Do you play online games?

When you think of online gaming you automatically think of the kind of games you play on Playstation or Xbox on a headset against your friends but there are so many other gaming avenues out there. I spent a while looking online to find some new games to play as was getting bored of my Playstation.

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If you don’t have a games console or you are getting bored of them you can find a great range of games to play online for free. I came across plays.org which is now my favourite site to play games online as they have a really good range of games to play.

With the UK being in and out of lockdown for over a year we have all spent a lot more time at home and it has often left me in a very bored mood. Although I do have a good range of games consoles, playing the same things over and over can get very boring so I went online in search of some new games to play, which is how I came across this site.

Their site has lots of different games to pick from and they are constantly adding new games so there is something for everyone. I also quite like being able to play games on my computer rather than on a console through the TV as it means when I have been sat at my PC all day either at work in the office or working from home then I can play games during my break without having to move!

I like the variety of games they have and a lot of them have well known characters like Powerpuff girls, Danger mouse and Mr Bean as well as classics like solitaire and pinball.

My favourite games I have been playing so far are:

Playful Kitty Yarn Ball Rolling Logic Puzzle Game

 

With this game you have to break bricks or wood boards in the correct order to get the ball of yarn to roll into coins and make its way to the kitten

It is really fun to play as you have to think logically about what bricks you need to break to then get the ball of yarn to the cat so it helps to keep your brain active whilst being a nice game as you see how happy the cat is. I love cats and have two of my own so love playing cat related games!

Its quite funny the emotions the cat goes through when waiting to play!

 

Smurfs Counting Game

This game is designed for children or adults where you have to count how many smurfs are on the screen. It is quite an easy game but I like games like this as I feel it helps to keep my brain going without being too hard.

 

Spongebob Squarepants Word Blocks Game

I love SpongeBob and with this game you have to  click on a set of letter tiles which spells a word to get the other tiles to fall into place to make other words & repeat the process until there are no tiles left.

The words are related to SpongeBob and his friends so it helps to have watched the show for this one, it can still be challenging though!

There are plenty other games to pick from and they have something suitable for all ages, I just wanted to share with you a glimpse of what I have been playing this week.

Do you ever play games online? What is your favourite games site and what do you like to play?

Sarah x

The growth of lifestyle bloggers and influencers in 2021

This year has been a strange year so far, with the world not knowing what is going on with Covid and with the UK spending most of the last year so far in lockdown. Your standard 9-5 office and retails jobs haven’t been the same and people are looking for online careers more than ever right now. There has been a massive increase in the amount of bloggers making a living full time and it is becoming a fast growing industry.

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Nowadays companies don’t just rely on TV/radio adverts or billboards, they are choosing to take on bloggers/influencers as they seem to have more of an influence on the public than a standard advert.

Bloggers and influencers are very similar but often bloggers concentrate purely on written content whereas influencers can be a lot more active on a variety of platforms and tend to share more pictures and videos.

Once of my favourite new influencers I have discovered is Jessica Bishop and I think she provides such great information about being money savvy when planning for a wedding and she provides information on a wide variety of social media channels. I always find myself drawn to influencers that aren’t just on one platform and I really like watching videos as you feel like you get to know the person a little bit better. I love how some influencers you really feel like you personally know them as you see insights into their lives, at home, their family, their pets etc so you almost feel like a friend which in turn then makes you want to trust their opinions and try out the products they are sharing online.

There can be a lot of challenges involved in being an influencer or working in a role where you are looking for social media talent to help promote your business or brand. As a brand or business you have to make sure they are a good fit.

Being a blogger myself, I know how important it is to make sure I believe in the brand or product that I share on my website. I don’t really wear much make up anymore so you won’t see me post much about that but as I have always had coloured hair that I do myself then I post a lot about hair products and hair dyes as that fits well with me and my personality.

I really do think its a great way for brands to reach a wider audience online and I think this year more than ever has seen the rise in successful bloggers and influencers. It is good that with most social platforms you can see the impressions and activity per post so this can be shared with the brand and they can work out what kind of people have been targeted and also how successful the advert/review was.

It is definitely a lot easier nowadays to go into more online/social jobs than it was a few years ago and there is also a lot more demand. I think with Covid it has pushed more people to look for different work and not always the standard 9-5 job.

Sarah x

A Brief History Of Bracelets

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Bracelets are a common form of jewellery that is highly popular today and has been popular for thousands of years. Archaeologists have found bracelets from various civilisations and made them by using numerous materials, showing humans have worn this type of decoration for a long time. Below is a brief history of the different kinds of bracelets, so you understand the origins of the jewellery you wear.

The Earliest Bracelets

Archaeologists have found evidence of bracelets that can date back up to 7,000 years, and these early bracelets were different to what is worn today. The earliest bracelets were made using tree limbs, shells, and grasses, and it was quite a while before metal was used to create them. The oldest ones have been found in China, Mesopotamia, and Egypt, and it was not till after the Bronze Age (2000 to 1400 B.C.) that you find precious metals being used, such as gold and silver.

Reserved For The Privileged Few

We find that the earliest bracelet designs from metal were often only available for people with a certain status, such as royalty. The skill and work required to create intricate bracelet designs meant that most people could not afford them. As a result, the poorest people continued to use natural materials such as wood and grasses to make their bracelets. In contrast, the fewer, more privileged people had beautifully intricate designs of antique bracelets created from precious and semi-precious metals.

A 17th Century Revival

When the 17th century came along, metalworking techniques had improved immensely, and it was now much more affordable to have intricate jewellery created. However, it was still out of reach of many of the population, so although they did have metal bracelets, the designs were often plain and simple. It would be a couple of hundred years before bracelets can be produced efficiently and at less cost, opening the doors for the masses.

All these antique bracelets can still be valuable today. The beauty of these pieces of jewellery is that when they’ve been well taken care of that most of their original parts are still intact, they can be sold at a higher price today. If you think you have one, you may wish to have a professional check it out for you and see its value.

The 20th Century

With the 20th century came a significant increase in technology, which also affected the available jewellery. In addition, the mining for the precious metals and gems used in the bracelets had increased, which meant more materials were available. The skill of the artisans creating jewellery also improved, and with an abundance of materials, lower costs, and increased demand, many more people started to wear beautifully designed bracelets.

As you move towards the latter half of the century, jewellery started to become mass-produced, flooding the market with affordable jewellery. However, the quality of the jewellery went down considerably, and many people still prefer handmade jewellery, especially those crafted prior to the 20th century, as these pieces have more character. 

Modern Day

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In the modern age in which we live, we now have many choices when looking to purchase beautiful bracelets. There are many types of mass-produced jewellery available to buy, but there is also an increase in skilled artisans creating beautiful handmade designs. 

Many people still love antique designs over modern ones, which means there will always be a market for them. For more information on the history of bracelets through the ages, a search on Google should lead you to more articles that talk about this topic.

Sarah x

5 Ways to Improve Your Customers eCommerce Experience

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Ecommerce sales have boomed in recent years. No thanks in part to the way covid-19 has changed the way people shop. The shift to a more digital life is happening all around us, and it is no surprise that many businesses are creating e-commerce sites to boost their sales.

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So how can you improve the functionality of your e-commerce site and help you to improve sales?

Treat Your Customers

Recent stats attest that retaining your customers by an extra 5% can increase sales by 25%. Great ways to retain customers include offering discounts for their next purchase. Offering bigger discounts for spending more money or offering loyalty points for repeat customs, or entering all sales into a customer prize draw.

Improved Customer Service

People shop at all hours of the day and night. Especially if you offer international shipping options, they could have queries that need addressing when you aren’t able to be online. Chatbots can help you to respond to enquiries or requests for information when you can’t answer them.

AI chatbots can be programmed to answer simple queries and ultimately direct people to someone who can answer them during working hours. Additionally, adding live chat support can help you to respond to a person. In fact, over 71% of people prefer to use a live chat option if available. Click here to find out more.

Free shipping

Or, indeed, anything free. Customers like gifts, and oftentimes, the offer of free shipping can be the difference between a successful checkout or an abandoned cart.

Incentives to complete the sale or free items in their orders can help to boost your reputation and increase customer service increasing the likelihood they will continue to shop with you.

Integrate Social Media

Share what you do, share your offers and new products online for your followers to see. Build a community of existing customers via secret groups on Facebook and build our community online by increasing your presence on social media to encourage sales. Emails are an essential part of your social media campaign, too, so create a subscriber ist and make it as personal as possible.

Be confident in replying to customers and followers to help build a rapport with people and encourage them to engage and interact with you to convert into sales.

Personalise It

We live in the age of personalization. Personalized emails are no longer enough. Throughout the buyer’s journey, you must personalise the shopping experience based on various variables. Utilise recommendation engines to provide personalised product recommendations based on the user’s location, shopping, and browsing history.

Aside from that, eCommerce stores can use exit intent pop-ups, discounts, abandoned cart messages, and other methods to ensure that their customer experience game is on point.

In Conclusion

Think about what makes you return to your favourite e-commerce sites and look at how you can adapt this approach to your own e-commerce site. Viewing it from the customer’s perspective can help you to one your site and how to see how others interact with it when shopping.

Sarah x

Ladies, Read These Lifting Myths Before You Workout!

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There are so many conversations that pop up when women want to lift weights. From the ridicule online by those who think they know better to the constant undertone of “weights will make you bulky”, women are often turned off the weights in the gym, and they really shouldn’t be. 

Lifting is one the ways that women can become leaner, improve their stamina and ensure that they are at peak performance. When you choose to lift weights, you also choose to make sure that your body is prepped and ready. Whether you do this with Steel reviews or you get some advice from your doctor about protein-rich foods, you need to ensure that your body is ignoring the myths. With that in mind, let’s look at those annoying myths that are thrown at women when they want to work out with weights.

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  1. You’ll get too bulky. We mentioned that one, and it’s one that still tops the list. It’s an old myth and it’s been debunked many times, and yet it’s still thrown out there! Women are often afraid that they’ll go all Schwarzenegger instead of getting leaner. The thing is, it happens to men because of their hormones and testosterone. Women don’t have the same levels of testosterone, which means that they will be leaner than men would! Lifting is massively beneficial for women, as it helps to strengthen the muscles and the bones.
  2. Muscle will turn to fat too fast. It’s a common myth, but muscle doesn’t miraculously change to fat. They are two very different things and it would have to be magic for this to happen. When you stop lifting, muscles will sag, and this ends up with losing tone and strength.
  3. You should switch out legs and arms. There is absolutely no need to work one muscle group at a time when you can work them all. It’s alway easier to maintain one muscle at a time, but it’s not productive. Choose workouts that encompass all the muscle groups and make sure that you are working out regularly!
  4. Weights are bad for your joints. It’s common that weights can put some stress on your joints. However, there are studies to show that when you exercise properly with the right form, you will strengthen those joints!
  5. You have to go higher with weights to see results. This also isn’t true! You can lift heavier weights, but there’s no need.consistency is the key here, not the weight of the plate! Your ability to work out regularly is going to be the contributor to the way that you look. 
  6. You need to take supplements. You don’t need to take supplements to make your body leaner with weights. Weight lifting isn’t going to be about adding snooker balls under your skin, and the only thing that you need to do is ensure that you are safe and healthy while you do it. 

You can lift and you should. All women deserve to be strong women!

Sarah x

3 Benefits of Choosing a Local Window Installer

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Home improvement projects are always exciting for most homeowners. However, there are so many factors that can decide whether the projects will be successful and the results are ideal.

In addition to the comprehensive planning steps like obtaining building permits and figuring out the budget, people always need to find reliable contractors to help them put the fancy ideas into reality. No matter if you need to work with a professional landscaping Toronto company, a dumpster bin rental service provider or an appliance repair company, you should consider local ones. So does the window installer. For people who want to build a brand new house, they can not only work with local window installers, but also consider a custom home builder to get a consistent house.

Whether you want to install triple pane windows or get a window replacement done, you’ve got a decision to make. Should you go with a big company or seek out the services of a local window installer? While many simply go with the big company, you are doing yourself a disservice not to consider a local installer and we’ll tell you why.

Here are 3 strong benefits to going with a local window installer that you might not have considered.

Recommendations that you can rely on

A local window installer doesn’t have a huge database of customers. They do business locally and as such, word of mouth can really make or break their business. When you read an online review for a larger company, you never really know if those testimonials were paid for.

With a local window installer, all the reviews are likely from your neighborhood or close.

You can go and see examples of their work before you commit

Maybe you are considering having some vinyl windows put in or want to otherwise enhance your home windows and doors. With a larger company, you can’t really go and see examples of their work very easily.

With a local window installer, you can ask about work they’ve done and likely with a little drive you can see their actual work. You might even decide that you have some new ideas for your own window replacement based on the work you’ve just seen!

Personalized service means something – especially these days

Finally, with a big business there is a bit of an imbalance. You are seeking them out for their name, but to them you are often just a number. With a local window installer, you get personalized business that you can put a face and name to.

These people rely on your good word and on your satisfaction, so they are going to treat you much better than a big business somewhere that handles nothing but bulk business as fast as possible. With a local installer, you get custom care and if you have concerns about the work, you can bet that they will be addressed!

Nowadays, you can make lots of custom changes to a nice window or door. For example, you can choose the material and color for the windows; also you can customize the entry door with smart lock installation. There are tons of details you can discuss with a resourceful local window installer.

In closing

Going with a local window installer for your window and door needs is really the best choice if you want service that is personalized, quality, and that stands by their reputation. You can get recommendations from people in your area, you can see examples of their work, and you are definitely not just a number to them – you are a valued customer.

So, do yourself a favor and give it some consideration. A local window installer really is the best fit!

Sarah x