IKEA will buy back your old furniture.


Hey, did you know that Ikea has launched an innovative new program where they will actually buy back your old ikea furniture? It’s a win-win situation as not only do you get some money back for your old items, but the company can then refurbish and resell them at a lower price to someone who might not have been able to afford it before. This initiative is part of their wider sustainability drive, which aims to reduce waste and promote circular economy practices. Customers simply need to provide proof of purchase and the condition of the item, with discounts ranging from 30% for pieces in excellent condition to 50% for those showing more wear and tear. Not only is this great news for consumers on a budget looking to refresh their homes but also it demonstrates Ikea’s commitment towards ethical and environmentally-friendly business practices.

If you want to find out more, I have added a link to IKEA’s own information below,


An image showing the IKEA name on a building. Photo by Alexander Isreb on Pexels.com

Looking ahead.

Do you spend more time thinking about the future or the past? Why?

I am absolutely elated at the prospect of thinking about the future rather than the past because the future is full of endless possibilities! Dwelling in past events often only leads to feelings of nostalgia or regret, and while there is certainly a time and place for reflecting on our experiences, I believe that looking forward with excitement and anticipation is what truly fuels us.


By focusing my energy on what could happen rather than what has already happened, I am able to approach each day with an open mind and a positive outlook.

The future holds so much promise – new opportunities, new friendships, new experiences – and by keeping my sights firmly set ahead of me, I know that anything is possible. So let’s embrace the path ahead with enthusiasm and see where it takes us!

The words – open to new opportunities, written in chalk on a black background. Photo by Anna Tarazevich on Pexels.com

Crazy business.

Come up with a crazy business idea.

I am bursting with excitement to share my craziest business idea yet – pasta clothes! Imagine wearing your favorite dish, and feeling like a walking work of art. My innovative concept involves using different varieties of pasta as the base material for our clothing line. From spaghetti strap tops to fusilli skirts, the possibilities are endless.

I envision bright, bold colours that celebrate the uniqueness of each type of pasta, paired with creative design elements like bows made from bowtie pasta and accents crafted from penne noodles. The vision for this idea doesn’t stop at fashion either – we could expand into accessories like noodle necklaces and purse straps made from macaroni.


Our brand would be playful, quirky and truly one-of-a-kind. Pasta is already a beloved staple in so many households, why not make it an incredible fashion statement too? It’s a wild idea, but I have no doubt it would take off if given the chance!

A background of spaghetti sticks, on which there are pasta bows. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Make sure you can vote.

A polling station. Photo by Edmond Dantu00e8s on Pexels.com

Well, well, well, looks like someone’s looking to exercise their democratic rights! But hold your horses there, champ. Don’t forget that in order to vote in any future elections, you’ll need your trusty voter ID card. Yes sir, it’s just as important as bringing your ID when you’re buying a round of drinks at the pub – you simply can’t do without it. So whether you’re voting for the next Prime Minister, the local dog catcher or even the Miss Universe beauty pageant (okay maybe not that last one), make sure you’ve got your ID ready to rock and roll. After all, democracy is the ultimate party and we don’t want anyone getting turned away at the door now do we? Cheers to that!

If you are not sure what you need, then please dash and have a look on here to ensure you can indeed vote https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voter-id


Don’t be scared of failing.

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they feel like they’ve failed. Maybe you didn’t get that promotion, or your relationship ended, or you made a mistake at work. Whatever it is, failure can be overwhelming and discouraging. But it’s important to remember that failure doesn’t define you. Everyone fails at some point in their lives, and it’s how you handle that failure that matters. In this article, we’ll explore five ways to help you overcome feelings of failure and move forward with confidence.

Acknowledging the importance of self-compassion


When we fail, our thoughts can quickly turn negative. We might think things like “I’m not good enough” or “I’ll never succeed.” These types of thoughts can be damaging to our self-esteem and make it harder for us to move on from failure. That’s why it’s crucial to practice self-compassion.

Self-compassion means treating yourself with kindness and understanding instead of judgment when things don’t go as planned. It involves acknowledging that everyone makes mistakes and recognizing that failure is a normal part of life.

One way to practice self-compassion is to talk to yourself like you would talk to a friend who had just experienced a setback. You wouldn’t tell your friend they’re a failure; instead, you’d offer words of encouragement and support. Try doing the same for yourself.

Focus on progress, not perfection

It’s easy to get caught up in perfectionism and feel like anything less than perfect is a failure. But the truth is that perfectionism is an unrealistic goal, and striving for it only sets us up for disappointment.

Instead of aiming for perfection, focus on progress. Celebrate small steps towards your goals rather than measuring success by whether or not you’ve achieved them yet.

Remember that progress isn’t always linear – there will be setbacks along the way, but each one offers an opportunity for growth and learning.

Celebrate small victories and self-care

When we’re feeling down about our failures, it can be helpful to focus on the positive things in our lives – even if they seem insignificant at first glance.

Take time to celebrate small victories – maybe you finished a book you’ve been wanting to read or cooked dinner instead of ordering takeout. These little wins may seem small but taking the time to acknowledge them can boost your mood and help shift your focus away from failure.

Additionally, practicing self-care can help alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety associated with failure. Take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, eating well-balanced meals, exercising regularly, spending time with loved ones, or doing activities that bring you joy.

Failure is an opportunity to learn


It’s easy to view failures as negative events – something we should avoid at all costs. However, reframing failures as opportunities for growth can help us approach them with a more positive mindset.

Each time we fail at something, we have an opportunity to learn from what went wrong so we can do better next time around. Failure teaches us resilience and helps us develop problem-solving skills which are invaluable traits in both personal and professional settings.

Instead of dwelling on what went wrong during a failed attempt at something new or challenging (and beating ourselves up over it), look at what lessons were learned through those experiences so they won’t occur again in the future.

Success is not defined by others

In today’s world where social media reigns supreme values like likes/followers/views/subscribers/endorsements are often used as metrics success— however its important not compare ourselves with others’ definitions comparative accomplishments.

Success looks different for everyone because people have different goals & aspirations—what works well one person may not align perfectly another’s situation/circumstances/priorities/lifestyle choices etc.,

We sometimes forget this reality when scrolling through social media feeds filled with seemingly successful people living glamorous lifestyles—we feel envious & disappointed in ourselves when comparing our own lives against theirs! We need remind ourselves often everyone moves at their own pace!

Cats or Dogs?


There’s an age-old debate that shows no signs of slowing down: cats versus dogs. On one hand, you’ve got your feline overlords, known for their aloof demeanor and razor-sharp claws. On the other is man’s best friend, the canine cohort who’s always ready to play fetch and slobber all over your face. Sure, cats may be content to lounge around the house all day while dogs beg for attention at every turn, but let’s not forget that cats can also be fiercely independent and endlessly entertaining with their playful antics. And while dogs may be more easygoing and affectionate than their purring counterparts, they’ll never quite match the regal charm of a cat lounging on a windowsill or batting at a piece of string with deadly accuracy. Whether you’re Team Cat or Team Dog (or maybe even both), there’s no denying that our furry friends bring joy and companionship into our lives in unique ways.

Myself, I love animals in general, but I am on the dogs side in this one.

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Easter 2023

I am sure you all feel like me, that even the littlest members of the family should be included in special events throughout the year.

Last year my Niece was only a few months old at Easter, so obviously though I wanted her to have a special gift, she couldn’t have a traditional chocolate Easter egg. At first I was unsure what to get her, but then I came across a beautiful personalised bag on Amazon and bought her that. https://amzn.to/3TnjsqN


I knew it would be something that would last beyond easter time, and be treasured. Then I just chose a couple of easter themed books and a cuddly toy to go inside it https://amzn.to/40zwSm7

It was a lovely feeling knowing even at that age, she has a keepsake from her first Easter. Her parents loved it too!!

Line drawings of 4 rabbits, each facing in a different direction.

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Garden Time

What activities do you lose yourself in?

I love to lose myself in gardening. When I am working in the garden, every worry and stress just melts away, as I get lost in the task at hand. The smell of fresh soil and plants is therapeutic for me, and seeing my hard work pay off with blooming flowers or a bountiful harvest is so rewarding.

I love how this activity allows me to connect with nature and also gives me a sense of responsibility for taking care of something living. There is just something so satisfying about getting my hands dirty and watching something grow from what was once just a seed or a small plant.

Gardening helps me slow down and appreciate the little things in life while providing some much-needed exercise and fresh air!


Tips for Success as an Amazon E-Book Author

Are you thinking of writing an e-book and publishing it on Amazon? If yes, congratulations on taking the first step towards becoming a self-published author. It’s no secret that Amazon is the world’s largest online bookstore, with millions of readers who are always looking for their next favourite book.


With the right niche, high-quality content, and effective promotion techniques, you can make your e-book stand out in this highly competitive market. In this article, we will provide you with some tips for success as an Amazon e-book author. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of getting more downloads, positive reviews and ultimately, earn more royalties.

Choose the Right Niche and Keywords.

The first step to becoming a successful Amazon e-book author is to choose the right niche for your book. The niche should be something that you are passionate about and have expertise in. For example, if you are a fitness enthusiast and have experience in personal training or nutrition counselling, then writing an e-book on health and wellness would be an excellent option.

Once you have chosen your niche, the next step is to identify relevant keywords that potential readers might use to search for books related to your topic. Conduct thorough research using tools like Google Keyword Planner or other keyword research tools available online. Targeting keywords with high search volume but low competition will increase your visibility on Amazon’s search results page.

Writing High-Quality Content and Formatting

Now that you have chosen your niche and targeted keywords, it’s time to start writing high-quality content for your e-book. Your content must be well-researched, informative and engaging enough to keep readers interested from start to finish. Focus on providing value to your target audience by offering solutions to problems they face or giving them insights they wouldn’t find elsewhere. Formatting is also crucial when it comes to creating an excellent reading experience for your audience. Ensure that your e-book has clean formatting with consistent heading styles (H1 for chapter titles), readable fonts (such as Times New Roman or Arial), adequate line spacing (at least 1.5) and page breaks between chapters.

Promote Your E-Book on Social Media


After publishing your book on Amazon, it’s time to promote it effectively so that potential readers can discover it easily. One of the most effective ways of doing this is by leveraging social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Create dedicated social media accounts for promoting your book specifically. Share snippets from your book online along with graphics featuring quotes or interesting facts from within its pages. Engage with potential readers by responding promptly to comments or messages sent through social media platforms. Collaborate with influencers in your niche who have large followings on social media platforms; offer them free copies of your book in exchange for sharing their thoughts about it with their followers.

Closing Thoughts

Becoming a successful Amazon e-book author takes patience, perseverance and dedication towards writing high-quality content targeted at specific niches while ensuring effective promotion strategies are leveraged consistently over time. By following these tips mentioned above – choosing the right niche/keywords that aligns well with passion/expertise; crafting great content formatted well; utilizing social media channels smartly – aspiring authors like yourself can increase their chances of achieving success in today’s competitive marketplace where books are constantly competing against each other