Saturday, 30 September 2017

October Goals 2017

It's been months since I wrote a goals post, and after seeing so many inspirational ones flying round Bloglovin and my Blogger feed recently, I wanted to share my own goals for the upcoming month. I think it's so important to have goals to keep you motivated and help you continue to improve your life and self!

CREATE A BALANCE BETWEEN LIFE AND BLOG. One of the things I really struggled with in recent months is trying to blog and have a personal life at the same time. I stopped blogging to focus on GCSE's, but found myself getting unmotivated to continue after exams were over. It was all to do with pushing myself to get back at it, but it's only recently that I have been able to do so - and I'm feeling very happy to be back!

KEEP MAKING NEW FRIENDS. I hope to keep making friends and surround myself with positive and happy people, come Sixth Form. I've always been good at making friends, so I am enjoying making more at the moment. I'm was so excited to start, and already can't wait to share interests and passions with similar minded people - and learn aomething new from them!

HEALTH KICK. A typical goal, I know but I want to really keep on improving my health and wellbeing. Body confiidence issues have always been a major insecurity of mine, and I know I feel a lot healthier and happy when I make an effort to keep myself feeling good. I aim to start eating a lot cleaner, and I'm excited for the walks that I will have to do travelling between each campus at Sixth Form - hopefully these will refresh me a little and my body will enjoy the gentle exercise.

MAKE THE MOST OF EACH DAY. I always try to do this anyway, but as I am coming into two years of unfamilar education I want to better myself even more. I think it's so important to make sure to treat each day like it's your last, so to say, and make sure you are proud of what you have achieved. My plans are to plan and complete a to-do list each day, or something of equal importance like finishing an entire season of Friends - choice is yours ;)

What are your October goals?

Saturday, 23 September 2017

What Have I Been Reading Recently?

*this post was found in my drafts that I wrote a while ago and forgot about! A little outdated, but I still wanted to post it as there are some good books mentioned!*

For those who are new to this blog, you may not know I am a big fan of reading! I love settling down to bed with a book and cup of tea in hand for half an hour before I go to bed. Reading is something is that is really relaxing for me, and for those who feel the same way some of the following books might interest you too. I appreciate that not everyone likes reading, but even if you don't maybe you like the sound of some of my recently read.

Am I Normal Yet? 
This is a book that really opened up my eyes to what it is to live with anxiety and OCD, and made me appreciate it so much more. It's funny, heartfelt and an easy read. It covers all topics from first relationships to thoughts from anxiety sufferers, and me being a typical teenage girl fell in love with it.

Pride and Prejudice
To be honest, the only reason I am reading this is because it was set to read for an English assignment! It is a tricky read, due to the old language but it has been nice to concentrate on a book and really try to understand the purpose of the words instead of just briefly reading them. I am enjoying the storyline so far, and I think it definitely helped that I went to see a play production of it before I read this, which might be an idea for those interested. 

Listen To The Moon
Michael Morpurgo books tend to make me tear up with his emotional words, but this story seemed to stand out to me on the shelf. It is a really good mystery tale, and has the suspense building up until the very end. This is good for slow to advanced reader, and being an advanced reader myself I thoroughly enjoyed this! 

More Than This
This is another suspense book, which had me thinking until the very end. The book is very cleverly written which I enjoyed as it includes a series of flashbacks, current day and a constant danger which is my kind of book! This isn't a difficult book to read, however it is quite long so that might be something to consider if you don't like that kind of book.

What books have you been reading recently?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Sound Intone Bluetooth Headphones Review

I've always been a earplug gal, maybe due to ease of use, or maybe due to my lack of ever owning some proper headphones, so when I decided to bite the bullet and buy some headphones for the first time lets just say I was pretty excited. These headphones are from Amazon (buy here), retailed for £17.99 and lets just say - I'm in love. They are white, rose gold and really cute which are obviously the most important quality of headphones, I know.

*Just linking the headphones to this post had me realising that they no longer sell the rose gold ones, but they do silver ones and other nice alternatives*

Seriously though, these headphones are amazing for what you get for the price. They have cushioned headphone parts (wow, Paige nice one) which mean they are really comfy around the ears, as well as having a adjustable head strap so you can adjust it to fit your own head. The sound quality is really great, and stays the same depending on whether you use the snazzy Bluetooth feature or the classic wired method. 

The Bluetooth mode is a lifesaver, they remind me of what the Apple AirPlugs would be like in headphone form, if I owned them aha! I connect them to my iPhone 7 with no issues at all, they connect really quickly and the sound quality is amazing. The range is also incredible - I can leave my phone upstairs and go downstairs with no issue for the majority of the house, it only starts to crackle at around 13m ish. The other connection method to your phone is a provided white aux cable, which I find so useful. You can also connect these headphones to the radio, but that is a mode I have yet to actually use aha! 

I am so pleased I bought these at such a bargain from Amazon! The delivery was super quick as well, and you get such good quality headphones for less than £20, which I think is amazing. In terms of durability, I have owned these for about 2 months now and they have been through travelling, heavy use and still are in tip top condition - whoo hoo! 

What headphones do you wear? Which ones do you recommend?

Saturday, 9 September 2017

What's In My School Bag 2017

Wahayy - back again for another installment of what's in my school bag! These are one of my favourite posts and topics to read/watch, so I am so excited to write this. This year, I'm heading to sixth form, so the equipment I need is slightly different to what I would use in secondary school - I've gathered the things I think I need but I can always pick up more stuff if I have forgotten anything!

My school bag is the Dune Taupe Grained Tote Bag, retailed at £65.00 - I can't find it on the Dune website, but I bought mine for £39.99 at TK Maxx - buy here! I really like this bag, it's really big and roomy to carry all of my school stuff. It feels really good quality as well, so I'm hoping it lasts so I can use it for everyday life after school!

Here is a quick overview of what I will be carrying in my everyday bag; fineliners, felt tips, refill pad, A4 plastic wallet, pencil case, highlighters and a thermal flask. I find that all this fits really easily in my school bag, and it leaves plenty of room for my lunchbox should I feel like making my own lunch that day. The thermal flask is from Primark for £5, and I love it! I think it will be perfect for the morning's where I want to take a hot drink in with me!

I plan to write all my notes in the refill pad during lessons and put them into the plastic wallet after writing them to save them from getting creased and crumpled. Then, when I get home I can transfer these notes into the big folders I bought for each subject I am doing. This saves me from carrying all the folders with me in the day, and also allows me to have a lighter bag by not carrying several notebooks at the same time!

Look how cute these pastel highlighters are! I bought my pack of 6 from Ryman for £3.49 - again, I can't find the deal I bought them for online but try heading into stores to see what deals they have! I know that pastel highlighters are not a necessity, but I think they will be really useful for studying and organising notes. In terms of other stationery, I just bought some regular Bic biros (aka my favourite pen), some Wilko pencils, all in one rubber/sharpener and a ruler!

When are you going back to school? What's in your school bag?

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Best Places To Shop Sales

I'm just going to put my hands up now and say - I love sales shopping. I find that you can buy so many great bargains from shops that sell great products that may provide a dint in some people's bank accounts, especially when adding up lots of products. I've gathered my favourite places to grab sales bargains, whether they have great discounts or wide varieties of sales - they all have, in my opinion, sales worth checking out.

H&M. I love a good H&M sale, and they seem to have them very frequently - which is fab for cheap new clothes on the regular! I personally like the H&M store sales more than online, as I can get a better idea on how the clothes look but it is all down to personal preference. H&M have great quality clothes which are on trend, and easy to wear!

Lush. I love Lush sales, I think they mostly do sales after Christmas but the discount you get is amazing. Even though I love browsing Lush throughout the year, £3-£4 for a bathbomb is super expensive (don't come at me) so I love getting them at a fraction of the price. You can buy these in store and online, I haven't had the chance to buy in store sales before, but if you wanted to avoid massive online queues in store shopping is certainly an option.

Topshop. I know, I know, Topshop is really expensive - but it is a hell of a lot cheaper than normal prices. Despite the usual expense though, the quality of clothes is practically unbeatable as they are such a good make - and getting the same quality at fraction of the price? Yes please. I like browsing both online and in store, online to get a initial feel of what's on sale and in store for trying clothes on and purchasing. You can also find some gems in store that are on sale, which perhaps wouldn't be online!

Primark. Primark isn't so much a 'sales' shop as it is an all round cheap shop, but I for one have noticed such a improvement in quality these past few years! It is slowly becoming more expensive, but the quality is great - equal to other stores with a much bigger price tag. I like getting staple bits from Primark as they have great seasonal clothing and home-ware!

What are your best places to shop for sales?