My Favourite Cashback/Money Making Apps

It’s been over 3 months since my last post and I won’t lie; I 100% lost my love for blogging hence the silence. In that time, I’ve been on holiday to Kos, started an incredible job that means I have a better home life balance and found my mojo again when it comes to writing. Gone are the days of me writing about skincare (not completely but for now I don’t have the passion for it) and hello, money saving, money making and general lifestyle.

Whilst on holiday I did a poll asking if anyone wanted me to share my favourite cashback or money making apps and the answer was a unanimous yes (good news because I was going to write one anyway). So here it is people and let me know in the comments if you think I’ve missed any other good apps out.

Shopmium

I’ve been using this app for a while and the basics of the app is a way to get freebie products or money off products making them cheaper. It’s a really simple app to use and the steps to claim your cashback goes as follows:

  • Select which products you want to buy, check which store they can be found in and purchase.
  • Scan the barcodes of the products and scan the receipt into the app itself by selecting the piggy bank icon.
  • Once confirmed the money will be sent to your paypal account which you will have linked up when setting up your profile.
  • Really easy steps and I’ve had money as quickly as 48 hours later before back in my account.
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If you want to use this app yourself and have a go at getting some freebies then you can use my referral code t5j4z which will get you a free tub of Nutella to claim once signed up.

Shoppix

This is an app I discovered that you can earn vouchers from by uploading pictures of your receipts. I have been using this app since I went back to work in September and have already cashed out a £5 voucher and have earnt enough points for a £10 voucher already. I’m working towards a £20 voucher instead so I haven’t cashed anything out yet.

Enlightly

This is a survey app that pops up randomly with questions for you to answer. Once you hit 50 questions answered you get a £2.50 reward and then when you hit 100 questions you get a £7.50 bonus. Minimum payout threshold is £5 but since downloading it a couple of months ago I have cashed out £20 already.

Receipt Hog

This works exactly the same as Shoppix so I generally bulk upload receipts to the 2 apps but you have to upload them within a 7 day period of the transaction. The rewards aren’t as high as Shoppix so this has taken longer to build up balance wise but I’m working towards a £10 voucher on this one.

Clicksnap from Quidco

This is a fab app for cashback on grocery purchases and has given me a chance to try foods/drinks that I wouldn’t normally have purchased by swapping them for my usual ones. The benefit to this app is the payout is very fast, usually within a couple of days as it goes through your Quidco account for payout. I have used this one and CheckoutSmart (another app with the same concept) however CheckoutSmart has a minimum payout threshold of £20 otherwise there is a 5% fee. ClickSnap does not incur a fee.

GreenJinn

This is another cashback app for groceries and has offers across Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. Like the other shopping apps, you select your purchases then take a photo of your receipt to claim your cashback. This is a fantastic app for everyday grocery offers and does give cashback on Method cleaning products which is a big thing as we all know with the cleaning world right now.

So that’s it really in terms of my most used cashback or money saving apps. I’m planning another post regarding my best online money making sites which will come in the next couple of weeks but as I said at the start of my post; feel free to leave me any comments with apps I might be missing out on.

Laura x

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How to Create an Atmosphere in Your Home

If you’ve ever wandered around a furniture store, longing to sink into the nearest comfy sofa, you’ll know what we mean by atmosphere. It’s something interior designers have been nailing for years – that certain something that makes a room feel a certain way.

There are so many ways you can create the vibe you want in your home. Here are just a few ideas.

Consider the colour

Okay, so this is an obvious suggestion to start off with, but it’s an important one. For example, if you want to create a relaxing ambiance, vibrant red or yellow won’t do the job; but if you’re looking for a fun, invigorating space, then they’re great colours to choose.

Generally speaking, deep reds, browns and purples create a rich, inviting atmosphere. Blues and greens are calming colours. Anything bright is going to make people feel uplifted. And white is the perfect blank canvas if you want to focus on furniture and fabrics instead.

Alternatively, you could go for a huge mural – it’s a great focal point, and immediately makes a room more interesting.

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What about textures?

The texture of furniture can totally change the feeling of a room. Rough wood (for example) gives a more cosy, rural atmosphere, whereas polished, smooth wood feels more luxurious.

As for those soft furnishings? If you want to create a living area that makes people want to blissfully relax, faux fur or velvet cushions are ideal. Big, deep sofas will also create a more laid-back ambiance, whereas high-backed, shallow sofas are more ‘social’ and upbeat.

Introduce period elements

A few period items, like a Victorian fireplace (reclaimed ones are excellent if you’re on a budget and don’t mind cleaning it up) or fake beams can transform a room. Fake brick walls are also amazing; they make a space look homely and welcoming. Likewise, wallpaper can make a room feel completely different too.

Think about the flooring

The floor often gets overlooked when thinking about how to create mood in your home. However, it can make a big difference. Bare floorboards are rustic and inviting, and polished dark floorboards are sophisticated. A big fluffy rug immediately makes the space feel more cosy, and a thick carpet adds warmth and comfort.

Get all the senses involved

The visual elements of the room are very important. But make sure you don’t forget to appeal to the other senses too. For example, lots of tactile fabrics like velvet and satin add opulence and mystery. A fire crackling away merrily can evoke lots of powerful memories, which immediately creates a welcoming atmosphere.

You shouldn’t forget scent either. Lavender is wonderful for relaxation, whereas citrus smells are good for reinvigoration. Perfumes provide good inspiration – sites like Copycat Fragrances have some great scented candles too.

Experiment, experiment, experiment!

Sometimes, it takes a while to get the room looking and feeling right. You might need to play around with the layout and the décor. This is all part of the process – so enjoy it! Eventually you’ll hit on the perfect atmosphere and then your house will really start to feel like a home.

Laura x

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Family Photoshoot Advice: What To Do And What Not To Do

Tips for making the most of family studio photography sessions…

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As parents, we are probably all guilty of only capturing important moments and occasions ad-hoc on our phones, to then never save or look back on the pictures again.

Although it is great that phones these days have such high-quality cameras that can capture such professional-looking images, it makes all of our images seem far more disposable and arguably less special.

For this reason, it is a great idea to book in for a family photoshoot. You will, no doubt, leave with some beautiful images of all the family. What’s great about studio photography is the images are kept forever, put up around the house, sent around to all the grandparents and passed down generations. It may cost you more than snapping shots on your iPhone but the results are guaranteed to be worth it.

To avoid disappointment when dragging your family along to a photography studio, here are some valuable pieces of advice about how to prepare and what to expect…

Prep

The first thing to keep in mind with a family photoshoot is that a photography studio will be an exciting but also overwhelming environment, especially for little ones. The best thing to do is explain to children what you will be doing and what the experience will be like, as best you can – to avoid any big surprises!

It’s a good idea for all the family to have an early night and be well rested the night before the photoshoot to avoid any grumpy faces and make sure everyone is ready to have some fun. Another parent tip is to eat a good meal beforehand because we all know the struggle of having hungry children on our hands!

Don’t worry though, a professional family photographer will have plenty of experience and know exactly what to say to get children relaxed and giggling in no time!

If you choose the right family photoshoot company, you shouldn’t have to worry about keeping your children under control and on their best behaviour. To capture natural, unique and funny family photos, you children need to feel comfortable to be themselves and show their true characters. Nousha are a London-based photography company who encourage silliness and fun with every family photoshoot that they carry out. All the images they create showcase the individual character of each family and child, whilst still being of an extremely high quality. What’s more, they only shoot in black and white to add to the originality of their images.

Listen

This next tip may go without saying, but it is important to really listen to your photographer. They will more than likely have years of experience and expertise about how to conduct a family photoshoot and capture some great images. Listen to their instructions on how to prepare for the photoshoot, including what to wear and bring along with you. Also, listen to their guidance whilst you are in the studio too – if they ask for a shot with a specific member of the family, give them a hand so no time is wasted.

On the other hand, though, if you know there are certain things that you or your family won’t be comfortable with doing, there is no harm in letting the photographer know!

Be yourselves

The last thing to keep in mind, which is probably the most important, is to simply enjoy yourselves and let your personalities shine through!

The point of studio photography is to capture images that will last a lifetime – so don’t waste your time (and money). You won’t capture any truly special moments if your family are holding back or are not prepared to have some fun. When you first walk in for a family photoshoot it can seem daunting, but hopefully, your family members will be smiling and enjoying themselves in no time.

Laura x

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