The Geek-ish Valentine Gift Guide under £30

I will confess to being a massive geek/nerd whatever the term may be. I love anything to do with Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Wars and Game of Thrones. The list could go on and on but it would be a longer post than necessary and you lovely lot would just get bored in the end.

I have been in love with the Truffle Shuffle website for a long time and would love to snap up most of the items on there. I thought I would put together a geeky little gift guide for anyone whos partner/gf/bf/wife/hubby would love something different and lets face it, a bit nerdish!

FotorCreated2

 

So the first item is a Marvel Comics Wolverine Iphone 5 case. On the site for a lovely price of £8.99 so a fantastic affordable item to give as a gift for any X-Men fans.

The next item along is Playstation Controller Cufflinks, currently retailing for £12.99. Great for any man who is a fan of the good old games console.

Next along is one of my favourites which happens to be a Unisex Mr Bean Costume T-Shirt on the site for £24.99. As the name says, it’s a unisex item that comes in a number of sizes but I will admit to being a huge fan of Mr Bean so it’s on my wishlist.

I have also selected a retro Wonder Woman satin wash bag which would make a very practical items whether its for home use or travelling. It’s also a mere £8.99 which makes it another affordable items on the nerdy wishlist.

Underneath the wash bag is another item that I am lusting after which happens to be a Silver Plated Dobby the House Elf necklace. For those of you living in a cave (yes that means you Batman!), Dobby is from Harry Potter and this necklace is a tiny price of £6.99 – WOW!

Lastly the big image is a cool one for any marvel fan. It’s a Marvel Comics 3D Thor Hammer Wall Light. ERRR how amazing is this light. When Bob and I finally get a house, this is top of the stuff I want (obviously after a fridge, bed etc) It’s on the website for £29.99 which I think would be money well spent.

All the items on my list are under £30.00 and good value for money. All the prices I have quoted are correct as of 06/02/2015. Have you found anything that you could recommend to me as a self-confessed geek?? Have a look at my Pinterest board HERE for more inspiration.

Thanks

Laura x

Continue Reading

#Frugal February

frugalfeb

I have been seeing a lot of twitter statuses including the #frugalfeb tag. I was really intrigued to know what was going on and whether I thought I could get involved logically. I’m not a huge spender anyway so the idea of being frugal is not a new concept to me anyway as I’m saving up for a house.

I stumbled upon a lovely blog post over at My Pale Skin which has really inspired me to share some frugal living tips of my own for this month (I know we are over a week in to the month now but hey ho!)

  • Take cash out when you go for a meal/drinks etc and set that as your budget so you don’t just keep paying by debit card.
  • Swap your usual makeup buys for a cheaper brand. I am going to be doing a makeup revolution haul in the next week as I have recently fallen in love with the brand and its so much cheaper than some others.
  • Use up all your products at home before running out to buy more. I have so much shampoo, perfume, body lotion etc that I aim to use up then blog about empties and whether or not I liked them or not.
  • Keep a jar of spare change. I throw 1p’s, 2p’s and 5p’s in mine and just collect them up.
  • Try and have no spend days where you don’t just spend for the sake of it whether its a coffee to go or buying your lunch. I take lunch to work with me and also invested in a travel mug for my tea/coffee to save money.
  • Sell old clothes etc on Depop/Ebay/Vinted. I am going to be listing a few items this month in order to make a bit extra money
  • Try not to waste any food in the fridge, use up as much as you can before you think about throwing half of it out and be aware of expiry dates on things.

These are just a few of the practices I use in my life and I am immensely proud of the fact that we are now getting ready to buy our first home at the age of 24. I will doing these and then some when we eventually find a home and get moved in.

What are you frugal living tips?

Thanks

Laura x

Continue Reading

Beanies Coffee: what a lovely surprise

I was recently contacted to find out if I would be interested in trying out some coffee samples from the lovely company that is Beanies! I was asked to select a couple of flavours that I would like to try out and can say I snapped it up quickly. When I had a look on the website I was pleasantly surprised that all the flavours were interesting and nothing I had come across before. The flavours I selected were *Amaretto Almond and *Chocolate Orange. I was also sent the *Double chocolate as an extra to sample as well.

IMG_1473IMG_1474

I have finally tried them all after initially worrying about the flavours. When You first open the jars you get a really overpowering smell of each of the flavours. As you can imagine, it’s quite hard to imagine the coffee tasting anything like coffee rather than chocolate or amaretto. I was pleasantly surprised by each of the coffees once I followed instructions and added water to my trusty Starbucks mug. The taste is lovely in each of the 3 flavours and the coffee itself is very prominent with more of an aftertaste of each one.

An amazing bit of info I didn’t spot until I received the samples is that each serving is less than 2 calories and all the flavours are 100% sugar free! How incredible is that? That means you can indulge in chocolatey goodness in your coffee without feeling guilty later.

IMG_1467

I have recently started enjoying black coffee which for anyone who knows me, knows I normally pour the milk in. I’m really glad I have started doing this or I would never have been able to appreciate the Beanie’s flavours. I would thoroughly recommend these lovely coffees and they can be found on the website direct or are now being stocked in Tesco and Sainsbury’s. If you can’t choose between the amazing range of flavours then you can order a stashbox which includes 9 of the flavours to try.

Thanks for reading

Laura x

Continue Reading