Dizzy Miss James - Travel / Food/ Lifestyle


Time To Tackle The Dreaded Drawer

We all have that one drawer we never think about. We seal it under lock and key and make every effort to forget it exists. That’s right; we’re talking about the unpaid bill drawer. As incredible as it is being a homeowner, it’s also fair to say that it’s a pretty costly undertaking. On top of which, you then face a wealth of bills which you can’t always afford to pay. Which is why we get into the unhealthy habit of hiding them in a drawer and hoping they’ll go away.

Sorry to spoil things, but bills don’t go away. In fact, they get larger as time goes by. So, you need to unlock the dreaded drawer and get to work clearing it. To help you, we’ve put together a few pointers.

Put all your bills in order

If you’ve left this situation unchecked, there’s a chance you have no idea which bills you’ve been ignoring. In most instance, you will have also received multiple notifications about first task should be to each. Companies do get quite insistent when you ignore them. As such, your organise those bills where possible. Work out which are duplicates and put them together. Work out, too, which ones have been outstanding for longest. You’ll need to pay those off first, so they should be top of your priorities. But, you also need to know what other bills need paying, and which dates you need to pay them by. So, go through each, and put it in its place. It may help to take notes as you do this. That way, you won’t need to rifle through the pile each time you want to refresh your memory.

Work out a repayment plan

This is the hardest part of all. You need to work out a repayment plan, and you probably need to do it pretty sharpish. If a particular bill has been outstanding for a long time, the company will want payment as soon as possible. In that instance, you may need to opt for something like a micro loan to see you through. This isn’t ideal, as it transfers your debts. But, the small size of such loans means that you can pay them back in a short space of time. For newer bills, you may be able to reach an agreement with the company in question. They want your money, after all. If that means taking a set amount for the next few months, then so be it.

Put a plan in place

Once you’ve tackled the bulk of those bills, it’s essential you plan how to stop this happening again. It’s not an ideal situation, so you need to avoid it if you can. You can do this by setting aside money when you get paid, and also by keeping track of your monthly expenses. It’s also worth bearing in mind that bills are generally higher in winter. So, it might be worth setting aside a little extra to cover that eventuality.    

Preparing Your Home For The Better Weather

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For many homes, winter can be harsh, unpredictable, and can have more of a damaging effect than you realise on the fundamental structures of your house. Luckily, winter doesn’t last forever, and slowly the weather starts to warm up again, and the birds return from the south. By that time, you are going to want to be outside enjoying the sun and fresh air, rather than stuck indoors decluttering to make your home feel liveable, and fitting a new fence in your garden due to the last one being blown down. Here is a little checklist that will help you to prepare your home for spring, so that you can make the most out of the lack of chill in the air.  

Have Your Roof and Windows Evaluate

Unexpected stormy weather and constant news warning about incoming strong winds and bad rain or snow could have had an effect on your house’s extremities. It’s a good idea to get a free consultation on how your roof has held up through the winter period, and replace any tiles that may have been blown off. This will nip any problems caused by bad weather in the bud early. This way you don’t come home to a pool of water on the kitchen floor, and a hefty repair bill which is going to take a chunk out of your savings. You will also want to have your windows evaluated to check the health of their double glazing and ensure your home is running at a good energy efficiency levels. This will save you money in the long run on utility bills and mould killer, as faulty windows can lead to damp and escaped heat.

Have Your Drain Pipes and Guttering Cleared

Hotter weather can cause bad smells and rainfall. If you have clogged drains you may want to look into some drain clearing home remedies or some local professionals, as lingering food in drains can lead to bad smells - especially when the temperature gets warmer. You will also want to have your guttering cleared as autumn and winter can lead to extreme blockages due to fallen leaves and debris. No one wants an overflowing gutter when the April showers sets in - running water down freshly cleaned windows - not a good mix.

Have A Big Clean

Rather than just the weekly clean, you will undoubtedly do of your house; you will need to add a few extras on to fully prepare for Spring. Taking your car to be thoroughly cleaned, booking in a window cleaning, and jet washing your patio and driveway may need to top of the priority list. With warmer weather comes the bright sunny days, and earlier sun rises in the mornings, and with sun come accentuated dirt on shiny surfaces such as windows and your car bonnet. Many a storm and rain shower can lead to dirty drop marks and dulled shine.

There you have it, a quick checklist to ensure your home is clean, efficient and undamaged for the very anticipated warmer weather.


Keeping Warm This Winter

Keeping warm this winter can be expensive with the rising cost of heating supplies. Not to mention the stress of the possibility of a broken boiler. Contact Numbers UK is a directory system that allows easy access to a database of useful telephone numbers for a number of different sectors. It is the easiest way to connect you to organisations like British Gas. Contact Numbers UK are helping you keep warm with their #WinterHeatingHelp campaign. That's why I have put together some top winter heating tips for your home to help you stay warm this winter.

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Cold air tries to carry your body heat away. Blankets form a barrier between your body and that cold air. Since heat doesn't transfer through the blankets very well, they keep the heat from getting out. Wrap yourself up in a blanket on the sofa while reading a book or binge-watching Netflix.

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Hot Drinks

Very little in life can’t be improved with a hot drink. Switching the kettle on, sitting down and putting the world to rights with friends and loved ones is pretty much a national past time. Grabbing a tea, coffee or hot chocolate warms your cockles and warms up your hands, mouth, and stomach. Hot drinks also taste great!

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Slippers are comfortable, warm, slip-on shoes that you can wear inside. Experts warn having cold feet really can increase your risk of catching colds and the flu. So not only do slippers keep your feet warm and cosy they can decrease your risk of getting sick! 

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Hot Water Bottle

By keeping a hot water bottle near the foot of the bed it will not only help you fall asleep when it's cold, but it won't need to be turned off like a heater or electric blanket. Hot water bottles are a great cheap way of staying warm this chilly season.

Also keep warm, cosy and maintain that valuable heat by keeping doors closed and putting down a rug. By leaving the oven door open after you've finished cooking will also heat a room. Even moderate exercise can help keep you warm.

Energy providers like British Gas can help to keep you cosy this winter. They have flexible tariffs and they can provide you with smart meters and boiler/heating cover. You can also use active heating systems (such as Hive). British Gas is the largest provider of energy in Britain. Providing more than just electricity and gas to Britain’s businesses and homes. British Gas offers a wide range of services to help households and businesses. Not only helping you save money but also live in a safe home and work environment. 

How do you keep warm in the winter?


Opposites Attract: Mixing Old And New Décor Trends

It’s hipster to decorate a house with retro interior design trends. Whether it’s a cosy farmhouse or 19th-century Victorian apartment, going back in time is all the rage. Of course, an entirely outdated home is stylish but lacks practicality. In the 21st century, a homeowner needs elements of modern day living to make life easier. To get the balance right, it’s essential to mix old and new as one to bring the property together. But, be wary because making opposites attract isn’t as easy as it seems. If you are in need of some inspiration, these décor tips may come in handy.

Crazy Contrast

Non-specialists think interior design is about subtle changes but that isn’t the case with mixing modern and archaic. Slipping a 21st-century coffee table into a French cottage-themed home would look out of the place, which is why you need to be heavy handed. According to experts like Peter Frank on http://www.housebeautiful.com, the trick is to join opposites to create an eclectic contrast. All a homeowner has to do is consider everything from the shape to the colour and then incorporate its opposite somewhere within the room. Hardwood flooring, for example, goes perfectly with a soft rug, whereas a rectangular sofa matches with a round table.

Light Meets Dark

Light fixtures have changed dramatically over the centuries, and for a good reason. Years ago, there was only candlelight to illuminate the home and it wasn’t bright enough. Nowadays, lamps, lanterns, and spotlights are all stylish and practical alternatives. But, that doesn’t mean that candles are burned out and have no more use. In a house of old and new, they go perfectly well placed next to sharp, contemporary fittings. An industrial-style hanging lamp with a candle chandelier is the ultimate example to keep in mind. That way, there is the bright glow offset by the soft ambience of the candles.

Product Placement

Bringing two styles together is like a game of chess: you need to know where all the pieces go. The good folks at http://www.therenovationcompany.com.au don’t guarantee results on a whim but a carefully developed plan. They know what moves to make and when, and homeowners need to think in the same way. Take the bathroom. Nothing would please you more than a standalone tub, yet it isn’t quick or accessible. But, you can mask the shower by installing it in the corner of the room and decorating the wall with a drawer or English secretary. That way, the focus is on the bathtub and no one notices the walk-in shower.

Quality Coverage

Without a doubt, the best way to bring old and new together is with a cover. Traditional pieces of furniture have ornate, sprawling features, such as wooden arms on couches. So, there is nothing wrong with throwing a blanket over the top with an ultra-modern texture. For one thing, the contrast is striking and the mixture of two styles effortless. Secondly, it isn’t a waste because the sofa still sticks out and dominates the room.

What do you think? Do you have any ideas on how to mix old and new design trends successfully?  


Sunny Holiday Destinations And The Basic Travel Essentials

With winter well and truly upon us the days are chilly, the nights are even colder and my time is being spent wrapped up in a blanket and clinging to my hot chocolate. That's why I have been thinking ahead to 2018 and dreaming of sunny holiday destinations. The sun, the sea, the sand and that delicious fruity cocktail (or three) that I will be sipping by the pool. That special time and feeling that you can only get when on holiday. The time away from your everyday home life and work. It's your time to escape it all, let go and relax.

As I research and look into possible destinations (Singapore, Bali or maybe even Thailand), places I can have an adventure, places to explore and make new memories, I make lists. So many lists! I like to start with listing what items I'm going to take along with me. If you start with the basic essentials you can build on from there and prepare for your journey.


As well as looking stylish they are a must for eye protection against the glare of the sun and no sunny holiday destination would be complete without them. Admittedly I currently have seven pairs of sunglasses (is that excessive?) different styles and colours to go with different moods and outfits. And for my next trip I will most definitely be purchasing a new pair. Okay maybe I do have a slight sunglasses addiction  problem..


Whether you are a bikini, one piece or tankini kinda gal getting your ladies swimwear sorted for that fabulous sunny holiday is muchos important. It has to be comfortable, practical and stylish all in one. I mean you have to look and feel good right? I usually take about three or four bikinis with me on holiday. I then rotate them daily throughout the stay so I don't get sick of the wearing the same thing. 

Holiday Haircare Products

If you are like me and your hair expands in size, becomes frizzy and completely wild at any sign of humidity, then holiday haircare products should be on your basic essential list. Holiday haircare is a must for me. I always take a UV protector spray and a leave in conditioner that I use every other day to help prevent sun damage. Alongside these I always include a hair serum to keep my hair shiny and most importantly frizz free!



Yes the most essential packing tool the actual luggage you put everything in! I've gone through many suitcases over the years due to over packing and wheels breaking. I guess I have learned the hard way to pack lighter and be more organized. When looking for a suitcase I like to have luggage with at least three compartments. The main section for your clothes, one for shoes and one for your cosmetics. And when it comes to the design the more bold and colorful the better for me. That way you'll find your suitcase easily when on the airport baggage carousel. 

Once I have got my basic essentials in place I then move onto planing everything else and of course writing more lists!

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