Thinking About a New Year, New You?

•Sponsored post• I don’t know about you, but as a year draws to a close, I feel motivated to start making some changes for the year ahead. It’s not that I am unhappy with myself, as such, but there is something about a fresh start and a brand new year which makes me want to put into action some of the plans that I have been tentatively making. These are...

3 Bournemouth Bars for Grown-Ups

Features images taken during press visits  1812 1812, located just up from the centre of town, opposite the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) has always been the place that’s over 21s in town. I had only been in a few times, even once I reached my twenties, as I wasn’t too keen on the atmosphere, or the drinks. They recently had a huge makeover, and I was lucky enough to be...

Tips for Decluttering More Effectively

•Collaborative post• Living in a house with three children, sometimes it can feel like I am either always living in a mess or I am tidying up constantly, there is no in between. Since I started back at work in September, I have been looking at ways I can organise the house more effectively, so that I am able to get more done in a shorter period of time and...

3 Ways to Think outside of the Box for Your Business

•Sponsored post• Since registering as self-employed a few years ago, I have learnt a lot. Running a business, even if it is freelance writing and blogging, means that you need to create your brand and work hard to create success for it in everything you do. Thinking outside of the box for your business will keep your ideas fresh and ensure you are ahead of the game in your industry....

Autumn Self-Care Beauty Favourites

•Features gifted items• Autumn, for me, is the perfect opportunity to take a step back, recoup and take time to pamper myself. The long, cold evenings give me the chance to spend time applying fake tan, a hair mask and chilling in bed wearing a sheet mask with a candle burning. I am fortunate to be sent beauty and lifestyle products, and I wanted to share some of the self-care...

5 Tips on Preparing For A House Move

•Collaborative contributed post• Moving home is an exciting yet slightly chaotic time! There’s so much to prepare that it can be challenging to know where to begin. The key is to get organised early to ease the stress and make the whole process run a lot smoother. For those looking for a little advice, these five tips should get you started. 1 . Declutter First  When you’re prepping for a...

5 of the Best Ski Holiday Destinations for Beginners and Families

•Sponsored post• Out of all the holidays we have gone on as a family, something I have never experienced before is a skiing trip. I went along to the slopes on Vancouver Island, Canada once when visiting my uncle, who lives there, but I haven’t actually been on a skiing holiday. We were discussing the best Winter holiday destinations in the office at work recently, and skiing came up. These...

Why I’m Not a Fan of Black Friday in the UK

Let me start by saying, I understand the origin of Black Friday, and I have nothing against how it started out, in America. What I have an issue with is how it has become something massive over here in England, where it is neither relevant or necessary for not only one day of sales, but now an entire fortnight of promised ‘savings’. These are some of the reasons why I...

A Little Pre-Christmas Catch Up…

Ahhh I feel like it’s forever since I have written a chatty, catch-up style post but I figured now was as good a time as any. With the end of November in sight, and the majority of people I know already with their tree up, or planning it for next weekend, I am feeling fairly festive. I have been attending some Christmas events, with more to come over the coming...

How I Am Fighting my Fears

•Sponsored post• I have always been a bit of a nervous person but, when I was diagnosed with anxiety a few years ago, just after my third child was born, things went from bad to worse and at one point I wasn’t able to do much at all without feeling panicky. I have had Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) twice over the past couple of years, through the NHS, and I...