Monday, 26 October 2020

The Hallotober Tag 2020

Ooh, the Hallotober Tag! This is right up my street! There's nothing better than a Halloween themed post, is there? Thank you to Anne at Rooting Branches for tagging me!

Hallotober Rules

Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post
Put the rules at the beginning or after introduction
Answer the 13 questions
Tag 13 people to do the tag
Delete Question 13, add a new question of your own
You are free to use the tag image somewhere in the post

What’s your favourite thing about October?
The colours! I love it when the leaves change colour and everything is yellow and orange, gives the world a lovely hue.

Are you a big celebrator of Halloween?
Absolutely! Especially as my birthday is literally two days before, it was always the perfect excuse to throw a Halloween themed party or go to one! I'm disappointed I won't get that this year!

What’s your favourite horror movie?
Annabelle Comes Home I think, I really enjoyed that! Or the Insidious series, they were really good films!

Would you rather a cosy night in watching horrors or a big night out in a costume?
Night out in a costume! But I do love cosy nights in watching horrors - but that's for the other 30 days of October!

Which has been your most favourite costume to date?
Probably Wednesday Addams or a vampire in this stunning fishtail black dress I had. Which I'm pretty sure I also used for Wednesday Addams...

Bobbing for apples or pin the hat on the witch?
Never done either but probably pin the hat on the witch!

How do you celebrate Halloween?
Normally with a party. I've only ever been trick-or-treating once, and I took my nieces once.

What’s your least favourite horror?
Cabin Fever. I watched it once, over a decade ago and it still makes me feel physically sick.

Do you have a favourite trick or treating memory?
Dressing up my dog as a devil and taking her round with my nieces - that was quite funny!

What’s your favourite thing about Halloween?
The costume potential and the party decor!

Scary costume or Silly costume?
Somewhere in-between. I don't like to dress silly but I don't like going over-the-top scary either. My go-to is a vampire to be honest.

What’s your favourite Halloween candy?
Swizzles Double Lollys! They're the absolute BEST!

You're attending a fancy smancy Halloween party. Money is no issue, what costume do you choose?
I would love to redo my steampunk costume from last year. I couldn't spend much money at all so it was very basic and looked pretty crap in all honesty.

My Questions
What’s your favourite thing about October?
Are you a big celebrator of Halloween?
What’s your favourite horror movie?
Would you rather a cosy night in watching horrors or a big night out in a costume?
Which has been your most favourite costume to date?
Bobbing for apples or pin the hat on the witch?
How do you celebrate Halloween?
What’s your least favourite horror?
Do you have a favourite trick or treating memory?
What’s your favourite thing about Halloween?
Scary costume or Silly costume?
What’s your favourite Halloween candy?
Have you ever said Bloody Mary in front of a mirror?

I tag:
Whoever is reading this and wants to join in! 

Until next time,
Saph x

Friday, 23 October 2020

Wicca is a Journey

 As I was writing my Samhain post, I kind of realised that my Wicca/Wheel of the Year posts barely even scratch the surface of the history and the meanings behind the Sabbats. I did have a little wobble, and worried that other witches may read my post and think "ugh, what a poser!" However, there is a reason behind the way I've written my posts.

Monday, 19 October 2020

October, I'm in Love

October is my absolute favourite month of the year. Not just because it's my birthday month, but it helps! There's just something about October that makes me happy.

Friday, 16 October 2020

Samhain & Ways to Celebrate

Ooh I haven't written one of these for a while! Oops! Seems only fitting that I start again with Samhain. Samhain is known as the witch's New Year. The Wheel of the Year has turned full circle and it's time to celebrate! We celebrate everything we have achieved this year, and we get to celebrate with our ancestors. Everyone knows the veil to the other world lifts at Halloween!

Monday, 12 October 2020

Diary Entry #8

A few weeks ago I decided to get us all out on our bikes for a quick evening ride. Josh had bought Charlie a balance bike, as the scooter was a no-go and he doesn't pedal his trike! I fancied attempting another go on my bike so off we went.

Friday, 9 October 2020

5 Tips for Better Sleep with Kalms | AD

I have been struggling to sleep lately. Honestly, I have always struggled to sleep. I am a chronic night owl and it's very rare for me to get to sleep at a reasonable time. But then if I do sleep early/well, I struggle to get to sleep the following night. It's a seemingly never-ending cycle. I've also noticed that the more stressed I am, the harder it is for me to sleep.

In fact, after about a week of stress-induced sleepless nights, I decided to get some Kalms Nights.  I have used Kalms Days in previous years, whenever I was feeling stressed, or anxious and they helped so much. Myself and my Mum prefer more "natural/traditional" medicines where we can, and we are huge fans of the Kalms range.

Monday, 5 October 2020

A Good Girls Guide to Murder | Book Review

"Real men wear floral when trespassing."

A Good Girls Guide to Murder was actually bought for me during early lockdown, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to pick it up! I decided to take this book on holiday with me. I wasn't sure how much time I was actually going to get to read but I figured it was worth a try.

I managed to squeeze in a chapter before bed on the first night, and although I wasn't "hooked" on it, I was definitely intrigued by it! I didn't reread the synopsis before starting it, so I couldn't really remember what to expect.

Friday, 2 October 2020

My October TBR

I only read one book throughout the whole of September and it's really made me want to read more this month! I have selected three books to attempt to get through throughout October, and I'm really excited for one of them in particular.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Hello October!

It's my birthday month! I turn 25 this October, how terrifying is that?! Where on earth has my life gone, and where the hell is it going?!

I'm starting the month fresh, I insisted on having a decluttering session last Sunday, so I'm now a few bags lighter of stuff. It's amazing how much better you feel after a good declutter and shift around. There's still plenty to sort out though, so maybe I can get another one in before my birthday!

Monday, 28 September 2020

My Morning Skincare Routine

My skincare routine has changed so much the last few months! I used to just wash my face, use a face mask once a month or so, slap some moisturiser on and that was it! Now I have a full routine with some gorgeous products and I don't know why it took me so long to get into a proper routine. I exclusively use Body Shop products as they're cruelty free and many are vegan!

Monday, 21 September 2020

Center Parcs | Longleat Forest

Our first holiday! We'd been thinking about Center Parcs for ages, and we finally thought "sod it, we're going!" Monday morning we packed up the car and headed off. We also found out that Stonehenge is on the way, so we planned to stop off there too. However once we got closer, we decided to get straight to the Parc. I did snap a photo of Stonehenge as we passed it though!

Friday, 18 September 2020

Center Parcs | Part Two

Part two of our holiday diary; click here to check out part one if you missed it!

Monday, 14 September 2020

Diary Entry #7 | Keep Calm & Pedal On

Learning to ride a bike at 24 is not something I thought I would be doing. My parents had tried to teach me when I was a kid but I never quite got the hang of it.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Self Care September

If you read yesterdays post, you'll know I've been struggling mentally lately. So for September, I'm making a point of looking after myself, and will be using my self care journal daily, as well as partaking in a self care challenge.

Monday, 31 August 2020

September Goals

August seemed to go by so slowly for me! I don't think I really did a lot this month, although I have posted a couple of lovely photo diaries. Plus I got to see my Mum and Stepdad which was a perfect day out!

Josh and I also got to have a date day yesterday. We went clothes shopping - I didn't get anything but Josh has kitted out his wardrobe with some incredibly sexy shirts - and then we went for a wander down to the beach. It was such a perfect day and it always feels so good to spend some time just us two.

Monday, 24 August 2020

Five Feet Apart | Book Review

I have to say, Queenie absolutely got me back into reading. The same day I finished Queenie, I got Josh to pick me out a new book to read from my shelf. He picked Five Feet Apart.

Wow. What a book.

Friday, 21 August 2020

Queenie | Book Review

I finally did it! After two months of not reading anything other than kids books to Charlie at bedtime, I finally read a book. Plus my final book for my 2020 reading goal!

Monday, 17 August 2020

Bedgebury Pineton | Photo Diary

Another day, another adventure with the in-laws! This time Josh was able to come along as it was the weekend - thank God! Feels totally wrong going anywhere woodsy without my explorer! Although I didn't get to take my mini explorer this time - Charlie was at his Dad's for the weekend!

This time we headed to Bedgebury Pineton, and even just the drive there was gorgeous! The village Marden is so beautiful and quaint, would love to visit there properly one day.

Monday, 10 August 2020

Cromer Woods, Sittingbourne | Photo Diary

As my mother in law (to be, technically. One day.) is now off work for another six weeks, we decided to spend a day out together! She took us to Cromer Woods in Sittingbourne. Charlie and I absolutely love woodland walks, and although it was a little odd to be doing one without Josh, it was lovely to be out!

Friday, 7 August 2020

My Beauty Kit Haul

Hello all! As you probably know, I am now a consultant for The Body Shop! When we sign up, we get sent a huge kit of Body Shop goodies to use and review! Here you get to see what I received.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Hello August 2020!

July was a bit of a flop to be honest. Blogging was a no-go, I only published a handful of posts and I definitely didn't double my pageviews! I did however, get more pageviews in July than I did June so I am very pleased about that!

Monday, 27 July 2020

A Weekend Away

If you follow me on Twitter or read my latest post, you'll know that myself and Josh have been struggling lately. I especially, have been struggling. I've been stressed and exhausted and desperately needed to get away. So, on a complete whim, I booked myself, Josh and Charlie into a hotel room for the weekend. 

Friday, 24 July 2020

A Much Needed Date | Photo Diary

Things have been tough between me and Josh lately. We've been stressy with each other and snapping/arguing more. So it was time for date. We haven't really had much alone time together for a while, and no I don't count laying in bed watching films or a couple of episodes of one series or another, as alone time.

Three weeks or so after I suggested a date, we finally got to have it. I dressed up, we packed a picnic and we went off to the Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park. We spent a good hour trying to find the perfect place to have our picnic, and it really was perfect.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

The Body Shop Haul & First Impressions

I honestly can't remember the last time I used a product from The Body Shop. I remember going to my local store with a friend for my birthday one year, but once that shut down I rarely thought about The Body Shop again. I've seen more people talking about it lately, so I decided to treat myself and ordered some bits!

Monday, 13 July 2020

Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

Well I am probably well behind with this blog post - oops! I was tagged by the lovely Anne from Rooting Branches. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

July Goals

Goodbye June you weird combination of happiness and despair! Hello July, you wonderful bout of hope and new motivation. 

Friday, 19 June 2020

Diary Entry #6

Been a while since I last wrote one of these! Now Josh is back at work, I feel like I've got less to write about, but here goes nothing!

Monday, 15 June 2020

Litha & Ways to Celebrate

It's the Summer solstice baby! A.k.a midsummer. Litha is the celebration of the longest day and shortest night of the year. The Sun god is at his peak and it's time to celebrate all of our achievements from the last six months and even focus in on some goals. This year Litha will be celebrated Saturday 20th June.

Friday, 12 June 2020

Healing Takes Time, Coralle Skye | Book Review

I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have only gotten into poetry over the last year or two, I hated studying it at school! But lately, more and more of the people I follow on social media have been sharing amazing poetry that I can actually understand and relate to. So when the chance came up to read and review Healing Takes Time, I jumped at it.

Monday, 8 June 2020

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park | Photo Diary

Oake Gunpowder Works in Faversham is absolutely stunning. A little bit of history, and a lot of woodland. Not to mention the absolutely gorgeous lake! I'm already dying to go back.

Friday, 5 June 2020

What I Read in May

Goodness me I got so much reading done last month! I honestly don't know how I managed it.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Diary Entry #5 | Black Lives Matter

Well June started pretty horribly, didn't it? There has been - virtually - nothing but coverage of the protests on social media for days now. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining at all, but it's just so awful that even now, people are being wrongfully killed because of their skin colour. 
Image credit to Beevine Art.

Monday, 1 June 2020

June Goals

How typical is it that as soon as I set myself goals to go along with stuff I'd already been doing consecutively, that I immediately stop doing those things?! The main thing I wanted to do; go for a walk every day, I stopped doing. Mainly because it was so damn hot, but even so. The only goal I actually managed to stick with was read one more book. In fact, I actually read two more books. Go me. 

Monday, 18 May 2020

Daily Tasks for 14 Days

I haven't set myself some goals for a while, and it's been weird. #lockdownproblems. I had a flash of inspiration last night, and decided to set myself some daily tasks for the next fourteen days of May. I nearly waited and set them for June but...I need stuff to do now.

Friday, 15 May 2020

Diary Entry #4

In my last post I said I'd be back to posting regularly again but oops, that didn't happen. I started writing posts but I just completely lost interest in them, and wasn't happy to finish up. Now I'm just taking it a day at a time, hoping inspiration comes. I think that's partly why I'm enjoying the diary entries lately, it doesn't take too much thought to write them but they're still "me."

Monday, 4 May 2020

Diary Entry #3

I've been absolutely addicted to playing Homescapes lately, so I'm really behind on blog posts, YouTube, reading...pretty much everything I enjoy really! I have been feeling pretty down in the dumps again so I haven't really been interested in doing anything other than playing a game, but I seem to have got past that stage again now, thankfully! I'm slowly but surely getting back into other things again, and having a good blogging session so I should be back to regular posting again soon.

Monday, 27 April 2020

Beltane & Ways to Celebrate

It's nearly time for my second Sabbat celebration! Beltane - otherwise known as May Day - is typically celebrated from the evening of April 30th to the day of May 1st.

Beltane is celebrated because we're now at the peak of Spring, and will soon be welcoming Summer. Beltane represents sexuality, fertility and birth and the "eternal cycle of sacrifice and rebirth needed for the continuation of life."

Friday, 24 April 2020

Why I Started a Bookstagram

I've always had a love-hate relationship with Instagram. When I first started it, I would post everything and anything, and it was fine. Then I started blogging and it became a competition to see who could post the best photo and get the most likes. I never won.

Friday, 17 April 2020

5 Things I'm Loving in Isolation

I saw this post 10 Things I've Loved During Isolation by Kayleigh Zara earlier in the week, and I thought it was so nice to think about the positives of the situation, that I wanted to share mine as well! I didn't quite manage ten mind you, but some is better than none! Plus, I could always write another list if more comes to mind. 

Friday, 10 April 2020

Diary Entry #1

Hello all, I have completely run out of blog post ideas for the time being, so I figured I would just sit and write whatever comes to mind first. So, welcome to my first diary entry (in a while.)

Monday, 6 April 2020

What I Read in March

I got so much reading done in March! I was expecting my usual two books, so I'm really happy I got through three books.

Friday, 3 April 2020

April TBR

Another month, another three books to read! I'm loving having a set amount of books to read each month, if I can keep it up, I should smash my 2020 reading goal in no time at all! 

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

March Review & April Goals

Is 2020 going to be the longest year of my life? It certainly seems to be going that way. March is finally over, quarantine is going surprisingly well and I'm ready for April. But first, let's see how I did with my March goals...

Friday, 27 March 2020

How I Celebrated Ostara | Day Three

*Note that this post is written in present tense, as I was writing this on the day of Ostara. I found it easier to keep it in present tense rather than try to reword it into past tense!*

It's officially Ostara! Now is the time to start on any plans or goals that you want to complete this year. Goddess knows I have plenty!

Monday, 23 March 2020

How I Celebrated Ostara | Day Two

Day one of my Ostara celebrations started off really well. I was happy, I felt peaceful, it felt right. But towards the end of the day, I was at a bit of a loss of what to do. I don't know how other people "do" Sabbats but I feel like my mistake may have been trying to make it last all day. I think from day two, I'll be concentrating on just one half of the day being Ostara-specific. I also spent some time on YouTube looking for other ways to celebrate, but I didn't really find anything different to what I already had planned. I did find a cool witch called Hearth Witch though! I would recommend giving her videos a watch. 

Friday, 20 March 2020

How I Celebrated Ostara | Day One

My first Sabbat! I have been wanting to celebrate a Sabbat for so long, but I never remembered when they were. I did my research, just in time for Ostara 2020. Going off of Harmony Nice's book Wicca, I decided to spread my Ostara celebrations over four days, 19th March-22nd March, with "official" celebrations on the 21st. Although after having a quick flick through one of my new books, it said the 20th-23rd. Bit confusing but nevermind.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Ostara & Ways to Celebrate

Ostara is a celebration of the start of spring. Winter is coming to an end and it's getting to the time where we need to shake off the winter, and move full force ahead. It's the time for throwing out the old and taking on the new, gaining a fresh perspective on things, and a good old fashioned spring clean. Ostara is also the time for celebrating fertility. 

Friday, 6 March 2020

A Self Care Day & Tips

I've been a bit unhappy lately. I haven't quite been able to put my finger on what the problem is. There's a lot going on at the moment so it's probably a mixture of all of that with a bonus of boredom added in. So, it's time for a self care day. I had one last Friday too. I had a bath, used a face mask, put on some comfy clothes, made the bed, added to my Wicca journal and started reading a new book. 

Monday, 2 March 2020

March Goals

Whew, February was long! Well, it was for me anyway. I've been seeing loads of people saying that February lasted 2 seconds but I swear it felt as long as January did! I certainly feel like I haven't blogged in forever; I don't know where my inspiration went?!