Freebies UK – Why I Love Free Stuff

By definition, a freebie is a sample, service, or product that people get free. Some people consider products offered when answering surveys as freebies. At best, a freebie should come at zero costs, meaning survey freebies come at the cost of answering questions.
We all love getting free stuff, the only issue if knowing where to find them, especially genuine free stuff. One of the most common places to hunt for freebies is the internet. However, they come with some “strings” attached. A common procedure would be signing up for daily emails before you can go through the various free stuff on offer. If you look at it from the zero cost point of view, the stuff is not completely free, but the good thing is you have not paid any money for the stuff.
In other cases, you will have to chase after the free stuff, whereby a site expects you to click from on link to the next. You might have to do this to many links that you might thing and might not see the point. Many people often throw in the towel and despair, opting to close the site since they have not seen any free stuff come their way. However, it is not always a complete waste of time. If you stick it out, some of the sites are genuine in what they are offering. You will get the freebie, but this will come with some worthless daily emails that might flood in like 3 – 5 times a day.
Some of the online sites that purport to have free stuff turn out to be dubious and just give the genuine site a bad name. They are so many such that they make many online users believe that there is nothing as genuine online freebies. Therefore, this puts many is a quagmire, not knowing what to believe. Be it as it may, giving up on scoring freebies online robs you of the chance to get thousands of possible genuine free stuff.

My Favourite Sites –

 

I love this freebie site, they update daily with all the latest free samples, freebies, and competitions. They also have a great Facebook page which I check daily.
JustFreeStuff (www.justfreestuff.co.uk)
This free stuff site is very easy to use, they have fantastic free samples and competitions added daily and I go there every single day to check what they have added.
Few people know that giving free stuff is big business; well… it is more of a marketing strategy. One that actually works. Employing the use of freebies is a cheaper advertising and marketing strategy as opposed to undertaking other forms of advertising campaigns. Take it from this point of view; a company that believes has a product that is better than that of its competitors just need to offer free samples to its target customers. If the consumer likes the free stuff, it is more likely the consumer might switch to the new product. As such, the company can easily market their product without having to talk ill about rival products.
In as much as freebies are like a godsend, they also have risks involved. You should find a way of differentiating between a scam and the real deal. You can know you are dealing with dubious people or company when you are asked to give personal information. They say that you need to be cautious of stuff especially when the offer is too good to be true. Be keen and read between the lines when offer any free stuff. Question the reasons behind the offer.

Things I’ve loved this week // 02

A little Sunday round-up, some of the little things that I’ve been loving this week!

New tattoos
This week I popped over to Leeds on the train for an afternoon of tattoo fun. It was the first time I’ve had more than one done in one go but it didn’t hurt half as much as I thought it would. I’m so pleased with them, they are a perfect little pair and I can’t believe that they are mine!

Embracing doing nothing
I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts this week so I’ve been forcing myself to relax more and just enjoying doing ‘nothing’. I’m usually someone who likes to keep super busy but this week I’ve enjoyed a fair few pug cuddles, watched a bit of daytime TV and even had a sneaky nap (snuggly naps with your kiddo and dog are the best!). I do find it very hard to relax so this is something I want to pursue more in the future…. relaxing is good!
The Weekend
A bit of shopping, far too many treats, de-cluttering and sorting things out at home, a meal from my favourite Indian restaurant, local walks, family time, getting the car cleaned, a tired kiddo fast asleep…. sometimes simple things are the best and equally very much needed!
BlutEngel – Black Symphonies
I’ve purchased quite a few albums this week and I’m super pleased to now have this one in my collection after wanting it for a while. It’s beautiful, perfectly composed and just my kinda thing. It’s been played a fair few times in our house this week, I can’t get enough!
Seasalt Cornwall’s Long Seafolly Jacket
I am thrilled to see that Seasalt have recently released their famous Seafolly jacket in a new longer length. I’ve had my yellow Seafolly for years now and I’ve always dreamed that they would make one just a little bit longer as that’s how I usually like my coats and jackets. Well, now they do! I love the green version, I think I may have to save up a few pennies and treat myself when spring finally arrives!

Things I’ve Loved This Week

A little Sunday round-up, some of the little things that I’ve been loving this week!

My 31st birthday
This date crept up on me all of a sudden! My actual birthday was lovely day consisting of breakfast out in the Peak District, many thoughtful and amazing gifts and a party in the evening. So far, 31 is not so bad…. if only I could shake off this horrid cold I have had for five weeks now! We have lots of plans and lots to look forward to over the next few months…. roll on spring, ay?!
 
Bulking out my music collection
This minimalist, simple living thing I’ve become so attached to over the last few years has really pushed the things I value most back to the forefront of my mind. It feels so good to get back into music again, properly! Music has always been my number one passion and at the moment I’m really enjoying seeking out new bands, bulking out my music collection and seeing lots of live music.
Lush baths
I don’t think I need to tell you how good these are, do I? Especially during the winter! I’m making the most of having no healing tattoos on the go at the moment by taking as many baths as is humanly possible. So good!
Active fun!
Emilia is an absolute bundle of energy and I’m one of those people that hate spending days at home so I love being able to get out with her each day. We’ve been having lots of fun recently discovering new soft play centres, swimming and even trying out a toddler athletics class. I’m looking into signing her up to a regular sporty class soon as she’d love it!
Fresh flowers
Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? I currently have some of my favourite blooms dotted around the house and they cheer me right up each time I look at them!

What have you been loving this week? Let me know in a comment!

Review // PartyLite Candles

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you’ll know I have a bit of a thing about candles. They are pretty much my one indulgence and I almost always have one lit during the day at home. They bring a bit of peace and joy into an otherwise busy house!
One brand I’ve had my eye on for a while but have never actually tried before is PartyLite. They are a brand I have seen crop up many times before though everywhere from local fairs to personal recommendations and I am sure you have probably heard of them too! It’s not surprising really when you learn that they employ over 68,000 consultants worldwide and are the world’s leading direct seller of candles, candle accessories and home fragrance products.
I recently received some products from the spring 2016 catalogue to try out and today I wanted to share my thoughts so far. I’ve been really impressed with everything, to the point that I have dotted the items all over the house as I can’t bear to put them away!
First up we have this beautiful pair of porcelain butterfly tea light candle holders. These are my absolute favourite products from the collection which is crazy as something as feminine as this would not usually be my cup of tea!
Each of the candle holders are made from a super fine porcelain which is just a few millimetres thick. The inside of each holder has a contrasting pop of colour, there’s one pink and one lavender. Once you place a tea light inside, these holders light up and provide the most incredible ambience to any room or occasion. I’ll definitely be keeping these out all through spring!
Now, you can’t try out a pair of tea light holders without having any tea light candles to go inside! I’m going to admit that I usually buy my tea lights in bulk from a certain famous flat-pack furniture store so I was curious as to what a more expensive version could offer.
I received a box of Wild Lemongrass scented tea lights from PartyLite and as soon as I opened up the box I could see exactly why these were special!
The tea lights are individually encased in a sturdy plastic holder and are complete with a superb quality wick. I have tried these out a few times now and the burn quality is clean and bright every time.
Let’s not forget the scent too! Wild Lemongrass is a perfect fresh scent, perfect for burning at any time of day. Gentle, fresh, slightly sweet and not overpowering. I think these would be amazing used on a warm spring day. They look absolutely gorgeous in the butterfly holders too!
On a side note, I love the PartyLite packaging. Simple and understated, very much my kinda thing!
Next up, we have the Berry Blossom GloLite candle. Advertised on the box as “the world’s brightest candle”. I couldn’t wait to try this one out!
The candle inside is a chunky 15.5oz double wick candle in a plain glass holder with no visible branding. This very much appeals to my minimalist tendencies, it looks lovely in any room of the house! Once lit, the textured pink wax of this candle radiates a soft, all-over glow which looks luscious at any time of day.
 
Berry Blossom is a completely delectable scent. Fresh, feminine and playful. I’m really enjoying having this lit candle as much as possible at the moment. It’s just perfect for spring!
Finally, SmartScents! Yep, i’ll admit I had absolutely no idea what either of these products were when I received these two boxes. After a sneaky search on Google though, all became clear….
SmartScents are decorative fragrance sticks that offer round the clock home fragrance. I received a gorgeous little ceramic white flower holder and a pack of five Peony scented sticks.
Without a doubt, I’m an instant fan of these fragrance sticks! They are such a versatile product. Each stick is scored into four so you can easily divide them up and you can use as many as you need to fragrance your home. I have found that two full sticks is more than sufficient for us. Also, with the SmartScents Fragrance Sticks you can mix and match your scents to create your own unique fragrance. Each stick is long lasting and will provide constant scent for up to 30 days. I really, really love these!
Since I’ve had these products on display, people have commented on the lovely scent as they walk into our home. As there’s no oil or flame, you can display this item pretty much anywhere without risking an accident. The no fuss design is also pretty pleasing. Simplicity seems to be a running theme with PartyLite candles. I’ll definitely be stocking up on more of these when I run out!
Have you tried PartyLite candles before? Let me know in a comment below!