To buy Books or to E-read, A continuous debate!

Over the past few months, I have grown an increasing love for reading. I mean getting lost in another world, what’s there not to love?
If you read my May round-up post, as warned, I Maybe talking books a lot more on the blog, so what a way to start. There is nothing better to pass the time then getting deeply involved with a good book.
Whether its a fantasy tale that has me on the edge of my chair in a constant daydream of what is happening, to self-help, empowering ride, by someone with a strong mentality wanting there story and advice to be heard, if you haven’t guessed it yet, I’ve been lost in so many different stories recently.

I had noticed an ongoing dispute amongst many people on twitter recently, what is better, a real book or an electronic copy. Many saying that an electronic copy of a book is nothing compared to the original. So… To book or to E-read that is the question!?

well, it got me thinking since there is there’s pretty much 2 ways of reading a story, which one is better? or are they just as good as each other?  personally, I feel that they both have pros and cons equally.

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Why I love Paper books…

honestly, what is there not to love about a good quality book. Whether it is a brand new copy or a much loved preowned. There is nothing quite like the feel of sitting cosy, flicking through the pages and that book smell, alongside a cup of coffee, sounds lush right? exactly, I honestly believe you cant actually beat a true copy of a book.
I love being able to keep my eye out in a charity shop for a few more books every now and then, And who can complain when you are buying a book at 25p? Seriously?

Why I love E-books…

So they may be lacking in the same warm feeling as the physical book. Admittedly they don’t have the loving book smell that every book seems to have. But, I actually think that E-books have so many pros to them as well.
How can you honestly fault the ability to hold thousands of books to read all in one place?
I don’t have a lot of space in our room for hundreds of physical books. My tablet gives me so much freedom on being able to download.
E-books to me, are very convenient. I can carry a book with me 24/7 for an emergency by having the app on my smart devices. great!
I will admit one thing! If I love a book that I have read electronically, so much. I will most likely by the physical book as well for me to own.

I mean e-Readers are still relatively new. They are never really gonna have the same feel to the real thing. As a reader, you should be focusing on the quality of the experience as well. Being able to lose yourself in the tablet reading as can compare to the pages of a book.

It’s an equal draw for me…

That’s right, I could probably argue with myself all day on what is the best format but I choose to love both formats! Both have there own pros and cons, but it is personal to me, which is what a book should really be. Even though an E-reader does not have the same feel, it is pretty convenient for me to use half the time. Plus I love the access to so many free books.
What do you guys think? Do you prefer a physical book to read, or are you happy to read electronically?

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Photograph ideas you need for your blog

So you have finally finished writing that amazing piece, you have spent hours on this, and its all ready to go. well, the words are ready, but what about the photos? What are you using to catch the attention of your readers? Remember as bloggers we are all still learning all the time.

Your media is as important as your words!

We all know that your writing content is the most important, however, As much as your writing is so important when it comes to posting your blog post, photographs are just as important. Especially images that are relevant to the subject you are talking about. I mean would you really have photos of food when your talking of fashion? or anything else that’s a complete opposite to what your writing about.

Planning is important

What should I be using to take my Photograph?

Firstly if you are under the impression that you need a fancy camera before you are able to take a decent photo, you are literally incredibly wrong. I mean in this day and age all you need is your phone or your tablet. Your smart device is the perfect tool you can use, to be able to take pictures on. Let us face it. who doesn’t have their phone pretty much 24 hours of the day?

Personally, I own both a DSLR and an iPhone, I am happy to admit that I use both.

If you are lucky enough to own a DSLR camera (because I know they can be really expensive to get your hands on). You may prefer the photograph this takes. One of the reasons I use both, however, is it is not always practical to carry a bulky camera 24/7. However, if I’m staging my own photographs at home. I’ll be on my Nikon.

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So what can I use as a prop?

There are so many things that you can use as props, Below is a list of just some ideas:

Gift wrap
Wallpaper
Postcards
Confetti
Washi tape
Stationery
Mugs
Drinks
Sequins
Foam Shapes
Photos
Notebooks
Flowers
Fairy lights
Phone case
Candles
Books
Leaves
Coasters
Keyboard
Cards
Magazines
Plants

Did I mention there is a lot of things that you can use to set up photos for your blog? Hopefully, this list will be able to inspire you to think of more ideas!

There are always more ways to find the perfect Photograph:

Don’t forget not all blog media needs to be staged either. I’m a constant photo taker. I can’t help it. It’s like taking photos is just in my blood.

My favourite pots have pens on them.

I’ve started learning how to create my own blog images as much as I can. But don’t forget there are still so many amazing websites that you can find free stock photographs from, and you won’t have to worry about copyright issues with these.

All you need to do, a simple google search for free stock images and tons of useful sites come up. Plus if you are using canava, their image library is huge! a lot of phone editing apps will have the same things.

I would love to hear, what your photo process is, and how you set up your photos. If you found this post helpful check our 7 must-have apps for bloggers, here.

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Mental health: How being ill effects me.

I would generally describe my personality as a goal-getter, as a bubbly one, as a person who tries to carry on no matter what. I am always setting new goals and striving to be the best me I can, even when I feel down and panic. That was until the last few months, this really has not been easy. I wanted to share how being ill and having chronic pain has taken a toll on me and my mental health. So this is not going to be one of my usual positive posts! sometimes it doesn’t matter how much energy you put into a feel-good attitude. It doesn’t always work as well as I would like it too.

2 months ago I thought I had a bug. I remember phoning into work that morning feeling awful. I almost had a hangover without even touching a drop of drink. My stomach had started hurting and I was being sick constantly. But after a few days of constant pain and feeling rubbish, led to a trip to the hospital. It is now nearly May, and I have been off work the whole time. I feel chronically bored as well as poorly.

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Constant illness has affected my mental health

I have suffered from bad anxiety over the past few years but the last 2 months have been so much worse, I’m constantly worrying about myself, about my job, about what people are thinking of me, how I look, everything. It is really easy for me to forget how to breathe and be calm. I am so good at getting myself in a tizzy, but then again it wouldn’t even be me if I wasn’t stressing over something.
It feels as if being ill has caused a spiral of mental health issues getting worse, and then it leads to what did I ever do to deserve this? Hmm.
Ironically the joke of a voodoo doll that maybe somewhere is becoming more and less of a joke! I think I better do some research into that hey!

We are very lucky. In this country to have such an amazing NHS that we don’t even pay for. I do wish they would be able to sort me out a lot quicker! There is so much waiting involved when your undergoing investigation for something being wrong with you. The waiting is the draining part. I feel so emotionally drained. I suppose they call it a patient for a reason hey?

My energy is poor, my concentration is pretty nonexistant, and as for enthusiasm, well there is none.

There are plenty of good things in the works for the future and I know that so it is nothing to do with my life or lifestyle, it genuinely is about the constant illness and chronic pain that is making me so much worse. Anxiety is a major ware on someone, and I really do wish that others would also understand how just because someone can look OK, does not mean their mental health is.

Stay motivated with my Monday motivation post here.

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Blogging: What I’ve learnt about blogging… So FAR.

I remember, I first started creating blog content years ago, and it was kinda this thing that I would start, stop, start and stop, and really this never went anywhere. I then started looking at other blogs and then I got so inspired, that was it, I wanted to start my own fully functioning working blog and it would work! … that was the plan and I am still working on it to this day! When I started this blog, it was a step up from the times before, I don’t actually think I realized how big of a world I was really stepping foot into. (and no I do not mean that negatively!) The addiction to blogging, The social community of bloggers, the world I was entering into, and how amazing having a blog could be. How Having a blog, has changed me, because it has. Since I started blogging, I have come across new opportunities, met new people and really opened up a massive door to enjoying a new aspect of me.

Blogging is not easy, and its not an all bliss world. So I wanted to share with you guys how much I have learnt, and what so far!

The blogging community is massive

There are so many people out there in the world and so many others that you can meet and become friends with. Each friend I have made from blogging has been amazing and so supportive.

Blogging is hard work

Ok so if you are thinking about starting off a blog, please do not get under the impression that its gonna be a hit success on day 1, that doesn’t really happen. Your blog is only as successful as you make it, and to make your blog really work, you need to put as much time and effort into your work as possible! I wouldn’t give up on the down days though I’ve found that at times it’s so tempting to give up! but if you give up on your dreams, they don’t happen.

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Planning is important

If you are like me keeping a blog plan is important. Planning means you are able to keep up to date, remember important dates and tasks. Planning is a great way of keeping your blog going. especially when it comes to sharing your blog and gaining engagement.

You can end up thinking about your blog 24/7

Literally, Once you start writing a blog you can end up thinking of your work constantly! It is like a full addiction, a massive passion and becomes a massive part of your life.
Now I am not just talking about the next time your gonna get to tap your fingers on the keyboard and make the next post for your readers, the more you get into your blog, the more you begin to put in, money, sweat, and tears. It is not just about the content at all, its the sharing and promoting, preparation and care.

Research is so important

I am a passionate learner! Literally. I love to learn new things, I love to be inspired by others, so that being said it probably goes in my favour when it comes to my blogging life. I’m constantly reading others blogs, pinteresting and reading about blogging, and learning off other bloggers. There is a serious legal side to some things, and I have read about how some have got themselves in trouble by doing certain things. By doing my research into what I am doing and taking interest in other bloggers around the world, I am teaching myself more and more every day.

Images are a pretty big deal

Although words are a massive part of blogging of course! Images are just important, and you wanna have decent images at that. There are hundreds of stock images sites, that allow you to use their images for free.
But taking your own images is fun, gives your blog a unique creative twist, and definitely gives it that personal touch of your personality.

Security and Backups

If you’ve read my previous posts, you may have been reading when I nearly lost my blog. Oh my GOD. My biggest blogging Fail (you can read that here) That day was awful. I had been having a downtime and not been checking my dashboard, my site had been attacked and taken over with a virus, I don’t know what it was but I never even knew a website could be attacked with such things till that day, and so straight away I learnt the importance of backing up your work! Every single month!

Scheduling posts is a blogging GOD

When I am feeling particularly creative and inspired one day I am able to write a couple of blog posts in a few hours and schedule them to come out online at different times. which is such a good thing as I can organize my blog better then I can organize myself sometimes?

It’s a competitive world

Have you ever heard the phrase its a dog eat dog world? hmm? I suppose a bloggers world is the same, in some ways! Each blogger has very similar goals to yours! you need to try and remember that! because you should never let a negative hit put you down on your own work!

Is there anything you have learnt since you started a blog? Like I mentioned earlier! I love to learn off others! so leave me a comment below with something you have learnt 🙂

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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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Mothers Day 2019: Perfect ideas for mums on a budget!

With only days to go till March 31st Mothers day is fast approaching! and if you haven’t been so organised and got your presents sorted for mum and maybe even nan yet! I thought I’d write a list of ideas of what you could do, without overspending!

Hand Made Card

You don’t even have to be on a tight budget to make a hand made mothers day card, I love receiving a hand made cards and I’m not yet a mum! (maybe one day though) My mum makes cards and always says I should be making my own! a lot more work goes into a handmade card, so there’s more to appreciate!

Flowers

What mum wouldn’t be chuffed as when you hand over a bunch of flowers and a card. Flowers are brilliant for putting a smile on their face.

Candles

I have a massive candle obsession, I love having a few tea lights lit in the evening. Perfect setting. Why not treat your mum to some candles that smell nice!

Chocolates

Who doesn’t like chocolates? I know my mum would always appreciate a box of Maltesers? (especially when the dog hasn’t got to them before her)

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Poundland’s Mothers Day collection is especially awesome this year! my particular favourite is the oversized ducks! they are so frigging cute! so had to buy us a pink duck as well as my mum one! (no particular reason other then it is an awesome huge rubber duck)

And it is not just Poundland! Home Bargains and B&M store also Have loads of cute little gifts for Mother’s Day.

But like I said before Mother’s Day isn’t about how much you spend. It’s about showing your mum and your nan and the line of the woman in your life some appreciation.

Please note: I have not been paid to promote any of these stores I am simply sharing my thoughts.

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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.