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Chums Clearance Sale

Just thought I’d make a post about the new Chums sale that I noticed.

For those who don’t know, Chums is a large fashion, lifestyle and homeware retailer with a base in Liverpool and they sell their stock via a cataloge and also through their online store and have had massive success over the years since their inception.

I usually use Chums to order replacement armchair covers for my grandma.

She loves them and although you can buy them in many places close to her home, she insists on buying them from Chums because of their great prices and service.

Summer Clearance Sale

Anyway, let me stop beating about the bush. I’m boring myself.

I was doing the usual occasional order for my gran earlier this week when I noticed that they have a Summer clearance sale on-going with prices slashed across ALL of their ranges.

If you’re a lover of your fashion, homeware or lifestyle products, or maybe even just a hoarder who can’t stop buying but love a bargain, you mustn’t miss out on this MASSIVE Chums sale. I’ve seen prices slashed on some fantastic products spanning womanswear, menswear and more. I had to stop my gran from spending all her money!

They’re offering up to 50% OFF on everything which is very exciting.

Here are some sale examples:

  • Blouson Jacket from £20.00 (save £10)
  • Check Blouse from £14.99 (save 335)
  • Lucky Dip Coat from £25.00 (was £50)

So as you can see there are some fabulous savings to be had at Chums with many great brands on offer. Dress yourself up for Summer and save at the same time!

Pine, Pine, Pine

I think there’s a common acceptance and agreement among first-time buyers and home owners when it comes to home furniture, and it’s that pine furniture lives in a league of its own, right? So beautiful, sturdy and yet surprising so affordable.

I was recently on the lookout for some furniture recently after my girlfriend suggested a few changes around the home. A few meaning everything but hey ho, she wins!

One of her friends had revamped her home around six months prior to us and suggested an online furniture store called hillcresths who have a diverse and very exciting collection spanning many categories that include sideboards and cabinets, beds, coffee tables and even accessories and shelving. Pretty much everything you need, really.

I was a little hesitant to order at first as I had never heard of them before and I’m quite nervous about putting my details in online. I’m so happy I went for it.

Pine Sideboard

The first purchase we made was a pine sideboard, also known as a cabinet.

They offer two different finishes including a nice, clean white finish that looks great in modern homes with swanky coloured schemes and then a natural, stunning pine finish that is perfect for more traditional and classic looking homes like ours.

We obviously opted for the natural pine finish and ordered ourselves a mid-sized product which we wanted to place beside our king size bed in the bedroom.

I have to say, despite my doubts and initial concern, this is probably one of the best purchases I have made in a long time. I don’t think I could have gotten the same quality of product at a more affordable price from ANY of the large high street stores or warehouses. It’s just a brilliant, brilliant piece of furniture and one that will last a long, long time.

You can see all of their sideboards and cabinets here.

Shelving for the Office

Another purchase during my first order was some shelving.

I wasn’t sure how it’d arrive or how hard it’d be to build but I was very impressed with how well packed it was and how easy it was to put together.

I ordered a pretty tall shelving unit for my office as I’m a keen reader and have a lot of books that are constantly hanging around with nowhere to store them. It’s probably one of the most annoying things for my girlfriend so she’ll be glad that chapter is over.

You can see all of their shelving units here.

Hope this helps you! :)

American Sweets: My Favourite Candy

American Sweets are amazingly scrumptious, aren’t they?

I first visited America back in 2011 when my Father who lives over there with his Wife asked me to visit them in Chicago. The trip was awesome – I got to see lots of cool stuff and taste some really good American food, but nothing could prepare me for the pain I felt once I touched down in England. Not missing them, but those fabulous American sweets.

It sounds a bit extreme, really, doesn’t it? But it’s true. Our sweets, or candy, simply don’t match those of our brothers across the pond. American sweets win!

Here are some of my favourite american sweets:

Twinkie Cakes

Oh man, the classic Hostess Twinkie. They can’t be beaten.

I remember when Hostess announced that they would no longer be manufacturing them and everybody put their boxes up on eBay at ridiculous prices. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was one of those suckers who went and paid those ridiculous prices to ensure that I had a small supply of Twinkies to keep me going, although I did have to ration them big time.

If you love Twinkies as much as myself then you must also try a dirty, but very tasty, version called the deep fried Twinkie. It’s simply sensational – honestly!

Baby Ruth Chocolate Bars

Baby Ruth chocolate bars remind me of cult classic The Goonies (brilliant film) as Sloth and Chunk have a small back-and-forth with one before they escape.

These lush bars of chocolate kind of remind me of Snicker bars that you get here in the UK, although in a sense they’re nothing like them which makes no sense at all, but they’re delicious regardless. They pack a punch with the amount of protein in them, too!

Would I like them so much had I not seen The Goonies? I’m not sure.

Root Beer Soda

Root Beer may possibly be the overall favourite thing that I love that is American. It’s the tastiest, sweetest and creamiest drink I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking.

A&W (in my opinion) make the best root beer and although the calories per can are quite high, they are now caffeine free which makes it a lot more enjoyable to consume, especially if you go through more than one can a day like I usually do. Yikes!

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of trying a can or 12 of root beer, I can only describe it as a can of dark medicine-like liquid that has an aged vanilla coating. It’s so tasty. Their closest competitor, for me, has to be DAD’s – they also make marvellous root beer although theirs tastes a little harsher than A&W which is something a lot of people can’t handle.

TIP: If you buy root beer online, get 12 cans to save money.

Reese’s Cups

And finally on my list of favourite American sweets… Reese’s Cups!

Sure, they’re sold quite widely in the UK these days but there is such an exciting variety in America that we don’t yet have here including Reese’s pieces and giant Reese’s cups that really do fill your peanut butter void. Get as much protein as you need from them.

I’ve heard many of my friends make comments about the strength of the peanut butter in these but I can’t disagree enough with them. They’re perfect in every sense.

I usually get my root beer from the American Sweet Shop and also find some of my favourite and much-loved retro sweets from another online sweet shop that I have been frequenting for a long time now.

How to Stop Smoking Today

Smoking is responsible for thousands of deaths every single year here in the UK, but it doesn’t need to be that way anymore. Sure, it’s addictive, but we’re currently living in a time when there are many options that can help you to kick that dirty habit and extend your life for yourself and your family. It’s not easy, but it’s worth the pain for a longer life.

Cigarettes are big, BIG killers. It’s time for a change… Today!

Electronic Cigarettes and E-Liquid

For the last few years, electronic cigarettes have been growing at a very fast pace and more and more people are turning to them to cut traditional tobacco cigarettes out of their lives.

But is this really the answer? Yes. They’re much less harmful than cigarettes.

Electronic Cigarettes use a liquid solution called e-liquid which is inhaled into the body and contains nicotine. This e liquid is quite harmless with only a few ingredients contained within it and it’s certain to add many years onto your life since it doesn’t produce tar.

Where Can I Buy an E-Cigarette?

E-cigs can be found on your local high street, garage or supermarket although shopping online is usually better. You have a lot more choices on the internet and can usually find much cheaper prices than in a physical shop. Shop around before you buy.

Remember, you need to purchase bottles of e-liquid in order to use your e-cigarette.

A good starting place would have to be the innokin itaste 134 mini which is one of the best e-cigarettes you can currently buy.

Nicotine Patches

This is a solution that has been around for a long, long time, although the nation is split on how well they actually work. Some think they’re useless and don’t help you to quit smoking and others have used them successfully to kick their addiction to cigarettes and nicotine.

If you have a strong mind and a real will to quit smoking then nicotine patches could be the solution for you, but if you don’t and find yourself giving up easily then you may find that electronic cigarettes (as noted above) may be the better option for you.

Where Can I Buy Nicotine Patches?

Well, actually, nicotine patches are free. Get your kit from the NHS.

It’s a good idea to make sure you’re going to use these patches before ordering your smoker’s quit kit as it’s important that we as a nation (UK) don’t waste money on the NHS.