Monday, 31 December 2018

2019 Goals & A Break

2019 is just hours away, people are planning their New Years Resolutions and their goals. As always, I'm setting myself some goals - and then some! I already have my 23 While I'm 23 list to complete by October 29th, but why not go all out and set some more? 

Sunday, 30 December 2018

2018 Goals | End of Year Review

I didn't set myself many goals for 2018. I even switched them out for new ones back in August, as I was sure I wasn't going to reach them! It's been a bit of a crazy year, with lots going on, so my priorities had to change quite a bit. 


Saturday, 29 December 2018

December Round Up

December is nearly over, and I think it's been my busiest month of 2018! I've done so much, and have lots of happy memories.



Friday, 28 December 2018

2018 Highlights

2018 was full of ups and downs - and it's not even over yet! It's certainly been a year of learning, love, loss and growth. Boy, am I glad to be at the end of it. 


Friday, 21 December 2018

How I'm Getting Into The Christmas Spirit

The last few years, Christmas hasn't really been my favourite time of year. I'm assuming it's down to it not being the same after my Dad passing. However, this year, Mum has challenged me to get into "the Christmas spirit" and I'm trying, I really am. 


Wednesday, 19 December 2018

My Festive Netflix Watch List

Christmas isn't Christmas without snuggling down in your favourite blanket, a hot drink and a Christmas film. Normally, I don't bother (I'm such a Grinch) but due to trying to get into the Christmas spirit, I've perused Netflix's 'Festive Favourites' to see what might not cringe me to death. 


Monday, 17 December 2018

The Cheapest Ways to Travel Abroad | Guest Post by Astrid Halliday

Wanderlust is something that many people have, wanting to travel the world and see more countries, but unfortunately lacking the funds. Many people don’t know that travelling the world doesn’t need to break the bank. There are many ways to see the world on a budget.
Unsplash


Friday, 14 December 2018

The Benefits of Heating Your Home With Oil*

When we’re looking at moving to a new house, heating is one of our primary concerns, especially if we will be buying the property and so responsible for the upkeep of the system, and for the cost of any repairs and maintenance needed. Heating is one of the things that surveyors look at so that you’ve got all of the information about the central heating system, the boiler, and the hot water, in your new home. The last thing that we want after all is to move into a house to find that it’s cold, the boiler is struggling, and expensive repairs and replacements are going to be needed in the next year.

Usually, these searches come back telling us that a gas main supplies the home that we're looking at. That’s what we expect to see. When we’re told that a house is heated with oil and that you’ll need to look at bunded oil tanks to store it, it can be a little off-putting. Not least because most of us have never heard of it. We grew up in houses connected to a gas main. We’re familiar with combi boilers and British Gas. Anything out of the ordinary is scary. But, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, there are many advantages to heating your home with oil. Here is a look at a few of them.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Even Sceptics Will See The Magic of Minimalism After Trying These Three Things*

While half of the world has gone minimalism mad, the other half remain skeptical of stripped back lifestyles. For hoarders, nothing could be worse than getting rid of much-loved belongings. Even if you aren’t a collector, you may enjoy having sentimental belongings around. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. Minimalism was never going to be for everybody.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Smart Cash Savings for Cars*

When you’re looking at buying a car, whether it’s your first or you’re trading up for bigger or better, there’s more than just the cost on the screen to consider.
You may have been saving for a while but often it’s the hidden costs of car buying that take would-be motorists by surprise.
Take a look at some of the upfront and behind the scenes costs of car buying and some smart ways on keeping outlay down.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Buying Baby Gifts This Christmas*

https://pixabay.com/en/doll-figures-figures-wooden-figures-3015495/

Christmas is getting closer and closer once more. As the festive season begins to dawn upon everyone, there is one thing that enters most people’s minds… presents! Whether you are thinking about buying them or receiving them you can’t deny that they become a popular topic during the winter months.

Friday, 7 December 2018

3 Tricks to Boost Your Concentration*

Finding it hard to concentrate? While your brain will need a bit of rest from the studying or the project you’re working on, it’s not always the case when your mind starts to wander and your thoughts are drifting. Sometimes, and more often than not, the case is simply that we’re feeling much too lazy to get on with our work.

Image link: Pexels

Monday, 3 December 2018

Why You're Not Happy At Home*

From time to time, it is easy to suddenly find yourself being unhappy with your home when you are there. Often, you might not even have a clear notion of why this might be happening, and that in itself can be an unfortunate situation to be in. However, once you start to look into it, you will usually find that there is a pretty reasonable reason why your home is currently not as enjoyable to be in as you would like it to be, and focusing on those reasons can mean that you can easily fix that situation before too long. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the reasons why you might not be happy in your home, and what you might be able to do about it in the near future to fix those potential issues.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

November Round Up & December Goals

Well November is already over and Christmas is nearly here. Ugh. HOW HAS THIS YEAR GONE SO FAST?! It has literally flown by, where have the days gone? Buut, anyway, time to discuss November. 


Monday, 26 November 2018

5 Ways to Clear Your Mind, Home and Body of Negativity*

Your life is flashing before you like a complete whirlwind at the moment; you never get a chance to just stop and breathe for a few minutes. Whether you’re rushed off your feet at work or entangled in a relationship dilemma there are so many reasons for you to feel slightly stressed out right now. If you could just make a few small alterations to your day to day life, you could go to bed feeling like a much calmer and more positive person. It’s time to find peace and harmony at last, whether you’re trying to create new home happiness or you want to improve your mindset. Take all of these ideas into account and they are bound to work for you.

1.Declutter the Junk

When your home is cluttered up with unnecessary junk your mindset will be all over the place. Whether you’ve just moved into your new house or you’re trying to get over a previous relationship there are bound to be items all over your house that you really don’t need anymore. Look at the options at www.pinkstorage.co.uk and you will be able to clear away the items that you don’t need urgently. Once you’re home is a little more minimalistic you will be able to focus on creating your positive mindset.


Saturday, 24 November 2018

How You Can Design Your Bedroom for Better Sleep*

Your bedroom can serve many purposes as it works as a pretty multifunctional room. It could double up as a nursery, an office, playroom, or laundry room. But in the end, what it really gets most use is from being a place where you sleep. And as a result, because getting a good night’s sleep is so important, it makes sense to have a bedroom that is calming, relaxing, luxurious, and cosy, so that you can really use it for the intended purpose and sleep well in it.

There is more to life than just getting a comfy bed in order to get a good night’s sleep in your bedroom, though. There are several different factors that all play a part in it. So here are some tips and ideas to help you to create a space where you’ll find it easier to relax, unwind, and above all, sleep.


Friday, 16 November 2018

Creating New Home Happiness from the Moment You Move In*

Since a very young age you always dreamed about what your family home would look like in the future. A white picket fence, a gorgeous back garden and a perfect home for you and your family was all you ever wanted. Now the time has finally arrived for you to be a fully-fledged adult with a house of your own. As a homeowner you are always looking for ways to make it personal to you, whether you’re repainting the walls or jazzing up the garden. You want to feel completely relaxed and at ease from the moment you walk through the door, so it’s time to create the cosy vibe you have always wanted. Buying a house is expensive, so you’re probably working to a pretty tight budget. Don’t worry though, because there are so many amazing things you can do to your new property to make it picture perfect from head to toe. Don’t rush the process of revamping your house, because you will only get stressed out. Take your time and enjoy watching your amazing abode transform into your ideal place to live. Check out all of these ideas and see if you can incorporate these into your brand new home.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Overhauls & Organisation for Your Blossoming Blog*

Over the past few months your blog has taken off to heights you would never have imagined. Your home and bedroom are slowly being taken over by your blogging equipment, clothing items, technology and fancy backdrops for all of your photographs. You realise that your blogging essentials are getting more and more vast by the month so you need to become more organised. You want to streamline your blogging processes so that you don’t take hours to find the essential items you need. You don’t live in the largest house in the world so you need that extra bit of help to keep your blog and brain clear from clutter. The following ideas will help you to get more organised for your blossoming blog so that you can become much more efficient on a day to day basis.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Spruce Up Your Home With a Few Great Ideas*

Work on sprucing up your home and making sure it is as great as it can possibly be. This is something you need to work on moving forward, and it will be a wonderful way of enhancing your property. You want to live somewhere that is pleasant and presentable, and this is important for the future. You need to be proud of your home and provide a property that is going to be more attractive to potential buyers.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Easy Ways to Stay Motivated When You Are Trying to Lose Weight*

Losing weight doesn’t have to be impossible. You also don’t have to completely reinvent yourself in order to shed those pounds either. In fact, a few simple changes are sometimes all you need in order to get the body you have always wanted. If you want to get some tips then you can easily take a look below.



Monday, 12 November 2018

More Than a Mum

When I first became a Mum, it completely consumed me. As it should, of course. I was breastfeeding then, single, and in recovery from major/multiple surgeries, I had nothing else to do, apart from blog. I loved it. I never felt happier, and gushed about being a Mum. It was my Mum that kept telling me that I needed to not lose myself in it, and I even saw multiple bloggers talking about how they're 'not just a Mum.' In fact, Lauren recently spoke about reclaiming her identity post-partum too - but much more eloquently than I have. 

Sunday, 11 November 2018

We ❤️ Facemasks | Superdrug Powder Mask First Impressions

I'd been wanting to treat myself to a new face mask for a while, and the morning I planned to buy one, Olivia's post about Superdrugs powder masks popped up onto my twitter timeline! I had a read, and set my heart on getting the charcoal one. However, I didn't realise at the time that her post is a year old! Which, honestly, made me all the more surprised I'd never spotted these before! 

Saturday, 10 November 2018

My Daily Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin

Before we start, I just want to make it clear that I have always had good skin. I have never had more than three spots at a time (knock on wood), I don't know what pores are or look like, and I haven't had blackheads for a really long time. If you're looking for a miracle skincare routine to solve all of your problems, this probably isn't the place for you! But these are still amazing products, so feel free to stick around anyway. P.S. Apologies for the horrendous photos, but you should all know by now that blog photography is not my forte. 


Friday, 9 November 2018

A Day in the Life | A Good Day

Thank you to Tamara for suggesting I do this post! I haven't done one of these before, and I think I've only ever read one...so, here goes nothing! 

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Caravan Life | Empty Caravan Tour

I'm sure you've been dying for this. I always thought my first 'empty home tour' would be a flat or an actual house, not a caravan. Alright, I admit it, as much as I love my home, I do feel like a bit of a pikey. But for the most part, I don't actually care. Hah. Anyway, here's my pretty little home before I moved all of my stuff in!
Kitchen/Living Room 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

This Is How To Create a Gorgeous Boudoir on a Budget*


When it comes to decorating your house, you will always want to make sure that you can bag the best possible look for the best price. And nobody wants to ever have to stress out about money. We all know that there are the important things that you need to pay for each month, and any extras are only ever to be considered if you can afford them. Decorating is definitely an extra! But that doesn’t mean a nice house has to be a luxury that you can never afford. It just means that you need to save up, be smart with your money, and do your decorating on a budget. Now, one room that we all want to look great is the bedroom. So let’s see how you can create a gorgeous room on a budget!

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

5 Tips to Transform Your Simple Living Space*

When it comes to your living space, it’s important to make sure that it’s somewhere that you want to be in. And this can be tough to arrange. because you want it to be comfortable and you want to make sure that it's functional too. Sometimes, getting the balance can be tough. So you end up adding in all of the basic features and furniture that you need, and then you stop.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Love & Dating | 2018 Edition

I've had a pretty crap year for dating. I know, you get it, I'm single, blah blah blah, change the record. But seriously, it's been crap!


Sunday, 4 November 2018

Creating a Child-Friendly Bathroom Space*

A child-friendly bathroom needs to be safe, comfortable and fun. It should always be safety first as with anything where children are involved, but the other elements of comfort and fun should not be ignored.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

23 While I'm 23

I love bucket lists. As a young teen I would spend hours on Pinterest, adding things to my bucket list, and even had a few notebooks dedicated to it! Of course, most of those things were completely unattainable, and these days, hardly any of those things are on my list. I do still love a bucket list though, and to celebrate turning 23 this week, I decided to make a list of 23 things I want to do, see and accomplish while I'm 23. 


Friday, 2 November 2018

Why Cherishing Memories is So Important*

We might laugh at our grandmother taking photographs of everything around them, or we might consider those who journal each day to be chewing up valuable time. However, upon closer inspection, we realize that humanities’ driving need to document, remember and to reflect on those memories is something much deeper than a simple indulgence. It’s vital to how we live our lives, and vital to the quality of said lives.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

September Round Up, October Round Up & November Goals

Well, it's been a long two months but I am so happy to finally be back to blogging as normal! Though I've not been able to publish anything until recently, I've certainly spent plenty of time writing and preparing posts, ready for when I had the Internet access to publish them. My blog won't be going quiet anytime soon, I can promise that!

Friday, 26 October 2018

What I Read in September

I finally did it! I finally surpassed reading just three books in a month and actually read seven! Caravan life has been excellent to my TBR pile. Talking of my TBR pile, I've been wanting to write a blog post about it but due to the lack of WiFi access here, I'm reading my books faster than I can blog about them! Almost as soon as I add a book to my list, I'm taking it off again. But, never say never! For now,  here's my thoughts on what I read in September. 

Monday, 22 October 2018

Caravan Life | One Month as a Home Owner

It's been a whole month since I officially moved in to my little caravan. Well, I say 'little', it's actually pretty spacious! It took me almost a full two weeks to actually want to spend the night here. Why? Because I was a teeny bit scared about the prospect of ACTUALLY living on my own! I literally used every excuse under the sun to put it off for as long as possible. 

To be fair, I wanted it fully cleaned and a bit more furnished before Charlie and I moved in, but I think Mum and Dave underestimated how hard it would be to have us in their little caravan for a full three weeks, so after filling my kitchen cupboards and the fridge, I packed up the rest of our stuff and took it back to mine. 


Friday, 14 September 2018

Caravan Life | A Permanent Holiday

I'm not back from Sheppey yet. However, I did have the long, hard think I needed and came to a decision. I've decided to stay in Sheppey, permanently. 

Monday, 3 September 2018

What I Read in August

I actually got less reading done in August than I anticipated! I hoped to read as many as four books last month, but it took me way longer to get through book #3 than I thought it would! But, I digress. Here's what I read in August. 


Sunday, 2 September 2018

Today's the Day!

Today's the day; Charlie and I are off to spend a few weeks in Sheppey! 

Saturday, 1 September 2018

August Round Up & September Goals

August seemed to be the longest month of the year so far! It honestly felt like it dragged so much - though that may be because I was counting down the days until Mum came to stay with me! I didn't have a great month to be honest, my mental health took a serious dive, and the last couple of weeks especially I struggled to pick myself back up. I do feel like I've done a lot of growing up these last couple of weeks though. Well, the last few months really but these weeks especially. But, I digress. Lets see how I did with my goals! 

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Everything You Need in Your New Nursery*

Three months into your pregnancy, you should be starting to plan and prepare for the new life that will soon be a part of your world. One of the most important pieces of this puzzle is setting up a nursery. For the first year, the nursery is going to be your baby’s bedroom, and it’s important that it has everything that you and he needs. Let’s start with some of the basic necessities and then work our way to option adds ons. 

 Baby Monitor 

Clever Ways to Look After Your Kitchen*

The one room of the house or apartment where we spend the most time; the kitchen is, undoubtedly, also one of the rooms we spend the most money on. Not just because we keep stuffing that fridge with food, though, but because those beautiful appliances always are so expensive.
Image by: Pexels

Friday, 24 August 2018

Design is in the Detail: LIttle Spots in Your Home to Show Some Love*

If you’re a busy mum, or you work from home, your house or apartment is often where you’ll spend most of your free time, so it’s always a good idea to keep your interior space as fresh as possible. By updating areas within your living space, and by giving them some extra love and attention; you’ll be excited to walk through your front door each day. You don’t have to take on a complete renovation project, instead, it’s worth considering little areas at a time. This will mean that where you live becomes more beautiful gradually, and it’s a way of improving your interior on any budget. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those who want to give a little extra love into their interior, and living space.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

My Current Tattoos & Future Plans

I love tattoos. I love the way we can cover ourselves in art, in whatever way we choose to and how much confidence they can bring. I personally only have four tattoos, but I plan to get many more. 


Wednesday, 22 August 2018

I'm Feeling a Little Lost, Lately

I've been lacking motivation lately. I've been wanting to write this post for about two weeks now but I just haven't had the energy for it. As I touched upon in my Self Care post, I've not been feeling my best. Although, the same week I published that post, I made a point of trying to utilise everything I listed and by the end of the week, I felt incredible. Unfortunately, that didn't last.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

The Importance Of Kerb Appeal When Selling Up*

If you are selling up you will be aware of how your property needs to look spick and span on the inside when any potential buyers come for a viewing. There is plenty of advice out there on decluttering, decorating in neutral colours and even how to entice buyers with aromas - think baking bread and fresh flowers! Aim for the best possible way to present your property and you are likely to achieve a better profit in the sale.

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.
landscape water nature grass creative woman meadow stone vacation explore jumping female tranquility portrait young relax journey peaceful peace calm serene buddhism freedom lifestyle health zen spiritual life motivation relaxing relaxation meditation spa inspiration scene discover simplicity concentration meditating spirituality wellness wellbeing achieve succeed peacefulness uncover

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!
Source: Pexels.com

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.
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

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.