Posted in lifestyle, Personal, Technology, writing

My Blogger must have essentials

We as bloggers love to experiment with different things on the market to see what will help us as creative writers and add a bit of pyzaz to it.

Well these are some of the things that I have purchased that I wouldn’t be without.

You can click on the coloured link and it’ll take you there. (not sponsored or paid in any way)


Living in England there’s only a little sun so when it goes in before you can get a good shot something else has to be that artificial light and this ring light is just perfect. Not bulky, not over big and can easily be tucked away. You can put your phone on it and record videos or take selfies too which is a great added feature.

RING LIGHT AND TRIPOD WITH SELFIE HOLDER

If you are out and about and want to throw a bit of light on your face when you’re taking a selfie a little ring light that you can attach to your phone for under a tenner is something not to miss. Easily charged by USB or power if you have a spare plug.

RECHARGEABLE RING LIGHT FOR PHONE

If you have been looking for the tripod that you can depend on then the Gorilla pod is the best one out there in my opinion. You can bend it any way and even wrap around the tree for hand’s free photos. This one is for your camera and is under £30.

GORILLA POD TRIPOD

Then of course there’s a smaller one you can put in your bag and put your phone on it. I believe its £10. Bloody bargain.

GORILLA MINI POD TRIPOD FOR PHONE

Well I have to say I don’t use my camera that often I prefer my phone as its more to hand. When I do use a camera I grab my Sony A6000 which has fab specs and well worth getting.

SONY A6000 INTERCHANGEABLE LENS DIGITAL CAMERA

For the last few months since my upgrade I can honestly say the Huawei P20 Pro is a bloggers phone indeed. The battery life is great, the 3 cameras in it has such quality and its super slim to fit into your pocket or bag.

HUAWEI P20 PRO 128GB

I wanted a laptop that wasn’t too cumbersome and that I could take with me on the go if needed, so when I stumbled across the Asus Transformer Book Mini it was exactly what I was after. With the detachable screen and the pen I just had to get it. It was on offer when I got it but its still affordable for a nifty piece of kit.

ASUS TRANSFORMER

BOOK MINI 10.1

Not every blogger will need one but if you also like making videos/podcasts or voiceovers then a microphone like this one is the perfect addition to your blogging essentials.

MICROPHONE FOR VOICEOVERS AND PODCAST

I hope by sharing my faves it may give you food for thought – more like tech for thought.

Til next time

Posted in blog, Confidence, lifestyle, Personal, Positivity, words of wisdom, writing

A little celebration

3 years ago I decided to embark on my blogging journey.

To be honest I wasn’t sure what I was going to write or if anyone was going to be interested in hearing what little me had to say.

❤️ Turns out I’ve shared my health problems and the ups and downs of them.

❤️ In turn that’s made me a more positive person and I love to share those positive vibes and help anyone out who’s feeling down as I’ve been there once upon a time.

❤️ I’m a right girly girl so of course there was going to be beauty and a bit of fashion thrown in for good measure.

❤️ If I have some tips to get you through everyday life of course I’m going to share. All have been tried and tested. I’d never tell you to try something I hadn’t already.

❤️ Love me a monthly favourite looking back at the month just been and what bits and pieces have made me smile.

❤️ Growing up I never loved myself so now I’m older I really urge anyone to love who they are and it doesn’t make you vain or stuck up. So you’ll find me always spreading the self love message.

Here are a few blog posts I thought I’d add in so you can have a nosey

HOW DO YOU BLOG?

20 THINGS YOU NEED TO START DOING

DIARIES VS BULLET JOURNALS

DISABLED NOT DUMB

DAD I’LL NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU

MY ANXIETY TIPS

Also without all of you supporting me by reading my blog it wouldn’t keep me going.

Writing is my passion so having HOLZIELOVES is really an outlet for whatever comes into my head that I fancy sharing.

Much loves, you keep up your journeys too

Til next time

Posted in blog, Chronic illness, Health, lifestyle, Personal

Don’t push yourself too much

I know that the saying goes put your all into everything.

But honestly, be realistic about how much you can do and don’t make yourself feel shit in the process.

I myself have been putting pressure on myself to make podcasts and try and help others and give myself purpose.

Truth be told: At the moment my body paralysis is all over the place – possibly stress related but still not been proven. Anxiety has been present and my bladder is always problematic.

I can’t help these issues but i can not put so much pressure on myself and just help one person at a time when they need it.

My message to you is: Your goal will always be there, don’t rush. It will be worth it in the end.

Posted in blog, journaling, lifestyle, Personal, Positive thinking, social media, writing

Wam bam this is how i use Instagram

I myself haven’t stumbled across any blog posts of late doing this kind of thing – maybe a how I edit my Instagram photos but this is totally different.

I’m gonna talk you through how I use Instagram and for good use too.

Ok so as you can see I don’t have a huge following for my blog Instagram but as you can see I pretty much follow those who follow me if I’m interested in their content. Those spam accounts or followers with 100k and following 300 don’t interest me, as I know they are just about numbers. I block them so they don’t pee me off again.

I always make sure I am giving a positive message out to others in my captions, and always use relevant hashtags. I try not to use too many hashtags but sometimes I get a bit carried away.

While on the topic of hashtags I like to follow topics that I’m really into and will give me inspiration and are motivational too. As you can see I’ve followed #Bulletjournal as I’m in the process of making one myself. There are some brilliant pages I could adapt and make my own.

The little save button on a post is great if you see a quote you like or an Etsy shop you want to revisit at a later date. You can kind of bookmark it and can put it into collections too. I don’t have too many at the mo but will definitely improve on this.

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If you’d like to follow my Instagram feel free the link is here

Saying that please know that Instagram isn’t just all about self-promo. It’s about inspiring others, making someone smile and occasionally make them spend money when they see a lippy/ item of clothing/something else fabulous you’ve got and they just love it.

Thanks for stopping by

Til next time…

Posted in blog, lifestyle, Personal, words of wisdom, writing

How I’m going to improve myself as a blogger

If I’m being totally honest…

I haven’t been putting my all into my blog and I know I’m a poorly person generally but it is no excuse to give less attention to something I love.

So here are a few things I am going to apply from today onwards

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Make time in the evening to go through WordPress reader and Bloglovin and read blogs. I do read blogs and comment don’t get me wrong but I don’t do it as often as I should…so I’ll be giving all your blogs some love for sure if I’m following you.

Apply myself a bit more with all social media platforms that I’ve put into a table I made above and make sure I do something every day on each. Its all about the fab people in the blogging community.

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I bought my Sony A5000 about 3 years ago and the reason I didn’t spend about 200 more on a more technical one is that I don’t use it to excess…most of my pics are taken on my phone. I do want to start using my camera now the weather is getting a bit better. Then I can share my snaps with you.

Last year I used to take part in a lot of Twitter chats most nights actually and I’ve made some really lovely blogger friends through it. However, I kind of pushed my evenings of chats to one side and like we do get engrossed in YouTube. I need to find some balance for both. Because both are equally as enjoyable…but to be fair twitter chats are interactive so here is my pledge to engage more.

What things do you do to make sure you’re on top of your blogger game?

Thanks for stopping by

Til next time

Posted in creativity, DIY, favourites, hacks, lifestyle, Personal

Pinterest obsessed

So earlier on today i thought its not the sunniest of days so the original video i was going to do will have to wait.

However i did do a flip through video of my pinterest favourite bits. Not seen this done before and i love to be different.

I’ll leave the link here. Be fab for you to check it out and let me know what you think

PINTEREST OBSESSED VIDEO

Keep an eye out for more videos.

Heres to a HAPPY Friday, Saturday and Sunday to you all

Til next time

Posted in blog, favourites, food, lifestyle, Personal, Positivity

My February Favourites

Eeeek, I love this time of the month. It’s a time to reflect and share all the things that made my month.

I feel like if you blinked for too long you would have missed February, it’s over before you know it.  Right, I will stop talking nonsense, let’s hop right in…

CHIPPY CHIPS

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Every Friday me and Mum have a treat and for the past month we have both opted for the chippy up the road. I have the same thing…Pea fritter and chips. It’s so delicious even though it’s not very healthy its a sod it,  it’s pig day. Looking forward to this weeks already.

LETTER BOARD

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I bought this letter board because I thought I could use it for my Instagram/blog and also just be as expressive as I like with it. It came with 360 letters in white, pink and blue and emojis too so it’s going to get used for all sorts of occasions. This is this weeks chosen quote.

WHITNEYS GREATEST HITS

Don’t tell me you haven’t ever belted out a Whitney Houston song and didn’t care if you were in key or not. I have this on CD I bought it at least 10 years ago and I needed cheering up a bit one afternoon and I thought I’d see if it’s on Spotify and it was. a couple hours later our windows were all shattered but I had a good time…think if I had I’d be in so much trouble.

NEW DESK CHAIR

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Since I had a desk about 3 years ago I just had a plain black desk chair that really didn’t give any character to my office it just sat there like an unwanted pair of shoes looking sad. So I thought I have always wanted a pink one so I thought out with the old and in with the new, It’s so comfy, and looks absolutely fabulous in there. It will be looked after very well.

FAVOURITE BLOGGERS

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Here are 4 stunning ladies i have made friends with through blogging and i think they are so talented in their own ways.

  • First of all There’s Bex from HelloBexa who is always giving great advice and her photography is just wow.
  • Second is Katie from Lifewithktkinnes who has such a funny way with words and writes about her ramblings and books of the moment.
  • Thirdly its Jade from Bellainizio who does flawless makeup looks, and posts some really great theories about social media etc
  • Last but no means least is Chantelle from ChansBeautyCorner. Her nail art designs are out of this world, and shes the most thoughtful girl ever.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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Its all about being beautiful from the inside out. If you have a beautiful and kind soul and personality then you would be liked very much. What the eyes see is a wonderful thing but what the heart feels is even better.

Thanks for stopping by

til next time…

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