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Emma Victoria Stokes

  • Indulge in Authentic Italian Dining at Tavola in Leamington Spa
    by emmastokes on 24th June 2024 at 12:00 pm

    If you’re looking for a comforting culinary experience that celebrates the essence of Italy while providing a warm and inviting atmosphere for families, look no further than Tavola in Leamington Spa. An exceptional Italian restaurant nestled on the high street, we parked just a few short minutes away and we had a brilliant meal here ... The post Indulge in Authentic Italian Dining at Tavola in Leamington Spa appeared first on Emma Victoria Stokes.

  • #AD – Sleep Transformation: How Simba’s Top-of-the-Line & Award-Winning Mattress Toppers and Duvets Can Redefine Your Sleep
    by emmastokes on 29th February 2024 at 4:12 pm

    My quality of sleep has become somewhat of a luxury to attain. As a parent juggling multiple responsibilities, I’ve recently found myself in a constant battle between work, family, and the elusive art of rest. So when the leading sleep-tech company, Simba, asked me to trial their award-winning mattress toppers and duvets, I was eager ... The post #AD – Sleep Transformation: How Simba’s Top-of-the-Line & Award-Winning Mattress Toppers and Duvets Can Redefine Your Sleep appeared first on Emma Victoria Stokes.

  • Transforming The Home on a Budget – Hacks That’ll Make Your Home Look Expensive Without Breaking the Bank
    by emmastokes on 28th February 2024 at 6:20 pm

    Do you ever pass by certain houses in your local area, browse property magazines, see high-end-looking houses, and want to own one yourself? The truth is, after a second glance at the skyrocketing housing market in the country, you may decide to shelve that thought. You don’t have to win the poker jackpot to achieve ... The post Transforming The Home on a Budget – Hacks That’ll Make Your Home Look Expensive Without Breaking the Bank appeared first on Emma Victoria Stokes.

  • Discover the Best Local Events with Skiddle
    by emmastokes on 15th February 2024 at 9:52 pm

    Ad / In collaboration with Skiddle, this specific website is one of the very best online that allows you to catch some of the most exciting and up-and-coming artists around. In 2022, I travelled from Birmingham to the capital city to experience one of the very best music gigs London had to offer. One of ... The post Discover the Best Local Events with Skiddle appeared first on Emma Victoria Stokes.

  • My second birthing story: February 13th 2023
    by emmastokes on 4th November 2023 at 1:21 pm

    If you really want to know what it’s really like to go into labour with your second child at 3AM, let me give you the lowdown.  It’s been three whole years since posting my first birthing post. Although many people won’t care, this February I did it all over again. This time around, we decided ... The post My second birthing story: February 13th 2023 appeared first on Emma Victoria Stokes.

Strangeness & Charm

  • Should You Invest In Laser Hair Removal This Summer?
    by Hayley on 26th June 2024 at 2:17 pm

    With summer finally here in full swing in the UK, you may be gearing up to wear your favourite summer clothes and looks. Whether you’re flying abroad and hitting the beach, or simply soaking up the UK sun, you may want to feel as confident as possible. One thing that bothers many people across the UK during the summer time is the constant shaving of body hair. If you’re someone who finds themself wishing for a more efficient hair removal method, have you ever considered laser hair removal? In this blog post, we’ll explore whether investing in laser hair removal this summer is worth it. […]

  • 5 Scenic Walking Trails in Europe
    by Hayley on 25th June 2024 at 3:56 pm

    Though many of us think of Europe as medieval Old Towns and quaint whitewashed villages, there’s a lot of nature to be explored. What’s great about Europe, though, is that nature is intertwined with these ancient villages, meaning you can experience both at the same time during your long walks. So with that in mind, here are five scenic walking trails to consider for your next adventure. The Complete Cinque Terre  The Cinque Terre trail in Italy is a good place to start, offering an 8-day journey through five stunning villages along the Ligurian coast. This UNESCO World Heritage site […]

  • The Role of Corporate Legal Services in Intellectual Property Protection
    by Hayley on 25th June 2024 at 3:50 pm

    Intellectual property (IP) has become a cornerstone of corporate strategy in today’s competitive business landscape. Whether groundbreaking innovations, unique branding elements, or proprietary processes, safeguarding these assets is essential for sustained success and growth. This blog explores the pivotal role that corporate legal services play in protecting intellectual property. From defining strategies to navigating complex legal frameworks, legal experts specialising in intellectual property are indispensable partners in securing and maximising the value of intellectual assets. […]

  • Ditch the Dull! Add Whimsy to Your Wardrobe with These Gems
    by Hayley on 19th June 2024 at 4:12 pm

    Are you tired of wearing the same old outfits every day? If so, it’s time to ditch the dull and infuse your wardrobe with a touch of whimsy! Well, embracing playful and unique clothing pieces can transform your style and add a fun twist to your simple look.  Whimsical wardrobe items are not just about bold colors or quirky prints; they bring a sense of joy and creativity to your fashion choices. By including these gems in your closet, you can effortlessly express your personality and stand out from the crowd.  In this article, we’ll explore the top four whimsical clothing options that […]

  • How Can You Identify And Fix Common Damages To Suitcase Telescopic Handles?
    by Hayley on 12th June 2024 at 12:43 am

    Traveling is an adventure that often comes with its own set of challenges, including the wear and tear of our trusty suitcases. Among the most frequently damaged components is the telescopic handle, which is essential for maneuvering your luggage with ease. If you’ve ever struggled with a jammed or wobbly handle right before catching a flight, you know how frustrating it can be. Luckily, identifying and fixing common damages to suitcase telescopic handles doesn’t have to be daunting. With the right guidance and access to quality telescopic handle replacement parts by Suitcase.Repair, you […]

John Tyrrell

  • DE-COLONISING EDUCATION: EMPOWERMENT PROJECT. D.E.E.P.
    by John on 17th April 2021 at 6:21 pm

    ISSUES & RESOURCES Sign posting human & multi-media resources to schools & beyond to combat inequalities, racism and injustice arising from our colonial experience.  ISSUES Introduction A group of teachers working through 70s, 80s and 90s, much of the time in Birmingham, are responding to requests for help and support in the present climate when

  • The Sewell Report
    by John on 14th April 2021 at 9:51 am

    2021 and another report on racism. Following on Black Lives Matter and the inequalities laid bare for all to see by Covid 19 and once more a disproportionate proportion of the burden on the Black community, particularly those working at the front line, in hospitals, in the care services. This latest report requested by the

  • Black Lives Matter. Implementing Rampton and Swann
    by John on 4th March 2021 at 7:30 pm

    In 2020 Black Lives Matter became a universal cry after another death of a Black person, George Floyd, caused uproar re-opening the Civil Rights’ Movement action 4 decades earlier. At the same time the pandemic, Covid 19, also laid bare gross inequalities, not least Black people, many of whom were prominent on the front line

  • Marketing Covid 19. Why testing won’t work in the UK
    by John on 17th September 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Testing for the presence of the Covid 19 virus was put into private hands like everything else in the world of neoliberal ideas – more or less dominating the whole of planet Earth. Questions were asked from the very beginning why Serco should be entrusted with tracking and tracing when they have shown themselves to

  • Re-opening schools
    by John on 26th May 2020 at 9:53 am

    The Socialist Labour Party issued the following statement from its Leader, Arthur Scargill on 2nd May, 2020 No Schools, Colleges or Universities should be re-opened until there is a drug to cure anyone infected by the virus or we have a vaccine to prevent it. In the event that a decision is made to re-open

The Thing Thang

  • The ‘sticky sandwich’ nail hack to making polish last (ad•gifted)
    by Ting on 14th April 2021 at 6:30 am

    There is something a little bit throwback about the ‘sticky sandwich’ nail hack. I first discovered it years ago before gel nails became my go to. I’m hard on my hands so finding ways for nail polish to look good beyond two days is a challenge. With the ongoing pandemic restrictions, I’ve rediscovered the ‘sticky sandwich’ nail hack as a way to make regular nail polish last. The basis of this technique is to sandwich your colour nail polish between layers of a ‘sticky’ base coat. I love to use the Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat (£14.99). This works with any brand or colour […]

  • Pixi Beauty Rose Bodytreats (ad•gifted)
    by Ting on 26th March 2021 at 7:30 am

    I am a huge fan of the Pixi Beauty Rose range of skincare. It’s hydrating and caring for my dry and dehydrated skin. Excitingly, Pixi Beauty have brought out a range called Rose Bodytreats. This is what my skin needs in the lead up to spring. It’s a time when I might dare to put away those winter woolies and reach for the lighter layers instead. The first Rose Bodytreats product is the Pixi Beauty Rose Body Cleanser (£18). This is a nourishing cream body cleanser . The formula is rich in flower oils so it gently cleanses skin whilst also hydrating and softening. I found this rich cream […]

  • Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant (ad•gifted)
    by Ting on 18th January 2021 at 7:30 am

    There’s nothing more satisfying than finding a decent face mask to pep my skin during all this time at home. It’s so important to use a good exfoliating product once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells. This helps active skincare products to absorb better into skin, helps makeup apply better and improves the general health of bare skin. I have been using the Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant (£55) in my Sunday self care routine for the past few months and loving it. The Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant is a hydrating and exfoliating mask treatment. It suits all skin types but […]

  • Little Blackwood bao at home | pandemic life
    by Ting on 14th December 2020 at 7:30 am

    Trying to arrange a birthday celebration during a pandemic is challenging. Our usual celebrations involve meals and possibly drinks out with friends and family. Maybe even multiple outings depending on the occasion. With the current pandemic, we are adapting so we marked my husband’s birthday with a Little Blackwood bao takeaway. We had some good fortune that Little Blackwood were doing their bao specials at the right time. It’s not their usual offering but with covid19, businesses are doing what they can to adapt to ever changing guidelines. We ordered a Family Bao Box (£79), with 20 […]

  • The ethical Christmas jumper to wear all year round
    by Ting on 7th December 2020 at 7:30 am

    Trying to dress more sustainably for me involves thinking about all the ways I can utilise what I have. I don’t want to keep buying things for one specific occasion without considering longevity and cost per wear. Given that most of my clothes are currently in storage whilst I await my house move, I was considering how I was going to dress for the colder British winter – and Christmas. I found a few great options but this ethical Christmas jumper (£34) from Rock on Ruby is perfect as it works all year round – not just the lead up to 25th December. Firstly, the slogan speaks to my […]