Driving with mobile phone

When driving, whether it is a short journey to work or a road trip that is going to take all day it is equally as important that you are safe whilst driving and stay alert.

A lot of us use smartphones on a daily basis, nowadays they are not only phones but can be used as an mp3 player and also as sat nav. It is so important that you don’t let your phone distract you whilst driving.

A recent survey was conducted about drivers and mobile phones and honestly I am quite shocked with the results!

19% of the surveyed drivers admitted that they sometimes take calls while driving, 17% admit that they read texts off of their phone, and 12% send texts. All of these reasons can result in a penalty if the police pull you over and find that it was distracting you.

I am honestly shocked that people are still using phones to text and call whilst behind the wheel knowing how dangerous it can be. Not only does it put your own life at risk, it will put at risk anyone in your car and also the drivers/pedestrians around you.

The best tips I can give when taking a long journey to avoid being distracted would be to set up your phone before you leave. Make sure you know your destination and have the address set up already on google maps so you do not have to fiddle around with it once on the road. Planning your journey is so important so you know exactly where you are going. Also, put your phone on driving mode if it has it, you can even set them up nowadays that if you are driving and someone calls or texts you then your phone will automatically text the person back to say you are driving and will respond once you have reached your destination.

If you get a lot of calls and text and like to check social media and the news regularly then plan this into your journey. Don’t look these things up when at traffic lights or when in traffic like you see some people doing! If you are on a 4 hour drive then plan before you go any places that are suitable to stop at like motorway services. You could stop once an hour for a break and have a suitable time to use your phone.

Not only are you putting people at danger using a phone whilst driving but you are also liable for a penalty if you get caught!

In the recent survey with Kwikfit:

“43% of the drivers we asked, that’s more than two in five people, did not know that the minimum penalty is now 6 points and a £200 fine if you are found to be using a mobile phone while behind the wheel. For particularly dangerous offences you can be taken to court where you could receive the maximum fine of £1,000 and even banned from driving. Drivers who have passed their driving test in the past two years will lose their licence outright for a single mobile phone related offence. Only 47% of the people we asked knew about these additional rules that specifically target inexperienced drivers who are the most likely to use their phone behind the wheel.”

You may think that you are capable of texting and driving but it IS NOT WORTH THE RISK! Take the Driven to distraction test and see how you get on!

Drive safely!

Sarah x

Imagine having a powerbank made with any photo or text you want on it. USB makers have an amazing range of powerbanks and USB drives that you can personalise and get sent to you within 24 hours using their express service.

I ordered their card powerbank with my blog logo on and it was so easy to use their personalisation service. You have to approve the image before it gets made and you can see how it will look:

The minimum order for this particular one was 10pcs but I plan on giving them away at some point as prizes 🙂

It would be great for a business to get these made up or even to get them made for your family members at Christmas with your family name or a message on!

The powerbank comes with instructions and a cable to recharge it.

My favourite thing about the powerbank is that it comes with a built in cable to use. Usually you have to lug around an iPhone cable but this has a built in micro usb and you can also then use the built in adaptor too which makes it into a lightening iPhone charger! It is so cool that you can use it to charge two different things without having additional cables.

When not in use the cable folds back into the powerbank 🙂

It came in so handy using it on my recent day out when I wanted to charge my phone and my camera!

Really impressed with the service from USB makers as well as the quality of the powerbank and how useful it is!

Sarah x

I always struggle with buying gifts for men, I am not sure why. I thought this year I would share with you some ideas I came up with for Father’s Day. I buy for my dad, my father in law, my step dad, my grandad and sometimes my husband from our pets so have quite a few presents to buy! These are also ideas for any upcoming birthdays or anything and also for females 🙂

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If you are looking for something for someone tech savvy then this is ideal. You can purchase from Amazon/Argos and various other shops and it comes in a variety of colours.

GioTeck TX-40 headset

£34.99

This headset is ideal for gaming or music. It is compatible with Xbox, Xbox one, PS4 and mobile.

Speaker diameter: 40mm

· Mic diameter: 4mm

· Impedance: 32

· Sensitivity: 97.71dB, R 100.26dB

· Frequency rang:20HZ~20KHZ

· Rated Input Power: 20mW

· Maximum Input Power: 30mW

· Plug Type: 3.5mm

· Cable length:1.2m

· Works with Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4, mobile & more – multi-format 3.5mm jack

· Slick styling – ice white with chili red finish

· Ultra-clear chat with minimal feedback – talk is pin sharp and crystal clear

· Powerful audio, via high impact 40mm drivers – incredible immersive sound

· Robust, lightweight – solid, uncompromising build quality

· Ultra-soft Alacantra® cushioning – because comfort is everything

· Inline mic, mute and volume – for instant fingertip control

The sound is great quality and the headset is very comfortable to wear and can adapt to different head sizes. I find this type of headphone more comfortable than in ear ones. The headset feels very durable and I am impressed with the price!

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Norma & Dorothy personalised beer glass

£21

This company has a great range of gifts you can personalize. With this glass you can pick the location by using a postcode and also pick the text underneath. This is such a unique gift and is really something special.

I think the map idea is genius as I have never seen anything like this before. The beer glass will hold a full pint 🙂

It is great how you can pick the location, it could be where you live, a special place within your family or somewhere your dad loves, maybe the local pub?!

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Amphora Aromatics have such a fab range of toiletries suitable for men and women of any age. I picked a few bits I thought would be suitable. They are all from the same range so if you wanted to get a few different bits, they all go together 🙂

Amphora Aromatics

Cedarwood & Peppermint range

£5.95 each

Shower and bath gel

Deep cleansing shampoo

Deep cleansing conditioner

I love this scent as I love cedarwood and anything minty. It is always nice to receive luxurious toiletries you wouldn’t usually buy yourself. The bottles are a good size and I love the style of the bottles and how they all go together.

The shower gel is great to refresh your body and we all know a lot of men use shower gel to wash their hair if they have short hair and can’t be bothered with specific hair products so if you know someone like that then this hair range is ideal.

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Love Laya greetings cards

£3.75 each

This company has a wide range of quirky, alternative cards and I think they are brilliant! Having a look through their website really did make me giggle. These are great if your family has a good sense of humor!

The card come wrapped in a cello bag and they have a bright blue envelope with them. They also have a funny message on the back too!

If you fancy a different card to the usual ones in the card shops then check these out. Their birthday card range is brilliant too.

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I recently tried out a hair treatment from Live in the light and wanted to share a couple of gift ideas too.

Green car cleaner

£14.50

Some men love their cars, if he is car mad then why not treat him to this green car cleaner. It is a safe, non-toxic, non-stinky, baby safe, car interior cleaner. Green car cleaner is so natural it’s certified to USDA organic food standards by VOF.

It is an easy to use spray and wipe formula and can be used to clean all auto interior surfaces.

Solid cologne

£16.50

Three scent options:

RIO DE JANEIRO – a exotic blend containing Brazilian oils that boast of sweet almond and warm spicy earth notes, along with a hint of mango.

SALZBURG – a real smooth and balanced blend of frankincense and bergamot with fresh earthiness and a faint top note of peach.

DEAD HORSE CREEK – The Dead Horse Creek runs through the small city of Morden, in Manitoba, Canada. This is where VONBROS originates, and as an homage to our hometown, a new scent was birthed – one that has well-balanced notes of leather, sawdust, and hints of a spruce forest.

These solid colognes are a great alternative to spray aftershaves and are easy to use, you just take a small amount and rub it onto your skin (wrists, neck etc) and it isn’t over powering.

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ICC Cricket World Cup England & Wales 2019 Book

£14.99

If he is a cricket fan then this is the ideal gift. It contains everything fans need to follow and enjoy the summer 2019 tournament, comprising descriptions of the cities and grounds which will host games, full guides to the 10 teams in England, their star players, the qualification competition, a history of the 11 previous tournaments, full facts and stats and a fill-in guide for every match to create a personal memento.

Available to purchase at www.carltonbooks.co.uk and most bookstores.

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Wireless colour changing speaker

£19.99

The smart looking speaker has a touch control so it can show six different colours. It is the BT version 2.1 + EDR and it supports Bluetooth, a TF card and audio output. There is also a built in 1200mAh lithium battery.

It comes with a micro-USB cable that can be used with a USB plug to charge and to operate
Battery is re-chargeable and the expected playback time on a full charge of 3-4 hours.

I love how you can change the colours of it and it looks so cool at night when lit up in a dark room!

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Personalized sweet jar

£16.99

This is such a great idea if he has a sweet tooth as the jar is filled to the brim with retro sweets like love hearts, foam shrimp, cola cubes and refresher chews. You get so many different sweets and you can pick any name on the front. Prezzybox always have a great range of sweets/chocolates for any occasion.

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Baileys pouches

Chocolate mini delights: Original Irish cream

Chocolate mini delights: Salted caramel

£2 each

Available in selected Asda, Morrisons and Co-op stores.

These are ideal for any Baileys/chocolate fans and the salted caramel ones are so good! They come in resealable pouches and are ideal to give as a gift. Hopefully if you get these for someone they will share them with you 🙂

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Kettlebell

4KG

£12.95

If he is into fitness then why not treat him to some gym equipment or a kettlebell.

Available in a range of weights from 4kg to 32kg
Powder coated matt black finish with orange styling
Comfortable easy grip handle – feels great in the hand
Flat non wobble base prevents rolling
Mirafit logo and kg indicator on front
Additional kg and lb markings on rear for easy identification

They are easy to hold and use and really help to strengthen your arms and upper body. Makes a change from using standard hand held weights and I like the simple design.

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I hope you found this useful and got some ideas 🙂

Sarah x

As I previously mentioned, I self diagnosed myself with a slight dairy intolerance. If I had too much dairy I would get a stomach ache and my acne would flare up. I knew I needed to avoid it and I have been dairy free for about 6 months now and I don’t look back.

I know you can get allergy tests and things done at the doctors but that is often only if you have struggled for a while of if it effects you really bad. They won’t offer you a test if you think foods are causing acne. I also do wonder if a particular food may cause my migraines.

Lifelab testing are an online service which offer a variety of allergy/intolerance tests. I went for the complete test.

The test arrives in the post and can fit through your letterbox. It is very easy to do and it includes everything you need:

1x alcohol wipe
1x plaster
1x gauze/absorbent pad
1x transport tube
1x microvette 300 ql (sampling tube)
2x lancets CE 0344
1x return envelope
1x activation card with adhesive label

After registering your test online and completing the card, you then have to prick your finger and extract the blood. You fill the small container and then post this back in the envelope provided.

I took my blood on a Tuesday and posted it that afternoon, by Wednesday lunch time I had an email saying they received it and are testing my blood. My results then came back the next Monday via email.

This particular test is for:

Tested Items

  •  IgG4 – Salmon
  •  IgG4 – Cod
  •  IgG4 – Plaice
  •  IgG4 – Squid
  •  IgG4 – Blue mussel
  •  IgG4 – Octopus
  •  IgG4 – Pork
  •  IgG4 – Beef
  •  IgG4 – Lamb
  •  IgG4 – Wheat
  •  IgG4 – Oat
  •  IgG4 – Sesame
  •  IgG4 – Spelt
  •  IgG4 – Amaranth
  •  IgG4 – Carrot
  •  IgG4 – Cucumber
  •  IgG4 – Broccoli
  •  IgG4 – Garlic
  •  IgG4 – Maize
  •  IgG4 – Cabbage
  •  IgG4 – Celery
  •  IgG4 – Sweet lupine
  •  IgG4 – Egg white
  •  IgG4 – Egg yolk
  •  IgG4 – Cheese (Gouda)
  •  IgG4 – Casein
  •  IgG4 – Apple
  •  IgG4 – Orange
  •  IgG4 – Grape
  •  IgG4 – Peach
  •  IgG4 – Mango
  •  IgG4 – Almond
  •  IgG4 – Hazelnut
  •  IgG4 – Peanut
  •  IgG4 – Walnut
  •  IgG4 – Pistachio nut
  •  IgG4 – Cashew nut
  •  IgG4 – Potato
  •  IgG4 – Baker’s yeast
  •  IgG4 – Soy
  •  IgG4 – Tuna
  •  IgG4 – Trout
  •  IgG4 – Pollock
  •  IgG4 – Herring
  •  IgG4 – Oyster
  •  IgG4 – Shrimp
  •  IgG4 – Duck
  •  IgG4 – Chicken
  •  IgG4 – Turkey
  •  IgG4 – Rye
  •  IgG4 – Buckwheat
  •  IgG4 – Barley
  •  IgG4 – Durum wheat
  •  IgG4 – Millet
  •  IgG4 – Quinoa
  •  IgG4 – Gluten
  •  IgG4 – Tomato
  •  IgG4 – Onion
  •  IgG4 – Zucchini
  •  IgG4 – Olive, green
  •  IgG4 – Lentil
  •  IgG4 – Pea, green
  •  IgG4 – Bean, green
  •  IgG4 – Cow’s milk
  •  IgG4 – Sheeps milk
  •  IgG4 – Goat milk
  •  IgG4 – Banana
  •  IgG4 – Kiwi fruit
  •  IgG4 – Lemon
  •  IgG4 – Strawberry
  •  IgG4 – Pineapple
  •  IgG4 – Sunflower seed
  •  IgG4 – Pumpkin seed
  •  IgG4 – Mustard
  •  IgG4 – Sweet basil
  •  IgG4 – Ginger
  •  IgG4 – Coffee
  •  IgG4 – Cacao
  •  IgG4 – Button mushroom
  •  IgG4 – Rice
  •  IgE – Birch
  •  IgE – Hazelnut
  •  IgE – Olive
  •  IgE – Cypress
  •  IgE – Ash
  •  IgE – Timothy grass
  •  IgE – Rye
  •  IgE – Bermuda/Couch grass
  •  IgE – Bahia grass
  •  IgE – Ragweed
  •  IgE – Mugwort
  •  IgE – English plantain
  •  IgE – Cat hair
  •  IgE – Horse hair
  •  IgE – Dog hair
  •  IgE – House dust mites
  •  IgE – Cockroach
  •  IgE – Cladosporium herbarum
  •  IgE – Egg white
  •  IgE – Milk
  •  IgE – Cod
  •  IgE – Salmon
  •  IgE – Crab
  •  IgE – Shrimp
  •  IgE – Meat
  •  IgE – Wheat
  •  IgE – Rice
  •  IgE – Soy
  •  IgE – Potato
  •  IgE – Peanut
  •  IgE – Carrot
  •  IgE – Tomato
  •  IgE – Almond
  •  IgE – Apple
  •  IgE – Orange
  •  IgE – Peach
  •  IgE – Strawberry

It was so interesting to see what it came back saying as I was expecting a reaction to dairy and I had no ideas I would react to certain nuts!

The test results are emailed through and it also shows how severe the allergy/intolerance is.

  

I am now starting to wonder how nuts effect me? I eat cashews or cashew based snacks a lot, maybe this is causing my migraines and my acne?

I think if you are worried about having a reaction to something but you can’t pin point it yourself then it is worth getting a test done so you know what to avoid.

Are you allergic or intolerant to anything?

Regards

Sarah x

I have put together a few ideas for Christmas gifts this year in the following categories: Clothing, Homeware and Entertainment

CLOTHING

Dobell shirt

£24.99

Dobell are such a good menswear brand. Their products are high quality but at an affordable price. My husband has had quite a few products from them before including a suit and bow tie and a set of cuff links. This shirt is a great price considering the quality of it. I love the stripe design and this would be great for any man in your life whether they are your partner/dad/son/brother or a friend. Their clothing is true to size.

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Statement made necklace

Pricing depends on product/personalisation.

Statement made jewellery have some really beautiful pieces. They can add personalistion to their products, I have my husbands initial N on this necklace. They are such great quality at an affordable price and they really do have something for everyone.  The also have just released a range of Christmas ornaments.

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B.Tempted knickers

From £8 depending on colour/style

I personally love new pjs or underwear for Christmas. Knicker Locker have such a fab range of both, as well as swimwear and things for men. These particular knickers are by the brand B.Tempted and they are so soft and comfortable. Often lace underwear can be slightly uncomfortable but these ones are so soft! The fit is good and I opted for a Small, I am a UK 8/10 usually.

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HOMEWARE

Amphora Aromatics Mulled pear candle

£9.50

This time of year, I love candles. Amphora Aromatics have a beautiful mulled pear and spices candle. I have previously mentioned their Lavender one which is one of my favourite candles. Each candle can burn for up to 40 hours which is great if you only light it for half an hour at a time. The scent is quite strong but not too overpowering and the mulled pear really reminds me of Christmas. I like the neutral colour of the jar meaning it can look good in any room, no matter the decor.

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Personalised baubles

£7.99 each

I love personalised presents, I think it is a great way to show someone you have really thought about a gift. This year we bought our first Christmas tree, we previously had my parents old one and some of their decorations but we decided it was time to get our own and all new decorations. I wanted some special baubles to get for my husband. Funky Pigeon have so many personalised items but I opted for the photo baubles where you can upload any photo you wish and add words to them so of course, I got ones of of cats! They are such great quality and will look great on the tree.

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Personalised stocking tree decoration

£16.50

Another great addition to a tree is a personalised decorated stocking. I am really impressed with the quality of this and love how cute the little heads are and how neatly our names are written. You can get lots of decorations from Made with love and sparkle and you can personalise them with peoples name, whether it is for a couple, a whole family or if you want your pets names on! I wanted to just have it for Nick and myself. I think it looks super cute and would be a great gift for anyone especially if it was a first christmas in a new home or with a new member of the family etc.

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Warmies heatable soft toy

£14.99

Hot Water Bottle shop not only supply a massive range of standard hot water bottle covers, they also supply these cute heatabale soft toys. You put them in the microwave for two minutes to heat them up and then they are so warm and smell amazing as they have lavender in. This is perfect for adults or children to cuddle with or take to bed in the winter. In the summer you can even out it in the freezer! Lavender is my favourite scent and is so calming so this is ideal if you aren’t feeling very well to use instead of a hot water bottle.

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Entertainment

Pitch Perfect: 3-Movie Boxset

You can get some great boxsets on Amazon from £6, some of the most popular ones are:

Movie boxsets:
>  *   Fast & Furious 8-Film Collection (DVD £24.99, Amazon)
>  *   Transformers: 5-Movie Collection (DVD £19.34, Amazon)
>  *   Pitch Perfect: 3-Movie Boxset (DVD £6.99, Blu-ray £18.00, Amazon)
>  *   Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (Blu-ray £17.99, Amazon)
>  *   Fifty Shades: 3-Movie Boxset (DVD £11.99, Blu-ray £14.99, Amazon)
>  *   The Godfather Trilogy: The Coppola Restoration (Blu-ray £14.99, Amazon)

I personally love pitch perfect and plan to spend a Sunday binge watching all three films in a row. It is great value to buy DVDs as a box set if you want to watch more than one of them.

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Fanatic football gift box

£45

Fanatic create these fab football gift boxes. You can select the box depending on what team you support and you can select if it is for an adult or child. They will also ask your clothing size. I received a sample box to review but if you were to buy one you would receive 5/6 items based on the selected team. My box featured a hat, bottle opener and socks. These are the kind of things they would feature, as well as tshirts, a mug, a calendar and various other products. I think this would be a great gift for a football fan and they have a great range of teams on there. I had to pick Arsenal obviously 🙂

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I hope I have given you some ideas 🙂

Sarah x