Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Putting Yourself First*


Back in February (the month of luuuurvvvee), I was lucky enough to receive this motivational journal created by Wendy at The Love Monkey Company. I'd done my research on it before reaching out to her, and in all honesty, it looked like the perfect sort of journal to have in your life!

For anyone who has lost that spring in their step, or those looking to make some sort of change, this is what you need in order to reach those goals, and successfully see them through. I've always been fascinated with the idea of mindfulness, and journaling, but I've just never actually got into it until now.

This particular self-help journal starts off by with some inspirational quotes (which are always a win in my opinion!), and then for the next few pages, Wendy introduces her own story, and what life was like before and after she created this masterpiece. After that, she gives a few examples of what she doesn't want to happen in her life, and then she leaves some space for you to do the same.

Further on, you get the chance to create a happy list of, you guessed it, the things that make you happy.

Going through the book, you focus on what goals you want to achieve, what your timescale is, and how to ensure that you have the right, positive mindset. The idea is that you fill out a page each day based on what time you got up, whether you exercised and drank enough water, if you have any positive affirmations that you used (it's suggested that you implement at least 3 into your day!), whether you meditated, 4 things you are/were grateful for, spending a further 5 minutes visualising your day, planning out a short to-do list, and then thinking about your food, alcohol, mood, and any activity that you did in regard to self-care.

After the first 30 days, there's a section which allows you to round everything up, so thinking about what changed, what your biggest victory was, your overall commitment level, what you now do that you hadn't done before, the 3 things you always do to improve your mood, what habit needs reinforcing, what you will do to commit to doing this, rating your happiness out of 10, and what you need to remind yourself for the next 30 days.

As you may have guessed, you then do exactly the same thing for those, and then at the very end of the book, there is space for you to create a vision board, write any positive affirmation ideas, and then some pages for you to write any notes should you wish to do so.

I think that if you struggle with keeping track of your targets, or if you are the sort of person who always says they want to achieve something, but then procrastinates before they even start the process, then this could be the perfect journal for you!


Considering it's only £15, you get so much value for your money, as it will last you a couple of months, and then you can continue to do it throughout the year if you found that it worked for you. If change is going to be made in your life, it's essential that you put yourself, and your own needs first. Be grateful for what you have. Focus on your mindset and work on it if you need to. Use this journal as your daily reflection, and your daily source of encouragement.

If you don't want to take my word for it, take a look at the website, and you will see how many positive reviews there are from other people! This journal really can change your life, and even if you only make small changes each day, the end result will be incredible, and you will have wished that you took more time for yourself sooner.

Have you got your copy of this journal? If not, have you been tempted to make a purchase?

Lots of love always,



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Sunday, 25 March 2018

My Holy Grail Hair Care Tool

Most of you may not be aware of this, but I've always had a love-hate relationship with my hair. It used to be more like strawberry blonde little ringlets, and since then, it's changed a lot. Over time, I found that it naturally become more of a light brown, and it turned wavy rather than curly, but the fringe that formed wasn't quite so cute by the time I reached the age of 8, and started wearing glasses! I'd actually go as far as to say it was quite a tragic look, but one which I eventually grew out of by the time I started secondary school, much to my relief.

Over the years, I've admittedly dyed it quite a few times. For the most part, my mum would whip out those horrible plastic gloves, and use any decent looking kit from Boots, or Superdrug, just like my grandma used to do for my sister throughout her later teenage life. I went red, darker brown, black, and then in between it would turn gingery with either black, red, or blonde patches, and roots. What a sexy look I had going on back in the day.

It was always particularly greasy when I had a fringe, and although I'd make sure to condition thoroughly, the regular brushes I'd reach for would quite literally rip all my hair out, and not exactly work wonders for the knots.

However, I saw so many people speaking highly about the tangle teezer, and after coming across endless positive reviews, I asked my grandma if she could pick one up for me! This one that I've got now (photographed above), I've easily been using it religiously for at least 5 or 6 years, and I've genuinely never looked back! I do still have a paddle brush, and a couple of different combs that I use, but whenever I'm in the shower, out of the shower, or if my hair is at a manageable length, I'll always reach for this trusty tool. It works an absolute treat at detangling, and smoothing the conditioner through the mid-lengths to ends, because any other brush would just collect loads of hairs, and destroy my locks. I find it really easy to hold, and grip in my hand, so it's perfect to reach for without any fuss. Mine is in the 'Pink Fizz' shade (so I believe), which I have loved for years, but there are so many different styles, and colours available now that next time, I won't be so basic!

In my opinion, I would always invest in 1) a proper, high quality hairbrush and 2) a high quality, luxurious styling tool of your choice, whether that be a hairdryer, straighteners, or curlers. Tangle Teezer now have brushes particularly for thick, curly hair, salon type brushes (similar to the one I use, but more professional!), aqua brushes specifically for the shower or bath, kids ranges, smoothing tools, back combing brushes, and even a compact groomer for men! They really do tailor for everyone's needs.

The prices typically vary from £11-20, but it does entirely depend on what you're after. On their website, they actually offer you the chance to find out which one is best suited for your hair, and your wishes through providing a whole load of information, and videos! I'll definitely be picking up a few more when I get the chance, because who doesn't love new haircare products to get those luscious locks they have always desired?!

If you want to find out more, go to https://www.tangleteezer.com/, or your nearest beauty retailer.

Have you got a Tangle Teezer? What do you like about it?

Lots of love always,





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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Money Matters Now More Than Ever*


Living a cost-effective life nowadays is hard for all of us, unless we are somehow born into a miraculously rich, and famous family (the Kardashians *cough cough*). Chances are that everybody has to worry about money on a weekly, if not, daily basis, and it's becoming all the more consuming as time goes on.

I was recently contacted by Beth from Nebula, who has created a brand new, up and coming business idea alongside her co-founder, which can help you with all of your cash related concerns. I'll be talking more about it later on in this post, so keep your eyes peeled to find out the details, or alternatively, click on the above link to have a little look for yourselves! 

I have watched countless documentaries over the past few months about homelessness, and teenagers living below the breadline within the UK, and personal debt is becoming increasingly common amongst our nation. There are people who are struggling to put food on the table, and those who can no longer keep a roof over their families heads. We are living within the 21st century, and yet financial education is still not spoken about enough. That's a real, life threatening problem. 

According to statistics from The Guardian, 1 in 5 people are financially illiterate, and they are simply incapable of grasping basic shopping conundrums. I fear that I would personally fit into that figure myself, due to the lack of education that I've received throughout my life on money management. Those of us who are growing up within today's society are facing immense pressure to buy from the latest brands that are dubbed the 'best', and near enough everything that we want to do costs thousands of pounds once you add it all up! 

In 2014, finance was supposed to become a compulsory part of the curriculum for secondary schools within the UK (excluding academies, and free schools), but, according to further research from The Guardian, around 35-45% of schools were actually delivering financial education back then, and it's estimated that even now, only about 40% are doing so. Us students need information about loans, mortgages, interest rates, and credit cards, as otherwise, we will only be able to learn from our mistakes, which is an incredibly worrying thought, but one that can so easily be prevented.

However, we can all breathe a sigh of relief, because help is at hand. Nebula Webinars is an education startup, and the founders are launching a course in the Spring that breaks down basic economics, and personal finance for teenagers. The aim of this online finance course is to teach teenagers how to become more independent, and more intellectually aware when it comes to money, and to not rely on their parents income when they fly the nest, take responsibility, and successfully stick to budgets, as well as understand how to never fall prey to dodgy credit cards, which will only have a negative effect in the long run! If you want to make your purchase now, you can do so at the pre-sale price of just £20. Now, that's what I call proper value for what you pay. 

You can also sign up for the newsletter here if you want all the latest Nebula news each Sunday!

Before you finish reading this post, it would be super helpful for the co-founders to have your feedback through this survey, which only takes you 1 minute! 

Are you going to be checking out this course? Do you believe that money matters now more than ever?

Lots of love always,


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Friday, 2 March 2018

What I Learnt Throughout 16 Years


As this post goes up, I will have just turned 17 years old. That's such a crazy thought for me to comprehend! I remember the days when I was excited to turn 13, and here I am, 4 years later.

To be honest, I think 16 was the best year of my life. I'd gotten well into my teens by this point, and I'd therefore pretty much gotten through the rough stage of figuring out who I was. Don't get me wrong, I'm still on a self-discovery journey, but I've grown massive amounts since those days! 16 is just a genuinely good age, and it's one that I personally consider to be a milestone. A lot of goodness, and many blessings came my way, but I understandably went through a lot of hardships too. Today, I thought I'd close the #SweetSixteen chapter of my life, and do so by reminiscing on what I learnt, as well as some of the best bits...

PEOPLE DON'T ALWAYS HAVE AS PURE INTENTIONS AS YOU
Something that I had shown to me time, and time again throughout my 16th year of life was that people aren't going to be as nice, and as kind-hearted as you are, or as nice, and as kind-hearted as you want them to be. To put it truthfully, people can be dicks. You go into a new friendship, or a new relationship with the best intentions, and you hope that the other person in the same, but that isn't always the case - and that's okay. Learn from it, just as I have, and don't allow them to change you. Continue to give your all, and never settle for anything less than that, even if you don't receive the same in return. 

HAVE FAITH IN WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU BELIEVE IN
One thing that I have definitely strengthened in recent months is my belief in God, and my belief in myself. Since focusing more on my faith, I've started to count my blessings, and really focus on my ambitions. I feel much more supported, and much more positive, because to me, it's as if someone of a higher power is guiding me, and that's a great comfort. It's helped me to recognise previous bad habits, and to fully appreciate my own worth. I still have a long way to go, but good things happen to those who wait, and persevere. You will get to where you want to be if you believe you can achieve.

LIFE'S TOO SHORT TO GIVE A F*CK WHAT ANYBODY ELSE THINKS
Looking back at my younger self who was bullied for many years, I feel sad for her, but also incredibly proud. She persevered, and she didn't give up, even when she felt like she wanted to every day of her life during one particularly bad point. As I've gotten older, I genuinely have realised that other people's opinions don't matter. Even if you really value that particular person, each decision you make is still ultimately up to you. Absolutely take into consideration what they are saying, but don't let it completely control the choice you're going to make. Just let it help you make an informed decision! Take small steps in embracing who you want to be. Wear those bright orange dungarees, get a floral sleeve tattoo up your right arm, dye your hair papaya pink, because why the f*ck not?!

EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON. IT'S EITHER A BLESSING, OR A LESSON
This honestly couldn't be more true. I've met so many different people over these 16 years, and I've experienced so many different situations. Some of which are blessings, and others are just lessons that I've had to learn the hard way. Some people I've held onto for years, and I've grown with them through the good, and the bad, but others, I've seen their nasty streak one too many times, and I let go before things became even more toxic. Some situations I've been really grateful for, as they have been fun, magical, and memorable, but others have broken my heart that little bit more, and really tested my strength. Either way, this has all made me the person I am today, and I will never, ever give up fighting. I will always keep smiling, and I will never let anything, or anyone get the better of me. You can get knocked down 100 times, but then pick yourself back up 1000 times better, and stronger. 

ALWAYS HOLD ONTO THE INNER CHILD THAT RESIDES WITHIN YOU
When you're a child, you are so much more innocent, and carefree. As you grow older, you become aware of all the issues with society, and all of the expectations that have been constructed, and especially during your teenage years, you can easily become influenced, and just give in to becoming what you don't want to become. I think it's good for people to always have a part of their childhood inside them that comes out every so often. For me, it comes out within my sense of humour, my bubbly personality, the fact that I can be spontaneous, and adventurous, and that I like going to festivals, concerts, and social events where I can be hyper, and lose myself. I used to go to the woods most times I'd meet my ex boyfriend, and we'd literally just wander around, take outfit photos for my blog (back in the day haha!), listen to music, talk, and have snacks! It wasn't really much, but it didn't cost tonnes of money, we were in nature, and we were just being young teenagers together, and I enjoyed making those memories, because they just remind me of letting my inner child come out to play. I also display her through my imagination, and my poetry writing!

DREAM WITHOUT FEAR AND LOVE WITHOUT LIMITS
Don't let anything, or anyone hold you back in this one life that you're given. Your dreams are yours, and you can make them come true if you never give up, or let them go. Don't be afraid, and don't let restrictions stand in your way. Don't create imaginary barriers for yourself. Don't be too scared to try new things, and step out of your comfort zone. Give love to everyone that you interact with, and come across in this life. Don't let them turn you into someone who is cold-hearted. Even if you know that they don't love you as much as you love them, continue loving them regardless. Loving people is so important, and it will help you to be better, happier, and stronger. We need more love in the world, and you have so much to give, so never stop sprinkling it out like it's magic dust. 

I really hope you enjoyed reading this post! I've loved writing it, and I've loved reminiscing on the life lessons that I've learnt. 

I'm going to miss being 16, but it's now time to say take the lessons, the blessings, and the memories with me along the rest of life's journey, say goodbye, and embrace the new chapter - 17. 

Bring. It. On.

Lots of love always,


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