Websites of the Week 21st -25th November 2011

November 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

ebay – Earlier this week I uploaded a beginners guide to online auction site eBay. Hopefully the guide will offer the basics to new users who are hoping to make a little extra money on unwanted goods from around the home.

For me the most fascinating thing about eBay is how vast the site is with thousands and thousands of items up for auction. It goes without saying that you can find almost anything on eBay regardless of how outdated, rare or utterly ridiculous it might be.

My reasoning for including eBay into this week’s selection is because these items all make money, sometimes much more than you might have expected, ultimately making it the perfect way to part with any unwanted goods.

Of course, eBay has a couple of downsides which include having to pay a small charge when listing an item over the price of 99p. However, as savvy users will know eBay often carry out ‘free listing’ weekends, whereby users can upload up to 100 item for any price without incurring any fees.

Ebay page

These weekend are the perfect time to make the most out of eBay, as you have a wonderfully opportunity to list your items at a worthy price for no charge. And the good news is that this weekend eBay are hosting a free listings event- running from Saturday to Sunday.

On the other side of eBay is of course buying. I really enjoy browsing the sites looking at old pictures, vintage furniture and craft goods. Furthermore the excitement of placing a bid, and winning, is very much like the feeling that you get at a real auction.

So if you’ve not yet explored the wonders of online auction eBay head over and check it out for yourself- – Yesterday the WI launched their new website WI Foods at BBC’s Good Food Show. Featuring homemade inspired produce the site truly reflects the WI’s reputation of creating great quality produce which everyone will enjoy.

I was thrilled to visit the site yesterday as it’s as good, if not better, than I’d hoped. Filled with beautiful images of what sound like truly delightful produce the site reflects the WI so well and is a real pleasure.


Currently the site is limited to selling only jams, chutney and biscuits. However, they look as pleasing as I’m sure they taste and charmingly displayed with ribbon and a classic tea room set up. It’s hard not to feel as though you’re day would be made better with a dollop of WI strawberry jam on toast.

I do have to say that I feel there is room for more produce on the site but that’s something which only the team at the Women’s Institute can determine. Fingers crossed their jams and biscuits will get the ball rolling.

Enjoy WI Foods at – I’ve recently joined ‘Groupon’ an online discount site which sources exclusive ‘deals of the day’ offers. The site has become a huge hit amongst businesses and consumers alike who are looking for alternative and cost effective ways to buy and sell.

By simply signing up to Groupon and selecting the city or town which is most applicable to you, Groupon will e-mail you daily with a range of hugely discounted offers from local and national business which you may be interested in.

The beauty of Groupon is that anything and everything can pop up. Today for example a paintballing offer sits alongside a discounted photo shoot session and reduced price beauty treatment- there really is something for everyone.

With Christmas right around the corner not only is Groupon a get place to purchase a bargain but also a wonderful way to get inspired. We all know how difficult thinking of gift ideas can be.


It worth remembering that Groupon offers only last for a day so do note the ending time which appears on your daily e-mail along with the details of the deal – discount, price etc. Before booking anything via Groupon always read the terms and condition. Often these exclusive offers work alongside businesses normal custom and therefore may not apply at weekends, evenings etc.

Overall Groupon is most definitely worth signing up to. It’s completely free unless you make a purchase. Enjoy!

The WI Food Website

November 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The WI Food logoThe Women’s Institute has become an iconic organisation in Britain and today it has launched an exciting new website, which makes their famous jams and baked goods accessible to all.

Formed in 1915, the community based organisation exclusive to women, has brought females and their communities together for many years.

Famous for offering members a wealth of new skills and experiences, I always associate the WI with cooking as I’m sure many others will too. This is mainly because members of the WI played an enormous role in providing the nation with healthy, hearty food during both the First and Second World Wars.

In recent years the WI has sustained a positive and up to date image with some branches applying a modern approach, leading to a fleeting numbers of younger members joining the ever growing organisation, which now boasts over 200,000 members.

WI Jam

Adding to their contemporary new style the WI is rejoicing in the digital world. With a host of online campaigns their website also features competitions, how to get involved in the WI and all the work and activities which their current members are up too.

Adding to their online portfolio the WI have today launched The Women’s Institute Food website; an ecommerce site which sells WI’s famous ‘homemade’ jams, biscuits and chutneys. Along with WI cookery books harbouring many tried and tested recipes which have lasted the test of time.

All produce is inspired by the WI’s history of making well preserved, homemade food. With a variety of flavours and beautiful presentation the WI treats are sure to be a huge hit. And all of the goodies sound so delicious- butter crumbly oatie biscuits and fine cut English Marmalade- yummy!

WI Bakery

In addition the site also encouraging members and no members to look into cookery courses at the WI’s Denman College, which has become synonymous in offering a huge variety of courses educating and developing cooking and craft skills.

All in all, the site is a wonderful success and I’m sure that the produce range will soon expand in to more delicious goodies, which we can all order and enjoy greatly.

Visit The WI’s Food site here –

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