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A day out exploring Matlock Bath

Hey Cats,

With moving to new areas comes new adventures and new places to explore. Just down the road from my new house is a fantastic place called Matlock Bath. It's like a seaside town but instead of a sea there's a river. A road of arcades, fish and chip shops and sweet shops what more could a grrrl ask for? With Mama Kaos coming to visit we had the perfect excuse to potter down and show her around.


Matlock bath is all based along the river side and does have a very busy road but there is so much to do that you barely notice the road and on weekend especially Sunday it is full of Bikers, I love seeing all the different bikes and the bikers bring a fun and vibrant friendly atmosphere. You will know in an instant the bad rep the movies give bikers isn't true when you see a big burly man with his ice cream.

The street is full of amusement arcades, fish and chip shops and cool little craft shops. I was so excited to explore the arcades and play on 2p machines which are my weakness. I could play them all day. One arcade even has a small aquarium which we decided to have a look around. It only cost £2 to go in and we had a fun time looking at all the fish and then there is even a hologram room. You get your moneys worth and it may not be sea life centre but a fun addition for any family to add to their day. The little one just loves spotting all the different fish and for the adults at the end there's a little bit of history of Matlock bath which used to be a swimming pool and is now a huge fish pond that still attracts community spirit.


If fish and chips are your jam then you will be spoilt for choice of places to eat but if not there is also pub grub and little cafes. There is even a chocolate shop who have a signature hot chocolate that is a must to try on my list. There is a little park for the kids to play in so you can even bring a picnic on a nice day. One of the things I was most excited about was finding a bomb cosmetics distributor and being able to browse the products in person as I had only ever really looked at them online before. I couldn't resist picking up a few goodies for myself but wanted a bit of everything.



Matlock bath has become one of our favourite places to go visit recently and we even went to Gulliver's recently which the boys loves!

Have you been to Matlock Bath?


Specs appeal Perfect glasses Walden review

Hey Cats,

I have worn glasses since I was 2 years old but over the last few years I haven't been rocking specs and I thought it was time to break them out again because how awesome are girls in glasses and I always feel like they are super glam. Perfect glasses asked me if I would like to try a pair from their range and when I had a look at what was to offer I just had to say yes. Searching for glasses online takes away so much of the stress.


There are SO many frames to choose from for men and women you can even get complete glasses from as cheap as £9! I really loved the versatile range available in women's glasses with an amazing range of designer frames available as well as affordable but still very nice frames. I did fall a little bit in love with these Marc Jacobs frames.


The site is actually really easy to have a look around or if you know exactly the kind of frame you want you can narrow it down to the shape, colour and even material. Ever since a sunburn related incident on an American holiday I have so not been into metal frames so this function is something I really appreciate and saves you hours of scrolling through frames that are of no interest to you. That can make glasses shopping so frustrating and disheartening...trust me I have been doing this a while now. I instantly knew I wanted a cat eye inspired frame. I was really impressed to get a good selection of varying cat eye.



You can also use a nifty little trying on tool to see how the frames may look. I had loads of fun playing around with that. Sadly the Marc Jacobs were just a little out of my price range this time although Perfect Glasses have lots of great deals such as half price sales so just keep an eye on the website if you fall for a more expensive choice. I decided to go for something more affordable to see what the difference in quality would be like. They do a frame called the Walden collection which come in some beautiful and wacky colours but the pin up grrrl in me is always drawn to leopard print and a more neutral colour that can go with lots of things. At a pocket saving £29 I wasn't expecting too much. Then they arrived and I was super impressed.


I just adore the hints of blue in this frame it gives a subtle pop of colour. The frame is amazing quality as good as any other frame I have bought from any other glasses retailer at over double the price. They make me feel like a bit of a diva which I totally dig! They are also really comfortable and I had no problem with slipping because when you usually get glasses they are adjusted to your ears and so I wondered how this would work here but they are perfect for me!



As you can see I am very happy with my frames. Have you checked out perfect glasses?


*glasses were gifted for review but all opinions my own

Allbeauty WIshlist and Voucher Code!

Hey Cats,

Payday is quickly coming up and boy has it been a long month! However don't let that make all your hard earned cash just fly straight back out the bank again. If your no stranger to the blog then you know how much I love a bargain. I think it is important to always look out for voucher codes to get that little extra off. Allbeauty is already a bargain of a website for anyone like me who loves make up! I thought I would share a few of my favourite beauty picks and treat you to a code so you can save even more.



Glamglow is the mask of all face masks and if you haven't stumbled upon a sample yet then why not try out this. It is a mega good price for a quality mask and this pot will last a long time. It would even make a fantastic gift for a loved one or even your favourite blogger *cough*. A bargain price at £36.95. Raved about by you tube make up artists like Wayne Goss who recently made a video about his thoughts on this mask.


You must have heard the hype about this foundation! Estee Lauder double wear is meant to be the go to for high coverage and long lasting. This usually retails at £31 but all beauty has it for £27.90 and with the voucher code from my favourite voucher codes,  you get even more off. Great for if you have tried this before and know your shade however I do suggest that if you haven't tried it before you go get a colour match first to avoid being disappointed. You can even get money off by going to   myfavouritevouchercodes.co.uk/allbeauty.com so that will make it even cheaper! I can't resist a bargain like that.



Do you like doing your make up on the go? or even being able to just have a top up during the day. Handbags are getting smaller and smaller so these mini real techniques brushes are not only adorable but super handy to carry with you for the set of 3 it is £7.95. Also a great way to try out the brushes if you haven't used them before. I definitely need this handy trio as a handbag staple. 



Dior addict fluid stick a bargain price of £23.85. I love the design of the packaging and such bright colour designs this is defiantly on my wish list to try. I am all about that middle pink colour it really pops and brightens anyone's day. 
Another product I am dying to try is the Lancome juicy shaker which allbeauty retails at  £16.20. Again a sucker for the packaging and colours here and I just love Lancome products. 
All beauty also has men's products too which is a great place to pick up little valentines treats for the Mr in your life this Percy noble beard wax is just £11.99. I think that is a really affordable price and there are heaps to choose from.

Have you tried allbeauty? You can get even more of bargain by trying out My Favourite voucher codes offers for allbeauty.  Have a look and let me know what kind of items would be on your wish list!


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British Family Japanese candy and snack tasting (World of snacks review)

Hey Cats,

After a Christmas full of food what better time to talk to you about a new foodie subscription box! World Of Snacks are a new subscription service who send snacks from all around the world once a month. Every month has a country theme and this months was Japan. If your family are anything like mine then you love snacking on new things and especially interested in the difference between cultures.



After confirming the box came super quickly in the regular post but it was so nice to come home and find a box full of goodies to try out. We managed to restrain ourselves and wait until the whole family was together to try out the box. Check out our tasting below.

    

The box is amazing value for money at only £13.99 per box which includes the postage. I was really pleased with the amount of snacks we got in the box it was jam packed with as much as could fill the box and to buy them all desperately would cost a small fortune....that is if you could find the items because lets face it this box is about discovering new fun snacks. I was also delighted with the variety of sweet and savoury. The Mr is more of a savoury man where as me and the little one are sweet fiends.

You can buy the box monthly or pay for a few months in advance or even send as a gift to someone which I think is a really sweet idea. Just imagine having a cruddy day and coming home to find that you had been sent an awesome box of sweets and snacks from across the world to try.

Watch the video to find out which were our favourites and let us know if you have tried any!



Box was gifted for review but all views are our own

Tattoo Removal The Basics

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These days it seems like everyone and their best mate has a tattoo and it is so amazing that the world has become more accepting of people being more diverse. Although I do see people who are tattoo clad getting younger and younger. I LOVE any form of art and body art is the most amazing expression of who a person is however I do think that there is a danger of tattoos becoming a fashion piece and then what happens when the fashion changes?  Think carefully about your choices but also e aware of the options out there.

I am amazed at how far medical advances have come and that now for as little as £70 you are able to start the process of removing a tattoo form your body. A few of my friends have grown out of the tattoos they had in their younger days or simply want to remove a bad memory from their life and have started the process of laser tattoo removal. Check out the video below to find out a little more about the process from pulse light clinic who offer laser tattoo removal in London.



It is amazing how it works using a new laser technology from Picosure during the treatment the laser light is used on the skin to break the ink down into smaller pieces which are then broken down and naturally absorbed by the body. The picosure laser is different from most as it is able to use photo mechanical principles which really help this method work in breaking down even the most stubborn of inks.

Now I am not saying rush out get tattoos just because there is now an option to remove them but I am saying that there are people out there who do need this amazing service and it really does make me feel less nervous about the idea of getting a tattoo myself.

Have you had a tattoo removed?




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Four Freebie Websites Worth A Second (And Third!) Look

Hey Cats,

Consumers love a great deal, and they are constantly looking for products that they can get at either a good discount or completely free. As a result, a number of websites have popped up that help people score great deals. It is important to remember, though, that not all of these websites are created equal. A few of the best are outlined here, including the advantages and disadvantages of using each.

1. Ilovefreegle.org


Freegle has been around for about seven years and is not quite a popular as some of the other sites out there (although it still has about two million members). The site is easy to understand, and it is simple to figure out who has something to offer in your area.

What's good about this site? Freegle is an award-winning site, receiving accolades for the work it has done for the environment. In addition, Freegle notifies members via Twitter if there is something noteworthy posted on the site.

What's not so good about this site? In order to sign up, you either have to have a Facebook account, a Twitter account or an email account with either Google or Yahoo. In addition, there are a few groups where you have to get approval before you can begin hunting for deals.

2. Freecycle.org



Freecycle first popped up in the United States, and the site is very comprehensive. There are millions of people that use this website all across the world. When you log on, you can look through groups that are in your area, so that you can interact with local sellers. Members can either list an item that they are giving away or they can post an ad asking for a particular item.

What's good about this site? First, it's a non-profit, and their goal is to cut back on the amount of waste that is added to landfills each year. They do this by providing a forum for members to give away, rather than throw away, their unused items. in addition, because so many people use the site, there are a lot of items to be found across many different categories. You can search in groups local to you as well as in groups that are not, as long as you are willing to travel to get an item.

It does not cost any money to sign up for this site. You simply need an email and have to choose a password. Alternatively, you can use your Facebook account.

What's not so good about this site? For starters, many members don't put up pictures of the items they are giving away. That means you might go to pick something up, only to realize it isn't want you want or need. In addition, the site earns money through advertising, so you see them pop up as you browse around.




What's good about this site? The freebies in question come from companies and not other people. There are a wide variety of items offered up, and you can sign up to get the newsletter so you know what is offered and when it is offered. The site also gives you information on deals and discounts that you can score at certain stores. Finally, users rate the deals, which is helpful information.

What's not so good about this site? Some deals you can only get through Facebook.

4. Gumtree.com



Gumtree is a fairly popular site that operates a lot like eBay. Members put up items that are for sale, and they can also list items that they want to buy. In addition, it is not uncommon to see listings for jobs or pets.

What's good about this site? There are a wide variety of items that are posted on Gumtree. Are you looking for music lessons? Do you need a copy of an out-of-print book? Chances are that you can find what you need on Gumtree. In addition, there is no sign in required. Simply navigate over to the page, find something that you like, and then email the person that is selling it.

What's not so good about this site? You have to pick up the items yourself, which makes some people nervous. In addition, the site is filling with advertisements which are often hard to avoid.

What are your favourite money saving sites?



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