I was going through my photos the other day, and thought to myself wow, I actually did quite a lot in 2017! I felt so happy to have done things, and felt really proud of myself to go out of my comfort zone a little too. As it is the last day of 2017 – I thought I’d do this extra post as a little 2017 round up.

So here are a few of things I did and chivied this year.

I met one of my new besets friends ever Gemma. Make the effort to make new friends and go on new adventures!

My birthday. A time spent with my loved ones and being incredibly lucky!

I had an amazing opportunity to go to Paris with the brand Alcatel – possibly one the best things in my life so far that I have ever done.

Picking up our little puppy, Wilma! She is now 9 months old and doesn’t look like a little puppy anymore. One of the best memories I have this year.

 

Going on the holiday of a lifetime- KOH SAMUI, THAILAND. 

Going to London for the day with a few fellow bloggers, Sketch & Elan Cafe.Such a special day.

Visiting my bestie in Bristol, and going to Bath for the day.

 

Going pumpkin picking for the first time, it was so much fun!

The first snowing day in years!

I hope you all had an amazing 2017, and here is to 2018!

Love always, G x

Another year over, a new one just begun

That’s right, another year has flown by and we are just around the corner of beginning 2018, scary right? I don’t know about you, but every year I will say ‘wow, this year has gone so quick!’ I always say it, and actually think each year gets quicker and quicker.

Because it’s another year, of course I am writing my hopes and goals for 2018. I love writing these kinds of posts as I like to look back on the year to see if I have achieved what I had planned, if not, to see if I was anywhere close. So here are my hopes & goals of 2018.

Something big is happening…I know this will be totally annoying, but something big is happening next year, I reckon in Feb. So keep tuned for updates and announcements, I am super excited for this and hope you will be too!

Take better care of my body. I have decided to not make one of my goals to lose X amount of weight, but instead to just take better care of my body. I am actually going to cancel my gym membership next year at some point as it is reallllly expensive and I just can’t justify spending that much each month on a gym. Instead I just want to keep an eye on what I am eating, take Wilma (our gorgeous pup) on long walks and just take proper good care of my body bit more, and actually think about my health too.

Family & Friends. This is a really important one for me. I am going to make a lot more effort to see my friends and family more. Life is too short, so you need to make the most of the close people around you. My aim is to spend more quality time together, put dates in the diary maybe a month in advance, then you know for sure it’s going to happen and it probably won’t be cancelled as it has been planned for a few weeks. 

Money. This is also up there. Money for me is going to be so important in the next year, I need to keep track of what I am spending. My problem is buying lots of little things, and without realising I have spend £50 on absolutely nothing. So I am going to keep a better eye on my money and spending – this is super important. 

Think more about myself. So this might seem strange, or selfish. But I am that person who always tried to make everyone else happy around me, even if it makes me stressed out or in an uncomfortable situation. If I don’t like something, or don’t want to do something, I am not going to do it. I need to think more about myself and my wants/needs, and probably just say no more. 

Work hard. The last goal for 2018, is to work hard. This is both at my full time job, and my blogging&youtube life at home. I really want to up my game with my blogging and youtube. I think I said this last year, but it didn’t really happen which makes me so sad! I am a bit annoyed at myself for this, but this year I am going to make it happen. I have lots of exciting content that will be coming (linked to point one!) I want to also work hard in my job. I need o keep going and work hard to help myself with my future career.

So there you have it my hopes & goals of 2018. I really hope these happen, and I can’t wait to announce the big news which will be coming soon!

I wish you all the best for 2018 and hope it’s your year.

Love always, G x

 

Making memories is one of my favourite things to do, I am always doing it, even without realising. Sometimes my friends and family must think I’m mad, when all I seem to do is take pictures of everything and anything, but what can I say, I just love making memories.
I have 2 pieces of equipment which I use to make the best memories I can; one is obviously my mobile phone. I have an iPhone 7 and it’s one of the best bits of equipment I own. When you’re out and about, they are the best to snap up some pictures, or videos, share on social media to share with all your friends. With your phone you can keep your memories and share them if you want too.

Next up is a camera. I definitely cannot live without my camera, especially as a blogger and youtuber! Choosing the right camera can be scary-will you like it? In my opinion:Best Compact Camera, Panasonic! Here is an example of one of their very highly rated camera which would be perfect for creating that special moment. Panasonic have a huge variety to choose from to get the camera which is right for you.

Taking photos/videos is one of my favourite things to do, maybe that’s why I am a blogger and youtuber… I just enjoy it so much. Creating videos and sharing them online means I can create a story with my memories. Other people can watch them for their entertainment, and I can also watch them back in a few months, years, even decades!

I absolutely love the thought of showing my future family and children videos and pictures of exciting times in my life, telling them stories and probably making them laugh with all the stupid things I managed to catch on camera.

I don’t think I will ever stop making memories, even if one day I stop sharing them online, I will never stop making them for myself. Memories are one of the best things in life to make you smile, laugh and even cry. Memories you can never forget.

Here are a few of my favourite photos I have taken which have amazing memories for me, and mean a lot to me:

 

Okay, I think we can all admit it’s super hard to wake up, and get out of bed in these winter mornings. It’s cold, dark, and icy…and did I mention cold?

I don’t know about you, but when it get’s to 5pm and I’m leaving work, it’s already so dark outside, cold, foggy, probably raining, am I right? So when I get in I’m not in one of the best moods I could be. To make myself feel better I love to make my house cosy. I light some candles, run a bubble bath, and cuddle up on the sofa with lots of blankets and a good Disney film.

The mornings are similar, it’s cold, dark, early in the morning, so again, not in one of the best moods.

I have put together a few tips on how to feel more awake, and springy in the cold winter mornings.

Set your alarm with plenty of time. I am one of those people that sets about 5 alarms at really random times, like 6.08am, 6.14am, 6.24am…and it continues like that. I like to set my alarms early enough so I have enough time without rushing in the mornings. Rushing is the worst, especially in the moorings. It can set your day off with a really bad start, so definitely set your alarm at a reasonable and realistic time.

Get up quickly. I know this is hard, when your alarm goes off and you think ahh just 5 more minutes won’t hurt. Next thing you know it’s half an hour later, and you’re rushing! So as soon as your alarm goes, off, I know its hard, but you need to get up. Wake up slow so just get up in bed and have a stretch a yawn, and try not to look at your phone straight away (I am so bad for this!) Looking at your phone first thing as you wake up really strained your eyes as your eyes have been used to darkness for about 8 hours, sudden lights will hurt your eyes.

Routine. Routine is key. If you have the same routine every evening before you go to bed, you will tend to find that the mornings will become little easier. I tend to get into bed quite early before actually going to sleep which I love as I just love to be cosy and warm.

Fresh air. Fresh air is so important. Obviously it isn’t ideal to stay indoors all day, although it is hard if you work full time in a office (like me!) or if you want to stay in all day and was Netflix (Don’t we all?!) Try and get outside whenever you can, in a lunch break, walking the dog, you know what you can do. This will just really help when you get into bed, as we all know when we have lot of fresh air it makes us super sleepy!

A good breakfast. This is key. You should always make sure you have a good breakfast, wether thats some toast, cereal, or even fruit. It’s always better to have something which is better than nothing. Feeding your body in the mornings helps it function, it gets some energy back.

How do you normally cope in the cold winter mornings?
We can do this! 👊

Love always, G x

 

I think we have established that Summer is officially over, and it is slowly getting colder and colder – which is the perfect excuse to cosy up every evening, hide away in your bedroom and binge watch some Netflix. But what to watch? Well I have you covered…

Autumn and Winter is the perfect excuse to watch Netflix, you don’t have to feel guilty about not wanting to do anything in the cold and dark evenings, no-one can judge you, as they will probably be doing exactly the same thing at home too.

Gossip Girl

The ultimate chick flick – in series form. This will keep you going through until next Summer! This series has the best amount of girl power, friendships, romance, break ups an drama that a girl can want. I had never seen Gossip Girl until it came onto Netflix, and I was hooked from the start! You don’t need much concentration, just make sure you’ve got your hot choccy and lots of snacks!

Stranger Things

By far my fave. I remember when the first season cam out and there was a massive hype, but I never really got it. Until one day I caved and me and boyfriend decided to give it a go. We were hooked from the start! Knowing that this is a si-fi- programme really put me off, but I couldn’t believe how much I was enjoying it. Stranger Things is, well, strange. You have to watch it to find out! By far one of my favourite programmes ever (not forgetting Game of Thrones and PLL!)

Riverdale

Oh Riverdale, I was waiting for a series like you to come out of the woodworks soon. Not your typical high school programme. This has some very dark and mysterious turns, which makes you keep asking yourself questions over and over again, so the best thing to do? Just keep watching. You’ll be hooked in no time!

The Vampire Diaries

Again, I started this a while after the massive hype about it, and oh boy I wish I had joined in on it. The Vampire Diaries is one of my favourites too! I love every single character, the story lines are great and it never gets boring. Who ever thought Vampires could be so mysterious and, good looking? You have a lot of season with this one so you better get watching quick! Series 8 has just come out on Netflix (today!) so I know what I’ll be doing…

13 Reasons Why

Controversial. I personally loved 13 reasons why, and I love the meaning behind it all and think it made a lot of awareness. But I also know a lot of people hated it and thought it was doing the opposite. So you can make your own mind up about this one. A great watch, but also very hard hitting – not one to watch when you’re at your most emotional.

 

All of these choices are very different, but are all my favourites in different ways. They all have very different emotions so perfect for whatever mood you’re in!

What’s your favourite thing to watch this time of year?

Love always, G x