Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Costly cats

Hi animal lovers,

As all of you animal lovers already know, it costs a lot of money to take care of a pet, more than you originally imagined it would! So I thought I would write this post in order to give potential pet owners an idea of just how much you can expect to spend on them. 
So let me say firstly that for those of who you don't know, I have two cats, Lily and Lola. Here they are hiding from the vacuum cleaner!!!

Both are indoor felines. They have both been spayed and micro chipped (£100 per cat). We decided to get this done incase either cat somehow got out and became lost. 
They both eat Whiskas Simply Cat Food at £4.29 a box (12 pouches which lasts 3 days). We buy 4 boxes of this each week as sometime Lily refuses to eat and we have to take the food up. We also have to mix her food with canned tuna (89p per can) every so often because the waste can become ridiculous! This ensures that she eats her pouch of food. 
Lola is more of a dry food cat, and loves her Whiskas biscuits (£2.55 per box). These last about 3 weeks. 
We put their food in separate bowls so that each cat has their own territory. They each have a food mat which stops food from making a mess on my kitchen floor and they share a water dish. All this cost under £10.00.
They have a pink litter tray that we bought from Pets at home for £6.00 in the sale, and we fill this with Catsan litter (£5.48 a bag). This may seem extreme for litter, however it is such good quality that it means we only have to change it once a week. Their litter tray is also lined with clear bin liners that we buy from our local supermarket for around £2.00 for 20 bags. We do this because the litter tray will stay in a good condition for longer. 
Nappy bags are also a must have for poop-a-scooping! These cost around 80p for 300 and last ages! 
Now because they are indoor cats, we buy them lots of toys to keep them occupied. They also have a scratching post that they can climb up on to and play on. This cost £45.00 and keeps them very happy.
Treats also keep them happy, although we don't let them have too many as it makes them sick! We get them Whiskas dentabits (£1.00) and give them a couple each every now and again.
Phew...I think that's about it for the things we buy for them...but what about other things that we have to pay for, such as replacement carpets because Lola likes to scratch  holes in them! We've also had to buy vases, candles , ornaments etc  again because they've been knocked off by our pesky pussycats! It's a good job we love them so much!
So as you can see, pets cost a lot of money! But they are so worth it!!!! 

Thanks for reading
Love Kirsty xxx

Shine Like A Celeb Body Cream Review

Hi everybody,

I hope you're all happy and well.
I recently requested a sample of Diamond Sparkle Body Cream from Shine Like A Celeb and it has arrived! I've been looking for a really good body cream with just the right amount of shimmer for a while now, and I think I've found it!!! 
My initial thoughts about the look of this product were positive. I like the little clear sample pot with the simple black lid. It looks clean and effortless. The full sized product looks even better and very classy.

When I opened the tub, I found that the cream inside was really smooth and looked as if it would glide on the skin. The scent is lovely, luxurious and smells expensive. It's not quite a fruity scent, but more of a high end perfumed smell. I couldn't stop smelling or touching my skin after I had applied the cream! It left my hand feeling super soft and nourished. It dries in under a minute and doesn't leave any stickiness. Perfect!

I love how the cream also gives a hint of shimmer without making the skin look glittery. I hate glittery skin!! It looks so tacky, however this cream is perfect for creating that slight sexy shimmer that we love. I've applied it to my hand so that you can see:

I can't wait to try this product on my legs and arms when I'm all tanned and ready to go out. It'll be perfect for making me feel more confident about my legs as I often feel that they look dull in skirts and dresses, especially in colder months. 

To buy this gorgeous body cream visit
It's £38 for the full sized product and is totally worth it. 
Also find them on twitter @shinelikeaceleb for other products and great giveaways.

Any questions please done hesitate to comment!
Thanks for reading!
Love Kirsty xxx

Monday, 10 February 2014

Smear fear no more

Hi everybody,

This is my concluding post to the smear fear and smear fear follow up posts that I've already written. If you've read them you'll already know that I had my first smear test in October but the sample was inadequate and the lab couldn't process it or provide me with any results. I then had to wait for a letter inviting me to have another test 3 months later, which I have recently had. 
So I thought I would share my second experience with you in the hope that it might help more women to fight the fear of the smear test and to get it done.
I wasn't half as nervous this time as the last time, because I knew the procedure and what to expect. I saw a different nurse which bothered me slightly, but she was lovely and actually turned out to be more talkative and approachable than the first nurse although she was nice too.
She talked me through the procedure again and then proceeded to take the sample, which turned out to be harder than she had anticipated. Apparently I have a 'hidden' cervix, which means that it's tilted towards my back and it was preventing her from getting a decent sample, hence the inadequate first sample. It took ten minutes of maneuvering before she had to stop due to a little bit of bleeding caused by continuous swabbing. She was convinced that she hadn't got the sample  she needed and didn't want to send it, but I persuaded her to. I'm not going to lie, it was very uncomfortable but not painful. 
I left the doctors feeling doubtful and a little bit down. I was convinced that the nurse hadn't got the sample.....but I was wrong. My results came within the week and revealed that my sample was normal. I am very relieved! 
I will never ever miss a smear test, because they are so important and they help to save lives. Being uncomfortable for that tiny amount of time is well worth knowing that I'm healthy and well and if I wasn't I'd definately want to know.
So please ladies, do not fear your smear. It usually takes less than 5 minutes, and it's nowhere near as uncomfortable as you imagine. It could save your life and you could inspire someone else to have the test.

Love Kirsty xxx