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4.5.17

STAY SAFE ON THE ROAD THIS SUMMER W/ FIFE AUTO CENTRE*

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I love taking road trips, there is something amazing about blasting the perfect playlist whilst whizzing down the motorway with the windows open and the wind blowing through your hair. It's exciting and invigorating. Road trips are a vital part of the summer, whether you're throwing the kids in the back of the car and going down to the beach, or climbing into your friends old Fiat to go to whatever music festival tickles your pickle; the journey is part of the experience and that experience should be a safe one. This summer I am teaming up with Fife Auto Centre* in order to help promote car safety and to raise awareness of certain dangers on the road.

Whilst it is easy to get caught up in planning the perfect playlist, the best route, and where you can snap some super cool instagrammable photos, you need to be safe whilst doing so, so here are my top five tips to help keep you, your family, and your friends safe on the road this summer.  

Once you have finished checking out the tips, you can find my Road Trip Playlist below. 



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1. Breaks & Lights are both very important. You will automatically fail your MOT if either one of these is not working properly. Let's face it, summer in England can quite often be very wet so you will need to have both your breaks and lights working in order to avoid an accident. They need to be in full working order regardless of the weather, but bad weather can be especially dangerous for a car with faulty parts. It is always recommended to keep spare bulbs in your car in case any of your lights go out and make sure you know how to change them before your journey, so you can spend less time fixing, and more time having fun.  Breaks are equally as important, so make sure these are in full working order before any journey - if they squeal a lot, or if the brake peddle feels spongey, then go and get them serviced. If you drive through a large puddle, then check your breaks right away - if they don't feel right, pull over and wait until they dry out a little before continuing your journey.

2. Tyres. Let's face it, no matter how great your car is it will not run properly unless you have great tyres to match or any tyres, to be honest. Before any trip, you should always check your tyre pressure, and add air to them if necessary - you and add air to your tyres for free at most petrol stations in the U.K. You should also check your tyres for any existing damage as this could severely hinder your trip - it could be something as simple as getting a flat tyre, or it could be a lot more fatal. I always say, if in doubt, get it checked out - The tyre experts at Fife Auto Centre will be more than happy to help you, and if needs be they can supply and fit your car with a new set of tyres. You can buy new tyres in Stirling, or from conveniently from their website if you live in the surrounding areas. 

3. Checking your Oil and Water is always a must, however, it is especially imperative before you go on a road trip/long car journey. You don't want to be caught out half way down the motorway because your car has overheated. If you are going on a long trip make sure to keep a few bottles of water in the car so you can keep your water levels topped up - and if your car is old make sure you stop every few hours to give it a chance to cool down.


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4. Do not ignore the 'Check Engine' light. It is lit up for a reason. If you are unsure why it is lit up, take it into your nearest garage as soon as possible and they will be able to assist you - you don't want to end up stranded next to a smoking car at the edge of the road, do you?

5. Making sure you have a clean windscreen and mirrors. I think this one pretty much goes without saying but your windscreen and mirrors are very important - they need to be cleaned regularly, not only so you can see, but so other drivers can see you. Make sure you polish your mirrors, and fill up your screen wash regularly, so you can keep squirt those bugs and rain marks away.



Now for the playlist.  I pride myself in making super awesome playlists, so check out the one I made, and maybe use it on your next road trip.


Where is your favourite road trip destination? Have a post about it? Leave a link to it below and I will have a look, I am always open to new road trip destinations.

Have any songs you think I should add to the list, then let me know about them too and perhaps I'll add them to my list.  Please note, this playlist does not/will not contain any Ed Sheran, because he is overplayed trash.




*This post has been sponsored by Fife Auto Centre. All opinions are my own. For more information, please check my disclaimer.

19.4.17

BLOG TOUR | ACROSS GREAT DIVIDES BOOK REVIEW



Wow.

As a history lover, I was intrigued by this book before I even read the first the page. I have spent a large part of my academic career learning about the second world war, and the effects the Nazi regime had on the people of Europe. However, everything that I have learnt did not prepare me this heartbreaking story, surrounding a Jewish family from Berlin, and the lengths they would go through to stay safe.

We meet them before the war when Hitler was just a small blip on the radar. Very few people saw what dangers he really posed to the nation (and to the rest of Europe). Remind you of anyone? *Cough* Trump *Cough*   But eventually the city and society they once loved became violent towards them; friends were now enemies, their safety was constantly at risk, and they had become social outcasts.

After witnessing the Reichstag fire, book burning, The Night of the Long Knives, and The Night of Broken Glass, twins Eva and Inga, and their family only have one option left; run. However, just as they start to feel safe again in their new home, they are faced with a different kind of turmoil, can the family withstand all of the prejudice and hate mankind has towards each other before it's too late?

Monique Roy has created a beautiful novel that helps put a face on those that were affected the most during WWII. She has a clear grasp of the history and has weaved an intriguing plot around some of the most poignant events of the second world war.

I love that even though this novel features war, it is not a novel about war. It's about love, family, hope and identity. It truly highlights the desperation of a family to stay together and protect themselves during a traumatic time, something which can be mirrored today, with the plight of the refugees fleeing the middle east.

This is a great novel, and I strongly recommend that everyone read it.   4/5 Stars.  

Still not sure if you would like it? Check out some more reviews from other stops on the blog tour.



You can buy the book on Amazon*, and at all other places where books are sold, however, if you fancy yourself the lucky type, you can enter below to win one of two copies, how cool is that?


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*This book was given to me in return for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 



17.4.17

WIN FREE TICKETS TO GRAND DESIGNS LIVE

Back in January, I decided that this summer would finally be the year I decorate my bedroom. It has been red and cream for a good few years now and quite frankly it's really beginning to peeve me off! I know that I am supposed to be saving to buy my own house, but that dream is still a couple of years away and if I have to look at those red walls any longer, I think I am going to scream, ahaha!

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