My first blogging event at The Body Shop

On Sunday 30th September, after a long day at work, I left Primark and walked down the road for my first blogging event at The Body Shop! Have a look at their new range, what we got up to and the goodies I received.

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The staff were really welcoming and friendly, offering us a glass of prosecco as well as seeing if they could help us at all. With me working full time during the weekends, it’s rare that I go to The Body Shop so I had a really good look around- let me tell you, there were so many things I didn’t recognise so I was just smelling and trying on everything!

I also had a look at their skincare range, something I struggle to get right. I've heard lots of positive things about their Vitamine E and D range, but it's the tea tree oil products that I've always been a fan of. I'm sure there's more products than they used to be and I had a great time making a mental Christmas list!

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How to stop wasting money on household bills with BillButler

Sometimes we just accept that some things are unavoidable expenses that we can’t save on, especially household bills. You’ll be pleased to know, however, that I’ve found an app that can actually take the stress out of household bill management! So, without further ado, here’s how to stop wasting money on household bills.

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Introducing BillButler

I have collaborated with BillButler today, to tell you a bit about their app and how you can use it to save you money on future household bills.

BillButler is a service that wants to help you feel less overwhelmed by your bills, as well as making it easier for you to monitor your spending and payment methods. On your dashboard screen, you can view and track all your outgoings (including broadband, TV, phone, water, electricity etc.) so you don’t miss any and to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

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How to deal with stress in the workplace

I’ve recently just started a new job that requires more responsibility, more time management skills, more pressure and more running-back-and-forth-like-a- mad-woman. Although I have yet to master this, I have been really thinking about how to deal with stress in the workplace, so I thought I’d make it into a post. Hope it helps!

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Tip No.1 Focus on one thing at a time

How to deal with stress in the workplace

It’s sometimes easy to think about how many jobs you have to do and then trying to start and complete them all at once. Try and get through them one at a time so you don’t have loads of incomplete jobs on the go which can result in you looking like you’re slacking or being lazy.

Quality not quantity, guys!

Tip No.2 Teamwork

This, of course, depends on the nature of your job, but if there is a possibility to work on a project or ask the advice or opinions of colleagues do it!

If one of the sources of your workplace stress is not being 100% sure of what to expect, then ask a more experienced colleague for a quick tip. Alternatively, if you manage a team, make sure you distribute jobs evenly and make sure that everyone knows what they need to do. They may be unaware of all the jobs that need doing so don’t always expect them to be psychics and do it instinctively!

How to deal with stress in the workplace

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Claim £100s on your work uniform

If you work and pay tax, you could claim £100s on your work uniform! This is a simple, easy guide to show you how you can get started on claiming, as well as back-tracking what you’re owed.

Eligibility requirements

This tax refund is for the washing, repair and potential replacements of your work uniform. You could be refunded up to 5 years worth of expenses!

To be able to do so, the following must apply:

  • You wear a uniform that shows you do a certain job or work for a particular company. You could try for non-branded uniforms, however, it’s important that it is used as uniform only
  • It’s a compulsory part of your job
  • It’s your responsibility to replace uniform, clean it, repair or purchase it. If the employer’s facilities do this for you, you are not eligible for this tax refund
  • You paid income tax for the year or 5 years that you’re claiming for

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Punish internet trolls harder

This is a very impulsive, angry ranty kind of post. I’ve just seen the news, it’s 22:48 on the 30th August and I am fuming. Punish internet trolls harder! Read on to see why I think this and how I think it could be done.

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Early on this year in February, one of my secondary school classmates (I won’t name her here) died, tragically whilst on a night out. She was an absolutely amazing girl: sailing champion, head of the school and destined for sheer greatness.

Months later, I get called by my mum to come and watch the news. Her face is all over it, somebody has been trolling her remembrance account and her memory for months. They made false allegations and vandalised pictures of her. He had caused such distress for parents who had just lost their only child, as well as trolling three other teenagers who had died tragically.

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Diary post: We found human bones on holiday!

Whilst going through the pictures from my day trip to Rouen, in France,  I came across some pictures of when we found human bones on holiday! I thought I’d share them with you and give you some context, enjoy!

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We found human bones on holiday!
In the middle of discovering an entire chest
We found human bones on holiday!
Dusting off hidden pelvic bones
We found human bones on holiday!
Digging up the deathly history of a religious site
We found human bones on holiday!
A skull sticking out from the soil
We found human bones on holiday!
A horrifying mish mash of bones

These bones were found on the site of L’aitre Saint-Maclou in Rouen. This site, the inner courtyard to the entrance of the St. Maclous parish, was being refurbished when we visited earlier this summer. This courtyard/cemetery dates to the 14th century or even sooner, so local students and architects were digging it up to see what could be found.

Predictably, it did not disappoint. As you can see, there were individual whole bodies, as well as clumps of bones that were from different bodies all mixed up together.

It completely fascinated me, as to the story behind each of these. Were they killed? Were they natural deaths? Were they mass victims of the Black Death in 1348?

I’ve always loved history and this really fascinated me! Unfortunately, I couldn’t take any clearer pictures but the bones were very very obvious. Have you ever made any interesting discoveries? Let me know!