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Welcome to my post about my favourite YouTubers. I love YouTube and I have been watching some people on there for years now. I’m 30 and I think I really got in to it when I was about 25. I think the perception is that YouTube viewers are very young and most of them are teenagers, I don’t disagree with this but there is content on there which I really enjoy.
For me, finding YouTubers that I really love to watch are people who are a similar age to me or are at a similar stage of their life to me. I also really like some for their pure beauty and fashion inspiration but I follow quite a lot of people who have very different styles to me, but I just love their personality and I love to see what they’ve been up to.
I love videos about products and things but vlogs my favourite videos to watch, these are just videos of people’s every day lives and there’s something about it I really enjoy. People often ask me when I have time to do things like this but I am watching a YouTube video on my phone while I’m putting on my make up in the morning or I’m cooking my tea in the evening, it’s something I do when I’m doing something else really. So without further ado, these are my current faves…
Emma Hill is a recent discovery but she’s relatively new to YouTube which she’s followed on from her super successful blog and Insta. I LOVE everything about Emma, she has a great sense of humour, loves dogs and her style is on point. Her style is what I want my style to be and I’m not lying when I say she has influenced me to buy more things than anyone else on this planet. She lives in London with her lovely husband Simon and their dogs and her videos are a great mix of vlogs about their life and beauty and style. She is my absolute fave.
I’ve been following Fleur for a long time now. Fun fact – we actually went to Primary School together for a bit and she is a couple of years younger than me. I really enjoy all of her content but my favourite videos of hers are her beauty videos. I think she does really honest reviews and her make up style is very similar to mine. She is also blonde like me so I think that really helps when you’re looking at make up on someone else about what it would look like on you too. She lives in the countryside like we do with her husband Mike and their dogs and she also has a baby on the way and she’s shared some lovely bump content recently.
Lydia is another newbie to my ‘must watch every week’ list. Lydia’s style is completely different to mine but she’s just such a nice girl I really enjoy watching what she’s up to, her vlogs are my fave. Lydia lives near Milton Keynes with her fiance and their beautiful Bengal cat Lumi. She’s so lovely to watch so definitely check her out!
Helen, I just want her to be my friend. She is so fun and so nice and so normal. Again, her style is completely different to mine but her vlogs are my fave, I love to see what she’s been getting up to. She lives in Norwich with her husband Maff and their dogs. I love how she’s decorated their house and I just find her so relatable. Big loves to Helen.
Does anyone know who I mean when I say Louise Roe? She is an actual celebrity, English and living and working in LA with her husband. She’s got a baby on the way too! For me her videos are a real insight to a celebrity lifestyle but she’s also such a lovely and normal person. She’s really good fun too. Again, my faves are her vlogs but she’s got some great beauty vids and her cooking and food vids are really good too.
Victoria is a fashion and beauty blogger and she is absolutely stunning. She lives in London with her boyfriend and they travel a lot together for vlogging / blogging / YouTube etc.. To me she lives the ultimate blog life success story. She is so lovely and my fave vids of hers are her vlogs – you just have to see the travel to believe it plus her fashion videos and hauls. Her fashion taste and style is very eclectic which is good, sometimes it’s similar to my personal style and has inspired a few purchases.
I started watching the Devines after watching Aspyn and Parker who I also really like. The Devines are a family with two young children who love to travel. The footage they capture is beautiful and their videos give me so much inspiration.
Ah Louise, another person I just want to be my friend. You won’t find a nicer more normal gal on the internet. She is great banter and a really fun watch. She also lives in Northampton which was my local town growing up (I grew up on a farm in the rural countryside) which I find nostalgic after we moved to the Cotswolds last year. I She has a daughter, lives with her partner and has a babe on the way. Well worth a watch if you fancy a catch up with a friend or a good giggle!
Do you watch YouTube regularly? If so, who’s your fave?
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Hello and welcome to my post about How to Set Up Your New Home! This isn’t about all the fun stuff like decor and chosing a sofa- this is all about the grown up stuff, sorting out utilities etc and making sure you’ve sorted everything you need to be all good to go in your new home! All of this is relevant if you own your home but most of this is also relevant if you’re renting! Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter while you’re here – have a look at the very bottom of this page for sign up details!
When you buy a house or start renting it, the agent or previous occupier should read the meters with you there on the day you take over. If you are not there, that isn’t a problem, but make sure you know where the meters are and as soon as you get your foot in the door- check the readings you have been given are correct. You need them to be right or it can cause a lot of confusion and potential cost further down the line- you don’t want to end up accidentally having to pay for something you didn’t use or there being problems on your account further down the line.
Gas and electric are attached to the property. This means that you have to start off with the provider that the previous occupants had. This doesn’t mean you can’t switch – it just means you have to start off with them. Always ask the estate agent or previous occupier who their account was with so you can contact them and let them know that you are now responsible for the property. In this initial contact you can also give the provider your opening meter readings and confirm they match up with the ones that the previous occupier or estate agent gave to them. You’d be surprised at the amount of human error in giving meter readings to companies!
Don’t panic if you’ve moved in and you have no idea who the current providers are and you don’t know how to find out – they will write to you! They want their money! Usually it will look like junk mail, addressed to ‘The Occupier’ or ‘The New Occupier’ so don’t through the post away to hastily if you are waiting on some info!
Once you are set up, you can look for a better deal. Usually providers start you off on a bad deal, so make sure you find a good one for you! Have a look at Money Saving Expert and comparison sites like Compare the Market.
Some properties don’t have gas, not all places are connected to gas by pipeline. These properties are usually fuelled by oil which lives in a tank outside, although sometimes people have tanks of gas, but these are not as common. If you have an oil tank, hopefully the previous occupants left you some! There is usually a dipper or level at the top of the tank which will let you know how much is in there. If you need more oil you just need to ring round a few local oil companies and ask for a quote for (however much you need of) heating oil. Often then more you buy the better rate you get. Also, a lot of companies offer a direct debit scheme so you can pay monthly to save up for a tank to help you budget, read more about budgeting your house costs here.
Like with gas and elect water is stuck to the house and you need to check the meter readings for this as well. Unlike gas and elec there is only one provider in your area for water, so you are stuck with who they are and their charges. You don’t usually pay for water very often unless you have a direct debit. Where we live the provider is Severn Trent Water. If the previous occupier / estate agent hasn’t told you, you should be able to find your provider on a postcode search online.
The most important one- get yourself online! Unlike utilities, phone and elec accounts are not attached to the property, they are attached to the person. You don’t need to worry about who the previous occupant had an account with, you can just start your own. Be aware that starting these accounts can take 2-6 weeks from ordering them and maybe longer if you’re upgrading to fibre, so if you’re able, set these up in plenty of time before you move in. I’ve definitely been in the situation with no wifi for weeks and you just end up spending SO MUCH on mobile data. Not fun!
If you have a phone line for a landline phone, the number is unique to you and not the house, so don’t worry about getting calls for the old occupants, although you may still get an occasional call for the person with the previous number!
As ever, try to get something as competitive as you can, I like to use compare sites, my fave is Compare the Market.
Very important that you have the correct amount of house insurance. If you own the property you will need house and contents and if you rent you will just need contents. Again, you can have a look on sites like Compare the Market to find a good deal. I would always advise that you get cover for accidental damage as a lot of stuff may not be covered by the basics of the insurance and accidental cover is always the thing you wish you had!
This leads nicely on to changing your addresses, but ensure you change your address on other insurances such as your car insurance asap as having incorrect information on insurance can render it invalid and no one wants that!
Here’s a brief list of things that you need to change your address on:
This may sound random, but check before you move in that the house has a terrestrial aerial. In our current house, the last people had sky, so when the digital switch over happened they didn’t upgrade the aerial, so we didn’t have normal TV until we bought a new TV aerial. These actually aren’t that expensive and there are usually local firms who will pop out and do it in an afternoon. One to check though so you can book it in early so you aren’t without a TV!
If you already have a TV licence you can just go online and change your address to your new place, if you don’t have one, make sure you get one to avoid a fine!
Hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I certainly wish I had something like this when we bought our first house! Have a look at my other posts about Budgeting and Saving here!
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I have been wanting to start a blog for sometime now but it’s taken me some time to try and figure out exactly what I want to put down on paper! It’s also taken me a while to research into how to set up a blog that looks and feels great and has all the features that I’ve been looking for. For someone who is reasonably tech savvy- formatting this blog site has been a lot harder than I thought! But here we are- up and running!
So what about content? I am currently working in a professional role and I wanted to share with you some of the things that I do outside of work that may help everyone else get organised and sort things out, things like housekeeping, saving, laundry and keeping on top of things which is so hard in this fast paced world when you’re working full time! I also wanted to talk about the things I love, home, interiors, lifstyle stuff like fashion and beauty as well as TV, books and films!
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