Acknowledging Grief at Christmas

Losing a loved one at any time of year is hard but there is something about December and the anticipation that Christmas brings that made the death of my beloved Grandad seventeen years ago today seem all the more devastating. My grandad had cancer of the oesophagus, which attacked hard and fast and left him, at the end of his life, unable to eat, drink or even swallow. Seeing such...

What I’ve Learnt From 9 Months as a Self Employed Blogger

I have been blogging in total for almost eight years but I only took the leap and registered as self employed back at the start of this year. It was something I had wanted to do for a while but never felt that I was ‘good’ enough to dedicate myself entirely to my blog. In the end, I kind of fell into it after deciding it would be too expensive...

5 Things I’m Looking Forward to This Autumn

You may have noticed by now that I have been more than a little excited about autumn over the past few weeks. Autumn is a strange one for me. It is one of my favourite seasons, with the beautiful colours of nature, the fun events (Halloween and Bonfire night personal favourites), the cosy knits and excuse to wear boots with everything and the promise of Christmas just around the corner....

What I’ve Learnt About SEO Through Blogging 

Before I started blogging, I didn’t really know anything about SEO. In fact, I wasn’t even entirely sure what the letters stood for. For anyone still in the dark, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation, which is basically all the backend work that goes on when putting together a blog post to ensure it ranks high in search engines, and allows for your post to do as well as it...

5 Reasons I Love Having Friends Who Blog 

When I first started blogging back in 2011, I was part of a big online group with lots of other girls who had also recently set up blogs. It was lovely to feel such a sense of community and I must admit, I struggled a bit when it came to setting up this blog in 2015 as I didn’t really know anybody else who was blogging at the time. Over...

Beauty – The Importance of Self Care for Mums

As a mum, it can be easy to prioritise everyone else and their needs. It is sometimes hard to remember to take care of yourself, but it is so important to practise self care as often as possible. After all, you are of no use to anybody if you burn yourself out by failing to rest and take care of yourself regularly. I wanted to share with you some of...

The Importance of Reigniting the Spark After Kids

Ok, so I seriously hesitated before hitting publish on this post. Sex is just something you are programmed to not talk about, isn’t it? But it was the fact that the subject is still considered taboo, even in today’s forward thinking society that pushed me to come out of my comfort zone and write about a topic which is actually quite close to my heart. Before I go any further,...

Grieving for My Grandad – 17 Years On

Every time something good happens in my life, the moment is bittersweet as my grandad isn’t here to witness it. He wasn’t there to see me pass my GCSE’s or my A Levels and he wasn’t in the crowd when I graduated from University.  He wasn’t around to witness me get married, or able to hold his great grand children. He wasn’t around to see me start my own business,...

5 Things I Do as a Social Media Manager

As well as working on my blog, I also earn money working freelance as a social media manager. Sometimes I get asked what this involves, as it mostly looks like I’m just attached to my iPhone 24/7. I thought I’d share some of the things I have been doing over the past few months working on social media for a local PR company. Run Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Accounts Probably...

5 Things I Want to Achieve By 2019

I always put together resolutions at the start of the year. I feel like it grounds me, and reminds me of what I would like to achieve. I know that most people forget about their resolutions as the months go by, I know I did, but you don’t need to wait until the next new year to complete the goals you set for the year. With just under six months...