Monday, 15 January 2018

Get 2018 off to the right start!


So we are now a couple of weeks into the new year and I have came to realise that January is one of the most important months of the year! Why? Because it is the first month of the year ands it is the best month to make changes in our lives that could affect the rest of our year! Its also a great time to make plans and realise what we want to achieve that year and get those ideas started!
I always have a couple of things I do in the first month of the new year to make sure I start the year with the best frame of mind and a positive attitude....
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The first thing I like to do when January is upon us, as boring and tedious as it may be, is to de-clutter my bedroom and work area... and make sure it is cleared of any rubbish! I always like to spend a weekend doing this, which sounds sad, however when it is done, I feel so satisfied and almost refreshed?
Their is something so satisfying about de-cluttering and starting the year of with a clean slate... it is something that I think is important for everyone to do to ensure that you start 2018 off positively!


I also like to spend time at the start of each year getting my plans together for the year ahead and setting goals for what I want to do throughout the year to come. I like to plan some trips so I have something to motivate me to work hard and get some things planned with friends and familyso I have things to look forward too...

Even just planning a day away, or an overnight trip somewhere helps give me something to focus on... I already have several things planned for this year that I am already excited for!

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I always like to try and learn/do something new every year.. I just love trying out new things and learning new skills. It is one of the reasons I got into blogging and also began my journey into Gel Nails. I like to start the year by picking something new for that year... this year I really want to get back into my baking and take it much more seriously!

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix
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I think it is important to continue learning and gaining new skills, I get really bored if I don't push myself for new things so I like to focus on that in January and start the year by learning something new!

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Lastly, I like to  get myself organised for the year by ensuring that I keep all my goals sorted and in order, and I like to do that by buying myself a new diary, calendar and any other organisational tools to help me keep everything in order. 

It is so important to start the year off by ensuring you are organised and for me, writing everything down is the best way for me to stay on track with everything in my life!

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These are just a few way I like to get my year off to a positive start and ensure it starts in the best way possible. Do you have anything you do to ensure you get your year off to the best start? Leave your thoughts in the comments below :)

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Monday, 8 January 2018

A.Vogel Review....

 

I have always loved to try out new products, so when I was given the chance to review a range of items from A.Vogel, I couldn't say no. I was intrigued by what the health range had to offer, especially when it came to the self care range!

I decided to try a couple of their hair products and also picked myself up a Po-Ho oil to try... the concept of it made me eager to give it a go!
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I was excited to try the some of the hair range, so I picked the Hair Complex capsules, and the Neem Shampoo.

I have been taking the capsules now for about a month, and have noticed some slight changes to the condition of my hair. It feels much thicker and stronger that ever before and also has a great healthy shine... which in my case is important as I admit to using a lot of heat on my hair to style it!
They are also a pretty decent size, so even if you don't like taking tablets or struggle to swallow them, these are easy to take and I have never had a problem with them...

I like to use these tablets along with the Neem shampoo. this shampoo is one of the best shampoos for deep cleaning your hair, so if you tend to use a lot of product or wax on your hair, this is a great shampoo for you. It also has a really fresh fragrance leaving your hair lightly scented, however not too perfumed, great if you suffer from dandruff or a sensitive scalp.
I have only used this Shampoo once a week as I feel that is all that is needed so I know this shampoo will last me a good length of time... it is great value for money



I also picked the Po-Ho oil to try as I feel you can never go wrong with something like this in any skincare collection. This oil is mainly designed to be inhaled as it is very good for your body. I like to add some drops to some warm water and inhale it this way, as I also get to steam my face at the same time and benefit from 2 beauty treatments!

It has been extremely beneficial over the past few weeks with the cold and flu season upon us and has been a great natural remedy to help me sleep... I just dab a few drops onto my pillow and it helps me dose off no problem! 




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Overall, if you are looking for some all natural products then this is a range I would recommend to help keep your body in the best possible shape. Everything is well priced and high quality and with my experience, works well

If you have tried any products from A.Vogel, then let me know... otherwise check out the website here to try some of their products, as well as discovering some other brands...
https://www.yourhealthfoodstore.co.uk/


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Monday, 1 January 2018

The new year is upon us... my blogging goals for 2018!

 
Can we all just take a moment and get it into our heads that 2018 is here... can you believe it! A new year is upon us and I am so excited to see what it brings, not only on the blogging front, but personally too!
 
2017 brought many high and lows however I cannot wait to work hard this year and make my blog better than ever! One of the best ways for me to get to where I want to be is to plan goals and making lists so I know they are reasonable and realistic! I do have some goals that I have set for my blog and I wanted to let all my readers know what to expect here on my blog in the future...
 
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I am really proud of what I have managed to achieve with my blog since I began almost 2 years ago (can you believe it) and of course when you blog for that long, you will become better at writing and editing! I definitely find that improving comes with experience and one of my first goals is to continue to improve on my editing and writing! Looking back, it really inspires me to see how much the quality of my posts has improved and I cannot wait to find out what another year will teach me...
 
 
I for sure am someone who looks to other bloggers for inspiration and feel it is something that is important in the blogging community. That's why my next blogging goal for 2018 is to get involved more in blogging communities and chats! The blogging community is an extremely supportive one and I cannot wait to get stuck in in 2018 and get talking to more fellow bloggers and taking part in some useful blog chats!
 
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If you have followed me for a while, you will know that I discuss a variety of different topics, however I feel strongly about specific things surrounding Mental Health and Lifestyle issues. It Is something I sadly have been surrounded with growing up and that is where my feelings have grown from. However I love to discuss a variety of different things, like Make-up & Beauty and Baking. I cannot wait to venture out in the new year and expand on what my blog is about! By being more varied in what I type about, I hope that more of you will find my blog not only useful, but also interesting and I cannot wait to get started and begin your feedback!
 
 
I am also on a mission to be more consistent with my blog and social media activity in 2018! I am so busy outwith blogging that I often fall behind with updates etc, however in 2018, a big goal of mines is to become more active on my SM accounts to ensure you are always up to date with everything that is happening blog wise!
I can't wait to be more involved on social media and be posting more regularly to ensure you are always the first to know anything!
 
 
Lastly, and most importantly, I want to keep enjoying typing my blog as a passion!
My passion for writing and blogging was what started my journey and is the thing that has kept me going throughout the past 2 years, despite all the highs and lows! I love writing and want to keep enjoying it, as well as enjoying everything else that comes with blogging, whether meeting new people, celebrating many firsts and receiving amazing feedback from readers!
 
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To all my readers and supportive, I wish you all an amazing 2018 filled with happy memories and lots of love. I appreciate every single one of you!
 
I cannot wait to get going with my 2018 goals and looking back in a few months time to see how I am progressing. If you are a blogger, why not tell me your goals in the comments below!
 
 
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Monday, 25 December 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS - AND HERE'S TO 2017

 
 
IT IS CHRISTMAS DAY!
 
Firstly a MASSIVE Merry Christmas to all my readers and followers who have supported me, it really does mean the world and I hope you have the best day with friends and family, getting spoiled and celebrating the day!
 
I can't believe it is Christmas already, the year really has flown by so quickly and I am so proud of what I have managed to achieve this year! Between starting a new job, to attending my first blog event it has been a year of many firsts, but amazing ones!
 
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On top of all that, I have worked with some incredible companies, some of which I would never have dreamed of. Working with 'Hotel Chocolat' and 'Browns Family Jewellers' have been some of my favourites, although I would be here all day if I were to list everyone (head over to my 'companies' page to find a full list of who I have worked with)
 
I also held my first big competition back in September/October and ended up with over 3000 entries, which is crazy seeing as my last giveaway just a year earlier I only had 4 entries total! What a difference one year can make eh!? I am still in shock of how much I blog must have grown over such a short space of time!
 
With 2018 round the corner, I have loads of exciting things planned, including another trip to Walt Disneyworld Florida! I cannot believe it is so near now!
I am also so excited to see where my blog takes me and I am so excited for the year ahead!
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Once again, I hope this Christmas bring you all so much joy and happiness and I hope that you all have the best day! Thank you for everyone's continued support throughout the year and I hope to keep improving in 2018!
 
 
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Monday, 18 December 2017

A day in Manchester... at Christmas!

 
 
So last weekend I spent a few days away with friends in the beautiful city of Manchester visiting the Christmas markets and truly getting into the festive spirit. It might have only been a short break, but I really did love Manchester and had to take some pictures while I was there. It was a lovely day and the market was one of the best I have ever been too, it seemed to go on forever and was full of treats, gifts, food and drinks...
 
The markets offered lots of unusual buys, and I saw some things for sale I had never seen before, I just had to snap them up while visiting... keep reading to see what I got up too!
 
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The supportive community in Manchester was one of the first things I noticed and it really showed how strong the people of Manchester are, and how positive they can be!

It really was inspiring and made such a great atmosphere as we were walking around the centre of the city....
 
 
One of my favourite treats of any Market, the SWEETS!
 
 
 
We stayed at the Bredbury hotel and Country club in Stockport while we were down south. It wasn't the best hotel for us unfortunately. It was very quiet and derelict, with no entertainment or activities at night, which meant we were left with nothing to do in the evenings.
 
One thing however that the hotel did have was beautiful views, especially with the frost and snow we experienced it was like something from a Christmas card!
 
 
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I can't wait to travel back to Manchester and hopefully spend a little more time there. Because we travelled with a company, we were very rushed which meant we missed a lot of things out during out travels. However I am sure I will be back in the not to distant future!
 
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Monday, 11 December 2017

My Favourite Cheesy Christmas Traditions....

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Christmas time has to be one of my favourite times of the year and one of the reasons I love it so much is all the little Christmas traditions that happen. Especially the cheesy ones! I love getting into the festive spirit no matter what it takes and think that all the cheesy must do's make Christmas even better!
 
Keep reading to learn my favourite Christmas traditions of the festive season...
 
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One of my favourite Christmas traditions is the dressing up! Whether it be an Ugly Christmas Jumper, a cosy pair of festive socks or the classic Christmas hat... I love getting the chance to dress up and have fun, and not worrying about how you look!
For me, it isn't Christmas without the outfit to match... I am usually the one that goes all out with the matching jewellery and accessories too. It just makes the festive season so much fun and light-hearted.
 
This kind of goes with the usual festive fun days that come with the festive season. Whether it be a Christmas Jumper Day, a Christmas lunch or a festive charity event... it really is the time of year for some truly unique yet fun social events, whether it be in work, school or college! It's a chance to dress more fun and rock that inner child all while having some fun with friends or your work mates.
 
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Yellow Bauble on Christmas Tree
 
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Another thing I love about Christmas is all the different festive food and that you can have. Mince Pies, selection boxes and choccie advent calendars are an indulgence for me this time of year and I love trying to eat as much as I can before the new year begins and the are gone from the store shelves. I just can't resist a good festive treat.
 
This is the same for Christmas coffee's. Being a major coffee addict, I love to try different kinds and Christmas is the perfect chance to do so. I can't resist going to the likes of Costa Coffee and Starbucks to try their new festive ranges. It's one of those cheesy traditions that I must do every November, or else I feel like I have failed!
 
Let's not forget my favourite... Mulled Wine & Cider! Something I would never touch the other 11 months of the year but in December I can't head out without treating myself to a glass of mulled wine or mulled cider when doing my Xmas shopping. I love it and it really has became a really Christmas tradition over the years!
 
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Going to all the Christmas Markets is one of my favourite festive celebrations in December and I always like to attend new ones every year. I love the Christmas atmosphere as I wander around perusing the stalls and treating myself to some Christmas treats. It brings a smile to my face every year and I just can't imagine celebrating Christmas without wandering around at least one Christmas market beforehand!
 
The day the decorations go up has to be one of my favourite days in the lead up to the big day. Putting the lights up and decorating the house is a favourite tradition of mines... I love making the house look and feel ready for Christmas. We always try and make a day of it too, we get the Christmas music on, the Santa hat is out and we have ourselves a great festive day with the family
 
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I am a huge lover of Christmas and all these cheesy traditions make the lead up to the big day even more exciting! I am a massive kid this time of year and the more cheesy I get the more festive and excited I feel. What do you like about the Christmas period and do you have any traditions that you follow? Post them in the comments below...
 
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