7 must have apps for bloggers

Generally,  we spend so much time using our mobile phones. Phones are not just phones anymore, they are more like mini personal assistants. As a blogger, if we are not tied to the computer the chances are we’re steaming from the iPad or phone, or maybe that is just me?  Whether it is checking social media, reading through a million emails,  which I as a person can be quite bad at doing, It is probable that it is blog related in some form. 

So what apps are best for blogging? Well, these are my top 7 personal preference, these apps I connect to me promoting and building my blog. 

Canava

This had to be my first mention, because Canava has literally become my favourite app for making blog graphics and logos! I also find it useful for some of my other hobbies (I’ve recently been using Canava to make labels for penpaling) Canava is great and has a wide range of stock photos that you can use and include on your blog, and their is a free version. It is deffintly worth checking this one out.

Twitter

Have I mentioned how much I have fallen in love with Twitter recently? I use this alot more then I do facebook, and I have met so many friends and learnt so much through the blogging community just by being on twitter. not only the massive community and support that being on twitter has given me though, Twitter is great for promoting your work.

This graphic also made on Canva!

BlogLovin

I am still a new user to Blog Lovin! but I am loving this more and more everyday!

Pinterest

I am often saying ‘Pinterest is life’ Im constantly inspired by others, and I am able to share my own pins promoting my ideas with links to my blog, Its a social platform heaven. I would suggest to any new blogger to take a look into pinterest in a heartbeat.

WordPress

Depending on your blogger platform you should definitely have your blogging app installed to your devices, this will keep you up to date with your blog constantly, and does not really need a big explanation for being a top app.

OneNote

When I do not have one of my many note books to score down my thoughts and blog ideas for later, Im using OneNote? Now Why would someone who owns a million notebooks need a digital one?
I have One Note installed on all devices, I keep digital back ups of most of my notes, and I always try to use One Note when Im out somewhere where I don’t have access to a pen and paper, After all you never know when your gonna have a brain wave. If your not a massive stationary fan, then you definitely need to consider OneNote for blog planning.

Hoote Suite

Finally Hoote Suite, This is a great app for scheduling content to multiple social media accounts. I’m also a fan of the calendar view that this app had to show when your posts are scheduled for!

What apps do you use to keep your blog on its toes?

Everyday self-care ideas

Is there anything that you do that makes you feel good today?, Actually forget good. Thats a boring word. If you can sit there and say today my day was, what imaginative word would you use. Mine, Today my day was unique!
I had a massive anxiety attack because I had the dentist, I hate the dentist. I literally was fine all morning, I got to the waiting room and that was it. I couldn’t control my panic attack.

I know how easy it is to become blind to the positives in life, Especially when it comes to our mental health. Even when there good things staring at us right in the face, sometimes, for no reason at all, and for no fault of our own, we let our anxiety or depression win.
I have recently become addicted to those books, that I suppose fall into the Self-help category at Waterstones! (Not that I actually go to the actual book shop, its definitely about Amazon Prime buying!)
I love the quotes and inspiration that you can adopt from these books, sometimes I could be reading a few paragraphs of something, and think crap! this is me! Anxiety overtaking comes naturally to me. Its not just about the words, it will be ok, is not always good enough, and our actions influence everything, especially how we feel.
Looking after your own mental health isn’t just about how you feel on what day, and it is definitely not about just talking it through, our actions and mindset put together has a massive impact on our lives on a day to day basis.
So as January is is the month for talking fresh goals, being positive and having an even better year than the last one, These things I class as self care for me, everyone is different, so although they may not work for you, I hope some of my ideas help someone!

Bubble Bath, Bath Bombs, Candles and maybe a little wine!:
When its been a long day, or when your feeling a bit down, or just for no reason at all. It’s more about the giving yourself time to relax, chill, and let any stress, threats or anxiety fade.

Bath bombs are even more exciting when they are colourful!

Be creative:
It doesn’t matter what your creativity is, always take the time to actually do it! It could be spending hours with your drawing books, or colouring pad, or something a bit more technical. I literally surround my self by different hobbies and crafty things, I love the feeling of accomplishment for what ever you’ve achieved, is enough. Plus somethings are a great distraction, like colouring!

Surround yourself with Colour, Beauty, and your favourite things:
I always say that my favourite colour is glitter, Its shiny and so pretty. It makes me feel content! If its not glitter, its pink, its colourful. When you surround yourself by the things you love, you will always find something that will be able to make you happy.

Make your favourite hot drink, in your favourite mug:
I have a million mugs (a bit of an exaggeration, kinda) but I defenitly have my fav, I love using.

Spend more time on you:
Spending time on you could be absolutely anything,It could be spending an evening pampering yourself, with Hair treatments and painting your nails, to spending a few hours with your favourite book Giving yourself ‘me time’ is such a vital thing that makes us all feel good. As long as your going some thing that is making you feel happy, then what ever it is it’s a good thing!

Visit your favourite place:
Last year me and Em have had Marwell Zoo passes, and we are definitely going to be renewing them for another years access to the Zoo, its given us the excuse to get out and more active, and I’m hoping to use it even more this year. If its not Marwell, its bournemouth beach. We’ve created so many amazing memories on days just out and relaxing. Make a list of your favourite places and make sure you take every possible opportunity to go!

The road is your oyster

Get organised!:
My anxiety always seems to go out of control when I don’t feel organised enough, whether its arranging something, or just something general. Making lists, adjust your routine, using reminders, sticky notes, and updating my calendar always seems to make me feel better. I would always make this a suggestion when things seem to be manic.

What are your tips for self care that makes your day to day routine? It could be something you do everyday! or once in a while! what ever it is, I’d love to hear your ideas!

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.

Stocking filler ideas you can’t really go wrong with.

Tis the season to be jolly and The season for giving. So with only 20 days left till the big day, time is beginning to run thin. At this point present buying can become quite stressful, especially when you are clueless.  Christmas shopping has probably has about 3 levels. Super organised and Finished their Christmas shopping by November. Those who have not even started yet, and I literally mean those who haven’t brought one single present. Then there is those who will probably do it all Christmas eve. Which one are you? Because I am definitely stuck in the middle at the moment!

Christmas gifts never replace the gift of love

Were now all asking the question of what to buy, and so I have created my list of stocking filler ideas that you can’t really go wrong with when creating the Christmas sacks for our loved ones. and this 

Socks
I can’t be the only person in the world who has a slight sock obsession I mean who doesn’t love a few good pairs of socks!? Decorative ones of-course! 

Smelly’s 
Bubble Bath, Bath Bombs, Body sprays, Perfumes, Candle and the list goes on! Everyone baths, everyone likes to be clean and smell nice! so Smelly things are perfect as stocking fillers for Christmas!

Choccies
For years my mum has always put some chocolate coins in are stocking, along with an orange! Its like a must! 

Bed-wear
Its winter, its cold at night! Lazy days are always a possibility. Whats better than a pair of pyjamas, who wouldn’t want to receive these in their christmas gifts?

Mugs
A cute mug, or maybe a funny one, Mugs can never go a miss! even if that person owns way too many (like me)

Things to do
Books, DVDs, Puzzles, and crafty things. So many things that you could include in a stocking. Sometimes the little things are the best things a person could ever receive. 

One last thing….

The most important thing that you remember when you go out shopping this year, that it isn’t what you buy. Christmas isn’t about how much money you spend. It is certainly not about how many presents are under the tree. It’s the time you spend with your loved ones, putting arguments aside. Making memories, and living life to it merriest.  Good luck!

Garson’s at Christmas

We all have our favourite places to visit at this time of year, but sometimes its the simplest places that have the most festive atmosphere! One of my favourite types of days out is a little trip out to the Garden Centres we have around Hampshire. 

Who can say no too coffee and cake?

This week we took a trip out to Garson’s in Titchfield, and it honestly is such a lovely family friendly place to visit during the Christmas season. Since we got there early, we decided to take a trip upstairs to the cafe for a Costa Coffee and cake! It was lovely seeing how busy it was, with friends and families clearly doing the festive walk round like us.  If you get a chance. I would definitely suggest that  a trip up there! 

Hello I’m Frosty, and I am real cute!


One of my favourite things about Garson’s is seeing the reindeer, that they have come to visit throughout the month. Frosty aged 7, and Cloudy aged 3. Speaking to the staff looking after them, these 2 have been rescued from the wildlife were they were being hunted. which is so sad to think that anyone would hurt such a beautiful animal. There is nothing more magical then seeing little kids faces light up as they are introduced with these furry friends. I mean they do live busy lives having to head back to the North Pole soon, to be ready to head out with Santa Clause, Hey? 

There is so much to get in and look at whilst you are there that you can easily loose hours by wondering round a garden centre just like Garson’s. The staff at Garson’s have clearly put so much effort in to their lovely displays. With Singing Santas, A train that kind reminds me of the one heading to Hogwarts, and twinkle lights galore! Garden centres are just the perfect way to make you feel the Christmas festive spirit. it is so easy to get carried away! 

#effyourbeautystandards

I am definitely one of those girls who really loves picking up magazines and reading the page to page. There’s nothing better then chilling with a cup of coffee whilst flicking through a glossy mag! And with that I am literally addicted to reading cosmopolitan magazine, and have been for years.

This months cosmopolitan magazine cover has sparked a media debate which quite frankly I found shocking.

Tess Holiday is an inspirational woman who made it to the cover of this months cosmopolitan. For anyone who does not know who Tess Holiday is she is a 300 pound supermodel. Thats a UK size 26!Β 

quoting cosmopolitan themselves Holiday goes from living in a trailer park, to becoming a supermodel icon.

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I absolutely admire how this woman has not let her curves stop her from doing what she wants in life! I mean let’s face it, what do you sit and think when you think about the stereotypical model? Skinny? Flawless skin? Tall? And certainly no imperfections allowed.

With a kick ass attitude is encouraging woman of all shapes and sizes, to be them self in every way possible, and so many people have joined her in a instagram campaign #effyourbeautystandards. 

The internet and social media is now a very dangerous place that so many girls are falling into its trap where the so called perfect image, wether it comes to body image, fashion or lifestyle can be Filtered, photoshopped and faked so well that it seems real, and the high standards that we try to aim for, really is not possible after all. Lets face it we are all criminal to going the extra mile to make our photos look perfect…er ? 
If we slow down for 5 minutes could we not just start appreciating what we already have ? Love our lives, selfs and bodies for what they just are. 

As a dedicated ‘Cosmopolitan’ magazine buyer and reader! I am absolutely appalled by Piers Morgans recent tweeted aimed at this months front cover of Tess Holiday! To the point I had to mention this. I mean we go from expressing ourselves, finding body confidence and being who you are (and not to mention not giving a fuck about what any one else thinks) to a low blow comment like this? 
It’s clear that he is supporting empowerment to the full, hey?

Im not saying that being over weight is a healthy body image! but there are thousands of woman above a size 12. Just because you’ve got curves, it does not mean you can’t do anything. we are all just as beautiful, sexy, ambitious, and amazing as one another. I really do think Holidays next tweet should be at Piers Morgan himself, just to say #Effyourbeautystandards.