How to make extra MONEY


I don’t think I have ever heard anyone say that I have way too much money
and I rarely hear anyone say that they have enough money so  I’m guessing an injection of cash is always welcomed especially if you’re not exactly living the lifestyle you want to.
Here are some creative ways you can make more money.

Sell your stuff
Seriously when was the last time you had a proper clean out?
Odds are you have soo much stuff you don’t need and aren’t using.  I know tend to hang on to things “just in case” I need them someday but never do. Now my rule of thumb is if I haven’t used it in a year it needs to go.
Sell it on eBay, gumtree or even go to your local boot sale to make a little extra cash.

Enhance your skills
If you want to start a change career or take your current career to the next level in order to, of course, get paid more than you should defiantly consider enhancing your current skills.  Job experience is a big part of negotiating your wage and getting paid what you’re worth, but so are skills and education.  Going back to education is a great way to make more money.

Turn something you love into a money-making opportunity
Do you love doing something in your spare time that could make you money?  If the answer is yes then why aren’t you?  Whether you like to spend your free time writing, making jewellery or whatever I’m sure there is a way to make it into a professional side hustle generate an income just think creatively.

Let people know what you can do
Talk about the services, I have a friend that is a teacher who was a short of money, now she tutors children in her spare time in order to get extra money. If you can sew offer your service to friends and relatives repairing and altering clothing.  Or if you are able to build websites…..
Don’t be shy to talk about your work and ask your neighbours, friends and family to spread the word about your skills. 
Get a part time job
Not the most creative solutions but a solution. If you have spare time of an evening or on the weekends why not get a part time job?  If you have experience in retail you could apply at your fave clothing shop or in your local supermarket so not only will you be getting more pocket money you will save money using your employee discount.

Become a secret shopper
There are loads of companies that offer secret shopper which means you basically get paid to shop! Ok, there is more to it than that, you shop in certain shops dine out in restaurants then evaluate the service you received and feed the information back to the company.

What’s your secret to making extra money?

#MACTaraji MAC X Taraji P Henson Collaboration Coming Soon!

As much as I love their products I have I had started to grow weary of some MACs collaborations.
I mean trolls.. really and the Simpsons collaboration was cute but really who wore it?

Now when I heard they would be doing a collaboration with Cookie …! Ok Taraji P Henson either way I love her and I had to take notice.

The Golden Globe winner will be launching the #MACTaraji collection next month which will 

Highlight The Truth Mineralized Skin Finish


Taraji Glow Mineralized Skin Finish



Rapid Black Ultimate Pen Eyeliner



Haute & Naughty Too Black Mascara



And last but not least an 187 Brush to make sure you get your highlight right.

All of these items I feel would be the perfect staple addition to any woman’s makeup bag so I will defiantly make adjustments to my monthly budget so that I can invest.

MAC x Taraji P will be available on the 6th September 2016


9 steps towards a more positive you


Life isn’t easy, sometimes s##t happens and at times it can seem hard if not impossible to bounce back. Positive encouragement can come from anywhere friends, family even inspirational posts on Instagram but what do you personally do for yourself when you need an infusion of positivity and inspiration?
Whether you’re a natural optimist, we could all use positive thoughts throughout our day to lift our spirits and keep us going!

1. Get your body right Body health and mental health go hand in hand so looking after your physical well-being is paramount. Make sure you are eating right, exercising and also getting enough rest.

2. Spend time with your peeps Set aside time to spend loved ones and friends (clubbing doesn’t count). Too it’s easy to get caught up in work or the dramas of everyday life and carving out the extra time can seem impossible but I promise you it isn’t.

There is nothing better than being in the presence of those you love and love you back so sort it out! If a visit can’t be arranged then a call is just as good. I set aside one morning a week during my commute to work to call my grandmother on the phone which is lovely for both me and her because she gets to chat with her favorite granddaughter and I get to hear how proud she is of me J plus we never hang up without saying eye love you which is nice to hear before the start of a stressful work day.

3. Get a new perspective. If there is a specific problem or situation bringing you down, it can help to get advice from someone impartial - A fresh perspective helps you refocus on what’s important.
4. Exercise.  While the rewards of proper nutrition often take a while to come to the surface, exercise is instant gratification. When feeling down, getting up and being active may be far from your mind, but trust me it is always worth it. Even going on a walk or a quick jog will leave you feeling accomplished as well as improve your mood.

5. Keep it moving ….. Toward your goals. Many of us have goals that always get put off. These can be big or small i.e. pay off credit cards or even look for a new job, but if they’re important to you, you need to work toward them.
Next time you’re feeling down, try putting your energy into how you can achieve something that will take you a one step toward one of the goals you’ve had in the back of your mind. The progress will defiantly will inspire you to keep up the momentum.

6. Try something new! Being stick in a rut can suck .. so don’t get stuck in one.
It’s great to shake up your routine and experience new things weather it is going on holiday to a new destination or even trying out a different coffee or tea.

7. Treat yourself like the princess you are I’m not suggesting you go and empty your savings indulging you every whim but a little treat every never hurt right and will give you something to look forward to. Cheeky cocktail or a relaxing bubble bath is defiantly enough to raise my sprits half way through a stressful work day.

8. Reassess the energies you have around you have  someone around you that is constantly bringing you down, it’s fine to OK to take a break from them and branch out. It is important that you have positive personalities around you that encourage, inspire and nurture (And of course you should for the same for them).

9. Be thankful Awful things happen to good people everyday and no matter how bad or bleak your situation may seem I'm sure there is some one that would love to have your problems. Take the time to be count and be thankful for your blessings 


How do you boost your mood when all else fails?

RachelSwirl

Some Paint, Some Tape, Some Elbow Grease & A New Kitchen

Happy Monday!

Right now I am tired, cranky and mourning my weekend but at the same time, I am super proud of myself because finally painted my kitchen cupboards and they look absolutely amazing!
I have wanted to give my Kitchen a makeover since I moved in last year but it seemed too time-consuming and expensive so I kept putting it off with the intention of saving to have a new kitchen installed, but let’s keep it real I didn’t save anything in my new kitchen fund.

Over the last few weeks I binged watch DIY videos on Youtube trying to find ways to get the job done quickly and effectively and but a lot of the processes involved taking off the cupboards cleaning them, sanding them down then using a primer waiting for it to dry, one or two coats of paint and you have to wait for that to dry between each layer and finally a top coat, let that dry, attach all of the handles to the doors and draws then rehang.

I’m sorry I don’t have time for all that.
While having a moan about my crappy cupboards to my boss who advised me to look into something called One Coat Cupboard and Melamine paint (I didn’t even know my cupboards were melamine) then my outlook suddenly looked a lot brighter.

The following day went down to B&Q to get what I needed to transform my kitchen.

Materials Used:
Ronseal One Coat Cupboard and Melamine paint in Grey Satin x2
Foam rollers
Paint brushes
Masking tape
Dust sheets

Process:
I started to remove the hardware (Door handles) from the cupboards and draws (Well actually I removed one) and then I changed my mind and covered them with masking tape.

I also decided NOT to remove the cupboard doors or paint the interior of the cupboards (but I may do it at a later time) this saved me the hassle of having to pack up my entire kitchen. 

I wiped down the cupboards, doors and drawers to remove any dirt and grime and when everything was dry I used the masking tape to cover the walls and places that I did not want to accidently get covered in paint but I didn’t really bother using the dust cloths everywhere I just used  it under the roller tray and the paint tin.

A brush was used to cut and get into tricky areas such as the corners, and then I used a roller everywhere else.


My kitchen is not that big so I was able to get it all done in about 5-6 hours and use just over one can of paint (I still have loads left over in the 2nd can which I am going to save for touch ups and other DIY projects) however I still need to paint the kickboards and do some touch ups here and there.

I am so thrilled to have found Ronseal One Coat Cupboard and Melamine paint because it has given me the kitchen of my dreams without breaking the bank or my back. 

What do you think? 


Have you thought about painting your own kitchen cupboard using DIY methods?  

RachelSwirl

Crochet Braids by Liora Jasmine Braiding #FanDayFriday


As much as I loved rocking my afro I found myself stuck in a bit of a style rut, so when I was contacted by Liora Jasmine Braiding and asked if I wanted to try out their new line of pre curled kanekalon hair for crochet braiding 


 which by the way they were going to install for me. Of course I jumped at the chance.


I previously had box braids installed by Liora Jasmine Braiding so I was more than happy to put my hair in their hands one more time.


I had previously had crochet braids installed by another hairdresser and even though I loved the finished result I found the process quite painful (I very tender headed) however this time the experience was pleasant, pain free and super quick.


I absolutely in love the with the style and I’m sure if you follow me on Instagram you would probably already because all the pictures I have put up


The hair costs £32.00 plus shipping and for that you get 80 curls which is enough to do a whole head, in either 1 box or 4 boxes of 20 and comes in the following lengths: 10in, 12in and 14in.


As well as looking great this style is extremely easy to manage and should last around 4-6 weeks as long as I avoid combing, sleep with hair tied up in a silk scarf, keep my scalp and keep my scalp moisturised,
Installing crochet braids generally costs around £50*


For price query’s and availability contact check out: http://liorajasmine.com/ 


*Complementary hairstyle


How To Take Down Braids and Twists Without Experiencing Breakage

As A Lupus suffer, full time worker and a person who likes to hit the snooze button more than once in the mornings have chosen to opt for long term protective styles which are kept in place for several weeks. While they are for promoting hair growth retention keeping a style for that long, there is no pros without cons.  Whether you have cornrows, braids, weaves or any of the other fashionable protective styles, eventually you are going to have to take them out and detangle cleans and condition your locks.

I have on many occasions been up until dumb o’clock raking out my protective style and being so tired that I am tempted to rake a come through my hair so I can go to sleep.

NO!!

Never do this the correct planning, patience and having effect products (Hey three p’s)  help you avoid having a difficult time taking down the style and ending up with hair on the floor rather than on your head.

Here are some tips on how to minimise breakage from long term protective styles and keep the hair that you worked hard to retain.

Know your hairstyle limits: Do not keep the style for too long

When selecting your next protective style ask yourself these questions about your hair:

Is it is kinky or curly or both?

Do individual strands tend to mesh or not?

Are your strands are fine or average or thick?

Does your hair shrinks when washed or not?

The answers to this question swill help to determine how long you should keep your protective style for most textures this is about 2-4 weeks for twists or cornrows

It is important not to keep the style for overly long especially if you are regularly wetting the hair.

Braids can be stretched up to 8 weeks depending on your hair texture, and the thickness of your braid (thinner braids usually last longer than thicker ones), the way you maintain the braids will also make the world of difference. It is important to keep the braids and the scalp clean and redo the braids around the hairline every 2-3 weeks is usually advised.

Condition your hair before the take down
A lot of braid wearers wait until after they have removed their protective style before giving hair a proper wash and condition. My tip is to do this day before adding 10-15 minutes to your normal conditioning time and of If you like to deep condition with heat, then do so event better. Conditioning prior to taking down allows the hair conditioner to soften hair and add moisture to it making the hair flexible but strong as it is moisturised but not wet. Deposits on hair surface will also be left over from the conditioner which soften the strands allowing them to bend easily so you hair will be in an ideal state to resist breakage from the comb stabbing at the braids or any stretching and pulling. Once your style has been removed and your hair detangled you can wash and condition your hair again.

Unravel rather than comb
You can use a rat tail comb to undo your protective style but it is kinder and gentler to unravel your hair with your fingers (murder on you manicure I know).

Get the slip right
Slip is essential especially at the ends of twists or braids. You can use whatever is your favourite product that will allow your hair to feel slippery and let strands glide past each other. I like to use a mixture of oil, leave in conditioner mixed in an old, spray bottle with water.

Give your self-time time and more time
Give your self adequate time so that you are not temped to rush and undo all you good work. It’s not unlikely for me to take a Friday or a Monday off from work so I have a long weekend to make sure doing my hair doesn’t interfere with my usual weekend errands and chores.

JewelleryBox.co.uk Mystery Giveaway

What is it about receiving jewellery that makes a girl happy?
Over the weekend I attended the Blogosphere Magazine tea party where I bumped in to the guys from JewelleryBox.co.uk who I i have to say always have the most magical and innovative displays at blogger events and the cutest packaging.
The JewelleryBox.co.uk guys gave all the bloggers beautify wrapped presies which I  thought  the urge to rip open so I can gift it to a lucky reader.


Which means I have absolutely no idea what’s inside!
But who doesn’t love surprises???
if you are familiar with JewelleryBox.co.uk you would know that they have some of the loveliest pieces!
And if you don’t I definitely recommend checking out them out!
 All of the items in their collection are really well made and an absolute bargain for the price and with so many different styles and products in, silver, gold and rose gold finishes you will defiantly be spoilt for choice .


All that I ask is that you follow my blog via:
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or one of my social media channels
(Or all of them if you like?)  

Then leave me a comment below letting me know which one so I can check.
This will also let me know how to contact the winner


Good Luck!!



Have you bought anything from JewelleryBox.co.uk before?

This giveaway will run from Monday 15th August 2016 until the Sunday 21st August 2016.
And I am happy to whip the prizes worldwide

Winners will be randomly picked on the
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Diary of an imperfect mum

Ziyanda Kalahari Desert salt & coffee body scrub Product Review #FanDayFriday

A few weeks ago the lovely Thembi Songo founder of Ziyanda sent me some of their amazing products to try out. 
One of which was the Kalahari Desert salt & coffee body scrub, natural vegan body polish with fair trade sugar and organic shea butter. 

I had previously tried a coffee scrub I wasn’t a fan of the smell (I am not a fan of coffee) however as threw as so many great ingredients in the scrub was also homemade, vegan and 100% natural I decided to be open minded and give it a try.
Recently I have started leaning more towards natural products because of the fact that I suffer from lupus which can lead to me coming up in rashes or lesions. H had been advised that, coffee scrubs can be incredibly effective when it comes to treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne.
The coffee scrub that I was sent to try out was made to order from the following natural Key ingredients:
 

Kalahari crystal salt  - 
100% pure, mineral rich, unprocessed, sun dried salt with no additives or preservatives. It is sustainably harvested from the salt pans of the Kalahari desert in South Africa. The San community (original inhabitants) directly benefits from the sale of the salt. The salt removes dead skin cells and cleans pores, encouraging the regeneration of new skin cells. It also stimulates circulation which helps to tighten and tone skin.

Coffee
Exfoliates dead skin cells and its caffeine content can help to tighten skin and minimise the appearance of cellulite. Our scrubs are made with certified fair trade Ethiopian coffee.

Sugar
Contains glycolic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which exfoliates and helps to brighten skin. We use certified fair trade raw cane sugar from Mauritius.

Kalahari melon seed oil
High in omega 6 and 9 fatty acids and it balances excess sebum whilst also helping to prevent moisture loss.

Pumpkin seed oil
Rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin e and antioxidants.
And is resented in a 200ml recyclable (PET) plastic jar.ngredients

I was expecting the coffee scrub to be a dry scrub, but it was actually more of a thick paste which smelt amazing (Not just like coffee)

I wet my skin, put a small amount of the scrub in my hands and gently applied it using small, circular movements. I expected the scrub to feel rough on my skin, but it didn’t. After leaving the scrub on for a few minutes, before I washed it off and was pleasantly surprised at just how soft, smooth and moisturised my skin felt.
The Kalahari Desert salt & coffee body scrub costs £17.99 plus shipping which can seem a bit steep however when you take into consideration that it is made to order with fair trade products I think the price is justified.

For more info about Ziyanda products check out their website

http://www.ziyanda.co.uk/

And why not check out what some of my fellow bloggers #FanDayFriday ‘s  

5 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once in Your Life

I’m not going to lie the idea of going on holiday alone petrified me.
Images of me lost in a city alone or even worse getting kidnapped or robbed by the crazy natives. I also often of being billy no mates by the pool with no one to talk to. 
Last year after a purchasing my flat (Most stressful thing I have ever done) and getting over a Lupus flair I was sitting in my office stressed and tired and suddenly decided …..”I’m going on holiday!”
I didn’t want to wait for friends to agree to go and then back out or quibble about dates and locations I just wanted to go. By 5.30pm that day I had booked my flight, my accommodation and my airport transfers and it was one of the best things I have ever done. My plan was to have a break to rest, but I had no idea that this single, spontaneous action would have such a therapeutic effect on not only my health but my mental wellbeing. That old saying is true Travel is good for your soul and is something that really allows you to grow on the inside out But why go it alone? Here are a few reasons:

1. You can go at your own pace
Imagine how freeing it would be to go at your pace? Eat when you want sleep when you want go down to the pool when you want if you feel like it stay in bed all day eating room service go site seeing or just sit in the hotel lobby you can do it if you want to without convenience anyone, having to ask permission or compromise with anyone.
Traveling alone affords you to freedom to be random, go out on adventures or go nowhere turn at without having to worry about anyone else. Take all the time in the world to really immerse yourself in the country you have chosen to visit or soak up the rays by the pool (Or even get wasted at the bar) Guess what it’s totally up to you.


2. It Builds confidence
Travelling solo catapults you out of your comfort zone, which will makes you uncomfortable and essentially builds your confidence levels. Take full advantage of the opportunity to build on communication skills and widen your social by approaching and connecting with people you don’t know. I promise it get easier with time just keep telling yourself if you make a fool out of yourself you will never see them again.

3. You become more decisive
It’s now your time to be a shot caller because everything is up to you, you’re forced to make quick decisions when you’re alone because there’s no one else to bounce ideas off of. Places you go out to eat, take a cab, ride the metro, or walk. It’s all on you Decision-making and having faith in your choices is truly a key skill you establish whenever solo and also something that you can take back to your everyday life.

4. It clears your mind
Being away from everyday life temporally frees you mentally from a of those bills, work and family obligations. Being away from it gives you a chance to really explore your thoughts as distraction really resets your mind. It affords you time to reflect on your routines, your goals, and habits. What can you do differently and how can you improve your quality of life? I agree that travelling alone defiantly isn’t for everyone, but I have come up with five reasons why I believe everyone should travel to a foreign destination on their own, at least once.

5. You become truly independent
It’s scary, but at the same time it is a valuable opportunity to be empowered. We are all born a dependent, and that comfort can come from many different people or things usually someone or something else that you allowed yourself to become dependent on. Your boyfriend, your best friend or even that special chair that makes you feel safe. Away from those thing and people you can explore your true independence.

6. Meet new  people.
Honestly you’re not going to speak to random person by the pool when you are sitting with your bestie or your boyfriend talking about what is probably going on home or where you should go for dinner. I met so many wonderful people on my holiday a few of which I am still in contact with. When I would go to the dinner hall random people noticed I was by myself and would invite me to sit with them and I always had dinner plans for the evening with someone I met by the pool.

7. Do what you want, on your own time
Spend the morning sitting with your feet in the pool reading a book or checking Instagram because you find it relaxing. Or check out the local markets and shopping areas. Traveling solo means you’re free to do whatever it is that you want. Create an itinerary that suits you. Traveling with others can be extremely stressful at times because everyone a different set expectation about what they want to get out of the holiday.. What if your friend wants to party every night but you had already decided that you were done clubbing? When you travel alone, the only persons good time that you are responsible is your own. You’re allowed to be selfish, and you don’t have to apologize to anyone for it. 8. Find yourself. Find your centre and take the time to discover what it is that truly makes you happy. Soul search ad truly ask yourself “Ami happy where I am and where do I want to go?” you will be surprised what you learn about yourself.

Would you ever travel alone?