Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Blogger Recognition Award


Wow, so 2018 has been great for my little blog so far - 2 nominations for blogging rewards and it's only the 16th January, I'm feeling very blessed! I honestly never expected to get any recognition from other bloggers, let alone have as many people keeping up with me as there are but I'm so overjoyed that you guys are enjoying my posts. I'm no pro, my life isn't as glamorous as a lot of other bloggers and I'm not the best at photography, but to know that you wonderful people of the internet are acknowledging the hard work that it takes to maintain a blog, no matter how big or small, is heartwarming and I'm super grateful. The blogging community has been exceptionally kind to me and despite only having this little space on the internet for just over 6 months, I'm positive this year is going to bring great things so watch this space! ✯

I want to express how thankful I am to Lena over at https://lenadeexo.com for nominating me for this, we've only just discovered one another but I absolutely love her blog; from lifestyle to beauty to recipes, she has something for everyone and I'm excited to support her throughout her blogging journey as she has done mine in such a short time. So thank you, Lena. You're an absolute sweetheart. ♡ 

What is the Blogger Recognition Award?
The Blogger Recognition Award is an award given to bloggers by other bloggers for all their love and hard work they put into their blogs. It motivates bloggers and helps them to connect to many new readers as well as provides valuable advice from others. The recipient must then share their blogging background and two pieces of advice for those starting to blog, and nominates other bloggers. It is the most awarded in the blogging industry and is a community effort that is fantastic to participate and encourage others to take part in, although if you chose not to, that's totally fine too! :)
What is my blog about and why did I start writing?
My blog is a personal lifestyle blog that focuses on everything from beauty, books and disney to motherhood and advice I have learnt from and want to share. I started writing whilst I was pregnant as a way to keep me sane during those challenging months of my last trimester. I've always enjoyed writing and found myself in a position where I had a lot of spare time on my hands and a lot of creativity floating around in my mind so I went out on a whim and created my first blog, not expecting anyone to ever come across it, let alone enjoy it, but here we are!

Advice for new bloggers
Don't be afraid to be yourself
So many blogs are the same these days; featuring the same beauty products and the same  flatlays and the same reviews (just worded slightly differently) and it can be hard not to fall into that hole of doing what other people are doing because it's working for them. The best piece of advice I've ever received is as cliche as be yourself. Write about what you are passionate about, period. Whether it's along the same lines as other bloggers or something completely random and mostly unknown to others, go for it. Don't be afraid of what other people will think of your uniqueness. It's your blog and at the end of the day, as much as you want other people to enjoy it, your blog is yours and you need to love it more than anyone else.
Connect with other bloggers on social media
Honestly, the blogging community is so unbelievably helpful and welcoming if you put the effort in on sites like twitter, instagram and pinterest. Finding other bloggers to connect with is a great way to not only make new friends but help one another by sharing inspiration and giving credit where credit is due. Twitter has an incredible community of people who support and offer advice to bloggers and it's definitely worth investing some of your time into making these connections to get yourself noticed and help like-minded people on their blogging journey too.
My nominees in no particular order
Veronika at Czech Honey
Katie at Life With Ktkinnes
Heather at Highland Beauty
Elie at Elie Stories
Becca at Becx Blogs
Steph at The Little Cup Of Kindness
Em Jane at Out Of Tea Bags
Hels at The Hels Project
Rachael at Pale Girl Rambling
Megan at Beauty & The Blouse
Here are the rules for the nominees
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and leave a link to their blog in your post
  • Give your readers a brief history about this award
  • Give a brief story of how and why you started blogging
  • Give two pieces of advice you would give to brand new bloggers
  • Select 10 other amazing bloggers you want to give this award to
  • Lastly, comment on each blog letting them know you have nominated them and giving the link to the post you have created
Thanks again to Lena and congratulations to everyone who has been nominated, I can't wait to read everyone's posts! 

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Monday, 15 January 2018

Top 5 Beauty Products of January


I've been meaning to do more beauty posts for so long now but since the weather has been terrible and I've barely been wearing make up lately, I haven't had the motivation to do some. But alas! I've decided to get out of my rut and put effort in with my skincare and make up routine even if I'm not leaving the house. Being a stay at home mum has made me so lazy when it comes to my appearance, I won't lie. As long as my baby looks good, it doesn't matter if I haven't applied make up or done anything fancy with my hair or even gotten out of my pjs some days...it's a habit I'm eager to break. I used to love experimenting with make up and skincare products to see what worked well for me and now that it's been 6 months since I had my son, I don't really have any excuses as to why I'm neglecting myself so much. 

So I thought I'd do my top 5 beauty products that I've been loving throughout January - the cheap and cheerful edition. I'll do a high end brand version at the end of the month :) 


This has been my go to moisturising cream for months now. I use it every morning and every evening and it keeps my skin feeling fresh and hydrated all day. It's so lightweight so you can barely feel it on your skin but it's made such a huge difference since I've been using it, I'll swear by this over most other moisturisers. I have quite dry and sensitive skin and this ensures it's looking radiant at all times.


I received this palette in a Glossybox last year and since I've already used a fair few of Makeup Revolution's products, I had a pretty good idea that it was going to perform and it has. This brand is definitely one of my absolute favourite affordable drug store brands. This palette has such beautiful vibrant colours that when applied are lovely and sparkly and are very pigmented. Being as pale as I am, I don't usually wear too many crazy colours on my eyes but since receiving this, I've been trying out different looks and loving how they've turned out. I'm especially loving the red and pink shades.


Ted Baker Mascara
I've been looking for the link for this as it was included in a gorgeous Ted Baker set I received for my birthday but I literally can't find it anywhere so sorry about that girls! I hadn't tried any products from Ted Baker before getting this set from my mother in law but it's done nothing but blow my expectations out of the water. Everything is so stunning and goes on beautifully. It doesn't clump, it makes my lashes look ridiculously long and lasts all day without smudging, even if you accidentally wipe your eyes like I do sometimes. This mascara has very quickly joined the ranks of my all time favourite mascaras alongside the Too Faced Better Than Sex. 


Dane got me this for my birthday last year and it has always been in my make up routine since. This is my second pot and I looove it. It's a little small but is perfect to put in your handbag and touch up your cheeks for a rosy blush throughout the day. It's shimmery and feminine and smells lovely so what's not to love? 


Ever since they released this festive scent I've been obsessed and have literally bought everything from the range. Not even kidding. It smells divine and is gentle on the skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple after a relaxing bath. Alongside the body butter, this has been one of my top products for pampering myself after a long day. 

There we have it. I'm definitely not a make up or skincare guru, but I'm slowly and surely learning more about what compliments my skin so as I learn, I'll continue to share my thoughts on my favourite products with you guys. Let me know if you have any recommendations!

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sunshine Blogger Award


So I woke up this morning with a notification that I'd been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award and despite knowing nothing about this award until today, I'm feeling very blessed to be nominated as I didn't even really think anyone cared about my little space on the internet, let alone liked it enough to put my name forward, so I can't thank Hilary enough for such a kind gesture ♡ It's a lovely way to start 2018 and has definitely given me that confidence boost to put more work into my tiny little blog. Go and check out Hilary's work at mudmilkandcoffee.blog, her blog is inspirational and you won't regret giving it a read! :)

For those of you who don't know much about the Sunshine Blogger Award like myself, the award is given to a blogger that is inspirational through their positivity and creativity in the blogging community.


SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD RULES:

  1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
My answers to Hilary's Questions

Why did you start blogging?
I've always loved writing and found myself bored and quite lonely throughout my pregnancy so I wanted to create a place that I could put my thoughts down and generally rant about things that I love. Plus, it's a great way to de-stress when life gets a little bit hard. 

What is your favourite thing to blog about?
It's gonna sound super cheesy but definitely my son, Cassius. It's just so easy to go on and on about him and I feel that having a blog with updates about his life will be lovely for him to look back on when he's older. If boys care about that kinda thing, I don't know but hey :P

How long have you been blogging?
I started my blog up in June 2017.

What do you do in your spare time?
I'd love to be interesting here and say I have an amazing life where I do awesome things on a daily basis but that would be a lie...my life is so mundane, you would not believe :P 
My spare time consists of reading, watching tv shows and hanging out with my dog, Nobu.

Do you ever want to get married and have kids?
Well I've already got the kids part down! I'm not planning on having more any time soon and if I'm honest, marriage has never really fazed me. Me and Dane have been together 5 years in June so it already feels like we're married at this point, haha. But sure, maybe some day. If he ever gathers the balls to ask me ;)

What is your favourite kind of coffee or tea?
I'm not a huge coffee person, I tend to drink Mocha which is cheating really as it's basically hot chocolate with a tiny bit of coffee :') I live for standard English tea though. 

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Ooh, hopefully living somewhere with more opportunities than my home town, with a great job and surrounded by people that inspire me and make me better. I'd love to move to another country like Canada or something but I don't know how realistic that is to be honest!

What is your 2018 goal?
To be better at taking care of myself. Physically and mentally. I'm notoriously good at putting myself down, always have been, and this year I want to stop holding onto my past mistakes and create a life I can be proud of.

Where are you from?
I never really know how to answer this as I've moved around a fair bit throughout my childhood but I guess Faversham in Kent would be the obvious answer as that's where I've lived for the past 13 years. 

What job do you have currently and what is your dream job?
I'm not employed currently as I had my baby in June and left my job before then due to family stuff; although I'm still doing dog sitting occasionally which is more a paid hobby than a job.  My dream job, oh my god, I don't know...it always changes. I want to work at an animal sanctuary in China, be an author, work at Disney and more.

I noticed Hilary only posted 10 questions to answer so there we have it! I wish I could nominate all the bloggers that I've come to love reading up on but alas, the limit is 11 so here are my choices :)

My nominees in no particular order:

My Questions for you all:
  1. What do you love most about your blog?
  2. If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
  3. What bloggers/youtubers inspire you the most?
  4. What platform of social media has helped your blog grow the most?
  5. What is your favourite book?
  6. Would you rather give up skincare or make up?
  7. Where is your favourite place to travel too?
  8. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
  9. What is your spirit animal?
  10. You have the chance to be any tv character of your choice, who do you choose?
  11. What do you hope to accomplish in 2018?
Big thanks again to Hilary over at mudmilkandcoffee.blog for nominating me and I can't wait to read everyone's responses! Good luck all 

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