In Case You Missed It

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In Case You Missed It was started a few months ago as a chance for you to discover some of my favourite posts that I wrote and published to my blog in the previous month that you may have missed. This month I am looking back at some of my favourite posts for July.

· How to Bullet Journal

Journaling of any kind is quite a personal experience and there isn’t one way that is better than another is, or that is right and another considered wrong. I decided to share how I bullet journal as a way to help and guide others that may want to start journaling, from the things you may need through to my method for setting up a journal.

· How to Develop Your Own Fashion Style

I really enjoyed writing this post about how to create your own fashion style. I think it is all too easy to buy “fashion” off the peg and wear things in a way that millions of others are, but along the way, you can lose your own sense of individuality and personality. This post is all about creating your own style and bringing your personality into the way you dress and style your outfits.

· Vogue Parody – 73 Questions About Me

I was tagged to take part in the 73 Questions – Vogue Parody tag by Ami of Undercover Superhero! I love questions and really enjoyed sharing a bit about me, and reading other’s answers to the questions too!

· A Look Around My Home – Kitchen

I have been living in my home for a little over a year now and have been sharing a “Look Around My Home” over the course of several months. I am so proud of what I have achieved and how well my home has been coming together. I loved taking the photos for this post and think that in years to come it will be nice to look back on!

· 400 Followers

I hit another milestone on the blog in July! I am still totally amazed that people want to follow and read my blog! So, thank you each and every one of you!

· Building My Flat Lay Kit

I had so much fun gathering bits and pieces for my Flat Lay kit and decided to write a post to show what sort of things I have added to my kit! I hope that this post will help to inspire others when it comes to blog photography!

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This Month On The Blog

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It’s hard to believe we have passed the halfway mark of this year and are now just a few meer months away from Winter!  Before the cold and damp weather hits us, and the evenings start to draw in we should celebrate all that August has to offer us.

On the blog for August, I have the regular weekly features

  • Monday – Saturday Shout Out Ad
  • Wednesday – Words on Wednesday
  • Thursday – Top 10
  • Saturday – Saturday Shout Out share
  • Sunday – Weekly Roundup

Monthly features

  • Recipe of the Month
  • Monthly Goals
  • In Case You Missed

Other posts I have planned for this month are

  • Beauty product review
  • How I plan my blog schedule
  • Blog Award
  • Room Tour
  • Book Review
  • Favourite seasonal outfit
  • Things I am looking forward to

 

 

 

Mystery Blogger Award #3

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I have been gifted the Mystery Blogger Award by Uniquely Cass who runs a brilliant blog about all things she is interested and passionate about.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, please pop over, check out her blog and say hi!

I love receiving awards and am always honoured to have been chosen as a recipient for them.  I love answering the questions posed as I feel that it let you guys get to know me better, it’s a brilliant networking tool and I really enjoy asking questions for others to respond to.  So thank’s Cass for the award and the opportunity to share with others!

What’s the Mystery Blogger Award?

“It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

OKOTO ENIGMA

Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Answer the 5 questions you were asked
  6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  7. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  10. Share a link to your best post(s)

Cass’ Questions

  1. What’s your all-time favourite book?  Creepers by David Morrell
  2. What book series was your favourite growing up?  Mallory Towers by Enid Blyton when I was in Primary School then the Point Horror/Point Romance books.
  3. What is your go-to song right now?  Dare – Gorillaz or Strange Attraction – The Cure
  4. (Funny Question) Who is your celebrity crush?  Samuel L Jackson or Richard E Grant.
  5. If you could travel to once place for the rest of your life, where would you go?  Somewhere quiet, warm, sunny, that had easy access to a beach and had beautiful views.

About Me

  1.  I really love green tea, especially Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose tea!
  2. I have some really weird fears including pipes and toilet cisterns.
  3. When I was younger I had dreams of becoming a teacher or a card and wallpaper designer.

Best Blog Posts

  1. Blog Maintainance – Routine Checks
  2. I Broke Up…with Facebook
  3. Asperger’s and Me
  4. April Blogging From A – Z Challenge

My Nominations

  1. Beyond the Infinite
  2. Bournemouth Girl
  3. Beckie’s Mental Mess
  4. A Guy Called Boke
  5. Katie’s Sanctuary
  6. A Caricature of Life
  7. Revenge of Eve
  8. Cara’s Corner
  9. Cyranny’s Cove
  10. Bereaved Single Dad

My Questions

  1. What is the weirdest thing that has happened to you?
  2. What is your biggest accomplishment?
  3. What are you most proud of?
  4. (Weird/funny)  If you were to be arrested, what would it be for?
  5. (Shameless self-promotion)  Would you like to be featured as part of my Saturday Shout Out series?

400 Followers!!!

Followers!!!!

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

In Case You Missed It

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In Case You Missed It is a new series that I started last month.  This series gives you a chance to discover some of my favorite posts that I wrote in the previous month.  This month I am looking back at some of my favorite posts for June.

  • Wanna Know You Better  I was tagged by Riya of World of My Thoughts to take part in this getting to know you better question and answer series.  I had a load of fun answering the questions and letting you guys know a bit more about me.  I am really interested in taking part in more of these question and answer posts!
  • Diary, Planner and Journal Review  I really enjoy seeing how my planning style evolves, what works, what doesn’t and all the bits in between!  I am sure I always say that I have found what works for me and by the next post about my planners and planning style I have gone and changed it again!
  • The Bloggers Bash Review  What can I say?  It was a fabulous day of learning, listening, and networking and in this post, I tell you all about my favorite parts of the day!
  • Garden Update  I never really thought I was a “gardening” sort of person but it turns out that gardening is something I really enjoy.  I had been talking A LOT about gardening in other posts so thought it would be nice to share with you what I have done and my plans for the future!  It will be interesting to look back on this post in years to come and see how much my garden has changed!
  • House Plants  I really believe that the addition of house plants to any area can really change the atmosphere of that space, they add a calming influence, not to mention that they can be beneficial to our health.  I loved sharing my plants in this post.
  • 1 Year In My Home!!!!  I think that this is definitely a milestone worth not just recording but for celebrating too!  I’ve never really lived on my own before and having been in my home for a year is worth blogging about!

This Month on the Blog!

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How have we even got to July so quickly?  It sort of feels like we are in a massive game of snakes and ladders and have managed to move up the ladder from March to July bypassing April, May, and June, it’s gone that quick!

This month on the blog I have my regular features, weekly these are

  • Monday – Saturday Shout Out Ad
  • Thursday – Top 10
  • Saturday – Shout Out
  • Sunday – Weekly Roundup

Monthly regulars…

  • Recipe of the Month
  • Monthly Goals
  • This Month on the Blog

Other monthly articles this month…

  • Mystery and Sunshine Blog Awards
  • Book Review
  • A Day In My Life
  • Room Tour
  • Developing Your Own Style
  • Bullet Journal Set Up
  • Flatlay Kit
  • 73 Questions

I am also introducing a new weekly feature – Words on Wednesday.  To find out more about this, please come by on Wednesday when all will be revealed!!!!

What have you got planned for your blogs this month?  Let me know in the comments!!!!

 

Mystery Blogger Award

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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

The Rules of the Mystery Blogger Award

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate your favourite bloggers (*I changed this from 10 – 20 people…)
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

My Award

I was gifted this award by Mel who blogs over at Decor Craft Designs.  Mel’s blog is chock a block full of crafty ideas and inspiration for fun projects, if you haven’t visited her blog then head over and take a look!

I love these awards as they give me an opportunity to share snippets about myself with you guys and also to ask some questions of my own!  I am really touched that Mel has gifted me the Mystery Bloggers award and that she thinks my posts are ingenious, my blog captivates, inspires and motivates!  Thank you so much, Mel, for the Award!

Three Things About Myself

  • I’ve recently gotten into gardening and have loads of ideas and plans for my garden!  I’m excited to see how they all come together!
  • I used to love a night out on the town, coming home in the early hours and not going to bed until the morning but now that is my worst idea of fun!
  • I’m forever thinking of things to do and my list seems to be getting longer and longer!  I am blaming Pinterest for this as I get inspired by so many things on there.

Mels questions

  • Do you have a kid’s toy you still love to play?

I have a lot of my old toys from when I was a kid but I don’t play with them anymore, they serve more as being ornaments now than toys.  I do still have my watercolour paint set from when Iw as a kid and still play around with that though!

  • What is your best character?

My best character would have to be Eeyore, even though he is pretty sad much of the time he always is included in what his friends are doing.

  • Which city/country you can’t wait to re-visit?

London!  My brother and his wife along with their children live there and whenever I visit they take me out to visit lots of different places!  London is such a fab city and there is so much to do and so much history there!

  • What part of your home that you’ve been dying to renovate?

At present, my garden, though I am working on that!  The other place I’m dying to renovate is my spare room though I am still undecided on what colour to paint it or what to do with it.

  • What junk food do you love so much?

Crisps and ice cream, though not both together!

My Questions

  • What is your favourite colour and why?
  • What one thing do you wish you had known before you started your blog?
  • What is your favourite time of the day?
  • If you could do anything for a day, what would it be?
  • What is your most favourite uncool clothing item?

My Favourite Blog Posts

My nominees

Thank you again, Mel, for nominating me a Mystery Blogger Award! Hope you like my answers and my best posts!

For those who are nominated, I hope you read your nomination and accept it, congratulations!

In Case You Missed…

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I’m adding a new section to my blog called “In case you missed…” where I will be sharing some of my blog posts from the past month that you may have missed, that I have had fun writing or are of an interesting topic!  Here are my picks for “In case you missed”!

  • What Is A Blogger?  I wrote this as I was forever being asked what a blogger is and what they do and this post sums it all up pretty well I think!
  • Blog Maintainance – Routine Checks  Blogging is not always about taking photos and writing posts for the web, there are other things that need to be done in order to have a functioning blog ad this post sheds some light on what I do when I say I’m “working on my blog”.
  • A Day In My Life  I have a pretty varied different set of lives depending on the day – Monday to Friday I work full time but my weekends are geared towards me and things I want/need to do.  This post is how I spend a typical weekend day.
  • Product Empties  I’m trying to cut down on the number of products that I own and have placed myself on a no spend on products ban until I have used up all that I own.  I thought it would be fun to a post about the empties I have and review them.
  • Blog Bullet Journal  I am really pleased with my new best friend for blogging and thought I would share with you my bullet journal and layout for May.
  • 300 Followers  I hit another milestone on my blog so am hosting a little link share party over on this post!  Come join in!!!

 

Wanna Know You Better

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Riya who blogs over at World Of My Thoughts tagged me in a “Wanna Know You Better” quiz that she is hosting over on her blog and I thought it would be fun to answer her questions!

STEPS:

  1. Title the blog post as “Wanna know you better!!” ( try to make your post pictorial as this will make it look interesting)
  2. Describe Riya’s blog and a put link to this post.
  3. Describe and thank the one who nominated you.
  4. Copy all the questions and answer them one by one.
  5. You may create your own questions for your targets (it will be fun)
  6. Pass the game as a challenge to any of your favourite bloggers and mention them in your post.
  7. Add a link of your post in the comment section below so that people may come to know about you, your blog and your fun. (in the comment section of Host’s post)
  8. State the steps.

Riya who blogs over at World Of My Thoughts is new to me blog.  I found her blog after she responded to my Saturday Shout Out blog post.  Riya writes some beautiful poetry and shares some really lovely quotes among other things!  Head over and check her blog out!

I am always interested in getting to know my fellow bloggers and sharing things about myself though sometimes these things don’t always seem worth writing a full blog post for so it’s questionnaires like these that I really like for sharing the small things about myself!  Thank you, Riya for nominating me to take part!

QUESTIONS:

First, 10 briefly explain questions:

  • What really makes you angry?

I believe in treating everyone fairly, it doesn’t matter what you earn, what your job is or what your title may be, fairness is something that we should all live by so I get pretty angry when people are treated unfairly for any reason.

  • If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

This is a hard one as I tend to get bored with food things fairly quickly, however, I really enjoy toast with lime marmalade or marmite with a tomato and a coffee.

  • What is your biggest fear?

I have loads but my biggest is spiders.  I hate them.  I’m sure I have an inbuilt spider sensor as I can honestly tell when there is one in the room before it makes an appearance.  I have been known to phone my Mum to come and remove the offending creature for me as once I have seen a spider in the house I won’t enter that room until I know it has gone.

  • What has been your best moment this year?

I’ve had so many good moments this year and we are only just nearing the halfway point!  My best moments have to be hitting 300 followers on my blog which I am so amazed at!  And also learning that I love gardening and have been able to grow things!

  • If You Could Live Anywhere In The World For A Year, Where Would It Be?

I currently love where I live right now but the only thing I would change is that I’d like better weather!  If I could live anywhere though, I’d love to live on the coast and be able to wander down from my garden onto the beach every day!

  • How do you relieve stress?

I get stressed pretty easily and have to take medication for stress, anxiety and depression which helps, however, when I do start to feel my stress levels rise I practice mindfulness with the Calm app or Breathe on my Apple Watch.  If I am at home, sitting in silence and reading a good book can help too!

  • Would You Rather Go To Space Or To The Bottom Of The Ocean?

The bottom of the ocean!  I think there would be a lot more interesting animals and things to see in the depths of the sea than in space!

  • What’s your favourite season?

Each season holds a different love for me and I always look forward to the next one as the last starts to draw to a close but I’d have to say Spring and Autumn are my favourites.  Both are neither too hot or cold and both are the perfect times to wear layers and experiment with fashion a bit more.

  • What’re your favourite sports?

I’m not a very sporty person but when I was younger I was in several different sports groups at school –  cricket, basketball, netball and cross country running.  I did start running again but have recurring pain in my knee which has put a stop to that.  I’m not a fan of watching sport either.

  •  Did you like Riya’s blog?

I do 🙂

Now, 10 this or that questions:

What would you prefer?

  • Beach or mountains

Beach definitely, every time!

  • Ice cream or milkshakes

Icecream as you can always let it melt a bit to become milkshake!

  • New York or Paris

Paris, though I have never visited either!  Paris is closer to where I live and I’d love to go and see the museums there!

  • Ugly genius or Good looking stupid

Ugly genius!  I think too much emphasis is put on looks these days rather than intellect so I’d much rather be smart thinking than stupid!

  • Pizza or Burger

Pizza is one of my favourite food groups!!!  And you can mix and match your toppings to suit what you fancy so it can be different each time you have one!

  • Summer or Winter

Summer as I’m not the hugest fan of snow, being cold or rain.

  • City or Village

Village.  As much as I love going to the city (Cardiff, London, Bristol…) I’d much rather live in a quieter place and be able to travel into the city for day trips than live there 24/7.

  • Spring or Autumn

Hmmm… Autumn over Spring though I love each of them!  Autumn is when my Birthday is, and there is something magical about watching the leaves change colour, the scent of bonfires on the breeze and it’s when my hayfever seems to lessen.

  • Mathematics or Science

Science!  As it has got a bit of maths mixed with chemistry and physics thrown in!  it makes for a much more interesting subject than maths alone!

  • Train or Aeroplane

Train, though this is purely because I have never been on a plane.  And there is something romantic about the notion of taking a train somewhere…

Now, here are the friends whom I challenge to do this:

  1. Giggling Fattie
  2. Planet Simon
  3. A Guy Called Bloke
  4. Confusing Middle
  5. Therapy Bits
  6. Keep It Alive

For those who are not being mentioned above, you can also try the game with the same instructions. Feel free to enjoy this. But, make sure you mention me in your post, please