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Giveaway – Win a Photo Book with Motif

*PR Sample.

I am all about preserving memories, which is why I love taking photos so much. Time goes by so quickly, so freezing time in photos is one thing I love doing. I came across the Motif App on the App Store earlier this year and it is such a great app for preserving memories through photo books, calendars and cards. I have a few photo books from Motif and they are such great quality. Which is why I was super thrilled when Motif offered to give 1 of my lucky winners a 100% discount off any photo book.

 

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Here is a bit more about the lovely brand Motif

Our advanced technology selects only the best shots – even the best smiles – and presents them in a perfect layout. Seamless integration with Photos on macOS makes it easy to edit the final product, but you now have a massive head start. We curate colours, themes, fonts, layouts, intelligent resizing tools and much more for you. Your final product looks truly professional with so much less time and effort on your part.

 

I am seriously loving this app. It is super easy to upload pictures and edit a photo book on the app. It took me a couple of minutes to get my new phonebook ready filled with pictures of just me for a change. You can get photo books in soft or hard cover. The prices start from £11.99 for softcover sizes and £34.99 for hardcover sizes.

If you like to take part in this giveaway to win a photo book of your choice with Motif, here are the rules you need to follow –

Giveaway Rules
  1. Follow Fashion and Style Police on Twitter and Instagram.
  2. Retweet this post.
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what sort of photos you like to capture. Please include  your Twitter name as well in the comments.

The giveaway will run for 3 weeks. It ends 2 January 2020 at 11pm. The winner will be randomly selected and the 100% discount code will be emailed directly to the winner by Motif. The selected winner will have 48 hours to get back in touch or risk losing the prize. This giveaway is open to 18 years and above US and UK residents only.

Goodluck everyone!

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Self employment – Charge what you deserve

I have been self employed for about 6 years now and I have seen it all. The clients that never pay up until you chase them and those that wait until the very last day to pay. I have seen clients that want all for nothing. They are happy to pay you peanuts and keep all the profits for themselves. Earning money as a self employed person is hard work. Don’t believe the stories that tell you it is easy to earn a living from home because it is far from easy. Trust me, I have 6 plus years worth of experience to know that being a self employed person, running your own business from home is hard. Which is why you should charge what you deserve.

 

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My reason for doing this

I found myself working from home full-time after my twins were born. Going back to my old job was not an option. I hated it and the commute and income won’t be worth the hassle at all, so I ended up focusing on making money online. It worked! I started earning a full time living wage from this blog and my freelance jobs (mainly copywriting and blogger outreach). It wasn’t easy. I had to work every free hour I got and I hardly slept all those years, but the money started coming in.

It got easier as the twins got older and started pre school and now primary school. I have more free time to focus on my hustle and even throw in studying for a whole new degree. However, the journey has been a rollercoaster ride and has taught me a lot. What kept me going all these years was my “why”. To be a happy self employed person, you have to have a “why” because you will need to remember the reason when the days get tough.

 

Which is why I charge what I deserve

I love what I do and the opportunities it brings are too numerous to mention but I also have my own fair share of dealing with people who don’t want to pay the right amount for what they want. A really funny email came in yesterday and it was the lowest fee I have ever been offered and it make me giggle. Obviously I didn’t bother replying but I am pleased with how far I have come because on a good day I would have been fuming at the audacity of the email.

My rates are my rates. I charge what I deserve and I don’t apologise for it. I believe there is value in my work and I would now let anyone take advantage of me by accepting low fees just because that is what they are willing to pay. The first rule when it comes to self employment or running your business is to charge what you deserve. There is enough to go around for everyone if people stop being greedy and I believe to unblock the flow of abundance, we need to charge the right amount of money. There will always be people who will happily pay your rates once you are comfortable asking for it.

 

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When it comes to self employment, the pros outweigh the cons massively for me. Which is why I am still doing what I do full-time for now. It is great to be able to work from home. I won’t charge that for anything now. Are you self employed? Do you feel you charge what you deserve? Do drop your comments in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading, sharing, commenting and liking. Have a good one.

 

 

We Explored LEGOLAND Windsor

During the summer holidays, we had the lovely opportunity to visit LEGOLAND Windsor. We have been looking forward to visiting the theme park for years now. The kiddies love LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester, and we have visited that park many times now. So we thought visiting the bigger version of the theme park in Windsor would be a fantastic idea. We spent 3 nights in Windsor, we stayed at the Hilton Hotel not too faraway from the park, and we explored the gigantic theme park in 2 days, but we didn’t get to go on all the rides because there were just too many!

There are so many rides in LEGOLAND Windsor. We got on about half of them in 2 days because we just couldn’t fit them all in. It is definitely a great place to visit with the family with so much to see and do. I will list what we liked about the parks the most, and what we didn’t really like about it.

 

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What we liked

Here are some of the things we really liked at LEGOLAND Windsor –

 

Quick entry to the parks

There were no long queues at the gate. We were quickly ushered into the park within minutes of being on the line, and that was so good. There were more than enough staff at the gate and that made the entry lines go quicker.

 

The amazing rides

The rides were really cool! We all had an amazing time exploring all the rides we were able to get on in 2 days. Some of our favourites are DUPLO Train, L-Drivers, Haunted House Monster Party Ride, Hill Train, Apocalypseburg and more. My personal favourite is the Haunted House Monster Party Ride. It is a new ride for 2019 and it is so cool! I loved it!

 

The live shows

We enjoyed watching the live shows while we rested our legs and grabbed a quick lunch. My daughter really liked watching the girls sing and dance at the Heartlake Harbour Arena at the Heartlake City section. She is a huge fan of LEGO Friends series, and knows all their names. It was a fun show and I would recommend you catch one while at the park.

 

 

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The souvenir shop

I loved the souvenir shops around the park. They were couple and we shopped in 2 different ones. They had lots of great souvenir gifts and we got a few for the kids. They are quite pricey as expected but we got some of them at a discounted price. They are little things to cherish and remind us of our time at LEGOLAND Windsor. If you are after grabbing a few souvenirs, you don’t have to worry. There are loads available in here.

 

Dining options

There are lots of spots to eat and drink. I counted many restaurants and cafes so you don’t have to look too long to find where to dine.

 

Clean toilets

The toilets were reasonably clean. We never had to use a dirty toilet in the 2 days that we visited in the summer, and it was a busy time, so I think the cleaners did an excellent job staying on top of the cleaning.

 

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What we didn’t like

Now that I have mentioned all what we liked about LEGOLAND Windsor, let’s talk about what we didn’t like –

 

The long queues

The long queues were so frustrating. I won’t be going back without a fast track ticket because the queues were just way too long. Sometimes, we had to wait for an hour to get on some popular rides. Those wasted hours we spent waiting in line would have been spent on other rides if we had the fast track ticket. The fast track tickets do cost a bit more but they are worth it especially if you are going when it is incredibly busy like during school holidays.

 

The overpriced food

We bought lunch in the chips store on our first day and it was a terrible mistake. The food was heavily overpriced; a kids happy meal was about twice the amount and the taste was not so good. We didn’t like the food at all and felt it was a rip off. Also, the staff at the chips store were not efficient. They acted like they didn’t really want to be there and that resulted in many complaints. The next day, we made sure to come ready with our food, snacks and drinks.

 

The traffic leaving the car park

On both days, we spent well over 30 minutes in traffic trying to get out of the park. It was super annoying as we were already knackered from exploring the theme park, the last thing we needed was traffic.

 

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The expensive car park

The car park was expensive. We paid about £5 per day for the parking and I felt that was too much. Guests should be given free parking after buying the expensive tickets to get into the theme parks. Also, no one checked our car park ticket on the 2 days we visited the park, and I found that slightly annoying.

 

The staff at the entry gate

The staff at the entry gate were quick as I mentioned before but they didn’t pay as much attention to us as I would have liked. I had to ask for the maps on both days even though they had the pile just by them. A little more attention would have been amazing.

 

 

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LEGOLAND Windsor Top Tips

With what we liked and didn’t like out of the way, here are some top tips you may find useful when visiting LEGOLAND Windsor-

 

Go early

We always made sure we got that first thing morning. It is usually a lot quieter than mid day, and we get to experience some of the rides without the long queues.

 

Bring you food along

If you don’t want to spend money on overpriced food and drinks, make sure you bring yours along to the park. You will save loads that way.

 

Explore the park from the back to the front

This is a tip I wish I was told on day 1 but better late than never right? Walk all the way to the end of the park when you come in, and get on the rides from the back to the front. That way you get to beat the queues.

 

 

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What do you think of LEGOLAND Windsor? Have you visited theme park?

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