YS Falls Waterfall: St Elizabeth, Jamaica

When it comes to Jamaica, we hear about ‘Dunns River Falls’ to no end.  It’s the ‘bees knees’ according to all the brochures and travel guides. Here is a lesser well advertised waterfall, in a lovely lush park  – YS Falls in the parish of Saint Elizabeth. You can go swimming , have a picnic, […]

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Riu Club Negril Hotel: Bloody Bay Jamaica

In a nutshell. This hotel was clean, spacious, generously catered for food, with a good range of entertainment each evening. Rooms are spread over four blocks along the beach strip The holiday reps are very hyper, all day, but they work exceptionally hard  – especially with all the entertainment routines they put on throughout the […]

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Margaritaville Negril: Jamaica, on the Seven Mile Beach Strip.

Margaritaville is a 5 minute drive down Norman Manley Boulevard from the Riu Negril resorts. Some hotels, like Riu Negril, will call the Margaritaville bus to come and pick you up from your hotel and the drop you off again at scheduled times throughout the day/evening. Here you will find miles of beach to wander, […]

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Should Schools Put Tracking Devices in Students’ ID Cards?

In response to an old New York Times article: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/should-schools-put-tracking-devices-in-students-i-d-cards/    Although this article isn’t about UK schools, it’s still worth pondering on. Isn’t it true that absenteeism from school, playing truant, involvement in antisocial and delinquent behaviour  are all well known reoccurring problems with school aged teens. Youth workers, social workers, education welfare officers, youth offending officers, […]

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Time for a cuppa!

Hmmm, so we’re in for another heatwave that’s set to last most of August, sounds good. Ironically, the autumn/winter ranges are starting to make a bold appearance in most high street stores. Great time for some summer bargains!! 🔆 It’s a hard gamble waiting for clothes to go down in the sales, by the time the price […]

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Quick Pizza? Not So Fast.

It may be known as fast food but pizza actually takes up a heck of a lot of your time to make from scratch. By the time you make the dough, knead it, leave it to sit and double in size (approx 45 mins), come back and roll it out, chop/prepare all your toppings, dress the […]

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Zookki Essential Accessories Bundle Kit GoPro Hero 4 3+ 3 2 1 Black Silver and SJ4000 SJ5000 SJ6000, Sports Action Camera Accessories Set

I received this kit as a free product in return for customer review. Firstly, I figured the Zookki kit was probably adaptable to any GoPro-like action camera. I’ve yet to give my action camera, the Lynec 1080P action camera a thorough test run (including underwater) and will review this at a later date; in the meantime I’ll be […]

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BHS: The end of an era

This has to be one of the most extreme closing down sales I’ve ever encountered. ‘Everything must go’ takes on a whole new meaning when even the shop mannequins, and display rails are up for grabs, along with furniture from the offices out the back. BHS has been a household name my entire life, and […]

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Pedestrian Rage

So maybe the term isn’t so common yet but pedestrian rage is definitely a ‘thing’, I see it every day in London. Tutting, huffing and puffing at slow moving buggy pushers, the five friends who walk side by side taking up the entire width of the pavement, the sound of an irritable voice clearing it’s […]

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Medieval Meanderings: Warwick Castle

Built by William the conquerer in 1068 and still standing tall. The majority of of this attraction has been turned into a theme park for children, but the main tower is where you’ll see historic exhibitions of how things would have looked. The video below (not great I know, but it might give you an idea of […]

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La Petite Auberge: Traditional French Restaurant

La Petite Auberge Islington. Delicious food that doesn’t disappoint. Maybe next time I’ll try the frogs legs! Tourette de légumes grilles Tower of marinated grilled aubergine, courgettes & halloumi Served on bread with saffron and roosted pepper dressing Champignons de Paris farcis Mushrooms filled with garlic butter, topped with breadcrumbs, parsley & cheese Filet de Cabilleau […]

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Clutch of the day: Bagged it!

There will never be just one bag for all occasions, seasons and tastes. A clutch bag offers a few note worthy things: Minimalism Elegance Tidiness Formality De-cluttered presentation A clutch bag forces you to go into your bag with that bit more grace. As opposed to drilling your arm, elbow deep into your bag and rummaging […]

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Delightful Deal!!

Another great bargain. Quilted leather gloves, extremely soft. Perfect for a smart, formal look. Echoes of Chanel…. Thick and fleecy on the entire inside of each glove – very warm Black. You can’t get any more versatile. Originally £29.95 Bought for a thrifty £8.99, can’t go wrong!!      

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The National Gallery: art and history combined

Art galleries are great places to pass time, ponder your own thoughts, and feast the artistic eye. There is something very calming about art galleries, regardless of whether you find any appreciation in the art. The National Gallery is oozing with historic pieces. I am amazed at the beauty and incredible size of some of these paintings, […]

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Out and About: Trafalgar Square

A place where people tend to flock, gather and potter. The National and Portrait Galleries are conveniently located in the square. On weekends there’s always some ‘Trafalgar Square-esk’ things going on to amuse you: Musicians (e.g. guitarists steel, band players) Magicians Illusionists Various kids’ entertainment (giant balloon blowing, break dancing etc..) Artists Protesters (on various matters) Tourists […]

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How to Read More — Discover

Just stumbled across this on WordPress: The pile of unread books by your bed keeps getting higher? Artist, writer, and creativity unlocker Austin Kleon shares six tips for reading more every day. via How to Read More — Discover

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Nails Inc Giveaway

    Nails inc: Very ‘on trend’ Rich colours Easy to apply Smart heavy duty bottles Popular non UV Gel effect polishes. Up for Grabs!!   Nails Inc Covent Garden Place Gel Effect Nail polish and New Globe Walk (Glitterglobe) https://www.nailsinc.com/nail-polish/covent-garden-place_319/?r=nail-polish-colours     Nails Inc Vitamin E Cuticle Oil Pen https://www.nailsinc.com/accessories/vitamin-e-cuticle-oil-pen_76/?r=cuticle-care   To win, simply: Share your […]

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Alamar: Father & Son, Scenes of Mexico.

The first time I watched Alamar I wasn’t sure what to make of it until toward the end. I didn’t get the point of it and thought it was a bit strange, long winded and lacking in any sort of meaty storyline. Where is this going, I asked? Now I get it. Alamar is a true/real life […]

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Classic Jar Candle: Flamingo Candles

  On a positive note, this candle was pretty on first impression, very fragrant and sweet scented when burning. Unfortunately I won’t be buying these candles again for the following reasons: The lovely fresh green colour of the wax faded a lot once the candle started to burn, the colourant/dye seemed to collect in a […]

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Out and about at The Cruise Show: Birmingham NEC

  Firstly, the answer is no. Right now, I am not making any serious plans to go on a cruise, I merely went along last weekend out of curiosity and I must say, I came away rather inspired. River cruises are all the rage, the ‘new black’ if you like! Honestly, river cruises are appealing to […]

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A Salmon Supper

Being rich in protein and Omega 3 fatty acids (which keep your cholesterol and blood pressure levels down, help eye, brain and nerve function), salmon has quite a few note worthy credentials including: It’s a healthier alternative to red meat Protein rich Salmon is rich in a range of vitamins include in D, E, A and B6, […]

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Time for Tea!! The Tea Terrace

Next time you’re in House of Fraser on Oxford Street, pop up to the fifth floor (at the back of the children’s clothes department) to experience a feeling of Alice in Wonderland at a tea party, or dolls house afternoon tea. Well kind of. This is the second time I’ve had tea and cake at […]

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Head In The Clouds: View From The Shard

360 degree view of London from the tallest building in western Europe. The building is split into various sections including the Shangri-La Hotel, domestic dwellings, and office space. I don’t really want to repeat all the building related facts because you can read all about these on the Shard website: http://www.the-shard.com  My visit was early in […]

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Out and About Around Borough Market

Borough market has been known for being one of the biggest food markets in London, with a history behind it dating back to medieval times. Opposite London Bridge Station, the market looks like a large modern green house at first glance, however you can rest assured that there is indeed a sprawling market place tucked […]

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Out and About Camden Town

  Camden is a great place to go for lots of reasons. If you enjoy idly wandering around and feasting your eyes on a ridiculous array of shops, winding allyways rammed tightly with stalls, some weird some wonderful; food stalls and eateries galore, and you don’t mind a thick crowd, then Camden Town is a […]

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Under The Sea: Sea Life London Aquarium

Given my obsession with fish and aquariums, it will come as no surprise that the London Aquarium is an old favourite of mine. Does anyone else feel like they’re in one of the ‘Alien’ film spaceships when you walk through Westminster tube station, it looks/feels very space-age-esk!!! Take Exit 1 and turn left- cross at […]

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Tropical TOBAGO, The Quiet Caribbean.

A small quiet caribbean island, physically separate from Trinidad. An island for relaxation, bird watching, rainforest hiking and beach lounging. At certain time of the year, in line with breeding cycles, turtle watching becomes a major attraction. Be certain to take strong insect repellent, the strongest you can get your hands on. You will certainly […]

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Bahamas: Reminiscing. Take me back!!

The Bahamas is made up of over 700 small islands and cays. Following a comfortable British Airways flight, the Bahamas proved to be a relaxing destination. There is a very simple beauty to it, that is refreshing and quite charming. Highlights: Cable beach (with a direct view of the island owned by Eddie Murphy) Fort Charlotte, one […]

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What I Love About Summertime

The smell of freshly cut grass on a hot day. The heat from the sun on my skin. Ice cold drinks taste so much better. Waking up to the sun pushing it’s way into the bedroom. The breeze through the window. The breeze through light clothing. The birds sound all the more melodious. The smell […]

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Nutribullet: What’s all the fuss about?

I bought my Nutribullet during the time of the mad rush when all the main retailers were sold out, it was a crazy fiasco, but I’m sure that’s all calmed down now. Like most people, I was drawn in by the strong advertising campaign, promoting a healthier/more nutritious lifestyle. I have no regrets. It’s a […]

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Delightful Deal!!

REVLON ULTRALIGHT 2000W HAIRDRYER at £11.99 each Source: ARGOS I bought two of these,  how could I not – at this price? I’ve vowed never to leave myself without a back up hairdryer again  – in case it stops working and you’re left dripping. Small and mighty Smaller than your average hairdryer but a bit bigger than the […]

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Tunisia Trip

Despite the frightening March 2015 incident that took place in Tunisia’s capital a week before, we went ahead with our all inclusive holiday to Sousse (just under 2 hrs from the capital, in one of the quieter tourist areas). On  reflection we thought it was probably one of the safest times to visit as security […]

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Alfred Hitchcock Book Competition!!

Win a copy of “Alfred Hitchcock” by Peter Ackroyd (2015) One for the film buffs, and the curious. To enter the draw: 1.Comment below with your favourite Hitchcock film and why!! 2.Follow and re/tweet @thriftyshopper7 using the hashtag #Hitchcockbook Closing date: 1 June Midnight Winner drawn from UK entrants

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Beauty Disaster MUA MAKEUP ACADEMY Competition!!

Win a MUA MAKEUP ACADEMY  Beauty Bundle So we’ve all (male or female) probably had some sort of beauty or cosmetic catastrophe at some point or another. Whether it’s crazy tan lines, lashes falling into your romantic dinner, bad reactions to products or a simple broken nail – these things can bring trauma and humiliation to us […]

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Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

Book Review: 10/10 This really is a ‘different sort of book’, beautifully illustrated and gently written, a story of hope, optimism, motivation and light at the end of the tunnel; narrated through the eyes of a caterpillar who becomes a butterfly. This is a lovely book for any shelf, quick to read but I’m sure you […]

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The Dreadful Judgement, Great Fire Of London

The Dreadful Judgement by Neil Hanson  This is a detailed and in parts graphic, telling of the backdrop and story of the Great Fire of London, a must for anyone interested in a more in-depth insight into this piece of history. It is helpfully written in the style of a novel to make it easier […]

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Freebies with Fragrance

FREEBIES WITH FRAGRANCE  It may not always be the cheapest option but if you visit (in person) department stores like Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis etc before buying perfume….it gives you a chance to ask the sales assistants what free gifts there are/which are the best one’s/which one’s have free bags.. ……you catch my drift… oh and get […]

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Samsung Pocket Selfie Camera

SAMSUMG  PL122 DIGITAL CAMERA  I bought this little camera in black (for around £80 on an auction site) for a holiday. It’s about the area of a credit card.   I wanted something very slim and small that can be hidden in a pocket or hand discretely…this is great so you don’t always have to get your big […]

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