Time is Precious

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

'Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters'. 
Take from that what you will. Whether you've had the 2016 of your dreams or if you wanted bigger things, just know that there is always more time, you can change things this time around. Time helps us learn. Time helps us grow. Time shows us what is important to us.

Even though this year has been a happy one for me, I've also found that I've learned lots of hard life lessons and I finally realise that I've been holding back from myself for some time. I now know that it's okay to do things for yourself, even if others don't approve. It's okay to prefer to spend some time alone rather than in some crowded bar every Saturday. Its okay to put you first. 
There are also a few things that I regret not doing in 2016 and I'm not about to sit around and let that happen again. There are lots of things I'd like to do this year but not everything has to be perfectly aligned in a journal, there will be time for everything, whenever it decides to happen.
Do things on the whim. Go on crazy adventures and lose yourself in your surroundings. Be spontaneous. Laugh lots and do what makes you happy.

In this frame of mind I've decided that, instead of resolutions, this year I will be writing a kind of 'bucket list'; things I'd like to do before the sun sets on 2017, some are wild, some are not -  but they are all things that would make me happy, and I will make time for all of them.

I really want to improve my photography skills and abandoned places seem to be calling me. There's something warmly eerie about places that were once bustling with activity and are now left for the earth to claim. I've got my eye on Denbigh Hospital in North Wales as a starting point, and me and my cousin are planning a trip there sometime this year.

There is a lot of stipulation and negativity surrounding this procedure but this is something I have wanted done for some time (particularly since having Elias). People have always put me off with negativity and horror stories but I've finally decided that its my body and my money which will be paying for the procedure so I'm going to damn well do it if I want to. I have my preliminary consultation booked for January 3rd in the Spire Southampton hospital and I'm planning on having the surgery in December 2017.

I'm not talking the usual 'I wanna drop 5 stone by February', I mean I really want to take care of my body. I want to give it more of what it needs; water, vitamins, good things. If I lose some weight then fantastic, but its not my main goal. Most days I'll go all day without having anything to drink and I know that's terrible, but its completely unintentional. I've bought myself a water infuser bottle in the hopes that it'll encourage me to drink more and start giving my body the hydration it needs.

I'll be the first to admit that my blog has been put on the backburner a bit this year, but I finally feel like I know what direction it is going in and I'm ready to network and work my butt of with it. I love blogging and I don't want to lose out on the wonderful friends and opportunities it brings so I'm going to take control and steer things where I want them to go.

Ever since I travelled to New York in 2009 I've been aching to go back and explore more of America. Like most people, I would love see the big sights; to visit New England in the Fall or stand in the crowd and smile as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade passes by, but the thing I want to do most is visit the country - Raleigh, Georgia, Texas. Expense is the main thing that stopped me so far but I would love to find a way to do it this year.

I absolutely love the theatre. Its so exciting to watch the curtain come up and the story unfold. The costumes and sets are spectacular and the singing is infectious and I would love to experience more of that in 2017. There are so many great theatres close by to us and I want to take advantage of that and see as many performances as I can.


I have been wanting to take up a fitness class for a while now, not just to keep fit but to help me clear my head and de-stress. After some research as to whats on offer in my area I came across Aerial Silk classes at TigerTone Studio. This always looks so graceful and beautiful and I think it would be such a thrill to (try to) learn. As with most things, practice makes perfect, so I am looking forward to dedicating some weekly time to this.

What is on your 2017 bucket list?

Online Shopping Tips + Tricks

Thursday, 8 December 2016

I am a girl who likes to shop. There's no two ways about it. But, I'm also a mum. I don't have endless amounts of money to spend on myself anymore so every penny counts when it comes to shopping for things I love. Like most people, I like a bargain, but I'm not into waiting around for steals to fall into my lap, so I've put together this post featuring my 5 top tips on getting what you want at a reasonable price.

I've found that one of the best ways to score a discount from your fave online stores is to fill your basket with the items you want to purchase, and then, shock horror, close the tab. Within a few hours, the store will panic that you haven't checked out and will offer you a discount on your basket. NewLook and Boohoo are serials at this. I've been offered up to 20% discount to complete my checkout - which saves some serious dollar. Its worth noting that you must be signed into your store account for the store to send you discount codes.

I've only recently discovered online outlets, but they are seriously the bomb! I mostly find them through eBay, really, but they have been a dream come true. The Boohoo eBay outlet is one of my faves as they list items which can also be found on their mother website for up to half of the price - and they offer free delivery on some items! I recently bought a bodysuit, a jumper and a coat through their outlet, which came in at £16, but would have cost me £32 on their mother site - stealllll! I also find the OhPolly eBay outlet a godsend as they offer discounted prices on many of the items found on their mother site, and their designs are gorgeous!

We all know that delivery charges are a major pain in the arse. But, fear not, there are ways to avoid them! I have found that visiting online stores at key times throughout the day and week really affects the delivery cost on your order. PrettyLittleThing usually offer free next day delivery before 12pm or £1 next day delivery later in the day. Boohoo are great for delivery offers, offering £1.99 next day delivery up until midday and free or £1 NDD from midday-3pm, they have also just launched a premier delivery service in which you pay £9.99 upfront and you will be entitled to free, unlimited NDD for a year.
NewLook aren't all that great for delivery offers but they do have a collect in store option which saves you from having to pay any delivery fee - you will have to wait a few days to collect your order but it'll save you £4 - in fact, many sites offer this so keep an eye out!
It's all about getting the timing right so check out whats around - it's worth noting, too, that you can usually get special offers on Fridays and bank holidays with many sites, and you can check Facebook pages or snap feeds for exclusive discounts - Gerard Cosmetics are hot on this!

Online thrifting is still relatively new to me, but I have found it to be a worthwhile endeavor. I often see something online that I would absolutely love to splurge on but just cant justify doing so. So, I take to listing sites like eBay where you can search for a specific item and often find it brand new with tags and labels for a fraction of the price. I recently did this with a gorgeous wrap choker top I spotted on PrettyLittleThing at £20, I simply typed the item name into the eBay search engine and there it appeared, brand new with tags for half the price! Score.
Even though its not strictly thrifting, I have grown an unhealthy obsession for ASOS, they offer pieces from hundreds of different online stores (as well as their own pieces) at discounted prices. If you're thrifting furniture or other larger items then its worth checking out the Gumtree or Shpock apps to find them at a bargain price. They may be previously loved, but you can assess the quality in person before buying or even think about up-cycling.

Sales are not strictly seasonal online like they are in stores, you will always find a 'Sale' or 'Clearance' section on your fave site where you can find bargain pieces that you can pick up throughout the year. Of course you'll find the bigger sales and discounts at key dates throughout the year; Black Friday, Boxing Day and the like, but its worth checking out the sale section throughout the year if there's something you just cant hold out for.

Happy Shopping!