Monday, 27 October 2014

Click & Chat Social Media Link Up #31

The Click and Chat Link up Party #31

The Click and Chat Link up party! come and share your favorite posts with us and find some new great blogs!!

Welcome to the Click and Chat Link up party!
We are so glad you came by to link up with us!
Last week we showed you the host's pick!
This week we thought we would let you all pick the top three most clicked on posts from the link up!
Here they are!!
Thank you for all the other great posts!
We can't wait to see what you link up this week!
Before we get to the link up we want to introduce you to our hosts and co-hosts this week!
meet your hosts
Rebecca – Futures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom
Are you ready to linkup? Great!
Some general guidelines (and just plain good blogging manners)!
Make sure to follow or like the hosts and co-hosts in the social media section below. They are all there in the very beginning just to make it easy for you!

Please do not just drop your link on here and go! Link up and then hop around throughout the day and week and say hello to at least 3 other blogs or links (and make sure to say you found them on the Click and Chat link up party!)

When you go and like or follow a page on social media do it with your personal account so it will actually count for the pages numbers. Likes from business pages do not count. Pages in your niche you may want to also go back and like with your blogs page as well just so you can comment on them as your page.
Please share this link up on any of your social media channels. It helps us grow and gets more eyes on not just your link but others as well. If we all did this more then everyone would benefit much more!
*we are always looking for new co-hosts so if you are interested please send Amber or Kim a message on their FB pages!
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Sunday, 26 October 2014

British Bedtime Habits

This is a sponsored post

Carpetright have recently brought out an infographic talking about the bedtime habits of the great British public. I don't know about you but I love my bed and would stay in it all day if I could. I am definitely one of life's snoozers - the snooze button gets hit multiple times a morning and yes, I am one of those 68% of people who sleeps with their phone by their bed - I'm actually shocked as I thought the figure would be way higher than that!

I can't remember the last time I had an uninterrupted night sleep unless I was ill - that's what you get with a toddler in the house unfortunately! I'm sure I am not the only person who has to sleep next to a snorer - and it is even worse if Jack comes in with us for whatever reason - double the snores! My Nan is actually one of the 20% who sleeps apart from their partner - my Grandad just became too annoying for her to take anymore so she sleeps in the spare room!

It is quite interesting to see what sleeping habits the British public have - most of it isn't that surprising as I think quite a lot of people do them. Some are pretty grim and some are actually just plain annoying - snorers and those who hit out in their sleep are the worst!

To go alongside their interesting new infographic, Carpetright are also hosting a competition over on Life With Munchers for a double bed worth £299 - an amazing prize so if you haven't entered yet, why not? 

What bedtime habits featured here do you identify with?

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My Candle Corner

I don't know about you but I love scented candles and seem to have acquired a lot of them over the past few years. Working in Clintons and getting discount also helped aid my candle addiction and we've finally dedicated a little area of our living room (away from toddler hands) to them. 

Yes, I have far too many. I have jar candles, samplers, tarts, tea lights for my warmers, scented oils - I have a vast number of warmers now (I especially love my Scentsy warmer) and I love nothing more than lighting something at night and chilling out.

The majority of my candles are Yankee Candles (due to working in Clintons) but I can't resist picking up scented candles wherever I am - unless the price tag is just a little too much!

Do you like scented candles?

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Discussion | Halloween Costumes

Halloween is now less than a week away and there has been a constant buzz around the day for quite a few weeks now. People preparing for their Halloween parties or to go trick or treating, numerous blog posts and Youtube videos about the subject. The main topic that seems to come up though is costumes. Are some of them age appropriate? Are some of them even over sexualised?
Female First recently ran a story asking if Halloween costumes for women had become over sexualised. I think I would have to say yes and according to a study by My Voucher Codes , I'm not alone - 2000 people were asked this question and 51% of people agreed. Whilst the percentages for yes and no are obviously quite close, it is worth noting that 58% of men didn't think that women's Halloween costumes were over sexualised whereas 66% of women did! 

Men's Halloween costumes are pretty simple and it is hard to find offense with them - completely covered up etc. But it isn't hard to see why some people take offense to the costumes available for both women and children - since when is a sexy cat scary and why on earth would you want to dress your child in a revealing outfit just for Halloween? 
76% of people over 55 think that the costumes available to children nowadays are not age appropriate whereas 34% of 18-24 year olds (my demographic) did not have a problem. I do think that revealing outfits are few and far between for young children but it is shocking that they are on sale at all for their age groups - especially when Halloween is meant to be scary not sexy! Most parents do not find the outfits available for their children appropriate however.
What are your thoughts on the subject of Halloween costumes? They've been in the media so much recently for age appropriateness, sexualisation and some very debatable ideas for costumes. Do you think that we are starting to veer away from the scary roots of Halloween?
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