It not so much recommending what to to buy this week but where to buy. Buy from your local small business it will make you feel so good, and it will probably make a little shop owner very happy. I know what you're thinking, that I'm only saying this because I've become a small business owner.
Well ok yes but then out of my experience just recently I can tell you that everybody who comes in and spends their money, even if it is for a few pounds brings so much excitement and joy to a little shop owner like me. Do you know what I love about being part of a small business though? It is the community, talking to people passing by and learning about their lives.....that my friends is priceless.
We move so quickly around in life, we forget to talk to people, you see I remember life before the big supermarkets, yes the old days kids. I remember when small shops were all we had but I remember the big community spirit we had between all the business's in our area. Don't forget that the money you spend at you local shop goes back into you local community so it has to be a good thing to help boost the economy.
Local business's also provide local jobs for people, the service. you get is more personal and they will also want to help if anything should go wrong. It can be better for the environment as the local shop may only be a stones throw away, a healthy walk away instead of going out miles polluting the air with our cars. It's fun as well, I know when I have been to a local shop it's been nice to chat but more so to see how creative people can be. There are some very hardworking people who just want to please you with their produce.
So go and try it, instead of thinking of the big superstores, think smaller. yes you may end up spending a bit more and it may not turn out to be as convenient but think how good it will make you feel and how it will make the shop owner feel....your few pennies is like a lottery win and I can tell you that from experience.
Thank you for letting me express that, it's not until you do something for yourself that you realise what impact it has on others. Always remember too that a lot of local charities benefit from local business's, most shops have a charity box that you can put your lose change in. When that builds up, customer after customer think how happy those charities will be too. I tell you it's a win win situation.
'Why help make big companies bigger when you can get the same thing from the little guy and actually help someone accomplish their dream?'
Trevor D. Richardson, author
Join me tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday, but for now....
Yes that's what you want to buy this Wednesday, some nice blooms to light up your life or someone else's. I think I've popped some of my floristry work on here before but now exciting news. I have a little studio now.
Suzy Blues Flowers is now situated at the lovely Markeaton Craft Village within Markeaton Park, Derby. Here you can buy fresh flowers and also artificial too. With Valentines Day looming you will be able to treat your special person to a nice bouquet of fresh roses or maybe a pink floral gift bag like the one pictured here if red roses are not desired.
Basically I am here for all your flowery needs, there may be a birthday or anniversary coming up or you like to buy flowers for yourself. I will be available to chat about your special day if you are getting married, I love to help plan flowers for weddings, it is a very important day and a day you should want something beautiful to complement you walking down the aisle and to show off to your guests.
It's all very exciting and opening day is very soon, in fact this Thursday 7th February so come down if you are local to Derby. It is my actual birthday so what a great way to spend it sharing it with my new venture. I do have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/suzybluesflowers/ where you can grab all the up to date information and also a website at:
So what are you waiting for? There is so much to look forward to flower wise, who knows you may want to join me on some seasonal workshops coming up where you too can be a florist and make your own designs.
Thank you for letting me share my news, I'm sure I'll keep you updated on how everything is going. Please join me tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday but for now.....
Ah you thought I was going to talk about Ikea eh? Well now there is a Danish store to rival the Swedish friends we know so well. We have a new JYSK which has opened here in Derby and I was quite impressed.
The concept is very similar to the other Swedish furniture place in that it is very reasonably priced but you do have to take it home flat packed and build it yourself. I had my eye on a few furniture items in the store and asked a very friendly sales person if it was easy to put together, in fact I actually said 'is it as easy to put together as the other Scandinavian place which we won't mention?'. He told me not to swear but said yes it is all supplied with pre drilled holes and is very simple to to construct.
So I thought that's good, it's like Ikea stuff then and I have experimented with quite a bit of their furniture and have managed it without a Scandinavian man to help me. This is good then, I can now buy top Danish furniture from just up the road and although it is a smallish store I can still find my way around without a map.
I have to follow arrows in Ikea and frankly one can spend a day in there by the time there has been a little shopping, stop for meatballs and then more shopping. I do like to pretend to be a warehouse person though and find my furniture on the shelves. I'm thinking of going for a forklift licence and then I could take something off the top shelf (I bet that's where the saucy bedroom furniture is - as seen on 50 Shades).
So I was quite impressed with my first visit to JYSK, not sure how to pronounce it and tend to get the letters all mixed up but apparently it means 'Jutlandic' so there you go.....now you know. The first store opened way back in 1979 so it has been around along time but obviously we never hear about these things until a store like this pops in this county. The first UK stores opened in 2008 so it's only taken ten years to get to Derby, better late than never I say.
If you would like more information about JYSK then take a look at their website here www.jysk.co.uk you can also sign up to their newsletter to obtain discounts and offers so worth it if you have your eye on lots of things like I have.
Give it a try and let me know what you think. I am going back soon just to see if it was as good as I thought it was the first time around and to check out any bargains. Thank you so much for reading today, please join me again tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday but for now........
....you all take care now.
This is absolutely brilliant if you have brittle fungus nails. Not nice eh? I'm not going to go into detail about nail fungus infections and I'm surprised I'm even talking about it here. I cannot stand anything to do with feet especially nails, I seem to have a nailaphobia.
So I wasn't going to go to the doctors about my brittle nails, instead I wanted to sort it myself, guess what? I went to Dr Amazon. I didn't really want to use anything with any chemicals in and so I found this natural oregano oil.. When I purchased it initially it was called Fungus Stop so I think it's had a bit of a name change but still the same stuff.
I used it twice a day, every day for about six months and at the beginning I thought that it won't work but it's worth a go. You don't have to do anything complicated just paint it on the infected nails twice a day. I would paint it on in the morning and then at night before I went to bed, remembering to let it dry otherwise my toes would be stuck to my duvet. I know what you're thinking.....yeah yeah hippy herby oil with no medication in it, like that's gonna work............
Well it has and I am blooming amazed, for the first time in years I can actually cut my toe nail with it shooting of in all directions and coming away in one big brittle climb (sorry too much info there). The reviews on Amazon were good although I didn't have much confidence in them but my goodness this has been the best thing I've ever tried and I have tried a few things. I'm still worried it might return or not have completely cleared but because of the change it's made I would just start using again to clear it. It's made such a difference.
With other lotions and potions I've tried they did suggest just filing the surface of the nail with a nail file, this doesn't say to do that but I found it may have helped but only did that once a week. It says to use it for 4-8 weeks but depending on the condition of your nails you could expect to use it for up to a year if necessary so be prepared to get into a bit of a routine. You don't even have to have a fungus infection as this will work to just improve the condition of your nails and it can be used on hands and feet.
I will pop a link (affiliated) at the end of this post for Amazon. Don't be put off by the price as it is £12.26 for a little 10ml bottle but it is going to last for quite a while. It is good value and well worth the money. So here is the link. I will catch you again tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday but for now.......take care.
I am so loving this little portable desk for my laptop. I am even typing out this post while using it now. I'm sat very comfortable and my laptop is at a nice position, I could just carry on typing all day and night..
I first saw an advert for one of these little tables on Facebook and I then read the comments to see what people thought of it. It was priced at approx £45 which I thought was a bit pricey really so I thought against it until I saw one comment which said to look on Amazon. Well you know what I'm like when it comes to Amazon, I'd order everything from there if I could. So I found the same product for half the price. Boom!! I thought right I'm having one of those.
I type a lot when studying and especially when I'm talking to you lot so I thought, well why not be comfortable while doing it. I don't know about you but when I use my laptop on my lap it just sometimes slides about and I never feel very comfortable while typing. This however gets everything at the right position and it has become so much easier to work online.
Now it does take a bit of getting use to so if you are thinking of buying one don't expect to get it in the right position straight away. The legs are extendable and you can see from the picture how many positions there are, in fact there are more than these, it really is very versatile.. It has the numbers of degrees at which you can set the legs by which is handy but don't pay too much attention to getting them exactly the same on both sides, as long as it's sturdy and in the position you want then that's fine.
It is strong and seems well built so should hold any laptop with ease, it even has little plastic stoppers at the bottom to prevent your laptop from falling off. There is an additional tray which you can screw onto the side to enable the use of a mouse but I haven't used that yet. You also get a cooling fan underneath which can be connected to your laptop using a usb plug to prevent any overheating. I wonder if I could plug I into myself when I'm having a hot flush, I won't try it.
Overall I'm really impressed and have used this a lot since I purchased it. You could put a book or ipad on it instead of a laptop, it is just a great little workstation. I will pop a link (affiliated) at the end of this post for you if you want to try one. For now though you take care and join me again tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday.
Well I received a voucher for Boots as one of my Christmas pressies so I thought this would be a great time to replace my electric toothbrush. Oh my poor old Oral B Vitality had run out of it's vitality and was practically on it's last legs, (I know, toothbrushes don't have legs). It wasn't holding the charge so I was having to constantly recharge it but I can't complain as I have had that it for a few years now so it has been good to me.
This one though, wow I'm buzzing even now from such a great teeth brush sesh. I've just realised the difference between a cranky old one and a sparkling super smashing powerful new one. I've gone from 2D to 3D, a bit like a movie but without wearing the glasses and the brush has super flossing capabilities so the worlds my oyster now really. My dentist will be shocked at my next check up, I bet she says 'has someone had a new toothbrush?' Well ok she might not be quite as excited as I am but I will tell her.
I can use different heads on it such as Cross Action, 3D White, Sensi Ultrathin, Sensitive Clean, Precision Clean, Floss Action, Tri Zone, Dual Clean, Power Tip, Ortho Care. I am so going to try all of those depending on my mood for the day. I have actually found a variety pack of replacement heads on Amazon so for the next ten years I'll be just experimenting with different heads (that sounds so wrong doesn't it?).
There is a nifty timer which encourages you to brush for two minutes and the brush gives a vibrating tone at 30 second intervals to remind you to shift around to a different part of your mouth. Every tooth gets a bit of brushing love with this toothbrush. I love it.
I purchased this from Boots for £24.99 (RRP £49.99) so a half price deal there but Amazon have it too at £24.95 so I think thats good value really. I saw some for about £300, what do they do? I did actually say that out loud in the store and expected a sales person to rush over and tell me exactly what I would get for £300. I expect a personal dental hygienist with it free of charge for that money. Alas no sales person just my autistic son who said ' well Babs everyone likes a different toothbrush', and quite right.
I'm happy with my lower priced one, may be lower in price but not low in quality. I really don't need a million heads, a fancy stand, a travel case and smart technology, it's a toothbrush for goodness sake. I am such a happy brusher now.
Thanks for reading today, do come back tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday but for now you take care and.....
I wrote about my new Instax Mini 9 camera back in February last year and if you missed the review here it is say-cheese-instant-photos-are-back.html
I mentioned then that I would like to try taking pictures in black and white. Well I had a go and I also purchased an album to keep all my photos in as I have quite a few now. It has taken me quite a while to get used to taking pictures with this camera as you do have to think about the surroundings and light conditions a little more. If you are an experienced photographer you will know this well and although this instant camera doesn't have a wide range of settings it is possible to get a good shot.
It has been fun experimenting with the monochrome film and some of the photos came out with a really old fashioned look as though they had been taken hundreds of years ago. I didn't always get it right but you do have to be careful when experimenting as the films are quite pricey as I mentioned in my first post. You are looking at £9.99 for ten shots of monochrome here so to be honest I have been a bit reluctant to use this camera so much recently but I can't resist it, especially at Christmas.
I did purchase a nice little album and my photos are looking really good in there. It is specially designed for the Instax mini prints and holds two prints side by side per page (64 pockets altogether). There is room at the bottom of your print to write a message or record a date which is helpful when looking back. I really love having a photo album again, we tend to just look back at photos on our phones and tablets now which is good but I am really enjoying being a bit nostalgic and turning the pages of an album.
I did purchase a case for the camera a while back too which is really handy to carry it around. You can leave the camera in the case to take photos but with mine I found it tended to cover the light meter a little so when it's low light I now tend to take the camera out of the case. I've gone back to the colour photos now for a while and it's time to record some new year moments.
I hope you have had a great new year. I will be back with a Verse for Thursday tomorrow but for now I will leave you with some links (affiliated) to Amazon for some Instax accessories.
Take care for now.
Snoozies travel slippers are the future! These are brilliant if you go visiting people and you don't want to plough through their best living room carpet with your size nine's or in my case an average size five.
Like your handy shopper bag they come packed in a little zipped pouch so you can tuck them disecretly into your handbag, great eh? I had a pair yesterday as a little stocking filler and I wore them all day at my parents pad. I unwrapped and Christmas Day'd my way with comfort and ease. I felt a bit like a ballerina but don't tell Darcey Bussell, she'll be wanting a pair.
Now there was a time where I used to pack a sexy pair of underwear when going around to someone's house (not my parents) but now I'm getting on in years my sexy undies have turned into a pair of practical slippers. What I do love about my Snoozies is that they are comfy. They are not big thick shoe type slippers but just dainty and enough to give that nice, well needed cover on the feet. If you are looking for big feet warmers then these are not the slippers you are looking for (woah I went in Jedi mode then) but I did find them really cosy.
They do come in various different designs and I just think they are really cute and practical. I'll tell you where they could be quite useful too is if you have to have a stay in hospital, maybe you are nearing delivery of a baby bubba, well these would be perfect. You could pack them in your hospital bag ready for the day and they would be comfortable even if your feet have swelled a little with pregnancy, mine did and I wish I had had a pair of these.
I received these as a pressie but I have tracked them down on Amazon so I will pop a link (affiliated) at the end of this post. I hope you received all you wanted for Christmas. Sometimes I find the best things are the things that just cannot be bought or wrapped. I've realised that what is important is the love and hugs from those dearest around us, you just cannot put a price on that kind of gift. I will be spending today with family again and I'm so looking forward to it. Have fun whatever you do and take this time to relax and reflect.
Lots of love xxx
Don't forget to take your Snoozies with you........
Oh wow I could not put this book down, or should I say my kindle as I decided to download this one. I would also say that it is a page turner but with said technology it got my finger swiping like mad instead.
Imagine yourself on a busy commute home, travelling on the underground you happen to be reading a newspaper where you suddenly see a photo of yourself and a phone number underneath. You would be really freaked out eh? Well this is what happened to Zoe in the book and then she notices a different women the next day and this goes on and on. All these women become victims of different crimes and it's only a matter of time until Zoe faces hers. It's as if someone is watching these women and tracking their every move so with every commute home or anywhere that Zoe travels she seems to be in danger.
The lead character is a divorced mum of two and settled in a new relationship. She has a good friend and neighbour who owns a string of cafes, a concerned boss and she is still in contact with her ex. Is it a stranger following her or someone she may know? It really has you thinking and trying to work out why someone should target her, just going along with her normal life.
It is one of those stories where you do start questioning everyone she knows and then think 'no it can't be'. If you like a gripping thriller of a book then this is definitely for you. The theory of what is happening is quite a scary one and I don't want to give too much away. The ending is just amazing with a huge twist so it is well worth a read.
This is the second novel by Clare Mackintosh and is a number one bestseller. Her first novel 'I Let You Go' was a Sunday Times bestseller and also selected on Richard and Judy's Book Club. It was a winning title as part of Loose Women's readers vote for summer 2015 so her novels are really quite popular. I am reading her first novel now and yep it is really good so far. I will let you know what I think of that one too.
Don't have nightmares though, no it's not that bad but it 'I See You' is pretty tense, you will just keep reading to find out what happens. Let me know what you thought if you have read this book. I will pop a link (affiliated) at the end of this post for the book at Amazon.
Thank you for reading today. I haven't reviewed a book for a while, mainly because I haven't had a lot of time to read one so I really enjoyed having some book time. I find reading so relaxing, yes even in the middle of a major crime going on, weird eh? I think reading just takes you away from the hustle and bustle of life and transforms you in to fiction world which I just love even if just for a while.
I will be back tomorrow with a Verse for Thursday but until then please take care of yourselves.
Here's the book.......
I had to try them, the new offer from Walkers crisps......Brussels Sprout flavour crisps. Now I like Brussels sprouts which is a bonus otherwise trying these would have been seen as some sort of torture, the EU are probably using these as a way of saying 'you know you want to stay'.
For some though Brussels sprouts are a sure reason for leaving the EU, not loved by everyone, awwww and they can play havoc with some people's digestive system. A bit wiffy aren't they when passing the old trumpety trump (fart/passing wind).
I love them and could eat them a lot so never stand behind me in a queue just in case but thankfully you should be safe after eating these crisps. I love how they have a big warning on the front saying they don't contain real Brussels, only flavouring. It's like saying in big capitals or shouting out that these will NOT MAKE YOU FART!!!
So what did I think? Well I love them, they do really taste like Brussels sprouts and I think combined with the pigs in blanket flavour and turkey stuffing flavour I may not have to even bother with a Christmas dinner. I might just have all three flavours on a plate and put some gravy over them and be done with it. The easiest Christmas dinner ever.....stand down Jamie Oliver, you've met ya match now.
I like them that much I'm thinking of stock piling a few packets in my cupboard so that I can have them for a few weeks to come. I wonder though if I would be sick of the sight of them after Christmas........naaaa love your Brussels embrace that taste and take in the aroma. It's there I can assure you in these packets of delish delights.
So give them a try, or if you have given them a try what did you think? Are you fan? I think most people will buy them out of curiosity, I did, but now I'm a bit hooked. I think they ought to be a permanent flavour - save the Brussels sprout crisps! Oh I feel a placard coming on and a demo outside of the Walkers HQ.
For now though we will leave it there, I'm back tomorrow with my Verse for Thursday so join me then......happy sprout season.....(paaaaarp).
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.