Sunday, 21 October 2018


Drawn Image of Children Holding Hands Standing on Planet Earth

I often get sent information, most of which never reaches you as it's either not fitting with my Blog theme or not the most exciting of research to share.. however; this article about how the same brands take on many different personas around the world I thought was really interesting!

Popular brands you might not recognise around the world

Looking into the labels we typically see and love on a day to day basis, an online label company has researched brands that go by different names around the world and explained some of the reasoning behind these differences.

It might be trickier to get hold of your favourite cereal than you think around the world: Coco Pops by any other name might taste as sweet, but you’ll need to search for Cocoa Krispies on the supermarket shelves in the US, Choco Krispis in South America, and Choco Krispies across Europe.

If you wanted a Burger King while visiting Australia, or fancied a KFC in Canada, good luck! You’d struggle to find and get directions to them when they’re known as Hungry Jack’s and PFK respectively.

Online label company,, has researched a variety of popular brands around the world, finding out which of our favourites use different names and even logos in other countries. They have designed an infographic highlighting the most common names for brands known by different names in various locations.

Wall’s Ice Cream is perhaps the biggest culprit for the largest number of different brands names around the world. However, their logo is generally recognisable everywhere with its swirling heart design, in a bold red and white colour scheme.

The reasoning behind brands having different names and logos in different countries is usually due to one of the following reasons:


Kentucky Fried Chicken is known by PFK in Canada’s French-speaking Quebec region due to local laws dictating that the restaurant takes the initials of the French name, Poulet Frit Kentucky.

Existing Brands and Trademarks

When Burger King expanded into Australia, it quickly became apparent that their iconic name was already being used. As a result, Hungry Jack’s was named after the Australian franchisee, Jack Cowin – a name they already held trademarks for.

Translation Issues


The Chevrolet Nova might have sounded like a good idea in English, but to those who understood Spanish, the translation of “no va” as “doesn’t go” isn’t the best option for a new car.

Previous Connotations


Across Europe, Diet Coke, is known as Coca-Cola Light as the word “light” is associated more with lower-calorie items than “diet” is in these areas.

Speaking of the research, Philip Carlyn, Managing Director at Data Label, said:
“It’s interesting to see just how many brands go by different names around the world – what we’ve outlined in this infographic is just a snippet of the many examples we’ve looked into. The reasoning behind these differences also highlights the need for proper research into branding before launching a new company to avoid any potential trademark or translation issues, particularly if you’re looking to expand in future.”

If you click on the below infographics they will expand so you can see the content better!

Infographic on Walls Ice Cream and The Alternative Brand Names Across the World
Infographic on Brand Names and The Alternatives Across the World
 Infographic on Kellogg's Coco Pops and The Alternatives Across the World
 Infographic on Lays / Walkers Crisps and The Alternatives Across the World


Saturday, 6 October 2018


Mrs Hinch Zoflora Cleaning Products Hinch Hauls
Photo Credits: @heidiaimeex // @cleaning_with_dee // @riseandclean // @cleanat68x // @thismorning // @mxhomes_ // @karen.gunning // @rollobarbellsbakes // @joanne._.dove
I know I'm most definitely not alone in my love for Mrs Hinch...

She is everything I love about 'influencers' (much as that word is a little annoying) as she showcases what she is passionate about and you naturally feel inspired by her tips and tricks.

Everything is natural in terms of product promotion and she shows how the products work for her with real life examples.


I used to HATE cleaning. It felt overwhelming and the sheer amount of products that claim to do the same thing made shopping for cleaning stuff feel difficult. The morning I discovered Mrs Hinch I watched her videos and decided to go and clean my kitchen, which let me assure you was unheard of previously 😆

Since owning my own home I do feel alot more house proud as I have the authority to change whatever I want, but so many of Mrs Hinch's hacks mean that you can massively improve a rented home. I wish I knew more of them when I was renting my last place! I never had friends round as I was embarrassed of how it was and I'll be honest parts of it were so bad I would just give it a half hearted clean as it never made any difference!


I've now created my very own little Narnia and invested in products that I know make the job much easier, and do you know what, I am happier for it. My home feels lovely and clean, smells fresh (thanks to Linen Fresh Zoflora) and I feel like I have my sh!t together. Cleaning no longer feels like the absolute chore it used to.


I have joined a couple of groups on Facebook and some of the conversations I read are so cute. Women can be so lovely when they find a common interest! I genuinely enjoy scrolling through all the Hinch related posts on Instagram too..

Hinch Haulin'

Just need to find some Lemon Zing Zoflora now and a MINKEH!!!

Friday, 5 October 2018


Accessories Department Store Handbags Shoes
Empty Walk in Wardrobe

I love a well put together and bold look, but even the simple ones can take a great deal of hard work behind the scenes to pull off successfully. I've pulled together my tips and those of other bloggers that can help you style just about any outfit well. Read on for more.


Now, there is nothing wrong with monotone or neutral coloured outfits. In fact, they can look very chic. However, it is crucial to balance them with just a little pop of colour to avoid looking washed out.

One way you can achieve this is to use a belt in a bold shade to draw the eye to your waist and break up a plain black dress. Alternatively, you may wish to include your colour pops in things such as cardigans or scarves, or even with your shoes.

Although, do be careful of being too matchy-matchy here! Instead, pick a range of shades from the same colour family, so your outfit tells a more dynamic story.


Next, you’ll be pleased to know that there is not an outfit that the right jewellery can lift and enhance. It's all about matching the right piece to what you are wearing.

Anything high necked such as halters or turtlenecks look great with bolder earrings. You can even layer different types of earrings in various places in the ear, like the ones available from helix piercing online, to give you a modern and youthful look.

Casual summer dresses are often enhanced by wearing statement pieces in the form of with bangles or chunky necklace. Although, you do have to be mindful of not overwhelming the pattern your garment is made from.


The say shoe maketh the man, but they are definitely important to us girls as well. In fact, in my opinion, shoes can make or break an outfit both in the way they look and in how comfortable they are to wear. 

Regarding your look, an outfit can always be lifted and made more modern by wearing a shoe that is trending this season. Shoes are also a fantastic way of introducing another colour to your outfit and can help to give you the body shape you want as well.

A word of warning though, there is no point tottering around all day in designer shoes only to suffer agonizing pain. To that end, it is crucial that you pick footwear that is comfortable as well as gorgeous!


A wise man once said that your hair is a hat you never take off! Just think about that for a moment! If you had to wear a hat all day, every day, you would invest in a decent one and make sure it looked good right? Well, the same thing needs to happen with your hair!

What that means is keeping up to date with your cut and color and not being afraid to try something different now and again. In fact, a new hairdo can lift your look effortlessly, if you are brave enough to go for it!

Tuesday, 2 October 2018


Eiffel Tower City of Lights Paris
Snowy Paris Chateau
Snowy Scene Paris

A Winter Paris Adventure – Things to See and Do in the City of Lights before Christmas

They may call Paris the 'City of Lights', but this is a status that it takes on quite literally during the festive period, when Christmas illuminations and decorations are put up seemingly everywhere, including across the streets, on the trees and even in department store windows.

But the twinkling visual spectacle is far from the only reason to pay a visit to the French capital in the run-up to Christmas. After all, this is the city’s low season, so you’ll be able to discover many of its finest attractions while relatively unbothered by tourist hordes, including top-class restaurants, cafes, shops, the cinema and even some museums.

So, let’s take a look at just some of the Parisian sights, sounds and experiences that you shouldn’t miss this Yuletide.

The Decorations

Yes, I mentioned the decorations above, but they really are that much of a draw when they start appearing in mid-November. While there barely seems to be a fir tree in the city that goes unadorned at this time of year, it’s the legendary Champs Elysées where you will be able to see the most extravagantly colourful displays.

As detailed on the official website of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, other areas of the city that are set to be thoroughly decked out in 2018 range from Place Vendôme and Avenue Montaigne to Bercy Village and Boulevard Haussmann. In the last of those locations, you’ll even be able to customise the lights with a smartphone app.

Ice Skating

It’s customary for ice skating rinks to be set up across Paris as Christmas looms. Not only that, but they’re also free to enter, although adults can expect to pay five Euros to rent skates – this service being free for kids. 

The city’s main rink is set up on the plaza outside Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall), where you’ll also see a free sledding area for children.

The Christmas Eve Service at Notre-Dame Cathedral

The medieval Catholic cathedral of Notre-Dame on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement is one of Paris’s greatest cultural and heritage attractions, and whatever your spiritual or religious beliefs may be, there’s no doubt that a visit for the Christmas Eve service can be an invaluable source of inspiration and peace. 

The service is open to everyone, and includes a stirring midnight choir.

The Christmas Markets

Christmas markets may be a German invention, but they have long since become a staple of European life every festive season. What’s more, Paris offers many of the best ‘Marchés de Noël’ of all, as they are known on French shores.

Making a welcome return in 2018 will be the Champs Elysées Christmas market that was cancelled last year due to a dispute between the main organiser and Paris City Hall. But as reported by The Local, it has now found a new home in the Tuileries gardens in front of the Louvre.

With other Christmas markets taking place around the Eiffel Tower as well as in Vincennes, La Défense and at the Grand Palais des Glaces, there will be plenty of opportunities to grab a curio or bargain – or seven – in front of some of the French capital’s most iconic backdrops.

Remember, too, that there are many options for chateau rental in France that give you impressive surroundings in which to spend the night or hold a major celebration, benefitting from rural tranquillity before heading into the city. They include the simply resplendent Château Bouffémont, which could scarcely be better situated, being a mere 30 kilometres from the centre of Paris.

Tempted to book a little jaunt and experience all of the above myself 😍

Wednesday, 5 September 2018


Online Dating is a dog-eat-dog world so I thought I would pass on these tips from Happn as to how you can improve your dating profile... let me know if they work for you!

Knowing what is best for a dating profile of dreams is not always obvious. What type of pictures? What to say or not say about me? What do other people expect?

These questions often come up when you are online dating. This is why dating app, happn, which now has over 50 million users around the world, has put together top 8 rules for the perfect profile that will appeal to your dream crush!

Claire Certain, head of trends at happn, the app that helps you find people you’ve crossed paths with, has provided some top tips on HOW to create the best profile for you.

Be Yourself

Everyone is different and to write a great profile individuality is key.  Just make sure your personality shines through whether that’s through any light hearted jokes you make, your pictures, or your passions. Really think about what defines you, what you enjoy doing most of all and what it is you’re looking for in a partner. 

Choose a Variety of Pictures

Make sure that your first picture clearly shows your face so potential connections can immediately see what you look like - trying to work out which one you are in a group of 10 is time consuming and annoying. However, make sure the rest of your pictures show different sides of your personality and lifestyle: are you a traveller? A socialite? A foodie? An art lover? A pet lover? A sports person? Then don't hesitate to show it.

Don’t Lie or Use Outdated Pictures

Remember it’s better to connect with someone who likes you for who you really are. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not; it will only have a negative impact in the long run. You wouldn't like it if you’ve got yourself a date but when you see the person they look nothing like the picture on their profile or obviously lied about their life. This can be very awkward, especially if someone were to bring it up.

Don’t Be Too Mysterious

People need to know quickly what they could share with you, like hobbies, passions, lifestyle, so too much mystery is not the best option. Give your potential connections something to start a conversation with! And if you are not comfortable with describing you, use music or visual ways to do so.

Add Variety

On dating apps, such as happn, you get the opportunity to add things like a glimpse of your Instagram gallery or your favourite music using Spotify.  This increases the chance of having something more in common with an individual and stand out of the crowd. It could also be an efficient way to start a conversation if it's a Crush!!

Use Emojis!

They can be a fun way of expressing yourself that adds colour and will help describe yourself in a very visual and straightforward way. Research into our users’ profiles has found that men use way more emojis than women!  In fact, 64% of men use them in their profiles, compared to just a third (36%) of women!  The most popular emoji users have is the red heart, followed by the peace sign and in third place the winky face!

Don’t Overshare

Remember this is just the first step of meeting someone. Have fun with it and summarise yourself without taking it too seriously. Save some details and stories for your 1st date, and even for the dates after this. While it’s good to be open on your dating profile, make sure that you’re taking the necessary steps to protect yourself.  If you live in a city, say you live in a region of the city (e.g. south west London).  Giving more information can come later once you really know a person. And, if you’re linking your Instagram to your dating profile, ensure you’re not giving away too much on that either!

Get The Help of Your Friends and Family

 They know you from an external point of view and even if it can be embarrassing, having a second opinion gives you the reassurance that you’re on the right track and are portraying yourself in the best light.  They might even give you some suggestions on how you can improve your profile, either with some better pictures or facts. This is a particularly good idea for those who lack confidence and might not be aware of what they’ve got going for them.


Monday, 3 September 2018


Girl, Waiting.
Airport Lounge, Waiting Room


Anyone else find themselves wishing time away?

'Just a few more days to get through...'

'Good things come to those who wait...'

'Ugh I am so over this month already, I can't wait until...'

'One day my prince will come...' (CHEESY AF.)

I am guilty of this too. I am not professing to be some sort of seize the day guru but it has occurred to me that I have spells of wishing the time away and I am trying to do something about it, be present and enjoy the here and now.

One of the ways I have found to be quite helpful is to practice gratitude more proactively. I attended a course at work on building resilience and having a gratitude journal or trying to make a point of acknowledging what you are grateful for every day is actually really quite powerful.

Everyday you get the gift of 86,000 seconds. Have you used one to say thank you?

I bought myself a gratitude journal from Amazon - I was anticipating having to use a notepad and create it myself, but no, Amazon's got your back there! It is specifically for things you are thankful for and asks you to write what awesome things have happened to you in the week. It can be difficult to get started as you feel a bit repetitive but I can already feel the benefits of doing this. I have written about mental health before and whilst I am in a much better place there will always be those days when you get knocked a little and just need a little reassurance that your life isn't shit.

Whatever makes your soul happy, do that.

I hear friends complain about being fed up or viewing their other half wanting to be like their parents as being the absolute worst as they don't seem to do very much, but I just think being happy and grateful for what you have is the healthiest way to live your life. You make your own excitement and just because your other half views being happy as simply having someone you love by your side, being healthy and doing fun things doesn't make their happiness any less valid.

I am really ambitious career wise and that makes me happy. But if someone views work as a means to an end, that's also ok! I also don't think it is any secret that I ultimately want to settle down and have kids, but do I think less of my friends or family who don't want to have kids? Of course not!

It's easy to look at the insta-perfect lives that are presented to us and feel pangs of envy but it's not always real. You have to make peace with yourself and your lot otherwise you will struggle to ever feel truly happy.

Don't wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life.

This last quote is one I need to pay attention to. I got to do a 'drivers' questionnaire at work and my primary driver was 'please people' and my secondary was 'be perfect' which is all around getting pleasure about things being or appearing to be perfect.

For ages I felt bad about the fact that I was getting older, didn't own my own home, didn't have a significant other, nor one on the horizon, which meant kids felt pretty far out of reach. But in doing that I completely discounted the fact that I have done really well in my career and without sounding big-headed feel like I am a really good friend and quite funny to be around. The rest will come when it's meant to.

Stop Waiting Quote


Sunday, 2 September 2018


View of The World of Wedgwood Entrance
Entrance Hall Floral Arrangement World of Wedgwood
Wedgwood Museum Logo Sign
Wedgwood Jasperware Blue Urn
Old World Wedgwood Carriage
World of Wedgwood Ceramic and Glaze Sample Drawers
World of Wedgwood Ceramic and Glaze Samples
World of Wedgwood Ceramic and Glaze Samples
Wedgwood Jasperware in Blue and Green
Wedgwood Jasperware Busts
Wedwood Blue Jasperware Scene
Wedgwood Bamboo Style Pottery
Wedgwood Queen's Ware Jelly Mould
Wedgwood Blue and White Pottery Collection
Wedgwood Huge Urn
Wedgwood Tea Set
Wedgwood Pottery Pieces
Wedgwood Pink Jasperware Cups and Saucers
Wedgwood Factory View
Wedgwood Pottery Making Sally O'Shea
Wedgwood Pottery Making
Wedgwood Pottery Making
Wedgwood Pottery Making
Wedgwood Pottery Making Sally O'Shea
Wedgwood Decorative Wall
Wedgwood Decorative Stacked Cases and Teacups
Wedgwood Afternoon Tea Place Setting
Wedgwood Afternoon Tea Sandwiches Rare Beef Asparagus Mozzarella Crab
Wedgwood Afternoon Tea Scones and Cream
Wedgwood Afternoon Tea Jelly and Cake
Wedgwood Plate Chinese Dragon
Wedgwood Entrance Hall Sally O'Shea

The World of Wedgwood

A couple of weeks back me and my sister headed to The World Of Wedgwood for a little road trip jaunt! Situated just under an hour away from Manchester, it is the perfect day trip when you don't want a journey that is too onerous.

We sampled everything there was to offer, Museum and Factory Tours, Pottery Making and Afternoon Tea and had the loveliest day!

My favourite part was the pottery making as you can probably tell from the photo of me and Jen looking pleased as punch at ourselves and our little creations...

The afternoon tea was absolutely delicious and despite not really liking tea I found a fruity one that I absolutely loved!

The Factory is a working factory so it was so interesting to watch the employees working with such precision and skill, we also could not get over how warm it was when near the kilns - I really did enjoy learning about how certain effects are achieved.

Thank you so much to The World of Wedgwood we had a fabulous day out!! ❤

Friday, 17 August 2018


San Francisco Bridge and Bright Flowers Scenery Photo
Route 66 Road Sign

As the last bank holiday approaches before the Christmas run of them, I can imagine many of you are creating fun plans before that back to school feeling kicks in.

Some of you may be considering a road trip (fun times!) so I thought I would impart my knowledge and tips for preparing to get away in the car! I have had a fair few car mishaps and I wish someone had told me these things so hopefully you will find this useful 😊


This seems like a really simple one but one I have been caught out by. Are you on top of your MOT and Servicing? I had a shock last week thinking my MOT was due at the end of August but nope the very next day it expired. Whoops. I knew of a couple of things that it would possibly fail on and in all honesty I wish I had got them sorted sooner and spread the cost as it was an eye watering £500 all in and whilst I absolutely haven’t been taken the mick out of by the car garage, some of the things I could have dealt with earlier.

Remember, you can take your car for it’s MOT earlier than it’s expiry date and places like Calmac MOT Northampton Centre for MOT Testing can get your car roadworthy in advance of your trip.

There are other things that don’t form part of the MOT that you should definitely be aware of before a long trip which is why it is also sensible to get your car serviced regularly! You wouldn’t want to remember that weird thing your handbrake has been doing when you are miles away from home…

Moving on nicely to;


I remember thinking having Green Flag or RAC Cover was a waste of money. HOW WRONG WAS I?!

I once broke down on my way home from work, luckily on a relatively main road but within traffic and before I got on to the Motorway. I went to put my car into first gear and was like 'why won’t the gear stick go in?' There was a police van behind me and they came round to see what the problem was and I could tell they were like 'oh for god’s sake what is her problem?!' They offered to try and help me with the car and the policeman then agreed something was definitely wrong, we managed to get it off the road and he commented that he thought the gear box had gone as WELL as the clutch!

I was working at a College who had a Motor Vehicle Dept and they helped me with recovery and fixing the issues but ever since then I knew I needed breakdown assistance!

There was then the time my car battery went when my car was at home. And then more recently when my car overheated and just came to an abrupt stop on the motorway. Suffice to say I cried on the phone to my insurers to find out who the roadside assistance cover was with and then cried again on the phone to the RAC man. It was absolutely terrifying and I rarely even do long trips so imagine if you were away from home and something bad happened. I just think it is an absolutely necessary expense if you drive anywhere!


Check your tyres! Look at the tread or for any bulges or anything that looks odd. Check the Tyre Pressure and also check your spare too. This is something often overlooked and can cause such serious accidents if something was to go wrong.

Your MOT or Service should pick up any major issues but remember that something that was advised on an MOT, i.e. your tyres are borderline on tread, paired with weather factors, can increase the risks to you ten-fold.

Tyres also contribute to how fuel efficient your car is too so ensure your tyres are inflated to the advised pressures. Sometimes it is worth making the investment into new tyres just for additional peace of mind, especially if you are planning to make a trip.


All great road trips have an even better playlist for car karaoke! Make a playlist on Spotify and get your pals or family to contribute. Even older cars can enjoy Spotify or Apple Music through the radio with a Bluetooth radio transmitter. They aren’t expensive and you can pick them up for about £15 on Amazon.


Keep those energy levels up! Breakfast butties if you are hitting the road early, sweets for a sugar rush and caffeine to stave off the sleepiness.


If you think ahead you can fill up at a Petrol Station with better fuel prices, this can make a real difference if you are travelling some distance. For anyone in the Manchester area, the petrol station at Asda Walmart near the Etihad Stadium is the cheapest I have seen in the area!

I’d also advise clearing all the junk out of the boot to make your car more fuel efficient too...

What are your road trip tips?
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