My May Favourites

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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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

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

DIY Laptop Cover

So you buy a laptop and you suddenly get bored of the colour, or it looking so normal. Ok I’ve had mine nearly a year so I haven’t just defaced it.

DISCLAIMER: THIS DIY IS SAFE FOR YOUR LAPTOP AND IS REMOVABLE AT ANY TIME

Here are the things you will need

Oh and some scissors. They are the most important as without them you’d of botched it up straight away.

  • Roll your sticky back plastic out and place your laptop on top
  • Cut around it being sure you have enough leave a bit extra
  • Peel back a corner and place at the top and gently work down pressing any bubbles out of it on the way.
  • When it’s on completely go around the outside and tidy up with a small pair of scissors.
  • Use the hairdryer on a low setting to soften the edges to stick to the laptop to give it a more finished look.


There you go you now have given your laptop a lovely makeover and a bit of individuality. Totally unique to you.

My Morning Routine

Everybody has a routine when it comes to getting up and going to bed and this is one of my typical mornings and i thought i’d share it with you.

Generally i get up at 8 in the morning if i don’t beat my alarm. I always think its fun to have something to greet you when the alarm goes off. Here are a few of my examples

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I can’t help myself i have a quick nosey on social media, sometimes for longer than needed. Before you know it 45 mins have been wasted.

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Once i’m out of bed its downstairs to fuel my body and this is my usual breakfast

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I can’t go a day without listening to music so on goes Spotify and out comes the hairbrush and me singing slightly out of tune

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If i remember i bring my journal down and write away whatever comes into my head whether its important or just me rambling. i allow myself 15 mins for that.

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So i don’t forget i head upstairs to clean my teeth for the recommended 2 mins.

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I take a soak in the bath or a quick shower depending on what time i have.

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Then cleanse, tone and moisturise my face ready to then clog it up again

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On goes the face that makes me confident but doesn’t define me as a person

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When i have done all the important things i can then start brainstorming and doing a spot of blogging. Online shopping sometimes takes place too.

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Occasionally a bit of yoga is incorporated into my morning routine if i am stressed out about anything.

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Then its lunchtime….My favourite time of day 🙂

See you tomorrow for day two of daily blogging

much loves

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