Youtuber Review: Louise Pentland, aka Sprinkle of Chatter

I enjoy watching a few Youtubers and every so often I will highlight a favourite Youtuber.

I am not normally into  ‘fashionable Youtubers’ but there are a few I do enjoy.  For three months I have been watching the goings on at Sprinkle of Chatter Towers.   Louise has been on Youtube for years now, with Sprinkle of Glitter and Sprinkle of Chatter, so quite a dab hand. She talks about everyday things, family and relationships as well as lifestyle issues. She is a single parent, which is a bit sad as she seems to be a nice person.

Here is why I enjoy watching Louise’s Videos

Good Stuff:

  1. She has a dry sense of humour
  2.  She is not afraid to be a girly woman and having a bit of fun
  3.  She has ups and downs like all of us
  4. She ends up in surreal situations like  in the UN
  5.  She does somewhat  bonkers interviews
  6. She looks after Darcey well, giving her lots of attention
  7. She can talk about every day stuff without it being tedious.
  8. You can watch her videos with a mug of hot chocolate, on a rainy day and put your feet up (hyggelig)
  9. I got her book from the library which I enjoyed.  I still remember how pink and sparkly it was.

The Bad

She didn’t reply to my posts, but may be because she has so many viewers. I don’t think it is because she is rude.

I can’t believe how tidy her house is, it is so scary!

Coping with Dry January 2017

I don’t generally drink at all, though like many of us we have temptations when people ask us if we would like one.

I have had only had one person this January asking me whether would I like a brandy with my mince pie but that is about it.  My friend also is doing Dry January and we are supporting each other. He doesn’t really drink much either. Dry January is pretty easy for us.

I have been mostly drinking teas and coffees.  I have also gone to apothecaries and specialist London teashops to get loose tea and I enjoy making my own home made tea. I don’t miss alcohol at all and nor non alcoholic wine, and it saves me money. Trying new teas makes my taste buds better.  My friend says that my skin looks great, even though I am in my 50s, and I have hardly any wrinkles.

I have been saving orange rind to make orange flavoured teas but I learned today that it is could cause cancer. I may have to do more research on that.

Last year, I did Dry January and I got a free meal from Strada and a non alcolholic rose. I hope they do the same this year, the meal was excellent.

I have also got a Drink Water App which encourages me to drink water throughout the day. It seems to go off all the time! We all need to drink more water than we do.  I also don’t mix with drinkers or heavy drinkers and avoid a lot  of social networking. I like mixing with ‘doers’ rather than people who just go round chatting and gossiping.

As Millwall supporter, the culture is to drink, but I have never been one for the culture.

Well done to all of you who do Dry  January, you are awesome.

 

London: About time we had Women Only carriages on the Tube

There has been so much violence and sexual assaults on trains and tube trains in London. This has proved that many males are unable to control themselves.

Males nowadays are brainwashed with hardcore porn and seem to be unable to control their urges. It is all very well saying men should control themselves, they should, but some are so opportunist that they can’t. They are risk takers, willing to risk their job and family over a sex assault and a fight.

So, there comes a point that we women need to make a stand against male violence and have our own women only carriages. Other countries do this already like Iran, Japan, Mexico and Brazil and these are just some of them.

My colleague was sexually assaulted on London’s tube network and I remember that she came to work in tears. I have been verbally abused on the train by a group of , and drunk males can be very intimidating and unpredictable. I had this middle aged male touching himself next to me on a crowded train.  I was so shocked I couldn’t move, but I would now. He reminds me that we do need women only carriages.

Some women may not want to use the women only carriages but they will have the choice. I want the choice to use a women only carriage.  I don’t want the fear of violence, abuse, theft and sexual assault when I am travelling. Nothing is every done, as people at the top are still men.

 

LInk to Guardian article on Women Only Carriages https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/26/women-only-carriages-train-passengers-react-to-jeremy-corbyn-idea

Discussion on BBC Newsnight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28h_iz650CE

My friend has to go to Heathrow during the #Tubestrike

I only found about the #tubestrike on Monday 9 January today. ThIs is going to mess up my friend’s travel plans to  Heathrow  Airport on Monday for Chinese New Year.  He  found it really hard to even get flights out during this time as most of the seats were already booked. 

He has given up even trying to get there on Monday on the Piccadilly Line so will go up on Sunday morning, the night before. It will be a lot easier than faffing around getting buses and taxis early on Monday, and battling room with tourists and commuters. Still, it is annoying. The tube strike will start on Sunday 8th January from 6pm and last 24 hours, Zone 1 tube stations will be closed.

I don’t like tube strikes or rail strikes as they affect the economy and disruption people travelling to hospitals, jobs and visiting relatives, some being elderly. And I say this as an Ex-TSSA member and delegate.  Then after the #tubestrike there will be another travel strike, this time Southern Rail staff for three days this week. Most of the staff I expect are Labour supporters and they don’t seem to realise that striking like this just gets travellers’ backs up, even if, in some ways, they do agree with them. Why can’t they find another way, without upsetting the punters? At the end of the day, these strikers are supposed to be ‘at war’ with their employers but they are also ‘at war’ with those who are paying their wages.

2017 My New Year’s Resolutions

Here goes, folks. I like to give myself realistic and positive goals.

  1. To declutter my house. I tend to keep stuff just in case I need it. However, I realise that I don’t use a lot of my clothes and craft stuff. It is taking up a lot of space and I want more space this year. Also because I store a lot of stuff, I buy stuff again because I can’t find things. I also want to get more coat hangers too and keeps things more tidy.
  2. Borrow a Doggy from Borrowmydoggy to help an owner walk their dog and for me to have more exercise and get more experience with dogs.
  3. Go on a floristry workshop and practice some new techniques.
  4. Ban chocolate,coca cola and porky scratchings from my house and get people who see it to remove them. These are my weaknesses!Imust only have them on special occasions.
  5. Take part in Dry January and raise awareness to others. This also means you could get free meals too and some sponsors give you benefits
  6. Take part in Bullyonline campaigns, Alcohol Concern, Domestic Violence issues, Personal Safety, Road Safety and anti drugs campaign charities.
  7. Make my own granola breakfasts and actually eat it
  8. Cook more and try new things
  9. Improve massage techniques to improve wellbeing
  10. Be more minimalistic – help the planet, save money, create more space, have more me time
  11. Lead a more hygge lifestyle
  12. Support Lush as they do some excellent products
  13. Continue to make my own beauty products without toxins and raise awareness
  14. Take up Nordic Walking (I have already bought some poles)
  15. Ramble more locally along the footpaths and do a lot more walking. Join walking groups
  16. Listen more. People like to be listened to.
  17. Have no technology days or evenings.
  18. Read a novel,  and make time for this. I have been struggling to make time for reading. Hopefully, having a more minimalistic lifestyle it will be easier.
  19. Go on free tours in London’s Museums and learn more about history
  20. Make more crafts to give away for Christmas
  21. Buy things over the year for Christmas to save money
  22. Mix with people who lead a positive lifestyle
  23. Do more art and crafts
  24. Continue to look after the wild birds
  25. Have a more healthier lifestyle and inspire others
  26. Eat more fish
  27. Read more poetry
  28. Read to other people
  29. Sometimes do nothing
  30. Improve my computer’s memory by clearing up old files
  31. Watch more ‘feel good’black and white or colour movies
  32. Go to the Buddhist centre more often and read more Buddhist literature

UPDATES to follow

I love writing thank you letters

Writing thank you letters is an important part of my culture.
My aunts and parents have always written thank you letters and we always enjoyed receiving them in the mail.

This year is no exception; birthdays and Christmasses, I have always written them. It is a incrediblly hyggelig thing to do too.

I love choosing the type of stationery and cards and I like them to be really special, after all, they are a family keepsake. Throughout the year, I look out for nice stationery. I always avoid the lazy and tacky, ready-made printed cards; they look so boring.I come from a family of letter writers so we like to make a bit of effort. Lazyiness really shows up in letter writing. A letter can say so much about someone, and even their family. Not writing one comes across as thoughtlessness. selfishness and laziness (of course, if people are disabled etc, I can make exceptions).

People find it hard to afford presents these days and they are also very busy, so it makes things extra nice for them when they get a thank you letter of appreciation. Like me, they probably love the pretty stamp,the handwriting style, the choice of pen they used and the design of the letter and the choice of words.

I find it dreadful that many British people nowadays don’t bother to write thank you cards and some even send a naff, soulless text. It looks really bad on them. Your thank you letter, I think, is ‘your own PR’ which  can last generations.

We all need a little bit of thoughtfulness in our lives and it is so important to keep up such a warm tradition.

British Culture: People with Poor Lifestyles Choices are seen’National Treasures’

George Michael died at 53 on Christmas Day. Once again, another pop star has died far too young.

However, I was never really a fan of his ‘piped music’ or his lurid lifestyle but what really gets me is that he is regarded as a ‘national treasure’ for his music ignoring the fact that he chose to drug drive. He could have killed other people, including his friends and relatives in such an act. He just didn’t care.

As a straight edge person, I find the tributes annoying and bizarre. Sure he did some good things, but stepping into the driving seat whilst under the influence of drugs is one the worst things anyone can do.  There is no excuse for such a selfish act.

In Britain, we often glorify those who have lead toxic lifestyles. It even becomes one of their little ‘quirks’ after all, ‘none of us is perfect’ which Brits often say on the forums. You see this all the time, from adulterous footballers to ‘cheeky chappy’ actors, who get up to criminal activities, their talent for acting or football seems to override almost any bad behaviour, no matter how criminal. Henry VIII is a good example. He chopped off his wife’s heads yet royals are glorified. There are some exceptions like Rolf Harris, which some Brits are finding it hard to come to terms with, so I expect it depends on what kind of crime they get up to.

Perfume Reviews: Beyonce ‘Heat’, Equinox Bloom & Je Reviens

I am one of these people who is really fussy with their perfumes. I tend to be a Penhaligan , Worth or a Yves St Laurent girl.

My favourite perfume of all time is Je Reviens by Worth. It has a light,  citrus scent and it reminds me of my trip to Paris when I went to La Fayette. It ‘is’ Paris to me. I am glad that they still make it today. I remember buying it in the 1980s. I have been using it all the way from my twenties right through to middle age. It just makes me feel fresh, carefree and ready for the day ahead. It is a bit like perfumed talc. Rating: 10/10

Lately I discovered Equinox Bloom which came out last Spring..Now, this is a really special perfume from Penhaligans. It has a warm,spring scent and it reminds me of cherry blossom. In fact, that was the idea. For me this was perfect. I have always loved the idea of the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, so much so, that I bought a cherry blossom for people to enjoy in my local park. When I last visited my tree, I saw a young girl twirl around it like a maypole.

The perfume has a very distinctive aroma and a kind of depth that citrus perfumes do not  have. This one is a head turner because it is so special and unique, and you think that  you are the only woman in the world who has discovered this extraordinary perfume. I save it for special occasions.Rating:10/10

This Christmas, I received Beyonce Heat and my heart just sank when I saw the bottle with the name all over it.I generally avoid celebrity perfumes like the plague, however, it was a gift and I do not have that many perfumes. It has a vanilla, magnolia and woody scent which reminds me a bit of ‘pound shop’ perfume. However, someone said they liked it when I walked past. I have a huge bottle of this and quite frankly, I feel uncomfortable with it.It is far too sickly for me and it also reminds me of candy floss or salted caramel or something to get rid of cat fleas.I will have to use it up, even if it pains me. If I see people  leaving the seat next to me on a crowded train, perhaps it does have something good about it Rating: 3/10

Small Christmas Presents on a Budget

As I been on a budget this year, it was a challenge to get presents so I made a few handmade gifts for a personal touch.   These are not the ‘main presents’ but some that kind of add ‘bulk’ under the Christmas tree. Some I didn’t make, but I wanted practical presents.

Here are some inexpensive presents I made or bought this year:

  1. Homemade lip balm using coconut oil, beewax, Vit E oil and essential oils.I bought some small lip balm tins online. It is amazing how many you can make, one or two for each person. And the benefit is that you are not using any toxic ingredients. A hipster bonus.You can add wintery spices with ginger, tangerine oil, lavender flowers and clove oil if you wish. Coconut oil (the lardy type) can be purchased from a health shop, but it is hugely expensive there, but you can get them at a good Tesco or an African supermarket at a fraction of the price.
  2. Make your own candles, so easy to make. And, you can recycle your old candles too. You can easily get candle wicks (and ends), candle wax and dyes online. And you could even use them for next Christmas too.
  3. Moisturiser with shea butter, essential oils, beeswax, Almond Oil.  Once you have got these ingredients you can easily rustle up a good quality gift at a moment’s notice. This is excellent product is totally natural. Always keep these items in your house for birthdays, Christmas etc. You can make them seasonal too with appropriate essential oils. This year I used peppermint and chamomile essential oil for my moisturiser.
  4. Bath salts. These are incredibly easy to make.  However, if you are lucky to be in London, there are some excellent Turkish supermarkets and you can get Himalayan Pink Salts for just 85p for a small bag. Just add a bit of almond oil, essential oils and food colouring of your choice, but even this is not necessary. You can also layer the colours to add interest. Like the previous gifts, this is totally natural and non toxic.
  5. Anchovy Butter, so easy to make and quick to do. It is also so versatile to use.
  6. Sugar Scrub – just caster sugar, essential oils, almond oil and essential oils. You can add food colouring to add interest.
  7. Flower Arrangements – It is easy to make a candle flower arrangement and if you have conifers in your garden, you are halfway there. Additionally, you can easily make a flower headdress for Christmas Day, with real or fake wintery flowers. With the candle flower arrangement, add cinnamon sticks and Christmas tree baubles
  8. Make a DIY breakfast cereal. You can often pick up large biscuit jars at the pound shop. It is a lot of fun designing your own granola. I got this for my mother as I didn’t feel she was eating healthily.
  9. Practical present ideas -pajamas, even some food items, basic clothing as it is amazing how difficult it is for some old people to shop and some old people don’t have enough for basics too. Even simple foods they love, like Angel Delight, and they can enjoy remembering. My mother is foreign so I bought her some gingerbread biscuits, black treacle she loves, and sauerkraut. Even socks are great, even though they are supposed to be ‘boring’, but find some nice ones. Socks wear out, and we always need them
  10. I made a ‘Snow’ Conditioning Shampoo with natural incredients like castille soap, almond oil, essential oils, rosewater and Vitimen E oil. This was great as a winter gift..The majority of these ideas are on Youtube, so you can choose your own instructions. I am really looking forward to seeing what people will think on Christmas Day.

Update: The winter spiced  lip balms were very popular, including the bath salts.  Lots of people were very impressed by the high quality natural  beautifully smelliing products, and one was inspired to make some natural beauty products herself. Even my relative, a bloke, said he loves the homemade bath salts as he gets lots of migraines.

Don’t Drink Drive, you could lose your home

My neighbour was a middle-aged builder who bought an old oast house and he put all his hard work into making his home a nice place and showed off to  the neighbours. After three years of working on it, he was caught drink driving by Kent Police and he was banned for several months.

His wife didn’t work so he was the main breadwinner. Without being able to drive for his work, he fell behind with the mortgage payments. Clearly this created problems at home, and his relationship fell apart and he divorced. A few months after this, his home he worked so hard on, was sold and he moved away from the area. And there of course is the embarrassment as all his neighbours knew what happened as an article appeared in the local paper that he was a drink driver.

All because he chose to drink and drive.