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Things To Save and Splurge On In Your Home

There are some things in your home that are worth spending the money on and some things that you should just buy as basic as they come. A good way of helping to save your money and spend it in the right places is knowing what items or areas of the home are worth it. Here are some things to save and splurge on in your home.

door mat with the word home on, things to save and splurge within your home

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Soft Furnishings – Save

Soft furnishings like your cushion covers, throws, and table napkins are all things that you can certainly save money on. They are things that are likely to be used every single day in some way or another but they are likely going to be cheap to buy regardless. It’s not so much about the quality that you’re paying for because either way, they’re likely to get worn down quickly because of the weak materials that are often used. 

These things that you buy for the home are often for decoration and so it’s ideal to spend more on the other parts of the home, leaving the accessories like soft furnishings, etc. as a budget buy. You don’t need to spend a huge amount on these things for your home. It’s better to buy it cheap than to spend too much.

Smart Technology – Splurge

Smart technology is something that can be a great addition to your home. It not only adds value to your property in some respects, but it also adds a lot of ease and functionality to the home too. There are so many different smart technology options available and so when it comes to buying it, it’s worth splurging on specific products. Things like a smart television, for example, will often be a good investment. 

There are plenty of appliances nowadays that have smart features and can connect to other electronic devices. These electronic devices are things like your phone, whereby you can control the appliance from a distance.

Storage – Save

Storage is a necessity for most homes and sometimes, you might not have enough to keep all the clutter in order. If you have floor space that’s being taken up by stuff, then it’s important to invest in storage to keep everything where it should be. However, you shouldn’t have to spend hundreds on storage. For example, you could stick with the basics that are plastic tubs that can fit underneath your bed or in a cupboard.

When buying storage trying to find things that are functional and stylish for your space. You may also want to consider buying furniture in the future that doubles up as a storage space too but only if it’s really needed. For the most part, storage of any sort can be fairly cheap to buy, so you don’t need to go overboard in this regard.

Cooking Utensils – Splurge

Cooking utensils are something you use every day and on some occasions, multiple times per day. So with that being said, you want something durable and that’s not going to break or fall apart within the first few months of owning it. Things like your pots and pans are going to be better if they’re made out of solid materials that can last a lifetime, or at least a decade or so. As much as it might be tempting to get it cheap, invest in the utensils that are going to be durable, whatever you cook or use them for around the kitchen.

These utensils are worth splurging on, especially as they contribute to prepping and cooking your meals as a household.

Furniture – A Bit Of Both

Furniture is a bit of both because there are some things that are good to have splurged on and others where it’s worth getting them cheaper. Your sofa and bed are two items of furniture that are worth splurging on because they offer a lot of comforts that you will need on a daily basis. Whether you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep or watching a movie, they’re both an important part of comfortable living. Whilst there might be other things like your television stand or side cabinets that don’t need so much spending on them, especially if they’re just there for decoration.

Knowing what to save and what to splurge on when it comes to your home is something that can help you to save money when it’s needed and to treat yourself in other cases. Use these tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of what you buy, regardless of what it is.

living room furniture

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I Took the Plunge and Opened An Etsy Shop

I’ve been thinking of opening an Etsy shop for a while. I love Etsy and I wanted to make things to sell too. I’ve been crocheting for a few years now and I’ve made lots of different things. My blankets have been my favourite things to make, but they take so long and I fall in love with them so I find them hard to part with. I have made two blankets for friend’s babies though, so I may make some more baby blankets. In the meantime I have made some of my second favourite things, scarves. Now, I’m afraid, as much as I feel you can’t have too many blankets, you can have two many scarves, so I’m happy to let these go to new homes.

As well as scarves I decided to add some fingerless mittens, or wrist warmers. I made some for myself and as I suffer from cold hands and carpel tunnel syndrome, I wear them all the time. I can still type and even crochet while wearing them. So, I’ve made some more to sell and I hope to get a little more adventurous with my patterns in the future.

My Etsy Shop

You Can find my Etsy Shop here: Raisiebay’s Shop

It needs a little more work and a lot more stock, but I’ve decided to share a few things I’ve made.

Graduated Blue Cowl/Infinity Scarf

blue cowl

Pink Graduated Cowl/Infinity scarf

pink cowl/infinity scarf

Thick Warm Striped Scarf

Thick stripe scarf

Blue Fingerless Mittens/Wrist Warmers

blue fingerless mittens

Orange Fingerless Mittens/Wrist Warmers

orange fingerless mittens/wrist warmers

Bunny Head Baby Blanket

bunny head baby blanket

I really don’t expect any sales yet, but I will keep adding to my shop until I start selling things. I have a huge stash of wool to get through. What do you think I should sell in my shop? Do you have an Etsy shop, I’m always looking for new ones?

You can see some more of my crochet on this blog.

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What Did I Buy? Favourite Things from My Etsy Winnings

Last year I was lucky enough to win £500 in vouchers to spend on Etsy. I could have gone for one expensive thing, but I decided to keep it in my account and use it for the little things I wanted to buy. I found some lovely shops and ended up with some fantastic buys. I want to share some of my favourite things with you here.

Light Up Your Life

When Boo asked me for some fairy lights for Christmas I may have gone a little over the top. I bought some lovely lights which both the girls have lining the shelves on their bunkbeds. These are so incredibly pretty and the girls love them. Battery powered, I have to keep reminding them to turn them off, but they have the switch near their pillows and are able to turn them off before going to sleep easily.

Ball shaped fairy lights in a basket
Happium party supplies, Ball Fairy Lights £8

The New Rug

I needed a new rug and I was looking for something purple and shaggy. I was so pleased to find this rug on Etsy and for only £26.99 for the size I wanted. I love it so much I’m considering buying another for my bedroom.

Purple shaggy Rug
Kalki Purple Shaggy rug from £13.49

Crystals

I have always had a passion for crystals and already had a couple of crystal shops favourited on Etsy. I treated myself to some new crystal treats.

Love Light and Harmony is on of my favourite shops and the Lovely Lindsey will make bracelets depending on what you need. You can tell her your problems, physical or mental, and she will choose the perfect selection of crystals and use reiki on them before sending them to you. They are always so beautiful and unique. This is one of my favourites.

I also bought a lovely lapis Lazuli necklace from Lindsey which I don’t think I’ve taken off since I bought it.

lapiz lazuli crystal point necklace

Another of my favourite crystal suppliers is Tru Path And I bought myself some lovely things from Tru.

One was a real treat for myself and it was a gift box including a facial roller and many other crystal items.

crystal agate candle holder
Tru path agate candle holder

Mugs

Mugs are a great buy and you can find any kind of mug on Etsy. I chose a mug for my daughter (the crazy cat lady) on one for my husband (the PS4 addict.)

Sadly my daughter’s cat mug is no longer available but it’s a little like this one

Soaps and Candles

Etsy is a great place for handmade soaps and candles, especially vegan ones. Here are a few that I purchased.

A Real Treat For Me from my Favourite Things

I’m not one that buys stuff for myself very often, I much prefer gifting. But as I won the voucher I felt that I could really treat myself. Of course, I bought other people gifts too, my husband had a new wallet and I bought jewellery for others, and the lights for the girls of course. I also bought some Christmas decorations including coasters and a door wreath. But now I had the chance to buy some of my favourite things.

I am a big fan of ‘His Dark Materials’ and always wanted something based on the Alethiometer than Lyra uses. I fell in love with this steam punk inspired watch based on the Alethiometer from The Geek Booteek I bought one for myself and I love it so much.

Do you Etsy? I’ve spent all of my voucher now but I was a customer before and I will remain a customer. These are some of my favourite things.

You can see all my favourite shops here.

I am an Esty affiliate so if you click any links on my page and purchase from Etsy you may earn me a little money. It will not cost you any extra so thank you for your support.

I’m going to be brave now and list my very own Etsy shop here. I will be adding items over the next few days.

See some more of my Etsy posts here.

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Teen Gift List for Girls

I have two Teenage girls (and a boy, but I’ll write about him later) and I really don’t know what to get them for Christmas. Thankfully there are lots of teen gift lists to browse and I hope that I can include some ideas here that not only my girls will like but you will feel inspired too.

Teen Girls Gift Guide

Emma from Emma and 3 has written a fabulous guide of teen and tween gifts which I know my girls would be really happy with. One thing she mentions is a journal and I generally buy my girls a journal every year.

Teen girls also love a bit of pampering and I love this pampering pack from Avon which contains everything from bubble bath to face masks.

Pyjamas are always an easy choice. You can choose something plain, pretty or go for a favourite character or theme. I particularly like these Disney Villains pjs from Character.

lady wearing disney villians pyjamas in grey and black
Disney Villains pyjamas from Character.com

Books are always a good choice, especially if you know what they like reading. A Harry Potter fan for instance gives you loads of options. If you are not sure though, you can always opt for something more generic like the Guinness Book of Records (my teen has one of these every year) or even something inspiring like this fab book, Be Happy Be You. You can read my review here.

Technology

My girls have a switch and have asked for a retro game this year, Super Mario 3D All Stars. A new game is always a good option if you know what sort they like playing.

You can find a list of games over on Rainbows are Too Beautiful which may give you more inspiration.

When you get to technology though you can end up spending a small fortune. My girls had new tablets last year and this year they are having a new computer between them (only when they’ve cleaned their room) but I’ve been given a voucher to buy one so it’s not costing me too much. I can’t believe how desktop computers have sky rocketed in price, it’s probably because laptops and tablets are more popular now. You don’t have to spend a fortune when it comes to tech. though. All kids love a new pair of headphones or earphones.

blue headphones

I think I may be ready to start Christmas shopping now, how about you? Do you have teens to buy for?

Do you remember what your favourite gift was when you were a teen?

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Christmas At Avon

I know some people think it’s too early to be thinking about Christmas but it’s just over 9 weeks away. That’s not long and it will creep up on us quickly. I am an Avon Representative and I do all of my selling online as I can’t go door to door. I’ve picked out some of the Avon Christmas treats that have just arrived for you to look at. You can shop at my online shop www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet from anywhere in the UK and look out for free delivery offers too.

Pyjamas for Christmas from Avon.

I love Avon pyjamas and their Christmas selection is always so sweet. But if you don’t want Christmas themed pyjamas you can always choose some of their other pyjamas as gifts or for yourself.

collage of four pairs of pyjamas which are described in the blog.
  1. Good Morning Tassel Pjs adult £14.50
  2. Dachshund Through the Snow pjs Adult £14.50
  3. Make Your Own Magic Pjs Adult £15.00, kids £10
  4. lavender scented pjs adults £22

Advent Calendar

I love the Avon new 12 Days of Christmas Calendar. Wouldn’t it be nice to receive a gift that lasted 12 days…or you could open the gifts in the 12 days countdown before Christmas…you now, just in case you forget the actual day 😉

Image shows a large red box with 12 numbers on and 12 make up products in front.
Avon Christmas Calendar £25

A Scent For Christmas

Buying a lovely scent is a popular choice for Christmas and Avon has plenty. Here is a small collage of some of my favourites, including some beautiful boxed gift sets.

a collage of scents from avon listed below.
  1. Far Away for Her gift set £12
  2. Elite Gentleman Gift Set £12
  3. Attraction for Him Gift Set £18
  4. Attraction for Her Gift Set £18

Christmas Decorations

Here are a few decorations from Avon for Christmas.

christmas decorations from Avon as described below. A christmas tree, lantern and string of lights
  • LED Christmas Countdown tree £10
  • tea candle lantern £7
  • String of lights £8

Make Your House Smell Like Christmas

I love the smells of Christmas and Avon Capture them perfectly with their home fragrances. Here are some of my favourites.

Image shows products listed below, a diffuser, a room spray and a candle
  • Winter Spice Home Fragrance Diffuser £5
  • Winter Spice Home Fragrance Room Spray £5
  • Winter Spice Home Fragrance Candle £6

Thank you for reading. Remember, you can order from my Avon Store anywhere in the UK. it’s real easy to order and you can find many special offers if you sign up for the Avon Newsletter. I really appreciate all the support I get from my Avon customers.

If you are a new Avon representative and want to learn more about selling online I wrote a couple of posts you may find interesting.

Setting Up Your Avon Store Online

Five Tips for Working Avon Online

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Black History Month Celebrating on Etsy

I’m a huge fan of Etsy, I’m still working on stuff for my own shop, but it’s such hard work. That’s why I totally appreciate all the work that any Etsy Seller has put into their shops and I spend many happy hours browsing and buying when I can. October is Black History Month so I’m going to feature a few Black sellers to celebrate.

I’m also an Etsy Affiliate so my links may earn me some money but will cost you no more. Thanks for your support x

Black History Month Best Picks

I was going to put things into categories, but I’ve decided to just go for the things that have caught my eye and made me wish for them. Some are cultural, some are made by black sellers but all are a celebration of their amazing talents.

Bespoke Binny makes African Print inspired lampshades, pillows, aprons and more. And they are stunning!! If you are looking for something colourful and amazing for your home then look no further.

African print lampshade from Etsy.
Wax Print Lampshade £41.99
printed table placemats
Printed placemats £19.99 for 2
printed kitchen oven gloves
Kitchen gloves £25.99

Klndra is a shop for Jesmonite Resin homewares. You can find some very interesting and unique things in this shop.

pretty marbled trinket tray
Trinket tray £15
pretty marbled coasters
Coasters/trinket trays £14

BoutiqueDeBandeaux makes hair accessories which are bright and beautiful. Whether your hair is thick and curly or just straight, these will look amazing on any type of hair. I want some neon scrunchies! The headbands would look amazing for special occasions.

bright and colourful scrunchies
Neon Scrunchies £12.99
jewel headband
iridescent jewel headband £25.99
silk hairband
Satin Headband £12.99

I feel like I’ve only just touched on the amazing things you can find on Etsy from Black Sellers. Will you show your appreciation for their hard work?

You can find even more with Etsy’s Editor Picks Celebrating Black History Month in the UK

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Kerfuffle and Malarkey Tee Shirts.

I’ve recently become an affiliate for Kerfuffle and Malarkey tee shirts which means that if you choose to purchase something from their site I will earn a little money without any extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.

I chose to be an affiliate because they do some amazing tee shirts in three different categories, my favourite being the Animal Magic Range.

Animal Magic Tee Shirts.

The Tee Shirts come in both children and adult sizes. The designs are very similar for both but you get a choice of 16 different colours and loads of different sizes.

Kerfuffle and malarky adult tee shirts, animal magic.

Kerfuffle and Malarky create tee shirts that match their name which are meant to excite, stimulate and even be a little silly. It’s a British company, clothing is designed and made in the UK and sourced from a UK based supplier with ethical cotton sourced from India. You can find out more about their designs and ethics you can visit their website

The animal magic collection is for anyone, big or small, who just loves animals. They have got designs featuring farmyard to safari, polar bears to penguins, cats & dogs, bees and the oceans! For adults purchases 10% of the profit goes to the WWF and for children’s 10% goes to Barnardos.

Rainbow Range

rainbow tee shirts for pride

The Rainbow range is in support of the LGBT+ community. Show your colours all year around with these bright statements of individuality and support. There are a wide range of designs and colours to choose from. 10% of profits are donated to the Sport Allies charity.

Slogan Tee Shirts

Currently there are six slogan tee shirts available in different colours and sizes. 10% of profits go to Amnesty International.

If you are looking for a new tee shirt…or dare I say, unusual Christmas present. Then why not take a look at Kerfuffle and Malarkey and give a local small business a chance.

Kerfuffle and Malarkey on Facebook.

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Summer Beauty Essentials

This is a bit of an unusual summer with the threat of the COVID19 virus hanging around. It’s still good to keep up a good beauty routine though, and a little pampering will always make you feel better. So, here are my top tips for summer.

I am an Avon Representative so I will be talking about Avon products throughout my tips and advice. You can purchase Avon through my personal website from anywhere in the UK for direct delivery, and often find even more bargains online. I’m always looking for new customers and please feel free to take a look at my Avon specific Facebook page too. Thanks x

The Summer Routine for Everyone – De Fuzz

When the weather is warmer we have more body on show, and although I’m a firm believer in doing whatever you want with your body,* it’s always so lovely to have silky smooth skin.

Avon has some great hair removal products at fabulous prices.

Hair Removal Cream

hair removal cream from Avon for Summer Beauty
Avon works hair removal cream £4

Avon offers several hair removal creams, for body, face and bikini line. Quick an easy to use you can wash away all that unwanted fuzz with ease.

Shaving

Shaving is also quick and easy and Avon offers a nourishing shaving oil for just £4.50, a jojoba shaving gel for £2.50 and a razor for only £4. These will last for ages.

shave away the fuzz, avon shaving products.

Waxing

Another way of getting rid of the fuzz is by waxing. Avon offers a waxing kit for facial hair which costs £4 and a body wax kit for £5.

facial wax removal kit

Foot Care

Summer means sandals and showing off your feet. So keep them looking cool, fresh and beautiful.

slough away rough dry skin from your heals and apply a nice soft cracked heal cream. Or you can use a rough skin remover cream. Pamper the rest of your feet with a good foot moisturising cream, or you can use an overnight cream with special socks and wake up with silky soft feet. Smelly feet do not need to be a problem with special feet deodorising sprays, you can even use them on your shoes or slippers.

Keep your nails looking lovely with nail clippers and nail protection. A little nail varnish can look pretty too.

Avon Supplies all the products you need at very reasonable prices.

summer beauty with lovely feet

Sun Protection

It’s really important that you protect yourself from the dangerous rays of the sun. It’s fine to have that summer glow, but burning should not be an option these days. We have used Avon Factor 50 sun cream for a long time and it even works in the pool.

Face & Body Moisturising Sun Cream SPF50 – 150ml

Avon also offer specialised kid’s suncream, sensitive skin sun cream and self tan lotion. They are are really great value but you can buy this bundle for only £10.

summer stay safe kit of lotions and sun care.
Stay Safe in the Sun Set £10

Now, all we need is some summer sun! Whether you are off on holiday or spending summer in your garden, stay safe and stay beautiful,

Anne x

Avon Plumping shots and Face masks

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Avon Reset Plumping Shots and Face Coverings

I am an Avon Representative which is fabulous. I can now sell Avon online to anyone in the UK. All you have to do is visit my own special Avon Store and choose your products like any other shopping site. In this post I am promoting Avon’s new Plumping shots with protinol and Face Coverings and hand gel packages.

I’d like to show you some of the things you can buy at the moment and to start with I want to show you a little video promoting Avon’s brand new Anew Skin Reset Plumping shots with Protinol.

About me:

Help restore 7 years of collagen loss in 7 days with our breakthrough Anew Skin Reset Plumping Shots. Our exclusive patented Protinol™ Technology increases production of collagen III: the secret to baby skin. Instantly, skin looks fresher, smoother and more hydrated, and in just 7 days, skin looks and feels significantly firmer and plumper… your best skin in years. It’s a game-changer.

• A 1-week treatment containing 7 daily-use serum ampoules.

• Formulated to help restore skin’s baby-like bounce.

• Leaves skin looking and feeling firmer and tighter in just 1 week.

For more information: https://www.avon.uk.com/anewprotinol

How to use me:

Snap off the cap and smooth the serum over cleansed skin. Use once daily, before your day or night cream. For optimum results, complete the 7-day skin reset once per month.

“By the end of the week-long course, there was definitely more smoothness and freshness to my complexion. My complexion looks smoother and brighter overall, and I feel more confident bare faced. After a few days, I touched my face and was amazed by how soft it felt. Baby soft in fact.” – Lynne Hyland, Beauty Director at OK! Magazine

Disclaimers:

Help restore 7 years of collagen in 7 days* See intensely plumper, firmer looking skin+

*Based on in Vitro data (testing on skin cells in a controlled laboratory environment) +Based on a consumer science study with 119 participants.

Discover the collagen-boosting secret to baby skin. For intensely plumper, firmer looking skin in 7 days+

+Based on a consumer science study with 119 participants.

The Power of Retinol. Gentle on skin. Now everyone can see intensely plumper, firmer looking skin in 7 days+

+Based on a consumer science study with 119 participants.

Limited Time Offer just £15

Face Coverings and Hand Gel

These days you just can’t leave home without these vital items. Avon have some fabulous offers. The masks are a lovely soft, breathable cotton, and the hand lotion moisturises as well as protects with 64% alcohol.

face coverings from £3.50 Each in lovely blue or geometric patterns.

Special Offer Packs

Everyday Supplies pack basic: 3 re-usable face coverings and 2 x 100ml hand gels £12

Everyday Supplies Family pack: 5 re-usable face coverings, 2 x100ml hand gels and 2 x 250 ml hand gels £18

Pack of 3 re-usable face coverings (in blue, or geometric pattern) £9.00

Pack of 5 re-usable face coverings £14

1 re-usable face covering £3.50

moisturing hand spray 100ml £2.25

Hand gel pack of 3 £7

More Offers to Come!

Thanks for reading, please consider visiting my Avon Store, you can order anywhere in the UK and postage is free if you spend over £20. All the usual Avon goodies are available and there are many other fabulous offers this month including a saving of 24% of beauty bestsellers.

Previous Avon Posts.

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My Latest Etsy Buys

I just wanted to share with you some of the lovely things I’ve purchased from Etsy lately with my Latest Etsy Buys.

My links are affiliate links so if you click them they won’t cost you any extra but may earn me a few pennies. Thank you in advance x

Jewellery

I couldn’t resist popping back to Love Light and Harmony for another bracelet and was thrilled to find this gorgeous lapis lazuli and rose quartz one with a delightful angel wing charm. I’m wearing it all the time.

lapis lazuli and rose quartz bracelet in box.
bracelet on wrist

I also bought this lovely, and so unique, pendant necklace made with wood and resin, from 358 Walking Sticks

unique wood and resin pendant necklace

For the Cat

I decided to treat Ash to a new collar and figured he’d look pretty cool in this camo one from Muttley and Martha

I’ll put it on him if I can keep him still long enough!!

camo cat collar with a little bell.

For the Home

I say, for the home, but it’s for me really. I’m really get back into crystals again. I have a collection dating back nearly 30 years. When Boo showed an interest in crystals recently, she was astonished to see how many I had stashed away. What I really want is a lovely bowl to display some in on my coffee table, but I’ve not found the right one yet. But while I was looking I came across is gorgeous blue agate tea light holder from Empowered Crystals.

blue agate tea light candle holder

Crochet Animal Crossing

My girls love Animal Crossing and I was delighted to find this adorable pattern for Celeste from Kittens and Mittens.

Celeste owl from animal crossing in crochet.

Of course, after downloading the pattern I also had to buy the wool from Handmade By Mary Port.

I promise to let you know how I get one with making this.

Do You Etsy?

I’ve enjoyed telling you about my latest Etsy buys, what sort of things do you like on Etsy?

If you are quick you might have time to enter my competition which finishes on 11th July. All you have to do is like my new Facebook page and this post. Then comment on the post and I’ll be picking one person at random to win a £15 Etsy voucher.

Good Luck,

Anne x

More details about competition here.