Have you been on a flight lately with one of the budget airlines? They’ve started doing this thing where they insist that you put your specially purchased cabin bag sized suitcase into the hold, meaning despite having made every effort to pack light, you still have to wait for your luggage to come out on the belt, thus negating the ENTIRE POINT OF THE WHOLE THING.

It really annoys me because I pride myself on travelling light and don’t want to add an extra twenty minutes to my journey thank you very much. If I’m going to have to wait like a pleb for my suitcase then I also miss out on all the smugness of being able to walk briskly past all the people who apparently can’t go away for a few days without taking six different pairs of shoes and a hairdryer.

Fortunately I have discovered a solution in the form of the Ruitertassen traveler cabin bag

Ruitertassen traveler cabin bag

It’s beautiful isn’t it? And the SMELL. Honestly, I could just shove my face in it like it was a fluffy cat tummy and take big whiffs. (Everyone likes the smell of leather right? That’s not just me being weird?)

The leather is soft but strong, pliable and warm. It’s bliss.

The big selling point though is that although you can fit an awful lot inside thanks to the concertina thing it has going on, it LOOKS like an ordinary bag. View Post

Title loans are secured loans that require assets to act as collaterals for loans. The application process is easy, fast, and does not consider an applicant’s credit rating. Car title loans are the most common type of title loans. Titles loans are attractive to people experiencing financial hardships and need instant cash. Also, people without a credit score or with a poor credit history consider title loans.

Here are the guidelines for applying for a title loan near you.

Meet the Application Requirements

Almost anyone can qualify for a title loan as long as you meet several requirements. First, you must be at least 18 years of age. You must provide a government-issued ID to prove your name and age. Second, you must own a car and have its title. The title must be in your name to verify ownership. Third, you must have a source of regular income. You can be employed, self-employed, or receive pensions and benefits such as unemployment benefits.

Determine the size of the loan

The amount of money you need determines the size of the title loan. Also, your vehicle’s value and ability to repay are considered when offering you a loan. You cannot be given an amount larger than a certain percentage of your car’s value or that exceeds your income.

Application Process

If you meet the stipulated requirements, you can go ahead and apply for a title loan. Look for a credible title loan company that has favorable conditions and meets your financial needs. You can search online for companies that offer title loans near you and compare their terms and conditions. If you live in California, you can check out where to get loans at title loans in California. A majority of title loan companies allow online applications although they require you to present your car for inspection.

Repayment Agreement

If you qualify for a title loan and apply, you will be given a repayment agreement. A repayment agreement stipulates the amount repayable, duration of the loan, and means of repaying it. In the agreement, you sign your title allowing the title company to add their name to the title as lien holder until you repay your loan. The title company holds on to your car title until the loan repayment period is over while you keep the car. A repayment agreement affirms what happens if you do not repay the loan as agreed. In many instances, the title loan company repossesses your car. Alternatively, the company can let you pay the interest only each month and roll over the loan amount indefinitely until it’s fully paid.

A title loan is a good alternative for a bank loan especially when you need money urgently. Applying for a title loan is simple and fast and can take as little as 20 minutes. Also, the requirements are easy and include your ID, car title, and proof of income. The size of the loan you receive depends on the value of your car, your ability to repay, and your financial need.

 

In association with Match

I’ve been dating on and off for about ten months now and I’m actually really enjoying it. I’m happy on my own but I’m open to meeting new people and that feels nice – I can enjoy getting to know someone over dinner without any pressure and I’ve met some really interesting and fun people.

I don’t know if it’s an age thing, and generally having a lot more confidence, but I feel more relaxed and positive about dating than I ever have before. It’s pretty cool.

It’s very different to when I dated ten or even five years ago. The fact that Belle is now 15 and happy to stay home alone makes a massive difference. When I think back to my earlier experiences of dating as a single parent I mainly remember the painful logistics of the whole thing.

Specifically, babysitting.

I mean think about it, it doesn’t matter how much effort you make getting your feet ‘summer ready’ or curling your hair in sexy waves around your face if you end up with a small toddler casually sat next to you at dinner does it?

single parent dating babysitting service Match Yoopies

What me?

(Just to clarify – I have never taken a toddler on a first date, mine or anyone else’s. This is one of my favourite ever pictures of Belle though, known affectionately in the family as ‘big sandwich’.) View Post

I’ve seen a few people mention on Twitter recently this idea that we only have 18 precious summers with our children, and how important it is to treasure them.

I have two issues with this.

Firstly, what the bejesus?? Everyone knows that the summer holidays are the WORST thing about being a parent, especially a single parent of primary school aged children.

Let’s do some maths shall we? There are THIRTEEN weeks of school holidays over the course of a year, not including INSET days. In a standard job you normally have around six weeks of paid holiday.

13 – 6 = 7.

SEVEN weeks where you have to come up with some kind of interesting, affordable childcare solution. Seven weeks where you have to try to convince your nervous nine year old that their very favourite thing to do is to spend a week with strangers in an unfamiliar location, putting on a short play or learning basic tennis skills.

Take it from me, that is NOT easy.

If you don’t work, or during the time that you do have off, you’re not let off the hook. Apparently it’s not enough any more just to tell children that ‘only boring people get bored’ and shoo them into the garden to makes dens. You’re meant to provide structured, wholesome activities or collaborate on Pinterest worthy crafts, because without supervision they become screen bandits, unable to entertain themselves for more than five minutes.

18 precious summers

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

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If you have children and are looking for an innovative way to create a fun free-play and educational space for them but don’t have a lot of room inside then you might want to consider turning that run-down shed in the garden into a perfect place for the kids.

No matter your budget or size of the shed, creating a nursery space can be easy to achieve and this handy guide is going to provide you with all of the information needed to get started.

  1. What have you got to work with?

First things first, you need to establish what kind of space you have available. If you have more than one child who will be using the area then it’s a good idea to start off planning how you see them using the space and what kind of furniture you want to put in there. Is it going to be for drawing, so will there need to be a table? Might they want to have a snug space in the corner to read? If so you might want to consider making room for bean bags and cushions.

Once you have a general idea of how you want to see the space then it’s time to head out and actually get into the shed itself. Most sheds are packed full of unused and unwanted junk and are typically used for garden storage so now is a great time to have that clear out you have been planning for months.

The great thing about clearing out is that you don’t just get to create more space for yourself, you can help others by donating your items, whether they are gardening equipment or even that bike you never got round to using. There are numerous local community garden projects that will take tools and garden appliances off your hands. If the items are in a really good condition, then you could always sell them online and use the funds on your nursery project. However you choose to do it, the goal is to completely empty the space so you can now access it for damage.

  1. Is the Space Functional?

The majority of sheds are mid-size and if they have not been properly maintained then you can experience rotting and damp to the structure. Whilst this is not ideal this can be fixed if it is not too severe. This project is best tackled during the summer months so that any repair work and coating that needs to be done had sufficient time to dry.

Make sure that the shed is elevated to keep the floor moisture free and with proper ground clearance, even in wet weather then you can be sure that damp won’t soak in this way.

A sealant is an investment you will want to make if there are any cracks or small holes in the walls, this is essential as it will prevent the wind from blowing through and again prevent moisture soaking through. The sealant can be painted over to make it look more attractive so you don’t need to worry about how it looks at this stage. The exterior can be initially coated in a permeant timber treatment which will penetrate the wood and keep it dry.

Re-felting your shed is a job that requires a little bit of precision so it may be a good idea to hire a handy-person to come and help with this. Also if the shed doesn’t already have a window then now is the time to get one fitted in, this is really quite cheap and easy to install and will have big benefits as it will let in more natural light.

Sometimes disused shed can be completely unsalvageable and this is the time to invest in affordable shed storage from BuyShedsDirect, This is a site that offers an extensive range of options that will help you crack on with your nursery project (they also have a summer sale on at the moment!)

  1. Ingenious Interiors

Once you have secured your shed and made sure that it will stand the test of time. You are ready to start planning how you are going to decorate it – which is the part you have been waiting for!

There are so many themes you can choose and just to give you some inspiration there are some listed below:

  • Gender Neutral – By injecting a pop of colour like such as yellow you can keep the rest of the interior simple with whites and creams and keep the overall look edgy – definitely not boring!
  • Luscious and Tropical – Take inspiration from the beautiful summer weather and design a space that invokes a calm and relaxing feeling. Use vibrant greens and cool blues on the walls and why hang plant baskets from the ceiling adding to the lush green theme and a hammock for the perfect place to chill out while they read?
  • Native American – Get creative with tepees and animal print throws and rugs inspire by this fascinating culture. If Navajo niche is the look you are trying to emulate then make your own dreamcatchers and totem pole to add to the look.
  • Accent Wall – By keeping colours simple and decorating just one of the walls you can make a bold statement. Why not follow the hipster trend and design a mountain range mural on the main wall. Using deep greys and blues you can recreate a panoramic view and make the space feel bigger than it is.

Once you have put the finishing touches to your new nursery it’s time to see what the kids think. Not only does it mean that they will be spending more time outdoors but it gives them a dedicated space that they can use to follow their own play pursuits, meaning less mess in the house.

This project is really simple to achieve and can be completed within a week provided the weather is good so why not give it a go yourself and revamp your tired shed into the perfect place for your kids this summer.

Fancy £15 off your next Dominos order? If you’re anything like me you’re already picturing the menu and thinking about using the discount as an excuse to treat yourself to four warm chocolate chip cookies. (If you have never had these then WHAT IS YOUR LIFE?)

My blog has always had a strong pizza vibe. One of the very first blog posts I ever wrote was called ‘Does Dominos deliver on Christmas Day?‘* and who can forget the Dominos versus Pizza Hut comparison post I did back in 2011?

If you want to see an example of top quality photography then you want to hit that baby UP. Talk about proud.

Today though I wanted to let you know about a Dominos offer being hosted by Quidco that gives new Quidco members a massive £15 cashback just for buying a pizza! 

dominos cashback offer voucher code

Quidco, in case you don’t already know, is the UK’s number one cashback and voucher code site. The theory is simple – you set up an account, go via Quidco any time you want to do any shopping, book a hotel, compare insurance prices etc, and you earn cashback. The cashback you earn can then be transferred into your bank, sent to you via PayPal or as an Amazon voucher. View Post