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  • What Is Audible? How Does Audible Work (UK)? How Much Does An Audible Membership Cost (UK)?

    So you've heard of Audible, you want to know how it works, how much it costs, is it a good value for money, what happens if you change your mind can you cancel, is Audible included for Prime members and where can you get a free trial? All the answers are right here! What is Audible? What is the Audible app? Audible is essentially a gigantic library of audiobooks (over 200’000) and podcasts (over 100’000). For me, an audiobook pulls me into a story; the emotion in the narrator’s voice, the pauses for suspense in just the right places. I’m a competent reader, yet I find listening to an audiobook so much more engaging. The Audible app itself is a media player for the books and podcasts, so you can play, pause, scrub and jump to chapters and sections as you please. The Audible UK app is part of the furniture on my iPhone’s home bar (as well as Peloton and Spotify), for quick access whenever I need or want some headspace, to focus on something other than work, or to learn something new. I’ll listen to books in the shower, while I’m getting ready for work and when commuting’. I don’t listen, as others do, to Audible titles before bed as I prefer to switch to my Kindle Paperweight, reading a chapter or two of thrillers before my eyes naturally fall downcast and eventually close. How does audible work (UK)? Audible can be enjoyed pay-as-you-go or as a subscription. If you choose a subscription, you’ll be granted book credits into your account each month or year dependant on your subscription choice. You can then browse the Audible website or app for your desired audiobook and click ‘Buy with 1 Credit’, the book will show up in seconds in your library, it’s that simple. If you choose not to get yourself a subscription, you simply select the option to ‘Buy now for £X.XX’ and again, the book will appear momentarily in your library. The bonus about having a subscription with Audible is you get unlimited free access to all Audible Original Podcast shows too, just find one you fancy and click ‘Add series to library’. I recently listened to Derren Brown’s – Boot Camp For The Brain an Audible Original Podcast. It features fascinating mind experiments and informative insights from experts about our behaviours orchestrated by our system 1 and system 2 brain, (you’re going to have to listen for yourself to find out what the systems are!). It was only 8 episodes and well worth the 4 hours of listening time. There’s no time limit for how long a book lasts, once a book is brought with physical money or credits, it’s yours for life. You can choose to ‘remove from device’, if a book is taking up storage space on your iPhone for example, but this doesn’t delete the purchase, it simply removes the physical file from your device. This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. As an Amazon Associate, we may earn from qualifying purchases. How much does an Audible membership cost (UK)? A subscription to Audible ranges from £7.99 per month to £109.99 per year (see below for all subscription options). If you’re not sure whether to try Audible there’s good news! You can get a 30-day free trial with 1 book credit and if it’s not for you, simply cancel it before the 30 days is up. Audible membership options: 1 Book a month membership: £7.99 per month (equates to £7.99 per book) 12 Books a year membership: £69.99 per year (equates to £5.83 per book) 2 Books a month membership: £14.99 per month (equates to £7.50 per book) 24 Books a year membership: £109.99 per year (equates to £4.58 per book) (Prices correct as of 8th July 2021) Firstly, to be a subscriber on any plan is a much more cost-effective way to listen to audiobooks than pay as you go, buying titles ad-hoc. The most popular titles are between £10 and £25 to buy singularly with physical money. As a subscriber, let’s say you’re on the 1 book a month plan and you wanted to add additional books, you can do so in 2 ways: 1. Buy a bundle of 3 additional credits for £18 (£6 per audiobook) 2. Buy an individual title at the member's price – which is either the original price or a discounted price-thousands of titles have discounts of up to 80% for subscribers. I started with a 1 book per month subscription, but I found myself finishing the book halfway through the month and purchasing an additional book or additional credits every month. In the end, I switched to the 24 books a year subscription and still have enough book credits left for the year if I complete 1 book every 2 to 3 weeks. # Winning. Is Audible free with Prime? Prime and Audible are both services from Amazon, yet they are billed separately as they are essentially two very different offerings. However, if you are a Prime member you may get offered discounts on some audiobook titles, although the discounts are far greater as an Audible member than a Prime member. BONUS TIP: If you get a free trial with Audible as a Prime member, you'll get 2 free audiobooks instead of 1! How to cancel Audible (UK): Hopefully, you’ll enjoy Audible as much as I do and you’ll find a subscription to fit your listening speed and available listening time, yet if you change your mind at any point, it’s super easy to cancel; simply log in to your account on the Audible website, click on your Account details and select ‘cancel membership’. BONUS TIP: Use your credits before you cancel the subscription! So in conclusion, is Audible worth it (UK)? In my opinion, 100% yes! Why? For me, audiobooks are much more engaging than paper books Audiobooks are accessible for situations where I can’t physically hold a book: shower, car (please listen/drive safely), on the train, whilst cooking etc Audible Original Podcasts are not available on other platforms like Spotify or Apple Podcasts, for that reason, I feel I’m getting bonus content The app has great features, such as allowing you to clip 30-second snippets. This is great for note-taking when I’m learning something from an audiobook Audiobooks can be expensive on their own, with an Audible subscription I can get a lot more value for money. I hope this post has helped you understand a little more about how Audible works, how to use the Audible app and information on how much Audible costs. If you have any further questions, feel free to get in touch. Whilst you’re here, feel free to check out some of my other reviews, top lists and how to's. Always honest and valuable information here at Tried and Loved. Author – Jenny Bater-Sinclair www.triedandloved.com

  • Is the Peloton Subscription (UK) Worth The Cost?

    There are so many wellness apps on the market, how do you choose which one is worth your precious time and money? Are the OnePeloton (Peloton) adverts featuring happy sweaty riders a true depiction of what it's like to train with Peloton? Or is it just an engaging advert? I'm going to answer all your questions about the app subscription here. Is it worth the cost? Do you need a Peloton bike to use the app? Can the Peleton instructors see you? What devices can you access the app on? What types of classes are available on the app? Plus a list of pro's and con's to help you decide if a Peloton Subscription (UK) is for you. This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. As an Amazon Associate, we may earn from qualifying purchases. Some context I'm a dance teacher by trade, I teach 3 evenings a week as well as work on ad hoc dance projects, so my job is fairly active. However, I do struggle with putting on weight easily, over the years I have tried many different eating changes and fitness classes or sports including playing squash, attending Body Jam, Body Attack and Body Pump classes to try and look after my weight, physique and general fitness level. I was in my best physical shape around 4 years ago when I'd trained with a PT and worked out every day doing mainly HIIT cardio/strength combos, along with eating well. I was in training for a month-long stint of performing in South Africa, and I felt awesome! Since then, long story short, I've eaten as I've pleased and even just for the sake of it. I stopped all additional exercise outside of my work, and I put on 3 and a half stone (3 dress sizes). In March 2021 I finally reached the point where I was so unhappy with my physical wellbeing, and in some respects my mental wellbeing too, that I had to find some guidance to get me back in shape. With the help of an incredible book Mind. Body. Miracle. by Jaclyn Dunne and Peloton being the first brand that came into my mind (thanks to their great advertising), I opened the App Store and downloaded Peloton to see what the fuss was about, hoping it would help motivate and guide me in my workouts. What is the Peloton Digital Membership and what devices can I get it on. As Peloton themselves describe the membership, it's 'fitness that fits your life', containing over 10 types of workouts both on-demand and live! Peloton app categories include: Strength Yoga Cardio Meditation Running Outdoor Cycling Stretching Tread Bootcamp Bike Bootcamp Walking and more... There are tens if not hundreds of classes to choose from within each of those 10 categories, and it's forever increasing, you'll certainly never get bored! The app's digital membership is an individual membership (compared to the all-access membership which is for your entire household and what you'll need if you use an official Peloton bike - more on this later). You can use the digital membership on your phone, tablet, Smart TV or web browser. I use Peloton on my iPhone and pop it on my camera tripod to be able to set the height and angle dependant on what type of workout I'm doing. Amazon Basics range offers great value for money with their tripods and phone holder add-ons. Be sure to add the phone holder clip as tripods don't usually come with these. the clip will screw onto the top of the tripod. I'm writing this post as a UK user, you can also get access to the Peloton digital membership in the US, Germany and Canada. How much is the Peloton app UK? Firstly, your first 30 days are free! That was the tipping point for me that made me download the app, I knew if it wasn't for me after a few weeks I could try something else at no cost to me, however after just 1 week I was hooked! The subscription for the Peloton digital membership (which I have) is £12.99 per month. As a digital membership user, I use the app every morning, I feel it's the best 43p per day I could ever spend on myself. The £12.99 per month is charged through Apple in the normal way an app would be so no long-winded forms or direct debit mandates to fill out. Why is the Peloton app cheaper than the bike subscription? If you have the Peloton Bike or Treadmill you will need the Peloton All Access membership (£39.99 per month) to reap the full benefits of your real-time workout metrics, leaderboards and tracking your progress over time. This All-Access membership also grants you full access to the app. The all-access membership also allows for your entire house hold to use it where as the Peleton digital app is just for individual users. Do you need a Peloton bike to use the app (UK)? Certainly not! I don't have the Peloton bike, I brought an Opti indoor bike from Argos back in 2018 and it only saw my backside twice in 3 years until March this year, now my behind is a regular visitor! Serious cyclers - I know this is essentially a budget bike, but it's done the trick for me so far without having to purchase a Peloton bike to date. Based on customer reviews across many platforms it seems the JLL IC300 PRO Indoor bike is one of the top consumer choices as an indoor bike for value for money. The downside to not having the Peloton bike is that I don't know my cadence or residence figures during a ride. The first ride or two with the Peloton I wasn't sure if that would be an issue, then I came to realise the instructors are great at setting the cadence for their intervals as the BPM (beats per minute) of the song, so I just stay on beat, and as a dancer, that's easy-breezy! Resistance, the instructor will usually say a range of, for example, 35-40, and on my bike it doesn't have resistance numbers on the dial, however, the majority of instructors will also tell you how the resistance should 'feel': light, moderate, heavy, sticky, max work etc so you can gauge roughly where your resistance dial should be if not using a Peloton bike. Over the few months I've taken Peloton App rides, I've gotten more comfortable with how certain resistance levels feel and I don't think I'm missing out on not having the Peloton bike. Bonus Tip: Invest in some comfort for your bottom! Riding a few times a week, your behind might need some TLC! I invested in cycling shorts with a padded underside that I wear under my workout clothes, it's certainly not the most attractive garment I own but it does the trick! I also invested in a gel cover for the bike seat. Update since writing this first article: I was extremely, shocked, lucky and grateful to find out my Dad had purchased a Peloton Bike+ for me for my birthday, I know, lucky right! I am loving the Peloton Bike and will be writing a full review soon. In the meantime if you're thinking of purchasing a Peloton Bike yourself, here's my referral code that will get you £100 of accessories FREE with your Bike purchase: 6F5UTJ (and I'll receive £100 voucher for apparel too, win-win) Is the Peloton app worth it without the bike? 100% yes from me! I have used the app every day for the last few months and I cannot get enough! I use on-demand cycling 4 times a week, yoga 3 times a week, meditation every day, stretching once a week, strength workouts 4 times a week and the odd cardio HIIT for good measure. For £12.99 per month, I'm certainly getting super-value for money. Every instructor in every class is motivational, pushes you, yet allows for everyone's differences. I have 6 or 7 favourite instructors and I schedule their classes the majority of the time. Scheduling! This part is awesome. Who wants to waste time wondering what workout to do that morning? I set aside 10 minutes on a Sunday to schedule all my classes for the coming week. Whether it's a live or on-demand class, I can schedule all my classes so that when I wake up, I just tap once and I'm ready to go! When I began with Peloton I didn't know what classes to choose or what to expect, so I began with Pelotons suggested programmes to test the water: Crush Your Core, Mastering The Basics Of Cycling and Beginner Yoga. Now I choose my own classes based on what I enjoy, however, the programmes were an enjoyable guided introduction to Peloton. Bonus Tip: When selecting classes, use the filter feature. You can filter out classes you've taken before if you want to try something new, you can choose the length, instructor, level, type of class (e.g. Core, Upper Body, Lower Body etc), music genre and much more! Can Peloton Instructors see you? Nope, they cannot see you working out on either the digital app or all-access membership, however, they can see your membership handle on the leader board and if it's your birthday or a workout milestone, so be prepared for a possible shout-out if it's a live workout! Can I get the Peloton app on my TV? You can if you have a smart TV or if you download the app via a Roku or Amazon Firestick for example. Sky has now added Peloton to their repertoire of apps, although there are limitations on the TV version of the app, scheduling being one, so I'd suggest using the app on your portable device if you want use of all the features. Do you need any equipment to enjoy Peloton App? There are tons of bodyweight-only classes that require zero equipment, but once I knew Peloton was for me I purchased and obtained a few extras including light, medium and heavy weights, yoga blocks and strap and a workout/yoga mat. Here are some items I brought or have similar of: Summary of Peloton app review (UK): Peloton Digital gets a MASSIVE thumbs up from me. It's a hassle-free and relatively cheap way to get and keep my mind and body well, the best investment I've made on me, ever! I never run out of choices of classes, there's always something new, I can work out at times that suit me and I trust the instructors, they give great direction to the form and technique of movement, which I value highly as a dance instructor. Bonus Tip: Some categories, like Yoga, for example, have a library of basic foundational movements and concepts so you can learn about the poses in more depth before attacking them in a flow. Check out this sample meditation from one of my favourite instructors Ross Rayburn: Peloton digital membership app pros: Only 43p per day Hundreds of classes to choose from New classes added all the time 10 categories of classes Many lengths of classes to fit your schedule On-demand options Live class options Earn rewards/badges Inspirational instructors Technique and form advice Take part in challenges Easy to schedule classes You don't need the Peloton bike to use the app Peloton digital membership app cons: You don't know your exact metrics on the bike/tradmill TV app not as functional as mobile device version Final Conclusion on the Peloton app, is it worth the cost? Try it, you won't be disappointed for 43p per day. Plus there's a 30-day free trial, so what have you got to lose?! I don't have a referral code for Peloton, I simply want to tell you how awesome the Peloton app is and hope that you can enjoy it as much as I do! Want to connect with me on Peloton? My handle is @jennybater see you there future Pelotoners! Jenny - Author Tried and Loved This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. As an Amazon Associate, we may earn from qualifying purchases. Image source: https://www.jllfitness.co.uk/ic300-pro-indoor-cycling-bike.html

  • New Kid's Book: Superheroes Dance Too!

    Superheroes Dance Too! is a new fully illustrated, 28-page children's book, ideal for showing youngsters that even in difficult times when we are stuck indoors, dancing is great for their wellbeing. Plus, how even the smallest acts of kindness can turn them into superheroes too! Oh, and it's written by me! Read on to find out how to get your copy of the book, including 2 free stickers and a bookmark, as well as where to find free colouring pages and even a dance tutorial video to characters Boom and Snare's song! Who is Superheroes Dance Too! for? This new book is ideal for those aged 2 to 8. Children who love a superhero story, children who love to dance, and anyone who loves a happy ending with a positive message! What's the overview of the story? With a bounce, clap, bounce-bounce, clap, the coolest dance moves and a rhyming rap. Can superheroes Boom and Snare save the day? Can they help the children stuck indoors to shoo sadness away? Follow Boom and Snare in their dance adventure, cutting shapes, getting down, right, front and centre! What inspired the writing of this book? The idea for this book has been on my 'I'd love to do one-day' list for some time. What better time than when a lot of us need a happy pick-me-up during a national lockdown, to get the wheels in motion and put my pen to paper! As a proud dance teacher for over 20 years and director of an award-winning dance company, I wanted to use my knowledge and passion for dance in my books. My Adventures of Boom and Snare series, and in particular this first book: Superheroes Dance Too, sets out to encourage a new generation of youngsters to give dance a try and help them to understand how incredible dance is for looking after mental and physical wellbeing. "For all the resilient youngsters who kept dancing throughout the 2020/2021 pandemic, for all the young aspiring dancers with big dreams, and for all those who simply perform acts of kindness, this book is for you." Who are the team behind Superheroes Dance Too? I am so immensely grateful to these three legends for their skills, expertise and general friendly advice on this book: Corinne Standingford Content Editor and Contributor When editing, Corinne has always been my go-to over the last decade working together at Hip Hip Pop, so who better to ask?! Not only has she edited my script, she has input into the story too. Carrie King Illustrator Carrie is a superstar! Her attention to detail in her illustrations is second to none! The character development process was my favourite, she provided so many options for them, allowing us to really bring the characters to life just how I imagined. Victoria Bater-Sinclair Contributor Vic has had to listen to me read the story out loud countless times until we got it just right. Her candour was just what I needed to make the best of this book. Big thank you to Vic for always supporting my weird and wonderful projects and ideas! Where can you get a copy of Superheroes Dance Too! and the additional freebies? Simply go to www.superheroesdancetoo.co.uk to get your copy, which will come with a free bookmark and 2 stickers. Also on this webpage: Boom and Snare's song. Play on the webpage or even download to your device! Colouring pages to download and print (colouring pages in the book too!) Sign up to the Boom and Snare series newsletter Get access to a 20-minute dance tutorial video led by myself, featuring 6 talented youngsters from Hip Hop Pop, come and learn the dance moves featured in the book! Here's a sneak peek of the dance you could learn: Are you a superhero too? Come and find out how you can be a superhero too in Superheroes Dance Too!, just like the characters Boom and Snare! I'm so proud to have my first book published and hope it inspires at least a few youngsters to continue to be kind, dance and be happy. I never intended this book to be a business venture, aside from simply recouping the cost of the book's creation and print costs, this book is wholeheartedly a project to share my love of dance and how great it is for our mental and physical wellbeing, with the next generation. Thank you for reading this article, if you get a copy of the book I’d love to know what you thought about it. Jen - Author of Superheroes Dance Too and Tried and Loved. www.superheroesdancetoo.co.uk www.triedandloved.com

  • ‘Mind. Body. Miracle.’ By Jaclyn Dunne Is A Game Changing- No, Make That- LIFE Changing Book!

    You know those life moments when everything falls into place, your cogs turn fluidly, and something just feels right in your gut, literally? Well, that's the moment I had after I finished the book; Mind. Body. Miracle. It's given me just the nudge I desperately needed to get my mind and body back in order post-lockdown. I'm going to share with you my favourite elements of the book, how it's helped me start to get my body back in shape, my mind on a positive path and how it's provided me with the tools to begin to overcome challenges. A little context At the start of 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns kicked in, my mother, even though she had health conditions, passed away unexpectedly, and I, to put it simply, was in a bad place. For those who don't know, I run a successful dance company with my wife Victoria and have many wonderful students and supportive families who attend. During the time of my mother passing, many of them were very supportive and all played their part in getting me through the following months. Also at that time, a parent of two students who attend the dance company dropped off a book for me called Mind. Body. Miracle. That parent was Jaclyn Dunne. I opened the book and a message inside the cover read: "Dear Jen, I hope in these pages you find the comfort that you aren't alone and the strength to carry on, kindest regards Jaclyn Dunne". At the time, of course, I thanked Jaclyn for her thoughtfulness and looked forward to reading the book, however, I was worried that reading such a book at that time would make me rather emotional, so I set the book aside to read another time. I found the lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic physically difficult, my food choices weren't great, my exercise regime suffered, especially with the lack of my usual get-up-and-go attitude after losing mum. Over the last year, I gained over 2 and a half stone in weight and suffered from diminished self-confidence. Many wonderful family members, including my wife and friends, all tried to help me throughout the last year to get motivated and regain my fitness (also shout out to Siobhan Hayden and her awesome HITT workout advice). I even studied for and gained a GCSE in Nutrition during the second lockdown, yet I guess my mind and body just weren't ready to really make the changes I needed. Just over a year later in March 2021, with the courage to try, I picked up Jaclyn's Mind. Body. Miracle. and oh wow, I didn't put it down from cover to cover. I have been implementing elements from the book ever since, and am now on a physical and mental wellbeing path I'm excited to take. What is Mind. Body. Miracle. about? As the front of the book states, it helps you build "holistic healthy habits and daily disciplines to miraculously transform your mind and body", which sums the book up perfectly. I'd personally add that it solidifies any odd hints and tips about better health that you may have picked up through life and explains them in detail including the how's, where's and why's. It also provides you with statistics to prove the theories. For example, so many people have recommended meditation to me, whether that be a friend who does it and is sharing what they enjoy or a mentor I look up to who adds it to their daily routine, so I considered it too. But I ask myself, why should I meditate? What will I gain by doing it? How do I even do it properly? In Mind. Body. Miracle. Jaclyn explains in ways you can really resonate with, including giving you a simple step-by-step process at the end of her explanations, making everything actionable. Jaclyn is a highly qualified and experienced health and nutrition coach, who founded the Mind and Body Detox programme in 2014 and now, in April 2021, according to Jaclyn "has never been busier!". Book spoiler alert but keynote: Jaclyn suffered the sad loss of her mother too, prompting her to evaluate much of her own life. Seeing how short life can be, she transformed her life, mind and body, to the point where she is healing her own autoimmune condition. The following quote from the book resonates with me wholeheartedly and I am so inspired by this: "Being broken gives you the opportunity to build yourself again, stronger than ever. In my experience, I had to go through the worst time of my life to arrive at the best. I now have a new career, new outlook, mindset and passion. This is a legacy to my mum - and the irony is not lost in that I had to lose her in order to find me" Here's a brief overview of the topics Jaclyn goes into detail on within the book Affirmations Gratitude Meditation Visualisation Subconscious mind Letting go Your tribe Inflammation Your gut Sugar Clean eating Exercise Since reading the book In the book, it's made clear that you can either read it from cover to cover in your own time or in random chunks, whatever suits your own needs. As I said before I read cover to cover, I couldn't put it down. There was so much information in the book that excited me, that I wanted to implement it all straight away, but as recommended in the book, it doesn't have to be implemented all at once, small changes at a time are best, so I'll be keeping the book by my bedside for some time. However, I made the following changes based on habit suggestions, tools or general advice from the book straight away: 1. I make time for myself EVERY morning, I go to bed much earlier, get a full 8 hours of sleep, I get up early and have an hour for me and my self-care, including some of the following actions. 2. I repeat 4 daily affirmations that align with my values, long term goals and help to reprogramme some of my negative thought loops. 3. I mentally visualise my day ahead, how I want it to go, going into detail and thinking how each key moment feels. 4. I take a 20-minute online yoga class and practice new dance steps/techniques on days I teach dance, or I do a 20 minute HIIT spin bike ride and 10 minutes of core exercises on my days off of teaching. 5. Before bed, I journal, I note 3 things from my day that I am grateful for, 1 thing I achieved that day and 1 negative thought I had BUT how I overcame it or rationalised or reprogrammed the thought. 6. Sugar changes - I take more care in what I put in my body, especially avoiding refined sugar. I no longer have sugar in my coffee, and I check food labels! 7. Wiser choices - I now eat way more whole or cleaner foods, as Jaclyn says to many clients about clean eating"If it hasn't walked, swam, grew or flew, don't eat it" I have now been implementing most of these every day for 7 weeks and I feel the difference already and I've only just begun my journey on which I plan to indefinitely continue. The notable key benefits so far: I've lost almost 1 stone 5 lbs in weight I don't feel like I'm on a diet or food is being restricted I enjoy delicious food that fills me up I don't crave sweet treats as I used to I feel stronger My skin is clearer My cardiovascular endurance is improving I feel happier in general I feel increasingly more confident in my appearance I feel increasingly more confident in my abilities I feel more awake from better regular sleep I feel more flexible I feel more focused at work I am overwhelmed with how much healthier and happier I feel in just 7 weeks, it makes me excited for what the future will bring on this journey. In conclusion Mind. Body. Miracle. is a must-read for everyone, even if you don't implement the suggested habits and tools, the book de-bugs and de-mystifies so many health claims we see in the media and arms you with statistically solid knowledge. With the health industry being one of the most overpopulated industries in the world right now, how do you know which book to read, which "guru" to listen to and what implementations are right for you? That's where I feel this book shines, it covers all of the key topics of holistic health in one place, identifying that we all have individual needs, yet giving evidence of the tools we can all use and take action on. To find out more about Jaclyn's Mind and Body Detox Programme visit: www.mindandbodydetox.co.uk Thanks for taking the time to read this book recommendation, and good luck on your own journeys in health and happiness. For more recommended products for you, them and maybe even your business, check out our other pages. Jenny - Author at Tried and Loved. --- This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. 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  • How To Make Lasagne Step By Step: Easy Lasagne Recipe UK Version

    Lasagne is a classic, a regular on the table in our household and it's the meal I'd choose from the local pub food menu too. I have perfected my own yummy yet easy lasagne recipe and I'm excited to be sharing it with you. P.S. You're welcome :) Not only will I show you how to make lasagne step by step, but I will share with you alternative ingredients to easily swap this into a vegetarian recipe. I'll show you exactly what pots, pans and utensils you'll need and how you can store the lasagne. Why should you use my recipe over all the others on Google? Lasagne is my absolute favourite. I've tried many of the recipes you'll find on a Google search, I've taken inspiration from the best and tastiest ones and used them to create my easy (yet yummy) lasagne recipe. I may not be Gordon Ramsay or Nigella Lawson, but I know my Lasange. I hope you enjoy it, here it is: This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. Jen's easy lasagne recipe (UK) Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes on the cooker, then 45 minutes in the oven What you'll need: Casserole dish (roughly W21cm x L30cm) 1 large pan and 1 medium pan Scales Measuring jug Sharpe knife and 2 mixing spoons Cheese grater Hand whisk Chopping board Ingredients: Ragu: 1 white onion 2 large carrots 5 garlic cloves 1 tbsp oregano (dried) 500g beef mince 1 tin chopped tomatoes 3 tbsp tomato puree 350ml beef stock (I use Oxo) 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce Splash of olive oil Pinch salt & pepper Pinch of sugar White (Béchamel) Sauce: 60g butter 60g plain flour 650ml semi-skimmed milk 75g cheddar cheese Pinch of salt & pepper Layering: 8-10 lasagne sheets (dried) 150g cheddar cheese 50g Parmesan cheese Easy lasagne recipe step by step 1. Prep Dice the onion and carrots, finely chop or grate the garlic Grate the cheeses Make the stock Measure the white sauce ingredients Check you have all other ingredients to hand Preheat oven to 200c (180c for fan-assisted). 2. Ragu Heat olive oil in a large pan on medium heat Once hot, add onions and carrots and cook for 2 minutes Add the garlic for an additional minute Add the mince until browned all over (approx. 5 minutes) Once browned, add oregano, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, chopped tomatoes, sugar and stock, mix well Turn up to high heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the liquid has vastly reduced (be sure to stir occasionally). Begin step 3 whist your ragu simmers. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper once reduced 3. White Sauce Melt butter over low heat in a medium-sized pan or saucepan Once melted, tip in the flour and use a whisk to mix for 1 minute to create your roux Add a large splash of the milk to the roux, mix well Continue adding more large splashes, making sure the milk mixes in before adding the next portion until it's all in the pan. Keep mixing and let the sauce thicken Once the sauce has thickened, season with a pinch of salt and pepper and mix in the cheese (75g from sauce ingredients). Take off the heat. 4. Layer up and bake Spread half the ragu on the bottom of your baking dish Cover the ragu with lasagne sheets butting them up the best you can to each other without overlapping too much. Spread half of the white sauce over the sheets Repeat the layering: ragu, lasagne sheets and white sauce Sprinkle over the cheddar and parmesan cheeses (from the layering ingredients list) Bake in the centre of your preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, until the cheese is nice and golden brown ... cut into 4 portions and serve, yum! What to serve with lasagne in Winter? Try roasted tender stem broccoli, sprinkled with a drizzle of oil, well seasoned and roasted in the oven for 10 minutes. If you have any leftover parmesan sprinkle some shavings on top, yum! What goes well with lasagne in Summer? A popular choice is a brightly coloured salad; my favourite side salad consists of lambs lettuce with cherry tomatoes, spring onions and a lemony dressing. Perhaps some homemade garlic bread using a french stick and plenty of garlic and butter. How can you store cooked or part-cooked lasagne? Cooked lasange keeps for around 3 days in the fridge or up to 2 months in the freezer, so why not make a double batch! Be sure to thaw the frozen lasagne in the fridge fully before heating. You could prepare the lasagne up to the point of layering. Refrigerate the prepared lasagne (once cooled) and be sure to cover it so the sauce doesn't form a skin. Then cook in the oven when you're ready, ideally within 24 hours of refrigerating, for approx 45-50 minutes on 200c, or 180c if fan assisted. How long to cook lasagne For this recipe the baking time is 40-45 minutes, however, your dried lasagne sheets should be cooked after around 25 minutes. I personally cook for longer to get a crispy topping, mmm yum! How many layers in Lasagne? There's no official number of layers that a lasagne should have, this is likely due to the conflicting origins of the lasagne, some say it originates from Italy, some say it's Greek, I say as long as there are at least 2 layers it'll be well structured, shouldn't fall apart and it'll taste delicious! How to keep lasagna from falling apart Be sure your ragu reduces down to a non-runny consistency, this will help avoid the layers slipping off each other as you take your portion out of the pan. You could try leaving the lasagne to rest before serving, or even cook one day and serve the next (refrigerating between) allowing the contents to firm up a bit. Is there a vegetarian version of this lasagne recipe? With a couple of simple swaps, you can enjoy this recipe meat-free! Swap beef mince for: Quorn mince, McCartney's Vegemince, soybean tempeh or even a homemade nut-mince! Swap parmesan for: Additional cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs for a little crunch, or Pecorino Italian hard cheese. Fresh lasagne sheets or dried? This recipe uses dried; that's because I always have a stock of the dried sheets in my pantry and I hate waste. There's more chance of the fresh stuff going to waste if I don't get around to using it. However taste-wise, I can never really tell the difference between the two in a lasagne. It takes half the time to cook the lasagne using the fresh sheets as it does the dried. Yet, you're going to want to cook your lasagne for at least 30 minutes anyway to get a nice golden brown layer of cheese so you may as well use the dried lasagne. Add this recipe to your recipe journal I have a Moleskine Recipe Journal and it's one of the best gifts I've ever treated myself to. I note down all my successes and yummy creations in this beautiful journal. This journal is not only a fun activity, it's a potential family heirloom all rolled into one. The journal has an elastic closure and cardboard case to keep the book in great condition. There are sections to add appetisers, first courses, main courses, side dishes and desserts. On each recipe page, you can note the recipe difficulty, prep time, cooking time, serving size, cooking gadgets required, and even add a wine pairing and star rating. I love my Moleskine recipe journal. I add at least one recipe to it every month and plan to pass it down to my future children. I added this lasagne recipe to mine a few months back, if you think you'd enjoy the journal too, take a look at it here on Amazon. Why not try the Mindful Chef version? Are you a Mindful Chef customer or thinking of becoming one? Mindful chef deliver nutritionist-designed recipes to your door and guess what, they have a banging lasagne recipe too, trust me I've tried it and by now you know how much I love lasagne! As much as I want you to cook my recipe, I can't deny how yummy this one is. Classic beef lasagne by Mindful chef Succulent, grass-fed beef mince, fragrant oregano, silky béchamel. A ‘mindful’ take on the family staple – gluten- and dairy-free, as always – is just as delicious as the original. (From Mindful Chef Website) Did you enjoy this recipe? If you enjoyed this recipe, why not take a photo of your masterpiece and tag Tried and Loved on Instagram, I'd love to see it and share it! Have a browse of this website for more recipes to come and inspirational ideas for you and your loved ones. Do you have a lasagne recipe that you love? Feel free to send it to me, I'd love to give it a try. Have a great day! Jenny - Author of Tried and Loved This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. As an Amazon Associate, we may earn from qualifying purchases. Be sure to cook safely and responsibly, for advice, visit: https://www.food.gov.uk/

  • The Ultimate Guide To Todoist Recurring Tasks and Sub-tasks

    Never forget important tasks again, learn how to make Todoist tasks and sub-tasks recur easily using these simple steps with natural language. This page is the ultimate guide to Todoist recurring tasks and sub-tasks, it's the only one you'll ever need so be sure to bookmark it, then you’ll always have the scheduling instructions you need to hand. Here's a handy table of contents for this info-packed recurring task guide What is a recurring task? How to set Todoist recurring tasks What instructions can you shorten? Lists of Todoist task recurrence instructions Things to note before checking out any of the lists or examples on this page Ultimate List: Todoist recurring task due dates How to specify a start and end date for Todoist recurring tasks Ultimate List: Start and end dates for Todoist recurring tasks Start Dates End Dates Using recurrence start and end dates together How to make Todoist recurring tasks with sub-tasks Setting sub-task due dates the same as the parent task Setting different sub-task due dates to the parent task Setting a recurring parent task with no date incompletable sub-tasks Other things you need to know about Todoist recurring tasks How to stop Todoist natural language using a date in the task title What other date formats can be used in Todoist? How to use the @ symbol in Todoist Does Todoist recognise leap years when scheduling tasks for 29th February? What does the '!' do in recurrence scheduling? Using natural language with integrations and other devices It's easy to use starting the wrong way What other natural language dates can you use if not recurring? What thing you not do when scheduling a recurrence in Todoist Every day except The day and the repetition format exclusions Putting the date digits at the start of the scheduled instruction Combination of dos and donts Recognising national holidays Todoist recurrence ideas you could use to help you get organised Conclusion Not only am I going to show you how to set up recurring tasks and sub-tasks in Todoist and all the different instructional language you can use, but I'll also give you examples of how you can use recurrences to reach new organisational heights. Ready? Let's do it! This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. 1. What is a recurring task in Todoist? Do you have tasks that happen more than once in set intervals? Perhaps it's a task to download bank statements each month or feed the cats every day at 7:00am and 3:00pm, or maybe shop for a Valentine's card on the 10th February every year? If you have tasks like these, they are recurring tasks. Fact: Why recurring and not reoccurring? Recurring is usually repeated at set intervals; Reoccurring is also repeated but not always at intervals. A recurring task in Todoist means to have a task that once checked off as 'complete', resets itself as a new task for the next scheduled date and time. A recurring task saves you the effort of re-adding tasks and the worry of forgetting to reschedule. Before we get into how recurring tasks and sub-tasks work together, let's cover the essentials of recurrence scheduling: 2. How to set Todoist recurring tasks Using what's commonly referred to as Natural Language, you can instruct Todoist to repeat tasks by typing in the task's title box in regular or quick-add view, or in the scheduler box. Fact: Natural Language in Todoist is what it says on the tin, a natural way to speak/type that Todoist can recognise and use as instructions. For example, if you set a task and type every 1st Tuesday of the month, Todoist will know to schedule it repeatedly on the 1st Tuesday of every month from that day forward. 3. What recurring instructions can you shorten? You can use natural language in long or short format to instruct Todoist of your required recurrence. For example, the same instruction above could be written as ev 1st Tue of the month, shortening every to ev and Tuesday to Tue, or go even shorter to just ev 1 Tue and Todoist will understand clever stuff! Take a look at what other instructions you can shorten to save you typing time. Change Every to ev Change pm or am to p or a Change 4pm to 16 (same applies to any time) Change 2nd to 2 (same applies to any date or number repetition) Change Monday to Mon (same applies to any day) Change March to Mar (same applies to any month, but note this shorter month name doesn't work with all start and end date instructions, more on this later) Change starting to start Change ending to end Change today to tod Change tomorrow to tom Fact: If you naturally write a sentence that includes repeat every day, Todoist will also scoop up the word 'repeat' as part of your instruction. Not that you need to write repeat when you are already using every or ev of course. You can also choose to omit 'on', 'in' and 'at' in most instructions and Todoist will still understand. 4. Lists of Todoist task recurrence instructions Things to note before checking out any of the lists and examples on this page: There are variable numbers/words in the list below that you can swap-in to fit your required recurrence, these include the specific day, date, time or number. I have used the long format of every, day, time, month, and date, however, you can use the short versions (see the section above). In the lists I have capitalised the first letter of each instruction and the days, you can use all lower or upper case letters, or a combination of both, and Todoist will still recognise your instruction. I have not omitted 'of' 'on' and 'at' in the lists below. You could remove these words and get the same result. There are a number of other date and time instructions (listed later in this article) that use Todoist's natural language but cannot be used for recurring tasks. Workdays and the start of the weekend I have assumed to be Monday to Friday and Saturday respectively in my examples. You can change these assumptions in your Todoist settings. Fact: Your recurring instruction can also specify a start and end date, but before we get into that, let's take a look at the list below of recurrence instructions which are based on task due dates. 5. Ultimate List: Todoist recurring task due dates Every Hour Every hour starting from now Every 8pm Every day at 8pm Every day @ 1800 Every day @ 18:00 Every 20:00 Every day at 2000 Every day at 20:00 Every @ 2000 Every @ 20:00 Every day at 8pm Every morning Every day at 9am Every afternoon Every day at 12pm Every evening Every day at 7pm Every weekday Every workday Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Every weekend Every Saturday Every day Daily Every day starting today Every other day Every other day starting today Every Tuesday Every Tuesday Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Every Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (separated with any combo of ',' & 'and') Every week Weekly Every week starting today Every other week Every other week starting today Every month Every month starting today Every other month Every other month starting today Monthly Every month starting today Every quarter Quarterly Every 3 months starting today Every year Every year starting today Every other year Every other year starting today Every new year day Every new years day Every 1st January Every new year eve Every new years eve Every 31st December Every Valentine Every Valentines Every Valentine Day Every Valentines Day Every 14th February Every Halloween Every 31st October Every 6 hours Every 6 hours starting now Every Wednesday at 6pm Every Wednesday at 18:00 Every Wednesday @ 6pm Every Wednesday @ 1800 Every Wednesday @ 18:00 6pm every Wednesday 18:00 every Wednesday Every Wednesday at 6pm Every 2 days Every 2 days starting today Every 3 weeks Every 3 weeks starting today Every 4 months Every 4 months starting today Every 10 years Every 10 years starting today Every 2nd Wednesday of the month Every 2nd Wednesday Every 2nd Wednesday of each month Every 15th 15th of every month Every 15th of each month Every 21st, 1st, 10th Every 21st and 1st and 10th Every 21st, 1st and 10th Every 21st , 1st , and 10th of the month (separated with any combo of ',' & 'and') Every 20th of January Every 20th January Every 21st February, 1st April, 10th July Every 21st February and 1st April and 10th July Every 21st February, 1st April and 10th July Every 21st February, 1st April, and 10th July (separated with any combo of ',' & 'and', max 8) Every last day Every last day of the month Every last day of the month Every last Tuesday Every last Tuesday of the month Every last Tuesday of the month Every mid March Every 15th March (or 15th of March) Every end of the month Every end of month Every last day Every last day of each month Every last Wednesday Every last Wednesday of the month Every first workday Every first working day of the month (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu or Fri) Every last workday Every last working day of the month (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu or Fri) After 3 days Starting today then the task repeats every 3 days. So if I set it on a Saturday, it will recur Tuesday. NOTE: The task cannot be checked off as completed until the next date of the recurrence. 6. How to specify a start and end date for Todoist recurring tasks The start and end dates relate exclusively to when the repetitions begin and end, not to when a task should be started or the due date. For example, say you want to do Christmas shopping every Friday at 6pm throughout November you'd add something like: Long format, Every Friday at 6pm starting on 1st November ending 30th November Of course, you can use short instructions such as: ev fri 6p start nov 1 end nov 30 7. Ultimate List: Start and end dates for Todoist recurring tasks This list includes natural language start and end date instructions that work for recurring tasks, there are start and end date instructions that work solely on non-recurring tasks too (listed later in this article). I have put an example of a due date recurrence surrounded in brackets '( )' in the list below, you can use other recurrences from the above list to replace my examples in the brackets. The brackets ( ) in these examples are not to be typed as part of the instruction. Start dates: Below are variations of starting and from instructions Tip: you can use them together as starting from, Todoist will still recognise that instruction, but you may as well just use one or the other to save typing time. (Every day) starting Friday Every day starting on Friday (Every hour) starting Wednesday Every hour starting on Wednesday at 12am (Every hour) starting 8pm (Every hour) starting 20:00 [Every hour) starting at 8pm [Every hour) starting at 2000 [Every hour) starting at 20:00 Every hour starting from 8pm (Every day) starting 27th September Every day starting from 27th September (Every day) starting May Every day starting from 1st May (Every day) starting tomorrow Every day starting from tomorrow (you wouldn't need to say every day starting from 'today', as 'every day' automatically starts a recurrence today) (Every day) starting in 3 days Every day starting in 3 days time (if it's a Sunday today, the task recurrence would start Wednesday) (Every day) from Tuesday Every day starting from Tuesday (Every day) from 27th September Every day starting from 27th September (Every day) from May Every day starting from 1st May (Every day) from tomorrow Every day starting from tomorrow (you wouldn't need to say every day 'from today' for a today start, as 'every day' automatically starts a recurrence today) End dates: Fact: Todoist doesn't currently seem to support hourly recurrence end times using any of these: ending, end, until or to. I have put in a feature update request with Todoist, fingers crossed that issue gets fixed, as you can do so much with natural language it seems a shame to fall at a simple hurdle, although nothing can put me off Todoist, I'm a super fan! (Every day) until Friday Every day, the last day of recurrence is Friday (Every day) until 27th September Every day, the last day of recurrence is 27th September (Every day) until May Every day, the last day of recurrence is 1st May (Every day) until tomorrow Today and tomorrow (Every day) ending Friday Every day, the last day of recurrence is Friday (Every day) ending 27th September Every day, the last day of recurrence is 27th September (Every day) ending May Every day, the last day of recurrence is 1st May (Every day) ending tomorrow Today and tomorrow (Every day) ending in 3 days Every day ending in 3 days time (if it's a Sunday today, the task recurrence would end Wednesday) (Every day) for 3 days Every day starting today PLUS 3 days (so 4 tasks) (if it's a Sunday today, the task recurrence would end and include Wednesday) (Every week) for 2 weeks Every week starting today PLUS 2 weeks (so 3 tasks) (if it's a Sunday 14th today, the task recurrence repeats on 21st and 28th, ending on 28th occurrence) Fact: Any date length, including months and years, can be used in the same way as the three examples just above. Using recurrence start and end dates together You can use a combination of natural language instructions together, for example, you don't need to use starting and ending together, you could swap ending to until. Take a look at the examples below. You can also use to as a joiner the between the start and end dates in a full sentence format such as: [Every day] from 1st June to 8th June Every day from the1st of June to the 8th of June 8. How to make Todoist recurring tasks with sub-tasks I love a sub-task! Sub-tasks break down the big daunting tasks into manageable portions, but how should you attack setting recurrences for sub-tasks? I'm going to show you 3 possible ways so you can pick the best one to suit you. Here are the 3 options for choosing due dates in recurring sub-tasks: Setting sub-task due dates the same as the parent task Setting different sub-task due dates to the parent task Setting a recurring parent task with no-date, incompletable sub-tasks The first thing to note is the natural language is the same for sub-tasks as it is for parent tasks, so no need to learn anything new, phew! Let's look in more detail at the 3 options above... 1. Setting sub-task due dates the same as the parent task Let's say the parent task is housework and your sub-tasks are kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, and you want these to recur every Friday. If you set the recurring due date on the parent and sub-tasks the same, every Friday, all 4 tasks will show up in Friday's task list. With this format, you can check off each completed sub-task as you do it, then check off the parent task when you're sitting down with your cup of tea and all sub-tasks complete. Is this the most efficient way to schedule sub-tasks? There's some duplication upon checking off the last sub-task and the parent task. My best advice to make the sub-tasks 'feel' more separated from the parent task, is to change the priority levels. For instance, the parent task could be a P1 (top priority) and your sub-tasks P4's (lowest priority), then order your view by priority level, you'll see the parent task near the top and then the sub-tasks at the bottom. Tip 1: I would use double Asterix '**' (Or double exclamation '!!') before and after the parent task title so it appears in Bold and stands out as 'the big one' to check off. Tip 2: You could also use a single Asterisk '*' on either side of an additional word like 'sub-task' preceding your task title, to make the word stand out in italics and help to indicate that it's not a parent task (see example below). 2. Setting different sub-task due dates to the parent task This would be my preferred option for my weekly workout task. The parent task being weekly workout with 3 sub-tasks for the actual activities: dance classes every Monday, spin x 30 mins every Wednesday, and walk x 30 mins every Saturday. I would set the recurrence for the weekly workout parent task to every Sunday. With this option, each task or sub-task appears in a different day, the day I need to complete it. At the end of the week, I get the satisfaction of checking off my weekly workout as done! 3. Setting a recurring parent task with no-date, incompletable sub-tasks Let's use the same example of the weekly workout tasks above, but this time making the sub-tasks incompletable. To make a task incompletable you'll need to type an * then leave a space and write the sub-task title. There's no need to type a recurrence for the sub-task as incompletable tasks attach themselves to the parent task's recurrence dates. You could set the sub-task recurrence dates, but then you'd end up with a similar outcome as option 2. You won't be able to check off the sub-tasks as they are incompletable and the circle to check them as 'done' is not there, this does mean that the full list will be visible when you click the weekly workout parent task regardless of what day of the week it is. Think of this option more as a list of notes. 9. Other things you need to know about Todoist recurring tasks How to stop Todoist natural language using a date in the task title Sometimes a task title needs to mention words or dates that are the same as used in natural scheduling language, for example in a task I want to do every day titled: chase director for a reply to my 1st June email., Todoist will automatically highlight 1st June as the due date. To stop that connection, simply tap on the highlighted date and Todoist will stop highlighting, allowing you to add your scheduling instruction on the end: every day Other ways you can stop smart date recognition: Type your date within these brackets [ ]. For example: [every Saturday] Hit backspace after typing the instruction Of course, you could select no date from the scheduler, or even type no date or no due date in the task title, but that will mean there's no due date at all attached to the task. If you'd prefer, you could turn off Smart Date Recognition all together by going to your account settings in the general tab. What other date formats can be used in Todoist? Throughout this article, we've used full format dates such as 1st of January, 1st January and short versions including 1st Jan,1 January and even 1 Jan. Here are some more date formats: 1/1/21 1/1/2021 01/01/21 01/01/2021 How to use the @ symbol in Todoist The @ symbol has two purposes, dependant on if you put a space after it or not. If you use @ with no space any labels you have set up will pop up awaiting your selection as @ is the shortcut for label selection. However, if you use a space after the @ symbol it then changes the meaning of its use to 'at', so you can use it in a time recurrence like every day @ 2pm. Does Todoist recognise leap years when scheduling tasks for 29th February? Good news, tasks scheduled for the 28th February won't get lost every 3 or 4 years, Todoist reschedules those automatically to the 1st of March, phew. However, if you're looking to schedule a task for the end of February you should use the language end of Feb (or February) instead. What does the '!' do in recurrence scheduling? By adding an ! after the word every the recurrence date changes from the due date to the completion date. An example would be a task to change the water filter every 6 weeks. If you said: change the water filter every 6 weeks and today's date is 1st Jan, your first occurrence would be today 1st Jan. If you completed the filter change today (1st Jan) then the next recurrence would be the 12th of Feb. That's fine as your filter is due a change. But let's say you don't do it today and you leave it 3 weeks before completing the task (22nd Jan). The change the water filter task will still recur on 12th Feb, 3 weeks after you completed it, but your filter has not run out yet, right? By adding an ! after every change the water filter every! 6 weeks, Todoist will know to recur 6 weeks after you complete the task, so if you completed on the 22nd Jan instead of today, the recurrence would be on 5th March. Using natural language with integrations and other devices Do you use Siri, Alexa or Google Home? Good news, these voice assistants can all recognise Todoist's natural language and schedule tasks for you accordingly. You can say for example "Alexa, record new Netflix series tomorrow at 9pm", you can even do the same on your Apple Watch, and I believe Android watches too. However do note, if you're using an Alexa skill for example or an IFTTT recipe to achieve this integration, you won't be able to set recurring tasks, just singular scheduled ones. It's easy to use the word starting the wrong way This is something I've mistakenly done a few times so I'm giving you the heads up so you don't make the same mistake. Every day starting at 9 am will not set you a recurring task every day with a due date time of 9am, even though this language is a natural way to describe a task. Instead, it will recur your task every day with no set time, the recurrence will start from 9am. If it's 8am then this task will be in today's task list with not due time, only due date, if it's 11am your task will be in tomorrow's task list in the same way. So the language starting is taken as a recurrence starting point, not the actual due time of the task. What other natural language dates can you use if not recurring? Here are some examples in long format scheduling instructions Todoist recognises, that are not used in recurrence instructions (short versions will work too) . Tomorrow morning Tomorrow afternoon Tomorrow evening tomorrow night Tomorrow at 9am, 12pm, 7pm and 10pm respectively In 1 hour / in In 6 days In 10 weeks In March In 2 months in 3 years Due in 1 hour, 6 days, 10 weeks, 1st March, 2 months and 3 years from today respectively 1 hour before 7pm 2 days before Sunday 3 weeks before 1st January 1 month before November Due at 6pm, Friday, 11th December and 1st October respectively 1 hour after 7pm 2 days after Sunday 3 weeks after 1st January 1 month after November Due at 8pm, Tuesday, 22nd January and 1st December respectively +3 days +4 weeks +5 months +6 years Due in 3 days, 4 weeks, 5 months and 6 years respectively 10. What things can you not do when scheduling a recurrence in Todoist Every day except Sadly you have to enter all the days you want a recurrence to repeat, as the term every day except is not recognised in Todoist. If you want a task to repeat for 6 days of a week you need to type all 6 days separated by a ',' or and. Tip: You could shorten a 6-day repeat using a phrase like every weekday and Saturday if missing the Sunday fits your schedule. The day and the repetition format exclusions There are a small number of formats of instructions that are not recognised here's an example; to set a task every Monday, you need to use language like every Monday, every Mon, ev Monday, ev Mon or on Mondays, you cannot use Monday every week or every week Monday (or short versions of either). Putting the date digits at the start of the scheduled instruction There seems to be a bug when scheduling a recurring task starting with the date digits. Todoist highlights the instruction as if it's recognised it, but actually, the recurrence doesn't work. Let's say you want to add a cleaning task to recur on the 20th of every month, if you write cleaning 20th of every month, this won't actually recur. Instead, write cleaning every month on the 20th for the recurrence to work. You can of course use other shorter variations of the phrase as long as it starts with a version of every. For example, ev month on 20. Have no fear though, the bug issue has been raised with Todoist, so cross fingers they'll fix it. Combinations: do's and dont's It's best to note which parts of the instruction are about the due date and which parts are indicating the recurrence start and end dates, as longer combinations require you to separate them to help Todoist understand. Here's an example: Do: Use the following language for homework (example) task repeating every weekday in March at 6pm (this example is in long format): Homework every weekday at 6pm starting 1st March ending 31st March Notice how up to 6pm is where the recurrence due date instruction ends and starting 1st March to the end of the instruction indicates when the recurrence is active. Don't: Use the following language for homework (example) task repeating every weekday in March at 6pm (this example is in long format): Homework 6pm every weekday in March Todoist recognises 6pm every weekday as a recurring due date, but in March as a singular date of the 1st March and therefore can not schedule the active dates required. Recognising national holidays Leap Years: Todoist doesn't recognise the instruction every leap year, but that's ok there's an easy workaround simply recur every 4 years. Memorial Day: Todoist does recognise memorial day (USA) as the first Monday of May every year. As you know from the sections above Todoist also recognises new years day, new year's eve and Valentine's. Sadly that's where the holiday recognition stops. Of course, there's normally another way to overcome the lack of holiday language. Here are some examples of when you can add holidays as recurring tasks and when you can't: UK Remembrance Sunday: Always the 2nd Sunday in November so every 2nd Sunday in November works. UK Mother's day: 3 weeks before Easter Sunday, Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the full moon, usually on or after 21st March, however, this differs each year so this date cannot recur exactly. Tip: How would I overcome this? I'd have a recurring task on the 1st of January each year to Google the national holidays and add them all to Todoist. Anyway, enough of the negatives, there aren't that many so let's not bring the mood down. 11. Todoist Recurrence ideas you could use to help you get organised We all work differently so recurring tasks will be useful to users in different ways, here's some that I use or ones I think are great as a little inspiration: Pay taxes every quarter Update CV every 6 months Keep on top of weekly cleaning chores Weekly workout plan and track progress Get the kid's school supplies each term every 1st Jan, 1st Apr and 1st Sep Schedule staff appraisals every 2 years Schedule car service and insurance renewal yearly Birthday reminders every year Goal setting and tasks to achieve those goals every day, every week, every month 12. Conclusion Before Todoist, I used Microsoft OneNote as a task manager and I'd often find myself lost in pages of long lists of tasks with no scheduling structure. Since moving to Todoist Premium, I am in my organisational element and my productivity has increased at least 2-fold. Being able to use natural language in so many varying ways to schedule tasks is yet another solidifying reason why I love Todoist, my other top two reasons being its label and filter features. Bonus Tip: You can use the same natural language you use for due dates with reminders! Admittingly there is the odd action you can't do with Todoist recurrences as listed in this article, but for me, none of them are essential functions and I don't feel they hinder the app's awesomeness! I hope this article has been a great help to you in learning about using recurrences in tasks and sub-tasks in Todoist. Again, please do bookmark the page so you can use it as a reference for future scheduling questions and feel free to share with other Todoist fans. Jenny - Author, Tried and Loved P.S. Feel free to subscribe to the Tried and Loved weekly newsletter (see footer) so you catch new Todoist posts as they get published and many other helpful guides for you and your business. 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  • Where To Find A Valid ASOS Discount Code In The UK

    Get yours right here! This page gives you the most recent valid ASOS UK discount codes updated every week, including exclusive codes! Why not bookmark this page so you can come back to it anytime you shop on ASOS to get your discount codes without having to hunt for them on Google. Current valid ASOS UK discount codes: Bonus Tip: You can also find out below how to redeem your discount code, how to be notified of new codes, info about delivery charges, plus what to do if you're having trouble with your code. NEW CUSTOMERS - 15% OFF Code: ASOSNEWFRIEND > Use this code on ASOS Terms and conditions at the bottom of the post This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. How can I be notified of new ASOS discount codes? As well as bookmarking this page and checking it before making future ASOS purchases, there are two ways you can be notified of new discount codes: Sign up for the Tried and Loved weekly newsletter (see the footer of this page). You'll receive weekly inspiration on a range of brands, as well as new ASOS codes when they are updated. Bonus tip: If you're browsing this page in Google Chrome click 'allow notifications', that way when I update the page with discounts you'll be notified. Become an ASOS customer and opt-in to the 'Discounts and Sales' marketing communication, ASOS will send you discounts and offers via email. The best option however is to do both! You'll get the general codes from ASOS's emails and additional exclusive ones from me at Tried and Loved! How to redeem an ASOS discount code in 3 easy steps Go to the checkout Enter the promo code into the 'PROMO / STUDENT CODE' box, exactly as it’s stated on this page with no spaces. Important: be sure to click 'APPLY CODE', you'll then see the total of your basket change to reflect your discount My discount code isn't working, what should I do? Check your code is valid and meets the terms and conditions of its use. Common reasons your code might not work include: You're trying to use the discount when purchasing a gift card. Discount codes do not apply to gift card purchases. The code has expired. Always check the terms and conditions including the dates of the code (see bottom of post for terms). The code isn't valid where you reside. Codes are normally specific to the country, the codes on this page apply mainly to ASOS UK. You can only use one discount code or promotion per order. If you are still having trouble, get in contact with ASOS customer care Does ASOS do a birthday discount? According to my research at the time of writing, if you opt into ASOS's marketing communications, in particular the 'discounts and sales', you may receive a 10% birthday discount code exclusive to you! If ASOS are still offering this discount near your birthday, you are likely to receive the code 2 weeks prior to your birthday and will expire before midnight on your special day. Do ASOS offer free delivery?! Delivery charges outside of delivery offers are approx £4 for standard 3-day delivery and £5.95 for next day delivery. All orders are trackable and you'll get a link in your emails after your order so you'll know when it's on the way. Have you placed an order and are only going to be home at lunchtime? No problem, use ASOS's precise delivery service and pick a 1-hour delivery slot from £5.95! How can you get next day or precise delivery every time you shop without spending £5.95 per order? ASOS offer a Premium Delivery membership for just £9.95 per year. You save as soon as you place two or more orders a year. If you plan to be a regular ASOS customer you'll be crazy not to use this. Let's say you estimate placing 10 orders a year, you'll save almost £50 on delivery charges by having the Premium Delivery membership. Is there a student discount at ASOS? If you're a student be sure to register on ASOS. If you're already an ASOS customer that's OK, you can connect your customer email address during your student registration. Once registered and validated as a student on ASOS you'll receive your student discount code via email which you can add at the checkout. Do note this discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and is only valid on full-priced products. Is ASOS customer service any good? I've always thought of ASOS as a reputable company with a helpful service. I've been an ASOS customer for around 7 years and I have only ever had to speak to a member of the customer service team once. This was regarding a return, (my usual format wasn’t available), and my question was answered quickly and helpfully. ASOS's online help and support pages have been detailed enough to answer all of my other questions to date and are not too 'wordy', so you won't have to read for hours to get to the answer. You can contact ASOS customer service via live chat 7 days a week. Simply follow this link and log in. The site will tell you if you need to wait to speak to a team member and if so how long the wait is, handy! What is Klarna? How does Klarna work? Klarna offers pay-later or split-payment options on your purchases at ASOS and other participating retailers. Klarna pay in 3 You can pay for your purchase in 3 interest-free chunks; one at checkout and the remaining two 30 and 60 days after the purchase date. Do note however that Klarna will perform a soft credit search, which according to Klarna.com will not affect your credit score. Klarna pay later This is an option I plan on using in the future, useful for those who, like me, order multiple sizes giving me plenty of options to try on to help select the best sizes to keep. Pay Later means you only actually pay for items you keep, you have 30 days from the shipment date to pay and you'll even receive a reminder in case you forget. Who's eligible for Klarna? Anyone over the age of 18, who has a UK bank account and a UK home address. Note: Shop responsibly, be sure you have enough money to afford the Klarna payments before purchasing. See ASOS website for full terms and conditions. ASOS offer alternative payment methods to Klarna, see ASOS page here for more details. Who is ASOS? A fashion brand that loves you! ASOS urge you to express yourself, experiment and be unapologetically you. ASOS brands offer more than 30 different sizes at an equal price, with a gender-neutral collection and are serious about inclusivity. As a gay woman myself who's fluctuated between a size 10 and a 18 throughout my 37 years, who usually shops in the men's section, I love that ASOS has always been able to cater for my various body shapes and tastes in fashion, especially now with their gender-neutral collection and unisex offerings. There's always stacks of choice, so much so that I can browse for well over an hour on occasion! Did you know that ASOS is big on promoting body positivity? There's no removal of any body marks on their models, in fact, no digital altering of any kind. Go ASOS! Want to try a specific look? You're bound to find what you're after on ASOS, whether that's in the main store, the ASOS Outlet or the ASOS Marketplace, there's a world of choice for all tastes. Is shopping with ASOS safe? Let's start with the basics, the company was established in 2000 and are registered with Companies House as a PLC so are 100% legit. In terms of exchanges and refunds, ASOS makes it easy for you to complete these tasks via your 'My Orders' or 'My Returns' pages and offer a variety of return methods. Your data is kept safe, ASOS say 'your privacy is our priority,' they even have a funky video on their privacy page with an easy-to-understand 5 point list of how they look after your data. I personally feel safe shopping with ASOS. What is ASOS Outlet? You can get significant reductions on the RRP via ASOS Outlet. The outlet contains items at the end of their line, you can grab some big brand bargains in the outlet including reductions from Adidas, Calvin Klein, Reiss, Oasis, Tommy Hilfiger, the list goes on. I love the way ASOS shows you the percentage of discount on the RRP on each item, I don't know about you, but I love to know I'm getting a steal! What is ASOS Marketplace? The ASOS marketplace is a goldmine of one-offs and unique products from around 800 carefully sourced independent brands and vintage boutiques, from all over the world. You can find anything from a vintage 90's sweater, to delicate hand-made jewellery on ASOS marketplace. In conclusion to where to find a valid ASOS discount code in the UK I hope you found a code to fit your needs at the top of this post. Don't forget to bookmark this page and share it with an ASOS loving friend so you can both check for new codes next time you shop. Have you found a discount code that isn't on this list? Sharing's caring, let me know and I'll spread the word. There are lots of helpful articles for you on Tried and Loved, feel free to have a browse while you're here. Thanks for reading and happy shopping! Jen - Author at Tried and Loved Note, as an ASOS affiliate I may receive commissions when you click external links. However, this does not impact reviews and comparisons. Prices and product details correct at the time of writing. We do not take responsibility for the validity of the discount codes. Terms and conditions of Promo codes: NEW CUSTOMERS - 15% off site-wide OVER £20 UK: NEW CUSTOMERS - 15% off site-wide OVER £20 - Code: ASOSNEWFRIEND - Expires 8am 20/07/21 IE: NEW CUSTOMERS - 15% off everything min spend 20 EUROS - Code: ASOSNEWHEY Valid from 8am 15/06/21 - 8am 20/07/21 T&Cs: UK: Enter code ASOSNEWFRIEND at checkout to receive discount. Ends 08:00 BST on 20th July 2021. Code can be used on first order with a value of over £20 and only up to a maximum pre-discount spend of £500. Can’t be used with other promo codes or on gift vouchers, delivery charges, Premier Delivery or ASOS Marketplace. Selected marked products excluded from promo. IE: Enter code ASOSNEWHEY at checkout to receive discount. Ends 08:00 BST on 20.07.21. Code can be used on first order only over €20 up to a maximum pre-discount spend of €690. Can’t be used with other promo codes or on gift vouchers, delivery charges, Premier Delivery or ASOS Marketplace. Selected marked products excluded from promo. References: Images / Screenshots from: https://my.asos.com/identity/register?signin=5d47f5eda5ed792e44acb581f4d2e60&checkout=False&forceAuthentication=True

  • Dairy Milk Bar Sizes & How Many Calories Per Square

    What's the biggest Dairy Milk bar and how much does it cost? Does the Giant Dairy Milk 5kg Bar exist? How many calories are there per square of delicious Dairy Milk? It's all right here in this post. I'm a huge chocolate lover, are you? Having brought many different sized bars and variations of chocolate over my 37 years of having a sweet tooth, I've come to realise that Cadbury chocolate is undoubtedly my favourite. Let me know yours in the poll below. What Dairy Milk sizes are available? 45g - The standard convenience store size, 60p at Tesco 110g - Shareable bar size, 98p at Tesco 200g - Shareable bar or gift bar size, £1.80 at Tesco 360g - Shareable bar or big gift bar size, £3.00 at Tesco 850g - The wow-sized gift bar, approx £10 at Amazon All of these sizes can be personalised at Cadbury Gifts Direct. There are three areas of the bar you can personalise, including a short message on the front of the sleeve and a long message and photo on the back. Read more about personalised and customised Cadbury gifts here. Different sized Dairy Milk bars also come in multipacks: 18g - Little bars for kids, £1.00 Tesco 36g - 4 pack, £1.00 Tesco 29.3g - 10 pack, £2.00 Tesco 300g - 4 pack, Approx £17 Amazon This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. Does the giant Cadbury Dairy Milk 5kg bar exist? Short answer: Kind of Long Answer: It did, but it's not available anymore based on my extensive but failed hunt for it! According to this post, Cadbury made a limited edition 5kg bar in 2008. I wonder how big the chunks were? Mmmmm. According to a KWE search, a significant number of consumers search for 'Giant Dairy Milk Bar 1kg '. I'm sorry to disappoint but a 1kg bar doesn't exist; the closest and biggest is the 850g Dairy Milk bar available with personalisation. Dairy Milk chocolate calories: how many calories per square? Feel free to skip to the table below for the answers, but if you're interested in how I worked out the calories per square, read on. According to the nutritional values on a Dairy Milk bars’ packaging, there are 534 calories per 100g of chocolate. So how many calories is that per square when each bar has different size squares (and sometimes rectangles!)? To answer that, we need to divide the chocolate bars' total weight by the number of squares. I've counted the number of squares on the different bars for you, and no, I didn't eat them all while I did it! Now we can work out the calories. Dairy Milk calories per square by bar size The calculations below are based on 100g of Cadbury Dairy Milk being 534 calories, and therefore 1g of Cadbury Dairy Milk is 5.34 calories. I then multiplied the weight of each square of chocolate (different for each size bar) by 5.34 to get the calories per square. Results: 45g bar is 34.44 calories per square, 110g bar is 24.48 calories per square, 200g bar is 26.70 calories per square, 360g bar is 32.04 calories per square, and 850g bar is 33.38 calories per square. Calories are based on the product sizes at the time of writing and are a calculated estimate assuming each square of chocolate is exactly the same size. Cadbury released a 30% less sugar version of the classic Dairy Milk bar in 2019, reducing the carbohydrate per 100g from 57g to 42g (of which sugars 56g to 37g). In terms of calories, the lower sugar bar has 31 calories less per 100g. Sadly the 30% less sugar bar cannot be personalised like the original classic bar but can be included in the custom postal selection box gift. Please feel free to read my Personalised Cadbury gifts review. Chocolate bar sizes over the years In 2012 Cadbury smoothed out the corners of their bars, leading to the most recent change in bar size in the small, classic, convenience store size bar. Its weight has been reduced by 4g, from 49g to 45g. Even more recently, the introduction of the 30% less sugar bar sees a shrinkage in size once more to just 35g. Conclusion to Dairy Milk Bar Sizes And Calories Per Square A Dairy Milk bar is my no.1 go-to chocolate; I love the taste, simple as that. I now know, however, based on my calorie per square research, when I fancy a snack, perhaps I should have just a square or two rather than smashing half a 200g bar with my partner, oops! Or even better, swapping to my snack craving something healthier altogether? I think I'll always love a Cadbury treat even so. The 5kg bar sounds like an incredible gift to give, but as I found out, this was a limited edition product back in 2008. Would you buy the 5kg bar if Cadbury brought this size back into production? I hope you've enjoyed this post and I haven't made you too hungry? And if you ever come across the 5kg bar in the future, get in touch and let me know! Jen - Author, Tried and Loved We may receive commissions when you click our external links. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons. Prices and product details correct at the time of writing.

  • Is A Personalised Cadbury Chocolate Bar Gift From Cadbury Gifts Direct Worth The Money?

    Are you considering buying some Personalised Cadbury Chocolate as a gift, and want to make sure it's worth the asking price? Are you getting the best Cadbury product for your money? I've purchased Personalised Cadbury Chocolate bars many times for family and friends' gifts, as well as buying in bulk as company 'thank-you' gifts. I'm going to give you my honest opinion on the value-for-money of the bars and their personalisation quality. We'll also look at what's inside a Personalised Cadbury Hamper, Postal Selection Box and a Dairy Milk Letterbox Gift so you can make the best selection for your giftee! Let's get into the details. Personalised Cadbury chocolate bar sizes Bar Sizes Available : 850g at £13.00 360g at £10.00 200g at £5.40 110g at £4.00 45g at £2.69 More about Cadbury Bar sizes and their calories per square here This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. What can you personalise on a Cadbury chocolate bar? All personalised bars come with a card sleeve; even the smallest 45g has a sleeve. This sleeve is where your personalisation is printed, meaning your gift recipient can keep your special personalised message long after they have demolished the chocolate! There are three areas where you can personalise your dairy milk bar. All five sizes of bar have the same three personalisation spots, though as the bar increases in size, so does the font and picture. So, what parts of the sleeve can you personalise? The front: The first area your recipient will likely see can be filled with a short, bold message or greeting up to 27 characters long. Perfect for a 'Happy Birthday Matt xxx' or 'Love You Dad, from Jen xxx' The back (text): An area on the back left of the bar can take up to 150 characters of text, allowing you plenty of space to leave a sentimental message and claim the glory for sending this fabulous gift! This message area was a nice touch for when I purchased bars for staff and volunteers at my company. I was able to thank them individually for the specific work they had done in this message box. The back (image): You can add a square-shaped photo to the back of your bar too. Don't worry if your favourite photograph isn't square; the website allows you to zoom, rotate and crop your image. However, if you don't want to add a photo, that's OK; it won't leave you with a blank square on your chocolate. The best thing about the personalisation function on the website is the ease of use. You can see a live preview of your personalisation and go back and edit at any point. How much does it cost to post personalised Cadbury bars? Orders up to £10 in value cost £3.95 for delivery, orders over £10 cost £5.50. You can also pay a little extra for next day delivery too, which is around £6. The standard delivery time (according to the Cadbury Gifts Direct website) is two days, I ordered a test bar for this article on Sunday evening and it arrived Tuesday, so that timeframe seems accurate. The only negative to the postage pricing structure is that there are no discounts for multiple addresses; you pay the fees I mentioned above, per address. When I placed my bulk order (approx 30 bars), I had them all delivered to my address and I handed them out myself, costing only around £10 in fuel, instead of the £3.95 minimum per address. The positive about sending to multiple addresses on the Cadbury Gifts Direct website is that you can easily add addresses and assign each bar a different delivery address in just a couple of clicks. What are Cadbury chocolate rewards? Register as a customer when you make your purchase to be eligible for Chocolate Chunk Rewards. For every £1 you spend, you'll receive one virtual chocolate chunk. Each chunk is worth 1p off future purchases. You can top up your chunks quicker by purchasing items with multiple chunk reward promotions, plus you'll get 100 chunks free when you sign up! Think Tesco's Clubcard but with more mouth-watering results, yum! Value for money of Cadbury personalised Dairy Milk bars The quality of the personalisation warrants a fair price. I wasn't put off by the personalised bars' costs either time I've made a purchase. The only disappointing element to the price was the delivery charge. The 850g bar is a large, heavy item and understandably has a cost, whereas buying a small 45g bar with a delivery fee of £3.95 seems expensive by comparison. In conclusion to are the personalised bars good value for money, I'd say yes they are, purely for the quality of personalisation and that you can personalise in 3 places. Cost per gram for personalised Cadbury Chocolate Bars (rounded up to nearest penny): 850g is £13.00 = £0.02 per gram 360g is £10.00 = £0.03 per gram 200g is £5.50 = £0.03 per gram 110g is £4.00 = £0.04 per gram 45g is £2.69 = £0.06 per gram Cost of standard Cadbury Dairy Milk Bars with no personalisation vs the exact sizes with personalisation: Tesco Dairy Milk Bars with no personalisation 360g £3.00 (with personalisation = £10.00) 200g £1.80 (with personalisation = £5.50) 110g £0.98 (with personalisation = £4.00) 45g £0.60 (with personalisation = £2.69) (The 850g bar is not available at Tesco) Amazon Dairy Milk Bars with no personalisation 850g £9.45 (with personalisation = £13.00) I believe the 850g bar is the best value for money because the chocolate is the cheapest per gram, and the personalisation price is the closest to the non-personalised price relatively. In conclusion to the personalised Cadbury chocolate bars from Cadbury Gifts Direct I'm sure your recipient will enjoy the thoughtfulness and quality of the bars of all sizes, and yes I believe they are well worth the money. I'd recommend the 850g bar as the perfect gift if budget isn't an issue. Not only does this larger bar have the wow factor of its size, but it's a product that is less available in standard high street stores, so is more uniquely appealing too. Does Cadbury offer low-sugar or vegan alternatives? Short answer: Yes to low-sugar, and kind-of to Vegan chocolate. Full answer: Dairy Milk launched it's '30% less sugar' bar available in 35g and 85g sizes in 2019. The lower sugar bar is a nutritionally better alternative to the classic in terms of sugar content, reducing carbs per 100g from 57g to 42g (of which sugars from 56g down to 37g). The lower sugar bar is available in the postal selection box gift, but not the other customisable gifts and sadly not available for personalisation as of yet. In terms of Vegan options according to a few articles from February 2020, Cadbury have been working hard for the last two years to bring a Vegan alternative to the market for the Dairy Milk product range, all whilst keeping the products classic taste. This seems to be still in the pipeline. In late 2020 however, Cadbury did launch their vegan-friendly Bourneville Fingers, available in Sainsbury's according to this article. Other custom chocolate gifts at Cadbury Gifts Direct Before we look at what's included in these other gifts, note that they are not personalised items like the Dairy Milk bars, instead, these are customisable items in which you can edit the contents. These custom gifts can be sent with a gift card in a choice of 8 designs, including 'I love you', 'Congratulations', 'Happy Birthday' and so on. You can add up to 250 characters of text in your message and send your gift directly to the recipient. The same postal charges apply as the personalised Dairy Milk bars. So what's in each gift? Make your Cadbury hamper: This is the most customisable product on offer at Cadbury Gifts Direct and could be chocolate heaven for a chocolate-loving giftee. Add as many items to your hamper as you like; there is no limit. You can select from a whole range of different types of products too, including: Boxes Bags Bars Eggs Trays Drinks Foiled Chocolates Toys Selection Boxes Mugs Biscuits And more... Choose anything from a bag of 25p Dairy Milk Buttons to a £24.72 box of 48 Creme Eggs (yum!), you can create a hamper full of your giftee's favourite treats by simply clicking the '+' button to add items to your hamper. You can see the price of your hamper in real-time on-screen as you add items, so you can mix and match to fit your budget too. But do note, should you choose to have the hamper packaged this is an additional cost, as well as the delivery charge. You're offered three hamper packaging options: A Gift Bag at £3.50 - Organic with strong handles A Wicker Hamper at £15.00 - Beautifully displayed A Gift Box at £2.50 - Card box in Cadbury Colours The wicker hamper may seem pricey on the surface, but if you buy one yourself they can range from £7 to £20 (on Amazon), then you need some internal decor, plus the skill to make it look pretty (which I don't possess), and of course, the cost and effort to post it from your address to theirs. So I'd say to save the hassle, the £15 to Cadbury is well worth it. Overall the Cadbury Hamper is a fantastic option for those with a more flexible budget or who have a giftee with particular Cadbury favourites! Creating a Cadbury postal selection box Another brilliant option for a recipient who loves particular Cadbury bars or those that can never choose a favourite! This one's super reasonable, perfect for shoppers on a budget. You can pick 10 Cadbury products to include in your selection box, most of which are the standard sizes you'd see on a convenience store shelf. There are 30 items to choose from, mostly chocolate bars (including the 30% less sugar dairy milk bar), but there's mints and wine gums available too for good measure. However, if your giftee is a chomp bar lover, and you add 10 of them in the box, it might be worth considering if it's worth it; chomps are 25p and a selection box is £11 regardless of the contents. I'd expect to pay over and above for the presentation and convenience, but chomps or Freddo's alone might feel a little pricey. Good news, at the time of writing, there is FREE delivery on selection boxes! Would I purchase this gift? Absolutely! The chocolate comes in a basic but well presented Cadbury purple cardboard box, and of course, I can add my gift card to the recipient, well worth the money in my opinion. The Dairy Milk letterbox gift The cheapest of the customised gifts at only £10 and free delivery. You can select 4 of the following Dairy Milk bars: Cadbury Dairy Milk 110g Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut 110g Cadbury Dairy Milk Whole Nut 120g Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel Bar 120g Cadbury Dairy Milk with Daim 120g Dairy Milk Oreo Mint 120g Dairy Milk Oreo 120g Just like the selection box, in this Letterbox gift your bars are displayed in a cardboard Cadbury coloured box, and, of course, you can add your gift card message. I would purchase this as a gift for its ease and convenience. A round-up of all the 'make your own' Cadbury Gifts Direct options. There's a gift for every budget and palate, custom products are well presented, and the interface is super easy to use. The convenience of the product's customisation and delivery options are the most significant selling point for me. I will continue to use Cadbury Gifts Direct for the foreseeable future. I hope you enjoyed this article and I've got your mouth watering talking about all this delicious chocolate! Got a Cadbury product that's special you think I should taste and then review? Get in touch and let me know. Jen - Author of Tried and Loved We may receive commissions when you click our external links. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons. Prices and product details correct at the time of writing. References https://www.cadburygiftsdirect.co.uk/make-your-own.html

  • How To Calculate Engagement Rate On Instagram. Get Your Engagement Rate Here!

    Do you want to calculate your engagement rate without doing any mathematics, right here, right now? The good news is that you can right here, read on. Do you want to find the perfect accounts to engage with in your niche? I'm going to show you an easy way at the end of this post. I'll also cover: What Instagram engagement is, why your engagement rate is significant, why you should avoid buying followers and likes, and how you can increase your Instagram engagement, all in this article. With a background in event marketing and 20 years of experience marketing my own businesses, I trust this article will give you the guidance you need to better understand and improve your Instagram engagement, no matter if you're a start-up, small business, entrepreneur or just an Instagram loving individual. You're here to calculate your engagement rate, I won't ask you read to the end to get it. Your engagement rate can be calculated here, just below this paragraph thanks to Analisa.io. However, why find out your engagement rate and not understand what it means or how to improve it? Read on to find out how to improve your engagement. Calculate your Instagram engagement rate: (IMPORTANT: This tool works for influencer and brand profiles, to check engagement rate of a personal profile try here, then come back and enter your rate in the poll below) Now you have your engagement rate, what does it mean? In short: Instagram engagement rate is a measure of how others interact with your content on the platform. In more depth: Follows, comments, likes and shares are all taken into account to calculate engagement rate. The calculated measurement is used to assess if your Instagram efforts are effective compared to industry benchmarks. Essentially, you can track how much your audience is enjoying, aka engaging with, your content. This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. How is your engagement rate calculated? There is some debate over the exact formula for calculating your Instagram engagement rate. Followers, likes and comments factor in, and some say your reach too, yet the calculator you used above by Asalisa, the AI-powered Instagram analytics tool, uses this formula: The number of likes and comments divided by the number of followers, multiplied by 100, equals your engagement rate. What is a good engagement rate on Instagram? Don't panic if your engagement percentage is under 4%, that's normal, phew! The critical detail is whereabouts you sit between 0% and 4%? On the flip side if your engagement is above 4% then big hi-fives to you, it sounds like you're nailing it, keep up the good work! According to a RivallQ* study, Instagram wide engagement has dropped by approximately 25% in the last year. The average engagement rate across industries in 2021 is 1.22%. Is your Instagram engagement rate higher or lower than the average 1.22%? Select your answer below and see what other readers rates are. Do bear in mind this is a mean average of cross-industry results. It's helpful to note what the rates are for the two top engaging industries: Higher Education = 3.57%* Sports Teams = 2.33%* These two industries' engagement rates stand-alone in measure and are relatively high. All other measured industries' engagement rates vary between 0.67% and 1.75%. If you are not in higher education or a sports team, and you rule out those engagement rates, a quick re-calculation brings the industry average closer to 1.1%. How does your engagement rate compare now? So now you know your engagement rate you know where you stand in comparison to industry benchmarks. What do you do with that information now? Why is engagement rate significant? Engagement rate, in a nutshell, is how appealing your content is to your audience, an indicator of how you are keeping up with the demands of the moment, and of course, it proves you have happy customers! The benefits of using engagement rate in more detail: Engagement rate is a measure of audience interest. What do I do if I come across a post of my niece looking happy playing in the sunshine? I like the post, I may even leave a comment, maybe an emoji; why? Because I enjoyed seeing the post, it made me happy. Likewise, suppose Neil Patel, a digital marketer I follow and admire, posts a carousel of images, the first image stating, '10 reasons you don't want to post on Facebook', my interest is heightened. I start swiping through reasons 1, 2, 3 and so on, at the end is a CTA (call to action): 'double tap if that helped you', and I do, why? Because I enjoyed learning something interesting for free. What's the lesson here? The more appealing your posts are to your audience, the more they are likely to engage with them by likes, comments and shares. The higher the engagement rate = The more your audience is interested in your posts. You can learn from your previous posts; what posts get the most engagement? Are they photos, videos or carousels? Are they behind the scenes style posts, happy customer posts, educational posts etc? Find what works and create more content based on your best-performing factors to increase your engagement. Quick Tip: According to Bannersnack**, carousel posts get the highest engagement rate on average across industries. This is followed by images and then video. Of course, look at what works for your audience based on insights (below), but if you need a place to start experimenting, jump on the carousels! How do you find your top engaging posts? Profile - Insights - Overview - Content Interactions - Top Posts You're welcome :) The engagement rate shows if you are a strong player. The official term is 'social proof'. A reasonable engagement rate helps to prove that you are worth following. Seeing many others following and engaging with you can be a significant factor for non-followers deciding whether you're worth them hitting that 'follow' button. A healthy engagement level indicates that you have happy customers, even further solidifying your social authority and gaining you that 'follow. For example, I came across an Instagram account that possesses 14'000 followers. I almost hit 'follow', then I checked out their recent posts, they only had 2 to 3 likes each and no comments, showing a relatively low engagement rate, so I decided against following. That's not to say that you shouldn't follow those with low engagement, I've been there myself, but for what I was looking for, I needed to see brand trust and therefore higher engagement. The engagement rate helps determine if you're still the cool kid. The official term is 'brand relevance.' Are you still the cool kid on the block that all your friends (followers) want to hang out with? Perhaps you are right now, and your engagement is high, but what about in 6 months when trends change? Do you still have your finger on the button? Are you still the cool kid everyone wants to spend time with? Monitoring changes in engagement rate can help track if you are staying relevant and shows where you can take action if you aren't. Why shouldn't you buy Instagram likes to increase engagement rates? Hopefully, by this point in the post you can answer this question yourself, but so that we are on the same page: It smells of cheating, an Instagrammer will likely sniff out the fact that you have, for example, 1000 likes but 200 followers. Your engagement rate is essentially false. You won't get an accurate picture of your progress from your insights and truly learn what your audience enjoys. It's not allowed, don't risk getting banned from the platform. It's a waste of money. If you want to partner with brands, you'll likely ruin your chances as they'll sniff out fake, paid-for accounts Tempting as it might be for a quick fix, don't do it. Be real! How to increase your Engagement Rate - 3 Tips 1. Know your audience, post for them Marketing skills 101: Who is your model customer? What pain points (problems/needs) or desires might they have? How can you solve their pains, give them what they desire or simply make them smile with your post, whilst still relating to your product or service? The key here is to solidify your intention behind the post, not just post blindly. Whether the post is a contest, a fact, a peek backstage or any other type of post, have clear user benefiting intent. Next, what format of content does your audience prefer? Carousels, images, videos? As I discussed above in the section: 'How do you find your top engaging posts via insights?', you can see your top engaging posts and what format they were in via your Instagram insights. Can you match the post intention with this top-performing format? If yes, great! Finally, do you know when your followers are online? Your Instagram insights will tell you: Profile - Insights - Your Audience - See All - Most Active Times Post at days and times when your followers are online the most. However, still mix it up occasionally, then you're not missing out on engaging with a completely different set of customers, even if there are fewer of them online. 2. Grab attention and say hello to AIDA, "Hi Aida" Who's Aida? I hear some of you asking. Aida is a well-know marketing model that is useful when planning Instagram content. Aida stands for: A - Attention (or Awareness) I - Interest D - Desire A - Action Attention: Your follower, or followers-to-be, can only see the first 125 characters of your caption in their feed. You need to grab their attention with a headline or first sentence that will make them stop scrolling and open the rest of your caption. You can drive attention through the media in your post as well. Interest: Pique the reader's interest; can they relate to what you're saying? Can they benefit from reading on? Desire: Instagram's algorithm measures how long a user spends looking at your post. You can write up to 2200 characters in your caption, so why not capitalise on the number of words you can add to keep them on your post for longer? During that time, it's your chance to get your user to connect with what you're saying on a deeper level, to make them want your product or service, and build their desire to take action. Action: Have a clear call-to-action (CTA). Whether that's in the form of a written instruction in the caption, a 'double tap' and heart icon on the post image or an actual CTA button, make sure what you want the user to do is crystal clear. Remember, the actions the user takes are recorded in your engagement rate. 3. Most importantly, be social! The whole reason it's called social media is to share and interact socially. So be sure to do that! Simple ways to be social include: Like posts of the people you follow Comment on posts of the people you follow Follow other accounts within your niche Comment on accounts with # hashtags relevant to your niche The 4 points above may sound obvious, but with our increasingly busy lifestyles, it's easy to ignore these integral but straightforward steps that will help increase Instagram engagement. I have a solution! I run two successful small businesses as well as write for this blog and run a household, yet I have a game-changing way to find time to engage with tens of relevant Instagram users every day, using very little brain-power! I use Gary Vee's Dollar Eighty Instagram Strategy and Dollar Eighty Chrome Extension. What Is Gary Vee's Dollar Eighty Instagram Strategy? World-renowned marketer Gary Vee suggests you leave your '2 cents', your meaningful opinion, on 9 posts for 10 different hashtags. 0.02(cents) x 9(posts) x 10(hashtags) = $1.80 When you leave your 90 comments a day, you have increased profile awareness and connected with the right type of user in your niche. Most importantly, you're naturally encouraging new followers and engagement for your profile. For those of you who may be thinking, WHAT 90 COMMENTS?! Trust me, it doesn't take that long thanks to the Dollar Eighty software, in fact, 30 mins on average. Read on to see why I think that 30 minutes is well spent if you're serious about growing your following. How does the Dollar Eighty Chrome extension work? The extension connects with your Instagram account. You select locations, hashtags and profiles to target. Dollar Eighty will then show you all the recent and top posts from your targets, making it quick and simple for you to add your '2 cents'. Make your comments meaningful though, this will encourage further engagement with your profile. The best part is, Dollar Eighty saves your replies, so you can reuse them later on in another post, saving you valuable time. Don't be a spammer though; mix it up and be real! Instagram only actually allows 30 comments an hour. Dollar Eighty solves that issue by queuing your comments and posting them automatically in intervals, so you don't have to worry about remembering to come back and post. By grouping all relevant posts in one place, saving comments for reuse, and queuing your comments, you can save tonnes of time, as I do. There's an easy-to-read analytics section in the extension too, in which you can track your engagement rate in real-time! Who can use Dollar Eighty? I use it for one of my business profiles, yet influencers, brands, products, social media managers and even personal profiles can all make great use of it. Is Dollar Eight Free? Yes and no. There is a free version; you can post up to 10 comments a day with just hashtag targeting. The free version is a great way to test the water, see if Dollar Eighty is for you and check out proportionate results. The full version is $15 a month. I use this and I feel it's worth the investment. I target 10 locations in my business service areas, 10 hashtags relevant to my business niche, and 10 profiles of my industry's big players. I spend 20-30 minutes a morning with my coffee in hand, putting my '2 cents' on as many posts in the extension as I can in that time block. I can reach the full 90 posts in 30 minutes when I focus! I know some might think spending 20-30 minutes intensely on social commenting is too much, but I assure you, I'd spend way longer writing odd comments throughout the day and scrolling trying to find something relevant to comment on. I also use Todoist, the task management software, to time block my day so I don't deviate from the plan of 20-30 minutes on Dollar Eighty. I highly recommend Dollar Eighty; it's a game-changer for a small business owner like me who juggles many business activities every day. In Conclusion To How To Calculate Engagement Rate On Instagram Did you use the engagement calculator from Analisa? Did you enter your answer to see if your engagement rate was above the cross-industry average? Hopefully, you did and now have a better understanding of where you may need to progress. Full disclosure: I am a massive culprit for having skills and depth of knowledge in a subject, but I'm not always great at implementing them! One of those subjects being my Instagram strategy! I'm working on that and Dollar Eighty is helping me along the way. So we're on this journey together you and I! Engagement rate is an excellent measurement to judge your posts' quality and effectiveness, plus it's real-time and free. Why not bookmark this webpage so you can come back and check or compare your engagement rate in the future? I hope you enjoyed this post. If it helped you, please feel free to share it with a friend or other small businesses trying to get the best from Instagram. Jen - Author, Tried and Loved References https://sproutsocial.com/insights/instagram-stats/ *https://www.rivaliq.com/blog/social-media-industry-benchmark-report/ **https://www.socialinsider.io/blog/instagram-carousel-research/ https://analisa.io/blog/How-to-Boost-Instagram-Engagement-with-Instagram-Analytics/#What-Are-The-Components-of-Instagram-Engagement Note: We may receive commissions when you click our external links. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons.