How to support small businesses

Since being a blogger, I have discovered so many small businesses that beforehand I would have never found. Over time the internet has opened up some amazing business opportunities for a lot of people. Now having your own business is something anyone could do and not limited to people with degrees. I am a firm believer in supporting these businesses.

They’ve done something that I could only imagine doing and I love how strong they are. There are some great businesses out there but without people supporting them, they wouldn’t be able to continue. Being supportive is definitely a must with small businesses. Over the course of being a blogger, I have supported some great brands, including Dorkface, The Birdhouse Calligraphy and Juniper Daze Designs.

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Blogmas Christmas Eve // 8 Blogs of Blogmas

It is officially CHRISTMAS EVE. I hope you have had a wonderful day and are ready for Christmas tomorrow! It means that this is my last post of Blogmas, I know a sad moment! To finish off Blogmas 2016, I thought I would round up the Bloggers that I have been loving this December.

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Blogmas Day 21 // Favourite Christmas Movies

I recently shared with you my favourite Christmas songs, today I thought I would continue to get you into the festive mood by sharing my favourite Christmas movies. You have your classics that you forget are how old, but also the ones that are still pretty new! You can’t have Christmas without watching at least one festive movie.

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November 2016 – National Shopping Reminder Day

Friday 25 November 2016 is quiet a special date, along with it being Black Friday, my twenty-first birthday! Woop Happy Birthday to me, it is also officially a month til Christmas! Now, I know a lot of you are probably panicking yourself, or you’re one of those who are super prepared and are finished already.

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Dirty Works You Soft Touch Hand Cream

With suffering from sensitive skin, I find that I have to moisturise myself quiet a lot throughout the day. Morning and night using body lotion and then during the day hand creams. Recently I have been using a new hand cream and I think I have fallen in love. The hand cream is from Dirty Works, a British brand that is exclusive to Sainsbury’s.

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KitKat Chocolatory London

While I was in London at the beginning of this month, I had the opportunity to visit the KitKat Chocolatory at the Westfield Shopping Centre. As I follow Nestle UK & I News on Twitter they were tweeting about the launch. I just had to visit the pop-up shop as it was only open for five weeks.

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TRESemme Hair Care Routine

Having long hair has it’s pros and cons, mainly having to wash it three four times a week. I have long and thick hair so washing it regularly during the week is a must. Recently I have changed the products I use to wash my hair. I used to use standard shampoo and conditioner by TRESemme.

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VIP Experience with Team HARD

For those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you will know that I was recently at Silverstone for Rounds 25, 26 & 27 of the British Touring Car Championship. It was a very interesting weekend as the Saturday I was a Silverstone Racemaker, a volunteer at the circuit and then Sunday I was with Team HARD on a VIP Experience.

I thought it would be interesting to give you an insight to my day with the team as this was my first time as a guest. Now these experiences can be pretty pricey, especially if you receive breakfast, lunch and dinner! I paid £99 for Sunday and I can say it was well worth it.

I have never met David Boor, the guy who I have been chatting to over the last couple of months to book the experience. So when I reached the main gate and saw a guy that looked familiar and was wearing team gear, I was very happy to see him. It was a nice welcoming before even reaching their hospitality.

Silverstone is a very large circuit, so it was nice to see a shuttle service from Team HARD to take us to the BTCC paddock. In my three years of going to Silverstone, I haven’t been on a buggy very often. My legs welcomed this as I know the distance it takes to get to the paddock.

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From the minute I arrived everyone was happy and friendly, it was even better once we got to their hospitality as I know someone there. They couldn’t of had a better person to welcome you once you arrived, Andrea Hurcombe, who my dad knows from school, was on the door checking everyone in and giving us lanyards.

As soon as I received the lanyard, it felt real, that I was actually with Team HARD for the day. Shortly after breakfast was served, I’m not really a breakfast fan but oh my, this smelt amazing so I was hungry. They had a full English on offer which I loved, minus the black pudding and tomatoes of course!

We had a welcome talk from Simon Hill who explained how they day would pan out, I was amazed at exactly what was included. Other things that I never imagined, how cool going on the grid before the race and being able to watch it from their garage! Before all this we were invited to a garage tour, having a look around their three different cars.

The drivers and mechanics were on hand if we had any questions. It was amazing looking at the cars and seeing the detail up close. I must have looked silly in the way I was taking my photos, trying to get snazzy angle on everything. It was cool looking at the cars, there’s actually not much to them!

After the garage tour, came the fun part, GRID WALK! I was super happy to find out about this. We were allowed to come on the grid before the first race, watching all the cars coming out of their garage to do an out lap so they can line up on the grid. As there were so many guests, they split everyone between the three drivers.

I had to look out for Tony Gilham‘s car, it was pretty easy as they all have grid girls with boards, so it was just trying to find her. Once all the cars were lined up, we were allowed to take photos of the cars and girls on the grid. This is a special moment as it’s literally moments before the start of the race.

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Few moments before the start, we had to go back to the garage as we are not allowed on the grid at the start of the race nor in the pit lane. It was super tense in the garage especially when we found out Gilham was coming into the pits! All the mechanics sprang into life and was getting ready for his arrival.

Turns out he had an accident so had to come in for some emergency repairs so he can continue the race. It was amazing watching them rush around the garage picking up spare parts and tools to fix the car. After he returned to the pits it was quiet racing, very enjoyable, even better than watching it from the grandstands.

Once the race was over, it was nice seeing the drivers and their family/friends congratulating them. With the rush over it was time to unwind and continue watching other racing. I did some exploring of the track, checking out the different trade stands. Before I had even realised, it was time for lunch.

The hospitality smelt amazing when we walked it, strong smell of food. Of course with it being a Sunday they had a roast on offer, I jumped at the chances as I just love my roast dinners. It was amazing and exactly what a roast should be, it felt like I was at my Grandparents.

With dinner over we decided to watch the racing from Luffield as this is normally an interesting place, especially with them speeding down from Wellington Straight. It was action packed from the moment they started, with tyres exploding and scary overtakes. Before we even realised it was time for the Driver Q&A.

Now this was comically with drivers explaining their performance, especially if they had an incident with a fellow driver. It was nice listening to them speaking and the enjoyment they receive from racing. After the Q&A, the drivers were signing and taking photos, which I loved as signatures are always nice to have. Pictures more so.

I was planning what to do next when David came over and asked if I wanted to go back on the grid for the last race. Of course I said yes! I wouldn’t let an opportunity like that go to waste. It’s cool being on the grid once, let alone twice. So for the last race we were back on the grid and watching the race from the garage.

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Thanks to David Boor for this amazing photo!

Of course there was even more excitement with our drivers and watching them climb up the grid. After the race it was celebration time, with the podium presentation being on the start finish line. It was a special moment for Team HARD here as Mike Epps was presented the Jack Sears Trophy.

With a podium position comes the champagne the fun part, it was nice sharing the enjoyment with the team. Once this was all over it was time to go home and just relax. It was such a lovely weekend with the team and I would like to just say a massive thank-you to everyone there.

Woow, I didn’t realise the post would be that long! Thanks for sticking with me and hope you enjoyed it. Let me know in the comments if you have attended any motorsports events and your thoughts on them. I know there will be plenty more in the future for me, you can keep up to date on my Twitter HERE and Instagram HERE.

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September 2016 – National White Chocolate Day

I am continuing on from last month’s National Dog Day to bring to you a different national day each month. This month includes probably one of the best days National White Chocolate Day. How cool is this day, I never even knew it existed until I was researching about national days.

I thought I would do something a little different instead of the history of white chocolate, I thought it would be good to share with you my top four favourite white chocolate brands. Some of you may know that white chocolate is by far my favourite, so it was quite tricky trying to find four types that I really enjoy.

4. White Chocolate with Crisped Rice

Now this is a recent favourite of mine after spotting it in my local Co-up. It’s something different rather than your standard white chocolate bar. Wrapped inside the white chocolate is pieces of crisped rice. I didn’t realise something like this existed and now I am in love.

3. Milkybar

Now this is a childhood favourite of mine, to this day I still enjoy eating Milkybar. I swear when I was a kid these were a lot bigger though! They seem to go quicker. It’s something so simple and not too sickly. Some chocolate bars can be very sickly depending on their contents.

2. Kinder Bueno White

I love everything and anything Kinder produce, everything is a firm favourite. So when they brought out a white chocolate version of their Bueno I was immediately in love. There’s not much white chocolate here compared to the Milkybar but it is enough. There are little chocolate balls that just seem to get everywhere! But I still love it.

1. Milkybar Buttons

Now something else I am addicted to is chocolate buttons, but not just any buttons, white chocolate buttons. The only problem with these, there never seems to be enough in a packet! I love just snacking on these. Milkybar is by far my favourite chocolate and I love that they are white chocolate.

Happy National White Chocolate Day guys. I hope you liked this little insight into my favourite white chocolate! Let me know in the comments what your favourite chocolate is, I know there’s a lot of different ones out there!

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PROPERCORN is popcorn #doneproperly

I have got some very exciting news. Thanks to PROPERCORN, I received a cute treasure chest full of popcorn. I mean literally filled to the brim, I received four packets of each of the six flavours. I was so excited to receive this chest as I have yet to try a few of their flavours.

Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-Dried Tomato

Now when I first heard about this flavour I wasn’t too sure, as I’m not a massive fan of Tomato. The flavouring is not as bad as it sounds but wow there is a pop with the Worcester Sauce though! Gives a fiery after taste. These are perfect for those of you who love a kick in your food.

Smooth Peanut & Almond

I really wanted to try this flavour as soon as I heard about them. Seeing them in the box I was really happy to try them. For me these taste a bit like Peanut Butter, something that I’m not much of a fan of. But I do like this. My biggest thing though was that there didn’t seem to taste much Almond.

Sweet Coconut & Vanilla

I have already reviewed this flavour on my blog when I attended the launch of the Holland & Barrett More store in Plymouth. This is probably my favourite flavour. I absolutely adore Coconut, what I love about the flavouring is that the Coconut is not overpowering. You are able to taste Vanilla and not just like every other kernel.

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Lightly Sea Salted

I’m not really too sure on this particular flavouring as there doesn’t seem to be much there. I can only describe it as a bit dry, kinda like the popcorn I get using my machine at home. The flavouring doesn’t seem to be consistent with every kernel, one you’ll taste would be filled with Sea Salt with the next only lightly or maybe even none!

Sour Cream & Black Pepper

Now, to me I see this as an odd mixture for a flavour. I have never seen Sour Cream & Black Pepper before, normally it’s always Sour Cream & Chive so it’s nice to see another mixture. The Sour Cream adds a creamy taste with a kick from the Black Pepper, that for me is a bit too much.

Sweet & Salty

Sweet and Salty, the most original flavour out of all of them. It’s still not like the packet normal popcorn it has got something special to it which I enjoy. Along with Sweet Coconut and Vanilla this is probably my second favourite flavour. It’s just a simple flavour that works really well!

So that’s all guys, hope I have made you a bit hungry! Let me know in the comments you favourite popcorn flavour. If you haven’t tried PROPERCORN I would seriously recommend them. Would like to say a massive thank-you to PROPERCORN for sending me these, I am in love.

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