And here we are… in November!

Happy November! Is anyone else feeling pretty excited that its less than 2 months till Christmas now? which means its even less time till the Christmas decorations come out! EEEE, I love the day that we put our tree up! I can not wait. October sped by us pretty quickly. Ofcourse, hoping that you all had a spooky Halloween! Yesterday we had brilliant fun, as we went trickle treating and carved pumpkins yesterday with friends.

November has come as almost a shock, not even realising October had flown past so fast, bad I know. This year has really sped by under the circumstances. I feel like it has only been 5 minutes since we were getting back from the most amazing adventures at Disney Land Paris. God that was a good time! I wish I was back at that moment, I went there with a girlfriend and came back to be honoured to call her my Fiancé.

This was one of my favourite moments!

Big news…

As some of you already know or read back in past posts, I have had a complete rollercoaster of time lately. Especially with my health taking a massive nose dive back in February. After countless visits to the doctor’s surgery and hospital, Major surgery and constant flow of scans. I can still say I am none the wiser really with what has been wrong, or is wrong with me now.

With the major disappointing time with leaving my job, I have finally begun to put myself out for some major changes.
I have been spending some time, writing business plans, countless lists, and getting the business ready I am taking the massive leap of faith. Heading into the world of the self-employed! (Argh, I know right! Whoah, Brave?)

So what will I be doing for work?

Since it is me that is talking here, I am pretty sure, that you know that it isn’t going to be completely straight forward. I’m going to be doing a mixture of things, including buying and selling, continuing with my blog & craft. Since I got my Cricut, I am crafting even more than ever before. I am also working on a special project right now! But I will be keeping this completely secret! It is basically a watch this space kind of things.
Taking this time in my leap forward to appreciate everything that I already have, every experience that I have received and using them to build and grow.

Obviously I am well aware that this is going to be far from an easy ride but I have my motivated and determined cap on. Im already getting myself ready to learn more skills, and practice the ones I already have. (like the organisation and the book keeping).

So what are my goals this November?

  1. To continue to remain focused on building my business, and not give up on what I am doing!
  2. To bring more blog posts per week and get organised to media and content.
  3. Craft more! I’m hoping to be doing some fairs around Christmas, to sell what I have already created.
  4. Make an Etsy store!
  5. Take every opportunity that comes at me!

Thats enough for now right?

So that is it for now! and To be honest, I think that those goals are pretty big enough to keep me going for more than a month, well that’s the plan anyway.
All I can say now is bring on December! when it gets even busier.

Love you All …

Alexa xxx

Taking a look at Pretty Peachy subscription box

This post contains gifted items.

The thing I love about the variety of subscription boxes that we have available to us, every order is a little bit like Christmas no matter where you are in the year.
With subscription boxes, you truly do not know what is inside until you have received the box, and your opening it up for yourself. I seem to get a rush of excitement and anticipation to find out what is inside when the latest box falls through my front door!

I am a big fan when it comes to subscription boxes and this month I have been lucky enough to partner with Pretty Peachy Co. These guys are a relatively new company who are providing us with some pretty awesome subscription boxes, “The PEACHY BOX containing 5 goodies, including skincare, haircare, makeup, jewellery and so much more!”. So I am very excited to be sharing with you guys my thoughts on the box that I received from them.

Before I start talking about how much I love the box I received from the Pretty Peachy team let me give you 5 reasons why I love subscription boxes.

The content is random, and a surprise every time.

I love receiving my subscription boxes on an unexpected day! another reason to smile!

Subscription boxes can contain items that are more expensive then the box itself! I love a good find!

Some items in the box can also be a try before you buy! as you can get hooked to new products!

They are just FUN. Plain and simple. Ok?

Talking inside the box…

Firstly I would really like to point out how pretty and eye-catching the box is. I really like the packaging, the peach and pastel-coloured box is a pretty awesome design! I love that inside they have included a selection of sparkly gems. The gems added the nicest touch to the box when opening up and seeing them glistening back at me.

This months box has been themed on ‘all about you!’ and The Pretty Peachy team have outdone themselves with this theme.


Firstly looking at the really cute pair of Cotton Grey Meow Socks, I adore these. The socks are themed on cats which are really cute. not the theme for everyone but I really do think these are cute. They are super soft to touch which is just what you want for a cosy pair of socks. I think these would be the perfect socky item for a day of self-care! The socks have been embroidered with the word ‘Meow’ with a cute white heart and paw print pattern on them. How bloody cute is this?

Next up in my box, an elegant looking ‘cosmetic storage bag’ a stunning black and marble themed pattern. I love the bag, it is really smooth and with a touch of gold for the zip! Also, I would say that its a really practical size, and something that I personally would definitely benefit from using. I’m pretty sure that anyone who is a fan of makeup would find a use for such an item. It is perfect as a makeup accessory.

The makeup included ‘Beauty Glazed Mars bright eye shadow palette‘. What an amazing little treat to have found! The Beauty Glazed palettes are awesome and actually, this one is a new favourite! The palette itself has a really sweet smell to it. Honestly, the fragrance had made the whole box smell amazing upon arrival. I love how bright the colours are inside. I tried some of the shiny looking eye shadows included in the Mars palette and they are so nice! My favourite colour is glittery pink (of course).

The makeup brush that has been included is another item that I am really impressed with. However I admit I can be so fussy when it comes to makeup brushes. I mean no one wants to feel a cactus running over their skin as they are applying their makeup right? Well, this brush is absolutely the right amount of soft! The bristles feel amazing against your skin. Having tried it now it’s perfect for applying liquid foundation, or even as a contour brush! Love it!

Finally included in the box I found a beautiful bangle bracelet decorated with hearts. I love bangles, they are the perfect finishing piece to any outfit. Pretty and girly.

The Pretty Peachy team have successfully produced a stunning subscription box that can appeal to many. I love how connected the products have been with their theme ‘All about you’. I honestly feel that it is well worth subscribing in the future for £15 a box. The pretty Peachy team will be including a massive range of product in each box. “you will never receive the same item twice no matter how long you subscribe for!”I cant wait to see what else Pretty Peachy will be bringing us.

What do you guys think? Are subscription boxes for you? what do you think about the range from Pretty Peachy?

Why I think The Cricut Explore Air 2 is any crafters best friend

A while back you may have read my post what’s on my desk? Where I spoke about my newest technology that I owned and how excited I was. Well, I thought now would be a great opportunity to finally write a post about this wonderful machine that I proudly own. I know a few people that are also thinking about investing in the machine, and I also have spoken to my friends so much about the Cricut, Weeding, Vinyl and other bits that they have no idea what I am going on about! so what better then to write my own review of owning this machine so far.

Introducing my cricut Explore Air 2.

So what is Cricut?

The Cricut Explore Air and other versions such as the maker, is a die-cutting machine, in its simplest terms. Think of it as a printer, except a Printer with a blade, and Pen option. With the Cricut, you are able to create an image or design on your computer and then send it to the machine to be made for you. The only difference to a printer is instead of using ink you are printing designs by cutting your chosen material.

My story of the Cricut so far…

After absolute years of longing for this machine, I have not yet been left disappointed. The Cricut Explore Air 2 has got me enthusiastic with many different craft ideas and a massive new passion for vinyl. I have a beautiful turquoise colour machine, and there is a variety of other colours that you can choose from. Although the machine and everything you need can be a little pricey, it is a well worth while investment when your in the craft world.
The opportunities that the Cricut system brings are endless. There is honestly so much that you are able to do with this beautiful machine. It doesn’t matter whether you are a papercraft enthuses, or vinyl, or anything else, the Cricut can do so many things for any passionate crafter.

So it has been over 2 months since my Cricut Explore Air 2 had been purchased. Playing with vinyl has now become my favourite thing to do with the Cricut so far, I really do enjoy personalising so many items with names, and pictures, or a few words. I can print on to fabric, like T-shirts and canvas bags, or I can Personalise any decor items, so far the options have been limitless.

Out of all of the cricut tools I own, these are my go too.

When my journey with the Cricut Explore first began I felt completely new to the Cricut world, even though I had experience with using one of the older versions of the machine, which I would mainly use for scrapbooking projects and did not have as many functions. Actually, the original machine uses cartridges only which are pretty pricey and limited.

Design Space is where it is at!

One of the best features of the Cricut explore and newer versions are the Cricut Design Space. This can be loaded on to any smartphone or tablet device, as well as the computer, The computer does give access to a few extra options, but I haven’t had any problems with using the app on my iPhone or iPad so far, in fact, I completely love it. There is a lot of flexibility, and by having a Cricut access subscription account you can have 1000’s of images and projects at the tips of your fingers.
As well as the Cricut library there are so many free SVG files out there on the interwebs that you can download and upload to the DS and create with at your own personal gain. (this can also be a business venture when buying commercial licences for the files) There is so many different freebies out there, as well as a massive amount of SVG files being sold on Etsy stores.

A few examples…

Now I know that I have already mentioned my new found love for vinyl, but there are so many different ways to use vinyl! as well as using adhesive vinyl for a decor, or heat transfer vinyl for Fabric, there are so many options you can do with vinyl as a template. Both I and Emma now use vinyl as a template for Glass engraving, and I have painted some designs on to doormats and canvas.

Pretty paper ready to go!

But like I said vinyl is not the only material that the Cricut machine can cut. Card, paper, Fabric, Posterboard, and so much more, so depending on your hobby, owning the Cricut could really be a game-changer to every crafter. Scrapbooking, engraving, painting, honestly so much more that I probably don’t even know about yet. Believe me, though, I can not wait to play and find out. Also! Did you know that the Cricut explore range can hold a Pen! Yes that’s right! it can draw & write, another amazing feature.

I literally have a list of project ideas that I want to do as long as my arm right now!

Above is a project that took me hours, but worth every minute. Using pretty card stock, a hot glue gun and a hell load of patience I created a beautiful load or 3D flowers, which I have then used inside a 3D box frame. although this project took ages, and I swore a lot because well the hot glue gun was hot and I kept burning myself, the project itself I am so happy with, and I do like a good fiddly project.

To anyone questioning buying a Cricut…

If anyone was to ask me, should I give in and buy a Cricut? I would probably do a really excited squeal, ramble about how much I love the Cricut and then overfeed information about what the cricut machine can do. Then I would ask them one simple questions…
Do you have a passion for crafting?
If the answer is yes. Do it! The Cricut community is amazing, and there is so much benefit from owning such an amazing machine. I would suggest doing some of your own research before you buy, as you will need tools and materials alongside owning the machine. I feel that it is beneficial to be able to get the accessories alongside the machine, and believe me there is so much too choose from. My next stop with be saving for and buying the Cricut east heat press.

So what do you think? Does the cricut machine sound like a match for you?

I’d love to know your thoughts and opinions, as always leave me some love below.

Meeting the Meerkats at Millets Farm Centre​.

I am so pleased that we had finally gotten around to using our voucher for a Meerkat experience. Emma had received this for her birthday back in December and it took us absolutely ages to get it organised and booked. The voucher included having an encounter with the meerkats, as well as being able to feed them, at the falconry at Millets Farm Centre.

I had never even heard of Millets Farm Centre before, and I didn’t really look into the place before going. I just knew that we were feeding Meerkats in Oxfordshire, which of course was pretty exciting.

After taking a short 2 hour car journey, we had arrived not really knowing what to expect. Before we even got out of the car I was already appreciating the beautiful area. We were so lucky to have randomly picked a day where the sun and sky were absolutely glorious with no clouds in sight.

Upon arriving at Millets Centre you are presented with adorable farmhouse buildings. The site is quite big and there was so much too see including. A large play area for the little ones, a cute farm shop, a beautiful garden centre, Gift shop, farmhouse restaurant, an animal walkway, huge maze, of course the falconry with so many beautiful bold birds and so many other things to see and experience.

We started our day by taking a slow stroll down animal walkway, where we were able to meet some awesome creatures.

After, we headed over to the falconry where we took a lovely slow stroll around the many birds. The falconry is also where the meerkats live and where we needed to be. My favourite animal. Well, one of my favourite animals, I love them all.

There were so many different types of falcons, owls and eagles. One thing I would say about these birds is how bold, and strong looking these creatures portray themselves as. They are very stunning things. Especially the American eagle.

The experience included Emma & myself along with 4 other members of the public, were invited into the meerkat enclosure where we were able to take a seat on a bench. All of the staff at Millets Farm Centre are so friendly, we had a girl called Becky who works in the falconry then gave us an impressive talk about the meerkats whilst providing us with raw chicken on tongs to feed the meerkats with. The 30 mins went so quickly because every minute was so much fun, we all had meerkats climbing all over us, we were able to stroke their fur whilst feeding them. I always thought they had rough fur, but even though it doesn’t look like it is, the fur is so soft and cuddly feeling.

It was honestly so exciting and surreal to be so up close with them, I really did feel in my element all morning! I would really suggest Millets Farm Centre to all of my friends because it is genuinely such a lovely place to go too.

We couldn’t leave the centre without takin a walk around the shops there. I really thought the farm shop was so cute and really did have a variety of things that we wouldn’t normally see in the normal shops. Obviously, we had to buy something so we got some really nice looking cheese and dips for our next Camembert lunch we have with friends. Honestly, we couldn’t resist. Everything in the shop looked so lovely., but of course being a farm shop some things were very pricey.

We really enjoyed our experience at Millets Farm Centre and would happily travel there again one day. Such a lovely place to be.

I would highly recommend any of you to take a trip there. Especially booking to see the meerkats, as it’s an utterly amazing experience.

I Would love to hear your thoughts on our experience, maybe you have had an experience with Millets, Comment away below.

The Blogger recognition award

Firstly a very big thank you to BlueHillB at BlueHillBlogger for nominating me for the Blogger recognition award. I really appreciate the nomination, and it just goes to show how supportive the blogging community are, especially on twitter.

About the Award

The blogger recognition award is an award that is given to bloggers by the bloggers. This helps the fellow bloggers to get their work the recognition it deserves. It’s a really good way of helping each other out. It aims to help blogger get their work recognised and promoted to other bloggers.

These are some rules the nominees must follow

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and add a link to their blog

2. Write a blog post on your site displaying the award and describe why you started your blog.

3. Write two pieces of advice for the new bloggers

4. Nominate and notify 15 more bloggers.

Why I Started Blogging

When I started my blog I wanted to find a creative space where I could express myself and get my crazy thoughts out there. I had always been very shy and really unconfident. I really believe that by starting my blog I have really grown in myself. I’ve made so many friends and learnt so many new things. I have a place I can really show who I am.

Advice For New Bloggers

My first bit of advice to anyone who is starting out as a blogger, be your self. It can be a pretty intimidating world out there on the internet and sometimes it is so hard not to compare yourself to other bloggers and influencers out there. If your looking for your blog to be successful, don’t for one minute think that it is going to happen overnight. It really doesn’t work like that. The more hard work you put in the more you will strive as a blogger.

Secondly be creative with your posts, make sure all your content is as original as it can be. To be able to stand out from the crowd, you need to show your unique style. It can be pretty tough, especially when it comes to thinking of constant and consistant ideas, but keep a note book. That notebook will be a life saver. I literally can be in bed and scribble a few lines in at 3am with an idea for something.

Who I would like to nominate…

Jack DeyesKirstyNixie TrixAlishaValerieEleanorCassieLauren Bate AmieCara LisetteBethChocovivJessieEstelleLucy JadeJemma

AlexaJade
xx

How I beat writer’s​ block as a blogger

When you first start your blog, I bet you any money your mind had been filled with countless amount of ideas and expectations for what the blog is going to be like. Your enthusiasm at this point was at its very peak. I’m describing myself here that is exactly what I was like. I had a thousand and one ideas for what my space on the web was going to look like! and I knew exactly what I was gonna be posting, Well Kind of I did make the mistake of not keeping notes in the beginning, but I have learnt from that! believe me!

When it comes to running a blog it definitely brings you new challenges and obstacles to overcome. Honestly Becoming a blogger can be a pretty tough world to Step in to at times, but no matter what those challenges are it’s an amazing passion that many of us share. However just life so many things in life it can be pretty difficult to be 100% motivated and engaged at all times, right? For a blogger we call this writers block, or as I put it ‘no mojojo’ and it’s not really the most ideal feeling to encounter for yourself or your writing.

So it is really not always easy to have a constant flow of words, and this makes creating decent content extremely hard. I have not met a single blogger or writer yet that has said they have never encounted writers block! It seems to be a demon for everyone one! and worst yet, you never quite know when that demon is gonna creep up on you.

So what can you do to beat the beast? I have listed my ways of overcoming writers blog and keeping my content coming!

Take breaks

It’s so important to know when to take a moment away from the screen, even better get out of the house if you can. The more time you spend living the more you will find things to write about. Seriously! with every experience you encounter your ideas will blossom naturally.

Jot ideas down

That’s right! Grab a pen, find a notebook and sit and jot down all the ideas for blog posts you can possibly think of. No idea is too small!

It’s adamant that you will come up with ideas when you least expect it. So where possible write it down as soon as possible and if your out? I find useful is having an electronic notebook on my phone. I use OneNote and then copy it in to an actual notebook later.

Read more blogs and do some research

Connecting with bloggers, engaging with the blogging community and reading the content that is already out there is honestly such an amazing way of finding inspiration for yourself when your feeling a bit stuck for blog posts. Do as much research as you can about a subject and be inspired just by visiting you friends pages. It’s such a simple method of finding inspiration.

Oh! And definitely check out Pinterest for ideas. There are so many people out there sharing their blog post ideas that can really help guide you when your completely stuck.

Don’t force it!

This may sound a bit daft but I honestly believe you shouldn’t be forcing your content. Do not get to worried about how long it has been since you last hit publish. It is so much more important to make sure that you are writing about things that makes you passionate in life. When you have something you will just know because your feel so confident in your work.

Keep positive and never give up.

Struggling for ideas, not feeling motivated, having little plan can be so disheartening and if you let it can take control, so think about the reason you first started writing, the first ever blog post that you sent available to the world to see. Why did you do that? Its so useful and inspiring to remember the reason you started doing what you do! You can inspire yourself even more to be as amazing as you are.

So…

No matter where you are in the writers slump don’t ever give up. Take care of yourself before you continue to work on your blog space.

I would love to hear your ideas about how you keep yourself motivated and inspired as well as how you beat writers block. Leave your comments below.

​The Anti favourites tag

I am really pleased to have been tagged by Cassie at zombiegoddessbeauty.com to do this lovely anti favourites tag! I am quite excited, because I always seem to be talking about my favourites and what I like, that I pretty much never share my dislikes! so what a fantastic tag to be taking part in.

1. What is your least favourite lip product?

I really have a dislike for clear gloss, and I literally mean the gloss that is scentless, colourless, and does not even have a nice shine too it, It i just a sticky mess on your face, what is the point of that? If I want a coloured gloss I would buy a coloured gloss, not paint over a lipstick with clear goo.

2. What is your least favourite makeup finish?

When it comes to applying my make up, I prefer a natural look. I don’t like anything that’s going to make my face look to over the top. I swear it is a confidence thing. I prefer to use Matte products like matte mouse, as otherwise my face just looks an oily overdone mess.

3. What is your least favourite beauty product(s)? (Like highlighters, glitter, primer, Oil cleansers, hair masks, etc also be specific if you want)

It has to be liquid eyeliner. I mean I love the theory of liquid eyeliner but it really is just not for me, I can literally never get it to look good on my face, I always mess it up application every time I attempt it, I mean it normally results in massive panda eyes, or worse than that, Clown face from a creepy horror film! So I now just refuse to buy it or even try to use it.

4. What is your least favourite beauty trend? (Spider Lashes, Over Plucking Brows, Sharpie Brows, wavy lips, etc)

So there seems to have been this whole massive craze where it is really cool to have massive huge eyebrows, Like they are literally being drawn on double the size of their actual eyebrow, um… woah do you really need your eyebrows to cover the whole of your face? no this is not cool. I’m not saying that they should be plucked to fuck, but really the more natural the look the better I think.

5. What is your least favourite colour to wear on your lips?

I’m not sure that I have a least favourite colour impartially. However, I definitely prefer lighter or even brighter colours. I do not like to be too dark with my lip colour, so definitely no blacks, blues or dark purples. I wouldn’t say that I have ever been too adventurous when it comes to colour either. I own alot of nudes and alot of pinks.

6. What is your least favourite product(s) in your collection? (Like product regrets)

Ok I probably will sound really contradicting here because it truly is a love-hate relationship for me but when it comes to Primer, the only decent way of applying it is with my hands, and then they are left feeling oily, and icky, so that is why I would call Primer my least favourite product, that being said, I can not be without Primer, so really it is winning against me there.

7. What is your least favourite technique/step you skip?

Lip Liner. I guess I have never really seen the point to line my lips when doing my make up. Ironically I own tons of lip liner pencils, but mainly as whenever I have ordered Avon, they have come as a gift. I guess I don’t really see the point in the outline when you can do this with your lipstick, and your lip colour will cover the liner anyway. I am also pretty sure plenty of perfectionists will tell me I am wrong though.

8. What is your least favourite product you’ve ever tried?

I had to think real hard about this one, cause my collection is so random and broad that I do not even remember half the stuff I own.

I once Brought that crackle nail varnish. I hated that. It just made my nails look cheap and tacky, and I hated how rough it made my nails feel.

9. What is your least favourite/banned brand(s)?

I am actually feeling very defeated on this question! I don’t think I have a specific brand that I particuarly dislike for any major reason.

10. What product is at the top of your Anti-Haul (will not buy) list?

I am a strong believer that all my makeup and beauty products should be cruelty free, and not have been tested on animals, so I will not buy anything that has been tested on animals. Otherwise I’m quite optimistic and will try most things.

11. What is your least favourite TV show/TV show you are not interested in?

Medical shows! not one any particular program, but I really hate some of the medical shows shown on TV, I end up turning these off pretty quick. Like the latest ‘The toe bro’ I really can’t stomach watching peoples cheesey feet. I find it halarious that they have made these in to TV shows aswell!

12. What is your least favourite movie/movie you are not interested in?

I absolutely despise the ‘realistically recorded’ horror films. I literally can not watch the Blair witch project without cringing so badly, and needed to turn it off within 5 minues. I also really cant understand how this film was so popular, It wasnt realistic at all. It was cheesey, and not at all scary! I love horror, I just hate that style.

13. What is your least favourite book or book series/book or book series you are not interested in?

Oh crap! I really don’t think I can answer this one! Can I? ummmm, I like so many different styles of writing, I love most fiction and non-fiction! I do not think I have found a book that Ive disliked yet!

14. What is your least favourite genre of music?

Heavy Metal or Hardcore Dance music! I really couldn’t listen to anything heavy like that. I love easy listening, like acoustic stuff, as soon as I hear anything that is metal or hardcore I feel on edge! it feels more like a noisey mess, than music to listen too and it is just not for me. Enough said really.

15. What is your least favourite food?

It has to be tagatelli, I’ve never been a fan of it. My brothers favourite meal and when I lived at home with my parents I would literally dread tagatelli night.

16. What is your least favourite social media platform?

I think it has to be Facebook, I seem to just have facebook these days because I do. I don’t have a massive urge to post on facebook ever, but I like the groups and networking it can bring, so I use it, i just don’t love it. For me, it is all about Twitter and Instagram, I actually enjoy using those apps.

If you would like to have a go at the Anti Favourites tag, here are the questions for you <3.

THE QUESTIONS:
1. What is your least favourite lip product?
2. What is your least favourite makeup finish?
3. What is your least favourite beauty product(s)? (Like highlighters, glitter, primer, Oil cleansers, hair masks, etc also be specific if you want)
4. What is your least favourite beauty trend? (Spider Lashes, Over Plucking Brows, Sharpie Brows, wavy lips, etc)
5. What is your least favourite colour to wear on your lips?
6. What is your least favourite product(s) in your collection? (Like product regrets)
7. What is your least favourite technique/step you skip?
8. What is your least favourite product you’ve ever tried?
9. What is your least favourite/banned brand(s)?
10. What product is at the top of your Anti-Haul (will not buy) list?
11. What is your least favourite TV show/TV show you are not interested in?
12. What is your least favourite movie/movie you are not interested in?
13. What is your least favourite book or book series/book or book series you are not interested in?
14. What is your least favourite genre of music?
15. What is your least favourite food?
16. What is your least favourite social media platform?