Little convenient tips for the modern working life *sponsored post

I’m willing to bet that your life is relatively busy. Anyone who has responsibility usually finds that this is the case. It’s a wonderful thing to have, because responsibility brings meaning to our lives, and the more we have the more that can be the case. However, it’s hard to ignore that sometimes, it can be a little inconvenient.

The modern life of the working person can feel somewhat sticky. Balancing a career, a family, home life, hobbies, goals, and a tonne of other circumstances can be relatively difficult to do. How some people manage all this without complaint can be absolutely amazing to consider. People are more incredible than we usually think. However, they could also usually do with just a little helping hand.

Sometimes, looking at your own life in this way can work wonders for you. It’s not always desirable to make massive changes to your life. After all, it’s likely you have everything together already. However, simply trying to add some convenient little systems in your life to make things easier for you, and to give you somewhat more free time can work wonders, and allow you to apply that to another project in your life. Who knows if your next promotion, new success or even business idea might thrive because of this extra twenty minutes three times a week? You never know!

It’s likely you’re sold, and are interested to hear how this could be well applied to your life. Well, the following suggestions could potentially help, but be sure they fit into your schedule and make sense in the scope of your life:

Dog Walking

We love our pets. Sometimes they can fill the role of children in our lives. It’s not uncommon for us to refer to our pets as our ‘babies’ in a cute manner of expression. However, if we have a busy working schedule, it’s not always easy to keep them active and healthy. It’s also a shame to have a pet wait inside all day while you’re at work. Cats might be fine with this, as they can often leave the house as they please and come back in the same hour. Dogs can’t, because it’s unlikely that your dog can be trusted to stay in the grounds, and they certainly may not be able to fit through a door flap.

A professional dog walking service can help with this. Simply time them to walk your dog before your lunches, or just before you get home, and you might potentially allow your dog to add years to their life through movement and exercise, as well as giving them a social life with other dogs. This means something to them, so this could be the most important idea on this list if you’re a pet owner.

Meal Plan Deliveries

Now, this isn’t to reduce the beauty and importance of cooking. This can be a wonderful activity for most people to relax and end their day in a communal spirit. However, if you live by yourself, you are into a fitness or athletic plan, or you simply want to eat healthier without worrying about learning new food groups or cooking meals, then meal plan deliveries can work for you.

Some even exist that simply pile together a list of pre-portioned ingredients to eliminate waste, and perfectly balance macros. For example, starting a ketogenic diet, paleo, or trying to ‘bulk and cut’ during a weightlifting schedule all require very complex methods of getting the right nutrients and ingredients in your diet. If you do this correctly, then you have everything to achieve. However, it’s not always easy to do this, or even shop for this food. This is particularly true if you have somewhat of a busy life to contend with. After all, what high-level CEO or lawyer has time to cook their own meals? It could be that this saves you valuable time you could spend relaxing, introduce you to new recipes or ingredients you have never tried before, or simply give you one less worry to think about.

Digital Syncing

Most of us live online. For this reason, it can be wonderful to ensure that all of your online endeavours are well synced for maximum capacity. Internet browsers such as Chrome and Firefox allow for user accounts to sync cloud files or history on all the devices you use. It can also mean that your cloud storage options are available for access everywhere. Instead of having to take a hard drive to the local coffee shop, bringing your laptop and working on company files can be as easy as connecting to a VPN in public.

There are many forms of digital syncing. From apps like Authy that help you overcome the two-step verification requirement for a multitude of services, to sleep trackers that help collate your fitness diet information from one app with how much sleep you get on their app to benefit your potential times of getting rest, there are so many synced services in the modern day that simply googling interaction between two services could give you cause for surprise.

If you simply enjoy not having time wasted by extraneous time used battling certain devices or items you use, this can be the best way forward.


You do not know the benefit of a schedule unless you keep one. This sounds obvious, but you might not try to make one even with this fact in mind. You’ll never realize how much time you waste until you start accounting for what you actually do in your life. It might be that your life could be completely revolutionized by seeing a schedule as a friend and an ally rather than a hindrance and something that should make you disciplined and locked into a certain way of living.

We’re sure that if you allow for a potential change in your living day to day using a schedule as your guide, you can find hidden free time that you never knew you were afforded.

With these tips, life might get just that little bit easier. We’re not talking about something revolutionary, just something minor and worthwhile. These things add up, and you’ll notice when they help you.

He’s upset I didn’t get excited…

S and I are just back from a brilliant week away. What can I say in the end the boy did good.

We ended up with a week in a holiday cottage in Cornwall (a place neither of us had ever visited before) and it had an indoor pool, a gym, wifi and our own private hot tub – can I get a hell yeah?! Ok, so things didn’t go fully to plan, the gym and pool were closed as it is Winter and the wifi didn’t work, but it was pure bliss.

I laughed so hard I cried. We talked about so much stuff. I realised how happy he makes me, how much I am able to be myself around him and it dawned on me (not for the first time) that if he would let me in I think I could really fall for him.

In true holiday style, we planned to do far too much. Some of it was amazing and I will do it again – I fell head over heels in love with St Ives – and it some of it was over-priced and not worth the money. We took each day as it came and the only plan we made was to eat at Rick Stein’s restaurant in Padstow to celebrate the mid-point of the holiday.

There was a lot of back and forth about the booking. My sister had mentioned that Padstow is known as Padstein, due to the cook owning so much of it. He owns the cookery school a couple of restaurants and a bakery or two. When I mentioned to S that Rick Stein had his flagship restaurant there he said we should go. I hadn’t even considered it, mainly due to the cost. But with S seeming keen there was no way I was going to turn down the opportunity. I said I would, booked and got a little bit excited.

Then I saw that the flagship restaurant is a fish restaurant and my heart fell a little. S doesn’t like fish. I love fish, I had an ex bring me prawns and smoked salmon instead of flowers, by way of an apology after a row once. But S is not keen.

I told him we wouldn’t go.

He insisted that we did.

I was so excited I may have squeaked.

However, when I told S I may have squeaked he was a little bit gutted. He was happy I was happy, but a little bit disappointed that it was the restaurant and not the holiday with him that had me so visibly excited.

The problem was the holiday had gotten me excited. In fact, I have a half-written blog post about how excited I was that S had asked me to go on holiday with him but no matter how excited I was I was also scared, and I think that’s the reason I wasn’t overtly showing him how excited I was.

After everything I have been through this year I was scared of getting my hopes up. Scared that getting excited about the holiday would somehow jinx it.  Scared of him thinking I was too excited and somehow that putting him off.

Despite, I’m assuming, appearing fine and positive and sunny on the outside I am still very much struggling with Dads death. I miss him so much, and it is only getting worse every. single. day.  I feel like it won’t take much for me to completely fall apart

Happy Valentines Day to me *review

*I received the flowers free of charge for the purpose of this review.

When I saw Prestigue Flowers were offering bloggers the chance to review a bouquet of flowers before Valentines Day I positively bit their hands off, not just because I loved the last bouquet I was sent to review (which you can read about here) am a broke student so can’t afford flowers myself but also because of the Valentines Day mix up last year which resulting in S telling me he would never bother buying me flowers again. Not that I fully blame him! I can’t remember if I told you the story, or if it was one of those “I really have to write a blog post about this moments” which I never get round to writing up. Anyway, for the purpose of refreshing your memories and for the benefit of any new readers, yes let’s pretend I get new reads….

Last year for Valentines Day S surprised me at work and sent the most stunning single red rose. I was shocked. It was a total surprise and the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me. I can remember exactly when I received it, I was walking across the car park at work about to go and do some lunchtime yoga, and the florist shouted at us and asked if I was me. I said “yes” and he handed me the flower, I asked him if it was really for me, and he said “don’t look so shocked, it is Valentines Day after all.” I was stunned. My friend who I was with was also stunning, she thought it was the most romantic thing ever and between you and me, so did I. The flower came with a card, which I opened and it was signed with two initials… CF. and here is where my romantic lovely valentines day surprise started to unravel, I didn’t know who CF was. After wracking my brains to try and figure out ‘CF’ I text S thanking him for the rose but admitting that I couldn’t figure out why ‘CF’. He responded with “what rose?” So I told him about the car park, the surprise and the flower and again he said “nope, nothing to do with me.” A good few hours he kept telling me it wasn’t him and I went from “this is amazing I am the luckiest girl in the world” to “who has sent me flowers, and why have they sent me flowers as everyone in my life knows I am in a relationship”. By this point the entire office was playing the guess who ‘CF’ was game and more than one person pointed out how mad they would be if someone sent their girlfriend flowers on Valentines Day. I couldn’t believe it I had gone from happy to worrying that S was going to go mental because another guy had sent me flowers (I know I sound big headed thinking it was a guy, but I know none of my girl friends would do this). The S asked me what I thought about the rose, the surprise and if possible, this is when I made it worse. I told him that it was a nice gesture but a little bit of a stereotype… and it was at that moment my lovely boyfriend decided to tell me the rose was from him and he explained CF. He was gutted I’d hated the surprise, which I hadn’t, but no amount of back peddling from me, which wasn’t so much as me back peddling, more admitting that actually ever since I was a little girl I hoped someone would send me flowers to my work but as I grew older, wiser, and continually had my heart broken by idiot me, I had learnt it was another fairy tale. A bit like those lovely animals that come and do your house work for you, while you sing songs and dance around happily with a tiny waist waiting for Prince Charming to arrive.

To this day he is convinced that I didn’t like the rose and the gesture, and no matter how many times I tell him I had down played my excitement because I was worried how he would react to me getting excited by another guy sending me flowers, he won’t change his mind. He’s stubborn like that.

So, fast forward a year, free flowers to review. Sign me up.

The flowers arrived in a really sturdy box, just like last time, however unlike last time I didn’t drive them around Leeds before bringing them home, and once again they looked stunning when I opened the box and looked inside. I thought they had sent me some sort of carnation set, as I saw something orange sticking out through one of the air holes in the box, but I was wrong.

I actually ‘eeked’ in delight when I saw that accompanying my flowers was a box of chocolates, which obviously I had to open and consume for the purpose of the review straight away, and a teddy bear – look at his little face.

The chocolates are to die for. 

Between you and me I don’t think you will enjoy the chocolates. so I have decided, selflessly I might add, that you can donate all of your boxes of chocolates to me so you don’t have to eat them yourself… I know, honestly the sainthood is imminent! And the flowers are lovely, you seem to get so many. they have more than filled the biggest vase I have. My only slight negative, and really I am only saying this because it was a review and I would hate for you to think that all it takes is a box of chocolate, a teddy, some flowers and I will gush endlessly about how lovely something is; spoiler alert: chocolates, a teddy and flowers is all it takes for me to gush endlessly about how lovey something is! The roses have a slight dark edge to them, which I have tried to photograph but I am not sure if you can see them. It kinda gives the feeling of rather than being fresh that the day the roses are maybe a few days old. But I can’t 100% say that dark isn’t the type of rose it is and I am just an uncultured flower know-nothing type person.

Overall I am really impressed, and very aware I need to learn how to arrange flowers, I really can’t do them justice.

Update: A week later and the flowers are still going strong!

Everything First Time Dog Owners Wish They’d Known *sponsored post*

Owning a dog is no easy task. Even though these cute little fluff balls look like they’ll be a whole load of fun, they also take a great deal of looking after. You will need to give them all the attention and care that they need Otherwise, you will find that your new dog quickly starts to misbehave. Not only that, though, but good dog care also includes plenty of walk, exercise, and trips to the vet.

Sound like a lot to take in? It can be, but owning a dog is certainly rewarding enough and these pets will bring heaps of happiness into your home. To ensure that you take to caring for your dog like a duck takes to water, it’s a good idea to find out what other dog owners wish they’d known before they got their pup. Here are some great pointers from dog owners with plenty of experience.

Spend Time Researching Dog Breeds

Before you get a dog, you need to figure out which kind of breed will be best for you. If you love going on long walks and don’t have to work full-time, then you will be able to get a very full-on breed like a Border Collie or a Beagle. These active breeds require a lot of attention and exercise. If they don’t get all the walks they need, then they will have a lot of energy that could quickly translate into naughty behaviour. So, if you don’t fancy going for hour-long walks every day and spend most of your days in the office, you should think again before you do commit to getting a job. However, there are some smaller breeds that don’t need much exercise and will be perfectly fine left on their own for long stretches. These include the likes of pugs and chihuahuas.

It’s Really Worth Getting Pet Insurance

You will have no doubt seen lots of TV and newspaper adverts for pet insurance companies out there. It’s true that this kind of insurance isn’t a legal obligation for pet owners, but it really is thinking about taking some out to protect your dog. If you do plenty of research into the different policies out there, you should be able to find one that costs just a few dollars a month. Even if that seems like a lot more money than you are really willing to pay, just think of it like this – it would really suck if your dog was ill or injured and you had to pay hundreds of dollars for the vet to make them all better. Not only will that suck more, but it will be a whole lot more expensive too! So, it’s always a better idea to plan for the worst and take out a pet insurance policy.

You Should Puppy-Proof Your Home

Thinking of getting a cute puppy? When you bring your new pup home, it will look like sugar wouldn’t melt… but, trust me, it will definitely get up to a lot of mischief! So much so, that it’s a good idea to puppy-proof your home. If your new dog isn’t yet housetrained, then it’s a good idea to put down some old newspaper over any carpeted floors so that any accidents don’t stain the carpets. You should also remove anything that your puppy could chew and damage. For example, any exposed cables and leads could prove to be a danger to your puppy. If they chew through them, not only will they damage the cable, but they could put themselves at risk of electrocution. So, cover them up or simply put them on a higher surface which the puppy can’t get to. As your puppy grows up, they will become less inquisitive and won’t be so interested in everything that they see. However, it’s still a good idea to move any breakables onto higher surfaces so that your dog doesn’t end up bumping into them and pushing them over.

Your Dog Might Be A Really Picky Eater

Do you imagine that your dog will eat everything and anything? Think again! In fact, some dogs can be very picky eaters. You just have to think of them as young children – they aren’t going to enjoy every type of dog food that you put down in front of them. Your dog might love eating VetIQ dog dental treats while your friend’s pooch might turn their nose up at them. It really does depend on the dog! So, don’t be shocked or worried if your new dog doesn’t eat its food. It might just be because it doesn’t really like it. Quite a few dog owners try a few different foods before they find one that their pet absolutely loves.

Take Your Dog Straight To The Vet

Once you do get a dog, one of the first things you will need to do is take them to see the vet. This is for a number of reasons, but the main one is that the vet will need to spay or castrate your pet. You should do this to your dog as it will prevent them from being able to get pregnant or impregnate another dog. And you don’t want a litter of puppies on your hands – that will be very expensive indeed! Not only that, though, but a new puppy will need vaccinations. These injections can help it fight off some very common diseases and health conditions that dogs are susceptible to when they are growing up. It’s also a good idea to take an older dog to the vets as well. That way, the vet can examine it and ensure that it isn’t suffering from any underlying health conditions that you might not be aware of. Some health insurance policies might even request you to get your dog checked out to ensure it is in full health before you take out some premiums.

Hopefully, all of the above pointers will help you adjust to your new life as a dog owner! Have you got any top tips?

So 2018 sucks…

Well, we are one week into 2018, and I think it has broken me. Honestly, this has to be some sort of record…  I started off this year so well. Well, at least I started this year of preparing to become a better version of me. I was going to put myself first and find time to focus on what I love to do, and I was getting back into shape. I’d downloaded a weight-loss app, in preparation to start watching what I ate on the 2nd Jan. I had talked S into cooking me a lovely three course meal on the 1st so there was no way I was counting calories for that meal! I’d finished a book, ‘I will Marry George Clooney by Christmas‘ – fab read, I thoroughly recommend it. I’d call it bubble gum literature, totally light and fluffy and you know what’s going to happen from about the third page. But it had me laughing out load and it was a feel good break from the real world, which is something I REALLY needed. I had a new book all lined up to read “Year One, by Nora Roberts” and made it a new year resolution to read more, and start reviewing them on here, as a way to hold my accountable. I had decided to remind myself why I love yoga so much and so signed up to True by Yoga with Adriene, and I had been accepted to become on of the bloggers taking part in ‘Party Hard, Train Harder‘ for Teenage Cancer Trust, in memory of my dad. I thought walking 10,000 steps a day would be a fantastic way to start getting back into exercise and I would have to find time for me, using the charity and fundraising as an excuse for being that little bit selfish (Sponsorship details coming soon!). I had S, and I’m about to return to Uni… for the first time in I don’t know how long I was truly excited for the year ahead.

Day 1. I certainly got the party harder bit sorted, only I didn’t half a bottle over many hours and a glass of fizz at the stroke of 12 do not normally turn Lauranne into a hungover wreck the next morning, but yet I was sooo ill. I just about managed the three courses, but I spent the entire day on the settee wishing I was dead… not the start the the new year I had planned. Steps taken: 250.

Day 2. Spun my car on some black ice. Luckily I walked away unharmed and the car is fine, in fact the only person injured was the lovely lady who tried to come to my rescue. She got out of her car to see if I was ok and promptly fell over on the ice. I was a totally wreck for most of the rest of the day. However, I did manage to fit in some yoga, but I only managed a pathetic 6500 steps.

Day 3. Decided to do a dummy run in preparation for my interview at a uni next week; took mum with me. The plan was a lovely girlie day shopping in a big city I had never visited before. The reality was the least disabled friendly car park I have ever seen in my life… it took us half an hour, and the help of a member of staff before we were able to get my mums wheelchair out of the carpark, as every exit had steps. Turns out once you can get out of the car park the building I needed was about a 2 minute walk away. It was cold and wet and we just decided we had had enough and so rather than a girlie shopping trip we gave up and came home. It was the day the UK was experiencing really strong winds and driving ran, so it wasn’t a quick drive. Driving all day for a half an hour walk around a car park is not my idea of fun and felt like another wasted day. On the positive I did manage 9800 steps and I did another yoga session.

Day 4. Mum had a doctors appointment, which she had asked me to attend with her. After years of dealing with crappy doctors we have learnt it’s better to go in twos so there is a witness of what has been said.  We waited for 2 hours to see the doctor… by the end of that wait I was feeling like I needed a doctor myself. And of course the appointment was smack bang in the middle of the day. Another wasted day, and only 4700 steps managed. Although I did manage another late night yoga session.

Day 5. I took a little time for myself and drove to my college. There is a deadline looming and I needed some books. Arrived at college, popped to the loo, and ten I got kicked out as there was a fire. Stood in the cold forever, wondering  at what point I should give up and go home. Steps managed:  6000 and I did manage another late night yoga.

Day 6. Yesterday. I woke up to a broken boiler. A broken boiler that was only fixed, and a new boiler fitted three weeks ago. I had no heating, no hot water. I was not happy. Luckily, my boiler man is amazing and it was soon fixed but still… then things got so much worse. I lost my phone while I was out walking. The phone I have had for two years and so is rammed full of many fantastic pictures and memories. The phone which I ridiculously keep adding contacts too while telling myself “you really need to back this up, if you loose it you will be screwed”. The phone which I had only recently linked to my bank account as I am struggling to manage my finances and thought having the app on my phone would.. The phone which I have on a SIM only deal… as the handset originally belonged to my dad. It fell out my pocket, and some b*stard picked it up and turned it off. I know that someone picked it up, as the first few times we rang it it rang for a while before going to voicemail, the third time, and at the most this was 20 minutes after I had lost it, it went straight to voicemail, no ringing. The fourth time I tried it, from the O2 shop were I reported the loss/at that point suspected theft they tried ringing it and I got a strange, similar to “this number has not been recognised’, but not message which left no doubt in mine, nor the sales peoples mind that someone, somewhere had found it and taken it.
on the positive I did rack up and impressive 15000 while desperately walking, in the driving rain and sleet, trying to find my phone. I didn’t do yoga that night. I didn’t do anything.

Day 7. I broke a wine glass while trying to clean my kitchen, and whilst hoovering it up the bottom fell off my hoover and dust covered my only moments before clean lounge.

Day 7 was the day that broke me. It has been the day that has seen me curl up into a little ball and sob uncontrollably, while I wished someone somewhere would offer me a way out. Had someone said “here’s £1000 you leave now, leave everyone and go and set up a new life, alone” I would have bitten their hand off.

Over the last 10 years I have overcome so much. I have been bullied out of a well paid job. I have had my heart broken twice. I have watched my father die, and yet is appears 2018 will be the year that finally breaks me.