Month: October 2017

Blogtober End / Reflections On October

It’s Tuesday 31st October, 2017 and that can only mean one thing; it’s the end of Blogtober and I officially completed the whole challenge!

Although to some it may not sound like a big deal, Blogtober has been incredibly hard and challenging – and I’m so proud of myself for completing it. I managed to write an impressive 31 posts over the month of October, writing them amidst a house move, work and a busy schedule. In all honesty I didn’t think I’d be able to do it but now that I have I feel really pleased.

For my final Blogtober post I want to reflect over the month of October and Blogtober and share my personal highlights with you, as well as a few things I have found challenging and what I have taken away from it all.

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Mini B&M Homeware Haul

If you weren’t aware that Gareth and I just recently bought our first house, then where have you been hiding?! It’s literally all I have been talking about for a month. Anyway, it’s been a week now and although we have lived together for coming up to three years, we are still finding ourselves needing bits and bobs around the house.

At the weekend we decided to pop in to B&M and pick up some bargains for the house. I thought I would share them with you in the form of a mini haul.

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Halloween/Fireworks Night Event

Every year Gareth and I make a special effort to celebrate Halloween. Previous years we have taken a ghost bus tour (dressed as a bat and a vampire) through London at night, gone on a Frightmove house tour (dressed as a pumpkin and a zombie) and have always decorated the house with carved pumpkins, fairy lights, bunting and other spooky goodies.

Some people will inevitably think that Halloween is just another excuse for the big companies and corporations to market yet more junk at us. And I guess it’s true to an extent – but I am a firm believer in celebrating whatever you can, making the most out of life and having fun. So in this house, we celebrate Halloween and we love it.

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October 2017 – Monthly Favourites

October has been one of the busiest months of my life. Between moving house, working full-time and taking part in Blogtober, I’ve barely had the time to process it all. That said, it has been an exciting month – full of new and happy memories. As it is slowly coming to a close (I can hardly believe how quickly the month has passed!) I thought I would share my favourite things with you.

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Lucky Dip Club – Fri-YAY! Surprise

If you have read any of my Lucky Dip Club unboxing posts, you’ll know that I love my combo subscription box and receiving a fun pair of socks and pin each and every month.

Well, the LDC has fairly recently become even more exciting with the introduction of the Fri-YAY! surprise. In case you aren’t yet familiar with it, the Fri-YAY! surprise is a surprise that is released every Friday at 8am in limited quantities. This surprise is often a piece of jewellery (think necklace or brooch) that has been collaborated on with an indie designer/maker and is priced at a very reasonable £10.

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Autumn Look Book/Clothing Haul

Autumn is my most favourite season; to say I am enamoured with it would be an understatement. I just love all the pretty scenery around at this time of year. The gorgeous golden, yellow and rust leaves, the crisp, cool air and sunshine and of course, all of the fashions.

During the Autumn months I will happily stock up on chunky knitted jumpers, cute printed dresses, scarves and accessories in my favourite colours of mustard, burgundy and forest green. For weeks now I have been buying little bits and pieces here and there to completely refresh my Autumn wardrobe. Today I thought I would share with you just a few key pieces that I really love and know I will be getting a lot of wear out of this year.

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Getting Your Garden Winter Ready For Birds

As the weather gets colder, now more than ever is the time to start gathering up reserves for your garden visitors. During the harsh Winter months it’s really important to keep your garden birds well fed and your feeders stocked with a variety of seeds, nuts and fats to keep energy levels up.

As I have just moved house, I don’t yet know what types of birds will be visiting my garden so instead have opted to cover all bases. I thought this would be a good opportunity to show you what types of food you can and should feed the different varieties of bird you may find in your garden, as well as some dos and don’ts to keep your garden birds happy and healthy.

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Top Five True Crime Podcasts

For those of you who may not know, I’m a huge podcast junkie and love nothing more than a good binge. I find them fascinating and always have one on the go, whether I’m in the bath tub soaking away my cares or furiously tapping away at my computer at work. And ever since Serial, my podcasts of choice have always been true crime.

It’s funny really; I’m a complete wimp when it comes to horror – I can’t stand scary films! But I find true crime podcasts really interesting. Sure it’s a bit morbid, but it can really tell you a lot about the society we live in! Anyway, today I thought I would share my top five true crime podcasts with you, you never know, one of these might be your next listen!

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My Perfect Pamper Evening

I lead a busy life and, as such, tend to become prone to bouts of stress. Combine that with my anxiety and you have a recipe for disaster. Because of this it’s really important for me to take time out at least once a week to focus on my mental health and have a nice pamper evening. Winding down and treating myself helps to calm me and lift my spirits so it’s something I always make time for.

On Saturday we finally completed our move. Although this has been an exciting time, it obviously hasn’t been without stress; we have found ourselves incredibly busy packing, moving, unpacking, setting up the house etc. In fact we’ve been so busy that I have barely had time to sit down for five minutes. Finally, on Sunday night (tonight!) I found a couple of hours to relax and have some “me time”.  Here I am sharing my perfect pamper evening…

 

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Don’t Grow A Thicker Skin- Your Emotions Are Your Strengths

You’re too sensitive. You need to grow a thicker skin! Stop taking everything to heart. You take everything so personally.

Over the years I’ve heard them all, every single one of them. I am an emotional person, highly sensitive and I care a lot. In this society emotion is often perceived as a sign of weakness, so it’s really no surprise that time and again I am lectured on my feelings and expected to reign them in.  (more…)

In The Reading Pile This Month

October has been a busy month, what with the house move, work and taking part in Blogtober it feels like every spare minute has been accounted for.  I haven’t had time to take a bath let alone pursue hobbies.

One thing I have really tried to stay on top of though is my reading. I love a good crime or thriller fic and have been reading on my train journeys, before bed and in the few and far moments of quiet in between. I thought for Blogtober Day 20 I would share the (few) books I’ve had a chance to read/glimpse at. Who knows, your next read might be on my list?

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Farewell, Lush Kitchen And A Final Order

I adore the Lush Kitchen and everything about it; excitedly waiting for the menu to roll around each and every Friday at 3pm, anxiously waiting to snag a long-awaited exclusive when the Kitchen opens at 8am, all those magical parcels in the post that follow…

So it will come as no surprise that I was, to put it mildly, really upset when the Kitchen announced its closure quite suddenly a couple of weeks back.

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