The A to Z of me

I have been spending a lot of time recently networking with other bloggers and spending time to read there blogs, one I really love is Jemma’s DorkFace, I recently read her A to Z of me post, which inspired me straight away to write an A to Z of myself, so you can get to know me better.

I often find writing about myself a massive challenge so I have done my best here…

Hi. This is me!!

A if for ALEX
OK so the first bit is easy. Hi, I’m Alex, for short. Alexandra-Jade for long. BUT I hate being called my full name, because it feels like I am being told off. (I’m not saying I hate the name. I just hate feeling told off)

B is for BROTHER
I only have 1 sibling, and 1 is enough hey. My younger brother, Matthew. What can I say about him? well, As brothers go he is pretty awesome.

C is for CREATIVE and COFFEE
I couldn’t just pick one for C. In fact 2 words is just the shortlisted version because I can think of tons of words beginning with C that relate to me and I kept changing what I was going to write about so I’ve kept 2 that I think are most relevant.
Firstly I am a very creative person, I love crafts, photography, writing and drawing. Pretty much anything creative and full of colour gets my heart pumping.
Also! Coffee is a massive part of my life I can’t cope till I have had my cup of coffee in the morning. Doesn’t matter what kind of coffee I love exploring new choices and socialising with a brew!

D is for DISNEY
I absolutely love Disney! anyone who knows me will know that! I couldn’t even tell you my favourite character or film, because there’s just too many! I wouldn’t even know where to start! and that’s the truth! at the beginning of this year we took a trip to DisneyLand which was a dream come true, you can read about that here.

<3

E is for EMMA
Emma is my partner, she is my world, so she is definitely part of me. Next year were planning on getting married! and this year is a very busy year for us too! We can literally spend hours and days together and we don’t fight. I love the fact that I found love and a best-friend in her.

F is for FRIENDS
I am actually referring to the TV show. I literally can’t seem to get bored of watching Friends. I seem to somehow manage to watch this daily. I’ve probably watched the reruns 100 times per episode! and I am not ashamed to admit it. Oh and yes, I am one of those people who quotes Friends.

G is for GLITTER
Glitter is definitely a passion of mine. It does not matter whether it is glittery nails or a phone case, I love to have a bit of sparkle in my life.

H is for HEALTH
Health is a good word for me, my health sucks! Im constantly in hospital, I have LPHS, IBS, PCO and some. My health is something I’m always fighting and it gets me down a lot. But I keep going.

I is for INK
So far I have 4 small tattoos, but I definitely have the buzz for getting inked up! and I am planning to get some bigger ones in the future! Ironically I am shit scared of needles!

J is for JOURNALING
I am a deep thinker. In fact I over think, so journalling is a big part of me as well. I love to blog (obviously) and bullet journal and memory keep! which all link well together so I’m passionate about writing my thoughts.

K is for KNOWLEDGE
I am one of those annoying people who always wants to learn, in fact I love to learn new things. Trivia question quizzes are my favourite.

L is for LLAMAS
Ok so it is a toss between llamas and alpacas so I am cheating here slighting because I class them in the same category and I would love an alpaca.

M is for MUSICALS and I mean broadway baby! I love musical theatre and used to take part in a musical society peforming on stage. My favourite musical is RENT!

N is for NAILS
One of my biggest obsessions is my nails! I love my nails looking nice! I own my own gel lamp and I’m constantly ordering new colours on eBay. Hopefully one day I’ll do an official nail gelling course.

O is for Original
Original is something I see myself as, Im pretty certain you won’t meet another me. Well I bloody hope not.

P is for PINK
One of my favourite colours, of course, it had to be PINK!

Q is for QUIRKY ok I admit it. I couldn’t think of another word for Q. But quirky is a cool word. I wouldn’t say I’m normal. Or adverage. I’m just a bit quirky.

R is for READING
I love reading. I can literally have multiple books on the go at once! and thats not including the ones I have downloaded to my iPad!

S is for STATIONARY
If you have read any of my other blog posts you should know already I am a stationary hoarder and proud. I love my paper and pens with a passion.

T is for TESTS
When it comes to things that I hate Tests are at the top of my list. I have pretty much a phobia of tests which has always effected me through school and work! especially the kind of test where its pen and paper. I have total freak outs.

U is for UNICORNS
I have a special unicorn teddy named uni!

V is for VAMPIRES
From unicorns to vampires, That works right? well it does for me, I love Vampire films and stories!

W is for WAITING ROOMS
I feel like waiting rooms are a big part of my life! Im constantly at the doctors, hospital and other places that have waiting rooms. The bane of my life.

X is for ….
Ok so I have failed for the letter X. There really isn’t many words beginning with x now is there?

Y is for YANKEE
As a candle lover it is no suprise that I have a passion for Yankee

Z is for ZOO The zoo is one of my favourite places to go to especially as we have Marwell annual passes. Any excuse to go see Rica the sloth.

And there we go. The alphabet of AlexaJade.

If anyone else can think of a word that would relate to me I would love to hear what it is in the comments below.

Are we becoming too addicted to social media?

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Hands up if you know yourself, that you are hooked. You literally enjoy spending hours upon hours online, maybe your chatting to friends? maybe or you have put another picture up on your account and your waiting to see how many likes that this one has reached, or maybe your one of the many people that brags about their social media following (innocently of ofcourse)! it could even be that you’ve tuned in to your favourite youtube idol for their weekly Vlog. Is your hand up? Mine is, and I do fully admit that.
This month has been a bad health month for me, and I am currently on long term sick whilst the hospital is investigating what the heck is up and whilst I’m struggling being off work, I have had a lot of time to myself. A lot of time scrolling on my phone, and the iPad… and then I’ll even turn the laptop on. Thats bad, isn’t it?
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest…. and the million others? Seriously, that takes up a lot of time to catch up on all the profiles we have! How many hours do you think the average person spends browsing a day?

The internet itself is now the most powerful way for anyone to become known! Talent ages are now taking to social sites such as instagram and youtube to look for the next big thing! and we all know that if your online presence is big enough it could just be you! we are all aiming for the same goal really are we not? and its not just talent that is being headhunted through the inter webs but businesses and major companies are relying on us the media users to advertise for them! The opportunity is out there and many are getting paid to post online! its crazy and wonderful! I mean the internet has developed in so many ways, but with every rainbow there’s rain! Social media, and the high standards being wanted has a stressful and serious side that needs to be understood before getting involved in such things.

Instagram is one of my most used apps!

Are we addicted to being online?

So what does it actually mean? to be addicted to social media? I would say that because in the 2019, the digital era is at its highest (and still growing) the addiction to social media acceptance is an unseen but overwhelming element of just life its self! Addiction is such a strong word, I didn’t really like it the first time I heard someone say ‘I’m literally addicted to’ such and such. but at the end of the day there is such a strong connection between addiction and a continues need/want to do something. There are so many factors and we can all get so addicted to checking our profiles at times. Who wouldn’t want to have the coolest status, and the most instagramable pictures to upload without even realise it had happened. How many times have you taken a photo! just to immediately say “this is so my next profile picture” Hmmm, That sounds like something I have said so many times!

Heres to deep thinking coming up…

Take a moment to think about this. How many followers do you have? 50? 100? 10000? it doesn’t matter how many! have you ever put something online that others have liked, shared, commented or reacted to in any way! and now another important question… do you know that person who interacted with you? it might sound silly, but could that person be idolising your profile as something they would like to be? have you even thought about it like that, I hadn’t but I knew that I was watching other people and I knew that I was setting goals in ambition to be the successful that they seem to have achieved. When you start to think about it the other way around, That is a bit scary right?

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A social media influencer can be anyone. We all know that there are influencers who has a large network of followers backing there accounts. This week I watched the BBC panorama documentary on the million dollar selfie! It was so interesting to watch, as an inspiring blogger I was able to take notes of where I could improve on getting my blogging journey getting myself out there and seen, as well as explanations on what social media influencers have done that have got themselves in major trouble. So this it was not a program sugar coating the dream life, because no one really wakes up in the morning with a flawless airbrushed photo ready look, do they? well I defiantly do not! the program was based on highlighting the problems that social media influencers have begun to face. How seriously scary is it that even a child under 16 can be influenced and conned into products being sold online, as a result of a social influencer advising this. I think anyone with an online account needs to take a minute to think about what they are doing, because really we as humans, do not know the true influence we are having. if you do not know the serious impact we are having on the viewers hitting like.

So here’s some things to consider…

  • Are you spending too much time online? if that’s a yes then please take a brake! You don’t need to post your whole life online! and taking a break from your phone means you have more time to create memories and you can’t do that if your not living!
  • Think about removing any content that you have posted that could have a negative effect on someone else! only you will know if this is something that you need to do!
  • Spread positive vibes with others, you never know when they need to hear some happy words that day!
  • Stop trying to create a picture perfect world! the world you have is already beautiful enough!

So what are your thoughts?

I would love to know your thoughts on social media. Do you believe that social media can be an addiction? or do you have an argument against this. Please leave a comment for me if you can.

Embracing the Vegan options!

In 2011 I got ill… and I mean really poorly, went on for months. After months of stomach clenching pain, I had to cut out most types of food that I really loved the most. Diary. Thats right, Cheese, milk, yogurt… They were all making me worse, I had developed Lacto intolerance. It always makes me laugh when people say ‘oh I couldn’t do that I love my cheese to much’ me too, I’ve had a naughty pizza now and then and really regretted it afterwards, but then when I had to cut out all things dairy, the free from section was not what it is now! It was rubbish, A few cartons of dairy free milk and some rubber tasting Dairy free cheese!

Now I wanna make this very clear! I am not Vegan. I have no intentions to become Vegan either I don’t think at this point, if I really thought for one minute I could live without meat, and especially eggs! I’d be kidding myself, I mean I swear that since me and Em started slimming world, we’ve been eating eggs pretty much every day!
I know a lot of people that wouldn’t consider a vegan option for 2 seconds. but if your like me having to find alternatives all the time. Vegan friendly, isn’t just for the eco warriors out there.

Since Veganism has become so fashionable (and Im sorry to use the word fashionable but it really does seem to be the IN thing!) The menu and food availability for non-dairy products has greatly improved!
A few weeks ago we went to TGI Fridays! they had Vegan brownie with orange sorbet on the menu! I was like in my element! … but then we went to Franky and bennies recently and O…M….G Vegan Ice-cream, and Vegan whipped cream! I had my first Ice cream Sunday in 6 years! So yeah to the advrage pudding lover, a ice cream sunday from the desserts menu isnt a big deal, but to go out for a special night out and not feel limited in what you can eat because there is plenty of dairy free items! crap that’s more then a novelty, thats a miracle.

Naughty but yummy!

Now whenever I go to a restaurant, or Im shopping I check because if its marked Vegan, its safe for me to eat! (and 9 times out of tend a healthier option) so to anyone else struggling with Dairy free options! check out the Vegan safe options! its my favourite lesson learnt.

Selfless ideas this season

This is one of my favourite times of year. Christmas is a time where we come together with our families, The time for giving, I’m not just talking presents. 
Christmas is time to appreciate what we have, and who we have in our lives, because not everyone in this world has the same. 
So, I thought of some ideas, and some of these are still my goal for the future. 

Donate stuff you don’t need anymore to your local charity shop:

With Christmas just around the corner and the January sales looming close as Well we always seem to accumulate a lot of new things this time of year. Therefor nows the perfect opportunity to donate the stuff you don’t need any more to a good cause.

Shoe box presents for a homeless person:

I don’t really agree with giving money to people living on the streets because you can’t guarantee that it’s going to be spent on the right thing. A small gesture such as buying a meal deal or a hot drink could really make a difference to someone who’s having a low time. If you have more time though grab a shoe box and fill it with little bits like tooth paste, deodorant, dry food, winter warmers like a scarf. Basically a little care package that could help them through with the cold weather.

Be a good listener:

This time of year can be challenging. By taking the time to listen to someone could be a bigger gesture then what you think. We all need a friend when we really need support.

Donate some pet food/toys to an arc: 
Pets are in need too! and since some animal shelters survive only on donations, small gifts like this will really be appreciated by these furry little friends!

Volunteer at a homeless shelter:

I’ve never had the chance to do this yet. BUT, this is such a beautiful idea. Homeless shelters normally need volunteers to help with serving hot meals and keeping things going.

Show some appreciation:

Is there anybody that you see on a regular basis that always takes the time to smile and be polite!? Maybe it’s your regular cashier in your corner shop. Or your doctor. Or someone closer to you. Try taking a minute to write a thank you note, or a small card to make there day and feel appreciated.

I’m sure…

There is probably thousands more things you could do thisIs there anything else you do as a selfless act? Id love to hear your ideas.

The reasons I love Autumn…

With the end of October looming upon us, you have to admit that this year we have been so lucky to have such beautiful weather. I mean It’s hardly rained at all!, the sun continues to beam even now! which doesn’t feel the normal thing to be saying in October. I mean, I’m not wishing rainy crap British weather on us, but Im appreciating the fact we haven’t had it, Thats OK right?
Autumn is a such a lovely time of the year, and it always seems like it doesn’t last very long before the winter period hits. So I thought it would make sense to take a moment to talk about why I love Autumn so bloody much! So here is my list of what I love about it, and why I think this is the best season!

The Leaves changed colour…

There is nothing more beautiful then going on a woodland walk in Autumn. This weekend was a perfect chance to get outside and go out see nature at its best! Plus Autumn trees and wildlife is when I have taken some of my best photos!
Theres something really mood changing when you start seeing the leaves change, like an uplifter?

Seasonal drinks

I am a complete sucker for when it comes to a coffee fix! especially when is comes to a Latte, no matter what time of the year, I mean it could be a boiling day and I still love a hot coffee.
We all know that Autumn is here when Starbucks, and Costa bring out the Pumpkin Spice Latte, or their Bonfire Spiced Latte.  As soon as these hit the boards! I’m straight off the train heading to work and stopped by temptation most times to get one of these. It doesn’t help that both Starbucks and costa are next to each other opposite the train station, Its hard to avoid right?

Autumn Colours

As I’ve got older I have to admit the truth! I mean It kills me to say this, It really does, but it just Isn’t all about the pink any more! Horrifying I know! 
I have absolutely fallen In love with Autumn colours more and more recently! and Its brilliant!
I love the Autumn tones that Nature brings, as the leaves change, but not just that! The Autumn season fashion! My wardrobe Is actually coming away from constant dark and boring, took long enough! Burnt colours, in Oranges, Reds, Yellows. 
OH and I love my new mustardy yellow Jumper! 

It’s Pumpkin Season…

These lovelies are not just for halloween yanno! Although we will be carving out as a Hallow Eves treat!
Pumpkin picking is so much fun, and we headed to Pickwell Farm this weekend to choose our own Pumpkin treats off the fields! it was an amazing atmosphere! and so many people using the opportunity to pose with their loved one, I mean yeah,  we did! A few!
I can not wait to attempt to make something out of this beauty! Ive always wanted to try and make my own pumpkin Soup!

Cosy up time…

My final important reason, with the weather starting to be colder its the perfect excuse for a night in. There is just a warm blissed feeling about being able to snuggle under a cosy blanket! with your favourite  Film on (or a good book), Candles lit!, comfy PJs and Jigsaw puzzles! Perfect night in, can’t really argue with that hey?

There is just so much to do…

As soon as the end of September comes around seasonal activities are at there highest! and there is just so much to fit in!, Halloween, bonfire night, and then it will soon be Christmas! I love this time of year! 

It’s time to start thinking of those winter goals!

So with the Winter Season looming, Christmas is coming around the corner fast! I’m planning to sit down soon and set some seasonal goals! 
I’m always mentioning that time is going by way too quickly! and with that being said I am not wanting to see opportunities pass untouched! 
I’m always looking for ideas and goals on things to do! so shout me in the comments with your Winter goals!