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Sam started her UK lifestyle blog, Strawberry Squeeze in 2013. Often accompanied by her partner in crime, Petal (the mini lop), she is an digital influencer, blog coach and a GAIQ SEO consultant. Sam spends most her time booking spa getaways, sea kayaking or dining out with friends and family.

5 Money Raising Ideas for Mum’s in Need of a Boost

Having kids is the most wonderful thing in the world – but let’s be honest it can be a costly affair! This can no doubt put some people in financial difficulty at times which can be hard to get out of – so we have listed some money raising ideas if you are struggling to find cash to pay the bills.

5 Money Raising Ideas for Mum’s in Need of a Boost | UK Lifestyle Blog

Hold a Car Boot Sale

If you have a look around your house – there will no doubt be things that you no longer want but could be of value to someone else. Why not get them all together and put on a car boot sale or a garage sale? It could be a great way to make some extra cash. It’s also a great way to socialise and get to know other people in your neighbourhood. 

Sell Items on eBay

If you are quite computer savvy – then creating an eBay account could be the way forward.  The great thing about selling items on eBay is that you can fit it around your everyday life and what you are doing with the kids. 

It’s quick for you to simply take photos and upload them to your account, and as people can place bids for the items – the likelihood is that you might get more money for them.

Pay Day Loans

If you have a short-term cashflow problem – then a payday loan could be a good way to get you out of trouble. There are companies like Cash Lady that will help you process your loan application in just 2 minutes and allow it to be seen by more lenders. 

This means there is a higher chance of success. You can pay it over a certain number of months at a reasonable repayment plan – which you can work out with Cash Lady if you decide to move forward with this option.  Although not a long-term solution, it’s something that could get you out of a tight spot.

Do Some Freelance Work

There are lots of jobs that you can do that will allow you to work around family life and any other work commitments you may have. People make lots of money by writing content, photography, videography etc – and it can end up being a passive income for you. Once you start to build yourself a portfolio – the work will come in all by itself on recommendations if you use freelance sites where clients can leave their reviews.

Ask a Family Member

Although it may not be your first choice, family members are always there to lend a helping hand should you need it. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for some help if you are struggling. They won’t think any less of you and you can pay them back when you can. It might be a difficult or uncomfortable conversation at first, but one that could help you out a lot.

If you are looking for some ways to generate some cash – then hopefully these handy tips will help!

2019-04-08T22:20:00+00:00 April 8, 2019|Post|

Wedding Season: Choosing a Wedding Guest Outfit (Minus the Stress!)

It was April Fool’s the other day, and it was no drill when I said: “we’re getting married this month!”. It feels like only yesterday we were talking about how the wedding was 2 years away, and now it’s a couple of weeks away. There’s a couple of bits we still need to organise but we’re pretty much there. I’m sure there’s something important I’ve forgotten to do… Turns out, people worry a lot when it comes to choosing something to wear to a wedding.

We’ve had so many people ask us if what they’ve chosen is OK. Honestly, we don’t care what people wear to our wedding, as long as they’re there and they’re comfortable. I completely understand why people find it stressful though, there’s nothing worse than turning up somewhere and feeling under or overdressed. There’s also etiquette around what is allowed and what isn’t allowed, which quite frankly, is silly.

Wedding Season: Choosing a Wedding Guest Outfit (Minus the Stress!) | UK Lifestyle Blog

Shopping for a special occasion outfit should be fun (shopping should NEVER be stressful!). Here are some helpful little tips from a real-bride if you’re on the hunt for something to wear to a wedding.

Consider the time of year

Are you heading to an A/W or S/S wedding? If it’s going to be cool, consider darker colours such as navy, deep red or emerald green. Alternatively, if it’s warm then you might want to opt for a lighter colour like pale pink, powder blue or nude. Pinterest is a great place to begin if you’re completely lost for ideas.

Think about comfort

If you’re going to a wedding, chances are, it’s going to be a long day. Choose something you’re comfortable in. There’s nothing worse than wearing an outfit and constantly worrying if your hair clips are falling out or if you’ve got sweat patches. No, no, no. These shouldn’t be things you should be worrying about at a wedding.

Wedding Season: Choosing a Wedding Guest Outfit (Minus the Stress!) | UK Lifestyle Blog

Don’t break the bank

Lots of our guests have asked us what they should wear, and as I mentioned, we’re very laid back about this. There’s no need to bankrupt yourself just because you’re going to a wedding. Dig something out from the back of your wardrobe and pair it with some cheap high heels from Uppersole. If you don’t think you’ve got anything suitable, get down the charity shop!

Check the weather

Should you pack a raincoat or a pashmina? It’s difficult to predict the weather in the UK but usually, you can get an idea of what the weather is going to be like. Consider the wedding venue, too. If it’s going to be in a field, you might want to be mindful of the weather a bit more so than if it’s an indoor affair at a manor house.


If you’re unsure or you’ve got a couple of potential outfits in mind but don’t know what to order, put your mind at ease and double-check with the bride. If she’s anything like me, she’ll love it! It’s so exciting receiving pictures from my friends taking selfies in the mirror saying “Omg! Which one do you like? I’ve ordered 5 dresses 😂”.

2019-04-03T18:53:17+00:00 April 3, 2019|Weddings|

Tiny Home Hacks: How to Create a Spacious Bedroom

Many of us look forward to crashing onto a comfy bed at the end of a long, busy day. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary to which you can retreat to wind down and put your feet up. The last thing you want when you’re ready to hit the hay is to be confronted with a floor filled with shoes or chairs draped in clothes. If storage is an issue, clutter is taking over, or you’re trying to make the most of a compact space, here are some tips to create a more spacious, serene bedroom.

Tiny Home Hacks: How to Create a Spacious Bedroom | UK Lifestyle Blog

Opt for neutral walls

If you haven’t got a large bedroom, paying attention to colour is key. If you have a small space, opting for dark shades and prints can make the room look smaller. To create the illusion of a more spacious boudoir, stick to neutral tones, and use accessories or accents to add colour.

Dove grey, beige, and white work really well. If you do want to add interest, you can use cushions, lamps, vases and plant pots, candle holders, bed linen, curtains, rugs and frames to carry a theme and introduce new tones.

Invest in clever storage solutions

If you’ve become accustomed to a ‘floordrobe,’ now is the time to make some changes. Clutter can contribute to stress, and it detracts from the harmony and peace of the room, as well as affecting the aesthetic.

Tiny Home Hacks: How to Create a Spacious Bedroom | UK Lifestyle Blog

If you don’t have space for chests and wardrobes, don’t worry. Make use of wall space, and look into clever storage solutions, such as an Ottoman divan bed from The Sleep Station. With this kind of bed, you can store clothes, bedding, and towels underneath the mattress.

It’s also a good idea to have a clear out periodically, and to store clothes you’re not going to use in the months ahead in a loft or basement. If your drawers are full of jumpers and coats, and summer is approaching, for example, you can free up room by boxing them up until cooler climes arrive once more.

Maximise natural light

Light always makes rooms look more spacious, so make the most of every drop of natural light. Open the curtains wide, use mirrors to bounce light around the room, and opt for light walls and floors.

Tiny Home Hacks: How to Create a Spacious Bedroom | UK Lifestyle Blog

Embrace the minimalist vibe

Nothing eats up space like clutter. If you have a bijou bedroom, consider embracing the popular minimalist vibe, and keeping things simple. Don’t cover every inch of the walls in prints or frames or hide every metre of floor space under rugs.

Choose a basic colour palette and don’t go too crazy with accessories. Opt for understated patterns and prints like spots or graphic lines if you’re adding a couple of cushions to the bed, and use simple touches like plants and mirrors to add a homely feel.

If you long for more space in the bedroom, but you don’t have the option of extending or converting an attic, hopefully, these simple solutions will make all the difference. Freshen up the room with light tones, innovative storage options and effortless, chic decorative touches.

2019-04-03T18:29:54+00:00 April 3, 2019|Home Decor|
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