Read my UK family lifestyle, making money online & healthy living blog here:

This blog is my personal view only.  I may earn commission if you buy via a link *click to read my disclaimer

Save

Save

 RSS Feed

» Listings for 2018

  1. Welcome to my latest Lylia Rose scarf giveaway!

    If you love printed scarves, do pop over to my online fashion accessories boutique for a good browse where you'll find over 60 different designs in stock! 

    The minimum spend is only £4.99 per order and 2nd class UK delivery is free.  Perfect for gifts for her.  

    Win this scarf in my blog giveaway:

    Blog Giveaway win a feather print scarf from lylia rose

    The full terms and conditions are below, but simply enter using one or more of the entry methods in the Rafflecopter widget below and remember, if you win your delivery address must be in the UK.

    Good luck!

    Check out my Giveaways section for more amazing prizes!

    Love making cash from home?  Here are some of my favourite and successful ways:
    The top 3 ways I made money from home in 2017
    Get paid to test websites from home (£5 per 20 minutes)
    Get paid doing simple tasks from your phone with Streetbees
    I’ve made £300 tax free cash from home in 2 weeks and you can too
    5 Free Daily Lotteries With Cash Prizes
    9 iPhone Apps to Make You Money

    ENTER HERE:

    If you enter this giveaway you consent to be signed up to my newsletter to receive new blog posts, giveaways and shop news.  Subscribers are entered into a monthly draw to win a scarf from my online scarf boutique.  You can unsubscribe at any time, but only active subscribers will be entered into the scarf giveaway.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    PLEASE PIN ME:

    Blog Giveaway_ Win a Feather Print Scarf from the Lylia Rose Scarf Boutique

    Term and Conditions:

    • There will be one winner
    • The prize is the item pictured above
    • The prize must be claimed within 28 days of the first winner's notification email being sent.
    • There is no cash alternative
    • There is no limit on the number of entries per person, follow the instructions to enable multiple entries
    • Winners will be notified within 28 days
    • The winner must claim their prize within 28 days or it will be forfeited
    • All entries must be received by the date and time specified
    • The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter & notified by email
    • Giveaways are open to the UK only
    • The winner's name and county is available upon request
    • Entrants will be signed up to the Lylia Rose newsletter to receive blog posts and giveaways.  Subscribers are entered into a monthly prize draw to win a scarf of choice from my online fashion boutique -  You can unsubscribe at any time, but this will stop your entry into the newsletter giveaway.
  2. Summer feels like it is actually here, well at least the past three days!  It’s been scorchio, even hotter than our recent holiday to Fuerteventura by a couple of degrees!  I’m not going to get too excited though as it looks set to drop ten degrees next week.  The sun is simply teasing us and leading us into a false sense of hope.  Don’t put those jumpers and boots away just yet!  Whilst the weather is lovely and I’m so much more comfortable in less clothing with a little more skin on show, it does mean it’s time to get skin ready for summer.  Skin needs exfoliating, nails need filing and polishing, but most of all it’s time to get rid of unwanted hair for silky smooth legs.  I was a religious shaver until last year when I discovered the longer lasting wax and converted.  But it’s still quite painful and expensive so I’m always looking for a better solution.  I think I may have found that solution and in this blog post I’m going to look at the benefits of laser hair removal.

    What are the benefits of laser hair removal?

    The benefits of laser hair removal

    Image

    Permanent

    It’s a permanent hair removal solution.  Many of the hairs lie dormant, so several sessions are needed.  But the hair follicles that are zapped in each treatment won’t produce hair again.

    Cost effective

    In the short term it seems expensive, but in the long term it’s a cost effective hair removal solution.  Especially when compared to waxing, just imagine how much money you spend on waxing each year or even buying expensive razors, gels and shave creams.

    Relatively pain free

    Some people claim it’s not painful at all, but others say there is a slight discomfort or feeling of little pricks.  It can’t be as bad as waxing and ripping out the hair every 4-6 weeks.  Plus, no pain no gain!

    Precision

    The lasers only target the hair follicles leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.

    Speedy

    The lasers are super quick and as can be seen in the below video, an underarm treatment only takes around 3 minutes.  It can even take place in your lunch break! 

    Improved skin

    When hair regrows after shaving it can cause lumpy, sore, itchy and irritable skin.  As the hair doesn’t regrow after laser hair removal there will be none of these symptoms.

    No more ingrown hairs

    Laser hair removal is the only effective way to both prevent and eliminate those peky and sometimes uncomfortable ingrown hairs.

    It works on shaved areas

    Unlike waxing, you don’t need to fully grow the hair between each session.  You can even shave!  It works on the hair follicles so no need to walk around with embarrassingly long hair anymore.

    LASER HAIR REMOVAL

    Where can I get laser hair removal?

    If you are in or close to London then you can have laser hair removal treatment at Pulse Light Clinic. They have two clinics: Bank Clinic (1st Floor, Peek House, 20 East Cheap, London, EC3M 1EB, Tel 0207 523 5158) and Tottenham Court Road (5 Percy Street, London, W1T 1DG, Tel 0207 205 4085).

    For real life experiences on five different skin types, check out their video below:

    Collaboration

  3. Every Friday I invite other bloggers and money making mums to share the ways busy parents can make money from home.  These are real life people making a living from home who can share their experience with us and inspire us.  If you’d like to feature in this series with a guest post of a relevant topic or you’d like to take part in the interview, please do get in touch or find the interview questions by clicking here.

    I love making money from home.  As a busy mum to two young children, working from home for myself provides me with the flexibility I need to care for my children and avoid high full time childcare costs.  It also means I get to do what I love.  I’m an advocate of earning money online and from apps.  I’m always looking for new ways to make more income from home and hope to be inspired by the many people in this interview series.

    Enjoy.

    tippytupps

    Hello, welcome to my Money Making Mums Interview.  Please tell me a little about who you are, where you’re from and where you blog.

    Hi – I’m Vicki. Cornish by birth, I now live in North Wales with my husband, two children and our big fat white cat. I blog over at www.tippytupps.com which is a parenting and lifestyle blog that follows the daily chaos of our lives.

    This series is all about mums being able to make money from home.  Can you tell me what you do from home to make money?

    A little bit of everything. First, there is the blog which is starting to bring in a little income. Although positive, it’s not at a stage where it can support us as a family. Therefore, most of my income comes through copywriting on a freelance basis. I find clients though reaching out to local businesses, responding to ads and using sites such as Upwork and Freelancer. Aside from writing, I also work as a freelance photographer doing product shots and baby shoots from time to time which helps to fill the gaps when copywriting may be slow. Finally, I also do a few bits of testing here and there through a site called What Users Do which asks normal people like us, to test websites. They only pay £5 per test, but those tests take 5-10 minutes to do and it all adds up.

    What makes it suitable for mums?

    Just being able to set my own hours. It offers a flexibility that is not offered by a more traditional job. Having a young family means that I have a choice of paying a ridiculous amount of money in childcare to work a Monday – Friday 9 to 5, or I can find my own way of supporting my family that fits around our family life. I chose the latter. Being able to manage my own diary and commitments, means that I can plan and deliver it around my children.

    What do you love about working from home?

    The fact that I get to spend more time with my family. My children are only young once and I don’t want to miss it. Working in this way, I get to make my own hours doing a job I love, while spending time with them. What’s not to love?

    What are your top three negatives to working from home?

    (1)    The hours that I need to keep. I do most of my work in the evenings when the kids have gone to bed which means it’s rare that I will be in bed before around midnight. In fact, it’s currently almost 1am as I’m writing this now.

    (2)    The vicinity to the fridge. It’s true that fridge pickers wear big knickers and working from home does not help that picking!

    (3)    The inability to switch off. I sometimes feel like I am either a mummy or I’m working. Very rarely is there any downtime as it’s so easy to cram in ‘one more thing’ when the to do list never ends and you work out of your home.

    If you could only pick one, either working from home or working in an office for the rest of your life, which would you pick?

    Home without a doubt. Even when I had a ‘proper’ job before children I still regularly worked from home and find it far more relaxing, flexible and focused than working in an office.

    Money Making Mums Blogger Interview_ Vicki Tippytupps (1)

    Lots of people say they’d find it hard to stay motivated if working alone at home.  What keeps you motivated?

    By loving what I do. I’m so lucky to be able to do something that I have always dreamed of doing and be able to make a small income from it (though I’m working on the small). I also work to my strengths. For example, I am energised first thing in the morning so that’s when I do most of my planning, and I am most creative in the evenings so that’s when I do most of my content writing. When I get restless, I pick up my camera and get outside. Nothing focuses me more than my photography work and I love nothing more than getting what I have onto the computer and seeing what I can do with it.

    Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?

    There are so many, but here are a few I love:

    • Nothing worth having comes easy
    • Dreams don’t work unless you do
    • If you aren’t willing to work for it, don’t complain about not having it

    Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with mums wanting to make their own income from home?

    Figure out what you do well, what your strengths are and play to them. There are so many ways to earn money from the home, it’s just a case of thinking outside the box and finding them. Crafts, writing, photography, virtual assistant, social media, telephony, marketing. There’s earning potential in them all plus so much more. However, I’m not going to lie. It’s not something that’s going to just come to you unless you are incredibly lucky. It takes hard work, dedication and perseverance. If you’re willing to work for it though, there is no reason that you wouldn’t be successful.

    And that’s it…thanks for reading!

    Vicki xx

     

    Website:              https://www.tippytupps.com

    Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/tippytupps

    Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/tippytupps

    Twitter:                https://www.twitter.com/tippytupps

     

    Thank you so much to Vicki for taking part in my interview series!

     

    Would you like to take part? 

    Find a contact form in my top menu or email victoria@lyliarose.com if you’d like to propose a suitable guest post.

    If you want to answer the interview, find the form by clicking here.

    Not a mum?  No worries!  This guest series is all about inspiring parents to earn their own income and realising they have more than two choices of going out to an employed job or being a stay at home parent. 

    Of course if you choose to do either of those options that's absolutely fine, no judgement here, but lots of mums, like me, didn't realise there was another way to make money by the many self-employed options available nowadays.  If you earn from home, parent or not, and it's suitable for parents then you can take part.

    Check out the rest of the series here: Money Making Mums

    Find a directory of all the interviews and guest posts here: https://www.lyliarose.com/money-making-mums-series.html

  4. As an online seller I love sending post using Royal Mail.  They have been very reliable and in almost 6 years of posting items almost daily I’ve only had around three parcels not be delivered and go missing.  That being said, I do not love receiving mail from Royal Mail.  Not just because our only actual post is mostly bills, but because they post junk mail on almost a daily basis!  I’m not talking about addressed junk mail which they are obliged to deliver as it has our address on (which I just return to sender and ask to be removed from mailing list).  I am talking about junk leaflets, mainly Dominos, Farm Foods, DFS and the like.  Pretty much daily.  Yep, nearly every day this junk is posted through my door and it’s driving me mad.  In this blog post I’m going to share how you can supposedly stop Royal Mail from delivering junk through your letterbox.

    Rant Are you tired of Royal Mail delivering junk mail

     

    Image

    Junk mail.  I don’t want it.  I don’t need a new sofa, I don’t EVER shop in Farm Foods and I will never ever eat a Dominos ever again not just because I’m now dairy-free and refined sugar free, but because I would also refuse to buy it as they send me junk mail constantly and it’s so annoying.  I have TWO notices on my door stating I do not want junk mail and they are ignored by Royal Mail.  Personally I think this is very rude and annoying.  Apparently if you have a notice saying no cold callers they are legally obliged to respect that (is that true?), so why are Royal Mail above all this and believe they can ignore a sign on someone’s private property? 

    That’s right.  It’s MY property and I don’t want your crappy paper wasting tree wasting leaflets through my door.  They go straight into the recycling, wasting resources, time and energy.  Though no longer.  They now go back to Royal Mail in their post boxes.  That’s right, I’m returning them to Royal Mail so they can recycle them as why should I have to do it because they rudely ignore my signs?  As a household of four we often fill our recycling bin between the two week pickups so I really don’t need any extra junk to add to it.

    There’s been a big hoo-ha recently about GDPR and people’s data and so on.  I know people get mad with junk emails and all emails have to have an unsubscribe option.  That’s just a digital mail into your inbox.  How is there so much law around that and not for something physical actually being shoved into your own home that you didn’t ask for?

    It’s obviously all about money.  They are being paid to deliver those leaflets to your home and must be making a lot of money from it.  According to this article in the Daily Mail when Royal Mail were sold off in 2015 50,000 more flyers were put through letterboxes every day.  That was 2015.  If I’m honest I didn’t notice it much back then.  It must be a hell of a lot more nowadays as this issue has really only been bugging me so much the past six months or so as the amount has been increasing and the same flyers coming through all the time.  Driving me crazy.

    I’m also annoyed I wasted money on a no junk mail sticker and stuck it to my door, which I didn’t want to stick on my front door really, just for it to be ignored.  So now I have a sticker I didn’t want in the first place on my door to stop a problem it’s not even stopped.

    There is supposedly another way to opt out of receiving this junk mail from Royal Mail as they have actually admitted on Twitter they do IGNORE signs on houses.

    You need to waste more of your time, energy and trees and fill out this form and post it back to them: https://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/D2D-Opt-Out-Application-Form-2015.pdf (I don’t want to give them any link juice so you’ll have to copy and paste that)

    I can’t vouch for it working as I filled out a form one month ago and I’m still getting junk leaflets from Royal Mail.  How do I know it’s Royal Mail delivering them?  Because I work from home and see them delivering them every day.  Just saying as I see Royal Mail stating on Twitter they only deliver 25% of unaddressed mail in the UK.  I’ve also seen people constantly complaining on Twitter that they are getting junk even after filling out their opt-out form.  Search ‘Royal Mail Junk’ and you’ll see the messages on Twitter.

    I’ve read it can take 6-8 weeks for the opt out form to be actioned.  Then you may need to complete it every two years to renew.  Wasting more time and paper.  Of course.

    Surely it would just be a lot easier for Royal Mail to teach their postmen to read and obey a sign on someone’s private property instead.  Plus all the admin time to receive these forms and process them…. But hey-ho they must like wasting everyone’s time as well as trees.

    Rant! Are you tired of Royal Mail delivering junk mail_ (1)

  5. It is a natural thing for a woman’s breasts to sag due to age, change in weight, genetics, and pregnancy. This can affect the breasts’ size, firmness, and projection. If not supported, such breasts can hang way below their folds, making the nipples point downward. 

    A breast lift is also known as a mastopexy. It is an effective solution to sagging or uneven breasts that need to be corrected. A mastopexy works by raising and firming breasts through the removal of excess skin. Also, it tightens the surrounding tissue in order to reshape and support the breast firmly. It is possible for the areola to get enlarged over time. A breast lift can take care of this too. After a breast lift, the patient will have their projection restored, and the symmetry and shape of the breast enhanced.

    Get Perkier Breasts With A Breast Lift

    Image

    One thing that patients should note is that mastopexy doesn’t help increase the breast size or make the upper part rounder. If you are looking for such results, go for breasts augmentation, which is sometimes done at the same time with mastopexy. Breast lifting will actually make your breasts look smaller than they were before, and some women have reported having lost a cup size after mastopexy.

    Women go for plastic surgery for different reasons. A mastopexy can offer life-changing results by bringing back the youthfulness and shape desired by most women. The procedure will have a woman’s breasts perfectly positioned and pointed outwards, unlike with saggy ones that look droopy and stretched out. There are numerous breast lifts types that are meant to give different benefits according to the breast type.

    Who Qualifies for Mastopexy?

    To qualify as a viable candidate, you should:

    • Be in good health and have healthy weight

    • Be 18 years and over since the breasts continue to grow until a woman is 18 years old

    • Not have any major medical problems

    • Know everything about the operation and the involved risks

    • Have nipples that are facing downward

    • Not be breastfeeding

    • Have sagging breasts that are adequately sized

    Each type comes with its own benefits as discussed below.

    Anchor Mastopexy

    This is also referred to as full or the inverted T-Incision mastopexy. It is the most common type of breast lift especially for women with slight droopy and big breasts. The incision is usually made around the areola and down to the breast fold in line with the fold in the breast. Extra skin and tissue are removed, and the breast put in a new position to attain a youthful look. This type of mastopexy is very effective and gives a desirable result.

    Crescent Breast Lift

    This is also known as half-moon incision mastopexy. It is performed on women with mild breast sagging. Of all the techniques, this one is the least invasive. For a patient to benefit from it, she should have extra skin on the top side of her breast and not the lower one. The surgeon makes an incision that resembles a crescent moon on the top area of the areola. Any excess skin and tissue are then removed, and the breast stitched, making it look like it has been lifted.

    Periareolar Mastopexy

    This is commonly known as the doughnut or Benelli breast lift. It requires incisions around the areola. Once the extra skin is removed, the nipples are then put in a more upright position. This technique is not ideal for patients with extremely saggy breasts. It is perfect women with uneven nipples that look crooked. If the candidate has breast implants, this could be a great option.

    Vertical Mastopexy

    It is also referred to as a lollipop breast lift and involves a combination of a circumareolar and vertical incisions that go down towards the breast fold that resembles a lollipop. The procedure is ideal for women with bigger breasts that are mildly sagging. Usually, the unwanted tissue gets removed from either side of the vertical incision. To reduce drooping, the doctor creates a tighter skin pocket that should hold the remaining breast tissue.

    The result is usually a round, youthful breast that looks more like a cone and less elongated in shape. The circular incision is meant to reposition the nipple upward to ensure it remains perfectly positioned on the newly shaped breast.

    Why a Short-Scar Mastopexy is not always the Best Option

    It is normal for any patient to prefer a procedure that leaves the shortest scar. However, it is crucial to undergo the correct tissue lift, considering the skin quality so that the patient can maintain the improvement for longer periods. When the surgeon applies a short-scar lift to breasts requiring extensive lifting, the result is awkward-shaped breast.

    For example, if you have bigger or droopier breasts, getting a doughnut lift can leave you with flatter-looking breasts. This can also put stress on the areola, stretching it as time goes by to an unwanted size. A lollipop lift might offer more support than a doughnut one although it might get women with bigger breasts a more bottoming-out outcome. In such a situation, the breast tissue extends the lower half of the breast, making the glandular tissue to hang below the fold under the breast.

    Mastopexy Recovery Time

    Once the surgery is over, the doctor wraps a gauze bandage around the chest to act as a compression cloth. You might have drainage tubes paced into the breasts for a short time. The doctor will then put you in a recovery room, and once you are permitted to go home, the nurse will advise on how to take care of the drainage tubes, antibiotics, and any other relevant information regarding post-surgical care. You will also be informed of the possible symptoms to expect and any complications you could face.

    The patient can go back to work after one week, depending on the extent of the procedure. However, if you had other procedures carried out like breast augmentation, it would be wise to rest for a few weeks before resuming your daily activities.

    A breast lift can go a long way in helping you enhance the appearance of your chest, improve your self-esteem, and get back your youthful look. The results are usually visible instantly and long-lasting. If you are looking to have a breast lift in New York, consult Doctors Plastic Surgery. They are qualified doctors who specialize in breast lifts and augmentation. With their state-of-the-art-technology, patients are guaranteed desirable results from this team of exceptional plastic surgeons. They have offices in New York and Chicago.

    Get Perkier Breasts With A Breast Lift

    Collaboration