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Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget
When it comes to any holiday, planning is key, but that is even more paramount with a road trip. Apart from the obvious of checking your car is in good working order and you have appropriate breakdown cover, the route you take and the destinations you choose make or break your holiday.
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Final destination

The first thing to decide is where you want to end up, what is the furthest point you are planning on staying? are you staying there for a few days or are you turning round and coming straight back.
For us our end point was Edinburgh, where we stayed for three days in order to take in some of the fringe.
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Route / points of interest 

The next thing is decide what you want to see and do on your way to your destination. Are there particular areas, points of interest or events you want to plan into your route. For example we new we wanted to take in cumbria and the lake district on the way, so we planned our journey accordingly, and to keep the cost down, we traveled through these places, stopping to take in the sights and views but stayed overnight in a cheaper area. Therefore seeing  everything we wanted to see, including Coniston waters and Windermere without the expense of staying in a high tourist area. 
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Deciding how far you want to travel each day

For us we new we didn't want to spend hours everyday in the car. So routed the journey accordingly, we didn't drive anymore then three hours a day, we also planned stops at interesting places rather than just service stations, making our journey much more of an enjoyable experience. Our longest stint was from Norfolk to Leeds which we broke up halfway, stopping at sir Isaac Newton's birthplace Woolsthorpe manor, a National trust property. 
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Where to stay

Like I said we wanted to complete this trip on a budget, so we purposely choose to stay, just outside the places we wanted to visit as this is far cheaper than staying right in the middle of high tourist areas, and as this is a road trip you have a car, so it's easy to still see the places you want to.
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Accomodation on a budget

The easiest way to keep costs down when it comes to accommodation is to stay on the outskirts of the area you are visiting. For us visiting Edinburgh in August during the fringe, meant that to keep costs down we stayed around 40 minutes outside of the city centre in an airbnb, traveling each day to the park n ride and using the tram to get us into town, saved us hundreds of pounds.
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget
Another cost effective choice we used was Travelodge, we stayed in three on the way up to Edinburgh and two on the journey back Norfolk. They are well placed with excellent links to main roads, and are usually only a short drive into the local town, or city. We found them all to be well presented, clean and comfortable. The rooms all spacious with a large and very comfortable bed,  soundproofed windows and black out curtains, meaning we always got an undisturbed nights sleep. The rooms all had a small bathroom with a powerful shower, and the staff were friendly, and full of helpful local tips and information. We couldn't recommend them enough.
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

How to book to save money

As this post is all about budgeting, and keeping the cost down, I thought I would share ways to save money when booking your trip, we used Topcashback and earned cashback on our Travelodge bookings, Topcashback is a great way to earn money, just by buying things you were planning on buying anyway, just sign into your account, and click through to the website you are buying from, and it's that easy to earn money. You can sign up here , or if you fancy an Airbnb, sign up with my code and earn yourself £25 off your booking.


I hope this post has been a helpful one, let me know if you are planning any trips.


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Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget
When it comes to any holiday, planning is key, but that is even more paramount with a road trip. Apart from the obvious of checking your car is in good working order and you have appropriate breakdown cover, the route you take and the destinations you choose make or break your holiday.
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Final destination

The first thing to decide is where you want to end up, what is the furthest point you are planning on staying? are you staying there for a few days or are you turning round and coming straight back.
For us our end point was Edinburgh, where we stayed for three days in order to take in some of the fringe.
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Route / points of interest 

The next thing is decide what you want to see and do on your way to your destination. Are there particular areas, points of interest or events you want to plan into your route. For example we new we wanted to take in cumbria and the lake district on the way, so we planned our journey accordingly, and to keep the cost down, we traveled through these places, stopping to take in the sights and views but stayed overnight in a cheaper area. Therefore seeing  everything we wanted to see, including Coniston waters and Windermere without the expense of staying in a high tourist area. 
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Deciding how far you want to travel each day

For us we new we didn't want to spend hours everyday in the car. So routed the journey accordingly, we didn't drive anymore then three hours a day, we also planned stops at interesting places rather than just service stations, making our journey much more of an enjoyable experience. Our longest stint was from Norfolk to Leeds which we broke up halfway, stopping at sir Isaac Newton's birthplace Woolsthorpe manor, a National trust property. 
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Where to stay

Like I said we wanted to complete this trip on a budget, so we purposely choose to stay, just outside the places we wanted to visit as this is far cheaper than staying right in the middle of high tourist areas, and as this is a road trip you have a car, so it's easy to still see the places you want to.
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

Accomodation on a budget

The easiest way to keep costs down when it comes to accommodation is to stay on the outskirts of the area you are visiting. For us visiting Edinburgh in August during the fringe, meant that to keep costs down we stayed around 40 minutes outside of the city centre in an airbnb, traveling each day to the park n ride and using the tram to get us into town, saved us hundreds of pounds.
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget
Another cost effective choice we used was Travelodge, we stayed in three on the way up to Edinburgh and two on the journey back Norfolk. They are well placed with excellent links to main roads, and are usually only a short drive into the local town, or city. We found them all to be well presented, clean and comfortable. The rooms all spacious with a large and very comfortable bed,  soundproofed windows and black out curtains, meaning we always got an undisturbed nights sleep. The rooms all had a small bathroom with a powerful shower, and the staff were friendly, and full of helpful local tips and information. We couldn't recommend them enough.
Tips for planning a UK road trip on a budget

How to book to save money

As this post is all about budgeting, and keeping the cost down, I thought I would share ways to save money when booking your trip, we used Topcashback and earned cashback on our Travelodge bookings, Topcashback is a great way to earn money, just by buying things you were planning on buying anyway, just sign into your account, and click through to the website you are buying from, and it's that easy to earn money. You can sign up here , or if you fancy an Airbnb, sign up with my code and earn yourself £25 off your booking.


I hope this post has been a helpful one, let me know if you are planning any trips.


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Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review
Gifted products


Many of us including myself have become more conscience of the environment, and have started making changes to our shopping and cleaning habits, whether that be recycling, choosing brands with less or recycled packaging or swapping to more eco conscious brands that bypass harsh chemicals, for natural ingredients that are kinder to the environment and ourselves. 

That's where Norfolk Natural Living  come in, inspired by the Norfolk terrain, of countryside and coast, they are passionate about halting the damage of harmful chemicals entering our waterways, by designing these natural eco products.

Norfolk Natural Living products include, products for cleaning your home, caring for your clothes, gifts and pet care. 
Their promise to the environment includes ;
Using PET refillable packaging  
Sourcing local ingredients 
no use of chlorine or bleach
Using plant based ingredients
Using no parabens or other artificial additives
Creating concentrated formulas so you don't need to much
Encouraging customers to refill their products
Never testing on animals 

I have been testing out two products from the range, the multi surface spray and the pet bed refresher.

Multi surface spray is perfect for surfaces all round the home, from your countertops, flooring, and tables. I've used it to clean my kitchen, dining, living room and bedroom, if you have a surface to clean you can use this spray. The spray is made from natural ingredients and has a fresh natural sea salt scent, which I love. This doesn't smell artificial or chemically, and is packaged in PET recycled packaging. All the active ingredients are derived from natural products and a full list can be found online.

Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review

Pet bed refresher spray if you have a pet you will know that the little darlings can leave their own unique fragrance on their beds, blankets, cushions and your sofa. As much as I love Ernie our black lab, I don't love that funky smell he leaves anywhere he's been sleeping. This spray is made from natural ingredients making it safe for our pets, this spray refreshes and is antibacterial.

Your dog will feel even more comfortable in their bed thanks to the soothing Witch Hazel in our unique formula. Not only does it actively tackle odour-causing bacteria, it also soothes itchy or dry skin for your dog.  

The spray has a botanical lavender scent, which is light and refreshing.

Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review

I have loved trying these products and it has really made me think about the chemicals I use in my home.
Are you trying to be more eco friendly when shopping for products?



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Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review

Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review
Gifted products


Many of us including myself have become more conscience of the environment, and have started making changes to our shopping and cleaning habits, whether that be recycling, choosing brands with less or recycled packaging or swapping to more eco conscious brands that bypass harsh chemicals, for natural ingredients that are kinder to the environment and ourselves. 

That's where Norfolk Natural Living  come in, inspired by the Norfolk terrain, of countryside and coast, they are passionate about halting the damage of harmful chemicals entering our waterways, by designing these natural eco products.

Norfolk Natural Living products include, products for cleaning your home, caring for your clothes, gifts and pet care. 
Their promise to the environment includes ;
Using PET refillable packaging  
Sourcing local ingredients 
no use of chlorine or bleach
Using plant based ingredients
Using no parabens or other artificial additives
Creating concentrated formulas so you don't need to much
Encouraging customers to refill their products
Never testing on animals 

I have been testing out two products from the range, the multi surface spray and the pet bed refresher.

Multi surface spray is perfect for surfaces all round the home, from your countertops, flooring, and tables. I've used it to clean my kitchen, dining, living room and bedroom, if you have a surface to clean you can use this spray. The spray is made from natural ingredients and has a fresh natural sea salt scent, which I love. This doesn't smell artificial or chemically, and is packaged in PET recycled packaging. All the active ingredients are derived from natural products and a full list can be found online.

Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review

Pet bed refresher spray if you have a pet you will know that the little darlings can leave their own unique fragrance on their beds, blankets, cushions and your sofa. As much as I love Ernie our black lab, I don't love that funky smell he leaves anywhere he's been sleeping. This spray is made from natural ingredients making it safe for our pets, this spray refreshes and is antibacterial.

Your dog will feel even more comfortable in their bed thanks to the soothing Witch Hazel in our unique formula. Not only does it actively tackle odour-causing bacteria, it also soothes itchy or dry skin for your dog.  

The spray has a botanical lavender scent, which is light and refreshing.

Norfolk natural living eco cleaning products review

I have loved trying these products and it has really made me think about the chemicals I use in my home.
Are you trying to be more eco friendly when shopping for products?



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Kate's Closet


If you have followed me for a while, you would of noticed things have changed a lot around these parts, and for that reason I have lost some followers, but I guess that goes with change, people move on and that's fine.

Kate's Closet used to be predominantly fashion based, with beauty and lifestyle thrown in, now days it's more heavily lifestyle and reading including some interiors. I still talk beauty and fashion, but the fashion element has become smaller. That's for a few reasons really, but mainly my health, I still love fashion and always will, but when I am ill, and or in pain, I really don't give a crap about how I look, and I certainly don't want to be photographed. 

You may have seen a few health related posts on here, but if you haven't being diagnosed with a second chronic illness is a post where I discuss where I'm at right now. Further to that I am waiting to see a specialist who hopefully can shed some light on my condition and offer more effective treatment. So fingers crossed I may be back with more fashion content one day. Until then I am enjoying sharing more lifestyle based posts, as well as what I've been reading, and if I'm lucky enough to get away for a few days, some travel posts too.

I hope to further grow Kate's Closet, as writing here has always been a therapy for me and I'm not sure what I would do without it. I'm not sure exactly what lays ahead for my blog content wise, but I'm hoping you will stick around to find out. 
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Things have changed around here, what's going on with Kate's Closet


Kate's Closet


If you have followed me for a while, you would of noticed things have changed a lot around these parts, and for that reason I have lost some followers, but I guess that goes with change, people move on and that's fine.

Kate's Closet used to be predominantly fashion based, with beauty and lifestyle thrown in, now days it's more heavily lifestyle and reading including some interiors. I still talk beauty and fashion, but the fashion element has become smaller. That's for a few reasons really, but mainly my health, I still love fashion and always will, but when I am ill, and or in pain, I really don't give a crap about how I look, and I certainly don't want to be photographed. 

You may have seen a few health related posts on here, but if you haven't being diagnosed with a second chronic illness is a post where I discuss where I'm at right now. Further to that I am waiting to see a specialist who hopefully can shed some light on my condition and offer more effective treatment. So fingers crossed I may be back with more fashion content one day. Until then I am enjoying sharing more lifestyle based posts, as well as what I've been reading, and if I'm lucky enough to get away for a few days, some travel posts too.

I hope to further grow Kate's Closet, as writing here has always been a therapy for me and I'm not sure what I would do without it. I'm not sure exactly what lays ahead for my blog content wise, but I'm hoping you will stick around to find out. 
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What I read in July

July has been a funny month for my reading challenge, well not funny, just not very accomplished, not cause I haven't been reading, cause I have, just that one of the books I read was a bloody whopper, meaning I only managed to complete three books in July.

I may only of read three books, but that have been hugely diverse, and all of them have made me think, in some way or another, which I think makes a good book.


The Priory of the Orange tree - Samantha Shannon ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the aforementioned whopper, I must admit I did at times struggle with reading such a big book, I'm used to breezing through books in 2/3 days. This took me 3 weeks !!!
The Priory of the Orange Tree, is an epic tale, its true fantasy with a feminist twist. The story is set in in a divided land, where East and West refuse to parley. In the Queendom of Inys, Queen Sabran is reluctant to meet the expectation of marrying and producing a female air, but must fulfil her duties to keep peace in the land and to keep the Nameless one from rising. While in the East, dragon riders train for the day when the fire breathers will rise again. Both East and West have a common enemy, yet are divided by religion and hearsay.
Read my full review here

The Light Keeper - Cole Moreton ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gifted in exchange for a review, Trigger warning suicide.
The Light Keeper, follows the story of Sarah and Jack, a couple devastated by infertility, Sarah needs to get away and goes to the coast, beachy head to get away, to think. Jack followers her expecting the worst. Gabe is the light keeper and lives alone and wrapped in grief after the loss of Ri. Somehow Sarah and Gabe find each other, and there personal stories unravel, bringing them to the point they are at now. We learn about the loss both have endured in their lives, and that Jack isn't all that he seems, all with the backdrop of the desperate that come to beachy head and those who try to "save them" 
A compelling and emotional read, that really made me think.

The Beekeeper's Promise - Fiona Valpy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely adored this book, being historical its my favourite genre. I love stories set in the past, and learning what life was like.
The Beekeeper's promise, travels between Elaine in 1940's France during the German occupation, with the courageous stories of resistance, and 2017 and Abi, who travels to France to a yoga retreat and ends up helping at at a wedding business at the very Chateaux the same war story takes place. Abi is recovering from a dreadful accident and the trauma of losing her husband, whom we discover as the story goes on, was an abusive man. She finds strength in the stories of the past, of Elaine and her family and the events that shaped their lives during those terrible war years, and the courage and bravery of the young women, back in those darks times.
A beautifully written story, I really cared about the characters and learnt a lot about France in the war years, 100% recommend.

I hope you enjoyed my reading roundup, if you have missed any of my other book posts, just click on my reading category at the top of the page.

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What I read in July



What I read in July

July has been a funny month for my reading challenge, well not funny, just not very accomplished, not cause I haven't been reading, cause I have, just that one of the books I read was a bloody whopper, meaning I only managed to complete three books in July.

I may only of read three books, but that have been hugely diverse, and all of them have made me think, in some way or another, which I think makes a good book.


The Priory of the Orange tree - Samantha Shannon ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the aforementioned whopper, I must admit I did at times struggle with reading such a big book, I'm used to breezing through books in 2/3 days. This took me 3 weeks !!!
The Priory of the Orange Tree, is an epic tale, its true fantasy with a feminist twist. The story is set in in a divided land, where East and West refuse to parley. In the Queendom of Inys, Queen Sabran is reluctant to meet the expectation of marrying and producing a female air, but must fulfil her duties to keep peace in the land and to keep the Nameless one from rising. While in the East, dragon riders train for the day when the fire breathers will rise again. Both East and West have a common enemy, yet are divided by religion and hearsay.
Read my full review here

The Light Keeper - Cole Moreton ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gifted in exchange for a review, Trigger warning suicide.
The Light Keeper, follows the story of Sarah and Jack, a couple devastated by infertility, Sarah needs to get away and goes to the coast, beachy head to get away, to think. Jack followers her expecting the worst. Gabe is the light keeper and lives alone and wrapped in grief after the loss of Ri. Somehow Sarah and Gabe find each other, and there personal stories unravel, bringing them to the point they are at now. We learn about the loss both have endured in their lives, and that Jack isn't all that he seems, all with the backdrop of the desperate that come to beachy head and those who try to "save them" 
A compelling and emotional read, that really made me think.

The Beekeeper's Promise - Fiona Valpy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely adored this book, being historical its my favourite genre. I love stories set in the past, and learning what life was like.
The Beekeeper's promise, travels between Elaine in 1940's France during the German occupation, with the courageous stories of resistance, and 2017 and Abi, who travels to France to a yoga retreat and ends up helping at at a wedding business at the very Chateaux the same war story takes place. Abi is recovering from a dreadful accident and the trauma of losing her husband, whom we discover as the story goes on, was an abusive man. She finds strength in the stories of the past, of Elaine and her family and the events that shaped their lives during those terrible war years, and the courage and bravery of the young women, back in those darks times.
A beautifully written story, I really cared about the characters and learnt a lot about France in the war years, 100% recommend.

I hope you enjoyed my reading roundup, if you have missed any of my other book posts, just click on my reading category at the top of the page.

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This months what I loved in features not only clothing and beauty but also a few interiors purchases, as this month I have bought a few bits for my home that I am obsessed with.


Interiors

Like I said before I've been buying some bits for my home this month, but as always its been on a budget, you won't find anything stupidly expensive in my house.

First up is a faux banana plant and basket picked up in B&M, we had a brand new store open where I live a couple of weeks ago an I'm obsessed, but who can blame me when you can pick up bargains like this.
Plant £15 - basket £6

I also had to have this Fisherman light pendant from Iconic lighting for my pink hallway. I love it, an inexpensive light shade that's really added to my room.


£15 Iconic lighting

 Also for the living room I picked up some cushion covers from h&m home, somewhere I must admit I've not shopped before. I am so happy with the cushion covers they freshen up my sofa and add a little pattern to my room.

cushion cover £3.99 each except pom pom cushion from Next

Fashion

This months fashion favourite has been those must have h&m leopard print culottes, they are  just perfect for casual summer dressing.

Beauty

When I have worn makeup in July, the days when it's hasn't been hotter than hell, I've reached for my Bare Minerals foundation, and my Naked 3 palette. The foundation works a dream at making my oily skin look "normal" and the palette is just easy to wear summer makeup.


 

What have you loved this month?

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What I Loved in July




This months what I loved in features not only clothing and beauty but also a few interiors purchases, as this month I have bought a few bits for my home that I am obsessed with.


Interiors

Like I said before I've been buying some bits for my home this month, but as always its been on a budget, you won't find anything stupidly expensive in my house.

First up is a faux banana plant and basket picked up in B&M, we had a brand new store open where I live a couple of weeks ago an I'm obsessed, but who can blame me when you can pick up bargains like this.
Plant £15 - basket £6

I also had to have this Fisherman light pendant from Iconic lighting for my pink hallway. I love it, an inexpensive light shade that's really added to my room.


£15 Iconic lighting

 Also for the living room I picked up some cushion covers from h&m home, somewhere I must admit I've not shopped before. I am so happy with the cushion covers they freshen up my sofa and add a little pattern to my room.

cushion cover £3.99 each except pom pom cushion from Next

Fashion

This months fashion favourite has been those must have h&m leopard print culottes, they are  just perfect for casual summer dressing.

Beauty

When I have worn makeup in July, the days when it's hasn't been hotter than hell, I've reached for my Bare Minerals foundation, and my Naked 3 palette. The foundation works a dream at making my oily skin look "normal" and the palette is just easy to wear summer makeup.


 

What have you loved this month?

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Mål Paper daily goal setter review
Gifted product

If like me, you are a planner, a list maker, a note taker, someone who writes for pleasure, who likes to remember what happened, remember the details of that day, as well as plan ahead for the coming days, weeks, months, then this daily goal setter will be right up your street.

Mål Paper daily goal setter review

The daily goal setter, has a faux PU leather softback cover, 100gsm ivory paper, 2 ribbon dividers and comes in black, pink and grey.
The daily goal planner, is perfect for setting daily, weekly and monthly goals, for keeping track of appointments and events, and for reflection and thoughts. 
The Planner feels good quality the paper is heavy weight so your notes don't bleed through on to the next page, yet it's know bigger than an ordinary diary so perfect for popping in your bag, when at work or out and about.

Mål Paper daily goal setter review

I love a planner, so this will get well used, if you fancy one for yourself visit the Mål Paper website. 


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Mål Paper daily goal setter review




Mål Paper daily goal setter review
Gifted product

If like me, you are a planner, a list maker, a note taker, someone who writes for pleasure, who likes to remember what happened, remember the details of that day, as well as plan ahead for the coming days, weeks, months, then this daily goal setter will be right up your street.

Mål Paper daily goal setter review

The daily goal setter, has a faux PU leather softback cover, 100gsm ivory paper, 2 ribbon dividers and comes in black, pink and grey.
The daily goal planner, is perfect for setting daily, weekly and monthly goals, for keeping track of appointments and events, and for reflection and thoughts. 
The Planner feels good quality the paper is heavy weight so your notes don't bleed through on to the next page, yet it's know bigger than an ordinary diary so perfect for popping in your bag, when at work or out and about.

Mål Paper daily goal setter review

I love a planner, so this will get well used, if you fancy one for yourself visit the Mål Paper website. 


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Kate's books

Before the Broken Star
The Beekeeper's Promise
Days of Blood & Starlight
The Foyles Bookshop Girls
The Light Keeper
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
The Priory of the Orange Tree
The Chocolate Lovers' Diet
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Beautiful Broken Things
Nobody's Girl
The Flatshare
The Mitford Murders
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
It Felt Like a Kiss
The Muse
The Humans
Call Me By Your Name
Believe Me


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