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Save On Your Grocery Shop

One of my guilty pleasures is the US reality show Extreme Couponing - if I lived across the pond there is little doubt I'd have my own stockpile of random junk down in my comes-as-standard basement. As it is, I've got a kitchen smaller than a US hallway and UK retailers have long been savvy when it comes to ensuring people can't go around 'stacking' their coupons for mega deals. Still, it is plenty possible to make decent savings on your weekly shop via couponing. You can find coupons in store magazines and newspapers, brand websites (individual or group, like Supersavvyme and CaringEveryday ), and money saving sites like Extreme Couponing UK and Money Saving Expert . These will usually be for money off at the till, but you can also use cashback apps which involve you buying the item, then claiming money back by scanning the product barcode and your receipt. My favourite of these is - Shopmium Super simple to use and with regular freebie offers, Shopmium

Perlego Review

I heard about Perlego via OMD and was instantly intrigued. One of the few things I miss about my university days is the unfettered access to archives and libraries. I always think it's kind of cruel that when you have all the free access, you've no real time to devote to reading up on all the weird and random topics that catch your eye... With Perlego, however, you get access to over 200,000 academic texts for a very reasonable monthly subscription fee. If you pay an annual lump sum it works out at £10 a month, or £15 if you pay monthly. I'm lucky in that Cambridge alumni still get access to JSTOR , Cambridge Core , SAGE Journals , etc, but I was super excited to find out Perlego existed all the same. Based in London, the service was only established in 2016 and is still quickly expanding in terms of available titles. Current publishers signed up with the platform include Bloomsbury, Cengage, Wiley, and Oxford University Press. This was the beginning of my browsing

What Kind of Blogger Are You?

I took a few bloggy quizzes, here are my results... #1. Quizony . Cooking Blogger: ' You love home, family, and cooking. You're a homebody and proud of it! When you cook, it's like magic! The things you do in the kitchen are amazing and wondrous. You have a warm and welcoming personality, and are always happy to be there for other people. ' Hmm... #2. Persuasion Nation . The Guru: ' You are a natural teacher and a lifelong learner. Every time you learn something new, you just can't wait to share it. Your audience looks up to you as their role model, and in turn you really care about them and you want to see them succeed .' I like it! Perhaps one day I'll live up to it. #3. Blog Things . Snarky Blogger: ' You've got a razor sharp wit that bloggers are secretly scared of. You're honest and critical. You never hold back, even if you're opinion is controversial. Okay, let's be honest. You try to make your posts as

This Week - 24/02/2019

It's been a fairly quiet week - I've not felt so well, and Marianna's still been off nursery in deference to the fact the stitches are still in her lip. We stayed at my mum's over the weekend and introduced Marianna to the original Mr Men and Little Miss cartoons. (Though, naturally, we took a break for the rugby. The definite high spot of the week!!) On the blog I wrote a couple of reviews - Lottie Dolls and Oh My Dosh! - as well as an updated About Me post and a post about my most visited sites . My favourite post was a top ten of 24th century fashion disasters ... yeah, I've been rewatching Star Trek. :) For more like this, please click the image below:

My Favourite Wastes of Time

If I'm not here, you'll find me at... Gaia Online is a forum-based avatar site that has been around since 2003. I've been a member since 2005 or so, and there is still something very soothing about collecting closets full of pixel items! Feel free to friend me - babiafi - if you're a member. :) So many competitions, so little time... Competition Database makes it so easy to filter and make the most of what time you do have though. The most addictive mobile game this side of Snake. If you're interested, check out the Board Kings website , and have a few extra rolls on me with invite code 222-101-169 While it's claim to 'humor' is often dubious at best, is the place to be if you're looking for useless trivia. From creepy true crimes to video easter eggs, it will have you quoting quite interesting titbits for years to come.

The Future's Bright

Sometime Obsidian Order spy, sometime space station tailor - and, let's face it, coming on strong to the good Dr Bashir all the time - Elim Garak is the most fashionable man on DS9. The thought is not a reassuring one. In an attempt to retcon the questionable motives behind the miniskirts of TOS, The Next Generation introduced the unisex skant. It was worn in the first season by Deanna Troi and a variety of nameless extras before being quietly retired to the backs of Starfleet closets. Less was certainly, er, less when you made a career as a dabo girl. Chief O'Brien's expression speaks for us all when it comes to Dr Bashir's racquetball outfit. Bashir was captain of the Starfleet Medical Academy's racquetball team while in training, and won the sector championships in 2368. It really isn't an excuse. Jake Sisko channels his inner Bashir in this garish jumpsuit. It was surely a blessing to eyeballs everywhere when Nog ruined it

Quick Cash With OhMyDosh!

Of all the money making outlets I've tried so far this year, Oh My Dosh! is my favourite. I made my first £10 in under half hour. In less than two months as a member of Oh My Dosh I've earned £90, and the potential is there to earn a whole lot more. WHAT IS IT? Oh My Dosh! is a free UK GPT - Get Paid To website - launched in 2017 by the company behind 20Cogs , Paid Surveys, UK Mystery Shopper, and more. HOW DOES IT WORK? After you sign up, you start completing the listed offers. The great thing about OMD is that many of these are totally free - signing up for free trials, entering competitions, filling out surveys, or referring friends. Others require an upfront payment that you then get back with interest. E.g. a current offer requires you to open an account with Coral Casino, then deposit and play through £10. You might win something after wagering requirements, you might not, but either way OMD is going to pay you £15 for your time. Not a bad return, really!

About Me - 2019 Edition

I came across this on the Blanket Box community on Pillowfort, and figured it has been at least a month or so now since I've done one of these quizzes! BASICS You can call me… Jess. My age is… 30. My pronouns are… She / Her. Some identities I want to share are… As it says on my Twitter profile, I'm Humanist, Feminist, Socialist. History Nut, Doll Collector, Fandom Nerd. Other labels I'd use are Welsh, Bi, Mother, and Crisp Addict. BLOGGING I will likely make posts about…  I have a kind of rough plan for each week which goes like so: ☆ Monday - Miniatures; i.e. dolls, etsy reviews, etc. ☆ Tuesday - TMI; i.e. quizzes, personal stuff, local things for local people, etc. ☆ Wednesday - Winning; i.e. brand collabs, competitions, etc. ☆ Thursday - Thrify; i.e. money saving, money making, homemade gifts, etc. ☆ Friday - Fandom; i.e. music, film, books, etc. ☆ Saturday - Self-Determination; i.e. a 'S' for free choice! (aka the slot f

Lottie Doll Review

Marianna received two Lottie dolls for Christmas/Birthday - Forest Friend and Birthday Girl - so here are my thoughts on them .... 'Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You!' Launched in August 2012, Arklu's  Lottie has been one of the real success stories of the toy market. Although other brands - from Sindy to Lammily - have attempted to tap into the dissatisfaction with the outlandishly proportioned Bratz and Barbie, Lottie embraced a whole brand ethos backed up with the production quality to see the project through. (On a side note, I find the market research behind it very interesting. Barbie was originally developed because the contemporary feedback said that kids were fed up of playing with dolls of babies and children, and instead wanted to act out being grown up. I don't know if the opposite reflects modern society's pressure to grow up quickly with the focus on social media, etc, or the contradictory trend of prolonged 'childhood' in terms of legal statu

This Week - 17/02/2019

This week started so badly that the only way to go was up! Marianna cut her lip open after some creative bed bouncing, so we spent six hours in A+E to have stitches put in. The upshot of that was Marianna having the week off nursery and wanting 100% attention 100% of the time. It seems to be healing well, but it still looks awful and trying to get her to put lip balm on or anything to stop her lips drying out is a constant battle. Workwise there wasn't much to report, after I'd missed a couple of meetings to be at the hospital. I did have PSB (Public Services Board) Scrutiny Committee - you can watch the webcast HERE - and various bits of casework. There was a Labour Party quiz night fundraiser on Friday; I couldn't make it but Anthony went and has yet to stop gloating over how he won the quiz... Meanwhile I made a start on Marianna's bedroom while she was staying at Anthony's parents'. The lack of space in there has reached critical levels so I spent