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LIFESTYLE: WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A CAR

Cars can be quite expensive and so when you’re shopping for one, you want to ensure you get the best deal and the most out of your money. Here’s what to look for when buying a car.

Look At What’s Available For Your Budget
Instead of shopping for cars that are way out of your price range, it’s a good idea to start your search with the right budget. Think about what you can reasonably afford and then whether there are any payment options out there that will help bump up your budget a little more so that you can get the best car out there. Try to avoid looking at any cars outside of your budget as that will only lead to you feeling blue about not being able to afford certain makes or models. Always keep your budget at the forefront when shopping for the car.
Seek Out The Offers
There may be plenty of offers on at the moment with specific car makes and you might not have stumbled upon them yet. Some car dealerships will offer certain discounts if that car brand is having a sale on some of their models. You might even find some offers on new Land Rover vehicles if you’re lucky. 
Test The Car Out
Regardless of whether it’s a new or used car, it’s important that you test the car out on the road to get a feel for it. It might look good enough from a visual point of view, but it could be uncomfortable for you as a driver to drive. With used cars, this is crucial that you test drive it because there may be faults with it that have not to be disclosed by the seller. So take it out for a test drive and be sure to give it a good run before signing it over to yourself.
Make Sure You Have All The Paperwork
Like any big purchase, you’re going to want to have all the paperwork provided that tells you the car is fit for the road and that it’s passed any tests such as the MOT. You’ll also need this paperwork for when you get the relevant road insurance and insurance for the actual car. Also if anything were to go wrong, you’ve got the evidence to prove that you may have been missold the vehicle. 
Do A Visual Check
And finally, it’s important that everything from a visual point of view looks good. Check the interior to make sure all the dials, seating, and dashboard areas are in excellent condition. Check the outside of the car for any scratches or deep marks that might cost a bit to fix. Check the lights and the tires to ensure they’re all working properly.
Buying a car is something you should be taking seriously, and it’s very important that you take all the necessary steps to get the right car for you. Take your time, do your research, and stick to your budget to avoid overspending.

[GIFTED] EYLURE EXAGGERATE 141 LASHES



I went out on Saturday night and thought this would be perfect to test out my new lashes! The Eylure Exaggerate 141 lashes are super wispy so perfect for a night out!! They are long and full of volume and just add drama to any eye look.

I don't really wear lashes as I struggle to put them on but I found these Eylure ones really easy to apply. I used the falsh lash applicator by falseeyelashes.co.uk/ which really helped! It stops you from getting glue all over your fingers which really helps when applying the lashes.

I got loads of compliments on my lashes, as I said I don't usually wear them so I think they made my make up look amazing!!

They are super affordable too! Eylure so loads of different styles so if your after something more natural or less full they have loads of styles to choose from.

Falselashes.co.uk stock loads of lashes so they have something for everyone! They also offer free 1st class delivery on all orders!

Check out my before and after below !


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[GIFTED] REVIEW: CASEAPP PERSONALISED PHONE CASES



USE CODE AMYPYTBLOG20 THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER FOR 20% OFF 

I've needed a new phonecase for a while so when CaseApp gone in touch about trying a couple of their phone cases I jumped at the chance! 

I couldn't resist this Monochrome brushstroke pattern! I think it looks so good! I went for the Matte finish and it looks sooo good! You can choose from a matte or glossy finish. They are very high quality, they fit the phone really well and it feels comfortable to hold. These cases are great to protect your phone from scuffs and scratches. 

I also picked out a personalised phone case, I created a photo collage design and picked some of my favourite photos of Amelia and Clint. This is gorgeous, i'm so happy with this case. I think it's such a great gift idea! I love the idea of having some of my favourite photos as my phone case. Again the case is super strong and amazing quality!! You can choose from loads of different personalised options, theres loads of collages to choose from, you can add text and even add clipart to make your case super unique. 

They are only £19, I love that you can choose from one of the premade designs or you can design your own complete personalised design! They do cases for loads of different phones and even do skins and cases for laptops and ipads too!! 









LIFESTYLE: 3 WAYS TO A LESS-STRESSED OUT YOU



So, how are you feeling today?

If your answer is "completely stressed out," then that is no good at all. In the end, your stress will negatively affect your health, not only on a mental level but on a physical level too. You can read more here; https://www.healthline.com/health/stress/effects-on-body#3

If you are feeling the effects of stress, then you need to take the appropriate steps to help yourself. 

Here are our suggestions.

Step #1: Stop doing those things that will stress you out

Unfortunately, we are sometimes to blame for the stress in our lives. We smoke nicotine and drink alcohol, two stimulants that negatively affect our stress levels. We hang out with people who bring us down, and who talk and behave in such a way that causes us to feel stress in our lives. And we eat sugary foods that cause our body to crash and we  consequently feel more stressed out due to our tiredness and irritability. To reduce your level of stress then, you should cut out these things, focussing instead on habits that will instill a positive mindset. Seek help for any addiction problems, eat stress-busting foods, swap alcohol for water and natural fruit juices, and if you have any toxic friends in your life, consider ditching them for people who will lift you up rather than bring you down.

Step #2: Engage in more physical activity

This is a proven way to combat stress. When we engage in exercise, we release feel-good chemicals into our brain, and these alleviate any pent-up tensions, leading to a calmer, more relaxed mood state. You should take time to exercise each day then, perhaps by finding things to do that you will enjoy, such as taking part in active hobbies that you won't consider a chore. You might also go for a brisk walk every time your stressors threaten to overwhelm you, as you might then be able to get a better perspective on them and calm yourself down.

Step #3: Find ways to relax at home

Firstly, consider your home environment. Is it conducive to relaxation? If you are surrounded by clutter, you might want to find ways to clear the mass of stuff you have somehow accumulated. By selling, donating, or using storage facilities, such as https://www.magentastorage.co.uk/, you will be able to reclaim your space at home and live in a tidier environment. As the saying goes, a tidy house leads to a tidy mind.

Secondly, make changes to your home to improve your stress level. We suggested ideas here, http://www.amypyt.com/2018/08/lifestyle-we-know-these-will-make-you.html, so take a look at our article. And then look for activities that will calm you. So, you might take up meditation, try indoor hobbies that will make you happy, and take up journaling to release your negative thoughts onto paper. 


These are our suggestions, and we hope they are useful to you. Let us know what you think, and if you have taken further steps to bring about a less-stressed you, be sure to share your ideas with us too.

Thanks for reading.



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LIFESTYLE: 4 WAYS TO ATTAIN A CLUTTER-FREE HOME





Are you striving to attain a clutter-free home?

Many of us do, as not only will we finally get to enjoy our surroundings more if we make more space, but we will also be less prone to stress, as a tidy house makes for a tidy mind, or so they say!

Thankfully, your dream of a clutter-free home can come true if you act on the following. 


#1: Don't let clutter in

This is a no-brainer, as the less you carry through your front door, the less clutter you will have to deal with.

So, when you're out shopping, don't give in to the temptation to buy those items that you don't really need. If you're offered freebies on the high street or at your local store, don't accept them. And if you find discarded but perfectly acceptable furniture somewhere within your locale, don't assume it has to be you that should give it a new home. You need willpower and the ability to say 'no,' both to others and to yourself when you are given the chance to acquire something that is only going to clutter up your living space. 

#2: Regularly de-clutter your home

About once every 2-3 months (or sooner if necessary), go through the items in your home. If you regret buying something, for whatever reason, or if you have any items that you just don't like or need anymore, then consider getting rid of them. You can do this charitably by donating them to worthy causes, or you could make a profit by selling unwanted items online. And if you're unsure about anything, you could box up smaller items and put larger items in personal storage, and if you later realise you haven't missed them at all, you might then get rid of them in whatever way necessary. 

#3: Create more storage

You need to be careful here, as if you were to fill your home with storage boxes and the like, then you might only end up with more clutter than you started with. Still, you could designate a specific part of your home for storage, so for items that don't need to be used regularly; you could store them away neatly in boxes or filing cabinets where they can be out of sight and out of mind until you need them. You might also replace older furniture with those pieces that have in-built storage, as you would then have more space for your stuff, without filling your space needlessly with extra furnishings. 

#4: Manage your mail

When we talk about clutter, we aren't only referring to items we have bought or been gifted. We are also talking about the mass of paper clutter that can permeate our homes, normally because of those blasted utility bills and junk mail offerings that fall through our letterboxes. To manage your bills, you might want to create a filing system using a plastic wallets folder or a filing cabinet to store them, or you could sign up to online billing, so you don't have to suffer the paper alternative. And for junk mail, you might want to stick a sign on your door to remind your mailman (and any leaflet canvasser) that you don't accept any junk, or you could use this opt-out page to minimise the problem.

Finally

A clutter-free home can be yours, so follow these simple steps to attain it. You might then start to enjoy your home more, without having to worry about missed bills because you can't find them amongst your mass of paper, or causing yourself an injury because you are struggling to move around in your own property. 

Let us know your de-cluttering tips too, for the sake of our readers!





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[GIFTED] REVIEW : THECOFFEEMATE.CO.UK


I was recently sent a few bits from http://www.thecoffeemate.co.uk, if you haven't heard of them then be sure to check them out for all of you coffee related needs! They stock everything you need from Coffee to Coffee Machines, cups and much more...

I thought i'd share the bits i've been sent and my first impressions!

First up we have been sent The Ground Coffee Set Café Liégeois, this is a fab little set as you get three different types of coffee so you can try it and choose your favourites. The set includes a good variety of strengths so there is something to suit every coffee lover. If your looking to purchase ground coffee and your not sure what to go for then i'd recommend this set. 

Next up is the Thermo Cup Asobu Diva V600, I got it in this gorgeous pink colour! I'm in love with it. I've used it quite a few times now. It's perfect for on the go! It fits into any bag with ease as its a great size! It's not too big, I fit a big cath kidston mug of tea/coffee into it. It keeps your drink super hot all day long!! I've used it when i've been at events for the day and i've used it when i've taken Amelia to the park it's just super handy if you want to bring a drink out with you from home. It fits in all cup holders! The flip open neck is a lovely feature and the design of the lip makes it super easy to drink from on the go! I really can't fault this cup it's fab!! 

Next is the Thermo cup Asobu 'Le Baton Copper' which is another beautiful travel mug. This is more your normal flask design. The copper lid lovely and very on trend. It's spill proof and will keep your drinks at temperature for up to 8 hours which is perfect for everyday. 

Finally if the water bottle Asobu 'Flavour U See Gold' This is a really stunning water bottle. I get soooo many compliments on it at work! I love that you can add fruit to your water without getting all the bitty/pulpy bits in your drink. The separate section for your fruit is a great design feature. You don't have to add fruit if you don't want to, it works great without! The gold design is gorgeous and really eye-catching with the glass window in the middle. This is also spill proof so perfect for everyday! It keeps your water cool for 12 hours!! 

I'm super happy with my new bottles, they are all fab! We are going away in a couple of weeks and these will be perfect for the long drive!! We can keep our drinks nice and hot and water nice and cold for the journey! 





LIFESTYLE: 12 THINGS THAT WILL GIVE YOUR HOME SOME SERIOUS APPEAL

If you want to give your home some serious appeal, whether you’re looking to sell it or you just want to feel comfortable in your space, the 12 ideas below will help you. Everybody has different tastes, but the ideas below will suit just about any homeowner or buyer. Take a look and you’ll find 12 things that will give your home some serious appeal! 
  1. A Tidy, Pretty Garden
Every home should have a tidy, pretty garden. You don’t have to do anything overly complicated to your garden; keeping it tidy and simple is fine. Keep your lawn a nice length, add some color using flowers, get rid of weeds, and keep your shrubs at bay. Your garden is the first thing most people see when they visit your home, and it can have a huge impact on how they feel about the rest of the visit. If your garden looks like it hasn’t been looked after, this could put a potential buyer off. 


2. A Nice Entryway
A nice entryway is essential if you want your home to look appealing to guests or potential buyers. You can use potted plants, a nice matt, and pretty much anything else you want to spruce it up. 




3. Attractive Windows And Doors 
Attractive windows and doors aren't exactly cheap, but they can make a huge difference to your home. Sliding doors, for example, can allow you to see out into your garden, let a lot of natural light into your home, and make it much easier to enjoy your garden if you keep them open. Windows and doors should be replaced after a certain amount of time anyway, so if it has been a while since you replaced yours (or you have never done it), then investing in new ones is likely a good idea. They can instantly lift the look of your home, and could really swing somebody’s decision if they are thinking of buying it. 


4. The Right Lighting
You need the right lighting if you want your home to look more appealing. You’ll need outdoor lighting for safety purposes, and potentially for atmospheric purposes too. Then, you’ll need to make sure you have the right lighting inside of your home. You’ll need task lighting in the kitchen, for instance, as well as lighting for both task and relaxation purposes in the lounge area. The right lighting can make a massive difference to not only how great your home looks, but how functional it is too. 


5. Plenty Of Texture
Your home should have a number of different textures if it’s going to look stylish and professionally put together. You can take a look at decor pictures on pinterest for a good idea of how to make this work for your own home. For example, some people like having a faux leather sofa, hardwood floors, fluffy rugs, throws, cushions, and more to add texture. This will make your home feel so much cosier, and if you’re trying to sell, it can help to give your home some character and make it more appealing to potential buyers. 




6. Artwork 
Artwork is another must in any beautiful home. It will bring color and personality to your decor, so make sure you select something that is to your tastes. It could be from a local artist, or even something you paint yourself! 


7. Useful Storage
Every home needs the right storage to remain functional. As soon as you get a house, it’s entirely normal to begin accumulating rubbish that you don’t really need but takes up a lot of space. By making sure you have useful storage, you can ensure your home remains organized and looking great. Shelves can help you to make the most of your floor space, and stacking storage can be great for places like the garage. 


8. Declutter Your Home
Declutter your home and do your best to keep it that way. Try to go paperless, and if you do get mail, deal with it as soon as you can rather than putting it down and telling yourself that you’ll deal with it later. Get rid of doubles you own, for instance, double food scales, and get rid of anything that you haven’t used in a while. It can be tough to do this if you consider yourself a bit of a ‘hoarder’, so see if you can watch Marie Kondo and become inspired, or get a trusted friend to help you look at things objectively. 


While your home should be free from clutter if you’re trying to sell, it shouldn’t be free from personality. This can help people to imagine themselves in the space if they were to buy. 


9. See To Repairs As Soon As You Possibly Can
If there’s a repair that needs to be done, make sure it’s done as soon as possible. The longer its left, the more difficult it can be to fix. Call somebody in if you’re unsure of what to do. If you are selling, a repair can give the potential buyer a reason to negotiate the price down. 


10. Use Mirrors To Reflect Light And Space
Mirrors can be used in a really clever way to reflect light and space around the home. If you buy the right size and put it in the right spot, you can make a room look so much bigger. This is especially effective in the bathroom, which tends to be the smallest room. 


11. Make It Smell Nice
You should incorporate all of the senses if you’re trying to make your home more appealing - and that means making it smell nice. Use aromatherapy, candles, or even incense if you want to do this. If you’re having a viewing, it might be a good idea to bake some bread or a cake to make it smell homely! 


12. Hire Pros To Keep Your Home Clean And Tidy

If you want to give your home a little extra oomph, hire professionals to help you. For instance, have them do the guttering, decking, and even deep clean your carpet. It’ll make a huge difference!

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