Saturday, 30 April 2011
Shipping; CHEAP! $4 (around £3) for orders under 3lbs in weight and under $80 value. It costs $12 for faster shipping or if you order is over the weight restriction for the cheaper option...none of my orders have been, yet, so I've always gone for the cheaper option with no problems. I like that product weight/basket weight is made clear in your basket.
What you do need to bear in mind is that if you spend over £18 you may be liable for a charge by UK customs, and the fees that go with that. Again I've had no problem with this as my most expensive order has been about £13 including shipping.
Service; Variable in terms of when you get your order, but utterly reasonable. Confirmation e-mail is prompt and you are kept up to date with the progress of your order. Mine have always been dispatched within 24 hours and typically they arrive within a week to a fortnight. The last order I placed was here in just five days!
And what do I most frequently order? SNACKS of course! Photos from iHerb site
These are meant for kids but argh...SO GOOD! There is also a chocolate brownie flavour that is on my wishlist (another handy feature!). Availability of stock is sometimes an issue but you can set up alerts.
Cinnamon, raisin, flavour AND fibre. Sounds too good to be true but totally isn't!
These only arrived in my latest order and I haven't tried them yet, but bunnniiiiesss! Totally sold on bunnies alone!
More bunnies. Oh yeah. I also have a serial cereal problem.
Kashi bars for the win. I've tried several flavours now and LOVE them!
Aside from the fabulous prices and reasonable shipping, everything on iHerb is good for you! It's been invaluable to me for getting more variety in my snacks for work...I've mainly ordered bars up until now but have just branched out in to crackers and other "pick and mix" type snacks for my elephant box!
Have you used iHerb before?
Would you, after reading this post?
What should I try next?
(I am in no way affiliated with iHerb, I just wanted to make my UK readers aware of what a godsend this site is!)
Friday, 29 April 2011
as well as it being a very important day for us at work, for me, being involved and working a long and chaotic shift was the ultimate sign of how far I've come. It might sound strange, coming from a (now) 24 year old, but although I have worked since I was 15 I have never been able to do full days and for a couple of years was right now at three hours a WEEK.
We won't talk about the actual day at work, all my predictions of chaos and hiccups came true...and then some. What amazed me was the team spirit and how we all pulled together to help each other out and make sure our patients got the care they needed and deserved. I love my work place and the people who I work with. They really went out of their way to make sure I had a special day, understanding what it meant to me.
Sorry I get so ... emotional about things like this. It's hard to explain. To put it simply, I feel loved and spoiled by everyone who took the time to wish me a good day. It was the Birthday I wasn't sure I'd see and in it's own little way it was the best.one.ever.
I woke up to this:
My Mum is far too cute for her own damn good!
Gorgeous flowers from work, as well as a mountain of cards and gift vouchers and girly things.
My main present was a new digital camera from my parents and a *mystery* of which we are yet to work out.
Other highlights included a Patrick Cox purse, although I'm not sure who sent it as there either wasn't a card, or I misplaced it...so if it was you, please say!
Trudi....who else knows me that well?
And quite simply, the most awesome hand made card ever, from my school friend Hazel!
I think I've thanked everyone personally for the cards and gifts now, but if I haven't...then THANK YOU, please don't think I'm being rude, I was somewhat brain dead by last night.
Today will be all about the chilling.
((and probably eating a bit more cake))
Now, the real point of this post is to share with you this FABULOUS offer (oh yes, I went there!)
20% Off at NEW LOOK with Fabulous Magazine!
Finally, the sun is shining and we can put away those woollies for another year. And that means only one thing: it’s time for a wardrobe overhaul! So luckily for us the fashionistas over at Fabulous Magazine and New Look have teamed up to give Fabulous readers an amazing 20% OFF at participating New Look stores!
Visit Newlook.com for a list of participating stores, then simply cut out the voucher from this week’s issue of Fabulous Magazine, free with the News of the World every Sunday, and take along the coupon when you go shopping to enjoy this brilliant offer!
Terms and Conditions:
1. This offer entitles you to a 20 per cent saving on purchases of full-price, promotional and concession items only (offer excludes permanently reduced items & Idol) when spent in a single transaction.
2. This offer is valid in any participating New Look store within the UK and ROI until Monday May 9, 2011.
3. This offer cannot be used to purchase New Look gift vouchers, gift cards or e-top up vouchers (where applicable) or used towards payment of any outstanding balance on a New Look Store Card.
4. No cash or any other alternative will be given and this discount can only be redeemed once.
5. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other magazine discount (including student discount, 10 per cent armed forces discount or New Look staff discount card), or any other promotion (including other New Look magazine promotions).
6. This offer may be amended or withdrawn at any time at the promoter’s discretion.
7. The return value of the item(s) purchased using this voucher shall be the applicable return value under New Look’s returns policy, less the discount obtained.
8. Photocopied, damaged, defaced or expired vouchers will not be accepted.
Your statutory rights as a consumer are not affected.
Promoter: New Look Retailers Limited, Mercury Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 5HJ. Registered number 1618428
Enjoy! Let me know what you buy!
(Birthday update later)
Thursday, 28 April 2011
this isn't an outfit post, or a wish list, or something food related.
This is a wordy post. A thank you. From me, to you.
A year ago I had almost given up hope. I wasn't sure things could change, it all seemed impossible and all-consuming.
But I am here. Now. About to celebrate my 24th Birthday and a large part of that is down to YOU. Yes you. Reading this right now.
Never under-estimate the power of strangers, or of words. They make a huge difference. I can honestly say I have never felt so loved and supported in my life. For those reading this and thinking "what the hell is she on?" refer back to posts from early last year. I've talked about the past enough. This is about now.
To freedom. To happiness. To Hope. To the Future. To achieving dreams, no matter how big or small.
To realising that the smallest of changes can make the biggest difference. And the tiniest of gestures can mean just as much as the huge "look at me" ones.
Thank you again, for being amazing. For being you.
And Happy Birthday to me.
sappy-ness over, lets go eat cake!
-Can't resist a cheeky beg for votes...it'd be a great Birthday present!-
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
With a rare bit of idle browsing time, I found myself looking at villa holidays; sun on my skin, sand in my toes, the sound of waves gently breaking against the shore...YES PLEASE!
Kos perhaps? The swings have swung it for me!
Maybe Madeira? I certainly like the cake.
Possibly even Rhodes...I did a day trip there when I was 13 and in Turkey with my family. It was enchanting and I'd love to go back.
When was the last time you had a holiday?
Are you jetting off this year?
What has been your best holiday so far?
I don't think I'll be heading abroad this year, I just can't afford it; or get the time off work. I am hoping to get a break down in Brighton with my Mum though, and have plans to visit a few friends in various towns/cities as and when I can! That'll do for me, for now.
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
it was more of a case of "would I wear it?"
(please tell me I'm not the only one who uses photos to help them decide!)
The first one was actually kind of a no-brainer...
I always equate t-shirts with jeans, especially casual t-shirts. Looking at this photo however I can see it works very well with a smarter cut of trousers
Except to see this as a proper outfit soon. I can't get enough of this tee!
This second outfit has been a long time coming. Ages ago I was sent this skirt from Damart; a shop I'd never have even considered buying from before due to my association between it and the older generation.
However, they still sent the skirt and told me to see what I could come up with. Months (oops) later and I finally feel like I could wear it.
Spinning qualities make it a winner. Always.
And I guess that proves that old saying right...you really cannot judge a book by it's cover.
Happy Tuesday (that feels like a Monday). I'm planning to take it easy today as the next two days at work are going to be MAD. Who launches a new system right before another bank holiday?! Apparently we do!
Have you voted yet?
P.S. I've had a few comments/tweets about my blog coming up as a phishing site?! It seems to be an issue for those using google chrome as their browser,
if any one has any suggestions do share...I'm lost!
Monday, 25 April 2011
Anyhow, I'm getting ahead of myself. First we need to finish this long weekend, and it will be done in chilled out lazy style.
Yesterday I barely moved off my ass, which was hugely satisfying. Today I predict more of the same, perhaps interjected with a trip to Tesco for essentials; girl cannot live on Easter goods alone (as much as she'd like to try)
Sadly that bag did not hold the Prestat egg of my dreams, but it did contain sweets and eggs of the miniature variety!
For the first time in years I was willing and able to take part in some Easter eating
(little steps Laura, little steps)
And cover my blisters in truly epic plasters
I'll be 24 going on 4.
Today I've ditched the floral dresses for my "jazzy trousers"
For all you Haviana fangirls out there, I'm A CONVERT. My feet are so grateful
((I hate feet))
I leave you with cuteness
And wishes for an awesome extra day off
P.S. vote vote vote.
Sunday, 24 April 2011
The Fiesta is a world-class hot air ballooning festival and one of the UK's top five outdoor events.
Held in the rolling hills of Ashton Court on the edge of Bristol, it is a hugely popular free event. Around half a million people from across the country and beyond flock to Bristol for the Fiesta over four days each August.
Founded in 1979, it has become an icon for Bristol, as synonymous with the city as Brunel's Suspension Bridge.
Estimated to boost the local economy to the tune of £10 million each year, it is run by a not-for-profit organisation.
I missed last years but have been a couple of times in the past and it has never disssapointed. This year the fiesta runs from 11-14th August and I hope to go along for at least one of the night glows!
(Anyone else planning to be there, maybe we could meet up?)
Early morning launch, when I was a child the balloons used a playing field 2 seconds from my house to land in. Waking up hearing a balloon roaring over your house and racing down the road in your night clothes are a memory that I will always cherish.
Night Glow! It's far more...impressive in person!
Have you been before?
Planning to come this year?
Want to hang out?
(photo from weheartit)
Dear Uk, please start selling Peeps. I LOVE the marshmallow good/badness.
This weekend has been glorious...hot, happy inducing summer sunshine; I could get used to this! It's made all the more sweet by actually being able to appreciate and enjoy it all this year, rather than it passing me by in some kind of blur.
Outfits have involved the obligatory floaty florals.
Saturday; Primark maxi skirt and cardi thing. Staple £1.99 New Look vest that I now own in five colours.
I saw this from my window Saturday morning. I'm so excited for Bristol Balloon Fiesta and actually being able to go this year, I love hot air balloons and the night glow is generally amazing!
Easter outfit; Vintage dress from ebay. Tights which were abandoned for bare legs and sandals that shredded my feet despite usually being my comfy shoes.
Are you loving this weather? WEAR SUNSCREEN!
What did the Easter Bunny bring you?
*votey for me here, please*
Friday, 22 April 2011
Now, this is yesterdays outfit. The dress is Primark; expensive Primark at that. I don't think I've ever paid £15 for a dress in there before, but there is something quite balletic about it and I love the midi length, so I parted with my hard won cash.
Had this dress cost £15 elsewhere I wouldn't have hesitated on snapping it up, even for a second...most likely deeming it a bargain,
but that price in Primark? I found myself shaking my head and muttering "bloody inflation/rip offs/I'm such a cheapskate" under my breath as I made my way to the till.
Are you the same? Do you have an "acceptable limit" when it comes to certain shops?
P.S. Happy Good Friday,
I hope everyone enjoys the day off AND the sunshine!
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