My Blogger must have essentials

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Monthly favourites – MAY

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It’s the last day of May today, summer is finally upon us.

I always bring you a monthly favourites so here is this months

My Favourite song – Lola by The Kinks

This song is an old love. It’s been on a few Spotify playlists so a good excuse to listen to it and sing along slightly out of tune too. I said to my mum years ago if I could change my name from Holly I would choose Lola. I think it’s quirky and different.

App of the Month – Colour Checker / Asana

I like to make To Do Lists and then tick as I go. Sometimes my iPad/phone is nearer to me than a notepad so it’s easier to make my lists there.

Both of these are great apps. The colour checker is a simple one you can colour code your goal/ chore / thing to complete. Asana you can break things down and even delegate to others if you add their email to your app account. I find this one helpful if I have bullet points for my blog posts and pics to not quite put on here quite yet. Think a blogger would benefit from either of these.

Quote of the month –

No matter what things you go through in life, there will be happier times and this quote will give you comfort in knowing that. Got to love a quote with a positive message.

Favourite Tech bits

My MPOW wireless headphones I’ve had a while. I really do love shutting out the world and listen to my music, watch a film or a YouTube video at the end of the day these are perfect if you can’t afford beats or can’t justify spending over 100 pounds on headphones.

I have never had an all singing all dancing printer. The two I’ve had before were meant to be wireless but have ended up not connecting and then the paper getting stuck. So mum treated us to this one the HP Envy 5032. It is touch screen, so even mum can understand how to use it. There’s this instant ink too that you get 13 months free then only £1.99 a month for 50 prints which is perfect for me as I don’t print out loads.

Think that’s a long enough post, don’t want you nodding off.

June, I’m ready for you.

Hope you’ve had a fab May.

See you in my next post

LISTEN UP: DON’T LET SOCIAL MEDIA DIM YOUR LIGHT

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I am a few days behind putting up my podcast episode on here but hey, better late than never.

It is all about social media and how some people use it wrongly and how to go about it the right way and also how I use it for the greater good.

I did touch on this in a previous blog post here  if you fancy a read 

If you would rather listen to me chat then click on one of the links below

No account is needed to listen on SoundCloud just your ears.

If you don’t have Spotify you are seriously missing out, what a fab app.

For all you Apple users out there.

See you in my next post… much loves

NOVEMBER: MONTHLY FAVOURITES

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Last month i remember wishing the leaves would change colour and fall off. The trees surrounding our house are completely naked. So my wish was granted. However mother bagged them all up from the garden and it looks like there never was any.

So November has been a funny month, blink and you would have missed it.

First of all my favourite thing this month was having my hair cut and donating 10 inches of it.

Then comes these:

FAVOURITE SONG

I heard it on the radio and good old shazam told me the title and who it was by.

It was Don’t worry baby by The Beach boys – I remember it being on the film never been kissed and loving the song back then.

FAVOURITE PRODUCTS

I have absolutely loved the Vanilla Marshmallow range from The Body Shop. It’s not your typical Christmas scent but I’m pretty sure it’s part of the Christmas ones. I did go a bit mad in the sale but I’ll smell bloody beautiful so it’s all good.

FAVOURITE BLOGGER

One of my followers over on Instagram that I’ve been in touch with from the start of my blogging journey has been an absolute babe especially when i need cheering up.

Shes from South Africa and you will love her too i guarantee it – her name is Victoria otherwise known as toridacosta her blog is Allthingsbelo

FAVOURITE APP

I have had this on my android phone for a few months then i saw someone using it on a YouTube video i was watching and on apple it has so many features that it doesn’t have on android. You can turn videos into something original and really wonderful. Its free aswell its called PocketVideo (all one word). I use it all the time now for all sorts of projects and on Instagram.

FAVOURITE QUOTE

You know me i am all about being confident in your own skin and when i saw this i just had to include it as my favourite for this month

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I’ve loved this month. Let me know what’s made your November.

Til next time

MONTHLY FAVES – OCTOBER

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The end of the month is nearly here so I have gathered together some of my favourites of this October.

October is my favourite for two reasons: Its officially autumn and that’s the season where I feel I am most in love with. Although where I live it is taking the leaves a bit longer to change colour but I am patient, they will in their own time I guess. Secondly, it’s my birthday month. I spent it with family and a few days after my friends which means more to me than any presents. Plus the older you get, the less you get, unless your a lucky so and so.

MY FAVOURITE SONG

This song by Jess Glynne gives me all the feels. It’s about not needing makeup to feel beautiful. I grew up plastering myself in the stuff because I felt ugly without. If you need that self-confidence pick me up song this is it.

MY FAVOURITE FOOD

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With a birthday you always got to have Cake and alcoholic beverages and in my case, we had a cheese night too. My Nannys favourite cakes were always Mr Kiplings Country Slices so they were bought in memory of her and because they are yummy. One friend bought some cupcakes, I mean who doesn’t love a cupcake? All in all, I put on about 3 or 4 pounds but birthdays are for celebrating anyway.

MY SKINCARE FAVES

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I never really fork out on skincare products because I think if it doesn’t do my skin any good its a total waste of money. I was willing to take a gamble as my face had become really dry and my normal stuff wasn’t helping in the slightest. I had a nose on Beauty Bay and I stumbled across Mario Badescu. I had heard about their drying lotion being a hit but I wanted something to do the complete opposite. So these 4 things made their way to my house and so far so good. Been a week or so I’ll keep you in the loop in a later post.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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This is such a powerful quote, it goes for my brother who I won’t ever see, or speak to again – but i hold so many memories of him that I can treasure forever. This also goes for people that are still with us that maybe we don’t see very often but you have so many stories to tell that are stored up in your mind. Those memories are one of a kind and they are yours to keep.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your October has been awesome too.

Til next time

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My May Favourites

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As I am writing this there are 2 days of May left,

It’s been a lovely one especially for the glorious weather we’ve had… I have actually got a little tan coming on.

Here’s what has also made me happy this month.

LOVERDOSE PERFUME

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This has always been my number one perfume. I reckon I’ve been wearing it on and off for about 6 years. The bonus this month is that I went into Boots to get some toothpaste and happened to catch a glimpse of this in the perfume cabinet. Normally it retails for £37.00 and it was on sale for £29.99. Safe to say it went straight in my bag.

MY MAY PLAYLIST

These are my top 10 songs that I’ve been loving lately. When they come on the radio I can’t help but sing along. Normally on Spotify I am trying to find songs that take me down memory lane but I thought I would listen to more recent hits and I’m impressed.

DISTRESSED DENIM JACKET

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I used to have a cropped denim coat a few years back but then I gained a little bit of weight and had to donate it. I went nosing on all the online shops I could think of to try and find a nice one and this beaut was on ASOS. It is now out of stock so I am so relieved that I got it when I did. Since I bought it if I need a jacket its the one I’ve been grabbing every time. Safe to say I love it.

THE KISSING BOOTH

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The Kissing Booth was on my recommended films to watch on Netflix. I decided to watch the trailer and I thought it was quite funny so I watched it. I was quite blown away by how emotional I got. They really thought about the storyline. Its more of a coming of age into adulthood type film but at 32 I must say it had me interested from start to end. I won’t tell you what happened but it’s about a girl, her best guy friend and his hunky brother.

FLOW FREE

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I am not one who really plays games but I needed something that was going to be a distraction when a panic attack struck. I stumbled across this game called Free Flow. As you can see above the aim of the game is that you have to connect the same colour dots without interrupting the flow of the rest. It’s one of those games you can easily get lost in and addicted to. I have it on my laptop, my kindle and my phone. It’s definitely one to try.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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I always like to include a quote that gets you thinking and has meaning behind it and after seeing this one I thought this ones really good I’ll use it here. This one is telling you that no matter what gets your back up or gets you down, if you make the right choices everything will turn out just fine.

Thanks for stopping by to read my post

Til next time…

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You can find me here

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A follower of my blog notified me and said the Social Media links on my sidebar wasn’t working…

That has now been fixed but I thought I would link them here too along with my new video over on YouTube.

Click on the text above the pics to take you directly to it.

MY INSTAGRAM

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MY PINTEREST

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MY TWITTER

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I can’t seem to shrink the youtube video but here it is anyways I uploaded it today.

It will play within the blog post…

Thank you to all of you that follow me on here too. I love my little blogging family.

See you next time

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How do you blog?

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If you are a blogger, chances are your office/work area looks very similar to this pic.

  • Your notepad with all the amazing ideas you have jotted down ready to type up and make them into an awesome blog post.
  • A cuppa of whatever you fancy. Something that’s going to keep you alert.
  • Your Phone/iPad to transfer any photos you have taken and edited ready for when you hit publish.
  • Some beauty products to apply inbetween your pauses…your thinking time.
  • Something to nibble on that’s going to give you a boost of energy to see you through your blogging sesh.
  • Your trusty laptop/computer where all the magic happens and you put the final touches and then promote from once your blog post goes live.

There are more bits of course that help along the way in the blogging process. Those above are to name a few.

We all have certain ways also on how we plan and put together a post. No two people are the same. That’s what makes us unique.

If you are new I post here on my lifestyle blog 3 times a week normally Tues/Thurs/Sat

See you in my next post

Til next time…

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My typical day

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When my alarm goes off I really do struggle to get out of my snuggly warm bed I am good though i will only snooze it once occasionally twice before I get my bum out of bed and make some breakfast. I am one of those that can’t go without breakfast I think its when I was younger I was told it was the most important meal of the day and that’s now instilled in my head.

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Off I go and get myself ready for the day whether its a day in or out I think its best to get ready first thing, I usually do a deep cleanse the night before, so I make sure my skin is prepped for my makeup and the rest of me squeaky clean too.

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I am quite routine with my makeup I am not too adventurous so it takes me about 15 mins tops. I look like I have some on but not too made up. I save that for special occasions. That’s when I need to watch the youtube tutorials for tips.

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I get myself dressed and more than likely since I am a home bird I am in for the majority of the day so I grab all my technology bits such as my laptop, mobile and headphones. This is where I will do some blogging, online shopping or watch some youtube or Netflix.

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Being a typical woman I have some days where I am waiting for a parcel to turn up with some goodies in that takes forever to get here. Why couldn’t the driver be psychic and know I hate waiting and deliver to me first.

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I of course have my lunch and I must confess I am a bit of a chocoholic so I snack on whatever chocolate bar I fancy on that day. A little bit of what you fancy does you good or so I’ve been told.

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I do love my music I can’t go a day without listening to it so out come the earphones and on goes Spotify. I love how you can get lost in a song or an album and travel back in time. Sometimes I do take the odd selfie if I am feeling really good about how I look, self-love is good for you anyway.

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After my tea when I am watching the soaps or some documentary I grab myself an Ovaltine or hot chocolate. I am not that much of a hot drink person apart from these two. It helps me settle down for the night.

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Then off I go to bed and I generally have a nosey on social media and have a quick chat with my friends on there then its lights out and to the land of nod.

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There you are that’s my typical day

All of the above is adapted due to needing a wheelchair most of the time but I do what I can the best I can.

Thanks for stopping by to read my post

Til next time….

hol

12 APPS FOR BLOGGERS

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In my year and a half of blogging, i have used umpteen apps to make things a little easier for me whilst blogging on the go.

Here are the ones I have currently on my iPhone that I use pretty much every day and just thought if you didn’t use them already I am giving you the heads up.

Here are my 12 most used apps for Blogging

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If you have to stick to a deadline or can only do a bit of blogging/ planning for a small amount of time then using 30/30 will keep you in check – it’s relatively easy to use and you can add as many things you need to do on it.

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The things you can do with this app are endless. On OneNote you can have sections for each topic of your blog and then pages for each post. You can make notes, add pictures, bullet points, highlight and if you have a stylus pen you can draw too. I even put links in there too that I want to include on my blog.

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The first one is Follow+ which is for Instagram. I don’t know about you but its the most annoying thing when you are being a loyal follower and liking this followers posts only to realise they have unfollowed you ages ago. This app you can see whos being a sneaky bugger. The same goes for Tweet Sponge, at the moment on there you can only unfollow so if you needed to block anyone for any known reason then you’d need to go to their twitter page and do it manually. Both of these are worth having.

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The 3 apps I use for my images and photo editing are Snapseed, Canva and Pic Collage. Snapseed is great for sorting out the filters/tones/effects of your photo to make it look a bit different from the original. Canva is great for making Thumbnails, headers, business letter headers, whatever you like it has a wide range of designs you can design. i love it. Pic collage you can use that as you wish whether its to make a collage, make a wishlist, design logos, whatever you fancy.

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StumbleUpon and Pocket are really quite powerful when you figure out how to use them to their best advantage. I have had stumbleupon for years but it just used to stay in a folder on my phone and was neglected. I now use it to add my most recent blog post and also to look for inspiration. it is great if you want to get traffic for your blog from other places other than just your social platforms. Pocket is a newbie for me but I have used it daily since. You can save any blog post or link that you see and can’t read it there and then and it saves it into a folder and you can then go and read it when you do have the time.

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WordPress is the platform I use for my blog and where all the hours are spent planning what content I am going to put where and when and giving it tweaks here and there. Blogger was the first platform I tried a fair few years ago but my heart has always been with WordPress. Bloglovin’ is the app to look at all your friends blogs no matter which blogging platform they use. I really do need to use it  more regularly. Once or twice a week is not good enough.

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Lastly is Influenster, the app that if you put in the effort and review products on their site. Fill out the questionnaires and join in on discussions then the people at Influenster will see that you interact on the app and will send you things free to review on your social media in the form of VoxBoxes. You will need to input all your stats on there from each social media platform they ask. This will help a little in possibly being considered for a VoxBox. I have had it two months and had my first box a few weeks ago. So don’t give up in the first week or two.

There you go, those are the apps that I enjoy using as a blogger. Go have a look on the app store and see what catches your eye other than these. There are probably ones I haven’t come across that are fab too.

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

Til then…

hol