Friday, 29 December 2017

My Goals for 2018 | Personal

I feel really positive for 2018, I feel like it is going to be my year. I am going to make it my year. I have a lot of things I want to do, but I'm not going to kick myself if it doesn't happen. This next year will be full of positivity, improvements and making memories. Below are 3 main things I want to focus on in my personal life.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Parental Parameters: When Borrowing Can Be Justified*

Living a life of responsibility isn’t for the faint of heart, especially not when you’re a parent. Now that you have kin of your own you’re living for them more than you are yourself. It's a blessing and also a necessary challenge to take care of children in the proper manner. Giving your children a good living standard doesn’t just happen. Although it may the time of year when cheer and hopes are extended, you can’t simply wish for a better life. It has to be earned and so much the better as when your children are growing up in better conditions than you did, you know you’re doing it right. Financial troubles are commonplace when it comes to families with newborns. You catch yourself thinking sometimes ‘how could someone so small need so much?’. You’re buying day clothes, clothes for bed, food, milk, outdoor winter clothes, dummies, bedtime wind chimes, medicines, vaccines and shots and even right down to the passport. No wonder things get tough and if they haven’t already they will soon. So when is it right for you to borrow money without jeopardizing your ability to maintain a good living standard for your child?


Wednesday, 20 December 2017

My Top Five Instagrammers of 2017

Despite the new algorithms Instagram is one of my go to apps as soon as I wake up. I have reached a goal of mine this year to get over 1000 followers on insta, so I am thrilled. Here are five of my all time favourite instagram accounts throughout the past year. Please go check them all out and give them a follow if you don't already! 

Ally is one of the best photographers I have seen this year alongside having the most gorgeous hair colour/styles. They have ranged a lot this year and I love keeping up with it. She's an inspiration as she is an amazing blogger, photographer and a paramedic. I have no idea how she fits it all into her days but she's smashing it. 

Monday, 18 December 2017

Twenty Seventeen | What A Year

Twenty seventeen, it's nearly over and I will be another year older. The new year feels like an extra fresh start for me as my birthday is January 1st, so I love making plans and lists of what I want to achieve.  This year has had a lot of highs and lows for me alongside one of the most unforgettable and painful experiences.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Kiss Cosmetics Christmas Party Duo

The Christmas party season is upon us and it's all about the glitz and the glamour. Everyone gets dressed up, nails done and has one too many. Normally embarrass themselves in front of their bosses and regret it in the morning. Getting the perfectly festive look is a part of the evening every girl loves and no one has to worry about. 

Friday, 15 December 2017

Three Things Before Christmas Day

Christmas is right around the corner, everyone is looking forward to Christmas day. Opening presents having a luxurious breakfast, it just gives the start of the day a festive euphoria. Also having a massive Christmas lunch far too early in the day in my opinion. Then lounging around the television, full of food watching your favourite Christmas movies. Everyone loves Christmas day but I also love the run up to Christmas. Theres so much you can do to get yourself in the Christmas mood or to spread Christmas cheer to all of those scrooges out there. Here are three of the things that I love to do.

//01 Festive Baking & Sharing

Christmas baking is fun to do at all ages. Kids love it, your parents will love it and hopefully you will as well. You can make whatever you fancy from mince pies which you can jazz up like I did here with a mince pie cinnamon roll combination.  You could also try the classic gingerbread men. Everyone loves food, Christmas food especially. It's nice to pack it up, go see family. Your grandparents, auntie, sibling, whatever you fancy really. Give them a visit, take your favourite festive movie and have a cosy afternoon enjoying your baked goods.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Why You Should Clear the Clutter Before Christmas*

In the run-up to Christmas, you undoubtedly have a million things to do, from buying presents and decorating the tree to planning for the feast you’re preparing to cook up on the big day, so I’m sure the last thing you want to do is add an extra chore to your list. However, the process of decluttering is something that you really should consider doing for a few good reasons for doing so…

Trying To Be Stress Free

Stress is everywhere and most of us experience it on a daily basis. I, like a lot of people don't handle stress very well. I get tight chested, irritable and it also flares up my anxiety. I have started taking steps to reduce stress in my life and manage it better. My goal of 2018 will be to stress less and not worry over silly things that can't be helped.

So what am I doing? There are a few things that all contribute to feeling better and not stressing so much that is working for me so far.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Festive Favourites

It's the most wonderful time of the yearrrr, I bet you sang that first line! Getting in the festive spirit is definitely my jam. Christmas is just the je ne sais quoi of the year for me. That perfection, that cherry on the top. Everyone is in high spirits as much as everyone being on the spirits. I even treated myself to a pre mixed can of vodka and coke for tonight. Look at me being a normal adult and having a drink. 

Back to todays topic, my favourites for this festive time of year. First of all home bits, you can't have a festive season without fluffy socks, fairy lights everywhere and a hot water bottle. My feet always get cold so I just love my faux fur hot water bottle between my feet, keeping them warm while having a hot chocolate. 

Friday, 8 December 2017

Lily's Four Month Update | Playtime & Struggles

I'm sure every parent in history has said this but she's growing too fast! It's crazy to think that in 2 months we will of had her for half a year already. So much has changed in the last month it's unreal. She so much more independent and wants to do more things.

She has come so far this month, she manages to hold her head really well without support, I'm pretty sure she will be weaning soon onto some purees. She still sleeps amazing, just last night she slept 9 hours. She has become a lot more interactive and playful. She laughs all the time. She loves to play with her toys, watch TV and is a lot more aware of what is going on.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Gift Guide | The Body Shop On A Budget

Christmas is certainly a time that breaks the bank and you end up spending a lot more than you would want to. This year I'm 100% on a budget due to maternity leave, as a lot of you know. With O2 you have O2 Priority and you get so many good deals as well as freebies. Things like free chocolate coins at W H Smiths, a free advent calendar from Thornton's and a free hot drink every Tuesday from Cafe Nero. I saw a Body Shop offer for online and in-store, spend £50 and get £25 off. That is an amazing offer and they have it online on their own website at the moment as well so everyone can use it. 
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