FREE £10 AMAZON VOUCHER

I always try and bring you legitimate ways to earn money and vouchers so here I am offering you a chance to earn a £10 Amazon voucher through Zilch. It’s so easy and I genuinely have my voucher thanks to a lovely lady popping her referral link on Instagram!

  1. Click this link here to sign up to Zilch
  2. Register and then verify your email.
  3. You can then see at the bottom of your screen your 1000 points (£10) to be used.
  4. Link you debit card (this is a legitimate website)
  5. Spend your £10 how you wish – I chose Amazon
  6. Pass you referral link on and for every person who spends the £10, you get £10 as well.

It’s things like this that allow me to top up my Amazon account and allow me to splurge a little more freely for Christmas and Birthdays through my accumulation of vouchers.

You’re welcome, happy shopping! x

Apps that make you real money!

We all see the adverts for apps and websites that can make you money and actually when you look into it you have to jump through 85 hoops to earn 5p. Well, I am here to try and make your life a little bit easier and earn yourself a bit of money. Now I’m not promising thousands of pounds but if you are looking to make a few pounds, then you have come to the right place.

All of these apps have been tried and tested by yours truly and I still use all of them in some capacity.

APPINIO

Appinio is an app that allows you to redeem a £10 Amazon voucher once you have received 10,000 coins. The coins are awarded for answering simple polls and surveys. This is a great app to just open up when you get a spare moment and answer some polls. Although 10,000 coins seems like a lot, bit by bit the coins really do add up and with any app I mention here, the more effort you put in the more rewards you can achieve.

If you chose to sign up and are feeling generous, I have a code 169a76 which just means when you reach level 14, I receive 1700 coins

ATTAPOLL

AttaPoll is an app I discovered about 5 months ago and I have already cashed out just under £40. This app again involves answering surveys for a certain amount of money. This app is great because you can chose the survey you do according to the time you have. Some surveys are 5 minutes and others are 20, the decision is down to you.

If you sign up using my referral code of zdjsm then you will automatically get 40p and I will get 20p!

SWAGBUCKS

Potentially my favourite??! Although any app that helps with the side hustle is always greatly appreciated! Swagbucks can be done via the app or online. Both of which I use. Swagbucks is the app that I make the most money from by far. The aim is to gain as many swagbucks as possible which you can then redeem for a variety of things including Paypal, Amazon and many more. The daily poll and tasks allow you to make swagbucks quickly and easily. The surveys again have the time marked on them so you can choose according to your time limits. It also has a cashback aspect which I have used on a couple of occasions to help build up my swagbucks. This app has a lot of surveys which is great for days when you want to knuckle down and build up your swagbucks.

If you choose to sign up to Swagbucks I have a referral link here which means you get 300 SB if you earn 300 SB in the first 30 days (super easy to achieve!) and I will receive 300 SB! Yay!

VYPR

This is probably an app lots of you have heard of because of its popularity and ease of use. This app involves answering questions related to food and shopping habits in order to gain points. Once 10,000 points have been achieved, you can redeem £5 which is sent to your Paypal within a couple of days.

PREMISE

This is the latest app I have discovered and I have already cashed out. This app involves answering questions related to society and certain topics within it. The cash out threshold is £7 and is sent straight to your Paypal. Most surveys are 3-4 minutes and pay 25p which means the £7 threshold can be quickly met.

Although these numbers may seem small, these kind of apps can really help with saving money or when times are a little bit tighter. Once you’ve got yourself into a habit of just checking the apps or setting 30 minutes aside every evening to look at them, the money will soon start adding up.

If you have any other app recommendations then do let me know!

M x

It’s been a while…

*Quietly enters the room*

I don’t have an excuse nor a valid reason as to why I have been gone for two years, but the most important thing is that I am here now. I miss this. I miss writing about whatever I feel like. So here I am. I have pulled my finger out of my arse and I am present an correct. If you are slightly curious where I have been, I went self-employed in December so that has rightly so taken up my time and I have been working hard on Youtube. So if you choose to stick around I would be very grateful and I promise to not just disappear again!

So here is to the next chapter of this blog and giving it a new lease of life.

Love as always,

Marie-Clare x

45km Trek for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice

Hey everyone!

Just a quick post to let you know that I am taking part in a 45km walk/run for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. If you can spare any pennies, I would be so grateful, and will leave the link below. Less than 6p in every £1 comes from the government, which means the charity relies heavily on donations. This is a challenging event and I am pushing myself to the limit, but it is for such a worthy cause.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marie-clare-gauthey2

Thank you for all of your support,

Marie-Clare

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What I’ve learnt from being on Tinder for 6 weeks.

Where on earth do I start?!

I have been online dating before. I met my ex through POF and we were together for nearly 5 years, so I went into Tinder with high hopes!  Now, I don’t know if it’s because I am online dating now, as a 27 year old, not looking for a fling or anything, (which isn’t too much to ask, right?) But I am shocked by the amount of men that think it’s okay to say some of the things they do.

A couple of days in, I received a message on my Facebook, from someone who had seen my on Tinder. Now, that immediately just screams stalker to me. So, I politely declined.

The first ‘sexual’ message I received was, “my balls would look great on your chin”. Great. Really glad you think so, and felt the need to tell me. I obviously didn’t respond. A couple more examples of ‘interesting’ opening messages include “Are you a bird enthusiast? Because you look like you’ve had a cock-or-two”. This guy did go on to apologise and we actually had a reasonable normal conversation considering he has basically called me a slag! Another one that actually made me giggle was ‘Your legs look like an Oreo Cookie – I wanna split them and eat all the good stuff in the middle. lol”. Thinking about it, that’s a pretty disgusting thing to write to a stranger.

The list of messages goes on, people telling me i have wasted their time because I refused to be sexual, people telling me they want me to dominate them and just people outright telling you they want to fuck you.

Oh, and to the guy from Tinder that looks at all of Instagram stories, yet doesn’t talk to me or follow me…I see you.

A bit of advice, if you really are just wanting a night of dominance or a one night stand, that’s absolutely fine, but save everyone a bit of time, and state it on your profile. And if you don’t know how to start a conversation, pull something from their profile and chat about it! We want banter as much as you do!

Now, onto the more positive. I have matched with a chatted to some lovely guys. Most of which I would be happy to meet with as friends. I haven’t chosen to go on a date yet with someone, not for a particular reason, I guess it just hasn’t felt right yet. I am also aware that I’m in no rush, and being single and learning to love yourself is mightily important!

My overall thoughts? As long as you aren’t actively looking for your husband or wife, I think its a great platform. You will get some strange messages, but as long as you aren’t easily offended, then no harm done.

I know this is a rambly one, but I just needed to get it out of my system! I will update you all if I decide to go on a date!

Love always,

Marie-Clare

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FILM REVIEW: I Feel Pretty (2018)

Film Synopsis (taken from google)

A woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis wakes from a fall believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence, she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed?

Being newly single, I decided that I needed an empowering/cheesy film. I have heard of this film before, and seeing as it is on Netflix, I thought I would give it a shot! I have never actually seen Amy Schumer in anything before, so I was looking forward to it.

I honestly thought this film would be your stereotypical girly film, that we see lots of different versions of. From the second the film started, I was engrossed. The opening of the film is filled with poignant messages about how we all feel we should look a certain way and how we don’t match up to the standard of that ‘society’ expects. The film continued to display relatable moments and quotes, such as not feeling worthy to apply for a certain job or too scared to go to an exercise class because of the way you look. Amy Schumer had lots of scenes which involved her half naked (in particular the bikini contest) so I would be interested to see if she faced any self-confidence issues during filming and having to act so carefree.

As much as the film had some beautifully deep moments, it was filled with great humour. The relationship between Renee (Schumer) and her two best friends felt real, and they had some great, natural comedic moments. Their are also some great comedy moments between Renee and her love interest. It became clear to me that Amy is a natural comedian.

All in all, this was an all round, bloody brilliant film. If I had to compare it to anything I have seen before, I would say it is a mix between Shallow Hal, Ugly Betty and Devil Wears Prada! I cannot recommend this film enough, and I still can’t quite believe how good it was.

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How to stay positive during a break-up

Going through a breakup, will be one of the hardest things any of us have to face. I recently went through a breakup with someone I had been with for nearly 5 years. I have always been a positive person, but when you all of a sudden loose someone after all those years, it can be hard to always see the positive in the situation. The breakup I went through was a mutual decision. I care about him, and I always will, but we weren’t IN love anymore. The spark had completely gone, and it’s not fair on either parties to remain in a relationship where, although they may be comfortable, they aren’t being fulfilled.

The first thing to remember after a breakup, is you don’t need to rush into anything. Whether that be dating again or removing your exes pictures from your phone. If you have suffered a bad break-up, and you are dealing with anger, just think before you do anything irrational. I have a photo wall, and I still have a couple of pictures of me and my ex up. I don’t find the pictures a sad memory, they are just a memory from a chapter in my life that is now passed. I will take the pictures down when I feel ready, and no one but me, has a right to tell me otherwise. What I am trying to say is, sometimes it can feel more abrupt when you just get rid of everything related to you ex. It feels like you are just getting rid of a huge part of your life. So, take your time. Acknowledge the good times, and accept it is time for a new start.

Another positive aspect to focus on is all the time you can now focus on yourself. I am going to sound soooo cliche, but you really do need to be 100% confident in who you are, in order to give 100% to someone else. I was in a relationship for a long time, and I think my ex would back me up in saying that I am always the bottom of my list, in terms of priority. I was so unhappy in some aspects of me, personally, but just never changed anything. Why? Probably because I was so comfortable with someone, and I knew they loved me exactly for who I was. Which is sad. I wasn’t being the best version of a girlfriend I could have been, and I wasn’t being the best version of me, for me. Now that i am single, I know a couple of things I want to change/improve about myself before I even think of going on a date. For example, I have finally booked an appointment with a dentist to discuss teeth whitening a potentially replacing my front tooth. I have wanted to do this for years, and I am going to bloody do it, FOR ME!

Now it’s time to focus on what you want from someone else. It’s okay to look at your past relationship, no matter how happy you were, and figuring out areas of which you would like improving in your next relationship. I am 27 now (wahh) and I certainly know what I do and don’t want, and I am not going to lower my standards for anyone. And I am really excited about the prospect of who I could meet, and what they could add to my life.

I promise you, however bad you may feel, their is always light at the end of the tunnel. Focus on the positives and what you learnt from your ex and your break-up, and how you can move forward.

Stay positive!

Marie-Clare x

How to prepare for the first day in your new job

I think starting a new job is one of the most terrifying things you can do. Having started a new job last week, these feelings are very fresh in my mind, and I thought I would write a blog post about how I prepared and made myself feel as prepared as possible.

I will confess, I have had a few jobs in my 27 years, and I feel like each time I have started a new job, the more my confidence has grown. All of the things that have helped me grow in confidence, are basic and simple things, so anyone can do them!

The first thing I do to prepare, is make sure that I have all my work clothes/uniform ready. Make sure you have got everything you need for the new job and ensure you have the outfits for your first week at work all ready. This is such a simple step, but when you are starting your new job, you don’t want to be worrying about where your favourite blouse is, or that you haven’t ironed it.

Secondly, research the company and what your job role could entail. If you have bagged yourself the job, then you will have probably already done this, but just do some research, so that on your first day, you are aware of some aspects and what is expected. This step isn’t essential, but if like me, you like to know as much as possible before hand, then it’s a good thing to do.

Thirdly, pamper yourself. Everyone woman knows, that to feel your most confident, you need to feel at your best. Whether that be getting your hair freshly cut, your nails done or even a wax, do whatever makes you feel fresh! The night before you start your job, take time on yourself, relax, have a nice long bath and you will go to bed feeling your best.

The final thing that I did this time round, that I hadn’t done before, was meditate. I just found a Youtube video that was a meditation for calming nerves, and did that for 10 minutes the evening before I started the job. For me it just settles me and brings me back down to earth!

Now it’s time to go and smash the job. Remember, they will not expect you to know everything so don’t beat yourself up about it. Ask questions if you are unsure and make notes if you need to (I had to!)

Everyone is a newbie once, remember that.

I hope this helps my lovelies,

Marie-Clare

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BOOK REVIEW: Still Me by Jojo Moyes

SUMMARY –

Found at Penguin Random House

I don’t even know where to begin with this book. I have to admit, I haven’t read ‘ Me Before You’, but I have seen the film (which I loved). I also didn’t read the second book in the trilogy – which I will go back and read because I need to fill the gap!

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I have honestly never read a book and connected with a character so much. I feel like we all have an inner Louisa Clark. She is funny, scatty, insanely loyal yet feisty. Following Lou moving to New York, almost satisfied this want I had to do the same when I was younger. Jojo Moyes creates characters that although may seem eccentric, are extremely believable. Reading the book felt like Lou was just writing letters to me, telling me about her time in New York and the highs and lows. This book made me feel angry yet warm and fuzzy, and the ending, well, it was everything I hope for in an ending.

I couldn’t put this book down. I was doing chores around the house and took the book with me as I needed to know what happened next. I will 100% be reading the rest of Jojo Moyes’ novels and I really hope that we can continue to follow Lou Clark’s adventures in her wonderful yet whacky life!

5 star

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Thank you for reading my lovelies,

Marie-Clare

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30 things to do before my 30th!

Okay, so I have just over 2 and a half years, but you have to be organised with these things!

  1. Get another piercing
  2. Buy a house
  3. Be comfortable with my weight and size
  4. Go to Sorrento
  5. Go to New York
  6. Go to Edinburgh at Christmas time
  7. Be in a career I am content in.
  8. Run 5K for charity
  9. Join the gym
  10. Hit 1000 subscribers on Youtube
  11. Buy a new bed
  12. Read 30 books
  13. See the Northern Lights
  14. Try Glamping
  15. Finish watching Classic Who
  16. Try Wagamama’s
  17. Play Monopoly
  18. Go to a Planetarium
  19. Be less judgmental
  20. Get engaged (kinda out of my control)
  21. Go to Bath
  22. Go to another concert
  23. Upgrade my iPhone (I am still on an iPhone 5!)
  24. Try a pottery class
  25. Learn how to cook a decent steak
  26. Buy a Kate Spade Bag
  27. Get contact lenses
  28. Watch E.T
  29. Have learnt more Gavin and Stacey quotes
  30. I mean, it’s obvious, but I would like to still be alive!

Well, that’s a random list! Hopefully I can start ticking them off soon. Let me know what is on your bucket list!

Marie-Clare x