Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The Spending Ban

I spend a ridiculous amount of money every month. Usually on chocolate or various other things I don't really need. This isn't good for my health or my minimalism. But mostly my bank account. I had over £2,000 in savings a year ago, now I'm down to £400, which I've literally just built back up today. Admittedly half of it went to Charlie, but even so. A spending ban is definitely needed. 

Friday, 18 May 2018

Making Better Choices with Green Cola*

As you guys know, I'm trying to make better decisions about the products I use and consume. Fizzy drinks full of sugar, however, are one of the things that I struggle to cut out. Especially as I like an evening drink and cola is my go-to mixer. So, when the opportunity arose to try Green Cola*, I took it.

Monday, 14 May 2018

40 New Things in 40 Days

Not long ago, I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw Emma tweet:

and I got intrigued. I immediately clicked on her profile and found a link to her blog post titled '40 New Things in 40 Days' and had a read. I was immediately inspired. I'm constantly being told/thinking that I need to live my life and actually get out there and do things. I nearly died, I got a second chance and what have I done with it? Apart from raise an amazing, gorgeous little boy, fuck all. The last time I did something particularly exciting was date a fuckboy back in January/February. So, after reading Emma's posts, I decided to make a list of things I want/can do in 40 days, and got started. 

Friday, 11 May 2018

Old English Company Haul*

Even though I'm trying to be a minimalist, there's just a few things I can't resist adding to my collection. Homeware, prints and stationery to name but a few. When The Old English Company* got in touch, I trawled their website for hours, adding things to my basket and whittling them down one by one to my final favourite products. It was probably the hardest thing I've done in a long time. 

Monday, 7 May 2018

10 Items a Day Declutter | Update

I recently posted about a different approach to decluttering I wanted to take and how I'm going to be a bit more honest about it, and only list items I've actually removed from the house and/or binned. In March, I had some new furniture put in my bedroom, which meant turning my room upside down and finding a whole load more stuff to either find a home for, or get rid of. Here's what I got rid of over the course of 7 days.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Hysterectomy Q&A

My hysterectomy is a huge part of my life. It doesn't affect my day-to-day life but there's definitely some things I need to consider in the future, and some of you on Twitter had some questions about it. 

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

31 Day Minimalism & Simplicity Challenge

I mentioned in Mondays post that one of my goals for May is to complete a 31 Day Minimalism and Simplicity Challenge. This is one I've created myself to suit my needs, so if anyone fancies playing along then feel free to! 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Fitness Goals for May

Last month, I feel I made a pretty good start on losing weight. I still didn't get my daily walks in or workout as much as I said I was going to but I'm definitely getting there. This month I want to step it up a notch, and make a definitive plan towards losing my first stone. I even got myself a little health planner from The Range to help me along.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Goodbye April

April Round up 
May is just around the corner and April was all kinds of crazy. Also the longest month ever?! I finished my counselling sessions, which is mostly a relief but I'm kind of going to miss them. I'm not completely convinced that she always read me totally right but I enjoyed my bitching sessions with her. Charlie hit a whole bunch of milestones and I was an emotional wreck. I also didn't even remotely hit any of my goals

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Charlie's 9 Month Update

I know I say this every time but WHERE HAS MY TINY BABY GONE?! My little boy is nine months old already and it won't be long before it's his first birthday. I genuinely want to cry. 

Monday, 23 April 2018

Arbonne | My 'Why'

I have never liked the idea of a job. Yeah, I'm one of *those* people but hear me out. While I was growing up, jobs sounded like the worst thing ever. Growing up shy and softly spoken did not help with that, and I did everything I could to avoid getting a job until I was 19. Even then I didn't feel ready to start working. 

Friday, 20 April 2018

LETSCOM Fitness Tracker

The last couple of months I have been obsessed with tracking my daily steps. Normally I use my phone and Google fit to do this, but it became a bit of a pain if I forgot to pick my phone up before I started walking, or my outfit didn't have a pocket to put it in. I did consider getting a fitbit, but as I'd just paid out £200 for a car seat, I couldn't afford another £200+ for one of those. That's when Erin came to my rescue.

Monday, 16 April 2018

10 Items a Day Declutter and a Confession

I was doing my usual scroll through Pinterest when a blog post title caught my eye.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Slow Living & Single Tasking

In my Hello April post I briefly spoke about how I want to try slow living/single tasking. Slow living is essentially taking time to slow down, relax and appreciate where you are in life. It's also described as single tasking, which I shouldn't really need to explain. You know, the opposite of multi-tasking? 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

March Favourites

I literally can't remember the last time I did a favourites post! But I was loving a lot of things in March so I thought I'd share them with all you lovely people. 

Friday, 6 April 2018

Just The Two of Us | A Weekend Alone With Charlie

Charlie and I spent a whole weekend entirely alone together for the first time recently. 3 days, and 3 nights just us. Apart from Ash coming over for a few hours on the Saturday, but still. That's literally the longest we've ever been alone together.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Hello April

2018 is just not going to plan so far. Every month I have made myself some goals, started off well and then just FLOPPED halfway through. To be fair, I have not been doing great physically or mentally lately but I'm starting to feel better again. I CAN do this, I WILL do this, I MUST do this. 

Friday, 30 March 2018

Minimalism Mantras

One, or rather two, things I'm striving for in life is minimalism and simplicity. There's just something about that lifestyle that speaks to me and I'm forever making steps towards that way of living. Today, I want to share with you the quotes and mantras that keep me inspired and motivated. 

Monday, 26 March 2018

BIg, Black, Empty Nothing

Recently I watched the Netflix original of Scream, the TV series. I'm going to try and keep this as spoiler-free as possible but, in one episode, a character gets drunk and makes a speech. There was one thing in particular that she said that really resonated with me. 

Friday, 23 March 2018

Caravan Life | Part Two

Last weekend was once again spent in Mum and Dave's lovely new caravan! Once again, it was bloody cold. Although not quite as cold as last time, thankfully. 

Monday, 19 March 2018

Caravan Life | A Weekend Away

I finally had a much needed getaway a couple of weekends ago. I'd been needing a break for a long time, so the fact that Mum has recently bought a caravan come in quite handy! In a recent post, I spoke about how Mum was moving out. She bought a caravan on a holiday park (with the intention of us moving in too) and thought it would be nice for all of us to spend the weekend there. 

Friday, 16 March 2018

Getting Some Answers | The Lead Up To My Hysterectomy

As you're probably aware, my birth story is a traumatic one. If you're not aware, you can read all about it here, which I highly recommend doing. You all caught up? Okay, good. Back in October, I finally got the chance to go through my notes and get some answers.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Hello March

Wow, March already. I know February is the shortest month of the year but that absolutely flew by! It was a bit of a mental month too. In my latest blog post I spoke about how stressed I'd been feeling during February, but I've taken some time to get my thoughts together, work on a plan and I'm feeling good again. 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Stressed & Struggling

I really thought my next blog post would a happy, looking-forward-to-March one but I have been so stressed lately. I know I'm always stressed but my head has literally been buzzing for days because of it. I feel like life is constantly throwing me curve balls and nothing ever seems to go right. Nothing is easy for me. I never feel confident in any decisions, and then when I finally make one, something comes along to fuck it up. I just don't know what to do for the best.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Vegan Skincare for Sensitive Skin*

You may or may not know that around three years ago I made the decision to go vegetarian. Unfortunately, during pregnancy, I went back to eating meat. This year I want to make more of an effort to step up my vegan and cruelty free game. 

Friday, 2 February 2018

The Plan for February

Wow, January seemed to last forever and yet February still snuck up on me! I feel like I've had a million things to do in the last couple of days and yet achieved nothing. But it's time to get my shit together and achieve my goals this month. 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Arbonne's 30 Days to Healthy Living*

You may have already noticed, but I'm really getting into fitness and nutrition lately. I work out practically every day, I try to go for a long walk once a week, and I've even cut down on my Costa hot chocolates! I know, I'm a new woman.

Charlies 6 Month Update

I can't believe it's been another three months since Charlie's last update; I swear I was only writing it last week!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

An Open Letter | Dear Dad

Dear Dad, 

It's been two whole years since we said goodbye and it still hurts. I feel like I don't think about you as much as I should, but at the same time you're always in the back of my mind. Having a photo of you in my bedroom helps, it's like you're still here in a way. 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

100 Truths About Me

Last month the lovely Ross at ManVsAdulthood tagged me in the '100 Truths About Me' Tag - yikes! Get a cuppa and a comfy seat guys, it's going to be a long one...

Friday, 12 January 2018

Making a Birth Plan

Lately I've been seeing a lot of ladies talking about birthing plans. Or rather 'MY PLAN IS TO HAVE A BABY!' Which is obviously a good place to start but actually, a birthing plan is worthwhile.

Monday, 8 January 2018

My (Almost) Daily Journal & How I Use It

Last October I wrote a little post talking about daily journaling. Well, I didn't actually start daily journaling until my weeks break from being online. I loved it, and wish I had started it when I said I was going to. Ever since my weeks break I don't quite manage to daily journal but I still try to write multiple times a week.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Past, Present & Happiness

Back in November, Mum and I went to a cute little cafe located just down the road to us. A tarot/angel card reader just happened to be in there (she's friends with the owner and regularly does readings there) and, luckily, came prepared. I've been wanting my cards read for a long time, and had previously used apps but it's not the same. So, I finally got my cards read.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Hello, 2018

Wow, 2018 already huh? Life is going by far too quickly. I'm 22, Charlie will be 6 months old in a few weeks and soon it will be the second anniversary of my Dads passing. Crazy.