Monday, 11 March 2019

Mothers day gift guide.

Last week we had International women's day, and who is more inspirational and deserving of your gratitude than your mum, Mother's Day is just around the corner so what better way to show your love and appreciation for your mum than a gift from the heart.

I have some gift ideas which i am sure will cover all interests and budgets and show Mum how much she means.

With the huge rise in popularity of flavoured gin there is sure to be one that Mum will love, maybe parma violet or rhubarb crumble and custard from Mrs Cuthbert's new gin liqueurs inspired by 1940’s era of home baking, perfect for Mother's day. 

Mrs Cuthbert’s is a new range of British Gin Liqueurs, inspired by one of the founder’s late Auntie Dorothy ~ a.k.a. Mrs Cuthbert. Born and bred in Yorkshire, Dorothy Cuthbert was a frugal home-baker, typical of the 1940’s and 1950’s era. 

Traditional but always well received, us ladies love a bottle of perfume so you can never go wrong with a bottle of Mum's favourite perfume, but what about introducing Mum to something new and dare i say it - a bit more fresh and modern. Something maybe like this bottle of Elegance from SEKSY, 
SEKSY Elegance is an exotic, oriental fragrance for a sophisticated taste. With of notes mandarin, jasmine and blackberry musk, from fragrance range SEKSY Beauty. Embellished with a Swarovski® crystal and a detachable Swarovski® charm that can be added to your favourite jewellery. It’s a two in one gift for the one who deserves it the most.

How about a gift that also gives back or helps the environment? Well take a look at the underwear from Modibodi
This Mother’s Day, modern apparel brand Modibodi have launched a new selection of period and leak proof underwear in a range of stunning colours, ideal for Spring. Sticking two fingers up at the sanitary tax on pads and tampons and helping mums everywhere look great and feel secure all the time.
The new Modibodi collection will be in the brands most popular styles Classic Bikini and Sensual Hi Waist Bikini and come in range of colours from a gorgeous mint green, to eye catching aqua and the fabulous amarnath, a lovely reddish rose colour. This is the ideal gift to get your loved one, giving them total freedom and helping them save the world too.
These beautiful knickers don't just look great, they are great, having been made with incredible technology to help women with the 2 Ps: periods & pee. These life changing undies have been made with a special patent-pending Modifier Technology. Every piece is made with natural fibres and is only 3mm thin (as thin as regular underwear) even though it has 3 layers to it, to give it the most comfortable and breathable underwear. The moisture wicking material used ensures fluids are quickly absorbed and you are left odour free.
To top it off Modibodi’s exclusive technology is paired with certified organic bamboo outer fabric to give a perfectly sustainable option and in a world where waste, particularly from sanitary products is making headlines it is never been a better to time to save the world by simply changing your undies. It takes a staggering 500 years to breakdown one pad in landfills and currently 2 billion tampons are flushed down the loo each year in the UK. So be fierce, make a change and get that inspirational woman, something that’s practical and looks fab!


Staying with the environmentally friendly how about these Socks from Critically Endangered Socks, a sock company that helps protect some of the world's most critically endangered animals (and critically endangered animal mums). The socks themselves are made from a beautifully soft and sustainable blend of bamboo and cotton, 20% of profits go towards saving endangered species by supporting the following charities
Friends of the national parks foundation - Helping the endangered Borneo Oranguntans by buying and preserving the rainforset in Borneo
International elephant foundation - help fund the foundations conservation project to protect elephants from poachers and deforestation
Amur Leopard and tiger alliance - help protect the critically endangered Amur leopard
Oceanic Society - helping preserve the Hawksbill Turtle by teaching communities about conservation and exploring key habitats
Whale and Dolphin conservation - The Maui Dolphin is one of the smallest dolphins in the world. But sadly also one of the most critically endangered, the conservation group help monitor Maui Dolphin species and lobby governments in New Zealand to ban trawling and netting.
Coming soon are baby socks that help protect endangered baby animals, for more info head over to the website and get an early bird discount when you sign up

Personalised phone cover
Running a busy house means mum's are often busy organising school appointments, after school clubs, play dates, health appointments and much much more but luckily with technology today this can be done from your phone on the go, so why not give mum a personalised cover so she stands out from the crowd. check out the range over at Tirita fro a modern, in trend cover that be personalised especially for that special lady.

Dash Cam
Staying with Mums on the go, how about some extra security and peace of mind while she is out and about in the car, with dash cam footage being widely accepted by insurance companies and also the police in accident investigations a dash cam gives that reassurance if this should happen to your loved one. Check out the great range from Nextbase the UK’s leading dash cam manufacturer, they offer a range of affordable (£49.99 - £249.99) and easy to use dash cams with HD quality video recording – a great gift for mums who are always on the go!

Friday, 8 March 2019

International Women's day - challenging male dominated careers

With today being International Women's day I chose to feature someone who is local to me and is my Son's first choice of barber. Sophie is proving herself to be top of her game in her career which is mainly male dominated, fortunately this is slowly changing, and Sophie is proving herself as good as many top barber's.

Sophie is no ordinary barber; the 27-year old was crowned the best wet shaving barber in Wales in 2017 before being invited onto This Morning with Piers Morgan, where she shaved weatherman Alex Beresford live on air. She has also graced the pages of the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Daily Express and even the BBC homepage.

Sophie, from Soph's Barbers in Llanbedr, Ardudwy has had to overcome a number of challenges throughout her eight-year career, starting with the fact that many close to Sophie told her she would never make it as a barber as at the time it was very much perceived to be a male dominated industry. She also had to deal with he embarrassment of a number of male customers simply refusing to allow her to cut their hair as she was a woman (of course the vast majority have since returned and are now happy clients).

Fortunately, with the success of the likes of Sophie, the industry is changing and the number of female barbers in the UK is rising at a rapid level, helped by improving standards and changing male attitudes. Statistics from The Bluebeards Revenge male grooming brand have even revealed that more women than ever are visiting barbershops (for shorter, edgy cuts) over traditional hairdressing salons.

Sophie’s success has attracted the interest from The Bluebeards Revenge, who she is now an official ambassador for. As part of her agreement with the brand, she uses her knowledge to help them develop new products, understand market trends, whilst representing the company at live shows and events.

Barbering is currently enjoying a remarkable renaissance here in the UK, with statistics showing that barbershops are outperforming beauty salons, nail bars and health clubs when it comes to opening the most retail stores.

The Local Data Company’s Retail and Leisure Trends Report 2017/2018 found that barbershops also outgrew other retail businesses such as restaurants, bars, tobacconists, cafĂ© and tearooms, pizza takeaways, coffee shops and mobile phone stores. These findings follow a survey from The Bluebeards Revenge which showed 95% of men still visit the high street to go to their barbershop or hairdresser. You could say that barbershops are now the last hope to save the much troubled high street.

Looking ahead, Sophie, who is also a keen motorcyclist and competes at a national level, wants to use her achievements to encourage even more females into the industry. According to Sophie, barbering is a fantastic occupation as it gives you the opportunity to be your own boss, travel abroad, interact with others on a daily basis, work with fashion shows, share your creativity with the world and actually make some very good money (the industry is perceived to be low paid but a good barber can earn anywhere between £40k and £60k).

I think what we can take from Sophie's story is to go after your dreams and not let people tell you that you can't, good luck Sophie for future goals both in the barber shop and on the track!

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Is It Too Early To Start Retirement Planning?

Many people are likely reading this thinking about planning for retirement, but wondering whether it’s too early to start. The fact is, if you’re in a position to start planning for retirement, it’s never too early to start! Starting earlier will give you a fantastic headstart and ensure you’re more likely to live out your dream retirement. Things like compounding can have a huge effect on how much money you end up with in retirement and whether you can actually live your dream.

Let’s take a look at what you can do to start retirement planning right now.

Make Your Plan

Picture your ideal future. Make sure that this picture of your future aligns with you, your partner/family, and what you really want to achieve. It shouldn’t be a future that belongs to somebody else, or something you just plan because you think you should. It absolutely has to align with you, or you’re not going to put in as much work as you could to achieve your goal. Maybe you want to go to a beautiful place like Porthaven and ensure you are pretty much financially free. Think about where you want to go, who you want to be with, and how you want to spend your time. You can then figure out how much money you’re going to need to live the life of your dreams.

Start Saving Now

The earlier you start saving for your retirement, the better. If you can, get involved with the 401k at work where your employer will match your contributions. This means that less of your income will be taxed, and you can save up way more than you would have been able to alone. Save as much as you can to take advantage of this. The IRA is an option if you can’t use an 401k. Explore various options, and remember that it’s a good idea to have multiple sources of cash so that you can have peace of mind.


Avoid Lifestyle Inflation

As time goes on, it’s all too easy to start spending a little more here and there. You might get a bigger, better car, maybe you get a better phone - all kinds of things can happen. However, your savings should increase with your pay rises, not how much you spend on certain things. Avoid lifestyle inflation at all costs so you can put more money away.

Diversify Your Money

Having as many revenue streams as possible is important, as you won’t have to rely on just one to live the life you want to lead. Make sure you look into investments, and get help with them as soon as possible if you don’t understand them, like many don’t. Having a balanced portfolio is key to success.

Have An Emergency Fund Ready

An emergency fund should cover you for things like unexpected appliance repairs, and perhaps even medical bills. The last thing you want is to go into debt while you’re supposed to be planning your retirement!