My January Favourites

As you know if you have seen any of my other favourites I am very random in what I pick. Its generally what has brought me joy that month.

January has been a funny one in the way that it feels like it has gone on forever but in reality its exactly the same and today is its last day.

So here are a few favourites from the first month of 2018

Paper planes

I have heard this song so many times on the radio I can’t help but sing along and I think that Hoseah Partch has such a wonderful tone to his voice and I look forward to listening to more of his songs.

Learning a new language

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Every year for the last two or three years I have had on my list of things to do is learn a new language and I have always chosen Italian,  because I think its a passionate language – but I never got too far when trying to speak it. So there is a story behind why I want to learn welsh. My mum is half welsh and we have family in Wales so I thought it made more sense. Plus I hope to go there this year or next, so maybe could show off a bit. ha ha. I’m not too far in on Duolingo (which is a free app with loads of languages to choose from) I love Bora da which is good morning and nos da which is goodnight. I’ll keep you updated on my progress – I will stick to it.

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I have this one dress that I wish they did in every colour as I love the style of it and it fits just right. I did size up to a 12 as I have an hourglass figure. It’s from Primark in a green suede for £10 which for the quality of it I don’t think its that badly priced. My mum did manage to pick it up in a charcoal grey a few weeks ago but I have only worn it once so far. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a black one.

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I know last month I said that I loved Dooleys toffee vodka and it will always be my favourite, but I have started eating more healthier and I guess I needed to find a healthier alcoholic drink too.  Back in my early twenties this was what tickled my taste buds and after trying one the memories came flooding back. Peach is the only flavour I’ve seen in the actual spirit,  but I remember having raspberry alcopop archers back in the day. It was bloody yum.

Daisy

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I just had to include daisy in my favourites…Daisy is my niece, she’s a year and a half and she is such a cute one and clever for her age too. We shared some lovely moments this month and I loved it when she sat up to the table in a big chair and had a takeaway with us. She hasn’t quite grasped my name yet so, for the time being, I am Auntie Hoddy.

Journalling 

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I gushed over this journal in my review of the happy journal and I am still in love with it and how it really gets you thinking about what you want and using your creative mind to get planning. Its only been a month but I am pretty sure all the other pages are just as great. If you love writing like me you’ll love it too.

Pinterest

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Lastly Pinterest, I have always loved using this app for inspiration but then in December it stopped working properly on my phone and laptop and I could only get on it intermittently. I was rather miffed but so I sent an email to the developers. A few weeks went by of them trying to fix it and then I tried it one night and its worked ever since. My Pinterest addiction is back. I would always say to anyone to download the app it has everything you could think of.

Those were my favourite things I hope you enjoyed reading about why they make me smile.

Til next time…

hol

JANUARY NEWSLETTER

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You hate those pop-up newsletter things right?

I am back to writing my monthly newsletters and am going to send out this months on the 31st of January

so I thought I would write on here to see if anyone would like to receive it this months and every month thereafter?

SIGN UP TO MY NEWSLETTER HERE

It would be lovely to have some more subscribers to join my little group I email so far.

Much loves and I’ll see you in my next post

hol

 

It’s personal to me

I don’t know about you but I just love having things that nobody else has kind of bespoke. One of a kind. A few things I am featuring today are just that.

I will start off with my laptop it’s a ASUS 2-1 with stylus you can find it on PC World and I love it it’s small and just enough for me to put well anywhere I like. I have had it for a few months and thought I need to jazz it up a bit so I got some sticker paper and searched for the things that I love from google images which as you can see are Spotify, Netflix, WordPress, Twitter, My Blog and Wi-fi. Of course it had to be pink cos that’s just me.

Next is a Name Necklace that I was kindly sent from Ineffabless. I have a nice little collection of their jewellery now. I chose a personalised necklace because I hadn’t had one with my name on for years and thought it was simple but edgy at the same time. I wear it every day, haven’t taken it off since I got it in the post that’s how much I love it.

These next 3 things are from 3 separate people. First of all the light up H I got for my Birthday it was from Hobbycraft. It’s actually quite bright. I’m unsure if they are still stocking them. Then I got this H notepad and I believe the person who bought it for me got it in Matalan at Christmas so there may still be some in their stationery collection. I am yet to use it, however there are tonnes of pages so I’m sure I can fill them up at some point. Lastly the mug. So simple but yet so mine. There isn’t anyone else in the family with my initial so of course it’s mine. It was from Home Bargains and I know they still have them.

Believe it or not I got this iPhone 6s case for £6.49 from Amazon of all places and it’s one of the best quality cases I’ve ever put in my phone and it looks pretty and it’s personal to me and I have a lot of compliments about it. They have other styles and for other models too so I reckon if you like mine you should take a nosey

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you in my next post

Til then…

Things I loved in December

As we come to the end of the year it brings me to that time of the month where i reflect on a few things that I’ve been loving in December.

Without further ado, let’s get started…

Paloma Faith – Guilty

You know one of those songs you hear and you like it so much you play it all the bloody time…this is one of them, I absolutely love it.

The funny thing is for years I have been calling her PAMOLA.

Surely I cant be the only one that has made that mistake.

The little big things by Henry Fraser

After seeing Henry on Jonathan Ross telling his very inspirational story and seeing what amazing talent he had after breaking his spinal cord and is now paralysed from the shoulder down it definitely pulled on my heartstrings.

To hear he had a memoir out with his story and copies of his art on some of the pages inside had me wanting to go buy it and then when I saw it was half price in WHSMITH for £6.49 I leapt at the chance. Its a must have.

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Gremlins

When it comes to Christmas films I tend to go for the really old ones and Amazon Prime came to the rescue with one of my childhood favourites – The Gremlins.

It had me still cringing at the point when they go from cute ones like Gizmo and then transform into the torturous gremlins. I am not one for scary films so i still went to bed leaving a light on. Then my nephew came over and we had to watch it all over again. This gif below is one of my favourite parts where they are tricking Mrs Deagal to then send her full pelt out the window on her stairlift.

Thank goodness they aren’t actually real.

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Dooleys

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This will always be my favourite tipple and this month has been an excuse to have a little bit more. This is the only thing alcoholic i drink actually as it doesn’t seem to affect me too much. If you are ever going to sample it a few cubes of ice is my recommendation.

If you have a sweet tooth you’ll possibly like a drop of Dooleys.

Lastly…

Spending time with my family goes without saying really…

I am so lucky that my family all live pretty near so ts never long before we see each other. There’s always laughter and that to me is the best medicine there is.

Hope you all had a great Christmas, here’s to a fab new year.

Let’s see what favourites January brings…

hol

Feature Friday Q &A

Todays feature Friday is Marissa Dolan from INROOROOSWORLD.

Marissa is a very brave and courageous young woman and I am so glad to have her on my blog today.

Her openness warmed my heart and I hope it will with you.

On we go with the questions…

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How long have you had diabetes for and had it ever stopped you from doing anything in life?

I have had Diabetes since the age of 4, in April 2018 it will be 20 long years. For me I have tried to not let this illness stop me from doing anything and so far it has yet to stop me.

A song that reminds you of your childhood?

Off the top of my head, the song that immediately comes to my mind is Wannabe by the Spice Girls. My sisters and I were (still are) HUGE fans and most likely always will be.

A song that makes you happy?

The first song that makes me the happiest has to be I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston.

A song that helps you through tough times?

Whenever I’m feeling down I hate to sound extremely corny but my go-to song is Fight Song by Rachel Platten. I love the message it gives and I can relate to it so much.

What famous person do you look up to and why?

I have a few celebs that I obsess over but, the most inspirational celebrity to me is Demi Lovato. She has been so open about her daily struggles and gives us all a reason to keep pushing through because she does with such grace and it’s very inspiring.

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I have always wanted to share my life story. Whether that’s about my diabetes or just daily tips I can give, I love sharing what I have been through and honestly blogging has helped me so much with being more outgoing and I love this community it’s amazing!

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Thank you so much for stopping by.

See you in my next post…

hol

What happened in November

While I’ve just burnt by mouth on my very hot hot chocolate (I will learn one day) I thought I’d go through the month of November with you…

I can’t really do a favourites with you as I was in hospital most of November having intensive therapy to try and help my mobility. So I only came out of there last week so I have just been getting back to feeling at home and not being woken by other people’s bells.

I was homesick a lot because since moving back in with my Mum I have always had company and never felt alone. But I was miles away from everyone so it was FaceTime and phone calls. I think I would have climbed the wall if I didn’t have any means of talking to anyone from my neck of the woods.

Although I had a lot of help the paralysis is still happening everyday. I get about 4-6 hours rest before it all starts again…mainly overnight which is good cos I can curl up and snuggle down in.

I went in a little apprehensive and negative but came out with a mindful and positive outlook and a tiny improvement to my legs. Any improvement is better than none at all.

Next month I hope to have loads to put in my December favourites.

Til next time

FEATURE FRIDAY Q AND A

Welcome to my second Feature Friday. This week we have Alexandra from ALEXACEZA

I have only recently discovered her blog so it’s nice to learn some things about her too. So these are the questions I’ve come up with.

How long have you liked horses and how old were you when you first rode one?

Ever since I was little and could talk for that matter, were about horses. I loved how beautiful, powerful and graceful they looked like. It’s funny because both my mom and dad were surprised by my passion since they never mentioned riding or horses to me (they have never been on one themselves). Eventually as I grew older, they both figured that I wouldn’t stop talking about horses so they finally got me lessons when I was 8 years old.

What 3 things are you most grateful for?

1)My mom – my mom because she taught me to think and look at the world differently. She taught me to always look at the brighter side of life and to look forward to the experiences you want to happen.

2) My horse – I am very much grateful for the horse I have now since the previous ones I have owned always had some sort of health issue I was dealing with at the time and couldn’t ride much either. Orion is super healthy and has never given me any issues! I can rest my head at night knowing he is happy and healthy munching on some hay with his paddock mates! Plus the fact, I can go and ride whenever I want to.

3) My Life – I know this is a very vague answer but truly, I am very grateful and happy for my life. I know that I have been through my ups and downs, I have been through crazy situations but I have always come out stronger than before and much happier to have been lead through those experiences to where I am now. I was always so scared of getting older and not achieving things how I wanted to achieve them, but now I realize that sometimes we need to go through this life down a different path than we envisioned.

Where is your favourite destinations. Home & away?

Hmm, I can’t say I have been to many places yet but so far my favourite place away is Germany. I went there 2 years ago to Munich, Germany and it was just so beautiful! I love the culture, the food and the architecture. Everyone was so lovely, most people spoke English so it made me feel a lot more comfortable! The food, I honestly couldn’t get enough of, YUM and the sites were just stunning, every corner you would turn was so beautiful! I would highly recommend Germany.

At home, I love going to Niagara on the Lake in Ontario. It is one of my favourite places when I just want to get out of the city and go to a cute little town. It super cute and small, you can walk the little town in about 20 minutes! Try the cute cafes and restaurants, they are so worth it! Plus the lake is just a 10 minute walk from the city and it is so beautiful to sit in the park and just watch lake Ontario. I love it!

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I needed a creative outlet. I was always a very creative person and for whatever reason I stopped being creative for quite some time. I would always see someone drawing or painting or just using their creativity somehow and it made me feel sad so I needed to figure out a way how to use my creative talents once again! I would love to draw and paint but I am a perfectionist at heart and am very hard on myself when the drawing doesn’t come out the way I saw it in my head. So I needed to use my creativity differently.

 I also wanted to document my life somehow and be able to look back at it and give positive advice to folks. Blogging was just the perfect way to get started! I love how I challenge myself to think of what content would be useful and what people would love to read. It’s just a way for me to mentally “get out” of the office and into my own space.

If you want to keep up to date with Alexandra you can go follow her below

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Join me next Friday for another Feature Friday 

Much loves xx