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A little Auto love n care

I was invited to take part in the campaign A little Auto love n care by Fife Autocentre. I blogged about my car before, my day-trip essentials, the importance of having the right tyres. This time I’m going to talk about car love. The car we currently own is our 3rd car. We got our first one 10 years ago.

I am smitten with having a car, I rarely use public transport. I went a couple of times with the train in London and once with the coach and it was tiring and actually more expensive than driving. Around Liverpool and Manchester we always use the car and this means we need the car to be reliable. The last thing we want is to get stuck on the side of the road with a broken car. While this might happen no matter how good we are taking care of the car, it’s still pretty important to show it a bit of Auto love.

A little Auto love n care

I thought about it and these are my 5 tips for car maintenance:

1. Tyres. It’s so important to have the right tyres. Check them regularly, check the tyre pressure and the tyre tread. If you need new ones, there are plenty of options available. You can order tyres in Dundee online on Fife Autocentre website. My husband and I always pick good quality tyres, at the moment we have Pirelli, even though they are more expensive, they last longer, consume less fuel, are better on wet and are quiter.

2. Whippers. Make sure the whippers are doing their job of cleaning the windscreen. Used whippers aren’t as efficient as the change in temperature, in time, affects the rubber. Have a look and change them if is needed. You don’t even need to go to the service for this, it’s an easy job to do. Also, check you have enough washer fluid, so you don’t run out when is muddy and you really need it.

3. Change the oil and filters. I think it’s better to change them before the recommended time passes. For our car, is recommended every 5,000 miles. Some suggest is better to change them at 3,000 miles. Because we tow the caravan, we should change it closer to the 3,000 miles mark. It doesn’t take long to do it. It’s true that is a hassle and it’s an expense, but is surely better than having problems with the engine afterwards. From time to time, check the oil level and top up with oil if is needed.

4. Don’t let it run dry on fuel. This is another thing that can cause issues in the long term. Fuel can have impurities and if the car runs on low fuel, those impurities can get into the engine. So, make sure you have plenty of fuel. I know we don’t always make sure we have enough fuel and it happened to run out of fuel exactly when we’ve entered the petrol station, but make it a goal to refuel even if you still have £15 worth of fuel in the car.

5. Check the lights. It is obvious that you need good lights, is mainly a matter of safety. As with the tyres, I would suggest buying a good quality brand as they will last longer. You might not realize you have a problem, especially if you are mostly driving in a well lit city. Before leaving for a longer drive, especially if it means leaving the city and going on country roads, check the lights. It takes only a minute to do it. Also, is not difficult to change the lights, so make sure they are working.

I hope you found my tips for A little Auto love n care campaign helpful.

* Post in collaboration. All opinions are my own.

Wrexham

Yesterday we went to Wrexham for the day. I’ve been to the area before. I visited Erddig, a beautiful stately home and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. This time we went in the town to see the city centre and that was a great idea. I ended up buying a lovely coat and a book.

Wrexham is the largest town in north Wales. Its history can be tracked back before the Romans. Nowdays is a lovely city with lots of shops and tearooms where you can spend a few hours wondering around.

 Wrexham

Enjoy the pictures.

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Star Wars Giveaway

New giveaway on my blog: Star Wars. All the products in this giveaway are available on Paladone’s website: paladoneshop.
This fab Star Wars bundle is worth £46.96 and it’s made up of:
Stormtrooper Vacuum Flask (RRP £16.99)
Stormtrooper Mini Light (RRP £11.99)
Drinking Glasses (RRP £11.99)
Colour Gadget Decals (RRP £5.99)

Star Wars Giveaway

This is the last giveaway from the amazing prices I won at the Quiz Night. I have a vacuum flask that I used a couple of times and it’s great. I have a mini light too, it has a different design though, R2D2. Is fun and cute. I also used the gadget decals and they are easy to apply and look resistant too.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To win these products enter the giveaway. By entering the competition you agree to the terms and conditions listed below. Good luck!
This giveaway is opened to UK residents only and closes on 10/11/2017.
The prize consists of a set of Star Wars items: Stormtrooper Vacuum Flask, Stormtrooper Mini Light, Drinking Glasses and Colour Gadget Decals. The prize’s worth is £46.96.
There is no purchase necessary. No cash alternative is available.
Comments should be at least 8 words, shorter comments will be deleted.
The winner will be contacted on the email address provided, so please make sure I have your email address. If the winner will not respond in 28 days, a new winner will be picked up.
I will dispatch the items myself. I cannot be held responsible for items lost in the post. The shipment of the prizes will be tracked and, if lost, an inquiry should be made with Royal Mail or ParcelForce.
All entries will be checked.

*All the prices are accurate today. They might change, please check their website for details.

Questions about me and others

A new questions post from the 365 provoking questions with 21 Questions about me and 21 Questions about others.

Questions about me and others

Questions about me

01. What do you do to relieve stress?
I read, I walk the dog, I try to analyze why I’m getting stressed and to solve/avoid the issue.

02. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Surely not something I would like to share on my blog. I have no idea though, let’s say my political views.

03. When you have a random hour of free time, what do you usually do?
Read or play a game.

04. What makes you weird?
Nothing. There are things that make me different, unique, special… but nothing that makes me weird.

05. What white lies do you often tell?
I avoid telling lies, but if someone would press me I would say a white lie.

06. If you had to be someone else for one day, who would you be and why?
I like how I am, so I wouldn’t want to be anybody else. I would like to try things that others do, but like myself.

07. What’s something you don’t like to do that you are still really good at?
Telling white lies, see no5.

08. What has fear of failure stopped you from doing?
I’m not too afraid of failure. If I know I did my best, then I will try it.

09. Who would you like to please the most?
Myself, why should I be bothered of pleasing others? I have my own principals and morals and aspirations that I have to care about. If I would have tried to please others I wouldn’t have been where I am today in terms of location, diet (veggie) and so on.

10. What do you sometimes pretend you understand that you really don’t?
There is a polite amount of “sorry” you can say.

11. In one word, how would you describe your childhood?
Nice.

12. What celebrities do you admire?  Why?
I don’t know if celebrities is the right word. I admire Michael Schumacher (F1 driver) for his determination and the way he handled pressure, his beliefs in himself and his amazing relationship with his wife. I also admire Max Verstappen (F1 driver) and his father too. Max is only 20 years old and he managed to change so much, become so mature in a short space of time. He is an amazing driver too.
I admire business men and women like Lord Sugar, Debra Meaden, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove (Intel, I’m reading a book about them at the moment) and a few others. I admire them for what they achieved.

13. What is your biggest pet peeve?
People talking loudly.

14. Who was the last person you said “I love you” to?
I said it to my dog this morning, but, if you don’t consider him a person, then the answer is my husband.

15. What is your biggest phobia?
Acrophobia (fear of heights).

16. How many hours a week do you spend online?
A lot of my work and what I’m studying at the moment is done online. So, as much as I should.

17. What bad habits do you want to break?
Not exercising regularly.

18. When did you not speak up when you should have?
I usually speak up when is needed. That being said, I don’t bother to reply to most things. It’s not my business to educate the people around me.

19. What is your favorite quote?
I have more than one, so I’m going to share three:

“We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.” – Dean William Ralph Inge (yes, he was a priest)

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“Your focus determines your reality.” – Star Wars

20. What is your favorite fictional story?  (novel, movie, fairytale, etc.)
Hmm, this is a hard question. I like Jamie Fraser from Outlander, I like a character from one of Mary Balogh’s books. I like Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen.

21. Whom do you secretly envy?  Why?
I don’t secretly envy people. I don’t publicly envy people. I would like to have some of the opportunities others had along their way, but I don’t envy.

Questions about others

01. How many people do you love?
That depends on what do you understand by love.

02. Who is your mentor and what have you learned from them?
I don’t have a mentor.

03. Would you rather your child be less attractive and extremely intelligent or extremely attractive and less intelligent?
It depends what “less” means. Regardless of how a child is born, nature can do so much, nurture has a greater impact. An intelligent person can fail if his talent is not cared for and encouraged. Same goes for beauty.

04. Whose life have you had the greatest impact on?
Close family members, obviously.

05. Who impresses you?
I mentioned it in the previous questions.

06. What is the one primary quality you look for in a significant other?
I’ve been married for 10 years with a man I met 15 years ago. If, hypothetically, I would look for a significant other now, my answer would be different than it was 15 years ago. Now he should have the same moral values and principals. 15 years ago I was a bit more tolerant regarding these things. My husband and I changed and consolidate our values through the years, things that come with maturity.
I’m sure he would say the same. While neither of us care if our friends have the same political views, for example, I can’t say the same about the other half. (mainly because for us, political views, is not only about a vote, but a view of how the country should be managed and what we expect from the government and local councils)

07. What type of person angers you the most?
After my answer to the previous question it might sound strange, but an intolerant person. I think anybody should be able to do what they want, as long as they don’t impede other people’s rights.

08. When you meet someone for the very first time what do you want them to think about you?
That I’m nice.

09. In one sentence, how would you describe your relationship with your mother?
Complicated, well, that was only one word.

10. What simple gesture have you recently witnessed that renewed your hope in humanity?
Who said I lost it at some point? These “renew my hope in humanity” things are so annoying. We, humans, kill and pillage and plunder and steal and lie and hurt others (people, animals and the planet). This is how we are and we are never going to change. I don’t live in a fairytale land where we all are going to love each other in the future.

11. How many friends do you have in real life that you talk to regularly?
Real life comparing to an imaginary one? All my friends are in the real life. Or maybe is “real” vs “online”, well, in this case, all my friends are real, because even if I talk with them online they are real people and not bots.

12. What are the top three qualities you look for in a friend?
I never thought about it.

13. Where or who do you turn to when you need good advice?
To the people that are trained in the area I’m looking for advice.

14. Who or what is the greatest enemy of mankind?
We don’t have enemies.

15. What do you know well enough to teach to others?
Work related stuff.

16. What was the last thing you furiously argued about with someone?
I try not to furiously argue with anybody.

17. What is the number one solution to healing the world?
Less pollution.

18. What could society do without?
A lot of things, sadly those things will not go away.

19. What is the most insensitive thing a person can do?
Imposing their views or will on anothers.

20. What simple fact do you wish more people understood?
Science and manners, these are two, but both important.

21. What makes someone a hero?
Hero is a word beeing used too much these days. To be a hero, someone has to do something amazing, out of the ordinary.

Liverpool Fashion Week

I’ve been at Liverpool Fashion Week for the first time this week.* I had a great time and I enjoyed the catwalk shows. The venue, Fusion, is great, in the centre and looked lovely.

Each day had a different theme, the opening night: Haute Couture, Streetwear. The second night, the one I’ve been to was New Talent. The last day was High Street, independent boutiques. I like so much seeing new designers, that was obvious I would pick that day. Prepare for plenty of pictures from the shows. For more details about Liverpool Fashion Week, have a look at L.F.W. website.

 Liverpool Fashion Week

02 Liverpool Fashion Week

The first show was Essere Bella Boutique featuring Kiki Riki fashion collection, more details on their website. Kiki Riki is a brand based in New York, which manufactures the garments in Istanbul.

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Anniversary

Yesterday we’ve celebrated the Anniversary of an important day in our life: the day we met. Cake, Champagne, wine, special meal, and dancing. It sounds perfect and it was.

There is a post of the story of how we’ve met before on the blog. In a few words: in a train, many years ago. We also celebrate our special days: the day we became a couple (later in October), the day we moved in together, the day we bought our home, our weddings (we had two, two months apart, another long story), the day we got our dog, the day we moved in the UK.
I always want to celebrate these special days. I know when they are, so I can’t ignore it. We both enjoy our celebrations, it’s a time for us, remembering funny memories, listening to a couple of songs from our wedding. We talk about our future and we just have a lovely time with each other. It doesn’t matter if we go somewhere or just spend the day at home with cake.

Anniversary

The cake was fab, I will share the recipe in a few days on my blog. Chocolate and peanut butter cake, covered with dark chocolate and crushed salted peanuts on top. This is a cake we’ve developed together, chatting about the cream and the icing and the flavours it was a lovely part of the preparations for our anniversary.

Do you celebrate the anniversary of special days?

My September

September was an amazing month for me, more than usual. I want to make a big change and I’ve decided to wait for another year after having endless chats with my husband. This month I had the opportunity to see what options I have. Sorry to be so vague, but I’m not ready to talk openly about my plans on the blog just yet.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach. We went to the pleasure beach. I wasn’t 100% happy with it, so I’ve decided not to make a special blog about it. It was fun, maybe on a sunny and warm day it would have been better.

Bananas

I bought Manzano bananas, they are 6 times more expensive than regular bananas. I heard about them, but only now I saw them in the shop. As they are in this picture, they are still not fully ripe. These bananas have to have small black spots on them to be ripe. I had one as it was and it wasn’t nothing special. I had another one after it was ripe and it was amazing. I loved them, the taste is different, more sweet and lovely exciting flavour. I’m glad I’ve tried them.

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