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Wow, what an amazing month October was! I really enjoyed writing down my monthly goals and found myself actually pushing myself just that little bit harder and having something to aim for, rather than just a “weekly to-do” list.

One of the biggest highlights for me was moving my blog across from Blogger to WordPress. My aim was to get a new layout and I could have stayed with Blogger but with all the issues I was having I thought what the heck, let’s do this! And here we are, with a wonderful new layout which I absolutely love and the cutest header I could have hoped for. I also want to say a huge thank to to everyone who has taken the time to read or leave a comment on my blog posts, it really does mean the world to me.

I think I was less active on Social Media which I feel really bad about. My bloggers report would probably say “must try harder!” and this is something I hope to change going through November and concentrate on the platforms that I know work well for me, not try to do every single one. I’ve made some really great friends on social media but I haven’t been in touch nowhere near enough, I can only put it down to me just wanting to curl up under a blanket every evening and fall asleep, blimey what must you think of me!

I managed to save some money by not buying any unnecessary purchases, including coffees. Not only did making my own cups of coffee mean I had more pennies in the piggy bank but it gave me some extra time to do other things I enjoy because I wasn’t standing in a queue for ages waiting to be served. However, I did treat myself to a hot chocolate a few days ago when I met up with a friend I’d not seen for a while, so we had great fun having a catch up with what was happening in each others lives.

Yay for Halloween! I never thought I’d hear myself saying that but I honestly enjoyed it this year. The build up to it was great fun as I’d got some Halloween candles and pumpkin fairy lights which I’d had on nearly every night for two weeks. I managed to watch 3 films, Hocus Pocus, Sabrina and the film Halloween, yes I know, I’m pretty amazed at myself. I never thought I’d be able to do this because of my fear of masks, especially after last year when I got freaked out by two people dressed up for the occasion while I was in a book shop. So ever since then I’ve been taking small steps to help try to get over my fear, even down to being able to hold a plastic mask in a shop was a huge deal for me.

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I’ve been really loving Autumn so far and Adrian and I have been for a couple of walks in our local woods collecting leaves and conkers, just for fun. It’s been great to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, instead of being stuck indoors all the time. I also felt inspired to get my baking things out, not that I’m any kind of expert but I managed to make two batches of nutmeg and cinnamon muffins and oh my word not only did they taste so delicious but the house smelt like a dream! Ok, so I didn’t manage to make homemade cards as I’d planned but I baked cakes instead.

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My bedroom and office space are both looking really good after I added some finishing touches to them to make them look a bit more girly. The fairy lights, cushions, throws, pots and candles all go to making them feel like it’s my own personal space. Even just making the bed everyday and not leaving it until I come home has made me feel more organised.

Well on to Novembers Goals:-

Write up my Christmas Blog Posts

I’ve planned what posts I’m going to write and when they are going to be published, but I’d like to be well in advance and have them all written up and scheduled so I can enjoy Christmas with the family. It also means I can change things around at the last minute if I get the sudden desire to write another post.

Plan A Giveaway 

I’m coming up to a year since I first started blogging, so I’d like to plan a giveaway to say thank you to everyone who has supported me during that time.

Attend the Christmas Light Switch on

I can’t believe I’m even saying this, where has this last year gone? Literally 10 minutes up the road from me at the end of November the local town will be turning on their Christmas lights, there will also be food and entertainment which I am really looking forward to!

Christmas Shopping

I have got all of the main presents for people but I just need to get a few extra stocking fillers and a few smaller gifts that I have to send through the post. Next I want to get the food shopping done and all those little extras that make Christmas special, so it will just leave the fresh items to pick up nearer the day.

Celebrate Adrian’s birthday

Adrian’s birthday is on the 24th November and he is the most difficult person to buy for, I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that! We’ll most probably have a meal out with the family or a small house party, either way I need to sort something out. Oh, and I also need to buy him a card, or maybe I could make him one!

Social Media

This is one of my weaknesses! I am going to make a conscious effort to be a bit more active on at least Twitter and Instagram, so whether that’s joining in more Twitter Chats or setting time aside each day to go on and not only reply to someones else’s post but also tweet/post myself. I’m actually a very chatty person in real life, so if I put as much effort into social media as I do chatting in real life, you’d be fed up with me by December!

Sort out my scarf drawer

This may sound a bazaar one but I have an awful lot of scarves and it’s been something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, everywhere else is super organised now except this one drawer. I can never find the scarf I want as at the moment the contents of this drawer look like a pile of washing!

Get Creative

Yes, this was on last months list of goals so this month I am going to do some more baking as I thoroughly enjoyed making those muffins so maybe this time I’ll be a bit more adventurous, and I will make a start on those homemade cards for friends and family!

Let’s see how I get on during November. Have you set yourself any goals for this month?

 

 

 

 

 

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One of my goals for October was to get a new layout for my blog because the one I was using was a really basic layout on Blogger which I couldn’t do much with. I’d not been happy with it for a while but it was a simple and easy way to get myself into blogging almost a year ago.

Then a couple of months ago people started tweeting me saying they’d been trying to leave a comment on a blog post and were just getting an error message and Blogger wouldn’t allow them to post a comment.  On some occasions people had been kind enough to take the time and leave a comment but Blogger wouldn’t allow me to reply, I was getting so frustrated that people would think I was ignoring them!

There were various other issues I’d been having when I was trying to type up a new blog post and I was getting in a right state about the whole thing! Thankfully I knew it was nothing I had done, after speaking to a few people I managed to find out it was a Blogger problem and I wasn’t alone. I honestly didn’t know what to do. Should I wait and hope Blogger sorted it out, should I download a new layout only to find these problems continued or should I move my blog to a new platform altogether?

Well last week I finally took the plunge to have my blog moved from Blogger to WordPress so I got Fiona to do the whole process for me, including a wonderful new layout. I’m so glad she was able to do this for me as I’d never have been able to move my blog across by myself and I’d probably have ended up losing the whole lot, so I really can’t thank her enough. I’m so pleased that I’d I decided to do this as from what I can see so far there will be so much more I can do on WordPress that I couldn’t before, plus I have all of my contact and social media icons in one place, which will make it much easier for people to find them.

All I need to do now is to learn how to use WordPress properly and all of it’s different functions but I already know I’ve done the right thing, I just wish I’d done it sooner.

There are a few things that still need a bit of work and some old blog posts definitely need a little attention but I can do these over the course of the next few weeks. One thing I do know is that I need to pull my finger out and start writing up some even better posts because looking back at some of my earlier ones it made me realise how awful they were. Never mind, we all learn from our mistakes, but it’s what I do from now on that really matters, so please bear with me while I get to grips with using a completely different platform.

I hope you like my new blog as much as I do!

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Would you believe it? Me doing a homeware haul! In the whole time I’ve been blogging I’ve never done a homeware post, but hey, there’s a first for everything, right?
Technically this isn’t all from one big shopping spree but over a course of a few weeks and I thought it would be quite nice to save up all the things I’ve bought to go in my bedroom and actually write a blog post. You may have seen a few of these already on my instagram but I wanted to put them all together in one place.
Now i’m just dying to show you what I got.

Cushions
I’ve wanted some pretty cushions for my bed for while now and managed to pick up these two little square ones for under £10. I was in New Look when I came across the “Dream Like A Unicorn” one (£5.99) and it was the last one sitting on the shelf in their reduced section. Well you can imagine my delight, so now this sit’s on my bed and reminds me to be happy every night before I go to sleep!
The Applique Owl cushion (£3.99) happened to find it’s way into my basket on a recent visit to Home Bargains along with a few other items. Sadly, I couldn’t find it on line to put a link, so if you ever go into one of their stores it’s a case of grab it while you see it.
Both of these cushion are small enough not to take too much space on my bed but cute enough to make it look a bit more girly.

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Candles
One of the things I love about Autumn is having the wonderful smell of candles burning and getting all cosy in the evening. The reason I was in Home Bargains in the first place was because I was trying to hunt down this Wickford and Co Gingerbread candle I’d seen in Saira’s You Tube video and she had mentioned how wonderful it smelt. After searching in a few stores, I finally found the very last one left on the shelf! It’s a really great bargain at only £2.99 and it looks almost identical shape to another more expensive brand! I couldn’t wait to start burning this one (as you can see!) and it has the most gorgeous sweet spicy fragrance, it reminds me of the wonderful aroma in my kitchen after I’ve been doing some baking and this candle really does have the smell of freshly made gingerbread. At such a great price I also couldn’t resist picking up the Halloween candle as well, which I’ve yet to use but it does have a wonderful warm, spicy fragrance.
If you love the smell of pumpkin then I promise you’ll love this Lindsay Lucas Pumpkin Pie Candle. I picked mine up from Etsy for £4.99 and it smells divine and it’s literally as though I’ve just served up a slice of pumpkin pie!

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I wanted to add some warmth to my bedroom and thought gold tones would be perfect. So continuing with the candle theme I was so happy when I spotted this rose gold tea light holder in Card Factory for £1.99, can’t complain at that price. The funny thing was I that I’d not even gone in to the shop thinking about home accessories. I’d popped into pick up some wrapping paper. Well it now looks so cute sitting on a shelf in my bedroom.
This pretty gold hanging heart also came from Card Factory and cost me £1.49! Yay, another bargain, and it looks quite at home hanging on my dressing table mirror.
Something I was in need of was some extra storage for my makeup brushes and I’ve seen quite a few about like this one in Wilkinsons and thought this would be just the thing to keep all my brushes tidy. However, I’d already got an unused one in black which was in my office but didn’t quite go with the theme in my bedroom. So my other half very kindly painted it with some gold paint that he had left over (which you can get in most hardware stores) and hey presto, it’s now home to some of my makeup brushes and looks so pretty sitting on my dressing table.

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I picked up this mini hanging storage rack in Poundland and absolutely loved the pretty detail on it which I thought would be handy to store some of my most used lipsticks and jewellery, so they would be easy to get to everyday. It originally came in white so my other half painted this in gold as well to match everything else. I’m one very happy lady!

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I fell in love with this absolutely gorgeous copper foil print as soon as Jemma put it on her Etsy store. I’d been eyeing it up for a few days and in the end I just had to get it. While I was waiting for it to arrive I picked up this beautiful gold frame from Wilkinsons for £5.50 to continue with the gold theme in my bedroom. I’m extremely happy with this lovely print and it just looks adorable hanging on my wall!

So that brings me to end of my very first homeware haul and I’m so pleased I’ve done it all on a budget. Now my bedroom really is looking all warm and cosy.

 

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 It’s not only the start of a new month but October is officially the start of Autumn, with hot chocolates, cosy nights in and pumpkin or gingerbread candles creating that warm, homely smell.
As I start a new page in my diary I thought it would be quite nice to share 7 goals I’d like to achieve this month.

Blog Make Over
I’m planning on making a few changes to my blog over the next month that will hopefully be for the better. There will be a brand new header for a start (edit – I now have my new header), which I’m really excited about, and I’m looking into layouts that will have all of my social media links and contact details in one place, plus a better menu and About Me section. So please bear with me while I put these adjustments into place.

Save Money
I’ve been promising myself I would do this for a while but it is a real weakness of mine, I’ll see a fab new eyeshadow palette that I really must have or a pair of shoes that I can’t live without and before you know it my money’s just slipped through my fingers. One of the things I’m aiming for is a new camera as mine is getting a bit old and tired now and I’m not able to achieve the quality of photos I’d like. So if I want to carry on taking photos for my blog I need to be oh so strict with myself!

Get Ahead of myself
At the moment I’ve already planned what blog posts I’d like to write weeks before, but my aim is to actually have the whole blog post typed up, with photos and scheduled at least 2 weeks ahead of myself. This way I’m not left trying to upload a day or two prior to publishing day and be at risk of anything going wrong at the last minute, but it still leaves me room to type up a post where I’ve had a sudden moment of inspiration.

Upload more to Snapchat
I’ve been told a number of times that it’s good to get to know the blogger behind the blog and apart from the odd video here and there, Snapchat (or Insta Stories) is something I’ve not really had the confidence to do very much. I love watching other peoples, so I’m going to make every effort to let you see more behind the scenes and that’ll also mean keeping my room tidy more often!

Start A Craft
Now this one could be interesting as I am the least crafty or creative person ever when it comes to making things, well apart from baking cakes. So I’m thinking of something simple to start me off, like homemade cards to send to friends or family for their birthday or Christmas.

Stop worrying so much
I’m not the worlds most confident person which will probably come across in any videos I upload. I worry about people not liking me or even reading my blog, plus it takes me forever to phrase a tweet incase I make myself look stupid. So I’m just going to accept that not everyone will like who I am or what I do, I’m fine with that, and just enjoy being me and the life I have.

Watch at least one movie for Halloween
No, nothing too scary, but something lighthearted and what better opportunity than two of The Girl Gang (@TheGirlGangHQ) Halloween themed movie nights throughout October, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and Hocus Pocus. It just so happens that my friend has both of these on DVD so I’ll invite her round to watch them with me, she can bring the nibbles too as I’m on a spending ban!

Do you have any Goals for October? What’s your favourite movie for Halloween?

 

 

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You know those times when you walk down the same street you’ve walked down a hundred times before and you’re in your own little world, thinking about a million and one things you have to do. Well it was one of those occasions when a friend, who I’d not seen in ages, stopped me to say hello. We chatted for a bit and caught up with what was happening in each other’s lives, when she suddenly asked me if I’d ever been in Molly’s Tea Room and she pointed towards the shop that we were standing right outside. I had to admit I didn’t even know it was there! She asked me if I’d got time for a quick cup of tea and it just so happened that particular day I was on top of my very long to do list. So in we went.


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Molly’s Tea Room is a 1940s style tea room which is reminiscent of Lyon’s Tea Shops and they were extremely popular before the war up until the 1960s. Don’t get me wrong, I love going into one of the larger coffee shops for my favourite flavoured coffee, but sometimes I just fancy going in somewhere a little less busy and without all the noise from machinery. Molly’s Tea Room seemed the perfect place.
When my friend and I first entered the tea room we were immediately greeted by a really lovely assistant who introduced herself as Maya and she showed us to a table. We were given a menu and Maya left us for a few minutes to have a look through so we could decide what we’d like to have. We were really spoilt for choice as there was everything from homemade cakes, a selection of sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes or even a all day breakfast. There’s also the option for an Afternoon Tea at £13 per person, however they do require 24 hours notice and a deposit, which is a wonderful idea for a special occasion. I decided to go for a slice of Victoria sponge, which is one of my favourites, and a pot of tea.

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While we were waiting for our order to arrive, I took the opportunity to have a look around. One thing I noticed is that even though it was a busy afternoon in Molly’s, there was a very relaxed atmosphere in there and not one of the members of staff seemed stressed. I felt as though I had stepped back in time and popped into a neighbours house for cup of tea and a slice of cake. There were ornate wooden shelves full of pretty floral crockery and other cute little trinkets, just as though you would’ve seen in someone’s kitchen. I couldn’t resist taking a few photos!

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Maya returned with our order and it was a real delight to find the large floral tea pot was covered in a cute, pink hand knitted tea cosy just like my Grandmother used to have. We had a quick chat with Maya who explained that all of the cakes were freshly made that day by ladies who worked there. The huge slice of Victoria sponge looked gorgeous and tasted absolutely delicious, so light and fluffy and the tea was probably the best cup of tea I’ve had in a tea shop for quite a while. I definitely got my moneys worth!

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After we had finished we got up to pay at the counter and that’s when I noticed all of the other delicious cakes, it was way too tempting to have a slice of something else! I managed to resist it though so maybe I’ll do that on my next visit.
One of the nicest things about Molly’s, as well as the food, was that the other customers seemed as happy and relaxed as I was, no one was complaining or being rude Even the staff were extremely friendly and really seemed to enjoy working there, no matter how rushed off their feet they may have been. It was such a homely environment that I felt like I should have offered to help with the washing up. I can’t believe I’ve never noticed this beautiful, quaint little tea room before!

Thank you so much for reading my post. Have you ever visited a vintage style tea house?

 

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