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    Blogging

    Expanding the Joyful Blogging Community

    Happy Wednesday! How is your week going? So, if you didn’t know already, I run a Pinterest group board for bloggers called Joyful Blogging. The board is a place for positivity in the blogging community where bloggers can share their content as well as support and discover other bloggers. I always had in my mind that this would be the first step towards creating a larger Joyful Blogging community online, and I’m pleased to say that the community is expanding! Below are the places where you will be able to get involved. Pinterest: As mentioned above, the Pinterest board is one of the places to find Joyful Blogging. I’m a…

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    Blogging

    Changing my Instagram Strategy for a Week (+ the results)

    Ah Instagram. The social media with which most of us have a love/hate relationship, especially bloggers. Finding an Instagram strategy that suits you is a nightmare and that’s only a minor detail. There are many pros and cons. It’s a great place to showcase your creativity and provides a platform to extend your blog’s reach further as well as discover the other amazing talent out there. The list goes on. However… There is also a dark side (aside from when the app literally crashes). We’ve all no doubt seen the reports on the mental health effects of Instagram. I use the app as positively as I can and if ever…

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    Eco-Friendly

    Interview: Nada, Leicester’s First Zero Waste Store

    I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I’m so pleased to be able to share this interview I did with Lauren from Nada, the first zero waste store in Leicester. Here are Lauren’s thoughts on all things Nada, going self-employed and leading more eco-friendly lifestyles. I also managed to take a few photos of the shop. The cereal dispensers are storage goals! What is Nada and how did it come about? Nada is Leicester’s first zero waste shop and we sell dried goods, food without packaging, refillable kitchen and bathroom goods, and alternatives to single-use plastics. It came about because I was trying to reduce my own plastic waste…

  • Creativity,  Health & Wellbeing

    Why Bullet Journaling is Good for Mental Health

    You’ve seen my various bullet journaling posts each month, but something I haven’t talked about much is why I bullet journal. Very simply, it has done my mental health a world of good. Here’s a few idea of how bullet journaling can have a positive effect on your mental health. If you don’t already keep a journal, then why not have a go! Getting creative First and foremost, the creativity aspect. Getting creative, whether that be via an ‘adult’ colouring book or bullet journaling, helps you focus and relaxes your mind. You can unplug from everyday stresses and have some much-needed you time. Put on some calming music and add…

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    Travel

    Visiting the Lake District: A Short Break Guide

    Finally managing to write about my Lake District trip back in February! Hurrah! I would have done it sooner, but life got in the way. Nevertheless, here’s a recap of my visit/some travel inspiration for anyone fancying a short break to this beautiful area of the UK. Where did I stay? My family and I have had a few Lake District holidays over the years because my dad’s side of the family have shares in Seasons and there’s a lovely self-catering village called Whitbarrow situated between Keswick and Penrith, perfect for the North Lakes (the focus of today’s post). Whilst my immediate family don’t have shares, we managed to get…

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    Blogging

    Do You Really Need a Niche?

    Do you really need a niche? This question has been at the heart of the blogging community for a long time. I’ve seen various answers, and it’s taken me a while to truly know my opinion on the subject , but here goes. To put it simply, I don’t think you do. I admire bloggers with and without a niche, several of whom have been successful either way. If you have a niche, that’s great. If you have found a niche that works for you, then that’s amazing. You have a topic to focus on and depending on how specific your subject is, then you know your readers will most…

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    Food & Drink

    Sugar-free Wholemeal Apple Cake

    Gosh, it’s been a while since I last did a food and drink post! It’s not a topic I write about much nowadays, but I spent some time cooking over the weekend, and based on my Instagram stories poll, I’ve decided to share the recipe. This one is a sugar-free wholemeal apple cake. Since the possible Crohn’s diagnosis, I’ve been watching what I eat more. It’s advised to cut back on the sugar, but me being me and having a sweet tooth wanted to find a loophole (guilty). There was some wholemeal flour and xylitol (a natural sweetener) in the cupboard, so I adapted my grandma’s Victoria sponge recipe. Plus,…

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    Creativity

    April 2019 Bullet Journal Setup | Plan with Me

    Who’s ready for the weekend? If you’re planning on spending the next couple of days getting organised for April (yes, April, how are we here already?!) then join me for our monthly journaling session. Here’s my April 2019 bullet journal setup. Enjoy! April 2019 Bullet Journal Setup Theme This is my first April having a bullet journal and I couldn’t resist going for the April showers theme. I haven’t done blue as a feature colour yet, so rain provided a good opportunity. We’re not letting the April showers get us down though, in fact quite the opposite. I added this wonderful Winnie the Pooh quote, “When life throws you a…

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    Creativity,  Eco-Friendly

    4 Eco-Friendly Storage Ideas

    Hello there! How is everyone? I’ve been MIA from the blog over the past couple of weeks. Nevertheless, hospital and Crohn’s drama aside, it’s time to get back to the good stuff. Is anyone else completely obsessed with storage and tidying like I am? I’m not a fan of clutter, so am always on the look out for anything organisation-related. The great thing is you don’t need to go far to find amazing storage. In fact, you can stay in the comfort of your own home and get recycling/upcycling. Here are 4 eco-friendly storage ideas that will save you money and help save the planet by reducing waste. Glass Jars…

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    Blogging

    What the Social Media Downtime Can Teach Us

    Hey everyone! It feels like it’s been ages since I last did a post, although it was only a week ago. Before we get onto the main event that was the dramatic social media downtime experienced by many yesterday (13/03/19), I just want to give you a quick blog update. Redefining my niche and content I’ve been stressing over my niche and content, so I had a category shuffle and added a couple of new ones. I want to blog more about creative things, not just my bullet journal, so hence the new ‘Creativity‘ section. You can find journal content here as well as any upcoming creative posts. Eco-friendly living…