35 things that make me happy!

So the best thing about the blogging community has to be being inspired by other amazing bloggers. Like Mxrshmarshmellows blog. Who just created a very similar post. It really made me question what makes me happy and got me thinking.

So I thought it would be great to share what makes me happy with you guys. I have done a similar post before, here.

So what does make me happy?

  1. My Emmy.
  2. Bright colours and lots of pinks.
  3. Coffee (I literally just got some llama love vanilla). I live off coffee.
  4. Makeup. Even when staying in.
  5. Papercraft. Whatever I can get my hands on.
  6. Seeing my friends and family.
  7. Music.
  8. Camembert days. Yes, these are actually a thing with our friends!
  9. Happy planners. (Actually any planners!)
  10. Disney anything. Have I mentioned that I love Disney??? I really do love A bit of Disney
  11. Matching socks. Actually cute socks. I mean any socks.
  12. Glitter. A lot of glitter. And it has to be everywhere.
  13. Friends. The tv show. (I have quite a bit of friends merch now)
  14. Going to the zoo. Marwell, as well as around the country.
  15. Flowers around me.
  16. Taking lots of photos.
  17. Unicorns
  18. Primark hauls. Probably shopping in general.
  19. Watching musicals.
  20. Receiving happy mail.
  21. Spending days just watching films.
  22. Writing my blog.
  23. Reading books.
  24. My love for all animals.
  25. Pinterest.
  26. Wearing oversized hoodies.
  27. Adult colouring books.
  28. Giving gifts to my favourite people.
  29. Pretty mugs. I’m addicted to mugs.
  30. Daddy daughter days. These do not happen often enough.
  31. Summer and being in the sun.
  32. Adventures to new places. and planning the adventures to come.
  33. Overspending on stationary and notebooks.
  34. Blossom trees. Seriously they are beautiful!
  35. Making new friends. even when it’s scary!
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I’d love to know what makes you happy? it is important to have these things. So what makes you happy? Leave a comment below telling me.

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The A to Z of me

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

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

Hi. This is me!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And there we go. The alphabet of AlexaJade.

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

Are we becoming too addicted to social media?

Hands up if you know yourself, that you are hooked to social media? Do you literally enjoy spending hours upon hours online, maybe your chatting to friends?
Maybe or you have put another picture up on your account and you are waiting to see how many likes that this one has reached, or maybe your one of the many people that brag about their social media following (innocently of course)!

It could even be that you’ve tuned in to your favourite youtube idol for their weekly Vlog. Is your hand up? Mine is, and I do fully admit that.
This month has been a bad health month for me, and I am currently on long term sick whilst the hospital is investigating what the heck is up and whilst I’m struggling to be off work, I have had a lot of time to myself. A lot of time scrolling on my phone, and the iPad… and then I’ll even turn the laptop on. That’s bad, isn’t it?
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest…. and the million others? Seriously, that takes up a lot of time to catch up on all the profiles we have! How many hours do you think the average person spends browsing a day?

Social media is just normality now?

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

Are we addicted to being online?

So what does it actually mean? to be addicted to social media? I would say that because in 2019, the digital era is at its highest (and still growing) the addiction to social media acceptance is an unseen but overwhelming element of life!

Addiction is such a strong word, I didn’t really like it the first time I heard someone say ‘I’m literally addicted to’ such and such. but at the end of the day, there is such a strong connection between addiction and a continues need/want to do something. There are so many factors and we can all get so addicted to checking our profiles at times. Who wouldn’t want to have the coolest status, and the most Instagramable pictures to upload without even realising it had happened. How many times have you taken a photo! just to immediately say “this is so my next profile picture” Hmmm, That sounds like something I have said so many times!

Heres to deep thinking coming up…

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

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Social Media Influencers

Social media influencers can be anyone. We all know that there are influencers who have a large network of followers.
This week I watched the BBC panorama documentary on the million-dollar selfie! It was so interesting to watch, as an inspiring blogger. I was able to take notes of where I could improve on getting my blogging journey getting myself out there and seen, as well as explanations on what social media influencers have done that have got themselves in major trouble.

So this it was not a program sugar coating the dream life, because no one really wakes up in the morning with a flawless airbrushed photo-ready look, do they? well, I defiantly do not! the program was based on highlighting the problems that social media influencers have begun to face. How seriously scary is it that even a child under 16 can be influenced and conned into products being sold online, as a result of a social influencer advising this. I think anyone with an online account needs to take a minute to think about what they are doing, because really we as humans, do not know the true influence we are having. if you do not know the serious impact we are having on the viewers hitting like.

So here are some things to consider…

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

So what are your thoughts?

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

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My December Playlist

Evening guys, So it’s that time of year that we’re listening to all that upbeat festive music, more than anything else. I am no different especially when it comes to plugging my headphones in on the train. 
Never mind the embarrassment when I finally realise I been pretty much singing out loud on the train! 

There are so so so many songs! and I always like to create a new playlist for every Christmas, So this year I’m giving you my top 10 Christmas songs that will be being played at our Christmas table! 

  1. Mariah Carey – All I want for Christmas
  2. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York 
  3. Michale Buble – Santa Baby 
  4. Bing Crosby – White Christmas
  5. Wham – Last Christmas 
  6. The Jackson 5 – I saw mummy kissing Santa Clause 
  7. Carrie Underwood – Do you hear what I hear
  8. Elmo & Patsy – Grandma got run over by the Reindeer
  9. Justin Bieber – Mistletoe
  10. Dean Martin – Let it snow 

Id love to hear what music is in your Christmas playlist this year?

Oh Christmas tree…..

My favourite part of Christmas is definitely the moment that we get to put the tree up. So this week we have done just that! 

Christmas really starts to come together when the tree goes up! One thing I love is the constant debate that seems to start half way through November, and continues till Christmas day. It normally starts by that one friend thats on facebook who has put there decorations up 6 weeks early!
I mean I suppose you want to get the most out of your decorations but I can also see why we should wait till nearer the time! 

Twinkle lights, lots of different baubles.  and lots of love. 
Our Christmas tree 2018. 

Christmas pet peeves

Since I have shared my Christmas loves, I thought I should probably share my pet peeves as well. It seems as you get older the list grows! 

Christmas Tack: 
We’re getting to the time of year were we start to overbuy, and the shops are filled with things that we really don’t actually need in our lives. Now let me be clear, When I say tack, Im talking over the top decorations, clothing, presents, that do not have any meaning. OR things that were a good idea at the time! but they was never a good idea. 

Over Crowded Shops:
As the big day looms we do seem to loose the plot and go shopping at every opportunity. thousands of shoppers fleeing to town centres, You can’t breathe yet alone think. Shopping is normally my Forte, add crowds into the mix and No. Not for me. 

Over Buying: 
Ok I am a sucker for doing this, but Im talking massive extents, common guys its not about how many presents are there to open on Christmas day, or how busy the tree is you should never forget Christmas is about love, families coming together and making memories. 

Christmas songs on repeat:
Ok So I love Christmas music! but! when that same Christmas song has been on the radio for the 15th time in one day! you have to admit that its starting to get a bit much! Variety is key. If you could send this message on to the shops as-well! Seems every shop you go in at one point has the same bloody song playing. 

Seasonal Weight Gain: 
Finally we all say that were gonna try and be good over the Festive season I know that I do, but when it comes down to it, there is too much nice food and we all seem to indulge, Never-mind guys, New years goals for this one.  🙂 

My top 5 Christmas films to watch…

It’s completely acceptable in my opinion to watch Christmas films at any time of the year! but since its December, Christmas movies are a MUST! Em is always sneaking the Christmas movie channel on and she has been doing the since November! so I’ve probably watched over 100 festive related movies already this year!
So I thought it would be appropriate to share what my top 5 movies have been this year! 

So my Number 1 film, is and always will be The Grinch! My favourite Film to watch at Christmas, It’s funny, its Fictional, and Jim Carey absolutely Rocks this Grimy Christmas Hating Character. 

My Next film I have literally fallen in love with is The Holiday Calendar witch is an Netflix.com original! A Single girl, who’s best friend is clearly in love with her, misses all the signs that the magical calander is giving her, to find her true love, whilst she persistently dates the wrong one! A festive love story! Perfect! 

Next up, Netflix wins again with me. The Christmas Chronicles, staring Kurt Russell. which was released literally a few days ago. When Christmas goes terribly wrong Santa is put to his paces to make sure all the boys and girls receive their Christmas gifts. Yup. Really enjoyed this film and would definitely suggest this to my friends! 

I couldn’t miss these classic Christmas films off my list, Santa Clause, in-fact I mean all 3 of the funny Santa Clause Films with Tim Allen. It’s hard not to picture Tim Allen in Home Improvements, or his voice as Buzz light year, But he really does make an excellent Santa!

Finally, Love Actually, is my number 5 top Christmas film to watch! You can’t really miss this one! it’s on every year! especially over Christmas week. Stories of Love, Christmas Cheer, and Nativities. They didn’t go wrong with that one.

On a side note: none of the above pictures are my own, but have been used in a non profitable way to include joy on my post.