Monday, 13 September 2021

Current Quidco travel offers

I am a huge advocate of cashback sites - and Quidco are brilliant. They partner with a huge range of companies to bring you cashback deals on your purchases. With travel continuing to open up, I thought I'd share the current offers on Quidco meaning you can get cash back on travel!

Cashback on Expedia

Shop through Quidco and you can get up to 10% cash back on bookings with Expedia. You'll get the full 10% on transfers/ground transportation and things to do, with 8% cashback on hotel bookings, 5.5% on car hire and 1% on flights. Until 29 September.

Even better, you'll get a full £50 back on bookings over £500 if you book today (13.09.2021) so get in quick.

Cashback on Europcar

Looking to hire a car in Europe? Get 8.8% cashback on completed bookings. 

sign up here!

Accor Hotel cashback with Quidco

Accor, a major hotel brand, are currently on Quidco - you can get up to 12% cashback on various hotel stays. Cashback ranges from 2.4% to the full 12%, and hotels include Ibis Budget, Formule 1, Pullman, Novotel and more. Until 19 September.

easyJet cashback offers

You can currently get 2.4% cashback on easyJet package deals. They fly to a huge variety of places and offer great city break packages.

Cashback on Travelodge 

Quidco are currently offering 4% cashback on Travelodge bookings in Kent, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Central London. You can get 2% cashback on bookings elsewhere.

Cashback on Virgin Experience Days

You can now get 12.8% cashback on Virgin Experience Days - valid on all purchases.

Disneyland Paris cashback

You can currently earn a whopping £95 cashback on Disneyland Paris trips when booking direct. This is valid on stays at Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Newport Bay Club, and Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel. There's still cashback deals on other Disney property hotels as well as annual pass purchases and more!

Cashback on National Express

I love National Express - I recently travelled to London with them and you can currently get 4.8% cashback on all bookings.

On the Beach cashback

On the Beach are a great company when it comes to booking package deals abroad - they specialise in trips to Europe and are ATOL-protected. You can currently get up to 4.8% cashback, if you're a new customer booking a hotel. Existing customers can expect 0.8% cashback currently.

There are plenty of other travel offers available if you have a look on Quidco; you can sign up here, download the browser extension and never miss the chance to get some money back on purchases made online.

Friday, 3 September 2021

Etsy halloween decor 2021

Etsy is a brilliant place to go to when you're looking for home decor, especially seasonal decor. It feels good to support a small business, and you can find some really unique pieces that will look amazing in your home. I've gathered some of my favourites below to give you a bit of inspiration!

Etsy halloween decor part 1

First up is this really cute black and orange halloween bunny tail set - perfect for a little vase in your apartment and definitely very insta-friendly. I would say this is ideal if you're looking to inject some subtle halloween decor into your house this year! 

Next is one of my favourite pieces on the list - not necessarily home decor, but something you could definitely use at home. It's this adorable decorated Starbucks cup with halloween motifs all over it - perfect if you want spooky *everything* in your life this October.

Going all out in terms of spookifying your house indoors and out? Get a halloween doormat, which I think works for the whole of October at least. It's so cute and I love the font on it!

Spooky wax melts? An absolute must for halloween and I really absolutely love these ones - you can choose from fresh or sweet scents, and they're just lovely. Who doesn't love a wax melt?!

Etsy halloween decor part 2

Bunting is always a must - and halloween 'Boo' bunting is absolutely ideal for non-tacky halloween decor. It's got your classic black and orange colour scheme, and the stars are definitely something a bit different. Plus there's pom poms! I'm soooo into this.

I love these wooden pumpkin decorations, which can be personalised - whether you go for your own name, your kids' or your pets'... they're just adorable! And again, they're more classy than tacky and they're something you can bring out year on year.

Last but not least from my pick of Etsy halloween decor is this halloween candle which is so cute - it says you are pure magic, which I adore. You can pick from a huge variety of scents, and it can be personalised with a message if you're gifting this to somebody you love at halloween!

These are all going straight on my wishlist for when I buy a house next year - particularly the bunting and the bunny tails! What's your go-to shop for halloween decor?!

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

How to book a West End theatre break on a budget

I recently took my mum to London to see a West End show (namely Hairspray) and we managed to do it for such a bargain price. I thought I'd break down the costs and show that you *can* enjoy a budget London theatre break in 2021!

It worked out like this...

🚌 National Express to London - £14.40pp
🏡 Hotel near Kensington Gardens - £37.10 
🎭 Theatre tickets - £78pp
🚌 Flixbus to Liverpool - £6.49pp

So for £222.89 or roughly £111 per person, we went to London, saw Hairspray, stayed overnight and made it back home again. What a bargain!

Booking our hotel

I booked our hotel through - and £37.10 is obviously an absolute bargain of a price. I only booked it around 2-3 weeks before we were due to go, so I wasn't expecting to get anything that cheap but I sorted the results into lowest price first, scrolled past the hostels and places with shared bathrooms, and landed on the Hyde Park Boutique Hotel. We had a twin room which was a really decent size, had a big wardrobe, working window, decent bathroom and coffee making facility. It was also super clean. 10/10 would recommend; it's an equal distance from Queensway and Paddington tube stations, and only a 5 minute walk from Kensington Gardens. I was sooooo pleased with it for the price and would highly recommend if you're looking for somewhere to stay on a budget London theatre break.

Theatre tickets

So when it came to our Hairspray tickets, I used Seetickets to order them. Prices are generally the same wherever you look and it's rare to get a discount on West End show tickets but it is what it is. I paid £78pp for seats in the dress circle, which looked like they wouldn't be the *best* view but I checked online to see what people had said about this particular theatre and any seats to avoid, and it all looked okay. Which it was! We had a great view and of course, the show was incredible.

Transport to and from London

Now, travelling from Liverpool to London is expensive. With only booking the trip a couple of weeks in advance, it was looking around £180 per person to travel to and from London. I just didn't want to pay that, so we decided to suck it up and get the coach! Yes it takes 5 and a half hours and it's nowhere near as comfortable but it was also less than £21 each, return. We travelled down with National Express, who dropped us off at Marble Arch, and travelled back up with Flixbus from Finchley Road. 5 hours on a coach honestly isn't as bad as you think... I promise!

So you absolutely *can* book a budget London theatre break, you just have to shop around. Read reviews, use cashback sites, consider your options. It is possible - and you'll have a ball. I'm planning to do a round up of where we ate/drank in London too, so keep your eyes peeled for that...

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Bath and Body Works at Next

For so long the question has always been "where can we get Bath and Body Works in England" - Google was constantly flooded with how to get Bath and Body Works in the UK, and so on and so forth. There were ways, of course, buying on eBay at inflated prices or getting your mate to pick some up on holiday, or using a shipping service to get some sent across from the US. But now, finally, we can easily get our hands on Bath and Body works in the UK... at Next!

Simply head to the Next website to get your hands on some amazing Bath and Body Works stock without having to pay hefty delivery fees and taxes. They seem to be stocking the following product types:

💜 Moisturising body wash
💜 Travel-sized shower gel
💜 Body lotion
💜 Ultra shea body cream
💜 Nourishing bar soap
💜 2-in-1 hair & body wash
💜 Fine fragrance mist
💜 Body butter
💜 Hand cream
💜 Bubble bath
💜 Super smooth body lotion
💜 Mini cologne 
💜 Diamond shimmer mist
💜 Mini perfume spray
💜 Essential oil mist
💜 Body wash + foam bath
💜 Creamy luxe hand soap
💜 Bath soak
💜 Eau de parfum
💜 Pillow & body mist
💜 3 wick candles
💜 Cologne

These each come in various scents. Sadly they don't stock the famous pocket bacs (although I have about 18 of them in my office...) but they might one day! I'll definitely be getting my hands on some Bath and Body Works products from Next, and I'm thrilled that they are finally easily accessible in the UK. Much of it is currently sold out but keep checking, you might just strike lucky.

So there you have it - where to get Bath and Body Works in the UK! What's your favourite scent from them if you've tried them before?

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

The best Wowcher staycation deals right now

You know I'm a huge fan of travel, and budget travel in particular. A lot of people overlook deal sites like Wowcher when it comes to finding a getaway, but they do have some great offers available if you look hard enough and read the fine print. Always check hotel reviews and do your own research, of course, but here are some of the best Wowcher staycation deals available right now...

Caingorms Hotel Stay: 2 Nights, Dinner & Gin Flight for 2

The Caingorms is a national park in Scotland, and this two night stay deal saves you up to 51% on a visit to The Garth Hotel. You get a two-course dinner, breakfast, a gin flight *each* and late checkout from £169 - or from £239 for an extra night. It's a beautiful location and the hotel looks clean, cosy and warm! This is definitely one of the best Wowcher staycation deals available right now in terms of savings. And this deal is also fully refundable, which is helpful given the strange and uncertain times we're living in. BOOK IT HERE.

5* Crazy Bear Stay for 2: Champagne, Dinner & Breakfast - 2 locations 

If you want luxury and elegance and glamour, you can't go wrong with Crazy Bear! They have two 5* hotels, one in Beaconsfield and one in Stadhampton, which are both just drop dead gorgeous. You'll get a glass of champers on arrival and a bottle in your room, a 3-course dinner at your choice of Thai or English restaurant, and breakfast. At 60% off, you'll pay £315 for a deluxe room arriving on Monday or Tuesday; expect to pay more you want an even better room or a weekend spot. You'll fall in LOVE with this boujee deal, which again is fully refundable. Easily one of the best Wowcher staycation deals available right now... or ever! BOOK IT HERE.

Beach & Breakout for 2: Blackpool Hotel Stay, Dinner & Escape Room

Okay it's Blackpool but it's cheap as chips and it's a fun place, really, and you get to do an escape room - what a treat. Stay at the newly renovated Bradbury's of Blackpool, a boutique hotel, in an en-suite room, and get dinner, breakfast and late checkout. You get tickets to Clue HQ, too, for £98 for the pair of you. An absolute bargain and also refundable should you need to cancel! BOOK IT HERE.

4* Fairfield House Stay for 2: Spa Access, Prosecco & Three-Course Dinner

By the seaside in Ayr, Fairfield House Hotel is a lovely 4* hotel with up to 50% off through Wowcher; you'll get a glass of prosecco, a three-course dinner, breakfast and 12pm checkout for £109 for two people. The restaurant overlooks the sea and it's a pretty area, plus you get an en-suite bathroom and access to all of the leisure facilities on site. Again I think this is such a good deal if you don't have far to travel to Ayr. BOOK IT HERE.

Suffolk Stay & Prosecco for 2 - Rasul or Floatation Treatment 

Head to Suffolk with this deal at up to 62% off - definitely one of the best Wowcher staycation deals available right now. Stay at a superior room at the Ipswich Hotel, with a glass of prosecco, breakfast, and your choice of either a rasul or floatation treatment. It's £89 for one night or £129 for two nights, for two people. Suffolk is nice, obviously, and the hotel itself looks great too. BOOK IT HERE.

Wowcher has loads of brilliant deals across the UK as well as further afield, and that oh-so-famous £99 mystery trip. Happy travels!