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!

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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.

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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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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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30 Creative uses for your empty notebooks!

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Does anyone else get that super satisfying feeling when you buy a new notebook? its so clean and exciting. I don’t really know how I became so obsessed with notebooks but I really do love buying notebooks!

There really is something exciting about having an empty notebook though. A blank canvas for your creative thoughts, keeping organised and just having fun in. I generally keep a notebook for everything I can.

I have been so excited to work with Old English Company. They kindly offered to send me a personalised notebook over to try out, (How cool is this! Personalised stationery!) When it came to actually choosing a colour and design it was so difficult to choose, they have so many brilliant designs.

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After finally coming to a decision I choose a blush pink ‘My brain has too many tabs open’ Notebook. With ‘AlexaJade’ of course.

So to show off my beautiful Old English Company notebook I thought I would write about what you can do with your empty notebooks.

Things you can do with your empty notebooks…

1. To-do lists

Starting out with quite an obvious idea and something I’m honestly obsessed with, lists. I literally love to keep a book filled with everything that I need to do.

Something I do when I keep my book of lists of what I need to do codes each item with a symbol based on the priority of how important it is, (whether it needs to be done sooner than anything else).

2. Journal

What better to fill up empty notebooks with your personal memos. Documenting your life and expressing your feelings on a daily basis. I love keeping journals, I haven’t actually written in one for a little while, but I go in phases of keeping one and going back to it whenever I have a lot of my mind. Keeping a journal is so good for your mental health as well.

4. Gratitude log

Keep a notebook filled with everything you have been grateful in life. Every time your feeling grateful write the date is and what it is that made you feel this way.
Sometimes we naturally forget the things that we should be grateful for, so reminding ourself to be thankful is such a beautiful thing.

5. Sketches/doodles/art

Grab a notebook and a pen, and just start doodling away. Doodles are such a therapeutic activity for when you are feeling stressed and anxious. I’m always finding myself absent-minded and just filling a page of random doodles and drawings. It’s something that makes me giggle when you look back and you randomly see a doodle of something that makes you smile or laugh.

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6. Bullet journal

If you read my recent post on finding the right planner for you, you will already know how much I think bullet journals are a good idea. And you really can use any empty notebook to do this with!

7. Goal tracker

A book filled with goals and milestones is a great way to stay inspired and on track of what you want to achieve out of life. Keeping goals is a brilliant idea when you are in the middle of a project, especially one that takes a lot of work. Goals help you stay motivated and accomplished as you achieve them. It is always rewarding seeing how your progressing.

8. Meal planner

Having a Meal planner is a brilliant idea for keeping organised when it comes to food shopping and what to have for dinner each week. As well as being a great way of inspiring yourself with different meals, when you can’t think what you want to eat!

9. Letters book

This one is perfect for those soppy couples out there. Even the not so mushy couples might enjoy this. Writing dated letters in a book to each other and then looking back on these in years to come. Writing happy messages of love, memories and feelings. Sometimes you can write down more than you can say, so a letters book is absolutely perfect for this!

10. Positivity

Keeping a book of positivity is a brilliant idea to keep a positive mindset. By writing things such as positive affirmations. Have a look back at your positivity when you are feeling down, and remind yourself of all the lovely things about you, including everything you like, and what makes you happy.

11. Handwriting practice

It took me ages to get my handwriting neat and readable, I found using a spare notebook to practise my penmanship skills, so helpful.
It is a very simple idea however so useful for improving your handwriting skills.

12. Event planning

Planning an event keeping notes, ideas, and plans. I found this so helpful when I was planning surprise parties. I made lists of everything I needed to do, everything I needed to buy and who I was going to invite.

13. Budgeting

A subject I hate, well hate is a strong word. Highly dislike. Budgeting is something that we all need to do to be able to keep on top of our finances. Giving us the ability to enjoy our money as well as being able to afford our monthly bills.

14. Blogging notes

Calling all blogger friends out there! This is one for you. Keeping a blogging notebook is so helpful, in fact, I go through so many notebooks making blogging notes, including post ideas, post planning, specific blog to-do lists, keeping stat records, resources reminders and notes when researching and learning.

Want to know more about blogging, how about checking my post on how to start your own blog, here.

15. Random thoughts

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night thinking something, then it stops you sleeping so you go to add a note on your phone… then your brain starts waking up and getting distracted so your planning on your phone now instead of going back to sleep? Well, I couldn’t tell you how many times I have. Keeping a notebook by you is not only a way of making sure you actually see the note you’ve made yourself (instead of it being hidden on your phone to suddenly remember by the time it’s too late) but it is also a way of ensuring that your not distracted and you can concentrate on getting back to that beauty sleep.

16. Learning a new language

Thinking you need a new hobby? How about grabbing a notebook and writing our words and phrases in a different language so you can become a multilingual pro.

17. Writing a story/Poems or song lyrics

Use a blank notebook to completely get creative and plot and write a novel. Who knows you could be writing the next award-winning story. Or if story writing isn’t quite your thing, a book of poems or song lyrics. Whatever you decide, your definitely fill your notebooks up with these options.

Want to improve your writing skills, read how I’ve been improving mine, here.

18. Travel journal

Are you a lover of travelling? Why not start a journal of where you have been, what you have done whilst travelling and what you loved, disliked about the trip.

19. Recording your progress

Working on projects. You could use this space to record what is going well, what isn’t working so much and how you think you could improve. It’s quite rewarding to keep record of your progress in anything. Since you can look back and see how much you have grown.

20. Christmas planning

This is something that I love to do every year! Christmas is such a hectic time and so having a dedicated place to plan is a must for me. As well as being a brilliant use for an empty notebook, or section of a project book! I honestly end up writing out so many lists, including ideas for Christmas, shopping lists, what we actually brought and for who, as well as the food planning. Honestly one of the best ways to get your Christmas period as organised as possible!

21. Vision board in a book

I love vision boards, they are so much fun to create, and so very useful to keep. One idea for using your empty notebooks is to keep an ongoing vision board in one of your notebooks. Filling the pages with inspiring things that you would like to achieve as well as being a positive source to look through.

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22. Passwords

How many times have you gone to log in somewhere and you have had to reset your password? I know sometimes there are apps and ways to save these digitally, however, it is not always the most reliable way of storing thing, as there is always a risk of losing your saved information.

23. Special memories

Journalling daily is not for everyone. Sometimes life just doesn’t give us the time to sit and write when we would like to, but keeping a book of special memories is a good way to keep down the special things that you want to remember in the years to come. Using your notebook you could spare a page per special day.

24. Shopping lists

Shopping lists are so handy when it comes to shopping. On the times that we haven’t bothered to write a list were left with a mess of buying things we don’t need, and things we don’t use. Wasting more money then we need to. So not only does writing a shopping list make uses for filling up notebooks, it helps you stay organised with the weekly shop.

25. Recording your dreams

Recording dreams is such a cute idea, sometimes our dreams tell us things that we don’t know, but our subconscious is letting us know. Writing our dreams down provides so many benefits to us. Benefits such as Reducing stress, helping us to solve problems, produce amazing ideas and learn from our mistakes.

26. Trackers

Pretty much like bullet journalling but just plain and simple trackers. you could design a tracker for anything. From tracking your habits, periods, to activities you have done. I have a book and a film tracker in my bullet journal.

27. Recipes

I love recipe books, however, I hate clutter. I like to keep all of my favourite recipes in one notebook. It is a much more convenient way, then keeping a recipe book and having to flick for all the recipes you’re never even gonna try to find the one recipe you want.

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28. Health log

Keep track of what’s going on with you. A personal notebook that no one else has to see but is so good for keeping records of things you might need to look back at later. Such as when you have your periods, you can use the record to be able to work out your ovulation as well as notice any changes.
Another good thing about keeping a health record is if you are suffering from any kind of illness, you can keep a pain record or a sickness record, that may be useful to show to the medical professionals.

29. Inspiration journal

Keep track of the things that inspire you, whether it is pictures, words, quotes. Anything that makes you feel motivated and inspired. Almost like keeping a vision board in a book. Which vision boards are really great for keeping yourself positive.

30. Crafts and projects to try.

Another new idea for a craft or project? Jot it down in your notebook, with what equipment you need to complete the project. So it is almost like a craft planner. Which is ideal for when you are stuck for something to do. Brilliant for having an ongoing list for what you are going to make. Which as a crafter myself, I get so many crazy ideas of what I am going to make, so keeping lists of projects is a brilliant thing!

How about finding ways to stay creative with my post ways to stay creative indoors, here.

What do you use your notebooks for?

I would love to hear what it is you use your notebooks for? Do you have any random uses for your favourite notepads? and better yet, do you have notebooks that are just too pretty to use, or maybe you are like me and have a massive pile of notebooks ready to be creative with.

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11 Ways to make extra money working from home.

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No one can deny they like having a bit of extra cash in their pockets every now and then. For me, working from home as a freelancer. (Basically meaning I have multiple side hustles going on) I have been utilising many different methods to earn some pennies each month. Making extra income working from home seems like a dream to most people, however, it does not have to be. with these ways to make extra money, I have been earning on the side for a while now.

One thing you do need to bear in mind is a side hustle will only truly work if you put the effort into making it work, None of these is likely to bring massive money unless it’s something you are looking at doing full time and I’m that case dedication is really a must.

So, what are my ways to make extra money on the side??

1. eBay selling

Have an over-cluttered wardrobe that could do with some thinning down? Make money from your unwanted belongings by selling on eBay. Which is something I do a lot of! You will need an eBay selling account and a Paypal account. eBay reselling is a side business I have been testing out which has the potential to do so well.

Reading Girl Boss really inspired me when I started my business. Sofia who creates a business from selling 1 jacket, that evolved into a multi-million company.

2. Blogging

Let’s make one thing clear! Blogging is in no way a get rich quick scheme. However, as a side hustle making extra income working from home it is a pretty amazing way to make extra money as it goes.

With blogging there are many opportunities that you can earn from, such as earning from sponsored posts, displaying ads, affiliate marketing, and selling digital products, as well as many more. Almost a hub for lots of different opportunities whilst sharing your knowledge and experiences. Better yet I find blogging a fun hobby that you can turn in to a money-making goldmine!

With my blog, I host with Skystra, which means I am in an affiliate program with them too. I do love affiliate programs.

Want to know where to start with creating a blog? check out my guide, here.

3. Affiliate marketing

Speaking of Affiliate marketing programs. They have the possibility to earn so major income from linking products and services. So basically, you will be sharing products and services with your readers, and social media following to

There are so many Affiliate program opportunities our there as well for you to dip your toes into. Such as Amazon Affiliates, which is a very popular program to be involved in. Shien is another popular affiliate program.

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4. Write ebooks and publish to Amazon Kindle

Did you know you can self publish with Amazon Kindle? I am currently working on a book at the moment. You will need a prime account with kindle. which is £7.99 a month, but with prime, there are so many bonuses, such as next day delivery and kindle reading that it is definitely worth the money! When I have finally completed my book and uploaded it to Kindle I will post all the details I can.

5. Complete surveys

What can I say about surveys? They are annoying, repetitive and they feel pretty pointless to us. But there are companies that will pay you money to complete these. Research companies are always looking for people worldwide to answer surveys and test new products. Websites such as prolific, Go branded and YouGov, as well as probably 1000s more. GoBranded is my favourite out of the 3 I mentioned. It can be a little long-winded but it is still a way to make extra money. No one can complain about that right?

6. Sell your creations

Do you have a talent for creating crafty creations? Why not put your talent to use and create your own business with your crafty creations. One of my side hustles is to print vinyl labels and create Tshirts. This is one of the ways to make extra money I love. However, one thing you do need to take into consideration when using this method to make your money is ensuring that you are taking into consideration your cost of materials. You do not want to find yourself out of pocket by spending more on making a product then selling it. Plus take into consideration how long it takes you to create your masterpieces!

7. Become a virtual assistant.

This is also something that I am interested in, however, I actually haven’t tried my hat at yet. However, it is something I have been applying for jobs for, as a virtual assistant, it is similar to have to be a PA, but working remotely.

8. Create your own courses/resources.

Have you got a head full of knowledge? why not create a course for others, teaching them your skills. Jenny in Neverland created some amazing Ebooks about blogging, check them out here.

Recourses can be anything you have knowledge on, wether its digital patterns, templates, stickers. Where as courses should be something you can teach in detail.

9. Sell your skills

If you have not heard of Fiver, where have you been?

Fiver is a brilliant resource for advertising your skills, whether its graphic design, content writing, copywriting or literally anything else! You can sell your talents and start making extra income from them!

10. Selling Photography and video media

It’s not just running a photography business as a way to make extra money some websites will buy your already taken photos to use on stock image websites. Although it may not bring in major money, it will build up in small amounts over time, and is definitely a decent way to help your bank balance grow!

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11. Swagbucks

Ok, I thought I’d give Swagbucks its own section since it is one of my favourites when it comes to ways to make extra money. It’s like an all in one site, you can earn points for surveys, searching the web and reviewing products!

That’s not even it!

There are so many more ways that you can make a side hustle from.
What has you making extra income? Have you got any ideas I have not mentioned? I would love to hear them, I am always looking for new options. I promise to update this post whenever I learn a reliable new source of making extra money.

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Switching to Skystra hosting. Why I suggest Skystra to anyone blogging!

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I have had websites for years, I started learning some basic coding when I was around 13, the same time I got my first laptop. I was stuck bedridden at the time having had my leg surgery, and I had discovered the online world of IRC. Oh, the memories I have, me and my laptop. A true geeky tween. I first started using Go Daddy hosting, because I registered a domain, and I had free hosting through a friend. It wasn’t until last year when I really started taking my blog seriously that I found switching to Skystra hosting was the best move I’ve made so far.

Moving to another hosting provider seemed really daunting at first! I hate changing, but I really had no choice. GoDaddy does not offer free SSL and wanted a yearly payment of £80. I couldn’t really understand why something so needed for a website was being charged for at such a cost. So I hit google. Did a ton of research and found Skystra.

If your interested in starting your own blog, check out my post explaining where you need to start, here.

Why did I choose to make the move to Skystra Hosting?

The support:

So the first thing I was really impressed with was the online support being offered by the Skystra team. Before I had even registered an account I decided to speak to one of their advisors about the prospect of moving my blog away from Go Daddy hosting and switching to Skystra hosting instead. The advisor was so helpful and pleasant to talk to and explained that they would do everything for me and secure that I wouldn’t lose any of my website data. Which of course was comforting.

Free website move:

Skystra dealt with my whole website move, with barely any faff. When I had spoken to the previous web hosting support teams I had never had as much help. So it was a really welcoming feature. Their team are prepared to move your website to there servers, without any issues within a few hours.

Reasonable pricing:

Although based in the USA, and priced in dollars, I still find that the pricing plan is very affordable for the service you are getting. I signed up for the starter plan. Which covers exactly what I want right now, and is a brilliant package for any start-up bloggers.

The SSL:

If you don’t know what SSL is don’t panic. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and this is a global standard security technology that enables encrypted and secure communication between a web browser and a web server. So basically it’s a fancy layer of security.

Their affiliate program:

When you register for your Skystra account, you are automatically entered into their affiliate program, where they give you a link to earn on your referrals. I have already earned through this program, and found it really rewarding to refer friends too.

How about checking my post on 7 brilliant apps to make your blogging life easier! here

Included in my plan, The ‘Go’ plan.

  • 3 WordPress Websites
  • 10GB Cloud Storage
  • 100GB Global Traffic
  • 10 Email Addresses
  • WooCommerce
  • Free Website Move
  • Free SSL
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Starting a blog is such a positive journey you can empower on, take a look at my reasons to blog here.

If you are considering to any other hosting, I highly recommend switching to Skysta hosting if you are already on a hosting plan that you are not completely happy with.

I have not been asked to write this post, however, it does include affiliate links which earns me a small commission if you choose to buy a plan through my links. (which I appreciate very much).

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What I have been doing to improve my writing skills

Even the most competent writer will be someone continuously looking to improve their writing skills. All those aspiring writers out there, whether they are creating stories, bloggers, journalists or anything else. They all started somewhere. Anyone can be a writer as long as they have a passion for writing, but I think it’s quite fair to say that not everybody has the ability to be confident in their own writing straight away.

My downfall has always been my spelling and grammar. Through school, I was terrible at including grammar, punctuations and spelling. I hated it at one point. My passion had always been being creative. I had all the ideas of what words I would want to use, but It was just the formalities I couldn’t get on with.

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Whilst there are so many different styles of writing and skills to be gained. You don’t need to have glowing qualifications to be able to get your content noticed.

there are so many things that you can be doing on a day to day basis that will naturally improve your writing abilities without having to attend a course. (a writing class is always an option but not always convenient)

Looking for something to do? read my creative things to do when in lockdown post, here.

An excuse to read more…

If you are a book lover already then this really shouldn’t take much persuading anyway. I absolutely love to sit and chill out with a hot drink (or a cheeky glass of Wine) in the evening with a book in my hand.

The more you read the more you will gain in your own writing. You will discover so many different new styles and the inspiration that you gain is amazing.

It doesn’t matter if it isn’t a book or story either. blogs, newspaper articles, magazines, poems. Whatever it is, as long as your enjoying it, your reading experiences will be valuable.

Get playing Scrabble and other word games…

I am not kidding! Whether you are addicted to board games. Or enjoy playing on your phone word games get you thinking, can subconsciously improve your spelling and increase your own mental dictionary. My spelling has improved massively since I started playing scrabble with friends. It worth a go.

Practice your writing skills with Journaling…

Journaling may seem like an obvious writing style. However, with a journal you have a personal and private place where you can continue to practice your writing skills, whilst also having a creative outlet to enjoy.

Thinking of starting your own blog? check out my post on how to start your own blog, here.

Join others in writing groups…

Facebook and Twitter have some amazing groups circulating where others are sharing ideas, asking for help, and connecting with others that have the passion for writing, whatever your writing style is there is a group online somewhere where you will be able to connect with others and grow your experiences.

I’ve also noticed that some of these groups create challenges and competitions for writers to join in with. Which is another great way of increasing your writing skills and experience.

Focusing on writing skills and Spend time content planning…

So many ideas. So little time, right?

Keep a notebook by your side and jot down your random writing ideas. This was you won’t forget the brilliant idea you had and can use this later.

I’ve found that sometimes I will have an idea for a new blog post or a few phrases of the book I am working on, and just by writing it down for later, or jotting it down on my notes in my phone has made such a difference to my writing skills.

Having trouble staying organised? check out my post on staying organised, here.

Ask for as much feedback as possible…

One of my biggest pieces of advice to anyone would be to stop seeing feedback as threatening. All feedback is so useful for growing and improving your writing. Constructive criticism is the most valuable tool you can be given on a plate. Use the criticism to acknowledge any possible flaws in your writing. We’re all human and even the greatest writers and bloggers, make mistakes, have writer’s block and has a bad day.

Finally Download Grammarly,

Grammarly has been a massive help for me when proofreading my writing and editing my blogging work, and everything else. It is a plugin that I highly recommend, as not only does Grammarly check your grammar, but it also highlights any clarity enhancements that suggests removing unnessisary words and phrases from your writing.

I would love to hear your ideas on improving your confidence within your writing and your writing skills? let me know in the comments below.

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Supporting small businesses without the spending.

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Good morning everyone and a very happy Monday to you! Hope you are all staying positive and well. Today’s blog post is a subject that really means something to me. Supporting small businesses. This is something that we can all do! and as some who is running their own small business…es. The support I receive from other people is something as amazing and important as a fully stocked craft room for me. (And that ain’t no joke!)

Times have been pretty hard with the impact that the Coronavirus has had on our working lives. As if things weren’t hard enough when your stepping foot into the big world of working for yourself! and as More and more of us are setting up and running our own small businesses to get by in life we should really take a minute to think about how we can support others as well as grow ourselves.

So today I am talking, what can we do to support small business owners? and yes I do mean without spending money! I love purchasing from other small businesses rather then big chains, but we can’t always afford to buy from them, especially if its a want and not a need. Just because we can’t put our hands in our pockets though there are plenty of other ways that you can show your support and appreciation to your small business owning friends.

How to start supporting small businesses…

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Share and engage with their social media.

A lot of work goes into the posts put online by business owners. Personally I have to spend a lot of time putting effort into creating jazzy posts, and thinking about what I am posting onto my social medias, Including my blog. It is so frustrating to feel like your putting all this work in to have no body engage with your posts. But you can help!

By sharing the content of your friends small business or social media too your friends actually help their business grow further. Think of it like the posts you see on your Facebook timeline that have gone viral because they have been shared so much! you are helping them get their name out there. Which isn’t that the biggest thing for any business? Can you imagine just like anything else online how far something can get if 2 or 3 people sharing the content? I would also think about it on a ‘well if this was me’ basis. How much further your business would grow just by gaining a few more customers, etc.

On top of this, engagement is so important when it comes to running small businesses now. Your friends business page needs to be active, and full of engagement. So if you see no one replying to their posts, be kind and leave a little comment to get the ball rolling!

Want to read something different from supporting small businesses? How about why Self-care is so important, here.

Suggest them to your friends!

Ok, So I admit that this is slightly similar to what I have just been saying! fair enough. but although it is similar I just wanted to expand on what I was saying to the offline world.

Not everything has to be suggested and engaged on through social media. Although of course social media and online content is a massive part of running a business in this day and age, word of mouth really does do a lot! For example, I am in the process of starting my own photography business. (AlexaJadeSnaps if you are interested) I really appreciate when my friends have recommended me to someone who is looking for a photographer! So when you are having conversations with friends and family suggest your local small businesses instead! You could be supporting someone’s dreams come true, as well as supporting small businesses generally.

Tag them in opportunities! In case they miss them.

Let’s be completely honest. Facebook is like the god of opportunities. there are so many opportunities that randomly come upon all sorts of Facebook feeds. Whether it is a group or someone’s status. Show your support to your friends small business and tag them in opportunities that are suited to them.

Im not gonna lie I have found that Facebook is one of the best places for all sorts of opportunities but it also very fast paced! They’re our thousands of people all looking for similar opportunities. These can be so easily missed and not even seen so your almost finding yourself in a race! (Not everyone can be on social media 24/7 and I wouldn’t suggest trying to be!)

Thinking about making a blog for a business? check out my post on how to start your blog here.

Supporting small businesses by being their masterpiece!

Ok, so this applies to the businesses needing models mainly. whether it is being beautified by a friend. Having your hair cut by them, makeup done or whatever else! Offering to help them in their hour of need could really help build up their portfolio and give them a headstart in their business.

Give them a shoutout.

Shout outs and sharing pictures of services you have had of your small friends business is an amazing way of spreading the word, and supporting a small business. Just by sharing these to your own socials is a massive way of supporting small businesses.

Random tip: Supporting small businesses with photos on your social media gets you recognition! and is a lot of fun.

Give them constructive feedback.

Feedback is something that I find golden! I don’t mind if it is positive or negative feedback as long as it is constructive!
When you are starting a new journey into the business world it can be pretty daunting and there is a feeling of am I doing ok? what If I am not? so when someone is asking you for some feedback! I genuinely feel that they are asking because they really need it!

Leave them reviews on their pages.

Just like feedback reviews are so important for any business. The more positive these reviews are the better!

It is so frustrating when you offer a service to someone, and they say they will leave you a review or feedback and it doesn’t happen a lot of customers relly on feedback from others before using a service.

Ask for their affiliate links to use.

If you don’t know what an affiliate link is, don’t worry! I am here to explain! Of course!

An affiliate link is a link provided by companies to bloggers and influences that will earn them a small commission for suggesting their products. The link will include the Affiliates ID or username and is used varies affiliate programs, advertisers use these links to record the traffic that is sent to the advertiser’s website.

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Starting a youtube channel.

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At the beginning of this year, I wrote a list of goals of things I wanted to achieve this year moving forward with my online presence and businesses. One of those goals connecting to improving my confidence was to start my very own youtube channel. It seemed like something I would really enjoy as I love to talk! I just had one massive hurdle that I would need to start overcoming. Yep, my confidence.

Read my 2020 goal post, here.

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you actually want to start a new project, something like confidence can hold you back so majorly. I have always found that my confidence has been my biggest letdown. So, I know it is about time that I really start pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I mean no one would ever get anywhere if they didn’t push themselves for reachable goals. without goals we don’t tend to develop with our passions and hustles.

And it has actually been working so far!

Can you actually believe how much a small recording like this has really boosted my confidence this week! I didn’t think it was going to get such amazing feedback from my friends and family as it did. that doesn’t mean that I am not saying it is the perfect video because in no way is it, however, I really have started a journey that I am looking forward to seeing where it takes me. I am also looking forward to learning more about video editing.

Are you a confidence seeker as well? check out my bringing confidence into 2020 post, here.

I hovered over the upload video button for a while. I had recorded my very first youtube channel video on my phone a few days before but the confidence was something I was still struggling with before I could actually upload my little bubble of sunshine.

Here it is… My youtube channel AlexaJade blogs and My first video.

Want to see more videos from me? Hit subscribe on my youtube channel, here.

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Happy 3rd birthday AlexaJade…

Happy Monday guys. I can not believe that it was 3 years ago that I started my blogging journey with AlexaJade.co.uk. They do say time flies when you are having fun. Well for me blogging and life have been a rollercoaster of emotions not just ‘fun’. I have not written a birthday post for my blog before but I was so shocked to realise last month that this year was 3 years of AlexaJade blogging. So this post is just a short message appreciating my blog as well as expressing happy birthday to AlexaJade.

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Happy Birthday, AlexaJade.co.uk.

In the past 3 years, I have had so many ups and downs in my life. As I was reminded that my blog birthday was coming up I took some time to look back over my posts.

If you are one of my regular readers you will know how that the last year and a half I have struggled with my health. Meaning I had to leave my job. I thought I was gonna be depressed and have to start a job I didn’t like. However, as I reflect on my health the things that have been going on have encouraged me to really focus on what I want out of life. The actual want to be my own boss is slowly becoming a dream come true.

It is so funny how much life changes and how you grow with your hobbies and passions. Some would say it is impossible! However, the more you work on your passions the further you will get in life! Stop fighting for what you don’t need in life and fight for what you want in life. Oh, and you are never too old to start something new! I hate to hear people using their age as a reason not to step outside of their comfort zone!

Blogging has given me Fabulous new opportunities and a way of thinking as I definitely feel that since I have been blogging my blog has had a positive effect on my mental health!

My top 5 favourite blog posts from the blog yet!

Our Disney trip.
Welcome to our home.
Crafter life – you know you’re a crafter when…
Talking confidence into 2020.
Why I think Cricut is every crafter’s best friend.

So hopefully in a few years time I will have celebrated tons of blog birthday’s and plenty of milestones! I hope you guys are working just as hard on your dreams! don’t let anything stop you! you are amazing.

Have a lovely week guys!

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