Ways to pass the time online.

These days, if you have access to a smartphone, laptop or computer, you have no excuse to be bored. Even when the weather is dire, or you are stuck on what seems like an endless train journey, or even if you are facing an airport delay, our technology means we can work, shop and play, wherever we may be. I have made a list of some of the things that I enjoy doing online, as well as some things my little boy also loves to do.


This is a current obsession for Joe, who loves to watch YouTube football skills videos as a way of learning new skills and improving his current overall football performance. He also loves to follow West Bromwich Albion and is himself a Youtube star after appearing in the West Brom Christmas message last year (proud mom klaxon – you can watch that film here.) I love YouTube too, watching the best goals of my number one man crush Olivier Giroud, as well as enjoying beauty and shopping haul vlogs by some of my favourite bloggers.

Online Shopping

Online shopping is brilliant for those who love bargains. You can find so many online exclusives, flash sales and genuine one off buys that you just don’t find in store, and with much more choice and variety. You can sign up for newsletters that allow you to find out about sales before they start, there are even opportunities to find out when an item you covet is back in stock.

If you don’t really want to spend money, filling an online basket is almost as much fun as window shopping, but you don’t damage the shoe leather or have to brave the rain to enjoy it.

Casino And Betting fun

If you enjoy the thrill of the gamble, then playing in an online casino can be a great way to spend some time and maybe even win some cash.  Sites like Vera&John offer a host of games which are also mobile friendly, and also offer a welcome bonus when you join. How much you choose to spend is up to you, and, of course, risks are involved, but if you think you can handle the pressure, the chance to turn £ into £££ could be irresistible. You can also look at placing online bets, and the world is pretty much your oyster when it comes to this. You can bet on sports, like football and basketball, or
races, be it motorized, or even horse ones – if you’re interested in the
latter, be sure to check out today’s horse racing tips. There are sites that help you to place bets in other countries, so you could research how to place a bet in Kenya and would be able to find out how to do this safely. Similarly, you can look at lotteries in other countries and can enter these, they often have a far better payout rate than the UK.

Online games for kids

There are a lot of free, online games for children. Joe is a little obsessed with football games and we have found loads to play, from Messi spotkicks and Neymar skill games, to Scooby Doo soccer games. A quick search ‘free online football games’ will give you literally thousands of option and these can be great for playing on tablets during long car journey’s or on wet afternoons.



I always say that I believe that people are either Facebook or Twitter, and I am most definitely Twitter.Great for debate, always very quick with breaking news, totally irrelevant, and very witty at times, Twitter is addictive and brilliant and does it all in 140 characters or less. You can follow my Twitter feed here.


Be prepared to lose hours and hours looking at beautiful images, styles, trends and moodboards on Pinterest. Pinterest is the place to go when you are looking for inspiration for your home, your wardrobe, your holiday or your wedding. Or it might just be the place where you can find random cute pictures of dogs and cats on those days when you need cheering up. Pinterest is the place to brighten any dull day.


Trends in Men’s Jewellery

Once upon a time, a man’s jewellery box was a pretty lonely place. The odd ring might’ve resided in there, maybe a crucifix or a St Christopher on a chain, the acceptable necklaces for men, and there would usually be a watch of some variety, but that would basically be it. Jewellery was the preserve of women (and magpies) and real men avoided it. Let’s face it, some men didn’t even bother to wear a wedding ring,

But times really do change, and these days you only have to pick up a celebrity magazine to realise that men’s jewellery is not only on trend and totally desirable, but is big business too. There are luxury jewellery brands that are totally dedicated to men’s style, brands like Tateossian London who take materials like leather, titanium and silver and create pieces that are both elegant and masculine at the same time. Celebrities like Pharell Williams, Johnny Depp and Chris Hemsworth all enjoy wearing jewellery as part of a edgy style look, from chains and cruxifixes around the neck, to rope style bracelets and leather bracelets that can be stacked or worn individually.


Another clear trend in men’s jewellery is Hip Hop Jewelry. In the 1980’s this trend emerged with the likes of Run DMC, Public Enemy, and the Beastie Boys making thick chains, ostentatious gold and silver designs, and large sovereign style rings de rigour for wear with quite casual styling looks of trainers, plaid, baggy shirts and ripped jeans. These styles have continued to find favour with the hip hop community and have also moved into mainstream fashion too. Iced Out Jewelry is the place to find the best jewellery that works well with street wear looks.

Tateossian London Classic Cobra Bracelet £195

But the rise of the men’s jewellery trend is not just limited to the edgy, more outre styles. The king of men’s jewellery, in my opinion, is David Beckham, who has sported bracelets, stud earrings and crucifix style necklaces and chains. But Beckham is also renowned for his sharp sartorial styles that include the ultimate in men’s tailoring and grooming. He wears a suit like a dream, complete with a tie, and Beckham’s ties are always decorated with a tie pin, a rather formal, traditional accessory that he makes so on trend.

Diamond Dust Tie Clip

Even pins and brooches are no longer the confines of ladies. David Beckham is featured above wearing a pin, whilst when he was at Arsenal, Olivier Giroud decorated his smart attire with an Arsenal pin worn on a lapel.

What are your thoughts on men’s jewellery – a yay or a nay?

Getting Your Glam On

I am a great believer in the adage that we are all beautiful in our own way. We all have our best features, and then the ones we would love to change if we had the chance. But even though we are all beautiful in our own way, it doesn’t mean that we can’t give Mother Nature a helping hand when it comes to looking our best. Sometimes that means faking it to enhance what we have already been given. Whether it be fake tan, fake lashes or lip plumping kits, we all have make up and beauty items that we turn to when it comes to getting our glam on. The rule with beauty is that as long as we are looking after our skin, we can wear whatever make up we like. A gentle skincare routine is also important.

What other beauty fixes can we use to give nature a helping hand?

Keep Your Skincare Organic

The general belief is that a skincare routine helps to keep your skin in tip top condition, but the reality is that some products actually cause more harm than good, with ingredients that contain parabans,  harmful ingredients and chemicals.

If your skin is suffering from your skincare, you should switch to an organic routine like the Amanda Jo Organic Bunny subscription box which curates some of the best organic beauty products around.

Fake that tan

I’ve written many posts about faking our tans and looked at the health implications that mean we now want to be sun kissed without the threat of skin cancers. But many of us do prefer the look of our skin when it is tanned, when we have a lovely, healthy glow that makes us look and feel better. St Tropez is one of the best brands around, but if you are on a budget I would definitely recommend St Moriz which is a stunning dupe brand with fabulous results. I often use their self tan mist, it is easy to apply and costs less than £5. (You can read some of my tips for applying fake tan here).

St. Moriz Professional Self Tan Mist Medium 150ml £3.99 Click to visit Boots

Fake those lashes

Long, thick, lustrous lashes are the dream of most of us. But, in reality, my own lashes are fairly thin, not as long as I would like them, and quite blond in appearance. And so, when it comes to a night out, I fake it. Eyelure are the queen of false eyelashes, with a range of styles that can either add to the thickness of your lashes, or give you a full on, swinging sixties, dollybird look. My current favourites are the ‘Cheryl Oh My Goddess’ set that are dark, featherlite and fluttery and give a real glamorous look.

Cheryl – Oh My Goddess £7.25

Fake those lips

We can’t all be blessed with bee stung lips or a perfect pout, but again, we can give nature a helping hand. Many lipglosses now contain ingredients that will plump your lips. Soap and Glory’s hilariously named Sexy Mother Pucker brand has a variety called Pillow Plump. This features LIPSWELL, a natural flower oil infusion and glassy-shine technology that will give you a pretty glorious pout.

Soap & Glory™ Sexy Mother Pucker™ Pillow Plump XXL

You are beautiful, but sometimes we just need to fake it!