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  1. How to cut household expenses with renewable energy

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    When Ben and I first switched to a renewable energy company around seven or eight years ago we were shocked by the cost.  We were trying to do our bit for the environment, but at the time we couldn’t afford to pay a premium to be greener so we begrudgingly had to switch back to our old supplier.

    Luckily times have changed and sustainability is a hot topic.  In recent years we have actually been able to cut our household expenses by using renewable energy.

    Here’s how:

    Getting free energy from solar panels

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    When we were looking to buy a home we were interested in any energy saving features they had.  Luckily we were able to find a home with solar panels already installed.  Going forward we would definitely look for another house with solar panels, or alternatively we would make the investment ourselves.  As the new home owners the tariff simply transferred to us.  Not only do we use the free solar energy before anything else, which reduces our bills, but we also sell the surplus back to the grid.  These quarterly payments add up and they pay for two-thirds of our annual energy consumption (gas and electric).  That’s quite a saving!

    Investing in a log burner

    Almost four years ago we invested in a log burner and we have been very lucky to not have to buy a single piece of wood yet!  Ben’s late mum worked locally at a place that had woods on their grounds.  They let us know whenever they had felled trees and were more than grateful for us to take the wood off their hands, as were we!  We’ve also had family members call us whenever they’ve cut trees back, or their neighbours have, and want us to come and clear the wood.  Ben, my husband, is always looking out for free wood opportunities on Facebook too.  Plus we get lots of offcuts and smaller pieces that are great for kindle from Ben’s own workshop.  I’m sure we’ll have to buy some wood soon as we are running low, but it must have saved us a small fortune to not buy any for four years and it might even stretch to five.

    (Just to note you should never just take wood you find lying around in woods and forests.  In some counties you can apply for a licence to give you permission to collect felled wood on Forestry Commission owned land, otherwise you’ll need permission from the landowner.)

    Switching to a renewable energy supplier

    We had been wasting money needlessly for the first few years in our new home as we had stuck with the same energy supplier.  I never realised how easy it was to switch and the great savings we could make.  In 2018 we took the plunge, did a price comparison and switched to renewable energy company Bulb.  This saved us £264 compared to our old supplier British Gas and the most amazing thing is Bulb use 100% renewable electricity and 10% green gas.  This definitely aligns with our values and we’ll be looking for green energy companies should we ever switch again.

    To get £50 credit with Bulb simply use our referral link: https://bulb.co.uk/refer/benjamins1007 

     

    Those are the three ways we use renewable energy at home.  Amazingly all three ways have been saving us money too!

     

    Great blog posts to read next:

    7 ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle
    3 Important Reasons to Choose Organic (other than your personal health)
    13 eco-friendly ways to start saving money in the kitchen
    Plastic is not fantastic – the dirty secret of where our recycling really goes

    How to cut household expenses with renewable energy

  2. Live in Yorkshire? Sell your home for free!

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    One of the worst things about moving house is all the costs that are involved.  I can’t remember all of them precisely as we bought and sold a house almost five years ago, but just the solicitor fees, estate agents fees and stamp duty totalled in the thousands.  It took quite a chunk out of our sale price, leaving us with less money to do up our new home.  For many these fees can be totally unaffordable and a reason to stop moving house altogether.  For us now it’s certainly off-putting to move home as we first need to consider the thousands of pounds it will cost us and whether that’s justifiable.

    Zero estate agent fees in Yorkshire

    But what if you could eradicate one of these fees altogether? 

    Now you can!  Well, if you live in Yorkshire at least.  The online estate agent Housesimple are launching in the Yorkshire area and for a limited time you can sell your home for free!

    Live in Yorkshire Sell your home for free

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    Sell your Yorkshire home with no estate agents fees

    That’s right, there are no estate agents fees whatsoever if you put your home for sale with Housesimple by the 2nd April 2019.  It’s an absolute bargain and so I just had to share this offer with you.

    Some people pay thousands in estate agents fees and in recent times online estate agents have been combatting this with much reduced fees compared to the norm.  When we were selling, five years ago, we stuck with a traditional estate agent as we didn’t really know about the online variety or know if it would be successful.  Now I would definitely go to an online estate agent first.  Not only are they widely known about now, but you’re essentially getting the same service at a much lower cost.  We’ve since also known friends and family to sell their home using online estate agents.

    Even without the amazing offer for Yorkshire homes at Housesimple ,their usual fee is very reasonable anyway at just £995.  I’m sure we paid double this for a brick and mortar estate agent when we sold our property.  But what’s even better is no fee at all!

    OK, what’s the catch?

    So long as you meet their criteria then you won’t have to pay any estate agent fees.  Here’s the criteria:

    • The property must be in one of the following postcode areas - DN, HD, HG, HU, HX, LN, LS, S, WF, YO; or in one of the following postcode districts BD1 - BD23, NG18 - NG24, NG34, OL14, PE10 - PE12, PE20 - PE25;
    • You must put your property for sale on the market with the Housesimple between the start date and the closing Date. (00:01 am on 17.12.18 - 11:59pm on 02.04.19)

    What’s included?

    • Ads on Rightmove/Zoopla
    • Professional photos and floorplan
    • Negotiations and sales progression
    • Dedicated agent Local expert valuation
    • Easy to use online dashboard ‘For Sale’ board

     

    If you live in Yorkshire or the surrounding areas and are considering selling your home, then check out the postcodes above and see if you could save yourself a small fortune with zero estate agents fees to pay!

     

    More helpful articles when buying a house:

    9 ways to start updating your home on a budget
    Why I won’t use a mortgage adviser again
    My top tips to prepare for a house move
    Is buying a house better than renting?
    3 ways to make sure the house you are buying is in good shape
    Should I stay or should I go. Moving house decisions.
    Why you should check the water pressure when buying a new home

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  3. Is being vegan expensive?

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    The answer?  It can be as expensive or as affordable as you want it to be.  Pretty much like anything else in life.  You can choose the cheap car or you can choose a more luxurious car.  The same goes for food, drink, holidays, clothes, homewares, you name it.  Choosing to lead a healthy lifestyle is no different.  It can cost a pretty penny or you can choose to do it on a budget.

    One question I’m asked a lot as I am now 100% plant based (or vegan as it’s more widely and easily understood), is whether it is expensive.   My answer is yes and no.  No it’s not expensive if you stick to eating a diet stuffed full of fresh fruits and vegetables, but mostly veggies, that are in season.  But yes it is expensive if you start buying processed vegan food and junk food such as vegan cheeses and vegan mayonnaises, raw chocolate bars, meat alternatives and so on.

    If you keep it simple then being vegan can be done on a budget.  Keep it simple by keeping it as plant based as possible with no processed foods and then costs will stay down.  In fact, that’s probably a load cheaper than eating meat or cheese as they can be really expensive.  When I was vegetarian I loved cheese and it had to be the proper mature stuff.  It cost a small fortune!  Even milk is quite costly and yes, plant based milks are expensive, but you can easily make your own oat milk very cheaply.

    It’s funny really, as I was veggie for several years before cutting out all animal products completely and no one ever questions if vegetarianism is more expensive than eating a meat based diet, but as soon as you mention following a vegan diet then a lot of people will ask if it’s expensive to eat that way.  In fact, many people think eating anything healthy is an expensive and I often hear people comment how ‘healthy’ food should be cheaper.  I’m not sure where they are shopping as the last time I went to the supermarket I managed to buy a banana for 12p, yet a chocolate bar was closer to £1.  Many commonplace fruits and vegetables are very cheap indeed.

    Tips to save money and eat healthy

    Why being healthy doesn’t have to be expensive

    Like anything, being healthy or being vegan can be expensive, or it can be cheap and affordable - the same as most things in life.  It depends where you choose to shop and what level of products you choose to buy – savers, shop’s own brand, branded, luxurious, independent or organic. 

    Here are some of the ways eating healthily or following a plant-based diet can be more affordable:

    Keep it simple and eat a lot of fruit and vegetables

    Check out your supermarkets fruit and veg aisles and you’ll see a lot of prices well under £1 for large bags of goodness.  I often see comments on articles about healthy eating such as the introduction of the sugar tax, where people say something along the lines of ‘if you want us to quit sugar and eat healthier then make healthy food cheap’.  I really believe it already is cheap and I’m not sure where they are shopping!

    Over Christmas my local Tesco had big bags of vegetables on offer for 29p each!  2.5kg of potatoes for 29p!  Even today they sell a 1kg bag of carrots for 59p!  I can see around 9 large carrots in the bag and so that’s a lot of great healthy carrot stick snacks for adults of kids, plus plenty left over as a side of steamed veg for a couple of meals or more.  Eating affordable healthy snacks by creating your own from fruit and vegetables is totally possible.

    If you go organic, choose a subscription box

    Yes, organic food is at a premium and I totally think that is wrong.  We buy organic in our household as I believe it’s an investment in our health, the planet and wildlife. It is more expensive and I think this is wrong.

    Organic food needs to become the norm and accessible to everyone. 

    One way to get better value on organic fruit and veg and to ensure you get a good variety is to order a fruit and vegetable box each week.  The boxes should provide you with local fresh produce that works out cheaper in a box than buying the items individually, plus companies such as Abel and Cole regularly have special offers and new customer offers.

    Base your meals around vegetables

    If you base your cooking and main meals around the vegetables and some wholegrains then you can make meals more affordable as you’ll not be adding costly meat or cheese.  Of course there are meat alternatives, but we rarely use these and just stick to vegetables, wholegrains, herbs, spices, beans and lentils when cooking. This makes things a lot more affordable and probably even cheaper than a meat diet.

    If you start buying processed ‘healthy’ foods such as pre-packaged meals, dried fruit bars, meat alternatives and so on then the cost of eating healthy can start to add up.

    Instead, keep it simple and stuff your diet full of as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible to keep costs down.  Plus, if you fill yourself up on as much fruit, salad and veg as possible, you’ll leave less room for the bad food and stop reaching for the expensive snacks as you’re already full on the good stuff.

    Use supermarket coupon apps to save on healthy food

    I’ve just recently got into the supermarket coupon apps, also known as cashback apps, that give money back on certain items in the supermarkets.  They have loads of offers every day, on around ten or so items per major supermarket, where you can save money or even get 100% of the cost of the item back.

    There are regularly fresh fruit and vegetable savings to be made with these apps.  They even regularly have some vegan food included so you can try some of the branded prepared food with a discount.  The plant based milks have been on them too.

    I’ve signed up to GreenJinn, CheckoutSmart and Shopmium for virtual coupons via their smart phone apps.  You buy the product, upload the receipt and then get the cash back after.

    Bonus tip

    Another tip is to always remember to check for cashback if you do your grocery shopping online.  Sign up and always check for cashback at Top Cashback and Quidco for cashback.  Or try your luck at Boom25 for a 1 in 25 chance of winning your entire spend back.

     

    Leading a healthy (and plant-based) lifestyle can be as expensive or as affordable as you need it to be!

     

    Related blog posts
    How to go refined sugar free
    Why you need to reduce your refined sugar intake 
    5 tips to get a better night’s sleep naturally 
    Your ultimate inspirational guide to being truly healthy

    7 ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle
    3 Important Reasons to Choose Organic (other than your personal health)
    13 eco-friendly ways to start saving money in the kitchen
    Get 100% renewable energy with Bulb and save lots of money (over £250)
    Plastic is not fantastic – the dirty secret of where our recycling really goes

    Is being vegan expensive_

     

  4. Discovering if I have any hidden talents with Genesis DNA testing

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    Genesis DNA testing kit review

    You may remember that a short while ago I posted a picture of myself on my Instagram holding a DNA testing kit from Genesis DNA.  I’ve popped the image below to jog your memory if you don’t recall…

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    ??‍♀️What are my secret talents? Who am I? Ever wondered if you have secret skills you don’t know about? I’ll be reviewing the @genesisdnalab DNA Talent Test at a blog near you very soon! ? I’ve just received it and will do my swab in the morning. You have to not eat or drink for 30 mins before, so I think first thing is the best time for me! ?? The results should reveal my full physical, mental and intellectual potential according to their website ??‍♀️ Being someone who has not yet discovered that one hobby or skill that I have mastered, I wonder if it will reveal to me a talent I haven’t yet even thought of that I will enjoy ??‍♀️ I have become so passionate about healthy living, plant based diets and exercise in recent years so perhaps that’s my calling? I will reveal the results when I get them! ?? Have you ever considered doing a DNA test? . . ✨ Get 20% off DNA tests at @genesisdnalab with code LYLIAROSE10/18 ✨ . . #ad #dna #dnatest #dnatesting #dnatests #genesisdna #genetics #decoded #dnakit #biotechnology #lbloggers #lifestylebloggers #whoami #curiosity #hiddentalent #genes #health #hbloggers #science #talentDNA #genetictesting #review #blogreview #ukbloggers #uklbloggers #reviewer #knowyourself #knowingyourself #knowyourselfbetter #biology

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    I received my results today so I want to share with you my thoughts and a review of the Genesis DNA Talent test.  Firstly, though, let’s start at the beginning as you may be wondering what completing a DNA test involves.

    How to complete a DNA testing kit with Genesis DNA

    Usually you would register and order a DNA testing kit from their website directly, but as I was sent the kit for the purpose of this review, I didn’t order online.  I guess my process is the same as if you receive a kit as a present.  It comes with instructions to register your kit at their main website using the special ID number unique to your kit.  You simply fill in a few quick details such as your name, age, email address and sex along with the box registration number to ensure that your results are sent to you when ready.

    The kit comes with everything you need to take two DNA swabs and clear instructions so you’ll know exactly what to do.  It’s totally pain free and you simply need to pop on some gloves and take a swab with an extra-long cotton swab in the side of your cheek.  You twirl it round whilst coating it for 30 seconds or so and then pop it in a test tube.  Then you repeat with a second swab.

    There’s no need to worry that you’re doing it wrong as they’ll send you a second kit if for any reason they can’t extract your DNA from your two swabs.

    Simply send the test tubes back in the envelope provided and await the email of your results!

    Genesis DNA testing review

    Why choose the Genesis DNA talent test

    I was at first offered an immune health DNA test which is very appropriate for this time of year, but my immune health is not something that concerns me.  I eat a plant based vegan diet full of superfoods, fruits and vegetables every day and exercise several times a week.  I don’t drink alcohol and I don’t smoke.  Whether it’s my lifestyle choices or a strong genetic immune system, I rarely get ill - this entire year I’ve had one migraine and one day where I was feeling under the weather, but that’s it.  I never get sick or ill.  It’s very rare for me.

    So I decided the immune test might not be so beneficial to me and they offered a talent test instead.  It definitely sounded intriguing as it promises to reveal:

    • Your physical, mental and intellectual predispositions
    • Which activities and professions could be your most successful
    • What potential talents you haven’t yet tapped into
    • How your genes affect your personality

    This certainly interested me as perhaps there is a hobby I have not yet realised I am good at or a profession I have never considered.  Maybe I’d have a light bulb moment in my head and realise my future career and potential. 

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    Through my twenties I never had a hobby or interest and always felt I was lacking one.  I wanted so desperately to be good at something and to have a talent.  I tried a few things and nothing ever stuck.  I was always so envious of those who had a skill or talent, especially those who had perfected their skill from a young age. Why didn’t I know what I was good at?

    It was the same with career choices.  As a child I never knew what I wanted to be. I never had a focus or set dream.  I flitted between wanting to be a teacher, a firefighter, a radio presenter and more.  I never knew what my skills were or what I wanted to be.  I had no set direction and this continued into adulthood.  I never had a set career in mind.  I was always hardworking and worked my way up in a company I was loyal to for 9 years before having children, but once I left to start a family I again realised I did not know what I wanted to be.

    I knew I didn’t want to return to the same job as it was demanding and full time hours, when I wanted to be with my new daughter more, and so I trained to be a childminder.  I think I was more passionate about running my own business and having more flexibility than the job itself and it never materialised as a house move took a lot longer than anticipated.  In this time I had already started a jewellery business and from this a passion for writing was rediscovered and I turned to blogging as a hobby and future career choice.  I am now a full time blogger - a blogger because I love to write.

    Yet I always wonder how long the blogging bubble will last and if it bursts, then what will I do next.  I have no idea.

    Perhaps my DNA test will help guide me to a suitable career choice or suggest a talent that I could be great at!

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    A breakdown of my Genesis DNA talent test results

    When my results were ready yesterday I was sent an email notification.  I had to login to my account and download the results – a 36 page A4 booklet!  It can be viewed online, but as it looked quite extensive I printed it out and read the whole thing.  Sometimes I find a huge amount of information easier to process on paper instead of staring at the screen for a long period of time.  But there’s no need to print and you can access everything totally online.

    The results are broken down into an overview, main recommendations and then detailed recommendations.  Let’s look at my results and my thoughts:

    Personality

    Apparently due to my variant of the COMT gene I have an increased level of dopamine and adrenaline which help to shape my personality.  I was somewhere on the middle of their scale which meant I was a ‘sensitive discoverer’ as well as a ‘warrior’.  I definitely like being called a warrior!

    My personality traits were a bit hit and miss to be honest.  It was a bit like reading a horoscope where some I could really relate to and sounded just like me, but others were nothing like me.  Perhaps genes aren’t always conclusive or maybe I’m not interpreting them correctly.  Here are some of the interesting points:

    • It says I can easily lose my temper which is true!  Not with friends though, but more with my kids! There’s only so many times I can repeat myself and ask nicely before I do lose my mind… put your socks on, put your socks on, put your socks on, put your socks on, put your socks on, can you please put your socks on, PUT YOUR SOCKS ON.  Job done.
    • It does tell me to break away from my professional life or else it will have a negative effect on my lie.  I’m certainly a workaholic and even more so since running my own business.  It’s important to take breaks and not let it take over your life, but that is sometimes easier said than done when you work by yourself and can only rely on yourself to get the work done!
    • It suggests I work on my creativity by listening to classical music.  I’ll just leave that one there…
    • It does say I can easily break addictions which I think is very true.  Some people are terrible at breaking an addiction, but I am strong willed and if I want to do something then my will takes over!  I also love an experiment and see anything such as giving up added sugar for a year (which I did in 2017) a challenge and one that I will succeed in!  Turn giving up something into a challenge and I bet you’re far more likely to succeed.
    • For my professional career, seeing as I have traits of both a sensitive discoverer and a warrior, it displays a whole host of varying career ideas: writer, fashion, artist, lawyer, nurse, waitress, broker, manager, lifeguard, the list goes on.  It’s not very specific, so at least now I can blame my genes for my indecisiveness when it comes to a career path!  It does say I need to decide which personality prevails in me to make a career choice, so can I be a warrior?
    • Pressure at work is apparently good for me and I agree.  I hate twiddling my thumbs and I need a lot of work to keep me engaged, so lots of deadlines and pressure – yes please.  I work best when I’m fired up with lots to do.
    • But then it says I need greater self-discipline which I disagree with as I am highly self-motivated and work well by myself, at-home, where others often say they’d be too distracted or procrastinate too much!
    • It says as I’m a warrior then if I’m not satisfied with my career then a change won’t be challenging – ‘hear hear!’ This should so be true for everyone!  Isn’t it so boring to hear those people moan constantly about their jobs they hate, but they don’t do anything about it?!  Life’s too short to keep working a job you detest – do something about it!
    • The diet section is probably relevant to everyone –consume more magnesium, don’t drink sugary drinks, do drink green tea.  Sensible advice for all I’d say.

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    Memory and spatial orientation

    I have a high level of the BDNF factor so I’m predisposed to faster transmission of information from short term to long term memory.  This must be before I had kids and suffered baby-brain and mumnesia…

    It goes on to say I gain motor skills rapidly and memorise them even after a few days.  I’m a fast learner and can learn pretty much anything I set my mind to, especially anything academic.  Here are some of the points that are interesting from this category:

    • I might be a good driver.  We’ll have to ask my husband Ben’s opinion on that…
    • I may be good in maths, geometry and geography.  Yes I am!  Or at least I was!  I got an A in GCSE maths and GCSE geography and loved the subjects.  I ummed and arrrred about taking them at A-level, but was trying to release my more creative side and took drama and philosophy instead.  Doh!  I 100% should have continued with geography and maths and then who knows what career path this could have led me down.
    • It reminds me that cortisol is increased in stressful situations and also too much working out and lack of sleep… I know, I know.  I’m working on it.
    • I’m also predisposed to high blood pressure which is interesting as my Grandad has hypertension and my uncle did.  I’m hoping my lifestyle choices will help to keep mine down.

    Verbal skills

    I have high levels of the protein KIBRA which means I have high verbal communication skills:

    • Written and spoken communication isn’t a problem for me so it suggests a career with these.  This is good as my current career involves a lot of writing!  I love to write and hopefully I communicate well through my writing.  I’m always told everything reads well.
    • I don’t have problems with written work at school or work.   I’ve always loved writing, spelling and reading and always enjoyed writing essays!
    • I shouldn’t have a problem learning foreign languages.  Well I learnt German at school and found it relatively easy, so I took up French as a second language and struggled!  I don’t think I’m great at languages, but I just don’t have the time to learn one currently.= or the need.
    • Apparently public speaking and presentations are not difficult for me.  But they so are! I hate talking in front of large groups of people.  I hate the attention and all the eyes on me.  I went to a yoga class recently and had to introduce myself in front of around 35-40 people and my heart was beating so fast and palms sweating.  I’m definitely not comfortable speaking in front of large groups of people I don’t know.  I prefer small groups or 1-1s.

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    Interpersonal relationships

    I have a higher sensitivity of the oxytocin receptor which means having a higher resistance to stress, emotional, optimistic and empathetic.  I don’t think I do have a higher resistance to stress.  Maybe more than others, but I still get stressed on a regular basis.  But perhaps we all do?

    • ‘Stressful situations aren’t problematic for you’… until I had kids…!  (Of course I’m always saying this in jest, but parenting is stressful!)
    • I find it easy to recognise lies and manipulation – yes I think I do.  I’ve known a few liars and manipulators and I can see straight through it, even when others can’t.
    • I’m kind.  Why, thank you :)

    Type of muscles

    My muscles contain an additional protein – alpha-actinin-3 (ACTN3 gene).  I may be good at sports that require high dynamics, muscle contraction and anaerobic effort.

    • Because I have an additional protein in my muscles I should be able to take part in sports that require high dynamics and strength.  I love to run 5km-10km and I also love the step machine at the gym and yoga classes.
    • I can easily build a muscular silhouette.  Ooh I’d better try this!  I do need to work on my bingo wings!
    • I’m apparently more suited to sprinting, but I never got on with sprinting.  I’ve always been good at and enjoyed long distance running.  I do 5km runs at the gym a few times a week and sometimes go up to 10km.  For 5km I run 1km per 5 minutes which I don’t think is bad.  I could push myself to go faster if I was racing.  I do sometimes sprint for a minute or so at the end of my 5km to really get my adrenaline pumping!

    Energy metabolism

    My energy is efficiently transported during physical activities, meaning I get fatigued slowly during exercise.  This definitely rings true and is why I like long distance running over sprinting and can sometimes keep going and going…

    • I am apparently talented in ‘sport’.  I’m not sure I am.  I enjoy running to keep fit, but I don’t think I’ve ever been talented in any other sports.
    • This section tells me to choose long distance, whereas the muscle section said short distance.  My genes are conflicted!
    • It tells me to include dark chocolate, green tea and cocoa in my diet to improve performance.  All things I love and all things that will give me more energy and also contain caffeine.  I use cacao rather than cocoa as it is less refined.  I choose dark chocolate that’s without added sugar so it’s healthier.  Anyone who knows me will know how much I love green tea!  These three foods could benefit everyone.

    Final thoughts (and save 20% off Genesis DNA tests)

    Wowsers, that’s only a tiny snippet of the comprehensive DNA report I received!  There’s a lot that I feel matches me and some that really doesn’t.  Overall  I found the process of completing the test and receiving the results a fun thing to do.  It was definitely interesting to see what levels of certain genes I have and what this should mean for my personality and health traits, even if they weren’t always accurate. 

    I’d definitely do a DNA test again, but I think I’d opt for something more specific like a health DNA test or even a food intolerance DNA test if I thought I might have intolerances to something.  I think DNA testing for health reasons is great to pinpoint a specific health problem or issue and could really benefit someone’s life.   For recreational purposes or for a nosey insight into your genes it can be quite expensive, so I think it’s more valuable if you have a specific purpose in mind.  That said, it does make a modern and unique gift idea!

    If you want to discover your hidden talents then you can find the DNA test I took here: https://www.genesisdna.co.uk/product/dna-talent-test/

    Save 20% off any of their tests with my promo code LYLIAROSE10/18

     

    “We focus our tests only on areas where we, with proper counselling, could change our existence positively and thereby achieve a stronger, longer and more quality-filled life.”
     - Genesis DNA

     

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    3 reasons we get adult acne  

     

    Discovering if I have any hidden talents with Genesis DNA testing

  5. Neveo app review – easily send a family photo newspaper to grandparents each month

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    Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to easily share your family moments with your grandparents?  Perhaps they are not tech savvy and can’t regularly see all your happenings on social media and via email.  Now there is an app that is very easy to use to upload your photos and captions to each month which will automatically create a booklet and post it directly to your grandparents or chosen recipient.  Isn’t this a genius idea?  The app I am talking about and will review in today’s blog post is the Neveo app.

    Today something very exciting came through the post to me – my Neveo booklet.  I have literally just opened it and flicked through every page.  I’m very impressed with the quality and even more excited to know that a copy is also winging its way to my husband Ben’s Gran (Oma) in Germany. 

    Neveo app review – easily send a family photo newspaper to grandparents eac

    What is Neveo?

    Neveo is an easy to use platform that allows you to upload up to 50 photos per month, along with captions or descriptions if you wish, that will be sent to your chosen recipient each month.  You can upload your favourite photos each month from your tablet, iPhone or computer to your account and they’ll go into that month’s album for your chosen recipient. 

    A family newspaper automatically sent to loved ones

    On the first of the following month Neveo will automatically gather all your photos and create a family booklet style newspaper that will be dispatched directly to the recipient.

    Then you start adding your photos to your album for that month and they’ll create a booklet the following month, and so on.

    Hassle free

    It’s a subscription service so you pay each month and they will automatically use the photos you upload to send a family journal to grandparents or whoever you choose.  You can even add more than one recipient if you like.  It’s a hassle free way to send memories to family members who live far away.

    Easy to use app

    I personally find the app easiest to use as I take all my photos on my iPhone.  I simply upload a few photos, mainly of the children, every few days and add some quick descriptions.  As our recipient is German I just add short captions so they are easier to translate, but you can be more detailed. 

    Neveo app review – easily send a family photo booklet to grandparents each

    Add more contributors

    Plus you can choose to add more contributors.  I have added my husband Ben as a contributor and we can create the album together.  He has the app on his phone and it is synced to my account.  That way we can both share our favourite photos with his Gran.

    Worldwide delivery

    You can send the booklet to anyone in the world!  Neveo offer worldwide delivery so you can keep in touch with friends and family far and wide.   It’s just perfect for us to send family photos regularly to Ben’s grandparent in another country.

    Neveo app review – easily send a family photo journal to grandparents each

    Who will receive our Neveo family newspaper?

    Ben’s mum is German and moved here to the UK by herself as a young adult.  This means the rest of his mum’s side of the family is in Germany – an uncle, cousins, his cousin’s children and his Gran. 

    Ben calls his Gran ‘Oma’ as this is German for Gran.  As she is our children’s great Gran we came up with the nickname ‘Oma Oma’ for the kids to say which technically means ‘Gran Gran’ as it was easy to say when they were younger, rather than ‘Uhr Oma’ which is the correct translation.  So we all now just say Oma Oma.

    We have been very lucky to fly to Germany five times to visit Oma Oma with the children and she absolutely loves to see the children and play with them each time.  It’s always an incredible feeling to see how happy she is to see them. 

    Oma Oma is now 94 years old!  She doesn’t have a computer, email or mobile telephone which means we cannot send her images of the children and our goings on electronically.  Neveo is the perfect solution for us!

    We try our best to print photos and send them as often as possible as well as a larger printed album of the children each Christmas.  We always hear that she loves to receive them and now we are able to send even more with ease, thanks to Neveo.  It's going to save us the hassle of uploading and printing our own photos and even a trip to the post office!

    Neveo app review – easily send a family photo newspaper to grandparents each month

    My final thoughts on Neveo

    I am really impressed with Neveo, from the level of customer care to the quality of the booklet.  The app is very easy to use and they sometimes send little reminder notifications so you don’t forget to upload photos to your album.  When the album was printed I received an email and again when it was dispatched so I was kept in the loop the whole time.  They have been very helpful and friendly every time I have contacted them.

    I absolutely love the concept and it’s going to be an amazing way for Ben’s Gran in Germany to see what we are up to each month.  The booklet is a nice quality and just perfect for a little update each month and to bring so much joy for only £9.99 per month.  50 photos is more than generous to include each month and can really give an insight into what we have been doing.  You can choose to pay more, currently £14.99 a month and have up to 100 photos!

    I’m also tempted to order a booklet for ourselves each month.  When Bella was a baby and toddler I was keeping a family scrapbook, but since having Reuben and working full time it’s been impossible to find the time to maintain.  All our photos are now digitally stored or on our iPhones.  It will be a great idea to use Neveo to create a little family newspaper for ourselves each month of the best photos. 

    Special offer – first booklet only 99p

    Neveo app review – easily send a family photo newspaper to grandparents each month

    They currently have a special offer of your first booklet for only 99p if you sign up through my Neveo link.  There is no commitment so you can cancel anytime, but I really hope you will see what a beneficial service it is and continue to print a family journal for your loved ones each month.

    Watch the video to learn more

    Get more of an insight of how much it can mean to grandparents and how it all works in this video:

     

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