Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Our new shop! at The Nichols Building in Sheffield

Hey all, long time no write! But it's all been a go go go here at Pud's Palace :)
Let me kick off by letting you guys know that Yorkshire Pud now has a little shop in The Nichols Building Art Centre....How amazeballs is that??!! Myself and and my best friend Gareth over at Gster's Beauty have clubbed together and managed to nab some very sort after space there (When I do say shop I mean amazingly fabulous cabinet by the way) If your from Sheffield or nearby then hopefully you'll know where I mean or have visited before? If you're intrigued and want to know more please just take a look at the TNB Indie Arcade Facebook Page here.
Our stocked little shop
If you do get chance to pop down to The Nichols Building then Yorkshire Pud and Gster's Beauty are on the ground floor actually in the TNB Indie Arcade.There is so much to do there so its well worth a visit for all the beautiful vintage items, craft pieces and crazy one off's you can buy and browse! Also there is a cafe on the second floor should you need some food and drink to keep you going through all the treasures! haha.
The Nichols Building - Sheffield (Image taken from Google)
For those of you that don't know what Yorkshire Pud (That's me) does I shall be selling my handmade and vintage items through my blog soon (so keep your eyes peeled)...This time next year Pudders I'll be a millionaire! Haha.

Yorkshire Pud xxx

Monday, 19 May 2014

Its all about braids! Youtube video help and learning....Send me your pics!

I'm noticing more and more braids appearing in magazines, the Internet and on the TV. Are you? If your like me you'll remember being a little lass having the 'auntie' or somebody's big sister who could do them for you as they were cool! But then they seemed to disappear within a cloud of uncoolness and then for some reason nobody could do them anymore!? Well if you are like me and have managed to get to your 30's without being able to do them then I think that might be why but also it's made me want to now learn? So whilst I was on holiday I watched a few youtube vids and managed to have a crack myself in fact my best friend over at Gsters Beauty said they made me look younger!!! I'm all for that if possible...who wouldn't be!
So here's my holiday attempt...
What do you think?
Not yet attempted a full head braid but I'm going to give it a go soon! I found the following youtube videos really helpful....

Hope I've given you some inspiration! What do you think? Are you a french plait / braid virgin or was I all alone on this?
If you have a go please feel free to send me a pic to or tag me in on Instagram @ypudsvintage I'd love to see them and if I get enough I will create a post with my favourites!

Look forward to receiving them...

Yorkshire Pud xx

Friday, 16 May 2014

Taking your baby abroad? My advice on feeding, nappies and sterilising

On Sunday my lovely little family and I returned home from our 2 week holiday to Portugal. It was the first time we've gone abroad with George and believe me the thought of taking a 5 month old out of the country scared me to death! The reason being is the unknown...George is such a home bird and likes his creature comforts (As do I) so the thought and actually doing it was a scary one. I was terrified of forgetting something and not being able to get it or something happening and the language barrier stopping us for sorting something.
After asking around on Facebook for advice and searching websites on what to do with baby milk at the airport? how many nappies do I take on holiday? Can I buy Cow & Gate milk abroad? etc I still felt terrified! And my friends did give some excellent advice. So here's my top tips based on our experiences and information I got.

1. Taking baby milk for the journey through customs?
The answer is YES and we didn't have to taste it! Best thing to do is buy the ready made baby milk in your chosen brand (We used Cow & Gate) and as long as it's sealed and you admit to having them they are fine. Also George was already going through a bottle as we went through. This had to go through separately (In its own tray through the scanner but there was no issue). Coming back was the same roughly apart from the fact we forgot about one bottle in our bag and it was being sent off for tests and all sorts! Major tip...make sure you present all milk to the officers at customers when trying to return home! Haha very scary moment as the abroad police have guns!!!

2. How many nappies should I take?
To be fair this is entirely up to you and also it depends on how long you are going for. Although nappies are light for your luggage they do take up quite a bit of space. And as a baby doesn't get a luggage allowance?!? Then it's probably best to put enough in your case for you use for a couple of days and then buy some more while you are over their. Even if you can get your normal brand there are always options that we found just as good if not better and loads cheaper.

3. How I sorted out my baby milk for while I was on holiday.
As I mentioned earlier George is on Cow and Gate and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get this abroad. Even though everyone said I could get this over there I was still wanting to take some to make sure. When I thought about putting it in the case I had a crazy feeling that someone would think I was smuggling drugs! Or that it would break and go everywhere. It's too heavy for hand luggage and with everything else in there George related so I decided to call the airport and they told me that they had a Boots through customs. So I got the number and gave them a ring. I thought I would check on what the best thing was to do because if I bought my baby milk from there I could take it thought as hand luggage after customs. I was right! The best thing to do is order it on line at and then have it delivered to the Boots airside of your chosen airport (make sure they have a Boots!) I collected my full order when I got through, not on my luggage allowance and not taking the risk of not being able to buy it overseas......Simples!

4. Sterilising bottles when abroad.
This totally depends on how your holidaying (Is that a word?) Luckily for us we were in a villa with it's own kitchen so we didn't have to take the sterilising unit...thank the lord! But the options we had were great..sterilising tablets? microwave steriliser? microwavable bags? We went for the bags option. I'm not sure if you've seen these before but they were new to me. Munchkin do these and we got them from Kiddicare. These were only 4.99 for 3 bags and each bag has 20 uses each. These are so light to carry and small so hardly take up any room.
Hope my ramblings have helped you out if your thinking of travelling soon with your little one.

Yorkshire Pud x

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Becoming a BzzAgent and my first YouTube video (Frizz Ease)!

I'm here to tell you today about me recently becoming a Bzz Agent (yep Im not spelling it wrong). Being a Bzz Agent means you get products sent your home and all you have to do  is spread the fabulous word about them. You start by filling in loads of mini surveys about yourself and then from those Bzz invite you to do campaigns. It's totally in your control and even though you've been invited to take part based on your answers to surveys you then have to apply for them if it's something you'd like to do or more importantly try out - For free!! Find out more details here.

So as part of 'spreading the word' for my first Bzz Campaign one of the options was for me to put together a mini tutorial/review so I thought I'd give it a bash! So here it is.......Yeah Yorkshire Pud is definitely from Yorkshire! Check out my accent haha.

So from my video you can possibly tell I was quite pleased with my first products being sent to me by BzzAgent. Honestly guys it's a great way to try new products and give your opinions on them and more importantly try them for free! You will be seeing more and more of these products up on my blog in the next few months so stay tuned.

Are you involved in anything similar to this? Is it something you'd like to do? Would love to hear from you.

Yorkshire Pud xx

Friday, 28 February 2014

Revamped photo frame for less than a quid!

Here I am again trying to get summert for nowt or next to nowt (As they say in Yorkshire!) So when I picked up this old photo frame it seemed rude not to have a go at jazzing it up.
So here it goes....

Take 1 old photo frame bought from a Charity Shop for 50p
Then these little beauties I bought from eBay ages ago. These are a bit like washi tape but they are on flat card and already cut into strips :) and in loads of different patterns and colours. These were 1.99 for the whole pack with free delivery (From China so did take a couple of weeks - But well worth it!)

Start by taking your photo frame apart (Carefully as I nearly had me finger off with the glass!!) Note to self. So then I was left with the bare frame.
I roughly sanded the front of the frame so that is wasn't as shiny meaning that the tape would stick better to it.
I then started adding strips of the tape from inner to out edge of the frame trying to be as straight as I could.
I continued to do this all the way around the frame (The corners were a bit tricky) And I think it looks awesome! What do you think?
This is the finished article with a picture of me and my lovely fella! It possibly took me around 45 mins to do and that was more trying to keep my tape straight. You could mark it off beforehand but I tend to just throw myself in and hope for the best! haha.

So how much did it cost? 50p for the frame and not even used anywhere near all of the tape I would probably hazard a guess at about 40p's worth. 
So all in all it cost = 90p!! Not bad at all!

Have you made anything recently for next to nothing? It's fab isn't it makes you feel like you've cheated?

YP xx

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Make Money - MARCH!! (Cause maternity pay is shite!)

Well as most of you are aware 15 weeks ago I gave birth to my son George and I am now on maternity leave from work. Before George I never really thought about money other than spend, spend some more and a little bit more. Not that I was earning loads of dosh but without thinking I really lived to my means and for the last couple of days of the month your taking Super Noodles to work for your dinner and thinking about walking in to save petrol! Haha. Sound like you? Now I've had George it's really made me realise the value of money if I'd known then what I know now I would have saved and saved and saved. Maternity pay is shite! Anyone else think so? So with all of the blokes wages looking after the house and other commitments we are virtually left with bugger all however we not in poverty just living differently to before. This made me think...Do you just grab whatever in the supermarket i.e named brands etc...? Do you see that bargain on the Internet and just have to buy it? Someone asks you to go out for the night and you know you don't have enough money but still go anyway? This is totally how me and the bloke lived BG (Before George) You get 136 quid on maternity per week and we cant claim anything else because we've earned too much in the last tax year!! Other than 20 quid a week child benefit! Someone please punch the government in the face! I know that 136 pounds is ok but you cant live on it if you have a house and bills to pay etc...Good job I have my bloke otherwise we wouldn't survive.

So now my rant is over I'm going to start thinking about how I can bring a little more cash into the house pot. So what can I do? Also we have our holiday booked for the end of April! (Bearing in mind I have a new baby in the house)........

Ebay....Generally I'm going to go through my items and see what I could sell that really I'm not doing anything with.

Cash for Clothes....For all the bits and bobs of clothing that no one would want - Normally I would donate to the charity shop however I need to see if I can make a bit of dosh of my unwanted items. (Post will follow with details)

Not spend anything on randoms!.....By randoms I mean that trip to Home Bargains and you end up leaving with a photo frame, new bedding and a years supply of Domestos because it's cheap and amazing! No no no must resist the temptation!

Homemade Crafts and Jewellery.......As most of you are aware I have a little pastime which I haven't really pushed the boundaries of yet and that's making stuff. I'm going to push myself and continue to make more and try and sell them (Fingers Crossed) I generally list on eBay or post pics on Instagram - Feel free to browse my wears haha.

Be more thrifty when weekly shopping....Is there an alternative? Only get what I need (Have a list and plan my meals!) Also use as much stuff in the cupboards before hand and definitely not go shopping when I'm hungry.

Internet Options of making extra dollars!....Whist reading one of my fave blogs A Thrifty Mrs a few weeks ago she wrote about a site called QMEE you literally get paid for surfing the net and clicking on sponsored links etc.. might only be a few pence but it's still that 'every little counts. Also there are a few other ones I will try (Post to follow on this)

Food..By that I don't mean eat less! I just mean less waste - We waste sooooo much food it's unreal by not check sell by dates and not using what's already in to the full capacity. Also George is due to go on solids next month so going to have a go at making my own baby food.

So have I missed anything? Do you have anymore ideas or do you feel the same as me and are living on a tighter budget due to having a family?

March is going to be fun I can see it now!