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My new venture

I’ve neglected this blog now for quite a while….going back to work after having a baby meant I haven’t had as much time as I wanted to spend here.

I have however started a new venture aimed at helping parents save some money.

If you are interested in seeing what i’m up to then you can visit my website here:

http://www.thelittlebargainhunter.co.uk

Or follow me on facebook >> www.facebook.com/thelittlebargainhunter

It would be great to see you over there!

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There’s something fishy about this cake….

A few weeks ago I tried my hand at baking a birthday cake for a colleagues milestone birthday. It came about after I had an unfortunate incident with the microwave at work and a piece of cod I was reheating. Our office smelt like cod for days so the most obvious theme I could think of for the birthday cake was a fish.

Like a good baker I researched away on YouTube on what the best fish shaped cakes were out there. I came across this amazing video and decided I had to give it a go!

Looks impressive!

So armed with my apron, YouTube and enough icing sugar to last a life time I gave it a go!

I think it came out quite well!

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I should probably add we are still friends and she loved the cake!

New Years Resolutions

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It’s that time of year again…new years resolutions! I’m great at thinking them up but awful at keeping them!

There are some things that I have to do this year in order to become a fully fledged ‘grown up’.

In no particular order these are…..

 

Saving money

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I’m awful with money. I’m the kind of person that think ‘oh well I really need that’ when looking at bargain boots that I will probably never wear. Some of you might know that I’m great at hoarding random junk that I come across at second hands shops and junk shops (I have bowls, frames and even a whisk knocking around somewhere!). What I’m not so great at is putting money away for a rainy day. The way things are at the minutes, it looks as if I could do with putting some money away as nobody seems to know what is around the corner in this current financial crisis.

I came across this great weekly savings challenge on Reddit and I’m going to try to stick to it! Any little helps right?! It’s in Dollars but I will user British Pounds instead.

Move out!

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Okay so this one is directly linked to saving some money. I’ve been living with my aunty and her family for over three years now so as I can pay off some of my student debts and save (??!?!?!). One downside to this is that I’m terrified of living alone! Every creak of the floorboards and I think somebody has broken into the house. I was left ‘house sitting’ earlier this week which turned out to be more of a nightmare than I had thought. Our house alarm decided to go off for no reason at 3 am and being very sleepy I couldn’t figure out what it was. In my sleepy state I then proceeded to set off the smoke alarms so I had two sets of alarms beeping at me. Needless to say I was close to a heart attack.

So that’s why I will be a disaster living alone.

Doing more things that make me happy

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Spending more time with friends, less time on work and generally enjoying life!

Reading

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I’m also hoping to complete my Goodreads reading challenge….but more on that later!

Have you made any new years resolutions?

Christmas 2012

Another year another christmas holiday!

Since I haven’t blogged in almost 10 months (seriously a bad blogger….) I figured now would be a good time to start again with it being a new year.

Christmas is always spent at home, surrounded by family and friends. I’ve just hit the big 2-5 which means being a ‘grown up’ in the real word, although Santa still knows how to spoil me 🙂

I got a great selection of books (which ill post about later!), shoes, bits and pieces and my favourite thing…a new camera! So armed with my new camera expect a lot of new photo posts!

My second favourite things…..Lego stormtrooper alarm clock!

Anyway I hope you all had a lovely christmas holiday and I shall return soon with new posts and some better photos!

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Sorry i’m a bad bad blogger!

Im sorry – Ive turned into a bad bad blogger these past few months!

Ive been tied up at work, coursework and general happenings to sit down and put some thoughts down.

Anyway to say sorry heres some lovely recent findings from Pinterest to hopefully raise a smile 🙂

Jubilee Facts!

What an exciting few days we’re having here in the UK.

Red, white and blue is everywhere you look at the moment, brightening up this dull June weather! We had a lovely party yesterday (in the rain!) – complete with bingo and a red, white and blue theme! I even attempted some fancy 1950s hair which I will post about later.
In celebration of the jubilee, here is a small collection of facts about Queen Elizabeth!

  • The monarch learnt to drive in 1945.
  • Unusual live gifts given to the monarch on foreign tours include: two tortoises presented in the Seychelles in 1972; a seven-year-old bull elephant called Jumbo from the president of Cameroon in 1972 to mark the Queen’s silver wedding anniversary; and two black beavers presented after a visit to Canada.
  • In an average year, the monarch will host more than 50,000 people at banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and garden parties at Buckingham Palace. The sovereign also hosts more than 8,000 people each year at garden parties and investitures at Holyroodhouse, during Holyrood Week.
  • The sovereign has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign, starting with Susan who was a present for her 18th birthday in 1944. A good proportion of these have been direct descendants from Susan. The Queen currently has three corgis – Monty, Willow and Holly.  The Queen also introduced a new breed of dog known as the dorgi when one of her corgis was mated with a dachshund named Pipkin which belonged to Princess Margaret.
  •  The Queen has sat for 129 portraits during her reign.
  • During the past 60 years almost one and a half million people have attended garden parties at Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Queen ended debutante presentation parties in 1958.
  •  The sovereign has given out approximately 90,000 Christmas puddings to staff, continuing the custom of George V and George VI.
  • During the last 60 years, the Queen has undertaken 261 official overseas visits, including 78 state visits, to 116 different countries.

Facts from Huffington Post

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Queen of United Kingdom (as well as Canada, Australia, and other Commonwealth realms) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Instagram and WordPress

Since this post has been quite popular (Glad I could help so many of you!) ive updated it a little with more tips as i’ve come across them. 

Grrrr I was trying to help out in the wordpress forums and it wouldnt let me type any code so here it goes!

This post is about linking Instagram and WordPress.COM. Im sure there is an external plug in that will handle this if you are a wordpress.ORG user.

Displaying your instagram feed on your blog

I take my photo with instagram that goes through to my instagram related blog on Tumblr (its different to the one I have here on WordPress). To then show what photos im posting on my Tumblr blog (so followers of my regular blog can check them out too!) I use the tumblr RSS feed.

I then paste the tumblr rss link into the ‘Flickr’ widget as it allows you to put in an rss feed that ISNT just from flickr.

Theoretically you could use something like webstagram (or other instagram related feed sites) and post your rss in from there?

A lot of websites now let you get an RSS feed of your instagram postings.

These include:

Webstagram

Tumblr (If you cross post there)

INK361

Statigram

I use a site called INK361.

I tried Webstagram and Statigram and it either doesnt show your photos or doesnt update for some reason.

Head over to INK361 to link with your instagram. Once you have, if you click on your username (top left) it will take you through to your profile. On the right hand side where you can see your bio and profile photo, there is a small rss button with a link to your feed.

Mine is:

feed://ink361.com/feed/user/itsonlyericab

so yours will look the same only replacing my username with yours! If you then copy and paste the whole url (including the feed:// part) into the flickr widget you should have an updating instagram feed in no time!

Its been trial and error with finding a rss feed that will work! This one seems to for now, if you find any others let us know in the comments!

Create A ‘Follow Me On Instagram’ Link

You can make a ‘follow me on instagram’ image and link through using that.

By using one of the ‘text’ widget boxes you can add some code in like this:

<a href="http://www.instagram.com/itsonlyericab">FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM</a>

UPDATE: Instagram now have a web page for every user – mine is www.instagram.com/itsonlyericab where people can follow and like your photos too.

This will give readers a link to click on and will take them through to your facebook…twitter…instagram page. You can put any link in there and then change the text (FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM) to whatever you would like it to say.

Create a ‘Follow Me on Instagram’ link with an image

Or to use an image, upload the image you want to use to your wordpress gallery so you have a url. When linking, it must be the actual link to the file and not the link to the attachment page. See the screen shot below to see what I mean. It the the ‘File URL’ on the far right that you need – not the permalink/attachment page.

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Then put some code like this into a text widget:

<a href="http://www.instagram.com/itsonlyericab">
<img src="XXXXXX.jpg" border="0">
</a>

The XXXXX are where the file URL of your image will go!

This will take the user to your twitter/instagram/facebook or where ever you would like to send them! The linking world is your oyster.

It seems to be mentioned alot on the forums – so this is just my two pence worth on the subject! An instagram widget would be fab so fingers crossed one appears soon!

Any questions/hints/tips please post them below so we can help each other out 🙂