Thursday, 31 August 2017

Making History | Crossing the Queensferry Crossing

The Queensferry Crossing opened on Wednesday and my Dad wanted to go for a drive across, so I headed along with him.  I think everyone had the same in mind, as the queues to the Queensferry Crossing were miles long. Once we were on the bridge it took about 5 mins to cross, then we went around the round about and back across.

Well it's a bridge, but it wasn't the same without the famous bump, bump, bump, when you drove across the Forth road bridge. I actually miss the bump, bump, bump, when you are driving and the bumps. Never mind everyone will be getting chucked back to the Forth road bridge over the weekend, for the events. Then chucked back to the Queensferry Crossing next week for the official opening. 

How pretty does the Forth road bridge look from this angle ? It's like Scotland's version of the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge haha.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Queensferry Crossing Experience

Isn't it typical when you want picked for something, you don't get picked. If you aren't fussy, you get picked. There's been such a hype people wanting to walk across the new Queensferry bridge, as they are letting so many people walk across the bridge as a "once in a life time opportunity". Once the bridge is opened, it will only be open to vehicles, but not walkers. I don't see what the hype is walking across a bridge. It's a bridge right ? You'll get the same view when you drive over. I thought for the sake of it I'll apply to cross the bridge and boom I got an email saying I was picked. How typical, I wasn't even fussy about being picked. I'll be walking across the bridge this Saturday (2nd September). 

I got sent a the invite in the post, along side a lanyard and a card with a photo of me. 

The invitation says : 

A Once In A Life Time Opportunity 


The Scottish Government formally invite you to celebrate the completion and opening of the Queensferry Crossing.

The Queensferry Crossing Experience is your chance to witness first-hand the innovative design and world-class engineering that has created the breathtaking structure, Scotland's largest infrastructure project in a generation. 

I'll let you know how it goes and try take some photos.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

How I paid off my car

My dream was always to own a brand new car, but I didn't want to be in debt or struggle with money. I told myself once I paid of a certain amount of my mortgage, I could save for my dream car.

I bought my dream car (read about it here) and it's paid of. I've had people ask me how I afford a brand new car, it's like yea my car is doing fine thanks. There's no easy explanation, but save, save and save. When I saved for a deposit for my mortgage I learnt about expanding your money. So going to share with you, ways to expand your money.

It pays to save - When I was saving for a deposit for my house, at one point I was earning £40 a month interest from the bank. Although the bank interest rates are no where near as good, as when I saved for a deposit for my house. 

Shop with Quidco - Shopping with quidco, you get a percent cash back when you shop using the link through the Quidco website. Sometimes it can take a while to get paid, but it's a nice surprise when you forget about it. So far I've made a total of £527.04 shopping through Quidco.

Get a contract - Sometimes it's cheaper to be tied in a contract. As much as I hate the thought of being tied down, companies like that as it's promising them customers for longer. I was paying £18 a month for my BT broadband and decided to change provider, as it was getting dearer. I phoned BT to tell them I want to cancel my broadband and the sales person told me if you get a 12 month contract they do deals, depending on what the deal is at the time.  Now I phone every year before my contract ends and pay £13 a month. 

Cancelling your account - I pay my home insurance through my bank and the price has jumped up by £100 per year. I decided to phone to cancel the insurance and look elsewhere. They asked why I wanted to cancel and they offered me a cheaper price. Am not saying it always works to tell the company you want to leave, but am surprised companies do this. 

I hope you find these money saving tips helpful. 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Wetherspoon Steak Club | BBQ Pork Ribs

Tuesday is my favourite day at Wetherspoon, steak night. If you haven't heard of Wetherspoon it's a pub in the UK. Am not really a "steak" fan, but I love BBQ ribs. Wetherspoon have different days of food club menus, Tuesday - steak club, Wednesday - chicken, Thursday - curry, Friday - fish, Sunday club - Sunday roast. Each day has a set price for meal, plus drink or alcohol.

I headed to Wetherspoon with my mum for dinner. I had BBQ pork ribs, with coleslaw, onion rings and chips and an Irn bru. 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Calton Hill | Edinburgh

Calton Hill is one of my favourite views to look over Edinburgh. I used to think it was Carton Hill, until my friend told my I was pronouncing it wrong haha. There's the Stewart and National monument to see up Calton Hill.

I went for a walk up Calton Hill and took some snaps. There's always tourists climbing on the National monument, but my legs are too wee. I've tried a few times and can't get up.

Can you spot Edinburgh Castle and Princes street in the photos ?

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wild West Village | Edinburgh

You might have guessed I've been on holiday from work, so I've spent it acting as a tourist in my city. I think we are always working and face the same surroundings everyday, we take for granted where we live. 

I've been taking tips from Stine (thatscottishnorwegiangirl) on places in Edinburgh to visit. Stine told me about the Wild West Village, in Morningside. I searched it online and it's a hidden street designed in the 90's like the Wild West.

I headed along to see the Wild West Village, on Spring Valley Gardens. The street was packed with cars, but lucky I went on Sunday when all the garages in the alley are closed. I drove in the lane, where the Wild West Village is and parked up the top of the alley.

It looked like an old American Wild West film set, to think its hidden in Edinburgh. 

Thanks Stine for telling me about this, where have I to go next ? Haha 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

MINI Referral Gift | Review

I recently bought a MINI at Eastern MINI (read about it here). I have so much love for MINI, that whenever my dad traded in his car I'd tell him to get a MINI. It was only after I bought my MINI, my dad had his mind set on a MINI. 

My mum can't drive, but it won't stop her asking for random stuff from a car garage. My dad got his last car from Seat. My mum liked the Seat umbrella on display in the showroom, so she told the salesman my dad wasn't buying the car unless she got that umbrella. Surprisingly the salesman gave the umbrella in with the car. 

We managed to talk my dad around getting a MINI, so we headed along to Eastern MINI. My dad picked between two ex demo MINI Countryman, a silver or dark grey. My mum said she'd ask what I get for recommending my dad MINI and hinted MINI car mats, as the universal ones we bought don't sit right. The salesman said he'd see what he could do and would get "something special to go with my MINI". One of the times my parents came back from MINI they mentioned the salesman said a tank of petrol. When my dad collected his car, he came in saying the salesman said he's ordered a "special MINI cushion" coming Germany. My thoughts were I saw a nice furry soft MINI shape cushion in a supermarket for £6. I thought a cushion isn't exactly special, but any how we could only wait to see this "special cushion" all the way from Germany.

A couple weeks after my dad got his car, he headed to MINI to order car mats for his car and ask if the cushion had arrived. The salesman said it's been ordered, so it's still on its way. It only takes a week for me to send things to my friends in America, in that time my cushion must have flown around the world a few times.

It's been 2 months since my dad got his car, so I went on the Eastern MINI Facebook page and commented - I'll be trading in my 17 plate and still no gift for recommending my dad. The following day the salesman emailed saying he txt my dad the week before to let him know it arrived. So I phoned my dad to ask if he got a txt from MINI, to which he said no. I went to my parents house and had a look throug my dads phone and there was no txt or email. My mum said let's go along for the cushion then.  

We headed along to MINI to pick up the cushion and I waited outside in the car, while my mum ran in. When my mum came out, she was waving it in her hand making a face. I laughed so much at how ridiculous it looked.

It was a drop from car mats, to a tank of petrol, to get a knitted car not much bigger than a McDonald's toy.  

I always thought MINI had a standard for their cars and merchandise. How can a supermarket sell a nicer, better shape MINI than MINI ?. 

Where do I begin ? It's knitted, do I look that fuddy duddy ? MINI cars are modern and stylish, now we've went old fashioned. Secondly it's very badly shaped. I have bought MINI hats and other merchandise in the past and they were always to a high standard. Lastly why did it take two months coming from Germany ?. Do MINI have a granny in Germany and I was waiting on Granny MINI knitting it ?.

      As much as I love MINI cars, MINI have downgraded themselves to think it's acceptable to give this. It's like giving your friend a McDonald's toy, as a gift. I know it was free, my point is you don't give someone something that looks awful.

Monday, 14 August 2017

My New Car | MINI

My dream car has always been a MINI. They are cute, modern and I love the stylish shape. When I was learning to drive I bought my first MINI, but I made the decision to sell it when I bought my house. 

My goal was to one day own a brand new MINI. When the 17 plate came out, I headed along to Eastern MINI to look at MINI's. The salesman I got was really good. I said I want a MINI One and he went over, seating and colours etc.

After a month waiting I was able to pick up my dream car, a brand new 17 plate MINI. Am sure you'll see a lot more blog posts of my new car and MINI adventures.  

Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Huxley | Buffalo Wings

I can't work out if am on a mission to find the best food or smoothie in Edinburgh. I seem to have a love for smoothies right now. I stopped at The Huxley for dinner and after looking through the menu, the 12pm till 5pm menu looked more appealing. Don't you hate when you spot something on the menu, then to realise they only serve it during certain hours. I liked the sound of Philly cheesesteak, but I'll have to try that at a later date.

I opted for the buffalo wings,chips and the berry burst smoothie. I wouldn't go overly mad on the buffalo wings. Am addicted to irn bru, so I struggle to find a drink that doesn't leave you thirsty after. The smoothie was nice and refreshing and different from irn bru.

I think I need to go back and try a breakfast or Philly cheesesteak.