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Husband vs Boyfriends, These Are The Rules EP 2 Is Live.

January 14, 2019

Hey everyone it is here a little late but, better late than never.  I had hoped by now I would have figured out iTunes, using Blubrry and RSS feeds but I still haven’t. I spend most of my time surfing the internet and youtube watching all the videos but still end up lost and confused, this one has proven the hardest yet but I will master it.  In my second podcast I wanted to tackle something that I think I talk about everyday, dating.

It feels like women are constantly auditioning for marriage and men are on some type of imaginary reality show wading through a sea of women looking for the right one to give a rose. So I wanted to know how we felt about boyfriends and husbands and what benefits we considered worthy of each title. It is uploaded to Soundcloud and you do not need the app to listen or even need a subscription, just click the link and anyone can listen to it. Thanks so much for the continued support, enjoy.


xoxo LaurenOLauren

Girl Talk Inspiration

10 Ways To Save Money This Holiday Season & Beyond

November 25, 2018

In a world where most things in life aren’t free, it can be much harder to save money than it can to spend it. So if you’re saving for a holiday, a wedding or even to pay an upcoming bill, it’s handy to know a few ways that you can save money.


Try Switching Utility Companies

Whether it was one that was recommended by a friend or family member or a suggestion from the landlord, the utility company you are with might not be the best one for your bank account. Look at how much you’re spending each month and how much energy you are using up. Get in touch with other providers and see if what you’re currently paying can be reduced with them. Like the banks, utility companies are after their competitor’s customers so if they have an opportunity to take you away from them, and they are likely to offer a very attractive deal.

Get A Better Phone Deal

Mobile phone contracts tend to eat up a big chunk of your monthly wages so when your phone is next due up for renewal, try reducing the cost or if the phone you have currently is still in good working use, switch over to a SIM-only deal. These are much cheaper and better value for money than contracts are. Contracts will charge you interest so you can end up paying hundreds more over the actual value of the phone. I don’t have a contract phone I buy my phones cash and have a prepaid SIM, best decision ever made. Coming from Jamaica that’s what Im used to doing. The whole idea of the contract system to me seemed so unreasonable I’m surprised people still do it.

If you’re paying for a phone using a loan, transfer this debt onto your credit so you boost your credit rating and have all your debt in one place. It’s very beneficial and you can learn more about this topic here.

Save Money On Food

There’s a number of ways that you can save money on food as the weekly shop can get quite pricey. Here are a few suggestions to cut down on costs:


  • Try a food subscription service. You pay a set fee each week, and usually, you’ll get recipes to follow which are different each week. You’ll save more money and likely waste a lot less in terms of food.
  • Buy in bulk when items you regularly pick are reduced. Toothpaste, toilet roll, etc are all things you’re always going to need so if there’s a nice discount going, buy a few to save you some money in the long run.
  • Buy own branded food because it tends to be a lot cheaper than branded food and there’s very little difference in taste when you compare it.



Set A Budget Each Month For Socialising

It’s great to go out and spend time with friends but we normally do this in a bar or restaurant environment, which will all know is where we can end up spending a lot of money. It might be helpful, if you do have a very active social life, to set a budget each month and if you exceed that budget, then make alternative arrangements to either have dinner at one of your homes or go out to the park or do some sort of free activity. If that’s sometimes not possible, then restrict the amount you drink or eat and don’t get pulled into paying for a three-course meal. Splitting the bill straight down the middle when your friend has had more drinks than you is also unfair so stick to your guns and pay for just yourself.

Cancel Memberships

We very easily sign up or different things such as gym membership and loyalty cards, but they can end up sucking more money from our wallets. Over time we forget just how much it takes out of paycheck so access all of the memberships you have that are costing you money and check if they’re still worth paying for. If you don’t go to the gym every month, then you might want to opt to do pay as you go or at least freezing your membership every other month to save a bit of money. Food and drink subscriptions can be great for saving money, but if it’s not making a difference in the money you’re still spending outside of it, then it’s probably not doing you any favors.

Clear Out Your Clutter And Sell It

As we collect stuff over the years, a lot of it might not even be of any use anymore and is just taking up space in your home. When you next have a declutter, any clothes, home decor, books, CDs and tech gadgets can be sold on to make a small profit. Most sites will take anything, including eBay as one suggestion.

For your tech gadgets, they’ll also take anything that may be in bad condition or on some occasions broken. It’s better for the environment that they take it and pay you, rather than you chucking it out. So get hunting for all those mobile phones you have lying about the place.

Take Advantage Of Coupons and Discounts

There is a wealth of coupons and discounts available online and in magazines or newspapers so whenever you see them, cut them out and keep them in the kitchen or by the door. Even if some of them aren’t going to be used, you never know what you might need to go out and buy. Sign up to any companies newsletters that you buy from often to keep updated on any discount deals they do throughout the year. We can usually miss out on these if we don’t keep tabs on them. It does mean though that you’ll get a lot more emails…

Get Cashback For Shopping Online

You can now earn cashback on certain sites when shopping online. So if you are a regular for online shopping, this will be a great way of saving some cash on your purchases. Sites like Quidco are great for alerting you on a website that offers cashback so you can feel less guilty about spending, particularly over the festive season.

We can all save money somewhere in our spending so if you need to save then try out some of these tips. You may be surprised by how much you save.


xoxo Lauren 

Girl Talk

That Shouldn’t Impress You After 30 Sweetie

October 14, 2018

If at the age of thirty you’re still impressed by boys buying you things that by now you should be able to afford yourself, you probably need to re-evaluate your life. Have you become the woman you always wanted to be? If you thought about being a certain kind of woman at all. I want to make sure that what I’m about to say isn’t taken out of context, so I’ll try to do my best.

A couple years ago I sat down and wrote down where I saw myself at 30, at the time I wasn’t married, I had no money and the thought of going back to school made me sick to my stomach. Everyone is pretty, when was the last time you saw an ugly girl? Everyone can get their body together and anyone can be a kept man or woman, that’s easy. But truly finding your unique place in this world, that’s hard. I knew where I wanted to be and I knew I wasn’t there yet. Marriage, not mindless dating, my degree, job stability and a change of scenery, I told myself I would have these by 30. I didn’t want to still be clubbing in Kingston and getting impressed by bags and purses anymore, and constantly rubbing shoulders with the exact same people who were at every event. I wanted to be impressed by new things, the things I could buy, the things I could afford out of my own pocket. Don’t get me wrong I’m still utterly excited when my husband shows up with expensive gifts, or just gifts for that matter, he just walked in as I’m writing this with a family size bag of almond M&M’s and I’m going to admit I’m excited and impressed. I did not know they make M&M’s in almond flavored as opposed to peanuts. It means a lot to be because that’s my husband and we’ve been through a lot together and he has proven to me not by the things he has bought me but in so many other ways that he cares for me. Anyone can be the flavor of the month, remember that and sometimes a month can drag on for two years.

It’s too easy for men to spend money on girls, fuck them and then do the same to another girl. I too used to be impressed by the money that was spent on me, but then I started making my own money. Then their money didn’t impress me at anymore, to be fair men stopped impressing me altogether with their belongings. I’m at a place where I see men and their accomplishments as my competition, I want to own things, I want to buy him out. The feeling I get walking into a luxury store and buying my own shit knowing I can truly afford this is a feeling I can’t explain. None of the things men have bought me has made me feel this way. Again age and growth has a lot to do with my new perspective, I never thought those things wouldn’t impress me again. I have so much respect for women building empires and becoming business women who are leveling the playing field with their male counterparts. I think after a certain age showing the bottom of your shoe on Instagram that some guy bought you, shouldn’t be things that impress you. To a man with money a purse is nothing, a shoe is nothing, money really means nothing. The things that carry the most weight men are more careful with that:

  •  Marrying you so you can get half of everything. – He’s careful
  •  Marrying you without a prenup – He might not do it.
  •  Put your name on the title to a house he just bought – He wouldn’t even consider it.
  •  Putting your name on the lease – nah you can live with me but when it’s time to go, Go.
  •  Getting you involved in his company showing you how it works (if he has a company or a position of power where he can influence others.)

Those are all things he will be careful with, so you should be careful with what impresses you. The things I point out are just some general things a wont just give to a woman that easily. Not saying men wont do it, men will do anything for the woman they love. A grown woman has no business being impressed by the same things that impressed her at 21. We put price tags on so many things, this blog is not about the price of things, this is about the value of things. What is the value he adds to your life and if he is removed from your life, what is the value that will remain.

I love you and appreciate your support, let’s become powerful women. Who are not afraid to put ourselves first, but most important powerful women who don’t impress easily.  So many of us know what we want out of a partner and we don’t even know who want to be or what we really want to accomplish in this life.

xoxo Lauren

Girl Talk Inspiration

Ok I’m gonna Try a New 21 Day Challenge – No Music, No TV etc.

August 15, 2018

LOVE BUNNIES!!! I’m doing a new challenge and I’m hoping you will join me well if you want to. I started reading “Think and Grow Rich”, you’ve all heard of this book it was written many years ago. I had it on Ibooks and never got around to reading it like so many books I purchased on Ibooks.  I got hit by a wave of inspiration recently and decided Continue Reading