How To Survive: Black Friday

Now, I may live in the UK, so our Black Friday’s are not as extreme as some places (ahem America) but us Brits do like to shop, we just do it in a much safer manner…normally. But on Black Friday it seems that our stereotypical calm and collected behaviour goes out the window. So with that in mind, this is your guide on how to make it through…

If you’ve been living under a rock you may not have noticed that the Black Friday Deals have already started, which is odd as Friday is tomorrow, but I guess the shops think that this way they can spread out the chaos instead of packing it all in one day (messy).

But to start off my Help Guide, I should really explain what this mystical day entails…

According to Wikipedia “Black Friday┬áis the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November). Since 1932, it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the U.S., and most major retailers open very early (and more recently during overnight hours) and offer promotional sales”

So yeah… now ya know,

This is for those of you that dont want anything to do with Black Friday:

STAY AWAY!!! My only advice for you people is to steer clear of any shopping that day (come on its just one day) and I wouldnt make any plans to go out cause you just know the roads will be jammed with holiday shoppers. So just use it as an excuse to stay in Friday night (we all knew you were anyway).

For those who want to shop still but dont want any human contact what so ever (#same)

Here are my top websites to shop on Friday:
  • Superdrug – daily deals until Tuesday (upto 60% off) as well as loads of other deals/bundles and free stuff!!!
  • ASOS – 20% off EVERYTHING with the code: GOGOGO and free worldwide delivery!
  • Debenhams – No VAT on anything and upto 50% on clothing plus loads of other dealerino’s!
  • Amazon – SO.MANY.DEALS!
  • John Lewis – arent even revealing their deals till tomorrow (so you know they’re gonna be sweeeeet)
  • Forever 21 – They’ve been very hush hush about this but it turns out that on top of their already amazing sales, they’ve added another 30% off!!!
  • H&M – 50% off!
  • New Look – Up to 50% off (but just go online anyway just to see their amazing website banner XD)
  • Top Shop – Up to 50 % off … Im sensing a trend here…but they have free shipping too so…
And Im guessing all your other favourites will have, oh i dunno… up to 50% off?

For those braving the storm:

Good Luck!
There are gonna be some amazing deals on the highstreet and in shopping centres so you’re sure to save a lot of money but my tips for you are:
  • Make sure you actually want to buy the item, (your not just buying yourself a TV cause it 80% off when you already have a bigger and better one at home)
  • Dont get Stressy, if you know you hate shopping, large crowds or disorder then dont chance it and if you can feel yourself getting uncomfortable, LEAVE! There will be thousands of sales throughout the years so you’re not gonna miss out oo much
  • Remember to eat and drink (seriously of you faint infront of a 90% off electronics deal there is a good chance you will be trampled)
I hope this helped and whatever you’re planning to do tomorrow I hope you have a great time. Stay safe everyone and good luck!
P.s. Remember to tell me all your SWEET DEALS!
P.p.s. Sorry if your working tomorrow – sending even more luck!

Story Time: Holiday Horrors -Food Poisoning and Ear Infections

This summer I went to Thailand which was probably the best holiday I’ve ever been on with my family. My favorite part of course was meeting, feeding and cleaning a group of Asian elephants with Elephant Hills. But of course lucky old me I couldn’t just have a great time without stumbling into some (painful) mishaps.

Numero UNO!
The day before we went to Elephant Hills we were in Krabi which is a beautiful place filled with palm tree’s, beaches and monkeys (but don’t get me started on the monkeys). This would be the ideal place for a honeymoon or just somewhere to go if you like relaxing places with long white beaches. There was actually a couple getting married and the room opposite us were having their hen do their (not my personal preference for that but hey-ho!) Anyway on the last night we decided to go to the hotels Japanese Restaurant for dinner…big mistake. Not only did my Dad think he was genuinely going to die after a mouthful of Horseradish (or Wasabi, we’re not sure) but the afternoon after I started to feel…strange. We had just got home from THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE (aka the elephant meeting) and I was feeling exhausted. We hadn’t done a lot of exercise but I just thought it was something to do with the jet lag or something so I just chilled. We had already had dinner at this point and so as it slowly got worse, I went to bed for a little while. Every single one of my bones ached and even when I wasn’t moving I was in a ridiculous amount of pain. I also got a temperature (which worried my mum ngl) so was freezing and shivering even though it was about 34*C even at night! So while everyone else was checking out the camps swimming pool and generally enjoying themselves, I was lying painfully in bed in the tent. Every evening they had evening “entertainment” and after a few hours my family came back to see if I wanted to join them. I decided to because that night a local school were gonna do a dance for us and I love being part of the community when I go to different places. BUT…Literally as I sat there I could feel the pain overwhelming me and a I simply burst out crying because I hated the fact that I couldn’t enjoy this amazing experience. I went back to bed and in the morning “got rid of” the food that had made me ill (TMI I know).
The Second Wave…
Towards the end of our Trip we were in Koh Samui and I woke up with the feeling that my ear was scrunched up. I carried on with my day and didn’t think anything of it but over the next few day a pain grew and it got to the stage where I couldn’t move my jaw at all without a terrible pain going through me. When we were out for dinner I started to tear up (IKR it was an emotional holiday) so me and me mam went to a Thai pharmacy to see if they could do anything. They prescribed me strong AF antibiotics and ear drops (year apparently their medicine rules are a lot more leaneant than ours). I was in constant pain for about a week (great way to end the holiday) but it did very, very slowly get better and I can honestly say that is the most pain I have ever been in (and Im a girl who get severe period cramps). I forgot to mention that this also meant I was death in one ear for a few weeks during and after which my friends all laughed at when I came back and struggled to hear them. Speaking of which when I was home I could feel my ear pain come back and I thought hell no! This cannot be happening again, PLEASE GOD NO! So I went to the doctors at home and she looke din my ear (supprisingly the first person who had) and said “yeah you’ve still got an infection”. Que more drugs and ear drops and deafness. I hated this whole experience and wouldnt wish it on anyone.

As im not entirely sure where I got it from (most likely the hotel swimming pool [eww]) the only advice I can give is to get it checked out straight away. No matter where you are in the world you should have some form of medical help, the pharmacy I went to in Koh Samui may not have cured me but it sure did help. Then as soon as you get home (no matter if you think you’re fine aggain) book an appointment with you GP/doctor and get them to clear you because you dont want any horrible illness’ coming back. Especially as most people will come home and go back to work/school.

There you go, there are my two medical problems I faced in Thailand. I have loooooooaaaaaaaddddssss more stories to tell so if you want more please do tell me or comment any of your holiday horrors!

see you soon!