyyy!

Monday, 12 January 2009

Little Miss Lizzy: women sex and vegetables

Little Miss Lizzy: women sex and vegetables

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Confessions from the bottom of a handbag

Just what the hell do us women keep in our handbags? Fancy a bit of handbag snap? The chances are that very few of us have the same items because the inside of our bags is a shrine to our personality and the potential weaknesses and habits that lay within! The contents of our bags change over time and like us they 'grow up'!
Once upon a time, mine held a condom, toothbrush and paracetomol tablets for a daily hangover cure but these days it is more likely to contain a sainsburys receipt for the weekly shop and ibubrofen for my sciatica complaint LOL.
Anyways, I would love you to leave a comment on a secret or two from the bottom of your bag! And then you can take a look at this article (click on the title) where you will find suggestions of some things you really should have with you at all times

Sunday, 11 January 2009

To All of Those Who have Lost Their Jobs Recently

So many of my friends have recently been made redundant as the economy continues to sail up shite creek. So I decided to put together this little article in order to hightlight the positives of being unemployed. Hope you enjoy it - although if you are working, you may feel a little envious!

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Success Comes in Cans

Someone once said that success is failure turned inside out.
I wish I could name the source as it really illustrates the importance of positive thinking. It's hard when things are not going as well as you would like - when you would rather turn around, go home and give up than to plod what seems an endless road to nowhere.
I read this today on socyberty, it's a cute little article by Emma Turton and I think you will enjoy it no matter where you are on your journey today.
Take a look - you are sure to be inspired and uplifted.

Monday, 5 January 2009

Dreaming of Spring and Daffodils

I came across the most wonderful reminder today that spring is around the corner.
There is no sign of it outside - it's a freezing cold winters day and there is snow on the ground!
Daffodils are my most favourite flower. They have a relatively short season and are often overlooked becuase they may not have the glamour of other flowers! But I am the champion of the underdog and they have a special place in my heart.
I was married on St Davids Day (March the 1st) and the church was awash with yellow and cream daffodils - it was beautiful.
Though my marriage like the seasons of the daffodil was shortlived and I am now divorced - the one love affair that continued was with this gorgeous flower!
Get some spring in your step and take a look!

Nature or Nurture - Just who made you the person you have become?

Many people have made me the person I am today - the woman I have become. And it got me thinking about the nature/nurture debate. It's obvious that we inherit physical characteristics from our parents - but is everything in the genes? I really don't think so.
So I am asking you - who made you the person you are today? If you really had to dig deep and choose just 7 people, who do you think would be the most significant in terms of influencing you?
I don't want you to think about famous people or celebrities - that's just too, well, shallow? I mean real people who have shaped the way you think and view the world.
To get you started, take a look at my significant seven.
I chose 7 because the seven degrees of separation is often talked about. The 7 degrees of influence is an equally fascinating thought. Like a recipe - what are the 7 main ingredients to your outlook on life? and who brought them to your table?
Enjoy! xx

Sunday, 4 January 2009

women sex and vegetables

This is a cheeky little article that is getting a lot of viewing on socyberty!
I think the headline must be a grabber - so go on take a little peek - I promise it's good for you!

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