Monday, 20 August 2018

Wellbeing Wobbles: Common Pitfalls You Must Avoid*

Deep down, we all know that keeping our wellbeing under control is a crucial aspect of modern life. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop millions of us from making simple and costly mistakes. Now is the time to finally take charge by preventing the pitfalls of life fro taking over.

Here are some of the most common issues that hold people back from remaining in a positive place both physically and mentally.
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What's Ruining Your Nights Sleep?*

Ah, how nice it would be if we could sleep easy, sweet and soundly all through the night. Alas, this isn’t the case. We’re a nation of people who struggle to reach the land of nod! And of course, it’s not difficult to see how damaging this is. No-one’s at their best when they’re feeling drained of energy. While there’s no magic solution for getting a night’s sleep, it’s true that most of us don’t help ourselves. We wonder why we can’t sleep, when in fact we’re doing plenty of things that are making it more difficult! We take a look at a few of these things below. If you’re guilty of any of them, make the changes - you’ll notice the difference!
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Friday, 17 August 2018

But First, Lipstick | Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick Review

I don't have many lipsticks. I didn't really start to wear lipstick regularly until I was about 20, and I bought my first nude that soon became my favourite. I soon became a lipstick fiend and when my sister became a Younique rep, I bought a whole bunch of fun lip colours from her.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

How To Get Rid of Clutter Once & For all*

If there is one problem that seems to have a habit of spiralling out of control in the home, it is most definitely clutter. One magazine thrown into the corner of the room suddenly turns into no surfaces in sight. It can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you only de-cluttered your home a couple of weeks ago. So, how do you get rid of clutter and make sure that it actually stays away this time? Read on for some suggestions that will help you to banish clutter once and for all.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Goals for 2018 | Update

Back in January (it feels like it was SO long ago) I decided to make some goals for the year. Now we're eight months in, I feel they need tweaking a bit. 

Friday, 10 August 2018

All By Myself, Alone | Book Review #2

What's this? Another book review? Good! I decided last month that I really wanted to start doing more bookish blog posts, and what's more bookish than a book review?! Last month I reviewed Angels Can't Swim, a novella by Alexandra McCann. This months book is All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark. 

Monday, 6 August 2018

What Self Care Looks Like to Me

I have been feeling pretty miserable lately. I thrive on having some alone time and, as a single mother, I obviously don't get very much of that at all. There's always lots I need or want to do, and not being able to do these things really affects my mental state. Today, I'm writing this to remind myself what makes me feel better, and to motivate myself to get up and go when Charlie lets me.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

July Round Up & August Goals

July was very much up-and-down for me. I wasn't very happy a lot of the time, with some very good times inbetween. I didn't get much done, I certainly never got to create my habit trackers in my bullet journal, Gail came to stay for a week and my baby turned one. SOB! 

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Charlie is One

Nope. No no no. Today marks 1 year of being a Mum and I'm not ready to admit it. But I've got no choice. My beautiful, tiny baby is now a one year old toddler. 

Friday, 20 July 2018

Angels Can't Swim | Novella Review

One of my goals for 2018 is to read more. My current Goodreads goal is 12 but as I keep buying more books, I'm sure I'll soon smash that and up it. I've actually been considering making my blog more book-y, and start reviewing them. So imagine how I felt when Alexandra McCann, an author, dropped me an email asking me to review her new novella. Of course I said yes, and delved straight into Angels Can't Swim.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Space Saving Ideas for Your Home This Summer*

If there’s one thing that all parents never have enough of when you’ve got small ones running around, it’s space to store everything so that there’s no trips or falls. Another thing that all parents find themselves in is an abundance of toys, clothes, wipes and everything else you need for your children. So how can you have a fairly regular home that’s not a tripping hazard to your children? Clever storage, that’s how! Take a look at these amazing space saving ideas for your home this summer.
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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Simple Tips To Get Fit & Healthy*


Getting fit and healthy can often seem like an impossible task, especially when you have a job and/or baby that fills up most of your time. Thankfully, it’s not quite as much work as most people think. Of course, you still need to put time and effort into it, but you don’t need to overhaul your entire life. In fact, more often than not, you just need to make a few simple changes. If, like me, you want to lose weight and get a little fitter, here are five things you should do.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Caravan Life | Part Three

Freeeedoooommmm! Our June holiday to Sheppey couldn't come quick enough, I was desperate for the daily long walks past the canal, and to finally take Charlie swimming. I was packed up and ready to go long before Mum and Dave came to get us. 

Sunday, 1 July 2018

June Round-Up & July Goals

Another month of 2018 gone! June was a bit of a whirlwind. I finally started to knuckle down on party planning, started a pin collection, went on holiday and dyed my hair red again! I even finally did another photoshoot with Charlie. 

Friday, 15 June 2018

31 Day Minimalism & Simplicity Challenge | Simplicity Update

If you read my Minimalism Update you'll know I decided to write the updates of this challenge in two parts! Here is part two, the simplifying side of my 31 day challenge...

Friday, 8 June 2018

31 Day Minimalism & Simplicity Challenge | Minimalism Update

So my 31 days are up! Instead of writing an overview of how I did of all 31 days, I've decided to split this post into two parts, one post concentrating on the minimalism/decluttering days, and one to concentrate on the simplifying days. Otherwise this would be a super long post and I don't think any of us have the energy for that! Here's how I did with my minimising! 

Monday, 4 June 2018

40 New Things in 40 Days | Days 31-37

These 40 days are going by so quickly! Not sure what I'm talking about? Check out the original post here. 

40 New Things in 40 Days | Days 23-30

Another day, another thing! I'm loving this challenge.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

May Round Up & June Goals

I don't know about anyone else but May seemed to go on for an eternity for me. I'm still waiting for Charlie to cut his sixth tooth and his crying and clingy-ness because of it is exhausting. But, I digress. I had lots of goals for May; let's see how I got on...

Monday, 28 May 2018

40 New Things in 40 Days | Days 15-22

You may have noticed by now that I'm attempting to do 40 new things in 40 days - or at least, do more of what I enjoy! 

Friday, 25 May 2018

40 New Things in 40 Days | Days 8-14

Week two of 40 New Things! If you haven't read week one yet, catch up here.

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. 
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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.