September 2020 – Wrapping up yet another month.

Good morning my lovelies! And happy October, we are finally in the Autumn, and the weather is definitely changing. So, here I am again with yet another rounding up the month post, where I tell you what I have gotten up to within the month. I really don’t know how it is we are now in October, saying goodbye to September 2020.

September 2020 should have been our month. The month that I and my beautiful Emma said ‘I do’ but unfortunately, as you may have read, we had to postpone our wedding due to the coronavirus.

September has been a month of thinking about mental health, Self-care and wellbeing for us.

If I could inspire anyone right now, I’d like to inspire them to realise how important they are to this world, How much they matter and how much their personality helps the world keep going.
That no matter what darkness you are going through. There will always be a light at the end of the tunnel.

What Happened in September 2020?

September 2020 Aventure wonderland

Adventure Wonderland

We took a trip with our house guests to ‘Adventure wonderland’ for a fun filled day of rides, Laughs and a bit of ‘Alice’ From the very sassy Mad Hatter, Who read us the story of Alice in Wonderland.

It was great fun to spend what should have been our wedding day, with some amazing people, who have become such lovely friends to us.

I finally got to dye my hair grey!

From the darkest of browns, I have had my bleached then bleached some more. I do admit that there has been a fair amount of damage done to both of our hair since we started the process. But I finally managed to put a grey dye into my hair, which looked pretty awesome. The only frustrating thing is, it’s faded quite a lot already. So if you have a recommendation for a grey hair dye I would love to know!

We booked in for a holiday in 2021.

Definitely a priority for us! And we’re calling it a sorta mini moon! As we will finally be married but we’re not planning to travel abroad until it’s full safe to do so, so we’re make it worth the wait and save for something.
we’re be spending a week with our friends on the isle of weight for a Glamping style experience.
bring on summer 2021!

We said goodbye to some beautiful furry friends.

This month has been sad for us as we said goodbye to 2 of our families dogs.
Millie was a beautiful farm dog and faithful companion to Emma’s dad. Bella looked up to her as a mum and loved going back to kiss Millie all over whenever we went to the farm.

and ruby was my nans dog who had a beautiful proud face and loves to snuggle and play. She always made me laugh when we played videos on our phones at Nans she would get excited and nose the screen.

Farm fun

We took a trip to the farm to show our friends around the cow yard! and let the littlest, Alfi, have a sit in a tractor! It was a weekend so maybe next time he can have a drive in one!

Bella’s new outfit…

A last-minute entry for September 2020. However, Bella has the cutest new outfit from Primark, and I needed to share it! I saw these cute little Disney outfits for pets months ago! so I am so pleased we finally got our hands on Emma’s favourite Disney character. Stitch.

Ok so admittedly this month has been a quiet month for events for us, we have enjoyed September the best we can whilst of course social distancing and being aware of COVID. It is pretty hard to avoid when it is the most newsworthy subject right now!

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iOS 14 – How to customise your phone.

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How the iPhone iOS 14 is the most customisable iPhone system yet.

When it comes to apple software, I have been a fan from the very start. My first iPhone was the 3GS. Do you remember that one? With its very rounded corners, it pretty much seems like a brick now. I have had my share of iPhone versions, and I have always released my inner geekiness when a new iOS came out. This week (Wednesday 15th September) the iOS 14 came out.

iOS 14 is definitely the most customisable iOS to have been released yet! which is why we love it! the iOS update is compatible with all devices able that have been able to run iOS 13.

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So what can we now do to customise our iPhones with iOS 14?

Widgets on the home screen.

One of the most loved and customisable features of the iOS 14 update. We can now personalise our phones to the max with the new widget on Home Screen feature! Personally I love this new feature.

So this is my current Home Screen first page…

You can customise your apps to show an image of your choice, by using shortcuts. I have something to admit here. I did start changing my apps to look pretty, but I did not like how it brought the shortcuts screen up every time you open a new app.

Changing the app icons has been the most atheistically pleasing feature, alongside the widgets, however can take hours to actually complete! So make sure you have some time to kill to do this.

you can change the size of the widgets now too, so you can fully choose what your screen looks like.
To stack your widgets just simply drag the widgets on top of each other so you can stack them up! Saving space on your home screen pages.

Want to know how to customise your screen more? To add my image I have Widgetsmith and my clock and Calendar with ColorWidgets. However, I’ve been playing around with a few of the apps that allow customisable widgets on your app pages. And these are all good for different things.

iOS 14 iPhone screen

The app library.

In iOS 13 and before I would constantly add the apps that I didn’t want to look at, or only needed on occasion into a folder. Finally, we don’t even need to look at those apps at all! We can now remove them from our home screens and they are still on the device but in the App Library. THANK YOU APPLE GODS. This is literally my personal favourite feature.

Homescreen pages can now be hidden!

I kinda get why this is an awesome feature for the new iOS 14, however I don’t feel like it is useful to me. I have no reason to hide any of my app screen pages! (Just the boring apps like I said before).

There again! If you like your privacy when it comes to your apps, this is a pretty neat feature. For example if you don’t want your work colleagues peering at your phone to see your gambling or dating apps. (Well you never know).

Memoji has got bigger and better!

Oh my goodness, I literally love the new Memoji options! theres so much more to choose from. New hairstyles, accessories, Colours, tones and even the option to age.

New Memoji stickers for a hug, fist bump, and blushing.

iOS iPhone memojis

Pinning favourite messages.

Another amazing customisable feature in messages. You can now keep your favourite people/conversations at the top of your screen by pinning them as a favourite. There name and picture will appear in a circle at the top of messages.

Your favourite mail app can now be used as a default.

personally I don’t mind the apple mail app, however I know a lot of people prefer to use gmail or outlook. It’s something I keep meaning to look at and keep forgetting! But you can now update your preferences on iPhone to open your favourite app for emails. Now when you click an email address link your phone will direct you to your defaulted choice.

You can now create captions or notes on your photos.

I love this feature! you are now able to write personalised notes about the photos and images you have captures and saved to the camera roll.

  • New space-saving measures meaning incoming phone calls and Siri no longer takes over the entire screen.
  • Camera and microphone usage indicator.
  • Video play whilst using apps!
  • Messaging now is even easier to reply to specific messages!
  • It is now even easier to have a group chat on iMessage, as you can now include @who it is you want to speak too. Saves avoiding confusion! This is a brilliant feature!
  • There is a new app on your iPhone and it translates your conversations!
  • More secure with password monitoring!
  • Share your approximate location instead of your exact!
  • Emoji searching is now a thing.
  • You can now change your font for notes.
  • Zoom Zoom Zoom… You can zoom your photos now even more.
  • Find your photos easily with filters
  • Compact calls
  • You can now secure what photos apps see.
  • Fiddle around like a pro with exposure.
  • Mirror your selfies
  • Music discovery
  • Assign your reminders
  • Smart suggestions for Date/Time/Locations

What about our other favourite apple iOS products?

The new iPad features seem primarily Apple Pencil based. But these are still very cool. You can now handwrite to type on most apps. Although I find this pretty hard to control.

what have I missed?

The new iOS 14 has a lot of new customisable and useful features. So far I am loving exploring and playing with the new options that we have available as an iProduct user.

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COVID safe autumn activities

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Keep positive during the pandemic with these COVID safe autumn activities.

Oh, I do love autumn.
I know I have posted before on why I love the fall. It has always been my truest favourite season. Does anybody else get completely excited when they start to see the trees leaves changing to the warm burnt orange colours? Those are such beautiful colours. Crunchy leaves then falling to the ground making the sound of an autumn walk completely. As I said, I love Autumn.

This year really has been massively negative for so many of us. The world seems to have lost its shit this year. So many of us are looking for positive things to do, keeping life as normal as possible.

yet again we are in a position where the coronavirus numbers are rising. So we need to stay vigilant and socially distance where ever possible.

So, in this post, I wanted to discuss the COVID safe autumn activities that we can still enjoy.

The official Autumn seasons starts on Tuesday 22 Sep 2020 and ends on Monday 21 Dec 2020.

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My 2019 pumpkin

So here are my COVID safe autumn activities I am looking forward to!

Pumpkin picking

I wanted to start off my list with something that is a favourite of mine. So to clarify, Most if not all the pumpkin farms are still open. (at the time I am writing this anyway) Pickwell Farm In Hampshire is my favourite place to go when it comes to pumpkin fields. Going hunting for pumpkins is a brilliant activity to do with your loved ones.

Pumpkin carving

Now that you’ve got your hands on some Pumpkin goodness. Try

This Pumpkin carving set we have is so cute, and really easy to use to carve Pumpkins. Plus they are Halloween festive, to help you get in the mood for Halloween.

Roast Pumpkin seeds

This is the last pumpkin suggestion! I promise! but I do love pumpkins, as they just scream autumn. Have you ever tried to cook pumpkin seeds before. They are so yummy. Especially when they have been topped with a little bit of sugar before roasting.

Welly walks in the woods

A cosy walk in the woods, with the people in your ‘bubble’ is a perfect autumn activity where it is easy to social distance. Some woodland area/parks you can walk for miles without running into another person.
Take time

scarecrow hunting

some villages take part in a scarecrow challenge, and they are completely brilliant to take a walk or drive around to find. Some scarecrow makers really do go into detail with there straw men.

A cosy movie night

what better thing to do on a cold or wet evening then snuggle up on the sofa, with your pyjamas on, a cosy blanket and the tv remote in your hand. I love to bing on a Netflix movie night, it’s an ideal, cheap and COVID friendly activity. With Halloween just around the corner maybe you could put on a horror movie!

Tip: Add some Monin pumpkin spice syrup to your latte, to add some autumnal taste.

Doing things for your self-care is so good for you, any time of the year. Read my post on why self-care is so important, here.

Watch an Autumn sunset or sunrise.

The autumn sunset, a woodland setting, over some kinda lake! Oh there are so many beautiful places to go and sit and watch an autumn sunset.

If you are not the biggest fan of waking up early you can still enjoy this by watching a sun set. However some sunrises are so beautiful that if you get up ridiculously early just once to see it, it is worth it.

Woodland Photography

if you know me you will know how much I loves photography. I do enjoy nature photography as well as creative. Autumn is yet again my favourite season to take photos though, with its warm colours. Try Throwing some leaves in the air and capture a loved one, it makes a beautiful photo.

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Leave jumping

Speaking of leaves being thrown. How about shutting out the negativity of 2020, and jumping in a pile of leaves just like the grown up child you are.

Collect Pinecones and konkers

If you decide to head out on that woodland walk! keep an eye out for a pine cone, or konker tree.

You can use your beautiful finds to either decor your house with, or even to make…

Read about my experiences with lockdown, here.

Autumn Nature crafts

Use those beautiful leaves, acorns, pine cones and konkers that you have collected on your woodland walks to create beautiful artwork and home decor to bring the fall feeling inside your home.
Pinterest has some amazing craft ideas for using natural finds.

Random fact: konkers are also known to keep spiders from your house in the colder months.

Turn the clock back

Daylight saving ends on Sunday, 25 October 2020, 2:00am. We gain an extra hour in bed! The best time of the year, when the clocks go back! a great chance to sleep for an extra hour, and gain a bit of extra energy for the day!

Bonfire night

It’s not just halloween that is just around the corner. It is also coming up to Firework night, AKA Bonfire night. Light a Bonfire, sit outside and watch the fireworks light up the sky. Although Major firework displays won’t be happening this year, you could still light off a few bangers in the garden.

The last time we lit our fire-pit we toasted some marshmallows!

Marshmallow toasting

Have you ever tried the Mega Marshmallows? Oh my goodness… If you are a marshmallow lover then you need to try these! Grab some skewers and hold these over your autumn bonfire. Then if you are feeling really extravagant, add some digestive biscuits, and some Cadbury giant chocolate buttons. Put the melted marshmallows and buttons in between 2 biscuits. You have then got smores.

kite flying

See! There are just so many reasons to love the autumn months. As the wind picks up on the colder months, use it to your advantage to find something to do.

Kites can be brought relitively cheaply, like this one, here.

Make your home autumn-ready, home decor.

An excuse to use the autumnal colour palette! Oh, and it is so pretty. Burnt oranges, reds and browns.

Light some Autumn smelling candles. some of my favourite candle scents to burn in the autumn are, Yankee autumn glow, Bad Geek Cedar and Jasmine and woodsmoke by Woodwick. Woodwick may be a little more pricey, however, the sound of the candle crackling and the beautiful scent really does make an autumn cosy evening on the sofa!

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Autumn photoshoot

The beautiful nature around in autumn really does make a good photoshoot! Grab your hat, scarves and gloves, and go find a place that you can take some warm, beautiful photos!

Organise your Autumn wardrobe

This is completely COVID safe as you don’t even need to leave the house for this one…

As we enter the fall season, it’s time to say goodbye to our summer shorts and dresses. Bring out the leggings, cosy chunky knit jumpers and anything else you may have in your Autumn wardrobe.
I do love a hoodie, boots, and leggings day. Not going to lie.

What COVID safe autumn activities will you be doing?

I would love to hear what you planed for for your COVID safe autumn activities. With how things are changing again it would be so nice to hear how you are remaining positive.

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Therapeutic craft projects to help destress.

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When it comes to feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. There is one thing that I like to do, that helps me with my mental health, Craft. Especially therapeutic craft projects. I wrote a post similar speaking about how craft has a positive impact on your mental health, here. However, I am now sharing with you what crafts really do help with destressing you.

There are a few therapeutic craft projects that if you have a go at, you may notice the calming and relaxing effect that crafting can have on you.

If your impatient and don’t like fiddly things, as they increase your stress level, I don’t think that you should give up on crafting completely.

Diamond Painting

I am currently waiting to complete this kit, here. I am excited for this one to be done and put it up in the house. Diamond painting is a great craft to sidetracks you for ages! I got so involved with the full drill kits that I literally would find hours go by before I even noticed.

Cross Stitch

Did you see my review of a LoveCrafts cross stitch kit, that I did during the lockdown?

Cross stitch is one of my favourite methods of stress-relief I am currently working on a rather large one that will eventually be ‘The lady and the tramp’ Spaghetti scene, from the movie. The repetitive motion is what helps you relax! I’m pretty certain. I always find finishing a cross-stitch project pretty rewarding as well, since it takes a while to finish some projects.

Therapeutic craft projects

Origami

Grab yourself some cute origami paper, load up youtube and teach yourself how to make some beautiful things out of paper, for fun! It’s completely relaxing to do as a project.

Cricut (vinyl weeding)

I love a complicated Cricut project for therapeutic craft projects! like a Mandala to weed or something like that! The more fiddly the more time it takes to weed, and I just find this action so relaxing. I often print out projects for the purpose of weeding for no reason! That’s me!

Therapeutic craft projects

Knitting or Crochet

Knitting & crochet I thought I would combine together because both crafts are so similar. You could attempt some knitting by buying wool and needles from the pound shop! that way if you don’t get on with it you have not wasted too much money!

As for crochet, I’ve been slowly teaching myself this one, and now I am wanting to have a go at a kit! My mum brought me the Crochet set by step book for Christmas, which made understanding how to crochet so much easier! Hopefully, I will be a confident enough crocheter to do a kit soon, I would love to have a go at making the Hooked unicorn.

Therapeutic craft projects

Paint by numbers

Paint by numbers, or even painting, in general, is a really relaxing hobby for distressing. I would especially recommend paint by numbers, as it keeps your brain distracted when it comes to searching for the numbers. This Cityscape took me ages and kept me calm whilst I was having a really stressful time!

Jewellery Making

There are so many different ways to create Jewellery. Whether its simple friendship bracelets, beaded jewellery or something a little bit technical. Making Jewellery is a really therapeutic way to relieve your stresses. They’re also a very good make to sell project!

Felting

Felting is one of those crafts that I have yet to master, I do however enjoy having a go. There is so many Dover craft simply make mice are so cute to start you off!

What therapeutic craft projects do you do to keep yourself from stressing?

I would love to hear what therapeutic craft projects you turn to, to help you destress when life is being hectic and crappy! As a crafter obsessed with all crafts, I love to know if there is anything else I could be trying.

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100 Questions No One Ever Asks

I haven’t done a tag for absolute ages! I’m pretty certain the last one I did was the ‘Anti Favourites tag‘ way too long ago. So when I found this tag, ‘100 Questions no one ever asks’ I was eager to give it a go!

So here are 100 random questions that no one ever asks.

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

I literally had to think about this one, and it is only questions 1. Well, they did say its questions no one ever asks. I Definitely sleep with the cupboards closed… Wouldn’t want any monsters to jump out, lol.

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?

I don’t know why I do, but I do. I am not as bad as Ross Gellar! but I am pretty certain they are there for that reason.

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

Tucked in! Always! I love the feeling of being snuggled up in tight covers.

4. Have you stolen a street sign before?

So the answer to this one is quite frankly, nope. But I have to say, Why would anyone steal a street sign?

5. Do you like to use post-it notes?

As a stationery and planning obsessed person! yes! I am continuously using post-it notes for reminders.

6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

I’ve never really used coupons! which is so strange cause I really do love a bargain. Sometimes I have some coupons in my purse, and about 6 months later I look at them and think ‘Oh Yeah’ too late now.

7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?

I think the big bear… Cause you know, the bear could actually be more friendly than the bees. No one likes being stung.

8. Do you have freckles?

I do indeed! Especially in the summer, they seem to come out even more in the sun.

9. Do you always smile for pictures?

Apparently not, my parents are always moaning that I do not smile for photos properly.

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10. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Lies, lying is pointless. Especially when it is an obvious lie and your clearly lying.

11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

Ironically for questions no one ever asks, I have definitely been asked this one a lot. Yep! I have a Fitbit and I love it! If you would like to connect with me on Fitbit I love the challenges, send me a DM on one of my socials!

12. Have you peed in the woods?

I won’t lie, Yes… But I was drunk to be fair.

13. Have you ever pooped in the woods?

No, never.

14. Do you ever dance even if theres no music playing?

Literally all of the time. I cannot help myself. Especially since I have discovered TikTok.

15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?

Oh heaven, forbid! No! I hate chewing pens and pencils! I like my pens to remain as beautiful as when I brought them!

16. How many people have you slept with this week?

Ive slept in the bed with my soulmate every night for the past 3 years.

17. What size is your bed?

King size, I am pretty certain Emma would get a bigger bed. I prefer being able to snuggle up close.

18. What is your song of the week?

Watermelon Sugar high… it is just so upbeat. I can’t help singing along to this!

19. Is it OK for guys to wear pink?

OBVIOUSLY! Why wouldn’t it be?

20. Do you still watch cartoons?

Ugh I guess so, Family Guy mainly… and I kind of count that as mindless TV that I am not really concentrating on.

21. What is your least favorite movie?

I can’t really think what my least favourite movie is. I’m a bit of a movie buff really. I love horror, comedy, romance, Disney. All of them. The only thing I can think of is I am not a major documentary film watcher.

22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?

oh my goodness. This is a hard one.

I’d probably hide it under the floorboards!

23. What do you drink with dinner?

normally fizz to be honest, sometimes juice.

24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?

well are we talking McNuggets? Cause that definitely has to be sweet. Urey sauce.

25. What is your favorite food?

sushi! Without a doubt. I love it. 🍣

26. What movies could you watch over and over again and still love?

anything Disney. Doesn’t matter if I have watched it a million times. I could always watch them more.

27. Last person you kissed/kissed you?

my Emmy ofcourse.

28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

I was in the girl guides, from being a rainbow to an adult leader.

29. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?

I don’t think I could ever. Not even for body confidence posts.

30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

not long ago actually! I enjoy having penpals with people from all over the world. In fact I want to start writing letters again. It’s been a while since I wrote my last.

31. Can you change the oil on a car?

I can’t even drive, yet alone change the oil on a car.

32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?

again, I don’t drive.

33. Ever ran out of gas?

I think you’ve got the point about me not driving. Right?
I do need and want to learn as soon as I can.

34. What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?

a crisp sandwich. Literally I’ve been having them since my Nan taught me to put crisps in my sarnie since a child.
my fav combo is ham sandwich with cheese and onion crisp in!

35. Best thing to eat for breakfast?

ok I have a bad habit of not eating breakfast. I’ll have a cup of coffee and a cigarette and I’m fine.
I love a croissant 🥐 when I do choose a breakfast.

36. What is your usual bedtime?

2am.
I’m not very good at going to bed.

37. Are you lazy?

not really. Even when I’m low on energy I find myself getting busy with something. Everyone has days they can’t be bothered though hey.

38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?

I literally remember the times most when my mum would shove me in a black bag and add a witches hat the most. I swear that was most years aswell.

39. What is your Chinese astrological sign?

I’m a monkey 🐒. Born in 1992.

40. How many languages can you speak?

just one. If I could learn another I would lol.

41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?

not at the moment. Money is tight. I normally am subscribed to blogosphere magazine.
I also read every issue of Cosmopolitan and Glamour that comes out. Without fail.

42. Which are better: legos or Lincoln logs?

Lego. All the way. Have you heard of nano bricks? Now that’s like ultimate Lego. As for Lincoln logs, I googled them, but I had never heard of these before!

43. Are you stubborn?

No, not really… Ok maybe a little bit… Ok Ok I admit it, I am stubborn! I call it more determined though.

44. Who is better: Leno or Letterman?

um who now? (honestly, No clue)

45. Ever watch soap operas?

I love the soaps. I proudly watch Hollyoaks, emmerdale, coronation street and Eastenders.
my guilty pleasure whilst living with Emma’s dad was reading the soap gossip out of his Tv magazine.

46. Are you afraid of heights?

terrified but not terrified.
whilst I worked at PGL I did manage to conquer the majority of my fears. I even went and abseiled down the spinnaker tower.
I laughed hysterically I was so scared.

47. Do you sing in the car?

Quite a lot to be honest.

48. Do you sing in the shower?

Literally every shower I get carried away with my music and sing.

49. Do you dance in the car?

Ok no. How could you possibly dance inside a car?

50. Ever used a gun?

No. I am against guns. They are unnecessary. Neverming Questions No one ever asks, this question shouldn’t be asked! encouraging guns is not a positive thing!

Enjoying reading my 100 Questions no one ever asks tag? How about reading the Sunshine Blogger award tag, here.

51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

School. I take way to many selfie’s to need portraits done.

52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?

Nope. I love musicals. I sometimes wish life could be a musical. We would all be a lot happier if they were.

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53. Is Christmas stressful?

pretty much yes. But I dunno why. Since everything always turns out fine in the end.

54. Ever eat a pierogi?

As per questions no one ever asks go, What the hell is pierogi?

55. Favourite type of fruit pie?

Banoffee. Or apple.

56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?

a singer.

57. Do you believe in ghosts?

I do.

58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?

Actually I really do, a lot of the time. Probably because I am so forgetful!

59. Do you take a vitamin daily

I should but I don’t.

60. Do you wear slippers?

yes! Slippers are the best. I literally wear them around the house all of the time. Easily go through a few pairs of slippers a year!

61. Do you wear a bath robe?

I’m wearing one, as I write this answer.

62. What do you wear to bed?

To be honest. Not a lot.

63. What was your first concert?

power in the park with my cousin.

64. Walmart, Target, or Kmart?

well if I actually lived in America. Target. I follow them on insta.

65. Nike or Adidas?

Adidas – But I actually like both!

66. Cheetos or Fritos?

cheetos

67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?

peanuts

68. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?

never in my life.

69. Ever take dance lessons?

yep. And I was part of Southampton musical society.

70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?

Working with children or learning disabilities somehow!

Haven’t read enough about me with 100 questions no one asks? how about reading the 21 random things about me post, here.

71. Can you curl your tongue?

no. I tried. And I definitely still can’t.

72. Ever won a spelling bee?

I’m a bad speller if I’m honest. Thank god for spell check.

Questions no one ever asks

73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?

definitely. I cried with happiness when emma proposed to me at Disneyland.

74. Own any record albums?

I don’t. I’ve never been bothered about cds or albums.

75. Own a record player?

nope.

76. Do you regularly burn incense?

I don’t really like the smell of incense. I’m a candle girl all the way. Especially Yankee or woodwick.

77. Ever been in love?

I fall more and more in love with my emma everyday.

78. Who would you like to see in concert?

Ed sheeren.

79. What was the last concert you saw?

well by now it should have been the shires. But then COVID happened.
the last concert I saw was Ben heywRd when I worked as security at a venue he was playing at.

80. Hot tea or cold tea?

hot tea but I like a lemon iced.

81. Tea or coffee?

coffee all the way.

82. Sugar cookies or snicker doodles?

I’ll go with cookies. Since I’m a cookie lover.

83. Can you swim well?

pretty well. But not the greatest as I get anxiety.

84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?

I can! For up to a minute.

85. Are you patient?

I’m way to patient. I sometimes wish I could loose my shit more. I just don’t have it in me.

86. DJ or band at a wedding?

We’re be having a DJ and hopefully a singer.

87. Ever won a contest?

I won a local contest from our fosh and chip shop.
we recieved 2 massive Easter eggs and a free takeout. Lush!

88. Have you ever had plastic surgery?

nope. I have had corrective bone surgery however.

89. Which are better: black or green olives?

I am totally against olives. There too sour and they don’t even smell nice.

90. Can you knit or crochet?

I can do some basic knitting. I do really want to learn how to crochet though! It’s on my bucket list of things I want to do.

91. Best room for a fireplace?

the living room ofcourse. Sofa snuggles a movie by the fireplace and some popcorn please.

92. Do you want to get married?

I can’t wait to get married! Regardless what COVID does next. We won’t be postponing our wedding again!

93. If married, how long have you been married?

see above.

94. Who was your high school crush?

I really can’t remember that.

95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?

no, way. I’m too understanding for that.

96. Do you have kids?

nope

97. Do you want kids?

Definitely. I can’t wait to start IVF.

98. What is your favorite color?

I love all colours really, but I do tend to love alot of pinks.

99. Do you miss anyone right now?

there’s some friends that I miss. I haven’t seen in a long time.

100. Who are you going to tag to do this blog post next?

Demi and Ashleigh, I am tagging you!
Otherwise, anyone that would like to do this tag! Let me know in the comments if you took part. I’d love to see your answers to these really random questions.

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What to do on a Productive Sunday at home

Sundays in this house are either spent having a relaxing day chilling or the complete opposite where we are keeping ourselves busy. I hate feeling like I have wasted and I much prefer the feeling of achievement from a productive Sunday at home.
Personally, I get bored easily and feel the need to keep myself active and productive for the majority of the week and weekend. This got me thinking, what to do on a Sunday to stay productive.

Sunday is commonly known as a day of rest. But if you are like me having a Sunday at home still needs a few productive activities so you don’t feel like you’ve wasted a day.

So let’s talk what to do with a productive Sunday at home?

1. Having a tidy up around the house.

When you have a busy week ahead, and only the weekend to sort out your house, this may seem like an obvious one to you. However, Tidying up is really simple way to spend a productive Sunday at home! Even if you Don’t need to clean the entire house.

2. Update your planner. 📔

I know it’s the weekend and you may not be ready to face the upcoming Monday yet but one thing you could do right now is stay organised and prepared by updating your planner. Familiarise yourself with what to expect from the next week.

3. Spend some time on your self-care. 🛁

Self-care is so important, we should always make time for self-care. I wrote a post about why it is so important, here.

Making sure that you are allowing time to spend on you is something that seems hard when you are having a busy day! So Self-Care Sunday is perfect for you! Looking after yourself is the most productive thing you could do.

4. Take some time to charge your batteries. 🔋

Similar to ensure that your looking after yourself with self-care, nothing beats a day of relaxation. This is a reminder to you that taking a day off and giving yourself a break is one of the most productive things that you can do for yourself. Recharging isn’t just about napping or sleeping. It’s taking time to ensure your OK.
Recharging your energy to be able to focus and prevent you from burning out.

5. Plan your meals for the upcoming week. 🍝

I have a love-hate relationship with meal planning. We tend to plan the meals for the week for something to change or happen. So we no longer say what day we’re going to eat what.
however, we now ensure we plan at least 6 meal ideas for the week and write a shopping list of what we need so that we can buy this in the weekly shop.

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6. Set some new goals.

I say this a lot, but I do really mean it. Goal setting is the most productive and simplest way to work towards your dreams.
breaking your dreams into workable stepping stones.
by writing your goals for the week on a regular day such as Sunday will help you monitor your progress and will keep you from feeling disheartened if a goal is taking a while to achieve.

7. Make your bedding. 🛏

Washing and freshen up your bedding on a Sunday night ready for a cosy sleep. Your be completely well-rested for any Monday madness. Plus it will keep you on top of changing and making your bed regularly.

8. Read a book. 📖

I hear you saying it. “How on earth is this productive Alexa”. To be productive means you do a lot — you create or produce large amounts of something. Right?
The feeling of being productive is the ability to achieve a positive amount of work or activities that make you feel accomplished. So by either reading, a chapter on a kindle or paperback is a step closer to your goal of finishing a book! Do it.

9. Check your to-do lists.

When it comes to what to do on a Sunday, being able to complete a todo list is a pretty good one to achieve.

Is there anything you can accomplish on your to-do list that you can do? Get it done.

I continuously have a rather long to-do list to complete. Using a notebook filled with a continuous list of everything I need to do. I literally list everything so I don’t ever forget to do something like one of my main ways to stay organised. By completing items off my todo list it leaves me feeling accomplished and that I have been productive.

10. Phone your loved ones.

For a perfect productive Sunday at home do something that is going to improve your happiness and Keep in contact with loved ones and phone someone that you have spoken to in a while. Stopping you from losing touch all together.

Life gets so busy sometimes. It is so easy to let time pass and not speak to our loved ones as much as we should! Sometimes we can feel achieved and reconnected with a simple phone call.

11. Do some exercise / Go for a walk. 🚶🏼‍♀️

Get outside into the fresh air. Treating your body to some healthy exercise is a fun and refreshing thing to do. Keeping you fit and your adrenaline gets pumping. Leading to you feeling more motivated.

12. Declutter an area that you have been avoiding.

It’s time to declutter a room or area that’s starting to look a bit packed. We all have areas in the house that become a dumping ground for things that shouldn’t be there. Having a re-organise and declutter an area that has become hectic is a productive thing to do regularly and keeps it from becoming a massive job.

13. Reorganise and freshen up your workplace.

If you are like me and working from home, your work area should be your place of serenity. Even if you don’t work 24/7 from home, have a clear tidy area, somewhere that you aren’t going to avoid will help keep your work to a good standard, as well as the achieving feeling of content with your area.

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14. Set yourself some goals for the week.

Setting your goals is one of the best ways to stay productive and organised. By setting weekly goals, you are focusing on smaller milestones working towards an overall big goal. Which is how people achieve their dreams, by working there way there where they can.

Using your Sunday to write out what it is you want to be able to achieve for the upcoming week keeps you on track and motivated.

15. Rearrange the furniture. 🛋

Spend some time focusing on your mental wellbeing. Keep your home fresh and have a change around everyone and then. It’s a fabulous way of keeping your house the way you want it. Your feel like you have achieved climbing a mountain once you have moved some furniture around. Trust me there. (lifting a sofa is not easy).

16. Reorder and cull your cupboards of any out of date stuff.

How often do you buy something in the shopping with the full intentions of it being used that week? Then 6 months down the line it is still in the cupboard untouched? The chances are you have more than one item in your cupboards that have gone past there best dates and there waiting to be chucked.
going through the cupboard to cull the expired and familiarise yourself with its contents is a really productive thing to spend an hour doing when you get a chance. No one likes unnecessary amounts of clutter in their lives.

17. Get your laundry done. 🧺

when it comes to laundry, I swear we have a love hate relationship with the washing basket. I love the feeling of completion when all of the washing is done and put away. But hate actually having to do it. We seem to go through so much washing on a weekly basis! So if you have nothing else to do on your Sunday. Get caught up so you don’t have to worry about it again, well for a little while anyway.

18. Make sure you are prepared for your Monday morning.

Monday morning madness. Everything is hectic, and organisation can fly out of the window when you need it to the least.
keeping yourself organised by preparing everything that you need to make your Monday run smoothly. It does not matter what it is you do to prepare, whether it’s making lunch for the day, organising your bag or work, it will keep you ahead of the game.

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19. Spend some time catching up on your hobbies and interests. 🎨

Life gets hectic. There is no denying that. One of the best productive things that you can do for you is to spend some quality time on your hobbies. Is there anything that you have started and now got round to finishing yet? Or maybe you haven’t enjoyed your hobby in so long you’ve pretty much forgotten that it exists. Taking time to catch up, lifts your mood and your Sunday.

20. Create/update your vision board.

I love vision boards. Honestly. I am always mentioning them when it comes to setting goals and wanting to achieve things. If you haven’t created one for you now spend some time to create one. The vision board will act as a continuous reminder to what you are working towards and what your dreams are. What could be more productive?

since our dreams and goals change from time to time, make sure if you use a vision board that you take the time to update it and admire it.

21. Write down some positive affirmations

remember I spoke earlier about productivity being a feeling as well as an achievement of quantity. Positive affirmations are amazing at keeping your spirits up and reminding you why you should love yourself and how.
writing down new affirmations on a regular basis keeps your spirits up and prepares you for when you need reminders.

22. Check in with your finances

I would definitely call this productive. Not the most enjoyable or fun, but definitely productive and responsible.
especially if you are running a business and keeping track of your financial statements for taxes. Spending free time on this regularly will save you having to do this all at once in the future.

23. Sort through old photos. 📸

get your photos organised. Take the time to go through them and reminisce about the holidays you have taken and dream about yourself jumping on a plane to the next holiday!

Find a way of storing your photos that works for you and organise them for ease.

24. Enjoy a family roast dinner.

Sunday! Roast dinner day! Enjoy your dinner with your family or friends and not only are you filling yourself with vegetables which is good for you, your taking time with your loved ones. Time is precious and should never be taken for granted.

25. Get an early night!

the most productive thing you can do on a Sunday out of all of these activities. Getting an early night ensuring your fully rested and recharged ready for Monday madness.

I’d love to hear what you get up to on a Sunday.

How do you spend your Sundays? are you spontaneous or do you have a Sunday routine! Let me know in the comments below.

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My blogging fails – What I wish I knew before I started my blog.

When it comes to blogging, a lot of the things I have learnt have been good old fashioned trial and error. As my blog has grown I have grown with my blog. And my blogging fails.

My confidence has grown massively since I first started my blog. One major thing that becoming a blogger has given me is the understanding of my own self-worth. There are things

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So, What do I wish I knew before I actually started my blog?

I needed to do more research on literally everything.

I’ll tell you one thing. You should always be open to learning, and advancing the knowledge you already have. It’s the way we survive in life really, by learning new things.

I definitely hadn’t done enough research before I started my blog. Originally I started a blog for fun. However, as I have grown alongside my blog and decided how much I wanted to grow as a blogger I have definitely realised how many common mistakes I was making.

SEO is literally unavoidable.

Following on from doing more research comes SEO. To be honest. It wasn’t even something I had heard of when I started my blog. But when it comes to taking your blog serious. SEO is mentioned everywhere.

If you don’t know what SEO, it is an anagram for Search Engine Optimisation. A system that Google uses to rate the quality of your website and posts in its search engine results. Basically the main way your blog is recognised on the search engines.

If you think you can make it as a blogger and not have to learn how to make your blog read and found success with SEO you are so wrong. Every blogger I have spoken to lately either loves SEO or hates it. To be honest, I am starting to love SEO, but it is only since I have begun to understand its benefits. SEO is something I highly recommend you research fully.

Planning and organisation is essential.

When it comes to blogging organisation and planning is a key skill a blogger needs. When you become a blogger, you come to be a full-time writer, photographer, graphic designer, marketer as well as everything else it is you do to keep your blog interesting.

Learning to schedule content and social media posts is something that allows us to also be able to switch off from our blogs at times. Otherwise, if you are unable to keep ahead you will begin to feel drowned by your blog.

How about checking out my post on organisation, here.

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Pinterest is a search engine.

Now that I think about it. This is so obvious. But not everyone knows this. Pinterest is really a search engine! Not just a sharing tool. Although obviously we live it as an inspirational sharing tool.

It’s only recently I have really started using Pinterest and really gaining from its amazing features. It was Jenny Marston with ‘growing your blog’ who really made me understand it’s importance.

Pinterest has the ability to drive thousands of users looking to gain knowledge and inspiration to your website! Since I have been regularly posting a variety of pins (even multiple pins to the same post) my traffic has doubled. Less of blogging fails but certainly something I wish I realised from the start.

I would start running hundreds of different methods to earn money through blogging.

There are so many ways to earn money through blogging. Including ads, affiliates, and sponsored posts.

Affiliate marketing is actually one of the easiest ways to make money through blogging.

At first I avoiding affiliate marketing. Thinking it sounded complicated and really hard to do due to what some people were saying. The truth is it’s not the easiest until you actually learn how to use affiliate programs properly.

My favourite affiliate program is amazon. As it is the most used online retailing source in the world! and you can even link to generalised house hold items!

Want 11 easy methods to earn money at home. Read my post, here.

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I am not joking I swear I blog in my sleep sometimes.

Blogging is a 24/7 job.

There’s something about starting a blog and becoming a blogger that means you literally switch your thoughts to your blog constantly. One of the most annoying mistakes I was making was having the best ideas at really random times and places, not writing it down and forgetting to do it. Or worse, what it even was.

My biggest mistake is not doing things in stages and trying to do too much at once. So much so that I have so many ideas that I don’t know what to do with them all. Since I have learnt to break things down into manageable tasks or goals, I have really begun to get further with what I want to achieve. Taking breaks, and setting manageable goals does really keep you going when it comes to blogging.

Just like anything else. Blogs can get viruses.

My biggest blogging fails. Not regularly manually backing up my blog work and blog data files to my cloud.

When I first started, I really didn’t have the correct protection on my blog whilst I was with GoDaddy (another reason I love Skystra) and my blog was completely hacked and taken down.

I remember feeling so shocked and upset that this could happen. So much content literally. I had written in the past because I hadn’t actually thought of downloading a back up in months.

So, this is my most suggested tip to everyone when they first get started so they regularly keep on top of it! I set a reminder on my phone to back up my blog every 2 weeks at the moment.

I’d love to hear something you have learnt upon your blogging journey!

Running a blog is something where you really do learn through experiences and opportunities. What is one thing that you have learnt from in your blogging experiences? Is there any blogging fails that you have learnt from?

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Polycystic Ovaries: What it really means to live with PCOS.

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Having polycystic ovaries is known as having a condition called PCOS. This condition affects how a women’s ovaries work. despite the name, you do not actually have cysts if you have PCOS. There are 3 main elements that indicate the diagnosis of PCOS.

  • Irregular periods meaning your ovaries do not regularly release eggs AKA ovulation.
  • excess androgen – a higher than expected level of “male” hormones. which may cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair
  • polycystic ovaries – your ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) that surround the eggs.

If you have at least 2 of these features, you may be diagnosed with PCOS.

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Polycystic ovaries & me

From the minute I hit my puberty years I had problems. Severe cramps, heavy periods, emotionally drained and tearful constantly.

Endless trips to the Drs to talk about my crippling periods. They tried me on the contraceptive pill at first. Which honestly had zero effect. After a few times of being asked to give it a little longer to work, I was finally sent for a scan.

I was referred for an internal ultrasound which was how it was discovered that I had polycystic ovaries. For a while, I continued to get on with it, and manage the cramps and feeling shit. however, it has got worse over the years.

I have been visiting the gynaecology department at Southampton Hospital for nearly 5 years now. I’ve had countless investigations and treatments.
For a while, they thought I had endometriosis due to the amount of pain I was having alongside the troubles I was having. However, I don’t have that. They discovered issues with cysts blocking my tubes instead.

I have basically bad PCOS, with other things going on along side them. So when it comes to the issues Polycystic ovaries brings, I am sadly very experienced.

Unpredictable/heavy periods.

Pcos is one of the most commonly associated symptom of having unpredictable and heavy periods.
heavy periods tend to mean that we end up needing to use twice as much sanitary supplies as the expected period would.

As for our periods been unpredictable. I have had periods that last up to two weeks, as well as periods that come back every 2 – 3 weeks.

Experiencing chronic pain is a daily occurrence for me. In this post, I discuss how pain has an effect on my mental health, here.

horrendous cramps

I remember how many times people have said ‘Oh it’s just a period, man up’. As I grew up when I complained about the painfulness of my cramps. However, they continued to get worse the older I Got. Pain that will literally stop me from being able to walk, having me curled up in pain.

If you are going through this you really need to keep your doctor informed. They can refer you for help through gynaecology.

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Hot water bottles are literally my best friends.

The unwanted hair growth.

the unwanted hormones that we lucky people managed to get extra of allows are body to do the most distracting things. Even down to giving us dark facial hair that is hard to get rid off.
we spend ages plucking at our chins etc just to ensure we don’t look like we are growing a beard.
Fighting the temptation to grab a razor and shave it off because we know this will make it a worse.

Struggling with body weight.

One of the most annoying symptoms of having PCOS is definitely the struggle of loosing weight, and maintaining a low weight.

our polycystic hormones cause our insulin resistance to go haywire meaning we are at a greater risk on having type 2 diabetes.

Self-care has a positive impact when you are struggling with health, read more, here.

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oily skin? acne? Dry skin? or all of the above.

I always know that I am about to come on when I start breaking out with loads of spots and lumps that appear. Especially all over my face. In fact, it isn’t just my face, it tends to be the whole of me. I suffer from cysts everywhere, which the doctor isn’t worried about because it’s just part of the PCOS joyful effects.

It’s taken me years to find products that Work for me, and it is genuinely about trial and error.

Getting the right support, medically, if you believe you may have Polycystic ovaries.

If you have not been diagnosed with PCOS. If you can relate to these symptoms. Keep a diary of when and what your symptoms are. You can take to a GP/Specialist to get the right help and support.

A doctor will be able to refer you to the correct departments for testing. Such as having a blood test, and an internal ultrasound.

There are, however, plenty of places to gain knowledge and support when it comes to PCOS, and the worry of endometriosis. Including Facebook groups.

Helpful tips:

  • Keeping to a healthy lifestyle including exercising regularly, eating fewer carbs.
  • Taking feminine targeted pain relief such as Feminax
  • using a hot water bottle to help ease cramps.
  • investing in a heated blanket is a brilliant way of coping with painful cramps.
  • Wear Cura heat pads, direct to skin to help you carry on with your day.
  • Trying a moon cup. It may not be for everyone, however for the sake of saving money on supplies as well as being a sustainable product. These are pretty amazing concepts.
  • Avoid shaving facial areas where possible, as this causes hair growth to come back darker, and thicker.
  • Don’t skip breakfast – Our bodies need food to function and eating small portions regularly can support this!
  • Using cleansing toner Such as the one by Simple, for skin issues.
  • moisturise regularly with a lotion that is suited to your skin type.
  • Staying hydrated.

If you ever need someone to talk to about PCOS symptoms and relief. Pop me a message to one of my socials or my email, thealexajadeblog@gmail.com

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What I miss about living on a farm.

It has been nearer to 6 months since we moved into our beautiful new house on a new-build location in Southampton. We love it here, our house is perfect for us. We have such lovely, friendly neighbours that we have gotten to know so well since the Lockdown. Going from living on a farm, back to living in a neighbourhood definitely makes you miss things about living in such a beautiful place though.

When I first started living with Emma, I moved in to live with Emma and her dad, at his working farm. A huge beautiful section of land, a yard filled with cows, Mooing in the background. Around 3 years of beautiful memories being made with my soulmate.

You can’t deny that saying you live on a farm is definitely a different reality to most. I grew up right next to a small shopping village, opposite the main road in Southampton. Busy cars rushing passed the house, almost crashing so many times. walking distance to pretty much everything you need.

It definitely at times felt out of the way living on a farm. Especially as I don’t drive. So one of my goals for the future still is to get my license. Especially as I think Em would really appreciate it.

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Whatever the weather we made memories…

Sunny days, snowy days, even the rainy and dusky ones. There is so much beauty in our country side and living on a farm just taught me daily how to appreciate the world more.

When we had that major snow a few years ago, I was left working from home. I couldn’t resist getting outside to explore the farm in snow. My Nikon D3200 in hand. Taking all sorts of artistic snowy photos. The yard looked beautiful, cows and snow. I remember getting to the yard and FaceTiming my dad and saying ‘you need to see how beautiful it is’.

The nature and wildlife around the farm.

Seeing deers running through the fields, meeting the fox as it turned to sunset or the wild birds there is so much life living on the farm.

Obviously being a cow farm you would constantly hear the cows mooing into the night. I would actually freak out every now and then. Wondering what the hell the noice was outside. A shrieking animal. It was a fox. I worked it out in the end. My favourite noice will always be the hooting owl at night though.

We would just have so much random fun.

Whether it was watching our friends and family kids take a trip in a tractor! Or have a go at driving one. Or jumping the back of the truck to drive around in, we were constantly making amazing memories.

The funniest memory I have, one day when the gate was accidentally left open. I ended up helping support trying to herd some cows back into their sheds. Honestly, when you come face to face with a cow, suddenly you realise how big cows actually are.

Learning new things.

It is true that experiencing different and new places teaches you new things. Living on the farm taught me how to appreciate what I have. As well as being grateful for new opportunities and appreciating the beauty of the land.

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