Reasons for Switching from regular tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes

Switching from regular tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes is a positive move for many reasons. One big benefit is the amount of money you can save over time. The price of tobacco has skyrocketed in recent years, due in large part to the tax applied to each packet of cigarettes. According to the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA), if you spend £7.98 on a packet of cigarettes, £6.17 or 77 per cent of the total cost goes to the taxman. The proportion can be even higher on some budget brands.

Some vapers prefer the ease and convenience of disposable e-cigarettes when they first make the switch, but most will end up investing in a refillable e-cig kit. When you add up the annual cost of a typical smoker’s habit, it really is an investment.


There are other benefits to such an investment. Many vapers say it provides a better quality experience and there is far more choice when it comes to the dizzying array of e-liquids available. It’s also the most cost-effective option over the long run.

There is, of course, a certain amount of initial outlay involved, but if you invest in a kit like the Aspire Premium Kit, you’ll have everything you need to get started, whether you’re a newcomer to vaping or more experienced. The e-cigarette itself is the Aspire Nautilus Mini. As the “Mini” part suggests, it’s convenient to store and carry – it’s 72.85mm long, to be incredibly precise – but there’s nothing compact about its features. You can find good offers in this site.


As part of Aspire’s new generation of tank systems, it uses new Bottom Vertical Coil (BVC) technology that is designed to last longer while giving the purest experience of whatever e-liquid you choose to put in the tank. It also boasts a unique four-port adjustable airflow system that allows the vaper to change the draw, the amount of vapour produced, and the warmth of the vapour as it is delivered. Different users have different tastes, and the Nautilus Mini allows them to customise every vape, view more here.

The CF VV+ battery is also worth mentioning. With a metal button, stainless steel endpoints, and a carbon fibre-coated tube, it certainly looks the part, but it is performance that counts and it doesn’t slouch in any department. The spring connector ensures a strong connection between the e-cig and the battery, and you can easily adjust the voltage by twisting the dial on the base. There’s also a high/low battery indicator and inbuilt over-charge and short circuit protection. The kit also comes with five spare coil heads, a USB charger, and a UK mains adaptor.

There are many reasons for switching to e-cigarettes. Besides the cost savings, e-cigarettes are far less harmful than combustible tobacco cigarettes. A report by Public Health England suggests they are 95 per cent less harmful. In addition, because they produce vapour rather than choking and stinking smoke, vaping is generally seen as a far less antisocial habit than smoking. If you’re looking to make the switch, the Aspire Premium Kit has everything you need.

Reviewed – The Feathered Beauty Scarf

With the rise of the blogger as come the rise in the blogger online store. Many bloggers these days run online shops alongside their blogs, selling items like costume jewellery and scarves that offer a real stylish alternative to items sold on the High Street. Blogger stores often offer unique items at reasonable prices, and with the extra special touch of being beautifully packaged, making them a great gift idea. One of the nicest blogger shops is the one run by Becky, The Lifestyle Blogger UK which is a great place to pick up a treat for yourself, or a gift for a loved one.

Becky recently sent me a lovely scarf that is currently available from her online store. The Feathered Beauty scarf (what a stunning name!) is a lightweight scarf with a vintage style print. The unusual grey/green colour makes this an interesting piece to add to your wardrobe, and means it looks great when contrasted against black, navy and camel shades.

Feathered Beauty £8.99 Click to visit The Lifestyle Blogger UK Store

Feathered Beauty £8.99 Click to visit The Lifestyle Blogger UK Store

This scarf is actually a very versatile piece to add to your wardrobe. Although it seems like it would be a good choice for Spring, it is actually far more transitional than this as the size of this (180cm by 97cm) means that it can be bundled up to make a substantial scarf to wear with your Winter coat. Being lightweight, it also makes a lovely piece for Spring, worn over a dress or with a jacket – it would be lovely with denim, but the generous sizing also means this could be worn as a wrap over a dress for a Summer Wedding, or even as a sarong on your holiday. I would go as far as to say this is a piece your holiday suitcase needs, whether it be to protect against the cold on the aeroplane, or as a beach cover-up.

Worn over a dress as part of an outfit.

Worn over a dress as part of an outfit.

Add a coat and the scarf is now Winter Ready

Add a coat and the scarf is now Winter Ready

The soft-printed poly fabric gives this a lovely, luxury look, and yet the price actually gives you change from £10, which is an absolute bargain. You can find a great range of printed scarves on Becky’s site, I would definitely recommend you take a look.


Strada Kids Party at the Birmingham Mailbox

Half term week had a special treat for Joe and I when we were invited to a special party at Strada in the Birmingham Mailbox. It was a lot of fun, with pizza making and activity packs for the children, and Prosecco and fine food for the adults. The children also got the chance to try dishes from the Strada Squad menu, a menu that has been specially approved by a panel of children acting as taste testers.



Joe took a turn with the camera

Joe took a turn with the camera

The day started with the pizza making session. Pizza bases and a range of toppings were provided and the children all had great fun designing their own pizza. Joe was really happy to be one of the first to finish, using chicken, pepperoni, ham and cheese and tomato. It really did look delicious, and this was proved once it had been baked – he literally ate every morsel.

Waiting to make Pizza

Waiting to make Pizza


Joe's pizza - ready for the oven

Joe’s pizza – ready for the oven


Ready to eat.

Ready to eat.


The adults weren’t left out when it came to food either. Strada has a daily set menu that offers two courses for £9.95 and three courses for £11.95. I chose the Chicken Liver Pate, which was a smooth pate that came on toast, with crispy Parmesan shavings. It was delicious, with the cheese adding a lovely flavour to the pate. I also liked that the pate was smooth – I struggle with the coarser varieties.

Delicious chicken pate

Delicious chicken pate

Enjoying a glass of fizz

Enjoying a glass of fizz

For our main courses, both Joe and I opted for steak. I was shocked that Joe was still eating, but he has the appetite of a horse lately, and really enjoyed his first experience of steak, which had been chargrilled. The steak was accompanied with French Fries which were lovely, well seasoned and crispy. My steak was a British Rump which came with skin on fries. I had it medium and really enjoyed it, especially teamed with the fries. The steak was a good quality cut, and was both tender and juicy.




After two courses I was feeling rather full, but was really glad that I had chosen a dessert. I love Ice Cream, and often find it a great way to finish a meal, as it is light and refreshing. The Affogato though, is something I have never tried, vanilla ice cream drenched in a shot of hot espresso. The contrast, as the hot liquid falls on the freezing ice is just amazing, and when the ice cream starts to melt, the coffee creaminess is so delicious. Definitely something I would love to try again.


Joe should’ve been all pizza’d out, but wanted his favourite dessert, the chocolate and hazlenut pizzetta, which is like a warm chocolate pizza. Due to eating so much, he wasn’t able to finish it, but loved the flavour and the fact that this is a dessert you can easily eat with your hands.


We had a wonderful afternoon at the Strada party, the food was lovely, staff very friendly and helpful, and Joe loved the company of the other children. If you are looking for a family friendly restaurant where both kids and adults will be satisfied, check out your local Strada.



“My entry for the Fire Label best dressed baking award.”