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Interview Tips: How to Plan Your Outfit

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Even though I am a stay-at-home parent / freelancer these days, I have some experience interviewing for various different roles in previous years, from Saturday jobs and part-time work in retail and hospitality to full time roles in digital marketing. Going to interviews was something that made me so nervous but I always left them feeling fairly positive and I think that's because I always prepared for them. No matter what role you are going up for, researching the company, the job itself and the industry is essential. It not only shows your knowledge but also that you care.

Your Interview Outfit Says A Lot About You

As well as preparing for your interview and the questions you might be asked, I think it's equally as important to choose something appropriate to wear. Even though people shouldn't necessarily judge on appearance - when it comes to interviews, we all know there are unwritten rules to follow that can help you make a good impression! Your outfit can say a lot about who you are, before you've even spoken a single word. In collaboration with TMI Resourcing https://tmiresourcing.co.uk/, I have put together a few interview outfit tips to help you dress for success and feel confident in doing so...

Plan your outfit in advance

Planning is one of my top interview tips and whilst I've already touched on how important it is to do your research and plan potential answers to questions you may be asked, it's equally as important to plan what you're going to wear too. The last thing you want is to feel stressed about your outfit on the day of your interview; finding you don't have a pair of tights without a ladder in them or a tie that goes with your suit. Remember if you're ordering something new to wear to an interview, you need to consider delivery times. Don't leave it until the day before your interview!

Check for stains and get the iron out

If you're planning on digging out your go-to interview outfit from your wardrobe, rather than buying new, be sure to look for any stains and marks before the big day. I'm the first to admit I'm lazy when it comes to ironing but interviews are an exception to my 'no ironing' rule. A creased blouse or shirt isn't going to make the best impression and you won't feel good about yourself either. Choose materials that won't crease easily (no linen!)

Choose sensible footwear

Earlier on in this post, I said I've usually had fairly positive interview experiences but I've just remembered a rather cringeworthy interview experience I had with a top fashion retailer when I was a lot younger. To be honest, looking back I was never going to get the job as I just wasn't the right fit for the brand but boy, did I try and make a good impression. I even wore high heels. High heels, which I can't and never have been able to walk in. And I had to get the bus in. So you can imagine how much I was struggling to walk by the time I got there. I looked a little wobbly and looking back, a little bit of a 'try hard.' My motto from this experience? Choose sensible footwear. If you can walk in heels, then fine, they look great with a pencil skirt or trouser suit but do yourself a favour and make sure they're comfortable. The last thing you want to be worrying about is your poor feet on interview day! And men, you can't really go wrong with black or brown smart shoes. Just make sure they go with your suit. 

If in doubt, opt for a suit

I think the rule with interviews is that formal attire is usually expected and you can't really go wrong with a suit. Black is always a safe bet, though lighter shades can work well too, particularly in the summer months. Patterns are often seen as a 'no no' but I personally think a patterned blouse can show a little personality, providing it's not too garish! There are so many fashionable suits available from high street retailers these days. You don't have to look boring and stuffy to look smart and professional - and you don't have to spend a fortune either.

Obviously some work places may be a little more relaxed when it comes to the dress code. A blazer, dress and flats can make a nice interview outfit choice for women, as it still has an element of professionalism about it. 

Put spare tights in your bag

Whenever I wear tights, I always carry a spare pair in my bag just in case. Again, I don't personally think a ladder in your tights should prevent you from getting a job, after all these things happen! But it's something that might make you worry or prevent you from feeling good about yourself - so it's always best to have a spare. 

Make sure you're comfortable

I think an important point I want to stress about planning your outfit for an interview is that you need to be comfortable. Smart but comfortable! The more comfortable you are with your appearance, the happier you'll be and the more confident you'll come across to the person interviewing you.

Be yourself

Finally, as an overall interview tip I think it's so important to be yourself in job interviews. After all, the company will not only be evaluating your knowledge and experience but whether you'll be a good fit for their workplace. Ensuring you'll be a good fit is as much of a benefit to you, as it is to them. You don't want to end up working in an environment that doesn't suit you or you're not comfortable in. So be true to yourself, show your personality and don't be afraid to inject a little of it into your outfit choices.

What are your top interview tips and how do you dress for success?

Megan x
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Bathroom & Beauty Favourites

It's been a little while since I last shared a beauty favourites post, so I thought I'd update you on some of the products I've been using and loving!

Mix & Fizz Shower Gel

We'll kick things off with a bargain - the Mix & Fizz Pink Fizz Bath & Shower Gel that I bought in Superdrug for 75p. Yes 75p! I was looking for something cheap and cheerful that wasn't tested on animals and it ticked all of the boxes. Then to my surprise, it actually smelt AMAZING. With natural pink grapefruit extract, it smells deliciously sweet and just like a cocktail you'd enjoy on a sunny summer evening. I loved it so much I went back and bought another, along with the Daiquiri scent too. I believe they're normally 99p (still a bargain) and I definitely recommend trying them out if you're in the market for a lovely scented shower gel that isn't over-priced!

Camomile Cleansing Butter

My skincare favourite for the past couple of months is the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter by The Body Shop. It's the only thing that seems to remove my stubborn mascara and it's a real treat for the skin, leaving it silky smooth. Sure, I don't particularly like dipping my fingers into the butter (I'm a fussy one) but it seems to be lasting well (a little goes a long way) and my skin loves it! I'll definitely be repurchasing this one, once I've got an empty pot.

DE Razor

If you're a regular reader, you may have seen my review of this Lady's Double Edge Razor from The English Shaving Company (if not be sure to follow the link and check it out!) Shaving becomes even more of a regular activity when the weather gets warmer and the legs make an appearance and I've found this offers a close, comfortable shave. I've explained all of the benefits of using a DE razor instead of a disposable version in the blog post but if you're looking to save money, it's definitely worth a try!

Instant Moisture Mist

Speaking of the weather getting warmer - I've actually got a bit of a tan. Anyone that knows me 'in real life' will know I'm pretty pale and tanning is usually a no-go. But alas, I've got a tanned back, shoulders and arms and I'm pretty darn happy about it. Having said this, I do feel like my skin is a little drier than usual as a result and have been keeping it hydrated with the fantastic Botanics Instant Moisture Mist (available at Boots.) I'm the first to admit I'm lazy when it comes to moisturising and don't enjoy it one bit but this spray on moisturiser makes it so easy, I have no excuse not to do it! It really works too. I've found my skin feels so much softer after spraying it on and also love the cooling effect it has on really warm days. It also soaks in super quickly, so you're not standing there feeling sticky for ages, waiting for it to dry.

Fruitigo Body Spray

Last but not least, I've been loving the Soap and Glory Fruitgo Body Spray. I have to admit, it's not my first choice of Soap and Glory scents but it's one that grows on you and is perfect for summer. I've been running low on my perfume (think I'll have to wait until my birthday in October), so have just been spritzing this on for daywear and find it's citrus scent really uplifting, refreshing and ideal for the current climate!

Do we share any bathroom and beauty favourites? Tweet me @meganjane03 to let me know what you've been loving.

Megan x
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When you're uninspired & feeling the blogging pressure

I've got a confession to make - I've been feeling a little lost when it comes to blogging. You see, I've been doing this on-and-off for a good few years now and it's something I've always loved (and still do) but recently, I've been really feeling the pressure to make something more of this little piece of the Internet and I don't quite know how to do it.

A few years back, I began working as a freelance copywriter. I had some great clients; one in particular had as much work for me as I wanted and I was happy with the money I was earning. I worked really hard and although it wasn't always easy; I was working for myself, from home and it was the ideal thing for me. THEN, I found out I was pregnant with Arthur (the greatest thing to ever happen to me) and of course, with that came a lot of change. You could say, more change than I ever could have imagined because I also became a 'single parent.'

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm extremely lucky in the sense that I live in my family home and have always had support from my parents - they really are the best. I am also lucky that at the beginning of 2017, I met the most wonderful person, who has really changed our lives and I'm so excited for our future together as a family. I guess I just imagined that at some point, I'd be back freelance writing and bringing in a good wage and well, it hasn't quite happened like that yet.

Finding the balance

One of the ways I have been earning, whilst being a stay-at-home-parent to Arthur, is from collaborative and sponsored posts here on Seek My Scribbles. If you're a regular reader, you've probably noticed them (as I make sure to disclose them) and I hope you've got something out of them, as I've tried only to share content that I think is of value to you. I think finding the balance between organic and paid collaborative content is something a lot of bloggers struggle with. Like everyone else, we need to earn money to pay our bills, support our families and live our lives but we also want to preserve our content and ensure it is still true to who we are and what we want to share with our readers.

I've definitely been feeling the pressure to find (well) paid opportunities that fit in with my blog and are ethically sound. I think with so many fantastic blogs out there, it can be hard to find a way to stand out and that's something I'm still working on. My blog has a decent DA and people are reading my posts but it's the same for millions of other bloggers out there. You still need something that makes readers come to you and brands want to work with you and this pressure can sometimes drain you creatively.

Re-evaluating my content and motivation

With this in mind, I've been trying to take a step back and re-evaluate the content I create and share. I'm trying to be more choosy when it comes to paid work as although I really need the money (we're hoping for our own house soon) I also want to maintain my integrity and be both passionate about and proud of the content on my blog. I'm trying to write a little more spontaneously and create posts around ideas that just pop into my head - you could say that's exactly what I'm doing right now with this post! The other day I really enjoyed writing my post about long distance friendship and that idea was literally born out of a visit from my friend! I think I really need to open my eyes and draw inspiration from what's around me.

Whilst I'm still not comfortable sharing a lot of Arthur (you're probably used to the creative 'back of head' shots by now) I am hoping to start sharing some more of our family days out and things we get up to. This, a long with more personal / family posts are what I enjoy reading and I think the saying goes something like 'do what you love' so I'm rolling with it. I'd also really love to get back into beauty and fashion blogging a little more; sharing my favourite products and finds, as again it's content I enjoy reading myself.

My hopes for the future

Every part of me wants to make something of this blog with suitable collaborations and paid work and believe that once Arthur starts pre-school, I'll be able to get into the swing of things with my freelance writing again and hopefully make something work for our family. Making time for blogging and freelance work has been my biggest struggle since becoming a parent. I wouldn't change my time at home with Arthur for the world. It's always been what I wanted. I just really feel the need to bring in some more pennies for our family and future too.

Although I've spent a while feeling uninspired and a little under pressure (from myself) to do better, I really feel like I'm coming out of the other side and I'm excited to see what happens! Sometimes you just need to take a step back, re-evaluate and then carry on with a clearer head. For me, blogging is still something I love to do and whether it becomes my main source of income or not, I'll be carrying on with it, for as long as it brings me joy!

Have you felt similar with your own blog or work? How did you get yourself back on track? Tweet me @meganjane03

Megan x
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7 Fun Activities to do at Home with Toddlers

Looking for ways to keep your toddler entertained on days you spend at home? Here I've shared seven fun and easy ideas that are sure to put a smile on their face!

1. Cake / Biscuit Decorating

Baking with kids is fun (and also rather messy) but if your little one isn't quite old enough to appreciate it yet, why not just have a go at the decorating part? Pre-bake a batch of cupcakes or gingerbread to decorate with icing (squeezy tubes work well), hundreds and thousands or any other little decorations that take your fancy.  Side note: If you're not into baking, you can pick up a decorating kit from the supermarket.

2. Jam Jar Painting

Another somewhat messy (there's a running theme here) but fun activity to do with kids at home is painting. Arthur always has lots of fun hand print painting but more recently, we've had a go at jam jar painting too. Our June Mud & Bloom subscription box* came with acrylic paints for decorating jam jar lanterns and it really is such a lovely idea and something a little different for kids to do!

3. Cleaning

Okay so this may sound like child labour but hear me out? Arthur loves cleaning. He jumps for joy when I get Henry the Hoover out and has so much fun with the squirting mop too. He's also partial to running round the house dusting! On the plus side it means you can get the cleaning done with a happy toddler in tow. The downside is that it'll take you a hell of a lot longer than if you were to just do it by yourself but parent life's about compromise right? I'm wondering at what age cleaning will no longer be a fun activity for him. I can't imagine him jumping for joy at the prospect of hoovering in his teenage years, can you?

4. Card Making

I love doing little craft projects with Arthur, especially around holidays like Christmas and Easter where you can make some really lovely cards for family members. Obviously you can pick up some fantastic craft products from places like The Range and Hobby Craft or if you're looking for a kit, the Early Learning Centre's got you covered. Around certain holidays, you'll find you can pick up themed card making kits for kids - I remember there being loads in The Range and on websites like eBay and Amazon.

5. Dance Party

If Arthur's looking a little tired and I don't want him to danger nap or if he's completely the opposite way and has bags of energy that needs burning off a little; I'll suggest we have a dance party! This literally involves sticking on any sort of music, from kids' nursery rhymes to the latest chart toppers and just dancing like no ones watching (side note: there have been occasions when people HAVE been watching...and have only seen me throwing my best shapes and not Arthur...great stuff.) And if you're looking for new music, Spotify is currently offering 3 month's premium service for just 99p - thanks Claire for the heads up!

6. Seed Planting

Gardening activities like watering the flowers and planting seeds are great fun for toddlers. A few months back we had a go at planting our own kitchen herb garden, which was a success and more recently, we've been planting the seeds in Arthur's Mud & Bloom boxes. In last month's box, we received Sweet Pea and Pumpkin seeds, which sprouted and are now growing nicely in the garden. This month, it was Calendula and Beetroot seeds, which are currently growing in little egg cups on our kitchen window sill but will be transferred into pots in the garden within the next few days. Arthur loves seeing his little plants grow and I think it's such a worthwhile activity to get kids doing - especially if they can start to grow their own vegetables that they can eventually eat! Be sure to take a look at Mud & Bloom's subscription boxes for seed planting and other toddler-friendly gardening activities.

7. Playing Find The...

One of Arthur's favourite games that keeps him entertained for a good while is playing 'Find The...' I have a few little coloured balls which I'll hide in various different places in the garden and he has to find them all. Sometimes I'll give him little clues and he gets so excited working out where they are. We've been playing it since my partner did him an egg hunt in the garden at Easter, which he absolutely loved. A really simple game but often things like this are the most fun for toddlers!

Which activities keep your toddlers entertained at home? Tweet me @meganjane03

Megan x
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4 reasons I Love the Seaside

When I was younger, beach trips with the family were usually made annually; holidaying at UK seaside resorts like Poole in Dorset or Woolacombe in North Devon. Growing up in Nottinghamshire, you are pretty landlocked with the nearest beach being Skegness and even that's just over two hours to get to. Having said this, it made beach trips truly special and I have so many fond memories to look back on.

Since moving to the South West of England, I'm been spoilt rotten when it comes to beaches. In the last year or so, we've had so many beach trips and visited places all over Devon and Somerset. I love that we can have a spontaneous trip to the coast, which takes less than an hour as you can really make the most of the good weather. And Arthur absolutely loves it, which makes me all the more glad we moved down here in the first place.


I think nostalgia is one of the reasons I love to visit the beach so much. The sea and the sand bring back so many happy childhood memories of those holidays and I love that I'm now able to make so many new seaside memories with my own little boy.

Everyone's happy

There's also the fact that everyone at the beach seems happy. If you do a little people watching, you'll notice that everyone is usually having fun, whether they're building sandcastles, bodyboarding, paddling or simply relaxing in the sunshine. The beach is somewhere people of all ages can go to enjoy themselves.

It's relaxing

I also find the seaside somewhat calming. I love watching the sea go in and out; it's relaxing and good for the soul. I feel like your mind can get a little lost in it and I think it's sheer greatness, in terms of size and power, can really put things into perspective, if that makes any sense at all?

My little boy loves it

And I think the final reason I love the beach so much is because it makes Arthur so happy. I love the look of excitement on his face as he bravely edges closer to the water and the grin on his face when he goes running back; chased by the lapping waves. I love holding his hand tightly as he jumps over the little waves, counting down and squealing with joy. And I love seeing the cheeky look on his face as he crashes into a newly-built sandcastle - we never manage an entire fort!

For him, visiting the beach won't be such a rarity and I do hope it never loses it's magic for him but with such vast coastline to explore, there'll always be new beach adventures and memories to make. I can't wait for our next!

What's your favourite beach to visit? Tweet me @meganjane03!

Megan x

Making Jam Jar Lanterns with Mud & Bloom

Little arts and crafts projects are one of my favourite things to do with Arthur but I have to admit, I'm not always the best at coming up with creative ideas. Thankfully, Mud & Bloom did that for me this week, with the wonderful idea of jam jar lantern painting in their June subscription box* and even better - they included a lovely selection of acrylic paints to use!

We decided to make the most of the sunny weather and do the project in the garden. I popped an old towel down to protect the (artificial) grass and used a couple of old tubs and jars for the paint and water. Arthur had a lot of fun squirting the paint into the tub and may have got a little carried away...but that's all part of the fun for toddlers!

I am in no way artistic but enjoyed painting my jam jar an array of colours and added polka dots and stripes to finish off. Arthur on the other hand opted for a...erm...lovely combination of black and a pinky-brown colour, so I may have suggested a little yellow to brighten things up! I remember being very into black and pink during my teenage years so it did make me laugh that these were his chosen colours! He had a lot of fun doing the painting the jam jars and think he liked the fact he was painting something different - rather than just paper.

Once dry, you can simply pop a tea light in the jam jars and use them on summer evenings to create a little light source and ambiance, whilst also keeping the flies at bay. I think they're a lovely keepsake too - I'm turning into one of those mums that wants to collect everything their little one makes!

We've also been planting some seeds from the June Mud & Bloom box and have another little craft project to do, so be sure to look out for those posts coming soon.

For now, check out May's Mud & Bloom Box review and head over to the Mud & Bloom website to sign up (you can get 10% off your first box with the code FIRSTBOX10).

Megan x
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Things I've learnt from having long distance friendships

If you read the latest instalment of my Weekend Well Spent series, you'll know that my best friend Liz and her partner Will, came down to see us a couple of weekends ago and we had the most lovely time! Afterwards, I was thinking about how nice it was to see her and how even though there's just over three hours driving distance between us, we're still able to maintain as good friendship as ever. And well, it inspired me to write this post on the things I've learnt from having long distance friendships!

Making friends in a new place wasn't half as easy as I thought it'd be and quite honestly, although I now know people where I live, I don't really have proper friendships; not like I had back in Nottinghamshire. Having said this, it's not something that bothers me greatly. I was very lucky to meet my other half within a couple of months moving down here and quite honestly, he, along with my beautiful son and wonderful family make me so happy - I never feel like anything is missing (as soppy as that sounds!) And I also take comfort in knowing that I still have a handful of amazing friends that whilst may no longer be round the corner, are only a Whatsapp message away (it is 2018 after all!)

True friendship can endure the distance

Something I've learnt is that if you have a true friendship with someone, even if it's been months since you've seen them, it won't feel that way at all. When I saw Liz it was like it had only been a week or so since I'd last seen her! It wasn't awkward or unnatural. We were just the same old Liz and Meg we've been since we met at school. She is someone that has always stood by me, always put my best interests first and always had my back. And that's the same even now. And I feel very lucky to have that true friendship.

Social media makes long distance friendships easier

From having long distance friendships, I've learnt that social media really is a wonderful thing. Sure, it has it's negatives but it's allowed me to keep in touch with friends and also given me the opportunity to share what I'm up to with them and keep up to date with things they're doing too. We can be part of each other's lives and know what's going on without living in the same county.

But long distance friendships do require a little effort

I think it's true when they say long distance friendships take work. You've got to make the effort to catch up whenever possible, whether that's via Whatsapp or Facebook, over the phone or in person. And this isn't always easy when you and your friends live such busy lives; whether that's down to looking after children and family, working your butt off, travelling the world or a mixture of all three! I'd be lying if I said I was really good at keeping in touch with all of my friends - I'm not. But I'm sure they'd say the same about themselves too.

It's okay for friendships to change - it doesn't mean the love isn't there

People do grow apart, especially when their lives take different paths, however that doesn't mean the friendship is lost. I feel like although I might not speak to some of my friends every week, we still care about each other and want to see each other succeed and be happy. I love seeing updates on social media where a friend has won an award, got a promotion or is just generally having a wonderful time and living their best life (a saying that makes me cringe but you know what I mean). There's still a friendship there, it's just changed a little and that's perfectly okay.

You'll still share so many funny moments, even if it's not in person

Part of a good friendship is making each other laugh and you don't have to be in the same room, town or even county for that to happen. (Almost) daily conversations with my friend Abbie over Facebook often result in me literally laughing out loud. She is someone I value so much as a friend - I feel I can literally say anything to her without fear of being judged and the conversations, stories and anecdotes we share are usually down right hilarious (to us anyway!) I can't wait to see her beautiful face on her wedding day. YES wedding day. See, you don't have to miss out on the important milestones just because you live further away - some people are most definitely worth travelling for.

Have you had experience of a long distance friendship? Was it something you were able to maintain and how did you adapt to the change? I'd love to hear your thoughts - tweet me @meganjane03.

Megan x

5 Home Styling Tips for Summer

I don't know about you but I've been loving all the sunshine we've been treated to lately and I hope there's much more to come, what with the official start of summer being just a few short weeks away! The start of a new season is a great time to make a few little changes in your life; from swapping the clothes in your wardrobe for something a little more summer-friendly to re-styling your home. Fancy doing the latter without spending a small fortune? Here are a few summer home-styling tips to get you started...

1. Go Botanical

This summer it's all about bringing the outdoors inside and embracing all things botanical! From leaf print wallpaper to floral soft furnishings, there are plenty of ways you can introduce the trend to your home this summer and it's really a case of the bolder the better! Make a statement with a leaf print feature wall in your bedroom or if you prefer a more subtle nod to the trend, these cushions from H&M will make a lovely addition to your living room sofas.

2. Maximise Natural Light

Don't let the glorious sunshine and hours of daylight go to waste. Make the most of it in your home by opening up your window spaces and letting it shine on through. Ditch heavy drapes and curtains in favour of stylish Roman Blinds that can be pulled right up to the top of your windows to let the light flood in, in the day time but can also be left down to offer shade on those days where it's a little too warm! Blinds UK have a stylish selection of Roman Blinds for you to choose from. I love the look of the Sheers Collection, made up of blinds that allow you to maximise natural light in your home, whilst also offering privacy.

Extra tip: Whilst a new Roman Blind will dress your window with style for summer, it's worth giving your windows a good clean too. Trust me, it'll make all the difference to the look and feel of your home!

3. Add Metallic Accents

Metallic accents will bring a luxury feel to your home this summer and can totally transform the look of a room, without breaking the bank. But this season it's not about rose gold and copper (even though I'm still personally a huge fan of both) but brass and gold - considered more 'earthy' in tone and dare I say a touch more sophisticated. Brass is set to be the new copper this season so you'll have no trouble picking up affordable pieces you can use as accents in your home, such as mirrors, vases and table lamps. George at Asda have some gorgeous brass lamps. I'm loving this industrial tripod table lamp (a real steal at just £30) and this palm tree lamp (now £10) ticks both the brass and botanical trend boxes!

4. Treat yourself to a New Dinner Set

It may sound silly but something as simple as a new dining set can help bring your home into the new season and they don't have to cost a fortune either! Next have a beautiful range of dining sets perfect for summer barbecues and family meals, in a variety of patterns including marble and geometric, both of which are on-trend for summer 2018.

5. Colour Pop

A great way to brighten up your home for summer is to add a splash of colour. Whether this is in the form of a new lick of paint on your walls or dotting a few new colourful home furnishing and accessories around the home is up to you! Colour pops in shades like peacock blue, forest green and burnt orange are right on trend for 2018 summer interiors.

Do you like to change up your home to reflect the new season? I'd love to see how! Tweet me @meganjane03 with your pictures, ideas and inspiration!

Megan x

Let's Talk Shaving: Switching to a Women's DE Razor

I can't speak for everyone but I feel like talking about hair removal is still considered a bit of an 'icky' subject, especially when it comes to women. But most of us have it and whether you choose to leave it where it is or get rid of it, well that's up to you! Either way, we shouldn't be embarrassed about our choices or how we do it.

I personally prefer to shave mine! I'm too lazy to go and have my legs waxed (and my hair grows pretty damn quickly...) I haven't got the time, patience or skill to do it at home and I've never had a lot of success using hair removal creams on my legs or armpits. Oh and as much as I'd love to try laser hair removal, my lack of funds definitely don't stretch that far! So shaving it is. And to be honest, it's not something I mind doing - after all, it takes very little time and effort.

I've always bought plastic disposable razors for easy and quick hair removal but after sharing this post created in collaboration with The English Shaving Company, I decided to give one of their Women's DE Razors a try. After all, how could I share a post encouraging people to try swapping their plastic disposable razors for a double edge razor (in a bid to help reduce plastic waste and save the planet) if I wasn't willing to do so myself?

The English Shaving Company kindly sent me one of their Edwin Jagger Pearl Effect DE Women's Razors* (£22.00) to try and the first thing I thought on opening it was, 'ooooh pretty but how on earth do I use it?' Thankfully, it was fairly straight forward; you simply unscrew the metal head at the top, slip the blade (being careful not to cut your fingers) between the two chrome plates and gently screw it back together. Then you're ready to go. It's that simple!

Although it looks slightly different to a disposable razor, you use it in the same fashion. It offers a nice close shave with great precision. I personally think it offers a closer shave than some of the disposable razors I've use previously but do find I have to take a little extra care, as I wouldn't say it follows the contours of your body quite as easy as some of the more flexible plastic razors are designed to. It takes a little getting used to the weight of the double edge razor but I've personally had very little trouble adapting to it and have found it to offer an effective, soft, clean shave; especially when using a shaving cream.

Now, usually I'd just use a bit of conditioner to shave my legs (which I think works perfectly fine) but The English Shaving Company kindly sent me the Edwin Jagger Limes & Pomegranate Shaving Cream* to try, so I could be all fancy for once! I've got to say the shaving cream not only helps the razor to glide along the legs and offer a close shave but also leaves them super soft. The limes & pomegranate scent is divine and completely unisex, so whether you're a lady after a luxury leg shave or a man looking for a new shaving cream for your beard, I can definitely recommend it!

As well as helping to save the planet by reducing plastic wastage, using a DE razor like this one from The English Shaving Company can also help you to cut down on the cost of shaving products. Looking at the price of the DE razor, it's obviously much higher than your average disposable razor but then it is much more sustainable. And although the razor blades need replacing every few shaves, you can pick up a pack of 10 for just £2.00, making the blades extremely affordable. The women's Edwin Jagger DE razors also come with a free Feather DE Blade (pictured) to get you started.
So I guess the question is, will I continue to use my Women's Double Edge Razor?
Yes! I think it has some great advantages. It's appearance obviously doesn't matter all that much but you can't deny it looks pretty stylish. It offers a close leg shave (and has been used on armpits and other areas with the same results) and I've probably cut myself far less than when I've used a disposable razor. I'm not sure whether this is because of the angle of the blade and design of the razor itself or just because I'm taking a little extra care with it but either way, less nicks and cuts is obviously a great thing! I'm going to purchase a pack of blades and keep going with it. Plastic wastage is something that I'm trying to be more mindful of and I'd love to be able to take a few more steps to reduce it in my household, with this being a small but significant start.

Would you consider swapping your disposable plastic razor for this more sustainable alternative? I'd love to hear your thoughts - tweet me @meganjane03!

Megan x
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Making Greener Choices: Can you do it?

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These days there is so much focus on making greener choices when it comes to running your home and how you live your life. So much so, that you can often feel pressured and question every little thing you do. It can be an overwhelming subject to dive right into and with so many different ways you can support the cause, could you be making greener choices? Here are a few ideas of things you can do to 'go green.'

Switching to solar power

One of the first things you could consider would be to switch your energy to solar power. This isn't as much of an upheaval as you might think and many companies take away the stress involved in it. Something like these solar panels could even save you money in the long run. It powers your home and heats up your water and is actually a really clever investment to make, especially if you are passionate about being energy efficient. My partner and I are currently looking into self-build homes that use solar power. We think it'd be great to have something like this that helps save the planet, whilst helping to cut down on utility bills at the same time.

Stop using the standby

Wasting energy is one of the biggest problems families have and a big way that we do that is using the standby mode on the likes of a television or computer, instead of switching them off completely. It's worth noting that, although it may seem like they're switched off, if they're left on standby they are still using a lot of energy, so you may want to think about changing those habits for you and the family in the home.

Change the windows and doors

Investing in your home is great for many reasons. Investment can increase the value of your home as well as the appeal but investing in something like new windows and doors can have other functionalities as well and one includes giving you a big saving on your energy bills. The heat is less likely to escape through new windows and it can actually stop drafts from entering your home, making you less likely to spend on heating.

Switching lights off in the home

Just like you need to change personal habits when it comes to putting things on standby, you also need to consider your actions around the home when it comes to lights. Another huge energy waster is leaving lights on that you don’t need, especially main lights, which probably use up the most energy. Energy efficient bulbs can be bought but you might also want to try and make a point of switching them off as well.

Catching the rainwater

Finally, during the winter and wet months there is always an excessive amount of rain water, so you may want to consider trying to catch it!. There are special tools to do this and that would then mean you have a supply of water to use for things like watering your plants or grass during the summer months. This can then help to save on your water rates and also allow you to reuse something that would otherwise go to waste! This is something we do in our household. We have a tank in the back garden that holds the rain water and conveniently has a small tap on it, so we can use it to fill up watering cans etc.

I hope that this has given you some ideas on how you can make greener choices. Have you got any more ideas to add? Tweet me @meganjane03

Megan x
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4 Family Days Out in Devon & Somerset | Bucket List for Summer

Summer is fast approaching and although it's a pretty busy time of year for my other half with work, I'm hoping to squeeze in plenty of days out for the weekends we get together as a family. I feel like since I've had Arthur, I've seen and done so much more. Weekends are no longer about being lazy and ordering a Domino's to eat in front of the TV - they're about getting out, enjoying some fresh air, seeing new places and making wonderful memories together. There are so many attractions for families with kids in Devon and Somerset, so I thought I'd share a few we're hoping to visit over the next few months...

1. Wookey Hole Caves

Wookey Hole Caves in Wells, Somerset is somewhere I've wanted to visit with Arthur, ever since I saw it advertised on TV when we moved down here. Arthur really enjoyed his first caving experience at Carnglaze Caverns back in January, so I'm sure he's going to love doing it on a much larger scale at Wookey Hole! I'm interested to learn the history of the famous caves and legend of the Wookey Witch. I reckon it'll be a really fun day out for us all! The venue has been kind enough to send us a family pass to use this summer, so I'll be sharing photos from our day out and a review of the attraction here on Seek My Scribbles.

2. Pennywell Farm

Pennywell Farm in Buckfastleigh, Devon looks like a lovely activity farm to visit with the family. There seems to be lots going on, from animal shows to toddler-friendly rides, so I'm sure we'll have a great day out! Arthur seems to be a real animal lover (hardly surprising since we all love animals in my family) so I think he'll really enjoy getting to meet, pet and bottle-feed some of the little farm animals. It's something he's not had the chance to do yet but I think he's the perfect age for it now.

3. Brean Leisure Park

We visited Brean Leisure Park back in the autumn for Arthur's birthday but vowed to go back in the summer, when the weather was (hopefully) better and we could make the most of the waterpark! Arthur's a big fan of waterslides (he's a lot braver than his mummy) so we'll definitely be heading there on a warm day. There's also a theme park there, with some toddler-friendly rides, which I'm sure he'll love just as much as last time. With something to offer everyone, it's definitely a fun day out if you happen to be holidaying nearby!

4. Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Arthur's a bit of a dinosaur fan - he loves reading books that feature dinosaurs and can even name a few different types. When we're at the park, he sometimes turns the equipment into dinosaurs that he's encountered - got to love the imagination of a two year old! With this in mind, my partner suggested we should take him to the Wildlife and Dinosaur Park in Combe Martin

Along with lots of fantastic dinosaur attractions, including a dinosaur museum with mini cinema, dinosaur express ride and dinosaur themed soft play, the park is also home to a number of Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Arthropods and Amphibians. Daily schedules at the park include free shows, talks and animal experiences. I'm really looking forward to spending a day there - I think we'll have a lot of fun!

Do you have any recommendations for family days out in Devon and Somerset? Tweet me @meganjane03

Megan x