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  1. Dressing for my summer holiday with JD Williams

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    Dressing for my summer holiday with JD Williams

    I’ve been ever so jealous of everyone’s summer holiday beach photos this year. It’s been almost six years since I went on a proper beach holiday abroad.  Luckily we have booked a holiday next April and will be going to Jandia in Fuerteventura!  I decided not to go away this year and to instead book something for next year so we can really treat ourselves and get an all-inclusive deal. 

    It's my idea of a holiday – not having to lift a finger. 

    No cleaning, no washing, no food shopping, no cooking = bliss!  Last year we went to Cornwall, but it really didn’t feel like a holiday as it rained all week, we went to Tesco every day and I did housework daily, eugh.  Our next holiday will be different.  Food cooked for us, no cleaning or housework to do, plus a sunny beach and pool on our doorstep.  I absolutely cannot wait.  Six years has been far too long!

    Dressing for my summer holiday with JD Williams Heavenly Soles Sandals

    So as much as summer is drawing to a close here and I’m even starting to think about Christmas as the autumn school term begins, I’m also super excited for our holiday in the spring.  A beach holiday means one great thing – clothes shopping!  As we’re expecting high temperatures I’m going to be treating myself to a few new pieces for the beach and pool.  My tatty six year old bikini really needs an upgrade and I’m running low on summer dresses.  There will be nothing better for cheering up the dull winter days than shopping for beach appropriate attire.

    Beach ready with JD Williams

    Luckily, JD Williams have given me a head start to my holiday wardrobe by sending me this beautiful huge leaf printed monochrome maxi dress and some gorgeous sandals.  They have a humungous range of summer maxi dresses on site to suit all budgets from High Street prices up to designer labels.

    Thanks to @jdwfashion for sending me this lovely dress ???????? Isn't the print amazing?! ???? I'll be posting a beach holiday wish list from their site very soon so keep an eye out! ???????? I'm dreaming of my beach holiday in April, especially now summer is drawing to a close. ☹️ Is anyone else going on a sunny holiday soon? ☀️☀️☀️ . . . . . #ootd #outfit #outfitoftheday #wiwt #wiwn #whatimwearing #whatimwearingtoday #whatiworetoday #whatimwearingnow #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fashionbloggers #fashionbloggersuk #ukfashionbloggers #fashionover30 #mumfashion #momfashion #mumstyle #momstyle #ukfbloggers #instastyle #instafashion #fashionofinstagram #dresslikeamum #mamafashion #ukfashion #fashionblog #outfitinspiration #fashionstyle #fashioninsta

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    Isn’t the dress just beautiful?  Being rather green and fond of nature, I always love a leaf print.  I did try to get Ben to take a photo of me, but for some reason every photo he takes of me makes me look haggard.  I honestly look 20 years older in every picture he takes and my face is always in some weird twisted pose with one eye half shut and my brace on show.  I don’t know why he can’t just take a nice photo, surely it’s easier for someone else to find a good angle and take a great photo?  Funnily enough, one of my friends said exactly the same.  Their husband always takes the most awful pictures of them too!

    A wish list

    I’ve also been browsing the site to see what else takes my fancy for our holiday.  There’s so much choice, but these are five items I love at the moment.  I seem to have a monochrome theme going on:

    Dressing for my summer holiday with JD Williams pin

    Have you ever shopped at JD Williams?  Do you love any of the items I’ve shared with you today?  Let me know in the comments.

    * Collaborative post

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  2. Is matched betting a gateway to gambling and is it dirty money?

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    Is matched betting a gateway to gambling and is it dirty money?

    I was recently questioned for my ethics on Twitter when promoting the matched betting company I use.  Matched betting has provided me with over £2700 in tax free and risk free cash this year.  

    It's a great way to make extra cash on the side at home.  I also don't think it's wrong.  I hope adults are able to gamble responsibly and know their limits.  Here are two questions that were raised and my thoughts.

    1.     Is matched betting a gateway to gambling?

    Yes it may very well be for a very small minority, just like anything can be a gateway to something; alcohol a gateway to alcoholism, sugary foods a gateway to obesity, a store card a gateway to a shopping addiction, a bank loan a gateway to debt and so on.  But does that mean we should all stop doing these things because they can have a dark side?  Most people I know drink alcohol, for example, so I expect they’d say no, even though the availability of it can cause death to some people.  Everything has another side.

    The entire purpose of matched betting is to make money, not to lose it. The opportunity to gamble is always there.   It was there before I started matched betting, yet I never felt tempted by it.  The only reason I started matched betting was to make money, not lose it, so it won't be a gateway to gambling for me. 

    Important - If you think you'll gamble or you've had an addiction, then don't start matched betting! The same as if you don't know when to stop drinking or have been an alcoholic - don't start drinking again! If, like me, you had a shopping and debt addiction then stay away from the store cards!

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    2.     Is it dirty money?

    I like to think its money that responsible adults have agreed to lose, just like myself. Calling it dirty gets complicated.   Yes some of it may be, but that’s not my fault or responsibility.

    Dirty money is everywhere if you really want to look and trace the source of every penny.

    Many banks have greatly been funded by wars and still continue to make money from weapons, etc.  Yet I borrow money from my bank for my mortgage and loans.  This must be dirty money too. 

    Should we all feel guilty about this or never use a bank again?

    If winning a bet gives you 'dirty' money, then playing the lottery has to be the same.  It’s gambling and I bet many people with an addiction take part in their games.  But also nearly everyone I know, without an addiction, plays the lottery and wants to win.  Many lotteries also give vast amounts to charity and good causes.

    Does this mean all these charities are funded with dirty money?

    Again, I’d like to think not and assume the vast majority of the money comes from responsible adults who can make their own decisions.

    Are you a gambler without realising?

    If someone asked me if I gambled, I'd probably immediately say no. But actually, I am. Not through matched betting, but in other ways. The word gamble conjures up something bad and an addiction, but many of us are gamblers. Here are a few ways I gamble, and you might too:

    • Raffles – yep charity raffles, school fete raffles, it’s a form of gambling – you might lose your money!
    • National lottery – I play every week and most people I know play regularly
    • Money pools – I’ve taken part in these at either work or with friends to guess a baby due date, for example
    • Owning shares – I have shares in the company I used to work for and there’s the risk they could lose their value and I could lose some money or all of it
    • Buying scratch cards – I rarely buy scratch cards, but every now and then, like twice a year, I get the urge and grab a couple for Ben and I for fun
    • Visiting the casinos in Las Vegas playing slots and roulette
    • Having a go on the 2p machines on the pier at Weston Super Mare

    Many people I know also enjoy going to the races, especially as I live by Cheltenham, and putting money on horses for fun once a year!

    Is matched betting for you?

    If you want to make money and DON'T want to gamble, then yes it's for you. If you have any doubt that it will turn into a gambling addiction for you personally, then no, it's not for you.

    If you think it is for you and you’d like to find out more, why not catch up on some of my previous blog posts about matched betting here:

    I’ve made £300 tax free cash from home in 2 weeks and you can too!
    £753.62 Matched Betting Profit Month One (and silly mistakes)
    Not sure about matched betting?  Make £40ish now to see if it’s for you!
    Matched Betting Profit 2 Months: £1341.81
    Matched betting profit after 3 months: £1706.81

    The matched betting company I use:
    Click here to try Profit Accumulator today!

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  3. Natural Beauty Review: Peachy Fox London - Collagen Retinol Moisturiser

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    Natural Beauty Review: Peachy Fox London - Collagen Retinol Moisturiser

    I’ll admit, I’ve been pretty rubbish over the years looking after my skin.  In particular I never used to moisturise at all.  I just didn’t believe my skin needed it.  I’m still very lax when it comes to moisturising my body, but luckily I have pretty soft skin on my arms and legs that does not flake or dry out. 

    My face, however, has started to age considerably the past couple of years.  Perhaps it’s because I’m in my 30s or the lack of sleep and stress of being a parent to two young children, or even because I stupidly smoked and drank a fair amount of alcohol for ten years from age 16.  Whatever the reason, or probably a combination of everything, my skin is really starting to show its age and I fear it even looks older than it is.  I’ve also suffered with spots for years now, especially around my jaw line.  I have oily skin and I’m starting to get deep lines that won’t disappear.  I promise you, I’m not frowning at you, it’s just my wrinkles!

    Natural Beauty Review: Peachy Fox London - Collagen Retinol Moisturiser

    Going natural

    I’ve had to admit defeat and start a morning and evening moisturising routine to try and help my facial skin.  Seeing as up to 60% of the products we put on our skin end up in our bodies and this can take around just 90 seconds, I always go for natural based products.  Organic products are preferable as who wants any pesticide residue in their blood stream or smeared into their face?  Not me.  Plus, these organic natural products are so much better for the environment, both when the plants are grown and when they wash off your skin.

    One of the best things about transitioning to natural beauty products is the huge range of brands just waiting to be discovered!  We’ve all heard of the usual commercial brands which fill the magazines, TV adverts and are found in regular stores, but the unique smaller natural brands are rising and there are plenty about once you start looking in the right places.

    Most of these brands aren’t about making the most profits whilst using the cheapest most harmful chemical ingredients, but about cruelty free beauty products using high quality ingredients sourced ethically.  Many are lovingly crafted by hand or have humble beginnings.  They use natural ingredients and make it their mission to create products that are truly kind to our skin.  Ingredients that nourish, repair and protect.  Ingredients good enough to eat!

    Peachy Fox London Review

    One of these very brands recently got in touch with me and let me choose a product to try.  The brand is Peachy Fox London who I hadn’t heard of before.  I chose their Collagen Retinol Moisturiser with descriptions such as ‘Youthful Skin’ and ‘Potent Anti-ageing Radiant Glowing Skin Formula’ – just what my skin is in desperate need of.

    Firstly, I love the packaging.  I know it shouldn’t matter, but I’ll admit I’m a sucker for nice packaging.  I love the clean white tubes and the cute tree logo.  I also love the fact it has a pump dispenser.  Pumps mean you can get just the right amount of lotion and no mess anywhere else.  There’s no need to shake the bottle or to untwist a lid.  It makes everything super easy and convenient.

    I’ve been using this first thing in the morning after cleansing and last thing at night before I go to bed.  It’s a light cream that blends into the skin quickly and easily without leaving a greasy shine.  This makes it perfect to wear on its own in the day time, make up free.  I’ve been braving going makeup free quite a lot recently because I love saving the time in the morning, but also to try and clear these pesky spots.  It leaves my skin soft and calm.  I love how I wake up with kinder looking skin than when I go to bed without moisturising.

    I’m not sure there’s much of a smell, but that doesn’t bother me.  Perhaps I just can’t notice it as Ben was sniffing my face when I got into bed the other night saying I smelt like vanilla ice cream and what had I put on my face?!  He approved!  Perhaps he has a better sense of smell than me! 

    After a week and a half it’s too early to tell if there are anti-ageing benefits, but I’m pretty sure my frown lines are beyond disguising and I need a face lift already!

    Here’s what Peachy Fox London have to say: ‘An extremely effective Day or Night-time Collagen Retinol Moisturiser that is formulated to help diminish the signs of aging, leaving your feeling skin super soft with a radiant glow. Featuring powerful natural ingredients such as Vitamin A, Jojoba oil, Argan Oil, Collagen, Marine Collagen, Hyaluronic acid & vitamin E.’

    It’s not tested on animals and it’s made in Britain, but the big question of all is would I buy it myself?  Yes I would.  For less than £14 and filled to the brim with pure powerful skin friendly ingredients, it’s worth every penny and more.

    Have you tried anything from Peachy Fox London?  Let me know in the comments!

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