TEMPLESPA AAAHHH! Soothing Balm for Aching Feet & Limbs

So we are already in the middle of February can you believe it?  We have had some strange weather in the last few weeks, one week it's so cold and icy and then the next week it's sunny and mild, who knows what's going on.  All I know is that I have started back at the gym and riding my horse after some time off in the run up and aftermath of Christmas and my whole body especially my legs are aching so much. I have found a great product to help with the aching legs at least. 
The TEMPLESPA AAAHHH! Soothing Balm for Aching Feet and Limbs has been a godsend after a gym workout. It's a lightweight lotion that cools and refreshes my legs. I have tried products like this before, but let me tell you this product really packs a punch. It takes a while to kick in, but when it does you can really feel it. It's very weird, you massage it into your legs and nothing happens and you start thinking that this product really does not work, but then the cooling sensation gradually bu…

Money Saving Tips - Tastecard

If like me you like to eat out a lot then this card could be a good option for you as you can get 2 for 1 or 50% off meals at a large number of restaurants.  I have had a card for a few years now and it has helped save me money each time I visit restaurants that accept the card and enabled me to visit them more often.  The yearly fee is £79.99 but I have never paid that much.  When renewal comes around they always offer a discount so I think most years I have paid between £30-40 for the card.  You can also sign up for a 60 day trial for £1 and if you want to renew at the end of the 60 days it currently costs £39.99 for the year.  More details of the prices are located at  

I use it at the following restaurants:

Pizza Express
The card is really easy to use here. You don't have to book in advance (although it does say to book on the tastecard site but I haven't had any problems before), you just need to let them know you want to use the card before you order (I …

Brand Review - Alex Steinherr x Primark Skincare Collection

I have been using the Alex Steinherr x Primark Skincare Collection as part of my daily routine recently and I wanted to share my thoughts on the products (you can read my original haul post here).  There are 5 different categories or products - The Sleep Spa Range, The Plump & Glow Range, The Maximum Moisture Range, The Pore Balance Range and The Pollution Solution Range.  This collection has been created by Alex Steinheer, the former beauty director of Glamour magazine and it is a budget range where products cost no more than £5. The Power Mask from the Plump and Glow Range includes step 1 which is an essence booster gel that you apply to your whole face and massage in. Following the Essence booster, you then apply step 2 which is the sheet mask for 20 minutes. I thought this was a really nice sheet mask and there was plenty of product in both step 1 and step 2 and I like the way they are separated in the packaging (step 1 is in a connected sachet at the top of the face mask step …

A Few of My Favourite Things - January

Here are a few of my favourite things in January. TV - The Goldbergs I highly recommend binge watching this series about the 80's. It's like reliving your childhood if you were a teenager back then.  If you remember the big hair and bad fashion as well as the New Kids on the Block, Christian Slater and the Goonies this is for you.  The best thing is that this is based on the life of the producer and at the end of the show you are treated to an actual home video that relates to the episode you have just watched.  If you think the show isn't realistic then this will show you that some of this actually happened to him and his family in real life.  You really couldn't make this stuff up.
Charity Shops - why didn't I find out about these gems sooner. I have found some cracking bargains including a Fossil bag for £6, a Diesel bag for £3, some Gap ballet flats for 50p, a Bench jacket for £1 and a Weird Fish winter jacket for a mere £7, to name but a few. It's worth havi…

Beautylish Lucky Box 2019

I have just received my Beautylish lucky box 2019 and I couldn't wait to open it. 

I've watched a few videos on YouTube over the last couple of years of people unboxing their lucky boxes and I must admit I've always been tempted to get one. Beautylish is a US based company so as well as the cost of the box there are also customs charges and postage to take into account which has put me off, but this year I decided to pull the trigger and order one. I think the total cost came to about £89 which included postage and the customs charge.  Luckily they work the customs charge out for you so you don't have to worry when it gets posted to the UK that there will be extra charges on top to pay.  So anyway on with the unboxing.
These Lucky Bags are based on a Japanese New Year custom  and there is a cute little tag that comes with your box that explains this.  
The tag also says that the sumo wrestlers or rikishi on this year's lucky bags are said to bring good look and fortun…

Kitty Cafe Leeds

I recently visited the Kitty Cafe in Leeds for a family birthday.  This was our 3rd visit over the last year and a half and we have always had a great experience.  The Kitty Cafe is situated in Leeds city centre and is an easy walk from the train and bus stations.  If you come by car then I would recommend the park and rides at Elland Road or Temple Green which are very reasonably priced (and much cheaper than parking in the city centre) and only take 10 - 15 minutes by bus once you have parked up.
First of all, if you are not fond of cats then obviously this place is not for you.  If you are a cat person like me then I would definitely recommend this experience to put on your to do list next time you visit Leeds.  Be aware that it's a good idea to book in advance, to make sure that you are not disappointed and also that there is a £6 welfare charge per person (£4 for kids) before you even sit down to eat.  I am happy to pay the welfare charge as it goes towards the cat welfare and…

Money Saving Tips - Car Insurance Renewal

I must admit I started my Money Savings Tips posts last year but didn't get around to writing all of them, so I decided to start again this year and post about my own Money Saving Journey. My goal is the same as last year which is to try and save as much money as possible and to share how I'm doing it as I go along. 
I have had car insurance for a number of years (too many to mention) and every year it seems to increase regardless of the fact  that I haven't made any claims.  For most insurance I have such as home and travel I always shop around for the best deal and while I have moved my car insurance to another company previously I haven’t done it in a couple of years.   This year, after I received my renewal quote I went on a few comparison websites and completed a quote to see which companies came out cheaper. 
Now I must admit that I’m a bit reluctant to move my insurance to companies that I’ve never heard of, so the ones that were cheaper but I hadn't heard of, I …