I decided that one day I might want to take the 'Make a Brew' blogging experience to another level. I know! It's been six months now so lets shake it up a bit eh? I had a thought, and it's only a thought at this point, to maybe do a vlog. A video blog! 'Sue from the Brew' on You Tube. My youngest son is mortified that I may have a You Tube channel so that makes me want to do it even more.
I'm only at beginner stage so I thought I may just experiment with using my phone to video at this stage. This got me thinking of having something to fix it up properly as you can bet if I propped it up against something it would just fall down 'mid vlog'. So this lead me to Amazon as always, and I found this great little mini tripod.
It is a very light but sturdy piece of kit and holds my iphone 7 plus with no problem, at all. It does extend a little higher than shown in my photo from 14cm to 20cm, you can also position the phone at different angles so very adaptable. For the bargain price of £8.99 it also includes a bluetooth remote control so you can control the shutter easily without touching the phone. Great if you want to take a selfie and snap the photo at ease.. There is a velvet case included with a cleaning cloth too, my only criticism is that the bag isn't quite big enough and the tripod just peeks out of the top but to be honest it isn't a big problem.
The screw on fixture for the mobile phone is extendable and fits most smartphones. I don't even have to remove my cover so it fits very snug and most of all the phone is safe and well protected. I have tried the fixture on a standard tripod too and this works brilliantly so if you did want to go for a bit more height it is possible.
Overall this is a great product and can definitely recommend it so far. I've only just received it so I will see how I go with it and keep you posted. I'll also keep you up to date with any plans to vlog the blog. If you fancy one of these tripods you can find the link below to Amazon (this post contains affiliate links)
Thank you for reading, I will be back tomorrow with a 'Verse for Thursday' but take care for now......
I am a store loyalty dream customer. I am that person that when asked whether I would like to join their club I say 'yes', as I haven't quite learnt the 'no word yet when it comes to joining the retail gang.
I feel important when a store assistant says 'have you got our exclusive club reward card?' At that precise moment I am top customer with my backstage pass and access to all areas of discounts and savings. It's like the gold card to store saving heaven.
Or is it though? Some are better than others, some stores tend to compete to have the ultimate reward system and others tend to have a very similar scheme running with no big surprises. Everyone has that reward card that has been sitting in their purse or wallet for about five years as they thought they would shop at this store regularly but in fact have never set foot in it again. You signed up for newsletters and emails as well didn't you? They pile into your inbox, the ignored bit, never to see the light of day and the store are pleading for you to take advantage of their deals. They almost reach desperation and send one last email saying 'stuff it, have this product for free but just use your special store card' because Jolene in charge of marketing needs to eat for the next month and she won't get her commission. if you don't use the dam card.
I like a good reward scheme, something where I'm going to get something back such as money off the mountain of Costa coffee I purchase or I tend to save my Tesco vouchers until Christmas because they come in handy at such an expensive time of the year. I also like good discount offers so although I don't use it a lot I do get some great offers on a stay at Jury's Inn and discount off the amount of plants I seem to be buying at the garden centre at present. Most of them are quite useful and I suppose you are always going to use one more than the other depending on where you shop. I just have one for everywhere and then I'm covered.
Tesco have just changed their club card over to a fancy contactless card. You just scan it over the card machine and job done. Easy peasy. I reckon they could be all like that really, would make it easier. It's the future along with plastic wipe down bank notes and Apple Pay. You can even keep all your cards on your smart phones now so will the pour old wallet become redundant? No of course not, we will still need somewhere to keep those teeny weeny annoying 5p's.
It makes shopping fun with the loyalty card, especially when I've gone out with my niece, we would decide on a shop and she would say 'you've got a card for here haven't you Auntie?' Of course I have even if the card only gives me 10 pence off my next brew, every saving counts.
I have to laugh if my mum picks up my handbag, she will always ask me what I've got in it as it weighs a ton. Should I tell her it's my collection of loyalty cards or just keep quiet as she may google some sort of loyalty card addiction therapy group for me and frankly I haven't got time for that.
So keep shopping and shop happy, it's ok to offer your loyalty to these people so carry your cards with pride. Thank you for reading and I will return tomorrow with a verse for Thursday.
Take care for now......
I buy a lot of bags because I love them, mainly handbags and at every opportunity but I purchased this rucksack for my son who has now become a fully fledged teenager and needs to carry teenage stuff around. Well this bag certainly does that.
It is a great bag with plenty of room but also it is very comfortable to carry as a rucksack. It has three compartments, the main one has a slot for a tablet or laptop up to 15.6" and added mesh zipped pocket on facing side. The middle compartment has pockets for pens, mobile phone and plenty of room for any accessories and at the very front is a good sizeable pocket for more itms you may need to carry so it does have plenty of room for every day needs for whatever the use, maybe work, school or college. My son has had a tablet, all chargers, accessories and even clothes for a weekend in it. It is water proof and durable, and the straps are very comfortable to wear.
There are two zipped pockets on the side, a headphone access slot and a pocket on the strap with an added loop to hook sunglasses onto. The size of this bag is h48cm x w34cm x 19cm thickness. This is also available in larger size for a laptop up to 17.3". The delivery from Amazon was quick and if you are a Prime customer you can expect to receive it next day. It is priced at £34.99 (at this time) the larger size is priced at £38.99 (again at present date). I really can recommend this from personal experience. (this post contains affiliate links). You can order from Amazon here at:
As an added promotion after receiving this bag I was offered a free tablet bag for leaving a review on Amazon which was a great added extra. This may be offered for a limited time but it is worth enquring about if you order or there may be another promotion available. Priced at £12.99 it really was a nice add on to the laptop bag. I chose dark green but it is also available in beige, the size is 25.5 x 2.5 x 36cm and holds multiple devices including phone, chargers, tablet and a 13" laptop. For more details see the link below.
There is a more detailed description on the products which can be viewed through Amazon and also more photographs. If you are searching for a new work bag this could be it so take a look. I think it is good value for money. The laptop bags comes with a 60 day guarantee and there is a good customer service from this company.
Thank you for reading and hope this helps. I will be back tomorrow with a verse for Thursday, for now though take care.
That's it, everyone pop on your bikini and off to the beach we go! Well it was the weather for it today but blimey, my body hasn't experienced the wearing of that classic two piece swimming sensation in quite a while. I am at that age where I would need considerably more material now, one which resembles a large skirt and a boob tube with not a lot showing in the middle. Ahhh there was a day I could carry off the stringy top and the bottoms that was made out of dental floss, well maybe not that adventurous and yep 'in my dreams'.
The bikini was was designed by the French designer Louis Reard and named after Bikini Atoll where the the U.S conducted atomic tests. It was a practical idea to allow ladies to cover their nether regions but allow the sun to shine on the rest of their bodies. I can never understand though why it's acceptable to walk around on a public beach in a bikini but frowned upon walking around in public in one's underwear. Funny that eh? The bra and pants are the same are they not?
The bikini comes in many different designs and some lovely styles in a wide range of sizes. Someone has actually thought about the lady who maybe a bit body conscious. Major bikini hazards though are to never knit your own bikini and watch out for those that have a lot of stringy ties. I always feared someone could just pull those strings and the whole thing is on the ground before you know it. Also watch out for the white bikini especially when swimming and frankly on an English gal that hasn't pre tanned before the holiday you may just appear translucent.
So happy anniversary to this two piece wonder and may it continue. I have gone with the absolute classic bikini photo of Bond girl Ursula Andress. Who can forget the scene when she walked out of the sea, probably one of the most famous bikinis in film history.
Thank you for reading today, I will be back tomorrow with a Verse for Thursday, take care for now.
What to Buy Wednesday
From January 2018 I've decided to shake Wednesdays up and review products that I have purchased so we go from random thoughts to important retail therapy for the new year.