lifestyle

Celebrating Inspirational Women In Film

To celebrate the launch of the Oled TV from Panasonic, I am going to be telling you all about women in film that inspire me. Role models don’t always have to be real. I think we have all been enamoured with a character from a movie or TV show, feeling like we could totally relate to them and what was happening to them in a particular way.

Here are some women in film who are an inspiration to me:

Matilda

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Matilda will always inspire me. She was everything that I wanted to be when I was a little girl. Those powers, her intelligence and her ability to read every single book in the library…Matilda was #Goals. I remember being so obsessed with the movie (because I was a huge Roald Dahl fan as a child) that I would watch it every single weekend (I begged my Mum to buy me the video cassette) and even to this day, I can remember the lines from some of the most iconic scenes in the movie (particularly when Matilda uses her powers to send Ms Trunchbull packing towards the end). Matilda was bright, brave and most importantly, she believed in her own potential. We can all afford to be a little more like her in my opinion.

Storm 

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Now, I don’t know if it’s because she was portrayed by the ever so beautiful Halle Berry, but I am completely taken by Storm. Whenever I watch a X-Men movie, I am captivated by her strength, her confidence and her bravery. The fact that she can control and manipulate the weather is also a huge plus (we need the Storm effect in London for sure). I also have immense appreciation for the fact that Storm (real name Ororo Munroe) actually made her debut in the X-Men comics in 1975. This was a time where racism was at its peak in America, so just imagine young black American girls (and black girls all over the world of course) seeing someone that looks exactly like them on T.V. Representation matters.

Fran Fine

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Now, I know that Fran Fine isn’t a character from a movie but she is, in my opinion, one of the most iconic female characters in a comedy series. Played by Fran Drescher in hit sitcom The Nanny, Fran Fine had it all. She was classy, beautiful, confident and she owned that strong New York accent like there was no tomorrow. In addition to being absolutely hilarious, Fran taught us all that we should always fight for what we believe in. Although many may not agree with her wait for Mr Sheffield, she always believed that they were meant to be together. I also admire her unquestionable devotion and commitment to Brighton, Maggie and Grace as their nanny. Yes, she did have a few mishaps but she was always able to save the day.

I hope you have all enjoyed this short but sweet post. Are there any women in film (or even T.V) that inspire you? I love to hear from you so please feel free to drop a comment below.

The Oled TV from Panasonic is out now.

Kel xo

 

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relationships

The Single Life: Do’s And Don’ts

I’ve already written a few posts about relationships

For this post, I’ve decided to do something different. I’ve collaborated with bloggers and they are going to share some pearls of wisdom with you in regards to the single life. The reason why I decided to do this is to let you all know that single life is what you want it to be, not what society says.

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I’ve asked each blogger who has contributed to share one ‘DO’ and one ‘DON’T’.

I hope you enjoy this post!

Liv at It’s Not A Trumpet –

DO – Spend more time ‘creating yourself’ by discovering new things, going out with friends, being experimental with your look, taking time to truly know yourself and what you want out of life, then find a person who matches that.

DON’T– Be too clingy with friends who are in relationships just because you’re not not in one. Respect the fact that they need space and time to connect with their other half so don’t get offended or possessive when they decide to spend a little time with their partner rather than you.

Chrissie at Vamp It Up Manchester –

DO – Rather than putting all of your energy into trying to find the right partner, join fun groups and explore hobbies so you are growing and meeting like minded people. They might be one of them!

DON’T – Keep compromising on dates, like a sudden change of destination, or waiting for ages if they are late and uncommunicative or if they aren’t dressed appropriately. What you are (and aren’t) willing to accept on dates pretty much sets the standard for how that person will continue to treat you.

Jan at U Can Crate

DO – Learn to love your body and understand your own sexuality. You know what I mean ladies, explore yourself and get to know what you need.

DON’T – Put up with shit men. If you get bad vibes, get out. Oh and if they treat the waiter badly, bin them off.

Kat at The Creative Wedding Fair –

DO – Find things which make you happy. Rediscover old hobbies, check out new bands, watch those guilty pleasure shows on Netflix, spend time chilling out with friends, take some classes, travel – make amazing memories which centre around yourself. Just because you’re single it doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun, if anything it gives you free reign to go out and find exactly what makes you tick.

DON’T – Feel pressured to find someone else. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being single, in fact it’s kind of amazing, so there is no rush to find Mr or Mrs right. But don’t be afraid to date either, it can be a lot of fun meeting new people and seeing what is out there, just keep it light and don’t put too much pressure on settling down. You’ve all the time in the world. Besides, you will know when you’ve found The One.

 Jennie at Travel To Recovery –

DO – Travel. I often get told “I cant go travelling because I am single” I am not sure if they are worried about safety or not having support but being single is totally the best time to go travelling you can do what you want when you want with no silly arguments. If still worried about travelling alone hook up with another single friend or even join group travel its amazing. I am actually so glad I am single that I can travel when and where I want.

DON’T – Go on a romantic holiday if you are single.

Charlotte at Memoirs and Musings –

DO – Travel solo.

DON’T – Go back to your ex. It’s like opening a wound and expecting it not to hurt.

Emma at Carpe Diem Emmie –

DO – Cry and eat lots of chocolate!

DON’T – Fall in the bed of another person, it’ll only confuse you.

Clare at The Money Freak

DO – Build up a reliable network of friends to talk to.

DON’T – Think your worth is based on being in a relationship.

Sarah at The S Road

DO – Be selfish and put yourself first. Develop your existing hobbies or start new ones. Go on holiday on your own. Spend loads of time with your friends and family. Enjoy it!

DON’T – Wait for a partner to go on holiday to that amazing destination. It’ll be just as amazing alone! Don’t think your life will magically change with a partner. Don’t listen to anyone else’s opinion about when you should be in a relationship.

Sophie at Wife, Mother, Life –

 DO – Travel, don’t hang about, go have that mad adventure you’ve always dreamed of!

DON’T – Settle! Don’t settle for the partner that doesn’t get you, wait. Learn to love yourself and let that become the standard that prospective partners need to surpass.

Victoria at Our Life On Sea –

DO – Surround yourself with good friends so you have someone close to call and talk through things, someone you can pop into for dinner and share your day with.

DON’T – Stay at home alone – join classes, the gym or volunteer. 

Cristina at Criddle Me This –

DO – All the things you love. Spend time pampering yourself, enjoying hobbies and getting to know how fabulous you are single again.

DON’T– Look back. It’s so hard but until you realise it’s over, you will never move on.

Annelies at The Frugal Frenchie –

DO – Learn to embrace and love yourself, you don’t need a partner to feel good!.

DON’T – Fall into a relationship where it’s all give and no take. Relationships must be based upon equality otherwise it’ll wear you down, know your worth!.

Luan at A Life Of Lovely

DO – Spend time exploring new hobbies and enjoy new things.

DON’T – Rush into another relationship. You can be happy single.

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My Energy Essentials

Hello lovelies! I’m back! In this post, I’ll be reviewing three amazing, energy boosting products that have become an important part of my diet.

My ‘Energy Essentials’ give me the strength I need to get through the day.

The first product I’m going to review is the Indigo Nutrition Super Vital Powder. This powder comprises of superfoods – superfoods are foods that are rich in nutrients. Thanks to this product, I’m now able to integrate superfoods into my diet. According to the packaging, the powder boosts the immune system. It’s perfect for a pick me up and all you need is half a teaspoon, so it will definitely last a long time.

Instead of relying on sweet treats, I decided to seek an energy boost the natural way and it was the best decision I ever made. One thing I would advise is that this powder should be added to smoothies or juices. I wouldn’t recommend adding it to food as it may not compliment the taste. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and I’m really impressed. I plan to add a extra teaspoon every day until my body gets used to it. Another benefit is that all ingredients are natural: Acai PowderBaobab Powder and Beetroot Powder all contain high amounts of Vitamin C.

The Indigo Nutrition Super Vital Powder is available from the Indigo Herbs website and prices start from £5.99. Click  here for more information.

Next, I’m going to introduce you all to the Indigo Nutrition Organic Supergreens Powder. I’m a keen consumer of vegetables. My faves are broccoli, sweetcorn and asparagus but sometimes with such a hectic lifestyle, I may completely forget to have a side of my favourite veg on my plate. Like the vital powder, it is 100% organic. The only difference is that it’s rich in Vitamin B. As for it being a mood enhancer, I have to see because I haven’t noticed any changes yet. Although you can add it to your smoothies, I use it in my stews. Even though the powder is bright green (yes, just like Kermit), it doesn’t change the colour of the stew. I’ll add that I used this when I made tomato stew so I can’t vouch for dishes such as curry, for example, so start with a small amount and then slowly progress to the recommended 1/2 a teaspoon.

The Indigo Nutrition Organic Supergreens Powder is also available from the Indigo Herbs website and prices start from £6.99. Click here for more information.

Overall, I’ve had a really good experience with both of these powders. They are a welcome addition to my diet and I look forward to my body reaping more benefits in the near future. They are also reasonably priced so you’d definitely be getting your money’s worth.

If you ever sit at your desk and just anxiously wonder how you’re going to get all your work done, then the Indigo Herbs Brain Power (Pulse Point Roller) is for you. I apply the oil on my pulse points (temple, wrists and at the back of my neck), I also inhale it a few times a day. My mind instantly feels alert and I feel a lot more focused. The ingredients are 100% natural and the blend of oils including almond, lemon and eucalyptus provide such a soothing effect. The scent is sweet, refreshing and so invigorating.

The Brain Power (Pulse Point Roller) is available on the Indigo Herbs website and is priced at £4.49. You can find more information here.

This post is a collaboration between myself and Indigo Herbs. All views are my own.

Have you ever tried any products from Indigo Herbs? If so then, don’t forget to join in the conversation using #IndigoHerbs.

Kel xo

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Introducing U&I Lifestyle

If you love to live your best life, then this is definitely for you!

Unique and Innovative Lifestyle are a lifestyle company in London that specialise in Marketing and Social Media Management. The company are branching out and they have just launched an exciting new incentive for U&I lovers worldwide, The U&I card entitles you to a range of discounts and offers at restaurants, hotels, spas and so much more.

Some of the amazing places you can get discounts and offers from include W Hotels, ClaridgesFifty9 Bar and Buddha Bar (to name a few).

The card costs £99 and is available to purchase from the company’s website.

My U&I card was delivered a few days ago and I can’t wait to take advantage of all the amazing discounts.

The U&I card is perfect for millennials who want to live the lives they deserve without breaking the bank. You can save £££ on a variety of discounts and offers, exclusive to all U&I card members. If you’re a travel junkie, fret not, because you can also use your U&I card abroad (see website for more details). I’ll definitely be using mine when I am in Prague in a few weeks time.

U&I Lifestyle are currently running a competition on their website where they are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a membership card – click here for more details.

I am also offering IKS readers 10% off their U&I Lifestyle Card purchases – all you need to do to get your 10% discount is use the code ‘ Kelle10’.

For more information about Unique and Innovative, check out their website.

You can also find U&I on Instagram and Twitter.

Kel xo 

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Travel Tales: Berlin

Earlier this month, I went to Berlin and I had such an amazing time. I was able to see some tourist attractions and eat lovely food too!

In this post, I’ll be sharing some of the highlights of my trip with you.

I went to Berlin with a friend and we stayed at the Quentin Boutique Hotel in CharlottenburgOn arrival, we were so tired because our flight had actually been delayed by an hour so we didn’t get to Berlin until 11pm!

The hotel has a very modern and chic look. It is one of the most popular hotels within the area. Most facilities were provided, however room service wasn’t that great. I feel that some members of staff could have been a bit more helpful. Other than that the location is great and close to the train station and shops.

Olympic Stadium

On the first day of our stay, we went to the Olympic Stadium. This was something that I really wanted to do prior to the trip. I knew who Jesse Owens was and what he achieved in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in spite of the endless racism he was victim to. 

The stadium was absolutely beautiful and I was glad that I got to see a part of history.In front of the stadium, there is a street called Jesse Owens Allee  which is named after the man himself.

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Holocaust Memorial

Later that day, we went to the Holocaust Memorial. The Holocaust Memorial is near Brandenburg Gate and is a tribute to the Jews who died before and during World War 2.

It made up of over 2,700 slabs which are all different heights and sizes and visitors can walk in between them if they wish. From afar, it really is a sublime work of art.

Brandenburg Gate

This is where the people of Germany celebrated when the Berlin Wall collapsed. Brandenburg Gate is an iconic tourist attraction and I’m so glad I got to see it. 

Berlin Wall memorial

We all know something about the Berlin Wall, the majority of millennials will probably remember when it was knocked down in 1989, which marked the end of the Cold War. On approach, there is a long road which leads up to the memorial. At the top of the road, there are pictures of families who were affected by the divide. The memorial featured many stories of the families that were separated.

Below is The Chapel of Reconciliation. 

Ok, let’s talk about food…So, in Germany frankfurters and bread are much treasured staples. However, I wasn’t really about following the crowd. I wanted to eat food that I knew I would like.

I went to this really lovely restaurant called Figaro Food And Wine. The cuisine is Italian and the atmosphere is really serene and intimate. Outside seating is available and there are thick red blankets draped on the chairs in case it gets a bit too cold.

If you follow me on Snapchat (ksalle206), you will know I LOVE calamari. Calamari and I have a beautiful love affair. When I received the baby squid I ordered, I was  a bit surprised. I’m  used to having deep fried squid that’s spicy and coated with spices vegetables (Thanks Busaba!) so I was surprised to be served breadcrumb free squid but it had a fantastic taste and the accompanying salad was fresh and delicious.

For my main meal, I opted for a chicken salad. It was well presented and the chicken had an exquisite taste.

I’m also a Prosecco super fan by the way. The best Prosecco I had in Berlin was from the Blacklist Bar in the hotel we were staying in.

Another place I ate at was Gorki Park . Their limited online menu doesn’t do them justice because my friend and I were walking the streets looking for alternative places that we could eat at just in case but fortunately,  there was a lovely selection of food. I had a burger with sweet potato fries and coleslaw, which I really enjoyed. The customer service was really good and I loved the cool and relaxed atmosphere.

Another highlight of mine was going to the Mall of Berlin twice. It’s huge and basically like Germany’s Westfield. There’s so much to see, do and eat. The food court will have you walking around in circles looking for a place to eat. By the time I’d walked half a circle, I’d had enough 😂 so I opted for one of my favourite cuisines, Thai.

I had lemon chicken, rice and another one of my faves: bubble tea. If you don’t know about the greatness of bubble tea, you are definitely missing out!

Berlin was very warm. The temperatures were in the mid to high 20’s. Going out on the first day was a challenge because the weather in London had been awful since December  😩😂 so ice cream really helped cool me down. I settled on mint choc chip, my favourite ice cream flavour.

I hope you have enjoyed this holiday blog. I have my next one planned so do let me know if you’d like me to do another blog.

I’m going to share some more pictures with you …

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The Importance Of Being Social

Having a social life plays such an important role in keeping healthy, active and well.

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Socialising has so many health benefits and many research studies have proven that there is a link between being socially active and longevity.

It’s hard to do things you enjoy when work schedules and other responsibilities take up a lot of time. As a professional, I often find it challenging to maintain a healthy work/life balance. In order to fight this, I try not to let a month go by without doing something I enjoy: whether it’s going to a concert with friends, visiting a museum or spending a morning in a spa.

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Here are a few reasons why it’s important to socialise:

It’s fun! – Socialising is a great way to connect with people around you. It really is a great feeling to be in the company of like minded people. Time flies by, meaningful conversations are had and wonderful memories are made.

It’s good for your self esteem – Yes, we are generation Netflix. I will put my hands up and say that I love nothing more than catching up with the latest episode of Black Lightning or Dynasty or anything else I can watch, but try not to succumb to making a habit out of this. Socialising improves your self esteem, your ability to interact with others and a good old catch up does wonders for the soul.

It reduces stress – Life can be stressful at times so its important to give yourself time out when needed. Having a social outing or planning an activity will help you focus on things other than yourself. We all have days when we are so stressed about things (the majority of which we can’t control) so give yourself a break!

Sometimes it can be pretty difficult to organise days/nights out and other activities, but fortunately there is a easy way to find like minded Londoners who share the same interests as you…

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The new Pal App is all about finding friends who share similar interests to you. Whether you are organising a lunch date or looking for someone to play your favourite sport with: there is something to suit all social needs. If you can’t see any activities you like, you can post your own event. It’s a great way to make new friends and find something exciting that is happening in your area.

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Once you have found an event you are interested in, you can join in and engage in conversation with other fabulous Londoners taking part. If you’re worried about security, fear not because only the people taking part are able to chat and you also have the option of specifying who you would like to be contacted by.

The Pal App is available on both iOS and Android and is completely free of charge. To find out more about Pal App, click here.

This post was written in collaboration with Pal App.

Why do you think it’s important to socialise? I love to hear from you all so do feel free to leave a comment below.

Kel xo

lifestyle · relationships

10 Things You Can Do To Reinvent Yourself After A Break Up

 I’ve written quite a few posts about relationships and life as a single woman and its been amazing to read your comments, whether you’re sharing your own personal experiences or an opinion, its so appreciated.

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This is another relationship related post BUT it is a little different than what I’ve done before… I have joined forces with the lovely Wini Boansi to share tips on how you can reinvent yourself after a breakup. Wini is a content creator/writer and blogger (like myself) and she’s also a vlogger too! – don’t forget to subscribe to her channel.

Wini and I came up with the idea for this post as we felt that a lot of young women would be inspired. I think that we live in a time where too much emphasis is put on the environmental aspect of getting over a break up (e.g: don’t listen to sad songs) but I think that getting over a break up lies in reinvention. Reinvention is essential because you’re not the same person once you’ve had your heart broken or experienced a disappointment, so looking within is a must…

How to reinvent yourself after a breakup by Wini

READ

Knowledge is power so taking in useful information and tips (such as what you are currently reading) is definitely a step in the right direction. Read books, blogs, forums, articles etc. on various ways you can overcome a break-up. Alexandra Redcay’s talk on selecting the right relationship is a real eye opener.

After a previous breakup, I realised that I was not confident about myself. Coincidentally I stumbled across a blog and the owner of the blog had written a book entitled Men Don’t Love Women Like You .The title is bizarre I know, however the book provides multiple ways on how to become confident within yourself, as well as tips to use when you are ready to start dating again. (I promise you that this book is empowering and has done wonders for me!)

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NEW HOBBY

Definitely pick up a new hobby. Were you thinking about getting involved with yoga? Do your research and find out where the nearest yoga class is! Into make up? Why not kick-start that blog or YouTube channel that you’ve been contemplating about for the past 6 months? Now is the time to preoccupy your time and mind with a hobby that compliments the new you.

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Whatever new hobby you take on, make sure it is something that adds positivity and value to your life. Make sure it puts a smile on your face and excites you. Even if it is something you have not previously thought about doing, what’s the harm in trying something new? Step outside of your comfort zone.

PAMPER YOURSELF

Breakups may not always end badly, however, the fact of the matter is that you are no longer in a relationship with someone you once cared for. During this time, you may feel low or very reflective about the situation. Rather than staying fixated on what could have been, try to do little things to make you feel good.

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Below is a list of a few ways:

A trip to the nail shop

Cook or order in your favourite food

Relaxing bath

Spa Day/Weekend

COMMUNICATION

Communication is key. During a breakup you may experience emotions that you’ve never felt before. Talking to someone can make a difference. Confide in someone you trust: it can be a family member, friend, a professional or it might even be with a stranger that you cross paths with while on your travels… you never know. For those of you who are more introverted why not try writing a journal? You will gain confidence in expressing your thoughts and feelings in various ways.

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  MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION

Mindfulness and meditation can help you to manage your emotions and thoughts after a breakup. 

Acknowledging how you feel about the situation, and not suppressing your emotions is key. You need to understand why you feel the way that you do, and if while meditating you can’t quite understand why, try writing down how you feel, exactly how it comes to mind.

Although we may have no control over the breakup, we do have control on how we allow the break up to affect us. Doing a simple thing such as closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing, your feelings and thoughts, is key to overcoming your breakup.

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If at anytime you are feeling tempted to react harshly/negatively close your eyes and meditate on that idea. Reflect on what the possible consequences of reacting that way may be, and try to find a compassionate way of dealing with the situation. Forgiveness is not compulsory, but if you feel that it may be the best way to let go of any hostile feelings, use mindfulness and meditation to aid that decision.

How to reinvent yourself after a breakup by Kelle

PRAY

Prayer has provided me with so much clarity since my break up. If you don’t pray, then alternatively you can practice meditation instead. Prayer allows you to open yourself up spirituality, without a fear of judgement or condemnation. When you pray, I would advise that you be completely honest with yourself. Tell God how you are really feeling, after all, he is your Father and he will comfort you through good times and bad times.

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I remember watching a T.D Jakes sermon about a week after I had moved back home. Everything he was saying related to what I went through and I remember trying to be so strong, taking it all in but within seconds I started to cry. I realised that I needed that outlet, so to add to Wini’s earlier point, if you need to cry, cry. If you need to shout, scream, kick, break: just do it. It’s all a part of the healing process which will allow you to move on with your life.

SOCIALISE

This is always a challenging one because women especially are taught to stay indoors, eat the biggest box of chocolates and watch romantic movies until the tears start falling. It’s time to get rid of this way of thinking because it does more harm than good. Now is the time to keep yourself busy. Becoming single (especially if it’s sudden) will shock your system and you’ll find you have a lot of spare time on your hands so socialising is essential.

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Meet up with that friend you haven’t seen in a few months, visit your favourite restaurant, go to the library, attend workshops related to areas you may be interested in, take a class at the gym instead of using equipment all the time…the opportunities for socialising are endless. Get yourself out there, don’t hide. You are entering a new chapter in your life and you should do it with your head held high. I’m not saying you should go out every weekend or fill up your diary, monitor your social activities and of course, if it does become overwhelming, take a step back. There’s nothing wrong with a nice glass of wine, good food and Netflix.

LOOK WITHIN

I’ve discussed looking within in my posts: Operation Build A Man and Musings Of An Introvert. This is something that some women fail to do. In the minds of some women, it is always the man’s fault. This type of thinking is very unhealthy because you won’t be able to reflect and evaluate your behaviour in your relationship. Honesty IS the best policy and it’s not conducive to what we tell others, we also have to be honest with ourselves too!

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You may decide to identify your personality type. I found out I’m an INFJ and I have to say, this has helped me understand myself a great deal. You can also write down things you like about yourself and what you think could be improved on. In addition to getting to know yourself better, you have to take a look around you. Are you surrounding yourself with people who bring out the best in you? Are your circle positive, uplifting and supportive?

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I would really encourage women out there who have gone through a difficult break up to self evaluate. As mentioned earlier, you won’t be the same person you were before: your character will change, you will have new needs/expectations/goals in life and in personal relationships, so keep an open mind. The ‘I Am Who I Am’ complex is self destructive and will not do you any favours.

DECLUTTER

Invest in something that improves your space and enhances your wellbeing. I’m not saying you have to remodel your home or redesign your room but there are little things that you can do to improve your surroundings. Do you have things that you want to give to charity? Would a book organiser be a welcome addition to your table? Is there an old computer or stereo that you need to get rid of? If the answer is yes, then take action because it has been psychologically proven that cleaning improves mental and physical health.

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Reinventing yourself after a breakup (especially a difficult one) isn’t easy but you are in control of the healing process. Take steps to work towards a happier, healthier and more confident you. No situation is permanent and you have the ability to bounce back from any setback life brings to your door. Think positive, be positive.

I hope you enjoyed this post guys and as always, feel free to leave a comment below. Also, don’t forget to like and subscribe to Wini’s blog, channel (there are links at the top of the post) and to IKS

I created a thread on Twitter last year about getting over a break up which can be found here

Kel xo

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How To Find The Perfect Deals Online

Searching for the perfect deal online can be such a struggle. Surprisingly, this hasn’t put us Brits off online shopping. According to the Daily Mail, 95% of Britons buy goods from online retailers. One in four UK residents shop online at least once a week.

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The majority of us have horror stories about items that look nothing like how they appear in the picture or very expensive delivery costs and this can put us off shopping online. However, when it comes to online shopping, don’t focus too much on how long it may take you to find what you are looking for, but take your time. Research is key if you want to get a good deal.

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In another short but sweet post, I am going to be sharing a few tips with you all on how you can master the art that is online shopping and ensure you get your money’s worth when you are looking for that perfect deal…

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1) Always check reviews – After all, we are all consumers. We invest in products and services so why not see what your fellow buyers are saying about a product or service before you choose to invest in it? The majority of websites tally up the opinions of customers, from good to bad or 5-1 etc, so be sure to read testimonials so that you can make a wise and informed choice. Never be sold on a product/service just because someone said that it worked for them!

2) Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe – If you are looking for a bargain online and you have found a product/service that has caught your eye, then subscribe to the brand’s mailing list before you seal the deal. Many brands are very generous to new customers so it is likely that there will be a discount code in your welcome email. Downloading apps as well is also another way you can secure that discount before you make your purchase.

3) Comparisons – Always compare prices if you want to get the best deal. Be careful with deals such as 3 for 2 or 1/3 off. 3 for 2 deals are created to make you spend more money and usually, a 1/3 off is a brand’s way of trying to ensure they make a quick profit. The item you really want could actually be half price of buy one, get one free on another site so always shop around. The Google shopping page is a fast and easy price comparison tool.

4) Avoid high delivery charges – Choosing click and collect at the checkout is the best way to do this. It doesn’t cost a lot and on some sites, it actually means you get your items a lot quicker.

5) Bulk buy (if necessary!) – If you find an amazing deal on something you have been looking for for quite some time, then I would recommend buying more than one, especially if there’s high demand for it. This comes in handy if you are shopping for necessities such as cosmetics, food etc.

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How To Be An Educator And Still Have Time For Yourself

‘Is there really such thing as a work/life balance when you are an educator?’

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Some of you will say yes, some of you will shrug and some of you will totally disagree but with whatever job you choose to do, finding a work/life balance is a necessity. As an educator myself, I do find it very challenging to make time for my planning (even though I’m supply/cover and don’t really need to do much) and my social life (i.e: spending time with family, friends, making time for hobbies and other forms of self care). While, we can agree that this is a struggle, it isn’t impossible.

If we don’t take the time to pay attention to our needs as well as our responsibilities, we will suffer. Emotionally, physically, and in severe cases, mentally. 

Here are some tips that I would like to share with you that help me (and will hopefully help you) keep and maintain a work/life balance:

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Have a plan – ‘Planning’ is the word every educator dreads hearing (because it takes up a great deal of our time) but its important to actually plan your planning. Use a notebook or an organiser to write down which lessons/resources you are going to plan/prepare first. Having a plan for your planning makes life so much easier (even if you’re doing paperwork, have a plan!). Sometimes working sporadically can cause burnout because you could easily become overwhelmed. It’s actually been proven that having ‘to do lists’ and ticking each thing off as you go promotes a sense of self satisfaction.

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Give yourself a break – This is the one thing we fail to do as educators. Sometimes it feels like there are a million and one things to do in one day and each day is a endless struggle to be a modern day superhero. It’s important to give yourself time out if you want a healthy work/life balance. Don’t feel bad about it either. Stop working on Friday evenings, try to do something nice on a Saturday/Sunday. Taking time out helps you to recharge and unwind. It also improves concentration and increases productivity.

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Stay healthy – Working from 6am – 6pm some days will have you reaching for caffeine and sugar (trust me) but its important to eat as healthily as you can. In a school/college/uni day, so much is expected from educators. We need to teach our students, mark their work, plan activities/assemblies and so much more. It is a very demanding role and if you are healthy and you are eating right, you will be able to perform better in your role (and hopefully avoid sick days).

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Support support, support- As mentioned in the previous point, so much is expected from educators these days. Make sure you have a strong and supportive circle. Family, friends and colleagues that you can confide in when you get stressed. This is so important because the worst thing you could possibly do for yourself is bottle up all your feelings and emotions. As well as being on the receiving end of support, make sure you are giving it too. Remember, once upon a time you were a trainee. You may have a junior member of staff or a support that needs some kind words of reassurance from time to time.

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Manage your time – It’s nice to feel like a modern day superhero but remember that your time is precious and it is your responsibility to use it effectively. It would be amazing to help everyone with everything because that’s what you may feel naturally inclined to do – but are you doing it at the risk of your own productivity? If so, then you need to take a back seat and learn how to use the word NO. No is such a simple word yet it is incredibly difficult to say because we fear that we will be judged or condemned. Be honest and assertive over what you can do and what you can’t do. Saying NO isn’t as bad as you think it is.

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These are some things that help when trying to maintain a work/life balance. In addition to the tips I’ve shared, I think that you need to have an open mind first of all. No two days are the same. Some days, you will leave school feeling so tired you’ll be contemplating your career choice, while other days you’ll be feeling like you have the best job in the world.

To educate means to teach, inform or inspire others. You are contributing to help mould the future generation. Whether you are a teacher, supply teacher, teaching assistant or 1:1 support worker, you really do have the greatest gift of all, and that gift is making a valuable difference to children’s lives every single day.

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Keep up the good work (and don’t forget to take care of you!)

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Kel xo