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Review of journal stamps from The Works

This is an honest review of a product I have purchased. The product was not given to me by the company nor have I been asked to write this.

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Friday Favourites

Lip Balm

Ever since I was a little girl I have used lip balm. If my lips get dry then I suffer with them splitting and becoming so sore, or I will be tempted to pull off any loose bits of skin. I know that’s a bad habit, so I need a product which keeps them protected and hydrated all the time to prevent this happening.

Lip balm is on my list of things I don’t leave home without. My favourite at the moment is the awesome EOS.

Before I start my review then I must tell you that I have paid for this product and I have not been asked by anyone to write this. It’s my completely honest opinion of a product I like using.

Firstly I will talk about the price. I’m used to buying cheap sticks of lip balm for about 99p. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, but I was reluctant to spend around five times as much as I would normally spend on something I might not like. I patiently waited until they were on offer in Boots and got my Advantage points too, so it felt like I was getting a bargain.

The outer packaging is simple – a cardboard back and a plastic front, so you can see what you are getting inside but it is protected and secure. You would know if it had been tampered with.

The lip balm itself is a cute egg shape. The top twists off and there is a thumb grip on the side. This innovative design breaks away from the twist up stick, and from lip balm tins that you may feel are unhygienic because you have to apply it with your finger. This product is therefore very easy to apply.

On my lips it feels light, not sticky, and once applied is long lasting, even after eating and drinking. It doesn’t feel too thick or too greasy either. My lips have not dried out since I started using EOS, and that’s important to me.

I’m going to return now to value for money now. My first EOS has lasted me almost three months, even with me using it every day, several times a day. My cheaper twist up sticks would maybe last me a month at the most. I’m very happy to continue buying these when they are on offer, as I do feel they offer best value for a luxury product.

Would I recommend this to others?

Yes! Definitely I would say if you have not tried one of these then do take the plunge. There are lots of different flavours available from fruity ones to minty ones or vanilla.

My first EOS isn’t quite finished yet!


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Friday Favourites

I have a new app – it’s called Wunderlist – and it’s my new favourite for making lists.

Click here to visit Wunderlist and see for yourself

You can sync all your notes, which is great, and set reminders as notifications and/or emails.

It is very easy to use and I prefer it for my quick to-do lists where I don’t need lots of additional information. However, you can add extra to your note if you want to.

There is also the option to break down each task into subsections. This is great if something feels a bit overwhelming to attempt all in one go.

I have the free version and there are no adverts (yet) … there is a Pro version that appears to be for business users, and you can integrate it with Microsoft Outlook.

When I found out that it works with Microsoft Outlook, it made complete sense, because it is very similar to another of my favourite apps; Microsoft OneNote.

I use OneNote for long term goals and things I need to keep a record of, such as scans of documents etc.

I accidentally deleted my notes from the iCloud recently but luckily none of them were important. I don’t intend to make the same mistake with Wunderlist!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thank you for reading my blog. Please let me know if you have a favourite app for notes, reminders and lists … or do you just jot them down on paper?


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Which Way? Cuckoo Way!

Signpost for the Cuckoo Way
Signpost in Staveley

“The Cuckoo Way” signposted from Staveley, near Chesterfield.

You can walk all the way to West Stockwith Basin (mostly following the towpath of the Chesterfield Canal) where the canal meets the River Trent.

The canal from Staveley to Chesterfield is navigable but “land locked” at present. It is being restored very slowly, and we like to visit regularly to see what progress has been made.

The Cuckoo Way is named after the boats which would have worked it many years ago.

Read more about Cuckoo Boats here

We parked for free at Staveley Hall, where we found a lovely coffee shop, and a craft shop nearby.

The new lock and canal basin look very smart and there is evidence that work is still being done.

Staveley Town Lock
The newly built Staveley Town Lock

I look forward to seeing holiday boats on that stretch of the canal but it will be a long wait. In the meantime there is a trip boat that operates on certain days from Tapton Lock in Chesterfield.

Thanks for reading


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Friday Favourites

Wow. Friday again so soon.

What can I share with you today?

It’s getting quite difficult to find favourites to be honest. I’m not getting out much because my comfort zone is so small.

However, there’s a YouTube channel I watch and their theme tune is probably my most favourite instrumental at the moment.

It is called Lullaby and it is by Benjamin Thompson. You can listen here:

The channel where I first heard it is called Floating Our Boat which is another narrowboat channel. I’m obsessed!

I may consider reducing my Friday Favourites post to once a month, except that it does force me to think about something positive, although that’s not always easy.

Thank you for reading. Maybe you could let me know what your favourite theme tune is.


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Make it Monday

I like to make things which are useful.

This week I showing you all a crochet dishcloth.

I used James C Brett Cotton On yarn; a lovely mix of cotton and acrylic.

The recommended hook size was 4mm, so that is the size I used. The result is a good dense fabric, and it looks like it will be hard wearing. For a lighter fabric with a lace effect you could use a larger size hook.

I have used a variety of stitches, to add texture and decoration, and to see which stitch wears best in use.

If you would like to see this in more detail, please click on the link below for the video:

Deliberately Different Decorative Dishcloth

I hope you like what I’ve made.

Thanks for visiting my blog!


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Friday Favourites

This week, the subject of my FAVOURITES is holidays.

Now, it has been an exceptionally long time since we last had a proper holiday, but if all was good in the World, I would be looking at revisiting some family favourites.

The type of holiday that I would most like to experience again, would be a narrowboat holiday.

There are so many good things to say about this type of holiday.

  • The pace of life is slowed right down, as the speed limit on the canals is a slow walking pace.
  • Working the locks provides a bit of activity for adrenaline junkies.
  • You are close to wildlife and nature most of the time. Even in towns and cities, the canal banks provide a wildlife corridor.
  • Learning to handle the boat and operate the locks is empowering.
  • You are keeping history alive. The canals were originally built to transport goods. They fell into disrepair as the railways and roads took over. Many canals have been restored for use by pleasure boats, but many have gone forever.

There are some great channels on YouTube created by people who have chosen to live on the canals full time. The number of houseboats in London has increased greatly as the cost of living soars. Many others live aboard as a lifestyle choice, and some go one step further and are “continuous cruisers” with no fixed mooring for their boat.

I would say that YouTube is the best place to start finding out about the canals in the UK, and if you have a canal near where you live then take a walk along the towpath and look at the boats.

There are often pubs beside the canal too. A good excuse to have a nice meal and a drink while watching the boats go by.

Whether on a boat on the canal, or beside the water on the towpath, I think they are one of the nicest places to relax and unwind.

Thanks for reading. Maybe tell me in the comments what your favourite holiday would be, or let me know if you’ve had a boating holiday and if you’ve enjoyed it.


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Friday Favourites

Juice Jam – I’m addicted!

I hope I have used the proper terminology, but the above video is “actual game footage”. I recorded it on my phone using the screen record function. This is my favourite game and I have it on my phone, my old phone and my Kindle!!!

I’m currently stuck on that level, but hopefully I’ll crack it soon.

Uploading to Vimeo was an experiment.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. Please leave me some feedback below. I’d love to know what you think.

Happy blogging!


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Best Phone Apps

One of my favourite phone apps is the one I’m using for my private journal. It is called Momento.

You can link your social media accounts and then they show up in your feed, alongside anything you have posted directly to Momento, however, I have chosen not to link my social media. You can add Uber, YouTube, Spotify … Momento keeps track of them all to help build a picture of your life.

If I forget to write one day, then I can use the app to find a photo on my phone from that missing day, and I use that as a prompt.

You can upload photos, create events, tag people, places and things. You can see a summary by day, month and year, or from the events you create.

You can upload and share photo, text or both.

Sharing from my private journal

This is an iPhone app, and to my knowledge it is not available on Android. Maybe one of my readers could recommend an equivalent Android app. Please tell me about it in the comments below.

Thank you for reading. I hope you have found this useful.