Saturday Shout Out – Tales of Belle

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Today’s Saturday Shout Out goes to Karalee who blogs over at Tales of Belle. a blog about beauty, books, and lifestyle.  It is a blog where you will find reviews of beauty products and books, makeup looks, and posts about blogging as well as recipes which has been running for the past 3 years – since May 2016.

I asked Karalee what some of her favourite blog posts that she has written are, here’s what she said

  1. The Worst Advice for Bloggers. Blogging is very personal and even when there is a good intention behind a piece of advice, it should not always be followed. I enjoyed sharing what advice I thought was the worst as well as hearing what bad advice other bloggers received.
  2. 25 Things To Do Before Turning 25. I liked making a list of 25 things I wanted to do before my 25th birthday and seeing how many I could do within a 6 month period.
  3. About Living in Denmark. I enjoyed sharing a more personal post where I answered the common questions I receive about living in Denmark and answering several questions from other bloggers as well
  4. My Top Netflix Picks. When I am not blogging in the evenings, I am either watching Netflix or playing video games, and I liked sharing my favourite shows.
  5. 125 Beauty, Books, and Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas. This is the most popular post I have ever written, and compiling the list helped me and other bloggers.

As you can see from the range of posts Karalee picked, there is a wide range of things that should pique a lot of peoples interests!

A fun fact about Karalee is that…

Outside of blogging, I am a full-time child studies master’s student and a mother to a 3-year-old daughter.

You can also find Karalee over at

 Why don’t you go over to her blog and social media accounts and say hi?

 

Would you like to feature on my blog as part of my Saturday Shout Out series?  Check this link for more info!

 

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Sunshine Blogger Award #2

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The Sunshine Blogger award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity in the blogging community.

I was gifted this award by Ami of Undercover Superhero, Ami is a truly amazing blogger with an equally amazing recovery story.  If you haven’t visited Ami’s blog then pop over and say hi!  Thank you, Ami, for this award, I love that you have gifted me with this, not only for what the award stands for but also for taking the time to share it with me and posing really interesting, thought-provoking questions!

The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and links back to their site.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by your nominator.
  • Nominate at least 11 more bloggers for the award and write 11 new, creative questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Notify your nominees via social media or by commenting on their blog.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your site or in your post.

Ami’s Questions

  1. What movie title best describes your life?  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
  2. If you were to create a single item of stationery, what would it be called and what would it include?  Hmm…some kind of storage device that could hold all my stationery and make it easy to transport it all by shrinking it all down into a small little box that could fit into your pocket.  It would be called the “Statio-shrink”.
  3. What are you most likely to become famous for?  Doing or saying something completely ridiculous!
  4. What is the most heartwarming thing you’ve ever seen?  Any act of kindness, especially the small things that go unnoticed in day to day life.
  5. Where would you spend all your time if you could?  At home with Roxy!  But Id move my home to the coast so I could spend time on the beach too!
  6. What amazing thing did you do that no-one was around to see?  I did a handstand once because my friend dared me, via text…I’d had a few gin and tonics at the time and I didn’t even remember to video it.
  7. What was your favourite board game growing up?  I had a game called “Beatrix Potter Race Game” which had figures of the animals (Jemima Puddle-Duck, Peter Rabbit and others) that you had to race around the board but there were cards you had to take if you landed on certain squares which could either help you along your way or scupper your progression.
  8. What is the best thing about you?  That I can listen, offer advice, and am loyal.
  9. What is your favourite smell?  Anything rose.  I’m currently loving Yardley English Rose.  I also love perfume from Lush called Lust.
  10. What was the best compliment you ever received?  Hmmm… that’s a hard one… probably, on days when I am not feeling too good about myself, what I’m wearing or how I look then the best compliments are people saying that I look nice, they seem to be the most memorable ones.
  11. Who are the most important people in your life?  My parents, brothers, their families and my friends.  And Roxy!

My Questions

  1. Where is the best place you have visited?
  2. If you could re-live any age, what age would you pick and why?
  3. What was your favourite subject in school?
  4. If you had to choose one outfit to wear for the rest of your life what would it be?
  5. What is the best piece of advice you could give to younger you?
  6. What is your favourite colour?
  7. What pets have you had?
  8. How would you spend a perfect summer day?
  9. What is your favourite film?
  10. Do you have a skincare routine?  What are your favourite products?
  11. Would you take part in my “Saturday Shout Out“? (Sorry, shameless self-promotion there)

My Nominees

  1. WillowDot21
  2. Barb of Bipolar Barb
  3. Rachael of The Pretend Grownup
  4. Marian of Just Muddling Through Life
  5. Megan of A Geeky Gal
  6. Trina of Its Good to be Crazy Sometimes
  7. Mel of Decor Craft Design
  8. Karen of Karen’s World
  9. Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel
  10. Jo of Tea and Cake for the Soul
  11. Tatterhood

 

Top 10 Ways to Stay Hydrated

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In the UK we have hit our summertime, and with that comes temperatures that can reach 25-26-27 degrees.  In this heat, it can be really easy to not get enough hydration into our systems and, as a result, can start feeling the effects with headaches, tiredness, dry skin and a host of other symptoms.  It is really important, any day of the year, to be well hydrated, but in the summer months, this is even more essential.  Today’s Top 10 are my favorite ways to make sure I stay hydrated.

  1.  Set an alarm on your phone at 1-hour intervals, and if you have not had a glass of water in that time go and get yourself a glass and drink it.
  2. Avoid salty snacks.  I find that these can make you feel dehydrated quite quickly.
  3. Go easy on the coffee.  Caffeine is a mild diuretic, making you pee more.  Can’t give up the caffeine fix?  Have a glass of water with every cup of coffee you have.
  4. Ease up on drinking anything too sugary, like fizzy drinks.  I find that they can accelerate the symptoms of dehydration (especially headaches) rather than lessen them.
  5. Eat fruit and veg with a high water content – watermelon (or any kind of melon), cucumber and salads are great at providing extra water for your body.
  6. Make your own healthy ice lollies (I shared some ideas here) and snack on them during the day.
  7. Make sure to carry a (reusable) bottle full of water around with you in your bag.  You never know when you might get thirsty.
  8. Listen to your body…Hunger pangs and thirst often manifest in similar ways.  If you feel hungry then have a glass of water as it may be thirst you are feeling.
  9. Don’t like plain water?  There are loads of different things you can do to make water more interesting, from fruit infused water to adding cold brew fruit tea bags, play around until you find something that you love!
  10. Ice cube chips in a glass can be really refreshing to crunch on and help to cool you down in the process while adding to your hydration levels!

Do you have any favorite ways to stay hydrated?  Let me know in the comments!

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400 Followers!!!

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I hit 400 followers on this blog a few days ago and I am so blown away by this! I just wanted to take the time to thank you all for giving my blog your time, for reading what I write, for the likes and comments. I never thought that my blog would gain so many supporters. Without all that you guys do, this blog would not be half as much fun, you encourage me to keep going, keep creating and thinking of new things to share!

Thank you all so much!  xxx

Words on Wednesday

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I’ve been thinking a lot, recently, about targeted advertising and its effects on mental health.

Targeted advertising campaigns are usually run by online services, typically social media such as Facebook and Instagram.  This type of advertising uses different methods of selecting the types of adverts we see, from items we have searched for online, products we have bought, our location, age, gender, race, and even relationship status.  Some of these adverts are specifically targeted, for example, you may have searched for a certain type of tea and start seeing more adverts for different types or brands of tea, others could be more generally targeted, such as posting your relationship as being single, you may get targeted with dating site adverts, others may use your demographic, mine being female, 30’s, single, in full or part and match your stats to what others in that group have been searching for, or things that advertisers may think your age group are interested in.

My thoughts on the types of targeted advertising.

  • Specifically Targeted.

I don’t mind specifically targeted adverts as I find that I can discover other brands that I may never have heard of before or items I may never have considered.  This type of advertising is a bit like browsing the supermarket shelves and can expose us to more brands and deals.

  • Generally Targeted.

Generally targeted adverts can be a good or bad thing, I’m neither for or against this type of advert.  Back in my Facebook days, I found lots of things I was interested in through generally targeted adverts, equally were the adverts that I saw making the assumption that I was lonely and needed to find a date what with being single and everything…(eyeroll)

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  • Demographically Targeted.

This type of advertising is one that I have seen a huge rise in and the one that I find affects me most mentally.  I see adverts for weight loss products, fertility treatments, baby and toddler things, wedding dresses, the list is endless.  This type of advertising makes assumptions based on what it knows about you and where you fit in society, what your age group and gender are searching for, not you specifically, and this is the advertising I think that is most damaging to our mental health.

Why do I think this demographically targeted advertising is most damaging to our mental health?

This advertising makes assumptions about us regarding our age, gender, location and shows adverts that others in that group have been looking at.  Now, the adverts that I have seen assume that because I am in my 30’s I am thinking about or having children, that I am looking to lose weight quickly, planning a wedding, buying my dream home, and I’m not doing any of those things.  On a good day, this kind of advertising doesn’t bother me, and in all honesty, I don’t pay it that much attention, however, on a bad day, this sort of advertising can add to my negative mood.  I find myself comparing me to others, feeling sad, lost and insecure, unaccomplished and wondering if I am good enough.

Instagram introduced a mute button for us to still follow an account but not see their feed anymore, partly to stop us feeling so overwhelmed by others seemingly perfect lives (well, that is what I have used it for in the past) and it has been a suggested technique by several articles to help people to start loving their own lives again.  I have gotten used to seeing perfectly styled Instagram images and am aware that the images we see are highly curated, well lit and edited, and I view them as I do magazine images –  they are only that way for a second and no one sees how bad things may be behind the camera lens, or know in truth what is really happening behind the scenes.  What I am unable to block or mute are these demographically targeted adverts that I seem to be bombarded with each and every time I step foot onto social media.  And if I am being affected by them, how many others are as well?

What do you think of demographically targeted adverts?  Let me know in the comments!  I’d love to hear your opinion.

A Look Around My Home – Kitchen

Today, I thought I would share a look around my kitchen as I have shared a look around other parts of my home previously (which you can find here) but not yet shared my kitchen at all.

Just to let you know that this post IS IMAGE HEAVY… (just to warn you in case it doesn’t load on your device…)

I’m pretty happy with this room so far but I still want to finish painting it green at some point!

What is your kitchen like?  Let me know in the comments!

Saturday Shout Out

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Saturday Shout Out gives you all a chance to meet some new bloggers, find new blogs to read or get your blog noticed a bit more. It is my way of thanking the blogging community for being so supportive of me and my little blog and introducing new blogs that you may not have seen or read before.

What this means…

Every Saturday I will choose one blog, share a bit about it along with your blog link. I will also share your blog to my Instagram account and my Twitter account.

If you are interested in taking part then drop me an email to my.colourful.life@outlook.com with Saturday Shout Out as the subject line and I will send you a form to fill out!

Weekly Roundup 07/07/19 – 13/07/19

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  • Sunday 07/07/19

Today I woke to my phone ringing, my ex was in town and wanted to pop by after he had finished shopping.  I got up and got dressed, by that time he was just pulling up outside the house.  We spent much of the day mowing the lawn it was super long and I thought I may have needed to borrow a strimmer to tackle it but the mower worked really well, though we did need to keep stopping and starting as the mower is old and we didn’t want to burn the motor out.  Once that was done it was late afternoon, my ex headed home and I went for a shower, put my pjs on and watched a bit of My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix before heading to bed.  Fresh air and gardening really wiped me out and I was asleep by 10:00pm!

  • Monday 08/07/19

Today was a quiet day in work as we had finalized all the work for the months’ payment.  I was able to make a start on next months’ payment so that was good.  I finished work at 4:00pm (thank you flexi-time!) as my back was hurting from gardening on Sunday and I was starting to feel really achy from sitting at my desk all day.  I got home and changed and did some gentle stretching exercises that helped a bit.  Later, my friend called in and we finished watching About Time.  We then started watching Book of Life as part of our A-Z film challenge!

  • Tuesday 09/07/19

Not much happened in work today, it was really warm and I found it hard to cool down.  even with the fans on and windows open there didn’t seem to be much air but I suppose that is one of the joys of working in an open plan office.  I had a really bad headache so decided to head home at 4:30pm, had a nap until nearly 8:00pm.  I got up and worked on some blog things with Roxy overlooking what I was up to! I didn’t get back into bed until gone midnight as I really wasn’t particularly tired after my nap.

  • Wednesday 10/07/19

Today more of the screens were open for payment processing which meant more of a variety of things to process which made the day go much quicker!  I left work at 5:00pm and my friend came over.  We finished watching the Book of Life and I chose a film for C.  I chose Chappie which is about AI and robots and how one of the robots is able to develop a consciousness.  We started watching it and decided to finish it the following day as we were both a bit tired.  After my friend left, Roxy and I headed to bed.

  • Thursday 11/07/19

Today was spent processing and filing paperwork, the day went pretty quick and I seemed to get a lot accomplished.  I worked through until 6:00pm as I had a few things I wanted to complete for the following day.  I always like working after 5:00pm as the office is always quiet, most people leave between 4:00pm and 5:00pm, and I find that the systems speed up and I can get lots of things done.  I came home and my friend headed over.  We went shopping and chose pizza and potato wedges for tea.  After cooking we sat down and finished watching Chappie on Netflix.  It was my friends turn to choose the next film, the letter D, and they settled on Dumplin’ which has Jennifer Aniston in it.  We had a good, chilled out evening with lovely food.

  • Friday 12/07/19

I love Friday’s at work!  Not only for the promise of a few days off over the weekend to recharge and unwind but because Fridays in work are dress down days!  And dress down days for me mean a little bit more of a lie in as clothing for dress down days require less thinking about and less prep work with the overall look!  I decided to wear my acid wash cropped jeans and a white shirt with my favorite flat Moshulu shoes and felt like an art student again!  Work went really smooth, if not a bit too noisy for my liking and by the end of the day I was feeling pretty tired.  I got home not long after 6:00pm, had a coffee and went to start some blog work but felt really tired and drained.  I asked Roxy if she wanted to go to sleep for a bit, she charged upstairs and settled onto the bed so I joined her.  I planned on sleeping for an hour or so but woke 3 hours later.  I got up and worked on some graphics for my blog before getting back into bed at 12:20am.

  • Saturday 13/07/19

I’ve spent much of the day asleep, waking after 2:00pm in the afternoon.  I’ve not felt like doing much today and have spent much of it curled up on the sofa with Roxy just reading blogs and watching My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.  I have had a headache which I was aware of not long after waking, these seem to be becoming more frequent and I’m not sure whether they are air pressure related or something else.  I’ve also spent time worrying about the amount of sleep I have had this last few days, though I’ve not come to any sort of conclusion.  Maybe I should go and see the dr to get checked out?  I’m still feeling tired and worn out in general but I don’t want to go to bed too early so, for now, I’m just trying to keep myself awake for a while.

Saturday Shout Out – Mental Health @ Home

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Today’s Shout Out goes to Ashley who runs the blog – Mental Health @ Home which has been running since October 2017.

Mental Health @ Home is a blog about mental health predominantly with a few other odds and ends thrown in.  I really like how down to earth and friendly Ashley’s blog is and how it helps to open up conversations surrounding really difficult topics relating to mental health and the challenges faced by people who experience mental health problems in day to day life.

Ashley chose the following posts to share in response to the question I asked about favorite posts

which was chosen because it is a topic that doesn’t get talked about very often.

The post itself isn’t what I like; this was a call-out for input for an article I was working on. It was the comments that were left that made it really special for me.

This is actually a directory page rather than a post. I’m really happy with how this series has been going and it’s been great to have so many bloggers participate.

This was based on ideas in a book that I really liked called The Stigma Effect.

Some people say happiness is a choice. I disagree.

I have 5 guinea pigs named Cookie, Oreo, Casper, Peanut, and Butternut. They love celery and they go wild when they hear the fridge crisper drawer opening. – Ashley’s Fun Fact

You can find Ashley over on

Please check out the links and go give Ashley’s blog a read!