Does Getting Older Influence Your Choice Of Car?

An old adage says that a man’s choice of car purchase is an extension of himself, and that may well be the case when you are a young man out to impress.

But as we travel (pardon the pun) through life, our tick list of vehicle ‘must haves’ changes dramatically, and never more so than when we are heading towards retirement.

So what factors influence you when choosing a car to take you into the later years of your life.  Will it be a snazzy little convertible, a sensible estate, or maybe a people carrier to well, carry lots of little people and their associated mountain of pushchairs and toys?

Time To Enjoy The Wind In Your Hair

We all remember the nostalgic films of bygone days, when impossibly handsome actors in straw hats and aviator sunglasses drove shiny convertible cars around hairpin bends, to some romantic soundtrack. Usually accompanied by an equally impossibly glamourous female wearing a chiffon scarf which was blowing gently in the breeze.  These scenes of course were usually shot in exotic places such as the South of France or the Italian Riviera.

When retirement is on the horizon, you might plan some adventures; maybe a drive across Europe in a nifty little sports car, and you imagine long stretches of open roads, under clear blue skies, with the soft top down and the wind in your hair. How fabulous that would be.

And so off you go on a mission to find THE perfect sports car to take you on your magical road trip.   The downside of that idea is, that your knees aren’t what they were, and being so low on the ground, you might just as well be driving a skateboard. You might want to reassess, and choose comfort over the convertible!

Hobbies That Require A Workhorse

Retirement gives you lots of time to enjoy hobbies you used to slot in around your working life. Previously, you may have driven a small, economical car, to and from the station or workplace. But now, you can indulge yourself with the right vehicle for your change of lifestyle. One that can accommodate things like golf clubs, a mountain bike or two, easels, and canvasses, or maybe just a couple of BIG dogs to take on long walks in the countryside.

But of course, a bigger car means it’s not going to be as economical as your little run-around and for everyday uses, when you are just popping to the shops or running errands, there’s a lot of ’empty’ car space behind you.  Before deciding on an estate car, it might be wise to weigh up just how beneficial a bigger car will actually be to you.

How Many People Do You Really Want to Carry?

Memories can be short as we get older. And what we do often forget is our own parenting days, when every family outing had to be planned like a military campaign. Loading children, assorted ‘just in case’ extra clothing, buggies, bikes, toys, cool bags, potties, and changing mats into a family saloon. We thought it would never end. Back in the day, a BIG car was a necessity for the sheer volume of ‘stuff’ required to go on any significant journey.

Your retirement dream of spending more time with the Grandchildren might just come back to bite you on the bum if you do invest in a people carrier.  Small people still need the same amount of paraphernalia, and ‘impulsive’ trips usually take hours to organise before everyone is safely strapped in.  Think carefully, will you become the designated driver for your whole family, simply because Nanny and Grandad have the biggest car!

Later life car purchases need careful thought. Do your research, have fun doing some test drives, but most of all make sure your purchase is right for you and will tick all your retirement travel boxes!

 

 

 

 

July Giveaway- WIN a £50 Amazon Voucher To Spend on the Grandchildren.

There can never be enough garden toys when the summer holidays arrive. Especially for visiting, and often bored, grandchildren.  Here’s a free competition to enter, with chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher which you could spend on paddling pools to keep your little visitors happy!

There are plenty of ways to enter, simply scroll down to the Rafflecopter widget below to see the options. You will also see the terms and conditions below as well as all of the blogs taking part – please do take a moment to visit them to show your support to them.

Bloggers Taking Part

Here is a list of all of the bloggers taking part in this giveaway – please show your support by visiting them.

 

Live Life Love | The Money Raven | Live Life Love Travel | Bright Fish Media | Bossy Girl | You Can Make Money on the Internet | Craving Christmas | In Home Insights | Active Gardening | Blog Bay Bee | Live Well Way | Not Got a Clue | Sit and Take in the View | Pesto and Margaritas | Crafting Her Scents | Crafting Her Plans | The Coffee Chef | Our Life Interrupted | Sand and Sunshine | The Way Up Fitness | The Lace | 3 Words | Notes From a Kitchen | Valid Articles | Houston Marcha | Introverted Travel | Reduced Grub | Mrs Pinch | Good Homepage | Matched Betting Today | Thrifty and Minimalist | Save and Earn | Nine to Three Thirty | My Next Wedding | Forever Home | My Way to Green | Sahara Vibes | Swift Earning | Filuv | Go for Lifestyle | Nishiv | Mum’s the Wurd | Vegan Book | The Smokin Cuban | The Life of Adventure | Garden Tea Cakes and Me | Bet Your Lifestyle | Be a Happy World | All Sorts of Jazz | A Life of Lovely | Clean Beauty Loves | A Life of Man | A Little Life of Lovely | Tingle Bytes | Great Yoga Tips | Shake a Cocktail | Fun Free and Frugal | Manifest With Loa | Project Poppet | Lifestyle Original | BPA Free Kids | Daily Word of Life | Homescapes Interiors | Vintage Villas Home | Frugal Blogger Eats | Simple Happy Home | Mum’s Money Corner | Journal Boss | Kigbe | The Girl is Back | The Finance Fettler | Doing the Impcosible | The Katie Wright Life | Hello Sixty | London Fridge | Youth and Trends | Body Potency | Weddings Vintage | Thrifty Husband | A Thrifty Husband | Have a Merry Christmas | Accounting Page | Big Boys Cry | Sporf | Swallowtail Games | The Shop for Her | Adventures in Progress | Balance the Budget | Life With More Sparkle | Helen Craddock | The Elements of Blogging | Easy Meals for Busy Mums | The Thrifty Princess | Bark and Bites | Steely Soft | Blondarina | Nelau | Master Money Multiplier | Cool Kid Crafts | Good Resumes |

The Prize

This prize is a £50 Amazon GiftCard

Terms and conditions

1. There is one top prize of a £50 Amazon GiftCard
2. There are no runner up prizes.
3. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding all bloggers involved with running the giveaway
4. Closing date for entries is midnight on 23.07.2022
5. The same Rafflecopter widget appears on all the blogs involved, but you only need to enter on one blog
6. Entrants must log in to the Rafflecopter widget, and complete one or more of the tasks – each completed task earns one entry in the prize draw
7. Tweeting about the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget will earn five bonus entries into the prize draw.
8. 1 winner will be chosen at random.
9. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date and will need to respond within 28 days with their delivery address, or a replacement winner will be chosen.
10. The winners’ names will be published in the Rafflecopter widget (unless the winner objects to this).
11. The prizes will be dispatched within 14 days of the winner confirming their details.
12. The promoter is Drew Media LTD t/a www.MakeMoneyWithoutAJob.com
13. By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions

Enter now

Simply complete any or all of the Rafflecopter entry widget options below to be entered. You can also tweet about the giveaway daily to earn bonus entries.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Things That Men Do Not Need To Hear

One of TV’s most cringy moments was, in my view when lightweight Kendra Wilkinson offered up far too much information on live television during I’m A Celebrity Get me Out of Here. After a dismal performance, she blamed her lack of stars on the fact that ‘she was on her period’.

I recall Ant, poor lad, turning away in embarrassment, whilst cheeky chappie Dec, bravely glossed over the statement and battled on regardless.

Of course ‘boys’ these days, are taught about these mysterious ‘girl’ things at around 11 years old, and as my own Grandson reliably informed me, even during THE lesson many of them were hiding behind their hands, sniggering in the back of the classroom, and have probably been going ‘yuk’ ever since.

Personally, I’d far rather ‘Miss’ had banged on to the boys a bit more about treating girls with kindness and respect, which will stand them in more good stead than knowing how a tampon expands in a glass of water!

So even though mature men know all about the inner workings of the female body, I think most of them just want to leave it there, no further informative updates are required, thanks very much.

And I agree with them.  I think girls today share far too many intimate details about their bodies with their partners, and indeed in Kendra’s case, millions of strangers.

I mean seriously, of all the inappropriate things to say, in the jungle in front of Ant and Dec on live television, ‘I’m on my period’, must get TV’s embarrassing moment of the year award!

She was almost loud and proud; BUT in reality, ‘I really look forward to my period’, said NO woman EVER!

Let’s be honest, it’s a messy and sometimes painful old business, and unless you are some tree-hugging, Mother Earth, nut job, who loves to embrace her inner woman, it just interferes with our lives and we hate it.

Men generally want their women to be a vision of loveliness at all times.  Yes of course they ‘know’ that periods happen, but don’t really want it spelled out to them that it is actually happening, like today, right here,  right now!

I’d love to see girls going back to being a little more mysterious and discreet, ‘I’m not feeling too good today’ can be far more effective than a full-on period alert, and who is really interested anyway.

Yes, when it comes to men and the monthlies, NOT sharing, IS more caring!

How do you feel about it? In this day and age, should girls ‘share’ or do you think some things should remain personal.

How Debt Consolidation Can Help You In Later Life

 

No matter which way you look at it, the word debt seems to strike fear in the hearts of many people, and none more so than children of the 60’s.

For some reason, the older generation sees being in debt as a tad shameful and something to be avoided at all costs.  As if to give themselves some moral high ground, I’ve often heard mature people proclaim ‘I don’t owe anybody anything’.

But is that something to be proud of, or, could it indicate that you’ve denied yourself some luxuries, or not enjoyed your life as much as you might have otherwise if you’d taken out a loan, however large or small to live more comfortably or to help your family perhaps.

But despite your best intentions, what happens if, in later life, you do find yourself with a few different loans which are all incurring interest, and are in fact causing you some worries.

Most Important – Don’t Worry!

If you are living life to the full it’s likely you may have invested in a motorhome, or a new car to enjoy during your retirement. You may have kindly helped your children with a deposit for a house or supported a Grandchild or two through University. You may have enjoyed some long-haul holidays courtesy of your credit card, or revamped your home or garden.  All these things cost money and are things over and above the cost of day-to-day living.

Sometimes all of a sudden you decide to take a look at your finances and realise that you have 3 or 4 outstanding loans which are all incurring interest at an alarming rate.

To alleviate some of your concerns, it could be time to consider if debt consolidation might help you.

How does Debt Consolidation work

Quite simply, you replace all of your outstanding loans, such as credit cards, car finance, house improvements, with just one loan, and one interest rate. Very often this can be at a lower interest rate than the ones you are already paying. It tidies up your outgoings and is more manageable than having your money going out to so many different organisations.

Secured or Unsecured Terms

There are two types of consolidation loans, secured and unsecured.  If you choose secured, the loan will be offset against your home and will take into account the amount of equity you have in it.  The interest rate for this type of loan can be lower as the lender knows it is exactly that – secured.  But don’t forget any loan secured against your property immediately puts your home at risk, you must be sure you can meet the monthly payments for the length of the loan term.

An unsecured loan is riskier for the finance company as the security is merely backed by your promise to repay it, thus the interest rate could be higher.  Things to consider here are that if you fail to pay back the loan or miss a monthly payment, your credit score will be affected.  Before taking out an unsecured loan make sure it works for you.

When Debt Consolidation is NOT the right choice

If you are already having difficulty meeting the monthly payments of your outstanding loans, having them all under one roof, so to speak, really won’t make much difference unless you manage to fix a considerably lower interest rate. You will still owe the money, and you will still have to pay it back, but just to one lender, instead of maybe 3 or 4, and let’s face it, in later life the opportunities to earn extra money diminish by the year!

No matter how old you are, if you are already struggling, then you need to seek a different kind of solution and talk to a debt counsellor, or your local Citizens Advice office.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Competition Time

Spring is in the air, and it’s always a great time for new beginnings and possibilities, so here is our latest free competition giveaway.  This M&S Hampton Gift Box is packed with goodies, to lift your spirits after these past few months of grey skies.

There are plenty of ways to enter, simply scroll down to the Rafflecopter widget below to see the options. You will also see the terms and conditions below as well as all of the blogs taking part – please do take a moment to visit them to show your support to them.

 

Bloggers Taking Part

Here is a list of all of the bloggers taking part in this giveaway – please show your support by visiting them.

| Mortgages After 60 | Madam Blunt | Valid Articles | Frugal Blogger Eats | Homescapes Interiors | BPA Free Kids | The Everyday Domestic | Maternity Money | Tadof | Life Changing Side Hustle | Successful Mess | Buddin a Community Garden | Fun Free and Frugal | Shake a Cocktail | Karen Appleyard | Money Matters UK | Your Property Your Life | Sit and Take in the View | Live Well Way | Life and Style | Not Got a Clue | Life Style Saving Techniques | Real Girls Wobble | Lifestyle Original | Our Handmade Home | Mums the Wurd | Houston Marcha | Introverted Travel Space | The Happy Piggy Bank | Esp Italia | Sweet Oven Lovin | Money Saving Tips 4 U | Robyn’s Photography Academy | Robyn’s Photography | Balance the Budget | Life with more Sparkle | The Elements of Blogging | Bitten Food | The Travelling Type | Matched Betting Today | Live Life Love | The Money Raven | The Thrifty Princess | Bark and Bites | The Work Place Designer | Mum’s Guide to Life | Craving Christmas | You can make Money on the Internet | In Home Insights | Manifest with Loa | Project Poppet | That Copper Life | The Free From Mummy | Health & Beauty Tips | Sahara Vibes | Swift Earning | Filuv | Lifestyle of a Londoner | Pesto and Margaritas | Our Life Interrupted | Crafting Her Blooms | Single Dads Guide to Life | Travel Bugs | Discover Kent | A Little Luxury for Me | Ericales | My Next Wedding | All Sorts of Jazz | Fully Money | Make a Little Money | Christmas Ahoy | Several Ways To | Better Best You | Nishiv | Vegan Book | Michelle Amy Weddings | Love Our Home and Garden | Spiritual Life Learning | Know Health | Kiddoco | Garden Teacakes and Me | Discount Days Out | Gin and Gemini | Bujo Heaven | The Shop for Her | Big Boys Cry | Accounting Page | Active Gardening | Pickles in Paradise | A Little Life of Lovely | Gepun | Birds and Lilies | Notes From a Kitchen | Sand and Sunshine | Go for Lifestyle | Great Yoga Tips | Wake Up It’s Monday | Have a Fab Day | Mrs Money Pot | Body Potency | London Fridge | Hello Sixty | The Parenting Insider | Side Hustle Q&A | Mudpies and Rainbows | Bells and Bouquets | Houston Marcha | Valid Articles | Homescapes Interiors | BPA Free Kids | Frugal Blogger Eats | The Finance Fettler | Doing the Impcosible | Multitasking Mama | Dieut | Cintas Planet | Eikad | Guide to World Travel | Money Money Money Online | Guide to Health & Fitness | Thrifty Husband

The Prize

This prize is an M&S Hampton Gift Box.

Gift Contents

  • Luxury Gold Tea Tin (250g/80 bags)
  • Sparkling Normandy Apple and Pear Juice (75cl)
  • Collection Apple and Fig Chutney (100g)
  • Collection Italian Chocolate Assortment (300g)
  • Collection Black Truffle and Olive Oil Hand Cooked Crisps (150g)
  • Collection All Butter Cornish Cruncher Biscuits (80g)
  • Roasted and Salted Large Peanuts (200g)
  • Collection Belgian Milk Chocolate Florentines (170g)
  • Collection Rye Sourdough Crackers (130g)
  • Hat Box

Terms and conditions

1. There is one top prize of an M&S Hampton Gift Box
2. There is no runner up prize
3. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding all bloggers involved with running the giveaway
4. Closing date for entries is midnight on 23.03.2022
5. The same Rafflecopter widget appears on all the blogs involved, but you only need to enter on one blog
6. Entrants must log in to the Rafflecopter widget, and complete one or more of the tasks – each completed task earns one entry in the prize draw
7. Tweeting about the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget will earn five bonus entries into the prize draw.
8. 1 winner will be chosen at random.
9. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date and will need to respond within 28 days with their delivery address, or a replacement winner will be chosen.
10. The winners’ names will be published in the Rafflecopter widget (unless the winner objects to this).
11. The prizes will be dispatched within 14 days of the winner confirming their details.
12. The promoter is Drew Media LTD t/a www.MakeMoneyWithoutAJob.com
13. By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions

Enter now

Simply complete any or all of the Rafflecopter entry widget options below to be entered. You can also tweet about the giveaway daily to earn bonus entries.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Are You Single and Ready to Mingle?

When I mentioned my latest crazy ideas to an (available) male friend, I was met with derision wrapped in a pastry case of pitfalls.

And of course, in many ways, he was right, HOWEVER, in the same vein, let’s acknowledge how many times ‘some’ great manuscripts have been rejected before they are critically acclaimed and become bestsellers.

Yes, some crazy ideas just need a little bit of spit and a polish with a Granny’s lacy hanky, and they are good to go. Unlike my friend, let’s not be too quick to judge.  It may be a YES from you dear reader…..

I was pondering the dilemma probably all of us face at one time or another, when you spot an attractive man, or woman, in the supermarket. Maybe you lock eyes and do that thing where you hold their gaze for a couple of seconds longer than necessary, or even, do a double-take. Obviously, that’s reserved for very attractive shoppers only.

If you are really a smitten kitten, you might even casually follow the attractive shopper around the store to judge by the contents of their basket, if they are shopping for a meal deal for one….. or two.

And of course, we mustn’t forget that in these modern times, depending on the contents of your pants and persuasion, do their 10 items or less, indicate the contents of their own pants and persuasion, and basically, are you likely to be compatible. It’s a minefield of genders out there, one cannot be too careful.

But you can follow the attractive person all around the store, via home cooking, and artisan bread and cakes, and sadly it will all still be futile if they are not actually available.  But how will you know….and here’s where my crazy idea came in…..

If there was some visible indicator of a person’s availability status, or their willingness to be approached for a quick chat, and possible exchange of numbers, then things would be a lot simpler.

Picture the scene.  You spot someone at the checkout. You lock eyes more than once, you are checking each other out.  But their queue is moving quicker than yours, and they are heading off far too soon out into the car park, whilst you are still trying to find your loyalty card.  Within seconds, they are lost forever. AND yes, possibly going home to their significant other. But possibly not.

So if you did happen to know that they were free and single, you could abandon your shopping for one, and follow in hot pursuit, ready to strike up a car park conversation.  And who knows what could happen.

I stand by my original idea, that all free and single, and happy to mingle with people, (note my nod to gender fluidness) should have a badge of availability honour.  Like those old Rotarians, but far less classy.

That way, you could be sure you weren’t approaching a man living with a coach load of children, or a lady living with a man. No woman would live with a coach load of men. It would be just plain silly. One is more than enough.

Armed with all this knowledge, you could bag yourself a mini Supermarket Speed date in Sainsbury’s, a Micro Date in Morrisons, or a Winner Winner Chicken Dinner in Waitrose.

The possibilities are endless.  So whose up for an availability badge, I’m ordering some sticky back plastic as soon as possible.

 

 

Wedding Anniversaries – Perfect Stones for Every Milestone!

 

Some may say, that by the age of 60+ you have probably got all the jewellery you are ever going to need/want.  But can you ever have too much?

As Valentines Day approaches and ‘much younger’ people turn to the internet to order huge, overpriced bouquet’s, and book vastly expensive restaurant tables, in an attempt to impress their loved ones, what is it that floats the boat of the mature, been together years and still loved up, market?  Is it confined to 14th February? What about those other all-important relationship milestones, such as wedding anniversaries.

Personally, I love the idea of marking a special date with a romantic gesture, such as gifting your loved one with a new necklace or earrings to recognise the importance of a milestone wedding anniversary.

Yes I know, Bernard, c1950 will look pretty daft in a matching set, but you know what I mean. Us women love all things sparkly and there’s a stone for all occasions!

Recently, I was lucky enough to be gifted THE most gorgeous sparkly bracelet for my birthday.  It was such a lovely surprise, and all the more appreciated because it was totally unexpected.  My wrists are fairly small, and my gift was very fine and delicate and is absolutely perfect for me.  It arrived unannounced in a lovely presentation box from CARAT  and is one of the nicest presents I have ever received.

RUBY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

The ruby traditionally marks 40 years of married life and is possibly one of the richest coloured stones for those couples married in their 20’s, and about to celebrate this milestone in their 60’s.

Let’s be honest, reaching the all-important 25 year Silver anniversary is a drop in the ocean of relationships, compared to this one.

There are lots of lovely ruby collections to mark this achievement from CARAT of London which will melt your good lady’s heart, and ladies, it’s definitely one to have on your wishlist.

GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Now we are talking big figures, 50 years of wedded bliss. Time to really push the boat out and buy something beautiful for your partner.  Many women find chunky bracelets a bit annoying and restricting, so a fine, elegant yet stunningly pretty bracelet will be the perfect answer.  This one will work daytime through to the evening, and will also be the perfect accessory for special occasions.

DIAMOND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Well, you’ve well and truly nailed the marriage lark, congratulations!  60 years is a wonderful achievement, and this wedding anniversary should be marked by something special – and I feel that nothing less than a matching set of jewellery will do.  Yes, this milestone calls for something fabulous, such as earrings, a necklace, and bracelet. Especially if you are going to celebrate with a luxury cruise or trip of a lifetime.  What better time to show off your new jewellery collection.

Even if you don’t normally wear many accessories, it’s still nice to have a few little bits tucked away in your drawer to bring out on special occasions.  And for those who really love to rock some stones, these gems really will have you smiling!

 

 

 

60 Is The New 40 – How To Live Your Best Life In Your 60’s

Sixty may seem like a scary age, but it doesn’t have to be! In fact, 60 can be the best decade of your life. You’re finally out of your 20s and 30s, and you’ve learned a lot about life by this point. You know what you want, and you’re not afraid to go for it. Here are some tips for living your best life in your 60s.

Travel

Take a trip somewhere, preferably overseas. You have time to travel now that you’re not working full time and don’t have kids at home. This can be a great way to see the world before it’s too late for you. It’ll also give you some perspective on life outside of your home country, which is always good when trying out new things or learning about other cultures.’

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Stay Active And Healthy

Now that you’re a little older, it’s more important than ever to stay active. You don’t have to go to the gym every day or run a marathon, but try to find some way to move your body every day. This will help keep you healthy and strong as you age. It’s also vital to never skip any of your annual check-ups. That means doctors and dentist appointments. If there are any problems, they can be mitigated quickly—especially your teeth. If there is a problem that arises, find out if you are suitable for getting porcelain veneers.

Keep Learning

The more you learn, the more you’ll realize just how much there is left to explore. So continue pursuing those interests you’ve always had, and try something new too.

Stay Social

Spending time with friends and family is a great way to stay connected and feel supported. Make time for the people you love most, and enjoy doing things together. Spending time with the people you love is important for both your mental and emotional health. Make sure to schedule regular gatherings with loved ones so that you don’t miss out on all of their wisdom, support, and laughter.

Embrace Change

Things will change as you get older, and that’s okay. So let go of what’s no longer working for you and welcome the new opportunities that come your way.

Make Time For Yourself

Taking a little time each day for yourself can help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being. Take a walk, read a book, or take a yoga class – whatever makes you happy.

Photo by Anastasia Shuraeva from Pexels

Find A Hobby

Having something that brings you joy is essential to living your best life at any age. Consider starting gardening, painting, knitting – whatever makes you happy.

Enjoy Life

This is your time! Don’t spend all of your time worrying about work or retirement or what might happen in the future. Instead, enjoy the present moment and live each day to its fullest. You only get one chance at life, so make the most of it!

The best way to live your life in your 60s is by embracing the new you. This means taking care of yourself both mentally and physically by doing things that make you happy. Living your best life in your 60s is about embracing all that this stage of life has to offer. It’s a time for reflection and celebration while also embracing new challenges and opportunities.

Coping With The Loss Of Your Four Legged Friend.

As strange as it might sound, even for those of us that have had children and grandchildren, becoming a “puppy mummy” can be life-changing. There are no creatures that are as loyal and dependent, and as genuine in their affection as dogs. As such, when you lose your four-legged friend, it can knock you for six. The grief that hits can be a lot more potent than you might expect. As such, here are some tips that can help you deal with the unexpected impact of losing a dog.

Source – Pixabay License

Let yourself grieve

It’s a callous person that would say that you don’t have to grieve or feel loss over the death of a beloved pet. They are members of our family, after all. However, when you lose a pet, it can feel like there is that pressure to simply “get over it.” Bottling up your emotions is not healthy, nor is wallowing in despair. It can help to talk to professionals like Pet Eden, which can help you process your emotions healthily, while still giving yourself room to grieve over your beloved pet. You deserve the freedom and space to feel what you’re feeling without judgement from others or from yourself.

Take the time to say goodbye

Once you’ve given yourself the room that you need to grieve and really feel the loss of your pet, then you need to think about how you’re going to say goodbye to them. For a lot of us, finding some way of giving them a formal farewell can really help in expressing our love and our loss. There are services like Paws To Heaven that can help you take care of all the practical aspects of them, like what happens to their physical remains, allowing you to focus more on remembering them. To that end, you might want to consider what kind of memorial you can set up for them, even if it’s something as simple as a photo gallery on your wall.

Thinking about the future

A lot of us who have lost a pet might feel a new hole open in our life after losing a dog that we have been especially fond of. Some people think to “fill” that hole by getting another dog and, indeed, that might be the way to go after some time. However, getting a new dog too quickly can invite some unpleasant feelings, such as a feeling that your new dog doesn’t compare to the one that you lost, or that you can’t cope with looking after them while still feeling sad about the loss. As such, it’s important to give yourself time. When the time does come, consider looking at adopting from shelters like PetRescue instead of buying a new dog.

Saying goodbye to your dog, finding a way to remember them, and giving yourself some room to feel the loss and cope with it is important. You have to allow yourself to go through the grieving stage or else those emotions can bottle up in an unhealthy way.

New Year Voucher Giveaway – What Will You Buy?

Happy New Year, and I hope that your New Year has gotten off to a bang!

Here is a brilliant giveaway for you for a £50 Amazon Gift Voucher! Yes, you could win a free Amazon Gift Voucher, you know, to buy that present that ‘someone’ has forgotten to get you.

There are plenty of ways to enter, simply scroll down to the Rafflecopter widget below to see the options. You will also see the terms and conditions below as well as all of the blogs taking part – please do take a moment to visit them to show your support to them.

Bloggers Taking Part

Here is a list of all of the bloggers taking part in this giveaway – please show your support by visiting them.

Mortgages After 60 | Madam Blunt | All Sorts of Jazz | Positively Eco | Lifestyle Saving Techniques | Online Calendar | Touch of Wellness | Diet Exercise Lose Weight | Blog Bay Bee | Not Got a Clue | Sit and Take in the View | Mrs Money Pot | Have a Fab Day | Wake Up it’s Monday | Our Life Interrupted | The Coffee Chef | The Cocktail Bird | My Healthy Temple | Toothbrush Packed | Save and Earn | The Finance Fettler | Doing the Impcosible | Bright Fish Media | Bake More Cake | Bossy Girl | Swift Earning | Sahara Vibes | Manifest with Loa | Successful Mess | Life Changing Side Hustle | Buddin a Community Garden | Valid Articles | Houston Marcha | Frugal and Fun | 4 Kids Blog | Blog Masters | Miss Foxy Blog | Sand and Sunshine | Birds and Lilies | The Way Up Fitness | Brig Knows Best | Making Money Mummy | The Smokin Cuban | Vegan Book | Mums the Wurd | The Thrifty Princess | Steely Soft | The Work Place Designer | Amaze Ball Gamer | File Taker | Doggie Attitude | Skinny Spending | Gin and Gemini | Discount Days Out | Cheat Planet | The Happy Piggy Bank | Sweet Oven Lovin | Money Matters | Your Property Your Life | Fully Money | Make a Little Money | Five Ways To | Shes Changing Lanes | Chasing my Sunshine | Karen Apple Yard | Fox and Flora | The How to Heroes | Home Town Furniture | Tingle Bytes | Gepun | The Good Life in Somerset | The Green Shilling | Know Health | Kiddoco | Several Ways to | Pounds and Pennies | Christmas Ahoy | Dot Ranker | SEO Gold | Attested Document Online | Mums Guide to Life | Positively Lifestyle | It’s Side Hustle Time | Surviving Coffee | Swallowtail Games | FRMT | The Shop for Her | Out of Trouble | Live the Green Lifestyle | Live Life Love | The Money Raven | Life With More Sparkle | Balance the Budget | Full of Wishes | When Twitter is Down | Body Potency | Hello Sixty | Mudpies and Rainbows | Side Hustle Gna | The Parenting Insider | Project Poppet | Frugal Home Project | Lisa Cooking | Bells and Bouquets | Once Upon a Baby | Infant Blog | Good Homepage

The Prize

This prize is a £50 Amazon Gift Voucher

Terms and conditions

1. There is one top prize of a £50 Amazon Gift Voucher.
2. There are no runner-up prizes.
3. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding all bloggers involved with running the giveaway
4. Closing date for entries is midnight on 23.01.2022
5. The same Rafflecopter widget appears on all the blogs involved, but you only need to enter on one blog
6. Entrants must log in to the Rafflecopter widget, and complete one or more of the tasks – each completed task earns one entry in the prize draw
7. Tweeting about the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget will earn five bonus entries into the prize draw.
8. 1 winner will be chosen at random.
9. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date and will need to respond within 28 days with their delivery address, or a replacement winner will be chosen.
10. The winners’ names will be published in the Rafflecopter widget (unless the winner objects to this).
11. The prizes will be dispatched within 14 days of the winner confirming their details.
12. The promoter is Drew Media LTD t/a www.MakeMoneyWithoutAJob.com
13. By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions

Enter now

Simply complete any or all of the Rafflecopter entry widget options below to be entered. You can also tweet about the giveaway daily to earn bonus entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway