50 happy facts to get you in the mood for life

This is a fab list of things you probably didn’t know.. but are very interesting and might make you smile 🙂

  1. Penguins have one mate for the whole of their lives. They “propose” by giving their mate a pebble.
  2. Cows have best friends.
  3. Not one of your direct ancestors died childless.
  4. Cuddling releases Oxytocin which helps speed healing and recovery from physical wounds.
  5. Otters hold hands when sleeping so they don’t drift away from each other.
  6. The last man to walk on the Moon, Eugene Cernan wrote his daughters initials there. They’ll last 50,000 years at the very least.
  7. There’s a type of jellyfish that lives forever.
  8. We now have less crime, a lower death rate and longer life expectancy than at any other time in human history.
  9. The clitoris has 8000 nerve fibres, double that of the penis, and is the only organ in the body, which has evolved purely for pleasure.
  10. Every year the Netherlands sends 20,000 tulip bulbs to Canada to thank them for their aid in the Second World War.
  11. Rats giggle when you tickle them. Their voices are so high-pitched you need special equipment to hear them, but when you do, their laughs are immediately evident.
  12. Sea horses mate for life, are completely faithful and travel together by holding on to each others tails.
  13. If you say “my cocaine” you sound like Michael Caine saying his own name.
  14. Male puppies, when playing with female puppies, will let the female win. Gentlemen puppies.
  15. The majority of children born in Europe in 2013 will live to see the year 2100.
  16. Seeing somebody else smile actually makes you happier.
  17. Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.
  18. There are folk out there who are ombrophilous – they have a passionate love for rain.
  19. No matter how old you are there will always be an incredible new food for you try.
  20. The name for a group of porcupines is a prickle.
  21. Smallpox is completely extinct. No one else will ever die from it again.
  22. Pigs’ orgasms last for 30 minutes.
  23. Sloths only leave their tree once a week, to pee and poo.
  24. At the time of your birth, you were, for a few seconds, the youngest person on the planet.
  25. Cows produce the most milk when listening to the song Everybody Hurts by REM.
  26. Someone somewhere is losing their virginity right now.
  27. Baby rabbits are called kittens.
  28. Baby puffins are called pufflings.
  29. Worms communicate by snuggling.
  30. With our horseless carriages (cars), space travel, speed of light communication, cloning, lasers, connection to people worldwide, flying robots, we are living in the future people dreamed of.
  31. A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.
  32. Cancer death rates are down 20% in past 20 years.
  33. Every year, millions of trees grow thanks to squirrels forgetting where they buried their nuts.
  34. On the day of his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. had a pillow-fight in his motel room.
  35. The Beatles used the word “love” 613 times throughout their career.
  36. The chances of you (as opposed to someone else) being born is about 1 in 40 million.
  37. The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We’re all made of star dust.
  38. Canada is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.
  39. Iguanas, koalas and Komodo dragons all have two penises
  40. Just like humans, British cows moo in regional accents.
  41. John Cleese’s father’s surname was Cheese. Cleese grew up 10miles from Cheddar and his best friend at school was called Barney Butter.
  42. Under extreme high pressure, diamonds can be made from peanut butter.
  43. Tintin is called Tantan in Japanese because TinTinis pronounced ‘Chin chin’ and means penis.
  44. In 1881, there were only six men in Britain called Derek.
  45. Only 4 Clives and 13 Trevors were born in the UK in 2011.
  46. Everyone knows the dog in the movie “Wizard of Oz” as Toto, the dogs actual name given to it by it’s master was Terry.
  47. Approximately one fifth of all the publications from Japan are comic books.
  48. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  49. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.
  50. When Nelson Mandela met the Spice Girls, he called them his “heroes.”

Cheap Holidays

So.. i have been traveling for a about 4 years now … for very cheap!

First thing to say is there are several ways to do this. I use certain websites to book transport, and i am part of some groups that allow me to stay places for free (sometimes i get payed)


I use skyscanner everytime. It’s a really good website/App and you can literally search for everything. You can put in your location, and set your destination to ‘everywhere’ to find the cheapest places to go!

Try it now to see the deals you can get below…



I normally stay in other peoples homes, cat sitting! Its an excellent chance to see somewhere new, go to places you wouldn’t normally think of and live in a house/flat instead of paying for a hotel! I travel solo so i like to feel homely and having something such as a cat/dog/rabbit to look after is an added bonus for me 🙂 I mainly used trusted housesitters as no payment between sitter and pet owner is made. It is all protected with insurance and is a site which gets updated daily. Its global, and as i sitter i just send a short email to places i like the look of. if the pet owner likes your profile, they get in touch and you can set up an interview etc. Ive travelled everywhere with this website – New York, Malaga, Zurich, London, Paris, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Garrucha, Amsterdam, Manchester, Bordeaux, Toulouse.. and lots more!

Here is my trusted house sitters referral link if you want to check them out – you will get 25%off your yearly membership – i think that means that it will be approximately £60 which is a bargain IMO!

Survey Sites to Make Money 2021

So… This year has made me rethink how I save and earn money. Im no expert but on a day to day basis i somehow earn money – whether that is £1.00 to £100.00.

People often ask me how? I tell them – and they don’t do anything about it. i get it.. it’s hard work and takes a lot of time and dedication. But.. if you get in the habit of doing it daily – it really adds up adn you can make a good amount weekly.

These are my top sites i use on a daily basis – i suggest signing up to them all and then downloading the Apps if they have one – then get to know what you like using the best as everyone will prefer different types!


IPSOS SURVEY SITE – Website and App – You earn points for taking surveys – between 5 and 250 points for each – which can then be redeemed for vouchers. It varies by retailer, but you need 490 points to get a £5 Amazon voucher, and most members average four surveys a month. Click the link below for my referral.


In one year i have earned £75.00

Swagbucks Website and App – Swagbucks pays you points to answer daily polls. You can also mix it up by getting paid to watch videos, search via its page instead of Google and even play free online games. Points can be spent on rewards in its Rewards Store – for example, 700 points equals a £5 Amazon voucher.

Cash-out method: Money directly into your PayPal, gift vouchers (including Amazon), Sweepstakes entries.


As you can see i’ve earned 29,661 overall which equals to about £200.00

Google Opinion Rewards App – On your phone for google users – random surveys which last about 2 seconds and is an easy way to earn credit for purchasing apps, games, books, music and movies on the Google Play store. I have a total of £30 just answering surveys that last about 2 seconds!

Cash-out method: using google payment for apps/books etc

Curious Cat App – Quite a fun app – short surveys but you do get times out quite a lot – but points can add up quite quick! The app is easy to use and let you cash out when you reach 100 points (£1). 

Cash-out method: PayPal (after you’ve earned just £1).


Crowdology WebsiteA slow burner website – I have only earned about £30 for the last year which you can get back via Paypal but its good if your bored!

Cashout method: Rewards are redeemed via PayPal, GCodes or as Amazon Gift Certificates


Qmee App & WEBSITE– Frequent surveys via the app or on your laptop, but on the lower-paying side. Quite quick to do if your out and about though. Share your opinions, complete surveys and earn cash rewards. Get new surveys instantly! Activate your streak to increase your rewards.

Cash-out method – Cash out to PayPal at any time – no minimum cash out! Spend your rewards on a gift card or donate to charity.


Panelbase WEBSITE – This is my fave website! I get emails from them daily – they pay out quite well and are simple to do. I have been using them for a few years now that’s why it seems like i’ve earned so much!


Prolific Website – This is a new one for me but already i have earned £50.00. It’s the easiest – fastest survey site i have ever used. normally i get screened out of a lot of surveys – but with this the surveys you get picked for are for YOU so you dont get screened out.

Cash-out method: PayPal once you reach £5


Panel Opinion Website and App – Quick and easy surveys but only been using a short while so haven’t earned very much yet! The app is useful to have.


POPULUS LIVE WEBSITE – Quite a good survey site i’ve only just remembered them again so reregistered to start! Their payment threshold is 50 points, One point equals £1. They pay by BACS or Cheques (you can choose one of these options). The system is automated so you don’t need to redeem or claim your rewards.


APPINO SURVEY APP – Small polls to fill in everyday – very slow to build up cash but easy to do. Compare your opinion and see what the world thinks! Earn vouchers for your votes, level up and create your own polls!

Cash-out method – Earn Appinio coins and exchange them for high quality vouchers


ATTAPOLL APP – It’s available for both Android and Apple. It’s a low effort survey app – surveys take around 2-5 minutes (but they’ll let you know roughly how long it’ll take to complete before you accept it).

Cash-out method: Money directly into your PayPal (you’ll need to withdraw a minimum of £5)


MY IYO APP – Surveys on your phone which are quick and points add up quickly.


SUPER SAVVY APP– Free bundles and games/polls added every week – mainly product testing


INFLUENCE APP – Short questions that you have to answer doing a video – so if you dont feel comfortable doing short videos on your phone this isn’t for you. but it pays quite well! Influence is an app available in the US, UK and Australia on iOS & Android

Cash-out method: Money directly into your PayPal (minimum withdrawal of £10)


VIEWSBANK – Viewsbank is an online community where you can exchange opinions and stories on the topics that matter to you. Used on the computer.

Cash-out method – There is a threshold of £12 in your Viewsbank account balance that PayPal (the threshold for your first payment is £12.00). Viewsbank will automatically send you your earnings when you reach the threshold (this can take up to 30 days to arrive).


VETRI APP – Rare to get a survey but the points are quite good!

Code – BQC83866 www.vetri.global/friends

BRANDED SURVEYS WEBSITE- Their surveys are quite simple, and you can see your rewards stacking up quite quick.

Cash-out method: Money directly into your PayPal (minimum withdrawal of £10).


MINGLE WEBSITE – you will take part in market and opinion research surveys. Online questionnaires are probably the most common form of survey. The mingle app is available for Android devices

Cash-out method – Either paypal or vouchers when you get to 1 500 mingle points = £12


CLICKWORKER WEBSITE – I’ve been active on Clickworker for a while now. It’s a site where you can earn some money on the side by writing, translating and doing research. Check it out. Registration is free.

OPINION BAR WEBSITE – Been using this website a few years and its been steady. Made about £100 overall as i dont get many emails to do the surveys – you can cash out in lots of different ways though once you have £10.00


OHMYDOSH WEBSITE – Earn money by completing offers on OhMyDosh. These offers could be anything from a free trial, completing surveys or switching your energy supplier.


I will be adding to this so keep checking back 🙂

Want some more of my referrals?

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VINTED SELLING APP – make some money selling old bits and bobs – £10.00 for free when you list three things https://www.vinted.fr/invite/gembobscrafts

AIRTIME REWARDS – get money off your phone bill – simply link your debit card and whenever you use it in certain shops you will automatically get a bonus cashout – my code is – 83GAKT6T https://airtimerewards.app.link/friend

TOPCASHBACK –  It’s about making it easy for you to get a little back on your everyday spending. We’re there from the moment you upgrade your closet to your Friday night takeaway.


QUIDCO –  Again, another cashback site when you do your online shopping – ive earned over £400 pounds on this site overall 🙂 with my referral code you will get £5 free 


DIY Kitchen Drawers

Hey! I though i would share one of my most recent DIYs in my house!! I love all things sparkley so when i saw this wallpaper in B&M i took a little sample to use!!

Its been sitting in my stash for a long time then as i was looking for something in my drawer i though.. hey it would look good in there!

I cut out the shape of the drawer (the width of the paper fit in exactly which was lucky!). I then sprayed some glue in the drawer and fit the paper.

It looks so pretty and you cant see all the little bits that sometimes get in there! (where do they come from?!?!)

Give it a try it makes them look very pretty and abit different!!

Send me a piccy in the comments if you have done similar!!!

Making money at home during Isolation

I have always been quite savvy with making my own money. I’ve had a varied life full of different jobs

Nursery nurse, Dental nurse, retail assistant, admin at a prison!!, cafe worker, crafter (self employed) teaching assistant… the list goes on! I’ve loved all of them in different ways – but my health has always made me not ben able to do some of these long term which is a shame. my crafts have been a lifesaver and yes… i dont make much money from it but i would rather do this then roll around in a Jag! Anyway… here are some tips and tricks to make a bit of money in your spare time. I have done these kind of things for a few years now and it has made me thousands of pounds… from Surveys, market research, focus groups, mystery shopping, walking/receipt loading apps, voucher codes, cashback sites.

Yes it might look like a lot of work but once you get in the habit of doing them, it becomes your norm.. so when walking i can do a couple of surveys – my facebook as market research pages pinned to the top so i can see the research needed straight away. here are some sites i use which i will be updating. Also if you know of anymore please comment and i will add them!!

making money freelance …

Focus groups

FOCUS FORCEhttp://register.focusforce.com/term – Good company to apply for groups that are mainly done through zoom now. You will get email notifications

Angelfishhttps://www.angelfish-opinions.com/current-projects/ – lots of focus groups – well paid

Take part in research https://takepartinresearch.co.uk/ lots of focus groups around north east and yorkshire mainly – good pay

RESPONDENT –   https://app.respondent.io/r/gemmaclough-e824b93b9398 – a company that pays respondents to help researchers with their studies. The research projects vary from week to week but most studies can be done from home on your pc.

GRASSROOTShttps://www.grassrootsmysteryshopping.com/msw_pnlExtErrorPage.aspx?mode=error – I have had around 10 jobs with this site, and have earned around 60 pounds. Its a good site, but very detailed and if you get something wrong, you will not get payed.

SAROShttps://www.sarosresearch.com/ – You get emailed jobs – very rarely, but you have to apply for the job which is normally  a discussion panel or similar. A very high payer though if you get accepted, you typically get £30 to £100 for two hours’ work.

TRENDhttps://www.trendmarketresearch.co.uk/?fbclid=IwAR1zAhBFRKosp0OULZRQ0dB4RoU0Njeom1_BnoPmF5MCz7QqNzgHyjSApOE –

PAID FOCUS GROUP -https://www.paidfocusgroup.co.uk/referral/g4q7i3y1c0c2 – This is quite new to me and i mainly use the app – simple focus groups you can apply for

PEOPLE FOR RESEARCHhttps://www.peopleforresearch.co.uk/opportunities/ – Another focus group site to sign up to as they will email you with groups to apply to.

CODE RESEARCHhttps://www.code3research.co.uk/ – New to me at the moment but there looks to be several groups you can apply to!


FIELD AGENThttps://fieldagent.page.link/jgWT3UhStyqcU2ke8 – easy app to download – quick paying with small jobs that pop up every now and then. its good just to have on your phone to complete little mystery shops which normally entail taking a few photos of specific products in certain shops. Pay is between £4-12

ESA RETAILhttps://www.esa-webms.co.uk – this is a good website that i have just recently started using the last year. I really like it, i get good local visits and have got a lot of free things such as chocolate from Thorntons, free food shopping, train tickets and more. You get a refund of your purchase(taking a photo of your receipt) and then you also get a little extra money for your time.

AMBER ARCH ://europe.sassieshop.com/2aal/shoppers/ShopperLog.norm.php – mystery shopping – only availble onn the website – bit of a slow burner but good to check now and then! I only use this on my laptop.

Market Forcehttps://uk.marketforceshopper.com/login – I have been on this site for years and it is my favourite. I have earned quite a lot from this site and have visited places such as Next, William Hill, Restaurants, Bowling, Greggs, Prett, Superdrug and lots more! Again, you get to keep the purchase and then get money added for your time. I like this one as lots of jobs get added and every time you complete a job, you get points and the more points you have, the more jobs you can do. 🙂

Survey Sites


good survey site 



CREDIT CARDS WITH REWARDS PROGRAMS – Curve Cashback Card – Load your credit card onto the Curve app and they will offer 1% cashback on selected retailers on top of your existing bonus. It’s a secure app and contactless mastercard that offers rewards and added functionality when you buy something. Here’s everything you need to know about Curve and how to get yourself £5 free when you sign up and use your card for the first time.

You need to select Curve Rewards on the app as your preferred payment method. Then purchases on the card will use any bonus money/cashback that you’ve earned. You can use your earned cashback to make any purchase instantly, just remember to select ‘rewards’ as your payment method.


AIR REWARDS APP – Join 1 million members reducing their mobile bill just by shopping at Boots, Greggs, Primark, Wilko and many more. Free. Secure. Simple.

My referal code is – 83GAKT6T


Making Boho Curtains for your Home

Hippie Curtains

I absolutely love collecting vintage scarves and fabrics. Not only are they really beautiful with each one showing off a unique geometric pattern, a feminine floral sequence, or a scene with people and/or animals, but they are also really really cheap to buy. Once you collect enough, can be sewn into your own custom made boho curtains!!

I normally go looking around all the charity shops in York to find these goodies – i also use laces and embroidered napkins!! Honestly – what ever you can get your hands on would be good to try out for some quirky one of a kind style.


1. Iron and clean all fabrics and lay them out to configure your design. Create two panels of mixed fabrics.

2. When you have your final layout, flip all fabrics over and pin the left fabrics together to make a vertical panel that is half the width of a full curtain. Overlap the fabrics’ edges and pin 1/4″ down from the edge. Do the same thing with the right fabrics to make the second half of the first curtain.

3. Sew along all pinned seams, working carefully to avoid snagging the delicate fabric. You now have two vertical panels sewn. Pin these two vertical panels together in the center, again overlapping by 1/4″.

4. Sew down the center to create the center seam. Cut any loose threads. You now have one full curtain

5. Repeat steps two through four to create your second curtain.

6. Sew on your chosen header (pencil pleat header/eyelets/loops) to hang your curtains.

7. You curtains are now complete! Iron down the hems and any wrinkles. If you are hanging these curtains in front of window that receives full sunlight for extended periods of time, you should place curtains liners behind these, as the fabric may fade in bright sun.

I’m in Zurich!!

Hey sorry it’s been so long till me last post.

I’m cat sitting in Zurich atm for two weeks. I have never been to Switzerland before and to be honest it is not somewhere I would ever think of coming, but let me tell you it is a lovely beautiful amazing city full of kindness and smiles. I arrived a week ago now and have just been exploring the many parks, museums and galleries there is to offer. The weather is warmer then England but there has been cloudy days. I don’t mind because I went to a really cool cinema called Kosmos and saw an English movie called Hostile which was fab!

I didn’t realise Switzerland wasn’t in the EU so silly me only brought euros…. oops! They use Swiss francs here and things are really expensive! I would definetly visit again in the future.

It is quite central to alot of other places aswell, You can get the bus and in three hours and get to either Geneva, Milan and in 8 hours get to Venice! (Which is where I’m going after Zurich!)

Things I’ve noticed about Zurich.. .

  • There are literally no homeless people on the street. I have seen none… Which is strange because in England there are loads and you just get used to it really. Which isn’t good I guess!
  • There is no litter and also there’s loads of bins!!
  • The women dress quite manly and very streamline, they only wear simple colours and many have short hair in a bobthat is tied up in a bun.
  • Men wear hipster glasses and carry man bags.
  • You don’t have to press a button at the traffic lights, they are just sutomatic… and they stay on the green man for AGES!!!!
  • Most people recycle and there arnt many cars about… very eco friendly.
  • All the shops and everything closes on a Sunday.

Yeah so they are the observations I have made throughout my trip!!

GUEST POST – There just isn’t enough hours in the day!”

Brilliant inspirational first blog post by Tracey in York.
Ver helpful for small business’ 🙂 thank you Tracey!!!!

Let the blogging begin

Yesterday in a facebook group i asked the question, “What is your biggest struggle with your business right now?” and a particular answer kept cropping up – “there just isn’t enough hours in the day lol” 

My instant reaction to this was “really? what are you doing with your time? There always is the same amount of hours in the day ‘every day’ always has been, always will be. (ok before you all start shouting “what about when the clocks change ey” yes that does change things slightly twice a year) also it’s the same for everybody (hhmmm) so yep we all have the same amount of hours in the day every day”

You may sense I get slightly ‘het up’ by this conversation? well yes it’s safe to say I really, really don’t like it when fellow business owners say ” i just don’t have time!” So i thought i’d…

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I know at the moment there is a huge housing crisis which is causing mass homeless and people not with secure housing and places to call there own. In York there are a number of services that help these people by offering food on the night and lots more support which is fantastic and i try my best to support them.

Im quite the internet searcher – and i have moved house 25+ times… so quite an expert on renting/where to find cheap housing etc. i have found certain sites that offer cheaper housing. private renting is absolutely ridiculous and i cannot fathom how people afford this – i am personally with Yorkshire Housing paying minimum and i am so lucky to have the one bedroom flat i have. I am warm on the night and there are plenty who are not.

When i was going to live in Darlington (whilst eventually settling on Darling Buddhist centre for a year for 250 a month) i was going to use these websites and move into a property which is currently empty- suitable for living but it is temporary – so good for people who like to move- haven’t got dependents etc Here are the websites i used – there are hundreds of housing all over England that are empty and the can go for as little as 150 pounds a month to have a roof over your head so check them out –

ad hoc – Providing vacant property protection with live in Guardians – Empty property protection or a cheap place to live across the UK

camelot europe – Property in the uk and abroad.


I also used several other sites which offer private housing but on a cheaper basis as you dont go through an Estate Agent. These are

Gumtree – Gumtree (be careful on this)

open rent – an amazing site with cheaper properties – sign up to their newsletter to get updates.


I will still update this once i find more sites but i hope this helps a tad.


Personalised Bunting

fab tutorial on personalised bunting!


I thought I would give making bunting a go, it is quite a nice way to add colour to a wall and great way to personalise a bedroom.

I drew a triangle with the measurements of 18.5 cm (7.5 inches) along the bottom, 26 cm (10.5 inches) along each side, and 24 cm (9.5 inches) inside from the top of the triangle to the base.  I used cardboard for the template, see below.  I then cut out 10 triangles of coordinating fabric because I decided to make 5 double-sided flags.

I decided to personalise my bunting with my daughter’s name, and no, her name is not ‘addy’ as per the photo below, I had already started sewing the ‘M’ on the flag before I remembered to take a photo!

For the lettering, I printed it off and then simply drew the letter onto fabric and then cut out.

Note; if you don’t have a chalk/fabric…

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