Top 10 Cleaning Products

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Today, for my Top 10 series (you can find other posts here) I am sharing my top 10 cleaning products.  These are products that I have tried and tested, work well for me and ones I will keep buying.

  1. Method Anti-bac – Wild Rhubarb I love the scent of this and that you can use it all around the home – bathroom, kitchen, living area, it is perfect for any job.
  2. Method Toilet Cleaner – This stuff is amazing and guaranteed to make your loo sparkle and smell fresh at the same time.
  3. Zoflora – Twilight Garden This stuff is amazing.  It is marketed as a disinfectant but it has so many uses.  I use it to wipe down my radiators, mop the floors and occasionally, when the dog towels are really grubby I will stick a cupful into the machine with them.  A little really does go a long way and the scent will fill the house and last for so long too!
  4. Soda Crystals Soda crystals are brilliant for fixing stinky drains and washing machines as well as sorting out slow drainage in sinks and baths!  They should be a cleaning cupboard staple in everyone’s house!
  5. Ecover All Purpose Cleaner This stuff is brilliant on floors, especially my kitchen floor which needs mopping at least once a day where Roxy is in and out all the time!  And it’s another product that a little goes a long way.  I like that this product is multi-functional as well, I like to mix a bit with water in a spray bottle and use it to wipe down shelving and windowsills.
  6. Method Glass Cleaner This is one product I will, probably, never walk away from.  It is the only product I have found that cleans glass and mirrors effectively without too much hard work and doesn’t leave an annoying film or smears everywhere.
  7. Method Shower Spray This product works a dream for shifting soapy residue and dried hair conditioner splodges from glass shower surrounds and tiles.  I use it every time I have had a shower on the tiles and it makes them really clean and shiny.
  8. Tesco Washing Up Liquid – Cherry  Its cheap, smells nice and does the job, there’s really not much more to say about it really!
  9. Vanish Pre-Treat Stain Remover Bar  This is a staple in my cleaning cupboard.  Not only can you use it on clothes but you can spot treat carpets and upholstery with it too!
  10. Bleach.  I’m not going to link to a product because this is one thing I will buy from anywhere, I always buy a big container of the thin bleach and will use it where and when necessary.  I love the smell of bleach, especially in the bathroom but its handy to use all around the house!
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10 Things That Have Happened Since Leaving Facebook

Today’s Top 10 is a bit different to normal, I’m not going to be sharing a Top 10 today but I’m going to tell you about the 10 things that I have noticed have happened to me since I left Facebook over a month ago.

  1. I’m less bothered about what other people think and more confident in my own opinions.  Before I left Facebook I would always be checking it out to see what my “friends” had posted about all sorts of different subjects, from news items to the latest storyline in a soap, and I would let their opinions sway my own.  Now I don’t have that social media channel and can not check what people think, I’ve found that I’m not bothered about what others think so much and I feel that I am getting more confident in my own beliefs and opinions.  It feels like I am able to develop my own opinions better and not let what others think influence my own thoughts.
  2. I’ve started to enjoy doing nothing.  At one point in time, sitting and doing nothing would have bored me to tears and I would soon have been reaching for my phone and skimming through Facebook pointlessly.  Now though, I find it is really nice to sit and not do anything, just take some time out and enjoy the moment for what it is.
  3. I’m not checking my phone as often.  While I still have Instagram and WordPress on my phone and check those 3-4 times a day, the majority of my phone checking would be down to Facebook and the ingrained fear of missing out that it cultivated in me.  I thought that this would be a really hard habit to break but, because I know that the app has been deleted and my account shut down, it doesn’t even occur to me to pick up my phone.  It is almost as if the habbit was broken the second I deleted my acount with Facebook.
  4. I’m not wasting so much time.  Or maybe I should say that I seem to have gained extra time?  I seem to have more time in the mornings to get myself up and ready for the day, more time to enjoy my lunch, more time to spend with family and friends, more time in general.  It’s crazy how much time I now seem to have and how much of it I wasted by being glued to a site that gave me next to nothing in return.
  5. I’m not judging myself so harshly.  I am being kinder to myself.  When I am having a bad day or feel like I have not succeeded at something it used to be so easy to go to Facebook and see all the success stories of friends, whether it be them going out, having fun days, holidays or anything else, these little things would make me feel so much worse and I would judge myself and what I have accomplished or not.  Now I feel that I am being kinder to myself and giving myself the allowances that I need.
  6. I’m not comparing myself to others so much.  This sort of ties into the above.  I used to compare myself to everyone – they are prettier than me, have more friends, are having more fun, and in this social media filled age, where everyone seems to share everything except those insecure moments, it was really easy for me to forget that everyone can feel like this and somewhere, someone was probably comparing themselves to me.  But comparing yourself to others is not healthy, especially when you lose sight of how different we all really are.  And now, I’ve stopped comparing and I’m focused more on myself and what I have to offer and I’m a lot happier with myself.
  7. I’m not being so easily influenced.  It’s weird how coming off of Facebook has made me realise how much seeing things on there influenced me and my decisions, from what I wear, what I buy, read, eat, use, how I look, it all seemed to have some kind of influence over me.  I feel like I am now becoming myself again, emerging from this social media cloud that I have worn like an armour to “fit in” with the crowd.  I feel like, even though I wasn’t aware of it, that somehow lots of little things influenced me, my style and who I am and that is pretty scary.
  8. I’m feeling more relaxed.  I used to feel like I was forever rushing around, not having any time for anything, constantly being connected to everybody, constantly having this role to fulfil and an audience that couldn’t be let down, whether it be from me not sharing something, liking or commenting on someones post or wishing someone a Happy Birthday, there always seemed to be a million things that needed doing.  Since unplugging myself I have felt like the pace of life has slowed and I no longer place this pressure on myself to connect with everyone.  I’m feeling more relaxed and like I can breathe again.
  9. I have more time to focus on the things I want to.  It’s weird, whatever I was doing when I had Facebook, like reading or watching tv, there always seemed to be half of my brain occupied with thoughts of what was going on on-line and I never fully focused on what I was doing.  My concentration was not the best, it still isn’t, but I’m not getting interrupted with thoughts of Facebook anymore.  My brain used to use Facebook as a procrastination tool – if I wasn’t enjoying something then I’d have a look on Facebook, wasting time, waiting for inspiration.  Now if I’m not enjoying something I tend to see it through, focusing on the end of the task and then reward myself with a cup of tea.
  10. I’m not missing it.  I never, ever, in a million years, thought I would ever say that I am not missing Facebook.  But it’s true, I’m really not.  At one point, when Facebook first started and all you could share were a few sentences about what you were doing, how you were feeling, how your day had been or whatever else you wanted to write, it felt like you were really getting to know your friends and it felt social.  now though, because Facebook introduced sharing links to websites, memes, music, and anything else, you rarely see thoughts from your friends, just long news feeds of memes and other random shared items, it’s not really very “social” anymore.  I think if Facebook was like it was when it first started I would probably miss it, but now, when you see what is on people’s news feed, and that none of it is really adding anything to your life, its not teaching you anything, giving you information, creating conversations, letting you get to know your friends any better, well, I’m not missing it.

Top 10 Places to Visit

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Another Thursday and another Top 10!  This time I’m sharing my Top 10 Places to Visit.

  1. The beach.  Living where I do in South Wales I’m not too far away from some spectacular beaches and I think there is nothing better than beach walks any time of the year.
  2. Parks.  I love being outdoors and going to the park, seeing the different coloured leaves on the trees and keeping an eye out for different animals that I may spot.
  3. St Fagans.  I love visiting St Fagans, I try to go every few years and have a walk around.  I love that you can go into the buildings and have a look around and get a feel for how life was in years past.
  4. Cardiff City Centre.  There is so much to do in Cardiff…Independent shops, shopping arcades, a castle, museum, fab pubs…well worth a visit!
  5. Bath.  I love Bath, again, so much to do from independent shops to Roman Baths, a spa and lovely places to eat too.
  6. Museums.  There is something about visiting a museum that I really enjoy, not only do I learn things but the atmosphere has a really calming effect on me.  Always worth a visit when its cold or raining!
  7. Tate Modern.  I’ve been to the Tate twice, once to see a Damien Hirst exhibition and the other time to see the Shape of Light exhibition.  I have not really ventured around any of the galleries yet but I really want to go again.  Visiting art galleries can help with creative ideas and it’s always interesting to see the different types of mediums artists use.
  8. Book Shops.  Wherever I go I usually end up in a book shop somewhere.  There is something really lovely about spending time browsing in bookshops and I normally come away with a few to add to my collection!
  9. Markets.  I love markets.  There is such a selection of different items on show and available to purchase.  And some markets hold special events, like craft markets or food market days which are really worth checking out.
  10. Abbeys – Tintern Abbey and Llanthony Priory in particular.  I love heading to an abbey with my camera and a picnic in the summer months and having a leisurely walk around, taking in the architecture and atmosphere.

Top 10 Love Songs

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  Today, because if it being Valentine’s and all that, I thought I would share my Top 10 Love Songs.  These are in no particular order…

  1. Take That – A Million Love Songs
  2. Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  3. The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
  4. Foo Fighters – Everlong
  5. Madness – It Must Be Love
  6. UB40 – Falling In Love With You
  7. Shania Twain – You’re Still The One
  8. The Beautiful South – A Little Time
  9. Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You
  10. Donna Lewis – I Love You, Always, Forever.

Top 10 Things I Should Be Doing…

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Today’s Top 10 Thursday post is a list of things that I should be doing but keep putting off for one reason or another…I’m sure we have all got a list like that?

  1. Making an eye test appointment.
  2. Sorting out Spare Oom (aka Narnia).
  3. Dusting.
  4. Meal Planning.
  5. Sorting through all my make-up and cleaning out where it is stored.
  6. De-brambling the garden.
  7. Fixing my printer.
  8. Running a backup of all my laptop files and photos.
  9. Tidying my desk/”office space”.
  10. Shopping.

Instead, I’m making a list of these things whilst sitting in my pyjamas and blogging about it.  And in a minute i intend to make myself a coffee and catch up on blogs whilst wrapped in my blanket!

Top 10 Bands and Albums

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Another Thursday and you know what that means?  Another Top 10 Thursday!!!!  Today’s top 10 are my favorite bands and albums, in no particular order.

  1. Blur – Parklife
  2. Space – Spiders
  3. The Doves – Lost Souls
  4. Genesis – Calling All Stations
  5. Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals
  6. Eels – Daisies of the Galaxy
  7. Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery
  8. Greenday – Dookie
  9. Gomez – Bring It On
  10. Radiohead – The Bends

Top 10 Stationery Items

  1. img_1377Notebooks.  I have hundreds of notebooks stashed all over the place, the only problem is that I can’t decide if I forget that I have bought them or if they are breeding?  Still, you can never have too many notebooks in my opinion.
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    Front to Back… Paperblanks Ananda Lined Moleskine Dispicable Me Lined Lechtturm 1917 Dotted
  2. Fountain Pens.  I love my fountain pens, Lamy and Parker are my favorites.  It’s just a bit sad that I don’t get to use them as much as I’d like because much of my work is p.c based, though I do use them for taking notes in my various notebooks and planners!

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    Lime Green – Lamy Safari Purple – Parker Grey – Parker
  3. Highlighters.  I have no idea how I came to have so many highlighters though I blame it on my student years.  My favorites are the Zebra Mildliners and my Stabilo Boss mini ones which I use in my planners for colour coding everything!
  4. Felt Pens.  These felt pens are by far my favorite at the moment (though I own a heck of a lot more than I want to admit to).  I seem to have a love/hate relationship with felts but at the moment I’m really liking them for using in my doodling.img_1329
  5. Fine Liners.  I own a load more than these ones…this is the set I tend to carry around with me all the time though, they are really good for writing really small and neat in my planners and journals as well as for drawing with.img_1339
  6. Coloured Pencils.  These are from Paperchase and I love that from 12 pencils you get 24 colours!  Such a genius thing to create and saves so much space in my pencil-case.  img_1335
  7. Coloured ball/gel pens.  Is there ever any need not to own pretty coloured ball and gel pens?  They make shopping lists and chore lists look so much more appealing!  img_1340
  8. Paperclips.  In as many novel shapes as possible, these paperclips are used to mark pages in my planner that contain important information and keep paperwork together.  They never cease to make me smile.                 img_1347
  9. Sticky Notes.  I have a love for novel sticky notes, and they are super useful when I need to write something down to transfer to my home planner, leaving little reminders about things over the house and for keeping phone numbers safe.  img_1350
  10. Pencil Case.  I had this for Christmas from my little brither, its perfect for carting around the pens and pencils and other stationery items that I need on a day-to-day basis!  img_1355