Close friends are overrated

Do you ever look back on your youth and wonder what happened to all the friendships you spent so long nurturing? According to a survey by Relate, more than one in eight of us has no close friends. They suspect this to be due to the rise in social media usage and the decline in work-life balance. Nearly half of adults reported being lonely some of the time. But how much of this is due to social expectation rather than a genuine need for companionship? It might be an unpopular opinion, but I think close friends are overrated. A decreasing…

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Dance Gear competition to celebrate their 40th birthday

Collaborative post It’s always great to team up with local businesses, which was why I’m delighted to be a 2019 ambassador for Birmingham based dance clothing supplier Dance Gear. This year, they’re celebrating 40 years in business by launching a competition for budding ballerinas. Dance schools across the country could be in the running to win a collection of dance wear worth over £500. About Dance Gear In 1978, Dance Gear was founded in Bearwood, Birmingham. The dance shop run by dancers, for dancers. They make clothes, accessories and shoes for pupils, parents and schools. Stocking over 4000 product lines,…

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Making plans for 2019

Planning and organisation aren’t my strongest traits, particularly when it comes to my home life. So when Jenny from Monkey and Mouse blog asked me to write about my plans for this year, I thought it was a great opportunity. After all, writing goals down is always the first step to achieving them. Travel plans Camper van travel: As we didn’t get the camper van until April last year, this will be our first full year of owning it. We’ve already started putting it to good use with a weekend away before the girls went back to school in January.…

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Is debt consolidation the best solution?

This is a collaborative post. As a family, we have turned to debt consolidation on numerous occasions to sort out our finances. I don’t mind admitting that neither myself or my husband are great with money. That’s not to say that we’re materialistic, because we’re not really. Neither of us are accumulators of ‘stuff’. But travel and experiences are our weakness and often, debt consolidation ends up being our solution. So, I’ve been doing some research to see whether it really is the best idea. What is debt consolidation? Debt consolidation means taking out one loan to cover all your…

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Reducing Christmas stress with McAfee

Advertorial post.  How do you cope with the financial stress of Christmas? I don’t mind admitting that it’s always a big deal for us. We tend to live month to month, so finding an extra few hundred pounds for gifts is really tough. Thankfully, we do secret Santa with my family which saves a fortune. But that doesn’t detract from the balancing act of avoiding over-stretching ourselves, making sure we don’t offend anyone and ensuring the children have a good Christmas. The risk of financial stress According to Mcafee spokesperson Raj Samani, a whopping 75 per cent of Brits say…

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