Category Archives: Books, TV, News and Social Media

Topcashback Review (plus COMPETITION details)

Have you heard of Topcashback?

It is a cashback site, basically, you need car insurance (or takeaway or shopping….etc) so you go to your TopCashBack site and make sure you are logged in, find the shop you want and click on the link via the site and as long as you meet the rules you get cashback on your purchases.

I used it for everything we needed when we bought the house, insurance, boiler cover, shopping, car insurance and generic shopping.

They also have ongoing competitions where you follow the daily clue and a flying hummingbird appears and you can win money and prize draw entries.

HINT – Today’s clue is GLOSSY BOX – Search them and when they appear the hummingbird will appear and click on it for your prize!!

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I cannot recommend this site enough, especially if you are moving home or due renewals on insurance. You can also get gift cards for following a referral link like the one I will post below.

This post is not endorsed by TopCashBack, I am just sharing something that I think is great. For example, I wanted a free trial of a magazine service and I could sign up for the free 2 weeks and I got £6.30 for not spending a penny.

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Through taking out the necessities for the home I managed to pay some bills whilst I have been off work and receiving SSP (statutory sick pay).

Click here to follow the link and sign up for an account. There’s plenty of free cashback available at the moment – plus you can withdraw your money in the form of gift cards and get bonus money on top, or just have it sent straight to your bank.

Let me know if you have any questions.

p.s if the link above doesn’t work just copy and paste:

https://www.topcashback.co.uk/ref/staciemai

You are Welcome xxxx

Reading – 2018 Book Challenge

So I said to myself I need to read more, the only reading I seem to do is online or study related. So I set myself a challenge:

To go through the alphabet and choose a book starting with each letter of the alphabet and read it. So we are 5 months into the year and I still have not started this. So I have sat down today and drawn up a little table on the computer to start this goal.

So here it is;

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Nice and simple?

I will start filling in the letters with pictures of front covers and will review the books that I feel stand out or I truly recommend and have something to say!!

With only 229 days left of the year I better hurry up. Wish me luck!!

The Versatile Blogger Award

I have been quiet the past few days-I have reverted back to my very much hated nocturnal state. But I am back!!

 

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I Hate you nocturnal brain!!

Firstly I would like to thank ‘Babbling Mummy’ for nominating me for The Versatile Bloggers Award!! For those of you that do not know about the award; you get nominated by other bloggers for your blog. Once nominated, you thank them as I have just done (although that is the kind thing to do isn’t it?) and write a short post with some facts about yourself, before nominating other bloggers for the award.

8 Facts about Myself

  1. I really hate certain noises. Also known as Misophonia (although I am not officially diagnosed-one thing at a time!) But do not come near me and crack bones, grind teeth or chew loudly with your mouth open because it makes me feel physically sick.
  2. I Love learning new languages. I speak 2 fluent languages, 1 at an intermediate level and 4 languages I learned when younger and was either fluent or nearly fluent in. I wish I knew so many more languages.
  3. I despise odd Numbers. Really, actually hate them – when I had an eating disorder I couldn’t eat rice without counting the grains.
  4. I was raised as the oldest child, but I actually have an older brother. Plus 3 older half-siblings.
  5. I can easily rewatch the same programme/movie again and again. I don’t think my wife really gets it!! I will happily watch Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Harry Potter Movies and Friends back to back!!
  6. My dream job would involve mental health, animals and work to my own schedule-ideally from home.
  7. I love watching scary films but equally hate watching them – I am too jumpy and paranoid about reliving the films so I avoid them. Especially when they involve jumpy moments when there’s nothing and then suddenly a scary child screaming at you.  Or the one moment in Harry Potter that scares the daylight out of me – when Harry and Hermione visit Godric’s Hollow and that stupid snake jumps up at the camera!!
  8. I have a massive bucket list (I am planning a post for this in the future) but my top 5 completed bucket list tasks are:
  • Get my wood beads.
  • Achieve my Explorer Belt.
  • Achieve my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • Visit Buckingham Palace. (I was awarded my DofE in the Gardens)
  • Live abroad for 6 months to volunteer.

 

My nominations

Here are my nominations for bloggers that I have discovered that I love to follow and I think they deserve some recognition for their work and writing.

 

Aril 26th, 2018 – Daily Prompt=Cur….

I definitely had to google what this word meant.

Cur = Apparently it means a ‘mongrel’ or ‘mixed breed dog’ but can also refer to an unfriendly dog.

I love dogs. Some of them do scare me a bit and they can do bad things, but so can humans. I always remember being around dogs, growing up we definitely always had some cats (sometimes a lot of cats) but I remember having dogs in my life, some years there was only cats but for the majority of the time there were also dogs ( and rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and fish!!).

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How can you call them rats??

Now I am married and we have our own home and 2 dogs. They are not mixed breed dogs but people still call them ‘rats’. The truth is they are my babies, especially as I have no living children and have fertility difficulties. They help my mental health so much and I think if they weren’t here I would be a more impulsive and even sadder person.

Some people call themselves a “people person” – whilst I love helping others and being around people I would also prefer to be surrounded by my dogs, they are less judgemental and understand feelings. If I am having a quiet/sad/melancholy day people tend to just not say anything, whereas a dog always knows.

They always know.

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We have been bestowed with a prince!!

Today flags are flying to celebrate a new prince.

Congratulations to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William; The Duke of Cambridge – And of course to Prince George and Princess Charlotte!!

It is also exciting that Princess Charlotte, whose position in line to the throne will not change with the birth of her little brother; due to a change in the law, has made history.

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“Kensington Palace Twitter Account”

I have not added any pictures of the new Prince as I feel it is not my right to share them, but if you browse the news websites and the Kensington Palace twitter account, then there are plenty of images there for you to see. The Prince is beautiful, you can see mam, dad, brother and sister in the young Prince. Beautiful children and a beautiful family.

We have yet to hear about the name that has been given to the new Prince, I wonder if Prince George had a different name, would this Prince be called George? He was born on St George’s Day after all? George, Charlotte and ……..

What name will be bestowed to the new prince?? I cannot wait to find out!!

Casualty – Crying over Glen

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Copyright © 2018 BBC. Screenshot Taken from BBC Website.

Series 32 : Episode 30 – If you have not seen this episode then click back now: SPOILER ALERT (YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!)

Just when you think that Robyn will have a happy ending…. BOOM!! The plot thickens.

What got to me in this episode was the circumstances surrounding how Glen passed away, it reminded me of losing people in my life. I am a big believer when it comes to people having a choice in where they die, although I fully understand it is not always possible. I admire the BBC for how they portrayed Glens’ death; they made the room special, a little family together in the room in their pyjamas and dressing gowns. I cried inside and almost outside, but I do not like crying in front of people so managed to hold it back. I would have loved the chance to say goodbye to those I lost and be there for their last moments. It hurts me so much that I did not get that final ‘Goodbye’, this is why the episode meant so much to me.

I thank Owain Arthur (Glen Thomas) and Amanda Henderson (Robyn Miller) along with the BBC for the way the story was presented.

I got put in Instajail :(

Serves me right for not getting up off my but!!

Yesterday I found myself going through loads of Instagram posts from friends and satisfying videos of sand being cut and Lush items being cut etc….


Then I got put in Instajail – Ooops

Lesson learnt – don’t lie in bed feeling ill all day liking posts on Instagram.

My ban on liking only lasted a couple of hours.

My Bad…. I Love you Instagram

Instagram : Accounts that inspire me ❤❤

This is my IG page;


I follow a lot of people, celebrities, friends, family as well as many people who Share their chronic illnesses and their stories.

Every day there is two accounts I check and follow their stories and posts.

1 – @bodyposipanda 

A real life account, positive conqueror of anorexia. I hope that one day I can learn to love myself and follow the advice @bodyposipanda gives.


2 – @timetodeflate

I started following when Kayla came up on suggestions of accounts to follow. Whilst I have not had surgery I admire @timetodeflate’s journey, her story and dedication to her lifestyle and health.


I check these two accounts everyday and follow the posts and videos.

I defo recommend you hit follow on these accounts.

Books 📚📗📙📕📓📒📔📚

So I was sent this Anxiety Booklet from the Primary Mental Health Team, and it had a list of recommended books in the back.

Me being me (the book freak) I went to trusty ebay and got most of them, they were pretty cheap apart from the one I didnt get. Some of them were published in the 90s so I’m guessing that is why they were cheaper.


The First one arrived today;

Self-Help for your nerves – Dr Claire Weekes


Apparently I can learn to relax and enjoy life again by obercoming stress and fear 😳🤔

We will see….

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Next Book has arrived,


It is an older book, but still recommended so will give it a try.

I will update again when more books arrive 😄😄

What to watch next….

So I have spent a lot of time at home lately as you know if you read my blog.

In that time I have watched:

  • Almost every episode of Friends (lost a few discs to other cases)
  • Downton Abbey (although Now TV said 9 seasons, season 9 was a xmas episode and I swear there is a series missing)
  • Greys Anatomy (finished on Season 11 this morning but the next seasons aren’t there, apparently there is more?)

What else is out there? 

Should really be concentrating on revision for my exam June 2nd and finishing my huge assignment due in at the end of the month (this determines whether I Fail the module) 

I just don’t have the energy 😦 

What is wrong with me 😦