The 12th October 2014 is a date I’m always going to remember, for one of the worst reasons. Two years ago today, my mum had a stroke, caused by a nasal spray, although at the time I didn’t really know that’s what was happening.
I’m one of those annoying people who always has their phone with them and has to check it every five minutes. Why? Who knows. Maybe I’m worried someone might need to urgently contact me, or I might miss a really hilarious tweet someone’s done if I don’t refresh my feed 400 times. I used to always have really bad luck with phones, and by bad luck, I mean I’m horribly clumsy. My first ever iPhone had an unfortunate accident when it was dropped on the floor resulting in a bad cracked screen. So since then I’ve always made sure my phone has a phone case in the hope of protecting it a little more.
Recently I was contacted by GoCustomized to see if I would like to review one of their phone cases. They are a Dutch company who offer personalised phone cases for a variety of different phones and tablets. Using a design module you can create a design using one of your favourite images, patterns, or pre-made designs and text which will then be printed straight onto your chosen phone or tablet case.
After playing around with the designs for a while, I decided to use my favourite photo of my kitty Jeff. While I love personalised stuff, when it comes to personalising my own I really struggle to coming up with ideas so I usually panic and use a photo of my cat, I mean look at him, he’s rather adorable.
It was really easy to make your own phone case, you just upload the phone you wanted to use, and then you could play around with the design and voila! You could also zoom in and crop the image you wanted to use, and pick the outside colour of the case, and for mine and decided to chose black as I thought it went quite well with the image I wanted to use. Once I’d created my design, it was easy to order it and the case arrived within a matter of days which is a great turnaround time! Sure the case itself looks pretty, but does it do the job I need it to do? Well I’ve not broken my phone yet, which is probably a new personal best for me. I find this case fits my phone perfectly, and it’s easy to remove if needed.
Overall I’m really impressed with the quality of this phone case, as well as the service from GoCustomized, and I’d definitely use them again in the future. I think it would also make a great gift for friends and family, so I might be making a couple of these at Christmas time!
Hi I’m Lisa, and I like cats. But we know that by now don’t we?
If you’re a long-term reader of my blog you might have seen two kitties pop up now and then, Jeff and Victor. Both of my boys are rescue cats, and both have had not the nicest of starts to life. These little guys are more than just kitties to me, their my two furry children, and I don’t know how I could cope if anything ever happened to them. And to make sure (touch wood) bad happens to them, there’s a few steps I take to look after them.
First things first, I keep them as indoor kitties. I know keeping cats indoors isn’t for everyone, but for my two it’s essential. Jeff is completely deaf, and for him to go outside wondering could be pretty dangerous, especially as we live near a few busy roads. While Victor can hear, we keep him as an indoor kitty too, just because he doesn’t want to go outside. Victor is an incredibly nervous kitty due to his sad start in life, and he can get very stressed which makes him unwell, so giving him a safe inside space is important to him. It’s not that they’re unhappy stuck inside, we’re lucky to have a little balcony on our flat so they’ve got a small outside space they can sit on.
It’s not just keeping them inside, and looking after them when their ill, looking after them also means making sure their neutered. As my kitties came from shelters, the shelter they were from neutered them both before we adopted them, but even if that wasn’t the case I would have had them both say goodbye to their manly parts anyway. Neutering (and spaying) cats is really important as not only can it help them to behave, but it can stop them from giving birth to too many little ones. While kittens are adorable, there’s a lot of problems with unwanted kittens, which sadly both Jeff and Victor were.
I volunteer at the cat shelter I adopted the boys from, and the amount of kittens we rescue and take into care that have just been abandoned is shocking. Even worse when owners bring in their cats with kittens because they no longer want them, all because they didn’t get their cats neutered. It’s honestly heartbreaking, and something that could easily be avoided.
Whiskas have put together a series of funny cat videos, called Kitten Kollege, showing adorable kittens learning about things in life. In this particular video their learning about the importance of neutering kittens, and as that’s something I really believe in, I thought I’d share this video.
Although I’m glad I have Jeff and Victor, I’m sad that they had to come from unwanted cat pregnancies. If you have any cats please ensure that they’re neutered!
In July 2015, Chris and I finally flew the nest and bought our first home. In January 2015 we finally decided we were ready to move out of my parents house and started looking for our own place. House hunting was good fun, especially as we saw some pretty awful places that fitted into our budget. My favourite was a house that needed about everything fixing and overlooked a graveyard, hmm maybe not. In the end we found a couple of places we liked, but we kept getting beaten to the sale by cash buyers, it did get a little frustrating.
In the end I started being friendly with some estate agents, and one of them let me know about this flat that had go on the market that day, that was in our budget but it wasn’t exactly what we were looking for. It was in a completely different area to where we were looking to buy, and it only had one bedroom rather than the two we were hoping for. Regardless of this the estate agent promised me we wouldn’t be disappointed if we went for a viewing, so that evening we went and had a look, and we put an offer in there and then.
The flat was perfect, it needed absolutely no work doing to it, and although it was a few years old it still looked brand new. I was originally put off on the fact it was a one bedroom, but it was huge, so much bigger than any of the two bedroom flats we had seen previously. The owner was asking for a very fair price, so we offered them the full asking price and as we lived at my parents house we could move things along very quickly. The next morning it was confirmed that our offer had been accepted, and we were going to be homeowners, and everything would be done within six weeks. Apart from it wasn’t.
It’s no joke when someone says buying a house is the most stressful thing you can go through. The whole process took us about 5 months to finally exchange on our flat and move in, which probably doesn’t seem long, but when the owner wanted a quick sale and you were promised 6 weeks, it feels like a very long time. Turns out we hired the worst solicitor ever, who didn’t like to do much, and even after we moved in still took a year to tell the company who owned our flat that we lived there, yay. But hey ho, in July 2015 we finally moved in and could start our little life together.
Homeowning has been fun, but also difficult at times. Chris and I are both on low salaries, and so once the bills are paid there’s not much money left over. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s been an adjustment we’ve had to make. Gone are the days of going out all the time, and now spend a lot more time at home, or inviting people over to ours for social events. But I love finally being able to live with Chris. We’d been together a very long time before we could live together, and many of those years were either spent at university or living at opposite ends of the country, so being able to live in the same space as him is great. I really can’t explain how amazing it is to finally live together, but we have so much fun together, and he somehow puts up with me adopting two cats to share the flat with us.
Owning our own space though is amazing, we have the freedom to do what we like to our flat which you might not get if you rent, as well as our monthly mortgage cost being half the cost if we were renting the same flat in our building, crazy. That year we spent living at my parents, although stressful at times, was completely worth it to be able to buy somewhere. Yes it’s small, and not the house we originally wanted, and we still haven’t finished decorating, but it’s a start on the ladder and I wouldn’t change a thing.